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Seated: Mrs. S. J. Stacy, Treasure Island, Florida; Mrs. Nolan Bissell, St.
Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Houston, Texas.
Standing: Mrs. James C. Macaulay and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks, St. Peters-
Annual Dinner and Award's Program Panama Canal Society of Southern Califor
(Left) Paul Kline (President Elect), Mrs. Thelma E. Reppe (Secretary-Treasure
Walter Knott (Founder of Knott's Berry Farm and Honorary Member), David LeR
Smith (President 1966-71, Retiring), Mrs. Virginia Seiler, Mrs. Paul Kline (Mildr
Phillips), Martin Seller, and Mrs. Hedvig Seedborg.
Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert B. Owen, Largo, Florida.
Standing: Mrs. Eugene S. Shipley, Clearwater, Florida, and Mrs. Jack Suther-
land, Belleair Bluffs, Florida.
Seated: Capt. N. A. Terry, St. Petersburg, Mrs. Harry T. Lacy, Largo, Florida.
Standing: Lieut. Commander Timothy J. Mann USNR (Retired), South
Pasadena, Florida, and Capt. H. T. Lacy, Largo.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert T. Souder, Tolland, Connecticut,
Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, February 28, 1971.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl N. Nix, Nixhaven, Liberty Hill, Texas, Fiftieth Wedding
Anniversary, March 7, 1971.
RTe Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
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Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Virginia P. Wood
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and Record Editor
Mrs. Harry V. Cain
Win. F. Grady
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Ross H. Hollowell
W. L. Howard
C. M. Banan
Mrs. Virginia P. Wood
W. D. Goodwin
N. A. Bissell
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
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MAY 1, 1971
On April first, Senator Frank E. Moss of Utah introduced the
following bills of interest to federal retirees:
S. 1442 A bill to provide that the first $3,000 received
as Civil Service annuities shall be excluded from gross
income for income tax purposes.
S. 1443 A bill to eliminate the survivorship reduction
during periods of non-marriage of retired employees.
S. 1444 A bill to increase the contribution by the Federal
Government to the cost of employees health benefits in-
surance (presently 40%).
S. 1445 A bill to provide increases in those civil service
annuities having a commencing date prior to October 20,
1969, on the following basis:
More than but not more than the amount of increase is
0 $3,600 13% annually
$3,600 4,800 $468 plus 9% of the excess over $3,600
4,800 6,000 $576 plus 7% of the excess over $4,800
6,000 .... $660 plus 5% of the excess over $6,000
Survivors' annuities would be increased in a similar man-
Senators Allen of Alabama, Gravel of Alaska, Hart of Michi-
gan, Hartke of Indiana, McGovern of South Dakota, Metcalf of Mon-
tana, Pastore of Rhode Island and Randolph of West Virginia joined
with Senator Moss in sponsoring these bills. Our Florida Senators,
Gurney and Chiles, were invited to participate in the introductions,
but to date they have not responded to the request.
On the House side, Representative Waldie of California,
chairman of the House Civil Service Retirement sub-committee, and
other members of the committee are co-sponsoring similar bills. You
are urged to write to Representative Bill Chapel Jr. and C. W. Bill
Young, House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, and ask
them to join with Chairman Waldie in sponsoring these bills. Both
these Florida Representatives are members of the House committee.
Senator Moss and Representative Waldie have also sponsored
bills to restore full annuities in cases where retirees took a cut in
their annuities in order to provide survivorship benefits to their
spouses and the spouses predeceased the retirees.
Thomas Walters, president of the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees, says he is optimistic about the chances
this year of securing graduated annuity raises for federal retirees
and also getting restoration of full annuities in cases where the
spouses predeceased the annuitants.
William F. Grady
HOW TO WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN
Thinking about writing to your Congressman? Here are some
tips on how to make your letter count:
Write neatly and legibly on personal or business stationery.
Write your thoughts clearly and include the number of the
bill you mention.
If you've met the Congressman or heard him speak, mention
it for the "personal touch."
Don't send form letters make the thoughts your own.
Don't threaten loss of your support if he doesn't follow your
When he does something you like, let him know. Maybe he
will listen harder when you complain. AARP News Bulletin, May,
Among our primary goals in the near future must be general
increases in all annuities; tax exemption of Civil Service annuities;
and restoration of full annuities to widowed annuitants who have
not remarried We cannot wait another fifty years, or even an-
other five years, to secure these benefits. They are needed NOW!
With all of us doing our share and uniting our efforts, we will go
forward. WE SHALL SUCCEED! Retirement Life, February 1971
National Association Retired Federal Retirees
"United we stand, divided we fall." Aesop, "The Four
Oxen and the Lion" WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN.
Mr. Wesley M. Bailey
Mr. Joseph S. Banievicz
Mrs. Nellree B. Berger
Mr. Howard W. Blaney
Mrs. Pauline F. Blaney
Mrs. Marian D. Bowen
Mr. Roy R. Burgener
Mr. John H. Caldwell
Mr. Benjamin S. Chisholm
Mr. John C. Christensen
Capt. William T. Clute
Capt. Kenneth R. Coleman
Mrs. Gertrude J. Connard
Mr. Edmund Dantes
Mr. Robert V. Dean
Mr. Harold H. Fahrubel
Mr. Milton J. Halley
Mr. John W. Hare
Mr. Thomas J. Head
Mr. Hilton F. Hughes
Mr. Richard H. Jenks
Mrs. Amanda C. Johns
Mrs. Marjorie V. Jones
Mr. William D. McArthur
Mr. William K. McCue
Mr. Lionel I. Macpherson
Mr. Robert A. Marohl
Mr. Allen K. Miller
Miss Emilia I. Pacheco
Mr. Charles N. Powell
Mr. Robert H. Rathgeber
Mr. Peter N. Riley
Mrs. Lillian F. Ryan
Mr. Wiltz J. Schexnayder
Mr. Robert A. Stevens
Mr. Kenneth A. Thompson
Mr. Howard E. Turner
Capt. James W. Watson
Mrs. Frances D. Wheeler
1971 Division Yrs.
4-26 Facilities Engineering 32
3- 4 Postal 36
3-20 Eng. & Const. Off. of Dir. 24
3-22 Postal 30
2-20 Gorgas Hospital 19
2- 9 Off. of the Exec. Sec. 22
4- 6 Electrical 23
4-30 Navigation 23
2-16 Accounting 28
1-29 Water Transp. (New
2-20 Navigation (Pilot) 30
4- 2 Fire 30
4-10 Supply 22
2-28 Navigation 41
2-28 Locks 22
2- 6 Locks 19
4- 8 Postal 34
3-31 Civ. Aff. Bur. Spec.
Services Off. 30
4- 3 Railroad 10
3- 7 Electrical 31
4- 6 Dredging 22
3-26 Division of Schools 19
4-30 Division of Schools 31
2- 8 Terminals 28
4- 3 Postal 34
3- 6 Terminals 30
2-17 Police 11
4- 5 Engineering 33
4-30 Gorgas Hospital 26
1-25 Locks 21
2-19 Terminals 31
4-17 Navigation 29
4-30 Electrical 20
3-30 Locks 26
4- 6 Oper. Cristobal Per. Off. 31
2- 6 Motor Transportation 28
3-20 Off. of the Compt.,
Data Processing 37
2-12 Navigation 27
3-23 Off. of the Compt.,
THE TIVOLI ADIOS
In the early Twentieth Century, Tivoli Hill in Ancon, over-
looking Panama City, was chosen as the site for the construction
of a hotel. Few hotels in the world have had a more romantic glow
about them than the Tivoli. It began life in a blaze of glory with
its first guest being "Teddy" Roosevelt. The President and his
party went to the Isthmus in November, 1906, during the heaviest
part of the rainy season to see the Canal work under the worst pos-
sible conditions. One wing of the new building was rushed through
to completion for its distinguished guest under the insistent prod-
ding of John F. Stevens, then Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal
In December, 1906, a group of U. S. Congressmen arrived to
look over the Canal work, and they attended the Tivoli's first pub-
lic function, a New Year's Eve Dance given by the Culebra Club.
It drew a crowd of nearly 500 and was the forerunner of the many
balls and parties of the next half century.
Born in the midst of the greatest engineering project of its
day, The Tivoli housed and fed those dedicated Old Timers who
built the Canal. A somewhat humorous menu for a special party
held at the Tivoli August 31, 1907, which featured the landmarks
along the Canal route, gives an idea of how closely the hotel was in-
volved in the life of the men who built the Canal. There was, for
instance, Ancon Turtle Soup, Tabernilla Pickles, Mount Hope Olives,
Corozal Potatoes, Culebra Fillet of Beef, Brazos Brooks Asparagus,
La Boca Roast Turkey, Pedro Miguel Jelly, Potted Gatun Birds,
Bas Obispo Punch, Cristobal Balls, Matachin Ice Cream, Gorgona
Cake, Colon Cheese, Empire Coffee, Cemetery Road Cigarettes, and
Las Cascadas Cigars.
The status of the Tivoli and its guests, which has included
the entire scale of society from royalty down, was changed in Janu-
ary of 1951 when its life as a commercial establishment came to an
end, and it became a "Government Guest House." Many landmarks
in Canal Zone history were closed during the Turbulent Fifties, a
period of drastic changes, consolidation and modernization, but the
Tivoli as a Guest House thus was given twenty more years in serving
residents of the Canal Zone who have a deep sentimental attachment
to this historic site on Fourth of July Avenue.
To the average Zonian, the pretentious list of "who slept at
the Tivoli and when" is important only in history books; to them,
the Tivoli revives personal memories of something just a little spe-
cial in their lives on the Zone. Even as early as 1907 when the
Tivoli Club was organized, dances were held at the Tivoli on the
second and fourth Saturdays. The girls dressed in party gowns came
to town in labor cars, and each girl, Old Timers declared, had at least
three chaperons. From the "bunny hug" in 1908 through the many
novel dances of each generation, The Tivoli has often been the host
for the youth of the Zone with all their gaiety and exuberance.
Those early trailblazers who formed the Society of the Chagres, held
their annual dinners at the Tivoli, a precedent set for many or-
ganizations and clubs that followed.
Thus, after some sixty-four years of serving the Canal Zone
community, the inevitable news that the Tivoli must close brought
protest in the hearts of many. Governor David S. Parker pulled
the newly installed security doors together at 5 p.m., April 15, of-
ficially closing the famous hotel. All residents of the Guest House
had moved out, including Mrs. Winifred Ewing, who had stayed at
the Tivoli as a bride in 1907 and had returned to live there in 1968
after she left her position as housemother at the Canal Zone College.
With the coming demolition of the Tivoli, probably grass
will once again be planted on the site where the building now stands
and as it was at the dawn of the Century, once again will be known
as Tivoli Hill. In memories, however, the Tivoli Hotel will have
eternal life. Historical facts condensed from THE PANAMA
CANAL REVIEW, February 2,1951; PANAMA AMERICAN, Janu-
ary 23, 1971, and THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, April 23,
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL MEMBERS WHO HAVE
NOT PAID 1971 DUES TO GET OUT THEIR CHECKBOOKS.
FILL IN THE CORRECT AMOUNT ($5 FIVE DOLLARS),
sign the check, and mail to the Secretary-Treasurer. AVOID the
"D" List which will be compiled after June 30, 1971. All 1970
Members (if we have your correct address) have received the March
and June issues of the RECORD. The September issue WILL NOT
be mailed to members on the Delinquent List i.e., 1971 dues not
paid. We MUST KNOW by August how many RECORDS to order
from the printer. We can only order for paid-up (1971 dues) mem-
bers. We regret that we cannot send the September issue to those
who later are reinstated, but we cannot order RECORDS in anti-
cipation that dues will be paid in the future.
NEW MEMBERS after July 1, 1971, may pay $2.50 for the
balance of 1971, but they MUST also pay 1972 dues which makes
a total payment of $7.50 ($2.50 for the balance of 1971 and $5 for
1972). We do NOT accept Membership for a six-month period.
This DOES NOT APPLY to reinstatements of old members as they
have received the March and June RECORDS and the 1970 Annual
Issue. New members after July 1 will not be mailed the March and
June issues of 1971, but they will receive the September and De-
cember issues of the RECORD and the new ANNUAL ISSUE which
should be in the mail by December 1, 1971.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Beverly Jean Boden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
F. Boden, of Rochester, New York, and Randall Norman Everson,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Berhard I. Everson, of Balboa Heights, Canal
Zone, were married in a late fall wedding in Rochester, New York.
The bride is a graduate of Green Mountain College, Poultney,
Vermont, and of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester.
Her husband is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in
Troy, New York, and the graduate school of Northeastern Univer-
sity in Boston, Massachusetts.
The young couple is residing in Connecticut where Mr. Ever-
son is employed with Schick Razor Company.
Mrs. Thomas Dickens Arnolds, III, formerly of "Scotchtown",
Hanover County, Virginia, announces the marriage of her daughter,
Mrs. Anne Arnold Blackburn, to Timothy John Mann, Lieutenant
Commander U.S.N.R. Retired, on Thursday, the twenty-fifth of
March, 1971, in St. Petersburg, Florida. They are residing at 1898
Shore Drive South, Apt. 104, South Pasadena, Florida 33707.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Case, III, of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Theresa Louise, to Mr.
John Eastman Woodruff, II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Wood-
ruff, of Panama City, R.P., at Fort Amador, Canal Zone, on Febru-
The bride, who is a 1968 graduate of Balboa High School,
has attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Canal
Zone College, and Florida State University, Canal Zone Branch.
The bridegroom, a 1968 graduate of the Bolles School, Jack-
sonville, Florida, is a business administration major at Georgetown
University, Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester A. Ferguson, of Balboa Heights, Canal
Zone, and Maitland, Florida, have announced the engagement of
their daughter, Miss Judy Anne Ferguson, to Doctor Charles A.
Garcia of Ancon, son of Judge and Mrs. Charles A. Garcia of Mar-
garita. A June wedding is planned.
Miss Christine Baker Huff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maener
Blanchard Huff, of Balboa, Canal Zone, became the bride of Charles
Kenneth Fewell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fewell, of Wash-
ington, D.C., at a ceremony performed at the United Nations Chapel
in New York on January 23, 1971.
The bride is a psychiatric social worker at Roosevelt Hos-
pital in New York, and her husband is a lawyer with the firm of
White and Case also in New York.
Among those attending the wedding were the bride's parents
and her sister Edith of Balboa and her brother and sister-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Huff, of Detroit, Michigan.
Captain Samuel E. Johnson and Bernice Clemons Breslin
were married at the home of Michael Breslin in Marlboro, Massa-
chusetts, February 6, 1971.
Attending the wedding were the Michael Breslins and Mr.
and Mrs. William Ayasse (Anna L. Johnson), of Tolland, Connecti-
cut, and their two children.
Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge of Sequim, Washington, announces the
engagement of her daughter, Barbara Ann, to Steven Ray Halko, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Halko, of Port Angeles, Washington. The
wedding will take place August 28, 1971.
In a double ring ceremony on January 22, 1971, at St. Luke's
Cathedral, Ancon, Canal Zone, Miss Glenda Susan Scanlon, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Pat Scanlon, of Balboa, Canal Zone, be-
came the bride of Clinton Bruce Smith, son of Captain and Mrs.
Charles S. Smith, of Margarita, Canal Zone.
The couple reside in Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Smith Sprague, of 2144 Hudson-
Aurora Road, Hudson, Ohio, announce the engagement of their
daughter, Lida Mary, to Peter Douglas Hendrickson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Oliver Hendrickson, of Spooner, Wisconsin, formerly of the
Panama Canal Zone.
Miss Sprague is a graduate of Hudson High School, Hudson,
Ohio, and Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland. Mr. Hen-
drickson is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended Canal
Zone College. He is currently serving with the United States Navy
in Lewes, Delaware.
The wedding is planned for May 15 in Hudson.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Wells, of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Mary Linda, to Guy Michael
Fealey, son of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Fealey, of Curundu, Canal
A June wedding is planned.
Linda Frances Woodruff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion B.
Woodruff (Elsie Lawyer), of La Boca, Canal Zone, was married on
February 20, 1971, to Wallace Lester Weir, son of Major and Mrs.
Ernest L. Weir, USAF, Retired, of Grandview, Missouri.
Former Canal Zone residents who attended the ceremony
were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, sister of the bride, Mr. and
Mrs. John F. McDowell, and Mr. Gary Meyer.
The young newlyweds are making their home in Bristol, Con-
Mr. and Mrs. Marco Babic announce the birth of a son, Marco,
their first child, on January 4, 1971, in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Babic, the former Melody Stroop, is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Stroop, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Stroop with
their three younger children arrived by plane from MBYEA, East
Africa, where Mr. Stroop is employed, to welcome the new arrival.
The baby's maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
E. C. Stoop, Sr., of Sarasota, Florida. Marco is their second great-
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Boland, of Lanham, Maryland, announce
the birth of a baby girl, Catherine Lynn, on December 22, 1970.
The Bolands have one other daughter, Jean, age 10.
Paternal grandmother, Mrs. Harry (Marge) Boland, of West
Columbia, South Carolina, was on hand to welcome the new arrival.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Vaughan, of Hugo,
Mr. and Mrs. James P. Bradley of Los Rios announce the
birth of their third child and first daughter, Eileen Paige, on April
6 at Gorgas Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Norton B. Stephen-
son, and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Kat,
all of Florida and all former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. and Mrs. George H. Cotton of Balboa announce the birth
of their fourth child and second daughter on March 18.
Sharon's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Trim,
Jr., of Diablo, Canal Zone, and the paternal grandparent, Mr. W. G.
Cotton, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard J. French of Gatun announce the birth
of a son on March 20. The baby has been named Frank Jay French.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lee R. Sparks of
Los Rios and the paternal grandparents Dr. and Mrs. W. F. French
Mr. and Mrs. James Grobaski, of Randolph, New York, an-
nounce the birth of their second child and first son, Kenneth Charles,
on July 8, 1970.
Mrs. Grobaski is the former Margaret Knox, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert J. Knox of Balboa. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. J. Grobaski, of Jamestown, New York. Maternal great-
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, Sr., of Sara-
Mr. and Mrs. LeMoyne Hall (Dolores Wheeler), of San An-
tonio, Texas, announce the birth of their second child and first son,
Wheeler Garett, on February 17, 1971.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. LeMoyne
Hall, Sr., of Isla Morada, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wheel-
er, of Los Rios, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock, Jr. (Jennifer Otis), of
Cambridge, Massachusetts, announce the birth of their first child,
a son, James Cooper, on August 31, 1970.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Hitchcock, of Sarasota, Florida, and Mr. William A. Otis, of Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, is the maternal grandfather.
