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Canal record
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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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St. Petersburg, Fla
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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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VOL. 17 MARCH 1983 NO.1

J. F. Warner


Albert F. Pate

Mrs. Anna T. Collins

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Richard W. Beall

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Paul Disharoon


Albert F. Pate

Mrs. Anna T. Collins

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Richard W. Pat Beall

Russell M. Jones

Troy Hayes

Victor H. May Jr.

Harry C. Egolf

Contents .
The President's M message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary ................................ ............. 2
Editor's Corner ....................................... ...... ....... 2
Legislative Report ............................... ..... ............ 3
Highlights of M minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 4
Reunion Information ............................................... 6
The Canal Zone in Uniform ........................................... 8
R etirem ents ..................................................... .. 11
News Clips ........................................................ 11
News Condensed from the "Spillway" ................................. 13
Your Reporter Says: ................................................ 21
Alabama ...................... 21 North Carolina .............. 34
Arkansas ...................... 22 Northwest ................... 35
California..................... 25 Panama .................... 36
Colorado ...................... 27 South Carolina ............... 38
Florida ....................... 28 Texas ...................... 39
Louisiana ..................... 31 V irginia .................... 42
M ississippi .................... 33
Proposed Revised and Amended By-Laws ........................ Centerfold
Annual Audit Report ......................................... Centerfold
New-Members since the Annual Issue ............................ Centerfold
C congratulations ..................................................... 42
W here Are You? .................................................... 45
Weddings.......................................................... 45
Births .............................. ........................ 46
With Deep Sorrow.................................................. 47
Letters to the Editor ................................................. 52
Looking Back ...................................................... 58
Notices ............................................... .......... 64
For Sale or W anted .................................................. 65

Vigilant Real Estate 17 Harris Real Estate ... 31 Precision Instrument. 33

Front Cover: depicting two dancers in pollera and montuno costume, appeared in the
Panama Canal Review of November 1965.
Back Cover: Pen and ink drawing of the tug Gulf Raider when she was leading ships
into Canal waters, provided by Isthmian artist, John B. Morton, of the Panama
Canal Commission.


Mar. 4 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd. Gulfport,
FL. Thomas A. Ravelli, Pres. NARFE Chapter 17 is Guest
Mar. 23 Regular Meeting, Aiken, S.C., at Duff's on Rte 19 and Whiskey
Rd. at 1:00 p.m.
Mar. 26 Colorado Dinner-Dance, Ramada Inn, Wheatbridge, on 1-70 and
Kipling. 6:00 p.m. (See Colorado News for Reservations).
Apr. 1 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, FL
Apr. 5 Marion District Ditch Diggers Picnic Lake Walenda Camp
Grounds, 12 miles east of Ocala, FL off state Rd. 40-E.
May 6 Reunion Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., 5730 Shore Blvd.,
Gulfport, FL. For Reunion Committee members and other in-
terested parties.
May 12-14 Annual Reunion of PCSOFL, Holiday Inn Surfside, Clearwater
Beach, FL
June 11 Sixth All-in-one-day Annual Reunion of Statesiders, Ramada Inn,
Greater Washington, D.C. area.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

2o (A Non-Profit Organization)
o To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
(USPS 0880-2000)
P.O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for the good and welfare of its members, and is
published five times a year in March, June, September, November and December.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year. Entered as 2nd.
Class matter and 2nd. Class Postage paid at the Post Office at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.

All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives.

Printed by ROBERTS PRINTING, INC. Dunedin, FL 33528
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

5J'z&icLatZt 'I

Our 50th Anniversary Year Spirit keeps gaining mo-
mentum, by Reunion time we will be ready for the most
fabulous and memorable occasion; the closing of our 50th
Anniversary Year.
Your December Record has all Reunion details. It is
important that you read the yellow centerfold pullout with
all the information on the Reunion and your Reservation
Forms. Please follow the directions stated herein. There are
two changes in your centerfold: Time of Annual Business
Meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Bus Schedule: To
be posted at the Reunion. A special thanks to Anna Col-
lins for her excellent work in writing the centerfold and she
is also doing a terrific job as Reunion Coordinator.
Our December 3rd, Festive Christmas Meeting was a
huge success. We had 158 members present, the food was
delicious, decorations, door prizes, (Money Christmas
Tree, Clown and Poinsettia Plant) and 28 donated gifts
were exceptional.
In behalf of the members of the Society and myself I
want to thank Olga Disharoon and her Committees for a
tremendous job. Olga Caisse did a beautiful job on the
Christmas Money Tree and she also made all the lovely
original centerpieces on each table and the poinsettia cups
at each place. They were truly a work of art.
I am sure that all winners of the prizes were delighted
with their gifts. This shows what members active participa-
tion in their Society can accomplish. We are continuing
projects to defray our monthly expenses and the response is
We are all looking forward to our February 4, 1983,
Carnivalito Buffet Meeting with great anticipation. Our
Committees are going all out to make this a typical Pana-
manian Carnivalito, costumes, food, music and prizes.

In this Record you will notice a Centerfold which is a
complete proposed revision of the Society's By-Laws. I
urge you to read it. For many years the subject of revising
our By-Laws has been discussed. Several times amend-
ments have been made. This time we have had the profes-
sional assistance and guidance of a National and State
Registered Parliamentarian, Mrs. Genevieve Blinn. Not
only is she exceptionally qualified but she has taken a per-
sonal interest in this project. By By-Laws Chairman, Vic-
tor May and his Committee; Anna Collins, Dorothy Bit-
ter, Betty Jorgensen, Muriel Whitman, Helen Tom-
ford and Genevieve Blinn have spent many long hours
working on this enormous undertaking. The entire mem-
bership can be very proud of these Revised By-Laws.
These Revised By Laws will be presented at the Annual
Business Meeting on Friday, May 13, 1983 at 9:30 a.m.
for the membership's vote of approval. This has been one
of our main projects during my term of office, we sincerely
hope it meets with the membership's approval.
We have had a tremendous year to date and we feel
that the 1983 Reunion at the Holiday Inn, Surfside, Clear-
water Beach Hotel is an appropriate location for Zonians of
all ages to share the closing of our 50th Anniversary Year.
Don't hesitate to come and join your friends at the greatest
affair of the year. You will never get this opportunity again.
Don't miss it. It is later than you think. What a joy it is to
be with dear friends and acquaintances that you have
shared a part of your life with. Lets make this Reunion a
Record breaking affair.
I look forward to seeing and talking to each of you at
the Reunion.



From the Secretary

Many members have stated that they hated to cut up
their Canal Record to send in the membership form. If
there is no change in your address or name listing, it is not
necessary to fill out and submit the form, a check will suf-
At the January monthly meeting, I reported a few per-
tinant financial facts to the members. I would like to repeat
them here for the benefit of all the members.
1. There has not been an increase in Society dues for
five years.
2. During the past 6 years, the inflation rate was
3. Our receipts for dues for 1982 was $38,750.00.

4. Cost of printing the Canal Record was $28,465.51
and cost of mailing was $1,498.56.
5. Total yearly salaries paid for 3 employees was
Inflation hits us just as it does each of you and if we
are to continue to publish a Canal Record that you will en-
joy and that we can be proud of, we must have the funds on
which to operate. For a more detailed report on our re-
ceipts and expenditures for 1982, please note the audit re-
port printed later in this issue.
If you ever have a question about our finances or our
operation, please don't hesitate to ask. Informed members
are happy members, and that's what we strive for.
See you at the reunion.

Jean Mann


Mr. Troy Hayes, Chairman of the Nominating
Committee, had proposed the following slate of officers for
President Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Vice-President Victor May
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Editor Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Election of officers will be held at the Annual Business
Meeting at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 13, 1983 at the Holi-
day Inn Clearwater Beach-Surfside. Further nomina-
tions for each office may be made from the floor at the
meeting. Election to each office will be made by a simple
majority vote of the members in attendance.

Editor's Corner

Due to a couple of compounded errors in printing and
proof-reading, I apologize to the Stiebritz family of Ocala,
Fla. and to the Trim family of Conway, Ark. for omissions
in their husband's and father's obituaries in the December
issue. These obituaries have been reprinted in this issue.
correctly. My apologies also go to Capt. Evan G. Evans,
Jr. for the erroneous listing in the Retirements section. My
sincere regrets to all and I will make every effort to see that
those types of errors do not occur again.
The December issue was faced with other problems as
well. Pages were missing; there were blank pages, and the
stapling was not always satisfactory on many issues. There
were also complaints that the photos were too dark and not
as clear as in previous issues. All these problems will be
brought up to the printers prior to the issue and I hope it
will solve the problem.
Knowing that my helper was going to leave these sun-
ny shores for a more northern location, I began to ask for a
new assistant in December. To my surprise I got several of-
fers on the first try and chose Mrs. Dorothy Bitter of St.
Petersburg. She had previous experience in mailing un-
derstood zip-codes and was familiar with postal regula-
tions. She also has her own typewriter! I'm sure she will be
a welcome addition to the editorial staff (of 1) and that in
the future, she will be of greater assistance in helping to

Mrs. Genevieve Blinn has been appointed Parliamen-
tary Advisor by President Pate for the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Mrs. Blinn is a registered Professional
Parliamentarian; a member of the National Association of
Parliamentarians and served on the National Board for 8
years as Vice-President, Chairman of the Finance Com-
mittee, By-Laws Committee and Education Committee.
She is also a member of the Academy of Parliamentary
Procedure and Law and the American Institute of Parlia-
mentarians. She has also served on an International Con-
vention in Ireland. She is currently residing in St. Peters-
burg. Tel: (813) 867-3314.

edit, condense or rewrite some of the material for the col-
umns. My grateful thanks to Betty Quintero for all her
help this past year and I hope she will continue to help the
Canal Record by sending regular reports from up north.
This issue inaugurates a new column called "The
Canal Zone in Uniform". Members who know of persons
from the Canal Zone who served in the Armed Forces are
asked to forward their names to me so that I may send
them an information sheet to fill out and return to me.
There will be no preference for publication as noted on the
first 35 information sheets sent out, therefore those 35 per-
sons receiving them, please eliminate that paragraph from
your copy. This column is open to all ex-servicemen from
the Canal Zone.
I'm happy to be able to pass on to you the names and
addresses of two new reporters both of whom are welcome
additions to the editorial staff. Bea Rhyne is replacing
Marilyn Carter in Kerrville, Texas and Jeanne Stough is
a new reporter who will cover the more southern part of
Texas. Yvonne Arabie moved from Kansas to Florida.
Bea Rhyne (512) 896-8643 1310 Carol Ann Dr.
Kerrville, TX 78028
Jeanne Stough (512) 755-4395 8618 Bold Forbes Rd.
Boerne, TX 78006
Yvonne Arabie (813) 644-3968 418 Cardinal Place
Lakeland, FL 33803
Sheila Bolke (619) 485-8246 San Diego, CA
(New Area Code)
Conrad Horine (619) 479-7077 Bonita, CA
(New Area Code)

Several members have come up to me questioning
their status in regards to their voice in the Society. Yes,
ALL paid-up members can vote during elections and at
any other time when an issue is put to the floor. Elections
and other business pertaining to the Society is conducted
during the Annual Business Meeting at each annual re-
union. The next Annual Business Meeting will be held at
9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, 1983, and is part of your re-
union program. I think it's important that members attend
those meetings so they will know what the Society is doing
and what is being planned. Without some input from the
members, it is difficult to program for the future and
this is especially important to the younger members, who
we hope will keep the Society intact for others and for years
to come. LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD at 9:30 a.m.
on Friday, May 13, 1983, during our Annual Business
Meeting; both young and old-timers are welcome. It's
YOUR Society!
This coming Annual Business Meeting will be impor-
tant to ALL members, as the original Constitution and By-
Laws have been completely revised. This is the document
that governs the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and
YOU as a member in good standing have a decided voice
in its' implementation. The proposed and revised By-Laws
is printed in this issue as a center-fold on yellow paper, for
you to read and digest before you come to the Meeting so
you will be informed. State your preferences at the time
To those of you planning to come to the reunion in
May, I urge you to send in your reservations as soon as
possible. So many members were disappointed at the last
reunion when they found there were no more seats for the
Luncheon and some were even turned away from the
Ball. Don't wait to the last minute. We don't have a huge
staff to process these applications and we don't want to be
frazzled-out by reunion time. We are doing our best to ac-
commodate all members.
The June issue of the Canal Record will already have
gone to press by the time you all get here for the reunion,
so all your photos and news items of the reunion will have
to be in the September issue. Remember, the deadline is
IS APRIL 25th.
A word of caution to our members: Color photo-
graphs do not reproduce as bright and clear as black/
white photographs, and polaroid photos are worse. There is
no objection to your sending color photographs, but please
be aware that they may not show quite as clear as you
would like in the Canal Record.
Some few members still fail to give us their change of
addresses, resulting in their sending us worried notes that
they have not been receiving their Canal Records. As Sec-
ond Class mail is not forwarded to their new address, it is
understandable. What is worse, you members must pay
$2.00 plus $1.50 postage for a replacement copy. So -
please send us your change-of-address promptly.
It is indeed disheartening to hear that members with
Panama addresses have still not received their November
or December issues of the Canal Record. The November
issue was mailed on November 4, and the December issues
was mailed on November 29 of last year. We can offer no
solution to the problem, except to recommend what one
member has done; he has his book sent to a family States
address, who forwards it to him. We send by 2nd. Class
BULK MAIL. Pat Beall

Legislative Report

The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners
and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for November, released to-
day (December 21, 1982) by the Bureau of Labor Statis-
tics, was 293.2, a decline of 0.1 percent from October's in-
dex of 293.6. November marked the second month this
year that the Consumer Price Index has actually dropped.
Last March, a similar 0.1 percent decrease was registered
in the index. The slight drop in November's index reduces
the cumulative percentage increase for the 1982 calendar
year from the 4.5 percent registered in October to a No-
vember tally of 4.3 percent. Please note that while the in-
dex declined 0.1 percent, the 0.2 percent difference from
4.5 percent to 4.3 percent is a result of rounding out the
percentage numbers. The index reading for December,
which the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release in the third
or fourth week of January, will be the final determinant of
cost-of-living adjustments scheduled to become effective
April 1, 1983. At that time, annuitants who have not reach-
ed the age of 62 by March 1, 1983 will receive a COLA of
at least 3.3 percent. Older annuitants, all survivor an-
nuitants and all disability retirees will receive COLAs
equal to the percentage difference between the December
1982 CPI-W and the December of 1981 CPI-W.
LATE NEWS: The CPI-W for December fell .4% in
December, making the overall increase for 1982 at 3.9%,
which is far short of the 6.6% projected at the beginning of
the year. The 3.9% increase in annuities will be received in
the 1 May, 1983 annuity checks. Those under 62 are still
eligible to receive the 3.3% increase half of the projected

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Can anyone identify the two Li'l Darlin's here? Taken in the late
1930's. Answer in next issue If I'm still alive!

Highlights of Minutes

from Regular Meetings

1 October 1982
The scheduled chicken box luncheon meeting was
called to order by the President, who then led the group in
the Pledge to the Flag. Mrs. Grace Williams gave the in-
vocation. The President introduced the head table, which
included Stacy Vokus of Freedom Savings; Mrs. Anna
Collins; Mr. Bob Garrison, Freedom Savings; Mrs. Jean
Mann and Mrs. Ruby Thornton, Freedom Savings.
The chicken box luncheon was then served.
After the luncheon, Mrs. Anna Collins introduced
the speaker, Mr. Bob Garrison, Senior Vice President of
Freedom Savings, who is in charge of product develop-
ment. He spoke on Savings and Loans and different types
of accounts available and answered questions from the
members present.
The Secretary read the September minutes of our reg-
ular meeting; the financial reports and the Blood Bank
The Legislative Representative, Bill Grady reported
as of 31 August, the cost of living was 4%. He explained
once again how the COLA payments would be made and
also reported that President Reagan had sent a letter to
each member of Congress asking them to drop the age 62
cut-off and let everyone get the full COLA. Two represent-
atives from Virginia have introduced a bill to eliminate the
62 year dividing age, but that there was little hope for quick
action. Two days ago, a bill was passed in the Senate with
only two Senators on the floor at the time.
Seven members celebrated their birthdays during Oc-
tober, while five couples would celebrate anniversaries.
The President reminded members that Friday, No-
vember 5, is the Annual Picnic, and that the Christmas
Meeting will be a festive Buffet and start at 12:00 noon.
The Executive Committee has been implementing the
recommendations of the Budget and Audit Committee.
There will be Workman's Compensation for the three em-
ployees; liability insurance on the editor's trailer and a
raise in salary for the Editor's Assistant.
There were 117 members present at this meeting.

5 November 1982
A short business meeting was held at the Annual Pic-
nic, held at Lake Seminole Park, Seminole, Fla., starting
at 11:10 a.m.
The President welcomed the 53 members and guests
who were present, including Past Presidents Troy Hayes,
Rob Roy and Russ Jones.
The following guests were present:
Helen and Dick Tomford St. Petersburg, FL.
Richard and Dennis Tomford St. Petersburg, FL
Carleton and Mae Hallett Largo, FL
Joyce and Norman Lewis Panama
Ruth Thompson Bradenton, FL
John and Ruth Schmidt Tampa, FL
Marian Siefert Ohio
Naomi Foster St. Petersburg, FL
Jeannie Herrington Ohio

The Secretary read the list of guests who were present
at the October Meeting, who were:
Aloha and Ed Baumback Winter Haven, FL
Nina and Ivan Jenkins Deltona, FL
Laura and Elmer Stoakley DeLand, FL
Evelyn Oster Madiera Beach, FL
Clara Saarinen St. Pete, FL
Beverly Shirley Panama
Irene Veno Seminole, FL
Sally Crane St. Pete, FL
George Egolf Pinellas Park, FL
The Secretary then read the minutes of the last
meeting and the Financial Report. Four members present
celebrated birthdays in November.
The President announced that the Christmas Festive
party on December 3 will start at noon. As it is to be a pot-
luck buffet, members were asked to sign up for what they
intended to bring. He also announced that all guests and
visitors are always welcome at all our functions and that
membership in the Society is not required.
Latecomers who signed in were:
Past President & Mrs. Howard L. Clarke
Mr. Bliff Clark Panama
Pauline and Marion Herring Bowling Green, FL
Judy Miller Bowling Green, FL
A large buffet table was then opened for the members
with all types of delicious foods, including some typical
Panamanian dishes.
Vic May, coordinator for the picnic, started various
games rolling after the tables had been cleared from all ves-
tiges of the hearty buffet. Although it was pre-seasonably
cool, almost everyone young and old participated.
Some, just watched and shivered. Some of the prize win-
ners were:
Vera Jones Door Prize winner, Hi-ball glasses;
Biff Clarke Door Price winner, Bottle of wine; Ruth
Schmidt Door Prize winner, bottle of wine.
Biff Clarke Came from farthest distance
(Panama), Coffee Mug.
Joyce Lewis Came from farthest distance
(Panama), Coffee Mug.
Dennis Tomford Youngest registrant, coffee
Marie Wolf Oldest registrant, Coffee Mug.
Team of Helen Tomford and Tess Owen Egg
Throwing contest, Coffee Mugs.
The teams of Marge Foster and Dorothy Herring-
ton; Louise Barnes and Irene Ladrach and Jackie
Linker with Olga Disharoon all won mugs at the Dart
A Beach Ball was presented to each family by Ernie
and Dottie Yocum, who somehow managed to conjure
them out of the hands of Bill and Maxine Dixon, at the
Orlando Shrine Convention. Sorry, there are no more.

3 December 1982
The scheduled Annual Festive Christmas Party
meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by the President
who also welcomed members and their guests, including
Past Presidents.
The following members and guests were welcomed
from among over 100 who attended the meeting:
Jean and Paul Corey Winter Haven, FL
Naomi and Ralph Frangioni Clearwater, FL
Ruth Bigelow Seminole, FL
Anna Erhman Panama

Bob McQuearey Kenneth City, FL
Isabelle Gibson St. Pete, FL
Bessie Baumbach Winter Haven, FL
Adele Batalden Norway
Frances Gilly Tampa, FL
Peggy and Ed Lott St. Pete, FL
Cele and George Marceau Panama
Elen Bergen St. Pete, FL
Stan Guest St. Pete, FL
Benjamin Brundage St. Pete, FL
Jessie Anderson Tampa, FL
Harriet Wadell
Rev. Father John Kennedy C.M.
Vonna Huldtquist St. Pete, FL
Sheila McNamee Taylor Sarasota, FL
Toodles and Tate Setzer Sun City Center, FL
Emma Brown Tampa, FL
Marie Van Clief Tampa, FL

The table with some of the food brought by members for the
Christmas meeting, with many typical Panamanian dishes. Isabelle
Gibson is shown with Olga Caisse who did all the work on the
decorations for the occasion.

Mrs. Olga Disharoon, Christmas Party Chairperson
then announced the buffet was ready and members enjoyed
a sumptious and varied array of food prepared and furnish-
ed by the members indeed a gala offering of typical Pan-
amanian dishes among others.
The meeting resumed after all had eaten and the Sec-
retary read the minutes of the last meeting and the financial
The editor announced that he is in need of a new assis-
tant to help address and package the Canal Record, as his
current assistant, Betty Quintero was preparing for a
move up north.
Bill Grady, the Legislative Representative, reported
that legislation is the same as it was two months ago. The
CPI-W as of 31 October was 4.5%. Open season on In-
surance has been extended to 23 December, 1982.
Nine members celebrated birthdays in December,
while four couples celebrated anniversaries.

Some of the members present after enjoying their dinner.

The President announced that the Nominating Com-
mittee had been appointed, which are:
Chairman Mr. Troy Hayes, Past President
Mrs. Dorothy Bitter Member
Mr. Charles Bitter Member
Mrs. Vera Jones Member
Mrs. Dorothy Herrington Member
The President announced that for our 1983 reunion:
1. Lucho will play for the Ball.
2. Governor Parfitt will be the Guest Speaker.
3. Members should use the center-fold pull-out in the
December Canal Record and follow the directions for mak-
ing their reservations.
Mrs. Olga Disharoon then proceeded with the Christ-
mas festivities where members sang Christmas songs and
carols. The money tree was won by George Tully and
many lovely door prizes donated by the members were
awarded to the winners.

7 January 1983
The regularly scheduled meeting was called to order at
1:30 p.m. by the President who also welcomed guests and
Past Presidents attending.
Of the 104 members and guests attending were:
Sis and Tex Stahler Palm Bay, FL
Edison Wirtz North Carolina
George and Aristele Poole New York
Leroy Wilson North Carolina
Grace and Jack Carey Michigan
Ruth Warner Hawaii
Terry Zemer St. Petersburg, FL
The Secretary read the minutes of the December 3,
1982 meeting, and with minor additions, the minutes were
approved. She also read the financial statement and the
status of the Blood Bank.
Mrs. Mann stated that she had received phone calls
why the dues were increased, so she reported:
1. There has been no increase in dues for the past 5
2. During the 4 years of the Carter administration the
inflation rate rose 47% plus two years of the Reagan ad-
3. The primary source of income is from dues and in
1982 we received $38,750.00.
4. The cost of printing the 5 issues of the Canal
Record in 1982 was $28,465.56.

5. The cost of mailing the Canal Record (bulk mail
only) was $1,498.56.
6. Salaries paid 3 employees in 1982 was $10,800.
Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady, an-
nounced the cost of living for the past six years was 60%.
The decrease of the cost of living in November by .1 %
brought the eleven month total to 4.3%, with December
yet to come. The new congress has convened and members
should be aware of an attempt to combine Social Security
and Civil Service together. Be ready to write your con-
Ten members celebrated their birthdays in January
and two couples their anniversaries.
The President announced that the Christmas party
was a great success, thanking Olga Disharoon and her
committee. He also reminded the members to read the yel-
low centerfold in the December issue of the Canal Record
and follow directions. Volunteers are needed by the various
committees for the reunion. Members are urged to volun-
teer and help out.
The President announced that the By-Laws Commit-

tee have been working hard in putting in long hours, and
are fortunate in having the assistance of a national and state
registered Parliamentarian, Mrs. Genevieve Blinn.
He also announced that the February 4 meeting will
be a Carnivalito and will start at 12:00 noon. Members
were urged to wear a costume and to bring a Panamanian
Mrs. Collins then introduced the guest speaker, Mr.
Bob Mason of the Florida Power Corporation, Manager of
Commercial and Industrial Energy Conservation, who
spoke on energy conservation, showing slides. He em-
phasized some of the best ways to conserve energy a
most informative presentation then hosted a question
and answer period.
The President stated that a member present had asked
why the obituaries of members and friends were no longer
announced at the meetings. Mrs. Sharp then moved that
news of deaths, births and weddings be read at every
meeting. Discussion followed. Motion defeated by vote of
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 p.m.

Reunion Information


Those wishing to hold associated activities during the
Annual Reunion, (Class Reunions etc.) are reminded that
their committee must first clear their activity through the
President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Con-
flicting times and space available is also a contributing
factor for this requirement. (See top of page "B" yellow
insert, December issue.)


The scheduled Card Party at the Annual Reunion is
not a Bridge Tournament. Those who wish to sign up for
the Card Party are advised that they may play any game
they desire poker, rummy, hearts, etc. It might facilitate
the committee if those registering would indicate their
preference on their application, so groups may be

Those interested in a CHS'46 Class Reunion in 1983
- a 37th. anniversary get-together, contact Marilyn
Marsh, 19520 South Central Point Rd., Oregon City, OR
Plans are being formulated to hold this in conjunction
with the CHS'43 reunion to be held at the Annual Re-
union in Florida on May 12, 1983.

The Class of Cristobal High School, 1973 will be
holding a 10th. Anniversary Reunion during the Annual
Reunion in Florida during 12-14 May, 1983. Please con-
tact Edith Marsh Stribling, 3698 Northridge Drive, Con-
cord, Calif. 94518. Plans are already underway.

LOCATION: Fort DeSoto Park, East Beach,
Pavilion 1E.
DATE: May 14, 1983 TIME: 9:00 a.m. till sun-
FOR: All you folks from out-of-town, your family and
your friends that are attending the 51st. Reunion, or
FROM: All the local Zonies here in St. Petersburg
and Pinellas area.
PURPOSE: A common meeting area in a relaxed set-
ting, to enjoy the beach, have a picnic and reunionize with
past, present and future friends for the whole family.
WHAT TO BRING: Everyone is responsible for
their own eats, refreshments, transportation to and from,
charcoal, utensils, ice, etc.
LOCAL ZONIES: We need horseshoe sets, volleyball
games, inner tubes, etc. Please mark them well for iden-
PROVIDED FOR: There are sufficient barbecue
pits. Games will be provided for the younger folks (sack
races, tube rolling, etc) if people are interested in organiz-
ing the games that day. Tables, playground, restrooms -
no problem.
LAST YEAR over 1400 folks showed up with fam-
ilies. Greatest portion were from the 1950's to present high
school classes. This year we would like to exceed that. It
will be a great day of enjoyment. NOTE: This function is
not an official part of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
but has been endorsed by the Society. We thank them for
their support in permitting us to distribute our literature
and the nice notification of this fine event in the Canal
Record. If you are not a member of the Society, we strong-
ly suggest you join.


HOW TO GET THERE: Please refer to the map for
directions. Plenty of food stores are located on the way for
the purchase of your family's needs. Signs denoting loca-
tion at Fort DeSoto East Beach, Pavilion No. 1E will be
visible to assist you to de spot.

Make yu bee der,
Chris Skeie, Bob Engelke and
Doug Crook


DIRECTIONS FROM TAMPA: Take 1-75 to 1-275
heading south to St. Pete. When in St. Pete, take the 22nd.
Avenue South exit off 1-275 (the new interstate ends at this
point). Take a right get in left lane and turn left onto
US 19 (34th. St.). Continue south until you get to Bayway
Toll (54 Ave. S.) (A19A) where you turn right. You will
reach a toll-house (20c) continue over a small bridge
and at the first stop-light, turn left following Fort
DeSoto signs go through the 10c toll and the 35c toll
bridges. When upon a "T" in the road, swing left.
Pavilion No. 1E is about 1/2 to 3/4 mile on your right.
Follow "Canal Zone" signs.


It is the desire of this committee to assist in making
your reunion a pleasant and fun-filled affair.
Until we determine the number of riders we will have
and the number of buses required, it is not possible to
provide you with a bus schedule at this time. Departure
times printed in reunion information in the December is-
sue of the Canal Record are not correct.
To keep inconveniences at a minimum it will be
necessary for all bus riders to cooperate in carrying out
Bus schedules will be posted at several locations in the
hotel lobby all riders are urged to read and familiarize
themselves with the schedules.

Vic May
Chairman, Transportation

Class Reunion Cristobal High School Class of
1943 will be hosting a Class Reunion May 12, 1983 at the
Holiday Inn Surfside, Clearwater Beach, Florida. A gala
evening is being planned with a Dinner-Dance, entertain-
ment, door prizes and surprizes.
We are looking forward to having alumni from both
BHS and CHS all graduating classes are invited. We
will be honoring all classes, so plan on attending and spend
an evening Down Memory Lane with your former
classmates. The fun will start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner
served at 7:00 p.m. Entertainment and dancing will start
right after dinner.
Now is the time to start generating interest so we can
plan the best Class reunion ever!
Send in your reservation now so you can be sure to be
in on a fun evening with your former friends and
It will be great to see you all at this combination Class

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Muriel Whitman & Sugar DiRoma
5711 53rd Ave. No.
ISt. Petersburg, FL 33709
'PHONE NO. 813-544-0214

Class of:



I__ reservations) for Dinner-Dance $15.00 per
1Please send check or money order with your reserva-
ion. All reservations should be in by May 1, 1983.
If any additional information is wanted please con-
Itact the above.
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Annual Business Meeting Hour Changed

to 9:30 a.m. on May 13, 1983

for VOTE on Proposed and Revised By-Laws

Those interested in a BHS 1958 Class reunion in 1983
in conjunction with the Canal Zone Reunion, please con-
Billie Sue (Spencer) Richard
P.O. Box 9133
Naples, FL 33941
Now is the time to start generating interest so we can
plan the best Class reunion ever!

Health Bureau Personnel: All former and present
Health Bureau personnel are invited to a tea on Friday,
May 13, 1983, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday
Inn Surfside Hotel. Anyone planning to attend please con-
tact Kitty McNamee (305) 791-0664 or Irene Ladrach
(813) 392-3943 or take pen in hand and write. Costs will be
announced in the March issue of the Canal Record.

The Canal Zone Past Matrons of Florida are plann-
ing a no-host luncheon at the Holiday Inn Surfside, Clear-
water Beach (Reunion Headquarters) at 12:30 p.m., on
Friday, May 13, 1983, during the Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Clearwater Beach/St. Petersburg, Fl. All Past
Matrons and their invited guests are invited to attend.
Notify Grace Williams, 4034, 32nd Ave. No. St.
Petersburg, Fl. 33713, (Ph. 813-525-3509) or Dorothy
Pate, 5698 44th Ave. No., St. Petersburg, Fl. 33709, (Ph.
813-544-2352). Cost: $9.00 Confirmed reservations or
cancellations must be made by Tuesday, May 10, 1983.

Make Reservations Early

The Canal Zone in Uniform


Col. A. Dale Boggs

Colonel A. Dale Boggs was born in Colon, Republic
of Panama; attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from
Balboa High School in 1935. He also attended Canal Zone
Junior College; BA degree from the University of Wash-

ington; MA degree from George Washington University;
and Washington & Lee University (Law). He received his
commission in the U.S. Army through ROTC and corre-
During Col. Boggs' service in the Army, he has also
attended the Air Command and Staff College; Strategic In-
telligence School; the Armor and Infantry Advanced
Courses and had the distinction of attending the Army War
College where entrance is highly selective and competitive.
Some of the duties Col. Boggs has been assigned dur-
ing his service career are: Office of Chairman, Joint Chiefs
of Staff; Commanding Officer, 193rd. Infantry Brigade;
Director of Mobilization, Department of Defense; Execu-
tive Assistant to Commander-in-Chief, United Nations
Command and the Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; various
command and general staff duties with the 11th. Airborne
Division, 82nd. Airborne Division and the Army General
His decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge;
Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star Medal
with "V" and Oak Leaf Cluster; Department of Defense
Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal with
two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Military Order of Merit and
Silver Star (Korea); Abdon Calderon (Ecuador); Master
Parachutist Badge; Army General Staff Identification
Badge; Secretary of Defense Staff Identification Badge,
and miscellaneous service and theater medals.
Dale's parents were the late William B. and Esther C.
Boggs. He is married to Dorothy A. (Bodden), born in the
Cayman Islands, BWI, whose parents, Isabel L. Bodden
and the late Captain Chapman Bodden are also from the
Cayman Islands, BWI.
Col. Boggs retired from the U.S. Army in February,
1968 and is presently living in Clearwater, Florida.

unler Master bgt. Jonn L. scnmlar, Jr.

Chief Master Sergeant John E. Schmidt, Jr. was born
in Baltimore, Maryland, but he attended schools in the
Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School in
1950. He subsequently joined the United States Air Force,
serving for thirty years. John's duties were primarily in the
fields of Education and Training Management, Audiovis-
ual facilities, and Personnel and Resources Management.
During his last tour before retirement, he served as Base
Sergeant Major, and has also served at the United States
Air Force Academy, Colorado as well as the Canal Zone.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Senior Non-Com-
missioned Officers Academy.
His decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious
Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Air Force Good
Conduct Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Marks-
manship Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm
and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
John's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Schmidt,
formerly of the Canal Zone, now reside in Pasadena,
Maryland. His sister, Mrs. Jackie Bishop resides in Kerr-
ville, Texas, and his brother, Douglas Schmidt is with the
Marine Bureau, Panama Canal Commission. John has
five children; Daniel, Kathleen, John, Tracy, Ruth and
two grandchildren Jonathan Ryan and John Brandon.
Although he is retired from the U.S. Air Force, John
is now the Air Force JROTC Instructor at Godby High
School, Tallahassee, Florida, where he presently resides.

Staff Sargeant Audrey A. Schmidt (Stewart) was born
in Panama City, Rep. of Panama, and attended Canal
Zone schools, graduating from Balboa High School in
1970. Shortly thereafter, she became the first woman to
join the Air Force from the Canal Zone and has been serv-
ing now for 9 years and 9 months, having joined in April,

Staff Sgt. Audrey A. Schmidt
and Ellen Schmidt
Her primary duty is that of NCO in Charge of an Air
Defense Tactical Air Command Operations Dispatch
Center at Minot AFB, North Dakota. She has also been
stationed in Germany, Nebraska, Texas, and South
Audrey's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and
Margaret Stewart, presently residing in Panama, Illinois.
Her sister and brother-in-law are Sue and Greg Cain of
Cardenas, Panama, R.P. Sue is a Registered Nurse at
Gorgas Hospital, while Greg is employed by Cain Brothers
International Moving Company, Panama, R.P.

Lt. Cdr. Wallace S. Brians
Lt. Cmdr. Wallace S. Brians

Lieutenant Commander Wallace S. Brians, born in
Nampa, Idaho, attended Canal Zone schools and gradu-
ated from Cristobal High School in 1965. Subsequently,
Wally enlisted into the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate
School and received his commission in 1969.
Current duties of Lt. Cmdr. Brians include direct air
anti-submarine training for the U.S. Third Fleet at
PMRF, Kauai, Hawaii; Instructor pilot for S-2 aircraft;
performs radar surveillance for missile shots and provides
space shuttle support at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.
He has been awarded the Marksmanship badge.
Wally's parents are Rayburn L. and Rhoda S. Brians,
both living in Sun City, Arizona. He is married to Eileen
McCarthy, formerly of Houston, Texas, whose mother,
Rita McCarthy resides in Belleair, Texas.
Wally and his wife's current mailing address is Box
830, Kalaheo, Hawaii, 96741.

His parents are Mavis G. Fortner, formerly of Gatun
and Gamboa and now reside in Orange City, Florida, and
the late Gayle G. Fortner. He is married to DeLight N.
(Nelson), also born in the Canal Zone, whose parents,
Elmer and Dorothy Nelson are living in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic. Ken and DeLight have two children,
Charisse and David who are all presently residing in
Riverdale, Georgia.

