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The President Says ........................................................ 2
From the Secretary's D esk ................................................ 2
Editor's Lines ........................................................... 2
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .................... .................... 4
News Features ..................................... ............ ......... 9
Book Review BEAUTY IS A RING IN MY NOSE? ............................ 19
A nnouncem ents ................................. ......... ......... 23
R etirem ents ...................................... ......... ......... .. 24
Wedding Announcements ................ ............................. 25
Birth Announcements ..................................... ................ 29
With Deep Sorrow .......................................... ........... 31
Statement of Ownership ............... ............................ 71
Reunion Reservation Forms ................... ...................... 68
"Christmas on the Isthmus for Little Children" .......................... 69
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Alabama .................. ..... 35 North Carolina .................. 57
Arizona ........ ... .. ......... 37 Ohio ................... ......... 59
Arkansas .. ............. ... 38 South Carolina ......... .......... 59
California ................ ... .... 41 Texas ................ ......... 61
Colorado ....... ...... .. 47 Utah ................... ........ 63
Florida ....................... 47 Virginia .............. ............ 64
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Ramada Inn (South) ............... 30 Vigilant Real Estate ................ 13
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DATES TO REMEMBER
DEC. 25 Christmas Day and May you all have a Blessed Christmas!
JAN. 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!
JAN. 6 Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
FEB. 3 Regular Meeting PCSF
FEB. 12 Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
FEB. 14 Buy Your Sweetie a Valentine
FEB. 22 George Washington's Birthday (Traditional)
MARCH 3 Regular Meeting PCSF
APRIL 28 REUNION Ramada Inn (South)
10:00 A.M. Registration and Get-Together
2:00 P.M. Business Meeting
7:00 Cocktail Reception with Lucho
APRIL 29 REUNION
10:00 A.M. Get-together
12:30 P.M. Luncheon
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The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Robert J. Roy
J. F. Warner
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
William F. Grady
Paul M. Disharoon
Robert J. Roy
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Eugene I. Askew
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.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD,
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.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 634 2nd Avenue
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.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
1977 will soon be over. How time flies! Our next reunion is four
months away. This is an occasion I always look forward to. I also real-
ize this means a lot of hard work for my staff and volunteer workers
who work so diligently to make our reunion so enjoyable. They de-
serve a lot of credit. Let's break all attendance records at this reunion.
By April 28th you all should have recovered from the Christmas and
New Year festivities and be ready to dance to the music of Lucho
Azcarraga that we all love so much.
To all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
You now have your copies of the Annual Issue. I have tried very
hard to have it as accurate as possible.
This year the printer changed back to hot type, and each name,
address and zip code had to be proofread. This caused a delay in
printing, and hence a late mailing.
If there is an error in your name or address, please drop me a
card so that I can correct it.
It is getting close to dues renewal time. Again, please let me re-
mind you to check your medical insurance before you renew your
Blood Bank membership. Our Blood Bank takes care of only the blood
not paid for by medicare or insurance. Don't carry double coverage, it
is a waste of money.
Merry Christmas and a most joyous New Year.
Even though the 1978 Reunion is four months away we must all
make our plans. Therefore, I give to you once again data of importance
in the event you do not have your June 1977 Record on hand.
Date: APRIL 28-29, 1978
Where: Ramada Inn, 3600 34th Street South (Highway 19)
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Room rates will be: $16.00 Single; $18.00 double and $3.00 each ad-
ditional 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].
Thus I have chosen DITCH DIGGER DAYS and ISTHMUS EPI-
SODES, both titles submitted by Pat Foster Roberson of Baton
Rouge, LA. "Thank You" to the members whose articles appear in the
June and September issues. Many members have written in stating
how much they enjoyed the June Record because of the Old Timers
Section. Let's have a few stories in this section each issue so keep
your stories coming.
I wish to congratulate the Panama Canal Society of Dothan Ala-
bama's new officers and wish them a great year.
May I bring to your attention that the "Sale and Locator Service"
ads are $2.00 and $6.00 with a picture or logo featured. Most of the
folks have had great success with their ads. Please remit your check
payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. along with your
ad so I will not have to send a bill to you Thank you.
Anna T. Collins
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
HR 3447 and HR 3755 are now at the White House awaiting final
action of the President, after receiving full Senate approval on June
19th. Both bills will become law if they just lay on the President's
HR 3447 would achieve two objectives: 1) restore full annuities to
single retirees pre-deceased by a designated "insurable interest" sur-
vivor; and 2) give a one year period after a post-retirement marriage
in which to opt for continuation or rescission of original surviving
HR 3755 provides restoration of annuities to survivors who lost
their survivor benefits by remarrying before July 18, 1966.
William F. Grady
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VIGILANT REAL ESTATE
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MEMPBFH CANAL SOCIET>r
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5503 38th Avenue North. St. Petersburg. Florida
2468 State Rd. 580. Clearwater. Florida Phone
11990 Indian Rocks Rd. Largo. Florida 347-3161
HR 3447 would restore full annuity to single retirees who provided
for a survivor if that survivor has passed on.
HR 3755 would restore survivor annuities to survivors who remar-
ried prior to July 18, 1966.
WRITE TO YOUR SENATOR IN REGARD TO THESE BILLS.
William F. Grady
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEEI1NG
Ramada Inn, St. Petersburg, FL
5 August 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 P.M. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. 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 June meeting.
The President welcomed the 152 members and guests who at-
tended the luncheon and the meeting.
In lieu of the introduction of visitors, the group was asked to stand
when their city was called. In addition to St. Petersburg, there were
Sarasota Land O' Lakes Holmes Beach
Jacksonville Canal Zone Lakeland
Gulfport Santee, Ca. San Jose, Ca.
Lexington, Ky. Dunedin New Port Richey
Clearwater Largo Seminole
Pinellas Park Belleair Bluffs Tampa
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the June 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
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the
cost of living as of 30 June was 4.3%/. This raise will be realized in the
checks received on 1 October. In 1976 the total cost of living increased
4.8%, so it seems there is still no stop to the inflation. Several bills
have passed the house and are now in the Senate waiting for action.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during August and two
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Dennis McDonald, Pinellas County Representative to the Florida
House was introduced. He is a member of the Florida Conservative
Union. This group is against the Panama Canal Giveaway. The Union
has hopes of raising enough money to run a full page ad in newspapers
all over Florida to inform local residents of the facts. There will also be
a coupon with the ad to be clipped and sent to President Carter, Sena-
tor Chiles, and Senator Stone. Rep. McDonald made a plea for dona-
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2: 20
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
2 September 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 P.M. 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 August meeting.
The President welcomed the 75 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
June, Lori and David Stevenson Panama
J.T. and Michael Richardson St. Petersburg
Connie Wright Boca Raton
L. B. Clarke Canal Zone
E. O. Dailey St. Petersburg
J. A. Madison Clearwater
Alrick Nelson Clearwater
Virginia Harris St. Pete Beach
Almena McCoy St. Petersburg
Robert Boyer Canal Zone
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the August 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 as of 31 July was up .4%/. The legislative prospects are
not bright for this year, however if favorable legislation is not passed
this year, we still have all of next year.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during September and
four couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to
The President thanked those who contributed to the Florida Con-
servative Union for the ad to be placed in our local newspaper.
Hindi Diamond, former newspaper reporter from Panama, has
joined the Society. She is writing a book and is interested in contacting
Mrs. Virginia Harris, a new member, spoke briefly on the Canal
Treaty and the dire need for input from people who really know the
Canal Zone, Panama, and the situation there. She also stated that clip-
pings from newspapers around the country on the Panama Canal issue
would be beneficial.
Mr. Roy thanked the refreshment committee for serving and as
there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15 P.M.
Coffee, donuts, and a brief social period was enjoyed by all following
7 October 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: 37 P.M. 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 September 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: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Foster, St. Pete;
Warren and Frances Cain, Seminole; Shirley Smith, Clearwater, Ada
Faar, St. Pete; Irma Forbes, Flsworth Shoenbach, California; Mr. and
Mrs. McNammee, Davie; Shiela Taylor, Bradenton; Trudy Roberto,
Clearwater, Paul Bernard, St. Pete; Grace Wilson and Grace Schack,
Dunedin; Biff Clarke, Canal Zone and Jules and Sylvia LeLadier, St.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the September
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
Consumer Price Index was up .8% as of 31 August. He then gave a
brief explanation of how the CPI is computed. The bill to restore full
annuity to single spouses has passed the house and is awaiting action
in the Senate.
Thirteen members would celebrate birthdays in October and four
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Past President, Mr. Eugene Askew spoke on a variety of subjects.
Among them, Social Security for Federal employees, Reduced power
bill for Senior Citizens, News articles on the Panama Canal Treaty, and
David McCullough's book "The Path Between the Seas".
Enna Forbes brought greetings from California.
Frances Sharp informed the group that using the week-end rate for
travel can result in big savings. However, she cautioned that you must
keep reminding personnel that you are utilizing the week-end rates or
they will forget to give you the discount.
The Secretary/Treasurer announced that the December meeting
will be our Christmas Party just as last year was. The Girls Glee Club
and The Spartones from Lakewood High School will present their
programs at this meeting.
Mr. Roy asked that the membership give the Refreshment Com-
mittee, Dolly Babourand Eleanor Connora round of applause for their
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2: 20
P.M. Coffee, Donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
Frances Jones, Louise
Saum and Mary Orr
Edna Million, Della Noo-
nan and Rae Ebdon
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clemmons
Mike and Marian Green
Dolly Barbour, Beth Grady, Ethel
and Gene Askew, Bill Grady,
Dottie and Ernest Yocum and
Emma E. Brown, Pete Lang, Joe
and Helen Cicero, Jim Morris,
Rosemarie Nickisher Carr, Marie
Cicero Morris and Mina Dee
Pauline Downs, Phil Downs,
Stelle and Bill Butler, Bette Rae
Sam Rowley [back to camera],
Ruth VanVliet, Sara Rowley,
Vera and Alton Jones, Myrtle
and Bill Hughes and Art Cherry
Emma Barlow, Albert and Sallie
McKeown, Dewey Goodwin,
Ralph Hanners, Russell Jones,
Dorothy Hanners, and Edith
Jones with Howard Clarke, Rob
Roy, Jean Mann and Anna Collins
More people enjoying the August 5th Luncheon.
NEWS CONDENSED from the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY
- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
Gov. Parfitt Reveals Plan to Offer Early Retirement The
Secretary of the Army has authorized the Governor to inform all
employees of the following:
The U.S. will provide an appropriate early optional retirement
program for all persons who are employed by the PanCanal Co. or the
Canal Zone Government at the time of the entry into force of the new
Panama Canal treaty. The U.S. shall, with respect to employees (a)
Determine that conditions exist which invoke applicable U.S. Law
permitting early retirement annuities, and apply such law for a
substantial period of the duration of the treaty; (b) Seek special
legislation to provide more liberal entitlement to, and calculation of,
retirement annuities than is currently provided for by law.
Current regulations provide that any U.S. Government agency
which undergoes a major reduction in force may request that the Civil
Service Commission authorize early retirement for employees with 25
years of service regardless of age and for those 50 years of age with 20
years of service. It is up to the CSC to determine whether the agency
is undergoing major reduction in force. New provisions would give the
employee the right to retire at the time the treaty goes into effect or
to exercise that option at a later date..... September 2, 1977
Canal Zone residents saw the new garden apartments in the Wil-
liamson Place on September 3rd. The new masonry buildings known
as type 365, are all four or six apartment quarters. Each has two bed-
rooms, one full bath upstairs; a /2 bath downstairs; a covered carport;
and a covered patio with sliding glass door. Biweekly rental will be
$73.30 and will be designated as A category housing for family or
bachelor assignments..... September 2, 1977
Heavy with 39,500 tons of crude oil, the tanker "Washington
Trader" moved northbound through Miraflores Locks carrying the
first shipment of North Slope crude through the Panama Canal bound
for refineries on the Gulf Coast. The transit was made just one month
after the first North Slope oil reached the Alaskan pipeline port of
Valdez. Gov. Parfitt at the civic council meeting said that it has
been an historic event the connecting of two great engineering
feats of the United States: the Alaskan pipeline and the Panama
Canal. The Governor said he was sure he would be asked questions
about the treaty that he would not be able to answer .. Turning
from the treaty to every day concerns, Gov. Parfitt said the Mount
Hope Bakery would be closed in October.... responding to a question
asked at a previous meeting, the Governor said that employees could
send household goods home in advance at their own expense and be
reimbursed for the cost when they terminate employment. Advance
shipment of household goods can also be made at government expense
in conjunction with repatriation to the States of a member of the em-
ployee's immediate family..... September 9, 1977
PRR Passenger, Freight Rates to Be Increased as of October 1.
The rates which have not been changed for many years, are being
revised due to higher operating costs. The new one-way full-trip
passenger fares will be $1.75 for air-conditioned coaches and $1.25 for
non-air-conditioned coaches. As an example, the new rate for general
cargo will be 50 cents per 100 pounds. Other increases will apply to
switching and locomotive services, car demurrage and storage of
automobiles at Ancon Freight House..... September 9, 1977
Canal Awards Leonor K. Sullivan Highest Public Service
Medallion A Gold Medallion the Canal organization's highest
public service award has been awarded to Leonor K. Sullivan.
The accompanying certificate recognized Mrs. Sullivan's out-
standing service to the organization both as a member and chairman
of the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and the
House Subcommittee on the Panama Canal.
Thanking Governor Parfitt for the award, Mrs. Sullivan asked
him to express her deep appreciation to all the employees and officials
in the Company. She added: I shall never lose my interest in the
Panama Canal and I am still doing what I can unofficially to preserve
the United States authority of the Canal and the Canal Zone .....
September 9, 1977
Below for your information is the AIRLINE CHARTER SCHED-
ULE taken from September 16, 1977 Spillway.
May through August 1978 (Rev. 9/77)
Lv. Tocumen 8 a.m. EST Lv. Miami-6:50 p.m. EDT
Arr. Miami 11:30 a.m. EDT Arr. Tocumen 8:20 p.m. EST
Wed. May 17 Mon. June 26
Thurs. June 1 Wed. July 5
Fri. June 2 Tues. July 11
Sat. June 3* Mon. July 17
Mon. June 5 Mon. July 24
Tues. June 6 (2 flights) Mon. July 31
Tues. June 13 Tues. Aug. 1
Tues. June 20 Mon. Aug. 7
Tues. June 27 Mon. Aug. 14
Thurs. July 6 Mon. Aug. 21
Tues. July 18 Tues. Aug. 22
Tues. Aug. 1 Wed. Aug. 23
Tues. Aug. 15 Mon. Aug. 28
Tues. Aug. 29
*Lv. Tocumen 4 a.m.
Arr. Miami 7:30 a.m.
Lv. Tocumen 8 a.m. EST Lv. New Orleans 4 p.m. CDT
Arr. New Orleans 11:15 a.m. CDT Arr. Tocumen 7:15 p.m. EST
Tues. June 7 Thurs. Aug. 17
Army Secretary names new Canal Co. Board Secretary of the
Army Clifford L. Alexander, Jr., today announced the appointment of
members for vacant seats on the Board of Directors of the Panama
Canal Company. As Stockholder of the Panama Canal Company and
the President's direct representative, the Secretary of the Army ap-
points members of the Canal Company's Board of Directors.
Under the currently proposed Canal treaty dealing with the oper-
ation and administration of the Canal, the Panama Canal Company
and the Canal Zone Government would be replaced by a new United
States Government agency, the Panama Canal Commission. Six
months after the exchange of ratification instruments, a new Board of
Directors for the Commission would be appointed by the United
States. That Board would consist of five United States citizens and
four Panamanians and would replace the current Panama Canal Com-
The Board will be comprised of individuals from Various U.S.
Government Executive agencies plus Canal Zone Gov. Harold R.
Parfitt, who, as President of the Panama Canal Company, is an ex-
officio member. The new Board members replace previous Board
members whcse terms of office ended April 1, 1977.
The new Panama Canal Company Board members appointed
under the provision of the Canal Code are:
Hon. Clifford L. Alexander, Jr., Secretary of the Army.
Mr. Charles R. Ford, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
Hon. Ersa H. Poston, Commissioner, U.S. Civil Service Commis-
Adm. Owen W. Siler, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.
Hon. Anthony M. Solomon, Under Secretary of Treasury for
Hon. Terence Todman, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-
Hon. Richard N. Cooper, Under Secretary of State for Economic
Hon. David E. McGiffert, Assistant Secretary of Defense for In-
ternational Security Affairs.
..... Sept. 16, 1977
The Menelaus... Sept. 16th Spillway reprint
The "Menelaus" enters Miraflores Locks during her maiden voyage of the
Panama Canal. Owned by BP Tankers and operating under Ocean Trans-
port and Trading, she is one of four sister ships who will be transiting
the Canal on a regular basis in the Barber Blue Sea Line Service.
Originally, BP Tankers ordered two ultra-large crude carriers but the
decline in the tanker market changed the order and had the four general
cargo ships that could transit the Panama Canal built instead. The
"Menelaus" has a length of 540 feet, a beam of 85.3 feet and a gross
tonnage of 16,031 tons. Fenton & Co., Inc. is the ship's agent at the Canal.
Parfitt Reports to Canal Customers: Financial Picture Improved
in FY 77 "It is almost certain that the Canal will end up in the black
for 1977 the first time since 1972," Gov. H. R. Parfitt said, opening
the Seventh Annual Customers Meeting on a bright note. He attributed
the favorable turn-about in the Company's financial affairs not only to
higher toll rates, but also to the cost-saving measures implemented in
FY 1976 and carried over into FY 1977. Gov. Parfitt also told the ship-
ping representatives at the meeting that based on the present opera-
tion a tolls increase is not contemplated in FY 1978.
Summarizing Canal traffic for the first 11 months of the year
transits of oceangoing ships averaged 33 a day versus an average of
33.5 ships a day for the same period last year. The number of ships is
lower but there has been a slight increase in the average size of
transiting vessels to 11,177 PC net tons for the first 10 months of FY
1977. Cargo tonnage for the first 11 months has also been higher -
112.9 million long tons.
