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Dedicated to the Men and Women who Participated in the
Construction and Operation of the Panama Canal
MEMORIAL DAY 1975
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Left to Right Julian Sacks, President Roanoke Chapter National
Historical Railway Society; J. E. Dorn Thomas, Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross H. Hollowell, Clearwater, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Taylor, Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, May
11, 1975. Reception in Portland, Maine.
Mrs. Virginia Winquist Seiler, Mrs. Kitty Oliver, Martin A. Seller -
California Luncheon, April 6, 1975.
Mrs. Larry Thomas Day [Donna Marie Graham], San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Edward John McAleer [Nancy Boyd], Balboa, Canal Zone.
Se Panama Conal 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 V
Wm. F. Grady
Sergeant-at-Arms, pro tern
J. F. Warner
Eugene I. Askew
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
G. C. Lockridge
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
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5094 40th St. South
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POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
it was unlikely that Congress would pass any laws in the near future
as Congress will not be in session until after Labor Day.
Mr. Grady suggests that retirees CLIP AND SAVE the New
Health Claim Rules just in case the information is needed.
NEW HEALTH CLAIMS RULES The Civil Service Commis-
sion has issued new rules to control the adjudication of contested
claims under the government-sponsored health insurance program for
federal and postal employees.
They are based on a 1974 law which says insurers "must abide"
by CSC decisions when employees appeal non-payment of claims.
The rules state:
If an insurer denies payment of a claim, or portion thereof, the
employee will have one year in which to request reconsideration in
writing. The insurer then must reconsider, and, ordinarily, inform the
employee of its decision in writing within 30 days.
However, if it asks the employee for additional information, the
decision may be delayed. The employee will have 60 days in which to
provide the information.
If an insurer reaffirms its denial of a claim, or fails to respond
within 30 days to the employee's request for reconsideration, the
employee then will have 90 days in which to file an appeal with the
CSC's Bureau of Retirement, Insurance and Occupational Health.
The Bureau, however, will accept the appeal only if the employee,
or his representative, authorizes the release of all pertinent medical
information. The same rules will apply to government retirees.
The new rules apply to all claims arising after this past January 1.
The CSC rejected unions' suggestions that would make insurers
liable for interest on claims initially rejected but later paid. However,
the CSC said it may raise the issue when it negotiates 1976 contracts
1975 DIVISION YEARS
Mr. William J. Barrett 7/29 Gorgas Hospital
(Dental Lab.) 33
Mr. Jesse Y. Bunker 6/21 Police 35
Mr. Robert W. Clarihew 4/26 Electrical 8
Mr. Richard G. Condon 7/29 Railroad 33
Mr. Edward G. Coyle
Mr. Richard H. Crowell
Mr. Frederick L. Denton
Mrs. Mary B. Egolf
Mr. John C. Francis
Mr. Rudolph A. Gangle
Mrs. Cele S. Garavanta
Capt. Thomas W. Gove
Mr. Clarence W. Granum
Mr. James P. Hayman
Mrs. Rochelle H. Head
Mrs. Iris D. Hogan
Mrs. Ellen E. Johnson
Mrs. Jean A. Karch
Mrs. Maria E. Kelly
Mr. Patrick F. McDonnell
Mrs. Elizabeth L. MacMurray
Mr. Robert S. Mate
Mr. Anthony Nita
Mrs. Gloria M. Parker
Mr. Louis J. Poletti
Mr. Glenn W. Plucker
Mr. Gordon C. Reif
Mr. Gerard K. Schear
Mr. Arthur L. Shanyfelt
Mr. George F. Smith
Miss Anna M. Taverna
Mr. Dwight M. Van Evera, Jr.
Mr. Victor L. Westerling
Mr. Joseph J. Zambito
Budget and Rates
Office of Director
Off. of the
Harry C. Egolf, Deputy Director, Supply and Community Service
Bureau for the past three years retired in late July following a Canal
career of almost 43 years. In recognition of his highly meritorious and
exemplary performance as an official of the Panama Canal and his
devoted service to the community, where he has been highly
esteemed in all areas of endeavor, he was presented by Gov. Harold R.
Parfitt a Distinguished Service Award and a Master Key Certificate
on the day of his retirement.
His wife, the former Mary Bradney of Ancon, retired on the same
day from her position as Administrative Assistant, Office of the
Director, Health Bureau.
Mr. Egolf was two years old, and so was the Panama Canal, when
he went ot the Isthmus in August, 1916, when his father was
employed as a lock operator on the Canal.
In addition to his dedicated service to the Canal organization, Mr.
Egolf has contributed to numerous community-oriented programs -
Faslich Baseball League, Scouting activities, Red Cross, Heart
Association, Mutual Benefit Association.
Superior service awards, letters of appreciation, numerous com-
mendations from former Canal Zone Governors and other expressions
of gratitude from civic organizations in his personnel record attest to
his loyalty toward the Canal organization and his willing and
whole-hearted cooperation with the community throughout the years.
The Egolfs have two children, William, who resides in Orlando,
Florida, and, Katherine, who is a teacher in the Canal Zone schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Egolf plan to make their retirement home in
Seminole, Florida. Condensed from THE PANAMA CANAL
SPILLWAY, August 1, 1975.
RETIREES TELL YOUR SPOUSE
Recently a Panama Canal Retiree, Mr. X., passed away. His wife
did not know what insurance he had, where to ask about it nor how to
proceed to file a claim.
You should advise your spouse about your insurance coverages.
Tell him or her what coverage you have, where the policies are located
and how to proceed in case of your death. If you have survivors
annuity for your spouse, let him or her know about it.
If you are on the Isthmus, The Panama Canal Retirement Office
can help you. If you have left the Isthmus, then you should get in
touch with the following:
For survivors annuity and Federal Employees Group Life
U.S. Civil Service Commission
Bureau of Retirement, Insurance and Occupational Health
Washington, D.C. 20415
For United of Omaha Insurance:
Employee Services Branch
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone J. Winter D. Collins
Miss Nancy Boyd, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Robert F. Boyd,
of Balboa, Canal Zone, was married to Mr. Edward McAleer at the
Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon, Canal Zone, on December 28, 1974. -
See Picture and Canal Zone News.
Miss Mary Elizabeth Hack, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Hack, of East Moline, Illinois, was married to Peter O. Salaban, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Salaban, of Chicago, Illinois, on May 24, 1975.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and Illinois State
University. The bridegroom received a Bachelor's and Master's
Degree from De Paul University. Both are teachers in Des Plaines
and are living in Glenview, Illinois.
Miss Donna Marie Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R.
Graham, of Kerrville, Texas (formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone), and
Mr. Larry Thomas Day, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Louis Day, of
Dallas, Texas, exchanged wedding vows on April 26, 1975, in St. Paul
the Apostle Church. The bride, an employee of Mayflower Insurance
Company, is a former resident of Margarita and a graduate of
Cristobal High School. She also attended Tyler Junior College in
Tyler, Texas. The groom is associated with AVW of Dallas, an
audio-visual firm, and at present is in charge of the branch office of
AVW in San Antonio, Texas.
The couple will be at home at Les Chateaux Apartment, 8038
Broadway, Apt. 121-L, San Antonio, Texas.
Many Canal Zone friends attended the wedding.
Miss Jane Elizabeth Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
R. Graham, of Boston, Massachusetts, and Bloomfield, Vermont, was
married on April 26, 1975, to Craig Moss Leffingwell, son of Mr. and
Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell, Jr., of New Canaan, Connecticut. The bride
received her degree in 1974 and now is continuity director at Station
WEZF-FM. Mr. Leffingwell is a graduate of the University of
Vermont, Class of 1973. He is a research technologist at the
University of Vermont Medical School and in September will attend
the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Hamlin, of Carthage, North Carolina,
and Mrs. Dorothy H. Hamlin, of Largo, Florida, were among the
out-of-town guests at the wedding.
Miss Amie Elizabeth Kennedy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J.
Kennedy, of Brandon, Vermont, became the bride of Gerald Foley, son
of Mrs. Lena Foley and the late Donald Foley, of Leicester, Vermont,
on June 14, 1975. The couple will reside in California.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Irvin McNatt, of Sarasota, Florida, have
announced the marriage of their daughter, Clara Evelyn, to Mr.
Charles Glynn Judge, Jr. on June 13, 1975. The bridegroom is the son
of Mrs. Jean D. Judge, Sarasota, Florida, formerly of the Canal Zone,
and Mr. Charles G. Judge, Sr., Margarita, Canal Zone. He is also the
grandson of Mrs. Estelle M. Dough, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly a
long-time resident of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Marek, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter, Leslie, to Mr. Dennis
Heinke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Heinke, of Towaco, New Jersey, on
Valentine's Day, 1975. Mrs. Heinke is a graduate of Cristobal High
School and Mary Baldwin College. Mr. Heinke graduated from the
University of Maryland. They are both employed with the Westing-
house Corporation in Maryland. The couple are residing at 5776
Steven Forest Road, Columbia, Maryland.
Miss Nancy Lee Nash became the bride of Charles Joseph Collins,
Jr. on May 16, 1975, at the First Presbyterian Church, Meridian,
Mississippi. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alfred
Nash, of Greenville, South Carolina. She was graduated from the
University of South Carolina with a degree in Music and received her
Masters Degree from the Florida State University, Tallahassee,
Florida. The bridegroom is the son of CDR. (Ret.) and Mrs. Charles J.
Collins St. Petersburg, Florida. He was graduated from St. Peters-
burg Junior College and received a B.S. and MED from the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas. Both Mr. and Mrs. Collins are on the staff of the
Meridian Junior College.
Sgt. Winchell T. Pennock, Jr., son of Mrs. Ann L. Pennock and
the late Winchell T. Pennock, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was married
on June 21, 1975, to Sharon Diane Hixson. The ceremony was
performed at the Aviano Baptist Church in Pordenone, Italy, where
the bridegroom is presently serving with the Air Force. The bride is
the daughter of SM Sgt. and Mrs. Cecil A. Hixson also currently
stationed in Italy. The bridegroom's mother, Mrs. Ann L. Pennock,
traveled to Italy to attend the services. The couple will make their
home in Vajont, Italy, until next March.
Mrs. Alice (Boyd) Preston and Mr. Jerrold Blake were married on
June 22, 1975, in Pleasanton, California. Mrs. Blake's children, Boyd,
Harry, and Beverly attended the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Blake will
make their home in the Los Angeles, California, area.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stiebritz, of Ocala, Florida, are announcing
the marriage of their daughter, Alice Anne, to John Rae Ilderton, son
of Mrs. Ruth Elam, in Ashland, Kentucky, on June 3, 1975. The couple
are residing in Columbus, Ohio.
Lt. Orrin P. Clement, USN, and Mrs. Clement (nee Mary Carol
Thompson), announce the birth of their second child, a daughter,
Candace Cristen, on June 25, 1975, at the Pensacola Naval Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Thompson of
Pensacola. The paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C.
Clement, of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, are visiting their son and family.
Mrs. Leon J. Egolf of Coco Solo is the paternal great-grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Diorio, Jr., of Latrobe, Pennsylvania,
announce the birth of a baby girl on June 13, 1975. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hugh (Buddy) Thomas, of the Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Ebdon, of Newark, Delaware, announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Geoffry Craig, born February 13,
1975, at Wilmington Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware. Mrs.
Ebdon is the former Kathleen Ruff. Sharing honors as first-time
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Melvin A. Ruff, of Niagara Falls, New
York, and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr., of Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Engelke, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
announce the birth of their second child, a daughter, Angela Lynn, on
May 31, 1975, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, of St. Petersburg. Paternal grandpar-
ents are Mrs. Mary H. Engelke and the late Robert A. Engelke, of the
Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Jarvis, of Bella Vista, Arkansas,
announce the arrival of their second grandchild, a boy, born June 4,
1975, to Jan and Joyce Jarvis. Their son, Jan, is a Naval officer
stationed on Guam. The baby has been named James Christopher.
The young Jarvises say that the climate of Guam is just like that
of Panama delightful!
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Lindenmeyer (Nancy Webster), of Severna
Park, Maryland, announce the birth of their third daughter, Kerry
Sue, on January 30, 1975. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Edward B. Webster, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly, of Kerrville,
To Sam and Ann Newhard, Wendy Dawn, born on May 26, 1975.
Happy grandparents are Helen and Carl Newhard, of Bentonville,
Arkansas from the Arkansas Report.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Nichols, Jr., of Holiday, Florida, happily
announce the arrival of 41/2-month-old Mathew Adam on April 30, 1975
- adopted. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George A. Miles,
of New Port Richey, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mrs. R. G.
Nichols (Dorothy), of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the late Richard G.
Nichols, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Rathgeber (Betty Searcy), of Glassboro,
New Jersey, announce the birth of their second grandson, John
Joseph, to their daughter, Penny and son-in-law, William E. Whilden,
of Pitman, New Jersey on July 7, 1975. Their first grandson, Kevin,
was born on February 9, 1972. The maternal great-grandmother is
Mrs. Benjamin C. Judd, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Roscoe, of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on July 9, 1975, at
Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been named Jill Denise. Paternal
grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth Roscoe, of Sarasota,
Florida, and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pete
Tortorici, of Inverness, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Randall C. Smith, of Chesterton, Indiana, announce
the birth of their first child, a daughter, Kerri Susan, born on July 5,
1975. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Loisdene Smith, of Chester-
ton, Indiana, and paternal great-grandparents are Clyde and Minalee
Towery, of Marion, Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick R. Walker, of Cardenas Village, Canal
Zone, announce the birth of their son, Shane Clinton Walker, on June
3, 1975. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Mills, of
La Boca, Canal Zone, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
George Walker, of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ewald A. Wiberg, III, of Boca Raton, Florida, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, Ewald Andrew Wiberg, IV, on
November 12,1974. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Feltenstein, of St. Joseph, Missouri and Palm Beach, Florida. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ewald A. Wiberg, Jr., of Margate,
St. Petersburg and Bay Area
Gene and Ethel Askew enjoyed a visit from their daughter,
Nancy, and family (Jack Goodwin, and Christy, Lisa and Katy) from
the Canal Zone in July. The Goodwins visited sister Linda and family
in Mobile, Alabama, and then toured in Colorado, Wyoming and South
Dakota where they saw lots of snow a big treat for children who
live in the Canal Zone!
Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith (Mary Jane Sylvestre), of Easton,
Pennsylvania, and the two younger children, Jackie and Jimmie, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre in St. Petersburg in July.
Before coming to St. Petersburg, the Smith family enjoyed a few days
at Disney World. Because of summer jobs, the older Smith children
returned to Easton from Orlando.
The vacation months brought family get-togethers in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Straus in St. Petersburg. In June, Mrs.
Richard Edwards (Margaret Straus), of Burbank, California, and in
July, Dorothy Straus Moore, also of Burbank, were guests of their
parents. Their sister, Ida (Straus) Gifford, also lives in St. Petersburg.
Summer guests at the home of Capt. and Mrs. Samuel E. Rowley,
Clearwater, Florida, were their grandson, Kenneth Gerhart, of Berlin,
Germany, and Beverly, Adriana and Renee Rowley of the Canal Zone.
Other relatives and friends visiting in the Bay Area during the
summer months were Sid Hayes, of the Canal Zone, Mr. Frank
Violette, of Panama City, guest of his daughter and son-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Sharp. Mr. Violette plans to attend the International
Games Fishing Tournament in Hawaii on July 29th. In past years, he
has competed as a fisherman, but he has been invited to be a Judge for
the 1975 Tournament. Miss Grace Rider, Canal Zone schools, was the
guest of Miss Ethel Ferguson in Seminole in late June; Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Mikulich, of the Canal Zone made brief visits in Seminole, St.
Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale. Mrs. Ann Wood Suescum and
children spent the month of July with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
James C. Wood; other guests in the home of Virginia and Jim Wood in
late July were Mr. and Mrs. Lana H. Simms (Priscilla Navarro) and
two children, of Columbia, South Carolina; Mary Esslinger, of
SWashington, D.C. arrived on July 25th for a week's vacation with'her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger. Carmen Smith Neu and
family, of Denver, Colorado, visited Carmen's father, J. Bartley Smith
During Florida's hot summer months, many take vacations to a
cooler climate or perhaps, just that old Canal Zone "yen" to pack up
and take a trip!! Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners spent the summer
months in Franklin, North Carolina. They planned on returning to St.
Petersburg in October. Capt. and Mrs. Howard Johnson also spent
two months in Hendersonville, North Carolina, at the T. H. Hoenke
home. Mrs. Anna Wright visited her son, Richard, in Montreal,
Canada, in June. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan drove north in early
June, and, after visiting their daughter, Peggy, in South Bend,
Indiana, drove to the Boston area. Mrs. Louise Orr spent two weeks in
California in early June where she saw many old friends as the Bachs,
Linda Burns, Nell Irwin and others. Louise plans a trip to Shelter
Island, New York, leaving on August 7th to see her son, Tom and
family. Mrs. Virginia Harvey left St. Petersburg the end of June for a
three-week visit with her mother, Mrs. Grace Thomas, in the Canal
Zone. The Harold Ziertens attended the Elks Convention in Dallas,
Texas, in July. Mrs. Nena McMillan and her sister, Mrs. Orlando T.
