DECEMBER, 1979 No. 5
RC a B [ i 'W; CONTENTS (
President's Message............................................................. 2
From the Secretary's Desk..................................................... 2
Editor's Lines............... ... ........................................ ... .. 3
Legislative Representative Report.............................................. 5
Excerpts from Executive Committee Meetings.................................... 6
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings................................................. 7
BLOOD BANK NOTICE ...................................................... 12
Chairman Nominating Committee Letter....................................... 11
Notices .......... ..... ............ ....................................... 5,10
Congratulations .................. ......................................... ...13
Ditch Digger Days............................................................ 19
Isthmus Episodes............................................................ 16
Poem The World is Mine ......................................................18
PICNIC and Luncheon Reports............................................. 20-23
News Condensed from The Panama Canal Spillway ............................ 23
News Clips.................................................................. 31
Governor's Address at Flag-Lowering Ceremonies, September 30, 1979............. 35
Last Day of Operation Covers.............................................. 40, 41
Retirements.................. ............................... ... ............. 47
Births ............................................. ........................ 49
W eddings.................................................................... 51
Deaths .......................... .......................................... 53
Sale and Locator................................................................ 91
Poem Flag Lowering, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, 30 September 1979.......... IBC
THE 1980 PANAMA SOCIETY REUNION............................ Center Fold
REMERfEE 6 NEWS FROM RW
Panama Canal .......... 57 Florida ............... 71 North Carolina......... 85
Alabama............... 58 Indiana............... 80 Oregon............... 86
Arizona.............. 61 Louisiana............. 81 Pennsylvania.......... 86
Arkansas............. 62 Maryland............. 82 Texas................ 87
California............ 68 New Jersey............ 83 Utah................. 87
DC Area.............. 70 New Mexico........... 84 Washington ........... 88
New York.............. 84
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Ramada Inn (South)..... 15 Vigilant Real Estate.... 11 Crisp Co. Real Estate... 19
V f401F00 PikIr DATES TO REMEMBER WW
1979 15 Dec. First Day of Hanukkah
25 Dec. Christmas
1980 1 Jan. New Year's Day
4 Jan. Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
6 Jan. Armenian Orthodox Christmas
1 Feb. Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
12 Feb. Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
20 Feb. Ash Wednesday
22 Feb. George Washington's Birthday
7 Mar. Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
World Day of Prayer
23 Mar. Palm sunday
gp wP 24 Mar. Passover Begins Sundown
APRIL 24, 25, and 26 REUNION RAMADA INN SOUTH
COVER PICTURE: Submitted by Dee Hanna, Panama Canal. Dee created a computer
program for the specified drawing while working at the Engr. Div. Computer Appli-
cations Section. The Fortron program wrote specific parameters to an output magnetic
tape and then the magnetic tape was transported to Surveys Branch in Pedro Miguel,
where the tape was translated by the Calcomp Plotter and the graphic plotter,
equipped with 4 ink pens, (green, blue, red and black) proceeded to draw the picture.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Jack F. Morris
Charles C. Fears
Jean B. Mann
Anna T. Collins
Dorothy C. Yocum
William F. Grady
Paul M. Disharoon
Jack F. Morris
Charles C. Fears
Jean B. Mann
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Robert J. Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Albert F. Pate
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD,
all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $10.00. Entered as 2nd
Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class
Postage paid at Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
With the October 1, 1979 demise of the American Canal Zone,
and the unthinkable giveaway of our Panama Canal, quote from the
treaty debate "to a dictator who maintains close ties to Castro and
the Soviet Union, and who allows only the Communist Party to
operate legally as a political entity in Panama", we must bow our
heads in shame even though we opposed the surreptitious political
rape of our citizens.
We are all proud of the accomplishments of our forefathers, as
well as our own, in the construction and maintenance of the Ameri-
can Panama Canal over the years. With this impelling incentive let
us all pull together to enlarge our Panama Canal Society for the
future. Second, third, and fourth generations are now back in the
United States and there will be only a very few to join with us
during the coming two decades.
Our October 27th picnic was a huge success with 97 plus in at-
tendance, including several grandchildren. The weather was cool and
delightful, and the theme of the day was "trick or treat". Many prizes
were awarded participants of the humorous contests. We were all de-
lightfully pleased with the gourmet dishes provided by the ladies. An
added attraction was two perfectly constructed large models of Pan-
ama Canal tug boats that were brought by residents from New Port
Richey and operated by remote control in the adjacent lake, for the
pleasure of all present. If you were not at the picnic you really
missed a very nice affair.
As a result of many requests, the 1980 Society Reunion has been
increased to a three day affair, April 24, 25, 26, which will allow more
time for local visiting and sightseeing.
With Christmas approaching and gifts for our loved ones hard to
find, nothing would be more appropriate throughout the year than a
membership with our great Panama Canal Society!
May we, your officers and staff, take this opportunity to wish
each and everyone a blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy New
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
By now you have received the November Directory. Oh yes!
there are errors. Some are my fault, some are the printers fault, and
yes, some are your fault. If you don't send me your change of
address, I can't put your correct address in the directory.
For you folks in the non-existent Canal Zone sorry some of
you didn't get your changes in to me in time, some still haven't sent
When we send your Record to your old address, it will not be
forwarded. Not even when you tell the post office you will pay all
postage. The Post office will not forward the Record. What they will
do is remove the mailing label and send it back to me, stating the
reason it was not delivered. They then charge me 25 cents for this in-
We can only send one copy to each member, so if you have
moved and your Record is not delivered you can only receive another
copy if you send $2.25 and your new address. If for some reason you
do not receive your Record through no fault of yours, we will send
you another copy without charge.
Changes of address are without a doubt the biggest headache
that your Editor and I have. Only you can supply the relief.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one
of you a very Merry Christmas and a most Prosperous New Year. I
hope to see you all at the Reunion in April.
Hasta la vista,
Returning from my vacation I felt like we had been married for
40 years rather than the 35 as each of our children had a dinner
party for us, plus my sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Bill Graham
of Kerrville, TX. The vacation was most relaxing and enjoyable. We
visited museums not having taken time before to see, such as the
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art featuring M. Remingron's
works in Ft. Worth; the Wilderness Park Museum, Air Defense Artil-
lery Museum, Ft. Bliss Replica Museum, Third Armored Calvary
Regimental Museum, and Ysleta Mission in El Paso, TX. In Tucson,
AR, we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon and an educational tour
through the Desert Museum which has living animals and plants of
the Sonoran Desert region. Since the "California Jam" had turned to
"Jelly" (poor response), as Ruth Bauman Yeilding put it, Scott, Lucy,
Joe and I spent several days enjoying the quiet and grandeur of the
Grand Canyon. We stayed at the Yavapai Lodge and had one dinner
at the elegant El Tovar Hotel dining room. On the way up we made a
visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Sedona, AR, which is built
high on the edge of the mountain in the Oak Creek Canyon. Sedona is
where Scott's Uncle Dwight VanEvera and Aunt Dorothy have
retired, so we had lunch on the porch among the tree tops in a quaint
"Hide Away" Italian restaurant while visiting. On our return trip
through Texas we had a pleasurable shopping spree in Juarez,
Mexico, while visiting with Susanna and Rick Morse and children and
Carmen Kotalik. The Mexican food was eaten lavishly during our
stay in Texas and Arizona.
I now understand why so many ex-Zonians are making their
home in Dothan, AL ... Southern Hospitality!! Upon checking in at
the Olympia Spa Golf and Country Club, we were handed a bag of
goodies which included a city map, donated by the merchants, and
lovely printed program of the Gang's activities. The committee for
the "Gas House" Gang invitational golf tournament is to be com-
mended, and I would recommend the Olympia Spa very highly.
There were tours conducted and I was fortunate to be one of 12 in
Rosemary Anderson's group. We liked what we saw, mostly the
houses the ex-Zonians have settled in which are so well built and
landscaped among the tall trees. We enjoyed a gourmet luncheon at
the Garland House, an old-home style setting, operated by two doc-
The response to the Survey on the Canal Record has been good.
However, few members completed Item 14, which the Executive
Committee was looking forward to receiving for suggestions on the
Reunions in the future. The result of the survey will be published in
the March issue. Thank you for sharing your opinions on the Record
Please remember all news items submitted for publication must
bear your name, otherwise they will be filed in the wastebasket. The
Secretary/Treasurer and I were disappointed in the Panama Canal
members who did not send their new addresses in time for inclusion
in the Annual Issue. In fact, many have yet to send us their new
address which means they will not be mailed their Annual Issue.
Upon receipt of your change of address, the Secretary will mail your
copy to you, however, it will be an unnecessary expense for our
Society. We know you were going through a traumatic experience -
we are too but by not receiving your change of address on time it
put extra work on us.
Deadline for news to be received by your Editor for the March
issue is January 25, 1980.
Once more I wish to express my appreciation to all for sending
in articles to make the Canal Record an enjoyable friendly magazine.
May joy be with you during Hanukkah!
May the Child of Bethlehem bless you and your loved ones this
May Peace and Good Health be enjoyed by all throughout the
ANNA T. COLLINS
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
PRESIDENT-JACK F. MORRIS ................... Tel. 577-3588
VICE PRESIDENT- CHARLES C. FEARS ........... Tel. 576-7844
SECRETARY/TREASURER-MRS.JEANB. MANN .. Tel. 867-7796
RECORD EDITOR MRS. ANNA T. COLLINS ........ Tel. 894-8484
"Federal and State Tax Consequences of Death" will be the topic
of Attorney Alfred E. Underberg's speech given at the January 4th
meeting at the Gulfport Community Center Auditorium. Many of the
tax laws change as of 1 January 1980, therefore this talk will be of
interest to all of us.
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
The Consumer Price Index used to adjust federal civilian retired
pay every six months rose one percent in September, the Labor De-
partment reported. The CPI for wage earners and clerical workers
stood at 223.7 at the end of September, one percent above the
August figure. Changes in the CPI from the end of June through
December will determine the size of retiree raises next March.
The index went up 3.1 percent during the year's third quarter. If
inflation continues at the same pace through the fourth quarter,
March retiree increases will be more than six percent.
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees has
used the testimony of a top Social Security official to bolster its con-
tention that the Social Security system would not be financially
helped through a merger with the civil service retirement system.
The main argument of those in Congress favoring bringing gov-
ernment workers under social security is that it would help alleviate
the acute financial difficulties of the social security system and help
thwart the sharp rises in social security taxes.
At a press conference, NARFE president Michael C. Nave
accused proponents of universal social security coverage of having
"unleashed a barrage of distorted facts with rhetoric intended to sen-
sationalize the issue." To support his arguments against bringing fed-
eral workers under mandatory social security coverage, Nave
pointed out it should also be noted that Robert P. Bynum, deputy
director of Social Security, testified before a congressional sub-
committee that consolidation of the civil service retirement system
and social security will not reduce social security costs, will not
reduce the social security deficit and will not slow planned future in-
creases in the social security tax.
Nave criticized those who label the federal retiree as "the fat
cat of the retirement world". Nave gave these figures:
Annuities of civil service retirees average $709 a month.
Forty-one percent receive less than $500 a month.
Ninety percent of the survivor annuitants (widows) receive less
than $500 a month; 47 percent less than $200 per month.
Recently, 123,000 civil service retirees, receiving annuities aver-
aging only $233 a month, had their health benefit premiums in-
creased by 300 percent.
Nave said: "I submit that nobody is getting fat on that kind of
WILLIAM F. GRADY
EXCERPTS FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS ...
May 22, 1979
Discussion held relative to printing of annual Directory immed-
iately following Reunion and include any change in by-laws, new
members, and change of address of members.
Discussion held relative to feasibility of continuing Society Blood
Bank since so many members are covered by insurance and the few
remaining Blood Bank members' receipts are insufficient to cover
costs of maintaining Blood Bank. Committee appointed to study
feasibility of continuing this service.
Decision made to hold 1980 Society Reunion at the Ramada Inn
South. Question arose as to whether a one day extension would com-
plement the Reunion, in that it would allow more time for visiting,
etc., not only to local residents for entertaining their friends, but per-
mit members who travel long distances to make side trips and get in
touch with more friends and visit longer. Tabled for additional study.
Other subjects discussed were routine in nature and were of
October 2, 1979
Letters read from members requesting to display merchandise
for sale at monthly meetings and offering the Society the opportun-
ity to act as agent in the sale of medallions, etc. to membership. De-
cision made in the negative and parties to be informed by letter. It
was also decided that members who request to display merchandise
for sale at annual Reunion must make request in writing to the Pres-
ident at least three months prior to Reunion date of that particular
Letter read of offer made by Princess Martha Hotel for return
of Society Reunion to their establishment. Since the hotel is too
small to accommodate our expanded attendance and parking is a
problem, etc., it was decided to remain with the Ramada Inn, our
present location, and the Princess Martha Hotel to be so advised.
Unanimous agreement in extending the Annual Reunion an
extra day, making it a three day affair.
Names of Audit Committee and Nominating Committee ap-
proved. Slate of nominees to be printed in March issue of Record.
Blood Bank decision made to insert information sheet re-
questing answers to questions regarding status of member, desire of
continuance, etc. Also, that no new members are to be accepted due
to the few remaining enrolled and the excessive cost to the Society
for maintenance thereof.
Note: This is the first time information has been printed regarding
subjects discussed and action taken at our Executive Committee
meetings. We hope that this information is appreciated.
By direction of Executive Committee.
JACK MORRIS, CHAIRMAN
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport FL
7 September 1979
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Jack Morris at
1:35 P.M. The President led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation which
was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those
who had passed away since our last meeting.
The President welcomed the 91 members and guests who were
The President introduced the members and guests who stood for
special recognition as their names were called: Mariam Taylor St.
Pete, Bo and Jean Mathews Lutz, Ivan and Nina Jenkins Del-
tona, Oscar and Marnette Wenborn St. Pete, Lori Lee Stevenson
- Carrollton, GA, George B. Hayes CZ, Linda Densmore CZ,
Dorothy Henderson Miami, Loretta Hayes Clearwater.
Mr. Morris then recognized our past presidents and asked them
to stand. Those present were:
Howard Clarke, Gaddis Wall, Troy Hayes, Dewey Goodwin, Gene
Askew and Ross Hollowell.
Mr. Morris then recognized the large group of members who
come to the meeting each month from Sarasota. Members from other
surrounding communities were then recognized.
Mr. Morris announced that we will have a picnic on 27th October
at Lake Seminole Park. Members should bring a covered dish and
may come in costume if they wish. Prizes will be awarded for
The Secretary/Treasurer reported that as the last meeting was in
June and in the interest of saving time, we would dispense with the
reading of the minutes. She gave the financial reports of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the reports will
stand for audit. The Secretary then reported that the Record for
September is in the mail. The cost of the September Record was
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that
there wasn't any legislation to report on as Congress recessed the
entire month of August. The Cost of Living to be added to our checks
will amount to 6.9%. The July cost of living is already 1.2%.
Mr. Morris announced that committees have been formed to
carry out various functions during the year. He called on Mr. Gene
Askew to tell the members about the golf committee. There will be a
golf tournament at the next reunion, for those interested. Forms will
be in the next Record and plans may be made at that time. Mrs.
Grace Morris will coordinate the tournament for the women.
Six people would celebrate birthdays during September. The
members sang Happy Birthday. Four couples would celebrate anni-
versaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Morris assured the members that in spite of inflation, the
Society dues will not be raised this year.
Mr. Morris told the members about the two dinner parties
planned for Governor and Mrs. Parfitt. The members expressed a de-
sire that a letter of congratulations and appreciation be sent to
Governor and Mrs. Parfitt from the Society.
Mr. Morris asked if any members knew what the status of the
Elks Clubs would be after 1 October. Mr. Clarke informed the
members that the Elks are going to try to continue.
Mr. Morris asked the members what their wishes were in
regards to the dissolution of the CZ Mutual Benefit Association. Mrs.
Dorothy Henderson volunteered to hand carry a letter back to the
Canal Zone on Saturday.
Mr. Morris then introduced Sgt. Dick Mullen from the Pinellas
County Sheriffs Department. Sgt. Mullen gave a most interesting
and informative talk on home security. He discussed various types of
locks that can be used on windows, doors and sliding glass doors. He
answered questions put to him by the members and was well re-
ceived by all in attendance.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 3:40
5 OCTOBER 1979
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Jack Morris at
1:35 P.M. In the absence of the chaplain, Mrs. Emmy Lou Clarke
gave the Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent
prayer in memory of those who had passed away since the
September meeting, and in respect for those still remaining on the
The President welcomed the 81 members and guests who were
Mr. Morris delivered a brief eulogy on the October 1st death of
the Canal Zone. The Panama Canal flag was draped in black and
placed at the front of the auditorium.
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Mr. and Mrs. William Park St. Peters-
burg, Linnie Turner St. Petersburg, Grace Williams St.
Petersburg, Barbara O'Connor St. Petersburg, Bea Simmonis -
St. Petersburg, June and Vic May Holiday, Edna Campbell -
Sarasota, Betty Skelding St. Petersburg, Charles Hummer St.
Petersburg, Georgia and Vance Howard St. Petersburg, Dorothy
Knox Sarasota, Mahlon Knox Sarasota, Almina McCoy St.
Petersburg, Doris Cox St. Peteresburg, L. B. Clarke Canal
Zone, Mary and Harry Egolf Seminole.
Mr. Morris announced that donuts and coffee would be served
following the meeting. Members and guests were asked to drop 25
cents in the jar to help defray the cost.
Mr. Morris announced information about the October picnic.
To conserve time it was decided to dispense with the reading of
the minutes and the financial statement.
Our Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady reported that
the Cost of Living was up 2.2% as of 31 August. There is no new
news on the merging of civil service retirement and social security.
Mr. Grady announced also that tolls for the Canal have been
Mr. Morris suggested that as members, we offer a lift to mem-
bers who do not have a way to get to the meetings.
Mr. Askew announced that information about the golf tourna-
ment to be held during the 1980 reunion will be in the December
Mr. Morris announced that the MBA had agreed to disband. The
point system for distribution of funds is as follows:
1 point for each month you were a member under age 35
2 points for each month you were a member age 35 50
4 points for each month you were a member over age 50
How much money per point has not yet been determined.
Mr. Morris then recognized the Past Presidents. Those present
included Howard Clarke, Troy Hayes, Dewey Goodwin, Ross Hallo-
well and Gene Askew.
Mr. Morris announced that the 1980 reunion has been extended
one day. This up-coming reunion will be held on a Thursday, Friday
Mr. Howard Clarke presented a lovely slide show of the Canal
and Zone, following the meeting. The show included scenes of yester-
day and today, and brought back many fond memories to all.
After the slide show, coffee, donuts and a brief social get to-
gether was enjoyed by all.
A tournament for our next annual reunion is being planned. This
event will be a one day affair to be held in the morning, of Thursday,
April 24, 1980. It is being planned for the Pasadena Golf Club. This
club is easily accessible from the Ramada Inn South. The tournament
will be for both ladies and men. There will be an entry fee of $3.00,
all of which will be distributed in prizes. Each participant will have
to pay green fees and half the golf cart expense. The tournament will
be followed by a luncheon. At this time the club would not give us a
definite figure on these charges, but they will be reasonable. For
those who do not have an established handicap the Peoria system
will be used. At this time the committee consists of: Jack K. Camp-
bell, Melvin V. Smith and Robert Boyer with Eugene I. Askew,
Please send the below registration form along with fee to
Eugene Askew, 2593 70th Ave. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712.
Handicap Entry fee enclosed
I would like to be paired with
October 29, 1979
TO: Jack Morris, President, The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
FROM: Howard Clarke, Chairman Nominating Committee
SUBJECT: Article for the December Record
It is that time of the year again for the members of The Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to consider their officers for the 1980-
1981 term of office.
As the appointed chairman of the Nominating Committee it is
my duty along with the four members of the committee to consider
nominees for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary-Treas-
urer and Record Editor. There are only two offices that are paid po-
sitions. The Secretary-Treasurer and the Record Editor each receive
$345 per month.
Since all the meetings and the Annual Reunion are held in the
St. Petersburg area, it would be very inconvenient to have any nomi-
nees from outside this area. All of the business of The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. is transacted in St. Petersburg.
As soon as possible I would like the members to contact me or a
member of the Nominating Committee concerning their choice of
nominees for these offices. It would be prudent to notify the nomi-
nees of your intent and get their consent to run for office. The
members of the Nominating Committee are: Mr. Jack K. Campbell,
Mr. Stanley J. Guest, Mr. Sidney Hayes, Mr. Melvin V. Smith.
ARTICLE II of the By-laws states: "The duties of the Nominat-
ing Committee shall be to select the nominees for all offices, to se-
cure acceptance for the nomination and to present the slate at the
February meeting of the Society. The slate of nominees shall be
printed in the March Canal Record. Elections shall be held at the
annual meeting. Presentation of the slate of nominees shall not pre-
clude nominations from the floor."
Chairman, Nominating Committee
They are talking about
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REALTOR JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Two Offices to serve you in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida Phone
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater, Florida 347-3161
BLOOD BANK MEMBERS
Are you throwing money away each year?
You are if you have health insurance that covers
Medicare pays for all except the first three units.
Most Health Insurance covers some blood.
Our Blood Bank by-laws state you must use
medicare and insurance before calling on our
Check your health insurance and if you are cov-
ered for blood, don't pay for double coverage.
9 V 9 9 V M
eom m m CONGRATULATIONS 4: o mo
October 28 -" -October 1
The above was taken
from The St. Anthony's Hos-
pital Volunteer News 'N'
Views of October 1979
sketched by A. Nurnberger.
See Reporter F. Sharp's
news in this issue.
The Henry Donovans
From Mary Evertz's column, St. Petersburg Times, October 22,
Fifty years of friendship and golden wedding anniversaries were
a double reason for Louie and Ruth Gomez and Henry and Irene Don-
ovan to celebrate this weekend. The couples, both from Massachu-
setts, met in Panama. Gomez was the president of the Chase Man-
hattan Bank there and Donovan was executive secretary of the Pan-
ama Canal Company. When they retired, Gomez and Ruth moved
home to Mendon, MA, while the Donovans moved to the Suncoast.
Donovan convinced Gomez to "try out" St. Petersburg and after two
seasons on the Suncoast, the Gomezes bought the house next door to
Captain William T. Lyons, who retired from the Marine Bureau
in 1976, graduated in August from the Florida State University Col-
lege of Law at Tallahassee with the degree of Juris Doctor.
Miss Carolyn Corn, daughter of Vivian Corn and the late Harry
Corn, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Botanical
Sciences) at the 68th Annual commencement held at the Waikiki
Shell, May 20, 1979, for the University-of Hawaii at Manoa. Carolyn's
doctoral work was done on
"Variation in Hawaiian Metrosi-
deros," (Ohia Lehua). The feathery
red blossoms of the Ohia were -
once considered sacred with Ha-
waiian Chiefs who made leis of the TF-
blossoms for "Pele", the Volcano
Goddess.The Ohia is native to the
Pacific Islands and is found as far
southwest as New Zealand.