Gov. Parfitt reported Canal-related projects intended to improve
transit conditions. They included additional towing locomotives, the
installation of additional pneumatic rubber fendering, improved Locks
chamber lighting at Miraflores Locks, and upgraded towboat fire-
fighting capability on tugs.
He gave details of a dredging program, major improvements
which can be executed without detriment to properly maintaining
channels, harbors and pier berths.
The next Locks overhaul is scheduled for February 1978. All
Locks should be in full operation until 1979 when overhauls are sched-
uled for Pedro Miguel and Gatun.
The Governor then reviewed portions of the proposed Panama
Canal Treaty. Emphasis was given to certain protections for private
individuals and organizations engaged in business and nonprofit activ-
ities at locations in the former CZ and other paragraphs of Article IX
of concern to Canal customers based in the Canal Zone. .... Sept. 23,
They are talking about
 VIGILANT REAL ESTATE
REALTOR' JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Three Offices to serve you in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater, Florida Phone
11990 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, Florida 347-3161
MARY GOETHALS, the great-granddaughter of Gen. George W.
Goethals of construction-day fame, took a tour of the Canal Zone last
week and found it fascinating. It was her first look at the "big ditch".
Not one to take advantage of her great-grandfather's name and
fame, Mary and her husband Charles M. Poster started out on their
own with a walking tour through Balboa. A friendly CZ employee
gave them a lift. When she mentioned that her interest in the Zone
stemmed from the fact that she was one of the Goethals family, a more
extensive tour was arranged.
First, the young couple was invited to visit the Governor's house
where her famous ancestor had lived during construction days and
then they were taken on a tour of the locks he had helped build. The
next day they were received by Gov. H. R. Parfitt at his office at
The Poster's are in Panama as part of a tour of Latin America on
a Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship awarded Poster by the Harvard
Graduate School of Design. An architect, Poster is spending his year
Mary Goethals with Governor H. R. Parfitt
Reprint Sept. 23
studying architectural design in Central and South America. They ar-
rived aboard a "Tica" bus from Costa Rica. They are using public
transportation and staying in small inns and hotels. They started out
on a bus from their home in Tucson, AR to Nogales, Mexico. From
there by train to Mexico City. The rest of the journey through Central
America has been made by bus.
Although other Goethal children and grandchildren have visited
the Canal Zone, Mary thinks she may be the first great-grandchild of
the famous builder to do so. Her father, George W. Goethals II and his
cousin Thomas Goethals, Jr., visited the Isthmus in July 1940. They
were students at college at the time. Two other grandsons, Henry and
Peter Goethals, spent several days here in July 1947.
Mary's grandfather, George Rodman Goethals, elder son of the
Canal builder and his brother Dr. Thomas R. Goethals of Boston, were
well known to thousands of oldtimers of the Canal construction period.
Her grandfather was best known because of his service with the Isth-
mian Canal Commission. He was known as "Young George", and was
one of three young lieutenants of the Corps of Engineers assigned to
the I.C.C. in 1908 soon after graduation from the Military Academy.
He served with the Canal until 1914.
Mary was born in Boston where she graduated from Radcliffe in
1969 and received her master's degree from Boston College. The fam-
ily still lives in that general area. Since 1973 she and her husband have
been making their home in Tucson where she teaches classes for
children with learning disabilities Sept. 23, 1977
TWO-PHASE School Merger Plan to End with Closing of Latin
American Schools Gov. H. R. Parfitt has announced that the Latin
American Schools will be closed on December 16, 1977. The closing of
the Latin American Schools is the final step in a two-phase plan for the
merger of the U.S. and Latin American School systems that was orig-
inally presented to the United States and Latin American Civic Coun-
cils and Labor Unions on November 10, 1975.
Phase One of the merger provided options for students from
grades K through 4 in the Latin American Schools to attend the U.S.
Schools in the Canal Zone or to attend schools in Panama. Phase Two
of the merger, students in grade 6 through 8 were given the same
choices described above.
A second step of Phase Two of the merger made provisions for
Latin American students completing grades 9 through 11 to be given
three choices: (1) To continue in the Latin American schools, (2) to
attend the Canal Zone U.S. schools, or (3) to attend school in Panama.
Continuation of the Latin American schools was contingent on suffi-
cient number of students electing to complete their education in the
Latin American schools.
A recent school preference survey was completed in the Latin
American schools and the results show that the majority, 201 students
or 69 percent of the total Latin American School population elected to
attend the Canal Zone U.S. schools.
The Latin American students completing grades 9 through 11 will
be provided an interim instructional program before entering the
Canal Zone U.S. schools on August 24, 1978. Teachers and Adminis-
trators from the Latin American schools and the U.S. schools are com-
pleting plans to assure an effective transition for all students
involved Sept. 30, 1977.
Edward H. Bensen Appointed Manager of T & T's Marine Bun-
kering Division In his new position, he will have the responsibility
of planning, budgeting and directing all of the division's activities. A
Florida native, Bensen attended the University of Florida where he
earned a 4-year degree in 21/2 years, graduating with honors in 1949.
After receiving his bachelor of science degree in education he taught
math and science at a junior high school in Hollywood, FL, for 3 years
before coming to the CZ to teach the same subjects at the Cristobal
After a year, he transferred to the Marine Bunkering Section as a
gager and foreman cribtender and then, in 1958, transferred again to
Marine Traffic Control. Bensen resigned in 1965 and returned to the
U.S. to work on his master's degree. Rehired by the Canal he was first
administrative assistant in the Marine Bunkering Section, Terminals
Division, then Transportation Operations Officer and, in 1976, was
promoted to assistant manager of the Bunkering Division. Since
March of this year, he has been the division's acting manager.
Bensen is active in many civic and fraternal organizations. He
lives in Margarita with his wife, Ethel Jeanne, an employee of the
Railroad Division. They have three sons: Jay, 27; Don, 26; and Chris,
21 Oct. 7, 1977.
World's largest Dipper Dredge added to fleet of Panama Canal's
watercraft The official acceptance ceremony on September 28 for
the world's largest dipper dredge, the RIALTO M. CHRISTENSEN,
was marked by pomp and ceremony at the Dredging Division in Gam-
boa. Among the 200 guests and Canal employees who attended the
dedication were the family of the late Mr. Christensen who, as Chief of
the Dredging Division's Operations Branch, played a major role in the
dredge's design, approval, and initial acquisition. The ceremony was
hosted by Acting Gov. Richard L. Hunt, who formally accepted the $6
million dredge for the Panama Canal Company from Masazo Tanaka,
Executive Director of Hakodate Dock Co., Ltd.
The Rialto M. Christensen will play a major role in on-going con-
struction dredging projects, such as deepening Gaillard Cut and
widening Gamboa Reach. Construction of the approximately 170-foot
by 70-foot dipper dredge was accomplished in 8 months, from October
1976 to June of this year. The Rialto M. Christensen is the largest in
the world in terms of production, speed and the size of the bucket.
The dredge is powered by two main diesel electric engines,
equipped with 2,150 horsepower a.c. and d.c. generators, and a small
auxiliary diesel engine and generator.
The dredge has a lifting capacity of 250,000 pounds, and the
15-cubic-yard bucket is capable of excavating 6 feet below the water
surface. It is designed to lower the bucket to the bottom, dredge full,
return to the surface, dump in the scow, and return to position in 60
The dredge's crew quarters feature a small galley with a hot
plate, refrigerator, combination heater and coffeemaker, and pantry
and storage area. There are two changing rooms, two showers, two
bathrooms, and separate accommodations for the captain and chief
engineer. These areas and the operator's cabs are air-conditioned.
At the elaborate christening and launching ceremony in Japan
last March, Paul L. Whitlock, Chief of the Dredging Division, and
Capt. Frank Halverson, project engineer for construction of the
dredge, represented the Canal. Halverson was in Japan for the entire
The Rialto M. Christensen replaces an obsolete dredge built in
1914. The Rialto M. Christensen is under the command of Capt. Earl
E. Mullins, and the engine room is under the supervision of Chief
Engineer Randall L. Deakins Oct. 14, 1977.
Reprint Oct. 14
The Cristobal Woman's Club celebrated its 70th anniversary on
September 27, and Jerri Wagner, at center, President at the General
Federation of Women's Clubs, was here to help celebrate the occasion.
At left is Phyllis Guilliams, President of the Cristobal Woman's Club,
and at right, Marilyn Hunt, wife of the Lieutenant Governor of the
Canal Zone and a guest at the celebration. They are holding the guest
register of soldiers who passed through the Isthmus on hospital ships
in 1917 and 1918 and ate at the Gilbert House, once the home of the
Cristobal Woman's Club. Founded in 1907, the club is the oldest on the
Isthmus Oct. 14, 1977.
FREE COPIES OF TREATY of the two Panama Canal treaties are
available. Write to your Senator at the Capital, Washington, D.C.
20510 and ask for Senate Doc. N 95-1 ..... October 14, 1977.
Norris Named To Top Job on Executive Planning Staff Hugh
A. Norris, whose first job with the Canal organization was on the locks
as a helper while he was still in high school, has been appointed Direc-
tor of the Executive Planning Staff. Norris was born and raised in the
Canal Zone. His father came to the Isthmus in 1918 and his mother
arrived in 1920. After graduation from Balboa High School in 1940
Norris attended CZ Junior College, then entered an electrical appren-
ticeship. After 2 years in the U.S. Army Air Corps Norris went to
Bradley University, where he completed a bachelor of arts in Business
Administration and a Master of Arts in economics. He taught at
Bradley for 3 years. In 1953 Norris returned to the Canal Zone where
he has held various positions in an executive capacity.
With 31 years of Government service, Norris says he still re-
members the thrill of being named the Company's first economist. For
a young man to find himself briefing the Board of Directors that he
had heard about all his life was, in his words, "like arriving in heaven".
Norris is active with the Boy Scouts Council, United Way and
Summit Golf Club. He is married to the former Ara Stewart, who is in
charge of inservice education for the Department of Nursing Services
at Gorgas Hospital. They have one son, James H. Norris, 26, a student
at the University of South Florida in Tampa Oct. 21, 1977.
Graphic Branch Entry Wins Award in 1977 Industrial Film Com-
petition The Graphic Branch of the Panama Canal Company won an
Honorable Mention in the 1977 Industrial Film Awards Competition
sponsored by Industrial Photography magazine.
The "Indy" award winner is a 1/2-hour long color and sound train-
ing film shot at Gatun Locks and entitled "Locks Overhaul 1976"
James E. Pattison, Chief of the Graphic Branch, said this is the first
award received for a completely in-house production. The Graphic
Branch received an award in 1972 for the film "Highway of Water",
which was filmed here but edited in the U.S. and narrated by Lowell
"Locks Overhaul 1976" was researched and written by Gilbert
M. Williams and narrated by Pattison. Robert S. Jennings and John F.
Shea were the cameramen and editors for the film and Carlos Mendez
was art director. The film was made at the request of Lawrence
Barca, Chief of the Locks Division, for use by his organization.
Thomas J. Hannigan, Locks Overhaul Engineer, acted as technical
The "Indy" competition is considered the Academy Award of the
commercial film industry ..... Oct. 21, 1977.
Portraits of Children by Former Zonian Published in New Book -
For people who love children and doesn't everyone but W. C.
Fields? The book These Special Ones, by ex-Zonian Lillia Monsanto
Dean, should be of interest.
The author is a 1933 graduate of Balboa High School, where she
edited the Parakeet, and was a member of the Canal Zone Junior
College's first graduating class in 1935. Her father, C. A. Monsanto,
was employed with the Motor Transportation Division here. She
worked for a time as a reporter for the Panama American, later grad-
uated from the University of Iowa School of Journalism. After a stint
as an advertising copywriter, she turned to professional photography.
It was from 35 years work in her studio in Iowa City, Iowa, that this
collection of children's portraits and accompanying verses on the es-
sence of childhood came. Some of the children portrayed are now
grown and have children of their own ..... Oct. 28, 1977.
BEAUTY IS A RING IN MY NOSE?
By Marvel Inglesias and Marjorie Vandevelde
V. Velde Press $5.00
When Marvel, the 105-pound blue-eyed brunette bride from
Michigan, went with her Kuna Indian husband Alcibiades (Lonnie)
Iglesias to live with his tribe on the San Bias Islands, she found herself
in a different world.
Even so close to the Panama Canal funnel of world commerce, the
Kunas lived in fierce isolation under a pre-Columbian culture. And, in
accepting Marvel they insisted, "IF you'd wear a nose ring, you'd be
Lonnie and Marvel opened the first school on Isle Ailigandi, blow-
ing a conch shell in lieu of a bell. Ninety boys came, without clothes or
names. (They don't KNOW they're naked, why should we tell them?")
The two teachers named the ninety for their old college friends, but
you can't pin names on bare skin and the next morning all had for-
gotten their names!
Huts crowding the islands have rats, bats, and scorpions in the
thatch roofs. ("We'll get the Kunas to help make cement blocks for a
new school, then they'll learn better construction.")
Lonnie ordered a Sears Roebuck hand-press, to make one block at
a time. But a volcano of angry superstition swept over the people.
(Didn't Lonnie know that making rocks was the devil's work?) Chiefs
called congress meetings to agitate against Lonnie's new idea. Con-
jurers dreamed dreams of great tidal waves, punishment for cement
Ring In My Nose San Bias Girl
The trader's boat unloaded a burro, first to be seen by the Indi-
ans; consternation filled them. Indians came on the run to peek at the
'fiercest animal', then fled in terror. Medicine men shouted, "You
women with the childbirth disease, don't you look at this long-eared
beast, or your babies will have its ears."
The Iglesias missionary-teachers reduced the spoken language to
writing, and translated the New Testament into Kuna.
... This book tells, for the first time, the experiences and adven-
tures of Lonnie and Marvel Iglesias with the Kuna Indians. At the
same time it puts down San Bias history of the era a background to
some of today's world interest in the Panama Canal region.
The postage-paid price for this soft-back book is $5.25, and if some
want books for gifts, we will be glad to mail to addresses furnished us.
(Will enclose a gift card if the purchaser will so specify.)
Marjorie Vandervelde for
V. Velde Press
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536
GET INTO A BOOK ABOUT THE CANAL ZONE:
Hindi Diamond, formerly the Canal Zone reporter for The
Panama American, and a new member of our society, is now gathering
information to be used in a book about people who lived and worked in
the Canal Zone. She has just started taping interviews, and would like
to hear from workers from different departments, housewives, etc.,
who have interesting incidents, stories or anecdotes to relate. She will
also need photos to show how Zonians lived, worked and played. The
period she is covering is from 1940 to 1965, but other reminisces are
also welcome. So far, she has spoken with Judge Crowe, ex-governor
Potter and Dr. Strumpf. If anyone has any personal stories regarding
these three officials, she would welcome hearing them. The book will
be published next year and should have wide circulation and a mass
U.S. reading audience.
Please write to her: 7250 S. W. 126th St., Miami, FL 33156, or if
you wish, call her collect at home (305) 235-1929 if you would like to
speak to her personally to discuss your material. She is planning to
make a trip to St. Petersburg later in the year, and will be happy to
interview anyone who is interested in giving their impressions,
stories, reminisces of their years in the Zone.
The Class of 1968 BHS is scheduling a reunion to celebrate
the 10th Anniversary of their graduation. The reunion is scheduled
the first or second week of August 1978 in the Canal Zone and Panama
unless the Treaty should make it necessary to relocate to Florida. We
have a great weekend planned so be sure to attend. All interested
graduates or anyone knowing the whereabouts of same are to please
contact: Rae Donaldson Hannigan, Box 2679, Balboa, CZ; Frances
Stabler Meyer, Box 1136, Balboa, CZ; or Christine Mitten, Box 98 Bal-
boa Heights, CZ.
Canal Pastor and Wife on Another Mid-East Journey As many
of the Canal people may remember, Pastor and Mrs. Beeby of the
First Baptist Church have taken numerous journeys to the Mid-East
and Holy Land. On April 24-May 14 they are due to take another 21
day Holy Land Study Tour adding this year a more extensive journey
into Egypt and Jordan. This year's cost is below the cost of similar
tours being offered.
Pastor Beeby and his wife have been at First Baptist Church,
Balboa Heights, for over 31 years, and in recognition of his "mission-
ary promotion" for these years he received an honorary doctor's
degree from Shennandoah Bible College two or three years ago.
Some of our Canal Zone Society members may like to join them in
this year's most exciting journey. You may write to Dr. and Mrs.
William Beeby, Box B, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone to receive a de-
tailed brochure and application forms. Do it soon, so that they may
know how many places to reserve on their journey.
The Beebys have recently organized a Berean Overseas Mission
work to which they intend in 1978 to dedicate most of their time. It
may just be that Florida will be their base of operation after mid-1978.
You can get on their "mailing list" for latest mission and Canal Treaty
information by just requesting your address be added.
The 1978 Balboa Union Church calendars aren't here yet, but I
want you to know that they will be $1.75. As you know the cost of
paper and printing have gone up. Please send a check to cover your
Balboa, Canal Zone
1 Calendar with postage $2.14
2 Calendars with postage $4.11
3 Calendars with postage $6.19
1 Calendar with postage $2.52
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TELEPHONE 813 955 3363 R or ssocat ] AFTER HOURS 955 8630
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Hanners
A 50th wedding anniversary dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L.
Hanners of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Beverly, was held at the
home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Howard W.
Hanners of Medfield, Massachusetts.
In attendance were the couple's daughter, Priscilla and her hus-
band, Richard Johnson of Denver, CO; grandchildren, John and
Steven Hanners of Medfield; a brother, Roger W. Hanners and his
wife, Florence; a niece, Asenath and her husband Alien G. Torsey and
their children, David and Mark, all of Beverly.
The couple were married in Beverly on September 24, 1927. They
resided in Beverly until 1941 when they moved to Cristobal, Canal
Zone. They retired in 1964, and moved to St. Petersburg, FL. CON-
GRATULATIONS Dorothy and Ralph!
