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Vol. 9 March 1975 No. 1
Thomas J. Ebdon,
Canal Zone service
Ectasy! Betty [Comley] Forgeson, St. Petersburg, Florida,
and Frank J. Violette, Panama City, Panama *Make Your
Reservations for the 1976 Reunion! [Photo Copyright St.
Petersburg Times & Evening Independent 1975]
Governor David S. Parker presents a Master Key to the Locks
to William B. Mallory. Mrs. Mallory, employed in the Office of
the General Counsel, also was presented a Master Key.
Seated: Edith Cotton, Largo, Florida and Ernest Zelnick,
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Standing: Tyke Cotton and Ruth Zelnick
THE GAY NINETIES
Mrs. Rose Kozak, 90,
4 mian, St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Edith Eppley, 91, and Mrs. Maude Clinchard, 96, two
real Old Timers seen at the Reunion
The Panama Canal 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 by
the good and welfare of its members.
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
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persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $5.00. Entered as 2nd Class
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
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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,
See minutes of Annual Business Meeting January 8, 1975 for
legislation pertaining to retirees in 1974.
Mr. Harold L. Anderson
Mrs. Mary F. Anderson
Mr. Fred R. Andree
Mr. George Babinecz
Mr. James P. Barnes, Jr.
Mrs. Blanche M. Bishop
Mr. Joseph A. Blackburn
Mr. Charles R. Bowen
Mr. Isaac N. Burgess
Mr. Elwin C. Burton
Mr. Robert L. Coffey
Mr. Richard W. Coy
Mr. Walter A. Dryja
Mr. Leo W. Eastham
Mr. Boyd W. Ferry
Mr. William W. Fitzsimmons
Mr. Marion F. Green
Mr. Daniel M. R. Haff
Mr. Roger E. Hamor
Mr. Baile E. Hicks
Mr. Maenner B. Huff
Mr. Donald P. Hutchison
Mrs. Nina J. Jenkins
Mr. John R. Jones
Mr. Leavell F. Kelly
Miss Emma E. Klinger
Lt. Robert S. Knox
Mr. Borge Langeland
Mrs. Hazel C. Lazarus
Dr. Anthony N. Levata
Mr. John W. Litton
Mr. William B. Lloyd
1974 DIVISION YEARS
12/28 Admin. Services 37
12/28 Office of
Executive Secretary 37
12/21 Ports 32
12/24 Maintenance 19
12/28 Police 26
12/26 Administrative Service 22
9/19 Locks 33
12/28 Schools 32
12/28 Maintenance 30
12/23 Transit Operations 13
12/28 Office of Director,
E. & C. Bureau 39
12/28 Office of the
12/28 Office of Director,
Marine Bureau 31
10/26 Locks 21
12/28 Maintenance 31
12/28 Industrial 34
12/29 Fire 30
10/26 Transit Operations 18
12/29 Fire 32
12/10 Dredging 14
12/21 Systems 35
12/18 Locks 42
10/15 Budget and Rates 26
12/21 Electrical 27
12/28 Storehouses 28
12/28 Coco Solo Hospital 31
12/28 Fire 32
12/28 Ports 18
12/17 Gorgas Hospital 8
12/28 Gorgas Hospital 18
12/28 Dredging 33
12/28 Office of Director
E. & C. Bureau 35
Mrs. Edith M. Mathieson
Mr. Raymond W. Matson
Mr. Thomas V. Mizener
Mrs. Ruth F. Morris
Mrs. Virginia E. Nessler
Mr. Baldur Norman
Dr. Howard C. Pritham
Mr. Ervin A. Rolli
Mr. Jimmie Scott
Mr. Earl W. Sears
Mr. Lloyd M. Smith
Mr. Donald H. Spencer
Mr. Andrew Stohrer
Mr. Peter A. Warner
Mr. Joseph M. Watson
Mr. James T. Wiggins
Mr. William H. Will
Dr. Maurice B. Winstead
Mr. John B. Willis
Mr. Joseph H. Young
Coco Solo Hospital
Office of Director,
E. & C. Bureau
OFFICERS FOR 1975
Eugene I. Askew ................. Tel: 867-1822
Gaddis W all ..................... Tel: 894-6080
Mrs. Jean B. Mann ................... Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward ... ............... Tel: 867-8742
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks ............... Tel: 345-7985
Charles Holmelin pro tem ................. Tel: 526-4680
William F. Grady (Lakeland) ............... Tel: 688-1023
Eugene I. Askew, Chairman ............... Tel:
Gaddis Wall ........................... Tel:
Ross H. Hollowell ..................... Tel:
Mrs. Jean B. M ann........................ Tel:
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward,
Secretary to the Committee ............ Tel:
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks ............. ..... Tel:
G. C. Lockridge ........... Ext. 126 Tel:
Troy H ayes ............... ........... Tel:
Nolan A. Bissell, Chairman................. Tel:
Joseph L. Hickey ................. Tel:
Mrs. Edith M Jones ...................... Tel:
Daile D. Keigley, Chairman ......
Nathaniel Litvin ............. .
Mrs. Virginia Wood .............
....... .. T el:
..... T el:
....... .. T el:
Eugene I. Askew, Chairman ............... .Tel:
Gaddis W all ............... ............... Tel:
Mrs. Jean B. Mann, Secretary-Treasurer .... Tel:
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward, Assistant ......... Tel:
G. C. Lockridge............ ........... Tel:
Edward A. Linney ......... ........... Tel: 894-5128
Francis F. Hargy ..................... Tel: 894-2006
Gustaf A. Peterson .................... .896-3420
Louis S. Hasemann ................. .... Tel: 388-6191
1295 Rensselaer Avenue, Jacksonville, 32205
Alfred G. Dunham ........................ Tel: 759-0009
4611 N.W. Eleventh Avenue, Miami 33127
Roger T. W illiams ................ .... Tel: 943-2016
Apt. 304, 3930 Crystal Lake Drive,
Pompano Beach 33060
Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey (Gladys Bliss) .... Tel: 958-5856
3444 24th Parkway, Sarasota 33580
Mrs. L. W. Motykiewicz (Pat Dodson) ....... Tel: 844-5220
6928 Dimarco Road, Tampa 33614
Mrs. Emerson R. Fuller Chairman ........ Tel: 894-3546
Members of the Reception Committee
will be announced at a later date.
January 8-9, 1975
Thirty-two States, the Canal Zone, and the Republic of Panama
were represented at the Reunion with a total of 774 officially
Mr. Harry White, Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Renz; Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Ar-
nold; Mr. and Mrs. Edward P. Filo;
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hern; Mr. and
Mrs. Everett C. McGriff; Mr. and
Mrs. Wilson Carnathan; Mr. and Mrs.
Robert H. Adams; Mrs. Lois Smith;
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Willoughby.
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lovelady; Mr.
and Mrs. James A. Driscoll; Mr.
Donald Judson; Miss Cecelia Wens-
CANAL ZONE (12)
Mrs. Wilhelmina Bohan; Mrs. Betty
Saltzman; Mr. and Mrs. Howard
Mrs. Millie Reccia; Mr. and Mrs.
Gerald (Budd) Bliss; Mrs. Inez Evans;
Mrs. Hazel Nall; Mr. and Mrs. Milton
H. Wright; Mr. and Mrs. Russel J.
Jones; Mary Lou Bryant; Dr. Herb
Governor and Mrs. David S. Parker;
Mr. J. Winter Collins; Capt. and Mrs.
David J. Burkett; Lucille Robison;
Mr. William Sullivan; Mr. Joe Lock-
man; Mr. Gary Laatz; Mrs. Thelma
Camby; Mr. Hugh Thomas, Jr.; Mr.
Victor C. Melant.
Mrs. Lillian Evans; Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Schroeder (Belle Jones).
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett 0. Kiernan;
Mr. George Goethals Whitehead.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Lowe.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilson H. Waldron; Mr.
and Mrs. Donald Dent; Mr. and Mrs.
Wilbur J. Dockery; Vita Dockery;
Alida Nicholson; Mr. Edwin F.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. Hack.
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Cross.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Staples;
Ruth Madden; Mr. Robert R.
Mrs. Lottie Tinnen.
Mr. John D. Dettor; Mrs. Delta I.
Mr. Ben J. McConaghy; Miss Dorothy
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Carey (Grace
Jones); Mr. and Mrs. Winton Webb.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (3)
NEW JERSEY (3)
NEW YORK (8)
NORTH CAROLINA (21)
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA (2)
RHODE ISLAND (4)
SOUTH CAROLINA (17)
Mrs. Blanche E. Sims; Mr. and Mrs.
Shelby R. White; Mr. and Mrs. Otis
Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Osborn; Dr.
Richard H. Whitehead.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dorgan; Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mulvihill; Mr.
and Mrs. George Poole; Mrs. Lillian
F. Ryan; Mr. and Mrs. John F. Mc-
Dowell; Ellen Peters.
Mr. Robert L. Worley, Jr.; Mrs. Ber-
tha Tyrrell; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W.
Zelnick; Mr. and Mrs. Truman H.
Hoenke; Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Harrison;
Lt. and Mrs. Clarence D. Howell; Mr.
and Mrs. John Everson; Mr. and Mrs.
Chris Jansen; Capt. and Mrs. B. A.
Herring; Mr. and Mrs. Robert L.
Blaney; Mrs. Margaret Orr; Mr. and
Mrs. John E. Runck (Marguerite Van
Mrs. Nancy Wikingstad; Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Patchin (Ruth Banton).
Mr. James H. Pennington.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Washabaugh;
Mr. and Mrs. Donovan I. Geyer; Mr.
David N. Percy.
Mrs. Helen Adler; Mr. Frank Vio-
Capt. and Mrs. Al Forsstrom; Mr. and
Mrs. Warner Hoyle.
Mr. and Mrs. James 0. Catron; Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Willenbrock; Mr. and
Mrs. Charles J. Holmes; Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Reynolds; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin
Pierce; Mr. Arthur Blystone; Mr. and
Mrs. Vernon L. Clontz; Mr. and Mrs.
Andy Kapinos; Mr. and Mrs. Willard
WEST VIRGINIA (1)
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Berger.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis; Mr. and Mrs. Eric
E. Forsman; Mr. Edward W.
Schnake; Mr. Thomas J. Ebdon; Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Cook; Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Jones (Harriet Ottman); Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Young.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Dalhoff; Mrs.
Mrs. Minnie Hennen.
Mr. John Keenan.
Note: Both members of a family did not always register. Thus, the
above list is less than the actual number who attended the Reunion.
An old book, written about 1912, PANAMA ROUGHNECK
BALLADS, by John Hall quotes many synonyms in reference to the
early construction-day employees on the Panama Canal i.e.; the
OLD CANAL MAN, SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE, TROPICAL
TRAMPS, and perhaps, most common, ROUGHNECKS. None of the
terms were intended in any sense to be derogatory. "Come sunshine,
come rain; be it midday or midnight, he is on the spot doing the
necessary thing to keep the great machine running smoothly. .. ."
"Will we dig th' 'ditch'? Well, I reckon!
Th' question's a joke to us all.
This job ain't a big bluff, Amigoo';
Take it from me; nor a 'stall'."
"We're glidin' an' slidin' on nicely,
'Mid th' toot an' the hoot' an' th' blast;
An' you'll wake some day an' hear th' world say.
'Uncle Sam's got th' "ditch" through at last.' "
Regardless of the various epithets used in describing early
employees, Mr. Hall stated that "the average employee led normal
clean lives and started a collection of postal money orders." If one
word could describe these men, that word would be DEDICATED.
But the story of these Old-Timers (on the whole) did not end on
that historical date, August 15, 1914, when the canal was opened to
traffic. Many stayed on the job until retirement; many of their
children (and currently, grandchildren) became just as dedicated and
after completing their educations returned to the Isthmus to carry on
the work of the operation of the Panama Canal. New employees,
though not "glidin' an' slidin' were proud, too, to be a part of the
Employees from Construction Days to current times have also
made another great contribution, but a contribution that will not be
recognized in history books! The Annual Reunions, a by-product of the
organization of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., founded on
July 24, 1932, by a group of men and women when the steamship
ANCON was anchored in the New York Harbor, is the result of their
declaration "that they would meet as often as circumstances per-
mitted." GREATER than any monetary gains in working for the
Panama Canal are the TIMELESS friendships formed over those
many years on the Zone!
Past March issues of the RECORD have exhausted the supply of
adequate adjectives describing this unique gathering of retired (a few
current) employees of the Panama Canal, but one little word should
The reception on January 8th was well attended. Many who were
unable to attend meetings during the day appreciated the evening
get-together. At times, even standing room was at a premium.
The following construction-day employees attended the 1957
Reunion. If, through error, a name has been omitted, please notify the
Editor and a correction will be made in the June issue. Dates of
employment are in parentheses. (1905) Russell B. Potter, St. Peters-
burg, Florida; (1908) Harry R. White, Summerdale, Alabama;
Andrew Fraser, St. Petersburg; Charles Harrison, Bradenton, Flor-
ida; (1910) Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, Largo, Florida; W. L. Hersh, St.
Petersburg; Capt. A. B. Forsstrom, Cranston, Rhode Island; (1911)
George Chevalier and Mrs. Lea Dugan, both of St. Petersburg; (1912)
Dr. Richard H. Whitehead, Laconia, New Hampshire; (1913) Timothy
J. Mann, South Pasadena, Florida; Eric E. Forsman, Arlington,
Texas; (1914) John Keenan, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Francis F. Hargy,
St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks and Mrs. Anna
Bartlett, St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Annual Luncheon was attended by 412 enthusiastic guests.
An inspirational Invocation was given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Mary
Belle Hicks. Mr. Eugene I. Askew, President of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., welcomed Governor David S. Parker, the
guest speaker. Mr. Askew then announced that the normal procedure
for the luncheon had to be changed as "Duty Called" and the Governor
had to return to the Canal Zone in the early afternoon. Instead of
speaking after the lunch was served, he would speak before the
luncheon. Other guests at the head table were introduced Mrs.
Parker, wife of the Governor; J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement
Counselor; Dr. Richard H. Whitehead and his son, Mr. George
Goethals Whitehead; Mr. William A. Sullivan, Employees Services,
Canal Zone; Mr. Joseph Lockman, Regional Director, Mutual of
Omaha, Canal Zone; Mrs. Eugene I. Askew, and Mr. and Mrs. Gaddis
Governor Parker opened his address with the words, "None of
you look any older than when I was here three years ago but, my
eyesight is not as good as it used to be!" The Governor briefed the
luncheon guests on changes and developments on the Isthmus in
recent years all designed for better efficiency. Among topics
discussed were: the control of traffic with use of computers in the
centralized new building in La Boca; achievement of the approved
depth of the canal for better water control; major improvements in
the system of lock overhauls; the ship data bank with complete
information about all ships; the efficiency of the new telephone
system; the new system of traffic signals which eliminated in
particular, the former congestion at the Administration Building; the
new and effective "crash" method in teaching Spanish to employees;
on the women's rights program, he announced that the first woman
stevedore lasted only two weeks! Turning to Vice-President, Gaddis
Wall, the Governor remarked, "Don't turn too pale, but ladies may
now join the police force!" Many other changes were referred to -
cooperation between the City Councils and the Administration; the
effective control of oil pollution, supply of electricity and efforts at
conservation; the recent major slide (October, 1974), the largest slide
since 1931; the establishment of the new Marine Bunkering Division
which will make it the largest bunkering service in the western
hemisphere and the third largest in the world; the effects of the new
minimum wage law are, as yet, not known. On the Treaty, the
Governor stated that more information probably would be available in
three or four months, but we have to be prepared for changes. In
conclusion, he stated, "Don't Sell the Panama Canal Stock Short.
Hang on to it!"
At the conclusion of Governor Parker's address, Mr. Askew
invited him to again attend the Reunions even though he is retiring
from active service.
Mr. Melvin Kennedy and Mr. Gary Laatz, photographers in
charge of the slides which accompanied the address by Governor
Parker, were introduced.
Roosevelt Medal Holders attending the Luncheon were then
recognized. Wives, who were on the Isthmus with their husbands
during construction days and construction-day workers but non-
Roosevelt Medal holders stood for recognition.
Officially, another Anniversary Reunion was over. Some left
immediately to start their long drive home but others were reluctant
to leave; there still was so much to talk about. But, with each "hasta
luego" the implication is "until we meet again." Until that time, the
warmth of the AFTERGLOW is constant and will enhance vivid
memories in the months to come.
REUNION DATES FOR 1976 ARE JANUARY 7-8 at the
Princess Martha Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida.
REUNION VISITORS HOSTED BY MANY LOCAL RETIREES
Mr. and Mrs. Warner Hoyle, Narraganset, Rhode Island Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell
Mr. and Mrs. Russel Jones, Palo Alto, California Mr. and Mrs. Stan Specht
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Forsman, Arlington, Texas Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Henter
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Engelke, Bentonville, Arkansas Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Henter
Mr. and Mrs. Roland R. Dahlhoff, Ferndale, Washington Mrs. Lavinia R. Dahlhoff
Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Houston, Texas Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks
Miss Cecelia Wensing, Scottsdale, Arizona Mrs. Genevieve Long
Mrs. Evelyn Pettingill, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Miss Marie Weir
Mrs. Lil Evans, Greeley, Colorado Mrs. Erma Forbes
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. G. Rowe, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood
Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Hoenke, Hendersonville, N.C. Mr. and Mrs. Bernard W. Forgeson
Mrs. Blanche G. Sims, Waynesboro, Mississippi Mrs. Fred J. Lyons
Mrs. Lottie Tinnin, Grand Cane, Louisiana Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fender
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Campbell, California Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Barnes
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz, Fairhope, Alabama Mrs. John Hower
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady, Lakeland, Florida Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. John H. Tyrrell, Tryon, North Carolina Mr. and Mrs. Horace W. Post
Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Osborne, Nashua, N.H. The Earl Dailey home while the Dail-
eys are in the Canal Zone
Mrs. Maude Clinchard who is 96 years of age was the oldest guest attending the
PANAMA CANAL: KEEP IT AMERICAN!
ST. PETERSBURG INDEPENDENT, January 9, 1975 Dr.
Richard H. Whitehead, one of the distinguished former Zonians who
attended the FORTY-THIRD ANNIVERSARY REUNION, in an
interview by Marian Nott, Staff Writer for the ST. PETERSBURG
INDEPENDENT, reiterated his opposition to the United States
relinquishing control of the Panama Canal.
Dr. Whitehead, who worked under Col. George W. Goethals
when he served as testing engineer for the Isthmian Commission,
stated, "It would not benefit either Panama or the United States for
the United States to relinquish control. The canal has been operated
by the United States from the beginning and millions have been spent
on the canal which we have never recovered. We have operated it as a
world mandate to treat all nations on the same basis. We even pay
tolls of our own battleships that go through."
