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Canal record
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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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Vol. 12 MARCH, 1978 No. 1

Vol. 12

MARCH, 1978

No. 1

P resident Says ...................................... ..................... 2
From the Secretary's Desk ............................................... 2
Editor's Lines ................... ................... ............. 2
Legislative Report ............ ..... ..................................... 6
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ................ ........................... 6
Reunion Information .................................................... 10
A SHADOW'S VIEW by S. W. Perkins ....................... ......... 10
News Features and Announcements ................ ...................... 12
Retirem ents ................... ..................... .. .......... 21
W eddings ........................ .. ....................... 28
Births .................... ................... ............... 29
D eaths .......:.... ................................ ... ..... 32
Sale and Locator .............................................. .......... 75
N ew M em bers ...................... ................................ 77

Alabama .............. ......... 40 Minnesota .................. ..... 67
Alaska .................. ....... 41 Mississippi .................. .. 67
Arizona ............... ......... 42 North Carolina ................... 68
Arkansas ......................... 43 Ohio .......................... 70
California ......................... 46 Oregon ........................ 70
Colorado ........................... 58 Hawaii .......................... 70
Florida .......... ..... ........... 58 South Carolina ................... 71
Georgia ........................... 66 Texas ........................... 72
Maine ............................. 66 Virginia ....................... 74
Maryland .......................... 67 W ashington .......... .......... 74

Ramada Inn (South) ................. 31 Vigilant Real Estate ............... 44
Real Estate SHOWCASE ............ 41 HANSEN Marine, Inc ............ 15


MAR. 16 PCSSoCAROLINA, Heart of Aiken Restaurant
APR. 7 Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
APR. 9 PCS SOUTHERN CA Annual Business Luncheon, Mission Viejo Golf &
Country Club, Mission Viejo, CA 12 Noon
APR. 28 REUNION Ramada Inn (South)
10:00 A.M. Registration and Get-Together
2:00 P.M. Business Meeting
7:30 P.M. Cocktail Reception with LUCHO
10:00 A.M. Get-Together
12:30 P.M. Luncheon
MAY 30 Memorial Day
JUN. 2 Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships

P. O. Box 11566

Robert J. Roy


J. F. Warner

H. L. Clarke, Jr.

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Record Editor

Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Paul M. Disharoon


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

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Gaddis Wall

Eugene I. Askew

Troy Hayes

Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks

Mrs. Anna T. Collins
J. Winter D. Collins
Liaison Officer for
the Canal Zone

The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.

The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.

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

South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.

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

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

MARCH, 1978

Vol. 12

No. 1


All arrangements have been made for our 1978 Reunion and I am
proud to inform you that we will break all records for attendance. The
reason for this, I believe, we changed our date from January to April.
My staff is till working diligently to make things as pleasant as
possible for members. I know it is impossible to please everyone, but
we try.
Lucho says he is raring to go!
We have a good supply of Bumper Decals and Tags. Put one on
your car be proud of your Society!
See you all at the Reunion.
Rob Roy


The Reunion is fast approaching and as some of you are aware,
we have sold out for Lucho and the luncheon. For those of you who
have been placed on the "waiting list", I have a word of hope. Every
year we have many cancellations. Some folks over reserve because a
friend or relative may come. Others reserve for friends and then dis-
cover the friends have made their own reservations. Also, weather
permitting, we will have the use of the lovely pool and patio area ad-
joining our convention rooms. So, please don't give up your plans to
attend the reunion just because you are not guaranteed tickets at the
time you send in your request. As cancellations are received, I will
confirm reservations for those on the waiting list. So please, if you
have too many reservations, cancel as soon as possible.
Soon after this March issue is mailed, we begin the tedious job of
sending out reminder notices to those who have neglected to pay their
dues. Each year I send approximately 500. The Postage alone runs
around $45.00. This is your money that is being wasted. Don't wait for
the reunion to pay your dues. Send them in now and help us save time
and money.
Jean Mann


My son, Charles and his wife, Nancy, of Meridian, MS, accompa-
nied me to Panama on a 10-day trip during the holidays. We were
guests of the Ron Molinaros (Joan Barrett), however, we stayed at
guest housing US Naval Station Panama. Matthew Barrett was also
visiting the Molinaros. Ron and Joan were both working, so when
they could, they took us sightseeing, however, we took in Balboa on
our first day by starting out having breakfast at the Balboa Clubhouse
and enjoying the delicious, just out of the oven, empanadas. After

eating we looked over the molas, etc. of the San Blase Indians who
now sell their wares at Stevens Circle in front of the commissary and
the post office. The weather was delightful with the Trade Winds
blowing so we ventured by foot down the Prado, one area that still
looks the same, and I explained as we went along how the area used to
be and how it is today. The police station or records building which
housed the Dormitory for the Junior College back in 1938-39 where
Bea Cotton French, Theresa Goulet Wright, Macel Goulet Thomson
and I once roomed, when Mrs. Hamlin was Housemother and the late
Mrs. Minnix supervised the kitchen, was torn down some years ago.
To the right of the Administration Building steps, beyond Goethals
Memorial, was an elementary class spraying madonnas they had
made. We then walked up the stairs, toured the building and admired
the murals on the ceiling of the rotunda and viewed the Governors
pictures. Leaving by the back door we walked down to the
Library-Museum. We must have been the only people walking! From
there we took a Chiva into Panama City, had lunch and did some
Ron took us to the Balboa Train Station Thursday morning and
we made the journey over to Cristobal. We lunched on delicious
corbina at the restaurant on Front Street; did some shopping at the
Hindu Shops and the French Bazaar. We "dickered" with a taxi driver
and then toured New Cristobal and Colon. The only building that I felt
was still in good condition was the Washington Hotel. Upon entering
the hotel, the gorgeous chandelier was chiming as the prisms swayed
in the breeze. The ballroom has been made into a casino but all in all, it
is a beautiful building and brought back many memories of years gone
by high school proms, dinners and even my honeymoon. I
remember my Mother and Dad saying they had spent their honey-
moon at the Washington Hotel too. CHS, now another school, still
stands but not as stately as it did years ago when the Panama Canal
Schools Division maintained it. And on along the waterfront there
were new, but poorly cared for tenaments. This property would sell
for thousands of dollars per lot if in the U.S. I pointed out the now re-
modeled house on Margarita Street where I once lived and where
other members of our family lived in New Cristobal. After a short
visit to the Cathedral we rushed back to the railroad station as it was
was train time.
In the evening at sundown, Matthew picked us up and drove us
through Amador down to the Fortified Islands a beautiful sight
with ships departing the Canal, leaving Panama Bay and heading out
into the Pacific. Ron and Joan had dinner guests from Dothan, AL -
Dot Yost, and Margaret and Jack Hern with all the Herns on the
Zone; the Charlie Beldons who are now residents of Dothan, Matt and
the three of us to mention a few. Everything was delicious and the
three of us especially enjoyed the fresh papaya and the pineapple from

The next day we did some more sightseeing on our own via Chiva
(now I will buy a picture of the Chiva painted by Julie Herrman of
Clearwater) to West Bank, where we shopped at the Marine Barracks
Post Exchange. In the evening we toured about and had dinner at the
American Legion Club. Much to my sorrow, the house where Charles
lived after birth, across the street from the Legion Club or the Sailfish
Club (back in those days) had been torn down two years ago. What a
pity, as this old house was from the French days, used for many
purposes at one time the Quarantine Doctor's Office; during the
war USN Bachelor Officers quarters, family quarters, etc. A historical
society would have kept it standing, as they would have kept various
other buildings throughout the Canal Zone and Panama.
Saturday Ron drove us to Paitilla at 0530 a.m. and we flew to
Contadora, which is 35 miles from Panama City and takes 17 minutes
by plane, for the day. As the plane was flying over the Perlas Islands
nearing Contador, I noticed the island next to Contadora had an old
village and a church high on the mountain top. After our plane landed
we rented a dugout boat with a motor and went to Saboga Island
where we were told the employees live who work at the hotel on
Contadora. These employees live in the new village the older
houses are in very bad condition. Charles and Nancy were surprised
to see fish hanging on the clotheslines to dry. Saboga certainly is one
of the poorest inhabited islands or towns in the Republic. We visited
the church and read on a slab that it was remodeled in 1889. On our
return to Contadora we circled the entire island. Before lunch we took
a tour of Contadora Island. One of the many houses pointed out was
where Ambassador Bunker and Mr. Linowitz worked on the Canal
Treaties. All houses are elite only the well to do live on this island.
The hotel offers tennis, golf, swimming, ping pong, sailing, water
skiiing, fishing, has luxurious restaurants, cocktail lounges, casinos,
cabanas or regular rooms and suites, also a presidential suite. Lunch
was delicious and served elegantly.
In the evening we had a family Christmas Eve dinner with the
Molinaros and then attended midnight mass at St. Mary's. I did not
see anyone I knew, however, when I later talked with Shirley and Don
Brayton they mentioned they went to St. Mary's also. Christmas Day
Joan gave us the grand tour of Panama City and Old Panama. Visiting
the church of the Golden Altar was especially beautiful at this time,
with the creche on the main altar.
Monday, Charles, Nancy and Matthew went to the San Blas
Islands on a Gordon Dalton tour which has doubled in price since I
made the trip eight years ago. They only went to three islands and the
food was but a cheese sandwich, cake and coke. They were very dis-
appointed in the tour.
The next day Charles and Nancy were to have gone through the

Canal, however, the plans fell through. After another contact with the
Port Captains office and a day of rest, I rented a car and I drove them
over to Cristobal at 2:30 A.M. Wednesday. When we arrived at the
pier we learned that all four pilots drove over from the Pacific side to
take the Botany Bay, a large container ship, through the Canal. Over a
cup of coffee we enjoyed talking with several pilots, their viewpoints
on the treaties. When they departed on the launch, I too left Cristobal
in the car and headed back to Balboa. There were many laborers
waiting along the highway for buses and chivas, an uneventful trip but
lovely as the sun came up. As I neared Pedro Miguel Locks there were
several ships going through. I drove into Balboa and bought some
empanadas to take to Matt as he had missed out on these goodies
several times. Anne Helene was up with her girlfriend who spent the
night with her so I had Annie get Uncle Matt up; Annie made a pot of
Mr. Coffee and we enjoyed the empanadas. Later that morning, Joan,
Matt and I went shopping in Panama for gold bracelets and necklaces
- we went into most all the pawn shops very interesting and a new
experience for me.
On our last day we drove up as far as Coronado where we enjoyed
a delicious native lunch. Charles and Nancy enjoyed the tour -
Charles had seen his birthpalce; I had visited with a few Canal Zonites
via telephone and also talked with the Bob Hannas who were down to
visit their four sons and families and the Lloyd Petersons who were
visiting their daughter Cherle Russell. Our PanAm flight carried
many returning college students. After changing planes in Miami I
settled down and picked up the "Sky" magazine featuring the best
seller "The Path Between the Seas". Which reminds me, Did you
know that David McCullough was a member of our society in 1972-73?
Numerous magazines are carrying articles of the Canal Treaties.
A very thorough article on the history and cost of the Canal entitled
"Panama Canal A Bridge Over the Continents" by Trace Percy
appeared in the Winter 1978 issue of the Statesman, a publication of
Columbia Federal Savings & Loan Association. It is one of the best
articles I have read other than the "Path Between The Seas". Not
mentioning any names, it just refers to increasingly strong Panaman-
ian resentment of the United States as Panamanian officials go in and
out of office. The current feelings of U.S. Security, Panama's ability to
operate the canal efficiently and, the ability of the U.S. to defend the
Canal after the ratification of the treaty. Even though we bought the
land and built the Canal and have maintained it for years, politics
steps in and we may not be able to keep it.
Area News Reporters please mail your reports by April 22nd for
June CANAL RECORD, or bring it typed double spaced to the
Reunion with you.
Anna T. Collins


The cost of living was up by 2.4% as of December 31, 1977. It will
come out in our April 1st checks.

William F. Grady

Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
4 November 1977
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the Vice-President, Mr. Howard
Clarke, at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Clarke 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 October meeting.
The Vice-President welcomed the 125 members and guests who
were present.
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Rolf and Joan Arndt Illinois; Marina
Madison Clearwater; Mr. and Mrs. Daniel lanoale Clearwater;
Linda and Matt Shannon St. Petersburg; Nanie Bet Kellums -
Virginia; Dewey Goodwin St. Petersburg; Bob and Evelyn
Matheney Balboa Heights; Bob and Kelly Maynard Ft. Myers;
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Dishong Balboa; Mr. and Mrs. James Barnes -
Coco Solo; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Herrington Clearwater; Mr. John
Ridge, Sr. California; Mrs. Barbara Cunningham St. Petersburg;
Capt. Charlie Fears St. Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Nelson -
Clearwater; and Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wentmore St. Petersburg.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the October
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 Editors,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative announced that the
Cost of Living was up 1.2% as of 1 September. NARFE officials say
they were told that "If you know what's good for you and your
organization in dealing with the Congress in the future, you will keep
your mouths shut." NARFE refuses to be intimidated and will
continue to go to bat for us. By an overwhelming vote the House ap-
proved an amendment by Rep. Joseph Fisher, to kill the provision in
the social security financing bill which would have brought federal and
postal workers under compulsory social security coverage by Jan. 1,
1982. Instead, the amendment provides for a two year study to deter-

mine the feasibility of such coverage and any plan for coordination of
the social security system and civil service retirement.
Five members would celebrate birthdays during November and
one couple would celebrate an anniversary. Best Wishes went out to
Mr. Clarke called on Bob Matheney to speak. Bob brought
greetings from CZ friends. He said the Canal Zone is a place of frus-
tration and anxiety at this time. He encouraged all to write their
Senators and Representatives, but wait until January and February
to receive the greatest impact from their letters.
Joe Lockman, former Mutual of Omaha representative in the
Canal Zone was called on by the Vice-President. Mr. Lockman hopes
to open an office in Sarasota to help people on the C.Z. Benefit Plan.
He held a short question and answer period.
Mr. Jack Ridge was called on and gave several Canal Zone rem-
Mr. Clarke thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor for
serving the refreshments.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:35
P.M. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.

2 December 1977

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:30 P.M. Mr. Roy 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 November meeting.
The President welcomed the 131 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Frances Summerford St. Petersburg;
Meg Alexander St. Petersburg; Tom and Gladys Connely Sara-
sota; Helen Dunn Wilkins Rochester, NY; Esther Green Moxon -
Panama; Marie Westover Pinellas Park; Bernice Stephenson -
Pinellas Park; Tharon Halderman Mitchell Houston, TX; Betty
Haldeman Underwood St. Petersburg; Rita and Perry Washabaugh
- Albion, PA; Raymond and Carol Masino St. Petersburg; Rita and
Warren Hoyle Naragansett, RI and Dot and Bob Herrington St.
Because of our Christmas Party and Special Program, the
President suggested we dispense with the minutes and financial
reports. All were agreeable.

Mrs. Anna Collins, Record Editor, announced that any news
would be in the December Record soon to be put in the mail.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during December and
two couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to
Mr. Bill Brady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up 1.5% as of 31 October. Many of the bills not
acted on before Congress adjourned are still alive and we should not
give up hope yet.
Mr. Roy told of his trip to Ft. Lauderdale for the Luncheon held
there in November.
Mr. Roy then introduced Meg Alexander. Meg is currently
working on a project to supply tapes of music, travelogs, and interest-
ing programs to the blind. She needs volunteers to tape, or be inter-
We had an orchid plant in bloom which was raffled off to help
defray the cost of the Christmas Party. Mr. R. M. Schneider was the
winner, but he in turn redonated the plant to be auctioned off to the
highest bidder. Our capable President, Mr. Rob Roy displayed his
hidden talent as an auctioneer and Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks was the high
bidder. From the sale of tickets and the auction, a total of $55.50 was
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15
Last years Christmas entertainment was such a success that once
again the Lakewood High School Girls Glee Club and the Spartones
entertained following the meeting. These groups are so very talented
and present such a fine program that many have suggested that we
have them at the April Reunion. This possibility will be explored by
the Executive Board.

6 January 1978
The regularly scheduled meetings of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:30 P.M. Mr. Roy 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 December meeting.
The President welcomed the 98 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: John E. Ridge California; W. E. Hughes
- Sarasota; Carl Starke and Cassie Sarasota; John and Dorothy
McLain Sarasota; John D. Mitchusson Texas; Blanche Briscoe -
St. Petersburg; Alma and Tom Burrow New Mexico; Eugene
Gregg Canal Zone; Don Walker St. Petersburg and Mr. and Mrs.

Fred Mohl Sarasota.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the December
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. Mrs. Collins then told of her recent trip to Panama,
and read a poem "A Shadow View" which will be reprinted in the
March issue of the Record.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up 2% as of 30 November. Congress is in recess
and will convene on the 19th of January.
Five members would celebrate birthdays during January. Best
wishes went out to all.
Barbara Cunningham was recognized and asked several ques-
tions pertaining to the reunion. These questions were answered by
the Secretary.
Mrs. Anna Collins praised the recent issue of the Panama Canal
Review. This is a wonderful edition with pictures of the past and
Mr. Roy asked for a round of applause for the refreshment
committee, Mrs. Dolly Barbour and Mrs. Eleanor Connor.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:10
Respectfully submitted,
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Nolan A. Bissell, Chairman of the Nominating Committee
presents the following slate for the year 1978-79:

PRESIDENT Howard L. Clarke
RECORD EDITOR Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Election of Officers will be held at the Business Meeting at 2:00
P.M. April 28, 1978, at the Ramada Inn South, St. Petersburg. Other
officers will be appointed by the President and will be printed in the
June 1978 Record.


Reception Committee for Reunion April 1978

Louise Barnes
Louise Bissell
Dorothy Bryant
Eleanor Buehler
Emmy Lou Clark
Mina Dee
Olga Disharoon
Mary Egolf
Mary Foster

Edith L. Jones, Chairma
Peggy Falk
Naomi Frangioni
Viola Fuller
Virginia Harvey
Ralph Harvey
Mary Belle Hicks
Gladys Humphrey
Kay Miller
Grace Morris

Mary Orr
Ann Pennock
Sarah Rowley
Frances Sharp
Henri Skie
Mary Stacy
Mildred Sutherland
Maybelle Walker
Dorothy Yocum

We shall have the entire Ramada Inn to ourselves during the
The Spartones from Lakewood High School will entertain us
prior to our business meeting on April 28th. They are a very talented
vocal group who have been named Sunshine Ambassadors by the
former Mayor of St. Petersburg because of their many performances
in and outside St. Petersburg. You won't want to miss their program.
Grovernor H. R. Parfitt will be our guest speaker at the luncheon
on April 29th.
The book "PANAMA" editions DeLroisse which has 120 beautiful
colored pictures and 159 pages, 11 x 81/2 inches, written in four
languages will be available for $15.00 CIF Miami.


by S. W. Perkins

In Nineteen-three my paw told me -
And brothers Joe and Hal -
"You boys go help the Colonel dig
The Panama Canal."

So we went down to Frisco town
And hopped the "Water Witch;"
We told the man in Panama
"We're here to dig your ditch."

The mud was worse than we had seen;
The bugs were pretty thick;
The Yellow Fever killed a bunch
And made a lot more sick.

And most men got the jungle rot
That cripples up the feet;
And some got bit by Coral snakes
... But worst of all was heat.

Our sweat drew flies and burned our eyes;
The sun laid good men low;
And Joe would wink and say, "I think
I druther shovel snow."

We watched men die; the years dragged by,
And when we'd marked off five,
The Gaillard Cut came crumbling down
And buried Joe alive.

Though we missed Joe and talked of going,
When all is said and done,
It goes too much against the grain
For us to cut and run.

So seasons passed until at last
Old Hal caught Yellow Jack:
"This ditch has used me up," he swore
"I won't be going back.

With saffron skin and fevered grin
He died without a moan;
I buried him along side Joe,
And I stayed on alone.

And then one day the ditch was done;
I climbed high up the rocks
And watched the first ship rise above
The Miraflores locks.

That night it seemed that in my dream
A tiny snake, and sleek,
Slipped silently to bed with me
And touched me on the cheek.