Lt. Col. Llewellyn Zent

Lt. Kenneth G. Fortner

Lieutenant Kenneth G. Fortner, USN, was born in
Colon, Republic of Panama and received all his primary
education in Canal Zone Schools, graduating from Balboa
High School in 1971. Upon graduation, he received a
Naval ROTC Scholarship from the Canal Zone and at-
tended Auburn University, graduating in 1975, where he
was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, Civil
Engineer Corps. His most recent completed assignment
was Officer-in-Charge of a 140 man detail in Sigonella,
Sicily, and is presently the Batallion Training Officer for
Naval Mobile Construction Batallion 133 in Gulfport,
Mississippi. During his Naval Service, he also received his
MS degree from Georgia Tech in Civil Engineering.
Kenneth's decorations include the Battle Efficiency
"E" and Expert Marksman Medal.

Lieutenant Colonel Llewellyn (Butch) Zent II, born in
Ancon, Canal Zone, received his primary education in the
Canal Zone Schools system, graduating from Balboa High
School in 1962. Upon graduation, he received an appoint-
ment to the United States Air Force Academy from the
Governor of the Canal Zone and graduated with honors in
1966. During his service career, Lt. Col. Zent has attended
the University of Utah where he received his Masters in
Business Administration.
Some of Lt. Col. Zent's Air Force duties include that
of fighter pilot in F-4 Phantom jets in Vietnam and Thai-
land and that of Operations Officer of a F-16 Fighter
Squadron at McDill AFB, Tampa, Florida. He is currently
attending the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode
His major decorations include 5 Distinguished Flying
Crosses; 29 Air Medals and the Meritorious Service
Medal, as well as various service and theater medals, in-
cluding distinguished medals from Vietnam.
Butch's parents are Lorraine Zent, who is residing in
Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the late Llewellyn (Lew) Zent.
He is married to Raklay (Prayoyotin) of Korat, Thailand,
whose parents, also of Korat, Thailand, are both deceased.
His two sons are David and Eddie.
He has four sisters; Lou Ellen (Mrs. Bill Gaines) of
Zephyrhills, Fla.; Elizabeth (Beall) of Alexandria, Va;
Martha (Mrs. George Bull) of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.,
and Margaret (Mrs. Howard Garner) of Garden Grove,

Capt. Evan G. Evans,Jr.
Mrs. Carol R. Wright
Mr. John R. Haner
Mr. Donald M. Luke
Mr. George E. McFadden
Mr. Owen W. Smith


Navigation Division
Navigation Division
Comm. Services Division
Accounting Division
Electrical Division
Eng. Construction Div.

Reemployed annuitant
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News Clips

IRS Cautions Senior Citizens:
Check If You're Not Sure
If you're a senior citizen, and someone from the In-
ternal Revenue Service pays you a visit, you'd better make
sure he or she is a bona fide representative of the Service,
the IRS cautions.
Unfortunately, senior citizens are prime targets of tax
and tax-deduction schemes, where persons impersonating
IRS employees show up to "collect" additional taxes. The
IRS says all of its employees are required to carry clearly
recognizable identification which must be presented when
they contact taxpayers. Most people who owe additional
tax are contacted by mail, so make sure you don't transact
business of any kind if you suspect fraud.
Also, beware of organizations claiming to have tax-
exempt status who ask for donations to their cause. While
there are many legitimate and praiseworthy organizations
with actual tax-exempt status, there are also bogus groups
posing as bona fide tax exempt organizations.
If you have any reason to believe someone is imperso-
nating an IRS employee, or if you suspect someone of rep-
resenting a bogus tax-exempt organization, call the IRS
number listed in your local telephone directory under U.S.
Remember, under no circumstances should you give
money, checks, bank books, or any other item of value to
someone you're not sure of. When it's your money, it pays
to be careful.

The Senior Consumer


We appreciate your continued interest in the Panama
Canal Review and are sorry to report that due to agency-
wide budgetary concerns and resultant austerity measures,
the publication of the Panama Canal Review has been
postponed for an indefinite period.
You will be informed as soon as additional informa-
tion concerning publication of the magazine is available.

Director of Public Affairs,
Panama Canal Commission

Members of a primitive tribal culture living on the
San Blas Islands off Panama, the experienced Cuna artists,
were relegated to instructing younger tribal members in
their art, until a kind-hearted, naturalized American who
was born in Panama took it upon himself to help.
Helping those less fortunate is second nature to Dr.
Louis J. Katz. For years, the San Diego optometrist has
selflessly cared for the poor here and in South America.
Knowing of the Cunas' plight, Katz mounted a drive
to collect unneeded eyeglasses and generous San Diegans
responded with more than 2,000 pairs. Then in the sum-
mer of 1981, he gathered his wife and two teen-age daugh-
ters (he also has two sons) and headed for the chain of
several hundred islands off the Atlantic coast of Panama.
At Katz's own expense, they travelled to Panama.
With the cooperation from the country's ministry of health
which provided a boat, they sailed from island to island,
doing eye screenings and matching vision prescriptions for
more than 300 Cunas, few of whom had ever seen eyeglas-
ses much less used them.
One by one, the Cunas' faces ignited with joy as the
donated lenses restored their close-range vision, Katz recal-
led. Threading a needle may seem a mundane achieve-
ment, but that simple act takes on miraculous proportions
when a life's work depends on it.
"It was a kind of rebirth for these very primitive peo-
ple", said Katz, whose University City office is adorned
with several molas.
"Most of the finest artists were the elderly women
who possessed vast skill and experience, but had to instruct
young girls to do the actual sewing because they couldn't
see objects at close range. It just wasn't the same as if they
could do it themselves. Eye care is something we take for
granted, but these people considered it a miracle. The re-
sponse to us was very warm and that was most gratifying.
Most people, I've found, are that way once you take the
time to help them."
In return for his services, the Cunas treated the Katz
family to a special performance of ritual dancing an
honor rarely granted to outsiders by these most private
people, he said.
Born 43 years ago in Colon. Rep. of Panama, Katz
was sent by his family to school in Chicago when he was 10.
Upon graduation from the Illinois College of Optometry in
1962, he entered the U.S. Army and returned to Panama,
serving as an optometric officer and liaison between Ameri-
cans and Panamanians.


(Louis Katz is one of three young brothers that I had
in the "Kid Kindergarten" in New Cristobal in the early
1940's. They were Francisco, Sammy and Louis. Brother
Joseph was too old for our group. The school was operated
from 1942 to 1946 by Mrs. Ray O. Simon (Elizabeth
Keepers) and myself. You may remember that during the
war, wives couldn't stay on the Zone unless they had a job,
so our nursery school developed to keep the young ones
busy while Mom worked. Catsy Taylor Schafer, San

From the San Diego Union, December 19, 1982

Life Sentence
The worst thing about the COLA cut to hit under-65
federal retirees in 1983, '84 and '85 is something I don't
see mentioned in Retirement Life or anywhere else. As I
understand the legislation, this cut, which will amount to
about 10% of our pension income as of 1985 WILL BE
FOR LIFE. What we lose in the next three years will be
minor compared to what we lose afterwards. I have calcu-
lated that the lifelong loss of most under-62 retirees living
from 10 to 30 years longer, will range from $10,000 to
$100,000 in terms of today's dollars and of course much
more in the deflated dollars of the future. Potential survi-
vors benefits for our spouses, which are the principle form
of life insurance for many of us, will be proportionately
The impace of this cut can be appreciated by noting
that its future financial effect will be about the equivalent to
retroactively demoting us by one full GS grade for the final
three years of our government careers.
But all this is not the worst that this cut has done to
me. I retired three years ago after 3 years of Army service
in WWII and 27 years on the PANAMA CANAL, with a
wonderful feeling of security. I've lost it. If I could go back
27, 20, even 15 years, I'd plan my life differently. But I
can't it's too late.

Anthony P. Mann
Tampa, Florida
(It is almost impossible to calculate any one indi-
vidual's COLA losses because so many variables are in-
volved, including inflation. But Reader Mann is correct
that the under-62 losses are permanent. Full COLA eligi-
bility is restored, of course, once a retiree reaches age 62.
- Ed. Retirement Life)

Reprinted from Retirement Life,
December 1982

She'll Swim for $180.50
Helen McNeal doesn't believe in retiring. Now 74,
she is the administrative secretary at Branan Towers.
Sunday, Aug. 22, Mrs. McNeal went out to the
YWCA on the Lawrenceville Highway and swam 30
lengths of the pool as part of a Red Cross fund-raising ef-
fort called Swim-A-Cross. For each length she swam her
sponsors paid pledges to the Red Cross. Her Sunday after-
noon swimming brought in $180.50.

"I really enjoyed doing it", said Mrs. McNeal who is
no stranger to the YWCA pool. She helps there each week
with swimming classes for handicapped children and goes
three times a week in addition, swimming half a mile each
time for her own exercise and pleasure.
Grew up in the Panama Canal Zone where her father,
Raymond F. Keene helped build the canal, she worked for
many years as a secretary in the Atlanta public schools.

Employee News Three Score and More
Atlanta, GA.

Veteran still fighting battle
over purple heart
After working 64 years to get a purple heart from the
Army, George A. Sausel says he expects the Army to at
least get his name right on the medal.
LAKELAND Sitting on the couch in the living
room of his Lakeland home Wednesday, the World War I
veteran carefully took a small, purple heart out of its box.
He turned the shiny gold and purple medal over and
pointed to the named engraved on the back.
"August G. Sausel" the medal read.
The name is wrong.
It took 64 years for George A. Sausel to convince the
U.S. Army that he deserved a purple heart. Now, he's
sending it back.
"They put the name on it wrong," says the feisty vet-
eran who will be 89 years old next month. "And I won't
accept that. I want it in my legal name."
"I don't want to accept an award that isn't mine."
The award and the certificate were issued to "August
G. Sausel," even though Sausel says the packet arrived in
the mail last Nov. 19 addressed to George A. Sausel.
As confusing as the story sounds, the records are more
confusing. Sausel's baptismal certificate reads "August
G.," and his belated birth certificate reads "George A."
His middle initial, he says, probably stands for August
since that was his father's name, but he's never used
anything but the letter "A."
The confusion dates back to the turn of the century -
to when he was born in Coon Valley, Wis., on Feb. 9,
1894. Recording births was not required in those days, he
says. And it wasn't until June 30, 1944, that he received a
copy of his birth certificate from Madison, Wis., after com-
piling hordes of documents from schools and family to
prove who he was.

George Sausel finally convinced the Army to award him a Purple
Heart. But when it arrived he discovered the name on the medal and
certificate was in error.

"I was very pleased to finally receive the purple heart
after fighting the Army all these years, but I'm not through
with them yet," Sausel said Wednesday.
"I notified the Department of Army Reserve in St.
Louis on Nov. 30 that I would not accept the award. I'm
going to send it back. I'm waiting for a copy of my birth
certificate from Wisconsin to send with it to prove who I
am legally."
Sausel was 24 when he was inducted into the Army
7th Division in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 1918, since he
didn't have a birth certificate, he used the only identifica-
tion he had a baptismal certificate from a little church in
La Crose, Wis.
He served 11 months and saw action with the 26th
Division National Guard (the Yankee Division) in France

between September and the Nov. 11 Armistice. During
this time, he was burned on the right side of his face by
German mustard gas.
After the truce, he was discharged a private 1st class
and went to the Panama Canal Zone, where in 30 years he worked
his way from electrician to lockmaster. He wrote to the Army re-
questing a purple heart for his gas wound. But the Army
hadn't heard of George A. Sausel, he says.
"I've got a file one-inch thick. I was 64 years trying to
prove to the Army that I was in the service and was wound-
ed. I finally succeeded. I got my purple heart. But I'm not
accepting it. It was not issued in the right name."

Tampa Tribune
January 6, 1983

From the "SPILLWAY"

Kings Point slots open to RP students
Widely expanded educational opportunities for Pana-
manian citizens at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in
Kings Point, N.Y., have been brought about by a recent
Congressional enactment. Through a joint effort on the
part of the Panama Canal Commission, Panama's Insti-
tute for the Formation and Development of Human Re-
sources (IFARHU), and the U.S. Embassy in Panama, in-
formation on the program is being distributed throughout
the Republic of Panama.
The new law has created slots for an additional 30 for-
eign students at the academy. These students may come
from any country in the world, with no limit on the num-
ber from any one country. Qualified applicants are being
admitted on a first-come, first-served basis until the quota
of 30 is filled. After that time, applicants will have to wait
until openings become available.
Last year, the first under the new program, only two
applicants entered, leaving 28 spaces remaining for the
school year starting in July 1983. Last year both slots were
filled by Panamanian citizens.


Seasoned sixth-grade gymnast
takes home six medals
by Susan K. Stabler
While many sixth-grade girls doodle away their after-
school hours visiting with friends, watching TV, frequenting
local playgrounds, or baking chocolate chip cookies, at least
one young lady, 11-year-old Jean Marie Gramlich of
Diablo, pursues a more stringent routine.
Jean is a dedicated gymnast. Six days a week, amount-
ing to a total of over 13 hours. Jean works up a sweat in
gymnastic classes.
Her mother and father, Larry Gramlich, a machinist
leader and diver at Pedro Miguel Locks, are more than sup-
portive of their daughter's pursuits. How many girls on the
Isthmus have balance beams and other gymnastic parapher-

nalia installed right in their own backyard? Mrs. Gramlich
points out that on Sundays, since there are no scheduled
classes, Jean works out at home.
Recently, Jean's tireless efforts paid off. During the Re-
public of Panama's First National Youth Olympics, the
"Juegos Juveniles Nacionales," Jean took second place
overall in the gymnastics competition for girls ages 10 to 18.
Admitting she doesn't yet know how she's going to dis-
play them in her room at home. Jean brought home a total
of six medals from the "Juegos Juveniles Nacionales." She
was presented a second-place silver medal for her perfor-
mance on the balance beam, another silver medal for floor
work, a bronze medal for her showing on the uneven parallel
bars, a gold medal for being a member of the first-place
team, another gold medal for participation in the games,
and, the one she prizes the most, the silver medal she won as
the overall second-place winner.


PCC payments to RP
increase by $4 million
Payments to the Republic of Panama by the Panama
Canal Commission for Fiscal Year 1982, which ended on
September 30, 1982, showed an increase of over $4 million
above the 1981 payments, according to a preliminary re-
port compiled by the Commission's Office of Financial
The preaudit disclosure indicated that the total pay-
ment, made in accordance with the 1977 Panama Canal
Treaty, amounted to a total of $81,193,887 at the end of the
fiscal exercise, compared to the FY 1981 total of
The increase in payments was due to a record-
breaking increment in total tonnage through the Panama
Canal, which averaged over 1 million tons more each
month as compared to the previous year. Total cargo ton-
nage for FY 1982 was 185 million long tons.
Payments to Panama and the increased cargo tonnage
were not the only records broken during the fiscal year. A

record number of 14,142 oceangoing vessels transited the
Canal, an increase of 1.1 percent over the previous year,
when transits reached 13,984. A record income from the
operation of the waterway is likely, however a final audit is
still pending.
Chief Financial Officer Walter D. Bjorseth regarded
the increase in payments to Panama as "significant." "It
has grown each year under the treaty," he said.
The total payments for fiscal year 1982 include $10
million for public services, a fixed annuity equaling the
same amount, and $61,193,887, representing the 30-cent-
per-ton payment on total Canal tonnage as provided by the
Since the treaty went into effect, Panama has received
a total of $233,009,456 in addition to the contingent earn-
ings payment of $2,699,181 made on July 6, 1981, when
the final audit for FY 1980 was completed by the U.S.
General Accounting Office (GAO).
Panama could receive additional contingent payments
due under the treaty when GAO completes final audits for
FY 1982.


New tugs to upgrade Canal service
Two new pusher tugs joined the Panama Canal Com-
mission's fleet last week, augmenting the Dredging Divi-
sion's capacity to keep the waterway free of obstacles.
Chame II and Diablo II were tied up side-by-side at the Re-
serve Fleet Dock in Gamboa while their transfer-of-owne-
rship ceremony took place on shore.
Commission delegates and representatives of the tugs'
manufacturer, Kenner Marine and Machinery, Inc., as-
sembled on the dock to sign the acceptance papers and bid
either "hail" or "farewell' to the tugs.
The official "hail" was delivered by Dredging Divi-
sion Chief Adriano Diaz, who praised the spirit of collabor-
ation that characterized the working relationship between
the contractor and the Commission. Among the other
Commission delegates welcoming the tugs to Canal service
were Engineering and Construction Director Col. J. J.
Plunkett and General Services Director Fred A. Cotton.

Above, the "Diablo II" and "Chame II" line up for inspection at
the Dredging Division. Because of the two-story wheelhouses and
other improvements on the new tugs, they appear quite different from
their predecessors.

Bidding the official "farewell" on behalf of the Louis-
iana-based builder, Thomas Wetta signed the documents to
transfer ownership to the Commission. Michael Klipper,
Storehouse Division Chief and contracting officer for these
boats, affixed his signature for the Commission.

The new tugs differ from most of the other Canal
work boats, including the Chame I and Diablo I, in that their
engines are larger and their propellors turn within circular
Kort nozzles.
This enables them to push and pull barges and other
large floating equipment with greater ease. One of their
jobs will be to help relocate dredges and to assist in the re-
positioning of floating cranes.
Because the tugs will work with large equipment, they
were designed with two-story wheelhouses to give the tow-
boat captains a better vantage point from which to watch
the progress of their work.

Yellow fire trucks to provide
improved protection for
operations, -facilities
Over the next year six brand newyellow fire trucks will
become familiar sights at several Panama Canal Commis-
sion fire stations. The first two, both standard foam
pumpers, arrived on the Isthmus on Thursday, October
28, at the Port of Las Minas on the Atlantic side.
The new trucks are currently being serviced by the
Motor Transportation Division. When they are released to
the Fire Division, one will be housed at the Gatun Fire Sta-
tion and the other will go to the station at Rodman.
Two additional trucks of a different variety will arrive
in December and the final two, one standard foam pumper
and one telescopic ladder pumper, are expected in July
1983. The approximately $1.2 million contract with the
National Foam Company in Lionsville, Pa., constitutes the
largest single contract for fire equipment in the history of
the Canal's Fire Division.
Although bright yellow fire trucks may take some get-
ting used to, research has determined that color to be the
most highly visible, day or night. This along with sharp
blasts from airhorns mounted on the cab should insure
clear passage for the vehicles anytime they are on the road
for emergency purposes.

Following a briefing on the new yellow fire trucks, Panama Canal
Commission officials andfirefighters show their satisfaction with the
recent acquisitions. From left are General Services Director F.A.
Cotton; Billy Quiros, assistant Fire Chief for the Southern
District; Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe and H.
Wallace Teal, acting chief of the Fire Division.
(Photo by Arthur Pollack)

The airhorns and the unusual color, however, are not
the only distinctive things about the new trucks. Their pri-

mary uniqueness lies in their foam systems, called a "Servo
Command" proportioning system. Each new truck has a
750-gallon foam capacity, whereas current fire trucks in the
Commission carry a maximum of 15 gallons. The new
trucks also carry a supply of water, as do the older models.
Universal foam, the type used by the new trucks, is
especially effective in putting out fires fueled by polar sol-
vent liquids (of the alcohol family) or by hydrocarbons,
such as petroleum, gas, and coal.


Review postponed
The Panama Canal Commission Administrator, D.
P. McAuliffe, announces that due to agency-wide budge-
tary concerns and resultant austerity measures, publication
of the Panama Canal Review has been postponed for an indef-
inite period.


How's the Canal Doing?
The following statistics indicate Canal operations and
usage during the month of October:
Average oceangoing transits 36.6 ships per day
Average ready backlog 20 ships
Average Canal waters time 22.6 hours
(including transit time)
Ships with beams over 80 feet 53.4 percent
Ships with beams over 100 feet 21.6 percent
The grading back of the hills at La Pita and Lirio
curves to improve visibility at those points has been com-
Construction work on the Paraiso Reach tie-up station
is progressing.


New PCC Board members welcomed
The Panama Canal Commission Board of Directors is
now complete with the appointment of three new American
members and the designation by the Panamanian govern-
ment of four new members. The appointment of the Pana-
manian Board members is expected to be confirmed soon
by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
This week three of the new Panamanian members
made an overflight of the Canal, visited the Miraflores
Locks control tower, and received briefings on the Canal
organization. The tours were part of a two-day Canal or-
ientation held on November 15 and 16 for the recently ap-
pointed Panamanian members.
The new Board members, Philip Dean Butcher, Dr.
Fernando Cardoze Fabrega, and Oyden Ortega Duran,
were given an indepth introduction to Canal operations by
Commission Administrator D. P. McAuliffe, Deputy Ad-
ministrator Fernando Manfredo Jr., and other senior
Commission officials. Dr. Carlos Ozores Typaldos, the
fourth newly appointed Panamanian member, is currently
the Panamanian Ambassador to the United Nations and
during this month is acting as Chairman of the United Na-
tions Security Council. Because of this, he was unable to
attend the orientation.
The three new U.S. Board members are Andrew E.
Gibson, Brig. Gen. William W. Watkin, Jr. (USA Ret.),

and Stephen W. Bosworth. The first meeting of the Board
since the membership changeover is scheduled for the week
of January 23, 1983, in Panama. At that time the new
members will join the two U.S. members whose appoint-
ments continue chairman William Gianelli and William
Mr. Butcher was present as a member-designate at the
last board meeting. A University of Panama graduate in
the field of public administration, Mr. Butcher is well-
known as a labor leader in Panama and for his membership
in the National Council of Workers, where he was secre-
tary general for 7 years, and in the Confederation of
Workers of the Republic of Panama. He is currently vice
president of the Inter-American Regional Organization of
Dr. Cardoze brings to the Board a wealth of profes-
sional experience. He has two law degrees, one from Har-
vard Law School and another from the University of Ma-
drid, which he obtained after graduating magna cum laude
in economics from Duke University. In addition to main-
taining a legal practice in Panama, he has served on the
boards of a number of national and international enter-
prises, and he has written several publications on tax laws.
He is currently the director of the National Investment
Council and a senior partner in the law firm of Arias,
Fabrega and Fabrega.
Dr. Ozores is also a lawyer, having earned the title of
Doctor of Law at the University of Rome. In addition, he
received specialized training at the Academy of Interna-
tional Law at The Hague. Until recently he served as Min-
ister of Foreign Relations.
Mr. Ortega has a law degree from the University of
Panama, where he has served as administrative board
member, faculty of law consultant, and legal advisor. In
addition to having held the post of Minister of Labor and
Social Welfare, he has been Panama's delegate to various
international labor conferences.
As stipulated in the implementing legislation to the
Panama Canal Treaty, U.S. Board membership must in-
clude experts in the areas of ports, shipping, and labor. The
continued presence of Mr. Sidell on the board fulfills the re-
quirement for an authority on labor, while Mr. Gibson br-
ings with him a background in the shipping industry and
General Watkin provides the expertise in ports administra-
General Watkin, who visited Panama in October for
an orientation tour, served for 9 years as executive director
of the Delaware River Port Authority and president of the
Port Authority Transit Corporation. He has a PH.D. in
economic geography from Columbia University, where his
studies focused on the economics of water resource
development projects. General Watkin's 30 years of
military service were with the U.S. Army Corps of
Mr. Gibson is well-versed in the shipping industry,
with a wide range of experience from deck officer to his
current position as president of Delta Steamship Lines,
Inc. He has served in the Department of Commerce as
Assistant Secretary for Maritime Affairs. Among his cur-
rent activities, he is a director of the American Bureau of
Shipping and chairman of the National Maritime Council.
He holds a masters degree in business administration from
New York University.
Ambassador Bosworth, a career diplomat, was assign-
ed in the early 1960's to the American Embassy in Pana-
ma. He has also served as Panama desk officer at the State

Department. Recent assignments include the ambassador-
ial post in Tunisia, while his current position is Deputy
Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.

Commission prepares for
locks miter gate overhaul
A locks miter gate overhaul will be conducted at Mira-
flores Locks during the next few months, a major project
involving almost every division in the Panama Canal Com-
mission. Four gates will be thoroughly examined and all
vital parts either replaced or restored to like-new condi-
tion. The four gates, two per lane, will be overhauled dur-
ing this period.
These particular miter gates were last overhauled in
1950, at which time the work was done in the locks cham-
ber. This required that the locks operate on a one-lane basis
for the duration of the 3-month period. This extended shut-
down reduced operating capacity and resulted in transit

"It must be locks' overhaul time again."

In an effort to avoid transit delays, procedures were
revised and the gates are now removed and floated to the
Balboa drydock, where the most time-consuming work can
be done while the lock continues to operate in both lanes
with its second set of gates. Outages are reduced because
each chamber is closed for only a short time to allow for
gate removal and reinstallation and for limited work within
the lock chambers.
The Commission is already geared up for this $4.3
million undertaking. The Marine Bureau has sent a gen-
eral notice to Canal users indicating that the Miraflores
Locks will be reduced to a single lane during stipulated
weeks in December, February, and March.
The Locks Division is installing closure plates to make
the gates airtight and buoyant for their trip to the drydock.


Former Canal Marine
Superintendent dies
Rear Adm. Philip G. Nichols (USN, Ret.), former
Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal, the equiva-
lent of today's Marine Director, died suddenly at his home
in San Mateo, Calif., on Monday, November 15. He was
83 years old.
Admiral Nichols had the rank of captain when he be-

gan his three-year assignment with the Canal organization
in 1947. This was his fourth tour in Panama. He had serv-
ed three times at the submarine base in Coco Solo earlier in
his naval career.
Born on April 7, 1899, in Peabody, Mass., Admiral
Nichols showed an interest in the U.S. Navy at an early
age, leaving his hometown high school to attend the
Massachusetts Nautical Training School, from which he
graduated in 1917. After a brief assignment in Europe dur-
ing World War I as quartermaster in the U.S. Naval
Reserve Force, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval
Academy, graduating in 1921.
Admiral Nichols served in the Far East, numerous
U.S. locations, and, during World War II, in Australia,
where he was Chief of Staff of the 7th Fleet. His last assign-
ment before retiring to California in 1951 was as Comman-
ding Officer of the Naval Receiving Station in Boston,
The admiral is survived by his widow, Ruth Wadell
Nichols; his daughters, Ellen McCelland of New Mexico,
Ann Mayles of Panama, and Barbara Bluck of Bermuda;
his son, Robert Wadell of California; his brother, John
Teague Nichols of Massachusetts; as well as 16 grand-
children and 11 great-grandchildren.
Admiral Nichols was buried at Arlington National
Cemetary in Virginia, following funeral services at the Ar-
lington chapel.

Experts explore Canal's future
in changing world
by David Constable
The importance of the Isthmus of Panama to world
trade is undeniable. Since 1914, this importance has been
greatly enhanced by the existence of the Panama Canal.
Current estimates are that the Isthmus waterway will
be adequate to handle the level of shipping traffic over the
next 30 years, despite alternatives resulting from techno-
logical advances that could diminish its importance. What
the perspectives will be after that time is already a matter of
serious study by the United States, Panama, and other na-
Although looking into the future is about as pro-
blematic as walking through an unfamiliar house in pitch
darkness, experts can make fairly accurate forecasts from
the study of statistical data and present and projected tech-
nological advances.
Based on this premise, The Futures Group, a con-
sulting firm from Glastonbury, Conn., recently brought
together an eclectic group of experts in an attempt to find a
consensus on the future of the transisthmian transportation
alternatives through Panama, to assess the viability of the
Panama Canal over the next 30 years, and to draw conclu-
sions and make recommendations about appropriateness of
other transportation alternatives. The conference will pro-
vide the U.S. State Department with information to elab-
orate terms of reference for the feasibility study of a sea-
level canal and other alternatives.
Selected by the Panama Canal Commission to attend
the conference held in Washington, D.C., in October,
were Donald Schmidt, chief of the Program Development
Division, and Gullermo Van Hoorde, Jr., chief of the
Canal Improvements Division. Both divisions are com-
ponents of the Office of Executive Planning.

Executives and experts from the United States and
other governments, companies that use the Panama Canal,
transportation and engineering firms, and other agencies
attended the conference, along with former Canal Zone
Governor David S. Parker, the State Department Deputy
Director of Panamanian/Central American Affairs
Richard Wyrough, Panamanian Ambassador to the
United States Aquilino Boyd, and Roberto Moreno of the
Panamanian engineering consulting firm Lopez y
Asociados. Also among the group were Lt. Gen. Richard
H. Groves and Col. John P. Sheffey (USA, Ret.), both of
whom were members of the 1970 Executive Committee on
the Atlantic-Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study.
Some of the questions regarding the Panama Canal
that were addressed during the conference included:
the role of the Panamanian Isthmus in world trade
patterns in light of the advancements in transportation
technologies over the next 30 years.
the method of financing the improvement program
developed by the Panama Canal Commission and the
other alternatives.
transportation alternatives to the Panama Canal
that could meet the expected level of demand. These in-
clude non-Canal alternatives, such as oil and slurry
pipelines or a landbridge, and Canal alternatives in the
nature of modifications to the present waterway, larger
locks, and a sea-level canal.
Official conclusions arrived at by the conferees may
not be known for months since the opinions will have to be
weighed by The Futures Group and finally by the State
Department. The opinions of the group will also be consid-
ered in the preparation of terms of reference for future
studies of trans-Panamanian transportation alternatives.


New PCC assistant chief
accountant named
Barbara Selvey has been appointed assistant chief ac-
countant of the Panama Canal Commission, replacingJose
E. Corco who was recently promoted to chief accountant.
Ms. Selvey was formerly chief of the Reports and Analysis
After receiving a master of science degree from
Auburn University, Ms. Selvey taught accounting at Ers-
kine College in South Carolina. She came to Panama in
December 1965, and was employed in the Canal organiza-
tion's Accounting Division.
In June 1968, Ms. Selvey left the Isthmus to become
statistical manager of Rich's Department Stores in Atlanta,
Ga. She returned to Panama in November 1971, and was
reemployed in the Accounting Division.
Ms. Selvey lives in the El Cangrejo area of Panama

Miter gate overhaul
starts Monday
Beginning December 6 and continuing through De-
cember 9, the first phase of the Miraflores Locks miter gate
overhaul will be conducted. Four massive miter gates,
commonly known as "leaves," will be removed by the
Dredging Division's titanic floating crane, the Hercules, and
towed to the Balboa drydock where they will undergo a ma-
jor overhaul.

According to Mr. Tom Hannigan, locks overhaul
engineer, removal of each gate takes a full day, and during
that period, the lane will be out of service for approximate-
ly 48 hours while the removal is underway. Gates in the
east lane, which is nearest to the visitor's pavilion, will be
removed on Monday and Tuesday, December 6 and 7,
with the removal of west-lane gates following on Wednes-
day and Thursday, December 8 and 9.
While all lock miter gates are uniform in width and
thickness (65 feet, 7 inches wide by 7 feet thick), they vary
in height according to their location at each lock. The four
to be removed are at the downstream step at Miraflores
and are 77 feet high and weigh 680 tons.
The Dredging Division's crane, the Hercules, is the
only piece of canal equipment capable of performing a gate
removal. However, because it's lifting capacity is only 250
tons, the gates themselves must be made lighter. This is
done by pumping air into the hollow bottom in each gate
and by filling the locks chamber with water to make the
gate leaf float. Once in position alongside each gate, the
Hercules tilts the gate to free it from its yoke and pintle ball.
The yoke connects the gate to the lock wall at the top, and
the pintle ball is the gate's pivot point on the floor of the
chamber. Once removed from its housing, the gate is
floated out of the locks, in tow by the Hercules, in a vertical
position. Upon clearing the locks structure, it is placed in a
horizontal position and floated somewhat like a barge to the
drydock facilities in Balboa.
With the first gate removal scheduled in just a few
days, Mr. Hannigan says, "Everything is in good shape.
Preparations are going fine, and we're right on schedule."


PCC initiates water conservation
by Katie Wingenbach
They say you can't fool Mother Nature, but it would
seem that she certainly can fool us.
Last year in November, the Isthmus seemed to be
ready to float away, but this year, when everyone is pre-
pared with super-strength umbrellas and high-water boots,
Mother Nature is blessing us with what could easily be
taken for dry season lots of sunshine and gentle breezes.
The question is whether or not dry season is here to
stay. It seems that only Mother Nature knows for sure. As
for late last week, personnel in the Commission's Meteor-
logical and Hydrographic Branch (better known as "Met
and Hyd") were not yet willing to declare that dry season

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has arrived. They have been watching the mahogany trees
shed their leaves, looking at other dry-season indicators,
and hemming and hawing about the whys and wherefores
of the whole thing.
Dry season is usually the result of the intensification
and movement of the mid-Atlantic high pressure system to
a position off the edge of the North American land mass
near Bermuda. This generally coincides with the beginning
of winter in the United States, when the atmosphere
becomes cooler than the water mass.
What has been going on this year, though, is some-
thing entirely different. According to satellite pictures,
there have been clouds sitting to the south, clear skies over-
head, and a high pressure system but not the Bermuda
High to the north and west.
At this point, it is anyone's guess just what will hap-
pen next. The rains may return, and then again they may
not. One possibility is that the unseasonable dry weather
could merge with normal dry-season patterns, which would
add up to a long spell of dry weather.
No matter what happens, the early dry spell may have
repercussions in the months ahead. A record low was set in
November for the amount of water flowing into the lakes.
Even if the rains resume, it is doubtful that the lakes will fill
to the desired levels by the end of the year. Water conserva-
tion may become a major concern in the months ahead.
The Commission is already taking steps aimed at con-
serving water. Efforts are being made to increase the use of
short-chamber and tandem lockages to make the most effi-
cient use of water. In addition, electricity is being con-
served by reducing lighting in Gaillard Cut, at the locks,
and in other areas at times when lights are not required for
security or safety reasons.

McAuliffee explores legacy
of De Lesseps
by Barbara Miller
The name of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps is linked to
the world's two most famous canals. His position as French
envoy to Egypt and his later success in master-minding the
excavation of the Suez Canal led to his visit to the Isthmus
of Panama in 1879 and to the formation of the first Isth-
mian canal company In 1881.
The link was again brought to mind one hundred
years later when D. P. McAuliffe, Administrator of the
Panama Canal Commission, was invited by Eng.
Mashhour Ahmed Mashhour, Chairman of the Suez
Canal Authority, to visit the Suez Canal. This historic
meeting marked the first time that the chief executive of-
ficers of the world's most important canals had met.
While on his visit to the headquarters of the Suez
Canal Authority, which is located in Ismailia, Mr. Mc-
Auliffe stayed in the Suez Canal Guest House and visited
the room in which Count de Lesseps lived during the con-
struction of the Suez Canal.
It was in Ismailia, a city on the banks of the canal, that
a lavish ball was held on November 17, 1869, to cele-
brate the opening of the waterway. Count de Lesseps took
his rightful place at the ball, dancing the first dance with
Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. The Empress had
traveled from France in the royal yacht Aigle, to make the
first official transit of the canal.
By the time the 64-year-old Count was dancing in
Ismailia, he was known throughout the world as "The

Great Frenchman." He was also sometimes referred to as
"The Great Engineer," even though he actually had no ex-
pertise in that area. What he did have, in addition to his
personal magnetism and driving determination, was a
long-standing friendship with Egyptian Viceroy Said Pasha
as well as a blood relationship with Empress Eugenie. Both
connections helped him resolve the many political and eco-
nomic crises that arose during the 6 years of digging.
The same combination of forces would not be in play
when the Count attempted to duplicate his accomplish-
ments in Panama with the Campagnie Universelle du
Canal Interoceanique de Panama. When the company fail-
ed and the French withdrew in 1889, it caused a financial
crisis of dire proportions for France and many of her coun-
trymen. Accusations of mis-management resulted in
charges being brought in French courts against the com-
pany's managers.
The Count was spared imprisonment because of his
advanced age, but this did not keep his son Charles, one of
his twelve children and a devoted aide, from serving a
prison sentence. As his god-daughter said, "Death would
have been a consolation to his many troubles, and would
have ended a life full of success and glory up to its zenith,
and now fast ebbing amidst the smouldering ruins of a dis-
astrous enterprise."
History has softened the world's opinion of Ferdinand
de Lesseps, who died in 1894 and never knew that his
Panama project was eventually renewed. His company was
responsible for moving 78 million cubic yards of dirt in the
Isthmus of Panama, an accomplishment that gave his suc-
cessors a welcomed headstart.
And if nothing else, Count de Lesseps must be recog-
nized for taking an idea that had been circulating for
decades and translating it into action. It is testimony to his
vision that the Panama Canal was completed and that it
continues to thrive a century after his company removed
the first shovelful of dirt.

