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Mr. and Mrs. Alwyn W. Sprague and
Family, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. Louis C. Hasemann, Jacksonville,
Florida serves retirement time by vol-
unteer work at the County jail.
Mrs. Doris G. Harned, Green Cove Springs, Florida, with
Congressman Daniel Flood and Aquilino Boyd at the Inter-
national Platform Association's Annual Convention, Wash-
ington, D. C.
Ex-Canal Zone Employees who gathered in Fontana Village, North
Carolina, for square dancing. Seated: Charlotte Dailey, St. Peters-
burg, Florida; Mary Lou McPherson [Dailey], Canal Zone; Fern
Glass, Diamond City, Arkansas; Lil Sieler, Salinas, California;
Carlie Taber, Largo, Florida; Janet Cunningham, St. Petersburg,
Florida. Standing: Earl Dailey, Karl Glass, Bob Sieler, Jack Taber,
Annual Reunion, B.H.S. Graduates
of the 1930's: Eleanor Hammond
Schwindeman, Ramsey, New Jer-
sey; Jean Kalar McAndrews, Mos-
cow, Pennsylvania; Bruce Onder-
donk, Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Mary and Bill Michaelson,
Croton, New York, [hosts]
with two other Michaelson
Unidentified lady; left to right, Jean Kalar McAndrews;
Henry Brewerton, Cornwall on the Hudson; Agnes Ton-
neson Janke, Tenafly, New Jersey; Bill Michaelson, New
York; Wilma Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Rochester, New
York; Sara Pyle Rowley, Clearwater, Florida.
The Panama Canalo Society of Florida, inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wm. F. Grady
Sergeant-at-Arms, pro tern
J. F. Warner
Eugene I. Askew
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
G. C. Lockridge
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
The CANAL RECORD is published
the good and welfare of its members.
by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June and
September, November and December.
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
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634 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th St. South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.
SPECIAL TO RETIREES WHOSE SURVIVOR
HAS PREDECEASED THEM
President Ford has signed bill #S628. This bill will eliminate the
reduction in annuity that government employees take on retirement
in order to give spouses retirement benefits, when the spouse dies
before the retiree or the parties are divorced.
There are no specific instructions as just what to do in regards to
having full annuity restored.
The bill will no doubt be effective on the date the President signed it.
Anyone coming under this bill can write to: The Bureau of Retire-
ment, Insurance and Occupational Health, U. S. C. S. C., Washington,
D. C. 20415.
Be sure and give your survivor's name as you listed it at the time you
retired. It would be wise to give the date of your survivor's death.
Be sure and show your C.S.A. number along with your name.
The cost of living is expected to be as much as 7.5% to 8% by January
William F. Grady
Mr. Frank A. Anderson, Jr.
Mrs. Rosemary K. Anderson
Mr. Forest R. Beach
Mr. Joseph E. Beale
Mr. Orlan H. Betcher
Mr. Calvin E. Brown
Mrs. Dorothy A. Bryant
Mr. Leonard E. Caisse
Mr. Charles E. Chase
Mr. James A. Cruz
Mr. Edward P. Filo
Community Services 20
Mr. Paul R. Forrest
Mrs. Jeanne S. Garcia
Mr. Thomas E. Green
Mr. Robert G. Grocott
Mr. James H. Hagan
Mr. Raymond F. Hesch
Mrs. Tommie L. Horter
Mr. Joseph A. Howland
Mr. Ivan L. Jenkins
Mr. Robert W. McAllister
Mr. William B. Mallory
Mr. Walter M. Mikulich
Mr. Roy E. Miller
Mr. Pedro Morales C.
Mr. William K. Morgan
Mr. Max Nissenbaum
Mr. Samuel C. Powell
Mr. George W. Rae
Mr. Daniel J. Reehlmann
Mr. Francis J. Reilly
Mr. Harry M. Savage
Mr. Rex V. Sellens
Mr. Roy R. Shuey
Mr. Ray M. Smith
Mr. James E. Stearns
Mr. Perry W. Strickland
Mr. Peter A. Tortorici
Mr. Louis A. Vogel
Mrs. Beth C. Waddell
Mrs. Marion 0. Wells
Mr. Richard A. Williams
8/3 Gorgas Hospital
8/17 Transit Operations
8/12 License Section
9/21 Transit Operations
8/3 Transit Operations
8/17 Off. of Director
E. & C. Bur.
THE STATUS OF RETIREMENTT'
"Retirement! What a distressful word!
"Sometimes I wish my status was called retirementt,' for I am still
mobile, and my engine-although it misses a beat on occasion and
emits some extraneous groans and grunts-still functions rather well.
"The happy reality that comes after job severance because of age
has to do with independence. No longer is one bound by boss, hier-
archy, tradition, the careful ascent of promotional ladders, nor appre-
hensions regarding duties, obligations, pay and pensions.
"One is free to say yea or nay, to work half as hard or twice as
hard, or intermittently or not at all-free to moonlight or to quit if
disenchanted. To be in this capacity provides an unusual degree of
"I would suggest a new description of this later period of life-the
Elective Years." MODERN MATURITY August-September, 1974.
Article by George A. Perera in the New York Times.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, Special Edition "The
artwork on Panama buses and 'chivas' is a colorful expression of
individuality" is the subtitle of an interesting survey of the history of
buses and chivas in Panama. The author, Vic Canel, Assistant
Information Officer, opens his article as follows, 'Free Love,' 'Hot
Pants,' 'Mr. Big stuff may sound like titles from X-rated movies, but
they're not. These, along with many proverbs, sayings and catch
phrases, are names given to their vehicles by imaginative Panamanian
bus operators as an expression of their individuality. Usually lettered
on the rear of the bus in Old English script with fancy flourishes and
capricious curlicues, the names are a part of the colorful decorations
that make Panama's buses unique Naming buses is said to have
started when the first self-propelled public conveyances made their
appearances in the cities during the second decade of the century.
Those early vehicles, called 'chivas' (goats) were nothing more than
sedans or pickup trucks with the after end removed and replaced by a
wood and tin body ... The name 'chiva' is said to be derived from the
fact that the solid wheel vehicles jumped like mountain goats when
driven over Panama's cobblestone streets ." Today,. the 70 or 80
chivas still seen in Panama are destined to disappear as Panama
streamlines its public transportation system. Most of the surviving
chivas are plain.
"The greatest profusion of artwork is now found on the larger
buses. There are paintings of pastoral scenes, religious motifs, well-
known landmarks such as the bridge that spans the entrance to the
Panama Canal, the ruins of Old Panama, likenesses of film and TV
personalities and even comic strip characters. .
"Many Panama bus riders are likely to view with nostalgia the
passing of this charming custom as the Panama Government prepares
to modernize its public transportation system with shiny new buses
which have large picture windows, but, alas, no expressions of
As the bus pictured on the Cover carried the Christmas message
to all along its route, the Officers of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. extend HOLIDAY GREETINGS to members in 48
states, the Canal Zone, and 19 foreign countries.
Miss Dorothy Detamore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W.
Detamore, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Joseph Wharton Bosley, of
Cardenas Village, Canal Zone, were married on April 20, 1974. The
couple resides in Cocoli.
Miss Catherine Detamore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W.
Detamore, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Jerry Edward Denton, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry J. Denton, of Corozal, Canal Zone, were married
on July 12, 1974. The couple resides in Cardenas Village. Mr. Denton
is employed by F. A. A.
Miss Linda Ann Kapinos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph
Kapinos, of Aiken, South Carolina, became the bride of John Andy
Edwards, son of Mrs. J. W. Knight and the late Mr. Garland D.
Edwards, of Aiken, South Carolina, on November 23, 1974, at St.
Mary's Help of Christian Parish in Aiken, South Carolina. After a
short wedding trip to the mountains in North Carolina, the couple will
reside at 329 E. Boundary avenue, S.W., Aiken, South Carolina.
Mrs. Edwards is employed by the South Carolina Vocational
Rehabilitation as a counselor's assistant, and Mr. Edwards is em-
ployed at the Department of Social Services as a case worker. See
Miss Carolyn A. Keeler, of Killington, Vermont, daughter of
William G. Durfey, of Rutland, Vermont, and Peter F. Kennedy, son
of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kennedy, of Forest Dale, Vermont, were
married August 24, 1974, Grace Congregational United Church of
Christ in Rutland, Vermont. The couple will reside in Killington,
Miss Robin Shirley Keen, daughter of Mrs. Frances Keen, of Port
Allen, Louisiana, and Mr. James Ray Keen, of Harrisville, Mississippi,
became the bride of Mr. Dennis Frederick (Skeet) Gilbert, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Dennis A. Gilbert, of Margarita, Canal Zone, on July 25,
1974, at the Tranquillity Methodist Church, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Mrs. Gilbert was graduated from Pinola High School, Mississippi,
and attended Hinds Junior College, Raymond, Mississippi, and Lou-
isiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The groom is a
December, 1973 graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in
civil engineering. The couple will reside in Trinidad where the groom
is employed by the McDermott West Indies Company. See picture.
Mr. John F. Manning, of Tampa, Florida, former General Mana-
ger of the Supply Division, Panama Canal, and Mrs. Manning an-
nounce the marriage of their son, Mathew Carl Manning, to Miss
Margaret Duyssen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ludolph Duyssen, of
Walworth, New York, in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 29, 1974.
Mathew is an employee of the U.S. Post Office in Anchorage, and Mrs.
Manning works in the Library at Elmendorf Air Force Base.
Miss Elaine Frances Martin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
A. Martin, of Clearwater, Florida, and Jerrold Smith, the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth K. Smith, of Clearwater, Florida, were married
August 24, 1974, in Clearwater. The couple will reside in Clearwater.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Smith, former residents of Gatun, Canal
Zone, and now residing in Alexander City, Alabama, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Edith Ann, to Howard Bennet Coulson,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Coulson, of Cowan, Tennessee, on
September 14, 1974, in Cowan, Tennessee. The couple are residing in
Mr. and Mrs. A. Arlen Ahlstrom (Diane Ramsey), of Excelsior,
Minnesota, announce the birth of their first child, a son Aaron Arlen,
on August 21, 1974. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Axel
Ahlstrom, of Wayzata, Minnesota, and the maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin F. Ramsey, of Hugo, Minnesota, formerly of
Margarita, Canal Zone.
Lt. (JG) Orrin P. Clement and Mrs. Clement (Mary Carol Thomp-
son), of Chula Vista, California, announce the birth of their first child,
a daughter, Carrie Marie, born June 29, 1974, at the U.S. Naval
Hospital in Chula Vista. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
James E. Thompson, of Pensacola, Florida. Mrs. E. P. Young, of
Jackson, Mississippi, is the maternal great-grandmother. Mr. and
Mrs. Caleb C. Clement, of Gatun, Canal Zone are the paternal
grandparents. The paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Leon J. Egolf,
of Gatun-her first great-grandchild.
Dr. and Mrs. Chaim Kropach (Barbara Detamore) announce the
birth of their daughter, Galia, on March 29, 1974, in Eilat, Israel. Galia
is their first child and the first grandchild of Pat and Jerry Detamore,
of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Linkh (Marion Bradley) announce the
birth of a son, Gregory, born on August 1, 1974, in Staten Island, New
York. The paternal grandparent is Mrs. Gertrude Linkh, of Glen
Cove, Long Island, and the maternal grandparents are Captain and
Mrs. Lambert W. Kat, of Dunedin, Florida.
Sharon Rosenberg Martin and Giles Martin, of Washington, D.
C., announce the birth of their son, Joseph Ryan on July 7, 1974.
Grandparents are Mrs. Bess Rosenberg, of Washington, D. C. and Mr.
and Mrs. George Martin, of Clearwater, Florida.
THIS'N THAT FROM THE BAY AREA
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, who have enjoyed cool New Hampshire
at their summer cottage at Gilmanton Iron Works, have delayed their
return to St. Petersburg in order to take advantage of a wonderful
six-week jet trip to Spain which is sponsored by the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees. Sightseeing tours, dances,
parties, picnics, outings, Spanish lessons, etc. are available at their
headquarters in Spain, Torremolinos-where there is no fuel shortage
or energy crises! It is hoped that the-Reeces soak up enough sunshine
in Spain to alleviate any discomfort on that cold drive from Boston to
St. Petersburg in early December!
Mrs. Nena McMillan, Mrs. Orlando T. Symonds, Captain and Mrs.
Howard Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan, and Mrs. Peggy Falk
will enjoy a six to eight-week Mediterranean Cruise on a 50-passenger
freighter, sailing, probably (freighters are somewhat erratic) on
October 29th from Savannah, Georgia. Their destination is Yugosla-
Mr. and Mrs. James Wood, of St. Petersburg, accompanied by
their little grandson, Bobby Engelke, left St. Petersburg on October
15th on a ten-day trip to North Carolina. Virginia remarked that they
had made a trade with daughter, Nellie Engelke; they would take
Bobby (a charming youngster), and Nellie would keep their dog (not
always too docile).
Mrs. William G. Rowe (Millie) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was a
guest in the home of Virginia and Jim Wood for a few days in August.
Many in the St. Petersburg area have returned from short
summer trips-Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp and Mr. Frank Violette
(Panama) drove to Texas in September. While in Houston, Mr.
Violette was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee Wright. They also
visited Mrs. Herbert Knapp (Jane Calvit) in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Before Mr. Violette returned to Panama in early October, he accom-
panied the Sharps on a trip to Disney World. The Houston Esslingers
flew to Forestville, Connecticut in the late summer for a delightful
visit with their son, Andrew, his wife, two grandchildren and other
relatives in the area. Emma and Zip Zierten enjoyed a month's
vacation in August, visiting Zip's brother and family in Montana who
joined them on a Canadian trip to Banff and Lake Louise. Mr. and Mrs.
Emerson Fuller returned about the middle of September from a visit
with family in Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Henter were Texas
visitors during the summer. A trip to Fort Walton Beach during the
football season is always a "must" for Peggy and Tony Sylvestre-
granddaughter Sandy is a cheerleader! They also celebrated Peggy's
(Sr.) birthday while with the Simpson family.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Browne of the Canal Zone were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Caldwell in October.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay are enthusiastic about their coming
trip (leaving St. Petersburg on November 10th) to Korea for a visit
with their daughter, Judy Lindsay, and to become acquainted with
their two new grandchildren, Anne Marie and Patrick Walter. The joy
of a "second" retirement for both Jessie and Walter is that time is of
no importance! When asked how long they planned to be away, the
answer was "maybe four months, maybe even a year!!"
New Address: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay, c/o Judith Lindsay,
Seoul American Elementary School, A.P.O., San Francisco, California
Mrs. Nan Emslie, of St. Petersburg, Florida, enjoyed an extended
vacation in New Hampshire during the fall.
Mrs. Carter Orr reported a wonderful cruise (see September
RECORD). In particular, she mentioned the beautiful scenery up the
Saguenay River, which empties into the St. Lawrence.
Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf A. Peterson had a busy three-month
vacation (July 15-October 15). Among former Canal Zone friends they
saw were Mr. and Mrs. John Whigam, Madison, New Jersey; Mr. and
Mrs. George Poole, Schenectady, New York; Mrs. John Austin and
Mrs. Eleanor Cromwell in New Hampshire.
A Busy Summer-After square dancing for a week at Fontana
Village, North Carolina, Janet and Ross Cunningham of St. Peters-
burg were "family" sitting for three weeks in Satellite Beach, Florida,
while their daughter-in-law had a major operation. On August 20, they
flew to Sacramento, California, to visit their daughter Linda Sue and
her three-year-old Anjanette.
News from Marie and Jack Corrigan, Pompano Beach, Florida -
"Hello Everybody: This year in August, we had a family reunion at
Juanita and Lester Wernimonts in Elkton, Minnesota. Juanita Alice
Corrigan Wernimont is our daughter and is married to a farmer,
Lester Wernimont. They have seven adorable children. They have a
farm (320 acres) at Elkton. The clan started coming from all over -
Marie and I from Pompano Beach, Florida, on the 3rd of August;
Gloria Ely Corrigan and John IV and four children from the Canal
Zone; Terence P. Corrigan, Major Air Force, his wife Lillian and three
children en route to their new station in Hawaii; and Larry Joseph
Corrigan, wife, Sue Mitten Corrigan, and three children. They all
arrived at the farm on August 5th and remained there until August
"Jack, Terry and Larry were a big help to Lester getting in the
hay, etc. Marie, Sue, Lillian and Gloria were busy helping Juanita
with the meals, keeping the house in order and the men contented.
Marie and I took a motel room in Austin 15 miles away so we could go
and come as we saw fit.
"The weather was fine so there were a lot of cook-outs. Tita and
Les had beef and pork butchered from their stock.
"Jack and Gloria and family left by plane from Rochester,
Minnesota. Terry and Lil left by car for South Bend to visit with her
folks. Larry, Sue, and family left by a new "Scout" which they
purchased up here for New Orleans to put it aboard ship, and the
family will fly from Miami to the Canal Zone. Jack and Gloria also flew
back on the charter flight from Miami to the Canal Zone. Marie and I
left for Rochester for our physical checkup at Mayo Clinic and from
there to Lake Okoboji where Marie's brother-in-law, Dr. Karl Hoff-
man, owns two cottages which we had at our disposal until October
1st. Gen, Marie's sister and her husband had left for a trip to the
Scandinavian countries. In the meantime, Kathleen Corrigan Jones,
Anne Williams, Art and Rita Gribbons joined us at the Lake where
there was plenty of fishing, bridge playing, and the girls also went on
a shopping tour.
"On our trip up to Elkton, we went by way of Port Charlotte to
see Owen and Evelyn Pearl Corrigan and family, and then on to
Sarasota where we saw Pete and Helen Nash Corrigan. We then left
for Pensacola, Florida, where we spent three days with Eddie and
Carl Hoffmier. We had a wonderful time and lots of seafood. We had a
little tough luck after leaving Pensacola. It took two days, 180 miles to
get to Jackson, Mississippi, where we had to have the gas tank taken
off and cleaned out. From then on, the trip was perfect and we arrived
in Elkton on August 3rd.
"Hope to make the Reunion in St. Pete in January 'till then,
good luck and God bless you all."
