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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
Publication Date:
five issues yearly
completely irregular


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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P resident S ay s .......................................... ... ..... 2
From the Secretary's D esk ...................... ............... .. .. 2
Editor's Lines .................................... .............. 3
Legislative Report ........................ ............. ... 3
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ........ .. ................... 5
News Features ............. ................. .. ......... 8
Retirem ents ............... ......... ........ ....... ...... ........ 20
W wedding Announcements ................................... ....... 20
Birth Announcements ... ........... ..... 22
WithDeepSorrow ....... ... ......................... ..... 23
Audit Report ... .. .. ..........52
SaleandLocator .. ................. .... ................... ......... 54


Cuba ... ..... .... ........ 28
Canal Zone ........ ...... .... 28
Alabama ... ................. 28
A rkansas ............... .. ... 30
C alifornia ....................... 33
Colorado ............... ... 41
Connecticut ................ ..... 41
Florida ........ ....... ...... 42
Georgia ...... .......... 45
Maryland .......... ......... 45

Home Federal ........
NARFE ...........
Vigilant Real Estate ..

New York ....... .......... 45
North Carolina .......... .. 46
Ohio ... ....... .... 47
Oregon ....... .. ..... 47
South Carolina .............. 47
Texas ...... ....... .. ...... 49
Virginia ........... ..... .... 50
Washington ..... ....... .51
Wisconsin ............ .... 51

.......... 11 Perry R. Marsh, Inc.
....... 22 RamadaInn (South)

JUNE 14 Flag Day
JUNE 18 Picnic, Aiken State Park, SC
JUNE 19 FATHER'S DAY Picnic Agri Park, Fayetteville, AR
JULY 1 Panama Canal Society of Florida's PICNIC 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, War
Veterans Memorial Park near Bay Pines Hospital
JULY 4 Independence Day
AUGUST 5 Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Ramada Inn, 3600-34th St. So., St.
Petersburg, FL Social Hour 11:30 AM, Luncheon 12:30 PM (See Reserva-
tion slip)
SEPT. 2 Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center, 1:30 PM

Our Cover: Members in action (left to right): Bill Grady, Mary Bell Hicks, Edith Jones,
Peggy Falk, Dolly Barbour, Eleanor Connors, Ed Albin, Troy Hayes, H. L. Clarke, Jr.,
Robert Ray, Jean Mann and Anna Collins.


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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships

P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

Robert J. Roy

H. L. Clarke, Jr.

J. F. Warner

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Record Editor

Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Paul M. Disharoon

Lucille S. Judd
Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus


Robert J. Roy
H. L. Clarke, Jr.

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Gaddis Wall

Eugene I. Askew

Troy Hayes

Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks

Mrs. Anna T. Collins

J. Winter D. Collins
Liaison Officer for
the Canal Zone

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.

all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $10.00. Entered as 2nd
Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class
Postage paid at Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.

South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.

Vol. 11

JUNE, 1977

No. 2


I take this opportunity to thank Elizabeth Ashley, the Director of
Sales at the Ramada Inn, for her courteous cooperation when we met
recently to start planning for our 1978 Reunion.
I have sent a letter to Mr. Winter Collins, our Liaison Officer in
the Canal Zone, so that he may contact Lucho Azcarraga and see if he
would play at our Annual Reunion cocktail party under the same
terms as last year. His answer will be announced later.
Don't forget the Picnic Friday, July 1st 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. at
the War Veterans Memorial Park near the Bay Pines Hospital. I have
looked at several other parks and this seems to be the best one.
Thanks for finding it for us Gaddis. I have reserved two shelters, Nos.
3 and 4. The picnic will be run the same as last year, except this year
you bring your own beverages. No Liquor, please... it is prohibited in
Florida State parks. So, just bring your picnic basket with covered
dish and all the utilities you will need. Perhaps you may care to bring
a comfortable lawn chair to relax in while visiting with an old friend.
You ladies went all out last year with delicious covered dishes and
I am sure you will again this year. As they say, "we can't live with
you, and we can't live without you!" God bless you all.
Bob Roy

The 1978 Reunion will be held April 28th and 29th (Friday and
Saturday) at the Ramada Inn, 3600 34th Street, South in St. Peters-
burg, FL 33711.
Room rates will be:
$16.00 Single; $18.00Double and $3.00 for each additional person
in the room. The Ramada Inn suggests that perhaps 4 ladies or 4
gentlemen might wish to share a room ($24.00 total divided 4 ways -
$6.00 each). The Inn will honor these rates for 6 days prior and 6 days
following our reunion (total 14 days).
You may make your reservations by writing the Ramada Inn
using the form in the Record (to appear in later issue) or you may
make reservations by calling this toll free number. 1-800-228-2828
If you use the above number you must specify that you are
attending the Panama Canal Society Reunion or you will not receive
the special room rates.
If you wish to rent a car from Avis (headquarters in Ramada Inn)
you may make arrangements when you write or use the toll free
number above. Avis will have the car waiting for you at the Tampa
One nights' deposit will be required to hold your reservation.
Jean Mann

You may make your reservations by using the Reservation Form
in the back section of this issue and mailing it to the Ramada Inn with
a one day deposit. You may also make your reservation by calling this
toll free number: 1-800-228-2828. When telephoning in your reserva-
tion, please mention that you are attending the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in order to receive the special room rates.
If you wish to rent a car from Avis (headquarters in Ramada Inn)
you may make arrangements when you write or use the toll free
number above. Avis will have the car waiting for you at the Tampa
The Reservation form for the Cocktail Reception-Dance and for
the Luncheon are also in this issue. Please fill them out, enclosing your
check or money order (Cash is for local use) and mail them to The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FL
33733. Yes, Lucho will be here!
Dues for 1978 are now payable. Please send in your $10.00 check
or money order in the near future. A subscription to The Canal Record
would make a nice gift to a former Zonian.
The poem "Christmas on the Isthmus for Little Children" was
sent in to me last December 1976 by Fran Whitlock of Fayetteville,
AR who had found it many years ago while working at the U.S. Naval
Station, Coco Solo, CZ. She thought you all would enjoy it, and
possibly we might find the author. "What happy memories it brought
back 50 years of happy Christmases in the Canal Zone!" Fran wrote.
Thank you, Fran.
Deadline for March 1978 issue for the Canal Record is your post-
mark January 23rd. If you submit news much later on, please have it
typed double-space and it can be submitted to the printer without re-
I wish to thank all of the area reporters; members who have
shared their news and friendship with us; the Board Members and
committee members and our workers of Dixie Printing who have all
shared in making this year such a success without your
cooperation we could not have the Canal Record.
Christmas Joy and a Happy New Year to you all.
Anna T. Collins


The cost of living is up to 1.2% as of 30 September 1977. We still
have three months to go for a final figure.
HR 3447 and HR 3755 passed the house in July and were sent to
the Senate. There has been no action by the Senate as yet. If these bills
are not acted on this session they will still be on the calendar when
congress reconvenes in January.

feeling is that Carter will sign the measure once it reaches him. The
bill would make the effective date of the sick leave tax provision Jan.
1, 1977, instead of Jan. 1, 1976.
Long, meanwhile, has agreed to move on the bill and send it to
House-Senate conference to settle an amendment not directly
related to the sick leave issue.
William F. Grady

Pictures courtesy of Gustaf A. Peterson

A few members lunching at 1977 Reunion

J. Winter D. Collins


Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Peterson

Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
4 February 1977

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:35 PM. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which
was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those
who had passed away since the January meeting.
The President welcomed the 114 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Dr. and Mrs. Russell Steele Ohio; Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Foster Tampa; Lillian Ryan CT; Grace Carey MI;
Bart Dewey Lakeland; George and Loraine Anderson St.
Petersburg; Helen I. Myers City; Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Barnard -
City; Mr. and Mrs. Winton A. Webb Ohio; and Mr. and Mrs. George
Poole New York and St. Petersburg.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the January Re-
union meeting. As there were no additions, omissions or corrections,
the minutes were approved as read. The financial report of the
Society and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions,
the reports will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative announced that 4.8%
will be the cost of living increase for the calendar year 1976. There has
not been any legislation yet, however, there is a move afoot to abolish
the Senate Civil Service Committee and plans would be to incorporate
it into other committees.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during February. One
couple would celebrate their anniversary. Best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Roy called on Mr. Howard Clarke, new Vice-President. Mr.
Clarke spoke briefly and thanked the nominating committee and the
members for their confidence in him.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:06
4 March 1977
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:35 PM. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which
was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those
who had passed away since the February meeting.

The President welcomed the 91 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: George Russon AR; Lucille Bennett IL;
Celeste and Bun Powell Dunedin; Iva Crawford SC; Robert Straus -
St. Petersburg; Margaret Edwards CA; Dorothy Moore CA; Ida
Gifford St. Petersburg; and Mary Hollowell Balboa, CZ.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the February
meeting. As there were no additions, omissions or corrections, the
minutes were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society
and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions, the
reports will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the
cost of living was up .8% as of 31 January. H.R. 486 introduced in the
new congress would eliminate inequities in civil service survivor
benefits. This bill would give survivors who remarried prior to July
1966 the same options available to survivors who married after that
Eight members would celebrate birthdays during March. Best
wishes went out to all.
Mr. Roy again cautioned members about giving away their
Annual Issues to be used as mailing lists. We frequently get such
requests which we always turn down.
Mr. Clarke stated that he believes our continued efforts in
writing our Senators and Congressmen about a new canal treaty are
delaying treaty negotiations.
Several members spoke of the great reunion. Mr. Russell Jones
said we must continue to "talk up" our reunions.
Mr. Poole spoke of a recent trip to Spain.
The President then introduced Mr. Edward Albin who gave the
members pertinent information about the Bay Area Federal Credit
Union. Further information may be obtained from Mr. Albin.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:30
Following the meeting, coffee, donuts and a brief social period
was enjoyed by all.

1 April 1977
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:30 PM. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. In the absence of the chaplain, Mrs. Emmy Lou Clarke gave the
Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in

memory of those who had passed away since the March meeting.
The President welcomed the 74 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Chester and Hilda Harrell Safety
Harbor; Margaret Fenton Tampa; Anna Martin Kentucky; Joe and
Marie Kuhn St. Petersburg; Thelma Camby St. Petersburg; Agnes
Dalton New York; Stuart Townsend St. Petersburg and Grace
Schmidt Long Island, NY.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the March meeting.
As there were no additions, omissions or corrections, the minutes
were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society and the
blood bank were read. As there were no questions the report will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the
cost of living as of 31 January was .6% not .8%, and as of 28 February
it was up 1.6/o. He also reported that Senator Lawton Chiles is
chairman of the Senate unit involving federal employees.
Four members would celebrate birthdays during April and two
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Gene Askew, recently returned from a trip to the Canal Zone,
read the 15 point document on assurances for present employees of
the Panama Canal organization under a new treaty which was made
public March 15th by Governor Parfitt.
Capt. Townshend spoke briefly on a PanCanal museum. He
reported that Winter Collins had petitioned Congressman Flood for
funds to establish such a museum in St. Petersburg.
The members were once again encouraged to write their
Senators and Representatives about the Canal giveaway. The
prospects do not look bright, but where there is a shred of hope we
cannot give up.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at
2:25 PM.
Following the meeting, coffee, donuts and a brief social period
was enjoyed by all.
Respectfully submitted,
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer

Remember to Fly Our Flag on June 14th

Society's Dues For 1978 are $10.00.

- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
Fred A. Cotton, "Colon boy," member of a large and well-known
Canal Zone family, has been named Civil Affairs Director. Cotton, 41,
was appointed on February 13 by Gov. H. R. Parfitt to fill the vacancy
left by Frank A. Castles' retirement in January. He has been a mem-
ber of the Civil Affairs Bureau staff since 1965. Cotton graduated Bal-
boa High School and earned a football scholarship to the University of
Colorado. He received a BS degree in 1958, was named the ROTC's
Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Regular Army com-
mission in the Corps of Engineers. He later resigned his commission
and May 1, 1963 went to work as a general claims examiner with the
Claims Branch. Promotions came fast then retirements began and
Cotton moved to the top. Fred is married to a BHS girl, Jacquelyn
McCoy and they have three children ..... 25 Feb. 1977
Gamboa Reach Widening to Ease Ship Bottleneck Dredging
Division personnel and heavy equipment are currently involved in one
of the biggest Canal improvement projects since the completion of the
widening of Gaillard Cut from 300 to 500 feet in 1970. The big job now
under way is the widening of Gamboa Reach, a 500-foot wide stretch
located at the north end of Gaillard Cut. This is a meeting spot for
"clear-cut" vessels, those which, because of their size or other charac-
teristics require one-way traffic through Gaillard Cut. The 3.1 mile
long reach is to be flared at both ends to 800 feet and the channel
widened to 650 feet. It will be completed in 1978. .
Panama Nautical Cadets Begin Training at Canal Panama
Canal officials, headed by Lt. Gov. Richard L. Hunt, were on hand at
Miraflores Locks Monday to greet the third group of cadets from the
Escuela Nautica de Panama to undergo training with the Canal orga-
nization. 50 first and second year students will undergo an 8-week
program which the Canal provided the past 2 years, and 22 senior
cadets who will receive practical experience as observers while
serving watches aboard Canal towboats, a new phase of the training
program. They will be instructed in firefighting, first aid, launch and
engine repair and will stand supervised dock and engine-room watches
aboard Panama Canal floating equipment. All cadets at the school are
learning to be qualified deck or engineroom officers .
SCUBA Outlawed for Fishing in R. of P. As a measure to
prevent the extinction of certain species of fish, the Marine Resources
Office of the Panama Government's Ministry of Commerce and Indus-
tries has issued a regulation prohibiting the use of SCUBA gear for
fishing in Panama waters. Violators will be subject to the confiscation
of their diving gear and all the fish caught. Second offenders will be
arrested in accordance with regulation. The law went into effect Feb.
3, 1977 4 March 1977