U.S. Medicare tax to be instituted
One of the recent changes in Federal law concerning
employee benefits was the extension of Medicare coverage
to employees of the Federal Government. In the case of
employees working outside the United States, including
employees of the Panama Canal Commission, the Medi-
care coverage was extended to U.S. citizen employees only.
U.S. citizen employees who are already covered under the
U.S. Social Security System (FICA), such as temporary
employees, will be unaffected by this change because the
FICA tax now collected from their pay already includes the
Medicare tax contribution.
As a result of this change in the law, U.S. citizen em-
ployees of the Commission covered under the U.S. Civil
Service Retirement System, including rehired annuitants,
will begin paying a 1.3 percent Medicare or "hospital in-
surance" tax on their wages. The tax will be deducted star-
ting with the paychecks for pay period 25, which will be
distributed on January 3, 1983.
Unlike the employees' Civil Service retirement contri-
bution, which is calculated on basic pay only, the em-
ployee's Medicare insurance contribution will be calculated
on all wages, including overtime and other premium pay,
incentive award payments, and commuted leave. The tax
will apply to all wages up to $35,700 and will be deducted

automatically from employee's paychecks.
The Panama Canal Commission will make a match-
ing contribution, and the total amount (2.6 percent) will be
paid to the Social Security Administration in the same
manner that retirement contributions are deducted and
paid to the Office of Personnel Management.
The basic rule governing eligibility for Medicare
benefits is that the recipient must have had 40 quarters of
covered employment and be 65 years old. A special transi-
tional rule in the law, which extended coverage to Federal
employees, treats past Federal service as if it were covered
service, without any tax liability, if the employee has Fed-
eral service prior to, and in, January 1983. It is not clear
how long an employee must work in January 1983 in order
for his prior Federal service to qualify as covered by Medi-
care, but it is expected that the Social Security Adminis tra-
tion will carify this matter soon. Employees considering re-
tiring in December or January may wish to consider the
benefits of having their prior service treated as covered ser-

Veterinarian to retire at year's end
by Katie Wingenbach

This month will mark two momentous events in the
lives of Commission veterinarian Dr. Paul H. (Harry)
Dowell and his wife, Zona Boggs Dowell. On December
22, they will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.
Then, on December 31, Dr. Dowell will retire after 37
years and 3 months of U.S. government service.
Dr. Dowell has been a Canal-area resident since birth,
though he left the Isthmus for a period of time following
graduation from Balboa High School to study at Texas
A&M. After earning the title of Doctor of Veterinary Med-
icine and Surgery, he ran a small veterinary practice in
Terrell, Tex., for 3 years. He returned to the Isthmus in
1946 as a veterinarian for the Mindi Dairy.
In 1951, he became dairy manager and held that posi-
tion until the dairy was closed in 1966. Reassigned to the
Health Bureau, he operated the Mindi Veterinary Clinic
until it was transferred to the U.S. Army Medical Depart-
ment Activity-Panama (MEDDAC) on October 1, 1979.
Now chief of the Panama Canal Commission's
Veterinary Division, Dr. Dowell has the responsibility of
preventing any exotic diseases from entering Panama from
the Canal area, especially via the waterway. He boards ves-
sels and inspects any transiting animals for signs of such
diseases as foot and mouth disease and African swine fever.
He also regularly makes sanitation inspections of all Com-
mission floating equipment and, often with the assistance
of Panamanian veterinarians, of the 23 restaurants oper-
ating in the Canal Area.
Ms. Dowell is a lifetime Atlantic-side resident and a
graduate of Cristobal High School. Both her father and Dr.
Dowell's father were recipients of the Roosevelt Medal,
which was given for service during the Construction Era.
The Dowells met on Taboga Island in 1938, and they were
both aboard the SS Cristobal's maiden voyage from Cristo-
bal to New York in 1939, on vacation with their respective
Always physically active, Ms. Dowell recently receiv-
ed a 200-mile medal from the Commission's Recreation
Services Branch Swim-to-Stay-Fit program. Though this is
an admirable accomplishment for anyone, it is doubly so
for Ms. Dowell, who has severe arthritis.

Both Dr. and Mrs. Dowell plan to indulge in their
hobbies: handicrafts and gardening for Ms. Dowell and
stamp collecting for Dr. Dowell. They have a house on
Panama's Santa Rita mountain, which they hope to make
their permanent retirement home.

Towtrack project reflects
Canal ingenuity
The same kind of ingenuity that was required to build
the Panama Canal is also required to maintain it. The tow-
track rehabilitation project a maintenance project cur-
rently under way at the locks is a reflection of the ingen-
uity found in the Canal organization both during construc-
tion times and today.
The project involves the replacement of the concrete
under the tracks for the locks towing locomotives. The
4-year project, now in its second year, was initiated when
signs of deterioration began to appear in the concrete sup-
porting the water-side rail. It is this rail that has received
the major weight of the locomotive traffic for almost 7
decades of Canal operation.
The process used to accomplish this work takes advan-
tage of the way the locks were originally constructed as well
as the way towtracks are built. Called the alternate-tie
method, it enables maintenance teams to remove the old
concrete below the towtrack and then replace it with little or
no interruption of service. The process was designed by
Louis Archuleta, assistant chief of the Panama Canal Com-
mission Engineering Division, and developed by structural
engineer Tomas H. Miro.
When the locks were built in the early 1900's, a trough
was left in the top of the locks walls, into which the towtrack
concrete was placed at a later date. This separate placement
has made it possible for present-day workers to remove the
concrete around the towtrack without damaging the origi-
nal wall structure.
The alternate-tie method allows for only part of the
concrete to be replaced at a time, and in such a way that lo-
comotives can continue to use the towtracks even though
some of the concrete underneath is either absent or freshly
poured and has not yet developed its full strength. This can
be done because of the towtrack design. In building the
towtracks, steel railroad ties were positioned at 18-inch in-
tervals. The ties are of two, alternating types: long ties
which extend beneath both rails, and short ties which are
under only one rail. The ties serve to hold the rails in
straight, parallel lines. The ties do not touch the rails; in-
stead, the ties and rails are joined by a flat metal plate call-
ed a "shim."
The shim is a key element in the alternate-tie method.
Removing the shims on the short ties breaks the connection
between the concrete and the rail. The rail is still sup-
ported, however, by the long ties and can be used by the
locomotives. Once the old concrete is removed and the new
concrete has reached the required strength, the short ties
are made to support the rail while the concrete around the
long ties is replaced. To date, the concrete that imbeds
14,000 feet of rail has been removed and replaced.

Make Reservations Early

Pneumatic tire fenders to be
installed at Miraflores Locks
Drilling rigs are hard at work at Miraflores Locks, re-
moving over 200 cubic yards of concrete from the southeast
and southwest knuckles. Removal of the concrete will
create recesses 5 feet into the wall's edge, running 13.5 feet
along the wall, and going down 13.5 feet from the top of the
wall. Five precast concrete units resembling giant building
blocks will be lowered into each recess to fill the cavity.
Three of these concrete units, placed at high-, mid-, and
low-tide levels, will house pneumatic tire fenders im-
pact-absorbing systems designed to cushion the locks walls
at this strategic point.
A ship coming up to the locks draws abreast of the
long, central approach wall, lining up with it to make an
entrance into the locks chamber. From the pilot's view-
point, the chamber entrance is a funnel, and the knuckle is
the beginning of the narrow section of the funnel. It is here
that great care must be taken to ensure that the ship does
not deviate, but slides straight into the chamber. Cushion-
ing at this point lessens the damage should a deviation
bring the ship away from the center wall and into contact
with the side wall.
These fender units each have an oversized pneumatic
tire that protrudes out of the knuckle wall. The tire rotates
on a sliding axle. If outside pressure is applied to the tire,
the tire will absorb the pressure, the axle will slide, and the
tire will recede into the knuckle. Inside the knuckle, the tire
will back up against two long, vertical rollers. Once the
outside pressure is released, the tire will return to its origi-
nal shape, pushing against the rollers while the axle slides
the tire back to its original position.
Above, below, and between the pneumatic tire fen-
ders along the knuckle are hard rubber fenders that are
bolted to the wall. These fenders serve to further cushion
the wall once the pneumatic tires have receded into the
The first installations were single pneumatic tire
fender units at the northeast and northwest knuckles of
Miraflores Locks in 1972. Since the, two fender units
have been installed on both the northeast and northwest
knuckles of Gatun as well as all four knuckles of Pedro
Miguel. After these triple units installations at Miraflores,
two units will be installed at each of the south knuckles of
Gatun to complete the program.

Housing rents to increase
Commission housing rental rates will be increased 7
percent across the board in February 1983, with the excep-
tion of the rental rates for those Gorgas apartments that
have a flat rate air-conditioning charge included in the ren-
tal. The new rates for the Gorgas apartments will reflect the
October 1982 electricity increase in addition to the rental
Adjustments for Commission employees will be effec-
tive with pay period number 3, which begins February 6,
1983. Adjustments for all other customers will be effective
February 1, 1983.
The rental rate adjustments are in accordance with
Office of Management and Budget Circular A-45, which
continues to be the approved guideline for the establish-

ment of comparability rentals for U.S. Government-oper-
ated housing in the Canal area. These guidelines require
that rental adjustments be made in accordance with move-
ments in the Consumer Price Index (rent series of the U.S.
city average for urban wage earners and clerical workers)
over a 12-month period ending each September. The index
increased 7 percent from September 1981 to September

DODDS gets new director

James M. Wolf has been appointed director of the De-
partment of Defense Dependents Schools
(DODDS)-Panama. He succeeds Donald Grant, who re-
tired from the position on December 31, 1982, after 32
years of government service.
Dr. Wolf began his association with Canal-area
schools in 1957, when he was appointed coordinator of
special education. Since then, he has served in numerous
positions, including dean of the Panama Canal College. In
1979, when Canal-area schools were transferred to
DODDS, Dr. Wolf was named chief of the Education Divi-
sion, and in 1981, he was appointed deputy director of
Dr. Wolf is the author of several college textbooks and
numerous research monographs. In addition, he has served
as an educational consultant to many U.S. school systems
and universities.


Charter flights discontinued
Increases in the costs of chartering commercial aircraft
and decreases in official and home leave travel have com-
)ined to make it impractical for the Panama Canal Com-
nission to provide a charter program for the summer of
In place of the charter program, the Transportation
Branch will secure blocks of seats on regularly scheduled
Pan American and Eastern Airlines flights. Seats on north-
bound flights out of Panama will be blocked from May 21
through August 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Satur-
days. Space on southbound flights returning to Panama
will be blocked from June 22 through August 31 on
Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Motor Trans-
portation Division will provide transportation to and from
the Omar Torrijos Airport for employees using these
Employees are advised that travel on the above-men-
tioned flights is not mandatory. However, employees or
dependents traveling on alternate dates or flights will have
to make their own arrangements for transportation to or
from the airport and be reimbursed by the Claims Branch
for expenses incurred. Any claim for reimbursement for
taxi fare over $15 must be supported by a receipt.
Commission employees will now be competing with
other travelers for spaces on commercial flights. It is impor-
tant that employees submit their home leave requests at
least 4 months in advance to ensure that the Transportation
Branch can block out adequate numbers of seats on desired

Some return to Panama as stars .
by Rita Kohn Tsigas
Pat Quinn, Isthmian-born actress of film and stage
fame, will appear this month at the Panama Canal College
Auditorium in the Pulitzer-prize winning play "The Effect
of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." The
play will be coproduced by the Cocurricular Activities
Committee of the Panama Canal College and Ms. Quinn's
brother Bruce, who is the director of the Panama Canal
Commission Office of Equal Opportunity.


The SPILLWAY is looking for records,
photographs, and other mementos of the first ocean-to-
ocean cayuco race in 1953. Anyone who has access to this
kind of material, or anyone who participated in or witnes-
sed the race is urged to call Jennifer Jones at 52-3202, or
write the Editor, Canal Record, who will pass it on to the
interested parties.

Make Reservations Early I

Your Reporter Says.....


This news column was almost not written this time.
Eddie and I had to go to McAllen, Texas because our
daughter, Katie (Filo) Woods was to have surgery. We
left the day after New Years and unfortunately, the opera-
tion was postponed almost two weeks. Eddie had a foot in-
fection and could not drive home at the time we had plan-
ned, and Katie was not well enough to leave, so we extend-
ed our stay in McAllen. We enjoyed it because we never
knew they had so many "winter Texans" come for the
winter. Frankly, I believe they surpass the Florida "snow
birds". Beautiful oranges, red grapefruits and tangerines
were in abundance.
Spending the holidays with John and Mary Urey
were their children, Tom and Lorraine Dugan, with
Tricia and Brian from Panama; Walter and Suzanne
Kleefkins with Catherine and Jennifer Robinson from
The Dalles, Oregon. Tom and Walter spent a few days in
Florida visiting with their parents, Ralph and Mary
Dugan, and Louis and Virginia Kleefkins, respectively.
While in Tampa, Walter attended the funeral of his uncle,
Max Sanders. On Christmas Day, Ed and Catherine
Filo, Mike and Enid Kandrin and Ralph, Ida and Lean-
na Dugas joined the Ureys for Christmas dinner.

L-R Olga Gettle, Bill Kessler, Jess Gettle and Babe Kessler at
the Dothan CZ Society Christmas Party.

-b o fw A -A E
L-R Bud and Betty Huldtquist, Ida Dugas, John and Mary
Urey, Bates Wieman.

Seated at the table are: Marie and Jim McNamara, Elwin and
Thelma Larkin, Rudy and Marie Gangle.

Our Society held its Annual Christmas Dinner Dance
on December 9th. at the Holiday Inn. Music was provided
by Charlie Cox and band. I should add that they were ter-
rific. They played our type of music as well as Latin music.
Numerous prizes were provided by the Committee. All the
ladies looked so lovely and the gentlemen they always
look handsome. I am sure everyone had a great time.



John and Mary Urey are flying to San Jose, Costa
Rica, to spend their 40th. wedding anniversary with Den-
nis and Cristy Gilbert. They will then go on to Panama to
visit with the Dugans and friends for two weeks before re-
turning to their home in Dothan.
Jean and Bud Harris held an "open-house" on
Christmas Day. It was the first time in several years that all
her children were together. Marshall, Sandra, and Aman-
da Harris came from Key West, Florida where Marshall is
working; Mickey and Anne Marie Harris and daughter,
Mary Eileen and Katie were in Dothan, and Johnny
Harris also from Dothan. About 40 friends attended the
Lila Esler, from St. Petersburg, drove up for a visit
with her nephew and wife, Jean and Bud Harris. She came
with an old friend of Jean's.
News item from Wilma and Ed Kennerd: Mary
(Jimenez) Greame spent Thanksgiving week with us. She
lives in Daytona Beach. Ruthelma (Terry) Zemer spent
the following Saturday with us, enroute back to her St.
Petersburg's city job, after spending Thanksgiving with
her Indiana family. Ed and Wilma went to Florida for
Christmas. They saw Bill Merwin, (retired from the
Postal Division in September 1980) in Palatka. Most of our
time was spent in Daytona Beach (motel near Mary
Greame's wee beach apartment). Wilma almost forgot how
pretty hibiscus blooms were. While in Daytona, I had two
phone chats with Leticia (Lotty) and Robert Orvis who
had moved there in July. They are happy with their retire-
ment home, however, Lotty left for Panama on January
6th. because of her mother's poor health.
The Isthmus of Panama had many Dothanites as holi-
day visitors. Maggie and John Janssen visited with their
daughter, Pat (Janssen) Beck and children, Sean, Lara,
Chris, and twins Michelle and Anne Marie and with
Pat's husband, Lt. Col. Gene Beck. The Becks live in
Howard AFB. Terry and John Willis and grandson,
Johnny Borromeo, spent the holidays with their daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Nat Mendez and children.
Margaret and Jack Hern were on their annual Christmas
visit to see their son Dick and his wife, Ruth, and with
Jack and Fran Hern and their children, Johnny and
Mitch. Also returning to Panama for the holidays were
Marie and Rudy Gangle, who visited Hugh and Patty
(Gangle) Harvey. Lou and Joe Hunt were also on their
annual visit with their daughters after spending Christmas
with their son, Maj. Joe Hunt, his wife, Darlene (Wood-
ruff) and granddaughters in Atlanta. Kelly Wainio went
to Gatun to await the birth of her third grandchild and to
spend the holidays with daughter, Beth Deaton and fami-
While Eddie and I were in McAllen, Texas, we saw
an ad in the local newspaper advertising a new restaurant
called Marchands, in Mission, Texas. They especially
featured the S.S. Cristobal Lounge. Our curiosity got the
better of us and we went to see what it was all about. The
owner informed us that they knew nothing about Panama
or had ever been there, but they heard about the SS
Cristobal, so they went to Brownsville and purchased several
items off the ship to use as decorations in their lounge.
Among other things, they had the old menus framed on the
wall. It was very interesting.
Have a beautiful and blessed Easter!

Catherine (Whelan) Filo


The Annen family, Martin and Marilyn, and chil-
dren, Marty and Marla, are among the busiest people in
the area teaching, scouting,' lake activities, hunting,
etc., etc., but reported "nothing outstanding has happened
Ralph and Marie Shuey spent a couple months in
Germany visiting Marie's sister. They returned shortly be-
fore Thanksgiving. Traveling a few miles down the road,
they shared that holiday with Red and Alice Nail. Son
Ralph and his two daughters joined them in Neosho, MO,
for Christmas.
Carl Newhard travelled to Battle Creek, Mich. for a
holiday visit with his oldest son, Bruce, and family.
Etta Fay Terrel's holidays were spent in New
Orleans with daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Paul
Oliver. The highlight of the trip was a tour of old planta-
tion homes on both sides of the Mississippi in Louisiana.
Andrea drove back to Bentonville with Etta Fay for a
week's stay "up north."
Howard and Evelyn Engelke and Virginia Favorite
drove to New Orleans in convoy with Etta Fay. From
there, they continued to the Zone area to visit their respec-
tive sons, Louis and John Engelke and George Favorite,
for the holidays.
John and Polly Michaelis are finally settled into their
new home in Rogers. Johnny labored long days for weeks
in building shelves, installing additional fixtures, planting
trees, etc. Then former neighbors from Kerrville, Texas
stopped in for a week over New Year's, and helped in some
final touches, like putting up pictures. So Polly says she
really likes their house now. John is too tired to comment
but looks pleased.
Jack and Joan Corliss have a new 24-foot pontoon boat
which "is the greatest thing!" for use on Beaver Lake. The
plant where Jack works has cut back so he now has 3-day
weekends to enjoy boating and short trips around the coun-
tryside. Joan's aunt and uncle, Sara and Sam Rowley,
visited them last summer from Clearwater, FL, and her
sister, Joy Johnson came from St. Pete for a couple of
days. Jack had a cataract removed and a lens implanted last
summer. The process was so successful that it has affected
his driving he's prone to drive on both sides of the road
because he's so interested in looking at things he couldn't
see before.
Addie Colclasure reports: "We spent our holidays at
home. Son David Colclasure and his wife, Lou, came
from Wichita, Kansas to spend the holiday week with us.
Grandson Danny got a new guitar and has really been
working hard to learn to play it. Grandson Freddy got a
computer, and has been working a lot with it. Danny spent
a big part of his holidays singing at places and functions
around town with a barbershop quartet from his school.
Freddy placed third in a group of 154 trumpet players at a
regional contest, and was in the first state band. My two
sisters came from Kansas the day after Christmas to spend
the week." Addie expressed much appreciation for the
many cards and notes she received, and since she sent no
holiday cards, is writing everyone a letter.
Marion Colclasure is blissfully happy with her
teaching job in Rogers, and is very active in a chess club.
Mary Lou Engelke had good news to report: "My
daughter-in-law, Alice Engelke (formerly Alice Par-

thenais of Curundu), wife of my son Thomas, arrived in
early October to reside with me until Thomas, who was in-
ducted into the Army in September, completes basic and
advanced training. Alice, my daughter Kathy, and I at-
tended Tom's graduation from basic training at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri on Nov. 16th. Tom returned to
Rogers for a brief visit before going on to Ft. Sam
Houston, Texas for advanced training. My grandson,
Evan Thomas Engelke, born to Thomas and Alice, made
his appearance December 10, 1982 at Rogers, Arkansas.
(See births) Tom returned home Dec. 17th to spend the
Christmas holidays with his new baby son and family.
Baby Evan was christened Dec. 26th, after which a small
family luncheon was held at my house. Daughter Kathy
Crowell was inducted into the National Honor Society,
Gamma Beta Phi, on Dec. 10th, after attaining a 4.0 aver-
age in her first year and a half of nurses training at the
North-western Arkansas Community College. A happy
Christmas was spent here at my residence with Alice and
Tom and baby Evan, daughter Kathleen, and her
daughters, Erin, Alison, and Laura, mother- and father-
in-law, the Robert Engelkes, and sister-in-law Joyce
May, and her daughter Patsy."

Outgoing officers of the N. W. Arkansas Panama Canal Society are
Richard Condon and Mary Condon. Incoming officers are
Mildred Higgins and Ed Higgins. (Not shown).

Bob and Connie Engelke have been happily occupied
with family. In September, daughter Joyce and her daugh-
ter Patsy moved from Florida to Bentonville, AR, where
they are now both employed by WalMart. Joyce is de-
lighted with the weather in Arkansas a tad cooler than
"January has been a very big month for Kathleen
and Rojo Huffman. Willie, our son, and Kathy, his wife,
had a daughter born January 8th. Her name is Laura
Beth. Received a call from Jim, our son who is stationed in
England, that he is getting married soon. Our daughter
Mary and her husband, Gary Novak, are headed for
Mexico for a 7-day vacation. Rojo is looking through the
seed catalogs for his spring planting. He got a lighter bowl-
ing ball, and expects to start bowling again after his recent
cataract operation."
Joe and Libby Vowell love living on their extensive
property on Beaver Lake several miles from town. Peace
and tranquility and "a laid-back life." Though Joe had a

slight heart attack in the fall of 1981, he is doing very well
now. Daughter Kathy Sharpensteen of New Orleans
visited for a week during her school break. And Libby's
brother, Arthur Venable, from Scott City, MO, also
visited in early January.

"Bill and Dolores Jarvis of Bella Vista celebrated
their 40th wedding anniversary in St. Louis, MO, on Dec.
30th with their two sons. Jeff came up from Ft. Lauder-
dale, FL for Christmas, and Jan and Joyce and the two
grandchildren drove down to St. Louis from Mt. Clemens,
Mich., where they are stationed to meet at Joyce's brother
and sister-in-law, Wes and Karen Mehroff. Jeff's visit was
cut short by an exciting telephone call telling him to
report on Jan. 5th to Dolphin Airways of Florida for a new
flying job."
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders hosted a small family re-
union over the Thanksgiving period with five family mem-
bers motoring down from Michigan and three from Texas,
including grandson Curtis, now employed as a dental lab
technician in Allen. In December, they flew to California
for a three week Christmas visit with son Jack and grand-
daughters Jennifer and Jacqueline in Santa Cruz. On
Christmas eve, they joined Philip and Laura Sanders and
fourteen other relatives in Benicia. Among those present
was nephew Dr. Robert Hill of Napa, whom they had not
seen since 1966. With Jack and his daughters, they helped
grandson Doug and wife Pam celebrate Doug's birthday.
They drove to Santa Rosa over the Golden Gate bridge to
join Bill and Natalie Klute for a luncheon and a brief visit
with Jim and Stacia Walch, returning to Santa Cruz the
same afternoon. The happiness of all the Sanders family
was marred this Christmas season by the passing of Bruce's
brother, Maxwell Sanders, of Inverness, Florida."

Alice Nail

"The Land of Opportunity" and great weather
describes our area well!
Luke and Frances Palumbo had a wonderful Christ-
mas surprise when their daughter, Judy, from Panama,
knocked on their door a week before the holidays! Judy's
two weeks were a delight with Sara, her sister and her three

Luke and Frances Palumbo.

children enlightening the period of her vacation. In the
meantime, daughter-in-law, Karen Palumbo and grand-
daughter, Angelina, visited Karen's folks in Iowa where
Angelina saw her first snow which she wanted to take back
to Panama with her!
The Tom Robertsons are fine and happy to have
young Tom back in the States again. He is working in St.
Louis, MO. Georgette said that she is now
"puppy-sitting" with 4 Yorkshire Terrier little ones 8
weeks old.
Lee and Harry Butz drove to Kingston, N.Y. to help
Lee's mother, Mrs. Wonderly, celebrate her 100th. birth-
day, the latter part of August. Despite her years, Mrs.
Wonderly was in good health, both mentally and physical-
ly, and enjoyed the many social events. After the celebra-
tions were over, the Butzs motored over to So. Dennis,
Mass. to visit Betty and John Lewis on the Cape. Betty
and John were Pacific side Zonians whom they hadn't seen
for nearly 35 years! Needless to say, it was a memorable re-
union. While still in the East, the Butzs visited Hazel,
Howard and Mark Richards in Nashua, N.H. They are
busy as ever and gave us a special treat by showing us their
travelogue of their trip to England. It was excellent and
their talents are much in demand.
Two weeks after the Butzs returned home, Lee was
called back to Kingston, and her mother passed away a
week later.
Ricky (Harry) Butz and his wife, Vida from Reno,
Nevada, made a trip East in their motor home to visit his
grandmother and tour Washington D.C. and Williams-
burg, Va. They stopped by Springdale on their return to
Nevada, for a few days. They also visited Janice and Peter
Butz and family at their "Bust B" ranch in Sapulpa,
Oklahoma, where, with Esther Butz, they had a great
In September, Minnie and Mike Burton journeyed
to Ohio for a family visit with Minnie's son, Bob. In
November, the Burtons drove Bates Weiman and Budgie
"Pancho' to Dothan, Alabama, where Bud and Betty
Huldtquist live. En-route, they spent a few days with
Mike Jr. and family in Brandon, Miss. The Burtons
returned to spend Thanksgiving with Mike, Jr. Bates and
"Pancho" with the Huldtquists, went south to St. Peters-
burg, Fla. for Thanksgiving and Christmas with Betty's
(Presley) family. Jane (Presley) and Fred Huldtquist,
along with Bob Presley and family from Colorado com-
pleted the joyful get-together at Christmas time. Minnie
Burton also reported that Judy (Crooks) Dailey, Chuck

Edith and George Engelke, "Mom" Sanders, Dorothy
Sanders and Bruce Sanders.

and Andrea spent Christmas with them in Fayetteville.
1982 was a good year at Casa Whitlock, and the
following "que pasa" proves it! Their son, Paul, came to
live in Fayetteville, renting an apartment across the street
from them. He was employed as Chief of the Marine Divi-
sion of Imperial Oil and Grease Company of California
upon his retirement from the Panama Canal Commission.
Frances, his mother, is now working as his secretary. In
August, Andree Lee Collins, their eldest daughter, came
from St. Louis, Mo. for a two week visit, during which
time their grandson, Jack Whitlock came from the Canal
Zone to enter high school in Fayetteville for the fall semes-
ter. In November, Jacqueline, the Whitlock's second
daughter came to visit from Osceola, Indiana with her hus-
band, Marcel Warbrouck, staying there through Thanks-
giving. Because Jack was returning to the Canal Zone on
December 18th. to graduate in the Spring with his peers,
the Whitlocks celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas
together, In December, they had Christmas again at their
house with Minnie and Mike Burton, Judy Crooks Dailey
and two children, Chuckie and Andrea, joining them for
dinner. On New Years Eve, a surprise birthday party was
given to Andrew. Santa brought them a new stereo record
player, so they played old favorites, danced and played
cards with old friends until 1983 came in! Feliz y prospero
Ano Nuevo! to their friends everywhere!
Richard and Mary Condon had the pleasure of an
overnight visit on January 14 with Ruth Hoke French and
her husband, Ernie, who live in Hollywood, Md. Mary
was a teacher in Balboa Elementary School from
1952-1960. They stopped to visit the Condons on their way
home from a trip to Texas.

Lee Butz

Make Reservations Early


President's Message:
During the past year we had 24 new members join the
Southern California Panama Canal Society. I welcome each
of you and wish all of our members a wonderful 1983. The
Society exists because of you and for you. We want to see
you at each meeting ... there is a definite void when you are
not there. Your officers will always strive to arrange inter-
esting meetings at an affordable price with lots of door
Your present officers have been able to operate without
an increase in dues. This is mainly due to your support of
the lottery and the West Coast Reunion. In closing out
1982, I would like to express my grateful appreciation to
several people who have made the year so successful. First
and foremost, our officers:
Vice-President David Hollowell and his gracious
wife, Thelma who have devoted many hours and mileage
to make arrangements for our meetings. They single-
handedly made and manned a Panama Canal booth at the
Annual San Diego All States Picnic last August.
Secretary-Treasurer Sheila Gilbert Bolke who has
put in countless hours in dedication to the Society. She was
the main driving force behind the West Coast Reunion.
She's doing a great job with the luncheons, arranging for
all of the registrations and collecting all of the door prizes.
In addition, others have helped tremendously. In par-
ticular, Ken and Celine Stone who helped with the Re-
union and took all of the photographs; Margaret Knapp
who handled the reservations and registrations at the Re-
union; and Tookie Christian Morriss who organized and
ran the golf Tournament. The Society owes all of the above
individuals a great debt for the unselfish job they have done
during the past year, and the coming year will be even bet-
ter. It's been a pleasure to serve as your president.

Conrad S. Horine

L-R Shiela Gilbert Bolke, Donna Gayer Bowman, Kenny
Stone, Celine Stone, Joanne Reccia Mays and Stephanie
MilburnJohnson At the Christmas Luncheon, P. C. Society of
So. Calif.

The Mission Viejo Country Club was the setting for
our December 5th Christmas Luncheon. In fact, a cheery
fire was burning, giving lie to the fact that it was going to
be a green California Christmas. The table decorations

were fat cheerful Christmas trees (hard to believe they were
once Reader's Digests) folded and painted by Conrad and
Norma Horine and David and Thelma Hollowell. Since
there are always friends and relatives in town for
Christmas, it was fun to catch up on all the news and gossip
from other sections of the Society. Some of our guests were
Madge de Grummond Freese, Mildred Gilbert Patton,
Sharon Hammond Valentine, Joanne Reccia Mays and
her daughter Stephanie Mays, Frank Fitzpatrick, Irene
Doran Robertson, Helen Daniel Miller, Donna Daniel
Pierce, and Alice Milburn. Melvin Rutledge, Sue
Taylor Pitney and Frank Leves were introduced as new
members. To date, we have 247 members, acquiring 20
new members since the September Reunion. We are grow-
A ladies barbershop quartet from the Orange County
Sweet Adelines entertained after a delightful lunch and real-
ly were a talented group. It was a perfect note to start the
holiday season.
As usual, we're good to our guests and they do well in
the door prizes. We had 13 door prizes (including a mola
donated by Ken and Celine Stone, 2 cases of beer donated
by Frances Fitzpatrick and an SS Cristobal T-shirt donated
by EllenJohnson). Prize winners were Steve Fulop, Erick
Kullbery, Donna Geyer Bowman, Mary Evans Martin,
Norma Horine, Mary Hammond, Donna Daniel Pierce,
Milton Wright, Fern Morse, Rosa Dill, Joanne Reccia
Mays, Shirley Finalson and of course, a case of beer was
won by 7-year old Tara Robertson who said she was giving
it to her dad! The lottery added $47 to our treasury, and $15
prizes were won by Joan de Grummond, Grace Brown
and Vivienne Doran. Of course, the table decorations were
given away too, so a very festive spirit prevailed.
Ken Stone had brought the pictures from the Septem-
ber Reunion so everyone enjoyed looking at them, and
David Hollowell was selling mugs with our PanCanal
Society of So. California logo on them. The crowd lingered
quite a while after lunch visiting, etc. As always, the time
really flew and too soon it was time to go.
Beverly Neville Fawcett writes that her daughter and
son-in-law Joe and Linda Fawcett Griffin were in Rancho
Bernardo, California during the Christmas holidays to visit
her and John. Joe and Linda live in Stockton, California,
where Joe is Director of the Children's Home of Stockton
and Linda is Director of the Community Council of Stock-
ton and San Joaquin County. Alice Clark of Dothan, Ala-
bama also stopped by for a visit. She was out here to visit her
sister and family of Spring Valley.
Mildred Gilbert Patton was also visiting in Rancho
Bernardo, California. She spent a week with her niece,
Sheila Gilbert Bolke before going on to spend the
Christmas holidays in Hawaii with her daughter and son-
in-law, Mike and Linda Basham. She will be spending
another week the end ofJanuary with Sheila, trying to catch
a little more sunshine before returning to Dothan,

It was called the Transcaucasian Odyssey 15 exotic
days exploring Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, plus
Moscow and Kiev. I would receive 35 hours of continued
education for this much better than sitting in a stuffy
classroom that long!

Our group included 70 from all over the U.S. with
two doctor-nurse couples as our instructors, since this was
to be a Critical Care Study Tour. I was one of four nurses
who had worked together at the Balboa Naval Hospital,
San Diego.
Our first 24 hours, October 6th. were spent flying
from San Diego to New York, thence to Amsterdam, to
Warsaw and on to Moscow. We weren't allowed off the
plane in Warsaw but the guards laughingly posed for pic-
tures through the plane window.
Moscow was cold and grey and the general public
seemed that way too. Our hotel, the Cosmos, was elegant
and served fine food and wine, despite the fact that we were
not paying luxury prices. The key-lady on each floor would
give us the Hotel ID card when we went out, so that if we
got lost, the taxi-drivers could get us home. Few Russians
speak English.
Our own guide from New York had studied in Russia
a year and the two Intourist guides, Irene and Boris, who
accompanied us the whole trip spoke English fluently.
Each morning we would have class for an hour, then
go sight-seeing. The Kremlin was impressive with the
golden domes of former cathedrals and we were fascinated
by the architecture of St. Basil's in Red Square. We stood
an hour to visit Lenin's tomb. Even in blizzards there is a
line over one-half mile long waiting to get in! Occasionally,
someone would speak to us on the subway, but for the most
part, we were isolated from the general public through be-
ing taken from one historic monument to another. Am sure
the guides showed us only what they wanted us to see. In-
tourist, the Russian agency, makes all travel arrangements
and hotel accommodations.
Three days later, we boarded an Aeroflot (Russian)
plane and flew to Tbilisi, capital of the Republic of
Georgia, one of the 15 composing the USSR. The climate
was more mediterranean in nature; the people friendly,
and being the center for grapes, the wines were good. We
got a number of phone calls in our room, asking for Ameri-
can cigarettes; and more people stopped us on the streets
offering to trade their clothes for Levis, or for black market
money. We did not get involved in these transactions.
We visited the 1100 bed Republic Hospital of Georgia
with Dr. Honarneckek, Chief of Surgery. This is a teaching
hospital and is staffed by 2200 personnel, including 370
physicians and 700 nurses. Fourteen medical schools af-
filiate and medical students train here through their 3rd. to
6th. year. Nurses receive four years of training after man-
datory 10 years schooling. After 6 months of practical ex-
perience, they take their examinations. She can receive ad-
ditional training if she goes on to anesthesia, surgery or
midwifery. Most nurses wore black dresses with a white lab
coat. Their caps were straight and tall (like a chef's cap).
They wore ordinary street shoes and stockings and since
shoes are hard to get, most looked shabby and uncomfor-
We left for Armenia by bus on the Georgia Military
Road across the lower Caucasus Mountains. Because it
was October, the trees were gold, russet and red, inter-
spersed with green pines, reminding me of New England in
the fall. Our comfort stop along the highway produced an
old fashioned "one-holer"!
Our stay was in the capital city of Yerevan where we
visited a 350 bed Pediatric Hospital which served one-half
of the city of about 60,000 children. The hospital employs
215 doctors and 600 nurses. 150 of the nurses worked in
two Out-Patient clinics. All medical care is free in Russia.