Cliff and Helen Russell, of Sarasota, Florida, sailed out of Montreal
September 7th on the Russian ship ALEXANDR PUSHKIN for
Leningrad, Soviet Union, with stops at Tilbury-Gravesend, Le Havre
and Bremerhaven each way. They were four days in Leningrad,
returning to Montreal on October 8th.
"They found Leningrad to be one of the most beautiful, interest-
ing and clean cities they have visited. The tours included all of the
most important tourist attractions, including the Hermitage (Winter
Palace) and other museums Tsarskoye Sele, built by Catherine the
Great and last residence of the Tsars; Petrodvorets, summer resi-
dence of Peter the Great, including magnificent fountains, parks and
"The ship was definitely not a tourist-cruise type, but adequate;
food plentiful, if undistinguished; steward services excellent. There
was no evidence of anti-Americanism, but some frustrations due to
natural reserve of Russian officialdom.
"All in all it was a well-worth while trip, the cost for the 30 some
days including tours in Russia about the same as a two-week
Caribbean cruise. However, would advise Americans contemplating
such a trip to sail out of New York since they found the Montreal
based ships would accept only Canadian currency on board at an
exorbitant rate of exchange, costing a dollar for every $20 exchanged.
"One of the highlights of the trip was the sighting of icebergs
north of Newfoundland both ways."
The following is an excerpt from correspondence to the Society
from the City National Bank, Dothan, Alabama!
"Dothan is lucky enough to have many Canal Zone people to
retire here, and we really appreciate having them here. Recently, City
National Bank of Dothan had a special luncheon honoring them. Our
local newspaper, The DOTHAN EAGLE, took pictures and did a
write up. This was to let the other Dothanians know about these new
additions to our city."
Unfortunately, lack of space prohibits printing the newspaper
write-up verbatim; thus, only the highlights of the article are re-
"There's a sort of exodus going on in the Panama Canal Zone-
and Dothan is the Promised Land. Twelve families have chosen our
city as their retirement homes and there's a flock more to come
according to one of the new residents." All retirees in Dothan are
confident that the city of their choice is the "greatest place in the
United States to live!" The people are friendly; it's not crowded, has a
good climate, and one gentleman likes the atmosphere here. "Folks
sort of have mananaa fever' as they do in the Zone."
Dr. and Mrs. John D. Odom were the first to settle in Dothan-he
was a Wiregrass native and owned property in Dothan. The Odoms
were responsible for Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Byrd moving to Dothan by
notifying Dr. Byrd that the County needed a health officer. The E. C.
McGriffs were the next to choose Dothan-he, too is a native of the
area. After that, Mrs. McGriff's sister, Mrs. J. F. Hern and her
husband retired in Dothan, and Mr. Hern became an enthusiastic
promoter for retirement in Dothan. He says, "We will be going back in
December for a visit, and I will speak to various groups and tell them
about all the advantages of Dothan."
The following attended the luncheon: Mr. and Mrs. Cecil A. High;
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer W. Bierbaum and Carolyn; Dr. and Mrs. J. L.
Byrd; Mr. and Mrs. 0. J. O'Sullivan; Mrs. Helen Bell; Mr. and Mrs.
Frank C. South; Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Hern; Mr. and Mrs. David Foley;
Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Filo; Mrs. John D. Odom; Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Sherlock, and Mrs. E. C. McGriff. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Cheatham,
retired military who served in the Canal Zone for a long time, were
out of town.
The group represents a good cross-section of vocations-contrac-
tor, civil service workers, policemen, building foreman, school teach-
er, doctor, military personnel and others Only three of the men
work now. The others keep busy with various hobbies-gardening,
golfing, some paint, enjoy ham radio and bowling. All quickly get
involved in the community activities.
One Dothanian remarked, "It seems that Dothan is 'draining' the
Canal Zone and it's not fish we're catching. It's good citizens.
"From the looks of them, we won't "throw any back." See
Jacksonville, Florida, must be proud of the many Canal Zonians
who have chosen that city for their retirement homes as we have
received many articles on old friends and co-workers printed in
Jacksonville papers. THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, on October
23rd gives information of interest. "Volunteer service is a rich vein of
stimulation for retirement planning as well as a natural outlet for the
need to be needed .. Seventy-three-year-old Louis Hasemann,
retired from a lifetime of government service in the Panama Canal
Zone and found he soon grew discouraged with golfing, fishing and
bowling so he answered a plea on TV for volunteer help at the county
jail. That was two years and five months ago, and the longest time Mr.
Hasemann has been absent was during a two-month illness, and 'What
a reception,' he said of his return to the maximum security prison. Mr.
Hasemann works three days a week He writes letters for the
illiterate, finds underwear for the ragged inmate, gets tooth paste and
cigarettes for a broke, out-of-towner, but mainly he listens-'People
are lonely here. I know there are risks working here, but I accept
that'." See picture.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. also wishes to thank
Mr. Hasemann for sending in many news' notices to the Editor. All too
many do not take the time to notify us of deaths and general news of
Each year Miss Antonia Lizardi, of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico,
sends a Blood Bank donation in her name and the name of her dear
friend, Mrs. Anna L. Boyle, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year
her donation was accompanied by a note wishing the Panama Canal
Society of Florida a successful Reunion and sending greetings to all
her friends. The Blood Bank Committee sends sincere thanks to
Happy Holiday to you and all my friends. I have just passed my
96th Birthday and feeling pretty good-from Mrs. Frances J. Schewe,
Aberdeen, Maryland to Mrs. Jean Mann, who commented, "Hope I
can write as well at 96!!!"
Dr. Ben N. Saltzman, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, President of
the Arkansas Medical Society and one of the state's best-known
physicians in private practice, has been named professor and chair-
man of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the
University of Arkansas Medical Center. Dr. Saltzman will leave his
practice to head the Department, effective October 1.
Long active in community and medical affairs of the state, Dr.
Saltzman has served as a volunteer associate professor in the Univer-
sity's School of Medicine, with a major interest in rural health
problems. The following list only a few of his many awards: Dr.
Saltzman was a district governor of Rotary International for two
years and an international director and trustee of its Foundation. He
won the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International in 1973; an
outstanding achievement award from the Arkansas State Public
Health Association in 1970, and AMA Physician's Achievement
Awards in 1970 and 1973.
After Dr. Saltzman received his medical degree from the Univer-
sity of Oregon School of Medicine, he served an internship and
residency at Gorgas Hospital at Ancon, Canal Zone.
Information has been received that Dr. Saltzman has recently
had a heart attack. He is better, but has been grounded from flying for
four years-he was vice president of the Flying Physicians Associa-
tion. Dr. Saltzman now has an apartment in Little Rock, returning
home to Mountain Home on weekends.
News from Loisdene Smith, Chesterton, Indiana-"Our son,
Richard Smith, graduated from Keesler AFB, Mississippi, in Septem-
ber and has been assigned to MAC at Dover AFB, Delaware. Rick was
trained to install and repair electronic navigation equipment.
"He spent a week with Dad and Mom (Mr. and Mrs. Clyde J.
Towery) in Joplin, Missouri, and then we enjoyed two hectic weeks
with him at home! Rick visited with Bill's folks in Hagerstown,
Maryland (the Russell Smiths from Cocoli) and then stopped by Owen
and Velma Smiths in Worton, Maryland. Bill, Owen and I are going to
Delaware the last week of October to visit him and enjoy autumn in
Maryland with the folks." See picture.
Miss Carole Chase is doing administrative work at the Virginia
Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, as assistant to the
dean of the VCU Evening College and Summer Sessions. She also
teaches a course in the New Testatment. Carole finds her work
interesting and challenging and feels that she is acquiring good
administrative experience. She reports that her father, C. W. Chase,
enjoys life and his swimming pool, condominium, and stamp collection
in Seminole, Florida. Her brother, John, and family live in Phila-
delphia. Another brother, Woody, who works in the Canal Zone, is
now engaged to a young Cuban woman who is studying medicine in
Argentina. Her father, a lawyer, left Cuba because of Castro and
moved to Panama.
For transportation and relaxation, Carole rides a bicycle. Com-
menting on the beauty of the beautiful trees around Richmond in the
fall, Carole states "Out on a bicycle, one sees more than driving in a
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Simpson (Eloise Monroe), of Walnut Creek,
California, enjoyed a summer trip to the Scandinavian countries. "We
especially enjoyed the ship part of our trip. We stopped at many
ports, large and small."
Mrs. Mary E. Becker, of Wynhoven Apartments, Marrero, Lou-
isiana, keeps busy participating in affairs for Senior Citizens living in
the apartments. She reports that on July 23rd, her granddaughter,
Valerie Dempsey, of Balboa, Canal Zone, spent her birthday with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Law, of Columbus, Georgia. Val is a
fourth generation Panama Canal employee. She also spent a few days
in Dallas Texas, with her sister Catherine and her brother-in-law,
Richard Scofford, before returning to the Zone. In September, Dannie
and Lynda Law, of Lakewood, Colorado, visited Dannie's parents,
Milt and Bertha Jane (nee Becker). They also spent a weekend in
Dallas, Texas with his sister, Cathy, and husband, Rick.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wertz and son, David, drove to Marrero to
help Harry's mother, Mrs. Ella Wertz, celebrate her 80th birthday.
Robert Wertz, his wife, Evelyn, and family, had Ella for a weekend
Mrs. Becker took a five-day trip in October to visit Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Landry and daughter, Angie, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While
in Baton Rouge, she also saw Patt Foster. After only one day back
home, Mrs. Becker was taking a trip on the Mississippi River with
other friends living at the Wynhoven Apartments.
Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve, Metairie, Louisiana-"In August,
we received a telephone call from Curtis and Alberta George. They
were spending an evening with their daughter Beverly and her family
in New Orleans. Alberta told me that Beverly and Bill Kendricks are
now the proud parents of another daughter born in July. Curtis and
Alberta are now living in Baton Rouge as he is now working with an
electrical maintenance company there. He thought that in a month or
two they would be traveling again.
About every week or two, Edna Benoit, spends a day with us, and
from her we hear of her family in the Zone. On July 11th, her
granddaughter, Beverly, who is married to Joe Wood, gave birth to a
son, their third child-all boys. Her grandson, Robert Bowman, his
wife and daughter, visited with his mother, Audrey, for about three
weeks. He is stationed at Valdosta, Georgia and is in the Air Force.
We also hear from John and Marie Haky, of Munhall, Pennsyl-
vania quite frequently. They are slowly but surely expanding their
family, no grandchildren yet, but two sons-in-law. Their oldest daugh-
ter, Diana, married Richard Jolliffe at the end of last year and now
lives in Connecticut. Their second daughter, Barbara, married Will-
iam Maxwell about two years ago and lives in Whitaker, Pennsyl-
vania, which is close to her parents. Their youngest, Helen Jean, is in
her second year at the University of Pittsburgh. John has had a couple
of slight heart attacks in the last year, and Marie has had a couple of
operations in an effort to improve her hearing, without much success.
News to Mrs. Jean Mann from Mrs. Clark Teegarden, Renton,
Washington-"We continue to enjoy the Canal Record very much and
found the 1974 publications were of great interest to our Canal Zone
friends who visited us this year.
"This has been an eventful year for the Teegardens! We were
fortunate to have many Canal Zone friends visit us. Early in March,
Jean (Mitchell) Smith from Palo Alto and Nita (Jensen) Houk, from
Woodland Hills flew up from California to visit us. My girlhood friends
were thrilled to encounter a spring snow storm while we were visiting
Vancouver, British Columbia, and we made a special trip to Tacoma to
locate Nita's birth place. In April and May, Col. David and Lucille
(Cook) Nanney visited with us, both coming and going, on their way to
see their son David, an architect in Haines and his wife. En route to
Lake Louise and Banff in July, Cecilia (Smith) Dudley and her
husband, Chet, visited us briefly. They had left Panama late last year
on their round-the-world-tour and had just spent four months in the
Orient. Clark had known Cecilia's husband, Rogelio Navarro, the
Panamanian architect, before his death, and we enjoyed meeting and
getting acquainted with Chet. It was a thrill to have Clark's sister and
brother-in-law, Maudie and Vince Reynolds, fly from their home in
Cleveland into our Renton Airport in their Comanche Airplane when
they visited us in July. Vince learned to fly when they lived in the
Canal Zone and he worked at Diablo Heights.
"But the highlight of the year has been Clark's retirement.
Friends who knew Clark when he worked in the Office Engineers at
Balboa Heights may be interested to know he has retired.
"Our son John graduated cum laude this June from the Cinema
Department at USC in Los Angeles, and we were there for the big
occasion. At present he is working in the USC Film Library and is to
apply for a CBS Grant in November. He seems 'to have his feet on the
ground' so we think that now is the time for us to relax and enjoy
"We hope any Canal Zone friends that travel to the Seattle area
will get in touch with us. We'd love to see them!"
A newspaper clipping announcing the retirement of Clark Tee-
garden traced his rise as a temporary draftsman with the firm to
become a principal. During his professional career, he was responsible
for projects in Shoreline, Seattle and Bellevue School Districts,
University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. He had
represented the firm in many major projects for Pacific Northwest
Bell Telephone Company and was the project architect for the Seattle
Public Library in downtown Seattle. He intends to continue his
community activities during his retirement.
A letter to Mrs. Jean Mann from Mrs. Elsa Bailey reports that
she is now living with her daughter, Honey-14001 Blazer Lane,
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906. "I can't say that I like this state of
Maryland, but then I didn't care too much for Alabama, either. I guess
I am still a Canal Zone Brat and will never get over it. Honey is
married and has acquired two children, a boy, 8, and a girl, 7. George
Dimitriadis, her husband, was a widower. That name of hers is a
mouthful, isn't it?
"Please give my love to any who remember me and keep a portion
for yourself; you are one of my special girls."
Mrs. Doris Harned, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, attended the
annual meeting of the International Platform Association in Washing-
ton, D. C. held July 29th through August 2nd at the Sheraton Park
Lowell Thomas was installed as the new President of the I. P. A.,
succeeding Ted Mack of Amateur fame. Members attending had an
opportunity to meet, see and hear many of the outstanding fellow
members who are famous as newsmakers, entertainers and commen-
tators. These included newsmaker, Leon Jaworski, Special Watergate
Prosecutor, John McLaughlin, Deputy Special Assistant to President
Nixon; newsmen James Kilpatrick and Jack Anderson, and enter-
tainers, Jean Dixon, with her forecasts, and Dr. David Hoy, authority
on E. S. P., Rudy Vallee and many others.
The annual meeting of the International Platform Association is
considered the world's greatest forum, where, during the four-day
convention, current national and international affairs are debated bv
the newsmakers themselves, who are also members of the I. P. A.
Mrs. Harned commented, "They spoke on 'Should the Panama
Canal be transferred to Panama.' I have the recording." See Picture
showing Congressman Daniel Flood, Aquilino Boyd, Ambassador of
Panama to the United States and Mrs. Doris Harned.
While in the Washington, D. C. area, Mrs. Doris Harned visited
Ann and Paul Robbins, a retired Pan Canal employee, in Sterling,
"MANANA FEVER," according to Howard G. Gee, of College
Station, Texas, explains why news of December, 1973, wasn't re-
ceived for the RECORD UNTIL September, 1974. But his news is
timeless, and friends of the Gee family will still be interested.
Mrs. Howard Gee (stage name, Ana Ludmila) donated her
personal collection of Memorable items amassed during her career as
a ballerina to the Bryan Public Library. The librarian stated during
the official dedication ceremony that the collection was the most
valuable and distinctive ever received by the library. The newspaper
clipping gave a detailed resume of Mrs. Gee's dancing career-facts
already known to former Zonian friends. After an injury, Mrs. Gee's
dancing career was ended, and she then established a new career as a
teacher, and in 1948 she became the founding professor of Panama's
National School of the Dance. In 1971, Panama presented her with the
highest honor the country can bestow upon a civilian, the Order of
Vasco Nunez de Balboa. The medal is included in the display at the
Mrs. Gee still sees a close friend, Dame Margot Fonteyn, the
famous British ballerina, whose husband is Roberto Arias, former
ambassador to England from Panama. A week before the dedication
ceremonies, Mrs. Gee, accompanied by Mrs. A. G. McGill of Bryan
visited with Dame Margot in Houston.
Mrs. Gee's collection includes photographs of Dame Margot, and
other ballet greats. Among notes or letters in the collection are
correspondence from world-famous performers.
Visitors to the library will find a great deal of the collection in a
massive bookcase housing it. Other pictures are framed and placed
around the case.
The collection is dedicated to Mrs. Gee's son by a former
marriage, Jan David Broderick, who was a student at Texas A & M
University at the time of his death at the age of 20 in 1955.
Unfortunately, pictures submitted by Mr. Gee were too dark for
reprinting in thd RECORD.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS, DAILY NEWS, August 14, 1974-Panama
Eric Forsman, who describes himself as "one of the real old-time-
ers," said his nickname in Arlington is "Panama," probably because he
worked for the government and was a sportswriter there for 40
"I first went to Panama to visit my sister. I liked it and decided to
live there." This was in October, 1913, and Mr. Forsman, who is now
77 years old, was in Panama when the Panama Canal opened "It
was very exciting, with horns blowing and flags waving ."
Mr. Forsman was employed by the government commissary
when he first arrived in Panama. "The commissary was like Skaggs is
today, carrying everything. I was paid $30 a month in gold coin." He
later worked for the government in the steamship division, unloading
"I loved writing, and I was bad in English, so I wrote sports," Mr.
Forsman said, explaining why he began writing sports in Panama in
the middle 1920's. He said he was paid $5 a week for writing sports in
his spare time .
"In those days, you could eat all you wanted to for 30 cents. And
there was a bottle of quinine on every table."
Mr. Forsman met his wife in Panama when she was working for
the United Fruit Company. He has gone back to Panama three times
since leaving there. "1970" was the last time, and it has really
"I have a good wife and a good family." He said the key to a good
life is to have a good family and to not worry. "My philosophy is to
forget about yesterday, don't think about tomorrow and take care of
today." He also recommends that one keep busy. "I retired 21 years
ago, and I'm still occupied." Currently, Mr. Forsman is an apartment
security guard in Arlington.
