J. F. Warner
OFFICERS FOR 1982
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
William F. Grady
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Pat Beall
Russell M. Jones
Victor H. May Jr.
Harry C. Egolf
The President's M message .......................................................................... 1
Past President's Valediction..................................................................... 2
E ditor's Corner.......................................................................................... 2
Legislative Report..................................................................................... 3
Condensed Minutes of Scheduled Meetings............................................. 4
R etirem ents .............. ................................................................................ 5
Activity Reports 5l'th Anniversary Reunion ...................................... 7
Reunion Registrants ................................................................................. 24
Closing Ceremonies Canal Zone Police................................................. 30
M edals Tell the Story ................................................................................ 32
N ew s Clips ................................................................................................. 35
News from "The Spillway"....................................................................... 39
Your Reporters Say:.................................................................................. 50
Alabama ............................... 50 North Carolina ..................... 63
Arkansas .............................. 51 Panama................................. 64
California.............................. 53 South Carolina ..................... 66
Florida .................................. 57 Texas .................................... 67
Louisiana.............................. 61 Virginia................................. 68
W here A re You?......................................................................................... 73
Favorite Cooking Recipes ......................................................................... 73
W eddings ................................................................................................... 74
B irths ......................................................................................................... 75
W ith Deep Sorrow ..................................................................................... 77
From M embers at Large ........................................................................... 79
Health Tips Hearing Aids..................................................................... 82
Looking B ack............................................................................................. 85
Annual Audit Report ................................................................................ 93
N otices ....................................................................................................... 95
For Sale or W anted.................................................................................... 97
Vigilant Real Estate.................................................................................. 47
COVER: Albert F. Pate, newly elected President of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida for the year 1982-1983. (See "About our new President").
Canal Zone Police. BACK COVER: Pen and ink drawing of a merchant ship
moving through Gaillard Cut during widening operations was provided by
Isthmian artist, John B. Morton, Panama Canal Commission.
DATES TO REMEMBER ...
4 June Regular Monthly Meeting of PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore
Blvd. Gulfport, FL.
26-27 June 5th. Annual Canal Zone Statesiders Reunion, Tyson's Corner
Ramada Inn, Greater Washington D.C. area.
2 July PCSOFL Gourmet Luncheon, St. Petersburg Yacht Club,
6 August Panama Canal Society of FL. Annual Luncheon. Sheraton
Sand Key Hotel, Clearwater Beach, FL.
7 August 6th Annual Pacific Northwest Reunion. The Dalles, Oregon.
14 August 6th. Annual Picnic, Louise Hays Park, Kerrville, Texas.
3 September Regular Monthly Meeting of PCSOFL, 1:30 P.M., 5730
Shore Blvd. Gulfport, FL.
West Coast Reunion, Catamaran Hotel, San Diego, Calif.
Regular Monthly Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 P.M., 5730 Shore
Blvd. Gulfport, FL.
"Gas House Gang" Annual Golf Tournament, Dothan, AL.
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The 50th Anniversary has been a most
memorable and successful one. Thanks to Past
President Jones and his very able and competent
Thank you for your confidence in electing me,
President. As President, my aim is to continue
the kind of vigorous and dedicated leadership that
the members have come to expect in the past.
You may also be sure that the elected officers
for the coming year share my enthusiasm and
dedication to the Society.
UNITY TO BE WATCHWORD
In the face of the challenges ahead it is fair to
say that while I feel humble I also feel confident.
Unity will be my intention to encourage
throughout the ranks from the Executive
Committee members, various Committee Chair-
mans, Committee members and our regular
Unity is the key to organizational success -
not only at the top but throughout the Society's
structure at every level of effort.
That doesn't mean that everyone must think
alike and see things alike. It does mean that in the
struggle for goals we must work together, putting
aside petty differences and personal animosities
when they threaten to undermine our strength and
Our present leaders and members are the
backbone of our Society but we must realize that
the future of our Society will be in cultivating our
younger members, using their talents to promote
We shall need the help and understanding of
every member of the Society.
We must be able to count on organization
cooperation that insures unbroken solidarity when
the going gets tough. I'm not ashamed to ask for
these things. In return I pledge to you the very
best within me to give as your President in the
I feel a deep devotion to "my family" and that
in essence is what all of you mean to me. I know of
no other group of people that have the ability to
communicate as we have. The main vehicle used in
the Society is our Record, edited by Pat Beall. He is
doing an outstanding job. The same applies to our
Secretary-Treasurer, Jean Mann. They both
deserve our thanks and appreciation.
We hope we will have a large attendance at our
monthly meetings because we are planning various
programs and entertainment through the year.
Don't forget the July 2nd luncheon at the St.
Petersburg Yacht Club and our August 6th
luncheon at the Sheraton Sand Key Hotel on Clear-
I love all of you and wish all a Healthy and
Happy 51st year.
As my two years as your president comes to a
close we can all be proud of the growth of our
society in numbers and in stature. The road was
not always smooth, but we took our lumps in
stride and I and my Executive Board thank every
one of you for your support and help. Our monthly
meetings have always been well attended as well
as our parties and outings. The high light of these
two years has been the Golden Anniversary
Reunion. We have brought into being a new type
of Canal Record. As of May 1, 1982 when I give
the gavel of authority to our new President, Al
Pate, I will not say "Hasta la Vista" but rather
that I will see all at our Diamond Jubilee.
Russell M. Jones
Past President 1980-1982
Before I say anything else, I would like to give
my grateful thanks to all those who took the
trouble to write and express their delight with the
new Canal Record. I appreciate all the telephone
calls, all those who spoke to me directly and all
those wonderful letters and notes sent the Society
telling me how much they liked the new format, siz
and type. It was heartening to know that the
members approved and that all the initial work put
into the new book was worthwhile and satisfying
to all. There is not enough space to list all those
who let it be known they approved, so I will just
thank you all for your vote of confidence and hope
that all future issues will also meet with your ap-
proval as well. Thank you all again.
There were still a few mistakes, I'm afraid.
Some I recognized that can be rectified, and some
that just slipped through. Proofreading seems to
be an art in itself, and unfortunately one that I
haven't mastered yet. Being in a hurry doesn't
help either. Anyway, for the most part, I was
happy with the outcome it was really better
than I had anticipated. Our new printers certainly
helped out a great deal and greased me over some
of the bigger humps, and I'm grateful to them. The
process of learning is still going on.
Our Golden Anniversary Reunion is over .
More on that in the Activities column.
In the last December issue (marked November
on the cover!), I remarked about the interest being
generated over stories being sent in by Charlie
Heim of Carson, CA. I have received corres-
pondence that suggests a write-in contest for
stories such as Charlie's. These stories may be
catergorized under any of the following definitions,
not necessarily in order:
1. Early days experiences, adventures or
nostalgic, in the Canal Zone.
2. Stories of West Indians or "Bajuns" that
you knew or with whom you had experiences.
"Bajun" dialect stories jokes, anecdotes,
4. Any story that preserves a unique way of
talk, relationship of Panama U.S. West
Lets face it those good ole' days will never
come back. Relationships have changed, and
although the "Bajun" accent is still there, that
monster we call progress has changed those
wonderful, colorful and happy people.
Starting right now, this contest is open to all
members. Entries need not be dramatically correct,
properly punctuated or formally presented we
will take care to dress it up (yes man, even take
out de nasty words, dem). If the response is good,
it could be possible to print all these stories into a
book that could be sold to members later. There
are all kinds of talent still floating around how
about all those "Bajun" stories that used to be
told at the many minstrel shows in the Zone? Let's
preserve a little of our wonderful past for
posterity! A prize will be awarded at the next
reunion for the best story selected by the Board.
My apologies again to those members who
wanted to go on tours while at the reunion. The
discounted price list printed was the children's rate
and not the adult rate. My error, and I hope it
didn't inconvenience too many members. The adult
rates were still very attractive and I printed a
hand-out with the adult rates, which were passed
on to members at the Lindo's Tours desk at the
I thought it would just be a matter of time
before someone would claim to be the owner of
Police badge #232 which was on the cover of the
March issue. Sure enough, we have a winner.
David E. Stocker claims to be the owner of that
number. Now living in Austin, TX, I just couldn't
resist in sending him the original photograph so
now everybody knows, Dave.
The Canal Record also received a beautiful
Letter of Appreciation from William F. Kessler.
last Chief of Police, thanking us for dedicating the
March issue to the Canal Zone Police. It was our
pleasure; we only hope we did a good job, and we
too, appreciated Mr. Kessler's letter. We are real
proud of it, and will print it in the "Congratula-
tions" column, as a pat on the back to ourselves!
During the 50th. Anniversary Reunion, the
editor held a luncheon for Area Reporters. The idea
was to get all the reporters to meet one another; to
swap ideas and suggestions and to make the
editorial staff of the Canal Record feel like they be-
longed to a team. I felt it only fair to invite as
guests, Mrs. Jean Mann, the Secretary/Treasurer
of the Society, and Mrs. Anna Collins, former
editor of the Canal Record, as they have both con-
tributed so much to the nucleus of the book.
Among the 20 attendees, we spoke of many ideas
concerning the reporting issues and, speaking for
myself, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think we all
came away with some new insight as to how to
make reports easier to read and present, as well as
how to correct some of our mistakes (editor
included). Mrs. Patt Foster Roberson presented the
editor with a manual entitled: The Associated
Press Stylebook and Libel Manual which I found
to be of great help for the future issues. I'll
probably have most of it read by the time the
September issue comes out, and I can see already
that I have been making all sorts of mistakes. I
think Patt, so that I can do a proper job.
I MUST thank all those who helped sell the
Panama Canal Society memorabilia. They did a
tremendous job all volunteers, and they just
seemed to fit right in and take over a difficult job.
During the three day festivities, Anna McGlade
and Kay Ritchie Paton popped up out of nowhere
to fill in some slack, (those that I can remember)
and the response for help was just great. Anita and
Ken Buehlmann, Mavis Fortner, Grace (Schack)
Wilson, Anna Collins, Patt Foster Roberson, Vera
Jones, Mary Orr, Dottie and Ernie Yocum, Doris
Graham, Trudy Roberto, Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore,
Sarah Rowley, Irene Ladrach, Rose (Stroop)
Holroyd, Jeanne Mathews, Betty Quintero, Grace
Carey and Bo Mathews all contributed their time
and tired hands to the total effort. Thank you all,
very much, again.
Orchids also to the Registration Committee. It
was a painstaking job to record and type the list of
2288 names that registered, and they all deserve
high praise for a job well done. The efficiency of
the Luncheon Committee was also to be
commended. The coordination to set up the last
two-thirds of the banquet hall was highly profes-
sional, to say the least. Who can say any more
about the Tickets and Reservations Committee? It
seemed as if they were snowed under most of the
time, answering countless questions, solving a
multitude of problems and trying to accommodate
everybody at once. Dedication and sheer fortitude
got them through a difficult time. The expertise of
the Golf Committee generated a highly successful
golf tournament, which is getting larger every
year. All this, coupled with our Photographer who
did a very fine job covering all events, contributed
to our finest reunion ever, which may never be
Out of the 333 odd photographs taken by our
photographer, Pauline Arnold, it was very difficult
to select the few that would fit into this issue. As I
have to take this mass of news and photos to the
printer tomorrow, it got to the point where I had
to eliminate those that were in the last June issue
of the past reunion and at the same time keep
watching this issue grow in size. Pauline says she
is working on an idea where all her photos may be
displayed at some future meeting so all can see
Thanks to the 50th. Anniversary Reunion, I
think this issue is a little better than the last one
- and probably bigger! Thanks again to all those
who complimented me on the last issue, and again
I must remind you that our reporters in the field
are the ones who meld our groups together and
nourish our friendships.
Thousands of surviving spouses of federal and
postal workers who retired after Oct. 31, 1974,
may now be able to get a monthly survivor benefit
equal to 55% of their mate's annuity even if
their husband or wife failed to provide it.
This is the result of an agreement between the
American Federation of Government Employees
and the Office of Personnel Management. The
AFGE had sued OPM in federal court, charging
that the government's failure to include a change
in the 1974 law in its survivors benefits form
caused some retirees not to take an annuity
reduction to give a survivor's benefit to their
spouse. What had happened was that before 1974,
if a spouse designated for a survivor benefit died
before the retiree, the retiree was not entitled to
have his reduced annuity restored to a full annuity.
But the 1974 law changed that to provide if the
survivor-designee died before the retiree, the
retiree could have his or her full annuity restored.
Thus, those who retired after Oct. 31, 1974, and
did not elect the designated survivor benefit will
have the chance to do so now and have their full
annuity restored if their spouse predeceases them.
And widows and widowers of government workers
who retired after that date can apply for survivor
benefits, even if their husband or wife didn't
provide for a surviror benefit, if they can convince
the OPM that their spouse did not provide a sur-
vivor benefit because he or she was misled by the
surviror benefit form.
OPM will soon send out a special form that
will include a Survivor Annuity Amendment
Request advising people of the change. Forms will
be mailed to a retiree's last known address.
The CPI-W for January through March is .5%.
There was a .1% drop in the month of March
causing the slight drop foi the first three months
of the year.
William F. Grady
C LTOLLat OLt nlEWU ZEiLcEidfnt
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President Albert Forrest Pate was born in
Tifton, Georgia, the son of James Forrest and
Mildred Elizabeth Pate. He graduated from Vienna
High School in Vienna, Georgia, and on August 9,
1933 he left for the Canal Zone where father was
already employed. He worked at Coco Solo Naval
Station for one year before going to the Power
division of the Panama Canal as a helper for 2
years. He was then awarded a 5 year
apprenticeship with the Power Division, and upon
completion of his apprenticeship, went to the
Electrical Division for approximately 3 years and
subsequently transferred to the Locks Division at
Gatun, starting as Towing Locomotive Operator
Wireman. Al worked up through the ranks to
Electrician Leader, then to Control House
Operator, Lockmaster, Electrical Supervisor and
during his last 6 years with the Panama Canal, he
served as the Operations Supervisor of Gatun
Locks, retiring on December 28, 1975.
While he was in the Canal Zone, Al was, and
still is an active member of Sibert Masonic Lodge,
a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and also a
member of Abou Saad Shrine Temple and Jesters.
He is a member of B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 1542, of
Cristobal. Al was a very active member of St.
Margarets Episcopal Church in Margarita and was
the Lay Reader and Senior Warden for many
years. One of his most prized possessions is the
highest award authorized to a layman; The Episco-
pal's Medal, presented to him by Bishop Shirley on
In 1946, Albert F. Pate was married in Christ
Church-by-the-Sea to Dorothy Wolf, daughter of
the late Frank H. Wolf, a Roosevelt Medal Holder,
and Marie Wolf who presently resides with them.
Al and Dottie reside in St. Petersburg and
have one daughter, Deborah Marie, whoi will
receive her Doctorate on May 2, 1982 from the
National College of Chiropractors. Debbie has the
distinction of being the only doctor from her class
to be selected for residency. Upon completion of
her 2 year residency in Radiology, whe will be the
4th. woman in the United States to receive this
Condensed Minutes from Regular Meetings
6 February 1982
92 members and guests were present. Those
standing for special recognition were:
Terry Zemer Gulfport, FL
Dorothy Anderson Evans Staunton, VA
Marge Orr Newton, NC
Marion and Mike Green Sarasota, FL
Norman and Jo Hutchison Long Island, ME
Gladys McLain Sarasota, FL
Toodles and Tate Setzer Sun City Center, FL
Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Monsanto Iowa City, IA
Kitty McNamee Davie, FL
Mr. Eugene Askew, Chairman of the Nominating
Committee presented the nominated slate of officers
for the coming year, 1981-82, as follows:
For President Mr. Al Pate
For Vice-President Mr. R. Bowdoin Mathews
For Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Jean B. Mann
For Editor Mr. R.W. Pat Beall
The President asked the Committee Chair-
persons to give their report pertaining to the 50th.
Anniversary reunion. Mr. Pate also informed the
members that a Luncheon would be held in July, in-
stead of the usual picnic and would be held at the St.
Petersburg Yacht Club.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady
announced that the cost of living for 1981, as of 31
December had risen 8.7%. He also gave the new
rates of insurance premiums. Mr. Grady stated that
there will be no change in Social Security thru 1982.
The President, Mr. Jones displayed a worm-wood
picture frame made from the last mitre-gate sills of
Miraflores Locks which was presented to him on re-
tirement. He has donated it to the Society to frame
the Master Key Certificate which was presented to
the society at the 1981 Reunion.
5 March 1982
116 members and guests were present. Those
asked to stand for recognition were:
Alice and Ted McGann Panama
Charles Fears Blairsville, GA
Ted and Anita Kaufer Tampa, FL
Harriet Elich Poulson, MT
Barry Harrison Largo, FL
Bob and Kelly Maynard Lake Placid, FL
Larry and Mary York Massachusetts
Harry and Dierta Lacy Largo, FL
Mr. and Mrs. Kleefkins Tampa, FL
Libby and Rube Seidman St. Petersburg, FL
Anna Wright Gulfport, FL
Thelma Reppe Long Beach, CA
Matilda Bogle St. Petersburg, FL
Ruth Warner Hawaii
Olympia Reeves St. Petersburg, FL
Deborah Brown Tampa, FL
Marie Van Clief Tampa, FL
Jane Leves Tampa, FL
The Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady
reported that the cost of living for January, 1982
was .4%. The 8.7% COLA for 1981 will be shown in
the 1 April 1982 checks. There will be an "open-
season" on insurance from 3 May until 28 May,
1982, with changes starting July 1st.
Committee Chairpersons gave their reports for
the coming reunion.
Mr. Jones recognized the Past Presidents and
thanked them for their support. Those present were
Ross Hollowell, Eugene Askew, Robert Roy, Dewey
Goodwin and Troy Hayes.
2 April 1982
104 members and guests were present. Those
names called to stand and be recognized were:
Louise Pustis Clearwater, FL
Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Monsanto Iowa City, IA
Oliver Paterson New Port Richey, FL
Chris Skeie St. Petersburg, FL
Rose Guthrie Gulfport, FL
Carol Christensen Republic of Panama
Robert and Mary Boyd Seminole, FL
Bill Boeming Lutz, FL
Matt and Lydia Shannon St. Petersburg, FL
The President informed those in attendance that
the reservations for the reunion had grown far
beyond our expectations, and reviewed which invited
guests had accepted and those that have declined.
The Legislative Representative reported that
there were three different costs of living increases
reported for February .4%, .3%, and .6%. He also
informed the members that there will be an open
season on insurance from 3 May until 28 May, 1982.
The President then called upon the Committee
Chairmen to report on the reunion.
The Secretary explained the procedure she
follows, step by step, in processing requests for
reservations for the reunion, following the rules and
Mr. Vance Howard was recognized from the floor
and informed those present that he was not a candi-
date for office and encouraged the members to
support the slate nominated by the Nominating
OFFICERS FOR 1982-1983
Albert F. Pate
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
EDITOR, CANAL RECORD
Richard W. Pat Beall
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
William F. Grady (Lakeland)
Albert F. Pate, Chairman
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Pat Beall
Russell M. Jones
Victor H. May Jr. (Holiday)
Harry C. Egolf
To be announced
BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Norman E. Demers
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
To be announced
Mr. Roland R. Hayward
Mr. William E. Hopkins
Mr. Albert E. Jakatic
Mr. Severino LaFuente
Miss Glayds I. Oliver
Mr. Harrell Y.B. Parsons
Mr. Roswell J. Tobin Jr.
Mr. John E. Wallace Jr.
Mr. Everett White
Mr. Michael J. Harrington
Mrs. Diva Reyes
Mr. David A. Hope
Mr. Arthur C. Payne
Mrs. Donald C. Pierpoint
Mr. John K. Rutan
Mrs. Irene L. Veno
Mrs. Barbara A. Dedeaux
Mr. William P. Angelini
Motor Transportation Div.
Transit Operations Div.
Transit Operations Div.
Canal Protection Div.
Personnel Operations Div.
Office of the Director
Water Transportation Div
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Mr. Frank V. Kerley
Mr. Edward R. Aanstoos
Mr. Donald E. Anderton
Mr. Ronald E. Angermuller
Mr. Robert L. Austin
Mr. Jack J. Barger
Mr. Marvin L. Barsness
Mr. Kenneth L. Bivin
Mr. Jim N. Brown, Jr.
Mr. Benjamin R. Brundage
Mr. Elbert T. Chappell, Jr.
Mr. Thomas C. Clarke, Jr.
Mrs. Arden L. Cooke
Mr. James R. Covington
Mr. Jack C. Davison
Mr. Weldon E. Dobson
Mr. Robert D. Donaldson, Jr.
Mr. James N. Duffus
Mr. John A. Duval
Mr. George R. Egolf
Mr. Bruno L. Emanuele
Mr. James W. Forbis
Mrs. Marjorie J. Foster
Mr. Richard W. Froehle
Mr. John B. Fuller
Mr. William A. Gaskin
Mr. George W. Gauger
Mr. George Gibbs, Jr.
Mr. Glenn R. Heath
Mr. William B. Huff
Mr. George V. Johnson
Mr. Bernard A. Kelleher
Mr. Arthur J. Kerr
Mr. William F. Kessler
Mr. Edward W. Kirby
Mr. Robert G. Laatz, Jr.
Mr. Joseph P. McDonald, Jr.
Mr. Michael R. McGuire
Mrs. Andrea W. Mahoney
Mr. James R. Miller
Mrs. Hazel M. Murdock
Mr. Martin L. Olson
Mr. Charles A. Parks
Mr. Jack Saltzman
Mr. Richard J. Salvato
Mr. William A. Sullivan
Mr. Robert W. Summers
Mr. Donald L. Thompson
Mr. Virgil E. Voyles
Mr. Roger W. Wells
Mr. Alfred F. West
Mr. Paul L. Whitlock
Mr. John E. Winklosky II
Mrs. Irene F. Price
Mr. James T. Bird
Mr. Noel C. Farnsworth
Mr. Douglas M. Fillinger
Mr. John A. Forte
Mrs. Gertrude A. Paige
Mr. Virgil L. Peters
Mr. Paul A. Simoneau
Mr. Gerald L. Brown
Mr. Donald W. Date
Mrs. Rebecca McD. Davis
Mr. Franklin E. Flud
Mr. Ralph D. Harris
Industrial Security Office
Logistical Support Div.
Central Examining Office
Occupational Health Div.
Motor Transportation Div.
Financial Planning Division
Office of the Secretary
Personnel Operations Div.
Logistics Services Div.
Office of the Director
Logistical Support Div.
Off. of Industrial Relations
Logistical Support Division
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50th. Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Holiday Inn Airport, Tampa, Florida
After 50 tries, this Reunion beats all in every
way location, hotel facilities, golf, luncheons,
business, new officers, ball, Lucho, speaker and
beach party. We're growing and it's showing. The
courtesy van to and from the airport solved air
travelers' ground transportation needs without
hassle. The 24-hour restaurant, pool, jacuzzi and
free ice machines were well used. Hotel staff was
politely efficient. Strategically stationed bar-
tenders were amazed at the quantity consumed
while proper decorum still prevailed. Some habits
are well formed through years of trial-and-error
experience on the Zone. After the luncheon I
casually asked a desk clerk what all the people
were doing in the lobby. She replied softly, "I
don't know ma'am, but they've been standing here
for three days."
The people those special Zonian people -
turned three otherwise-ordinary days into a natural
high that would make Christmas pale. Bear hugs
and kisses, handshakes and back slaps, tears of joy
and cries of delight. Young people singing "God
Bless America", then not singing because they
were choked up by emotion, privately wondering
how they got so patriotic. Panamanian wood roses
in corsages at the traditional Past Matrons
luncheon. Some problems solved as the Record
editor hosted a cold-plate luncheon for about 20
reporters. Lucho autographed his latest disc.
Booths selling 50th anniversary souvenir mugs,
glasses and ashtrays; others selling molas, huacas,
belt buckles, hats, desk sets, pictures, jewelry and
more. As always, the ball with Lucho at the organ
was the supreme highlight even the dance floor
and overhead chandeliers bounded up and down in
time with the music. Outgoing President Russell
Jones made the Ch. 10 news. My old Rodman boss,
Ron Seeley, ably assisted by Cleve Soper on the
slide projector, delivered the best luncheon speech
I've ever heard.
To say Zonians are demonstrative is putting it
mildly. We laughed, we cried, we applauded, we
cheered, we got hoarse and we didn't sleep much.
Those coming for the first time vowed never to
miss another. Plans are already forming for smaller
specialized get-togethers within the framework of
the big Reunion. If you have any feeling at all left
for the Zone (and you do or you wouldn't be
reading this), then get yourself to the next Reunion
- no excuses!
Patt Foster Roberson
Special Reunion Reporter
15 April, 1982
Registration continued at 9:00 am from the
previous evening for the early birds. Most of the
85 strong contingent from Panama, which arrived
Tuesday afternoon had already gone through the
process, however the swarm of people were only
just beginning to arrive. The lobby of the hotel
was beginning to show signs of confusion and the
hotel employees stared in disbelief as members
rushed around greeting old friends. The bars in the
lobby did a brisk business and excitement ran
high. Salespersons of memorabilia of all kinds had
set up their tables and were doing business. Many
of the early birds had left the premises to attend
the Golf Tournament in St. Petersburg which
lasted all morning and was followed by a luncheon.
By mid-afternoon, the hotel personnel asked that
the lobby be cleared to allow incoming members to
register, but the temptation to run to the door to
greet old friends who just arrived was too great
and the hotel finally threw in the towel and tried to
survive the onslaught. Towards evening, old
friends had formed into groups and gaggles and
found time to shop and have dinner at one of the
many fine restaurants in the area. Much of the 16
cases of Ron Cortez that the Panama contingent
brought with them was no doubt consumed that
night, while everyone reminisced over old times
and old friends.
The annual golf tournament set the pace of the
reunion with a big "shot gun" start on Thursday.
A total of 139 golfers, plus many spectators, were
on hand at the Sunset Country Club on Snell Isle,
St. Petersburg, for an early 0830 AM start.
The weather man cooperated as it was a
beautiful day and the course was in excellent
Two hospitality carts toured the course during
play and our photographer, Pauline Arnold, was
busy snapping photos all morning.
Net scores were determined by the Peoria
system. Gross scores ranged from a low of 74 to an
Low gross champion in .the women's division
was Kay Wilburn, low net champion, Jane
Huldtquist. Other low net winners were Doris
Post, Viola Fuller and Margo Smith. Nineteen
ladies played this year. Julie Hardin and Jane
Huldquist posted birdies. Closest to the pin on #8
hole was Viola Fuller and on #11 hole, Vickie Bell.
Jim Catron scored an EAGLE 3 on the 458
yard 9th hole for the "big shot" of the day. Closest
to the pin on #8 hole was Drum McNaughton and
on #11 Don Hutchison (within four inches of the
hole). There were 44 birdies posted in the men's
division with Howard Clarke and Bill LeBrun
having three each.
On the starting line. Don Hutchison in the
Low gross champion in the men's division was
George Downing. Low net champion was Rick
Shapiro. Other low net winners were Jack Kromer,
Roy Kennedy, Cy Fields, Fred Wainio, Norman
Anderson, Bob Vache, Art O'Leary and Richard
Robert Will, Ray Will, Ginny Canupp, and Kim,
George Fears, John Coffey, Jim Krough and Bud
Bill York, Pete Flynn, Matt Shannon, George Hall.
Aggie Anderson, Norman Terry, Norman
Margaret Leigh, Jan Whitney, Julie Harden,
Tommy Engelke, Gary Myers, Alba Hutchings,
Julian Hearne, Bill De La
and Hugh Norris.
Mater, Frank Castles
The low gross and low net champions in both
division names have been engraved on the large
Each player was given a packet of tees en-
scribed "Panama Canal Society, 50th Anniver-
sary. Our thanks go to Jim Will who donated two
Rosemary Gilead and friends prepare for lunch.
Betty and Bob Boyer, Pat Risberg, Joe Stabler and
friends at the luncheon.
The delicious buffet luncheon served after the
tournament was enjoyed by 208 PanCanal golfers
The event was chaired by Joe Collins and his
community members Gene Askew, Fred and
Jane Huldtquist with Jim and Perry Washabaugh,
Jr. handling the hospitality carts; Anna Collins
helped the committee with recording duties.
Helping Anna with luncheon reservations and
table decorations on Thursday were Ella Conrad,
Rita Washabaugh, Joan de Grummond and
Contributed by Joe Collins
16 April, 1982
While the registration process continued
throughout most of the day, for the newly arrived
members that kept coming, the sales tables were
kept busy selling their various wares. As the
lobby, bar, coffee-shop, patio, swimming pool, etc.
began filling up again with a gentle roar of people,
the Canal Zone Past Matrons of Florida began
preparing for their Luncheon at 11:00 a.m. Shortly
thereafter at 11:30 a.m. the Reporters had their
Luncheon in the Timberwood Room. Both
Luncheons were out in good time to attend the
Annual Business Meeting, held in the main dining
room. By this time, the huggin' and the kissin' and
the chatter grew to where it was plainly heard
outside the hotels sliding glass doors for some
Annual Business Meeting
Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
16 April 1982
The Annual Business meeting of the Fiftieth
Anniversary Reunion was called to order by the
President, Mr. Russell Jones at 1:30 PM. Mr.
Jones led the assembled group in the Pledge to the
Flag. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, Chaplain, gave the
Innvocation which was followed by thirty seconds
of silent prayer in memory of those who had
passed away since our last annual meeting.
Mr. Jones explained that speakers would be
limited to two minutes if they wished to address
Mr. Jones announced that Mr. Mike Carpenter
had struck fifty belt buckles commemorating the
50th Anniversary Reunion. Buckle number one
was presented to the Society with the request that
it be presented to the oldest attendee at the
Reunion. Mr. Pete Monnaco, 94, was asked to
approach the podium. Mr. Monaco was given a
standing ovation. Mr. Jones then presented the
buckle to Mr. Monaco. Pete spoke briefly.
Mr. Jones announced the registration figures
as of Thursday PM. Final count will not be avail-
able until after the Luncheon on Saturday.
Mr. Jones read a letter from the Panama Canal
Commission donating fifty pieces of tableware,
bearing the seal of the Canal Zone, which had
previously been used in the governors home, to be
distributed to the members of the Panama Canal
Society of Fla. on an equitable basis. Mr. Jones
announced that these pieces will be given out at
Back row, L to R: Gini Starke, Fran Orvis,
Dorothy Nichols; front row, L to R: Faith Mello,
Jay Cain, Maxine Dixon.
Mr. Jones informed the members that the slate
of officers was presented at the February meeting.
He then asked Mr. Eugene Askew Chairman of the
nominating committee to come forward and read
the slate as it was presented. Mr. Askew
announced that his committee consisted of Tom
Burrow, Alma Burrow, Frances Sharp, Mary Belle
Hicks as well as himself. The slate was:
Albert F. Pate
R. Bowdoin Mathews
Jean B. Mann
Richard W. Beall
Louise Hunt, Vic and June May.
Helen (Kissan) Hall, Dolly Housley, Gen Kissan,
and Pat (Geddes) Risberg.
Mr. Joe Collins addressed the membership. He
read part of a letter that had been given to him,
that he considered derogatory to anyone who
might be nominated from the floor.
Motion was made and seconded to accept the
report of the Nominating Committee. Motion
Mr. Jones announced that Mr. Al Pate was
nominated by the nominating committee for the
office of President. He called for nominations from
the floor. There being none, Mr. Pate was elected
President. Mr. Pate spoke briefly. Mr. Jones
announced that Mr. R. Bowdoin Mathews had been
nominated by the nominating committee for the
office of Vice-President. He called for nominations
Catching up on "old times".
from the floor. Mrs. Anna Collins was nominated
for Vice-President. Mr. Jones asked Mrs. Collins
and Mr. Mathews to please leave the room. A voice
vote was inconclusive and a standing vote was
called for. Mrs. Anna Collins was elected Vice-
President, Mrs. Collins spoke briefly. Mr. Jones an-
nouced that Mrs. Jean Mann had been nominated
by the nominating committee for the position of
Secretary/Treasurer. He called for nominations
from the floor. There being none, Mrs. Mann was
elected Secretary/Treasurer. Mr. Jones announced
that Mr. Richard W. Beall had been nominated by
the nominating committee for the office of Editor.
He then called for nominations from the floor.
There being none, Mr. Beall was elected Editor.
Mr. Pate informed those present about the bus
schedules to and from the Coliseum for the ball.
Esther Currier and Dorothy Hamlin.
Mr. Jones asked any Roosevelt Medal Holders
to please stand. Those present were Robert Dill
and Harry White.
The President called on Mr. Carl Starke to
install the officers. Mr. Starke administered the
Oath of Office in accordance with the Constitution
Mr. Joe Collins announced that there were 139
golfers who played in the Tournament and 218
attended the luncheon. He announced the winners.
Prizes will be awarded at the Luncheon.
Mr. Harte donated a huaca which was given to
B.J. Hinton, Director of Catering for the Holiday-
Inn, Tampa Airport.
3 Generations Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Clement with
daughter Mary (Clement) Vaughn and Young Drew
Zeke and Fern Morse of San Diego, Calif., and
Vermillion, S.D.; formerly of La Boca.
Those attending the Annual Meeting gave a
standing ovation to Mr. Jones in appreciation of
his past two years as President.
Mr. Conrad Horine invited all to attend the
Southern California, Annual Reunion in San Diego
Mrs. Josephine Konover requested that
election of officers by written ballot be included in
our Constitution and By-Laws.
As there was no further business the meeting
adjourned at 3:15 PM. Jean Mann
Joe Dimpfl and Robert Turner.
Past Matrons officers at their luncheon. L to R:
Georgia Howard, president; Dorothy Pate, vice
president; Grace Williams, secretary-treasurer;
Dorothy Yocum, chaplain; Nellree Berger, soloist.
Lela (Lyon) Mills, Tex Stahler and Bob Hanna.
After the Business Meeting was over, the
population increase throughout the hotel lobbies
and nooks and crannies began to swell again, but
soon began to dwindle away as most began leaving
to get a bite to eat and get ready for the Ball in St.
The Transportation Committee's busses began
arriving with members excited at the prospect of
dancing to Lucho's music again some for the
first time in many years. It wasn't long before the
Coliseum collected 1906 registered members (and
an untold amount of non-registrants) all under one
roof. The almost futile attempt to see everyone -
table hopping began, but when Lucho began his
music, with sons Frankie and Chipi (a surprise to
all of us) accompanying him, the exodus to the
dance floor began, amid cheers, hand-waving and
the beginning of the disease called "Lucho feet".
Among the guests attending were three former
Governors of the Canal Zone; Governors William
E. Potter, Walter P. Leber and Harold R. Parfitt
and their wives. Also attending was the
Panamanian Consul General in Tampa, Fla., Mr.
Carlos A. Pere'. As Lucho finished his music, the
Jimmy Taylor Band started playing a little more
sedate type of music, giving a chance for some of
the older folks to catch their breath. During the
"breaks", President-elect Al Pate and President
Russell M. Jones began to draw numbers in a
drawing for. pieces of dinner-ware belonging to the
Governor's Residence, generously donated by
Administrator Dennis P. McAuliffe to Russell M.
Jones to dispose of as he saw fit and proper. The
dinner-ware was encircled with a gold border and
displayed a gold replica of the Canal Zone Seal -
truly a rare collector's item for the members, and a
beautiful piece of china. I am sure that those who
were fortunate enough to have their number called
will treasure their piece forever, and will be passed
on from one generation to another in the family.
Lanny Gunn Jr. and wife, "Eddie".
James A. Jr. and Debbie Bob Beall
(Halko) Brigman of Tallahassee verse at the
in montuno and pollera
handmade by Mrs. Brigman Sr.
At about 11:00 p.m., Lucho began playing
again and the response from the floor was so over-
whelming, that he continued to play for almost an
hour. The tempo increased while Frankie and Chipi
exhorted the overflowing dance floor to sink to
their knees, raise their hands and sing. Many an
old-timer was seen to make moves he thought
impossible a couple of hours ago. Some have been
heard to say that the building shook and the chan-
deliers began bouncing up and down. The hired
help stood in awe at the goings-on and asked:
"Who ARE these people?" Lucho's magic fingers
began his famous series of martial music which
culminated in a heart-tugging rendition of "God
Bless America" during which many members, bdth
old and young, unabashedly wiped away a tear
from their eye. The Jimmy Taylor Band, standing
toward the rear of the stage watching the
mesmerized 1906 plus members and guests were
also blinking. I am sure that for blocks around the
Coliseum that night, the people of St. Petersburg
will long remember the music and the singing that
came out of that building on April 16th., 1982.
Gloria (Leeser) Theologian and Jack Brayton.
and friends con-
She loves to dance to Lucho....
Lucho and Frankie stirring things up ...
Members reluctantly began heading for the
exit around 1:00 a.m. and a wonderful day was
over. Most went home with "Lucho feet", hoarse
throats, tired backs and tired legs, hoping they
would be in some shape to attend the Annual
Luncheon that coming noon.
New Vice-President Anna Collins talks to the
"Dragon" 17 year old Barton Scott III and
Barton Scott Jr.
17 April, 1982
Former Governors of the Canal Zone attend the
ball: Walter P. Leber, 1967-1971; William E.
Potter, 1956-1960; and the Canal Zone's last
Governor. Harold R. Parfitt. 1975-1979.
to keep away from the
While the Luncheon Committee were preparing
2/3rds. of the banquet hall for the luncheon, (the
other 1/3rd. was being used for another function
during this time) the members began creeping
down from their hotel rooms and yes, new
members were still checking in. A good sized group
had also come over from Houston, Texas the day
before. By this time, the hotel personnel gave up
trying to manage things to any degree, but they
were still as accommodating as usual and you could
detect a little of the revelry rubbing off on them.
There were many of the hotel staff that went out of
their way to help us in any way we wished, and
when the other function finally cleared the front
1/3rd. of the banquet hall, the astounding manner
in which they prepared the remaining space into an
organized table setting was a sight to behold. This
enabled the Luncheon Committee to complete their
preparations. Walking through the lobby was
almost impossible at this time, as 914 members
began lining up at the two entrances. The seating
was done quickly, due in a large part through two
Table Locators charts in the lobby. Seated at the
head table were President Russell M. Jones and
his wife Edith; President-elect Al Pate and his wife
Dottie; Vice-President-elect Anna Collins and her
husband Joe; Chaplain Dorothy Yocum and her
husband Ernie; Guest Speaker Ronald L. Seeley
and his wife Jolie; Guests, Governors William E.
Potter and his wife, Ruth, Robert J. Fleming and
his wife, Walter P. Leber and his wife Ruth and
Harold R. Parfitt and his wife Pat.
After the Invocation, President Russell L.
Jones welcomed and introduced the guests, amid
genuine and generous applause for all.
President Russell M. Jones addresses the 914
The head table, from L to R: Gov. William E. Potter and wife, Ruth; Gov. Robert J. Fleming and wife; Gov.
Walter P. Leber and wife, Ruth; Gov. Harold R. Parfitt and wife, Pat; (President Russell M. Jones) and
wife, Edith; Guest Speaker Ronald L. Seeley and wife, Jolie; President-Elect Albert F. Pate and wife,
Dorothy; Mr. Joe Collins and wife, Vice-President-Elect, Anna; Mr. Ernie Yocum and wife, Chaplain,
Dorothy. President Jones at the rostrum. -i
Luncheon consisted of Tomato juice, Baked
chicken, potatoes with parsley, green peas and
onions, rolls, apple pie with cheese wedge, coffee or
Lunch over, President Jones presented a
golden Huaca to Mrs. Olga Disharoon and to Mrs.
Georgia Howard in recognition of their exceptional
service to the Society for the past year. Both
awards were well deserved. The President then
introduced Pat Beall who thanked all those who
had written and spoken to him about the new
format of the Canal Record. He then recognized all
the Area Reporters by reading their names and
told the assembly how important they were in
keeping friends together and adding the warmth to
the book. He considers them the back-bone of the
Canal Record. Mr. Beall then presented the out-
going President, Mr. Russell M. Jones, in behalf of
the Executive Committee of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, with a "batea" with the Society
seal in color and appropriately enscribed in recog-
nition for his two years in office as President and
as the out-going President on the 50th. An-
niversary of the Society.
In the name of the Executive Board, Panama
Canal Society of Florida, "Pat" Beall, Editor of
The Canal Record, presents a "Batea" in
appreciation of President Russ Jones'
achievements during his two years in office.
Vince Ridge, presenting the permanent "Rocky
Ridge Golf Plaque", with 1982 winners inscribed
to the President, Russ Jones.
The President then introduced Mr. Ronald L.
Seeley, Personnel Director, Panama Canal
Commission, who gave a very comprehensive and
thoroughly interesting talk on the Canal as it is
today. His talk was high-lighted with 122 color
slides provided and shown by Mr. Cleveland C.
Soper, Chief of the Graphic Branch, Panama Canal
Commission, and his assistant. Mr. Seeley's talk
was informative, clear, to the point and extremely
sobering to many members who have been away
from the Canal for some time. He held your
attention throughout and was readily understood.
It soon became apparent, as he progressed with his
talk, that the monumental task of guiding the
Canal through the transition period of the treaty is
still in progress and that overcoming the many
problem areas, not an easy feat, is far from over.
Mr. Seeley was deservedly given a standing
ovation upon completion of his discourse.
After the applause died down, Mr. Seeley made
a surprise presentation to President Jones, on
behalf of Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission Dennis P. McAuliffe, with the Gold
Honorary Public Service Award, given by the
Panama Canal Commission each year to persons or
organizations who have displayed exemplary
public service. (See Photo) President Jones held the
gold medal high for all to see, and there were more
than a few handkerchiefs used to dry their eyes,
amid the resounding applause.
Ronald L. Seeley, Personnel Director
To Panama Canal Society of Florida in
April 17, 1982
Mr. President, distinguished guests, members
of the Panama Canal Society, and friends. I
appreciate this opportunity to speak to you on the
occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Especially since my own
association with the Panama Canal goes back to
grassroots. My earliest job with the Canal was in
the summer of 1941 as a Helper on the silver rolls
working out of Summit Gardens. In that respon-
sible capacity, I and about a dozen other Student
Assistants helped plant most of the grass in the
new Diablo townsite. So I feel qualified to talk to a
group of ex-Canal Zonians, although they do
tend to get suspicious when anybody says, "I'm
from the Personnel Bureau, and I'm here to help
you." So, I'm not going to say that. Instead I'll
talk about the changes that have taken place
during the 30-month transition period since the
new treaty went into effect in 1979, and focus a bit
also on what it's like living and working in the
Canal area today. We'll be using slides as we go
along, and Cleve Soper, Chief of the Commission's
Graphic Branch, is here operating the slide
projector. He also is a Canal Zone kid so you're
in good hands.
The Work Force
Naturally, my main concern is personnel -
people and jobs and matching them up. Things
have changed a lot since 1932 when the Panama
Canal Society was founded. Some types of jobs
have gone out of existence. Some of you here
remember that in those days they sent messages
Shirley Smith, Shirley (Smith)
Quintero, Pat Urich, Vic Melant.
out to pilots by men in small boats, and transiting
ships were controlled by ball and cone signals
raised and lowered by signal men at stations along
The pilots guided the lock locomotive
operators by hand signals in daylight and with
flashlights at night. In 1932 those pilots guided a
grand total of 5,075 ships through the Canal.
That's far less than half the number of ocean-going
transits last year just a few under 14,000.
And they're bigger ships by far. About half
our transits today are ships over 80 feet in beam
and nearly one out of every five is over 100 feet in
beam. In 1932 Canal transits carried just under 20
million tons. Last year we broke another tonnage
record with over 171 million long tons of cargo,
producing record tolls of 303 million dollars.
Business is even better this year. Last month, we
collected tolls averaging nearly a million dollars a
You might even put it this way we're
playing the same tune but with a different arrange-
ment, a few new instruments, and some new
Back in '32 Panamanians were pretty well
restricted to the lower levels of the work force.
Few rose above the level of Helpers, Machine
Operators, or Sales Clerks, and apart from some of
the staff of Gorgas Hospital where local national
doctors were to be found, there were only a handful
in technical and supervisory positions. It wasn't
for another 25 years that the number of
Panamanians began to increase in the higher
skilled segment of the work force. By 1979 there
had already been a significant change.
Panamanians were moving into and up the organi-
zation at a rapid rate. Engineers, architects, hy-
drologists, upper level employees in Dredging,
Electrical and Engineering Divisions and in
Personnel. Under the terms of the new treaty, this
process has been accelerated. Panamanians now
head the Office of Public Affairs, Dredging
Division, Electrical Division, Canal Improvements
Division, the Human Resources Development
Staff, and many many more have risen to the level
of Section and Branch chiefs. Five out of every six
vacancies are being filled by Panamanians.
There are still a few critical occupants that the
local labor market cannot supply to meet our
special needs. Some Canal pilots, for example, are
still being hired in the United States, but there are
new programs through which Towboat Masters
and graduates of the Panama Nautical School are
entering pilot training.
We're doing a lot more technical, supervisory
and management training then we used to, as we
try to meet the treaty requirement to increase the
participation of Panamanians in all levels and
areas of the work force. This, in turn, has created
the need to offer more language training than ever
before. Although the official language of the
Panama Canal Commission is still English, as a
practical matter we have to conduct more English
and Spanish language training so that employees
and supervisors can better deal with communica-
tion problems on the job.
Our apprentice program is large and active,
with 279 apprentices enrolled, 245 of whom are
Panamanian. There are 14 women in the program
overall. We train in 31 trades and crafts including
electricians, machinists, pipefitters, boilermakers,
electronic technicians, marine engineers, and
dredge and towboat mates. The entering class last
October totaled 91 young men and women.
In the last several years, retirements have
been quite heavy among all employees. This slide
shows the number of U.S. citizens who retired in
the last three years. The total for the period was
over 550 and although the rate is declining, the
numbers are still high. Interestingly enough, most
of our employees are retiring under regular retire-
ment eligibility rules, and fewer are using the
special treaty early retirement provisions. As in
the past, people retire when they're ready not
necessarily as soon as they become eligible.
Nobody knows better than you do that our re-
tirees have the special problem of having to pull up
stakes and return to the States. For them, retire-
ment means relocation, unusual expenses,
unfamiliar problems, making new friends, and
buying a home for perhaps the first time. It's a big
move that is not easily made, and not usually
imposed on other retirees. The current condition of
the real estate market has made retirement
decisions even more difficult.
