President's Message ................ ... ................ ........... .. 2
Past President's Message.................................................. 3
From The Secretary's Desk................................................ 3
Legislative Representative Report.................. ......................... 4
Editor's Lines...................................... ......................... 4
Excerpts Executive Committee Meeting ....................................... 6
Minutes of the Scheduled Meeting ............... ..................... 6
Golf Tournament Report ................. .. ............................. 9
Forty-eighth Anniversary Reunion Minutes ..................................... 11
Reunion Report .................... .......................................... 14
Reunion Registration ...................................... ........... 20
PICNIC NOTICE ................... ......................................25
News Clips .................................................................. 27
Condensed News from The Panama Canal Spillway ............................ 29
Isthm us Episodes.................................... ...................... 40
"The Ode Of The Chief Engineer".......................................... 42
W eddings ................................................... .... .......... 42
Births ............... ..... .............................. ............ 44
Sale and Locator .............................................................. 78
AUGUST LUNCHEON-MEETING NOTICE & RESERVATION FORM ............ 80
Panama Canal..........49 California.............55 North Carolina.........75
Alabama..............50 Florida...............63 South Carolina.........76
Alaska ................51 Georgia ...............69 Texas ............... 77
Arkansas............ 52 Louisiana.............70
Crisp Co. Real Estate .................41 Vigilant Real Estate .................. 19
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS
DATES TO REMEMBER
4 JULY Independence Day NO MEETING
11 PCSF PICNIC Lake Seminole Park, 10015 74th Ave. N., 10 A.M.,
1 AUG. PCSF LUNCHEON-MEETING, The Crown House Restaurant, 5445 N.
Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL. Social Hour 12:00 NOON Luncheon
2 PICNIC-REUNION, NorthWestern Pan Canal, Kitsap Memorial Park on
Hood Canal, Hwy. 3 outside Poulsbo, WA 10:30 A.M.
1 SEPT. LABOR DAY
5 PCSF Regular Meeting, Gulfport Community Center
11 First Day of Rosh Hashana
20 Yom Kippur
COVER: Russell Mayard Jones was born at Hancock, Wise. July 23, 1904, the son of
Emory and Minnie Jones. He graduated from Hancock High School. Served a machinist's
apprenticeship at Bucyrus Erie Co. and Falk Corp. Milwaukee, Wise. He left Wisconsin
for the Panama Canal in December 1934. Was first employed in a Gatun Overhaul,
transferred to the Mechanical Div. June 1935 and back to the Locks Div. in 1936 as a Lock
Operator, advanced to the position of Mechanical Supervisor of Miraflores Locks, and
retired from that position in July 1965.
While in the Canal Zone he was active in Boy Scout Work, serving one year as presi-
dent of the Boy Scout C.Z. Council and five years as director of the Boy Scout Camp at El
Volcan. He is the holder of the Silver Beaver award in Scouting. He is a member of the
C.Z. Masonic Lodge, C.Z. Scottish Rite Bodies, Abou Saad Shrine Temple and the St.
Petersburg Shrine Club. He is a ruling elder in the Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, St.
Russell and his wife, Edith, live in St. Petersburg. He has one son, Lowell, of Sanford,
Fla., and three grandsons.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Russell M. Jones
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
William F. Grady
J. F. Warner
Russell M. Jones
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Ross H. Hollowel
Nolan A. Bissell
Carl H. Starke
Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Secretary to Committee
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
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.
OFFICERS FOR 1980 1981
Russell M. Jones ........... ............................525-5697
Albert F. Pate..... .....................................544-2352
Mrs. Jean B. Mann ...................................... 867-7796
Mrs. Anna T. Collins ..................................... 894-8484
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum ....................................... 595-0846
Paul Disharoon ............................................896-7747
W F. Grady (Lakeland) ..................................... 688-1023
Russell M. Jones, Chairman .............................. 525-5697
Albert F. Pate ................................. .......... 544-2352
Mrs. Jean B. Mann ............................. ......... 867-7796
Mrs. Anna T. Collins .................................. 894-8484
Ross H. Hollowell ............................. ........... 577-0769
Nolan A. Bissell ...................................... 525-3871
Carl H. Starke (Sarasota) ............... ............... 955-5250
Jack F. Morris................................ ...........577-3588
Eugene I. Askew,Chairman ............................... 867-1822
Mrs. Virginia Thomas Harvey ............................... 527-2940
Ralph E. Harvey ........... ............................527-2940
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks ........... ....................... 345-7985
Mrs. Frances Violette Sharp .............................. 866-3237
BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Daile D. Keigley, Chairman .................................. 867-2501
M rs. Ethel Askew ..........................................867-1822
RECEPTION COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
Mrs. Georgia Howard ............ ....................... 343-6530
As your newly elected president and having witnessed and taken
part in another wonderful Annual Reunion, the credit for which
belongs to Past President Morris and his very able and competent
committees, I look forward to the challenge of being your president,
and accept it with enthusiasm.
The Founders of the Society, through their constitution, set for us
positive Range lights and the By-laws serve as Channel markers of the
course that we will follow. I am sure that I express not only my own
wishes, but also those of the elected and appointed officers, that as we
travel through this year, we will always have the wind at our back. It is
only through the cooperation of all our members that our Society will
continue to grow and prosper.
I thank you for the confidence that you have placed in me, and
may I always continue to warrant it.
R. M. JONES
PAST PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as President of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Most items on the agenda for the year were accomplished with
dispatch, thanks to the hard-working, highly qualified members of the
After the initial shock of having to change the dates and location
of the 1980 Reunion, everything fell into place nicely and there can be
no doubt that members who attended the three day Reunion, at the
Bayfront Concourse Hotel, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The
employees of the hotel were very cooperative and deserve our thanks.
Without the planning and efforts of our Committee Chairmen, and
the members of their committees, who worked diligently correlating
the many facets of our Annual Reunion, all success would have been
lost. They are to be highly commended.
Another first! What we hope will be an annual affair was our first
Golf Tournament with seventy-five members (men and women)
participating. All expressed their enjoyment and hope for a repeat
affair every year. Our sincere appreciation and thanks goes to Mr.
Lawrence "Rocky" Ridge for his generous donation of two beautiful
The highlight of our affairs was the address and slides presented
by Mr. Fred A. Cotton, Director, General Services Bureau, Panama
Canal Commission at our Annual Luncheon. Mr. Cotton's most
interesting and informative presentation was received enthusiastic-
ally by the 720 attending members.
May we say thanks to the 1,257 members who honored us with
their presence, and a very special thanks to the ladies, for without
them, all charm of this occasion would have been lacking!
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who
stopped by my desk at our recent reunion. Your kind comments were
much appreciated and it was so nice to visit with you for a short time.
All year long I work with names and its great to be able to put a face
with the names.
In July and August we will be having our picnic and our Fall
Luncheon. Both of these events are well attended by other than local
members. They are in fact mini-reunions. Why not come and join us for
one or both of these events.
Please let us hear from you. Tell us what you don't like as well as
what you do like. We will consider all reasonable suggestions.
Again I beg you to send in your changes of addresses. Don't miss
the Record because you have moved and forgotten to notify us.
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
Cost of Living Allowance as of March 31, 1980 is 4.3%.
Merger of Civil Service Commission and Social Security seems to
be at a standstill. President Carter says he will not go along with any
move that will reflect on retirees or those ready to retire. That's what
The Windfall Tax Bill was signed into law as of March 1, 1980. Re-
ports say gasoline will increase by 10 a gallon as a result of this law.
An amendment to this bill will give a tax break on interest on Savings
& Loan and such. A single person earning 600 dollars interest will pay
tax on 400 dollars. A couple earning the same amount will pay tax on
The House and Senate budget committees have voted to cut our
COLAs back to once a year. This is just a committee vote. It will in-
clude both civil service and military. The estimated saving is ONE
billion dollars. BE SURE TO WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN IN RE-
GARD TO THIS LAW. WE DON'T WANT IT!
If this bill is signed into law we will get a check on July 1, 1980
covering Jan.-Feb.-March this year. The next check will come on July
It was reported in a NARFE newsletter that an Annuitant
drawing 709 dollars a month will lose 360 dollars a year as a result of
WILLIAM F. GRADY
The magnolia, jacaranda and jasmine along with other blooming
trees and plants are giving the Suncoast a glorious ray and showy hue.
Our weather continues to be very pleasant with breezes blowing and
the evenings are cool. Ah, if it would only continue this way through-
out the summer! I'm ready though to conserve energy. We have in-
stalled several ceiling fans which will circulate the cool air in the
summer (with the air conditioning on) and the warm air in the winter
within the house so the thermostats may be kept high or low, respec-
tively. We are going to try to do without the air conditioning as much
as we possibly can.
Another reunion has come and gone and I wish to thank the mem-
bers who voted to restore the Record Editor to the Executive Commit-
tee. An elected officer of a corporation should certainly be on the exec-
utive board. He will know what is going on, can assist the committee
and do a better job to the Canal Record in our case. Future Record
Editors will appreciate this.
The reporters here for the reunion met with me in the Director's
Room on Saturday morning and we discussed many items. A few list
maiden names whenever possible in our news; to conserve space, when
a child is born, omit the grandparents names should they not be known
to our members; to get information in to the Canal Record on coming
events in time for all our members to receive advance notice so that
they may attend should they be travelling; to try to increase our mem-
bership among our friends who are former Zonians; to encourage the
younger generation to join (our children who are no longer living at
home or who are in college) as these are the folks who will keep our so-
ciety going in the future; to send in suggestions for future reunions
and to secure ads for the Canal Record from a member who may be in
business or from a friend who may be a salesman for a national pro-
I bought one of the bronze Panama Canal Medals advertised on
the inside back cover of the March, 1980 Canal Record from Bill Roddy
and it is certainly lovely and a wonderful collector's item. Why don't
you order yours today.
The poem The Ode Of The Chief Engineer was given to me by
Mary Orr of Sarasota and also Joan deGrummond, both had received it
from a member. Hope you all enjoy it.
And to many of you who may be in the Bay area in July, please
plan on attending our picnic on the 11th at Lake Seminole Park. If you
are visiting here in August, make reservations to attend our
Luncheon-Meeting in Sarasota. Jay Cain and her committee have a big
surprise for everyone!
All news for the September Canal Record should be post-marked
no later than July 24, 1980.
See you at the July picnic or the August Luncheon. Have a good
summer and please remember to drive safe as school is out.
Anna T. Collins
EXCERPTS FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
APRIL 1, 1980
Agreement that Society would no longer sponsor or recommend
an attorney in our Record Directory.
Blood Bank. Since the general and administrative expenses of the
Blood Bank have been $800.00 per year and insufficient funds were
being received from members to cover this expense, it was decided
that Blood Bank funds would be absorbed into Society general funds.
All expenditures, for the very few blood bank members remaining, will
be included in the Society general expenses. Also, Blood Bank funds
will be deposited in higher interest bearing certificates.
Approved a part-time employee be appointed, with approval of
Executive Committee, to assist the Record Editor and Secretary-
Treasurer, whose salary is not to exceed $50.00 in any calendar month.
In order to save money on the rising printing costs, approved the
purchase of a copier, in the amount of $3,416.72, to be used exclusively
for Panama Canal Society business.
Approved life membership for Panama Canal Society past, pres-
ent and future presidents, in appreciation of their time, efforts and ex-
penses incurred during their tenure as leaders of the organization.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium
7 March 1980
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 PM. 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 February meeting.
Mr. Morris welcomed the 110 members and guests who were pres-
ent. He then welcomed and recognized groups from surrounding com-
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Bob Van Siclen New York
John McDowell New York
Josephine Johnson Gulfport
Lois Jones St. Petersburg
Matt and Linda Shannon St. Petersburg
Elbert Ridge Tampa
Mr. Morris announced that Bill Grady brought a box of limequats
for the members.
The Secretary read the minutes of the February meeting. The
minutes were approved as read. The financial statements of the Soci-
ety and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the
reports will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Our Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady, reported that the
6% Cost of Living for the 2nd half of '79 will be in our 1 April checks.
The Cost of Living for January was 1.4%, the highest monthly in-
crease in five years. No new bills have been introduced to hurt us yet.
Local residents who intend to participate in the golf tournament
to be held during the reunion were urged to get their reservations in
to Eugene Askew. Mr. Morris announced he would accept reservations
for Mr. Askew at the meeting.
Registration chairman for the reunion is Mrs. Georgia Howard.
Members were urged to volunteer for her committee.
Mr. Morris announced the resignation of Mr. Charles Fears as
Vice-President. He then announced the appointment of Mr. Ernest
Yocum as interim vice-president.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during March. Best
wishes went out to all.
Mrs. Mann suggested a "sunshine committee" to visit
hospitalized members. Those recuperating from illnesses or those who
live alone would appreciate a phone call. Members willing to serve on
such a committee were asked to leave their names at the desk after the
The April meeting will fall on Good Friday. Mr. Morris asked if
the members wished to meet on that day or change the meeting day.
Most voted to meet on Good Friday.
Mr. Morris then thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor for
their faithful and tireless work in the kitchen, serving refreshments
Mr. Morris then introduced Mr. Jerry Castellanos of Merrill,
Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, who spoke to the members on in-
Meeting adjourned at 3:20 P.M.
4 April 1980
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 PM. 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 March meeting.
Mr. Morris welcomed the 108 members and guests who were
present. He then welcomed and recognized groups from surrounding
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
R. P. O'Connor, Jr. St. Pete
Fran and Bill Stock St. Pete
Helen Saarinen St. Pete
Eva M. Harte Holiday
Clark Aubel St. Pete
April Dailey St. Pete
Grace (Thomas) Ruggles San Bernadino, CA
Thelma (Thomas) Wayman Salinas, CA
Carol (Schafer) Christensen Ancon
Betty Boyer Seminole
Mildred Corbin Clearwater
The Secretary read the minutes of the March meeting. The
minutes were approved as read. The financial statements of the So-
ciety and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the
reports will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady, reported that the
cost of living as of the end of February was up 2.8%. Danger of any
merger of Civil Service and Social Security is gone for this session of
Congress. Carter states he will not do anything to hurt the retirees
cost of living allowance.
Mr. Morris called on Georgia Howard, chairman of registration
for the forthcoming reunion. Georgia announced that she will be glad
to accept any volunteers to help with registration. Registration times
Thursday 17th April
Friday 18th April
9 AM to 1 PM 7:30 to 8:30 at the Coliseum
Saturday 19th April
10 AM to 12 Noon
Mr. Morris called on Gene Askew, Chairman of the Golf Tourna-
ment for the forthcoming reunion. Gene announced that there were 69
signed up to play. The tourney will be held at Sunset Golf Club where a
luncheon will be held at 12:00 and tee off at 1:00. Prizes will be awarded
and anyone wishing to sign up should see him following the meeting.
Reunion information was given by the President, Mr. Morris. The
guest speaker for the Luncheon will be Mr. Fred Cotton,
Administrator of Administrative Services for the Panama Canal Com-
Six members would celebrate birthdays during April, and two
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Morris called on the members to recognize the past
presidents who were present. They were: Gaddis Wall, Howard
Clarke, Troy Hayes, Robert Roy, Eugene Askew, Dewey Goodwin and
Mr. Roy suggested that no news of members and friends be given
at the annual reunion business meeting. Most members present con-
Mr. Morris explained that Mr. Ernie Yocum was appointed
interim vice-president because he had withdrawn his name from the
slate of nominees for the office of president.
There will be a cruise offered by Bay Queen Cruises on Thursday
afternoon, 17 April, for those attending the reunion. Reservations may
be made with Mrs. Mann.
Mr. Vance Howard, just returned from Panama, gave a short
report on the conditions in Panama. Fishing is still great according to
Mr. Howard. He said that it seemed to him that Panama was trying
very hard to get along with the commission employees and other
Mr. Morris gave directions for getting to the Bayfront Concourse
Mr. Morris thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connors for their
faithful efforts in the kitchen.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:50
The first Panama Canal Society Golf Tournament was held on the
first day of the reunion at the Sunset Country Club on Snell Island.
There were 75 participants that included 10 women golfers. There was
a shotgun start a 1:00 p.m. following a luncheon at the club. The
weather was excellent and the golfers were served refreshments from
a hospitality cart that toured the course. Old friends were paired
together in accordance with their desires as far as possible.
Winners were announced at the luncheon held Saturday at the
Bayfront Concourse Hotel. Net scores were determined by the
Callaway System commonly used for such events. The low gross and
low net prizes were beautiful clock and pen sets mounted on a marble
base along with a golfing figure. These two prizes were generously
donated by Mr. Lawrence G. (Rocky) Ridge a member from Redlands,
California. Mr. Ridge made a short talk and then presented the low
gross prize to Jack Smith from Alabama with a score of 75, and the low
net prize to Roy Kennedy from Colorado with a low net of 69. We
appreciate the generous donations made by Mr. Ridge and hope to
have him as a player next year. Other winners were Doris Post low
gross for women and Grace Morris low net for women. Nearest the
hole winners were Tommy Jacks on number 8 and Hugh Norris on
Number 11. 2nd low gross was won by Bobby Diaz with a 76 and 2nd
low net by Norman Terry with a 70. Other winners were: Jack
Campbell, D. C. MacNeil, Carl Starke, Joseph Wertz, E. Lawrence
Broggini, W. C. York, Bill Ward and Viola Fuller.
Chairman of the golf committee was Gene Askew assisted by Bob
Boyer, Jack Campbell and Mel Smith. The players expressed the
desire for a similar tournament next year.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Forty-eighth Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Bayfront Concourse Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
18 April 1980
The business meeting of the 48th Annual Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Jack Morris at 1:40 PM. 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 passed away since the last reunion.
Mr. Morris welcomed the 465 members and guests who were
Mr. Morris requested that anyone wishing to speak, go to the
microphone in the center aisle, and they would be recognized.
Mr. Morris asked the members if they liked the three day reunion.
The majority of members in attendance at the meeting preferred three
days over two.
Mr. Morris informed the members about the bus transportation to
the ball. He also informed the members about the luncheon to be held
in the Suncoast Room on Saturday.
It was agreed to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the
April meeting, and as it was mid month, there was no financial
Mr. Morris informed the members that the price of the Record has
gone up and the cost of mailing has also increased.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported that the Cost
of Living had increased 2.8% as of the end of February. The merger of
CSC and SS seems to be at a standstill. Windfall tax bill passed and
went into effect 1 March. Attached to the windfall tax bill was an
amendment that gave a tax break to people with savings. Single
people earning $600 per year in interest will get a tax break of $200
and will pay tax on only $400. A couple earning the same amount of
interest will get a $400 break and pay tax on only $200. The House and
Senate budget committees have voted to cut out our twice a year cost
of living increase and give it only once a year. If it is passed, we will get
a check on 1 July covering Jan., Feb. and Mar. of this year, but no
further checks until 1 July of next year. Write your Congressman and
Senators and ask them not to pass this bill.
Mr. Morris announced that the Executive Committee had voted to
hire an assistant for the Record Editor and the Sec./Treas. Anyone
interested in this position please leave your name with the Sec./Treas.
Mr. Morris read a motion to change Article I, paragraph 6 of the
Constitution & By-Laws to read July instead of November. Mr. Morris
stated that the Executive Committee recommended approval of this
Mrs. Mann spoke against the change.
Mrs. Anna Collins spoke against the change.
Mr. John Matthews spoke against the motion.
Mr. Howard Clarke spoke in favor of the motion.
Mrs. Jean Wheeler spoke against the motion.
Mrs. Beth Grady spoke against the motion.
According to later balloting, this motion was defeated.
Mr. Morris read a motion to change Article II, sub section I of the
Constitution and By-Laws to include the Record Editor. Mr. Morris an-
nounced that the Executive Committee did not recommend approval of
Mr. Charles Fears spoke against the motion.
Mr. Joe Collins spoke for the motion.
Mrs. Frances Sharp spoke for the motion.
Mrs. Patt Roberson spoke for the motion.
Mrs. Jean Mann spoke for the motion.
Mrs. Anna Collins spoke for the motion.
According to later balloting this motion was accepted.
The slate of officers for the coming year was read. The slate is:
President Mr. Russell Jones
Vice President Mr. Al Pate
Mr. Vic May
Sec./Treas. Mrs. Jean Mann
Record Editor Mrs. Anna Collins
The floor was opened for nominations for President. Mr. Stuart
Townshend nominated Mrs. Jean Mann Mrs. Mann declined. As
there were no further nominations from the floor, Mr. Russell Jones
was declared President by acclamation.
The floor was opened for nomination for Vice-President. Mr. R.
Bowdoin Mathews was nominated. Mr. Morris read the names of the
three candidates for vice-president Mr. Vic May, Mr. Al Pate and
Mr. Bo Mathews. Members were asked to mark their ballots.
The floor was opened for nominations for Sec./Treas. As there
were no nominations from the floor, Mrs. Jean Mann was declared
Sec./Treas. by acclamation.
The floor was opened for nominations for Record Editor. As there
were no nominations from the floor, Mrs. Anna Collins was declared
Record Editor by acclamation.
The ballots were then collected and the tellers retired to count the
Mrs. Collins announced that she will be meeting with all area
reporters on Saturday morning at 10:00 AM in the Directors Room.
Mr. Rob Roy suggested a round of applause for the President Mr.
Jack Morris for a job well done.
Mr. Morris called an intermission while he waited for the tellers
to return from counting the ballots.
Mr. Morris reconvened the meeting and announced the results of
the voting. Those elected were:
President Mr. Russell Jones
Vice-president Mr. Al Pate
Sec./Treas. Mrs. Jean Mann
Record Editor Mrs. Anna Collins
Mr. Morris called on Mr. Howard Clarke, past president to install
the new officers.