Dr. Corn was born at Gorgas, .
reared in Pedro Miguel, graduated
from Balboa High School in 1957,
attended C.Z. Jr. College and Colo-
rado Women's College in Denver,
each one year. She received her Dr. Carolyn Corn
B.S. degree from Oregon State in 1962, and received her M.A. from
The University of California at Berkeley in 1967.
Carolyn has been employed for the past two years as Botanist
for The State of Hawaii, with an office in the State Building in Hono-
The following former Zonians were presented awards for their
many volunteer hours by Sister Gladys Sharkey at St. Anthony's
Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL at the Fall Awards Program held
October 11th: Louis Gomez, Betty Harrington, Anna Collins and Rita
Senior Center News of Huntsville, AL July 1979 Salutes the
Artist of the Month. This month we are delighted to be able to have
hand-knitted items by Lea K. Dugan on display. Lea is a Norwegian
by birth but lived on the Panama Canal for 48 years. She knitted over
500 sweaters for the soldiers overseas during World War I and re-
ceived a citation for this volunteer service from the Red Cross. It
was while living there that she served as a translator for Norwegian
seamen. She was honored at a special reception for her service, and
she was presented a gold medallion by the King of Norway. She is
also a Roosevelt Medal holder for 2 years of Construction service.
Lea knits only for pleasure. (For more, please refer to Canal Record,
Vol. 12, Sept. 1978, No. 3- Ed.)
Stanford J. Skinner, son of Pauline and Stanford Skinner,
formerly of Gatun, CZ, now of Miami, FL, a Birmingham attorney
and a brigadier general in the Army Reserve, has been selected as
the next commander of the 121st U.S. Army Reserve Command, the
Birmingham-based headquarters for reserve units in Alabama,
Tennessee and Mississippi.
Skinner was commissioned in 1944 through Infantry Officer
Candidate School and served in World War II as a platoon leader and
supply officer. He left active duty in 1947 to earn his bachelor and
law degrees at the University of Alabama. He is currently serving as
deputy commander of the 121st. Skinner will succeed Maj. Gen. L.
Drew Redden as Commander on October 7, 1979.
From "A Christmas Carol"
What can I give Him
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would give Him a lamb,
If I were a Wise Man,
I would do my part, -
But what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.
Christina G. Rosetti,
At the RAMADA INN...
We are nice people, Doing nice things for
3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida
THE SUNSHINE CITY
.-.. -. ISTHMUS EPISODES-
Mr. Earle Brown of St. Petersburg, Florida, one of the So-
ciety's long-time members, was going through some of his memora-
bilia recently and sent the Editor the below pictured moments. You
will note that Mrs. W. J. Bartlett (Anna) is the only living member
today of those names listed on the program.
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J. W. WILSON -...... -- .- President
S. G. HUSSEY -- ... Vice Predeni
JAMES BERGIS Secretry-Treasurer
J. F. EVERETT- Corrsponding Seretary
C. H BEETHAM -- -Chaplain
Membership and Distrbutnhon of Dirctory
James Berg, H. H. Hudson M. M. Casy
S elspri April 2nd, 19-147
12.00 Noon Asumbly at Clark'l Sunsr Golf Club
1 00 P. M. Group Photo
110 P. M Dinner
2' 0 P. M. Business Meetin
ORDER of BUSINESS -
W. J. Bartlet F. A. Andrso
H. H. Hudon C. E. Van Fle
Mrs. W. J. Barett Mrs. Ben. Judd
Mr. H. H. Hudson Mr, James Bradley
Mrs. S. G Hssey
John Bingman James Heenan K. M. Wikkingsad
C. J Bord Guy Johanns F. J. Lyons
C. W. Duey Ray Keene
Address of Welcome
Elci-on of Officers
Good of the Society
Greetings from Absent Members
Has la lvsta
C. H BFETITAM
HON GEORGE S. PATTERSON
The Mayor of St. Ptershury
John (Bill) E. Schmidt, Jr. (BHS '50), Tyndall AFB, FL writes re-
garding the article on page 13 of the September issue of the Canal
Record The "girl" on the left of the picture is Joyce (Zeeck)
Mundel and the "boy" with her is Richard (Dick) Lester. I would
estimate the picture was taken in 1945 since Joyce has on a BHS
shirt and she was a Freshman in 1945. Joyce and I grew up together
and spent many happy years in Pedro Miguel. I sent her a copy of
this page when I received my Record and she called me last night to
identify the boy as being Lester. For those friends of Joyce, she is
living in Walsh, CO (North Star Route, 81090).
Those "old" pictures of the Zone are super and I hope that
more people will send them in for publication.
Get well wishes go to our Past President Ross H. Hollo-
well and to all other members who are ill.
On Author of "Tropical Cooking in Panama"
Gladys R. Graham, D.M., D.D.
Came to Isthmus November 18, 1940 from Denver, CO to join
husband, Roy E. Graham. (Commissary Employee).
March, 1941, began work for Central Labor Office, interview-
ing laborers in Spanish in "jungle" (Ft. Kobbe to-be).
1942, after birth of first son, became a civil defense worker and
Red Cross Grey Lady. (Was the first one to work in an army hospital
in the Caribbean Theater.)
1943-1946 worked in C.Z. Police & Fire HQ., 1951-52, U.S. Army,
Ft. Amador, 1947 Tropical Cooking. 1947-1953 Wrote for Panama
American, doing free lance photography and articles, and a weekly
food column. Traveled as a writer-photographer with two medical
teams who took free medical aid to far-flung areas of the Republic.
"Explored" via jeep, horseback, planes and boat farther into the
entire country than any other white woman had.
Had five children born at Gorgas Hospital. Member Fern Leaf
Chapter, O.E.X., Ancon. Charter member of the C.Z. branch,
American Pen Women.
Now, am co-pastor of the Chapel of Faith (interdenominational)
and teach Mind-to-Mind healing; am president of the Colorado
chapter of the American Massage and Therapy Assn., and practice
body alignment. I write non-fiction occasionally, when I have time.
Roy is Deputy County Treasurer of Boulder County, Colorado.
We live on a 40-acre "retirement" farm just outside Lafayette, and
east of Boulder. We now have nine grandchildren.
In a recent letter from my brother Charles, in Dallas, the follow-
ing poem was enclosed. I liked it so much that I decided I would
make a copy of it to share with all my friends. Hope you enjoy it as
much as I did. Author Unknown.
THE WORLD IS MINE
Today, upon a bus, I saw a lovely girl with golden hair;
I envied her ... she seemed so gay ... and wished I were as fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg, and wore a crutch. But as we passed ... a smile!
Oh, God forgive me when I whine.
I have two legs. The world is mine.
I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such charm.
I talked with him. He seemed so glad. If I were late, It would do no
And as I left, he said to me: "I thank you. You have been so kind.
Its nice to talk to folks like you". You see, he said, "I'm Blind".
Oh, God forgive me when I whine.
I have two eyes. The World is mine.
Later, while walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play. He did not know what to do.
I stopped a moment, then I said, "Why don't you join the others, dear?".
He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear.
Oh, God forgive me when I whine.
I have two ears. The world is mine.
With feet to take me where I go.
With eyes to see the sunsets glow.
With ears to hear what I would know ...
Oh, God forgive me when I whine.
I'm blessed indeed. The world is mine.
F. Perry Washabaugh
Sept. 26, 1979
Buy a Society Plate if you do not have one, or send one to a friend
who just joined our Society.
DITCH DIGGER DAYS
WE SALUTE AND PAY HONOR TO
THE "OLD TIMERS"
Do you recognize these happy children?????
The above picture was taken in early 1910 or late 1911 close to
gate of Old Colon Hospital, Colon Beach in front of old French house
4. Submitted by M. H. Bouche.
On log seated LtCol L. F. Hess (ret.), my brother, Marguerite
Hess Bouche, Albert McKeown and Albert's brother (our neighbors
on 3rd floor). In back, Albert's sister, Emma M. Barlow, and friend.
S "CR GOLD KEY
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Residential Commercial SINCE 1934
S 11600 Seminole Blvd.
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NOW SIX OFFICES SERVING
ALL OF PINELLAS COUNTY
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It was a fine luncheon held at the Bradford Coach House on
August 3rd despite the fact they were remodeling and they crowded
us into a smaller Mayflower Room. As usual, the food was good and
we all enjoyed visiting. After desert was served the "Starlite" group,
youth musical group from the Suncoast Theatre Artist in Revue, Inc.,
sang us a variety of music popular, jazz, blues and gospel songs ac-
companied by their stage band. They were most entertaining and we
later clapped our hands to the beat.
Among the 128 attending from far away places were Mary Lou
(Dailey) and Peter Shea Lang, Balboa; Joyce and Sanden Gunn,
Ponte Vedra Beach; Toodles (Warren) and Tate Setzer, Maryland;
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Baker, and Katherine Egolf, Canal Zone; and
Elsie and John McDowell, Valhalla, NY.
Pictures courtesy of Gaddis Wall.
Jean Violette, Gene Askew, Bill Foreground Mildred Hickev, Lou-
Grady, Ethel Askew and ise Pustis, Walter and Marge Mc-
Beth Grady Bride. Also seen in background Co
Joustra and Alice Beck.
Lambert Kat, George and Margaret Dora Willoe, Jake and
Martin, Sam and Sarah Rowley Janeth Baker
Dewey Goodwin, Albert McKeown, Ruth Van Vliet, Joyce and Landen
Ralph Hanners and Vie May Gunn, Alma and Tom Burrow
Betty Jorgensen, Lyla Esler, Mina Dee, Pete and Mary Lou Lang,
Mary Orr, Della Raymond Noonan, Lydia and Matt Shannon,
Marion Taylor and Dolly Barbour Charlotte and Earl Dailey
Howard and Emmy Lou Clarke, Marie Dube, Gertrude Roberto,
Stuart Townshend, Doris Townshend21 Paul and Olga Disharoon and
Bea Hayes Bertha Scott
Louise Orr, Olive Van Fleet, Jackie Katherine Egolf,
Linker, Mary Belle and Bobby Hicks Mary and Harry Egolf
The guests on southside
S& area of the room.
The picnic at Lake Seminole Park on October 27th was very well
attended with 90 present. The weather was perfect the food
delicious the games were fun watching the tugs was enjoyable,
but the friendship was the greatest. Those attending from outside
the Bay area were Margaret and Frank McLaughlin, Floral City; Dot
and Riggs Forrest, Paul and Melody Forrest with Damon and
Tiffany all of St. James City; Milt and Mary Nell Sanders with son
John II, Palm Harbor; George and Jean Egger with daughters Bar-
bara and Carol, Fairfield; Tom and Eugenia Egger, Ocala; June and
Vic May, Holiday; Dottie and Jim Trower and Bill O'Connell, New
Port Richey and Noel and Trudy Gibson of Flora, IL.
The lake was an ideal location for the model tugs to operate.
Jim Trower (BHS '37 former machinist in Balboa Shops) brought his
made to scale model, steam driven fueled by propane gas, operated
by remote control, tug boat, Gorgona. As a kid, Jim used to fish off
the side of the Old Gorgona in Panama when his dad, James D.
Trower, Sr. was chief engineer on the tugs. Jim brought a friend,
who also had a model of a tug boat from 1866 Boston area, The
Weymouth, and we enjoyed watching the two tugs maneuver in the
lake. Another friend was there with his paddle wheel boat that was
not yet finished. All three belong to the Suncoast Scale Model Boat
Club of Clearwater.
Pictures courtesy Jack Morris
NEWS CONDENSED from the Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
***Agua Salud watershed project the work of Met & Hyd 'Jungle
Jims' "Up to now we have killed four bushmasters over seven
feet long, one coral snake, two pit vipers and I don't know how many
fer-de-lance" said Joe Corelli, the Agua Salud Model Watershed proj-
Snakes and mosquitoes notwithstanding, building three weirs
in nearly inaccessible jungle areas in the vicinity of the Pipeline
Road has been a challenge successfully met by the Meteorological
and Hydrographic Branch team.
A weir is a water measuring device which is used to measure
the flow of water in open channels. It is an obstruction built across
the channel, a river or stream, over which the water flow, usually
through a rectangular or "V" shaped notch in its top. A recording
device is installed in conjunction with the weir which produces a
record of the rise and fall of the water surface over a given period of
The three weirs are part of a project that came about as a result
of flood forecasting studies made by the Met and Hyd Branch and
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. These studies indicated the need
for reliable and timely water flow data so that damage to the Canal
operations could be avoided should extreme flooding occur.
"The likelihood of an extreme flood is slight," said Corelli,
"However, it is important to be prepared for such an event."
Basically, the model project is aimed at establishing and record-
ing a relationship between rainfall and runoff. The weirs, along with
six rainfall stations in the Agua Salud Project, are located in five and
a half square miles of experimental watershed in the Gatun Basin.
As well as flood control, the project will help forecast the lake
level in the dry season. The project will have an immediate
practical effect on Canal operation as it will assist in establishing
maximum draft levels. Ten temporary employees were hired for the
project ... men from Darien who could handle work in the jungle and
avoid the many dangers there, such as Pomerine ants which measure
one-inch long and about three-quarters of an inch high. $150 thousand
was allocated for this project in January. The first step will be
to learn the representative rainfall. This will be done by putting the
rain guages throughout the watershed study area. The weirs will tell
how the water moved out of watershed when time sequenced with
actual rainfall. Other studies will tell the distribution, quantity and
rates of water movement.... July 27, 1979
***Richard O. Burgoon, Chief of the Financial Planning Division, Of-
fice of the Financial Vice President, has been promoted to deputy
financial vice president following the retirement of John E. Fisher.
Member of an old family of Canal employees, his grandfather came to
the Isthmus from Dubois, PA during early construction days. Later
his father was a commissary manager, and his brother Joseph has
been manager of the Ancon Laundry for many years. Burgoon has
been responsible for the tolls study and the universal measurement
system study in addition to his planning functions.
***Battle against weeds continues. Moths that have a special appe-
tite for water hyacinth and nothing else are part of the Engineering
and Construction Bureau's most recent efforts to find a way to help
control the growth of the beautiful but bothersome and fast growing
weed that threatens to clog Canal waters. The Dredging Division is
currently preparing to experiment with reproducing the Sameodes
Albiguttalis locally. Two entomologists from the Waterway Experi-
ment Station in Vicksburg, MS arrived on the Isthmus a few days
ago, bringing with them moth eggs attached to 1/2-square-inch
pieces of water hyacinth leaves. These eggs will be placed in the
water hyacinths growing "field labs" and the eggs will be allowed to
incubate. During the incubation period of four or five days, the
larvae will hatch from the eggs, scratch the surface of the leaves,
penetrate the petiole, or leaf stems, and bore tunnels into the grow-
ing part of the hyacinth, weakening the ultimately destroying the
plant. The entire process from egg to larva to pupa and the
emergence of the adult moth takes from 30 to 37 days. The moths are
yellow/tan with brown markings (females are darker) and have a
wing span of about an inch. A female Sameodes lays about 500 eggs
in a period of 48 hours.
In an effort made by the Div. of Sanitation several years ago to
destroy mosquito breeding places, manatees, known as voracious
eaters of aquatic vegetation, were released in the Chagres River and
Canal waters to munch away at the abundance. After two years,
there was no really noticeable decrease in the amounts of aquatic
vegetation as the manatees were selective in the type of weed they
would feed on, and though they showed a preference for water hya-
cinths, they ate only the tops, leaving the big root system to grow a
new plant ..... August 3, 1979.
***"Quidnet" sinks in Canal. At 10:08 p.m. on July 29, 1979 the 360-
foot motor vessel Quidnet heavily laden with a type of rock known as
baryte and bound for Trinidad, collided with the Greek ship Seatide
near the Mamei Curve and the San Pablo Reach. The bow sank im-
mediately and an hour and a half later the stern went under. The
vessel came to rest crossways in the Canal channel in 50 feet of
water and is a serious hazard to navigation of all vessels transiting
The bow of the Seatide was damaged in the collision and
received emergency repairs at the Gamboa anchorage and later in
The dredge Cascadas is working at widening a 200 to 250-foot
path off the stern of the ship, the job which will take about a month
to a month and a half.... August 10, 1979
***Tribute was paid to Canal construction era West Indian workers
and their descendants in a ceremony held at Rainbow City on August
15. Gov. H. R. Parfitt spoke of the West Indians' part in the con-
struction and operation of the Canal in a program that also marked
the 65th anniversary of the waterway. The Governor placed a wreath
at the plaque that was erected in 1952 at the Occupational High
School and is inscribed, "In appreciation for the construction period
West Indians who moved the earth to unite the world (1904-1914)" ..
.August 24, 1979.
***Community planning farewell for Parfitts. In a voluntary gesture
of appreciation by the Isthmian community, more than 60
organizations in the Canal area are co-sponsoring a special farewell
in honor of Gov. and Mrs. H. R. Parfitt. It will be held in the
Curundu helicopter hangar, Building 1015, on September 22.
***Beginning September 1, application for immigrant (resident) visas
will be referred directly to the Consular Section of the American
Embassy.... August 31, 1979
***The Swedish firm Neptun Transport and Marine Service AB has
been awarded the contract to remove the wreck of the Motor Vessel
Quidnet. The Dredging and Industrial Divisions have been working
on 12-hour shifts, to remove its cargo. The contract estimates that
the entire operation will take approximately 39 days and will cost
less than $2 million.
***Directors of three bureaus named to Commission posts. As of
Oct. 1, Fred A. Cotton, director of the Civil Affairs Bureau, has been
named acting director of the newly formed General Services Bureau,
with Raymond P. Laverty, acting director of Supply and Community
Service Bureau, named as the acting deputy director. Transportation
and Terminals Bureau Director Col. Charles R. Clark will be U.S.
Government representative to the Coordinating Committee
established by the Panama Canal Treaty.
***Canal traffic continues past the damaged Greek vessel "Star
Capella" as it sits, bow end partially beached, in the Gamboa mooring
area. The northbound ship collided at around 10:45 P.M., August 29,
with the soutbound Greek vessel "Amilla" at the northern end of
Culebra Reach in the Cut. Both ships were extensively damaged. The
forward peak tank of the "Star Capella" was completely demolished
and flooding into No. 1 hold is being contained by salvage pumps. All
damages to the "Amilla" are reportedly above the water line. It is
moored at Dock 16, Balboa.
***Two 1979 Cristobal High School graduates have entered the
California Maritime Academy as midshipmen. They are Kelly James
Forest, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Forest of Cristobal and David
Peter Ridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ridge also of Cristobal.
***Gov. H. R. Parfitt talked to Panama Canal customers concerning
traffic and business at the waterway during the past year at the
ninth annual customers meeting held Aug. 30. The shipping agents
and oil company representatives also heard presentations on transit
operations, ports and terminals, tolls, and traffic projections for the
coming years.... Sept. 7, 1979
***The Canal Zone Chapter of the American Red Cross an
organization that has helped the needy, given comfort to the
distressed, offered advice to the wayward and extended numerous
other humanitarian services to the Isthmian community for more
than 70 years will be dissolved on September 30. The field office
of the American Red Cross in Fort Clayton will work to fill the void
by carrying on many of the programs of the Canal Zone Chapter.
***Balboa 'Y' closes dormitory facilities. After more than 50 years in
operation, the Balboa YMCA residence rooms and dormitory facili-
ties will closed on September 30. Those few remaining residents who
will not be returning to the United States will move to military
billeting or will be assisted in relocation in Panama. Plans are being
considered by the YMCA Board to convert the second floor into
additional classrooms or office space rentals if there is sufficient
need and interest.... September 14, 1979
***Rabbi Nathan Witkin, director of JWB for 35 years, will return to
the Isthmus for a special visit to conduct High Holy Days services at
the USO-J at 792-X La Boca Road ... September 21, 1979
***Parfitt farewell. In an outpouring of appreciation and affection,
the Isthmian community turned out en masse at a despedida for
Governor and Mrs. H. R. Parfitt last Saturday night. The Parfitts'
daughters Beverly and Karen, flew in from the United States to
attend the event, co-sponsored by 91 Canal area organizations. The
unveiling of the clay model of a bronze bust of the Governor that will
be placed in his honour in the Rotunda of the Administration Build-
ing was the special event of the evening. Lucho played while Beverly
Message from the Governor
The history of the Panama Canal has spanned three quarters of
a century. It is a tale of an awe-inspiring achievement and one of the
great success stories of all time.
But throughout the years, each period has had its own special
problems and difficulties. Today we face another challenge. The
treaties, which go into effect Monday, will mean major changes.
Perhaps today, it would be appropriate to liken the Canal
organization to a ship in rough waters. To follow a charted course, it
must have a firm hand at the helm, all of the science and technology
required for navigation, but most of all, a stouthearted and able
The Canal organization has been fortunate in having such a crew
a highly motivated, dedicated, and well trained work force. The
employees have always exhibited a rare combination of stabilities
and flexibility. Thus I am confident that these qualities, whatever
the weather ahead, will make it possible to retain the same high level
of efficiency that has characterized the Canal from the beginning.
Several functions at which I have been honored in the past
several weeks have afforded me an ample opportunity to say
farewell. On each occasion I tried to convey the depth of my appre-
ciation for your loyalty and dedicated service. Somehow my words
seemed inadequate. Nevertheless, I hope that the sincerity of my
feelings was evident. I do feel privileged and honored to have been a
part of the Panama Canal Team.
My wife, Pat, and I take with us many wonderful memories of
our service in the Canal Zone. Thus I had reason to say on the
evening of the Community Farewell that, "These memories are my
treasures and as this old soldier fades away they shall not fade away
because you have stamped them indelibly on my mind and heart.
"May your memories too always fill you with pride and satisfaction
for a job well done at the Panama Canal.
H. R. PARFITT
***Gov. H. R. Parfitt will be the main speaker at the official flag low-
ering ceremonies on both sides of the Isthmus on Sunday afternoon,
Sept. 30th. The ceremony on the Atlantic side will take place at
Cristobal High School at 4:30 P.M. and at 6 P.M. in front of the
Administration Building at Balboa Heights.
***The office of the Financial Vice President has announced that
employee rates for ocean freight shipments on the S.S. Cristobal will
be increased approximately 25 percent for general cargo and pri-
vately owned vehicles. Effective date will be with voyage No. 478
scheduled to sail from New Orleans on October 12, 1979 Sep-
tember 28, 1979
***President Jimmy Carter approved a 29.3 percent increase in
Panama Canal tolls on September 29. The new rates, which went into
effect October 1, are $167 a Panama Canal ton for vesels carrying
passengers or cargo and $1.33 a ton for vessels in ballast, without
passengers or cargo. A Panama Canal ton is equivalent to 100 cubic
feet of actual earning capacity.
The new toll rate for warships, colliers, hospital ships, and
supply ships, which pay on a displacement ton basis, is 93 cents a ton.
***Ray J. McQuary has been appointed Magistrate of the Cristobal
Court, filling the vacancy left when Judge Darrell F. Brown returned
to the United States to assume his new position as Deputy Attorney
General in the State Attorney General's Office in Little Rock, AR.