After one becomes two years of age, there is a minimal
charge for medications. A doctor and nurse see a new-born
infant in the home every two weeks for two months and
then the nurse visits every two weeks until age two years.
School age children see a doctor every three months. Child
abuse is not a problem.
At the Cardiology Research and Clinical Institute, an
acute myocardial infarct patient is kept 1 to 3 days in the
Coronary Care Unit and 5 to 6 days on telemetry, with a
total of 20 to 24 days in the hospital. Then he goes to a
sanatorium for a month of psychological rest and cardiac
rehabilitation. Most heart attack victims were from 50 to
60 years of age, but like the U.S., the doctors are now see-
ing younger men from 40 to 50, due to high stress levels.
This time, when we flew Aeroflot, we could see Mt.
Ararat plainly with it's beautiful snow-covered peaks (in
Turkey). I didn't spot Noah's Ark! We flew to Baku on the
Caspian Sea, capital of Azerbaijan. This city has old forts,
market places for former caravans and was captured by
many different nationalities; Mongolian Tartars, Turks,
Persians, etc. We visited a former Shah's palace with mos-
que, harem and public baths, and had a party one night at
the Casbah Cafe, where the camel drivers used to sleep.
The small cells were made up into private dining rooms
around a central court-yard. Vodka and Champagne flow-
ed freely that night and while one of our younger ladies
danced with a French tourist around the rim of the well,
you can guess what happened she fell in!
Here we visited a 500 bed specialty hospital. Being a
big oil center, they receive numerous burn cases. The hos-
pital was 14 years old, had 62 physicians and 136 nurses.
Treatments are similar and medications about the same as
the U.S. Kidney dialysis is performed, but not in the
home. Nurses earn from $120 to $225/month; doctors just
starting, about $450. We learned that experienced truck
drivers usually earn more than that. If a nurse has a baby,
she can receive a full year of pay if she stays home with it,
and her job will be held open for 8 years. Retirement for
women is age 55 and for men, 60 years, however, you can
still work even while you receive your pension, if you want.
The next city, reached by Aeroflot jet, was in Central
Russia, nearest Europe; the beautiful city of Kiev on the
Dneiper River. We all enjoyed the musuem here, and were
especially thrilled to visit the four rooms of gold artifacts
from the Scythian collection. Also interesting was a trip
down into the catacombs. The monks were laid out in their
finery in open coffins sealed behind glass panels in the
walls. It was well lighted and women guards stand at strategic
spots as you walk around underground. The Trinity Gate
leading into this area is the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Card carrying Communists are atheists, but yet the
show places in Russia are the handsome churches and
cathedrals from 300 D up to the Revolution.
We arrived back in Moscow in a snow blizzard, bitter-
ly cold. Our Intourist bus came out on the ramp to pick us
up at the plane, leaving the Russian passengers huddling
under the wing, waiting for a conveyance. We were given
preferential treatment wherever we want. Food was good.
Beriozkas (dollar stores run by the government) were
super, but all this, I was convinced, was because they want
our dollars.
I didn't have an opportunity to form a Panama Canal
Society in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan!

Catsy Taylor Schafer
San Diego, Calif.

Patsy Boggs Lord and Janice Cameron Ross enjoyed
a trip to the Caribbean during the fall. They flew to Bar-
bados where they boarded the SS Nordic Prince. Really got a
kick out of hearing all that Bajun talk again and Pat could
really hold her own in conversing with the people of Bar-
bados. We stopped at Martinique, St. Thomas, Santo
Domingo, Port-au-Prince (old memories there) and back to
Miami. In Miami, we visited with my stepdaughter, Diane
Ross Eisert and family. Then on to New Orleans for several
days where we met with Taylor Hunter (son of Pat Ryan
Hunter) and his wife. Pat also visited with her nephew
Geoffrey, son of Roy Boggs. On to Biloxi to visit friends
and then home to California. It was a good and fun trip.

(Janice Cameron Ross)

("Buddy") Phillips, who has been Tournament Director
for the past two years, presented the plaque to Marion. The
tournament generates a lot of interest in the senior group
and has attracted over 500 bowlers each year to the
Showboat Hotel and Casino. Buddy, Marion and Gladys
Wertz Brayton are the big guns of the "AJO" Bowling
Team. Don Brayton, a former member of the team, had
the honor of having his uniform shirt retired by his team-
mates his only complaint is that they retired the shirt with
him in it! While the team is not currently in first place, they
are certainly within striking distance of it!

Sheila Gilbert Bolke
Secretary/Treasurer PCSOSCalif.

Marion Phillips High Scorer in Las Vegas

Marion Hutchison Phillips of Laguna Hills, CA,
topped all bowlers in her age group to walk off with the First
Place "Singles" Trophy and a pocket full of money in the
10th Annual Las Vegas Seniors' Bowling Tournament for
men and women in October, 1982. Her husband, Noble

Joble (Buddy) Phillips presents trophy to Marion Phillips.

Gladys (Wertz) Brayton, Noble and Marion Phillips are the
big guns of the "AJO" Bowling Team in Laguna Hills and are
shown here posing between frames. Missing from the photo is Don


Quite a few of our Colorado Chapter members at-
tended the wedding reception held at Fitzsimons Officer's
Club in Aurora for Virginia (Molloy) and Bob Lucy of
Boulder. The bride's parents are Bob' and Margaret
(Meigs) Molloy. (SEE WEDDINGS)
I was sorry I could not stay and attend Virginia's re-
ception but I had just been released from a week's stay in
the hospital. Seems that I have something my doctor refers
to as "Quarterback's Disease" me and the rest of the
jocks! Actually it is a form of tendonitis that required surgi-
cal manipulation and I was not in my best form but hope to
be back to tip top shape by March 26th for our Dinner-
Dance at the Ramada Inn on 1-70 and Kipling in Wheat
Ridge, Co. We will have a "London Broil" dinner and a
private dance floor with stereo. Everyone is invited to at-
tend and bring your favorite records. We are expecting a
lot of Lucho. For those of you who care to stay over, we can
accommodate some in our homes or if you prefer, the
Ramada will offer special rates to "Zonians". Please let us
know by March 15, 1983, if you can join us.

March 26, 1983 Saturday
Social Hour 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Dance or chat until ?
Il. -- ---------------1
IBertha Jane Law
19200 W. Dakota Ave.
ILakewood, Colorado 80226
__ reservations) for Dinner-Dance $13.46
per person.
IPlease send check or money order with your reservation.
IAll reservations should be in by March 15, 1983.
IFor additional information, please contact the above.


The fringe benefits of being involved with the Canal
Record are already paying off. I was thrilled to hear from
Crystal Lake, Illinois during Christmas when Joan
(Powell) Arndt sent me a card. She and husband, Rolf,
came to Colorado over the holidays and during the Denver
blizzard of '82 and were snowed in at Aurora, Colorado.
They were visiting with their son RolfJr., and his wife and
her folks. I was really sorry when Joan called that we
couldn't get together but as you all may know by now, the
traveling came to a complete halt for a few days. Aurora is
on the far east side of the city and I live on the far west side.
Maybe we will have better luck on Joan's next visit, hope-
fully for our August '83 reunion. I then had a long and
lovely call from Joyce (Fayard) Bailey from Ft. Walton
Beach, Florida. Joyce and I were pretty close in grade
school and just about the only gal I spent time with on my
last visit to the Zone in 1951.
Betty and Buckeye Swearingen in Ft. Collins have
had a tremendous year, as usual. They have entertained
such house guests as Louie and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux
and we had all hoped to get together but it didn't work out.
Buckeye's mother, Helen Swearingen was up for a month
during the holidays and another visotor to that Ft. Collins
residence was "Gibby" Gilbert Freund of Balboa.
Buckeye and Betty will also entertain son, Paul and his
wife, Debbie (Carey) in about February Just after this
writing and before printing. By then we will have more
news as Paul and Debbie are expecting to make Betty and
Buckeye grandparents in June. George and Ann Downing
of Houston, Texas stopped by to see Betty and Buckeye
enroute to the Cheyenne Rodeo.
Jane (Dickson) and Dan Cox made a trip to Cali-
fornia before the Christmas Holidays and while there they
visited with Betty Mae (Crooks) and Ronald Ingram of
Ontario, California. Betty Mae was very gracious to enter-
tain Jane and Dan just the day before her son Michael's
wedding, Jane said. Jane and Dan also had a nice Christ-
mas card from Louise Morris of Lake Jackson, Texas.
Louise was one of Jane's Sunday School teachers.

Donna (Dickson) Hudson



Greetings from the Panhandle! Sorry I didn't get
news to the Record for the last issue but the Hearnes were
busy galivanting. Webb and I spent an enjoyable two weeks
in Texas in November, dividing our time between Houston
and Corpus Christi where John and Jim live. Wedding
bells will be ringing on March 12th. when John Hearne
will marry Ephie Willis in Houston. Ephie lived in the
Canal Zone several years when her Dad, Jim Willis was
stationed in Fort Clayton. We left New Year's Day for
Tampa and a Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 40th. wed-
ding anniversary ... not quite like the Panama Line ships.
. wall to wall people! Think next time we'll take a
freighter. Spent a few days in St. Pete with Julian and Des
Hearne before returning home. My brother, Bruce True

is visiting here now and we will help Clarence and Laura
True celebrate their 90th. and 88th. birthdays, both of
which occurred in January.
Clarence and Laura True enjoyed Christmas visits
from their son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary and
granddaughter Jennifer. Bill was transferred several mon-
ths ago from Orlando to Baltimore. They seem to like the
Mary Grimes enjoyed hosting Lloyd and Ruth
Peterson for a few days in January. The occasion,
however, was not a happy one, for they were up here to at-
tend the funeral of Fran Russell who died unexpectedly.
Bobby and Cheryl have also been in Pensacola to be with
his Dad, Bob Russell Sr. during this sad time.
George and Gisela Smith happily report that their
son, Dr. George A. Smith has recently opened his own
dental practice in Plano, Texas. The Smiths, by the way,
are next door neighbors to Col. Frank and Bobbie Gard-
ner. Col. Gardner spent a 3 year tour in Panama
(1969-1972) and says it was the best tour of duty he ever
Chuck and Dottie Lavallee, accompanied by their
son, Ronnie, drove to Las Vegas, New Mexico to spend
the Christmas holidays with Ron's family where his wife
Judy is doing graduate work at New Mexico Highlands
University. Needless to say, the weather was snowy and
The Bob Halls report they had a fabulous 7-day
Caribbean cruise on the Sitmar "Fairwinds" in December.
They say there are never-ending activities on the cruise -
you have to return home to get a rest.
Caleb and Ruth Clement have a new address. They
are now at 6115 Davis Highway, Apartment 27A, Pen-
sacola, Fla. 32504. They recently returned from Houston
where they spent Christmas with their daughter, Mary
Vaughn and family. The Clements are now entertaining
Barbara and Lois Dedeaux as house guests.

Mildred Hearne


The holiday season had more of our Sarasotans leav-
ing and visiting family and friends instead of having guests
Robert and Dolores Hammetter had no October 9th
day in their lives during 1982 as they crossed the Interna-
tional Date Line enroute to Australia and New Zealand.
But they have a 48 hour November 19th, when the Line
was recrossed. An escorted tour of Australia from Sydney
to Canberra, up through the Outback Country to Alice
Springs and Ayers Rock preceded a Fly-Drive visit to New
Zealand. Driving on the left was no particular problem to
them because of the previous experience gained in Pana-
ma, during the early 1940's. Both Bob and Dolores were so
impressed with this trip that they highly recommend that
anybody who can, should make "down under" a must on
their travel list.
Mary Orr with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Joseph Orr
(Rita) of San Antonio, TX went on a wonderful extended

vacation. They flew to Hong Kong and Singapore en route
to Perth, Australia to visit her nephew, Dr. Fred Wells Jr.,
wife and young daughter, Jacqueline for several weeks.
Before going their separate ways home, they then spent a
week bus-touring in New Zealand.
Mary stopped over in Phoenix, AZ to visit her niece,
Mary Linda (Wells) and Guy Fealey and their infant son,
Guy Ethan. Another stop over in Alburquerque, NM.
visiting other relatives and in Colorado with her brother,
Mattes Orr and wife, Selwyn, before continuing on to
Kerrville, TX to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas holi-
days with her brother-in-law and sister, Fred and Marion
Wells and other relatives in the Texas area. She spent New
Years in Luling, TX with another brother, Bob Orr and
his wife, Eloise, at the Ranch. En route home in January
she enjoyed a week-end visit with her nephew, Dr. Alan
and Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells and three children in
Atlanta, Ga.
Frances Days Jones reports the following after a
month's visit during the Christmas holidays with her
daughter and family, Capt. John L. and Dona (Jones)
Brophy and daughter, Charlene in Diablo, R.P.
She states that there are a few old timers left in the
C.Z. territory: namely, Buddy and Bev Williams, Al and
Connie Norris, and Gladys Napoleon are still there, but
there are still a number of young "old timers" and you
can't beat that. Panama City is growing by leaps and
bounds. There is a four-lane "Autopista" to Interior
points and what fun it was exploring the new restaurants all
serving our beloved "corbina" in so many new and old in-
teresting ways.
Her hostesses, Sonia Valley, Dottie Meisner, Marge
Gibbs, and Franny's daughter, DonaJones took her to the
"Tinajas" Restaurant. It was a real fun night of typical
dishes and a floor show of typical Panamanian dances. She
also spent a lovely afternoon with Rhoda Fox, who now
lives in Coronado, and with Billie (Crump) Hultin in
town. What memories we dug up! In fact, the Fort Ama-
dor Mess let it be known to us that they wanted to get ready
for the dinner hour. Does the above get the message to that
it is still a great place to return to and to me, it will always
be home!
Al and Miriam Bissett and Kay and Allen Miller
are sharing slides and memories of their summer vacation
with friends in Sarasota. The quartet toured Norway,
Sweden and Denmark on an overland scenic cruiser bus
and then by deluxe ferry connections continued travelling
in Finland. Following this they made a 12 day mail boat
trip into the many small fjords up the coastline of Norway
passing the North Cape around to the Russian border.
This venture began in the charming old city of Bergen.
The Bissetts later had as their houseguest Lorna Soal,
a kindergarten teacher from South Africa. Al met Lorna's
parents in Zambia in 1975.
The Allen Millers enjoyed another trip motoring out
to the West Coast. Going as delegates for the NARFE Con-
vention in Denver, they later visited with their daughters
and sons-in-law, Marjorie (Miller) and Don Scheiwe in
Colorado Springs, CO and Martha (Miller) and Dale
Hoskins in Portland, OR.
The Bill Dixons, accompanied by Maxine's mother,
Mrs. Willie Chambers, and her nephew, Bud Chambers,
had a family Thanksgiving get-together at the home of
Bill's sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and Chester Har-
rold in Safety Harbor, FL. Bill's other sister and her hus-
band, Aurelia and Willie Hadarits and family from

Georgia also joined the family group.
Thanksgiving was an extra special time for Billie
Galloway and her sisters, Robin Comer, Ruth Gatz and
Maxine Hitchcock, who motored to Clear Lake, TX to
share the special days with her daughter, Anna Katherine
(Galloway) Daniel, her husband, Patrick, and three
children. Another sister, Alice Jones of Rosedale, Miss.
joined the group to make it a complete family gathering.
The Christmas holidays brought visits from her sisters
for the winter months and from her son, Joe Galloway and
family from Atlanta, GA, who enjoyed the beach and
many festivities.
Joe and Audrey Watson flew to Las Vegas and joined
their son, Russell Watson and family in Sierra Vista, AZ
for the Thanksgiving holidays. In early January they flew
to Beverly, Mass. to visit their daughter, Marjorie Watson
Christensen, and her husband, David, and their children.
The Harry Cains had an early Christmas celebration
as the guests of their nephew and family, Michael and
Cheryl Cain and son, Jason, for a week at the Sanibel
Beach Club in Sanibel, FL.
Mina Dee spent several months, during the holidays,
with her son, Bill Lang and family in Portland, OR, where
she recuperated after major surgery there. While recover-
ing she appreciated the over 100 get-well wishes and cards
she received from her many friends in the Sarasota and St.
Pete area.
Rae and Joe Ebdon with their son, Major ThomasJ.
Ebdon III, USAF, spent the Christmas holiday with their
other son, Dick Ebdon and family in Wilmington, DE.
Mrs. Frances Orvis, accompanied by her grandson,
Bobby Orvis, who resides with her, spent the Christmas
holidays with her son, Bob and Lotty Orvis in their new
retirement home in Daytona, FL. Their other son, Carl
Orvis, who is serving in the U.S. Navy at Pensacola joined
the family gathering. Also in the family group was Fran's
other son, Jim Orvis and family of Temple Terrace, FL.
Fred and Bev Ebdon with "Pop" Ebdon, drove
their new camper to Houston, TX for the Christmas
holidays with Fred's brother, Bill and Susie (Fahnestock)
Ebdon and family. Christmas day included dining with
Pop's sisters, Katy, age 99, and Lydia, age 103. On their
drive home to Sarasota they saw the damage and devasta-
tion caused by the floods in Louisiana.
"Mac" and Snookie McCullough enjoyed another
holiday visit with their daughter, Joan and Ed Ohman and
son, Jason, in Cardenas, R.P. They socialized quite a bit
and enjoyed seeing many friends. Many of the younger
group who had formerly lived in Margarita, C.Z. have
moved to the Cardenas residential area and have nick-
named it "South Margarita".
Gladys Conley went with friends on tour over the
Thanksgiving holiday to Ft. Lauderdale to enjoy special
places of interest and later enjoyed a tour of the new EP-
COT Center in Orlando, FL area.
The new EPCOT Center is a main attraction for
many visitors. Barney and Rae (Bliss) Barnes and George
and Mayno (Bliss) Walker went with a tour group for a
3-day trip to EPCOT and Sea World.
During the Christmas holidays, the George Walkers
accompanied by their daughters, Mabelle (Walker) Fitz-
gerald of New Smyrna Beach, FL, and Carole (Walker)
Peregoy, Sarasota, and their families for a week's ski trip
at the Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock, N.C.
It was a first time event for the majority of the family mem-
bers and a great time was had by all.

Gladys and John McLain spent their Christmas holi-
day with their son, Douglas and family in Coco Solo,
R.P., where he is music Director at Cristobal Jr-Sr-High
School. En route home they spent New Year's weekend in
Miami, FL with their daughter, Judy McLaine, where she
is Reference Librarian at Barry University.
Edna Campbell served as a volunteer relief worker
for the American Red Cross in flood stricken Louisiana for
two weeks in early January. She was based in Monroe and
DeRidder and made home visits out in the field from these
two locations.
New residents in Sarasota are Mr. and Mrs. Wallace
Baldwin who live in Pelican Grove, Sarasota. Mr. Bald-
win, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Ancon, retired last year
and has just recently opened a law office in downtown
Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith and Mike and Marion
(Neely) Greene enjoyed as house guests, their cousins,
Diane and Lorraine (Cousineau) Salter of West Covina,
CA. Lorraine's father, the late Walter Cousineau Sr., was
the founder and first President of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Southern California.
Jill and Will Hall spent the Christmas holidays in
Sarasota with their parents, John (Bucky) and Anne Hall
and also with the grandparents, John and Madge Hall.
Will, a midshipman at the U.S. Navel Academy in
Annapolis, MD, will graduate in May, 1983. Jill is a fresh-
man at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
Will and his sister, Jill, drove to Palm Bay, FL and
were guests of Clayton Walker at a New Year's Party with
other former CZers. They included Daphne Downing of
Melbourne Beach, who had lived at Brazos Heights; Lee
Swearingen, former Pacific Sider, who was visiting from
Ft. Collins, CO; and David Ridge, his sister, Moira
Ridge and John Overstreet, a student at the University of
New Mexico, all former Atlantic Siders.
Kay Brown had a special holiday visit when her son,
Dr. Stewart Brown, wife and two children spent a week in
the Sarasota area. They took trips to Disney World and Sea
World and enjoyed lunch with Betsy Robinson Carter in
Winter Park, FL. Dr. Brown is presently with the V.A.
Hospital in Palo Alto and lives with his family in San Jose,
CA. He often sees Danny Hele, who is a teacher in the Los
Angeles area.

Gladys B. Humphrey

St. Petersburg

Our Brown Baggers met at the home of Dorothy
Yocum in January, and as a surprise, our hostess honored
the January Birthday Girls; Sara Rowley, Jan. 4, Vera
Jones and Dorothy Herrington, Jan. 17, and Chris
Felps, Jan. 20. We had 16 members and two very welcome
guests, namely Dorothy Hamlin and Cleo Burns.
For those who remember a letter from Esther Cur-
rier informed me of the death of Mrs. Grace McCray
Rigney, born April 25, 1881, Loudonville, Ohio. Died
June 17, 1982. Services in Ashland, Ohio. She was a very
special person, beloved of many.

Annie (Nan) Emslie was mistakenly listed in the An-
nual Record as "Van Emslie." On October 2, 1982 she
suffered a stroke resulting in paralyses of the left leg. She is
progressing very slowly. Nan would appreciate hearing
from her friends. Her address is: 1728 Y2 20th. Ave. N. #D,
St. Pete, FL 33713.
Edna (Hewitt) Ogletree enjoyed three happy weeks
in Houston, Texas, with her sister, Helen (Hewitt) Alex-
ander. Edna later entertained her family on Christmas Eve
and had a joyous time with Charles and Nora (Hewitt)
Green of Aiken, S.C., Margaret (Hewitt) Sapp and her
two children, Robin and Avery Ogletree and their two
children. A holiday to be remembered!
Dr. Deborah Pate has received her well earned
degree and made her parents, Dorothy and Albert Pate,
also Grandma Marie very happy by joining them for
Christmas. It really made their day.
John and Muriel (Holmelin) Whitman entertained
their family on Christmas Eve. The affair also served as a
Farewell for their daughter, Pauline Arnold, who moved
to Alexandria, Va. in December where she will be working
for Congressman W.C. "Bill" Young in his Washington
D.C. offices. Those present were Pauline Holmelin,
Marie Wolf, Dorothy and Al Pate, Debbie Pate, Bill Jr.
and John Arnold, Pauline Arnold, David and Frances
(Holmelin) Haile and Gary and Missie Haile. An enjoy-
able evening was had by all as Christmas Carols were sung,
accompanied by Debbie Pate at the organ.
Fred and Jean (Holmelin) Kirk and grandson Scott
arrived from Ohio to visit Pauline Holmelin for a few
weeks. They plan to take Mrs. Holmelin home with them
for a couple of months and return with her for the reunion.

Grace Williams


The Canal Zone community here welcomes the
Gauger family to its growing population. George retired
from the Industrial Health Division, Panama Canal Com-
pany in December, 1980, and after travelling around the
country a bit, finally settled here. George is working with
the Environmental Health and Safety, Florida State Uni-
versity. Welcome to the Gauger family, George, Irene,
Karen, Jeff, Brad, and Lisa (Gauger) Lulofs, who is
teaching Physical Education at Holy Comforter.
Tom and Lorraine Spencer became the proud grand-
parents when their son, Charles and wife Elsa gave birth
to Eliot. Both Charles and Elsa are teaching at the Univer-
sity of Connecticut. Courtney Spencer is working full time
with the Parks and Recreation, City of Tallahassee in Tom
Brown Park.
The big event of the year came on January 9th. when
everyone gathered at the country home of Roy and Twila
Wilson for the Second Annual Canal Zone Xmas Tree
Burn. Over 50 folks from the Zone arrived in beautiful
sunshine with the coolers and picnic baskets to celebrate
what is fast become a fun-event and occasion "not to
miss". Attending were: Curt Darden; John Stiener;

Some of the over 50 members of the Tallahassee Group at the 2nd
Annual Xmas Tree Burn at Roy and Twila Wilson's country

Pat Conley, Bess Conley, Tom Spencer, Curt Darden and
George Gauger at the "Burning".

George, Irene and Brad Gauger; Jan Whitney; John,
Marcia and Tony Nita; Mary and Val Lynch; Tom,
Lorraine and Courtney Spencer; Ellie, Mary, Ray-
mond and Gregory Husum; Lorraine Husum and
friend, Tod Allen; Janet (Husum) Harrington and son
Heath; Frost and Charlene (Rose) Burke; Janice
(Spencer) LaCapra and sons, Christian and Judson; Pat
and Bess Conley; Charlie and Tony Kalb and daughter,
Rene; Bill and Sandy Garber; Bill and Alice Garber, Sr.
and granddaughter, Autumn; Kim Shrader; Bill Mar-
tinucci; Neil and Deborah (Elich) Patton, and of course,
the hosts for the day, Roy and Twila Wilson, and this
reporter. I know there were several others, but they came
in late and I couldn't track them down to sign them in.
It really was a fun time. Last year we were rained out
and although the day started off looking ugly, it turned out
to be just great. I believe the "sanitation" crew collected
over 100 trees from all over Tallahassee, and to watch the
children toss them into the fire brought back fond mem-
ories to us older folks in our Canal Zone days.
Discovered another Canal Zoner living here and just
now coming into the open. Judy (McCoy) Crawford, class
of BHS '53. Judy was advised by her family that I was
looking for members of the class of BHS '50 and she called
me to tell me about her sister, Mary Ann (BHS '50) and to
give me her address. Judy has been living here for over 20
years graduated from FSU and is now employed with
Sun Federal in the accounting department. Her husband is
a professor at FSU.

Roy Wilson, the "host"for the Xmas-Tree burn.

My oldest son, Daniel G. Schmidt, moved to Talla-
hassee from Colorado Springs this fall, and on Christmas
Eve, he married Sylvia McDonald from Colorado Spr-
ings, CO.
This Christmas, I had all my children together for the
first time since 1972. Needless to say, it was fun and ex-
citing for the Schmidt clan here in the capitol city of

John (Bill) Schmidt


Mrs. Bert J. (Edna) Benoit of Metairie has been
busy. Her daughter Audrey Bowman of Balboa arrived in
October. After visiting with Richard and Via Mae Dink-
greve and spending several days with her son, Bert and his
family in Gretna, Edna and Audrey went on the road for
four weeks. They visited Audrey's son, Ron, who lives
near San Antonio; Milton and Thelma Davis of Garland;
Roland Casanova of Slidell (Edna's nephew); Audrey's
son, Maj. Robert Bowman, and his wife Jill and two sons
in North Carolina, who last summer were transferred
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Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve of Metairie report
that three days before Christmas they received a telephone
call from Jim Agee, former chief pharmacist at Coco Solo
Hospital, now living in Kerrville, Texas, who was visiting
his daughter Carol and her husband William Hellums in
Luling, La. Then on January 3 they got together to re-
member old times as it was the first time in 15 years they
had seen each other. All had been very active in the Luth-
eran Church and were neighbors on the Zone. The Dink-
greves were happy to receive Christmas cards from Violet
Freker who is living in Littleton, Colo., near her son, and
from the Rev. Dean and Mrs. Nina Flores of Arcadia,
Fla., who lived across the street from the Dinkgreves in
Margarita. At that time he was a Church of God Mis-
sionary and is now working with the Food for the Hungry
Gene Gregg of Mandeville writes that Bob and Gail
Gregg Weien are going to Denver next year when he
graduates from the LSU Medical Center. He will do an in-
ternship in surgery at Fitzsimons Army Hospital. Clayton
and Lynn Gregg Brown of Zachary, La., went to San
Francisco last October where he took his boards. He is
now a Diplomat in Internal Medicine. Helen and Laura
Gregg went to the Yucatan over Christmas and had a good
time, especially since Laura speaks Spanish. Marian and
Gregg were at Dothan for the Gas House Gang blast.

Marian and Gene Gregg, with Gloria Parker at the Dothan Gas
House Gang Tournament.

From the Gough's:

Kathleen and I had an exciting 1982. In addition to
our Panama trip, upon returning home, I was preparing
lectures on basic electricity for a local school. They were
enjoyed by the first group so I was invited to present them
to two other classes.
Around April 24, our area got hit with 13 inches of
rain in 19 hours causing a lot of flooding. We got a little
over 2 inches inside our home, ruining the carpeting. The
water drained off the next day and the neighbors helped us
pull out the carpeting and padding, during which time I
hurt my back and was out of commission for about 2
weeks. It takes about 6 weeks to dry out before patching
walls, baseboards, flooring and furnishings, and we were
due in Las Vegas in mid-May to attend our grandson's
high school graduation, so off we went.
Las Vegas from the air looked like a city placed in a

desert crater. The heart of the city impressed me as a huge
adult Disneyland. We stayed with Jay and Diane French
in their lovely home there. Our grandchildren, John III
and Linda Lee, as well as Frank, Michael and Billy
French enjoyed our two week visit. Besides attending
John's graduation, we attended a dance recital in which
Linda took part; visited a few of the sights in Las Vegas;
scouted with Jay and Diane for a new home in Boulder
City; visited Boulder Dam; the Valley of Fire; the lost
museum; the old Howard Hughes estate and other sights in
the area including the gigantic out-door flea markets on
week-ends. There I managed to buy a pound or so of gen-
uine Turquoise stones for my rock collection. I found my-
self giving lectures again in Frankie, Michael and Billy's
school, in addition to giving a magic show for several clas-
ses as well.
Much as we enjoyed being with the French's, we were
anxious to get back home to effect repairs after the flood
. besides, we were beginning to feel the effects of the very
dry climate.

Jay French (Ex-Zone Policeman) and Diane French (Sparks)
hosted our visit to Las Vegas and Boulder Dam.

The house was restored just in time for the arrival of
our summer visitors. Grandson William IV arrived in
June from Tampa and Johnny III arrived from Las
Vegas, announcing that he had enlisted and was going to
be a member of the 182nd. Airborne Division. Our son,
Bill and granddaughter Linda also arrived in July. John
and Linda ate a pile of shrimp, and on returning, took a
loaded, insulated container of shrimp back with them since
Las Vegas shrimp is so expensive.
In September, son John II arrived from Panama. A
gourmet cook, John's delicious barbecued shrimp and
steaks were delicious.
Other ex-Zonians delighted us with visits during the
year, including Le Vergne and Frances Brown of San An-
tonio, Texas. Le Vergne and I served together in the old
20th. Troop Carrier Squadron at Albrook Field during
WWII. Jonathan Green and his mother stopped by for an
afternoon, as did Bill and Hide Drew. Paul Elia also
managed to squeeze in a visit while attending a conference
at a nearby Naval station.
Kathleen was hospitalized for a week later in the year
with pneumonia, but is well now. During 1983 we hope to
visit John's relatives in Chicago and Detroit areas, as well
as having our grandchildren visit again in the summer.

John Gough, Sr.
Marrero, La.

Billie Bishop Parault of Addis writes of giving a farewell
party for Lester and Andrea Smith who are leaving Baton
Rouge for Fort Worth, Texas. Helping with arrangements
were Ellen Osborne and Laura Tichnor. Billie went to
her sister's, Bonnie Steiner, for Thanksgiving. Ellen and
Mike Scott were there as were Ray and Ralph Burda,
down from Atlanta. Billie is trying to locate Sue Unruh
from Balboa. Her father worked at Balboa Post Office and
she lived on Key Street. Can anyone help?
Wiltz J. Schexnayder of Amite has recently installed
an alert system on his driveway, which sounds like a good
idea considering the crime rate. He's also been busy tend-
ing to his brother who had cancer surgery, but is doing OK
Lester and Andrea Smith write about the move to
Fort Worth where Les has a job with the Air Force at Gen-
eral Dynamics F-16 aircraft plant. The only address they
have right now is his office AF PRO/XP, Box 371, Fort
Worth, TX 76101. Christmas and New Year's were shared
with Ann's parents, Frances and Hoyt Byrd of Clear-
water, Fla., and Les's folks, Bob and Terry Smith of Pen-
sacola. The Smiths were on their way for a visit to Panama.
For anyone interested, there may still be a few 1983
Balboa Union Church calendars available from Lucille
Kane, PSC Box 794, APO Miami 34002. They are $3.50
each plus 90c postage for one and $1.25 postage for two.

Pat Foster Roberson


As this is the very first-ever edition of "News from
Mississippi", this reporter extends special thanks to the fol-
lowing adventuresome members who were kind enough to
respond to a request "out of the blue" for news. This is the
spirit of togetherness that makes the Canal Record the suc-
cess it is.
Earl Boland phoned from Meridian where he now
makes his home with wife, the former Lynn Degenaar,
and sons Kevin, 3, and Erin, 8. Shortly after Carter sign-
ed the treaty, Earl transferred from the Army Engineers at
Corozal to the Naval Air Station at Meridian where he is
transportation director in maintenance. Earl recently re-
turned from a business meeting in Pensacola where he took
time out to contact former Zonians Bob Russell, Army
Ordnance; Robert Smith, Engineers; Chuck Lavalle, Ar-
my 519; Bert Powell, Salvage Master; and Mr. Dock-
wilier of FAA. Earl graduated from Balboa High School in
1953 and has an older brother, Donald, in South Carolina.
Both belonged to the old Coast-to-Coast Riders Motorcycle
Club. Lynn was graduated from Balboa High School in
1961 and has an older brother Albert in Florida and a
sister, Joan (Mrs. Jerry Durfee) in Ocean Springs, Miss.
John and Katherine Boswell retired in 1976 and
have a lovely home on Lake Serene near Hattiesburg. John
had been Lockmaster at Miraflores and Katherine was
with Motor Transportation in Ancon. Their children are
Lynn, BHS '64, now Mrs. John Turner of Hattiesburg
with sons, William, 5 and David, 3; Gordon, BHS '62,
with wife Helen George and daughter Ashley, 7, of Red-
lands, Calif, Helen's parents are the Curtis H. Georges of

Fairhope, Ala.; Jean, BHS '65, with husband Richard
Green and daughters, Katie, 12, and Liza, 8, of Rio de
Janeiro; and Deanna, BHS '68, married to Col. Gregory
Barry and living in Sacramento. During the Christmas
holidays, the Boswells enjoyed visits from the Chisholms of
Union, Miss., and Jack and Dorothy Chase of Winter
Haven, Fla., along with their daughter Mrs. Tom
(Phyllis) Birchett and her son Mark, 11, of Vicksburg.
Mrs. George H. (Judy Jewell) Carnright of Braxton
sent an interesting note. She left the Zone in 1956 and still
enjoys corresponding with her many former Zonian
friends. She stays active in community affairs and in Oc-
tober joined a church bus trip to Nottoway Plantation on
the Mississippi River below Baton Rouge. Nottoway's
fame rests in the fact that it is the largest plantation home in
the South with 64 rooms and more than 53,000 square feet
of total area under its original slate roof.
Clairee and Roger Chisholm of Union write of en-
joying their summer vegetable gardening projects. Paul,
Jerry and Sheila live nearby with six of the seven
Chisholm grandchildren so there's rarely a dull moment.
They swap visits with the John Boswells of Hattiesburg
who were backyard neighbors in Balboa. They also have
visited the Red Barnes in Piano, Texas, and the Herschell
Dempseys in Anniston, Ala. Paul and Jerry are subcon-
tractors for coatings and applications out of St. Louis, MO.
In October Paul fell 26 feet from a scaffold and was serious-
ly injured. Recovery is slow but steady under the gentle
care of the Chisholms, and doctors expect full recovery in
time. Keep up your spirits, Paul, we're all cheering for
you. Clairee would like to find a 1964-5 BHS Zonian. If
you have one you'd like to dispose of, contact her direct
with your asking price.
Leavell (better known as Kelly) and his wife Elena
Kelly are enjoying retirement in Hattiesburg after coming
States-side in 1975. Kelly retired as a crane and heavy
equipment operator in charge of scrap and salvage at Sec-
tion I. Before that he worked for the Dredging Division and
for the Navy in charge of maintenance on the Trans-
Isthmian pipeline system. Elena worked for the Schools
Division in kindergartens in Gamboa, Diablo and Balboa.
They have two daughters. Janet (BHS '74) is Mrs. Tony
Hodges of 1545 Cedar Pine Drive, Jackson, MS 39212
and has a daughter, Somer Leigh, 3, and is expecting her
second child in April. Tony is an architectural designer for
the Jitney Jungle supermarket chain. Carol Ann is a pro-
gram director for welfare and food stamps and is working
on a master of science degree in management in human
resources at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She
recently married Randy Puzon, a paramedic, and they
live at 5426 Clover, San Antonio, TX 78228. Both the girls

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visited their parents over Thanksgiving and since Janet
lives so close she and her family were able to spend some
time Christmas with the Kellys.
It was really neat to hear from WA3GNO (also known
as Smitty or Owen Smith) of Gamboa Ridge days.
Retired to oversee a 500-acre spread with eight catfish
ponds, 27 cows, big vegetable garden, plenty of woods and
no phone sounds like heaven! Smitty may be found on
amateur radio everyday at 2100Z which is 3 p.m. to the
rest of us. Owen and wife Gerda have enjoyed a recent visit
from Gerda's daughter and son-in-law and are expecting a
visit soon from former Ridge dwellers Buck and Barbara
Krueger of Austin, Texas. I can still see Barbara taking
tiny careful stitches in making baby clothes for her first-
It's always fun to get Christmas cards, especially with
personal notes or letters enclosed. Joan Powell (Mrs. Rolf)
Arndt of Illinois wrote an informative letter with news
about the 1985 reunion for the "Nifty Class of '50." If
that's your year, send her your address. In October she and
Rolf enjoyed a Club Med vacation in Cancun, Mexico,
touring the Mayan ruins at Tulum and taking the hydrofoil
to Cozumel for a day. Christmas was spent in Aurora,
Colo., with Rolf, Crystal and her parents. Jimmy still
works at Forest Hospital and may go for a two-year nurs-
ing degree so he can be a psychiatric nurse.
Lanny and Eddy Gunn stay happy as ever enjoying
life and family in Orlando. Best friend from high-school
days, Jean Harris Turner (Mrs. Mark Milosevich), 2900
S. Lincoln #115, North Riverside, IL 60546, is recovering
from surgery following a serious cat bite. She's still in
therapy, but improving daily. Oldest daughter Debbie and
youngest Colleen moved to San Diego in December and
Mama Jean misses them desperately, of course. Mrs. Emil
T. (Helen) Munson of Sun City, Ariz., managed a brief
note shortly after the death of her husband on November 7.
Her daughter came for the memorial service and stayed for
two days. Helen's plans are to spend the holidays with her
and her family in Orange, Calif. Vera and Lewis Phillips
in Selma Ala., dropped a brief Christmas note. They are
doing fairly well and enjoyed their grandchildren, ages 11,
12 and 13, last summer. Old volleyball buddy, Velma
Medina (Mrs. Dave) Reilly, PSC Box 218, APO Miami,
FL 34002, had to truck off on TDY in Atlanta for a week in
December, then hurry back home to bake and get ready for
Christmas. She also hoped to get a beach house at Cor-
onado for a few days over the holidays. Sure wish I could
be with you, Velma! Who knows where Bill and Gret
Warren may be today. In August they attended the War-
ren family reunion in Washington State along with some
800 others. Daughter Kathryn Warren Lewark couldn't
make it from New York City so in true journalistic style,
she wrote and circulated a surprise tribute to her father
complete with several charming old pictures. Bill was
floored! In October they left from Los Angeles for
Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii. It was spring-
time Down Under with everything in bloom, lots of sheep
everywhere and lambing in full swing. In Hawaii they
marveled over the beautiful beaches, green mountains,
pineapple fields and a luau complete with roast pig. These
world travelers have come to the conclusion that the more
they see the more they realize how little they know.
(Sounds like me in graduate school.) Back in the States
they picked up their RV at the Ira Paynes, he's retired
from Pan Canal, she from the Army, and had a good visit
with Chick and Merle Daniels in San Diego, also phoning

the Art Cottons, John Fawcetts and Al Houstons. Gret
enjoyed cooking Thanksgiving dinner at her ailing cousin's
then joined Kathy and Jim and his family in Houston for
Christmas. An RV caravan beckoned and they joined up
for 48 days down the east coast of Mexico, through Mexico
City and back via Laredo. Tentative plans then call for a
drop home in New Port Richey probably just passing
through to see if it's still there. Ron Willoughby, 1217 W.
Ellis, Mesa, AZ 85201, phoned for Betsy's address which I
don't have. He's trying to catch up with his old BHS
friends, is married to a California girl and they have a son,
14, and daughter, 12. Ron holds a master's degree in com-
puter programming. Others who have written and who I
always love to hear from include Ann Gerhardt, Walker,
La.; Roger and Kay Howe from Florida; Ray and Helen
(Edwards) Magon, 914 Alexander Circle, Pueblo, Colo.;
Bob and Carolyn Johnson, Florida; among others.