My brothers took my hands and smiled,
"Come watch the ships go through;
We've found good seats along the ditch
And saved the best for you."

We shadows watch the waterway
We built with our endeavor;
We did our share and want what's fair -
The ditch is ours forever.

So let the Paper Tiger run:
Old Joe and me and Hal
Will still be here in a thousand years,
Watching O U R Canal.

C Southwind 1977

Submitted by Gerald B.Williams with permission.

BG Daniel W. French, Commander of the 3rd ROTC Region, presents
a Retirement Packet to Mrs. Virginia [Pat] Hunter. U.S. Army Photo-

Third ROTC Region, Ft. Riley, KS 12-30-77 NEWS RELEASE
- After 30 years of government service, Mrs. Virginia [Pat] Hunter
retired here on December 27. Upon her retirement she was awarded
the Department of the Army Certificates of Appreciation and
Achievement, a Sustained Superior performance Award and a Re-
tirement Certificate by the Commander of the Third ROTC Region,
Brig. Gen. Daniel W. French.

Sister of Fred J. Ryan who lives in La Boca and works in the
office of the harbormaster at Balboa and whose wife, Vera, works for
the Army at Corozal, Mrs. Hunter said that, "I earned a master's
degree in the school of hard knocks."
Born and reared in the Panama Canal Zone, Mrs. Hunter spent
more than 26 years of government service working there. Her father,
an Army veteran of World War I, went to work in the Canal Zone as
an electrician in 1919.
"As a young girl, we lived in quarters formerly built by the
French. They were wooden quarters the government moved to the
new town site," Mrs. Hunter recalled.
"Each community had a school through the sixth grade," she con-
tinued. "Then they bussed us to Balboa the biggest city for the
seventh through the twelfth grades." After completing the high
school, Pat then Pat Ryan went to work for a steamship company
booking passage for Spanish and English speaking travelers. At night
she attended a junior college.
She then took a learnership position with the Panama Canal Zone
working in the commissary. "We didn't use any money," she com-
mented. "We used commissary coupon books, and part of my job then
was to tear out coupons from the customers' books for the cost of the
item." After that time she held a variety of jobs with the Civil Service
and got married and had three sons.
Moving from the Canal Zone to Kansas in April 1973, Mrs. Hunter
began work for the newly formed but not formally instituted Third
ROTC Region Headquarters at a time when the entire staff consisted
of fewer than ten people. She worked as secretary to the Chief, Ad-
vertising & Public Affairs Division, for more than four years.
During her career with the government, Mrs. Hunter received
the Outstanding Performance Award six times and the Sustained
Superior Performance twice.
Mrs. Hunter plans to retire near the ocean in San Diego -
"because I was raised near the water," she explained. "The Atlantic
side of the Panama Canal Zone had tides about one foot tall, and the
Pacific side where I always lived had tides 11 to 13 feet high."
She expects to move to the West Coast in February and will remain in
Junction City, KS until that time.

John Darby Odom, M.D.
Sue Core Odom

Your correspondent has just read this book and finds it a
delightful account not only of Dr. Odom's life and accomplishments in
the Canal Zone but on excellent insight into life in general, during the

formative years of the Canal Zone, starting in 1916. It is recommended
reading for any of the Canal Zone "Old Timers" who wish to enjoy re-
living the "good old days".
See P. 44 Sept. '77 Canal Record. Perhaps Hindi Diamond should
contact Sue Core Odom and collaborate on her book. On the other
hand, a paperback edition of this book would be a good seller.
Newell W. Rossman, Vice chancellor, Special Assistant to the
Chancellor of Syracuse University writes that he "served in the
Panama Canal from 1941-1945 in the Personnel Division, and particu-
larly in the Research and Service Bureau. I have always been and will
always retain a strong interest in the Canal. While there, I began to
accumulate books, magazines, and monographs related to the Canal
and over a period of years, succeeded in building a nice collection of
value and interest. I have turned it over to the Canal Museum in
Syracuse, NY whose particular interest is in the Erie Canal, and now
has a section on the Panama Canal. We are finding that people are
very interested in it, and it is gaining notriety." It was suggested
by Congressman Daniel J. Flood that Mr. Rossman write to me. A
copy of The Canal Packet, Vol. 1 No. 5, October-November 1977 was
received and states in part "The major part of the Panama Canal
materials housed in the Canal Museum is in the Newell W. Rossman
Panama Canal collection." The collection consists of over 170 items
including 76 books of history and fiction related to the canal. There are
nearly one hundred pamphlets, newspaper articles, magazine articles
and pictures covering diverse topics as plans for a sea level canal,
tourism in the Canal Zone and of course, information on the negotia-
tions for a new treaty with Panama. Mr. Rossman is interested in
joining our Society. Ed.


This year the BHS Class of 1953 is planning a 25th reunion in the
Canal Zone June 30 thru July 4, 1978. The proposed passing of the
treaty this year may result in drastic changes in the Zone. So it is
thought to encompass all the alumni of Balboa High School. Any
suggestions from members on organizing, and carrying out this
enormous undertaking will be gratefully appreciated. I would appre-
ciate a quick response. Theodore R. Norris, 1906 Prout Place, Falls
Church, VA 22043.

There will be a Canal Zone Reunion in the Washington DC area
sponsored by the DC area Zonians on June 24th and 25th, 1978. For
details contact:
Buck Millett 216 Hodges Lane Takoma Park, MD 20012


It is requested that anyone knowing the name of a LIVING
Roosevelt Medal holder, please submit his or her name and address to
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. at an early date.
Further, it is requested that names and addresses of living people
that lived in the Canal Zone prior to the opening of the Panama Canal
be submitted also, to the Editor of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.

BHS Class of 1960 Please send your name and address to be
included in a mail list, with eyes toward a reunion in 1980. Let me hear
from you!
Eileen Cox Cowell
405 Hila Road
Millersville, MD 21108


The Canal Zone Past Matrons of Florida are planning a no-host
luncheon at the Ramada Inn at 12:00 on April 28th during the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in St. Petersburg, FL. All Past Matrons,
Eastern Stars and their guests are invited to attend.
Please notify Kay Miller at 4132 Tee Road, Sarasota, FL 33580
(959-6584) or Ethel Askew, 2593 70th Ave. So., St. Petersburg, FL
33712 (867-1822) by April 20th so confirmed reservations may be


Belated Birthday Greetings to Mr. Benjamin A. Armstrong of
Walnut Creek, CA who celebrated his 98th on February 5th!!! Best
Wishes to Ben from all members and especially Mrs. Jane Journey,
who worked with Mr. Armstrong in the Balboa Clubhouse as a
cashier, along with Mrs. Hearn and Mrs. Phoebe Neville.




Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Kane, Sr.

CONGRATULATIONS!! On November 23, 1977, Mr. and Mrs.
Donald E. Kane, Sr. of Fairless Hills, PA celebrated their 50th
Wedding Anniversary. A Mass was celebrated by the Rev. W. Laut at
St. Frances Cabrini Church where the Kanes have been parishoners
for 25 years.
Following the Mass, the Kanes were honored at a reception and
dinner for 200 at Levittown No. 2 fire hall, hosted by the couple's
seven children and their spouses: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Kane, Jr. -
Augusta, GA; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kane Ijamsville, MD; Mr. and
Mrs. Dennis Kane Omaha, NB; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kane -
Knoxville, TN; Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bandel [Jean] Denver, CO; Mr.
and Mrs. James Brass [Dolores] Palmer, Alaska and Mr. and Mrs.
Mario Lombardi [Patricia] Hurlock, MD. Attending were the
Kane's 15 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; friends and
other relatives.

- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
Senator Theodore F. Stevens, R-Alaska, said at a news confer-
ence in the Administration Building last week that Canal organization
employees have "a legitimate concern over their future" with the pos-
sibility of passage of a new United States Panama Treaty, and that
the employee issue is "not adequately addressed by the documents
I've seen so far."
He said that concern for the people who are trained and have ex-
pertise in running "this magnificent enterprise" has been relegated to

second place, with budget considerations in the foreground.
The senator found fault with the proposed early retirement
package, saying it doesn't meet the needs of employees in the middle
of a Government career. "To talk about additional credits towards re-
tirement in the 10th, 12th, to 15th year of a man or woman's career as
an incentive to train his replacement is foolish." Stevens said, adding
that "They'd be better off to leave and seek a new career while they're
still capable of doing it."
Stevens said the early retirement provisions don't address the
questions of bonuses, readjustment allowances, commitments for
eligibility in other Government agencies, or retraining for other
careers. He commented, "If there are going to be additional oppor-
tunities for Panamanians there must be incentives for the people
running the Canal now to stay."
The senator is a member of the Civil Service Committee in the
Senate, which will consider the employee legislation.
He also expressed concern that Panamanian employees of the
Canal organization be treated fairly by the Government of Panama in
the future. He vowed to address himself to that issue, saying that
Panamanian employees generally have the feeling they are being
abandoned by the United States. He pointed out that they are
"Panama's problem, and we will be looking to see Panama's attitude
about the treatment of these people".
Stevens was on the Isthmus with Senators Thomas Eagleton,
D-Missouri, and Malcolm Wallop, R-Wyoming. Eagleton also attended
the press conference, where he said that they were here to apprise
interested parties that the new Treaty will probably need amend-
ments in order to be ratified by the United States Senate.
Stevens said the Treaty is "supposed to be building a new
relationship between the two governments." He added, "I think there
is enough room for misunderstanding in the drafting of these treaties
to cause trouble for later generations."
Eagleton believes the human rights issue raised with the
Panamanian government by Senator Robert Byrd last month is of
heightened interest in the Treaty debate and said he gathers that the
situation in Panama is improving since the Senate majority leader's
visit.... 9 Dec. 1977.

After 35 years with the Office of the Financial Vice President,
Charles E. Belden and his wife Joan Buttler Belden will leave the
Isthmus for their new home in Dothan, AL. They take with them a
lifetime of memories and the love of hundreds of Canal Zone people
whose paths they have crossed.
Belden's home has been the site of a year-round open house for
kids of every age, whether it was 2-year-old from next door to look at
the fish in the aquarium or the 15-year-old who was tired of being

"hassled" and wanted room to breathe. Over 4,000 young people have
made their way through the Belden's home in the couple's 32 years of
marriage. Among them today are the teenage children of teenagers
who used to come by. Some stayed the evening, to watch television or
listen to records, play cards or to talk with a friend. Some stayed for
weeks trying to straighten out their troubles. The rule of the house
was simple but firm: sign in as you enter and make sure your parents
know you are here. No drugs allowed and no beef if you're under age.
The Beldens took part in the joy or tried to help find the answer to the
The Beldens have received as many as 17 letters a week from
young people who were away. They answered the first one, then
every second or third letter. At Christmas the house burst at the
seams with everyone back from school. Belden took leave this time of
the year so he could be home to enjoy it.
They also made hospital visits where Charles Belden fed patients
who couldn't feed themselves or read to them or talked over up-com-
ing surgery.
But it hasn't been all giving for the Beldens. "Love is something
you earn," says Charles. "If you don't give it, you don't get it." They
get it, especially from the kids. When their only son Charles went
away to college, his friends continued to come by to visit or to share a
meal so the Beldens wouldn't be alone.
Nothing will change in Dothan. If there are young people who
want to visit, the door will be open. If there is a hospital there with a
children's ward, Charles will be there. The Canal Zone's loss is
Dothan's gain ... 23 Dec. 1977.
Gov. H. R. Parfitt ordered flags flown at half staff on January 9,
the anniversary of the January 1964 events on the Isthmus. Part of
the Governor's proclamation read: "WHEREAS, it is appropriate that
this anniversary of those events should serve as a time for reflection
on the need for rededication to the search for understanding and
friendship between the people of both countries."
Beverly Williams, a woman who sees the library as a "haven of
ideas and culture where one has access to both current and historical
information" has been appointed Librarian-Curator of the Canal Zone
Library-Museum. Her first job with the library was 26 years ago as
Library Assistant.
Born and raised in the Canal Zone, Mrs. Williams has a master of
arts from Syracuse University and a master of library service from
Columbia University. She is married to Charles J. Williams, a locomo-
tive engineer retired from the Panama Railroad, and they have two
sons, Patrick and Paul.
To be a good librarian one must have respect for the truth,
particularly in reference work. She believes a person must not be

satisfied with what she thinks is the answer to a question, but must
research deeply, balance the information uncovered, and then make a
decision as to what is correct or true. She was involved in just that
kind of research in trying to assist author Kenneth R. Andrews with a
problem encountered while preparing his edition of The Last Voyage
of Drake and Hawkins. The writer needed to find a location in Panama
where a particular skirmish between the English and Spanish fleet
took place and wrote to Canal Zone Library for help. After much
research Mrs. Williams was able to come up with the exact spot at the
junction of two rivers where the fight took place. The author appar-
ently appreciated Mrs. Williams efforts, as she is given credit in the
preface to this book.
John E. Fisher has been appointed Deputy Financial Vice
President, Office of Financial Vice President. Fisher received a
bachelor of science degree in accounting from Oklahoma State
University. He served as a line officer in the Navy during World War
II. He joined the Panama Canal in November 1953 as a member of the
System Staff of the Comptroller's Office and worked up from
Assistant Chief Accountant and Chief, Accounting Policies and
Procedures Staff. He was promoted to General Auditor in 1964 and
has held that position until his recent appointment.
Fisher is the Comptroller and a member of the Allocations
Committee of the United Way; a member of the Board of Trustees for
the Canal Zone College; a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 1414, Balboa. His
wife, Ena, grew up on Colon where her father was for many years
Consul of the Netherlands. She is secretary to the Director,
Inter-American Geodetic Survey, Curundu. The Fishers have three
grown children; Toni Millard of Balboa; John R. an attorney in Dallas,
TX; and David E. a physician practicing in Duncan, OK, which Fisher
refers to as his "hometown". The Fishers have six grandchildren.
... 6 Jan.1978.
Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) told a group of civil council and labor
representatives that the possibility of losing 70 percent of the Canal
organization's US work force if the new treaties with Panama are
ratified is a risk the Senate may have to take. Senators Javits and
Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) met with community members in a private
home in the Canal Zone during their visit here last week. Community
members voiced concern to the Senators about the protection of
human rights in the CZ with the handing over of jurisdictional control
to the Republic of Panama at the end of the 3-year transition period
provided by the treaties. Sen. Javits responded to that issue by
saying, "My own judgment is that there is very little likelihood of
abuse of human rights which we will be unable to redress as long as
our physical presence is so omnipresent here, and it will be until the
year 2000." 19

Both Senators stressed to the group that very few of those
presently employed with the Canal organization will still be of
working age 23 years from now when Panama would assume control if
ratification takes place. Sarbanes told the community representa-
tives, "The fact is the Canal is not going to be turned over to Panama
in any meaningful sense of that term until the end of the century."
When asked by a civic council member whether the national interest
would be better served if the will of the people were followed on the
Canal issue, Javits replied, "My job is to lead, not only to follow."
... January 27, 1978
On January 1, 1978, a significant pay adjustment went into effect
which applied to approximately 9,300 Company-Government em-
ployees and adds a record cost of $6.3 million to the Company-Govern-
ment annual payroll.

Roosevelt Avenue
Shade-Giving Ordeals to replace Balboa's dying Banyans. During
the past 20 years, the Banyans have been suffering from old age,
disease and adverse conditions. Some 40 of the venerable old trees
that were planted about 45 years ago have had to be removed from
Roosevelt Avenue and the area south of the Administration Building.
Under ideal conditions and in their own native habitat, Banyans are
known to live more than 100 years. The unnatural state of city condi-
tions makes it difficult for trees to grow in these areas. Smoke, air
pollutants, limited root space, highly compacted soil, lack of water and
heat from buildings and pavements. In addition to these circumstan-
ces, Balboa's Banyans have been attacked by insects, their roots have
been infected by soil-inhabiting fungi and they have suffered from lack
of rainfall. Grounds Branch agronomists have done all they could to
save the tree. Through the years, pathologists and entomologists from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture have come to study the problem
of the diseased Banyans.
To date, the Grounds Branch has planted 52 Ordeal trees along

Roosevelt Avenue replacing the missing Banyans and those remaining
that eventually also will die. Commonly called Red-Water Tree, the
Ordeal is native of Africa, Asia and Australia. It grows to a height of
up to 100 feet and in its natural habitat has fragrant inconspicious
cream of red colored flowers. It is generally a shade tree and com-
mercially is used for construction. Ordeals have been planted on both
sides of Roosevelt Avenue and eventually will cluster on top and
provide shade along the avenue, creating a cool respite for pedestri-
ans and rivers ... 13 January 1978.

Article 136
The government of the United States of America can intervene in
any part of the Republic of Panama for the purpose of establishing the
public peace and constitutional order in event of same having been
disturbed, in case, by virtue of Public Treaty, that Nation assumes, or
will have assumed, the obligation to guarantee the independence and
sovereignty of this Republic."

Watt Jenkins, a young man in the Canal Zone, was recently killed
in landing his private plane on one of the San Blas Islands. He had
been engaged for the past four years in writing one of the most
extensively researched books on the San Blas Mola, hoping to publish
the book in the near future. His savings for a college education and his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Jenkins, of Balboa, soon to retire from
Panama Canal employment, have just set up as a Fund to provide for
San Blas Indians' education. A Medical fund provided by his multitude
of friends has been assigned to the San Blas Medical Mission which he
admired and valued as the best work being done in the Island
ministry. The San Blas Education Fund is being supported by the
family as a memorial and will be administered by a Fund Committee of
six North Americans, Panamanians, and San Blas workers.

1977 Division Years
Dr. William E. Baird 12/30 Gorgas Hospital 30
Mr. Thomas T. Behre 12/31 Police 28
Mr. Charles E. Belden 12/31 Accounting 40
Mrs. Dorothy H. Benny 12/5 Engineering 32
Mr. George J. Booth 12/31 Port Captain 38
Ms. Mary J. Cole 12/31 Coco Solo Hospital 25
Ms. Evelyn R. Condon 12/31 Terminals 34
Mr. John A Conn 12/31 Port Captain, Cristobal 15

Mr. Jerry W. Detamore
Mr. Edward Hayes Dollar
Mrs.Frances Enyart
Mr. Edward S. Grabowski
Mr. Darwin E. Grier
Mrs. Priscilla Hall
Mr. William H. Hicks
Mr. Richard M. Hirons
Mr. Ivan L Holford
Mr. Harland V. Howard, Jr.
Mr. Rudolph
F. Huldtquist, Jr.
Mr. James O. King
Mr. Frederick M. Linck
Mr. Douglas B. litton
Mr. John R. McGlade
Mr. Frank P. Mclaughlin, Jr.
Mr. John H. Morrison
Mr. Warren W. Morse
Mrs. Emily J. Price
Mrs. Katharine T. Purdy
Mr. Edward S. Reynolds, Jr.
Mrs. Evelyn R. Reynolds
Mr. Carroll B. Robertson
Dr. Robert H. Rupp
Mr. James F. Sawyer
Mr. John E. Sholund, Jr.
Mr. Melvin V. Smith
Mr. John H. Stevens
Mr. Ernest C. Van Horn
Mr. Stanley M. Watts
Mr. Clyde A. Willman
Mr. Milton L Yeager

Mr. EdgarB. Bristol
Mr. Carl Jacob Browne
Mr. Dennis A Gilbert
Mr. Robert C. Hurdle
Mr. Earl A Robins
Mr. Whitney E. Smith
Mr. Rutherford
B. H. Stroop, III
Mr. Goerge Vieto




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March 23, 1976

Dear Mrs. Brown:

Thank you for writing to us about TIME's recent article on
the Panama Canal.