McQuary's appointment was made by Canal Zone Governor H. R.
Parfitt and became effective on October 1. McQuary has been
employed by the PC organization since 1976 and has been the CZ
Public Defender. Born in Austin, TX, McQuary learned Spanish as a
youngster while living in Chile where his father was employed. He
made his first Panama Canal transit at the age of eleven. A 1963
West Point graduate, McQuary received his doctor of jurisprudence
degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1972. He
served for six years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was
stationed overseas in Germany and in Vietnam. Besides being a
lawyer and now a judge, McQuary has not forsaken his engineering
background. He recently took the examination and became a licensed
professional engineer. While in Luxembourg he met his wife Lily, and
they have three children, Bryan 7, Philip 4, and Laura 1.... October
***Getting a Big Brownie smile
is one of the rewards of buying
a Girl Scout calendar from Lisa
Goodwin of Troop 43. Lisa is the
daughter of Commission
employee Jack and Nancy
Goodwin, and she as well as "
other Brownies will be selling
the calendars in a door-to-door ol
campaign through November
(Lisa is the Granddaughter of .
our past president, Eugene and
***Ferrocarril de Panama keeps on chugging The Ferrocarril de
Panama, under its new name and new coat of paint, and after a
smooth transition into its new jurisdiction, is alive and doing well.
Not only does the management hope to continue at least the stand-
ard of service offered in the past, but also plans to add some new
"frills" that should be pleasant news to rail travel patrons.
Much about the railraod remains the same. The cost of tickets is
the same, the schedule is the same, etc. With advance notice and pay-
ment you can rent a coach, air-conditioned or not, or a club car. Or, if
that doesn't suit your needs, you can rent a whole train including
locomotive, two air-conditioned coaches, three non-air-conditioned
coaches and a baggage car for 8 hours, one way or round trip, for a
cost of $800.
Besides the service now available, the railroad management has
plans to add an early morning express train between Ancon and
Colon which will feature a cafeteria allowing patrons to breakfast at
their seats on fold-down trays similar to those used on airlines. A
special children's car, to run on weekends, is planned. It will be
carpeted so the children can play on the floor, activities will be pro-
vided and personnel will be present for safety supervision during the
trip. Once the children are content parents can be lulled to sleep to
soft background music. The management is also looking into the
possibility of providing a coach where short features and docu-
mentaries would be shown on a screen, a system similar to that used
for closed circuit television. We may find ourselves taking a
transisthmian trip just for the fun of the train ride.... October 19,
***A new office, the Customs Assistance Unit, charged with the re-
sponsibility of insuring that treaty rights and benefits concerning
the duty-free purchase and importation of goods is not abused, has
been established as part of the Administrative Services Division.
The Unit is responsible for investigating any suspected violations of
importation agreements and will also answer employee questions
The Customs Assistance Unit is tasked with helping U.S.-citi-
zen Commission employees and their dependents and certain third
country nations who are entitled to these rights and benefits.
A liaison official from the unit will be available at Tocumen Air-
Commission employees and their dependents may import goods
frequently through the Panama post offices, with merchandise being
examined and cleared duty free in the amounts up to $100 per im-
portation. When returning from home leave, U.S.-citizen Commission
employees may bring back with them, duty free, items for personal
use up to $500 per family member.
All aspects of Treaty agreements have not yet been concluded.
Updated information will be issued as it becomes available.... Octo-
ber 26, 1979.
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***Quarry Heights ((In Part) USSOUTHCOMPAO A team of 14
graves registration personnel from the 1st Corps Support Command
(COSCOM) in Ft. Bragg, NC arrived in the Canal Zone last week to
start on the transfer of remains from Mt. Hope Cemetery, which is to
be turned over to Panama on Oct. 1.
The team will be assisting the C.Z. government in disinterring
the remains of most of the 1200 to 1300 U.S. citizens and members of
their families buried there, and reinterring them in Corozal
Cemetery. Some of the bodies date back to the Canal Construction
Corozal Cemetery remains under the control of the U.S. A
portion of it will be operated by the American Battle Monuments
Commission as a U.S. overseas cemetery. All remains will be
transferred except for about 30 whose next of kin requested that
they remain and nine whose next of kin requested that they be
removed to a cemetery in the U.S. The actual work is done by
civilian laborers, but the remains themselves are handled entirely by
Graves Registration personnel.
***Star & Herald (date unknown) A 33-by-48 foot Panamanian flag
will fly from a 150-foot steel flagpole atop Ancon Hill beginning Oct.
1, when the new Panama Canal treaties go into effect.
The Panama Canal Authority said yesterday, the flagpole is
being built in three sections by Ingenieria Amado and the flag, made
of a nylon fabric by Ludigrama, S.A. at a cost of B/1,000, weighs
about 40 pounds and is big enough to cover a basketball court.
It will be operated by an electrical apparatus to be installed
inside the steel casing of the flagpole, which will be equipped with a
beacon at the tip as a guide for aircraft. The flagpole is being built at
a cost of $38,000, the authority said. Cost of the electrical
installations are estimated at around $10,000.
A base 10-feet deep and with the same diameter is being pre-
pared to hold the pole, the flag and its installations. Ingenieria
Amado plans to have the pole installed and in operation at least a
week before October 1. The flag, to fly atop Ancon Hill permanently
and to be illuminated at night, will be located on the southern end of
the hill left side looking at it from Panama City, the authority
***El Paso Times Sept. 25 Washington (AP) Members of a
Senate-House conference committee agreed Monday on a new
compromise bill to carry out final details of the Panama Canal
The compromise replaces a measure rejected by the House last
week. Rep. John M. Murphy, D-N.Y., who managed the canal bill on
the House floor, predicted the new version would be approved by his
colleagues. The treaties, which provide for Panama to take
control of the canal at the end of the century, take effect next
Monday. The compromise bill offered by the conference panel
establishes a U.S.-controlled commission to operate the water way
until the Panamanians take over.
The House rejected the last treaty implementation bill last
Thursday on a 203-192 vote an embarrassment to the Carter ad-
ministration. President Carter already has signed the treaties and
they have been ratified by the Senate.
Murphy said he hopes to win final House approval of the bill
Wednesday. The new compromise provides for a statement, which is
not actually attached to the bill, asserting that the president should
consider putting the canal under U.S. military control if Soviet or
Cuban combat troops move into Panama Under the compromise,
if the president decided the canal was in military danger he would be
authorized to order canal administrators to follow directions from
the local U.S. military commander The House had wanted a
provision in the bill stating that the canal would be put under U.S.
military control in case of war.
***The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Sept. 28,1979 Panama may
'veto' legislation on treaty Panama City, Panama (A) President
Aristides Royo said yesterday Panama will reject all parts of the
Panama Canal treaty implementation legislation his government
considers in violation of the agreements Earlier in the day, the
Panamanian government halted independent radio programming in a
move to silence critics and combat unrest spawned by growing
strikes and opposition to the treaties.
"The United States Congress has unilaterally interpreted the
treaties. No secondary texts can be accepted," Royo told a news con-
ference. "If the law contradicts the treaties, we don't accept it. It is
the U.S. government's problem."
The comment was the first official reaction to House passage
Wednesday of the legislative package. But two provisions of the bill,
which passed by a 232-188 vote, are known to be objectionable to
Panama. One grants the U.S. president the right to place canal
operations under U.S. military authorities, and the other gives the
president the right not to hand canal operation over to Panama in
the year 2000 as specified in the treaties.
Political analysts said the Panamanians apparently have decided
to face the problems if they arise. Speaking briefly in English, Royo
acknowledged worries by Americans in the zone about living under
Panamanian authority, but predicted they would feel easier after
Monday, when the treaties become effective. "Americans are losing
Ancon hill and an old railroad, but they are winning a new type of
friend," Royo said.
The government network carried a series of programs reflecting
"the years of imperialism" and "the valiant Panamanian struggle to
recoup sovereignty." Some spots carried the sound of gunfire, and
many attacked the 76 years of American occupation of the Canal
***The Arizona Republic, Phoenix Sept. 30,1379 Future vogue for
Canal Zone civilians by Susan Carey Balboa Heights, CZ For
most people around the world, the Panama Canal treaties simply will
mean updated story books and revised world maps. But for civilian
residents of this humid strip of America 9 degrees north of the
equator, the treaties represent the dangers of an uncharted waters, a
hurt sense of pride and betrayal by their own government. It was
business as usual last week in this organized governmental utopia
and in the other model "company towns" that span the isthmus. But
neighbors at commissaries, bakeries, and post offices asked one
another worriedly, "What's going to happen to you?"
The most immediate impact of the treaties, which go into effect
Monday, will be on civilian employment. Some members of the 13,000-
person zone work force will transfer to the Panama Canal
Commission, a binational agency that will phase in Panamanian
control of the waterway by the year 2000. Others, including doctors
and teachers, will leave the extinct Canal Zone government and
begin receiving their paychecks from the U.S. Department of
Defense. Some will capitalize on a timely early retirement option.
Others, less fortunate, are looking for work in Panama or are fleeing
to their homeland.
Monday, the shady, well-tended streets and distinctive tropical
houses will be located in a foreign nation and their inhabitants will
no longer fully enjoy the protective embrace of the U.S. Government.
In 30 months, the treaties stipulate, U.S. prisons, courts and law-
enforcement personnel will be banned from the former Canal Zone.
Zonians who are U.S. citizens account for 27 percent of Panama
Canal Co. and zone-government employees. Most of the rest are
Panamanian citizens who may or may not get positions with the
commission. That situation will not become clear until after the
treaty goes into effect.
The American Zonians by and large were eager last week to
share their concerns.
"No one really knows what to expect," said Leah Barkowitz. "We
don't know what qualities of life will change."
Mrs. Barkowitz, who has lived here for 24 years said some of her
countrymen never realized they actually were living in Panama.
"But we are," she said flatly. "We never should have assumed it
(the zone) was ours."
Herb and Mary Knapp, both teachers at Canal Zone College and
16-year residents of this picturesque community, said most Ameri-
cans will be gone in five years."
"Most of us are so used to security," said Mrs. Knapp, "I don't
relish living in a place where I think they'll have to fly me out with a
suitcase in a week."
"We'll be nervous," said Hank Thompson, a counselor at Balboa
High School. "Police powers are exercised differently in Latin
America than in the American system of justice. They're more reac-
Ranking second only to concerns for their personal safety is a
Zonian sense of loss over the canal.
"People who have worked hard for the canal have pride," said
Mrs. Barkowitz. "They feel like they're giving away a prized family
possession to a stranger."
"We the tugboat captains, machinists, dredgers are no
longer necessary," mourned Chapman. "There's no pride in work
"It's an absurdity to think they (Panama) can run it," exploded
Her husband added, "They're worried about being ready to take
it over. Well they should be. Even if you took the most competent
people from the private businesses in Panama, they could hardly run
it," he said.
Chapman said the Panamanians don't lack willingness, they lack
"There's potential in the Panamanians," he said. "If they're
trained, they'll do well."
One American said the concept of preventive maintenance is
foreign to the Latin culture and that large portions of the canal-main-
tenance budget will end up in the pockets of political bosses.
Tomas Arias, a Panamanian pharmaceutical researcher for the
World Health Organization, agreed. "I don't think we have the tech-
nical expertise to run it," he admitted. Arias said the government is
trying to hire private firms to run the canal piers and ports, which
will be turned over Monday.
The Knapps said the U.S. Department of State has taken the of-
ficial view that Zonians are ethnocentricc rednecks" who have
exploited the natives for 75 years. "They tried to make us look
guilty," Mrs. Knapp said angrily.
"We've always been bombarded with (the accusation that we
live in) an isle of luxury in a sea of poverty," said another American.
But I call it a civil-service ghetto."
He pointed to the fact that the housing is all government-owned
and that people older than 21 cannot stay unless they work.
"I resent being told I'm spoiled, that I have a plush life," said
Seymour Barkowitz, principal of a junior high school. "It's so easy
not to go beyond the surface to see what life is like here."
Or what life was like.
REPRINT FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SPILL WAY
GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS AT FLAG-LOWERING CEREMONIES
ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1979
Cristobal Junior-Senior High School and
Balboa Heights Administration Building
Distinguished guests, friends, it was 75 years ago that the first United
States flag was raised officially on the Isthmus of Panama. It signaled the
beginning of the American construction of the Panama Canal. That ceremony,
like this one today, was a brief and a simple one. It was held on the morning
of 4 May 1904, at 7:30. And the young army officer Lt. Mark Brooks, who had
been selected to sign a receipt for the French canal properties after accepting
the keys to the Ancon Hospital and the storehouses, stepped proudly forward
and raised the Stars and Stripes to the head of the flagpole of what was then
the headquarters of the French Canal Company.
This evening the United States flag will be lowered from the flagpole on
my right for the last time. And tomorrow the Canal Zone will have passed
into history. There are no tomorrows for the Canal Zone, only yesterdays. But
those yesterdays will light our memories assuredly for a lifetime. It is only
natural and appropriate, then, that we should pause a moment in nostalgic
remembrance. Much has been said and written about the Panama Canal, but
very little about the Canal Zone; and yet in its own way, it represents every
bit as much a success story. Indeed it has been the umbrella under which the
Panama Canal has flourished all these years. One must but review historical
pictures to see vividly the tremendous assist that man has given to nature
here on this spot. Just look around you. Open your eyes and you see a beau-
tiful scene, artfully designed, laborously developed and well maintained. But
the Canal Zone is not only beautiful terrain, it is also a community blessed
with many advantages: quality education, first class hospitals, many fine
churches and religious activities, social and fraternal clubs, veterans' organi-
zations and I could go on. Suffice it to say we enjoy a quality of life here
under a sound organizational structure that others must envy.
Thus, tonight we remember lest tomorrow others may forget. But on a
brighter note, though the Canal Zone has no tomorrows, we do. Certainly the
passing of jurisdiction over the Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama and the
creation of the new and smaller Panama Canal Commission call for major
changes in our lives and in our livelihoods. But many, perhaps most, of the
attributes of the Canal Zone that I have mentioned will journey with us into
the future. Tomorrow morning, the American flag will be raised on the
flagpole to my left and the Panamanian flag will go up on the right in the
place of honor. And this will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the
history of the Panama Canal. And many of you here tonight will write that
chapter. Though the job may seem difficult to you now, it cannot pose more
serious challenges than those faced by our predecessors.
Together with our Panamanian coworkers and friends we must, and I'm
sure we will, record another glorious chapter in the saga of the path between
the seas. When President Roosevelt visited here in 1906 he spoke on the
theme of international cooperation and said, and I quote, "The United States
and Panama are partners in a great work which is now being done here on
the Isthmus. We are joint trustees for all the world doing that work." The
fact that these two flags will continue to fly here until the year 2000 attests
to the fact that we remain today joint trustees serving all of the nations of
And as we now turn our thoughts to the future, I would like to say to
those of you who are leaving the Canal, you may have my best wishes for
success in whatever you endeavor. The qualities you have displayed with the
Canal organization will stand you in good stead wherever you may go. For
those who are staying on, the days that lie ahead will demand the best you
have to offer in terms of continuing commitment to excellence and the
operation of the Canal, and also the willingness to adapt to new and changing
conditions. I am confident that you will be up to that task.
And now, though I have had the opportunity on many occasions during
the past days to say farewell, I'd like to just take this occasion again to ex-
press my own personal feelings. Counting my earlier stint as Lieutenant
Governor here in the Canal Zone, I have spent almost 8 years, about twenty
percent of my total service in the military forces, as part of the Canal organi-
zation. Despite the frustration and the turmoil and the tensions, my wife Pat
and I have derived a great sense of pride and a great satisfaction from our
association with the Canal and, more importantly, with the people who
operate it so well. Your loyalty, your support, your dedication and your
friendship will accompany us always in our remembrances of the Panama
Canal and the Canal Zone. Best wishes for the future and God bless you one
TWO PHOTOS OF SHIPS GOING THROUGH THE CANAL ON
SEPTEMBER 30, 1979, the last day of the CANAL ZONE.
The "Mount Vernon Victory" en-
tering the East side of Miraflores
i Locks taken from the main gates
i. .by the Control House using a
200mm lens. Please note the new
experimental high lights which
when turned on, light up the walls
and changer almost as bright as
The "M.V. Unison" clearing the lower West Side was taken with
the same 200mm lens while waiting for the Governor to take the U.S.
Flag down for the last time. (It got dark by the time the flag finally
came down to get a picture from the locks control house balcony.
Pictures courtesy Skip Rowley, Jr.
If anyone would like to obtain a copy of these pictures which are
in color the rates are as follows: 3 x 5 $2.00; 5 x 7- $4.00 and 8 x 10
- $6.00. Send check to: Samuel H. Rowley, Jr., PSC Box 1447, APO
***Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, Sept. 30, 1979:
Dear Mayno & George:
It is with a deep sense of history that this newsletter is written.
It will also serve as a practical means of notifying all our family and
good friends of our new postal address. First, the new address:
For mail sent from the States or other countries Use U.S.
Postage Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J. Wood, PSC Box 2472, APO Miami
34002. For mail sent from a site in Panama Mr. & Mrs. Joseph J.
Wood, Box 2472, Albrook AFS, Republic de Panama.
(These addresses are good for five years, after which we lose all
military privileges, even postal, and we will have to live off the
Second, the sense of history. You might have noticed on the face
of the envelope that there is a hand-stamped notification that the
letter was mailed on the last day of operations of the Canal Zone
Postal Service. A really sad event, signifying the end of an era. The
Post Office cancelled and hand-stamped the envelope dated Sep-
tember 30, when it was dispatched to you. We hope you like the en-
velope and its significance. It's for you to keep and in some small
way to help you think occasionally of good times past.
For a long time we all were so involved in keeping the Canal
going and preparing for the Treaty that there was little time for
nostalgia. As we approached October 1, though, things happened to
make us realize the significance of the turnover of the Canal Zone to
Panama and how very tragic and sad the event really is. Little by
little Canal Zone "things" began to disappear from public places.
Plaques, seals, stamps, books, etc., were taken as souvenirs. We also
have been noting the "last" everything that takes place in the Canal
Zone. We celebrated the last Christmas, New Year's and Easter. The
last Memorial Day sent a twinge of sadness through us. The last
Fourth of July was especially sad, with almost everyone on the
parade route displaying the American flag, waving it proudly,
holding it high and thinking of things that might have been. The last
Labor Day started the countdown: twenty-six days to go. The
Reduction in Force Notices had been delivered; the Transfer of
Function schedule was set; people were leaving in droves
(Transportation Branch was hard pressed to keep up with the
repatriations); we had no implementing legislation yet; promises of
early retirement, maintaining the quality of life, etc., were unful-
filled; friends were saying goodbye daily, sadly, forever; heart
attacks, broken homes, broken friendships and broken hearts were
As we headed steadily toward the end we were bolstered by
events honoring the men and women who made the Canal work. A
ceremony to honor the U.S. and non-U.S. employees in each Bureau
having the most Panama Canal service; a follow-up ceremony each
organization to give every employee on the rolls a Certificate of Ap-
preciation and a bronze Panama Canal Medal (similar to the Roose-
velt medal); and many ceremonies honoring the man who held the
Canal Zone together through its most difficult time. The community
outpouring for Governor Parfitt and Mrs. Parfitt was sincere, deeply
moving and unprecedented in Canal history. Thousands participated
in honoring the Governor during the month. Each person expressed
in his own way, the deep regard held for the Governor.
Finally, the last day came. The American flag was lowered on
the Atlantic side in a dignified ceremony presided over by the
Governor. He then flew by helicopter to the Pacific side to preside
over the flag lowering ceremonies at the Administration Building in
Balboa Heights. The )3alboa High School Band played "God Bless
America" as the sun set on the Canal Zone for the last time. The flag
was being folded at the same time that wild uninhibited celebrations
were beginning across the border that would soon disappear.
The Governor departed soon thereafter on the S.S. Cristobal,
completing his final official tour as the ship sailed slowly out of the
Cristobal Harbor past the breakwater, never more to return to Canal
None of us knows how long we will stay. We know, however,
that we have seen the destruction of one of the most efficient, co-
hesive and unique organizations ever designed. We are glad we were
a part of it. Maybe we will be able to help keep it going in a different
way, but in a way that we can continue to be proud of what was
If this letter tugged a little at your heart and if maybe a little
tear formed at the corner of your eye, then you shared the sense of
sadness, grief and bitterness, that we felt when the sun set on our
flag and our Canal Zone for the last time. It's a bit dramatic,
possibly, but Bev and I feel strongly about what this has done and is
doing to our lives, and our family's and friend's lives. Let us hear
from you, now that you have our new address.
Sadly and sincerely yours,
Joe, Bev, Craig, Brian, Scott
The preceding letter was sent to friends and family of the Joe
Woods. When I saw it, I wrote Joe requesting that I be permitted to
print it in the December Canal Record. Permission granted. I also
asked Joe if he could possibly obtain pictures of the many Last Day
Postal Covers ... Editor.
The next two pages are a collection loaned to Joe Wood by
Dorothy Isenberg (nee Folse). Don Goode of The Panama Canal
Graphic Branch generously donated his time to shoot the pictures
and developed them on his own time. Joe bought the film. I sincerely
thank Dorothy, Don and Joe for their generous contribution to The
Joe also writes that "things are not bad here. The turnover
went smoothly and people are generally pleased with the way things
are working out. We still miss our Canal Zone, though."
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THE CANAL ZONE
END OF AN ERA
Newsweek in its August 6, 1979 issued asked "Where have all
the heroes gone?" It is only fitting that Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt,
the most vigorous and heroic President and father of the Panama
Canal should be featured on its cover as the consummate American
Teddy made possible the independence of the Republic of
Panama. Panama, in gratitude and recognition of the prosperity con-
struction of the Panama Canal would bring, granted the U.S. sov-
ereign rights to the Canal Zone "in perpetuity." "Perpetuity" has
now been transformed to 75 years. It is with deep regret that we ac
knowledge the premature demise of the Canal Zone.
Teddy fought hard for the construction of the Panama Canal
which opened on August 15, 1914 after ten years' construction which
included many individual acts of heroism including the conquest of
The Panama Canal is approximately 50 miles long from deep
water in the Atlantic to deep water in the Pacific and normal transit
time is about 7 hours. It runs from the north-west to south-east.
Twelve pairs of locks, the largest man-made lake (until the 1960's)
Lake Gatun and the Culebra Cut are prominent features of what is
still recognized as one of the engineering and construction marvels of
all time. Replacement value of the Panama Canal and associated
facilities have been estimated at over $14 billion.
The Isthmian Canal commission supervised construction of the
Canal and was responsible for civil administration until April 1914.
Thereafter the Panama Canal Act established an independent
Government Agency known as The Panama Canal under which most
businesses were operated by the Panama Railroad. On July 1, 1951,
the civil government in the Canal Zone was transferred to the Canal
Zone Government. September 30, 1979 marks the end of that
The Canal Zone Postal Service was established on June 24, 1904.
