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Vol. 9 iune, 1975 No. 2
Photo Courtesy of David Scott, Colon, Panama
S"Biggest Spill on Record" Gatun, Canal Zone, November 12, 1974
Mr. and Mrs. [Adelaide Willett] Lawrence Bushong, of
Panama City, Florida their first Reunion.
Mrs. John D. Odom [Sue Core], Dothan, Alabama
Mrs. Helen Adler, Panama City, Panama; Dr. Richard H.
Whitehead, Laconia, New Hampshire; Eugene I. Askew,
President, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Mrs. Joan deGrummond, Tina Cartotto [Joan's daughter],
Jack deGrummond, Allegro Woodruff Cartotto [Joan's
daughter-in-law] California Luncheon, April 6, 1975.
FIFTY GOLDEN YEARS
Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Neumann
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wm. F. Grady
Sergeant-at-Arms, pro tem
J. F. Warner
Eugene I. Askew
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
G. C. Lockridge
Mrs. Mary Belle Hick
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
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From N-A-R-F-E News Letter
April 21, 1975
COST-OF-LIVING CEILING STILL AN ISSUE Early this
year, President Ford recommended a 5 percent ceiling limitation on
Federal salaries, and retirement benefits for Federal retirees, Social
Security recipients, and military retirees. The President's request
would have disallowed any further increases in our annuities until
July 1, 1976, because of the 7.3 percent cost-of-living increase we
received as of January 1, 1975. NARFE bitterly opposed this
proposed ceiling limitation and thousands of NARFE members
throughout the country immediately urged their Congressmen to
oppose the limitation.
After the Easter Recess, the Senate Budget Committee approved
its resolution which did recommend a 5 percent ceiling on Federal
wages, but made no reference to ceilings on any retirement benefits.
Both chambers must now act to approve their respective resolutions,
which will than have to go before a Conference Committee to be
compromised. By law, Congress must approve a joint resolution on
the budget before May 15.
MARCH CPI TRIGGERS INCREASE The Consumer Price
Index for March 1975, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on
April 22, was 157.8, up 0.4 percent (0.3 percent on a seasonally
adjusted basis) over the February figure, and 3.1 percent over the
October 1974 base Index of 153.0. Since the March Index is up more
than 3 percent over the October 1974 base, we are virtually assured of
a cost-of-living increase of at least 4.1 percent, effective August 1,
1975. The final increase amount hinges on the CPI figures for April
John F. McClelland, President
1975 DIVISION YEARS
Mr. Robert J. Balcer 3/29 Postal 34
Mr. Bruce Banks 1/22 Motor Transportation 10
Mr. Rex E. Beck 4/12 Magistrate's Court 32
Mr. Bernard J. Brown 4/30 Engineering 38
Sgt. Emmett A. Collins 4/26 Police 33
Mr. Gerald R. Fruth 3/29 Terminals 32
Mr. Gardner R. Harris 2/01 Police 33
Mrs. Jean M. Harris 4/26 C. Z. Mental Health Center 29
Mrs. Eva M. Harte 3/15 Gorgas Hospital 27
Mr. Ross E. Pase 4/12 Railroad 24
Mr. Minnie E. Sobik (sic) 1/21 Gorgas Hospital 11
Mr. Richard W. Stoudnor 1/15 Customs 40
Mr. James M. Thompson 2/19 Ports 25
Mr. Joseph A. Vowell 2/01 Railroad 23
ABOUT THE COVER PICTURE
At 6:45 Tuesday morning, November 12, 1974, William B. Shaw,
Chief of the Canal's Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch picked
up a field phone and gave the go-ahead that began a 14-gate spilling
operation at Gatun Spillway. Two minutes later, C. C. Loyd, a Gatun
power house operator, sounded the warning signal alerting all below
the spillway that they had 15 minutes to leave the area.
Mr. Shaw was in charge of a 38-man Meteorological and
Hydrographic team that had moved into the field on the Atlantic side
to measure spillway capacity and water currents, while a crew from
the Electrical Division Power Branch, under the supervision of Jack
Corless, measured the effects of spillage on power production. The
gates were opened at intervals of two, allowing time between the
opening of each two gates for scheduled tests. The main test was to
determine the increase in spillage that resulted from the removal of a
World War II emergency dam last year.
An elaborate communications net of telephones and portable
radios kept all elements of the test team in constant contact with the
powerhouse, the helicopter (recording water currents), and the flood
When the 14th gate was opened, Mr. Shaw estimated that more
than 172 thousand cubic feet of water per second were surging under
the raised gates in the largest instantaneous spill on record. -
Condensed from THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, November 15,
NOTICE!!! Dixie Printing is VERY cooperative in all respects
pertaining to the printing of the RECORD. However, LATE NEWS
should NOT be sent direct to the printer and in the future that news
will NOT be used. SEE EDITOR'S PAGE ON NEWS!!!!!
Mr. Charles W. Hummer and Mrs. Laura Phyllis Mascaritolo
were married on Friday, April 18, 1975, at the Fifth Avenue Baptist
Church Chapel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Attendants were Charles
W. Hummer, Jr., Balboa, Canal Zone, and Mrs. Florence Canaris,
sister of the bride. Mrs. Charles W. Hummer, Jr. and his grandson,
Charles III, also attended the services.
Miss Linda Leigh Marvin became the bride of Frank Thomas
Disharoon on February 14, 1975, at the First United Methodist
Church in Pinellas Park, Florida. The bride is the daughter of Mrs.
Shirley S. Marvin, of Pinellas Park. The bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Disharoon of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. William Gilbert Rowe, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
have announced the marriage of their daughter, Pamela Kathleen, to
Mr. Joseph Henry Herold, son of Mrs. John Henry Herold and the late
Mr. Herold of Jersey City, New Jersey. The wedding took place at St.
Martin-in-the-Fields in Pompano Beach, Florida on Saturday, Febru-
ary 22, 1975. The couple will make their home at 4006-B Hedgemore
Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mrs. Beth Selby, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Ward B. Masden, of
Washington, D.C. were married on March 5, 1975, in Phoenix,
Arizona. Mrs. Masden is a former employee of the Army Finance and
Accounting Office, Corozal, Canal Zone, and Mr. Masden is retired
from the Federal Aviation Administration as an air carrier inspector
and aviation consultant. The couple will make their home in Phoenix.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest C. Stiebritz of Ocala, Florida, are announc-
ing the marriage of their daughter, Sylvia Clarissa, to Mr. Jesse
Wendell Renfroe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse L. Renfroe, also of Ocala,
on April 8, 1975 at the Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Ocala. The
couple are residing in Ocala.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Cain (Cheryl Ann McHendry), of Miami,
Florida, announce the birth of their first child, a son, Jason, on
February 19, 1975, in Miami, Florida. Maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth W. McHendry, of Miami, Florida. Paternal
grandparents are Mrs. George L. Cain and the late Mr. Cain, of Coral
Gables, Florida, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Hockin (Marianne Field) announce the
birth of their second son, Ryan Cyrus, born January 24, 1975. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, of New Port
Richey. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hockin,
of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
J. Reiley Laatz was born on December 29, 1974, to Helen (Howie
Adams) and Gary Laatz, of Balboa, Canal Zone. Maternal grandpar-
ents are Bob and Ruth Westerman Adams, of Laguna Hills, California.
Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Bellamy (Laatz) Abbott, of St.
Petersburg, Florida and the late Robert G. Laatz.
Mr. and Mrs. John Spilling (Marilyn Hare), of Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, announce the birth of a son, Rodman Wells, their first child,
on March 1, 1975. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John W.
Hare, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone. Little
Rodman Wells is their first grandchild. Paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Henning J. Spilling, of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wainio, of Durham, North Carolina, announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Ryan Edward, on January 17, 1975.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wainio, of La Boca,
Canal Zone, and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William
Weigle, formerly of the Canal Zone, and now of Titusville, Florida.
Will Rogers says: "When you get into trouble five thousand miles
from home you've got to have been looking for it."
"We are going to get into a war some day, either over Honolulu or
the Philippines. Let's all come home and let every nation ride its own
surf board, play its own ukuleles and commit its devilment on its own
". the unemployed here ain't eating regular, but we will get
round to them soon as we get everybody else fixed up O.K."
NOTICE: DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1976 are $7.
St. Petersburg and the Bay Area
(TUNE HOME ON THE RANGE)
Oh, give me my seat, right here in St. Pete
Where the aged and lonely may play
Where no one is told, You are growing too old
And green benches are crowded all day.
Home, Home in St. Pete,
Where the northern and southerners meet
Away from that cold In this sunshine of gold
Where nature is always a treat.
And if you would wed, To the altar be led
Then come to this city so fair
And be not ashamed, Though you're slow and lame
Some time some old man you may snare.
So come to St. Pete While you're still on your feet
Get away from that ice and that snow.
And when you arrive, You'll start feeling alive
Maybe meet some old friends that you know.
So do not delay, but hasten away
To this town by the side of the Bay
And think while you sit, What a wonderful skit
Watching Grandma and Grandpa at play.
Submitted by Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole Winter residents of St.
An interesting and informative talk was given by Mr. Eugene C.
Lombard at the monthly meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. on April 4, 1975. Mr. Lombard began his Canal service in
1918 and retired in 1956. The following information is from the March
2,1956, THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW. "Aside from his long and
outstanding service record, Mr. Lombard was well known for his civic
and community activities. He is the third man to hold the office of
Executive Secretary, his predecessors being A. C. McIlvaine and
Frank H. Wang. The Executive Secretary is noted for his
comprehensive knowledge of the history of the Panama Canal, as well
as the intricacies of the Canal organization and its regulations. His
popularity as an individual and an executive in the Canal Zone is
equally great in the Republic of Panama. He is one of the relatively
few Canal Zone civilians ever to receive the Vasco Nunez de Balboa
medal from the Panamanian Government."
Retirement in 1956 did not end Mr. Lombard's achievements.
After retirement, he then became a director of the Catholic Relief
Services, an international relief agency, and worked in South and
Central America in emergency and disaster relief programs.
In his address to the Panama Canal Society, Mr. Lombard praised
the Florida Society for its accomplishments and said it served an
important need. He stated that one of the reasons for its success has
been the high quality of the officers who have given such dedicated
service. He praised the Record and the Directory and said both also
contributed to the continuing interest and the success of the Society.
Mr. Lombard now lives in Toms River, New Jersey, with his wife
Alice. Their daughter Elaine lives in Richmond, Virginia, and their
son Richard in Chappaqua, New York.
Wise Folks Change Their Minds California's loss is Florida's
Gain! Mrs. Erma Forbes who had announced her plans to move to
California has decided to stay in St. Petersburg during the winter
months. As in the past few years, she will spend the summer in
California. Her many, many friends in the Bay area are delighted.
Society members would have missed her cheery greetings at the
monthly meetings, Erma will visit her daughter Joan and family in
California and her son in Vancouver, Canada, this summer but, as the
birds fly south with the first cool "nip" of winter, Erma will join her
many, many friends in St. Petersburg.
"It was just too cold in Atlanta, Georgia," explained Frances
Byrd. After thirty-six years and nine months' service, Hoyt retired as
an Administrative Officer with the Division of Schools in June, 1973,
and with his family has been living in Atlanta. The Byrds expect to
be in their new home in Country Side (near Clearwater) in early June.
What fun it will be to unpack household possessions which have been
stored in the Canal Zone since their retirement!! A Special Welcome
to old friends from the Division of Schools!!
Earl and Charlotte Dailey (Wahl) left St. Petersburg on January
8, 1975, for New Orleans, Louisiana, where they visited Earl's mother,
Mrs. Elmer Dailey, who was in Touro Hospital in New Orleans. They
stayed with Earl's brother and sister-in-law, Carl and June Dailey, of
The Daileys sailed on the SS CRISTOBAL and arrived at
Cristobal on January 14th. In the Canal Zone, they were the guests of
their daughter, Mary Lou McPherson and granddaughters, Patricia
and Shannon. They had a wonderful time visiting with them and with
Charlotte's brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Jerry Wahl, of Ancon,
Canal Zone. They also had a wonderful time visiting with old friends
and former fellow employees of the Panama Canal and the Armed
Earl and Charlotte sailed on the SS CRISTOBAL on February
27th and again visited with Earl's mother, his brother and wife. They
arrived back in St. Petersburg on March 7, 1975.
Mrs. Charles E. Jones (Lois M. Hollowell) and daughter, Margie
Ann Jones, visited Lois's brother Freeland R. Hollowell and family in
Balboa in the spring. See Picture.
Other known recent Canal Zone visitors from St. Petersburg
were Dewey and Martha Goodwin, the Al McKeowns, and Madge and
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, of St. Petersburg, were the guests
of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Rowe in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and
attended the wedding of Pamela Rowe on February 22. The Robert
Engelkes (Nellie Wood) of St. Petersburg, and Mrs. Ann (Wood
Suescum), of the Canal Zone were also in Fort Lauderdale for the
wedding festivities. Mrs. Nellie Engelke was the matron of honor and
Mrs. Tanya Schoch Hall of Fort Lauderdale was the bridesmaid.
Robert Engelke served as an usher. Mrs. Suescum returned with her
parents to St. Petersburg for a five-day visit before returning to the
Alma and Tommy Burrows, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were
the guests of Mrs. Nena McMillan in St. Petersburg in February.
February was a busy month for Mr. and Mrs. D. Maurice
Eggleston. Their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. George E.
Haborak (Ceci) and family of Charleston, South Carolina, and their son
Bob from the Canal Zone were the guests of their parents.
Marilyn Ward Stackman, of Bryant Pond, Maine, spent ten days
with her parents in St. Petersburg in February.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jones, and four children, of Joppa Town,
Maryland, spent Easter week with Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones (Hattie
and Roland), of Gulfport, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp left St. Petersburg on March 31, 1975,
for an extended visit in Japan with Lieutenant and Mrs. Gordon E.
Kauffman (Mary Sharp) and their granddaughter. They write that
they are enjoying the trip and are quite busy exploring the many
fascinating customs of a foreign land.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, of St. Petersburg, left late in March
for another trip to Europe. They expect to return to St. Petersburg
about December 1st.
Mrs. Mildred Tatelman reports that she was fortunate in being
with her family for the past few months. Her son, Dick, of San Diego,
California, spent several days with her in October. Mrs. Tatelman
flew to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to spend the Holidays with her
daughter Muriel O'Rorke and her family. She returned to St.
Petersburg just in time for the January Reunion where she saw many
friends and relatives.