We would not wish to argue with you on the points that you
raise about the Canal, which does legally belong to the
U.S. at this time. However, that legal position arises
from a treaty negotiated back in 1903, a bygone era when
colonialism was still respectable and nations thought noth-
ing of buying and selling pieces of territory. Attitudes
worldwide are very different today, and the U.S. govern-
ment recognizes that the Panamanian government has a le-
gitimate aspiration to control a waterway that lies within
its borders. It is our hope that the two sides can nego-
tiate a new treaty that will prove satisfactory to all


Mary Fernandez

Mrs. Frederick S. Brown
Box 1309
Balboa, Canal Zone


[ 2] Sec. 1. The limits of the Canal Zone, including lands under
water and islands ceded, but not including the cities and harbors
of Colon and Panama, delivery of which lands, waters and islands
has been made by P;anama, and possession of which has been taken
by the United States, are indicated and shown on the attached map
(marked "A")3, signed by the parties to this Agreement, as
accurately as it is possible to indicate on a map with the existing
information respecting the topography of the region traversed by
the Canal, by a heavy red line crossed with black, and drawn at
the uniform distance by scale of five statute miles on each side of
the middle line of the Canal, and said indicated boundary, or line
of division, between the territory ceded by the Republic of Panama
to the United States for Canal purposes and the adjoining-or
abutting lands of the Republic of Panama is provisionally accepted,
and will be strictly observed by the two Governments until the
limits or boundaries of the said Zone, waters and islands shall be
definitely and finally marked, fixed and determined.
[ 3] Sec. 2. The limits of the city and harbor of Panama, as
indicated and shown by a heavy red line crossed with black on the
attached map (marked "B")*, and as described on the paper
attached to the said map, both of which are signed by the parties
to this Agreement, are provisionally accepted and will be strictly
observed by the two Governments until the true and definite line
of division between the Canal Zone and its waters, on the one hand,
and the city of Panama and its harbor, on the other, shall be finally
surveyed, marked off, fixed and determined. PROVIDED, that
the outer or marine boundary of the harbor of Panama shall, as
soon as practicable, be agreed upon and marked with buoys or other
[ 4] Sec. 3. The limits of the city and harbor of Colon, as indi-
cated and shown by a heavy red line crossed with black on the
attached map (marked "C")*, and as described in a paper attached
to said map, both of which are signed by the parties to this Agree-
ment, are provisionally accepted and will be strictly observed by
the two Governments until the true and definite line of division
between the Canal Zone and its waters, on the one hand, and the

-The map referred to was not reproduced. Presumably, it will be found
with the original agreement.
'Same as footnote 3,ante.
5Same as footnote 3, ante.


1. Provisional Boundary Agreement Panama '1904 .. 397
3. Boundary Convention Panama 1914 . ... 401
5. Colon Corridor and Certain Other Corridors Panama 1950 .. 411
Other agreements affecting boundaries. In addition to those set out below,
under this heading "Boundaries", the following, all set out elsewhere in this
Appendix, contain provisions affecting or relating to boundaries:
1. Convention for the Construction of a Ship Canal, Panama, Nov. 18, 1903.
See App. III, Canal Construction and Rights.
2. General Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, Panama, March 2, 1936.
See App. IX, General Relations.
3. Treaty of Mutual Understanding and Cooperation, Panama, January 25,
1955. See App. IX, General Relations.
See, also, note under section 1 of Title 2, Canal Zone Code.

1. Panama 1904

(See 1904 Ann. Rept. 78 and 91-93)
Signed at Panama June 15, 1904
(Senate Doc. No. 401, 59th Cong., 2d Sess., Vol. IlI, p. 2300)

1. Limits of Canal Zone; provisional 4. Special agreements respecting de-
acceptance. limitation of auxiliary lands or
2. Limits of city and harbor of waters.
Panama; provisional acceptance. 5. Employment of Panamanian citi-
3. Limits and harbor of Colon; pro- zens residenL in Republic.
visional acceptance.

[ 1] Whereas, By the terms and provisions of Article 11 of the
Convention for the Construction of annteroceanic Canal between
the United States of America and Ohe Republic of Panama, signed

'This agreement ias superseded by the Boundary Convention of Septem-
ber 2, 1914. See 31 et seq., post. See, also, note under section 1 of Title 2,
Canal Zone Code.


by the representatives of the two nations on November 18, 19032,
the ratifications of which were exchanged at Washington on the
26th day of February, 1904, the United States acquired the right of
use, occupation, and perpetual control, from and after the said
26th day of February, 1904, in and over the Canal Zone and other
lands, waters and islands named in said Article II of the Convention
aforesaid, and
Whereas, It has not yet been, and is not now, practicable to make
a complete, definite, and exact location of the precise boundaries
of all the territory ceded to the United States by the terms and
provisions of said Article II of said Convention, and
Whereas, The successful completion of the work of construction
of the Interoceanic Canal across the Isthmus of Panama is of
transcendent importance to the United States, to the Republic of
Panama, and to the people of the world, and
Whereas, In order that said work of construction of said Inter-
oceanic Canal may be systematically prosecuted, and in order that
a Government for the Canal Zone created by the terms and pro-
visions of said Article II of said Convention may be successfully
organized and carried forward, it is necessary that the extent and
boundaries of the territory ceded to the Government of the United
States by the Government of the Republic of Panama under the
terms and provisions of said Convention shall be provisionally
determined and agreed upon,
Now Therefore, General George W. Davis, Governor of the
Panama Canal Zone, acting for and on behalf of the Government
of the said Zone, and Senor Don Tomas Arias, Secretary of State
of the Republic of Panama, and Senor Don Ramon Valdes Lopez,
Attorney General of said Republic, jointly acting for and on behalf
of the Government of said Republic of Panama, having agreed that
the Government of the Republic of Panama has delivered, and the
Government of the United States has received, and had, on the
19th day of May, 1904, received, for its use, occupation, and con-
trol, the Isthmian Canal Zone described in said Article II of the
aforesaid Convention for the Construction of an Interoceanic Canal,
including lands and waters in the said Zone, lands under water,
islands in said Zone, and the islands of Perico, Naos, Culebra and
Flamenco, do make this further

'For Art. II of the 1903 Convention, see App. III, 63.

App. II [ 1]


city of Colon and its harbor, on the other, shall be finally surveyed,
marked off and determined.
[ 5] Sec. 4. As necessity may arise, special agreements will be
made and entered into from time to time by the parties hereto or
by their successors respecting the delimitation of any auxiliary
lands or waters outside the Canal Zone which may be found to be
necessary or convenient to the construction, sanitation, or pro-
tection of the Interoceanic Canal or of its auxiliary works.
[ 6] Sec. 5. The Governor of the Canal Zone, or his successors,
may employ the citizens of the Republic of Panama residing in the
territory of the Republic, for which purpose the Government of
the Republic gives them the permission mentioned in paragraph
two of Article 7 of the National Constitution.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, We have signed these presents in the city
of Panama, this 15th day of June, 1904.
Governor Canal Zone
Secretary of State
Republic of Panama
Attorney General
Republic of Panama

r9\ Ia, 3-^ ~>r^


App. II [ 4]


Mr. and Mrs. David B. Marshall of Kerrville, TX announce the
marriage of their son, Edward L, to Ann Kidder, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin Kidder of San Fernando, CA. The wedding took place on
December 10, 1977 at the Methodist Chapel in San Fernando. Ed and
Ann are at home at 7755 Aqueduct Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Both
are employed at James D. Easton, Inc., manufacturers of aluminum
products in Van Nuys.

Mrs. Marjorie J. Bamett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alien K. Miller,
became the bride of Donald E. Scheiwe on December 22, 1977 at the
Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, FL Both Mr. and Mrs.
Scheiwe are teachers at the Palmer High School in Colorado Springs,
CO. They reside at 15170 Deby Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80908.

Glenn D. Seeley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L Seeley of Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone, and Christina Efthimiadis, daughter of Dr. and
Mrs. Byrn K. Efthimiadis of Balboa Heights, were married June 18,
1977, in Panama in the Greek Orthodox Church.
Glenn is now a law student at Southern Methodist University, and
Christina is employed as a Medical Technologist at Children's Medical
Center in Dallas, TX

Mrs. Birdie [Tedder] Hele was married on October 31, 1977, to Mr.
Vincent Cerbone. The newlyweds are residing in San Dimas, CA.

Barbara Mallet and Thomas Coffin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W.
Coffin, York, PA were married on October 1977.

Barbara and Tom on their wedding day.


Mr. and Mrs. Jim Phelan of 2750 South Seneca Street, Wichita,
KS, announce the birth of their daughter, Marcy Jennifer, on November
30, 1977. She weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and has a 7-year old brother, Paul.
March was named after her two grandmothers "Ma'r after Jim's
mom, Mary Fritz [Phelan], who worked at Gorgas till 1965 and now of
Port Orange, FL, and for Cindy's mom, "Cy" Nancy Wilkerson of Tor-
rence, CA.

Sgt. and Mrs. Charles R. Sage, Jr. [Margie Ann Jones] announce
the birth of their first child, a son, Cody Robert, on September 20,
1977, at Yuma, AZ. The maternal grandparents are Lois [Hollowell]
Jones and the late Charles E. Jones of St. Petersburg, FL The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Sage, Sr. of Fair Oaks, CA.
The great grandparents are Ross H. Hollowell of Clearwater, and the
late Margaret R. Hollowell. The great grandparents in California are Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Comarsh, and Mr. and Mrs. Bud Herbert.

Chuck, Cody Robert and Charlie, Pam and Jason Jones
Margie Sage
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Jones of St. Petersburg, FL announce the
birth of their first child, a son, Jason Ross Andrew, born on October
17, 1977. The paternal grandparents are Lois [Hollowell] Jones of St.
Petersburg, and the late Charles E. Jones. The maternal grandparents
are Mrs. Jean Wuelfing of Carmel, IN and Mr. Eugene Wuelfing of St.
Petersburg, FL The great grandparents are Ross H. Hollowell of
Clearwater, FL and the late Margaret R. Hollowell. The great grandpa in
Indiana is Charles Francis Wehrel.

t ri

Ryan Neil and Darlene Frauenheim

Baby Boy Ryan Neil was born July 7, 1977, weight 7 pounds, to
Darlene [Daly] and Neil Frauenheim. Proud maternal grandparents
are Alice and Kenneth Daly of Titusville, FL and paternal grandpar-
ents Foy and Kerner Frauenheim of Seminole, FL. Darlene Neil and
baby Ryan are now Texas residents as of January 1978 where Neil is
employed with U.S. Customs.

Joanne and Paul Robert Washabaugh of Albion, PA announce the
birth of their second child, Dawn Marie, born January 5, 1978. Dawn's
big sister is Darnell. Proud paternal grandparents are Rita and
Francis Perry Washabaugh and great grandmother is Mrs. Susanna
G. Kotalik of Jacksonville, FL.

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Severson [Sandra Kaufer] announce the birth
of their first child, a son, Theodore Duane, on December 31, 1977, at
Fort Ord, CA. The proud maternal grandparents are Anita and Ted
Kaufer of Margaritz, CA. The paternal grandparents are Mrs. Eldora
Schwann of Minot, ND, and Duane Severson of Everett, WA. The
great-grandmothers are Mrs. Norine H. Kaufer of San Jose, CA, and
Mrs. Julia Oja of Minot, ND.

Mr. and Mrs. Juan Romera [Ann Marie Leach] announce the birth
of a daughter, Ana-Maria, on December 31, 1977, at Los Gatos, CA.
The proud maternal grandparents are Mrs. Nancy K. Leach of San
Mateo, CA, and Mr. LeRoy Leach of San Jose, CA. The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Romera of Madrid, Spain. The
maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Norine H. Kaufer of San Jose,

Mr. and Mrs. Randall C. Smith of Chesterton, IN wish to

announce the birth of their second child, a son, Ryan McDonald born
on January 26, 1978. A daughter, Kerri Susan is 21/2 years old. Proud
maternal grandparents are Bill and Loisdene Smith of Butler, PA and
great-grandparents are Clyde and Minalee Towery of Marion, KY and
Russell and Catherine Smith of Hagerstown, MD.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard P. Patton announce the birth of their son
Richard James Patton II on January 5, 1978. Baby Richard weighed 9
pounds 6 ounces. The proud grandmother is Mrs. Richard P. Patton of
Dunnellon, FL.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sowell [Chris Atwell] of Memphis, TN,
announce the birth of their first child, a son, Jeffrey Alan Sowell, on
January 24, 1978.
Maternal grandparents are Florence and Howie Atwell of Ancon,
Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Forrest, Jr., of St. James City, FL announce
the birth of their second child, and first daughter, born on January 18,
1978 in Ft. Myers, FL. The baby has been named Tiffany Ann.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mrs. Marie W. Gibson of
Gamboa, Canal Zone and the late Charles R. Gibson and Mr. and Mrs.
Paul R. Forrest, Sr., of St. James City, FL, formerly of Gamboa, Canal

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Stewart, Jr. [Joyce Herring] of Charlotte, NC
proudly announce the birth of their third son, Dustin Scott, on
October 3,1977. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. B. A.
Herring of Salemburg, NC. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. C. H.
Stewart, Sr. of Henderson, NC.

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We announce the beatihs of the following:

Mrs. Pearl Adams, 79, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away January
19, 1978. Pearl was the widow of the late Dr. Glenn Adams who was in
charge of the Outpatient Clinic in Balboa and later at the Out-patient
Clinic at Gorgas. Mrs. Adams worked at the Fifteenth Naval District
Headquarters for several years. The Adams left the Canal Zone in
1952 to make their home in Iowa City. She is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Arlene Shedlock of Levitttown, Pa., five grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. George Charles Anderson, 73, of St. Petersburg, FL died
Saturday, February 11,1978. You will all remember George as the
"Friendly Policeman" at the Administration Building before his
retirement in 1965 with 20 years Panama Canal service. Mr. Anderson
was a member of the Isthmian Masonic Lodge for many years and he
was also an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife
Lorraine A; a son Kenneth A., Pinellas Park; three sisters, and two

Mr. Henry Emil Bertrand died February 11, 1978 at the VA Hos-
pital, Long Beach, CA after a cerebral stroke suffered January 29th.
Emil was a Sgt. Chef in the Army at Fort Clayton when he met Sgt.
Cassidy who worked in the clinics at the "old" Clayton Hospital. They
were married for 28 years. His wife, Nettie Cassidy Bertrand, is his
only survivor.

Mr. Harold P. Bevington, 79 of Rock Stream, New York, died
November 8, 1977. He was an electrician with the Commissary
Division in Cristobal and retired with over 39 years Panama Canal
service. Mr. Bevington was past master of Sojourner's Lodge F&AM,
Cristobal; member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Balboa, CZ
and past patron Royal Palm Eastern Star, Cristobal, C.Z. He is
survived by his wife, Marion, one daughter, Jane Etienne of Fort Lee,
NJ; one granddaughter; one grandson and one great granddaughter.

Mrs. Muriel C. Black, 54, of Seminole, died February 14, 1978.
She moved from the Canal Zone two years ago where she was
transportation rate specialist for the Canal. She was department
president of the American Legion Auxiliary and a member of National
Executive Committee Woman of Canal Zone. Survivors include her
husband George A. Jr.; son, George A III, Canal Zone; a daughter

Patricia Wheeler, Largo; her mother Muriel C. Stewart, St. Peters-
burg, and four grandchildren.

Mr. Mel Booz passed away in a nursing home in Paramount, CA
on October 21, 1977, following a long illness. Mel was employed for
many years in the Pay Office on the Atlantic side, and for a short time
on the Pacific side. Following his retirement, he lived for many years
in Yucca Valley, CA. Mr. Earle Brown of St. Petersburg, FL, a long-
time friend of Mel, visited with him shortly before Mel died. Mel is
survived by a daughter, Mrs. Simone Ollilo of Compton, CA, and a
daughter in Oregon. Mel's brother, Tom Booz, who was also employed
in the CA (Clubhouses), died several years ago in Pasadena, CA.

Mrs. Alice Bryan, 76, passed away August 14, 1977, in California.
She was the widow of Frank O. Bryan, Sr. who worked for the Locks
Division. Alice is survived by a daughter, Peggy Anderson; a son,
Frank 0. Bryan, Jr. and two grandchildren all of California.

Mr. Leonard Travers Butz died on December 14, 1978, El Volcan,
R. de. P. See Arkansas news for information.

Clyde N. Cain, 78 of Portland, OR died November 16, 1977 in Ft.
Stockton, TX as he was returning to Portland, OR after visiting his
son Herbert. Mr. Cain served in the U.S. Army during World War I
and World War II. He was stationed in the Canal Zone for several
years. He was released from active service in 1946 as a Lieutenant
Colonel. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Hubbard Cain, one son,
nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Laura T. Clinchard, 70, of Largo, FL, passed away Friday,
February 3, 1978. She was retired from the Canal Zone and came to
live in Florida in 1969. Laura is survived by two sisters, Eva W.
Marvin and Mrs. R. A. Pritchett, both of Lepanpo, AR and a niece, M.
M. Butch of Cocoa Beach, FL.

Mrs. Eileen R. Coyle, of Minneapolis, MN passed away on
December 26, 1977. She was a resident of the Canal Zone for many
years. She will be buried in Marengo, Iowa, next to her husband in a
small cemetery that borders the Old Lincoln Highway. Survived by
sons Edward G., Austin, TX and Francis B., Minneapolis; eight grand-
children; seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mary Luther Driscoll, 67, passed away January 4, 1978, in
Cortex, CO. Born in Panama Canal Zone. Funeral services were held
in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. She is survived by her husband,

James A.; son, Mark of Potomac, MD; daughter, Lucy Ann Howe of
Cortex; sister Martha Lerchen of St. Petersburg, FL and eight grand-

Mr. Gerardo ["Grau"] Duran died in Panama last February follow-
ing a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Dona Rita (Brid) Duran
of Panama; a son, John, of New Jersey, and daughter, Mrs. Rita
Hofmann of Houston, TX, and several grandchildren.

Mr. Edgar Howard Freeman, 71, passed away December 23,
1977, in Richmond, VA. Howard was known as "Gen" to his family and
friends. He was a Medical Technologist at Georgetown University
Hospital and at Gallinger Hospital in Washington, D.C. before
transferring to the Panama Canal in 1945 where he was with the
Public Health Laboratory until his retirement in April 1963. Survivors
are his wife, Gladys White Freeman, three sisters and two brothers.

Hazel Wilson of Chillicothe, OH writes that Mrs. Elsie Green-
wood, 102, who was pictured in the December issue of the CANAL
RECORD, passed away December 16, 1977.

Mr. Thomas L. Gregg, 50, of St. Petersburg, FL, died December
27, 1977. He was retired from the Panama Canal four years ago; was a
Korean War veteran, and a member of our society. Survivors include
a brother, Eugene T. of Coco Solo, CZ.

Memorial services were held recently at the Cathedral of St.
Luke, Ancon for Maurice S. Holmes of Panama City who was killed
recently in an aircraft accident in Anniston, AL. Maurice went to the
Isthmus of Panama in 1939. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force
and was employed by the Army District Engineers and the Panama
Canal Company until 1945. He later became manager and president of
Sucsa de Robert., Dixon, S.A. in Panama City. He was Chief
Executive Officer of Anniston Executive Aviation, Inc. and of the
Alabama commuter airline, ALAIR.
Surviving him are his wife, Vivian Bronston Holmes of Panama
City; a son, Martin B. Holmes, Panama City; a son Dennis S. Holmes,
Oviedo, FL; and two grandsons Maurice Alexander and Eamon
Kristian. Also three sisters survive him.

Mrs. Esther Conrad Horine, 84, passed away on January 14, 1978,
at the Sun City Lodge, Sun City, AZ. She was a member of the
Cristobal Woman's Club, and was the Secretary for a time. She was
also active in the Order of Eastern Star. Her deceased husband,
George, was employed by the Commissary Division at Mt. Hope and
retired in 1950. Mrs. Horine is survived by her children: Carlton of

Los Gatos; Conrad, San Diego; Larry, Boone, NC; Mrs. Fern Dabill,
Phoenix, AZ; Mrs. Emily Brooks, Balboa, CZ; 12 grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.

Word has been received that Mrs. Walter James Jones (Harriet
Ottman Jones) of Lake In The Woods, Locustgrove, VA, passed away
December 15, 1977.

Mrs. Mary M. Kelleher, a long time resident of the Canal Zone
died November 26, 1976, at the home of her son. Bernard, in Los Rios,
CZ. She was 89 years old. Mary was the widow of the late Maurice I.
Kelleher, a Roosevelt Medal Holder, of the early construction days.
Mrs. Kelleher was employed with the Department of the Army and
retired in 1960. Survivors other than Bernard include Maurice S. of
Diablo; David I. of La Boca and 11 grandchildren. Officiating the
funeral mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon was Chaplain (Col.)
Thomas Lightcap, who is a relative of Mrs. Kelleher.