AND CONGRATULATIONS TO:
Mary and Fred Hatchett, 630 Bay View Drive, Aptos, California,
who gathered with 150 guests for a dinner and dance to celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary. The Hatchetts were married in Colon on
April 23, 1927. Fred retired as lockmaster, Pacific Locks, in 1960 and
they have resided in Aptos since 1965.
The party was hosted by the couple's three children, Patricia
Thomas, Barbara Jackson and George. Among the guests were
Mary's sisters and brothers, William Heim of Washington, DC,
Charles Heim of Carson, Lois Cotton and Frances Hennessey of Fair-
field Bay, AR, Snooky McCullough of Sarasota, Louise Saum of St.
Petersburg Beach, FL, Jeanne Kalander of Huntington Beach and
Fred's sister and niece of Cordele, GA. All grandchildren and great-
grandchildren were there with the exception of one grandson who
lives in Australia.
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Shelia McMamee Taylor of Bradenton was hired as a life guard at
Gatun at the age of 13 years while a 9th grade student and employed
for two and a half years. Then income tax had to be filed so Shelia was
fired in June and re-hired in September on her 16th birthday. Mrs.
Warren R. McNamee, Shelia's mother wants to know if anyone was
ever hired at a younger age than Shelia???
Retirement is that time in life when you are busier than ever
doing the things you've waited all these years to do.
Mr. Thomas W. Barnes
Mrs. Aloha L. Baumbach
Miss Margaret C. Brenneman
Mr. Austin J. Byrd, Jr.
Mr. Thornton H. Carlisle
Mr. Norman W. Gott
Mr. Robert C. Herrington
Mrs. Elain E. Heyd
Mr. James T. Howard
Mrs. Edna J. Hummer
Mr. Lyle V. Jenkins
Mr. Sidney Kaufman
Mrs. Nora J. Linck
Mr. Joseph E. Lowe
Mr. Michael Lubrano
Mr. John Maxwell McCoy
Mr. Robert E. McCullough
Mr. Walton G. McGee
Mr. Van Neil Morgan
Mr. Arnold G. Pope
Mrs. Clara A. Prestridge
Mr. Lawrence Rachal
Mr. Richard L. Sewell
Mr. De Leon Tschumy
Mr. Harry Van Loon
10/8 Gorgas Hospital
10/10 Board of Local Inspector,
8/11 Transit Operations
8/6 Coco Solo Hospital
10/5 Canal Zone College
9/30 Executive Planning Staff
9/30 Port Captain, Balboa
7/11 Port Captain, Balboa
1978 DUES ARE NOW PAYABLE $10.00
Miss Susan B. Cross and Gary W. Tochterman were married Sat-
urday, June 18, 1977 in Langdon, New Hampshire. Rev. Leslie R. Row
officiated. Parents of the bride are Col. (Ret) and Mrs. Carlton Cross
of Langdon, New Hampshire, former residents of Albrook Air Force
Base. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George R.
Tochterman ot Corozal, Canal Zone. A reception followed at the Indian
Shutter Inn at Walpole. The couple travelled to Vermont and Wiscon-
sin on their honeymoon and will make their home in Hampton, New
Hampshire. The newlyweds are graduates of Balboa High School
Class of 1973. Mrs. Tochterman graduated in May from New Hamp-
shire University and Mr. Tochterman graduated in May from Rhode
Island University with a degree in Accounting and Business. He is as-
sociated with Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm in Boston, Mass.
Miss Loraina Mae Landreth, daughter of the late A. J. Landreth
and Loraine Landreth of Bandera, Texas became the bride of Richard
Marvin O'Neill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick N. O'Neill, of Amarillo,
Texas on June 4, 1977 at the First Baptist Church, Bandera, Texas.
The bride is studying Special Education at the University of Texas at
San Antonio. The groom is studying Psychology at St. Mary's Univer-
sity in San Antonio.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Marvin O'Neill
Mr. and Mrs. John A. McLain of Sarasota announce the marriage
of their daughter, Judy Ann, to Gerard Saucier, on August 12, 1977 at
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The bride graduated from Cristobal High
School, Class of 1971, and from New Mexico State College, magna cum
laude in 1975. She is presently enrolled at the University of North
Carolina studying for her Masters. The groom is the son of Dr. and
Mrs. Walter Saucier of Raleigh, North Carolina and is on the Library
staff at the University. Out-of-town guests with Mr. and Mrs. McLain
were the bride's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas
McLain of Evanston, Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Peter Collins
Bonnie Jean Cowell and Joseph Peter Collins were married at 3
P.M. October 9, 1977 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville, L.I.,
NY. Pastor Charles Frochlich officiated at the ceremony. Bonnie is the
daughter of Paul and Martha Cowell of Hicksville, L.I., NY. The
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Collins of Westbury, NY.
Bridesmaid was sister of the bride, Susan Cowell. Best man was John
Collins, brother of the groom. A reception followed at Coral House,
Baldwin, NY. The bride and groom left the reception in a limousine
that played "Here Comes The Bride".
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Mrs. Florence C. Berude of Laguna Hills and Martin A. Seiler of
West Los Angeles were married July 30 in the Lutheran Church of
the Cross, Laguna Hills. They were attended by the bride's
granddaughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Noble, Jr. of
Cypress, CA in the presence of a few intimate friends with Rev. F.
Elwood Moreland officiating. Mrs. Seiler was graduated from North-
ern Illinois University and is presently employed in the Saddleback
Hospital and Medical Center laboratories. Seiler holds a master's
degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.
Mrs. Gertrude Lambert Carriker and Mr. Robert Lloyd Blaney
announce their marriage on Saturday, the tenth of September, 1977 in
Charlotte, North Carolina. The Blaney's are at home at 2 Imperial
Court, Mount Pleasant, NC.
Miss Teresa Christine Eggleston became the bride of Paul
Fredric Mueller on August 20th, noon at St. John's Catholic Church,
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Father Thomas Davitt officiated at the
double-ring ceremony. Following the ceremony a reception was held
at the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club. The bride is the
daughter of Mrs. D. Maurice Eggleston, and the late Mr. Eggleston.
She was graduated from Florida State University and the University
of South Florida. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay F.
Mueller, Orlando, Florida. He was graduated from St. Petersburg
Junior college and the University of Florida. He is employed by
Wallingford, Flavin & Fox & Co., certified public accountants. They
will reside in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Paul Fredric Mueller
Mrs. Larry Joseph Rubert
Ellen Lee Fenton and Larry Joseph Rupert were married August
20, 1977 in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Kensington, Virginia.
Father Floyd Adams, Jr. officiated at the 3 P.M. double-ring service of
marriage. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Fenton,
Sr. of Lexington, VA. Parents of the bridegroom are Mr. and Mrs.
Howard E. Rupert of Vandergrift. The evening wedding reception
was held in the CIO Hall, Leechburg. The bride is a graduate of
Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree.
She is now doing graduate work at IUP and is employed as a vocal
music teacher for Kiski Area School District on elementary and
secondary level. The bridegroom received a Bachelor of Arts degree
from the University of Pittsburgh and elementary certification from
Edinboro State College. He is employed by the Kiski Area School
District as an elementary teacher. The couple honeymooned in West
Virginia and now reside at 326 Harrison Ave., Vandergrift.
Mrs. Willa M. Wohler of Springfield, Missouri, and Herbert O.
Engelke of Bentonville, Arkansas announce their marriage. The cere-
mony took place at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rogers, Ar-
kansas on September 21, 1977. Mr. and Mrs. Engelke are planning
a honeymoon trip to the Canal Zone in November. The Engelkes now
reside at 3606 South Broadway, Springfield, MO 65807.
Mrs. Allena McHan and Michael James Kelley announce their
marriage. The couple were married on September 24, 1977 at 3:00 P.M.
at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Seminole, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Knox of Sarasota, Florida wish to an-
nounce the marriage of their son, Mahlon Stanton Knox of Houston,
Texas to Judy Ann Marrison, also of Houston, on October 29, 1977.
Mrs. Marian Armstrong and Edwin F. Witthofft announce their
marriage. The ceremony was held July 9, 1977 at St. Peter's Chapel in
Dellwood, Missouri. The reception followed at the home of Marian's
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Max Weich.
Miss Linda Ann Beard and Frederick Stephen Baumbach were
married July 29, 1977 in Eastside Baptist Church, Mulberry, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Beard of Sara-
sota and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B.
Baumbach of Balboa, Canal Zone. Maid of honor was her sister, Lucy
Mae Beard. Best man was Michael D. Denney of Lakeland. The couple
will live in Lakeland.
Lieutenant Colonel and Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston, Jr. announce
the birth of their fourth child and second son, William Albert, on July
28 at the U.S. Army Hospital at West Point, New York, Colonel
Eggleston was graduated from the Command and General Staff
College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in June and is now serving as an
instructor of Mathematics at the United States Military Academy,
West Point, New York.
Baby Girl Dana Coleman was born October 11, 1977 to Kathy
(Hoyle) and Terry Coleman of Oceanside, California. Proud maternal
grandparents are Rita and Warner Hoyle of St. Petersburg and Rhode
Island. Grandmother Rita has gone out to California to help care for
Kimberly, Dana's big sister.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Griffin (Muriel Kirk) announce the birth of
their second son, Scott Mitchell, born October 14, 1977 in Springfield,
Ohio. The proud maternal grandparents are Fred and Jean (Holmelin)
Kirk. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Griffin of
Springfield, Ohio. The great-grandparents are: Mrs. Pauline Holmelin
of St. Petersburg and Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Kirk, Sr. of Oxnard,Califor-
nia. Scott joins his older brother, Stephen, who is six years old.
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Pendleton (Rebecca Anne Tabert) of Provo,
Utah, announce the birth of their first child, a son, Richard Matthew,
on August 30, 1977. Maternal grandparents are Maria and Herbert
Tabert, formerly of Gamboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hack announce the birth, on August 29, 1977,
of their first grandchild, Rebecca Mary Salaban. Parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Peter Salaban (Mary Beth Hack) of Glenview, Illinois.
Janet and Ross Cunningham of St. Petersburg, Florida have
three new grandchildren. Their daughter, Linda Sue Walker of
California has her second daughter, Elizabeth Kate, born April 1977,
(and Anjanette Walker is 7 years old). Tom and Chris Cunningham of
Denver, Colorado, adopted a son, Benjamin Ross in late August. His
birthday was December, 1976. Ed and Judi Cunningham of St.
Petersburg, adopted a newborn Suzanne Michelle, born in October,
1977. (Big sister is Jennifer, age 9.)
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Antin (Sarah Runnestrand) of North
Brunswick, New Jersey announce the birth of their first child a son,
Jesse Eric, on August 20, 1977. Maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Runnestrand of Winter Park, Florida are so proud of their first
grandchild and await his first visit with them this Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. John Raymond Barrett (Jaye Thompson) of 1485
Betty Court, Orange Park, Florida 32073 announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, Jayme Ann born October 30, 1977, at 2:19 P.M.
Jayme Ann weighed in at 6 pounds 1 ounce and measured 191/2 inches
long. Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Bonnie Thompson Wilson of the
Canal Zone and Mr. James M. Thompson of Girardeau, Missouri;
maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Kleasner of
Gulfport, Florida. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Helen M. Barrett of
Jacksonville and paternal great grandmother is Mrs. Susanna G.
Kotalik, also of Jacksonville, Florida.
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1e announce the beats of tie following:
Mr. Lawrence Adler, 88, died on June 25, 1977 in Panama. He
went there in 1912 and was employed by the Locks Division where he
remained until retirement in 1945. He had many business interests in
Panama. He is survived by his widow, Helen, one daughter, Mrs.
Blanche A. Browne, two grandchildren, Mrs. Landis Major and A.
Mrs. M. R. [Ruth] Alexander of 3922 Townsend Blvd., Jackson-
ville, FL died October 7, 1977. She resided in the Canal Zone from
1915 to 1950. She was a member of the Arlington Woman's Club,
National Pen Women, Order bf the Eastern Star Chapter 222, and the
Arlington Home Extension. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. H. R.
(Reba) Higginbotham; a son, Milo R. Alexander; 13 grandchildren and
Funeral services were held August 27, 1977 for Dr. James
Bryant, Jr. in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Bryant was a practicing sur-
geon and gynecologist since 1928 until his retirement several years
ago. Dr. Bryant was chief resident surgeon at the Gorgas Hospital
some years ago. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Annie B. Williams
of Nashville, GA and Mrs. Henrietta Blackburn of Panama City, FL.
George E. Coleman, 77, of 5409 14th Ave. So., Gulfport, died
Tuesday, October 18, 1977. He retired from the Industrial Division in
January 1962 with 22 years service for the Panama Canal Company.
He is survived by his wife Agnes; two daughters, Carol Masino,
Washington, DC and Agnes Eastwood, Inverness; a son, George E.
Jr., Bordentown, NJ; a brother and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Hilda G. Crouch, 81, of 1412 26th Ave. W., Bradenton, died
October 26, 1977. Mrs. Crouch moved to Bradenton nine years ago
from the Canal Zone. She was a member of our society for many years.
She is survived by a son, Harlan P., Safety Harbor; two daughters,
Mrs. Max Sanders (Jean), Inverness, and Mrs. Lois C. Reeder,
Sonoma County, CA; three sisters, Lois Magner and Frances Greene
of Bradenton, and Arlee Wattam, Little Rock; 12 grandchildren, and
Mrs. Cherry Robb deGrummond, well known member of the
Canal Zone community during the early construction days, died
August 22, one month before her 94th birthday, at North Hollywood,
California, where she made her home for many years. Mrs. deGrum-
mond came to the Isthmus from Houston, TX in 1906 as a teacher in
the early Canal Zone schools. Her husband, John Raymond, was chief
commissary accountant of the Panama Canal at the time of his retire-
ment in 1933. She is survived by a son, John R. deGrummond, retired
Panama Canal Treasurer of Hollywood, California; a daughter, Madge
Freese and son, Lyle, of North Hollywood; three grandchildren and 2
Bryan M. Duff, son of Malcolm Lorne Duff and Susan Bryan Duff,
died in Rochester, NY on September 4, 1977. His parents were
Isthmian construction workers. Bryan was born in the old Colon Hos-
pital on November 9, 1910. At one time he was employed by the
Dredging Division on the Canal Zone. In 1956 he went to New York,
worked for the Police Department and later worked for the Postal
Department and retired for disability in 1976 from the U.S. Govern-
ment service. He is survived by an adopted daughter, E. Antionette
Warren of Richmond, VA; by his sister Catherine V. (Tede) Lyng of
Rochester, NY; nieces and grand nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Mary Weir Ewing, 69, passed away October 1, 1977 at her
home in Dunedin, Florida. She was a retired employee of the Payroll
Section of the Panama Canal and retired in 1966 with 30 years service.
Mary was a 50-year member of the OES Gatun, Canal Zone. She is
survived by her son James, two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Montanye,
Fairhope, AL and Mrs. Jessie Degenaar of Dunedin.
Mrs. Helena Fitch passed away in California on July 25, 1977 at
the age of 101 years. Lena was the widow of Fred R. Fitch, and a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for many years.
The death of T. W. Harrison of San Diego, California occurred
Saturday, September 24, 1977. He was a Roosevelt Medal Holder and
went to Canal Zone in 1906. He is survived by wife, Mary Calvit
Harrison, daughter Mrs. Gertrude Gibson, son, Harry Harrison of the
Canal Zone, and sister, Mrs. Evelyn Schulz of River Forest, Illinois,
besides several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was the
brother of the deceased Charles P. Harrison of Palmetto, Florida.
Mrs. Lenore Hartshorne, widow of E. C. Hartshorne died on
August 18, 1977, in Seattle, Washington. She had a stroke on July
11th and was in a Convalescent Center. She was a resident of Pedro
Miguel for over 30 years and her home on Miraflores Street was well
known for its gardens and tropical landscape. She was a nurse at
Gorgas Hospital before her marriage.
Word has been received that Mr. James Everett Jacobs, 92, past
Chief Chemist of the Gorgas Hospital died September 12, 1977.
Mrs. Lucille Judd, 77, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died Sunday,
October 16, 1977, in Washington Township, NJ. Lucille was an ac-
countant and worked in the Building; a past matron of Orchid Chapter
No. 1 OES; and past Secretary/Treasurer of the Panama Canal Soci-
ety of Florida. She is survived by two daughters, Catherine
Rathgeber of Glassboro, NJ, and Dorothy Yates Judd of Andover,
Mass; a son, Roy D. Searcy of Bridge City, Texas; four grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Charles McRaven of Route 2, Box 49, Foley, Alabama 36535,
died in his sleep October 30, 1977. Mr. McRaven had suffered a heart
attack a week or so before his death. He is survived by his wife,
Mr. Leonard L. Miesse, 8201 NE 94th Ave., Vancouver, Wash-
ington passed away suddenly October 8, 1977. Mr. Miesse retired 25
January 1974 from the Locks Division with 30 years of service.
Leonard had just joined the Panama Canal Society in January 1977.
He is survived by his widow Evelyn R.
Mrs. Phyllis [Milliken] Milkey, 71, of 801 Fairway Ave., Turners
Falls, Massachusetts passed away recently. She was educated in the
Canal Zone where she spent her early life. She was a resident of New
Zealand for the past six years, settling in Greenville, MA this year.
Phyllis leaves her husband, Ernest N. Milkey.
Mrs. Martha E. Minnix, 89, passed away 29 September 1977. Mrs.
Minnix had lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for 21 years after having
lived in the Canal Zone for many years. She was past worthy matron
for OES, Canal Zone and a member of Rebekah Lodge and a member
of our Society. She is survived by two granddaughters, Virginia
Rodgers of St. Petersburg, and Sharon Burton of Umatilla; nine
great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Albert Lisle Pope passed away on July 3, 1977 at a nursing home
in Cumberland, Maryland. He had been ill for a long time. Mr. Pope
retired from the Mechanical Division in Balboa in 1962 with over 17
years service. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Canal Zone and
Keyser, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Bessie L. Pope; one
son, Darwin Pope of Margarita, Canal Zone; one daughter, Beatrice
Nichols of Keyser; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Blance Provost passed away at Long Beach Memorial Hos-
pital, Long Beach, CA, on August 25, 1977. She is survived by her
husband, Lt. Eugene Provost, Jr., a son, Robert G. Provost, Torrance,
CA, and a daughter, Lolita Provost Packard, of Long Beach, and five
Mrs. Leonore Schwab passed away July 24, 1977 in Hamilton,
Ohio. She was a concert singer, a graduate of Conservatory of Music
of Cincinnati and the College of Music, Chicago. She visited on the
Canal Zone and attended our reunions for many years with her sister
and only survivor, Mrs. Arthur C. Plath (Marie).