Mr. Hitchcock is with Prentiss-Hall Publishers in the Col-
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wade Irving (Susan Jane Corrigan), of
Simi, California, announce the birth of their second child, a son,
Wade Joseph, on January 29, 1971.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. (Grace)
Irving, of Laguna Hills, California. Maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph (Jean) Corrigan, of San Diego, California.
Gary and Sue have just purchased a new home in Simi. Gary
is Senior Engineer with "Singer," Librascope Groupe, in Glendale,
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Lawler announce the birth of a daugh-
ter, Lisa Lynn, at San Fernando Clinic, Panama. Mrs. Lawler is the
former Miss Barbara Hopkins.
Mr. and Mrs. Heinrich Moser (Mary Lerchen) announce the
birth of their first child, Theresa Maria, on May 21, 1970, in Tucson,
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Lerchen, of
Green Valley, Arizona. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H.
Moser, of Salzburg, Austria.
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Pic (Mary Ann Pennock) announce the
birth of their second child, a daughter named Debora Ann, on Febru-
ary 21, 1971, in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Winchell T. Pennock of St. Petersburg is the maternal
grandmother. The paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Pic,
reside in Gulfport.
M/Sgt. John Pabon, USAF, and Mrs. Pabon, of Sacramento,
California, announce the birth of their fourth son, Patrick Charles,
on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1971.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Pabon have a second daughter, Laurie
Gayle, born on October 14, 1970, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Ray Perkins announce the birth of their
fourth child and first daughter on October 20 in Oxen Hill, Mary-
land. The baby has been named Lisa Marie.
Mrs. Perkins is the former Doris Pabon, daughter of Mrs.
Lucille Pabon of Port Charlotte, Florida. Mr. Perkins, who was
formerly stationed at Fort Davis, is a member of the City Police
Force in Washington, D.C.
The Pabon family, former Canal Zone residents, resided on the
Atlantic Side where the late Mr. Pabon was employed with the
Motor Transportation Division until his retirement in 1959.
Mr. and Mrs. Christian S. Skeie, Jr. (Tita Bain), of Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, announce the birth of their second child and
second son on February 15, 1971. He has been named Jason Paul
and will be called J. P.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Bain, of
St. Petersburg, Florida, and paternal grandparents Mrs. Henri Skeie
and the late Christian Skeie, of Balboa, Canal Zone. The paternal
great-grandparent is Mr. Christian O. Skeie, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edwin Thrift, of Gatun, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their first child, a son, Robert Edwin Thrift,
Jr., on January 21, 1971, at Coco Solo Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Chase
of Balboa and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wallace
E. Thift, of Los Rios.
Lt. David E. Vaughn, USN, and Mrs. Vaughn, of Jackson-
ville, Florida, are receiving congratulations on the birth of their first
child, a daughter, on March 9, 1971, at the Naval Hospital. The
baby has been named Cassia Christine.
Mrs. Vaughn is the former Beverly Jean Dockery, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur J. Dockery, Sr., of Austell, Georgia. Mr.
and Mrs. Arthur A. Vaughn, of Huntsville, Alabama, are the paternal
THIS N' THAT- ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Holt (Madalyn and Pete), of Harris-
burg, Pennsylvania, spent several days in early March with former
colleagues from the Division of Schools. During his last years on
the Zone, Mr. Holt was Principal of Balboa Junior High, and Mrs.
Holt taught science in Balboa High School. They left the Zone in
1942 for the States where Pete had accepted a position with the
State Department of Education in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Holt is now
retired from teaching and counseling in the Harrisburg schools, but
Mr. Holt is still on the job. It was "remember this" and "remem-
ber that" when Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Zierten, Mr. Buck Lockridge and the Allen B. Wards reminisced
on events of the wonderful 1930's. The Holts are new members of
the Society 429 Berryhill Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack U. Saum, of Annandale, Virginia, were
spring visitors in St. Petersburg and other Florida cities. They were
entertained by Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wood.
Winchell T. Pennock visited his mother Mrs. Winchell T.
Pennock after completing boot camp at Lackland A.F.B., Texas. He
reported to Mather A.F.B. in Sacramento, California, on April 11.
Mrs. Jean Downing and her sister Mrs. Eva Edwards, of
2872 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, California 94118, old
timers who lived on the Atlantic side years ago have been on an
extended trip to the Canal Zone and then to Florida. In St.
Petersburg they visited with Mrs. S. J. Shreves, Mrs. Alice Barnes,
and Mrs. B. C. Judd before returning to California.
Mrs. A. R. McDaniel, of Southern Pines, North Carolina,
was the guest of Mrs. Blanche Briscoe in March. Mrs. McDaniel
spent the winter months with her sister in Lake Wales, Florida.
Miss Ellen Thomas, a former teacher at Balboa High School
(Latin, English, Journalism) visited old friends in St. Petersburg in
March. Miss Thomas left the Zone in 1951 and taught for a few
years in St. Petersburg. She is now teaching in the University of
Chicago High School. Miss Thomas has just completed a method's
book for teachers, "Improving Reading in Every Class" which is in
the hands of the publisher, Allyn and Bacon. The book should be
available early in 1972.
Mr. Thomas C. Peterson accompanied his mother, Mrs. Mar-
garet Peterson, to St. Petersburg when she returned from the Canal
Zone in February.
Former Executive Secretary of the Canal Zone, Mr. Eugene
C. Lombard and Mrs. Lombard, of Toms River, New Jersey, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan in March.
Miss Dorothy Judd, a member of the faculty of Abbot Acad-
emy, Andover, Massachusetts, spent a few days with her mother,
Mrs. Lucille Judd, in March.
Mrs. Sam McKenzie, of Griffin, Georgia, when vacationing
in Florida, enjoyed a few days with Mrs. Ida Barlow.
Mrs. John H. Tyrrell (Bea), Tryon, North Carolina, was a
March guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace W. Post. Bea
enjoyed seeing many friends of Zone days who are living in St.
Emerson Gilmore, of York, Pennsylvania, visited in St. Pe-
tersburg in March.
The G. Carter Orrs entertained Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Dick-
man, of Detroit, Michigan, in April.
Mr. and Mrs. James Reece (Janet Stockham) and two chil-
dren, of Akron, Ohio, spent a week at Easter with Mrs. Roy Stock-
ham and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece.
Mrs. Carl H. Neu, Jr. (Carmen Smith) and son, of Denver,
Colorado, were the guests of Carmen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.
Mrs. Norman Steinacker (Teresa Grimm) joined her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm, winter residents of St. Petersburg
from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for the Easter vacation.
Mr. Gus Holmelin, of Crosby, Texas, visited his mother in
St. Petersburg in March.
Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen and Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright en-
tertained Mr. and Mrs. William Bogle, of White Plains, New York,
during the Easter holidays.
Mrs. Norman Nifong (Kaye Sergeant) and baby daughter
were Easter visitors in the home of Kaye's parents, Capt. and Mrs.
R. C. Sergeant.
Mrs. Lillian Knight, of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Kay
Eldridge, of Watertown, New York, were winter visitors in the St.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Sosted, of Punta Gorda, Florida,
were the houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay over the week-
end of April 23.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Dewey Goodwin will relax in cool North
Carolina during Florida's hot summer months. They will visit rela-
tives in Iowa before returning home in the fall. Mr. and Mrs.
Albert McKeown also plan to leave July 15 for a few weeks in
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge left St. Petersburg in mid-April
for a vacation in Europe. They shipped their Mercedes-Benz and
have planned their itinerary to favorite spots in Europe discovered
on previous trips, as well as exploring new places of interest. They
expect to be gone until December.
An extended vacation in Paris is the good fortune of Miss
Nellie Lynn Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood. Nellie
will sail on May 16th from Fort Lauderdale on the FEDERICO C
(an Italian line) with Miss Joelle Hilary who is returning to her
home in Paris after several months in the United States. They will
stop in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Madeira, Barcelona, and Naples.
In Genoa where they disembark, they plan to rent a car and drive
to Rome where they will spend several days before taking the train
to Paris. Miss Wood will be the guest of Joelle and her parents in
Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Bissell were houseguests of Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Broussard, Abbeville, Louisiana, over the weekend of April
17. See Louisiana Report for details.
Mrs. Erma Forbes left May 5 on her annual coast to coast
travels, seeing family and friends. After helping pick and can
strawberries in Bradford, Pennsylvania, she will fly to Vancouver,
British Columbia, for a visit with her son and daughter-in-law, Dr.
and Mrs. James Forbes and the grandchildren. From Vancouver,
she will fly to California for another family reunion seeing her
daughter Joan (Mrs. S. G. Astrim) and her family. There will also
be many wonderful get-togethers with Erma's host of friends among
the ex-Zonians in California. She will visit relatives in Washington
and Oregon before returning to St. Petersburg in the fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Zierten drove to Bradley University,
Peoria, Illinois, in April where Zip attended a Letterman's Reunion.
They also visited family in Barrington, Illinois.
Captain and Mrs. Elmer Abbott joined the April exodus from
St. Petersburg and drove to their home state of California for visits
with relatives as well as many Zonian friends now residing on the
"THEY ALL COME BACK" is the title of a chapter in the
1915 YEAR BOOK, SOCIETY OF THE CHAGRES. At the Fourth
Annual Dinner of the Society held at the Tivoli, eventually, the
usual talk about "this infernal rotten hole that isn't fit for a dog to
live in" started. Repeated declarations followed from many "of
being fed-up with this dump" and the usual, "I'm going back to
God's country where a man can get a good square meal and a decent
drink ." A few present, however, did not indulge in the loud
talking. They only smiled queerly They had just been rein-
stated after several months' absence in the States .
On the midnight train trip home, the writer fell asleep and
dreamed he went to Heaven. He successfully went through Purga-
tory "like a tourist seeing the Canal" and then moved slowly with
others in the line before the GOLD ENTRANCE. When St. Peter
asked where he was from, he answered the Canal Zone and stated
he was on the "Gold Roll" but when St. Peter requested his metal
check number, he had, unfortunately, lost it the night before and
didn't even have a commissary book with him as proof of identifi-
cation. St. Peter informed him he would have to go back and get
his metal check or a paper from the timekeeper. He then asked
permission to look around before returning so as to tell the boys
down on the Zone about Heaven. His request was granted, and he
went on the sight-seeing train with a guide. He was puzzled to
see a number of angels who were fastened to great balls of gold
by means of long golden chains attached to jeweled bands on their
legs. The angels didn't seem particularly happy, and most of them
were trying to break away. The guide, when asked why the angels
had the balls and chains on their legs answered, "Oh, the chain
gang, why, we have only a few of them. Those angels are from
the Canal Zone, and if we let them loose they'd go back."
1971 and ex-Zonians still GO BACK.
In February, Captain and Mrs. Henry E. Falk of St. Peters-
burg visited the Canal Zone for the first time since retirement in
1957. The son of one of the Canal's first pilots, Henry Falk went
to the Zone as a young boy. He began piloting ships through the
Canal in 1926 and during his long career had many important
piloting jobs, including being one of the two senior pilots aboard
the SS GOTHIC that transited in 1953 with Queen Elizabeth II
of England aboard.
Mr. Wendell Greene, the Panama Canal's first treasurer and
another Old Timer (41 years of service) also returned to the scenes
of his childhood in February his first visit since 1958. Mr. Greene
went to the Isthmus with his parents in 1907. In 1909 he got his
first job with the Canal at the age of 14 as a messenger and con-
tinued on the Panama Canal payroll until 1919, when he went to
the United States to attend college. He returned to the Zone. In
1948 he was made Panama Canal Treasurer and was retired in 1952.
Mr. Greene is one of the few surviving employees to hold the Roose-
velt Medal given for two years of construction service. He and his
wife, Mildred, a former Canal Zone librarian, make their home in
Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Klipper, of Pompano Beach, Florida,
spent a month on the Isthmus as the house guests of their son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McArthur of Los Rios and their
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klipper of Ancon.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl, of Ocala, Florida, spent a month
visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dahl-
stom, in Balboa.
Miss Sophie McLimans, of Sheridan, Wyoming, spent the
winter months visiting on the Zone.
In March, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Seppy (Lacy Hinkle), of
Washington, D.C., visited Mrs. Seppy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
Hinkle and her brother and his family, Mr. and Mrs. William Hinkle
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Linker, of Seminole, Florida, were Zone
visitors in February.
The Arthur T. Cottons, of San Diego, California; Mr. and Mrs.
Ross H. Hollowell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks, Mr. and Mrs.
R. M. Schneider, and Mrs. Dorothy C. Barbour of St. Petersburg;
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lerchen, of Green Valley, Arizona; Mr.
and Mrs. Philip Thornton, of Mill Valley, California; Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Blaney, Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina; Mr. and Mrs. Adrien
Bouche, Raphine, Virginia; Mr. and Mrs. George Engelke, Benton-
ville, Arkansas; and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Hellums, Gretna,
Louisiana, Duayne T. McNeil, Bradenton, Florida, David Potts, Vir-
ginia, Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Hughes, Dunnellon, Florida, Mr. and
Mrs. Richard H. Jenks, Inverness, Florida, and Mrs. Melba Heintz
were among the many passengers on that last trip of the CRISTO-
BAL before conversion to a freighter. Some had made a round trip;
others had visited families or friends on the Zone; to many it was
"now or never" for just one more nostalgic trip on a P. R. R. boat.
The Roberts Hicks of St. Petersburg reported, "It was a
wonderful trip both ways, and the crew, from the Captain down,
did their best to make this a memorable trip. The food was excellent.
We were on the Zone only three days while the ship was in port. We
stayed at the Tivoli, another 'last time.'
When we pulled out of Cristobal, there was a farewell cere-
mony with the Fire Tug Trinidad circling the CRISTOBAL, whistles
blowing and spewing out streams of water from the fire hoses, as
we pulled away from the dock and headed for the breakwater a
trip that will remain in our memories for a long, long time."
The CRISTOBAL, born in 1939 to replace its antiquated
predecessor, was once dubbed "a happy ship" by one of the officers.
Captain Erik J. Eriksen, who became the Master of the CRISTO-
BAL in June, 1941, took great pride in his ship and its capable
officers. Captain Eriksen and several other members of the crew
remained on the ship through her four years and five months of
service as an army transport during World War II. One of her
last Army assignments was service in the bride and diaper trade
following her partial reconversion in January, 1946. Brides and
children of 17 different nationalities were brought to their homes
in the United States from England, France, Egypt, and Germany
on the CRISTOBAL. THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, No-
vember 3, 1950.
From a glance at the passenger list for the March 18, 1971,
sailing, perhaps it would be apropos to state the LAST assignment
of the CRISTOBAL before conversion to a freighter status was not
only service to Zonians on vacation and new retirees but service to
Watching sailboats flit across the waters of Boca Ciega Bay,
Gulfport, Florida, is much more relaxing than pushing a lawnmower.
Louise and Carter Orr, Anna and Wells Wright, and Hattie and
Roland Jones have sold their homes in St. Petersburg and will enjoy
a more leisurely life at the new Town Shores Condominium over-
looking the bay. Miss Margaret Whitman, after residing in a ren-
tal apartment for a year, has also bought into the Condominium.
Mrs. Milton A. Smith, formerly of Massey, Maryland, Miss Lucille
Jones and Mrs. Marjorie Hadlock moved into the Groton House,
one of the first buildings completed, several months ago. Mr. and
Mrs. H. G. Dickman, of Detroit, Michigan, have also purchased an
apartment in the same building as the Orrs Mrs. Dickman is
Carter's sister. The Dickmans plan to spend the winter months
in St. Petersburg until retirement to Florida in the future. Moving
dates are probably late May and June except for the Orrs who move
on May 3. New addresses are:
G. Carter Orr 5960 30th Avenue S., Hampton House, Apt. 103,
Gulfport, Florida 33707, Telephone 343-8176
Wells Wright 5960 30th Avenue S., Hampton House, Apt. 202,
Gulfport, Florida 33707.
Roland Jones 5960 30th Avenue S., Hampton House, Apt. 112,
Gulfport, Florida 33707
Margaret Whitman 5960 30th Avenue S., Hampton House, Apt.
312, Gulfport, Florida 33707.
Lydia and Louis Leazenbee enjoyed the month of March at
their home in Hollywood, Florida, as Pat (Leazenbee) and John
Kendig arrived from Ohio for a visit bringing the grandchildren,
Cheryl and Kevin. It was Kevin's first visit as he was just five
The Leazenbees reported that their son, Louis O. is stationed
at Lackland AFB, Texas, awaiting a school assignment.
Mrs. Dorothy E. Hamlin, of St. Petersburg, made a trip to
Wisconsin with Mrs. Eva Krusie, a niece of Mr. J. F. Everett (de-
ceased) in April. Dorothy is settled in her new apartment in St.
Petersburg 3100 36th Street North, Apartment 20, Zip 33713.
Her new phone number is 527-6712.
It was a joyous Thanksgiving and Christmas for Mrs. N. E.
(Elsie) Gibson, of Flora, Illinois, who visited her three sons and
families on the Zone. It was also a busy time with ten grandchildren
to get reacquainted with and a new grandson (Bill and Camille's)
to welcome for the first time. Noel has six children, Bob has four,
and Bill, one (new) son.
Mrs. Gibson returned to the States on January 23 but visited
other friends on the way home, arriving in Flora the second week
of February. Now, she is anticipating the summer months when
Bob and Bill's families will be in the States.
Mrs. Gibson's name was inadvertently omitted from the 1970
ANNUAL ISSUE. Her address is the same as it has been for sev-
eral years 1007 E. Third, Apartment 7, Flora, Illinois 62839. She
enjoys living in Flora and would be glad to see any of her friends
at any time they are in the vicinity.
Mrs. Frederick Grunewald (Alberta Dodds) spent part of last
December and January with her daughter, Mary Margaret, who lives
in Summit, New York. Mary Margaret's husband, Dr. Donald J.
Wynnemer is in the New York City offices of Standard Oil of New
Jersey. They have four children, the oldest of whom is in college,
and the youngest in the fourth grade. Mrs. Grunewald also en-
joyed visiting friends in Greenlawn, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack U. Saum left Annandale, Virginia, on
August 11, 1970, for a European tour. England, Scotland, Ireland,
France, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, an eleven-day
cruise around the Greek Islands, Spain and Portugal were all on
their itinerary. They flew home from Lisbon on November 19.
Francis P. Washabaugh, Box 38, Albion, Pennsylvania -
"My wife and I are still on the road seeing the USA. We have
driven over 14,000 miles since by retirement last July and we are
looking forward to more travel now that warmer weather has arrived.
We hope to attend the Reunion next January in St. Petersburg. See
you all then."