Speaking of the U.S. citizen work force, just
before the treaty we had 3,600 U.S. citizen
employees on the rolls of the Panama Canal
Company/Canal Zone Government. Today, there
are about 1,900 U.S. citizens with the Panama
Canal Commission. Of course, a significant part of
the reduction occurred in October 1979 when 900
U.S. citizens were transferred to Department of
Defense activities with the transfer of schools,
hospitals and commissaries. So in those facilities,
we still see a lot of familiar faces.
(Slide) I'm sure that very few of you know
where this street is. Well, you probably think of it
as the corner of Diablo Road and Walker Avenue,
just down the hill from the old Diablo Clubhouse
and across the tracks from the Albrook Gate. .
This sign on the Prado in Balboa, along with
others, appeared without fanfare and it's become
something of a game to spot new ones as they turn
(Slide) This one is just across from the Balboa
Post Office where another new landmark a
monument to the late President of Panama,
Roberto Chiari, has been installed. You remember
that President Chiari was in office in 1964 when
trouble broke out just a short distance away at
Balboa High School.
There are lots of new signs around. (Slide) This
one used to say "Balboa Yard Office." Now it's a
bit more elaborate.
Here's another example. (Slide) This used to be
the Balboa Port Captain building and Pier 18 now
sends this message to the world. (Slide)
A new arrival is tucked in between Section "I"
and the old roller rink. This clinic is operated by
several Panamanian physicians, including Dr.
Tony Suescum whom many of you know. Clinics
such as this will no doubt see an increase in their
clientele in the near future. As of the first of this
month, most Panamanian employees may no
longer use the facilities of Gorgas Army Hospital.
This drastically reduces the patient load at Gorgas
and, of course, this will undoubtedly bring a lower
level of staffing and financing. While the military
tried to accommodate the Canal work force, they
have had to take a number of steps to modify their
Coco Solo Army Hospital is similar affected
and has been reduced to clinic status with in-
patient services limited to a 4-bed holding/observa-
tion capability of 6 to 12 hours pending a decision
to transfer to Gorgas Hospital or discharge the
patient. Major surgery, maternity, and other
procedures requiring hospitalization are now
available only at Gorgas. Both surface and
Helicopter ambulance service is utilized. This can
add more excietment than usual to having a new
The commissaries are a bit of a problem.
Despite efforts to the contrary, the general
impression is that there are too many out-of-stock
items. Does that complaint sound familiar?
Paydays see long lines outside the doors and at
the checkouts and waits for an available cart or
basket. Many housewives look for odd hours to do
their marketing and news of the arrival of some
long-missing item is flashed along the jungle
The good news is that the Balboa Commissary
which had been scheduled to close on March 31st,
will remain open under Army operation for two
more years. The bad news is that Coco Solo
commissary was closed on that date, but the Army
commissary at Fork Gulick will expand its
operation to seven days a week.
As of right now, there have been very few new
businesses opened in the Balboa Area. One is the
National Bank of Panama branch in the old
Commissary Housewares Annex.
Another is a branch of the Panama Savings
Bank in the old Credit Union building. The
Margarita Credit Union building was sold to the
Panama Canal and is being used as the Atlantic
Branch of the Treasurer's Office.
You'll remember the press stories about the
"manicured lawns" of the Canal Zone. Well, we
don't have to wrestle with that image any more.
You and I know that keeping the grass cut is a
necessity in the tropics where tall grass means
insects, snakes, and when dry season comes. .
grass fires. During March of this year, for
example, there was a steady fall of grass fire ash
that covered cars and clothes and patios. The
flying ash carried high in the air made for some
spectacular sunrises and sunsets, but otherwise it
was just a nuisance. By the way, the kids beat
the Fire Division again this year in burning Sosa
Evidently the authorities now responsible for
keeping the grass cut in the Canal area don't
consider it too serious a problem. I view it
differently because I helped plant it and want it to
flourish, but this is more than I had in mind.
Work is well underway on the new beach along
the Chagres River at Gamboa and it will no doubt
become a popular recreation spot very quickly.
Bohios, floats, barbecue pits and a picnic area will
be available at the site of the former golf course.
As you know, the problem of earth and rock
sliding into the Canal has been with us since
construction days. Whenever a potential slide
hazard is located, preventive action is taken.
Maintenance Division recently finished with
the removal of a slide hazard at Cocoli Hill which
left a broad, flat area about the size of four football
fields with a spectacular view of Miraflores Locks,
Balboa Harbor and the Bridge over the Canal. The
Rotary Club is interested in the possibility of
developing the site as a park and picnic area.
Over at Brazos Brook Golf and Country Club,
they've begun an expansion that includes a
swimming pool. This should increase its value as a
recreation site for Atlantic siders.
A bust of the first Canal pilot, Captain John
Constantine, now adorns the front of the Pilots'
Union Building in Balboa. It was moved from Mt.
Hope cemetery when the cemetery was transferred
to Panama and the remains of U.S. citizens were
relocated to the Corozal cemetery or to the United
The Canal Zone Credit Union went out of
business on March 31, and completed its
liquidation with minimum loss to its members.
There are still a few matters remaining to be
settled, such as disposal of furniture, equipment,
and records; closing the bank accounts; and dis-
solution of the corporation. Funds have been set
aside to cover the estimated expenses of these
activities, but there may be a small surplus after
all the final expenses are paid. The Credit Union's
Board of Directors voted to contribute any such
remaining surplus to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida in the name of the Canal Zone Credit Union
As for the 300 or so clubs, churches and other
non-profit organizations operating in the Canal
Zone before implementation of the treaty, over 200
will continue to function under Panamanian
jurisdiction. Most will seek, or have already
sought, recognition from the Republic of Panama
to continue operating as before. Others will
consolidate with organizations already covered by
Panamanian Law. Another group of about 25 will
operate under the umbrella of the U.S. Armed
Forces. The labor unions don't need special
recognition to operate. So, many of the
organizations you remember will still be with us,
but usually with smaller memberships and under
somewhat different conditions.
One of the principal changes in working
conditions is our entry into a new era of labor
relations. Last year the Canal organization
negotiated its first collective bargaining contract.
That contract was with the Canal pilots, and it
must be a good one because pilot turnover has
dropped to nearly zero.
As a result we're now engaged in the
negotiation of three additional contracts, with a
fourth scheduled to begin soon. One is for Fire
Fighters, another for Marine Engineers, a third for
professional employees, and the fourth, the largest
of all, will cover all other employees of the Com-
mission. These negotiations probably won't be
completed for months, but it will be interesting to
see what changes all of this will bring. I'll be
happy to report the results if you promise to bring
me back next year.
Most other working conditions remain about
the same, since the treaty generally preserves the
terms and conditions of employment of those who
were on the rolls before October 1979.
Ronald L. Seeley, Personnel Director, Panama
Canal Commission and guest speaker for the 50th
Anniversary Reunion, delivering his very informa-
tive and interesting speech.
1981 brought the biggest peacetime expansion
of traffic ever seen. Not only did we serve more
ships, but also bigger ships.
In 1976/77, a combination of low run-off in the
Canal watershed which caused severe draft restric-
tions, the end of the Vietnam War and a
worldwide recession saw transits drop to the
lowest level in 12 years. Governor Parfitt was
forced to institute many austerity measures which
some of you may remember.
In contrast 1981 was a year of broken records
in almost every category of Canal statistics.
The average customer in 1968 needed only one
or two pilots, four locomotives in the locks, rarely
needed extensive tug assistance and was able to
pass other, similar vessels in the Cut.
Today's average customer needs up to four
pilots, six or eight locomotives and tug
assistance entering and leaving the locks and in
the Cut. Because of its size, it cannot meet or pass
another ship in the Cut and since many of the
biggest ships, like the Big Alaska North Slope oil
tankers carry cargo rated as hazardous, they may
transit only in daylight. The monument up on
Contractor's hill has a bronze tablet with an
original sculpture depicting and honoring the
workers who built the Canal.
The stronger pull of the heavier new towing
locomotives required to handle the larger ships has
resulted in considerable wear and tear on the
water-side rail of the locks tow tracks. As a
result, we have an extensive improvement project
underway to replace water-side rails, ties, and con-
crete at all three locks. The work is being done by
Maintenance Division personnel and with almost
10,000 feet of hardware to replace altogether, the
project could take more than four years at a cost of
three and one-half million dollars a year. Good
progress is being made in the first phase of this
project on Miraflores Locks.
In a concerted attempt to increase Canal
capacity, a number of steps have recently resulted
in a daily transit rate of about 40 ships. In fact,
the average ocean-going transits last month was 42
a day. Three new tugs, larger, more maneuverable
and more powerful to better handle the larger
ships, have been put into service. The Parfitt, the
Alianza, and the Progreso have raised the Canal
fleet to 18 tugs with one more the Amistad -
due to arrive later this year.
The first seven of ten new locomotives recently
arrived from Japan have been put to work at
Gatun. When the last three arrive next month,
our total inventory of locks locomotives will be 75.
Six new launches for the Dredging Division
arrived and went right on the job. These cost a
total of 1.8 million dollars a minor item in
today's economy where locks locomotives cost a
million each and a new tug is four or five million
This is what Marine Traffic Control looked
like less than ten years ago. (Slide)
And here's what it looks like today except
that the display board was recently removed.
And tomorrow it will have a different look
when we've completed the chain of television
cameras and relays that will enable our Traffic
Controllers to monitor the whole Canal. Some
people think we should return to the old black-
board and eraser system, but with the high volume
of Canal traffic and the increasing number of large
ships that receive special scheduling, we have to
keep looking for new ways of doing things.
Other projects already underway to increase
Canal capacity include a vessel tie-up or mooring
station in Gaillard Cut.
This site (Slide) just across from Paraiso, will
provide almost 1,200 feet of mooring space where
vessels may be held until they can be moved into
the transit pattern. The contract work is
proceeding well with the contractor taking
advantage of favorable dry season weather. If suc-
cessful, other stations are planned for the future.
High mast lighting already in use at
Miraflores is being installed at Gatun and when
that job is completed this month a similar set will
be put in place at Pedro Miguel Locks. These
lights prolong the number of hours during whicl
larger vessels can transit the locks safely, thus
extending the daylight capacity of the waterway.
The movement of Alaska North Slope oil
through the Canal has been a major factor in
transits, tonnage and tolls. This business will be
substantially lost late in 1982 or early in 1983 .
when the new trans-Panama pipeline goes into
operation. The pipeline will link Puerto Armuelles
on the Pacific with a new terminal on the Carib-
bean. The supertankers too large for the
Panama Canal instead of unloading into smaller
ships for the trip through the Canal will load at the
pipeline's Pacific terminal while others will load on
the Atlantic side. Based on current estimates of oil
movements through the Canal, the opening of this
pipeline will result in the loss of 1,500 transits and
50 to 60 million dollars. This loss has been
anticipated and plans for future development take
these factors into account. In fact, the Commis-
sion's Board of Directors has just approved a
proposal to increase Canal tolls later this year by
9.8 percent to help offset the loss of Alaska North
Slope oil business.
50th Annual Reunion Luncheon.
This relatively modest increase will be only the
fourth tolls rise in the 69 year history of the Canal,
all occurring within the last 10 years. Even with
the proposed new increase, we will still be
competitive in world trade.
All of you know that, as a fresh water Canal,
our water supply is vital. Fortunately, 1981 was a
banner year for water. It was the fourth wettest
year recorded in 68 years. Both Madden and Gatun
Lakes reached record levels early in the year and
no draft restrictions were required for transiting
ships. Power was generated at both hydroelectric
stations nearly the whole year long. This in turn
saved us a total of nearly 12 million dollars by not
having to burn oil for power. This, along with in-
creased tolls revenues and the application of strin-
gent measures to cut expenses, helped us out of
the financial crunch we experienced last year be-
cause of higher costs. A less important, but
pleasant spinoff: Lawns have been a bit greener
this dry season.
The new Canal Treaty brought many changes
and some problems many were foreseen, but
others were not. It brought a restructuring of the
Canal organization from the Company/Government
in effect since the 1950's to the new Commission,
which operates as an appropriated fund activity
rather than as a Government corporation.
Unlike the first year under the treaty when the
Canal made a profit of nearly 3 million dollars, the
FY 81 books showed a small loss. Still with the
increase in Canal business, the Government of
Panama received about 77 million dollars in each of
these two years quite a difference from the 2.3
million dollars annual payment that Panama
received under the old treaty.
The look of things in the Canal area continued
to change. The new General Services Building -
you probably still think of it as the Commissary
Furniture Annex was occupied and is now
known unofficially as Cotton's Castle, named for
Fred Cotton, the General Services Director.
(Slide) This is the Employee Relations Center
where the Equal Opportunity, labor relations and
Ombudsman offices are located. Everybody still
calls it the old shoe store. After all, it took twenty
years to quit calling it the oil dock and the
Diablo Elementary School has become the Employ-
ee Services Building where the Transportation
Branch, the Employee Documentation Unit and
other offices are located.
The old wooden Balboa Junior High School
where teachers labored and all too few of us
studied hard, is no more. It was torn down a few
The SS Cristobal was given a final sendoff
last September, ending the need for a separate
Water Transportation Division. A new contract
with Lykes Lines provides the necessary repplace-
ment services. Today's generation of college-bound
Canal dependents travel by air. They'll never know
how much fun so many of us had or how many
friendships began on the SS Cristobal, especially
on the college specials when Lucho played.
The Amador Beach (renamed Playa Naos) is
now operated by Panama and has become
extremely popular as a facility open to the public
at one dollar a head. The old snack bar is being
replaced with a new one. The beach and the Cause-
way are visited by hundreds of cars and thousands
of people every week especially on weekends.
Table #6- Bill and Jean Wood, "Lucho" and Aida
Azcarraga, Jim and Virginia Wood, and Ruth
Just a few weeks ago, on March 31st, we saw
the end of the 30-month treaty transition period.
This marked the end of U.S. jurisdiction, with the
discontinuation of the police function and the U.S.
courts which had served the Canal Zone.
(Slide) Here's a picture of the closing
ceremonies at the Courthouse on the last day of
jurisdiction. The Division of Police and Prisons
was organized on June 2, 1904. President Theodore
Roosevelt personally selected George R. Shanton,
one of the Rough Riders of the Spanish American
War, to head the new Force.
Over the years the Police Force changed and
grew and when the treaty entered into force in
October 1979, there were 321 on the rolls. By the
end of the transition period, many policemen had
retired or had transferred to other jobs, both
locally and in the U.S. So the force had shrunk to
only 117. Of these, some decided to retire and a
few transferred to new positions in the States. All
the rest were placed in other jobs elsewhere in the
During the transition period, a system of joint
patrols was used, permitting the Guardia Nacional
to become familiar with the Canal area and its
special problems. Since April 1st, of course, the
Guardia has taken over all police functions.
The night of February 6th saw the farewell
And on the afternoon of March 31st, closing
ceremonies were held on the steps of the Adminis-
tration Building in a final tribute to the
organization that provided the Canal community
with law enforcement protection for 78 years.
On April 1st, Panama marked the occasion
with special ceremonies in front of the former
Balboa Police Station.
Some things, of course, never change. Ever
since construction days when snow comes down on
Washington, the VIP's come down to Panama.
They begin to turn up right after New Years Day
and they kept coming until about cherry blossom
time in the Capital. Actually, these are some of the
nicest months in Panama and we recommend visits
during this period. It is also the time when we look
forward to visits by former employees returning
for reunions with friends and relatives.
In summary, the Panama Canal is still a
modern engineering wonder and one of the great
waterways of the world. It continues to operate
well, and pay its own way. More and more ships
transit the Canal every year, and all kinds of
records are being broken. We're even getting more
visitors. Three hundred thousand tourists visited
Miraflores Locks last year. The United States
stewardship of the Panama Canal is still some-
thing of which we can be proud. Yet a lot of things
have changed in recent years, and more changes
are on the way. Living and working conditions are
different from what they were they're bound to
be, as the number of U.S. citizens dwindles, and so
many things that were part of our old life style
fade away. The Panama Canal no longer operates
the ports, the railroad, the Balboa drydock, the
marine bunkering facilities, the schools, the
hospitals, the post offices, the commissaries, or the
clubhouses. Most of these things still function -
but under new management and they're
different. In addition, of course, the police, the
courts, the SS Cristobal and the Canal Zone
itself, are gone completely. Those are big changes.
In spite of all this, it's still a nice place to live and
work. As all of you know who spent most of your
lives there, the climate, the countryside, the
people, the pace of life, are very pleasant. These
haven't changed. And it's still hard to beat the
beaches, the fishing, or the Boquete oranges, and
Another thing that, so far, hasn't changed, is
the Annual Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race. The 29th
running of the 3-day race was held several weeks
ago. The Explorer Scouts still sponsor this unique
event and there were 30 boats entered this year: 20
all male, 5 all female, and 5 regular category co-ed
crews. Among the five additional boats entered in
the so-called "other" category was one crewed by a
group of over-age and seemingly out-of-condition
competitors, most of whom are Canal employees.
It was a war-canoe-size cayuco called the Cardiac
Arrest. This year's winner was a boat called the
Due Process with a final time of 5 hours and 39
minutes. The Cardiac Arrest put in a surprisingly
good performance, finishing in its category without
being swamped and with no lives lost.
In recent years, and especially nowadays, the
loss of our experienced employees through retire-
ments and resignations has been keenly felt. Their
dedication and the expertise gathered over an
entire working career is irreplaceable. It will take
us years to develop new employees to fully perform
those jobs. We're finding suitable people, but we
can never replace the lost institutional memory,
the pride in achievement, and the team-playing
characteristics of those who have left the work
force. With every passing day, those former em-
ployees, including all of you, are well remembered,
increasingly appreciated, and sincerely missed.
Thank you very much.
Mr. President, I need several more minutes to
say a few things about the Panama Canal Society
and to make a special presentation to the Society
on behalf of the Panama Canal Commission.
Ordinarily, this kind of presentation is made
personally by the Administrator, so it's a special
pleasure for me to represent him today. Please
stand here with me while I read the award citation.
"Official recognition and commendation is
tendered to the Panama Canal Society of Florida
for preserving American ideals and Canal Zone
friendships since 1932. Its dedication to that
purpose and its successful achievement of it have
been exemplary. The Society has been a primary
force in fostering the pride in accomplishment and
maintenance of a lifelong relationships among
those who built, maintained, operated, and de-
fended the Panama Canal.
Ronald L. Seeley, guest speaker, presents Russell
M. Jones, president of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida with the gold honorary Public Service
Award, in the name of the administrator, Panama
Canal Commission, to the Society.
"Its annual reunions are attended by many
present and former Canal area employees and offer
a face-to-face opportunity to renew friendships and
reestablish ties with the Isthmus of Panama where
they lived and worked for so many years.
"Through its excellent publication, The Canal
Record, the Society has played an important role in
keeping its membership informed about the people
and events associated with the Canal area.
"In recognition of 50 years of outstanding
service to employees and former employees of the
Panama Canal, as well as other U.S. Government
agencies in Panama, and to their families, the
Panama Canal Society of Florida is awarded the
Gold Panama Canal Honorary Public Service
(Slide)Here is a picture of the medallion. On its
face is a miniature of the sculpture on the tablet
high above the Canal at Gaillard Cut. Inscribed on
the back of the medallion presented today are the
"Presented to the Panama Canal Society of
"April 17, 1982
"For Exceptional Public Service."
President Jones then made his remarks,
closing the Luncheon and closing the 50th.
Anniversary Reunion, saying, "The party's over
. it's time to call it a day. .. It was a moving
moment and a beautiful ending to an exceptional
reunion in all respects.
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Ron Seeley, guest speaker and wife, Jolie receiving
thanks from members, after the luncheon.
Gov. Potter and wife, Ruth and Gov. Fleming and
wife greeting well-wishers at annual luncheon.
Gov. Harold R. Parfitt autographing luncheon
The Beach Picnic was held at the Fort DeSoto
Park, Southernmost tip of St. Petersburg, on the
East Beach at pavilion 1E on April 17, 1982,
starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at sundown. The
weather and sunshine was just great and a perfect
setting for the reunion of hundreds of friends.
The activities that were scheduled kept the
picnic lively before and after everybody got some
eats. The horseshoe games klinked all day while
the youngsters swam and floated in the waters of
Tampa Bay in the innertubes provided by the pic-
nic committee. The biggest sporting event of the
day was a grudge match in volleyball between
Balboa High alumni and Cristobal High alumni.
According to those present, the Balboa Bulldogs
chewed up the Cristobal Tigers by winning two out
of three games. The Cristobal team vows to get
even next year.
Around 5:00 p.m. a grand event was held,
transferring the Crown of Beauty for the Rio
Abajo "20 year" reign of former Terry Livingston
to the former Ellen Hunnicutt. The judges roamed
about all day selecting their votes for this momen-
It was an excellent day in a relaxed setting to
enjoy the beach; have a picnic and to renew past
and present friendships, as well as to make friends.
Chris Skeie, Bob Engeleke and Doug Crook
would like to thank all you folks for taking your
time to come out to our picnic and a greater
thanks for observing our time limit at the park and
for leaving the premises in a cleanly manner. You
made the efforts of the committee and those
behind the scenes a most rewarding one. The com-
mittee hoped you enjoyed the beautiful day and
the wonderful outing.
One member said he "saw so many more
friends on this one trip than he usually did on his
usual, annual and planned vacations, in which he
had greater expenses".
For the estimated 1,200 friends that made it
this year, spread the word the committee is
prepared to organize another picnic for this coming
year. See you then ....
The Holiday Inn was superb in all respects -
there were a few snags here and there but they
admitted that they could not envision in any way,
the throngs of happy people. They made continued
reference to the "well behaved" group (if you want
to call 2288 members a "group"). The hotel was
roomy and well staffed. Members came down from
their rooms in shock after they had checked in,
saying that the hotel had called them asking if
there was any problems and if they could do any-
thing for them they never experienced that be-
fore! The Reunion Committees were given every
courtesy in setting up their displays or luncheons.
The Lindo's Tours and Rent-aCar people voiced
their gratitude over the response of the members
using their cars and several tours.
Imprompter reunions became the big thing.
The 25th reunion of BHS'57 was attended by Gary
Laatz, Owen Sutherland, Susan Knapp Light,
Sheila Bolke and Gladys Miller Mead. And there
Canal Zone teachers get-together.
Members were pleased with the location of the
reunion. There were many fine restaurants and the
main air terminal nearby make it so much easier to
get to this hotel. All those attending the reunion
wanted to come back there next year. Many
members came for the first time and were ecstatic
over the event. The amount of the "younger gen-
eration" seemed to triple in size from last year,
and one of them said that "it was the only way
they could hold together all their Canal Zone
friendships" and that's what it's all about,
Our distinguished guests included four past
Governors of the Canal Zone; and also attending
the Ball, was Mr. Dwayne Schultz, Regional Rep-
resentative for Senator Paula Hawkins of Florida,
and the Consul General of Panama. Although we
list "Lucho" Azcarraga as a guest also, the Society
looks upon him more as a dear friend than a guest.
The many committees assigned to various
tasks tried hard to make all the members feel at
home and make the 50th. a success. Most of them
were pretty much frazzled-out after it was all over,
but they came away happy that the reunion was a
resounding triumph. More than a few members
took time to compliment them for their efforts and
they were happily appreciated.
Pauline Arnold, our official photographer, took
some beautiful photos and it's unbelievable how
she managed to get those whose photo she just
took to stand still long enough to get their names!
Pauline says she would like to have all the photos
displayed somehow so members can order sets.
Write the editor about this later he may be of
Photographs of the Reunion were provided by
Pauline Arnold, P. C. Society Photographer; Patt
Foster Roberson, Special Reunion Reporter, and
Cleveland C. Soper, Chief Graphic Branch, Panama
Canal Commission. Our thanks to all for a great
Patt Foster Roberson and Anna Collins attend to
Mrs. Lillian Jenkins, mother of Florida Senator
Dan Jenkins in the sale of memorabilia.
"Lucho" autographing his special record made
expressly for the 50th Anniversary Runion.
139 Played Golf
208 Attended Golf Luncheon
450 + Attended the Annual Meeting
1906 + Attended the Ball
914 Attended the Luncheon
2288 Registered at the Reunion
COSTA RICA 1
JENNINGS, Janet (Sutherland).
GRAN CAYMAN ISLANDS 2
RUTHE, Karen, Lance.
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 2
SHARP, Clyde, Velta (Foley).
ENJUTO, Regina (Quinn), Tristan; McCOLLOUGH,
Krystel, Shari Thomas.
WEST GERMANY 1
BODIN, Cindy (Stock).
ALLAN, J. Douglas; AULLAUN, Glenda, AZCAR-
RAGA, Chipi, Frank, Ida, Lucho; BARNES, Bar-
bara, Betty, Brian, Robert, Robert W.; BILGRAY,
Laura (Russon); BLENNERHASSETT, Mary;
BLOISE, Annette; BOUKALIS, Vicki (Hutchison);
BOYD, Bob; BRADLEY, Diana, Jim; BRANDEN-
BERG, Beth (Lewis); BRISCO, Carmen; BROPHY,
Dona (Jones); CALDWELL, Louis, Terresa;
CANAMAS, Penny, Vincent; CARY, Robert;
CHAMBERS, Carla (Spafford); CHRISTENSEN,
Carol (Schafer); COFFEY, John Sr., Mary; COFFEY,
John Jr., Mary (Moreland); COLVIN, Kerri; COR-
RIGAN, Alberta, Collin, Larry, Sue; DANIEL,
Emilie; DAVISON, John; DEDEAUX, Barbara
(Egolf), Louis; DE LA MATER, William L.; DENS-
MORE, Linda; DIXON, Beverly; DOYLE, Jimmy;
DUNLAP, Patricia (Clarke); DUNNING, R.L.;
FISH, Donna Raene; FLORES, George 0. "Lanky";
FOX, Kristine L., Sylvia (Perra); FREEMAN,
Marcella, Gladys; FREUND, Gilbert; FULOP,
Doug, Pauline; GARCIA, Joe; GIBSON, Dean;
GOODWIN, Jack, Nancy (Askew); HALL, Caroline,
Jerry; HANNA, John, Vera; HARRIS, Loan
(Lawler) "Merc"; HATTAWAY, Earl; HAYES,
Bradley George; HEDDAEUS, Lynn; HERBER-
GER, Carmen; HICKYSEHER, Lee; HUSUM,
John, Susan; IANOALE, Diana; JACQUES, Allan;
KERLEY, Frank, Nena; KIRKLAND, Anona;
LAATZ, Gary; LANDRUM, Vera Lea; LANG, Pete;
LEIGH, Margaret; LEVES, Charles; LEWIS,
Eleanor (Johnson), Glenda (Dempsey), Norman S.;
LITTLE, Mary; LIVINGSTON, Alex; MAINS,
Shirley; MALONEY, Gerald; MEAD, Burton, Carol
(Moreland), Gladys; MEDINGER, Robert;
MEEKER, Edie (Medinger); MEISSNER, Dottie;
MILLER, Vernice; MILLS, Evelia, Robert;
MOEBUS, Margaret; MOKRAY, Arthur;
MORALES, John Jr.; MORGAN, Richard; MORE-
LAND, Robin; MORRIS, Kelley; MOXON, Esther;
MYERS, Alice; MIZRACHI, Kenry; McCA-
NAUGHEY, Bob, Kathie; McCAULEY, Michael;
McGINNES, John; McKEEN, Bruce, Bryan, Jack,
Klara, Mark; NANCE, Edward, Olga; O'MASTA,
George; ORVIS, Cari; OVERSTREET, Edward, Ed-
ward "Eddie"; PALUMBO, James, Karen, Luke;
PATTISON, Bricky, Tom; PENA, Ralph; PETER-
SON, Ted; PHILLIPS, Douglas, Kim, John, Tracy;
PRESCOD, Gladys; RANKIN, Bill; RIDGE, Vin-
cent; ROBINSON, Lucille (Tarflinger); ROWLEY,
Beverly, Samuel Jr.; SANDERS, Barbara, Bob,
Bruce, Gina, Jack, Sandy; SEELEY, Jolie, Ron;
SMITH, Linda, Margot; SOPER, Cleveland, Odie;
STABLER, Lewis, Susan (Lessiack); STAN-
ESZEWSKI, Robert T.; STEIN, Carol; STEVEN-
SON, Davis; SUESCUM, Ann; THOMPSON, Susan;
TUTTLE, Carl; VALENTINE, Bob, Peg; VALLEY,
Sonia; WATKINS, Mrs. Frederick; WIESE, Nita
Anne; WILL, Denise (Bullinger), Robert; WIL-
LIAMS, Jack, Pegge; WOOD, Beverly (Bowman),
ABBOTT, Arleen; ADAMSON, Paul, Barbara;
BELDEN, Joan; CARPENTER, Mike; CLARK,
Alice, Huey (Lee), Tara; CLEVELAND, Delores;
CRAIG, James; DUGAS, Ida, Ralph; FAHY, Bob,
Pam; FALLON, John, Kim, Pat; FEARS, George,
Jean, Tami; FILIP, Hayden (Hearne); FILO,
Catherine, Edward; FINLEY, Bernice, Max; FOW-
LER, Alice (Knapp); GANGLE, Marie, Rudy;
GOMEZ, Linda (Askew); GRENE, L. Era; HALL,
Nola, Oscar; HARRIS, John, Jean; HERN, Jack,
Margaret; HERN, Richard; HILL, Alicia, Fred,
Glenn, Kerrie; HUNT, Joe, Louise; JANSSEN, Ar-
win, Maggie; JORDAN, Lucille (Hassell), Thomas;
KELLEHER, Betty, David; LIGHT, Susan (Knapp);
LUKE, Peggy (Lee); MOTYKIEWICZ, Patti (Dod-
son); McGRIFF, E.C., Muriel; NORRIS, Ara, Hugh;
O'DONNELL, Edna, John; PALMER, Louis, Mar-
jorie; PATTON, Mildred; PEDDRICK, Helen T.;
ROSENBLATT, Carrie J.; RYAN, Fred, Vera;
SAMPSELL, Frances, Lee; SCOTT, Thomas;
SEELEY, Vernon, Joyce; SMITH, Amanda, Ron;
SMITH, Tammy, Mike; STALLINGS, Tina; STEIN,
Jeanne, John; TAAKE, Herb, Mary (Mehl); TEASE,
Ann (Gilley); THOMAS, H.M. "Bud", Lois (Kridle);
TURNER, Hugh, Lillian; UREY, John, Mary;
VALENTINE, Jim; WADE, Jean, Lee, Tracy;
WHITE, Harry; WINBERG, Esther; WILL-
INGHAM, Doris, George; WOODRUFF, Elsie
(Lawyer), M.B. (Woody).
BANNAN, Betty, Fred; DABILL, Fern (Horine);
DeMARR, Cheryl (Reeves), Glenn; DIMPFL, Joe;
DOYLE, Gerald (Jerry), Patricia; GOGUEN, Carol
(Wertz), Greg; GRIFFITH, Martha (Potts);
HAZELDINE, Marion, Bob; KELLER, Gayl, Mary
Belle; MATHENEY, Evelyn, Robert; TRIMBLE,
James, Katherine; VOWELL, Jacque (Crowell).
BURTON, Minnie (Brown, Crooks); ENGELKE,
Howard, Evelyn; GLASS, Fern, Karl; HIGGINS,
Edwin, Mildred; HUFFMAN, Kathleen, Willard;
NORMAN, Julie (Morton), Kim; WHITLOCK,
Frances (Brown); WEIMAN, Bates (Morrison) (Huld-
ALBERGA, Cecil, Lilia; BACKOWSKI, Diane
(Staples); BAILEY, William "Bill"; BARNES,
Dorothy, (Messer); BEALL, Robert; BLISS, Gerald
"Bud"; BOLKE, Shelia (Gilbert); BROWN, Grace
(Birkeland); CHRISTENSEN, Alice; CLAY, Jack;
CRONAN, Will; DANIEL, R.C. "Chick"; DAYKIN,
Ann (Keller); DeGRUMMOND, Jack, Joan; DILL,
Robert L.; FLEMMING, Robert J. Jr. and Mrs.
Flemming *Former Governor*; FLYNN, Peter, Rae;
FORSYTHE, Alice (Taylor); FULOP, Lucille, Steve;
GUNN, Bea; HARRIS, Alberta P.; HAWTHORNE,
John; HAYES, Bill; HELKEEN, Terri;
HESELTON, Jane (Tompkins), Les; HOLLOWELL,
David, Thelma; HORINE, Conrad, Norma; HUT-
CHINGS, Marion, Robert; IRVING, Joseph, Vera
Grace; JOHNSON, Ellen; JONES, Nita, Rusty;
JONES, Paul, Rose; KEEGAN, Marie (Doidge);
KNAPP, Margaret; KRIZIZA, Leo J.; KULIG,
Joyce; LAYMAN, Linda, Larry; LEVES, Frank;
LOCKE, Bonnie (Marguard); LEE, Rosa; MAG-
GIORI, Julie; MARGUARD, Josephine (Brennan);
MARTIN, Mary Ethel (Evans); McKEOWN, Alex-
ander, Sheila, Richard; NELLIS, Nancy; O'CON-
NER, Shirley (Smith); O'LEARY, Art, Ora,;
PETERSON, Rachel K.; PHILLIPS, Noble, Marion;
QUINN, Alberta, Jim; RICE, Marion, Tom; RUG-
GLES, Grace (Thomas); SEARS, Betty (Smith);
SPRADLIN, Lloyd, Margaret (Stevens); STOCK-
ING, Annette (Godby), Bill; STONE, Kenneth; TED-
DER, Clare, Hampton; VICKERY, Joan (Dimpfl);
WAYMAN, Thelma (Thomas); WILL, Irene, Ray,
Gary, James M.
BECKER, Mary Eleanor; FULLERTON, Bill; HIB-
BERT, Dale (Searle), Tal; JONES, Marcia, Robert L.;
KENNEDY, Dot (Kalar), Roy; McKEOWN, James
Jr.; SHAW, Barbara, Raymond; SULLIVAN,
Richard, Sondra; TUTTLE, Darlene; WOOD, Betty,
BUJALSKI, Pat (Thompson); RYAN, Lillian F.;
SMALL, Charles; SZIVAS, Frank M, Lucy; TERRY,
LEFFERTS, Doris (Nolan), Horace L.; LOWE,
Catherine E., George M.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 3
HERRING, Bernie, Georgia; McCLOUD, Frank.
ABBOTT, Elmer, Belamy; ABERNATHY,
Winston, Lucille; ADAMS, Bill, Pam;
AINSWORTH, Laine, Larry; ALBERGA, Sheryl,
Charles; ALBIN, Edward E., Salveig; ALBRITTON,
Mary Alice; ALEXAITIS, John, Paul; ALLEGRET-
TI, Sherry; ALLEN, Tod, Willie, William;
ALLGAIER, George, Gertrude; ANDERSON,
Frank III, Shirley; ANDERSON, Norman, Agnes;
ANDERSON, Andy, Garnet, Robert E., Nisla, Car-
roll (Andy); ANDRES, Charles P.; AGUINO, Tony,
Francis; ARNOLD, Pauline A.; AROSEMENA,
Patricia, Angel; ASKEW, Eugene, Ethel; ASKEW,
Steve, Sonya; ATEEK, Francis, George, Adriana,
George, Jr.; ATKINSON, Bitsy (Frensley), Ken;
AUDY, Gerry; AVE, Leslie; AVERY, Jody, Gail
(Harvey), Don; BAHN, Catherine; BAILEY, Joyce
(Fayard); BALDWIN, Coqui, Frank A., Gladys;
BALL, David, Kathy (Clairhew); BANKS, Arthur,
Marilyn; BARBOUR, Dolly, Louise; BARFIELD,
Doris, Leroy; BARKER, Jean; BARKLEY, Phyllis
(McLaren); BARLOW, Emma; BARNA, Andrew,
Margaret; BARNARD, Paul, Paul Jr.; BARTLETT,
Anna; BARTRAM, Robert, Carolina; BATALDEN,
Edel; BATES, George, Betty; BAUMAN, Ronald,
Robert; BAZAN, Kaz, Lila; BEALL, (Pat), Richard
W.; BEALL, Richard W. Jr.; BEALL, Donald,
Louise; BEATY, Cliff, Billie, Ginny; BECK, Rex,
Helen (Grimison); BECK, Alice; BEIL, William;
BELL, C.S., Vicki, Martha; BENDER, Mirt;
BENSEN, Ed, Jeanne; BENSEN, Don, Diane;
BENSEN, Chris; BENTON, Alfred, Iva; BERGER,
Bobbie, Diane, Querida, Bob; BINGHAM, Bill,
Kathryn, Bill Jr., Debbie; BISSELL, Nolan, Louise;
BISSELL, Steve, Irene; BISSETT, Al; BITTEL,
Tobi; BITTER, Charles, Dorothy; BLAIR, William,
Narcissa; BOEHNING, Gladys; BONDURANT,
Anita; BONGIORNI, Joe, Sis; BONNEAU, Becky,
Roy; BONNEAU, Donald, Linda; BONNEAU,
George, Digna; BOOHER, Charles, Olivia; BOOTH,
George, Virginia; BORELL, James, Gloria, Vikki;
BOUGHNER, Adah; BOYD, Robert, Mary;
BOYER, Bob, Betty, Harriet; BRANDON, Mark;
BRAYTON, Jack, Clara; BRADENKAMP, Jerry,
Diane; BRETT, Edward; BRIGMAN, James A.,
Bevilie; BRIGMAN, James A., Jr, Debbie H.;
BROGGINI, Larry, Margaret; BROME, Dennis,
Ronald, Winifred; BROOKS, Emily; BROWN,
Stewart, Catherine; BROWN, Emma; BROWN,
Walter, Pearl; BRUCE, Don, Netta; BRUNDAGE,
Ben; BRYANT, James, Dorothy; BUCK, Skeeter,
Audrey; BUDREAU, Lynn; BUEHLER, Howard,
Eleanor; BUELHMANN, Ken, Anita; BURGOON,
Yvette; BURK, Jim, Susan; BURNS, Marie; BUR-
ROW, Tom, Alma; BUTLER, William, Kay; BYRD,
Hoyt, Francis; BYRNE, Dan; CAIN, Jay, Harry V.;
CAISSE, Leonard E., Olga; CALVERT, James;
CAMBY, Skeeter, Thelma; CAMPBELL, Bill, Ida,
Teresa, Mary (Bonneau), Larry; CAMPBELL, Jack,
Fern; CANTWAY, Dorothy (Browning); CAREY,
Grace, (Jones), John J.; CARLIN, Bill, Jeannine;
CATRON, Dorothy, William; CHASE, Jack, C.W.
Jr.; CHERRY, Art; CHESHIRE, Dorothy, Allen;
CHAFLIN, Brett, Sandra, Forrest; CHOLLAR,
Frank, Doris; CICERO, Mark; CLANCY, Henry,
Helen; CLARIHEW, Ellen, Robert, Robert Jr.,
Lynn, Robert; CLARK, Jeff; CLARKE, Emmy Lou,
Howard; CLEMMONS, Stuart; CLINCHARD,
Gene; COFER, Donna; COFFEY, Michael; COFFY,
Delores; COHEN, Sarah (Barfield); COLBERG, Cyn-
thia (Paulson); COLBERT, Grace, Harry; COLLINS,
Anna, Joe; COLLINS, Roscoe, Marie; CONLEY,
Gladys; CONNOR, Eleanor; CONOVER, Paul,
Elaine, Richard, Peter, Max, Alice; CONRAD, Larry,
Ella Mae (Morales); COOKE, John, Donna;
COOPER, Buford L, Virginia (Morgan), Kenny;
CORRIGAN, Marie (Mrs. John), Peter T. Sr., Helen
N., Alice, John G.; COTTON, Tyke, Edith;
CROCKER, Michael, Linda; CRON, Cheryl;
CROOK, Shirley, Phyllis; CROUCH, Alice, Marion,
Harlan, Georgia (Butler); CROWELL, Pam, Richard,
Ila; CRUME, Rita (Quinn); CUNNINGHAM, Janet,
Ross, Barbara, Richard, Lynn; CURRIER, Esther;
DAILEY, Charlotte, Earl, Bob, Jessie; DALY, Alice,
Kenneth; DALTON, Agnes (Conner); DAMATO,
Mary Ann; DANIELSEN, Dick, Mary; DAVIS,
Mahlon, Mary; DAVISON, Norman, Vera, Jennifer;
DEAKINS, Roger, Violet,; DEE, Mina; DEE, Tom-
my, Florence; DEKLE, John, Debbie; DEMERS,
Cele, Norman; DEMPSEY, Marjorie (Kerr); DEN-
TON, Catherine; DENTON, Jerry; DeRAPS, Brian,
Michele; DeTORE, Nan; DeVORE, Deats; DeVORE,
Bill, Marian; DIBBLE, Frank H.; DILLIMONE,
Joe; DiROMA, Sugar (Callaway); DISHAROON,
Frank, John, Liz, Olga, Paul; DIXON, William
"Bill", Maxine; DOBBINS, Debbie (Seldon);
DOCKERY, Conroy; DODSON, Dean; DORFMAN,
Celia; DOWNS, Philip, Pauline; DUBE, Fred, Marie,
Tim Elfriede, Frank; DUNCAN, Thomas, Sylvia,
Bob, Eleanor; DUNNING, Jo, Sandi, Vicki;
DuVALL, Robert A., Willie Marie; DYCHES, Tracy;
EBDON, Fred, Beverly; EBDON, Thomas J.;
EDELEN, Doris; EGGER, Thomas, Ginger,; EG-
GER, Bill, Marjorie; EGOLF, Harry, Mary, Kath-
erine; ELIA, Paul, Anna Lucia; EMMONS, Katie;
ENGELKE, Bobby, Nellie (Wood), Sue, Alice, Tom,
Bob; ERBE, Robert, Rosemary; ERICKSON, Bud,
Aura; ESSLER, Lila; ESTELLE, Caroline; EVANS,
Sophie L.; EVERSON, Emo, "FI"; FABERMAN,
Evelyn; FEALEY, James; FELPS, Brian, Susan, G.
(Chris), George; FENDER, Fronia; FENOCHIETTI,
Patty; FESLER, Paul, Tillie; FILLINGER, Doug;
FISHBOUGH, Leon, Virginia; FISHER, Jonathan,
Susan; FITZGERALD, Mickey (Walker); FLORES,
Lori; FLOWERS, Sarah, Clyde; FOLEY, Irene, Tom,
Eileen; FORGESON, Barney, Betty (Comley); FOR-
REST, Paul, Melody, Robert; FORSYTH, Robert;
FORTNER, Mavis (Beall); FOSTER, Dennis, Edna,
Naomi, W.W., Ruth, Peter, Marjorie, Gloria, John H;
FOSTER, Jay, Deb; FOX, Jim; FRAUENHEIM,
Kerner, Foy; FRENSLEY, Richard, Jeanine;
FREUDIGMANN, Johanna; FULCHER, Aldon,
Libby; FULLER, Viola, Emerson; FULOP, Mike,
Kathy; FUNK, Marvin; GABLE, Roberta (Bobby
Jacques); GABRIEL, Tom; GALLAGHER, John,
Dorothy; GARCIAL, Jose, Emma; GAUGEE,
Bradley, George, Irene; GAYLE, Julie (Hartman);
GEDDES, Bob, Florrie; GERACI, Mary;
GERHARDT, Fred, Betty; GEYER, Lynda; GIB-
SON, Archie, Doris; GIBSON, Bob; GIBSON,
Isabelle; GIBSON, Trudy; GILBERT, Edith;
GILLEY, Frances, Marilyn; GILLMORE, Donald,
Hilda; GILMORE, Lorraine (Terry); GLASSBURN,
Paul, Sharon (DeVore); GOGUEN, Albert E.,
Dorothy, M. David, Joanne; GOUGH, William;
GRADY, Beth, Bill; GRAHAM, Doris, Virginia,
Doris (Van Evera); GRAMLICH, Gladys, Greg;
GREENE, Mike, Marion; GRIBBONS, Rita, Art;
GRINNELL, Barbara; GRISE, Kathy; GRITT,
Rick; GUNN, Landen, Joyce; GUNN, Lanny Jr., Ed-
dy; HALE, James, Hugh, Anne; HALL, Robert, Lia,
(George, Elcy T,) (Matt,) (Mary Lou,) (Bill,) (Tanya,
Scott (Schock),) Buckey (John), Jill, Helen (Kissan),
Howard, Sara, (Penny); HALVOSA, Sue (Mable);
HAMLIN, Dorothy; HAMMETTER, Robert, De-
lores; HAMMOND, Millie, Sherman, Catherine;
HANNA, Mary, Robert; HANNERS, Dorothy;
HARE, John W., Mary N.; HARLEY, Margaret
(Camby), George; HARPER, Mildred, Gloria, D.C.;
HARRINGTON, Janet (Husum); HARRINGTON,
Robert, Dorothy; HARRIS, Sandra, Marshall; HAR-
RISON, Theresa, Thomas, Jean, Mary; HARRISON,
Charles, Florence; HAROLD, Chester, Hilda; HART,
Jeanne, Leonard; HARTE, Neville, Eva;
HARTLEY, Gregg, Virginia, Ralph; HAYDEN,
Beverly, Reggie, Kim, Dee Dee, Tiffany; HAYDEN,
James; HAYES, Lou, Patricia, Martin; HAYES, Sid,
Bea; HAYES, Troy, Evelyn; HAZELIP, Laurie
(McBride), David; HEATH, Glenn, Shelia;
HEILMAN, Dalvin, Babe; HENTER, Emily, Teddy,
Mel, Ted; HERNANEZ, Marie (Kerley); HERR-
MAN, Julie, Gene; HICKEY, Mildred, Joe; HICK-
MAN, Nell; HICKS, Mary Bell, Robert, Ruth,
Dorothy, Edith (McLaren), Richard; HIGGIN-
BOTHAM, Reba (Alexander), Higgy; HILTON,
Beth, Amanda; HOLLAND, Dianne; HOLLO-
WELL, Ross, Margaret; HOLLOWELL, William,
"Skippy"; HOLMELIN, Pauline; HOLT, Chris,
John; HOLROYD, Rose (Stroop); HOPKINS, Bar-
bara (Widell); HOPPE, Melinda, Eric; HOUSLEY,
John, Dolly; HOUSTON, Al, Ann; HOWARD, H.