After the installation, as there was no further business the
meeting was adjourned at 4:20 PM.
People, people, people. Yes, the Concourse was crowded with our
wonderful ex-Zonians, members and friends of the Society. The first
folks checked into the hotel on Sunday, and when we went down to The
Green House Restaurant for Sunday Brunch on the 20th, there were
still members in the lobby, who had just finished partaking brunch. It
is difficult to leave after one has visited with so many, many friends of
years gone by. Isn't it wonderful God gave us a memory so that we
may go back down memory lane to those wonderful years we did spend
on the Canal Zone. They were the greatest years of our lives.
There were approximately 1,197 members and friends who reg-
istered, which included 34 states, the District of Columbia, Republic of
Panama, Austrlia and Paraguay. The youngest attending was baby
Adam Denton, son of Cathy Detamore and Jerry E. Denton of Tampa,
FL. To mention a few of the older folks, they were our Roosevelt Medal
holders Harry R. White, Lea Dugan, Thomas J. Ebdon, Sr. and others.
Shortly before noon on Thursday, the golfers took off for the
Sunset Golf Course where they had luncheon. See Golf Report. The
others left to have lunch in Websters, the Green House or out to the
various nearby restaurants in downtown St. Petersburg.
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The registration table was set up in the Concourse with Georgia
Howard and her committee. Then there was Grace Morris and her
assistant giving out ball and luncheon tickets. Down farther was Jean
Mann selling luncheon and ball tickets, taking in dues and registering
new members for our society. Les Heselton, along with wife, Jane
Tompkins, and Dot Kalar Kennedy were signing up members of the
BHS and CHS Class of 1940 for their big reunion bash that night...
thus, the crowd seemed to linger in the concourse of the hotel rather
than go into The Websters where permanent bars had been set up for
Dottie and Al Pate were in charge of the Bay Queen cruise in the
afternoon and that group gathered in the Concourse about 2:00 P.M. I
was one of the drivers to take the folks over to the Pier. The Bay
Queen is a 115 foot twin screw diesel driven harbor craft. It carries
about 220-250 passengers for luncheon and dinner cruises. There is a
bar and tables, etc. on the lower deck with a band on top deck for
dancing for those that take the dinner cruise. (Joe had won a trip for
two at our February meeting so Jean and Ed Mann took a dinner
cruise with us and it was most enjoyable ... almost felt like we were on
the deck of one of the old Panama Line ships as the evening breeze
kissed our faces.) Back to the reunion When I returned to the Pier
the Bay Queen was approaching the slip. When Shirley and Richard
Cox debarked I overheard them speaking about the many porpoise
that were cavorting in the bay ... this reminded them of the many fish
and the schools of porpoises in Panama. The group of over 50 all
thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which took them out near the Skyway
Bridge and over near MacDill AFB.
In the evening there were many get-togethers at the hotel,
especially the Class of 1940, and others at member's homes in the bay
area. One of the groups had requested to sell T-Shirts with Reunion
1980 and the Panama Canal Seal from our Committee, but permission
not granted as the request was not made soon enough, so they had
many shirts in all sizes, including children left over. They are $6.00,
plus 50 cents for postage and may be ordered through Chris Skeie
P.O. Box 40853, St. Petersburg, FL 33743.
And that reminds me, our "vendors" Eva and Neville Harte, he
with his golden huacas, some framed, pins and pendants and she with
molas, bags, rocks, etc.; Rudy Burda with his sculpture and mounted
French railroad rail; Bee Winford with her photograph sets of Panama
Canal Construction days and Jean Fears with the Tropical Cooking in
Panama by Gladys R. Graham were set up down the way on Thursday
and later in the Ballroom.
Friday, our business took place that afternoon in the ballroom.
In the evening over 900 gathered at the Coliseum for the ball. The
band was not the same as last year, don't believe it was as good as last
years entertainment. Some of the young college students who came to
the ball surprised their moms and dads by being there. They wouldn't
miss this event for the world nor the parties that followed all weekend.
Sometimes the music seemed to fade out with all the conversation. We
sat with Dan Pagenta from Panama, Ed and Jean Mann, Rita Wasa-
baugh and our son-in-law Dale Thomas who was on business from
Michigan. The evening ended all too soon.
On Saturday Noon we all assembled into the Suncoast Room
where 722 members gathered for the luncheon. Jack Morris welcomed
all and the Chaplain Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation. Mr. Morris
then introduced the head table: Left to right Ernie Yocum, Dottie
Pate, Russell Jones, Fred Cotton, Grace Morris, Al Pate, Edith Jones
and Dorothy Yocum. He also recognized Bill York from the Panama
Canal Society of South Carolina. The newly-elected officers were then
introduced (see minutes). Jack thanked all the officers and executive
committee, all the members who were on the Reunion committee and
especially Bill Grady, Dolly Barbour, Eleanor O'Connor, Dale Keigley,
Ethel Askew and Paul Disharoon for their work during the past year.
Emmy Lou Clarke was called to make a presentation of a huaca given
to the Society by Eva and Neville Harte to the one who worked the
hardest on the Reunion. She and her committee chose to give it to
Grace Morris. Past Presidents were also recognized.
We sat with Evelyn and Troy Hayes, Irma Forbes, Linnie Turner,
Rita and Perry Washabaugh. Our luncheon was delicious and the
entree was very hot when served.
Gene Askew and Rocky Ridge presented the golf trophies. (see
Jack Morris then introduced our guest speaker, Fred Cotton, son
of Dorothy and Arthur Cotton of California, who grew up on the Canal
Zone and who is now Director of General Services Bureau, Panama
Canal Commission who gave a very informative talk, illustrated with
slides. The room was too bright so the pictures could not be seen at
their best. However, many were before and after and Fred's descrip-
tion left nothing to be desired. Some facets of the Canal takeover seem
to be working out as envisioned, so it was not all sad news, so to speak.
We all got a good laugh when Fred showed the slides of a barge with
empty containers. Seems like the steamship companies were bringing
in loaded containers, but never taking any of the empties back to the
USA with them. So the Panama Government chartered some deep sea
towing outfit to barge the empty containers north. Well, the first trip
they had containers stacked 7 high and chained down and the trip was
successful. Then the towboat company got greedy and stacked the
containers about 12 high. Eight miles out of Cristobal, the top heavy
outfit turned over and it took two days for all the loose containers to be
either retrieved or for them to sink. What a mess that was.
Everyone looked great and had a wonderful time despite the
remodeling being done at the hotel. But, under the circumstances, we
were lucky to have had the Bayfront Concourse for our reunion. And
the crowd all departed the hotel and left for parts unknown ... until
next Reunion. Look for the announcement and advanced plans for our
1981 Reunion in a forthcoming Canal Record.
Pictures seen of the reunion are the courtesy of Pat Beall, Chester
Harrold and Gaddis Wall.
After you read the names on Georgia Howard's registration
report you will know who was here and just who we saw and visited
with. If you did not make the list and were here, we are very sorry -
perhaps you did not register??? or we slipped up or you were not here.
Why not plan on attending the 1981 reunion and be on Georgia's 1981
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Jorge Bloise, Carol Christensen, Arden L. Cooke, Fred A. Cotton, Jean and George Fears,
Betty Goldstein, G. E. McElroy, Warren Morse, Daniel Pagenta, Clifton and Dawn Roy,
Bob, Regina, John, Jack, Barbara Sanders, Edsel Waiskkey.
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA 1
Leslie B. Clarke.
Barbara (Evans) and Phillip O'Shaughnessy.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 2
Dorothy and Woodford Babbitt.
Barbara and Paul Adamson, Mary and Bob Arnold, Joan Belden, Fern Dabill, Lea Dugan,
Marion Dugan Fleming, Catherine and Ed Filo, Rudy Gangle, Eva Greene, Jean Harris,
Jack and Margaret Hern, Joseph and Louise Hunt, Lucille and Tom Jordan, Ann and Bob
Lawyer, Peggy Luke, Muriel and E. C. McGriff, Hazel and Johnny Matthews, Muriel
Evans and Ed Neill, Stella Nita, Ara and Hugh Norris, Vera and Fred Ryan, Lois and Jack
Smith, Mary and Herb Taake, Harry R. White, M. B. Woodruff.
Netta (Potts) and Don Bruce, Martha Griffith.
Minnie Brown Burton, Fern and Karl Glass, Bates Wieman.
Debby and Paul Arsenault, Dorothy Messer Barnes, Vera Bolek, Gladys and Donald
Brayton, Dorothy and Arthur Cotton, Ella Conrad, Virginia Ridge Dolim, Erma Forbes,
Mary and Fred Hatchett,Pat and Ray Hesch, Jane (Tompkins) and Leslie Heselton,
Norma, Carol, and Conrad Horine, Ann and Al Houston, Vera Grace and Joseph E. Irving,
Rose and Paul Jones, Nita and Russel Jones, Lee Kariger, Mildred and Paul Kline, Joice
Kulig, Virginia (Hoyle) and Philip Lankarge, Bill LeBrun, Gertrude Nail, Marion and
Noble Phillips, Marion and Tom Rice, Reita and Rocky Ridge, Betty and Ray Scears,
Shirley (Keepers) Taylor, Claire and Hampton Tedder, Pat (Hatchett) Thomas, Chubby
and Milton H. Wright, Mary Jo and Harvey Wright, Irene Will, Rita Will, Ruth (Bauman)
Yeilding, Polly and Al Zon.
Lillian Evans, Norma (Evans) and Alfred Harrington, Donna Hoffman, Dot and Roy
Mildred Fagelberg, Norma A. Terry.
Amy and Pam Adams, Leslie and Bill Adams, Laine and Larry Ainsworth, Solveig and
Edward E. Albin, Shirley Alexaitis, Willie Alien, George Allgaier, John Allgaier, Aggie
and Norman Anderson, Garnet and Howard (Andy) Anderson, Charles P. Andress,
Pauline Arnold, Ethel and Eugene Askew, Gail (Harvery) Avery, Manuel Azcarraga,
Margaret (Alley) and Larry Broggini, May and Roy Brumfield, Ada Mary (Anderson)
Bright, Jeanne Burgeon, Kay and Stew Brown, Carolina and Robert Bartram, Vernon
Bryant, Alice Beck, Alice Barnes, Dolly Barbour, Hoyt Byrd, Paul Barnard, Jr., Linda
(Benton) Bauer, T. Leslie Burns, Diane and Bob Baldwin, Ellie and Jim Barnes, Louise
Barnes, Louise and Nolan Bissell, Betty and Bob Boyer, Dorothy and Jim Bryant, Eleanor
and Bucky Buehler, Beth Buehler, Anita and Ken Buehlmann, Pat Beall, Doris and LeRoy
Barfield, Anna Bartlett, Ruth Baltozer, Ethel and Bill Brown, Gladys and Bill Boehning,
Aloha and Ed Baumbach, Elizabeth and Bud Bell, Vigna Bonnaeau, Virginia and George
Booth, Mirt Bender, Sis and Joe Bongiorni, Marilyn (Roth) and Arthur Banks, Adalaide
W. and Lawrence F. Bushong, George Bates, Alma and Tom Burrow, Clara & Jack
Brayton, Elvira and James A. Brooks, Pearl and Walter Brown, Emilie Brooks, Irene and
Steve Bissell, Winnie Brome, Marie Buans, Norma and Lewis F. Braden, Millie and Lloyd
Bothamly, Billie and Cliff Beaty, Emma M. Barlow, Robert Budreau, Bevilie and J. A.
Brigman, Sr., Norma and Lew Bruden, Matilda (Van Siclen) Bogle, Gladys (Lowande)
Baldwin, Paul Barnard, Arthur Bullard, Jr., Iva Benton, Clara Bullard,Sandy and Tom
Boehning, Linda & Don Bonneau, Edel Batalden, Bev. and James A. Brigman, Alice and
Max Conover, Jay and Harry Cain, Ila and Dick Crowell, Gene Clinchard, Evelyn
Corrigan, Robin Comer, Tammy (McCoy) Cronkite, Judi, Ed, Dick, Lynn Cunningham,
Jody Cowen, Doug Crook, Shirley Crook, Skeeter Camby, Emmy Lou and Howard
Clarke, Anna and Joe Collins, Robert S. Coulthard, Sarah and Jerry Cohen, Gracela and
Harry Calbert, Georgia and Harlan Crouch, Esther Currier, Joan Corliss, Mary Campbell,
Art Cherry, Rita (Quinn) Crume, Gladys and Tom Conley, C. W. Chase, Jr., Joseph
Copello, Helen and Pete T. Corrigan, Sr., Marie Corrigan, Edith and Tyke Cotton, Joyce
and Jack Clarke, Doris Cox, Dorothy Cantway, Fern and Jack Campbell, Thelma Camby,
Anne and Frank Cunningham, Janet and Ross Cunningham, Eleanor Connor, Louise and
Ray Caldwell, Barbara Cunningham, Frances Compton, Connie Clinchard, Frances and
Warren Cain, Archie, Margaret and Marge Carroll, Elinor and Nelson Cain, Rosie and
Peter Corrigan, Jr., Pauline and Phil Downs, Cathy and R. E. DeTore, Agnes (Conner)
Dalton, Mary and Mahlan Davis, Vera and Norman Davison, Mary and Ed Doolan, Jesslyn
and Robert Dailey, Liz and John Disharoon, Michele and Bryan DeRaps, Karyn Dumas,
Charlotte and Earl Daily, Mina Dee, Deats DeVore, Olga and Paul Disharoon, Mary Lou
and Conroy Dockery, Heidi, Cathy, Jerry Denton, Maxine and Bill Dixon, Marie and Fred
Dube, Marion and William DeVore, Frank Disharoon, Ceclie and Norman Demers, Sugar
DiRoma, Dorothy Dockery, Hazel and Edgar Daggett, Hazel Daniel, Robert Daniel,
Houston Esslinger, Doris Edelen, Frances and Ike Eicher, Mary and Harry Egolf, Lyla
Esler, Tom Ebdon, Rae and Joe Ebdon, Thomas Ebdon III, Charlotte, Eckert, Ginger and
Thomas Egger, Alice and Tom Engelke, Nan Emslie, Rosina Erxleben, Barbara Edginton,
Mrs. Albert Evans, Phyllis and Emo Everson, Bev and Fred Ebdon, Aura and Bud
Erikson, Edgar Eberleh, Joyce and Charles Fears, Naomi and Tony Frangioni, Edna and
Dennis Foster, Chris, Judy, George, Felps, Susan and Brian Felps, Tillie and Paul Fessler,
Darlene and Neil Frauenheim, Mel Field, Viola and Emerson Fuller, Sarah and Clyde
Flowers, Fronia and Walter Fender, Harry Foster, Aida and Jerry Fruth, Dot and Paul
Forrest, Jane, Johnny, Bobbie, Jim, John Frost, Betty and Elmer Forbes, Jr., Betty and
Barney Forgeson, Beth and Ken Field, Muriel Fischback, Foy and Kerner Frauenheim,
Billie Galloway, Beth and Bill Grady, Barbara Graf, Lynn Gunn, Ruth and Louis Gomez,
Marie Gangle, Dewey Goodwin, Betty and Fred J. Gerhardt, Stan Guest, Marion and
Mike Greene, Landon Gunn, Isabel Gibson, Gladys and Gregory Gramlick, Rita and
William A. Gribbons, Doris and Archie Gibson, Dorothy and Albert Gougen, Lorraine
(Terry) Gilmore, Rita Goulet, Ida (Straus) Gifford, Kathleen (Scheibe) Gabriel, Jean
(Ward) Gaches, Barbara (Hickey) Grinnell, Dottie and John Gallagher, Joy and Bobby
Gibson, William Gough, Bea and Sid Hayes, Hilda and Chester Harrold, Jane and Freddie
Huldquist, Pauline Holmelin, Virginia and Ralph Harvey, Dorothy and Ralph Hanners,
Richard Hicks, Dorothy Hicks, Elva and Walter Hobby, Mel and Ted Henter, Des and
Julian Hearne, Anne, Hugh, Glen Hale, Ten Hender, Mary Belle and Robert H. Hicks,
Gladys Humphrey, Marg and Ross Hallowell, Eva and Neville Harte, Jim Hayden, Ruth
Hicks, John Hutchings, Barbara Hutchings, Phyllis Hutchings, Mae and Carleton Hallett,
Josie and Carleton Hallett, Jr., Tuck Hummer, Erna Hower, Dorothy Hamlin, Theresa
Harrison, Florence Harrison, Rita and Warner Hoyle, Reba (Alexander) and Higgy
Higginbotham, Marge and Tom Halliday, Irene and Louis Hasemann, Dot and Bob
Herrington, Loretta Hayes, Kay and Roger Howe, Myrtle and Bill Hughes, Maj. Joel and
Michelle (Gougen) Hawkins, Mary Harrison, Georgia and Vance Howard, Mary Lou and
William S. Hall, Evelyn and Troy Hayes, Skippy and Tio Willie Hallowell, Mildred
Harper, Marilyn (Camby) and George Harley, Elcy and George Hall, Donna, Dottie,
Donald Humphrey, Mary and Bob Hanna, Bucky Hall, Mildred and Joseph Hickey, Nell
Hickman, Catherine and S. A. Hammond, Ellie and Ed Husum, Kay and Tracy Howard,
Vonna (Hambelton) Huldtquist, Daniel J. Ianoale, Edith and Russ Jones, Vera and Alton
Jones, Betty Jorgensen, Mary and J. J. Johnston, Rudolph Julieta, Co Joustra, Lois
(Hollowell) Jones, Joy (Van Vliet) Johnson, Charlotte and Lowell Jones, Nancy and Harry
Jones, Fran Jones, Edwin C. Jones, Gloria and Thomas Jacks, Janet and H. F. Jenner,
Carolyn and Robert Johnson, Allna Kelly, Rita and Jack Klunk, Elizabeth and Daile
Keigley, Bonnie Kent, Mary Belle and Gayl Kellar, Madalyn and Bill Keepers, Dotty
Knox, Marie (Calloway) and Joseph Kuhn, Anna Kelly, Jean Karch, Margaret and John
Klasovsky, Jo (Hatchett) and Lloyd Kent, Barbara and Larry Kelley, Toni Klasovsky,
Paul Karst, Paul A. Kunkel, Jackie Linker, Irene Ladrack, Dorothy and Chuck Lavallee,
Lily Lynch, Jennie (Johnson) Loveland, Mary and Val Lynch, Charlotte (Lottie) Laurie,
Alicia and Daniel A. Lawson, Bessie Lyons, Beatrice (Lucas) Leitner, Dot and Mike
LaCroix, Capt. Harry Lacy, Jean and Joe Lukacs, Martha and Frank Lerchen, Margaret
Lantz, Jane and Richard Allen Little, Teresa and Dan MacNeil, Trudi and Fred Mohl,
Fred Mead, Martha and Angus Matheney, Sallie and Albert MacKeown, Flora Madison,
Bea Mable, Deya and Ralph A. Morales, Luella Morales, Judy and Bob Martin, Debbi and
Ted Marti, Karrol and Richard Morris, Betty Malone, Margaret Martin, Jeanne and Bo
Mathews, Grace and Jack Morris, Jean and Ed Mann, Helen Muller, Jesse Matheney,
George A. Martin, (Billie (Bowen) Martin, Billie (Bowen) Martin, Thora and Dick Mahoney,
Vee (Hatchett) and Jack MacLaren, Edna and Jim Million, Arthur J. Maroney, John A.
Madison, Helen Meissinger, Gretchen Melanson, Alan Paulson Martin, Jane Martin,
Milton Paulson Martin, Jesse Paulson Martin, Terri Messina, Kathleen and Allen Miller,
Doug Mann, Martha and Robert Messer, Florence Mallett, Sandy May, Clara Moore,
Borgie Misenheimer, Boots and Geo Mitchell, Carol and Raymond Masino, Jim Marshall,
Peggy and Ray Madison, Jean and Ron Martinez, Hazel and Maurice McClullough, Max
McCoy, Leona and Richard McLarnan, Mary Jane and Griffin McClellan, Kathryn and
Warren McNamee, Anna and Jack McGlade, Elaine and Jim McConaghy, Tillie and John
McConaghy, Duayne McNeil, Almena McCoy, Dorothea and Mac McNall, Juanita and
Dick McConaughey, Joanne and Peter McBride, Carmen and A. C. Nagy, Suzanne (Little)
Nolan, Steve Nehring, Janice Newlon, Marie Neal, Dorothy and Edward Neville, Inez and
Al Nelson, Elmer Nordstrom, Della Noonan, Dorothy Nichols, Kay and Bip Nelson, Lynn
and Butch Nehring, Mary Orr, Barbara O'Conner, Eileen and Edward O'Brien, Edna
(Hewitt) Ogletree, Robert O'Conner, Geraldine and Arthur O'Donnell,
Peg (Corrigan) Park, Sadie and Mike Parmentier, Ruth Ann and Dick Parker, Dorothy
and Al Pate, Gus Peterson, Judy Pridgen, Marie and Monroe Phillips, Louise Pustis, Ann
Pennock, Gertrude Pearson, Adair and Ted Pierpoint, Shay and Darwin Pope, Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Perry, Amy Paddock, Marie and Bill Park, Mary Jane and Cash Paulson,
Ethel and Herbert Staples.
Both (Wainio) and Teddy Deaton, Doris "Rusty" Folger, Marian and Gene Gregg, Patt
Foster Roberson, Kelly Wainio.
Jo (Blanton) Kilburn, Irene and Jack Kromer.
Ellen and Frank Castles, Rene (Owen) Goodrich, Diane (Hickey) Irvine, Benny
McConaghy, Jean (Owen) Young.