Retirees in Aiken, South Carolina, enjoy the thrills of horse
racing C. W. Kilbey reporting, 3-12-71 -" Aiken, South Carolina,
is noted as a town that loves horses and horse racing. It has been
known throughout the USA as being the outstanding center for the
winter training of thoroughbred and standardbred horses, the mild
winters and the quickly drained sandy-clay soil being perfect for
both horses and humans connected with the world of horses.
This year saw three Saturdays of racing in Aiken. The first
event on March 6 found most of the Canal Zone colony of Aiken in
attendance, including Mr. and Mrs. H. Willenbrock, Mr. and Mrs.
M. Smouse, Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Clontz, Mr. and Mrs. C. Drew, Mrs.
A. Kapinos. The Bob Rowes, Senior and Junior, and wives were also
present. C. W. Kilbey was also present but in the capacity of one
of several reporter-photographers covering the event, sulky racing,
for the Aiken STANDARD. It is anticipated that the colony will
also be found at the railside for the flat racing meet to be held on
March 13 and the steeplechase races to be seen on March 20.
Retirement by Jim Hickman, Clearwater, Florida "All
working men look forward to the day when they may retire, and
when that day comes many are not ready Some knew exactly
what they hoped to do while others knew not what they would be
doing the following day. The latter group had not thought of re-
tirement until they put in their 194-T.
"An employee of Panama Canal must realize he is working and
living on a military reservation and not in a state of free enterprise.
Many, when they leave this reservation, became lost."
Mr. Hickman, while on the Zone, tried to live in prepara-
tion for the day when he would have to leave the reservation "be-
cause I knew that day would come and I didn't want to become
a lost soul."
Retirees, he believes, who prepared for retirement, are enjoy-
ing life. "Out in Kerrville, Texas, Jim Hoverson is selling real
estate, and Ed Webster, before he left the Zone, said he planned
to sell real estate or work in a bank. Down in the Miami area,
Eddie O'Brien, Herb and Lloyd Peterson are working for the same
construction company, and George Cain is in charge of the Mail
Room at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
Mike Greene, Harry Cain, and Roger Orvis are driving a
Book-Mobile part-time and working in the Sarasota Car Inspection
Center part-time. Kenny Brassle is the Charlotte County Plumbing
Inspector. Bart Bartram and Ed Spinney are working side by side
in a Tampa machine shop. Don Dietz is working for an engineering
firm as Project Engineer in the Tampa Bay area. Sherm Hammond
is in charge of Public Works for the City of Largo. Gene Shipley
and Walter McBride work for the Bank of Clearwater, and George
Martin is keeping very busy with his orchids. Brodie Burnham
is instructor for the Defensive Driving Program being held in the
Tarpon Springs area. Up in Hendersonville,, North Carolina, Bob
Van Wagner keeps busy operating the Chagres Fund. Up in Nash-
ville, Henry Carpenter is in charge of set construction for the Johnny
Cash TV show, and their son Richard is in the Remote Sound En-
gineering business .
"To enjoy retirement, you have to prepare for it, and there
is work available for anyone who wishes to work."
Mrs. David S. Smith (Mildred Cotton), who has been living
with her daughter Mariemma (Mrs. Paul R. McDonald) in Fort
Clayton, visited her son Charles in Harwood, Maryland, before join-
ing the McDonalds in their new home in Port Royal, Virginia -
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hardy, formerly of Miami, Florida,
have joined the many ex-Zonians in the Bay area. Their new ad-
dress is: Eldorado Park, Lot 163, Largo, Florida 33540.
Mrs. H. I. Homa (Etta K.), a long-time resident of the
Tivoli with deep regret has left the Zone and is now living in Miami,
Florida 801 South Bayshore Drive, Apt. 927, Miami 33131.
Mrs. Mary A. Kincaid who moved from Decatur, Georgia to
Ormond Beach, Florida 10 Palm Drive writes that her son,
Joseph Henry is with the Post Office in Ormond Beach.
A SUGGESTION from Robert C. Daniel, Spring Valley, Cali-
fornia "May I suggest that a calendar of events be published in
the Canal Zone Record as a regular feature. The calendar should
list, as far in advance as possible, the date, time, and places of all
known meetings, picnics, etc., of Panama Canal employee associa-
tions, clubs, etc.
"As you know, Canal retirees are great travelers, and they
just might be able to arrange their itineraries to include some of
these events, if they just knew far enough in advance to plan that
way." Editor To keep in contact with fellow employees and
friends of Zone days prompted John F. Warner and other charter
members on July 24, 1932, to lay the foundation for the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. We, however, depend entirely on volun-
tary contributions for news. If organizations throughout the United
States cooperate and send us the necessary information for a regu-
lar calendar of scheduled events, we would be glad to compile such
a list. Contributors should take into consideration that copy is sent
to the printer one month before issue of the RECORD; material
should reach us ten days before our deadline dates the first of
February, May, August and November.
Monthly meetings of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
Inc., are held at 1:30 p.m. on the FIRST Friday of the month at the
Gulfport Community Center.
The Annual BLANCHE SHAW PICNIC will be held on Sun-
day, June 28th at 1 p.m. at Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California plan a
picnic on June 13, 1971, at Recreation Park, 7th Street and Park
Avenue, Long Beach, California 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any ex-Zonians
in the area, contact one of the officers (see California Report for
names of new officers and addresses) for details.
News from Mrs. C. M. (Jessie) Anderson, of Swoope, Vir-
ginia "We surely missed Florida this winter for we really had
snow up here. However, we will be back this fall and this time,
I think we will change our residence to Florida. Guess we will still
keep our home up here but gradually "wean" ourselves away from
Virginia. I want to sell or divide our three acres as that much land
is "work" to keep up, but we will always want a cool place in the
summer, on the river and in the mountains like this so guess we
will probably keep it in the family."
Thomas and Mae Gibson, of Reston, Virginia, spent a fabu-
lous month in January visiting their son-in-law, Lt. Col. Milton F.
Callero, their daughter Nancy, and the three grandchildren in Bra-
silia, Brazil. Lt. Col Callero is the United States Army Attache at
the American Embassy in Brasilia.
Mrs. Gertrude M. Hilty, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, sends
greetings to all. Mrs. Hilty (daughter of "Pop Reese", deceased
August, 1964) lived in Cristobal from 1919-40 and later worked with
the Correspondence Bureau at Balboa Heights. She left the Canal
Zone in November, 1950. She writes, "I plan on making the Reunion
every year, but winter is not my travel time. I manage a trip to
Westbury, Long Island, every summer to visit with Nancy Casswell
and her family and that's it! They are the only ex-Zonites I get
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Thibodeau left Orlando on April 30
for their summer retreat Roan Mountain, Tennessee. En route
they stopped in Columbia, South Carolina, for a few days' visit with
their son Peter and his wife Connie. The Thibodeaus expect to
return to Florida about November 1.
Captain and Mrs. Leland Brooks, of Diggs, Mathew County,
Virginia, who were spring visitors in Florida, were guests of Captain
and Mrs. Ralph Curles, of Dunnellon, Florida, and Captain and Mrs.
H. T. Lacy, of Largo. WELCOME to the Brooks as new members
of the Society.
Dr. G. A. Mellander, who lived in the Canal Zone from 1940
to 1957 and a 1952 graduate of Balboa High School, is the author
of a new book, THE UNITED STATES IN PANAMANIAN POLI-
TICS. He began research on material utilized in his book fifteen
years ago and was able to interview a number of leading personali-
ties in Panama as well as consult with her major historians and
conduct research in the National archives and in the prominent pub-
lic and private libraries on the Isthmus. He later completed the
research portion of this project while living in Washington, D.C.
In a most engaging and absorbing way (this is no "dry-as-
dust" book), Dr. Mellander has probed and evaluated the early re-
lationships between the United States, an emerging naval power,
and Panama's political leaders and their parties in the early twen-
tieth century. He writes with authenticity and vigor and appeals
to those who wish to separate fact from fantasy to judge for them-
selves. Although both sides of the issues are presented, neither is
championed by the author.
Since completing his formal studies at The George Wash-
ington University where he received his Ph.D. in Latin American
History and Political Science, Dr. Mellander has taught at the George
Washington University and at Pembroke State University. He also
served for three years as Academic Dean at Inter American Univer-
sity in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is presently Dean of Academic
affairs and Professor of Latin American History and Political Science
at York College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mellander is listed in the
DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN SCHOLARS, WHO'S WHO IN
AMERICAN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRA-
TION, and the DICTIONARY OF INTERNATIONAL BIOG-
RAPHY, and was selected to be included among the list of Out-
standing Educators of America in 1970.
Dr. Mellander (Gus to many Zone friends) is a new member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and is interested in renew-
ing contacts with old Zonian friends. His address is: 412 Colonial
Avenue, York, Pennsylvania 17403.
Cristobal High School welcomed a new staff member this
month, William Will. He is no stranger to Cristobal High, how-
ever, for he is a 1960 graduate of CHS. After graduation from
Cristobal, Mr. Will attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio,
and received the B.S. Degree in 1964. He transferred to the Uni-
versity of Florida, Gainesville, to begin his graduate studies. His
studies were interrupted by a three year period of service in the
United States Marine Corps. After his discharge he returned to
Florida where he earned the Master of Education Degree in June,
1970. He worked as a banker for six months before accepting the
offer to teach at Cristobal. He is assigned High School and Junior
High School classes in Spanish and English. Mr. Will was an out-
standing student while at Cristobal having been a Student Associa-
tion officer, officer in the ROTC, member of the Yearbook and the
school paper, letter-winner in basketball, and was voted "Friend-
liest" in the Senior Class hall of fame. PANAMA AMERICAN,
March 16, 1971.
OLD TIMERS' PENSIONS Major Kathleen Hoffman
Replinger, Rochester, New York, after checking legal requirements
for widows qualifying for this pension under the Canal Zone Con-
struction Annuity Act, recommends that prospective beneficiaries
take necessary steps to facilitate prompt receipt of the annuity in
the future. The widow must furnish a copy of the record of mar-
riage and notarized affidavits from AT LEAST two persons who
can certify from personal knowledge that the widow resided on the
Isthmus with her husband at least one year between a date in 1904
and March 31, 1914. She still has to be married to him and residing
with him at the time of his death.
In a letter to Mrs. Judd (April 12, 1971), Mrs. Replinger
wrote, "I foresee that as the numbers of those drawing annuities
under the Canal Zone Construction Annuity Act decrease, it will
be increasingly difficult for widows to prove their eligibility for the
widow's annuity. I checked with our lawyers to find out if affidavits
could be prepared ahead of time in anticipation of a future need.
He said that a notarized document would stand up regardless of
Mrs. Replinger, hoping to help others in a time of emergency,
suggests that it would be appropriate for the Panama Canal Society
to publicize the requirement for the affidavits and that the affidavits
necessary were legal if obtained and notarized now while contacts are
News from Mrs. Nathan Witkin, Houston Texas "Rabbi
Witkin is well and very busy with his work as Chaplain at the Texas
Medical Center. We see many people from the Canal Zone and
Panama during the year for more and more come for check-ups or
for specific medical care.
Michael and Shelley moved this month from Lexington, Ken-
tucky, to New Orleans, where Michael has affiliated with the Ochs-
ner Clinic. His specialty is Internal Medicine and Endocrinology.
The change is a good one, professionally and personally, so they are
quite happy with their move.
Sam is still at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, work-
ing very hard as the assistant to the Jewish Chaplain. He will com-
plete his tour of duty with the Army at the end of June. To cele-
brate, he hopes to vacation for a few weeks in Europe if he has
saved enough for the trip.
Naomi and Noel are quite busy in Peekskill, New York. She
has a new position with General Electric in a special personnel train-
ing unit recently established in upper Westchester County. Noel
has just been granted a six-months sabbatical leave from his position
as reading supervisor in Putnam County schools, and they hope to
spend part of it traveling abroad.
Judy, unfortunately, remains quite ill, suffering a great deal
with severe headaches. However, we are again consulting physicians
and hope to find some relief for her."
Hayward Shacklett, of State College, Pennsylvania, reports
that his son, Paul H. Shacklett, wife Jackie, and new son, Peter Paul,
were guests over Christmas vacation. "Now that the little year and
one-half "home wrecker" has gone back to the Canal Zone, we are
gradually returning to normal, and I have about found all the blocks
and toys which had escaped under the furniture. They had a won-
derful time and the experience of a white Christmas and good old
fashion zero winter weather.
"With the passing of Mrs. Daisy Lingle, a former school
teacher, Blanchard, Pennsylvania, whose husband was a railroad en-
gineer in Construction Days, and Thomas Allen Bathurst, a 'car
knocker' in the Los Cascadas Shops in 1910 and 1911, a nephew
of George Lingle, I have lost contact with old retired employees here
in central Pennsylvania. Our nearest Canal Zone neighbors are
Charlie Barton and his wife in Newport on the beautiful Juniata
River We visited Charlie in his new house at Christmas time.
He had just moved in and was quite proud of the restoration he had
done on the old brick house of the Pennsylvania Canal days. Having
done the same thing to our house in State College, I could sym-
pathize and appreciate all the work necessary to make these old
houses livable and modern.
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Souder, of Tolland, Connecticut, who
spent the winter months at Charlotte Harbor, Florida, celebrated
their Golden Wedding Anniversary with two parties over the week-
end of February 27th and 28th. On Saturday evening a pre-anniver-
sary dinner party was celebrated, and on Sunday afternoon the
Souders were feted with a open house at the Harbor View Trailer
Park recreation hall.
Viola and Herbert T. Souder were married on February 28,
1921, in Balboa, Canal Zone. Mrs. Souder is the former Viola
Emmerich. Mr. Souder is a past Department Commander for World
War I Veterans in the State of Connecticut.
Sons of the Souders, Herbert T. Souder, Jr., of Farmington,
Michigan, and Robert L. Souder, of Enfield, Connecticut, and their
families were in Florida to help celebrate the memorable occasion.
Other out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Flechig, Tolland,
Connecticut; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rankin, Jacksonville Beach, for-
mer residents of the Canal Zone; and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Weigold,
Naples, Florida, aunt and uncle of Mrs. Souder. (See Picture).
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Capps, Sr., observed their Fiftieth Wed-
ding Anniversary at a family dinner event on March 15 in Shawnee,
Oklahoma. Hosting the party were their sons and families, Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Capps, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Capps. Attend-
ing were family members and a special guest, Mrs. Allie Duff.
Mr. and Mrs. Capps were married in Kingfisher, Oklahoma,
on March 15, 1921. They went to the Canal Zone in 1940 where he
worked for the Panama Railroad, and she was employed by the Pan-
ama Canal. After returning to the states in 1949, they lived in Boone,
Iowa, for 15 years and later moved to Coffeyville, Kansas. In 1970
they returned to Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl N. Nix, of Liberty Hill, Texas, celebrated
their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on March 7, 1971. The Open
House was hosted by their three children, Mrs. Edward M. Bell
(Carla M.), of Temple, Texas, Mrs. Robert J. Donaldson (Jeanine
V.), of Warren, New Jersey, and C. Larry Nix, of Westport, Con-
In addition to their children, thirteen grandchildren, one
great-granddaughter, former Zonians, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Souder, of
Houston, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Mercon Weeks, of Lufkin, Texas,
and many friends attended the festivities.
Mr. and Mrs. Nix (Marguerite and Carl N.) have sixty acres
on the South San Gabriel River near Liberty Hill, Texas, that they
call Nixhaven. They raise Registered Polled Hereford cattle, a few
colts, and some sheep. They wrote, "We'd love to see any of our
old friends any time." See Picture.
Mrs. Marie Wolt returned to St. Petersburg in May after an
extended visit with her family in Gatun Albert, Dorothy, and
Debbie Pate. Marie is still active in Eastern Stars. While on the
Zone, she was Chaplain for Royal Palm's 55th Birthday. Marie and
May Cotton were honored as being the Senior Past Matrons of Royal
Palm. Marie never missed a meeting, and when a substitute was
needed she was always ready to help out and do her part. Marie
still does outstanding work and gives the younger ones something to
Ruth Egolf and Marie were on the go constantly. In April,
they took Don Brayton's Express (P. R. R.) over to Emily (Horine)
Brooks in Balboa to a farewell dinner for Mrs. Grace Sanders, who
left the Isthmus to make her home in the States and Mrs. Dorothy
Sanders, whose husband Bruce is retiring in May. It was a delight-
ful evening, and it was a treat to hear Grace Sanders and Marie
Seeley talking about "old times" it should have been recorded
for posterity. Besides the honored guests, there were Marge French,
whose husband, Dr. French, is also retiring in May, Betty Purvis,
Frances Coman, Beverly Ebdon and Bea French.
Marie and Ruth Egolf also attended an enjoyable luncheon
at the Gatun Union Church in honor of the following ladies whose
husbands are retiring: Alberta George, Edith Stiebritz and Cynthia
Marie is very proud of her granddaughter Debbie who is
now the official organist for St. Margaret's Episcopal Church. Deb-
bie is now Charity in the Rainbow Girls, and Marie never missed
a Rainbow Meeting or function while on the Zone. Information
from Dorothy Pate who also wrote, "I could write a book on all of
mother's activities and on the people she has been associating with.
Everyone loves her, young and old. We call her our 'go go' girl.
She is always ready to go, and she is the 'belle of the ball' whenever
there is dancing."
The Pates are planning a trip to Kerrville, Texas, this summer
and will also spend a week in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge, of Sequim, Washington, vacationed in
Southern California in March. She visited her son and new daugh-
ter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Rudge of Oakland and then went
to Cypress near Long Beach to visit Lee and Lilybel Kariger. Both
Mrs. Rudge and Mrs. Kariger "enjoyed" a bout with the flu during
her visit. At least, as Minnie wrote, they "spent two weeks just
being miserable together."
Mrs. Rudge did see Grace Brown, Louise Jones, Grace's sis-
ter, Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Corn, and Mrs. Tracy. Grace
Brown had a get-together at her apartment, and they had a great
time visiting and reminiscing on Zone days. "As you might well
expect, we threw in some 'Bajun' dialect and jokes in the course of
Mrs. Rudge hopes to attend her first Reunion in St. Peters-
burg, in January, 1972.
News from Sara (Ferguson) Ekholm, Ithaca, New York -
"Sorry to be so late with this but have been waiting for a new grand-
baby so could announce two at once:
Susan Patricia Sinclair, born January 30, 1971, at Parma,
Ohio. Parents: Larry and Kathy Edholm Sinclair, of North Royal-
Julie Anne Ekholm, April 17, 1971, at Hancock, New York.
Parents: Joel and Jeanne Hartz Ekholm of Hancock.