Patt Foster Roberson

North Carolina

As I write this, I look out upon a winter wonderland.
It is really beautiful with the cardinals making such a bril-
liant show of color against the white trees.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick spent the Christmas
holidays with their son, Paul, and family in Little Rock,
Ark., and New Years with John and his family in Tulsa,
Noel and Camilla Farnsworth are renting an apart-
ment here in Hendersonville and will be here for several
Helen and Don Boostrom came up from Alabama in
January and spent a week end with Bill and Ruth
Genie Sanders left in January for Panama where she
will stay for three months.
Emily and Howard Johnson returned to Florida in
January. Emily is making a great recovery from her hip
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky spent the Thanksgiving
holiday with their daughter, Barbara Harmon, and her
family in Ahoskie, N.C.
Betty Bentz went to Boulder, Colo., in November to
spend the holidays with her sisters. She was there during
the Christmas blizzard and they were snowbound for
almost a week.

Alice H. Roche

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The By-Laws Committee of Vic May, Chairman, Anna Collins, Dorothy Bitter, Betty Jorgensen, Muriel Whit-
man, Helen Tomford and Genevieve Blinn, Registered Parliamentarian, have completely rewritten the existing Constitu-
tion and By-Laws of the Panama Canal Society, after many hours of diligent and intensive effort. The culmination of their
efforts are presented herewith, for your study and comments. Action will be taken at the Annual Business Meeting, to be
held at 9:30 a.m. on May 13, 1983, at the annual reunion, Holiday Inn Surfside, Clearwater Beach, for acceptance.
Members are urged to be there to present their comments and to VOTE on this important issue.

(A non-profit organization)

We, former and current employees of the United States Government, having served in the construction, operation,
maintenance or protection of the Panama Canal, do now thoughtfully and earnestly associate ourselves together, as the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Our principles and purposes shall be allegiance, or respect, to the United States of
America, fidelity to our by-laws and preservation of ideals and friendships formed while working and living in the Canal
Zone or Republic of Panama.


(A non-profit organization)

a. To promote the welfare of its members.
b. To perpetuate lasting friendships.
c. Arrange social affairs and meetings.

A. It is the duty of all members to protect the society against fraud, misrepresentation, or any practice not ethical.
b. The spirit of fair dealing, cooperation, and courtesy should govern relations between members of the society and by
accepting membership an individual assumes an obligation to conduct himself/herself in accordance with these ideals.

a. Any resident of the Canal Zone, Republic of Panama, United States or other Countries, who worked or who were or
are associated with the operation, maintenance, construction or protection of the Panama Canal, and family members who
were or are dependent on, reside or resided with this individual are eligible for membership.

a. Individual (Age 18 years or over).
b. Member and Spouse (Both shall be issued a membership card).
c. Life: Conferred on President on completion of his/her full term of office.
d. Honorary: The Executive Board at a duly organized meeting may elect honorary members by a unanimous vote of
the members present. May be conferred on individuals, members or non-members for distinguished or exceptional service to
the Society.
(1) Active members elected to honorary membership retain their status, but are nort required to pay dues or
(2) Honorary non-society members may attend meetings and speak, but may not hold office, make motions or vote.
They do not pay dues or assessments and are not subject to other obligations. Shall receive subscription to Canal Record.

a. Shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) annually.
(1) Ten dollars ($10.00) of this amount shall be for a year subscription to the Canal Record (4 quarterly issues) plus
an annual directory issue.
b. Dues shall be due and payable to the Secretary, Treasurer on January 1 of each calendar year.
c. Dues are delinquent after January 31.
(1) A delinquent fee of two dollars ($2.00) shall be imposed on dues payment not postmarked by January 31.
d. Dues for new members joining after July 1 shall be $7.50.
(1) Five dollars ($5.00) of this amount shall be for a 1/2 year subscription to the Canal Record (September and De-
cember issues) plus an annual directory issue.
e. Any member delinquent in payment of dues shall be dropped from the rolls, Canal Record subscription discontinued
and all rights and privileges shall cease.
f. Re-instatement may be effected by payment of the current years dues plus the deliquency fee stated in Article III Sec-
tion 4c (1).
g. Dues of the Society shall be determined by recommendations of the Executive Board.
(1) Recommendations shall be presented to the members at any Society meeting, as an amendment to the by-laws.
(2) After notice of both the meeting and amendment have been sent out in the Canal Record, the Society may ap-
prove and adopt the amendment by a 2/3 affirmative vote of the members present and voting.
h. Fiscal year of the Society shall be Jan. 1-Dec. 31.


a. Shall be President, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Record Editor.

a. Shall be Parliamentarian, Chaplain, Sgt.-at-Arms, Legislative Officer and Historian. They are appointed by the

a. To hold office a candidate shall be an active member for at least 1 year.
b. No officer, with the exception of the Secretary, Treasurer and Record Editor, shall serve more than two (2) consecu-
tive years in the same office.
c. No member shall hold more than one (1) office at the same time.
d. To be eligible for office of President, a member shall have served at least one (1) year on the Executive Board.

SEC. 4 ELECTIVE OFFICERS shall be elected at the annual meeting by a majority vote of the members present and
a. Election shall be by written ballot, unless there is only one candidate per office; then election shall be by voice vote.
b. In advance of the election, the President shall appoint a sufficient number of tellers to handle the ballots efficiently.
c. Oath of office shall be administered by an appointee selected by the Executive Board.
d. Oath: I promise to uphold the by-laws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. to the best of my ability and
shall fulfill the duties of my office.
e. Removal from office upon recommendation of 51 % of the Executive Board and by a 2/3 vote of members present
and voting at any society meeting, an officer may be removed from office for failing to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of
his/her office.
f. Salaries and Expense Accounts: Secretary, Treasurer and Record Editor.
(1) Shall be determined by the Executive Board.
(2) Secretary, Treasurer and Record Editor shall not vote on their own salaries.
(3) Shall be reviewed periodically.
(4) Increases in salaries shall not be considered more than 1 time during a Society year (annual meeting to annual
g. The President shall be re-imbursed for expenses incurred in carrying out the duties of the office in an amount to be
determined by the Executive Board.
h. Upon completion of a full term of office, the President shall be granted a life membership in the Society.
i. Bonding of officers: The Treasurer shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive Board. Cost of bond is
an expense of the Society.

SEC. 5 TERM OF OFFICE: Officers shall be elected and appointed for a term of 1 year or until their successor is elected or
appointed; they shall assume their office on the first day of the month following the annual meeting.

SEC. 6 VACANCY IN OFFICE: Should the office of President become vacant during the year, the first Vice-President
succeeds to that office for the unexpired term. Vacancies in all other elected offices shall be filled, for the unexpired term, by
the Executive Board.


SEC. 1 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE Shall consist of five members as follows: Chairman to be appointed by
the President; two (2) to be elected by and from the Executive Board and two (2) to be elected by and from the general

SEC. 2 STATUS OF MEMBER Shall be an active or life member. The chairman should familiarize himself with the
Society's by-laws before meeting. No member shall serve on the nominating committee for more than one term without an
interval of at least one term between times of serving.

SEC. 3 THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE Shall present the slate of candidates at the annual meeting, having send
a written notice of the slate to the membership in the March issue of the Canal Record.
a. Nominations from the floor shall be in order, with the consent of the nominee.
b. Only members who have consented to serve, if elected, shall be nominated or elected to office.
c. Vacancies on the nominating committee shall be filled by the President.


SEC. 1 PRESIDENT Shall be chief officer of the Society.
a. Shall preside at all meetings of the Society and the Executive Board and perform all of the duties of this office.
b. Shall have the overall responsibility for the administration of the affairs of the Society and shall require strict obser-
vance of the by-laws. He shall be kept fully informed of actions taken by all officers and committees.
c. Shall appoint all appointed officers.
d. Shall appoint chairmen of standing and special committees, subject to approval of all officers.
e. Shall appoint a nominating committee chairman.
(1) Shall fill any vacancy on the nominating committee.
f. Shall countersign all checks with the Treasurer.
g. Shall make the President's report on the Society at the annual meeting.
h. Shall delegate duties to the Vice-Presidents in order to coordinate the work and objects of the Society.

a. Shall assist the President and, in their order, shall assume the duties of the President in his/her absence or inability to
b. They shall also perform any other duty delegated to them by the President.

a. Shall record and keep the minutes of all Society and Executive Board meetings and shall furnish the President and
Executive Board members with copies of the minutes they require, ten (10) days prior to their next meeting.
b. Shall be custodian of the Articles of Incorporation, the Seal, Records and Papers, except those assigned to others,
plus the Treasurer surety bond, furnishing xerox or copy to the President.
c. Shall receive and file all written reports.
d. Shall handle promptly all (official) correspondence of the Society as directed by the President.)
e. Shall submit carbon copies of all official correspondence or communications to the President for his files.
f. Shall order and maintain supplies, stationery, etc. as required.
g. Shall issue written receipts for all cash collections.
h. In the event a Canal Record (any issue, quarterly) cannot be mailed out, the Secretary shall mail out notice cards of
Society meetings listed in that issue.
i. Shall read minutes at Society and Board meetings.
j. Shall collect and issue numbered membership cards for dues.
k. Shall, together with the Record Editor, be responsible for compilation of the Annual directory issue of the Canal
(1) Shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President or the Executive Board.

a. Shall receive and deposit all funds, in the name of the Society, in a financial institution approved by the Executive
b. Shall sign checks for disbursement of Society funds with the counter-signature of the President.
c. Shall keep current financial records as well as past records.
d. Shall report the financial stutus of the Society and Executive Board and regular meetings; shall furnish the President
and 1st Vice-President with a copy of the current report.
e. Shall pay all current indebtedness before the date of termination of office.
f. Shall furnish reports and assistance as required for officers and committees to fulfill their assigned duties.
g. Shall deliver the books to the successor immediately following receipt of the completed audit.
h. Shall deliver books and records for audit within 10 days after close of fiscal year.
i. Shall provide new President with a year end report.
j. Shall issue written receipts for all cash collections.

a. Shall perform all of the clerical and editorial duties pertaining to the publication of the Canal Record.
b. Material, other than of a routine nature, submitted to or by the Editor for inclusion in the Canal Record shall be
brought to the attention of the President prior to printing.
c. The Record Editor and Secretary are jointly responsible for the compilation of the annual directory issue of the
Canal Record.
d. The Editor shall be responsible for the distribution of the Canal Record.
e. The Editor may request an assistant to help with the periodic distribution of the Canal Record.
(1) Salary for this assistant shall be determined by the Executive Board.

SEC. 6 PARLIAMENTARIAN: Registered; not an active member of the Society.
a. Shall be knowledgeable of the by-laws and Roberts Rules of Order, newly revised.
b. Shall advise on procedures when requested by the President or any member of the Society.

a. Shall record in narrative form the history of the activities of the Society and read it upon request.
b. Keep an up to date scrapbook of news articles and pictures.
c. Keep records of all officers, appointees and committee members, with dates each served.

a. Shall keep abreast of all legislation affecting members of the Society.
b. Shall report on current legislation at all monthly meetings of the Society.

a. Shall be responsible for devotions at the Society meetings or at other times at the request of the President.

a. Shall preserve order at all meetings and perform such other duties as may be directed by the President.

a. Shall perform the duties prescribed in the parliamentary authority in addition to those outlines in these by-laws and
those assigned from time to time.
b. When their successors take office shall deliver all official material and equipment to them immediately. Receipt for
property shall be exchanged. If necessary Treasurer will have additional 30 days to comply.


a. Shall be the Official Publication of the Society.
b. Issues shall be published and distributed quarterly, in the months of March, June, September and December.
c. An annual directory issue shall be published and distributed.
d. Deadline for submitting material by the Editor for publication in the quarterly issues shall be the last day ofJanuary,
April, July and October.
e. Distribution shall be made on receipt of an issue from the printer.
f. Prior to the selection of a printer, for the Canal Record, at least three (3) bids shall be received.
(1) The Executive Board shall consider all bids and make the final selection.


a. Shall be held monthly on the date, hour and location established by the Executive Board.
b. Notice of meetings shall be published in the quarterly issues of the Canal Record.
c. In the event that any issue of the Canal Record cannot be distributed, the Secretary shall mail out meeting notice
cards to cover that issue.
d. The regular meeting just prior to the annual meeting may be cancelled by the Executive Board.

a. May be called by the President.
b. Shall be called on written request of at least 5 members of the Executive Board or at least 15 members of the general
membership. Notice having been given.

a. The annual meeting shall be held during the annual reunion of the Society at a place, date and hour determined by
the Executive Board.
b. Shall be for the purpose of electing officers, presenting the President's annual report and any other business that may



Panama Canal Society of Florida

New Members

since the Annual Issue

Chesson, Richard & Miriam ............... Box 754, Alajuela, Costa Rica

MacNeil, Mr. & Mrs. John L .......... Box 490, St. Thomas, USVI 00801

Bailey, Mr. Richard C.............. PSC Box 358, APO, Miami, FL 34007
Boukalis, Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. (Vickie Hutchison)
PSC Box 165, APO, Miami, FL 34007
Bowman, Mr. & Mrs. John T....... PSC Box 2417, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Collins, Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. ....... PSC Box 655, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Dempsey, Mr. & Mrs. H. W. (Bud)Jr. (Valerie McIntire)
PSC Box 649, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Mann, Capt. & Mrs. Dewey E. Jr.
PSC Box 1651, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Plummer, Capt. & Mrs. Ralph ...... PSC Box 792, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Read, Mr. & Mrs. Elwood ......... PSC Box 1579, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Riley, Mr. & Mrs. John G.......... PSC Box 1568, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Valentine, Mr. James P............ PSC Box 1051, APO, Miami, FL 34002
White, Evelyn ................... PSC Box 1783, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Wilkinson, Mary Ann ............ PSC Box 1732, APO, Miami, FL 34002
Young, Mr. & Mrs. William D. (Ginger Coffy)
PSC Box 1505, APO, Miami, FL 34003

Creel, Mr. & Mrs. B. L. .......... 3864 B. Rue Maison, Mobile, AL 36608
Fallon, Florence K. ......... 5004-D Whatley Sq. Apts., Dothan, AL 36303
Goffeney, Mr. & Mrs. David W ........ 421 W. Berry Ave., Foley, AL 36535
Huldtquist, Mr. & Mrs. E. G. ....... 102 Margate Ave., Dothan, AL 36303
Mallia, John M. .......... 1809 U.S. 231 South, #1805, Dothan, AL 36301
*Ramey, Otis M.Jr ................... 1209 LaVista, Dothan, AL 36303
Stanley, Mr. & Mrs. DanielJ. ........ P.O. Box 483, Point Clear, AL 36564
Valentine, Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. (Susan Soyster)
Box 5043, Ft. McClellan, AL 36205

Beaty, Elva M. ............ 3411 S. Camino Seco Lt 66, Tucson, AZ 85730
White, Mr. & Mrs. H. Loring .............. Box 26301, Tempe, AZ 85282

Harp, Mr. & Mrs. Harold H. ....... 705 Sunset Dr., Bentonville, AR 72712
May, Mrs. Joyce (Engelke) ..... 1231 Apple Glen Pl., Bentonville, AR 72712

Black, Lt. j.g. & Mrs. Harry V. (Nidia Huffman)
555 W. Middlefield Rd., M-205, Mountain View, CA 94043
Black, Mr. & Mrs. William G. 1017 Shadow Brook Dr., SanJose, CA 95120
*Caldwell, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene E. 10167 Crestview Hgts., LaMesa, CA 92041
*Campbell, Mr. & Mrs. C. E ........ 95 Plumtree Dr., Hollister, CA 95023
Dempsey,Joan Smith ........... 22422 Lassen Ct., Chatsworth, CA 91311
Denny, Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. ...... 4108 Encino Place, Oxnard, CA 93033
Donahue, Mrs. Landy .......... 1706 Ravenwood Dr., Concord, CA 94520
Elia, Mrs. Jeanne (Butcher) ........ 4478 Del Rey Ave., San Jose, CA 95111
Fitzgerald, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald (Barbara Sherry)
6829 Linda Sue Way, Fair Oaks, CA 95629
Ford, Mr. & Mrs. Donald B. (Mary Sherry)
158 McClung St., Auburn, CA 95603

Guthridge, NancyJ. (Gill) ........ 5909 Camber Dr., San Diego, CA 92117
Hibberts, Mark &Joyce (Whaler) .... 218 Sunland St., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Holmes, Mrs. Velma (Kirkland) .... 4709 Papaya Dr., Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Hunter, Mr. & Mrs. Fred ...... 3701 Fillmore Sp. 118, Riverside, CA 92505
Hutchings, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick B. Jr.
4601 Brown Deer Lane, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
*Lawson, Mr. & Mrs. William H. Jr.
4715 Webb Canyon Rd., Claremont, CA 91711

Pitney, Mr. & Mrs. Louis J. (Susan Taylor)
5670 Bounty St., San Diego, CA 92120
Ridge, Airman Rachel C ............ PSC Box 2093, Castle AFB, CA 95339
Ridge, Miss Regina T .......... 801 W. Magnolia St., Stockton, CA 95203
Rowe, Capt. Robert F.Jr. .. 400 Oceangate Ste. 215, Long Beach, CA 90802
Schwindeman, Mr. & Mrs. George B.... 1464 Kelley St., Oroville, CA 95965
Tettenburn, Lt. Cmdr. Howard T.
757 Emory St., Ste. 267, Imperial Beach, CA 92032
Tollefson, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald ............ 219 Ashler Dr., Napa, CA 94553
Wanke, Mr. & Mrs. Carl A.... 8165 Hyannis Port Dr., Copertino, CA 95014

Hirschl, Mr. Jeffrey S. .......... 1525 Hull St., #A2, Ft. Collins, CO 80526
Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Eddie
11 South Brentwood Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80910


Begato, Mrs. Michael (Donna Valentine)
317 Martin Dr., Collins Park, Newcastle, DE 19720


Arnold, Virginia ............... 1929 SW 44th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608
Barnes, Mr. & Mrs. Charles (Anne Castles)
1456 NE 133rd Rd., North Miami, FL 33161
Batalden, Mrs. Edel K. ...... 200 Starcrest Dr., #275, Clearwater, FL 33515
Bensen, Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. ...... 5612 28th St., W. Bradenton, FL 33507
Collins, Mr. & Mrs. Morris R .......... 4826 Kelly Rd., Tampa, FL 33615
Cory, Mr. & Mrs. Paul ..... 2064 Dolphin Blvd. S., St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Cunningham, Mr. & Mrs. Edward
2531 52nd St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Cunningham, Mr. & Mrs. Richard
19616 Bob-o-Link Dr., Hialeah, FL 33015

Curtis, Mrs. H.W.L .......... 1515 Markdale St., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
*Egger, George &Jean ................ P.O. Box 786, Fairfield, FL 32634
Farrell, Capt., William ......... 2020 NW 15th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32605
Furlong, Dave ..................... 6007 N. Armenia, Tampa, FL 33604
Goguen, Capt. & Mrs. David N. (Joanne MacMillan)
114 Bloomingfield Dr., Brandon, FL 33511

Herring, Mr. & Mrs. M.S ........ P.O. Box 576, Bowling Green, FL 33834
*Herrman, Mr. & Mrs. Gene .......... 5902 Finch Dr., Holiday, FL 33590

Jackson, William R. (Bob) ......... 3100 SW 126th Ave., Miami, FL 33175
Little, Mr. & Mrs. R.A. (Jane Wheaton)
2307 N. Hastings St., Orlando, FL 32808
May, Mary E ............ 3415 Overlook Dr. NE., St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Mose, Mr. &Mrs. R.L. ...... 12137 NW 31st Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065
Owens, Helen M............. 400 Island Way #1205, Clearwater, FL 33515
Progana, Mr. Manuel M. ............. 2200 NE 38th St., Ocala, FL 32670
Ridge, Capt. & Mrs. PatrickJ. ... 18 Anastasia Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084
Rosson, Gen. William B.
5541 Puerta Del Sol Blvd., #112, St. Petersburg, FL 33715

Samson, Mrs. Myrtle ........... 5418 Burdette Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32211
Sass, Mr. and Mrs. John K .......... 1512June Ave., Brooksville, FL 33512
*Spencer, Mrs. Edith L. ........ 430 Navarre Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134
Stone, Mr. & Mrs. Stanford C... 1412 S. Alexander St., Plant City, FL 33566
Thompson, Mr. & Mrs. Victor L. (Jan Farnsworth)
8545 Sheraton Dr., Miramar, FL 33025
Thrift, Mr. & Mrs. William R. ... 9730 SW 17th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Watson, Mr. Jack M. ............. 2751 Forbes St.,Jacksonville, FL 32205
Wilder, Thomas R. .................... P.O. Box 1212, Ocala, FL 32678
Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. (Twila Darden)
Rt. 3, Box 579, Talahassee, FL 32308
Waggoner, Steve C ............ 5800 SW 20th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Zemer, Ruthelma T. ........ 824 3rd Ave., N. #3, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Zorie, Albert & Ruth ............ P.O. Box 2118, Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Zumbado, Lt. Col. R.F. .... 2405Summerwind Dr., Winter Park, FL 32792

Adams, Mr. & Mrs. Donald D. .. 214 Westmoreland Dr., Griffin, GA 30222
Kane, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry ...... 3720 Englewoods Circle, Lithonia, GA 30058
Lasher, Chris & Maggie ...... 5015 Stone Trace, Stone Mountain, GA 30086
Parish, Mr. & Mrs. J. W .............. 221 Gordon St., Bremen, GA 30110
Ramsdell, Mrs. Roberta (Babe McGuire)
5918 Elaine Dr., Morrow, GA 30260
Valentine, Mr. Daniel P ...... 7275 Roswell Rd., #141-8, Atlanta, Ga 30328


Case, George W. ................ 94-094 Anania #129, Mililani, HI 96789
Gangle, Lt. Col. & Mrs. Randolph....... 1019 Lunaii PI., Kailua, HI 96734
Viglielmo, Mrs. Frances E. (Farrell) .... 163 Nenue St., Honolulu, HI 96821


Egolf, Bruce & Sue ............. 3120 Butler Rd., #5, Springfield, IL 62703


Blair, Mrs. Marian Evans ........... 1560 Hanna Rd., Plainfield, IN 46168


Sink, Mr. & Mrs. David F ........... 128 Lawrence St., Clinton, IA 52732


Colclasure, David M. ............... 1221 W. 14th St., Wichita, KS 67203

Hanking, Mr. & Mrs. William ..... 19 Cherokee Dr., Shelbyville, KY 40065

Spilling, Mr. & Mrs. Robert (Cinda Helmerichs)
132 Drury Lane, Slidell, LA 70458

Bender, Mr. & Mrs. George J. (Suzanne Brigman)
151 Long Point Ct., Pasadena, MD 21122

Newhard, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce R. 146 Beadle Lake Dr., Battle Creek, MI 49017

Leschner, Mr. & Mrs. Jack ....... 1483 W. Larpenteur, St. Paul MN 55113


Dossett, Mr. & Mrs. R.L. ...... 3010 Laramie Circle, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Puchon, Capt. Charles & Linda (Kapinos)
3009 James Madison, Biloxi, MS 39531

Chappell, Mr. & Mrs. Harold..... 2458 S. Hillsboro, Springfield, MO 65804

Gunn, Lisa ................ ..... 8 South Atlantic St., Dillon, MT 59725


Roberts, DorothyJ. (Boatwright) ......... 38 W. 11th St., Reno, NV 89503
Sherry, Miss Karen ............ P.O. Box 83, Round Mountain, NV 89045

Richards, Bruce & Dottie ............. 125 Ray St., Manchester, NH 03104

Etienne, Mr. & Mrs. Martin (Jane Bevington)
815 Fairview Lane, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
Million, Mr. & Mrs. Roger J. (Mary Wilmoth)
33 Patton Dr., Somerset, NJ 08873
Neal, Mrs. Sally ................. 100 Frances Ct. #102, Union, NJ 07083


*Hopson, Rex C............... 2911 Monterey SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Neff, Mr. & Mrs. Steven .......... 5560 Beech St., Farmington, NM 87401
Tindall, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore T ..... P.O. Box 264, Farmington, NM 87499



Coffin,Jerry ................ .... 145 72nd St., F-4, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Curtis, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin C. (Judy Coulthard)
USAELC P.O. Box 5344, APO, New York, NY 09038

Barker, Mr. & Mrs. Reggie G .... Rt. 2 Queens Cove, Morresville, NC 28115
Bowman, Maj. Robert D. ............ 401 Todd Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27530
Cheshire, Mrs. Robbie .............. P.O. Box 1197, Andrews, NC 28901
Collins, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse D .......... 101 Wilkie Way, Fletcher, NC 28732
Harmon, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce (Barbara Dombrowsky)
Rt. 3-Box 1415, Ahoskie, NC 27910
*McDaniel, Capt. & Mrs. Joseph L.
530 E. Massachusetts Ave., Southern Pines, NC 28387
Pritham, Mr. Rubin M ............ 4-F Briar Circle, Fayetteville, NC 28306
Steele, Mr. & Mrs. James ....... 518 Dandridge Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28303
Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Marvin C .......... P.O. Box 946, Franklin, NC 28734


Kristoff, Mrs. Michael (Patricia Valentine)
5457 Tinsbury Ct., Columbus, OH 43220
Newhard, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel G. ...... 261 Melmore St., Tiffin, OH 44883

McCune, Mr. & Mrs. MitchellJ. .. 12051 SE 104th Ct., Portland, OR 97226

*Casserly, Mrs. Teresa ............ 1459 Swantek St., Pittsburgh, PA 15204
Coffin, Marjorie L ........... 613 W. Maple St., #10, Red Lion, PA 17356
*Cronan, Mr. & Mrs. John (Valerie Spencer)
312 Baywood Rd., West Chester, PA 19380
Kresge, Mr. Richard A ....... 1420 Arch St., C-107, Norristown, PA 19380


Howe, Miss Marion E. ............ 121 Quantas Dr., Colombia, SC 29204

Tipton, Mr. & Mrs. James D ...... 127 Indian Lane, Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Andrews, Mr. & Mrs. Jim (Kathleen Mullins)
1103 Banks #2, Houston, TX 77006
Bowman, Ronald C. ...... 4615 Gardendale #1706, San Antonio, TX 78240
Calvert, Ms Gloria M............... 335 Langton, San Antonio, TX 78216
Calvit, Timothy C ........... 303 Stamford St., College Station, TX 77840
Corey, Mr. & Mrs. Albert E ....... 8811 Weymouth St., Houston, TX 77031
Cotton, Mr. & Mrs. Larry ..... 5012 Linda Colonia, San Antonio, TX 78233
Day, Frank & Faye ..................... Box 1174, Kennedale, TX 76060
Evans, Ms Roberta ..................... 10015 Olmas, Dallas, TX 75218
Gillespie, Russell M ....... 2944 Ravenwood Cr. #859, Houston, TX 77055
Halliday, Craig & Vicki .............. 1510 Reston, Richardson, TX 75081
Hamlyn, Mrs. Edwin E. (Mary Jane Woodruff)
3933 Las Vegas Dr., El Paso, TX 79902


Hanesworth, Margaret (Morris) ..... 1816 Edgewater Dr., Piano, TX 75075
Hansen, Mr. & Mrs. Hans E. ........ 8145 Detroit St., Houston, TX 77017
Hibler, Miss Beatrice S. .... 1817 Wooten Park Dr., #104, Austin, TX 78758
Huff, Mr. & Mrs. William B. ............. 503 S. Maple, Pecos, TX 79772
Koenig, Sgt. & Mrs. Robert (Vicki Sizemore)
2503 Royal Vista Dr., Killeen, TX 72541

Leisy, Mr. & Mrs. Ralph H. (Rita Faye Lauter)
3508 Oak Hollow, Bryan, TX 77801
Mallahan, Mr. & Mrs. John R ...... 910 N. 23rd St., Beaumont, TX 77706
Nellis, Miss Carrie E. ..... 2011 Bandera Rd. #902, San Antonio, TX 78228
Parfitt, Gov. & Mrs. Harold R ......... 9535 Hilldale Dr., Dallas, TX 75231
*Prestridge, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W.
5920 Trail Lake Dr., Ft. Worth, TX 76104

Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Albert H. (Sharon Cooper)
Rt. 1, Box 21, Pittsburg, TX 75686
Snow, Wanda Scott .............. 1333 Mayfield Ave., Garland, TX 75041
Williams, Capt. & Mrs. Travis .......... Rt. 3, Box 40, DeKalb, TX 75559


White, Mr. Everett ............... 1062 West 550 South Layton, UT 84041


Christian, Shirley V .............. 139 Wildhurst Lane, Danville, VA 24541
*Cruz, Armando......... 810 Brighton Lane #45, Newport News,VA 23602
Howell, Mr. & Mrs. Jack A. (Lucille Larsen)
1301 Five Forks Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Perry, Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. ..... 2782 Knollside Lane, Vienna, VA 22180


*Engman, Mrs. Elizabeth .......... 113 Borovec Rd., Chehalis, WA 98532
Stemmer, Mr. & Mrs. Roland C ....... P.O. Box 557, Mukilteo, WA 98275
Stokke, Mr. & Mrs. John R ........... Rt. 2, Box 466, Vashon, WA 98070
VanOveren, Christopher .................. Box 9861, Yakima, WA 98909
Wilkins, Philip M. ................. P.O. Box 915, Suquamish, WA 98392


Barriteau, Mr. & Mrs. John P. Jr. (Zip & Lisa)
5701 Pinecrest Dr., #30, Huntington, WV 25705
*Lambert, Mrs. Margaret Hirsh .... 161 Lambert Terr., Elkview, WV 25071



a. Shall consist of all officers, the immediate past President and the Chairmen of standing committees.
(1) Chairmen of standing committees, upon approval by all officers, shall become members of the Executive Board.
b. Shall approve the chairmen of special committees with exception of the nominating committee.
c. Shall designate the financial institution in which funds of the Society shall be deposited.
d. Shall be empowered to fill vacancies of any elected officer, except the President, until the time of the regular election.
e. Meeting may be regular or special:
(1) Regular meetings of the Executive Board shall be held each month on a date, hour and place designated by the
(2) Special meetings may be called by the chairman and shall be called upon written request of five (5) members of
the Executive Board.
f. All expenditure of monies shall have the recommendation of the Executive Board before being disbursed by action of
the Society.
g. Shall determine price charged for ads printed in the Canal Record.


a. The chairman and two (2) members shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Executive Board.
b. Shall present a budget to the Executive Board at their meeting prior to Jan. 1.
c. Shall audit Treasurer's books and records for approval at the January meeting of the Executive Board. Audit report
shall be approved by the Executive Board and printed in the March issue of the Canal Record.


a. There shall be such standing committees as are necessary for the conduct of business and to carry out the objects of
the Society.
b. The President shall appoint the chairmen of standing committees with the approval of the Executive Board.
c. Committee chairman may appoint members to his/her committee to assist in carrying out his/her responsibilities.
d. Chairmen shall, as requested, make a report at Executive Board meetings on the activities of their committees and
submit a written report, to the President, at the annual meeting.

a. By-laws Shall make a study of the by-laws and make recommendations on amendments or revision to the Ex-
ecutive Board and membership of the Society.
b. Program and Entertainment Shall make up the programs and entertainment to be presented at the Society
meetings and functions throughout the year.
c. Luncheon Shall be in charge of all luncheons during the year.
d. Hospitality Shall be hostesses at all Society meetings and functions. See that the President is advised of the names
of long absent or new members or visitors, so that the chairman may recognize them. Other duties as assigned by the Presi-
e. Publicity Shall arrange publicity through the news media, including TV and Radio, for the general benefit of the
Society. Shall be responsible for keeping an accurate and up-to-date record of the Society's publicity and printed matter con-
cerning Society activities.
f. Sunshine Shall visit sick and hospitalized members, send out appropriate cards in the name of the Society and fur-
nish the Record Editor with the names of sick, hospitalized or deceased members.
g. Decorating Shall be in charge of decorating for all meetings and functions. Work closely with the program-
entertainment and luncheon committees.
h. Refreshment Shall be in charge of refreshments served at meetings and functions other than at luncheons.
i. Advertising Shall secure advertising for Canal Record. See Article IX Section Ig.

SEC. 3 SPECIAL COMMITTEES May be created as needed by the President with the approval of the Executive

SEC. 4 The President shall be a member ex-oficio of all committees except the nominating committee.


a. Executive Board 7 Members
b. Regular Meeting 50 Members
c. Annual Meeting 100 Members
d. Special Meeting 50 Members


SEC. 1 METHOD OF In the event the Society should be dissolved for any reason, after all bills are paid, any remaining
assets shall be distributed as determined by a majority vote of the remaining active members within the scope as specified in
Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code as amended from time to time.

SEC. 1 ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, NEWLY REVISED Shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are
applicable when they do not conflict with these by-laws.

SEC. 1 METHOD OF AMENDING These by-laws may be amended or revised upon recommendation of the Executive
Board or by a two thirds (2/3) vote of members present and voting at any regular meeting of the Society provided written
notice shall have been given; or by a unanimous vote of the membership present at any regular or annual meeting without
previous notice.