Symonds, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, vacationed in Hawaii during
June. Ella and Stan Specht visited Stan's mother, Mrs. Sanford O.
Spech in Portland, Maine, in June. The Allen B. Wards also enjoyed
cool Maine in late June and early July a wonderful family reunion.
Peggy and Tony Sylvestre drove to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in late
May to attend graduation exercises of two grandchildren -Chris from
the University of Florida at Tallahassee and Sandy's graduation from
high school. Mrs. Ann L. Pennock, of St. Petersburg, who attended
the wedding of her son in Italy, also enjoyed six weeks in Italy touring
the Italian cities of Venice, Florence, Milan and Rome.
Fred (Al) and Marie Dube, of Clearwater, Florida, enjoyed a
21-day cruise on the M/S Renaissance last April, "We visited four
islands in the Caribbean Nassau, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas
and Martinique. Then we sailed across the Atlantic to the beautiful
island of Madeira. Next, we went to Tangiers, Africa, and saw the
famous Kasbah, and Marie rode the camels. From there, we went to
Majorca, the island off Spain and then on the the French Riviera, Nice,
France. Of course, we saw Princess Grace Rainier's picturesque
palace. We ended our trip with a bit of gambling at the Casino in
Monte Carlo before flying back to Tampa."
April, May and June found the Robert Hicks' family moving
around. The Ken Kelleys (Mary Alice Hicks) moved from Corpus
Christi back to Houston, Texas, in April. Mary Belle and Bobby drove
up to Banner Elk, North Carolina, for a week the latter part of April to
see their eleven-year-old grandson, David Chapman, perform in the
Musical, "Tom Sawyer" as Aunt Polly's son, Cyd.
Mr. and Mrs. Chapman (Dorothy Ann Hicks) and children drove
to St. Petersburg on May 3rd for a week's vacation. They returned
May 8th, and Mary Belle flew out to Houston the same day to spend
several weeks helping Mary Alice get settled. June 6th found the
Hicks driving back to Banner Elk to see their oldest granddaughter,
Priscilla Chapman, graduate from high school.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay, who went to Korea in November,
1974, for a visit with their daughter, Judy and their two grandchildren
(Anne Marie and Patrick Walter) returned to the States on June 15th.
After visiting relatives in Oregon, Walter returned to St. Petersburg
on July 24th; Jessie, Judy, and children visited family in Chicago
before returning home to St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Robert L. Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre) and four children, of
Fort Walton Beach, Florida, enjoyed a summer motor trip to
Maryland, Washington, D.C., Madison, Wisconsin, and to Kansas
City, Missouri (their former home before moving to Florida).
Mrs. Bea Sergeant left on July 8, 1975, for her new home in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Before her departure, Mrs. Sergeant
was honored by a get-together of Canal Zone friends aboard the TOM
SAWYER on a moonlight cruise. Bea will be missed by her St.
Petersburg friends but they can understand her desire to be near
daughter, Kaye, and her family.
Mrs. Barbara J. Cunningham reported that her sister Mrs. Paul
(Martha) Cowell, of Hicksville, New York, came to St. Petersburg to
be with her when she had eye surgery on May 5th. Mrs. Cunningham
returned to New York with her sister and was with the Cowells until
July 2. While in Hicksville, Mrs. Cunningham had a telephone call
from Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, where her son, Jay, is stationed, and
talked with the four grandchildren. Jay had been sent to California for
two weeks in school. While in California, he stayed with his sister,
Linda Jane Griffin and family.
"Ross and Marge Hollowell, of Clearwater, Florida, returned on
May 20th from a trip to Holland which was most enjoyable. We stayed
eight days at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel and every day went on
trips to different parts of the country. We saw the tulips acres and
acres of them and really beautiful! Anyone considering a trip to
Holland should plan to go in early May as after that time the tulips
would not be in bloom. It is interesting the way different growers
have in planting and harvesting the bulbs. The wholesale bulb
growers didn't leave the flowers very long after they bloomed. The
buds were picked off to keep from losing too much of the good of the
bulb, and the blooms were used for cattle feed. Also, the bulbs after
being taken from the ground had to be dried very carefully in
well-ventilated places before shipped anywhere. We ordered some -
will let you know how they come out next Christmas.
"One day was spent in a miniature village called Madurodam
which was started by a wealthy family by the name of Maduro in
commemoration of a son who was killed in the war. We saw one sign
with the name of 'Felix' on it and couldn't help wondering if it was the
Maduro family we all knew in Panama but found no verification on
that. See Picture.
"We visited Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium all very lovely.
"Our next trip will start July 1st when we leave for North
Carolina for the summer and beautiful cool weather."
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Florida, attended
the Commencement Exercises of their son, Gary G. Teese, from the
Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, Texas, on May 4th.
Gary received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He is
employed in the Bexar Hospital in San Antonio as the Office Manager
of the Radiological Department.
Later in May, the Campbells made a trip to Pinehurst Golf Course
in North Carolina, stopping in Savannah, Charleston, Hilton Head
Island and Jekyll Island on their way. While in Pinehurst, they
enjoyed golfing and visiting Mr. and Mrs. Gordan Dalton, former
Canal Zone residents.
The Florida Catholic, May 30, 1973 Mrs. Margaret Jones has
been chosen as one of the ten "teachers of the year" from among
candidates from private and public schools in Pinellas County, Florida.
Mrs. Jones was scheduled to receive a special award from U.S.
Senator Richard Stone on May 29th.
Mrs. Jones formerly taught in the Panama Canal Zone where she
was instrumental in starting classes for the special children, the
handicapped, retarded, emotionally disturbed and those with learning
Mrs. Jones is spoken of affectionately by staff members at
Morning Star School in St. Petersburg as "the teacher who makes
sure everyone has a birthday celebration, even making the cake
herself. She takes children home if they miss the bus," one teacher
said. Another told of the swimming parties Mrs. Jones manages to
schedule for the training in coordination they especially need.
Mrs. Jones is retiring this year but hopes to work part time in the
same capacity .
CONGRATULATIONS to Madge and John Hall who celebrated
their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on June 18, 1975.
The Halls were married in Bocas del Toro, Republic of Panama,
on June 18, 1925. The couple lived between Panama and Costa Rica
until 1933 when they moved to the Canal Zone. The buffet reception,
held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene in Sarasota was
given by their son, John Hall, his wife Anne who with their son and
daughter, Will and Jill, came from the Canal Zone for the celebration.
Among the 100 invited guests were Mrs. Hall's brother and wife, Mr.
and Mrs. Frank D. Finlason, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and a nephew
Frank Finlason, recently employed on the Canal Zone and his wife,
Lisa. During the evening, congratulatory phone calls came from Mrs.
Hall's brothers John and Shirley Finlason, Gamboa, and Louis and
Ramona Finlason, San Leandro, California, and from long-time
friends, Howard and Hazel Richards, Nashua, New Hampshire, and
Jimmy and Edna Campbell, Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
Six brothers and sisters of the Bliss family Curt and Emily
Bliss, of Merritt Island, Florida; George and Mayno Walker, of Balboa,
Canal Zone; Barney and Rae Barnes, of Sarasota; Jack and Zonella
Field, of San Fernando, California; Budd and Eleanor Bliss, of
Campbell, California; and Mrs. Gladys Bliss Humphrey celebrated
their first reunion in many years at the home of Mrs. Humphrey in
Sarasota. All but one member of the family were born in the Canal
Zone. See Picture.
The family patriarch, Gerald Bliss, Sr., was postmaster in the
Canal Zone from 1905 until his retirement.
Other descendants of this large family were also at the reunion
dinner Mrs. Carole Peregey, of Richmond, Virginia, with sons,
Tommy and Michael; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Humphrey and two
daughters, of Melbourne, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. David Mann and four
children; and the Walter Hartmans.
The only outsider at the family party was longtime friend and
"adopted cousin" Miss Mary Orr, who recently retired to Sarasota.
Irene and Lou Hasemann, July 20, 1975 "Things are rather
quiet in this locale and may add that the unemployed situation is
getting worse instead of better. Irene and I were hosts to Mrs.
Margaret Gardner, the former Margaret Powell (Peg) of Cristobal.
Mrs. Gardner has been ill for several years and recently moved from
Camden, Wyoming, to Huntsville, Alabama, with her daughter,
Norma. Norma, her three children and her husband, Roy, drove down
to Disney World in Orlando and then to Daytona Beach but left Peg
with us on their trip due to her illness. We really enjoyed having her
as our guest.
"I am happy to report that Irene and I are in good health but
not enjoying this terrible heat and afternoon thundershowers daily."
May 12 News from Mrs. M. A. (Ruth) Alexander, of
Jacksonville, Florida Mrs. Alexander reported that her husband,
age 87, had been very ill with a heart condition but was slowly
"We will have been retired 25 years in June and have enjoyed our
retirement in Jacksonville, living next door to our daughter, Reba,
and her husband, Rodney Higginbotham, and their four sons now
grown and who have families of their own. It is a joy to have little
great-grandchildren to keep us young. Reba comes over and takes
such wonderful care of us, a real Blessing we call her 'Our Angel'."
The Alexanders were expecting Milo, his wife, Georgia, and their
younger son in July. "John has spent the past year with them in
Kinshasa, Zaire, Africa. Milo is with the State Department, U.S. 25.
He is looking forward to his next assignment in Vienna, Austria.
"Trudi, Don's wife, and family have a lovely home not far from us,
and we see them often. Kayleen, the oldest, has a good position and is
getting married in the fall; Mark, 16 is in High School; Glenn, 13, in
Junior High, and Carol will be 8 in August. I don't think that we will
ever really get over Dan's leaving us five years ago so suddenly with a
"We keep in touch with Jeanette's husband and daughter, Daryl,
who live in Silver Spring, Maryland. Daryl has four lovely children -
three sons and a little girl."
Panama City, Florida News from Mr. and Mrs. Henry V. Ross -
"Don A. Ross, our son, who is a first officer on a tug boat is in the
States on a seven-day business trip. Carol Ross, our daughter, who
rents cars for Avis, Inc. at the Orlando Airport, is visiting in Panama
"We see Joe Cronan and his wife Phyllis (nee Trim) quite often.
Mike Dolan from Balboa is now stationed at Tyndall AFB, Panama
City. We all get together for seviche and empanadas Mrs. Ross still
remembers how to make them!
"Any contact from former Pan Canalers will be WELCOME!"
Miguel de Cervantes "My memory is so bad that many times I
forget my own name." There have been COMPENSATIONS in
forgetting that 1975 Dues were Due! Along with checks, many have
included NEWS both VITAL to the continued existence of the
Mrs. Marguerite O. Nix, Liberty Hill, Texas "No, never ... I
haven't forgotten you just my bookkeeping isn't in order! How I
would love to go down to that old Gatun Club House and chat awhile
or walk across the square in Balboa, saying Hi, Hi, Hi with every step.
Now, all I have to commune with are the trees and rocks. Really, some
of you should come by and see me and stay the night ."
David Leroy Smith, Los Angeles, California "Thank you
greatly for the reminder. Forgotten you, never! Just the time when
dues are due slips up on me. The RECORD and the news of all you
friends is a very special part of my days!"
Mrs. Robert L. (Corky) Snyder, Canton, Ohio "Thanks again
for reminding us of our debt, as we forgive our debtors, too Hi!
Have heard of the wonderful January Reunion so we might try and
make the one in 1976. We are planning on a five-day tour to New York
and then a trip to Alabama to see our oldest son Dick and wife Lindora
for two weeks in June. In July, we will fly to Killeen, Texas, to visit
our youngest son, Ted and wife Della. The middle son Bill and family
will be coming up from the Zone (he is Youth Director of the
Crossroads Bible Church) for a two-month vacation in September. Bob
and I have been very active in the bowling leagues here this past year
and plan on four more leagues each for the coming season."
Cornelia Malmberg informed the Society that since her retire-
ment from the Canal Zone Schools she has been employed by the
Minneapolis Public Schools as a tutor in Special Learning and
Behavior Problems, Special Education.
Family news from Mrs. Helen Witkin, Houston, Texas "Sam is
now in El Paso, Texas, with General Electric. He and Alice (nee
Solberg) just returned from Hawaii where they with other G.E.
executives hosted an eight-day special trip for contractors and
builders in the West Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma regions.
Michael, Shelley, and their two little girls, Karen, age 31/2, and
Debbie, age 112, live in Metairie, Louisiana, near the Oschner Clinic
where Michael is affiliated."
Mrs. Mary E. Worley, 1706 Brittany Avenue, Austin, Texas,
reports that she sold her home just too large to take care of, and as
she is away so much renting is much better for her. Last year she
went to Hawaii and through northwestern United States and Canada
as well as to the Northeast. She planned to leave in May for the Black
Hills and central United States and also to Canada. In July, a trip to
Alaska via the Inside Passage was planned.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Allen, Seal Beach, California "Just
disinterred dues notice from 'urgent' pile sure don't want to miss
that June Record. Enclosed is check for next year's dues, too. Haven't
been out of California in five months! Brother Carl Hoffman, Jr.
phoned last night from Rochester, New York, inviting us to join Betty
and him aboard their motor home for a cruise through New England
and eastern Canada from mid-August. After visiting Quebec and
Maine, we'll be able to say we've been in all states, territories,
commonwealths and possessions of the U.S., provinces of Canada, and
countries of Central America. Although 'Plan Ahead' is definitely
NOT part of our retirement life, we hope to make another reunion just
as soon as weather and fuel availability forecast indicate slightly
"We inherited Dwight Nichols' beautiful 2-reel film, 'Cross Roads
of the World,' produced in 1956 the Panama we all knew and loved.
We have our own projector and screen and are happy to share with
groups of one to a thousand!"
News from Loisdene Smith in Chesterton, Indiana: "Spent a
wonderful, exciting week in the Zone the first of May So many
changes made in the 23 years since we were there. Hope to make the
1946 BHS class reunion next year.
Celebrated the Fourth of July with Dad and Mom (Clyde and
Minalee Towery) in their new home in Marion, Kentucky. The house is
situated on a knoll, and they have a great view of the rolling
countryside. Both looked extremely well and happy to be 'back home'
- hardly had a chance to finish conversations with all our relatives
coming and going. Our first grandchild was born on the fifth (see birth
announcements), and we raced the stork back to Chesterton in time to
welcome Kerri Susan. Glad to say our son Randall, wife Susan and
beautiful baby girl are all doing just fine!
"Bill was promoted June 1st to staff assistant to Vice President of
Domestic and Foreign Operations for Heckett Engr. Company, and
we are now in the midst, or muddle, of relocating in the Pittsburgh
area. Will be closer to his folks in Hagerstown, Maryland, and our son,
Rick, who is stationed at Dover AFB, Delaware. Rick is attending
college in his spare time and doing just great. Our youngest son,
Owen, graduated in June and is now in a trainee program in Canton,
Ohio. Ralph is a senior at Purdue all the boys are grown up and
'gone from home' and the Smith household has dwindled down to Bill,
myself, and our two poodles (Buffi and Brandi).
"Making a new home again will certainly take up my time for
awhile, but then I want to be able to travel with Bill."
News from Henry Brewerton, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York -
Jeanne R. Brewerton graduated from the School of Language and
Linguistics at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., on 18 May
1975. She received a B.S. in Languages.
Mr. Brewerton's mother is still in Sanford, Florida at the Lake
View Nursing Center. She would be glad to see anyone passing
through or in the neighborhood.
"This is the 35th anniversary of my West Point Graduation (May
23, 1975) and is also my 35th wedding anniversary.
"I go to Cali, Colombia, this year for the Second World
Championships of swimming and, unfortunately, will miss Jackie
Brown's Northeast Zonian reunion party which will be on 26 July.
My sister Mathilde is living with her retired Navy Captain
husband in Orange Park, Florida."
News from Joan deGrummond (condensed) Vacationing in the
Canal Zone In April Joan's father, Jack Ridge who had been visiting
with John and Julie Ridge in Miami, made his first trip to California. It
was an enjoyable, busy month with many interesting tours from the
seashore around Santa Monica to the mountains. They also saw many
Canal Zone folks Viola (Bissell) Shea had them for lunch; they
visited Jack's mother, Cherry deGrummond, now 91, who lives with
Jack's brother Lyle; they made a tour of Santa Barbara and the
Mission of old Spanish days with her father's long-time friend, Tom
McGinn, from the Atlantic Side who retired to Montecito around 1955
with his wife, Edith (now deceased). Staying with Tom is his brother,
Father Joseph McGinn, now retired from the Maryknoll Order after a
dedicated life of service for fifty years. In Sun City, California, they
saw Mrs. Jerome Evans (Inez) who had a group in for tea, including
Robert Lew and Marjorie Miller, Arthur and Eleanor Miller and Mrs.
Gilbert (Martha) Furey. Mrs. Erma Forbes and her Uncle Ellsworth,
of St. Petersburg, Florida, arrived at "tea time" from Tucson,
Arizona. Inez has a nice home overlooking part of the golf course near
Robert and Marjorie's home. The Millers' daughter, Charline, and her
husband, Dr. J. L. Barnard live in Washington, D.C. where he is
connected with the Smithsonian Institute. Their son, Malcolm Miller
is with the Santa Barbara Police in California.