Grace (Jones) Carey, Miriam and Bud Freeman, Dale Thomas.
Pat and Robbie Adams, Sue (Halley) Bailey, Dot Leach, Jini and Earl Robins, Jean and
Cindy (Stock) Bodin, Christine Newhouse, Drew Stock.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2
Arleen and Howard Osborn.
NEW JERSEY 5
Lea Corbliss, Helen and David Eberenz, Evelyn Koperski, "Pete" Julius Peterson.
NEW MEXICO 4
John Winter Collins, Mary Glenn, Jane and Bob Lawyer.
NEW YORK 9
John Bonnano, Joe Bugno, Joyce and Dean Kelly, Thelma King, Emma Noe, Harvey
Parker, Auristela and George Poole.
NORTH CAROLINA 10
Edith and Tom Alley, Trudy and Bob Blaney, Dorothy Anne Chapman, Essie and Luther
Frank Jones, Edward Kienzle, Jean and Bob Wainio.
Jean and Fred Kirk, Carolyn and Homer Piper, Elvera and Lloyd Moore, Dorothy and
Cash Paulson, H. W. Post (Buck), Margaret Peterson, Celeste and Bronson Powell, Ruth
Powell, Ruth and Lloyd Peterson, John Piscod, Doris (Currier) Post, Betty Quintero,
Vickie (Frost) Queen, Frances and Gil Rowe, Anne Rathgeber, (Janet (Barnes)
Richardson, Ruth Rogan, Brenda and Ted Riser, Robert Roy, Helen Rhodes, Gertrude and
Don Roberto, Virginia Reese, Edythe (Weisiger) and Don Rogers, Tommy and George
Roth, Richard Rohden, Dorothy and Bill Rose, Sam Rowley, Marge and Harold Rodgers,
Bea Simonis, Elizabeth Simon, Selma and Chris Skeie, Jr., Henry Skeie, Fran and Bill
Stock, Franny and Hal Sander, Lois and C. H. Shedlock, Louise Saum, Vera Smith, Angie
and Angel (Irv) Spector, Dudley Smith, Amy Scott, Bertha Scott, J. Bartley Smith, Ella
and Stan Specht, Mildred Spivey, Elaine (Martin) and Jerry Smith, Nikki and Phil
Stewart, Frances and Roy Sharp, Mildred Sutherland, Barbara H. Schmitt, Jerry Steiner,
Marie and Joseph M. Schafer, Gini and Carl Starke, Leo Snedeker, Leona Sanders, Elsie
and Bob Smith, Georgia Seel, Shirley and Aaron N. Sigfrid, Mary Nell and Milt Sanders,
Mim and Mel Smith, Margaret (Hewitt) Sapp, Merlena Searle, Hope Symonds, Margaret
Shipley, Julia (Shipley) Shaffer, Shirley Smith, Liby and Reuben Seidman, Clara
Saarinen, Johnnie (Roth) Strickland, Anne and Ray Schneider, Ruth and James Shirley,
Edith and Ernie Striebritz, Elma Scheibe, A. V. Seiferlein, Sally Smith, Edna Sanford,
Geo. A. Sausel, Lydia and Matt Shannon, Helen and Paul Saarinen, Toodles and Tate
Setzer, Peggy and Tony Sylvestre, Judy and Jack Stuart, Hanna and Fred Schwartz,
Helen and Dick Sullivan, Evelyn Slowick, Pam and Herbert Spector, Tinker Stevenson, J.
C. Thompson, Marvel (Davison) and Frank Townsend, Linnie Turner, Marion Taylor,
Jack Taylor, Margaret, Doris, Charles Townshend, Carlie and Jack Taber, Ruth
Thompson, Kay Taliercio, Virginia and Wes Townsend, Ann and Twig Terwilliger, Elaine
Thompson, Helen and Richard Tomford, Marion (Lowande) and Gordan Thompson, Alice
Taber, Betty and Clarence Underwood, Anna Ruth (Werkheiser) Van Brocklib, Jean and
William Violette, Ralph Vitola, Anna and Robert Vache, Irama Wicks, Virginia and Jim
Wood,Henrietta Wolf, Lucky Willburn, Marie Wolf, John Wheaton, Marnett, Susan,
Oscar H. Wenborne, Muriel and John Whitman, Paula Wong, Mayno and George Walker,
Grace Williams, Beryle and Gaddis Wall, Joseph Wertz, Gretchen and Leon Warren,
Grace (Schnack) and Lee Wilson, Barbara and Bill Wichmann, Edna Wertz, Beatrice
(Harris) Winford, Bernard Woods, Annie and John Wainio, Muriel Whitman, Lelia Wiloe,
Mike Ward, Beverly Whitehead, Gertrude and Raymond Whitney, Connie and Johnnie
Wright, Olive Ward, Harriet and Carl Widell, Cecilia and Alfred Waldorf, Dorothy and
Roger Williams, Cynthia and Merrell Webster, Jeanne and Bill Wheeler, Rabbi and Helen
Witkin, Barbara and Al Ward, Dorothy and Ernest Yocum, Connie and Joseph Young,
Julie and Anthony Zablocki, Marie and Hollie Gibson.
Bill Clinchard, Frede and Richard Coy, Pat and Jerry Detamore, Bob Dockery, Ken Field,
Marianne (Field) and Rus Hockin, Aurelia and William Hadarits, Veta and Joe Hatchett,
Helen (Keene) McNeal, M. Marshall, Glenn Martin, Eunice Richard.
Bernice (Rathgeber) and Andrew Jackson, Betty and Robert Malstrom, Gerry and Bill
Eleanor and Jim Cross, Crystal Payne, Geraldine and William K. Ward.
Edith "Margaret" Davis, Marian and Henry DeRaps, Margaret and Grady Hardison.
Sue Bruland, June Dowd, Viola Eick, Jeannett (Bruland) Jans, Karen (Lowande) Nagy,
Mildred Sweatman, Rita (Kotalik) and Perry Washabaugh, Katharine Paton.
RHODE ISLAND 1
SOUTH CAROLINA 17
Blanche (Adler) and Carl Browne, Christine and Charles Goodenough, Nora and Charles
Green, Grace and B. J. Hartley, Dorothy (Wirtz) and Carrol Houx, Verna and Andy
Kapinos, Ann Keepers, Thora and Frank Smith, Leona "Sis" and William York.
Nellree and Ernie Burger, Maxine and Henry Carpenter, Margaret and Richard
Carpenter, Charles L. Leeser, Jr., Macel and J. Morton Thomson.
Helen Alexander, Hazel and Bob Blades, Nadine Cain, Pat (Gibson) Carson, Carole
(Thompson) Corey, Terry Corrigan, Art Farrell, Gloria and Gus Holmelin, Bonnie Bell
Howle, Eddie L. Lowande Lam, Shirley and Tom Marine, Marguerite Orr, Jeanne and
Ray Piper, Betty and Edward Sebick, John Townshend, Pat (Wallace) and Howard Urick,
Steve Ulosevich, Marion (Orr) Wells.
Peggy Brugge, Hamner and J. L. (Ted) Cook, Mabel (Alva) Cooke, Shirley and Richard
Cox, Armando Cruz, Madeline and Leo Eberenz, Marie and Otto Helmericks, Mary Ellen
(Nell) Johnson, Sylvia and Jules Lelaidier, Mary Stuart, Katherine and Oscar Ward.
Minnie Barnhart, Elizabeth Beall, Leona and Gilbert Stevenson, Jeanne and Bill Wood,
COME TO A JULY 11th PICNIC
We had such a delightful day last October at the Lake Seminole
Park our Executive Committee met briefly and planned another picnic
there. Al Pate and Jack Morris will make all the arrangements for us.
WHERE: LAKE SEMINOLE PARK, 10015 74th Avenue
North, Seminole, FL,
SHELTER NO. 8 overlooking the lake
WHEN: Friday, July 11th
TIME: 10:00 A.M. to -
There are 10 picnic tables under cover and a few located not under
cover. Lots of shady trees and a breeze coming off the lake. There is a
boat ramp to launch your boat, if one would like to bring his boat and
go boating. There are barbeque pits available for those who wish to
cook or re-heat food. Restroom facilities are very close by. Please bring
a covered dish to be shared with members, your beverage and utensils
in your picnic basket.
For your information, directions to Lake Seminole Park are as
If coming from the SOUTH on HWY. 19, go NORTH to 74th Ave.
North, turn LEFT, continue WEST passing over STARKEY RD. to
10015 74th Avenue North and turn RIGHT into the park. Continue
into the park and bear to the right until you reach Shelter No. 8. Just
look for the cars with the Panama Canal Society Decals.
When coming from the Clearwater area, drive SOUTH ON
ALTERNATE 19 (or Seminole Blvd.) turn LEFT on 74th Avenue and
then turn LEFT again into the Park at 10015 74th Ave. North.
For those members coming from the Beaches, go NORTH on
GULF BLVD. to 150th AVE., turn RIGHT, go across Madeira Bridge
and bear LEFT to SEMINOLE BLVD. Then RIGHT to 74th Ave. etc.
Please refer to a map for further instruction.
Remember to car pool to save energy and for friendship. And this
is to be a Family Day, so lets all plan on going and having a good old
fashion picnic and a frolicsome day.
Notice*THERE WILL NOT BE A MEETING ON FRIDAY, JULY 4, 1980*Notice
-rurrdl COACONGRATULATIONS r
Mr. and Mrs. Bernice A. Herring, Sr., formerly of Gamboa, CZ
from 1940 to 1962, were honored on their GOLDEN WEDDING ANNI-
VERSARY, at a dinner party held
at Beaver Dam Seafood Restau-
rant near Salemburg, NC where
they now reside. The hostesses
were their children Mr. and Mrs.
B. A. Herring, Jr. of Vienna, VA,
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Herring of
Catonsville, MD and Mr. and Mrs.
C. H. (Joyce) Stewart of Char-
Lt. Col. Edward B. English was presented a medal in March. It
reads "The United States of America". The President of the U.S.A.
authorized by executive order, has awarded the Meritorious Service
Medal to Lieutenant Colonel Edward B. English, United States Army
for Exceptional Meritorious Service as Commander, Port Pusan,
Korea from February 1978 to January 1980. Awarded Feb. 21st, 1980."
Edward is the husband of Andra Lee Nash English, formerly of Gatun,
Miss Debra J. Niskanen, daughter of Ed and Ester Niskanen of
Houston, TX, recently graduated Cum Laude from the University of
South Carolina at Columbia. Debbie was an early 1976 honor graduate
from BHS and attended the Canal Zone College. She has accepted a
position as Executive Secretary to the President of Interedec U.S.A.,
an investment consultant firm in Houston which oversees the
activities of the Saudi Research and Development Corporation
Steven Niskanen was named to the Dean and Superintendent's
List at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He is in his second year.
Steven was a 1978 honor graduate of BHS.
Debra and Steven are the grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. James
Evans of Colon.
Mrs. Donald L. Humphrey (Dotti) of Palm Bay, FL received her
Associated Arts degree in Education at the Commencement Exercises
held on May 6, 1980 at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, FL. She
made the Dean's list regularly, graduating with a 4.0 average and is a
member of Phi Theta Kappa fraternity. She is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Frost of Tampa, FL.
***Washington (AP) Jan. 27, 1980 Sen. Gravel calls for $25 million
study for new Panama Canal. In an effort to spur U.S. interest in a new
Panama Canal, Sen. Mike Gravel joined forces with Japanese busi-
nessmen Saturday in calling for a $25 million feasibility study.
***Tampa Tribune, March 27, 1980 The $20 billion project foresees
the construction during a 10-year period of a new waterway west of
present canal that would be large enough to allow fully loaded
300,000-ton tankers to pass between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans,
according to diplomats.
Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira and Panama's president,
Aristides Royo, discussed the study, which has been backed by
Panama and strongly supported by the Japanese business community.
Under the terms of the treaty signed by the U.S. and Panama in
1977, Washington will continue to control the present waterway until
2000 and must be consulted on plans for a second canal.
"Our two governments look at the whole project in a most positive
light," said a Foreign Ministry official after the Ohira-Royo meeting,
"and it necessarily requires U.S. cooperation plus, we think, participa-
tion of European powers and perhaps Canada, too."
***'Civvies' Required in Panama Navy Times, March 31, 1980. Quarry
Heights, Panama Military people entering or departing Panama
now must wear civilian clothes in most cases. Military people also must
wear civilian attire while shopping, sightseeing or conducting most
other types of personal business outside military bases, Panama Canal
Commission areas or similar facilities. Wearing of the uniform
continues to be authorized in Panama while performing official duties
as a military driver or while visiting U.S. or foreign government office
on official business.
***Communist and guerrilla leaders from 10 Caribbean and Central
American countries met secretly in San Jose, CR in late December to
map out an intensified subversion campaign to dominate the two
American regions Delegates included Omar Torrijos; Russian-
trained Panamanian aide Raul Chang Marin, the Cuban Communist
Party Foreign Relations Secretary Jesus Montane, and representa-
tives from Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras,
Grenada and the Dominican Republic. Costa Rican Communist chief
Manual Mora presided.
Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo later blasted Communist
intervention in the January banana laborers' strike, tying it to the
meeting, and then expelled from his country three Cubans, a
Bulgarian, a Yugoslav and a Salvadorean as "international communist
agents." (Is this why we are paying 33 cents per pound for
Guatemalan President Romero Lucas Garcia also denounced the
meeting, which reportedly targeted Guatemala and El Salvador for
immediate action. He claims guerrillas are being trained by
Nicaraguan revolutionary Eden Pastora, the famous "Comandante
Cero," and Manuel Andara Ubeda, a comrade of Juan Mari Bras,
powerful secretary general of the pro-Cuban Socialist Party of Puerto
Rico. The meeting provided instruction in tactics and planning, and
called for Fidel Castro's help in providing food, arms and medicine to
troups that have trouble getting them directly from Nicaragua and
other sources. Castro is said to be impatient with the popular
resistance that has sprung up against leftist regulation, especially in
El Salvador. Soviets are also setting up operations in Nicaragua,
including a full embassy staff.... WEST WATCH, March 1980.
Please correct the following in the Annual Issue: Mr. William M.
Price, 74 South Strathmore Blvd., Sarasota, FL 33583 and in the March
1980 issue under Schaack, Col. and Mrs. Frank J. (Llona Joan Sears),
P.O. Box 222316, Dallas, TX 75222.
While at the Reunion Conrad Horine received payment for two
BHS-CHS ALUMNI INDEX publications from two ladies. The name
and address of these ladies was written on the back of an information
form and believed to be given to someone to be filled out. Would those
two lovely ladies who paid Conrad, please drop him a post card with
their name and address so that he may forward their copy on to them.
Thank you, Conrad S. Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA 92002.
NEWS CONDENSED from The Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
***The Queen Elizabeth 2 broke its own Panama Canal tolls record
once again when it paid $89,154.62 in transit fees last Friday. The
British flag ship, whose agents at the Canal are Pacific Ford, S.A., set
the record in April 1979 when it paid $68,867.44 in tolls. The vessel still
holds the record as the largest passenger ship ever to transit the
The QE2 was piloted by four PC Commission pilots, Capt. Malcolm
J. Stone, Capt. Ennis E. Daniel, Capt. Douglas D. Finley and Capt.
James B. Wallace. Eight locomotives were required to take the
963-foot long, 105-foot beam, 66,851-ton vessel through each of the
three 110-foot wide locks.
The QE2 was on the first leg of its 1980 round-the-world cruise
which lasts either 60 or 80 days, depending upon where a passenger
boards. The 80 day cruise begins and ends in New York, with stops at
31 ports. The least expensive or tourist class fare for this cruise is
$9,950 for a two-bed, inside room. The 60 days cruise begins at the
ship's Los Angeles stop and continues on to Southampton, England. for
a total of 24 ports of call. The tourist fare for this cruise is $8,650.
***The Office of the Ombudsman opened for business on a limited
scale on January 14 at its temporary location in rooms 301 and 305 on
the third floor of the Administration Building. The office was created
by implementing legislation. Georges G. Bouche was selected by
Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe for nomination to the
Board and is presently serving as Ombudsman-designee subject to
Board confirmation. The function of the Ombudsman is to serve all
employees and dependents of Federal agencies in the Panama Canal
area by responding to their complaints, grievances, requests and
suggestions concerning administrative problems. The Ombudsman
will conduct investigations and make recommendations for remedial
actions to the agency concerned.
***The Panama Canal had a distinguished visitor recently in the
person of Jack Browne who made the transit while spending a short
vacation aboard the yacht of a friend. You may not know who Jack
Browne is, but serious divers the world over sit up and take notice at
the mention of his name.
From his Milwaukee, WI childhood, Jack Browne was enchanted
with the idea of diving. He built his first diving suit and helmet at age
11 out of scrounged materials and by age 20 had built and patented a
diving mask that is used by divers everywhere. The Jack Browne
mask consists of a triangular copper frame which holds a glass
faceplate. The frame and faceplate are attached to a rubber seal that
fits around the diver's face, enclosing the eyes, nose and mouth.
Attachments for an air supply and non-return valve and exhaust valve
are built into the frame, and the mask is held in place by a harness of
rubber straps taht fits around the head. The mask manufactured today
is virtually the same as the original, which was designed nearly forty
In early part of World War II, a very young and very confident
Browne took his mask to the Navy Department. With a Navy contract
in hand, a feat in itself for one so young, Browne developed the Diving
Equipment and Supply Company (Desco) in Milwaukee, which during
World War II provided the Navy with around ninety percent of its
A deep sea diver, Brown held the world's record for deep sea
diving in 1946, when he went down 550 feet in Lake Michigan. Browne
sold his diving manufacturing company after World War II and went
on to other things. A person who likes to keep busy, Browne currently
lives on a large houseboat in the Virgin Islands and does aerial
photography for yachting magazines and cruising guides from a
seaplane that he keeps docked on a ramp behind the boat. He is also
engaged in writing a book on the New England coast.... 2/1/80
***Sixty cadets in their first and second years at the Escuela Nautica
de Panama will begin five weeks of training at the Canal on March 3 in
units of the Marine and Engineering and Construction bureaus, the
Panama Canal Commission's two major operating bureaus.
This is the seventh group of nautical students to participate in the
program which was started in 1973. A total of 240 cadets have received
training. The cadets will be assigned to the Canal Support Division
aboard towboats and launches and receive instruction in firefighting,
first aid and maritime safety techniques and stand watches on Canal
floating equipment. Twelve cadets are in their second year and will be
assigned to the Marine Traffic Control Center where they will observe
the overall operation and be given the opportunity to make partial
transits. Eleven cadets are studying to be engine room officers and
will receive training aboard the Dredging Division's floating
equipment, working shifts and standing watches.
***The Panama Canal Treaty commits the new Panama Canal Com-
mission to "establish training programs for Panamanian employees
and apprentices in order to increase the number of Panamanian
nationals qualified to assume positions with the PCC, as positions be-
come available." As a result, the Administrator has established a
special study team to develop an organizational plan for implementing
and monitoring the Commission Employee Development Program. The
group will review existing and proposed training programs to see
whether they meet their objectives and report to the Administrator
by March 1. Members of the team are Mary K. Vidaurri, Office of
Personnel Administration, who is serving as project officer; Richard B.
Home, Office of Executive Planning; and Marilyn V. Young, Office of
***The Engineering Division is responsible for the management of the
Panama Canal Commission dams which include the three major dams
of Miraflores, Madden and Gatun, approximately forty saddle dams on
Gatun and Madden lakes, and the SIP-7 structures in Pedro Miguel and
In January of 1977 a thorough investigation of the PC dams was
carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Their report
concluded that all dams and spillways are sound, but emphasized the
need for regular inspections. This report led the Engineering division
to develop a new Dam Safety Program which began in 1979. The first
year of the program has just drawn to a close. A complete inspection
was made of the dams which revealed a few minor electrical problems
and a small seepage area on the east earth dam at Madden. The
seepage area is not considered dangerous, but is being monitored until
the remedial work can be done. ... 2/8/80
***Two promotions have just been announced by the Chief Financial
Officer. Gary J. Goodwin, Jr., will fill the vacancy left by the recent
retirement of Duane M. Perkins as Chief, Management Information
Systems. The position of Chief Data Processing Systems Division
currently held by Goodwin will be filled by Raymond W. Engle. Both
appointments become effective on Feb. 24.
Goodwin graduated from Wake Forest University in 1966. He
came to the Canal in 1968 as a computer programmer. He had held his
present position since May of 1976, and during his Panama Canal
career has been the recipient of seven Outstanding Performance
Awards. Goodwin will be responsible for both the Computer
Operations Division and the Data Processing Systems Division.
Engle lived in the Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High
School during the four years his father was employed locally by the
Federal Aviation Administration. After graduating from Purdue
University in 1964 with a BS in electrical engineering, Engle entered
the navy and was assigned to the Fleet Computer Programming
Center in Virginia Beach. Upon leaving the Navy he worked for RCA.
In 1974 he joined the Panama Canal Company as a systems analyst....
***Congressional members of the Panama Canal Subcommittee of the
Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, Michigan Democrat David
Bonior and Maryland Republican Robert Bauman, met with represen-
tatives of the Canal area community and Commission employees last
week. At the press conference on Friday, they said that the main
problem confronting Commission employees is what employees
consider to be the impersonal treatment from the Department of De-
fense in comparison to the more personal treatment they were used to
under the Company/Government. Representative Bonior said that
those who were transferred to DOD and employees who now use DOD
facilities are finding it difficult to adjust to the depersonalization in a
much larger organization.
Bonior added that they were pleased that the operation of the
Canal seemed to be going relatively smoothly, but that he was deeply
concerned about some issues that could inhibit a smooth transition and
could affect Canal operations in the future if they were not addressed
by the U.S. Congress.