1 Order of Business Standing Committee Reports
Call to Order Special Committee Reports
Opening Exercise Devotions Unfinished Business (if any)
Welcome and Introductions New Business
Minutes (approval) Election of Officers (Annual Meeting)
Correspondence Installation of Officers (Annual Meeting)
Treasurer's Report (Filed for Audit) Announcements
President's Report & Remarks Program
Other Officer Reports (if any) Adjournment
Executive Board Report (if any)
2. No individual member shall take action in the name of the Society without authorization by the Executive Board.
3. Any member of the Society incurring expenses without the approval of the Executive Board shall be responsible for
4. Members of the Society shall notify the Secretary, of any change in name or address, who in turn will notify the
Treasurer and the Record Editor.
5. All reservations shall be paid for unless cancelled 48 hours prior to the event.
6. Debate shall be limited to three minutes and each member may speak only twice on the same subject with the consent
of the assembly.
7. In the event of a death of a member of the Society, a sympathy card shall be sent.
8. Appropriate cards may be sent to members on other occasions.
9. The Parliamentarian shall give a short Parliamentary Law instruction when time allows.
10. Tape recorders may be used by the President and Secretary in all Society meetings.
11. Executive Board members shall notify the President or Secretary if unable to attend board meetings, and if pos-
sible, provide a substitute with a report.
12. All Chairmen shall obtain approval of the Executive Board for any expenditures.
13. President, on completion of a full term of office, shall be presented with a Past President pin.
14. Past Presidents, who have served a full term of office, shall also be presented with a Past President pin.
15. The Society's Official Photographer shall submit a bill(s) for expenses to the Executive Board for re-imbursement.
Shall be issued complimentary tickets to all Society functions at which services are required.
16. Guest speaker (and spouse) shall be furnished lodging and complimentary tickets to all scheduled Society functions
at the reunion.
17. President shall appoint Pages to serve at the annual meeting.
18. The Society shall not permit sale of commercial articles at general or annual meetings without permission of the Ex-
ecutive Board.
19. The deadline date for news to be submitted for publication in the Canal Record will be determined by the editor
and so published in each Canal Record.
20. These rules shall be known as Standing Rules. They may be amended, suspended or rescinded at any regular or
annual meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.

Vote on Proposed and Revised By-Laws

Annual Business Meeting 9:30 a.m.

May 13, 1983

St. Petersburg, Florida
January 27, 1983

Mr. Albert F. Pate
Chairman, Executive Committee,
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Dear Mr. Pate,

Your Budget and Auditing Committee has completed its examination
of the books and accounts of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the
period January 1 through December 1982. As a result of that audit we are trans-
mitting herewith a statement showing beginning fund balances, receipts and ex-
penditures for the year and fund balances as of December 31, 1982 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, Canal
Record Editor, and the Chairman of the Refreshment Committee. All fund balances
were verified. All postings and footings of the Receipt and Disbursement Regis-
ters were verified for the entire year of 1982. Check records were taped and
balanced against the Disbursement Register. Bank deposit slips and bank state-
ments were taped and balanced against the Receipt Register. All financial state-
ments submitted by the Treasurer were audited and verified.

A spot check was made of the Individual Society Membership Record
Cards and the system used by the Secretary-Treasurer for handling delinquency,
current membership, outstanding dues, former members, and members who have passed
away, was found to be a good workable method. It was found that at the end of
1981 the membership totaled 2,989 members, and at the end of 1982 the membership
total 3,374 members, or a total increase of 385 new members.

In July of 1982, the checking and savings account previously held
by the Southeast Community Bank was transferred to the Freedom Savings and Loan
Association to a Money Market Checking Account. This was done to generate more
funds for the Society in the form of interest. Although the interest is a flu-
cuating rate, it is by far much higher than the 54% previously earned. In Octo-
ber, when the Certificate of Deposit held by the Blood Bank expired, it too, was
transferred into the Freedom Savings and Loan Association for the same purpose.
Segregated records are kept on the Blood Bank and were audited and verified.

On the 1st of January 1983 the membership dues were increased by
$5.00 to $15.00 per year. This' was recommended by your Budget and Auditing Com-
mittee in order to generate more funds to offset the continuing increase of costs
and postage for your Canal Record. Steps have been taken by the Society to econo-
mize in every way possible to keep up with the current rate of inflation. Hope-
fully, the steps taken will keep our organization solvent during these difficult
financial times.

The audit committee would like to take this opportunity to express
its appreciation to Mrs. Jean B. Mann, Secretary-Treasurer, for her cooperation
during the course of the audit and to again commend her for maintaining an excep-
tionally neat and accurate set of records and accounts. Suggestions for minor
improvements will be submitted to the Executive Committee under separate cover.

Respectfully submitted,

Norman E. Demers HarryC. Egolf Chairman, Budget & Audting Member Member

Statement of income and expenses and changes in fund balances
January 1 through December 31, 1982

Fund balances at January 1, 19821
Checking Accounts .........................................................
Certificate of deposit......................................................
Savings Account .............. ...................... ........ ...............
Petty Cash........................................................... .....
Total fund balances at January 1, 1982.........................
Dues (Includes $12,095 in prepaid dues for 1983)............................
Annual Reunion 1982 .............. .......................................
Other Society Reimbursable Social Activities................................
Sales of Panama Canal Society Auto Tags and decals.........................
Sales of Canal Record Books................................................
Sales of Memorabilia.......... ............................................
Interest (Checking Account, Certificates of Deposit, and Savings Account)...
Overcollections and Refunds................................................
Donations...................... .............................................
Miscellaneous....................................................... .......
Total Receipts for the Year
Transportation Allowance...................................................
Annual Reunion (Includes $110.33 prepaid expense for 1983 Reunion)..........
Printing Costs of Canal Record and Annual Directory..................... ...
Other Society Reimbursable Social Activities...............................
Taxes, State and Federal, Social Security, Workman's Compensation...........
Postage (Canal Record $1,730.00, Society $1,483.10)....................
Office Supplies ( Canal Record $690.56, Society $388.42)...............
Telephone (Canal Record $251.01, Society- $151.87)......................
Monthly Meetings (Rental of Hall, Hospitality, etc.)........................
Cost of P.C. Society Auto Tags and Decals ..................................
Overcollections and Refunds..................................................
Petty Cash (Canal Record-$470.53, Society $279.37, Refreshments-$95.53)...
Cost of Memorabilia ........................ ................ ...........
Bank Charges. .................... ........................................
Miscellaneous ..................... .............. ..... ...................
Total Expenditures for the Year...............................
Fund Balances at December 31, 1982
Checking Accounts.................. .............................
Certificate of Deposit......................................................
Petty Cash..................................................................
Total Fund Balances at December 31, 1982.......................






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After the Reunion, I drove to Poulsbo to have a short
visit with Lucille Davis, and to pick up an order of Dam-
son Plums for jelly making. Lucille had moved to a larger
moble home where she was able to display her Zone mem-
orabilias with ease and comfort. Very tastefully done.
In September, Ethlyn Wood flew up to visit with me
and the family for a week. We thoroughly enjoyed her com-
pany, and she enjoyed her great grandchildren. Unfortun-
ately before she returned to Walnut Creek, Ca., she caught
a cold and felt miserable.
October, Clarice Hewitt was in Portland visiting her
sister. She surprised me with a visit. Clarice was relaxed,
and as usual, her cheerful self. Was so good to see her



Clarice Hewitt "(Mrs. John)" of Pawnee City, Nebraska.

November, my daughter Marcy (Napoleon) flew out
for a two week visit. While here, Jim put her to work help-
ing him lay brick pavers for my Solarium, which he had
designed and built. Her comment when through, "I know
one thing for sure, when I grow up, I don't want to be a
brick layer!" What seems an easy job, isn't always what it
appears to be. Jim and his family took Marcy and me for
an overnight to Seaside, Or. It was sunny, tho chilly, yet we
enjoyed the ocean scenery. While there, I stopped in to see
Mary Ausenhmer, but she was out, so left the NW Re-
union paraphernalia with her neighbor. Was sorry to have
missed her. Back to Vancouver for a visit with Kersten
(McKay) Dart and another friend of Marcy's. All too soon
it was time for Marcy to return to her family in Florida. We
hated to see her leave, yet knew someday she would return
for another visit.
In December, Floyd and Beverly Baker held their
second annual Christmas party. Those attending were
Paul and Beth Baker, Cecil and Donna Caudill, Lee and
Cathy Snider, Wilcia and Phil Wilkins, Ted and Billie
Paine, Don and Sandy Seymour, Wendle and Delores

Bosley, John and Michelle Bundy, Warren and Ellen
Lyman, John and Doris Ruble, Bill and Martha Lohr,
Del and Donna Bunnell, Cheri and Randy Henderson.
Recently Camano Islands was slammed by severe
storms, damaging the dike which threatened to destroy
property and people. Five Zone families reside in that area.
I phoned Anne Rocker to find out if they were effected by
this impending disaster. All were high and safe. She in-
formed me that Mary and Jim Young; Bob and Betty
(Lockwood) Skimming were flying to Panama to spend
the holidays. Betty left the Isthmus in 1941 and hadn't
been back since. She's in for quite a number of changes,
yet I hope she will enjoy her visit.
Congratulations to Christian A. Lasher, who has re-
ceived his Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering from
Georgia Tech. Chris is the youngest son of Glen and
Gladys Lasher of Vancouver, Wa.
Roy and Dot (Kalar) Kennedy, (Denver Co.) are in
the NW visiting family somewhere near Everett. Dot
phoned Roland Stemmer, who failed to get her phone
number to return the call. Stemmer phoned me, but I was
no help. He also requested an application to join the PC
Soc. of Fla., which I remitted immediately to him. The
Stemmers are planning to tour Europe in August and
Art Sutton (Greenville, Ill.), phoned to extend
greetings to me and Jim. Was so nice to hear from him
again and all well with them. They escaped the destructive
flooding Illinois river this year, which was not too far from
their home.
I received many cards this year, yet to write of each
would probably fill the Record. I shall mention a few that
usually don't get into print.
Harry Hatch (Nyack, NY), whom I haven't
heard from in over 40 years. Tho retired, he is working for
the County Health Dept., to combat inflation and energy
bills. His two sons are grown and on their own.
Ruth Morris (Fla.), has been on the go she "flew
to Vienna, Austria; boarded a Russian river boat and for
10 days and 11 nights sailed down the Danube. Shore ex-
cursions in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bul-
garia, Romania and a smidging of the USSR. Changed to
ocean liner and crossed the Black Sea. The approach to
Istanbul on a sparkling clear day was breathtakingly
beautiful a rare beauty sailing past the Golden Horn.
Exciting weekend in Istanbul, Turkey. Being on, among,
beside ships of all descriptions was most rewarding. Didn't
realize how much I missed them."
Ray and Lucille Bush (Tacoma), made a trip to
Panama last April and May. They had a good time, yet
noticed many changes. Ray is well, though knows his limits
after suffering another heart attack in September. Both are
enjoying their retirement and grandson, Matthew Pybas.
Dorothy (Knox) Thornton (Alamogordo, NM), lost
her husband Jim, who died last February. She spent six
weeks in Alaska visiting her son and family. Dot is now in
Tucson, Ariz for the holidays.
Dorothy (Godfrey) and Ira Brandt (Indianapolis,
Ind.) have tentative plans to be in Vancouver, BC in June;
or, France and United Kingdom in September. They
haven't made up their minds as yet, which way to go.
Ruby Radel (Denver, Co.) spent a couple of weeks in
Virginia visiting her sister, cousins and friends. I phoned to
find out how she survived the two hour "White
Christmas" blizzard that brought Denver to a standstill.
She said "fine, so long as I don't have to get out in it."

Carolyn and Richard Dillon (Balboa, Panama) -
An informative report of Zone conditions today ie, a
"bar' in the Balboa Clubby; darker uniforms of the GN;
RR; schools; All weather stadium (no roof) until time for
the "Turkey Bowl" then the roof was repaired in two
days. Guess who's running the Balboa Dry Dock? The
French! On the brighter side, John Dillon has been ac-
cepted in a leadership position to go to the International
Boy Scout Jamboree in Canada.
Lucille Davis is spending the Holidays with her
daughter Bonnie Dolan and family in Jacksonville, Fla.
Betty and Tom Clarke Jr. spent Thanksgiving with
their daughter Diana in Newark, Ca. Now are spending
the holidays in Los Angeles, with Betty's family, then with
friends plan to see the New Year in, in Death Valley, Ca.
Just before Christmas, I received a phone call from
my Credit Union informing me that I had won the Christ-
mas Turkey! How about that? Well, for a 'freebie', it was a
delicious bird which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Tom and Marilyn Marsh (Oregon City, Or.) -
Their daughter Edythe, married Tom O Marshall in Oc-
tober. The happy newlyweds reside in Concord, Ca. Mrs.
Metzgar, (Marilyn's mother) suffered a stroke while in
Fla. From April to September she recuperated in Oregon
City with the Marsh's, and has since returned to Min-
neapolis. Tom & Marilyn's visitors this year were Barbara
Clark and Bruce and Dottie Richards.
I had hopes of finishing this report before the New
Year, but the 'countdown' has started for its entrance. To
each and all A HAPPY NEW YEAR IN 1983!!!!

Martha B. Wood
Northwest Reporter


Isthmian Newsreel

I am sure "happiness is" receiving your copy of the
Canal Record, as many tell me how much they enjoy get-
ting their copies. Congratulations to the Editor!
Christmas has come and gone, and this past Christ-
mas 1982 had many visitors to the area. Many college
students returned home and some that parents had left for
good returned "home" for the holidays to have a tropical
Christmas. The Causeway was jammed and the new "in"
spot for Disco dancing is at the Marriott Hotel disco.
I have been told that some special visitors were the
guests of Ronald and Jolie Seeley, as they had a large
family gathering at their home in Balboa Heights. Daugh-
ter, Laura Seeley Rydell, a school psychologist in Hun-
tington Beach, California, and her husband, Richard
visited for two weeks. This was Richard's first visit, and he
enjoyed deep sea fishing and trips to Coronado Beach,
Contadora Island and San Blas.
Son Glenn, an attorney in Dallas, Texas, also visited
for several weeks along with his wife, Christina and their
daughter, Stephanie, age four.
The family Christmas Eve dinner included Dr. and
Mrs. Byron Efthimiadis (Christina's parents) and their
three other children, Maria, Clea and Andrew, who were
also home for the holidays.
This Christmas also had some old time visitors, such
as Dr. and Mrs. (Bob and Rida) Berger, who winter at

Holmes Beach, Florida and spend the summers in Rad-
ford, Virginia. They were here to visit with their daughter,
Bobbie, who is working for DOD schools. I was lucky to
see them on New Years' Eve and they look great, and Bob
still swims every day.
Some of our Panama Canal Society members decided
to try a new venture! They bought a Cocktail Lounge and
they call it the "Como No". The new owners are Tom and
Julie Kaufmann; Paul and Clo Fennechette; Carl Tut-
tle; Earl and Judy Hattaway; Charlie Leves; Lance
Horton and Luther and Candy Quinn. They want to ex-
tend an invitation to all the members that come and visit
here in Panama and they have a four-foot television screen
for the ball games and sporting events. All types of music
from the current to oldies, but goodies are played. There is
plush seating and the best prices in town on drinks. The
"Como No" is located at the El Dorado Complex (Mall).
The new Mall is located at the end of Friendship Road.
You can't miss it!
Received a call with a correction of dates as incor-
rectly stated on page 54 of the December issue of the Canal
Record, as being of class of 1956 reunion in conjunction
with the Canal Zone Reunion in Florida, should read ...
Class of 1958. Those in charge are: Billie Sue (Spencer)
Richard, Box 9133, Naples, FL 33941; Dottie (Miller)
Meissner, Box 1528, APO Miami, 34002 or Ms. Sonia
(Canas) Valley, Box 2648, APO Miami 34002. The Class
of 1958 has always been the "go-getters" and they want
this to be the best class reunion ever!
Information requested that might be of help to those
who have left the area:
If you need copies of your Birth Certificate, you may
write to: Vital Statistics Unit, Administrative Services Divi-
sion, Panama Canal Commission, APO Miami, FL 34011.
Be sure and give your full name, date of birth, parents names
and dates of birth, state how many copies you need and en-
close $2.00 for each copy. Please do not send a personal
check, only Money Orders or a Bank type draft (Cashier's

Mr. noy R. Watson, ,.
District Qnartermater,
Balboa Heights, C. Z.

Sir : -

b, to report that Mule #282 broke him neck about''"
1:30 p.m., in his stall. From all appearance he was trying to
bite or scratch his leg and must have slipped, and fell on his head,
This mule has been on sick list from January lst,
to March 31st, and from May let to July 31st, 1916. The hide
will be shipped to Cristobal.
Mule #282
Age 18 years
weight 1050.
Color Steel gray, chronic hip lameness.

(Sgd) N. B. llddleton,
Corral Foreman.


PI. n. R. Ua* C a, .. .- '
District quartermaster, .
Balboa Heights.
Please authorize the elimination of one pony,
No. 192 from your Invoice f5247, as pony in question has
been invoiced to Captain Smith by the Depot Commissary,
his Invoice No" 1183.
Descriptive card is returned herewith.

column. Both are from the year 1916 I thought the
e h d Property and enquloe to Cn foeam).

Panama has had some distinguished visitors here .
The Panama Canal Area Auo Clb is csing

Panama is growing in many ways and I suppose the
recent 1.8 Million dollar daylight gold heist goes along with
The copies of two letters received are printed in this
column. Both are from the year 1916 I thought the
members would like to see the correspondence generated
sixty seven years ago things haven't changed much!!
(Note hand written note to Cain from Bing).
Panama has had some distinguished visitors here .
former U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger and
David Rockerfeller. Dr. Kissinger plans to be one of the
speakers for the First International Forum of Commerce.
The Panama Canal Area Auto Club is closing here
after 61 years of motoring service to its membership.
Panama is growing in many ways and I suppose the
recent 1.8 Million dollar daylight gold heist goes along with
it. The gold was taken by gunmen who were hooded on the
Transisthmian Highway while the shipment was on its way
to the Airport. So, progress has its good and its bad.
Dr. and Mrs. Paul H. (Harry) Dowell retired after
37 years of service. Zona and Harry also celebrated their

Harry and Zona Dowell.

40th. Wedding Anniversary. The Dowells plan to retire
and make their home in Panama's Santa Rita Mountain.
Best of luck.
The John Dorsas are celebrating the purchase of their
second home in the States. Their newly acquired home and
21 acres of land is located in White Gate, Virginia, joining
the Gusler family estate where Evelyn was reared, so it will
be "going home" for her.
When John finishes with engines as a Panama Canal
pilot, they plan to spend their summers in Virginia and
winter in their villa in Nokomis, Florida.

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Actress Pat Quinn with friends, Charlie Morris, Ann and An-
tonio Suescum, at the Union Club De Panama.

Isthmian-born film and stage actress, Pat Quinn
(daughter of Panama Canal Society member Berta Quinn
and the late Marcus Quinn, and sister to Bruce Quinn,
plans to appear in the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Paul
Zindel "The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-
Moon Marigolds" It will be co-produced by Bruce
Quinn. Pat has appeared in the films: "Alice's
Restaurant", "An Unmarried Woman", "Zachariah",
"Shootout", "The Chase" and the soon-to-be-released
film, "California Cowboys", Some of her co-stars have
been Jill Clayburgh, Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, Jane
Fonda and Ethan Wayne. She is a Life Member of the Ac-
tors Studio and has studied with the late Lee Strasburg and
Stella Adler. She has also appeared on Broadway with
George C. Scott in the production of "Death of a Sales-
man" and with Julie Harris in "Marathon 33". She also
appeared in "Blues for Mr. Charlie" and "The Golden
Six". Pat has television credits that include "The
Waltons", "Mannix", "Gunsmoke" and the TV version
of the Broadway play, "an Invitation to a March"
Hope to see you all at the reunion. We are planning to
get another group together again and come up as we did in
1982 as a "Group". If you are interested in our group-
rate plan, call Gibby Freund 52-2724; Jimmy Bradley
52-6623 or Ann Suescum 52-3963.

Ann Wood Suescum
Reporter the

Annual Business Meeting

and VOTE

South Carolina

Our Christmas dinner was held at the Holiday Inn on
December 18th. with 45 members and guests present.
President Bill York and Sis brought their daughter,
Nancy Coffey and her new baby son, Christopher, and
needless to say, Christopher stole the show! Guests were
Bob Menges, Diane and Wayne Clark, Sandy and Bob
Davis (Lorna Shore's daughter), George Leath from
Canton, Ohio, Nancy Coffey, Florence and Dorothy
Hadstat, Roger Stephens, Dianne (Hutchison) and
Jerry Cox and Cristopher! Ed Barnes came over from
Georgia; J.D. Tates, Don Bolands and mother, Marge;
the Carl Brownes and the B.J. Hartleys came down from
Evelyn Condon had the Hutchison's, Cox' and
Clontz's for Christmas dinner.
Everson's went to Florida in November to attend
their son Robert's wedding to Patty King of Florida. They
saw brother Jack Watson and family. In December, they
drove to Pennsylvania to visit Nellie Bruland Jansen and
her two sisters, Sue and Janette.
Bob and Billie Rowe spent the holidays with their
son, Bob and family at Pembroke Pines, Florida. Both
Bobs attended the Orange Bowl game which they found ex-
Lucille Drew has just returned from spending the
holidays with her son, Russel and family in Virginia.
Lorna Shore grandson, Steve drove down to spend
Christmas and New Years with daughter, Sandra and Bob
Davis and to see the new grandson born on December
24th. Lorna returned before the baby was brought home,
so she took a quick trip down over one weekend to enjoy
young Adam. (See Births).
Trudi and Lee Clontz helped celebrate Phil Downs'
birthday by driving down to Florida in January.
Paul and Leona and son, Leo and wife all celebrated
Christmas with daughter Paula and family in Athens.
Gertrude Smouse flew to West Virginia to spend Thanks-
giving with her sister, niece, and brother and wife. From
there she flew on to Detroit to enjoy Christmas and New
Years with her daughter, Carolyn and family.
Verna and Andy Kapinos drove over to Biloxi, Mis-
sissippi for the holidays to be with Linda and hubby.
Daughter Carol Smith's husband has made Lt. Col.
(USAF) stationed at Bentwater AFB in England and the
family is enjoying it over there. By the way, Andy is still
Bud Kilbey was operated on for a double by-pass on
his heart, and came through it with flying colors. A little
thinner, but driving again, and playing bridge. The fishing
can wait a while! They spent the holidays with daughter,
Charlotte in Augusta, Georgia. Daughter Tina, who lives
in Farmenberg, Indiana, came down to help Hazel while
Bud was in the hospital.
Nora and Charles Greene spent both Thanksgiving
and Christmas with sister, Margaret Sapp. Sister Edna
Ogletree from Pinellas Park, Florida, also joined them for
Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hickey stopped by in Aiken
to see the Greens' they're from Clearwater, Florida.
Blanche and Carl Browne drove to Avon, New York,
to be with Carl's family over the holidays.
Ethel and J.D. Tate joined their son, David and
family for Christmas.
Grace and Beuford Hartley are going out west to a

Shrine Convention, and plan to go on to Los Angeles to
visit friends. "B.J." is still very active with the Shrine.
Grace's sister, Bea Lee (worked in Transportation) and
niece Angela Ascaraga from Panama were here before
Christmas to do all their shopping. Bea is going with the
Hartleys to California.
Bill and Sis York spent the holidays with Norma and
Olga Holmes and daughter, Carolyn went to
BeeBee's in Jacksonville, Florida for the holidays. Carolyn
is Chairman of the March of Dimes for Chatham County,
Savannah. She is secretary of the Nurses Staff in Pediatrics
at Memorial Hospital, and for the March of Dimes, she
plans to make an 18 mile hike to raise funds!
Kay (Frangioni) and Jerry Pierce, with daughter
Laurie from Lewiston, New York, drove to Lake Jackson,
Texas, to spend holidays with daughter, Kathy and John
Hancock. Kay's parents, the Tony Frangioni's from
Clearwater, Florida and another daughter, Jan, added to
the family reunion. The'Frangioni's left to visit son, Ralph
in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, where Mom became ill and
spent two weeks in the hospital before returning home.
Melvin and Cony Menges' son, Bob was here for the
holidays. He is in the Air Force. Daughter, Evelyn and
Tom Sellers expect to arrive here shortly from Panama to
make their home.
Sara and Larry Keegan spent the holidays with
daughter, Lauri Jo and family in Marietta, Georgia.
Lauri's son, Andrew just joined the Air Force and was
home for Cristmas and New Years. Carolyn and Jim
Westendorff had their daughter Candy and fiancee (see
congratulations) as well as Jim's sister, Edna Mae and Bill
Reavis from St. George, South Carolina, for Christmas
dinner. Jim is still ailing and doesn't get out of the house.
Mrs. Willard E. (Russell) Percy had her daughter,
Gay Pridgen and granddaughter, Paula from Cordele,
Georgia, with her for Thanksgiving. Miss Leslie Pridgen,
from Carrollton, Georgia, also visited her grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. W.C. (Ann) Willoughby visited Russell
enroute to Williamsburg, Virginia, as well as on the return
to Huntsville, Alabama. Ann and Bill spent Thanksgiving
in Williamsburg with their son, Steven, a graduate student
at William and Mary. Russell drove down to Huntsville
with her grandson, Steven, to spend the Christmas holi-
days with Bill and Ann. Fred Willoughby from Texas
Tech joined the family. Ann and Fred drove Russell back
to Aiken and spent the New Years with her. Russell was
sorry to hear of the death of her brother-in-law, David N.
Percy. (See With Deep Sorrow).
Eletheer and Jim Catron had visits from their three
children during the holidays. Penny and family came from
Mississippi, and Jim and Billy, and families, came from
Florida. In January, Jim and Eletheer drove down to Se-
bring, Florida, to visit his sister and pick some delicious
grapefruit. Later they drove up to Virginia to visit Jim's
relatives where he went rabbit hunting, bagging 4.
Dot and Harry Willenbrock spent the holidays with
their daughter, Susan, in St. Petersburg, Florida, visiting
Ann Beckley and Henri Skeie and talked with Isabelle
Dianne (Hutchison) and Jerry Cox and son, Wally
Doane spent Christmas with us. Wally is 18 and has joined
the Navy, training in Orlando, Florida.
See you at the Reunion!
Peggy Hutchison


Corpus Christi

As a new contributing reporter, I will give you an up-
date on the Parker family. My mother, Teddy Parker and
I (Stacy) are living in Portland, Texas, after leaving Rich-
mond, Ky. a year and a half ago, where we went after leav-
ing the Canal Zone in 1979. I graduated from Del Mar
College in 1982, from their secretarial program and am
presently employed by SGS Control Services, Inc. in Cor-
pus Christi. My father, Bobby Parker is in Alaska, piloting
for Sealand and retired from the Zone in 1980. Mother
plans to move up with Dad this spring. My brother, Scott
Parker is attending Eastern Kentucky University in Rich-
mond, graduating in May with a bachelor's degree in In-
dustrial Arts Education. We both got a chance to visit Dad
in Alaska I in November and Scott spent Christmas
holidays there. He enjoyed Alaska so much he hopes to find
a teaching position there after graduation. Alaska is beauti-
ful, but too cold for me. My other brother, Marc is still in
Panama and working for Fernie Steamship Agency at
Cristobal, where he hopes to remain.
Also living in Portland are John and Gerd Williams.
John is a Corpus Christi pilot whose daughter, Lisa is mar-
ried and living in Tennessee, also teaching chemistry at
Suwanee University. Daughter Karen is at the University
of Texas and majoring in nursing. Both boys, Robert and
Johnny still attend school in Portland.
On my last trip to Houston a few months ago, Drake
and Colette (Foster) Carlisle had a pig-roast and invited all
the Zonians they knew of. Some of those that attended were:
Tom and Jim Snider; Mike and Terri (Rios) Boswell;
Steve and his wife, Carmel, with son, Steven Craig
Boswell, Jr.; Chuckie Soukup; Nancy Nick; June (Fos-
ter) and Monty Trim; Cathy (Carlisle) and Jerry Weigle;
Roderick Snyder came in from Freeport; Bill Allen made
it in from Austin; Cheryl (Olsen) Drake and her two
children; Patti Austin; Debbie (Boswell) and Phil
Sanders, with daughter Maria; John Gilbert and wife,
Marlene; Billy Gilbert; Roger Rios; John and Mike
Morris; Russell Gillespie; Lou Carlisle, and of course
Teddy Parker to make sure there was plenty of food. The
pig was delicious and it was Drake's first attempt.
There were some tough badminton matches, and as al-
ways, whenever two or more Zonians get together, there
was a lot of chatting and catching up with old times. All in
all, a fantastic day with a touch of good old fashioned Zon-
ian partying.
Roderick Snyder stopped by our house on his way to
spend Christmas with parents, Wallace and Vilma Snyder,
living in McAllen. He is working for Dow Chemicals in
Freeport after graduating from T.S.T.I. in 1982 with a 4.0
grade point average.
Just spoke to my good friend Patti Austin on the
phone a few hours ago. She is working as a secretary in
Houston. Her parents, Don and Elaine Austin and sister,
Sharon live in Austin.
Got a chance to chat with Valerie Krueger over the
holidays, who is working in Dallas. Also found out her
brother, Marty is living in Anchorage, Alaska ... sure is a
small world for us Zonians!

Nancy Nick told us on the phone that Chuckie Souk-
up is working in Norway for 6 weeks.
On my way to Alaska last November, I stopped to visit
relatives on the way and got a chance to see Dave Young.
He was in school at the time, so only saw him for one day.
He told me that the whole Young family would be in Pana-
ma for Christmas, while he was going on a side trip to the
Virgin Islands on the way back. Must say it made me quite
We really appreciated the many Christmas cards from
old friends, especially since the family is so spread out, mak-
ing it a nicer Christmas for us.
In our card from Steve and Ann (O'Donnell) Barger
and daughter, Samantha, Ann said she is working as a
computer operator and enjoying a life in Casper, Wyoming.
Also in Casper, is Bobby Day and his wife, Shelley and 8
month old son, Danny. Bobby's parents, Nelson and Mer-
rie Day are also in Casper.
Chris Bensen got a quick note to us saying he was liv-
ing in Ft. Myers, Florida now.
Gary and Terri Schiebe are living in Louisiana and
are the proud parents of 3 month old Cary Carl Schiebe,
We called brother Marc in Panama who was fine but
missed the family during the holidays. Got a chance to talk
to Richie Murphy who said he was attending Canal Zone
College and had a 3.89 grade point average and plans to at-
tend college in the States. He also said he was at a party on
the boat, "Fantasia" and spoke to Mike Holt and his wife. I
also said hello to Jon Dedeaux who is working for Motor-
ola on the Atlantic side and is rooming with Marc.
In one of Lee Bondurant's midnight phone calls to
me, she said she would be moving to Lafayette, La. in
January, where she received a scholarship to do under-
graduate work. She was so excited to be close to Houston
and all her friends there that she forgot to tell me what col-
lege she would be attending!
Mike and Cindy Barger, Marlene (Snyder) and hus-
band, Kenny Peters, and Bob Knick all live in Oklahoma
City. Marlene, who says married life is agreeing with her,
was happy to see her brother, Roderick, who came to visit
over the holidays.
I called La Donna (Lentz) and husband Michael Sar-
na on their one-year wedding anniversary, as I was a brides-
maid at their wedding in Phoenix. Michael is working as an
accountant and La Donna is still going to college for her ac-
counting degree both still in wedded bliss. La Donna's
parents, Warren and Evy Lentz and sister Laura and
husband also live in Phoenix.
Heather Slimon in her card to us said she is liv-
ing in Maryland and is a 2nd. Lieutenant in the Air Force.
Mike Cirulli's wife, Missy, wrote and said Mike is in
the Army, in Basic Training. He will be going to a technical
school in Ft. Gordon, Ga. after finishing Basic.
For those of you who thought we had lost Mary Beds-
worth somewhere in Costa Rica, be informed that she is
back in Winston-Salem, N.C. and is working for a travel
Maryanne Spagna wrote to let us know she is in
Springfield, Mass. where she works for an insurance com-
Margaret Moebus told me she had left Kentucky, with
no plans of returning, and now lives in California.
On my brother Scott's trip to Alaska, he stopped in
Seattle to stay with Paul Baker and got a chance to see

Paul's parents, Floyd and Bev Baker. They also met Jim
Snider, who was in Seattle visiting his parents, Lee and
Kathy Snider.
Tom Finneman (who rooms with Scott in Kentucky)
and Doyle Riddle spent Christmas with Zip and Lisa Bar-
riteau in Huntington, W.V. Zip teaches Industrial Art
there, while Lisa occupies her time with the new addition to
the family, daughter, Megan Nicole, born November 3,
1982. Doyle Riddle lives in Lewisville, N.C., while Tom
Finneman is attending Eastern Kentucky University.

Stacy Parker, Contributing Reporter
to Jeanne Stough, Reporter


With the holidays now behind us, perhaps we can get
back into routine. We had no Christmas meeting; however
we hope to have a gathering early in the New Year.
Jessie Bush made a holiday visit to her son and
daughter-in-law Tom and Betty Bush of Hollywood,
Calif. While there, all three went to Seal Beach to spend a
delightful afternoon with Rosa and Bob Dill. They are in
the throes of "moving in" but have made good progress.
Until they are able to dispose of their properties in Hemet,
they will be frequent commuters. Both Bob and Rosa are in
excellent health, full of enthusiasm, and we confirm Betty's
original feeling, "Rosa is a doll".
Friends ofJohn and Florence Terry will be interested
to learn that with 18 years of service, their son, Donald is
now flight captain for Texas Continental, flying out of
Houston's Intercontinental Airport. He, his wife and three
children live in nearby Conroe.

Jessie L. Bush


There is a sequel to the story of Harvey Rhyne's prize
recipe. In a November "cook-off" he won the grand prize
of a trip for two to Hawaii on Continental Airways. Bea says
she always knew Harvey was a winner. Now everyone
In November, C.A.M. Monsanto drove from his
home in Iowa City to Kerrville for a visit with his niece Bea
Rhyne. Monty accompanied the Rhynes to Ft. Worth to
spend Thanksgiving with Fay Stanford, Larry and Nancy
Stanford and their two children, Jill and Lee. While they
were there, Louie and Elena Hooper stopped by for a "do-
you-remember" visit.
Dell and Bob Dunn had as their houseguests the
Robert Fearons (Jackie Dunn) from Gamboa and their
three sons: Keith, Kenny and Korbin. Dell and Bob met
the Fearons in Orlando, FL. After a visit to EPCOT, they
headed for Kerrville. Marie Gibson and her three chil-
dren from Houston joined the Fearons and Dunns for

Clara and Harold Chambers spent Thanksgiving
with their daughter, Mrs. John Wiedenhoff (Alice
Chambers) and family in Fort Worth. Maddie DeRaps,
San Marcos, TX, Bertha Brown, CA and Arden Swisher
Cooke, Grand Prairie, TX, all former co-workers of
Clara's had a happy reunion.

Harvey and Bea Rhyne at the Christmas Party, Elks Club, Kerr-

Dale Bishop, L. Warren, Gretchen Warren and Helen
Smith Christmas Party, Elks Club.

The Hill Country Zonians held their 2nd annual
Christmas Party, December 11, at the Elks Club. Chair-
person, Marilyn Carter, registered 61 guests.
Among the out of town guests were Mr. C.A.M.
Monsanto of Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. T. Johnson, Uvalde,
TX, Donna Day, Dallas, TX, Mary Orr, Sarasota, FL,
Henry Lee, Austin, TX, Jimmy Fealey, Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Macdonnel, Wimberly, TX, Mr.
and Mrs. L. Warren, New Port Richey, FL and Dr. and
Mrs. H. Urick, Marguerite Orr and Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Sebik, all of San Antonio, TX.
The festive table decorations were beautifully done by
Iris Hogan and Barbara Dedeaux. Muriel Johnston was
in charge of the game board, and winners in this event were:
Jim Hoverson, Anna Young, Betty Sebik, Bob Byrd and
Pat Urick. Rev. J. B. Fields assisted with this event. Wade
Carter provided the Christmas Music, some of which was
our beloved Lucho's.
Iris Hogan and Barbara Dedeaux co-hosted the
Christmas Canasta party in Iris' home.

Dick Hogan and Louis Dedeaux at Dicks home
Dick Hogan and Louis Dedeaux at Dick's home.

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L-R Barbara Dedeaux, Honey Fealey, Bea Rhyne, Marilyn
Carter, and Helen Smith at Iris and Dick Hogan's home during
Christmas Canasta Party.