Mrs. Ruth Ewing Keller of Sun City, AZ passed away 18 August,
1977. She is survived by her widower, Mr. Gayl 0. Keller and brother
Mr. Ernest Yocum of Largo, FL.

Our Society's Sixteenth President, Keith E. Kelley, 84, passed
away on January 16, 1978. Mr. Kelley was born in Elkhart, IN and
went to the Canal Zone when a young boy with his father who was a
Railroad Enginer. Keith was an accountant for the engineering divi-
sion and retired 20 years ago to make his home in St. Petersburg, FL.
He was a member of the Ancon Masonic Lodge; Panama Canal Zone
Consistory and a Shriner. He was a veteran of World War I. Mr.
Kelley is survived by his wife, Maude; a son, David K. and a grandson,
David K. Kelley, Jr. of Miami FL.

Mr. John R. Keenan, 88, died in Cheyenne, WY on January 8,
1978. He had 35 years service in the Mechanical/Industrial Division in
Balboa and Mt. Hope. At the time of his retirement in June, 1949, he
was Master Shipfitter. He was a Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in
Balboa. He is survived by a sister, Anna Bates of Pleasantville, NJ; a
daughter Janet Keenan of Western Springs, IL; a son Robert of
Cheyenne; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Emma Kurrus Luckey, 97 of Hendersonville, NC, passed
away December 19, 1977. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Florence L. Kelley; three grandchildren and three great-grandchil-

Mr. Thomas M. McGinn, 84, passed away on November 10, 1977,

in Las Cruces, NM. Tom was employed with the Atlantic Lock for
many years and retired in 1955. His wife, Edith, passed away in Santa
Barbara, CA in September 1972. Tom's brother, "Father Joe"
McGinn, a Maryknoll priest, joined Tom in Santa Barbara a few years
ago after his retirement from missionary service in Hawaii and China.
Father Joe passed away in July 1977. Tom is survived by his four sons
- Thomas M., Jr. ("Bunny"), Frederick, MD; Charles J., Las Cruces,
NM; William P., Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and Noel, Arlington, MA;
also, by 12 grandchildren.

Word has been received that Mr. William S. McKee of Hialeah,
FL a member of our society, passed away February 15, 1978. He is
survived by his wife, Alpha; daughter, Rose and son, William.

Mildred McMahon, of Laguna Hills, CA, passed away in Des
Moines, Iowa, Rest Park Care Center, on February 5th. Burial will
take place later in Breckenbridge, MN. Mildred was a teacher at the
Balboa Junior High School.

Mrs. Mattison G. [Matty] MacAulay, 72, a longtime resident of
Old Cristobal, died suddenly January 8, 1978. Matty, who lived on the
Atlantic Side of the Isthmus for over 40 years, until her retirement in
1957, was a 1923 graduate of Cristobal High School and a well known
figure at the Cristobal Commissary, where she dispensed the once-
essential "commissary books". A resident of North-Western Arkansas
since her retirement, her only surviving relative is a nephew, James
B. Coman, Jr.

Miss Helen C. Milloy of West Harwich, MA passed away on De-
cember 12, 1977, after a lengthy illness. She was employed by the
Canal Zone Gorgas Hospital for 40 years. She is survived by her
sister, Gertrude M. Milloy.

Mrs. Eleanor Delilah Parker, 70, passed away at the Bayfront
Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL on January 12, 1978, as a result of a
massive stroke. She was preceded in death by her late husband,
George W. Parker, December 1976. She was a resident of the Canal
Zone for 38 years and had resided in St. Petersburg for the past eight
years. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Harold E. Chambers (Clara)
of Kerrville, TX; one brother, Victor H. May of San Marcos, TX; two
daughters, Mrs. W. F. McGee (Sally) of Portland, ME and Mrs. Stuart
M. Fisk (Dorothy) of Huntington, MA; six grandchildren and six

Mr. Willard E. Percy, 66 of Aiken, SC passed away January 5,

1978. He held a degree in mechanical engineering and retired as Chief
of the Industrial Training Branch of the Canal after 40 years. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Russell Applegate Percy; two daughters,
Mrs. L. C. (Patsy) Shaffer and Mrs. Donald (Clara Lou) Case, Charles-
ton, WV; and one brother of Greensburg, PA.

Mrs. Anne Smith, formerly of Gatun, CZ, passed away on Novem-
ber 9, 1977 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX. She was buried
in Ft. Sam Houston. Survivors are her widower, Lloyd M. Smith and
son, Thomas Reding. Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lighthall and Mr. and
Mrs. Dave Marshall attended grave side services.

Mrs. Marion Clark Springthorpe, 68, widow of the late Capt. Arch
H. Springthorpe, passed away February 15, 1978 in LaGrangeville,
NY after a long illness. She was a resident of Cristobal for many
years. She is survived by two sisters, Mr. Ruth Rohde and Mrs.
Mildred Wissemann, both of LaGrangeville; a brother, Nelson R.
Clark of DeBary, FL; and three nieces.

Mrs. Mabel Hall Stevenson died October 16, 1977. Mabel is
survived by her widower, Dr. Gilbert M. Stevenson of Anacortes,

Mrs. James P. Sullivan [Eleanor], 86, died on November 4, 1977,
in Ventura, CA. She was married in 1920 and went to the CZ as a
bride. She lived in Balboa until 1947 when her husband was trans-
ferred to Cristobal and they lived in Margarita until his retirement in
1950 when they moved to Los Altos, CA. Her husband died in 1964.
Eleanor is survived by her children: Margaret McMillan (Mrs. J. H.),
Honolulu, HI; Eleanor Wainstein (Mrs. Leonard), Alexandria, VA;
Mary Young (Mrs. James P.), La Boca, CZ; Nancy Schorsch (Mrs.
Carl), Ventura, CA; and James P. Sullivan, Jr., San Mateo, CA. Also,
17 grandchildren. Mrs. Sullivan's daughter, Alice, died in 1961, and
her son, Thomas J. Sullivan, died December 4, 1977.

Mr. Thomas J. Sullivan, 56, died December 4, 1977, at City of
Hope, Duarte, CA. Tom was born in Ancon, CZ, and was a graduate of
BHS '38 and CZJC '40. He was an attorney with IRS in Los Angeles,
CA, and retired December 31, 1976. His wife, Virginia Naylor Sullivan
(Gatun), died in 1975. Tom will be missed by his family, his classmates
and many friends. He will be remembered for his roll in organizing the
CZ Schools' Alumni Reunion in Southern California in September,
1976. Survivors include his daughter, Helen Sullivan, and two sons,
James P., and Mark W. Sullivan of Monrovia, CA.

Captain David H. Swinson, former Captain of the old and new

"ANCON" passed away on December 23,1977, in Gloucester, MA.

Captain Everett O. Swinson, former Canal Zone pilot of Balboa
and Assistant Port Captain of Balboa passed away on August 21, 1977
in Gloucester, MA. Captain Everett Swinson is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Marjorie E. G. Swinson.

Mrs. Mildred Tatelman, widow of Judge Edward Tatelman, died
December 2, 1977, in Fort Collins, CO. Born in New Jersey, the
former Mildred Laura Brown went to the Canal Zone as a child during
construction days. She lived in the Zone until Judge Tatelman retired
in 1958. Educated in CZ schools, she also attended Cumberland Uni-
versity and the University of Northern Colorado. She was a 50 year
member of OES, Coral Palm chapter. Survivors include a son, Richard
Tatelman of San Diego, CA and a daughter, Mrs. James O'Rorke of
Fort Collins, CO, and three grandchildren. Also a sister, Mrs. Ida
Doyle of San Francisco, CA.

Mrs. Mattie Tedder passed away at Upland Convalescent Hospi-
tal, Upland, CA in April 1977, age 83. She was married in Tallahassee,
FL, in 1914 to Mr. Daniel Tedder. They went to the CZ in 1915 and
lived in Pedro Miguel. She was employed by the US Army and later
by the State of Florida. Following her retirement, she and Mr. Tedder
went to California in the early '40's. She is survived by a daughter,
Mrs. Birdie (Hele) Cerbone, San Dimas; a son, Hampton F. Tedder,
Montclair; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Maj. Gen. Frank A. Tobey, 74, retired chief of Chaplains for the
U.S. Army died in Fairhope, AL on December 6, 1977. Gen. Tobey had
a long military career and retired to Fairhope in 1970. Many of our
members will remember him as Pastor of Balboa Union Church in
Balboa, CZ 1963-1964. Gen. Tobey is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary
Edna Sheppard Tobey of Fairhope; one daughter, Mrs. Brian C.
Swanson of Vienna, VA and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Thelma Turner of Tucson, AZ passed away 17 August 1977
very suddenly with a heart attack. She is survived by her husband,
Albert G. Turner.

Mr. Walter Wagner, 77, of Mountain Home, AR, died November
22, 1977. A former hydro-power dispatcher for the Panama Canal, he

retired with 251/2 years service and also worked 17 years with Edison
of Southern California. He was also a city council member from 1971
through 1974 at Mountain Home. He was very active in his community
and was past president of the Twin Lakes Chapter of the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees; a member of the Masonic
Lodge No. 225, AF&AM; Mountain Home order of Eastern Star,
Chapter 569; Abou Saad Temple and A&A Scottish Rites Valley of
Balboa Orient; both of the Canal Zone. Survivors include two
daughters, Louise Miller of Natick, MA and Sarahann Gates of Little
Rock; a brother; sister; his stepmother, and five grandsons.

Mrs. Evelyn F. Ward, passed away on December 14, 1977 in
Venice Hospital, Venice, FL. Mrs. Ward lived for many years in
Gamboa while on the Canal Zone. She is survived by her husband,
William H. Ward; daughter, Margaret E. Rybicki, of Atlanta, GA;
three grandchildren, Liz, Margaret and Joe Rybicki and a brother,
Kenneth Langley of Bayonne, NJ.

Mr. Frank T. Willoe of Largo, FL, died November 21, 1977. Mr.
Willoe was a retired Chief Engineer on the tugboats in Balboa, Canal
Zone and retired to Florida June 1974. He was a member of Elks
Lodge #1414, Knights of Columbus of Balboa and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Survivors are his wife, Dora Willoe of Largo; one
daughter, Janeth Baker and three grandchildren of Balboa, CZ; three
sisters and one brother, all of New York.

Mr. George Lee Wright, 84, passed away in Houston, TX January
8, 1978. Retired employee of Panama Canal Co., holder of the Roose-
velt Medal for construction of the Panama Canal; life member, Darien
Lodge AF&AM, Scottish Rites Consistory; Abou Saad Temple Shrine,
and O.E.S., all of the Canal Zone. Veteran of W.W. I and the American
Legion, Harrisburg Post No. 472, and a member of the United
Methodist Church. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Irene Wright; sister, Mrs.
Sara Wright Rothwell, Bolingbrook, IL; several nieces, nephews,
great nieces and great nephews.

**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
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Mr. and Mrs. A. I. Bauman, Fairhope We have had a good and
busy year. Our older son Ronald and his wife Linda are still in the
Chicago area, and our younger son Robert is still in the Coconut
Grove, Miami area. We will all be together at Christmas here in
Alabama and we will show our slides of our recent trip to Russia and
Finland to observe our 42nd Wedding Anniversary, 1st of November,
which was one of our greatest trips. We see the Sears [Bea and Earl]
and the Hearnes [Mildred and Webb] quite frequently as Pensacola
and Fairhope are almost neighboring towns. Grace and B J Hartley
were here in January, and Ray Murphy and son Glenn were here in
Greetings from not too sunny and not too warm Alabama. Whew!
What a winter. Yours truly is just recuperating from that dreaded flu.
Had not had a cold or flu in 35 years. I guess it was time.
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held their Christmas party
at the Ramada Inn. Over 50 attended the affair and a very good time
was had by all. Many of our members had left for the holidays to visit
relatives and friends. Margaret and Jack Hern and Dot Yost went to
the Canal Zone to visit with Jack and Fran Hern and Dick and Ruth
Jean and Bud Harris had a houseful for the holidays. Their son
Marshall and wife came from the Canal Zone for a month's visit. All of
the family was together for the first time in many years. Johnny
Harris has now come to live in Dothan and is employed by the city.
Their other son Mickey is attending George C. Wallace College and is
working part-time. They also had as guests Annie Rathgeber and her
daughter Judy who are living temporarily in Warner Robbins, GA.
The Harris family hosted a New Year's Eve Party. A good time was
was had by all. Bea and Harvy Rhyne and Mary [Mebs] Ausnehmer
also visited with the Harris family this fall. Mebs was excited about
the fact that she won the beautiful quilt raffled by the Ft. Rucker's
Military Wives Bazaar in November.
Maggie and Johnny Janssen just returned from spending the
holidays with their daughter and family (Capt. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck,
Jr.] and their son, Capt. Arwin J. Janssen, Jr., in California. While
there they visited with Estrella and Sara de la Pena and the Art
O'Learys. They stopped overnight with Kitty and Bob Lessiack in
Kerrville, TX. On their way back they visited with Maggie's brother
[Fenton Bud Whelan] in Boulder City, NV. They said the trip back
was rough because of the weather.
Olga and Jesse Gettle have their son, Mike, with them. Mike just
graduated from college in Pennsylvania. The Gettles went to

Pennsylvania for the holidays and for the graduation.
Joan and Reggie Barker came from Charlotte, NC to visit with
Jane [Lombroia] and John Burke. Joan is their daughter. Jane was in
the hospital for a few days but we are happy to say that she is out now
and feeling quite well.
Rosemary and Frank Anderson's son, Frank Jr., graduated from
Florida State University and is now teaching at Plant City Junior
High in Plant City, FL.
John Mitchusson came in quite unexpectedly one day from Texas.
It was good seeing him again. He was persuaded to stay an extra day
so that he could attend a holiday party held by Frank and Rosemary
Anderson. I am sure he had a good time seeing old friends. He was on
his way to St. Petersburg for the New Years.
Bob and Ann Lawyer had their three daughters Michelle from
Huntsville, Patty and her husband from Pensacola, FL and Debbie
and her husband from the Canal Zone visiting with them for the
holidays. Their son, Bobby, who is stationed in New Mexico could not
be with them this year.
Terri Willis, Dolores Cleveland, Louise Hunt, Dolores Stewart,
Dot Yost, Margaret Hern, Rosemary Anderson and Catherine Filo
presented a most interesting and colorful talk on the Panama Canal to
a group of about 100 women at an inter-denominational meeting at St.
Columba Catholic Church in Dothan. Some of the ladies modeled
polleras, montunas and the San Bias costume. Mrs. Elsie Parther gave
every one present a Panamanian Christmas card designed by her. It
was a very successful affair.
We welcome our new ex-Zonians to Dothan: Charles and Joan
Belden; Ivan and Cristina Halford (Atlantic Side) and Pat and Karen
[Newlon] Cain. Pat and Karen were just married in the Canal Zone
last December.
Hope you had a Happy Valentine Day and Joy to all on Easter
Catherine Filo, Secretary
Harry Akers, Anchorage Since moving to Alaska in July, 1976,
I have made seven trips to the Lower 48 on government business for
the U.S. Geological Surveys, covering more than 50,000 miles -
Happy New Year to all.

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Eva and George Russon, Yuma This past year Eva and I have
done a lot of traveling and in March while in Tampa, I was able to
attend one of the monthly meetings and met some of my friends who
used to work with me. There are not many of us left and it was nice to
say hello to those who are. We spent four months in northern Georgia
and while there, made a trip to Hendersonville, NC to see my brother
Bill. He and Thryza are in good health. Northern George, Eastern
Tennessee and North Carolina is beautiful country and we travelled
all over it from our base at Lake Nottely. After we returned to Yuma
we traveled to Portland, OR where we visited with Eva's brother and
family and then on up to Auburn, WA where my son George lives and
the week we spent there was a very pleasant one. We also made a
couple of trips to Lake Elsinore in California to visit friends there.

While in Georgia, I wrote "My memories of fifty years on the
Canal Zone", which I have just finished revising and I just might be
able to get someone to publish for me. It covers the time between my
arrival and into the thirties and then on till I left in 1966. It gives eye
witness accounts of the revolution in 1931 and also a very detailed
account of the attempt of the Panamanians to overrun the Canal Zone
in 1964. I was living in the Tivoli Hotel at the time and it was the place
that bore the brunt of the attack.

I have been doing what I can to let people know why we should
not give up our rights to the Canal. I have been on TV twice for a half
hour and expect to appear again soon. I have written to Senator
Goldwater twice and have received a reply. I hope all the other
retirees try to do the same. The politicians are not giving the people
the true facts and letting them know that they are the ones who will
be paying the bill for the tremendous amounts of money that Panama
is demanding. The Canal has never made or was operated for the
money our country could get out of it, but was and is operated for the
benefit of the entire world. The economy of Panama is tied in with the
Panama Canal, the building of which made Panama a rich and
independent country. They can't operate it as they don't have the
technical or political ability to do so. Whichever way the negotiations
go our country is going to have trouble. If we give into Panama it will
be the beginning of more demands on our country and will cause us
more trouble than if we stand up for the rights of our country. ... Eva
and I like our new location we have moved to. The years are sure
going by fast as this month I begin my 28th year of retirement from
the police force and it is eleven years since I left the Canal Zone ...
We are sending our best to all those who remember me and hope they
are doing as well as we are.


Fran Whitlock, Fayette We left home on December 23rd for
Mishawaka, IN, where we spent the holidays with our second eldest
daughter, Jacqueline Stringer; flying to St. Louis to visit our eldest,
Andree Lee Collins, whose daughter Linda was married on January
14th. Got caught in Winter's freeze and didn't get home until January
19th.... A Happy New Year to Sunny Florida (it's 9 degrees fair and
bright here). Thank you and all the others who make The Panama
Canal Society of Florida such a delightful organization to which we can
belong and can continue the joy of our "Roots" only a Canal Zonite can
understand and appreciate ... Besos y abrazos always!