Vance Jr., Georgia; HOWARD, Tracy, Kay;
HOYLE, Rita, Warner; HUBER, Vincent; HUFF-
MAN, Wade, Marina; HUGHES, James, Bill, Myr-
tle, Margaret; HULL, Robert, Lia; HULDQUIST,
Fred, Jane; HULDQUIST, Vonna; HUMMER, C.W.
"Tuck", Phyllis; HUMPHREY, Gladys, Donald,
Dotty (Frost), Dell; HUSUM, Ed, Ellie, Lorie; HUT-
CHINGS, Phyllis, Jack, Sarah (Livingston); HUT-
CHINGS, Barbara; IANOALE, Daniel J., Aurora;
IRWIN, Mike; JABLONSKI, Michael, Mary;
JACKS, Thomas A., Gloria, Dorothy; JACQUES,
Donald, Balvina; JADIS, Stewart H., Clara; JEFF-
COAT, Nancy, Wendy; JENKINS, Joe, Lillian, Dan,
Molly, Danny Jr., Heather; JENNER, H.F. (Hod),
Janet; JOHNSON, Josephine, Jeff, Joy (VanVliet);
JONES, Fran, Harry, Pam, Charles, Richard, Susie;
JONES, Russell, Edith; JONES, Frances (Days);
JONES, Lois (Hollowell); JONES, Ed, Nancy;
JONES, Walter; JONES, Alton, Vera; JORGEN-
SEN, Betty; JOUSTRA, Co, Grace; KAPLAN,
David, Fanny; KARPINSKI, Ken; KAT, Bert,
Helen; KAUFER, Ted, Anita, Ted, Jr.; KEEPERS,
William, Madeline; KEENAN, Virginia; KEINATH,
Neta (Murwin), Frank; KEIGLEY, Elizabeth, Dale;
KELLEHER, David Jr., Mary, Sue; KENNEDY,
Carol (LaCroix); KENT, Lloyd, Jo, Bonny; KERR,
Abbie; KIMBALL, Thom, Sheri (Alexaitis); KING,
Veronica (Huffman); KIRK, Fred, Jean (Holmelin);
KISSAM, Gen; KLASOUSKY, John, Margaret;
KLEEFKENS, H.A., Virginia; KLIPPER, Selma
(Skeie); KNAPP, Gladys, Zeno, Alice; KOPERSKI,
Evelyn; KULIG, Mary Nell, Keith, Mark; KUNKEL,
Paul; LaBELLA, Bob; LaCROIX, Dorothy, Michael;
LADRACH, Irene; LANDERS, Leonard, Frances;
LANE, Lea, Keith; LaPORTA, Diana, Debbie; LAR-
SON, Robbin, Ronald; LAVALLEE, "Dottie",
"Chuck"; LAWSON, Daniel; LEDGERWOOD,
Helen (McKeown); LeDOUX, Betty K.; LEON,
Leslie; LEVES, Yane, Helen; LEWIS, C.W.;
LEYVA, Geisela; LINCK, Fredrick; LINKER,
Jackie; LITTLE, Susanna, Norman; LITTLETON,
Ginger (Thomas), A.C.; LOOKER, Joan (Crouch)
LOPEZ, Enrique,; LORD, Gloria, Doug; LOTT,
Peggy (Falk), Edwin; LOUIS, Thelma; LUBERA,
Sue, Jack; LUKAS, Joe, Jean; LYNCH, Val, Mary;
McBRIDE, Peter, Joanne; McBRIDE, Walter, Mar-
jorie; McCARRAGHER, Patrick, Pennye; Mc-
CONAGHY, Stacey, Jim, Jamie; McCULLOUGH,
Snookie, Mac, Judy, Tom, Shari, Krystel; Mac-
DONALD, Maxine (Conover); McDONELL, Roger;
McGEE, Ruth (Crouch); McGLADE, Anna; McIL-
VAINE, Arlene, Robert B, Kendra, James, Rayma;
McKENSIE, Julia; McKEOWN, H. Tom, Albert,
Salle; McKINNEY, Maria; McLAIN, John, Gladys;
McLINTOCK. George; McMAHON, Michael;
McNALL, Glenn, Dorothy; McNALL, John, Becky;
McNAMEE, Kathryn; MABLE, Bee; MADISON,
Peggy, Phillis, Raymond, John A.; MAGNUSON,
Jerie (Crider); MAHONEY, Richard, Thora;
MALVASIC, Marc; MALCUIT, Pamela
(Robertson); MALIN, Ed, Gloria, Ed Jr., Donna;
MALLETT, Ruth, Richard L. Jr., Kim, Richard;
MALLETT, Florence; MALONE, Betty; MANN,
Edward, Jean B.; MANN, Tony, Anna; MANNING,
Jeanie, Sheila (Garbman); MANNING, John F.;
MARSALONA, Steven, Margaret; MARSHALL,
James, Kay; MARTI, Ted, Debbie; MARTICO, Lisa;
MARTIN, Billie (Bowen); MARTIN, George,
Margaret; MARTIN, Milton, Jane (Paulson); MAR-
TINEZ, Ron, Jean; MASINO, Ray, Carol;
MATHENEY, Angus, Martha; MATTHEWS, R.
Bowdoin, Jeanne; MAY, Michael, Patricia; MAY,
Victor H. Jr., June; MEAD, Fred; MEAD, Burton II
"Rick"; MEISENHEIMER, Borgie; MELANSON,
Gretchen (Wainio); MELANT, Victor C.; MELLO,
Faith; METZGAR, A.V.; MICHEL, Roger, Pat;
MILLARD, Melvin, Rachel; MILLER, Allen, Kay;
MILLER, Catherine; MILLION, Gordon, Janeil, Ed-
na, Jim, Roger, Mary; MITCHELL, George, Boots,
Brent; MIZZONI, Paula; MONACO, Pete; MOORE,
Florence (Barbour), Dan, William Maria;
MORALES, Ralph; MORENCY, Chuck, Marie;
MORRIS, Jack, Grace; MORRIS, Richard; MOR-
RIS, Jim, Marcia; MORRISON, Bonnie, Michael;
MULLINS, Debra (Camby); MURPHY, Diane, Ray,
Glen E.; MURPHY, Eloise; MYERS, Lynn, Gary;
NAGY, A.C., Carmen; NAPOLEON, Martha "Mar-
cy"; NEAL, Marie, Gerald, Elsie; NEHRING, Lynn,
Butch, Steve; NELLIS, Jim, Carol, Marge, Steve,
Gus; NELSON, Kay, Bip; NEVILLE, Dorothy, Ned;
NEWLON, Cookie; NEWMAN, Isabel (Enriquez);
NICHOLS, Dorothy; NICKISHER, Lee; NORD-
STROM, William, Nancy; NORDSTROM, Elmer;
NORDSTROM, Margaret; NUNEZ, Jorge;
O'BRIEN, Edward, Eileen; O'CONNER, Robert P.
Jr., Gary W., Barbara; OGLETREE, Edna (Hewitt);
OHMAN, Ed, Joan; ORR, Mary; ORVIS, James,
Juliann; ORVIS, Fran; OSTER, Evelyn;
O'SULLIVAN, William, Nenne, Willeen; OWEN,
Tessie, Patricia, Michele; PAPPAS, Carol; PARK,
William, Margaret, Allen; PARKS, Charles, Anne,
Charles, Jr; PARKER, Elba, Jackie; PARSONS,
Buddy, Pat; PARTHENAIS, Jim; PARTIK, Marie
(Wheeler), Fred; PATE, Dorothy, Al, Deborah; PAT-
TON, Neil, Debby (Elick), Alice; PAULSON, Mike,
Jill, Leo; PAULSON, Leigh (Cash), Mary Jane;
PEARL, Ginny (Calvit), Harry; PEARSON, Ger-
trude; PEDDRICK, William; PENNOCK, Ann;
PEPE, Margaret; PEPPER, Janice (Heilman), Jim;
PERE, Carlos A. Counsul General de Panama -
PEREGOY, Carol; PERRY, Henry, Behla;
PESCOD, John, Edna; PETERSON, Barbara,
Thomas; PETERSON, Ruth K, Gus, Diane, Carol,
Pete, Dorothy A.; PHILLIPS, Monroe, Marie;
PIPER, Don, Ruth; PITMAN, Priscilla (Hallen);
POST, Doris (Currier); POTTER, Ruth, William E.
*Former Governor* POWELL, Wm. "Bill",
Laurena; PRIDGEN, Jeannie, Lynn; PUSATERI,
Dana, Elli; PUSTIS, Louise; QUINTERO, Betty;
RANKIN, Allegro, Davis; RATHGEBER, Anne;
REECE, Virginia K.; RENFROE, Sylvia (Stiebritz);
REYES, Diva, Thomas, Harry, Charlotte (Craig),
Roy, John R., Maritz A.; RICHARD, Kelly; RID-
DLE, Doyle; RIDGE, R.L. "Dusti", John H. Edwin
F.; RIGBY, Hua; RIOS, Roger; RISBERG, Bud,
Pat, Maureen, Eric; ROACH, William; ROBERTO,
Dominic, Gertrude; ROBINSON, Tom, Sandra
(May); ROBSON, Jock; RODGERS, Kathrine, Tom;
ROEHNING, Bill; ROHDEN, Richard, Helen;
ROSCOE, Ken, Kim (Ave); ROSE, David, Sheila,
Elizabeth; ROTH, Tommy, George; ROWE, Emily,
Roger; ROWLEY, Sara, Sam; ROY, Rob;
ROZMESKI, Paul, Lila, Robert, Jeffrey; RYAN,
Joyce (Smail); SAARINEN, Paul, Helen; SALTER,
Robert, Lynne; SANDERS, Barbara, John II,
Leonard; SANDERS, Milt, Mary Nell; SANFORD,
Edna; SAPP, Margaret (Hewitt); SAUCIER, Judy
(McLain); SAUSEL, George; SAUTER, Harvey,
Mildred; SCHAFER, Marie, Joe; SCHEE, Joan;
SCHMIDT, John E. Jr., Barbara Ann; SCHMIDT,
Ruth (Barlow); SCHNEIDER, Ann, Ray; SCHOCK,
Morgan; SCHULTZ, Duane *Representative for
Paula Hawkins*; SCHWARTZ, Fred, Hanna;
SCHWARZROCK, Mazie (Curtis); SCOTT, Bertha
(Marine), Regina, Barton Jr., Barton III; SEALS,
Amelia, Lamont; SEELEY, Marie L.; SEARLE,
Marlena; SEIDMAN, Ruben, Lily; SELDON, Louis,
Adelaide; SERGER, Carl, Harriet (Koenan);
SCHAEFFER, Julia, William; SHAPIRO, Helen,
Richard W.; SHARP, Frances, Frank, Roy;
SHEDLOCK, Lois, Culbert; SHEEHAN, Dorothy
(Dockery); SHERMAN, Cyndie; SHIPLEY, Marge;
SHIRLEY, Jim, Ruth; SHULTZ, Lee; SIMPSON,
Peggy (Sylvestre); SKEIE, Henri; SKEIE, Chris;
SLAUGHTER, Sadie, Bill; SLOVER, Nancy, Bar-
bara, Jim; SLOWICK, Evelyn; SMAIL, Robert, Bar-
bara; SMITH, Dudley, Coleen, Elaine, Jerry, George,
Geisla, Eula; SMITH, Shirly (Persons); SMITH, Mel,
"Mim"; SMITH, Alberta (Mead); SMITH, John R,
Elsie; SMITH, J. Bartley; SMITH, William, Carol
(Saarinen); SNIDER, James, Zella; SNEDEKER,
Leo, Leona; SOSA, Julio, Linda; SOYSTER,
Richard, Louise, SUTHERLAND, Mildred; SPEC-
TOR, Irving, Angie, Dawn, Norm, Herb; SPEIR,
Dave, Pauline; SPENCER, Billie, Sue; STABLER,
Marty, Terry; STACY, Sherwood; STAHL, Charles,
Marie; STAHLER, Ernest "Tex", Elizabeth "Sis";
STARKE, Carl, Gini, Cassie; STEARNS, Alex, Lin-
da, James, Anna; STEINER, Dolly, John, Jerry;
STEVENS, Dorothy (Allen); STEWART, Phil,
Nikki, Vera; STIEBRITZ, Ernest, Edith, Eddie;
STOCK, Bill, Fran, Agnes; STRICKLAND, Frances;
STROOP, R.B.H., Lilia, Bud, Lil, Ed; STUART,
John; STURGESS, Jim; SWARTZELL, Keith,
Florence (Tonneson); SWIRSKY, Nancy, Cindy;
SYLVESTRE, Peggy, Tony; TABOR, Jack, Carlie;
TALBOTT, Keith; TALIERCIO, Kay; TATMAN,
Charles, Sophie; TAYLOR, Sheila (McNamee), John;
TERWILLIGER, Cathy, Twig, Ann; TILLEY, Bob,
Gail; TOMBLIN, William, Hilma (Cookie); THOMP-
SON, Victor, Juan, J.C., Lane, Russell; THOMSON,
Anita (Rankin); TOCHTERMAN, Steven; TOM-
FORD, Helen, Dick, Dennis, Richard; TOWNSEND,
Virginia, Wesley, Marvel (Davison), Frank, C.S.;
TRASK, Alan; TRIMBLE, James, Katherine,
George, Lee; TROUT, Wally, Beth, Michael, Geama;
TROWER, James; TRUXTON, Earl, Mary;
TURNER, Linnie "Bill" William, Rupert S. Bobbie,
Gladys; UNDERWOOD, Cal, Betty; VACHE, Anna,
Robert; VAIL, Elaine; VAN-CLIEF, Marie; VAN
HOOSE, Jack, Ann; VAN OVEREN, Peter; VENO,
Irene; VESTAL, "Tex", Juliana "Jewell"; VEZINA,
Carol (Barlow); VIGLETTI, Hilda; VOYLES, Virgil,
Joan, Jon, Julie, Vance; WAGGONER, Steven;
WALDORF, Alfred, Cecilia; WAINIO, John, Ann
(Torbert); WALKER, George, Mayno; WALL, Gad-
dis; WARD, Mary J. (Mike); WARFORD, Jack,
Lillian; WARREN, Bill, Gretchen; WEAVER, Mar-
ty, Judy (Paulson); WEBB, Bill, Ruth, Sandra, Jean
(Walter); WEBSTER, Merrill, Cindy; WELCH,
Gerald, Grace, Kathleen, Chris; WERKHEISER,
Harry, Julie; WERTZ, Edna, Joe, Peggy; WHALER,
George, Virginia; WHEATON, John; WHEELER,
Lynn, Jenne, Bill, Ray, Charmaine; WHITE, Elaine,
Choppy, Catherine (Williams); WHITE, Ruth
(Preston); WHITMAN, Muriel (Holmelin), Barbara,
Jean, John; WHITNEY, Jan; WICHMANN, Bill;
WICKS, Irma (Fayard); WIDELL, Harriet;
WILBURN, E.K. "Lucky", Kay; WILDER,
Rosemary, Tom; WILLIAMS, Nancy, Marquerite;
WILLIAMS, Roger, Dorothy; WILLIAMS, Grace;
WILMOTH, Carmen; WILSON, Grace (Schack),
Leonard, Cristina; WINFORD, Bee, Homor; WIN-
QUIST, George, Katherine; WINTERBERGER,
Bobby, Susan (Ehrensberger); WOLD, Marie, Anna;
WOLFE, Karen (Stroop); WOMBLE, Louella
(Morales), Colin; WOOD, James C., Virginia;
WOODRUFF, Lento, Pam, Wallace, Maxine;
WRIGHT, Connie (Clinchard); WRICK, Marilyn;
YERXA, Betty, Donald; YOCUM, Dorothy, Ernest;
YOUNG, Kerry (Kent), Joe H. Connie, Dean; ZENT,
AANSTOOS, Joan; ARNOLD, William; BAR-
FIELD, Lionel L. Jr.; BARRAZA, Evelyn, Evelyn
(Daughter), Mayra, Rafael; BARTLETT, Janet, Pat;
BIRCHER, Sarah; CANUP, Ginny (Perra), Kim;
COFER, Mike, Sharon (Lane); COLLINS, Albert,
Anita; DeWOLFE, Kees, Ana; DOCKERY, Eva,
Robert 0, Shannon, Wilber; FEARS, Charles;
HADARITS, Aurelia, William; HARDIN, Julia;
HERRINGTON, Becky (McCloud), Harold; JAC-
QUES, Mae; KIDD, Laurie (Keegan); LANDRUM,
Priscilla; LEACH, Mary; LEWELLING, Bill, Sheila
(Guilford); MABLE, Carl; MARTIN, Denise (Ward),
Glenn; McNAUGHTON, Betty, Drummond;
PERRA, Cecilia; PRIDGEN, Gay; QUINLEY,
Millie (Winberg), Jim; RICHARD, Eunice;
RUCKER, Caroline (Holmes); SCIGLIANI, Louis,
Mary; SEAMAN, Ellen, Harry C.; TAYLOR, John;
VAUGHN, Beverly, Dave, David, Cassia;
WALDRON, Bill, Nell; WHEELER, Bob, Linda.
DeLa MATER, Lois; REAGAN, Ed.
ARNDT, Joan, (Powell), Rolf; CARR, Al, Jan;
JACKSON, Andrew, Bernice (Rathgeber); LEBER,
Walter P. and Ruth *Former Governor*.
CROSS, Eleanor, Jim; KEENAN, William;
KOURANY, Carol (Dimpfl), Tracy, Edgar; WARD,
ARABIE, Yvonne (Morales); RICE, Brenda (Collins-
CAGLEY, Led, Char.
HAYES, Bertha, Gardner; LAVALLEE, Mickey;
MILLS, Hobard, Leila (Lyon); PARKER, Scott.
BROADBENT, Dot (Dugas); BROWN, Lynn Gregg;
CHIETTE, Sue (Barfield); DUNCAN, Ray; GREGG,
Eugene, Marion, Nancy, Helen; HELMERICHS,
Susan; JOUBERT, Joyce (Dugas); MALLIA, Tom;
ROBERSON, Patt (Foster); SMITH, Andrea (Byrd),
Lester; WAINIO, Fred.
DRISCOLL, Jim; DUGAS, Doris (Gleim), Norman;
ELIA, Paul; KROMER, Jack, Irene; MANNING,
John P.; RICHARD, Peter; WASHABAUGH,
ATWELL, Howell, Florie; BLACKMAN, Anne,
Daniel; CASTLES, Ellen, Frank; GILLESPIE,
Cheryl; RITCH, Patricia (Egger); WALTERS,
BAUMAN, Eugene, Louise; BURK, James, Susan
(McCullough); GOULET, Carol (Ruoff), Leo;
GREGORY, John, Susan (Hutchings);
KROUGH, Jim, Pat; O'LEARY, Art.
ADAMS, Robbie, Pat; BAILEY, Sue (Halley); DAR-
NALL, Catherine, George Jr.; KELLY, Leavell,
DUNCAN, Alene, Richard; FALL, Robert, Mary
Ruth; GRANT, William; ROUX, Martha (Gates);
JOHNSON, Harry; SEIBEY, Peggy.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 9
FREDRICKS, Henry; FRITZ, Carol (Beall);
GOGUEN, Lynne; OSBORN, Arleen, Howard;
PETERSON, Julius; RICHARDS, Hazel, Howard;
NEW JERSEY 19
BRANCONE, Edna (Mueller); CORBLISS, Lea;
HARDMAN, Bob, Margie (King); HERBERT, Jean
(Dennis); JAMKE, Aggie; JOHNSON, Genevieve
(Wilran); KONAVER, Jo: LUCAS, Norine;
MILLION, Mary, Roger; McCULLOUGH, Don,
Karen (Hammond), Dawn, Heather; PARKER,
Dawn; PERRA, Lerlene (Hayden); SMITH, Thomas
J., Elizabeth M. (Hayden).
NEW MEXICO 2
LEWIS, Royce, Sue.
NEW YORK 25
ALLEY Edith (Rowe), Tom; BEVINGTON, Marion;
BROWN, Gloria, Jack; BUONO, Roberto (Vache);
COWELL, Martha (Farthing); EKHOLM, Jane Bev-
ington; KELLY, Dean, Jon, Theresa;
KIRKPATRICK, Wilma; LYNG, Tede (Duff);
MARCH, Annette, Kelly, Dan; MICHAELSEN,
Mary, William; MOOCHLER, Dave; McDOWELL,
John F.; POOLE, Auristela, George D.; SCHWIN-
DEMAN, August, Eleanor.
NORTH CAROLINA 37
BLANEY, Bob, Trudy; BURKETT, John;
DAHLOFF, Evelyn, Vernon; DIAZ, Edith (Sanders),
Fred; DOMBROWSKY, Jack, Jean; HAMLIN,
Euguen, Faye; HERRING, B.A., Betty, Joyce
(Stewart); HOENKE, Betsy (Ross), Truman;
HORINE, Larry, Mary Ellen; HOWE, Marion,
Charles, Carmen, Carrol; JONES, Essie, Luther F.;
KIENZLE, Grace (Roach), Ed; ORR, Marge; ROTH-
ROFFY, Charles, Sylvia; SNOW, Lori (Stevenson)
Virgil; SUGG, Donna (Deaton-Ray); TURNER,
Kathleen; WAINIO, Bob, Jean; ZELNICK, Ruth
HENSHAW, Margaret (Martin); Meghan; MOORE,
Elvera, Lloyd; PIPER, Carolyn, Homer, Oliva;
RIDGE, Bob, Pat; RIGBY, Lee; VALENTINE, Pat-
ty; WEBB, Winton, Dorothy.
GODWIN, Thelma; GRAHAM, Mary; LAMB, Jon;
MATHEWS, Bill; MORALES, Ralph J.;
ROZMESKI, Joe, Lynne.
HALLIDAY, Marjorie, Thomas; HOSKINS, Martha
(Miller); LANG, William "Bill"; PATON, Katherine
DENNIS, Bob (Dinky); GEYER, Lynda, Therese;
GILLMORE, Carlyn, Emerson; KROUSE, Len,
Olive (Kalar); NAGY, John, Karen (Lowande);
NEHRING, Millie, Bill; McGUIRE, John, Vera;
PAGLIN, Gary; POOLE, Bill, Muriel; POOLE, Jack;
RICHARDS, Judy (Curtis), Tiny; ROSADO-PIKE,
Marjorie; WALBRIDGE, Mack, Edele; WASHA-
BAUGH, Perry Sr., Rita.
SOUTH CAROLINA 28
BARR, Pete, Betty; BROWNE, Blanche (Adler),
Carl; BUCKLEY, Bitsy (Gates); CATRON, Eletheer
E. James; DYKES, Beverly (Egger); EVERSON,
Dorothy (Watson), John A.; GIAVELLI, Ann (Mar-
cola), Charles; HARTLEY, Grace, Buford J.; HILL,
Bernice (Sanders); HOLMES, Olga; HOUX, Dorothy
(Wirtz); HUTCHISON, Donald, Peggy; KAP-
INOS, Andy, Verna; KEEGAN, Larry, Sara;
MULLENS, Sue (Roberts); PERCY, Russell;
SMITH, Frank; THOMPSON, Butch, Joel.
SOUTH DAKOTA 3
MORSE, Warren, Fern; WASHABAUGH, Perry F.
BERGER, Ernest; CARPENTER, Richard,
Margaret, Trey, Erin, Henry, Maxine; CHENEY,
Fritz, Kathleen (Dew); DOWELL, Richard; HICKS,
Anne, Jimmy; SUMMERFORD, Frances, Homer.
BAKER, Glen, Diane; BERGER, Beverly (Ruoff),
Carol, Bob; BIRKELAND, Ted, Polly; BOWMAN,
Ronnie; BROOKS, Ople; BOUKALIS, James, Julia;
BUEHLER, Paul; BURZA, Mike, Irene; CARLI-
SLE, Colette (Foster); CARSON, Pat; CARTER,
Wade, Marilyn, CHESSON, Sandra; COOKE, Arden
Lov; COYLE, Ed; CREEL, Colin; DANIELSON,
Cherie, Kathie, DIAZ, William, Rosemary;
DOWELL, Winship; DUNN, Bob, Delle (Johnson);
DUNN, Paula (Kuyoth); ERBE, Dick, Mircille;
FALLS, Phyllis (Allen); FISH, Jim; GEOHAGEN,
Danny; GIBSON, Hollie, Marie (Wright), Joy; GIB-
SON, Kyle; GILBERT, Jackie (Carlin), John; GOR-
DON, Leigh, Paula (Craig); GOUDIE, Terril;
GRIER, Robert B. "Pappy"; HAYES, Jon;
HOLLOWELL, Irene (Wright); HONEA, Al, Bertha;
HOWLE, Charles, Bonnie; HUCKABAY, Hugo;
KNICK, Bob, Nancy, Terry; KREDELL, Kathy,
Robert; KRUEGER, Valerie, Valentine;
KUHATSCHEK, Marion (Kredell); LAM, Eddie
(Lowande), Leslie; LANE, Sue (Hirons), McNair
"Mac"; LeBRUN, Bill, Aurora; LEE, Frank Jr.;
LESSER (Roy), Charles L.; LESSIACK, Robert,
Katherine; LITTON, Gene (White), John; MARTIN,
Paula (Kuyoth), Gerald, Baryl, Michael; MOORE,
Patsy (Lee); McCARRICK, Jim; NISKANEN, Ed,
Esther; PARFITT, Harold R. and Pat *Former
Governor*; PARKER, Teddy, Stacey; PATERSON,
Jack, Chuck; PIPER, Ray, Jeanne; RHYNE, Bea
(Monsanto); SEBIK, Betty, Edward; SCOTT, Ellen;
SIXKILLER, John, Lynn; SNIDER, Jim;
SNYDER, Wallace, Vilma (Higuero) Roderick;
SOUKOP, Chuck; SPENCER, Virginia, Donald;
STABLER, Joe, Blanche; STEINER, Bonnie;
THEOLOGIAN, Gloria, Mike; THORNTON, Dallas,
Grace (Keegan); TRIM, June (Foster); TURNER,
George; URICK, Howard, Pat; VAUGHN, Mary;
WAINIO, John; WEBSTER, Terry, Ellen;
WEIGLE, Jerry, Cathy (Carlisle); WISE, Helen,
Nelson; WRIGHT, Stanley; YEAGER, Mary Jo
MILLER, Celia (Cronan).
CLEMENT, Caleb, Ruth; COOK, J.L. "Ted", Ham-
mer; COOK, Rosalie (Smith); COOKE, Mabel; COX,
Dick, Shirley; CRUZ, Armando; DeMARR, Don,
Stella (Boggs); DEMPSEY, Buck, Carol;
EBERNEZ, Leo, Madeline; ENGLISH, Edward, An-
drea (Nash); ESPARAZA, Alex, Joann (Smith);
FORREST, Dot, Riggs; GAGNIER, Arlene (Price);
GILEAD, Kathleen; GILEAD, Rosemary (Millett);
GOMEZ, Norma; HAWKINS, Joel, Michelle
(Goguen); HUMMER, Charles; KNICK, John, Gerry,
David; MARTIN, Giles, Neus; MILLER, Nell;
STEPP, Sheila (Mitten); WARD, Oscar Jr.,
BUNDY, John, Michele; GATES, Margaret (Plue),
Robert; KARIGER, Lee, Minnie; PERRA, Beverly;
SAGE, Marge (Jones); WOOD, Bill, Jeanne, James,
Martha; YOUNG, Jim, Mary.
WEST VIRGINIA 2
BARRITEAU, Zip, Lisa.
BUEHLER, Beverly; HERMANNY, Gene; SCOTT,
Ed, Prisilla (Koperski); TESKE, Pat (Doran);
THOMPSON, Bob; TOCHTERMAN, Arlene
(McKown), George; WILLIAMS, Jan.
--Tanal Zone polite.
Presentation of Police Flag. ...
Invocation ...... ..
Rev. F.A. Lynch, C.M.
St. Mary's Parish
Charge to Police Officers
Fellow officers, our mission is complete. Each
of you has served the Police Division and your
communities well. You have given more than was
reasonable to have expected, but you gave it well.
You and the more than 700 officers who served
throughout the 78 year history of the Canal Zone
Police Division and more recently the Canal Com-
mission Police Division, can be well proud of your
accomplishments. I know there are many mixed
emotions today many, many heavy hearts, much
optimism, and even celebration as we end one
career and begin new ones. However, the one thing
we all share today, without exception, is that
special fellowship that existed on the platoons of
which we were a part, and that very special
camaraderie that we, in law enforcement, can only
know. And now, as our lives take many different
paths, I want to express my deepest appreciation
to each of you for the outstanding support you
have given me, the Police Division, and the
communities that you served.
I now affirm and declare that the Police
Division has fulfilled its mission under the law and
as mandated by the Panama Canal treaties of
1977. I therefore charge each of you, as you move
on to other careers, to continue the same dedica-
tion and professionalism that you demonstrated as
members of the Police Division.
Mrs. Kessler and I wish each of you and your
families every future success. Good luck, and God
bless you all. It has been a privilege to have served
with you and to have been your Chief, and I salute
you for it.
William F. Kessler, Chief of Police
Panama Canal Commission
Ladies and gentlemen:
This afternoon we have an opportunity to pay
tribute in a relatively small way to a part of the
Commission work force to whom we all owe a very
The 78-year history of the Panama Canal
Police Division, from its beginning in 1904 until
today, has been one of adapting to meet the unique
law enforcement needs of the Canal community.
When President Teddy Roosevelt appointed
former Rough Rider George F. Shanton as the
Canal's first Chief of Police, the Isthmus itself was
"rough and ready" miles of jungle needing to
be tamed, rampant disease ready to be conquered,
tons of rock and earth waiting to be moved.
But many of those who came to the Isthmus to
tackle that job were themselves in need of taming.
As thousands of high-spirited adventurers and
soldiers of fortune of every nationality poured into
the Isthmus to take part in the construction work
of the Panama Canal, it became quickly apparent
that the first order of business would have to be
the creation of a system of law and the establish
ment of a police force to enforce it.
It was during those early days that the role of
the Canal police officer as one who could success-
fully meet the needs of a rapidly changing
environment became firmly established. As the
Canal work progressed across the Isthmus, police
substations also moved.
Construction day police officers found them-
selves involved in every kind of community service
from battling opium traffic to moving residents
out of towns along the construction line that were
soon to be submerged under the waters of Gatun
The ultimate mission of the Canal Police
Division, then as now, was to see that the work of
the Panama Canal went forward unimpeded.
Perhaps to fully appreciate the unprecedented
role played by the Police Division in the history of
the waterway, one must look at it through the eyes
of an outsider. After a visit to the Isthmus a few
years ago to inspect the administrative and opera-
tional organizations in the Balboa and Cristobal
police districts, the late California penologist
Julian H. Alco had this to say:
"The police organization (in the Canal area) is
unique in many respects comparable to the
F.B.I. and the Canadian Mounted Police in respect
to training and caliber of personnel, they simul-
taneously perform the functions of municipal
police; a harbor patrol having maritime
jurisdiction; a border patrol; an inter-nation liaison
agency between the United States and the
Republic of Panama; a river and jungle patrol;
Treasury agents; a narcotics squad; an anti-
espionage and anti-sabotage force safeguarding the
most vital section of our defense lifeline. The Canal
area police force is undoubtedly the smallest force
doing the biggest job in the world."
Thirty months ago, with the implementation of
the Panama Canal Treaty, the Police Division was
tasked with the greatest and most difficult
challenge in its long history of service to the Canal
and its employees.
Faced with the knowledge of its impending dis-
establishment, the division was asked to partici-
pate fully in preparing others to assume a role that
they themselves had long handled with pride, skill
and commitment. The fruit of their labor was to be
only the satisfaction of knowing that once again,
they had adapted to meet the needs of the
changing Canal environment; that even at the last,
they were still being of service to their community.
That the Police Division met and triumphed
over its final challenge is evident from the success
of the Joint Patrol venture, where two countries
exercised concurrent criminal jurisdiction over the
Canal area. Political and cultural differences were
put aside in the interest of a common goal pro-
fessional law enforcement for the good of the
It comes as no surprise to some of us that the
Police Division would have the strength of
character to handle this last challenge, for Gover-
nor Harold R. Parfitt recognized the special
fortitude of the Canal employee in his Christmas
message to the work force in 1978. He said, "If the
measure of a man or woman is the ability to adjust
to our every changing world, then I have confi-
dence that each one of you will be equal to the
task. Through the years, you have proven your
ability to put duty over personal considerations.
While the world debated your future, you put your
heart and energy into keeping the Panama Canal a
model of efficiency and expertise. For you, the
Canal and the Canal Zone have not been just a job
and a place to live; they have been a way of life."
In closing, I would like to direct my final
comments to the police officers themselves. As
Director of the General Services Bureau and on
behalf of the Panama Canal Commission, I want to
state publicly that you have been, throughout the
years, models of excellence in law enforcement to
your counterparts in the Panama National Guard.
But more than that, you have been symbols of
courage to all of us who face the challenge of
change in the years ahead.
We owe you a debt of gratitude for service
rendered to the Panama Canal and its people that
can never be repaid. But as you lay aside your
uniform for the final time today to assume new
roles at the Canal or in other parts of the world, go
forward with the assurance that your place in the
history of this great waterway and in the hearts of
its people is secure. You have served your country,
this great international waterway called the
Panama Canal, your community and friends, and
your families with distinction.
May God bless your new endeavors as richly
as He has blessed us in allowing us to be the bene-
ficiaries of your dedication to duty and your com-
mitment to service.
Fred A. Cotton
General Services Director
Reading of Commendation ...
Dr. R.A. Cheville
Presentation of Public Service Award
Rev. C.E. Daffron
Crossroads Bible Church
Valediction of the Panama Canal Commission
MEDALS TELL THE STORY
(Reprinted in part from the August 1970 and
October 1, 1979 Panama Canal Reviews and infor-
mation obtained by the editor.)
Man's unique conquest of nature on the
Isthmus of Panama has found expression in
medals just as his other proud feats have been
symbolized in metallic emblems, coveted as marks
of honor, since the days of athletic contests among
the early Greeks.
Four times in the 66 years that have elapsed
since Americans undertook the colossal task of
uniting the oceans have medals been struck with
the Panama Canal as the motif. One was an award
of recognition; the three others commemorated
milestones of progress in the historic enterprise.
One of the four honored only a chosen few
thousand men and women; one has faded with an
aura of mystery; the other two, because of their
recent dates, are comparatively well known.
In chronological order, they are the Roosevelt
Medal, the Panama Canal Completion Medal, the
Thatcher Ferry Bridge Dedication Medal and the
Panama Canal Golden Anniversary Medal.
Capt. Julius Grigore, Jr., (USNR), Supervisor
of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, 15th.
Naval District, and a devoted numismatist, has
recently completed extensive research into the
history of the medals issued by the Panama Canal
from 1904 to 1970. It is the first time this infor-
mation has been consolidated and, as Captain
Grigore himself says, it's fascinating. (August
The story begins with President Theodore
Roosevelt's visit to the Isthmus in 1906. One
result of that visit was a presidential executive
order of June 23, 1907, authorizing the issuance of
a medal to recognize service by American citizens
on the Canal project. The medal was awarded to all
U.S. citizens who completed at least two years of
satisfactory continuous service with the Canal
construction force, including the Panama Railroad
Company, between May 4, 1904 and December 31,
1914. For each additional 2 years of service, the
holder was awarded a bar to be affixed to the
medal. The medal began being issued in 1909.
THE CANAL ZONE POLICE DEPARTMENT
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE
WHEREAS, The Canal Zone Police Department was established in 1904 for
the purpose of preserving the integrity of the United States interest in an unfamiliar
and challenging setting: and
WHEREAS, The Canal Zone Police Department has performed its mission
for a period of 77 years, transforming every crisis into an opportunity and every
difficulty into a positive action, meeting its obligations professionally and loyally:and
WHEREAS, The Panama Canal Treaty of1977 terminated the 1903 Isthmian
Canal Treaty. thereby transferring the Canal Zone to the Republic of Panama. which
will bring to an end the work and responsibility of the Canal Zone Police Department
on March 31. 1982: now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the International Association of Chiefs of Police does
hereby hail the Canal Zone Police Department for its 77 years of productive,
professional law enforcement activity, and commends it for its dedicated service.
having performed brilliantly in a multicultural, multilingual, international setting.
fraught with perilous times and laden with salutary experiences; and be it further
RESOLVED, That this resolution be officially presented to the Canal Zone
Police Department on March 31. 1982, the final day of its operation, in recognition of
its significant contribution to law enforcement in the Canal Zone.
Of the 7,423 emblems struck, 7,391 were
issued. The others were kept in reserve as replace-
ments of originals lost by the holders. (Roosevelt
Medal #1 was presented to William Thomas
Brewer, 1st bar #2, 2nd bar #5 and 3rd. bar #4.
"William Thomas Brewer, Night General
Foreman at Gorgona Shop, was born in Pittsboro,
NC. on October 12, 1859; was educated at Locust
Hill Seminary, the night schools of Raleigh, and at
Eastman College, Poughkeepsie, NY; served as
machinist apprentice with the Seaboard Air Line
Railroad at Raleigh; removed to Savannah, GA. in
1882, where he was employed as machinist and
general foreman for the Missouri Pacific, the
Mexican Central and a number of small railroads
until he came to the Isthmus on June 6, 1901, and
was employed as machinist by the Panama
Railroad until November 1 of the same year, when
he was made General Foreman of the Locomotive
Department; was transferred to Gorgona Shops,
May 20, 1911"
Society of the Chagres, 1911 Year Book.
The last two Roosevelt Medals were awarded
to Oliver Bullock, #7420 and to Frank Waters,
Designed by artist F.D. Millet, who perished in
the sinking of the SS Titanic, the Roosevelt medal
was struck in copper and bronze "French junk",
scrap metal from the equipment that had been
abandoned by the French in their attempt to build
a canal, at the United States Mint, Philadelphia,
PA from dies prepared by Victor D. Brenner of
New York City.
An inch and a half in diameter, the medal has
on the obverse a reproduction of a three-quarter
bust of President Theodore Roosevelt, sculptured
by Millet, with the inscription around the border:
"FOR TWO YEARS CONTINUOUS SERVICE
ON THE PANAMA CANAL". On the reverse
there is a bird's-eye view of Gaillard Cut, steamers
passing between Gold Hill and Contractor's Hill,
the now familiar motto "THE LAND DIVIDED,
THE WORLD UNITED" inscribed on the horizon;
the legend "PRESENTED BY THE'PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES" around the border,
and on the bottom, the coat of arms of the
Republic of Panama and under it, the name of the
The U.S. Congress approved a special appro-
priation to mint the Roosevelt Medal.
The Roosevelt Memorial Association Certificate
presented to the late William J. Bartlett, Medal
#4601, 1st bar #2836 and provided by Mrs. Anna J.
Bartlett for publication.
"These medals became the highly cherished
possessions of a dwindling army of old timers and
their descendents," the Panama Star and Herald
reported on July 22, 1941. "Possessions of the
Roosevelt Medal was an outward and visible sign
of the inward and spiritual fortitude requisite to re-
maining the necessary time in the work of building
The editor received, from the Panama Canal
Commission, a listing of all official Roosevelt
Medal holders, consisting of 165 pages with ap-
proximately 7400 names. To date, his research has
revealed that there are only six LIVING KNOWN
Medal holders, who are:
FRED W. BRADLEY #7407
6150 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
STUART G. CARKEET #4695, 1st bar #2905
1615 Rodi Cove
Memphis, TN 38109
ROBERT L. DILL #6726
1445 W. Florida. Sp. 93
Hemet, CA 92343
THOMAS J. EBDON #2683, 1st. bar #1645, 2nd
4138 Tee Road
Sarasota, FL 33580
GREGOR GRAMLICH #6898
4500 28th. Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33613
HARRY R. WHITE #3873, 1st. bar #2786
Rt. 1, Box 74
Summerdale, FL 36580
Harry R. White, Summerdale, Ala. one of the six
known living Roosevelt Medal Holders, #3873 and
Bar, attending the Annual Business Meeting.
Robett L. Dill, Helmet, Calif. #6726, was the third
Roosevelt Medal Holder attending.
There were 40 recipients of the Roosevelt
Medal who had 4 bars, denoting 10 years of contin-
uous service, which would include the entire time
span (May 4, 1904 to December 31, 1914) for which
the medal was authorized. These are:
James J. Ebdon, Sarasota, Fla. One of the six
known Roosevelt Medal Holders, #2683 and two
bars, denoting 6 years continuous service between
Oscar L. Boyd
Durward W. Dennis
Daniel F. Donahue
Louis E. DuBois
Robert W. Glaw
Alfred B. Herrick
Charles D. Hummer
Joseph S. Kirk
Alexander A. Lundishef
Donald E. McDonald
Marietta L. Meech
Frank E. Moore
Aurin B. Nichols
Charles L. Parker
Gibbon 0. Richardson
William A. Torbert
Anna R. Turner
George M. Wells
FORMER LT. GOVERNOR DIES.
Col. Charles R. Clark, well known and highly
esteemed former official of the Panama Canal
organization, died in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sunday,
February 21. He would have been 60 years old in
Colonel Clark was born in Eau Claire, Wis.,
and came to the Isthmus in 1961, when he was
appointed Director of the Engineering and
Construction Bureau. He came from Vietnam
where he had served with distinction as
commander of the 79th Engineering Construction
Group. During his 10-year tenure with the Canal
organization, Colonel Clark went on to serve as
Lieutenant Governor of the Canal Zone, and later
Director of Transportation and Terminals Bureau.
He was serving as Special Assistant to the Admin-
istrator and as the Administrator's representative
on the Atlantic side when he resigned in December
1979. While serving as T&T Director, he also was
the Governor's representative and senior Canal
official on the Atlantic side.
Colonel Clark, who had also commanded the
91st Engineer Combat Battalion at Fort Belvoir,
Va. had served in a number of senior staff assign-
ments in the U.S. and abroad. He served in three
U.S. Army Engineer construction districts. He was
a resident and area engineer with the Far East
District involved with the design and construction
of shopping centers, schools, housing, airfields,
railroads, offshore installation, pipelines, and
storage depot complexes in Korea and Japan (1959-
1960); Deputy District Engineer of the Honolulu
Engineer District responsible for design and
construction of military and civil works in the
Pacific Ocean Area including the Kwajalien Anti-
Ballistic Missile Test Site (1965-1966); and the
project director for the Okinawa Engineer District
responsible for design and construction of the
Strategic Air Command Complex at Kadena Air
Force Base, Okinawa.
While serving as Director of the Engineering
and Construction Bureau, Colonel Clark was
presented the Presidential Management
Improvement Award by the President of the
United States for outstanding engineering
management of the bureau. In recognition of his
outstanding service as Lieutenant Governor he
received the Distinguished Service Medal from the
United States Army. Colonel Clark had also been
awarded the Master Key to the Locks and every
major award that Scouting on the Isthmus could
confer, including the Silver Beaver Award.
Colonel Clark was decorated by the President
of Panama in 1978 with the Order of Vasco Nunez
de Balboa in the rank of "Gran Oficial, "Panama's
highest award for service to the people of the
Republic. Earlier he had been honored by the
Bomberos Corps of Colon, who presented him its
highest decoration, the "Gold Cross of Honor and
Merit," He was named "1976 Canal Zone Man of
the Year" by the Canal Zone Department Reserve
Officers' Association of the United States, and was
awarded the 1976 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States Certificate of Recognition. In 1975,
he was one of four recipients of the National
Defense Transportation Association's "World
Premier Award Winner for Distinguished Service"
and also had received a Certificate of Merit from
the National Council of the YMCA, and in 1977,
the Governor of the Canal Zone presented Colonel
Clark and Mrs. Clark the Honorary Public Service
Award, with gold medallion, the highest award
that could be bestowed by the Canal organization
for service to the Isthmus of Panama. He also was
honored by the United Way and the Gold Coast
Surviving Colonel Clark are his wife Elizabeth,
a daughter Candice Reid, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Clark's address is Box 1202, Litchfield Park,
PRESS RELEASE ... FEBRUARY 24, 1982.
On Thursday, February 18, the Panama Canal
was host to a small but great visitor, Herve' Vil-
lichaize, the famous French actor who is well
known for his role as "Tatoo" in the popular TV
series "Fantasy Island".
Tatoo, who was a special guest at the Nine-
teenth International Film Festival in Panama
visited the Miraflores Locks accompained by his
business manager L. Travis Clark.
Tatoo said that he was especially impressed by
the hospitality of the Panamanian people and the
popularity that he enjoys here. He pointed out that
he never imagined that so many people in Panama
watched his television program.
Tatoo's extraordinary popularity was evident
at the Miraflores Locks, where members from the
Guide Service of the Office of Public Affairs, locks
guards, works and visitors rushed to greet him and
take photographs of him. Similar demonstrations
of affection were repeated at the Administration
Building in Balboa Heights, when he visited the
Office of Public Affairs.
This is Tatoo's first visit to Panama, although
it may not be his last, he states. He and his
manager Mr. Clark are interested in filming a
movie in Panama.
Tatoo said that the first time he heard about
the Panama Canal was when he was in school more
than two decades ago at the port city of Toulon in
the south of France. He had also seen photographs
of the interoceanic waterway.
He also recalled the era of the construction of
the canal by the French, that was started in 1880,
referring to Count Ferdinand De Lesseps as being
an inspiration to him. He said that he familiarized
himself with the Canal prior to his visit to the
locks when he met three Commission employees at
a restaurant in Panama, who talked to him about
the waterway and the improvements that were
Tatoo only had words of praise for the except-
ional job that the Panama Canal workforce was
performing, and he encouraged them to continue
working with equal dedication for the good of the
Canal and the maritime community worldwide.
At the Miraflores Theatre, guide Edgar Paulk
gave the visitors a briefing and they watched
slides and the movie "Fast Transit," which is a
typical eight-hour transit of the Canal shown by a
high speed camera in only seven minutes.
When the guide mentioned that the ships must
pay before they can transit the Canal, "as there is
no credit," Tatoo smiled. When the guide
continued to explain that the lowest toll charge (36
cents) at the Canal was paid by Richard Hallibur-
ton in 1928 when he swam across the Canal, Tatoo
asked, "How was the toll assessed?" Immediately
the guide responded, "By measuring the 'cargo' he
carried on board."