Mr. Robert Joseph Straus, 74, died September 4, 1977 in Bur-
bank, California, where he moved two months ago from St. Peters-
burg, FL, where he had lived for the past 10 years. He was a retired
machinist lock operator from the Panama Canal Zone; a member of
our Panama Canal Society of Florida for many years; a 50-year
member of Western Star Lodge F&AM, Youngstown, Ohio; and a
founder of the Hamadan Grotto in the Canal Zone. He is survived by
his wife Ruth L.; four daughters, Mary Hollowell of the Canal Zone,
Dorothy Romeyn of Medford, OR, Margaret Edwards of Burbank, and
Ida Gifford of St. Petersburg; a brother, Charles; a sister, Mabel
Burke, both of Youngstown; 11 grandchildren; and three great-
Mr. Joseph Cullen Turner, 69, died on September 7, 1977, at
Hattiesburg, MS. He was Treasurer of the Panama Canal Company
from 1952 until his retirement in 1966. He is survived by his wife, the
former Alice McIntosh of Hattiesburg; a son, Dr. John M. Turner,
Hattiesburg; a daughter, Mrs. J. S. (Nancy) Blesse of Wurzburg, Ger-
many; three grandchildren, and a brother, John M. Turner of Bethes-
Merlin B. Yocum, 60, of Largo, Florida, died Saturday, October
22, 1977. Merlin retired from the Panama Canal Company as a cargo
officer. He was a member of the Chagres Lodge AF&FM, Balboa, CZ,
the Largo Shrine Club and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He is
survived by his wife, Marion E.; a daughter Jane M.; two brothers,
Ernest of Largo and Harry, of Akron, Ohio and one granddaughter.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
Aiews thom ..
Dean L. Kelly, Gamboa We were in the states this summer to
attend our sons' graduations. Raymond graduated from the U.S. Mer-
chant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York on June 20th and
Jonathan graduated from The National River Academy of the U.S.A.
at Helena, Arkansas on August 19th. We enjoy receiving the Canal
"Mim" and Mel Smith, Balboa It is our turn to say "goodbye" to
the Canal Zone and our few friends that will remain for awhile. Really
hate the thought of packing and leaving after being here 30 years.
During those years we raised two sons, enjoyed bowling and golfing,
and parties at the Balboa Elks Lodge 1414. On December 15th we will
be one of the passengers on the Pan-Canal ship our poodle and
Siamese cat too. We will drive from there to Florida visiting the
Herman Wakems in Milton; Bob and Genie Coffey in Altamonte
Springs and Russ and Dorothy Hoogland in Largo. We plan to rent in
the Largo or Seminole area. Our youngest son, Russell and wife
Phyllis who live in Williamsport, Pa. are parents of a lovely daughter,
Jennifer. Son Bill, who is in the Air Force at Denver, and his wife
Carol (nee Saarinen), had a visit from "Smitty" in August. He attend-
ed the Senior Golf Tournament at Colorado Springs. While there he
saw Bill LaBrun. I am still coaching the young peoples' league
(bowling) until the end of November. I will miss this and my regular
bowling league. I was honored as "Bowler of the Year" and "Hall of
Honor". In April and May I will bowl in the Nationals to be held in
Marguerite and Adrien Bouche, Balboa Two of the original
Canal Zone brats want to say Hi and a Merry Christmas and a Good
New Year to all. We hope to go back north in the spring. Adrien, Jr.
and wife, Jean, are in Guam on a visit to Adrien III and family. George
and family are well; also Marguerite Bouche Budreau, husband Bob
and daughter Lynn.
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held their yearly picnic on
Saturday, September 17th at Blue Springs, Alabama (about 35 miles
north of Dothan). Approximately 70 members and guests attended
the picnic. We had enough food to feed twice that many. Mrs.
Henrietta Baggott and her daughter and family joined us. They are
now living in Ozark, AL. A good time was had by all.
The "Gas House Gang" of Cristobal held an Invitational Golf
Tournament at the Olympia Spa in Dothan to honor the memory of
Jimmy Wainio. It was a three day affair with members, brothers, sis-
ters and friends. Jean and Bob Wainio flew in from the Canal Zone,
Juan Pucci from Costa Rica, Red and Elsie Willett from Manito, Illi-
nois, Fred and Jean (Holmelin) Kirk from Springfield, Ohio, Nita and
Al Collins from Georgia and Fred Huldquist from the Canal Zone.
Kelly Wainio and her two daughters Beth and Jodie participated.
Florida was represented by "Pos" Parker, Irl Sanders and Bill
Wheeler, the senior citizen. The Committee was Lois and Bud
Thomas, Rosemary and Frank Anderson.
Muriel (Moore) and Mac McGriff celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary on the 24th of September. They were honored at a lovely
reception hosted by their children Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis of
Columbus, Georgia, Mr. and Mrs. Corbin McGriff of Jackson, Missis-
sippi and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McGriff of Dothan and by their eight
grandchildren. About 100 guests attended the affair.
Mrs. Mildred (Gilbert) Patton of Dunnellon, FL visited with
Catherine and Eddie Filo for about 10 days. She was joined by her sis-
ter Mary Urey from Cristobal. Mary stayed with Maggie and Johnny
Janssen. While in Dothan, Mary looked for a home as she and Johnny
plan to retire in April. We sure hope she decides on Dothan as we
have been friends for so many years. Mildred was visiting with her
daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren (the Michael Bashams)
who are now living in Enterprise, AL.
Molly and Bill Edmondson of Orlando, FL visited overnight with
Margaret and Jack Hern. It was sure good to see them again. They
both look so great.
Jack and Grace Morris of Pinellas Park, FL visited with Ann and
Bob Lawyer. While here they were joined by Elsie Woodruff, their
sister, who was looking at the possibility of buying a home here.
The following families have bought homes here and are now set-
tled: Dr. Russell Pierson and his mother, Florence; Curtis and
Gertrude (Joustra) Mullins and their 4 children; Louise and Joe Hunt.
We welcome them and are happy they have chosen Dothan as their
future home. Joan and Charlie Belden have bought but they will not
retire until the end of the year. Arlene Abbott also bought a home
here but has returned to the Canal Zone until she retires.
I hope that all members are writing letters to their senators and
congressmen against the ratification of the treaty. We should write
especially to those who are for the treaty. Keep those letters going.
May the joy of Christmas be with all of you throughout the New
Edmund R. and Grace E. Mac Vittie, Sun City Our annual trek
east during the month of May was enjoyable. In San Antonio we called
Peg and HH Zipperman by telephone. Saw Peg and George Hickman
who were at Quarry Heights during the later part of the War. They
have been in the hardware and banking business and are now thinking
about retirement. In Austin, we visited the hospitable Elicks who are
now real Texans. Ruth has her license to sell real estate. Bart is
enjoying golfing and being chauffeur for the family. Tito is doing well
at school and Debbie is in college nearby and enjoying it very much.
Saw the Schroeders, Coyles and others while there. In Roanoke, we
saw Frances Moomaw, retired principal of Margarita Schools, who is
doing well but still has to use a chair cane to move around the apart-
ment, but she is as active as ever. Claude Aycock stopped by for a few
hours on her way home from a trip up north. In DC, we visited with
Glen and Dorothy Hofto who worked in the Engineering Division
prior to the War. He is retired from the Army, also from construction
work, so they are taking it easy in Arlington. Glen was with the
Company during 1939 and 1940, and served under Louis Moore and
Frank Irwin. While in the east, I participated in the NY Seniors Golf
tournaments and visited with Bob and Pete Johnson. Carl and Blanche
Browne came by for a week so we enjoyed talking, bridging, and golf-
ing. The Eddie Jones came over from their cottage and we had a fine
time. Saw Mortimer and Cynthia Prince in Ithaca and will also see
them in late September when we return for another Architectural
College reunion. Missed the Hayes as they have now deserted the
Pennsylvania Mountains and are somewhere in Florida. In early
spring we saw the Browders and O'Learys in San Diego and the
Browders' new home which Arthur was able to find for them. They
are looking well. Art is still selling real estate but still has time to
enjoy friends with Ora.
Dan and Ellen Rambo, Kingman Well Howdy Everybody.
Things have been a mite rugged with us here this past year, as on
March 31st, the little woman (Ellen) while going down the back steps
got her feet tangled up and went sailing out into the wild blue yonder
and busted her ankle in three places on the port side. This necessitated
me being brought out of retirement and back to active duty in a rather
unpleasant sort of way. I became the cook, the gardner, housemaid
and laundry boy, and head nurse for quite a spell. At this time, how-
ever, she is coming along fine except that she still has swelling in that
foot and cannot wear a shoe for any length of time. When winter
arrives she may have to wear one of my hunting boots on that foot but
that will be O.K. as I do have an extra pair of boots. Our very best
wishes to all.
The year in our area has been a busy one, full of visitors and
visiting, canning and freezing. With the quick change, from hot to cold
weather, rain bringing out the gorgeous fall colors, we are now ready
to settle down to toast our toes by the fire. But before we "dig in" as
it were, we all enjoyed luncheon and business meeting of the Pan
Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas. This was attended by 65
ex-Canal Zonians and their guests on Sunday, October 9th and was
presided over by President Bud Balcer.
Elections resulted in Bud Balcer and Mrs. Charlotte McCue re-
taining their positions as President and Secretary-Treasurer, respec-
tively, with Lee Butz relinquishing her post as reporter for a couple of
years, to Alice Nail of Rogers.
An excellent documentary film of the Canal Zone was shown,
through the courtesy of the Colclasures. Suggestions from the floor
emphasized the urgent need for immediate contact with State Sena-
tors to "Keep the Canal".
Guests were introduced, including Mrs. Jean (David) Gibson,
formerly from Albrook, C.Z., her mother, Mrs. Eunice Rahtz of
Fayetteville, Jack Corliss of Margarita, C.Z., and Buckeye Swearinger.
Mrs. Gibson stated that she would be living with her mother while her
husband, U.S. Air Force, was in Korea until June, 1978. Jack Corliss
has been working on his new home on Table Rock Lake near Kimber-
ling City in Missouri. Buckeye has been his right hand man! Good to
As a roving reporter (via Southwestern Bell!!) your Arkansas
newshound learned that Dr. Jack DeVore was voted one of the Out-
standing Men in America in 1977 as well as one of the most Outstand-
ing Young Alumni of Kansas State College of Pittsburg, Kansas! The
DeVores purchased a Baretta Runabout boat, 15 foot long and spent
an enjoyable summer of fishing, skiing and exploring the lakes in the
area. Congratulations, Jack we're mighty proud of you!
Carl and Petie Maedl drove to Minnesota in July to enjoy a re-
union with their families. Both of their daughters, Pat and Pam, and
their families were there. Pam, Vince and the three Gutowski children
have now moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where Vince has a
teaching fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh and is pursuing
further graduate studies. In August, the Maedls traveled west, and
Petie attended the International Lutheran Women's convention at
Laramie, WY, while Carl visited a sister in Washington and attended
a family wedding. In October, Carroll (Andy) and Shirley Anderson of
Dunellon, FL, visited them in Springdale for a few days.
Charlie and Gloria Malsbury of Springdale took a trip throughout
southeastern Missouri and northern Arkansas driving through the
Clark national Forest, viewing the glowing autumn foliage. They
attended several Folk Festivals and Art and Craft Shows. In Novem-
ber, they plan to attend the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas
Ralph and Marie Shuey from Neosho just returned from a 5 week
auto trip through the New England states. They visited with Claire
Ogden in Pittsfield, MA, Mrs. Delta Sampsell in Frederick, MD, Mrs.
Helen Fischer, her daughter, Joanne and husband in Cookeville, TN,
T.G. and Ruth Madden in California, KY and Mrs. Neoma Compton in
Mt. Carmel, IL. What fun to see all of these friends!
Roy and Evelyn Shuey are leaving in their new Mini-home for
Florida and Arizona for the winter.
Betty McGilberry of Rogers has recently sold her home on Beaver
Lake and bought a smaller one in town.
Robert and Virginia Hursh of Fayetteville were delighted to
greet their guests, Al and Ruth France, Mesa, AR, whose visit just
happened to coincide with the annual fall dinner of the Canal Zone
Society of NWARK! Al was in the Zone during the 60 cycle electrical
conversion program, working for the Navy and later, for an Electrical
Contractor. Ruth was employed by the Schools Division.
Bates Weiman announced the retirement of her son, Fred
Huldquist, who was on terminal leave. He played in a golf tournament
which was held in memory of Jimmy Wainio, in Dothan, AL. Fred flew
up to get Bates to take her to Seminole, FL to show her his new home to
which Janie and he will retire on December 15th. Betty and Bud
Huldquist also spent two weeks in June with Bates and expect to retire
to Dothan, AL on January 4, 1978. Happy days to you all!
The Mike Burtons enjoyed visits throughout the summer from
their children; Walter Brown from Merritt Island, FL; Minnie's broth-
er, Jack, Gloria and son, Allan of North Port, N.Y.; daughter Nancy
Crooks Koepplinger of Tucson, AZ, and son Sgt. Major Bob Crooks,
Mike's son, Mike, Jr. and his family also dropped in.
Minnie and Mike then took off on a trek to Ft. Campbell, KY. to
see Bob, on to Georgia to visit Mike's nephew and his family, return-
ing via Brandon, MS to spend some time with Mike, Jr. and his family.
Luke and Frances Palumbo had a double bonus this summer
when they visited their daughter, Sara, in Tacoma, Wa. Two Canal
Zone reunions were held within a week of each other; one in Tacoma
and one in Vancouver, Wa. What a wonderful time they had!
Luke, Marilyn Marsh and Dick Bjorneky made the Seattle Times
in pictures and news when a reporter from that newspaper inter-
viewed them at the Tacoma reunion, on the Canal situation. (Editor's
note: People in the States are at last awakening to where and what
the Canal Zone is no?)
Bob and Catherine Lessiack, while on a brief vacation away from
home in Kerrville, Tx., delighted Alice and "Red" Nail with an
impromtu but short visit. Talk flew fast and it was difficult to fully
cover the many years since they were last together.
Frances Whitlock spoke of her volunteer work in tutoring reme-
dial reading with the schools as a memorial to her son, Ed, who was
working on his doctorate at the University of New Mexico in Clinical
Psychology. She also has been tutoring in Math and Spanish. Visitors
included Andree Lee [Whitlock] Collins, St. Louis, Mo. and Jacqueline
[Whitlock] Stringer from Mishawaka, In., who is now employed as
Administrative Assistant to South Bend Medical Center. To top it off,
Minnie Burton and Frances took a Trailways bus to St. Louis, Mo. to
spend a week helping with the graduation party for Francis Collins
who won three honors, two in Art and one in Music! Fantastic!
In July, Lee and Harry Butz, Sr. had to fly to Panama on an
emergency call because of the ill health of Harry's father, Leonard, 93
years old. Bronchial pneumonia had taken its toll and left him in a very
weak condition. Glad to say, that Leonard improved during their
month's stay. Esther carried on at Springdale, planting, picking, can-
ning, freezing, watering and trimming along with teaching Art to 20
students at the Youth Center. She now has a full time position with
Engineer Services as a draftsman and finds it an enjoyable challenge.
Prior to this, Esther and Lee drove down to Austin, Tx. to inves-
tigate the job possibilities in her field of Commercial Art. While there,
they dropped in on June and Vic May in San Marcos and had a
pleasant chat with Vicki, too.
In October, Lee took off once more and spent three weeks with
her mother of 95 years, in Kingston, New York. You should hear her
play the piano!
Lynn and Maude Cook of Rogers enjoyed a visit from her daugh-
ter, Lucille and husband, David Nanney of Palo Alto, Ca. After an ex-
tensive tour of the eastern states, Lynn, Jr., and wife, Carolyn from
Saudi Arabia spent three weeks with the Cook's as part of their an-
Charlotte, Bill McCue and her mother, Mrs. Kloss went to Seattle
to see their cousins, many of whom they had never met. Later on, the
McCues took off again for Ohio and Florida Bill feels great, now, so
he's making up for lost time!
The Colclasures of Rogers report that they were blessed with two
new daughters-in-law this summer: "Ginnie" (Virginia Lee) Colclasure,
wife of Randy, living in Gatun, C.Z. and Lou, wife of David, living in
Andrea [Terrell] and husband Paul Oliver visited her parents.
Etta Fay and Glynn, on their vacation before going on to Yellowstone
National Park and Tetons. Glynn continues to improve rapidly after
his surgery in June.
During the summer, Howard and Evelyn Engelke and their visit-
ing family John and Laurie Will Engelke and children, Ric, Lee and
Joy made a trip to Spring Valley, II., for a weekend visit with Evelyn's
sister, Frances Dwyer Abraham and family. Before John's and
Laurie's return to the C.Z. in August, Judy Engelke Montanaro and
husband, John, with children, traveled from Silver Spring, Md. for a
short visit with their parents and family. It was great to have a full
Jessie Newhard lets no grass grow under her feet! She visited
with several of her children this spring: Commander and Mrs.
Andrew Bleakley (Carol Newhard) and sons, Dr. and Mrs. Omar
Franklin (Ann Newhard) and Ellen, Lorie and John, Mr. and Mrs.
John Albright and children. The Bleakleys are now in Hawaii; the
Albrights in Denver and the Franklins in Visalia, Ca.
On her way home from Hawaii, Jessie visited with her oldest
granddaughter, Heather Albright and her mother. Her son, Brian and
his wife were also in California for Heather's graduation from high
school. Jessie also chatted with Mr. and Mrs. Asa Bullock and met her
godchild, new son of Cynthia Bullock Carter.