Representative Bauman said that the major problem of the
transition is the apparent conflict between the DOD and the duties it
has been assigned under the Treaty and the Commission. Bonior said
resolving these problems would slightly increase the budget allocated
by the Congress for Canal operations. "Although it may not cost much,
maintaining the quality of life means an awful lot to the people
remaining here," he said.
Earlier in the day the congressmen had met with union leaders
and representatives of the residents' advisory committees. Union lead-
ers were primarily concerned with the "two-tier" wage scale which
pays post-treaty implementation hires less than those hired before Oc-
tober 1. One leader said the two-tier wage scale was going to make it
very difficult to hire new craftsmen and to get good people to stay.
Both the Administrator and Deputy Administrator were present
at these meetings. McAuliffe said that he was concerned that some of
these wages might not be sufficiently competitive and that a survey
was now being conducted in order to determine whether or not these
wages might require readjustment.
They said that relationships with Panama had gone considerably
better than expected and that the Panamanian authorities had been as
courteous and flexible as possible. The joint police have been particu-
larly successful, "Probably one of the more successful aspects of the
transition," said one representative.
Residents' advisory committee members then spoke about the
long lines and lack of items at the commissaries, the lack of mainte-
nance of school air conditioners and grounds, the loss of good school
teachers, and the problem of religious leaders not having the same
benefits as Commission employees. Representatives felt that these
problems were a result of the violation of the treaty commitment to
maintain the quality of life here. Representative Bonior said that he
and Representative Bauman would take these concerns back to Wash-
ington with them. Bauman said that the nature of the changeover was
massive, "somewhat like disestablishing the state of Rhode Island and
giving it back to Massachusetts."
***"I found this power plant to be run as well or better, with less
waste, than most I have found in private industry," reads a letter con-
cerning the Miraflores Power Plant to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul of
The letter was written by Westinghouse Electric Corporation con-
sultant John Robertson after a four-week visit to the Isthmus in De-
cember and January to supervise a steam turbine retubing project at
the power plant. Robertson wrote to Paul expressing his high regard
for the installation and, in particular, for the personal effectiveness of
the plant's manager Jack Saltzman.
***The Honorable W. Graham Claytor, Jr., the United States Deputy
Secretary of Defense, addressed the American Chamber of Commerce
and Industry at the Holiday Inn in Panama City last week. Remarking
that "the contributions that the Canal workforce have made to world
shipping cannot be overstated," Claytor went on to say that the De-
partment of Defense "will make every effort to monitor carefully those
activities in Panama which will affect the quality of life of the entire
U.S. workforce both Commission and Defense." Commenting on the
close partnership that has developed between Panama and the U.S. as
a result of the treaties, he went on to review what the role of the DOD
will be over the next twenty years, during which time Panama will be
assisted in becoming increasingly involved in the management and
operation of the waterway and will assume greater defense responsi-
In briefly outlining the main interests of the United States in the
Canal, Claytor stated that they are basically three: access to and use of
the Canal, the continued efficient operation of the Canal, and, from the
international standpoint, the assurance that all ships transiting the
Canal are physically secure from threat.
***Kelly J. Forrest and David P. Ridge, 1979 graduates of Cristobal
High School who are attending the California Maritime Academy as
midshipmen fourth class (first year students), are participating in the
school's annual 10-week training-at-sea program aboard the Academy's
training ship Golden Bear. This year there are 18 midshipwomen
aboard the Golden Bear. Midshipman Forrest is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ernest W. Forrest of Coco Solo and Midshipman Ridge is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Ridge of France Field.... 2/22/80
***The suction dredge U.S. Mindi, a veteran of the Canal's watercraft
fleet, was recommissioned on Monday in a ceremony at the Industrial
Division at Mount Hope. Attended by officials of the Commission,
USSOUTHCOM and the Republic of Panama, as well as many Indus-
trial Division employees, the ceremony marked the completion of a
repowering project and general overhaul that took almost two years
and cost more than $7 million.
The Commission's Acting Administrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr.
used the occasion to thank the many employees who were involved in
the difficult project of converting the dredge from steam to diesel
electric power. Industrial Division chief E. M. Kennedy expressed his
gratitude to all those who had contributed to the successful completion
of the arduous task, saying that it resulted in "an almost new dredge
for the Commission."
Denise Manfredo, wife of the Acting Administrator, broke the tra-
ditional bottle of champagne on the bridge wing.
The Mindi was first placed in Canal service in 1943. Reaching
some 70 feet below the surface of the water, the dredge works like a
tremendously powerful vacuum cleaner, removing small rock and soft
material from the bottom of the channel. The Mindi was once used in
dredging operations in connection with the "third locks" project, and
from then until it was taken out of service in 1978, the suction dredge
was used mainly in the removal of accumulated silt from the Canal
channel and outer harbors.
The Mindi is scheduled to be moved to Gamboa, where it will be
outfitted, and the crew members will then receive two weeks of famili-
arization and training on the dredge at Mamei Curve. It is expected
that the Mindi will be put to work dredging in the Balboa Reach about
April 1. The master of the Mindi is Capt. Donald Crull and the chief
engineer is Phillip Bonk. The coordinator for the Mindi conversion
project was Colin Corrigan, and Dennis Light was ship's progress man.
***A pile of light grey dust is all that's left of 22 parcel post sackfuls of
Canal Zone stamps that were destroyed by the Canal Commission last
week, adding another historical footnote to the Treaty of 1977. The
face value of the postal stamps was $1.1 million and the philatelic
worth, approximately $4 million.
The destruction of the Canal Zone postal stamps was the coupe de
grace to the dissolution of the CZ Postal Service, whose colorful and
unique history dates back to 1904 and parallels the history of the
Through the years, the stamp issues vividly reflected the early
hardships, the failures and the magnificent completion of the
waterway. CZ stamps have depicted the members of the Isthmian
Canal Commission and other people and buildings and equipment that
have played an important role in the construction and operation of the
Canal; the Administration Building; Goethals Memorial; Fort San
Lorenzo; and the dipper dredge Cascadas. There were commemorative
and anniversary stamps and special stamps recognizing world effort
against malaria and many other stamps that made CZ stamps world
When the CZ Postal Service was dissolved on October 1, 1979, an
inventory of stamps stocks was made by the General Audit Division
and the Administrative Services Division. The excess stamps were
placed in 22 parcel post sacks and sealed. The sacks containing the
stamps (weighing between 100 and 150 pounds) and 14 sacks full of CZ
Postal Service miscellaneous accountable forms, including money
order and box rental forms and postal savings certificates, and postal
history books and U.S. Postal stamps had been in the custody of the
Administrative Services Division secured in the Treasurer's Vault in
the Administration Building.
Early last week, the sacks of stamps were moved from the vault to
a concrete building in Albrook AFS and fed into a Jay Bee
Disintegrator by Eddy Smith, supervisor of the Commission's Postal
Assistance Unit, who was the custodian of the precious cargo. It took
approximately one hour and a half to destroy one bag of stamps worth
$50,000. Three to four sacks were destroyed each day. Frank Masters
and Gene Blackford were present at all times to certify the destruction
of the postal stamps.
Representative sheets of Canal Zone postal stamps had already
been set aside to be presented to the Smithsonian Institution for reten-
tion and display purposes for the benefit of present-day public and for
The large number of leftover stamps resulted from the fact that
the CZ Postal Service could not order less than 200,000 stamps for a
single printing, as this is the minimum order accepted by the U.S.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C.
Last weeks destruction of Canal Zone stamps closes one of the
most interesting histories in the annals of the stamp world. It will also
increase the value of all existing Canal Zone stamps.... 3/7/80
***In the early morning hours of February 6 the captain of the
Burgess, Capt. Agustin Delgado, noted that the tug did not respond
normally near the south approach to Miraflores Locks. Upon inspec-
tion of the tug, Industrial Division divers discovered that the
starboard propulsion unit was missing, that it had broken off, sunk into
the water and was lost.
Divers from the 3rd Batallion, 7th Special Forces Airborne
responded with enthusiasm when asked to assist the 193d Infantry
Brigade divers. Water at the site varied in depth from about 39 feet to
over 50 feet, and from 2 to 6 feet of soft silt covered the floor of the
Canal in the search area.
The divers were briefed on the probable location of the unit, it's
size and appearance, and the characteristics of the search area.
Dressed in SCUBA gear, they went down in teams to search the murky
depths in systematic formation with specially devised probes. The unit
was finally located in 40 feet of water and 6 feet of silt just one hour
into the fifth day of the search.
Commission divers from the Industrial Division's Diving and
Salvage Depot rigged a lifting sling which raised the propulsion unit
and brought it aboard the Dredging Division's Anchor Barge No. 1 for
transportation to Miraflores Locks where it was unloaded onto the
northeast wingwall. The unit was then taken by truck to the Industrial
Division shops at Mount Hope where it is being repaired for
reinstallation on the Burgess.
Marine Director Capt. John D. Thurber, USN, sent a letter of
commendation concerning these men to the Commander, 193d Infantry
Brigade, together with his personal thanks and appreciation. .
***Gatun Locks is getting a valve job. Work on the east wall of the
locks, the first of three stages of the scheduled valve overhaul, was
completed on March 10. The second phase, in the west wall culvert,
begins tomorrow and runs through April 7, then the third and final
phase on the centerwall may begin. One pump then remains in
operation to control any leakage.
Besides valves, other jobs done at this time include the repair or
replacement of parts damaged by erosion or corrosion. Gatun Locks is
not subject to the settling of silt that is a problem at Miraflores and
Pedro Miguel, so the only cleaning needed is the scraping off of
barnacles from the lower and middle chambers which contain salt and
brackish water, respectively. Barnacles do not grow in the fresh water
of the upper chamber.
"We sweat blood to get through this," said Daryl Bullinger,
superintendent of Gatun Locks. Overhaul crews work in 10-hour shifts,
from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., while "miscellaneous"
crew checks in at midnight and works to 10 a.m., overlapping the other
***Through the Equal Opportunity office and regulations set forth by
Government regulations employees are being categorized into the
following minority groupings: 1-Black, not of Hispanic origin,
2-Hispanic, 3-American Indian, 4-Oriental and 5-White, other
than Hispanic. The Hispanic grouping includes all employes of latin
American origin, regardless of race and cultural backgrounds .
***Tableware formerly in use at the Canal Zone Governor's House is
on display in the main reading room of the Panama Canal Commission
Library Museum. Representative examples of the simple yet elegant
gold and white China service are displayed together with crystal and
silver. Also on exhibit are one example each of the more elaborate
green and rose China services. The tableware, which bears the seal of
the Canal Zone, was retired from use with the disestablishment of the
Canal Zone on October 1, 1979. Samples were placed in the Library-
Museum's Panama Collection for preservation and periodic display.
***"There is no perfect time to retire. Bess and I have evaluated all
the factors and concluded that now is as good a time as any." With
those words, spoken in the slow, Southern Drawl that is his trademark,
Panama Canal Commission Executive Secretary J. Patrick Conley has
announced his intention to bring his 30-year career in Federal service
to a close.
The place where the search will begin has been decided upon. The
Conleys have bought a home in Tallahassee, a location that will offer
both career and educational opportunities to the Conley family (Anne,
Patrick, Harry and Thomas). If Pat Conley has any problem at all
about the future it is simply this: how does one follow up a career as
the Executive Secretary of one of the most exciting enterprises in the
world, the Panama Canal? He is only the fifth man to hold the title, the
last in the Canal Zone, the first in the Commission.
He has been the Canal organization's principal point of contact in
matters involving the treaty with Panama, the U.S. Department of
State and the U.S. military forces on the Isthmus. But from 1974 on,
the duty was largely delegated to others on his staff, as Conley's time
was spent pertaining to the negotiations and later the planning for im-
plementation of the Panama Canal treaties. Of the climax of those
years of diplomacy and hard work, Conley says he still retains a sense
of amazement that October 1, 1979, came and went without a problem.
He credits the smooth implementation of the treaty to the Brooke
Amendment, which established an 18-month waiting period between
the signing of the treaty and its implementation.
For his treaty work on behalf of the Canal organization, Conley
was recently given the Distinguished Service Award, the highest
recognition granted by the Commission.
Conley, the young lawyer from Carlisle, KY came to the Isthmus
in 1952 to visit a brother stationed here. He recalls during that visit he
was interviewed for a position as an attorney by Paul Runnestrand,
then Assistant General Counsel. Conley remembers that Runnestrand,
later to become his predecessor as Executive Secretary and close
friend. The youngest child of an attorney whose three sons all followed
in his footsteps, Conley met and married Bess Bledsoe of Georgia in
1958, when she came to the Isthmus to teach school. They and their
children over the years have been involved in every aspect of Isthmian
community life, from Boy Scouts to membership at St. Mary's Church
in Balboa. Their leaving will be keenly felt in the Commission, where
Conley has earned the respect of employees at all levels in the
workforce. Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe said:
"Pat Conley is one of the most valued officials of the Panama
Canal Commission. One whose counsel I have frequently sought, one
whose advice and recommendations I have consistently found to be
balanced, forthright and honest. While my relationship with Pat goes
back only about five years, many others have had the pleasure of
knowing him personally and officially for decades. Over the past year,
he has provided an element of stability to us all as we crossed the
threshold of the new treaty.
"The Commission, and in particular its Administrator, will miss
this capable man, this smiling Irishman, this living symbol of the
***For this dedicated work organizing Explorer cayuco races, olym-
pics, rifle meets and special interest Explorer posts, Ken Man-
thorne, received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest adult award
a local Boy Scout Council can give, from last year's recipient Andrew
Myers. Manthorne's wife, Dorothy, was on hand as was Teddy
Morrison, organizer of the March 22 awards dinner.... 3/28/80.
***The banks of the old French Canal along Osborn Avenue adjacent
to the Industrial Division's present complex on the Atlantic side of the
Isthmus will be the site for a new launch repair facility. The contract
for the $1.4 million project was recently awarded to the Hammer
Corporation. Work is scheduled to begin in the near future and will be
completed in 15 months.
Repair work on the Commission's fleet of 49 launches is a
continuous operation. Used to transport personnel such as pilots, ad-
measurers, linehandlers and work crews to and from their work
aboard transiting ships and floating equipment, the 49 launches are
hauled out of the water for routine maintenance and emergency repair
at a rate of almost 83 times per year.
***From the jungles of the Darien to the prestigious Explorers Club of
New York City is a long way to travel. But for Antonio Zarco, a chief
and senior elder of the Choco Indian people of Panama who was a guest
at the club's annual dinner last week, it meant a chance to share
experiences with world famous travelers and explorers, as well as to
renew old friendships. At the dinner Zarco, had the opportunity to do
some catching up with some of the NASA astronauts whom he helped
to train in jungle survival when they were here in 1963. Arriving in
Miami on the way up, he was met by H. Morgan Smith, former director
of the now defunct U.S. Air Force Tropical Survival School at Albrook,
with whom he worked closely for a number of years. Smith sponsored
Zarco's trip to the U.S. and served as his interpreter.
In 1976, Panama Canal Commission Administrator D. P. Mc-
Auliffe, then Commander-in-Chief, USSOUTHCOM, presented to
Zarco the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public
Service, the Highest DOD award to a civilian, in recognition of 20 years
of exceptional service to the school.
At the Met and Hyde Branch, Zarco works as a plancaman, often
making river trips into the jungle to assist in the collection of rainfall
data and the measurement of river levels. He also repairs piraguas, the
light canoes used in jungle rivers, clears jungle and is a sort of jack-of-
all trades, helping branch employees.
Zarco was born in the Darien
and lived in the Rio Chico area for
25 years before moving to the
upper Chargres River in 1950. He
helped Canal employees, police
patrols and hunting and fishing
parties. For several years, on a
voluntary basis, Zarco assisted
Tropical Survival School students
in identifying edible plants and
animals, served as a jungle guide
and took part in search and
rescue missions. A part of his assistance was to share the Choco
customs and beliefs which became the basis for a cross-cultural
training course used at the school. Zarco and his family were featured
in two survival films that are used by the military and shown at
universities in the United States.
During a visit to the U.S. in 1971 he helped the Air University
Institute of Aerospace Studies in Maxwell to update publications on
Central and South American Indians and was a guest speaker at the
Air Command and Staff College, the Air Force School of Chaplains,
Alabama University, the Smithsonian Institution and the National
Geographic Society in Washington, DC.
The varied program prepared for Zarco on his visit included a
tour of the Pentagon (where there is a life-size painting of him) and a
visit to the Panamanian Embassy.... 4/3/80.
***The 27th Ocean-to-Ocean Explorer Scouty Cayuco Race will get
underway at 4 p.m. on March 28 at the Cristobal Yacht Club. Panama
Canal pilot, Samuel S. Irvin, Jr. will coordinate with the control tower
to expedite the passage of the cayucos through the locks. The last
cayuco is expected to reach Rodman at about 1:30 p.m. and an hour
later the awards ceremony will be presented by Administrator D. P.
McAuliffe. The trophies were purchased with funds donated by the
Elks clubs on both sides of the Isthmus, PC Lodge 1414 BPOE and
Panama Canal Lodge 1542.... 3/21/80.
***Jess Harp, Richard Grimison, Queen Marjorie Egger, Arthur
Egger and Mike Rinehart, the winning crew of the "Almost" received
first place trophies awarded by Administrator D. P. McAuliffe. The
"Lead Anchor Award" went to the crew of the "Wishful Thinking".
The "Dear Dick" won second place.... 4/3/80.
***Ina Rose Wiltshire, a former employee of the Panama Canal Co.,
received the first special immigrant visa under a new program
established through an amendment to the U.S. Immigration and
Nationality Act.... 4/11/80.
"OLDIE" from 1930
L-R: Marea Bordt Bishop (C),
Grace Shack Wilson (FL), Maria
("Nena") Hernandez Eastham
(now deceased), Margaret Sulli-
van McMillan (HI), Dolores Welch
(TX), June Bunker Klemmer
(VA), Joan Ridge deGrummond
and Eileen Cryan Finken (CA).
Taken on First Communion Day,
1930, St. Mary's Church, Balboa,
Canal Zone. Alter boy on stairs appears to be Jesse ("Jack")
Bunker. Submitted by Joan deGrummond.
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THE ODE OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER
Now gather 'round laddies, and you shall hear,
Of the impending search for a Chief Engineer.
They're looking and looking as hard as they can,
For a competent, qualified, Pan-a-man-yan.
The position is needed, it's vital they say,
To insure the maintenance of this great Waterway.
But I have my doubts, the way that this thing goes,
It can't be that needed if they've excluded Gringos.
Stevens and Goethals are some of the names,
That have been linked with Pan Canal fame.
But now, when they know just how low morale is,
You can't qualify, if you name's not Gonzales.
The die has been cast, the future affected,
A Chief Engineer has been Treaty directed.
And now with their goal clearly in focus,
They're searching for candidates from San Bias or Bocas.
So, Risberg and Bierman and Goodrich, move "ova",
You're good engineers, but you can't Bossa Nova.
We know what we need, and the public will buy it,
You see, you just weren't part of the '64 riot.
It's Marquez, or Vasquez, or Guillermo Van Horde,
Whose names will be sent to our yet unnamed Board.
Oh won't it be lovely, oh won't it be fun,
To have this place managed by cost overrun.
I can see it now, and it gives me a thrill
To know once the office is set up on "the Hill"
From one lonely man, will spring dozens and dozens,
When he hires his in-laws, uncles and cousins.
So merit is out, and the Latins are in,
And the whole Gringo workforce is becoming thin.
No wonder we're leaving, no wonder we go,
When they all answer, "Buenas", at EEO.
McAwful will choose, with no fear of ridicule,
And fill the position for reasons "politicule",
But, after all, he's not worried, I hears,
'Cause they can't do that much damage in just 20 years.
So when you are stateside, and sipping a rum,
Remembering the place where you have come from,
Disregard the sweat, and American blood,
When you read the Canal has been filled up with mud.
Take heart from the words of the Chief Engineer,
"CARAMBA, QUE PASA, WHA' HAPPEN DERE?"
Kenneth P. Karpinski
Kelly Ann Stroop and Michael Ray Grubbs were married March 1,
1980 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, FL. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Stroop, Jr. of Bradenton and
the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clyde Stroop, Sr. of
Sarasota. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Ray Grubbs of
The bride's attendants were her sisters, Robin Stroop of Lookout
Mountain, TN, maid of honor, and Shayne Fite and Candy Schap, both
of St. Louis, and Melody Petrik of Sarasota, all bridesmaids.
After a wedding trip to South Carolina, the couple plan to live in
Jan Marie Desrochers and Daniel E. Von der Haff were married
March 15, 1980 at St. Joseph's Church, Sault Ste Marie, MI. The groom
is the son of Captain and Mrs. Daniel M. R. Haff, Argyle, NY. The
couple are residing at 2500 Gilman Drive West, Seattle, WA 98119.
Daniel is a 1972 graduate of Balboa High School.
On December 4, 1979, Jeri Magnuson was married to Raybert
Crider of Wayne, MI. They are at home at 3233 NE 34th St., Apt. 722,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308.
Teresa Annette Dukes and James Arthur Tillman were joined in
marriage on February 15, 1980 in the Episcopal Church of the
Redeemer, Asheville, NC. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Dukes of Fletcher, NC. Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Tillman
Hendersonville, NC are parents of the groom. The couple honey-
mooned on a Caribbean cruise and are making their home in Lake
---------------- BIRTHS -----------
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Barkeim (Barbara Betcher) of Winona, MN an-
nounce the birth of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth, born February 12,
1980. Amy was welcomed by brothers Jason and Justin. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Orean (Pete) Betcher of Red Wing,
MN. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Barkeim of
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Nordstrom were blessed with the birth of
their first child on February 3, 1980. Her name is Angeline Hall
Nordstrom. Angeline was born premature but is doing just fine.