In mid-May, Calvin and Margaret (Mizrachi) Johnston retired
from Army Engineering in the Canal Zone and now of Panama City,
R.P. spent four days in Hollywood. More tours to points of interest
after which the Johnstons left for Modoc County, Calvin's home
country to see his sister and friends of school and ranching days ...
Joan and Jack left the first of June for Panama, visiting relatives
in New Orleans and Miami en route. It was their third trip "home"
since retirement in 1971. "In addition to my relatives, it's a pleasure to
see our friends. There are plenty still here ... Of course, the ranks of
the 'second team' are thinning out. You see more and more of the
'third team,' the younger generation and newer employees. Very few
of my father's day, 'first team' are around ."
Although the deGrummonds on each trip find a few changes, yet
the overall picture is much the same growing!! They were amazed
at the construction of new buildings of all types .
Joan and Jack took a six-day trip to Boquete, the Volcan and
Cerro Punta. Later, they made another trip to Boquete where they
stayed at the Pension Marilos, run by their good friends, Anita and
Frank Glavas. At the Franciscan Sisters' Convent in Boquete, where
they visited they saw among the sisters, Sister Adela, a teacher at St.
Mary's School in Balboa for years and also Sister Asunta Molino, a
sister of the four Molino sisters who "have brightened some of our
California Society meetings, playing and singing typical music of
"The coffee bushes at Boquete were full of green berries. Around
September, they will ripen to a bright red and be ready for harvest by
the hundreds of Guaymi Indians who will be brought in to pick the
berries... These Indians are known for their bead necklaces, called
'Chaquiras' and their woven bags, called 'Chakaras,' the best made
from 'la frita de la palma' (the string of the palm) ... The women carry
their share of the work load, not knowing about 'women's lib' so
maybe they are entitled to the Saturday night 'libation' the men
"On the highway to Chiriqui, you can see an increase in
agriculture in large sections, plenty of sugar cane, corn, rice, etc. Lots
of cattle may be seen ... When the weather is clear, the mountains are
most spectacular and beautiful to see as you drive along into that
somewhere, the 'interior'."
T. Dwight (Tim) Ladd, Chardon, Ohio "I have recently
published a book of poetry entitled Buckeyes and Bougainvillea which
contains a number of poems written while I was in the Canal Zone.
Included in these poems is 'De H'income Tahx' which was reprinted in
an issue of the RECORD several years ago. Anyone interested in
purchasing a copy of the book can get it from me for $2.50 plus 25
cents to cover mailing costs. I will be glad to autograph books on
request. If a purchaser lives in Ohio, I will have to add 10 cents to the
cost to cover the Ohio sales tax.
"I haven't seen any Pan Canalers so far this year; the wandering
Washabaughs usually light here sometime during the year, but they
haven't been here as yet."
Mrs. Margaret A. Arthur, 508 Sacramento Drive, Austin, Texas,
reported that she enjoys reading about old friends in the RECORD.
"My husband, Wendall N. Spreadbury, Sr. (deceased) and I worked
from 1941 to 1953 for the Panama Canal Company, and our son, Dr.
Wendall N. Spreadbury, Jr. graduated from Balboa High School and
the Canal Zone Junior College. We have many happy memories of the
Canal Zone. Wendall lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Dr.
Connie Spreadbury. They are both professors at Stephen F. Austin
University. I have lived in Austin since 1956 and feel that I am a
Texan. I am semi-retired sometimes I work for the Legislature. I
have a greenhouse and raise bromeliads and orchids. It is strange that
all the years I lived in the tropics I didn't know about bromeliads. I
also do public relations for the Garden Center and the Church, and I
have television programs for these organizations."
Mr. and Mrs. George Poole, of Schenectady, New York, report
from Toronto, Canada, where they were attending the Shrine Conven-
tion. The next Abou Saad Banquet will be in Kansas City, Missouri,
Edythe S. Marsh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred T. Marsh, of
Oregon City, Oregon, and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. W.
Metzger, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was "capped" at a special
ceremony to honor third-year nursing students at Pacific Lutheran
University in Tacoma, Washington, on May 3, 1975.
The Kaufer family in San Jose and Sunnyvale, California, Mrs.
Louis A. Kaufer, her daughters, Jane K. Cochrane and Nancy K.
Leach and their families, and Ted and Anita Kaufer's daughter Vickie,
(the T. L. Kaufers live in Margarita, Canal Zone) are all looking
forward to a visit this month (July) from Mr. and Mrs. Sam Baici and
two sons, John and Jeff, from Toronto, Canada. Mrs. Baici, the former
Patsy Lindo, is a first cousin of Anita Kaufer.
Patsy's father, the former Mike Lindo, worked for the Panama
Canal up to 1948. At that time, he and Mrs. Lindo went to Canada to
live, where he passed away in 1950.
Patsy and her sister Helen, now married to Peter Jones of
Canada, were both born in Panama. Their mother, Mrs. Everille
Lindo, is still living in Canada, also.
"We will have a great time talking and remembering Panama,
and of Patsy's two aunts, both of whom I knew, and of her three
cousins, Anita Kaufer, my daughter-in-law and Rudy and Vicente
Telechea, also Panama residents." Norine Hall Kaufer (Mrs. Louis
News and "A HELLO ALL" from Mrs. Estelle J. Lusky, Central
Point, Oregon "I have been plugging away for the Canal Zone here
on the opinion shows and newspaper articles SAVE THE CANAL
ZONE for the Americans, etc. Senator Bob Packwood received my
Canal Zone booklet from me, too!!
"Julius, Jr. returned to Oregon Institute of Technology on his G.I.
Bill and is studying Law Enforcement. Charles is Lt. (J.G.) in the
Navy, in San Diego, California, as a research analyst in computers and
"I've sold two houses one in Florida and one in Oregon and
have been restoring the third home in Central Point since last June.
"If all goes well by October, I'd like to make a trip to the Canal
Mrs. Verna (Steen) Fletcher reports that she is still on the farm
near Dawson, Georgia, and so far has managed very well with one of
Bob's nephews taking the responsibility and running the place for her.
Donald G. Dewey, Alexandria, Virginia "A little up-to-date
news about us. Ursula recently was promoted to a higher grade in the
Interior Department, Geological Survey, Energy Resources after
having worked for FAA and the Army all these years. She is
Secretary to a Ph.D. who is an expert on off-shore and oil shale
"I retired on 'Early-out' during the major RIF in June, 1973, after
26 years of service and now own a Business Service Company in
Montgomery County, Maryland (the highest per-capita income county
in the U.S.). We do accounting, business/personal taxes, and
management counseling for small and medium size businesses. This is
a slow building type of business, but the future looks great... Hope to
build another annuity before true retirement also want Social
Security coverage by the time I'm old enough for that.
"We are celebrating (?) our 20th anniversary this year I got a
slow start on that!!"
Mr. Donald E. Dent forwarded a card which he had received from
Adelaide Clapp Lomas (Mrs. Geoffrey Lomas) telling him about falling
on February 13th in her home town of Duncan, British Columbia,
Canada. She is now doing fine but stated that she had had to neglect
her correspondence. Mrs. Lomas was a nurse for many years on the
Canal Zone, principally at the old Ancon (now Gorgas) Hospital.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Mrs. Elsie Greenwood, a long-time
resident of Balboa, celebrated her 100th birthday on May 18, 1975.
She is the widow of Harry Greenwood. Letters of congratulation were
received from many friends, and she received a letter from President
Ford and from Congressman Miller of Ohio. Among the 100 guests
celebrating this memorable occasion were Mr. and Mrs. Alexander
Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Triick (the former Henrietta Wilson)
of Chillicothe, Ohio. Alexander and Henrietta Wilson Triicks were
neighbors of Mrs. Greenwood in Balboa.
NEW OF PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA members
- courtesy of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1542, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
"A very fine letter and greetings from our 1914 brother and great
friend to all in 1542 Joe Flynn and his lovely wife, Helen. Joe writes
that they are enjoying retirement life and are living like normal
Americans growing flowers and vegetables in the spring and
summer, hoping to save a few cents on groceries and then paying high
utility bills in the fall and winter. Joe says he misses dropping in once
in awhile for a drink or two, or three Anyone up Kalamazoo
way, drop by and say 'Hello' to Joe and Helen; there will be plenty of
Elks milk and better yet, a hell of a lot of good hospitality."
"Nice note from the Old Lock City boy that resided in 'Clothesline
Alley'. For those not familiar with the parlay, this means, Gatun. Jim
Hayden, like all others, is enjoying his retirement and says that all
who pass through Titusville, Florida, drop in and save a night's hotel
bill will be glad to have you."
Two lines written by Samuel Woodworth in the Nineteenth
Century are just as apropos in the Twentieth Century -
"How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view!"
From John D. Fisher, Morago, California 94556:
"Some time ago, I listed names of 80 boys and girls with whom I
grew up in Gatun during the 1940's and early 50's. Lately, some of us
were discussing with sadness the fact that Gatun will always be the
hometown we remember; but as our parents retired and were forced
to leave the Zone, we lost the opportunity to return to our hometown
and visit with the neighbors. Yet, the playmates and classmates we
knew then are the people we'd like to keep up with over the years.
"So, we're starting THE GATUN GANG:
To locate each of our former friends and renew these good ac-
To update periodically a roster giving the latest addresses and
pertinent news items.
To visit one another as the chances come our way.
To put together a scrap book of photos, news clippings,
cartoons, etc. about Gatun people and to publish a copy for each
member. To plan a future reunion.
"As the September Record travels to its members, we hope the
readers will learn about us and will help by sending along names and
addresses of former Gatun kids so they can be contacted."
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEND NAME AND ADDRESS
THE GATUN GANG
/o J. D. Fisher
1092 Larch Avenue
Moraga, California 94556
Pat (Egger) Ritch, CHS, Class of 1961 Another new member of
the Society. "I've been reading my Grandmother's (Dorothy Huff
Smith) Canal Records every time I visit her in Kerrville, Texas, and I
have kept up with many of my old classmates through the Record.
This time, I am here visiting in between duty stations. My husband,
Rudy Ritch, is an SFC in the U.S. Army, who originally is from
Morriston, Florida, a few miles from Ocala ... We have just spent four
years in Anchorage, Alaska, and are being transferred to Fort Sill,
Oklahoma, where Rudy is going to be an Artillery Instructor .
Alsaska is fabulous, but I can't tolerate the cold winters ... I guess I
still have the sunshine and palm trees under my skin.
"We have a three-year-old son whose name is Wade, and his
Grandma and Grandpa Egger (Tom and Ginger) are counting the days
until they retire in April, 1976, in Kerrville, Texas, with great-Grand-
ma because they will be only a day's drive from their grandson.
"Mrs. Clara Chambers came by to see me. I worked for her,
Arden Swisher, and Jane Huldtquist during the summer in the Port
Captain's office when I was a student Assistant hadn't seen Mrs.
Chambers since then until now ... I talked to Mrs. Beth Waddell over
the phone. She and my sister Beverly (Egger) Dykes were in the same
class at CHS. Bev is living in Columbia, South Carolina.
"I also talked to my aunt and uncle in Houston (Jean and George
Egger); they are just back from Puerto Rico where George had an
Electrical Superintendent's job on a big project. He is trying to decide
whether to go to Arabia or Trinidad on jobs there or to open his own
business in Houston. They say that they really love traveling My
mother sent me a clipping from THE SPILLWAY and in it was a
picture of Ada (Wynne) Favorite's daughter, Wynne, and suddenly I
realized the number of years that have passed since 'The Good Old
"You know, I think all of us 'Canal Zone Brats' will have a
nostalgic memory of the years we grew up on the Zone. It was a way
of life that would be difficult to duplicate anywhere else .
Regardless of where my home is, there will always be a place in my
heart filled with memories of the Locks, Gatun Lake and the Spillway
and swimming off the Apron where we weren't supposed to, the
Football Jamboree, the cayuco races from Cristobal to Balboa, the
Saturday matinee at the Clubhouse, and, of course, Carnival, and
many other things which come to my mind but too numerous to
"Thanks for putting out such newsy issues of 'The Record' that
have kept me in touch with my old friends and classmates; I'd love to
hear from some of them. A letter % Mrs. Dorothy (Huff) Smith, 1009
Morningside Drive, Kerrville, Texas 78028 will always reach me. I will
send a change of address as soon as we are permanently located."
Return to the Canal Zone Is a dream Come True condensed
from THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, July 11, 1975.
Ken Pitman, co-producer of the 1975 United Way musical
"Camelot", literally had a recurring dream about returning to the
Canal Zone. Born in Colon and graduated from Balboa High School, he
had no idea of returning when he boarded a plane en route to his
freshman year at Bucknell University. He is now a lieutenant colonel
in the Army and stationed at Fort Amador ... Ken recalls that in the
years following his departure from the Canal Zone, he had had dreams
- he found himself walking in the Balboa Post Office and saying to
himself, "This isn't a dream. I'm really here." Finally, after some
frustrations, the dream finally became a reality in July, 1972, when
Ken brought his wife, Marilynn, and his children back to his
Ken's first work in drama with his school chum, Bruce Quinn, was
the Balboa High School play, "Lady in the Dark". They renewed the
working relationship in 1974 when they co-produced "Fiddler on the
Roof" for the United Way as they are doing now for "Camelot" .
R. B. H. Stroop, Ken's grandfather, was a carpenter in Canal
construction days, and his father, Warren Pitman, retired as Chief of
the Budget and Rates Branch of the Panama Canal.
Our Spacecoast Reunion turned out to be a good one. There
weren't many of us at the Casa Lopez in Cape Canaveral, but the ones
that WERE there had a good time. The music was terrific!
There were a few new faces in the crowd this year at our picnic in
KARS Park and a lot of familiar people who have attended almost
all of the past reunions. Here are some of the ones who came, and if I
leave anybody out, I apologize. Buddy Slaughter came over from
Orlando; Joe Trower flew down from Atlanta, Georgia, (and would
like to get in touch with those who live in that area); Pete Mayhew
who has just moved to Merritt Island from Atlanta; John Blair and
Dave McDowell from Daytona Beach; Richard and Jean Chevalier,
Palm Bay; Russ and Denny Barthelome of Cocoa Beach; Ruth Zorie of
Satellite Beach; Doris La Quire, Cocoa Beach; Walter and Pearl
Brown of Merritt Island; Bob and Vanice Quinn, who haven't missed a
reunion since the first one in 1967; Rex and Helen Beck of Merritt
Island; Syd and Marie Lindh of Merritt Island; Emma Plummer of
Satellite Beach; Margaret and James Jenkins also of Satellite Beach;
Roger and Violet Deakins of Titusville; Edwin and Aloha Baumbach
and Roscoe and Marie Collins of Clearwater; Ruth and Rufus O'Neal of
Titusville; Lucy Weller and Tom Jordan of Cocoa; Gladys and Bill
Weigle of Titusville; Marsha Sutherland McNamara of Largo; Bev
Buehler of Gainesville; Jerry and Marcy Fox of Orlando who will
have moved to Seattle, Washington, by the time this book comes out
(we're really going to miss them a lot!!); Carl Dishong of Merritt
Island; our old faithfuls from Palm Bay, Donald and Dottie Humph-
rey; Gladys Humphrey, who drives over every year from Sarasota
(and who was my Mother Advisor in Rainbow Girls); Sal and Joy
Aleguas of Merritt Island (Sal will sell you a nice house or a piece of
swamp area whatever is your pleasure); Bob Conneely of Satellite
Beach; Felix Karpinski of Melbourne; Dick and Lynn Cunningham
from Satellite Beach; James Hayden of Titusville; Ed and Floann
Gray of Merritt Island; Cap. and Joan Schneible of Cape Canaveral;
Ollie and Bill Harness of Cocoa Beach. A special surprise for many of
us was seeing the Reverend Paul Olander and his wife, who are now
living in Satellite Beach. Rev. Olander was the Pastor of the
Margarita Union Church when it was brand new (after Rev. Bell saw
us all safely into it) in 1954. Remember when we had services in the
basement of the Margarita Gym and the many fund-raising functions
so we could have the church built?
This year we had two Canal Zone families visit our reunion -
Edward Hallinan of Gamboa and Bob and Fran Morrissey of Diablo.
Thanks for including us on your vacation agenda. It was nice seeing
you. And it's terrific when we see you all and hope you'll come again
If any of you come through Merritt Island, you're invited to drop
in on us. Love to see you. Sandra Hughes Claflin, 285 Antigua
Drive, Merritt Island, Florida 32952.
Mr. and Mrs. Waldemar Zirkman, of White Plains, New York,
report that Chaplain and Mrs. Harold Rice (Caroline Zirkman), who
have been stationed at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii for several
years, left Hawaii on July 17, 1975, for their new assignment at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Florida. They flew from Hawaii
to San Francisco where they picked up their car and drove to Muncie,
Indiana, to visit Carolyn's brother Richard and family. The Zirkmans
will meet them in Muncie and after seven years will celebrate a family
reunion with their two children and the four grandchildren. Hopefully,
too, with Caroline and family in Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Zirkman may
get to attend a Panama Canal Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Kerrville, Texas News Mrs. Dale Bishop (nee Jackie Schmidt).