"Mr. James E. Bryant, who had been a Fire Lieutenant of the
Canal Zone Fire Division, retired on December 23, 1973. His wife,
Dorothy, retired from the Panama Canal Company as Personnel
Assistant of the Community Services Division on August 17, 1974. On
August 22nd, they left the Canal Zone for their new retirement home
in Tampa, Florida. Keeping pretty close to home, getting settled, and
being near their two grandsons, David and Michael McGuire, has
taken up most of their time. In case anyone would like to call and say
hello to ex-Canal Zoners, our phone number is 885-2180. Our daughter,
Beverly McGuire and family, live in the Town and Country area, too.
We plan to attend the Reunion in January to visit with friends." -
Dorothy A. Bryant.
Mrs. John F. Manning, of Tampa, Florida spent the month of May
and two weeks in June in Europe where she stayed in London at the
apartment of her daughter, Helen Margaret. Together Helen and her
mother visited other countries including Holland, Switzerland, and
France. Helen is spending a year in London as the Librarian at the
Florida State University Study Center. She has made many trips to
other lands, some with the Study Group and some with friends who
have come to visit her from the United States. She will be going back
to her work in Tallahassee at the Strozier Library in December.
News from Mrs. Helen Rhodes, Orlando, Florida-Her son,
Colonel Howard D. Rhodes, better known as Dusty, has retired from
his career of thirty-one years with the Corp of Army Engineers and
has joined the staff of Johns-Manville as Senior Construction Engi-
neer, General Plant Engineering Department in Denver, Colorado. At
the present time, he is representing the Company on a project in the
Toledo, Ohio, district. Dusty and Gwyn expect their oldest son, Lt.
Craig D. Rhodes, home for Christmas this year as he has completed
his three-year tour in the Frankfort, Germany area. Craig plans to
make the Army his career as his father did. Upon his return to the
United States, he will be stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Mrs. Rhodes reported that she and Anna Ruth Werkheiser
enjoyed a few days' visit in late September with Dorothy Hamlin and
Esther Currier from St. Petersburg. While they were in Orlando, they
were all entertained by the Ralph Skinners in their lovely home.
Mrs. Sara Rowley, Clearwater, Florida, August 13, 1974-Sum-
mer Travel and the Annual Reunion of Balboa High Graduates of the
"We just returned from a month's trip. We first went to Decatur,
Alabama, to visit long-time Navy civilian friends from the Zone, the
Franklin Smiths, who lived in Coco Solito. They took a drive with us to
Sheffield to check out the town where I used to spend some summers
with my grandparents. From Decatur, we drove to Hatboro, Pennsyl-
vania, to see our nieces. Sam's sister and niece with our assorted
animals drove to Avalon, New Jersey shores for a weekend where we
fished and caught crab for our dinner-yum, yum .
"Our trip, primarily, was planned to visit Sam's mother who is a
lively 991/2-years-old. She is, as the song says, 'Younger than Spring-
time'. We stayed a week in Quoque, Long Island, with her and enjoyed
it tremendously. We are planning on going to Long Island for her
100th birthday next March 11th. From Long Island, we went to La
Grangeville, New York, and visited a few hours with Capt. Archie
and Marion Springthorpe who are now living on the East Coast. They
sold their yacht in California and bought a large Motor Home which
Marion drove across the country. As Archie was leaving the next
morning for Boston Hospital for tests, we didn't stay too long. He says
he hopes to get to St. Petersburg next January for the Reunion. We
then drove up to the Catskills for a visit with relatives and loved the
terrain which reminded us of Panama with its hills and dales-the only
difference being the coolness of the weather. We then attended my
class reunion in Croton on the Hudson at the lovely home of Mary and
Bill Michaelsen. We all spent the day by the swimming pool, eating,
drinking and just talking. I wish that I had taken a picture of the
six-foot sandwich that was brought up to the pool for our lunch. What
a Masterpiece!! It was carried on the shoulders of three stalwart men
singing 'Sly Mongoose'. What a fun day we all had. (See Reunion for
names of those attending our annual get-together). We then stopped
to see the Henry Bigelows for a few days in Westminster, Massachu-
"All in all, we traveled 4,370 miles and enjoyed every mile, but,
oh how nice it is to be back in our own home sweet home."
"The following attended the Annual Picnic of Balboa High Gradu-
ates of the 1930's: Mary and Bill Michaelsen, Croton, New York, hosts;
Sara (Pyle) and Sam Rowley, Clearwater, Florida; Wilma (Reynolds)
and Glen Kirkpatrick, Rochester, New York; Jean (Kalar) and Francis
McAndrews, Moscow, Pennsylvania; Olive (Kalar) and Leonard
Krouse, Springfield, Pennsylvania; Janie (Hamlin) and Hal Leffing-
well, New Canaan, Connecticut; Muriel and Bill Poole, Lansdowne,
Pennsylvania; Faye and Gene Hamlin, Carthage, North Carolina; Pat
(Thompson) and Paul Bujalski, New Haven, Connecticut; Toodles
(Warren) and Tate Setzer, Temple Hills, Maryland; Marge (Dennis)
and Bill Bain, Princeton, New Jersey; Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas,
Brick Town, New Jersey; Elizabeth (Tonneson) and Frank Key,
Dumont, New Jersey; Bernice Rathgeber Jackson and daughter Dar-
lene, Des Plaines, Illinois; Gloria and Jack Brown and son Allen,
Northport, Long Island, New York; Betty and Fred Banan, Gaithers-
burg, Maryland; Josephine (Dennis) Konover, Princetown, New Jer-
sey; Ed Jones, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Agnes (Tonneson) Jamke,
Tenafly, New Jersey; Galen Michaelsen McGurn, Hauppauge, Long
Island, New York; Jack Michaelsen, Bethpage, Long Island, New
York; Eleanor (Hammond) and August Schwinderman, Ramsey, New
Jersey; Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Trenton, New Jersey; Janice L.
Herbert, Trenton, New Jersey; Jackie and Bruce Onderdonk and
daughter, Dee Dee, Glastonbury, Connecticut; Henry Brewerton,
New York Military Academy, Cornwall on Hudson, New York; Tede
(Duff) Lyng, Rochester, New York. See pictures submitted by Mrs.
This year brought greater kids by far
With talents ranging wide
And Balboa High School
Welcomed them into her Halls with pride.
This school is one
We'll NEVER forget
For the laughs we shared
With the FRIENDS we met! ZONIAN, 1958
CHERISHED MEMORIES are revived each year at several
annual B. H. S. Reunions. Although travel to distant Reunion sites is
not possible for many, time has not obliterated ties of high school
days. Thus, from THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, August 23,
1974, the next best thing to keep in touch is a proposed Reunion by
"Graduates of Balboa High School remaining on the Isthmus are
requested to cooperate in a reunion by mail that is being organized by
some graduates living in the United States. Balboa High Alumni are
asked to send a resume of their activities since leaving BHS to Sharon
Williams, R. R. 1, Box 198, Russells Point, Ohio 43348. As soon as the
resumes are received, they will be compiled into a booklet and sent
out to the alumni and in this way many old acquaintances will be
In addition to sending resumes, alumni are asked to send names
and addresses (also telephone numbers) of other graduates that they
can think of ... The resumes should be accompanied by $1 to cover
cost of postage and supplies.
Members of the committee in addition to Sharon Williams are
Jeanirne (Deemer) Peters, 25698 Cambridge Court, Roseville, Michi-
gan; Karen (O'Connell) Gates, 27614 Parkview Blvd., Apt. 307,
Warren, Michigan and Mary (Arenz) Ziegler, 53 Van Houten Ave.,
Passaic Park, New Jersey."
A newsy letter written by Sue Core Odom in her inimitable style
expressed her appreciation to "my buddies from Canal Zone days for
their interest in her book, Away Down South in Dixie." She stated
that the sale of the book enabled her to contribute $3,000 to the
Cancer Fund for the General Hospital. A brochure from the Southeast
Alabama General Hospital acknowledged Mrs. Odom's gift and wrote,
"This delightful book is available at the Book & Art Shop, downtown
Dothan, for $2.50. Mail orders will be filled by the Shop for $3.00 per
copy." Mrs. Odom paid for its production, but the Cancer Fund got all
the proceeds from the sales. "This note is one way of thanking all
those friends who stepped forward with orders and helped me make
my goal! The Diagnostic and Treatment Center will be the biggest and
finest cancer facility in this part of the country, and, hopefully, it will
be in operation by this time next year. The community had to pledge
$200,000 in order for the Federal Government to add over two million
"I am now embroiled in a book for the Dothan Boys' Club-to help
their athletic program. When they asked me to do a book for them, I
was delighted, and it is sizzling right along; they are hoping to get it
into the stores for Christmas-gifting.
"One of our happiest visitations recently was when Tommy
Peterson and family dropped by to see us all a few weeks ago. And
when Jack Watson, with wife, Sue, came to see me, the cup really
ranneth over! He still looks much like he did when he was a little boy
in my sixth grade! Can you imagine the clack and clatter that went on
in this house? The blessed friends from Panama days, dropping by
from time to time, forms one of the happiest of all the fringe benefits
from that precious part of my life!
"Best Wishes to all who are within ear-shot of "The Record" .
The caption under a picture in a Wellston, Ohio, paper (May 30,
1974) states, "Oldest Alumnus Honored." Elsie Greenwood was pre-
sented with a dozen red roses during Alumni festivities for being the
oldest living graduate of Wellston High School-1895. She is now 99
years old. Mrs. Alexander A. Wilson, of Chillicothe, Ohio, sent in the
clipping and the following information: "Mrs. Greenwood is the widow
of Harry E. Greenwood. They went to Panama in 1910 and lived there
31 years. Mr. Greenwood was in charge of the Oil Handling Plant.
They lived in Balboa until they retired in 1941 to Wellston. Mrs.
Greenwood is pretty well, other than having to walk with a walker,
but they are afraid she will fall. We go to see her about every five or
six weeks and share our RECORD with her. She can read but writing
is difficult for her as her hands are crippled with arthritis. She seems
cheerful and very much interested in what's going on."
Mrs. Greenwood is living at the Maple Heights Nursing Home,
Wellston, Ohio 45692.
Reminiscing-Mrs. Norine H. Kaufer, San Jose, California-
"Reading of Gene Owens' early Canal Zone experiences brings to mind
Empire and the old Camacho Reservoir where the Halls lived. I know
lots of early Empire and Culebra folks will remember the Sunday
walks up to that pretty lake, the little picnic house on the hill above
where the Class of 1919 Balboa High School had their class picnic.
"Beautiful grounds, lots of banana trees, tropical foliage, coffee
trees, orange and avocado (alligator pears) in the jungles near by.
They had been planted by some natives before the land had been
purchased for a reservoir by the U. S. Government. And the 'Job's
tears', those pretty grey seeds still being used as beads in the West
Indies and Hawaii-how the folks loved to pick those seeds for
portieres, etc. down by the water pipe.
"Reading of the work on Culebra Cut (now Gaillard Cut), in the
fall, 1974, issue of the PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, so beautifully
done in color, the paintings done by that fine artist, Al Sprague, I
think of Col. David.Dubose Gaillard and his surprise trips to Camacho
Dam to see how things were going-if the grass was being cut by the
crew, and if things were shining clean. He walked from Culebra two
miles in the heat of the day-a real military looking gentleman in his
fine fitting uniform, leather leggings and always a swank swagger
"We got the 7 a.m. train every schoolday from Empire station-a
mile's ride away by our horse and buggy in 1914 to Corozal school and
then to Balboa High. By then, the civilian part of the Government had
moved to Balboa Heights, and the Army was living at Empire and
and Culebra. Sometimes, when the bridge at Paraiso was open to let
the ships through, we had to wait at Paraiso two or three hours when
coming home from school.
"Just a few memories of Camacho Dam from 1910 until 1919!"
Jack Warford and his wife, Lillian, had Jack's daughter, Judy
Wheeler and two grandchildren, (Jeri and Jana) visit them from the
Canal Zone on September 22nd. They stayed for two weeks in Fort
Lauderdale and then visited Joe and Ruth Bourgeois in Escondido,
California for a few days. They are now (October 20th) heading for
Michigan to visit Mrs. Wheeler (Jim's mother) and then to see Jay
Warford (Judy's brother). Before returning to the Canal Zone, they
will revisit the Jack Warfords in their new home in Vero Beach,
Florida-825 Camelia Lane 32960.
Mrs. Doris La Quire, 4700 Ocean Beach Boulevard, Apartment
422, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 32931, reports on her mother, Mrs. Ella
Brown, formerly of St. Petersburg, who suffered two strokes in June.
After closing out her mother's apartment in St. Petersburg, Mrs.
La Quire moved Mrs. Brown to a nursing home near her. At that time
the news on her mother's health was discouraging, but she reported
that in September Mrs. Brown was able to leave the nursing home.
Because of lack of space and working full time, Mrs. La Quire could
not care for her mother in her apartment. Mrs. Brown is now living
with a couple in a private home on Merritt Island. She has her own
large, comfortable room and is happy in her new home. She is doing
Mrs. La Quire expressed her appreciation for the many cards and
letters and stated. "It is gratifying to know my mother, Mrs. Brown,
has so many concerned friends."
Mrs. Margaret M. Considine, Gloucester City, New Jersey,
reports going to Mercerville, New Jersey, with John and Doris
Palmer when Sally Palmer and Louis Palmer were visiting from
Florida and the Canal Zone. "Best regards to you and all the Canal
Diggers. I hope Washington doesn't give Panama the Canal for a 60th
In July, Jack Larson, wife and four children from Woodbury
Heights, New Jersey spent two weeks with Jack's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John Larson, of Boynton. Beach, Florida.
Cecelia "Cee" Mittag from Panama spent a few days visiting with
Shirley Smith, of Clearwater, Florida, in early September.
News from Mildred and John Mallahan This is to advise you
that our current address is: c/o The American Bureau of Shipping, 104
Shah Abbas Ave., Tehran, Iran, where we expect to be for the next
The political and economic picture in Buenos Aires became grim
and so we were transferred to Iran where John is opening a new office
for his company. Iran is new to us, but old historically, and we are
finding it quite a challenge to understand and live with an entirely
different culture. It took us quite a while to become oriented to
women hidden from public view by their all-encompassing black
chador; beautiful Persian gardens hidden from inquisitive eyes by
high stone walls, and drivers who add zest to their daily work by
manipulating their cars as aggressively and as wildly as possible.
Mildred is taking advantage of every opportunity to see as much
of this part of the world as possible and has already visited Afghani-
stan, Turkey, and Northern India. We both hope to visit Russia next
spring when Now Ruz (New Year) is celebrated in Iran by a two-week
holiday from work.
Our children are fine, but as a family we are scattered around the
earth, with Melinda and her family in Guam, Richard and his family in
Germany, Robert and Donald in Houston, and Mom and Dad in Iran.
We always enjoy receiving our copy of the Canal Zone Record for
even though we are far away from that area, the friendships we made
there and the happy memories remain with us.
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas! John and Mildred Malla-
John R. Keenan, reporting from cold, cold, Cheyenne, Wyoming
- "Greetings from the Cowboy State in the Rocky Mountain country
where the wind blows and the tumble weed rolls. We have had a
beautiful fall, but the surrounding hills and valleys are now covered
with snow it looks nice from the inside, looking out. The younger
folks like it as they can get out snow-mobiling and skiing. As for me, I
am too old for the cold and snow; therefore, I will venture once again
on the long trip south as the birds do." Mr. Keenan as in past years
will attend the Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Frances S. Dorn, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, took a trip by
bus to California, via Oklahoma City, Albuquerque to San Diego, Los
Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Jose. Her
return trip included Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, St.
Louis, Decatur, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Milton "Mit" Parsons, a 1962 graduate of Balboa High School, has
received a National Wildlife Federation Environmental Fellowship for
1974-75. He is one of 18 doctoral and postdoctoral candidates selected
as recipients and is the first Montana State University student to
receive a fellowship.
The fellowships will fund a wide range of proposed conservation
studies, from wildlife habitat inventories to energy crisis implications.
The studies that are funded are selected from proposals submitted by
doctorate and postdoctorate candidates from universities and colleges
across the United States in December of each year.
Mr. Parsons is the son of Mrs. Dorothy S. Bright, a retired
employee of the Panama Canal Electrical Division, who now lives in
Cadet James R. Folsom, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Folsom,
Springdale, Arkansas, received the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
award for maintaining the second highest cumulative grade point
average at Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, Missouri. Mr.
Folsom also won first place in the junior college freshman class
scholastic competition and a certificate as feature writer for the school
paper, The Trumpeter.
Fred E. Wells, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wells, of Balboa,
Canal Zone, recently received his doctorate in Marine Sciences from
the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In August, Fred will begin
a two-year research program under a post-doctoral fellowship at
Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His wife, Dallas, will be
working toward a Master's Degree in Library Science at Dalhousie.
Patricia M. Kearns (Steiner), Research Statistician of the U.S.
Army Health Service Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was
admitted to the Nomineeship in the American College of Hospital
Administrators at Convocation Ceremonies held on August 22, 1974,
at the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
The announcement was made by Gene Kidd, Chairman of the
ACHA, a professional society now numbering 11,000 of the leading
hospitals and health facilities administrative leaders in the United
States and Canada .
In the April 1974 issue of Research in Education, Mrs. Kearns
published her thesis, "Drug Dependence." Mrs. Kearns' thesis was
finalized in completion of her Masters of Science degree in Health
Care Administration, which degree she obtained from Trinity Uni-
versity, San Antonio, Texas, in August, 1973. As a partial fulfillment
of this degree, Mrs. Kearns completed an administrative residency at
Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, and in so doing was
the first civilian and first woman to complete a residency at any Army
Mrs. Kearns is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Steiner,
Dunedin, Florida. She graduated from the Canal Zone Junior College
in 1957. At the present time, Mrs. Kearns is on her way to Ansbach,
Germany, where her husband, Major James R. Kearns, will be
assigned. Her new address is Box 26, USMCA Ansbach, APO, N.Y.
Our Congratulations to THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW-The
last three issues have not only revived precious memories but also
have been very educational. Detailed historical backgrounds supple-
ment what was only casual knowledge on many typical Panamanian
customs. Both the Special Edition and the Spring, 1974, issues contain
a wealth of information on many subjects such as Carnival, the
Pollera, Chaquira, Molas, and the Mosqueta as well as historical sites
and the vegetation, etc. of Panama. The Fall, 1974, REVIEW, with
pictures all in color commemorates the Sixtieth Anniversary of the
Panama Canal..Governor David S. Parker's introduction praised the
determination, talent, and technical skills of the men who through
their high standards of excellence realized that centuries-old dream of
uniting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The more than 15,000 people
(Americans and Panamanians) who now are engaged in running the
Canal likewise maintain the high standards of efficiency that have
characterized the Panama Canal from the beginning.