After returning home, Mrs. Newhard enjoyed having her mother-
in-law, Mrs. Edith Eppley, as her house guest. Fred Newhard, Jr. also
spent two weeks with his relatives in Bentonville.
Mack and Frances McLendon spent an interesting five months in
God bless you all, friends far and near,
With a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Yvonne H. Cassidy, La Mirada August 30th my mother and
daughter, Nettie Bertrand and Rene Bakker Stein were involved in an
auto accident in British Columbia, Canada. They were flown back to
Anchorage, Alaska where they had been visiting my sister, Mildred
Johns. Mom is 82 this year, so hope she'll be okay. I am doing fine
healthwise, except for my spine. Recently wrote a letter to Hubert
Humphrey, welcoming him into the cancer-terminal, colostomy, III
Club. I was told 8 years ago I had only six months to live and I'm still
around. Still busy with all my craft projects. Wish someone out there
who paints bateos would send me designs. I want to put them in rugs
and needlepoint. Thanks.
Warren D. Marquard, Sunnyvale We are still enjoying it out
here but could use some of the rain you all had back east. Regards to
all our friends.
Lesley Litzenberger, Palo Alto My parents, Al and Jean
Hendricks retired this year. My dad was in the Systems Branch of the
Comptrollers Office and my mother was with the Division of Schools. I
would like to give them a subscription to the Canal Record as a
Christmas present. They sailed their boat Blue Manx from Cristobal
to North Carolina early this summer. Right now they are in the pro-
cess of building a house in Oriental, N.C. (near the coast). I know
they'll enjoy receiving the Record and being members of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. I receive the Record third hand from Margie
Hanesworth whose mother, Margaret Morris, sends it to her. It's
great to keep up with where everyone is and what they're doing.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!
Mr. Edwin F. Bramin (PCSoFL member) resided in Ancon,
Balboa & Gatun from 1917-1946. Occupation: General Engineering,
with Mechanical Div., Office Engineer & Marine Div. While with
Mech. Div., he built U.S. Coast Guard Cutter for USCG; drew up
plans for conversion of German Luxury Trans-Atlantic Liner to troop
ship including stability rests and calculations and many more while
in other divisions.
Mr. and Mrs. John Finlason (Shirley Crews) (PCSoFL members).
John was in the Canal Zone from 1926, and Shirley from 1936. John
was a Towboat Engineer with Dredging and Ports, and Shirley was
Admin. Asst. with Construction Div. They resided in Gamboa until
their retirement in 1976.
Mrs. Agnes E. Jones, 12463 Meandro Road, San Diego, CA 92128.
Mrs. Jones, known to BHS students as "Miss Eneboe", was a teacher
with CZ schools from October 1934 to June 1947, and resided in Ancon
Mr. Leo J. Krziza (PCSoFL member) Leo lived on the Pacific side
of the Isthmus from 1941-1973 "The best years of my life." He was
an Accountant-Budget Officer with Motor Transportation Division.
Mr. William E. LeBrun, 570 W. Yucca St., Oxnard, CA 93030. Bill
resided in the Canal Zone from 1925 until 1977 when he retired as
Chief of Internal Security Office of the Governor.
Mrs. Fay Fuller Miller, 3340 McCaw Ave., Apt. 211, Santa Bar-
bara, CA 93105. Fay resided in Balboa from 1920-1946. She worked
with the U.S. Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Quinn (Alberta "Rusty" LeBrun) 528 W.
Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, CA 93030. "Jim" lived in Balboa from 1912 to
1942. He was a Supervisor with the Dredging Division.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Romeyn (Dorothy Straus) 1736 Stewart,
Medford, OR 97501. Dorothy resided in Balboa from 1941-1957. She
graduated from BHS, Class of '47 and was employed as payroll clerk
with U.S. Navy at Rodman. She is the daughter of Mrs. Ruth Straus
and the Late Robert J. Straus of Burbank, CA.
ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON Our luncheon meeting on
Sunday, July 31, 1977, to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the open-
ing of the Panama Canal, was held aboard the SS PRINCESS LOUISE
in the Port of Los Angeles. 132 members and guests attended. The In-
vocation was given by Mr. David Leroy Dill, and the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag was led by Mr. David Leroy Smith, President
Emeritus. Former Zonian guests included Mr. and Mrs. E. Clifton
Brown (Helen Anderson) and daughter, Patsy Lee Cogshill; Thelma
Anderson Grizzard and daughter, Helen Noles all of Richmond, VA,
and guests of Clifton's mother, Mrs. Mollie Brown. Also, Eva de la
Pena Gill, Mexico City; Margaret Grey Darden (Peg Evans), visiting
from Germany, and her daughter, Jippy Darden, guests of Inez
Evans; Charles J. McGinn, guest of Frances Greening; Sharen Valen-
tine and Peggy Acker, daughters of Wally and Mary Hammond, and
Jeanette Acker, granddaughter; Leo Krziza, guests of Ethel (Krziza)
and Jack Hearn; John and Beverly Neville Fawcett, guests of Clara
Wood Neville; Bill LeBrun, Alberta Fuller West (sister of Mrs.
Marjorie LeBrun of Oxnard), Fay Fuller Miller, guests of new
members, Jim and "Rusty" Quinn.
David Smith made the happy announcement of newly-wedded
members, Florence and Martin Seiler. (See Weddings)
It was proposed that the society establish the post of Chaplain,
and Mr. Robert Dill was nominated by David Smith. Motion made by
Paul Kline, seconded and unanimously accepted. Tommy Doran moved
that the society also appoint a Woman Chaplain because of the part
played by women on the Canal Zone during construction days in the
roles of teaching, nursing, homemaking, etc. Motion seconded by Mr.
Dill and accepted by members. The selection will be taken up by the
Bob Dill, Roosevelt Medal Holder, gave an interesting talk of
first-hand experiences during Canal construction days some
familiar names recalled were "Scud" Emery, Jack Ridge, Sam Grier
and Henry Matamore. A hymn, "I Asked the Lord", was sung by
David Smith in memory of all our members who have passed on.
Several members took the floor to urge everyone to write to their
senators and express their views on U.S./Panama treaty matters.
Florence Berude returned in June from a 3-week vacation visiting
members of her family "including my brother and family in Wheaton,
IL; a niece in Valparasio, IN, where I attended the confirmation
ceremony of her daughter in the beautiful chapel at the University of
Valparasio; and finally, my sister and her family in Potomac, MD.
While there, I had a telephone visit with Mrs. Helen Aanstoos, whose
husband had been the Printer at the Panama Canal Press, Mt. Hope,
CZ, when I was storekeeper there. Helen is living with her son, Matt
Aanstoos, and his family in Vienna, VA.
Steve and Lucille Fulop just returned from a two-week trip to
Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina. They visited Louise
and Charlie Sorrell in Sacramento and Bea and Jim Harned, who live
Roy and Ollie Hearn, along with Roy's sister, Elizabeth Folger,
made a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Aside from rather high
temperatures, the tour was a great success. They drove to West
Yellowstone, and from there, left the driving to the Park bus drivers.
The West Yellowstone Police were nice enough to allow them to park
their car on the Police parking lot no ticket for illegal parking that
way! They spent 3 nights in the park and were in the 300 level
rooms, and though it may sound as if they were on the third floor, it
was far from the case more like steerage, as those rooms are right
on the ground and were quite hot and noisy. Being of the "Jack Benny
type", however, a mere 39 years old, all survived. The car air
conditioner gave up on arrival at West Yellowstone, but fortunately a
mechanic was found, and put it in working order. Most fortunately, for
while homeward bound a night was spent in Boulder City, Nevada,
and when leaving at 6:20 A.M., the temperature was a mere 92
Al and Ann Houston will complete another summer's tour in
Grant Grove at the end of October. "We had lots of people up here,
even with the price of gas!"
Norine Hall Kaufer, San Jose, writes: "Bud and Harriet Journey,
my sister, Jane Hall Journey, and I attended the two Washington
State PanCanal get-togethers 2 reunions, one on August 13 at a
park near Tacoma, WA; the other on August 20 at Vancouver, WA,
near Portland, OR. The one in Tacoma was carried out by Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd Baker, now living in Gatun, CZ; the other by Jim and
Martha Wood and the Glenn Lashers, ex-Gatunites. Martha's Dad is
Fred Bradley, now living in Arizona. Jim Wood is the son of Armand
Wood, ex-Pedro Miguelites. His mother was of the Christian family.
At both picnics I saw my old friends, the Luke Palumbos from AR;
Tommy and Marilyn Metzger Marsh and their family, Oregon City,
OR; Peggy and Alvin Rankin, Tacoma, WA; the Lee Karigers,
Cypress, CA, and their daughter, Nancy and husband, Darrell Eide,
and their 2 children. Also, other friends, the Jack Bunkers, Vancouver,
WA (he was my paper boy 50 years ago in Balboa!); Bill Wood and
wife from Spokane; the Swansons (he was with the Mech. Div. from
1940-46); she worked at 15th Nav. Dist.); the Bob Borgs, Poulsbo, WA
- he and Patty both had taught in the Balboa Schools. Saw Murray
Falk and wife, Portland, OR; and Earl Stone and wife, Santa Rosa, CA
- Earl worked at Cristobal Commissary when I did, from 1940-44;
later he was with Customs. Many more were there, but these were
the ones I knew the best. Both picnics were great!
The first part of my trip, my daughter, Nancy Kaufer Leach, and
I went to Chehalis, WA, to visit her son, Raymond N. Leach, III, and
his wife, Janice, and their new 15-acre farm they just bought there. A
nice place we loved it. He had been in building work, and she an RN
at Kaiser Hospital in San Jose, CA.
I recently went to New York with the San Jose Civic Light Opera
Group. The trip included four Broadway shows, and a short visit to
Jennie Satriale's home in West End, NJ, and her cousins, the Meriolas
- all relatives of Mrs. James Reccia of Torrance and Della R Noonan
of Florida. Jennie and I worked in Cristobal Commissary in 1942. In
my Political Science class at San Jose State U. (U.S. and Latin
American Politics), I saw a film on October 2, 1977, of the Panama
Canal taken in 1959 and 1960, with Walter Cronkite as commentator,
and was I happy to see a dear old friend of my family Sam Roe, Jr.
- he was the Balboa policeman asked to give his views on the
situation at that time. Good movie! New one this month.
Martha Jones Paliwoda, Fresno "This summer, Ruth Bickford
Pemberton was here from Florida, and we had a fine time. We went
to Ancon School and St. Luke's together way back when. We had a
nice dinner with her mother, Anna Bickford, who is in a nursing home
in Reedley, CA. She is doing well and always so glad to hear from or
about CZ and Panama people. Hedy Seedborg and Thelma Reppe have
been to visit with her. I pass on my PC Review to her and she enjoys
it. She is so well read and alert at 91. In August I traveled to France to
see a Russian Orthodox Godchild; then toured in London, and on to
Wales where I have cousins and where my father was born.
Rena Godfrey, Santa Paula, recently enjoyed a relaxing vacation
at beautiful Carpinteria Beach, CA.
George and Auristela Poole, Schenectady, NY, recently toured
up to Niagara Falls, Ottoway, Toronto, and Montreal. "Enjoying the
happy Canadian hospitality. Met many Californians, and three from
Florida. We are all on local bus tours. Will ride the new AMTRAK
train back to Schenectady." Then, in late August, they traveled to
New York City, Long Island, and on to Washington, DC; to Knoxville
- with old friends at each stop. Then to Chattanooga, TN, for a week,
and to Nashville for another week at the Grand Ole Opry. Good to stop
and visit with old friends. Hope all our Southern California members
are well, and your water wells filling up."
Mrs. Robert H. Rolofson (Lillianne) went on a Caribbean cruise
last winter and "enjoyed a half day and evening in Balboa. Mrs. Wells
and Marvel Iglesias met the ship and took me to the Balboa Union
Church, and around to old familiar places then to the American
Legion Club for a delicious broiled Corbina dinner. A short, but sweet
Hedy Seedborg visited this summer with Nellie Bruland Jansen in
Aiken, SC. Nellie came back with me to California, and later took a trip
with friends to Canada. Karl Winquist, brother of the late Virginia
Seller, was down from Portland, OR, for a visit. It was wonderful to see
Paul and Mildred Kline went to Las Vegas, NV, in late September
with Mildred's brother and wife, Bud and Marion Phillips, to meet
their sister and husband, Betty and Fred Gergardt for a reunion and
several days of fun and games. "It is always a nice change of pace for
Martin and Florence Seiler flew charter on September 27 to
London, England joined a tour through England, Holland, Ger-
many, Austria, Italy, Monaco, France and Switzerland, and enjoyed
their 21-day trip.
Milton and Chubby Wright are both well and keep busy. Ines and
Billy Hampton (formerly of MTD, Ancon) of Willis, TX, recently
visited in San Diego, and stopped by to visit with the Wrights for a
few days on their way to Oregon.
Jack and Joan deGrummond Summer visitors included my
cousin, Alice Ray Ward Wier, daughter Linda, and grandson, "J.J." of
Tabernash, CO; my nieces, Regina and Joan Ridge; and a call from
Nellree and Ernie Berger of Signal Mtn., TN, who were visiting
relatives in Anaheim. We are spending September and October in the
Canal Zone again nice to see relatives and familiar places. We have
seen many friends and co-workers still working on the Zone and a few
retired in Panama. Everything looks the same, with a few new houses
in Williamson Place, and some new construction in Zone and Panama.
Naturally, the employees are concerned about what will happen to
them in event of treaty ratification, even though they are pretty well
informed. Makes one wonder what the old "Zone" will look and be like
also. We have made some trips to the "interior" of Panama; went to an
American Society luncheon where President Lakas was guest speaker
- it was held at Hotel El Panama. The hotel has been expanded with
new sections of rooms, two new swimming pools, and a lovely new and
spacious lobby. Once again we danced to LUCHO's music at the 55th
anniversary of the Elks' Club in Balboa. Experiencing the rainy
season is quite a change for us from Southern California! We were
lucky to get two spaces on SS CRISTOBAL sailing November 4th so
should get home on 11th or 12th after visiting my sister, Margaret in
New Orleans. Joan R. deGrummond
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kennedy, Englewood Enclosed is an article
from the Denver Post which I submitted. Through its publication,
Eileen Smith Macias, daughter of Manuel Smith, formerly of Ancon,
called me and we had a very nice telephone visit. She has lived in
Denver 7 years and I was the first person from the Canal Zone she had
heard of. We hope to get together soon and meet face to face Don't
know what we'd do without the Record thanks for all the time and
effort put into publishing it."
Helen L. Dudak, Orlando Enclosing a letter I received from
Mr. Dunipace, (William S. Dunipace, Attorney At Law, Suite 1001
Home Federal Tower, 32 North Stone Ave., Tucson, AR 85701) who is
the appointed conservator for Mr. Edward Spearman, of Tucson,
Arizona. When I wrote Mr. Spearman a couple of months ago I
received a letter from Mr. Dunipace saying he was in the hospital,
that he does not see well enough to read or write now, but that
messages could be sent to Mr. Spearman thru him. Letter dated Sep-
tember 29th states in part, "The fact that you take the time to write
him is most appreciated. Ed is in the Elks Geriatrics Center main-
tained by the State Elks Association and he is receiving good care as
he might get anywhere else ... He still relishes his food and we hope
that we can keep him with us for awhile longer Ted Englebright
suffered a slight stoke a week ago and is going to have to limit his
social activities for the time being so he cannot visit Ed as often as
formerly." No doubt many will also be acquainted with Mr. Ted
Englebright, as he is a former Canal Zone employee too.
Daddy is still holding his own, but no longer feeling up to attend-
ing the meetings. Perhaps he will be up to it by next April I hope, as
he has always enjoyed the meetings so much and seeing long time
friends. Me too. Best wishes to all.
Ross and Marge Hollowell, Clearwater From Honolulu, HI:
"Having a ball in Hawaii be here in this hotel (Kona Surf) two more
days then on to Maui. Saw Bobby King and his wife last night, had
dinner in their truly beautiful home the highlight of our trip. It is
always great to see old friends and your Record helps folks do just
that. Regards to all."
Roy Sharps had as weekend guests in October, Judy and Susie
Violette from West Palm Beach, where they attend school and Bev
and Jim Violette, newlyweds, who were enroute from Balboa, where
they had visited Jim's parents, the William Violette's, to their home in
Seattle, WA. The Violettes are nieces and nephew of the Sharps.
Frank Sharp, their son, who resides in St. Petersburg joined the re-
Margaret (Williams) Lawson, St. Petersburg Visiting Margaret
in October were her sisters, Ann Williams of Pompano and Kathleen
(Corrigan) Jones of Hollywood, FL. The girls also visited with the
Dick Tomfords and Eleanor Connor.
Emerson and Viola Fuller made a 11,000 mile auto trip around the
U.S. this summer enjoying friends and scenery. Spent a few days in
Texas with Lee and Irene Wright. Then to Mexico The Copper
Canyon 86 tunnels and 49 bridges by rail. Next to Durango, CO and
a day with Ruth and Frank Bowman and the marvelous scenery of
western Colorado. From Lewiston, Idaho a jet boat trip up the Snake
River to Hell's Canyon. A night in Oregon with Louise Womack and
Lyle Jr. Then to Washington for stay with Mamie and Andy Van
Siclen. Golf at Sewuim with Harold and Charlotte Gall and then
Tacoma for 50th wedding anniversary of Hjalmas and Edna Wiggen.
On to British Columbia and all the way across Canada to Winnipig and
into Minnesota and 10 days with Grace and Bob Sheldon where they
are building a home on the golf course and the Rainey River. Lastly
with family daughter Nancy in Michigan and Joyan in Maryland
and Viola's brother in Melbourne, FL.