At the Miraflores Locks Control House, Tatoo
and his party were met by control house operator
Norman Lewter, who explained how the control
board worked. He allowed Tatoo to operate the
levers that control the locks. At that moment the
southbound ship "Manistee," of the United Brands
Company was entering the east chamber. After
receiving the transmitter used by the locks opera-
tor to communicate with the locks master, he told
the latter, "This is Tatoo, bring her down."
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Herve' Villichaize, who stars as "Tatoo" on the
television series "Fantasy Island," leads the way
across the miter gate at Miraflores Locks on his
way to the Control House on the center wall.
Following Mr. Villichaize, from left, are Panama
Canal Guide Service representative Edgar Paulk,
Mr. Villichaize's business manager L. Travis Clark,
Rolando Gonzalez, J. Warren of Mr. Villichaize's
staff and Eric Rodriquez.
Immediately the Canal's distinguished guest
and his party came out to the balcony, where a
small ladder had been very strategically placed and
from which he took several photos of the ship,
carrying a load of Chiquita bananas.
As the ship was lowered to its last step that
placed it at sea level, Tatoo's manager said to him,
"It is much better to look at history than to read
DEVELOPMENTS IN AGING: 1981
RELEASED TO PUBLIC
Developments in Aging: 1981, the Senate
Special Committee on Aging's most comprehensive
report in scope and analysis in its history,
supports the notion of an "entirely new population
and economic 'age geography" that will require ad-
justments in all of our institutions, both public and
The report's findings include the revelation
that, while over a third of the federal budget is
devoted to programs serving the older population,
the percentage of the elderly with incomes below
the poverty level has increased for two consecutive
years and has now reached 15.7%. In addition,
the report focuses on the under-employment of the
elderly, alleviating the fear of crime plaguing older
Americans, the cost of care for chronic illnesses
afflicting the elderly, and the impact of federal
budget cuts on the feeding, housing, and transpor-
tation of the older population.
Copies of Developments of Aging: 1981 are
available through the Special Committee on Aging,
G-233 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington,
Panama Canal Commission officials announced
today that the test of the booking system that
allows vessel transits to be prescheduled will be
resumed on Monday, March 15. The test was
temporarily suspended on February 2 because of
traffic congestion at the Canal.
Booked vessels will begin transiting on March
18. Canal authorities expect the test of the system
to continue until July, at which time a test period
of 120 days will have run its course.
As of Thursday morning, the total number of
vessels awaiting transit of the waterway was 50, a
considerable reduction in the vessel backlog since
early February. This reduction provided the
necessary conditions for the resumption of the
booking system test.
The completion of the Gatun Locks overhaul
and accompanying restoration of the Canal to full
transit capacity, as well as especially intensive
transit scheduling and the hiring of additional
temporary employees are responsible for the
baking reduction. Officials anticipate that the
number of vessels waiting to transit will continue
DEFORESTATION THREATENS CANAL
By Colin Hale (Public Affairs Office, 193d)
Deforestation of the 3,300 Km2 watershed of
the Panama Canal threatens to close the waterway
by the year 2000, according to Fernando Manfredo
Jr., Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal
Commission. It is estimated that some 300,000
acres of forest have been already destroyed in the
Answering a question following his speech at
the monthly luncheon of the Panama Canal
Chapter of the American Society of Military
Comptrollers, Mr. Manfredo said "too little at-
tention" was being paid to the problem, except for
the efforts of RENARE, an agency of the Ministry
of Agricultural Development.
He said it was a problem with "social, eco-
nomic and political implications" involving
100,000 people whose farming methods product
erosion that reduces the volume of water in the
lakes and ship channels which, if allowed to
continue, will result in "no canal by the year
Mr. Manfredo said that in his opinion the
wrong approach was being made to the problem -
it is not a reforestation problem, but a human
problem involving educating the users of the land
in methods that do not produce the deforestation
His speech had as its subject the "Function of
the Panama Canal in the Promotion and
Development of World Trade," but its highlight
was the effect expected when the new trans-
Panama oil pipeline comes on stream in October or
November of this year.
The Deputy Administrator said its "impact on
the Canal will be significant since this year this
trade (Alaska North Slope Oil) is anticipated to
generate nearly 1,500 tanker transits and between
$40 to $50 million in Canal tolls revenue."
In answer to a question later, Mr. Manfredo
said that as a result of the reduction in revenue, an
increase in the Canal tolls was "inevitable." It will
be only the fourth increase in the Canal's 67-year
old history, according to a Canal official who said
it was hoped that the increase can be kept below
PRESS RELEASE ... MARCH 17, 1982.
On Monday, March 15, the Panama Canal
Commission resumed accepting bookings under a
test reservation system which allows vesels to
preschedule their transits up to 21 days in ad-
vance. The acceptance of bookings had been
previously suspended on February 2 because of
traffic congestion at the Canal. In the two days
since the taking of reservations was resumed, some
46 bookings have been accepted.
The resumption of bookings will provide the
basis for continued evaluation of the test transit
reservation system implemented by the
Commission in response to the suggestions of a
number of ship owners and operators. The design
of this system took into account and was built
around many of the ideas presented by owners and
The primary objective of the test system is to
offer priority service to those vessels having the
most urgent need for expeditious transit while
minimizing any adverse impact that may result to
other vessels. This booking system test features a
schedule of fees and penalties designed to counter
the oversubscriptions and late cancellations that
plagued the inconclusive test conducted one-and-a-
half years ago. The system also provides for
suspension or reduction of bookings when certain
thresholds of congestion or capacity, in
combination with other operational considerations,
threaten to work a hardship on nonparticipating
Interested parties, both participating and non-
participating, will have 30 days upon conclusion of
the current 120-day test in which to comment on
the system. These comments, together with the
Commission evaluation of the merits of the
system, will be presented to the Commission's
Board of Directors for a final decision on whether
to implement a transit reservation system on a
PRESS RELEASE ... MARCH 19,1982.
Those of us who live and work alongside the
Panama Canal sometimes tend to take its magni-
ficence for granted, busying ourselves in our con-
crete enclosures, while the Canal, just a short dis-
tance away, throbs and pulses with activity.
But for the more than 300,000 people who
visited the locks during FY 1981, the Canal
became a unique and fascinating reality. Some
were regular customers, who returned time after
time, bringing friends and relatives with them. But
for many, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
During the year, there were 19,053 visitors to
the Gatun Locks and 292,577 visitors to the locks
at Miraflores. Included among them were heads of
state, ministers of government, military leaders,
celebrities and news media representatives from
nations all over the globe, as well as one major
league ballplayer from Panama, Benjamin Ogilvie,
and Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Barnum, the first
United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor
winner in Vietnam.
Guiding these visitors through Miraflores
Locks to an understanding of the inner workings of
the waterways, Panama Canal Commission guides
of the Office of Public Affairs cover a full schedule
of activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days each
week, including holidays, for the purpose of
conducting tours and briefing visitors on the many
facets of the Canal transiting process. Each tour
includes a movie or a slide briefing and a stop at
the Miraflores visitors' pavilion, where visitors can
watch ships pass through the locks as a guide
explains over the loudspeaker all the steps being
taken to safeguard the ship in its progress.
PRESS RELEASE ... MARCH 23, 1982.
A two-ship tie-up station to be built at Paraiso
Reach by Sosa y Barbero Contructores, S.A., a
Panamanian firm, is expected to add two ships per
day to the daily transiting capacity of the Panama
Planned as a mooring site for ships within the
Canal, the tie-up station will provide a place for
ships to tie up out of the Canal traffic lanes to
allow for passage of ships that are too large to
pass even the smallest craft within the Gaillard
Cut. Vessels of this magnitude are referred to as
"clear Cut" ships.
Lacking a tie-up station within the Canal, the
smaller ships cannot begin their transits until the
clear cut ships have completed their transits to a
point past the Gaillard Cut. Then they must make
their way from the anchorage to the first set of
locks and on into the Canal. The loss in transit
time amounts to approximately an hour and a
half per day for each vessel.
In addition to facilitating clear cut scheduling,
the tie-up station will also be used during the fog
season as a point further long the canal as each
ship can be tied up until the fog clears up and
allows regular transiting to continue. Fog usually
settles at the northern end of the Canal above
Paraiso. At the present time, during a fog
situation ships continue to enter the southern
terminal of the Canal until all the chambers and
approaches at Miraflores and Pedro Miguel are
filled. Then they sit and wait for the fog to lift. The
tie-up station will give them berths for two extra
ships to enter the Canal, ready to complete their
transits as soon as the fog disperses.
Work on the project has begun and is expected
to be completed by April of 1983.
PRESS RELEASE ... MARCH 26, 1982.
Proposal to increase Panama Canal tolls
The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal
Commission has authorized the Administrator to
announce a proposed 9.8% increase in Panama
Canal toll rates, effectively October 1, 1982. The
proposed increase, the first to occur since October
1, 1979, would change the present rate per Panama
Canal net ton (Equivalent to 100 cubic feet of
space for carrying cargoes and passengers) and
from $1.67 to $1.83 per ton for laden vessels and
from $1.33 to $1.46 per ton for ships transiting in
ballast. The tolls for vessels such as warships and
hospital ships, which pay on a displacement ton-
nage basis, would be increased from $.93 to $1.02.
Tolls for use of the Panama Canal are required
to be set to cover all costs of operation and main-
tenance of the waterway, including capital for
plant replacement and improvements. The reason
cited for the proposed rate increase is the antici-
pated loss in fiscal year 1983 of some $50 million
of tolls revenue resulting from the diversion of
Alaskan North Slope oil traffic from the Canal
route to a trans-Panama oil pipeline scheduled to
become operational later this year.
In anticipation of the impending loss of this
important segment of Canal traffic, the
Commission authorities report that action has been
taken over the last two years to minimize costs
and increase productivity. Despite these efforts
and notwithstanding that other segments of Canal
traffic are growing, the loss of the North Slope Oil
trade revenues is so significant that, for the Canal
to remain self-sufficient, a toll rate increase will be
From the "SPILLWAY"
RIF notices to be distributed
Notices of the reduction in force (RIF) which
will take effect on April 1, will be distributed on
Monday, February 8.
This reduction in force is primarily the result
of the abolishment of approximately 117 positions
in the Police Division when that division is dis-
established on March 31 as required by the
Panama Canal Treaty.
Courts to be disestablished
With the completion of the Panama Canal
Treaty transition period on March 31, 1982, the
U.S. District Court for the District of the Canal
Zone and the Balboa and Cristobal Magistrates'
courts will be disestablished, and most criminal
offenses committed in the Canal area by U.S.
citizens will be tried by Panamanian courts.
However, U.S. authorities will continue to have the
primary right to exercise criminal jurisdiction over
certain offenses no matter where they occur -
which are committed by military personnel,
Department of Defense civilians and their depend-
ents. Also, in certain cases, Panama is required to
give favorable consideration to U.S. requests to
exercise criminal jurisdiction over certain types of
offenses committed by Panama Canal Commission
De La Mater ends 32-year
De La Mmater ends 32-year career today
Today marks the end of the 32-year career with
The Canal organization of William L. De La Mater,
aide to the Administrator/director of protocol/
residents advisory program staff officer. During
that time, Mr. De La Mater has served the organ-
ization and the community in numerous capacities
and always with distinction.
Born in Colon, Mr. De La Mater was raised in
Panama where his parents were both employees of
the Canal organization. Even though his own
career with the Panama Canal did not begin until
1950, he jokingly says that his federal service
actually began as a teenager, when he was an usher
in the Balboa Theater. A graduate of Balboa High
School and the Canal Zone College, he served with
the United States Marine Corps during World War
II and was awarded many decorations including
the Silver Star, purple heart with cluster and the
Presidential Unit Citation. After graudating from
the University of Denver with a degree in
engineering Mr. De La Mater returned to Panama.
Mr. De La Mater, a Registered Professional
Industrial Engineer, began as an industrial
engineer with the Engineering Division in 1950.
Chism to head Office of
As the head of the newly established Office of
the Staff Assistant, Edward M. Chism's primary
objective will be to present the Commission to
visitors as an efficient business enterprise that is
fully aware of and capable of accomplishing its
mission and fulfilling its responsibilities to world
commerce and to the united States and Panama.
With the disestablishment of the Protocol
Office effective Monday, February 1, the new office
will assume many of its duties, including the
organization and execution of official representa-
tion matters and special events and the provision
of special support to the Administrator and
Deputy Administrator. Residents' Advisory
Committee (RAC) Liaison Gilbert Sollas will
monitor RAC activities, but under the general
supervision of the Ombudsman.
Industrial Division launches all-out
effort to rebuild tugboat "Trinidad"
by Susan K. Stabler
Sparks are flying at the Industrial Division
drydock area in Mount Hope, where employees are
working ten-hour shifts, seven days a week,
measuring, fitting, welding, hammering, and what-
ever else it takes, in an all-out effort to get the tug
Trinidad back to work in the Canal.
Early in October 1981, the Trinidad was in-
volved in a serious accident where it was literally
squeezed between two ships, sustaining extensive
structural damage to its hull. Although repairing
the tug is a major undertaking, it appears that no
job is too big or too difficult for the Commission's
Industrial Division, where employees are proving
themselves equal to the task.
According to George Patton, planner-estimator
on the project, no one is complaining about the
long hours or hard work, which involves the virtual
rebuilding of the Trinidad's hull. Additionally,
while the tug is in drydock, a regularly scheduled
interim overhaul is being performed, including a
complete overhaul of the tug's reduction gears, the
gears that drive the tug's propellers and work in
much the same fashion as the transmission of an
While this operation is going on, the Industrial
Division must also continue with a myriad of other
jobs, all of high priority. These include noise
abatement and soundproofing on the dredge Mindi,
a complete overhaul on the tug Mehaffey and work
on Barge No. 125.
The Trinidad repairs got underway on Decem-
ber 10, 1981, and are expected to be completed by
early March, provided necessary replacement parts
arrive on time.
Leinback assumes position
The Commission's Office of Industrial Rela-
tions welcomed a new addition to its staff recently
when Bruce A. Leinback assumed the position of
deputy industrial relations officer.
Formerly chief of the Admiralty Law Section
in the Office of General Counsel, Mr. Leinback has
replaced William Bell who was named industrial
relations officer. As the deputy in the office, Mr.
Leinback will be involved in the full scope of labor
management relations including collective
bargaining procedures, contract administration
and the handling of any related disputes which
may involve the use of objective third parties such
as mediators and arbitrators.
tery, since October 1, 1979, has been maintained
by the American Battle Monuments Commission
(ABMC) in conjunction with the 193d Infantry
Panama and the United States have signed an
agreement which would establish the area as a per-
manent cemetery. This agreement is pending
ratification by Panama's National Assembly. If
ratified, it will provide for a part of the cemetery to
be permanently maintained by the ABMC as a
suitable resting place for the deceased. This
agreement also stipulates that U.S. citizens or
their dependents may be buried there, space per-
mitting, until the year 2000.
Presidential Executive Order No. 12115, dated
January 19, 1979, and the September 1979 legisla-
tion for implementing the 1977 Panama Canal
Treaty provide that the cost of transferring the
remains of U.S. citizens to the United States, if
such transfer is requested by next of kin, would be
borne by the U.S. government, and the cost of rein-
terment will be borne by the next of kin, except to
the extent otherwise provided by law.
The U.S. Government will pay the expense of
disinterment, preparation, cremation (if requested),
casket or urn, and transportation of the remains to
the place of burial in the United States designated
by the next of kin. The next of kin, on the other
hand, must pay the costs of reinterment, which
would usually include funeral home services, vault
cemetery plot or crypt, unless otherwise provided
If you believe that you are the nearest living
relative of a U.S. citizen buried in the Corozal
Cemetery and if you desire to have the remains
transferred to the United States, you must
communicate your decision in writing not later
than April 1, 1982, to Commander, 193d Infantry
Brigade (Panama), Attention: AFZU-LSS-VM,
APO Miami 34004.
Otherwise, such remains will remain in the
U.S. sector of the Corozal Cemetery which is to be
maintained like those on foreign soil in other parts
of the world.
An article on mortuary services will be
published in the near future.
Remains of U.S. citizens in 2-5-82
Corozal may be transferred
Remains of U.S. citizens buried in the Corozal
Cemetery on the Pacific side of the Republic of
Panama will be moved to cemeteries in the United
States if the next of kin so request in writing by
April 1, 1982, to the extent that funds are
Approximately 3,000 U.S. citizens, civilian and
military, are buried in the Corozal Cemetery, some
of them having been buried during Panama Canal
Designated a Military Area of Coordination
Special Facility by documents associated with the
Panama Canal Treaty of 1977, the Corozal Ceme-
Motta appointed to post with
Board of Local Inspectors
Leonor Gaston Motta, an attorney on the staff
of the Panama Canal Commission's Office of the
General Counsel since August 1977, has been
appointed as Executive and Legal Assistant to the
Board of Local Inspectors of the Commission's
Marine Bureau. This is a new position which
provides the board with its own legal advisor for
the first time. The appointment to the grade 14
position makes Mrs. Motta one of the top-ranking
women in the Panama Canal Commission, a
distinction shared by some seven grade 13 women
and only one other grade 14.
Non-profit groups must register
by March 31
Canal area non-profit organizations not estab-
lished and regulated by the U.S. Forces have been
allowed to continue operating in the Republic of
Panama during the treaty transition period under
special transitional recognition issued by the
Ministry of Commerce. To comply with Panaman-
ian law, organizations that desire to continue
operations after the transition period, especially
those owning or using buildings and property,
holding bank accounts, performing public fund-
raising activities or engaging in charitable under-
takings, must apply for their "personeria juridica"
or legal recognition prior to March 31, 1982.
An attorney licensed to practice law in
Panama must submit the application, which
includes a request for legal recognition and a power
of attorney authorizing the attorney to act for the
organization in requesting recognition. The organ-
ization is required to provide the attorney with its
current constitution, the minutes of the meeting at
which its bylaws were approved or amended, two
complete sets of the bylaws, a listing of the current
officials of the organization along with identifica-
tion numbers and specimen signatures and the
transitional recognition previously granted by
In the event an organization is unable to
provide the original copy of the transitional
recognition, a declaration under oath signed by a
representative of the organization before a notary
public of the Republic of Panama may be
submitted. Additionally, all documents not in
Spanish must be translated by a licensed public
translator of the Republic of Panama. Fees for the
"personeria juridica" will vary depending on the
complexity of the application and on the law firm
contracted to obtain it.
The Office of Executive Administration will
continue to provide assistance and support to help
organizations achieve their proper status under
Panamanian law and will also assist organizations
that do not wish to continue operating to properly
deactivate. For assistance or further information,
contact Gladys Diaz at 52-7995 or Thomas Duty at
Lighting contract awarded
Lighting contract awarded
The Panamanian firm of CELMEC, S.A., has
been awarded the contract to install a high mast
lighting system at Pedro Miguel Locks.
One of the eight U.S. and Panamanian firms to
participate in the bidding, CELMEC presented the
low bid of $612,302.
The project consists of furnishing and
installing an area lighting system mounted on 100-
foot poles and including electric power cables,
controls, luminaries and appurtenances. The
project is expected to begin soon and be completed
in one year.
High mast lighting was completed at
Miraflores Locks in late 1979. Work on high mast
lighting at Gatun Locks is currently in progress
and is expected to be completed shortly.
The installation of high mast lighting systems
at the Canal's three locks will extend the daylight
capacity of the waterway by permitting the transit
of larger vessels which otherwise would have to
enter and clear the locks during daylight hours.
Health benefit plan must be
In accordance with provisions of treaty-related
agreements, non-U.S.-citizen employees of U.S.
government agencies in the Canal area who are
under the U.S. Civil Service Retirement System
have also maintained their eligibility for coverage
under Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB)
plans throughout the transition period which ends
on March 31, 1982. For health benefits coverage
beyond this period, these employees must elect to
either continue eligibility for enrollment in the
FEHB program or enroll in the Health and
Maternity Benefits Program under the Social
Security System of Panama.
Because the election will be binding and
irrevocable, employees are urged to give the matter
careful consideration before making the decision.
Any employee who elects coverage by the Social
Security System will no longer be eligible for
enrollment in any FEHB plan. Likewise, an
employee who elects to continue eligibility for
FEHB program enrollment may not change his or
her election and later enroll in the Social Security
Spearing fish by scuba prohibited
The general public is reminded by the director
of Marine Resources of the Republic of Panama
that in the interest of protecting certain species of
marine life it is prohibited to shoot fish with a
speargun while scuba diving. However, it is
permissible to use a speargun to shoot fish while
snorkeling and for self defense while scuba diving.
Violators of this regulation are subject to
having their equipment confiscated along with
their game. In addition, violators can be
prosecuted in a court of law and are subject to a
fine and incarceration.
Treaty agreements offer
With the end of the treaty transition period on
March 31, 1982, U.S. criminal jurisdiction in most
of the Canal area will end, as Panama assumes
general responsibility for law enforcement matters.
Members of the U.S. Forces and U.S.-citizen
Department of Defense civilians and Panama
Canal Commission employees, and their
dependents, who face prosecution in Panamanian
courts have certain rights guaranteed by treaty-re-
lated agreements. These procedural guarantees
were designed to provide them with protections
similar to those provided in criminal proceedings in
the United States. The treaty documents also
guarantee accused persons all rights contained in
The United States will continue to exercise
primary jurisdiction in cases involving members of
the U.S. Forces, U.S.-citizen Department of
Defense civilians and their dependents who commit
offenses on defense sites and military areas of co-
ordination, as it will for certain specified types of
offenses wherever they are committed. The treaty
documents also require Panama to give favorable
consideration to requests for a waiver of jurisdic-
tion in certain cases involving U.S.-citizen
employees of the Panama Canal Commission or
Tests to verify towtrack strain
Engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers' Waterways Experiment Station in
Vicksburg, Mississippi, recently spent several days
on the Isthmus taking part in an Engineering and
Construction Bureau project involving the repair
of the towing-locomotives track system. The four-
year undertaking includes the installation of
thousands of feet of new rails and the repair and
replacement of other tow track components, such
as the long and short supporting ties and the
The increase in the size and number of ships
using the Canal, as well as the new, heavier
locomotives, has placed increased strain on the rail
system. Just how much strain will be measured by
engineers from the Waterways Experiment Station
with specialized equipment brought from the
Improvements in system aid
marine traffic controllers
The marine traffic control system of the
Panama Canal Commission is a crucial part of the
overall transit service offered by the Canal, as it
involves the coordination and control of all ship
movements in the Canal waters. This includes not
only monitoring all transiting vessels, but also con-
trolling the entire Canal operating system so that
the efforts of all components of the transit team
can be scheduled to provide vessels with the safest
and most economical transit service possible.
Because it plays such a vital role in Canal
operations, Commission officials are constantly
seeking ways to improve the marine traffic
control system, and a number of changes were
recently developed with this goal in mind.
A computerized system of marine traffic
control was introduced here in 1976, and con-
trollers, like many others who work with cathode-
ray tube (CRT) displays, have experienced
problems with glare. However, because glare is
such a prevalent pest of the computer age, there is
a great deal of material available on how to
minimize its effects. A comprehensive study of the
literature on the subject, along with consultations
with officials from the Engineering Division,
Occupational Health Division and Marine Bureau
staff, brought forth a number of solutions which
have recently been introduced.
Indirect lighting was installed at the Marine
Traffic Control Center to make CRT display
screens easier to read, and windows were blocked
off so that unwanted light could not filter in and
produce distracting images on the screens. The
paint within the center was changed to a color
which absorbs, rather than reflects, light.
Polarized screens were placed over existing
CRT displays and new prototype screens, which
are treated with an anti-glare surface, have been
installed. Results have been more than
satisfactory, and additional screens have been
ordered. The new screens are about twice the size
and are much easier to read. Furthermore, a
switching device on these screens makes it possible
for one screen to do the work of several smaller
ones. All of these actions should reduce the glare
problem and allow controllers to operate at peak
efficiency without discomfort.
The working space within the center was also
recently reorganized to bring all controllers closer
together in positions allowing better interaction
Construction of a new signal station for the
Cristobal Harbor began in late 1981. The modern
station will be located on top of the Cristobal
Administration Building, and will provide
improved facilities to support vessel advisory
services. When completed, the station's staff will
be augmented by the assignment of marine traffic
controllers and National Port Authority represen-
tatives from Panama who, together with the signal
crew, will coordinate all vessel movements in the
Cristobal Harbor area.
Plans for the future include the installation of
closed-circuit television to monitor activity in
certain areas of the waterway. The project
commences this year with installations scheduled
to be phased in over the next three years. Upon
completion, camera coverage will include each of
the three locks, the Gaillard Cut and both the
Atlantic and Pacific entrances to the Canal.
Display monitors at the center will have the ability
to receive input from a number of individual
cameras in each of these locations and will be
prominently placed so that controllers can follow
vessel movements with ease.
A special task force appointed by the
Administrator is now studying a range of other
possible areas for improvement, including the
existing computer system, to determine what
changes might be considered in order to further
upgrade the Canal's marine traffic control system.
Quality of life still major
Meeting in executive session on Tuesday,
March 2, representatives of the Residents'
Advisory Committees (RACs) heard a briefing on
procedural guarantees presented by U.S. Embassy
personnel; made a decision on future RAC status;
and held a mini-meeting to consider pressing
ongoing concerns in the communities represented.
Howard Gross, counselor for consular affairs
and consul of the U.S. Embassy, prefaced the pro-
cedural guarantees briefing with a general
statement of the Embassy's legal assistance to
U.S. citizens arrested in a host country. He stated
that under an international agreement, a
representative of the host government must notify
the U.S. Embassy "without undue delay" when a
U.S. citizen is arrested. A U.S. Embassy repre-
sentative will then see the detained person and
furnish a list of lawyers from which he or she must
make a selection. The embassy representative is
not allowed to recommend any particular lawyer.
The embassy representative will also act as liaison
between the prisoner and the U.S. government and
notify the prisoner's family.
According to Mr. Gross, the Panamanian court
system does not differentiate between Panamanian
citizens and non-Panamanians, in that a foreign
defendant before the court will receive the same
treatment and be tried by the same laws as will a
Garrett Sweany, First Secretary of the
Embassy, Political Section, explained the
procedural guarantees given to U.S.-citizen
Department of Defense and Panama Canal
Commission employees and some third country
employees and compared them to existing laws in
Panama. Many of the procedural guarantees are
already covered by Panamanian law, he said. He
emphasized that the areas of difference between
the laws of Panama and the United States are
taken care of by the procedural guarantees.
In answer to questions following the briefing,
Mr. Sweany explained that U.S.-citizen DOD and
Commission contractors are not covered by the
guarantees, and that people with dual Panamanian/
U.S. citizenship are covered if they are U.S.
government employees. U.S. government retirees
who elect to remain in Panama are not covered, he
Mr. Sweany noted that the U.S. Embassy will
become involved in any case where a U.S. citizen is
under arrest that is, unable to walk away freely.
He explained that the U.S. Embassy usually
learns, officially or unofficially, within 48 hours
when a U.S. citizen has been arrested. An arrest in
the interior would probably take longer to learn
about, and additional transportation time would be
required by the embassy representative.
Turning to the question of RAC's status,
Joseph J. Wood, director of the Office of Executive
Administration, offered Panama Canal
Commission legal assistance and financial help in
obtaining non-profit organization status for one
umbrella organization composed of all RAC
functions except that of their advisory capacity.
He suggested that the advisory function of the
RACs could be incorporated into the Panama
Canal Administrative Regulations (PCAR) or be
put out in a policy statement.
A poll of RAC representatives ended in their
acceptance of this offer and a statement of pref-
erence for having the advisory function
incorporated in the PCAR.
Panama Canal Commission Administrator
D.P. McAuliffe inaugurated the regular business
session by requesting representatives to provide
him with statements as to which are the most
pressing concerns in their communities.
Professionalism is key to success
at "Bailey's Point"
By Jan Meriwether
Anyone calling the Panama Canal Commis-
sion's towboat training office will most likely be
greeted with "Bailey's Point, may I help you?".
Although the name "Bailey's Point" is only a nick-
name, it is still a reflection of the esteem and
affection in which the students hold Capt.
Theodore "Ted" Bailey, senior ranking towboat
man on the Isthmus and the man who has shaped
the towboat program into its present form. Under
Captain Bailey's supervision, the towboat program
is in full swing training men and women to meet
the needs of the Commission's towboat fleet.
Although the Canal organization has always
had a practical training program for towboat
mates and masters, Captain Bailey has reorganized
and expanded it to include one day of formal class-
room sessions for each level in the program in
addition to four days of actual work experience on
the tugs each week. He first began teaching
aspiring towboat mates and masters in 1977, when
he was towboat manager on a part-time basis, and
there were only eight students.
Today, Captain Bailey is the fulltime towboat
training officer for the Commission, with 66
students on the roster and 28 classes to teach. The
present towboat program was, in fact, designed
and implemented by Captain Bailey whose
students fondly refer to him as "Poop-deck
Having his students pass the master's exam is
a great source of pride and satisfaction for Captain
Bailey, who considers towboats, ships and the sea
not an eight-hour-a-day job but his whole life.
Raised in Panama, Captain Bailey's attraction to
ships began at an early age. As a child, he remem-
bers playing along the docks in Balboa in the same
area where he today shares this love of ships and
sailing with his "kids" in the towboat program. A
graduate of Kings Point, Captain Bailey spent 12
years at sea and earned an unlimited master's
license before marrying and coming to Panama to
begin what would be a 28-year career on towboats.
When not teaching in the classroom, Captain
Bailey is out on the tugs riding with his students
or bringing himself up to date in the "state of the
art." A voracious reader, he has an extensive
personal library of natuical books that he freely
lets his students use. And whether it be world
geography, astronomy, ship design or
oceanography, Captain Bailey keeps up with
changes in the nautical field. His students agree
that if Captain Baily does not know the answer to
a question, he will be the first to admit it and the
first to find out the answer.
Although some of his students call him
cantankerous at times, they all recognize his exper-
tise, enthusiasm and dedication to teaching them
his art. A special rapport exists between Captain
Bailey and his kids, and as one fifth-year student
said, "He is more than a teacher; he is a friend."
To express their feelings, the students designed a
special "Bailey's Point" T-shirt complete with a
school insignia on the front and a drawing of a
towboat on the back. And even though "Bailey's
Point" is just a classroom in the Balboa industrial
area and lacks the age and tradition of maritime
academies such as Kings Point, it still gets high
marks for the loyalty and enthusiasm of teacher
and students. Although the classroom has a
relaxed, informal atmosphere, Captain Bailey
demands the best from his students, who say that
"with Bailey, it's professionalism that counts."
Ricardo Varela, associate director of the
Commission's Human Resources Staff, calls the
towboat program one of the best training
programs on the continent. He also feels that
Captain Bailey holds a very essential job in the
Canal organization, since the program is now one
of the main sources of future Panama Canal pilots.
After working a minimum of two years on the
towboats, a towboat master is eligible to be con-
sidered for the pilot-training program.
Although the students in the towboat program
feel fortunate to have Captain Bailey as their
teacher and friend, he says that he is really the
lucky one. "Not many people have the opportunity
to leave their mark. If I come back to Panama
after retirement, I will know that I helped to train
some of the pilots and many of the tug masters.
They are my 'kids'."
"'Not many people have
the opportunity to leave their
Study of Panama's natural
bridge offers glimpse into
by Jan Meriwether
Ever since early inhabitants of the Isthmus
first camped under its shelter, Panama's natural
bridge has been a point of interest to all whose
have discovered it hidden away in the jungle on
the Rio Puente. Formed millions of years ago, this
gigantic piece of limestone sculpture is a beautiful
examplee of nature's artistry and represents a page
in the geological history of the Isthmus.
A natural bridge is actually a naturally created
arch formation that looks like and functions as a
bridge. Most such arches are created by the
erosion of sandstone or limestone or by the partial
collapse of the roof of a cavern or cave. Geologists
believe that Panama's bridge is the remains of a
limestone cave whose roof collapsed leaving only a
remnant of the roof standing, under which a
stream now flows.
When approaching the bridge by boat, the
stream disappears into what appears to be a large
cave. The water actually flows out through an
opening on the other side. The arch of the bridge is
approximately 40 to 50 feet above the stream,
when the water is at a low level, with the opening
measuring about 50 feet across. The flat top of the
bridge is about 250 feet wide and vehicles can pass
over it if care is taken to avoid two large holes
where chunks of the bridge have fallen into the
Robert Stewart, former chief geologist of the
Canal organization's Engineering Division, has
estimated the bridge to be between 42 and 45
million years old, and says that by studying the
rock, geologists can get a glimpse of the past.
The limestone of the cave is thought to have
once been part of a coral reef in a shallow sea
millions of years before the Isthmus was formed.
The reef was similar to those found today in the
San Blas Islands, and fossil seashells and coral
have been discovered embedded in the rock of the
natural bridge. Artifacts discovered under the
structure offer ample evidence that pre-columbian
Indians once used the bridge for a campsite.
Today, the bridge shelters hikers, explorers, scouts
and anyone else who takes the time and effort to
travel to it.
The natural bridge can be reached either by
driving, and then walking a short distance,or by
boat. Originally over the Rio Puente, the bridge
Birds take flight in front of Panama's natural
bridge as the river's sunlit stillness is broken by an
approaching boat. Seeming to disappear into a
dark cave, the water actually flows beneath a huge
limestone arch that is camouflaged by heavy
now spans a small finger of Madden Lake near the
town of Calzada Larga and the recently opened
Club de la Montana on the shore of the lake.
During the dry season when the lake level falls, the
stream leading to the bridge becomes too shallow
for navigation except for boats with a very shallow
To drive to the bridge, continue on east past
the village of Buenos Aires to the town of Calzada
Larga, staying on the road that bears to the left
past the town, which continues straight to, and
over, the natural bridge. Approaching by road, ex-
cursionists may find themselves on the bridge
without realizing it, since thick vegetation on top
and on the sides of the arch almost camoflague it.
Whatever route one chooses, however, a visit
to the natural bridge is a great way to enjoy
Panama's countryside while stepping back into the
beginnings of history.
U.S.-R.P. accord reached on
payment of 13th month
Agreement has been reached by the United
States of America and the Republic of Panama on
the matter of the Social Security contribution
related to the second portion of the thirteenth
month bonus. Under the terms of that agreement,
United States agencies on the Isthmus assume the
responsibility for making the subject contribution
for employees covered under the Panama Social
Security system and Panama assures pension
benefits for such employees from the date of
employment with their respective agencies.
Monies collected from employees of Panama
Canal Commission and the U.S. forces during the
past year to cover the amount of these contribu-
tions, which the United States government has
now agreed to make on behalf of its employees, will
be refunded and included in the employees'
paychecks in the near future. Individuals who have
terminated their employment with the Panama
Canal Commission and who had amounts withheld
to cover the subject contributions, should contact
the Commission Treasurer's office at telephone 52-
3388 to make arrangements for picking up their
refund checks. Former employees of the United
States forces who have a refund due them should
contact their servicing Civilian Personnel Office to
make the arrangements for picking up their refund
Priority promotion available
Panama Canal Commission employees who are
demoted as a result of a reduction-in-force (RIF)
action are provided repromotion consideration
throughout the agency under the Promotion
Priority Program. This program is administered by
the Employment and Placement Branch in the
Office of Personnel Administration.
Under the Promotion Priority program, em-
ployees who were downgraded because RIF are
entitled to first consideration for repromotion, for
a period of three (3) years from the date of the
demotion, to any permanent vacancy that occurs
at their former grade, or any intervening grade,
and for which they are qualified. This includes
positions that the employee never held, but for
which he or she meets the minimum qualification
requirements, as long as the grade for which he or
she is being considered is no higher than the
grade formerly held.
Employees are entitled to consideration for
vacancies on either side of the Isthmus. If an
eligible employee presently resides in the Southern
District, for example, he or she will be certified as
eligible for repromotion to vacancies in either
district, unless and until he or she requests in
writing to be certified only for vacancies in one
Computer "bridge" now spans
by Susan K. Stabler
The concept of linking two widely separated
computers is relatively recent modification in the
computer world. However, just such a link now
exists between the Panama Canal Commission's
Central Computer Facility at the Administration
Building in Balboa Heights and the Industrial
Division Job Control Section on the Atlantic side.
According to Jack Goodwin, Chief of
Management Information Systems, the remote
satellite computer, or mini-computer, at the
Industrial Division, which has been in full
operation since October 1981, was installed in
support of the Engineering and Construction
Bureau's new job control and reporting system.
Having the mini-computer on site at the Industrial
Division provides direct access to the central
computers for input of data and return of updated
reports to the system users through a communica-
tions link, thereby avoiding the extensive delays
associated with traditional methods of
Job control, as the expression suggests, is a
means of keeping tabs on expenditures for
materials and man-hours on individual jobs within
the Commission. The job control system is a daily
processing and reporting system whereby data on
these jobs is collected and used to provide a
comparison between actual expenditures and
Panama's joint patrol forces to
serve in Canal area
The 30-month transition period of the Panama
Canal Treaty has been characterized by a very
unusual law enforcement situation. Through joint
patrols in the Canal area, U.S. and Panamanian
police have exercised concurrent criminal
jurisdiction. In doing so, the Panama Canal
Commission police force and 300 members of
Panama's National Guard proved that political and
cultural differences can be put aside in the interest
of a common goal professional law enforcement.
Maj. Aristides Valdonedo, head of the
Panamanian joint patrol force, plans to retain the
same men and women of the National Guard who
served on the joint patrol to continue police pro-
tection in the Canal area after the transition period
These officers received a specialized form of
training somewhat different from that given to
members of the National Guard in other areas of
Panama. They were required to familiarize
themselves much more extensively with the treaty,
the joint patrol manual and all other agreements in
effect between the United States and Panama. U.S.
laws, under which residents of the Canal area are
accustomed to living, were also explained to
prepare the officers for what the community might
expect in terms of law enforcement. Human rela-
tions, especially in the context of dealing with a
different culture, were also stressed.
The actual work experience with Commission
police exposed the National Guard officers to
useful law enforcement techniques and skills.
According to Major Valdonedo, the treaty calls
for a transfer of knowledge and technology to
Panama; the joint patrol was not only a successful
means by which that transfer could occur, he said,
but was also undoubtedly one of the best available
examples of the relationship that can exist between
two countries committed to cooperation.
Transition makes history
Up-to-the-minute, treaty-related history is
being recorded as it happens by two Panama Canal
Commission historians. Assigned to the Records
Management Branch, Carol Rodrigues and Penny
Robles are charged with recording the significant
events of the Panama Canal Treaty planning,
implementation and 30-month transition period.
They have interviewed State Department and
Department of Defense personnel, former executive
secretaries of the Canal organization, treaty imple-
mentation conceptualizers and Panama Canal
Commission division heads. "We will soon be
going out to talk to the people in the community,"
says Ms. Rodrigues. "The history will document
changes in the total community, as they affected
individuals as well as organizations."
The history will include a chapter on the
Binational Working Group, the organization
through which the treaty implementation planning
with Panama was accomplished. The history will
cover areas such as lands and waters, ports and
railroad, health and sanitation, and fire protection.
Treaty agreements offer
With the end of the treaty transition period on
March 31, 1982, U.S. criminal jurisdiction in most
of the Canal area will end, as Panama assumes
general responsibility for law enforcement matters.
Members of the U.S. Forces and U.S.-citizen
Department of Defense civilians and Panama
Canal Commission employees, and their
dependents, who face prosecution in Panamanian
courts have certain rights guaranteed by treaty-
related agreements. These procedural guarantees
were designed to provide them with protections
similar to those provided in criminal proceedings in
the United States. The treaty documents also
guarantee accused persons all rights contained in
The United States will continue to exercise
primary jurisdiction in cases involving members of
the U.S. Forces, U.S.-citizen Department of
Defense civilians and their dependents who commit
offenses wherever they are committed the treaty
coordination, as it will for certain specified types of
offenses wherever they are committed. The treat
documents also require Panama to give favorable
consideration to requests for a waiver of jurisdic-
tion in certain cases involving U.S.-citizen
employees of the Panama Canal Commission or
Military personnel and DOD civilians and
dependents who require information in legal
matters may visit the office of the appropriate Ser-
vice Staff Judge Advocate. Commission employees
and dependents should confer with the Liaison
Unit which will open on April 1, or consult a
U.S. court system in the Canal
area being disestablished
With the completion of the Panama Canal
Treaty transition period on March 31, 1982, the
U.S. District Court for the District of the Canal
Zone and the Balboa and Cristobal Magistrates'
courts will be disestablished, and most criminal
offenses committed in the Canal area by U.S.
citizens will be tried by Panamanian courts.
However, U.S. authorities will continue to have the
primary right to exercise criminal jurisdiction over
certain offenses no matter where they occur -
which are committed by military personnel,
Department of Defense civilians and their depen-
dents. Also, in certain cases, Panama is required to
give favorable consideration to U.S. requests to
exercise criminal jurisdiction over certain types of
offenses committed by Panama Canal Commission
During the transition period the U.S. District
Court and Magistrates'. courts have been
exercising limited jurisdiction, as they are per-
mitted to hear only civil cases filed before October
1, 1979, and criminal cases involving U.S.-citizen
employees of U.S. government agencies or U.S.
military personnel and dependents of both, who
have committed offenses in areas under U.S.
Along with the phase-out of the Balboa and
Cristobal magistrates' courts and the U.S. District
Court for the District of the Canal Zone, the treaty
calls for the disestablishment of other agencies per-
forming criminal justice functions, such as the
Panama Canal Commission Police, the Probation
and Parole Unit and the offices of the Public
Defender, the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Marshal.
Some of these agencies have already ceased to
30-month treaty transition
draws to close Wednesday
With only five days left until March 31, the 30-
month transition period established by the Panama
Canal Treaty of 1977 is rapidly drawing to a close.
Following the sweeping changes brought about on
October 1, 1979, the date of treaty implementation,
the transition period can be characterized as
a smooth and orderly transfer of jurisdiction over
the Canal area from U.S. to Panamanian hands.
The following changes are called for by the
treaty and related agreements at the end of the
Non-U.S.-citizen employees covered under
the U.S. Civil Service Retirement System will no
longer have eligibility for treatment at MEDDAC
facilities. These employees have been given the
option to either continue eligibility for coverage
under Federal Employees Health Benefits plans or
to enroll in the Health and Maternity Benefits Pro-
gram under the Panama Social Security System.
The election period ends with the close of the
The Panama Canal Commission Police Divi-
sion will be disestablished and shared law enforce-
ment responsibility between the Commission police
force and the Panama National Guard will end.
Except in military areas of coordination, where
combined patrols by U.S. military police and
Panama National Guard will continue throughout
the treaty, and on defense sites, which will be
patrolled only by U.S. military police, law
enforcement in the Canal area will be the sole
responsibility of the Panama National Guard.
The U.S. District Court for the District of
the Canal Zone and the magistrate's court will
close, along with other offices performing related
criminal justice functions.
In compliance with Panamanian law,
business and non-profit organizations operating in
the Canal area that have obtained their provisional
recognition and wish to continue their activities,
must have obtained or be in the process of
obtaining their final legal recognition (Personeria
Juridica) by March 31, 1982.
Facilities housing the Balboa Magistrate's
Court and the Balboa Police Station will be trans-
ferred to Panama on April 1.
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Although the transition period will soon be
over, the treaty implementation process will
continue throughout the life of the treaty.
PC Employment system
replaces CZ Merit System
The Panama Canal Employment System be-
came officially established on March 31, 1982,
replacing the Canal Zone Merit System which was
created in 1958.
Under the Canal Zone Merit System, patterned
after the U.S. Civil Service, the filling of jobs has
been subject to competitive examining,
certification and appointment procedures. Non-
U.S. citizens, as well as U.S. citizens, have been
entitled to acquire competitive status by
appointment through open competitive
examination, and the competitive status of U.S.
citizens was interchangeable with that of the U.S.
The newly established Panama Canal
employment System preserves the primary
features of the former Canal Zone Merit System. It
is based on the qualifications and fitness of em-
ployees and applicants; it conforms generally to
policies, principles and standards of the Civil
Service of the United States; non-U.S. citizens as
well as U.S. citizens can acquire local competitive
status by appointment through open competitive
examinations; and it includes provisions for the
interchange of U.S. citizens between the Panama
Canal Employment System and the Civil Service
of the United States. However, in addition, the
Panama Canal Employment System includes pro-
visions necessary to carry out certain requirements
imposed by the Panana Canal Treaty of 1977, such
as five-year rotation of non-Panamanian citizens
hired after treaty effective date, preference in
hiring of Panamanians, and limitation of recruit-
ment from outside the Republic of Panama. In the
Panama Canal Commission, thses treaty require-
ments have been carried out in accordance with
personnel policy guidelines approved by the
Commission's Board of Directors.
All employees with Canal Zone Merit Status
are automatically entitled and converted to like
status under the Panama Canal Employement
Three divisions unite to increase
voltage and reduce costs at
Electrical, Engineering and Locks Division
personnel recently joined forces to convert the
Pedro Miguel Locks machinery transformer rooms
from 240 volts to 480 volts in a multifaceted pro-
gram that required consolidating several related
projects into one effort. Similar work had already
been accomplished in the towtrack transformer
rooms in preparation for a shipment of new 480-
volt locomotives. Conversion of the voltage in the
machine transformer rooms at Miraflores Locks
is now underway, and is scheduled for Gatun
Locks late next year.
The purpose of the 8-month project, which had
been in the planning stages since 1970, was to
replace the circuit breakers and motor controllers
in the machinery transformer rooms at Pedro
Miguel Locks. This was necessary because those in
use had been out of production since the '60s, and
replacement parts for them could no longer be
factory-bought. Parts taken out of the towtrack
transformer rooms during their recent conversion
to 480 volts have been used as replacement parts
for remaining 240-volt equipment, but the stock of
these used parts is now running low.
In planning this project, it was considered
expedient to standardize all machinery to 480
volts, a job which could be done without sacrificing
quality or efficiency. The decision was an economi-
cal one, since it called for the purchase of smaller
equipment which would cost less to buy and
operate but would accomplish the work in exactly
the same way. Smaller equipment could be
purchased because the higher voltage reduced the
current flowing into the current-handling equip-
ment, and the reduced current could be handled by
smaller cables and equipment.