It has always operated as an independent postal system whose rates
have been equal to those in the U.S. It was represented at postal
conventions by the U.S. Post Office department.
When the Canal Zone Postal Service was first established on June
24, 1904, a small quantity of Panama stamps were handstamped
"Canal Zone" (Scott's #1-2) and were used until July 18, 1904 when
U.S. stamped overprinted "Canal Zone" (Scott's #4-8) were received.
These U.S. stamps were used until December 12, 1904 when they
were withdrawn, remainders destroyed and replaced by stamps pur-
chased from Panama overprinted "Canal Zone". The Panamian over-
prints (Scott's 9-69, UX1-6, UF1 and U1-4) comprise some of the
scarcest Canal Zone stamps and postal stationery with fewer than
400 of some numbers issued.
On July 1, 1924, U.S. stamps were again overprinted "Canal
Zone" and placed in use. In October 1928 the first permanent Canal
Zone stamps (distinguished from overprinted stamps) were issued.
All U.S. overprints and Canal Zone stamps have been obtained from
the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in Washington, D.C. The Ic
Gorgas originally issued in 1928 was still available on the last day of
operation and is probably the oldest continuously available postage
stamp ever issued by any country.
Quantities issued of many Canal Zone stamps have been ex-
ceedingly small. In its 75 year history 267 regular, airmail and official
stamps have been issued. Of these no less than 100 stamps were
issued in quantities of less than 100,000. This figure would more than
double if the Scott's listed errors, varieties and oddities were
included. Only five commemorative stamps have sold more than a
million copies and some commemorative issues have been as low as
34,000. Yet the 25th Anniversary set (Scott 129-35) with only about
34,000 sets in existence can still be purchased for about $50.00. This
compares with 61,296 U.S. Graf Zeppelin sets which sell for about
$6,000 in VF condition. Two sets, the 1962 Boy Scott #151 and the
Alliance for Progress C35 were issued in conjunction with U.S.
stamps the same day. The largest specialist organization of Canal
Zone collectors is the Canal Zone Study Group. A membership ap-
plication could be obtained from Al Bew, Secretary at 29 S. South
Carolina Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401.
This cover is one of 500 matched sets (Balboa and Cristobal)
prepared by Rick Schwartz, Box 25193, Los Angeles, CA. 90025 to
honor the 75 years of Canal Zone Postal Service and those who have
worked in the Canal Zone. The 15c stamp is Scott #165 which is the
last postage stamp issued by the Canal Zone on October 25, 1978.
***The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson,
October 2, 1979
A tear falls at changeover in
Canal Zone A young American
resident of the Canal Zone cradles
a small flag and sheds tears as the
Stars and Stripes is lowered in
Balboa. Panama took over
jurisdiction of the zone at
midnight Sunday, ending 75 years
of U.S. control there (AP).
***Sarasota Herald-Tribune Oct. 1, 1979 Ex-Canal Zone Residents
Bid Adieu to Possession by Jeff Stanfield Herald-Tribune Reporter
- About 100 former residents of the Panama Canal Zone held a
farewell gathering in Sarasota Sunday night just a few hours before
the stroke of midnight sounded the end of the U.S. possession of the
To the senators and congressmen who voted for the treaty to
turn over the canal to the Panamanians, it marked the beginning of
the end of what House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill had termed "the
apple of American imperialism".
But to the people who gathered at the Crown House Restaurant
in Sarasota, the treaty that takes effect today, meant that the U.S.
was abandoning their homeland. To them the canal is as American as
apple pie. Most of the Americans who lived in the Canal Zone were
long-time residents. Many had been born there. Their fathers had
helped dig the canal.
"I was born down there," said Bev Ebdon. "I feel like I've lost
Her father Thomas "Pop" Ebdon, 91, helped dig the canal as a
young man, was aboard the first ship that passed through the locks,
and spent a lifetime as a locomotive engineer driving the "mule" en-
gines that pulled the great ships through the canal. He watched his
friends die building the canal when yellow fever swept the ranks of
"It's a national disgrace," he said of the treaty which will give
total control of the canal to the government of Panama at the end of
The organizer of the farewell party was Mo Everson, who was
director of Civilian Affairs in effect the appointed administrator
of police, fire, schools and post offices in the Canal Zone until 1973.
Two impromptu teams of about 20 people each sang their alma
maters for Cristobal and Balboa High Schools. Many of the predom-
inantly middle-aged members of the crowd had graduated from one
of the two high schools in the canal zone.
A man pulled open his shirt, exposing a T-shirt labeled "Zonians
***Canal Zone Gone, Era Ends, Another Begins in Changeover at
Panama Navy Times, October 22, 1979 by Don Hirst Panama
It was the last day and the first day, the beginning of a new era
and the end of an old one.
The last day was September 30, the final day that a 10-mile wide
stretch of land would be officially known as the Panama Canal Zone.
At midnight on that day, the Canal Zone ceased to exist and the
process of gradually turning over the canal and the area around it
- to Panama by the year 2000 began.
Preparations for Panama's Entry October 1 had been in
progress for some time. In the final days before October 1 Treaty
Day organized chaos was in progress as scores of journalists
converged. To that was added the presence of numerous dignitaries,
including Vice President Walter Mondale and Mexican president
Jose Lopez Portillo.
Within the zone itself, however, one of the biggest activities
shortly before October seemed to center around the Canal Zone post
offices, which would be transferred to Panama on Treaty Day.
Patrons braved long lines to buy the last Canal Zone stamps. Those
who mailed their letters on September 30 were rewarded with a
special cancellation marking the last day of operation.
In the traffic circle adjacent to the Balboa post office, a vendor
cheerfully hawked T-shirts and trinkets commemorating the end of
an era. The most popular shirt seemed to be one with a green troll
waving its middle finger and bearing the slogan, "To Jimmy from the
Canal Zone." Another T-shirt pictured a buzzard atop a tombstone
that read "R.I.P. Zonian, Oct. 1, 1979."
But the overall mood in the zone and in Panama was calm the
week-end before Treaty Day. Canal Zone residents interviewed said
they would remain to work for the new Panama Canal Commission,
the combined U.S.-Panamanian agency that administers the canal,
until Dec. 31, 1999. Many of whom come from families who have lived
in the zone for generations, was perhaps best summed up by one em-
ployee: "I wouldn't mind it half as much if somebody would come up
and say, thanks for building the canal."
Despite some concern about possible violence, the outgoing Com-
mander in Chief of Southern Command, and head of the new Canal
Commission, Lt. Gen. Dennis P. McAuliffe, said "All members of the
command are mindful of the historic change to the next day's events.
I'm confident that the concept will prove beneficial and the treaty ob-
jectives will be met."
Shortly before sunset, the American flag was lowered at the
Canal Company's administration building, at Fort Amador and Fort
Gulick. After Treaty Day, the U.S. flag still flies at most U.S. instal-
lations, but with Panama's. The Amador retreat ceremony was brief
and carried the air of simple dignity.
The events we are commemorating today may signify in the
minds of many the end of an era," said Brig. Gen. Kenneth C. Leuer,
913d C.G. "True, we have moved our brigade headquarters and oper-
ational elements from Ft. Amador to Ft. Clayton in the past few
weeks and, I might add, without any loss of our longstanding
spirit de corps."
But it does not signify an end to the vital role we have had here
..." he continued. "Our most important mission the defense of the
Panama Canal will continue for the life of the new treaty, but with
increasing participation of the forces of Panama."
Not all spectators appeared to agree with the changes. Shortly
before Leuer's Amador speech, two young Army dependents waved
a sign proclaiming: "Oct. 1 End of an Era, Beginning of an Error."
As the Amador flag was lowered the band played "Retreat,"
followed by "the Star-Spangled Banner." Then the flag was folded. It
would be put in a place of honor within the brigade's memorabilia.
Then the honor guard marched away to the applause of spectators,
and the band stepped sharply down the asphalt street playing
"Colonel Bogey March."
"If all of that doesn't do something to you," a bystander said,
"there's something wrong with you."
A few miles away at the Diablo Heights Spinning Club, another
ceremony of sorts was in full swing. Fireworks blazed and rock music
filled the night air. American flags were everywhere. Although
midnight and Treaty Day were still a few hours away, the final
end-of-an-era party was in full swing.
At midnight in Panama City, firecrackers exploded and church
bells rang. In the morning a giant Panamanian flag was hoisted atop
the former Canal Zone's Ancon Hill and a round of ceremonies began
anew. The biggest, at the relinquished portion of Albrook Army
Airfield, drew a festive but peaceful crowd of many thousands of
At that ceremony, Vice President Mondale pledged that the U.S.
and Panama will "keep the canal operating as it has since it opened
in 1914." Mexican President Lopez Portillo, exuding the confidence
of the head of an oil-rich nation, termed the day as "symbolic of the
last half of this century, another step forward in the process of de-
***Panama Changeover Improves Shopping by Don Hirst, Navy
Times, Nov. 5, 1979 Balboa, Panama Commissary patrons now
can shop seven days a week on either side of the isthmus and have a
wider range of products to choose from, according to Del V. Craig,
the man in charge of all military commissaries here.
Craig said shoppers in the two stores that had been run by the
out-of-business Panama Canal Company are paying as much as 30
percent less than they used to, now that the stores are run by the
Army commissary system. Under the provisions of the canal treaty
many employees of the New Panama Canal Commission have
commissary privileges for five years. We have picked up roughly
3600 heads of household, or a 40 percent increase in business."
THE 1980 PANAMA SOCIETY REUNION
The Ramada Inn will again be the host Inn for the Reunion April 24, 25,
26, 1980. It is important that you make your room reservations now for the
Reunion before some other group acquires many of the rooms. You may check
in early and stay as long as you wish at Reunion rates. Like last year,
reservations for a reunion function will be accepted only from members in
good standing, prior to March 1, 1980. (Members in good standing are those
whose 1980 dues have been paid.) Single members are entitled to bring one
guest and may make their reservations during the member only period. After
March 1, 1980 reservations will be accepted from members and non-members
alike on a first come first served basis.
For all you prospective members who would like to attend our 1980 Re-
union activities, send in your dues ($10.00 per year, per family), along with
your reservation requests. We will be glad to welcome you into the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Please remember that hotel reservation forms should be sent directly to
the Ramada Inn South. Reservation forms for the Ball and for the Luncheon
must be sent directly to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and MUST BE
PREPAID. Any deviation from this procedure will only cause much confusion
Each year, many of our members assume that the only activities con-
nected with the Reunion are the meeting, dance and luncheon, therefore,
those members who only come for these functions, miss the earlier activities
altogether. They do not realize that there are literally hundreds of their old
friends, neighbors and co-workers all gathered at the Headquarters (Ramada
Inn) waiting to see them and renew old acquaintances.
When you register, your name will be placed in the attendance records
(listed by home state or country) and at the same time you will be given a rib-
bon badge on which your name is boldly printed. This name tag is a great
help in being recognized by your old friends and also to help you recognize
At our last Reunion, we had an early gathering for those already checked
into the area motels, and for local members who came to the Ramada Inn to
find out who had arrived. At this time, members were able to register and
pick up their pre-ordered tickets for the Luncheon and Ball, thus leaving the
remainder of their stay open for visiting, etc.
For the 1980 Reunion we have added an additional day when the regis-
tration and ticket tables will be open to accommodate early arrivals and avoid
long waiting lines. The Ramada Inn offers their special reunion rates to our
members for as long as they wish to stay. The reason we are extending the
number of days of the Reunion is to offer our members an opportunity of vis-
iting longer with their friends and taking advantage of the many attractions
that are offered locally, or of participating in the Golf Tournament (men and
ladies) which will be held nearby on Thursday morning, April 24th. (See
article and application in this issue). We anticipate more members taking part
in these activities at future reunions and hope to include fishing trips or other
things in which members indicate an interest.
At 10:00 A.M. Thursday morning the official gathering starts when mem-
bers meet in the Armond Room on the lower level of the Ramada Inn. This is
a "MUST", particularly for the first-time members.
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK TO:
BAYFRONT CONCOURSE HOTEL
333 1st Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Toll Free Number (FL) 800-282-8923
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. REUNION-APRIL 17, 18, 19, 1980
Please print the information below:
City State Zip
Arrival Date Time
Departure Date Time
Room 'Rates: $30.00 plus tax single $40.00 plus tax double
There will be a $5.00 charge per person in excess of two.
Children under 18 (in same room) no charge.
THE 1980 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change our host
hotel to the beautiful modern Bayfront Concourse Hotel in downtown St. Peters-
burg. There has also been a change in dates to April 17, 18, 19, 1980. We are sure
that you will be greatly pleased with our new selection, as it has many advantages
over what we have had before.
There will be 275 rooms reserved for our members, all at one location.
Room rates will be slightly higher, but will be well worth the additional cost. No
advance deposit will be required for hotel reservations.
Any place in this article that refers to the Ramada Inn should be changed
to the Bayfront Concourse Hotel and the dates changed to April 17, 18, 19, 1980
with the golf tournament being held on April 17, 1980. The Society Ball will be
changed to April 18, 1980 and the Luncheon to April 19, 1980. Any additional in-
formation that becomes necessary will be carried in the March issue of the
You are "on your own" for luncheon on Thursday and Friday, although
the Ramada Inn does set up a Sandwich Table for those wishing to partake.
ANNUAL MEETING: At 1:30 P.M. Friday, the Annual Business
Meeting takes place in the Armond Room. At this meeting, your new officers
are elected and sworn in. Old and new business is taken up. Generally this
meeting is completed within an hour and a half.
Friday Evening, the Annual Ball will be held again at the Coliseum, in
downtown St. Petersburg. The 1979 Ball, held at this place, was a huge suc-
cess. The 13 piece "Sound of Music" orchestra will be playing for your danc-
ing and listening pleasure, from 8:00 P.M. to 12:00 P.M.
There are no alcoholic beverages sold at the Coliseum, so you will have
to supply your own.
For an additional dollar added to the admission price this year, the man-
agement of the Coliseum will furnish all required ice, set-ups and soft drinks.
This will be a big saving to members over what it cost each of us last year.
There is ample parking at the Coliseum, with uniformed security patrol,
for those who drive their own automobiles. However, large air-conditioned
busses will be available to pick up members who wish transportation from
motels (Ramada and nearby) to the Coliseum and return on staggered sched-
ule. The bus fare will be $1.00 round-trip and reservations must be made in
Re: TICKETS & RESERVATIONS
It will be of tremendous help to the Committee if all those wishing to sit
together for the Luncheon and/or the Ball, would state their wishes when
their request for tickets is sent in. Every effort is made to comply with your
wishes but you can understand the confusion and extra work when the "to-
gether parties" are requested at different times or at the last minute. Now
that so many members are acquainted with the seating at the Coliseum, you
will be better able to realize the need for planning your party in advance.
Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
Re: LUNCHEON TICKETS
Please do not misplace your luncheon ticket. It will be picked up by your
waitress when you are served your luncheon.
Re: ALL TICKETS
If it is inconvenient for your reservations to be picked up at the Ramada
Inn on Thursday or Friday, April 24 or 25, then you MUST send a stamped,
self-addressed envelope with your reservation request, so that the tickets
may be mailed to you.
NO TICKETS will be available for SALE or HELD at the Coliseum for
the Friday Evening Ball.
REFUNDS: There will be NO refunds on dance or luncheon tickets made
unless requested PRIOR to 9:00 P.M., April 24, 1980.
Saturday morning, members will gather in designated areas or in the
Patio of the Ramada, while the Armond Room is made ready for the Annual
Luncheon, where we always have one or more outstanding guest speakers, in
addition to the fine food and service rendered by the Ramada Staff.
After the luncheon, many members start checking out of the motel for
their return home. Others stay around for further visiting or sightseeing. The
Ramada offers the lower convention rates for as long as you wish to stay.
Those of you who have never attended a Reunion are missing a really
good time. We look forward to seeing more members attend the Reunion and
find out for themselves the delightful experience they had missed.
CLIP AND SEND THESE RESERVATION FORMS TO THE
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
RESERVATION FORM FOR SOCIETY BALL
April 25, 1980
535 4th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida
$6.00 per person. Please reserve tickets for people.
I also desire bus transportation to the Ball. I enclose
($1.00 per person)
According to the information furnished on the previous page, please list names
of all guests for whom you are making reservations.
RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
April 26, 1980
Ramada Inn South 3600 34th St. South
Price: $6.00 per person, including tax and gratuity. Please reserve Luncheon
tickets for the following:
According to the information furnished on the previous page, please list names
of all guests for whom you are making reservations.
Total Amount Enclosed
The reason for the savings in the Panama Canal commissaries
like supermarkets the pricing was tied to New Orleans prices. The
Army sells items at cost."
***AND AS ONE MEMBER OF OUR SOCIETY WROTE -"Let's
try to forget the past and go on with the future"***
Mr. Gerald E. Andrew 8/11
Mr. John P. Barriteau, Sr. 8/ 9
Captain Robert M. Baum, Jr. 9/11
Mrs. Ella Katherine Beck 6/ 4
Mr. Vernon N. Bircher 8/25
Mr. Peter Bolton 8/31
Mr. Samuel E. Bone 7/ 3
Mr. Frederick S. Brown 8/20
Mr. Richard D. Brown 8/31
Mr. Robert E. Budreau 8/11
Mr. Donald B. Bullock 7/29
Mr. Henry R. Butcher, Jr. 7/14
Mr. Jack R. Carnes 7/14
Mr. George Washington Case6/ 4
Col. Gerald H. Cohen 8/10
Mr. Elwood E. Compton 8/11
Mr. Thomas S. Copeland 8/ 3
Mrs. Beverly L. Creel 8/11
Mr. Armando Cruz 7/14
Mr. Richard J. Danielsen 8/24
Mr. James R. S. Defrees 8/11
Mrs. Joan DeGrummond 9/30
Mrs. Eldermae A. Duff 7/31
Mr. J. C. Dyer 7/28
Mr. Jack Elliot 9/ 1
Mr. Thomas J. Ender 8/25
Mr. Morris Finkelstein 8/12
Mr. Teodore Matt Finneman 9/22
Mr. John E. Fisher 7/20
Mr. Kenneth 0. Fugleberg 8/14
Mr. John J. Gallagher 7/14
Dr. Bernardino Granadino 8/31
Mrs. Mary W. Hall 7/14
Mr. William Hall 7/14
Mr. Edward J. Hallinan 8/15
Transit Operations 19
Transit Operation 28
Port Captain, Balboa 35
Port Captain, Balboa 12
Gorgas Hosptial 37
Comm. Serv. 30
Office Financial Vice President38
Office of Director 29
Canal Protection 29
Office Financial Vice President 29
Port Captain, Cristobal 28
Gorgas Hospital 19
Port Captain 8
Ms. Annie L. Halvosa
Mrs. Dorothy Hansen
Mr. Frederick W. Holmberg
Mr. Luis Hooper
Mr. Peter Hotsko
Mr. Wade Huffman, Jr.
Mr. John Hughes
Mr. Kenneth M. Jorgensen
Mr. Martin G. Klontz
Mr. Jacob Francis Leist
Mr. Thomas M. Lewis
Mr. James R. McCarrick
Mr. Robert McGuinness
Mrs. Arline E. McIlvaine
Mr. Louis F. Marotta
Mr. Donald R. Martin
Mr. Johann Georg Meyer
Mr. Jan Mirrop
Mrs. Kathleen I. Nelson
Mr. Charles W. Newton
Mr. Russell E. Oberholtzer
Mr. Robert O'Connor
Mr. Philip C. Olsen
Mr. Darwin E. Pope
Mr. Burley F. Pruett
Mr. David Reed,Jr.
Mrs. Stella R. Riefkohl
Mrs. Mary F. Rose
Mr. Raymond L. Rowley
Mr. Sim Rushin, Jr.
Mrs. Mary Nell Sanders
Mr. Paul H. Seigler, Jr.
Mr. Keith L. Simms
Mr. Orville D. Sines
Mr. Frank P. Smith
Mr. John T. Styles
Miss Dolores E. Suisman
Mr. Robert J. Suisman
Mr. Edward D. Summerlin
Mr. Francesco Vigliette
Mr. Robert E. Waggoner
Mr. James A. Weiselogel
Mr. Robert K. Wood
Water & Lab. Branch
CZ Mental Health Ctr.
Canal Protection Div.
PC Information Ofice
Internal Security Office
1980 DUES PAYABLE NOW
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry E. Denton (nee Cathy Detamore) of Morrow,
GA announce the birth of a son on October 2, 1979. The baby, who
has been named Adam Wayne, joins a sister Heidi. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Detamore of Ellenwood, GA, and
were in Morrow to welcome the first grandson. Paternal grandfather
is Jerry Denton of Cache, OK, formerly of Corozal, CZ.
George and Ia Fenton of Lexington, VA announce the birth of
their second grandchild, Alyssa Nicole Fenton, born Aug 25, 1979 to
George and Kathy Fenton of Fairfax, VA.
Neil and Darlene Frauenhiem of Merritt Island, Fl announce the
birth of their second son, Darren Micahel, born October 8, 1979.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Daly of Titusville,
FL, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kerner Frauenheim
of Seminole, FL.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Goodrich (nee Rene Owen) of Scituate,
MA, announce the birth of their second child, Catherine Anne, born
September 24, 1979. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. W.
Owen of Scituate, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.
Hugh Goodrich of Phoenix, AZ.
Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Mason, IV (Rocky and Elaine) announce the
birth of their son Jacob Ryan Mason, born August 30, 1979, at the
Coco Solo Hospital, Canal Zone. Jacob joins his sisters Christine, Sa-
mantha, and Shannon. Paternal grandparents are Howard and
EmmyLou Clarke and maternal grandparents are George and
Mrs. Timothy J. Mann of Pasadena, FL announce the birth of
twin grandsons, Thomas Zacharias born August 14, 1979 and Noah
Jerimiah born on August 15, 1979. Parents are Carol and Edward
Boyle of 6905 Vanderbilt Avenue, Richmond, VA. The late Tim Mann
was so very proud to have been Pop-pop to twin boys two future
Mr. and Mrs. Howell W. Atwell of Newbury, MA, announce the
arrival of their second grandchild, Jeremy Arron Sowell, son of Chris-
tine (Atwell) and Jim Sowell in Tulsa, OK.
Mr. and Mrs. James Burk of Walled Lake, MI announce the
birth of a daughter, Chevaun Erin, on September 20, 1979. She was
welcomed by a brother, Shaun Michael. Mrs. Burk, is the former
Susan McCullough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. McCullough
of Sarasota. Paternal grandparents are Polly and Lorene Burk of
Highland, MI and Marilyn and George Beavers of Belleville, MI.
-- m m -- -- -
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Lieutenant Woody Foster
and wife, Ruth (Rose), an-
nounce the birth of their first
grandchild, an 81/z lb. boy,
born to their son William and
wife Lorraine of Cocoli,
Canal Zone. William Charles
II begins the fifth generation
of Zonians on Gramma
Ruthie's side of the family,
his great-great grandpa,
James Johnson being a
Roosevelt Medal holder.
Maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gaul William Charles Foster with
of Diablo Heights, Canal parents Bill and Lorraine
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hammetter of Sarasota proudly announce
the birth of their first grandchild, Max Suter, born to their daughter,
Robin and son-in-law, Max Suter of Jacksonville, FL on September
20, 1979. The paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs..Max Suter,
Sr. of Jacksonville, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sawyer of Sarasota are happy to an-
nounce the birth of their first grandchild, Jonathon Martin, on Octo-
ber 13, 1979 to their daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Marty
Scheina of Vienna, VA. Mr. and Mrs. William Scheina of Haddon-
field, N.J. are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Michel of Balboa announce the birth of
Heather Marie Seals, born on June 3, 1979, to Pamela Michel and
Monty Seals of Sugar Loaf Key (R.R.#2, Box 8G) Florida 33042.
Heather Marie has a brother, Bryon, age 4. Monty is a Customs
Patrol Officer, formerly Canal Zone Police Officer.
David James, weighing in at 7 lbs. on September 12, 1979, joined
his sister, Debra Lynne, in the household of their proud parents,
Eugene and Claire (Spencer) Duderstadt. They now reside in
Rosephine, LA (near Fort Polk). Maternal grandparents are Frank and
Katherine Spencer, Little Rock, AR.
Our "GOLDEN HUACAS" and Canal Zone Seal jewelry pendant
man Neville Harte has moved to 3602 Birxton Lane, Holiday, FL
33590 Tel. 1-813-937-7525.
Donald R. Atwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howell Atwell of
Newbury, MA, was married in Jackson, MS, to Teresa Blankenship,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Blankenship of Natchez, MS. The
bride is a graduate of Southern Louisiana University and is
employed by South Central Bell Co. The groom is a graduate of
Balboa High School; Stetson University and holds a M.B.A. degree
from Old Dominion University in Virginia. He is employed by general
Electric Co. in Mississippi.
Tina Ann Schroeter and Clifford David Mullins were married in
a lovely outdoor ceremony at the Fiesta Gardens on Town Lake in
Austin, TX, on July 27, 1979. The ceremony was performed by family
friend, Judge Miron A. Love of Houston. A Panamanian theme was
carried out from dress through food served at the reception with
music by Lucho on tape ... for the guests pleasure. A very colorful
rememberable wedding. Gina and Cliff reside at Casa Maria
Apartments #72, 7201 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, TX 77505. The
groom is attending chiropractic school. Tina's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Hubert C. Schroeter of Austin and the groom's parents are Earl
and Mary Mullins of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank F.
Williams announce the
marriage of their daughter,
Ruth Johanna to Stelios Vafi-
ades, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Costas Vafiadis, Athens,
Greece on Saturday, June 16
at St. Hugh of Lincoln RC
Church, Huntington Station,
New York. Both Ruth and
Stelios are graduates of
Sunderland Polytechnic, Sun- -
derland, England; she with
BS in Applied Physics with
Mathematics; he with a BcS
with commendation in Me- Rita and Stelios Vafiadis
chanical Engineering. Ruth was employed prior to her marriage with
the AIL division of Cutler-Hammer as a scientific programmer. Stelios
is employed by Coca Cola in Puerto Rico as a technical representative.
The couple are residing in Santurce.
Michael Gettle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Gettle of Dothan, AL,
was married to Cathy Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Anderson of Troy, AL, on August 11, 1979, at the Baptist Church in
Troy, AL. Michael is a graduate of Balboa High School and of Mil-
lersville State Teachers College, Millersville, PA. He is now employed
with Alabama Power in Birmingham, AL, and his bride is em-
ployed with Borg-Warner Acceptance Corporation of Birmingham.
In July, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Folsom attended the wedding of their
son Robert Folsom and Joetta Stevens. Robert and Joetta are
making their home in Fayetteville, AR, where he is attending the
University of Arkansas, and his wife is teaching.
Mary Ruth Clement and
Captain Stephen D. Vaughn
were married August 2, 1979,
in Trinity United Methodist
Church of El Paso, TX with
Dr. H. L. McAlester officiat-
ing. Mary is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clem-
ents, formerly of Gatun, Canal
Zone. Stephen is the son of
Major (Ret.) and Mrs. Donald
E. Vaughn of El Paso, TX.
Mrs. Barbara E. Dedeaux,
aunt of the bride of Margarita,
Canal Zone, was matron of
honor and best man for the
groom was Mr. Raymond Shasteen, of Houston, TX. Many former
Zonians attended the wedding. The bride worked for the U.S. Army
at Ft. Bliss and attended Oklahoma State University of Stillwater,
OK. The bridegroom is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, West
Point and is currently working on an assignment in Panama where
the newlyweds will make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Morton Thomson, Jr. announce the marriage of
their daughter Elaine Miriam to Mr. Lee Ashley Wallace on
November 24, 1979 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Memphis,
TN. Elaine is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W.
Goulet, formerly of New Cristobal, CZ. Elaine is a graduate of
Memphis State University and is a certified Underwriter of the
United States Fidelity and Gratuity Trust Co. The groom is Admin-
istrative Assistant of the Better Business Bureau of Memphis.
Among the out of town guests were Rita Goulet of St. Petersburg,
FL and Beverly and Stephanie Goulet of Texas, daughters of Mr. and
Mrs. Leo Goulet of Michigan.
1980 DUES PAYABLE NOW
With Beep oarrou
Mrs. Norma C. Belland, member, died August 9, 1979 in
Escanaba, MI. From 1941 to 1971, Norma worked at various army
posts, did substitute teaching and later was Medical Records
Librarian at Coco Solo Hospital. She is survived by her husband, E.
Neil Belland, who was an admeasurer in Cristobal; an aunt; several
nephews and nieces, including Margaret Acker of Diablo and Sherry
Acker Eid formerly of Balboa.
Mr. William G. Brown, member, at rest in Saratoga, GA, October
23, 1979. Father of Ruth Prillinger of Los Altos, Marian Parkinson of
Sacramento and Richard W. of Bald Knob, AR and Wayne G. of
Atlanta, GA. Grandfather of nine. Last a Mason of long standing. Bill
was retired in 1961 as Assistant to Director of the C.Z. Health Bureau
with 33 years service and was called "Mr. Health Bureau". He
participated in planning the expansion of the Bureau to provide
medical and dental care; planning construction, operation, and
ultimate demotion of Margarita Hospital; the Sec. "E" Hospital, the
merchant marine clinics, dispensaries in each town; 30 to 40 first aid
stations from Chame to Casa Larga, to Howard Field and even to
construction sites of the Transisthmian Highway. Those in distress
and those saddened and bewildered by illness or death in the family,
and others who sought or needed his help, will long remember Bill
Brown. He always had been anxious to help those in distress or "tied
up in red tape."
Mr. George C. Chevalier, 90, a former member from North Fal-
mouth, MA and an "Old Timer" passed away on September 21, 1979.
Mr. Chevalier retired from Panama Canal service in 1950 with over
37 years. The only known survivor is his son, G. M. Chevalier, Box
905, Chula Vista, CA 92010.
Mrs. Marguerite R. Crooks, widow of Michael J. Crooks, passed
away October 19, 1979, in Los Angeles, CA. The crooks had been
members of our Society. Marguerite was a long-time resident of the
Canal Zone having lived there as a child when her father was an
Engineer during early construction days. She lived there until her
husband retired in 1955. She is survived by her daughter, Betty
Crooks Ingram and grandson Michael R. Ingram all of Buena Park,
Mr. Joseph Paul Hawthorne, 77, member, of Bobalusa, LA, died
October 20, 1979, after a long illness. He retired as a Locomotive
Operator from the Locks Division in Gatun in 1962. He is survived by
his wife, Verina; a son, John of California and two grandchildren.
Mr. Carl E. Hall, member, of Laguna Hills, CA passed away
August 8, 1979. Carl resided on the Isthmus from 1940 to 1967. No
Father Robert Wayne Jackson, 76, member, of Bentonville, AR,
died on September 20, 1979 in Laman, MD. Father Jackson served
the church of Our Savior in New Cristobal and will be remembered
by many within the Society. He was a member of the Bentonville
Rotary Club. He is survived by one son, Robert H. of Maryland; one
brother; one sister; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Walter George Laurie, 69, member of Eustis, FL, died No-
vember 2, 1979. Born in New York, he moved to Eustis from the Canal
Zone in 1968 when he retired as superintendent of the Oil Handling
Plant at Mounte Hope. He was a member of the Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks. Survivors: wife, Ethel M.; mother, Charlotte, St.
Petersburg; son, Stephen E. Albany, NY; daughter, Mrs. Christine C.
Goehring, Edgewater, MD; sisters Mrs. Dorothy Frungillo, Seven
Springs; Mrs. Rita Will, San Diego, and Mrs. Irene Will, Laguna
Niguel, CA and one grandchild.
Mr. George W. Lynch, 72, of San Marcos, CA passed on
September 25, 1979. He was employed with the Dredging Division,
Gamboa 1941-45. He leaves his widow, Marjorie (War Bond Section,
Balboa Heights); daughter, Betty, son, William; 6 grandchildren; and
Mr. John Floyd McTyier, 98, member, died August 24, 1979, in
St. Petersburg, FL. Mr. McTyier was one of our old timers who had a
long career with the YMCA that began in 1903. He was sent to
Panama in 1907 as executive director of the YMCA Club House at
Empire. He is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Gray Babcock of
Palm Harbor; a son, Floyd Kendrel of Cockeysville, MD; two sisters;
five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Anthony G. Maggiori passed away on July 20, 1979, while
confined to a convalescent hospital in San Diego, CA. He had been ill
for about a year with lung cancer. He is survived by his widow Julia
Zidbeck Maggiori and two step sons, Francis Conover of San Diego
and Richard Conover of the Canal Zone. Tony was employed in the
Mechanical Division as well as with the Locks Division on the Canal
Zone. He retired with 35 years of service.
LCDR. Timothy J. Mann, 73, member, South Pasadena, FL, died
October 10, 1979. He was a retired officer of the U.S. Maritime
Service, Department of the Navy; a graduate of New York Maritime
College; a member of the Retired Officers Club; Pinellas Youth
Service; Clan MacGregor and American Legion Long Boat Key Post.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Arnold; two daughters, Carol Boyle
and Quincy Blackburn; and two grandchildren.
Mr. Stanley Scott Marine, 23, of San Antonio, a senior at the
Stephen F. Austin State University died October 13, 1979, as the
result of an automobile accident. Stanley is survived by his parents,
LTC and Mrs. Thomas C. Marine of San Antonio; two brothers,
Thomas C. Marine, Jr. of LaPorte and Raymond Steven Marine of
San Antonio, TX.
Fay Fuller Miller died on July 9, 1979 in Santa Barbara, CA. She
resided in Balboa from 1920 to 1946. No known survivors.
Mrs. Otis G. (Annabel Carrowl Myers of Norfolk, VA, a former
member, died July 8, 1979. Annabel's husband was with the United
Fruit Company in Honduras when they went to the Canal Zone
where he later retired from the Engineering Div. in 1958. Mrs.
Myers was active with the Red Cross. She was an artist and held
several one-man shows of her paintings in Panama. She is survived
by a sister, Mrs. Herbert R. Meredith of Norfolk; nieces and
nephews; a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren of Alexandria,
Mrs. Dorothy Huff Smith Padden 77, former member, died
August 19, 1979, as the result of an auto accident at Seguin, TX.
Dorothy lived in the Canal Zone at Gatun, Cristobal and the Atlantic
Side of the Isthmus from 1926 to 1949. She was employed at R. & F.
A., Cristobal Freight House and Accounting at Balboa Heights.
Survivors are daughter, Eugenia Egger of Ocala, FL; two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Clara A. Papendick, 75, member, formerly of St.
Petersburg, FL, died August 27, 1979, in Allentown, PA. She was the
widow of Malvern Pappendick. She left the Canal Zone 25 years ago
where she was chief clerk for the Margarita Hospital. She was a
member of the Royal Palm Chapter, Order Eastern Star in the Canal
Zone. Clara is survived by two sons, Stuart Barber of PA and George
Barbar of MI: a sister and several grandchildren.
Capt. Kenneth S. Roscoe, 60, member, of Sarasota, FL, died
September 29, 1979. He retired from the Canal nine years ago. He
served with the U.S. Merchant Marine from 1928-1970; was a
member of the Panama Canal Pilot Association; a life member of the
Marine Society of New York; a member of the Sarasota Gun Club
and of the National Rifle Association; was a 46 year member of the
Nehoiden Lodge A. & F.M., Needham, MA. He leaves his wife, Helen
W.; two sons, Kenneth A. and Richard A. both of Panama Canal; 4
daughters, Janice L. Hickey and Sandra V. Mici, both of Bedford,
MA, Diane G. Murphy, Panama Canal and Suzanne P. Lubera, Miami;
a sister and 12 grandchildren.
Mrs. Rosa J. Shay, 79, member, retired from the Panama Canal
and wife of the late Charles P. Shay, passed away suddenly on
October 15, 1979 in Monroe, MI. She is survived by two brothers and
two sisters in Monroe, MI and a niece, Mary Jane Paulson of Tal-
Vera Mitchell Smith passed away on October 24, 1979. Vera was
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Mitchell.
Mrs. Maria Teresa Spinney, 63, member, of Tampa, FL, passed
away recently. She was a clerk for the U.S. Army Post Exchange.
She was a native of San Jose, Costa Rica. Survivors include her
husband, Ed L. of Tampa; a sister, Mrs. Caridad de Granados of San
Jose; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Sturtevant Todd, 76, member, passed away on October 9,
1979, in Harbour Heights, FL, where he had made his home since
returning from the Canal Zone in 1969. Mr. Todd had been employed
by the Army Engineers and the Exchange Service. He is survived by
his wife, Pauline; two sons, Frank S. of San Diego, CA and John L. of
Charlotte, NC; one daughter, Joan Todd Rasor of Hailey, Idaho and
Mr. Arthur Marshall Veney, member, died on August 25, 1979,
in Albany GA where he had made his home for the past two years.
He is survived by his wife Louise and a daughter Peggy Ann
Hansen. Mrs. Veney now lives with her daughter at 17911 N.E. 27th
St., Redmond, WA 98052.
Mrs. Gertrude A. Winkes, member, of Martinez, VA, passed
away July 19, 1979. She is survived by her husband Anthony G. who
was raised in Balboa, CZ and worked there until 13 years ago when
his legs were amputated.
Mrs. Lucille Dugan Wilson, former member, 60, died at the
Huntville Nursing Home on October 9, 1979. Lucille (Tootie) was born
at Gorgas Hospital, a graduate of Balboa High School and Canal Zone
Junior College. She completed her training as a registered nurse at
Kahler Hospital connected with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
She worked at Gorgas Hospital and Palo Seco Hospital until October
6, 1976, when she suffered a massive stroke which resulted in her re-
tirement. She was a member of the Orchid Chapter No. 1, Order of
the Eastern Star. surviving her are son, Toby C. Wilson of Fort
Lauderdale, FL; sister, Marion Dugan Fleming, Huntsville and her
mother, Lea K. Dugan, also of Huntsville.
Mrs. Retha Wilson (S.L.) passed away during the night of
September 1, 1979. She was a past matron of Royal Palm Chapter
No. 2 of Cristobal and a past Noble Grand of the Rebekah's in the
Canal Zone. She leaves a husband, Sam and one daughter.
Mrs. Madeleine K. Worley, 73, who lived in Gatun many years
ago and had been a neighbor of Charley and Ruth Hollander in
Jacksonville, FL, passed away September 14, 1979. She is survived
by her husband, Francis F. Worley, Sr.; one daughter; two sons; 4
sisters; two grandchildren.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
Beverly Rowley, Los Rios Things are starting to get back to
normal, but lets face it, when the newspaper says erase "Canal
Zone", you find it very hard to accept. All the signs have been
changed to Spanish, such as the Port Captains Office, Pier 18, Balboa
Theater, Balboa Post Office and Amador, facility for the guardia.
There are several Panamanian flags flying at the post office and
piers. It really seems strange not to see the American flags flying at
the schools and Thatcher Ferry Bridge. The four Panamanian Flags
were stolen off the bridge a couple days ago. Having military
privileges makes it nice. The new Albrook Mall is super they have
everything we used to buy in the States while on vacation. We are
within walking distance to the Post Exchange. The Corozal
Commissary is well stocked, as well as the Balboa commissary.
Prices are much lower quite a savings to say the least.
Pauline S. Little, Ft. Clayton Mel (Little) and her husband,
Ted Hunter, were here for the Class Reunion but arriving unex-
pectedly were my daughter Lynn and her husband, Karl (Butch)
Nehring with their daughter, Jennifer. With them was my daughter,
Suzanne Nolan. I would have been crowded for space but Mel and
Ted were staying with Sandee and Bill Wiegle. After they left on
July 1st it was a rush to pack for my son, Julius who was repatriat-
ed on the 31st and now resides with Mel and Ted. My fourth grand-
child, Albert Henry Lewis (Cynthia Little) arrived on June 20th and
on July 26th my mother, Lorraine Schriftgiesser broke her hip.
L'aine (Little) and Larry Ainsworth are still in Cabot, AR with my
other two grandchildren, Pauline and Larry Ainsworth II. My son,
Norman lives nearby. I retire September 30th and will make my
home in St. Petersburg, FL.
Polly and Stewart Trail, Fairhope We moved into our new
house April 20, 1979, and like it and this area very much. On
September 12th, we got an early morning call from Macel and Mort
Thomson in Memphis saying "the reports of the approaching hurri-
cane are terrible, you'd better hurry on up here". So we did. Many
stayed but now say "Never again". We returned on Saturday the
15th not knowing whether we even had a house but found very little
damage to the house. We lost a lot of trees, about one third of the
trees in Fairhope are down or damaged. We were two of the lucky
ones our electric current was only off for 40 hours and telephone
service for a week. Some people here still don't have either. (Sept.
24). The Clean-up will take several months but we are in good shape.
Panama Canal Society of Dothan
"Our weather here in Dothan has been so beautiful and perfect
it almost feels like heaven." I believe Abie Anderson, Bud Thomas
and Hugh Norris (chairmen of the "Gas House" Invitational Golf
Tournament) must have been on bended knees praying for such
perfect weather. Most of all can't believe their prayers were an-
swered. Speaking of the Golf Tournament ... The Third Annual Gas
House Gang Invitational Golf Tournament was held at the Olympia
Spa in Dothan, Alabama on October 10-12. It was a tremendous
success. Our number of participants have tirpled since the first one
was held in 1977. Abie Anderson and Bud Thomas continue to do an
outstanding job in organizing the tournament.
We were happy to welcome Canal Zoners from all over the
country. California was represented by Irene and Ray Will, Jean and
Harry Townsend, Tommy McGuiness and Ed Sullivan ... all a long
way from home.
Hal and Elsie Willett with Lucille and George Hoffman drove
down from Illinois. We welcomed back Jean (Holmelin) and Fred
Kirk, Millie and Harry Heinz from Ohio. Betty and Jack Rathgeber
and Eddie and Jane Curtis joined us from New Jersey. Mary Lynch,
Jim McNamara, Jackie and Lynn Hall, Gladys and Don Rudy, Jr. all
made a special effort, while on leave from Panama, to attend the
Marion and Gene Gregg came over from Louisiana. Texas, not to
be outdone, sent over Kurt McCleary, Shirley and Tommy Marine
and Paul Richmond.
Georgia continues to send a few of its representatives Al
Collins, Annie Rathgeber, Barbara and Bill Smith.
Cristobal "Gas House Gang" and their guests at their annual invitational golf tournament.
Floridians came through with flying colors: Ethel and Gene
Askew, George Black, Joe Bongiorni, Betty and Bob Boyer, Roscoe
Collins, Fern and Jack Campbell, Anna and Joe Collins, Bud
Erickson, Cy Fields, Jane and Fred Huldquist, Ida Jones, Lorraine
Gilmore, Dottie and Mike LaCroix, Elaine and James McConaghy,
Fred Mead, Grace and Jack Morris, Eileen and O'Brien, Elmer Orr,
Don Parker, Lou Seldon, Milt Sanders, Thelma and Dick Stoudner,
Edith (Weisiger) and Don Rogers, Ruth and Pete Tortorici, Laurena
(Keller) and Bill Powell, Burt Powell, Bill Wheeler and Bill Wichman.
We missed Irl Sanders and Johnny Parsons, two of our "Regulars."
Surrounding areas of Alabama contributed their quota Lois
and Jack Smith from Alexander City, Tom Gangle, Virginia and Ed
Blount from Mobile, Frances and Jim Coman from Montgomery,
Amelia and Wheeler Griffin from Birmingham.
All the folks from Dothan (golfers and non-golfers) supported our
The morning of the first day, we greeted all with a coffee hosted
by a local savings and loan bank.
After two days of golf, Tom Gangle had a low gross. He received
a beautiful, huge trophy. Runner-up was Jack Smith. Low net was
Mike Kandrin and Bud Thomas was runner-up. The ladies division
was won by Edith Rogers with Grace Morris as runner-up. Jane
Huldtquist captured the low net.
The climax of the tournament was a banquet which was
attended by 155 people. Jim Coman outdid himself this year as our
Master of Ceremonies. He kept the evening moving with his
repertoire of stories and comments. What would a Gas House
reunion be without Bajan stories? Elmer Orr regaled us with his
We are planning for next year. The dates have been set for
September 29th through October 1st. You will be getting your
invitations next June. Don't forget reservations are limited.
Louise Spradlin was a guest of Dot and Bud Yost. It is always
good to have Louise around as she is such great fun. Come back
Jesse and Olga Gettle hosted about 100 guests in honor of their
son Mike and his new bride, Cathy. It was almost a Panamanian
party with seviche, empanadas, arroz con polio and sopa borrache
plus many other delicious plates. Everyone had a great time.
We wish to welcome the following new residents to Dothan:
Hugh and Ara Norris, Kay and Travis Wallace, Louis and Gertrude
Marotta, Gato and Peggy May who are recent retirees from the
Canal Zone. We also welcome Mrs. Ellen Shirer who moved here
from Sarasota and Mrs. Grace Belden who moved from Louisiana.
May your holidays be filled with love, peace, health and happi-
ness. Remember, Christmas is a time for sharing memories and re-
newing cherished friendships.
Edmund R. MacVittie, Sun City This past summer I spent a
week in New Hampshire with the Carl J. Brownes and we drove
over to see Virginia Reece at Gilmanton Iron Works and then over to
Queechee to see the Doolans. Played golf at their course and later
had a very fine trip in Ed's plane over the area to see the wonderful
country from the air. Had a delicious dinner with Ed and Mary and
Carl and Blanche at Dartmouth Outing Club. At Cornell University
in June an evening with the Princes, Capt. Mortimer and Cynthia
(former Marine Director). In September for the College of Architec-
ture's reunion, Grace accompanied me and we stayed with the
Princes for the four days had a great time. Spent the week-end of
October 10th with LCOL Ted Casey in St. Louis. He was the former
head of the post exchange system during WWII. We are now back in
Sun City and with luck we may get into Florida to see you all and the
Johnsons. The Matheneys, Dr. Robert and Evelyn, are now here in
this fine city and have purchased a new home nearby. They await
their furniture from the Canal. Our best wishes to you all and if any
one gets close to us please stop in and say hello.