"My mother and dad, John and Kitty Schmidt, arrived in June for
a month's visit. My dad has been retired for twelve years from the
Pacific Locks Division, and they make their home in Pasadena,
Maryland. This was their second visit with us in Kerrville in the two
years we have lived here. While they were with us, they were
entertained by our friends in Kerrville and thoroughly enjoyed the
Texas hospitality and our good weather. Sue and Bill Graham had a
picnic for us at Lady Bird Johnson Park in Fredericksburg. Dale and
Bill played golf first and then met us at the park for a picnic lunch
prepared by Sue in a real gourmet manner as only Sue can do.
"Aline and Fred Cornels, who are neighbors of ours, and who
were formerly with Texaco in Panama on two different tours (one in
the 40's and the last just before Fred retired in 1973) also entertained
my parents with a delicious dinner at their home. After dinner we
played Lucho records and danced and reminisced about the old days in
"We have had numerous visitors from the Canal Zone this
summer and always enjoy seeing old friends. Mary and Fred Hatchett
who live in Aptos, California, were in Kerrville for a visit at Betty and
Dave Marshall's home. I was delighted to see them after so many
years, and we went over our 'Pedro Miguel Days' in great length. I
grew up with the Hatchett kids Pat, George and Barbara. Also,
Lois Cotton was here in Kerrville for a short visit, and the Marshalls
had a gathering at their home in her honor.
There are over 35 Canal Zone families located in Kerrville now
and many more who are interested in this area. It is interesting to
note that a great many take an active part in community affairs and
are a real asset to the area.
"Dale, the children and myself are very happy here. Our son,
Mark, is 13, and daughter Jeanne is 8, and except for missing mangoes
and rose apples, they are completely satisfied with life here. Dale's
daughter, Edie lives in South Lake Tahoe, California, and hopefully
will be coming our way for a visit this year.
"I enjoy reading the Canal Record, and it is especially gratifying
to read of so many Canal Zone people who are happy in their
retirement life in their chosen community."
Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Webster, of San Antonio, Texas
(formerly of Kerrville, Texas), were the house guests of their
daughter, Nancy and her husband, Len Lindenmeyer, and their three
daughters, in Severna Park, Maryland. Ed and Juanita planned to
visit Arthur and Margaret Baggott, formerly of the Canal Zone and
now living in Northfield, New Jersey, before returning to their home
in San Antonio.
Bands, Helicopters Add to Stupendous Steamboat Race -
SUNDAY ADVOCATE, June 8, 1975 by Patt Foster Roberson
"The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be," conceded
Capt. Ernest E. Wagner, Master of the DELTA QUEEN, after losing
the June 4 steamboat race to the Natchez IX. He went on to proclaim
that the QUEEN was built for comfort and fun and is not a speedboat.
We thoroughly agreed with him with the fun and comfort part. We
sailed on the QUEEN with a capacity load of 300 passengers.
"The race was the first in New Orleans since the NATCHEZ VI
raced the ROBERT E. LEE from New Orleans to St. Louis in 1870.
The LEE won .
"Dixieland jazz was provided by the River Boat Ramblers
augmented by members from Preservation Hall Band, featuring
clarinetist Willie Humphrey. George Fitzgerald, vice president of the
Delta Queen Steamboat Company, had as his guests the Hon. Iraido
Garcia, Consul General to the U.S. from the Republic of Panama and
his assistant, Elizabeth Guillen. There was also a happy reunion
between Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Eleanor Becker of
Marrero, retirees from the Panama Canal Zone, and the writer (Patt
Roberson) who grew up in the Zone ."
George Fitzgerald retired as a marine inspector in 1973. He and
his wife, Joan, lived in Balboa. George is now vice president in charge
of operations for the DELTA QUEEN Steamboat Company, 1 Canal
Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
Wren and Jim (Scottie) Stark P. O. Box 190, Monterey,
Louisiana 71354 who retired from the Canal Zone in June of 1974,
have been busy building a new home and getting their roots down in
"Our daughter Mary Chris (Chrissy) graduated from Balboa High
School in 1972 and is now married to an AF SSgt. and lives in
California and has an adorable six-month-old daughter, Katherine
Wren. Our son James graduated from Balboa High in 1970 and from
LSU in December, 1974. He is being commissioned an Ensign in the
US Navy at Pensacola, Florida, on May 16 and will be married in St.
Philips Episcopal Church in New Orleans on May 24, 1975, to a lovely
New Orleans' girl."
Alice Ward Wier reports that her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond B. Ward, are both comfortable and happy in their new home
- Pontchartrain Lodge (Nursing Home) 6464 Haynes Boulevard, New
Orleans, Louisiana 7216. They have a large private room and bath
with their own T. V., pictures, and some of their own furniture. They
would enjoy hearing from Canal Zone friends.
Leon M. (Bill) Warren, New Orleans, Louisiana "We flew
'home' to Panama on March 24, 1975, where we visited many friends
and old haunts. We stayed with Clara and Jack Brayton in Balboa. The
Stevensons (Mr. Stevenson succeeded me when I retired) loaned us a
car for the duration of our two weeks in Panama and the Zone. After a
week in the Zone, we spent a week in the Interior, including a
weekend with the Braytons at Santa Clara Beach, and then drove to
the Volcan area near the Costa Rica border. We flew out of Panama on
March 28th and spent a week in Florida. Rented a car and drove down
to Key West and then visited friends in Miami, Fort Myers, Port
Charlotte, Englewood, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey and Tampa.
S. Arrived home on April 6th and back to work on April 7th."
The Warrens sold their home just before going on vacation and
have leased an apartment "The Orleanian", 1205 St. Charles
Avenue, Apt. 507, New Orleans 70130. They plan to move about June
10th. Both will be much closer to their work. They spent part of their
Florida vacation checking property with the idea of eventually
locating in Florida after their real retirement probably, 1977.
They owned lots in the Port Charlotte area but decided that though
the land had been a good investment, that area wasn't where they
wanted to live. When visiting friends in the New Port Richey area,
they purchased a home which they like very much. Until their
retirement, they plan to furnish and rent their future Florida home.
The Warrens expect Kathy and Jim for a week in early June.
David and Dianne are still at Ft. Eustis, Virginia. Naturally, they
were glad when his orders to Thailand were cancelled. He now has
orders for duty in Spain effective in September.
New Orleans (AP) A committee of the Episcopal Church has
named the Rt. Rev. Reginald H. Gooden as acting bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. The Diocesan Standing Committee
named Bishop Gooden to the post to serve until consecration of a
successor to Bishop Iveson Noland, killed in a plane crash in New York
City. Bishop Gooden has been serving as assistant bishop of the
Louisiana diocese. .
BELATED CONGRATULATIONS!!! Pete Monaco, of Panama
City, Florida, celebrated his 87th birthday with a party at Mama
Campisi's which was attended by 60 fellow Lions, other friends and
relatives. Information was received from his grandson, Louis Seldon,
who wrote, "He now is a popular celebrity in the Panama City area. So
many attended Pete's birthday that there was no extra room in the
Mrs. Frances Dorn, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, reported that she
had spent five weeks in the hospital after being injured by a car which
hit the left side of her car. Some ribs were broken, she had to have
therapy and to relearn how to walk "not a Heavenly experience -
rather like Hades. My car was completely demolished and I am
almost, too." She wrote that Billie (Wilhelmina) Bohan, of Blytheville,
Arkansas, had visited her several weeks ago, and that a recent letter
had informed her that Mrs. Bohan's sons (one in California and one in
North Carolina) had recently visited her. A letter from Mrs. Ed Fusik,
of Highland Park, Illinois, told of a recent trip to the Canal Zone and
Panama City. They enjoyed seeing old friends, and the many changes
in the Canal Zone and Panama City.
Dr. Kenneth W. Vinton (death, July 22, 1975), author, college
instructor, scientist and amateur archeologist, has left "his footprints
on the sands of time." During the school vacation months in the Canal
Zone schools, Dr. Vinton made exploratory expeditions into various
sections of Central and South America. One of his most important
trips was a three-month trip down the Amazon River by raft. On this
expedition he collected specimens for the University of Iowa, Ripon
College and the Canal Zone College.
During his years in the Canal Zone, Dr. Vinton became a jungle
expert. During World War II he lectured to armed forces on their way
to New Guinea on techniques of jungle survival.
Dr. Vinton's scientific papers were widely published. His articles
appeared in National Geographic, Popular Science, Literary Digest,
New York Times, Scientific Monthly, American Journal of Surgery,
American Journal of Science, School Science and Mathematics and
other periodicals. His most noted paper was on the "Origin of Life on
the Galapagos Islands." This paper was originally published in the
American Journal of Science in 1951 and in 1952 it was chosen as one
of the best scientific papers in the United States and was reprinted in
Panorama of Science, an annual supplement to the Smithsonian
Series, an encyclopedic work on natural science.
He was also the author of the book, "The Jungle Whispers", a
book which contains many of his lectures and details of many of his
experiments. This book is used by instructors as a textbook.
In 1960, Dr. Vinton was chosen to present two of his papers to the
International Congress of Archeologists in Vienna, Austria, and also
to the International Congress of Sciences and Ethnology in Paris.
Kathleen M. McGuigan, Administrative Assistant in the office of
the Panama Canal Comptroller, was about to enter her car at 6:30 on
August 1 to report to work when she was approached by a young man,
who, after taking her purse, doused her with a substance, believed to
be an alkali, and then fled. Miss McGuigan suffered burns about the
face and vision in her right eye has been impaired. Mrs. Virginia
Nygard, of Valrico, Florida, who sent in the clipping wrote, "I am sure
she has extended kindnesses to many, many other Canal Zoners. In
addition to the possible loss of sight of one eye, she is badly scarred,
and her spirits are naturally low. It would be GREAT if old friends
would send her get-well greetings and just let her know we all haven't
forgotten her, are concerned about her, and wish her well."
Christmas is just around the corner! Have your Christmas
mailing list accurate. Address changes should be received by the
Secretary-Treasurer by October 1, 1975, to insure proper listing in the
Priscilla Chapman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman
(Dorothy Hicks), who was born August 21, 1957, in Gorgas Hospital,
lived in Ethiopia on and off for eight years, where her father served as
a Medical Missionary. The family returned to the States in 1974, and
Priscilla finished her last two years of high school in North Carolina
where she was an outstanding student. She belongs to the National
Honor Society; she was elected Beauty Queen of Avery County High
School for 1974-1975; she had the lead in the Senior play and was
selected to be in "WHO'S WHO" of American High Schools for 1975.
Priscilla plans to enter Bryan Christian College in Knoxville,
Tennessee, in August. See Picture.
William C. Hitchcock, Jr., of Arlington, Virginia, has been
appointed marketing manager in the Books' Department of the
American Chemical Society. Former acquisitions' editor of Cahners
Books in Boston, Mr. Hitchcock has had wide experience in manu-
script acquisition, sales, market research, sales analysis and planning
and product management.
The Society is a major publisher of books in the chemical area.
Born in the Canal Zone, Mr. Hitchcock attended the U.S.
Government schools in the Canal Zone. He received the B.A. Degree
in 1963 from the Woodrow Wilson Department of Foreign Affairs,
University of Virginia. After two years with the Navy, he joined the
Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in Hartford as an
advertising trainee. In 1967, he became college field representative
for Prentice-Hall, Incorporated. After six years' experience, he joined
Cahners Books,, a publisher of educational and professional books in
the business and technical fields, as acquisitions editor.
Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock, Sr., of
Sarasota, Florida, He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children,
Cooper, 5, and Catherine, 1.
FIFTY GOLDEN YEARS!! Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Taylor, of
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniver-
sary on May 11, 1975. Their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Roger Walker, honored them with a reception in their South Portland
home. See Picture.
The September, 1974, issue of the RECORD informed members
of the dedicated and monumental task undertaken by Mr. J. E. Dorn
Thomas, of Roanoke, Virginia, who after discovering the Construc-
tion-day "Mule", #686, in storage in Schenectady, New York, worked
incessantly not only to find a suitable home for one of the three known
existing "Mules" (out of more than 100 25-cycle electric mules built by
General Electric for Canal use in 1914), but he also personally
advanced the money to cover the moving, loading and rigging charges
to prepare the locomotive for rail movement to Roanoke. It was not
until he knew that the "Mule" could be saved that he appealed to
former Zonians for financial help in restoring the "Mule".
A letter from Mr. Thomas, dated May 30, 1975, personally
thanked the Society and the many former Zonians who "bought a
piece of the Mule". Their cooperation enabled Mr. Thomas to complete
the project all bills are finally paid.
Mr. Thomas also informed the Society that General Electric has
transferred him to Richmond, Virginia, and that he, like other
members, will now have to travel on vacation to see it. "My little
9-year-old daughter still feels that somehow either we will stay on or
move the "Mule" with us."
Excerpts from the Dedication Address by J. E. Dorn Thomas on
May 24, 1975 -
"As I stand here with you with the temperature in the mid 80's,
sunny enough for many of us to be wearing sunglasses and rain clouds
coming over the mountains behind us, it is obvious that even the
weather has cooperated by giving us the type of day "Our Mule" was
exposed to for over 50 years, a typical Panama Canal Day.
"We have this "Mule" here on display because we had many
people that cared for what it represented. It is not just an assembly of
metal parts, but a symbol of a commitment made on our behalf by
Americans and others many years ago and many miles away."
To the question of "why" by some people, Mr. Dorn gave a
historical background of the building and operation of the Canal.
Teddy Roosevelt not only gave tribute to the builders of the Canal but
also was instrumental in honoring those who completed a single
two-year construction service, and in special recognition of what they
did the award of the Roosevelt Medal. "Today, recognition is given by
dedicating a machine that served on the Canal not for two years but
for over fifty years. As our early construction workers leave us, we
need other ways to remember their commitment for us ... The "Mule"
will serve to remind us that that Panama Canal is an International
Waterway, and that our government has always kept it open and
ready to serve the needs of stewardship. Symbols like the "Mule"
serve to remind not only us today but other visitors to the Museum. It
belongs to us, the people who built it, maintained it, operated it and
paid for it.... To those that promote the position that we should give
operating control to someone else, I ask them to open their eyes and
tell us where we have failed in our obligations to the world that calls
for such a change. Today's world political climate makes it mandatory
that our country meet its obligations to promote world peace by using
its strength to insure equal treatment to all. We must not allow
localized harassment to make us believe that Bigness is evil and
wrong. No one else can match our record of fair and open Canal
"I would like to pass on this obligation to keep the memory bright
to The Roanoke Transportation Museum with the same signal used by
the pilots to move ships forward. With my hand now pointed forward
in front of me and with the double 'gong' strike acknowledgement
from our "Mule".
"I once again say to all of you THANK YOU."
Mr. Dorn was born in the Canal Zone, and in the 1950's worked as
an electrician on the locks his father helped build between 1907 and
A photostatic copy of the early mules used on the Panama Canal
during Construction Days was also sent in by Mrs. Ruth E. Bryan, of
Santa Monica, California. Her son, Jack Bryan works for General
Electric and saw the resume pertaining to the "Mules" in one of his
magazines and sent it to his mother, stating it would be nice for use in
the CANAL RECORD.
SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER FORMED
Panama Canal Society President E. I. Askew visited Aiken,
South Carolina last March. At that time James O. Catron and C. W.
Kilbey discussed with him the forming of a new local chapter.
As a result of the above, the first meeting to form a Panama
Canal Society Chapter of South Carolina was held at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. James C. Catron on June 19, 1975. Present were the
Catrons, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Everson, Mr. and Mrs. V. Lee Clontz,
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey, Mrs. Olga Holmes, and visitors, Mrs.
Henrietta Baggott of Florida and daughter, Mrs. Maxine Martin of
The following were elected as chapter officers: J. O. Catron,
president; V. L. Clontz, vice-president; Olga Holmes, secretary-treas-
urer; C. W. Kilbey, editor.
Any member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida residing in
the vicinity of Augusta, Georgia, or in South Carolina is welcome to
join the new chapter. Information to this effect is being sent to all
known Society members in the vicinity of Aiken.
The first social affair tentatively scheduled is a potluck supper to
be held at a park as a local "Canal Zone Reunion". All known ex-Canal
Zone persons residing in this area will be invited to attend.
C. W. Kilbey, Editor
President: James 0. Catron Secy.-Treas.: Mrs. Olga Holmes
Tel. 649-6209 Tel. 648-6972
1105 Chatfield, N.E. 200 Dunbarton Cir.
Aiken, S.C. 29801 Aiken, S.C. 29801
The Canal Zone Past Matrons' Association of Florida will hold its
January, 1976 meeting during the first day of the Annual Reunion,
January 7, 1976. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. in a private
dining room at the Princess Martha Hotel. All visiting Past Matrons
are cordially invited to join the members at this meeting. Reserva-
tions should be sent to Mrs. Ethel Askew, 2593 70th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33712.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
2 May 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 April meeting.
The President welcomed the 107 members and guests who were
Mr. Askew announced that the July meeting will be held on
Thursday, July 3rd,instead of on July 4th at the Princess Martha
Hotel. The August meeting will be held on Friday, August 1, at the
Princess Martha Hotel.
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called by the Record Editor.