Rooftop signal station gives
Marine Bureau new outlook
Last week, as onlookers strained their necks
skyward, the 21,000-pound observation deck of the
Marine Bureau's brand new signal station was
hoisted by crane 85 feet into the air onto its steel
foundation atop the Cristobal Administration
The event brought to completion a half million
dollar project to replace the deteriorating signal
station on top of Pier Six in Cristobal.
With a vantage point roughly 90 feet above
sea level, the new signal tower will play an
essential role in the smooth operation of the water-
way. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the
Marine Bureau's signalmen spot arriving ships,
handle communication between Marine Traffic
Control (MTC) and the arriving vessels, notify
MTC as to whether a ship is inside or outside the
breakwater and monitor transits, as well as ship
docking and undocking activities. Using very high-
powered telescopes, a signalman can see and
identify ships when they are virtually invisible
dots on the horizon.
The new station will also accommodate two
additional persons on each shift. An employee from
MTC will coordinate transits, direct pilot move-
ment and designate anchorage areas, while a
representative from Panama's National Port
Authority will handle directions for launches and
ships and will communicate same to the Port
Authority Office in Cristobal.
Construction work on the new station began
last October. Assembly of the steel support frame
the service bay area, the observation deck and a
radar tower was completed at the Atlantic Main-
tenance Branch under the direction of project
manager Herman Erhart. The entire structure, at
times looking much like an immense erectorr set,"
was fabricated and set in place in less than six
months. "It was," said Mr. Erhart, "a grind all the
way. It has been a priority project, and time has
been of the essense."
March tolls set Canal record
by Vicki M. Boatwright
The Panama Canal Commission took in $29.9
million in tolls revenues during March, the highest
amount for a single month in the Panama Canal's
67-year history. On ten days out of the month, the
Canal earned more than $1 million per day.
Alaskan North Slope oil shipments accounted
for $5.7 million of the record tolls figure, accruing
as a result of 182 transits of tankers carrying a
total of 24.8 million barrels, or 3.5 million long
tons, of crude oil. At 801 thousand barrels per day,
this constituted the largest per diem movement of
North Slope oil through the Canal in a single
month since the shipments began in August of
A record 17.2 million long tons of commercial
cargo was transported through the waterway
during March. Petroleum and petroleum products
made up 5.5 million long tons, with grains
accounting for 2.9 million long tons, followed by
coal at 2.6 million long tons.
Photo by Susan K. Stabler
Its size dwarfing escorting tugs, the "Queen
Elizabeth 2" approaches Gatun Locks on its north-
bound transit of the Canal. With a toll of
$819, 154.62, the "QE2", which transited last
Tuesday, still holds the record for the largest toll
for a passenger liner. The vessel has an overall
length of 963 feet and a beam of 105.20 feet and
had on board 1,357 passengers, 1,046 crew
members and two dogs. Its last port of call was
Acapulco, and it was scheduled to stop next in
Cartagena en route to its final destination, New
Oceangoing transits totaled 1,301. More than
half of those, 51.7 percent, were vessels with
beams of 80 feet and over, and 18.2 percent of the
total were vessels with beams of 100 feet and over.
The locks chambers are only 110 feet wide.
The Queen Elizabeth 2, with a beam of 105
feet, required special handling to move through
Miraflores Locks on March 30, and paid $89,154.62
in tolls, a Canal record established by the vessel in
While the number and size of vessels that
transited the Canal were the reasons for the record
tolls during March, these are also the major factors
in the Commission's continuing effort to maintain
and improve the waterway to insure that the Canal
remains a viable link in the world transportation
Credit union closure ends years
by Oleta Tinnin
With the closing of the Canal Zone Credit
Union on March 31, 1982, a historically service-
oriented institution passed out of existence. Ac-
cording to James W. Dunn, the credit union's last
treasurer and general manager, the financial de-
cline of the organization was largely the result of
numerous retirements, which ultimately led to an
unprecedented and phenomenal rise in
The Canal Zone Credit Union, a "home-grown"
enterprise born of necessity, wobbled to its feet in
1934. The little facility had no legal status and
only a few general guidelines served as its rules.
Deposit insurance was at that time a
sophistication not to be instituted until far into the
future. The credit union had no expectation of
large financial gain, and its main reason for
existence was service to the community.
In 1937, the Canal Zone Credit Union became
incorporated in the State of Delaware as part of
the Credit Union National Association and con-
tinued in that status until 1948 when the Associa-
tion extended its membership to U.S. territories,
mainly in the interest of affording coverage to U.S.
military installations around the world. The local
credit union took advantage of that eligibility to
expand its services through branch offices in
Gamboa and on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
Through the years the credit union continued
to prosper and to offer its patrons services that
were not available to them from any other source.
Loans were made at a phenomenally low rate of
interest, money orders were available and checks
could be cashed for large amounts. Services were
so congenial and convenient that many residents
fell into the habit of using their credit union
accounts as checking accounts, depositing and
withdrawing funds with regularity and facility.
Your Reporter Says.....
50th Anniversary Reporters Lucheon. Back row, L to R: Marilyn Carter, Kerrville, Texas; Ann W.
Suescum, Panama; Bill Schmidt, Tallahassee, Fla; Richard W. "Pat" Beall, Editor, Clearwater, Fla;
Peggy Hutchison, Aiken, S.C.; William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, Lakeland, Fla; Conrad S.
Horine, Bonita, Calif; Elizabeth Quintero, Clearwater, Fla; Front row, L to R; Kitty McNamee, Davie,
Fla; Stella Boggs De Marr, Arlington, Va.; Gladys Humphry, Sarasota, Fla; Sara Rowley, Clearwater,
Fla; Jean Dombrowsky, Hendersonville, N.C.; Catherine Filo, Dothan, Ala.; Joan DeGrummond, North
Hollywood, Calif. Photo of Patt Foster Robertson, Baton Rouge, LA; Martha Wood, Vancouver, Wash.
and guest Anna T. Collins of St. Petersburg, Fla. was taken by another camera and photo was not
available at press time. Photos by Patt Foster Roberson
PANAM CANAL SOCIETY OF DOTHAN
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held its
regular meeting on the 1st of April with a covered
dish supper. There were 75 members present. The
following officers were elected for the year 1982-83:
President ..... Hugh M. (Bud) Thomas, Jr.
Vice-President .......... Mrs. Ellen Shirer
Secretary-Treasurer....... Mrs. Edward P.
(Catherine) Filo, Sr.
The Society through the efforts of their presi-
dent, Dot Yost, arranged for three day tour of
Nashville, Tenn. the latter part of March. The
group left on a Friday morning by Greyhound bus
and returned Sunday night. The tour included
homes of country music immortals such as Minnie
Pearl, Eddy Arnold, Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Mil-
sap, the late Tex Ritter and Hank Williams, Sr. A
tour of a modern recording studio, Country Music
Hall of Fame and many other Music City attrac-
tions including the Ole Opry House. That night
there was a tour of Printers' Alley where all the
night life is swinging. Saturday afternoon we were
taken to Opryland, U.S.A. which is a family enter-
tainment park with all different types of rides and
music everywhere. That evening we went to the
Grand Ole Opry. On our way home Sunday we
visited the Hermitage, home of President Andrew
Jackson. The group arrived home late Sunday
evening tired but happy. Everyone enjoyed the
trip very much. Other trips are being planned in-
cluding one to Las Vegas. Why don't you come and
Geraldine McGriff Davis daughter of Muriel
(Moore) and "Mac" McGriff was invited to display
her paintings in the art gallery at Southeast
Alabama Medical Center in Dothan for the month
of April. This is the second time she has been
invited to hang her paintings in their gallery. Geri
is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 57.
She lives in Columbus, Ga. with her husband,
Charles, and four children. She has her own art
studio in Columbus and teaches art classes to
children and adults. In this years exhibit there are
two award-winning paintings that were chosen to
hang in the Columbus Museum. This past year she
won honorable mention in the "Paint Columbus
Art Show" and some of her works have graced the
walls of a new gallery at Waverly Hall, Ga. This
past year she studied under Richard Soderman of
the Rex Brandt Studios in California and also with
Oscar Velasquez of Abbeville, S.C. She has
displayed her paintings in several Southern cities.
Republic Airlines that flies into Dothan was
offering free trips to the first 150 names drawn in a
raffle held in early March. You had to be at the
airport to register for the drawing between 7 and
10 a.m. and you had to be at the airport when the
drawing began. Of the 150 names called, 7 were
former residents of the Canal Zone who now live in
Dothan. Frank (Abie) Anderson, Edna
O'Donnell, Dave Kelleher, Vernon Seeley, Cato
and Peggy May and Sandra Harris (wife of
Marshall Harris, CZ Police). Cato May's name was
the first called. Rosemary and Frank went to
Sequim, Washington to visit with Walter and
Vivian Mikulich. While there they saw Marty and
Bill Luhr and Jim and Pat Nellis. They made a
side trip to Vancouver, Wash. Cato and Peggy
May went to San Diego, Calif. and on their way
back stopped in Las Vegas for a few days. Vernon
and Wanda Seeley spent 10 days in San Diego,
Calif visiting their son, Steve, and daughter,
Donna and her husband Jim Wheaton. While in
San Diego they visited Rita and Howard Will and
Ida McDade all formerly of the Canal Zone. They
also spent two nights in Las Vegas. Edna and John
(Red) O'Donnell decide to go to sunny California.
They left Dothan March 9th and came home
March 25th. They had a glorious 2 weeks seeing
the lovely sights of San Diego. They stayed in El
Cajon with Jeanne and Harry Townsend, former
Neighbors in Margarita. They also saw Carl
Starke, another Margarita neighbor, who was
visiting in California from Florida. On their return
to Dothan, they stopped one night in Las Vegas.
Edna's arm was sore from pulling the one arm
bandits, but not from carrying the winnings
home. They left it all behind. Dave and Betty
Kelleher spent their winning trip in Las Vegas
also. They saw Robert Goulet and the French
review. Sandra Harris will fly to Miami and then
on to the Keys to find a home there as they are
now moving to that area after leaving the Canal
Visiting Ida and Ralph Dugas prior to going to
the reunion were Norma and Dot Dugas from
Maryland. Then they drove together to the
fabulous reunion. Also visiting Dothan before
going to the reunion was Dick Hern who then went
on to the reunion with Jack and Margaret Hern,
Dick's parents. Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke from Cali-
fornia is now visiting with her aunt, Mildred
(Gilbert Patton )and with John and Mary (Gilbert)
Urey. Sheila also attended the reunion.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck, Jr. (Pat
Janssen) and their 5 children have been transferred
from Maxwell AFB, Alabama to Howard AFB in
the Canal Zone. They stayed a week with Maggi
and John Janssen in Dothan before proceeding to
the Canal Zone. They will be stationed there ap-
proximately 3 years. Pat and Gene are graduates
of Balboa High School.
From P.C.C. (Pan Canal Co.) to P.C.C (Purolator
Courier Corp.), left to right are Freeland Hollowell
(MTD), Fred Ryan (HarborMaster, Bal.), Mike
Kandrin (Oil Handling Plant, Crist.), Jack Elliott
(Pacific Locks), Wayne Henderson (Elec. Div., Bal.).
I believe about 41 Dothanites attended the
reunion and from all reports each and everyone had
a wonderful time. The majority loved the facilities
at the Holiday Inn. We all thank Ron Seeley for an
We welcome the following new residents of
Dothan Jim and Marie McNamara. Jim worked
with the Army and Marie with the Schools
Division. We also welcome Helen and Bill Sullivan
and their family. Bill was with the Insurance
Board. We are happy you have chosen Dothan for
your new home. Bill, Helen and sons, Ed, Louis
and Tom arrived in January. They camped out
with Lois and Bud Thomas for a month until their
household effects arrived and their home was ready
for occupancy. Ed and Louis are attending George
Wallace Community College and Tom is a Junior
at Northview High School. They left son, Bill,
behind to complete his Senior year and graduate
from Balboa High School. Helen and Bill will
return to Panama for Bill's graduation. Their
daughter Lynn and son-in-law Ron McLaren spent
a month with Helen and Bill, arriving shortly after
they had moved into their home. Ron has been
transferred to Jacksonville, Fla. but is presently
attending a month long course in Virginia. He will
return to Dothan the end of April and he and Lynn
will leave for Jacksonville. Carol Sullivan is
working in Tallahassee so is able to come home
most weekends. Welcome to the entire family
and happy retirement.
We wish to thank the reunion committee for a
job well done.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
Dick and Mary Condon welcomed a visit by
Porter Bengtson in early April. Porter worked with
PanCanal in the early '40s, transferred to Inter
American Geodetic Survey from which he retired.
He plans to be gone from his home in Turner,
Montana for about three months. His stopovers
include the reunion in St. Pete, then Lima, Peru
and Bolivia and Brazil to see the IAGS gangs. He
spent about eighteen years on the survey of the
Bolivian-Brazilian border. The Condons honored
his visit with a dinner attended by other ex-
Zonians, including Earl and Maxine Wrenn, their
houseguests from Harlingen, Texas, Bill and Ethel
Staats, and Boots Smithson. A close friend of the
Colclasure family, Porter and Dick also lunched
with Addie Colclasure during his brief stay in this
area. Thoroughly enjoyed by his hosts and friends
were some pictures of good times together which
Porter brought with him.
Also arriving for a short visit in early April
were Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Bouche, Jr., from Orem,
Utah. They, too, visited with the Wrenns, Staats,
and Condons. Having recently returned from a trip
back to Panama, the Bouches went to Eureka
Springs, AR, to see the old railroad engine, No.
201, which was used during the construction of the
Panama Canal, and has been acquired by the
vintage town of Eureka Springs as an authentic
relic of a number of years ago. The old engine looks
and runs like new, and is used to transport tourists
and local enthusiasts on a three mile, thirty
minute trip into the past. Though the engine was
parked and stone cold when Adrian arrived at the
depot, the station personnel were so enchanted
with his story of the old engine that they fired it
up and let him run it down to the end of the line
and back. History rides again! Ole', Bouche'!
The latter part of February, Carl and Petie
Maedl enjoyed a motor trip to Arizona and
California. A number of Carl's family are now
winter residents in the Mesa area, so they sent out
to visit them. They also checked out northern
Arizona, taking the scenic drive from Flagstaff to
Sedona, through the Oak Creek Canyon. Their time
in California was spent mainly in the Los Angeles
area, where one highlight was a reunion with
former college classmates. Aside from hitting a
dust storm coming into Lubbock, TX, on the
return trip, the weather was ideal throughout. In
April, their daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim
Krough, flew to Florida to meet Mary and John
Coffey and to attend the Panama Canal Reunion.
Following a delightful 30-day stay in Panama
with their sons, John and Louis, and families,
Howard and Evelyn Engelke returned to Benton-
ville, AR at the end of January. On the drive home
from Boca Raton, where they stayed a few days
with Norm and Aggie Anderson, they enjoyed
visits with Ted and Em Henter in St. Petersburg,
Sylvia and Bill Wigg in Titusville, and Stewart
and Polly Trail in Fairhope, Alabama. While at
Trail's, they received the news of the birth of their
newest grandson, Louis Edward Engelke, Jr.
Laura Gregg, daughter of Eugene and Marian
Gregg, with Debbie Palmer, both teachers in Baton
Rouge, LA, made a tour of Arkansas while on
spring break. On their way to Eureka Springs, AR,
the girls spent the night in Bentonville with
Virginia E. Favorite. In Eureka Springs, Laura
met and chatted with an Ex-Canal Zone couple
from Utah. Who? None other than the A.M.
Between left-over blasts of winter, Harry
and Lee Butz are getting their yard and garden in
shape and planted. Lee's brother, from Kingston,
NY, is making his first visit to their home in
Springdale en route to California.
Audra Dougan's kids, son John and family,
were down for an Easter visit from Ames, Iowa.
John was very pleased that a former Margarita
classmate was able to get in touch with him
through seeing his name in the Canal Record.
Another success story for Zonian friendships and
for the Canal Record!
A reunion within a reunion. Frances Whitlock,
Bates Wieman, and Minnie Burton from northwest
Arkansas went to the Florida reunion in April to
join old friends and relatives, the Walter Browns,
the Jack Browns, the George Lowes, and Mary Jo
Yeager. To quote Andy Whitlock: "The old man is
staying home taking care of his garden."
Incidentally, when the reporter phoned them for
the news, the call was answered by son Paul
Whitlock, who retired as Chief of Dredging
Division a few months ago.
Lynn and Maude Cook's early spring visitors
were son Bud Cook and his wife from Saudi
Arabia. Bud hosted a luncheon for his parents and
several friends to celebrate Lynn's and Maude's
birthdays, both of which occur in March.
George and Edith Engelke entertained a friend
from Washington in April, and are proudly con-
templating the academic accomplishments of a
grandson who lives in Siloam Springs, AR.
Benjamin Wade Engelke, son of Paul and Jan
Engelke is graduating from high school very near
the top of his class, and has been awarded a
scholarship which will facilitate his attendance at
the University of Arkansas this fall.
Cathy Engelke Crowell is making straight A's
in her courses preparatory to entering a nursing
program, and has made the National Honor
society Naturally, her mother, Mary Lou Engelke,
so very proud.
Nobby and Peggy Keller's winter houseguests,
Mugsy and Susie Magee (Peggy's parents) re-
turned to their home in Boston in April. Susie's
eye surgery (one of the reasons for their spending
the winter in Arkansas) was so successful in re-
storing near normal vision that even her doctor
Lt. J.P. Jarvis, son of Bill and Dolores Jarvis
of Bella Vista, AR, returned to Michigan in April
from a training flight to Howard Air Force Base,
Panama. Though it was a brief trip, he did get to
revisit a lot of familiar places, and enjoyed it so
much that he wants to go back again.
Bill and Charlotte McCue went out for their
first golf game of the year in April. Couldn't get a
-~urse reservation for the preferred nine holes, so
..ad to play the whole eighteen. Wound up with
lousy scores and muscular stiffness. But you can
bet they'll be out again soon.
Bud and Betty Balcer went to Shreveport in
February to see son and family, Paul and Melissa
Rhoads and Jennifer. In early April, they drove up
to McGregor, Iowa to visit Bud's mother, Mrs.
Edna Balcer. They chased a snow storm all the
way up, and had six to eight inches of snow all
during their week's stay. It was five degrees in Des
Moines, IA, which was a 100 year record for that
date. Fortunately, Bud packed, at the last minute,
a couple of heavy coats for them to take just in
case. Bud has retired again from WalMart, a
retail chain based in Bentonville, AR with 500 and
some stores throughout a bunch of states. Bud had
five years eight months service with them.
On February 28th, Betty McGilberry met her
good friend Ann Laura Johnson in Shreveport, LA.
They drove all through the South, visiting with
friends in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, North and
South Carolina. They met many old friends from
their days in the Canal Zone with whom they
visited are too numerous to list, but they had a
wonderful time, and of course gained a few pounds
as a result of all the delicious meals they were
served. From North Carolina, they returned to
Rogers, AR, where Anna Laura visited on Beaver
Lake with the Martin Annen family. On April
third, Betty took Anna Laura to Tulsa to catch her
plane for home. They had such a good time that
they have started saving their pennies and making
plans for a trip on the inland waterways to Alaska
Theo Halliin's son, David Hallin, of Memphis,
visited her at Easter. In April, Theo attended the
State convention of the Kappa Kappa Iota
Sorority, a teachers' honorary society, in Fayette-
ville, AR and is making plans to attend the pro-
jected national meeting in Little Rock in June.
Carl and Helen Newhard have been content to
stay home this spring, enjoying a pleasant routine
and admiring their dogwood trees which have
bloomed with extraordinary profusion and size,
fortunately unharmed by late drop-ins of Jack
Red Nail, who retired from the Zone in 1965, is
about to retire again. He has sold his security
guard corporation, but is contracted to work
through a transition period with the new owners.
Sorry now that they sold their motor home last
year, Red and Alice are collecting a few new toys
to play with in their expanded leisure time. Red
has a new Kubota diesel tractor, Alice is thinking
piano, and both are looking at boats, travel
brochures, etc. Meanwhile, what would they do
about the dogs and cat if they did leave home?
And how could they leave their beautiful little
granddaughter who lives just up the road with her
parents, Steve and Lisa Graves? Talk about soap
operas! Stay tuned, folks, for subsequent chapters.
The Panama Canal Society of Southern California
The Annual Business Meeting Luncheon of the
Panama Canal Society of Southern California took
place in the Harbor View Room of the SS Princess
Louise in Long Beach, California on Sunday,
March 28, 1982. Greeting and visiting with friends
was of course the first order of the day. After the
"Social Hour", the meeting was called to order.
Robert Dill, our Chaplain, offered the Invocation,
which was then followed by the Pledge of
Allegiance. Everyone then sat down to a delicious
lunch after which Conrad Horine dealt with the
business of the day. Several guests were intro-
duced: Lee Kariger introduced his son and daugh-
ter-in-law Bob and Nell Kariger; Isabelle Aguirre
introduced her grandson Jerry Montanino; Robert
Dill introduced his friends Marguerite James and
Rosa Lee; Rocky Ridge introduced his nephew and
wife Larry and Lee Della Kasper; and Edith Wimer
was with David Smith; Pat (Boggs) Lord came
with Janice Ross; Mary and Wally Hammond
brought their daughter's mother-in-law Mildred
Eid; Ellen Johnston brought Thelma Hayes; and
Nancy Ridge McCollough brought Melinda
(Brown) Ferrier and Janet Brown.
Louis "Cito" Towery was introduced as our
new member (he is the son of John Towery). Since
April 1981, we have gained 33 new member
families for a total of 223 member families! David
Smith offered the slate of officers for the new year
1982-83, requesting any nominations from the
floor. The slate was accepted unanimously as
Conrad Horine President
David Hollowell Vice President
Sheila Bolke Secretary/Treasurer
Sheila Bolke Newsletter
Joan de Grummond, who has done such a mar-
velous job as Editor of our newsletter, has decided
to take a sabbatical. Joan took a bow to a round of
applause as she has really put forth a terrific effort
in making our newsletter informative, interesting
The business part of the meeting was then
over and the fun of door prizes and lottery started.
Our guests helped pull the tickets for the door
prizes and there were winners at all tables. The
lottery prizes were won by Sheila Bolke, Celine
Stone and Thelma Hayes.
Conrad Horine asked for a show of hands as to
who was going to the Florida Reunion and passed
out red ribbons touting our West Coast Reunion in
September 1982 for us all to sport in Florida.
Too soon, as always, it was time to go ... but
mark your calendars for September 11 in San
Diego for the Reunion and September 12 for the
Luncheon. See you there!
Luncheon at the "Princess Louise" -
March 28, 1982
Those attending were:
Guest: Jerry Montanino
Bill & Dorothy (Hoffman) Allen
Emmett & Adele Argo
Sheila Gilbert Bolke
Grace Birkeland Brown
Nell "Petie" (Wardlow) Clark
Moises and Jean de la Pena
Jack & Joan de Grummond
Guest: Marguerite James
Thomas & Vivienne Doran
John & Shirley (Crews) Finlason
Wally & Mark Hammond
Guest: Sherry Acker Eid
Charlie & Hazel Heim
Thelma and David Hollowell. Society of
David is the new Vice-President for Newsletter Ed
the PC Society of Southern
David & Thelma Hollowell
Guest: Thelma Hayes
Lee & Minnie Kariger
Guest: Bob & Nell Kariger
Eric & Virginia (Hughes) Kulberg
Mary Ethel (Evans) Martin
Guest: Melinda Ferrier
W.P. "Bill" Quinn
Rocky & Reta Ridge
Guest: Larry & Lee Della Kasper
Janice Cameron Ross
Guest: Patricia Lord
Florence Berude Seiler
Florence Berude Seiler
David Smith & Edith Wimer
Ken & Celine Stone
Ronald & Pegy Wanke
Gayle (Alexander) Wells
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!!
Nancy (Norton) Carter, 3623 Alcott Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92106. Nancy was born in Colon
and graduated from BHS in 1940 and CZJC in
1942. She left the Zone in 1951 and presently is a
teacher in Chula Vista.
John D. Drew, 2389 Windmille View Road, El
Cajon, CA 92020. John lived in the Canal Zone
from 1941 to 1946, and graduated from BHS in
1946. His parents are John & Ester Drew.
Melinda (Brown) Ferrier, 4712 E. Florence,
Bell, CA 90201. Melinda grew up in the Canal Zone
and graduated from CHS in 1973.
Mr. & Mrs. Donald (Stephanie Milburn)
Johnson, 2012 Ruhland Avenue #2, Redondo
Beach, CA 90278. Stephanie lived in Cristobal and
Margarita from 1941 to 1951 and then returned to
the States. Her parents are Alice and Phillip Mil-
Bolke, new PC
Wally and Mary (Acker) Hammond.
burn who was with the Commissary Division.
Mr. & Mrs. Edward (Joanne) Sullivan, 17286
Campillo Drive, San Diego, CA 92128. Ed was
born in Ancon, Canal Zone and graduated from
BHS in 1938. His mother is Estelle Sullivan who
came to the CZ in 1908. Ed retired from the Air
Force in 1967, but keeps un-retiring and being
involved in sales and marketing.
Louis "Cito" Towery, 12300 4th Street, Box
94, Norwalk, CA 90650. "Cito" is the son of John
Towery and the father of Tray, Denise, Tim and
Ray (twins), Jay and Deborah. He graduated from
BHS in 1941 and was a Pump Operator with the
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L-R: Rosa Lee, Bob Dill and Marguerite James.
Bob is the Chaplain of the PCSOSC and will be 93
in October! He also founded the PC Society of
Texas now the PC Society of Houston.
News of Members and Friends
Fern and Warren Morse have been spending
the winter in balmy San Diego with their son,
Doug except when they are traveling and
have been enjoying their newest grandchild. They
will be leaving in April for South Dakota to spend
the summer, except for a side trip to Tampa for the
they would not be able to make the luncheon on
the Princess Louise, but that they had taken a
honeymoon trip back when on the SS Princess
Louise to Alaska!
L-R: Hazel Heim, Jean de la Pena and Shirley
Front: Lee and Minnie (Kleefkens)
Bob and Nell Kariger.
L-R: Mandy Marchosky, Moises de la Pena, John
Finlason and Charlie Heim.
Lee and Minnie Kariger drove down from their
new home in Sequim, Washington and visited with
his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Nell Kariger,
and they all attended the luncheon. Lee and Minnie
plan to drive to Tampa for the Reunion and to visit
friends along the way.
L-R: Rocky & Reeta Ridge, and their niece, Lee
Ed and Marie Browder bought another home in
Rancho Bernardo, and Ed designed an addition. To
the background glow of fresh paint, they had a
Preview Party of their newest "baby". Among the
guests were Art and Ora O'Leary, Ethel Hearn,
John and Beverly Fawcett, Sheila Bolke, and Leo
Krziza. Marie served delicious goodies with an out-
standing green pepper jelly and a divine sopa
borracha! Everyone had a lovely time. The
Browders will not be moving in until July (new
address then will be: 17342 Bernardo Oaks Drive,
SanDiego, CA 92128). When we were leaving, we
caught sight of John Fawcett's license plate on his
car out front "CZNOMO". Ed and Marie said
Seated: Joe & Helen Kenway; Standing: Janice
Cameron Ross and Mrs. Carl P. Wanke (Ethel).
From Bob and Millie Provost Since Millie
and I were in Casablanca, Morocco on Dec. 6, there
was no way we could attend the Annual Holiday
Luncheon and enjoy it with all of you however,
we did enjoy our luncheon in Casablanca. So to fill
you in, here's a somewhat sketchy coverage of our
trip halfway around the world.
We left LAX on Nov. 22, 1981 for a over-the-
Pole flight to London only 9 hours flying, but
we arrived the next day! Went sightseeing in
London, to the theatre, shopped, rode the tube and
even saw some "spike-haired punks" and they were
unbelievable! Saw a real cute girl with a "spike-
haired" Mohican haircut and the rest of her head
clean-shaven. Absolutely weird! Three days later
we flew to Athens to board the "Golden Odessey"
for the Magnificent Odessey III trip back to the
USA (which is only made once a year when the
Royal Cruise Line brings its ships back from the
summer months of cruising the Mediterranean to
begin the Caribbean Sea and Pan Canal Transit
during the winter months). We toured Athens,
then on to Naples to tour the ancient ruins of
Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius on to Civitavicchia
(the seaport town of Rome). where we disembarked
and left for Rome. There we visited the Vatican
City, Sistine Chapel, ruins, etc. We launched atop
one of the 7 Hills of Rome in a fantastic villa with
strolling waiters singing light opera and other airs.
On to Nice, France the following noon. Leaving the
ship we went to Monaco, where we played a bit at
the Casino (but to no avail). Back to Nice, then
side-trips to Cannes, the Cote d'Azur before we
departed for Palm de Mallorca. In Mallorca we
attended a medieval dinner where a real Duke and
Duchess met us, shaking my hand and kissing
Millie. We were arranged at long tables of various
colors which we learned was the color worn by our
Knight. Then over canapes and wines, we watched
a group of knights on horseback joust and fight
with broadswords, battleaxes and maces and
exhibit horsemanship. After an hour or so of this,
the Black Knight announced the winner of all this
fighting son of a gun, our Knight won! We were
then led down a torchlit path to the Great Hall
where we feasted on suckling pig. Then we were
treated to fantastic dancing including the
Flamenco that is one dinner we will never
forget! We sailed at midnight, on to Spain. The
Costa de Sol is so beautiful, Millie and I plan to go
back someday. We sailed past the Rock of Gibral-
tar another fantastic sight on our way to
Casablanca, Morocco. What a contrast to Europe.
Such incredible differences, rich and poor and
the market places, Medinas were something else.
A friend on board asked me, since I was going
ashore, to buy a bottle of gin for him. Said I would,
but didn't for I found a liquor store and the
cheapest bottle of gin (Gilbeys) was $34.00 a fifth.
The Moslems forbid drinking and apparently to
enforce this, price booze clean out of reach for the
average citizen. Even a shot cost $7.00! The
following day we arrived at Funchal, Madeira -
what a gorgeous island I felt like I was back
home in Panama with the flora. We toured the
island visiting all the sights and ended way up in
the mountains where we took a basket-sled ride
(Editor's Note: What no banana leaves?) down
to an old church over a mossy cobblestone train
about 1-1/2 miles long-it was fun! On to the Canary
Islands, then to Africa again. We arrived in Dakar
Senegal, known as the "Paris of Africa" their
beer "Stork" is the closest I've had to "Atlas"
since I left Panama boy, it was good! We
returned to ship for the Spectacular African
Folkloric Ballet it transported me back to those
early days of the Afro-Cubano Rhumbas that I
danced as a kid in Panama wildy exciting drums
throbbing, the incessant cha:7ts I wouldn't have
missed it for the world. Next port was the
mysterious volcanic isles of Cape Verde where you
believe you've landed on the moon. Nearly
everything imported except the fish, and blessed
with lots of underground water, this is one
commodity they can sell. It is strangely beautiful,
but oh, so desolate! Across the Atlantic to
Barbados now I was "home" again. We took off
in individual taxis and I was immediately accused
of being an "island boy". "Ow come you does
speak Bajun?" The following day, on to St.
Thomas, ,the shoppers' delight and we shopped -
and shopped and shopped! Then on to Miami,
where we caught a flight home .. just in time for
Christmas. It was an exciting trip, and anyone
wanting to know more, just catch me at our next
Charline Miller Barnard visited Panama/Canal
Zone in January of this year a return home since
my departure in 1945. Needless to say, there are
vast changes. But I think the change I had not
expected was the rearrangement of the streets of
Balboa and Pedro Miguel. I had a time locating the
spots where I had lived!! Only the concrete stairs
remain that was to the Wanke's place in Pedro
Miguel. I was heartsick to see all the lovely mango
trees throughout Pedro Maguel cut down and
none replaced. The palms still line the Prado in
Janice Cameron Ross Many Canal Zone
oldtimers will remember the Ahlfont family the
girls were Hagar, Vera and Thelma. I went to
school with Vera from grammar school to high
school. After a year or two of working in the
Admin Building, Vera left for Japan to get
married. So it had been many years since we had
seen each other until a meeting this past January.
A Christmas card last December told me she and
her husband, RAdm. Wayne "Rosie" Loud, would
be stopping in Wilmington on the Santa Mercedes
of the Delta Line the end of January on their way
down the West Coast from Vancouver. Then on
through the Panama Canal down the east coast of
South America and around Cape Horn back to San
Fancisco. So perhaps we could arrange to meet
when they arrived in Wilmington. It was wonder-
ful to see her and talk over old times. I had
resurrected a high school class picture of us taken
in our Junior year, all standing in front of the old
Balboa High School, and we had a ball picking out
all the kids we used to know in high school. Vera
and her husband look well and since his retirement
fron the Navy, they still live in Annapolis, Mary-
land, as does her sister Hagar.
Joan De Grummond was in New Orleans with
her sister Margaret in February. Margaret is in
training to become Director of In-Service
Education at Lousiana's State Hospital for
Mentally Retarded Youth (including abused
children and drug addicts teenagers only).
Margaret had to drive across Pontchartrain Bridge
to Mandeville Hospital for training (over 100 miles
per day). Her son, Richard Coffey, is now 18, a
senior in high school and a very good basketball
player with Jesuit High School there. We saw
some exciting games. Needless to say, my return
has been spent house hunting and we have
bought a place in Laguna Hills, and will be
moving the end of June. Now that that is taken
care of, we will be going to the Florida Reunion.
George and Auristela Poole had a nice visit
with Thelma Reppe in St. Petersburg, Florida
when she was there. His brother and wife and two
children dropped in unexpected from Boca Raton
and kept them busy. This year, George says, has
gone faster than any of the 20 years we've
wintered in Florida. They are looking for a banner
crowd at the 50th Birthday Party Reunion.
Sheila Gilbert Bolke
I received a most interesting communication
concerning one who is frequently on my mind and
because it meant so much to me, I shall pass it on
as written: "Because I am sure there are many who
will remember Mrs. E.E. Rigney (Grace McCray),
Principal of Ancon School in the early years, I
think that they will be interested to know that at
age 101, she is still delightfully sharp as a con-
She lives alone in a very nice apartment (3434
Heritage Dr., Edina, Minn. 55435) and would be
pleased to see or hear from old Canal Zone
Thank you, Ester Currier, for this message. I
remember Grace McCray before the Ancon school
days. If my memorect, and I think it is, she was
my First Grade teacher in Gorgona. I loved her
What a glorious Reunion we had at our 50th.
celebration! Friends we had not seen for so very
long brought beautiful memories. I for one, met a
schoolmate I had last seen in 1920 when I left
Pedro Miguel Frances Wickham Lander. Several
others wanted to give me a flower order remem-
bering my years at Margarita Florist. Hard to
believe time has gone so fast.
Do you remember we planned a Brown Bag
Picnic for the Sunday following the reunion? Well,
we did it. Guess a lot of our members were worn
out as the expected gang did not show up, but here
is a word on it.
We met at Shelter 8 in Lake Seminole Park on
Sunday a.m. Alton Jones got up at 5:10 a.m. to get
over to the park and reserve our shelter by sitting
on one of the tables and keeping others out until
Vera Jones arrived at 7:40 a.m. to replace him. The
rest followed from 10:00 a.m. on. Those attending
were: Alton and Vera Jones; Faye and Gene
Hamlin; Dorothy Hamlin; Frank and Essie Jones;
Grace Jones Carey; Jack Carey; Eliza Hall; Matt
Hall; Ed Jones; Lois and Dan Paolucci; Grace
Williams; Barbara and Bob O'Connor; Joe and
Mildred Hickey; Sara and Sam Rowley; Davis
Stevenson; Marie Wolf, and Dorothy, Al and
It was so very pleasant having visitors and
families with us. Those who stayed home were
definitely the losers.
With our glorious 50th. Reunion just past, I
know you will read about it in full, as you go
through your Record, and anything I say will just
be repeated, but you may be interested to know
that there were forty two Canal Zone Past Matrons
at the Luncheon our associates held during the
time of the reunion. All four Eastern Star Chapters
were very well represented and we had a delightful
I know there is much more that should be
written in this St. Petersburg section, and I would
be very happy to include every word. But if you do
not tell me or write me, it cannot be written. Please
call me or write. We all want to hear from you.
Mr. & Mrs. Noble (Bud) Phillips (Marian
Hutchison) visited with her sister, Mrs. Ruth
(Hutchison) Powell in Largo after the reunion.
Their brother, Donald Hutchison and his wife,
Peggy also came for the reunion and stayed with
sister Doris Hutchison in St. Pete. The Panama
Canal Society reunion also meant a Hutchison
family reunion inasmuch as Bud and Marian's
daughter, Sue and family also visited for the
Shirley (Smith) O'Connor came from California
to attend her first PC Society reunion and visited
with her mother, Shirly (Persons) Smith in
M.B. "Woody" and Elsie (Lawyer) Woodruff
visited Betty Quintero while at the reunion.
Betty's daughter Beth (Brown) Hilton and grand-
daughter Amanda also visited and had a ball -
Beth at the "Lucho Ball", and Amanda with
grandma babysitting. Son-in-law John "Pat"
Manning came from Maryland for the reunion and
stayed with his Mom and Dad, John and Jean
Manning in Tampa.
Howard and Pat (Wallace) Urick drove their
trailer from San Antonio, Tex. to attend the
reunion and also visited with Betty while here.
Amanda (Tanner) and her husband Ronnie
Smith drove from Dothan, Ala. to attend the Ball
and the Saturday picnic and also spent time with
Aunt Betty Quintero.
This reporter wants to tell you about the ap-
pearance of a new disease as reported by most of
the people above "Lucho Feet". Apparently the
only cure is to get off of them, soak them and sit
for a while with feet on a stool. Never heard so
many people moaning while talking about the
wonderful time they had. It really was a plu-
Virginia and Jim Wood of Seminole had a few
house guests too. "Lucho" and wife, Ida Azcarraga
were there, as were their daughter, Ann Wood
Suescum from Panama. Also "Chipi and Frank
Azcarraga and Ruth Preston White, Virginia's sis-
ter, who recently got married. After the reunion
was over, the William G. Woods, Jim's brother,
from Grand Coulee, Wash. came to spend a week,
and then Gladys Miller Mead came to spend a few
days before leaving on a trip to Tokyo, Japan.
Just to add a little seasoning to the pot, while
Virginia and Jim were attending the Class Reunion
dinner and Dance at the hotel, their daughter, Ann
W. Suescum and "Lucho" decided to have a "little
party" at her parent's home. Before it was over,
the "little party" escalated to over 100 joyful,
happy people who really had a blast. A big time
was had by all, and by the time Virginia and Jim
got home, only three people were left, and as is
Ann's custom, the house was immaculate again!
(I'm sure now, that is where my bottle of Ron
Cortez went. Editor) Virginia kept telling everyone
next day that it wasn't her party, when they came
to thank her for a rolliking good time!
Many thanks to editor Pat Beall for our
reporters Luncheon and the "tips" he gave the
The Alton Jones had as their houseguest,
Altons brother Luther Frank and Essie Jones.
They enjoyed the Reunion along with the rest of
us. They are from Raleigh, N.C.
Mary and Harry Egolf, had the pleasure of
having their daughter, Katherine spend the
Reunion week with them before she left for a
meeting in Washington, D.C.
June and Vic May had as their houseguest
Louise (Rathgaber) and Joe Hunt from Dothan,
Alabama for a two day visit. Also visiting were
Bernice (Rathgaber) and Andrew Jackson. They
also were entertained at a dinner by the Bob Her-
ringtons of Clearwater.
Sara and Sam, had their newly married grand-
daughter Lori (Stevenson) Snow and her husband
Virgil from Charlotte, N.C. spend the week of
the Reunion with them. Davis Stevenson from
Panama, Lori's Dad, also spent several weeks with
us. Skip and Bev Rowley came up from Panama
for the Reunion but visited with her parents, the
Browne Shircliffs of St. Petersburg.
We always enjoy the Reunion's and this was
no exception. Just sorry I didn't get to talk more
to Ann Keller Daykin and Martha Griffith and
many of the Balboa High School (kids) I went to
school with. We did have fun at the Balboa Hi
dinner dance that Aggie Jamke and Bill Michael-
Pat Beall, our editor had a full house during
the reunion. McNair and Sue (Hirons) Lane arrived
by car from Houston, Texas, and then Bob, his
youngest, arrived late from Palm Springs, Calif.,
followed by Carol (Fritz) from New Hampshire.
Dick was already here, living in Tampa, and it was
the first time all three of his children have been
together since 1974. Needless to say, Pat was
showing them off every chance he got. Unfor-
tunately, they all had to miss the picnic at Fort De
Soto Park, due to plane reservations. A couple of
days later, Charles (Bocas) Leeser dropped in for a
couple of days, and for the first time they were
able to talk about old times without being side-
tracked, as was the custom at the reunion. The last
I heard, Pat was busy trying to get the Record to
the printers on the 30th. of April and trying to
make up for lost time.
The P.C. Society 50th Anniversary Reunion
has come and gone but brought many visitors to
Sarasota to join in the festivities.
Elsie and Rob Smith enjoyed visits from Ruth
and Ernie Zelnick of Hendersonville, N.C. and Leo
and Charlotte Cagley of Des Moines, Iowa.; and
the Truman Hoenkes, also of Hendersonville, N.C.
were guests of the Mike Greenes. Ann Pennock of
St. Petersburg and her house guest, Faith
Brundage Nello of Boston, Mass. visited Maxine
and Bill Dixon.
Fred and Bev Ebdon had as their guests, Jack
and Jean Dombrowsky of Hendersonville, N.C.;
Karl and Fern Glass of Diamond City, Iowa and
the Howard Osborns of Nashua, N.H. Dorothy
Messer Barnes of Lakewood, Cal. visited with her
brother and sister-in-law, the Robert Messers of
Lillian Ryan of S. Windsor, Conn. and Irene
Hollowell of Houston, Texas were the house guests
of Mary Orr; Alberta (Pat) Harris of Oakley, Calif.
visited with Frances Orvis and Marge Orr and Sis
(Goodenough) Turner, both from Newton, N.C.
visited with Marge's sister in Sarasota.
Other visitors included Frank and Doris Chol-
lar of Ft. Worth, Texas, guests of the Bob Ham-
metters; Nellree and Ernie Berger of Signal Moun-
tain, Tenn. visited the Phil Downs of Holmes
Beach, Fla. Ed Barnes of Sparta, Ga. was guest of
Allen and Kay Miller enroute from a visit with
Winston and Lucille Abernathy in Miami.
Snookie and Mac McCullough had a great
family reunion with all of their children and
grandchildren coming for the P.C. Reunion, the
first time the entire family has been together since
1966. They included/ Judy McCullough and two
daughters of Sarasota; Tom McCullough with his
two daughters from Madrid Spain; Don and Karen
(Hammond) McCullough and two girls from
Millington, N.J.; Ed and Joan (McCullough)
Ohman, son Jason, of Cardenas, Panama; and Jim
and Susan (McCullough) Burk and two children
from Keego Harbor, Mich. All got together for
enjoying many activities and festivities at the
Reunion and in the city.
Allen and Kay Miller's son-in-law and daugh-
ter, Dale and Martha (Miller) Hoskins arrived from
Portland, Ore. The Millers hosted a large cocktail
buffet party fo introduce the Hoskins to family
Mrs. Jean Barker of Siesta Key enjoyed a visit
from Mr. and Mrs. James Boukalis of Weatherford,
Texas on their way to Panama where they spent a
month with their son, Bob and his wife, Vickie, and
then returned to Sarasota and on to the reunion.
Gerald (Budd) Bliss of Campbell, Calif. visited
with his sisters, Tinsie and Barney Barnes; Gladys
Humphrey; Mayno and George Walker, and
attended the reunion. Budd was one of the first
white babies in the C.Z. having gone down in
March 1906 at the age of 10 months.
Blanche and Walter Hartman hosted their
family members, namely: Stella (Boggs) and Don
DeMarr of Arlington, Va.; Albert and Anita
Collins of Ft. Valley, Ga.; Harry and Zona (Boggs)
Dowell of Coco Solo, Panama. Also Caroline Hulse-
bouch Estell of Ft. Myers, Fla.; Mrs. Cheryl
DeMarr of Phoenix, Ariz. and Anita (Rankin)
Thompson of Gretna, Fla. Many attended the
wedding of Winship Dowell to Kathy Danielson in
Largo, after the reunion.
Mrs. Marion Greene hosted the Monday
morning coffee group after the Reunion and many
out-of-state Reunion visitors attended. Stella
(Boggs) DeMarr brought her accordian and Happy
Birthday was sung to her aunt, Mrs. Blanche
Hartman and to Rae Ebdon, who were celebrating
their birthdays that week.
Other visitors to Sarasota included Rae and
Joe Ebdon's son, Dick and family of Wilmington,
Del. and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Agnes Ruff of
Niagara Falls, N.Y. to spend the Easter vacation
with his parents. Their son, Maj. Thomas J. Ebdon
Ill, USAF, stationed at McDill Air Force Base,
Tampa, Fla. joined the group. A large picnic get-
together was hosted by the Joe Ebdons honoring
their family and the many visitors here for the
Reunion and other festivities.
Barbara (Egolf) and Louis Dedeaux recently re-
tired from the P.C.Commission, spent several days
with Bucky and Anne Hall before going to Kerr-
ville and Houston, Texas. They returned for their
first reunion. They were joined by her sister and
family, Caleb and Ruth (Egolf) Clement and their
daughter, Mary Ruth Vaughn and her young son,
Mrs. Sandra Pay with her daughter of San
Diego, Calif. spent several days with her father,
Mr. Bill Lierman.
Mrs. Elmy Carder of Ridgeley, W. Va. and her
neighbor, spent two weeks with her brother J.O.
Barnes and his wife to celebrate his 82nd birthday.
Donna and Dick Wood and Mrs. Edna Thirs-
wall of Portsmouth Va. attended the Bent Tree
Golf Tournament in Sarasota and were the house
guests of Frances (Days) Jones. John and Mary
Hare of Ocala spent several days with Frances
after the reunion.