Joseph Pennell, an artist well known for his lithographs of the
construction of the Panama Canal, expressed his impressions of the
waterway in 1912. Today, though often photographed, the Canal has
seldom been the subject of visiting artists because of the time
required to travel its length and sketch its many aspects.
Details of the transit of ships through the Canal today (an
average of 40 a day) are compared with ships transiting in 1914
(average of 3 ships a day). Al Sprague, an art instructor at Balboa
High School produced a series of paintings which show the busy
waterway in operation today with a subtle emphasis on the people
who make it work-the men who pilot the ships, operate the locomo-
tives, handle the lines, and dredge the channel. The Canal has been
one of Al Sprague's favorite subjects for many years and his series of
paintings showing all phases of the lock overhaul is on display in the
Board Room of the Administration Building at Balboa Heights.
Mr. Sprague's work is popular in the United States, where it is
found in many private collections and is on permanent display at the
Eric Schindler Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.
Al Sprague lives in Balboa with his wife, Barbara, also an artist,
and their three children. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard H.
Sprague, formerly of the Canal Zone, now living in St. Augustine,
Florida. See picture.
Doug Storer, author of "Amazing But True," who is a resident of
Clearwater, Florida, spoke at the September monthly meeting of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. on the role played by Bunau-
Varilla which resulted in the building of the Panama Canal in Panama.
He writes, "The Panama Canal is again in the news as that country
and ours seek to work out differences over the control of this vital
man-made waterway. The Panama Canal .. was born amid contro-
versy." Mr. Storer reviews many well-known facts. After the failure
of the French, he states, "The Canal might have died right there had it
not been for the vision of a 26-year-old French engineer named
Phillippe Bunau-Varilla. He had dreamed of such a canal from boy-
hood, had worked on laying out the route and was determined to see a
waterway built across the isthmus. He decided the rich Americans
were the logical people to take over the French option and complete
the canal. So, he took his proposal to Washington."
The United States, with an expanding international trade was
interested in a canal linking the two great oceans, but Congress had
determined that it would be easier to build and cheaper to maintain
the canal through Nicaragua. By the spring of 1902, the lawmakers
were ready to endorse this project.
"But young Bunau-Varilla, fighting to save his isthmus waterway,
decided to change the corporate mind of Congress. He did so by one of
the boldest moves ever made by a single individual to alter the
already agreed-upon judgment of an entire government-and an
alien one at that."
A few days before Congress was to formally vote on the con-
struction of a canal through Nicaragua a major volcano "blew its head
off in the Caribbean." Nicaragua had previous assured the United
States that all local volcanos were totally inactive and that the
proposed waterway would never be endangered by exploding moun-
Bunau-Varilla remembered that a few years earlier Nicaragua
had issued a stamp bearing a picture of Momotombo, a famous
volcanic mountain in that country and one lying near the route of the
proposed canal. It was said to be extinct, yet the stamp showed the
peak crowned with a plume of smoke. Scurrying around Washington,
Bunau-Varilla managed to track down 90 of these Nicaraguan stamps,
one for each of the senators who was about to vote on the canal route.
The following morning on each senatorial desk, there was an envelope
containing a stamp and a note in Bunau-Varilla's handwriting: "Offici-
al witness to volcanic activity in Nicaragua." The senators then
reversed themselves and when the vote was taken a few days later, it
was found that the Senate had decided to pick up the unexpired
French contract and build the canal across Panama.
He then discusses the well-known facts of Colombia's procrasti-
nation and stalling in order to negotiate a treaty to obtain better
terms. But Bunau-Varilla was not to be denied his victory. If Colombia
stood in the way, then she must be bypassed. So Panama had a
bloodless revolution which freed it from Colombia. Bunau-Varilla was
the heart of the infant Republic of Panama. He organized the new
government, financed it out of his own pocket, drew up its constitu-
tion, created a code of law for its courts and secured recognition from
all other countries. Then, he had himself made the first Panamanian
minister to the United States. As minister, he drew up the famous
treaty which gave to our government the right to own and operate a
canal through Panama "in perpetuity." This treaty, which bears his
name and is still in force, was written by this remarkable man in four
"Only once did Bunau-Varilla ever tell his story to the American
people. That was in February of 1940. He was past 80 and living in
Paris when I arranged to have him interviewed on a coast-to-coast
radio program. The interview, by short wave, took place in a Paris
studio and the interviewer was the now famous commentator, Eric
"That was Bunau-Varilla's last public appearance. A few months
later, the father of the Panama Canal was dead."
"Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us." Oscar
Wilde. For former Zonians, memories of Zone days are memories of
friends. Join others in the joy of adding memories to that diary of
former years! ATTEND THE REUNION!!
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Princess Martha Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
August 3, 1974
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene I.
Askew at 1:34 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Mary
Belle Hicks, Mr. Askew gave the Invocation which was followed by
thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who had passed
away since the July meeting.
The President welcomed the 100 members and guests who were
The following members and visitors stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell-Clearwater
Mr. Frank Violette-Panama
Mr. and Mrs. William V. Butler-Clearwater
Mrs. Jessie Matheney-St. Petersburg
Mr. Lew McIlvaine-Clearwater
Miss Sandra Mann-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Joe Farr-St. Petersburg
Mr. Earle Brown-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Betty Jorgensen-St. Petersburg
The Minutes of the July meeting were read. As there were no
corrections, additions, or omissions, the Minutes were approved as
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
Mr. Rambo from Aetna Life Insurance Co., Tampa, was intro-
duced by the President. Mr. Rambo spoke of the Retirees Benefit Plan
of Health Insurance under the Indemnity Plan. He explained both
types of coverage and compared the types. He gave a resume of
benefits provided by each plan. As the type of coverage needed by an
individual retiree varies with each individual, an invitation was issued
to visit the Aetna office at 5200 West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.
Mr. Rambo also answered questions from the group.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported on current
legislation of interest to Retirees. The Cost of Living was up 2.1% as
of June 30. Blue Cross/Blue Shield proposes to cut psychiatric
benefits from 80% to 50% and is currently dickering with the
government about this. Senate Bill 628 is still circulating; however,
labor, the AFGE and the Post Office are backing the House version.
Mr. Askew announced that Mr. Dorn Thomas has purchased an
electric mule formerly used on the locks and has installed it in a
transportation museum in Roanoke, Virginia. He has paid all expenses
himself and is soliciting help by his slogan "buy a piece of the mule."
Several members donated money. Mrs. Grady moved the Society give
a token donation, the amount to be decided by the Executive Board.
Mrs. Hall seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Mr. Askew announced that for members attending the Reunion in
January who preferred to stay in a motel, that the Edgewater Beach
Motel has excellent facilities and is quite close to the Princess Martha.
Five members would celebrate birthdays in August. Mr. Askew
offered Best Wishes from the Society.
Mr. Askew reminded those present that the September meeting
would be held at the Gulfport Community Center.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:40
Coffee and Danish pastries were served by the Princess Martha
Hotel and a brief social period was enjoyed by all.
September 6, 1974
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew,
at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the
Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the August meeting.
The President welcomed the 84 members and guests who were
The following members stood for special recognition as their
names were called by the Record Editor.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison-Bradenton, Florida
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert-Bradenton
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pate-Gatun, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cain-Sarasota, Florida
Capt. and Mrs. Harry T. Lacy-Largo, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Page-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Lloyd Peterson-Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Mr. Al Davis-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Lois Jones-St. Petersburg, Florida
Capt. Pedersen-Canal Zone
Mr. Jim Hickman-Canal Zone
Mr. Raymond Hills-Sarasota, Florida
The Minutes of the August meeting were read. As there were no
additions, corrections or omissions, the Minutes were approved as
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the Cost of
Living was up 2.9% as of July 31. Government employees may now be
reimbursed for services of an optometrist or a psychiatrist without a
referral from a doctor. There will be no further action on pending bills
until the next session of Congress. In order to receive reimbursement
for ambulance service, the service must have been performed by a
recognized, certified ambulance service.
Mr. Askew announced that Mrs. R. C. Calvit has obtained and has
catalogued many plates of pictures of employees taken for ID pur-
poses in the Canal Zone. These plates will soon be available to anyone
who wants them. More information will be forthcoming.
Mr. Askew then made several announcements. Information on
dehydrated foods was available. Pan American Airways' tour infor-
mation was available. Capt. Townshend, Mr. Wall and Mr. Askew had
met regarding a Panama Canal museum, and further efforts in this
direction were tabled temporarily.
Mrs. Grady announced a tour of the Caribbean with a discount
available if enough interested persons could be found.
Mr. Askew thanked Mr. Daile Keigley for his article for the
Mr. Doug Storer gave a talk on the origin of the original Panama
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:30
Coffee, donuts and a brief social period were enjoyed following
the business meeting.
October 4, 1974
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew,
at 1:40 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the
Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the September meeting.
The President welcomed the 141 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called by the Record Editor.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell-Clearwater
Mrs. Marie Fraser-Tampa
Mrs. Jo Freudigmann-Tampa
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kleefkens-Tampa
Mr. and Mrs. George Anderson-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Marion Wells-Balboa
Mr. Jim Campbell-Margarita
Miss Mary Orr-Sarasota
Mrs. Della Noonan-Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Greene-Sarasota
Mrs. Frances Days Jones-Sarasota
Mrs. Mildred Randall-West Palm Beach
Mr. and Mrs. Eno Everson-Sarasota
Mr. Frank Violette-Panama
Mr. George Chevalier-St. Petersburg
Mr. Bill Wheeler-Beacon Woods
Mr. Irl Sanders, Jr.-Beacon Woods
Mr. George Jones-St. Petersburg
Mr. Robert B. Kozan-St. Petersburg
Mr. Fred Mead-Canal Zone
Mrs. Ida Mead-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Patton-Dunnellon
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith-St. Petersburg
The Minutes of the September meeting were read. As there were
no additions, corrections or omissions, the Minutes were approved as
The Secretary-Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
The Secretary read a letter thanking the members for their
generous donations which were used to help bring the American
Legion baseball team to St. Petersburg in August.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up 5.2% as of August 31 and is predicted to rise
to 7% by January. Civil Service is expecting mass retirements before
the end of the year. S-628, which would restore annuity deductions
after the demise of the spouse, was passed by the Senate to cover
those who were predeceased and not remarried. A more liberal
version passed by the House to provide survivor annuities without
cost was rejected by the Senate. A House-Senate conference is now
required for a possible compromise.
Mr. Askew announced that he has the boat schedule for 1975, and
anyone interested may contact him for information.
Mr. Askew also announced that he had a list of names of the
people for whom Mrs. Calvit has picture plates. Members could check
the list after the meeting.
The members were asked if they would be interested in having
Edward A. Linney, Attorney for the Panama Canal Society, speak to
members at a future meeting. The response was favorable, and Mr.
Askew will look into this.
As a call for September birthdays and anniversaries was omitted
at the last meeting, Mr. Askew asked that those having birthdays in
September rise for recognition. There were six members and
four couples who had celebrated anniversaries. In October, seven
members would celebrate their birthdays and one couple their anni-
versary. Best wishes were extended to all.
Mr. Askew thanked the refreshment committee, and, as there
was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:23 p.m.
Coffee and donuts were enjoyed by the members and guests
following the meeting.
Respectfully submitted, Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
At Christmastime the cards arrive, all bright and gay and fine,
Delivered by the postman in a long assembly line,
No mark to show the one from you except an inky scrawl,
Your signature across the months and miles, and that is all.
It makes me wonder if you think your autograph so dear
That I should be content to gaze upon it once a year.
Such formal greetings merely tell me that you still exist,
And that I still retain a place upon your mailing list.
How I would cherish on the margin just a line or two
To show that with your Christmas card I get a bit of you.
Modern Maturity December January 1971-1972
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We announce tie beathsi of tIe following:
Mrs. Agnes Atkinson died on September 30, 1974 in Hot Springs,
Arkansas. She is survived by her husband, F. C. Atkinson, a son, F. C.
Atkinson, Jr., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a daughter, Mrs. Norman
Anderson, Balboa, Canal Zone; seven grandchildren and ten great-
Mrs. Asta H. Baker, 90, of DeLand, Florida, passed away on
September 6, 1974, in DeLand. Born in Denmark, she had been in
DeLand, Florida for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, John,
and one son, Mr. Frank A. Diers of the Panama Canal Zone.
Captain Robert M. Baum, Sr., 71, died in Norfolk, Virginia, on
September 30, 1974, after a long illness. He retired from the civil
service after 32 years, which included work in the Panama Canal
Zone. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gertrude Midgett Baum, a
daughter, Mrs. Ivadean Baum Smith, and a son, Captain Robert M.
Baum, both of Norfolk; two sisters, eleven grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren, all of Norfolk, Virginia.
Mrs. H. L. Berger (Sara Fishbough) died at her home in Chula
Vista, California, on July 18, 1974, of a progressive stroke. She was a
former employee at the Old Cristobal Commissary and the second of a
four-generation family on the Canal Zone. She is survived by a
daughter, Roseanna, of Chula Vista, two grandchildren and one
great-grandchild. Submitted by Leon S. Fishbough, nephew of Mrs.
Retired Army Col. R. Duncan Brown, Jr., an officer in the Corps
of Engineers for 22 years, died of multiple sclerosis on August 17,
1974. Col. Brown served in the Canal Zone from 1957 to 1961.
Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home (1866 Patrick Henry
Drive, Arlington, Maryland); two sons, Capt. R. Duncan Brown III, of
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; William R. Brown of Schofield Barracks,
Hawaii; two daughters, Mary Alan Beckley of Tucson, Arizona, and
Nancy Feuerbach, of Blacksburg, Virginia; his parents, a sister and
Mr. Albert J. Days died on August 24, 1974, in San Diego,
California. Mr. Days was born in the Canal Zone, and he worked for
the Government until he transferred to the Military Sea Transporta-
tion Service, U.S. Navy, in 1950. He retired from government service
in 1965, at which time he with his wife, Iris, and daughter, Marley,
went to San Diego to make their home. In addition to his wife, Iris, he
is survived by daughters Marley; Mrs. Ann Verratti, Mexico City,
Mexico; Mrs. Judy Bugge, Sacramento, California; a son, Timothy J.
Days, Roanoke, Virginia; a sister, Mrs. Frances D. Jones, Sarasota,
Florida; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Marion M. Dettor, 74, of Takoma Park, Maryland, passed
away at her home on July 30, 1974. Her husband, John, a former shop
teacher at Balboa High School, survives her. Other survivors are a
son, Dr. Vernon B. Dettor, of La Plata, Maryland; a daughter, Clarice
I. Brainard, of Boynton Beach, Florida; and seven grandchildren.
A Requiem Mass for May Elizabeth (Betty) Dodson, was held in
St. Petersburg, Florida on October 4, 1974. (Exact date of death is
now known). Survivors include her husband, William H. (Bill) Dodson,
St. Petersburg; two sons, William H. Dodson II, Atlanta, Georgia, and
Mark L. Dodson, St. Petersburg; three daughters, Barbara A. Dod-
son, Augusta, Georgia, Claudia L. Dodson, Atlanta Georgia, and
Donna M. Dodson, Atlanta, Georgia; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer F. Troland, Brandon, Florida.
Her husband was raised on the Canal Zone, the son of Marian A.
Dodson, Tampa, Florida, and the late Mal L. Dodson.
Mr. John Lawrence Dougan, 66, passed away suddenly on
Monday, October 7, 1974, in Springdale, Arkansas Mr. Dougan
worked in the Canal Zone as Maintenance machinist until he retired in
1968. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Joanne. Survivors
are his son, John Patrick, and his mother, Mrs. Audra Dougan.
Mrs. Maria Eastham, of Ancon, Canal Zone, died at Gorgas
Hospital recently. She was 53 and was employed by the U. S. Air
Force in Albrook. She is survived by her husband, Leo, a son Leo, and
two daughters, Rossana and Carmen.
Mr. Joseph A. Farr, 80, passed away on October 16, 1974, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. He was a retired marine engineer for the
Panama Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ada E. Farr.
Mr. John D. Gallivan, of Fairfax, Virginia, died July 25, 1974, of
pneumonia. He retired in 1950 after 40 years with the Panama Canal.
At the time of his retirement, he was in charge of the Oil Handling
Plant on the Pacific side. He has made his home for the past 20 years
with his son, John III, and his family in Virginia. He is also survived
by his daughters, Mrs. James E. Cole, of Vienna, Virginia, and Mrs.
Burton Wright, of Winter Park, Florida.
Mr. Percy Willis Gardner, former police officer in Cristobal,
passed away on August 15, 1974, in Camden-Wyoming, Delaware. Mr.
Gardner was a retired Chief Electrician's Mate, U. S. Navy. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Gardner and a daughter, Mrs. R.
Alburl. Mrs. Gardner planned to return to Huntsville, Alabama with
her daughter 3314 Charleston Avenue, N.W., Huntsville, Alabama
According to a report from Bartow, Florida, that appeared in the
Tampa Tribune on September 6, it is believed that the Ralph R.
Garrett, who was killed on July 25th near Waynesville, North
Carolina, during a robbery, was Ralph R. Garrett, 45, who had been a
teacher in the Canal Zone schools for the past 17 years. Mr. Garrett
was allegedly killed by a 24-year-old escaped convict who was later
captured and led police to the body.
Mr. Robert Gehring, 57, passed away on September 16, 1974, in
Watertown, New York. He was employed at Gorgas Hospital from
1947 to 1954. Death came from a massive heart attack when he fell
from his lawn-tractor. He is survived by his wife, Thelma and two
children 415 Harris Drive, Watertown, New York.
Mr. Walter Holly Hebert, former director of Admeasurements on
the Panama Canal, died August 23, 1974, in Eugene, Oregon, of a
sudden heart attack. Mr. Hebert went to the Isthmus in 1928 and was
employed by the section of surveys on the construction of Madden
Dam. In 1939, he transferred to the Admeasurement section of Balboa
Port Captains' Office. He is survived by his wife, Louise, of Eugene
Oregon; three daughters, Mrs. Katherine Myers, of Kinder, Louis-
iana; Mrs. Mary Hilden, of Forrest Grove, Oregon; and Jeannine
Hebert, of Curundu, Canal Zone; and five grandchildren.