Larey Wray Williams, Douglas I did a bit of running this
summer. Visited my family in New York State then stopped in
Columbus, OH to see Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Denson. In August, Bill and
I headed for New Orleans by Amtrak only to be stopped by a freight
derailment in Texas. We were bussed around the derailment and
continued on by way of the train that was westbound and also had
been stopped. We also spent a few days in Bay St. Louis and then
decided to come back home by plane. Then I had a new experience of
riding a truck from Tucson to St. Louis. Our son is working for North
American Van Lines and that ride was an education; I'm ready to go
Ellen and Dan Rambo, Kingman We enjoy the Record very
much though I must admit that it does make us sad to see how long
the obituary column is. It also makes us sad to realize that the Canal
Zone itself is breathing its last and will soon be a thing of the past.
The really sad part of it is that I am afraid that it will soon end up as
just another possession of the Communists to use against us in every
way possible. I am already making a list of the people that I won't be
voting for in the next election ... Our very best regards to all!
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
WELL!!!!! We had SUCH a good fall luncheon! A larger than
usual gathering including many first-timers and new area residents
(a total of 96 persons), good food, good program, and best of all, the
reunion of good friends. Some regulars and some less regular
attendees couldn't make it, and were missed by friends who had
hoped to see them. So next time y'all come! We'll let you know
when and where, if you let us know where to reach you.
A bunch of news was gathered at the luncheon, and while this
first item may or may not be classified as 'news', it's too nice not to
"Dear Madge and John Hall, Having a great time. Wish you
were here. (signed) Bill and Lynda Bailey."
Bud and Betty Balcer took two weeks' vacation over Labor Day
and went to Ohio to see Betty's mom and dad. On the way, they
stopped in Knoxville, TN, to see Charles and Betty Loyd, friends
from Gatun, CZ days. They spent two wonderful days in the Smokies.
When they got to Ohio, Betty's mother was in the hospital, but came
home before they left. Their daughter, Susan Pedersen, came to Ohio
while they were there to see her grandmother and parents, and
everyone had a good visit. Bud and Betty will celebrate their twenty-
fifth wedding anniversary on November 10th.
Walter R. Baugus left Panama in 1946, and has since traveled
the world over. He retired in 1962, and now labors for the postal
service in Fayetteville, AR. He enjoys his Masonic connections, and
travels to enjoy square dancing. He says "Have never been married
so therefore still enjoying a great bachelorhood. May the Panama
Society last forever. Good get-togethers and good dinners."
Lee Butz and daughter Esther drove east in June to visit Lee's
mother (in her 98th year) in Kingston, NY, stopping en route at Pitts-
burgh, PA. They spent a night with Jack and Betty Purvis and son
Mark before pushing on. After a two week visit in Kingston, Esther
bussed it back to Pittsburgh where she attended the Pittsburgh Art
Institute as a Special Student for three months. Lee stayed on spent
two months with her mother. Esther is now employed as a draftsman
at Pullman-Swindell, an engineering firm which offers various oppor-
tunities in her field of commercial art. Esther flew back to
Springdale, AR, after finishing her term and finding an apartment, to
pack up her things. Esther, and her parents, Harry and Lee, then
drove back to Pittsburgh in late September with a U-Haul bumping
behind. While there, besides refurbishing and furnishing the apart-
ment, they dropped in on Pam Maedl Gutowski and her fine family,
and had dinner with the Purvis family. They are happily settled and
both families were a big help to Esther, whose new address is 208
McCully Street, Apt. 7, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.
Walter and Addie Coclasure wish to say a big "Hi" to all friends.
They're doing well, but have their hands full raising two rather
active grandsons. Danny is in 8th grade and plays clarinet in the
band, while Fred, in 6th grade, is learning to play trumpet. Marian
Cocolasure is living with her parents and is teaching mathematics at
a junior high school. Addie and Edgel would sure like to hear from
old friends, so "be sure to drop us a line."
In September, Dick and Mary Condon visited in Springfield, MO,
with Georgia Gwinn, who was fine and getting ready for another of
her interesting trips this time to Morocco. In Springfield, they
also visited with Wendel Alien of Washington, DC, whose mother
was in St. John's Hospital there. Wendel was a former Zonian,
having worked on the Gatun Locks, 1942-45. They were pleased to
find their friend Gilbert Foster, also of Washington, DC, in
Springfield, too, visiting Mrs. Allen. Gilbert worked on the Pedro
Miguel Locks, 1941-45.
Earl and Maxine Wrenn made two trips to Springfield to see
Mrs. Allen and to visit with Wendel.
During the last week of September, the Condons drove down to
Hot Springs to attend a NARFE seminar. While there, Dick visited
with Karl W. Warner who has taken up residence in Hot Springs, and
also with Mrs. W. F. Bartholomew, Sr. and F. C. Atkinson, also
Among those really missed at our fall luncheon were Lynn and
Maude Cook of Rogers, AR. Their son, Lynn, Jr. (Bud) had arrived
on his annual leave from employment with an oil company in Saudi
Arabia, and Lynn Sr. and Bud were seeing Maude off as she flew to
visit relatives in Arizona and to visit their daughter Lucille and her
family in California.
Fred and Bev Ebdon, residents of Sarasota, FL, were in our
area in time to attend the fall luncheon. They were on their way to
Oregon to visit their son Paul and his wife Connie. Their itinerary
then takes them to California to visit their son Jim and his wife
Connie in Napa. They expect to return to their home by the middle
Howard and Evelyn Engelke enjoyed a visit from Louis, Wilma
and Willilyn Engelke of Balboa, CZ, for a month last summer.
Jeffrey Hallin, son of Hnry Hallin, Jr. of Hacienda Heights, CA,
and grandson of Henry Hallin, Sr. (Heinie), of Fayetteville, AR, has
received an appointment to the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. In
August, a Family Weekend was held at Annapolis for families of the
new midshipmen. Attending were Henry Hallin, Jr., and his wife,
Roberta, and daughter, Kristin, of California, David Hallin, of
Memphis, TN, Lt. Elizabeth Hallin of Washington, DC, and Mrs.
Henry Hallin, Sr. (Theo) of Fayetteville, AR. Heinie was not able to
attend. Families were royally treated by the Navy and witnessed
some impressive demonstrations by the Marine Corps. The senior
Hallins later spent several days in Washington as guests of their
daughter, Elizabeth, and toured Mount Vernon, Arlington, the
Capitol and the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and other
places of interest. Elizabeth had been acting as Military Social Aide
in the White House and was able to arrange a special tour for the
family members. She has since resigned her commission in the U.S.
Marine Corps and has returned to Minneapolis to complete her Ph.D.
at the University of Minnesota. She has a fellowship in Speech
Communications and will be teaching classes and working on her
Norbert (Nobby) and Peggy Magee Keller, from the Atlantic
side of the Zone, arrived in Rogers, AR, the night of 30 September,
just in time to toast the end of the Canal Zone and the beginning of
Peggy's retirement. Both Canal Zone born, they were reluctant to
leave; however, from what they have seen of Arkansas and the
Rogers area, they feel they will be very happy in their retirement
here. Nobby is eager to get out hunting already. He retired from the
Locks Division earlier, and Peggy recently retired from Coco Solo
In August, Carl and Petie Maedl visited with their daughter and
family, Pat and Jim Krough and three children, in Minneapolis. John
and Mary Coffey, from Panama, and their three sons had visited Pat
and Jim in July. The Coffey's were classmates of Pat's on the
Atlantic side in the Canal Zone.
Bo and Jeanne Mathews and their son Bill were first-time
visitors at the fall luncheon. Bo and Jeanne had travelled from Lutz,
FL en route to see Bill in Tulsa, OK. They stopped to visit Bob and
Virginia Hursh, phoned their son, and he came over to attend the
luncheon with them. They had previously stopped in Dothan, AL,
where they also saw many Canal Zone people. Bo retired from the
Claims Branch in April, so they are now enjoying Stateside living.
Bill is working in Tulsa and likes that area very much.
Carl and Helen Newhard "started out in early spring to go to
Battle Creek, MI, to attend the high school graduation of Martin,
their oldest grandson. He received eleven awards and scholarships,
and is now attending Valparaiso University in Indiana. Then flew to
Portland, ME for a visit with Helen's cousin, Helen Naylor, who is 89
years old. She was the sister of the late William Graham Naylor who
was employed at Gatun Locks before his retirement. Then on to
Tiffin, OH, to visit with Sam Newhard and his family. While there,
we enjoyed a 'weenie' roast at the home of Dorothy and Horace
Smith in Columbus Grove, OH. Dorothy is a former CZ teacher and
Horace was the CZ Customs. They have a large and beautiful home
and farm. Then on the way home, stopped overnight in Flora, IL with
Elsie Gibson, also a CZ schoolteacher and our neighbor in Margarita.
She is well and busy. The middle of July, Carl's sister, Rae Ebdon,
flew up from Sarasota with their mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, who is
spending a few months with Mrs. Fred Newhard (Jessie) and Carl
and Helen. Rae returned to Sarasota after a week's stay in north-
west Arkansas. Rae and Joe Ebdon with son, Maj. Tom Ebdon, of
New Mexico, spent a week with Carl and Helen in October, leaving
on the 12th to take "Mom" Eppley (who will be 96 in November)
home to Sarasota."
Jessie Newhard had a very pleasant trip this spring with four
other women from Bentonville, AR. They went to Natchez, St.
Francisville, and New Orleans, took in all the sights, and had a good
time. Jessie also enjoyed the six-week visit by her mother-in-law,
Mrs. Edith Eppley, and their gadding about. In September, Jessie
visited her son Brian Albright and his wife and daughter in
Columbia, SC, from where she went to Maryland to visit with one of
her sisters, and then to Ohio for a visit with another sister. She
thinks she will stay put at home for a while now.
Bill and Laurena Keller Powell were also in town in time to
attend the fall luncheon. Bill was with Cristobal Storehouse and
Comptroller's Office in Balboa, and Laurena was with the Postal
Division, Balboa. They are now residents of Marathon, FL. Here in
Rogers, AR, they were visiting Nobby and Peggy Keller, and were
delighted to have the opportunity to meet some good old friends.
Earlier on their trip, they had attended the Third Annual Gas House
Gang Tolf Tournament held at Dothan, AL, Oct. 10, 11 and 12, where
they renewed old acquaintances from the CZ.
"Bruce and Dorothy Sanders report an active summer.
Grandson Curtis arrived in early June to celebrate his seventeenth
birthday and to take up summer employment and to fish. Early rising
was the order of the day, and there was a change of life-style at the
Sanders' hacienda. It was not, however, all work. Gallons of root beer
and ice cream were consumed. In mid-August, Bruce III, who
incidentally is now Chief, Marine Traffic Control, drove in from St.
Louise with "Mom," Grace (Aloise) Sanders. Four generations of the
Clan Sanders, joined by twenty-five Zonians and ex-Zonians were on
hand to help celebrate Mom's 89th birthday. In late August, first
Curtis and then Bruce went home to face the uncertainties of post-
October 1st living and working conditions in the Canal Zone, leaving
Dorothy and Bruce with plans for an October visit to Michigan, and
Mom to start readying her suitcase for a visit with Philip (Pinky) and
Laura (Walston) Sanders in Benicia, CA. The summer was delightful
and memories of successful fishing, boating, and sightseeing on
beautiful Beaver Lake from the deck of 'Las Cruces II' linger on."
Ralph and Marie Shuey visited Neoma Compton and her sister
Luella in Lawrenceville, IL, the latter part of September. (Both
sisters have resigned their youth Neoma will soon be 87 and
Leulla 89). They also visited the younger Shuey's, Ralph, Jr., and
Marie and their daughters in Huntsville, AL. The junior Shueys
celebrated their nineteenth wedding anniversary in October. Time
Another nice note collected at the fall luncheon: "Hi! This is
Frank and Scotty Smithlin. We live on a 26 acre farm near
Clarksville, AR. Our total stock consists of two Walker hound dogs
that think they are people. We have a son, who is an engineer, and
four grandsons in Aukland, New Zealand. Arkansas is a great place
for country living. We are now enjoying visiting with old friends
here at the reunion."
Frank and Katherine Spencer were proud to announce the birth
of a new grandchild, courtesy of Eugene and Claire Spencer
Duderstadt. (See Births) The grandparents Spencer can now boast of
three grandchildren, as their son Bill Spencer and wife Lynne have a
ten year old daughter, Amy. They, too, live an easy day's drive from
Little Rock in Oklahoma City. At the last report received by
Katherine, her cousin, Opal (Mrs. Billy) Lundy had undergone
surgery and was recuperating at home in Hattiesburg, MS. Many
Canal Zonites will remember Billy Lundy from his many years in the
"Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell have really been making use of
their motor home this year. In June, accompanied by son Lance, they
travelled to Michigan to see relatives and then went up into Upper
Michigan, visiting Mackinac Island and the locks at Sault Ste. Marie,
where they entered Canada. They loved Ontario, especially Altama.
A short trip was made to Montreal, and then along the St. Lawrence
Seaway to Toronto and over to Niagara Falls. They headed back
west to Detroit where they toured the Ford Museum at Dearborn,
Michigan. After returning home, Glynn tended his garden. Then in
September, they were off again to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone
National Park. Reluctantly leaving this beautiful scenery, they
visited Devil's Tower in northeast Wyoming, and went on to Mt.
Rushmore for some admiration of man's work this time. After
seeing the Badlands and the Corn Palace at Mitchell, SD, they
headed home. Between trips, in August, they enjoyed an all too brief
visit from Walter and Bess Morton of Prospect, OR. The Morton's
and Terrell's were neighbors in various locations in the Canal Zone,
and many fond memories were recalled during their stay."
Ray and Polly Witt, now residents of New Blaine, AR, also joined
the fall luncheon group, and read on: "This is our first meeting,
and we hope to make it a habit. We are in a group Paul and Elva
Stewart from Memphis, TN, Bev and Fred Ebdon from Sarasota, FL,
and Rachel and Harry Carlson from Kerrville, TX our own mini-
Do you have a Panama Canal Society automobile plate on your
car? If not, get one; it can lead to nice things. In September, Alice
Nail received a phone call just as the Sewing Club (all former
Zonians) was meeting at her home. The woman phoning had seen her
car with Society plate on it at a gas station, inquired of the
station operators as to the identity of the owner of that car, and
followed up on the information received. The caller was Marjorie
Wright (Mrs. Peter C.) Metzger. Marj was born in Gorgas Hospital,
and though she left the Zone as a child, still claims 'citizenship.' Her
father, Dr. G. Russell Wright, was associated with hospitals on both
sides of the Isthmus from 1935 to 1949. He was Chief of Urological
Services at Gorgas Hospital from 1942 to 1949, is a Past President of
Military Surgeons of Isthmian Canal Zone, and is recognized in
Who's Who. Dr. Wright and his family left the Canal Zone in 1949.
He resigned his military commission as Lieutenant Colonel about
1950. Marjorie's mother, Myrle Benson Wright died in 1955. In 1963,
Dr. Wright and Marjorie returned to the Zone for a visit. Marj, Pete,
their daughter Tracey, 16, and son Eric, 11, now live in Rogers, AR,
after 18 moves in 19 years. At this writing, they are expecting a visit
very soon from Dr. Wright and his wife, Edna, who live in Aurora,
And I am considering ordering another Society plate to wear on
my back just in case.
Pat Jones, Corona del Mar This (Sept. 27) is the anniversary
of my arrival in the C.Z. in 1943 and departure in 1950 as well as the
wedding anniversary of my parents, Ruth and Herbert Bathmann,
now deceased. It seems an appropriate way of saying "thanks" for
seven most happy years. Also celebrated this evening with my old
teaching friend Dot Rector and her family. Dot and I were both at
Balboa Gym handling the Girls' P.E. program during most of that
time. It was Dot who brought me her September Record and told me
of our beloved Buck Lockridge's death. He'll be missed by so very
many. I was Pat Bathmann for a time in the Canal Zone, then
married Robert O'Connell. He was the great adventurer who rode
horseback from the States to the C.Z. arriving in 1941. He died in
1947 and later I, in 1950, married LTJG Malcolm S. Jones, Jr. I add
this only because it would be great to hear from old students, and
the names present problems. Happy to see my beloved sister's and
brother-in-law's picture in the Sept. issue. Bea and Earl Sears
started that Pensacola branch, and many there are old friends. It's
always nice to touch base once in a while with old friends, and by
joining the Society may help me stay in touch with many who made
teaching all worthwhile.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
A note from Anna Collins asked us to encourage the members to
return to her the survey Sheet from the Canal Record that appeared
in the September issue. It will help the Record editor now and in the
future, let alone the Executive Committee in planning for Reunions.
The address is Panama Canal Society of Fla., P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida, 33733.
Shirley (Keepers) Taylor wrote that her daughter, Sherilene
Kay Taylor was married to Curtis Cooper last year in Spartanburg,
S.C., and on July 25 this year Shirley and her husband became
grandparents to a handsome 8 lb., 3 oz. grandson, named Curtis Ryan
Cooper, Jr. His great grandmother, Annie L. Keepers, formerly of
Gatun, and his great grandfather, John A. Taylor, also of Gatun were
also very proud of this event. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her father
on August 17, 1979 from a long illness. Being able to see his great
grandson made his last month very happy. Shirley reported that she
received a call from Vi Hayes and reports that Vi is doing very well
except from a touch of arthritis. Vi formerly lived in Gatun. Shirley
has her address if anyone is interested.
Have you wondered how to address any correspondence to the
new Panama Canal Commission? We received a SPILLWAY recently
with a return address of APO Miami 34011. The issue of the
SPILLWAY contained a very interesting pictoral story about
moving the QUIDNET which sunk in the canal in July. A U.S.
contractor sawed the sunken ship in half by the use of heavy chains.
Jean De La Pena wrote that they were sorry to have missed the
last luncheon. We missed them, too, as well as Moises' sisters. Jean
stated that as guests for ten days in early July, she and Moises had
their daughter, Jean, Jean's husband, and their 14-month old
daughter Stephanie, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Obregon, both of
whom are faculty co-workers of Jean (the younger) in Douglas, AR.
When the guests returned to Arizona, they left Stephanie with the
De La Penas for five weeks while Stephanie's mother was enrolled in
summer session completing work on her Master's Degree at the
University of Arizona. The De La Penas really enjoyed having their
granddaughter all to themselves. At the end of the summer session
they drove Stephanie back to her parents and took their son's (Jim)
daughter, Andrea, with them for a week. In addition to those two
granddaughters, they have three more as their son Richard has three
little girls. Son Richard received his Master's Degree in June from
United States Internation University in San Diego and he is now
beginning work on his Administrative Credential at San Diego State.
Betty Ingram wrote to correct the information about her
husband Ronald in our last newsletter. She said that Ronald worked
for Louis Sommers from 1940 to 1943. Then he was an electrician for
the Panama Canal on the Locks from 1943 to 1945. When they
returned to the Isthmus in 1948, he again was employed as an electri-
cian until 1950 when they returned to California. He retired in
August from the State of California where he has been employed as
an electrician. Betty mentioned that her mother, Marguerite R.
Crooks ( Mrs. Michael I. Crooks)(see obituaries) now lives with Betty
and Ronald in Buena Park. Betty's parents retired in 1955. Betty's
grandfather was an engineer with the Canal, having gone there in
Bob and Lillian Sieler regretted that they were unable to at-
tend our last luncheon. Lillian suffered a stroke on April 14th, and
she is still recuperating, but she said that she is doing fine and no
longer has to use a walker or a cane. They plan to go to Hemet for
the winter months as usual.
Aurie and George Poole visited Washington State this past
summer. Their oldest son transferred out there. Summers are
usually travel time for them and this summer was no exception. As
well as Washington, they visited the New England states and
Montreal. They send their best wishes to their many friends in
Helen Yoder is recuperating very well from her cataract
surgery in September, and she is looking forward to playing bridge
again as soona s she gets her new contact lenses.
Beverly (Des Londes) and Walt Stiles are on a trip to Hawaii.
While there, they expect to go see Lois Bates, who lives in Waikiki.
Lois retired from government service several years ago, but in order
to keep up with the high cost of living in Hawaii, she is working as a
legal secretary for three lawyers in Honolulu. Lois reported that she
was attending the wedding of the son of Janet Koperski this week.
The grandson (John Phillips) of Marion and Bud Phillips was the
passenger in a car involved in an accident on the Atlantic side. Both
of his legs were broken, and he is now in Gorgas Hospital.
New Member: Mrs. Kathryn L. Nero, 1074 W. Hoffer St.,
Banning, CA 92220. Kathryn is the daughter of C. Kent Lambert and
Adelaide Howard Lambert. Kathryn resided on the Canal Zone from
1920 to 1933.
Ruth W. Adams
WASHINGTON D. C. AREA
Mrs. Barbara Reyle, Fairfax, VA submits the Reunion
Committee's report WE'VE GROWN!! Our second annual reunion
was a great success. Nearly 100 former Zonians and their families
and friends were at the gala cocktail hour, buffet dinner and dance
on Saturday, June 30th. Over 70 attended the brunch on Sunday,
July 1st. This year's festivities were held at the Charter House Hotel
in Alexandria, VA.
The occasion featured another lottery, many appropriate door
prizes which brought back memories of the Zone, a fun band that was
great about filling requests for favorite tunes, and LOTS of
reminiscing by the guests.
Don Boland, chairman of the committee that organized the
reunion, said that the get-together for 1980 has been tentatively
planned for April perhaps April 12th and 13th. All who attended
this year and last year (providing your address was left) will receive
information about the 1980 plans. Anyone else may contact Don.
Those registering were: Terry and Nellie (Holgerson)
Armstrong, Burt Adkins, Matt Baas, Ron and Kitty (Boggs)
Bauckman, Anita H. Bauckus, Elizabeth (Zent) Beall, Marlean Boggs,
Don and Geneva Boland, Marge Boland, Gustav J., Jr. and Margaret
(Cauthers) Braun, Faye, Briesmaster, E. Lawrence and Margaret
(Alley) Broggini, E. Clifton and Helen (Anderson) Brown, Bob and Joan
(Evans) Burton, James N. Cobb, Joseph and Carolyn Coffin, Ginny
(Perra) Conupp, Dolores (Lola) Coppenhaver, Eileen Cowell, Silver
Crossman, James Leonard ("Chubby") and Gloria (Anderson) Dalton,
Edna Davis, Marcia Davis, Bill and Annette (Violette) Deming, John
and Karen (Schmidt) Deming, Donald G. and Ursula Dewey, Ruth
Diver, William C. and Doris (Spry) Etchberger, Alice G. Evans,
Thorna J. Freund, Barbara (Bartlett) Garfitz, Rosemary (Millett)
Gilead, Nan (Mrs. Glen) Gladwell, Patricia Gladwell, Taylor L. and
Thelma (Anderson) Grizzard, Marion (Waechter) Hannon, Mr. and
Mrs. Otto Helmerichs, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Herrman, Hopsie (Evelyn)
Higgins, Bob and Vickie (van'tVeld) Horning, Lucy Howe, Donald P.
and Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison, Elsie Fowkes Jackson, Cdr. and Mrs.