Harry and Mary Foster Balboa, Canal Zone
Peggy Pollack Sarasota, Florida
Charles and Betty Fears St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Hummer St. Petersburg
Mrs. Addie Dixon Dublin, Georgia
Frances and Hoyt Byrd Atlanta, Georgia
The minutes of the April 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. Askew introduced Mr. Herbert Ross, State Membership
Chairman of NARFE. Mr. Ross has held many offices both local and
state with the NARFE organization. He stressed that NARFE is
every federal retiree's champion, and he then listed many of NARFE's
accomplishments over the past years. He stated that the local
chapters are the backbone of the Federal NARFE organization. He
also stressed the importance of writing to our Congessmen about
Mrs. Bessie Lyons would celebrate her birthday during May, and
three couples would celebrate their anniversaries. The President
wished Best Wishes to all.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:25
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period were enjoyed following
the business meeting.
6 June 1975
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew,
at 1:35 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. In the absence of the Chaplain, the President
offered the Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent
prayer in memory of those who had passed away since the May
The President welcomed the 106 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Jessie Matheney Pasadena
Charles and Sally Smith Treasure Island
Mr. and Mrs. George Russon Yuma, Arizona
Marie and Fred Dube -/ Clearwater
Gardner and Jean Harris Dothan, Alabama
Jack and Grace Morris Pinellas Park
Frank Violette Panama
Ave Averitt Tampa
Marie Trowbridge Glenelg, Maryland
Kenneth Gerhart Berlin, Germany
Cecil Banan St. Petersburg
W. H. Howard St. Petersburg
Sid Hayes Canal Zone
The minutes of the May meeting were read. As there were no
additions, corrections, or omissions the minutes were approved as
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the cost of
living was up 4.7% as of 30 April. The bill placing a 5% cap on the cost
of living has been defeated. We will keep the 1% bonus and get the
cost of living increase whatever it may be. Mr. Grady then read a
schedule of Congressional recesses for 1975. The comment was made
that with so many recesses, it is a wonder that Congress gets
anything done at all.
Lyla and Bud Esler were both celebrating their birthdays on
June 6th, meeting day. Seven others would celebrate their birthdays
in June. Five couples would celebrate their anniversaries in June -
among them J. W. B. and Madge Hall of Sarasota would celebrate
their 50th Anniversary.
Ross Hollowell told of Marge and his recent trip to Holland.
Mr. Askew announced that the July meeting would be held on
Thursday, the 3rd of July, instead of the 4th, at the Princess Martha
Hotel. The August meeting will also be at the Princess Martha.
Mr. Askew also announced that there is a Spanish food store at
49th Street and 83rd Avenue North, where you may find many foods
familiar to many of us.
The President thanked the refreshment committee, and as there
was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15 p.m.
Coffee, donuts and a brief social period were enjoyed by all
following the business meeting.
3 July 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 1:35 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 June meeting.
The President welcomed the 104 members and guests who were
The following menlbers and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Cy and Gena Field New Port Richey
George Chevalier St. Petersburg
Howard Will Canal Zone
Linnie Turner St. Petersburg
Margaret Sapp St. Petersburg
Bill and Myrtle Hughes Sarasota
Ida Straus Gifford St. Petersburg
Dorothy Straus Moore California
Co Joustra Sarasota
John and Madge Hall Sarasota
May C. Webber St. Petersburg
Pappy Hannah St. Petersburg
Gladys Baldwin St. Petersburg
Beverly Rowley, Adriane and Renee Canal Zone
Mary N. Orr Sarasota
Mina Dee Sarasota
Betty Skelding St. Petersburg
Ellen Tiernan St. Petersburg
Frank J. Violette Panama
Mae Dodson St. Petersburg
Frances Jones Sarasota
Dorothy Hamlin Largo
Alrick Nelson Canal Zone
Leonard Landers Sarasota
Erna Hower St. Petersburg
F. F. Hargy St. Petersburg
Eller Jane Holcomb St. Petersburg
Eleanor (Delia May) Parker St. Petersburg
Walter Hersh St. Petersburg
Virginia Nessler Canal Zone
Lucille Arlington -
The minutes of the June 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, news of members and
friends was given by Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the cost-of-
living was up to 5.1%/, and we would realize the new increase in the
September 1st checks. The House has acted favorably on one bill to
restore survivor benefit deductions to single retirees who have
Mr. Askew announced that Sara Rowley had a supply of bumper
stickers for sale and also prints of artist Al Sprague's paintings.
Beth Grady read a request that letters be sent to NASA,
Houston, prior to 15 July commending the astronauts on their decision
to read the Bible while in space.
Seven members would celebrate birthdays in July. Mr. Askew
gave Best Wishes to all.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:20
p.m. Coffee and Danish pastries were served by the Princess Martha
Hotel, and a brief social period was enjoyed by all.
Jean B. Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
Zip codes I remember with ease,
Telephone numbers are a breeze,
My social security number? a cinch
Even my serial numbers return in a pinch.
BUT ask my my age and I falter,
I'm hazy and unclear.
Who can remember a number
That changes year after year?
Submitted by Mrs. Charlotte Eckert
MRitt4 eep *arrom
We announce the beatht of tte following:
Mr. Charles S. Abernathy, 70, a well-known Panama City,
Panama, sporting goods dealer, died June 10, 1975, at his home in
Bella Vista, Panama. In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, he is survived
by a son, Charles C.
Mrs. Jeanne Bonanno, wife of Captain Justin J. Bonanno, of Los
Rio, Canal Zone, died suddenly on May 27,1975, in the Canal Zone. In
addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John, and two
daughters, Barbara and Sherry.
Mr. John F. Budreau, 45, of Adelphi, Maryland, died suddenly at
his home on July 29, 1975. He was a graduate of the Class of 1949,
Balboa High School, and had lived on the Canal Zone for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jean Budreau; a daughter, Peggy
Budreau; a son, David Budreau; his mother and step-father, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Trasavage, of Panama City, Florida; two brothers,
Kenneth Budreau, of Panama City, Florida; Robert Budreau, of the
Canal Zone; and a sister, Mrs. Dana Burke, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Rialto M. Christensen, 53, chief of the Dredging Division's
Operations Branch, died at his home in Los Rios on June 10, 1975,
after he collapsed while he was preparing for work. Surviving Mr.
Christensen are his widow, Mrs. Alice F.; a son, Robert A. who
resides at Cardenas; and a married daughter who lives in Baltimore,
Mr. Eric A. Fagerberg died in Tampa, Florida in June, 1975.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ethel P. Fagerberg, Tampa, and two
sisters, both living in Middleboro, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Virginia M. Faris passed away on June 5, 1975, in Kingman,
Arizona. Mrs. Faris is survived by her husband, Ernest E. Faris, of
Kingman, who retired from the Electrical Division in February, 1970;
two daughters, Virginia and Jane, a son, Ernest E., Jr., all of
Kingman; a daughter, Marie, of the Marine Corp Base in Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina; her mother, two sisters and a brother in
California; two brothers and a sister in Des Moines, Iowa; and three
grandchildren in Kingman.
From the California Report "We are saddened to receive word
of the death of Carey D. Folger, husband of Elizabeth Hearn Folger, of
La Mesa, California. The details are not known at this writing."
Mr. John W. Forrest passed away in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on
June 12, 1975. He was an employee of the Panama Canal Company
working in the Atlantic Area Industrial Division until his retirement
in 1960. He is survived by his wife, Lydia; one daughter, Winifred
Fleishman, of Lake Havasu, Arizona; two sons, Ernest, of Coco Solo,
Canal Zone, and John, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and by eight
Mrs. Marie Kleefkens Fraser, 62, a former resident of Cristobal,
Canal Zone, died on May 19, 1975, in Gainesville, Florida. Mrs. Fraser
went to the Canal Zone as a child and was educated in the Canal Zone
schools. She retired in 1970. She is survived by her son, Andrew W.
Fraser, of Lexington, South Carolina; her daughter, Mrs. Marie Janet
Fraser Green, of Gamboa, Canal Zone; her mother, Mrs. Herman
Kleefkens, of Tampa, Florida; her brother, H. A. Kleefkens, of
Tampa; two sisters, Mrs. Johanna Freudigmann of Tampa and Mrs.
Wilhelmina Barnhart, of Sequim, Washington; and seven grandchil-
Mr. Phil P. Greenwood, 89, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died of a
heart attack on April 26, 1974. Information was sent by Mr.
Greenwood's daughter, Mrs. George C. Rickard (Grace Louise), who
stated that until recently she had not known that her father belonged
to the Society; hence, she had not notified the Secretary-Treasurer of
Mr. Henry Hansen passed away on May 31, 1975, after a heart
attack on the Summit Hill Golf Course in the Canal Zone. Mr. Hansen,
who attended Canal Zone schools, was employed as a cable splicer by
the U.S. Army at Corozal and was a resident of Curundu. He is
survived by his wife, Dorothy, his mother, one sister and one brother.
Mr. Emment Tom Harper, 68, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, died on
June 27, 1975, following a long illness. He is survived by his widow,
Mildred, one daughter, Dorothy Harper Catron, two stepdaughters
and one stepson.
Mrs. Alice Hart, 66, of Tampa, Florida, passed away on June 29,
1975, at Plantation, Florida. She had been ill for about six weeks and
was staying at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edna Musso, of
Plantation. She is survived by two other daughters; Mrs. Dorothy
Holder, of Hoschton, Georgia, and Mrs. Leona Lee, of Balboa, Canal
Zone, and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Dorathea Hatch, widow of Aram Hatch, former Chief
Chemist of the Canal Zone, passed away on July 31, 1975, in Suffern,
New York. Mrs. Hatch arrived on the Canal Zone as a bride on
December 20, 1917, and resided on the Canal Zone until her husband's
retirement in 1951. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,
Harry and Gladys Hatch, of West Nyack, New York, and two
grandsons, Robert and Warren Hatch.
Mr. Frederick W. Hensler passed away on July 18, 1975, in
Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Hensler was a retiree from the Marine
Division as docking foreman, Balboa. He was a retired Chief Warrant
Boatswain from the U.S. Navy and served aboard the S class
submarines. He had lived in Jacksonville since 1951. Survivors include
his wife Carmen E. Hensler; three daughters, Mrs. Joan Toszar, Mrs.
Rose Crider, and Mrs. Grace Barnwell, all of Jacksonville; one son,
William Hensler, of St. Petersburg, Florida; his stepmother, Mrs.
Elizabeth Hensler of Jacksonville and 13 grandchildren.
Mr. Jim B. Hinkle, 68, who retired from the Panama Canal
organization in 1965, died at his home in Panama City on May 31, 1975,
after an extended illness. He was employed with the Internal Security
Office at the time of his retirement. Survivors include his wife,
Corina; a daughter, Mrs. Lacy Seppy, of Washington, D.C.; a son,
William, of Los Rios, Canal Zone; and one granddaughter of Los Rios.
Mr. Robert M. Hull, 59, died on June 21, 1975, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mr. Hull was born in the Panama Canal Zone and moved to
St. Petersburg three years ago. He was a retired certified public
accountant with the government.
Mr. Robert J. Huntoon died on July 6, 1975, in a local nursing
home in Rutland, Vermont. Highlights of the life of Robert J.
Huntoon, who celebrated his 100th birthday on March 23, 1975, were
printed in the June, 1975, issue of the RECORD. Mr. Huntoon is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Straub, of Rutland,
Vermont, Mrs. Jane Shumaker, of Medford, Oregon, and Mrs. John
Erikson, of New Port Richey, Florida; a son Hiram J. Huntoon, of
Brandon, Vermont; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dorothy M. Johnson, 55, died in June, 1975, in Jacksonville,
Florida. She is survived by her husband, Warren M. Johnson, of
Gainesville, Florida; sons, Richard C. Massey, of Austin, Texas, and
Robert R. Massey, Jr., of Jacksonville, Florida; one brother and two
Mr. 0. E. Jorstad, 70, of Waynesville, North Carolina, died on
May 12, 1975. Mr. Jorstad was Director of Music at the Cristobal,
Canal Zone High School from 1938 to 1963. He was choir director in
Cristobal churches for many years and was active with the Boy Scouts
of America. Surviving Mr. Jorstad are his widow, Mrs. Clara Arnesen
Jorstad; a daughter, Mrs. Frederick J. Rose, of Huntsville, Alabama;
a son, Jon K. Jorstad, of Waynesville; a sister and seven grandchil-
Mrs. H. R. (Edna M.) Judson informed the Society that the
obituary on her husband in the Jacksonville paper was incorrect and
sent in the following corrected obituary Mr. Herbert R. Judson, 82,
died April 27, 1975, in Jacksonville, Florida. He was retired in 1951,
having served 32 years in the Accounting Department, the Panama
Canal. Mr. Judson is survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna Judson; two
sons, Donald E. Judson, of Nogales, Arizona, and Dr. Walter E.
Judson, of Indianapolis, Indiana; three grandchildren and one great-
Mr. Louis A. Keller, 79, a former Panama Canal employee, died
suddenly at his son's home in Lanham, Maryland on May 14, 1975. He
retired from the Panama Canal Zone in December, 1950 Gatun
Locks. Mr. Keller is survived by three children, Mrs. Mary Laurena
Powell, of Naples, Florida; Louis V. Keller, of Lanham, Maryland; and
Norbert F. Keller, of Coco Solo, Canal Zone; 8 grandchildren and 4
Mr. John J. Kiley, 54, died on April 15, 1975, at the Veterans
Administration Hospital, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, after a long
illness. He was the son of Patrick A. and the late Winifred (Higgins)
Kiley. He lived in Pedro Miguel until he left the Canal Zone in 1949.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include three sisters; Miss
Patricia Kiley and Catherine, wife of Edmund Daher, both of
Lawrence, and Mother Mary Veronica Kiley, Sacramentine Order of
Yonkers, New York; a brother Daniel Patrick Kiley, of Balboa, Canal
Zone; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Alvina Sudmeyer Leach, 96, died on July 2, 1975, in North
Miami, Florida. She was a resident of the Canal Zone and Panama
from 1918 to 1969. Mrs. Leach is survived by her daughter, Mrs.
Helen Meisinger, a grandson, Michael Meisinger, two granddaugh-
ters, Marion Papson and Patricia Bjorneby, and eight great-grand-
Mrs. Alida Drew Lenhart passed away suddenly on June 16,
1975, in Eagle Lake, Texas. Alida Drew taught in the Canal Zone
schools for many years. After her retirement, she returned to the
States and married. Mrs. Lenhart is survived by her husband, William
Ernest Lenhart, Sr.; a stepson, W. E. Lenhart, Jr.; two grandsons,
William E. Lenhart, III, and Robert S. Lenhart; and five great-grand-
Mr. Louis J. Lipzinski, 58, who was born in the Canal Zone, died
suddenly of a massive heart attack while working on his job with the
C. & O. Railroad. He left the Canal Zone to enter the Sea Bees in
World War II. Mr. Lipzinski is survived by his wife, Berniece, three
daughters, three sons and one brother, Todd Lipzinski, all of Grand
Mrs. Elton (Thelma) Lowe died recently in Wauchula, Florida.
Survivors are a son, Kenneth Lowe and four grandchildren of Miami,
Florida; two brothers and two sisters, all of Hazelton, Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Irene H. McIlvaine, 68, of Clearwater, Florida, died on July
24, 1975, in Nassau, Bahamas. She is survived by a son, Edwin
McIlvaine, the Panama Canal Zone, six grandchildren, one brother,
Reed Hopkins, II, of the Panama Canal Zone and one sister, Mrs. Ruth
Whipple, of Westminster, California.
Mr. Scott J. McKay passed away on May 23, 1975, in Redding,
California, after a long illness. Surviving him are his wife Bertha, two
daughters, Sandra Duval and Kersten Dart, and three grandchildren.
Mr. Frank J. McLeod, of Poulan, Georgia, died on May 7, 1975.
The only known survivor is his widow, Mrs. Alda McLeod.
Mrs. Tolleff B. Monniche (Julia Huger), 91, passed away on May
17, 1975, in Austin, Texas. A resident of Austin since 1957, she
formerly lived in Boquete, Republic of Panama. She was the widow of
the late Tolleff B. Monniche, one of the five designing engineers of the
Panama Canal. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Thomas Rutherfoord,
Charlotteville, Virginia; four nieces, Mrs. J. R. Reed, Jr., Austin,
Texas; Mrs. George Redington, Saratoga, California; Mrs. Edward
Brown, Danville, Virginia; Mrs. Willis Hopkins, Troutville, Virginia,
and a nephew, Frank H. Terry, Roanoke, Virginia.
Mrs. Emily Monsanto, 84, passed away on July 24, 1975, in Iowa
City, Iowa. Survivors include her husband, Mr. C. A. Monsanto, who
retired from the Panama Canal in 1954 (supervisor of heavy
equipment); two sons, Allan, of Iowa City, and Gordon, of Washing-
ton, D.C.; one daughter, Mrs. H. L. (Lillia) Dean, of Iowa City; and one
brother, Allan Wright, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Alice C. (W. J.) Murphy passed away on February 4, 1975, in
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Information was received from her
son, William A. Murphy, who wrote, "She always enjoyed reading
your publication because she was very interested in anything
concerning the Panama Canal even though she left there some 66
The bodies of James F. Olive and his wife, Naomi, were found
July 1, 1975, in the vicinity of their home in San Rafael, California. Mr.