Mrs. Jackie Linker reported that Dick and Judy Williams were in
St. Petersburg on their way to their retirement home in Maine. Both
extended Best Wishes to ALL!
The Eugene I. Askews took a trip to Guatemala in March. In
April, Gene was off again to Georgia to attend the Masters' Golf
Tournament. After visiting in South Carolina, he will stop in Mobile,
Alabama, for a visit with daughter Linda and family. Mrs. Askew will
fly to Mobile to join the family and later return with Gene to St.
Petersburg by car.
Mrs. Helen Wilkin, of Rochester, New York, who has spent the
winter months in Florida with her brother, Harry Dunn, left on April
23rd for her home in Rochester, New York. Harry accompanied his
sister and will remain in Rochester for an indefinite period.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rowley, Clearwater, Florida "Sam and I
flew down to the Zone in early December and had Christmas on the
Isthmus with our children. We spent Christmas Eve with the Davis
Stevensons at their home in Panama with Beverly Rowley, our
daughter-in-law, and our granddaughters, Renee and Adriana of
Gatun. We then rushed back to Gatun so that the little ones could be
in bed before Santa came. Our son, Skip, had the late shift on Gatun
Locks so it was touch and go for awhile if Santa would make it before
"On December 26th, Sam and I, Lori, June, Steve, and Davis left
in the Stevenson's car on a trip to the Volcan. After spending the
night at the Stevenson's beach house at Coronado, we were off to a
land I had never seen in all my years of living on the Zone. It is truly a
beautiful but stark part of the country, and it was delightfully cold.
We visited the Leonard Butz family and we also saw the Robin
Ericksons there. We also visited the familiar Baldwins ... We surely
enjoyed that trip and loved being with our family again. We did miss
our daughter Dorothy and her family who are now living in Berlin,
"Then we returned to Clearwater, and it was good to be home
again. We have had lots of visitors, especially the 'KIDS' I knew in
Balboa High. The Glen Kirkpatricks of New York were in Clearwater
for a few weeks. Our son-in-law, Davis Stevenson, from Panama was
up for a week with us, combining business and pleasure the
pleasure being with his son, Davis, on his 18th birthday. Davis's
mother, June, is in Germany visiting Dorothy and family. Now, we are
expecting Dorothy with the two youngest children, Suzanne and
Brian to be with us for two weeks in May before they journey on to
the Canal Zone. We will be going to Long Island the end of June to
visit with Sam's mother, who, at 100 years of age, is doing fine but
is impatiently waiting for the weather to warm up so that we can come
to see her."
Tough Luck! A long, anticipated Caribbean cruise for Mr. and
Mrs. William F. Grady, of Lakeland, Florida, was marred by illness. In
Colon, on February 25th they enjoyed having dinner with Frank
CONGRATULATIONS: On April 2, 1975, the Dothan, Alabama
chapter of the Panama Canal Society was formed with 28 members
present. Frank A. Anderson, Jr. was elected president, and Catherine
Whelan Filo elected secretary. Our first meeting was a luncheon
hosted by the First Alabama Bank of Dothan. Those present at the
luncheon were Muriel (Moore) and Mike McGriff, Margaret (Moore)
and Jack Hern, Catherine (Whelan) and Eddie Filo, Marie (Raymond)
and Elmer Bierbaum, Cornelius and Frances (Patchett) O'Sullivan,
Rosemary and Frank Anderson, Jane (Lombroia) and John Burke,
Louella and Cecil High, Mary and Frank South, Mary and Bill
Sherlock, Jesse and Mary Cheatham, Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Byrd, Edith
and David Foley, Carmen and Henry Ward. Mrs. Sue Core Odom was
unable to attend because of illness. She is recuperating from an eye
ailment. Also present were our hosts, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Flowers,
Executive Vice President, First Alabama Bank of Dothan, Mr.
Kenneth Everett, Assistant Vice President, First Alabama Bank of
Dothan, and Mrs. Mary Grimes, and Mrs. Sarah Holcomb from the
First Alabama Bank's Women's Department.
Out of town guests were Mr. Bob Lombroia from Fort Lauder-
dale, Florida, Mrs. Joan Cooke from Charlotte, North Carolina and
Mrs. Grace Lawrence from the Canal Zone. Catherine W. Filo,
Sue Core Odom, Dotham, Alabama "Do you know... there are
eighteen families from the Zone who have settled in Dothan during
the past three years! I do not know them all, but expect to in the near
future. It is likely that Margaret and Jack Hern, who have done such a
good job of public relations, have brought them here to live. They are
all fine people and have become involved in community affairs ... the
sort of folks one is proud to claim as compadres! .
"From a personal angle in November, I had a retinal
hemorrhage (which, in ordinary vernacular, means a small blood
vessel ruptured in the back part of my right eye) and took months to
heal. The doctor, working with the ophthalmologist, grounded me
completely! Forbade me to go into anybody's home for fun and games
- and I could have no company at all! But it paid off, and a week ago I
was checked out almost as good as new! There was never any
discomfort, and I was not remotely bored. I still kept up my weekly
pomee' for the Dothan Progress, a feisty little weekly here, with the
biggest circulation in Alabama .... I also do a little quatrain for the
lower corner of the front page in 'Ashford Power' another weekly in
a little town near here. For the Progress it is 'Dixie Memories ... by
Sue Odom' and in Ashford Power it is 'Ashford Angles by Sue Odom.'
Just fun Stuff, all of it.
"My most startling news is that two weeks ago I entered a half
dozen pieces of needlepoint in the annual Arts and Crafts Festival
here mostly helping them fill up space and make the affair a bigger
one. Well, to my utter amazement, I got most of the awards in my
category which included, among other things, two of the loveliest
big silver trays you could imagine! I still haven't come up for air from
shock! See Picture.
"For any of you who remember Chief Johannes of the Police
Department, I hear frequently from his son, Guy. He lives in New
Mexico and is the Daddy, real and adopted, of four boys!! There was
another on the way, and they were hoping it would be a girl, but I
haven't heard the result, as yet! He seems a very happy man! I still
see many Zonian friends who chance to pass this way and it is always
such a thrill. A letter from Cora Middleton Heany, who taught on the
Atlantic Side reported the news that her husband, Kenneth, had died.
He was an English steamship official and they had lived in London
since the war years. She is now living in Seattle with a sister and says
it seems like a dream to be back in the United States. Another letter
told about the death of Hattie Lee Hornbeak, who taught in Cristobal
High School for a number of years, but who has lived in Dallas, Texas,
since she retired several years ago.
"A lady called me not long ago to tell me that she had just
returned from a visit to Aiken, South Carolina. At a party one
afternoon, she met a charming guest from a nearby town, Betty Burns
Smith! She and Hal have recently moved to Anderson, South Carolina.
And Grace McCray Rigney, after her many years in Mexico City and
later a short term in Ashville, Ohio, now lives in Minneapolis in cushy
ease along with Marianna (Minnie) Russel, a sister of Stacey
Russel. Minnie taught with Grace in Ancon many years ago and
they now live in the same beautiful retirement home in the
Minneapolis suburb of Edina.
"Spring has now come to Dixie and everything is so fresh and
lovely... The Panama folks, who have chosen it as a retirement home,
will be forever glad they did!
"The sheer poundage of gratitude to 'youse' guys who put out
that RECORD, staggers the imagination. The happiness and nostalgia
it brings to so many is enough to carry you straight up to the pearly
gates, if ever and when!"
Ralph E. and J. Marie Shuey, of Neosho, Missouri, arrived in St.
Petersburg, Florida, too late for the Reunion but saw many of their
old friends the next day at an Open House at the home of Louise
Barnes. While there, they received a call from their son informing
them that the doctor in their home town wanted Ralph Shuey, Sr. to
return at once for an operation. The operation was a success and Mr.
Shuey is doing fine keeping Marie busy cooking as he can't seem to
get enough to eat!! The Shuey's plan "to trailer" with his brother Ray
and wife Evelyn to Idaho this summer, leaving the first of June.
They included news of their son, Ralph A. Shuey, who was born
on the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in 1959 and
the Northrop Institute of Technology, Inglewood, California in 1963.
After serving six years in the Air Force as a Captain, Helicopter Pilot,
with two assignments in Viet Nam, he left the Air Force and worked
as an engineer for Goodyear in Lincoln, Nebraska. He later took his
present job with the Lindsay Manufacturing Company and recently
was named a high-level executive of the Company. As manager for
facilities design and construction, Mr. Shuey will head up the
Amarillo, Texas, expansion of the Lindsay Manufacturing Company.
He and his family will move to Amarillo in the near future. Mr. Shuey
said the new galvanizing plant, first of the planned expansions of the
Lindsay Manufacturing Company, will be the most modern in the
world, utilizing the most up-to-date technology from the United States
A hearty WELCOME to new members, and a sincere thank you
for news on the family.
"The Dale W. Taylors Dale, Shirley (Keepers), Lance (17) and
Sherilene (15), of San Diego, California, have joined the Canal Zone
"When Dale and Shirley and infant son, Lance, left the Zone in
1958 we moved to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where daughter
Sherilene was born. From there, we moved to Albuquerque, New
Mexico. There we met up with Luticia Young Anderson, and during
the two years we lived there 'Tish' and our family saw a lot of one
"We were then transferred to San Diego as Dale had to go back to
sea. Soon, he became a Chief Petty Officer and was traveling quite a
good deal. Shirley and the children were not lonely too much because
John and Evelyn had moved from the Zone to San Diego. Jack had
married, and soon we had three darling nephews to play with. Dale
got shore duty finally and began training 'Boots' at the Naval Training
Center. Two years ago, he 'retired' from the Navy at North Island on
"Since the Herman Keepers have retired from the Canal, we have
made several trips 'home' to Spartanburg, South Carolina, to visit
Shirley's folks, and up to Washington, D.C. to visit Shirl's step-par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr, also Canal Zone Retirees.
"Sad times have hit us in the past seven months, though. Evelyn
Taylor passed away on July 16, 1974, after a long illness, and Herman
Keepers died on January 18, 1975. We miss them both, but Mom
Keepers is doing very well. Brent is in the first year at Wofford
College in Spartanburg. Harry, his wife, and son are in Vallejo, and
Bill is still on the Zone. Harry works at Mare Island; his wife Esther
works also. Bobbie, 13, goes to school and consistently makes the
"Jack Taylor is working for a new company making underwater
diving habitats as Senior Design Engineer. His wife, Lee, and sons,
Jon, 13, Marc, 10, and Eric, 6, are up to their necks in Little League
and 'Y-Indian Guides.'
"John T. is well and keeps busy keeping score for several bowling
"Dale and Shirl would love to hear from their friends and
especially exchange pictures of the kids.
Our addresses are; Dale and Shirley 3411 Dorchester Drive,
San Diego, California 92123; Jack and Lee 4909 Mt. Almagosa, San
Diego 92111; John 721 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Apartment 2, San
CONGRATULATIONS Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Neumann, of
Quincy, Washington, celebrated their 50th Anniversary on February
12, 1975. The Neumanns were married in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where
Katherine Ann Desmond was a nurse in a local hospital and Mr.
Neumann was employed with Nash Motors (now known as American
Motors) as a night foundry superintendent. In April of 1925, the
Neumanns moved to the Panama Canal where he was with the Canal
Zone police. They left Panama in 1950.
The Neumanns have three sons and two daughters Danny
Neumann, Quincy, who is employed with the Bureau of Reclamation;
Mrs. Rosemary Pappe, Quincy; Sister Eileen Neumann, Baton Rouge,
Louisiana; Edwin Neumann, and John Neumann, both of Onalaska,
Mr. and Mrs. Neumann's children held a golden wedding
reception for them on February 9, 1975, at the Catholic Youth Center.
- See Picture.
Mr. and Mrs. Buren Boxwell, of Orange Springs, Florida,
formerly of the Canal Zone, are delighted that their daughter and
son-in-law, Roy Shuey, who retired in July from the Police Depart-
ment after serving 28 years in the Canal Zone, selected Orange
Springs as their retirement site. They are happily settled in their new
home and are looking forward to the arrival of their daughter,
Lorraine and her husband, William Davidson, and son Jeffery (age 1),
who will also be making Orange Springs their new home. The Shuey's
son, Ray, who resigned from the electrical division in December,
joined the family reunion at Christmas Time. He plans to tour the
country before settling down permanently. See Picture.
Mrs. M. Jean Harris, psychiatric nurse at the Canal Zone Mental
Health Center has retired. After serving with the U.S. Army Nurses
Corps from 1941 to 1946, Mrs. Harris accepted a position as staff nurse
at Gorgas Hospital in 1947 She is the wife of recently retired
police officer, Gardner R. Harris, and the mother of three sons -
Marshall is a Canal Zone policemen; John is presently serving with
the U.S. Coast Guard; Michael is attending college in Florida. Mr. and
Mrs. Harris plan to leave the Isthmus early in May and will travel
through the southeastern states before settling in their retirement
Mrs. Adah Boughner, of Inverness, Florida, reports on her sons.
Jim and Bill are both in the Canal Zone. Jim is married to Valerie (De
Piper). They have two children, Brian, almost two, and Sharon who
was born on December 4, 1974. Bill finished college in October, 1974,
at Florida State and then went to the Canal Zone hoping to get some
work as there weren't any job opportunities in Inverness.
Hayward Shacklett, State College, Pennsylvania a new
membership for his son, Paul H. Shacklett, Balboa, Canal Zone, and
Paul is employed in the Hydrographic Section of the Engineering
Division as a surveyor. His job seems to be that of inspecting the
Canal, lakes, and harbors to see that the required depth of water is at
the depth safe for all seagoing vessels using the Canal and to discover
any variation that occurs. Paul and family spent from Thanksgiving to
Christmas with me. His two children, Peter Paul, age 5, and Summer
Lee, age 3, kept me busy while on their visit.
A "tip of the hat" to all those who gave their time and energy for
the Society, and a job well done.
A new address for Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Rienks (Joan Coffey)
- U.S. Naval Station, S.R.D., Box 13, F.P.O. New York, N.Y. 09593.