FAYE C. MINTON Closes Long Career With E & C Faye C.
Minton, for almost 25 years the administrative officer of the Engin-
eering and Construction Bureau, admits that recently she has slowed
her pace, only so the trauma of retirement will not be too great. Mrs.
Minton and her husband, Preston, will leave the Canal Zone for
Coronado, where for 5 years they have been preparing their retire-
ment home. Mrs. Minton came to the Isthmus in December 1941
aboard the first ship that was permitted to depart from New Orleans
after war was declared. She joined her husband, who had come pre-
viously to work in the Special Engineering Division, the agency set up
for the construction of the third locks project. Mrs. Minton was one of
the first women on the Isthmus to be appointed to an administrative
position and the first to succeed a male administrative officer in the
Canal organization. She was involved in a great number of major im-
provement projects vitally affecting the Canal operation 11
March 1977
Under New Canal Treaty Canal Zone Gov. H. R. Parfitt has
released a 15-point document containing assurances for present em-
ployees of the Panama Canal under a new treaty between the United
States and the Republic of Panama. Release of this information was
authorized by the Secretary of the Army with the concurrence of the
United States treaty negotiators.
The following list of assurances for present U.S. citizen and
non-U.S. citizen employees of the Panama Canal Company-Canal Zone
Government are derived from the United States position. They
represent those assurances on fundamental items of particular
interest to Canal employees which would, as a minimum, be provided
in the context of any new treaty relationship. Obviously, all treaty
provisions are subject to negotiation, the ratification process, and
such Congressional implementing legislation as may be appropriate.
No formal, comprehensive agreement has been reached between
the U.S. and the Rep. of Panama regarding this issue or any other.
These assurances are not intended to be final or all-inclusive.
These assurances should provide employees with a general under-
standing of the minimum level of benefits and protections being
1. Schooling and medical care provided by the U.S. will continue
to be available for U.S.-citizen employees and their dependents.
2. U.S.-citizen employees will continue to be provided with ade-
quate housing at a reasonable cost. Residential areas will be managed
in such a manner as to maintain a mix of United States and Panamani-
an residents.
3. U.S.-citizen employees and their dependents will continue to
enjoy duty-free import and purchasing privileges concerning items for
private use. They will also be authorized use of military service facili-

4. U.S.-citizen employees and their dependents will be exempted
from Panamanian tax on any income derived from
The Canal operation or other U.S./Government agencies,
sources outside the Republic of Panama.
5. In connection with offenses arising from acts or omissions pun-
ishable under the laws of the Republic of Panama, U.S.-citizen
employees and their dependents will be entitled to specific procedural
guarantees, such as prompt and speedy trial, specific charges, cross-
examination of witnesses and legal representation of choice.
6. U.S.-citizen employees and dependents who may be considered
to be dual nationals will have the same status under the new treaty as
those of exclusive U.S. citizenship.
7. Non-U.S.-citizen employees automatically will be covered
under the Panama Social Security System, except that those with 5 or
more years of United States Government service as of the effective
date of the new treaty will have the option to retain U.S. Civil Service
retirement coverage in lieu of transfer to Panama Social Security
8. Panamanian citizens will be employed in increasing numbers at
all levels of the management and operation of the Canal.
9. Increased Panamanian employment in the operation of the
Canal will not be used to displace current U.S.-citizen Canal employ-
10. All eligible employees are guaranteed by current regulation,
reduction-in-force and re-assignment right, transfer of function rights,
and discontinued service retirement following involuntary separation.
In addition, the Civil Service Commission will be requested to grant
approval of and/or waivers for "early optional retirement" or liberal-
ized severance pay coverage for employees of Canal enterprise activi-
ties which are scheduled for elimination, reduction or transfer. Em-
ployees whose working conditions are so adversely affected by the
treaty that special consideration is appropriate may also be included
in this commission request.
11. Civil Service Commission approval will be sought to provide
any present U.S.-citizen employee requesting such assistance with
priority placement consideration for appropriate vacancies in Federal
government agencies.
12. To the extent consistent with sound management, the terms
and conditions for the employment of non-U.S.-citizen personnel will,
as a matter of policy, conform with the general principles contained in
the labor laws of the Republic of Panama.
13. The Government of the U.S. will ask that special placement
assistance be offered by the Rep. of Panama to any non-U.S.-citizen
employee who may be displaced by reason of the Treaty.

14. The Canal management will conduct its relations with recog-
nized employee unions representing Canal employees in accordance
with Executive Order 11491, as amended, and/or other mutually ac-
ceptable form of collective bargaining.
15. Recommendations, if appropriate, will be made to the Office of
Management and Budget for legislative action found necessary to
prevent an erosion of the general level of employee benefits and con-
ditions of employment under any new treaty.
George J. Herring Ends 42-Year Railroad Career George came
to the Canal Zone in 1924, when his father was employed with the old
Mechanical Div. After graduating from BHS he worked for the Com-
missary Div., which was a division of the Panama Railroad Company.
In July 1936, he transferred to the railroad as a learner conductor.
Later he worked as a brakeman and then promoted to conductor. In
1942 George married Margaret Kunkel, whose father Edward Kunkel,
was a Roosevelt Medal Holder. Herring worked 7 days a week during
the war years. He saw freight and passenger traffic skyrocket. He
also saw the transition of railroading when locomotives went from
steam to diesel-electric on the railroad, the first transcontinental line
in the hemisphere ... As conductor on "Old 299," it was he who on
January 1955, on the observance of the 100 years of the Panama Rail-
road, took the venerable engine to the Balboa Heights Station where
it stands today as a historical relic and monument to all the workhors-
es of the Panama Railroad. In 1962, he became yard-master and by
this time the Herrings were the parents of 10 children ..... 18 March
Canal Impresses Secretary Alexander Secretary of the Army
Clifford L. Alexander spent 3 days in the Canal Zone touring Panama

Along Florida's Suncoast...
You're always close to HOME.


Canal and military installations and speaking with Canal employees,
members of the military, and labor and civic council representatives.
Before his departure the Secretary said he had been impressed with
the operation and maintenance of the Panama Canal and with the
readiness and excellent state of training of the armed forces in the
C.Z. He said, "It has made me appreciate the importance of the water-
way and the vision, engineering skill and hard labor of the people who
built it."
New Dipper Dredge The new dipper dredge, the U.S. Rialto
M. Christensen, was christened and launched recently at the Hako-
date shipyard in Hakodate, Japan. Representing the Panama Canal at
the christening were Paul L. Whitlock, Chief, Dredging Division, and
Capt. Frank D. Halverson, the project engineer for the construction of
the dredge. Completion and field trials are scheduled for June 1977.
The dredge will then be towed to the C.Z. where it is expected to ar-
rive at the end of August. The dipper dredge is named in honor of the
late Rialto M. Christensen who, at the time of his death, was the Chief
of Dredging Operations Branch for Dredging Division. He had previ-
ously served as the chief engineer of the cutterhead suction dredge
U.S. Mindi. Christensen played a major role in the design, approval
and initial acquisition of the new dipper dredge.
Mr. J. R. Maravilla, Safety Director, presented a Certificate of
Safety Achievement for exemplary service to Stewart J. Brown, Su-
pervisor, Aquatic Activities and Safety, Division of Schools. The
award covered service during calendar year 1976.
Joseph Garcia, Jr. was recently promoted to detective II and as-
signed to the Balboa District of the Police Division ..... 25 March
$5.8 Million Contract Signed for 8 Mules A contract, the largest
in recent PC history, has been signed by Acting Gov. Richard L. Hunt
for the purchase of eight new electric towing locomotives and spare
parts from the Mitsubishi Corp. of Japan. The new locomotives and
the components, which will be interchangeable between the new and
the old mules, are schedules to be delivered in approximately 18
months. The new mules will be essentially the same as the 57 present-
ly in service. Robert D. Donaldson, Chief of the Mechanical Branch of
the Engineering Division and project engineer will go to Japan as
on-site coordinator for the Canal organization. He will reside in the
Yokohama area but construction will be scattered in a number of Jap-
anese cities.
First of New Bulk Carriers Makes Transit of Waterway The
MS Hoegh Mallard transmitted the Panama Canal on her maiden voy-
age last week carrying forest products from the U.S. West Coast to
North Europe. The 45,000-ton vessel is the first of six open hatch bulk
carriers built to the Weyerhaeuser Line's specifications for forest

products trade and cost about $23 million. The Hoegh Mallard has
smooth sided open hatches that eliminate cargo damage caused by
exposed structural framing. Two 30-ton gantry cranes with cargo
clamps hoist container-size lifts of finished products, including rolls, in
and out of 10 hatches 1 April 1977
Draft Allowance Drops to 36' 6" Due to Drought The lack of
rainfall and runoff into the Gatun Lake basin have lowered the lake
level to the point where the Marine Director issued notices to ship-
ping agents reducing the draft limitation to 36' 6", the lowest since
1973, effective April 17, with a further reduction to 36 feet to be effec-
tive on April 24. Despite the low lake inflows, however, there will be
no problem assuring sufficient water for the potable water customers
of the CZ's Miaraflores and Mount Hope plants and for Panama's plant
at Chilibre. The dry season began a full month earlier than normal,
and set a number of records. December and January inflows to the
lake basin were the lowest December and January of record; Febru-
ary inflow was the fourth lowest February of record; and the March
was the lowest March on record and the second lowest month on
record. The lowest month ever was April 1957. No rain is in sight. For
the past 6 years it was May before the dry season ended.
Post 12 Wins Cayuco Race in Record Time On April 3rd a new
time speed record was set by the crew of NIC of Explorer Post 12,
sponsored by the Gatun Yacht Club, of 5 hours 35 minutes and 41.8
seconds, bettering the previous record by 4 minutes 3.9 seconds. A
female crewmember made history by receiving the first trophy given
to a woman in the annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race for coming in
Fourth Place on board the Steer Clear, also Explorer Post 12, which
was manned by three males and one female, Holly Coe. Lt. Gov.
Richard L. Hunt presented the trophies 7 Apr. 1977
MONTH OF MAY David McCullough's book on the Panama Canal,
'The Path Between the Seas', has been chosen as a main selection of
the Book of the Month Club for the month of May. The book is to be
placed in circulation by its publishers Simon and Schuster in May,
when it is to be featured by the Book of the Month. McCullough did 5
years of research to write the book which is a comprehensive work on
events leading up to the construction of the Panama Canal. To gather
data for the book, McCullough traveled to Europe, spent some time on
the Isthmus, and in Washington, D.C. McCullough is the author of the
well-known books, 'The Johnstown Flood' and 'The Great Bridge'."
..... 4 Feb. 1977
vals and Dances of Panama," a recently published book by Dr. Richard
A. Cheville and his wife, Lila, has been placed on the book shelves at
Balboa and Coco Solo retail stores. The Chevilles describe the national

costumes of Panama for both men and women, explain the folk dances
and trace the historical development and current forms of religious
and agricultural festivals of rural Panama in their second book.
Numerous photographs in full color illustrate the traditional dances
and costumes, enhancing the thoroughly documented text which dis-
cusses folk life on the Isthmus for the past 450 years. Dr. Cheville is
School Physician, Atlantic and Pacific District, and Dr. Lila R. Che-
ville is with the Physical Education Department of Balboa High
School. Cost of the 187-page book is $5.75 15 Apr. 1977

ATTENTION! Oregon and Washington!
Plans are being made for a Pacific Northwest reunion to be held
August 20 at Lewisville Park, Washington. Over 50 persons have
been contacted through the Canal Record Directory of Nov. '76.
Thank goodness for the Directory. Others have been reached via
"Mango-vine". A pack-your-own-picnic is being planned for all Ex-
Zonians in the area. You will be amazed at the number of Ex-Zonians
around you. If you have not been contacted about this reunion, write
M.B. Wood, 5400 NE 49th St., Vancouver, WA 98661 or G.E. Lasher,
3402 NW 128th St., Vancouver, WA 98665. Don't forget AUGUST
20th from 10:30 AM until? Lewisville Park, just north of Battle
Ground, WA and isn't that an appropriate location for a last ditch
stand to "Save Our Canal?" See you there!

Up Date on Canal Zone Boys
After receiving his M.D. from the Medical University of South
Carolina in October, 1976, Dr. Peter Gaillard Smith is an Otolaryngo-
logy resident at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Before his career in
Medicine, Peter, son of J. Palmer Smith, Jr., former assistant to the
Health Director, Panama Canal Zone, and the late Mrs. Eva Smith,
former admitting supervisor, Gorgas Hospital, earned a Ph.D. degree
in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He was then em-
ployed as a research scientist at Exxon Production Research in
Houston, TX. He resigned to study medicine.
During the course of his undergraduate medical training, Peter
received the Lange Award for ranking second academically in his
medical school class and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the
National Medical Honorary Society. Peter and his wife Connie, a
Speech Pathologist at the Central Institute for the Deaf, reside at
7242 Pershing Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130.
Dr. Jack B. DeVore, (son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. DeVore, Sr. of
Dunedin, FL) associate Professor and program coordinator in indus-
trial education, University of Arkansas, has been appointed national
membership chairman for the Industrial Arts Division of American
Vocational Association. The announcement was made by L. Allen
Phelps of Washington, D.C., division membership chairman.

DeVore's three-year term will begin July 1, when he will become
responsible for providing leadership for the established national net-
work of 56 regional and state membership chairpersons that involves
about 50,000 industrial arts educators throughout the nation.
He also served as executive assistant to the chairman of the
American Industrial Arts Association's 1977 International Conference
when it convened in New Orleans April 4-8.

It's Graduation Time Again
On May 21, 1977 John Scott Graham, son of Doris and Gerry
Graham, received a BA degree in Political Science from the Citadel,
Charleston, SC. In the morning prior to graduation ceremonies, Scott
was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force Reserve. Gerry
had the honor of administering the Oath of Office to his son.
In mid May Glenn D. Seeley, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Seeley of
Balboa, C.Z., graduated from Duke University, Durham, NC. Glenn
has been accepted at the Law College at Southern Methodist, Dallas,
TX, and will resume his studies in September.