Virginia (Sanders) and Louis (H.A.) Kleefkens had their son-in-
law, E. F. (Bubber) Ridge and children, John, Lori, and Alan as sum-
We had all decided this year we would become the visitors so we
took off first for Aiken, SC to see Virginia's older sister Bernice and
Bill Hill and Virginia's mother, Grace A. Sanders. We arrived in
Aiken to learn that Virginia's younger sister Edith Diaz and husband
were due later in the day from Cary, NC. We spent the weekend in
one long family visit with a picnic-style barbeque July 4th in Hill's
July 5th we headed for Cary, NC with the Diaz family and Mom
Sanders leading the caravan. We stayed overnight, and with a
promise to stay longer on our way home, we were on the road once
more. This time we were on our way to Gastonia, NC to visit Louie's
nephew, Andrew W. Fraser and family. We remained in Gastonia for
the week, where all who wanted a chance to water ski while the rest of
us set up another picnic style lunch on the lake shore.
We developed car trouble from Cary to Gastonia so decided we
should head home. We parted company with Bubber, John and Alan,
and with our granddaughter, Lori, we headed home. The Ridge's
drove on to Mobile, AL where John spent a week visiting young Ed.
Blount, Bubber and Alan went on to New Orleans to spend their week
with Bubber's sister, Margaret (Ridge) Coffey. Although it was a
shorter trip than planned we all enjoyed it ... The Ridge family re-
turned to the Zone August 8th. Bubber went back to work, John to
enter Canal Zone College and Lori and Alan continue their education
at Cristobal High School.
Lou Hasemann, Jacksonville Seems like news is rather scarce
in this area and it's probably due to the lousy weather we have been
having and then again perhaps too much sun during this drought we
experienced. Irene and I visited the Hollanders and both seem like
they are getting ahead of their many aches and pains. Ruth manages
to get around the house very well with the aid of her walking cane and
still keeps that wonderful smile of hers. I saw the TV station news
brief and was surprised to hear the voice of Landon Gunn expressing
his opposition to giving the ditch away to the Panama Dictator.
Haven't seen or heard from him in ages.
H. L. Clarke, Jr. South Pasadena We left for the Canal Zone in
the height of the rainy season, Sept. 3. As an old golfer, this was not
the most ideal weather for me, but we were trying to tie in the birth of
our granddaughter with our visit. We were met at Tocumen Airport
by Betty McNaughton and my daughter Pat (Clarke) Dunlap. It was
so nice to be back home again. Since I was born in Ancon, the Canal
Zone is the only home I have ever known. We stayed in Coco Solo with
our good friends, Drummond and Betty McNaughton and they gave us
the run of the place with two cars at our disposal.
The first big surprise I had was when I visited the Margarita
Clubhouse and the Coco Solo Commissary. It was a big let down to see
how they have changed (for the worse) since we left 4 years ago. They
both looked like local rate establishments. In front of the Margarita
Clubhouse there is now a store selling molas, baskets, and you name
it, they have it. In the parking lot there was a new car for sale. I
thought the salesman was raffling it off, but no, he wanted to sell it. It
looked like Smoot and Parades had come to Margarita. By the Red
Barn was another store selling knick knacks.
Of course we visited the Elks Lodge #1542 and found it the same
as we remembered, especially on Friday nights at "Happy Hour" with
our special bartender, Glenn, doing the honors. The ever watchful
Scope was overseeing things; the Elks are lucky to have such a fine
The highlight of my trip was visiting my daughter who is married
to Lucky Dunlap, a police officer, and living in Gatun. We had some
fine dinners there and she had a lot of Panamanian food including
those jumbo shrimp which are so abundant in Panama. Our good
friend and last maid, Imogene Jones, cooked up some of my favorite
soul food, what a treat!
Almost every week we went swimming in Gatun Lake. Lucky is
the manager of the Gatun Yacht Club and we had some fine times
there. What a beautiful spot to meet old and new friends and to watch
the large vessels at anchor awaiting transit. Right alongside the Club
is the Industrial Division's Diving and Salvage Depot where I spent
many an interesting day with my good friend, Burt Powell, retired
Salvage Master and Master Diver. Ken Willis is now in charge and his
assistant is E. T. Chappell, Jr. They showed us their new equipment
and talked about their most recent jobs. Everything looked in
excellent shape and they're doing a fine job of directing the diving in
We made various trips to Balboa and saw the sights there. I took
Emma Louise around and showed her the old landmarks that still re-
main since I was a lad. One of my old houses on Carr Street has been
torn down and even the terrain is so changed it was hard for me to
recognize the old place. I showed her where the old wooden Grammar
School was in Balboa on Gorgona Road and where the Police Station
used to be in front of it, facing the circle in front of the High School.
The old Post Office on Balboa Road and Pearson St. is gone as well as
the old Masonic Building with the Grade School on the bottom floor.
Of course I am going back 50 years and some of our members won't
remember those places.
Emma Louise and Pat made several trips to Panama City for
shopping and came home tired but happy with purchases of jewelry,
Panabrisas and lots of other goodies. Emma Louise had a Montuna
made by a fantastic dressmaker in Colon and hopes to wear it at the
It rained so hard while I was there I didn't have much time for
golf but did have an open invitation from Don Bruce, Manager of
Brazos Brooks Golf and Country Club to play there anytime. Many of
the old golfers such as Mac McCullough, Mike Green, Howard Will and
Woody Compton were missed.
We spent a week in Santa Clara with Ed and Alyce Friedrich in
their lovely home at the end of Mango Street (the street behind their
house is named Bottle Alley). They served us scallop seviche and all
the lobster tails we could eat, what a life! We swam in the beautiful
blue Pacific that brought back some memories for all of us. Ed and
Alyce would love to see any old Zonites who are in their area. The four
of us made daily side trips to La Venta (the old hotel) where the huge
Banyan tree still stands. We had a view of Santa Clara Beach north
and south and there is no view like that. We went to Anton and
Penonome to buy some lottery tickets and visit the markets. No luck
with the lottery, as usual. Another day we went to El Valle and had a
beautiful drive over the mountains and down into the valley. We had
breakfast at Hotel Greco and visited with Cele Davis and Peggy
(Horter) Sheridan who both have beautiful homes there. We chatted
about 4 hours reliving old times in the zone when we were kids.
Another day we went to Coronado and visited Tommy McLean who is
the Pro et al at the Coronado Golf and Country Club. What a beautiful
Our granddaughter put in an appearance on Columbus Day, Oct.
12th. Shannon Marie was born to S. F. (Rocky) and Elaine (Herring)
Mason. She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and when we left the
Zone on the 22nd, mother and baby were doing fine. Elaine is the
daughter of George and Margaret (Kunkel) Herring.
When I got to the Canal Zone I acquired another Ham license
(KZ5ELT) and a lot of my time was spent with Dave Coffey (KZ5DE)
in his radio shack across the street from where we stayed in Coco
Solo. To my fellow Ham retirees my Florida call is WA4KER.
Last but not least a few words about my visits to the Industrial
Division Shops at Mount Hope. There were a lot of changes there and
the shops looked as though they had a lot of work. There was a
commercial vessel, two commercial barges, the Dredging Division
Anchor Barge, some Canal tugs and a small vessel in the dry dock.
Before I retired I used a scooter to expedite getting from one place to
the other and a handheld walkie talkie to keep in touch. I was
surprised to see all the supervisors using bicycles or tricycles with
walkie talkies in their back pockets. I talked to Charlie Detore, Vince
Ridge, Armando Crus, Paul Zimmerman among others. Some of my
friends from the main office were on hand to say hello including Earl
Robbins, Frank Foster and Dave Miller. I was sorry to have missed
my successor, Bob Blanchette, who was out on a job each time I was
Emma Louise and I had a nice visit to the Canal Zone but it is so
good to return home to Florida and our home and friends here.
Rex E. Becks, Merritt Island We had a pleasant, busy year,
between visiting and visitors. First we attended the Reunion in St.
Petersburg where we visited many old friends from the Canal Zone
and listened to and enjoyed the music of the intimitable Lucho. In
mid-April accompanied by Jean Redman Storey we headed West,
visiting with Lou and Cindy Seldon and the Monaco family in Panama
City, FL. Then on to Las Cruces, NM to Charlotte Warrens (Jean's
sister), who drove us down to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where we had a
delightful day shopping and eating good Mexican food. Jean spent a
couple weeks with Charlotte. Then on to California to visit our son,
Air Force Captain R. Eugene Beck, wife Patti (Janssen) and their
three children at Edwards Air Force Base for a ten day stay. Then on
north to visit with Rex's brother and his wife in Project City, CA; also
a niece in San Carlos, a nephew, Richard Scott, in Santa Clara and
Bobby Bowen, his wife, Sheila (Sheridan) and their two boys in San
Jose. On our return we again visited with the Seldons and spent two
days with John and Maggi Janssen in Dothan, Alabama .... In mid-
June we drove to Gainesville, FL to attend the wedding of Rusty
Bowen (Marian and Bob's son). Had a great time seeing former Canal
Zonians. Marian and Bob have sold their home in Lakeland and are
presently living in Vero Beach. We see them frequently as they are
only an hour's drive away.
Some of our visitors during the year were Lou and Cindy Seldon
and their visitor, Marta Sosa from Panama City, R de P; our niece,
Patty (Cawl) Pflanzer, her husband, Carl and four children from
Rome, NY; Pat and Mazie Burns, Nancy Grimison and Marian Cun-
ningham, Nancy's aunt, who were on their way back to Pennsylvania
after a visit to Tom and Nancy's in Balboa; John and Janie (Reynolds)
Morgan of Port St. Lucie; Carl and Dorothy Meissner and four
children who were on their way back to the Canal Zone after having
spent the summer with Carl's parents in Hayes, VA. In July we spent
a week with Edith Spencer who had just moved from Miami to Coral
Gables. We are expecting her to visit us in November during the
Thanksgiving season. In September we drove to Harrisonburg, VA
for Parents Day at James Madison University where our eldest
granddaughter, Elizabeth Grimison is attending college. Enroute we
spent four days with Jack and Emi (Frensley) Dover in their lovely
home at Etawah, North Carolina. Happy Holidays to one and All!
Anna T. Collins, St. Petersburg The Collins and the Thomases
all went up to Jacksonville in August to have Brent Thomas meet his
great-grandmother when he was two months old.
Four Generations Jennifer Collins Thomas, Susanna G. Kotalik
Wesley Brent Thomas and Anna T. K. Collins
Dorothy and Ralph Hanners, St. Petersburg We spent a lovely
vacation with our son, Howard and his wife in Medfield, Massachu-
setts. The highlight of our stay was having the family together for our
wedding anniversary. Seeing the beautiful fall colors was so enjoy-
Beth and Bill Grady, Lakeland We went on a bus tour to Nova
Scotia in September which was most enjoyable. The seafood -
lobster, shrimp, oysters, cod fish were delicious and we ate to the
fullest. There is nothing more beautiful than traveling through the
New England states and down into the Southland during the Fall of
the year with such beautiful foliage of green, yellow, orange, red and
Jack Ridge, Sr., St. Petersburg Jack has moved to the Heim's
Residential Hotel, 2349 Central Avenue (33713), Tel. 822-4005 for the
season and would appreciate all his friends giving him a call. Jack will
enjoy attending our society meetings.
During a recent trip, Joe and Rae Ebdon visited their son,
Captain Thomas J. Ebdon III, USAF, at Holloman Air Force Base in
Alamogordo, NM, and in Texas with Joe's brother and his wife,
William and Susie [Fahnestock] Ebdon, and other relatives.
Enroute home they stopped in Vermont for a visit with Truman
and Betsy Hoenke and their houseguests, Ernest and Ruth Zelnick
from Henderson, NC. They also spent a week in Wilmington, DE and
enjoyed babysitting their only grandchild, Geoffrey Craig, while their
son, Dick and wife, Kathy, had a short vacation.
Mina Dee had a busy summer as she attended the graduation of
her oldest granddaughter, Helen Lang, from Vassar College in
Poughkeepsie, NY. Later she flew to Portland, OR to visit her son,
Bill Lang, and family for a month and had the pleasure of seeing her
youngest grandson enrolled at Reed College in Portland. While there
she also attended the CZ picnic in the Seattle-Vancouver area and saw
many, many friends.
New residents are Fred A. Mohl and his wife, formerly of Georgia,
who recently moved into the Gulf Gate Area.
Summertime seems to be the time to travel and Sarasotans
enjoying trips included:
Billie Galloway and Robin Comer were joined by their sister, Mrs.
Alice Jones of Rosedale, MS, and Mrs. Charlotte Herr of Avon, CT for
a European tour. The three week tour included the Scandinavian
Countries, Russia, Poland and Paris, France.
Mildred Neely spent a week in Hawaii recently and while there
visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cleis. Mr. Cleis, now retired, was
Mildred's boss during her employment with the U.S. Army at Corozal.
Early in the summer Gladys Conley joined a group of University
of Pennsylvania Alumni for a two week tour in Europe. The group
flew to Istanbul, travelled on a Russian ship and later took a Russian
motor boat trip up the Danube.
Later in the summer Gladys and Tom Conley enjoyed an
eight-day tour of Southern Ireland, spending several days in Dublin.
This was another tour sponsored by Gladys' alumini.
Gladys Humphrey and her granddaughter, Debbie Mann, had a
pleasure cruise to Nassau, Bahamas.
Fred and Bev Ebdon enjoyed two weeks with Howard and Arleen
Osborn at their summer cabin in Massachusetts.
While on a visit to Atlanta, GA Jeanne Burgoon of Sarasota, with
her daughter, Karen Timms and granddaughter, Laura Jeanne,
enjoyed a get-together with Zonians, Joe Galloway and his house-
guest, John Reilly, on vacation from the CZ, and Joe Trower.
Visitors in the area included, Betsy Noonan of Baltimore, MD,
who was the guest of her sister-in-law, Della Noonan and was feted
with many luncheons, dinners and parties during her two week stay.
Mrs. Frances D. Jones had a visit with former classmates, Dick
and Dona [Eaton] Wood and Edna Tipton of Portsmouth, VA. Col.
James B. Coman, USAF retired, and his wife, Frances, were visiting
in the area and called on Frances before returning to their home in
Montgomery, AL. Earlier John and Mary Hare of Ocala were her
houseguests for a week.
Mrs. Frances Orvis and her grandson, Bobby Orvis, had as their
weekend guest, Arlene Payne, formerly of Panama, who is now living
in Fort Lauderdale with realtives. Also visiting at the same time was
Fran's daughter-in-law, Julie Orvis, of Temple Terrace, FL.
Carl and Helen Newhard of Bentonville, AR recently spent
several days with Joe and Rae Ebdon. They brought Rae and Carl's
mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, with them after an extended summer
visit in Bentonville with relatives and friends. Mrs. Eppley makes her
home in Sarasota with Joe and Rae.
Houseguests of John and Gladys McLain this summer were
Gladys' brother, Clarence Watson and wife from the CZ. Also Douglas
McLain and his wife, Cindy, came to Sarasota with his parents
following his sister's wedding in NC. After a 10-day visit they
returned to Evanston, Ill. where Doug is working on his Masters
Degree at Northwestern University.
Madge and John Hall returned from a three week trip north,
spending most of their time in Laporte, PA at Bucky and Ann Hall's
cabin. They also travelled to NH for a short visit with Howard and
Hazel Richards in Nashua and later to the White Mountains in NH.
They had to delay their return a day as they were unable to get to
their car due to the heavy snowstorm with twelve inches of snow in
front of their cabin.
Bill and Myrtle Hughes made a stopover in Merritt Island with
their daughter and family Bruce and Sandra Claflin and three children
before leaving for Texas where they spent the summer with son, Tom
his wife, Lorna, and two sons in Deer Park. Enroute they stopped to
sightsee and visited historical sites in Savannah, GA, Natchez and
Vicksburg, MS and in Franklin, KY.
Bill and Jennifer Hitchcock and two children of Arlington, VA
spent ten days in Sarasota with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Hitchcock. Bill is Marketing Manager for the Book Department of the
American Chemical Society in Washington, DC.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes enjoyed a visit by Barney's sister, Mrs.
Elma Carder and his nephew and family, Oscar and Pauline Carder
and their three younger children from Ridgeley, WV.
Frances D. Jones flew to the CZ to spend the Thanksgiving
holiday with her son-in-law and daughter, Capt. John Brophy, his
wife, Dona and their daughter, Charlene in Diablo. In December she
will fly to Norfolk, VA to spend the Christmas holidays with her son,
LCDR Albert D. Jones, USN, his wife, Lola and their daughters, Lisa
Mary N. Orr flew to Texas to spend Thanksgiving and the
Christmas holiday season with her brother-in-law and sister, Fred and
Marion Wells, in Kerrville; her brothers, Mattes and Bob Orr, and
their families in Houston, and other relatives and friends in the area.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Mrs. Edwin F. Witthofft, Ferguson Thought I would like to
pass the news on to you of my marriage (See Weddings). We met at
Edwin and Marian Witthofft
the Senior Citizen's Group and found we have many interests in com-
mon. Arden and Max had the reception after our wedding and Andrea
and Art made our wedding cake. They have been baking professional-
ly for seven years. Edwin likes to work around the yard and we have a
fishpond with plants around it with two fantail goldfish. Arden and
Max Weich are always busy. He is a Vice President of Roosevelt Fed-
eral Savings and Loan Co. Andrea and Art Bogue are always busy
baking. They have two children Mark 17 and Suzanne 15. Arden
and Max have three Dale 23, Deb 21, who is married to Michael
Lynn and Dean 19. Art Bogue works at McDonnell Aircraft Corp. En-
joyed the Reunion in January and Olive Halloran returned to St. Louis
with me for a month's visit. My very best to you all and I hope that we
may see you all at the next Canal Zone Reunion.
Elizabeth Zirkman, Bronx Just a few lines to say this was a
better year. First, Caroline's husband was promoted to Major in the
Air Force. In April Richard became the father of another girl on Caro-
line's birthday, April 17th Heather Michelle. In June we went to the
IBEW where Walter received his 50 year gold watch, a diamond
studded pin, a wallet, plus a nice dinner. In July Caroline and her
three children visited with us for 10 days. They enjoyed the subway
ride and ferry to Statue of Liberty; bus ride to the Cathedral, Radio
City, Macy's, Sak's Fifth Avenue, Times Square and the Empire State
Building. They enjoyed the Bronx Zoo, especially Caroline for there
were familiar animals like the kind we had in our back yard in the
Canal Zone. They would have stayed longer but Caroline is taking
classes for an MA in teaching. Richard is still working on his doctor-
ate, meanwhile he was offered Coordinator of Music in the schools at
Elyria, Ohio, so they have been established there since October.