Bea and Harvey Rhyne spent Christmas with the
Harvey Rhyne, Jr. family. (Bea's first Christmas off the
Isthmus!) At the open house hosted by the younger Rhynes,
they met Warren and Fern Morse, former neighbors in
Balboa, Douglas Morse and Warren's mother, all just ar-
rived from San Diego to spend the holidays with Richard
and Sue (Kotolik) Morse and their children.
Four generations of Morses. Bea and Harvey returned
to Kerrville after Christmas just ahead of the snow storm
that left 12 inches in El Paso.
Honey (Bergman) Fealey, accompanied by her
younger son, Jimmy, visited son Guy and Mary Linda
(Wells) Fealey and their son in Phoenix, AZ for the holi-
days. While there she also visited her sister and brother-in-
law, Lois and Bob Carpenter. After the new year Jimmy
returned to his home in Florida and Honey headed for
home in the Hill Country.
The Carters had their daughter, Kim, from Houston
for the holidays. Marilyn and Wade were delighted to
receive a phone call on January 10th from Joan Ridge, Bob
and Pat's daughter. Joan was visiting her relatives Don and
Cathy Adams and Julia Ridge. Joan lives in Chico, CA
where she is a student. Joan was a playmate to the Carter
children in the Zone. Vanette Carter and Joan had lots of
fun biking, jogging, skating and seeing the San Antonio
River Walk.
Marilyn left January 19th for Tulsa Okla. to be on
hand when her daughter Renee Collins has her third baby.
Marilyn expects to be busy with Elizabeth and Chris Wade

Collins who are also anxious for the new baby's arrival.
Helen Smith hosted a Canasta-luncheon on January 3
for Ruth Adams, California, and Mary Orr, Florida. A
special treat was the fresh salmon caught and prepared by
Helen and Smitty.
The "traveling Dunns" visited former Gamboa neigh-
bors, Cookie and Claire Ocheltree in their Houston home
early in January.
Four generations of Bea Rhyne's family gathered in
Kerrville in early January and included Mr. Monsanto,
Bea, Camille, Harvey Jr. and his two children, Erick and
Taffy. Harvey Jr. and wife Sonia and their children re-
turned to El Paso after several days of much shutter-
snapping as the meeting of four generations was recorded.
Mary Jane Paulson and husband "Cash" stopped in
Kerrville on their way back from CA to their home in
Tallahassee in January. Mary Jane forgot about the time
change, coming from the West Coast, and didn't allow
herself any time for a visit. Hurry back and get a chance to
meet these friendly Texans.
Mary Orr of Sarasota, came to Kerrville in November
as the guest of her sister and brother-in-law Marion and
Fred Wells, after an extended visit with her nephew, Fred
Wells and family, in Perth, Australia, and a visit with her
brother Mattes and family in Colorado. While in this area,
she visited with her brother Bob and Sister-in-law Eloise in
Houston. While in Kerrville, Mary attended the Hill Coun-
try Zonians' Christmas Party, was the guest of honor at
several luncheons, and was the hostess of a lovely luncheon
given for some of the ex-Canal Zone gals. We enjoyed your
visit, Mary, and look forward to your next visit.

Robert B. Grier, Jr.

Robert B. Grier, Jr., son of "Pappy" and Verla
Grier, was appointed to the Ross Volunteer Company of
Texas A&M University in September, an organization of
military distinction. The membership is composed of 70
Junior and 70 Senior Cadets. Selelction is based upon char-
acter, leadership, military bearing, scholastic and overall
achievement. Bob is a Junior and the Scholastic Sergeant of
Company Al. Congratulations to the Griers, they have a
son of whom to be proud!
A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year is wished for
you all.

Bea Rhyne


Mrs. Abbie McKeown Kerr Walker of Falls
Church, Va. called about her happy days in the Canal
Zone the poetry she wrote the Christmas cards she
printed with her poems that were popular there at the time.
The HenryJ. McKeown family arrived in the Canal Zone
on the 9th. month, 9th. day of 1909, subsequently living in
Gatun, Balboa and Pedro Miguel.
Abbie, her sister, Gwen and brother, Daniel sat on
Sosa Hill and watched them level the hill for the Admini-
stration Building and set up the iron frame structure. She
worked for Vital Statistics for many years and recalls seeing
Dwight Eisenhower (while in the Army) at Empire for the
Big Event the meeting of the Chargres River waters
with the Atlantic and Pacific oceans .. and only saw three
men in a row-boat during that ceremony. She also recalls
the thrill of seeing the first lights go on for the canal! Abbie
was honored for her poem, sold on the Zone and copies
mailed to many a Congressman who visited the Canal
Zone during Christmas time. Just recently, her nephew
brought her a bottle of Gatun Lake Water, and she had her
priest bless it! If you walk into Abbie's home, you will see
that bottle on the mantlepiece! Abbie left the Canal Zone in
1935 here is her poem:
Oh, give me a breath of the cold, grey north,
With the wind moaning low out from under the trees,
And I'll give you a smile from a tropic sun
And the soft, soft sigh of an isthmian breeze.
Come, give me a night with a frozen moon
On snow covered plains or an icy bay .. .
Then I'll lead you down to the warm south sands
Where a mellow moon flirts with the twilight spray,
From out of a Panamanian sky, I'll show you the Southern Cross
Hanging low, if you 'Il give me a breath of your frozen north,
And a glimpse of a room hung with mistletoe.
Abbie Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Peterson (Pete and Tita
Galindo) came up north from Florida to celebrate their
50th. wedding anniversary on January 14, 1983.
Talmadge and Mercedes (Peterson) of York, Pa. and
Paul and Shirley (Peterson) High, arranged the event
that was given at Shirley High's home in Springfield, Va.
The lovely daughters had a Mass for them in the afternoon
. (they were married January 14, 1933 in Colon
Cathedral), and they renewed their vows. Herbert said "I
do" without any hesitation. Tita was just nodding and
forgot to say her "I do" right away. Nervous? I had a great
evening with them Panamanian background music,
and seeing Tita's brother, Anibal and Marcella Galindo,
who flew up from Panama. Betty Peterson of Hollywood,
Fla. looked lovely (hadn't seen her in years) she was a
great nurse at Colon Hospital. Cecilia Spinosa and her
husband made typical goodies .. delicious empanadas ...
also a dessert called Bocado de la Reina.
The Petersons are in York, Pa. visiting the Salters for
a week. With the freezing weather we are having now, they
will probably have some snow.
Hello and a big hug to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
(Wainio) Staples from Louisville, Kentucky. They are
special because your reporter lived right next door to them
on 5th. Street, New Cristobal. Mr. Staples has been very ill

but is doing fine now and were able to spend two weeks in
December with their daughter, Gretchen Staples Kroll in
Fairfax, Va. and to enjoy their two grandsons, Ted, 14
years of age, a freshman and Tim, 11 years old in 6th
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne (Nancy Hopkins) Boothe of
Hampton, Va. had her parents, Capt. and Mrs. William
E. Hopkins visiting them. Nancy is a director of "Birth-
rights of the Peninsula" and gives talks at schools on "Pro
Life", with an office in Alexandria and also in Wood-
bridge. She had many interesting stories about the Canal
Zone and Atlantic side friends.
Vickie (van't Veldt) Horning of Falls Church, Va.
was elated for having heard from three Canal Zone friends
after about 30 years of silence. Joan Smith Dempsey,
Chatworth, Calif. school teacher, thumbing through a
Canal Record saw Vickie's name and surprised her with a
letter. Both lived in Curundu. Then curious Vickie called
Sheila Gilbert Bolke in San Diego, to see if she knew of a
Stella Gilbert. Sheila was her niece ... so, another friend
was contacted. Through these calls, another long lost friend
Jean Phillips, called Vickie early last Saturday. Vickie
said that through the Canal Record, a 30 year gap was fill-
ed between dear friends.

Stella Boggs DeMarr


A junior college player
who pitched in only 24 in-
nings in his freshman year
was tabbed as the second best
prospect in baseball's winter
Kevin Hammond, former
Countryside High star who is
now a sophomore at St. .
Petersburg Junior College, :'
was drafted second by the J
Minnesota Twins on Tues-
day (11 Jan) in the regular
phase of baseball's winter
free agent draft at New York
City. None of the advance
stories gave even a hint that Hammond
slim (6 feet, 160 pounds) was picked by Twins.
Hammond was even being considered as a high pick.
Spud Chandler, the former New York Yankee star
right-handler who earned the unusual honor of being the
league's Most Valuable Player as a pitcher, said that 19
year-old Hammond "has a good curve ball, and a decent
fast ball that should get better when he matures and gains
weight." Said Hammond when told Chandler's com-
ments: "That's my No. 1 priority, gaining weight."
Hammond said Chandler had informed "me a few
weeks back that the Twins were interested and they might
draft me. But I didn't give it much thought after that."

The right handed Hammond had a 6-1 record in his
senior year at Countryside and a 2-1 record and 1.82 earn-
ed run average in 24 innings as a relief pitcher for the St.
Petersburg Junior College Trojans last year.
Kevin is the son of Robert and Patricia (Daly) Ham-
mond of Countryside (Clearwater), Florida. His grand-
parents are Sherman and Catherine Hammond of Clear-
water, Florida.
Hammond started his baseball career early in the Pee
Wee Leagues in Margarita, Canal Zone.

A Family of Artists Grace (Schack) and Lee
Wilson of Dunedin, Florida have reason to be proud.
Three of their children were mentioned in a recent supple-
ment to the Tallahassee Democrat, entitled "Family of Artists".

Patsy Wilson Moore learned calligraphy (which is
experiencing a renewal of interest) in high school in Miami,
Florida. She combined it with pen, ink and water colors to
create cards and gifts while at the University of Florida.
After graduation, friends asked her to letter verses for them
to give as gifts and that is how Patsy's Prints began.
Patsys Prints is the flourishing cottage industry that
Patsy runs from her home studio in Jacksonville, Florida.
Her husband, Terry, an attorney, lends a hand by writing
some of the poetry. Their daughter, Laurie; has been an in-
spiration for many of the children's verses. Patsy's work is
shown throughout the United States in shops and galleries
. and of course, in many homes.
Larry and Nancy Wilson, brother of Patsy and Jim
lives with his wife Nancy in Jacksonville.
Nancy and Larry, new to Market Days last year, were
very popular among visitors with their handcrafted grape-
vine wreaths decorated with shells, terra cotta stars, and
dried leaves and flowers.

Jim Wilson, one of our favorite wildlife artists, blends
art and science in his wildlife drawings.
What's a man with a degree in Biology, a master's in
Environmental Economics and almost a Ph.D. in Ento-
mology doing at an arts and crafts show? Echibiting his
true-to-life drawings of animals and landscapes, that's
Gainesville's Jim Wilson, who possesses all those
scientific credentials and no art training, is not a scientist
whose hobby is art he makes his living at it! Drawn to
art quite by chance while studying environmental econom-
ics, Jim has been a top attraction at Market Days for over
four years.


At a MoD development seminar in Atlanta last month, Carol posed
with Morgan Brittany, star of TV's "Dallas", and national poster
child Ben Hill.

Chairperson for Chatham County's 1983 March of
Dimes "Mother's March" is Carol (Holmes) Rucker,
Nursing Division Assistant for the Maternal-Child area
and one-time One Pledge Committee secretary. Carol is
the daughter of Mrs. Charles J. (Olga) Holmes and the
late Charles J. Holmes of Aiken, S.C.

The "Mother's March" was held January 28 through
February 3; Carol was responsible for coordinating the
campaign efforts in Savannah, Bloomingdale, Pooler,
Garden City, Wilmington Island, Port Wentworth and
Carol has served as Memorial's March of Dimes
"Superwalk" (WalkAmerica") coordinator for the past
three years. Memorial walked away with first place and
numerous other awards all three years. An "Order of the
Battered Boot" certificate hangs on Carol's second floor

Jennifer and David Berry, included her maternal grand-
mother, Mrs. Martha Griffith of Phoenix, her paternal
grandmother, Mrs. Marjorie Berry and uncle, Paul
Berry, both of Turlock, CA. Also her cousins, Gail
(Bruce) and Stosh Markiewicz and two daughters,
Kimberly and Cheryl Hallberg of Phoenix. Kimberly
was installed to the office of Fidelity and Cheryl was in
charge of the guest book at the reception which followed.
Congrats were also received from many friends, in-
cluding calls from her aunt and uncle, Netta (Potts) and
Don Bruce of Titusville, FL and from Mrs. Johanna
Freudigman of Tampa, FL, who Mother Advisor during
Kara's mother's Rainbow years in Cristobal Assembly No.
2, at Cristobal, C.Z.

Robert J. Berry and daughter, Kara at O.E.S. installation.

Kara Berry of Phoenix, AZ was installed Worthy Ad-
visor of Glendale Assembly No. 8, Order of the Rainbow
for Girls, on Saturday, January 15, 1983, at the Glendale
Masonic Temple. She is the daughter of Robert J. and
Hazel (Griffith) Berry and granddaughter of Mrs. Mar-
tha (Potts) Griffith, all of Phoenix, AZ; and the late Ma-
jor Rodger W. Griffith, former Chief of Police of the
Canal Zone, who retired in 1957.
Kara was escorted to the East by her father and in-
stalled in the highest office of the assembly by Rebecca
Biaett, Past Worthy Grand Advisor. Mrs. Hazel Berry
(Kara's mother) was installed as Mother Advisor of the
Rainbow Assembly for the fourth year. Her father, Robert
Berry, was appointed to serve as Rainbow Dad for Kara's
Following her installation the new Worthy Advisor
was presented with the gavel, suitably engraved, which had
been presented to her mother 31 years earlier, when she
was installed Worthy Advisor of Cristobal Rainbow As-
sembly No. 2, in January 1952.
Relatives attending the installation with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berry and her sister and brother,

Lorna Marie Arabie and Korey Dufrene.

Lorna Marie Arabie, daughter of Yvonne Arabie,
Lakeland, Fla. became engaged, over the Christmas holi-
days, to Korey Dufrene of Lafitte, Louisiana. Korey is
presently attending Harbor Pilot Training in New Orleans.

A double celebration was held on the 30th. January in
honor of young Allen D. Hutchings' 3rd. birthday (on
January 31st.) and young Larry Ainsworth's 5th. birth-
day. It was held at the home of Sara (Livingston) and
Buddy Hutchings of Clearwater, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Alba D. Hutchings, the grandparents of young Allen.
Lane and Larry Ainsworth, parents of young Larry Jr.
were also in attendance.
The Buddy Hutchings' also announce their 5th. wed-
ding anniversary on March 23rd.

Helen T. Pedderick of Alabama won the post of Na-
tional Secretary of the National Association of Retired
Federal Employees, in the most crowded race during the
NARFE National Convention in Denver, Colorado during

the latter part of October, 1982. She scored 2268 votes in
the first round of balloting to 981, 958 and 884 votes for
other nominees, which fell short of the 50% plus one ma-
jority required. A run-off was necessary where she clinched
the position with 3331 to 1229 votes of the remaining
Helen, formerly of Curundu and an employee of
I.A.G.S., retired as Chief, Technical Services Branch

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Westendorff of Aiken An-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Candice Marie,
to Glenn Warren Frierson of Gadsden, S.C..
The wedding is scheduled for April 16 at St. Thad-
deus Episcopal Church, Aiken.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Aiken High School
and Midland Technical College in Columbia, S.C. She is
employed by the Baptist Medical Center of Columbia as a
terminal operator in the out-patient department. The
bridegroom-elect is employed by Columbia Cable Televi-

Where Are You?

Am searching for members of Brownie & Girl Scout
Troop 27. Does anyone know the whereabouts of:
Lynn Fraunheim
Victoria (Vicky) Rodriguez
Nellie Woods
Kay Fontaine
Susan Shannon
Kay Stephenson
Tanya Shook
Please send info to: Kathryn Warren Lewark, 204
Spring Street, No. 4, New York, NY 10012.

Where can one obtain a copy of the works of James
Stanley Gilbert? Many are the old timers who will remem-
ber "The Gilbert House" in Colon, which in the days be-
tween the two World Wars was a gathering place for popu-
lar social functions and parties. Is it still there and open, or
have the termites eaten it up? Frank B. Tuberville, Jr.
P.O. Box 246, Milton, NC 27305.

Bill van't Veld, of 2301 Musgrove Road, Silver
Spring, Maryland 20904, would like to know where Bob
Wainio is ....

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Staples, of 4707 Spen Lea
Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40216, would like to find
Diana Staples Bochowski of the Class of '56, Balboa High

It is important that I find an address for any of the
Lawrence boys of Gatun, "New Town". They are the five
sons of Maude and Percy Lawrence. I believe the parents

are both deceased. The boys are: Henry, Robert (Berto),
Eddie, William (Spike) or Arthur (Autsy). The last I
heard from Henry was in New York; Robert in Panama;
Eddie in Georgia, while Spike and Autsy were in Florida.
If anyone has an address for any of these boys, particularly
Henry or Eddie, I would appreciate they write to: Shirley
Keepers Taylor, 3411 Dorchester Drive, San Diego, CA
92123. Tel: (619) 279-3764.


Larry and Kim Cicero.

Lawrence J. Cicero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L.
Cicero of La Boca, Panama was married on September 4,
1982, in Rhode Island to KimberlyJ. Devolve. The bride
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sander J. Devolve, Jr. of
Johnston, R.I.
The bride was given in marriage by her father at a
ceremony at Mount St. Joseph Chapel in Wakefield, R.I. a
reception immediately followed at the Dutch Inn in
Galilee, R.I.
Out-of-town guests included the bridegrooms parents
from Panama, his brothers Jim and Craig from Texas and
his brother Mark from Florida. His cousin, Mike Morris
of Houston, Texas, son of Smiley and Marie Morris of
Clearwater, Fla., was the best man. Mr. Rick Gayer,
formerly of Panama and now residing in New Hampshire
also attended the ceremonies.
The bride graduated magna cum laude from the Uni-
versity of Boston and is currently employed with TV Chan-
nel 12 in Providence, RI. The bridegroom is a journeyman
ironworker from Local No. 37 in Rhode Island and is also
a state-certified welder.

Following a wedding trip to Atlantic City, NJ, the
couple will reside at 21 Lynch Street, Providence, RI

Mr. James W. Violette and Miss Janelle Drotning
were united in marriage on August 28, 1982 in Seattle,
Washington. James is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William A.
Violette of Seminole, Florida. The couple will reside in
Seattle, Washington.



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Virginia (Molloy) and Bob Lucy.

Virginia Molloy and Bob Lucy of Boulder, Col-
orado were married on November 21, 1982 at the home of
Virginia's parents, retired Army Colonel Robert and Mrs.
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy in Lakewood, Colorado.
The reception was held at Fitzsimons Officer's Club,
Aurora, Colo.
Pedro Miguel was well represented among the many
friends and guests, which included grandmother, Della
Meigs of Tampa, Fla; Aunt Lester and Uncle Jim Meigs
of Claremont, Calif.; Norma (Evans) and Al Harrington,
with daughter, Diane and grandson Lonnie Leinweber of
Greeley, Colo.; Alice (Ward) and retired Army Maj. Gen.
Jim Weir and Mrs. Weir, Sr. of Tabernash, Colo.; Jane
(Dickson) and Dan Cox of Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Penny
(Pennington) and Bob Graham with daughter, Summer
of Lakeland, Colo. Representing Balboa was Dot (Kalar)
and Roy Kennedy of Denver, Colo.
Donna (Dickson) Hudson made the wedding cake
which matched the bride's bouquet of pink rosebuds and
mahonia repens, a native Colorado plant.

Patricia Anne Messer of Brackettville, Texas and
Wayne R. Rogers of Manvel, Texas, exchanged wedding
vows on September 18, 1982 in a double ring ceremony in
Brackettville, Texas.
The bride wore a gown of white Quiana and carried a
cascade of red silk roses and baby breath. She wore a
Panamanian silver coin in her shoe.
A buffet reception followed, with a special three foot
wedding cake. Following a wedding trip to Mexico and
Florida, the couple are at home in Manvel, Texas.
Mrs. Rogers is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
A. Messer, formerly of Balboa and now living in Venice,
Fla., and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Coxwell, also of Venice. She was born in Gorgas Hospital
and spent her early years in the Canal Zone. She has been
on the teaching staff with the Brackettville schools division.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Marsh of Oregon City announce
the marriage of their daughter, Edythe Susan to Tom O.
Marshall on Sunday, October 3, 1982 in Carson City,
The couple are now residing at 3698 Northridge
Drive, Concord, California 94518.


Mr. and Mrs. William J. Deming (see Annette
Violette) announce the arrival of their second child, An-
drew John, born October 31, 1982. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Violette of Seminole,
Florida, and the paternal grandparent is Mrs. John Dem-
ing of Dothan, Alabama. The William Demings live in
Columbia, Maryland.

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Paulson of San Francisco,
California announce the birth of their second son, Casey
Jon, born on August 21, 1982. Paternal grandparents are
Cash and Mary Paulson of Tallahassee, Florida. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Gonzalvez of San
Francisco, California.

Joseph and Linda Childs of Plano Texas, announce
the birth of their daughter, Krysten Elise, on October 13,
1982 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The infant
weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. Maternal grandparents are Mike and
Irene Burza of Plano, Texas and paternal grandparent is
Joseph Childs, Sr. of Duqoin, Illinois.

A daughter was born to William H. and Kathy
Stevens Huffman of January 8, 1983 in Conway, Arkan-
sas. The baby is named Laura Beth, and weighed 8 lbs. 13
oz. at birth. Grandparents are Willard and Kathleen
Huffman, and Col. and Mrs. Norman Stephens, all of
Rogers, Arkansas.

Mr. and Mrs. Wade Carter of Kerrville, Texas, an-
nounce the arrival of their granddaughter, Christina
Renee, born January 29, 1983, on her mother's birthday.
The proud parents are Rick and Renee Collins of Glen-
pool, Oklahoma.


Mr. and Mrs. M. Hernandez with son, Michael Frank.

Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Hernandez (Maria Kerley) of
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, announce the birth of a son,
Michael Frank on August 17, 1982. The maternal grand-
parents are Captain and Mrs. Frank V. Kerley of
Margarita, Panama.

Thomas and Alice Parthenais Engelke became the
parents, on December 10, 1982, of a son, Evan Thomas,
who weighed in at seven pounds. Grandparents are Mrs.
Robert (Mary Lou) Engelke of Rogers, Arkansas;
Richard Parthenais of Ft. Clayton, Panama and Mrs.
Betty Garrison of Phoenix, Arizona.

Bob and Sandra (Shore) Davis announce the birth of
their first child, a son, Adam Alexander, 4 lbs. 12 oz.,
born December 24, 1982 at Miami, Fla. Grandparents are
Lorna and the late Albert Shore; paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Davis of Lake Okeechobee, Fla.

Mrs. Mary A. Poletti of New Philadelphia, Ohio is
proud to announce the birth of a grandson on May 19,
1982. Michael Anthony is the baby of Rose and Dale
Martini of New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Jones (Doris Mar-
chuck) of Rice, Virginia, announce the birth of Amanda
Leigh's brother, Daniel James, on February 17, 1982.
The maternal grandparents are Mrs. Helen Marchuck
and the late James A. Marchuck of West Palm Beach,

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Shirley H. Barca, of Balboa Heights, Panama, died
December 28, 1982 at Gorgas Army Community Hospital
following a long illness. She had recently retired as chief of
the Panama Canal Commission Claims Branch after 32
years of Canal Service. Ms. Barca was the recipient of the
Commission's Master Key of the Locks Award for service
to the community. A long-time Girl Scout volunteer, she
was instrumental in phasing out the CZ Girl Scout Coun-
cil, Inc. and organizing the U.S.A. Girl Scouts-Panama,
serving as first chairman of the Lone Troops Advisory
Committee. She was also an active member of the Sacred
Heart Chapel in Ancon; the St. Mary's Choir and the Col-
lege Club. She supported the Boy Scouts of America; the
Little League Baseball Association and the Little Theatre
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, Chief of
the Locks Division; daughter, Ann; a son, Bruce; her
mother, Edna C. Stanford of Gulfport, Florida; two
brothers, Edward Husum, Jr. of Tallahassee, FL and
Charles Husum of Houston, Texas.

Mary M. Blaney, 96, formerly of St. Petersburg, Fla.
died December 24, 1982 in Concord, NC where she moved
in 1975. Survivors include a son, Robert L., of Mount
Pleasant, N.C.; four grandchildren and twelve great-
grandchildren. She was the widow of Lloyd W. Blaney who
retired from the Panama Canal Electrical Division in 1951.

MortimerJ. Brennan, 84, of St. Petersburg, FL died
January 13, 1983. Born in Pittsburgh, he retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1960 where he was an electri-
cian with the Elelctrical Division. He was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida and a World War 1
Marine veteran. He is survived by his wife, Hilda L; a
sister, Hazel Schroader of Winter Park, Fla. and several
neices and nephews.

E.V. (Molly) Brown, of Anaheim, Calif. passed
away November 23, 1982 at Anaheim General Hospital.
She was the widow of the late Edward V. Brown, Com-
missary Division employee of Mt. Hope and a resident of
the Canal Zone from 1924 till 1948. She was the first presi-
dent of the Widows of World War 1, Chapter 26 and was a
very active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She
was also an active volunteer for the American Red Cross
for more than 40 years, both in the Canal Zone and in
California. She was a member of the Cristobal Union
Church and taught Sunday School classes for many years.
she is survived by two sons, Robert W. of Texas and Ed-
ward Clifton of Virginia; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-

Paul C. Cameron, of Miami, Fla. died November 4,
1982. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and is survived by his wife, Kathryn of Miami, Fla.

Henry T. Carpenter, 72, of Nashville, Tennessee,
died October 14, 1982. He retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1967 after 29 years of service. He was a
Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, and a Past Potentate
of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in Balboa. He was also a
Holder of the Master Key of the Panama Canal Company.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of Nashville, TN;
a son, Richard, also of Nashville and two grandchildren.

HenryJ. Clancy, 81, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died No-
vember 1, 1982. He left the Canal Zone in 1963 where he
was an electrician for the Panama Canal Company for 25
years. Survivors include a son, Henry L. of Hawthorne; a
sister, Helen Dunlap, of Hudson, Mass. and three grand-

Vernon L. Dahlhoff, 71, of New London, North Caro-
lina, died the 29th. October, 1982. He retired as the
supervisor of the Electrical Field Office, Electrical Division,
Balboa, of the Panama Canal Company.

C.D. Dameron, of Richmond, Virginia, died August 3,
1982. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Panama Canal
Zone and after the war he returned to the Canal Zone as a
district supervisor for civilian employees clubs, Northern
District, and as manager of the Cristobal Clubhouse. He
was a member of Sibert Lodge, AF&AM and Scottish Rite
of Balboa. He returned to the U.S. in 1954 and bought and
operated the Urbanna Lodge, with his wife, a former
Canal Zone teacher, until 1973. Survivors include his wife,
Mary Harbert Dameron; a daughter, Nancy Bingham of
Marietta GA; a brother, Elton R. Dameron of White Stone,
VA and three grandchildren.

Isabel V. Damerau, 76, of Washington, LA, died
November 8, 1982 after a long illness. Funeral services
were held at the Immaculate Conception Church and
Eastern Star graveside services were held at Cedar Hill
Cemetary. She is survived by her husband, Paul J.; two
daughters, Mildred Damerau Sellers of Washington, LA
and Eileen Damerau Semon of Beaverton, OR and four

Wilbur J. Dockery, Sr., 76, of Austell, Georgia,
passed away on December 19, 1982 of a heart attack. A
long-time Isthmian resident since 1909, he was a Foreman
at the Oil Handling Plant, Mt. Hope, when he retired in
1963 with 34 years of government service. He was a mem-
ber of Cristobal Elks Lodge #1542 and was Past Exalted
Ruler and District Deputy. After his retirement, he resided
for 19 years in Austell, GA.
He is survived by his wife, Eve; two sons, Wilbur J.
Jr. (Jerry) of Conyers, GA, and Robert O. (Bob) of Atlan-
ta, GA; two daughters, BeverlyJ. Vaughn of Douglasville,
GA and Eva N. Norton (Evita) of College Park, GA; two
brothers, Conroy Dockery of Ft. Myers, FL and Harry
Dockery of Albuquerque, NM; a sister, Dot Sheehan of
Margate, FL and five grandchildren, Caprice D. Caid,
Shannon Dockery, John Dockery, Cassia Vaughn and
David Vaughn Jr., all residing near Atlanta, GA.

Bessie Marie Dugan, 82, of Deltona, Fla. died Octo-
ber 28, 1982 at the DeBary Nursing Home, DeBary, Fla.
She was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital from 1934 to 1954. She
is survived by her sister, Mrs. W.B. (Louella P.) May of
Deltona, Fla. and a niece, Betty Jo Swarthout of Kalkasha,
Mich. She was entombed at Washtenang Mausoleum, Ann
Arbor, Mich.

Howard S. Engelke, 67, of Bentonville, Arkansas,
died January 26, 1983 at Bates Memorial Hospital, Benton-
ville. Born in 1915 in Ancon, Canal Zone, he was the Chief
of the Communications Branch of the'Panama Canal Com-
pany before retiring in 1973. He was a member of the Elks
Lodge in Balboa.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Bentonville;
three sons, William W. of Salinas, Calif., John H. of
LaBoca, Panama, and Louis E. of Los Rios, Panama; one
daughter, Judith E. Montanaro of Silver Spring, Md.;
four brothers, George N. and Robert A. of Bentonville,
Herbert O. of Springfield, Mo., and Harry W. of Glen-
dale, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Favorite of Bentonville, and
eight grandchildren.

James J. Fealey, 59, of Kerrville, Texas, died
November 26, 1982 after a long illness. He retired from the
Army Ordnance Maintenance Division, Corozal, in 1977
and made his home in Kerrville. He was a Mason, a
Shriner and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is survived by his wife, Florence (Honey) Fealey;
two sons, Guy M. of Phoenix, Arizona and James J. Jr. of
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a grandson, Guy E. of Phoenix.

Harold M. Fraser, 75, of Dunedin, Fla. died Novem-
ber 2, 1982. He left the Canal Zone 18 years ago where he
was telephone wire chief for the Panama Canal Company.
He was a member of Chagres Lodge AF&AM, Scottish
Rite and Abou Saad Shrine Temple. Survivors include his
wife, Alice M.; a son, Andrew W. of Gastonia, N.C.; two
daughters, Marie Green of Gamboa, Panama who died
November 9, 1982, and Rachel Fraser of Dunedin, Fla.; a
brother, Andrew, of Clearwater, Fla.; a sister, Janet Smith
of Gulfport and six grandchildren.

Wilma Ford, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died January 6,
1983. She was 83 years of age and left the Canal Zone in
1955. Born in Illinois, she was a member of the OES
Deltesta Chapter, Ill. and St. John's Episcopal Church,
New York. Survivors include her husband, Randall H; a
son, Alan of Midland, Mich.; a daughter, Marilyn Foster
of Southampton, NY; six grandchildren and eight great-

Mildred L. Genis, an 18 year resident of San Diego,
Calif. died on July 25, 1982 at Grossmont Hospital, La
Mesa, Calif. Employed by the Canal Zone Schools Divi-
sion from 1929-1936, she taught music at the elementary
schools at Gatun, and at Cristobal High School, where she
was known as "Miss Elner" by her students. She is sur-
vived by her husband, Clement of San Diego, Calif.

Ralph Hill Graham, 78, of Silverton, Oregon, died
December 23, 1982. He was with the Panama Canal Com-
pany Electrical Division, retiring in 1959 as Station Chief,
Gatun Hydro Station. He is survived by his wife, Ida
Marie; a daughter, Martha Vickery of Milwaukee, and
three grandchildren.

Marie Janet Green (Fraser), 46 of Gamboa,
Panama, died November 9, 1982 in a Miami Hospital.
born in Colon Hospital, she was the daughter of the late
Harold M. Fraser and Marie Fraser. She is survived by her
husband, Harold B. Green, Jr. of Gamboa; two daughters,
Andrea and Amy; a son, Lee, and a brother, Andrew W.
Fraser of Gastonia, NC.

Joseph V. Haggerty, 60, of Milford, Delaware, pas-
sed away December 12, 1982 in Milford. He attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High
School in 1940. He was a former employee of the Elec-
trical Division in Balboa.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy, and a sister, Mrs.
Marie Ewing of Sarasota, Florida.

Arthur E. Jamison, 86, died Nov. 12, 1982 at Gross-
mont Hospital, Oceanside, Calif. "Jimmy" worked for the
Municipal Division of the Panama Canal Company and
was chief clerk when the Municipal Division consolidated
with the Building Division in the early 1950's. He has re-
sided in Oceanside, Calif. since his retirement.

Helen Cecilia AanstoosJones, 66, died November 4,
1982 in Tucson, Arizona as a result of injuries sustained in
a fall in her home. She was the wife of Brig. Gen. George
M. Jones, USA (Ret.) whom she met in the Canal Zone
and later married in Fort Benning, Ga. They had resided
in Tucson for the past fourteen years. She was the daughter
of the late T.A. Aanstoos who was Printer for the Panama
Canal Company until his retirement, and Helen R.
Aanstoos now residing in Virginia. She is survived by two
daughters, Elizabeth Anne Davies and Sylvia Jones of
Tucson; a son, Paul Jones of Alaska; a sister, Olive A.
Ford; two brothers, Mathew and Edward, and a grand-
daughter, Jennifer Jones of Alaska.

Nadine Jones, passed away in her sleep at home in
Dallas, Texas on October 22, 1982. She was the widow of
the late William E. Jones, Chief of the Canal Zone Fire
Division until he retired in 1958. During the war, she was
employed by the Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Engine Test
and Run-up Branch between 1941-46. She is survived by a
nephew who resides in Dallas, Texas.

Walter J. Jones, 70, of Largo, Fla. died December
18, 1982. Born in Panama, he came to Florida from
Virginia and was a retired union liaison executive for the
Dept. of Labor, Washington, D.C. He was a member of
the Largo Shrine Club, East Bay Country Club, Masonic
Lodge of Fredericksburg, Va. Survivors include a brother,
Edwin, of Melbourne, Fla.; two sisters, Isabelle Schroeder,
Walden, CO. and Grace Carey of Clearwater, Fla.

Joyce M. Kelly, 54, of Hornell, New York, passed
away October 29, 1982 at Roswell Park Hospital in Buf-
falo. She resided in Gamboa for 22 years and was Past
Worthy Matron of Fern Leaf Chapter #4 in Ancon. She was
also a member of the Bishopville Methodist Church. She is
survived by her husband, Dean L. Kelly who retired from
the Marine Division in 1979; two daughters, Annette Kelly
Marsh of Scio, NY, and Theresa J. Kelly of Elmira, NY;
two sons, Raymond J. of Greenwich, CT, and Jonathan
D. of Elmira, NY, and one granddaughter, Kelly Joy

Charles F. Magee, 88, died January 7, 1982 in Rogers,
Arkansas, He was employed by the Panama Canal as pro-
ject engineer until his retirement after 40 years of service.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Elks Lodge and
was the Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy Exalted
Ruler. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic
Survivors include his wife, Susan M.; two sons,
Charles F. Jr. of New York and John J. of Panama; three
daughters, Mary (Peggy) Keller of Rogers, Ark., Anne
Severy of Oceanside, Calif., and Susan Allen of Los
Angeles, Calif.; a sister, Mary Welsh of Hyde Park, Mass.
and eight grandchildren.

Rita Louis McAllister, 66, of Pensacola, FL died
January 21, 1983 at a local hospital. She was a native of
Panama Canal Zone, but had made her home in Pensacola
for the last 22 years.
Survivors include her husband, William C. of Pensa-
cola; three sons, John of Boulder, Colo., William of Pensa-
cola and Tom Nicholson of Urbandale, Iowa; a daughter,
Alicia Church of Key West, Fla.; three sisters, Cele Mickle
of Fairhope, Ala., Alice McLelan of Pasadena, Texas, and
Jean Oldham ofJal, New Mexico and five grandchildren.

Julius F. McGahhey, of Dothan, Alabama, died De-
cember 13, 1982 after a lengthy illness. He was a former
native of the Panama Canal Zone and Contadora Island
Resort in the Republic of Panama, and most recently was
employed by Dothan Security Police. He was a 32 o Mason
and Shriner.
He is survived by his wife, Norma L.; his son, Larry
N., both of Dothan, AL; twin grandsons, Keith and Kent,
and a granddaughter, Kim, all of New Iberia, LA; and a
sister, Emily McGahhey Crawford of the Canal Zone.

Elmer B. Orr, 70, of Tallahassee, Florida died No-
vember 8, 1982 at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical
Center. He was born in Colon, Panama, and retired from
the Accounting Department, Comptrollers Office, Panama
Canal Company in 1975. He was a 32 Mason and was a
member of the Canal Zone Lodge AF&AM and the Scot-
tish Rite, as well as a member of Abou Saad Shrine Tem-
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Tallahassee;
two daughters, Carrie Lee Naxworth of Crawfordville, FL
and Kathy Keenan of Greenbelt, MD; a sister, Juanita Orr
Jones of Palo Alto, CA and two grandchildren.