However, Dr. Whitehead doesn't believe the United States has
given Panama a large enough share of the income from the canal. "I
believe this, in spite of all we've given Panama already and even
though we operate the canal at no profit ."
Dr. Whitehead was accompanied to St. Petersburg by his son
George who was named after Dr. George Goethals.
Many Old Timers enjoyed chatting with Dr. Whitehead on
construction days as well as current problems of the Panama Canal.
The officers of the Society appreciated his long trip to St.
Petersburg to attend the Reunion, and although he is now 88, perhaps
he can again honor us with his presence and again reminisce with
others who drank that "potent" Chagres water.
Memories of Owen Street, Balboa Flats, in the early 1940's were
revived when former neighbors the Gerald Blisses, of Campbell,
California, the Richard H. McConaugheys, of Ocala, Florida, and the
Allen B. Wards met once again at the Reunion. Those war years
when night blackouts, bomb shelters (and bomb scares), and gas
rationing were common topics of conversation, were now insignifi-
cant, and news of the children (THEN) was of interest. From the
Blisses, we learned that Nola now lives in San Francisco where she is
teaching music in the schools; Jerry Bliss, a computer Programmer
for Philco-Ford, lives in Saratoga, California with his wife and three
children; Margie Bliss Stephenson is a nurse and now lives in Denver,
Colorado; Carolyn Bliss Brake now resides with the family in
Campbell. Eleanor and Budd Bliss spent Christmas in Denver,
Colorado. After the Reunion, they planned on visiting family and
friends on the East Coast of Florida before returning to California.
The SUCCESS of any undertaking depends to a great extent on
personnel involved. The officers of the Panama Canal Society, Inc.
express their sincere thanks to the members who gave so freely of
their time both in the planning and their work on those important
two days. Mrs. Mildred Sutherland, Chairman of the Reception
Committee, and all members who worked hard at the registration
table, are to be commended for a job well done. Mr. Francis Hargy and
Mr. Gus Peterson, the photographers, were busy with taking pictures
- mementos to warm your hearts when remembering January 8-9,
The officers also want to give a BIG thanks to J. Winter Collins,
Retirement Counselor, Canal Zone. His friendly contacts with old
retirees as well as his advise to those "on the way out" is always
excellent. He is also helpful in keeping the Society up to date on many
affairs on the Canal Zone and supplying current telephone books for
needed references in the work of the Society. Members attending the
Reunion were delighted with a large number of pictures which Mr.
Collins brought to the Reunion to give to any member who wanted
any particular picture. These pictures were ones that had from time to
time appeared in the SPILLWAY, dating back from the 1950's. The
pictures which were not taken by guests at the Reunion will be
displayed at the monthly meetings in order that those who could not
attend the Reunion may have an opportunity to select any of the
Finally, OUR THANKS TO ALL who attended the Reunion -
without your interest, all the work of the officers and committee
members would be in vain!
Our THANKS to Mrs. John E. (Anne) Wainio, West Hollywood,
Florida "For years my husband and I have been hearing how
interesting the St. Petersburg, Canal Zone Reunions were. This year
we attended for the first time, and we can truly say that we enjoyed
every minute of it. It was an unforgettable experience. We wish to
congratulate all of you who were responsible for the arrangements.
You did a grand job, and you may be sure it is appreciated ."
Mrs. Helen Weade Brown and Edwin C. Jones were married
recently in Houston, Texas. They will make their home in Fort
Miss Jerrye Lynn Jenner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Jenner,
of Ocala, Florida was married to Mr. Wayne Leo Tisdale on November
23, 1974, in Gulfport, Mississippi. They are at home on Augustine
Drive, Gulfport, Mississippi. See Picture.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley P. MacPhail, of Raynham, Massachusetts,
announce the marriage of Mrs. McPhail's daughter, Miss Debbie Lee
Stas, to Gregory J. Sears, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Sears, of La
Boca, Canal Zone, on August 11, 1974, in Sunrise, Florida. Mrs. Sears,
a graduate of Broward Police Academy, is employed as a detective
with the Sunrise Police Department. Mr. Sears, a graduate of Balboa
High School and Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, with a degree in
Police Science, is also a graduate of the Broward Police Academy and
employed with the Sunrise Police Department.
Mrs. Dorothy Hennessy Thiergard and Mr. Stanley Mearns
Hamilton announce their marriage on Saturday, the nineteenth of
October, 1974, at the First Christian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- At home 3143 N.W. 41st Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309.
Miss Bebe Willingham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.
Holmes, of Aiken, South Carolina, and Mr. James (Randy) Wall, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Gaddis Wall, of St. Petersburg, Florida, were married
November 1, 1974, in Jacksonville, Florida. The couple are residing in
Miss Mary Sonja Wollan and Second Lieutenant Steven E.
Ramsey, USAF, were married in Hugo, Minnesota, on October 19,
1974. Lt. Ramsey is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Ramsey, formerly
of Margarita, Canal Zone. Lt. Ramsey graduated from pilot training at
the Reece A.F.B. in Lubbock, Texas, and will now train in the B52
Strato fortress at Castle A.F.B. at Merced, California. He will be
assigned to Grand Forks A.F.B., North Dakota, next spring.
Mr. and Mrs. John Disharoon, of Pinellas Park, Florida, announce
the birth of a daughter on January 4, 1975. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Disharoon, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Holder, of Richland, Georgia, announce
the birth of a daughter, Anne Marie on November 26, 1974. Mrs.
Holder is the former Norma M. York (BHS, 1964), daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. William C. York, of Aiken, South Carolina. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Mrs. John N. Holder, of Lumpkin, Georgia, and the late Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wallace (Billie Ruth Marsh) announce the
birth of their first child, David Allen Wallace, on October 17, 1974.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Tom Marsh, of Oregon City,
Oregon first-time grandparents. The maternal great-grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Ike Metzger, of Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Barbara J. Cunningham, 4601 Overlook Drive, N.E., Apt. 5,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33703, joins other family members in the
Sunshine State "The Cunninghams of Washington State recently
had quite an unusual and sometimes hectic experience. Son Jay found
out in November that he'd been accepted for a transfer to Guantan-
amo Bay, Cuba. He is a civilian engineer for the Navy. As I had
planned on attending the Reunion in St. Petersburg, I had originally
planned on looking for housing then. However, Jay found out about
December 6th that his family could get concurrent travel with him
instead of a two to three month waiting period as anticipated. Believe
it or not, we managed to have a three-day garage sale, sold out Jari's
ceramic business, sold Jay's house, and packed two households for
shipment! The amazing thing was that we managed to do all this in ten
days! On December 16, we started out with three adults, four
children, two dogs, and assorted luggage in two cars. We made stops
along the way to visit with relatives in California visited Linda Sue
and Anjanette Walker; Linda Jane and Jack Griffin and children, and
Jari's sister and family. We then went to Las Vegas where we saw the
Ann-Margret show. From Vegas, we went to Santa Fe, New Mexico,
to visit Jari's mother. We arrived at our 'parting of the ways'
destination on December 26th which was son Mike's home in Houston,
Texas. Jay and family left Houston on December 30th, headed for
Norfolk, Virginia, where they would take a plane to Cuba on January
9th. They had a nice visit with Jari's dad in Washington, D.C. before
"Mike was able to get a few days off from work, so I was escorted
to Florida by Mike, Virginia, and children, Stephy and Mikey. They
enjoyed a day at Disney World before heading back home. I became a
permanent guest at Ross and Janet Cunninghams until I finally found
housing. Friends may write Jay at Box 37 ROICC, FPO, New York,
Mrs. Edward A. Cox, of St. Petersburg, had as house guests her
son William H. Cox and wife, of Gatun, Canal Zone, from Thanksgiv-
ing through Christmas. Her granddaughter, Jeannette Cox, a grad-
uate of the Canal Zone College, who is now finishing her education at
FSU at Tallahassee, Florida, was also a guest.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Campbell of St. Petersburg spent the
Thanksgiving holidays with Mrs. Hattie Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. J.
G. Irwin (Melinda Marshall) and two sons in Houston, Texas. Friends
will be happy to learn that the year 1974, was a good year for Hattie.
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Howard, of St. Petersburg, were
delighted when Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames (Mary Howard), of Foster
City, California, unexpectedly arrived for a visit on January 11th.
Seeing family is better than any tonic a physician can prescribe!
Mr. and Mrs. George Allgaire, of St. Petersburg, Florida, spent
the Christmas holidays with their daughter, Louise Martines, and
family in Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Hanna, of Clearwater, Florida, spent
"Christmas on the Isthmus" visiting their four sons and families. They
greeted two new grandsons, Jon, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hanna,
born April 22nd, and the latest arrival, Marc, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom
Hanna who was born on December 7th.
Mrs. Mary Ethlyn Grimes, of Pensacola, Florida, spent the
holidays visiting her daughter Nancy and her husband, Jim Mrock, in
Bloomington, Indiana, and their two young sons.
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Peterson, of Plantation, Florida, spent the
holiday season with their daughter and son-in-law, Rev. John Owens
and Jayne and her two grandchildren, Randy and Kathy in Decatur,
Mr. and Mrs. John Townsend, of Pasadena, Texas, had as their
guest for the holidays, Joan's aunt, Mrs. Betty Peterson, of Pembroke
Mrs. Marie Wolf, after spending the Christmas holidays in Gatun
with the Al Pates, returned to her home in St. Petersburg on
January 26th. She was accompanied by her daughter, Dorothy Pate.
Annual Christmas letter from Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stevens,
Ocala, Florida (condensed). "Those of us old enough to think back on
Christmases of other days remember with nostalgia when more
children learned their Christmas carols from their churches rather
than from department stores ... But when Christmas Eve comes, we
still have the joy of Christmas greetings to warm our hearts .
Shouting commercials start to fall;
The Spirit of the Lord descends,
Approving what is best of all.
Christmas greetings between good friends.
"Jim and family are still in Idaho where Jim is still flying the
F-111 and Marilynn working more than part-time in a nearby hospital.
Jimmie and Lori are doing well in school and other activities, with
little Johnnie (21/2) striving mightily to catch up. Vera and Steve
visited Jim and family in Idaho last summer.
"The big news of the year is the transfer of John and family back
to Florida from California. John completed his two-year course at the
Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey and received a master's
degree in advanced math. He is now reassigned to a carrier-based
squadron at Cecil Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. It is
great to have John, his wife and three little girls (ages 5, 8, and 11) in
our own dooryard."
Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Patton, of Dunnellon, Florida, spent
Thanksgiving with their son Richard, and his wife Sheila, in Houston,
Texas. They also saw Eugene Buoniviri, a senior at East Texas State
who joined them for the holiday visit. Richard is currently working as
a marine surveyor consultant and appraiser to the marine industry.
He is a 1970 graduate of Texas A & M Maritime College in Galveston,
Christmas Greetings from Edythe Weisiger Rogers, Shalimar,
Florida "1974 was a good year. Retirement is the answer if I
could just get 'Rog' to donate my stove to the Goodwill, my joys would
be complete. We are enjoying our new home and the wonderful new
friends we have made. I've taken up golf, and although Judy Rankin
isn't losing any sleep over my game, it 'ain't bad.' Mother (Mrs. Klara
Weisiger) is spending Christmas with her granddaughter, Anne
Wright and family and her daughter, Betty Bitters. She is then going
on to Washington for a month. Our son Jeff is a First Lieutenant
stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, and just loves it. Our daughter
Donnie Hart decided to go back to work and is a tour guide at the new
Boston International Airport ."
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rose (Whitey), of Boca Raton, Florida, visited
their son Fred and family in Huntsville, Alabama, this past summer.
While there, both families, including their five grandchildren, spent a
week in the mountains of Tennessee. Whitey and his two grandsons,
John and Fred, played golf together almost every day. Shortly after
their return to Boca Raton, their daughter, Helen Shapiro, was sent
by the Schools' Division of the Canal Zone to a conference in
Hollywood, Florida. Mrs. Shapiro was met in Miami by her daughter
and her husband, Michelle and Dennis Watkins. They all came up to
Ruth and Whitey's in Boca Raton and spent the night. After the
Conference, Helen spent a few days with her parents before returning
to the Canal Zone.
Ann and Frank Cunningham, of Lighthouse Point, Florida,
enjoyed a trip to Panama in September and were surprised at all the
changes in Panama and on the Zone. After being retired for 14 years,
there were still some familiar faces on the Isthmus.
Mrs. Rita Strauss McAllister regretfully informed the Society
that they would not attend the 1975 Reunion (hopefully would attend
in 1976) as they will be visiting with Mac's mother in Pompano Beach.
Mrs. McAllister reported a "full house" at Xmas with all of the
children at home except Tom.
News from Isaac and Ruth Metzger, Miami, Florida "Ike is
eighty-seven years old now, and we have enjoyed twenty-five good
years of retirement. Last summer we spent four wonderful months
visiting daughter Marilyn and Tom Marsh in Oregon. They love their
retirement home in the beautiful West, and so did we. Edythe Marsh
is attending college at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Billie, Mrs. Lester H. Wallace, and her husband have bought a home in
Clatskanie, Oregon. On October 17, they presented us with our first
great-grandchild, David Allen Wallace. While we were in Oregon, our
son Bill with his family and my sister arrived for a ten-day visit which
made it almost a family reunion.
"En route home from Oregon, we stopped in Minneapolis,
Minnesota, to visit Bill Metzger and his family. All love the Midwest
with its four changing seasons.
"Now we are back in Miami, and my sister, Edythe Tebbets, is
giving us a helping hand. Once again, we enjoyed a delightful
Christmas Season with Marjean and Bob Kperski and their fine
family. All of their children are now employed and living in Central
Florida. Robin and his wife have. a lovely home in Orlando. Marion is
employed at Walt Disney World. Bill teaches disadvantaged children
at Brooksville. He has just announced his approaching marriage to a
fellow teacher on March 29th.
"Best Wishes to all the friends and fellow workers who enjoyed
with us the good old days on the Canal Zone."
News from Mrs. J. Elva Hobby, South Daytona, Florida -
"Oscar R. (Dick) Hall retired from Madden Hydroelectric Station in
the spring of 1974. Dick, Nola, and daughter, Theresa, arrived at their
home in Wetumpka, Alabama, about June 15th; the following day the
contractors started enlarging their house which is now about
"During the Christmas holidays, Nola, Dick and Theresa visited
relatives in Bradenton, Lakeland and Ocala and with Walter and
Jewell (Elva) Hobby in South Daytona, Florida. They also vacationed
at the Holiday Inn Surfside, Daytona Beach, Florida too cold to
swim but watched the waves roll in when the fog permitted."
Annual News from Evelyn and Shep Clark, Shelter Island, New
York "We have enjoyed visits by Charlotte Herr, LeRoy Clarks,
Howard Johnsons, Louise Orr, Jim Walters and the Wainwrights. In
August, we accompanied the Terrys on an auto trip to northern New
York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Grandma insists we
go to Atlanta, Georgia, for Christmas so she can spoil the grandchil-
dren. Elaine and Karen's families seem to relish that confederate
territory. Elaine's family ( Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cook and two sons)
are taking a three-day tour to Nassau after Christmas ."
A phone call from Evelyn Clark to the Editor from Atlanta
brought the exciting news that they would drive to St. Petersburg
with Elaine, arriving on December 26th for a visit with Zone friends in
that area while the Cooks were on the cruise. But, on Christmas Day a
telephone call from the Clarks informed friends that Shep had injured
his back while playing with his grandchildren; hence, instead of a
reunion with friends in Florida, he would be taking it easy with a
heating pad on the affected area. After a visit to the Zone in early
1974, the Clarks had planned to stop in St. Petersburg en route to
New York; instead, Shep became ill in the Canal Zone and was later
hospitalized in Texas. So, hopefully their third attempt in the future
will eventually reunite old friends in the Bay area.
Miss Olga Frost, of Arcadia, California, wrote, "Except for the
'achaques de la vejez' we are doing pretty well. Our tastes are simple;
we have lost the desire 'to paint the town red' so are getting along
nicely on our Canal Zone pensions in spite of inflation!"
Mr. and Mrs. Theo F. Hotz, Greensboro, North Carolina, report
that one of the big events for them was that Tim had changed jobs and
is now working in Greensboro as a management consultant. The
family moved to Greensboro in early September and live about fifteen
miles from them. Helen (Nita) is teaching first grade at a school about
three miles from their home. Judy (Massa) is still working for the
Voice of America; Roland is still operating their restaurant, El
Gaucho, in Arlington, Virginia, and he also works, as an interpreter for
the State Department. Their son, now two, is the joy of their lives!
Utopia for Mrs. Ann Bartholomew "After over eleven years of
searching, I think I've found that 'perfect' place I've been hunting for
- Benedictine Manor, Hot Springs, Arkansas." Last February, Mrs.
Bartholomew spent a fabulous ten days in Mexico City. On December
5th, she planned to leave Hot Springs to spend Xmas with Bill, Jr. and
family, and she hopes to have a reunion with her Canal Zone family,
the Kruegers, in 1975.
Texas News Clara and Harold Chambers, write that they still
love living in Kerrville where approximately 35 ex-Canal Zone couples
have retired. The Chambers enclosed a brief resume of their children
and their families.
"Dick and family are now living in McLean, Virginia 1168
Dillon Avenue, 22101. Dick retired from the AF after 21 years' service
in June, 1968, and has had a wonderful job with Honeywell
Corporation in the Computer-Data Programmer field ever since. He is
their Senior Training Officer at Honeywell in Arlington .. His son,
Ric, 19, attended VPI in Blacksburg, Virginia, for one year and then
took an advanced 12-week course with General Motors; he is now
working with a huge G. M. garage just outside of Washington, D.C.
Lori, the oldest daughter, 18, was graduated from McLean High last
June and was one of three students (girls) tied for first place in their
class of 463 students. She is at VPI and is making all "A's" she plans
on becoming a veterinarian. Pam, the youngest daughter, 17, a Junior
at McLean Hi, excels in sports, particularly basketball, softball and
hockey. She hopes to obtain a sports' scholarship to attend college and
major in Physical Education.
"Alice and John Wiedenhoff live at 4104 Alicante Avenue, Fort
Worth, Texas 76133. John just retired as a Major from the AF with 20
years' service and is now associated with a real estate office in Fort
Worth. They have two children, Billy, 3, and Jolice, eleven months.
Kathy, John's 16-year-old daughter by a previous marriage, has been
making her home with them since April. Alice started back to school
at TWU in Denton and in Dallas in August, 1971, and has received a
Master's Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing; she has also
completed work on a Master's in Psychology except for her profes-
sional paper which she will have compelted by the end of this
semester and has only about one year of course work to complete her
PhD in Clinical Psychology plus her Dissertation which may be
completed any time within six years.