The Rienks left Guam on July 20, 1974, as Clarence had accepted
a job at the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After a glorious
two weeks in Thousand Oaks, California, they went to Durham, North
Carolina, where the family took an apartment until quarters were
available at the Naval Base in Cuba. However, they were delayed
because of the illness of their daughter, Monica. A week after her
release from the hospital. Clarence went to Cuba. Four weeks later,
their son, Alex, and Monica were both hospitalized at the Duke
Hospital for ear operations. While in Durham, they went to Southern
Pines and saw Tom and Sally (Morland) Willams and their son
Christopher. Finally, in early December the family was united in
Cuba. Christmas, unpacking, and getting settled kept them busy, but
they were happy to be together again. Jay and Jari Cunningham are
also at Guantanamo Bay, and it was wonderful to see them and to
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Thibodeau, of Orlando, Florida, plan on
leaving about May 1st for their annual trek to the hills of Tennessee -
Route 1, Box 83, Roan Mountain, 37687. They expect to return to
Florida about November 1st.
Mrs. Doris G. and Daniel R. Haned, of Green Cove Springs,
Florida, report on their recent trips Mrs. Harned took a tour with
the International Platform Association to Russia in early January.
"The average Russian was friendly but not very happy. Several of our
members in the Big Farm category were astonished at arable land not
being cultivated. We were always watched, and one lovely grand-
mother was roughed up at Lenin's tomb. It was very interesting,
much was beautiful, but 175 passengers sang 'God Bless America' as
our plane touched down in New York."
Dan Harned spent three weeks in the Canal Zone visiting friends
and attending Abou Saad Temple Shrine Ceremonial. He spent a
delightful weekend with the Robert Budreaus at their home in
News from Louis C. Hasemann, Jacksonville, Florida In March,
Mrs. Emily Snedeker visited her aunt in New Orleans. The Hase-
manns expected their daughter, Mrs. Joseph Ress, of National City,
California, for a visit in April.
Our CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. and Mrs. Hasemann who
celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary on March 10, 1975.
"Well, the Hasemann family really had a session early in April.
Both the California girls, Helen Ress and Irene Wilson, flew in for a
family reunion and a sight-seeing tour of northern Florida. Irene flew
out of San Diego after meeting Helen in San Diego. Irene visited many
of her old school mates from the Robert E. Lee High School of
Jacksonville from which she graduated. Helen also had a most
enjoyable visit with Rosemary McCorkle (nee Hollander) and Trudy
Alexander (the former Gertrude Foreman of the Zone). Helen also
visited St. Augustine with her aunts, Pearl and Carrie Brown. .. ."
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd E. Stevens, of Peoria, Illinois, enjoyed a
thirty-day trip to Carlsbad, New Mexico, in late February. They also
visited the Lew Zents in Santa Fe. After visiting their son and family
in Phoenix, Arizona, they went to Denver, Colorado, to see Steve's
son and family for a few days.
Roberta Hahn, granddaughter of Mrs. Philip E. Briscoe, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, received her Master of Science degree in
Computer Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson in
December, 1974. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Carney
(Jacqueline B. Briscoe), of Cincinnati, Ohio. Roberta, commonly called
Bobbie, has a B.S. in mathematics which she received in 1971 from
Denison University, Granville, Ohio. Presently, she is working as a
statistical programmer and systems analyst at the Arizona Medical
Center in Tucson where she lives with her husband, Thomas, a
musician, and their two cats, Scruff and Hobbs. See Picture.
NEWS FROM TEXAS
Kerrville Perry andiRita Washabaugh, who make their home
in a self-sustaining camper, arrived in Kerrville on February 5th.
Perry and Rita never stay in one place very long, so Joe and Ethel
Bialkowski quickly arranged an ex-Canal Zonian "get together" at
their home for Friday night, February 7th. Finger food and drinks
were enjoyed, but even more enjoyable was the conversation as 36
ex-Canal Zoners vied with each other, relating experiences in the
Canal Zone and Panama.
In addition to Perry and Rita, other guests were Bill Graham,
Rita's brother-in-law (Rita's sister Sue was in Dallas helping daughter
Donna with wedding plans), Beth Waddell and her mother, Hazel
Bucher, Parker and Chita Hanna, Dave and Betty Marshall, Jim and
Mildred Agee, the Neil Jensens, Harold and Clara Chambers, E. H.
Davison (wife Elizabeth was working), the Walter E. Mareks, the
Edward B. Websters, Muriel (Mrs. Charles E.) Haywood, the John T.
Burns, Bob and Mildred Byrd, Dale and Jackie Bishop, Leo Krziza,
John Michaelis (wife Polly was in the Canal Zone), the William Beebes
and the Andreas Nicolaisens, accompanied by their son Fred, the
James Hoversons, and the Joseph Corrigans. The Lloyd McConnells
were unable to attend because of illness.
Four guests who were not ex-Canal Zoners were enthusiastic in
their enjoyment of the occasion. One guest remarked, "You Canal
Zoners are really great people!"
Perry and Rita left for the West on February 12th, but they'll be
back through Kerrville in a few weeks on their way back to Florida to
visit Rita's mother, Mrs. Kotalik in Jackonville.
Mrs. Lista Daniels, accompanied by her son Bob, enjoyed a
six-day Westerfeld Tour of the Texas Rio Grande Valley in February.
They toured Laredo, Brownsville, Matamoros, and Padre Island.
While in Brownsville, they attended the Charro Days festivities.
News from Mrs. Maxine P. Dillman, El Paso, Texas, "In reading
the latest issue of the RECORD AND THE EXCITEMENT OF THE
RECENT Reunion brought to light the wonderful experience I had in
meeting old friends and having fun at the '74 convention. Now that
winter has passed us here, we are planning a summer of swimming
fun and barbecues in the backyard pool at the Simmses."
Harold and Clara Chambers, Kerrville, Texas A Thank You to
"We are glad to see that the dues have been increased as the cost
of everything printing, paper, etc. have all gone up.
"We really enjoy the RECORD and keeping up with many of our
friends of our Canal Zone days.
"I was surprised, but pleased, to note that the write-up about our
family from our Christmas letter was reproduced in the March issue of
the RECORD. For so long, I had intended to send an article to be put
into the RECORD so some of the children's friends could be brought
up to date on their doings, their families, etc. and am happy you did
use that part of our Christmas letter. I note that I failed to include
Jean and Carlas' married names which are Jean Thompson (Mrs. Jeff
D.) and Carla Spafford (Mrs. Joe F. III)."
News of Canal Zone the Second Generation "Patricia and
Gene Herrin (Pat Adams, class of 1958) have bought a beautiful home
in El Paso, Texas, where Gene is stationed. Pat is Secretary to an
"John and Vicki Adams already have their own home in Detroit,
Michigan, where John is a member of the Detroit Police Force. They
have three children. Early in September, they plan to drive down to
Miami to meet Sean Adams, John's 11-year-old younger brother and
to enter him in the Florida Central Academy in Sorrento, Florida.
John attended the F.C.A. in 1963-64. On their way to Miami, they plan
to stop in at the Hasemanns and also see George Lord." Mrs.
William (Leslie) Adams, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Louisiana News from Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve, Metairie,
Louisiana Some more from Christmas Cards and letters concerning
Robert E. Jones of Oakton, Virginia He formerly worked on
Pier #18 from 1940 through 1952, and writes that he finally retired
from the Army Transportation Corps in Washington, D.C. in the
middle of last year. He is now driving a bus for the handicapped and
retarded as a side-line. His wife, Marian, who taught in the
elementary school in Curundu in the late 1940's, is well and keeps
busy taking care of their four children still at home. They have one
married daughter, one son away at college, and one in the Army.
Milton Davis He was Foreman of the Electrical Division
Armature Shop in Balboa. Thelma, his wife, writes that they made a
30-day trip in September through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New
York and were able to visit many of their relatives. Their son, Eddie,
is in his second year at the Stephen F. Austin University and likes his
work. The Davises live in Garland, Texas.
Rev. H. T. Bernthal (Pastor of the Lutheran Church in the Zone,
(1950 through 1955) writes that 1974 was quite a memorable one for
them. On June 30th, he retired after 51 years in the ministry, in July,
they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and in October, he
reached his 75th birthday. The Bernthals live in Rogers, Arkansas,
and their daughter, Dorothy Ann Benson and her husband live nearby
in Bentonville. In November, the Bernthals and the Bensons attended
a meeting of the Canal Zone Association of the northwest Arkansas
group. Seventy-seven attended, and they enjoyed it very much. He
also wrote that J. Lee Myers and his wife Hilda (he retired from the
Motor Transportation Division in Ancon) are moving from California
to Aiken, South Carolina, where they join a host of ex-Lutherans from
the Zone. While on Lutherans, Rev. Tony Davison, his wife and their
three children are living in St. Charles, Illinois. He was Vicar in
Margarita in 1962-63. He is doing guidance and counseling at the St.
Charles High School and is an assistant pastor of the church in
Aurora, a nearby town. He has recently completed his work on his
masters' degree in Divinity and is in the final stages of a PhD. in
Guidance and Counseling. Merle Schulz (Vicar in Margarita in
1960-61) who switched to the teaching profession after his year in the
Zone, writes that after 12 years as a teacher he is now working as a
bank official in Sterling, Colorado. He, his wife, and two children
reside in Sterling.
Curtis and Alberta George write that after spending more than a
month in southern Texas where they enjoyed the fresh fruits and
vegetables, they are on their way to the West Coast with their travel
trailer. They should be there by the middle of March.
Every month, when we can, we spend a week with Via Mae's
sister, Zonabel, in Biloxi, Mississippi. In March, on the way back to
New Orleans, we stopped in Gulfport to see Dorothy Leach. She
worked for me in the Electrical Division office for many years. She
looked real happy and well, has a beautiful furnished apartment which
is in a new building. She had returned just three days before we got
there from a four-month visit to the Canal Zone where she stayed with
her daughter Patricia and family.
News from Ben A. Armstrong, Walnut Creek, California "Read
the RECORD from cover to cover though I know but a few now living
in that area. I note that Dr. Whitehead attended the Reunion and
was sorry to learn that Mrs. Whitehead had passed on. I also noted
that Captain Forsstrom was present even though he lives in my native
state of Rhode Island not far from my niece who lives in Cranston and
is well acquainted with the Forsstroms as they go to the same
We regret to report that Mr. Armstrong informed the Society
that his wife, Esther, after spending a week in the John Muir Hospital
(the result of a hemorrhage of the stomach), is now in the Rossmoor
Manor, a sort of convalescent institution which is adjacent to
Rossmoor itself but under different management. It will be some time
before Mrs. Armstrong is able to return home, and in the meantime,
they will need to get help in the home. Her sister in Seattle came last
year when Esther fell and broke the femur bone in her thigh, but is
not well enough to help out at this time.
Mr. Armstrong, a member of the High-12 Club, enjoys the
meetings of the Club which are held twice a month. He had hoped that
Chester Swanson, President of the Northern California Society, would
attend their May 24th meeting and show slides on the Panama Canal
but currently had no verification on the project.
Peter A. Thibodeau was awarded a diploma with the rank of
Doctor of Philosophy from the University of South Carolina, Colum-
bia, South Carolina, on December 31, 1974. Peter's studies were in the
field of Counselor Education.
Peter is employed by the South Carolina State Mental Health
Department and is residing at 824 Welcome Road, Greenville, South
Carolina, 29611, with his wife Constance and children, Matthew and
Christina Braun, daughter of Col. and Mrs. Gustav J. Braun (nee
Cauthers) has been selected to attend Virginia Girls State at
Longwood College as a representative from her high school. This
summer she will also attend the "Virginia Governor's School for the
Gifted" as one of 350 high school students selected to attend Mary
Baldwin College for a four week program designed to provide
enrichment experiences for the academically gifted students in the
Shirley Woodruff Hicks, 1719 N. Greenbrier Street, Arlington,
Virginia, 22205 (BHS Class of 1950), daughter of Barton C. and Lois
Woodruff, is currently the secretary for the Anthropology Depart-
ment of the American University, Washington, D.C. where she is
working on her M.A. Degree. Pertaining to her work, Mrs. Hicks has
been asked to do a comparative report on Canal Zone Schools then
She stated, "Factual material is hard to come by. With three
children, ages 19, 16, and 5 still at home (my fourth, age 18, married at
Xmas time and lives in Illinois with her husband) getting to the
Library of Congress and working full time is impossible."
She has had the cooperation of the Panama Canal Company office
in Washington, D.C., but is currently seeking additional facts about
early schools and the establishment of the Latin American Schools -
in particular, how well the two systems are working.
In a letter to a friend, Mrs. Hicks wrote:
"It is certainly true once you drink of the Chagres, you always
yearn for the Zone! I get particularly grumpy during the dry season
and especially at Carnival time. Last year, I decided that if I could not
come to the Carnival, it would come to me and invited the entire
department for a Carnival party, wearing my Montuna while my
daughters wore Polleras, and we had empanadas, fried plantain,
papayas (expensive as the dickens here), fresh pineapple, etc. A great
time was had by all, and I played my Lucho Azcarraga records."
George Trimble, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Trimble, Hicksville,
Long Island, New York, brother of Jane and Anne Marie, was
promoted to Technical Sergeant at Aviano Air Force Base in Italy
where George is on a three-year assignment. He is a graduate of
Balboa High and Canal Zone Junior College. He was noted for his
sports in school on the Zone. He, his wife and three children, will be in
Italy for another two years and three months.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Trimble, of Hicksville, New York, welcome all
Canal Zonians passing through that area.
SPACECOAST REUNION '75 This years' Canal Zone Brats
Reunion will be held on Merritt Island on Sunday, 6 July 1975 at
KARS Park again. By popular demand, I have reserved the same
pavilion. KARS Park is located on North Courtenay Parkway (S.R. 3)
about 6 miles north of S.R. 520. On the east side of the road there is a
sign directing you to KARS. Follow this road east until you come to
the river, then turn left into the park. There is a small fee of 25 cents
per person to enter, and since I already have the tickets (compulsive
for a reservation), please let me know how many will be in your group
and send me the proper amount with self-addressed STAMPED en-
velope. Postage does add up when you have a mailing list of 200, so let
me hear from you and plan to have a good time. Bring food, drinks,
We are not having our usual pre-picnic cocktail party this year,
but for those of you who are interested, Bruce and I will be at the Casa
Lopez Supper Club in Cape Canaveral, dancing to the Latin Brass of
Carlos Munoz (reminiscent of Lucho Azcarraga). Hope to see you all
up there around 9:00 p.m. Casa Lopez is located at 7073 N. Atlantic
Avenue, (A1A), Cape Canaveral.
Here's to a fantastic reunion!!!