Joe and Audrey Watson attended the Bar
Mitzvah of their grandson, Kevin David Christen-
sen, son of David and Margie (Watson) Christensen
at Temple B'Nai Abraham in Beverly, Mass.
Fred and Bev Ebdon were guests of Vi and
Roger Deakins in Titusville, Fla. for the Columbia
Space Shuttle "Shoot" at Cape Canaveral. While
there, Bev was interviewed by a news reporter
from TV Channel 11, Fort Myers.
Following the reunion, Gladys McLain flew to
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands for a short visit with
her brother and other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Messer enjoyed having
their son and his wife, Charles and Susan Messer
of Dallas, Texas for a week's visit, before their
move to Trenton, Ohio, where Charles has been
transferred for a year by his office the Grunai Con-
Edna Campbell of Sarasota and Mary Brady
Wolfe, former Anaesthetist at Coco Solo Hospital
returned from a tour of China, attending a seminar
for doctors and nurses on the care of Geriatrics.
They visited nursing homes and toured the Univer-
sity of Peking Hospital.
Max and Robin (Hammetter) Suter of Jackson-
ville, Fla. with their young son, Alfred, flew to
Sarasota in their Piper Saratoga plane to join her
parents, Bob and Delores Hammetter, who were
celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary. While
here "Little Alfred", 2V2 years, made the
newspaper when a Sarasota Journal reporter
snapped him with his granddad, Bob Hammetter,
at the teeter board in the park.
John Sanders was accompanied by his brother,
Jack, on his return in time for the Reunion. John
hosted an open house at his home in Palm Harbor,
for the younger generation on Saturday evening
following the P.C. Reunion.
Maxine and Bill Dixon drove to Toomsboro for
an Easter family reunion with Bill's sister and
family, Willie and Aurelia (Dixon) Hadarits; their
son Phillip, and Charlotte Hadarits and son of
Augusta, Ga. and Charlotte's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Hooper of Griffin, Ga. They were
joined by another sister, Chester and Hilda (Dixon)
Harrold of Safety Harbor, Fla.
Carl and Virginia Starke with their daughter,
Cassie Lou, flew to San Diego, Calif. during
Cassie's two weeks vacation, to visit relatives.
While there they also went to Lake Arrowhead.
Arthur Banks, of Tampa, son-in-law of George
and Tommy Roth of Sarasota, accompanied John
Sanders, son of Milton and Mary Nell Sanders of
Palm Harbor, Fla. to Panama where they were
guests of John amd Mary (Moreland) Coffey of
This was Arthur's first trip to the Isthmus and
he enjoyed seeing places and things he had only
heard his wife and her family talk about, especially
seeing Gatun where his wife, Marilyn (Roth) had
In April, the Hammetters visited Helen
Swearingen in Winter Park, Fla. for several days.
While there they had triple birthday celebration for
Bob and two friends.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Leo Paulson held a "Welcome Springtime"
get-together at his place in Walkulla Springs on
the 12th. of March. The list of attendees from the
Canal Zone has been misplaced, but I understand
there was an abundance of folks helping out with
the BBQ/Roast turkey, and playing volleyball,
horseshoes, etc. All reports indicate the affair was
Jan Whitney had as house guests early in the
year, Margaret Leigh and Margot Smith, both
from Panama, and Julie Hardin of Hamblee, Ga.
Also, as reported in another section, Jan has a new
grandson, Tony Chet Nita.
Senator Dan Jenkins, formerly of the Canal Zone,
7th district. Jacksonville. Florida.
"Local Boy Makes Good". Just found out that
a former Canal Zone resident is a Florida State
Senator. Dan Jenkins, son of Joe and Lillian
Jenkins of California (thinking about moving to
Tallahassee) was elected to the Senate in 1980.
Dan is from Jacksonville and he represents the
7th. District. The Senator came to the Canal Zone
in 1954 and attended schools through the CZJC.
He was employed by the CZ Police on the Atlantic
side; Customs, and then with the Schools Division
in Diablo and at Ft. Kobbe as a Physical Ed
Specialist. Dan's parents are just finding out about
Florida's best kept secret -*Tallahassee*. Joe
and Lillian are here visiting with son Dan and have
fallen in love with our very special city.
While in Panama and the Zone, Joe was the
Director of the Evangelical Mission of Panama,
and Lillian was teaching school at Clayton and
Curundu Elementary. Joe and Lillian also attended
the 50th. Reunion and were thrilled at meeting so
many old friends they made while living in the
The Husum family held their own "little"
reunion while attending the 50th. at Tampa.
Heading the list was Ed's mother, Edna Sanford of
Gulfport, Fla.; Ed and Ellie (Foley) Husum, Tal-
ahassee; Janet (Husum) Harrington, Tallahassee;
John and Susan (McIlvaine) Husum, Canal area;
Lorraine Husum and her escort, Tod Allen of
Tallahassee. The cousins included Willie and Joe
Cronan, both from California; Celia (Cronan) Miller,
Utah; Irene Foley, Va.; Pauline (Foley) and James
Hughes, Fla; and Mel and Kenny Field of Fla. Also
joining them were Tom and Eileen (McGuire) Foley
from Orlando, Fla. Of the other 8 children of Ed
and Ellie that were not able to attend, 4 were home
in Tallahassee Greg, George, Mike and Mary,
and the other 4 were around the world Eddie in
Costa Rica; Maureen at Gorgas Hospital; Karen
(Husum) Clary in Panama and Ray was aboard the
carrier USS Kitty Hawk. Ellie tells me that
grandson Keith Harrington visiting father Russ in
Panama and that granddaughter Darien is in
Panama with Jim and Karen (Husum) Clary of
Albuquerque, N.M., who are working on a Smith-
sonian grant on Geology in the Aguadulce area.
What a family!
I just called Ellie to check on the spelling of a
name and she very quickly corrected me when I
told her "I thought you had twelve children". "No
John" she replied, "just eleven I got tired". .
Attending the 50th. Reunion in Tampa were
the following Tallahassee folks: Val and Mary
Lynch; Ellie and Ed Husum; Bill Wichmann; Jan
Whitney; Phyllis (McClaren) and Joe Barkley;
Anne Rathgeber; Dick Rathgeber; John Steiner;
Beth Rose; Alison Garber; Mary Jane and Cash
Paulson and most of their family, and John
The 50th. Anniversary Reunion in Tampa: .
What more can anyone say about this fantastic
event? For many of us it was a thrill beyond words
- to be reunited with friends, many whom we had
not seen for over 40 years, in some cases. For this
reporter, the reunion was more than just a
"Society" reunion, it was a BHS Class of 1950
reunion as well. I don't know about other classes,
but the class of '50 had 13 members in Tampa,
Starting with our class president Bill Lang,
Shirley (Smith) O'Connor, Joan (Powell) Arndt,
Davis Stevenson, Phyllis McClaren Barkley, Bill
Carlin, Mary Ellen (Stacey) Horine, Dick Mallett,
Marilyn (Sealy) Pence, Ali McKeown and yours
truly, John Schmidt.
Fellow reporter, Patt Foster Roberson took a
class picture of all that we cold assemble together.
Thanks, Patt! Pete Lang made the suggestion that
the class of 50 have another reunion with as many
of the class as possible in attendance. We all
agreed that every effort be made to contact other
members of the class and meet in 1985 in
conjunction with the Society reunion. This will
take a lot of coordination and contacting of others,
and help from all Society members. We are
requesting any help members can give us in
locating the class members. A special thanks to
Rolf Arndt, Joan's husband, for putting up with
all the reminiscing. He had to be special to stand
A partial gathering of BHS '50. L to R: Bill Carlin,
Bill Schmidt, Phyllis McLaren Barkley, Dick
Mallett, Ali McKeown, Marilyn Sealy Pence, Joan
Powell Arndt, Shirley Smith O'Connor, Bill Lang
and Pete Lang.
I don't believe the Headquarters staff can
receive enough Kudos for putting together one of
the most successful reunions in history. Thanks for
all the hard and long hours you all put in to bring
it together. Thanks must go to the Holiday Inn
folks they did a super job. I must have been
living right the nite of the Lucho Dance. When
they called the numbers for the Governor's china
plates, the Lord was with with me! A soup plate
- with a gold inlay of the Canal Zone crest!!!!!
I know there is more to life than friendship -
but that special bond that we Canal Zone folks
have has to be at the top of the list!!!
John E. Schmidt Jr. (Bill)
New Phone: (904) 893-4969
Edna Benoit, of Metairie, met her daughter,
Audrey Bowman of Balboa, in Miami in February.
They flew to Germany to visit Audrey's son, Maj.
Robert Bowman and his wife, Jill and their two
sons at Ramstein Air Base. They also went sight-
seeing and skiing in Switzerland and visited Paris
and Amsterdam before returning home in March.
Via Mae and Richard Dinkgreve, of Metairie,
write that their granddaughter Patricia Stonichor
seems to be following in her mother's footsteps. In
Sylvia's senior year at Cristobal High School in
1954, she was chosen "Most Studious Girl
Student." Patty, in her senior year at Grace King
High School, Metairie, was selected as March
Student of the Month. She was recognized for out-
standing participation in Home Decorating and
Designing and for drill team involvement. In a
nationwide contest, she received an honorable
mention for her design in the Lennox china
competition. Patty also designed the drill team uni-
Bob Daniels, ex-Balboa, now Dallas, visited
the Dinkgreves over Mardi Gras and was flabber-
gasted by the huge crowds, incredible costumes
and antics of the carnivalgoers.
John and Kathleen Gough write: Our recent
monthlong visit to the Panama Canal area after a
three year absence was simply wonderful. The
reception given us by our former neighbors and
many friends was overwhelming. We were par-
ticularly happy to spend the entire time staying in
the home of our son John on San Miguel Place in
Los Rios. Mary Azcarraga, who is now a school
health nurse, graciously lent us her Volkswagen for
the duration of visit. While on a pleasant three-day
stay at Coronado Beach, we visited Mary at her
trailer site overlooking the Pacific where we had an
impromptu birthday party for Carol Wiskowski.
Pastora Azcarraga had made a cake; a can of
sterno served as the candle. Manuel (Lucho) Azcar-
raga and Pam Weldon helped to eat it. On the way
back, we dropped in to visit Jerry and Anna
Schock and met Henry and Carolyn Twohy (Hol-
gerson), so we had a double reunion. Anna showed
us an old ashtray her grandfather passed down and
wondered if it was of any value. I examined it. It
was an original Society of the Chagres ashtray,
1914, made in the old Canal shops. Just to prove to
her that an ex-Zonian would value that piece, I
offered her $50 for it. Henry raised the bid to $60
and I topped that. By then, Anna realized its
worth and decided it was an aeirloom to pass on to
her children. While in Coronado Beach, we also
visited Tom amd Stella Hanna, John Hanna and
Chuck Hollowell, where we also greeted Carl
Tuttle and Laverna Larrabee.
The highlight of our visit was the reunion with
our former neighbors in the "Fishbowl" area on
Ancon Hill. Jean, Doris and Laura Burns hosted
the dinner and open house. Guests included our
son, John II; Capt. Bill and Hide Drew; Floyd
and Sheri Holland; Sean, Shannon and Hillory
Holland; Mr. and Mrs. Andres Rivera with Amy,
Linda, and Ricky Rivera; Kevin and Olga Jenkins
with Kenneth and Aileen Jenkins; Dr. and Mrs.
Alan Lawrence with Kendra Lawrence; Dr. and
Mrs. Sherrill Kelly with Jenna; Maj. and Mrs.
Mike Bates; Joseph Carlisle with Donnie and Joey
Left to right: John Gough II, Dr. Dennis Weldon,
Sheila Weldon, Jean Stuart, Mary Azcarraga,
Capt. Gilbert Fritts, and Kathleen Gough.
The next day we were treated to a patio break-
fast of fresh chilled pineapple, papaya, fresh rolls,
mango jam and an omelet, with coffee, by Heide
Drew underneath our old house in the Fishbowl.
Then she took us to visit the fabulous orchid
gardens of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Tooke on
Hospital Road, Corozal. The Tookes have been
raising and collecting orchids for the last two
decades and many of their original plants came
from the world renowned collection of Harry Dunn.
Larry and Sue (Mitten) Corrigan invited us for
dinner at their home in Los Rios where we were
joined by the Bill Forbes and the Jim Boughners.
Sue is the Budget Branch secretary where I
worked for some twenty years.
Lest you think that all we did was eat, let me
tell you about the trip I made with Lance
Wiskowski to the junction of the Rio Agua Salud
and the Pipeline Road about 10 miles into the
jungles behind Gamboa. Rolling along the Pipeline
Road in John's Ford pickup, we encountered
numerous potholes and deep ruts, some of which
we had to fill with rocks and dirt before we could
proceed further. Despite this inconvenience, the
ride was enjoyable. Blue Morphos and pale yellow
butterflies flitted past us in abundance. A fat
Nequi darted across the road. Once, we got out of
the truck to observe a band of Howler monkeys
hooting and howling in a tall tree in the nearby
tropical forest. Lance remarked that this was rare
sightseeing for those parts. Arriving at the Tele-
metering Hydrographic Station on the Agua
Salud, we noted some black-tail spotted Tetra fish
in the water which ranged from 10" to 140 long.
About hundred yards up the river from the
station we located some rusty, old French equip-
ment in the jungle. Lance managed to salvage a
brass plate from an old boiler marked "GROT",
Paris. We scoured the area with a metal detector
but found nothing else. However, Lance turned up
a cache of intact bottles which dated from the
early 1900's. On the return trip, we stopped by a
stream to talk to some students from New Hamp-
shire who were studying tropical biology in the
field under the auspices of the Smithsonian
Institute. It seems the area we were exploring is
now under study by the Smithsonian. You can bet
I enjoyed every minute bouncing around in those
hills behind Gamboa. Don't know if I'll ever ger
another chance but sure hope so. Three years
was a long time to go without a drink of Chagres
Son John took a day off to accompany me
around Panama City and environs. The new
Convention Center in San Francisco de la Caleta
was impressive and the growth of the city even
more so. The ruins of Old Panama in Panama Vieja
are still nicely maintained and a worthwhile point of
interest. Hopefully, Panama will prevent any
further encroachment of this important histori-
cal site by the burgeoning community now
surrounding it. We drove through Las Cumbres
and past Calzada Larga to Chilibre where we
stopped to search for specimens of petrified wood
in a quebrancha of the Chillibrillo River. We found
a few weighing about 15 to 20 pounds a piece and
hauled them off to set in John's patio. Thence to
Summit Golf Club where we lunched and chatted
with my old neighbors from Dogpatch in Curundu,
Tony Jankus. From there we drove up the Chiva
Chiva trail. The old NFFE Club area was all over-
grown with no visible evidence of the building. The
Police Lodge was completely devastated. On the
return trip, we gave a ride to one of the old land
licensees still living in Chiva Chiva. They are
dwindling in number.
We spent our last evening for dinner at the
Gamboa Golf Club overlooking the Chagres River.
There were 45 minutes of daylight left to enjoy the
panoramic view through the huge picture windows
of the club dining room. The point of land jutting
out to the left, on the opposite side of the river
once contained the town of Cruces. Thinking back
in time, I could visualize the bungo boats hauling
fever-ridden, weary passengers to this terminus of
their long up-river voyage. The dinner and service
were very good, the prices reasonable and the view
fantastic. After dinner we joined Dane Wiskowski,
Frank and Monica Wruck, their daughter Joanne
and Carol Wiskowski and our son John in the
salon. Joanne Wruck completed college in Arizona
and is spending some time with her folks before
deciding on a future career.
Oh yes, we had a great time too with
Jonathan Green; Bob Buko and family; Floyd and
Sheri Holland and family; Joe, Amelia and Sarah
Chavez; Don and Aurora Mullins; Mary Azcarraga
and family, and many other friends we saw once
again in the Panama Canal area. Thanks to all of
them for a great visit and for all the courtesies
extended to these ex-Zonians.
Gene Gregg writes from Mandeville that
Roland Casanova of Slidell helped him put a Sears
shed together to cover the well and then they
installed a new water pump on Laura's car. Bill
and Gerri Ward visited the Greggs on their way to
Texas and Mexico. Gene headed the Gregg
delegation to the Reunion that consisted of wife
Marion, son Gene, daughters Helen, Nancy and
Lynn, with their little ones, Rayne, 1, and Carlye,
2. June Clayton and young Follett (LSU Frosh)
stopped by. Gail is marrying in July. Laura went
to the Ozarks in Arkansas over the Easter break,
staying with Virginia Favorite. A letter from Roy
Knoop, CHS '46, says gas in Panama is $1.45. Roy
teaches at CJHS now and will transfer to BHS
Life for Jim and Kathryn Warren Lewark in
the "Big Apple" is going well. Kathryn completed
a master's in December at Pratt Institute in
library and information science. She's working for
a Madison Avenue investor relations firm and
learning to enoy the city ballet, theatre, biking.
While Kathryn was busy on her degree, Jim turned
himself into a master carpenter. They spent Christ-
mas in Houston with Jim's parents and brother,
Steve. Kathryn then went to New Orleans to see
brother Dave, his wife Dianne and son, Bradley.
On the eve of Income Tax Day, a friendly
phone call was happily enjoyed from Vera and
Lewis Phillips, Selma, Ala., who introduced me to
the Canal Record in the first place. They were
motoring home following a visit to Vera's sister in
Bartlett, Texas. Kenny and Beverly and their
families are all fine and healthy.
A letter from Wiltz "Shorty" Schexnayder,
Amite, arrived too late for last quarter. His next
letter this quarter indicated warming trends were
helping the garden. They had a nice visit from
Perry and Rita Washabaugh, Albion, Pa., enroute
to Dallas to see Perry's brother. The Schexnayders
fixed them up with fresh eggs, homemade wine and
water for their motor home.
Millie Damerau Sellers, of Washington, La.
writes: Son Walton III is going to LSU in Baton
Rouge and loves it. He comes home on week-ends,
so we keep close touch with him and all his
doings. He is enjoying the lovely campus and all
the exciting things LSU has to offer. Son Billy is
rocking along in the 4th. grade and having a ball.
My mother, Mrs. Paul J. Damerau, was hospita-
lized for a week last month. She suffered a small
heart attack but is doing fine now and you
wouldn't think she had any medical problems. My
sister Eileen's daughter, Kathleen M. Semon, grad-
uates this year from Beaverton High in Oregon
and will be attending Brigham Young University
this fall to major in music.
I called Pat Quinn in California one night and
visited with her on the phone. It was indeed a
delightful visit as I remembered chorus under
Branstetter and Herr, and all those golden
memories of the concerts and all the fun together
with the hard work to put on our shows.
Lester and Andrea Byrd Smith, Baton Rouge,
had a blast at the Reunion. At the business
meeting Les submitted a proposal to have the
Reunion over Easter week when school is out so
more of the younger generation might attend with
their families. Sounds like a good idea to me!
Some parents are barely parents, some parents
forget they're parents, some parents are proud
parents. Gret and Bill Warren, New Port Richey,
fall readily into the latter category. When daughter
Kathryn earned a master's, I was privileged to
share the happy news in a rather unique way -
they sent me her transcript! A nearly perfect
cumulative average was indicated an arduous
task at best and one we should all be very proud of
- another C.Z. gal makes good. Congratulations,
Patt Foster Roberson
News from Western North Carolina
Those from here who attended the reunion are
certainly enthusiastic and complimentary in their
reports. The committee and all those concerned can
be very proud of such a well organized and enjoy-
able event. The Jack Dombrowskys, Ernest
Zelnicks, Truman Hoenkes and the Charlie Howes
all went to the reunion.
Jack and Jean Dombrowsky visited their son,
Dale, and family in Lakeland, Fla., and went on to
Sarasota where they were houseguests of Beverly
and Fred Ebdon before going to the reunion.
Jean's sister, "Bricky" Pattison, and her son,
Tommy, from Panama were also at the reunion.
Jack especially enjoyed the 50th reunion of his
graduating class of 1932.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick were houseguests of
Rob and Elsie Smith in Sarasota prior to the
reunion. They enjoyed seeing Charlotte and Leo
Cagley from Des Moines, Iowa, who were also
guests of the Smiths. Before starting home, the
Zelnicks visited Edie Meeker and Patty and Roger
Michel in Spring Hill, Fla. Just before they left for
Florida, Ruth and Ernest received news of the
birth of their 8th grandchild (see Births).
Betsy and Truman Hoenke were in Sarasota,
also, as guests of Marion and Mike Greene. After
the reunion, Betsy and Truman visited friends in
Stuart, Fla., and went with them to the Keys for a
The Dombrowskys, Hoenkes and Zelnicks
helped celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of
Edna and Jim Million while in Sarasota. They also
enjoyed a picnic given by Rae and Joe Ebdon.
Early in April, Camilla and Noel Farnsworth,
recently retired from the Panama Canal Co.,
visited Ruth and Ernest Zelnick on their way to
Ruth Sill's grandson, Fred Peck, from Brown
University, spent several days with her and was
here for Ruth's birthday. Fred is the second of
Mary (Sill) and Ted Peck's four sons.
Bob and Lillian Van Wagner spent February
and March in Largo, Fla. They had a very pleasant
time seeing all their friends there. The last of April
Bob, Lillian, Marguerite and John Runck will go to
Kentucky where they will meet the Van Wagner's
son, Bob, to celebrate Lillian and Bob's birthdays.
Capt. Sam Irvin went back to sea for six
months on the Sea Land Leader. His home port is
Charleston, S.C., so Norma will be making several
trips to Charleston.
After I returned from the trip to the
Mediterranean in March, I went to Winter Park,
Fla., and spent some time with Betty and Paul
Alice H. Roche
The Charter Flight from Panama to the 50th
Anniversary Reunion is planned and ready to go,
we have a great group going to Tampa and plan to
have a ball on the plane going up. There are about
80 of us that plan to leave here on the 13h of April.
Some visitors that have been here over the dry
season have been Mr. and Mrs. John Gough, Sr.
arriving from Florida to stay with their son John
Gough, Jr., during their stay reports that Mr.
Gough spent most of his time digging for Canal
treasures and visited the interior beaches.
Maurice Kelleher was on an extended trip
through South America and stayed in Panama
visiting with his daughters Kathy and Maureen for
part of the dry season. Maurice reported he had a
GREAT time in South America.
My husband, Dr. Antonio Suescum and
myself, went on a quick trip to Las Vegas and then
to Denver, Colorado to visit with Ray and Barbara
Shaw, enjoyed learning to ski and snow-mobiling in
the Rockies. Then on to Florida with a great visit
with my parents, Jim and Virginia Wood and
sister and brother-in-law Bobby Engelke.
As the Panama area reporter, I have in just a
short time, realized how much Panama is a cross-
roads for so many. I have received many notes and
cards from persons around the world to give
information and also be a contact point. One inter-
esting letter I received was from Ester Moxon.
She had read in the November 1981 issue of the
Canal Record on page 80, under "Where Are You"
about the Red, White and Blue Troupe. Ester
Moxon writes that she belonged to the Red, White
and Blue Troupe with her brother Leon Green,
during 1921 thru 1924. She was also a member of
the Women's International Championship a U.S.
Track and Field Team in the Parade of Nations in
the 1st International Women's Games, Paris,
France. It was nice to hear from Ester Moxon and
she plans on attending the 50th Reunion.
The Glenn Seeleys arrived in Panama to visit
with parents, Ron and Jolie Seeley with their
daughter Stephanie Seeley from Dallas, Texas
after a short visit to the Virgin Islands.
Miguel Corco and Family, 60th Anniversary.
The Miguel Corcos celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary with their family and friends
at their La Cresta home. Miguel Corco, Sr. also
was honored as "Legionnaire of the Month" and
was presented a lovely laminated plaque by the
American Legion for the occasion. The Legion
Magazine has a membership of 2.7 million, so this
was a nice honor. Congratulations!
Miguel Corco Sr., "Legionnaire of the Month".
On Saturday, February 6, 1982, about 650
sworn Canal Zone Police Officers, and Police
Division personnel, former Police Officers, their
spouses and many friends gathered at the Albrook
Officers Club for the last big POLICE BALL. A
waiter with over 27 years of service stated it was
the biggest turnout ever catered at the club. Music
was provided by the inimitable Lucho Azcarraga
and a combo from the 79th Army Band.
Supper and an early breakfast was provided
and the open bar generated many "tall" tales and
nostaglic memories of past police arrests and
escapades. We are certain that many of these first
person accounts have grown and or mellowed.
Never-the-less, a great time was had by all.
. It was reminiscent of the cameraiderie and
good times "Zonites" had well prior to the
inception of the 1979 Treaty. It was said by one
observer that upon looking around the ballroom
floor, one could see a good portion of the nucleus of
Panama Canal Commission employees who have
planned to remain and help institute the changes
as required by the new Panama Canal Treaty. Mr.
D.P. McAuliffe and his wife headed the list of
Commission notables who came to enjoy the last
Police Chief William F. Kessler receiving a gift
from Master of Ceremonies, Sgt. Timothy J.
SGT. Timothy J. Corrigan was the master of
ceremonies, Mr. Fred Cotton, and Police chief W.F.
Kessler made appropriate comments on the past,
present and soon to be the historical role the Zone
Police played in the 78 year history of the Canal
Zone. Bobby Winford wore a replica of the old
1904-1917 era Khaki uniform and the pith helmet.
The entire club was decorated with huge enlarged
photographs of now retired police officers on
vintage motorcycles, prowl cars or grouped around
the old police sub-stations in Ancon, Pedro Miguel
About 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning another
event in the saga of the Panama Canal became
As it has been a tradition, and it has been
carried on by Teddy and Bob Morrison and now
Capt. and Mrs. George Hull they had the Panama
Canal Branch of the Conleys' Irish Song Festival
on March 17, 1982. Fun was had by all and
thoughts were with Bess and Pat Conley as we all
were wearing the green!
The huge holiday flags flew above the stairs of
the Administration Building on the last day of the
Canal Zone Commission Police as the Honor Guard
consisting of Sgt. H. Twohy representing Police
Headquarters and also carried the Canal Zone
Police Guard Flag for the last time. Sgt. D. Dear
representing Cristobal, Sgt. G. Payne for "C"
Platoon, Officer H.J. Wilson for "A" platoon,
Officer H. Smith representing Gamboa, Off. F.
Villablobos for "B" platoon and Off. L. Quinn
representing "D" platoon.
Invocation was made by Rev. F.A. Lynch,
C.M. of St. Mary's Parish and Charge to Police
Officers was made by W.F. Kessler, last Chief,
Police Division. Chief Kessler was received very
well and all words appreciated by all who attended
the ceremony. Agency Tribute was delivered by
F.A. Cotton, General Services Director and
Community Tribute was made by Dr. R.A.
Cheville. A reading of a Commendation of the
Canal Zone Police Department by the International
Association of Chiefs of Police was read by F.J.
Violanti, U.S. Attorney. Administrator D.P.
McAuliffe presented the Canal Zone Police with a
gold Public Service Award.
As the afternoon sun was setting and Panama
assumed all law enforcement responsibilities in the
Canal Area on Thursday the first of April 1982
after 78 years of control by the U.S. Government
the closing words were made by the Rev. C.E.
Daffron, Pastor of the Crossroads Bible Church.
Another day in the changes and history have
passed for those of us in this area.
By the time this report is printed and delivered
we from this area that attended the Panama Canal
Society Reunion will be back in our homes after I
am sure a GREAT time in Tampa.
Please, drop me a line with information or
news to my address, Box 387, Albrook RP (APO
Mia. Fla. 34002). A THANKS to Graphic and
Information Offices for their help.
"Guess Who?" Answers on page 67.
To keep my column interesting I can always
count on people like Burt Mead to give me some-
thing of interest for the Canal Record.
CAN YOU GUESS WHO THESE FIVE
Clue 1: In the above caricature drawn in 1973 by
John B. Morton, currently with the
Pnama Canal Commission, Office of Execu
tive Planning, there are five individuals
who worked for the Office of the Comp-
troller in the late 60's and early 70's.
Clue 2: All worked for the Systems Division at one
time during their careers.
Clue 3: All are now retired.
Clue 4: From left to right they now live in: Tal-
lahassee, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; San
Antonio, Texas (last known residence);
Brevard, North Carolina; and Dothan,
(If any of the above persons would like a copy of
the photo, please contact Ann Suescum, Box 387,
APO Miami, Fla., 34002.)
P.S. APRIL 20, 1982
The group returned to Panama, had a wonder-
ful time at the reunion and wants to thank all the
people who made the effort to organize the func-
tions. I have talked to no one who didn't have a
The group trip up had a great, great time and
Gibby Fruend, Jimmy Bradley and myself were
asked several times to do it again next year. Our
winners of the door prizes of the Round Trip
tickets to Miami and Columbia were, Jimmy
Doyle, Burt Mead, Francis Pattison and Gibby
Fruend and the winners of the bottles of
champayne were Robert Will, Gary Laatz and
Kudos to Bobby Engelke, Chris Skeie, and
Doug Crooks for the great picnic that we all
enjoyed so much. I know it was lots of work, but
the Panama crowd had a wonderful time.
Later and keep on dancing to LUCHO!
Ann Wood Suescum
South Carolina News
43 members and guests met in Columbia,
South Carolina, for a luncheon/business meeting.
Guests were: Hedvig Seedborg from Long Beach,
CA; Ed and Wilma Kennerd, who are planning to
live in Dothan, Ala; Fostine Womble from Atlanta,
GA; Larry and Sara Keegan from Greenwood,
SC; Tina and Frank Balinski of Aiken, SC; Don
and Geneva of Columbia, SC; and Marge Boland,
mother of Don, of Columbia, SC; Bill and Carrie
Belle Gardner of Columbia, SC.
Hedvig returned with Nellie Jansen to help her
pack and move back to Essington, PA in May.
Nellie has been doing a great deal of traveling, and
we're sorry to lose her. Come back and see all your
We were glad to have Larry and Sara join us.
Their daughter Laurie Kidd and her 3 children live
in Maretta, GA., so they see them quite often.
B.J. & Grace Hartley, from West Columbia,
are going to Panama in May to attend a wedding
and are also going to the Reunion in Tampa.
Russell Percy will attend the Reunion with her
daughter Gay Edwards of Pridgen, GA.
Don & Geneva Boland were very proud of their
daughter, 11-year old Cathy, as she was to give a
10 minute slide presentation on the Panama Canal
for a History Day contest at the U of SC, and she
was quite excited about it. It was a country level
Marge Boland said the only exciting thing she
was doing was taking a trip with a church group to
The Kilbeys are expecting their daughter and
hubbie, the Ronald Seeleys before the Reunion and
they plan to go to Savannah, GA to sightsee, and
visit sister Charlotte Mullins in Grovetown, GA.
Our President and wife, Sis & Bill York were
down to Keystone Hts., Fla, to visit Nancy &
Terry Coffey, their daughter, and also over to
Thompson, GA to see their other daughter Norma
Holder and family. Bill & Siss will be at the
We were very saddened at the passing of
Chuck Drew. Memorial services were held here,
and Lucille took his ashes to Chicago for graveside
services. Their son Russell and wife joined her in
Chicago, and Lucille returned here April 8th with
her brother and sister. They plan to drive up to the
Wash. DC area to visit Russell and later she will
fly out to CA to visit Chuck's brother.
Bill & Carrie Belle Gardner were with the
Point 4 in Panama from 1960-67. They invited
Fostine Womble over especially to attend our
luncheon and everyone had a great time renewing
their freindship with her.
Bob Rowe was expecting his sister and hubbie
from Glendale, CA to visit during the Masters Golf
Tournament. Then they were going to Wash. DC to
see Shirley Morrow who would give them a guided
tour of DC area and visit the White House, then on
to Richmond VA, and return. Needless to say, they
enjoyed the Masters thoroughly! That golf course
is beyond description.
Jim Catron worked as a Pinkerton man at the
Golf tournaments at Hilton Head and the Masters.
Can't you see him? Their daughter Penny
Lotterhos and family visited here in March and
attended the Steeplechase. The Catrons and John
Eversons went to Madison, Fla. where Jim Sr.
raised Jim Jr. in the Masonry. Don't know who
was prouder! Jim Sr. is Past Master of Isthmian
Lodge. They also are attending the Reunion.
The Badonsky's had a full house for Easter
with Paula and family here from Athens GA. Son
Leo received a six-month extension in Panama
with the Army. He and his bride may be up for a
Kay (Frangoni) Pierce also had visitors over
Easter her brother Ralph and family from Ft.
Walton Beach, Fla., and some cousins. They had
been to visit Mon & Dad Frangoni in Clearwater in
Jim Westendorff has not been well since before
Christmas. His sister Ednamae Revis and hubbie
often come up to see them from St. George, SC.
Betty and Pete Barr's son Sean was recently
married. Betty says that "Reb" and wife don't
have any children as yet. Sorry about the error!
The Barrs are going to the Reunion and will visit
with Pete's cousin Spike McNall and family -
Spike lived in Balboa.
Susan (Willenbrock) Wiseman, daughter of Dot
and Harry, is moving from Durham, NC to St.
Pete to be Chief Tec. in the Radiation Therapy
Dept. of Bay Front Hospital; she'll be there after
April 26th, and is quite excited about her new job.
Wilma & Eddie Kennerd visited the Don
Hutchison's to and from Dothan, Ala, where they
plan to reside. We were so happy with our nice SC
Zonians! We're going to the Reunion where our
daughter Vicki Boukalis from Panama will join
us for a week. We will visit with Doris Hutchison
and Ruth (Hutchison) Powell, Don's sisters.
Marion (Hutchison) and Bud Phillips will be there
too, along with their children, Doug from Panama
and his children, and Sue (Phillips) Fisher and her
family from Vero Beach. Hutch happens to be one
of those young "50th" year grads from BHS.
Carl & Blanche Browne were in Panama during
March to visit both of their children and visited
the Interior many changes!
Mary McCullough of Michigan City, Ind., with
her daughter Gwen and family, spent the weekend
with Verna & Andy Kapinos. They came by motor
home and are on their way to Fla. Verna and Andy
visited their daughter Linda, 1st Lt. in the AF, in
Miss; took a day off to drive down to New Orleans,
and they, too, will be at the Reunion.
See you in Tampa!
News from Kerrville:
A TERRIBLE SHOCK BUT HUMOROUS
"I had been ordained Deacon in the Episcopal
Church, but was still employed by the Housing
Branch of the Panama Canal Company. One of the
janitors working for me had died in Gorgas Hospi-
tal and his cousin, also working for me, asked if I
would hold the funeral service at Corozal Chapel.
He had the burial permit from Gorgas and I
agreed. We assembled at the appointed time in the
Chapel at Corozal Cemetery and proceeded with
the service. As is the custom at funerals, the
friends of the deceased carried the casket on their
shoulders to the grave where I had the commital
service, the grave was filled in, and we prepared to
leave. At this time a taxi drove up and a very agi-
tated woman emerged screaming, "wait, wait,
wait." I stopped and waited for her to come over to
the grave. She was so mad and disturbed that I had
trouble understanding who she was or what she
wanted, but I soon found out that she was the
widow of the man we had just buried! You can
Answers: From left to right the gentlemen are:
Bill Wichmann, Howard Turner, Bill
Goldfein, Mooney Huff, and Cecil Kovel.
imagine my embarrassment! burying the body
without the widow being present.
It all turned out alright though as I found she
had, at his death, refused to have anything to do
with the deceased or his remains because she had
been informed that just days before he had
changed his insurance and named his mother as
beneficiary since the mother had been caring for
the couple's son and she had visited him in the
hospital. Because the widow would not accept the
body, the necessary papers were given to the next
of kin, the cousin, who had asked me to take the
That was my first burial as a brand new
minister, and it will always be remembered a
terrible shock at the time it happened, but
HOW CAN YOU TELL?
Richard (Les) Johnson laughingly tells of the
time, when an excited 7 year old girl came running
out of the Balboa Theater into the Clubhouse and
announced that someone had just ran across the
stage with no clothes on. Les asked her if it was a
boy or girl to which her innocent reply was,
"How could I tell, they had a mask on their face."
"THE YELLOW PERIL"
Robert (Pappy) Grier was proudly showing the
golden eagle he owns that came from Col. George
Gothals' motor car, "The Yellow Peril". (Pappy's
father was the motorman). He then went on to tell
of his father, Samuel Grier's trip across the
Isthmus. In 1912, Grier accompanied by R.
McKenna, was the first man to drive across the
Isthmus. They dipped the wheels of his car in the
Pacific and proceeded from Panama City to the
Canal Zone roads. Approximately 2 miles before
Gamboa, the car was moved to the railroad bed,
where a train order "Haynes Special No. 6" was
issued. From there to Gatun, it was 23 miles of
jouncing and bumping over ties and switches.
From time to time, they had to leave the track to
make way for the Transcontinental Limited. Many
natives along the way saw their first automobile.
Twelve hours later, they reached the Atlantic
water of Colon. This indeed, was history in the
making and a proud time for these daring young
motormen of 1912.
"Dilemma at Aligandi"
One solid single mola the size of a double bed
- ever seen one? Yes, it does exist and the way it
originated is an interesting tale.
In 1958 when Wade Carter made frequent
trips to the San Blas Islands in his private plane,
he became good friends with Marvel amd Lonnie
Iglesias. On one of his trips to Aligandi, Wade was
unaware that his flight to the Island was the
answer to many prayers of the people there. Peter
Miller's wife, Clementine had suffered a ruptured
appendix. Dr. Icke, a surgeon from Gorgas
Hospital was on Aligandi and had already per-
formed the operation on the Iglesias's kitchen
table. However, he did not have the important
antibiotics or I.V. fluids, so everyone was praying
for help. Wade's arrival was a welcomed sight. He
flew Dr. Icke back to Panama and they obtained
the precious medicines and equipment and flew
back again to the island. By this time it was dark
and there was no way for Wade or Dr. Icke to fly
off to Panama. The Island's Chief called a special
council meeting to discuss this matter of two white
men staying overnight on their island. After
several hours, the meeting was over and the Chief
announced that Wade and Dr. Icke could overnite
but the Chief specified that they must stay in
Lonnie's home. Clementina recovered and the
entire island wanted to show their appreciation.
When Wade asked that this very large one-piece
mola be made, the women laughed and thought the
request was very strange. However, after about six
months with many of the San Blas indians
working on this project, it was completed.
It is a treasure of the Carter's household and a
beautiful piece of workmanship from the San Blas.
Second Annual Picnic
August 14th. will be the date to come to
Kerrville for a fun-filled day by the river where
we'll have our 2nd. Annual Picnic. If you are in our
lovely area, please come join us.
A sad occasion took Florence Terry (Mrs.
John) to Island Pond, Vermont, where she
attended her brother, Lawrence Smith's funeral.
Since Vermont is not just around the corner from
Houston, she remained long enough to visit her
home town of Rutland seeing relatives and
renewing old acquaintances. And enjoying the
Our Tilly Levy has been hospitalized with
severe asthma. She is now at home where daughter
Charlotte is on hand to hasten her recovery. Char-
lotte Merryk makes her home in New York so this
is a "fer piece" to travel.
Genevieve and Pat Coakley trekked to Color-
ado Springs to visit his mother, "Sweet Alice" as
well as his brother and family. Everyone there was
doing just fine.
Jo Ann and Norman DeLoof hurried to
Gurnee, Illinois, as his mother was quite ill.
Fortunately, she has recovered and getting along
We are looking forward to glowing reports of
the reunion from our attendees, Irene Hollowell
and Mary Jo Yeager. We welcome the news.
A delightful few minutes were spent when
Jessie Bush had a chance meeting with Rabbi
Nathan and Helen Witkin at Andrea's (one of
Houston's luncheon spots). They had stopped in
Houston enroute back to Sarasota after having
had a visit with their son in El Paso. They both
looking great and reported that they were enjoying
Sarasota. We do miss them here.
Dear Amigos y paisanos: Here is a story of
interest about an unusual way that your reporter
met a retired Canal Zone couple who had lived
across the street from the Max R. Boggs family on
5th. Street, new Cristobal.
Stella Boggs was a dancing teacher on the
Atlantic side for many years. She had shows at all
the clubhouses and theatres in Colon USO
Shows during the war, travelling as far as the
Galapagos Island; Salinas, Ecuador; Nicaragua
even by launch to entertain our isolated men in
little remote Army camps on Gatun Lake .. On
the Pacific side dancing with Marjorie Burgoon at
many functions, plus playing accordion for sing-
Well, being homesick while living in Washing-
ton, D.C. area, she started a one woman show on
"Life in Panama" the whole bit about the
Canal, customs of the natives, C.Z. life, Carnival
educational, and all of this in costume as she
would entertain, talk, play the accordion and dance
the native dances. A little "loco", but fun therapy
for homesickness by doing this at Army and Navy
shows, Church affairs, private parties, etc ... etc.
Well, for the main part of this story, At a
function for the D.A.R. given at the Dulin Church,
Va. in Falls Church, she was doing "her thing"
. the tamborito music, Viva Panama, when out
of the kitchen area pops out this lady, Mrs. Edna
Furr, her neighbor in the Canal Zone. Well! What
happiness! She had found a friend! Mrs. Furr
remembered how Stell's two Great Danes loved to
park under her cool basement area. She didn't
mind, she said, as long as she didn't have to feed
The next month, Stella performed for Edna's
church. This was an international party at night
and again the Panama show, only this time one of
her ex-Canal Zone pupils, Leoni Lam, also ex-Colon
Queen of the carnival at the Stranger's Club, had
moved to the Arlington, Va. area. Stella quickly
put her into the act the day of the show ... Leoni
looking beautiful in her Pollera, with Stella doing
the male part, playing music, stamping, jumping,
and both of us laughing and giggling and giving
the "aooowah" yell now and again as we whirled
and turned. Stella cried out as they danced "I
can't believe this is us doing the cumbia here on
stage in the U.S.A. I can't believe this is
It was really like a dream. Now, sad to say
there are no more shows of "Life in Panama"
Washington, D.C. area News
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr of Falls Church, Va.
will be travelling to Dallas, Texas next month to
visit their daughter, Mary Ellen and her husband,
Mr. Williams. Their big event will be the birth of
their first great-grandchild.
Great news for our area. Just heard that
Tita (Galindo) and Herbert Peterson are planning
to move to Springfield, Va. They will be with their
daughter-in-law, Paul and Shirley High. The
Peterson's other daughter Mr. amd Mrs. Salter
(Mercedes) live nearby in York, Pa. We hope to see
them all at the Carnivalito on June 26th.
The sad news is that we will be losing two
Canal Zone Statesiders committee members, Joe
and Joyce Dargen and family. Joe Dargen Jr. has
already moved to Amararillo, Texas, and his
family will be joining him in June after school is
out. We wish them a happy and successful life in
their new adventure.
Your reporter did go to the 50th. Anniversary
Reunion and also got tired "Lucho feet", but sure
had a good time. Saw Rosemary Millett Gilead
busily passing out the NewsGram about our Wash-
ington, D.C. area's 5th Annual Carnivalito. She
also had them announce it at the big Luncheon!
A Luncheon was given by Pat Beall, our
Record editor, for all of his many reporters ..
your reporter attended sat right next to Mr.
editor learned all the do's and don't when he
gave his speech .. and thanked his workers. Also
learned that other reporters had my same problem
.. Nobody calls or writes to give their news to the
reporter!!!! Help surprise and call (703) 524-6276
at 601 North Lincoln St. Arlington, Va. 22201 -
try helping a stumbling reporter?
It is also good to get stories of interesting past
experiences .. funny things or jokes about the old
Canal Zone times. The editor also announced his
wish to get the words for the song, "Sly
Mongoose". Anyone know all or some of the
verses. How about, "If a woman sweetah dahn
mee?" Anyone? Adios for now.
Stella Boggs DeMarr
Laura Virginia and Bill Spencer, with their
daughter, Billie Sue Richard, celebrating their
50th. Wedding Anniversary on January 2nd. 1982.
On January 2nd., 1982, a party of fifty
relatives, friends and neighbors honored Laura Vir-
ginia and Bill Spencer on their 50th. Wedding
The celebration was held at Martin Downs
Country Club in Stuart, FL. Laura Virginia and
Bill are former Pacific side residents.
Two Comley sisters Betty Forgeson and
Beverly Dilfer celebrated their respective 40th.
Wedding Anniversaries recently. Betty and Barney
Forgeson on Valentines Day, 14 February; and
Beverly and George Dilfer on 15 April!
Betty and Barney flew to San Jose, Costa Rica
to spend their anniversary where they had honey-
mooned 40 years ago! Beverly and George spent
the week-end celebrating their anniversary in the
Volcan, Panama, at the new super-elegant Hotel
Joe and Audrey Watson of Sarasota were hon-
ored by the State of Israel and Beth Sholom
Temple at a testamonial dessert party at Beth
Sholom Temple in Sarasota on May 16th. They
were presented the prestigious City of Peace
Award for devoted service to their congregation,
community and the State of Israel.
Their son, Russell Watson of Sierra Vista,
Ariz. came to Sarasota to attend the ceremony.
Tom Peterson of Sarasota was unanimously
elected an honorary member of the International
Supreme Council of Order of Demolay at the Reno,
Nev. Session in March.
Panama Canal Commission
APO Miami 34011
March 23, 1982
Mr. Russell M. Jones, President
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Dear Mr. Jones:
As one of my last official acts I, on behalf of the
officers and civilian personnel of the Canal Zone Police
Division, wish to express our sincere appreciation for
dedicating the March 1982 edition of the Canal Record to
the Police Division.
Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated by all
W. F. Kessler
Chief, Police Division
Coming next issue Letters to the
To replace From Members at Large
Fred and Trudi Mohl of Sarasota were crowned
King Neptune and Queen Athena of the King
Neptune Frolic and will reign until next year's
coronation. They joined the King Neptune's Frolic
in 1978 as Executive Directors and have served in
that capacity ever since. They have been active in
Sarasota in promoting good will among the
residents and visitors to our city and country.
During their reign they will attend numerous
major Florida events as Sarasota's "Ambassadors
of good will."
Congratulations to Mabelle "Mayno" Walker
and Meyer Slotkin of Sarasota, who were among
those honored at a recent NARFE Special Awards
Banquet. They each received a plaque suitably en-
graved for Outstanding Service from the National
Association of Retired Employees, Sarasota
Chapter #243, 1982.
Allen and Kay Miller were two of the
recipients of this award in 1981.