Jean, Jeff, Jeffrey (12) and Janene (11) are very happily settled in
their new home here Box 947, Kerrville, Texas 78028. Jean teaches
algebra and trig at Tivy High. Jeff is still covering a lease on a dental
office in Brady, about 100 miles northwest of here. He is only away
from home two nights a week and hopes to open a dental office here
Carla, Joe, Jodi and Jenni (ages 7 and 5) have been in their new
home at 2915 Bristol, Denton, Texas 76201 for three years. Carla is
head of the Spanish Department in Congress Jr. Hi and teaches five
classes of Spanish.
Arthur E. Sutton, Greenville, Illinois, writes that they own five
acres in Inverness, Florida, and hope to eventually visit Florida. They
are happy in Illinois (except for the "cold, cold, icy, snowy winters)
and busy remodeling a church into a home.
Annual News from Leo J. Eberenz, Sterling Park, Virginia -
"We had another good year, and all the Eberenz Clan are well. This
year we made our annual trip a wonderful trip taking in the
Scandinavian countries. The scenery was beautiful and the food so
excellent that it was hard to resist. Thus, because of the effect on my
waistline, I have been playing a lot of golf and have cut down on eating
many sweets. I am gradually getting my weight down.
"The arrival of John and his family from Panama in July made it
possible for another family reunion, and on the 28th the tribe gathered
in Maryland a total of 22. The enrollment will go up to 23 in
February, 1975, when Alex and his wife are expecting their second
child which will make No. 12 in the grandchildren group.
"Madeline is still working, but when I got back from our trip I
notified Ford that I was extending my vacation indefinitely have
not been near the place since and spend my time entertaining
grandchildren and playing golf."
Hi, Floridians! Jean and Moy De La Pena, San Diego,
California. "Read the brief account in the December issue of our trip
last August to the Northwest. Estrella had given Joan deGrummond
one or two of the highlights. But one of the most pleasurable
experiences was our visit with the John Brulands in Coeur d'Alene.
Our stay there was further enhanced because just a few days prior to
our arrival the Bruland's daughter Carol had arrived from England
with her daughter, Heidi, a little doll for sure. We spent an evening
with them and had breakfast at their house on the day of our
departure for points north. They have a lovely home, are thoroughly
enjoying retirement, and Coeur d'Alene is in beautiful country! After
breakfast, we planned to go all the way to Banff but dallied along the
way and stopped instead at Radium Hot Springs, an added bonus on
our trip, and enjoyed the mineral baths surely helps the arthritis,
temporarily, that is. Stayed in Banff two nights, went to Lake Louise,
drove north to the Columbia Ice Fields, walked to the foot of the
Athabasca glacier and enjoyed the scenic drive along the Fraser River
en route to Vancouver and Victoria.
"In mid-November, John and Shirley Finlason were in our area
visiting their daughter, Lois, and son-in-law, the Keith Larsons. It was
great seeing them again. Lois and our son, Jim, were classmates in
Balboa High, and we all gathered at our house for dinner one evening,
including the Larsons' two children and Jim and Pat's daughter.
"All is well with us and our family. Jim works for the San Diego
Railroad, a subsidiary of Southern Pacific; his wife, Pat, is employed
in the U.S. Marshal's office, and they recently bought a lovely
condominium in Santee about six miles from our house. Richard
graduated from Northern Arizona University on December 20th with
his Bachelor's in Elementary Education. San Diego City School
District added his name to its substitute list, and as the voters finally
passed a bond issue last November to build 19 new schools, he's
hopeful. Jean is in her second year of teaching in Long Beach and
really enjoys it. She attended our Southern California Society
luncheon in Long Beach in November. There she met Lee Oliver
(married name escapes me) and Mary Best both were in her class at
Balboa High. All three are living in the same general area and
exchanged phone numbers for further contact.
"Hope some day we'll be able to attend a reunion. Phyllis
Zipperer, who is Richard's godmother, keeps inviting us to do so, and
we do keep talking about it."
Mr. George H. Egger, Jr., reporting from Ponce, Puerto Rico.
"We've had a real whirlwind year and a half since retirement. We've
lived in Houston, St. Pete and Puerto Rico. George has worked for
Twombly, Inc. most of that time in Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Puerto
Rico. I had a wonderful trip to Venezuela when George was finishing
his work there and en route back to the States saw many friends and
family in Margarita, Coco Solo and Balboa."
The Eggers left last May for five years in Puerto Rico where Mr.
Egger is the Electrical Superintendent on his job ... Everything was
fine until October when, due to labor problems, they had to leave the
island for about one and a half weeks. They flew to Orlando another
vacation, though forced and visited many friends in Florida. Davey
is in the Air Force now, and Craig joined the Navy. While in Florida,
they drove to Zephyrhills to see Bill Turner and his mother. Audrey
Duncan, his niece, was visiting there at the time so all had a wonderful
visit. In St. Petersburg, they saw their daughter Brenda. Brenda was
married on January 6, 1975, in St. Petersburg to Donald L. White
BMSN. They will live in South Carolina for two months while his ship
is in dry dock; their current address is Donald L. White BMSN,
Dayton Shipyards, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464. They expect
later to be stationed in St. Petersburg.
When in St. Petersburg in November, the Eggers saw Bill and
Marie Park, and Sally and Charles Smith. Mrs. Egger stayed in
Orlando while her husband reported to his home office in New Jersey
for a few days. They spent Thanksgiving in Ocala with Mrs. Egger's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Y. Andrews, formerly optician in the
Cristobal and Ancon Commy 1943-1947.
Their son Eddie and his wife Jamie (nee Meeker) moved to Italy
in June and are enjoying it. Harold and Frances Egger and son Steve
visited them during the past summer while over to see Fran's mother
In July, the Eggers took a weekend trip to St. Croix. Brenda had
taken Barbara and Carol for a month's vacation with relatives in
"Tell all friends hello at the meeting that's really all we miss -
David B. Marshall, Kerrville, Texas "My thanks again to all the
good people who make the CANAL RECORD possible. My grandfath-
er, Robert S. Houston, must have been able to see the future (as well
as the other founders) to have organized such a useful society.
"There are now more than 30 Canal people in the Kerrville area
and more scheduled to arrive, so we don't lack for old friends and
we are a source of wonderment (and amusement) to some of the
Texans, no doubt.
"We have no complaints; life has been generous to both Betty and
myself. And with the able help of Bill Grady and NARFE, we get
those generous increases from Uncle Sam which certainly help more
than a little. It would be pretty tight living on your original annuity
"The only thing we miss down home is the few old friends we left
there and, of course, the fishing, jungles, the Elks, Shrine, Tarpon,
and Yacht Clubs, etc. But, it is great to be in the U.S.A. and own your
little piece of it. .
"The latch string hangs out for our host of friends if any pass this
A new (and warmer) address for Mr. and Mrs. William Badders -
"We finally gave up on the Maryland weather. The cold seemed to cut
deeper every year and the snow harder to shovel. We sold our home
in Annapolis and bought a new place here in Alameda, California (3414
Redhook Lane, Zip 94501). We bought here for two reasons a milder
climate and our son Bill and family live here. We have another big
house and plenty of room for company and will be glad to see any of
our friends from the Canal Zone.
A Hello to all former friends from Cissie (Ayers) and Ben Kuller,
Waldport, Oregon, who expressed their appreciation to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida for keeping members in touch with former
friends of Zonian days.
They reported that in May, 1974, their first great-grandchild was
born. His name is Josh Lee Perry, the son of Tom and Margaret
Perry, of Portland, Oregon. Norma J. (Kuller) Perry and Charles L.
Perry, of Waldport, Oregon are the grandparents. "Grandma" Jean
Perry, husband and three 'at home' children spent a week at Disney
Land, and then in September they left for London, England, for an
enjoyable three weeks. Their daughter, Pat Gill of Bakersfield,
California, spent a month with them and kept busy redecorating the
house. Their son, Benny, has been transferred from Orlando, Florida,
to New Orleans, Louisiana, by his firm, Martin Missile.
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wood (Martha Bradley), of Vancouver,
Washington, express their appreciation on being able to keep in touch
and renewing old friendships through the RECORD. "It was great to
hear from Rene (Nash) Clarke after all these many years as well as
indirectly through the daughter of Dorothy (Kalar) Kennedy, who by
the way resides here in Vancouver, close by small world. We've had
many visitors to our home this year, mostly Canal Zoners Jack
Walker from Bellingham, Washington; Evelyn and Leonard Miesse;
Margaret and Grady Hardeson; Tom and Marilyn Marsh; Mary
Stephenson; Capt. J. P. and Ann Laura Johnson; Ethlyn Wood; Ruth
Morris; Bert and Scott McKay; Minnie Barnhart; Betty and Tom
Clarke and our daughter Marcy who flew out from Florida to spend
two happy, fun-filled weeks with us. Our son, Jim B. was married this
year to a lovely young woman from Vancouver and recently blessed us
with our third grandson, Jesse Allen.
"Our trips were many in and around the immediate area, camping
out at the beaches and mountains with the J. P. Johnsons. We drove
to Walnut Creek, California to visit Mrs. Ethlyn Wood, stopping to
sight-see and see friends along the way. Visited Bert and Scott McKay
in Anderson, California. Scott was operated on for cancer of the upper
left lung and is recuperating nicely. Kersten and daughter (McKay)
Nicolle Valli were also visiting their parents and it was so nice to see
her again along with Sandra (McKay) DuVall and her family, March
Kersten and Sandra together again for a yak fest."
Mrs. Yvonne Bakker, of La Mirada, California, reports that she
and her mother went to Ponsford, Minnesota, in September and were
thrilled seeing the many changes in the state "The trip was
terrific; I loved every minute of it and found I could drive distances
and not tire. The 'new' found Cassidy relatives are beautiful people
and I fell in love with all of them, especially the men folks. On the way
back we stopped a day in Denver, Colorado, where I grew up after
leaving the Canal Zone as a child."
Gladys and Rowland Knox, Ruidoso, New Mexico, regret that
they will be unable to attend the Reunion. With a recent cataract
operation, driving is yet impossible for Gladys; Rowland doesn't drive
and won't fly. She concludes, "But some of you traveling folks might
come by to see us!"
Nan and Ed Pihlgren, Sacramento, California, visited in Sweden
in October and November. After spending two weeks in Nan's home
town (way up north), they visited for two weeks in Gothenburg with
all the Pihlgrens. "It was wonderful for us to get a change of climate
even with the cold and the snow. .
"Please convey our greetings to our friends in the Society. May
1975 be a good year."
The annual Christmas poem to friends from Margaret and Gilbert
Davis, of Azalea, Oregon, is, as usual, interesting reading, but
unfortunately too long to reprint in the RECORD. Their resume of the
events of the year, 1974, therefore is presented to our readers in a
more prosaic manner but easier on the Society's dwindling budget.
Their year was filled with ups and downs. Regretfully, Gilbert
-hasn't been very well.
"Having to give up his pipe did make him pine-
Emphysema hasn't helped to make him feel too fine."
With the gas shortage, the Davises took no long trips in 1974 but
did go to Spokane to EXPO '74 with Pat and family when they were
visiting them in June. Later, with daughter Claudia and family, they
made another trip to the coast. Claudia and family have moved to
Oregon; thus, they seem them more often. Former Zone neighbors,
the Frank Dorsches, from Virginia were visitors in the Davis home -
always good to greet old friends whether they come by air, car or bus.
The Rex Sellens, former classmates and friends have retired to Coos
Bay. Other visitors in 1974 included Earl P. Ward and son from
California; the Ken McKees from Washington; Gilbert's sister
Bernece from Talent, Oregon; and cousin Howard Feeder from
Mrs. Mary Journeay, Laguna Hills, California "1974 will soon
become another treasury of memories with several 'firsts' for me -
attending the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day; going to
San Diego enjoying the Old Globe Shakespeare area and 'Twelfth
Night' and thrilling to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus at
the Forum in Los Angeles (not a real 'first,' but it had been 24 years
My newest interest is a simple spinet organ (an older model but
new to me). JUNIOR kitty enjoys lying on it and looking out the
window- even when I am practicing!"
1974 also brought a reunion with former Zone friends. Dr. Russel
Wright (doctor at Gorgas 1935-41) was on business in southern
California and they had a grand visit. Mary had known the Wrights
back in 1935 before she went to the Canal Zone. Other friends, Alice
and Stuart Meyers, of Denver, Colorado, were also California visitors,
which meant more good visiting. He was with Special Engineering in
Diablo many years ago.
The time comes to all when a final Xmas Greeting to friends is
mailed from the Canal Zone!! News from Helen and Rex Beck who
expect their greeting to be the last from the Isthmus. "Rex will retire
from Government service with the Canal Zone Government on April
12, 1975, and we hope to leave here in either late April or early May to
take up our retirement residence somewhere on the East Coast of
Florida, near close friends and relatives. We look upon our retirement
with a certain amount of nostalgia, leaving one son, his wife and our
eight grandchildren behind, but also we are looking forward to it as a
new adventure and will be nearer to our other son and his family and
other relatives and close friends in the good old U. S. A. ."
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. Ladd, Chardon, Ohio, have many times
expressed their hopes to attend the Reunion in St. Petersburg,
Florida, as soon as Mrs. Ladd retired from teaching. With her
retirement last July, they had counted on finally seeing old friends
this year, but they had an unwelcome visitor, the "bug" and were not
able to travel. Hopefully, they will now get to Florida in February.
Both Elizabeth and Tim Ladd keep busy with volunteer work at
the Century Village, a reconstructed 19th-century village. Mr. Ladd is
in charge of the volunteer work there, and Elizabeth finds herself
drafted as a house hostess. They also both worked as school tour
guides last spring.
In October, the Ladds visited their daughter, Felicia Dixon, and
her family in Lincoln, Nebraska, where her husband, David, teaches
psychology at the University. They had an enjoyable two weeks,
playing with the grandchildren, taking a few short side trips and
attending a football game.
In December, they went to Cheshire, Connecticut, where they
represented their church at the service celebrating the 250th
Anniversary of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire.
Mrs. William B. Wray, of Douglas, Arizona, wrote that she went
to Phoenix, Arizona, in early January to see Mrs. Ernest Faris who
was in the hospital at that time. After a nice visit with her, Mrs. Wray
spent the night with Rhoda and Rayburn Brians in Sun City. During
the evening, Maxwell and Lucille Smith; Arthur and Ruth Smith, and
Ruth's sister and brother-in-law dropped by for a wonderful evening
- the first Mrs. Wray had seen "these good folks" since 1966.
A 21-year-old bachelor arrived in Panama in 1907 to help build the
Panama Canal. Sixty-seven years later, Thomas J. Ebdon, now the
patriarch of a large and well-known family, returned to the Isthmus
for a holiday reunion. Mr. Ebdon had retired in 1950 with the longest
period of continuous service of any Canal employee to that date.
As his family and friends gathered around him, he remembered
and talked about the important days in his life his first sight of land
as the United Fruit Company's SS PRESTON docked at Old Pier in
Colon; the pride he felt standing alongside General Goethals on the
gate at Gatun as the SS ANCON began her first trip through the
Panama Canal; the exhilaration of being a passenger on the ANCON
as she made the return trip from Balboa to Cristobal.
He showed his family a very old photograph taken during one of
President Teddy Roosevelt's visits to the Canal Zone and pointed out
13-year-old Emma Ashton, later to become his wife, as she gazed up at
the President standing on a locomotive operated by her father,
Mr. and Mrs. Ebdon had three sons, two of whom went to work
for and retired from the Canal organization. The third left the Canal
Zone before he retired.
A grandson, Paul, is now employed by the Electrical Power
Branch. Mr. Ebdon, who made his nostalgic journey to his "true"
home was accompanied by his son and daughter-in-law, Fred and
Beverly Ebdon with whom he has lived in Sarasota, Florida, since his
wife died last April. They were visiting Paul, (grandson of Thomas J.
Ebdon, and Fred's son) his wife, Connie Ebdon, and their two
Before he returned to the States, Mr. Ebdon said although he'll
be 89 on January 24th, he feels good enough for another 20 years! -
The Panama Canal Spillway, January 10, 1975. See Picture.
Mrs. Macel (Goulet) Thomson, of Memphis, Tennessee, reported
that all five children were with them for the holidays. John, who had
been in the Air Force for the past three years, started graduate work
at the University of Minnesota in September; Mary will graduate in
March from the College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee in
Memphis; Gary and Elaine are both attending Memphis State
University; Regina is a junior at Immaculate Conception High School in
Bob (Mac) McCormack, a cousin of Mrs. Thomson's (retired
Colonel, Air Force) is now in Sequim, Washington RR #3, Box
296-B, 98382 which he describes as the ideal place to live with
hunting, fishing, golfing and the beautiful scenery of the snow-covered
sawtooth Olympic Mountains to the south. Bob's father was manager
of the Tivoli Hotel for many years, and his mother worked in the
Housing Office in Balboa. He attended Canal Zone schools and was
graduated from Canal Zone Junior College in 1939. He was a prisoner
of war in Germany during World War II.
Mr. Frederick W. Larkum, of Cocoa, Florida, informed the
Society that Dr. Howard K. Tuttle, former surgeon at Ancon Hospital,
who is 94 years old, fell on November 26, 1974, and fractured his right
hip. He was still in the hospital at the time Mrs. Larkum received
their Christmas card. His home address is: 1036 N. Ogden Drive,
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California 90046.
Regrets that she was unable to attend the Reunion were received
from Mrs. William J. (Mabel A.) Stevenson, of Greenville, South
Carolina. Her work with the local chapter of NARFE keeps her so
busy that she has little time for anything else.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Marsh, who retired to Oregon City, Oregon, in
July of 1973 had a busy summer with many guests. Their daughter
Edythe, Class of 1973, Cristobal High School was home from college.
Other summer guests were Kirk Bullenger from Coco Solo who spent
ten days with them in June; Sandra Pace and Theresa Jensen,
elementary school teachers from the Atlantic side visited them in
August; Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Metzger, of Miami, Florida, were guests
from May through August; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Lasher, former
residents of Margarita and now living in Hermiston, Oregon, were
August visitors; Miss Edythe Tebbets, Mrs. Marsh's aunt, and Mr.
and Mrs. Isaac Metzger, her brother and family from Minneapolis,
Minnesota, also were with them for ten days in August.
Mrs. Norine H. Kaufer and Mrs. Nancy K. Leach were the holiday
guests of Mrs. Jane H. Journey and Bud and Harriet Journey in
Winslow and Poulsbo, Washington all former Canal Zone residents.