Sandra Hughes Claflin
285 Antigua Drive
Merritt Island, Florida 32952
THIS 'N THAT CONSTRUCTION DAYS
Construction-Day Challenges, submitted by Mrs. Charles W. Lee,
Two women were at the avocado bin in a supermarket each
testing the thump of the seed within. One said. "This is what they do
in the Tropics." I replied, "Yes, I know; we had two large avocado
trees in our backyard in Ancon. ." The other woman answered, "I
was born in Ancon. I am Lorna Brem Carroll, daughter of Dr. Walter
Vernon Brem, physician, pathologist and bacteriologist who worked
directly with Dr. Gorgas on the research and sanitation against yellow
fever and malaria from 1905 to 1911."
She recalled the feud between Col. Goethals and Dr. Gorgas, the
former accusing the Sanitary Department of being altogether too
extravagant. Dr. Brem insisted that he needed a centrifuge for his
work and threatened to buy it himself if necessary. With that, the
Powers relented and procured one for him.
In 1911, Dr. Brem and his associate, Dr. A. Herman Zeiler, left
the Isthmus for Los Angeles where they established a much needed
laboratory for the training of laboratory technicians and pathologists.
Dr. Brem is recognized in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA as well as in
WORLD WHO'S WHO IN SCIENCE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE
The Brem quarters had not been completed when they arrived in
1905. In Ancon, they were quartered with other families in converted
French barracks for six weeks. Walls extended three-quarters of their
height. The community integrated bathroom was at the end of the
hall. Privacy was an unknown element since there was not one inside
door in the entire barracks. Imagine Mrs. Brem, a young bride, just
out of Smith College! However, she recognized the necessity and
importance of her husband's genius and ability in his research and its
application to sanitation; hence, she accepted the primitive style of
living in true pioneer spirit!!
These are among the UNSUNG HEROES OF THE CONSTRUC-
OLD-TIMERS Recall Early Days condensed from the April 6th
edition of a Panama newspaper.
Hazel May DuVall, affectionately known as Mama DuVall
celebrated her 84th birthday on April 7th in the weather-beaten house
overlooking Gorgona Beach where she has lived since 1940.
Sitting with an interviewer on a terrace that faces a spectacular
panorama of sea and mountains, Mrs. DuVall relived the 58 years
since she went to Panama. She arrived in Cristobal aboard the old S.S.
PANAMA during Carnival in 1918. Joseph DuVall met his wife and
13-month-old son at the dock and took them by train to the Pacific side
where he rented a furnished apartment on Fourth of July. After
dining that night at the then fashionable Ancon Inn, Mrs. DuVall got a
frightening glimpse of the land that was to be her new home. Dancing
in the street to weird music were half-naked figures with painted
bodies. Carnival, and the attendant revels, was quite a shock to the
inexperienced young woman who had never been away from Buckeye,
At the time, Mr. DuVall who helped install the original telephone
lines, earned $128 a month. Because housing was scarce, the DuValls
spent their first four years in vacation quarters. ...
Interesting experiences of the DuValls were described. Mrs.
DuVall's trip to Costa Rica because of the children's health proved
frustrating as the only Spanish word she knew was mananaa" and
after a severe earthquake struck Costa Rica their return to Panama as
deck passengers on a United Fruit boat was somewhat uncomfortable.
In 1931 the DuValls leased a plot of land in Gorgona, then a
fishing camp, for $8 a month. The trip to the beach in those days was
rough.... The Canal was crossed by a ferry boat which left the foot of
Empire Street every fifteen minutes. From there west the roads were
dirt and deeply rutted. Mama made the trip often to deliver cement
and other supplies to the construction men who worked for a salary of
75 cents a day.
Their big, airy frame house overlooking the sea was completed in
1932 but until Mr. DuVall retired in 1940 it was used only on
vacations. When they decided to make it their permanent home, they
wanted to buy the land, but President Arnulfo Arias had forbidden
the sale of Panamanian land to foreigners. It was not until after he
was ousted that the DuValls were permitted to purchase this land.
They paid ninety-one cents a meter for the land, and the only
stipulation was that they plant trees and vegetables on the land. They
called the place "Harmony House" and Mama has lived there ever
since even though it became difficult for her after her husband's
death.... Last year she fell and broke her hip; now she must use a
walker to get around.
One of the hardest experiences came during the 1964 events
which she waited out with another widow and two frightened
hitchhikers from the States. None of the four spoke Spanish, and
Mama recalls the alarm she felt at hearing loudspeakers in the town
blare out warnings they were unable to comprehend ....
Another woman who has seen many of the changes since the
opening of the Canal is 89-year-old Winifred Cradock Ewing Mrs.
Ewing first left her West Virginia home and went to Panama as a
young bride in 1907. Her husband, Ora Moore Ewing, had been
appointed in Washington to work with Colonel Gorgas for the Office of
Sanitation in Ancon. The Ewings lived next to the Gorgas family in a
simple rent-free house built for them on the hospital grounds. "In
those days, if you had a house, you were lucky!" recalled Mrs. Ewing.
"People were busy all the time during the early days of the Canal,"
she says .... Mrs. Ewing worked for the Red Cross, helping to feed
and clothe the children and widows of construction workers who died
while building the Canal. She also worked as a substitute teacher
getting up long before 7 a.m. to catch the train to whatever
community school needed her for the day.
When her husband died in 1949, Mrs. Ewing, like "Mama" DuVall
decided not to return to the States. "West Virginia, you know, was
just too cold after so many years here... ." Instead, she took a job as
house mother at the fledgling Canal Zone College where her only
tangible payment was her room and board. Mrs. Ewing stated that
she always felt sufficiently rewarded, knowing she helped the
students adjust to college and to be happy there. She was a
housemother at the college for 25 years. In 1969, the students
dedicated their yearbook, the "Conquistador," to Mrs. Ewing to
express their appreciation for the many years of enthusiastic
application in the role of "in loco parentss" Mrs. Ewings says that her
biggest job was in helping Spanish students learn English. .
Mrs. Ewing feels that the outstanding benefit of living on the
Isthmus, then as well as now, is the unique conglomeration of
different nationalities that one encounters:
"In the early days, I don't think there was another place like it in
the world: French, Chinese, German, Greek they all were
here. .. ."
The daughters of Mrs. Ewing went to summer school in Panama
so they would have a greater appreciation of Panamanian culture.
When asked what she thought about recent negotiations for a
new treaty between Panama and the United States, Mrs. Ewing
looked out of the window with a troubled expression on her face ...
"You hear rumors," she said, "but you just can't tell what is going to
THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, April 4,1975 The story
of the life of Robert J. Huntoon, who celebrated his 100th birthday on
March 23, is a story studded with such words as "the first," "the only"
"the most," and more recently, "the last and the oldest."
He was in "the first" group of 11 plumbers to come to work in the
Canal Zone in 1905. Six months later, he was "the only" one of the 11
left on the Isthmus. The others had returned to the States or died
from yellow fever, blackwater fever or malaria. He also had yellow
fever but was lucky enough to survive. During World War I, he
purchased "the most" liberty bonds of any other Canal employee. In
recognition of his purchase of $23,000 worth of bonds, the Government
rewarded him with the privilege of being "the first" civilian to fly over
the Canal. Many years later, at the age of 91, he was "the first"
Medicare patient admitted to Rutland, Vermont, Hospital.
He is a Spanish American War Veteran, "the last" one in the state
He is believed to be "the oldest" living U.S. citizen retired Canal
During his first three years, Mr. Huntoon worked for the
Department of Construction. Then, he transferred to the Health
Department. He worked at all the hospitals including the leper colony
hospital and the sanitarium in Taboga He went where he was
needed and did what had to be done. He helped embalm bodies to be
sent to the States, and he helped doctors to operate and to perform
autopsies. In fact, he acquired so much medical experience he was able
to save a man's life. Aboard a Panama Line ship on the way to New
York in 1911, he performed an appendectomy on a seaman who would
have died if he had not been operated on immediately.
In 1916, Mr. Huntoon bought a 1909 "Italia" not the first but at
least the second car to come to Panama He was one of the first
Canal employees to take his car to the United States for a vacation....
Mr. Huntoon has three daughters and a son: Mrs. Ethel Straub
and Hiram Huntoon, both of Rutland, Vermont; Mrs. Jane Shumaker,
of Lake Oswega, Oregon; and Mrs. Aura Erikson, of New Port Richey,
In a recent letter to the SPILLWAY, Mrs. Erikson reported that
her father, although blind now, enjoys excellent health. He lives in the
Pleasant Manor Nursing Home.
There are two days in the week about which and upon which I
never worry. Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and
apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday ... And the other day I
do not worry about is Tomorrow. The Golden Day by Robert Jones
The Gulfport Community Center Auditorium IS NOT available to
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the July and August
meetings because of recreational programs during the school vaca-
tion. The July and August meetings will be held at the PRINCESS
MARTHA HOTEL. As the first Friday in July is the Fourth, the July
meeting will be on Thursday, July 3. The August meeting will be on
Friday, August 1 both meetings at the regular time- 1:30 p.m.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION Notification was given in the
March issue of the RECORD that DUES FOR 1976 WOULD BE $7.00.
After July 1, 1975, new members may pay $2.50 for the balance of
1975 but MUST at that time pay $7 for 1976 a total of $9.50 for the
balance of 1975 and for the year 1976. A subscription is NOT
ACCEPTED FOR A six-month period.
THE SONG OF THE KANGAROO
[With apologies to Rudyard Kipling]
NOTE: The "Independent Order of Panamanian Kangaroos" was
a fraternal order whose membership was comprised of construction
workers during the building of The Panama Canal. After completion
of the Canal, its members scattered to the four corners of the eatih
and the organization disbanded in 1914. The word "Chairman" refers
to Colonel Goethals, Chairman and Chief Engineer of the Canal.
"Gumshoes" were Time Inspectors; the Colonel's Chief Gumshoe was
a man named Miskimon. Reference to the Y. M. C. A. had to do with
the fact that Recreation Centers were operated under the auspices of
the Y. M. C. A.
As long as neath the Ancon Hill,
Grafters live and thrive;
As long as out Sabanas Road,
The painted beauties drive:
As long as fair Taboga sees
The lights o' Ancon Town,
And the Senoritas call us up,
And the Colonel calls us down:
If you love me as I love you,
Stick to the gang till they are through.
As long as through Culebra Cut,
Blasting dynamite roars;
As long as down Cucaracha Slide
The sticky red clay pours,
As long as through the deafening noise
We hear the old, old tale,
"Ten thousand in the lottery,
If you love me as I love you,
We'll both be careful what we do.
As long as rum and whisky tempt
Straight workmen from their path;
As long as with each drink we take
We rouse the Chairman's wrath;
As long as noiseless gum-shoe men
Sneak up and down the line;
We'll get a letter saying,
"Come up and get your time."
If you love me as I love you,
We'll get the best of old gum-shoe.
As long as death, twixtt sun and sun,
Picks out the best to kill;
And sends his luckless victims out
To sleep on Monkey Hill;
As long as rumors from the town
Make jealous wives afraid,
As long as Venus takes the boy,
And Cupid takes the maid
If you love me as I love you,
We'll keep a shack that's built for two.
By all the Gods of the Tropic Tramp,
To whom we humbly bow.
From Mazatlin to Panama,
And down to old Callao,
We know who's done this great work, and,
No matter what they say,
This mighty ditch will ne'er be dug,
By a damn Y. M. C. A.
If you love me as I love you,
Stick to the gang that put it through.
By steam shovel and by dynamite,
By drills, by spades and picks,
By work, and will, and daily toil,
By sweat, by oaths, by kicks,
By whisky, poker, rum and gin
By nerve and grit my pal;
We'll get the last damn ounce of mud
From out this old Canal.
If you love me as I love you,
When it is done we'll both skiddoo.
Contributed to Mr. William L. Howard by Richard G. Taylor.
Condensed from THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, October 5,
1956 The organization, the Independent Order of Panamanian
Kangaroos, was one of the most important and active of the fraternal
organizations which flourished in the Canal Zone during the construc-
tion period. The first meeting was held in an old French house in
Empire on October 10, 1906. By 1909, there were almost 2,000
members. It started as a purely social order but became in addition a
welfare group. In 1910 and 1911, the organization spent nearly $1,200
in relief work. Membership was open to any adult male United States
citizen of good reputation and honorable means of support, although
no saloonkeepers, bartenders, liquor dealers, or gamblers were
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
7 February 1975
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew,
at 1:30 p.m.Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the
Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the January meeting.
The President welcomed the 114 members and guests who were
The following members an4 guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Dorothy Pate Canal Zone
Marie Wolf back from a trip to the Canal Zone
Landen Gunn Ponte Vedra Beach
Wilma and Glen Kirkpatrick Rochester, New York
Barbara Cunningham formerly of Auburn, Washington, now of
Betty Goldstein and daughter Canal Zone
Betty Fears St. Petersburg
Ruth Van Fleet Canal Zone
Mary Harrison Largo, Florida
Stan and Ella Specht St. Petersburg
Sam and Sara Rowley back from a trip to the Canal Zone
Grace Carey Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ted and Wilma Knapp Clearwater
Peggy Falk St. Petersburg, back from a trip
Eugene Lombard Toms River, New Jersey
The minutes of the January reunion meeting were read. As there
were no additions, corrections or omissions, the minutes were
approved as read.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
In the absence of the Record Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward, the
Secretary-Treasurer read the news of members and friends.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that Repre-
sentative Daniels, of New Jersey, had sponsored three bills dear to
the hearts of government employees. One bill would'set up the Magic
80 formula, giving an employee the option to retire whenever his or
her age and service totaled 80, but with retirement, annuities would
be reduced one percent for each year of age under 55. The second bill
would increase the government's contribution to employee life
insurance from the present 331/3 percent ot 50 percent. The third bill
would increase the government's present 60 percent maximum
contribution to the cost of federal employee health insurance by 5
percent a year to a maximum of 75 percent in January 1978.
Six couples would celebrate their birthdays in February, and
three couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes were ex-
tended to all. Mr. John Keenan, who would celebrate his 86th birth-
day, had received a birthday card from President and Mrs. Ford. As
this is unusual unless the individual is celebrating his 100th birthday,
Mr. Keenan had a few well chosen and candid remarks about the state
of affairs in our nation's capitol.
Mrs. Sara Rowley spoke briefly of their recent trip to the Canal
Mr. Askew thanked the refreshment committee, and, as there
was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
Coffee and donuts were enjoyed by the members and guests
following the business meeting.
NOTICE: DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1976 are $7.
7 March 1975
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew,
at 1:33 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 February meeting.