Dr. Kirk and Jean McGuire of Los Altos Hills,
Calif. announce the engagement of their daughter,
Laurie Diane to Robert Glenn Beall of Palm
Springs, Calif. An August wedding is planned at
Los Altos Hills. Robert is the son of Elizabeth A.
Beall of Alexandria, Va. and Richard W. Pat Beall
of Clearwater, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene T. Gregg of Mandeville,
LA announce the engagement of their daughter,
Gail Dolores Gregg to Robert Warren Weien, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Warren G. Weien of Omaha, NE.
Gail and Bob will be married at Our Lady of
the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville, LA. on
July 8, 1982 at 7:00 p.m. and a reception will
follow at the Ponchatrain Yacht Club.
We hope all friends in the area will "dew drop
Well, here we are again, late. Being late is
better than never, but that's no excuse.
Lynn and I are getting along pretty good -
don't get around as much as we would like but my
eyes are real bad so sight-seeing is almost out.
We were in Honolulu late in November for the
Congressional Medal of Honor Convention and
really had a big time. Lynn and I stayed on and
visited all the islands. That place you have to see
to believe. I am sure sorry we didn't go there when
I retired. We then returned to Honolulu where Lyn
and I celebrated our 59th. Wedding Anniversary.
I am crazy about the new CANAL RECORD.
Hope to make a reunion before too late. At 82
years of age, there isn't too many left. Give all our
regards, and forgive me again please.
Congressional Medal of Honor
JEFFERSON AWARD FINALIST
Mr. Henry T. Leisy, former coach in the Canal
Zone Schools system, was selected as a Jefferson
Award Finalist in Montgomery, Ala. Mr. Leisy is
president of the Alabama Foster Parents Associa-
tion and has been a foster parent to more than 50
children, including six who live with the family
now. Although Mr. Leisy is 86 years of age, he
was nominated for his work with area rehabilita-
tion clients. The award was locally sponsored by
WSAF-TV, Montgomery, Ala.
The Jefferson Award is sponsored nationally
by the American Institute for Public Service in
Washington, D.C. The award honors individuals
who are performing significant public service in
local communities, often without recognition.
Local winners receive a bronze medallion
bearing the seal of the Institute and the words "In
Recognition of Outstanding Public Service". They
are also eligible at the national level for a $1,000
Jim and Edna Million celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary and were honored with a
dinner party at the Crown House Restaurant in
Sarasota, hosted by their three children. Their
daughter, Shirley Muse, read an appropriate poem
she wrote telling of their courtship, life in the
Canal Zone and retirement. They were presented
with a beautiful "money tree", made of wood roses
by Mrs. Rae Ebdon.
Guests included their daughter, Shirley
(Million) Muse and her husband, Robert, of Coral
Springs; their son, Roger and Mary (Wilmoth)
Million of Somerset, N.J.; and another son, Gordon
and Janeil Million of Bradenton, FL and Roger's
mother-in-law, Mrs. Carmen Wilmoth of Sebring,
FL. Approximately 100 guests attended including
many out-of-town guests, former co-workers and
The Millions have eight grandchildren.
50th. Wedding Anniversary
It all began at Balboa High
Where Edna Mae and Jim did each other spy;
And in Panama City, where each found a mate.
Was formed the union we now celebrate.
Jim went to Oregon State University,
as proud as he could be;
And then to add to their joy,
Dr. Bosworth delivered little Shirley.
In nineteen hundred and forty
The Millions returned to the Zone,
After a son was added to the family.
Roger James as he is known.
They resided in uncle Edward's house in Gamboa,
Before moving to Williamson Place in Balboa,
There followed a time of smoke screens
and air raids in the middle of the night.
Blackouts and guns in the ball park,
These were hardly a happy sight.
Dad served as air raid warden
and during a blackout one night,
Mom threw Dad's clothes on the floor
(to get to her own in the dark)
Oh, wasn't that a sight!
Then came the S.I.P. Quarters and several others
Mom, Dad, Roger and Shirley
Were the Pedro Miguel family.
Everyone thought they were through
When along came son number two,
Gordon Rae Million was born in Ancon
Now there are children and three grandchildren
to share the laughter and the tears,
To love and to honor you, Mom and Dad,
As you have done through the years.
You have reached a milestone together,
Given so much along the way,
What lies ahead no one can say,
But you each have a MILLION today.
Shirley (Muse), Roger and Gordon Million
Tara Lee Clark, daughter of Lt. Col. Charles
Clark, USA Retired, and Mrs. (Huey Lee) Clark of
Jacksonville, Ala, and the granddaughter of Mrs.
Clarence (Era) Greene of Anniston, Ala. has been
selected as one of the Outstanding Young Women
of America for 1981.
She is a member of Alpha XI Delta Sorority
and was recently elected Treasurer of the Student
Government Association at Jacksonville State
University, Jacksonville, Ala., where she is in her
Katherine Ann Newbury and James L. Collins III.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newbury of Dothan Ala-
bama (formerly of La Boca, Canal Zone) announce
the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their
daughter, Katherine Ann to James L. Collins III,
son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Collins, Jr., (formerly
of Margarita, Canal Zone).
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph J. Riley of Dothan, Alabama
(formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone) and the late Mr.
and Mrs. Albert Newbury of Mamaroneck, New
Miss Newbury is a graduate of Blaboa High
School and is presently attending George C.
The future bridegroom is the grandson of the
late Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Holgerson of Balboa, Canal
Zone; Mrs. Inez Stafford of Dearborn Michigan
and the late Mr. James L. Collins, Sr., of
Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Mr. Collins is a graduate of Cristobal High
School and is stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma with
the U.S. Army.
The wedding will take place on June 9, 1982 at
St. Columbia Parish, Dothan, Alabama.
Katheryn Warren Lewark, New York City, was
awarded an M.S, in Library and Information
Science at Pratt Institute in December 1981. The
international library honor society, Beta Phi Mu
elected Katheryn to membership recognition of her
outstanding academic excellence. She has joined
the Madison Avenue financial investment firm of
Arthur Schmidt & Associates, Inc. as Manager,
Automated Information Systems. She is the
daughter of Bill and Gretchen Warren of New Port
Husband James Lewark was awarded a special
citation by the family for outstanding patience and
support in the face of extreme provocation.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newbury (Emily Riley)
of Dothan, Alabama announce the engagement and
forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Patricia
Anne to Charles Paul Lenard, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Lenard of Pamona, California.
Miss Patricia Newbury is a graduate of Florida
International University, Miami, Florida and is an
Assistant Manager with Air Florida Airlines in
Mr. Lenard is a Flight Engineer for Delta
Airlines and is based in Dallas.
The wedding will take place in late August in
Where Are You?
I would like to make contact with my first
couisn, who is the son of Egbert and Nellie Lahey
Jones, whose name was Tommy, His mother
divorced my uncle Egbert and was working for the
Army in Curundu. I understand from family
members that she married an Army Colonel and
subsequently left the Zone. I believe she was
originally from Tennessee. Has anyone any
information as to her whereabouts?
I believe the last time I saw Tommy was about
40 years ago, but he looked so much like my
brother Jimmy, that Lela Holden listed Jimmy in
class when it was really Tommy.
143 Cooper Rd.
West Haven, CT 06516
In search of a name. What is the name of
the man who wrote for many years in the "Mail
Box Column" of the Panama American, as "Bottle
Alley Mike"? .....
Sheila Gilbert Bolke
12707 Gibraltar Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128
Pork Hot Dish
3 lbs. shoulder of pork, boiled. When cool, cut
it into cubes. 1 Pkg. wide noodles, cooked. 1 can
Kernal corn, 2 cans cream of chicken soup (do not
add water). 1 med. jar pimento, 1 green pepper cut
fine, 1 lb. grated cheddar cheese, and 1 tbsp.
butter. Mix cubed pork, cooked noodles, corn,
pimento, green pepper and soup in casserole dish.
Spread grated cheese over top and dot with butter.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
1/2 lb. cooked smoked ham
2 cooked potatoes, diced
4 cooked carrots, diced
1/2 cup cooked green peas
1/2 cup cooked lima beans
1/2 cup cooked corn
2 pieces chopped celery
2 hard boiled eggs, diced
3 tablespoons minced onion
1/4 cup India relish
1 tablespoon horseradish
1/2 cup mayonaise
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, cover and chill
at least an hour before serving. Serve in lettuce
cup with tomato wedges and crackers.
Chocolate Chip Pie
Melt 30 reg. size marshmellows in 1/2 cup milk
over low heat. Let cool. Add 2 squares finely cut
(almost grated) Bakers unsweetened chocolate.
Fold in 1 cup of whipped whipping cream and pour
into graham cracker crust. Sprinkle top with finely
chopped nuts. Chill overnight before serving.
Empanadas (Makes 120)
Filling: (Can be made ahead of time and frozen
until ready for use)
1-1/2 lbs. ground round
1 Pkg. "Chili-O-Mix"
1/2 Cup Tomato paste
1/2 Cup Green peppers, chopped fine
1/2 cup Onion, chopped fine
2 or 3 Hot Peppers, chopped fine
(If more "pipquante" filling is desired, use more
hot peppers or hot sauce, to taste.)
Pastry: Best when made the night before planning
to make empanadas.
2 8 oz. Pkgs Cream Cheese
1 lb. Margarine. Allow both to soften; Combine
and add to;
4 Cups Flour use All-Purpose flour and not Self-
1 tsp. Salt
Put all ingredients for filling in frying pan with
small amount of oil and simmer for about 1/2 hour.
Drain, put aside and freeze, if desired. When all
ingredients for pastry have been mixed together,
roll pastry into a ball and chill overnight. Next
morning, let pastry soften a bit, then roll out on a
floured board. Cut into circles with glass or
doughnut cutter. Fill each center with approx. 1/2
tblsp. of meat mixture which you have allowed to
thaw, if frozen. With water, wet rounds of dough
around edges. Fold over and crimp edges with a
fork dipped in water. Brush top of each with
evaporated or fresh milk. Bake at 400 degrees on
middle oven shelf for 12-15 minutes. Can be frozen
after baking. Heat frozen empanadas in oven until
crisp or heated as you want them when ready for
serving. Microwave oven is not recommended for
heating, as empanadas seem to turn out limp and
Observations: Get your spouse or a good friend to
help with the rolling and filling process as it is
time consuming and tedious with one person alone.
Helen C. (Grimison) Beck
Merritt Island, FL
Diane Lynn Clifton and Glen W. Baker were
married in Houston, TX on May 31st. 1981. Diane
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Clifton of
Houston. Glen is the son of Floyd W. and Beverly
Baker of Gatun, presently living in Federal Way,
WA. The Bakers are now living in their new home
in Houston, TX.
Elaine Ann Peterson and Michael Dean Little
were married in Panama, Republic of Panama on
April 7, 1982. Elaine is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas C. Peterson of Sarasota, Florida, and
the granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret R. Peterson
of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the late Charles H.
Peterson. Michael is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Sidney C. Little of San Benito, Texas.
The bride is a 1981 graduate of Balboa High
School and the groom is a 1976 graduate. He is
currently employed by the Electrical Division of
the Panama Canal Commission. They are presently
residing in Balboa, Republic of Panama.
Dana Elise Jensen and Sean Andrew Barr
were married Friday, March 5, 1982, at Breezy Hill
Baptist Church in Graniteville, S.C. The Rev.
Matthew Kimak officiated and the bride was
given in marriage by her parents.
The bride is a daughter of James C. Jensen
and Mrs. E.R. Reynolds of Aiken. Mr. and Mrs.
Peter J. Barr of Aiken, formerly of the Canal Zone,
are the parents of the bridegroom.
Mrs. Wanda Barr of Aiken served as matron of
honor. The father of the bridegroom acted as best
man. Groomsmen were Tony Barr of Aiken,
brother of the bridegroom, and Chris Jensen of
Aiken, brother of the bride.
After a church reception the couple left for a
week of touring Florida. They will live in Aiken.
The Bride is a 1981 graduate of Aiken High
School and is employed by Mr. Gatti's Pizza. The
bridegroom is a graduate of Southgate Christian
High School. He attended USC-Aiken and is em-
ployed by Burger King.
Newlyweds Jeanne (Halvosa) and Peter Sperry
surrounded by attendants Ukee Maile, Erlaine,
Keke and Roy Mokihana, and Paul Sperry, best
Jeanne Halvosa and Peter Sperry announce
their marriage on October 10, 1981 at Saint Cath-
erine's Church, Kauai, Hawaii. A Luau reception
followed at the Kauai Sheraton. Jeanne was born
in Ancon, daughter of Ruth Conner and Bill
Halvosa, and has made her home in Kauai for the
past 12 years. Appointed as Aid to Victims of
Crime, she resigned that position to join the
Sperry family. The bridegroom is the son of the
Everett Sperry's of Long Island and Hawaii, and is
the Vice President of the Sperry Consolidated
Corporation, with operations in Hawaii.
Debra Joan Horter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Milton Horter, Jr. of Austin, TX. and John Collard
Watson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Watson of
County Kerry, Ireland, were married November 14,
1981 in Houston, TX. A reception was held at the
River Oaks Garden Club.
Debbie was born and raised in the Canal Zone.
She received her bachelor's degree in marketing
from the U. of Texas and is a Personnel Consul-
tant for Barrett International. The groom attended
Syracuse University and is an Engineering Super-
visor for Exxon Pipeline Company. Debbie's
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Jordan of Mobile, AL. Her paternal grandparents
are the late Frances and Milton Horter, Sr. The
couple will reside in Houston, TX.
Gerald F. Violette and Patricia J. Foerste were
united in marriage on March 26, 1982 at the First
Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, Largo, Florida.
Gerald is employed as a computer programmer for
the Cone Brothers Contracting Company, Tampa,
FL and Patricia works for the Florida Power Cor-
poration. They will live in St. Petersburg, FL.
Gerald is the son of William and Jean Violette and
the grandson of the late Frank J. Violette,
(Roosevelt Medal holder) and wife, Lima.
April 17, 1982.
Kathie Marie Danielsen, daughter of Mr. &
Mrs. Richard J. Danielsen of Largo, Florida,
formerly of Gatun, and Harry Winship Dowell, son
of Dr. & Mrs. Paul H. Dowell of Coco Solo, were
married at the Anona Chapel of Prayer in Largo,
Florida on April 17, 1982.
Attending the couple were Miss Cherie Daniel-
sen, sister of the bride, as Maid of Honor and
Miss Suzi Helmerichs and Mrs. Vicki Dowell Green
as Bridesmaids. Mr. A. Clay Dowell was Best Man
for his brother and Mr. Richard Dowell and Mr.
Mark Collins served as Ushers.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held
in the Manor House at Randolph Farms in Largo.
Out of town guests included the grooms
parents, Dr. & Mrs. Paul H. Dowell and the brides
grandparents, Mr., & Mrs. Walter A. Daniels,
formerly of Panama. Also attending were many
friends and relatives from Panama and the United
Kathie and Winship are 1973 graduates of
Cristobal High School. Kathie is a graduate of
Texas A&M University with a degree in Medical
Technology and is employed with the University of
Texas System Cancer Center in their Veterinary
Resources Division. Winship is a graduate of
Southwest Texas State University with a degree in
International Marketing and is employed by
Dowell, a division of Dow Chemical Company.
Kathie and Winship expect to make their home in
Diane Lacklan, daughter of Mary Jane
(Comley) and Jesse Lacklan, was married on April
10th. 1982, to Ronald Caricafe in Arlington, VA.
They spent their honeymoon on a 7 days cruise on
the SS Mardi Gras to Mexico and Jamaica.
The bride and groom both graduated from
Bridgewater College in Harrisonburg, VA. where
they now reside. Diane is a Physical Ed. teacher at
a church school and Roland owns and manages a
tree service business.
Former Canal Zonites attending the wedding
were Betty and Barney Forgeson of Florida, Ann
(Greene) and Al Tillman, and Jewell Huff from
Lauri Lee Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John Edwards of Hampton, Ga. formerly of the
Canal Zone became the bride of Mr. Mark Goodrich
in a double ring ceremony April 3rd. at the Hamp-
ton United Methodist Church. Mr. Goodrich is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Goodrich of La Boca.
The bride is a 1978 graduate of Balboa High
School and is now employed by the U.S. Army at
Mr. Goodrich is a 1973 graduate of Balboa
High School and served a tour of duty with the
US Cost Guard. He is now employed by the
Panama Canal Commission.
Ruth Preston Rogan and George Douglas
White were united in marriage in Brunswick, Ga.
on March 26, 1982. Ruth visited with her sister,
Virginia Wood of Seminole during the past
reunion. The couple will reside in St. Augustine,
John and Marcia Nita of Tallahassee, Fla.
announce the birth of their first child. Tony Chet,
who weighed 6 lbs. 6 oz. The proud grandparents
are Mrs. Stella Nita of Dothan, Ala. and Mrs. Jan
Whitney of Tallahassee, Fla.
Wayne and Nancy (Derrer) Farrell of Aiken,
SC announce the birth of their first child, Ryan
Patrick on December 23rd., 1981. Ryan weighed in
at 8 lbs. 8 oz. The maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. George Derrer of Dothan, Ala. Paternal
grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. William Farrell
of Gainsville, Fla. and Panama.
Lois and Bud Thomas are sharing honors with
Mary and David Rose on the arrival of their
second grandson, Colin Michael, born to Eileen
(Rose) and Hugh Thomas on January 14th., 1982
in the Canal Zone. When the Rose grandparents re-
turned from Panama, Grandma Lois and great-
grandma Dora Kridle traveled to Panama to meet
the newest member of the family.
Kathie and Winship Dowell,
J. Palmer "Pam", Peter and 2 mo. old Todd Smith,
taken October 1981 at St. John's Island, SC.
Dr. and Mrs. Peter G. Smith of St. Louis, MO.
joyfully announce the birth of their first child,
Todd Palmer, born August 17, 1981. Todd is the
10th grandchild of the late Eva Flye Smith and
Mr. and Mrs. J. Palmer "Pam" Smith formerly of
the C.Z. Government Health Bureau, now in
John's Island, SC.
Jim and Debbie Brigman proudly announce
the birth of their son, Drue Scott, on January 18,
1982 in Tallahassee, FL. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Brigman of Tampa, FL;
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John S.
Halko of Boca Raton, FL.
Louis and Wilma Engelke announce the birth
of their second child, first son, 8 lbs. 5 oz. Louis
Edward Engelke Jr., on January 25, 1982. He joins
his sister Willilyn (Wilma Evelyn) and parents in
Los Rios, Republic of Panama. Paternal grand-
parents are Howard and Evelyn Engelke of Ben-
Mrs. Roscoe Cleveland (Dolores) announces the
birth of her first and second granddaughters,
Kellie Ann, born January 29, 1982 to Mr. and Mrs.
James Luke (Susan Cleveland) of Dothan, Ala. and
Meghan Marie, born March 6, 1982 to Mr. and
Mrs. Philip Philbin (Dawn Cleveland) of Panama
Virginia E. Favorite received news of the birth
of her new granddaughter, Sara Rebecca Favorite,
who was born on February 6, 1982, in Gorgas
Hospital, Republic of Panama. The baby's proud
parents are George and Sara (Mesa) Favorite. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Efrian
Mesa of Panama.
Mrs. Esther E. Campbell, Fullerton, CA an-
nounces the birth of her second great-grandchild,
Alisa Marie Farrington, born February 6, 1982.
Alisa joins her brother Christopher Andrew, who
will be 3 years of age in March. Her parents are
LT. Charles A. Farrington and Cynthia Metheny
Farrington of Wheaton, MD. Paternal grand-
parents are Henry L. Inzer and Jean Campbell
Farrington Inzer of Atlanta, GA. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Metheny of
Jim and Cathy Ridge, Jr. of Deerfield Beach,
Fla. announce the birth of their first child, James
Gammell Ridge III, on March 15, 1982. His grand-
parents are Jim Ridge Sr. of Panama and Beverly
of Coral Springs, Fla.
Russ and Marianne (Field) Hockin announce
the birth of their fourth son, Kevin Field, on
March 29, 1982. Kevin weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. He
joines brothers Jamie, Ryan and Garrett. Maternal
grandparents are Cy Field and the late Genevieve
Field of New Port Richey, Florida. The Hockins
now reside at 204 Brentwood Dr., Battle Creek,
Perc and Marion Graham announce the birth
of their fourth great granddaughter, Laura
Katherine, on April 6, 1982 weighing 8 lbs. 9-1/2
oz. She is the daughter of Gerald and Sheila
Graham Jr. of Tallahassee.
Dr. Paul and Jan Zelnick announce the birth of
their first daughter, Julie Ann, on April 6, 1982.
Her brother, Narc is 3 years old. Maternal grand-
parents are Col. and Mrs. Henry Bielefield of
Atlanta, Ga. Paternal grandparents are Ernest and
Ruth Zelnick of Hendersonville, N.C.
Macel and Mort Thomson announce the birth
of their first grandchild, a boy, William Edward,
born to Dr. and Mrs. William E. Routt, Jr. (Mary
Thomson), April 19, 1982, in Jackson, Tenn. The
Routts will be returning to Memphis in July as Bill
will be affiliated as a Radiologist with the
Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Little of Orlando
proudly announce the birth of their son, Brandon
Ryan on April 19th. The boy weighed 9 pounds, 12
ounces and is doing fine. Maternal grandparents
are Capt. and Mrs. John Weaton, formerly of
Gatun, now retired in Fort Myers, Fla.
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Roscoe E. Burgess, 72, of De Soto, MO died on
July 13, 1981. He had at least 20 years of service
as a Car Inspector for the Panama Railroad on the
Atlantic side and retired around 1970. He was a
member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1542 in Cristobal
and was a member of the Elks National Founda-
tion. His closest survivor is a cousin in De Soto,
Myrtle Souder, of Houston, Texas, passed
away in August of 1981. She is survived by her
husband, Sam; a daughter, Helen Ray McDougall
of Guatamala, and a son, Murrill of New York.
J. Arthur Jones, of Vista, Calif. passed away
November 6, 1981. He was an employee of the
Electrical Division of the Panama Canal for 31
years and retired in 1958. He is survived by his
wife, Anna M. and two sisters, who all reside in
Harry C. Bradley, passed away on January 30,
1982 in Las Cruces, New Mexico at the age of 95.
Mr. Bradley was preceded about six months in the
death of this wife, and is survived by two sons,
Jim and Charles.
Richard N. Capps, Jr., 59, died February 7,
1982 in Shawnee, OK. He moved to Panama late in
1940 with his parents and later joined the U.S. Air
Force, serving as a navigator. He then returned to
Shawnee and became a pharmacist. He is survived
by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Capps of
Shawnee, OK; two sons, Robert of Oklahoma City
and Rusty of Little Elm, TX; a daughter, Karen
Chambliss of Broken Arrow, OK; a brother, Ron
Capps of Bartlesville, OK, four grandchildren, two
nieces and three nephews.
Earl W. Hoverter, 84, passed away February
11, 1982, in Carmichael, CA. He retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1953 and was
originally hired as ice cream maker. He is survived
by his wife, Elenor; a son, William (Bill), five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all
residing in California with the exception of a
granddaughter living in Munich, Germany.
Joseph A. Bugno, 73, of St. Petersburg, FL
died February 13, 1982. He was a retired civil en-
gineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
worked in the Canal Zone for 34 years. Survivors
include his two sisters, Shirley Klosek and Blanche
Andreske, both of Dunkirk, NY.
Martin L. Connolly, of Hamilton, MT passed
away on February 14, 1982 at his home. He had
retired from the Panama Canal in 1968, having
been employed by the Maintenance Division in
Paraiso and the Mechanical Division in Mt. Hope.
David L. Gatz, 88, of Sarasota, FL died on
February 20, 1982. He was a resident of Sarasota
for the past 20 years and was formerly employed
as an auditor with the internal audit division of the
Panama Canal Company. He leaves his wife, Ruth,
a daughter, Evelyn Monteath of Elmyra, NY, four
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Col. Charles R. Clark, 59, died in Phoenix, AZ
on February 21, 1981. Col. Clark joined the
Panama Canal organization in 1969 as Director of
Engineering and Construction Bureau. He later
served as Lieutenant Governor of the Canal Zone
and then as Director of Transportation and
Terminals Bureau while also fulfilling the dual
function of being the Governor's representative.
Surviving Col. Clark are his wife Elizabeth, a
daughter, Candice Reid and three grandchildren. A
memorial service was held March 1st. in Margarita
by Atlantic side Gold Coast residents. (See
Joseph M. Corrigan, Jr., 19, accidentally
drowned on February 21, 1982 off the edge of the
Gatun Spillway while trying to save the life of a
sixteen year old girl who was pulled away from the
shoreline by a current caused by discharge from
the Gatun hydrostation. Joseph was the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph M. Corrigan of Margarita. A
memorial service was held on Tursday, February
25th. at the Holy Family Catholic Church in
Margarita with burial on Friday, the 26th.
Andrew Richardson, 76, of Dunedin, FL died
at Mease Hospital, Dunedin, on February 26, 1982.
Formerly employed by the Mechanical Division of
the Panama Canal Company in 1940, he later
transferred to the N.A.D., Rodman Naval Station
and terminated his employment there in 1948. He
is survived by his wife, Cecilia; a sister, Jean Peat
of Inverkeithing, Scotland; and many nieces and
Maria Gladys Dodson, 44, died February 27,
1982 in Tampa, FL where she had resided the past
3 years with her husband after his retirement from
the Panama Canal Company. She is survived by
her husband, Dean L. Dodson, Sr.; a son, Dean L.
Jr. of Tampa; her mother, Amanda Menendez, Los
Angeles, CA., and her father, Carlos Melendez Ruiz
of San Salvador.
Katherine A. Sellens, 63, of Brookings, OR
passed away on February 27, 1982. She was active
in the Episcopal Church, serving on the Bishop's
Committee and as Treasurer of St. Andrews at
Cocoli. She is survived by her husband, Rex. V.
Sellens, a former Locks employee; two daughters,
Lyndall M. of Medford, OR and Eva L. of
Roseburg, OR; a son, Larry R. of Grapevine, TX; a
brother, John Anderson of North Bend; four
sisters, Sigrid Carpenter of North Bend, Norma
Goodman of Aurora, Mildred Hill of Port Ofrord,
and Eva Guisti of Robbins, CA.
Camillus T. (Dude) Askew, 67 of Sardis, MS.
passed away on March 1, 1982 at home. A retired
employee of the Panama Canal Company, he was
also a member of Elks Lodge 1414 of Balboa, Rep.
of Panama. He is survived by his wife, Ida Mae
Geeslin; a daughter, Lisa Bishop, and a son, Hugh,
both of Sardis, MS; two sisters, K.W. Brown and
Sally Lockard and two brothers C.D. Askew and
P.R. Askew, all of Memphis, TN.
Mary A. Stacy, 78, of Treasure Island, FL died
March 7, 1982. She left the Canal Zone in 1968
where she was a transportation specialist for the
15th. Naval District. She was also a member of the
Orchid Chapter #1, Order of Eastern Star in
Balboa. Survivors ificlude her husband, Col. Sher-
wood J. (Ret); a son, Everett S., Cocoa Beach, FL,
a daughter, Mary Ellen Horine, Boone, NC, and six
Erwin F. Ramsey, 81, passed away March 10,
1982 at St. Joseph Hospital, St. Paul, MN. His
Canal Zone service was all with the Grounds Main-
tenance Division on the Atlantic side. Survivors
are his wife, Dorothy of Hugo, MN and five
children; Janes of The Dalles, OR, Rollin (Nancy)
Waite of Hudson, OH, Daniel of Holt, MO, Arlen
(Diane) Ahlstrom of Exelsior, MN. and Steven of
Marine on St. Croix, MN, thirteen grandchildren
and one sister.
William F. Young, 73, died March 12, 1982 in
Houston, TX where he resided since 1968. He re-
tired as supervisor of the Pacific Locks and was a
member of the First United Methodist Church of
Houston; member of Gray Lodge No. 329 AF &
AM; Scottish Rite Freemason of the Houston
Consistory and a member of Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, of Balboa, Rep. of Panama. He is survived
by his wife, Doris of Houston; a daughter, Doris
Mary, and a aunt, Mrs. T.E. Nelson of Austin, TX.
Mary Elizabeth Devine, passed away on March
15, 1982. She was a 1959 Balboa High School
Graduate. Information received did not disclose
any known survivors nor place of death.
Franklin F. Pierce, 72, a retired Air Force civil-
ian employee, died March 16, 1982 in Georgetown,
SC. He was a long time resident of the Canal Zone
where he lived with his mother in Pedro Miguel
while attending school. A former employee of the
Derdging Division, he came to live in Orlando, FL
and later went to Georgetown where he returned to
work for the Air Force and retired again.
He is survived by a stepson, a stepdaughter,
eight stepgrandchildren and two step-great-grand-
Glynn L. Terrell, 69, of Bentonville, AR died
on March 17, 1982, at Bates Memorial Hospital,
Bentonville. He was transferred to the Canal Zone
in 1935 by the U.S. Marine Corps to the Coco Solo
Submarine Base and then to HQ, 15th. Naval Dis-
trict. Upon military discharge, he entered Panama
Canal service in 1939 as a shipwright with the
Mechanical Division, later being transferred to
Gatun Locks as a towing locomotive operator. He
retired in 1963 on a medical disability. He is
survived by his wife, Etta Fay of Bentonville, AR;
a daughter, Andrea F. Oliver of Metairie, LA, and
a son, Lance L. of Austin, TX.
Helen (Dickson, Pearson) Walker, passed away
on March 19, 1982, near Cocoa Beach, FL fol-
lowing several months of illness. Survivors include
three nephews in Connecticut. She was a resident
of Cape Canaveral, FL.
Annie Pearre Webb, 65, died March 22, 1982
at Little Rock, Arkansas. She was the wife of the
late Norman Webb and the daughter of the late
John E. Pearre, a former Canal Zone employee.
Mrs. Webb was a nurse at Pamama, Gorgas and
Margarita Hospitals. She is survived by four
children, David, Beverly, Beth and William, and
Charles Cooper Drew, 77, of 118 Chatfield St.,
Aiken, SC died March 24, 1982 at an Aiken County
hospital. Mr. Drew was a native of Youngstown,
Ohio. He was a retired civil engineer stationed at
the Canal Zone, Panama. He was a member of the
National Association of Retired Federal
Survivors include his widow, Lucille DeZur
Dres; a son, Russel C. Drew, Great Falls, Va.; a
brother, John W. Drew, Santee, CA; five grandchil-
dren and a great-grandchild.
W. Forest Young passed away in March, 1982.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. W.F. Young and a
daughter, Doris May.
Philip O'Shaughnessy of Lake Clarke Shores,
FL passed away in March, 1982. Previously with
the Panama Canal Engineering Division in the
1930's and 1940's, he was recently acting as an
engineering consultant in Asuncion, Paraguay, and
had the distinction of travelling the farthest to the
1981 reunion in St. Petersburg. He is survived by
his wife, Barbara (Evans), formerly from Pedro
Mary Ann Baldwin of Dothan, Ala. passed
away on April 3, 1982 at the age of 78. She lived in
the Canal Zone from 1929 until 1966 when she
retired and moved to Dothan, Ala. She was
married to the late Wallace R. Baldwin, Sr. who
died in 1947. She is survived by her sons, Wallace
R. Jr. of Tampa, Fla. and Jack 0. of Omaha, Neb.
and one granddaughter, Mary Ann Knaak of
Ethel Bialkowski, 70, of Kerrville, Texas,
passed away on April 14, 1982 in a local hospital.
She lived in Coco Solo for many years and retired
from the Schools Division as a teacher in 1973
after 20 years of service. Her husband, Joe retired
the next year from the Admeasurers. She is sur-
vived by her husband, Joseph A. of Kerrville,
Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Earl Sayer of Portland
and Mrs. Joseph Wynn of Pensacola, FL; two sons,
Joseph A. Barrett of Denver, Colo., and Charles V.
of Houston, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Alice Buchanan
of Galveston, Texas; a brother, Donald Skelton of
San Antonio, Texas; her mother, Mrs. Ethel
Skelton of Bryan, Texas and six grandchildren.
George Bowers of Ashley, PA passed away on
April 12, 1982 in Ashley. He was the brother of
Beverly Kinsey of Dothan Ala.
Marian Dean Dodson, 82, of 3813 El Prado
Blvd., Tampa, died Friday, April 16, 1982. She was
a former resident of Panama and lived in the Bay
area for 28 years. She was a housewife. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
and a member of Christ the King Catholic Church.
She is survived by three sons, Dean L., Richard H'
and William H.; two daughters, Marian Dodson
Bowen and Patricia Dodson Motykiewicz; a sister,
Clara Simpson; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-
Robert C. Bohannon, 36, of St. Petersburg, FL
died on April 24, 1982. Born in the Canal Zone, he
was an attorney and was a lieutenant colonel in the
Army Reserve. He is survived by his wife, Gail G;
a son, Scott M.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.N.
Bohannon of Panama, and a sister, Mrs. Robert
Wade of Clermont.
Jean Spencer, of Port Mansfield, Texas, died
suddenly on April 25, 1982 at Winter Haven, FL
while visiting friends after attending the Reunion
in Tampa. She had resided in the Canal Zone with
her husband for over 30 years. She is survived by
her husband, Don, and a sister, Anna Cunningham
of Lighthouse Point, FL.
From Members at Large
Recently, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Thomas visited
Mr. and Mrs. James Reece here in Charlotte, N.C.
Mrs. Thomas is the former Royna, sister of James
Reece who is employed by DuPont. They are the
children of the late Roy and Peggy Reece of the
Janet and James entertained them, while
Janet's mother was visiting her. Her mother is
Mrs. Stockman of St. Petersburg, FL. Other
guests were Mrs. Amy McCormack and her
daughter, Sue Sartain Clark. Both Sue and Royna
graduated from BHS in 1948.
Phillip and Royna Thomas are now located in
Saudi Arabia, working for ESSO.
Have a nice day, we always say
To our visitors to North Carolina
If you think that sounds corny and a little
Stick around a while longer, we mean every
Amy V. McCormack
Congratulations on the fine new size of the
Canal Record and format it's great!
Morris Seeley's article brought back many
memories of the Isthmian Nurse Association. I
was President in 1956 and in 1958 Morris Seeley
was the Editor for the "Tropical Sentinel", official
publication of the Association. Elizabeth Marsh
was President by then, and Evelyn Koperski and
Henri Skeie were associate Editors. R.E. Marsh
was the photographer and the cover artist was
Rodney R. Seeley.
I think it cost too much for our organization to
publish for long. I have three of four copies.
The Board of Directors that year consisted of
Mary Isabell Hummel (now Johnson) who was
President in 1957, Rita Goulet, Elvira Byrne and
The 'coolie' that typed the minutes for the
Panama Canal Society of Beijing, China apologizes
to Madge Smith for spelling her name Marge" it
wasn't the fault of the President-Secretary, Bart
San Diego, CA
After the holidays, I joined up with an AARP-
NRTA tour group in Houston, TX. for a tour of
Mexico. I made this tour 14 years ago and was
amazed at the changes in Mexico City (1 week),
Guadalajara (2 weeks) and Puerto Vallarta (1
Mexico City is covered with a heavy smog due
to industrialization and cars. What a hustle and
bustle everyone seemed to be working. Twenty
six Pesos to our American dollar. Population,
Guadalajara, which in 1968 was a very small
community mostly American retirees, is now a
city of 3,000,00 people, large high-rises and police
standing around in the Malls. The rents were
raised by $200.00 overnight in the better areas,
and now an apartment costs $500.00/month.
In Puerta Vallarta, the city that became
famous due to Liz Taylor's movie, "The Night of
the Iguana" twelve years ago, is going down-hill
for lack of care.
I tried to visit "Love Boat", the cruise ship of
TV, but it's too far from the hotels and visitors are
not encouraged dock-side.
The cobble streets are much to be desired and
it's hard on the ankles.
Mexico levied a 10% sales tax in January, so
60,000 would-be-tourists from the States cancelled
I flew back to Houston, TX and then on to San
Diego, CA. to visit my sister Angela in Coronado
Shores. Some more beautiful high-rise buildings,
and I had club and pool privileges. So I swam 1/4
mile daily. We did go to Tiajuana, Mexico 3 times
and that was the time the Peso was devaluated to
42 Pesos to our dollar. Between the two of us, we
had lunch, coffee and beer for a total of $2.07 US!
Mexico is the fourth highest oil producing
nation in the world now, and is proud of it's
natural resources, such as gold, silver, nickel, zinc
I came home to Mount St. Helens when she
decided to "belch again" all over Oregon and
Estelle J. Luskey
Capt. Howard and Eleanor Buehler of New
Port Richey enjoyed having their children at home
over the Christmas holiday. Beverly, Clinical
Director of Nursing for Surgical Services at Madi-
son General Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin, and
Paul, who lives in Houston Texas where he is
employed by Union Texas Petroleum as a planning
analyst, were at home for both Christmas and New
Year's. The day after Christmas they were joined
by their older sister Judy Buehler Williamson of
St. Cloud, Minnesota, who spent several days
visiting her family and their grandmother
Gertrude Roche Santasiere.
Delight, David, Ken and Charisse Fortner.
Ken and Delight had hoped to attend the 50th
anniversary reunion, but the U.S. Navy had other
plans. In February Ken went to Sigonella, Sicily
with the NMCB-133 for a 7 month deployment and
Delight and the children are at home in Riverdale,
GA. Maybe next year!!
In the month of December, Francis P. Walker
visited her daughter, Patricia (Walker) Flynn and
son-in-law, Abdiel Flynn and family from Panama.
She also visited her granddaughter Francis Flynn
Morales, her husband Kenneth R. and great grand-
daughter Monica Jean.
Mr. John Morales from Maryville, MO visited
his son, Kenneth Reid, daughter-in-law Frances
Flynn Morales and granddaughter from Diablo,
Rep. of Panama.
Frances D. Morales
Diablo, R. de P.
We spent the winter months in the rio Grande
Valley of Texas. We visited with the Les
Wilkensons; he was the former Chief of Police at
Pedro Miguel, and she was the widow of Sampson,
former Chief, district Physician, also of Pedro
Dr. Russ Wright
Bert and Val Schroeter hosted their 6th.
annual holiday season party at their home on
Spotted Horse Drive, for Canal Zonites and other
Among the guests were Mr. & Mrs. Edward
Coyle; Mr. & Mrs. Bart Elich; Mr. William LeBrun;
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Mulroy; Mrs. Marguerite Orr;
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Dolan; Mr. & Mrs. "Bucky"
Krueger, daughter Valerie, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles
Cavanaugh. The Dolans, Kruegers and
Cavanaughs are the most recent additions to our
city of Austin.
Mr. & Mrs. Bart J. Elich
What a glorious feeling it is to have almost
perfect vision and seeing out of BOTH eyes, after
years of dreading blindness from cataracts, which
up to about a year and a half ago were said to be
inoperable. I had the surgery on my left eye in
Southwest Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, on
Jan. 4, 1982 the cataract removed and an intero-
cular lens implant. I have recovered just quickly
and fantastically as I did with my right eye in mid-
Sept., 1981. I now feel "like a bird out of a cage in
a whole, lovely, new world," and every day is
Thanksgiving Day for me now!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, it truly was that
for Harold and me this past November when we
spent 10 days in the Ft. Worth-Denton area with
our daughters, Alice & Carla, and their families, as
our son, Dick and wife, Audrey, came from their
home at 6811 Dillon Ave., McLean, VA., and
daughter, Jean (Kermouth) and her family all
joined us at Alice's home in Ft. Worth and we were
together again for the first time in the past fifteen
Alice invited Luis and Elena Hooper, Ft.
Worth, to come for dinner Friday evening as a
surprise to Dick. Luis and Dick were childhood
pals throughout their school days in the Canal
Zone. Needless to say, they had a wonderful
"gabfest" talking about old friends, old times, and
more than their share of escapades they were
involved in during the growing-up process!
Dolly, Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett and Jerry
Steiner, December 6, 1981 at Laguna Beach Calif.
during Panama Canal Society of Southern Calif.
The Canal Record just received the Canal Zone
Police Newsletter, put out by former policeman,
George Tochterman, and sent to 250 retired and
former Canal Zone Police, dated April 1, 1982.
Excerpts of his Newsletter follows.
Was happy to run into Ed Overstreet (Cristo-
bal retired) in Tallahassee and together we went to
the Office of State Senator Dan Jenkins (Cristobal
1963) who represents Duval County, Jacksonville,
Florida. Senator Jenkins (D) indicated to us that
he intends to announce his candidacy for the
United States Senate seat from the northern
district of Florida in July. News from Dothan tells
us that Bob Lawyer is progressing nicely after a
recent heart attack. Most of you are already aware
that former US Marshal for the Canal Zone Red
McClelland and his wife were both tragically killed
in a motor vehicle accident in New England early
this year. The "mango boys" were always a source
of irritation for Red and he constantly requested
police assistance in their removal from his housing
area and the Ancon District Court Building.
George Cooper (retired Lt. from Cristobal and
Balboa) has returned to Panama after many years
in retirement in Washington State and is involved
in the ministry at the Gatun Church and is
residing in Margarita. John McDowell recently
travelled to Dothan on a short vacation and was
the guest of Elsie and "Woodie" Woodruff. Want
to thank Bea and Harvey Rhyne for sending me
the address of Lester "Sam" Largent who I
remember as a Deputy Warden at the Penitentiary
and Assistant District Police Commander in Cris-
tobal. Frank Flud, District Police commander in
Balboa for the past few years recently retired to
Daytona Beach, Florida. Flud succeeded Bob Mills
who lives in Santa Clara, RdeP. Word has filtered
up that Stan Watts is leaving his beautiful
"hacienda" in Coronado, Panama and planning on
relocating in Daytona Beach also. Henry Perry has
been in that area for a long time buying and selling
used cars and refrigerators. Saw Ray Carpenter in
Green Bay several times and he passes on his best
to those officers with whom he served in Cocoli,
Balboa, Ancon, Gamboa, and Cristobal stations in
the early 50's. Ray is retired from the municipal
job he held with the city.
Just got off the phone with Panama and
learned that at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, a ceremony
was held at the Administration Building in Balboa
turning the police function over to Panama. It was
Chief Kesslers last function as he is now officially
Editor, CZ Police
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Communication and psychological disorders precip-
itated by hearing loss can affect health and social
Whether to get a hearing aid is a question
many Americans have asked themselves or their
physicians. About 15 million people in this country
suffer from some kind of hearing impairment,
representing a substantial part of the population.
The medical and physical natures and degrees of
hearing deficiencies vary considerably among in-
dividuals. Normally these deficiencies can be
properly evaluated and treated only by physicians
and other experts. Besides medical and physical
aspects, several other factors may help to
determine whether a hearing aid is the answer for
a particular problem.
A hearing aid is not always the answer.
Depending on the cause and the type of hearing
loss, the treatment may require drugs or surgery,
or a combination including a hearing aid. First, it
is essential to recognize that a hearing loss has in
fact occurred. Such a loss is not always easy to
detect. Some of the telltale signs:
Words may be difficult to distinguish.
Sounds appear to be subdued.
Another person's speech seems mumbled or
Certain sounds the ticking of a watch, the
dripping of a faucet, or the high notes of a violin -
are difficult or impossible to hear.
A continual hissing or ringing background
noise may be heard against normal sounds.
Some people, because of fear, vanity, or lack of
information, are reluctant to acknowledge that
they have hearing problems. Wearing a hearing aid
is a social stigma for some. The dread of finding a
major illness or a need for surgery deters others
from seeking help. Also, many people are under the
impression that most hearing impairments cannot
be helped or that assistance is too costly. Such
fears are unfounded in view of the modern
advances in medical science.
Recognizing a hearing disorder in a child is
particularly difficult. Changes in behavior, such as
refusal to participate in group activities, slowness,
inattention, or poor attitude may be signals of
defective hearing. If a child does not appear to be
trying to talk by the age of 1 year, a qualified ear
specialist otologistt, otolaryngologist, or
otorhinolaryngologist) and an audiologist should
examine the youngster. Some children are born
with defective hearing; others may experience it
through illness or accident. Even a minor
undetected problem can seriously affect a child's
total personality and development. Cases are still
found of children thought to be and treated as dull
or mentally retarded when the problem is actually
hearing loss. Early detection and treatment are
extremely important especially today when even
young children can be treated successfully by use
of hearing aids and speech therapy devices.
Hearing impairments have a variety of causes.
"Conductive" impairments result when there is a
blockage of the passage of air or injury to the
mechanical movement of the outer or middle ear. If
caused by medically treatable conditions, such as
infection, wax build-up, physical blockage, or
rupture of the eardrum, it is not uncommon for the
listener to recover normal hearing. "Sensori-
Neural" or "nerve" impairments cannot usually be
corrected by treatment. Hearing loss either stays
the same or gets worse; it seldom, if ever, gets
better. Such impairments are caused by damage to
the delicate nerve mechanism of the inner ear. The
usual causes are birth defects, illness producing a
high fever, extended exposure to high noise levels,
use of drugs (such as quinine and some antibiotics),
head injuries, vascular problems, or tumors.
German measles occurring in pregnancy can cause
hearing damage to an unborn child. Impairment
can also develop as part of aging.
Where and How to Seek Help
People suffering from hearing loss should have
a medical evaluation by a licensed physician,
preferably one who specializes in diseases of the
ear. Ear specialists can diagnose and treat hearing
impairments. They can tell whether the problem
can be treated with surgery, medicine, or by use of
a hearing aid. The importance of establishing the
cause and type of loss, and thus the treatment,
cannot be overstated. Too often, people with
remediable ear disease fail to get proper attention
until the condition is beyond medical help. In some
cases, particularly where surgery is recommended,
the patient may want to seek a second medical
Once medical or surgical treatment is ruled out
or completed, the ear specialist may refer patients
to an audiologist for tests and recommendations.
On a physician's advice, it is particularly
important for children with hearing impairments to
see an audiologist.
Audiologists are professionally trained and in
some States must satisfy specific requirements for
a license. The American Speech and Hearing As-
sociation (aASHA), whose members are speech and
language pathologists, audiologists, and speech
and hearing scientists, awards certificates of
clinical competence to members who meet specific
requirements and pass a comprehensive national
Various sounds may be used to test hearing
- THE VOICE, THE TICKING OF A WATCH,
TUNING FORKS, NOISEMAKERS,
HANDCLAPS but the principal testing
instrument is an audiometer, which emits
electrically controlled sounds. It precisely
measures and records a patient's hearing thres-
hold. Physicians may use audilogical test results to
diagnose specific hearing problems. This testing is
particularly significant because it can be repeated
over time to detect changes in hearing.