Maj. (USMC Ret.) William Kesley Hutchings, Jr., 49, died in New
Bern, North Carolina, on September 13, 1974. Maj. Hutchings attend-
ed the Canal Zone schools from kindergarten through High School
(BHS Class of 1943). He was a veteran of 27 years' Marine Corps
service. Maj. Hutchings is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Rich-
ardson Hutchings, and one son, William K. both of the home; another
son, Richard P. of the U. S. Navy; his mother, Mrs. R. W. Hutchings,
Sr., of San Leandro, California; a brother, Robert, California; and two
Mr. Clarence S. Lanehart, 72, died on June 8, 1974, in New
Orleans, Louisiana, after a long illness. Mr. Lanehart went to the
Canal Zone in 1945 and worked as a clerk with the Locks Division for
16 months. For many years, he was Manager of the United Fruit
Company, Merchandise Department for Central and South America.
He is survived by his widow.
Mr. A. J. (Buck) Landreth, 63, a former electrician on the Canal
Zone, died suddenly on August 2, 1974, at his home in Bandera, Texas.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Loraine Landreth, a daughter, Miss
Loraine Mae Landreth of Bandera, and two sisters, both of Bluefield,
Mr. John Larson passed away on August 18, 1974, in Boynton
Beach, Florida, following a long illness. He is survived by his wife
Millie of Boynton Beach, his son Jack and four grandchildren, of
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, and a sister, Mrs. Agnar Johanson.
Mr. Loren Lessiack, 25, was killed in an automobile accident in
Illinois. Details are not known. He is survived by a wife and one child.
Mr. L. W. Lewis (Duke), 84, died suddenly in Hendersonville,
North Carolina, on September 3, 1974, from a heart attack. Mr. Lewis,
who was born in Indiana, went to the Canal Zone after finishing
Electrical Engineering at Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute,
Indiana. At the time of his retirement in 1950, he was the Chief
Quartermaster, now known as Director of Supply and Services. He is
survived by his wife, Marion, and son, Alan, both of Hendersonville.
Mr. Frank Nelson Light, 72, died of a heart attack on September
3, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is survived by his widow, Helen, and a
brother, Edwin P. Light, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Mary Cecil Lowe, 85, widow of George Lowe, passed away
on October 6, 1974, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was a member of
the large Canal Zone Morrison family, and was one of the first white
women in the Canal Zone, arriving on July 14, 1906. She is survived by
her daughter, Mrs. Fred Yaeger (Mary Jo), of Houston, Texas; a son,
George M. Lowe, of Wilmington, Delaware; two sisters, Mrs. Nannie
I. Brown and Mrs. Mattie B. Weiman ("Bates"), both of Fayetteville;
two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. William R. McCann, formerly of Hopewell, Virginia, died on
October 21, 1974, in Hilton, New York. Information was sent to the
Society by his son, Frank B. McCann, of Hilton.
Mr. Reed R. McIlvaine, 44, died on August 25, 1974, in Clear-
water, Florida. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and had resided in
Clearwater for 15 years. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Lew W. McIlvaine, Clearwater, and one brother, Edwin C., of the
Mrs. Ruth A. Mitchell died from a stroke on May 25, 1974, at her
home in Cape Coral, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Col.
Hugh M. Mitchell, one son, and two daughters.
Mr. John K. Neff died at his home in Sacramento, California, on
July 30, 1974. His wife, Olena, nee Hutchings, passed away on
November 25, 1968. He is survived by a daughter, Annalee, and her
husband, William T. Horton, of Hacienda Heights, California, and two
granddaughters, Maryanne and Adrian.
Mrs. Thelma V. North, 64, former Gamboa Club House Assistant
Manager (1940-1947), and onetime resident of Gamboa, Canal Zone,
died in Tallahassee, Florida, on August 5, 1974. Her husband, John
Marion North, who was also employed by the Panama Canal (1925-
1954), survives her. She is also survived by three sisters and two
brothers, all of Florida.
Mr. North's address is c/o Inez Tynes, P. 0. Box 3162, North Fort
Myers, Florida 33903.
Captain Richard C. Sergeant, 63, died October 10, 1974, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Captain Sergeant was born in the Republic of
Panama, and upon retirement as Captain of the port in Balboa,
Panama Canal Zone, moved to St. Petersburg six years ago. He is
survived by his wife, Beatrice; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Hoover, of
Palm Springs, California, and Mrs. Kaye Nifong, of Winston-Salem,
North Carolina; a brother, William, of St. Petersburg; a sister, Mrs.
Isabel Daniels, of Clearwater, Florida, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Margaret L. Schapow, 62, a former Canal Zone nurse, died
August 31, 1974, in Margate, Florida. Mrs. Schapow and her husband,
Walter T. Schapow, went to the Isthmus in 1935 where she worked in
both Gorgas and Panama Hospitals. Later, she was employed in the
District Public Works Office, 15th Naval District, Fort Amador, Canal
Zone. At the time of her husband's retirement from the Instrument
Repair Shop in 1963, she was employed by the U.S. Army at Corozal.
In addition to her husband, Walter T. Schapow, she is survived by a
brother and two sisters.
Mr. Louis E. Snedeker, 68, a retired engineer from the Canal
Zone, passed away on October 20, 1974, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Emily Snedeker, one son Garland S.
Dowling; two daughters, Mrs. Betty R. Smith, and Mrs. Norris Mary
Benson, two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Cave, and Mrs. Amelia Hogarth,
and fifteen grandchildren.
Captain Archibald H. Springthorpe, 68, a former Canal Zone pilot
and a former resident of New Cristobal, died on October 16, 1974, in
Boston, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Marion.
Mr. Oscar R. Swanson passed away on June 29, 1974, in Iron
River, Michigan. Information was received from his step-daughter,
Mrs. Alice Carlson.
Mrs. Emma Firestone Violette, 82, died August 22, 1974, in St.
Petersburg, Florida, Mrs. Violette is survived by her husband, Frank
J. Violette, Panama City, Panama; one stepson, William Violette, of
Balboa, Canal Zone; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Frances Sharp, of St.
Petersburg, Florida; seven step-grandchildren and one step
great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.
Mr. William Henry Ward, Jr., 88, passed away in St. Petersburg,
Florida, on October 7, 1974. Mr. Ward, who originally was employed
by the Isthmian Canal Commission in 1906, retired in 1943 as an
auditor for the U. S. Government in the Canal Zone. He is survived by
his wife, Mrs. Mildred Ward, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Helen M. White, wife of the late Walter W. White, and
retired employee of the Panama Canal, died on October 27th in Gorgas
Hospital. Mrs. White had been visiting her family in Gatun since July.
Mrs. White is survived by her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs.
Leigh C. Paulson of Gatun, six grandchildren and one great-grand-
Mrs. Agnes T. (Peggy) Wilkinson died November 8, 1974 in St.
Petersburg, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Walter J. of St.
Petersburg; a stepson, E. F. Wilkinson, of Walnut, California; and a
stepdaughter, Rita Faye Dembster, of Yorba Linda, California; three
nieces and a nephew.
Mrs. Mary K. Whitehead, of Laconia, New Hampshire, passed
away on September 18, 1974. She is survived by her husband, Dr.
Richard H. Whitehead and a son, George G. Whitehead. Dr. White-
head is currently with his son Box 162, Guilford, Connecticut
Mrs. Isabell M. Wolford, 65, passed away on October 13, 1974, in
St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Wolford was the widow of Leonard
Wolford, former chief marine traffic controller in the Panama Canal
Zone who died in October 1970. She is survived by a brother, William
A. Knowlton, of Cleveland, Ohio; four sisters, Mrs. Stella Sullivan, of
Monrovia, California, Mrs. Ann Carey, Randolph Township, New
Jersey, Mrs. Estelle Staley, Jackson, Michigan, and Mrs. Alice
Seavey, San Juan, California.
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The shops are full of hob-goblins and "Trick or Treat" candies,
gruesome masks and orange pumpkins, which, along with the flaming
colors of Fall, proclaim the season is at its fullest!!
Summer had her day, exciting with trips here and there, plentiful
garden produce and many visitors.
The Lynn Cooks of Rogers enjoyed the annual visit of their son,
Lynn, Jr., and his wife and daughter. Before returning to the United
States from Saudi Arabia, they had an interesting two-week Safari
that surpassed all expectations.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders were delighted to welcome Mary
(Parker) Stuart, now residing in Norfolk, Virginia and Georgia
Gwinn, of Springfield, Missouri, for a luncheon gabfest. In August,
George and Laura Tarflinger stopped by en route to Muskogee,
Oklahoma and stated that they were planning to live in an apartment
for awhile in Wilmington, Delaware. That same month, Marie (Ray-
mond) and Al Bierbaum (recent retirees) with their daughter, Caro-
lyn, dropped in. They spent a couple of weeks in the area house-hunt-
ing but finally decided to locate at 1315 Cambridge Road, Dothan,
Alabama! Can't expect every Canal Zonian to live here!! We'd soon
run out of that "elbow" room we brag about! Mom (Grace) Sanders is
making her annual Ozark visit to the Sanders and has been enjoying
drives into Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. In late September, they
all spent the day at the Annual Wiederker wine festival in Altus,
Arkansas. Mom plans to continue on to California to visit her son,
Philip, (Pinky) shortly after the Annual Pan Canal Luncheon here in
The W. K. McCues have had their ups and downs this year. In
February, Bill started doctoring which ended up with two major
surgeries within ten days plus 22 pints of blood and a loss of 20
pounds. He was discharged from the hospital on June 12th and has
regained most of his weight and stamina. He walked and played nine
holes of golf in September which was the first in one year. In July,
they had Leo, Leona and Elise Snedeker come for a visit. Leo has his
Ph.D. in speech pathology and has just opened his office in DeLand,
Florida. His mother is the wife of the late Mr. Crawford, and Leona's
father was Pappy Sanders. Leo and Leona have four children all
working, but the youngest, who is a Junior in hi-school. On September
1st, Bill's sister, Betty and her husband, Bud Balcer, arrived for a visit
in this area for the first time. They liked the area so much that they
went out house-hunting and made arrangements for a home within
walking distance of the McCues' house. The Balcers hope to be back in
this area sometime next year when Bud retires. On September 3rd,
the McCues also had Cliff and Louise Rhodes visit them. Cliff was a
postal clerk in the Zone years ago and is at present a rural carrier out
of Ocoee, Florida.
The McGilberrys, too, have had quite a summer with "Mac" in the
hospital for a "spell" but is home and doing fine, now. In fact, he gave
his daughter, "Katie" away on September 20th. The wedding took
place in Rogers at the Trinity Methodist Church with the groom's
father, the Rev. C. C. Wallace, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, performing the
ceremony. Katie and Randy, her husband, are now living in Tulsa.
Luke and Frances Palumbo surprised and delighted us all after
their return from the East by buying a house in Fayetteville at 2710
Mount Comfort Road. They expect to visit their daughter, Sarah and
son-in-law, Don Reed, in Steilacoom, Washington in November and
spend Christmas with them. They will be "at home" to visitors after
the first of the year.
Bates Wieman announced the marriage of her son, Bud, to Betty
Olsen on August 31st. They are now living in Margarita as Bud is Port
Engineer in Cristobal. Son Fred is Port Engineer in Balboa and
expects to attend school in Wisconsin. Jane and Fred will then visit
Bates for two weeks at her new apartment in Fayetteville, #304 North
Tragedies seem to hit in various forms maybe the moon is in
the wrong phase or ole Satan is having a fling. At any rate, Glynn and
Etta Fay Terrell had one of the most expensive picnics on record one
Saturday in September. After picking up Verna Peeler, (formerly
with the Panama Hospital) in Rogers, they joined Norman and Annie
(Pearre) Webb along with the Webb's daughter, Beth, and son, Bill.
Their destination was Petit Jean State Park, situated about halfway
between Rogers, Bentonville and Pine Bluff where the Webbs live.
After enjoying picnic fare and reliving old times, the two parties each
went their way, but the Terrells and Verna Peeler didn't get very far.
Five miles away from the park, the car broke down and had to be
towed into Dardanelle where the three had to spend an unexpected
night at a motel!! An S. 0. S. to Herb Engelke brought him and a
friend to their rescue and they took the women home. Glynn,
however, was forced to stay until Tuesday evening after having a
major overhaul done on the engine to the tune of approximately $500!!
Shortly after, the Terrells had to make a hurried trip to Jackson,
Mississippi, where Glynn's sister was seriously ill. While there, they
took a weekend break to New Orleans to see Paul and Andrea
(Terrell) Oliver and enjoyed plenty of sea food. Glad to say that they
arrived home without further incident.
During the first week of September, Carl and Petie Maedl
attended the national NARFE Convention in Portland, Oregon, as
delegates of the Springdale-Fayetteville Chapter 463, of which Carl is
currently president. Other Zone retirees attending were Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Munro, formerly of Gatun, and now residing in San Diego,
On their return trip, the Maedls enjoyed a reunion of Carl's side
of the family in Wapato, Washington, and took time out to attend the
World's Fair in Spokane. They also spent a few days in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, visiting their daughter, Pat and son-in-law Jim Krough
and three grandchildren. After returning to Arkansas, they attended
the state Hospital Auxiliary convention in Hot Springs where Carl
conducted a workshop on the "Red Coat" program, which covers the
activities of the men in that organization.
Esther Butz, too, has been seeing a bit of the country and went by
bus to Tallahassee, Florida. There, she was maid of honor in the lovely
wedding of her old friend of Zone days, Debra Polite, daughter of the
late Tom Polite, of Margarita, Canal Zone. She married Kenneth Rice,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rice of that city. Though Florida boasts of a
tremendous Zonian population, Esther had time only to visit with her
great aunt in Orlando. Back home once more, she delved into her
music and art work activities, adding a course in Landscape Materials
at the University of Arkansas to her busy schedule. Anyone need a
Landscape Architect? She hopes to be so qualified upon completion of
The Pan Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas held its annual
luncheon on October 20th with a record crowd of 79 people attending.
Many new faces were seen and warmly welcomed. Among the "first"
to attend as new residents of the area were Frances and Luke
Palumbo of Fayetteville, Don and Dorothy Benson of Bentonville,
Reverend and Lorena Bernthal, Mrs. Ora Clayton, Catherine and T. J.
Harman and Addie and Walter Colclasure, all of Rogers!!
President Bruce Sanders conducted the business meeting follow-
ing the luncheon and asked that the guests be introduced. These
included Helen Todd, of Trenton, Missouri, and Miss Willette Todd, of
St. Joseph, Missouri, sisters of Frances Palumbo, Gordon and Maria
Thiel, of Pensacola, Florida, on a trip to attend a Leica Convention in
California, making .a special detour to take in our event, and Col.
David Y. Nanney (Ret.) and wife, Lucille (Cook), of Palo Alto, Cali-
fornia. The latter are visiting Lucille's parents, Lynn and Maude Cook
of Rogers. To the lists of the guests, we also add the names of Betty
and Bud Balcer.
Polly and Stewart Trail, living 265 miles from here, said that the
trip to the luncheon was well worth the time and distance gone,
refreshing old ties with former Canal Zone friends. Their son, George,
is still teaching modern English Literature at the University of
Houston, and they visit him twice a year. They mentioned that the
autumn foliage in Missouri outrivaled that of Arkansas this year -
but we still find our area breath-taking with its glowing colors.
A note from Ralph Shuey, of Neosho, Missouri, stated that Marie
has recovered from her broken arm and Brother Ray and wife are
doing well, though Evelyn is struggling to adjust to her contact lens.
Both Shuey families expect to take off in their trailers and spend the
winter in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. Ralph was relieved to have
received a clean bill of health from his doctor so feels ready for
Dolores and Bill Jarvis, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, have had
several guests this year, including Mary Parker Stuart and Georgia
Gwinn. Three of Dolores' brothers and their families visited during
the summer and convinced Dolores and Bill to join them for camping
trips to Devil's Den State Park and Horseshoe Bend on Beaver Lake.
In August, the Jarvises drove to Peaceful Valley Ranch near Denver
for a fun-filled week of Square and Round Dancing. Just recently, they
returned from a two-week trip, visiting friends and relatives in
Florida, spending one day at Disney World.
To return to the business meeting, the new slate of officers up for
election and elected were Mr. Robert Hursh for President and Mrs.
Frank McGilberry as Secretary-Treasurer. Mrs. Harry Butz will
continue on as Reporter.
And so, as the colors fade and the leaves fall, we look forward to
the message of Christmas and the peace and Love its story brings us.
To all of you, from all of us, we wish you God's blessing throughout the
New Year. Lenor Butz, Reporter.
Family reunions are always WONDERFUL, but during the
Holidays particularly so. Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, of Largo, Florida
plans to leave Florida on November 22nd for Carthage, North
Carolina, where she will spend Thanksgiving with her son, Eugene
Hamlin, Jr. and family. From North Carolina, she will go north to
Connecticut and have the Christmas season with Mr. and Mrs. H. W.
Leffingwell, Jr. (Janie Hamlin) and family. Other important dates for
Dorothy, however, are January 8th and 9th the REUNION.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Our Luncheon in October, 1973, in the Waikiki Room of the Ports
O'Call Restaurant was so successful, and the location was so popular
with our members that the Board of Governors has selected this same
location for our November Get-Together November 17, 1974.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Adams (Kelly Bauman), of Costa Mesa,
California, have rejoined the Society, and Kelly wishes she had more
time to look up old friends. "Guess I never quite got Gorgas Hospital
out of my system so, after 30 years of raising a family and lots of
hospital volunteer work, I decided to see if the market could stand an
'over-fifty' grandmother. Our youngest went off to UC, San Diego,
and I went to work at Hoag Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach and
love it. Our oldest, Alice, is with us and teaching in high school. Bill,
Jr., completed his master's at Harvard and is with INS in Philadel-
phia. He and Molly have a boy and a girl and live in Swarthmore,
Pennsylvania. Our daughter Ann is married to a professor at UC,
Santa Barbara and is .expecting her first child in November. So, I'll
soon be a grandmother for the fourth time! I see Hope (McGregor) at
least once a year when she and Mac come out to California. They live
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fred has five children; he and his wife
Nancy live in Winter Haven, Florida where he enjoys a fine position in
a Savings & Loan Company. Phil is managing the Margarita Service
Center in the Zone."