The President welcomed the 99 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Jeanne M. Wheeler New Port Richey
Jessie Degenaar Dunedin
Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole Schenectady, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Carleton Hallett Largo
Jim and Shorty Morris Clearwater
Joe and Helen Cicero Clearwater
Eugene Owens Port Richey
Grace and Bob Sheldon St. Petersburg
Mary L. Clark Seattle, Washington
Carl Starke Sarasota
Mrs. Margaret Fenton Tampa
Doris Townshend St. Petersburg
The minutes of the February 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
In the absence of the Record Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward, Mrs.
Anna Collins read news of members and friends.
Mr. Askew announced that Governor Parker had recently been
admitted to the ICU at Gorgas Hospital and would soon be taken to
Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
The President informed the group that retirees may qualify for
Social Security if investments have a yield of $400 or more per year.
He had a letter giving added information, and interested persons
should contact him.
Mr. Askew called on Mr. George Poole who spoke of his recent
bus trip around Florida. Mr. Dewey Goodwin was called on to tell the
group about his recent trip to Panama. Dewey told of the changes in
the Panama Line Ships. Only ten passengers were carried; cars were
now where deck chairs used to be. However, for the most part, the
food was still good.
Ten members would celebrate birthdays in March. The group
sang Happy Birthday to them.
Mr. Askew thanked the refreshment committee, Eleanor Connor,
Dolly Barbour and Al Davis.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:15
Coffee and donuts were enjoyed by the members and guests.
4 April 1975
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 March meeting.
The President welcomed the 116 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Kuhn Jensen Beach, Florida
Toodles (Warren) Setzer Temple Hills, Maryland
Mary Louise (Warren) Parsons, Tampa, Florida
Kaye Burkhardt Temple Hills, Maryland
Marge and George Daniels Belleair Bluffs, Florida
Edna Hale Beakon Woods, Florida
Eugene C. Lombard Toms River, New Jersey
Miss Debbie Pate visiting in St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Warren McNamee Davie, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bigelow Pinellas Park, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Shannon St. Petersburg
.The minutes of the March 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 Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up 2.6%/ as of 28 February. He also reported
that life insurance rates would be going up in April. Rep. Dominick
Daniels has introduced legislation to (1) to eliminate deductions for
survivor benefits, and (2) increase the government's share of health
insurance from 60% to 75%/. Hearings are scheduled for 22 April. The
House and Senate Civil Service Committees have voted disapproval of
President Ford's proposal to limit the cost of living increases to 5%
Mr. Askew announced information on flights to Panama by Air
Panama. The information was sent in by R. R. Will, of California.
Mr. Askew thanked the audit committee and announced that the
results of the Audit would be published in the June Record.
The President introduced Mr. Eugene Lombard who spoke to the
group. Mr. Lombard spoke on the greatness of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. He commended the officers past and present for
their devotion to duty and praised the quarterly Canal Record and the
Annual Issue. He emphasized how fortunate we are to have such a
Mr. Askew announced that the July meeting will be held
Thursday, the 3rd of July, instead of Friday, July 4th at the
Princess Martha Hotel. The August meeting will be held on the first
Friday of the month.
Three members would celebrate their birthdays in April. The
group sang Happy Birthday to them. Bunny and Celeste Powell were
celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary on 4 April, 1975.
Mr. Askew thanked the refreshment committee. As there was no
further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m. Coffee, donuts,
and a brief social period were enjoyed by the members and guests
following the business meeting.
Jean B. Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
NOTICE: DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1976 are $7.
Witth 1eep *orrow
le announce tle beaths of the following:
Mr. Frank J. Aspesi passed away on April 5, 1975, at the Holy
Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Burial was in Long Island,
New York on April 8, 1975. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine
M. Aspesi, 6200 N.E. 22nd Way, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308.
Mr. William H. Barlow passed away in Tampa, Florida, on April
2, 1975. Additional information is not known.
Mr. Bartlett Albert Beck, Sr., 72, died March 9, 1975, in Norfolk,
Virginia. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruth C. Beck, of
Chesapeake, Virginia; a daughter, Mrs. Beverley B. Johnson, of
Virginia Beach; a son, B. A. Beck, Jr., of Portsmouth, Virginia; a
stepson, Air Force Captain George J. Schmelz, of Wichita Falls,
Texas; a sister, two brothers and three grandchildren.
Mr. Clarence R. Boughner passed away on January 29, 1975, in
Inverness, Florida. He had been ill for nearly a year. He is survived by
his wife, Mrs. Adah Boughner, of Inverness and two sons, Jim and Bill
of the Canal Zone.
Miss Marie V. (Dixie) Brauer, a former nurse at Gorgas Hospital,
died on May 4, 1975, in Richmond, Virginia. Miss Brauer retired in the
early 1960's. There are no immediate survivors.
Mrs. Oscar L. Brownell (Jessie) passed away in March, according
to word received from her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ethel B. Wanke. -
Information in the California Report.
Mrs. L. C. Callaway, Jr., of Miami, Florida, passed away on
March 18, 1975, at her home. She is survived by her husband, Larry
Callaway, a son, Larry III of Miami, and a daughter, Betty Temple, of
Yardley, Pennsylvania, and two sisters in South Carolina.
Mr. Loreto Cellucci died on April 20, 1975 in Inverness, Florida.
Mr. Cellucci is survived by his wife, Geraldine.
Mr. Michael L. Crooks, of Sun City, Arizona, died February 19,
1975, in Sun City, Arizona. Known survivors are his wife and one
Mrs. Amy Dailey, 91, the widow of Elmer Dailey who retired
from the Mechanical Division of the Panama Canal in 1938, died in
New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 24, 1975. Mrs. Dailey is survived
by three sons, Earl O. Dailey, St. Petersburg, Florida; Carl F. Dailey,
Metairie, Louisiana; Elmer W. Dailey, Panama City, Florida; six
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mr. John Dettor, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died suddenly at
the home of his brother, Jim, on April 14, 1975. Survivors are a son,
Dr. Vernon Dettor, a daughter, Clarice (Mrs. David Brainard, 317 S.
W. 11th Avenue, Boynton Beach, Florida 33435), and four grandchil-
Mr. Harry B. Doyle, 79, husband of Mrs. Lillian Noonan Doyle
(mother of the late William L. Taylor, of Balboa, Canal Zone) had a
stroke on January 17th and died January 27th. It was a bitter blow for
Mrs. Doyle to lose her husband of 42 years and her only grandson,
Michael W. Taylor within three days. Information from the
Mr. Matthew Dreghorn, a retired Panama Railroad employee,
died on April 23, 1975, in Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Dreghorn went to the
Isthmus in 1912. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ismenia Dreghorn, of
Panama City, and a daughter, June, who resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Kitty Eriksen, 78, a resident of Scarsdale, New York, who
resided in New Port Richey, Florida for ten years before moving to
Scarsdale, died on March 21, 1975. Survivors include a son, Clifford, of
Charlotte, North Carolina; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Lorenzo, Scarsdale;
and five grandchildren.
Mr. Walter Fox, 77, who retired from the Canal organization in
1959, died on March 19, 1975, in Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Fox joined
the Canal organization in 1941.
Dr. Julian R. Hunt, 79, died March 6, 1975, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
For many years, Dr. Hunt was the physician in charge of the Balboa
Dispensary. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rose Grant Hunt,
whose address is in care of John F. Braz, 1736 South Beretania Street,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814, and one brother of Tennessee.
Mrs. Anna L. January passed away on March 23, 1975, in Santa
Barbara, California. Information from Mrs. January's niece Audrey
Mr. Warren D. Jordan, 73, of Annapolis, Maryland, died of a
heart attack on February 21, 1975. William B. Jordan, his father,
worked during the Construction Days on the Panama Railroad as a
conductor. Warren, one of seven children graduated from Balboa High
School in the class of 1920 on June 18. The family went to the Zone in
1907. Mr. Jordan is survived by five daughters, Norma J. Green of
Hillsmere Shores, Mary Storton of Annapolis, Phoebe Jandrall of
Pomona, California, Alice Gritz, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and
Shirley A. McDonald of Annapolis; a sister, Mrs. Alice J. Rogers of
Bluffton, Indiana, a brother, Wilbur H. Jordan of Fort Wayne,
Indiana; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Herbert R. Judson, 82, died April 27, 1975, in Jacksonville,
Florida. He was a retired accountant, having served 35 years with the
U.S. Government Controller's office in the Canal Zone. Mr. Judson is
survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna Judson; two sons, Mr. Donald E.
Judson, of Nogales, Arizona, and Mr. Walter E. Judson, of Indian-
apolis, Indiana; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Peter S. Legge, who was living in retirement in the Interior
of Panama, died of a heart attack on February 6, 1975, and was buried
in Corozal Cemetery, according to word received from his son, Peter,
Jr., of Diamond Bar, California. Information from the California
Mr. William Earle Lundy, 74, died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on
April 15, after a brief illness. Mr. Lundy was employed by the Panama
Canal Company in May, 1929, as a commissary clerk and by the time
he retired in January, 1962, he was assistant treasurer of the
He is survived by his widow, Opal; a son, J. Leroy Lundy, of San
Diego, California; two daughters, Opal Earle Houghton, of Denver,
Colorado, and Elizabeth (Libby) MacMurray, of Panama City, Pan-
ama; eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
At his request, Mr. Lundy's ashes were taken to the Canal Zone
to be placed at the base of Big Tree on Van Tyne Trail, Barro
Colorado, Island. Mr. Lundy, a well-known naturalist had many of his
articles published in magazines such as NATURE and NATURAL
Mrs. Mary Melanson, 76, died at Gorgas Hospital on February 17,
1975, after a long illness. Mrs. Melanson was a Canal Zone resident
from the early 1920's until her husband, Wallace, retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1958. After her husband's death in 1973,
she has lived in Los Rios with her son, Theodore Melanson. In
addition to her son, she is survived by three grandchildren and two
Mrs. Eda Rae Petterson, wife of Charles J. Petterson, Margarita,
Canal Zone, died recently. Mr. Petterson works on the Gatun Locks.
Mr. Walter Pollak died on March 12, 1975, in Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. Pollak retired from the Dredging Division in 1944. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Margaret (Bauer) Pollak, a former nurse, and one
daughter, Carolyn Ann Tyssen, of Clifton, Texas.
Mr. Cornelius J. Post, 86, passed away on March 12, 1975, in
Jacksonville, Florida. He was employed with the Panama Canal in
1919 and retired in 1947 from the Oil Handling Plant on the Atlantic
side. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hannah J. Post; two
step-daughters, Mrs. Neta Murwin and Mrs. Elsie Koester; three
step-sons, Arthur, Rodney and Carlton Higgenbotham and one
Mr. Thomas B. Rainey, Sr., 59, a former employee of the
Dredging Division, died February 19, 1975, at Corpus Christi, Texas,
of an apparent heart attack. He retired from the Canal organization in
July, 1970. In addition to his widow, Cary, Mr. Rainey is survived by a
son, Thomas B. Rainey, Jr., of Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, and a
daughter, Mrs. Robert Nooney, of Los Rios, and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Cary Rainey resides at 4814 Kendall Drive, Corpus Christi,
Mr. Roy D. Reece, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed away on
May 10, 1975. Mr. Reece, an electrical engineer for the Panama Canal,
retired in March of 1962. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Virginia K.
Reece; two sons, James William, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and
David Michael, of Bloomfield, Indiana; a daughter, Mrs. Royna Reece
Thomas, of Somerville, New Jersey; and eight grandchildren.
Mr. John Francis (Jack) Rice, 64, died February 2, 1975, after a
brief illness, in Hull, Massachusetts, where he made his retirement
home. Mr. Rice retired in 1970 from the Canal Zone Fire Department,
Atlantic side. He is survived by his widow, Theresa, his son, Robert E.
Morrissey of Diablo, Canal Zone, and a brother, of Quincy, Massachu-
Dr. Howard K. Tuttle, 94, a pioneer physician during the early
days of the Canal and senior medical officer in what was formerly
known as the Sanitation Division of Gorgas Hospital, died on April 3,
1975, in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Tuttle went to the Isthmus in
1910 and retired in 1945. He was assistant chief of the surgical clinic
and at the time of his retirement was the head of the medical staff.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Louise Tuttle, who resides at 1036
N. Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, California 90046.
Mr. Walter Woodruff passed away in December, 1974, in Cape
Canaveral, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Elva, a son, Walter,
who is with the Military in Hawaii and a daughter, Mrs. Sandra
Weigle, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. Wells Duncan Wright, 75, passed away on April 7, 1975, in
Gulfport, Florida. Mr. Wright moved to Florida fourteen years ago
when he retired from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a retired civil
engineer. Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna M. Wright,
Gulfport, Florida and a son, Richard W. Wright, Montreal, Canada.
CORRECTIONS: We regret all errors, but particularly an error in an
Corrected obituary on Mrs. Gladys Detamore, Staunton,
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, Jerry W. Detamore,
Panama Canal Zone; two daughters, Peggy L. Martin, of Staunton,
Virginia, and Adda Aline Detamore, of Lynchburg, Virginia; six
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Submitted by Mrs. Edith Minnix, St. Petersburg, Florida "The
March RECORD STATES THAT Mrs. Beatrice Minnix had three
daughters. She had two daughters, Virginia Rodgers, of St. Peters-
burg, Florida, and Sharon Burton, Pembroke Pines, Florida. Lillian
Haggen and Marion Campbell were sisters of Mrs. Minnix."
Editor: All source material for each RECORD is kept for three
months until the next issue of the RECORD is mailed. In checking
the newspaper obituary, submitted by the R. Lee Funeral Home, a
daughter, Sharon Burton was not mentioned. The newspaper obituary
DID state two daughters but when followed only by the three names
as in the March issue, the Editor erroneously assumed the paper had
erred in stating two daughters. We realize that at the time of a death,
families are upset, but, when possible, when a printed obituary is
incorrect, errors in the RECORD would be avoided if the Society were
We also appreciate Mrs. Edith Minnix calling our attention to an
error in the survivors of Mr. Ralph Davis (death, November 2, 1974).
His widow is Mrs. Lucille Davis and NOT Mrs. Marion Davis.
Mothers Day May 11, 1975 "God could not be every where,
so He made mothers." A Jewish Proverb.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Etta Fay and Glynn Terrell traveled south to Rockport, Texas, to
spend ten days with Bentonville friends who were wintering there.
They enjoyed a boat trip through a Wildlife Refuge and saw the
near-extinct whooping crane, stopping by to take in the beautiful
Hodges Gardens near Many, Louisiana, on their way home.