Awards Time
On the evening of February 21, 1977, Mrs. Robert G. McCoy
[Almena], was presented with the Santa Award, the highest award
for volunteers, a beautiful plaque at the annual meeting of the
Christmas Toy Shop Project, Inc. (an organization that give needy
children toys) held at the Florida National Bank in St. Petersburg, FL.
At the Hotel Hilton in St. Petersburg on the evening of February
19th Mrs. Charles J. Collins [Anna] representing the Woman's Auxil-
iary of St. Anthony's Hospital was named Princess in the Court of the
Queen at the 19th Queen of Hearts Ball, which honors outstanding
women volunteers in the community. The ball benefits the American
Heart Association Suncoast Chapter, Inc.
Among the 182 volunteers who received awards at St. Anthony's
Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL on April 26 from Sister Gladys Sharky,
Administrator, and Mrs. Margaret Wilkening, Director of Volunteers,
were Rita and Warner Hoyle, and Anna Collins who each received a
pin for over 150 hours.
The Panama Canal paid tribute April 15, 1977 to 21 individuals
and groups who have made outstanding voluntary contributions to the
Isthmian community. At the Seventh Annual Public Service Award
Ceremony held in the rotunda of the Administration Building, Direc-
tor of Personnel Gordon M. Frick, who opened the ceremony said,
"They saw and understood what was needed to be done and they did
it. They gave freely and unselfishly of themselves and their spare
time to help others when they could have turned aside and pursued
their own desires." Governor Parfitt said "There is no higher award
than one for service to one's fellowman and no greater reward than

one's own self satisfaction. Nothing we can say or give you can
surmount that recognition of your contribution. But in some small way
here today we want to reflect the recognition and appreciation for
what you are doing here for us."
Society members receiving awards were The Silver Medallion
presented by Lt. Gov. Hunt went to Richard H. Kinsey, Canal Zone
Police Division and The Bronze Medallion presented by Financial Vice
President Bjorseth to Valentine D. Lynch, Office of the Comptroller,
193rd Infantry Brigade and Mabelle B. Walker, recently retired from
Administrative Services Division ..... PC Spillway 22 Apr. 1977
Transcript of Carter Call-In taken from The New York Times, Sun-
day, March 6, 1977
Negotiations with Panama Caller No. 41 Johnie Strickland, Fayette-
ville, NC
Q. Good afternoon, Mr. President. This is Johnie Strickland from
Fayetteville, N.C. I want to thank you for this opportunity to talk with
you, and I would like to know what your sentiments are on the Pana-
ma Canal 1904 treaty and changing it.
A. O.K. It's good to hear from you, Mr. Strickland. My sister lives
in Fayetteville, as you may know, and I am glad to answer your ques-
tion. We are now negotiating with Panama as effectively as we can.
As you may or may not know, the treaty signed when Theodore
Roosevelt was President gave Panama sovereignty over the Panama
Canal Zone itself. It gave us control over the Panama Canal Zone as
though we had sovereignty. So we've always had a legal sharing of re-
sponsibility over the Panama Canal Zone. As far as sovereignty is con-
cerned, I don't have any hangup about that. I would hope that after,
and expect that after the year 2000 that we would have an assured ca-
pacity or capability of our country with Panama guaranteeing that the
Panama Canal would be open and of use to our own nation and to other
countries. So that's the subject of the negotiation now it has been
going quite a while is to phase out our military operations in the
Panama Canal Zone, but to guarantee that even after the year 2000
that we would still be able to keep the Panama Canal open to the use
of American and other ships.
Q. I understand, and I certainly hope that we are not too lenient,
because we have lots of money invested in the Canal Zone and I really
think the Canal Zone belongs to us, a whole lot more than most people
think it does.
MODERATOR. Thank you, Mr. Strickland, and the next call
comes from Miss Michelle Stanley of North Benton, Ohio, and Mr.
President, Miss Stanley is 11 years old."

,4 &Ld Li known 1y its notE, a man ty fi talk.

Barrett Book Endowment Begun
In hopes of making "peace more possible in the world," an endow-
ment has been established at the University of Florida Libraries in
the memory of Mark Barrett.
A $5,000 gift to begin the endowment was presented by Lt.
Barrett's wife, Julie, of Columbia, SC, and brother, Matthew Barrett,
of Jacksonville, FL, a UF student. Most of the money was from
memorial gifts presented the family. The Mark Thomas Barrett Book
Endowment is restricted to the purchase of books and periodicals on
international relations and U.S. foreign policy. It can be increased
through the University of Florida Foundation. "I hope that somehow
through the books, a student or faculty scholar might be able to make
peace more possible in the world," Mrs. Barrett said in presenting the
check to Libraries Director G. A. Harrer." In part from the Alligator,
March 10, 1977.


I ..

Nellie Virginia Wood, right, visits her grandson R. Antonio
Susescum II at the Ancon School where she attended first grade more
than 50 years ago and where he is a first grader today. At left, is Mrs.

Wood's daughter and Tonito's mother, Ann. Ancon School is to be
razed in the near future so there won't be many three generation pic-
tures taken. Mrs. Wood, who has lived in St. Petersburg, FL since her
husband James retired as a Panama Canal admeasurer in 1969, was
vacationing in February in the Canal Zone with the Susescums. Dr. R.
Antonio Susescum is Chief of the General Outpatient Clinic at Gorgas


Mr. and Mrs. William J. Bright, Jr. (nee Deana Marine) of La
Chorrera, R de P celebrated their 38th Wedding Anniversary on April
21st. Mr. Bright retired after 48 years service, 45 years were spent in
the Canal Zone with the Department of Defense. Mrs. Bright was
born in the Canal Zone.

An Open House was held for Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Straus of St.
Petersburg, FL in celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary
February 26th, by their daughters as pictured below with their
mother and father, Mrs. Freeland [Mary] Hollowell of the Canal Zone;
Mrs. Dorothy Moore of Burbank, CA; Mrs. P. Richard [Margaret]
-Edwards also of Burbank; and Mrs. John [Ida] Gifford of St. Peters-
burg, FL in St. Petersburg. The Strauses have 11 grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.

At the RAMADA INN ...
We are building a reputation, NOT resting on one!


3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida

Lt. Howard H. Alexander 2/26
Mr. James B. Alexander 4/16
Mr. Robert J. Blevins 2/28
Mr. James N. Cook 2/12
Mr. Robert F. Dunn 4/23
Mrs. Frances K. Graham 4/9
Mr. Charles Grenda 4/30
Mr. Albert B. Hendricks 2/26
Mr. Leonard S. Hart 4/9
Mr. George J. Herring 2/26
Mrs. Julia A. Holsinger 3/31
Mr. Arthur J. Maroney 2/7
Mrs. Faye C. Minton 3/31
Mr. Edward T. Mulroy 2/2
Mr. Robert F. Rowe, Jr. 2/19
Mr. Everett J. Schumacher 4/9
Mr. Hugh M. Thomas, Jr. 4/9
Mrs. Jean R. Wainio 2/26
Mr. Charles D. Wood 1/29
Mr. Leslie D. Wood 2/26

Division Years
Fire 34
Police 22
Canal Protection 38
Schools 20
Dredging 37
Schools 28
Port Captain 40
Systems 35
Transit Operations 26
Railroad 41
Internal Security 21
Schools 17
Office of Director 34
Dredging 19
Port Captain, Balboa 17
Industrial 14
Construction 33
Schools 22
Canal Protection 31
Electrical 33

The marriage of Christine Florence Atwell and James Arthur
Sowell took place in Memphis, TN on February 5, 1977. The bride,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howell W. Atwell of Ancon, CZ is a nurse at
Methodist Hospital in Memphis. The bridegroom, son of Mrs. Lucy
Sowell and the late Mr. Arthur Sowell of Memphis, is an American
Airlines Station agent based in Memphis International Airport.

Mrs. Frances N. Christian announces the marriage of her daugh-
ter, Jo Frances McDonnell to Kenneth R. Stow, Colonel, U.S.A.F.
(Ret.) on Friday, March 11, 1977 in the Christ Episcopal Church,
Somers Point, NJ.
Col. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Stow will be at home after March 19th
at 1502 Bay Drive West, Atlantic City, NJ 08232.

Miss Mary M. Thomson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Morton
Thomson, Jr. of Memphis, TN, and William E. Routt, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. E. Routt, also of Memphis, were married on April 23 at Holy
Rosary Church.
The bride attended Memphis State University, where she was a
member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and Angel Flight. She
received her BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Tennes-

see Center for the Health Sciences College of Pharmacy, where she
was a member of Lambda Kappa Sigma. She is a pharmacist for Bap-
tist Memorial Hospital.
The bridegroom graduated from Mississippi State University
where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries.
He will receive his MD degree from UTCHS in June.

Dr. and Mrs.

W. E. Routt, Jr.

Mrs. Jan Baxter, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Henry Bielefeld of
Atlanta, Georgia, and Dr. Paul Zelnick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Zelnick of Hendersonville, N.C., were married at the Fort MacPher-
son Army Chapel in Atlanta on February 26, 1977. Mrs. Fred Hemp-
hill of San Juan de Capistrano, California, sister of the bride, was
matron of honor, and Mr. John Zelnick of Rochester, New York, was
the best man. Dr. and Mrs. Zelnick are residing in Houston, Texas,
where Paul is completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor.

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Mr. and Mrs. William F. Montgomery, Jr. (Bill and Mildred) of
Live Oak, FL are happy to announce the birth of their second grand-
son Andrew Michael, parents Dr. and Mrs. William J. Montgomery,
1900 Rochester Court, Iowa City, IA. The Montgomerys are former
residents of High St., Gatun.
Douglas and Pauline Fulop of Los Rios, CZ, announce the birth of
a daughter, Allison Elizabeth, born on March 28, 1977. Grandparents
are Steve and Lucille Fulop of Oceanside, CA, and Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Reaux of Port Barre, LA.
Shawn Michael Waddell was born November 10, 1976, to Mr. and
Mrs. D. A. [Wally] Waddell, III, who are with the Air Force at
Fayetteville, NC. Grandmother is Beth Waddell and Great-Grand-
mother is Hazel Bucher of Kerrville, TX. Shawn has a big sister,
Jennifer Beth who is two years old.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Riggs [Janet Clute] of San Francisco, CA
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Nina Ellen, on
March 29, 1977. Maternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. William T.
Clute of Calistoga, California. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrason Riggs III of Wilton, Connecticut.

Justus Klemmer died on May 12th in Richmond, VA, after suffer-
ing a heart attack. Besides his widow, the former June Bunker, he
leaves three daughters, Joyce Walsh, Judy Newcomb, and Angela; a
son, James; sister, Angela Kaylor and a brother, Leroy.
Bartlett G. Dewey, 78, passed away on May 12th at Park
Strathmoore Nursing home in Rockford, IL. A WWI Veteran, he lived
in the Canal Zone for 21 years and was employed by the Army
Quartermaster Corps in Corozal at his retirement in 1962. He and his
wife Eleanor made their home in Lakeland, FL, until March, 1977,
when they moved to Rockford. Besides his wife, he is survived by a
son, Donald G. who lived in the Canal Zone for 19 years and now
resides in Alexandria, VA; two daughters, Mrs. Mavis Pals, Peca-
tonia, IL, and Mrs. Elva Higbee, Rockford, IL; a brother and sister;
several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Keep informed of federal annuitant legislative goals, efforts and
results through the monthly magazine of National Association of Re-
tired Employees. Write directly to Mrs. Christine Earisman, 5850 -
18th Street North, Apt. Ivy No. 5, St. Petersburg, FL 33714 for mem-
bership information.

Witht Beep Storrow

aIe announce tfe beats of tle following:
William H. Anderson, 77, passed away at his home in Olathe,
Colorado on March 16, 1977. He was employed by the Panama Rail-
road for 15 years, retiring in 1962. Surviving are his wife, Irene; three
sons, Gordon, Los Alamos, NM, William H., Jr., San Diego, CA and
James of New York, NY; three daughters, Mrs. Edabelle Dunn and
Mrs. Shirley Knight of San Diego, CA and Mrs. Janet Marchbanks of
Las Vegas, Nevada; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Nell French Brugge passed away in February, 1977 in Ar-
lington, VA. She was the widow of Fred Brugge who was Balboa
Commissary manager for a number of years. Nell is survived by three
children, Fred Jr., with whom she made her home, Mary Nell and
Peggy, a number of grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Helen and Henry Buschman of Amityville, NY have informed us
that our member Anthony Buschman of Pompano Beach, FL, passed
away on January 21, 1977.
Mrs. Bernice B. Colby, 83, died March 2, 1977 in St. Petersburg,
FL. She left the Canal Zone 30 years ago. She is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Charlotte C. Andersen, Jenkintown, PA and Mrs.
Nancy C. Daniels of St. Petersburg; two sisters, Mrs. E. L. Gaunt of
Little Rock, AR and Mrs. Jack Palmer of Sioux City, Iowa; several
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ethel Hodnett of Faison, NC, sent in the sad news of a really
"old timer". James L. Crowley, 89, of Stevens Point, WI, passed away
recently at the VA Hospital at Tomah where he had been a patient
since last November. He worked for a time on the construction of the
Panama Canal. After World War I he returned to the Canal for a time.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Rose, three daughters; six
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a sister.
James J. Cullen, 88, died February 23, 1977, Clearwater, FL. Mr.
Cullen was a retired fireman from the Canal Zone. Survivors: wife,
Cornelia M.; son, James C., Titusville; three grandchildren; and two

Gilbert H. Davis, 72, died April 13, 1977 at Canyonville, OR. He
retired from the Isthmus in 1966 after 27 years service in the Marine
Div. on the Pacific Lock Division, to Azalea, OR, where he resided

until his death. He is survived by his wife, Edith Margaret Davis; two
daughters, Claudia E. Allsup, West Linn, OR, and Patricia L. Bright,
Palmetto, GA; 5 Grandchildren; a sister; a step-mother and a

Mrs. Anne [Worsley] De La Mater passed away in Greenville,
N.C. on March 5, 1977. She is survived by a son, William L. De La
Mater who is presently a member of the Staff of the Governor's office
of the Panama Canal and her daughter Lois (De La Mater) Bates who
lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Anne was the oldest sister of a long-time
resident of the Canal Zone and Panama, Robert C. Worsley, and
six brothers and sisters. Mrs. De La Mater first went to the C.Z. in
1913 to visit her brother Robert and later retired as secretary to the
Superintendent of Schools. Friends wishing may contribute to her
favorite charity, The Pilot Club of Greenville, North Carolina, Zip
Code 27834, an organization which provides eye glasses for the needy
and assists the blind.
Mrs. Mary F. Dorgan, 77, of Ridley Park, PA, passed away last
year. She is survived by a son Tom of Ridley Park and a grandson,
Tom of Berkeley, CA.