Olive was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester O. Olive who went to the
Isthmus in 1926 and remained for 25 years. Chester Olive and his
partner, Nelson Rounsvelle, founded the Panama American.
Mr. Olive graduated from Balboa High School and later was
employed by the Panama Canal organization until the beginning of
World War II when he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
U.S. Army. He remained in the Army reserve until he retired as a
Mr. and Mrs. Olive are survived by one daughter, Marlene, 16,
his sister Mrs. Eunice Richard, a nephew and a niece.
Mrs. Evelyn Payne passed away on July 27, 1975, in Napa,
California. She is survived by her husband, Ernie Payne of Napa, and
a sister, Mrs. Elvira (Lindy) Byrne, of San Francisco, California. Ad-
ditional information is not known at this time.
Mrs. Mary Constance Plaia, 61, died on July 11, 1975, in the Boca
Raton Community Hospital. She is survived by her husband, James J.
Plaia; son, Dean, of Rye, New York; daughter, Mrs. Michael J. (Mary)
Martin, Boca Raton, Florida, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Arlene Davidson Raymond, 72, widow of Dr. Frank
Raymond, died in July in Wilmington, Delaware, where she was
visiting relatives prior to setting out on a cruise. Mrs. Raymond went
to the Isthmus in August, 1928, when she was employed as a nurse at
Gorgas Hospital. Among the surviving relatives are: Frank Raymond,
a nephew residing in Diablo Heights; niece and nephew, Mike and
Nancy Simpson, Wilmington, Delaware; and Della Raymond Noonan,
a sister-in-law, now residing in Florida.
Mr. Elbert F. Ridge, with his daughter, Loreen, were visiting in
Tampa with Mr. and Mrs. H. A. (Louie) Kleefkens when word was
received of the sudden death of his wife, Leida K. Ridge, on May 26,
1975, at their home in Margarita, Canal Zone. Mrs. Ridge was 36 years
' ld. Mrs. Ridge was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Kleefkens, and
besides her parents, is survived by her husband, three children, John,
Loreen and Alan, a sister, Mrs. Virginia K. Rankin of Margarita and a
brother, Walter H. Kleefkens of Los Rios.
Mr. William Edwards Russell passed away on June 29, 1975, at
Bronxville, New York. He had celebrated his 90th birthday on April
23, 1975. Mr. Russell arrived on the Isthmus in 1905, contracted
yellow fever, and was one of the few fortunate to recover. He was a
Roosevelt Medal Holder. He left the Isthmus in 1909 and practiced law
in New York City for over the past 60 years. He is survived by his son,
a grandson and four great-grandchildren. Information from John J.
Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn, New York, who wrote that for many years Mr.
Russell was a Director of the New York Society of the Panama Canal.
Mrs. Virginia Winquist Seiler, 72, wife of Martin A. Seiler, died
on July 15, 1975, in Santa Monica, California, following a short illness.
Mrs. Seiler was President Emeritus of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California and a member of the American Legion. Besides
her husband, she is survived by her two brothers, Karl E. Winquist
and George W. Winquist. from the California Report.
Mr. Roberto Eduardo Selles, 22, was found dead in his family's
quarters in Diablo Heights in June evidently a suicide. Mr. Selles
was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Eduardo E. Selles. In addition to his
parents, survivors include two brothers and a sister.
Mr. George Scheibe, a lockmaster at Gatun Locks, died at Gorgas
Hospital in July, 1975. Surviving Mr. Scheibe are his widow, Mrs.
Elma Scheibe; two sons, George R. and Gary C., both attending
college in Tampa, Florida; a daughter, Mrs. Kathleen S. Gabriel, New
Orleans, Louisiana, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Petra Maria Simms, 85, died in Gorgas Hospital on June 7,
1975. She was the widow of George B. Simms, who retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1935 after having worked for the Canal
Company during construction days. Mrs. Simms is survived by five
children: George D. Simms and Mrs. Virginia Covington, both of
Arraijan, Panama; Mrs. Cecilia Perra, of Gainesville, Georgia; Robert
A. Simms, of Curundu, Canal Zone; and Charles A. Simms, of El Paso,
Texas; also 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Leland Slocum (Mary), long-time resident of the Atlantic
Side in the Canal Zone, passed away on February 17, 1975, in a
nursing home in Huntingtown, Maryland. She is survived by a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Aloha Hammer, and several cousins.
Mr. Morris B. (Dutch) Smouse died in Aiken, South Carolina, in
the late spring. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, of Aiken. Mr.
Smouse worked for the Panama Canal Electrical Divison for a short
time and then accepted a job managing a battery manufacturing plant
in Panama City, Panama. Information from C. W. Kilbey.
Mrs. Peggy 0. Speir, wife of Canal Zone Superintendent of
Schools, died at Gorgas Hospital on June 3, 1975, after a short illness.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, David A. Speir,
III, of Balboa, a daughter, Beth of Ancon, and a brother, Edward C.
Overstreet, Jr., of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Elsie Stilson, 63, wife of William L. Stilson, died at her home
in Colon on June 8, 1975. Surviving in addition to her husband are a
sister and two brothers.
Mrs. Ruth Stuhl, 46, special collection librarian and overseer of
the Panama Collection at the Canal Zone Library, died while on a
hiking expedition across the Isthmus on June 16, 1975. She had
completed the end of the first day's journey when she became ill.
Efforts to evacuate her were in vain as the helicopter was unable to
land due to darkness and weather conditions. Mrs. Stuhl was born in
the Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone schools. Surviving Mrs. Stuhl
are her father, George C. Chevalier, of St. Petersburg, Florida, a
brother, George M. Chevalier, an employee of the Canal's Supply
Division, three nieces and two nephews.
Mrs. Ruth Taylor, a long-time resident of the Isthmus, died on
May 26, 1975, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Taylor's husband, Richard, was a Canal employee from October,
1906, to August, 1948, when he retired as Director of Clubhouses. In
addition to her husband, Mrs. Taylor is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Ruth Katherine Walker, and four grandchildren, of South Portland,
Maine; and two sisters, Mrs. Anne Bartholomew, of San Angelo,
Texas, and Mrs. Alice Preston, of Livermore, California.
Mr. Kenneth W. Vinton, 74, died on July 22, 1975, in Green Bay,
Wisconsin. Mr. Vinton, who received his masters degree at Columbia
University in New York and his doctorate at the University of
Colorado, was the department head of the Science Department at the
Canal Zone College for 33 years. Since his retirement in 1963, he has
resided in Green Bay. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jane B. Vinton;
two daughters, Mrs. Kayleen Koepcke, Columbus, Indiana, and
Janeth Cannon, Brewster, New York; five grandchildren and two
brothers. Grave Side Service and Interment will be in Mountain,
Wisconsin (their summer home), on August 23, 1975.
Mr. John F.Voss, 70, of Ponte Vedra, Florida, died in St.
Augustine, Florida, on July 16, 1975. Mr. Voss was a retired electrical
engineer, Panama Canal Zone. Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Alcinda M. Voss, of Ponte Vedra; two sons, Edward W. Voss, of St.
Augustine, Florida, and Robert J. Atkins, of Ponte Vedra; two
daughters, Mrs. Ethel Lampe and Mrs. Alcinda B. Lanning, of
Jonesboro, Georgia; two brothers, one sister and four grandchildren.
Word was received on the Isthmus of the death of Mrs. Ellen
Conlon Wempe in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mrs. Wempe was the
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Conlon of Ancon and
Panama and the wife of Martin Wempe. She was born and educated in
the Canal Zone. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Wempe is survived
by a brother, Rene Conlon, Hesperia, California.
Miss Myrtle M. Whaley, who went to the Isthmus in September,
1925, as an English teacher in Balboa High School, passed away on
July 3, 1975, in Chelan, Washington. At the time of her retirement in
1943, Miss Whaley was the head librarian at Balboa High School.
Mr. Charles J. Wickett, 82, died May 12, 1975, in Clearwater,
Florida. He was a retired employee of the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, Clearwater, Florida, and a
sister, of Boca Raton, Florida.
Mrs. Elva Woodruff, of Cape Canaveral, Florida, who was visiting
her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Weigle, III, and
daughters in Balboa, Canal Zone, passed away at Gorgas Hospital on
May 4, 1975, after a brief illness. She is survived by her daughter,
Mrs. Sandra Weigle, Balboa; a son, Wally T. Woodruff, USN, Pearl
Harbor; her mother, Mrs. Erma Roseberry, and brother, Thayer
Roseberry, both of Wheeling, West Virginia; and a sister, Mrs. Jack
Lippert, Franklinville, New York.
Mr. David A. Yerkes, died on July 18, 1975, in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Yerkes was Chief,
Architectural Branch of the Designing Engineer Division. He is
survived by his wife, Peggy, Fort Lauderdale; two sons, John W. (Bill)
Yerkes, of California, and David Yerkes, Melbourne, Australia, and
Mr. Perry A. Young, 85, passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida,
on July 4, 1975. He was a retired civilian employee for the U.S. Army
in the Canal Zone. He is survived by a son, Maj. Perry R. Young, of
the Wurtsmith AFB, Michigan.
DOTHAN, ALABAMA NEWS
Dick Hern with his niece and nephew, Mitch and Johnny Hern,
arrived in July for a three-week visit with his parents, Jack and
Frank Anderson, III graduated from the United States Interna-
tional University in June. He visited his parents, Frank and Rosemary
Anderson for a week.
Mrs. Annie Rathgeber with her daughters, Donna (Mrs. Ronald
Crump) and Judy and granddaughter Erica, visited Mr. and Mrs.
Gardner Harris in their new home in Dothan.
Mr. and Mrs. John Burke (Jane Lombroia) visited their daughter,
Joan, of Charlotte, North Carolina, for two weeks in July.
Emmett Collins and family visited with Catherine and Eddie Filo
on their way to their new retirement home in Reno, Nevada. Mr.
Collins just retired from the Canal Zone Police in May. Catherine
Dothan, Alabama News condensed from "Dothan Progress" June
11, 1975 Sue Odom gives a picturesque description of the latest
gathering of contented Canal Zoners now living in Dothan. Another
family, the Harrisons had just arrived.
"For days ahead of time, a selected group of distaff members,
superb cooks all, busied themselves preparing a menu of typical
Panamanian foods, to which only Dixie comestibles can hold a candle.
They met at various homes to chop and bake and stir on an
assembly-line routine. For instance, the day before the party they
congregated at the home of Mary Ila (Mrs. Jesse) Cheatham to make
sevichee' which with 'empanadas' was the canape accompaniment of
the punch. The festive buffet table was loaded with such mouthwater-
ing treats as 'arroz con pollo', 'puerco a la Panama', 'tamales' and
baked 'platanos'. 'Mechas', the Latin version of rolls, were made by a
local bakery under the tutelage of these knowledgeable cooks ... The
menu was topped off by the most luscious (and calorie-laden!) dessert
known to man 'sopa borracho'. All of this with a background of
Panamanian music enhanced by a number of native costumes the
pollera, montuna and montuno, topped by 'sombreros Panaman' made
it a fun evening which will not too soon be forgotten by the
seventy-five or so participants.
"A bow to nostalgia was Jack Hern's showing of beautiful color
movies of the land which has meant home to so many through the
years. A recorded song, 'Our Dothan', whose words and music were
composed by him, ended a very special and happy evening ."
Sue stated that most of the Zonians who have settled in Dothan
have bought lovely homes though a small number are going "the
apartment route. So much welfare, food stamps et al makes it almost
impossible to get anybody to do work of any sort and a home is a lot
of responsibility where there is no man around to keep his physique in
shape by mowing the yard! Most of my friends are selling out and
moving into apartments, but for the nonce, I am still in my home.
However, having to pay $35 just to get your yard mowed gives one
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The Annual Blanche Shaw Picnic, held on Father's Day at Agri
Park in Fayetteville, was a huge success and very well attended.
Among the over 100 participants were many newcomers to the picnic,
ranging from Florida to California, and Missouri to the Canal Zone!
These included Sue and Peter Warner, Rogers, Arkansas, and son
Robert; Harry Simmons, Memphis, Tennessee; Curtis Sanders,
Balboa, Canal Zone; Lil and Bob Sieler, Salinas, California; Pamela
and Bernie Malcuit, and three children, North Little Rock, Arkansas;
D. S. Conklin, Rose Hill, Mississippi. There were also Randy
Colclasure, Gatun, Canal Zone; William, Patricia Will and daughter,
Christine, from the Canal Zone; Emma Kloss, Harry and Linda
Nunley, Coleen and Jim Gramatikos, Mack and Frances McLendon, of
Fayetteville. With the latter family were Joe and Gladys Clark, Bill
and Patricia Cook, Gary and Mily McLendon, Juan Arauz and Bill
In the beautiful glade, surrounded by tall, shade trees, the
chattering, laughing group exchanged news, old friends recognized
and new acquaintances formed. Newcomers to this area, Bud and
Betty (Bill McCue's sister) Balcer, now living at 1210 N.W. 2nd Street,
Bentonville, Arkansas, had son, Paul Rhodes and his wife, Melissa,
from Bossier City, Louisiana, as visitors in May. In June, the Balcers
took off for Ohio to see Betty's folks and the Norm Pedersens who
were up from the Canal Zone on vacation.
The Bill McCues have had several guests stopping by this
summer. These included Tom and Shirley Crogan, Les and Corine
Anderson, Art Hiland, Eugene and Laura Davison, and Paul and
Melissa Rhodes. Bill said that he is doing well but taking things easier
since his recovery from surgery a year ago.
Mrs. Jessie Newhard reported that she had enjoyed a trip East
this past spring to visit with her step-son, Fred Newhard, three
sisters, a niece, brother-in-law and his wife, along with Helen and
Dean Eppley and her son, Brian Albright. Jessie returned to
Bentonville by car, chauffeured by Brian, and said that her son-in-law,
Dr. Omar Franklin is back at work after a disc operation in April.
President Bob Hursh welcomed everyone, and had guests and
newcomers stand to be introduced. He mentioned that the next
reunion will be the annual luncheon and business meeting to be held at
the Town and Country Restaurant on Hi-Way 71, near Rogers,
Arkansas, on Sunday, October 19th. Reservations should be sent in to
Secretary, Mrs. Frank McGilberry, 6 Fitch Circle, Rogers, 72756. The
Luncheon time is one o'clock!
Karl and Fern Glass, of Diamond City, Arkansas, were happy to
announce that Lil and Bob Sielers of Salinas, California, and Janet and
Ross Cunningham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, were their guests. They
all had plans of taking part in the square dancing jamboree (or
facsimile thereof!) in Kansas. Sylvia (Glass) and Mack Landrum, with
new daughter, Misty Lea, will soon be living in the Canal Zone where
Mack will be working for the Industrial Division.
The Carl Maedls, of Springdale, Arkansas, drove to St. Peter,
Minnesota, to celebrate Petie's 40th class reunion at Gustavus
Adolphus College. After the reunion, they spent a week with
daughter, Pat and Jim Krough and three grandchildren who had just
moved into a new home in Deephaven, a suburb of Minneapolis. After
returning to Springdale for the picnic, they took off once more for
Minnesota for a Fourth of July Maedl family reunion at Pelican Lake.
They also plan to see Grace and Jim Pfau at the Pfau's summer home
on Lake Cormorant. Petie wrote that Leota Rice, a former Canal
Zoner, visited them in June. Cecil Rice, Leota's husband (deceased)
was principal of Cristobal High School when Carl went to the Canal
Zone in 1938 and during World War II was head of the Censorship
Bureau on the Atlantic Side.
Like many of us, George and Edith Engelke are enjoying the
produce of their bountiful garden. Everything has been growing
exceptionally well this year even the weeds!! Edith keeps busy with
church work, sings in the choir, and flicks the dust cloth now and
then!! They had a wonderful visit from Lois (Stapf) Maner, of Sunland,
Howard and Evelyn Engelke enjoyed their friends, Lisle and
Valna Gorham and Leroy and Cybele Koontz, of Fairhope, Alabama,
formerly of the Canal Zone, who visited them.
Carl and Helen Newhard reported short stops from Edith and
Ernie Stiebritz, of Ocala, Florida, and Leo and Coryne Anderson, of
New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in May. Janet and Ross Cunningham
were guests of the Newhards for a brief time and attended the
Blanche Shaw Picnic. Helen said that the birth of Wendy Dawn (see
births) to Sam and Ann Newhard was the highlight of their year.
Alice and Herb Engelke said that they so enjoyed having Bruce
and Jean (Stillwell) Crook, of Ukiah, California, and Bruce's sister,
Mrs. Ida Henick, of Yazoo City, Mississippi, for a weekend. While on a
short trip East to visit relatives, these friends decided to see what the
Ozarks had to offer to so many retirees, so they took in the Ozark Folk
Festival in Mountain View, the Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Silver
Dollar City and the Shepherd of the Hills Farm and Play near
Branson, Missouri, Beaver Lake area and Bella Vista near Benton-
ville. They said that they were very favorably impressed.