Busy Retirees Winnie and Milt Halley, El Paso, Texas "The
days are filled with the duties and the myriad problems associated
with managing a large apartment complex, maintenance men,
gardeners and maids. Our complex is an oasis in this desert area. We
have the most beautifully landscaped grounds in the city, and our men
are kept busy seeing that it is properly manicured.
"Winnie and I are still taking evening classes two nights each
week. I am in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and Winnie studies
business machines. We manage occasional shopping trips to Juarez,
Friday night dancing at the Elks' Lodge or on Saturdays at 'The Top o'
The Inn' on our weekends off ."
Neil A. Doherty, Long Beach, Washington "We retired from
service with Pan Canal on December 17, 1973, and left the Zone for
our selected retirement area the end of March, 1974. After a month in
this area, we delayed building our home and took a trip to our former
home in Rhode Island. On the way, we visited our daughter, Janice
Huff, and her family at Little Rock Air Force Base and also our
daughter, Joan and her family in Augusta, Georgia. While in
Arkansas, we spent a very pleasant day with old friends, Preston and
Pearl Trim, in Russellville. En route to Rhode Island, we spent time
with Mickey and Ann Kiernan. From Rhode Island, we made a return
trip to Washington State via Duluth, Minnesota, and Saint Maries,
Idaho. At this time, we hoped to start construction of our home, but
this was not to be, as we found a beautiful home, all built, and ready
for us to take over within 300 yards of where we intended to
"Last November our son, Neil, who worked for the Commissary
Division as a buyer, and his wife Tamara gave up their positions with
Pan Canal. He is now enrolled at the University of Portland, and she is
working at the Ross Complex of Bonneville Power Association.
"I have recently been elected Vice President of the local chapter
of The American Association of Retired Persons.
"Any and all Pan Canal people who are in this area are invited to
stop by and visit and become enamored with the Northwest as we
A happy foursome of former Canal Zone residents who were
known locally as the Kalar girls returned to the Isthmus in the fall to
visit the scenes of their childhood. Picture postcards, snapshots and
schoolday mementoes kept alive happy memories of the Canal Zone
for Dot Kennedy, of Denver, Colorado. Her longing of many years to
return to the Zone became a reality in 1974 when the four Kalar girls
accompanied by their husbands went to the Isthmus for a visit. Jean
McAndrews, Harriet McNeal, Olive Krouse and Dot Kennedy are the
daughters of the late John Kalar, who was chief clerk at the Office of
the Balboa Port Captain until 1938. Their mother, Helen, was
employed in the former commissary annex and retired in 1952. The
girls were born at Ancon Hospital and home was 770-C Barneby
Street in Balboa .
Jean and Francis McAndrews, who reside in Moscow, Pennsyl-
vania, are both teachers and owners of Lake-Hide-Away Swimming
Club near Moscow; Harriet and Mark McNeal live in Charlotte, North
Carolina, where Mark is a prominent businessman and owner of an art
gallery; Dot and Roy Kennedy are Government employees in Denver,
Colorado; and Olive and Len Krouse live in Springfield, Pennsylvania,
where Mr. Krouse, a former Penn State football star, is the president
of an elevator company.
The sisters saw many old friends and took many trips while on
the Isthmus. Their consensus was that Panama and the Canal Zone
are even more beautiful than they remember; it is more cosmopolitan
but seems smaller than they had remembered.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Simpson, of Walnut Creek, California, spent
Christmas with Eloise's sisters and then went south to Laguna Hills
where they had lunch with Mary Journeay and Mil McMahan. In
Arcadia, they visited with Olga and Florita Frost and then on to Vista,
California, where they saw Jay and Ann Jones. They also visited with
Agnes Eneboe. From California, they drove to Sun City, Arizona,
where they BOUGHT a home the climate was one reason for a
Californian (Eloise) forsaking her native state. Upon their return to
Walnut Creek, they sold their home there. After March 1, 1975, the
Simpsons' new address will be: 17239 Del Webb Road, Sun City,
An article in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, January 29, 1975,
featured the public school program for exceptionally bright children
with guidelines for evaluating the gifted child. Among several
children mentioned, was Stephen Glassburn, son of Paul and Sharon
(DeVore) Glassburn, both graduates of Balboa High School Sharon
in 1959 and Paul, 1955.
"Most enhanced learning students are exceptional in all the
academics, but usually there's one area where they shine unrequit-
tingly. Stephen Glassburn, 9, is such an example. Stephen wanted to
take piano lessons at six which is considered too young by most area
music teachers, so his grandmother, who once studied to be a concert
pianist, taught him music. One day, she called his parents, saying,
'He's going too fast for me. You'd better find him a teacher.'
"Since then, Stephen has included the trumpet, snare drum,
violin, clarinet (which he had to give up on orders of his orthodontist)
to his repertoire. He also plays hand bells at his church ... He started
playing the piano so early, his father had to construct a special mount
for the piano pedal. Stephen's favorite composer is Tschaikovsky,
with Beethoven running a close second. .
"Third Grade was boring for Stephen so they tested him and
advanced him to fourth grade ."
Stephen would like to be a composer and feels the whole world
should really love music. "It's like seeing something on a stage or
going away to another world."
Mrs. Mary E. Becker, Marrero, Louisiana "On December 15th
my oldest granddaughter, Valerie, and husband, Buddy Dempsey, of
Balboa, Canal Zone, arrived in New Orleans for a two-day visit. On the
17th we all flew to Dallas, Texas, to visit my youngest granddaughter,
Catherine, her husband Rick Spafford, and the new addition to their
family, Dirk Richard Spafford my first great-grandchild. On the
21st, I flew to Columbus, Georgia, to baby-sit our 141/2-year-old
Panamanian dog, Pepa, who has been very ill, so that my daughter,
Bertha-Jane, could go to Denver, Colorado and Nebraska to meet her
husband, Milton Law, where he is hunting quail and pheasant. I
expect to be here until the first week in February."
Richard Dinkgreve, Metairie, Louisiana News gleaned from
Paul Ackerman, who retired from the Electrical Divison in
Cristobal in 1967 and now lives in Santee, California, wrote that his
wife, Cathy, is now an American citizen and that their son, Luis, who
married a Mexican girl, recently had presented them with a
grandchild, a boy.
Curtis George, who was working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
reported that they are once more back on the road and among the
unemployed. They spent the Christmas season with his sister and
ipother in Topton, Pennsylvania, and plan on returning to New
Orleans in January.
Baldur and Olga Norman, now retired, left the Zone on December
29th and will settle in or near Seattle, Washington.
We also received the glad news that Rev. Paul Bretscher, who
was formerly the Pastor of the Lutheran Church in the Zone until he
resigned from the ministry in 1971, had returned to the ministry and
is now the pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Las Vegas,
New Mexico. Their youngest son, David, is with them. Jim, the oldest,
is in his third year at Concordia College, Seward,Nebraska, and their
other son, Don, is a Junior College freshman in St. Louis, Missouri.
CONGRATULATIONS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Irving, of
Laguna Hills, California, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
on December 21, 1974.
The Irvings met through friends on a ferris wheel at a carnival in
Jacksonville, Illinois. They had a double wedding with a couple who
also celebrated December 21, 1974, but in Bluffs, Illinois.
Before moving to Leisure World eight years ago, Mr. and Mrs.
Irving lived in the Canal Zone where he was an operating engineer in
the Lock's Divison.
The Irvings have one son, Gary Wade, who lives with his wife,
Susan, and three children in Simi Valley, California.
Mrs. Louise Jones, a retired Panama Canal employee, established
a record for women when she shot a 5 under par 22 on the 9-hole
Leisure World Golf Course in Seal Beach, California, recently.
In the more than 1 million rounds played on the course in the 10
years since it opened, only two men have officially equaled or beat her
score. They each shot a 21. The Panama Canal Spillway.
MEMORIALS Mrs. Kay Fisher, who died in Memphis,
Tennessee (see obituaries), will long be remembered. Because of her
interest and work with the Memphis City Zoo, a building in the
Overton Park Zoo is to be named in her memory.
Another Memorial, of even greater importance, is best explained
from THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, MEMPHIS, January 9, 1975 -
Though some Tennessee drivers' licenses have carried a provision for
organ donation for almost two years, Mrs. Fisher became the first
Memphian to give her eyes through use of the form on the back of her
driver's license. This document expedited a complex and time-consum-
ing process usually required for organ donations. "This was something
my mother was interested in all her life," said Miss Donna Fisher, a
labor attorney with McKnight and Hudson. "She often said she
thought it foolish to bury valuable organs when they could be used by
someone else. And she often said that of all her senses, she valued her
sight the most."
Each of Mrs. Fisher's corneas (the clear lens-like covering of the
eye) has been transplanted. Doctors hope the transplants will restore
sight to the two recipients, who are doing well after surgery.
Tennessee was the first state to legislate inclusion of the donor
provision on drivers' licenses in 1973.
BURMAN S. SPANGLER
WHEN I HAVE THE URGE TO EXERCISE
I LIE DOWN UNTIL IT PASSES OVER
NO BUSINESS NO FRIENDS NO PROSPECTS
NO WORRIES NO RESPONSIBILITY NO MONEY
Harold L. Anderson (Andy), who recently retired from his
position as Chief of the Administrative Services Division, had worked
for all the Executive Secretaries of the Canal Zone C. A. McIlvaine,
Frank Wang, E. C. Lombard, Paul Runnestrand, and J. Patrick
Conley. It was during the Lombard term that he became acquainted
with Miss Mary Maguire who was then secretary to the Executive
Secretary, and it was Mr. Lombard who played cupid after his
secretary had rebuffed Mr. Anderson's attentions. Eventually Mr.
Anderson and Miss Maguire were married. The Andersons will make
their retirement home in Springfield, Missouri.
Walter A. Dryja, who retired on December 28, 1974, as Assistant
Marine Director, has received the Canal organization's Distinguished
Performance Award, two Outstanding Performance Ratings and in
1971, he was team leader of four Panama Canal employees who
received the Presidential Management Improvement Award. Mr. and
Mrs. Dryja will make their retirement home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Earl W. Sears, after 29 years of service with the Panama Canal
retired in December. In June of 1974, he received a Superior
Performance Award. Mr. and Mrs. (Beatrice Bathmann) Sears are
making no definite plans for the future. With the family grown and in
the States, they plan a long leisurely drive to the United States in
their camper and will take a good look at the entire country before
deciding on a retirement home which possibly might be right on the
Isthmus which they love.
Retirements result in New Chiefs for many departments:
Joseph J. Wood, Jr., on the first day of 1975, at the age of 37, will
become the youngest man ever named Chief of the Administrative
Services Division. Joe's story is not a struggle-along-the-road-to
success story. He worked hard, did a good job, and in thirteen years
became the boss. Joe, who was born in Panama Hospital and grew up
in Ancon, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Wood, Sr. His father
was a supervisory auditor in the Comptrollers Division before his
death in 1957. His mother lives in New York with his two sisters. In
1972, Joe married the former Beverly Bowman. They have three sons.
James R. Shirley who went to Panama to visit an aunt and uncle
in 1939, was named Chief of the Community Services Division in late
December, 1974. Mr. Shirley and his wife, Ruth, have two children, a
daughter, Sandra, who is married to Sgt. Donald L. Nungester of the
Canal Zone Police Division, is a teacher at Curundu Elementary
School. Their son, Donald, is a junior at the University of Tampa.
Capt. Jack L. Gregory, of the Police Division, has been named
chief of the Canal organization's newest agency by Gov. David S.
Parker. When it is activated on January 5, 1975, the Canal Protection
Division will become the sixth division under the Civil Affairs Bureau
and will have the mission of safeguarding and providing protection to
vital installations, facilities and related activities of the Panama Canal.
Governor David S. Parker presented a Master Key to the Locks
in the rank of "Master Impresario" to William B. Mallory, Chief,
Motion Picture Section, who has retired with more than 28 years of
Canal service to his credit. Active in community projects, Mr. Mallory
has taken special interest in scouting activities, holds the Scouters'
Key, is a member of the Canal Zone Scholarship Board and a member
of the Navy League. Mrs. Mallory, who is employed in the Office of
the General Counsel, also was presented a Master Key. See
Maenner B. Huff, supervisory systems accountant, Systems
Division, was presented the Master Key to the Locks in the grade of
"Keeper of the Stogies." Born in the Canal Zone, Mr. Huff is a third
generation Canal Zone resident. His father, Mercer B. Huff, went to
the Isthmus in 1908 and was a Panama Canal paymaster when he
retired in 1944. His grandfather, on his mother's side, L. T. Maenner,
worked with John F. Stevens in the United States and went with him
to the Canal Zone where he was employed as a chief draftsman from
1906 to 1909. Active in community sports, Mr. Huff coached pole
vaulters at Balboa High School for 23 years. He also served as a track
and field official and as general manager and treasurer of the Balboa
Baseball Club from 1940-1948. The Huffs will make their home at
Brevard, North Carolina, where "Mooney" is looking forward to
plenty of action on the golf course.
Joseph M. Watson, Chief Personnel Officer of the Engineering
and Construction Bureau, who retired in December, 1974, has been
the recipient of five outstanding performance ratings. He is most
proud that every letter of commendation, appreciation or recom-
mendation for an award has mentioned the work he has done with and
for people since his chief interest has been people both on and off the
Mr. Watson's list of "additional duties" reads like anyone else's
full time job description. Over the years, he has been Equal
Employment Opportunity Counselor, Assistant Watch Officer of the
Governor's Command Center, Panel Member of the Grievance
Advisory Committee Hearing Examiner, Notary Public, and a mem-
ber of the Group Insurance Board. Yet, he always found time to take
on other projects treasurer of the Special Education Associaton of
the Canal Zone, chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board Committee of
Management; member of the Red Cross board of directors; member of
the American Legion and the Masonic Orders plus work on the
theatre production put on each year to benefit the Combined Federal
Campaign; has worked backstage, at the box office and was business
manager for several productions. Mr. Watson is president of the Canal
Zone Credit Union and for six years was a member of its board of
Canal Zone Gov. David S. Parker recognized Mr. Watson's
outstanding service to the Isthmian community by presenting him
with a Public Service Award bronze medallion in 1972.
His wife, Audrey, also has taken an active interest in community
The Watsons left the Canal Zone on December 28th for their
retirement home at 3690 Breezemont Drive, Sarasota, Florida.
A Master Key to the Locks in the grade of Master Mariner was
presented to Captain Andrew Stohrer by Governor David S. Parker.
Captain Stohrer joined the Canal organization as a pilot-in-train-
ing on October 4, 1950, and received his full pilot's license in April,
1952. After 12 years of piloting ships through the Panama Canal, he
was named Senior Assistant Port Captain, Cristobal When the
Marine Divison was reorganized in October, 1973, Captain Stohrer
was named chief of the new Ports Divison. During the time Captain
Stohrer has been with the Canal organization, he has received three
outstanding performance awards, and a commendation for saving the
lives of passengers on a ship that went aground.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
1 November 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 1:30 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 October meeting.
The President welcomed the 106 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called by the Recording Secretary.
Mrs. Ruth Van Fleet Margarita, Canal Zone
Mrs. Muffie Stevenson Panama
Mrs. Erma Forbes St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Mildred Tatelman St. Petersburg, Florida
The Minutes of the October 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. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up 6.5% as of 30 September. Insurance rates
will go up January 1, 1975, but at that time the Government will pay
60% of the cost instead of 50%. S-628 passed and President Ford
signed the bill.
Four members would celebrate their birthdays in November, and
two couples would celebrate their anniversaries. Best Wishes were
extended to all.
Mr. Askew announced the forthcoming open season on health
insurance. He also announced that Mr. Linney, the Society's attorney,
would be present at the next meeting.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:07
P.M. Coffee and donuts were enjoyed by the members and guests
following the meeting.
6 December 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 1:30 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 November
The President welcomed the 112 members and guests who were
Mr. Askew then introduced Mr. Edward Linney, the Attorney for
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Mr. Linney spoke on some
of the most frequently asked questions concerning Wills and legal
terminology thereof. He mentioned the pros and cons of probate and
defined the duties of an administrator or executor. Florida has no
estate or inheritance tax; however, the federal government does tax
estates of $60,000 or more. Mr. Linney then held a question and
answer period which received excellent response.
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom Cranston, Rhode Island
Richard and Gwen DeTore St. Petersburg, Florida
Jack and Grace Morris Pinellas Park, Florida
Marion and Elsie Woodruff La Boca, Canal Zone
Ken and Helen Roscoe Sarasota, Florida
Ross Cunningham St. Petersburg, Florida
Reuben Seidman St. Petersburg, Florida
Agnes O'Donnell Seminole, Florida
Al Waldorf Seminole, Florida
Fred Mohl Albany, Georgia
The Minutes of the November 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 M. Ward.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up 7.4% as of 31 October. The next increase
will be effective 1 January and will be realized on the February 1st
checks. This increase is the third cost of living increase in a one-year
period a total of 20.6% increases. Senate Bill 628 restoring full
annuity to retirees whose spouses had died was effective 1 November.
However, the adjustment will take several months to compute and
retroactive adjustments will come in the form of a lump sum payment.
Six members would celebrate their birthdays in December and
three couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best Wishes were
extended to all.
Mrs. Mann announced that the cost of the December Record was
$1,401.92. Each publication this year has cost over $1,000. So, inflation
has also hit the Society.
Mrs. Hollowell suggested that we raise dues. Mrs. Grady
suggested that we publish one less Record each year. Mrs. Sharp
pointed out that many members join just in order to receive the
Record. Further discussion was tabled.
Mr. Askew thanked the refreshment committee, Mrs. Dolly
Barbour, Mrs. Eleanor Connor and Mr. Al Davis.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:40
P.M. Coffee and donuts were enjoyed by the members and guests
following the meeting.
January 8, 1975
The business meeting of the Forty-third Anniversary Reunion of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the
President, Mr. Eugene I. Askew, at 2 P.M. The President 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 last reunion.
The President welcomed the 250 assembled members and guests
and announced that Governor Parker would be the guest speaker at
the annual luncheon, now scheduled thirty minutes earlier than the
Mr. Askew then introduced J. Winter Collins, Retirement
Counselor, from the Canal Zone and the Officers of the Society -
Gaddis Wall, Vice President; Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer; and
Margaret Ward, Record Editor. The President then introduced the
Executive Board, committee chairmen, and faithful workers for the
Past Presidents of the Society were asked to stand for recogni-
tion. Those present were:
The President called to mind Mr. John Warner, the founder
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and Mrs. Lucille Judd,
Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus in appreciation of their many services
on behalf of the Society.