The Engelkes, Howard and Evelyn, Herb and Willa (of Spring-
field, Mo.) and Virginia Favorite traveled to the Canal Zone to spend
the Christmas holidays with their respective families, John and
Laurie and Louis and Wilma Engelke, Ben and Ada and Russel and
Dan Favorite, and Molly and Bob Williford. It was great for the ex-
Zonians to revisit old friends and places. It was Willa's first trip to the
Zone, and she and Herb had a ball went all over the place.
Bob Hursh, formerly with the Navy in the Zone, has been
watching it recently. Wife Virginia spent most of the month of January
in Boston babysitting her grandniece while the grandniece became a
big sister.
Audra Dugan spent the holidays with her son, John, in
Hyatsville, Maryland. From there, Audra went on a tour. Starting
from Los Angeles, she visited Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Bali,
Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Hawaii, where she spent 26 days. Flew on
most of her route, except for some side trips. After Audra's return
from the tour, she went to New Orleans on a tour to see King Tut. Has
been housebound by our snows since her return, but after such
extensive traveling, one could enjoy dreaming by the fire.
Luke and Frances Palumbo enjoyed having Judy and Bruce Hicks
visit them over the holidays. Frances' sister, Bill Todd, also visited
them at Christmas. Another holiday visitor, Tom Robertson, spent
about a month with his parents, Tom and Georgette Robertson. First
they shared Christmas; then they shared a miserable winter cold, but
are now recuperating.
Earl and Maxine Wrenn visited their doctor sons, Keith and
Chris, in Dallas for a week. Both caught flu, drove home to recuperate,
but Earl finally wound up in the hospital. Is out and feeling pretty
good now.
The Conklins, Joe and Glen, and the Malsburys, Charles and

Gloria, have been staying close to their respective homes. (Surely the
weather will improve sooner or later.)
The Maedls, Carl and Petie, must have got bogged down in
another area's weather, because they have not yet returned from
their trip eastward.
Harry Butz flew to Panama the middle of October, having
received an emergency call that his father, Leonard Butz, was
seriously ill. Leonard Travers Butz died on December 14, 1977 at the
age of 93, and was buried at El Volcan in the mountains of Chiriqui
Province, R. de P. He was born in the American Embassy in
Nicaragua. He worked in the Canal Zone through all the years of canal
construction, and was a Roosevelt Medal holder. He was also a Red
Man. Most of his life was spent in Central America. His service with
the U.S. Government was split. During World War I, he worked for
three years in Chile in charge of getting ore out of the Guggenheim
Mine for Uncle Sam. Mr. Butz then went to Cuba where he spent
thirteen years working with the railroad. After the Cuban revolution,
he returned to the Canal Zone, where he stayed until his retirement in
1946. Mr. Butz and his wife, Bruna, established their retirement home
in the mountains of the Panama interior where they lived many years
and became endeared to the people of that area.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders continued to enjoy outings on their
pontoon cruiser, Las Cruces II, well into late fall, and family members
visiting them shared in the enjoyment of the beautiful Beaver Lake,
Arkansas Scenery. Daughter-in-law Connie [Zemer] with grand-
daughters Jennifer and Jacqueline, of Los Gatos, California, were
very welcome houseguests in September. In October, Mom Sanders
[Grace Eloise], accompanied by Bruce's sister, Edith [Lolly] and her
husband, Fred Diaz, all of North Carolina, spent an all-too-short
week's visit during which time they did get to meet with several of the
Bentonville, Arkansas, gang. In late October, Bruce and Dorothy flew
to Hawaii, to join son Jack and his Los Gatos family for a few days.
After a most enjoyable week on the island of Oahu, Dorothy and

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Bruce rejoined Jack and family in California. During this ten days
visit, they lunched with Bill and Natalia Clute of Calistoga, reminisced
with Bill and Myra Walston, and enjoyed two very fast days with
brother Philip [Pinky], Laura [Walston], and Elizabeth Sanders, all of
Concord. They returned home in time to sweep the yard of bushels of
leaves and prepare for winter's arrival.
Mike and Minnie Burton took a trip in October to visit Robert
Crooks, Minnie's son and his family in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and
Michael Burton and his family in Mississippi. Then in November, Bob
Crooks and his wife and three children were at the Burtons' over
Thanksgiving. Bob is now a Command Sergeant Major in the Army,
and is expecting to retire this coming year. Frances and Andrew
Whitlock of Fayetteville, AR, Minnie's sister and her husband, left
just before Christmas for Mishawaka, Indiana, to spend Christmas
with her daughter, Jacqueline Whitlock Stringer, and her children,
and saw some new grandchildren. They then traveled to St. Louis to
visit Andra Lee Whitlock Collins and attend the wedding of grand-
daughter Linda Collins. Over the Christmas holidays, Judy Crooks
Daley with her husband Charles and children Chuckie and Andrea
visited both Judy's and Charles family in Fayetteville, traveling from
their home in Austin, Texas. Because of the fierce weather, from
which Northwest Arkansas has not entirely escaped, Minine's mother,
Nannie Brown, is spending a few weeks with the Burtons. Carl and
Helen Newhard claimed to be spending a very quiet winter without
any news to disseminate. This translates to mean that they are not
traveling, but are expending their startling energies and talents in the
home area. Glynn and Etta Faye Terrell had visitors after Christmas.
Daughter Andrea and husband Paul flew up from New Orleans. Son
Lance arrived two days later for a ten day visit which was spoiled by
his getting the flu and having to spend most of the time in bed. Andrea
and Paul were hoping for snow (imagine!!) but the weather refused to
Jessie Newhard flew to Maryland to visit with her sister during
the Christmas holidays. Drove homeward with her brother and his
wife who live on Beaver Lake adjacent to Bentonville-Rogers area.
The weather of the past few weeks isn't bothering Red and Alice
Nail. Since the unexpected departure of the bookkeeper of the
family's business, Alice has been buried under quires, reams, and tons
of papers, while Red has been rousted from semi-retirement to act as
courier, dog-feeder, and sometime cook. So let it snow we're not
going anywhere yet anyway. But since the new bookkeeper looks like
a winner, the Nails anticipate becoming migratory with the rest of the
wildlife and former Zonians.
Respectfully submitted,
Alice R. Nail
Temporary Reporter


Nan Pihlgren, Sacramento Another year has gone by so fast!
We were saddened when Bertel, Ed's brother, passed away in the
beginning of the year in Valley Stream, NY. In August we went East
to celebrate Ed's 80th birthday. We visited Sylvia and Bob, a niece
and her husband in Bethesda, MD. We did some sightseeing in
Washington, DC the Cathedral, White House, Capitol, Lincoln
Center and Lincoln Memorial.... We visited Margaret Dovel in Great
Falls and her daughter Paula and son happened to be there visiting.
Margaret is 85 and quite lame, otherwise fine. She has a full time
housekeeper, as her daughter Allyson works. I was hoping to visit
Pearl and John Barlow [Pearl Kariger] in Virginia Beach, but it was
too far. Bob and Sylvia drove us to New York to our sister-in-law
Katrin and son Roy. We had a long week-end together to celebrate
the birthday with a lovely dinner and a big cake. The two weeks went
fast and it was raining when we left.... wished we could have taken
some of that rain back to California with us as it is so dry out here
some of the trees are dying.

Roy and David "The Songsmiths", Los Angeles As spins this
old earth, time flies faster each successive year; or does it just seem
so? Due to the success of last years surgery by Dr. Bellis, David is
able to keep up with the pace! There has not been too much activity
for the "Songsmiths" this year since Roy is not in the best of health.
Our Panama Canal Society has kept us in touch with dear friends of
the Canal Zone days. We are very concerned over the "Give away" of
the Canal Zone and the future disaster it portends. Any help by
letters to your Senators would be appreciated. Our good friend,
Walter Knott, whom we see much too seldom, has been not only our
great personal benefactor but champions our cause. We are grateful
to him and his staff!

Yvonne H. Cassidy, La Mirada Mom's been back a month, still
slow walking, with an aid. She was in a local nursing home until my
sister Millie came down to assist with her, as she is a trained
therapist. I hadn't seen Millie in 27 years. Now Maggie, Millie and I
are together temporarily. Wish Lynn were here to complete the


Four Generations Norine H. Kaufer, baby Ana-Maria Romera, Nan-
cy K. Leach, and Ann Marie Leach Romera.

Norine Kaufer, San Jose I enjoyed so much the Four
Generation picture in the December Canal Record as I was neighbors
to Mrs. Kotalik on Margarita Street in New Cristobal many years ago.


Our Holiday Luncheon was held on Sunday, December 4, 1977, at
the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island Drive in San Diego, CA. 131
members and guests attended. The Invocation was given by David
LeRoy Smith, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by
Mrs. Lilybel Kariger. Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel was selected by the
Nominating Committee to fill the new post of Woman Chaplain in our
society. The motion was made and the membership unanimously
approved her selection, and Mrs. Shrapnel will be installed at our
Annual Business Luncheon in April. A hymn was sun by David Smith
in memory of all members who have passed on.
In addressing the membership, David Smith read an article in a
recent issue of the Americanism Educational League, which was a
special feature article by Mr. Walter Knott, "The Real Issue: Com-
munist Control of Canal" (copies obtainable: Americanism Education-
al League, P. O. Box 5986, Buena Park, CA 90622 or phone: (714)
828-5040. As a public service, up to 10 copies offered free for patriotic
distribution. Additional copies, 4 cents each). Mr. Knott is founder of
Knott's Berry Farm entertainment complex at Buena Park; he is also
an Honorary Member of our society. Our society has held many
pleasant luncheon meetings in restaurants there.
Our first door prize was a 1977 CZ Commemorative Plate, second
in series by Alwyn Sprague, artist and Patty Thompson Plucker,
ceramics, of Balboa who donated the plate. The plate has a picture of a
shop and an electric mule in the Panama Canal Locks. Lucky prize

winner was Iris Days. Plates may be ordered by sending $25.00 to
cover postage, handling and insurance to: Patricia Plunker, Box 2177,
Balboa, CZ. Also, three cases of Michelob beer donated to our society,
were won by Harry Townsend, Hedvig Seedborg and Marie Browder.
In our "50-50 Loteria" conducted by Estrella de la Pena, 50% of the
proceeds were won by Janice Iten, guest of CDR Mary Price, and the
balance went to our treasury. Bob Adams won a 1978 Balboa Union
Church calendar as a "last chance" prize.
Former Zonian guests who were with us for the first time
included Edward and Flora Durbeck (he was an Engineer with S.E.D.,
and worked on Third Lock Project; also on installations of Cocoli and
Gatun Power Plants; lived in Diablo Heights during his 4-year stay);
George F. and Lorraine Reichel (he was a Marine Engineer, Nay. Div.,
Marine Bur.); spent 24 years in CZ. Lorraine never lived on the
Isthmus, but enjoys meeting those who have. They are now nomads
traveling in their motor home throughout the USA. The Durbecks and
Reichels were guests of Joseph and Ruth Bourgeois. Jane D. Fuller,
guest of Eleanor Colbert; Nancy Cotton Horner guest of her mother,
Dorothy Wertz Cotton, and great-aunt, Mrs. Lulu Lumby; Dr. and
Mrs. Kenneth Markuson, guests of his sisters and brother-in-law, Mrs.
Marjorie French, Lucille and Steve Fulop; Bob and Nelle Kariger,
guests of his parents, Lee and Lilybel Kariger; Ida McDade's sister;
Iris Days, guests of Catsy Schafer; Herb and Fay Thomas, guests of
her parents, Chris and Ruth Simonsen; Della Totty Nash, guest of her
mother, Cynthia Evarts Totty; Mr. C. A. M. Monsanto, guest of
Milton and Chubby Wright. "Monty" came from Iowa to visit his niece
and her husband, Addie and Dave Ellis, in Ontario, CA. They were
sorry to miss the luncheon.

Our thanks to Roy and Olwen Hearn for making the luncheon
arrangements with the Bali Hai Restaurant. Also, their directions to
the restaurant were excellent and most helpful, since it was our first
meeting in that area.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Browder, Jr. [Marie] of San Diego -
They resided in the Canal Zone Balboa, Ancon, Diablo and Balboa
Heights from January '30 to June '64. Ed was a Civil and Structural
Engineer, Eng. and Constr. Bur., PCC.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davis [Agnes Reinke], 24921 Muirlands Blvd.,
Space 233, El Toro, CA 92630. Agnes lived in the Canal Zone from
1918-1936. Her parents, Hermann and Elsie Reinke, resided in
Cristobal for over 25 years, leaving there in the early '40's.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Fawcett [Beverly Neville] of San Diego -
Beverly was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from BHS '38. She

and John worked for CZ Schools Div. from June '46 July '77 John,
as teacher, principal, and Assistant Superintendent, and Beverly as a
teacher Remedial Reading.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Hanson [Eva Jeanne Doyle] 624 W.
Wistaria, Arcadia, CA 91006. Eva Jeanne was born in CZ and resided
in Cristobal from 1923-1944. Bob was with US Army at Ft. Clayton
from Sept. '42. They were married in 1944 and left in 1945. Bob is
Credit Manager with Standard Oil Co. of California. They have six
children, ages 18-32, and 10 grandchildren. As transfers are frequent
with major oil companies, the Hansons have lived in Los Angeles, San
Diego, Oakland and San Francisco; also, Salt Lake City, Utah, and
Portland, OR.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Arthur Jones [Anna Mans] of Vista Mr. Jones
was employed with Electrical Division from 1926 to 1958. Anna
resided in CA from 1926-1958. She was a teacher with CZ Schools, and
later employed with Postal Division.
Mrs. Jane Hall Journey, of Winslow, WA Mrs. Journey was a
member of our society for many years before she moved to be near the
Bud Journey family, having lived in Sunland and San Diego, CA. She
lived on the Isthmus from 1909 to 1950, when her husband, Ewing C.
Journey, retired from the US Army Port Service, both at Quarry
Heights and Ft. Sherman. Mr. Journey passed away on February 9,
Mr. and Mrs. William Lade [Mary Cryan], 19350 Wart St., Apt.
94, Huntington Beach, CA 92646. Mary was born in the CZ and lived in
Balboa from 1921-1940. She was employed for a time at Balboa
Commissary. She also studied nursing at Seton Hospital, Baltimore,
LTC and Mrs. Charles J. McGinn, USAF (Ret) [Jean Ann White],
Rt. 2, Box 341-N, Las Cruces, NM 88001. Charles was born in the CZ
in 1929 and is a graduate of CHS '44 Jean was born in the CZ, the
daughter of Alton and Mattielee White, and resided there from
1931-1949, when she graduated from high school. Charles is now
retired (pilot) and Jean is a Draftsman.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. McKeown [Margaret J.], 723 Second
Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 92010. Richard was born in the CZ on 3
September 1910, and lived on the Atlantic and Pacific sides before
starting an apprenticeship as Sheet Metal Worker and Coppersmith,
Mechanical Div. "A Mr. Evans was Superintendent in those years."
Richard joined the Navy in '42 and returned to the CZ 31/2 years later.
He left in 1953.
Ms. Mabel V. Swan, 205 S. California St., Burbank, CA 91505. -
As a very young child, Mabel resided in the old 'Gold" town of Paraiso,
CZ, from 1922-1927, during which time her father worked on the
Panama Canal. Mabel just spent two weeks in the CZ/Panama,
touring and reminiscing.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Wanke [Patsy Kent], 8165 Hyannisport
Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014. Carl and Patsy were born in the CZ,
and lived in Ancon, Pedro Miguel and Balboa. Carl was Supply
Cataloguer, Storehouses, and Patsy was Secretary until 1944 with
Third Locks Project (S.E.D.). They resided in the CZ until 1955. At
present, Carl is Chief Purchasing Officer, and Asst. University Affairs
Officer, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. Patsy is an
Elementary School Secretary, Cupertino Union School District. Their
children are: Karen Johnson [Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Johnson, and two
children, Tanya, 5 and Scott 2); Carl Kent and wife, Jennifer; and
daughter, Lisa Hatzenbuhler [Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hatzenbuhler].
Mr. and Mrs. P. Alton White [Dorothy Ellington], 2458 Vista
Hogar, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Alton resided in the CZ Balboa,
Cristobal, Ancon and Gamboa from 1920-1963. He was Chief,
Dredging Division.
Bill and Dot Hoffman Allen "Although we've taken no
extended trips this past year, we managed our usual 20,000 miles. We
drove to S. F. Bay area last January for Nola Bliss and Ken Cullen's
wedding. In April we visited Kat Replinger in Phoenix, and managed
to track down Max and Lucille and Art and Ruth Smith. Through the
year we've had several brief, but nostalgic visits from friends and
relatives cousin Bud and Eleanor Bliss of Campbell, CA; Ev and
Ester Cook, Oregon; cousin Zonie and Jack Field, San Fernando, CA;
and Dr. Bliss and Adeline Shrapnel from Hawaii, to name a few. We
are looking forward to another Florida reunion."
Dolores Walters Alien "Mother (Mrs. Catherine Walters) and I
just returned from a most fascinating tour of the Holy Lands.
Airplane strikes, etc., changed our plans, so we returned home via
Copenhagen, rather than Rome. I still haven't seen Rome, although
I've been at their airport three times (five hours on way to Israel). We
were sorry to miss the December luncheon, but had just made a trip
to San Diego with my sister-in-law from Kansas."
Catherine Bahn, Reston, VA, retired from the Library of
Congress in 1976, and moved to Reston in January 1977. "Took some
short trips to Grenada, New Orleans, Andros Island in the Bahamas,
then went back to work as a cartographic librarian at the World Bank
on a temporary basis, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Six of us are
going on a State Dept. trip to Japan, Bali, Singapore, Bangkok and
Hong Kong in January and February should be fun!"
Ed Barnes, Devereux, GA, had a good summer lots of
swimming and boating. "The fishing wasn't too good. I got lots done
on the house and have it finished. I started a 3-stall garage, and on
October 8, I had a fall and fractured my left heel and injured by right
shoulder. I'm using a cane more and more each day, so I'm doing

better. Don't know if I'll attend the reunion in Florida so many
things to do here then."
Mollie" Brown flew to Richmond, VA in December to spend
Christmas with her son, Clif, and family. She returned home in mid-
Dick and Bertha Capps, Shawnee, OK, say they have been
grounded this past year due to illness, but plan taking a few trips in
Forrest and Lola Cheeseman enjoyed having Lola's sister, Mary,
with them for the holidays.
Frank and Betty Costanzo, Balboa, will retire this year to their
new home in Dothan, AL.
Arthur and Dorothy Cotton "Dottie and Ken [Manthorne]
were here this fall, so we had Fred and Dottie here together."
Dick and Shirley Cox, Charlottesville, VA "After eight
grandsons, we finally have a beautiful little granddaughter, Anne
Kathleen, born on October 19th to our daughter, Kathleen, and her
husband, Larry. She was baptized on November 27th by Uncle Brian
Cox. On December 14th, we flew to Sacramento, CA, to spend the
Christmas holidays with our oldest son, Larry, and his family for two
weeks. Larry drove us to Lake Tahoe, a three-hour drive from their
home, to see the home they bought where they expect to spend
holidays and weekends. We are looking forward to the CZ reunion -
it will be nice to see many of our friends there."
Bob and Mayme Dill are hoping that Mayme will be well enough
to attend the April Reunion she is on the mend after two light
strokes. "Mrs. Jessie Bush, PC Society of Texas, visited her son in
Hollywood, CA, in November. She is a remarkable person so helpful
to me when we organized the PC Society of Texas. A club had been
active in Houston for a number of years.
Hank and Virginia Ridge Dolim spent last June in Hawaii -
"Some of that time with our daughter, Diane, and her husband, Tim,
at their home in Hawaii Kai. Our grandchildren, Tracy 6, and Mike, 4,
are real 'Kama-ainas', and sure can sing the Hawaiian songs, etc. We
spent a week in Maui for a reunion of folks from Hank's Maui
hometown, which is now ALL sugarcane. It was a great family
weekend, as Hank's mother, father and six brothers and sisters and
their families were all there at the same time. On our way back to
Honolulu, we stopped off on Molokai for a few days for a delightful
stay at the new and unspoiled Molokai Sheraton. On December 9th it
had been 10 years since we arrived in Long Beach on the last voyage
of the QUEEN MARY from Southampton, England. Again we
attended the yearly anniversary dinner and dance aboard the ship and
met many shipmates at the festivities. We spent the night on the
ship's on-board hotel, not in our exact stateroom, but close enough to

feel at home. Although the whistle still blows, we sure wished we
could have left on another trip! We spend most weekends at Ranco
California (Temecula) where we have a Townhouse, about 100 miles
from Playa del Rey and 50 miles inland from San Diego. Our relaxed
weekends consist of tennis, swimming and visiting our three-year-old
avocado trees they are now just producing a small, first, unprofit-
able, unmarketable crop we have fun walking up and down the hill
picking them as they ripen. They sure taste good to date, our
record one weighed 11/2 pounds. We spent Christmas in Tempe, AZ,
with Herk, his wife, Charlene, and children, ages 8, 6, and 2. Herk has
been stationed at Williams AFB, and in June was promoted to Major
and Flight Commander in his squadron, flying F-5 aircraft. Hank
retired and is pursuing his many and various hobbies (and chores),
and Virginia still at FAA with about 21/2 years to go."
Tommy Doran was to undergo plastic surgery below his left eye
recently. He and Vivienne were sorry to miss the holiday luncheon,
but operation was set for about that time. We wish Tommy a speedy
John and Shirley Finlason are happy to relate that they have
acquired a lovely new grandson their daughter, Lois, of Vista, is the
new mama, and John Mark Eli Larson, born September 2nd is their
sixth grandchild. "And as if his birth wasn't enough excitement to end
our first summer in California, we enjoyed a nice two-week visit with
my sister, Lucile Terry, and her husband from Lubbock, TX. Both are
'born again' Texans, but fell in love with San Diego."
Doris [Cassell] and Bob Manson "Our 60th wedding anniver-
sary was celebrated last summer with our family. We were happy to
have our oldest granddaughter, her husband and our three precious
great-grandchildren at the celebration. They came from Canada for
another granddaughter's wedding, so it was a joyous occasion. Bob
had surgery in September, and is doing well he surprised the doctor
with his rapid recovery. Not bad for a 91-year old! Our very best
wishes to the Society."
Jim and Rita Duran Hofmann, Houston, TX, enjoyed having
Rita's mother, from Panama, with them for the holidays. Their son,
Bryan, is now 7, a first-grader "His soccer uniform looks like Cafe
Duran'. Lisa Ann is 1/z and a cutie at the height of mischief and then
Al and Ann Houston enjoyed a visit in early December from
Charles ["Smitty"] and Cally Smith of Treasure Island, FL. They saw
a little of San Diego and liked the waterfront "a little like the Zone."
Aileen Smith Hoyle spent two weeks at Christmas with her
brother, David, in Los Angeles.
Hilton and Margaret Hughes, Dunnellon, FL, had a wonderful
summer in Maine "sure miss it now. Our daughter, Kathy, and