Barbara Cunningham, Hicksville, L.I. This has been a rather
large summer for me. I arrived at my sister's on May 21st... a series
of parties, company and "doings". Niece, Sue Cowell's graduation as
R.N., the christening of Martha's first grandchild, Jennifer Lynn
Cowell. June 28th my daughter Linda Jane and family arrived from
California. They had driven cross country, sight-seeing along the way
and visiting relatives. Jack had to fly home on July 6th as he was to be
in a new Walt Disney movie. On July 7th, Linda, my grandchildren,
Barbara Anne, John Joseph III, and young Joshua T., and I left on the
trek homeward. There were stopovers along the way to visit friends
and relatives ... Dot Theriot and Mary Sibley in Virginia (formerly
from Gatun), some of the "C" clan in Missouri and an aunt in Oklahoma
and finally Houston to see son Mike and family. We were there 5 days
then Linda and children went to San Antonio, Carlsbad and on to
Arizona where papa Jack Griffin was to meet them. I flew back to L.I.
and have been busy ever since helping plan for a shower for niece
Bonnie Cowell, and to help my sister crochet Bonnie's wedding dress.
The thread for the dress was ordered from France and the pattern
was in Woman's Day magazine double crochet and the popcorn
stitch. Martha started on the dress in June and we finished the dress
just in time for the wedding. Son Mike will help his family get moved
to their new house and farm about August 18th to Enumclaw,
Washington. Virginia wants to get settled before school starts. I will
return to Florida in October.
John and Esther Layport, Hendersonville John and I have en-
joyed a very good year. John has had an operation, but has recovered
nicely. We went on a marvelous trip to Alaska on the "Royal Viking
Star" in September, which was just great in every way. October 30th
we are taking off for Singer Island, Florida where we have rented at
Phoenix Towers, Bldg. A, 2800 Ocean Drive, Apt. 14D, for the period
November 1st until April 1st. If anyone who knows us comes to Singer
Island or that area while we're there, be sure to give us a call. Will
surely try to come to St. Petersburg and attend a meeting or two this
winter. Wouldn't miss seeing our dear friends, the McKeowns and
Dewey Goodwin, and many more.
Clarence and Della Howell, Asheville We attended the
Veterans of World War I State Convention of Virginia in June; the
North Carolina State Convention in July and the National Convention
in Fort Worth, Texas in September. On November 11th we will attend
the Armistice Day Memorial Service in Arlington, VA at the grave
site of General John J. Pershing and the grave of the Unknown
Soldier ... Jack and Carlee Taber were our guests after attending the
Square Dance Festival in Fontana, NC. We had a good visit while
reminiscing and watching the Major League play-offs on television.
Jayne and Russell Weade, Grandy This had been an eventful
year for us. On March 12 we moved from Virginia to Walnut Island in
Grandy and have loved every minute of it. We had the usual
"finishing" things to do after the initial building was complete, but
managed to do those things quite well. Had much company during the
summer, including Russell's sister Helen and her husband Eddie
Jones from Florida. Then Margaret and Archie Carroll came from the
Zone for a visit which we enjoyed very much. Earlier in the year we
had a visit with Ralph and Marie Curies who also visited his brother
near us. About three weeks ago our son Russell, Jr. was knocked from
a ship he was boarding and we nearly lost him. He suffered three bro-
ken ribs, injury to his kidneys and lungs. A week later, after a series
of tests, it was determined that his spleen would have to be removed
and that was done. He is now home from the hospital for a period of
recovery. Russ and Pam have three youngsters; Rusty 7, Randi 3 and
Cathy 1 year old. We have the two younger children home with us to
allow Pam to give more time to Russ. Hope all is well with our mem-
bers and that all have a nice winter season.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Truman and Betsy Hoenke have returned from their summer's
stay at their lake cottage in Vermont. They were accompanied by their
daughter, Diana Bauer, and are happy to report that Diana has com-
pletely recovered from her serious injuries of a year and a half ago.
Among the ex-Zonians who have been visitors of the Hoenkes are Joe
and Rosemary (Reardon) Martinez of Puerto Rico, Ethel and Pete
Cooper, Bea Sergeant and Beverly and Fred Ebdon.
In October, Ruth and Ernie Zelnick traveled to New Orleans, then
on to Houston to visit their son, Paul, and his wife; to Tulsa, Okla., to
visit son, John, and his family; to Horseshoe Bend, Ark., to see Kay and
Dick Potter. They also stopped in St. Louis, Mo., with Kenneth and
Charlie and Carmen Howe have a new granddaughter, Jolene
Natasha, born on August 11th to Alice ("Peanut" Howe) and Don
Bonner. Bill and Louella Howe of Margarita C.Z., spent six weeks with
Carmen and Charlie in October and November. Cliff Beatty and his
wife, Billy, also visited for a few days in September.
Blanche and Carl Browne were guests of Lillian and Bob Van
Wagner in Sept. and George M. Cotton from Brick Town, N.J., spent a
week with them. Bill Lierman, from Sarasota, called on the Van
Wagners while in the area in October.
Marguerite and John Runck attended the Cotton family reunion in
Albany, N.Y., on the 1st and 2nd of October, when about 21 members of
the family got together.
Mrs. Louise Wright, Sierra Vista, Arizona, spent three weeks with
her mother, Mildred, after the death of her father, Bruce Harrell, on
Paul and Betty Bentz, Ruth Sill and Bea Tyrrell spent two weeks
on the Outer Banks, N.C., in September.
Mrs. Roger (Dorothy) Williams of Pompano Beach called on Ruth
Sill, as did Mrs. James (Frances) Dykes, Chapel Hill, N.C., who lived in
Curundu Heights in the 60's.
Howard and Emily Johnson left on the 18th of Sept. for a 55 day
freighter cruise of the Far East. They flew to California and spent two
days with Nita and Rusty Jones and boarded their ship in Oakland.
Before they left, houseguests included Joe and Rae Ebdon, Sarasota,
Fla.; Henry and Irene Donovan from St. Petersburg and Bea Sergeant,
Betty, Paul and "Rik" Runnestrand, Winter Park, Fla., were
houseguests of Alice Roche in October. Also, my daughter, Noralie
(Roche) Shobe, Los Rios, C.Z., spent three weeks with me that month.
Alice H. Roche, Reporter
Alex and Hazel Wilson, Chillicothe We go to visit Mrs. Elsie
Greenwood of Maple Heights Nursing Home on East A Street in
Wellston once a month. She was 102 on May 18th and has outlived her
family. Mrs. Greenwood gets about with her walker but arthritis keeps
her from writing, even though she still tries, but Elsie can see to read
her mail. The Wilson and Greenwood families lived across the street
from each other in Balboa. Perhaps a few old friends would like to drop
Elsie a letter.
Marks 102nd Birthday
MRS. ELSIE GREENWOOD of Wellston marks her
102nd birthday Wednesday, May 18.
The Sentry photographer took Mrs. Greenwood's bir-
Sthday photograph as she was departing for Jackson
Tuesday for Senior Citizens Day. Mrs. Tom Lockard took
"Mrs. Greenwood, one of Jackson county's oldest living
residents to the Mound Street Senior Citizen Center where
she was honored among other senior citizens.
Mrs. Greenwood now resides at the Maple Heights
Nursing Home on East A street in Wellston. Longevity
runs in her family, Mrs. Greenwood says, recalling that
her parents both lived beyond 80 and one grandmother
lived to be 107 years of age.
Twenty seven members of the Panama Canal Society of South
Carolina met for a buffet luncheon at the Ramada Inn on September
29th. All officers were present: James O. Catron, president, V. L.
Clontz, Vice-President, Mrs. Olga Holmes, Secretary-Treasurer, John
A. Everson, Chaplain and C. W. Kilbey, Reporter.
Following the luncheon, a business meeting was held. Copies of the
new by-laws were distributed. Details of the Christmas party were dis-
cussed and a committee was appointed with John Everson as Chairman
with Harry Willenbrock and C. W. Kilbey as assistants. Peggy
Hutchison and Trudi Clontz were named as the Decorating Committee.
Date of the Christmas party was tentatively set as December 16th at
the Holiday Inn, Aiken.
It was agreed that the South Carolina Society should have written
and signed a joint letter of protest to our Senators and Congressmen in
Washington in connection with the proposed Canal Zone Treaty.
The meeting was adjourned at 2 P.M.
Mrs. Diane LeBlanc and daughter, Sandi Marie, of Miami, FL,
spent a few weeks in late summer visiting with Diane's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Albert Shore. The Shores, accompanied by grandson Stephen
LeBlanc, motored to Canada in late August. They visited family and
friends in Ottawa, Ontario.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Everson joined members of Omar and Hejaz
Shrine Temples in a flight to Hawaii. They left Columbia, SC on October
13th and returned a week later. They also spent six days earlier in the
summer at Bat Cave, near Hendersonville, NC, and accompanied by
Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Hartley of West Columbia, SC, spent a few days on
Fripp Island, off the shore of South Carolina. The Hartleys also drove to
Tucson, AR, then on to Las Vegas, NV. Enroute the visited with Mrs.
Hartley's sister, Mrs. Lee.
In September, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Myers spent a week in Florida
visiting their son and family. While there, they assisted in the celebra-
tion of their son's (Lee, Jr.) birthday.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Willenbrock drove to Durham, NC in Sep-
tember to visit their daughter, Susan Wiseman and husband. This was
the first extended trip taken since Harry had open heart surgery in the
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron drove to New Mexico in October to
visit an aged uncle of Catron's. They continued their trip by seeing the
sights of Las Vegas.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. Hutchison, in late summer, visited with
her sister, Marian and husband, Hal Leibert. They joined forces and all
drove to Prince Edward Island, Canada to visit relatives. They also
stopped in Scranton, PA to see the Hutchison relatives. The Hutchisons
had their daughters and husbands (Vichi and Bob Boukalis and Dianne
and Jerry Cox and son, Wally) as houseguests during the latter part of
V. Lee and Trudi Clontz spent the first week of September at
Myrtle Beach, SC in the company of Max Garni and wife of North
Carolina. Max is the brother of Trudi. The Clontzs then drove to
Pennsylvania to visit Lee's family. They returned to Aiken via Wil-
liamsburg, VA and enjoyed the sights at that replica of an old town
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey travelled to the home of their daughter
and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Luken, Jr. near Nicholasville, Ky. in
October. Enroute they enjoyed the fall coloring in the Blue Ridge,
Great Smoky and Cumberland Mountains.
At the time this was written, Charles J. (Artie) Holmes was in an
Aiken hospital intensive care section suffering from a respiratory con-
dition affecting his heart.
C. W. Kilbey
Mrs. A. J. Landreth, Bandera It was wonderful having the
following former Canal Zone residents with us to attend Laraina and
Richard's wedding: Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coyle and family of Austin;
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. John Litton and Mr. and Mrs. E.
M. Smith of Kerrville, and Mrs. Marguerite Orr of San Antonio, Texas.
Nita Webster, Kerrville We moved from San Antonio into our
new home in Greenwood Forest on the 29th of July. We have already
fallen in love with the beautiful area and the many lovely people who
live here. In August Mrs. Archie Carroll, from Balboa, CZ came by with
Marian Wells. Today we had the pleasant surprise to have Marian
Wells bring Ernest and Neleree Berger by for a visit. The Bergers are
from Tennessee. It is always good to see our many 'ole friends, and we
welcome all of you to drop in for a visit when you come this way. Best
wishes to all of you.
KERRVILLE NEWS REPORTED BY JACKIE BISHOP
On September 1st, shortly after the announcement of the new
Panama Canal Treaty, Dale Bishop spoke before a group of seventy-
five concerned citizens of Kerrville at the invitation of the Conservative
Caucus group. He used material derived from various publications as
well as his own experience over thirty-five years with the PC Company.
It was obvious by the many questions asked at the conclusion of his talk
that local people have been uninformed about the true situation in the
Canal Zone and that the new Treaty has created much interest and
concern over the Panama Canal. The members of the Conservative
Caucus agreed as a group to oppose the new Treaty.
In August, the Bishops were guests of Dale's daughter, Edie, at
Lake Tahoe, California. Dale had been west before, courtesy of the U.S.
Marine Corps, but it was the first time for Jackie and the children,
Mark and Jeanne. The drive from Texas was lovely; our stay in Tahoe
couldn't have been better and it is truly a beautiful place with ideal
weather. Edie plans to return to school for completion of her Masters at
the California State University in Sacramento and continue her part-
time job in Lake Tahoe.
More Kerrville News Kenneth (Red) Coleman attended the
wedding of his daughter, Dottie in Austin. He then spent several weeks
of the summer at his home in Kerrville, then stopping off in St.
Petersburg before returning to the Canal Zone.
Gene (White) Litton is home and doing well after a stay in Audie
Murphy Hospital for a knee operation.
Ted Young, retired from Marine Traffic had a bout with a heart
attack but is home and doing very nicely.
Tim Calvit, son of Benny and Anna, joined the Army and served his
basic and schooling at Fort Jackson, SC. He returned home to Kerrville
before being sent to his new assignment at Fort Kobbe.
Mrs. Hugh White has come from Chaelis, WA to live permanently
with her daughter Gene and son-in-law John Litton in Kerrville. She is
still quite active and enjoys working in the garden.
Mr. and Mrs. John Farris and family (Gladys Walker) made a short
visit with the Calvits on their way home from visiting in Arkansas to El
Paso. Anna and daughter Helen made a trip to the Canal one to visit
with Bob. Anna returned to Kerrville, but Helen stayed with her father
afid is attending Canal Zone College.
Mr. Mitchison of Dennison, TX made a short visit to Kerrville,
visiting his many friends and was taken around by Ezra Smith.
Rene ank Ruth (Taylor) and family made a stop to visit with the
Calvits and Griers in Kerrville on their return trip to California.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
July is not the best time to see Houston but heat and humidity did
not deter Grace Thornton's sister, Marie Keegan Dodge of Brea, Cali-
fornia, from visiting Grace and Dal at that time.
In August, Bud and Dot Yost of Dothan, AL were in our fair city.
They visited their son, Ted and his wife, Karen, and met their
four-month-old grandson, Chad.
Peggy Ellis had another setback but rallied and is again convalesc-
ing at the home of her daughter, Joan, in Bullard, TX.
Tilly Levy had her cataract surgery and is progressing well.
Florence Terry, true to her given name is Tilly's Florence Nightingale,
the epitome of kindness.
Mrs. W. F. Young reported to Dal Thornton that "Beaver" is doing
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Browne (Blanche Adler) were on leave in the
States this summer visiting friends and spending some time in their
Stateside home in New Hampshire.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis De Armas, teachers at Balboa High School,
were on home leave and visited their son, Louis, Jr., his wife and their
daughter, Christine in Florida.
Bea and Glen Rhyne are presently on vacation in the States. They
will visit their son and family in El Paso where he is with the Customs
and Immigration Service.
Laurita Barber (Mrs. Tom, Jr.) teacher at Ancon from 1963 to
1965, visited Mr. and Mrs. Carl Browne in June. From there she went to
Bangkok and Hong Kong, returning to Houston where she is an
elementary teacher in the Spring Branch School District.
The fall meeting of the PCST was held on the 15th of October. Mr.
and Mrs. George Lowe of Delaware, brother and sister-in-law of our
Mary Jo Yaeger were guests. They are all scheduled for a visit in
Arkansas with relatives and friends.
Mrs. Jessie L. Bush
It's been awhile since you've had a report from Orem, Utah, so
here's a condensed version of what the last several months have
brought our way.
I think the highlight of the year for me was Mothers' Day. It has
been twelve years since both our children were home at that time and
this year our daughter, Jean (Chickie), with her husband, Gregory
Gunn and their three little girls, as well as our son Adrian (Bud), and his
wife Beverly Olsen and their son were all here. Bud and Bev spent a
month with us. He is a pilot for the Air Force and he and his family are
living in Okinawa, Japan.
On May 17, Adrien and I set out for Florida and points south! We
drove to Sarasota and flew from there to the Canal Zone, where we
spent the rest of the summer. When we returned to the States at the
end of August, we visited with Florence and Danny Marsicano and
Maria and Bill Keller in Lehigh Acres, FL. We visited with several
other Zonians in Titusville at the home of Ruth and Rufus O'Neal. We
also visited with Virginia and Bill Lyons in Tallahassee. Then we left
Florida and drove up to my old hometown, Vineland, NJ. It was
September 9, by the time we got back to Utah and our neighbors greet-
ed us with gifts from their gardens corn, tomatoes and peaches. I
canned lots of the peaches so we can continue to enjoy them through
Since we've been back we've had visits from Ed Parker (Cristobal
Telephone Exchange) who now lives in New Orleans and from Joe
Palumbo (formerly of Curundu) now living in Las Vegas. Their visits
overlapped and while they both were here we all attended a debate on
the Panama Canal Treaties. It was very well attended and Adrien and I
have found that the people in this area are interested in the issues and
eager to learn all they can. After the debates we had quite a lengthy
conversation with the man who argued the negative points of the
treaty, who happens to be an administrative assistant to Senator Orin
On October 20, we will be leaving from San Francisco to fly to
Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, and a visit with Bud and Bev in
Okinawa. We should be back early in December.
Marie and Herbert Tabert, Provo, Utah We thoroughly enjoyed
visiting with old friends at the reunion in St. Petersburg. On July 16,
about 120 former Zone residents gathered in Provo Canyon for a day of
sharing picnic lunches and reminiscing. This is an annual event started
several years ago by Maria Tabert and Jean (Chickie Bouche) Gunn.
The majority of those attending are people who were stationed in the
Zone with the military. This year we had Lois and Bill Affeltranger of
Los Rios and LaRue and Lester Hutchinson of Balboa there. Other
former Pan Canal families attending were the Ralph Edwards of Manti,
Utah; the Keith Lanes of Provo; and the Taberts and the Gunns.
SOur big news this year is how quickly our family has grown. Our
new grandson arrived in August (see birth announcements) and our
son, Capt. Ierbert Tabert, will be married to Eileen Mastin on
November 17. Herbert is an aircraft commander of a C-141 Starlifter
flying out of Norton AFB, California to various parts of the world.