Harry A. Dunn, 73, of St. Petersburg, FL, died March 28, 1977, in
Rochester, N.Y. He was a retired medical technologist. Mr. Dunn is
survived by two brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. Chloe R. Ford passed away recently in Maryville, MO. Mrs.
Ford resided with her husband in Gatun, CZ from 1910-1926.
The postal authorities have informed us that Mrs. Maurice W.
Fox of Oak Park, Michigan, died on February 22, 1977. She is survived
by a son, Charles F. Fox of Detroit.

Mrs. W. Clifford Fritz, of Fairfax, VA passed away 21 April 1977.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Garry of Massachu-
setts and Mrs. Barbara Reyle of Fairfax and 6 grandchildren.

John T. Gorin passed away recently at his home in Stuart,
Florida. Mr. Gorin was a prominent business man in Panama and
made his retirement home in Florida when his wife, Dorothy retired
from the Army Engineers service in the Canal Zone. Other than his
widow he is survived by a daughter Diana.

Mrs. Katherine Hall passed away on February 28, 1977 in
Saddleback Community Hospital Laguna Hills, CA. The Halls resided
in Margarita and Balboa from 1940 to 1967. Katherine is survived by
her husband, Carl E. Hall, and a son, Fred Hall of Jacksonville, FL.

James F. Hickman, 65, Clearwater, FL, died May 4, 1977. He
retired 20 years ago from the Maintenance Division of the Panama
Canal. He was a member of the Clearwater Lodge 1525 BPOE, and the
Clearwater Power Squadron. Survivors include his wife Nellie and
three brothers.
Word has been received that Mrs. H. I. Homa [Etta] of Miami,
Florida, passed away March 14, 1977.

Donald A. Hause of Orlando, FL died January 7, 1977, in the
Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife Mildred and a son, Major Dean
House, stationed at Albrook AFB, CZ.

William L. Howard, 82, of St. Petersburg, FL, died February 24,
1977. Mr. Howard retired as postmaster from the Canal 23 years ago
and was the Panama Canal Society of Florida's president 1968-1970.
He was also a member of Chester Lodge No. 115, Chestertown.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia H. Hall, St. Petersburg,
and Mary E. Ames, Foster City, CA.

S. Martin Ives died on February 11, 1977, an old timer from the
Zone and Florida. Mr. Ives is survived by his daughter, Gloria Ives
Marcy of Granada Hills, CA.
Mrs. Eva G. Jones passed away on March 20, 1977, in Pittsburg,
Kansas. Eva was employed in the Accounting Department, Balboa
Heights, for a number of years, and retired around 1960. Survivors
include her three sister, Sara, Phyllis Pugh and Mabel Duncan of 106
West 20th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Mrs. Florence C. Kellagher of Miami, FL, died March 10, 1977.
Mrs. Kellagher was a Registered Nurse and last worked at Coco Solo
Hospital in the Outpatient Clinic, retiring in 1971. She enjoyed many
of the society's reunions. Florence is survived by her daughter, Mary
Ann Yoder.
Glenn A. Kirkpatrick, 63, of New Port Richey three-year winter
resident, died March 5, 1977. He was born in the Canal Zone. Retired
engineer from Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY. Survived by his
wife, Wilma; daughter, Deborah Slack, Denver, Co.; brother Ralph,
New Port Richey.
Emil A. Lennert, 76, of Mt. Carmel, IL passed away March 29,
1977. Information was received from relatives who write he spent 11
years in the Canal Zone at which time he worked as a machinist and
operator on the locks.
Mrs. Naomi Turner Liebeler died in Monrovia, CA, on March 9,
1977. Her daughters, Mrs. Gordon Dalton (Margaret Stapleton) of

Pinehurst, NC, and Mrs. Walter Morton (Bess Stapleton) and her
husband, "Mort" of Prospect, OR, and their family, attended a
memorial service for their mother in Monrovia on March 11. Other
survivors include two brothers, Joseph C. Turner of Hattiesburg, and
John Turner of Washington, DC, and several grandchildren. Mrs.
Liebeler resided in Ancon and Balboa, Canal Zone, from 1913-1950.
Sydney T. Lindh, 66, of Merritt Island, FL, passed away March
12, 1977. Mr. Lindh retired from the Industrial Division with 32 years
service in 1970. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie S. Lindh, two
daughters, Mrs. Frances L. Morrissey, of the Canal Zone, and Mrs.
Jean M. Bartley, Orlando, FL; a brother and sister, and two grand-
Capt. Frank McGilberry, 64, of Rogers, AR passed away March 2,
1977. He was a retired Panama Canal pilot. He was a member of the
Abou Saad Shrine Temple of Ancon, Royal Order of Jesters of Balboa,
Rogers-Bentonville Elks Lodge, NARFE of Rogers, and the Inter-
national Organization of Master Mates and Pilots. He is survived by
his wife, Betty of the home; Robert Glen McGilberry of Montgomery;
two daughters, Betty Jean Norman of Montgomery, AL, and Kathleen
of the home; four brothers; two sisters, and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers were all Masons and all ex-Canal Zone Bruce Sanders,
Earl Wrenn, Tom Robertson, Martin Annen, Harry Simmons and
William T. Nail. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Childrens
Raymond E. Minnix, 69, of St. Petersburg, FL, passed away April
9, 1977. He retired as a master machinist 20 years ago from the Canal.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Martha Minnix; two daughters,
Mrs. Virginia Rogers, St. Petersburg and Mrs. Sharon Burton,
Umatilla; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Catherine Mullins, 61, of Balboa, died April 17th. She was
born in the Canal Zone and is survived by her husband, George, an
employee of the Locks Division; daughter, Regina, son, George III;
and brother Jack E. McElfresh.

George Parker of St. Petersburg, FL, died December 2, 1976, in
Massachusetts. Mr. Parker served with the U.S. Navy prior to
working with the Panama Canal and retired in 1957 from the Locks
Division. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Delilah (May) Parker; two
daughters, Mrs. Sarah Eva McGee of Portland, ME, and Mrs. Dorothy
A Fisk and several grandchildren; two brothers and three sisters.
Ernest Ross, 68, died on April 4, 1977, in Long Beach, CA. He
retired from Government service, the first 10 years were with the
Office Engineering Division, Balboa Heights, CZ. He was also a

retired Lieutenant Colonel, AUS; a veteran of WWII and Korea. Sur-
vivors include his wife, Janice Cameron Ross; sons, Thomas Ross,
Vermont, and Gordon Gregory, Long Beach; a daughter, Mrs. Diane
Eisert, Miami, FL; 4 grandchildren, and sister Mrs. Flora Stetson,
Donald F. Scott, of Calistoga, CA, passed away 27 April 1977.
Scott worked for the Army and the Inter-America Geodetic Service in
the Canal Zone and retired with 30 years of service. He is survived by
his wife, Rosemond; a daughter, Mrs. Joan Bernard and two grand-
children of Palo Alto, CA.
Eugene S. Shipley, 58, of Clearwater, FL, died May 1, 1977.
Shipley retired from the Canal as Chief of Police with over 30 years of
service in 1968. He was Vice-President of Security at Bank of Clear-
water, a member of the Shrine and Eastern Star. He is survived by his
wife, Margaret; daughter, Julia Shaffer, Orange Park, FL; one grand-
son; mother, Della Kyle, Dallas; two brothers and two sisters.
Mrs. George B. Smith, 68, of Fredericksburg, TX, died recently.
Survivors include her husband and a brother, William L. Benny of La
Boca, Canal Zone.
Richard G. Taylor, 90, of Cape Elizabeth, ME, died February 22,
1977. He had open heart surgery at the age of 84. Taylor went to the
Canal Zone at the age of 21, before the canal was completed. He
worked as a stenographer and accountant. He retired with 41 years
service as Director of All Clubhouses. He was an emeritus member of
Imperial Council A.A.O.N.M.S., the C.Z. Lodge AF & AM, the C.Z.
Chapter R.A.M., the C.Z. Council R. and S.M., the Canal Zone
Commandary K.T., the Red Cross of Constantine and Abou Saad
Temple. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Roger (Ruth) Walker of
South Portland; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Capt. Arthur J. Troup of San Antonio, TX, passed away March 23,
1977 after a lengthy illness. Capt. Troup worked for many years with
the Canal Zone Fire Department having retired many years ago. He is
survived by a son, Jay.
CORRECTION In the March 1977 issue of the Record page 35,
William T. Henry, Jr. is survived by his sister, Peggy Henry Muller,
and his mother, Mrs. M. Belle Henry.

**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let

perpetual light shine upon them. **


Joan and Clarence Rienks, Guantanamo Bay "Last year we
made two trips to Duke Hospital with our daughter Monica. All is
wonderful now and God willing we will only have to go back one more
time this summer. During one of my trips I called Helen Light, Sally
Morland Williams and her mom, Virginia Morland. It was like old
home week! In April, Clarence spent a week with my folks, Jack
and Mary Coffey and saw and the family. In June he and some friends
sailed to Haiti on the Cynara for 10 days. December 27th, my folks and
my sister's daughter Kathy Blennerhassett, spent 21/2 weeks with us.
The kids adored having their grandparents and cousin here. This year
I hope to become a Ham operator and build my own station. Clarence
will build a 30 foot sailboat, which he hopes to complete by '79 or '80.
The kids are growing like weeds Alex, 61/2 at the top of his first grade
class. Monica, 41/2 enjoying nursery school."

Florence M. Pierson, Balboa Heights "On January 27th I
hosted a brunch at the Fort Amador Officers' Club for Mr. and Mrs.
Alfredo Lombana, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cicero, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
Knepper and my son, Dr. R. E. Pierson. During the pleasant repasts,
the cold weather of Florida was discussed and all agreed the prevailing
dry season here in the Canal Zone was something to be appreciated
and enjoyed."
Marilyn and Wade Carter, Balboa We are retiring to Kerrville,
TX this summer with our children Wade III, Kim and Vanette. Wade
retired from the Locks Division and Marilyn is employed as a R.N. with
the Health Bureau. Renee, our eldest daughter, is enrolled at Brigham
Young U. in Utah. She is looking forward to visiting her new home this
summer. The Carters will be at 702 Blue Bell and invite any of their
friends passing this area to stop for a visit."
"Cool nights, balmy days, beautiful flowers everywhere and
retired Zonians now instant farmers this is springtime in Dothan,
Alabama. All of us are as busy as bees spring cleaning and starting
our economy gardens.
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan took a bus trip to Callaway
Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia. The group toured the gardens
which were lovely with blooming azaleas, dogwood, honeysuckle and
many other flowering shrubs. They were welcomed at the Information
Center and shown a film giving the history of the gardens. From there
they went to the "Little Chapel." The "Greenhouse" was our next stop
where we saw many beautiful potted plants and flowers of every
description. It was a rainbow of colors. Some of the members enjoyed

a picnic lunch while others had the buffet at the Gardens Restaurant.
We stopped at the country store and purchased various items. On our
way back we went by way of Plains, Georgia and we were able to visit
all of the interesting sights in Plains .. no Jimmy, no Billy and no
Miss Lillian. A very enjoyable time was had by all who went.
Visitors in our area were Milton and Tommy Lou Horter (Austin,
TX) who visited with Frank and Rosemary Anderson. Also visiting
the Andersons were Dorothy and Ned Neville (Seminole, FL). Louise
and Ray Caldwell (St. Petersburg) and Boyd and Emily Ferry (PA)
visited with Margaret and Jack Hern. Annie and John Wainio (Miami)
visited with Kelly Wainio and daughter Jody. Julie [Durfee] Guardia
(Panama) visited with Catherine and Eddie Filo for one week. It was
good seeing Julie again.
In the past few months we have had several Zonians settle in
Dothan. We welcome these new Dothanites to our beautiful city. Mr.
and Mrs. H. Lee Sampsell have moved into their lovely home. Mrs.
Roscoe Cleveland bought a home here but will not retire until June.
Dr. Russell Pierson and his mother, Mrs. Florence Pierson are
planning to move into their new home in the near future. Dr. Pierson
has not retired as yet.
Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Harris held an Easter Brunch for some of
their Canal Zone friends. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and good
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. McGriff spent Easter with their daughter Geri
and family in Columbus, Georgia.
Through the generosity of Steve Bissell, the Filo's had chayotes
last year. Not too many but enough to enjoy a few. Since we had such
a cold winter we were afraid the plant had died but lo and behold it is
coming up just great and so pretty. Hope we have enough this year to
supply the ex-Zonians who like them as much as we do.
Catherine and Eddie Filo are leaving the 15th of April for a 10 day
visit to the Canal Zone ... business and to see our son Eddie Jr. who is
a police officer there.
"Happy farming 'you all.' "
Respectfully submitted,
Muriel McGriff, President
and Catherine Filo, Secretary