husband have invited us to Texas for the holidays. Then we hope to fly
to the Canal Zone for a visit with Bob and Kate."
Paul and Rose Jones The following letter was published
recently in "The Atascadero News" "To the editor: "To surrender
our Panama Canal to a Panamanian Marxist dictator, Omar Torrijos,
is a potential disaster for our country from a political, military and
economic standpoint. We were employees and made our home in the
Canal Zone for 35 years, so this is not hearsay. Let us not appear
cowards to the world at this focal point of our history. Signed: Rose G.
Jones, Atascadero, CA."
Mary Butler Journeay reports the good news that she is using
her walker every day and showing improvement. She enjoyed
Thanksgiving with dear friends in Laguna Hills, and is starting to
dream about attending our April luncheon in Mission Viejo.
Evelyn Judson traveled to Houston to spend a few weeks with
her folks over the holidays. She enjoys living in Green Valley, as she
knows lots of people there, and plays a lot of golf "It's a good place
to live."
Norine Hall Kaufer spent Thanksgiving holidays in San Diego
with her longtime friend who lived in Empire in 1917. "Her father was
a Captain in the Puerto Rican Infantry there. Sorry I couldn't stay for
the society luncheon on December 5, but being a 'college girl', I'd have
missed three classes!' Norine had a lovely time visiting with her
sister, Jane Journey, in Winslow, WA, from December 14-30.
"Imagine, my first 2 great-grands coming on the same day -
December 31, 1977. The one at Fort Ord at 1 a.m., and Nancy's
grandchild at Los Gatos at 8:45 a.m. You can imagine the excitement.
I just returned from Seattle the same night.
Bess Roberts Kenealy, along with daughter, Pat, and family,
spent Thanksgiving in Connecticut with daughter, Betty Jane, and
family, Bess spent Christmas in Annandale, VA with Pat and family.
She planned to visit in Florida before returning home to North Holly-
Jack and Grace McCaslin Laurie, Palo Alto "Our son, Jon, and
daughter Margaret are still involved with the California Youth Sym-
phony and really enjoy their music. Jon is a HS senior this year and
interested in engineering, and Margaret is a sophomore. My Mother
spent July with us. She is amazing for her age, 89, and doesn't seem to
tire, and loves to be on the go. She lives near my brother, Donald
McCaslin, in Bellevue, WA. Don's kids are grown and on their own, so
he enjoys visiting with Mom."
Ed and Grace MacVittie, Sun City, spent last summer in Buffalo,
NY, where they enjoyed being with their families and playing lots of
golf. Shortly after their return home, they enjoyed a visit from
Grace's youngest sister, her husband and his sister. In December they
were visited by another sister and her husband. The beautiful Sun

City weather was enjoyed by all.
Lewis and Evelyn Moore spent most of September and October
on a tour of Southern Europe, including Yugoslavia, Greece, ports in
Bulgaria and Russia, on the Black Sea, Turkey (Istanbul and Izmir),
and Italy (Rome and Sicily). "All very interesting, but quite
strenuous." In December, Lewis and Evelyn arranged a display of
some Panama mementos at the Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona,
CA, and they could be viewed till after New Year's.
Lois Morgan, Toledo, OH, traveled last June to an area "I'd long
wanted to visit Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise,
Jasper, and Edmunton, and it was all as charming and beautiful as I'd
been led to believe. In August, I visited Betty Dahlem Giguere, who
had taken a place on Nantucket Island, and we walked the moors and
the sand beaches and saw, I believe, all there is to see, and had a
wonderful time doing it all."
Martha Paliwoda discovered last fall that she had a massive stag
horn kidney stone which had to be removed. "In fact, the entire
kidney was removed. I got along remarkably well I was walking in
12 hours, came home in 9 days, and was driving in 3 weeks! Rabbi
Joseph Melamed, of Temple Beth Israel, Fresno, was in Panama for 11
years before coming here this year. His wife is from California, and
they have 3 little girls of grammar school age. Their home address is:
7376 North Adoline, Fresno, CA 93702." Martha planned to visit with
Mrs. Anna Bickford in early December. Anna was 92 on December
6th, and is doing beautifully.
Mildred Gilbert Patton of Dunnellon, FL spent the holidays with
her niece, Sheila Gilbert Bolke, and family of Tarzana, CA. "Millie"
and Sheila enjoyed an outing with Johnny and Maggi Janssen, and
joined Jack and Joan deGrummond for a luncheon visit. Walter and
Suzanne [Urey] Kleefkens and family, formerly of Los Rios, CZ, flew
from the Canal Zone to Spokane, WA, where Walter will join the staff
of Grand Coulee Dam. They were visited during their few hours stop-
over in L.A. airport by Suzanne's Aunt Millie and cousin Sheila.
Ralph Pearson was hospitalized and in traction with back
problems in October. Although he was still flat on his back in
December, the application of acupuncture, by a famous Chinese doctor
in Los Angeles, has relieved the pain.
Thelma Reppe returned in late November from a month's trip -
to Ohio to visit her sister and family; to Florida to visit Anna Wright
in Gulfport; and to Houston to visit Mattielee White. While in Texas
she saw Bob and Betty Rathgeber, Mary Jo Yaeger, Florabelle
Helmerichs, George and Catherine Lowe, Margie and Jack Ruoff (who
were on vacation from the Canal Zone) and June and Vie May. "Great
trip saw lots of friends in St. Pete too many to list!"
Tom and Marion Snyder Rice "On October 18, 1977, Hamp and
Claire Tedder, Bill and Betty Lawson, Tom and I went on a 18-day

cruise to the Caribbean. We transited the Canal, and since the ship
didn't stop there, Art Farrell boarded with the pilot, and we were able
to visit with him till he left with the pilot at Cristobal. We had a
marvelous trip how fortunate we were to have such compatible
traveling companions! When the cruise ended in Port Everglades, FL,
we separated The Tedders and Lawsons went to Tallahassee and
St. Pete, then on to South Carolina. Tom and I went back to Panama
via Miami, where we visited with Gretch and Babe Melanson. While in
Balboa, we were guests of Art and Edie Farrell, and visited with
Blance and Carl Browne, Joe and Gloria Burgoon, Bob and Evelyn
Matheney, Dennis Gilbert and Bob Johnson. Of all the ports we
visited, Panama was, by far, the best. Tampa was our next stop to
spend some time with my Mother, brother Jim and sister Pat and
family, Rocky and Sugar [Calloway] DiRoma, Harlan Crouch, John
Parsons, Jessie Matheney and Izzy Gibson. Then hurried home in
December, just in time to get ready for Christmas, and make plans to
attend the reunion in April."
Jack Ridge, Sr. is currently residing at Heim's Residential Hotel
in St. Petersburg. He enjoyed Thanksgiving Day in Spring Hill, FL,
with Michael and Tina [Cartotto] Ressa, granddaughter, and young
Vincent Gregory Ressa, his great-grandson. The Ressas were visiting
with Michael's parents. Jack spent Christmas holidays with his
daughter-in-law and son, Julie and John Ridge, in Miami. He enjoys
seeing many of his friends at the monthly meetings of Florida's PC
Society in Gulfport George and Auristela Poole, members of our
society; Ross and Margaret Hollowell, Al and Cele Waldorf, Charlie
Fears, Anna and Joe Collins, Howard Clarke and Jean Mann, to name
a few.
Janice Ross "In September, for the first time, I visited Hawaii
and Maui with friends. It was a very enjoyable vacation we had a
lovely rooms right on Waikiki Beach with a perfect view of Diamond
Head, and on Maui, a beautiful condominium also on the beach.
Friends in Honolulu took us all over the island, and we rented a car on
Maui, so we were able to see everything. It really made me feel like I
was back in Panama, because of the similarity of climate and
vegetation. In October, Ernie's sister, Mrs. Flora Stetson, of
Whitman, MA visited me for two weeks. I spent Christmas in Las
Vegas with friends."
Catsy and Vern Schafer enjoyed the visit this past summer of
their daughter, Sue [Taylor] Pitney and her four children from
Holland. Sue was on a wonderful tour to Russia during the first week
in October had three days in Leningrad and four in Moscow. Loved
the Hermitage. She and her husband were in London in early
November for Christmas shopping. On December 17, the whole family
went to Australia for Christmas. If anyone is going through
Amsterdam, their phone number is: 7-8080 [Louis J. Pitney]. Mrs.

Grace Belden of Bossier, LA, visited my daughter, Layne [Taylor]
Ashton, and Tom, her son, in Memphis for Thanksgiving."
Hedy Seedborg enjoyed visiting in November with Nellie
Bruland Jansen in Aiken, SC "South Carolina and the Southern States
were so beautiful in color. We drove to Pennsylvania and visited
Jeannette Bruland Jans and Sue Bruland, Nellie's sisters. It was good
to see them again. Jeannette had just lost her husband this past year.
Hampton and Claire Tedder (See T. and M. Rice) "We sailed
from the Port of Long Beach, CA on October 18, 1977, on the S. S.
FAIRWIND. We stopped first at Acapulco, Mexico; went on a tour
there and watched the cliff divers. Next, through the Panama Canal,
but the ship did not stop there which was a disappointment. Then to
Cartagena, Columbia Hampton and I had lived a year in this port
and some of our friends picked us up there and took us for a tour to
show us the changes that had taken place in 20 years. Next stop was
Caracas, Venezuela, where we had a 20-mile drive inland from the
seaport; then Aruba, St. Maartens and St. Thomas. We enjoyed them
all thoroughly. The food and accommodations on the ship were
fabulous. 18 days after we set sail, and 60 lbs. heavier (collectively),
we landed at Port Everglades, FL. Betty, William, Hampton and I
visited their relatives, Katherine and Lawrence Chambers (formerly
of Gatun) in St. Petersburg, and my aunt and uncle in Tarpon Springs.
Betty and William then went on to visit his sister and her husband,
Wilma and John Heles in Buford, SC. Betty and William met us in
Tallahassee and we drove to New Orleans. After visiting the French
Quarter, we all caught AMTRAK back to California."
Mrs. Ethel Wanke recently made a trip to San Jose, CA, to visit
her son, Carl and family. "Seven of us went to Lake Tahoe for three
days had a lovely cottage there, fireplace and all. I spent
Thanksgiving with Pat and Bud, and being with my grandchildren
was really nice had a wonderful time."
Alton and Dottie White "Dottie and I spent a week this fall
with Jim and Mary Driscoll in Brookings, OR. Jim and I spent 3 days
trolling for salmon without any luck, but I did learn a lot about what
lures they offer the fish up here. Actually, fishing in Panama spoils
one for anything they do up here."
Milton and Chubby Wright "On October 24th, I went into the
hospital for eye surgery; on the 25th, cataract and lens implant, and
came home the 27th everything went fine operation successful,
and I feel real well." We were happy to see Chubby and Milton at the
December 4th luncheon.
Mrs. Helen Yoder is progressing quite satisfactorily following
surgery in December for a fractured hip, according to her son and
daughter-in-law, Bob and Ruth Adams. Helen's daughter, Katherine
Lessiack, of Kerrville, TX, came out to help take care of her. We all
hope that Helen will have a speedy recovery!

Jack and Joan deGrummond After almost two months in CZ,
we were happy to get passage aboard the SS CRISTOBAL on Nov. 4.
With friends aboard, the weather good, and the sea smooth, we had a
great trip to New Orleans. There, we stayed at my sister, Margaret
Coffey's home for a ten-day visit, which we enjoyed. Saw all the family
again with dinners out and tours around. We had a delightful lunch
as guests of Marie and George Christensen at L'Enfants. We had a
pleasant surprise while having supper out with Margaret. Macel
[Goulet] and Mort Thomson (who had come down from Memphis, TN,
to view the King Tut Exhibit in NOLA) came into the same restau-
rant. We hadn't seen each other since the Thomsons left the Zone 11
years ago, where they had been Margaret's neighbors in Diablo. Next
day we had lunch at The Bon Ton and toured the French Quarter with
them. We got back to L.A., in time to work on reservations for our
December meeting.
My son, Steve, is a music major at L.A. Valley College, and is on
the Dean's List. He also helps to manage a restaurant near the college,
and works part time as a music copyist, having done work for a sym-
phony orchestra, a jazz band, and on sections of the Music Depart-
ment's syllabus for this semester.
We're planning to attend the PC Society's reunion in St.
Petersburg in April (28-29). We've heard from so many folks who plan
to attend some from So. Calif. Jack and I saw and danced to Lucho's
conjunto while on the Zone, and told him we're looking forward to
seeing him at the reunion.
We had a pleasant day with Alice Roche of Hendersonville, NC,
recently, on a trip West to visit her sister in Denver, and Paul and
Irene Roche in Redondo Beach, Ca. We lunched and toured Ports
O'Call in San Pedro, the port and Long Beach area, and caught up on
the news.
My daughter, Tina, and family have returned to California after
an extended tour of the U.S., and a nice visit with Michaels parents in
We enjoyed chatting and exchanging news on the phone with
Johnny and Maggi Janssen while they were at Edwards AFB for the
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler "Mayno and Georgie Walker of
Sarasota spent the Christmas holidays with their daughter and son-in-
law, Jeannie and Jack Wagner in Walla Walla, WA. In January they
spent a few weeks with Mayno's sister and brother-in-law, Zonella and
Jack Field, in San Fernando, CA. While in Southern California, they
spent a few days with us here in Rancho Bernardo. Jack and Joan de-
Grummond enjoyed a luncheon visit and a mini "J & J Tour" of the
"Valley" with Mayno and "Zonie", just before the Walkers flew home
on February 5th.
Olga Nordstrom and her son, Robert, also visited us they live

in Colon, R.P. They were here for two weeks with Howard and Peggy
Finnegan in Ventura and us. Virginia and Harry Pearl of Ocala, FL,
also visited us and they look great. Their son, Ronnie, and wife,
Jeannie, just had a new baby boy in La Palma. Young Malcolm is a
partner in the Wall street Law firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in
Los Angeles, and is a visiting professor of law at the University of
Iowa, Law School for the first semester."

The Hampton Tedder family, Montclair, CA, 1977 L-R, rear:
Hampton & Claire's sons, David, Matthew and Hampton, Jr. Center
row: Becky [David's wife], Vanessa, and Cherie [wife of Hampton,
Jr.]. Front row: Hamp, Sr., Daniel, Tre [Hampton Tedder, 3d], Claire
and Dena.


Our ANNUAL BUSINESS LUNCHEON will be held on Sunday,
April 9, 1978, at the Mission Viejo Golf and Country Club, Mission
Viejo, CA. Doors will open at 10:45 a.m., and luncheon will be served
around 12 Noon.
Joan R. deGrummond


Fred and Louise Watts, Colorado Springs Louise has been
organist at Fort Carson Army Base for five years. Colorado Springs is
a beautiful place to retire. Would love to see all our friends.


We welcome Col. W. B. Benson of St. Petersburg to our society.
Monsignor Benson has been living in the Bay Area for nine years
assisting at St. Jude's Cathedral and joined our society through his old

friends Peggy and Howard Finnegan of Ventura, California. Col.
Benson was stationed at Ft. Sherman, Randolf, France Field and Fort
Gulick on the Atlantic side and also visited at Quarry Heights and
Albrook AFB from 1943-1947.
Joe and Peggy Wertz, Leesburg We spent the Holidays in the
Canal Zone visiting Ginger and Dicky Zornes, daughter and son-in-
law. Christmas was a real treat made exciting and enjoyable by
Grandsons Jeff and Joey.
Monroe T. Phillips, Winter Haven In early September, Marie
and I left on what became a 6,000 mile trip. The first stop was Ft.
Walton Beach, FL to visit our daughter and grandkids. Then on to
Illinois for a short visit with my cousins. From there we went by way
of Port Huron, MI into Ontario, Canada way up on the Georgian Bay,
where I had hoped to find more cousins whom I had never seen. They
had apparently all left that part of Canada, but we did see some truly
beautiful country. We stopped at Niagara Falls, but our luck was still
bad, as a cold rain fell all day. From the Falls we traveled thru the
Catskill mountain area of New York and on to East Hartford, CT,
where Marie had a reunion with an old golfing pal from Ft. Amador,
Florence Demers. Cape Cod, which was the main object of our trip,
was the next stop. There we spent an enjoyable five days with our
winter next door neighbors who live in a house built 200 years ago and
still in excellent condition. On our way home we stopped in Aiken, SC
visiting with Art and Olga Holmes. We also saw the John Eversons
and the James Catrons. They all looked great and enjoy living in
Aiken. We are looking forward to the Reunion in April.
Lois [Hollowell] Jones, St. Petersburg It has been a busy year
for this family. My son-in-law, Chuck Sage came back from Korea in
July, and I was off to Alabama to help Margie pack and get ready to
move to Yuma, AR. Their baby was due in September and I headed
out to Yuma to greet my new grandson, a darling baby boy by the
name of Cody. Then back to St. Pete to see my next grandson born
October 17th, a very sweet little guy by the name of Jason. Being a
Grandma twice is quite an experience.
Great Grandpa Ross Hollowell and Great Grandma Margaret
think the babies are something else. They also made a special trip out
to Yuma to see my daughter Margie and Hubby Chuck and of course
Cody on their way back from Hawaii. In between times, they went to
Gainesville to see Chuck and Lucy Hardy's baby boy born August 1st,
D. J. is Margaret's new grandson.
We had a grand Christmas With this wee baby here it made
Christmas sorta special. Margaret made the boys all sorts of cute
things, a darling Christmas stocking and a Teddy Bear. Margie, Chuck
and family spent the holidays in California with Chuck's family, the
first time at home in five years. We sure did miss them so much being
this was the first Christmas I had without them. I also missed my dear

friends Jo and Harry Johnson, they have sold their home in Towne
Shores and moved to Las Vegas, NV.
It has been a great year for our family and I have lots to look
forward to next year. It does seem strange not going to our favorite
reunion in January, but I know it will be terrific in April. We have
some great people working for us in this little Society of ours and I for
one appreciate it and thank them for a job well done.
Mary [Phelan] Fritz, Port Orange 1977 has been a happy year
for me. In February I flew to Illinois to visit my daughter Lisa and my
family then we all flew to San Diego and Los Angeles for a short visit
with Chuck and family and Jim and family (my sons). In May I went on
a seven-day cruise to Jamaica seeing Haiti and Nassau. In October I
flew down to Balboa, CZ to visit my daughter Sharon and family. In
between these jaunts, I have been to many spots in Florida I've
missed in the past. I've learned to surf fish and spent many fun hours
on Daytona Beach. I re-met my eldest grandson, Tom Phelan, Novem-
ber 18th stationed at Ft. Clayton, CZ hadn't seen this six-footer
since he was four. Son Jim transferred to Wichita KS, and Cindy, his
wife, presented me with my 12th grandchild in November. ... I wish
each and everyone of you a very prosperous New Year!
Flor E. Martin, Panama City The year of 1977 was very busy
for me. In February, my oldest son, SSgt. Tommie Martin, returned
from Alaska after a three year tour. He and his family came for a visit.
After attending school at Chanute AFB, IL, he was assigned to Shaw
AFB, SC.... My son, Capt. Al Martin, attended school at Lowry AFB,
Denver, CO. He was assigned to Lakenheath, England for three
years. He came home for a two week visit before going to England ...
My daughter, Doris Crabtree, and her children, Kristina and Ronald,
spent six weeks with us in June and July while her husband, Ronald,
went to England on a Rotary International exchange program. We
enjoyed having the grandchildren since my son Tommie and family
also came for a three week visit after he finished his school in Illinois.
They have come to see us several times.
My mother and brother came from Panama for a visit in October.
They stayed one month. I returned to Panama with them. It was nice
to spend two weeks visiting relatives and old friends. Really enjoyed
my visit to the Schools Division where I used to work in the Canal
I am still working at Tyndall AFB, FL. My husband may retire
after working 37 years with Civil Service and U.S. Government. We
see our friends the Rosses, Trsavages, Schnepels, Esther Hovan and
the Boudreaus. We also met the Seldens. Sometimes we visit Mr. Pete
Auristel and George Poole, St. Petersburg Flew over to spend
Christmas Holidays with two brothers in Ft. Lauderdale. They are not
old enough to move to St. Petersburg. Kind regards to you all.