That makes us six granddaughters. How about that?
My Dad is still going strong with his cabinet work in the
winters and gardening in summers.
The latchstring is always out to any Zonians who come to
the Finger Lakes."
Mrs. Delta I. Sampsell, retired nurse of Gorgas Hospital,
Canal Zone, now living at 1705 West Seventh Street, Frederick,
Maryland, is taking a six-week tour of Europe. She left New York
aboard the S. S. FRANCE May 5, 1971. Her itinerary will take her
to twelve countries.
W. J. McKeown, Sr., after a year in the Canal Zone visiting
his daughter, returned to the States on the last trip of the CRISTO-
BAL. His new address is 8020 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Petersburg
Beach, Florida 33706.
Peter N. Riley retired to the Show Me State. Mr. Riley
who has served the Marine Bureau for the past 30 years and until
retirement was administrative officer in the Navigation Division, left
the Isthmus on April 17 with his family for his new home in Moberly,
Missouri, where he has established a farm. Before he left he received
a Panama Canal Outstanding Performance Award and a check for
$250. This was his second outstanding award. In addition, he has
been given two superior service awards and received checks for two
Mr. Riley, a second generation Canal employee, went to the
Isthmus in 1941 as a junior clerk in the office of the Balboa Port
Captain and Mrs. Kenneth S. Roscoe have joined the colony
of ex-Zonians living in beautiful Sarasota, Florida 3886 27th
During his service with the Canal, Captain Roscoe served
briefly as second mate on the SS PANAMA, as a tug boat master
and Canal pilot. From 1962 to his recent retirement, he has been
assistant port captain in Cristobal.
Captain Roscoe received the Special Achievement Award from
Captain Robert O. Mink, Marine Bureau Director, at his retirement
4132 Tee Road, Sarasota, Florida 33580, is the new address
of the Allen K. Millers.
Mr. Miller, who served 33 years with the Canal organization,
is retiring chief of the Electrical-Mechanical Branch of the Engineer-
ing Division. Mrs. Miller completed 24 years with the Canal. She
held the position of chief of the Personnel Records in the Adminis-
trative Branch of the Personnel Bureau.
Charles N. Powell, lock operator at Pedro Miguel Locks, who
recently retired with more than 21 years' Canal service, was present-
ed the traditional Locks Division black palm cane and a carved
cedar chest which contained two Panamanian guayaberas at a fare-
well party hosted by his non-U.S. citizen co-workers. Mrs. Powell
received a tablecloth and flowers. Mr. Powell was the recipient of
two Superior Service Awards and one Outstanding Service Award.
The Powell's new address is: Route 3, 1219 Terrace Drive, Salem,
Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Fahrubel's new states' address is:
Box 1033, Primrose Terrace, Selma, Alabama 36701. Mr. Fahrubel
was employed with the Lock's Division on the Zone.
Georgia claims another Zone retiree. After May 15, 1971,
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A. Mohl, formerly of Gamboa, will be at
home at 401 Drexel Street, Albany, Georgia 31705.
The Annual Awards' Assembly of Balboa High School was
dedicated to Miss Hazel Matthews, a well-known teacher of English.
Miss Matthews retires at the close of the current school year and
will make her home at 408 Tupelo Road, Scottsboro, Alabama 35768.
Eighteen Honorary Public Service Awards were presented in
February at the First Annual Panama Canal Public Award ceremony.
The recipients were cited for contributing to or improving
the efficiency, economy, and effectiveness of the Canal organiza-
tion or improving the Isthmian community by their voluntary service
or act during the past calendar year.
The award is in the form of a certificate bearing photographs
of the incumbent President of the United States and Governor of
the Canal Zone accompanied by either a gold, silver, or bronze me-
dallion. The degree of difference in the three levels of the award
is nominal as the prestige and honor associated with the award en-
compasses all levels.
Only one gold medallion was presented. This went to the
Abou Saad Shrine Clown Unit for "voluntary service as an outstand-
ing citizens' group to the Isthmian community." The citation read
in part: "Their exceptional work has established bonds of friendship
between United States and Latin American communities beyond def-
inition." Any income derived from their performances has been
contributed to the Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital .
Those who received silver medallions are:
Richard W. Coy, who as founder and organizer of the Pacific
Minor and Junior Leagues, made it possible for more than 1,300
boys to play organized league baseball.
Manual M. Progana, who has devoted his time, skills and
funds to help handicapped children, notably blind children of the
Bruce A. Quinn, for contributing of his time and talents to
the production and direction of outstanding theatrical productions
during the past decade including an annual United Fund dramatic
musical which made a significant financial contribution to the an-
nual United Fund campaign.
Wesley "Red" Townsend for his contribution to the advance-
ment and betterment of the local youth for a period of more than
20 years. He is one of the founders of Camp Chagres, organizer and
leader of scouting jamborees, and planner and innovator of future
Bronze medallions were presented to the following individuals:
Floyd and Beverly Baker for their active participation in
youth, family, and community movements of the Atlantic community.
Wilfred Barrow for his voluntary service as advisor to the
aged and young people and for taking positive action in advancing
the standards of living conditions in the community of Rainbow City.
Arthur and Rosalyn Bernstein, who as members of the At-
lantic community since 1941, have strived continuously for the bet-
terment of the society in which they live Coco Solo and France
Carl Birchard, M.D., who has been active in church and
church-associated activities including work in the Canal Zone and
the Republic of Panama where he has offered his services as a doctor
to the needy.
Bernice K. Davison, who as supervisor for the Women's
Residence Hall of the Canal Zone College has voluntarily served as
a housemother since 1968, giving aid, advice and comfort and con-
tributing to an effective and efficient organization.
William I. Hollowell and Alfred T. Marsh for spreading the
message and spirit of Christmas throughout the Isthmus for over a
decade. They voluntarily constructed a sleigh and assumed the
roles of Santa and Helper bringing joy to the youngsters and adults.
Bernard K. Levin, M.D., who has been a staunch supporter
of the Canal Zone Boy Scouts, donating his time and knowledge for
the past 20 years.
Howard W. Osborn, who has contributed his time and talents
toward the improvement of the community through his association
with the Canal Zone Masonary, church, and recreational organiza-
Mrs. Violet Rhaburn for her contribution to the advancement
and betterment of her community through her work with the Santa
Cruz Civic Council, International Girl Scouts, and the Santa Cruz
Capt. Clifford V. Torstenson, Panama Canal pilot, for giving
of his skills and actively participating in the Girl and Boy Scout
movement since 1948.
Mrs. Marie Van Clief, who has served the community for
over half a century. Most notable of her achievements has been
more than five decades of public service to the Canal Zone Red Cross.
Roy A. Watson, who has served as president of the Rainbow
City Civic Council for three years, and as a volunteer member of
the Canal Zone United Fund and Group Insurance Board. Through
his efforts the social problems of the townsite has been minimized.
President Nixon has commissioned Ray L. Caldwell, of Al-
buquerque, New Mexico, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell, of Bal-
boa, Canal Zone, a Foreign Service Officer of the United States.
The Foreign Service of the United States is a career profes-
sional corps of men and women who are selected and trained to carry
out United States foreign policy. Mr. Caldwell received this ap-
pointment after successful completing highly competitive written
and oral examinations.
He will be assigned either to a United States embassy or con-
sulate in one of the more than 100 countries with which the United
States maintains diplomatic relations, or to the Department of State
headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Ray was graduated from Balboa High School in 1960. He
received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1964 and
an M.A. from the same institution in 1971.
Former Canal Zone resident, Mrs. Jane C. Davison, Red Cross
hospital volunteer in personal service at Camp Drake, Japan, is pic-
tured in the February 5, 1971, SPILLWAY, receiving certification
of basic Red Cross and hospital training from the assistant field
director at Camp Drake. Mrs. Davison is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Ray D. Wilson, of Balboa. Her husband, Captain Barry L.
Davison, chief of bacteriology and laboratory service at the 249th
General Hospital in Japan, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman B.
Davison of Balboa.
Malcolm E. Wheeler, who went to the Canal Zone with his
parents when he was two years old, has accepted a professorship at
the University of Kansas Law School at Lawrence, Kansas, and will
assume his duties in September.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler of Los
Rios. Valedictorian of the Balboa High School class of 1962, Mal-
colm earned high scholastic honors throughout his Canal Zone school
years and during his four years at MIT. After graduating from MIT
in 1966, he attended law school at Stanford University in California.
Charles Andrew Lusky, who was born and reared on the Canal
Zone, son of Captain and Mrs. Julius Lusky, of Fort Myers, Florida,
will graduate as an Honor Student (top 10% of the class of 1971)
from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, on June 12th, re-
ceiving a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His par-
ents will attend the graduating ceremonies in Corvallis.
Charles has been the recipient of the following scholarships
during his five years at Oregon State University: four-year Carpen-
ter Scholarship, two-year Oregon State Scholarship, one-year Boeing
Scholarship (Washington), the NROTC Scholarship, and a one-year
Bear Creek Orchard Scholarship.
He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor
Society and Eta Kappa Nu, National Electrical Engineering Honor
He will be commissioned in the United States Navy as an
Ensign during the summer of 1971 after finishing his 1st Class Cruise.
Lt. Fred Mohl, of the Canal Zone Fire Division, a past master
of the 4th Degree, Knights of Columbus, has been named a Knight of
the Order of Saint Sylvester, Pope and Martyr, by Pope Paul VI.
In the citation, Mr. Mohl was praised for his work with the
poor, the young people, the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus,
and his willingness to contribute time and funds for good causes.
The presentation included a scroll and gold medal.
John E. Schmidt, Jr. Outstanding Senior NCO The
March 21, 1971, GAZETTE TELEGRAPH, Colorado Springs, Colo-
rado "Air Force Academy enlisted men and officers met March 19
in honor of the installation's outstanding airmen at the Annual Air-
man-NCO Awards Banquet. M.Sgt. John E. Schmidt, Jr., was cho-
sen as outstanding senior NCO.
"Sgt. Schmidt is the chief of Production Control for the Dean
of Faculty's Directorate of Instructional Technology. He was praised
for his thorough knowledge of the division and his outstanding mana-
"He has conducted seminars for cadets on the officer-NCO
relationship and lectured to the Department of Civil Engineering on
the engineering principles and operating aspects of the Panama Canal,
knowledge he gained from living in the Canal Zone for more than
20 years .. ."
M.Sgt. Schmidt, Jr., non-commissioned officer-in-charge of
the Instructional Technology Division of the Academy's Faculty,
built a historical display on the Panama Canal for the 13th Annual
Air Force Academy Assembly. More than 120 students from 70 uni-
versities and colleges across the country met at the Assembly to
discuss and debate the topic.
To build the display, Sergeant Schmidt drew on the knowledge
he gained about the Panama Canal during the 20 years he lived
there. It traced the development of the Canal from the Construc-
tion begun by the French in the 1800's to the present.
Most of the material Sergeant Schmidt used was supplied by
the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. Jack K. Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was named
salesman of the month for his sales performance for obtaining new
members through the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for the
month of February. Jack is now associated with Cyrus and As-
At a ceremony held Tuesday, April 6th, at Sunshine Lodge
No. 288 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. William L. Howard was pre-
sented a fifty year membership pin in the Masonic organization by
the Grand Lodge, A F & AM of the State of Maryland. The pre-
sentation was made by the Master of Sunshine Lodge. Nolan A.
Bissell was an interested onlooker.
Captain Samuel E. Johnson, a former Panama Canal pilot,
was elected third selectman for the term of three years on March 6,
1971, in the town of Hiram, Maine.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
February 5, 1971
One hundred and eight members and guests attended the
February meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. As Capt.
and Mrs. Falk were vacationing in the Canal Zone, Vice-President
Ross Hollowell officiated. He called the meeting to order at 1:30.
After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by Mr. Hollowell,
Mr. Dewey Goodwin gave the Invocation which was followed by
thirty seconds of silent prayer for members and friends who had
passed away since the January meeting. The following stood for
Special recognition as their names were called by the Recording Sec-
Mrs. Anthony Ruffo St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Anderson St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lloyd St. Petersburg from Penn-
Mrs. Marie Plath Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Leonore Schwab Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Kay Eldridge Watertown, New York, a winter visi-
tor in St. Petersburg
Mrs. Raymond Minnix St. Petersburg
Mrs. Eleanor Connor now living in St. Petersburg from
Mrs. Lillian Knight Portland, Oregon, a winter visitor in
Mr. and Mrs. (Auristela) George Poole New York (Mr.
Poole expressed greeting to all and stated he would be
back next year).
Mrs. Della Pilkerton St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm Milwaukee, Wisconsin, win-
ter visitors in St. Petersburg
Mr. Hollowell introduced the new Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs.
Virginia Wood, stating she was "one of our own Canal Zone girls."
After paying tribute to Mrs. Judd's long service as Secretary-Treas-
urer and her cooperation and patience in assisting members in many
ways, he asked that all give Virginia "a big hand."
The Minutes of the January meeting (Reunion) were read.
A correction of the Minutes was made by Mr. W. L. Howard. It
was stated in the Minutes that the names of prospective officers for
1971 were read by Mr. Howard; these names were read by the Chair-
man of the Nominating Committee, Mr. Albert McKeown.
A report of news of interest to members was read by the
Secretary-Treasurer. Deaths since the January meeting were re-
ported. See the June RECORD for a detailed account.
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living increase was within two tenths percent of the
required 138.7 necessary for the automatic increase which probably
would be in effect by June.
During the last session of Congress two important bills were
passed the Health Benefits (Insurance) and the Second Spouse
Bills. Mr. Grady discussed the amount the government was now
paying on insurance and explained that an average of six companies
represented was taken which accounts for some variance in the
amounts the government is paying in no case will the government
pay more than 50%.
Happy Birthdays to Mrs. Virginia Wood, Mrs. Maragaret Hol-
lowell, Mr. John Keenan, Mr. Raymond Hills, Mrs. Charlotte Eck-
ert, Mrs. J. W. B. Hall, Mrs. Matilda Neely, Mr. Henry Bigelow.
After the conclusion of the business meeting, members and
guests enjoyed coffee and doughnuts served by the refreshment com-
March 5, 1971
Captain Henry E. Falk, President of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida, called the March meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.
After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by Mr. Falk, the In-
vocation was given by Mrs. Jay Cain. The Recording Secretary
called the names of visitors and members who had been absent for
sometime. The following stood for special recognition:
Captain and Mrs. Kenneth Roscoe January retirees now
living in Sarasota
Mrs. Alice Beck St. Petersburg, absent for some time
Mr. Bill Price Silver Spring, Maryland
Mrs. Kay Eldridge Watertown, New York
Mrs. Myrtle Frey St. Petersburg, absent for some time
Mrs. A. R. McDaniel (Lucy Shepard) Southern Pines,
Captain and Mrs. Al Forsstrom Cranston, Rhode Island
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Linker Seminole
Mrs. Marie Plath Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Leonore Schwab Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Jessie Degenaar Dunedin
Captain and Mrs. Charles D. Lillie Clearwater, absent for
The 124 members and guests were personally welcomed by
the President. Captain Falk, just back from his first visit to the
Zone since retirement in 1967, stated that he was thankful for having
worked on the Zone but also thankful to be back to St. Petersburg.
The Minutes of the February meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary and approved as read.
President Falk complimented Mr. Nolan Bissell, Mr. Daile D.
Keigley and Mr. Ralph K. Frangioni for completing the work on the
Audit. The books are now in the possession of Mrs. Wood, Secre-
Mrs. Wood announced a number of deaths and reported on
the serious illness of several members. Births, weddings, and cur-
rent news from correspondence were read. Check the June RECORD
Captain Falk welcomed Mrs. Margaret Peterson just back
from the Canal Zone.
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative reported that
there was no news on legislation. He discussed President Nixon's
government reorganization proposals which would establish a new
Department of Human Resources. Under such a plan the Civil
Service Commission's jurisdiction and its function would become
part of the new department. All the major benefits programs -
retirement, health and life insurance, and injury compensation -
would be transferred to the proposed new Department of Human
Resources. Government employee leaders are concerned over mov-
ing the CSC's Bureau of Retirement and Insurance to the proposed
new department. Further, they are disturbed that Social Security
would also be made part of the new department and fear this could
lead to civil service retirement benefits being eventually absorbed by
President Falk discussed a suggestion made to him by Edward
A. Doolan, Personnel Bureau, Canal Zone, which would be bene-
ficial to future retirees. A member of the Society from various areas
as Clearwater, Sarasota, etc. would select a local committee to tabu-
late statistics for their area on cost of living, housing, etc. These
statistics would be valuable in discussing retirement with prospec-
tive retirees and prevent misinformation.
With Mrs. Hamlin at the piano, the members sang Happy
Birthdays to Mr. G. A. Peterson, Mr. Ralph Fangioni, Mrs. Robert
Hicks, Mr. William F. Grady, Mr. Ralph Hanners, Mrs. Alice Beck,
Mr. Paul Barnard, and Mrs. Helen Hammond.
Captain Falk announced that Maj. Gen. David S. Parker,
who served on the Isthmus twice before, succeeds Governor W. P.
Leber as Governor of the Canal Zone.
Returning to the Isthmus for Capt. and Mrs. Falk was a won-
derful experience though with the many changes in both the Canal
Zone and Panama, they, at times, felt like strangers but thoroughly
enjoyed rehashing the old days. George Chavalier agreed with the
President, stating he went all over Panama and didn't know where
he was. To Virginia Harvey, returning to Panama might be de-
scribed as "All This and Heaven, too."
At the suggestion of Captain A. B. Forsstrom, of Cranston,
Rhode Island, all members and guests stood to give a rising vote of
thanks to Mrs. Lucille Judd who for so many years had been the
information center for all retired Canal Zoners.
Mrs. Bea Tyrrell, of Tryon, North Carolina, the guest of Miss
Caroline Hunt, who arrived at the meeting after the special recog-
nition of guests, enjoyed talking with many old friends from Zonian
days who were attending the meeting.
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Refreshment Com-
April 2, 1971
Due to the absence of the President, Henry E. Falk, the April
meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to
order by Vice-President, Ross H. Hollowell, at 1:35 p.m. Following
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by the members, the Chaplain,
Mrs. Jay Cain, gave the Invocation. The assembled members then
recited the Lord's Prayer. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were ob-
served in memory of members and friends who had passed away
since the March meeting. The following visitors and members who
had been absent for some time stood for a special welcome as their
names were called by the Recording Secretary:
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dee Sarasota, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardy Largo, Florida
Mr. Gus Homelin Houston, Texas
Mrs. Harriett Shreves St. Petersburg
Mrs. Jewel Oliver St. Petersburg
Mr. Troy Hayes St. Petersburg
Mrs. Marie Plath Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Leonore Schwab Hamilton, Ohio
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Monsanto Iowa City, Iowa
Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bigelow, Jr. Westminster, Massa-
Mrs. Gladys B. Baldwin St. Petersburg
The April meeting was the last meeting for some of our win-
ter visitors. Mrs. Plath, Mrs. Schwab, Mr. and Mrs. Monsanto, and
Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow are returning to their respective homes in the
near future. They will be missed as they faithfully attend the
monthly meetings when in Florida.