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Arkansas suffered from one of its severest winters but we were
luckier than a lot of our sister states. Now spring seems to have finally
sprung with the redbuds and dogwoods coming out in their full glory.
Safe from any Arkansas chill were Bill and Dolores Jarvis of Bella
Vista who were enjoying the balmy tropical breezes of Guam. Their
oldest son, who is a Naval Flying Officer, is stationed there with his
wife and two children. The Jarvises got their first look at their
grandson, little Chris, who will be two in June. [Janet is five.] On their
way back home, Bill and Delores stopped off to visit the beautiful
islands of Hawaii. Several months ago Lew and Norma Braden, recent
C.Z. retirees, spent five days with the Jarvises. Jack and Clara
Brayton of La Boca were also visitors.
Also fleeing the cold weather were Dorothy and Bruce Sanders
who went to the Zone for a two-week visit with Bruce III, Sandi and
grandsons Doug and Curt. A few days before leaving Bentonville,
Dorothy suffered a fall and was unable to get around without the use
of crutches. This handicap restricted their activities but they still had
a most enjoyable visit with their family and were even able to visit
some of their old haunts and friends. Since returning home, a second
series of X-rays disclosed a fractured pelvis which is on the mend. The
usual hustle and bustle is now underway with the coming of spring as
preparations are underway to make things ready for the summer
visitors with grandson Curt scheduled to be the first when school is
President "Bud" Balcer of the Panama Canal Society of North-
west Arkansas and wife, Betty, returned home in March accompanied
by their daughter, Mrs. Susan Pedersen, from an unexpected trip to
the Zone. While on the Zone, they spent a week-end at Coronado and
had to put up with a water shortage; attended the Washington
Birthday Picnic of Elks Lodge 1542 as guests of Ed and Jean Cirulli of
Coco Solo. Bud visited with former post office cohorts in Cristobal,
Gatun, Fort Davis on the Atlantic side and Balboa and Balboa Heights
on the Pacific side; also spent a night with the Margarita Mens'
Bowling League. After enjoying fried corbina, fried plantain and fresh
papaya, they came back with more than they got there with -
especially around the waistline. Since being home, their son, Paul
Rhoads and his wife, Melissa of Shreveport, LA, spent a few days with
them. Susan and Paul had not seen each other in four years. While
they were gone, Betty's brother, Bill McCue, of Bentonville was
admitted to the local hospital and had surgery for hernia. He was re-
leased on March 18 and is continuing to recover at home.
Herb Engelke spent four months in the Zone visiting Mollie and
Bobby Joe Williford and their two sons. He had to leave the warm,

delightful Tropics and land right into the cruel, cold blast of Arkansas
Virginia Favorite went up to Maryville, Missouri to spend a
delightful holiday season with daughter, Ginny Lynn, and husband
Don Neidt and family but spent just about the whole season in the
hospital there with pneumonia.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke traveled to Spring Valley, IL to visit
Evelyn's sister, Frances, and husband Sam Abraham and family.
From there, they went to Silver Springs, MD to visit their daughter
and husband, Judy and John Montanaro and family.
Jessie Newhard enjoyed a visit of several days from Dr. Russell
and Dorothy Steele of Cincinnati, OH, who were on their final lap
home from attending the Reunion in Florida. Dr. Steel was formerly
District Physican at Gatun.
Mattie MacAulay reports that her nephew, LTCOL [Jimmy]
Coman, with his wife, the former Frances Davenport, who are now
living in Denver, CO, will retire from the Air Force in June. Their son,
Mike, who is a flight instructor in the Air Force will be married to
Cindy Copeski on June 18 in Waverley, TN. Mike is a graduate of the
Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Julie Ann [Coman] Butter-
field and Major Butterfield are stationed in Guam and are trying to
adjust to sea level after living the last three years in Denver.
The Canal Zone community here still feels the loss of Capt. Frank
McGilberry in March. Betty McGilberry reports that their daughter,
Katie, is enjoying her new job at Hudson Foods in Rogers, AR. She
shares an apartment in town but frequently visits her mother at their
home on Beaver Lake.
Pete and Sue Warner are very satisfied with their choice of
retirement area. Pete is working full time at a desk job for Scott
Paper Company. Their son, Robert, will soon be home from the Canal
Zone and has enlisted to enter the U.S. Army for LST training in
October. Son, Stuart, is finishing his junior year at Arizona State.
Their daughter, Pam, is finishing her junior year at Brigham Young
U. at Provo, Utah. Daughter Phyllis is living in Long Island, NY with
husband, Bernard Gartenlaub, and their three small daughters. Pete
emphasizes his satisfaction with their retirement choice of living -
their home, the climate, and the friendly people of N.W. Arkansas.
Mrs. Harry [Ora Mae] Clayton drove to Jacksonville, FL for a
three-month visit with her sister. She visited enroute with Robert and
Lucille Waldrup and Bert and Betty Powell in Pensacola.
Edgel and Addie Colclasure returned to the Zone for a month's visit
with son, Randy and family. Randy is senior Control House operator
at Gatun. They also visited John and Henrietta Winklosky in the
Volcan and also saw the senior Butz's. Eva Hart's boundless hospitali-
ty was enjoyed and it was so good to visit former places of work the

Engineering Division at the Administration Building and Gorgas
Hospital and see old buddies.
Maude Cook is recuperating from pneumonia which interfered
with her plans for a trip to California. Lynn is busy with spring yard
and garden work.
Capt. Martin Annen is busy clearing and landscaping the addition
to their lakeside real estate property and wife Marilyn has just com-
pleted the work for her Master's degree in Special Education. She also
has been teaching in Rogers and is involved in Cub Scouts. Daughter
Marta is taking gymnastics. Son Marty is in a gun safety and marks-
manship program and also Cub Scouts. All Annens enjoyed sledding
this winter on their snowy hillsides and are looking forward to a busy
summer of swimming, fishing and visitors.
William H. Keller, former Superintendent of Miraflores Locks, is
doing well following recent hospitalization. Bill and wife Alice had
enjoyed visits from Bill, Jr. and wife Maria, now living in Lehigh
Acres, FL and from grandson Billy and family from Oklahoma; also
from the Dickersons (Locks Division) now residents of Missouri.
Recently, Bob Crooks, son of the late Homer Crooks and Minnie
[Crooks] Burton, was promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the
U.S. Army. As a result of the promotion, Bob, his wife Nikki, and
three sons, Jeffrey, Brian and Ben were transferred from Fort Lewis,
WA to Fort Campbell, KY. Because of the terrible weather at the time
of transfer, Nikki and the children traveled by plane and Bob drove
the car stopping over with his parents in Fayetteville enroute.
Minnie and Mike Burton, Sr. visited Mike, Jr. and wife, Caroline,
and daughter, Tracy Jean in their new home in Brandon, MS, where
Mike had been transferred by Carrier Corp. from Miramar, FL. On
March 23, Mike and Caroline were blessed with the birth of a baby
girl, Michelle Lee.
Mary Jo Yaeger and Mattielee White of Houston, TX visited
their family in Fayetteville, AR staying with Frances and Andrew
Edward Starr Whitlock, son of Frances and Andrew Whitlock,
passed away suddenly in Albuquerque, NM on March 13. Frances and
Andrew are grateful to recall that Ed, Andre Lee [Whitlock] Collins,
Jacqueline [Whitlock] Stringer, Paul and Mary Lou Whitlock,
together with four of their five children spent a happy summer with
Fran and Andy last year in Fayetteville.
Bates Wieman enjoyed visiting with both of her sons and their
families during the past holiday season. Fred and Jane Huldtquist
were here for two weeks before Christmas; then Bud, Betty and
Jeffrey were here during Christmas as was Bates' granddaughter,
Nancy [Huldtquist] Whalen, John Whalen and their two daughters,
Camber and Shannon.

Just a further reminder that our annual picnic will be held on
Fathers' Day, June 19, 1977 at Agri Park in Fayetteville, AR and all
Canal Zoners are invited.
Mrs. Etta Fay Terrell,
Reporter, Pro Ter

Sam Grandin, Pleasant Hill Pages 13, 14, 15 and 16 of March '77
Record (COL Clark's speech) were most enjoyable. Couldn't someone
in Balboa Heights accumulate similar data every day during coffee
breaks so you could publish quarterly? It wouldn't be much trouble.
Just jot down two or three headlines of local news out of the "Star &
Herald," mail the raw data once a month so Editor could blue pencil at
leisure. Bet we'd all appreciate the continuity. (Editor's note: Do I
have a volunteer?)
Mrs. Ellen E. Johnson, Santee "It was wunnerful, wunnerful"
when 82 former Zonians gathered at the Lawrence Welk Vacation
Village near Escondido, CA on Saturday, February 1, 1977, for a
delightful luncheon. Mrs. Faye Wheeler and I promoted it.
With the tune of "There's No Business Like Show Business"
running through my mind, I was inspired to pen the following lines:

There's no people like Zone people,
No matter where you go,
Camaraderie, Nostalgia .
That's what we all do know!
From Florida to Arkansas
From Maine to the West Coast .
A Common bond unites us all,
As of the Zone we boast!
The happy times we all knew there,
The easy-going life,
Before things did "all change up"
And contentment turned to strife.
For those of us retired now,
We can't turn back the clock,
But oh what pleasure we do share,
As of the past we talk!

Annual Business Luncheon was held April 17 at the Mission Viejo
Golf and Country Club (near Leisure World, Laguna Hills). The food
was very good and the club restaurant is a pleasant location. There

were 158 members and guests attending. The principal business was
the annual election of officers for 1977. David Leroy Smith, Chairman,
Nominating Committee, said he had an easy task this year, as all 1976
officers agreed to serve again in 1977. There were no nominations
from the floor and the 1977 slate was unanimously accepted. Com-
ments were made from the floor by members suggesting that mem-
bers and friends who wished to express their views on the U.S.-Pana-
ma treaty negotiations should write to their congressmen now.
The Invocation was given by Mr. Robert Leroy Dill, and the
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Norine Hall Kaufer. Mrs.
Geneva Bliss Shrapnel and Capt. Roy L. Hearn gave entertaining and
amusing recitations. "The Songsmiths" sang a few numbers, with the
members vocalizing with them in "God Bless America." The members
expressed "best wishes" to those at the meeting celebrating birthdays
in April: Martin Seller, who quoted "?" age; at 90, Mrs. Catherine
Walters and Mrs. Elizabeth Taber, and guest, Mrs. Laveta Crump, 92.
Liquid door prizes by "Michelob," courtesy of Francis Fitzpatrick,
were won by members. Rose and Paul Jones came all the way from
San Luis Obispo for the meeting, and Rose and Joe Casey, guests of
Joseph and Ruth Bourgeois, were here from Texas.
REUNION IN NEW JERSEY The R. T. Hazeldines are
hosting a reunion for former Zonians at their home: No. 2 Hamilton
Ave., Cranford, NJ 07016 (Phone 201-276-0463) on Saturday, July 23,
1977. Reservations will be made by Bob Hazeldine at the Coachman
Inn, Cranford, for those who have their reservations in by June 1st.
Among the people attending the luncheon hosted by Ellen
Johnson and Faye Wheeler were Iris Days, Frances Days Jones, John
and Shirley Finlason, Harry and Mary Foster, Mildred Genis, Agnes
Eneboe Jones, Jay and Ann [Mann] Jones, Richard McKeown, Harry
and Ruth Munyon, Warren and Barbara Pitman, Dale and Shirley
Keepers Taylor, Jack and Lee Taylor, Percy and Audrey Alberga,
Cecil and Lilia Alberga, Joyce [Alberga] and husband, and Randy
Alberga. The weather was perfect for the occasion and everyone en-
joyed the get-together.

Delores Walters Allen "In March we had a get-together at the
home of Stan and "Dot" Butler of Claremont for 4 families who lived
on Tavernilla St., Balboa, many years ago. Included were Mary and
Harry Engelke, Glendale, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Barlow and daugh-
ters, Eleanor Barlow and Martie Lisowski, all of Eagle Rock, and
mother [Mrs. Catherine Walters] and I. [Eleanor and Martie were the
first American twins born on the Canal Zone, in Bas Osbispo.] In
February, while on the "Golden Odyssey" cruise from Aruba to
Acapulco, Mother and I visited at 791 Tavernilla Street, Balboa the

house we lived in 55 years ago when we left the Canal. We had a
marvelous time. Mother is still going strong at 90!"
Emmett and Adele Argo left April 6 on a month's bus trip,
"Springtime in the South." They planned to see CZ folks and have
dinner with them along the way when overnighting in Florida and
Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Barnard (Charline, daughter of Marjorie and
Robert Miller, Sun City, CA) returned to the States just before
Christmas '76. "We had 6 months overseas. We observed and collected
crustacea for scientific study from many spots in Indonesia for almost
a month. Then to Australia, going by train (great!) from Perth to
Melbourne. We worked there for 3 months; boarded the train again
and lectured (Jerry did) and helped with collections in Sydney, Armi-
dale and Brisbane. Back to Sydney to catch the Overlander Train and
do the Nullabor Desert again it is a wonder that never tires us. We
flew from Perth to Mauritius, to Kenya where we spent 3 weeks
safaring and viewing free animals as we remained caged!"
Florence Berude expects her grandson and his wife for a short
visit soon. John (USN, R, DDS) and Vickie Berude will be attending a
dental conference in Southern California before returning to Guam to
complete his tour of duty.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Browder, Jr. [Marie] are now residing
in Rancho Bernardo, and expect to spend the summer months in
Walnut Creek.
Mrs. Emilie [Mollie] Brown, Rosemead, regrets that she is unable
to attend our meetings, as transportation is difficult from there. She
wishes the best of everything for our society.
Rene and Ruth [Taylor] Conlan "We're all fine. Just can't seem
to make the luncheons. Seems you all have a great time. We're
planning a trip to Florida this summer to see Juanita and Dick
McConaughey and Lucille and Marhlon Rock. We hope Rene and Jack
Kromer can also make it, as well as my brother from New Hampshire
and his wife. Regards to all."
Art and Dot Cotton "It's good to be home after a marvelous
trip to the Canal Zone. It was a thrill to be there for Fred's appoint-
ment. Other than only family and a few friends there now, after the 13
years we've been retired, we really noticed great changes this trip,
more than any other trip. The night before we left, there was a big fire
- one of Cain's storage areas near the Civil Affairs Building burned;
cases of household goods were burned or damaged. Had a few swims
at Santa Clara Oh, if California had a beach like that! Panama has
the beaches in the Interior that California advertises!"
Estrella de la Pena, as a member of the So. Calif. Chapter of Pro
America, joined 19 members of the organization for a trip to Taiwan
recently when they were invited for a visit by the Taiwan govern-

ment. Her sister, Eva de la Pena Gil, of Mexico City, was her guest on
the tour. "We spent 12 days all over Taiwan, 3 in Hong Kong, 4 in
Singapore, 3 in Manila and 8 in Japan. It's difficult to make up one's
mind as to which country is more beautiful each has its own
attractions. We enjoyed shopping in Hong Kong and Japan; however,
having lived in Panama for so many years, nothing was new to us."
Note: Pro America is a national independent organization of women
who are interested in the field of politics and political education. It
was founded in 1933 in Seattle, WA, and dedicated by the late Mrs.
Theodore Roosevelt, who became its first Honorary National Presi-
Robert Leroy Dill "Recently it was my privilege to receive
Martin Seiler at Los Angeles where he was honored for 50 years'
service in Scottish Rite Freemasonry." We were pleased to see
Mayme Dill at our luncheon she is recovering nicely from a recent
Mr. Flavel K. Farrington is wished a speedy recovery by our
members. He suffered 2 strokes last year, and says he can hardly write
at present "Otherwise, I feel like 30 years old, but my head has a
long way to go."
John and Shirley Finlason are new residents in this area and en-
joyed seeing many friends at our April luncheon. They'll be moving to
their new home in Scripps Ranch soon. 12158 Loire Cir., San Diego,
CA 92131.
Erma Forbes "On March 30, 3 bus loads of Sun City Folks
enjoyed a trip to the Wax Museum and a nice lunch at Knott's Berry
Farm. Inez Evans, Martha Furey, Ells and I went from the CZ group.
Inez and I had lunch with Art and Dot Cotton in San Diego recently.
We enjoyed seeing them, and Mildred and Clem Genis who were
there, too."
Alice Foster French extends her sincere appreciation to members
of the Panama Canal Society for their many donations in Archie's
memory. "Your cards and letters were a great comfort to me."