Representatives of the various sister societies were called upon
The Secretary read the minutes of the December meeting. As
there were no additions, corrections, or omissions, the minutes were
approved as read.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial statement of the
Society and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report
will stand for audit.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the cost
of living was up .9% as of 30 November. The Federal Government
made an error in computing the current cost of living increase which
will be 7.3%. No decision has been announced as to how an adjustment
on the over payment will be taken care of. For an eight-year period, 1
January, 1967, to 1 January, 1975, retirees have realized a 75% cost of
living increase. The 93rd Congress passed four major bills of benefit to
1. A $20 a month increase for pre-1969 retirees and survivors
(H.R. 9107, S. 1866).
2. Increase in the government contribution to health insurance.
3. Restoration of full annuity to those whose spouses had prede-
ceased them. (S-628).
4. Reduce marriage requirements for survivor benefits from 2 to
1 year. (S-2174).
Mr. Grady stated tht our thanks should go to NARFE for the
work that they have done for the benefit of retirees.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Askew then informed the members of some pertinent facts
pertaining to inflation as it has been affecting the Society. He
explained that the current deficit was due to the increased costs of
operating the Society and stated that when the matter was discussed
at the Executive Board meeting, December 10, 1974, a majority vote
recommended an increase in dues to $7.00 a year, effective January,
1976. Open discussion followed from the floor. Mr. Roberts asked
about raising dues in 1975; Mrs. Barbour suggested four issues each
year instead of five with a raise in dues to $6.00. Mr. Grady reminded
the group that they had realized a 42% increase in annuities over the
past five years. Mr. Clark inquired when a decision could be made.
Mr. Dewey Goodwin raised a point of order. He believed that
according to the By-Laws that it was necessary to publish a proposed
change in the Record prior to a vote on the proposal by the
membership. Mrs. Ward told of a prior dues increase and the
procedure followed thereof. Mr. Askew stated that evidently there
were two ways to go at the annual meeting or at a designated
Mr. Hollowell moved that the proposed increase in dues be
published in the March Record and designate the April 4th meeting as
a Special Meeting to vote on the increase. Mr. Clark seconded the
motion. Mr. Jones pointed out that now was the time to vote as a large
and diversified group were attending the Reunion business meeting.
Mrs. Askew suggested voting at the current meeting and publishing
the proposed increase in each issue during 1975. Mr. Goodwin
restated his belief that a special meeting was necessary. Mr. Walter
Jones called for a vote, stating he would be unable to be present at a
special meeting in April this would also apply to many others, and
he wanted a chance to vote. Mr. Askew then called for a vote which
was unanimous in favor of raising dues to $.7, effective, January, 1976.
Mr. Nolan Bissell, Chairman of the Nominating Committee
presented the slate of officers for 1975.
President ............... ... Eugene I. Askew
Vice-President .................... Gaddis Wall
Secretary/Treasurer ................ Jean Mann
Mr. Bissell moved the nominations be closed and that the
secretary be instructed to cast one vote for the unanimous election of
the slate. Mr. Hollowell seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Mr. Ross Hollowell, past President, installed the officers for 1975.
Mr. Askew then thanked all the members who had given their
time in faithful service to the Society during the past year.
The President then called on Winter Collins, Retirement Counsel-
or from the Canal Zone. Mr. Collins spoke of his pleasure in attending
the reunion each year. He announced that Canal Zone telephone
directories were available for representatives of state societies. He
also announced that the Fiftieth Anniversary Yearbook of the Canal
Zone College Club was also available.
Mr. Askew thanked Mrs. Ward for her past work on the Record.
The President then asked how many were attending a Panama
Canal Society Reunion for the first time. Over forty members stood.
Mr. Askew announced that page 71 of the September, 1974,
Record carried important tax information. Credit could be recovered
for the past three years for those eligible if action is taken prior to the
15th of April, 1975.
Nine members would celebrate their birthdays in January and
five couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes were extend-
ed to all.
Mr. Askew called for any other business to be brought before the
group. As there was none, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 P.M.
Jean B. Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
Women are eligible to apply for positions of police private with
the Canal Zone Police Divison.
Applicants must meet the following basic qualification require-
ments: be between 21 and 29 years of age at the time of appointment;
be at least 5 feet 7 inches tall; and have a high school diploma or GED
certificate, or 6 months general experience in the field of law
enforcement methods and techniques. .
The basic entrance rate of pay is approximately $11,000 per year.
Panama Canal Spillway, November 22, 1974.
Compensations for Federal Retirees Annuitants Get 113% in
Raises in 12 years! An increase of more than 100 percent in your
monthly paychecks in 12 years is something that happens to few
people, but it is exactly what is happening to Federal employees who
retired prior to January 1, 1963. A law passed in October, 1962, was
designed to preserve the purchasing power of retired U.S. Govern-
ment employees and remove the economic uncertainties of living on a
fixed income. The result has been 14 automatic cost-of-living pay ad-
justments since Janaury 1, 1963 with a 15th increase to be effective
on January 1, 1975. .
Translated into dollars and cents for every $100 retirees received
prior to January 1, 1963, they will be receiving $214.83 after January
1, 1975. The SPILLWAY, December 6, 1974.
Wit4 Deep #orrow
Ie announce the beaths of the following:
Mr. Arthur G. Berude died in Laguna Hills, California, on
January 27, 1975, following a short illness. He is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Florence Berude, one son, Admiral John B. Berude, and
Mrs. Blanche M. Bleakley, widow of Charles L. Bleakley
(Roosevelt Medal), died on January 1, 1975, in Opa-Locka, Florida.
Mrs. Bleakley would have been 93 years of age on January 8th. She is
survived by two daughters, Gladys Bleakley Samples (born January
4, 1906 the first American girl to be born at Matachin, Canal Zone,
now under the lake); Blanche Bleakley Marks, of Roscoe, New York;
19 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grand-
Mrs. Nell Buechele, 84, died December 2, 1974, in Sarasota,
Florida. Mrs. Buechele is survived by her daughter, Mrs. B. I.
Everson, of Sarasota, Florida.
Mrs. Lola Conger, 83, widow of Marine Corps Maj. Edward H.
Conger, died December 6, 1974, in Bethesda Naval Hospital. She was
born in Panama City, Panama. Mrs. Conger is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Arthur D. Sullivan, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and two
Mr. Ralph L. Davis, 56, a senior conductor of the Panama
Railroad, died November 1, 1974, in Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Davis was
born in Colon Hospital and spent his whole life on the Zone. Surviving
him are his wife, Mrs. Marion (Journey) Davis; two daughters, Mrs.
Karen Pyeott, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Mrs. Bonnie L. Dolan, of
Balboa, Canal Zone; and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Gladys E. Detamore, of Staunton, Virginia, died on January
31, 1975. Mrs. Detamore was the widow of Wayne Detamore, who
died February 4, 1972. She is survived by a son, Thomas M. Stewart,
Panama Canal Zone; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. C. W. Dilfill, 87, who worked on the Canal from 1906-1914,
passed away in Delray Beach, Florida, on November 23, 1974.
Mrs. Carolyn Zupp Dombrowsky, died October 7, 1974, in
Lakeland, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Dale A.
Dombrowsky, who was born and grew up in the Canal Zone, and two
sons, Scott and Jason.
Mr. John M. Esbenshade, passed away on December 19, 1974, in
the Veterans' Administration Hospital in Miami, Florida. He is
survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen M. Esbenshade.
The Reverend Raymond Tuttle Ferris, former Dean of the
Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, Canal Zone, died November 10, 1974, in
Toledo, Ohio. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Kate Ferris,
and two daughters, Margaret Frances and Catherine Louise.
Mrs. Kay Fisher, 54, died on January 1, 1975, in Memphis,
Tennessee, after open heart surgery. Mrs. Fisher, the daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. Herbert L. Phillips, was well known in the Canal Zone. After
graduating from Cristobal High School in 1937, she entered law school
in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee. She was Assistant
District Attorney in the Canal Zone for several years. After leaving
the Canal Zone, she was an attorney for the National Labor Relations
Board for seven years in Memphis. Mrs. Fisher is survived by her
husband, Eugene F. Fisher and a daughter, Donna, of Memphis; two
brothers, Roy S. Phillips of Memphis, and Dr. James D. Phillips, of
Panama City, Florida; a sister, Mrs. R. S. Henderson, Monument,
Colorado; and her mother, Mrs. H. L. Phillips of 922 Manito Street,
Memphis, Tennessee, 38117.
Mrs. Kathryn Stapf Glancey (Kathryn Powell), 73, died in
Sunland, California, on August 2, 1974. She is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Edith Stapf Dillon, of Lexington, Kentucky, and Mrs.
Lois Stapf Mauer, of Sunland, California; a sister, Mrs. Edith Engelke,
of Bentonville, Arkansas; two brothers, Arnold Powell, of Portland,
Oregon, and Bronson B. Powell, of Dunedin Beach, Florida; and eight
Mr. Fred E. Gnatz, died recently in Toms River, New Jersey. He
made his home in Whiting. From 1907 to 1909, Mr. Gnatz participated
in the construction of the Panama Canal.
Mrs. Theresa Goulet, 87, widow of Arthur Goulet, former General
Manager of the Commissary Division, passed away on January 16,
1975, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Mrs. Goulet (Mary Macel Butler)
went to the Canal Zone in 1908 with her parents. After the death of
her husband, Mrs. Goulet worked on the Canal Zone, and before
leaving the Isthmus she was the housemother at the girls' dorm.
Mrs. Goulet is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Macel Thomson,
Memphis, Tennessee; Mrs. Mary Zagone, Alamogardo, New Mexico;
Margaret R. Goulet, St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Theresa Wright,
Cape Canaveral, Florida; two sons, Arthur, South Bend, Indiana, and
Leo, Fremont, Michigan; 19 grandchildren and a number of nieces and
Mrs. Helen F. Heim, 65, passed away on January 18, 1975, in
Manatee Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Florida heart complica-
tions. She is survived by her sister, Isabel M. Nichols and brother-in-
law, William E. Nichols both retired from Panama Canal service
and other Government service. The Nichols reside at 1612 Juniper
Avenue, Solvang, California 93463.
Mr. Juan Hidalgo, 78, a retired Marine Bureau employee,
formerly of the Gamboa Signal Station, died suddenly on October 28,
1974, at Gorgas Hospital of a heart attack. Mr. Hidalgo is survived by
his wife, Josephine (or Josefita); a daughter, Wilma; a son, William;
and five grandchildren all reside on the Isthmus with the exception
of the oldest grandson who lives in Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Bertha (Bert) Hiter, passed away in Ridgeway, Virginia,
where she has been living with her son and family.
The December RECORD to Mr. J. E. Huddleston, Melrose,
Florida, was returned with the notation, "Deceased."
Mrs. Katherine Kirchmier, widow of Edward T. Kirchmier, died
in Chesapeake, Virginia, in April, 1974. She is survived by a daughter,
Captain Katherine Kirchmier, of San Antonio, Texas; a son, Edward
T. Kirchmier, of Hollywood, Florida; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Jane (Calvit) Knapp, widow of Herbert R. Knapp, passed
away on December 25, 1974, in Lake Jackson, Texas. In recent years,
Mrs. Knapp has made her home with Miss Constance Sundquist in
Lake Jackson. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Harrison, of
San Diego, California, and Mrs. Clara Hall, of Houston, Texas; and
several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Vera M. Aitken Lovelady, 67, (nee Jeffries) a former
long-time resident of the Canal Zone died at her home in Cocoa,
Florida, on Thanksgiving Day, 1974. Born in England, she had been a
resident of the Canal Zone since early childhood, retiring as telephone
supervisor for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1965. She is survived by
two sons, Curtis B. Jeffries, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, and Roy W.
Jeffries, of Fort Rucker, Alabama, and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Dess E. McKay, widow of Captain Osborne E. Mckay, a pilot
on the Canal until his retirement in 1942, passed away in April, 1974.
At the time of her death, she was living with a sister in Johnstown,
Pennsylvania. Information from Mrs. Charlotte Herr, Avon,
Mr. Leonard Mann, passed away on November 25, 1974, in San
Antonio, Texas. He suffered a fatal stroke on the 22nd and never
regained consciousness. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Wanda
Mr. Maxwell Michael passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida, on
January 7, 1975. Services were held in Pennsylvania. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Vivian Stutzman Michael, of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Beatrice I. Minnix, 71, a former resident of the Canal Zone,
died on January 4, 1975, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Survivors include
her husband, Mr. Raymond E. Minnix, of St. Petersburg; three
daughters, Mrs. Virginia Rodgers, St. Petersburg; Mrs. Lillian
Haggen, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Mrs. Marian Campbell, Balboa,
Canal Zone; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Katherine Courtney O'Hearn, 87, widow of Matthew C.
O'Hearn, a former United Fruit Company excecutive, passed away on
September 11, 1974, in Bethesda, Maryland. She is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Douglas J. Titus and Mrs. Gordon W. Daisley, Jr.,
both of Chevy Chase, Maryland; two sons, Matthew C., Jr., of
Cleveland, Ohio, and John C., of San Francisco, California.
Mr. Winfield W. Patton, who was a motor inspector with the
Electrical Division in Cristobal, Canal Zone, died in a hospital in
Florida in September. Information from Richard Dinkgreve, Metairie,
Mrs. Ruth M. Phillips, age 92, died December 20, 1974, in Laguna
Hills, California. She is survived by her husband, John F. Phillips, and
son, Noble A. Phillips, of Laguna Hills; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred
P. Kline, of Tustin, California; and Mrs. Betty R. Gerhardt, of
Maracaibo, Venezuela; four grandchildren and five great-grandchil-
dren. She and her husband lived in Gorgona from 1905 until 1914.
Mr. Edward Thomas Piper, 76, died in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on
December 16, 1974. Mr. Piper, whose parents were Old Timers, lived
mostly in Pedro Miguel, left the Canal Zone about 1920. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Marie Piper of Hot Springs; three daughters, Betty
Godbehere, of Hot Springs, Lt. Col. Marian Piper, of Shreveport,
Louisiana, and Ann Givens, of Fort Worth, Texas; and three
Mr. Charles N. Powell, 62, died suddenly due to a massive heart
attack on December 17, 1974, in Salem, Virginia. He is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Virginia B. Powell; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Sue Walker,
Mrs. Katherine P. Dorrier, Mrs. Charlene P. Watson and Mrs. Marie
P. Morris; one brother and one sister.
Mr. Max Protzel passed away in San Diego in the fall of 1974,
according to word received from Dorothy and Arthur Cotton, who
knew Mr. Protzel in 1927 in Cristobal. He was working for the
Commissary Divison when he retired to San Diego. Information
from the California report.
Mr. Jacob F. (Jack) Reinig, 86, passed away in Highland Park,
Illinois, in a nursing home on August 9, 1974. After his retirement in
1949, he resided in Hot Springs, Arkansas, until the death of his wife
in 1967. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ed Fucik, Highland Park,
Illinois, and a son, William, New Rochelle, New York; six grandchil-
dren and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Nellie Margaret Riddell, passed away in Jacksonville,
Florida, on January 20, 1975. She was born in the Panama Canal Zone
where her parents were among the first U.S. citizens to take up
residence there in 1905. Her father was an engineer in construction
work. Survivors include one daughter, Carol J. Fischer and one son,
William George Riddell.
Captain Clifton W. Ryter, a retired employee of the Dredging
Division and a long-time resident of Gamboa, Canal Zone, passed away
on November 26, 1974, in Leesburg, Florida. He is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Virginia Dow, West Hartford, Connecticut, and Mrs.
Margaret Saarinen, Balboa, Canal Zone; and his son, Donald Ryter, of
Winter Park, Florida.
Mrs. Charlotte Sarah Schloming, 83, a resident of Albuquerque,
New Mexico, died on November 23, 1974 in Albuquerque. She is
survived by two daughters, Miss Beatrice Schloming and Isabel
Cummings, both of Albuquerque, a brother, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Bernadine N. Stewart, 76, died January 16, 1975, in San
Antonio, Texas. She was the widow of the late Charles N. Stewart,
retired Fire Inspector, Canal Zone. She is survived by a son, Thomas
M. Stewart, Panama Canal Zone; three grandchildren and one
Mr. Michael W. Taylor, 35, a legal investigator and tax
consultant, son of Mrs. Vernon L. Shafer (the former Catherine
Hopkins) and the late William L. Taylor, of Balboa, Canal Zone, died
January 24, 1975, in San Diego, California. Mr. Taylor grew up in the
Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School in 1957. He was
graduated from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and
had degrees from Western University College of Law, and his Juris
Doctorate from Pacific Cabrillo University College of Law. He was a
veteran of the Vietnam war. i Surviving Mr. Taylor are his wife,
Renee, of 3596 Curlew Street, San Diego, her two children, his
grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Noonan Doyle, his mother, all of San Diego;
and two sisters, Mrs. Thomas G. Ashton (Layne Taylor), of Lima
Peru, and Mrs. Louis J. Pitney (Susan Taylor) of The Hague, Holland.
Mr. Fred Yaeger, of Houston, Texas, passed away on January
28th at his home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Jo (Lowe)
Yaeger and other relatives.
The remains of an old French railroad dump car, lengths of
antique rail and an assortment of handtools left from the French Canal
construction days were uncovered at the site of the October 10th slide
in East Culebra Reach. Lawrence M. Drennan, civil engineer who
serves as project coordinator for the stabilization of the slide,
recognized the possible historic value of the find. The area was
probably used as a railroad yard by the French. .
Each of the two sets of wheels from the French dump car weighs
approximately 11/4 tons and all are in good condition. Two plaques
were taken from the remains of the dump car. One bears the word
"Fourchambau .", the date "1884" and below that the word
"France."... Other items were found and also some material that as
yet has not been identified. The Panama Canal Spillway, November
Mr. Emmett 0. Kiernan, former electrical supervisor of the
Pacific Locks and founder of the Fastlich Baseball League in the Canal
Zone, earned an award from the Westbrook Elks from the Grand
Lodge of the Elks for the most outstanding youth program of the
community. The Youth Activities Committee of the Westbrook Elks,
under his leadership was selected as having the best program for
youth in the state and took the state of Connecticut Championship at
the Elks Convention at Miami Beach. Panama Canal Spillway,
November 22, 1974.
PANAMA PROBLEM The following article was printed in the
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES through the courtesy of Mrs. Blanche
Briscoe, of St. Petersburg "Some 36 low-grade civilian employes have
been told by the Canal Zone Army Command they must vacate before
December 31, 1974. Most are civilian veterans of one or two American
wars. In March, 130 more families must vacate. Between 1969 and
1971, 232 sets of substandard civilian quarters were torn down. Until
1968 civilians lived in quarters constructed with funds appropriated
by Congress expressly for them. Now Army personnel share these
quarters. These eviction notices were issued to 268 civilians and gave
them until February, 1975. Plans were changed, but all must leave by
March, 1975. The Panama Canal Co., Balboa, has allowed many
citizens of Panama to hold quarters. Why not have these persons
return to Panama and use these quarters for Army American
Local No. 14 of the AFGE has formed a housing committee
pledged to fight the evictions. Throngs of civilian employes of the
Army have joined and pledged $100 each to retain legal counsel."