Mr. Hollowell personally welcomed the members and visitors.
One hundred and seventeen were present.
The Minutes of the March meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary and approved as read.
While Mrs. Wood was reporting on current news, the sudden
illness of a member, Mr. Charles Harrison, of Sarosta, Florida,
caused deep concern among the members. Mr. Harrison was taken
to a hospital for a check but was able to return to Sarasota. The
diagnosis was indigestion, a relief to all of his many friends. Mrs.
Wood completed her report on current news of interest to members.
See the June RECORD for details.
Mr. William F. Grady reported there had been no action
on any legislation. Congress was too busy with legislation involving
social security liberalization and other matters. There doesn't ap-
pear to be much hope that Congress will approve legislation this
year to exempt all or part of federal employee retirement annuities
from income taxes.
Any possible action of transferring retirements to Social Se-
curity has been squashed.
Unless the cost of living index drops in the next month, re-
tirees are assured of at least a 4.2 increase in June.
A tip from NARCE to help control spending NEVER go
to the store when hungry!
Mrs. Helen Wilkerson, a late arrival at the meeting, was
given a hearty welcome by the members.
Happy Birthdays to Mr. Ross Hollowell, Mrs. Harriett
Shreves, and Mrs. Marie Plath.
As there were no additional reports from members, the busi-
ness meeting adjourned and members and guests enjoyed doughnuts
and coffee while chatting with friends.
Margaret M. Ward,
TO BE SEVENTY YEARS YOUNG
IS SOMETIMES FAR MORE
CHEERFUL AND HOPEFUL THAN
TO BE FORTY YEARS OLD.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
For God has marked each sorrowing day,
And numbered every secret tear,
And Heaven's long age of bliss shall pay
For all his children suffer here.
William Cullen Bryant
Mack F. Bailey, 63, who was employed with the Panama
Canal Health Bureau's Sanitation Division for more than 35 years,
died February 15, 1971, in Mobile, Alabama.
Mr. Bailey began his Canal career in 1931 as a student sani-
tation inspector in the Health Bureau and moved up the ladder of
promotions to the position of chief supervisory sanitation inspector.
When Mr. Bailey retired in June, 1966, he was presented
the Master Key to the Locks Award naming him "Governor's Fog-
ger" by former Canal Zone Governor Robert J. Fleming, Jr. and a
Superior Performance Award by the Health Bureau.
He is survived by his widow, Elsa Reimann Bailey of Mobile;
a daughter Louise Ann Bailey, of Washington, D.C.; and a sister,
Elizabeth B. Blount of Mobile.
Mrs. Mary Frances Barr, 70, widow of a former member of
the Canal Zone Fire Division and a long time resident of the Canal
Zone, died April 1, 1971, at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Barr went to the Canal Zone with her family when she
was seven years old. She attended the Canal Zone schools and, fol-
lowing her marriage, made her home in the Canal Zone. She was
employed with the Panama Canal Accounting Division until 1955
when she retired. Recently she had been living in Ancon with her
daughter, Miss Helen Elizabeth Barr.
In addition to her daughter in the Zone, she is survived by
another daughter, Sister Barbara Frances of the Maryknoll Sisters;
two sons, Peter James Barr, of Gatun, and Francis Richard Barr,
of New York; a sister Mrs. Dorothea Fitzpatrick McNall of Florida;
a nephew, John McNall, of Florida; and seven grandchildren. All
of her children and her sister, Mrs. Dorothea McNall attended the
Mrs. Lillian Beall, who retired in December from the Division
of Schools, Canal Zone, died March 1, 1971, in Hickory, North Caro-
lina. Her husband, Harvey Beall, a Panama Canal employee, died
six years ago.
Mr. Vance L. Brigman, Sr., died at Gorgas Hospital, April
16, 1971, at the age of 87.
Mr. Brigman is survived by two sons; James A. Brigman,
who recently retired as Chief of the Civil Defense Unit of the Canal
Zone Government, and Vance L. Brigman, Jr., who makes his home
at Lithonia, Georgia. He is also survived by several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren in the United States.
Austin W. Brooks, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, died April 21,
1971, after a long illness.
Mrs. Brooks resides at 59 Robinson Road, Falmouth, Massa-
Mrs. Nina Brown, widow of Fred Brown and a member of a
well-known Canal Zone family, died on April 17, 1971, in Moun-
tain View, California.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Robertson, 586
Clarinade Avenue, Daly City, California 94015 and Miss Dorothy
Mrs. Cecilia Hollis Byington, 61, died April 20, 1971, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Byington, a retired registered nurse,
moved to St. Petersburg from the Canal Zone in 1968.
She is survived by one sister, Sister Mary Crescentia of Sis-
ters of Notre Dame, Glenarm, Maryland; two half sisters, Mrs.
Michael Makara, Stratford, Connecticut and Mrs. George Sinko,
George D. Cockle, of Pharr, Texas, passed away on November
21, 1970, in McAllen, Texas.
He is survived by two sons, Major Dale S. Cockle, Arlington,
Virginia, and Lt. Col. George Robert Cockle, Salinas, California.
Mrs. Kate Hurst Coffin, 78, passed away at her home in York,
Pennsylvania, on March 2, 1971.
Mrs. Coffin went to the Isthmus as a nurse at Panama Hos-
pital where she worked with Dr. Herrick. She married Joseph Coffin
who was with the Port Captain's Office in Cristobal.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph, Jr., who resides in Gatun
and James, of York, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Coffin's sister, Bessie, with
whom she resided in later years, passed away several months ago.
Mrs. Margaret Considine passed away in Gloucester, New
Jersey, on January 27, 1971. Details are not known.
Miss Ruth Crozier, a former teacher on the Atlantic side,
died on April 16, 1971, in Austin, Texas.
Mrs. Lillian Bell Darden, wife of Major B. A. Darden, former
chief of the Canal Zone Police, died in Fayetteville, North Carolina,
on March 30, 1971.
Mrs. Darden was employed by the U.S. Army in the Canal
Zone and was married on the Zone in 1941. She and her husband
made their home in Balboa until his retirement in 1961.
She is survived by her husband.
Paul Alexander Davis died on April 26, 1971, in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. Mr. Davis, a well-known newspaper columnist, cov-
ered many of the Annual Reunions in St. Petersburg with interest-
ing and entertaining articles in the EVENING INDEPENDENT.
His friendly interests in Canal Zonians will be missed.
Harry DePiper, Senior Chief Engineer in the Panama Canal
Dredging Division, died at Gorgas Hospital on February 14, 1971,
following a lengthy illness.
He was employed with the Panama Canal organization as an
engineer on the SS ANCON until 1960 when he was transferred to
the Dredging Division.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Carrol DePiper of Gamboa;
a son Lt. Garrett DePiper of the U.S. Army; two daughters, Mrs.
Brucilla French, of Two Rivers, New Jersey; and Mrs. Valie Boner,
of Diablo, Canal Zone. He is also survived by a brother Peter and
a sister Ann, both of New York.
Mrs. Annie Drake, 89, passed away on March 13, 1971, in
North Brunswick, New Jersey.
The widow of Henry Drake, who died in 1936, she is survived
by a daughter, Miss Edith Drake and a son Henry E. of Piscata-
way, New Jersey; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Claire B. Douglas, 49, wife of Vernon C. Douglas, Chief
Foreman in the Facility Engineering Division, died March 10, 1971,
at Gorgas Hospital following a long illness.
Mrs. Douglas went to the Isthmus with her family as a child
and attended the Canal Zone schools. Her father, Thomas Bougan,
was employed at Mount Hope and is now living at 114-B, Mall
Apartment, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons,
Bruce, with the U.S. Navy, and Barry, a student at the university
of Mississippi. She also is survived by her parents.
David John (Jack) Evans, 85, died February 19, 1971, in
Greeley, Colorado. His death occurred on their 58th Wedding An-
Mr. Evans went to the Canal Zone in 1910 and married Lil-
lian A. Duncan at Ancon, on February 19, 1913. He was in service
with the U.S. Government for 37 years, and at the time of his re-
tirement in May 1947, he was lockmaster for the Panama Canal.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Mrs. Lillian Evans, are
three daughters, Mrs. Philip (Barbara) O'Shaughnessy, of Bogota,
Colombia, S.A.; Mrs. Alfred (Norma E.) Harrington of Greeley,
and Mrs. Ed (Muriel E.) Neill, of Birmingham, Alabama, six grand-
children and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister,
Mrs. Elizabeth Glasgow, of Corona, California; a brother, Igor G.
Evans, of Los Angeles, California.
Leon S. Fishbough, Sr., who lived in Cristobal from 1917
until the early 1950's passed away on February 21, 1971, in Costa
Mr. Fishbough, after leaving the Canal Zone upon retirement,
went to Pennsylvania where he spent his summers and to Costa Rica
for the winter months.
Mr. Fishbough is survived by his widow, Vilma, a son, Leon
Jr., of Tampa, Florida; a daughter, Rosemma Treichel, of San Diego,
California; three grandsons; seven great-grandchildren; a brother,
J. Fraley Fishbough, of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and a sister, Mrs.
Sarah F. Berger, of Chula Vista, California.
Burial was in Costa Rica on February 22, 1971.
Dr. Horace Foster, 66, District Dentist in Balboa, died at
Gorgas Hospital on April 11, 1971.
Dr. Foster went to the Canal Zone with his parents in 1907
and attended the Canal Zone schools. His father, the late William
Foster, was an employee of the Panama Railroad.
Memorial services were conducted by members of Elks Lodge
No. 1414 at the Elk's home on La Boca Road in Balboa on April 15.
Walter Adolph Otto Freudigmann, 67, passed away March 9,
1971, at a Tampa Hospital. He was a veteran of the United States
Navy, retiring as C.W.O. Burial was in Arlington National Ceme-
tery, Arlington, Virginia.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Johanna Freudigmann, Tam-
pa, two brothers, Rudolph and Karl, and a sister, Mrs. Elsie Gab-
rielsen, all of Cranston, Rhode Island.
Ezra P. Haldeman, 86, a well-known Oldtimer on the Canal
Zone (Construction Division), died May 15, 1971, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mr. Haldeman, who retired in 1947, went to the Canal
Zone in 1907. After retirement he lived in Houston, Texas, until
about two years ago.
He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Joyce Collinge and
Mrs. Betty Underwood, of St. Petersburg; Mrs. Tharon Mitchell,
Houston, Texas; Mrs. Gail Hollingsworth, Fort Myers, Florida; one
son, George Haldeman, San Francisco, California; 11 grandchildren
and 9 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held later in Houston, Texas, where Mr.
Haldeman will be buried by the side of his wife.
Maurice "Mickey" C. Harris, who helped hurl the Red Sox
to the 1946 pennant, died on April 15. John (Jack) J. Kennedy
of Brandon, Vermont, who sent in the clipping from the April 18
BOSTON GLOBE, supplied information of interest to Zonian sport
fans of the early 1940's. "In 1941 or 1942 Mickey became the main-
stay of the pitching staff of the Balboa team in the Canal Zone
League ... I know many of the Old Timers will remember Mickey
and his athletic ability, particularly the time when he pitched a per-
fect (no hit, no run, no man reached first base) against the All-Stars
of the Canal Zone League, after the conclusion of the regular season
- 1943 or 1944."
Louis A. Kaufer, 74, passed away March 28, 1971, at his home
in San Jose, California.
Surviving him are his wife Norine, son Theodore, of Margarita,
Canal Zone; daughters Mrs. Jane Cochrane, of Sunnyvale, Cali-
fornia; Mrs. Nancy Leach, of San Jose, California; and fifteen grand-
Mr. Kaufer, a veteran of World War I, retired from the Pan-
ama Canal Company in 1959 with 38 years of service.
Mrs. Rosemary Keene, 80, passed away May 13, 1971, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Keene has resided in St. Petersburg since
leaving the Canal Zone thirty years ago.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Helen McNeal, At-
lanta, Georgia, and Mrs. Rosemary Thelemarck, Republic of Panama,
two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lt. Col. E. H. Kirkland died April 6, 1971, in Miami, Flor-
ida. Col. Kirkland served in the Canal Zone from 1936 through 1938.
A veteran of both World Wars, Col. Kirkland won many cita-
tions during his 35 years of service, including the Army Commenda-
tion Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and a citation for his abili-
ties while he was adjutant general at Templehoff during the Berlin
Survivors include his widow, Viola; two daughters, Jean Frith
and Joan Brookins, of Miami.
Judge John L. Latimer, 74, died at his home in Coral Gables,
Florida, on April 5, 1971.
He is survived by his widow who resides in Coral Gables.
Elton E. Lowe, 68, retired ship fitter and cattleman, died
April 24, 1971, in Zolfo Springs, Florida. He lived for several years
in the Canal Zone.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Thelma G. Lowe, a son,
Kenneth Lowe, Miami; his mother Mrs. Virginia Lowe, Zolfo Springs,
two brothers and four sisters.
Captain Arthur T. Luther, 90, died March 6, 1971, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. He moved to St. Petersburg 27 years ago and
was a veteran of World War I and a retired Canal Zone ship pilot.
Captain Luther's first six years in the Canal Zone was during the
construction days and this earned him the Roosevelt Medal. He
retired in 1942 but returned for one year upon request.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary L. Driscoll, Or-
daz, Venezuela, and Mrs. Martha L. Lerchen, Green Valley, Arizona,
four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
News has been received that Harvey A. McConaughey, of
Oakland, California, passed away on May 11, 1971.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Grace McConaughey, of
Oakland, one son, Richard H. of the Canal Zone, three grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Miss Bertha McCoombs, well-known resident of the Isthmus
and a retired employee of the Panama Canal Accounting Division,
died in Gorgas Hospital April 11, 1971, following a brief illness.
Miss McCoombs went to the Canal Zone with her parents in
1907 and had spent most of her life on the Isthmus. She was a
resident of the Atlantic side for many years and from 1926 to 1936
was editor of the women's page and society reporter for the Atlan-
tic side on the "Panama American."
She retired from government service in 1952 and since then
has been living at the Tivoli Guest House.
James McGahhey, 87, a former employee of the Panama Canal
Supply Division, died at Gorgas Hospital on February 16, 1971.
Mr. McGahhey began working in the Executive Department
of the Panama Canal organization in 1920. At the time of his re-
tirement in 1944, Mr. McGahhey was manager of the Ancon Service
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Emily Crawford, of
Captain Thomas Bernard McAndrews, Panama Canal pilot,
died March 27, 1971, at Gorgas Hospital.
Captain McAndrews is survived by his wife Anita Grovesnor
McAndrews, seven children, Mrs. Adrienne McAndrews Burchett,
Deborah, Shawn, Theodore, Cathleen, Robert and Anita McAndrews
and two grandchildren.
Peter Malone, former master of Transportation Panama Rail-
road, who retired about 1947 was killed on March 11, 1971, when
he was crossing the street by a hit and run driver.
He is survived by his wife. Other details are not known.
Mrs. Ione Martin Newland, widow of Kenneth Newland, and
a retired employee of the former Railroad and Terminals Division,
died April 11, 1971, in Springfield, Missouri. She was 76 years old.
Mrs. Newland was the daughter of Judge Guy Martin, who
was District Judge of the Canal Zone in the 1920's.
Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Newland Clary, of
Springfield, Missouri, and her twin sons, Guy and Ross.
Joseph Robert Noone, 63, former Assistant Panama Canal
Information Officer, died February 16, 1971, in Clearwater, Florida.
A native of Brockton, Massachusetts, Mr. Noone went to the Isthmus
in February, 1963 to work in the Information Office.
He is survived by his widow Mrs. Teresa Noone, formerly of
Clearwater, Florida, now residing in Brockton, Massachusetts; four
sons, Joseph J., of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Lawrence E., of Re-
vere, Massachusetts, William H. and Peter F., both of Brockton;
two daughters, Mrs. William F. Taylor, of Miami, and Miss Susan
Marie Noone, of Brockton; 11 grandchildren; one brother and five
Mrs. Anna T. Piper, 92, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkan-
sas, for the past twenty-five years died February 10, 1971, in Hot
Before leaving the Canal Zone in 1921, Mr. and Mrs. Piper
were residents of Pedro Miguel for several years. After Mr. Piper
passed away in Rochester, New York, Mrs. Piper resided in Hot
Spings with her son Edward T. Piper and family.
Besides her son, Edward, Mrs. Piper is survived by three
granddaughters, Mrs. Betty S. Godbehere, of Hot Springs, Maj.
Marian L. Piper, Castle Air Force Base, Merced, California, and
Mrs. Ann Givens, Fort Worth, Texas.
Mrs. Dorothy M. Price, widow of Will Ray Price, who was
a foreman at the Printing Plant, died April 8, 1971, in Mountain
View, California. Mr. Price passed away in April, 1969.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. D. Elaine Saunders who
lives in Florida.
Mr. William F. Robinson died suddenly on May 16, 1971, in
Winter Park, Florida, as the result of a head injury received from a
fall in the home. Mr. Robinson retired from the Supply Division
in June 1970.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Betsy Robinson, and three
Mr. and Mrs. Robinson had just moved into a new condo-
minium in Winter Park. Mrs. Robinson's new address is 403 Inter-
lochen Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789 Telephone, area code
Captain Howarth V. Rowe, 71, died suddenly in Albuquerque,
New Mexico, on April 9, 1971.
He was retired as a pilot on the Panama Canal on December
1, 1956, and moved to Madison, Connecticut. In 1969, the Rowes
moved to Rio Rancho Estates, New Mexico.
Captain Rowe is survived by his wife, Elsie T. Rowe, of Rio
Rancho Estates, New Mexico; two sons, Captain Howarth V. Rowe,
Jr., of Raymond, Washington, and Lt. Col. James W. Rowe of Fort
Knox, Kentucky; and nine grandchildren, one of whom the Rowes
adopted, Mrs. Linda R. Bloom, in 1951. She resides in Homestead,
Florida, with her husband Sgt. Thomas R. Bloom, and Captain
Rowe's great-grandson Jason Howarth born in January.