The Terrells again took off with Alice and Herb Engelke in their
small trailer for a two-week camping trip to Big Bend National Park in
southwest Texas. En route home, they stopped by to visit Canal Zone
retirees in Kerrville and Lance Terrell in Austin, Texas. Young Herb
Engelke who was operated on for a bad knee during the Christmas
holidays has recovered nicely from this ordeal.
During March, Virginia (Engelke) Favorite flew to this area and
bought a retirement home. She expects to occupy it in the spring of
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders enjoyed an all too short two-day visit
from Budd and Eleanor Bliss in early March. Budd and Eleanor were
returning to their home in California from a visit to Ecuador, the
Canal Zone and Florida. They had seen many mutual friends and had
much to report.
With spring's arrival, Dorothy and Bruce have been active in
their yard and getting ready for anticipated visits from Zonites.
Dorothy has been planting shrubbery and Bruce constructed a
lazyman's strawberry patch!
Bud and Betty Balcer have arrived in Bentonville to occupy their
retirement home and increase the ranks of Zonians in this area. The
day after their arrival, they were welcomed by a three-minute wailing
of the sirens, announcing a tomato watch!!
In February, Charlie and Gloria Malsbury took a three-week
vacation to Jamaica where they visited Gloria's aunt. They enjoyed
many dinner parties and had a wonderful time. Gloria met many old
friends whom she had not seen for 25 years!! The Malsburys now have
an Australian dog, "Contessa" by name, which walked into their
garage one day and took their hearts.
Lenor (Lee) Butz flew east to Kingston, New York, to visit her
mother for three weeks. Harry writes that his father, Leonard, is
coming along fine and walking with his walker. We were very glad to
learn that Bill Baldwin is now operating "HAM"-wise so that we shall
have some communication with the Sr. Butzes. Leonard cannot write
letters as his eyes are too poor, so with the help of Bob Hursh and
Bruce Sanders, from this end we can keep in touch.
Minnie and Eldridge Burton are flying down to Miramar, Florida,
to visit their son, Mike, Jr. and family for ten days. Mike, Jr. was
transferred to Miami from McMinnville, Tennessee, by the Carrier
firm for which he works new address: 6632 Emerald Lake Drive,
Andrew and Frances Whitlock went to the Canal Zone in
February to see their son, Paul and children in Gamboa. Their
youngest son, Ed Whitlock has been accepted as a graduate student,
majoring in psychology at Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Frances and Luke Palumbo drove to Omaha, Nebraska, for a
short visit. They, like the other "farmers" in this area, have planted a
garden with radishes, lettuce, cauliflower, tomatoes, string beans, etc.
NOTICE: Remember our ANNUAL BLANCHE SHAW picnic on
Fathers' Day, June 15, at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Come any time
after 10 a.m. Everyone is Welcome just bring a covered dish, your
cutlery and a good appetite.
Editor Lenor Butz, assisted by telephone Committee, Mildred
Higgins and Etta Fay Terrell.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
A near-record turnout attended the Annual Business Meeting-
Luncheon on April 6, 1975, at The Chicken Dinner Restaurant at
Knott's Berry Farm. Former Canal Zone Governor, Robert J.
Fleming, Jr., was the guest speaker. George Metivier, son of Mrs. Lo-
retta Metivier and the late William H. Metivier, long-time residents of
the Canal Zone, was the guest photographer. The Molino sisters en-
tertained with typical Panamanian songs and dances. "The Song-
smiths", David Leroy Smith and Roy Ballard sang some popular
songs. Their rendition of "How Great Thou Art" was dedicated to the
late Captain Carl P. Wanke who sang that song at his last meeting -
just a year ago.
The following officers were unanimously elected: Francis E.
Fitzpatrick, President; John R. deGrummond, Vice-President; and
Joan R. dleGrummond, Secretary-treasurer.
Mr. Arthur J. O'Leary, former Deputy Comptroller, Panama
Canal Company, introduced the guest speaker, Governor Fleming.
The subject of the Governor's talk was The Panama Canal. Giving the
historical background, he offered an interesting viewpoint on the
course of U.S.-Panama relations and the Canal.
A warm welcome was given to new members Mr. and Mrs.
Harry E. Townsend (Jeanne O'Brien). Harry went to the Canal Zone
in 1934. He and Jeanne met aboard the SS CRISTOBAL in November,
1941, when she went to the Zone to nurse at Gorgas Hospital. They
were married at the Hotel Tivoli in 1943. Their son Harry, Jr., was
born in 1953 about a month before his father was seriously injured
aboard the SS LISHOLDT. Captain and Mrs. John T. Petersen
(Henning) were present. Capt. Petersen was employed as Towboat
Captain with the Navigation Division from 1942 to 1971. Mr. and Mrs.
J. Stanley Butler, Jr., also were new members. Mr. Butler was
employed in the Section of Office Engineers and lived on the Prado in
NEWS FROM MEMBERS:
Harry and Vivian Corn certainly enjoyed their vacation in
Hawaii! In February, Vivian wrote, "Hard to settle down here the
weather has been too beautiful to stay inside. We have a spot under a
palm tree staked out on the beach at Haw'n Village where we spend as
much time as possible. Had a wonderful Christmas here with both our
Arthur and Dorothy Cotton recently returned from a three-
month visit in the Canal Zone with members of their family.
Sara and Estrella de la Pena have been enjoying the visit of their
sister, Eva, and other folks from Mexico.
Mrs. Helen Fogle was hospitalized from December 30 to
February 6. "My son, Robert L. Johnson of Margarita, came and
stayed with me. I am moving into Whittier Retirement Villa, 8101
Painter Avenue, Whittier, California 90602."
Dorothy Hayward "During my recent visit in the Zone, I
stayed with Britta Dunn in her quarters at Howard AFB, although I
did spend some time with my friends, Dr. and Mrs. V. L. Morris
(Ruth) in Gatun." Dorothy also visited Faye and Preston Minton at
Playa Coronado. .. ."
In December, an Open House was held by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E.
Irving of Laguna Hills celebrating their Fiftieth Wedding Anniver-
Mr. and Mrs. A. Paul Jones, Jr. (Rose) report a call from Mary
and Harry Foster from the Canal Zone who, as they traveled through
to the north, were looking the country over for a possible retirement
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. Moore (Evelyn) plan to visit friends in St.
Petersburg, Florida, on their way to the Canal Zone in late April. The
Moores will attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the Canal Zone
College Club in which Evelyn played a prominent founding role.
Thelma Reppe "Recently, when visiting Mariner's Village at
Dana Point, in the store, 'Lama of Tibet', we saw some checkerboards
made with butterfly wings. I was telling my friend about having
purchased one in Panama when the sales clerk perked up at the
mention of Panama. She had lived at Fort Amador until 1952 went
to school on the Zone and at the National Institute; her name is Hattie
Jones Blackman (now Mrs. Ted Ball).
Jack Ridge, Sr. has been visiting with John and Julie Ridge in
Miami since his return from the Canal Zone in March. He has just
arrived for a month's visit with Joan and Jack deGrummond in North
Hollywood before spending the summer in Burlington, Iowa, with Joe
and Sue Ridge.
Mrs. Grace V. Naylor, Past Matron of Coral Chapter No. 3,
Gatun, Canal Zone, was honored when she was presented a 50-year
pin by the Past Matrons, Order of Eastern Star, on February 3 in
Laguna Hills, California.
Ernest and Janice Cameron Ross celebrated their 26th wedding
anniversary in Las Vegas while on a short trip from their home in
Mrs. Ethel Wanke recently visited her son, Carl P. Wanke, Jr.,
and his family in San Jose. Carl had a serious operation last fall to
correct two vertebrae and numbness in his hand. Doctors went
through the front of the neck to perform the operation. Carl returned
to work in January, but must wear a neck brace for a year.
David Leroy Smith "In January, Homer and Carolyn Piper, of
Columbus, Ohio, were here on business. They were dinner guests and
spent an enjoyable evening reminiscing with my sister Aileene Smith
Hoyle, who was visiting, and myself. They brought greetings from
Ella Piper and from Raymond and Jeanne Piper in Houston, Texas.
Captain Howard L. Smithies and his wife, Frances, of Seal Beach
Leisure World, have been taking turns in the hospital. Aileen spent
two weeks with Frances during Howard's first surgery. A bout with
the flu cut short her visit, and she returned to my house to recuperate
before returning to her home in Redwood Estates in the Bay Area."
Milton and Chubby Wright, of Ontario, California, had a nice trip
to Mexico in March. They particularly enjoyed the fishing.
Jack and Joan deGrummond Joan spent March with her sister,
Margaret Coffey, in New Orleans during which time Margaret was
recovering from surgery. Margaret will return to work around
mid-May. George and Marie Christensen were our dinner guests one
evening (George retired from the Panama Line Office in Nola a few
years ago and resides in Nola.) Joan's cousin, Mrs. Ann Cody Carey,
who is making her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jean
and John Kammerer, of Randolph, New Jersey, recently spent three
months visiting her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Martha Carey
and family in the Canal Zone. Mary Jean flew down for ten days and
enjoyed her first visit "home" in 23 years. She enjoyed a get-together
of many of her school-day friends, including Marguerite ("Babe")
Flynn Kessler and Mary Lou Haines Engelke. On their way home to
New Jersey, Mary Jean accompanied her mother to New Orleans for
a few days' visit with Mrs. Leo Ridge (Mae Gowan)..Ann and Mae
were childhood friends in the early days but hadn't seen one another
for 54 years!!! Joan felt fortunate to have been in Nola during their
visit and get-together with the family there. Joan's brother Joe, and
his wife, Sue, visited Margaret and Joan in New Orleans on their way
home from their vacation at Broadwater Beach, Mississippi.
Jack and Joan are planning on visiting the Canal Zone in the summer.
- Joan R. deGrummond, Secretary-Treasurer.
OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO JOAN for sending wonderful pictures
of our California friends Editor.
CANAL ZONE NEWS
NEW CANAL ZONE GOVERNOR Major General Harold R.
Parfitt was nominated by President Ford, approved by the Senate,
and sworn in as Governor on March 24 by Secretary of the Army
Howard H. Callaway. The ceremony, held in the Secretary's office in
Washington, was attended by Under Secretary of State, William
Rogers, Army officials, Mrs. Parfitt, one of Governor Parfitt's
daughters, and his father. Governor Parfitt served as Lieutenant
Governor of the Canal Zone from June, 1965, to September, 1968.
Summit Gardens Canal Zone, 25 Jan. '75 by John (Bill) E.
Schmidt, Jr. SMSGT, USAF, Albrook AFB, C.Z.
"On a perfect dry-season day out at Summit Gardens, a gathering
of former residents of Pedro Miguel took place. Ginger Young started
the ball rolling when she took the initiative to start calling all the old
Pedro Miguel gang together for a picnic. Each person contacted called
someone else they knew from the old days and before long we had at
least 100 people with picnic lunches and lots of stories.
"It really was a great day, and I hope that it will be possible to do
it annually. It was so much fun to hear people talking about the Rap-
ids SIP Quarters Frog Alley Incubator Row Sam and the
swimming pool the Playshed Barrage Balloons Smoke Pots and
everything else that old friends remembered. There were several of
the old gang who had come down to the Zone for the holidays and
were able to be there. My folks, John and Kitty Schmidt had just
returned to Maryland after spending the holidays with my brother
Doug and our families. I wish they could have stayed longer. Many of
their friends were there.
"I tried to get everyone to sign the list so I could include them in
this letter. If I missed someone, or spelled their names incorrectly,
please forgive me. It was very difficult to make sure I got everyone.
"Attending were: (Bill and Ginger (Coffey) Young, Doug and
Sharon (Booth) Schmidt, Dick and Iris (Dedeaux) Hogan, Mrs. Caro-
line Dedeaux, Anna Ransom, Glenda Hale, Lloyd and Jo Anne (Hat-
chett) Kent, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Joe Hatchett, Jack and Janet Holt,
Bill Dunning, Sr., Pat (Dunning) Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Peter-
son, Mr. and Mrs. Allen K. Miller (from Sarasota), Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam B. Mallory, Dan and Barbara Kiley, Don and Peg Hutchison, Ro-
berta Patterson, Kathryn and Russ Meissner, Ted and Ann Marti, Jim
and Ann Slover, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Erhart (Becky Abell), Mr. and
Mrs. Adrien Bouche, George and Jane Bouche, Virginia (Sanders)
Hanzel, Eugenie Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bramlett, Bill and Ruth
Tillman, Pat and Liz (Zent) Beall, Norman and Agnes Anderson, Mrs.
Dorothy Haymen, J. C. and Mable Dyer, Leroy and Sarah Wilson,
Juanita McGrow, Jim and Mary Young, Betty (Mead) Robertson,
Virginia (Dixon) Macdonell, Roderick Macdonell, Gertrude (Dixon)
Paige, Fred Mead, Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd, Bud Wickens, and
about 50 children and grandchildren ....
Some additional news: My daughter Kathleen Patricia was
married recently to John Philip Day, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
My wife and I flew up to the Springs for the wedding, and, of course, it
was great to get back to that country again after living there for the
past ten years.
"It wasn't too long after we returned to the Zone that my
youngest son, John, announced that he was about to be engaged to the
lovely Cathleen Janssen of Rodman, Canal Zone. Soon it will be
difficult around our house. When we say 'John and Kathy', we won't
know which one of our two sons' daughters we are talking about!
We are enjoying being back in the Zone again after so many years
away. I must say that things are different now that I am a Senior
Master Sergeant last time (1951) as a PFC in the Air Force, it was
rather tough. As you all read in the press in the States, things are
popping here with this 'treaty' business. I am beginning to wonder
who is on the side of the United States. I have written a paper on the
issues and have sent several to Congressmen, hoping that they might
stop and take a harder look at the situation. I hope more people will
make their feelings and thoughts known to Congress.
"Thanks for the opportunity to submit these items for the
RECORD. It is a great publication, and I look forward to receiving my
Mrs. Margaret Morris returned to her home in North Carolina in
January after a three-month visit in the Canal Zone and Panama. She
enjoyed visits with her two sons, Bob and Charles, and their families.
She also saw several old friends who still live there and enjoyed
showing the area to her friend who joined her from North Carolina.
Her friend said that Panama is nicer than Hawaii!
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
Mrs. Agnes Hearon spent the Easter Holidays in Richmond,
Virginia, with her son, Chris, who is a teacher in the Richmond
schools. Recently, Mrs. Hearon had as her overnight guests old
friends from Gamboa days, Chubby and Mabel Orton of New Jersey
who were on a trip to Florida, visiting various friends.