James J. O'Donnell contacted Mrs. Briscoe and stated that there
were several hundred retired Zone employes living in the St.
Petersburg area, and he asked that she take the time to do two things;
(1) Send the enclosed news release to the editor of your most popular
newspaper and ask him to publish all or part of the story. (Actually,
only a part of the material submitted was published); (2) Please write
to your Senators and Representatives about this problem. Lawton
Chiles, United States Senate in a letter dated December 31, 1974,
expressed his appreciation to Mrs. Briscoe for bringing the situation
to his attention and also stated, "I have brought your concern along
with my own to the attention of the Secretary of the Army. ."
Mr. O'Donnell expressed his appreciation to Mrs. Briscoe for
doing a good job and wrote, "Today is Wednesday, January 1, and the
people were to be out of their homes as of yesterday, but they are still
Bill Grady, Legislative Representative for the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., not only keeps members informed on the Cost
of Living increases but provides a recipe for the popular La Venta
Cocktail, a favorite of the many Zonians who often enjoyed the beach,
hospitality AND LA VENTAS at the Keirulffs in the Interior. He
comments, "They are still wonderful. If you are interested they go like
this. Syrup, 1 part, Lemon Juice 1 part, Chianti Wine 2 parts,
Light Rum 3 parts. Stir until sugar dissolves; pour over ice and just
sit back and sip." 48
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
We had scarcely recovered from the hub-bub and excitement of
the holidays before the stores were offering their Spring wares,
including seeds and canning supplies!!! Winter has not really hit
Northwest Arkansas yet so this all seems a bit like rushing the
season!! However, we have learned not to tempt Fate by making
braggadocious statements on the future weather in our area so we
shall desist from further comment except to say that we have had
marvelous weather TO DATE!!
There have been a few adventuresome souls who took off to other
climes for the holidays. In December, Petie and Carl Maedl drove to
California to spend Christmas with their daughter, Pam and husband,
Vincent Gutowski, in Los Angeles. They met their new grandson,
Carl, born on November 22nd and enjoyed the chance to be again with
their granddaughter, Jennifer, age 2. Surprisingly, the smog lifted
while they were there, and though it was windy and cool at first, they
enjoyed being able to see the mountains. The highlight of their visit
was a chance to tour the John Paul Getty Museum. On their way home
to Springdale, the Maedls stopped by to see Claudio and Margaret
Iglesias and son, David, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Rhoda and Ray
Brians, of Sun City, Arizona. A part of their itinerary included a
chance to explore Tucson and the Carlsbad Caverans. Snow and icy
roads in Texas, however, stalled further explorations, and they
scurried home to the relative warmth of Springdale.
Frances and Luke Palumbo, of Fayetteville, returned safely from
their visit with their daughter, Sara Reed, husband Don, and two
grandsons, in Steilacoom, Washington. Luke was exuberant over
their trip, which included his first baptism with snow in nearly 30
years!! They met this condition in Portland, Oregon, where they
visited the Tom Marshes. Chains had to be used in going through the
mountains, though they had thought that they would miss bad
weather by returning via the Needles, California. Flagstaff was like
glass, but they came through without any trouble and enjoyed the
challenges it presented!! All Canal Zonians are good troupers, no??
Carl and Helen Newhard spent two weeks in December with
their son, Sam, and his family in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fortunately,
for them, the snow was light for the season of the year. Christmas
morning was enjoyed with their granddaughters, Carolyn and Nancy,
and in the afternoon, the families took off for Battle Creek, Michigan.
There, they all had Christmas dinner with Carl and Helen's oldest son,
Bruce, and his family. Carl and Helen remained in Battle Creek
through the New Year for two more weeks. They attended two
ice-hockey games in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and watched a basketball
game and their cheerleader granddaughter, Kristina, perform. Carl
even went sledding with his four grandchildren more fun!
Odd bits and pieces of news came drifting to this reporter at our
monthly Sip and Sew Club. Dorothy and Bruce Sanders drove to
Midland, Michigan, to visit her sister during the holidays, but the
"flu" bug bit them all, so they returned to Bentonville after only a
stay of a week and a half. The Howard Engelkes went to the Canal
Zone Reunion and from there flew to the Zone to visit one of their
sons. Etta Fay and Glynn Terrell were glad to have their daughter,
Andrea and husband, Paul Oliver, spend New Year's with them.
Audre Dugan visited her sister in King City, Missouri, at Christmas
and said that she returned home on two very crowded buses!
We had Sunday dinner at the Holiday Inn and ran into the
Burtons and Whitlocks. We met the Whitlock's daughter, Jacqueline
Stringer, who spent the Christmas holidays with her parents. Son,
Edward, had also been there. It's always good to have family around
on Christmas! And, another joy is to be able to call, direct, to talk with
those absent!! Minnie Burton said that Madeline and Alton White had
stopped by to see them. The Whites went from there to White Sands
to see their daughter, Jean-Ann.
The Harry Butzes and Esther drove to Catoosa, Oklahoma, to
spend Christmas with Peter and family. It was a gala occasion when
Janice's family from El Reno joined us for Christmas dinner 13 in
all, in a mobile home. Surprisingly, there seemed to be plenty of room
- love simply expands any area, no? Just recently, Harry flew to
Panama because of the news that his father, 90-year-old Leonard, had
broken his hip! Three years ago he had broken one and through
Harry's dedicated efforts, mended well. Now we are hoping that
Leonard will recover again, as well.
And so a New Year has started and as the frost glitters and
sparkles in the early morning, we look forward to the coming of
Spring (it's just around the corner) and hope that everyone's gardens
flourish and bloom, and that the year is a good one for everyone. -
Lenor Butz Reporter.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
One hundred and eighteen members and guests enjoyed our
pre-holiday season luncheon on November 17, 1974, at the Ports O'Call
Restaurant, in San Pedro. For entertainment, David Smith, accom-
panied by Roy Ballard, at the piano, sang some tunes one developed
especially for the occasion was called, "You Don't Pick de Mango from
Papaya Tree." Bill and Dot (Hoffman) Allen showed a film entitled
"Panama Crossroads of the World," which was filmed in 1958 by
Dorothy and Dwight Nichols .
Bill and Dot Allen regularly participate in activities at Leisure
World in Seal Beach. Bill resurrected his trombone and plays in both
the L. W. Community Orchestra and El Bekal (Long Beach) Shrine
Band. Last June they went east to visit Dot's brother, Carl Hoffman,
in Rochester, New York, and helped Dot's Aunt Edythe and Uncle
Raymond Hoffman celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. During
the 47-day trip (1,827 miles), they made many stops along the way.
1974 was an important year for Florence and Arthur Berude. "We
attended the graduation exercises at UCLA when our grandson, John
Berude, received his D.D.S. degree. On June 1st, he was commission-
ed Lieutenant USNR and is at present serving a one-year internship
at the Oakmond Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. On August
10th, he was married to Miss Vickey Berry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Jim Berry of La Mirada, California. Our daughter-in-law attended the
wedding with us; unfortunately, our son, Admiral John B. Berude,
who is at present Ship Yard Commander at the U.S. Naval Base,
Charleston, South Carolina, was unable to come, but was our
houseguest recently. We also became great-grandparents for the
second time when Mr. and Mrs. Robert Noble, Jr. (Tish, the oldest
grandchild) had their first son on September 21st. They are living in
Olmsted Falls, Ohio.
"We just enjoyed a visit here with our second granddaughter,
Catherine (Kate), who has been in Rome for the past two years with
the United Nations; she is employed as a computer programmer with
the Fisheries Project and is being transferred to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
for a year. While in Rome, she was sent on many inspection trips to
Nigeria, Ghana, Vietnam and Brazil.
"Our fourth grandchild, William Berude, graduated from Charles-
ton High School in June and is attending the University of South
Carolina. During the summer, he enjoyed a visit with Kate in Rome.
"One happy event for me was seeing Margo Atwood Sullivan at a
Women's Golf Luncheon. Margo and I both worked at the Pan Canal
Press at Mt. Hope in the 1940's. Margo is the wife of Captain John
Sullivan, USN (Ret.) and lives at Los Alamitos, California."
Trips to Hawaii Vivian and Harry Corn send greetings "This
is the place for two old tropical birds to spend the winter. Both able to
enjoy swimming and golf." Virginia and Hank Dolim and Virginia's
mother, Mrs. Julia Ridge, planned to go to Hawaii with their
daughter, Diane, her husband, Tim, and two children. After their
return on January 5th, their son, Herk and family will visit them after
21/2 years in Okinawa. After a few weeks, they will go to Homestead
AFB near Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Jerome F. Evans (Inez) planned to attend her first Reunion
in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is delighted that Mrs. Erma Forbes,
who recently bought a condominium in Sun City, will again be her
neighbor. They were next-door neighbors on Ridge Road, Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone, for over 12 years!
Dr. and Mrs. Willard French (Marge) moved into their new home
in Leisure World, Laguna Hills just before Thanksgiving. "Lucille and
Steve Fulop spent Christmas with us it's nice to be close to some of
our family. We are planning to leave for Panama for a visit around
Lucille and Steve Fulop enjoyed having their son and his wife,
Doug and Pauline, with them for a ten-day visit in December while
they were on leave from the Canal Zone.
Ann and Al Houston left in early December to spend about two
months in New Orleans then on to the Canal Zone for a visit.
Lilybel and Lee Kariger spent the holidays with their daughter,
Nancy Jorstad, and her children in Bremerton, Washington.
Mildred and Paul Kline traveled last fall by the AMTRAK
"Celebrity Train" to Las Vegas with Virginia and Martin Seiler a
champagne party at the Los Angeles railroad station put everyone
into the right mood for a jolly train ride! In October, Nita and Rusty
Jones of Palo Alto were guests of Mildred and Paul.
Mrs. Fred Fitch, in her late nineties, writes that she still lives
alone in Berkeley and is doing very well.
Ora and Art O'Leary are fine. Art is working in real estate and
loves every minute of it.
Milton and Chubby Wright had a fairly busy year gardening by
Milton, putting up fruits and vegetables for the freezer by Chubby,
taking short trips and entertaining out-of-town visitors in between.
. "Spent a few days in Las Vegas in May to celebrate our 40th
anniversary. Chubby was so happy to see Helen Petersen and her
daughter, Eileen, for the first time in 23 years at the November
Bertha and Dick Capps, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, visited relatives
near Sacramento in October. They are happy in Shawnee near their
family now have four great-grandchildren! They visit the Herb and
Howard Engelkes in Bentonville, Arkansas, often.
Nancy Norton Carter (BHS '40) and her mother, Mrs. Bess
Norton, of San Diego, visited Olga and Florita Frost recently. Nancy
is teaching in San Diego.
Mary and Bill Cronan, Santa Maria, California, hope to join us at
our get-togethers after they are really classified as "retired" Bill is
working as a guard at Columbia Records, and teenagers, Will and
Mary, are at home.
Mr. and Mrs. John Laurie (Grace McCaslin, BHS '40) and family
of Palo Alto are fine. Their son, Jon, and daughter, Margaret, are
busy with their school work and music.
Loretta Metivier, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, enjoys reading the
CANAL RECORD from cover to cover. Her son, George, is a
photographer and lives in Long Beach, California. She says she still
gets homesick when she recalls the days when she worked with Faye
Wheeler, Jack and others in the Admin's Accounting Division.
NEWS via Joan de Grummond from Around the United States.
Nellree and Ernie Berger, Signal Mountain, Tennessee, traveled
quite a bit in '74 to St. Pete for the Canal Zone Reunion and then
back there in August. They visited relatives and friends in Chicago,
John and Margie Haky in Pennsylvania; Corky and Bob Snyder in
Ohio. Nellree went to Hawaii for nine days in November with her
mother, dad, and a cousin "the foliage made me homesick for my
garden in the Canal Zone."
Ann and Jack Bain, St. Louis, Missouri, celebrated their 25th
wedding anniversary on November 19th. Jack's mother, Mrs. Wallace
C. Bain (Ruth Jenkins) came up from Florida with Mrs. John Stevens
(Dorothy Allen) for the celebration. Ruth later visited her daughter
and family, Pat and Jackie Devore in Arkansas.
Shirley and Dick Cox and son Kevin, Charlottesville, Virginia,
and their son Brian, Baltimore, planned to spend Christmas with
daughter, Kathleen, in Pennsylvania. Kevin and Dick are going to
college, so Shirley has become a housemother "It's fun and I don't
mind staying at home; it gives me time to do many of the things I
really want to do."
Mrs. Richard F. Daniel (Helen), Youngstown, Arizona, spent last
summer in Wisconsin and will return there in May to attend the
graduation of her son-in-law from the University of Wisconsin
business school. Helen will undergo cataract surgery of the left eye
Mrs. Walter Fischer (Helen), Cookeville, Tennessee "Jo Ann
received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Tennessee
Technological University graduating with high distinction. Walter's
sister, Ethel, came down from Milwaukee for the occasion; then we all
(Jo Ann, John, and daughters, Melissa and Valerie, Ethel and I) left
for a trip to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, Virginia. I then
visited in Wisconsin in late September."
Mrs. Ann Jackson, Kooskia, Idaho "There are only three
families from the Zone in Idaho John Bruland up north, the George
Fullmans, in Moscow, and us. This is a beautiful state! I get the
CANAL RECORD from St. Pete so keep up on the news as much as I
can Don't get around too well; have a bad back."
Anna and Mickey Kiernan, Old Lyme, Connecticut, are very well.
Last year Mickey was appointed Youth Activity Chairman for the
Westbrook Elks. In August, they celebrated Mickey's 70th birthday,
but he doesn't believe it and keeps right on with his youth work! .
Anna and Mickey spent Thanksgiving with Berta and her family. Ray
is still in the Government Service. On December 7th, Mickey was
honored for being a member of the I.B.E.W. for 50 years!
Lois Morgan says the winter snows are really heavy around
Toledo, Ohio. She enjoys conducting talks on Panama. "For daytime
talks, I give a little show-and-tell. Molas really fascinate people I
wish I had bought hundreds of them." Lois reported that Betty
Dahlem (former Canal Zone teacher) is teaching at Wayne State
Bess (Stapleton) and Walt Morton, Prospect, Oregon Walt says
he retired around September, and he will have to do all those
distasteful things like hunting, fishing or just plain doing nothing. But
from what we read, they both are busy with their big garden and
preserving vegetables for the winter. They have a mini "egg farm"
with 13 chickens. Also keep busy with the Lions Club activities and
Bess still working with the Ranger Station Office. Mom (Naomi
Liebler) has been traveling again. Margaret met her in Albuquerque;
then, they flew on to Pinehurst, North Carolina, where the Daltons
are now living. She stayed there several weeks and then flew on to
Washington, D.C. where she visited her brother, John Turner, and his
wife, Mildred; they really kept her hopping. She had to get back to
Monrovia, California, to rest up!
Ed and Shirley Smith O'Connor, Gaithersburg, Maryland, were
looking forward to their family being together for the holidays.
"Kevin arrives from Georgia Tech he's on an ROTC scholarship and
looking forward to his summer cruise with the Navy. Michael was
selected to be a 'Roses Volunteer', who serve as Honor Guard to the
Governor of Texas.... Mary spent a wonderful month in Panama last
summer. 'Mr. Football', Dan, spent a week at football camp at the
University of Maryland last summer. Patrick, going on fifteen is a joy
to all the family. Ed travels occasionally and particularly enjoyed a
trip to Lebanon, Greece and Italy last summer. Our mothers are fine
and will be here soon for the holidays. I had a nice surprise last
February, when my brother, Bruce, arrived; I hadn't seen him in 14
FLORIDA NEWS A straight line may be the shortest distance
between two points but in spite of a somewhat circuitous route, the
news was received before the deadline date courtesy of Joan
Mrs. John T. Barrett (Helen Kotalik) had a busy year with two
weddings "Mark in June to his college sweetheart, Juli. She is
lovely and fits in our family. Then Susan to Bob Cecil in Washington,
D.C. in August a super son-in-law. Matt graduated from high school
in June and is now at the University of Florida where Sally is a junior.
My sister and her husband, Rita and Perry Washabaugh, are still
retired 'on the road' in their camper and spent most of the winter with
me. My mother is in a Catholic Home and doing pretty well."
Foy and Kerner Frauenheim, former members of the California
Society, enjoy their new home in Seminole, Florida, very much. They
traveled to the Canal Zone in early December for the wedding of their
son, Neil, to Darlene Daly.
Margaret and Hilton Hughes, Dunnellon, Florida, drove to
Canada in their camper last summer and spent two and a half months
beating the heat in the cool, beautiful northwest territories.
Virginia and Louie Kleefkens, of Tampa, Florida, arrived in
Margarita, Canal Zone, on November 1 for a visit with their daughters
and their son and families Leida and Elbert Ridge and children,
Johnnie, Lori, and Alan; Ginny and Bill Rankin and family; and Walter
and Suzanne Kleefkens and family. Walter was married on November
9th to Suzanne Robinson (John and Mary Urey's oldest daughter).
Suzanne has two daughters, Cathy, 9, and Jenny, 8.
Margaret and Elmer Nordstrom, Titusville, Florida, are enjoying
their retirement all their family visited during their first year in
Florida George and Sue in October; Mary Ann and Duff for a week
over Thanksgiving; Will and Nancy while others were visiting and
over all holidays. Sister Helene visited for two and half weeks in
August. Then Margaret and Elmer visited his brother, George, and
family in Indianapolis and then went to Chicago, Cape Cod, New
Jersey and New York. They spent a few hours in Sarasota and saw
Mary Orr, Billie Galloway, and the Kanes. They also visited with
Nellree and Ernie Berger in Tennessee on their way north. Canal
Zone visitors to date are Bill Wigg, Bill and Marian Hall, Clara and
Jack Brayton, and Oscar Dupre. Joan R. de Grummond, Secretary-
CANAL ZONE NEWS
News from Dorothy and Al Pate, Gatun, Canal Zone "We were
all delighted that mother, Mrs. Marie Wolf, of St. Petersburg was able
to be with us for the holidays. Our daughter, Debbie, who is attending
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, was also
home for the holidays. Debbie likes the University and the area very
much and says that she is a Panamanian Texan!