The audiologist may help the physician evaluate
test data to determine whether the patient would
benefit from a hearing aid and in some cases may
recommend a particular type. Alternatively, a
physician may determine that consultation with an
audiologist is not warranted and refer the patient
directly to a hearing aid dispenser for a hearing aid
Role and Responsibilities of the Dispenser
A dispenser sells, leases, or rents hearing aids.
The dispenser may or may not be a medical doctor
or an audiologist. An dispenser's functions include
giving the patient hearing tests for selection and
fitting of hearing aids, encouraging prospective
users to try amplification, making impressions for
ear molds, counseling hearing-impaired people on
adapting to a hearing aid, and repairing damaged
In most States hearing aid dispensers are
licensed under standards of competence and a
strict code of ethics. The National Hearing Aid
Society has a voluntary certification program for
An FDA regulation effective August 25, 1977,
imposes conditions for the sale of hearing aids to
help prevent misrepresentation and to assure
adherence to proper medical standards. Hearing
aid dispensers must obtain a written statement
from the patient signed by a licensed physician
stating that the patient's hearing has been
medically evaluated and that the patient is
considered a candidate for a hearing aid. This
medical evaluation must have taken place no
longer than 6 months before the date of sale. The
dispenser must give the patient written instruction
for using the hearing aid selected and check with
the patient for understanding.
Dispensers must also advise patients to con-
sult a physician or ear specialist promptly if the
dispenser finds any of these conditions: visible
congenital or traumatic deformity of the ear;
history of active drainage from the ear within the
previous 90 days; acute or chronic dizziness;
unilateral hearing loss of sudden or recent onset
within the previous 90 days; visible evidence of a
significant accumulation of wax or the presence of
a foreign body in the ear canal; pain or discomfort
in the ear; or audiometric air-bone gap equal to or
grater than 15 decibels at 500 Hertz, 1000 Hertz,
and 2000 Hertz. (Hertz is a measurement of sound
Patients 18 or older may waive the medical
evaluation requirement, but the dispenser is
required to warn them beforehand that it is not in
their best health interests. The dispenser must
avoid encouraging patients to waive the medical
examination. Whenever a patient chooses to waive,
the dispenser is required to obtain his signature on
the following statement:
"I have been advised by (hearing aid dis-
penser's name) that the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration has determined that my best health
interest would be served if I had a medical evalua-
tion by a licensed physician (preferably a physician
who specializes in diseases of the ear) before pur-
chasing a hearing aid. I do not wish a medical
evaluation before purchasing a hearing aid.
(patient's name) (date)."
The dispenser must keep a copy of each
patient's medical evaluation or a signed waiver on
file for 3 years.
For patients under 18, medical evaluation
before sale of a hearing aid is mandatory. Children
with a hearing loss should also be directed to an
audiologist because hearing loss may cause
problems in their language development,
education, and social growth and they may there-
fore have need for special rehabilitation or speech
Types of Hearing Aids
A hearing aid is a miniature amplifying
system designed to compensate for hearing loss. It
A microphone that picks up sound waves
and converts them into electrical signals.
An amplifier to increase the strength of the
A battery providing energy to operate the
A receiver, which changes the electrical
signals back to sound waves.
A specially fitted ear mold that connects the
receiver to the ear canal.
There are basically four types of hearing aids:
The "all-in-the ear" aid fits directly into the
ear, and extends partly into the ear canal. This aid
has no external wires and is light in weight. It is
used mostly in cases of mild hearing loss.
The "behind-the-ear" unit is small and fits
snugly behind the ear. Microphone amplifier and
receiver are in one unit connected to the ear mold
by a short plastic tube. This type of aid is suitable
for losses ranging from mild to severe.
The "eyeglass" type of aid is similar to the
"behind-the-ear" model except that it is built into
an eyeglass frame.
The "body" aid has a larger microphone,
amplifier, and power supply in a pocket carrying
case connected by a cord to the receiver, which is
attached directly to the ear mold. The "body" aid
is most suitable for people with severe hearing
One type of receiver, not widely used but
practical for certain clinical conditions, involves
conduction of sound through a bone behind the ear
instead of amplification.
A "monaural" system consists of a hearing aid
for one ear; a "binaural" system uses two hearing
aids, one for each ear. Costs of hearing aids depend
on the range of the instrument and its special
features, such as telephone pickup, or adjustable
tone and volume control.
The prospective user should not be overly
influenced by price or appearance. The most
expensive or attractive-looking aid may not be the
best for him. No single hearing aid is suitable for
all types of hearing loss. No hearing aid can either
cause or prevent additional loss, or cure an
Hearing aids can be sold through the mail,
provided they meet FDA regulation requirements.
A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruling
requires that a firm ship mail orders 30 days from
purchase or by the agreed-upon time in the
contract. Failing this, the firm must inform the
purchaser of the delay. Purchasers may cancel
orders if a company changes the date of shipment
In buying a hearing aid, the purchaser should
keep in mind that he is the best judge of which aid
is most comfortable and provides the most help.
Many hearing aid manufacturers offer trial-
rental or purchase option plans, usually up to 30
days. The purpose is to allow the purchaser enough
time to judge the instrument's effectiveness and
benefits. Prospective wearers who take advantage
of such trial programs should still have the medical
evaluation examination even if they find the aid
improves their hearing during the trial period.
The purchaser should be patient and unhurried
in making judgments. It takes time to get used to
wearing an aid. The dispenser can provide help in
adapting to the aid, as well as provide any needed
mechanical and electronic adjustments. In
selecting an aid, it is imperative to shop for quality
of service in addition to quality of product.
Problems With Products
Consumers who have problems with or
complaints about hearing aids or dispensers should
report these problems to authorities. For example,
if a dispenser misrepresents or fails to observe
FDA's conditions-of-sale requirements, the con-
stiner should contact the nearest FDA District
Office listed in his local telephone directory of
write to the Agency.
FDA investigators follow up on such
complaints. They will visit the dispenser involved
and audit the required conditions of sale and the
labeling of hearing aids. Under the Food, Drug,
and Cosmetic Act violations can bring jail or fines.
For a first offense, the penalty is a maximum of a
$1,000 fine or 1 year in jail, or both.
Complaints on service rendered by a dispenser
should be directed to State agencies such as State
attorneys general, hearing aid licensing boards, or
local consumer agencies. The National Hearing Aid
Society may also be contacted at 20361 Middlebelt
Road, Livonia, Mich. 48152. Its toll-free Hearing
Aid Helpline number is (800) 521-5247.
In many areas, speech and hearing centers
associated with hospitals or universities can also
provide assistance in selecting a hearing aid. Most
of these centers offer a wide range of services,
including examination by a physician specializing
in diseases of the ear, various types of hearing
tests, a hearing aid evaluation by an audiologist,
and additional services, such as training in lip
reading and counseling.
More detailed facts on hearing and hearing
aids are given in the booklet titled: "Facts About
Hearing and Hearing Aids," a joint publication of
the National Bureau of Standards and FDA. Free
copies are available by writing to: FDA/Hearing
Aids, 8757 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.
Information on how to recognize hearing loss
is available from such organizations as the Better
Hearing Institute, 1430 K St., NW., Suite 200,
Washington, D.C. 20005.
Thanks to technology and advances in science
and medicine, hearing loss today is not necessarily
the problem for an individual that it was a few
generations ago. People with hearing impairments
often can lead normal lives. Usually, it's merely a
case of taking action to see that proper medical
attention is sought as soon as the problem is
(Research and writing for this article were done
by Joan Rudick and Richard Bimonte of FDA's
Bureau of Medical Devices.)
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Well folks, the reunion, celebrating the fifteenth year of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, is his-
tory, April 2nd dawned cloudy and wet but 137 undaunted Ditch Diggers braved the elements and began to
congregate at the Sunset Golf Club on Snell Isle before eleven A.M. Incidentally, this is a most satisfactory
place for our reunions and it has been selected for the 1948 gathering.
The large and beautifully decorated lounge was soon filled with the chatter of Oldtimers greeting
other Oldtimers they hadn't seen since last year or, perhaps, since they left the Zone. Mrs. W.J. (Anna)
Bartless and her Reception Committee consisting of Mesdames Bradley, Hudson, Hussey and Judd were
kept busy welcoming the new arrivals and pinning on convention badges whenever they could persuade
anyone to stand still long enough. Groups of the hardier sex were soon rebuilding the Canal in the club
bar, where the ladies could not be permitted to assist, due to the bar's proximity to the men's locker-room.
They had to imbibe at tables in the dining room.
After several attempts, the loudspeaker was finally heard above the din urging everyone to be seated
and the guests were assembled in the dining room where they feasted on delicious baked ham, sweet pota-
toes and young lima beans with all the usual trimmings, topped off by apple pie.
Dinner over, the meeting was called to order by outgoing President John W. Wilson. He introduced
Vice Mayor Robinson, pinch-hitting for the Mayor who was ill, who welcomed the guests to St. Petersburg.
Mr. Robison divulged that he felt a kinship existed between him and the Society, as the young lady who is
now Mrs. Robinson, had accepted an invitation to teach in the Canal Zone schools several years ago and it
required all of the eloquence he could muster to persuade her to cancel her trip and marry him.
Chaplain Charles H. Beetham delivered an eloquent and moving invocation after which the various
committees made their reports.
Nominations for officers for the ensuing year were next in order and the Nominating Committee con-
sisting of C.J. Bordlt, C.W. Duey, Guy Johannes, Ray Keene and F.J. Lyons presented the following slate,
which was unanimously elected for 1947:
President Martin M. Casey
Vice President Thomas M. Drake
Secretary-Treasurer William J. Bartlett
Corresponding Secretary James F. Everett
Chaplain Charles H. Beetham
The new officers were promptly assembled on the lawn, where the sun was now shining and had their
photograph taken for publication in the local newspapers along with a writeup of the reunion. With such a
fine lineup the business of your society should be transacted with the same zeal and enthusiasm displayed
by the retiring officers who have incidentally, given assurance of their continued interest and wholehearted
Tribute was paid the founder of our society in the following resolution presented by Charles H.
Beetham seconded by J.F. Everett, and S.G. Hussey and heartily approved by the entire assembly:
1. That in recognition of the valuable services that Mr. John F. Warner has for so many years so un-
selfishly and efficiently rendered our organization, we in convention assembled do hereby by
rising vote, tender him our sincere thanks and appreciation
2. That realizing, as we do, that Mr. Warner has been the main instrument in bringing our organi-
zation to its present level, we further exemplify our appreciation and do here and now and for as
long as our organization shall exist, recognize and designate him as the Father of our
3. That this resolution be placed in our records and that a copy of the same be forwarded to Mr.
John F. Warner, founder of the Panama Canal
Society, with a group of his teachers. L. to R. 1st.
row: John Warner, Charlotte Jensen, Juanita Ore,
Elva Smith, Virginia Clement, Theresa Mickle,
unknown, 2nd row: Jessie Banan, Beverly Hodges,
Florence Peterson, Irene Brown, unknown. 3rd.
row: Ralph Jensen, Ruth Fraser, Gertrude
"ODE TO THE PANAMA CANAL"
Where the beautiful blue Caribbean
Reflects the tropical moon,
Are the Locks of the ocean short-cut
That bears the name of Gatun.
That's the Atlantic entrance
Of the Panama Canal.
Where many heroes and champions
Gave up their precious lives.
To establish the envied record
Of America's Engineering skill.
As the world declare in one accord,
It leads all others still.
Tourists come from far and near
To see the great Canal.
They keep coming from year to year.
Bringing their dogs, birdies and all.
Come' see the communion of waters
Where those mighty oceans kiss.
'Tis not only the canal that matters
But oh' such earthly bliss.
You'll see where the French men started
You'll see where they left off too.
You'll see what the Americans parted
To let those big ships through.
Take a trip through the Panama Canal
A great wonder of the world.
The land divided, the world united
Through the Panama Canal.
JOSEPH D. DIXON COLON, R.P.
37 Kids and a Helluva Time
This story starts about 1926-1927 if my
memory serves me right. The Powers That Be
constructed two buildings in New Cristobal
directly in back of the Catholic church and the
Good Samaritan Hospital on "G" Street. They
were numbered 20 and 21. The construction was of
the duplex type, with the bedrooms upstairs and as
far as I can remember, the first of it's kind on the
Canal Zone for the average employee.
They stood completely by themselves in vast
fields which were later surrounded by cottages and
what was then called "The Grain Elevators".
These quarters were assigned at that time to
the four largest families residing on the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus. The Heim family with ten
Wirtz family with eleven so counting the adults
who naturally were responsible for this population
explosion, we numbered forty five in these two
We lived next door to the Coffey's (and later to
the Rankins, Tommy, Al, Carlos and Anita) and
the Wirtz family lived next door to the Smiths. Of
course, this was almost 55 years ago, so excuse me
if I'm unable to remember all the details and
names, but I'll give it a try.
In the Wirtz family, the ones I can remember
were Christian, Chester, Edison (Googie),
Elizabeth, Willie and Bob. As you can see, I can't
remember five. Then there were the Smiths; Jim,
Sam, Fannie and Alice. Now out of that eight, I
can only remember four. Then there were the
Coffey's; Jack, Bill, Dan, Gene, Bob, Dave and a
daughter Pat so again I'm missing one and
then the great Heim clan.
Cristobal Primary and High School was about
five or six blocks away on Colon Beach, and on
school days we must have looked like a small
parade going to gain what knowledge we might
absorb from such mentors as the Misses Good;
Mary Moore; Mrs. Washabaugh; Misses Crozier,
Spencer, Ertell, Wold (who lately passed away) and
later that most lovely lady, Miss Bess Lytell, and
many others that devoted their time attempting to
pound some knowledge into our embryonic minds.
They did succeed with some, however I'm not one
The Heims and Coffey's were catholics and the
Wirtz's and Smiths were protestants, so our small
community was something like Northern Ireland is
today. However, in spite of this we did manage to
come to terms with each other.
In the vacant lot (later taken over with those
damn cottages and grain elevators) we made a
baseball diamond. We had baseball gloves made
from canvas the show-offs had store bought
gloves. Broom sticks and tennis balls made up the
rest of our equipment. Billy Coffey, from this
juvenile beginning became quite a star on the
Colon Baseball team. I often wonder if Rod Carew,
now playing with the Los Angeles Angels started
his career the same way in Colon.
On our way to school we would stop, either to
or from, at the Chinaman's on one corner or at the
Dew Drop Inn on the other corner, owned by Jack
and Evelyn Dwyer's parents. Their parents also
had a band that played at the Stranger's Club on
Jim Smith and, if I remember correctly, either
Chester or Edison Wirtz built a small house on top
of a 12 x 12 pole, directly in back of our house, and
the only way to be one of the elite for entrance in
this castle in the sky (at least that was the feeling
I had in those years as a small boy) was to climb a
very insecure rope ladder. One day you were
permitted this great privilege and the next day
you were probably told to drop dead. One's
position in life at this time was about as secure as
the lousy ladder that carried one to this great
pinacle of privilege.
As I remember, we youngsters practically had
our own zoo. We had a goat (later sold by Dan
Coffey to some Hindu), a coati Mundi who loved
ants with a passion (that is, to satisfy his hunger).
We had white mice (who later got away and
invaded all of the land crab holes). That is almost a
story in itself. Of course, guinea pigs and num-
erous cats and dogs.
It was surely a great and wonderful time in all
of our young lives and I'm sure also that those of
us that lived in these two homes on the Canal Zone
will, or I should say do, remember them with the
fondest of memories.
Then came the cottages and the grain
elevators to take away our isolation. Moving into
,them however, were such wonderful families as the
Bogg's with their three girls, Stella, Anita and
Zona. Also their wonderful parents. I will never
grow too old not to remember Max Boggs he
was always so great. Then the Tipton's; Lonnie,
Hugo, Hazel, George and another daughter whose
name I can't recall. Then there was Captain
Majilton and his two sons, Jimmie and Eddie and
Alec Arick. Also across the street from us was the
very lovely Mary Ann Carruthers. There were so
many others that moved into our baliwick, I just
wish that I could remember all of their names.
As I have said before, I try by my small effort,
to live again in writing about those wonderful days
on the Canal Zone. It was just one helluva
28 (lEatiA c go0 .....
The 22nd. Anniversary Reunion was held on
January 14-15, 1954 at the Hotel Sereno, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Appriximately 300 members
attended the first day when they held their Annual
Business Meeting. By the time they had their
reunion luncheon the next day, there were over 500
members in attendance. Mayor Samuel G.
Johnson, Mayor of St. Petersburg was the Guest
Speaker. Mr. John Warner, founder of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, also gave a short talk.
There were members present from 19 states, the
Canal Zone and Costa Rica, and it was called the
largest and best reunion in the Societies' history!
The "big ditch," better known as the Panama Canal, was Item
No. 1 when Panama Canal Society of Florida held its annual
get-together for a "remember when" confab. To the left is J.
Floyd McTyier, who was in the Panama Canal Zone in 1907-09
to organize a YMCA clubhouse, and at the right, John Warner,
in the Panama Canal Zone from 1906-32. He organized the Pan-
ama Canal Society.
Officers of Panama Canal Society of Florida shown above are,
left to right, Charles G. Calvit, president; Mrs. Lucille S. Judd,
secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Burt W. Hall, corresponding secre-
tary; and Arthur L. Miner, vice president. Another officer,
Charles H. Beethan, chaplain, was not present at the reunion.
At the luncheon that brought the reunion to a close, Mayor
Samuel G. Johnson and Mrs. Johnson were guests of honor.
About 500 persons attended the meeting.
End of an Era
The Birth and Death of the
Canal Zone Post Office, 1904-1979
(The following article, taken from The Amer-
ican Philatelist, February, 1982 has been
condensed for this publication with permission
from the author. For a full text, please write the
by Robert J. Karrer, Jr.
Ther term "dead country" is quite familiar to
most philatelists. It does not connote a land of
eternal siesta, but does, however, indicate a postal
entity which once flourished if only for a short
time but which has now ceased issuing its own
stamps. Most collectors, however, tend to think of
"dead country" as something akin to Azerbaijan,
Mozambique Company, or New Brunswick.
History is not stagnant, and even the past
decade has seen a tremendous number of changes
although it is also obvious that most are additions
or name changes rather than deletions. The history
of the past century can be traced quite easily
merely by studying the postal emissions of the dif-
So, to be physically present at the moment a
place becomes that proverbial "dead country" is
both exhilarating as well as sad. Such was my lot
on September 30, 1979, when the Canal Zone
joined that long line of now-extinct philatelic
dinosaurs. Before going into the events of late
September 1979 on the Isthmus of Panama,
however, it would be well to review the philatelic
history of the Canal Zone. Indeed, it is a most in-
teresting story, replete with great rarities and a
variety hunter's paradise, and with a generally
very conservative issue policy through the years
that has created a "blue chip" country situation
and a true challenge for the most avid collector or
postal history buff.
As dead countries go, the Canal Zone has a
relatively long history. Its beginning coincides
closely with that of the Republic of Panama, many
of whose early stamps also were used in the Canal
Zone after appropriate overprints had been added.
Soon after Panama gained its independence from
Columbia, a treaty granting the United States the
power to "act as if sovereign in perpetuity"
was signed between the two countries. The reason
for this action lie in a tangled web of intrigue, but
this aspect of history really has no place in this
particular story. Suffice to say that from the very
start, it was the ultimate goal of Panama to
recover the Canal Zone and unite all of her national
territory under one flag.
One of the early acts of the new U.S. adminis-
tration in the Canal Zone was the establishment of
a postal system, and on June 24, 1904, the Canal
Zone Postal Service (CZPS) was inaugurated with
offices in the townsites of Ancon, Cristobal, Gatun,
Empire, and La Boca. The next day, additional
offices were opened at Bohio, Culebra, Gorgona,
and Matachin (Fig. 1)
Through the years branch offices came and
went as construction towns were abandoned or
disappeared under the waters of Lake Gatun,
military bases were built and dismantled, and new
townsites erected. The CZPS served residents of all
these towns and bases as well as a significant
number of Panamanians who preferred the Canal
Zone facilities to their own.
Compared with the so-called "Sand Dunes"
and even the more normal stamp issuing countries,
the Zone's stamp issuing policy over the years may
best be described as ultra-conservative. More than
165 regulars or commemoratives and fifty air mails
were printed in all. In fact, it became rather frus-
trating to collectors at times as no
commemoratives at all were issued after 1964,
although in later years some regulars were
designed in a pictorial format when rate changes
necessitated a new issue.
In 1977 the historic Carter-Torrijos Panama
Canal Treaties were signed and the end of the
American Era on the Isthmus was in sight. Among
the provisions of the treaties was a commitment to
terminate the CZPS. So, in 1978, when the treaties
passed the U.S. Senate by the narrowest of
margins, concrete steps had to be initiated to close
up shop. Under the agreements, the reversion of
the Canal Zone to Panama was to take place at
midnight of September 30, 1979.
Although termination of the CZPS was to be
undertaken, some consideration had to be devoted
to the postal requirements of the American
community serving on the Isthmus. As a result, as
had been done elsewhere in the world, provisions
for a military postal system were included in the
Status of Forces Agreement written to regulate
the military presence in Panama to the year 2000.
This new postal system, under the sponsorship
of the U.S. Air Force, would operate for the benefit
of the U.S. military people and their families, the
American civilian employees of the Department of
Defense and the newly established Panama Canal
Commission which was to replace the Panama
Canal Company as the operator of the actual canal
facilities. In the meantime, during the months
prior to reversion, preparations were made to turn
over some of the existing CZPS offices to the
Republic of Panama. Others were scheduled for
permanent closure, while half of the total were to
be converted into military facilities using employ-
ees of the CZPS and military personnel.
U.S. stamps only were to be permitted in the
newly-established APO's, and of course no Canal
The post office at Empire was one of the first to be opened in the Canal Zone in 1904. As Canal construction work changed location,
post offices were moved or new ones opened to follow the workers. FIG. 1
Zone issues could be used in Panama, so Canal
Zone postal authorities suspended new printing
orders with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
(BEP) except in dire emergencies (such as occurred
when the rates were increased to fifteen cents when
the U.S. domestic rates went up in the spring of
1978). As the depletion of existing stocks was
undertaken, a number of back-of-the-safe items
appeared, to the delight of collectors, and at the
very end patrons were permitted to turn in full
sheets of unused stamps for a full refund. As a
result of this policy, such obsolete issues as the 6-
cent Goethals Memorial and 8-cent Fort San
Lorenzo stamps sometimes appeared, as well as a
wide range of postal stationery items.
In order to facilitate the smooth transfer of
some offices to their new operators and to secure
those destined for permanent closure, the CZPS
announced the following in mid-September:
Patrons of the CZPS are advised that it will be
necessary to close the branch offices in the town-
sites before September 29 in order to complete
audits at these offices. The branch offices will be
delivery units only. Prepaid articles deposited in
the drops will continue to be postmarked and dis-
patched at all branches until the close of business.
September 28. Postal authorities have made every
effort to ensure that postal patrons will be able to
transact their postal business for a few days at
another nearby facility when the one in their town
closes. For instance, a patron will no longer be able
to buy stamps, purchase cash money orders and
postal savings or present items for mailing at
windows at the Margarita branch office after the
close of business on September 18, but can
continue to transact these services at the Cristobal
Post office until it is closed September 29.
The branch offices at Rodman and Rainbow
City will be closed effective September 20; Fort
Amador on September 21; Albrook AFS and
Gatun on September 24; Coco Solo and Fort Gulick
on September 25; Fort Clayton September 26;
Gamboa, Paraiso and Howard AFB, September 27;
and Fort Davis on September 28. The main offices
at Balboa and Cristobal will be closed effective
Thus, by the end of the last week the few
remaining offices literally were mob scenes, with
waits of up to two hours the rule rather than the
exception. Normal business needs by then were
compounded by the many people wishing to
purchase Canal Zone stamps as souvenirs, and as
the last day approached this frantic level of
activity grew apace.
To compound the confusion, it was at this time
that the CZPS reissued a very excellent book by
former Canal Zone Judge Tatelman. This book first
had been published in 1961 and was sold for years
through the Canal Zone Philatelic Agency for
$2.50. It was reissued at the price of $4.50, with a
supplement by Hugh Cassibry updated the
original offering for an additional $2.00. Thus, the
remaining post offices were inundated not only by
greatly increased numbers of postal patrons, but
also by the souvenir hunter, memorabilia buff, and
book buyers as well.
"Treaty Day," as it came to be known in the
Canal Zone, fell on a Sunday a day which under
normal circumstances was not a postal worday
except for basic sorting and processing. However,
this was not to be the case on September 30, 1979;
in fact, it was very likely the busiest day in the
history of the CZPS not in terms of sales, as
none were made (even the coil stamp machines had
been removed from the post office lobbies some
time earlier) but in terms of mail handled. The
desire of collectors worldwide to get a last day
cancel was incredible.
In the months prior to the last day, the local
postal authorities received permission to mark the
end of the CZPS via a special commemorative
slogan cancel on letters posted at Balboa and
Cristobal only (by then, these were the only offices
still open for processing of mail). In addition to the
normal circular date marking in the canceling
machines, a special slogan was added reading
"CANAL ZONE POSTAL SERVICE 1904-1979
LAST DAY OF POSTAL OPERATIONS" (Fig.
This slogan was to be used only on outgoing
mail on the 30th; however, because its planned use
received world-wide publicity, packets of letters
ready for canceling began pouring into the post
office weeks in advance. Many different cachets
were prepared by enterprising stamp clubs,
commercial cachet makers, and just plain
collectors. Even the CZPS made one, which was an
immediate sellout at ten cents each (Fig. 3).
1904 -1979 L3 "[, P ,A .. 5
All~ U,1AY OF O
Our new ICC, (Isthmian Collectors Club) which
began in 1975, had undertaken several previous
efforts in conjunction with first days, post office
closings, and special slogan cancels. The design of
an appropriate cachet (Figure 4) was commissioned
and some 2,000 envelopes were printed in the U.S.
It was necessary to have the printing done outside
the CZ, as by September there were literally no
envelopes on the entire Isthmus: a natural result of
the run on existing stocks of envelopes when
apparently everybody wanted to make his own last
On the 30th the Circle activity could only be
described as a carnival, spilling over onto the
portico of the post office, which up to then
religiously had been kept clear of commercial
activity (Fig. 5). The local cachet makers were
there and prices were sky high. In the near-
hysteria to get a souvenir to memorialize the
"good old days," no price seemed to be too high.
A 15-cent stamp frequently went for one dollar,
and plate blocks were a minimum of five dollars
each. The crowds pressed in and many tears could
be seen as the local American community appeared
to be trying to grasp any reminder of "how it
was". By 5 p.m. the post office had ceased to
accept mail and the crowds thinned out, leaving
only a few hardy sellers on the portico dealing with
As midnight approached a few people gathered
on the circle to see what would transpire at
twelve, at which time the Canal Zone would cease
to exist and a new era begin. Amidst the stream of
joyously horn-tooting Panamanian cars, the
explosions of fireworks, and the glare of skyrockets
over Ancon Hill, a sedan and truck drove up to the
building and disgorged the new managers and
employees. After a jubilant photo session on the
portico which had just recently been emptied of the
last peddlers, the new owners entered the nearly
In the back of the truck was the plastic
billboard sign proclaiming the building as "part of
the "Correos Nacionales," and a twenty-foot
flagpole. A worker immediately began chipping a
hole by hand in the cement sidewalk in front of the
maindoor, but the hard material defeated his
efforts, and to the scarcely concealed amusement
of the observing "Zonites" (as American residents
of the Isthmus invariably are referred to), the
chagrined Panamanians moved to a nearby grassy
plot and soon had the pole erected.
Amidst the emotions surrounding the transfer
of ownership, the actual takeover seemed almost un-
real, and the comic opera flagpole scene served to
break the tensions amongst the erst-while subdued
"Zonites." The new flagpole remains where it
eventually was erected that night, and except for a
new fresh cement patch where the abortive
attempt was undertaken, no sign remains of the
evening's successful activity.
October 1 was another lovely day; one devoted
to numerous ceremonies, both military and civilian,
in which the new era was welcomed by flag
raising, speech making, and public celebrations.
The day was quite naturally a national holiday in
Panama, and also had been designated a holiday
for the U.S. military and Panama Canal Company
employees. Therefore, the chance for the true FDC
was not to be, and any October 1, 1979, cancels are
after-the-fact philatelic favors of no true postal
As a result of the Treaties, the former Canal
Zone post offices at Coco Solo, Gatun, and
Margarita were closed. Gatun had been one of the
two original post offices still open. Its compatriot,
The Balboa Post Office, one of the two main post .*.. in the Canal Zone. is located on Stevens Circle. The Circle is named after the
Canals second Chief Engineer, John F Stevens, who created a living and working environment that made construction of
the Canal possible.
Cristobal, was to be reopened by the Panamanians,
along with the offices at Rainbow City, Gamboa,
Paraiso, and Balboa. Under the Treaties, the
Panamanian residents of Paraiso and Rainbow
City were not granted access to the new military
post offices, and so the small, unprofitable offices
at these two towns were retained, while offices
serving the "Zonite" communities remained closed,
as the U.S. civilians had been granted full APO
privileges. Their boxes at the now-defunct post
offices were closed and they were assigned new
ones at the facilities operated by the U.S. Air
Let us retreat for a moment to another
significant date in this story: April 22, 1980. On
that day, branch post offices of the Panama
system were opened at For Davis, Fort Clayton,
Rodman, Albrook AFS, and Howard AFB. These
mini-post offices are located in small prefabricated
buildings adjacent to the APO's, and offer regular
services to the public under the provisions of the
Panama Canal Treaty, which authorizes Panama to
open postal facilities at what are termed "defense
sites" that are under nominal U.S. jurisdiction -
but not sovereignty, for at these defense sites the
U.S. AND Panama flags fly side-by-side, with the
Panama flag in the position of honor.
Other military areas which Panamanian
National Guardsmen and the U.S. military operate
jointly are known as "Areas of Military Coordina-
tion." In these (Quarry Heights, Fort Amador, and
Fort Gulick), there are no Panama post offices at
present; however, it is not impossible to expect
more mini-post offices to arise in the future,
especially at Fort Amador, where the National
Guard has a major base at present. Some of the
services offered at these mini-post offices should
prove to be popular, as in many cases their rates or
speed of delivery are very advantageous to the
For the reader interested in this or other ICC
activities, queries will be cheerfully answered in
exchange for a SASE sent to me at Box 1807,
APO Miami FL 34003, or to Box 1807, Quarry
Heights, Republic of Panama.
A resident of the Isthmus off and on since 1967, and a collector
of Canal Zone stamps and postal history since 1970, LTC
Robert J. Karrer, Jr., is presently stationed at Quarry Heights
with the United States Southern Command. He is co-founder of
the Isthamian Collector's Club, and at this time is secretary/
treasurer of the group and editor of the ICC monthly
The SS Ancon making the 25th anniversary transit
through Gatun Locks in August, 1939. Backs to
the camera are: Mrs. Victor Carruthers and Mrs.
Audit C committee lHport
St. Petersburg, Florida
February 25, 1982
Mr. Russell M. Jones
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mr. Jones:
Your audit committee haa completed its examination of the books
and accounts of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the period
January 1 through December 31, 1981. As a result of that audit, we are
transmitting herewith a statement showing beginning fund balances,
receipts and expenditures for the year and fund balances at December
31, 1981 for both the Society and Blood Bank.
All receipts for the year were deposited into the Society checking
account and all disbursements were made therefrom by check, either
directly or by replenishment of petty cash funds maintained by the
Secretary-Treasurer and Recording Secretary. All fund balances were
verified. Spot checks were made from the Cash Receipts Register to
individual Society Membership Record Cards and all were found to be
in agreement. Similar spot cheks were made from the Disbursement
Register to suppliers' invoices or other debt advices and they too
were found to be in agreement.
Society membership increased approximately 300 over the proceeding
yearwith a corresponding increase of just under $3,000.0C in dues
income. Interest income from savings accounts also increased some $1,500.
These increases in income, however, were offset by the increased cost
of the Canal Record and annual directory resulting from increased member-
ship and inflation.
The audit committee would like to take this opportunity to express
its appreciation to Mrs. Jean B. Mann, Sceretary-Treasurer, for her
cooperation during the course of the audit and to again commend her for
maintain an exceptionally neat and accurate set of records and accounts.
Daile D. Keigl'ey, Chairmanr->
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Statement of income and expenses and changes in fund balances
January 1 through December 31, 1981
Fund balances at January 1, 1981:
Checking accounts ..................................................
Certificate of deposit .............................................
Savings account ....................................................
Petty cash .........................................................
Total fund balances at January 1, 1981 ........................
Annual reunion .....................................................
Other Society reimbursable social activities .......................
Sales of Panama Canal Society auto tags, decals, books, etc ........
Interest on certificate of deposit and savings account .............
Total receipts for the year ...................................
General & Administrative expenses of Blood Bank (fund transfer)...
Canal record and annual directory .................................
Annual reunion (includes $7,150.00 prepaid expense of 1982).......
Other Society reimbursable social activities ......................
Cost of P. C. Society auto tags, decals, books, etc. for sale.....
Taxes, Society Security, Workmen's Compensation, etc ..............
Office expenses: Postage.............................................
Monthly meetings (hall rental, hospitality, etc.) .................
Total expenditures for the year ..............................
Fund balanes at December 31, 1981:
Checking accounts ................................................
Certificates of deposit..........................................
Savings account ..................................................
Petty cash .......................................................
Total fund balances at December 31, 1981....................
11,435.65 6,248.13 17,683.78
Treat yourself, family and friends to the Finest
The Society will continue to celebrate our 50th.
Anniversary and much more so in July, as it was on
July 24, 1932 that our Society was founded.
Joe and Anna Collins will co-chair an exquisite
luncheon buffet and cocktails at the beautiful St.
Petersburg Yacht Club, on Friday, July 2, 1982 at
11:30 a.m. The club is located downtown St. Peters-
burg at 11 Central Avenue, bordering Beach Drive
and 1st. Avenue on Tampa Bay. The luncheon will
be held in the Ballroom, upstairs, where it is deco-
rated with plush navy carpeting, which will go per-
fectly with our 50th. Anniversary and Fourth of
July theme. The President will open this meeting
with a salute to the flag one which has actually
flown over our Nation's Capitol.
Club Policy: Sorry. No guest parking.
Parking is available one block west on 1st.
Avenue and 1st. Street North, in front of the Soreno
Hotel where our Society has hosted several re-
unions. Prices for parking there are 30t for V2 hour;
50t4 for 1 hour or $1.00 all day. In addition, the
parking lot north of the Bayfront Concourse charges
$1.00 all day.
A few of the items on the buffet will be Beef
Burgundy; Breast of Chicken with Bing cherry
sauce; Rice Pilaf; Shrimp Salad, Marinated green
beans; Fresh mushrooms and Almonds; Potato
Salad; Several moulded salads with fresh fruit and
cottage cheese; assorted relish trays sliced toma-
toes, pickled beets, olives, deviled eggs, etc.; tossed
salad with choice of 3 dressings; rolls and butter; as-
sorted desserts Chocolate eclairs, Cream puffs,
Bavarian cream and beverages.
Cost: $9.00 per person.
We must have a minimum of 100 persons attending.
Drinks: Wine and Beer, $1.25; Coca cola 754:
Mixed drinks, $1.50 and $1.75. A cash Bar will be
available. Tax and service charges are included in
the cost per person.
GOURMET LUNCHEON RESERVATION
July 2, 1982
Luncheon Chairman, Mr. C.J. Collins
2301 Woodlawn Cir. W.
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Please make __ __ reservations for the Gourmet
Luncheon at $9.00 per person.
Total enclosed: $_
Reservation deadline 25 June 1982.
Make checks payable to:
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
No refunds unless requested by 28 June 1982.
NEW JERSEY REUNION: July 9, 10, 11,
1982 at the Best Western Hill Motor Lodge (1-80,
exit 45) Tannersville, PA. 18375. Tel: (717) 629-
1667. Estimated price is $50.00 per person, which
includes 2 nights lodging, (required), 2 breakfasts
and one dinner (Saturday). We would love to have
anyone interested in joining us. If more
information is required, please contact Betty
Rathgeber, 200 Baldwin Rd., Glassboro, NJ. Tel:
Our August PCSOFL Luncheon will be held on
August 6, 1982 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort
on 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach,
Florida. The menu will be as follows:
Beef Bourguignonne with buttered noodles
Tossed Salad with housedressing
Vegetables in season
Rolls and butter
Fresh fruit pie
Coffee or tea.
The cost will be $8.00 per person which
includes tax and tip. If you desire, a cash bar will
be set up if you so state on your reservation. It's
going to be a lot of fun in a beautiful hotel, so ya'll
come, heah! Make your reservations early and
make your check payable to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Send your reservations to Mrs.
Samuel H. Rowley, 2248 Morningside Drive, Clear-
water, Fla. 33516. Telephone: (813) 531-7339.
Please be sure to give your name and names of
AUGUST PCSOFL LUNCHEON
August 6, 1982
Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, Luncheon Chairperson
2248 Morningside Drive
Clearwater, Fla 33516
Please make reservations for the
PCSOFL Luncheon at $8.00 per person:
Deadline for reservations is August 1, 1982.
Make your check payable
Society of Florida, Inc.
Do you want a cash Bar?
to the Panama Canal
The Olympia Spa is honored to host the
Annual Gas House Gang Tournament on October
5-6, 1982. Cost for the affair will be as follows:
PACKAGE PLAN: 4 days, 3 nights, October
4, 5, 6, 7, 1982.
Double Occupancy, $165 per person includes:
Room Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
Breakfast Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Dinner Monday, Tuesday. Banquet -
Wednesday, preceded by Cocktail Party.
Green Fees and Cart: Monday, Tuesday,
Check in time: 1:00 P.M. Monday, Check
out time: 1:00 P.M. Thursday.
For persons sharing a room and not golfing,
the cost for the non-golfer is $103.
PERSONS NOT UNDER PACKAGE PLAN:
Tournament and Entry Fee $12.50.
Green Fees and Cart, daily $13.00.
Non-resident Member $10.25 green gees and
Banquet $13.00 per person.
The Olympia Spa will host a Cocktail Party
the hour preceding the Banquet on Wednesday
evening. We are hoping Elmer Orr will again enter-
tain us with his famous stories.
The Spa has set aside 70 rooms for us until
September 20th. We are limited to 144 for golf and
280 for the Banquet. People staying at the Spa
under the Package Plan will be given preference.
Local golfers and guests, second preference and
those attending the Banquet only will be given
third preference. A $25.00 will firm your reserva-
tions. Entry fee for the tournament will be $10.00
and covers a 4-man team (A, B, C, D players) for
the Mexican Best Ball on October 5th. Medal Play
takes place on October 6th. Make up your own
foursome, if you wish. Checks are payable to the
Olympia Spa for room reservations but must be
mailed to Bud Thomas. Tournament entry fees and
handicaps should be mailed to H.M. (Bud) Thomas,
Jr. Address all reservations and entry fees to H.M.
Thomas, Jr., 1903 Adrian Road, Dothan, AL
36303. Tel: 205-793-4760. The Committee will
make your reservations at the Spa and you will
receive your acknowledgment directly from the
Spa. Those wishing to check in early than the 4th,
please state so.
Panama Canal Society of Alabama
The 1982 West Coast Reunion
San Diego, Calif. on September
feature the following program:
to be held in
Friday 10th. Morning-Registration
Friday 10th. Golf Tournament
Friday 10th. Night Starlight Harbor Cruise
Saturday 11 Morning Registration
Saturday 11 Noon Jonny Marzetti Luncheon
Saturday 11 Afternoon Happy Hour No
Saturday 11 Night Banquet and Dance
Sunday 12th. Panam Canal Society of Southern
Calif. Luncheon and Annual
For further information, please write to Conrad
S. Horine, 5728 Barley Ct. Bonita, Calif. 92002.
The Canal Zone Reunion of the Washington,
D.C. Area will hereafter be known as the Canal
Zone Statesiders. The new name better represents
and emphasizes who and what they are, and stand
for. They have changed their face, but their
purpose remains to locate past residents of the
Zone and the Republic, and to provide a place and
a reason to gather together, to share, and keep
alive, the memories of that "special" place.
The Second Annual Picnic of Kerrville's Hill
Country Zonians will be held August 14th. at our
local park, Louise Hays. A catered bar-b-que
dinner will be served for $4.50 adults and $3.00 for
children under 12 years of age. All Zonians in the
surrounding areas or those travelling in our area
are welcome. Reservations should be made no later
than August 9th. and be accompanied with
payments. For information or reservations, contact
Marilyn Carter, 702 Bluebell, Kerrville, TX. 78028
(Tel: (512)-896-4596) or Sue Graham, 906 Lake Dr.,
Kerrville, TX 78028 (Tel: (512)-896-1321)
Anyone knowing the whereabouts and
addresses of former members of the Class of 1950
(BHS), please contact one of the following
members: Shirley (Smith) O'Conner, 13942
Yankton Way, Westminster, Calif. 92683; Pete
Lang, Box 1193, APO Miami, Fla. 34002; Joan
(Powell) Arndt, 677 Eletson Dr., Crystal Lake, Ill.
60014; or John E. Schmidt Jr., 2739 Vassar Rd.,
Tallahassee, Fla. 32308.
Those interested in a CHS'46 Class Reunion in
1983 a 37th. anniversary get-together, contact
Marilyn Marsh, 19520 South Central Point Rd., Ore-
gon City, OR 97045. Now is the time to start gen-
erating some interest so that plans can be formu-
Any member who knows the names and ad-
dresses of known and living Roosevelt Medal hold-
ers, whether they are Society members or not, please
drop the editor a card with your information, so that
we may up-date our roster. Please send to: Editor,
1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, Fl. 33515.
The Canal Zone Statesiders' 5th. Annual
Reunion is coming! CARNIVALITO Dinner/
Dance and Brunch is scheduled for the 26th. and
27th. of June, featuring: Cocktails by poolside,
Music by the Bamboo Lane Boys, Cayuco Races at
the Brunch, Lottery, Door Prizes and other
specials. There will be non-inflationary prices for
the "early birds". For further information, call Ted
Norris, 1906 Prout Place, Falls Church, Va. 22043.
TO CRISTOBAL HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF
1934: William (Bill) Stone, Carlton Horine and
Jerry Gorin recently met in San Francisco. Bill
thought it would be a great idea to have a 50th.
ANNIVERSARY REUNION in Panama in 1984.
Carlton and Jerry concurred. All those interested
Jerry J. Gorin
101 Glenwood Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
OFFICIAL & EXCLUSIVE
A BHS/CHS'63 Twentieth Anniversary reunion
is being planned for St. Petersburg, Fl., during the
summer of 1983. Pass the word to all BHS/CHS
classmates of '63. Hotel reservations will be made
for you. Support this to make it a success. Please
contact the following for details:
(BHS) Chris Skeie
5725 80th. St. #309
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Tel: (813) 544-1014
(CHS) Bev Vaughn (Dockery)
3826 Briarcliff Dr.
Douglasville, GA 30135
Tel: (404) 942-1032
The 6th. Annual Pacific Northwest Reunion will
be held Saturday, August 7, 1982 in The Dalles, OR,
at The Dalles Dam & Train-Visitors Center on the
Columbia River, located off Interstate 84 (formerly
80N), from 10:30 a.m. UNTIL DUSK. There are no
camping or RV facilities at this park. Motel accom-
modations available at The Dalles. A list of motel
accommodations, camping and RV facilities will be
included in the notices that are being sent out. If
you have any further questions, contact Connie
Ebdon (503-298-4586) or Suzanne Kleefkens
(503-296-5097) after 5:30 in the evening.
The newly formed Panama Canal Society of
Colorado is having a pot-luck picnic and introduc-
tory get-together on August 15, 1982, at Carl
Morse Park, Lakewood, Colo. The welcome mat is
out to all and you can contact "BJ" Becker Law at
(303) 988-2221 or Donna Dickson Hudson at (303)
278-2425 for more information.
PICNIC in August The Canal Zone State-
siders announce that their picnic will be held at the
Timberlake Park in Fairfax County, with facilities
for the entire family. Call (703) 893-6853 for more
Persons interested in Canal Zone stamps and
postal history are urged to contact the Secretary of
the Isthmian Collector's Club, LTC Robert J.
Karrer Jr., PSC Box 1807, APO Miami, FL 34003.
More copies of the 1981 Directory, published
by the Canal Zone Statesiders are being printed.
To receive your copy, mail $3.50 to Ted Norris,
1906 Prout Place, Falls Church, VA 22043.
RATES: Charge for 1/20th. (Approx. 31/4" x 1")
page is $2.00; 1/5th. page is $4.00. Send
all ads to Editor, 1408 Bryam Dr. Clear-
water, FL 33514. Ads accepted from
For Sale: (Seen in a California newspaper -
too dark to identify revolver) Panama Canal
Limited Edition by Colt. Only 250 made. Etched
and inlaid in gold with busts of Roosevelt,
Goethals, Gorgas and Stevens on one side and a
scene of Gatun Locks on the other. Oak presenta-
tion case has velvet lining with a blue and gold
plaque. A brass plaque decorates the center of the
lid. $2500.00. Service Arms Company, Midwest
City, OK 73104.
Wanted: Photographs detailing the old forts
and other Spanish constructions in and around old
Portobelo, for a book about SPAIN IN PANAMA.
If original negatives are not available, I would
appreciate original photos which I can readily
copy. Glad to tender remuneration. Arthur R. Tolp
P.O. Box 2073, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Tel: (813)
REUNION PRODUCT ORDER FORM
Hats Blue/Gold Emblem
Cups School Emblem over
"Canal Zone", Plastic Cups,
Minimum Order Two Cups
Book "Rails to the Diggings"
No Mailing Cost
Decals Panama Canal Society
Gold Sea on Royal Blue,
Minimum Order Two Decals
No Mailing Cost
X $ .50
CASH ( )
Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. Make checks
payable to Douglas Crook.
Mail your order to: Douglas Crook
5849 32nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
NOTE: Orders will not be accepted after August 30, 1982.
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