Mrs. Nina Catherine Shannon died on April 14, 1971, in
She is survived by her husband, Frank Shannon, formerly of
the Maintenance Division, Canal Zone and three grandchildren, John
F. Shannon, Sandra, and Harry, Jr.
William Stephan of Curundu, employed by the G-1 Section,
U.S. Army Forces Southern Command, died February 4, 1971, at
Gorgas Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Stephan was a retired lieutenant colonel who in World
War II was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the European-Afri-
can-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
He is survived by his widow, Eva Stephan; a son James Ste-
phan of Curundu; a daughter, Eva Stephan of Cocoli; and his par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Stephan, formerly of New Jersey.
Hawain Edgar Underwood, 50, son of W. Van Underwood,
passed away suddenly of a heart attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
on March 24, 1971. He was the President of Vol-State Chemical
Mr. Underwood was a 1938 graduate of Balboa High School.
After his college training he joined the staff of Douglas Air Craft at
Santa Monica, California as Aeronautical Engineer. He also served
with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Frances (Pat) Underwood, two
sons, Gregg, of Chattanooga and Douglas, U.S. Navy, Honolulu,
Hawaii; his father Mr. and Mrs. W. Van Underwood, Huntington
Park, California (formerly of Pedro Miguel and Los Rios, Canal
Zone); Mother Mrs. W. A. Bentel, of Chattanooga; two sisters, Mrs.
Boyd (Opal) Scanland, Signal Mountain, Tennessee; Mrs. Thomas
C. Barr Jr. (Betty JoAnn), Lexington, Kentucky, and a brother,
William C. Underwood (Bill), Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin
Mrs. Jerri Warford, 60, wife of Jack Warford, died suddenly
on April 27 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Former residents of Curundu
Heights, the Warfords had left the Isthmus the previous Saturday
to make their home in Florida following Mr. Warford's retirement
from service as a civil engineer with the U. S. Army, civilian.
In addition to her husband she is survived by two children,
a son Jay and a daughter Judi.
John E. Westman, 81, one of the best known American resi-
dents of Panama City, died suddenly at his home on February 17,
1971, from a heart attack.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Brugge Westman; two broth-
ers, David G. Westman, of Santa Clara, R. P., and Earl S. Westman,
of Panama City, R. P., and a sister Mrs. Esther Westman Camp-
bell, of Fullerton, California.
Ralph C. Witmiller, 83, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died March
31, 1971, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Survivors include his wife Bessie C. Witmiller who is now
living in Jacksonville, Florida, stepson, Elmer Bush, Pasadena, Cali-
fornia, stepdaughter, Mrs. Norma Carroll, Jacksonville, Florida.
Col. Andrew M. Wright, 64, United States Army (retired),
died at Gorgas Hospital March 27, 1971.
Col. Wright after retiring from the United States Army in
1946 went into the insurance business in Panama. During recent
years Col. and Mrs. Wright made their home at Boquete.
Surviving Col. Wright are his widow, Clarita A. S. de Wright;
two sons, Sgt. Andrew M. Wright, Jr., of the Canal Zone Police, and
Julio A. Wright of Puerto Rico; a daughter, Cecilia W. de Estri-
peaut, of Panama City, and nine grandchildren.
Mrs. Murray (Blanche) Wright died April 9, 1971, at Gorgas
Hospital following a long illness.
Mrs. Wright went to the Canal Zone in 1918 to join her hus-
band, Mr. A. Murray Wright, who was employed by the Dredging
Mrs. Wright is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Ernest W. Zelnick of Balboa Heights, three grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
At this writing, Spring is in full bloom and what a glorious
riot of color!! The dainty white Sarvis blooms mingle with the lacy
pinkish purple of the redbud; the brilliant rose of the flowering crab,
the prolific white dogwood, the bright yellow of the forsythia, the
red of the japonica all leave one breathless. Tulips, daffodils,
hyacinths and lilacs too, lend their fresh scent and beauty to herald
the advent of Spring it always stirs the heart and soul to a new
awareness of the glory and wonder of God.
Everyone seems to have spent a happy, quiet winter and are
looking forward to the summer with its welcome visitors and trips.
A few have already come through this area: Helen and Carl Newhard
of Bentonville were surprised with a visit from John Turner, son
of Mrs. Macon Turner, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who stopped by
on his way to his summer job in Colorado. The William McCues,
recent retirees from the Canal Zone, have just settled in their
new home in Bentonville on Highway 71. "Chi" and Bill came up
on the first trip of the converted freighter, "Cristobal," with only 11
passengers for company and found it quite a change from former
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders, retiring in May of this year,
will soon be settled in their new home in Bentonville on 8th Street,
N. W. We are all delighted to welcome all of these newcomers and
to share the unexcelled beauty and friendliness of this area with
Alice and Herb Engelke drove down to New Orleans via Hot
Springs to meet Edith and George Engelke at the boat. They had
a visit with Andrea (Terrell) Oliver and husband Paul and a re-
freshing phone call with former neighbors, the Richard Dinkgreves.
Alice and Herb said it was like old home week at the dock where
they met many old friends, arriving and meeting the last north-
bound passenger trip for the CRISTOBAL. Janet Swicegood and
her husband, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Edith and Tyke Cotton
were meeting the ship while those who made the trip on the CRIS-
TOBAL were Bertha and Fay Brown, Tillie and Howard Hagan,
Ginny and Harry Pearl, Anna and Ray Schneider, the Howard Tur-
ners, Mrs. Ernest Cotton, Sr., Dot and Arthur Cotton, Mary Belle
and Bob Hicks, Melba Hinz, Alice and Ed Fredricks, the Frank
Lerchens, Phil Thorntons, the K. C. Hellums, Jordans, Paul Mor-
gans, and Dolly Barbour. Danny Holcomb from Gatun, Robby and
Ginger Thomas and Mary Clement were also among the newly ar-
While some of us were still scanning seed catalogues, Etta Fay
and Glynn Terrell packed their bags and took off on two trips. The
first was to New Orleans for a visit with their daughter Andrea and
husband Paul Oliver. While there, they had a chance to enjoy some
of the famous Mardi Gras activities. From New Orleans they went
to Mississippi to see relatives and after a quick trip to Mobile they
returned to New Orleans before returning home. Their next jour-
ney was to Austin, Texas, to spend Easter vacation with their son,
Lance, who is a student at the University of Texas. They took in
all of the sights in the area before dropping in on Fred and Ursula
Workman, formerly of Margarita, now in San Marcos. A sightseeing
tour of Johnson City and the LBJ ranch were most interesting. Etta
Fay and Flynn completed their memorable vacation with a call at the
home of the E. H. Davisons in Kerrville.
NEW ADDRESS Ed and Mildred Higgins have moved to
Route 1, Benton, Missouri 63736. Ed is teaching music in the
schools in Benton. Mrs. Cora McKibbin from the Canal Zone, has
been visiting them.
Maude and Lynn Cook are looking forward to a visit from
their son, Lynn, Jr., and his family the last of April from Saudi
Arabia. What a tale they will have to relate as they tell of the
many European countries they have visited en route!
The Red Nails have been working diligently remodeling their
home. They will be more than happy and proud to give any visitors
a special tour!
There is one big advantage (among many others!) in living
in this area, and that is that we can go North, South, East or West
without having to travel the full width or breadth of the United
States. Take the Walter Reifs and Whitlocks, for example. The
former had a wonderful trip to Florida visiting old friends just
a short hop! They drove down the west coast of Florida, stopping
off en route to see Bud and Hazel Kilbey in Aiken, South Carolina,
and returned up the East coast, visiting Eve Gardner and the Wil-
lenbrocks. Nothing to it! The Whitlocks, also, found it most con-
venient to hop down to the Canal Zone, stopping off at Houston to
visit Fred Yaeger for a few days. He drove them down to New Or-
leans where they caught the ship and met a lot of old timers who
were going down to spend the Christmas holidays. Francis and An-
drew spent a month with their son, Paul, and visited their cousins,
the two Huldtquist families. Paul was promoted to Assistant Chief
of the Dredging Division while they were there. The Whitlock's
daughter, Jacqueline and husband, Dr. D. D. Stringer, of Misha-
waka, Indiana, spent several days with them while on a flight to
Mexico and Florida.
The Eldridge Burtons reported that Bob and Nikki Crooks
are being transferred to Birmingham, Alabama, where Bob, as Mas-
ter Sergeant, will be advisor for another three years to a reserve
unit. Mike, Sr. is now President of NARFE and with Minnie is very
active in their newly built and dedicated church in Fayetteville.
Alfhild (Petie) and Carl Maedl have quickly and easily ad-
justed to life in Springdale and have been warmly received. Carl
finds gardening and fishing a challenge and has high hopes of success
in both categories. They were happy to have their daughter, Pam-
ela, currently practice teaching at Rochester, Minnesota, with them
for the Easter holiday. Other Minnesota guests were Mrs. Maedl's
brother and family, the Carl Manfreds from Minneapolis and her
stepmother, Mrs. Florence Peterson, from St. Peter. Recently the
Maedls attended the Royal Lipizzan Stallion show in Tulsa. They
are greatly enjoying the redbud and dogwood which are now in bloom
and have planned a trip to Muskogee to see the azalea gardens.
Please pass the word to all of your Canal Zone friends within
driving distance that the annual Blanche Shaw Picnic will be held
on Sunday, June 20th at 1:00 at Agri Park in Fayetteville. We
hope that this will be another memorable event! Lenor Butz,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Please note the new title of our Society: at the dinner meet-
ing it was unanimously voted to change from Panama Canal Society
of Los Angeles. A look at the addresses of our members would in-
dicate that the new title is much more accurate.
The dinner meeting was held on April 4, 1971, at Knott's
Berry Farm 133 folks attended. Mr. Knott had graciously of-
fered to open up the dining room assigned the Society, at 11 a.m.,
in order to provide a place where folks could visit. However, since
the day was so beautiful, many gathered in the covered area outside
to gab until dinner was announced. As usual, the chicken dinner
David Smith, President, called the meeting to order; the in-
vocation was given by Virginia Seiler, and the Pledge of Allegiance
was led by Tom Brennan. After David introduced the guests, he
mentioned a very special guest Mrs. Henrietta Welch, who attend-
ed with her daughter Esther Currier, will be 99 years of age on May
15; and even now she is planning her trip to Florida for next Christ-
mas! Paul Kline pinned an orchid corsage on her as a tribute to
a lovely lady from the Society.
The President read a letter from the new Governor of the
Canal Zone, Davis S. Parker, extending greetings, and expressing his
appreciation for the work and dedication of "old timers" and their
families. Also a letter from Daniel Paolucci of the Canal Zone T. B.
Association sending some of the beautiful TB Association seals (with
the macaws) for distribution.
Birthday greetings were extended to Mrs. Van Underwood,
"Boz" French, Adele Argo, and Martin Seiler.
It was with regret that we learned of David Smith's decision
not to accept the nomination for another term as President. He
felt that after serving five years, he should step down, but hastened
to say he would always be available to help in any way. The fol-
lowing were nominated, and unanimously elected: Paul Kline, Presi-
dent, 13342 Cromwell Dr., Tustin; Robert Provost, Vice President -
Picnics, 3516 Michelle Drive, Torrance; William P. Quinn, Vice
President Membership, 28040 Ella Road, Palos Verdes; Thelma
Reppe, Secretary-Treasurer, 1023 Appleton Street, Long Beach.
As a token of appreciation, the Society presented David with
a gift check, along with a parody to the tune of "Thanks for the
Memory." Later, he was presented with a beautiful plaque from
Walter Knott, in behalf of the Society for "Devotion in Leadership
and Artistic Talent." (Walter and Cordelia Knott, and David's as-
sociate, Roy Ballard, are Canal Zoners by adoption). In a surprise
move, Martin and Virginia Seller (she is President Emeritus) were
presented with the Humanities Award for "Integrity and Devotion
to American Ideals and Humanities." In making the presentation,
the President remarked on their continued work for the Society,
their attendance at all affairs, and their representing California at
reunions in California. Thelma Reppe was presented with a plaque
(Public Service Award) for "Unselfish Devotion of her Art to Pub-
lic Service." Hedy Seedborg was presented with a picture album and
trivet a "just because" token, because she's always available to
lend a helping hand at dinners and picnics.
For a while it looked like a meeting of the "Mutual Admira-
tion Society", but the gifts and awards were well deserved and ap-
preciated by one and all the givers and the receivers.
The speaker was Rev. Claude Bunzel, Curator at Knott's:
among his activities he has helped prepare the patriotic education
program now in progress at the Farm's reproduction of historic In-
dependence Hall: and is gathering books for Colonial Research Li-
brary, located in Heritage Hall, also at the Farm. In recent years
Rev. Bunzel's activities have included research and writing on both
faith and freedom subjects, and on radio scripts for Armed Forces
radio and TV. His vast research lead him to the situation on The
Panama Canal, and it was on this subject he addressed us: "The
Panama Canal: Saved by the Constitution." He traced the origin
of The Panama Canal Zone, the treaty with Colombia, which treaty
contains the phrase "in perpetuity" six times, and as he said, ac-
cording to the dictionary that means forever. He made his listeners
aware of the continued importance of The Panama Canal as to ship-
ping, foreign trade and national defense. "I can realize how you feel
about The Panama Canal, since much of your working lives were
spent there," continued Rev. Bunzel but then he urged his lis-
teners not to be just sentimental about the Canal, but to get busy
and exercise their rights to contact representatives and urge them
to resist the take-over of the Canal. "The Panama Canal is our ter-
ritory by treaty, our property by purchase." Because the outcome
of this negotiation is finally up to the Congress, he urged that we
write representatives in Washington the President, Senators, Con-
gressmen, Senate and House Foreign Affairs Committees, etc., and
make our thoughts and wishes known to them, not only on matters
pertaining to the Canal but on many other problems facing Ameri-
Rev. Bunzel has published a pamphlet "Congressional Power:
An Untapped Reservoir" which is informative and interesting: it is
available at 15c per copy, or 10 for $1.00 (add 5% tax in California)
- write to Rev. Claude Bunzel, P.O. Box 6148, Buena Park, Cali-
fornia 90620. You will learn much regarding the Constitution, the
power of the President and Congress under the Constitution, and
many other phases of our national government. Wish we could print
Rev. Bunzel's talk in its entirety but space will not permit. Any-
one interested in a copy of his speech, please contact me, and I will
check into whether or not we could have some copies made up.
Mr. Knott came in to greet us we think he likes being
an adopted Canal Zoner and an honorary member of the Society -
he's interested in people, and just came in to see that everything
was all right. He talked about the future of the Farm; the Gypsy
Camp which will open soon; the 2200-seat air conditioned John
Wayne Theatre which is to open in June, with celebrities attending
the opening. Knott's Berry Farm is still a "family" enterprise -
and it's always a joy to go there, always well-kept and clean, and
something new each time.
Roy Ballard and David Smith then entertained the group
with a "Bajian" song, "Don' Skylark Wid Me", and in closing David
sang "Open the Gates of the Temple" and reluctantly we ad-
journed, and called it a successful dinner-meeting.
Chris and Ruth Simonsen of Anaheim had as their guests
Bob and Marjorie Miller from Sun City, along with their daugh-
ter; they all attended the dinner.
Emmett and Adele Argo of Laguna Hills Leisure World will
leave on May 12 for an 8-week trip to the Orient, on the ORIEN-
TAL PEARL. Their daughter Grace Allen and two children from
High Point, North Carolina, spent three weeks with the Argos re-
Dorothy Hayward, on vacation from Panama, was a dinner
guest with Louise Martin Jones and Grace Brown. Earl and
Juanita Stone and son Kenneth were with us also; they live at San
Marcos. Orren Clement (son of Caleb Clement) was there with Betty
Clement Smith; he is a Lieutenant (jg) in the Navy, a helicopter
Roy and Olwen Hearn had to cancel their reservation for din-
ner. The area in which they live in San Diego has been plagued with
housebreaking, and Roy says he made an effort to tackle one of the
hoodlums, at considerable pain and expense to himself. A broken
nose, along with considerable loss of blood, was his "reward" but
he hopes to have discouraged further visits by the hoodlums. Carey
and Elizabeth Folger were to have attended, but had to cancel on
account of Carey's health.
Russell and Nita Jones of Palo Alto were guests of Paul and
Mildred Kline in Tustin. They enjoyed seeing so many folks at the
dinner. They visited with Mildred's mother (Mrs. John Phillips)
in the hospital and traveled on to San Diego to see old friends of
Helen Fogle called to say her husband David had fallen in
January and broke his hip. He was in Rancho Los Amigos Hospital,
confined to a wheel chair.
Note from Chloe Ford of Los Angeles; she and her sister
Grace Woodard make their home together. Chloe had her 89th
birthday on March 9th, had a wonderful "birthday season" and en-
joys good health. Son Jack is still with the Weather Bureau in
Washington, D.C., and Stanley is with a bank in Kansas City, Kan-
sas. Her grandson Robert majored in music and has taught in an
Illinois consolidated school; he enjoyed the farm kids and their eager-
ness to learn. Stanley Jr. majored in Business Administration -
he is in the Army Reserve at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. John and Jim,
two other grandsons, are in their second year of college, and an-
other grandson graduated from high school in Muskogee, Oklahoma,
Mary (Mrs. Frank) Fitzpatrick wrote that daughter Eileen
came home and stayed during Mr. Fitzpatrick's illness and passing.
Martin came twice from Oklahoma where he is Chief of Medical
Staff at the University of Oklahoma. Mary and Francis live in the
valley, close by to help when they were needed.
Mrs. Harold Whitehead (Kathryn Clark) and Miss Elsie Hol-
lowell of San Francisco, both former Canal Zone teachers, were
houseguests of Martin and Virginia Seiler. Later, they visited the
Jay Jones' family in Vista Mrs. Jones was also a former Canal
Milton and Chubby Wright wrote about their trip east -
including the reunion in St. Petersburg in January. They had an
enjoyable evening with Betty (Whaler) Treadwell her husband
was in the hospital near Boston, Massachusetts. He had back sur-
gery in November and was expected home the end of January. Stan-
ley was in the hospital the result of a motorcycle accident in
January. The Wrights stopped in Mercedes, Texas, to see "Jap"
and Mary Long they had gone to Panama and Alaska with the
Wrights. While there, they talked with Mary Jo in Houston on the
phone. They put 6000 miles on their new truck on the trip and
now consider it "well broken in."
Note from Leo Welling of Santa Barbara: he keeps in close
touch with representatives in Washington on matters which affect
retirees. He heard from Stanley Stearns who has been in Mexico
for six months, headquarters in Cuernavaca, where he is helping in
charitable work. Mr. Stears hoped to get to Panama before return-
ing to the States; he keeps busy and is even learning some Spanish.
Mr. Welling hears from Mrs. Eileen Wrightson, daughter of Dr.