Bob and Mary Boyd of Miami, FL
announce the birth of their fourth
grandchild. Katherine was born
April 3, 1980 to Nancy (Boyd)
McAleer and husband Ed. Pa-
ternal grandparents are Jack and
Ruth McAleer who will arrive on
the Isthmus in time for the
Christening with Aunt
Marcy. Grandma Boyd cannot
stay for the christening as Capt.
and Mrs. Boyd are moving to
Seminole the end of May.
Nancy and Katherine
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Mr. Clayton J. Auble, member, Lakewood, CO, passed away April
2, 1980 following surgery. Clayton retired March 3, 1973 from the
Supply Division with over 20 years service with the Panama Canal.
The only known survivor is his widow, Ruth Auble.
Mrs. Gordon V. Balbernie (Bobbie Morgan) member, of Foster
City, CA, passed away on 10 March 1980. She was born in Ancon
Hospital and graduated from Balboa High School and attended the
Principia College in St. Louis, MO. She worked for the Construction
Quartermaster at Albrook Field until her marriage. Later she worked
for the Navy at Rodman. In 1959 she moved to Guam where her
husband was head of the Construction Division for the Navy in the
Mariana Islands. Surviving are her husband Gordon V.; son Gordon V.
Jr.; daughter Mary Edith Letson; and her sister Helen E. Whittlesey.
Mr. Henry W. Bigelow, member, died February 8, 1980. He was
employed by the Panama Canal from 1940 to 1951. In 1951 he rejoined
the U.S. Navy Hydrographic Offic and was transferred to Washington,
DC in 1955. He came to Florida in 1970. He was Past Master of Chagres
Lodge, AF & AM, Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Balboa and Largo Shrine
Club. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Sally of Barrington,
NH; a son, James of Lebanon, OR; a sister and a granddaughter.
Mrs. Isabelle B. Clemmons, 66, member, of St. Petersburg, FL,
passed away 31 March 1980. She was a long-time resident of the Canal
Zone having left there in 1970. She is survived by her husband, Joseph
B. Jr.; two sons Joseph B. Clemmons, III, Hot Springs, AR, Frederick
S., St. Petersburg; one brother Frederick C. Bitter, St. Petersburg;
and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Selma Huff, 90, wife of the late Mercer Blanchard (Pete)
Huff, died peacefully on March 7, 1980 at the Indiana Hospital, Indiana,
PA. Selma was born in St. Paul, MN and later lived in Chicago, IL. She
went to the Canal Zone in July 1906 with her family when her father
Ludwig T. Maenner was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission
to work as Chief Draftsman under John F. Stevens, Chief Engineer.
Selma remained in the Canal Zone until Mr. Huff's retirement as Pay-
master in August 1944. Mr. Huff passed away in 1947, and since that
time she has lived with her sons, Maenner of Brevard, NC and Thomas
of Indiana, PA. Her brother, Theodore Maenner, served on the Board
of Directors of the Panama Canal Company in the late 1950's. Mrs. Huff
is also survived by 8 grandchildren and a sister Mabel Schwarz of St.
Louise, MO. Selma was a member of our Society.
Mrs. Helen Roberta Bunge, 64, of San Antonio, TX passed away
April 2, 1980. Survivors include her husband, Col. William R. Bunge
who was Director, Coco Solo Hospital, at the time of his retirement in
1975 and he and his wife have lived at 5203 Galahad, San Antonio, TX
since that date; three sons, Sam of Vermont, Paul of Washington, DC
and Joe of Denver, CO.
Miss Rose Teresa Corrigan died in San Diego, CA, on March 28,
1980. Rose was born in Ancon Hospital in the Canal Zone on November
1, 1912. She attended Colegio de Sion, San Jose, Costa Rica, and
attended college in the U.S. She was employed as a legal secretary
with the US Navy, 15th Naval District, CA; also in Chile for a few
years, and in Rome for 15 years. Her father went to the CZ in 1905, and
her mother in 1907. Her father was with the Sanitation Division. Rose
is survived by her brothers, Joseph A. (BHS '27), San Diego, and
Edward F. Corrigan, San Jose, CA, and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Hazel DuVall, 89, member, of Gorgona, R. de P., died
February 5, 1980 at her home. Mrs. DuVall went to the Isthmus in 1919
where her late husband, Joseph, was employed with the Canal. When
Joe was forced to retire due to ill health in 1940 from the Telephone
Section of the Electrical Division, they moved to the interior of
Panama. Hazel was known as "Mom" DuVall and had a wide circle of
friends on the Isthmus. Surviving her are two sons; John of Los Rios
and Robert of St. Petersburg, FL; a daughter, Mrs. William Benny of
Dothan, AL, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Lisle E. Gorham, 76, member, of Dallas, TX, passed away on
February 26, 1980. Lisle retired from the Electrical Division, with over
21 years service with the Canal in 1965. He is survived by his wife
Valna M. Gorham. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Engelke of Bentonville, AR
attended memorial services held for Lisle at Wildwood Chapel at
Mr. Howard B. Harrison, member, of Woodleaf, NC, passed away
on January 4, 1980. He was employed by the Panama Canal Company
as a machinist and at the time of his retirement in 1970 was in charge
of the barge service at Gamboa, CZ. He leaves his wife, Margie
Mr. Marion F. Hollowell, 83, member, Houston, TX, passed away
February 28, 1980. Marion retired after 26 years from the Industrial
Division. Member of Darien Masonic Lodge, and Abousaad Temple of
Canal Zone, Scottish Rite Bodies of Houston. Survivors: wife, Mrs.
Irene Hollowell; sister, Mrs. Margaret Brameld, Brownsville; brother,
Ross H. Hollowell, Pinellas Park, FL; 1 niece and several great-
Mr. Charles J. Holmes, 65, member, Aiken, SC, died March 22,
1980. Artie was a retired engineer from the Canal Zone and was a
member of the Canal Zone Isthmian Masonic Lodge. Survivors include
his widow, Olga Babick Holmes; two daughters, Carolyn H. Rucker,
Savannah, GA, and Beatrice H. Wall, Jacksonville, FL and two grand-
Mrs. Louise Martin Jones, widow of Norbert Jones, died on March
26, 1980. Louise was a member of our Society and of the Panama Canal
Society of Southern California. She lived at Seal Beach Leisure World,
CA and was quite well-known in golfing circles.
Mr. Leon A. Koperski, former member, of Orlando, FL passed
away February 18th at the Florida Manor. Mr. Koperski worked many
years in the Canal Zone. Only known survivor is his daughter Olive
Nickolson of Saratoga, CA.
Mr. Alexander McKeown, 80, died April 1, 1980 in Hollywood, FL.
Born in the Canal Zone and retired from the Industrial Bureau. He is
survived by his wife Louise; one son, Alexander Jr.; daughters Norma
and Jeanette; brother Albert; sisters, Emma Barlow, Helen Sasson and
It has been reported that Mr. Charles M. Lord, member, of
Washington DC passed away February 1980. He is survived by his
Mr. Terence Richard McNamee, member, 45 years old, of
Charlotte, NC passed away March 24, 1980. Terence is survived by his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren McNamee of Davie, FL and his sister,
Mrs. Sheila Taylor of Sarasota, FL.
Mr. David T. Mann, 41, of 280 Hoosier Place, Sarasota, died March
11, 1980 at Doctors Hospital. He leaves his wife, Donna Humphrey
Mann; two daughters, Deborah and Deannine; two sons, Donald and
Douglas, all of Sarasota and a brother Bruce of West Fairlee, VT.
Mr. Sidney Forbes Moore, 91, died April 6, 1980 in a local hospital
in Dothan, AL. A native of Boyce, LA, Mr. Moore had lived his early
life there. He moved to the Panama Canal Zone in 1909 and lived there
until he returned to Dothan five years ago. He worked on the
construction of the Panama Canal and received the Roosevelt Medal of
Honor. Survivors include three sons, William R., Citrus Springs, FL,
Howard, Torrence, CA, Edward, El Segundo, CA; three daughters,
Mrs. Alice Hubbard, Bartlesville, OK, Mrs. John Hern (Margaret), and
Mrs. E. C. McGriff (Muriel), both of Dothan; 15 grandchildren and 17
Mr. Levi E. Neal, 86, member, of St. Petersburg and Brewer, ME,
passed away April 12, 1980 in Miami, FL. He retired as Master of
Transportation with the Panama Canal Railroad, Panama Canal Zone
in 1949 and Dispatcher, Florida East Coast Railroad, New Smyrna
Beach, FL in 1961. He was a member of St. Andrews Masonic Lodge
#83, Bangor, ME; Elks Lodge #1414, Balboa, and Am. Train Dispatch-
ers Assoc. Survived by wife, Pearl; three sons, Gerald of St. Peters-
burg, William of Balboa, R de P and Dr. Elwin G. of Miami Shores, FL;
daughter, Mrs. Laura Gallant, of Bangor, ME; 8 Grandchildren; 11
great-grandchildren; 3 sisters and 1 brother.
Mrs. John H. Schneider (Stella), 83, member of Clearwater, FL
passed away May 17, 1980. She is survived by a daughter Aileen
Gazzoli and three grandchildren.
Mr. Andrew J. Smith, 64, member, of Land O-Lakes, FL, died
February 2, 1980 in Tampa. Andrew retired with 28 years service with
the Panama Canal. He is survived by his wife Frances P. (Peenick)
Smith; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, Largo, FL, Miss Violet Smith,
Wadworth, Mrs. Rosalie Cook, Hampton, VA and several nieces and
Mabel A. Sneider passed away December 4, 1979 in Huntsville,
TX. She went to the Canal Zone about 1926 to the Corozal Hospital
later transferred to the Gorgas. In 1937 Mabel became Supervisor of
Operating Rooms at Gorgas Hospital. When she retired she went as a
Bahai Missionary to Gilbert Islands where she spent 10 years.
On January 13, 1980, Anna Tonneson (widow of Aanon Tonneson)
passed away. She would have celebrated her 99th birthday on March
31st. She is survived by three daughters, Florence Swartzell, Agnes
Jamke, Elizabeth Key; one son, Jack; four grandchildren and five great
Mr. John Richard (Dick) Turbyfill, 52, passed away on April 2,
1980 in Glen Ridge, NJ. He is survived by his wife, Sue of Glen Ridge,
and his mother, Blodwen Turbyfill of 6633 DeMoss, Houston, TX 77074.
He was the son of the late Subert Turbyfill. Memorial services were
held at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church on April 7th in Glen Ridge.
Mr. Walter Van Underwood, member, of Huntington Park, CA
died on December 10, 1979 at St. Francis Hospital, Lynwood, CA. He is
survived by his wife Mary Kate; a son William of Dalton, GA and two
daughters, Opal Scandland of Signal Mountain, TN and Betty Joanne
Fish of Bloomington, IN. The Underwoods also raised two other
children, Lutzia Vatinovich, now of Miami, FL and Maritzia Vatinovich
of Panama. Prior to his employment in the Canal Zone, Mr. Underwood
served as an engineer on the Goodyear Zeppelin in the U.S.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them.**
Aews orn o .
The Robert Bergers of Margarita, Panama, had family visiting
during the holidays. Carol Berger, our daughter, was home for three
weeks from Atlanta, GA, where she attends Georgia Tech. Carol is in
her third year and was recently initiated into Alpha Pi Mu, the Indus-
trial Engineering Honor Society.
Carol (sister of Beverly) and Leo Goulet, Fremont, MI, and
daughter, Stephanie, spent Christmas with daughter, Beverly who is
an attorney in Dallas. On December 28, Carol and Stephanie arrived in
Panama. (Work duties prevented Leo and Beverly from joining the
family in Panama.) Stephanie enjoyed the warmth and sunshine for
two weeks before she returned to studies at Stephen F. Austin Uni-
versity. Carol stayed on until the end of January visiting family and
several old friends before returning to Michigan.
Daniel A. and Ida Pagenta were very happy during the Christmas
Season for our daughter, Yolanda and her husband Bryan and new
eight (8) month old Brandon Holmes were home from Santo Domingo
where they were serving as missionaries for the Bethany Fellowship,
Inc. Group of Minneapolis, MN. Also our young son Daniel Arthur, Jr.
was home from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans, LA. I
also wish to report that the First Baptist Church in Balboa Heights
now has a new pastor, Jim Watson and his wife Margey and their
lovely family and the members are very happy for answers to prayers.
This family is bilingual and are a tremendous blessing and asset to our
church and community.
Kenneth and Marie Bailey, Lillian 1979 ended with a grateful
heart. We survived Frederick's devastating blow thank God we had
a home to come back to with very little damage. We wish to thank the
many people who tried to contact us by phone and who later sent cards
and letters. It was a good feeling to know people were praying and
thinking about us.
Panama Canal Society of Dothan
It is with sincere sympathy that I report the death of Mr. Sydney
Moore (see With Deep Sorrow) father of Mrs. John Hern and Mrs. E. C.
McGriff of Dothan. Our condolences and prayers go to them. Alice
(Moore) Hubbard came from Bartlesville, OK to attend the funeral.
Twenty-two residents of Dothan attended the Reunion this year. I
am sure a good time was had by all. I especially enjoyed it because I
saw friends I had not seen in 30 to 40 years ... like Patsy (Gibson)
Carson, Anita Morales Buhlman, Josephine (Blanton) Kilburn and our
dear ex-neighbors in Los Rios, Karen and Eddie Lynn Lowande. Karen
and Eddie Lynn, I saw more recently than 30 to 40 years. It was great
seeing all our dear friends. Many asked about my sister, Maggie
(Whelan) Janssen and I want to tell all that she is doing just great after
her surgery and is back to being the same dear Maggie. Thanks for
Kay and Travis Wallace went to New Orleans for the Easter week
to visit with Kay's daughter Gloria (Sigl) Maisano and family. Kay and
Travis were accompanied by Kay's sister, Sister Mariola of
Manitowac, WI. On their way to New Orleans they encountered heavy
rains and part of 1-10 was flooded so they had to overnight in Gulfport,
MS. Kay said the visit was worth it.
Cecil and Luella High are visiting in San Antonio, TX with Cecil's
sister, Grace and then they will go to Arkansas to visit with their
daughter, Grace Lawrence and Grace's husband Russell who just
retired and left the Canal Zone to settle in Arkansas.
Visitors to Dothan have been John and Karen Deming and
children from Delaware who visited Judge and Mrs. John Deming;
Christine Newhouse (former nurse at Gorgas) from Las Vegas, NV who
visited and attended the reunion with Jean Harris, Rita Orr and Joan
Belden; Helen and Dick Tomford and sons from St. Petersburg, FL
who visited with John and Flossie Fallon and Edna and Cecil Kovel
and Linda (Lowe) Maloney and baby Sarah Marie from Stoneham, MA.
Linda visited with her parents Dave and Evelyn Lowe.
The Dothan Society will have their spring picnic May 3rd at the
caves in Marianna, FL.
We welcome the following new residents to Dothan: Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Burgoon (recently retired from the Canal Zone), Edward and Jean
Cirulli (Atlantic Side), Frank and Betty Costanza, Jack and Fortuna
Elliott, Wayne and Annabelle Henderson, Paul O'Donnell, Dave and
Mary Rose (moved from Crystal River, FL) and Clark and Marilyn
Saltz (Atlantic Side).
I leave you with the following poem (written by Nick Kenney)
especially for those who attended the reunion and met with old friends.
When the roses lose their fragrance
And the world seems at an end,
When the day has lost its gladness,
What a blessing is a friend!
One who takes you as he finds you,
Caring not who is to blame;
One who knows all your shortcomings
But who loves you just the same.
Heaven sends a gift each morning
Of a bright new day to spend,
What a joy it is to share it
With God's greatest gift ... a friend!
CATHERINE (WHELAN) FILO
Susan Alves Hunter, Eielson Air Force Base Greetings from
the top of the world from the Hunter family. I just received (2/25/80)
the November 1979 issue our Zonian friends are certainly scattered
all over. After three years in Cheyenne, WY we sold our beautiful 50
year old English Tudor home. Here we are 23 miles from Fairbanks in
the middle of nowhere Eielson AFB. I've had to take a leave of
absence from Insurance Adjusting which I really miss. Ryan is in
kindergarten and we are proud to say doing well. He is in accelerated
reading, spelling and the Gifted Child Program. Billy, age 4, has come
out of his shyness and is a real chatterbox. Both boys have adapted
very well to our new way of life. Bill seems happy in his job here. He,
like myself prefers less confining and warmer climates.
My dad, Walter Alves, is leaving for a Mediterranean cruise. He's
been living in Henderson, KY since retirement and enjoying himself.
Bill's Mom, Pat Hunter lives in Santee, CA and keeps us up to date on
We'd love to hear from any "long lost" friends.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
PLEASE NOTE: The annual Blanche Shaw Picnic of the Canal
Zone Society of Northwest Arkansas will be held on Fathers' Day,
June 15th, at Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. All Zonians, past and present, welcome. Bring only your table
service and a dish, hot or cold, for the buffet lunch. (Also bring notes of
personal news for publication in the Canal Record.)
George and Edith Engelke are actively pursuing their respective
interests of gardening and organ club activities. They shared a lengthy
bout with flu which delayed their sharing a night out to celebrate a
wedding anniversary. All is well now and life proceeds pleasantly.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke spent April in California, near
Salinas, visiting their son, Bill.
Paul Engelke (son of George and Edith) and his wife, Jan, live in
Siloam Springs, AR. Paul is a rural mail carrier and does tax ac-
counting. Jan manages the SS Country Club pro shop. One of their sons
is married, the other is in high school.
Bob Engelke is still "playing golf with the old timers." And he and
Connie are enjoying visiting daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Engelke, and
her family. Mary Lou has become George's partner in a duplicate
bridge group, and having moved into her home in February, is still
"settling in". Daughter Kathy is involved with a theater group, and the
granddaughters are doing fine in school. Mary Lou is loving retire-
ment and her first spring in the States.
Herb and Willa Engelke, of Springfield, MO, cruised through the
Caribbean and the Canal in March. Herb's daughter, Mollie, met them
in Cristobal, and she and her sons went through the Canal with them.
The boys were thrilled to have their pictures taken with Cary Grant
who was also aboard ship.
Red and Kathleen Huffman's family gathered in their new home.
Daughter Mary Novak and her children, Heather and Casey, came
from Port Townsend, WA, to visit for several weeks. Son Willy
Huffman, wife Kathy, and two children, Cassie and Kara, came for a
couple of weekends from Conway, AR, and son Jimmy Huffman, who is
in the Air Force, surprised his parents by flying in for a weekend visit.
They had a great time, and the Huffman's home will seem large, quiet,
and lonely for awhile.
Bill and Charlotte McCue drove through Texas and Louisiana and
visited lots of people friends and family. Charlotte's mother
recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Nearly 100 people attended the
event. (Wouldn't you know it! The tape recorder died in the middle of
the call, so I lost the names and places. -AN)
Minnie Burton and Bates Wieman attended the Florida Reunion
in April. Had a marvelous time. They visited Bates' sons, Bud and Fred
Huldtquist, shared a table with Walter and Pearl Brown, and were
delighted to see many old friends. Meanwhile, Mike Burton visited his
son (also Mike) and family in Jackson, MS.
Mary Condon went to San Clemente, CA in February to attend
the reunion of her brothers and sisters, ten in all. She also enjoyed
lunching with Mary Journeay and Jane Ellis, both former CZ
teachers, and a visit in San Francisco with Arline Seagraves, ex-X-ray
technician at Gorgas Hospital. In April, Robert and Marcia Jones
stopped to visit with the Condons on their way home to Colorado from
a trip to Florida.
Joe and Glen Conklin stayed put inside their home through the
winter, so when a beautiful warm spring day finally arrived, they
emerged and took a long leisurely drive through the Boston Mountains
to enjoy and admire the hills and woods.
Virginia Hursh went to California in March for a wonderful visit
with her sister and brother-in-law in San Luis Obispo. One of the
highlights was that the sisters flew to San Francisco and Virginia got
to spend three days looking around her favorite city. They also went to
Portland, OR, to babysit Virginia's grandnieces, ages 7 and 2, while the
parents vacationed in Mexico.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders recently had the unexpected pleasure
of a surprise visit from their son, Jack, from California. Jack works for
United Airlines and flew out to spend the long Easter weekend in
Earl and Maxine Wrenn went to Galveston, TX in April to see
their son Chris's five-year-old daughter in her first ballet recital, a
delight well worth the long drive. Enroute, the Wrenns stopped in
Grand Cane, Louisiana to visit Lottie Tinnen.
Marilyn Annen is head of the Gifted Program for exceptional
students in the Rogers school system.
Vern and Edith Bircher are looking forward to their first summer
in their stateside home. They started their garden early, and Vern is
playing golf as often as Edith will unhitch him from the plow.
Jack and Joan Corliss are enthusiastic about their new home and
living in Rogers. Joan attended the Florida reunion and was delighted
to see a great many people she would not otherwise have met again.
Ora Mae Clayton drove to Mobile and Jacksonville on her annual
trip to visit family. Took a bit of Arkansas with her (cold weather), and
brought a bit of Florida back (frozen shrimp).
Virginia Favorite was pleased to have her granddaughters spend
their spring break with her Wiese Favorite from Sewanee Academy
in Tennessee, and Wynne Favorite from the Univ. of Arkansas in
Fayetteville. Also, her daughter, Virginia Neidt and family spent
Easter holiday with her.