"We called Uncle Charlie (Holmelin) on December 24th to wish
him 'Happy Birthday' naturally, our holidays would have been
complete if he could have been with us. On January 6th our Debbie
was initiated into Royal Palm Chapter OES. All the officers did
outstanding work, but it meant a lot to Debbie to have her
grandmother participate in her initiation. Mother was Senior Past
Matron of Royal Palm while she lived here, and Debbie was the fourth
generation to be initiated into Royal Palm Chapter.
"It was wonderful to see so many friends from both sides of the
Isthmus and even some from the States Mrs. Winifred Compton
(Virginia) visiting her son Neal and family in Gatun; Mrs. Sara Rowley
(Clearwater, Florida) visiting son Skipper and family in Gatun; Mr.
Carl Starke (Sarasota, Florida) visiting June and Vic May in
"We are looking forward to seeing Beth and Bill Grady when they
arrive in Cristobal on their Caribbean cruise in February. We are also
expecting friends from Kerrville, Texas, Mary and Norman Apelt,
around the first of March."
When the Pates, accompanied by Mrs. Marie Wolf, attended
ladies' night at Sibert Lodge in Gatun, they were surprised to see
Edward P. Walsh, of Lakeland, Florida, who was the guest of honor.
Mr. and Mrs. Walsh and his daughter, who are on a trip, were
spending a few days at the Hotel Washington. Mr. Walsh has been a
member of Sibert Lodge for over 50 years. He was also celebrating his
77th birthday. Mrs. Ruth Egolf, Mrs. Marie Wolf and Mr. and Mrs.
Adrien Bouche all had a good time chatting together. Mrs. Wolf and
Mr. Walsh worked at the Commissary at the same time years ago. Ed
said, "Marie, you were a blonde then." The Walshes were going to
Costa Rica from the Zone.
MONEY (for new memberships) and NEWS!
both are APPRECIATED!!
Glenn and Gladys Lasher, Gatun, Canal Zone, who mailed 1975
dues for new subscriptions for two of their children also vividly
described the Canal Zone as of today. New subscriptions are for Mr.
and Mrs. Tim Lasher (Betty Gerhart) and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Curtin
(Betsey Lasher). See list of new members in this issue for addresses.
Tim Lasher is a former Canal Zone employee (Locks at Gatun) and
now is with the Army Corps of Engineers at McNary Dam. Betty
taught Fourth grade at Gulick Elementary School. Betsey is a
Cristobal High School graduate and earned her RN from Jackson
Memorial Hospital in 1972. The Curtins are the proud parents of
twins, Samantha and Michael.
"Needless to say the grandparents are very proud, also. We,
the grandparents, continue to plug away here on the Zone just
hoping against hope, I'm afraid, that we can stick it out for the few
more years we need for retirement. As you are doubtless aware, there
is very little of the 'old order' still here, and the inducements for being
a Zonian are almost a thing of the past thanks to what appears to
be a bleeding heart state department and a do-nothing Congress."
And, having forgotten to give Betsey's address in an earlier
paragraph, the address is added at the end with the remark: "Oops!
You see, I've missed one boat too many!!!"
Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Sears had Mrs. Sears' mother, Mrs. Ruth C.
Bathmann, and Mrs. Sears' sister, Patricia B. Jones, visiting in the
Canal Zone during October, 1974. Mrs. Bathmann, widow of Herbert
Bathmann, who worked for the Office of Engineers of the Panama
Canal for many years, resides in Glenrock, New Jersey. Mrs. Jones
(Patricia Bathmann O'Connell) taught Physical Education at the
Balboa High School and Junior College. She now resides in Corona del
Mar, California. This was her first trip back in over 20 years. Both
reveled in the sun and sea and enjoyed renewing old acquaintances
with friends still in the Zone.
Bea, Earl's wife, retired after 28 years' service working for the
U.S. Army in the Canal Zone in 1973. In December, 1974, Earl
followed suit. Shortly, they will be northward bound in their van
looking for a new home.
(From the California report) "Bea says that because of
enforcement of minimum wage to domestics on the Zone she had
relearned the 'rudiments' of housekeeping, changing her from a size
16 to size 10!"
Mrs. Jeanne R. Allen, administrative officer of the Marine
Bureau, has been promoted to the position of assistant to the Marine
Director. Mrs. Allen, the former Jeanne Rocker, was born in
Ancon and attended Canal Zone schools. Her father, Norman Rocker,
retired from the Panama Canal in the early 1950's as an administra-
tive officer in what today is the Engineering and Construction Bureau.
Her brother, Jack W. Rocker, is a chief engineer (tugs) in the Ports
Mrs. Allen is married to Harry H. Allen, Jr., a local attorney in
private practice. They have three children two sons and a daughter,
all living in the United States.
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
James and Virginia Wood, of St. Petersburg, Florida, were the
houseguests of the Gil Rowes and attended the South Florida
Luncheon held at the Governor's Club on November 24th.
At the luncheon, Bob Johnson was again re-elected President,
Lonnie Van Siclen and Ed Jones as the Board of Directors, and
Barbara Hutchings, the secretary. Movies of Panama and the Zone
were shown by the Panama Tourist Commission of Miami.
Arline Raymond, widow of Dr. Frank Raymond, stopped in Ft.
Lauderdale for a short visit en route home to Panama from a jaunt
around the world.
John and Jane Lombroia Burke were visitors at the home of
Jane's father, Bob Lombroia, recently. As they are both retired, they
were looking for a place to settle looks as if Dothan, Alabama, will
be their retirement home.
Among the folks from this part of Florida attending the Reunion
in St. Petersburg were the Frank Cunninghams, the Gilbert Rowes,
George Winquists and Barbara Hutchings.
Ann Winquist and Chris Hearon spent their Christmas vacations
with their respective parents, the George Winquists and Mrs. William
Mrs. Jack (Lila) Strumpf was a patient at Holy Cross Hospital, a
victim of the flu that is prevalent here. Also, at this writing, Armella
Hutchings is a patient in the hospital.
The Tom Alleys, of Wilmington, North Carolina, were the
houseguests of the Gil Rowes. Edith is Gil's sister. The usual Xmas
party at the Gil Rowes was a delightful one. Greatly missed was the
hosts' daughter, Pam, who is busy with wedding plans in February.
Another guest at the Rowes was Fred Ruble, brother of Armella
Freddy and May Weade and their young daughter Mary, drove to
Houston, Texas, for the wedding of Fred's sister, Helen Weade
Brown, to our Edwin C. Jones, of Ft. Lauderdale. After the wedding,
the Weades drove to Denver to spend Christmas with their son
Freddy and his wife, Barbara.
Bev Des Londes of the Coral Ridge Towers spent the Christmas
holidays in Houston, Texas, with friends.
Betty Crawford of Ft. Lauderdale was the houseguest of Betty
Malone of St. Petersburg and attended the reunion.
Breezing in on the last day of the convention was Eddie Jones
who joined his brothers and sister, who were in St. Petersburg,
attending the annual reunion. Barbara M. Hutchings.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
A number of people from this area went to the reunion in St.
Petersburg, and all reported having had a wonderful time.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke and Ruth and Ernest Zelnick
attended the reunion. While in Florida, they visited Tyke and Edie
Cotton, Bob and Elsie Smith, Rae and Joe Ebdon, Ed and Mary
Doolan in Sarasota and Jim and Edna Million in Jacksonville.
The Hoenkes are leaving in January to join their son Roger and
his wife, Jean, in Nashville, Tennessee, and all will drive to San Jose,
California. Roger has been transferred to San Jose with General
Electric. They will visit their daughter, Diana Bauer in Albuquerque
en route. While on the West Coast, the Hoenkes will go to Seattle to
visit Margaret and Merrill Will, former Zonians.
The John Runcks and Bea Tyrrell drove to Florida for the
reunion. Bea was a houseguest of the Horace Posts. John and
Marguerite visited with Dan and Lois Paolucci.
Mrs. Margaret Wanlass visited her son Clinton and family in
Memphis, Tennessee, for three weeks during the holidays. Clinton
was transferred to Memphis a year ago, and they enjoy living there
The Wendell Greenes visited with Mrs. J. C. Myrick in Raleigh,
North Carolina, for a few days in January.
Jack and Jean Dombrowsky were in Florida for a month to see
their new granddaughter, Cynthia Louise, born October 17th. Proud
parents were Barbara and Gordon Sanders. They also visited the Joe
Ebdons, Jim Millions and Jean and Max Sanders.
Bill and Ruth Tillman are leaving on January 24th to spend ten
days in the Canal Zone.
Gene (Sexton) and Wilton Clary left December 21st and spent the
holidays with Thyrza and Bill Russon in Miami. While there, they
spent a day in the Keys and had dinner with George and Stella
Bendixon in Key Largo.
Ernie and Ruth Zelnick are expecting a visit from their son, Dr.
Paul Zelnick, who is interning at Baylor Medical School in Houston,
Charlie and Carmen Howe had a family get-together on October
26th. It was the first time in nine years that all their children had been
together with them. Others who attended the celebration were the
Tillman family with their houseguests, Don and Helen Boostrom and
daughter, Tina; the Truman Hoenkes and son, Roger, and his wife,
Jean; and Joyce (Herring) and C. H. Stewart and sons.
Dot and George Hooper have moved from Red Bank, New
Jersey, to Columbus, North Carolina. Dot was a former nurse at
Gorgas, and George was on the Isthmus with Wilford and McKay.
Betty and Paul Bentz are living temporarily in an apartment in
Flat Rock, North Carolina, and will move into their apartment in
Carolina Village in March. They spent Thanksgiving week with their
son, Dr. Alan Bentz, in Stonington, Connecticut. Alan's son, Brooks,
was married to Patricia Ann Miale on January 4th.
Bob and Alice Roche drove to New Orleans in November and took
a round trip on the paddlewheel steamboat, Delta Queen, to
Vicksburg, Mississippi. While in New Orleans, they spent a most
enjoyable evening with George and Joan Fitzgerald. George is the
Marine Director for the Delta Queen.
George and Joan came up from New Orleans to spend the
holidays at their home at Lake Summit here in our beautiful
mountains. Alice H. Roche, Secretary (Record).
GREETINGS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS
The Panama Canal Society of Texas held a Christmas buffet and
exchange of gifts in the home of President Loreatha Schumacher on
December 14, 1974. Those attending had a grand reunion with friends
of Canal Zone days who now are retired and living in the Lone Star
state. Mrs. Pat Coakley, Sr., (Sweet Alice), of Grand Rapids,
Michigan, was our special guest. She was in Houston visiting Pat, Jr.
and wife. Thanksgiving Day, she had the misfortune of breaking her
left wrist and had to delay her flight to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
She spent the Christmas holidays in Colorado with her son, Jimmy
and family. Jimmy is retired from the Air Force, with rank of Major,
and presently is teaching.
Betty (Haldeman) and Cal Underwood stopped in Houston from
Dallas, Texas, where they had spent the Christmas holidays with
their son, Roy Underwood and his family. Before the Underwoods
returned to their home in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Houston
families (all related) had a reunion.
Myrtle and Lou Souder had their son, Murriell Lou, of New York
City, with them for Christmas and New Years. All had Christmas
dinner in the home of Helen Rae (Souder) and Bill McDougall. Home
for the holidays from her college in San Marcos, Texas, was Patty Lou
Irene and Lee Wright entertained Lillian Ryan, of Jay, New
York, during the month of February. While in Houston, she was with
many Canal Zone friends.
En route to visit their daughter, Mary Alice Kelly, and family,
who live in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mary Belle and Bobby Hicks were
the guests of Peggy Ellis. We pray that Mary Alice is now enjoying
good health once more.
Peggy Ellis reports a wonderful visit with the Bobby Hicks,
during the reunion and seeing many Canal Zone friends. From
Florida, she visited relatives in South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. David Tyssen (Carolyn Pollak), with daughters
Evelyn and Marilyn, spent the Christmas holidays in Sarasota,
Florida, with Carolyn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak. The
Tyssens live in Clifton, Texas. We are pleased to report that Mrs.
Tyssen was awarded first prize for her art entry in a contest
sponsored by all American Lutheran Churches of Texas. Her design,
which is very inspirational and beautiful, was used for the Lutheran
1974 Christmas seal. Donations have been made to the Lutheran
General Hospital, located in San Antonio. Texas.
Grace and Dallas Thornton have been "on the road" in recent.
months visited with the Howard Engelkes in Arkansas; Mickey La
Valle Klunder, of Ashland, Kentucky; Rose Johnson in Spartanburg,
South Carolina; Thanksgiving with Dallas' niece in Tennessee. After
returning to Houston, they were off again to San Antonio and
Kerrville, Texas, to see Canal Zone friends.
Betty and Bob Rathgeber recently spent a weekend with Mrs.
Wanda Mann in San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Nathan Levy recently had a nice visit from her daughter,
Charlotte, who lives in New York City.
Cards and notes will be most welcome by Mrs. Algernon Brown
(lone Kennedy) who has been seriously ill for many weeks in a
hospital but is now at home recuperating.
Best wishes to all Members. Here is a thought for the New Year.
"When you ask God for a Gift, be thankful if He sends not diamonds,
pearls and riches, but the LOVE of real true friends."
Y'all come to see we retired Canal Folks in Houston. We have
quite a city with the Astrodome, Nasa, third largest port in the
U.S.A., professional baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey
teams (won championship last season).
Texans really brag, don't they? Why not? Irene E. Wright,
INFLATION means, "Stop, Look, and Listen" for the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., with increased postal rates (more
coming), the constant upward rise in the cost of supplies, etc. The
Executive Board for the past two years has made every effort to
avoid an increase in dues the last increase was in 1971. But there
comes a time when just "effort" will not bring in the wherewithal to
pay our bills!! We cannot cut on personnel; currently the number of
paid employees of the Society is the same as when membership was
less than 1900 members. Today total membership is approximately
2,521 and new members coming in with each day's mail. To our
sorrow, however, we are losing members by deaths and must face the
fact that that situation will get worse with time. We cannot, as a
suggestion was made, cut out one issue a year to save money. We
would then jeopardize our Second Class Mailing Permit. When the
change was made from Bulk Mailing to Second Class, the cost of
mailing was reduced more than half.
BUT WE CAN REDUCE SOME COSTS!! Temporarily, at least,
instead of a picture on the Front Cover, the Seal will be used. Pictures
are an expensive phase of the RECORD, but we do feel that that
expense is justified within reason. We WANT THE NEWS, but
many articles should be reduced, omit descriptive passages, route
taken on trips, etc. It is news on just folks that we want many
details sent in are superfluous. The addition by the Editor of poems,
etc. is only done after the Record is set up at the printer, and fillers
are needed to utilize the cost of a full page.
Please check the Minutes of the Reunion Business Meeting for
details on the increase in membership fees from $5 annually to $7,
EFFECTIVE January 1, 1976. And, for emphasis, NOTE what Mr.
Grady said pertaining to the increase in retirees' checks within recent
ALL COLORED PICTURES DO NOT REPRODUCE; send black
and white, if possible!!!
Many thanks to reporters from the various states, and to ALL
who take the time to write or phone news to the Editor. On deaths,
send an obituary, if available.
The DEADLINE for the June issue is: To the Record Editor,
April 20th, ten days before the deadline to the printer on May 1.