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Martha Furey "Inez Evans and I went to Palm Springs with
the Sun City Travel Club recently. We had a wonderful courier, who
made it a very interesting week for us. We stayed at Autry's Ocotillo
Lodge, and the food was almost too good. I haven't weighed since I got

Bill Lawson, Ray Will, Mrs. Ethel Viola Bissellphea, Bess Roberts Henealy,
Venning, Irene Laurie Will, Roy Ballard, Norine Hall Kaufer,
and Betty Lawson Elizabeth Murray Taber, David LeRoy
Smith and Joan deGrummond

Mrs. Wm. B. Godfrey [Rena] "In March I spent a delightful 4
days at Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley with a local tour group
from Ventura County. We took in all points of interest. My second
granddaughter, Laura Brandt, recently graduated from Cornell
Medical School in NY. She plans to specialize in Pediatrics and will in-
tern at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston."
Frances Greening returned home in February from Florida and
all of its cold weather. "Attended the reunion at St. Pete, and it was
wonderful to see so many familiar faces, and surprised I remembered
and was remembered by many. A real nice feeling! Gladys Conley was
hostess at her lovely home in Sarasota for the regular Monday group
of ex-Canal Zonites, and she mentioned some 30 or more were
gathered. Peggy Nash and I were guests again, it was good to see
more old friends some who hadn't attended the reunion. LUCHO
attracted such a great crowd onto the dance floor that many of us
never got a peek at him, but his music superb as ever kept all
those non-dancers' feet tapping anyway. Among those Peggy and I
visited in our few weeks there were Helen Swearingen, Bess and Art
Lane, the Barfields, Ed Light, Alice Beck, and Jack Careys, who were
visiting their sister-in-law, Ann Jones. We were shown such kind hos-
pitality everywhere, long to be remembered."
Louise Martin Jones was hospitalized in January in Upland, CA.
She had been visiting with her son in Diamond Bar when she became

ill. News was received by Mildred Kline from Pat Thompson (daugh-
ter of Belle Jones Schroeder and the late Jimmy Thompson) who was
visiting relatives in Southern California.
Rose and Paul Jones "In March, Ruth and Joe Bourgeois of Es-
condido were our guests for several days. Had so much fun reminisc-
ing the good days on the Panama Canal."
Mary Butler Journeay is recuperating at home following a recent
fall and hospitalization in Laguna Hills. From all of us, Mary, "Here's
wishing each day as it comes along, helps to make you well and
Norine Hall Kaufer, San Jose, attended our April luncheon, and
was the weekend guest of Bess Kenealy in N. Hollywood. She offered
assistance at the control table, and enjoyed greeting her many friends
as they registered. Norine started classes at San Jose State Universi-
ty in a program for "After 60" (or "The Social Security Frosh"). "My
school is great I really enjoy Politics and Government of Latin
America; did a book report on Che Guevara and his guerilla warfare in
Bolivia and his death. Next book review due in May it will be on
Panama, por supuesto."
Martie Barlow Lisowski, daughter of the Herbert Barlows,
reported that the family, as members of the Los Angeles Geographic
Society, enjoyed a tour last year which included a trip through the
Panama Canal on a yacht, and a visit to Easter Island and South
America where they visited Indian Cultural areas.
Dr. and Mrs. James Merriman Lynch [Dell Ryan] "Jim keeps
busy with his medicine and golf; also refresher courses given by UC
San Diego Medical School for local M.D.s. Of course, I still write a bit.
Shron, my daughter-in-law, was honored at a Toxicology Conference
in Ghent, Belgium, with a certificate for her research last September.
She's the first woman in charge of a Criminalistic Lab, and the first
one to be both a Criminalist and Toxicologist. Niel is busy writing a
second book. The Garden Club honored me, along with others, for
being a 20-year member."
George and Auristela Poole "Our Florida weather this year
was the worst we ever had in many years wintering here. Still, wish
we had bought a little home here 12 years ago. Too late now up in
the 80-year bracket already, and counting! We do feel every year
down here in St. Pete with old friends really adds a year (we hope
so!)." The Pooles recently returned to their summer residence in
Schenectady and look forward to Florida's PC Society's reunion
next April.
Eugene Provost, Jr., Long Beach informed the society on
March 4 as follows: "My wife, Blanche, suffered a heart attack on
November 30, 1976, and after 21/2 weeks in the hospital, returned
home. On the morning of December 25, she was again hospitalized for

a week and returned home. She is now under oxygen therapy and re-
cuperating under the care of her husband and children, Lolita and
Robert. She wishes at this time to thank the many relations and good
friends for their prayers, letters and good wishes."
Thelma Reppe "Anna Van Siclen Wright flew here on April 4
to visit with me, and on the 12th we flew to Vancouver, BC, to visit
with her son, Dick."
Tom and Marion Snyder Rice "Tom and I went to our first PC
Society Reunion in Florida in January what a wonderfully exciting
experience it was seeing so many friends and listening to Lucho's
nostalgic music. Our headquarters while there were my Mother's in
New Port Richey, but spent a lot of time with my sister and
brother-in-law, Pat and Bud Parsons and family in Tampa; also, with
Sugar [Calloway] and Rocky deRoma in St. Pete. We took a few side
trips, visiting the Dick McConaugheys, Ocala; the Tommy Rankins,
Jacksonville Beach; the Gil Joudreys, St. Augustine; and the Carl
Starkes, Sarasota. Harlan and George Crouch, Safety Harbor, took us
to Inverness where we saw the Max Sanders, the Pas Parkers, and
the Bill Eggers. There was a beautiful snowfall that day! We spent an
evening with Bill and Jeanne Wheeler in their lovely home in Beacon
Woods. Also there were the Albert Collins, Tyke Cottons, Bud
Eriksons, Bud Parsons, John Parsons and Irl Sanders. Visited Jesse
Matheney and Isabel Gibson in St. Pete. Estelle Dough and daughter,
Jean, of Sarasota spent a day with us. If all goes well, we're looking
forward to next year's reunion."
Catsy [Taylor] Schafer was in Cincinnati in January to visit her
daughter, Layne, and her husband, Tom Ashton. "I picked the worst 2
weeks of winter weather the city has ever experienced down to -25
degrees one night! They have since transferred to Memphis, TN. Sue
and her family spent the Christmas holidays skiing in Austria. I plan
to visit them in Holland this summer."
Hedy Seedborg was happy to have Janet and Ross Cunningham
stop over with her in March on their way to Sacramento to visit their
daughter, Linda Sue.
Martin Seiler spent the Christmas holidays with relatives and
friends in Baltimore and New Jersey. "On March 31st, I phoned Jackie
Tonneson's mother to wish her a Happy Birthday. She is in her 90's
and is doing well. She lives with Agnes Jamke, her daughter, and her
husband in Tenafly, NJ."
Geneva Bliss Shrapnel was very happy when on February 15 her
two children, Dr. Bliss C. Shrapnel and his wife from Hawaii, and
Judi Shrapnel Scott from Pawcatuck, CT, were here at the same time,
though neither had planned it that way. Bliss was on a Medical tour
through the West Indies, and Judi happened to have her vacation at
that time. "We haven't been together for 13 years, so you can imagine

what a treat it was for Mama. I gave quite a talk here at the 'Forum'
on The Panama Canal and why we should not give it away. I answered
questions from the audience and the presentation was well received.
One thing I mentioned was how very close as a 'family' the Canal Zone
people are, and about our meetings, etc."
Chris and Ruth Simonsen "After about 6 months of excitement,
things are beginning to fall back into place. Chris' eye operation has
improved his sight, although he is still under doctor's care for another
3 months. Ruth has proved to be a Practical Nurse during these hectic
months. We had a surprise from our daughter, Yolanda, who resides
in Spain with her husband, Bill Fotheringham; he is the European
representative for Eastman Kodak Co. And in March, we had a
surprise visit from Bob and Gladys Turner of Dallas, TX they ar-
rived here in time to help Ruth celebrate her birthday. A beautiful
day was had by all."
David Smith and Roy Ballard and their lovely friend and
neighbor, Mrs. Laveta Crump, recently enjoyed a drive along the
Salton Sea to Mexicali. On their return they traveled over the scenic
Route 8 to San Diego, where they enjoyed a luncheon visit with
Moises and Jean de la Peina. "Moi" and Jean had returned home a few
hours earlier via the same route from Arizona where they visited with
their daughter, Jean, and family.
Tex and Sis Stahler "While on vacation last summer, we
visited with relatives in the Carolinas. Saw Kelly and Dorothy Houx
(my sister) and stopped to see Dorothy and Johnny Everson they
are both well and hope to come to California for a visit.
Tom Sullivan retired recently from I.R.S. Legal Counsel and
opened offices in Newport Beach doing tax law. He saw Al and Jerrye
Stumpf in Ventura in March they are both well and plan to go to the
June reunion in San Diego. (Editors note Reunion takes place 4
June information not received in time for March RECORD)
Mrs. Elizabeth Taber recently visited her granddaughter and
family in Berkeley. Had a bad fall there "Broke my glasses' lens, but
no broken bones!"
Jack and Joan deGrummond enjoyed a dinner visit recently with
Adrian Bouche, Jr., of Orem, Utah, who was in L.A., working on an
assignment at the new George C. Page Museum, in connection with
his work at Brigham Young University. The museum is associated
with the L.A. County Museum of Natural History, and located near
the site of La Brea tar pits on Wilshire Bl. The museum storage area
will house about a million specimens of fossils taken from the tar pits.
Adrian and his wife, Jean, recently vacationed in California and
stopped by to see Asa and Elsie Bullock in Millbrae.
Joan R. deGrummond

Johnny and Pat Huson After another bout which put Johnny in
the hospital, we decided we had had our fill of winter cold. We are now
happy residents of Sunny Southern California. In addition to the
beautiful weather, we love being with our youngest girl, Nancy,
[Hibdon] Mike and their beautiful child, Marina Jay, age 1 year. Our
new house comes complete with orange, lime and lemon trees. Shades
of Panama! Sure hope that some of our friends will drop in to see us.
2221 Crestline Dr., Oceanside, CA 92054

Mildred Tatelman, Ft. Collins "I am now a resident of Colorado.
Needless to say, I miss all my friends in Florida, the opportunity of
being able to attend the monthly meetings of the Society, and all during
the Reunion my thoughts were back in Florida, wishing I could have
been there and once again have the pleasure of listening to Lucho. So
glad you had such a large turn out and I know what a good time you all
must have had. I am so happy to be here and see so much of my
daughter, Muriel and her husband, James O'Rorke, and their son
Robin, 19 years old and Susan who is 13. Regan came out from New
York for a visit and so did my son Dick spend a few days here. He still
works in San Diego so we are much closer. May 1977 be a good year for
all members."
Trudi and Fred Mohl, Rockville We spent 5 months in Ft.
Lauderdale looking for a Florida home. This cold is for the birds, as they
say. In March we flew from Miami to Panama and were met by Joe and
Mary Dolan. The next day we toured "Panama Viejo" enjoying the
program of dancing and music put on by the tourist bureau. The
"Polleras" and Montunas were beautiful. We drove around the Pacific
side observing all the changes made since we left. In the evening we
enjoyed a delicious supper. Sunday we drove by the Canal Zone
Junior College which almost sits under the shadow of the beautiful
Thatcher Ferry Bridge. Then we drove to the locks area, just missed
seeing a ship go through, but we stopped and talked to a friend who
operates the mules. Later we drove into the El Panama Hotel, one of
Panama's most fashionable hotels and picked up a car from Hertz
Rent-a-car. On Monday we got an early start for Boquete, the typical
Swiss village, where the inhabitants are involved in agriculture. It is cof-
fee bearing, the finest navel oranges, melons and the most beautiful
flowers are grown there. We visited nuns at the Catholic mission and
school spending most of the time with Sister Adela, who used to teach
at St. Mary's school in Balboa. We spent the night in a small hotel leav-
ing early in the morning for Panama City. We noticed the winds blew
incessantly, and in some cases whipped small cars from its course ...
We later drove to Gamboa stopping at the school to see old friends and

at the Chinese garden to buy native fruits. We returned home before
Mary returned from her volunteer job at the hospital so enjoyed the
birds and tropical beauty from their back porch. The Dolan's five
children joined us for dinner. The next day we went to Palo Seco as the
Leprosarium is soon to be closed down. Trudi was interested from the
nursing angle and I from the fireman's angle. Visited friends at the Fire
Station, had dinner at Gamboa Golf Club among other places and on
Friday morning it was time to say good-bye after an enjoyable visit
with friends and head back home.
Editors Note: My apologies go to Roger E. Hamor as his name was
misspelled on page 72 of the March Record under New Members.
Louis C. Haseman, Jacksonville "Charles Hollander was
operated upon in February and had a pacemaker installed. He is just
fine and Ruth advises that the operation was successful." Louis also
was a patient in the Riverside Hospital in March. (Hope you are on the
mend, Louis. Editor)
Ethel and Gene Askew, St. Petersburg, are enjoying retirement
life. They wound up 1976 with a 10-day tour of London since there is so
much to see in that historical area. They especially enjoyed the Tower
of London, Westminster, Parliament and Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral,
Hyde Park and the museum. Nearby sights were Windsor Castle,
Hampton Court, Stratford on Avon, Bath, Salisbury and Cathedral to
name a few. March took the Askews back to the Canal Zone to visit
family and friends.