Glynn Terrell had further surgery in March, but is getting along
fine now. Etta Fay is getting the itch to make another trip, but Glynn's
garden fever is winning out so far.
Betty McGilberry drove, in the middle of January to Sulphur
Springs, TX and picked up Jane Funderburk, and they traveled to
Florida for a month's stay. After ten days in Ft. Myers, with Ann and
Joe Rheney, they headed to Sarasota. There they visited the Al
Bissets and Edna Campbell. Then on to Mary Jane Cole and the Art
Cherrys. Heading home, they stopped for an overnight visit in Mobile
with relatives and another overnight stop in Covington, LA with Hedy
Horn. Betty arrived back in Rogers just in time for some of the coldest
weather of the winter.
Lee Butz flew east to take care of her ailing mother in Kingston,
NY, staying .month to help her during recuperation. Lee phoned
Marie Dunn v ho was a neighbor in Margarita. Maurice Dunn is now
unable to talk beyond saying her name.
Esther Butz is doing well in Pittsburgh, PA, and sends her best to
everyone. Peter Butz and family are busy getting their newly
purchased land in Sapulpa, OK ready for residence. He expects to
spend three weeks in June near Concord, MA attending a school in
electronics, courtesy of Telex, his employer. Rickey Butz will marry a
lovely girl, Vida Dietz, in the Rose Garden in Reno, NV on May 18th.
Lee and Harry Butz will attend the wedding, and then visit friends in
Frances Dorn (Mrs. Adam Dorn) of Hot Springs, AR, who was
seriously hurt in an auto accident some months ago has left the
hospital and is now in Lakewood Convalescent Home in Hot Springs.
Prior to marriage, she taught school in the Zone as Frances Smith. She
left the Zone about 1952. Adam was with the Pedro Miguel Locks.
Ralph and Marie Shuey of Neosho, Mo, spent a week with the
Arthur Endicotts (Endy and Lynn) in Laguna Hills, California (Leisure
World) in March, and attended the Southern California CZ Luncheon,
happily meeting a lot of old friends. They are going back to Germany in
September, spend Christmas with Marie's sisters, and will return
home sometime in January or February.
Red Nail is still busy with his security corporation. Alice learned
to knit last winter, and, if you will forgive the near pun, became hooked
on it. The passion has been supplanted this spring by bird house
building. The knitting was far more successful.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
Welcome new members:
William R. French, 1902 Smoke Tree Lane, Santa Ana, CA 92705.
Andrew S. Lieberman, 6031 Gullstrand St., San Diego, CA 92122.
Andrew resided in Balboa and Panama from March 1940 to April 1979.
He was a marine engineer.
John and Polly Michaelis, 7231 Teak Way, Alta Loma, CA 91701.
Polly (nee Typaldos) resided in Panama and the Canal Zone from 1923
to 1972. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1942. John resided
on the Canal Zone from 1938 to 1972. He was Clerk of the Magistrate
Court. The Michaelis lived in Kerrville, TX after his retirement, but
they decided that they preferred the lovely climate of southern
W. E. and Olga Spreuer, 26391 Via Canon, Capistrano Beach, CA
92624. Olga (nee Roe) is known as Sissie. She was born on the Canal
Zone in 1918 and lived there until 1942 in Cristobal. She was employed
as a secretary with the Navy. Her husband was stationed at France
Field as an Air Force fighter pilot from 1941 to 1942.
Mary Journey wrote us about her trip during October and
November, her first trip in four years. She and her friend Jeannie
drove to Sun City, AR to visit the Simpsons and the Moffetts. Mary
and Jeannie spent two days at the Grand Canyon El Tovar Hotel.
Mary's back took exception to all those unusual activities and she has
had to spend much time resting since her return, but she is now
getting back to her usual activities.
Donald and Netta Bruce were the houseguests of Bud and Marion
Phillips during the month of January. Although Donald retired from
his job with the Supply Division of the Panama Canal, he continued to
live on the Zone and worked at the Brazo Brooks Country Club. Now
that Panama has assumed control, Don decided to make his retirement
a fact. They have not decided on a permanent residence yet, but they
have spent their time since coming to the U.S. in touring and visiting
friends and relatives.
A note from Dell Lynch told us that her husband, Jim, had retired
last July. Their son Niel and his wife Sharon have adopted an older boy
named Jimmy. Niel and his family are moving from Cheyenne,
Wyoming to San Diego, where Sharon will be doing toxicology and
criminalistics for San Diego's police department. Sharon is one of the
few women in the U.S. qualified in that work. Niel is a free lance writer
and builder. Dell reports that she won six ribbons in the 1980 District
Fine Arts Festival Contest in writing and one in photography for the
Our former president, Francis Fitzpatrick, was unable to attend
our December luncheon because of surgery, but he is back at work
now. He and his wife Joan turned Ireland last August for two weeks
with another couple.
Jack and Zonella Field visited her sisters and their spouses over
Christmas. They included Mabelle and Georgie Walker, Tinsie and
J.O. Barnes and Gladys Humphrey, all in Sarasota, Florida. They
celebrated the new year with Blanche and Walter Hartman, also in
Sarasota. Zonella's aunt, Geneva Shrapnel, lives in Seal Beach and is a
member of our society.
Catsy Schafer had to put studying ahead of pleasure and could not
attend our December luncheon. She was studying for final exams and
also had a research paper to complete. She hopes to finish her
schooling in May of his year. Catsy was expecting her daughter Layne
with her husband for the Christmas holidays.
Steve and Lucille Fulop were unable to attend the December
luncheon, because Steve was recuperating from knee surgery to
relieve his suffering from arthritis. We have heard that Steve is doing
fine. The Fulops and her sister Marjorie French are making plans for a
Irene McLaughlin from Los Fresnos, TX, was a guest of Grace and
Joe Irving in January. Irene worked at the Coco Solo Hospital and at
the Motor Transportation Division in Cristobal.
Bob Sieler wrote that right after the April meeting his wife Lil
suffered a stroke. She was recovering well from that one but had
another stroke the middle of September. The last one affected her
right side and her speech. Bob reported that she is recovering rapidly
and regaining the use of her right hand and her speech.
Paul and Marjorie Cole who reside in Fairborn, Ohio, went to
Texas in December to visit their daughter, Captain Christine Cole
Curtis, and Christine's husband, who is currently in the flight training
program at Laughlin Air Force Base. The Coles have been planning to
move to California. They had their house in Ohio on the market from
Spring through the early Fall, but they were apparently victims of the
tight money market and they were unable to sell. Since they needed to
make some commitments they have taken the house off the market.
They plan to try again early this year, and they are hoping that they
will be successful and will be able to head west.
A letter to one of our members from Clarence C. Payne, Adminis-
trative Assistant to The Administrator of the Panama Canal Commis-
sion urges all persons born in the Canal Zone of U.S. parentage to ob-
tain certificates of citizenship. The certificate is recognized as legal
proof of citizenship and the possession of one could be of inestimable
value if a question of citizenship were ever raised. Contact should be
made with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to deter-
mine the means of obtaining a certificate. The same letter stated that
agreements have been reached with representatives of the Govern-
ment of Panama that persons holding United States passports will be
treated as United States citizens regardless of their birth in the
former Canal Zone.
We also had a note from Inez Evans who mentioned that she ex-
pected to be with her son, Bill, and his family in Estes Park, Colorado,
for Christmas. Her daughter, Peg, visited her for a short while. Peg
still works in Germany, and Inez is planning to visit her in June.
Thomas Rice has sent us a fish story. He said that on a recent fish-
ing vacation at Kino Bay, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, he, Hampton Tedder,
and two other friends caught so many fish that they were putting them
back. Porpoises, whales, sea bass, corvina, cat fish, and the like were
literally jumping out of the water for their bait. All of this in
Ethel Wanke has missed several luncheons because of illness. She
spent four weeks in bed and then four more weeks at home. This was
followed by three weeks of laryngitis. She reported that she is much
Janice Ross took a trip to Mexico with friends. They visited
Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Taxo, and Acapulco. Janice enjoyed the cool
days and cold nights in Mexico City better than the warm and humid
weather of Acapulco. After her return, she was pleasantly surprised
by a visit from her daughter-in-law, Diane Ross Eisert and her family
from Miami. Diane lived in the Canal Zone in her youth.
Thelma Reppe and Hedy Seedborg spent Thanksgiving in
Solvang, foregoing their usual trip to Arizona because of the fuel shor-
tage. Hedy expected Nellis Bruland Jansen to spend Christmas with
her. Nellie lives in Aiken, South Carolina.
Auristela and George Poole again have joined the birds in going
south for the winter. Each April they go to St. Petersburg and return
to Schnectady, New York early in May. They enjoy reliving old times
with friends in St. Pete.
Hampton and Claire Tedder hosted an impromptu New Year's
Eve party in their new home at Rancho Cucamonga. Many of the
guests were ex-Zonites.
Katherine and Bob Lessiack were guests of her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. A. F. Yoder, during the month of December. While here,
Katherine underwent cataract surgery, and she is delighted with her
improved vision. Helen Yoder also underwent cataract surgery in Sep-
We have lost the following member and friend recently.
Clara Gilbert we have no information about Clara's death,
except that our newsletter was returned marked "deceased".
A last minute note from Florence Peterson, sending us her new
address, said that she was pleased to have Panama Movers move her
heavy things. Harry Engelke Sr.'s grandson was in charge. Florence
had never met him and she said that it was a pleasure. At Christmas,
Florence said that she talked on the phone with Richard Engelke, who
was out here from Iowa to visit at the home of Harry Engelke, Sr.
Richard was her senior class president.
RUTH W. ADAMS,
Annual Spring Luncheon & Business Meeting 89 members and
guests attended our get-together on March 23rd at the Laguna Hills
Holiday Inn. The Invocation was given by David Leroy Smith, and the
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Noble A. Phillips. David Smith called
to mind our members and friends who passed away recently, including
Elizabeth Murray Taber, Alice Taber Cullinane, Lilybel Kariger,
Richard H. Egolf and John Eugene Ridge, Jr. David then sang the
touching hymn, "How Great Thou Art", in their memory.
David Smith, Chairman, Nominating Committee, presented the
slate of officers for 1980-81: President, Robert K. Adams; Vice Presi-
dent/Entertainment Chairman, Donald R. Brayton; Secretary-Trea-
surer, Ruth Westman Adams; Newsletter Editor, Joan Ridge
deGrummond; Chaplain, Robert Leroy Dill; Co-Chaplain, Geneva Bliss
Shrapnel, and President Emeritus, David Leroy Smith. A motion was
made and seconded that the slate be accepted as presented, and the
vote to accept the slate was unanimous.
Those attending the luncheon were: Robert and Ruth (Westman)
Adams, Isabella Peterson Aguirre, Roy Ballard, Joseph and Ruth
(Huber) Bourgeois, Donald and Gladys (Wertz) Brayton, Mollie Brown,
Marge Campbell, guest of CDR Mary Price, Chick and Murel Daniel,
Jack and Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Sugar Calloway DiRoma, guest
of Tom and Marion Rice and former Gatun resident, Arthur and
Evelyn (Robb) Endicott, Arthur W. Farrell, guest of Tom and Marion
Rice and recent P.C. retiree, John and Shirley (Crews) Finlason,
Maurice E. Fitzgerald, Francis and Joan Fitzpatrick, Frank and Patri-
cia Fitzpatrick, guests of Francis and Joan Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth
Hearn Folger, Alice Foster French, Marjorie Markuson French,
Stephen and Lucille (Markuson) Fulop, Catherine Garrett, Charles
("Wally") and Mary Hammond, Dorothy Hayward, Capt. Jack and
Ethel (Krziza) Hearn, Irene Hodel, guest of Jack and Joan deGrum-
mond, Joe and Grace Irving, Jan Iten, Ellen Greenleaf Johnson, Mary
Butler Journeay, Lee Kariger, Norine Hall Kaufer, Joseph and Helen
Kenway, Paul and Mildred (Phillips) Kline, Elizabeth Kling, guest of
Hedvig Seedborg, Col. Edmund and Zona (French) Lang, Andrew Lie-
bermann, Karl and Barbara Marohl, guests of Tom and Marion Rice
and former P.C. employee, Mrs. Leo A. Ortman, Noble ("Bud") and
Marion (Hutchison) Phillips, Jeanne Pierson, guest of Mary Journeay,
Betty Price, guest and sister of Mary Price, Cdr. Mary E. Price,
Thelma E. Reppe, Thomas and Marion (Snyder) Rice, Clara Rodrigues,
guest and niece of Mrs. Leo Ortman, Robert T. Roe, Hedvig Sundberg
Seedborg, Florence Berude Seiler, Ralph and Marie Shuey, guests of
Arthur and Evelyn Endicott and former P.C. employee, David LeRoy
Smith, Lucile Smith, guest and sister-in-law of Ellen Johnson, Bill and
Sissie (Roe) Spreuer, Mary Sue Starksen, guest of Mrs. Leo Ortman,
Herb and Fay (Simonsen) Thomas, Harry and Jeanne (O'Brien) Town-
Wright, Helen Yoder, Jack and Ruth (Kupka) Carey, John Clay, Ar-
thur and Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton, Helen Crenshaw guest of Cdr. Mary
L-R: Arthur and Dorothy (Wertz) L-R: Mary Butler Journeay, No-
Cotton, Marie Shuey, Evelyn En- rine Hall Kaufer and Helen Yoder
dicott, Ralph Shuey and Arthur at PCSSC luncheon, Laguna Hills,
Endicott attending PCSSC lun- March 23, 1980.
cheon in Laguna Hills, March 23,
1980. Art, Ralph and Arthur
worked together through the
years with the Postal Division.
Welcome, New Members:
Mr. Maurice E. Fitzgerald, 11701 S. Avalon Blvd., Sp. 356, Carson,
CA 90746, Phone (213) 329-2470. Maurice lived on the Canal Zone from
1919 to 1948. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1935.
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Marohl (Barbara), 9517 Cedar St., Bellflower,
CA 90706, Phone (213) 866-5182. Karl went to the Zone in 1932, and Bar-
bara in 1955. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1940, and
was an electrician with USASTRATCOM. Barbara was a Recreation
Specialist with the Schools Divison. They left the Canal Zone in 1976.
Mr. Robert T. Roe, 11249 Paso Robles Avenue, Granada Hills, CA
91344. Robert is the brother of Sissie Spreuer, who recently joined our
Dolores Walters Alien recently broke her arm and spent 23 days
in the hospital. Her mother, Mrs. Catherine Walters is fine, and was
93 on Easter Sunday!
Mrs. Linda Belanger, Sun Valley, CA, mother of Evelyn Wood, is
getting along nicely. She would like to be remembered to all of her
Arthur and Dorothy Cotton were so pleased that their son, Fred,
was to be the guest speaker for the St. Petersburg reunion luncheon
on April 19. They planned to drive to St. Petersburg with Gladys and
Sara and Estrella de la Pena recently enjoyed company from
Panama. And Moy and Jean de la Pena have gone to Hawaii for three
Bob and Mayme Dill, who attend most all of our luncheons, were
sorry to miss our March meeting, but Mayme was not recovering from
a hospital stay as well as expected.
Bill and Boz French "Taking a flying trip to Mexico for two
weeks, with Bill and Boz pilot and copilot respectively. Taking our
friends, Clance and Martha Aller from Delaware, OH, with us. The
Allers lived across the hall from us in Curundu ("Skunk Hollow"), and
worked with Bill and P.A.D. Clance went into the Navy with Bill and
was stationed at Coco Solo. They visit us every year." Bill and Box
were sorry to miss the luncheon, and send their regards to everyone.
Lucille and Steve Fulop, Oceanside, and Marge French, Laguna
Hills, with their friend, ex-Zonian Fannie Harris, Atlanta, enjoyed a
two-week Caribbean cruise on the Nordic Prince in January. On their
return they stopped in Florida to visit Mike Fulop and family, and also
some former Canal Zone friends.
Aileen Smith Hoyle writes that her youngest grandson, Jimmy
Hoyle, son of Brian and Lanh Hoyle of Morgan Hill, CA, at nine months
is so grown he is cutting teeth, walking and progressing faster than
her four boys did! He is almost too much for Grandma, who babysits!
Mary Butler Journeay enjoyed seeing everyone at the luncheon.
She writes, "Mary Stindt Condon (now of Springdale, AR) came out
here to San Clemente early in March for a family reunion of the six
brothers and four sisters of her family. It was quite a crowd. She and I
taught together in BHS for years, then she transferred to CHS after
she married Dick. She and Jane Ellis (now of Imperial Beach, near San
Diego) spent the day with me. Jane was art teacher in BHS for several
years. We had such fun catching up on one another and on mutual
Jane Hall Journey wrote to thank Ruth Adams "for the loving
Newsletter what would we do without our friends, especially C. Z.
Norine Hall Kaufer, San Jose, CA, was the member who traveled
the farthest to attend our luncheon! She said it was such a pleasure to
see so many friends and catch up on news. She was the welcome
weekend guest of the deGrummonds and enjoyed seeing some more of
the L.A. area.
Leo Krziza sent best regards to our members, and was sorry he
could not take a break from his tax work at this time to meet with us.
Martha Jones Paliwoda, Fresno, is sorry she hasn't been able to
get down to a meeting for some time, as she no longer drives that far.
"I was happy that Hedy Seedborg sent me the list of those who
attended. It was beautiful here for Easter with everything in bloom.
When I was a young girl in the Canal Zone, I attended St. Luke's Ca-
thedral in Ancon, and was confirmed there 60 years ago on Palm
Sunday! I was back there visiting on that very day ten years ago."
Ralph and Carmen Pearson of Los Angeles have been away for a
year. They visited in Panama with Carmen's mother, who has been ill
for some time. They also visited in Bogota and on San Andres Island;
also, on Providencia Island, where they own a house. Most of us, of
course, will remember these islands in the Caribbean, as we've passed
them through the years aboard the SS Cristobal.
Auristela and George Poole sent kind regards to all, and a map,
"Just to show where all the ex-Canal Zoners go for the Annual Reunion
- this year in April when thousands will gather for a get-together
happy time. You, on the Pacific Coast, enjoy the same happy time
together. We know, we were at one of your picnics, and look forward to
another. Last August we spent three weeks in Washington and Oregon
with the oldest son and family."
Thelma Reppe wrote that Ruth and Bob Adams' choice of location
for our luncheon was great as was the food. "Glad you both will fill
the offices of the society for another year to keep the organization
going." Thelma spent three weeks of January as guest of Mrs. Anna
Wright in Gulfport, FL. She says it's great to see the dear friends
there, but good to get back to California. She recently drove to San
Marcos to visit Mrs. George Lynch (Margie), and reports that
California was never more beautiful hills so green and air so clear
after the rains. In late April Hedy Seedborg and Thelma plan on flying
to Atlanta, where they will meet Nellie Bruland Jansen for a four-day
stay; then drive to Nellie's home in Aiken, SC. Plans call for a trip to
Charleston, SC, to visit points of interest. Thelma will leave in mid-
May for a five-day visit with her cousin, Elizabeth (Hambleton) and
Jim Morris at their home in Moneta, VA. From there she will fly to
Columbus, OH, to visit her sister and family and her brother with a
side trip to Cincinnati to visit a cousin. On June 3 Hedy and Thelma
will meet in Atlanta and fly home together to Los Angeles.
Bette and Julian ("Bud") Rice wrote that Bud's mother, Marceline
Brady Rice, was in the hospital "Just had surgery for a broken hip
- her second. At 86, who needs it? But she is doing very well, and will
be returning to St. John of God Nursing Home in a few weeks."
Jack Ridge, Sr., is getting along nicely following a two-week
hospital stay. He is now at his residence and I'm sure he would enjoy
hearing from his friends. Address; c/o Hiem's Residential Hotel, 2349
Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.
Nellie Bruland Jansen of Aiken, SC, was a welcome houseguest of
Hedy (Sundberg) Seedborg in Long Beach from December 21 to March
20. They visited with a number of old friends, went to many
surrounding areas, including San Sylmar (an attraction where there is
a marvelous collection of old, restored cars which belonged to movie
personalities, and sometimes used in parades. They also have a
collection of old-time music boxes). Nellie and Hedy also enjoyed a trip
to Las Vegas with an Elks' group.
Viola Bissell Shea sends best regards to our members, and says
she is always interested in news of Canal Zone folks.
Chris and Ruth Simonsen were sorry to miss the luncheon, but
they were represented by their daughter and son-in-law, Fay and Herb
Thomas, members. Chris is getting along very well, and Ruth is feeling
better after a stay in the hospital.
David Leroy Smith write that Jean and Moy de la Pena were the
guests of "The Songsmiths", David Smith and Roy Ballard, at
luncheon prior to their leaving for a Hawaiian holiday. Jean and David
are house plant buffs, and David had some special ivy plants for Jean.
Jean and Moy said they regretted having to miss another PCSSC
luncheon, but couldn't resist the Hawaiian trip! Bon Voyage!
Ray and Irene Will returned in February from a visit in Panama
with members of their family. Ray wrote that he felt like a stranger -
"It was not 'home' as we always looked upon it when going back for a
Mrs. Sallie Wimmer is feeling better following a long illness, and
is residing at: Corbin Convalescent Center, 7120 Corbin Avenue,
Reseda, CA 91335.
Ms. Edith Wimmer of Northridge is convalescing at home
following minor surgery. David Smith and Roy Ballard visited Edith
recently they went out to lunch and then visited with Sallie
Warren and Evelyn Wood entertained Norine Kaufer and the
deGrummonds at a lovely "Panamanian" dinner recently. With spring
weather, Evelyn and Warren are spending most of their weekends at
their lovely cabin in Pine Mountain Club in Los Padres National
Forest, CA, where they'll retire in a few years.