NEW MEMBERS SINCE THE ANNUAL ISSUE
Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. William ....................... Box 145, Balboa
Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Allen S ......... ................... .. Box 251, Gatun
Coffey, M r. W T .............. ............................ Box 524, Balboa
Cooper, Capt. Gerold R .................................. .. Box 137, Margarita
Cox, Mr. and Mrs. W illiam H .............. ................... .. Box 292, Gatun
Dyer, Mr. and Mrs. J. C .............. .................... .. Box 2965, Balboa
Engelke, Mrs. Mary H .......... ....................... .. Box 353, Balboa
Finlason, Mr. and Mrs. John ....................... Box 585, Gamboa
Graham, Mr. Alfred J. ........... .................... Box.1421,Balboa
Kaufer, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore L ....... .. .............. Box 1372, Cristobal
McFarland, Mr. and Mrs. Edward ............................. Box 936, Balboa
Melant, Mr. Victor C ............. .......................... Box 1504, Balboa
Nolan, Mrs. Marina Brustmeyer ............................. Box 701, Curundu
Robison, M rs. C. Lucille ............. ........................ Box 141, Balboa
Sears, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W .................... .. Box 283, Coco Solo
Terwilliger, Mr. and Mrs. Albert G ......................... Box 1983, Cristobal
Tremblay, Miss Helen M ............. ..................... Box 103, Curundu
Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie D ..................... Box 463, Margarita
Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar R. ..................... P. 0. Box 556, Wetumpka 36092
Hayden, Mr. and Mrs. Paul ............. 210 Hollywood Blvd., Birmingham 35209
Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. (Budd) ....... 76 Llewellyn Avenue, Campbell 95008
Nall, Mrs. Hazel P ................ 1427 Rockledge Ln., #4, Walnut Creek 94595
Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Earl M ....... 1145 Barham Dr., Sp. 29, San Marcos 92069
Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Belle Jones) Trading Post SR, Box 110, Gould 80445
Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. ............ Star Route #5, Box 226, Dunnellon 32360
Botzenmayer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. ...... 9401 Catalina Drive, Bradenton 33505
Covington, Mr. and Mrs. Robert ................. 1500 Venera Avenue, Apt. 2-P,
Coral Gables 33134
Curtin, Mr. and Mrs. Mike ............... 10060 S.W. 152nd Terrace, Miami 33157
DesLondes, Mrs. Beverly ................... 3233 N.E. 34th Street, Apt. 1120,
Fort Lauderdale 33308
Dougherty, Mr. and Mrs. James F. .................... 16071 N.E. 14th Avenue,
North Miami Beach 33162
Feeney, Mr. and Mrs. Harold ..... 3255 Peace River Drive, Harbour Heights 33950
Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A.E. ........ 5740 Leesway Boulevard, Pensacola 32504
Hargy, Col. and Mrs. Francis R. ....... 3079 Cleveland Avenue, Ft. Myers 33901
Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Walter ............ 3835 Calliandra Drive, Sarasota 33580
Huldquist, Ms. Vonna ................ 4400 6th Avenue S., St. Petersburg 33711
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Simon B. ................ Orleander Street, San Mateo 32088
Landers, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. ............... 6553 Superior Avenue, Apt. 243
McNamara, Mrs. Robert J. (Marsha Sutherland) ........ 3604 Conquistador Drive
Matson, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. ................. P. 0. Box 1793, Largo 33540
Mizener, Mr. and Mrs. T. V. ......... 1709 Sherman Avenue, Panama City 32401
O'Brien, Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. ............... 748 Holly Lane, Plantation 33317
Parker, Mr. and Mrs. George W. ........... 550 1st Avenue South, Apt. 1402,
St. Petersburg 33701
Pettingill, Mr. and Mrs. John .................. 3233 N.E. 34th Street, Apt. 1411,
Ft. Lauderdale 33308
Powell, Mr. and Mrs. William J. ................ 1655 Mullet Court, Naples 33940
Rogers, Mr. Robert E. ..................... 220 S.W. 62nd Avenue, Miami 33144
Schommer, Mr. and Mrs. N. M. ............ 2008 Jessamine Court, Deltona, 32763
Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie ............. 230 Gardner Drive, Port Charlotte 33952
Shedlock, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. ......... 2316 37th Avenue N., St. Petersburg 33713
Slotkin, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer S. ......... 3423 Village Green Drive, Sarasota 33580
Tortorici, Mr. and Mrs. Pete ......................... Box 1412, Inverness 32650
Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. John C. ............... 8858 Byron Avenue, Surfside 33154
Watson, Mr. and Mrs. John S. .......5821 Churchill Ct., West Palm Beach 33405
Wikingstad, Mrs. R. N. .............. 4510 2nd Avenue S., St. Petersburg 33713
Zimmerman, Mrs. Madeline Wynne ......... 8283 139th Lane N., Seminole 33542
Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Billie B. .......... 2282 Hunting Valley Drive, Decatur 30033
Madden, Mr. and Mrs. Thornton ................. RR 1, Box 159, California 41007
Haines, Mrs. Elizabeth M. ............... 2902 Echodale Avenue, Baltimore 21214
Coyle, Mr. and Mrs. Francis B. .......... 5200 17th Avenue S., Minneapolis 55417
Armstrong, Mrs. Marian .................. 145 Wabash Avenue, Ferguson 63135
Rector, Miss Dorotha (Dot) .......... 913 3rd Avenue N., Great Falls 59401
Varon, Miss Flora .................... 1100 Alvarada Dr. S.E., Apt. 101
* Dwelle, Mr. Robert L. ...................... 550 Warren Road, Ithaca 14850
Marks, Mrs. Blanche M. ................... ....... P. 0. Box 452, Roscoe 12776
McDowell, Mr. and Mrs. John F. ............... 33 Taylor Road, Valhalla 10595
Walcott, Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. ............. 204-12 104th Avenue, Hollis 11412
Hooper, Mr. and Mrs. George A ...... Morgan Chapel Village, Rt. 1, Box 143 28722
Reinheimer, Capt. and Mrs. Walter A. .. 121 Third street, S.W., Long Beach 28461
Worley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. ................. 808 Ideal Way, Charlotte 28203
Otten, Mr. and Mrs. R. David .............. 4660 Belfast Drive, Columbus 43227
Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent .... 11898 Africa Acres Drive, Chesterland 44026
Lasher, Mr. and Mrs. Tim ...................... 815 W. Quince, Hermiston 97838
Blystone, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L., Sr. .. 1145 Chatfield Street, N.E., Aiken 29801
Hadstate, Mr. and Mrs. Norman E. ....... 117 Forest Circle, Summerville 29483
Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Paul H., Sr. ............ 1902 Pine Log Road, Aiken 29801
Stohrer, Mr. Andrew ................. Route 5, Everett Road, Lenoir City 37771
Arthur, Mrs. Margaret ................ 508 Sacramento Drive, Austin 78704
Fields, The Rev. and Mrs. John B. .................... Box 1585, Kerrville 78028
Knatz, Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee, Jr ................. 114 Little John Ct., El Paso 79924
Marek, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. ............... 108 Cynthia Drive, Kerrville 78028
Caldwell, Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. ........... 1200 Courthouse Road, Arlington 22201
Cronan, Mr. and Mrs. John D. ........... 12107 34th Avenue S.E., Everett 98204
Russon, Cmdr. and Mrs. W. L., Jr. ........ 7257 27th Avenue N.E., Seattle 98115
New Members after February 1, 1975, will be listed in the June issue of the RECORD.
The Isthmian College Club has published a book entitled "The
History of the Isthmian College Club." It was compiled by Mrs.
Dorothy B. Bowen and Mrs. Sharon D. Holland in conjunction with the
coming of the 50th anniversary of this club (1925-1975). Copies can be
obtained for $2.25 which includes postage from the Isthmian College
Club, Box 514, Balboa, Canal Zone. The Isthmian College Club will use
the funds to award a scholarship to a girl who wishes to further her
education in the United States Margaret J. Leigh (Ms.), Publicity
Chairman, Isthmian College Club.
Many retirees were members of the College Club when on the
Zone and enjoyed not only the monthly meetings but the study
groups. The book, which is dedicated to Mrs. Lewis B. Moore, traces
the origin of the Club by a group of women who in 1925 felt the need
for study programs and cultural opportunities which were not
available on the Zone in 1925. Affiliation with the College Club
enriched the lives of many women on the Zone. The granting of
scholarships to needy students since 1927 has enabled many to
continue their education beyond the high school level. Interesting
comments from many of the scholarship girls are included in the book.
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Early in February, Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall; Mrs. Della
Noonan, her houseguest, Mrs. Howard Finnegan of Colon, and Miss
Mary Orr drove to New Orleans for the February 7 sailing of the S. S.
Cristobal. Madge and John will visit their son and family, the John W.
Halls in Balboa; Della will be the houseguest of Peggy and Howard
Finnegan on the Atlantic Side and will stay in Diablo Heights with her
sister-in-law and nephew, Mrs. Mary Raymond and Frank Raymond
on the Pacific Side. The Halls and Della plan to return on February
25th sailing of the Cristobal. Mary Orr will stay with her brother-in-
law and sister, Fred and Marion Wells in Balboa for a longer visit and
return to Sarasota by plane.
Mrs. Walter M. Hartman flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a Thanks-
giving visit with her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leo McIntire and
two daughters. Blanche also visited her niece (Stella Boggs), and her
husband, Col. (USA ret.) J. D. DeMarr, in Arlington, Virginia and
with them, drove to Wilmington, Delaware for a visit with the
DeMarrs oldest son, James D. DeMarr, Jr., his wife and infant
daughter, Victoria Mary DeMarr.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr. accompanied by Rae's mother, Mrs.
Edith Eppley, drove to Maryland to visit their son and his wife, Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Ebdon. During their trip they also visited the
Harold J. Millions in Jacksonville, Florida and in Hendersonville,
North Carolina with Mrs. and Mrs. T. H. Hoenke.
Another son, Capt. Thomas J. Ebdon, III, stationed at George Air
Force Base, California, spent two weeks during the Christmas
holidays in Sarasota with his parents and his grandmother.
John (Bucky) Hall of Balboa visited in Sarasota with his
parents, John and Madge Hall, before going to Washington, D.C. and
later to Laporte, Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving with seventeen
members of his wife's family.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain had as their guest his sister-in-law,
Mrs. Nadine Cain of Coral Gables. Jay and Harry with Nadine and
Miss Irene Ladrack of Seminole spent a week at Sanibel Island.
Mrs. Alice Beck of St. Petersburg with her houseguest, Mrs.
Marion Armstrong, came to Sarasota for a visit with Mr. and Mrs.
John W. B. Hall, and with Madge, attended the weekly sewing group
at the home of Mrs. Robin Comer.
Mrs. and Mrs. George A. Walker of Balboa spent the Christmas
Holidays in their retirement home on Tee Road. Their daughter, Mrs.
Carole Peregoy and two sons of Richmond, Virginia, came to Florida
for two weeks and with her parents celebrated Christmas in New
Smyrna Beach with another daughter (Mickey) and family, the Martin
F. Fitzgeralds. While in Florida, Mabelle and Georgie with Mary Orr
also visited Mrs. Betty Malone in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Esther Moxon of Panama, Republic of Panama, was the
houseguest of Miss Mildred Neely and her mother, Mrs. Robert J.
Mrs. Frances Days Jones returned in January, in time for the
reunion, following a holiday visit in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her
son, Lt. Albert Jones, USN; his wife, Lola (Fraunheim), and their
daughters, Lisa and Tara.
Mrs. Lillian Ryan of Jay, New York, came to Florida for the
annual reunion and was the houseguest of Mrs. Ellen Connor of St.
Petersburg. She later came to Sarasota for a two-week visit with
Mary Orr. She continued on to Houston, Texas to visit Irene and Lee
Wright, and Windsor, Connecticut for a visit with her son, John Ryan,
his wife and two children.
Others here for the reunion included Mrs. Lottie Tinnin of Grand
Cane, Louisiana, the guest of Walter and Fronia Fender in Bradenton;
and Mrs. Margaret Orr of Newton, North Carolina, who stayed with
her sister in Bradenton. Both visitors were entertained by their many
friends in Sarasota.
Mrs. Carmela (Millie) Reccia of Torrance, California visited her
cousin, Mrs. Della Noonan, and with her attended her first Florida
reunion. While here, Della, Millie and Frances Jones drove to Fort
Lauderdale to visit other cousins. They also stopped in Pompano
Beach and reminisced with former Cristobal High School classmates,
the Donald C. MacNeils (Theresa Gallagher); the Leo J. MacNeils
(Euphemia Woolnough-ex-Gatunite) and Mrs. Helen Vineyard
Schroeder of Delaware.
In December, Mrs. Mina Dee moved from St. Petersburg to 3508
Coronado Drive in Sarasota. Later in the month she flew to Portland,
Oregon to spend Christmas with her son, William Lang; his wife, the
former Mary Jo Cole of Balboa, and their four children.
Jimmy Campbell of Coco Solo arrived in Sarasota in January for a
month's stay in his retirement home on Tee Road. While here, he
accompanied Jimmy and Nell Hickman of Clearwater to North Port
Charlotte for a visit with John and Dotty Kozar.
There were 33 members and guests when Frances Jones
entertained the C. Z. sewing group at her villa in Glen Oaks late in
January. Out-of-town guests included Frances' sister-in-law, Mrs.
Albert J. Days (Iris) of San Diego; Mrs. Alice Jones of Rosedale,
Mississippi, who has been visiting her four sisters, Mrs. Billie
Galloway, Mrs. Robin Comer, Mrs. David Gatz (Ruth); and Mrs.
William C. Hitchcock (Maxine). Also Mrs. Arline Osborn of Nashua,
New Hampshire, who with her husband, Howard, is visiting Fred and
Beverly Ebdon; and Mrs. Peggy Finnegan of Colon, Republic of
Panama, houseguest of Della Noonan.
Visitors at the home of Joyce and Jack Clarke during January
were Joyce's brother, Richard Bell of Panama City, Florida and their
sister-in-law, Mrs. Sybil Bell of Richmond, Virginia.
Cliff and Irma Wicks of Pensacola spent the holidays in Atlanta
with their daughter, Carol Young. They were joined by another
daughter, Vicki Wicks. After the holiday visit, Vicki returned to
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica where for the past year she has been
employed as a buyer for an Import Company out of New York.
Lt. Orrin P. Clement, USN; his wife, Carol, and their daughter,
Carrie Marie, spent the Christmas holidays on the Canal Zone with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement and maternal grandmother,
Mrs. Leon J. Egolf, in Coco Solo. This was the first opportunity for
Mrs. Egolf to get acquainted with six-month old, Carrie, her first
great-grandchild. Following their Canal Zone visit the family flew to
Pensacola. Lt. Clement was recently transferred to the Naval Air
Station at Pensacola. The family lived at Chula Vista, California while
Lt. Clement was assigned duty at Imperial Beach.
Gladys Bliss Humphrey
NEWS TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY
Mr. Cecil Maurice Banan and Carol B. Wells were married on
February 5, 1975 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg,
Mr. John L. Irwin (Jack), 62, died on January 22, 1975, at his
home in San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Irwin worked for the Locks and
Industrial Divisions in the Canal Zone from 1955 to 1965. He is
survived by his widow, Margie, four sons, J. Larry, Jerry G., Thomas
L., and Robert C., one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Corrigan; five
grandchildren; seven brothers; and two sisters.
Mrs. Maurine Jenks passed away in Inverness, Florida, on
February 22, 1975. She is survived by her husband, Richard H. Jenks,
of Inverness; one daughter, Norma, and a grandson.
Mr. Herman H. Keepers, 62, died on January 18, 1975, in
Spartanburg, South Carolina. He retired from the Dredging Division
in 1968. Mr. Keepers is survived by his wife, Anne, daughter, Shirley
Anne, of San Diego, California; and three sons, Harry H. of Vallejo,
California; William D. of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Curtis Brent,
currently attending college in Spartanburg; one brother, William C.,
of Miami, Florida; three sisters, Naomi Bohannon and Elizabeth of St.
Petersburg, Florida; and Marjorie Egger, of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. Lew W. McIlvaine, 69, died February 18, 1975, in Clearwater,
Florida. He was retired purchasing officer for the Panama Canal
Company. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irene H., of Clearwater,
Florida, a son, Edwin, Canal Zone; six grandchildren; a brother,
Clarence, of Austin, Texas.
Dr. J. Stuart McNair, a former professor at the Canal Zone
College, Balboa, Canal Zone, died suddenly in early February, 1975, in
Winnebago, Illinois. Dr. McNair's sudden death came after he had had
the flu. He is survived by his sister with whom he made his home
since his retirement.
Mr. Elmer F. Ohlson, 89, of Largo, Florida, died on February 10,
1975 while visiting friends in Seneca, South Carolina. He was a
retired administrator of Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone.
Mr. Ohlson was an avid orchid collector, and his flowers were featured
in major orchid publications throughout the United States. He is
survived by a sister, Mrs. Lalye R. Paine of Big Rapids, Michigan, and
Mr. Roy L. Rinehart, 70, a retired Panama Canal employee and
manager of the Tarpon Club in Gatun, died January 2, 1975. Survivors
include a son, Leslie, of Balboa; a brother and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Daisy Stanley, a former Canal Zone resident, died February
19, 1975, in Parker, Arizona. She is survived by her husband, Robert
C. Stanley of Parker, Arizona; three daughters, Margo Stewart,
Norma Martin, and Linda Pierman; three sisters and seven grand-
News from Frederick A. Mohl, Albany, Georgia "Here it is
more than a month into the year of 1975, and I haven't replied to the
many nice people who were kind enough to remember me with a
"With the combination of inflation, the passing away of dear
friends, and the passage of time, I decided to reduce the number of
Christmas greetings that I would send out in 1974 to a bare minimum,
so if you didn't get one, please don't feel badly.
"The past year was a very good one for my son Steven and me.
The Lord has been good to us, and we are grateful.
"Steven is employed in a local store and is the section manager of
the electronics' department. He is also going to school and is studying
electronics technology. He likes his job and is highly regarded by top
management. He is a good image of his dear mother. We live together
in a small three-bedroom brick cottage and enjoy a rather special
"Last summer during Steve's vacation we visited the Ed Gilroys
and the Bill Wheelers in New Port Richey, Florida, where Steve, Bill
and Irl Sanders took in a game of golf on the beautiful course where
Bill Wheeler lives. From there, we went on to Disney World where we
had a fantastic week-end. You just can't visit that place without
becoming a kid again. 1
"I managed to keep myself busy working at St. Teresa's School as
a maintenance man for about nine months. But I had to give it up. It
began to wear me down a bit, so in November I quit and decided that
there was not going to be anymore work for me. When December
rolled around, I felt like going on a 'safari' so off I went to visit with
the Wilders (Matt and Debbie) in Mary Esther; the Wheelers (Bill and
Jeanne) in New Port Richey; to Zephyrhills where I met with a cousin
whom I hadn't seen in twelve years; and then on to Punta Gorda
where I spent some time with Helen and Bart Ledgerwood (Mc-
Keown), and finally on to Pompano Beach where I stayed with my
brother Paul and his wife Marge, and my sister Elsie and her husband,
"When I returned home on December 11th, I spent two days and
was off again in the opppsite direction, visiting in South and North
Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C.; Maryland, New Jersey and
New York. The entire trip took 28 days, and all the time it was
cold-cold-cold. I spent the Christmas holidays with Skeeter (you don't
know him as Kenneth which is his real name) and his wife Barbara and
the three grandchildren. Robert is now 10, Steven 8, and Lori, 3. In
July, number four is expected to make an appearance. I hope it is a
girl! They live in Willingboro, New Jersey, and will be there until
January of 1976 when they will return here to Albany. Skeeter is on
TDY and is working in Philadelphia at the Marine Corp Supply Center
until they close down that facility and move it to Albany, Georgia. He
now has almost ten years of service with the Federal Government.
"After leaving the kids in New Jersey, I visited with my sister
Lydia Shimkin in White Plains, New York. After a few days with her,
I'd jump back to Jersey to be with the kids again.
"And, during all this time, I had many opportunities of meeting
with a lady whom I hope to marry. Yes, I've considered it for a long
time now, and I've finally found a gal that will have me. But, there's
nothing definite yet. When there is, I'll let you know.
"Since coming back home I've picked up again with the K of C
work, and I'm also singing in the church choir. It's nice to be back
down south again ... I'm looking forward to spending some time in the
garden planting tomatoes and other tasty things.
"If you ever find the time and the inclination to write, please drop
me a line. I promise you an answer.
"In closing then, I pray that all my friends everywhere are
enjoying the good life, and I ask God to bless them abundantly."
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.................
City ..................... State ......... .......... Zip Code............
Recorded: Date ...................... ............ Card No ..........
DUES $5.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
ANNUAL DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.,
effective in January, 1976, will be $7.
Dues were last raised in 1971. Unfortunately, the Society is NOT immune to
inflation. Check the Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, January 8, 1975, for
details of the action taken regarding the necessity of raising the annual dues.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N a m e . . . . . . . . .
Street ............. ............................. Box .............
C ity ........ ............... ....... S tate ............... Z ip C ode ........
D ues for ............; 1974 ...... ; 1975 ....... ; 1976 ....... ; 1977 .....
Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check ......... M.O. ......... Cash .....
Name ............ ................... ......... Box ................
C ity .... ....... ....... State .......... ...... Zip C ode ...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
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 a m e . . . . . . . . .
Address .............. ......... ................. Box .............
City .............................. State ............. Zip Code .........
T telephone .................................................. ...
N a m e . . . . . . . . .
A d d re ss .. . . . . . . .
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.
Mrs. William P. Bray [Mrs. A. Lyle Prather] and Mrs.
Katherine O'Hearn, friends since 1923. Picture taken at the
wedding of Mrs. Bray's godchild six weeks before the death of
Mr. and Mrs. Walter [Trixie] Trasavage, Parker, Florida
Mrs. Jerrye Lynn [Jenner] Tisdale, Gulfport, Mississippi
Alida Nicholson, Don and Delia Dent modeling their fishing
hats, Augusta, Georgia
Warner H. Clapp, 88 years and great-grandson,
Jason Allan Clapp, 2 years, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Daly, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Stabler, Bryan, Texas.
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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