Gorgas. His brother Ben Welling who is 85 years old, was Secre-
tary to Dr. Gorgas in 1906. Leo remarked that he took dictation
from Col. Goethals and John K. Baxter in the old days in Culebra. -
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Spring is here and the urge to go places seems to have taken
over. Bena and Tommie Sawyer took off for Annapolis, Maryland,
and will spend a week with friends there. Ruth and Mary Sill, Betty
and Paul Bentz, Wendell and Mildred Greene, and Bea Tyrrell
drove down to Charleston to tour the Spring Garden display. It is
always such a beautiful sight especially after just going through the
windy March weather. Lillian and Bob Van Wagner took the train
to Seattle; from there they boarded a freighter, and with eight others
aboard, started a tour of the Far East. They will be gone approxi-
mately two months, and we do so hope they have a wonderful time.
We have had word that George Wardlaw Deeney is now at
home after more than four months in the Medic Center at Wilson,
South Carolina. We do so hope that she will be able to walk as
spryly as ever after a bad hip break. We also have had word that
Martha Sackett, while in Fort Myers, Florida, fell and broke her
hip. She is now back home in Dover, New Hampshire, and coming
Elsie Patterson returned from California where she visited her
sister Ann Jackson and her nephew and niece, the Don Jacksons
(Barbara Hatchett). She then took off for Florida and visited friends
until she had to come back to get her lovely yard in shape for the
summer. Evelyn Moore, who has been in New York for some little
time, is coming to visit Elsie in late May before she returns to Cali-
fornia where Louis has an Engineering project.
We have just heard that Fred Sill, who has been in charge of
Cinema work for all of Central America, has been transferred to
London, England, where he will head the Office of Publicity and
Promotion, Worldwide, for Cinema International. He will leave
Mexico City the last of April.
Betty and Paul Bentz are leaving for Florida to be with their
Grandson, Chad Davidson on his first Birthday, in Stuart. Mar-
garet Wanlass, Secretary; Wendell Greene, President
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
It seems impossible to get all the news of the numerous visi-
tors to South Florida this year. Everybody had guests and more
guests so more and more parties!
Agnes Hearon heads the list of individuals having guests -
many were from Staten Island old friends of the Hearons when
they lived there many years ago. Among the guests and of interest
to the Zone folks is Gratice Otten, whose husband was with the
Office Engineers long ago.
The Gilbert Rowes also have had many visitors among
them a cousin of Millie's, Esther M. Johnson, from Hartford, Con-
Bob Lombroia had his sister, Tess, from Newark, New Jersey,
visiting him for a couple of weeks.
Dannie Des Londes and wife Mary from Balboa, Canal Zone,
were visitors in the home of his mother, Beverly Des Londes, over
the Easter holidays. Understand Dannie was shopping for a boat.
The many friends of Mrs. Clarence O. Perkins (Ruth) will be
interested to know that she no longer lives in Fort Lauderdale. She
has gone north to live with a granddaughter. At this date we do
not have a new address.
We regret to report that Mrs. James M. (Amelia) Hunter
has been ill but is on the mend. Her many friends wish the very
best for her.
Barbara Hutchings recently had as her guests her son and
daughter-in-law, Alba (Buddy) and Vally Hutchings of Balboa. As
usual, life was hectic with visits with brother Jack Hutchings
and family of Coconut Creek and sister Barbara H. Slay and her
Louis A. Gomez (Chase Bank) and wife Ruth were visitors to
Santo Domingo after the holidays and spent some time visiting with
son Robin Gomez and wife Ann and two youngsters. Later, they
were the guests of Barbara Hutchings in Fort Lauderdale. While
here, Louis spent a few days in the hospital, and then they had an
unfortunate accident a car hit them broadside. Ruth was banged
up but from reports from their home in Mendon, Massachusetts, she
is slowly improving.
On February 20th the George Winquists celebrated with a
party for Millie Rowe's birthday. A grand time was had by all.
Among St. Petersburg visitors to Fort Lauderdale recently
were the Henry Donovans who were the guests of Lonnie and Betty
Van Siclen, and Bea and Dick Sergeant, guest of Jerry and Leroy
The Sidney Lindhs and Hazel Welby enjoyed a visit to the
Zone in the early spring.
Recently Ed Jones had as his guest Squeeky Helmerichs who
was visiting his daughter, a student at Prospect Hall in Fort Laud-
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf of the Coral Ridge Towers are
on a lengthy tour; when last heard from they were in Nippon. From
Fort Lauderdale they went to Los Angeles where they spent some
time with son Jack and then on to the Hawaiian Islands, Hong Kong
and Tokyo. Jack reports that they will return when the money runs
The David Yerkes report on news from Pam Smith, formerly
of the Health Bureau, and now living on John's Island, South Caro-
lina. He is well and leaving on a trip to West Point to spend some
time with daughter Mary and family. The Yerkes have as their
houseguests their son and family, David and Gloria Yerkes and
their two youngsters Margaret and John. They recently arrived
from Madrid, Spain, where David is the representative of Armstrong
Cork Company. On the 14th of April the Yerkes entertained for
their guests and among those attending were old friends and folks
who knew the young folks long ago. After two weeks in Lauderdale,
David and his family went to the west coast to see brother Bill
Yerkes and family who reside in Grenada Hills, California.
Bill Clinchard, who heads the committee for the semi-annual
luncheons for south Florida folks, has announced another luncheon
for Sunday, May 16th at the Galt Ocean Miles Hotel. These lunch-
eons have become very popular at the last meeting in the fall
there were 190 folks in attendance. Barbara M. Hutchings
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MILDRED AND HOWARD BROUSSARD, Box 608, Abbe-
ville, had as recent houseguests Nolan and Louise Bissell of St. Pe-
tersburg, and Clarence and Tess Priest, of Margate, Florida, who
drove to Louisiana for the long-planned weekend of April 16th.
While there, they toured Pecan Island for a cattle roundup on the
Broussard brothers' ranch. The evening before their departures for
home, Patt Foster Roberson of Baton Rouge arrived for a fabulous
chicken and ribs barbecue, complete with delicious coleslaw, hot
French bread, sausage and excellent Louisiana "dirty" rice. Later
everyone enjoyed home movies of the 1940's on the Zone. Howard
was an electrician with the Mechanical Division from 1940 to 1947,
and Mildred (nicknamed "Blondie") worked at Curundu Commis-
sary. Howard is now employed as an electrician with Union Oil
Company of California, and Blondie is headquarters assistant at the
Vermilion Parish Library in Abbeville. Also present for the festi-
vities was Blondie's mother, Mrs. Lucy Domovich, who makes her
home with the Broussards. The Broussard's large rambling ranch-
style home is situated on beautifully landscaped grounds on the banks
of Vermilion Bayou. From the rear of the house, it's fun to watch
tugs and occasional barges softly plow the waterway beyond the
gardens. Howard recently sold his paddlewheel riverboat, the
"Lucy D" (named after Blondie's mother) and is preparing to build
a larger double-deck one, complete with bar, kitchen, and sundeck.
The Broussards, Bissells, Priests and Fosters were neighbors in the
1940's on Magoon Street in Diablo Heights.
Past visitors from the Zone of the Broussards include Mr.
and Mrs. Tom Hutchinson, of Franklin, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Sorrell, of Sacramento, California; Mr. and Mrs. Don Tracy, of
Perry, South Dakota; and Mr. and Mrs. Bart Elich, of La Boca,
Canal Zone. Blondie is busy preparing for the Mother's Day week-
end reunion of the Broussard family to be held at the VFW Hall
in Abbeville. Some 230 descendants of Howard's grandfather's family
are expected to attend the chicken barbecue and festivities planned.
Never a dull moment at the Broussards fabulous home of ex-
Zonians devoted to living lives of genuine Southern charm and hos-
MRS. WAYNE (AGNES) GILDER, 5923 Freret Street, New
Orleans, writes that she is recovering nicely from a heart attack.
She and her husband, Dr. Gilder, who worked at Colon Hospital,
plan to go to Bethesda, Maryland, in May to see their son, Jack,
and then on to see Mrs. Gilder's family in New York State. In
September, they hope to see their daughter Mary and her family in
Belvedere, California. They enjoyed a visit from the Thorntons
for a few days in New Orleans on their return trip aboard the CRIS-
TOBAL on its last voyage south.
MISS CLAUDIA M. HANBURY, Box 16443, University Sta-
tion, Baton Rouge, daughter of Mrs. Louise Hanbury of Balboa and
a sophomore in international marketing at LSU in Baton Rouge,
was recently selected by audition to appear with the LSU Tiger Bank
next fall as a member of the elite Golden Girls, a precision drill-
and-dance team. Composed of only 15 girls and wearing gold me-
tallic costumes trimmed in sequins with detachable skirts and pur-
ple satin capes, the Golden Girls entertain during the halftime shows
of football games. They are chosen on the basis of dancing ability,
beauty and grace. Practice for the Golden Girls begins May 8,
and they will make their formal debut at the LSU vs. Colorado game
on September 18 to a capacity crowd of 68,000 in Tiger Stadium.
Claudia has also been invited to join Angel Flight, honorary service
organization for women and the equivalent of the Arnold Air Society
of the Air Force ROTC. Angels are the official hostesses of LSU,
ushering at most major functions and welcoming visiting football
teams and campus dignitaries ...
MRS. LERA B. HENNESSY, 2909 North Eighth Street,
West Monroe, writes that her oldest daughter, Kathleen Neal, had
a 7 lb., 8 oz. boy, Jeffrey Mark, on January 18. This is Mrs. Hen-
nessy's sixth grandchild four boys and two girls. The Neals live
in Monroe and have another son named Jon.
MRS. SIMON (LOIS) MANSBERG, 114 South Normany
Street, Lafayette, writes that they enjoyed a visit from the Harry
Pearls, who stopped in Lafayette, after a trip to the Canal Zone
to visit their daughter, Linda. A letter from the Chris Simonsens
in Los Angeles assured the Mansbergs that they, as well as daughter,
Fay, and the Paul Klines had suffered no damage in the recent
quakes. As one who has made Acadiana her home, Mrs. Mansberg
is pleased to say that their visitors enjoy Crawfish Etouffe almost
as much as they do yum, yum!!
LOUISE AND BILL MERCHANT, Hineston, write that after
the Reunion in St. Petersburg, they drove to West Palm Beach and
spent a most enjoyable two-months' vacation there with all their
friends. Co and Grace Joustra from Sarasota drove down for a week-
end visit and shopping in the Palm Beach Mall. When the Mer-
chants got home, they immediately started their spring garden, not
knowing that winter was going to linger on into the spring. Now,
Louise says, Bill is very upset that their vegetables are coming up
so slowly, and that they have to protect them from the frost. Louise
marvels a the beautiful wild honeysuckle, dogwood and redbuds that
are in full bloom in the woods around them. They did enjoy the
Reunion and meeting their old friends.
JOE C. BREMER, JR., Box 186, 1542 Tulane Avenue, New
Orleans, whose family resides in Curundu Heights, has been elected
Senior Presiding Officer of Lambda Sigma Chapter of Phi Chi Medi-
cal Fraternity for the 1971-72 school year and is very busy with
studies and patient care at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans.
In five more weeks he will have only one year to go before "MD
Day". He is not sure yet about his summer plans but will probably
spend some time on the Zone with his family and friends. He is also
considering some work in obstetrics in Chicago, since he is thinking
of specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He received a fellow-
ship in tropical medicine for the summer but was forced to decline
it. He enjoys occasional visits with another Zone student in New
Orleans Gloria Lelaidier, daughter of the Jules A. Lelaidiers of
Coco Solo, who is in the LSU School of Nursing. Gloria, according
to Joe, is a very good cook when it comes to that sentimental down-
home favorite arroz con polio. Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Stroop Sr., were honored on their
Golden Wedding Anniversary and received the congratulations and
best wishes of their many friends at an open house on January 31,
1971. The party was arranged by their three children living in
Sarasota: Mrs. Rose M. Russell, Mrs. Karen S. Wolfe and Mr. and
Mrs. Gerald Stroop. Also present was their son, E. C. (Sonny)
Stroop Jr., and his wife, June, who were here on vacation from
MBYEA, East Africa. Another son R. B. H. (Buddy) Stroop III
and his wife, of Coco Solo, had visited earlier during the holidays
and were unable to come to the States at this time. In addition
to their five children, there are eighteen grandchildren and two great-
Sarasota seems to be attracting quite a number of Zonites.
At the last count there were 47 families living in Sarasota and 37
are members of the Panama Canal Society. Kensington Park claims
the largest group in one section with 26. There are 21 families in
other areas of the city. Ruth and Clyde Stroop came to Sarasota
in 1954 following his retirement, and when they moved into the new
development in 1956 they were one of the first families in the Park
and the first Canal Zone family. Roger and Fran Orvis came up
in 1960 and have been in their home 11 years this April. Besides
the 26 families already in the Park, there are six more who have
already bought a retirement home or are building a new one which
will bring the total to 32.
Newest residents in the Park are Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth
Roscoe who arrived in February. Their first out-of-town house-
guests were their daughter, Sue, and her husband, Mr. and Mrs.
John Lubera of Miami.
Allen and Kay Miller arrived in April to take up residence in
their newly completed home. They arrived on the first trip of the
S. S. CRISTOBAL which carried 12 passengers.
Guests at Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Noonan's home late in
April were Della's niece, and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. James J.
Reccia, of Torrance, California. They lived in Margarita and Bal-
boa and both were employed by the Supply Department, Commissary
Division. They left the Canal Zone nine years ago following Jimmy's
retirement. Before coming to Sarasota, Milly and Jimmy spent 21/2
weeks visiting relatives in New York.
D. A. Waddell of Margarita, who came to the States on emer-
gency leave to visit his parents in Leesburg on account of illness
in the family, spent several days with Nell and Jim Hickman in
Clearwater and with them drove to Sarasota to visit Jay and Harry
Cain. Earlier in the week Del and the Hickmans drove to North
Port Charlotte and also visited Johnny and Dotty Kozar.
Rae and Joe Ebdon are anxiously awaiting completion of their
home on Tee Road, with Elsie and Rob Smith as their neighbors.
For the past year they have been living in a villa in South Strath-
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock returned in April from
a two-week visit in Rosedale, Mississippi, with Maxine's sister.
Early in the year Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker of Cocoli
spent a month in the States visiting their daughters and families in
Richmond, Virginia, and Fort Knox, Kentucky, and with her sisters,
Gladys B. Humphrey and Ramona Barnes and her husband, Barney,
in Sarasota. While in Sarasota, they completed arrangements for
a new home on Tee Road with Jay and Harry Cain as their neigh-
bors. When the houses are completed and occupied, there will be
ten Canal Zone families living on Tee Road.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred F. Schwartz flew to New York late in
April for a short visit with relatives.
In March, Mrs. Jacoba (Co) Joustra and her daughter, Grace,
spent a long weekend in West Palm Beach with Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam C. Merchant. Bill and Louise came to Florida for the annual
reunion in St. Petersburg and stayed several months in West Palm
Beach before returning to their home in Hineston, Louisiana.
Guests of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith were Rob's sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Keenan, of Silver Spring,
Maryland. Paul and Elva arrived early in March and spent three
weeks with Rob and Elsie.
Mrs. Gladys B. Humphrey spent a week in Palm Bay with
her son and family, the Donald L. Humphreys. While there, Gladys
with her daughter-in-law, Dotti, and her youngest granddaughter,
Dellrie, drove to Grand Island to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs.
William R. Luke (Peggy Ann Lee) and Peggy's mother, Mrs. Era
L. Greene, who was visiting from Anniston, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene drove to Pensacola during
April for a week's visit with Mike's sister and family.
Visitors in March at the Harry Cain residence were Harry's
brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Frances Cain, of Newark,
Delaware. During their two-week vacation trip they also spent time
with Warren's other brothers, Edwin Cain in St. Petersburg and Mr.
and Mrs. George Cain in Coral Gables.
Laurie McBride, daughter of Walt and Marge McBride of
Clearwater, visited Jay and Harry Cain who were former neighbors
in Margarita and also called on the Al Bissetts. Mrs. Bissett was
one of Laurie's teachers when she lived on the Pacific Side. She
is now employed as a long distance operator.
George and Betty Rae of Gamboa on vacation have been
spending part of their time in St. Petersburg and came to Sarasota
for a week. While here, they visited the Harry Cains and Madge
and John Hall. Here at the same time on the weekend and guests
for the day were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Linker and Miss Rita Goulet
of Seminole. While here, Rita also called on Della and Joe Noonan.
Houseguest of Gladys Humphrey was Claudy Howell Pierce,
of Pleasant Hill, California. She also visited Mr. and Mrs. J. 0.
Barnes. Claudy has made her home in California and arrived in
Florida late in April. She will be living near her parents, Fire Lt.
and Mrs. Claude Howell of Deltona and will be teaching the organ
for the Hammond Organ Company in Winter Park.
Another visitor at the Humphrey residence was Glady's broth-
er-in-law, LeRoy L. Humphrey, of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Roy was en
route to Miami on business for two weeks and stopped off for a
weekend visit. The Donald Humphreys came over from Palm Bay
to spend the weekend with his mother and visit his uncle.
Al and Miriam Bissett had as houseguest Fred Dahl of Coral
Gables. Fred spends his winters in Florida and returns to his home
in Nebraska for the summer.
Capt. Frank Gorman drove down from Fort Myers in his
camper to visit friends in Sarasota including Mr. and Mrs. John
W. B. Hall, the Al Bissetts, and the Harry Cains. Gladys B.
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Helen Baker had a surprise visit from Dr. Everett Sackett
and his delightful wife Martha. Dr. Sackett was formerly with the
Canal Zone Department of Education. After leaving Balboa Heights
he joined the staff of the University of New Hampshire. Since his
retirement from that institution he has become a member of a com-
mittee appointed to establish requirements of colleges acceptable in
New Hampshire. While visiting Dr. Sackett's sister in Fort Myers,
Martha, unfortunately was in an accident. Her many friends will
be glad to know that she is recuperating nicely in their home in
Dover, New Hampshire.
Eunice Cope has returned from an interesting western trip.
Her itinerary took her to Tucson where she visited Charlotte Yar-
borough. Together they traveled to Mexico City where they spent
ten wonderful days. After visiting relatives in Houston, she is enjoy-
ing her new home in Altamonte Springs.
Edna Judson's many friends will be happy to know that she
is recovering nicely after eye surgery.
Shirley Price and Giorgia Blessing travel quite frequently to
Sanford, Florida, to visit with Mrs. Mary Brewerton who always
enjoys news about the Canal Zone Alumni.