Mrs. Helen Yoder was so pleased that her son-in-law and
daughter, Bob and Katherine Adams Lessiack of Kerrville, TX, were
enjoying a trip on the SS Cristobal to Panama to visit their daughter,
Susan Stabler, and family during the Easter holidays.
Adele Holt Young wrote to Ruth Adams that she enjoys the
Newsletters very much. She was sorry to learn about Lilybel Kariger's
death. "We lived across the street from the family in Gatun during the
war. I was born and raised in Panama and the Canal Zone. We lived in
the cul-de-sac where the George Pooles (Sr.), Egolfs (Sr.), the Cassells,
the Hollowells (Sr.), and Dr. Steele and his family lived. At that time I
was a young woman with three small children, Dick, George and Ruth
Holts. My husband then was Lee R. Holt (he died in 1951 when we lived
in Balboa on Plank Street). I moved to Chicago with the children, and
afterwards I married Chet Young. Thank you again for all your work,
keeping us in touch with the places and people we loved."
Jack and Joan deGrummond had a mini-family reunion/Easter
dinner which brought together the Ridge nieces and nephews in
California: David, Vallejo (son of Pat and Jo); Nancy and Darryl
McCullough, Los Alamitos (daughter of Vince and Dottie); Regina,
Stockton; Joan, San Luis Obispo, and her twin brother, Jerry,
Lemoore (daughters and son of Bob and Pat); Michael and Tina Ressa
and two young sons, Bellflower (my daughter), and Stephen Cartotto,
N. Hollywood (my son). David attends California Maritime Academy
and just returned from a ten-week working cruise to Mexico and Peru
aboard the Golden Bear. He spent his Easter vacation with us.
A few little gems ...
"For a Latin American dictator he died a natural death shot in
the back." Will Rogers.
"Political elections are a good deal like marriages, there's no
accounting for anyone's taste." Will Rogers.
"Western men have a special charm never found in men from
other places." Lily Langtry.
JOAN R. deGRUMMOND
Borgie Misenheimer, Winter Haven Larry and Shirley Jenrich
of Waterville, NY, former Canal Zone residents, visited me in January.
The Jenrich's retired in 1973. Larry was in the Accounting
Anne Beckley, New Port Richey My son Sam, who is with the
Department of Agriculture and residing in Oakfield, NY, his wife
Beverly and their three children visited with me in March.
Mr. and Mrs. Velvin V. Smith, 2013 Endicott Dr., New Port
Richey, 33552. Would you please notice our new address we have
finally moved into our very first home, as of December 1, 1979. Also,
registered to vote!
Our oldest son, Bill and his wife, Carol (nee Saarinen) were our
first guests. They arrived December 27th stayed until Bill had to
report to Tyndall AFB for a six week special program. Carol left
January 8th to her job in Iceland.
Mel's sister, her husband, his brother, wife and daughter arrived
on February 7th for a five day stay. Mim hadn't seen these relatives
in 7 years so all were busy taking in the sights such as Pappas
Restaurant, Busch Gardens and the shopping malls.
Then Mel and Mim drove to Tyndall AFB for Bill's graduation and
met an ole' friend from "Peter Mike" Chief Master Sgt. John E.
Schmidt, Jr. "Bill". Bill is the base sergeant Major.
L to R: S. Sgt. William V. Smith, Mim, Mel and
Chief MSgt. John E. Schmidt, Jr.
Bill is hoping to be assigned somewhere in Florida as Iceland is
either all snow, cold, or very bare and windy.
Our younger son and family (three children) live in Pennsylvania
where he works for IBM. We hope to visit him this summer and then on
to North Dakota for a family reunion.
Vera Jones, Largo Alton and I returned February 26th from a
16 day visit with my aunt, Gladys Hubbard Cain, in Portland, OR.
Gladys Cain was a teacher and principal in the CZ schools for many
years. While in Portland we also had delightful visits with Margaret
and Grady Hardison, Capt. B. C. Thomas and wife, Gloria, Marilyn
and Tom Marsha, Mopsy Wood, Evelyn Miesse, Betty Thomas and Doc
Cochran. All send greetings to you.
St. Petersburg and Area
Our influx of winter visitors to the St. Petersburg area continued
with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner of Hendersonville, NC who
vacationed for several months at Imperial Point. Howard and Emily
Johnson entertained Barbara Page of Wareham, MA. Barbara was
formerly a resident of the Pacific side for several years. The Johnsons
have left to spend the summer in North Carolina. Dick and Kay Potter
of Horseshoe Bend, AR visited with Janet and Ross Cunningham and
Dick's mother, Mrs. Potter for a week in February. Prior to the
Reunion Macel (nee Goulet) and Mort Thomson of Memphis, TN visited
the William Violettes of Seminole, travelled south to visit Mort's dad
and returned for the Reunion as houseguests of Macel's sister, Rita
Goulet. The guest list at Betty (Comely) Forgeson and Barney's is a
regular hotel register with visits from Peggy (Reinig) and Ed Fucik,
who worked for SIP and later the Soils Lab in CZ, from Chicago;
Betty's sister Mary Jane (Comely) and Jess Lacklen of Arlington, VA
and Carl and Blanche (Adler) Browne of Columbia, SC, the last couple
visited after the Reunion which they too attended. Nita and Rusty
Jones of California came for a month of visiting in the area which
included time out for the Reunion. Patsy (Gibson) Carson of El Paso,
TX was a guest of her sister and brother-in-law the Norman Demers of
Largo and enjoyed her first Reunion. Other Reunion houseguests
were: Marie and Rudi Gangle of Dothan, AL hosted by Frances
(Violette) and Roy Sharp; Frank and Ellen Castles of Falmouth, Mass,
visiting Ray and Louise Caldwell; Eunice Richards of Georgia stayed
with Virginia Reece; Billie (Cowen) Martin of Miami visited Isabel
Gibson. Ruth (nee Bauman Yeilding) of California stayed over with Cal
and Betty (Haldeman) Underwood and then went on to Panama to visit
her son. Tom and Marion (Snyder) Rice of California went to New Port
Richey after the Reunion for a visit with Marion's mother.
Jean and Bill Wood of Washington were guests of Virginia (nee
Preston) and Jim Wood for several weeks during which they took in
the Reunion. Ann (Wood) Suescum of Balboa Heights, Panama visited
her parents for ten days. Her husband, Dr. Antionio Suescum was
given a Public Service Award in the rotunda of the Administration
In an effort to collect news of
the younger ex-Zonians, all you
wrestling fans take note that
"Hulk Hogan" when he appears
on your tube is the youngest son
of Ruth IMoody) and Pete Bollea
of Tampa. He will be going to
Japan for three weeks in May to
wrestle professionally and is
l listed as 2nd in the World
Wrestling Federation see
picture of 6'9" 315 pound Terry.
Ruth's oldest son, Kenneth Ray
Wheeler is now a full Colonel at
the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Kenneth graduated from Balboa
i High School and resides at 10805
W Bennington Drive, Upper
Marlboro, MD 20870. His father is
Ray W. Wheeler of New Port Richey.
Among those younger future members whom this reporter knew
were at the Reunion were: Virginia (Hoyle) and Phil Lankarge of
Glastonbury, CT who took in the Reunion while visiting her parents
Rita and Warner Hoyle, and Donna Searle (I think she said she lived in
Colorado now) looking for other friends. Having later discovered that
there was a reunion within our reunion, thought it wise to include as
complete a report as obtainable regarding the efforts of some of the
younger members to find and enjoy their own age group. Doug Crook;
Shirley Crook (nee Bonneau); Jim and Ellie Barns; Cris Skeie; Selma
(nee Skeie) Clipper; Herbie Spector and wife; Jim Marshall; and Spike
and Becky McNall; all residing in or near St. Pete, tried to organize
some entertainment for anyone from the classes of 1955-65 and invited,
by flyers they distributed, to a party at Jim Marshall's, all who were
interested after the Reunion dance, which most of them attended. The
next day Herb and Pam Spector hosted the group from Saturday noon
on. Sunday there was a picnic at Ft. DeSoto for all interested, which
included grandparents and kids who wanted to come, with horseshoes
and volleyball. Some of the guests signed cards and some were known
to the ones from whom this information was gathered hope no one
got left out in error: Mel Field, Tampa; Katie McCain, Jacksonville;
Donald and Dottie Humphrey, Palm Bay; Margaret O'Brien,
Arlington, VA; Allan and Peggy (Corrigan) Park, N. Ft. Myers; Rene
(Owen) and Tom Goodrich, and Jean (Owen) Young from Scituate, MA;
Rich and Margaret Carpenter, Nashville, TN; Raymond Kulig,
Jacksonville; Bob Dockery, Atlanta, GA; Karen (Lowande) Nagy,
Easton, PA; Eddie (Lowande) Lam, Houston, TX; Carol (Thompson)
Carey, Houston; Helen (Spector) Musco, Seminole; Pat Lee Moore,
Humble, TX; Terry Corrigan, San Antonio, TX; Pete Corrigan and
wife, Sarasota; Steven Ulosevich, Schertz, TX; Huey Lee Clark, Jack-
sonville, AL; A. J. Taber; Jim Stallings; Marilyn (Camby) and George
Harley; Ted and Mel (Little) Henter; Steve Nehring; Norman Little;
Sue Nolan; Robert Corrigan and C. J. Roy and his bride, all of St. Pete;
Manuel Azcarraga; J. Foster; Larry Parks and Bill Gough, all of
Largo, FL. Ella Mae (Morales) Conrad, Riverside, CA; Jane
(Wellington) and Bob Lawyer, who are en route to Australia; Diane
(Hickey) Irvine, Tewksbury, MD: Barbara Hickey, Tampa; Laurie
Husum, Tallahassee; Luella Morales, Lakeland, FL and Dennis and
Edna (Morales) Foster, also Lakeland; Robert and Nellie (Wood)
Engleke, Seminole; Richard and Carol Morris, Tampa; Deb and Paul
Arsenwault, Concord, CA; Bonnie Bell, Houston, TX; Tom and Alice
Engelke and Larry Ainsworth, St. Pete. It is my understanding
Panamanian dishes like arroz con polio were supplied by some of the
local group for the parties it sure sounds like they had fun!
FRANCES VIOLETTE SHARP
News from Sarasota
The Annual P.C. Reunion in St. Petersburg brought several
visitors to Sarasota:
Nellree and Ernie Berger of Signal Mountain, TN, spent several
days with the Allen Millers; Fern and Karl Glass of AR and the
Howard Osborns of NH were guests of Fred and Bev Ebdon and
Nadine Caine of Houston, TX visited with her brother-in-law, the
Harry Cains, enroute to see other friends in the St. Petersburg area.
Miss Mary Orr enjoyed the visit of her nephew, Dr. Fred Wells of
Perth, Australia, and her sister, Marion Wells, who arrived from
Kerrville, TX for the reunion. Dr. Wells later visited his brother, Alan
and Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells and daughters, in Atlanta, GA and
with his sister, Mary Linda and Guy Fealey of Phoenix, AZ, before
returning to Australia.
Margaret Davis of Azalea, OR was the houseguest of Mayno and
George Walker and later visited with friends in St. Petersburg and
Holiday before joining Florence Mallett of Dunedin to attend the
Southern Florida Photography Conference in Orlando.
Dr. Richard Sasso and family of Warsaw, IN; his mother, Mrs.
Mary Sasso of Colon, R.P.; and his sister, Mrs. Dinah Sasso LaPorta
and daughter, Debbie of Ft. Lauderale, were weekend guests of their
relatives, the Walter Hartmans and George Walkers.
Mrs. Mike Gordon of Balboa was the overnight guest of Frances
Orvis while visiting with relatives on the Florida East Coast.
Rev. John Smith, his wife, Vicky and daughter, Kirsten of
Rutland, VT, enjoyed a week's visit with his parents, the John R.
Smiths of Tee Road. They also visited his aunt and uncle, Marion and
Mike Greene and with his sister and brother-in-law, Robbin and Ronald
Larson and son, Danny, of Bradenton.
The Rev. John Smith is Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in
Joyce and Jack Clarke enjoyed a surprise visit with Jack's son-in-
law, Larry Layman of San Diego, CA. While here he attended the
exciting motorcycle races at Daytona Beach. Larry, formerly was with
the Customs Division in Cristobal and is now with U.S. Customs
working on the Mexican Border.
The Clarkes later visited his daughter, Nancy Kresge in
Savannah, GA; and also had a nice visit with Joyce's sister and her
husband, Mae and Jiggs Cross in Miami.
Bob and Dolores Hammetter left in May for an extended tour to
the Orient, including China, Japan and Thailand.
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed a nice Easter visit with their
daughter, Margie, and family, Don and Margie Schiewe and Chuck of
Colorado Springs, CO.
The Joe Ebdons had a family get-together as their sons, Dick
Ebdon and family of Wilmington, DE and Major Tom Ebdon, USAF,
Holloman AFB, NM were all in Sarasota for an extended visit and
Mrs. Miriam Bissett accompanied ten high school students on a
trip to Spain on a special school assignment.
Beautiful Sanibel Island, a sheller's paradise, lured several
families for a vacation together, namely, the Harry Cains, the Jim
Millions and the Bill Dixons with their out-of-town guests.
Several friends in the Sarasota area were surprised with a phone
call from Lois DeLaMater Bates of Hawaii who was on a vacation in
the State of Florida.
Dorothy Messer Barnes has returned to her home in California
after a month's visit with her mother and sister-in-law, Robert "Red"
and Martha Messer of Venice. Dorothy arrived in April to attend her
first C.Z. Reunion and visited friends and former classmates in the
In February Mr. and Mrs. Roy Humphrey and son, Don Humph-
rey of Fort Dodge, IA arrived for a three week's visit with his sister-in-
law, Gladys Humphrey and her family, the David Manns of Sarasota
and the Donald Humphreys in Palm Baya. While here they enjoyed
several family get-togethers, fishing, boating and the Stock Car races
at Daytona Beach.
Mr. Joe "Pop" Ebdon, Sr. was the guest of honor at a dinner party
given by Mike and Marion Greene for his many friends and relatives to
celebrate Pop's 92nd birthday.
Mrs. Elma Carder and her granddaughter, Lois Ann Carder of
Ridgeley, WV were guests of the J. O. Barnes and helped her brother,
Barney Barnes, celebrate his 80th birthday.
Mrs. Helen Roscoe enjoyed an extended visit with two of her
daughters: Mrs. John (Janice) Hickey and Mrs. Ray (Ginny) Mici with
her daughter, Lisa, all of Bedford, MA. Joining the group for a
weekend visit to share their mother's birthday celebration was
another daughter, Mrs. John (Suzanne) Lubera and a granddaughter,
Mrs. Robert Telley (nee Gayle Roscoe) of Miami; and her grandson,
Kenny Roscoe, a 2nd year student at the Ringling School of Art in
Sarasota. Gayle and Kenny are the children of the Kenneth Roscoes of
Mr. L. L. "Roy" Humphrey of Fort Dodge, IA and Mr. and Mrs.
Bruce Mann of West Fairlee, VT were with Mrs. Donna Mann and
family, following the sudden death of their nephew and brother, David
GLADYS B. HUMPHREY
Barbara Coy Sheets is an efficient P.R. director for her mother's
Panamanian Consulate. She recently organized the exposition of
Panama's Art at an International Festival in North Atlanta. Larry and
Barbara are hosts to many visitors that travel through this area.
Eve Stephan Williams had her mother, Eva, visiting her, her
husband and their three year old daughter in Marietta, where they
Lee Winstead Douglas and her husband Don have purchased a
beautiful old mansion and have renovated it. Lee has displayed her
artistic decorating talent and has turned the house and grounds into a
real show place.
Eunice Richard's beautiful home in South Atlanta (Jonesboro)
always has it's welcome mat ready for her many friends. Carl and
Blanch Browne, Mary Lynch and Annie Rathgeber visited her last
Winter. When Eunice is not traveling, there is always a guest
whenever we phone.
Ray and Janis Burda had a busy year with visitors from the Canal
Zone; Louis and Donnella Vogel and Luisito; there is a new baby boy
now at their home in Los Rios. Doug and Pauline Fulop and Alison also
came; they too have a new baby girl born in April. Teddy and Ginny
Arias of Los Rios also visited the Burdas in the Fall.
Rudy and Julieta, the old Burdas, have been blessed with visits
from friends and relatives from Panama; John and Julieta Moses,
Clarita Wright, Ceci Estripeaut, Father John Kennedy and several of
Julieta's relatives from David. Their most recent guest was Julita
Holsinger. They enjoyed seeing Rudy and Marie Gangle last Fall when
the Gangles were visiting their daughter Margaret and family who
now live in Marietta. The Burdas would love to hear from any friends
who are in this area, even if it is just passing through; if they know
ahead of time, they would gladly go to the airport to see them.
We would like to have a reunion with nearby residents, ex-
Zonians, sometime next Fall. Please contact us.
One thing about these Reunions we need a rollicking three
cheers for those faithful, charming, patient folks who married ex-
Zonians and had no earthly idea what they were getting into by coming
to a Reunion. It must be something like going to your spouse's high
school class reunion, not knowing a soul. You stand idly by smiling
through all those introductions from handshakes to hugs and kisses
and have to listen to all those "remember whens" why, that takes
enough stamina to make anyone a Zonian, without even seeing the
place. Good sports who come immediately to mind are Trudi (Mrs.
Fred) Mohl, Sarasota, and Charlotte (Mrs. Lowell) Jones.
Lowell, by the way, wants feedback on the idea of a BHS '52
reunion at the PCS Reunion in 1982. That's our 30th, folks! Contact him
at 614 Beth Dr., Sanford, Fla. 32771. He's retired from the Navy, spent
seven years in law enforcement and is now working as a machinist. His
youngest, Dale, recently joined the Marines. Lowell's daddy is the new
PCS president! Congratulations all around. Let's all get together and
make Lowell's idea work.
I like the extra day. But for us poor working stiffs, I'd like to move
the Reunion up to include the whole weekend and shoot for more
individual class parties, sightseeing, shopping and other activities.
I found the reporters' meeting especially helpful and was
delighted to finally meet Conrad Horine, Bonita, Calif., who has
worked so hard on our high school and college alumni index. If you are
not included, you need to be. Write him for a form. Other reporters
attending were Gladys Bliss Humphrey, Sarasota; Julieta Burda,
Stone Mountain, GA; Lou Hasemann, Jacksonville (Helen's daddy);
Catherine Filo, Dothan, AL; and Frances Violette Sharp, St.
Petersburg. Our editor in chief, Anna Collins, presided. As a past
president of Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center Auxiliary, I wish
Anna good luck upon her forthcoming election as president of St.
Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary in St. Petersburg.
Is this the season for grandmothers or something? First new one I
heard from was Arden Lou Cooke, fellow classmate, BHS '52. I didn't
even think Arden Lou liked kids and here she is a doting grandmother,
all worried about diapers and formula. Incidentally, this makes her the
middle of five living generations, all female and all Zonians. Arden
Lou's grandmother is May Eubank born 1892 and living on the Zone
1950-52. Her daughter, Mable (Arden's mom) was on the Zone 1930-60
and now lives in Hampton, VA. Arden Lou was born on the Zone in
1935 and still is there working for the Port Authority. Her daughter is
Mrs. Alan (Luanne Swisher) Honea, whose daughter, Keeley Michelle
was born January 29, 8 lbs., 5 oz. Arden Lou's other daughter, Lisa, is
married to Kurt Wiese who works in construction on the Zone. Arden
Lou's son, Garrick, 13, is a 7th grader.
Another equally proud grandmother is Shirley Karst Alexaitis,
also BHS '52, living in St. Petersburg. Her daughter, Sheri, is Mrs.
Tom Kimball. Their daughter, Tara Marie, was born November 9 at St.
Anthony's, 8 lbs., 31/2oz. Tom is a Pontiac salesman. He and the family
live in Clearwater. Jack would be so proud too.
Reunion exhibits were especially nice and I hope we see more and
more of them. Most popular was probably Neville and Eva Harte,
formerly of Ft. Gulick, Balboa, Curundu, Diablo and Ancon, now of
Holiday, Fla. Neville even got yelled at for having too many customers
as the business meeting was starting. His hobby is making golden
huacas representing turtles, alligators, birds, snakes, jaguars, bells,
gods and the ever popular frog. (If Kermit only knew!) He faithfully
reproduces authentic huacas using the traditional lost-wax process.
Other exhibitors were Beatrice (Harris) Winford, Lakeland, FL,
with chaquieras from Code, and Rudy Burda, Stone Mountain, GA,
with metal sculptures using old PanCanal railroad spikes. Also
available were packets of construction day, snapshots, the famous
dampproof C.Z. matches made in Sweden and San Bias molas.
The leisurely, informative Tampa Bay cruise aboard the Bay
Queen (about 50 went) had to warm the bones of all our "snowbird"
friends. Enjoyed visiting with Joe Bugno, Buffalo, NY; recently retired
Val and Mary Lynch, Tallahassee; Ruth Hicks, Waynesville, N.C. and
Largo, Fla.; and Mary Belle and Gayl Kellar, Sun City, Ariz.
While some were cruising, others were golfing. The course was
challenging, but a few got overexuberant and suffered the conse-
quences. Judy's big brother, Bob Coulthard of Panama City Beach, FL,
pulled a muscle. We aren't as young as we used to be, Bob. Next year
the ladies will play to show you how. Judy, by the way is in Saudi
That evening the BHS Class of '40 held a swinging reunion,
complete with class song, "We're leaving you, we'll soon be through
..." Class officers living it up were Secretary Louise Rathgeber Hunt,
Dothan, AL; and Representatives to the Student Council, Jack
McGlade, Floral City, FL, and Jane Tompkins Heselton, LaJolla, Calif.