Bill and Dorothy (Hoffman) Allen attended the Shriners' Conven-
tion in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in June and enjoyed seeing friends
and former Zonians back east.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin A. Armstrong wrote regretting the death
of Captain Wanke, an old neighbor when he lived at the top of Ancon
Hill. "Of course, you know that we have a new president hope he
will prove out 0. K. and not give the Canal away. Best wishes to all."
Ann and Tom Brennan reported on a trip to Oregon and Wash-
ington and then down to Carson city, Lake Tahoe and Reno in
September. They enjoyed the trip but after 2,742 miles were glad to
get home to Hollywood.
Vivian and Harry Corn "Busy and beautiful times in the
mountains in August. Beth Selby left August 12 for Maine to be with
Bob and Menzie Turner at their lake cottage there. Our dear ex-Canal
Zone neighbors, Gene and Madge Kleasner were here in early July
before going on to Oregon to visit their daughter (Jeanene Kleasner)
and son-in-law at their home in Salem. Sad news that Neola Fuqua
Spring passed away on June 17, 1974, in Newhall, California. She
visited us here a year ago, and we have so many happy thoughts of
that reunion. Harry and I are fine. Harry made a 79 gross in golf last
week and loved that! Can't brag on my scores."
Estrella and Sara De La Pena, their brother and sister-in-law,
Moises and Jean, and their daughter, Jeanie, drove to Spokane,
Washington, in early August to attend EXPO '74 World's Fair, and on
to Canada. During their three-week tour, they visited Cecil and
Verona Vockrodt at their home on Vancouver Island, Victoria, British
Columbia. We just received news from Estrella that she and her
sisters, Sara and Juanita, flew to Mexico City a few weeks ago to be
with their sister, Eva, whose husband, Elizer Gil, had died of a heart
attack. Estrella has returned home, but Sara and Juanita will stay on
with Eva for awhile. Eva has three sons, two of whom are residing
with her, and the other son is married and residing in Mexico City.
Donald and Delia Dent planned to move from El Paso, Texas, to
Augusta, Georgia, effective October 1st.
Mr. and Mrs. Flavel K. Farrington have rejoined our Society. Mr.
Farrington was born in the Canal Zone, and in the early days worked
in the Commissary Division, Balboa. He left the Canal Zone in 1923
when he joined the Atlantic-Richfield Company, working with them
until retiring in 1955. Mr. and Mrs. Farrington have been living in
Canoga Park, California, for 47 years.
Virginia and Hank Dolim have joined the society and your
secretary, Joan (Ridge), welcomes your ex-secretary, Cousin Virginia
(Ridge)! Virginia's mother, Mrs. A. P. Ridge (Julia), is quite well and
is now living up north in Belmont in a lovely retirement residence
near her son, Paul.
Mrs. Helena Fitch of Berkeley celebrated her 98th birthday in
Joan and Francis Fitzpatrick and family enjoyed a two-week visit
on the east coast prior to Labor Day. They saw Joan's mother and
family members in Catonsville, Maryland; took in some of the
highlights of New York City and saw more family in Sudbury,
Massachusetts. They missed seeing Morton and Eileen (Fitzpatrick)
Lebow who were away. Teaching school keeps Eileen busy these
days. The Marion Taylors (Mary Fitzpatrick) had an enjoyable visit
with his mother and sister's family in Sterling, Colorado this past
summer. Dr. Martin Fitzpatrick is busy at the University of Oklahoma
in Tulsa, where he is Dean of the College of Medicine.
The Misses Olga and Florita Frost are very well these days. The
deGrummonds enjoyed an interesting visit with them recently at
their home in Arcadia. Another recent visitor was their niece, Mrs.
Olga White Stone of Berkeley. In July, Olga suffered contusions and
abrasions to her leg as a result of a fall, but she is doing fine now. She
was so pleased to have received letters recently from former students
of her Balboa High School Spanish class Charles "Buddy" Williams
in the Zone, and the former Pat Thompson, now of New York.
Mrs. Naomi Liebeler of Monrovia left in early September for
Pinehurst, North Carolina to visit her daughter and son-in-law,
Margaret and Gordon Dalton.
Mrs. Patricia J. Lord (Patsy Boggs Gregory), who retired from
the U. S. Post Office in June, 1971, recently moved from Seattle,
Washington to San Diego and is renewing acquaintances with Canal
Catherine I. Oliver ("Kitty") "I am working at the MCAS El
Toro now as administrative assistant in the Chaplains' Office quite
different from the protocol-type jobs I had in the Canal Zone. My
oldest son, Vic, and his wife are in the Canal Zone; he is a police
officer but also plays with the Panama Symphony as does his wife,
Jeanette. I have two adorable grandbabies, there, also. I plan to visit
Panama next February and can hardly wait to see the kids and all my
old friends there. My daughter is married and lives here in California.
Lester is also here with me. Bruce joined the Air Force and while
stationed in Texas was married. They are now stationed in Utah. I
direct the Youth Choir here on base in fact, I direct both the
Protestant and Catholic youth choirs, and I sing in both the Protestant
and Catholic Adult Choirs. In addition, I belong to the Sweet Adelines
in Orange County ."
Mrs. Thelma Reppe had a great ten days in Washington recently.
A week after her return, she drove to Santa Rosa with a friend and
got to see that beautiful part of California. She plans to drive to San
Marcos for several days' visit with Margie and George Lynch. She
reports that Mrs. Cornelia Reimer can hardly see to read just now but
hopes to get her special lenses soon. A friend in Pasadena reads her
mail to her .
Janice and Ernest Ross visited relatives in Tucson during the
month of August. Their plans for the not-too-distant future include a
trip to the Canal Zone and Panama.
Catherine ("Catsy") and Vernon Schafer -"Miss Wanda Irene
Dupree, daughter of Mrs. Joseph Hart, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
became the bride of Michael Wylie Taylor, son of Mrs. Vernon L.
Schafer and the late William Norman Taylor on October 5, 1974. One
of the honored guests was Mrs. Harry Brinkerhoff Doyle (Lillian
Noonan Taylor), the groom's grandmother who lived in Empire during
Construction Days. She left the Zone in 1924. Two former classmates
of Mr. Taylor from the Panama Canal Zone, Mr. Frank Leves, of
Tampa, Florida, and Mr. Frank Stabler, now of Imperial Beach, also
attended. The groom, who received his Juris Doctorate from the
Cabrillo University College of Law, is associated with Mr. Victor
Walton, Attorney, at Lakeside, California.
Thomas G. Ashton and his wife, the former Layne Woodall
Taylor, leave Mexico City for Lima, Peru, on October 11th where they
will make their home. Tom is being transferred to the Lima office of
Procter and Gamble and will be on the executive staff as Sales
Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Pitney (Susan Roby Taylor), of Racine,
Wisconsin, spent a week in Amsterdam, Holland, during August
looking for a home in preparation to their departure in January when
Mr. Pitney will be transferred to J. I. Case Company European
headquarters in Amstelveen. While in the Netherlands, Sue and her
husband were entertained by Luuk and Bengt Liberg of Amstelveen,
former residents of the Canal Zone, when Bengt worked for the Royal
Netherlands Steamship Agency and lived at the "Dutch House" in
New Cristobal. Sue's address will be: c/o J. I. Case International,
David LeRoy Smith is a Grand Uncle! Mr. and Mrs. David Leroy
Hoyle announce the birth of their second child, Steven Matthew, on
August 21, 1974, in San Jose, California. The paternal grandmother is
Aileen Smith Hoyle of Redwood Estates, near San Jose, and formerly
of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Captain and Mrs. Howard Smithies "Frances has had surgery
again and our daughter, Lucille Snow, visited us recently." Howard
recalled that just about 53 years ago he took Frances to the Zone as a
bride. "We still have many fond memories of our life and friends there.
Lucille, her husband Al, and three children live at Beaconsfield, near
Montreal, Canada, where Al is President of the Canadian-United Shoe
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Moore (Evelyn) planned on flying to
England for a month on September 2nd.
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler, of San Diego, recently had a call from
Patsy Boggs Lord. "She is living in Pacific Beach, having moved there
about four months ago. Ruth and Harry Munyon are also here; they
just bought a condominium in Chula Vista. Edie Bishop, Dale's and
Connie's daughter, is working with a shipping company in San Diego.
Young Malcolm joined a Wall Street law firm in Los Angeles and is
doing anti-trust and litigation. He was teaching both at the U. of
Kansas Law School previous to joining the firm. Louise, his wife, is
with another law firm. She is also a lawyer Some of my piano
pupils were on television recently the piano teachers of San Diego
were asked to let some of their pupils perform. I am also training
teenagers guitar and singing for a Folk Mass here. Still busy as a bee
in music. Malcolm still golfs every day and is treasurer of the golf club
here which keep him busy in sports. We play duplicate bridge about
five nights a week."
Irene and Ray Will plan to spend the coming holidays in the Canal
Edith Wimmer enjoyed her recent vacation in Hawaii; it was her
second vacation there.
Evelyn and Warren Wood enjoy most weekends and holidays at
their vacation "chalet" at Pine Mountain Lodge in the mountains near
Gorman. Their daughters, Claudia, Cynthia, Lynda and Jean, and son
Larry, with their families, as well as Evelyn's mother, Mrs. Linda
Belanger, join Evelyn and Warren there whenever they can.
Adele and Chester Young are enjoying Leisure Village in Cama-
Joan and Jack deGrummond made three short tours 'round about
California in the summer. In late July, we went to San Diego and on to
Tijuana. In mid-August the deGrummonds went to Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Parks. We had a nice visit with Ann and Al Houston
who are managing a Gift Shop in Yosemite. In early September, we
headed north to San Francisco on Route 1 which has some great coast
scenery! We made our own tour of San Francisco with the help of a
guide map; covered about everything with a few unexpected trips up
and down those streets that look like ski runs San Francisco was
particularly enjoyable because we had technicolor weather."
Joan's father, Jack Ridge, Sr., of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, has been
visiting relatives in the States Julie and John Ridge, Jr., of Miami,
Florida; Sue and Joe Ridge and family in Burlington, Iowa; with
cousins in his home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in Trenton,
New Jersey with Mary (Ridge) and Jack Gribbin and Ralph and
Winnie Ridge and families. He is now in New Orleans with daughter,
Margaret Coffey and her son, Richard.
Bob and Pat Ridge and family, of Columbus, Ohio, spent the
summer at their house on Mirror Lake in New Hampshire. Their son,
Jerry, is now attending a Work/School Program in automotive me-
chanics in Indianapolis, Indiana; Rosemarie is employed in Miami,
Florida; Regina and Joan are in the Canal Zone; Rebecca is employed
in Columbus, and Rachel (Rocky) is attending 6th grade there.
Pat and Jo Ridge and family spent a delightful 32 days aboard the
M/S Sagafjord, their grand hotel en route, visiting northern Europe,
the Scandinavian countries and Iceland.
Vincent and Dottie Ridge attended graduation in the Zone, of
daughter Susan from CZC and left the following day for Kutztown,
Pennsylvania for graduation of daughter Eileen from college. Nancy is
studying nursing at Reading Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Joan is looking forward to seeing her son and daughter-in-law,
Stephen and Allegro Cartotto, who are traveling by car from Florida
to California, touring the country on the way. They will also enjoy
getting together with Joan's daughter, Christine, who is working in
Los Angeles. .
Ed Barnes, of Devereux, Georgia, tells us he is enjoying his home
on Lake Sinclair called "the house that Ed built" because Ed
actually built the house himself, and his attractive home follows a
selected Canal Zone plan. Recently, Lucille Abernathy, her sister and
brother-in-law and their son stopped by on their way from Kentucky
to Miami. Also, Al and Kay Miller and many others visited Ed during
Lema Derr, of Orlando, Florida, made a few trips to both the east
and west coasts as well as to the central part of Florida. She and three
friends planned to travel to the New England states to see and
photograph the fall changing of the colors. This will be Lema's first
trip with AAA, but she has heard that they are very nicely arranged.
Marian and Bill DeVore plan to start in late August on another
cross-country tour to include Richmond, Virginia, Cleveland, Ohio,
Minnesota, and on to California where they will be visiting Marian's
sister and friends in the San Diego area and in other sections of
Cecil and Verona Vockrodt left Curundu, Canal Zone in July after
retiring and are making their home in Victoria, B. C., Canada. They
flew to New Orleans, picked up their car and a new Apache trailer.
After visiting there with friends for a few weeks, they traveled across
the U.S. camping in their trailer. The Vockrodts thoroughly enjoyed
working on their home and garden. They have a beautiful, sweeping
view of the Gulf Islands and snow-capped Mount Baker on the
American mainland. .
Floann (Pierce) and Ed Gray, S. Merritt Island, Florida, visited
with Joan's sister Margaret in Nola on their way to visit Floann's
mother and brother, Gerald, and family in Beaumont, Texas.
Wanda and Leonard Mann, of San Antonio, Texas, visited here
recently following a most enjoyable TAUCK TOUR, "Canyonlands"
which included Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion, Lake Powell, Las
Frank A. Baldwin ("Al"), Panama Canal Information Officer, was
in Los Angeles attending a Public Relations Convention in September.
Frank and Joan Fitzpatrick and Jack and Joan deGrummond visited
with Al at the Century Plaza Hotel during a break from the Conven-
tion. He had also visited in Los Angeles with the Misses Consuelo and
Chichi Camera, long-time friends of his mother in Panama. The
Cameras left Panama about 40 years ago.-Joan deGrummond, Sec-
CANAL ZONE NEWS
Captain and Mrs. C. V. Torstenson, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota,
after being retired for three years and three months, are back on the
Canal Zone. "Cliff has been hired by the Marine Bureau to assist in
Pilot training check rides, etc. It's wonderful being back and living
across the street from where we lived 17 years ago in Margarita. Of
course, we miss our daughters. Mary (Mrs. William K. Gruman, C. H.
S., 1966) who got her R. N. in May and now is a staff nurse at North
Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and Carol (C. H. S.,
1970) who deserted Minnesota for sunny California and now has a
'dream job', as she calls it, with an architect in the Los Angeles area.
We expect to be here for from three to six months and then return in
the spring to our permanent home in northern Minnesota." Lucile
Mrs. Courtland C. Moore (Kathleen Mary McConaghy) and three
children, Bill, 9, Kristin, 6, and Courtney, 5, spent five wonderful
weeks visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John J. McConaghy in the
Canal Zone during the past summer. For Kathleen there's no place
Colonel and Mrs. Courtland C. Moore (USAF) and family reside in
Mrs. Gladys E. Detamore, of Staunton, Virginia, returned to the
Isthmus in the late summer to visit the Jerry W. Detamore family in
Balboa and to participate in the activities of the family a new
great-granddaughter and two weddings in the family since last March.
Dr. and Mrs. Chaim Kropach (Barbara Detamore) and baby daughter
from Eilat, Israel, arrived for a visit on August 18th and returned to
Israel on September 6th. It was Mrs. Gladys Detamore's first trip
back to the Zone since 1951.
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement, of Gatun, visited Lt. (JG) and
Mrs. Clement and baby daughter (see births) in Chula Vista, Cali-
fornia in July.
Condensed from The Panama Canal Spillways:
August 16, 1974-The highest form of recognition a Panama
Canal employee can receive for an act of valor was presented to Harry
D. Raymond, Jr. by Einar Viren, chairman of the Budget and Finance
Committee of the Panama Canal Board of Directors. Mr. Raymond, an
engineer technician with the Dredging Division's Atlantic District Oil
Pollution Control Branch, received the Special Acts Certificate and a
monetary award of $500 for rescuing a crewman of a ship bunkering in
Cristobal. After oil from a ruptured hose blinded the man and the
pressure knocked him into the water, Mr. Raymond dived into the
water, which was heavily concentrated with fuel oil, put a life ring
over the stunned, injured crewman and assisted in getting him to
safety. Mr. Raymond is the son of retired Panama Canal employee,
Harry D. Raymond, Sr. and Mrs. Raymond. He lives in Margarita
with his wife, two sons and a daughter.
August 30, 1974-Three Engineering and Construction Bureau
employees and one from the Marine Bureau submitted suggestions
that were adopted and earned them certificates of recognition and
William A. Violette, a supervisory admeasurer, received a check
for $412.50 for his suggestion concerning the utilization of launch
operators as pilots for small craft transitting the Canal.
A check for $300 went to Robert L. Sargeant for a suggestion that
will improve communications methods. Mr. Sargeant, who was a
central office repairman for the Electrical Division at the time he
made his suggestion, has resigned to return to the United States .
George A. Black III, a senior generating station operator, sug-
gested a modification in the differential protection of gas turbine
generators at Miraflores Power Plant, and received-an award of $40.
Mr. Black also has had two previous suggestions adopted.
Mrs. Elvira de Espinoza, an accounting clerk with the Main-
tenance Division, earned a $25 award for suggesting a better pro-
cedure for posting records.
September 20, 1974-Charles W. Hummer, Jr., who was born in
the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School, has been
promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of the Dredging Division-
effective October 13, 1974. After receiving his bachelor of science
degree in chemical engineering and a masters degree (1961), he
returned to the Canal Zone and was first employed by the U. S. Navy.
In June, 1970, he transferred to the Panama Canal Dredging Division
where, as oil pollution control officer, he developed the present oil
pollution control program, designed to prevent, detect, control and
eliminate oil pollution of Canal Zone waters and adjacent land areas.
In 1973, he was assigned to the Executive Planning Staff and named
to head the newly established environmental control office. In May,
1974, he received a sustained superior performance award which cited
his outstanding accomplishments in organizing company efforts to
conserve on the consumption of er argy and credited him with
realizing significant energy savings in the Canal Zone .
Mr. Hummer's father, Charles W. Hummer, Sr. (St. Petersburg,
Florida); his mother, the late Kathryn Hummer, and his grandfather,
Charles D. Hummer, were retired from the Canal organization.
The Panama Canal Spillway, October 18, 1974-Speedy work on
the part of the Dredging Division resulted in the resumption of Canal
traffic on October 10, less than three hours after the waterway's
largest slide since November, 1931.