George Jenkins, Mary Ellen (Brugge) Johnson, Jess and Mary Jane
(Comley) Lacklen, Barbara Norris Lee, Dick Lee, Marion Sealey
Leibert, Charles M. Lord, Jr., Judith (Hotz) Massa, Adele Meissner,
Russell C. and Kathryn V. Meissner, John ("Buck") Millett, Rosetta
G. Millett, Mary E. Murphy, Peggy Nash, Ross and Elaine (Lombard)
Newland, Edna M. Norris, Phillip and Shirley Norris, Ted and Pat
Norris, Ethel (van'tVeld) Oliver, Alyce Ann O'Neal, Bruce and
Barbara (Fritz) Reyle, Anna and Paul Robbins, Pat (Foster)
Roberson, Dottie Rose, Marion (Price) Royston, Margaret (Ward)
Rybicki, Raymond and Virginia (Welch) Sawyer, Maribeth M. Scott,
George Y. Scott, Harold and Louise (Zimmerman) Small, Harold E.
Small III, Charles E. Smith, Robert and Patricia (Meriwether)
Sprague, Vincent Stevens, Sarah P. Storey, Betty (Evans) Thomas,
Charles and "Jo" H. Thomas, Clair Thomas, J. M. Dorn and Dolores
(McCaffney) Thomas, Dick Thompson, Joyan (Fuller) Thompson,
Bernard Toner, Frank B. Jr. and Wilma B. Turberville, Chuck and
Ruth Van Steenberg, Vina van'tVeld, Oscar W. Jr., M.D. and
Catherine (Austin) Ward, Captain Willie Ward, Ruth (Price) Weimer,
Mary (Rossetti) Wirfs, Tony and Virginia (Mauldin) Womble, and
William H. (Bill) and Judith J. (Judy) Wymer.
Mary Alice Mathew, Apalachicola Each issue of the Canal
Record is a time to stop everything and start reading. There is a
time for visiting all concerned in their every day life. It may be
entertaining other CZ friends in their homes or some others upon
trips throughout the world. Whatever it is, means a vacation for me
also, as I journey along or, as groups visiting each other in their
homes. The main thing is keep the Record going it is the only
thing that keeps us all together. Upon the last page of the
September issue, the Editor echoes my feeling.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Rail, Clearwater We just returned
from a three month trip to the University of Vera Cruz in Jalapa,
Mexico, where we took a few courses sponsored by the University of
Missouri with students from MO in their early twenties! We don't
know who was more interesting, the MO group or the Mexicans.
After Mexico we went to Los Angeles where we spent a delightful
day with Ethel Cooper, the exCanal Zone nonagenarian who is
slightly bent by arthritis but still unbowed. Her stalwart grandson
Robert was on hand for showing us to a great Mexican restaurant, El
Cholo, and bringing us up to date on the vicissitudes of life in Los
Angeles Back home in Clearwater we are in touch with Paul
Goodman who lives in Jacksonville but comes here on occasion to see
his relatives, and with Bill Rounsaville, who comes down from
Lanark Village frequently to stay with his daughter and son in
Tampa. Once a year we see Gene and Alice Lombard who have
settled in at St. Petersburg. Stan Brown's wife, Mena moved down to
Melbourne from Washington, D.C. and comes over to see us once in a
Just a few lines from the Bold City of the South.
Ruth and Charley are feeling a lot better since I last mailed in
some interesting events. Seems as though we always liear the bad
news before the good news arrives. Charley was in the hospital,
however, nothing serious and since being back in the old homestead
he is picking up weight and eating better. Irene and I paid them a
visit lately and to us they both seemed happy to see us. The evening
was spent talking about the Canal situation. Seems like there will be
little debate when the subject is brought to a vote.
I have heard many rumors that the ex-Zonites did write and
declare their anti-feelings especially to our one senator who changed
his vote at the last moment from Yes to NO just to please Jimmy and
I have some late news concerning Carmen Hensler. She has been
in the hospital for several weeks and operated upon for that leg bone
which apparently will not heal properly. She seems to be taking the
aches and pains and would be happy to receive a card from the many
ex-Zonite who enjoyed her visits.
Irene and Lou are glad to report that Little Irene in Thousand
Oaks is coming along just beautiful and she has occupied her spare
minutes with volunteer work in the local school. She assists the
school librarian and does other small chores. She wishes her old
schoolmates that were in Balboa High especially to know that she is
determined to beat her illness before too long.
Her sister Helen just married off two daughters within the time
of about a month. She really was busy planning two weddings. Ruth
and Teresa both had grand weddings and both had many guests to
witness the event. Helen also is working for the San Diego School
department as a part time nurses' aid and also helping with the many
other chores running a school.
Had a letter from the Eversons in Aiken, SC and was sorry to
learn that Dot had a bad illness and the doctor suggested she take a
rest period in the local hospital. According to her letter she is back
home and gradually getting into shape for the reunion.
St. Petersburg Joyce and Charles Fears departed August
21st on a camping trip to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and down through Cape Cod into Connecticut to visit with
Joyce's son. The change of weather was delightful the leaves were
just beginning to turn as they started on their return trek. When
they arrived home on October 5th, they had put over 8,000 miles on
Grace and Jack Morris participated in the great golf tournament
in Dothan, AL and then went on out to Texas before returning to St.
George and Gertrude Allgaier flew to Alaska this past July to
visit their daughter Louise and husband Sgt. Paul Barlkey, who is
attached to Fort Greely, which is 105 miles S.E. of Fairbanks, near
Delta Junction the end of the Alaskan Highway. We traveled with
their car to Fairbanks, south to Mt. McKinley National Park where
we saw many animals Moose, Caribou, Big Horn Sheep, and
Grizzly bears, one with two cubs. Then south to Anchorage for
several days. Then across the Alaskan mountain range on the Glenn
Highway to Glenallen on the Richardson Highway. Then North on
Valdez to see the end of the Pipeline. Then North on the Richardson
Highway through some of the most beautiful scenery of snow capped
mountains, glaciers, and rivers full of spawning salmon. Then back to
Delta Junction. Later we attended the State Agriculture Fair at
Fairbanks, and saw many of the oversized vegetables they grow
there, including a cabbage weighing 56 lbs. We arrived back in St.
Petersburg, August 20th.
Mary Belle and Bobby Hicks enjoyed a week's visit in July from
their two granddaughters Marcy and Joy Kelley, 19 and 14, from
Houston, TX. Then in October, their grandson, Mark Kelley, also
flew in for a few days, bringing with him a friend, Don. There is
nothing like having young folks around, and we enjoyed having them
as much as they enjoyed being here.
Margaret Rita Goulet, St. Petersburg Mary telephoned
recently most excited about her husband receiving a top award. I
was so thrilled after she sent me the clip that I just have to share it
with all our friends. In brief, the news article read in part: Peter V.
Zagone of the 6585th Test Group at Holloman AFB was awarded the
Exceptional Civilian Service Award recently for managing the de-
velopment of the Completely Integrated Reference Instrumentation
System, used for providing precision aircraft position, velocity and
altitude, accomplished by adaptation of off-the-shelf inertial system
and coordination in developing extensive mathematics and computer
programs required for the system. He is an electrical engineering
graduate of the Univ. of New Mexico in Albuquerque, a member of
the local American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronics and In-
stitute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers chapters Mary and
Pete left Alamagorda for England early in October for a few weeks
St. Petersburg and Area
Visitors during the summer to the household of Mary and Harry
Egolf of Seminole included their daughter Katherine of Balboa.
Harry's sister Barbara (nee Egolf) and Louis Dedeaux or Margarita
came in July and George Egolf and son Bruce of Margarita visited in
The Golden Wedding celebration of Wilma and Ted Knapp of
Clearwater was held at Spotos on August 25 for family and friends.
All three sons and their families, Ted from Texas, Robert from
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and Lowell from Victor, N.Y. attended. The
celebration was held a month early in order that all the grandchil-
dren could also be present. Other relatives attending were Ann and
Ray Schneider (sister of Ted) and their son Herbert. The three boys
presented their parents with round trip airline tickets to Pough-
keepsie, N.Y. and a party on the actual date of their anniversary
(Sept. 25) which was arranged for all their Long Island friends who
were unable to attend the one in August.
Belle and J. B. Clemmons left St. Petersburg in September for a
visit to Ireland and then Paris before their return in November.
Margaret Meigs Molloy of Lakewood, visited her mother Della
Meigs of Tampa and daughter Barbara over a weekend, and then
took Della back to Colorado with her for an extended visit.
Jean and Bill Violette of Seminole were thrilled with the birth of
their first grandchild to Annette (nee Violette) and Bill Demming of
Columbia, Md., a girl Alison Jean on October 4, 1979, 8 lbs., 8/4 oz.
Paternal grandparents are Judge and Mrs. John Deming of Dothan,
AL. Bill and Jean drove up to stay a few days and help the new
mother adjust to a baby in the house.
Father Lynch of St. Mary's, Balboa, stopped by for a few days
this summer for a visit with Ned and Dorothy Neville of Seminole.
Betty (nee Comley) and Barney Forgerson of Tierra Verde took
a ten day trip during which they were joined by Betty (nee
Haldeman) and Cal Underwood of St. Petersburg at the home of
latter's twin sister, Gail (nee Haldeman) and her husband George
Hollingsworth of Highlands, NC. The Forgesons continued on to
Spring City, TN where they visited Culbert and Lois Shedlock.
Culbert is now employed at the Watts Bar Dam. In Hendersonville,
NC they saw Ernie and Ruth (nee Wright) Zelnick as well as Paul
and Betty Bentz, Ruth Sill and the Wendell Greenes.
Tom and Marion Scott who now live in Ft. Lauderdale surprised
the Forgesons with a visit in October as they were trying out a new
Maggie and Gordon Dalton of Pinehurst, NC who came to St.
Petersburg for the Golden Wedding celebration of Ruth and Lois
Gomez also visited the Forgesons and they went to Sarasota to see
Bip and Kay Nelson, recent retirees to that area.
Ann (nee Greene) Tillmann and Al of VA flew to New Orleans,
LA to visit with their daughter Lisa Tillmann, who works for an
airline in Dallas. Peggy MacMurray Mayden of Biloxi, MS went to
New Orleans to pick up the group and take them home for a visit
Margaret (nee Alley) Broggini and husband Larry of Arlington,
VA have recently moved to Sun City, FL.
On October 19 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club a delightful
Golden Wedding celebration was held by two couples, Irene and
Henry Donovan and Ruth and Louis Gomez, both of whom now re-
side in St. Petersburg. There was music and dancing as well as
dinner for friends and relatives of the two couples. The extensive
guest list included on the Donovan side: Peg Ann Donovan, daughter,
now residing in South Bend, IN; Doris Donovan, sister-in-law of Chi-
cago, plu's David, Paul and Francis Donovan, and their families, and
Ann Donovan McKennen, a niece, all of Chicago as well as Peg
Brown of Brookline, MA who is Irene's sister. On the Gomez family
side were Cora-Ann (Gomez) Yore, their daughter, and her husband
and two sons; and Robin Gomez, their son, and two children.
In addition to congratulations from the Sovereign State of
Massachusetts and President and Mrs. Carter; Lucho Moreno from
Panama, the Vice President in charge of Chase Manhattan Bank
there gave a lovely speech about how the two couples had left so
many friends and wonderful memories with people in Panama. At the
close of the party a benediction was given by Rabbi Witkin, who came
from Sarasota, with his wife for the festivities.
Nellie and Robert Engelke of Seminole announce the birth of
their fourth child and second daughter, Jennifer Ann on September
28, weight 9 lbs., 31/2 oz. Maternal grandparents are Jim and Virginia
Wood of St. Petersburg; paternal grandparents Mary Lou and the late
Robert A. Engelke of the Canal Zone; paternal great-grandparents
Connie and Robert Engelke of Bentonville, AR.
Fred (Al) and Marie Dube of Clearwater say what is retirement?
We have never been so busy in our lives. This year we had
houseguests in January, February, June, July and friends from
Germany in August and many busy weekends with our son Fred who
lives in Homestead, Florida who will be retiring from the Air Force
in January 1980. In April we took a delightful trip to Las Vegas,
gambled for five days, took in some great shows and came home,
happy but broke. The highlight of the year was our 17 day Rhine
River trip with our daughter. We spent three days in Munich,
Germany visiting Berchtesgaden, Oberamergau, and Garmisch. Then
on to Salzburg and Innesbruck, Austria, and to Liechtenstein
stopping at Vaduz for lunch. There our daughter, Marie Agnes, had
arranged a meeting with Rev. Mother Georgina, her 7th and 8th
grade teacher when in St. Francis School, in Balboa, CZ. Rev. Mother
is now in a retirement home in St. Galen, Switzerland. Later that
afternoon we arrived in Lucerne, Switzerland. We toured up and
down the Furka and Grimsel passes and saw the Rhone Glacier, then
heading for Basel where we took the MS Nederland for a three day
trip up the Rhine River, where there is a Castle at every bend. Our
only sorrow was it had all been arranged to have Timothy, our
grandson on the three day Rhine River trip but the Air Force had
other plans. He was sent to Spain for five weeks just before we
arrived. We left the ship and went on to Amsterdam Holland. There
we saw Marie's family homestead of 70 years ago. After three days
we flew to London arriving back in Boston, Mass with Pope Paul II.
Got home exhausted with wonderful memories.
Al Pate, Kenneth City Dorothy and I took a trip to Mancos,
CO where we visited with Lillian and Shelby White. Lillian is
recuperating from a broken hip. She was using a walker while we
were there but that didn't slow her down. She is such a dynamic
person and this has been "rough" on her. Shelby still helps out with
herding cattle before winter sets in. He is quite a "cow hand".
Shelby, his horse and "Kelly", his dog make a good team. Shelby puts
us all to shame at 74, forever young.
The mountains were beautiful the Aspen "Quakies" trees had
turned yellow. It was truly a sight to behold. The first couple of days
one has to really take it very slow. We were about ten to eleven
thousand feet. It was like being in another world.
On our way home we went to see Marguerite and Nathan
Ashton, (my sister) in Prescott, AZ. They had just settled in
their new apartment in the Country Club area, another beautiful
spot. We spent an enjoyable, unforgettable week with Rete and
Nate. They showed us that section of Arizona and we liked it very
much, quite impressed. We spent a few hours with Helena and Rusty
Oberholtzer. They were getting settled in their lovely home in
Prescott. They are very happy and appear to have the world by the
"tail". They hope to make the Reunion next year along with Rete and
Nate. Rete had an early birthday dinner for her brother Albert,
candles and all. We all had a wonderful time just being together.
We took the Southern route home, El Paso, Dallas, Montgomery
and stopped by for a couple of days with Al's cousins in Tifton, GA.
Then home to Kenneth City, 6,000 miles and very tired. We were ap-
prehensive about using our 15 year old Caddy so we had spare alter-
nator, battery, several quarts of oil and enough tools to overhaul the
engine. Everything is still in the trunk, it never missed a beat.
Mother, Marie Wolf, stayed with our daughter Rose Alexander
in Palmetto while we were traveling. Our family has about six
birthdays in October. Mother, Karen, (Rose's daughter) and Albert
celebrated when we all got together at the Pate's the end of October.
Mother was 86 years young. Everyone was there but Debbie. She is
going to Chiropractic College in Lombard, Ill. and will be home for
There was another get together on Halloween at Safety Harbor
with Chester and Hilda Harrold. Aurelia and William Hadarits were
visiting from Toomsboro, GA. Chester and Willie went deep sea
fishing and even brought home some fish. It was a delightful visit.
Sure glad that we were back in time for the picnic at Seminole
Lake Park. It was really a nice affair, good friends, delicious food, fun
and very pleasant surroundings.
Capt. Howard and Eleanor Buehler, New Port Richey,
entertained their entire family for the 89th birthday celebration of
Howard's mother, Gertrude Roche Santasiere. Mrs. Santasiere, who
went to the Canal Zone with her parents Paul and Marguerite Roche
in 1906, was employed during construction and early years of the
Canal. She is a Roosevelt Medal holder. Early this year she moved to
New Port Richey from Tom's River, New Jersey, where she and her
sister Pauline Roche Kersey had been living since retirement from
the New York United Hospital Fund in the early sixties.
Those who came to Florida for the party included Judy Buehler
Williamson, with her husband Sid, and two children, Kathy and
Matthew, from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Sid a Civil Engineer, manages
the St. Cloud division of a private consulting firm. Bevery Buehler
came from Gainesville, FL where she is an Assistant Director of
Nurses at the Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, University of
Florida. Paul Buehler is a group representative with Sun Life of
Canada in Houston, Texas.
Besides celebrating Gertrude Santasiere's birthday, Howard and
Eleanor also celebrated their wedding anniversary and the birthdays
of Judy and Paul.
Other summer and early fall visitors in the Buehler home were
Patty and Roger Michel, Janet Sutherland DuPree with Jill and
Dodd, and Ann Slover (Mrs. James) all of the Canal Zone and Mildred
Sutherland, Marcia Michel Barber and Ethel Owen of Florida.
News from Pensacola
The second quarterly social get-together of former Zonians, who
now reside in Pensacola, was held on August 16th at the Carriage
Hills Golf and Country Club in the form of a patio pool party.
Arrangements for the event were made by Webb and Mildred
Hearne assisted by Bea Sears. Old friendships were renewed and new
ones formed as we enjoyed the excellent food and reminisced about
Those attending were Webb and Mildred Hearne, Geo. and
Helen Rahn, Chuck and Dottie Lavallee, Mary Jane Pollack, Clyde
and Eleanor Willman, Bea Sears, Bob and Terry Smith accompanied
by their son and daughter-in-law, Lester and Andrea, Gordon and
Maria Thiel, and Fran Russell, Irma Wicks, George and Gloria
Mihacevich, John Hearne who also brought Jim Woody, Rita Baird
and Barbara Travis as his guests, Bill and Rita McAllister, and
David and Miranda McConnell.
Our number in Pensacola is growing month by month as more
and more people discover the pleasant advantages of living in this
Florida panhandle city. The next event is scheduled for mid-
November and will be hosted by Irma Wicks and the Bill
News from Sarasota
Sarasota had many on the go here and there: Billie Galloway and
Robin Comer have enjoyed many visitors this summer, including her
son, Joe Galloway and family of Atlanta, GA; Billie's daughter, Anna
Katherine Daniels of Houston, TX and Frank and Elsie Naughton of
Foit Lauderdale, FL. Their sister Maxine and husband, Bill
Hitchcock had as houseguests, their son, Bill, Jr. and family of
Russell Watson and family of Sierra Vista, AR enjoyed a visit
with his parents, Joe and Audrey Watson in their Glen Oaks home.
Gladys Conley related many interesting incidents of her tour to
Sweden and Russia; Al and Miriam Bissett returned from an
interesting extensive trip joining friends in England, and touring to
Wales and Ireland.
Gladys McLain, accompanied by her son, Doug and wife, Cindy,
motored to Chapel Hill, NC for a summer visit with her daughter and
son-in-law, Judy and Jerry Saucier.
Jay and Harry Cain had their annual trip to Sanibel Island,
other Sarasotans going at the same time included: Blance and Walter
Hartman, Mayno and George Walker, Mina Dee and Mary Orr. Also
joining the group were Dottie and Johnny Kozar of North Port.
This fall Jay and Harry also took a 12-day trip to visit Harry's
sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and Harold Pruitt inBradley,
CA. On their return they motored to Franklin, NC along with Bill
and Myrtle Hughes and had a successful gem mining venture.
Edna Campbell met Nell Hickman of Clearwater, FL in Las
Vegas, to attend a nursing convention.
Frances D. Jones was invited by CZ school day friends, Dick and
Dona (Eaton) Wood and Edna Tipton to visit them in Portsmouth,
VA. She also enjoyed a surprise visit in Virginia Beach with her son
CMDR Albert D. Jones, USN, his wife, Lola and their three
Joyce and Jack Clarke enjoyed as houseguests his daughter,
Mrs. Larry (Linda Clarke) Layman and son, Carl of San Diego, CA.
Later they visited another daughter, Nancy Clarke Kresge and son,
Johnny, who recently transferred from Atlanta to Savannah, GA
with FAA. Joyce's sister and her husband, Mae and Jiggs Cross
Miami later joined the Clarkes for a week's visit in their Sarasota
Madge and John Hall's son, John "Bucky" Hall, spent several
days in August with his parents en route to Washington, DC on Pan
Canal business and then to Annapolis, MD to attend Parents
Visitation activities at the U.S. Naval Academy, where his son, Will
recently received an appointment. In early October following
Buckey's retirement, he and his wife, Anne, with their daughter, Jill,
spent several days with the senior Halls before going to Annapolis
for a weekend and their summer home in LaPorte, PA.
George and "Tommie" Roth returned from a trip to North and
South Carolina and visited with Ruth and Martin Sawyer, who are
spending several months in Pisgah Forest, NC. Their daughter,
Marilyn Roth Banks and her husband, Arthur, were holiday visitors
in Sarasota. Marilyn is a student at the University of Florida.
Snookie and Mac McCullough recently returned from a special
vacation visiting her sisters Lois Heim Cotton and Frances (Heim)
and Danny Hennessey, all of Fairfield, AR, especially to visit her
daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Jim Burk in Walled Lake, MI, to
welcome the arrival of their granddaughter, Chevaun Burk in
Joe and Rae Ebdon returned after a visit with their son, Maj.
Thomas J. Ebdon, III, USAF at Holloman AFB, NM. They were ac-
companied by Rae's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, who had been
visiting relatives in Bentonville, AR.
Mrs. Nadine Caine of Houston, TX, arrived for a short visit with
Jay and Harry Cain, following a visit with her son, Michael Cain and
family in Miami.
GLADYS B. HUMPHREY
Alice J. Rogers, Buffton Wasn't much help with my answers
about the Canal Record for I think you do a wonderful job on it. I
lived on the Canal Zone from 1907 1921 and loved the place. It about
breaks my heart to see it go communist and under Panama's control.
We were a large family only two of us -left. Several of our family
stayed until retirement age. Just a niece left and she will retire soon.