Ethel and Gene Askew

The George Pooles of St. Pete and New York were off in February on
board the M/S Skyward, Norwegian Caribbean Lines "When it gets
too cold in St. Pete take a nice boat trip to the tropical islands."


Auristele and George Poole

LtCol Vern Calloway, Jr., 67 Alachua Dr., Winter Haven -
"Reading through my mother's Dec. Record the thought occurred that
many of mother's old friends were maybe wondering where she is. My
mother Bess Calloway moved to the Winter Park Towers (1111 Lake-
mont Ave. #515, Zip 32789) in Feb. 1975. There are a number of other
ex-Zonites living in that complex including: Leila Holden, Georgia
Blessing, Shirley Price and Helen Baker. Most of them have known
each other for over 50 years. Since the first of the year mother has been
in the Medical Center there but would like to hear from friends. Fred
Bauman and I were neighbors in Balboa and graduated from BHS 1947
and hadn't seen each other until I retired from the Air Force and began
work in the same company with Fred! Fred is the proud father of 5 and
grandfather of one... My son Dan, age 17, is president of Student Coun-
cil, Winter Haven High and was recently awarded an Army ROTC
4-year scholarship and has been nominated by Senator Chiles for Anna-
polis. Scott is a sophomore and following hard in his brother's foot-
Mrs. Borghild H. Misenheimer, Winter Haven "Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Light [Gladys Elkins] of Aberdeen, SD visited me before and after a
week's cruise on the M/S Starward. The Lights were joined by fellow
members of a national square dancing organization on the cruise. While
in Florida, the Lights visited with Phyllis Zipperer, Winter Haven;
the E.C. Flowers, Fort Orange and the Alton Jones' in Largo. Mrs.

Harold Mueller [Lucile Kemp] of Towson, MD also visited with me
after a trip to Haiti. Lucile was a teacher in Gatun from 1935-1941."

Mr. T. J. Ebdon, Sr., here for an extended visit with the T. J.
Ebdon, Jr. and Fred A. Ebdon families of Tee Road, recently left with
Bill Price to drive to Kerrville, TX for a two week visit with his niece
and family Hugh and Anne (Edwards) Hale.
Jerry Raymond, son of the late James G. Raymond, a professor of
Sociology at Ames College in Greeley, CO, accompanied by Mike
Stubblefield, a student trainee, visited his aunt, Mrs. Della Noonan.
The visitors stopped in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras and Sarasota
enroute to a teaching seminar in Orlando.
Mrs. Nadine Cain of Houston, TX was the house guest of Harry and
Jay Cain following a visit with her son, Michael Cain and family in
Miami. Nadine also visited with George and Betty Rae in Clearwater
and Irene Ladrach and Jackie Linker in Seminole.
Fran Orvis recently returned from an interesting cruise to the
Bahamas and Nassau. House guests of Fran's were her cousin, Paul
Neuhous and his wife, Lois, of Silver Springs, MD, who were making
their first visit to the Sarasota area.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon Jr.,
along with many other Zonites, were guests of the Ernest Zelnicks
when attending the wedding of their son, Dr. Paul Zelnick, in Atlanta,
Carl H. Starke is home recuperating after heart surgery.
Gladys B. Humphrey visited her brother, Gerald and family in
Campbell, CA to attend the wedding of their daughter, Manola Faye
Bliss to Ken Culley in the Baptist Church on January 22. Gladys'
brother Curtis H. Bliss of Rockledge, FL and sister, Zonella Field of San
Fernando, CA also attended. Other former Zonites at the wedding and
reception included Bill and Dorothy [Hoffman] Alien of Seal Beach and
Anne and Vincent Biava of Napa, CA.
Harry and Jay Cain left early in May for their annual visit with
family and friends in Delaware and New Jersey.
Former CZ employees and recent retirees now residing in our area
include Edna and Cecil Kovel; Gladys and John McLain and Mrs. Jean
Capt. Thomas J. Ebdon III, USAF, arrived from Rhein Main AFB
in Germany for a ten day visit with his parents, Rae and Joe, in time to
share his mother's birthday celebration. He left early in May for his
new duty station at Holloman AFB, NM.
Jack and Joyce Clarke have returned from a three week visit with
their family on the Canal Zone.
Recent visitors in Sarasota include Norma and Lew Braden of
Tampa and Mrs. Lillian Ryan of CT, guests of Miss Mary N. Orr. Mina

Dee had as her guests Joe and Helen Cicero, former Balboa neighbors,
now living in Clearwater. Mrs. Betty Malone of St. Pete spent several
days with Mayno and George Walker.
Mrs. Martha Miller Young of Washington state visited her par-
ents, Alien and Kay Miller, and enjoyed many social functions, shelling
activities and visiting with other friends and relatives.
Mrs. Ann Pennock of St. Pete and her house guest, Mrs. Faith
Brundage of Boston, MA, came to Sarasota for several days' visit with
Bill and Maxine Dixon.
Paul and Connie Ebdon and family of Los Rios, CZ arrived early in
May for a vacation with his parents, Fred and Bev Ebdon.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall enjoyed a visit by Madge's brother
and sister-in-law, Frank and Billie Finlason of Tarpon Springs.
Gladys B. Humphrey enjoyed a two week visit by her brother-in-
law, LeRoy L. Humphrey, formerly with the CZ Fire Dept., his wife,
Willie, and two grandchildren, Randy and Kim Humphrey, all of Fort
Dodge, Iowa. They enjoyed several family get together with Gladys'
daughter and son and their children, Donna and Dave Mann of Sarasota
and Dotti [Frost] Humphrey of Palm Bay, FL. They also enjoyed a
special visit with Ruth and Clyde Stroop, friends from their CZ days.
Gladys B. Humphrey, Reporter
Mrs. Leonard Dixon, Dublin, has just returned to the Dublinaire
Nursing Home after getting a replacement for her pace maker. She is
doing fine and would enjoy hearing from her friends.

Elsa Bailey, Silver Spring "I am still working for a firm of
Certified Public Accountants. This winter it was tough getting to and
from work with all the snow and ice. Honey's baby, Elsa Despina
Dimitriadis, named after me, is the prettiest granddaughter that ever
was. Honey is still a stewardess with United and will return to work in
June. George is with Sheraton Carlton Hotel in DC as Food and
Beverage Manager."
Nancy Webster Lindenmeyer, Severna Pk "I haven't seen very
many Zonians since leaving the Zone so being able to read about them in
the Record is not a bad substitute. My husband, three daughters and I
had a great reunion last Christmas with my parents, E. B. Websters, in
San Antonio, TX. My sister, Martha Baze, her husband and three boys
were there also. It was the first Christmas we were all together in 7 or 8
years weather was beautiful in the 60's."

Mrs. W. R. Zirkman, Bronx "Easter 1976 was spent with
Caroline and family in Panama City, FL. Enroute we visited with the

O'Sullivans in Dothan, AL. Lots of talk about the Canal Zone was done
... Several members of our families were ill and passed away last year
which kept us busy. Went to Richard's from the end of August to
September. Some day we may get to one of the Reunions."

Dr. Tom Alley, nephew of Dorothy Cantway, son of Corinne
Feeney, is recuperating in his home in Wilmington after successful
heart surgery in February for four by-passes.

Greetings from beautiful WNC. After the cold winter, the azaleas,
dogwood, redbud and all the flowering trees are lovelier than ever.
The Paul Bentzes, Wendell Greenes, Ruth Sill and Bea Tyrrell
spent a few days in Charleston, SC, the first of April, enjoying the
gardens and the lovely azaleas. Paul and Betty are leaving the last of
April for Florida to visit with their daughter, Joan Davidson and
Truman and Betsy Hoenke and daughter, Diana, will leave in May
to spend the summer on their island in Vermont.
Bill and Ruth Tillman flew to the Canal Zone for a week in April.
While there, they went to Coronado for two days. They remarked about
the extreme dryness in the Zone and Panama.
Kay and Dick Potter from Horseshoe Bend, AR, were house guests
of Jack and Jean Dombrowsky in February. Peggy and Donald
Hutchinson were in the area recently and spent an afternoon with Jack
and Jean.
Bob and Lillian Van Wagner spent the month of February in
Florida. When they returned, they went to Findlay, OH, for their
grandson's wedding.
Mrs. Barbara Page, whose husband was a pilot in the Canal Zone in
the forties, came from Wareham, MA, to visit Howard and Emily
Johnson for a week.
Charles and Carmen Howe, with their daughters, Marian, Shirley
and Shirley's children, drove to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in March to visit
Carmen's mother and sisters. Denny Howe will graduate from the
North Carolina State University in May and will be working in the
Charlotte area.
Nick and Harriet Elich were guests of the Tom Colemans the last
week in March.
We are happy to report that Margaret Wanlass is recovering
nicely from the stroke she suffered in February and is planning on
leaving the end of April to spend some time with her son Clinton and
family in Vienna, VA.
In February, Ernest and Ruth Zelnick went to Atlanta, GA to at-
tend the wedding of their son Paul. (See Weddings) Among the out-of-

town guests at the wedding were: Jack and Jean Dombrowsky,
Truman and Betsy Hoenke, Diana Bauer, Bill and Ruth Tillman, Emily
and Howard Johnson all from Hendersonville; Bob and Elsie Smith
and Joe and Rae Ebdon from Sarasota, FL; Gary Voucher from Pana-
ma; Carol Ann Richmond [Zelnick] and two children from Simsbury,
CT; John and Nancy Zelnick and two children from Rochester, NY; Jim
and Margaret Johnson from Houston, TX. At a pre-nuptial dinner the
night before the wedding, a wedding bell pinata and sopa borracha
highlighted the party. Mrs. Clyde Earnest of Atlanta (formerly of Ft.
Clayton and Diablo Heights) made the sopa borracha for the occasion.
John and Edie Meeker, Margarita, CZ, were house guests of the
Zelnicks for several days in April. They enjoyed visits with their nu-
merous friends in the area.
Alice Roche was delighted to have her daughter, Noralie Roche
Shobe, Los Rios, CZ with her for two weeks in March. I am also
looking forward to a visit from my brother and his wife, Ron and Mina
Hazel, the latter part of May. Ron was Asst. General Counsel in the
Zone from 1938 to 1943.
Alice H. Roche, Reporter

Joan [Powell] and Rolf Arndt, Perrysburg "We are in the
process of selling our home here and are building a new one in Crystal
Lake, IL, a Chicago suburb about 35 miles NW of the Loop. Rolf is being
transferred by American Cyanamid to that area. We are expecting to
move in July. New address: 677 Eletson Dr., Zip 60014. Mom and Dad
[Celeste and Bun Powell] spent last Christmas here and will be driving
up again to attend Diana's wedding in June. Both boys are in college.
Jim is a sophomore at the University of Toledo majoring in Business
and Rolf is a freshman at Miami U. at Oxford. He has just pledged
Lambda Chi Alpha and will be living in the Fraternity House next fall.
Rolf is an Engineering Technology major."

Mrs. Estelle J. Lusky, Central Point "During the time of the
convention in St. Petersburg, I was visiting friends in Balboa, Canal
Zone. My son Charles' roommate from Oregon State U is now interning
at the Gorgas Hospital, Dr. Tim Ritchie. Charles is now an engineer for
General Electric in Portland. Julius, Jr. is a supervisor for Kings
Security, Inc. and working on his BS in Criminology at Portland State