Frank and Ann Cunningham have as their houseguests, Mr. and
Mrs. Don Spencer, Ann's brother-in-law and sister, who retired from
Canal service last December. Don is now managing the Pedro Miguel
boat house where he keeps his boat. Don was recently operated on for
cataracts by the famous Dr. Walsh of Miami.
Ada Mary (Anderson) Bright, of Jackonsville, Florida, was a
houseguest of the Lonnie Van Siclens. While here, Ada Mary and the
Van Siclens jointly entertained in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Alois
Hoffman, of Dubuque, Iowa, annual visitors to Fort Lauderdale.
Guests at this delightful party were the Paul Hertgens, the Bob
Johnsons, the James Lyons, Gil Rowes, Peggy Yerkes, Barbara
Hutchings and the Van Siclens' lovely daughter, Lee who was recently
married to Haywood Tatem.
Kitty Adams of Balboa recently was a visitor in the home of the
Lonnie Van Siclens.
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf have as their visitor, Ruth Lawton, of
Jacksonville, Florida an old friend of their Jacksonville Days.
The Yerkes enjoyed an Easter visit with their son, David, of
Madrid, Spain, David, who is with Armstrong Cork, has been
transferred to Melbourne, Australia. He, Gloria, and the three
children will'visit his parents in June, and then they will go to Gloria's
parents in Kansas City, Missouri. They will then go to the West Coast,
visit with David's brother, Bill, and his family and then leave from
there for their new home in Melbourne.
Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf were in Turks' Island (British) to visit
Lila's father, Mr. Edmund Ewing and her brother, George. While
there, they celebrated the 100th birthday of Mr. Ewing who also
received a telegram from Queen Elizabeth. Later news Mrs.
Strumpf's father, Edmund Ewing, passed away just before his 101st
birthday in Turks' Island. Mr. Ewing had many old friends in Fort
Lauderdale and in the Zone when he had visited the Strumpfs. George
Ewing, Lila's brother will be a visitor in Fort Lauderdale soon. He was
recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth and is now a member of the
order of the British Empire.
Ed Jones and his bride (Fred Weade's sister) were honored by
the Bob Johnsons, the Van Siclens, and the Frank Naughtons at a
lovely party at the Johnson home. The Joneses have moved to their
new home in Plantation, Florida.
Shirley Smith of Clearwater was the guest of friends in Fort
Lauderdale. They then went to Boca Raton with the Plaises and also
spent some time with old friends, Flo and Charlie Beeson. While in
Fort Lauderdale, Shirley spent some time with the Hal Sanders of
Panama who were here for a short time at their apartment in Plaza
There was much excitement at the Gil Rowes in February when
their daughter, Pamela, was married to Joseph Henry Herold, of
Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Herold's family, including his mother
and friends came for the wedding. Among out-of-town guests of Canal
Zone folks were Mr. and Mrs. James Wood and the Robert Engelkes
of St. Petersburg; Ada Mary Anderson Bright, Jacksonville, the
Leonard Landers of Sarasota, and from Wilmington, North Carolina,
Pam's uncle and aunt, Tom and Edith Alley. A beautiful party and
shower was given by Mrs. Agnes Hearon for the bridal party.
Pete and Bob Johnson are off on a flying trip. They will visit the
MacVitties in Phoenix, Arizona, and from there will visit some of
Bob's relatives in the Northwest and then to California to see Bob's
brother, Peter and family. They expect to be gone a month.
The South Florida group will hold their semi-annual luncheon on
May 25th at Pier 66, with Bob Johnson presiding.
We are proud to announce that our Pete Johnson was honored by
the National League of American Pen Women, Canal Zone and
Panama Branch, at their 25th celebration. Mrs. Johnson, a school
teacher and painter, was a past president of the local branch and
among those honored at that tea that was held at the Governor's
residence. Congratulations, Pete! Barbara M. Hutchings.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
At the spring meeting in April, the Panama Canal Society of
Western North Carolina welcomed Mrs. Ceridyn Fritz, who recently
moved into the Carolina Village, and Maenner and Antionette Huff
and Mrs. Selma Huff, who are now residing in their new home in
Brevard, North Carolina.
Due to other activities, Gene Clary resigned as Secretary, and
Ruth Zelnick was elected to the position.
Paul and Betty Bentz moved into their new apartment at Carolina
Village on 14 March. Their son Alan, flew down to Hendersonville
from Connecticut to help them move and get settled.
Clarence and Della Howell are keeping busy doing volunteer
work for the WWI veterans. Clarence is State Commander which
has kept them traveling quite a bit over North Carolina. In February,
they went to Raleigh to visit the North Carolina Museum of History
where many memorials and historical items were on display. It all
brought back memories of the "war that was to end all wars." The
Howells extend best regards to all their Canal Zone friends and
extend an invitation to visit them when in North Carolina.
In March, Jack and Jean Dombrowsky attended their son's wedding
(Dale) to Mrs. Lynn King in Lakeland, Florida. Dale's sister, Barbara
Sanders, came from Margate, Florida, to attend the ceremony. On
their way home to Hendersonville, the Dombrowskys overnighted
with Jeanne and Max Sanders in Inverness, Florida.
Dick and Kaye Potter, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, spent two
days in Hendersonville with Ernie and Ruth Zelnick. The Potters
were returning to their home from Florida where they had been
visiting family and friends.
Truman and Betsy Hoenke returned from the West Coast in
March to learn that their summer island home in Lake Champlain had
been entered. They drove to Vermont to investigate, driving over the
ice to the island. They enjoyed the beauty of an old-fashioned New
England snowstorm while there. In April, the Hoenkes spent the
Easter holidays in New Orleans visiting their daughter, Diana Bauer,
who is completing requirements for her doctorate in comparative
neuro anatomy. Now the Hoenkes plan to leave for Vermont in early
May (or as soon as the ice goes out) where they will spend the
Eugene and Alice Lombard are expected to visit Hendersonville
in early May. On their way home from a trip to South America, Louis
and Evelyn Moore will visit friends in Hendersonville early in May.
Need we add that the mountains are spectacular this time of year
with the blooming dogwood, azaleas, mountain laurel and wild
flowers! Y'all come. Alice H. Roche, Secretary (Record)
Some interesting facts condensed from an article entitled "More
Than a Book of Numbers" by Dolores E. Suisman in the Spring. 1975
"The Panama Canal telephone directory is a gold mine of infor-
mation. It's an almanac, a history, and if one wishes to be prosaic, it
can even be used to look up telephone numbers. "For 60 years, the
size and contents of this unique telephone book has reflected the
growth and organization of the Company. The build-up of services as
they became necessary and the decline of services as they became
available in the Republic of Panama, through mail and freight services
from the United States are quickly visible. The increase of personnel
during wartime and the decrease with the return of peace are shown
in its pages. In a very real way, it tells the story of the Panama Canal.
"Although telephones had been in use in the Canal Zone since
1910, an official directory, first published December 1, 1915, provided
a golden opportunity to tell residents how to use a telephone which it
did in great detail. The 10th anniversary edition, published in
January, 1925, introduced the new and sensational automatic tele-
phones. Now, instead of jiggling the hook for the operator, you were
told to dial 112 for a fire, 113 for the police, 114 for information or 0 for
the ambulance or the emergency operator.
"Instructions for using the automatic phones began with the
exclamation CAUTION! centered at the top of the page. Under this
warning were listed all of the things you could do wrong. The list
ended with the disquieting thought that 'You will probably disconnect
your telephone if you hang up the receiver before you finish talking.'
"Many names in the 1915 book have been in every edition from
that day to this. Adrien M. Bouche, retired Canal employee, finds his
name in the 1975 telephone book just as he did 60 years ago. Other
names in the 1915 book which also have been in every edition are:
Benny, W. E., Foreman, Paraiso Shops, Mechanical Division, whose
son, Benny, W. L., and grandson, W. L., Jr., are in the 1974 book.
There was a Hummer, C. D. Wreckmaster (Hercules and Ajax)
Mechanical Division; the father of Hummer, C. W. whose name
appeared in the 1925 directory, and the grandfather of Hummer, C.
W., Jr., Assistant Chief of the Dredging Division. In 1915, De La
Mater, W. W., Auditor's Office,Fortifications Division was listed.
After he died, the '32 book added De La Mater, Mrs. Ann, secretary to
the Superintendent of Schools. Today, their son, William L. De La
Mater, is listed as Aide to the Governor.
The problem arose as to what type of subscriber could be listed in
the directory. Liquor companies, among others, were not considered
proper for inclusion in the Canal directory. It was 30 years before a
realistic Governor penciled the note "no objection" to any legitimate
business. .. ."
Many other changes in the original format of the Panama Canal
Telephone Directory were discussed.
CANAL ZONE PANAMA BRIEFS Source from Panama
newspapers. We regret the clippings were not dated and the
particular newspaper was not identified. We would appreciate this
information when clippings are sent to the Society.
The luxurious cruise ship, QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, the largest
passenger ship in regular service, transited the Canal on March 25,
1975. The Cunard liner is 963 feet long and has a beam of 105 feet. The
ship broke the record held by the German flag ship BREMEN, which
transited the Canal on February 15, 1939. The BREMEN was 936.8
feet in length and had a beam of 101.9 feet.
The Panamanian government has announced that the France
Field area of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal has been turned over
Headlines: Torrijos "Canal Zone Government Disappears
Three Years After Treaty." Sources close to the negotiations said the
General's reference was to the government aspects of the American
presence on the Isthmus police, courts, postal system and the like.
Recent statements by Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos, Panama's
strongman, that the U.S. presence in the Panama Canal Zone would
be eliminated in three years has created concern among Canal Zone
employees. Their concern may be premature, but it also is attributed
in part to the failure of Special Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, chief
U.S. negotiator for a new Panama Canal Treaty to keep Canal Zone
employees informed of progress on the negotiations as they relate to
When Torrijos' statement that the 315-man Canal Zone police
force would be eliminated upon ratification of any new treaty, the
Canal Zone Police Union called upon Mr. Bunker to give them some
immediate answers. ... If the Police and other employees don't get
the answers soon, they plan to take their problems to the Panama
Canal subcommittee of the House of Representatives.
Panama, April 9, 1975, from Washington (AP by George Gedda)
The pending defeat of two American-backed governments in
Indochina has produced pressures for a new hard-line U.S. policy
toward Third World countries, including Panama. The sentiment is
most widely prevalent at the Pentagon, where there is a stiffening
resistance to the government's plan to eventually cede control over
the Panama Canal Zone.
In broad terms, the prospective defeat of South Vietnam and
Cambodia has generated a desire here for a forceful reassertion of
American supremacy, lest the United States be perceived as a
second-rate world power.
The Government policy suffered a setback last month with the
introduction of a Senate resolution demanding continued undiluted
American sovereignty over the Canal Zone. It was signed by 37
Senators, three more than required for the Senate to defeat
ratification of a new treaty ....
A further increase in Panama Canal tolls may be necessary if a
potential loss of $12 million in annual revenue materializes from the
opening of the Suez Canal and the impact of inflation continues, a U.S.
Congressional subcommittee has been told.
The Canal Lt. Governor Richard L. Hunt, made the disclosure in
an opening statement he read to the Panama Canal Subcommittee of
the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
TAMPA TRIBUNE, April 19, 1975 Washington (UPI) -
Senator Jesse Helms, R-N.C., said yesterday he has reliable informa-
tion that Secretary of State, Henry A. Kissinger, has approved plans
to turn over control of police, fire protection and postal services in the
Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama.
Senator Helms charged that Mr. Kissinger is operating on the
premise that there is no legal bar to the transfer of de facto
sovereignty following the signing of a treaty draft although the treaty
has not been approved by the Senate.
The following material of interest to all retirees was mailed to the
RECORD editor, by J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor,
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
Fellow member of the Pacific Community of the Canal Zone:
With all the talk about treaty negotiations in the air, the Pacific Civic
Council feels it is necessary to call to your attention a few facts. The
negotiations are clothed in such secrecy that we certainly cannot know what
the outcome of the talks will be; however, the "statement of principles"
agreement which was signed by Mr. Kissinger and the recent apparent give-away
of France Field leads us to believe that changes detrimental to the United States
and to the U. S. Citizen Employee in the Canal Zone are forthcoming. The Civic
Council appeared before the Congressional Subcommittee on April 3, 1975, and,
among other things, pointed out the following:
1. That the United States should continue to operate the Canal and not
relinquish its duties to another nation.
2. That we are concerned about the apparent determination of the State
Department to accede to Panamanian demands, with or without the concurrence
3. That the Congress of the United States should not be intimidated by
threats of violence by Panama as retaliation for an unfavorable treaty or for
lack of ratification by the United States Congress. Threats should never cause
the United States to ratify a treaty which is not in the best interest of the
United States, the Canal, or the United States citizen.
4. That the retention of United States sovereignty in the Canal Zone will
allow the U. S. Citizen to continue to live and work here under the security
of the United States system of justice which guarantees the liberties we hold
very dear as part of our American heritage.
5. That executive agreements have been used to make various changes in the
Canal Zone. The recent action of the Canal Zone Administration which allows
Panama to use France Field accentuates our fears that, with or without a treaty,
the State Department will seek to accomplish its goal of ceding the Canal to
Panama. At a recent Civic Council executive session with the Governor, a
State Department representative was asked by a Pacific Civic Councilman, if, in
the absence of a treaty, the Administration would seek to accomplish its goals
by other means. His reply was that nothing would be done without Congressional
ratification of a new treaty. But, when legislation regarding France Field was
held up by Congress, the same objective was attained through the use of an ob-
scure existing agreement dealing with furnishing sites for customs houses. It
is of interest to note that in a recent news release, General Torrijos said
"A part of the area could be put in use as a main street for businesses". We
wonder, therefore, what assurances can be given to Company-Government employees
that, even in the absence of a new treaty, functions essential to the U. S.
citizen (e.g., police, schools, customs, health facilities) will not be
6. That General Torrijos has said that three years after the ratification
of a new treaty, the Canal Zone Government will disappear and its activities
passed into Panamanian hands.
As the 37 Senators who submitted Senate Resolution 97 have so ably pointed
out, "the United States, in addition to having so acquired title to and owner-
ship of the Canal Zone by Constitutional means, purchased all privately owned
land and property in the zone making it the most costly United States territorial
If the Mexican government demanded the return of Texas, if Russia demanded
the return of Alaska, or if France demanded Louisiana, we doubt that the State
Department would accede to these demands. Why then should we give away the
United States Canal Zone Territory?