I went back to Panama in 1965 for a few weeks visit. Some happy
memories. Even though I see very few names I remember or know, I
look forward to every issue. I will be 80 years old soon. I thank you
and your helpers for such a wonderful job you do on the "Canal
Millie Damerau Sellers, Box 86, Washington, LA 70589, phoned,
then wrote an interesting letter, updating events in her family and
becoming the newest Society member in Louisiana. I remember
Millie best as our piano accompanist in Mr. Branstetter's chorus
classes. Millie went to Ancon Elementary, Balboa High and was
graduated from Canal Zone Junior College in 1956. She then married
Walton P. Sellers, Jr., who had attended CZJC in 1955-6. They lived
in Williamson Place for two years with Walt working as a towing
locomotive operator and policeman while Millie worked with Army
Audit, Fort Clayton, and Comptroller's Office, Amador. In
Washington, Walt is a Wildlife Specialist with the state and Millie is
the Town Clerk. They have sons, Walton III, 18, and Billy, 7.
Her sister, Mrs. Calvin L. Semon (nee Eileen Damerau), BHS '58
and CZJC '60, lives at 4280 S.W. 96th Ave., Beaverton, Ore. 97005,
with her husband and two daughters: Kathleen, 15, and Selina, 7.
Kathleen is a singer and tours with the New Oregon Singers,
traveling throughout the United States and Canada and Hawaii.
Her brother-in-law, William Ralph Sellers, was graduated from
BHS in 1956 and lives in San Antonio, Texas. He is an Air Force
colonel, married to the former Katherine Ritchie of Baton Rouge, and
they have two children: Randall, 11, and Robyn, 4. They recently
took a "sentimental journey" to Panama and the Canal Zone and had
a wonderful time for one week.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Damerau, her parents, reside at 205
Carriere St., Washington. Paul was a civilian employee of the Air
Force at Albrook and a member of Abou Saad Temple, Ancon. He is
active in the Opelousas (LA) Lodge now.
Richard G. and Via Mae Dinkgreve write that in September they
experienced their first hurricane in many a year, when Hurricane
Frederic paid a visit to the Back Bay area of Biloxi, MS, while they
were visiting Via Mae's sister, Zonabel (Demuth) Walker. At the
height of the hurricane, Via Mae tripped, fell and fractured three
ribs. It was a mighty eerie and scary time. The lights went off at 8
p.m. and didn't come on again for about 72 hours. After about 10
hours of hearing the sound of whistling and roaring winds of more
than 100 miles per hour, along with the snapping and crashing of
trees and other objects, the pounding of rain on the roof and sides of
the house, they finally fell asleep for a few hours. They were
awakened at daylight by different sounds, the whirring and whining
of chain saws, the chopping of axes, and people noises. The street
Zonabel lives on was blocked almost completely by fallen pine trees.
She lost almost all the shingles off the roof. It was a terrible sight -
trees down across fences, power lines and houses. Wind and rain had
damaged everything. Ice was selling for $5 per 15-pound bag.
Everyone was doing a lot of outside barbecuing of food.
Rita (Strauss) McAllister, Pensacola, telephoned the Dinkgreves
in early October. She retired from government service three years
ago and was the downstairs neighbor of the Dinkgreves in a four-
family in Diablo Heights for more than five years.
Bob Hughes, son of Hilton F. Hughes of Dunnellon, FL, is back
in Baton Rouge attending LA State University, working toward a
Ph.D. in geography and serving as a teaching assistant in geography.
His specialized field is remote sensing, that is, gaining information
without physical contact. It's a relatively new field and sounds
fascinating! Bob received a BS in geography from LSU and a
master's from Purdue. He is here on a year's leave from IAGS with
his wife, the former Catherine (Kitty) Smith of the Canal Zone and
their year-old daughter, Jennifer Lynn. Earlier Bob had been
transferred to the St. Louis office from Fort Clayton, where he had
worked with old family friend William Hidalgo. Small world, isn't it?
Did you hear C.Z. souvenir hunters really got wild during the
last few days of U.S. control. Postage stamps, money orders, railroad
spikes and the wooden matches made in Sweden were especially
popular. I even heard that Gov. Parfitt lost his license place "Canal
Zone No. 1" in the scramble for mementos.
PATT FOSTER ROBERSON
Chuck VanSteenberg, Silver Spring Ruth and I double-dating
with Bill and Judy Wymer attended the brunch held Sunday inJuly
during the Washington area ex-Zonians second annual reunion. This
September, Royce and Sue Lewis from New Mexico visited us for
several days here in Burtinsville. We toured the capitol, Annapolis,
Southern Maryland, and spent one day crabbing on the Chesapeake
Bay. Later showed them how to steam and eat this famous Maryland
NEWS FROM NEW JERSEY
On July 20th to 22nd we had our reunion in the Poconos. The
weather was beautiful and all enjoyed sitting outside visiting with
old friends and meeting new ones. Our reunion next year will be held
the second weekend in July.
Those present this year included: Frank and Jean (Kalar)
McAndrews, Tede (Duff) Lyng, Frank and Liz (Tonneson) Key,
Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas, Bernice (Rathgeber) Jackson, Edward and
Jane Curtis, Bill and Midge (Dennis) Bain, Mrs. Josephine Dennis,
August and Eleanor (Hammond) Schwindeman and their 3
grandchildren, Ed and Aggie (Tonnison) Jamke, Bill Price, Walter
Jones, Joe and Ann Snyder, Bill (Sachie) and Bettie Hanna, Bob and
Marion Halzedine, Dick and Ann Scheidegg, Bob (Dinky) and Mary
Dennis, Tate and Toodles (Warren) Setzer, Jean (Dennis) Herbert,
Andrew and Betty (Brooks) Sturgion, Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick,
Jack and Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber, Sara (Ferguson) Ekholm, Todd
and Alice Lipzinski, William and Muriel Poole, John Poole, Paul and
Pat (Thompson) Bujalski, Jack and Bonnie (Dennis) Dunbar, John
and Noel (Key) Hartle.
Bob and Shirley (Jennings) Erickson couldn't make it as Bob
wasn't well and their son Robert and his wife stopped by to
represent them. Sure hope you are better Bob and can be with us
Also missed Jack and Gloria Brown and Catherine and George
Lowe, and Olive (Kalar) and Lenard Krous.
Hope everyone can make our reunion next year for we really
missed you. We changed the date for next year hoping it will be
better for everyone.
August 2nd was a great day for us as our daughter Penny
presented us with another grandson, Kurt Michael. This is their
third boy and all are doing fine.
October 8th Ed and Jane Curtis drove down with Jack and I to
Dothan, AL for the Gas House Gang Invitational Golf Tournament at
the Olympia Spa.
We spent our first night at Joe and Lou (Jack's sister) Hunt's
then went to the Spa for the three days and two nights. It was really
fabulous for we saw friends we hadn't seen since 1954. Had a good
hugging and kissing time. Harry and Jean Townsend had come from
California. It was also great seeing friends we saw last year while in
Dothan. After our two days at the Spa we went back to Lou and
Joe's for more visiting and reminiscing. It was really a wonderful
On the way home we stopped to see Reba (Alexander) and
Higgie Higginbotham in Jacksonville, FL. We all enjoyed our visit
and meeting their new granddaughter. Hope they can make our
reunion next year.
Harry Bradley, Las Cruces One error in my piece in the
"Ditch Digger" column of September. The date Flowler flew the hy-
droplane from the Pacific side to the Atlantic side was Sunday April
Aurie and George Poole, Schnectady On a tour in Prince
Edward Island sent us a card from New London "Ann of Green
Gables" land. On down in Mt. Washington they rode the dog train
and enjoyed some snow. They saw many Florida cars as they drove
back through the wooded area of the New England states and
enjoyed the mass of color.
Elizabeth Zirkman, Bronx We spent Thanksgiving 1978 with
Richard in Elyria, OH, and met our second grandchild, Heather, for
the first time. Then to Caroline's in Panama City, FL for Christmas.
Her husband was still in Korea. We went caroling on the Air Force
Base at Tyndall; visited the hospital, Flite Line and many sick people
at their homes. Then back to the Chapel where we had hot chili that
Caroline had prepared during the day it sure was good as it was
very cold out. Also had birthday cake as one of the ladies celebrated
her child's birthday. Harold phoned from Korea as we were
celebrating Christmas Eve it was already Christmas Day for him.
In June 1979, we again went to Caroline's as she received her
MA in Teaching from the University of West Florida on Sunday the
10th. The next day she left for Omaha where they would go for their
new assignment. Bought a new ranch house, made all arrangements
for children at school and returned Friday. We then went home. In
August, Caroline and Richard surprised us. They had met in
LaGuardia Airport and came to celebrate our 50th Wedding
Anniversary on August 2nd. We had dinner at the Red Coach.
Richard left the next day as he celebrated his 11th Anniversary on
the 3rd. Harold returned on the 8th of August and they departed for
Offutt AF Base, Omaha. They all like their new home and the
children are waiting for snow. We will spend our Christmas in
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Layport, Hendersonville I do enjoy the
Record but find fewer and fewer people I remember in every issue.
Of course, 18 years makes the difference John and I returned
from a trip around the world on the "Royal Viking Sky", in April. It
was a wonderful three months. Last week we returned from a trip to
Oregon and Arizona. November 1st we leave for Singer Island, FL,
where we shall be at Phoenix Towers for two months and leave on
January 4th for a cruise around South America on a Dutch Liner. We
went through the Panama Canal last January and surely did not like
what we saw! Best of luck to everyone and hope to see you.
GREETINGS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
After a very rainy September, we are enjoying October's
"bright blue weather" and the beautiful fall colors.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick returned from their summer place in
Vermont early in September and on the 21st, went on a week tour to
Kathryn and Russell Meissner from Hayes, VA and Jean and
Jack Dombrowsky spent several days in Aiken, SC, with Peggy and
Donald Hutchison. The Dombrowskys and Tom Colemans were
delighted to see John and Dorothy Everson and Nellie (Bruland)
Jansen when they stopped in on their way to Virginia. Also, Bonnie
(Kleasner) and Leroy Wilson who were enroute from Charlotte to
their summer place in Balsam, NC.
Betty and Barney Forgeson were in the area and visited with
the Ernest Zelnicks and friends at Carolina Village.
Carmen and Charlie Howe had their son, Bill, from Lakeland, FL
with them for ten days in August. Betty (Flenicken) and Billy
Dunning from the Canal Zone stopped to see the Howes.
Emily and Howard Johnson moved to their new mobile home in
a lovely park here in Hendersonville and then, on the 16th of October
left for St. Petersburg where they will spend the winter.
Esther (Hodges) and John Layport will leave the last of October
for Florida where they will be until after Christmas. Then, they will
take a ship-plane cruise around Central and South America.
Some of the Holiday plans Betty and Paul Bentz will spend
Thanksgiving in Connecticut with their son Alan and family. Ruth Sill
expects her grandson, Trey Peck, from M.I.T. to be with her for
Thanksgiving. I will be in Minnesota and Wisconsin and then on to
Denver, CO for Christmas.
ALICE H. ROCHE
Mrs. Julius (Estelle) Lusky, Salem Between my sons'
graduation Julius, Jr., from Portland State University, and getting
the large garden ready and home to sell this summer, I had my hands
Julius (Jay) and his wife Judy are doing nicely in Hillsboro, 0
and Charles and his wife Linda are also working hard. Charles for
PGE in Portland and Linda as a teacher in Beaverton, have worked
remodeling their home this summer.
I managed to sell the large house and will be moving to Salem,
OR, September 18th. I bought a new townhouse Condo and will not
have to mow any more lawns, even though I did win 1st prize for my
garden last fall in Ward I in Central Point. Between Central Point,
OR, and Ft. Myers, FL, the past 17 years, Canal Zone and a trip to
Europe is slowing me down. Darn it!
Oh, I also was secretary for NARFE for 3 years here in
Medford, OR, Chapter No. 134. If you haven't joined the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees, you should. It's a big help
to the retired employees.
Easton In July my sister Eddie Lynne Lam and I (nee
Lowande) went back to the Zone for one week. We never imagined
the trip would be as wonderful as it turned out to be. We stayed with
Bill and Edna Rogers who outdid themselves with hospitality. We
spent each day taking in lovely scenery that I suppose we all took for
granted when living there. The corbina at the American Legion Club
was delicious and for icing on the cake, the club is managed by a long
time friend of our father's, Deacon Lambert. Deacon was such good
company and when it came time, we found it very hard to say
In addition to friends' of our parents we were pleasantly sur-
prised to find people there that we had each gone to school with.
Among them were: Ellen Scott (nee Hunnicutt), Donella Vogel, Ralph
and Clarita Smith, Terry Deacon and his wife. We also managed to
spend time with the Gary Dunsmoor family, Charlie Brown and his
wife, Amelia Ferro and a few other good friends of the family. I tried
to contact Ed Filo but had no luck.
We went to Taboga and found that it hasn't changed at all. We
spent a fantastic day there.
After some detective work we even located the maid that had
helped raise both of us. She is working for a family in Balboa and was
quite pleased by our visit. We reminisced about all the good years
we had been together.
All in all, the trip went entirely too swift. The days we did have
were splendid due mainly to the warmth and kindness that is so
typical of Canal folks.
Needless to say, October 1 was a lost day for all of us but I'm
sure we all have fond memories to look back upon. My husband and I
have the door open to any C.Z. brats that are in this area.
Merry Christmas to all,
P.S.: I'd like to send a big hello to the Hoenke's and Filos.
The Schroeters, Austin Tina and Cliff's wedding and
reception will always be remembered as an enjoyable occasion spent
with her friends and family friends. The Sopa Borracha was made by
family friend, Tommy Lou Horter. Among the 150 guests were Tina's
childhood friends: Patty Farnsworth of AZ; Beattie Hendricks of
Corpus Christie; Carol Fish of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jeanne Medinger
of Washington and Nancy Spiros of Canal Zone. Other out-of-town
guests included the groom's brothers, Robert and Joey and their
families from Dothan; Uncle Louis Mallia of Maryland; sister Kathy
and Jim Andrews of Arizona and Uncle John and Great-Grandma
Mallia of Austin. Then there were Carol Kelly and Paul Kayoths of
San Antonio, Sis Medinger of Georgia and Gail and Jess Totten of
Canal Zone. Of course, Earl and Mary Mullins.
Jean Bouche, Orem I should have written long ago to report
on the picnic that was held in July here in Orem. Marie Taberg, who
used to live in Gamboa, organized it and there were about a hundred
people who came to renew old Canal Zone friendships. Lester
Hutchinson, who still lives in Balboa, was there and became the
"speaker of the day" as he explained the changes that would take
effect in the Zone on October 1, and fielded a lively question and
answer session afterward. The majority of the people attending were
formerly military families stationed in the Zone, but happy memories
of living there have created a bond that seems to grow stronger
instead of diminishing through the years.
Summer in Utah is such a busy time we need the long hours of
daylight just to keep up with all that has to be done. Lawn care is
eternal and in addition to that there is the care of the fruit trees,
caring for a small plot of vegetables, and the odd jobs that are a part
of owning a house. The sparse rainfall is great for the maintenance
routine, but it is death on the garden. Watering falls just short of
being a full time job. It pays off though when the canning season
starts and you can see those beautiful jars lined up on the shelves.
This year summer has refused to leave. In October we are still
picking vegetables and peaches and our shelves are full.
Adrien took two weeks off from his job as a preparator in the
Earth Sciences Department of Brigham Young University to fly to
New Orleans to meet his parents when they came up from the Zone
in August. He drove with them to their new home in Brownsburg,
VA. This trip gave him an opportunity to visit with Ed Parker in
New Orleans and with Trixie and Florence Trasavage in Parker, FL.
We welcomed two new grandchildren this year. Our daughter,
Jean "Chickie", and her husband Gregory Gunn, have a new son born
in May. Our son, Adrian "Bud", and his wife, Beverly, have a new
daughter born in October. Chickie lives here in Orem and Bud is
stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii.
Adrien and I would enjoy seeing anyone who happens to be
traveling out this way. Orem is just forty miles south of Salt Lake
Since GAS is not as plentiful nor cheap, traveling great
distances has been somewhat curtailed. To enjoy, rather than rush in
and out, I invited Lucille Davis; her two grandsons, Ralph and Brian
Pyeatt; Jane Journey and Millied Hammond for the weekend of the
Saturday, August 4, was a beautiful perfect day! Our NW
Zonians were not as many as previous gatherings, yet, we enjoyed a
very happy congenial group. Those representing the "Old Timers"
were, Mrs. Grace McCaslin, Mrs. Ruth Metzgar (Minneapolis, MI)
and Mrs. Jane Journey. It was so nice to see them. All three ladies
were in good health and looking good. Our greatest distance visitor
was Mrs. Barbara Cunningham from St. Petersburg, FL.
Those who signed in to help make this a perfect and enjoyable
day were the following: Edythe (Marsh) and Glen Stubling; Al and
Peggy Rankin; Glenn and Gladys Lasher; Jesse and Lucille
(Hamilton) Bunker; Lois Hamilton; Suzanne (Urey) and Walter
Kleefkins; Paul and Connie (Bolmas) Ebdon and family; Tom and
Marilyn (Metzgar) Marsh; Margaret and Grady Hardison; Bill and
Jeanne Wood; Marge and Lyle Warnke; Lucille (Journey) Davis;
Ralph and Brian Pyeatt; Oscar and Dorothy (Holsapfel) Rohr; Betty
Holzapfel; Ken and Gwen Blair; Jean and John Dodds; Candy and
Murray Falk; Ed G. Wiebe; Barbara Wiebe; Helen Mason; Neil and
Dorothy Doherty; Jan (Doherty) Huff and daughter Heidi; Tammy
Doherty; Donald A. McCaslin; Nancy (Kariger) and Darrell Eide;
Mike and Virginia Cunningham; Don and Susie (Slover) Wells; John
J. Kotalik III; Millie (Seeley) Hammond; Jim and Susan Wood and
family; Betty (Bradley) London; and of course me.
Paul and Connie Ebdon, Suzanne (Urey) and Susie (Slover) and Don
Walter Kleepkins. Wells
Bill and Jeanne Wood, Nine Jim Wood & Sue Wood and family (Jesse and
Mile Falls, WA. Alex).
Millie (Seeley) Hammond
Lucille (Journey) Davis
Lyle and Marge
Lucille Davis was introduced as Chairman for the 1980 Reunion,
which will be held in Northern Washington. Date, time and place will
be announced in due time. Marilyn Marsh offered her assistance to
the new chairman.
Glenn and Gladys Lasher drove to Miami, FL to see their new
grandson, son of Mike and Betsy (Lasher) Curtin. On their return,
they visited the Connards; Kay and Dick Pennington; Delores and
Vicki Gearhart; B. L.Norton; Dr. Vestal and Ruth Morris; Diane
(Shore) LeBlanc; son Chris; Louis and Ann Damiani.
Rev. Gary and Kersten (McKay) Dart of Tigard, OR, announce
the birth of a son, July 15, 1979.
Capt. James P. Johnson has been ill and in the hospital. We are
all wishing for his speedy recovery. Ann Laura and JPs daughter,
Martha Stephenson, is to be congratulated on receiving her Master's
Degree in Teaching.
Neil and Dorothy Doherty will be leaving about the first of
September for Germany, to visit their daughter Joan Staltz and
family. They also plan to see England while abroad.
Evelyn Miesse at present is visiting the Toston family on the
Canal Zone. She must be having a wonderful time, as she has ex-
tended her visit.
John and Winnie (Robinson) Towery will be the guests of Jesse
and Lucille Bunker for a couple of weeks. Knowing Jesse, he will
show off our part of the U.S. Who knows, maybe we will be adding
their names to our mailing list of N.W. Zonians.
Lucille Davis, Kay (Davis) Pyeatt and son Brian flew to Jack-
sonville, FL, for a short visit with daughter and sister Bonnie (Davis)
Dolan, who is vacationing from Zone.
That's it for now.
MARTHA B. WOOD
NEWS TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY
Mrs. Grace Warner, 86, member and widow of John F. Warner,
the founder of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., passed
away September 5, 1979 in a nursing home in Sarasota, FL.
Survivors are a son, Clarence Long; a sister, Edna Snyder and three
grandchildren, all of Sarasota.
Mr. John E. Winklosky, 73, member of Bambito, Chirique
Province, El Volcan, Rep. de Panama, passed away June 30,1979. Mr.
Winklosky retired in 1964 as a contract inspector for the Engineer-
ing and Construction Bureau. He was active on the Isthmus with
scouting, baseball, civil defense, Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star.
Survivors are two sons; John II of LaBoca and Daniel of High Point,
NC; a daughter, Mary Ann Rodriquez of Bambito; two brothers and
six grandchildren. 90
**->- SALE AND LOCATER SERVICE ----
WANTED: Boda Swedish crystal HELGA pattern to complete
set. Write: Barbara Hey, 350 Gerald Dr., Forissant, MO 63031.
WANTED: ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINES, TOBIES, ETC.
Paying $35 each for Tiny's 11/4". Claudis Howell, 1205 Fountain-
head Dr., Deltona, FL 32725. Phone 305-574-4346.
FOR SALE: "LAST DAY OF OPERATION OF CZ POSTAL
SERVICE", cachet covers, postcards, and CZ embossed envelopes.
Write Col. R. A. (Bob) Stevens, PSC Box 1911, APO Miami 34002,
FOR SALE: Tropical Cooking in Panama by Gladys R. Graham is
in print again and going fast. More than just a cookbook, it is good
reading with much "local color" about Panama and the Canal.
$6.00, includes mailing costs. Send order with check to Mrs.
George W. (Jean) Fears, PSC Box 742, APO MIAMI 34002.
Taken from The Panama Canal Spillway November 16, in
part Panama Canal Commission employees who have been per-
manently transferred from one side of the Isthmus to the other have
had to relocate their residences as a result of the reduction in force
are eligible for certain benefits. The employee is eligible to receive
per diem for himself and his immediate family and mileage or train
fares to travel across the Isthmus to his/her new job. Household
goods and personal effects up to 11,000 pounds for family and 7,500
pounds for an employee without a family will be moved. In addition
to the above a $200 allowance, with family, or $100 single, to help
defray costs incurred with the moving such as reinstallation of
carpeting and drapes. Employees may also claim reimbursement for
occupying temporary quarters for a period of up to 30 calendar days
after the permanent transfer.
1980 DUES PAYABLE NOW
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
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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Amount Enclosed $ ......... Check ........... M.O .......... Cash ......
DUES $10.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1978, ARE $10.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND DUES
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE
Please mail to
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Cauna onMe 30 eeptembeh 1979
Old Glory came down on "The Hill" tonight,
To those who felt; a heartbreaking sight.
Her pride never faltered,
Her colors stood fast,
She fluttered and furled and flapped till the last.
Then she waved.....
"It's over. It's past.
"Land where my fathers' died,
Land of Thy Pilgrims pride."
They were Pilgrims.
Many did die.
We sang in church today
We've fought the world round,
Kept Her whole, kept us sound.
Do politicians resound,
When She's spat upon, torn,
And thrown to the ground?
A sight I can't bear to witness again,
"Goodbye: Won't you stand by me, my friend?"
Dona Jones Brophy
3rd Generation Zonian
Dona is the wife of Canal Pilot, Capt. John Brophy
Daughter of Frances (Days) and Donald Jones
Granddaughter of Joseph and Maria Days
P Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
SSt. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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