Transiting ships are being restricted to one-way traffic in the
area during the excavation but the overall capacity of the waterway is
The dredges Cascadas and Goliah are working 24 hours a day to
remove the 250,000 cubic yards of material that slid into the water. In
addition, about 750,000 cubic yards of rock and soil must be moved,
some pushed into the Canal by bulldozers and removed by dredges.
Extensive grading is being done and drainage conditions are being
improved both in the area of the slide on the east bank, and also on the
At the present time, the Dredging Division had cleared a 315-foot
channel, and it is hoped that a 350-foot channel will be cleared by
Sunday if there is no further movement in the area .
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
Captain and Mrs. Ralph Curles, of Dunnellon, Florida, were in
Fort Lauderdale recently and visited with Mrs. Helen Thomas, the Gil
Rowes and Mrs. Agnes Hearon.
Visitors to Fort Lauderdale in the early fall were Mr. and Mrs.
Carl J. Browne (Blanche Adler) and the Lawrence Adlers. The
Brownes were returning to the Zone after having spent two months at
their cottage in Canaan, New Hampshire. After leaving New Hamp-
shire, they visited with Carl's mother, Mrs. Allan and his brother,
Jack Browne. They also visited the Ed MacVitties. The Brownes
spent a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell in St. Petersburg
and later met Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler in Coral Gables, Florida,
where all spent a few days visiting with old friends.
On November 11th, Mrs. Peggy Yerkes, accompanied by her
aunts, Mid Dumbach and Gladys Gulick plan to sail on the SS
VISTASFJORD on a trip to the islands with stops in Aruba and Santo
Domingo. While Peggy is away, her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Irene
Yerkes, of Granada Hills, California, who is a nurse, will stay with
David Yerkes, Sr. David and Gloria Yerkes and their three children
will arrive on December 19th to spend the Christmas Holidays with
David's parents. They have taken an apartment for a month.
A recent visitor in the home of Barbara Hutchings was Elizabeth
Sudron, of San Antonio, Texas. She had been on a month's trip
through South America, staying primarily with friends in
James M. Hunter and wife Amelia, drove to New Bern, North
Carolina, due to the death of their nephew, Bill Hutchings. Mrs. R. W.
Hutchings, Bill's mother, of San Leandro, California, returned to Fort
Lauderdale for a ten-day visit with the Hunters before returning to
her home in California.
Frank and Ann Cunningham were in the Canal Zone for a month,
visiting Don and Jean Spencer. Jean is Ann's sister. Don Spencer
retires at the end of the year, and they will settle in Harlingen, Texas.
- Barbara Hutchings.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
In September, we had a wonderful Pot Luck Picnic at the home of
Ossie and Clara Jorstad in Waynesville. There were 25 members and
7 guests present, with plenty of wonderful food-and how we ate!!
The Jorstad home sits on a hill in the midst of 25 acres. The home
itself is beautiful and, of course, is filled with things from Panama
which can be appreciated by those who have lived there. After
gorging ourselves, we had a short meeting, but as everyone wanted to
talk, we accomplished practically nothing.
Mac McHenry, his wife Shirley, and three children were with us.
He had just returned from a tour of duty in Korea. The McHenrys
have moved to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he will be
stationed for the next few years.
Mrs. Edie Medinger and Captain John Meeker, who were visiting
at the Zelnick's home, were with us as guests. They left soon after the
Picnic, and went to Florida where they were married on September
26th. On the following day, they left for the Canal Zone. They will be
at home on the Atlantic side where Captain Meeker is Assistant Port
Captain. May they have a long and happy marriage.
In August, Joe and Rae Ebdon, who now live in Sarasota, Florida,
and Jim and Edna Million, of Jacksonville, Florida, visited the Jack
Dombrowskis for two and a half days-what a time they had! Then,
Laura and George Tarflinger spent one night with them. They were
looking around for a place to retire, but I fear they didn't decide on
Hendersonville. The Tarflingers, who retired from the Panama Canal
in December, 1973, have, temporarily, been in Newark, Delaware.
Mrs. Ruth Sill is expecting Mrs. Clifford Fritz and daughter
Barbara from Fairfax, Virginia, for a few days.
Right now is the loveliest time of the year-especially so here in
North Carolina! This year the colorings are especially beautiful. The
reds are much more intense than in former years, the yellows stand
out in great clusters and the greens seem to be more vivid than usual.
I don't have to go over the mountains to see the beauty. I have it all
around me in my yard, and I even "Oh" and "Ah" when I look out any
one of my windows.
Bill and Elizabeth Grady, of Lakeland, Florida, came to North
Carolina to see the gorgeous colorings. While here, they were the
guests of Mrs. F. M. Sawyer (Bena).
Bill Rowe and Cindy (Fade) are now here in North Carolina with
his parents, Charlie and Carmen. They spent some time in New York
at Governors' Island with Walter and Gini Fade before coming to
North Carolina. After about a month, they will return to the Zone
where Bill works.
Tony and Edie Nard visited with Ruth and Bill Tillman for a short
time. They now live in Florida.
Sharon and Billy Tillman have a new baby girl, Karen Ruth.
We were all saddened when the report of Duke Lewis' death
came. He had gone to the TV to get the evening news. When Marion
came into the room, she found him just sitting in front of the TV. It
was the way that we would have asked to go.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick attended their son Paul's graduation
from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans in May. Paul is now
interning at Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas. In July, the
Zelnicks traveled to St. Albans, Vermont, where they rented a house
on the shores of Lake Champlain. While there, they saw Betsy and
Truman Hoenke and the Russ Meissners. While the Zelnicks were in
Vermont, John and Nancy Zelnick with their family (Murray and
Paul) joined them for two weeks, and Carol and Jim Richmond and
their family (Scott and Emily) for one week-so, it was a family
reunion for the Zelnicks. Captain Howard and Pink Johnson, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, then joined the Zelnicks for a few days before the
four of them went to Maine where they chartered a sailboat and
cruised the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Boothbay. While in
Maine, they visited Captain Chet and Jean Hill, of Castine. Now Ruth
and Ernie are home in Hendersonville where they are enjoying
This will be my last time for sending in the news from North
Carolina as new officers will take over in January. They will be:
President Robert F. Roche
Vice-President Jean Dombrowski
Secretary Gene Clary
Secretary (Record) Alice Roche
Treasurer Bea Tyrrell
Margaret Wanlass, Secretary
Carmen Howe, President
Our thanks to Margaret Wanlass for her prompt and newsy
reports on our North Carolina friends as well as for her vivid
descriptions of that choice retirement area. Even Floridians are
enthusiastic after a vacation in North Carolina
NEWS FROM SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Mrs. Edith Eppley, who makes her home with her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr. returned from an extended
visit in California. Mrs. Eppley accompanied her grandson, Captain
Thomas J. Ebdon III, when he returned to his station at George Air
Force Base in Victorville, California, following a two-week visit with
his parents earlier in the summer. In California, Mrs. Eppley was the
guest of her granddaughters and their families, Dr. and Mrs. Omar
Franklin (Ann Newhard) and three children in Visalia and Lt. Cmdr.
Andrew Bleakley, USN, and his wife, Carol (Newhard), and their two
children in San Diego.
Jack and Joyce Clarke had his granddaughter, Marcia Collins, of
Gatun, visiting them for the summer. Marcia returned to the Zone in
August to start her freshman year at Cristobal High School. Other
summer visitors were Joyce's daughter and family, Richard and
Marilyn Gayer with their children, Rick, Cheri, Valerie and Steve.
Before coming to Sarasota, the family visited Dick's family in Connec-
Mrs. Robert J. Neely had as her guests her daughter-in-law and
granddaughter, Mrs. Virginia Barnier and Donnie Jean Barnier, of
Tucson, Arizona. The visitors spent a week with Mrs. Neely and other
members of the family, Mildred Neely, the Michael F. Greenes and the
John R. Smiths.
Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Bissett enjoyed a fabulous five-week trip in
their mini-motor home this summer. Al and Miriam spent their first
night with Hod and Jan Jenner in Ocala. The next highlight was a
short visit with their godson, Tommy Halvosa, and his mother, Annie
Laurie Halvosa, in Trenton, North Carolina. Heading up the east
coast, the Bissetts went from Maine by ferry to Nova Scotia, through
New Brunswick and drove around the Gaspe Peninsula. In Victoria-
ville, Quebec, they were guests for a week in the home of Gil
Demaree, a winter resident of Sarasota. During a leisurely return
trip, they stopped at Hershey, Pennsylvania to "smell" the chocolate
town, and down the Skyline Drive in Virginia and to Birmingham for a
short stay with Miriam's family.
Dottie and Mike LaCroix, former Gatunites, visited with Carl
Starkes late in July and helped their daughter, Cassie Lou, celebrate
her 17th birthday.
Laura Jeanne Timm, of Hallandale, Florida, spent several weeks
during the summer with her grandmother, Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock flew north for a week's visit
with their son and daughter-in-law, William and Jennifer Hitchcock
and their children, Cooper and Catherine Robin. This was the first
opportunity for Maxine and Bill to meet and become acquainted with
their granddaughter, Catherine, who was born February 25th. Their
son, William, is Editor of Cohners Publishing Co. in Boston.
Jay and Harry Cain and Fran and Roger Orvis vacationed on
Sanibel Island during a recent long weekend.
Mrs. Jacoba (Co) Joustra and daughter, Grace, returned in
September from a two-week visit on the Canal Zone with another
daughter, Gertrude, and family, the Curtis J. Mullins, of Balboa.
Mrs. Roberta Jacques Gabel of Tampa spent a week in Sarasota
as the guest of Ramona and Barney Barnes.
Mrs. Billie Galloway flew to Houston, Texas for a six weeks' visit
with her daughter and family, the William Patrick Daniels. Billie
remained in Houston with her three grandchildren while Pat and
Anna Catherine flew to Europe for a vacation in Paris.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Hartman moved from Kensington Park
into their recently completed home in the Glen Oaks area at 3835
Caliandra Drive, Sarasota.
October visitors for two weeks at the home of Mrs. Frances D.
Jones were her daughter, Donna, wife of Captain John Brophy of
Diablo Heights and their two-year-old daughter, Charlene.
Dina and Dave Brown, with their son, David, of Houston, Texas,
were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Demers of Largo, who returned
to Sarasota with them to spend some time with Mrs. Della J. Noonan,
the Harry V. Cains, Maxine and Bill Hitchcock and Captain and Mrs.
Kenneth Roscoe. The Browns left the Canal Zone in 1967.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hughes had as their summer guests
their son and his family, Tom and Lorna Hughes and sons, Tommy, 15,
and Jim, 10, from Deer Park, near Houston, Texas. The visitors also
spent some time with Tom's sister and family, Bruce and Sandra
Claflin and three children in Merritt Island. They had planned their
vacation to coincide with the annual Canal Zone Reunion of the
younger Canal Zoners.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Miller had as their guests for several days
Kay's aunt, Mrs. Margaret Peterson and Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, of St.
Petersburg. Visiting Miss Mary Orr at the same time was Mrs. Mina
Dee, also of St. Petersburg. The visitors and their hostesses were
among the twenty-two Past-Matrons from the Canal Zone O.E.S.
Chapters attending the October luncheon and meeting in Bradenton.
Jeanne Burgoon and Mildred Neely spent a week in Houston,
Texas as delegates to the National Bowling Convention and Bowling
Tournament held in Clearwater, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain had as their guests recently their
nephew, Michael Cain, and his wife of Coral Gables, who were on a
vacation which included a trip to Disney World and Sanibel Island.
Mr. and Mrs. J. 0. Barnes returned in October from a four-week
visit with Barney's sister, Mrs. Elma Carder, and other relatives in
Ridgeley, West Virginia.
The newest resident in Sarasota is Miss Mary Orr, who is
residing in Mayno and George Walker's retirement home on Tee
Road. Mary retired in December and left the Isthmus in March,
traveling extensively for several months visiting family and friends
before coming to Sarasota. Since settling in Sarasota, she has enjoyed
visits from her brother, Robert Orr and his wife, Eloise, of Houston,
Texas; her brother-in-law and sister, Fred and Marion Wells on vaca-
tion from the Canal Zone and Mr. and Mrs. James Feeley, of Curundu,
Canal Zone, who spent several days in Sarasota during October. Miss
Orr spent the month of June in Montreal, Canada, and helped her
nephew, Fred E. Wells, Jr. celebrate receiving his doctorate as well as
Fred and Dallas' sixth wedding anniversary. Gladys B. Humphrey
Reunion, January 8-9, 1975
GREETINGS FROM SPACE CITY, U.S.A.
The Panama Canal Society of Texas held a luncheon and meeting
on October 19, 1974. At this time, officers for 1975 were elected, and
committees were appointed for our Christmas party. We were happy
to welcome our new member Mrs. Alice (Strauss) Stoup. She is the
daughter of the late John R. Strauss who was employed in the
Electrical Division in Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Fred Yaeger (Mary Jo Lowe) has returned to her home in
Houston after being with her mother in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Our
sympathy and prayers are extended to Mary Jo and her family on the
loss of her mother, Mrs. George Lowe, Sr. "To know her was to love
Betty, Bob and Susan Rathegeber returned in October from a car
trip to Aiken, South Carolina, where they visited with the Robert
During September, Betty (Farrell) and "Buckeye" Swearingen
came to Houston to visit with Betty's uncle, Bill McDougall and
family. They drove to Waco, Texas, with their son, Paul, who is a first
year student in Baylor University, studying to be a dentist.
Following a visit in Florida, Mildred and Paul Kline, of Tustin,
California, had a pleasant visit with Mrs. Iva Standefer of Houston.
Lew and Myrtle Souder had their son, Murriell, with them for
several weeks in September. He is employed by Texaco Oil Company
in New York City. The Christmas holidays will find him in Houston.
Grace (Keegan) and Dallas Thornton are spending the month of
November visiting friends and relatives up north. Instead of the Fall
colors, they just might see that pretty white snow. Already, the geese
and ducks are settling down in the rice fields near Houston for the
During September, a visitor in the home of Irene and Lee Wright
was Frank Violette. Frances and Roy Sharp accompanied him to
Texas. The Sharps stayed in a motel near the Houston Medical Center
in order to be with Mrs. William Violette who had flown up from the
Canal Zone. Frank and Lee have been friends since "Construction
Days" of the Panama Canal. With their sisters, Vernice and Sarah,
they were aboard the first ship to transit the Panama Canal when it
was opened in August, 1914. "THE LAND DIVIDED, THE WORLD
UNITED." Frank, Frances and Roy also spent some time with Mrs.
Herbert (Jane Calvit) Knapp, who lives in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Following surgery, Mrs. Algernon (lone Kennedy) Brown is
recovering nicely in her home. Cards will be appreciated.
True friendship is like a golden chain that links the happy years.
Each circle is a memory that passing time endears.
Mrs. G. Lee Wright, Recording Secretary
OFFICERS OF THE PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF TEXAS 1974
President Mrs. Loreatha Schumacher
Vice President Mr. Carroll Fisher
Recording Secretary Mrs. G. Lee Wright
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Jessie L. Bush
Treasurer Mrs. Iva H. Standefer
Visitation Mrs. John Terry
NEWS too late to Classify
On October 29th, a group of former Zonians now living in Ocala,
Florida, and surrounding communities got together for a covered dish
picnic at Lake Waldena in the Ocala area and what yummy food!!
Attending were: West and Virginia Townsend; Hugh and Clara
Christie; Ray and Betty Hesh; Dick and Mildred Patton; Alberta
(Mead) Smith; Rick and Maxine Jenks; Dick and Alene Duncan;
Walter and Ethel Laurie; Bill and Dorothy Rose; George and Betty
Bates; Joe and Mae Coplan; Hilton and Margaret Hughes; John and
Margaret Klasvosky; Dick and Juanita McConaughey; Hod and Jan
Jenner; Charlie and Charlotte Rager; Steve and Dana Bissell; Elmer
and Vera Stevens; Tony and Edith Nord; Carol and Shirley Anderson;
John and Mary Hare; Harry and Virginia Pearl; Dorothy (Tiny) Ely;
C. W. Ryter; Mr. and Mrs. R. Geddes.
It was great to see and be together so much so, that all agreed
to gather again come April!!
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Thibodeau, of Orlando, Florida, returned
from their annual summer vacation in northeast Tennessee in late
October and already are looking forward to next summer's trip. They
reported that Peter and Constance Thibodeau have a little girl,
Heather Ann, born on September 19, 1974, in Columbia, South
Carolina. She arrived on Peter's 32nd birthday.
Peter is winding up his dissertation and hopefully will receive his
Ph.D. degree in December. He is job hunting and is finding prospects
a "bit rocky."
Mr. and Mrs. Edmund R. Mac Vittie reporting from Sun City,
Arizona "This summer was a wonderful one for Grace and me. We
spent a week with Bob and Pete Johnson at their summer cottage at
Torch Lake, Michigan. We enjoyed a wonderful visit with Carl and
Blanche Browne in Avon, New York, and then drove down to Wilkes
Barre, Pennsylvania, and saw Marty and Loretta Hayes who have just
moved into their new home in a beautiful wooded section of Mountain
View. Marion Taylor and Eunice Richard dropped by to see us in
Williamsville, and we all had a ball. Jerry Relihan and his wife came
over to Wilkes Barre for a day, and we enjoyed reminiscing. Before
leaving for the East for the summer, we saw Phil and Dorothy
Thornton at their wonderful desert home in Green Valley and many
others in that area. Spent a grand evening and a day with Col. Ted
Casey, former Exchange Officer during the last war, at their home in
St. Louis. We are now established here (Arizona) for the winter. We
regret we did not get to see Minnie Crooks Burton when we were in
Arkansas we did call her. It surely was wonderful to be able to call
people as we crossed the U. S. A. Had a wonderful telephone
conversation with the Finleys in Fairhope, Alabama.
All the best for the winter and have a grand Reunion.
The "Annual Issue" compiled by Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-
Treasurer, was mailed in early November. The term, "Annual Issue,"
was deleted because of postal regulations. All five copies of the
publications of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. must have
the same outside identification. New members since the November
address book will be listed in the March issue of the RECORD.
Anne Butler, Secretary, Girl Scouts, Box 188, Balboa, Canal Zone,
informed the Society that Senior Troup 50 is going to celebrate
America's Bicentennial by honoring outstanding women who have
lived in the Canal Zone who might have been associated with the Girl
Scouts. Any information on the names and addresses of former
Zonians who meet the above qualifications would be appreciated.