Friends of Leon Koperski are getting cards postmarked in
Panama and Hawaii. We hope that he is enjoying visiting with his
many friends and relatives.
Katie Swain and Gladys Clary are looking forward to a visit
from Bill and Helen Schrum (nee Helen Paterson). Since they left
Hamburg, Germany, they have made their home in Great Falls, Mon-
tana. Milton S. Treadwell
Governor W. P. Leber, who completed his four-year tour as
Governor of the Canal Zone in February, 1971, has been assigned
Manager of the Safeguard Ballistic Missile Defense System in the
Major General David S. Parker, recent chairman, Special Re-
view Panel, Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, succeeded Gov-
ernor Leber as chief executive of the Canal organization. Governor
Parker served from 1952 to 1954 as military assistant to the Canal
Zone Governor and from April, 1963 to June, 1965, was Lieutenant
Governor in the Zone.
The SS CRISTOBAL will continue to operate between New
Orleans and Cristobal as a freighter with a capacity for only 12 pas-
sengers. As a freighter, the CRISTOBAL will not carry a doctor
and firm sailing schedules cannot be assured.
Most Canal employees and their dependents traveling at Gov-
ernment expense will be transported to and from the United States
by chartered commercial air carriers. Arrangements for the move-
ment of employees and their dependents during the coming summer
vacation period have been completed with Braniff Airways which
will furnish eight round trip and four one-way DC-jet flights between
Miami, Florida, and the Isthmus.
These 164-passenger jets will be the same type that Braniff
fly daily between Miami and Panama, but on the charter flights
Canal employees will be treated to first class, preselected gourmet
entrees and cocktail service, including complimentary champagne.
Employees and dependents traveling at their own expense
will be accepted for these flights on a space available basis.
A new regulation signed by Governor David S. Parker will
allow certain Panama Canal employees an alternative to Company
housing through development and leasing of mobile home sites by the
The new regulation is the result of considerable investigation
by a committee set up to study the establishment of mobile home
communities in the Canal Zone to relieve some of the demand for
adequate Panama Canal housing.
A total of 19 sites has been selected in the general area of
3rd and 4th Streets, north of 6th Street, Curundu. Only those
working in the Southern District are eligible at this time because
sites in the Northern District are not yet available.
Employees wishing to import mobile homes from the United
States would pay a special reduced employee rate of $11.33 per ton
aboard the SS CRISTOBAL, or about $1,700 for a home of average
size, plus $45 for handling charges and $55 for towing it from Cristo-
bal to the Curundu site.
To qualify for license to bring the mobile home into the Canal
Zone, it must meet required specifications. Primarily, it has to be
a new mobile home type as opposed to travel trailers, which will not
be permitted. It must be a detached multiroom, single dwelling
unit designed for long term occupancy, containing separately com-
partmented sleeping accommodations, living-dining areas, bathrooms
and kitchen, with a total inside measurement of at least 3,000 cubic
feet. It also must be provided with plumbing and electrical connec-
tions for attachment to outside systems and be designed to be trans-
ported on its own wheels to an installation site.
Some 300 United States Peace Corps workers must leave
Panama by May 12, in accordance with Panama's demand to end
the agreement. The Peace Corps stated that Panama no longer
needs American volunteers because its requirements can be met at
the local level. This was the explanation given by the agency for
Panama's request that all Peace Corpsmen be withdrawn within the
next 90 days.
Agency spokesman declined to speculate whether the request
was related to disagreements between the two countries in such areas
as Canal Zone sovereignty and commercial aviation rights.
Panama is the first Latin American country to make such a
PANAMA TO STAND FIRM ON CANAL
THE WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS, April 23, 1971 -
Formal negotiations on a new Panama Canal treaty, a diplo-
matic time-bomb that has been ticking for the past seven years, will
open next month, it was learned here.
Foreign Minister Juan Antonio Tack, in an interview with
Scripps-Howard Newspapers, said Panama will settle for nothing
less than "full jurisdiction over all areas now known as the Canal
Zone and that means Panamanian law would apply there solely
He also said Panama is not interested in even talking about
construction of a new sea level canal until reaching full agreement
on jurisdiction over the present lock canal. Panama also will insist
on phasing out all military activities not strictly related to canal
defense which would mean sharp reduction of the 12,000-man
U.S. force now here .
Mr .Tact emphasized that Panama has no objection to the
United States running the canal itself, but that U.S. rule in the Zone
must end ...
In his recent foreign policy review, Secretary of State Wil-
liam P. Rogers referred to Panamanian resentment of "the size and
life style of the large community in the Canal Zone." a phrase singled
out by Mr. Tack. More than any other issue, the contrast between
the affluence of the Zone and their own relative (tho rapidly dimin-
ishing) poverty has fueled Panamanian hostility.
"We cannot tolerate any longer," Mr. Tack said, "a govern-
ment within a government. What we want is full jurisdiction in the
Zone political, administrative, judicial, labor and all other."
Mr. Tack believes the trump card in Panama's hand is the
creeping obsolescence of the present canal.
Under Mr. Tack's reasoning, the United States for strategic
and commercial reasons needs a new canal more urgently than Pan-
ama, and so needs to wrap up negotiations in less than two years .
Panama so far has put forward no concrete proposals of its
own. In the view of U.S. observers, the 1967 treaties might have
had a good chance of winning congressional approval and were more
liberal than anything likely to clear the U.S. Congress now. The
military government which seized power in 1968 in Panama shelved
the canal question and only last August got around to rejecting the
U.S. proposals as "not usable even as the basis for future negotia-
tions. A group of Congressmen headed by Rep. Daniel J. Flood,
D-Penn., firmly opposes canal concessions. The 1967 package would
have surrendered U.S. direct control of the Zone to a bilateral com-
mission dominated by the United States, sharply raised Panama's
share of canal revenues, and made other concessions. Panamanians,
however, view talk of congressional resistance as a U.S. bluff.
THE CANAL: ASPECTS OF UNITED STATES-PANA-
MANIAN RELATIONS by Sheldon B. Liss is a late up-to-date book
on the Panama Canal. "A timely work which covers U.S. relations
with Panama from 1903-66. Considerable emphasis is placed on
the all important post-World War II years, which includes an an-
alysis of Communism in the Isthmian Republic, the ramifications of
the Castro Revolution, and the Kennedy and Johnson Administra-
tions, both of which were involved with the break in U.S.-Panaman-
ian relations in 1964 ."
An agreement assuring funds for the Darien Highway project
- the dream of hemisphere road engineers has been signed by
Panama and the United States. The agreement covers United States
participation in the $150 million project to close the 250-mile gap
between Panama City and the Colombian highway system. The
Darien Highway will mark the completion of the Pan American
Highway from Alaska to the tip of the continent.
Under the Panama-Colombia-United States agreement, the
United States will furnish $100,000,000 and Panama and Colombia
the balance of $50,000,000.
January 13-14, 1972 Two Very Special Days. From letters
we have received, many are already planning on attending the 1972
REUNION those faithful retirees who haven't missed those re-
juvenating two days for years and others who each year had hoped
to make the trip but illness, weather, or something forced them to
"wait until next year!"
At the March 30, 1971, meeting of the Executive Committee,
Reunion matters were discussed our hope, as always, is that each
year's gathering will be better than the preceding. Hopefully, long
waiting lines for registration, and congestion at the "Pay Table" will
The REUNION will be held at the Soreno. Checks have
been made in the past on possible other locations. Members attend-
ing the REUNION, however, may stay at any other hotel, a motel,
or in private homes. There is no commitment with the hotel that
Reunion guests are obligated to stay at the Soreno. The Manager
of the Soreno has informed the Society that an increase in the room
rates is mandatory. Since during the 1950's, the Soreno has charged
$8 for single rooms and $12 for double only to guests attending
the REUNION. The increased rate is $9 for a single and $13 for
a double, which certainly is still a low rate in comparison with other
accommodations in St. Petersburg during the Season.
A motion was made and passed at the Committee Meeting
that members attending the REUNION (1972) should make
their own hotel reservations. Reservations for the Annual Luncheon
should be made, as in the past, with the Secretary-Treasurer.
Check the September and December RECORDS for addi-
tional information and forms for the 1972 REUNION.
We hope to see you at that time!
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
June 1, 1971
What are you doing these days? Taking a trip? Had inter-
esting news of your family or friends? Tell us about what you've
been up to lately. It doesn't have to be big news; if it concerns you,
it's worth using. The RECORD is for ALL members and not for
just communities with a designated reporter. Send us pictures
(preferably black and white) if you have clear snaps that will re-
produce in the RECORD. However, we cannot always guarantee
that a picture will be used in the first RECORD after receipt of
picture. We often have a backlog which, spacewise, we haven't been
able to use like the old commy lines everyone must await his
or her turn!
We want to do everything WE CAN to help you keep in touch.
But we would like to ask a big favor of you to help us which will in
turn help YOU to keep in touch. ALAS, ADDRESS CHANGES
again we fully realize that like taxes changes are inevitable, but
do we have to have two or even sometimes three changes from the
same person in less than a month? ? ? Have you ever thought of
what such a procedure involves? It isn't just pulling your card and
making the change there is the alphabetical file, the file by States,
the file for the Annual Issue and often the necessity of making a new
mailing label. For a few members, work involved would be insigni-
ficant, but Canal Zoners DO MOVE ABOUT (it is almost unbeliev-
able) and thus with the number of changes all necessary mem-
bers should cooperate by simply writing us to put a Hold on your
RECORD until you have a reasonably permanent address. You also
then are assured that eventually you will receive your RECORDS;
if mailed to the wrong address through failure to notify us of address
change, your RECORD WILL NOT BE REMAILED (it is no longer
returned to us).
If a member is going on a vacation, PLEASE do not expect
us to change our files for a temporary address of a few weeks. Either
have someone take care of your mail or write us to put a HOLD on
your RECORD. The postoffice will not forward a RECORD with-
out a charge.
DON'T FORGET; we want to know about you. Let us hear!
P.S. We have missed news from that big state of Texas and from
Colorado and Northern California.
Our Deadline to the printer for the September issue is August
1. Be An Early Bird Send in your copy on time. Many thanks.
The IMMACULATE white suit, which was as much a part
of the tropical landscape during the Construction Days of the Pan-
ama Canal as the pith helmet, the slow-moving ceiling fan, and
wicker furniture, has gone the way of the dodo bird. Until early
1960 every well dressed man in the Canal Zone had at least one
white suit in his closet ready for special occasions. For many, it
was everyday wear.
With the advent of air conditioning and the handsome tropical
weight materials in all varieties of color, the venerable white suit
disappeared from the local scene. The new materials won immediate
popularity, but some turned out to be so thin that when they wore
light colored tropicals, the length of their underwear was becoming
a topic of discussion ...
This was not a problem with the fabrics used in the early days
when duck, linen, and flour sacks were the main materials used.
Flour sack suits generally were only for everyday wear and were
not a laughing matter except occasionally when the sacks were not
bleached well enough and the Gold Medal Flour label was legible. A
retired employee reported that a Governor of that period appeared
at his office one morning with traces of the label clearly visible across
the seat of his trousers. The Gold Medal motto, which was printed
on the sacks, was "Eventually, why not now?"
The flour sacking was very sturdy and stood up well under
many bleachings. Laundresses applying for work were selected on
the basis of how well they "could do a white suit." This meant much
boiling, bleaching and starching Often the trousers were stiff
enough to literally stand alone, and some maintained that they acted
as a sort of flue which allowed the air to circulate and produce a
The 100-pound flour sacks (one of the type used for suits is
part of the Canal Zone Museum's collection of Construction Day
memorabilia) were sold after being washed and bleached by the
Ancon Laundry for 25 cents each, and three sacks were usually
enough for a suit. The total cost of a tailored suit was around $12.
The white suit gradually replaced the striped trousers and the cut-
away coat for the most formal occasions. In 1929, the first ready-
made suits appeared in the Canal Zone commissaries white duck
for $8.59 or a linen for $12.95.
By 1960, the white suit had almost disappeared from the
local scene. Gov. William E. Potter was the last Canal Zone Gov-
ernor to wear the white suit regularly. Left-over white suits were
placed on sale in the commissary for $2.95.
Still hanging in many Canal Zone closets, and even in closets
of some retirees, among the flashy, brightly colored new garments,
one is apt to spot an old white suit, carefully preserved just in case
the style should make a comeback. Condensed from article by
Willie K. Friar, PANAMA REVIEW, November, 1970.
Have you paid your 1971 Dues? A BLUE CARD
Have you written your Congressman on pending legislation?
Have you notified the Society of an address change? -
The increase in annuities by 4.5% for retired United States
Government employees and those who retire before June 1, 1971,
has resulted in an unusually long list of retirements in May. Our
May 1 deadline to the printer prohibited the inclusion of the 69
United States citizens who retired on or before May 31. See the
September RECORD for the complete list.
However, some members of the Society have sent in changes
of addresses and their future plans.
Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Belland, formerly of Cristobal wrote,
"We are leaving with mixed emotions as does everyone, I guess.
We are going back to the upper Peninsula of Michigan and will build
a home on the shores of Lake Michigan near Rapid River at May-
wood Shores, a pretty wooded spot. If the winters are too cold after
thirty years in the tropics we'll go South with the birds! We are
anxious to experience the change of seasons again, to see Michigan's
beautiful wildflowers and to pick blueberries! We will stay in our
little camp until our home is completed so are looking forward to a
pleasant and exciting summer." Their retirement address is: Route
2, Rapid River, Michigan 49878.
The Wolverine State is also the address of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph E. Flynn, formerly of Balboa 766 Keenway Circle, Apart-
ment #4, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001. A short note was enclosed
with the new address, "Retirement, after many years on the Canal
Zone (1914 to 1919, 1940 to 1952, and 1952 to 1971) has finally
caught up with me and I'm being put out to 'pasture' effective May
This past week has been a hectic one. My wife Helen had
to fly to Kalamazoo, Michigan, due to the sudden death of her
mother, Mrs. John De Right of Kalamazoo. Between that, packing
and crating, moving to Williamson Place because the good old Tivoli
Hotel just isn't anymore, and all the last running around, I guess
I am ready for retirement." Mr. Flynn shipped his car to New
Orleans and drove the 1,100 miles to Kalamazoo. He sent his best
regards to all.
State addresses of other members who are recent retirees:
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Barfield, from Margarita to 480 East Lake
Shore Drive, Box 872, Clermont, Florida 32711
Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Jenks, from Balboa to Hunting
Lodge Drive, Route 2, Box 22, Inverness, Florida 32650
Captain and Mrs. C. V. Torstenson, from Coco Solo to Route
2, Box 569, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744
Mrs. Gertrude J. Connard, from Balboa to 1264 Crosland
Drive, Aiken, South Carolina 29801
Captain and Mrs. Lambert W. Kat, from Balboa to 464 North
Paula Drive, Apartment 322, Dunedin, Florida 33528
Mrs. Grace A. Sanders, from Margarita to 38 Hillside Street
River Plaza, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Mr. and Mrs. Hilton F. Hughes, Balboa Heights to General
Delivery, Dunnellon, Florida 32630
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Stanley, from Coco to Marina Vil-
lage Annex, Box 844, Parker, Arizona 85344
Mr. and Mrs. William K. McCue from Balboa to 605 N. W.
"I" Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler, from Balboa Heights to
c/o Mr. William J. Laird, 225 Opal Canyon Road, Duarte, Califor-
Mr. Leslie B. Clarke, from Balboa to P.O. Box 10163, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33713
Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Meissner from Balboa to General
Delivery, Hayes, Virginia 23072
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Rankin, from Margarita to c/o Mr.
and Mrs. Dewey Kress, 5005 South K Street, Tacoma, Washington
Address changes of other members are listed elsewhere in
the RECORD. Unfortunately, we have several members who are on
the Retirement List but we do not have a current address.
New members among recent retirees are: Miss Mary J. Ward,
2239 Nottingham Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803 and Mr. Jack War-
ford, 8511 N. W. 57th Place, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33313
Rest is not quitting
The busy career,
Rest is the fitting
Of self to its sphere.
'Tis the brook's motion
Clear without strife
Fleeing to ocean
After its life.
John Sullivan Dwight
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ........ ............................................. hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $5.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
........................ $2.50 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance.)
Street ................... ................................. ......Box........ Box...
City ............. ............................. State............ Zip Code...........
D ues for..............; 1971............; 1972............; 1973............; 1974............
Amount Enclosed $ ......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
Street ..................... ................... ...... .............ox...... Box .....
City ............................................ State............ Zip Code.........
Recorded: Date................. ...................... Card No ....................
DUES $5.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Street ...................... ...... ......................... Box..............
City ................................... .......... State............ Zip Code............
D ues for..............; 1971............; 1972............; 1973............; 1974 ...........
Amount Enclosed $........................ Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
City .................... ........... .......... State............ Zip Code...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ...................... ............................ hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $5.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year ................... $2.50 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
Street..................... ..... ........................... Box...............
N am e (W ife) ......................................................................
Street............. .................. ................. Box................
City.................................................. State............ Zip Code...........
D division E m played .. ................................................................
Recommended by ........................ .......................................
Approved by ....................................................... Date.............
Amount Enclosed $ ...... ................. Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
DUES $5.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
On your application give name as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ...... ..........................................................................
Address. ............... .. ............................. ............. Box.............
City ................. .............................. State............ Zip Code...........
T telephone ........ .......................................................................
N am e ..... ...........................................................................
Address ....................................... ....................... Box.............
City................................................ State............ Zip Code...........
Amount Enclosed $.......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
Approved by ................. .................................. Guard date..............
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Ensign Charles A. Lusky, Fort Myers, Florida.
Mrs. Pauline Holmelin holding great-grandson William A. Arnold and Mrs.
Muriel Holmelin Whitman holding grandson John W. Arnold, St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Whitney, DeLand, Florida.
Mrs. Ruth Moody Bollea, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Moody, Tampa, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. William Gaudette, Flagler Beach, Florida, and Mrs.
Dorothy Barbour, St. Petersburg. Florida.
C j4 postal employees from the United States at the Tivoli Guest House. From left, front row, are: Robert L. Snyder
and Joseph T. Kozlowski, on staff of director of posts; Viola Rudy, Carolyn Snyder, Dorothy Cotton, Vivian Corn and Modesta
Kozlowski, wives of postal employees; Helen Smith, of Huntsville, Alabama; and Joyce Boatwright, secretary, office of director
of posts. Back row, left to right: Donald R. Rudy, on director's staff; George Hall, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; William T. Hal-
vosa, Jr., Balboa postmaster; Arthur Cotton, of San Diego, California; Orville Jones, director's staff; Harry Corn, of Wawona,
California; and David C. Rose, director of posts.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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