Bert had a beautiful big garden again this year and I have spent
much time canning and freezing the fruits and vegetables for later use.
Frost is due to hit our valley this week so I am busy making tomato soup
from the last of the tomatoes. With that out of the way, wedding ar-
rangements will take top priority.
The September 1977 issue of the Salem, Virginia Chapter #1277
American Association of Retired Persons news carried an article that
President Burman S. Spangler was in charge of a trip to Blowing Rock
and the Tweetsie Railroad. This is a one day trip with a ride on the
train, cable car or bus to the Castle, the Old Saloon and the show by the
Can Can girls.
Dick and Shirley Cox, Charlottesville Report having a good
year, two trips to Florida to the Society reunions (but arrived late for
the July picnic so spent their time at Deltona and Winter Park instead)
and much travel in northern latitudes. Larry, still with the Air Force in
California, was promoted to Lt. Colonel September 1st. Eileen's
husband, Geoffrey Cowell made his wings as a full colonel (Army)
effective the same date. The Cowell's are still in Maryland, he being in a
command position at Fort Meade. Brian has received a transfer from
the Josephite Fathers to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, but still works
directly with the poor of the city. Kathleen has just entered the hospital
for her fourth child, we're plugging for a girl. We are looking forward to
hearing Lucho again next April a much better date for us
Irma (Patchett) Kruzick and son Danny and daughter Patty as-
sisted in driving a bus from Seattle to Costa Rica. Patty returned to
Kirkland from Costa Rica but Irma and Danny continued on down to the
Canal Zone for a visit with her brother-in-law Bob Calvit, for a couple
weeks before returning to Kirkland.
Norine Hall Kauffer, Jane Jour- Ex-Canal Zone Police George
ney, Bud Journey, Harriet Jour- Cooper, Murray Falk, Grady
ney and Laura Johnson Hardison and Jesse [Jack] Bunk-
Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Our picnic of August 20th was
a great success. We're still enjoying the reminiscences. The age range
of attendants was most interesting, covering construction day Zonians
to the present. In many instances we had three generations
The presence of these fellow Zonians made it a most delightful and
memorable event. The informality and well-known camaraderie of the
group made it possible to catch up on all the news. Each group brought
their own picnic lunch and recreational activities were available for
every age group.
Darrell and Nancy K. Eide, Lee Rita Washabaugh, Luke Palum-
and Lilybel Kariger and Britta bo, Marilyn and Tom Marsh,
Jorstad Margaret and Grady Hardison
and Dorcas and George Cooper
Those in attendance included: Mary Plummer Thomson, Tillie Roe
Lawrence, (Arizona), Fred and Grace Gemmell, Neil and Dorothy
Doherty, Heidi Huff (Doherty grand-daughter), Neil and Tammy
Doherty, Joan Doherty Staltz and children, Mrs. Charles (Alvina)
Strong, Lee and Lilybel Kariger, Nancy Kariger Eide, Darrell Eide,
Britta Jorstad, Lars Jorstad, (California), Perry and Rita Washabaugh
(Penna.), Al and Peggy Rankin, Martha K. Young, Glenn and Evelyn
Kimberling, Floyd and Beverly Baker (Gatun), Tom and Marilyn Marsh
and daughter Edythe, Lester and Billie Ruth Wallace, George and
Dorcas Cooper, Ken and Eula Zimmerman, Mike Zimmerman, Earl and
Juanita Stone (California), Ann and Jack Rocker, Dorothy Holzapfel
Rohr and husband, Betty Holzapfel, Doc and Ruth Cochran, Will and
Kathy Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Emery, Gary and Mary Huffman
Novak, Grady and Margaret Hardison, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Swanson,
Don and Maycel MacLean, Estelle J. Lusky, Charles A. Lusky, Jay
and Judy Lusky, Luke and Frances Palumbo (Arkansas), Sarah
Palumbo Rued, George Reichel, Jesse and Lucille Bunker, Candy and
Murray Falk, Jane Journey, Norine Hall Kaufer (California), Lois
Hamilton, Bud and Harriet Journey, Laura Johnson, Andy and Mamie
(Williams) Van Siclen, Andy Van Siclen, Jr., Betty Clay Hoverter,
Leonard Miesse, Mina Dee (Florida), Mary Jo Lang, Bill Lang, Ted and
Ruth Freeman, Jim Freeman, Dave and Connie Coffey, Kirsten McKay
Dart, husband and son, Dave and Esther Hanna and two children,
Wayne and Ruth Smith, Eunice Limkemann, Jim B. Wood and family,
Mike Baas (Wash., DC), Connie Lasher Pennington and three children,
Glenn and Gladys Lasher, Bertha McKay (California), James and
All names were people now living in Washington or Oregon unless
Applications for membership in the Pan Canal Society were
Glenn and Gladys Lasher have been delighted to have had as
guests during the past year Dr. Loizeaux of Coco Solo Hospital, Tommy
and Wanda Styles and family of Gatun, daughter Betsey Lasher Curtin
and twins, from Miami, Tommy Compton of Gatun, Ruth and Chris
Simonsen of California. We tried to show our guests as much of the
natural wonders and beauty of the Pacific Northwest as could be
crowded into the schedule.
Martha and Jim Wood enjoyed the company of Kelly and Bob
Maynard of Florida, Ray, Lucy and Kathy Bush formerly of Tacoma,
now residing in Florida, Bert McKay of California as houseguests
during the past year.
Mopsy Wood and Gladys Lasher
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Anne Keegan of the Chicago Tribune visited with Russell Potter,
93, Andy Fraser and the late Lucille Judd, 78, in September and later
wrote an article in her "Close-up" Panama pioneers: They remember.
In part "When Russell Potter arrived, men were still dying of fever,
coffins were stacked at the edge of the camp, and workers in the mess
hall gulped quinine and rum. Men were lined up on the dock waiting
for the next ship out. Russell stayed because they were going to
connect the oceans. Slice across an isthmus of jungle, mountain and
swamp. Scoop up the earth, push back the forests, blast out the rock.
Excavate a mammoth ditch that would short-cut the trip from the
Atlantic to the Pacific. It was a miracle of engineering; a tribute to
American know-how, a modern day wonder. They were going to build
the Panama Canal.
There was yellow fever. Men would suddenly get fever, go to the
hospital and some would not come back. "In the hospitals, under the
legs of beds, were pans of water to keep out the ants. Nobody could
understand how men going to the hospital with typhoid would end up
dying of malaria. Then they discovered that yellow fever and malaria
were spread by mosquitoes. And those pans of water under the
patients' beds were where the mosquitoes bred."
"There were no American women around and the men would
work 10 months and get two months off. Fast as they could, they'd go
to the states and bring back a wife." The women who went down there
in the early days are the unsung heroes of the Canal Zone" says Andy
Fraser, whose mother took him down in 1908 three years after
Russell Potter arrived. There were no roads just railroad. Three
trains that crossed the isthmus every day and every train had a
hospital car on it filled with sick men. I remember playing in the canal
as they were digging it walking right down in the center. In the
summer as a teen-ager, I worked on the canal. My title was 'boy' and I
made 10 cents an hour."
I was raised right on the banks of the canal" says Lucille Judd.
"From our little house I could see the big shovels working and I would
go down and watch the men. They wore long-sleeved shirts to protect
them from the sun and they worked like dogs. When there was going
to be an explosion, they'd blow a whistle that would blast your ears off
and you'd have to run for cover under the house or crouch in a
Many men died in those explosions. The slides came down and
covered the steamshovels. In 1907, when we came down there were
few families. There was only one rocking chair in the CZ and my
father hid it so that we had the only rocker in the canal. "I remember
when Teddy Roosevelt came down. He wore all white and he knew
everyone by name. He told us to be mighty proud of what we were
doing, and I am. There was never a doubt in our minds that the job
would be done."
These three pioneers did not leave when the canal was complet-
ed. Potter worked as a stenographer, Lucille Judd in the commissary,
Andy Fraser in the dredging division. They and their families were
pioneers in a masterful effort to conquer nature. The Panama Canal
was their life still is intrinsically tied to their own personal
histories. Although St. Petersburg is where they live now, the canal is
"We were in on it from the beginning," says Potter wistfully.
"And we put many years in keeping it going. I'm sort of glad we don't
have to be there at the end."
Please write your
SENATOR AND CONGRESSMAN
now and in January,
and in February -
regarding Canal Treaty
CHRISTMAS ON THE ISTHMUS
'Twas the night before Christmas.
In this tropical land,
Not a thing was stirring
Excepting our fan.
The Canal was all silent
Folks shared the same fear.
Without any snow
How could Santa get here?
Then out at the Pier
There arose such a clatter,
We rushed to our porch
To see what was the matter!
From his Gig to the Seawall
Santa leaped with a bound,
Then sprang to our rooftop
And stood looking around.
Then he said with a chuckle:
"By yumpin' yiminy .
First they don't have the snow,
Now they don't have a chimney.
Inside of a twinkling,
With steps light and sure,
He swung from the rooftop
And entered our door.
Our stockings we'd hung
By the window with care,
Scarcely hoping Saint Nicholas
Would ever look there.
But he found them o.k.
And went to work with a grin,
The lack of a fireplace
Couldn't stop him!
He pushed back his cap,
Ran a hand through his hair,
Then left presents galore
In a big bamboo chair.
He mopped his wet brow
And sighed with great patience,
As he jokingly mumbled,
"What a place to be stationed!"
Each quarters he visited
With the very same vim,
And when he was finished
He went for a swim.
Then he boarded his Gig,
And we all heard him say,
"It's not a white Christmas,
But I made it o.k.!"
And we heard him exclaim,
As he sailed out of sight -
"Merry Christmas to all,
And to all a good night."
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK
WITH DEPOSIT FOR ONE NIGHT DIRECT TO:
3600 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. REUNION APRIL 28-29,1978
PLEASE RESERVE FOR ME THE FOLLOWING:
SINGLE $16.00 DOUBLE $18.00 EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON $3.00
Arrival Date ............................................ Departure Date ......................................
N am e ............................................................................. ............................................
A address ............................................................. City ...........................................
RESERVATION FORM FOR COCKTAIL RECEPTION-DANCE
APRIL 28, 1978
RAMADA INN, 3600 34th Street South
$3.00 per person. Please reserve Seating Space and Tickets for ......................... people.
N am e ................................................................ .........................................................
A address ........................................................................... ..........................................
Enclosed is $ .................. Check ................... M.O. ................... Cash .....................
representing total number tickets.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
APRIL 29, 1978
RAMADA INN, 3600 34th Street South, St. Pete
Saturday, 12:30 P.M.
PRICE: $4.50 per person, including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon tickets for
N am e ................................................................ .........................................................
N am e ................................................................ .........................................................
N am e ................................................................ .........................................................
N am e ................................................................ .........................................................
Enclosed is $................ Check ................. M.O. ..................... Cash .....................
representing total for all persons listed above.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION
(Required by 39 U SC 3685)
I. TITLE OF PUBLICATION CAAL RECORD
3. FREQUENCY OF ISSUE A. NO. OF ISSUES PUBLIHE B. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION
FIVE TIMES A YEAR-- MAR JUN SEP NOV & DEC ANNuALIV (5) P E 7.00
4. LOCATION OF KNOWN OFFICE OF PUBLICATION (Street, City, County, State and ZIP Code) (Not printers)
2301 WOODLAWN CIRCLE, WEST, ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33704 (PINELLAS COUNTY)
5. OT OF THE HEADQUARTERS OR GENERAL BUSINESS OFFICES OF THE PUBLISHERS (Not printers)
509 40TH STREET, OUH, ST PETESBURG, FLORIDA, 33711
6. NAMES AND COMPLETE ADDRESSES OF PUBLISHER, EDITOR, AND MANAGING EDITOR
PUBLISHER (Name and Address)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC., 5094 40TH ST. SOUTH, ST PETERSBURG,FL 337
EDITOR (Name and Address)
MRS ANNA T. COLLINS, 2301 WOODLAWN CIR WEST, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33704
SWIS A DToIAdIoLf. TWOODLAWN CIR WEST, ST PETERSBURG, FL 33704
7. OWNER (If owned by a corporation, its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addressesof stock
holders ownng or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corpoton, the names and addresses of the Indvdual
owners must be given. If owned by a partnership or other unincorporated firm, ts name and address, as well as that of each ndividuol must
THE PANAMA l UAIJAL UI ';II U1' FLrI1DA, iHU 5094 4UTH STH.SOUTH, ST PETERSBURC, FL
8. KNOWN BONDHOLDERS, MORTGAGEES, AND OTHER SECURITY HOLDERS OWNING OR HOLDING 1 PERCENT OR MORE OF
TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONDS, MORTGAGES OR OTHER SECURITIES (If there are none, so satte)
9. FOR COMPLETION BY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AUTHORIZED TO MAIL AT SPECIAL RATES (Sectaon 132.122, PSM)
The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status tor Federal income tax purposes (Check one)
HAVE NOT CHANGED DURING HAV ANGED DURING E r must submit explanation of change
PRECEDING 12 MONTHS PRECEDING 12 MONTHS
AVERAGE NO. COPIES EACH ACTUAL NO. COPIES OF SINGLE
10. EXTENT AND NATURE OF CIRCULATION ISSUE DURING PRECEDING ISSUE PUBLISHED NEAREST TO
12 MONTHS FILING DATE
A. TOTAL NO. COPIES PRINTED (Net Pre Run) 2,560 2,500
B. PAID CIRCULATION
I. SALES THROUGH DEALERS AND CARRIERS. STREET NONE NONE
VENDORS AND COUNTER SALES
2. MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS 2,82 2,473
C. TOTAL PAID CIRCULATION (Sum of 10B and 10B2) 2,482 2,473
D. FREE DISTRIBUTION BY MAIL. CARRIER OR OTHER MEANS 5
SAMPLES. COMPLIMENTARY. AND OTHER FREE COPIES
E. TOTAL DISTRIBUTION (Sum ofC and D) 2,490 2,478
I. OFFICE USE. LEFT OVER, UNACCOUNTED. SPOILED
2. RETURNS FROM NEWS AGENTS NONE NONE
G. TOTAL (Sum of E. F1 and 2--hould equal net press run wn 2,560 2,500
in A) I I
SIGNATURE AND TITLE OF EDITOR. PUBLISHER, BUSINESS
II. I certify that the statements made by me IMANAG R OWNER
above are correct and complete. CY"
12. FOR COMPLETION BY PUBLISHERS MAILING AT THE REGULAR RATES (Section 132.121, Postal Service Manual)
39 U. S. C. 326 provides in pertinent pa: "No person who would have been entitled to mail matter under former section 4359 of this title
shell mall such matter at the rates provided under this subectlion unless he flies annually with the Postal Seie a written request for permission
to mWll matter at such rates.
In accordance with the provision of this statute I hebyreby reque permission to mal the publication anmed in tem 1 a the phasd potage
rates presently authorized by 39 U. S. C. 3626.
SIGNATURE AND TITLE OF EDITOR. PUBLISHER, BUSINESS MA7 GER. OR OWNER
p r976 3526 (Page 1)
(See instructions on reverse)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Box 11566
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.
N am e (W ife) ....... ........ ..
S street ............................. ... B ox
City ..... ..................... .State Zip Code .
Former PC Employment ................... .. .. .. .. ..
Amount Enclosed $ ..... Check .... .. M.O. .. Cash ..
DUES $10.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
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. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND DUES
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N a m e . . . . . .
Address ........... ................... ........... Box ........
C ity ............. .. ......... State ............. Zip C ode .. ....
T elep h one ................. ....................
N am e ............... ......... .................................. ...
Address ... ................................ ............. .....
City ............ ..... ...... S tate ........... Zip C ode .........
Am ount Enclosed $ ..... ..... Check ......... M .O... ...... Cash.........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE
Please mail to
City State Zip Code_
Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted _
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
"What a fine summer in 1977 we had travelling in our Starcraft
Trailer and as a member of the Starcraft Club of Florida. We spent
several days at Fort Wilderness Park River Country, and the Magic
Kingdom at Disney World before going on to Lady Bird Johnson Park
at Fredericksburg, Texas, in July. We joined over 2,000 persons for
the International Starcraft Camper Club's 10th Anniversary. Our
daughter and family, Beverly, Warren, David, and Michael, joined us
on our trip to the great state of Texas. On our way home, we visited
with Ruby and Mac McGowin, Bob and Myrtle Heald, and "Buster"
and Judy McGowin in Prattville, Alabama. Arrived home just in time
to outfit the trailer for a trip to Lake Allatoona, Georgia, for the
Georgia Rebel Rally, another activity of the Starcraft Camper Club. In
September we attended the White Springs campout with an old
fashioned ice cream social and Jim made a tube float trip down the
Our good friends, Hugh and Anne Hale, arrived from Texas to
live here in Florida and are looking for a home. So happy to have them
As you can see, retired folks really do know how to enjoy life. No
time left hardly to cut the grass at home anymore. We really enjoy our
monthly camping trips. Have just finished putting the final touches to
the Sunshine Jamboree at the Salt Springs Campground over the
New Year's Holiday. We go some place new each month and meet new
friends all the time.
Will be seeing you all at the Canal Zone Reunion in April."
Dorothy A. Bryant
Pinellas Blind Library at 6500 62nd Avenue North, #16, Pinellas Park,
Florida33565 is sponsored by the Pinellas County Arts Council. The library
is a library of tape reels and cassettes covering a variety of subjects in the
educational, entertainment and spiritual fields. These recordings are free
on a loan basis to all blind persons and shut-ins. This library is just now
being formed and they need help to make this library a reality.
Readers for short articles, condensed books and biographies.
Tape recorder enthusiasts with reel recorders to edit long pro-
grams and travelogues into half-hour master tapes.
To share our tape and/or record library, spoken words, operas,
plays, music, etc.
Cassette players to loan out to the blind. Also reels of tape,
cassettes (new or used).
Dollar bills for operating costs (tax deductible).
If you can help as a volunteer, donation of equipment or tape Call
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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