Alton Jones, Lucky Wilburn, Sara Rowley, Mary E. Specht,
Howard Clarke Agnes Jamke

Art Cherry,

Kenneth and Helen

John Hall, Louie Kleefkens, Em-
my Lou Clarke

Mrs. Chester Harrold, Mrs. Ann John Ridge, Sr., Rube Seidman
Pennock, Mrs. Dorothy Nichols,
Mrs. Fronie Fender, Mr. Walt
Fender, Mr. Chester Harrold

All pictures taken by Gaddis Wall at February 3rd Society Meeting.

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E. R. Fuller, M. Shannon, Lydia Bessie Lyons, Ruth Baltozer, Sal-
Shannon, Viola Fuller lie McKeown, Dorothy Hanners

Buck Lockridge, Nat Litvin, Ross
Cunningham, Frances Sharp

Charlie Fears, Bill Grady, Jack


Alice and Paul Ankrom
members] Carl Starkey


Mrs. Geo. Algaier, Charlotte and
George Tulley

Curt Darden, Tallahassee Look forward to receiving the
CANAL RECORD and makes me wonder why I did not subscribe to it
years ago..... Settled in my home in April of this year. Have had many
Zone visitors and enjoyed them all. First on the scene were "Lucky"
Wilburn and wife Edna. Tom and Lorrain Spencer (Claims Brn.) were
through shortly afterward and spent three days with me. They
bought in Killearn Estates in 1976. J. Pat Conley and wife Bess were
here twice, looking, and Bess returned and bought in Killearn also.
Bob and Ev Matheney spent a week with me, also looking, but did not
buy. Quite a few Zone kids in college here, among them Jimmy Young
and Mike McGlade. They were out regularly giving out news from
home. Enjoyed them immensely. Bill Wichmann and wife Barbara
built in an exceptionally nice section called Camelot. Lovely home.
Talked with Elmer Orr last week. Same day Bud Thomas and Abbie
Anderson were by for a couple hours. Tried to talk them into spending
night but they had other plans. Chances are Lois and Rosemary set
these plans up. Was informed Ed Husum is no longer with the book
store, although still in town.
Edwin C. Jones, Boca Raton Have just returned from a trip to
Virginia. I flew to Washington, DC on the 15th of December to attend
my sister-in-law's (Harriet Ottman Jones) funeral in Fredericksburg.
After a few days with Walter in Locustgrove, I joined my wife, Helen
[Weade] inHampton for a visit with the Ronald Weades, Helen's
brother, where we had planned on spending the holidays. It was a
wonderful holiday During the summer we visited in Michigan,
Arkansas and Houston, TX.
Carl and Dorothy Pickenpaugh, St. Petersburg We enter-
tained the following guests for the Christmas Holidays; daughter,
Grace, who is a Government employee at Columbus, OH and son,
Captain Gary of Ft. Belvoir, VA (both Grace and Gary are graduates
of Balboa High School) and Linda Young of Fredricksburg, VA.
Mrs. Katheryne D. Ackerman, Dunedin I had as my guest for a
week in November my daughter, Sally [Ackerman] Estes, who was in
the area to speak at a workshop for Children's and Young Adult Li-
brarians, co-sponsored by the State Library of Florida, Youth
Services, and the Clearwater Public Library. Mrs. Estes is a reviewer
of books for young adults for The Booklist, a professional review per-
iodical published by the American Library Association.
Jack Ridge, Sr., St. Petersburg, FL My son, Joe who is with
Wineguard Television Aerial Co. in Burlington, IA, was in town on
business mid January for a day at which time we enjoyed a visit
during lunch.
Sara Rowley Clearwater In September Sam went to the
Canal Zone to be present when our son Samuel, Jr. became Master of
Sibert Lodge. I had a grand time with our daughter June Stevenson
and her two children. Even drove Lori Lee up to West Georgia

College in Carrollton, GA.
In December we both went to the Zone to spend the holidays with
all our family. Dorothy Gerhart and family live in Quarry Heights,
next door to old Balboa school which is now all elementary; our
daughter June and family live in La Crests, Panama and our son, Sam
Jr. with his family moved to Corozal while we were there. Sam is now
working on the Pedro Migues Locks. It was a special Christmas as our
grandchildren, Lori Lee and Kenneth Gerhart (University of Mary-
land) both joined us during their college break. After the college
grandchildren returned, Sam and I went to the Volcan with June and
Steve and to their home in Coronado for a short time. The folks seem
tense with treaty talks going on and with many Senators visiting on
the Isthmus, but we did enjoy seeing the Canal again, our family,
many friends and even seeing some Floridians that came down for the
holiday too.

Gayle and Mavis Fortner, Orange City, FL


Rae and Joe Ebdon with her mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley returned
in January from a three week trip north. They spent Christmas in
Wilmington, DE with their son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Kathy
Ebdon and their only grandson, Jeffrey Craig. They were joined by
their other son, Capt. Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr., USAF, who had flown in
from Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, NM for Christmas.
Enroute home, Rae, Joe and Mom Eppley visited in Henderson-
ville, NC with Capt. and Mrs. Howard R. Johnson; the Truman
Hoenkes, the Ernest Zelnicks and Jean and Jack Dombrosky.
Jay and Harry Cain visited his brother and sister-in-law, Warren
and Frances Cain in their new home in Seminole. They were joined by
another brother, Edwin Cain of St. Petersburg. Warren recently
retired from IBM in Delaware. They have a summer home in White
House Beach, DE.

Mrs. Gilbert Davis, formerly of Balboa, and now of Azalea, OR,
was the houseguest of George and Mayno Walker in late November,
having arrived after a cruise to Nassau, Bahamas; which she was
awarded as a winner in the Grange Photo exhibition. While in
Sarasota, Margaret gave an interesting beautiful slide showing of
Oregon snow country and visited with many friends from the CZ. She
left to visit the Ross Cunninghams in St. Petersburg, the West Town-
sends in Ocala; and attended a Camera Club function with Florence
Mallett of Dunedin. She has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Patricia
Bright in Atlanta, GA since the Christmas holidays and is planning to
return to St. Petersburg for the Annual Reunion.
Mina Dee flew to the CZ early in February for a month's visit and
to attend the wedding of her son, Pete Lang and Mary Lou McPherson
on February 11, in Balboa. Mary Lou is the daughter of Charlotte and
Earl Dailey of St. Petersburg.
Carole and Jim Wolfe held open house at their home honoring her
mother and sister, Lucille Flenniken of Concord, TN and Freida
Stohrer of Norfolk, VA, who were their guests for the Thanksgiving
Madge and John Hall enjoyed a brief visit with their son, John
"Buckey" Hall, who was returning to the CZ after a business trip to
Mrs. Alice Jones of Rosedale, MS arrived during the Thanksgiv-
ing week-end for several months visit with her sisters and brothers-
in-law, Ruth and Dave Gatz, Maxine and Bill Hitchcock, Billie Gallo-
way and Robin Comer.
Robin and Billie are also enjoying as their houseguest, Mrs. Rob-
ert S. [Charlotte] Herr of Avon, CT, who arrived in January for a visit
of several weeks.
January visitors at the home of Jay and Harry Cain were their
cousins, Tom Putnam and his son, Harry, of Willingboro, NJ. The men
had been on fishing trips to Stuart, FL, where Harry caught his first
sailfish, 6 ft. 8 in. which he had mounted. His father had caught a
sailfish on their trip three years ago.
When the L. L. Barfields [Roy and Doris] of Clermont passed
through Sarasota enroute to Fort Myers to spend Christmas with his
mother, they had telephone visits with several friends and former co-
When Bruce and Judy [Palumbo] Hicks of Coco Solo flew up from
the CZ to spend Christmas in Fayetteville, AR with her parents, Luke
and Frances Palumbo, they made a short stopover in Venice and con-
tacted several CZ'ers in Sarasota.
George and Mayno Walker took a six week holiday trip to the
Pacific Northwest to visit with members of their families in that area.
They spent Christmas with their daughter and family, Jeanne and
Jack Wagner and daughters in Walla Walla, WA and saw their first

white Christmas. They later visited Mayno's brother and family,
Eleanor and Gerald D. [Budd] Bliss, Jr. in Campbell, CA, and in San
Fernando, CA with her sister and her husband, Zonellas and Jack
Field. While there they had the pleasure of visiting with Pat LeBrun
and her mother, Annie Davis and the Malcolm Wheelers in Northern
California and with her aunt and cousins, Geneva Bliss Shrapnel and
Dot [Hoffman] and Bill Alien in Seal Beach. While on a stamp exhibit
in Tucson, AR, they went to Mexico with the Forest D. Wagners and
visited with Mrs. Donald [Evelyn] Judson in Green Valley, AZ.

Gladys B. Humphrey

In October Mr. Bernard I. Everson was the guest speaker and
spoke on the Panama Canal and the Treaty at the semi-annual meet-
ing of the Christmas Toy Shop Project, Inc. in St. Petersburg, an all-
volunteer, non-profit organization that gives toys to over 5,000 needy
children in lower Pinellas County at Christmas time. Anna T. Collins,
President, presided at the meeting; Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks gave the
invocation and Mr. Roy Sharp showed slides on the Panama Canal.
Following the meeting refreshments were served by Madames Sharp,
Mann, Jones, Fuller, McCoy and Hicks, all members of the Panama
Canal Society.
The Roy Sharps and Warner Hoyles opened the holiday season
whirlwind of parties when they co-hosted a delightful cocktail party at
the Ramada Inn South for many former Zonians. Many other parties
followed with Isabel Gibson's fabulous reception ending the season.


Margaret E. Rybicki, Atlanta My father came back to Atlanta
with me and my daughters Liz and Margaret for a few weeks visit. He
is planning to return home to Venice later in January.... We were all
happy to have my son, 1Lt. [USAF] Joe Rybicki and his wife Elizabeth
Ann arrive in Atlanta to spend Christmas with us. Following his
graduation from Pilot Training in April at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX,
Joe was assigned to the same base as a Pilot Instructor in T37 aircraft.


Jean C. Hill, Castine The Hills had a busy summer with visits
from several Pan Canal retirees as well as a visit from Betsey, Ken
and Margaret Biven from the Canal. While they were here, Helen
Wentworth came over for lunch. Margaret and Hilton Hughes came
over from Rangely to go on the Committee Boat for the Castine-Cam-
den Race. This was a new experience for them, sleeping aboard the
"Sea Dog". Then we had the pleasure of a lobster dinner put on by

Jean Baker, wife of Judge Baker, for Mr. and Mrs. Goldman who were
here visiting their son before he graduates from Maine Maritime this
April. We, in turn, had them for cocktails. Then another Senior's
parents came for lunch Mr. and Mrs. Bob Stewart. Bob at one time
was our son's Scout Master in Troop 5 Ancon. Last, Dell and Jack
Carlson came up from Marion for the Massachusetts Maritime-Maine
Maritime game. While Chet was off cruising in June, Jean took off
from the garden for a couple of days on a trip to Proctor, VT for a
great visit with Patty and Roger Michel and their two daughters. The
latch string is always out and glad to see any and all, especially in the
summer when we have lots going on. Right now we are under a
blanket of snow.


James L. Doran, Severna Park Some update on the Dorans:
Dad [Jas. R. Doran] and I attended the hearings called by John
Murphy of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee -
Mssrs. Bunker and Linowitz did not appear as very credible witnesses
(August 17, 1977). My brother, Mike is in Santa Fe, NM working for a
consulting firm. He earned his MA from T.C.U. about two years ago.
Pat [Doran] Teske is living in Green Bay where her husband Dave is
practicing the fine art of dentistry. I had a very pleasant surprise in a
phone call from Roberto Chan (BHS '57) who was visiting Gloria Tate
(CZJC'59) in DC during a stop over in DC. For any Zonian visiting
DC I commend you to the Metro, Kennedy Center, the Capitol and the
Visitors Center but stay away from the State Department THEY
may give you away, too.


Lucile and Cliff Torstenson, Grand Rapids Last January we
tried a first went to Florida for the Reunion. Great fun seeing so
many old friends.... From Florida we drove to Kingsland, TX for the
rest of the winter. We visited former Zonians in Kerrville and
Houston and had a wonderful time ... A Sons of Norway Lodge was
formed up here and Cliff was elected its first president. It's a friendly
and active group and we are enjoying it This winter we are
happily anticipating the arrival of our second grandchild in January,
courtesy of Mary and Bill Gruman. Carol is still in California doing fine
in the architectural field.


Clairee Chisolm, Union My husband Roger retired from the
Police Department in 1966. We have enjoyed the Canal Record for 11

years. I have a Spanish neighbor who lived at 746 Las Cruces St.,
Balboa where we lived when we retired. The Summerfords, the
Barnes and the John Boswells have visited us. Last year we visited
Red and Yvonne Barnes in Dallas, TX. I work at a shirt factory here in
Union. Roger works his 124 acre farm. Sheila and husband, Jerry,
Roger and I picked 26 bushels of butter beans, shelled and put them in
the freezer all in one day. We have two large deep freezers full and a
closet full of canned fruits and vegetables. He sold all but six of his
cows as he doesn't like getting out in the cold weather. We enjoyed
our fireplace last winter, but have remodeled to a big heater and enjoy
much more heat. Roger built a greenhouse for me this summer as
flowers are my weakness. Paul our oldest drives a truck out of
Jackson for KLM. He lives near and has three beautiful children.
Jerry lives in Jacksonville. They have two handsome boys. Sheila has
been married a year and a half and lives about 10 miles from Union.
We welcome visitors.


Gene Hamlin, Carthage I recently spotted a familiar (to me)
name in a Carnegie Mellon University alumini directory it was Mrs.
L. C. Flowers. I wrote a note to inquire re [Mr.] Prof. Flowers who
taught chemistry to the first three classes of CZ Junior College.
Possibly an extract of a letter I've just received from the daughter
(who was 4 years old when the family left CZ in 1936) will be of
interest to readers of the Canal Record. The reason the daughter
replied was the sudden death of Mrs. Flowers.
"I thought I would fill you in briefly about my father who died in
Sept. 1975. Dad always remembered the Panama days with great
relish and he and I joked about going back. On his return to the States
in '36 he worked for Westinghouse, first in Springfield, Mass. till 1960,
then Murrysville, PA till he retired in 1970. He developed DDT and
the "Bug Bomb" using freon during World War II. In Springfield he
worked largely on refrigeration after the war. Down in Florida for his
last few years he kept himself very busy and tutored 4th and 5th
graders in Science. In Springfield he taught night school for
Northeastern (and) I believe he set up the Chemistry and Physics
programs for them."
A rather gloomy, dreary first was brightened by the arrival of old
friends Mr. and Mrs. Clyde and Sarah Flowers who live in Port
Orange near Daytona Beach. They'd been on a trip to visit their two
children who lived on the East Coast son in DC and daughter in
Columbia, SC, their other daughter lives in Birmingham which was off
the track! I am still collecting memorabilia recently got a couple of
good books at the Greensboro flea market and still acquire interesting
old picture post cards from time to time. See you in April.


The Panama Canal Society of WNC had a luncheon-meeting,
December 3, 1977 presided over by Maynard Huff, President. Guest
Speaker was Mrs. Mary Ausnehmer [Mebs] on leave from the Canal
Zone who spoke on the proposed Treaty. She brought up to date
information on the current situation on the Canal Zone and urged
support against ratification. Mebs was in Hendersonville to visit the
Howard Johnsons.
Mildred Harrell (widow of Bruce Harrell) sold her home and has
moved close to her daughter and family in Sierra Vista, AR. Mr. and
Mrs. William Wright [Louise].
Mrs. Emma Lucky passed away on December 19, 1977. AT the
time of her death her grandson Tom Kelly and granddaughter Margie
Seagars both of Virginia were with their mother Trudy Kelly and
remained throughout the Christmas Holidays.
Dick and Lillian Abell of Fairhope, AL were guests of the Jack
Dombrowskys in October. (The fall scenery was exceptionally
gorgeous this year).
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick were in Atlanta, Georgia in early
December to attend the wedding of the daughter of Clyde and Jerry
Alice Roche has been on an extended trip visiting relatives in
Minnesota and Wisconsin at Thanksgiving and her sister in Denver,
CO at Christmas.
Paul and Betty Bentz flew to Stonington, CT to spend Christmas
with their son Alan and his family. Betty is currently the Arts
Activities Chairman at Carolina Village.
Carmen and Charlie Howe had their son Bill and wife up from the
Canal Zone at Thanksgiving for a few days. They enjoyed a family
reunion at Christmas in Columbia, SC at the home of their daughter
Shirley McHenry and her family. (Alice and Don Bonner with baby
Jolene; Marion from Boston; Danny and Sheila with son Nathan of
Gastonia, NC).
Danny and Sheila Howe had the pleasure of having the Jesse
Gettles of Dothan, AL as their guests recently.
Howard and Emily Johnson were in Houston, TX to spend
Christmas with their son Jim and his family.
Joe and Rae Ebdon with Edith Eppley were guests of the Howard
Johnsons in January enroute home to Sarasota after having spent the
Holidays with their son Dick and his family, in Delaware.
Roger Hoenke of San Jose, CA arrived in January for a visit with
his parents Truman and Betsy and sister Diana Bauer.
Bill Tillman visited the Canal Zone on two occasions recently.

Jean Dombrowski, Reporter


Helen McCarty, South Euclid "Please find enclosed check #184
for my annual dues, even though there are few I know anymore hav-
ing been away from C.Z. for nearly 20 years, times change so swiftly
- have written to Senator Baker in my not approval of the treaty. I
had been the American Legion Department President and National
Committeewoman for two years. Still keep in touch of Panamanian
friends and several others who have business there, but surely hope
that the Treaty is squelched.


Ben Kuller, Waldport I had a couple trips to the hospital early
last year for surgery and getting along fine now even gaining
weight for the first time in over twenty years. Daughter Norma Jean
Perry and her husband are leaving on the ninth of January for a two
month freighter voyage to Central and South America via the Panama
Canal. Grandma [Cissie Ayers Kuller] and I will have Jean's daughter
staying with us as she is only 15 years old and in High School. We are
now the proud great-grandparents of three two on Jeannies side
and one on Ben and Bettys side.... This time of the year is somehow a
time of flashbacks to earlier Christmases on the Canal Zone a
feeling that has been hard to duplicate in good old USA. I suppose
some of it was because we were much younger! I was only seven when
our family arrived on the Zone and Cissie was born in Empire, CZ. The
Kuller family, outside of Senior Ben, who was there from 1906,
arrived in May 1913. The entire family, except the oldest brother
Stanley, made that voyage which originated in Philadelphia, PA on
the old "PANAMA" from NY to Cristobal. All five sisters and one
brother. Because of the large family we were assigned the entire
duplex just up the hill from the old Gatun Police Station. When our
ship arrived in Cristobal late afternoon we embarked on the PRR
train from the pier. On arrival at Gatun, Bob Houston, a dear friend of
Dad's met us at the Gatun Station and rode with us on the mule drawn
"Brake" to our new home. "Granny Houston" was there with baked
beans, potato salad and cold sliced roast beef, plus other goodies ....
Our granddaughter Lynn Gill of Bakersfield was married in October
and Cissie and I spent three weeks in California. It was a beautiful
wedding and reception with over 175 guests.