The Past Matrons luncheon honored Lea Dugan, 86, Roosevelt
Medal holder, Supreme Deputy of the Order of Rainbow Girls on the
Canal Zone, Past Worthy Matron of Orchid Chapter, Canal Zone, Su-
preme Inspector of Illinois and member of the House of Gold at In-
ternational Temple, McAllister, Okla. She was accompanied by her
daughter, Marion Dugan Fleming. President Mayno Walker presided.
"The Lord's Prayer" was sung by Nell Ree Berger of Tenn., with piano
accompaniment by Dorothy Hicks Chapmin of NC. Mrs. Mina H. Dee,
Sarasota, is vice president and president-elect. About 60 members and
guests attended 15 representing Fern Leaf Chapter; 20, Coral Palm;
and 20, Orchid. Also attending were Mrs. Russ (Edith) Jones and Mrs.
Al (Dorothy) Pate, wife of the new PCS president and vice president,
Jack Morris presided at the business meeting. The long tedious
task of counting votes was carried out by tellers TomBurrow, Howard
Clarke, Leslie B. Clarke, Paul Disharoon and Mel Smith. The meeting
itself went well, everyone had his say and then some which is
always good in a democracy and the majority ruled.
The Ball was splendid in the Coliseum. A few dances, lots of good
conversation, more friends met, a drink or two. I'd have been fine the
next morning, too, if that nice man hadn't let me take a few puffs on his
It was good to see Marie Wright Gibson at the Ball. She left the
Zone after Bobby's death in 1978 and has been living in Clearwater.
She plans to move to Houston soon. Marie is a grandmother two times
thanks to her oldest daughter, Melody, who is Mrs. Paul Forrest,
formerly of the Zone. They now live in Pine Island, FL, where Paul is
in air conditioning. Their children are Damon, 4, and Tiffany, 2.
Marie's other children are Hollie, 22; Bobby, 21; and Arden Joy, 10.
At the luncheon on Saturday I was privileged to be seated with
Kay and Roger Howe, Titusville. Rog, the former KZ5RM, is now
K4GNW (Going North West) and meets other ex-Zonian ham radio
operators from 9 to 10 a.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays, on the air.
Regulators include Dr. Bill Clinchard, Blairsville, GA; Roger Deakins,
Titusville; Gil Foster, Oxford, GA; Lee Kariger, Cypress, CA; and Bob
Montgomery, Live Oak, FL. The Howes' daughter, Mary, is a
computer consultant in Houston and married to Kurt Kippenhan, an oil
broker. Last summer they toured Europe.
Also at the table were Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Castles, Falmouth,
Mass., who retired in 1977 as Civil Affairs director, but better
remembered by us as the forceful efficient principal of BJHS in the
"good ole days."
Nearby were Diablo neighbors, Winnie and Ron Brome, and son
Dennie. Ron retired from C.Z. police in 1970 and, with Dennie, run an
apartment complex in Miami. Dennie graduated BHS '63 and CZC '65
and enjoys fixing up old Corvettes in his spare time.
Fred A. Cotton, director of the General Services Bureau, Panama
Canal Commission, was the guest speaker at the luncheon. He talked
himself hoarse bringing us up to date on the problems and progress of
that place we call the Canal Zone. His slide presentation was re-
peatedly cheered and applauded. There should be a special Oscor for
shows like that, Freddie.
Had to go all the way to Florida to meet Marian and Gene Gregg of
Mandeville, LA. Their news arrived too late to make the last issue and
here's an update:
On Jan. 23, their daughter Lynn and her husband Clayton had a
baby girl, Carlye Gregg Brown in New Orleans, 7 lbs., 8 oz. This being
the first grandchild, the Greggs are really delighted. Lynn is
temporarily off from being an RN at Charity's Infectious Control
Section. Clayton is in his second year of residency until July when he
starts his third year in internal medicine. Other Gregg children include
Nancy, an LSU policewoman in Baton Rouge, Laura, a senior at LSU-
BR and student teaching at the Lab School, Gail, a junior in nursing at
the LSU Medical Center; Helen, a sophomore at Mandeville High and
just completed driver's training; and Gene, 5th grader at Mandeville
Middle School. Marian works as an RN at St. Tammany Parish
Hospital. Friends they stay in touch with include Shirley and Tom
Marine and Barbara and Buck Krueger of Humble, Texas.
Gret and Bill Warren just got back home to Florida after a 90-day
dream trip aboard the Velma Lykes. From New Orleans, they sailed
through the Canal to California, then 19 days across the Pacific to
Manila, Singapore, Malayasia, Java, Bali, New Guinea, Korea, Japan,
back to California,t through the Canal, to New Orleans where son,
David, lives. They let me bum a ride to the airport after the Reunion,
Upon returning home, my mail includes items from an
enterprising young sailor Gary L. Miller, Box 582, APO Miami 34007,
who works at the Defense Mapping Agency of the Inter-American
Geodetic Survey, Gary has designed a commemorative belt buckle
depicting a sculptured relief of the Isthmus and C.Z. seal. 2,500 were
cast in pewter and brass; all are numbered and registered. Sale price is
$14 with four weeks' delivery. Gary had wanted them displayed at the
Reunion, but they arrived too late. Order direct if you are interested,
but request extra-heavy wrapping. Mine arrived damaged and
Capt. and Mrs. Norma M. Currier of Slidell write that they
became grandparents for the first time and, believe it or not, twice in
the same day. Their daughter, Karen Currier Ranatza, had a son on
Jan. 9 and their son, Norman "Skipper" and Peggy Harrington Currier
had a daughter on the same day. Norman and Peggy live in Baton
Rouge where Norman is a buyer for the Wilson stores. Karen lives in
Harahan, LA, where her husband, Michael, is chief of police and Karen
teaches school. Robert, the youngest Currier son, graduated from MIT
last June and is working as a chemical engineer in Lake Charles. So
nice to all be in one state, says Norman Sr.
Lanny Gunn is retiring from IAGS in July. He, wife Edy and son
Ricky will live in Orlando. Daughter Liza is working in Tallahassee and
Bonnie is in college in Charlotte, NC. Lanny's sister, Barbara, lives in
El Paso and has two sons and two daughters. This latest Gunn news
comes from Landen Sr., a 1963 Dredging Division retiree living in
Ponte Verda Beach, FL, with wife Joyce. OK Lanny, now I finally know
where you got your charm!
Carolyn and Bob Johnson, formerly of Margarita, are now at their
newly built home at 2434 Brookside Ave., Kissimmee, FL 32471. (No
need to mention the screened-in kidney-shaped swimming pool because
all Florida homes come so equipped.) Carolyn plans a trip to Cristobal
in May when daughter Carol Leigh and hubby Norman Dixon are
expecting. Toby, their first, is a remarkable 4 years old now and the
apple of her grandma's eye. Carolyn will also visit son Rusty and his
wife, the former Sheila Webb, who live in Diablo. Rusty is with the
Electrical Division. Rusty and Sheila enjoyed their Easter vacation in
Florida. In July Carolyn and Bob will be in New Orleans for the Elks
Mrs. James (Bea) Mable, formerly of Diablo, now New Port
Richey, recently enjoyed a week's visit from my former next door
neighbors, Vera and Lewis Phillips, now of Selma, AL. Together they
went to see Naomi Curling, formerly of Pedro Miguel and Diablo, in
Frostproof, FL, and then to Cypress Gardens.
Our own "Unsinkable" Miss Hazel Matthews of Scottsboro, AL,
and her brother, Johnny, of Fairhope, AL, attended the Reunion. Miss
Matthews, always full of good humor and enthusiasm for living,
collected lots of hugs and kisses from her former BHS students. She is
busy these days working on the family genealogy with her two sisters
and may even write a book about it all.
At the Reunion Julieta Burda graciously gave me the Baton
Rouge phone and address of Jessie Firth Kirkland Sandifer, with
whom I just finished speaking. Jessie is an Officer III bucking for
sergeant on the LSU Campus Police force. She holds the honor of being
the first woman to graduate from the three-months' LSU Traffic
Management Institute for supervisors in police work. Jessie is a
widow and a member of BHS '63. Her brother Bill, BHS '59 and CZJC
'61, is a cablesplicer for new telephone installations for DOD on the
Zone. Their mom, Anona Kirkland, is the social editor of the Star &
Herald in Panama. Last year she received the governor's silver merit
award, the last to ever be presented on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. David (Merlena) Searle of Englewood, FL, shared a room
with her daughter, Donna Searle Hoffman, and Mrs. George (Rusty)
Folger, New Orleans, at the Reunion. Looked just like a girls' dorm.
Donna (BHS '66) is a management specialist for the AF Reserve in
Denver. Her sister, Dale, (BHS -65) is a Spanish teacher at Colorado
Springs HS and married to Tal Hibbert. Merlena spends half her time
at home in Florida and half in Colorado with the girls. Rusty has been
traveling too and doing some part-time work for Kelly Girls.
Our favorite jet-setter, Ruth Halvosa Warner just made it to the
Reunion from British Columbia en route to Vermont, after having seen
the Prince of Wales play polo at West Palm Beach. Nothing like being
where the action is! Wouldn't be a bit surprised either if Ruth made
the Derby at Churchill Downs on her way to Vermont. Daughter
Jeannie is a public defender in Hawaii and son Billy is a National
PATT FOSTER ROBERSON
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
As always this time of the year, there has been a lot of coming and
going. Truman and Betsy Hoenke have left to spend the summer in
Vermont. Howard and Emily Johnson are back from Florida for the
summer. Ruth and Ernest Zelnick will be leaving the middle of May to
spend three months at their place in Vermont.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick spent Easter week with their sons, Paul
and family in Little Rock, AR, and John and his family in Tulsa, OK.
Ruth Sill went on a three-day tour to Charleston, SC, to enjoy the
azaleas and the gardens.
Paul and Betty Bentz plan to go to Connecticut in May for the
graduation of their grandson, Brian, from M.I.T.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky went to Florida in February to spend
two weeks in Lakeland with their son, Dale, and family, and in Sara-
sota with the Joe Ebdons. In March, they went to Aiken, SC to visit
Peggy and Don Hutchison and attended the Aiken P.C. Society dinner.
In April, they spent a few days with their daughter, Barbara, and her
family in Ahoskie, NC.
Ruth and Bill Tillman left in the middle of April for St. Peters-
burg, FL, where they will spend a week with Ethel and Pete Cooper.
Betty and Paul Runnestrand, Winter Park, FL, were the house
guests of Alice Roche for a week in April. While they were here, we
had a picnic so that all their friends could see them. Those attending
were the Paul Bentzes, Wendell Greenes, Ruth Sill, Jack Dombrow-
skys, Ruth Tillman, Howard Johnsons and the Ernest Zelnicks.
At the present time, Marian Lewis is in Pardee Hospital recover-
ing from surgery. Her son Allan came from Pryor, OK to be with her
for a few days.
The last part of April, Emily and Howard Johnson and Alice
Roche are taking a trip to the Outer Banks, NC, and on down to Myrtle
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
On March 27th, thirty-five members and four guests enjoyed a
dinner meeting at Marinos. We were happy to welcome three new
members: John and Iris Waggoner, and Mrs. George Mann (Nanette),
whose husband was on an overseas assignment. Guests present were
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Barr of Aiken, and Jean and Jack Dombrowsky of
Hendersonville, NC. The next scheduled meeting is to be a picnic at
the Aiken State Park on Saturday, June 7th.
Nora Green, who "celebrated" St. Valentine's Day by having open
heart surgery, traveled to the St. Petersburg reunion with husband
Charles and her sister, Mrs. Helen Alexander of San Antonio, Texas.
Also attending the reunion were Verna and Andy Kapinos, and Sis and
Another Aikenite who underwent open heart surgery this spring
is Sofia Hauser, who is presently recuperating at home.
Easter, Master's, and azalea-time in Aiken found a number of out-
of-towners here, among whom were Russell and Diana Drew who
spent Easter weekend with Chuck and Lucille John Carrico and
wife of West Virginia who visited his sister, Gertrude Smouse, enroute
to Florida Judy De Long of Las Vegas (formerly of the Atlantic side)
who toured Aiken with her hostess, Evelyn Condon Jolie Ann and
Ron Seeley who spent several days with her parents Bud and Hazel
Kilbey and the Leitch family who visited Paul and Leona Badonsky
thereby enabling grandsons Bobby and Adam to celebrate not only
Easter, but also their grandpa's birthday.
Mrs. Willard Percy is delighted by her promotion to the rank of
"Great Grandmother" on January 16th when Jennifer Ann joined the
family of Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Jones (Susan Willoughby) of
Later this year, Eletheer and Jim Catron, Peggy and Don
Hutchison, Dorothy and John Everson, B.J. and Mrs. Hartley and
Nellie Jansen plan to attend the NARFE Convention being held in
Albuquerque, NM and hope to do some sightseeing while in that
Frank and Thora Smith Greenville, SC We are no longer the
Canal Zone Smiths since the Canal Zone no longer exists. After 25
happy years, we decided to return home and not suffer the distress of
seeing the U.S. flag lowered and the once proud U.S. enterprise fade
In June, 1979 Frank traveled through the southeast hunting for a
new place to live and work. To our surprise and pleasure he found an
attractive location only twelve miles from his family home in Easley.
Thora agreed it was a good spot to re-enter the U.S. culture. The new
work consists of being the internist on a team dedicated to training 30
residents in a 3 year program of family medicine. We live in a 3
bedroom apartment on the eastern outskirt of town.
Mike: lives in Chapel Hill, NC, doing computer research in the
nearby Triangle Research Pa.
Nick: lives on a country estate in Walhalla, SC while working in
the county school system.
Andy: a civil engineering student at Clemson. He helped the
Army Corps of Engineers fortify Savannah this summer.
Maggie: graduated in the last class of Balboa High School She
helped the CZ Customs chase smugglers this summer and is now a
happy freshman at Winthrop in Rock Hill, SC.
Thora: graduated with honors in the last class of the CZ College.
She hunted a new home, returned and packed up the household, aided
by helpful friends, then departed mid September.
Frank: Birded in Costa Rica in February, job hunted in June,
retired in August, birded in Mexico, Belize & Guatemala for five
weeks, un-retired as of October 1 to work at the Center for Family
Panama Canal Society of Houston
Our regular but long overdue meeting was held on March 22, 1980.
There were 24 in attendance which is a very good turnout for our small
The highlight of the meeting was discussion of the huaca replicas
made by Mr. Neville Harte of Florida. (We understand they were to be
on exhibit at the recent reunion). Joyce Standefer, Luke's wife and
Iva's daughter-in-law, won the door prize that Mr. Harte had provided.
Everyone was so delighted with these beautiful replicas and their
history, that we hopefully plan to have a tape and/or slide presentation
on the subject in July.
Helen Ray McDougal and husband, Bill, are now living in
Guatemala where Bill is affiliated with an oil company. Helen Ray is
the daughter of Lou and Myrtle Souder.
Our sympathy and prayers go to Blodwen Turbyfill in the loss of
her son and to Irene Hallowell in the loss of her husband.
Florence Terry tangled with a quarrelsome pup and ended up the
loser with a badly sprained wrist. She is recovering slowly tho'
Iva Standefer is hospitalized for minor surgery. There is such a
thing as "minor" surgery??
JESSIE L. BUSH
*-o--- SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE -- **
FOR SALE: 1978 (Final Year of Issue) Canal Zone license plates
$6.00 postpaid these do not have the '79 orange stickers
attached. Ann Guerriero, PSC Box 1310, APO Miami 34002.
WILL BUY OLD LICENSE PLATES TOO.
FOR SALE: Last issue of Canal Zone telephone book, mint
condition. Contains maps, etc. of former CZ. Prepaid net $12.00.
Send M.O. or bank draft to Robert A. Stevens, c/o Cristina
deStevens, Aprado 983, Panama, 1, Republic de Panama, retiree
of former Panama Canal Company. Only a few left Subject to
FOR SALE: LAST DAY OF OPERATION cachet covers. Various
types with various combinations of old and recent CZ stamps.
Balboa or Cristobal die hub machine cancelled self-addressed.
Write for quotation list enclosing self-addressed pre-stamped
envelope to Robert A. Stevens, c/o Cristina deStevens, Aprado
983, Panama, 1, Republic de Panama.
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FOR SALE: CANAL ZONE mint stamps; singles and Plate
Number blocks. Also some postally used. Also CZ postal
stationery mint. Send Scott numbered Want List with self-
addressed, pre-stamped enveloped to Robert A. Stevens, c/o
Cristina deStevens, Aprado 983, Panama, 1, Republic de Panama.
FOR SALE: Panama Canal antique bottle collection, includes
mans, dogs, gins, ginger beers, wines, inks and many others. Also
Japanese floats in original nets. Call Ray Bush at (813) 885-4294
or write to 6804 Cresthill Ct., Tampa, FL 33615.
FOR SALE: PANAMA CANAL Photographs of Construction
Days and later. 6 different sets (10 in each set). Pictures have
dates and identification on each. $4.75 per set. Bee Winford, 1227
Oak Hill St., Lakeland, FL 33801.
FOR SALE: NEW FR LYNCH MEDAL (See photo) 12 ga.
thickness, nickel silver content and 1 9/16" dia. It was struck at
Wendell's Mint in Mimm. MN. First to be struck in the PC area
and commemorates Fr. Francis Lynch's 30th anniversary as a
priest in the Congregation of the Mission (CM) Cost $3.50 which
includes postage and handling. Joe Maravilla, PSC Box 1513,
APO Miami, FL 34003.
WANTED: To purchase a BHS Year Book 1958 and CONQUIS-
TADOR 1959 or 1960. Dianne (Hutchison) Cox, 1119 Maryland
Dr., Ladson, SC 29456.
1 AUGUST 1980
Members and Guests
Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Please make reservations for the August Luncheon
at $5.50 each TOTAL ENCLOSED $
(PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO: Panama Canal Society of
I WILL NEED TRANSPORTATION
HOW MANY CAN YOU TAKE IN YOUR CAR
THE CROWN HOUSE
5445 North Washington Blvd.
Highway 301 (Direct)
1 AUGUST 1980
SOCIAL HOUR: 12:00 NOON
LUNCHEON: 12:30 P.M.
Jay Cain, Chairman and her committee, of Sarasota is planning a
wonderful luncheon and entertainment for us to be held at The Crown
House Restaurant on Highway 301. A private bar will be set up and
drinks will be at the popular prices. The price of the English Cut of
Beef luncheon will be $5.50, tax and gratuity included.
We will surely want to carpool to Sarasota, so on the reservation
slip above, please indicate if you need transportation or how many
extra members you can take in your car. Jean Mann will handle the
reservations and carpooling.
Reservations must be prepaid and postmarked by July 18th.
Let's make this a great success like a mini-reunion and enjoy
Directions to the Crown House from Tampa Take Highway 41
South to Highway 301 or just Highway 301 straight through passing
the Sarasota Airport and down to the traffic light at North
Washington Blvd. Intersection. The Crown House is on the RIGHT
SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY... You cannot miss it.
Directions from St. Petersburg and North, Take Highway 19
South over the SKYWAY BRIDGE TO HIGHWAYS 41 and 301. STAY
ON HWY. 301 and follow directions as above. One never really gets
into a congested area.
And for those who live South and to the East Come on up HWY.
41 to 301. Please refer to your maps.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Mrs. Lesma Niebch, widow
of Mr. James B. Niebch, last known address Lehigh Acres, FL, please
contact our Secretary Mrs. Jean B. Mann. Thank you.
The REUNION dates for 1981 have been set for April 30th, May 1st
and 2nd. Watch for more information in the September 1980 RECORD.
On March 8th over 50 former Zonians attended the 53rd Annual
Latin American Fiesta Coronation Ball held in Tampa. There were
eight lovely candidates viewing to be the Queen or one of the four
princesses of the court. The senoritas were beautifully dressed in their
gorgeous Spanish lace with layered ruffle skirted gowns and each
wore a comb in their hair to hold the long lace mantilla.
Other royalty visiting were King Gasparilla LXVII G. Pierce
Wood and her Royal Highness Patricia Catholine Williams, Tampa;
King Venus XIV Allen N. Reeves and his beautiful Queen Vickie Lynn
Register, Venus; Winter Carnival King Boreas XLIV Norman C.
Mears, and Queen of Snows, Margaret Ann Arneberg, St. Paul, MN;
Don Hernando DeSoto Ralph Regal and Queen Julie Applebee, DeSoto;
Krewe of Sant' Yago El Rey VII Vincent Giglio and his charming Reina
Juliamarie Arena and the West Tampa Sherife Association El
sherife Don Miles and his special deputies.
And who do you think the star of the show was? Lucho Azcarraga
and his conjunto. The combo is one of the outstanding musical groups
in Central America and Lucho returned to the Fiesta by popular
request. It was good seeing Lucho again.
All in all it was a wonderful night and we (the Pates and the
Collinses) stayed until 3 o'clock in the morning listening and dancing to
"The signature page of those attending."
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for 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 entitle me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
City State Zip Code
Former PC Employment
Amount Enclosed $ Check M.O. Cash
DUES $10 PER YEAR PER FAMILY (One Household)
PLEASE SEND MONEY ORDER UNLESS CHECK IS ON STATE'S BANK.
Dues of the Society shall be $10.00 a year by calendar years, and shall entitle members
in good standing to receive the Canal Record and Annual Issue.
Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year, and will be
considered delinquent on February first in any calendar year.
New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for $5.00 in dues for the
balance of that particular calendar year provided the following year's dues are paid in
advance at the same time.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE
Please mail to
City State Zip Code_
Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
60 q- I (6
-mm l -. i..
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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