Please contact Anne Butler at the above address if information is
Annual News from George Russon, Yuma, Arizona "The past
year has been a good one for myself and Eva with one sad event the
passing away of my son Wallace. He lived less than one year after his
retirement, but when your number goes up, that's it.
"We did a lot of traveling this year going to Bishop, California and
on to Walnut Creek where we visited one night with Enio Lindstrom's
daughter, Jane. We then went to Portland, Oregon, for a few days
with Eva's brother and family and then on to Auburn, Washington to
see my son, George, and his family. From Washington we drove to
Tampa, Florida, where we spent eleven days with friends. We then
headed for Nottely Lake in northern Georgia where we had planned to
stay until October, but we returned to Yuma when we learned that
Eva's sister was in the hospital with a heart attack. She is recovering
and now seems o.k.
"The two of us are enjoying good health and making good use of
our retirement years looking forward to being around for a long
"My best regards to all who remember me, and to those old
timers who did as I did drank plenty of Chagres water with their
Scotch, and thus did not rust their pipes!"
Late news after deadline dates may be used only if there is
available space at the end of the Record. The pages in each issue must
be divisible by four; hence, often it is possible to get in late news -
rather than have a blank page or pages.
The DEADLINE DATE is always ten days before copy is due at
the printer February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1.
A recent SPILLWAY gave some guidelines for printing informa-
tion for publications on the Isthmus. Many generally accepted re-
quirements are NOT feasible as far as the RECORD is concerned.
TYPED MATERIAL: Although appreciated, typed material only is
NOT REQUIRED. We WANT your news; we realize many would be
unable to send in material if typing was mandatory. The Editor will
type articles submitted in longhand for the copy to the printer. But,
your handwriting MUST BE LEGIBLE. Care should be taken in
writing "a's" and "o's" in proper nouns in order to avoid an error on
our part. When debatable, we do check with old Records, the Panama
Canal telephone book, and the Annual Issue for spelling of proper
names and with the Zip Code Book for the correct spelling of unknown
small towns all time consuming and frequently frustrating, as the
information is not always available.
SIZE OF PAPER 81/2 x 11 normally is required in submitting
material for publication. WE DO NOT DEMAND THAT, but material
should not be written on a small scratch pad (i.e. about 4 x 51/2) in very
small handwriting and sometimes written on both sides. Use paper
large enough to write a normal size and use a second sheet, if
The SPILLWAY specified black and white photos only. Definite-
ly, black and white does reproduce better. We rely entirely on the
advice of the printer when submitting a colored photo. Also, please
send the PRINT and not the negative or a proof.
We hope that more members and friends attending the 1975
Reunion will take time to have pictures taken. Some pictures taken at
the 1974 Reunion were too dark for use in the 1974 Records. We are
sorry but TRY AGAIN!!
Many, many thanks to the Reporters who have sent in news for
the 1974 issues Lenor Butz, Arkansas; Patt Foster, Louisiana;
Margaret Wanlass, North Carolina; Irene Wright, Texas; Chris
Simonsen and Joan deGrummond, California; Barbara Hutchings,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Gladys Humphreys, Sarasota, Florida.
The December issue marks the finale for Mrs. Margaret Wanlass
of North Carolina, who for a number of years has promptly sent in her
report on news from her area. Our special thanks to her.
Floridians! It is a known fact that California and Florida have vied
with each other on this and that relative to the respective advantages
of each geographical location. From Joan deGrummond's report on
California news, the "Golden state" has taken a colossal lead over
Florida. There is a world of news in Pinellas County, as well as other
areas in Florida, where Canal Zoners have retired, that we don't
receive manana fever, perhaps!
With the close of another year, we also would like to express our
appreciation to Mr. Charles Holmelin. After years of serving the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Charlie had asked to be relieved of
his work as Sergeant-at-Arms at the beginning of the calendar year,
but kindly agreed to carry on, pro tem, until a replacement could be
found. He is still with us and doing more than called for by the
position. He might be called a Committee of One who is at the door to
greet members and visitors at each monthly meeting.
News for the March, 1975, issue should be received by the Editor
by January 20, 1975, in order to meet the February 1st deadline date
to the printer. REUNION VISITORS Write up news of your family
to give to the Editor at the Reunion. Others want to know about
not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes
back to you.-John Greenleaf Whittier
To meet both ends I seldom can
(But I'm a help to Pakistan);
It's hard to keep my shirt and pants
(But after all, I'm fond of France);
I guess I'll have to break my lease
(I must cooperate with Greece);
Hedged in by debts quite vast I am
(But I must not neglect Siam).
The wolf from door I can't repel
(Still I must help keep Burma well);
By Tuesday I am out of dough
(Malaya's feeling better, though);
My dollar very little buys
(But Egypt's safer, I surmise);
My own financial outlook's murky
(But still my heart belongs to Turkey).
I'm busted flat, and feeling blue
(But I'm a pal of Timbuktu);
We're adding breadcrumbs to our hash
(Who cares? Ain't Tito short of cash?)
The Sheriffs knocking on my door
(However, England's asking more);
I'm in a hole but feeling noble
I wish things weren't quite so global.
(Kalispell Inter Lake, 6/27/1957)
The above "poem" was found in old Panama Canal Society files with
the notation "sent in by Mr. W. P. McCann, Hilton, New York."
THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY weekly issue of August 16,
1974 carried the following article: "Glassplate Negatives of Canal
Oldtimers Available for Free."
"Many old glassplate negatives and prints dating from 1915
through 1945 of Panama Canal employees and families are available
free to interested persons .
"The glassplates were about to be destroyed, but were salvaged
and consolidated alphabetically by Mrs. Gene White Litton and Mrs.
Anna Patchett Calvit for family and friends ."
Envelopes in which approximately 12,000 glassplates are filed
may contains prints; however, where there is no print, Mrs. Calvit
would have one made for you before sending the glassplate negative
(in case negative should be broken in the mail). Cost: 15 cents per
print. Anna asks that each person requesting them also pay the
postage. She prefers that persons ordering wait to pay her until he
receives the package from her that way, they can send her the
exact amount to be reimbursed her for out-of-pocket personal funds
for mailing costs of negatives and/or prints.
If interested, you may write to MRS. ANNA E. CALVIT, BOX
3667, BALBOA, CANAL ZONE. If you will be visiting in the Canal
zone in the near future, you are invited to the Calvits' to look over the
negatives and prints: HOUSE 5854, DIABLO. PHONE: Balboa
52-6339 or you may even wish to ask a friend or relative in the Canal
Zone to check into the negatives and prints for you.
Timothy E. Quinn, son of Mrs. Marie Burns, of Largo, Florida,
and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Dube, of Clearwater,
Florida, is a member of Boy Scout troop No. 350, Pinellas Park which
is sponsored by the St. Petersburg Rotary Club. Tim is a member of
the Light of Christ Parish and recently passed his Ad Altare Dei
Award, one of the highest Church awards. November 3, 1974, he
received his Emblem at the Bishop's Scout Recognition Sunday at St.
Judes Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Tim was chosen as a member of
the Order of the Arrow and made Brotherhood this year. He also
belongs to the Order of the Arrow competitive dance team .
Additional honors bestowed upon him were: being the first recipient
of the Eagle Scout Good Citizen Citation in Pinellas County, presented
by the American Legion Post No. 273, St. Petersburg; and Eagle
Scout certificate and silk American flag from BPOE Lodge No. 1224,
St. Petersburg; a plaque from VFW Post No. 4364, St. Petersburg,
with a U. S. flag which has flown over the White House. Tim also
received letters of congratulation from President Nixon and Con-
gressman, Bill Young.
STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION E 2 REVER.I
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CAM RSECSOD U;rseptt 1T0o, 1974
FIVE TINES A YAR-MARCH, JU.E, SEFTEmBSI, NOV1lBER AMND ECMBBR
2550 67th AVEYUE SOrHI, ST. PERSBUG, FORIDA 33712
& NAMES D AN DRESf 6OFPUBLlSHER. EDlTOR. ANO M AGINGh E1AEDITOR
25. HA tAhE AD, 2550 6?th AVE. SOUTH, ST. PETERSBURG, FI3RIA 33712
MRS. KARGAREr VARD, 2550 67th AVE. SOUTH, ST. PETERSBURG, FIDOIM 33712
N NE NONE
S KNOWN BONDHOLDERS, MORTGAGEES. AND OTHER S CURITY HOLDERS O ING OR HOLDING I PERCENT OR ORE OF
TOTAL UN OF BON MORTGAGES OR OTHER. R SECURITIES Si O O.0m-
SFOB TONAL MULETiN B uBLIES MAILINUC AT THE REUAR RAT M P.U12i Pli )-
11 EXT NT ANDNATURE OFCIR I EAION IRE 0 2,0 EST OU FuLIN OD TE
T. r O.r IcorseSrIw.TO... -.IlE., 2,475 2,425
COmEes (STReUTrEr TO NeWS AaENTS.nUT mO SOLO NONbE NONE
s TOTAL RntHUION fsi OrCn DJ 2.352 2,402
M. OFFICe USE. LiFT-aVC U CCOUNTEO. SPO n LED AFTER 123 23
Q. TOT tLSUI4o/AP-SIouureAmNIES prwirtSo,- -.tA; 2,475 2.425
reservation forms in the September issue o f the RECORD to those
huMrs. Mannum est (To erhadr is human)d refund checks forus the ovein proverb is.
The Reunion Luncheon, the highlight and climax of the Reunion is, as
in the past, on the last day of the 1975 Reunion January 9th.
Lieutenant Governor Richard L. Hunt, will be the guest speaker.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application Box 11566
for 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 ..............
Nam e (W ife) .................................................. ..
Street ........................................... Box .................
City .............. ............. State ................ Zip Code ........
Division Em played ........................................................
Recom m ended 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
for BLOOD BANK FUND
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N am e ............................................ ........ I ..............
Address.............. ........................... Box ...........
City ............... ............. State ............. Zip Code.........
T telephone ................................................................
N am e ....................................................................
A address ..................................................................
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.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
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 (Please return this bill with remittance.)
N a m e . . . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... ..
Street .................... ......................... Box .............
City .............................. State ............ Zip Code ........
D ues for ............; 1974 ........ ; 1975 ....... ; 1976 ........ ; 1977 ......
Amount Enclosed $ ............. Check .......... M.O........... Cash ......
Street .............. ............................ Box.................
C ity ..................... State....................... Zip C ode............
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.
ADDRESS CHANGES MUST BE MAILED TO THE SECRETARY-TREAS-
URER AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE MAILING DATES-March, June,
September, November, and December. The Post Office WILL NOT forward
Please check the fine print on the Application for Membership Form. Give your
name or names as you wish listed in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N am e .......... .. ... ....... ..... .........................................
S street .................................................. B ox .............
City ............... ............. State............... Zip Code ........
Dues for ......... ...; 1974 ........ ; 1975 ....... ; 1976 ....... ; 1977 .....
Amount Enclosed $ .............. Check ......... M.O........... Cash .....
Name .............. ........................... Box ................
City ........... ...... State .......... ............Zip Code ..........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
PRICE: $4.00 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:
N a m e . . . . .. . . . ..
N a m e . . .. .. . .. . . ..
N a m e .. ... . .. . . .. . .. .. .
N ar ie . . . . .. . .. .. . .. .
TOTA L: $...........................
Enclosed is $ ........... check ........ M .O........... Cash ................
representing total for all persons listed above.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK
WITH DEPOSIT FOR ONE NIGHT DIRECT TO:
PRINCESS MARTHA MOTOR HOTEL
4th Street at 1st Avenue, North
P.O. Box 1691
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
PLEASE RESERVE FOR ME THE FOLLOWING:
SINGLE $14.00 DOUBLE $16.00 TRIPLE $19.50
Arrival Date ............ .......... Departure Date .....................
N am e ....... ........................... ..................................
Address ............................... City .........................
Members attending the Annual Reunion in January and
desiring to stay in a motel might find the EDGEWATER BEACH
MOTEL to their liking. This motel is in a quiet area on the
waterfront about one mile from the Princess Martha Hotel-
Ample Parking, Restaurant, Cocktail Lounge and Pool. Rate for
twin beds, Black and White T.V., Double Occupancy in Main or
West Building is $14.00 a day. The East Building is more desir-
able, and rates there are $20.00 a day, Double Occupancy with
two double beds and color T.V. If Ground Floor Room is desired,
be sure to so specify when making reservations.
For reservations, call 813-898-0811 or write Edgewater Beach
Motel, 631 North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
Ronald L. Seeley has been cited for his "outstanding service of
exceptional benefit to the Nation" while serving as director of the
Selective Service System for the Canal Zone from November, 1970,
through August, 1974. He was presented the Exceptional Service
Award and certificate by Emanuel M. Kline, Assistant to Director,
Selective Service, during a ceremony at Balboa Heights. Mr. Seeley,
who was born on the Isthmus, joined the Personnel Bureau in 1957
and has held several positions within the bureau. He was succeeded as
Selective Service director in September by Richard D. Morgan,
Assistant to the General Manager, Supply Division, who previously
served as Mr. Seeley's deputy director. The new deputy director is
William D. Young, Chief, Personnel Operations Division. THE
PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, November 15, 1974.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Lord, of Washington, D. C. "The picture
was taken at the 100th Anniversary Dinner of Gate of the Temple
Lodge, #422, Springfield, Missouri, recognizing that Mr. Lord had
traveled the farthest of any others, and also because he is a Life
"We did not take any long trips last summer. We went to
Cooperstown, New York, to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. Two of
Laura's sisters married Bath County, Virginia, farmers. We also
visited them last summer.
"We had planned on attending the Reunion this year had
changed plans last year because of the gasoline shortage. However,
we have decided that we will go to Spain with the N. A. R. F. E.
SAILING SCHEDULE SS CRISTOBAL, Thru December 1975 (Rev. 9/74) Subject to Change
Voyage No. L v. New Orleans
Fri. Jan. 10
Fri. Jan. 24
Fri. Feb. 7
Fri. Feb. 21
Fri. Mar. 7
Fri. Mar. 21
Fri. Apr. 4
Fri. Apr. 18
Fri. May 2
Fri. May 16
Fri. May 30
Fri. June 13
Fri. June 27
Fri. July 11
Fri. July 25
Fri. Aug. 8
Fri. Aug. 22
Fri. Sept. 5
Fri. Sept. 19
Fri. Oct. 3
Fri. Oct. 17
Fri. Oct. 31
Fri. Nov. 14
Fri. Nov. 28
Thurs. Dec. 11
Tues. Jan. 14
Tues. Jan. 28
Tues. Feb. 11
Tues. Feb. 25
Tues. Mar. 11
Tues. Mar. 25
Tues. Apr. 8
Tues. Apr. 22
Tues. May 6
Tues. May 20
Tues. June 3
Tues. June 17
Tues. July 1
Tues. July 15
Tues. July 29
Tues. Aug. 12
Tues. Aug. 26
Tues. Sept. 9
Tues. Sept. 23
Tues. Oct. 7
Tues. Oct. 21
Tues. Nov. 4
Tues. Nov. 18
Tues. Dec. 2
Mon. Dec. 15
The ship will sail upon completion of cargo operations. Approximate time can be
obtained on sailing day by calling: In the Canal Zone, Terminals Division, Cristobal
43-1622. In New Orleans, Water Transportation Division (area code) (504) 947-4417.
Fri. Jan. 3
Thurs. Jan. 16
Thurs. Jan. 30
Fri. Feb. 14
Thurs. Feb. 27
Thurs. Mar. 13
Thurs. Mar. 27
Thurs. Apr. 10
Thurs. Apr. 24
Thurs. May 8
Fri. May 23
Thurs. June 5
Thurs. June 19
Thurs. July 3
Thurs. July 17
Thurs. July 31
Thurs. Aug. 14
Fri. Aug. 29
Thurs. Sept. 11
Thurs. Sept. 25
Thurs. Oct. 9
Fri Oct. 24
Thurs. Nov. 6
Thurs. Nov. 20
Thurs. Dec. 4
Thurs. Dec. 18
Arr. New Orleans
Tues. Jan. 7
Mon. Jan. 20
Mon. Feb. 3
Tues. Feb. 18
Mon. Mar. 3
Mon. Mar. 17
Mon. Mar. 31
Mon. April 14
Mon. April 28
Mon. May 12
Tues. May 27
Mon. June 9
Mon. June 23
Mon. July 7
Mon. July 21
Mon. Aug. 4
Mon. Aug. 18
Tues. Sept. 2
Mon. Sept. 15
Mon. Sept. 29
Mon. Oct. 13
Tues. Oct. 28
Mon. Nov. 10
Mon. Nov. 24
Mon. Dec. 8
Mon. Dec. 22
The "New and the "Old" Dothan, Alabama: Standing Mrs.
John D. Odom second from right, and Dr. J. L. Byrd, third
from right, represent Panama Canal Zone retirees who have
lived in Dothan the longest. Ed. Filo, standing right, Mrs.
Filo seated, and Frank South left, represent the newest
residents of Dothan. The huge hand-made brass tray, a replica
of the Panama Canal Zone official seal, was presented to Mr.
and Mrs. South at their retirement party.
A get-together luncheon, Dothan Standing, from left, E. W.
Bierbaum, C. J. O'Sullivan, John Hern, Ed Filo, David Foley,
Bill Sherlock, Mrs. Cecil High, Mr. High, andDr. J. L. Byrd.
Seated: Miss Carolyn Bierbaum, Mrs. Bierbaum, Mrs. John
Odom, Mrs. E. C. McGriff, Mrs. Byrd, Mrs. Foley, Mrs. Helen
Bell, Mrs. Sherlock and Mrs. Frank South. Front row: Mrs.
O'Sullivan, Mrs. Hern, Mrs. Filo and Mr. South.
Mrs. John A. Edwards,
[Linda Ann Kapinos],
Aiken, South Carolina,
November 23, 1974.
Mrs. Dennis Gilbert, Port
of Spain, Trinidad
Reunion Business Meeting,
1974, Mrs. Jean Mann,
Mr. Willam F. Grady, Legis-
Mrs. Robert P. Hargreaves,
Mrs. Louis H. Marshall
[Betty J. Hargreaves], San
Airman, Richard L.
Smith, Dover Air
Force Base, Dela-
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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