Earlier this spring, Mrs. Robert A. (Mary Lou) Engelke arrived
for a short stay with in-laws, Connie and Bob Engelke, and the entire
Engelke clan enjoyed getting together again. While in Bentonville,
Mary Lou received news that she was a grandmother daughter-in-
law, Nellie (Wood) and son, Bobby Jon Engelke, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, had had a baby daughter. Following her Bentonville stay,
Mary Lou returned to St. Petersburg before taking off for Baltimore,
Maryland, to see her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Haines. Before returning
to the Zone, Mary Lou went to California to visit daughter and
son-in-law, Margaret and Charles Gallardo and family.
Late in May, Dorothy and Bruce Sanders had as their weekend
visitor, Mrs. Verna Limkemann, of Quincy, Illinois. Readers will recall
Verna and her husband (the late Rev. Jacob W. L. Limkemann) and
their family as residents in the American Bible Society building in
Cristobal where "Jake" was active as Secretary of the American Bible
Society. The Limkemann family was very active in community affairs,
the Union Church of the Canal Zone and the Isthmian Religious
Workers Association. The Sanders' most recent guest has been
thirteen-year-old grandson, Curtis Sanders, of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
who flew unaccompanied to spend six weeks with them. He has been
fishing, berry picking and going on side trips around the area.
Esther and Lee Butz were indeed happy to welcome father and
husband, Harry, back from Panama in mid-May. Reports are all
favorable of his father's (Leonard) excellent recovery. Leonard's one
problem is his failing eyesight, so those of you who wonder why they
do not hear from him, take note!! Bruna and he still live up in the
Chiriqui mountains with neighbors, Donald Boostrom and friends
Kucikus and Winklosky always lending a hand. The road, black topped
all of the way to Sierra Punta, is a big help in transportation. The
Butzes are always happy to see old friends and share some of their
marvelous apples with them. Leonard is one of the few remaining
Roosevelt Medal Holders living, besides being a member of the Red
Men and Order of the Kangaroos.
Peter, Jr. and George Butz are visiting their grandparents,
Harry and Lee Butz in Springdale for several weeks.
Georgette and Tom Robertson were delighted to have their
daughter, Pam, and son-in-law, Bernie Malcuit, with their three
children for a visit. Bernie is a Major in the Air Force and is now
stationed near Little Rock. Tom, Jr., will be returning to the Canal
Zone in the fall upon completion of his work at the University of
Arkansas. His degree will supplement the degree which he previously
received from the University of Texas.
Minnie and Mike Burton had as their guests, Mike's niece, Ann,
and husband, Hollis Collins (former Margarita fireman) and five
others who drove together in the Collins motor home. Charles and
Judy (Crooks) Daily and two children from Austin, Texas, have been
spending several weeks with the Burtons.
Happily, your reporter received a letter from Dagmar and Dan
Merrick, of Peoria, Illinois. Dagmar wrote that David had attended a
weekend Youth assembly at nearby Eureka College in early August.
During the summer, he helped with summer school, took tennis
lessons and gardened and worked on lawns around the area. Both of
the girls have jobs; Linda is working for the Crop-Hail Insurance
Company and Karen is in the General Office of the Sisters of St.
Francis which operates nine hospitals. They are keeping in touch with
college friends and will return in the fall. Dagmar has been working
full-time, first at the Counseling Agency and then at a legal office. Dan
was in the East, at Trenton, New Jersey, for a week in June attending
a conference on "Religion and the American Revolution." In July, he
attended the Music and Workshop Conference of their church in Des
Moines, and in August, they both went to their church convention in
San Antonio, Texas. They are well and say "hello" to their many Canal
Don't forget the Luncheon in October!! Reporter, Lenor Butz.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Songsmiths, David Smith and Roy Ballard, informed us in
early May that Aunt Sallie Wimmer was in the hospital eleven days
for heart adjustment. Now, however, she is doing very well.
News from Milton and Chubby Wright "We are busy with
gardening and outside work. Got a late start but coming along O.K.
Have had out-of-town guests which we always enjoy.
We also heard from Helena Fitch in early May: "I just celebrated
my 99th birthday. I do enjoy good health and I am up and around
daily. Writing is a chore for me, but I do enjoy receiving messages and
always fully appreciate the thought."
Paul and Mildred Kline traveled by car to St. Petersburg,
Florida, in April. They planned to visit friends and relatives there and
in Pennsylvania. They will return home in June, at which time
Mildred's sister, Betty Gerhart, of Maracaibo, Venezuela, will visit
with them. Betty will also visit with her father, Mr. John F. Phillips,
and her brother and sister-in-law, Noble and Marion Phillips, of
In late April, Martin and Virginia Seiler sent us a very
informative note: "The party at Knotts Berry Farm was such a happy
time. Everyone seemed so gay and the dancing was fun, too. We
enjoyed the Governor's talk, and it did give some sides of the
argument I had never thought of. I'm (Virginia is) going into the
hospital on June 3 to have a cataract removed from my right eye. I
hate to do it, but it is necessary. The Moores seemed to be very happy
over their planned trip to Panama. They were going to visit Alice
Quinn and Gene Lombard in St. Petersburg."
Luella Mullane: "Denny was taken ill in early January, hospi-
talized until February 26th and now is in a convalescent hospital."
Mary E. Price advised us that she and her group will be unable to
attend the Society Luncheon on August 17, 1975, since she will be
Jack and Joan deGrummond have been visiting friends and
re-living former grand times experienced in the Zone. We miss their
presence in Southern California and look forward to their return and
their account of their trip when we all meet at the August 17th
Luncheon on the S. S. Princess Louise.
CANAL ZONE NEWS
The Presidential Management Award was presented to Donald
R. Brayton, Deputy Director, Transportation and Terminals Bureau
by Gov. Harold R. Parfitt. The plaque, signed by President Gerald R.
Ford, was inscribed with the words ". your innovative skills and
dedication exemplify the qualities which have made this country
Mr. Brayton is the first member of the Panama Canal organiza-
tion to receive the coveted plaque for individual achievements ..
From thousands of nominees submitted by heads of the world-wide
network of Federal departments and agencies, the President's
Advisory Council on Management Improvement advises the Presi-
dent of the United States on final selections and the 12 most
exceptional contributions are recognized by the Presidential award.
Mr. Brayton was born in the old Colon Hospital and has lived
most of his life on the Atlantic side. He married a Canal Zone girl, the
former Gladys Wertz. They have two sons; Rodman, a Canal Zone
Police Sergeant, and Jack, an Army captain stationed at Fort Riley,
In 1962 when Mr. Brayton was appointed manager of the Panama
Railroad, his wife summed up his feelings for the PRR with a gift
batea decorated with the railroad's shield and inscribed on the back
with the words, "for your first love from your second love." -
Condensed from The Panama Canal Spillway, June 20, 1975.
THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY May 9, 1975 Five
women who have contributed to the successful accomplishment of the
mission of the Canal organization were nominated to compete in the
Federal Women's Award Program.
Nominated by Acting Gov. Richard L. Hunt were Renata M.S.
Arboleda, M.D., Patricia M. Flores, Willie K. Friar, Mary V. Graham,
M.D. and Frances F. Sampsell ....
Final selections for the award will be based upon achievements
having an important effect on a major Government program or
specific outstanding accomplishments which have made, or are
making, an important contribution to administrative, social, scientific
or technical progress in the world of a Federal agency.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Melvin V. Smith, of Balboa,
Canal Zone, who celebrated their Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary on
May 5th a wonderful party with many good friends.
The Smiths keep busy. Besides bowling, Mrs. Smith also teaches
the sport and is coach to a young group of teenagers. She is also
interested in swimming and horseback riding. Mr. Smith is a golfer
and takes care of the grounds at Summit Hills Golf Club.
"So, we are two busy people and will miss our activities and
friends when we retire in September, 1976."
The Smiths plan on going to Dallas, Texas, in July for the Elks
Convention. Mr. Smith has been appointed District Deputy of the two
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mallory, of Balboa, Canal Zone, left in
early June for Miami. After a stop in Memphis with their son Bart,
Carol Ann, and their two children, they will go to their summer home
at White Earth Lake, Ogema, Minnesota. Major and Mrs. George R.
Duncan (Betsy Mallory) and two children and Bart and family will
vacation in Minnesota during the summer with Bill and Marion.
According to Bill's note, the summer sounds great "Fun, Sun,
Freeze, Eat, Drink, Swim, Ski, Loaf, Read, Boat, Fish!"
Captain and Mrs. Robert F. Boyd, Balboa, Canal Zone -
"Greetings to all our friends who have given up on us. We are so far
behind in our correspondence Actually, when you have all your
kids around all the time plus two grandchildren (Lara 31/z, and Alex, 7
months, Petrosky, Diane's children), a seven-month-old Labrador
puppy, our old dog, the cat, and back to doing your own housework
after twenty-five years, life has many interruptions.
"We are both fine and enjoying middle age. Who said it was so
"Our youngest daughter, Nancy, married Edward McAleer on
December 28th at the Sacred Heart Chapel, and the reception was at
the Amador Club with good old Lucho providing the music. Fourteen
of the groom's family and friends came down from New Jersey and
New England, and his brother, who is a Marine, brought his wife and
baby all the way from Japan Ed is working as an accountant
trainee and has been with Payroll since December. Nancy worked for
the Army at Amador and is busy gathering her teaching hours. See
"Diane and Mike are still in Panama. Mike's business seems to be
doing well and is gradually expanding. They have a lovely home and
now that they have opened the back road from Clayton to Panama it is
very accessible for us.
"Our son, Robert, Jr., came back from the Marshall Islands last
year and is working as an electronics technician for the Electrical
Division in the Cristobal office.
"Bob and Sandy Saunders had the QUEEN ELIZABETH II
transit through the Canal, and Elice and I were invited to travel with
them. It was a beautiful transit and an experience we won't forget.
"Bob and Leo Critides went to Sweden (Gotenburg) in April along
with John Stone and engineers, Bud Riseberg and Clyde Earnest to do
a study for the Canal. They had a very interesting and informative
"I'm promised a trip to London in October, and I'm really excited
about it. We hope to fly from Miami to London and then to New York
(our home state). I haven't been back to New York since the
mid-sixties, and I'm looking forward to the beautiful colors of the
changing leaves. Our New York relatives say they feel honored as
we've spent most of our time with the Floridians in the last ten years.
Hope though that we can stop in Florida for a couple of days on the
Love to all who remember and care!!!"
Condensed from the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, May 16,
1975 Charles R. Lavallee, Administrative Officer of the Railroad
Division since June, 1972, has been named management and budget
officer of the Transportation and Terminals Bureau. A graduate of
Balboa High School, Mr. Lavallee went on to the Georgia Institute of
Technology on an athletic scholarship and was graduated in March,
1968, with a bachelor of science degree in industrial management. He
is married to the former Judith Lambert of Ancon, and they have
three children; Judith Ann, 7; Jacqueline, 4; and Jon, six months.
THE PANAMA CANAL
Mrs. Margaret A. Braun, of Alexandria, Virginia, wrote to
Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., of Virginia, concerning the forthcoming
Panama Canal negotiations and forwarded Senator Byrd's reply to the
The Senator stated that The Panama Canal is of considerable
importance to the United States and we, by treaty, more than 70
years ago, obtained the right of perpetual sovereignty ." In closing,
he states, "I do regret that Secretary Kissinger is opening up again
the question of U.S. sovereignty over the Canal. I shall oppose any
change in the existing treaty which would terminate the United
States sovereignty, which sovereignty we have had 'in perpetuity' for
A copy of the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 121, March 4,
1975, which was also enclosed criticized the State Department for
conducting negotiations leading to the transfer of sovereignty when
"it has been made clear that such action would be contrary to the
views of a large number of the Members of Congress. .. ."
Of interest of the future status of the Panama Canal is an article
in the Augusta, Georgia, CHRONICLE, May 26, 1975, which was sent
in by Donald Dent.
"As Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachsuetts leads a permissive
faction which would again refrain from standing up for their country
but would, instead, meekly turn over the Panama Canal to Panama,
we are reminded forcibly of an earlier, stronger Teddy.
"Teddy Roosevelt was President when the Canal Zone was
bought not leased, but bought outright for more than the
combined price we paid for Alaska and the Louisiana Purchase .
Vigorous Teddy Roosevelt would have told the Panamanians where to
get off and would have made it stick. To surrender control of the
Panama Canal to a country whose Leftist government could quite
possibly close our own canal to our naval vessels, would be a major
error. We have lost enough face by the retreat philosophy which
underlies the adjustments of so-called detente, and by our failure to
provide the arms we promised South Vietnam .... To surrender the
Panama Canal would, in the eyes of the world, be a substantial step
toward second-rate power status.
"If Washington really feels the pressure of the little country of
Panama is too great to withstand, let it do this: Start now on
negotiations with some other Central American nation to purchase a
new strip from the Caribbean to the Pacific, preferably along a
national border where it would not split the grantor-nation in two.
Make plans to build a new canal just enough above sea level to
prevent ecological problems that would come from movement of
waters from one ocean to the other. Make the new canal deep and
wide enough to accommodate tankers and other vessels which now
have to go around Cape Horn.
"Then let Panama whistle for customers for its hi-jacked canal!"
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
Lloyd (Pete) and Ruth Peterson were visitors to the Zone
recently. They were the guests of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Russell, Jr. Bob is a teacher in the Zone schools, and
Cheryl is at present with Civil Affairs. The Petersons were very
enthusiastic with their visit and seeing many old friends.
The spring luncheon of the southeast Florida group was held with
a good attendance. Bob Johnson, the president, showed slides of the
Zone which were greatly appreciated. We were most happy to see so
many out-of-town guests. The Jim Woods, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
attended the luncheon as the guests of the Gil Rowes, and the George
Winquists had their houseguests, the Allen Millers of Sarasota. We
were happy to see Ed Stokes with us once more. Marge Wallace of
Miami as well as the Preston Abernathys, Dorothy Beauchamp,
Gretchen Melanson and her sister, the good old reliables also attended
Jan Whitney, a school teacher of art in the grades on the Pacific
side is in Fort Lauderdale for the summer visiting her son-in-law and
daughter, Buddy and Marci Hutchings, Jr. While here, she took a trip
to Iowa to visit family thereabouts.
The Ed Joneses had a dinner party recently in their lovely new
home for the Tom Oglesbys, the Bob Johnsons, Gil and Millie Rowe,
the Fred Weades, Agnes Hearon and Barbara Hutchings. The Joneses
left recently for a round-about vacation first going to Virginia to
visit Mrs. Jones' mother and other members of the Weade family and
various members of the Jones' family and then on to Alden, Michigan,
to spend some time with the Bob Johnsons at their summer home.
George and Kay Winquist report on the coming wedding of their
daughter, Ann Katherine, of Nashville, Tennessee. She will be
married on August 30th to Larry Lain who is at present stationed in
Danny and Mary DesLondes, both teachers in the Canal Zone
schools, spent the summer in their apartment in Fort Lauderdale.
Bev DesLondes is off to California to her summer place and will return
to Lauderdale when the weather turns cooler.
Lonnie and Betty Van Siclen left on a long vacation last month.
Their plans were to visit in New York and Canada with his brothers
and then go to Bob Johnson's summer place. However, the Van
Siclens returned home earlier than they had planned due to the death
of their old and dear friend, David Yerkes.
Mrs. A. G. (Dee) Robbins of Panama City, accompanied by her
son Rick and daughter Leslie, have been visiting in and around
Florida for the past month. At present, Dee and her daughter Leslie
are the houseguests of Barbara Hutchings.
Chris Hearon, the son of Mrs. William Hearon, who has been a
teacher for many years in Richmond, Virginia, will teach in Green-
ville, South Carolina next fall.
The wedding of former Canal Zone Governor, W. P. Leber and
Mrs. Leber's daughter Fig to Peter Dehlinger, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Dick Dehlinger, Panama City, Panama, brought many Panama people
to Stuart, Florida, for the wedding .. During the wedding activities,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Adair, Jr., of Stuart (he was a former United
States Ambassador to Panama) entertained for many of the wedding
guests at a luncheon. The Ken Beasleys, former Panama residents,
also entertained the group with a buffet supper.
Dee Robbins of Panama, accompanied by her son Rick and
daughter Leslie, were Florida visitors in July. They enjoyed seeing
friends and relatives and also a trip to the Florida Keys.
The Bob Johnsons are off for the summer at their country home,
and the Fred Weade family have left for Virginia and Maine to visit
friends. Barbara Hutchings.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The Panama Canal Society picnic will be August 1, 1975, at Lake
Julian. It will be a real fun time with so many visitors in the area.
Emily and Howard Johnson, of St. Petersburg, Florida, are
staying in the Hoenke's house for the months of July and August.
They plan to move to Hendersonville in the spring.
Rae and Joe Ebdon joined the Johnsons on the 20th of July and
will be here a month. Rae's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, is staying for a
Ross and Margaret Hollowell are spending the summer in
The Ross Cunninghams and Russell Potters are in Sherwood
Forest, Breward, North Carolina, for the season.
Bricky and Jim Pattison and their son are visiting for a month
with her parents the Tom Colemans.
Dale Domrowsky, wife, and three children will be with Jack and
Jean for two weeks.
The Charlie Howes are having a family reunion the end of July.
Thyrza and Bill Russon have moved permanently to Henderson-
ville from Miami.