The Civic Council strongly urges you to write to your U. S. Senators and
Congressmen to stop the give-away of the U. S. Canal Zone. Encourage your
friends and relatives in the United States to write also. Please write your
letter today as we cannot afford lethargy at this point. Enclosed is a list
of the names and addresses of the U. S. Senators and the Members of the
United States House of Representatives.
Three able members of the Pacific Civic Council are going to Washington to
represent the United States citizen who is employed in the Canal Zone. On a
formal invitation by the Congressional Subcommittee who recently visited the
Canal Zone, Douglas Schmidt, Dr. Richard Cheville, and Mike Gordon, will
represent the American view to Congress. Your donations to send these repre-
sentatives will be appreciated. The Pacific Civic Council has no means of
revenue except through donations. The Panamanian view has been stated. Please
give us the opportunity to give the American view. Thank you for reading our
By direction of the Pacific Civic Council.
To write your representative: Your Senator:
House Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20515 Senate Office Building
Washington, D. C. 20510
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Ocala, Florida News from Virginia Pearl The group of
former Zonians now living in Ocala, Florida, and surrounding com-
munities gathered again at Lake Waldena in the Ocala area on April
22nd for another covered dish picnic. Attending were: Wes and
Virginia Townsend; Betty and George Bates; Howard and Garnet
Anderson; Dick and Milly Patton; Hilton Hughes; D. A. Swafford;
Juanita and Dick McConaughey; Mahlon, Lucille and Patty Rock;
Harry and Virginia Pearl; Adah Boughner; Joe and Peggy Wertz;
Mrs. Ida Mead; Alberta (Mead) Smith; Tiny Ely; Ralph and Marie
Curles; Jim and Mel Fox; Frances Malone; Dick and Alene Duncan;
John and Margaret Klasovsky; Hod and Jan Jenner; Charles and
Charlotte Rager; John and Bea Sestito; Mary Jo Jones; Willis
Gillogly; Elmer and Vera Stevens; Edith and Ernie Stiebritz; Steve
and Dana Bissell; Hugh and Clara Christie; Edgar and Margaret
Daggett; Andy and Shirley Anderson; Robert and Flora Geddes; Nell
and Bill Waldron; Tony and Edith Nard and their house guests,
Maurice and Carmen Eggleston,. of St. Petersburg; John and Mary
Hare with their house guests, daughter Marilyn and baby; and
Frances Jones from Sarasota, Florida. How great to see and be
together again!! Our next gathering will be October 28th.
Dr. and Mrs. I. Robert Berger, of Holmes Beach, Florida, who
were en route to their summer home in Virginia, stopped in Ocala and
spent the weekend with Harry and Virginia Pearl; they were
entertained with a patio buffet supper that included many of their
former Zonian friends.
St. Petersburg, Florida
March 25, 1975
Mr. Eugene K. Askew
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Soeicty of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mr. Askew:
The audit committee has completed its examination of the books
and accounts of the Panama Canal Society for the period January 1
through December 31, 1974. The results of that audit is presented
herewith in the form of a single statement showing beginning fund
balances, receipts and expenditures during the year and fund
balances at December 31, 1974.
Operating expenses of the Society for the three-year period
ended December 31, 1974 exceeded receipts for the same period by
some $5,200.00. This operating deficit was covered by trans-
ferring $4,000.00 from savings in 1972 and reduction in checking
account balances in '1973 and 1974. The Society voted at the last
annual reunion to increase membership dues from 85.00 to $7.00,
effective January 1, 1976. With a current membership of some
2,500, this action will produce about $5,000.00. Before this
increase is realized, however, it will probably be necessary to
reduce Society savings further to meet 1975 operating expenses.
All receipts for the year were deposited into Society and
Blood Bank checking accounts and all disbursements were made
therefrom by check, either directly or by replenishment of petty
cash funds maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer and Recording
Secretary. During the year the Society transferred its funds
from the Union Trust National Bank to the First Commercial Bank
as a matter of convenience of the Society. All fund balances
were verified. Spot checks were made from the Cash Receipts
Register to individual Society membership Record Cards and all
were found to be in agreement. Similar spot checks were made
from the Disbursement Register to suppliers' invoices or other
debt advices and they were also found to be in agreement.
The audit committee would like to take this opportunity to
express its appreciation to Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer,
for her cooperation during the course of our audit and to
commend her for maintaining an exceptionally neat and accurate
set of records and accounts.
i p Woo Nathaiel Litvn
Ralph Yl Frangioni Dgile D. Keigley, Xme
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Statement of receipts, expenditures and fund balances for the period
January 1 through December 31, 1974
Fund balances at January 1, 1974: Societ Blood Bank Total
Checking account...................................................... $4,938.79 $2,901.44 $7,840.23
Certificates of deposit................................................ 3,000.00 3,000.00 6,000.00
Savings accounts....................................................... 524.47 524.47
Petty cash............................................................ 150.00 150.00
Total fund balances at January 1, 1974............................ 8,613.26 5901.44 14,514.70
Dues...... ..................................................... 11,100.00 1,288.00 12,388.00
Annual reunion (luncheon and reception, etc.) '......................... 1,896.90 1,896.90
Interest on savings accounts........ ................................. 204.99 237.58 442.57
Miscellaneous............................... ........................... 47.52 22.30 69.82
Total receipts for the year....................................... 13,249.41 1,547.88 14797.29
Total funds available.................................................... 21,862.67 7,449.32 29,311.99
Salaries. .......................... .................................... 6,000.00 6,000.00
General and administrative expenses of blood bank, fund transfer....... (800.00) 800.00
Canal record.......................................................... 6,687.20 6,687.20
Annual reunion (cost of luncheon and receptionn! ....................... 2,321.56 2,321.56
Taxes (social security and unemployment compensation).................. 794.32 794.32
Postage................................. ............................... 598.86 598.86
Office (telephone, supplies, etc.)..................................... 542.43 542.43
Monthly meetings (hall rental, hospitality, etc.)...................... 445.19 445.19
Maintenance of blood bank ............................................. 285.00 285.00
Insurance, injury compensation (State of Florida)...................... 60.00 60.00
Miscellaneous......................................................... 29.98 29.98
Total expenditures for the year................................... 16,679.54 1,085.00 17,764.54
Fund balances at December 31, 1974:
Checking accounts..................................................... 1,344.92 1,303.96 2,648.88
Certificates of deposit............................................... 3,000.00 3,000.00 6,000.00
Savings accounts...................................................... 688.21 2,060.36 2,748.57
Petty cash............................................................ 150 00- 150.00
Total fund balances at December 31, 1974................................. 5,183.13 6,364.32 11,547.45
* Reinstated NEW MEMBERS
Boughner, Mr. and Mrs. James ............................. Box 1618, Balboa
Elich, Mr. and Mrs. Bart .............................. Box 61, Balboa Heights
Le Brun, Mrs. Patricia E. ................................... Box 824, Balboa
Marchuck, Mr. and Mrs. James A ......................... Drawer A, Gamboa
Pagenta, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A .............................. Box 1514, Balboa
Shacklett, Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. ............ ................ Box 2323, Balboa
Wichmann, Mr. and Mrs. Bill ............................. Box 1445, Balboa
Vowell, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A ................. Route 5, Box 815, Rogers 72756
Neil, Mrs. Joy D ....................... 2393 Madeiras Avenue, Hayward 94541
Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Dale W. ........... 3411 Dorchester Drive, San Diego 92123
Andres, Mr. and Mrs. Fred R .... 4191 Pompano Drive S.E., St. Petersburg 33705
Boggs, Col. and Mrs. A. Dale ................. 9549 Hamlin Blvd., Seminole 33542
Burgess, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac .................. 224 Taylor Street, Titusville 32780
Clum, Ruth A. (Palmer) ........... 5005 9th Avenue South, St. Petersburg 33707
Gales, Dr. and Mrs. John W ........................ 6284 25th street, Apt. 150,
St. Petersburg 33712
Godshall, Mrs. Winifred (Money) .... 219 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg 33701
* Hearne, Mr. and Mrs. Julian S ..................... 174 Boca Ciega Point Blvd. S.
St. Petersburg 33708
Howell, Claudis ....................... 1205 Fountainhead Drive, Deltona 32763
Hummel, Mrs. Mary D. ................. 8578 Acapulco Camino, Pensacola 32507
Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. Roy R ................ P. O. Box 281, Orange Springs 32682
Wilder, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew J., Sr ....... Route 2, Box 69X, Mary Esther 32569
Young, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. ..... 7740 N.W. 31st Street, West Hollywood 33024
Pritham, Mr. and Mrs. H. C .......................... Greenville Junction 04442
Martin, Mr. Leonard N. ........................... RFD, Vineyard Haven 02568
Dryja, Mr. and Mrs. Walter A .............. 5487 Kaywood Drive, Jackson 39211
Hardman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L ........ 1158 Lower Ferry Road, Trenton 08618
Rutledge, Father John D ................... St. Mary's Church, P. O. Box 21012
OHIO Greensboro 27420
Coate, Mr. and Mrs. C. Randall ............. 1185 Abner Avenue, Columbus 43224
Mowery, Mrs. Karen S. (Coate) ....... 755 Stelzer Road, Lot 1217. Columbus 43219
Stoudnor, Mr. and Mrs. Richard ....... c/o Craig Stoudnor, 3760 Bridgeview Road
PENNSYLVANIA South Euclid, 44124
Schiffert, Karen Lowande ..................... 282 Old Well Road, Easton 18042
Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Paul ....... 1960 North Parkway, Apt. 311, Memphis 38112
Maurer, Mr. and Mrs. Fred W ............. Route 2, Box 466, King George 22485
Heitzke, Mr. and Mrs. Len ................ 1016 St. Paul Street, Green Bay 54304
The list of new members includes all names received by the Editor from the
Secretary-Treasurer as of May 1, 1975. New members will not be listed again until the
ANNUAL ISSUE IS PRINTED in November, 1975. New members and Christmas gift
subscriptions for listing in the November, 1975 ANNUAL ISSUE, should be sent to
the Secretary-Treasurer by October 1, 1975.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
All Panama Canal Society Members.
NARFE Recruitment time is NOW!
Join over 214,000 National members TODAY.
Work with us to better yourself!
WHAT DO YOU GET?
National Representation to eliminate inequities
in the Retirement Laws.
National Representation to liberalize existing
State Representation to ease tax burdens
Local Representation to assist members with
WHAT IS THE COST?
Less than 2 cents daily. National membership is $5.00
State membership is FREE
Chapter membership averages $2.00
WHAT KEEPS YOU INFORMED?
National "Retirement Life", Monthly magazine.
State "Florida NARFE News", Monthly newspaper.
Local Most Chapters publish Monthly Newsletters.
(Cost of the above are included in membership.)
CUT OUT THE FOLLOWING AND MAIL TO:
Herbert S. Ross, Membership Chairman
1020 85th Avenue North, Apt. 119 r
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33702
***** ELIGIBILITY* ** *
I am a retired Federal Employee.
I am the spouse of a living member of NARFE.
I am a present employee, eligible for optional retirement, with five years of service,
and who has reached the age of fifty.
I am interested. Please have the nearest Chapter contact me.
Washington STAR & HERALD, May 4, 1975, by John Cramer
- Courtesy of J. Winter D. Collins, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Newly-issued Internal Revenue Service regulations will benefit
many "wrong-way" federal retirees. Wrong-wayers are those who
took agency advice and retired on regular retirement when they could
have elected disability retirement, because they were told it didn't
It didn't matter until a year ago, when IRS issued a tentative rule
revision permitting disabled employees to exclude up to $100 per
week $5200 per year of their pensions from taxable income until
they reach mandatory retirement age 70 for government people.
Previously, it was earliest optional retirement age 55 for some, 60,
62, 65 for others.
The new regulations provide that:
Recent wrong-way retirees will have until April 15, 1977, to
convert from the regular to the disability formula. Previously, they
had only one year after retirement.
To convert, they will have to fill out their portion of a new IRS
Form 5401 (to be available soon); then ask Civil Service Commission
to certify that they were, indeed, eligible for disability retirement.
CSC will issue rules setting forth the type of medical evidence
necessary to justify certification.
No one who retired after June 27, 1975, will be able to convert.
Those who win certification can claim the "sick pay exclusion"
by filing tax refund claims for 1974 and three preceding years.
IRS will wait until after wrong-wayers reach 70 to collect the
taxes they didn't pay in the period immediately after retirement.
(Pension income of retirees is tax-free until it equals the amounts
they have paid into the Civil Service Retirement Fund. On the
average, that means tax-free income for about 18 months.)
For a time, IRS considered requiring wrong-wayers to repay with
interest, the taxes they didn't pay in the first months after retire-
ment. The final decision went the other way.
A Master Key to the Locks in the grade of Master Trainer was
presented to Captain Clifford Torstenson by Captain D. A. Dertien,
Marine Director. Captain Torstenson retired from the Canal in 1971
after 25 years as a pilot and Assistant Port Captain. He returned to
the Isthmus in September, 1974, as a rehired annuitant to lend his
experience and skills in the Pilot Training Program. The Master Key
was presented prior to the Torstensons' return to the United States.
Seated: Mrs. Louise Barnes, St. Petersburg, Florida, and
Roland H. Dahlhoff, Ferndale, Washington
Standing: Mrs. Lavinia Dahlhoff, St. Petersburg, Florida; Gail
Dahlhoff, Ferndale, Washington; Mrs. Helen Beil, St. Peters-
Center picture, Mrs. Joseph Herold [nee Pamela Rowe], Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, with her attendants, Mrs. Scott Hall [nee
Tanya Schoch], on the left and Mrs. Robert Engelke [nee
Nellie Wood], of St. Petersburg on the right.
Mr. and Mrs. Monroe T. [Marie] Phillips, of Winter Haven,
Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Holmes, of Aiken, South
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald [Budd] Bliss, Jr., Campbell, California;
Mr. and Mrs. Shelby White, Caledonia, Mississippi; Capt. and
Mrs. B. A. [Dick,] Herring, Salemburg, North Carolina.
10 U I R
The Freeland Hollowell Family, Balboa Canal Zone, and Mrs.
Lois [Hollowell] Jones and daughter, Margie Ann Jones, of St.
? Roberta Hahn, Tucson, Arizona
granddaughter of Mrs. Philip
E. Briscoe, of St. Petersburg,
Four Generations From left to right, Jo-Ann Shuey, Mrs.
Inez Boxwell, holding her great-grandson, Jeffery Davidson,
Mrs. Lorraine Davidson, daughter of Jo-Ann and Roy Shuey
-all of Orange Springs, Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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