Mrs. William J. Stevenson, Greenville "In January at the
meeting of the James Chester Thomas Chapter #121, NARFE, I asked
that a resolution be passed by the South Carolina Federation annual

convention that we protest the turning back of the Canal to Panama ...
Had a rugged year ... Operation on my feet in June and in August
another cancer operation and 22 cobalt treatments followed A
remedy to avoid nausea after treatment... drink coca cola before going
to the treatment. I kept warm during the cold spell with a big fire in the
fireplace in my living room."
A group of 37 members or friends of the Panama Canal Society of
South Carolina met for luncheon at the Ramada Inn, at 1 p.m. on March
24. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Hauser, of Aiken,
former residents of the Atlantic Side. Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Szimonski
were also present and became members. They had been residents on
the Pacific Side, where Dr. Szimonski was stationed at Gorgas Hospi-
tal. He is now affiliated with the Aiken County Community Hospital.
A short business meeting was held. Mrs. Olga Holmes read the
Secretary-Treasurer reports which were approved. It was decided a
picnic would be held June 18 at Aiken State Park, which is about 14
miles from Aiken. Hamburgers and hot dogs were to be the main entree
at the picnic with J. O. Catron and Beaufort Hartley acting as chefs. The
meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
The ex-Canal Zone members of the Aiken community have been as
restless as honey bees in the spring. Some of their activities are re-
ported below:
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Badonsky, Jr. attended the 90th birthday cele-
bration for his mother, Mrs. Paul Badonsky, Sr., in Akron, OH. Other
family members came from Miami, Dallas, and Georgia. At a party just
for family, 27 persons were present. At a larger party for family and
friends, over 100 happy folk wished Mrs. Badonsky "many more golden
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew had as their house guests in April Mr.
and Mrs. Walter De Zur and Mrs. H. Justice. The De Zurs and Mrs.
Justice doubly enjoyed the visit since they had tickets to attend the
Masters Golf Tournament held in Augusta, GA.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Willenbrock had word from their daughter,
Mrs. Susan Wiseman of Durham, NC, that she was to appear on a local
television station, Durham, demonstrating a new method of treating
cancer of the thyroid. The Willenbrocks were unsuccessful in getting
the station too far away. Mrs. Wiseman is the resident therapist in
this type treatment at the Duke University Hospital.
Mrs. Gertrude Smouse left Aiken in April for a visit with her sister
and brother in Charleston, WV.
Mrs. Ruth Powell, of Largo, FL, visited Mr. and Mrs. D. P.
Hutchison in early April. While here, she and "Hutch" attended the
Masters Tournament. Ruth is Mrs. Hutchison's sister.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey traveled to Litchfield Beach, SC in April
with friends to visit the beautiful Brookfield Gardens. The weather was

fine, the azaleas and other flowers and flowering trees were in full
bloom which made it an enjoyable trip. We also enjoyed some of the
tasty seafood to be found in that area.
The Kilbeys flew to Durham, NC, in May to be present when their
eldest grandson, Glenn Seeley, received his diploma from Duke
University. (See It's Graduation Time Again). Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Seeley, from the Canal Zone were also present for this event.
The Aiken chapter of the PC Society of Florida is proud of the
record it set at the January Reunion. According to our count this chap-
ter had a total of 37 persons present at that affair. (Several of those
present from Aiken failed to register.)
C. W. Kilbey
"Maggie" Dillman, El Paso "I am enclosing a gift membership
for Harvey G. Rhyne, Jr. and wife, Sonia (Boroker) who recently estab-
lished residence at 4208 La Adelita, El Paso, TX 79922. Glen Jr. and
Sonia with family left the Canal in mid-January. Glen, formerly with
Customs, is now doing Custom duty here on the bridges crossing into
Juarez, MX. He is the son of Harvey G. Rhyne, Sr., retired as Chief
Probation and Parole Officer and Bea [Monsanto] Rhyne still active as
Secretary to the Director of Canal Zone Mental Hospital. Sonia's
father, now deceased, was with FAA. Her mother lives in La Chorrera
with Sonia's sister, wife of "Ozzie" Barranco, a Branch Manager for the
First National City Bank in Panama City. Reading the Record is like
living all over again the happiness, sorrow and wonder we had in our
earlier years on the Canal Zone. I know the young Rhynes will be
pleased, just as I am, to keep in touch with events concerning their
Helen S. Witkin, Houston "This has been a busy and exciting
period for us. In October we spent three weeks in Israel, touring the
entire country, which proved a fascinating and delightful experience.
Our trip was a gift from the Jewish Community Council of Houston to
Rabbi Witkin in honor of his work at the Texas Medical Center... In his
work here, as Chaplain at the Texas Medical Center, Rabbi Witkin sees
many of his friends from Panama, the Canal Zone, and indeed all of
Latin America... At the end of February we went to Panama for ten
days. The dry season was beautiful with delightful breezes and warm
sun. It was wonderful to visit again with so many of our friends, but
strange to find so few people remaining in the Canal Zone. The U.S.
personnel is much smaller in number than we've ever known it to be ...
We always enjoy the Canal Record. It takes precedence over every
publication that comes into our house!"
In January, Edie Bishop of Lake Tahoe, CA spent a few days with
her family, the Dale Bishops. She saw her brother, Mark, play on his

high school freshman basketball team, and visited her sister, Jeanne's
fourth grade class and had lunch with her at the school cafeteria. Bill
and Barbara Wichmann, newly retired and residing in San Antonio,
drove up to Kerrville for the day to visit with friends in the CZ and their
new life in Texas.
In March, David and Betty Marshall had as their house guests, Dan
and Frances Hennessey and Lois Cotton of Fairfield Bay, AR who were
on their way to California to attend the 50th Wedding Anniversary of
Fred and Mary Hatchett. Frances, Lois and Mary (nee Heim) are
sisters. The children of Mary and Fred, namely Pat Carr, George
Hatchett and Barbara Jackson, are hosting the celebration of this event
with a party to which family and friends have been invited. The three
plan on visiting friends along the way. Beth Waddell and Chita Hanna
gave a luncheon in honor of Frances and Lois. Those attending were
Aline Cornels, Ethel Bialkowski, Betty Marshall, Mildred Byrd, Anne
Hale, Clara Chambers, June Burns, Elizabeth Davison, Hazel Bucher,
Jackie Bishop, Kathi Lessiak and Iris Hogan. Mildred Agee, Sue
Graham, Muriel Haywood and Helen Hoverson were unable to attend.
This reporter was especially delighted to visit with Frances and Lois
after so many years.
Just to show you how the Canal Record gets around, a friend of
mine from Pedro Miguel whom I have not seen or heard from for over
thirty years (she left the CZ as a child) happened to see a picture of my
Mother and me in a copy of the Canal Record at a friend's home which
prompted her to try to locate me in Kerrville. The result was a happy
conversation between Joyce [Fayard] Bailey of Ft. Walton Beach, FL,
and Jackie [Schmidt] Bishop, Kerrville, TX!
Anne and Hugh Hale along with their daughter, Glen, have moved
into their new home. Also, Fred and Marian Wells are now in their
house. According to Bob Byrd and Ted Young, who recently compiled a
list of Canal Zone people, there are 49 families residing in Kerrville.
In association with the American Red Cross, Bob Byrd travels
around the Kerrville area instructing interested persons in Cardiopul-
monary Resuscitation and Basic First Aid. He is also President of the
American Heart Association in Kerrville and expects to double the
monies collected in previous years.
Jackie Bishop, Reporter

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Talbert, Montross "Last summer we
sold our home in Northern Virginia and moved to Stratford Harbour.
This is located adjacent to the historical Robert E. Lee Plantation. Our
2 sons, Robert and Richard, live with their families in nearby
Richmond. Dr. Robert Talbert is a professor of History at Virginia
Commonwealth University. Dr. Richard Talbert is in charge of Special
Programs for the State Board of Education. Both our sons have 2 child-

ren. Florinette Knight, a long-time resident of the Canal Zone, lives
close by. The "welcome mat" is always out at the Talberts for any of our
Canal Zone friends."
Dr. G. M. Stevenson, Anacortes "We made a short trip to the
Canal Zone and Panama in January on a Pan-Am tour, and marveled at
all the changes since 1953. We had nice visits at Gorgas Hospital with
Drs. Frank Smith and Bill Bailey, and found several other former
colleagues still there; then went to lunch with Frank and Thora Smith. I
wish we could have spent more time there Arthur and Bernice
Springall, and the Gene Askews stopped by here last year while
touring about the country ... Anacortes is just north of Seattle, where
the ferry leaves for Vancouver Island and Victoria, British Columbia,
going through the beautiful San Juan Islands; and we would enjoy
seeing any other Canal Zone friends who happen to pass this way."

Jane Vinton, Green Bay "Spent Thanksgiving at the Polynesian
Village at Disney World with Janith (Budgy), her husband, Edward
Cannon and 3 granddaughters, Vicky 15, Paula 10, Lindy 9. Kayleen
and daughter Kendra 16 joined us there. Toured Cape Canaveral and
drove to Stuart, FL, where I spent two weeks with Kayleen and Herb.
Their address is H. C. Mueller, 2486 S.W. Hideway Lane. The latch
string is out there for everyone who passes that way. Went to
Brewster, NY to spend the Christmas season with Budgy and family
and a busy and pleasurable one it was. Business affairs made it neces-
sary for me to return to Green Bay in the middle of January."


Several people wrote in response to the earlier suggested reunion
plans to be held in Tampa, FL, saying they would be interested in
getting together. I've written back to them, individually. Different
problems have arisen that have made us realize that we simply did not
have enough lead time to successfully plan a reunion for July.
Sooooooo ... we've decided to call the whole thing off at this time.
Many thanks to those who were planning to come.
Bobbie Schneider, Brandon, FL

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St. Petersburg, Florida
May 4, 1977

Mr. Robert S. Roy
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Dear Mr. Roy:

The audit committee has completed its examination of the books
and accounts of the Panama Canal Society for the period January 1
through December 31, 1976. The results of that audit is presented
herewith in the form of a single statement showing beginning fund
balances, receipts and expenditures for the year and fund balances
at December 31, 1976 for both the Society and Blood Bank.

All receipts for the year were deposited into Society and
Blood Bank checking accounts and all disbursements were made
therefrom by check, either directly or by replenishment of petty
cash funds maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer and Recording
Secretary. All fund balances were verified. Spot checks were
made from the Cash Receipts Register to individual Society member-
ship Record Cards and all were found to be in agreement. Similar
spot checks were made from the Disbursement Register to suppliers'
invoices or other debt advices and they were also found to be in

The audit committee would like to take this opportunity to
express its appreciation to Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer,
for her cooperation during the course of the audit and to commend
her for maintaining an exceptionally neat and accurate set of
records and accounts.

SRespectfully submitted,

Ethel Askew Nathaniel Litvin Daile D. Keigley/

Summary statement of revenue and expenses and changes in fund balances
January 1 through December 31, 1976

Fund balances at January 1, 1976:
Checking accounts.................................................
Certificates of deposit ...... ...................................
Savings accounts.................. ............. ............ .
Petty cash.......................................................



Total fund balances at January 1, 1976....................... 6,329.42

Dues ...................................... .... ...................
Annual reunion (luncheon and reception).........................
Sales of Panama Canal Society auto tags, decals, etc .............
Advertising .....................................................
Interest on savings accounts.....................................
Miscellaneous ...................................................


Total receipts for the year................................ 21,704.25

Salaries............................................ ..............
General and administrative expenses of Blood Bank, fund transfer.
Canal Record and Annual Issue....................................
Annual reunion (cost of luncheon and reception)..................
Taxes, Social Security, Workmen's Compensation, Sales tax, etc...
Postage....... ................................................
Other office expense (supplies, telephone, etc.).................
Monthly meetings (hall rental, hospitality, etc.) ................
Cost of auto tags, decals, etc. for sale..........................
Maintenance of Blood Bank ........................................
Miscellaneous ......................................................

Total expenditures for the year .............................

Fund balances at December 31, 1976:
Checking accounts................. ................................
Certificates of deposit..........................................
Savings accounts............... .......... ........................
Petty cash.... ....................... ................. ...........






1,472.93 23,177.18

680.00 680.00

1,480.00 20,990.59



Total fund balances at December 31, 1976 .................... 8523.08

Blood Bank







5,582.42 14,105.50


WANTED: Canal Zone picture post cards 1904 to 1924. Also, Canal
Zone letters with post marks prior to 1924. Hugh Cassibry, 3243
Nottingham Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

WANTED: Panama Recipe Book published either Star & Herald or Pa-
nama American with a little sketch and four line verse along side of
each exotic recipe, published from 1928 to 1936. M. B. Condon, 2834
Atlantic Ave., Apt. 107, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

WANTED by J. WINTER D. COLLINS, P.O. Box 2154, Balboa, Canal
Zone. C.Z. Match Boxes showing Panama Railroad Co. rather than Pa-
nama Canal Co. Also, any old Commissary Books.

Royal Worcester. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Wempe, P.O. Box 125,
Champlin MN 55316. Phone 612-421-7586.

HOUSE FOR SALE. Northeast waterfront home, St. Petersburg, FL,
3 BDRM, 2 BTH, split plan, Central heat and air, white custom tile roof,
2-Car garage with "Genie" door, lawn sprinkler well and auto-sprinkler
system, fully carpeted with custom drapes, painted inside and outside
recently; wide waterfront and dock. $59,500. Interested write Gaddis
Wall, 1275 37th Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, FL 33704. TELE
813/894-6080 for further info. Picture below.

Application for Box 11566 DUES
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, .. . .. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $10.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year .... ..... ..which entitles me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
Name (W ife) .. .. ......
Street. .. ............. Box

City .... ....... State ... Zip Code
Former PC Employment ................... .. .. ... ......

Amount Enclosed $ ... Check .. M.O .... ... Cash ......
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1978, ARE $10.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.

Application p
(Florida Residents Only)
Name ...... .
Address .
C ity ..........
Telephone .. ...........
N am e ...................
Address .......

Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

. .. B o x . .
.. S tate ............. Z ip C ode .........

Stato Zin Code

y. .. . . . .. .

Amount Enclosed $ .......... Check ......... M.O......... Cash ......

DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.



Please mail to

Street Box

City __State Zip Code_

Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
Total enclosed

5 August 1977
3600 34th St. So. Social Hour: 11:30 AM Luncheon: 12:30 PM
St. Petersburg

Our meeting for August will be held at the Ramada Inn. A Social
Hour will be held at 11:30 AM (a bar will be set up for your conve-
nience) with a buffet luncheon at 12:30 PM. Let's have a good turn-out
for this August Luncheon-Meeting. We have gone over the 100 atten-
dance figure several meetings so let's have a big crowd of 150 mem-
bers, plus guests. If you folks outside of the Bay Area are planning a
trip to St. Petersburg, this is the time to come and visit with ex-
Zonions have a relaxing luncheon and renew friends and acquain-
PLEASE CLIP the reservation slip below and mail as indicated
... This will help us and the Ramada to firm up the reservations. Cost
of the luncheon is $4.00 which includes tax and gratuity. You will help
us by getting your reservations in early!!!!! RESERVATION DEAD-

Members and Guests

Mail to: Luncheon
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, FL 33733

Please make __ reservations at $4.00 each. $

: (Make check payable: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.)




Five former residents of the Panama Canal Zone who have retired
in Dothan presented a program on arts and crafts in the Canal Zone to
the Dothan Newcomers Club recently. Maggi Janssen, left, shows the
costume of a San Blas Indian; Marie Bierbaum models a mans montuno,
the national dress for male Panamanians; Rosemany Anderson models
a pollera-de-gala, another national costume; Margaret Hern displays a
montuna designed like a peasants dress and Dorothy Youst models
another pollera. (Progress photo)

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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