Joan and George Fitzgerald are at their home in Lake Summit for
the summer. George is commuting to Cincinnati, Ohio, the home port
of the Delta Queen in warm weather.
Mr. and Mrs. John La Porte (Esther Hodges) have purchased a
cottage at Carolina Village.
Betty and Paul Bentz are in Colorado for the month of July
visiting her sisters and spending two weeks in the Tetons. Their son,
Alan, joined them there for five days.
Ruth Sill and Bea Tyrrell left the middle of July to spend ten days
in the Tetons with the Bentzes and then on to California to visit
friends and relatives.
The J. W. Greenes visited the A. C. Garlingtons in Newberry,
South Carolina, in June. Mildred and Wendell are leaving the 14th of
August to visit friends and relatives in Oregon and Washington for a
month. Their nephew, Kenneth Greene, spent several days with them
Ed and Mary Doolan stopped overnight with the Bob Van
Wagners in June. They were on their way to Quechee, Vermont.
Marg Daniels, Bea Sergent and Bea's daughter, Kaye, spent a
day with the Van Wagners the last of June.
Margaret Wanlass's son, Clinton Wanlass, and family visited her
for a week the first of July. Their oldest daughter, Theresa, entered
Brevard College for the summer session.
The Ernie Zelnicks enjoyed a family reunion at Ocean City Beach,
South Carolina, the end of June. All three children and families were
Elsie and Rob Smith spent a few days with the Zelnicks in July.
Jack and Sue Watson stopped in to see Jean and Jack
The Fred Weades visited Emily and Howard Johnson.
Lloyd and Joe Kent and family spent a week with Carmen and
Carmen and Charlie had a wedding in their family on February
1st. Their son, Dan, was married to Sheila Hollingsworth, of
Hendersonville, at St. James Episcopal Church. The reception was
held at the Howe's home. Alice H. Roche Secretary (Record).
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Following an extended visit in Sarasota, with his sons and
daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Ebdon, Mr. Thomas Joseph Ebdon, Sr. returned to LaPorte
Texas, where he makes his home with another son and his family,
William and Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon.
There were four generations at the Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr.,
residence on Mother's Day with the arrival that day of their son,
Richard C. Ebdon, his wife, Kathy and their three-month-old son,
Geoffry Craig, from Newark, Delaware. Kathy's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Melvin A. Ruff, of Niagara Falls, New York, travelled with the
Richard Ebdons for a visit. Completing the four generations on the
paternal side is Geoffry's great-grandmother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, who
makes her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Joe and Rae
In the spring, Capt. Thomas J. Ebdon, III, spent two weeks in
Sarasota visiting his parents and his maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Eppley. Capt. Ebdon recently completed a tour of duty at George Air
Force Base, Victorville, California, and left in April for his new
assignment, Rheim Main Air Force Base in Germany.
New residents in Kensington Park (Sarasota) are Mr. and Mrs.
William R. Dixon who moved to 3822 Prudence Drive. Maxine and Bill
had lived in a mobile home park in Bradenton for two years.
Following a business trip to Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Robert
Cousineau, of Pasadena, California, visited his aunt, Mrs. Robert J.
Neely, and cousins, Mildred M. Neely, Marion and Mike Greene and
Elsie and Bob Smith. This was Bob's first visit to Sarasota.
Sarasota Canal Zoners enjoyed an afternoon at the home of Mrs.
Frances D. Jones, visiting and reminiscing with Mrs. Mary Louise
(Warren) Parsons, of Tampa, Florida, her sister, Mrs. Tate Setzer
(Isabelle "Toodles" Warren) and her guest, Mrs. Kay Burkhart, of
Camp Springs, Maryland. It has been over 22 years since "Toodles"
had seen many of her former C.H.S. classmates and other friends.
Mrs. Setzer and her husband left the Isthmus in 1952 and have been
living in theWashington, D.C. area.
Paul and Elva Stewart, of Memphis, Tennessee, and Horace and
Dorothy Smith, of Columbus Grove, Ohio (former Atlantic Siders),
spent several weeks in the Sarasota area and called on their many
April visitors in the area included Mr. and Mrs. Joel "Tommy"
Thompson, of Greer, South Carolina, who were overnight guests of
Mrs. Della J. Noonan. Visiting later, were Mr. and Mrs. Al Reynolds,
who were returning to their home in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Costanza of Balboa, on a month's vacation
from the Canal Zone, spent several days in the Sarasota area looking
over the retirement possibilities for the future. While here, they
called on Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman and Miss Mary Orr.
Another gathering of four generations was at the home of Jack
and Joyce Clarke early in June when his daughter, Mrs. Richard E.
Kresge (Nancy) of Gatun arrived with her children, Marcha Collins
and infant son, John Edward Kresge, born April 8th. The great-grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Clarke are also Sarasota residents.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clarke spent a week in Panama City, Florida,
with Joyce's brother, Richard W. Bell.
Mrs. Gladys B. Humphrey visited Cliff and Irma Wicks in
Pensacola for a reunion with Ralph C. Christian, Cmdr., USN, Ret.,
and his wife, Lee, of San Antonio, Texas, who came to Pensacola to
take part in the dedication ceremonies of the U.S. Naval National
Museum. This is the first reunion for the Wicks and Gladys with the
Christians who left the Canal Zone after completing his tour of duty at
the Naval Air Station at Coco Solo. Ralph served as an usher at her
wedding in 1938.
Gladys also visited family in the Canal Zone during the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman had as their houseguests early in
June her nieces, Mrs. Don DeMarr (Stella Boggs), of Arlington,
Virginia, and Mrs. Harry Dowell (Zona Boggs) and daughter Vicki, of
Coco Solo. Following a ten-day visit, the Hartmans drove their guests
to Port Charlotte, Florida, to visit Zona's sister-in-law and her
husband, James T. McCormick, R.A., USN Ret., and Mrs. McCormick
(nee Grace Dowell). After several days visit, they flew to Fort Valley,
Georgia, to visit another sister (Anita Boggs) and family, the Albert
B. Collins. Dr. Harry Dowell joined his family in Fort Valley.
Miss Mary N. Orr returned home late in June from a four-week
trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she visited her nephew, Fred
Wells, and her niece, Dallas Wells.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis had as their houseguests their son,
Robert, and his wife, Lottie, and children, Bobby, Carl and Anita of
Diablo Heights. During part of their vacation, they were joined by
another son, Maj. James Orvis, USAF Ret., his wife, Julie, and sons,
Johnny and Andy, of Temple Terrace, Florida. The three families
enjoyed several days at Sanibel Island.
Mrs. Edward G. Coloski, the former Pamela Hawthorne, of
Cristobal, Canal Zone, with her children, Deborah, Edward, Jr. and
Steven visited Mrs. Gladys Humphrey. Mrs. Lottie Orvis, who was
visiting from the Canal Zone, joined the group for the afternoon. Pam
left the Canal Zone in 1957; the afternoon was spent reminiscing and
catching up on news of her former classmates and friends. Mr.
Colosky is assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Base at St. Petersburg.
The family had just returned from a visit with Pam's mother, Mrs.
Evelyn Hawthorne, in Dickson, Tennessee. Gladys B. Humphrey.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
A meeting was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.
Holmes in Aiken, South Carolina. There were 22 members and four
guests present. Our group planned to have a get-together at a picnic
which will be held on September 21st in Aiken, and all former Zonians
in the area are invited. For more information, contact Olga Holmes,
200 Dunbarton Circle, Aiken, South Carolina 29801.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Green (Nora Hewitt) have just come
back from a visit with their daughter, Virginia, and family in
Pennsylvania and are expecting a visit from their son, Edward, and
Mr. Thomas Conley, Balboa, Canal Zone, visited Mr. and Mrs.
Willard Percy. Mr. and Mrs. Percy spent two weeks in the Canal Zone
this past April. They were guests of the Conleys.
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock had their daughter, Susan, and
son-in-law, William Wiseman, as house guests for a week in June.
They enjoyed Aiken very much, visiting the many stables and
training tracks in the area as they are both interested in horses. Some
golf was played and a good time was had by all.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Badonsky are the proud grandparents of their
first grandson, Robert Sterling Leitch, born July 8, 1975, in Athens,
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Seeley and son of Balboa Heights, were recent
guests of Mrs. Seeley's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey, of Aiken.
The Seeleys had also visited daughter, Laura, in California and Mrs.
Seeley's sisters, Christine and family in Kentucky and Charlotte and
family in Augusta, Georgia.
"Remember whens" circulated freely at the Clontz house on
Brandy Road in mid-June when Kay and Bill Butler of Clearwater
stopped over en route to points north and again July 15th when
Theresa and Buck Roger of Miami stopped by.
J. L. Meyers and Hilda are new residents, and Don and Peg
Hutchinson are new residents-to-be of Aiken. We know they will like
our little town and bid them a warm welcome.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Watson were recent guests of Dorothy and
John Everson, Jack and Sue are residents of West Palm Beach. He
was, however, born in the Canal Zone and grew up there. Olga
Holmes, Secretary-Treasurer, acting for our Recording Secretary,
Bud Kilbey, who is recuperating after an operation on his hand.
Rex and Helen (Cawl Grimison) Beck, 1515 Glen Haven Drive,
Merritt Island, Florida 32952 Telephone: 305-452-6246.
"Greetings from Merritt Island, Florida:
Rex retired from Canal Zone Government service on April 12,
1975. We arrived in New Orleans on April 29th and on May 29th we
moved into our present home here on Merritt Island. We really love it
here and have been busily engaged in fixing the house up to our
liking. Just about all our household goods that we brought with us
from the Zone fit in very well in this house. We feel we have been
fortunate in finding just what we wanted here, where we are close to
our dear Scott in-laws and a few close friends in the area Marie and
Sydney Lindh, Jean Storey (Redman), Helen Walker, and a few
We had Dorothy and Carl Meissner and their two older children,
Rusty and Denise, from the Canal Zone, visit us here for five days.
They were here for the July 15th space shot. Also, a week ago,
Thelma and Dick Stoudner, and Thelma's mother, Marie Seeley,
dropped by for a visit. Thelma and Dick are in the process of buying a
condominium in Titusville, which isn't too far away from us. We hope
to keep in touch with them and visit them as soon as our "Florida
Room" is completed. We decided we needed the Florida room so that
we can accommodate our son, daughter-in-law, and eight Grimison
grandchildren when they come up on home leave next summer. Our
house is a three bedroom, two bath house but will hardly take care of
all the grandchildren we seem to have accumulated. Our other son,
Captain R. Eugene Beck, Jr., and his wife (Patti Janssen) and their
two children are still at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, and we are
hoping for a visit from them before the children have to go back to
school this fall.
As soon as we get settled here, we expect to take a trip to the
Tampa-St. Petersburg area to renew relations with good friends there
and in other sections of Florida.
With best wishes to all, and an invitation to any and all of our
good friends to come and see us should they be in this area."
IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN!!! Reservation Forms for the Forty-
Fourth Anniversary Reunion (January 7-8, 1976) at the Princess
Martha Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida, are in this issue of the
RECORD. Make your reservations NOW!!!
Many thanks to all reporters and members who cooperated by
getting news to the Editor ten days before the deadline date to the
printer. Copy to the Editor for the December issue should be received
by November 20th, if possible.
It's September!! Compilations and corrections in addresses by the
Secretary-Treasurer for the 1975 ANNUAL ISSUE are underway.
Send in any change of address, NOW.
New members since the June issue of the RECORD will be listed
in the ANNUAL ISSUE which will be mailed to members in early
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND BUSI-
NESS MEETING will be held on Sunday, October 19, 1975, at the
Town and Country Restaurant at one o'clock Hiway 71, near
OCALA, FLORIDA, PICNIC October 28, 1975.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH CAROLINA PICNIC -
September 21, 1975, in Aiken see the South Carolina Report.
FORTY-FOURTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION, Princess Martha
Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida, January 7-8, 1976. Make your
PANAMA CANAL RETIREES PLEASE NOTE: Information
from J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor -
BECAUSE OF SEVERE BUDGETARY RESTRICTIONS THE
PANAMA CANAL WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PRINT AND SEND
COURTESY CALENDARS FOR THE YEAR 1976 TO RETIREES
AS HAS BEEN THE CUSTOM FOR THE PAST 20 ODD YEARS.
ANY RETIREE WISHING A CALENDAR MAY WRITE TO A
FRIEND AND HAVE THEM PURCHASE ONE FOR HIM AT THE
COMMISSARY. THEY WILL COST ABOUT 55 CENTS EACH."
NOTICE: DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA, INC. EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 1976 are $7.
AROUND THE CORNER
Around the corner I have a friend
In this great city that has no end;
Yet days go by, the weeks rush on,
And before I know it a year has gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well
As in the days when I rang his bell,
And he rang mine. We were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men;
Tired with trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow," I say, "I will call on Jim,
Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes, and tomorrow goes,
And the distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner! -yet miles away ....
"Here's a telegram, Sir"... "Jim died today."
And that is what we get, and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
Charles Hanson Towne
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RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
JANUARY 8, 1976
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
PRICE: $4.25 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:
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TOTA L: $ ... .... .....
Enclosed is $ ..... ..... check ........ M .O........... Cash ..
representing total for all persons listed above.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK
WITH DEPOSIT FOR ONE NIGHT DIRECT TO:
PRINCESS MARTHA MOTOR HOTEL
4th Street at 1st Avenue, North
P.O. Box 1691
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
PLEASE RESERVE FOR ME THE FOLLOWING:
SINGLE $14.00 DOUBLE $17.00 TRIPLE $20.50
Arrival Date ........
Departure Date ..
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. . C ity
Members attending the Annual Reunion in January and
desiring to stay in a motel might find the EDGEWATER BEACH
MOTEL to their liking. This motel is in a quiet area on the
waterfront about one mile from the Princess Martha Hotel-
Ample Parking, Restaurant, Cocktail Lounge and Pool. Rate for
twin beds, Black and White T.V., Double Occupancy in Main or
West Building is $14.00 a day. The East Building is more desir-
able, and rates there are $20.00 a day, Double Occupancy with
two double beds and color T.V. If Ground Floor Room is desired,
be sure to so specify when making reservations.
For reservations, call 813-898-0811 or write Edgewater Beach
Motel, 631 North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application Box 11566
for St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, .................. ................. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $7.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year ................... $2.50 of this amount is
for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
Street ................ ................ ......... Box .......
Name (W ife) ................ .................... .................. ...
Street ........................................ Box .................
City .................. ... .........State ....... ....... Zip Code ........
Division Employed ...............................................
Recom m ended by .................................... .....................
A approved by .... ................ ............... .... D ate ........
Amount Enclosed $ ......... Check ........... M.O............Cash .......
DUES $7.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1976, ARE $7.00.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
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Address .................................... ......... Box .............
City ... ..... ......... ......... State............. Zip Code........
T telephone .................................. ................ ...........
Name .................................... ....................
A d d r e ss . . .. . . . . . .
City .................. ......... State ............. Zip Code .........
Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check ......... M.O.......... Cash.........
A approved by .................................... G uard date ..............
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I,.......... .............. ................... hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $7.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for
the year (Please return this bill with remittance.)
Street ........ ... .................... ......... B ox ...........
City ........ .... ..... .... ....... State ........... Zip C ode ........
D ues for .............. ;1976 ....... ; 1977...... ; 1978 ......; 1979 ......
Amount Enclosed $ ............. Check .......... M.O........... Cash ......
S street .................................... ........ B ox ...............
City ................... State .......... ...........Zip Code............
Recorded: Date .......... ........... ............. ..Card No..........
DUES $7.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
ANNUAL DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.,
effective in January, 1976, will be $7.
Dues were last raised in 1971. Unfortunately, the Society is NOT immune to
inflation. Check the Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, January 8, 1975, for
details of the action taken regarding the necessity of raising the annual dues.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
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Street .......... .... ..... ..... .. ......... Box ............
City ........ ........... .. State ............... Zip Code ........
Dues for ........... .;1976 ....... ; 1977. .. .;1978.......; 1979......
Amount Enclosed $ ............ Check ......... M .O. ......... Cash .....
N am e .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. B o x .. .. ... ..
City .................. State .......... ........ Zip Code ...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Miss Priscilla Chapman, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman
[Dorothy Hicks] National Honor Graduate, Avery County High
School, Banner Elk, North Carolina, June, 1975.
The Bliss Clan Reunion, New Year's Day, 1975, at the home of Mrs.
Gladys Humphrey, Sarasota, Florida. Left to right Curt and Emily
Bliss; George and Mayno Walker; Gladys Humphrey; Barney and Rae
Barnes; Jack and Zonella Field; Budd and Eleanor Bliss.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Cook, Clarksville, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. [Rita Kotalik] Perry Washabaugh, Albion, Pennsylvania
Seated: Irl R. Sanders, Clearwater, Florida; John W. B. Hall,
Sarasota, Florida. Standing: Carrie Sanders, Clearwater, Florida;
May Webber and Doris E. Cox, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Kiernan, Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett O. Kiernan, Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert, Oneco, Florida;
Harrison, Sr., Palmetto, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Mrs. Thelma Camby, Balboa, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F.
Kuhn, St. Petersburg, 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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