Marjorie King, Kailua-Kona Our September Record arrived
November 3rd. We're delighted it finally arrived so we could catch up
on the latest happenings. We hope to make it to a Florida reunion in

the not-too-distant future.


Because of circumstances beyond their control, the Panama Canal
Society of South Carolina did not hold their pre-Christmas party on
December 16th. It was postponed until January 6 and was held at the
Holiday Inn, near Aiken.
Thirty persons plus and organist, attended the affair. The room
had been decorated by Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison using
molas, small Costa Rican ox carts, and other Central American items
plus candles on each table. Two guests present were Randolph Wall of
Jacksonville, FL and A. W. [Doc] Harley of Aiken.
Following a tasty dinner, a short business meeting was held. It
was decided that the next meeting would be on March 16 at the Heart
of Aiken Restaurant. James O. Catron, club president, announced that
a new slate of officers was to be elected at that meeting: John A.
Everson, president; Harry Willenbrock, vice president, and Trudi
Clontz as secretary-treasurer as well as reporter for the Canal
Mrs. Ann Dyer announced that she was donating $25.00 to the
Society's treasury. By voice vote, it was decided that the $25.00 would
be given to the Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospital at Greenville,
SC, in memory of Willard E. Percy, a member recently deceased. The
business meeting was then adjourned, but not the dancing and talking
which went on and on.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Myers spent Christmas in Carrabelle, FL with
their son, Lee Jr. and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Badonsky had as their house guests in late
December their daughter, Paula, her husband, and their grandson.
Their son, Leo was also present to add to the festivities.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew drove to Washington, DC to visit
their son and family at Christmas. On New Years' Eve, they flew to
Houston, TX for the wedding of their granddaughter, Christy Drew
on January 1. Then they flew to Albuquerque, NM for the wedding of
Craig Drew, a grandson who is a cadet at the University of New
Mexico and will graduate as a naval officer this spring. The parents of
these grandchildren celebrated their 25th anniversary on Jan. 3.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Willenbrock droven to Durham, NC to
spend the holiday season with their daughter and husband, Mr. and
Mrs. William Wiseman.
While out west in October, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron, Sr.
visited Coral Ann Strickler at Arizona City. In Sun City they visited
Helen Daniels Munson and husband. They also stopped for a visit with
Mr. Catron's sister, Mrs. Helen Catron in Las Vegas, NV. On to Texas

and they saw the Largents in Whitney and Wilton and Dorothy Smith
in Blanco. The Smiths had two tours in the Air Force in the Canal
Zone. Wilton is retired and is now teaching school. Some time was
spent with Penny Catron Lotterhos and husband Joe and grandchild-
ren Ed and Karen. Their trip was very interesting and covered over
5,000 miles. In December the Catrons son J. O. Catron, Jr. and family
visited from Florida. Still in a travelling mood, in January the Catrons
drove to Orlando, FL for a visit with Mrs. R. Bunting, a sister to Mr.
The Don Hutchisons spent the holidays with their son, Gary, and
family in Ruston, LA.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey flew to New Orleans in Mid-January,
spent a few days in that town, and then boarded the S.S. CRISTOBAL
to sail to the Canal Zone. There they visited their daughter and
husband, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Seeley at their home on Ridge Road,
Balboa Heights. They returned to the US by air in late February.

C. W. Kilbey


Errett R. Albritton, Fort Worth Mrs. Albritton and I have just
returned from Virginia Beach, VA where we visited our son
Commander David, USN and family. Wife is Faye [Tucker] and
daughters Lee and Stacey. Lee is a sophomore at Lynchburg College
and Stacey a senior in High School. We had planned to detour through
St. Petersburg on our return trip but we had to hurry home to be with
our granddaughter, Linda and family. She and her husband are
missionaries and were stopping by a few days. They had been in
Ethiopia but were among those forced to leave there recently. She is
the eldest daughter of our eldest son, Dr. Robert Albritton, professor
of Education at Oregon College. We now have one grandson and seven
granddaughters, one great-grandson and two great-granddaughters.
We may make the reunion in April. It will be easier to travel that time
of the year so we should have a real good attendance. Best wishes to
all the CZ people those retired and those working.

Francis J. "Jed" Young, Kerrville Anna Lee and I have just
returned from a thirty day visit to the Canal Zone where we enjoyed
the holidays with our daughter Debby and son Duane, both of whom
work and live there.... Grand Time! Danced to Lucho on New Year's
Eve at the Amador Club, gobbled up lobster like there was no
tomorrow and visited with most all of our friends who are still there
(plus some other ex-Zonians returned for the holidays). Really
enjoyed ourselves and hated to return to this cold weather.


Betty and Dave Marshall drove from Kerrville to California,
stopping along the way in Peoria, AZ to visit Dennis and Wendy
[Cotton] Corrigan and family, and Tracy [Cotton] Keith and son,
Danny. Wendy and Tracy are daughters of Lois Cotton of Arkansas.
While in California the Marshalls visited Buddy and Marion Phillips of
Laguna Hills. The day following their son's wedding (see weddings)
which the Phillips attended, Buddy and Marion held open house for Ed
and Ann which was attended by many Canal Zone retirees in the area.
Betty and David also visited Ida McDade of San Diego. After the
Marshalls returned to Kerrville, the bride and groom arrived on
December 22 for a five day visit. They were entertained at the home
of Parker and Chita Hanna with a dinner which was followed by a
surprise shower for the newlyweds at the home of Kerrville residents.
On Christmas Eve, the Marshalls entertained guests which included
former Canal Zone residents, Dave and Elizabeth Davison, Jim and
Helen Hoverson, Parker and Chita Hannaand Joe and Ethel Bialkow-
ski and son, Charles of Houston. Then on December 26, the Marshalls
hosted a party for officers and their wives from the Hill Country Gun
Club. Dale and Jackie Bishop also attended. On December 27, Ed and
Ann went to San Antonio where they visited with Frank and
Margaret Corrigan before departing that evening for home.
Reproted by: Jackie Bishop


Dal and Grace Thornton spent December in California visiting
kinfolks and friends although they were plagued and hindered by the
rains that came to break the prolonged drought endured by that Fair
Jessie Bush also vacationed in California in November, primarily
to attend her high school reunion in San Pedro. While there, she, her
son and daughter-in-law (Tom and Betty Bush) had an enjoyable dinner
and evening with LeRoy and Mayme Dill, former residents of Texas
now living at Leisure World in Seal Beach. Mayme was recuperating
beautifully from a stroke which had occurred shortly before. She has
since sustained another light stroke but reports are that she is improv-
ing. Let us all say an extra prayer that good health will return to her in
full measure.
Peggy Ellis is steadily recovering from her lengthy illness and
once again is located in Houston at Gold Age Manor, Houston 77087.
Mary Orr visited her sister, Marion Wells, in Kerrville, stopped
off in Houston to visit her two brothers, and to spend some time with
Irene Wright. While a guest of Irene's, she, Florence Terry, Mary Jo

Yaeger and Irene had lunch together complete with chatter!
Should anyone need pointers on "how to keep busy in retire-
ment", consult Lou Souder. In the future, look forward to his name
being included among the handcrafters of renown.
Sadly we relay word of the death of G. Lee Wright on January 8,
1978. Among those who came from afar to bid him farewell was Lillian
Ryan from New England. She remained in Houston to be with Irene
for a few days.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 11, 1978, 11:30
a.m., Wyatt's Cafeteria, 10300 South Post Oak, Houston.

Jessie L. Bush


Leo and Madeline Eberenz, Sterling We are all well and
looking forward to the 1978 Reunion. We attended for the first time
last January and we had a wonderful time despite the cold weather
After the reunion we went to New Orleans, Dallas, El Paso, Phoenix,
Little Rock and Atlanta. Madeline went to Europe for three weeks in
June. In July there was an addition to the tribe. Alex and Mary had a
fine baby girl, No. 13 in the grandchild roll call. Most of the family is
right close to us. Alex and Josephine live in Sterling and Marie is in
Reston. Mable is in Jacksonville with her three children and husband
and John is still holding out in the Canal Zone. His two children visited
us during the summer. We hope it will be a very good 1978 for all the
members of the Society.


Lois Bunker, Vancouver We enjoy receiving the Record with
news of old friends. This is our third winter in the Portland-Vancouver
area and the worst. We had seven inches of snow in November (highly
unusual here), followed by floods, high winds, and now an ice storm.
All this bad weather followed a drought. It is certainly nice to be able
to stay indoors. The weather was good over the holidays and we were
able to get together with our family.

The National Geographic February 1978 issue carried a beautiful,
as usual, 17-page article Behind the Headlines The Panama Canal
Today by Bart McDowell and photographs by George F. Mobley.
Featured is a picture of our member, Captain James B. Wallace; a
double page map of the Canal Zone in color mapping the proposed

treaties, showing exactly what land and U.S. property will be given
away and when, and a large picture of 93 year old Valentine Rivas,
who many of you will remember, who picks up his pension checks. The
article also gives a brief report on Jim Wallace's wife, Sue, and Sue's
mother, Mrs. Igna Prier, who has many memories of the Construction
Days of General Gorgas, Colonel Goethals and President Theodore
Roosevelt. You'll not want to miss reading this excellent article. Ed.

Society's Dues For 1978 are $10.00.


FOR SALE: The Canal Zone Medical Wives bilingual cookbook "La
Cocina de Panama" features local fruits and vegetables of Panama
and popular recipes from Panama and South America. $4.00 which
includes postage. Send orders to Julie DeLuca, Cookbook Chair-
man, Box "0" Gorgas Hospital, Balboa Heights, CZ.

COLLECTOR WANTS: 1. Diamond shape I.C.C. Metalcheck. 2.
Balboa High School "Zonian" for 1930. 3. Pre-1930 picture post
cards CZ/RP 4. $7.50 commissary book (remainder) WRITE: Gene
Hamlin, Box 577, Carthage, NC 28327.

WANTED: Panamanian Cadena Chata Contact: Mrs. John F.
Lewis, R. R. #1-29, Hidden Shores Lane, South Dennis, MA 02660.

WANTED: Items old or new pertaining to the Panama Canal the
old and new treaty info also for historical purposes to become
permanent property of The Canal Museum, c/o Newell W. Ross-
man, Weighlock Bldg. Erie Blvd. East, Syracuse, New York 13202.
All items sent will be tax deductible.

WANTED: Princess Rose China Minton Complete set or just
any pieces. Mrs. L. Harold Gillick, 1101 Eden Isle Blvd., N.E., St.
Petersburg, FL 33704. Telephone 898-1685.

February 9, 1978

Dear Classmate,

Arline Schmidt Winerman's letter of May 19, 1977, regarding
class reunion of BHS Class of 1953 to be held during the July 4th
weekend this summer, resulted in a local meeting on October 31st.
Arline was on the Isthmus to attend along with seven local
classmates. Although the meeting was poorly attended, we were able
to come up with an agreeable schedule.

We have not had much response locally, and Arline has had poor
response stateside. Therefore, it was decided that those not answer-
ing this newsletter will be considered not interested and will be
dropped from our mailing list in the future. Please keep in mind that
we must have commitments before planned activities for five days and
nights can be completed. Clubs, organizations and catering must have
guarantees of specified amounts of people attending.

Lanny Gunn has arranged for group air rates and special hotel
rates through a local travel agency. Group air rates can include
different areas of the U.S.; however, the local agency must have
confirmations by April 1, 1978.

Zip Zierten and Dave Speir are two of our confirmed honored
guests. We are planning on contracting Ted Holtz and other local
guests as well.

A tentative itinerary includes special happy hours at various
clubs, fishing and shopping trips, picnics, moonlight cruise/dinner
dance, and a big bash at the posh Union Club in Panama City.

Interested parties are asked to contact us by March 1st as all
future communications will be handled from the Canal Zone. Please let
us know if you are at least interested so that we can either proceed or

Jim Morris Marilyn Gayer
Box 1375 Box 111
Balboa, C.Z. Balboa, C.Z.
Tel. 52-5067 Tel. 52-2277

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of these classmates please forward
their address.


* Reinstated

BIVIN, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth ............................. Box 1854, Balboa
BJORNEBY, Mr. and Mrs. Richard .......................... Box 41, Coco Solo
CLOCLASURE, Mr. and Mrs. Randal .......................... Box 187, Gatun
DUGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. ............................ Box 2775, Balboa
GOODRICH, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie B ...................... Box 394, Balboa Heights
GRABOWSKI, Edward S. ................................... Box 1001, Balboa
GURNEY, Mary T. ................ .................. Box 387, Albrook AFB
*KNAPP, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. .............................. Box 538, Balboa
*KRZYS, Mr. Theodore ................ ..................... Box 155, Balboa
LITTLE, Mrs. Mary P ............ ............ ........... Box 1471, Balboa
MULLINS, Capt. and Mrs. Earl E ............................. Box 186, Gamboa
RHYNE, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey G. ................ ............ Box 55, Balboa
WILLIAMS, Gerald and Alta .......................... Box 449, Balboa Heights
BELDEN, Charles E .......................... 913 El Dorado Dr., Dothan 36303
CLEVELAND, Mrs. Dolores W ................... 102 Daniel Ct., Dothan 36301
JUDGE, Mr. and Mrs. Charles D ................. 9250 Deer Trail, Tucson 85710
LENTZ, Mr. and Mrs. Warren A ............ 2172 E. La Donna Dr., Tempe 85283
MOFFETT, Shirley A ............ Box 2025,Balboa, C.Z.
After 1 June ...... 18018 Willowbrook Dr., Sun City 85373
CALDWELL, Mr. and Mrs. E. E .................... P.O. Box 434,Camden 71701
GATES, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde P. (Sarah Ann Wagner)
1161 Birchwood Dr., Little Rock 72211
HICKS, Mr. William H ....................... P.O. Box 428, Diamond City 72644
BOLKE, Sheila ................................. 19552 Rosita, Tarzana 91356
CAMPBELL, Mrs. Pat ................. 1506 Calle Artigas, Thousand Oaks 96310
GRIER, Darwin and Berniece ............... 1655 N. GoldenGate, Stockton 95205
KAYLOR, Col. and Mrs.Roy ................. 2469 Trenton Dr., San Bruno 94066
*LUNDY, Mr. and Mrs. J. Leroy .................. 2605 Calle de Oro, LaJolla 92037
McKEOWN, Mr. and Mrs. Richard C ............ 723 2nd Ave., Chula Vista 92010
ROBINSON, Mr. and Mrs. George L.
145 N. El Camino Real, A4.t. 314, San Mateo 94401
VAN LOON, Mr. and Mrs. Harry .......... 460 Fair Oaks St., San Francisco 94110
*WILKINSON, Walter J ...................... 1620 E. Chapman, Fullerton 92631
O'RORKE, Mrs. James R. (Muriel Tatelman)
2720 Meadow Lark Ave., Ft. Collins 80521
ANKROM, Mr. and Mrs. P. E., Sr ............ 518 Edgewater Dr., Ellenton 33532
BEATY, Mr. and Mrs. Cliff ..................... 4008 North B St., Tampa 33609
BENSON, Col. W. B. .................... 5825 20th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33707
BRADEN, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. .......... 654 N. Grove Dr., Land O'Lakes 33539
CROWE, Judge and Mrs. Guthrie ......... 2100 NE 62nd Ct., Ft. Lauderdale 33308


*DOOLAN, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A ........... 637 South Owl Dr., Sarasota 33577
HALE, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh D ................. 7619-A Abonado Rd., Tampa 33614
*HOLT, Mrs. Norris B ............. 4720 Burlington Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33713
HOWARD, Mr. and Mrs. H. Vance .......... 220 63rd St. N., St. Petersburg 33710
HUMMER, Edna J ................ 3700 S. Osprey Ave., Apt. 221, Sarasota 33579
JOHNSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. ..... 915 S. Hillcrest Ave., Clearwater 33516
*LIERMAN, Mr. William J. .. : ............... 3847 Calliandra Dr., Sarasota 33580
McCARRICK, Mrs. Grace .................... 572 Meteor St., Jacksonville 32205
ROUNSAVILLE, Mr. and Mrs. William ........... Box 1207, Lanark Village 32323
STROOP, R. B. H., III ..................... c/o 2140 Magnolia St., Sarasota 33577
WALKER, Don .......................... 470 3rd St. S., St. Petersburg 33701
WERKHEISER, Anna Ruth ...... 3700 Curry Ford Rd., Apt. W-25, Orlando 32806
WHALER, Mr. and Mrs. George R.............. 430 SE 75th St., Gainesville 32601
WILLMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde A ............ 8297 Tippin Ave., Pensacola 32504
FETHERSTON, Mr. and Mrs. Edward M...... 207 E. Parkwood Rd., Decatur 30030
MULLINS, George W., Sr. ..... ...................... Box 75, Juliette 31046
*BATES, Lois DeLaMater .................. 430 Kaiolu, Apt. 1002, Honolulu 96815
DOUGHERTY, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis (Danelle Haff)
1144 W. Schubert, Chicago 60614
DUGAN, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph, Jr. .............. RR #2, Box 263, Coatesville 46121
*BOUGAN, Mrs. Thomas E ................. 1029 E. 13th St., Bowling Green 42101
CHELETTE, Mrs. Dewey E. (Susan Barfield) ... 104 White Oak Dr., Monroe 71201
ESPIAU, Mr. and Mrs. Fernand ................. 1 Wren St., New Orleans 70124
*McCLAIN, Mrs. Charels R. ................... 13 Boutelle Ave., Waterville 04901
SCHRIFTGIESSER, Mr. and Mrs. Julius ... 96 Sunrise Dr., North Weymouth 02191
RICHARDSON, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. ..... 2408 Swetman Beach Dr., Gautier 39553
SCRANTON, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H., Sr .... 1009 Buena Vista, Pascagoula 39567
BENGTSON, Mr. Robert A .......................... R #1, Box 27, Turner 59542
ROSSMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Newell W., Jr. ...... 123 Lincklaen St., Cazenovial 13035
BLANEY, Mr. and Mrs. John L. .................. Rt. 1, Box 272, Stanfield 28163
DAHLHOFF, Vernon L .......................... P. O. Box 71, New London 28127
POPE, Margaret H. ..................... 5645 June Lane, Winston-Salem 27107
WHEELER, Col. and Mrs. K. R ............... 24 Longstreet Lane, Dayton 45433
SLATER, Mildred H ........................... 4515 E. 31, Apt. 35, Tulsa 74135

*CASSERLY, Mrs. Teresa ................... 1459 Swantek St., Pittsburgh 15204
*NEHRING, Capt. and Mrs. William H. ........... RD #2, Box 354, Sugarloaf 18249
FARLEY, Capt. and Mrs. Revel R .......... 109 Hancock Rd., North Wales 19454
RUPP, Dr. Robert H. ...................... 6040 Cedaridge Rd., Columbia 29206
CARPENTER, Mr. and Mrs. Richard ......... 4117 Rockdale Rd., Nashville 37204
FICZERI, Mr. and Mrs. Paul, Jr .............. 8722 Echo Valley Dr., Dallas 75243
*LITTON, Mr. and Mrs. John ................. 141 Royal Oaks Rd., Kerrville 78028
SEWELL, Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. ..... 1 Mile Wilson Rd., Box 4, Harlingen 78550
ENGMAN, Mrs. Elizabeth ..................... 113 Borouec Rd., Chehalis 98532
JOURNEY, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. ..................... Rt. 4, Box 457, Poulsbo 98370
WAGNER, Jack and Jeanne (Walker) .......... 2990 Brisbane, Walla Walla 99362
CRAWFORD, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace I. .. Apartado 1890, Panama 1, Rep. de Panama
SCHMIDT, Marcela ......... AV 10-B Calle 15T, Zona 2 #1570, San Jose Costa Rica

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

C ity .................. ........... S ta te .............. Z ip C od e ........
Former PC Employment ....................... .............
A m ount Enclosed $ .........Check ........... M .O............Cash .......
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1978, ARE $10.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
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Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check ......... M .O.......... Cash ........

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


Please mail to
Street_ Box

City State Zip Code_

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

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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