David N. Percy, 67, of Charleston, West Virginia,
died December 28, 1982 in General Division, CAMC. He
had attended Canal Zone schools and worked for the
Panama Canal Company for 15 years. He was an electri-
cian and a member of Elk Hills Presbyterian Church; a
Past Master of Darien Lodge at Balboa and a member of
Orchid Chapter, OES.
He is survived by two nieces; Patricia Percy Shaffer
and Clara Percy Case of Charleston, WV.

Sally Ann Reinink, 34, of Pinellas Park, Florida, died
January 25, 1983. Born in the Canal Zone, she came to
Florida a year ago from California and was an escrow
agent for a real estate company. Survivors include her
parents, Sally (Hancock) and Charles Smith of Pinellas Park,
FL, and two brothers, Clinton ofJacksonville, FL and Paul
of St. Petersburg, FL.

Evelyn H. Riggs, 63, of Clearwater, Fla. died
December 2, 1982. She left the Canal Zone with her hus-
band in 1980 and was a member of St. John's Episcopal
Church of Clearwater and the Radford Alumni Associa-
tion. She is survived by her husband, Carl O. Jr.; two sons,
Lee of Tallahassee and Stephen of Ypsilanti, Mich.; two
daughters, Anne Herring of Panama and Susan Miller of
Charlotte, N.C. and six grandchildren.

Robert L. Robinson, 84, resident of Fort Myers, Fla.
died November 15, 1982. He retired from the Panama
Canal in 1960. He is survived by his wife, Rhoda; two
sons, Frank and John, both of Balboa, Panama, and four

Mary Feliz Roddy, 49, passed away on June 11,
1982 in Balboa, Panama. She was a nursery school teacher
at Ft. Clayton for several years. She is survived by her hus-
band, James of Panama and her sons, Michael, Patrick
and John.

Earl V. Romigh, 68, of Canton, Ohio, was killed in a
two-car accident while returning from Pennsylvania on De-
cember 10, 1982. Also killed in the accident were two of his
older brothers and one of their wives. He had retired from
the Panama Canal where he was the Administrative Of-
ficer of the Dredging Division. He is survived by a sister,
Floy White of Bradenton, Fla; and a niece, Dorothy
Fryfogle of Canton, Ohio.

Clifton J. ("C.J.") Roy, 31, was killed in an auto-
mobile accident on 11 January, 1982 in Galveston, Texas.
He had attended Canal Zone Schools and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1970.
He is survived by his father, R.J. Roy, Sr. Past Presi-
dent of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and his
brother, Robert J. Roy, Jr., currently of Australia.

We miss you so much.
Words in no way can express how we feel ...
We, your friends we miss you.
Your handsome face ...
Your outgoing ways.
Life is so precious,
We never really realized it until now.
And life is short,
So very, very short
And there is one important thing
that we learned from you ...
Live it up, Today Have a ball,
Because tomorrow .you may be gone.
We love you.

Sarah Livingston Hutchings
Clearwater, FL

Frances R. Russell, 63, of Pensacola, Florida, died
January 4, 1983. She was formerly employed by the U.S.
Army Finance Service and then transferred to the Inter
American Geodetic Surveys. She was a member of the
McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church; the Eastern
Star and the Daughters of the Nile.
Survivors include her husband, Robert T., a former
employee of the Army Ordenance Maintenance Division,
Corozol; a son, Robert T. Jr., of the Panama Canal Com-
mission, Balboa; her mother, Ruth Russell of Memphis,
TN; a sister, Nell Rowe of Hornlake, MS, and a brother,
Jack Russell of Memphis.

Ernest C. Stiebritz, 71, of Ocala, Fla. died in Col-
umbus, Ohio on August 27, 1982. He retired from the
Panama Canal Company, Gatun Locks, in August 1972
after 29 years service. He was a member of the Coral Palm
Chapter #23, OES; Sibert Masonic Lodge; Scottish Rite
and Abou Saad Shrine Temple.
Survivors include his wife, Edith of Ocala, Fla.; his
mother, Mrs. Sylvia Stiebritz of Columbus, Ohio;
daughters, Edith Stiebritz and Sylvia Renfroe of Ocala,
Fla., Alice Ilderton of Ft. Greeley, Alaska, and Coletta
Speakman of Columbus, Ohio; a son, Ernest of Denver,
Colorado; a brother, Jack of Nankin; three sisters, Margie
Speakmon, Frances Morley and Lucille Capehart, all of
Columbus, Ohio; ten grandchildren and six great grand-
children. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert
Stiebritz, one sister and one brother.

Edward L. Spinney, 78, of Tampa, FL died November
13, 1982. A native of Nova Scotia, he was employed by
the Panama Canal Company and lived in Tampa for the
past 17 years. He had also retired from the U.S. Navy, and
was a veteran of WWII. He was a member of VFW Post
424 and the Elks Lodge. He is survived by two daughters,
Lorraine Wiles of Oxford, NC and Joanne S. Wood of
Franklin, MA; two brothers, D'Arcy of Nova Scotia and
Herman of Manchester, NH; two sisters, Jennie Arbo of
Wilmington, MA and Joyce Medforth of Toronto, Canada,
and eight grandchildren.

Mary Ella Specht, 68, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died
November 22, 1982 in Ormond Beach, Fla. She left the
Canal Zone in 1969 where she was an administrative assis-
tant with the Panama Canal Company. She was a member
of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her hus-
band, Stanwood O; three brothers, Simon Jones of San
Mateo, Calif, Hyden Jones of Rogue River, Ore., and
Russell Jones of Mountain View, Calif., and a sister,
Mildred Spivey of Walterboro, SC.

Christian Simonsen of Anaheim, Calif. died Decem-
ber 22, 1982. He was a Past Secretary to the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California and was a member of
their Board of Governors. He is survived by his widow,
Ruth, of Anaheim, California.

Beatrice H. Simonis, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died
December 21, 1982. She left the Canal Zone in 1964 when
she retired as director of nursing at Gorgas Hospital. She
was a Congregationalist, a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and the AARP. Survivors include her
sister, Ethyl L. Simonis of St. Petersburg and seven nieces
and nephews.

Bert Shroeter, 66, died December 10, 1982 in
Austin, Texas, where he had lived for 6Y2 years since his
retirement from the Panama Canal Company. He was born
in Chicago, IL but had lived in the Canal Zone since 1954
where he was a supervisory electrical engineer in the
Electrical Division. Early in his career, he helped install
some of the first lighting along the banks of the canal.
He is survived by his wife, Valeria and two daughters,
Suzie and Tina Mullins, and his son-in-law, Clifford.

Maxwell S. Sanders, 66, of Inverness, Florida, died
December 19, 1982. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone
and retired from the Panama Canal Company as Chief
Foreman of the Marine Bunkering Section, Balboa. He
was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Palm Chapter
of the OES, life member Royal Arch Mason, Royal and
Select Masters Commanding 1, Point O'Woods golf and
Country Club, Inverness and a Protestant by faith. Surviv-
ing are his wife, Jeanne Crouch Sanders of Inverness; two
sons, Maxwell S. Jr. of N. Kosciusko, Miss., and Gordon
L. of Concord, Tenn.; a daughter, Mrs. A.R. (Carolyn) S.
Falasca of Wilmington, Del; his mother, Mrs. Grace A.
Sanders of Cary, NC; two brothers, Bruce G. of Benton-
ville, AR and Philip of Venicia, CA; three sisters, Mrs.
Bernice A. Hill of Aiken, SC, Mrs. Virginia Kleefkens of
Tampa and Mrs. Edith Diaz of Cary, NC, and nine grand-

Preston M. Trim, Jr., 56, of Conway, Arkansas,
died September 11, 1982 at Conway Memorial Hospital. A
long time Isthmian resident, he was Chief of Marine Traf-
fic Control of the Panama Canal Company when he retired
in 1979 with 33 years of government service. A WWII
Navy veteran, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign
Wars, the American Legion and the Elks Club. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Dorothy of Conway, Ark.; four
daughters, Mrs. Patricia Susan Cotton of San Antonio,
Texas; Mrs. Phyllis Marie Rachal of Pease Air Force Base,
N.H.; Mrs. Melanie Trim Bales of Panama, and Miss
Dorothy Pearl Trim of Conway, Ark.; his father, Preston
Montgomery Trim, Sr. of Russellville, Ark. who passed
away October 6, 1982; a brother, Chester of San Antonio,
Texas, and seven grandchildren.

Preston M. Trim, Sr., 74, of Russellville, Arkansas,
died Tuesday, October 6, 1982. He was a retired Panama
Canal Company employee and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Survivors are a son, Chester A.
Trim of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Annis Hudson of
Transylvania, La., and Louise Gilbert of Lake Providence,
La., seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Burial was at the Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetary.

Jane Sadler Vollmert, of Balboa, Panama, died
November 18, 1982 at Paitilla Medical Center after a brief
illness. She was employed by the Panama Canal Company
in 1964 and worked in the Supply, Electrical and Store-
house Divisions until she retired in July of 1980.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene, of Balboa,
Panama; her son, William Frank King ofTonkawa, Okla. and
her brother, George D. Sadler of McClellanville, SC.

Oscar H. Wenborne, 73, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died
January 6, 1983. He left Panama in 1977 and was a manu-
facturing agent for Owens-Illinois. He was a member of St.
Vincent's Episcopal Church; the Canal Zone Lodge
AF&AM; the Navy League; the Panama Rotary; Owens-
Illinois Retirees Club and of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Survivors include his wife, Marnette; two daugh-
ters, Susan Wenborne of St. Petersburg and Nancy
Stutesman of Arvada, CO.; a sister, Peggy Phillips of
Philadelphia; a brother, George of Villarrica, Chile; and
two grandchildren.

Forest D. Wagner, of Green Valley, Arizona, died
during May, 1981. He worked for the Department of De-
fense in the Canal Zone and is survived by his wife, Ellen,
of Green Valley, AZ.

Austin F. Yoder, 87, affectionately called "Buck" by
his many friends, formerly of Los Altos and Laguna Hills,
California, passed away at the Veterans Administration
Medical Center, Kerrville, Texas on November 28, 1982.
Born in Oregon where he was a member of the Masonic
Lodge, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW1 and for many

years was a professional musician. He played in bands lea
by Paul Whiteman, George Olson and Jan Garer before
forming his own band in the early 1930's. He began work-
ing for the Panama Canal in 1938 as a Property Inspector
in the Accounting Department and retired in 1957. He is
survived by his wife, Helen Hudelson Yoder and his
daughter, Katherine Adams Lessiack, both of Kerrville,
Texas; sons Robert K. Adams of Lagune Hills, Calif. and
Roger W. Adams of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister Helen Warrack
of Portland, Oregon; six grandchildren and seven great-

Letters to the Editor


"Is dat you? Merry Christmas (belated) and all dem
Sickness did lick me down and dey did put me rass in
de hospital and throw a knife on me belly because me in-
testinal chube did twist up and I don't know how it didn't
burst and at de same time de doctor took out me appendix.
I didn't know dat dose tings did weigh dat much because 14
pounds is gone from me body weight. Dey did have me like
prisoner in de hospital for 14 days gone. To tell de truth I
did catch fright because I taught de Lord was giving me a
shout and I didn't want to go a-tall. Derefore I am glad dat
he gave me a break so I could wrote and told you about de
happenings dem. One ting if a pain does grab you, go to
de doctors dem, otherwise you rass may be gone.
P.S. Due to me sickness I couldn't send de Xmas
cards dem on time so please excuse me lateness."


(The removal of any words in this letter, possibly of-
fensive to some, would take away the flavor and color of
this article. Therefore they were not omitted. Ed)

Evelyn K. Barraza, M.D. retired December 19,
1981 after 27 years with the Health Bureau; 23 years in
Coco Solo Hospital (ENT) and 4 years in Preventative
Medicine. She is now in Group practice in Atlanta with Dr.
Vila-Balzac (Coco Solo Hospital Director 1975-78) and
resides at 4101 Dunwoody Club Dr. #46, with her son,
Rafael and daughter, Myra. Jimmy, her oldest son,
graduated from Tulane Medical school in 1980 and is a
third year resident in OB-GYN, San Francisco. Daughter,
Evelyn finished medical school at Tulane last June and is
doing her internship in New Orleans. Rafael also attended
Tulane and has a bachelors degree in geology and is plann-
ing to continue mechanical engineering in Georgia. Myra
is a junior at Dunwoody High School.

Evelyn K. Barraza, M.D.
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Jim and Dorothy Bryant just returned from a
wonderful trip to Hawaii in September, and a visit to their
daughter, Betty and family in Quincy, Calif. in October.
While in Hawaii they took several tours around the island,
attending the luau, several dinner shows, a catamaran
sunset sail and tours to the muu muu factory at Hilo Hat-
tie's in Honolulu and Mau.
Also enjoyed a weeks cruise on the SS Constitution,
where they visited the outer islands including Oahu, Kona
Coast, Maui and Kauai. The cruise was relaxing and the
return to Honolulu Airport brought the real day world of
hustle and bustle back into focus.
The visit with Betty and her family in Quincy, CA.
was about the time the weather was getting rather nippy,
and while we were there, Reno (80 miles away) had snow.
Upon returning to Florida, Dorothy's sister and
brother-in-law, Buelah and Norman Mills of Rogue
River, Oregon came for a ten day visit, during which time
they visited Disney World.
Having been gone for over a month, the yard, shrubs
and house needed lots of work and they knew their vacation
was really over for this year. Something was said about
Alaska for next year?

Submitted by Dorothy A. Bryant

We took a three month trip this year from July thru
October and had a marvelous time. Visited Martin and
Kay Klontz (ex-CZ neighbors) in Auburn, WA. where we
left our RV and took a two week tour to Alaska. Upon our
return, Kay and Martin accompanied us in their RV to the
Cascades. Then we went into Canada on down the west
coast to San Diego and then homeward. Saw so much
of God's beautiful country. Even went into Old Mexico
again on the homeward way. In February we leave on a
trip Down Under Australia and New Zealand, to which
we are both looking forward.

Frank and June Borden
Fort Worth, Texas


Mr. and Mrs. John ("Bucky") Hall, of Sarasota, FL with
their son, Will Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy during Parent's

Annapolis, Md. Mr. and Mrs. John W. (Bucky)
Hall of 1542 Georgetown Lane, Sarasota, Florida, recently
visited their son, Midshipman First Class William C.
Hall, during Parent's Weekend for the Class of 1983 at the
United States Naval Academy.
Midshipman Hall, who graduated in 1979 from Bal-
boa High School, Balboa, Canal Zone, is one of 1,000
members of the academy's senior class.
During the past three years at the academy, these mid-
shipmen have been preparing for their roles as officers and
leaders in the Fleet. Next semester, they will make their
career selections, choosing from naval aviation, surface
ships, submarines or the Marine Corps.

United States Naval Academy

The Ralph A. Morales family, taken at last- reunion, Sitting:
Ralph and Deya; L-R Standing: Yvonne, Edna, Ralph Jr.,
Luella and Ella Mae.

We're almost finished renovating our home. It's love-
ly living on the Severn River. We have a small sailboat,
and sailing has become part of our lives.
Our boys, Michael and Douglas are soccer players,
so we've all become soccer nuts! Geoff is at the Pentagon
working for the Secretary of Defense. I'm in and out, so
anyone whose in our area please stop by, or give us a call.
(301) 647-2630.

Eileen (Cox) Cowell
Severna Park, Md.

From Edmund MacVittie, Sun City, Arizona: "Had
a very nice visit this year with the Johnsons at their cottage
in upper Michigan at Torch Lake. Bob and Pete are doing
well and should be back at their home in Florida by now.
Played golf with them and enjoyed that fine country of
peaches and cherries. Then we went over to Vermont and
New Hampshire for a week and saw the Doolans and
stayed with the Carl J. Brownes. Had a great time with
them and picked up some marble for my hobby of lapidary.
Also spent some time at my Alma Mater, Cornell Univer-
sity, working on our 50th. reunion which is right around
the corner. The Matheneys, Bob and Evie, are doing well
here in Sun City and are keeping busy doing the usual re-
tirement activities. They enjoyed the reunion of the Society
very much, as did the Doyles, Jerry and Pat.
The Chisholms, Helen and Ben, are doing well and
we are now getting some pretty nice people here in Arizona
and might soon start a club here. Will have to work on that
this coming winter.
I have been giving slide shows of the Canal Zone and
the people who see them are very impressed and hope that
Panama will be able to keep it as we did. Want to make
another trip down there before my 100th. birthday, so will
have to start planning that trip soon."

Oliver (Pat) Paterson, who spent his childhood in
Panama and retired from the Locks Division, is now
residing in New Port Richey, Florida. He just completed a
lone cruise on his thirty-two foot yawl, Estercita II from
Cape Canaveral to Panama City, Florida. Pat is expecting
early delivery of a twenty-eight foot sloop with which he
plans some really long voyages as soon as fitting out is com-
pleted. This has been delayed a bit, as Pat broke his leg
December 1lth. but there is some doubt as to whether this
will deter Pat for too long.
His daughter, Esther Linnette, a senior chemical en-
gineer student at the University of Florida is engaged to
Jerry McDonald, senior mechanical engineering student at
the same university. Esther will be remembered as a stu-
dent of St. Mary's in Balboa. Jerry's father helped build
and launch some of the early rockets at Cape Canaveral.

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Harry Loring, of Yarmouth, Maine, celebrates his 99th birthday
with a party. Guests are not identified.

Lucille (Pierce) Cockran, of Trappe, Maryland
writes: "I do enjoy the few friends I keep in touch with.
Actually, (husband) Bill was in Sweden two weeks ago and
spent a night with my old CZ girlfriend, Esther Miller
Ahlteen and her husband, Carl. Bill did six countries in 14
days first time in France and is going back and take me
this coming summer. We were in Portugal for three weeks
in June. Stopped in the Azores for a week neat spot.
We're off to San Antonio in February."
Bill Cockran is now readying for retirement as town
engineer of Easton, Maryland. He worked for three years
in Panama and married Lucille, daughter of the Canal
Zone's Chief of Health Services. He was recently featured
in an article in Chesapeake Country Life Magazine.

Norine Kaufer, daughter of Ted and Anita Kaufer
of Tampa, Florida, spent her first Christmas in the U.S.
with her parents and brother, Ted Jr.
Norine is a grade school teacher, residing in Newport
Beach, Calif. and is also working on her master's degree.
During the holidays, Mrs. Kaufer's cousin, Thelma
Henriquez and her husband, Clayton of Miami, Fla. sur-
prised the Kaufers with a visit. It was the first time since
1952 that the Kaufers had seen Clayton. During their stay
in Tampa, they visited Busch Gardens, where Ted Jr.
works and made many more side trips of the area.
Norine and her mother enjoyed visiting friends, shop-
ping at the Malls and enjoyed the excellent restaurants in

Ted and Anita Kaufer
Tampa, Florida

Frank B. Tuberville, Jr. of Milton, North Carolina,
submits the following poem, just as it appeared in Nelson
Rounsevell's column from the Panama American, prob-
ably about 1940.
The Tropical Tramp
So son, you've come to the Tropics,
Heard all you had to do,
Was sit in the shade of a coconut glade
While the dollars roll in to you.
They gave you that at the bureau?
You got the statistics straight?
Well hear what it did to another kid
Before you decide your fate ...
There was a time when I could recite The Tropical
Tramp from beginning to end and it usually was my con-
tribution to the program when we'd sit around a case of hot
beer in the Chiriqui jungles, or at one of the frequent rum
battles on the banks of the Rio Magdelena in Columbia.
It's a mighty fine piece and I wish I could remember it all.
After the section quoted above, it goes:
You don't go down with a short sharp bump,
You just seem to shuffle along,
And you loose your load of the moral code
'Tilyou can't tell the right from the wrong.
I started out to be honest,
With everything on the square,
But a man can'tfool with the Golden Rule
In a crowd that don't play square.
I pulled a deal in Guayaquil
In an Inca silver mine
But before they found it was salted ground,
I was safe in the Argentine.
I made shore weight on the River Plate
While running a freighter there,
And I cracked the crib of a rich estate
Without even turning a hair.

I was next in charge of a smuggler's barge
On the coast of Yucatan
But it sank to hell off Cosumel
One night in a hurricane .
Six months went by,
Running a war in Salvador
With a black-faced, barefoot mob.

But the thing that'll double-bar my soul
When it knocks at Heaven's great doors,
Was peddling booze in Santa Cruz
And Winchester forty-fours .. .

submitted by Frank B. Tuberville, Jr.
Milton, N.C.

Mary Orr, of Sarasota, Florida says that her trip to
Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand was a
fulfilled long-time dream, and was quite an experience at
seeing some of the rest of the world.

Aloha! Aloha! Aloha!
Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Hawaii, I
would like to share my travels with other members.
With an Alpine friend, Thelma Hayes, I left San
Diego on October 14th. and flew to San Francisco where
we changed planes for Honolulu. We were met by repre-
sentatives of American Hawaii Cruises who sent us by air-
conditioned bus to the Hawaiian Regent Hotel on Waikiki
Beach. We spent two days there and did some sight-seeing
as well as a boat trip to Pearl Harbor to see the aftermath of
December 7, 1941.
On Saturday we were taken by bus to the pier and
boarded the cruise ship SS Constitution along with 800 fellow
passengers and a crew of 300. Very nice accommodations
but no nicer than our stateroom used to be on the Panama
Line ships.
We sailed that evening at 10:00 p.m. and cruised the
following day past Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. On
Sunday, I looked across the ship's main lounge and was
astonished to see a familiar face, that of Dorothy Hay-
ward, whom I first met in 1934 while attending Santa Bar-
bara High School; who was my typing and shorthand
teacher. She left in mid-term to take a teaching job in the
Zone and later worked for many years with contractor,
Louie Sommers. Now retired, she lives in Long Beach and
we meet occasionally at Society luncheons.
On Monday we docked at Hilo and our shore excur-
sion was to Hilo City and the Akaka Falls. We sailed at
midnight and docked the following day at Kona on the
other side of the island.

Our host and hostess, Bob and Marge King of Kailua-Kona,

I knew that my ex-neighbor in Diablo, Bob King and
his wife, Marge (Foscue) had retired there and we had ar-
ranged to meet. Marge had taught school at either Los
Rios or Diablo when I worked at the Principal's office. So
after a historical tour of Kona to the City of Refuge, Marge
and Bob met us on the pier and took us to their beautiful
home on the hillside over looking the harbor. What an
evening we had feasting on seviche Bob made from Pom-
pano he'd caught and dinner of molded guava salad,
papaya relish, Johnny Marzetti and Marge's delicious pas-
sion fruit pie! I shall long remember that night sitting on
the "Lanai" and seeing our ships lights twinkling below in

the harbor, talking of old times and of friends we had
known in the Zone.
We sailed at 11:00 p.m. and arrived the following
morning at Kahului on the island of Maui. Our excursion
that day was to lao Valley, Lahaina, once the capital of old
Hawaii and center of its whaling activities, and Kaanapali
with its beautiful beaches. We had very knowledgeable bus
drivers of very mixed blood (Irish, French, English, Por-
tuguese and Hawaiian) and all with a great sense of humor.
They call us mainlanderss" and their "cousins". Their
favorite expression was "Hang Loose" which I presume
means relax.

Thelma Hayes, Ellen Johnson and Dorothy Hayward at the
King's home, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Thursday and Friday found us docked at Nawiliwilli,
on the island of Kauai. Thursday I stayed aboard while
Thelma went ashore. On the ships main foyer I noticed this
tall, good-looking young officer who looked familiar.
Imagine my surprise to find that he was Dana Haff (son of
retired PC pilot) whom I had known previously when he
attended the Los Rios school. He is now Third Mate on the
SS Constitution and had been with the ship only two weeks.
It was gratifying to find he remembered me.
Before leaving Kauai, we attended a luau at the Sheri-
dan Hotel where we witnessed the ceremony that accom-
panies the uncovering of the Kaluha Pig and assorted vege-
tables. We were also privileged to see an authentic floor
show of Hawaiian dancers in full costume.
Friday we took our last shore trip which included a
river boat trip to the renowned Fern Grott and had lun-
cheon at a hotel at the Hanalei Bay Resort where "South
Pacific" was filmed.
So leaving Kauai, it was back to the ship to sail on Fri-
day to awake next day in Honolulu. We disembarked at
9:00 a.m. and were driven to the airport to catch a flight
back to San Diego.
All in all a most memorable trip to beautiful Hawaii
which reminded me in so many ways of Panama, AND
with seeing old Zone friends, I'm convinced that the
Disneyland theme song is right it is indeed "A Small
World after all".

Mahalo! (Thanks)
Ellen E. Johnson
Alpine, Calif.

From the Woods of Grand Coulee, Washington:
Another year and we're still at Grand Coulee. Bill still en-
joys the work and right now is glad of the move.
We had been in our new home only about 12 days
when last Christmas was with us. The day we moved (Dec.
12) it started to snow and the weather was COLD and
snowy for weeks!! But come Christmas, two of our boys
(Don and Dick) and their families were here for the holi-
days. It was a lot of fun to have them with us.
Went to California for a couple of weeks in February
.. babysat Jennifer while Don and Diane took off for a
few days before number 2 arrived. They had Ryan
William in March, a nice big boy. All is well with them.
Dick, Cathy and the two girls are well but don't get to
see them that often .. off the beaten track. Working hours
sometimes presents a problem. The girls are growing so,
and miss not seeing them as often.
Erin is still at Stanford ... in the countdown .. now
writing his doctoral thesis. Putting it into the computer ...
easier to correct and change, all the stuff he's been doing
for the past 5 years is there. Hoping to finish soon.
We had many visitors this summer which was such a
delight! The dam is still quite a tourist attraction cele-
brating their 50th. year in July, 1983. For those of you who
were here and were interested there were over 350,000
visitors between Memorial and Labor Day. All the states
and about 30 foreign countries were here. It's surprising,
since it takes a bit of effort to get here.
The end of October I had an auto accident (was alone)
... totaled the car and ended up with a bad fracture of the
right wrist and a messed up back. As of this writing, I'm
still down more than up, and am doing this letter with the
left hand on the typewriter. Writing is terrible. I can
almost read it. We had planned on going to California for
Christmas (fly), but am not too sure right now. May get rid
of the cast by the middle of December. Poor Bill is chief
cook, bottlewasher, housekeeper, and work, too he's
going to poop out pretty soon if I don't get back into
Please feel free to call or come by this summer. It's
better to call before going out of your way to come here.
... Bill still works shifts, on ten off four, so we do take off a
lot. Hope to see some of you next summer!!

Bill and Jeanne Wood
Grand Coulee, Washington

On September 1st., Louise Barnes and Deats De
Vore flew to Los Angeles to begin a 30 day tour of Asia and
the Far East. They visited 7 countries covering 34,000
miles on 13 different airlines.
First stop, Tahiti on to New Zealand, stopping in
Aukland Waitoma, touring the famous Glow Worm
Caves. In Rotorua, the Maori Reserve with the numerous
thermal springs and boiling mud holes. The highlight was a
helicopter flight to Mount Tarainera, site of a volcanic
eruption less than 100 years ago. The barren red and
brown craters in contrast to the lush and brightly colored
lakes of blue and green were breath-taking. On to Christ-
church to view the Gothic style buildings, beautiful bays
and inlets with the snow covered Southern Alps in the

Then across the Tasman Sea to Sidney, Australia's
oldest city. The harbor there is one of the world's most
beautiful Sidney's most famous structures are the Opera
House and the Harbor Bridge.
In Melbourne they visited a sheep ranch and were
given lessons in throwing the boomerang.
From Australia to the Island of Singapore and a drive
across the Johare Causeway to the Malaysian Peninsula -
then on to Thailand, visiting the exotic city of Bankok with
its floating markets of flowers and fruits. On the 20th. day
they arrived in Hong Kong where everything was marked
"Made in Italy" or "France" or "England" and very,
very expensive. Toured the harbor in a sampan and looked
across the border into Red China.
Next stop was Tokyo for several days. First day, they
were hotel-bound due to a typhoon. Last stop was Honolu-
lu where they went through customs. The highlight there
was a tour of Pearl Harbor and the impressive Memorial to
the 1102 men still entombed in the sunken USS Arizona.
September 31st. arrived back in St. Pete loaded
with souvenirs and happy to be home again in the U.S.A.
In October, Louise Barnes, Deats De Vore and
Henri Skeie toured the Smokey Mountains of Georgia,
North Carolina and Tennessee, spending two days at the
World's Fair in Knoxville.
They visited the Biltmore House and Gardens in Ash-
ville, N.C.; Gatlinburg; Silver Dollar City in Pigeon
Forge, Tennessee; Helen, Georgia Uncle Remus
Museum and the Andersonville National Historic Site in

Submitted by Deats De Vore
St. Petersburg, Fla.

From Fort Worth Texas: Mrs. Albritton and I still
enjoy receiving the Canal Record but our old friends are
thinning out fast.
Our eldest son, Robert has his Doctorate from Har-
vard and is a professor in the Oregon State University
system. Daughter Phyllis is teaching at one of the
Garland, Texas High Schools and youngest son, David is
teaching Air Safety at the Naval Post Graduate School,
Monterey, California. He is a Commander and former
Navy fighter pilot.
I retired from the Federal Railroad Administration in
1969 where I had been working since resigning from the
Panama Railroad in 1957.
Mrs. Albritton and I enjoy our retirement, as we have
children and grandchildren on both the east coast and the
west coast we travel a lot.

Erett and Bertie Albritton
Fort Worth, Texas

Mrs. Margaret Morris of Wallace, North Carolina,
spent Thanksgiving and Christmas in the Dallas, Texas
area. She stayed with her daughter, Margaret
Hanesworth during the holidays but also visited with Bob
and Linda Morris and family, who recently moved to
Richardson, Texas from the Canal Zone.

Margaret Hanesworth
Dallas, Texas.

President Dorothy Pate and Georgia Howard Canal Zone
Past Matrons of Florida.

Dec. 1983
The Canal Zone Past Matrons of Florida had their an-
nual Christmas party at the Longboat Key Holiday Inn,
Sarasota, with 35 guests and members present and with
President Mrs. Dorothy Pate presiding over the
The tables were attractively decorated with large
colorful candles and fresh green holly sent from Portland,
Oregon by Chairman Mina Dee, and with individual
miniature Christmas trees made by co-chairman Mayno
Walker and her committee members. Each person re-
ceived a practical favor of colorful scrubbers, a pie server,
candy canes, and the small felt Christmnas trees.
A pair of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus dolls made by
Georgia Howard were called off and won by Mrs. Elsie
Mrs. Georgia Howard and Mrs. Ethel Askew were
Santa Claus' helpers and distributed the many gifts to each
person present, and a good time was had by all.

Des and Julian Hearne spent three weeks in Glen-
dale, Arizona celebrating Thanksgiving and Julian's birth-
day on December 4 and Janes' on December 6. The
Krajczynski's have two boys, five and nine. The desert
country is a haven for hunters and the four "K"s love it.
We spent Christmas with the Martin's in Orlando,
Fla. There is good fishing in the nearby lakes one within
walking distance. We took bass to the "K's" in Arizona
and returned with quail for the Martin's in Florida. Judy
and Bob have two children, Robert is fourteen and Kim is
five. My sister, Ethel Ferguson spent Christmas with the
Martins' and returned to Seminole. We had a second
Christmas with the Baldwin's in Jacksonville, Fla. Diane
and Bob have three children; Debbie, Julie, a sophomore

in high school and Bill, a Marine, who is attending com-
puter classes in Memphis, Tenn. All three sons-in-law
seem to be named Bob!
Mildred and Webb Hearne of Pensacola, Fla. made
a Caribbean cruise, leaving Tampa on January 2, and on
their return they stopped by for a short but busy stay.

Des Hearne
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Terry Zemer is in St. Petersburg, Fla. after 27 years
at Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone, and walks one block
to work, for the State of Florida, Child Support Enforce-
ment (AFDC). That's short for total irresponsible husband
and fatherhood. She feels she has come full circle, having
worked for the same division in Knox County, Indiana in
1941-1942. She reports too, that the American taxpayers
take the brunt country-wide, both in payments and jail ex-

Ruthelma Terrell Zemer (Terry)
St. Petersburg, Fla.


We have moved to Sierra Vista temporarily while
Paul attends the Advanced Warrent Officers Course at Ft.
Huachuca, Arizona. We left Virginia Beach on December
15th. and stopped to spend Christmas with Paul's parents,
Mel and Cony Manges. After Christmas, we headed West
stopping briefly in Georgia to visit with Mrs. Elaine
Heyd. We also stopped in Kerrville, Texas where we
visited with Joe Bialkowshi. We also made stops in
Alabama and Louisiana to visit with friends we've made
during our military career.
We plan to leave here the end of May and head back
East for some last minute visits to friends and relatives
before we go to Ramstein, AFB in Germany. We will be
stationed there for three to five years.
We have certainly enjoyed every issue of the Canal
Record and we wish the staff well during the coming year.

Stephanie Lawson Menges
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

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Current List of Known Living
Roosevelt Medal Holders
Including new-found members and
Changes of Address

Adrien M. Bouche, Sr. #7356
3440 Game Farm Rd.
Panama City, Fla. 32405

Fred W. Bradley #7407
6150 E. Grant Rd.
Tucson, Ariz. 85712

Stuart G. Carkeet #4695, bar #2905
1495 Brownwood
Memphis, Tenn. 38116

Robert L. Dill #6726
1201 Scioto Rd. #226-F
Seal Beach, Calif. 90740

George N. Engelke #6806
P.O. Box 124
Bentonville, Ark. 72712

Harry W. Engelke #6679
632 W. Lexington Dr.
Glendale, Calif. 91203

ThomasJ. Ebdon #2683, Bar #1645, Bar #1135
4138 Tee Road
Sarasota, Fla. 33580

Gregor Gramlich #6898
4500 28th. Ave., N.
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33613

Robert W. Hanson #6124, bar #3719
3950 W. 226th. St. #63
Torrance, Calif. 90505
Harry R. White #3873, bar #2786
Rt. 1, Box 74
Summerdale, Ala. 36580

History of the Canal Zone Police


By kind permission of the author, most recent Chief, Police
Division, William F. Kessler, and by the Panama Canal
Commission, the History of the Canal Zone Police will be
presented here in four installments. Because of space
limitations, all the photographs in the book will not be


Though a review of an organization's history provides
an opportunity for evaluation, we must be extremely
cautious in the way we respond to that opportunity. This is
especially true when judgments are made by agencies of the
federal government which must be always mindful of
political concerns. For history in itself is not the past, but
merely a story of the past.
It is with reluctance that the term "history" is used to
describe this work, as a history is an ambitious project. It
implies far more detailed and comprehensive research than
was possible to conduct from available information sources
on the Isthmus. Rather, this is an attempt to relate the

beginnings of the law enforcement mission of the Canal
Zone Police, the procedures developed to carry out its mis-
sion, the innovations and technological advances
employed, and the manner in which the Police Division
evolved to accommodate the construction of the Panama
Canal and the changes which occurred in subsequent
Apart from their work as law enforcement officers,
members of the Police Division contributed significantly to
the development of the Isthmian community. Through
leadership in social and fraternal organizations, as well as
in local businesses, Canal Zone Police Officers volunteered
countless hours toward improving the way of life on the
Isthmus of Panama. It is with particular pride that I note
six Canal Zone Police Officers received the highest honor
conferred upon an individual by the Republic for their con-
tributions to the people of Panama. The six decorated with
Vasco Nunez de Balboa Medal were Chief A. O. Meyer,
Chief R. W. Griffith, Captain J. M. Fahnestock, Lieute-
nant R. H. Kinsey, Officer W. P. Garrett, and Officer C.
J. Hall.
Mention is due the three officers who died in the line
of duty during the Police Division's seventy-eight year

history. The three tragic deaths resulted from motorcycle
accidents. The officers were Samuel Violin, Arthur Smart,
and George Nadeau.
I hope we have contributed something of significance
by recording the information in a chronological fashion.
This history is not meant to be all inclusive, and the in-
advertent failure to include a name deserving of just
recognition is regretable.
Many officers, both past and present, supplied infor-
mation for this work. Space does not permit the individual
mention of all those who contributed. However, to those
who extended cooperation, I voice a sincere thank you,
with special recognition to Sergeant R. W. Benninghoff,
Sergeant Timothy J. Corrigan, and Sergeant Henry B.
Twohy. Finally, a special word of praise to Sergeant Frank
J. Ward and Sergeant D. P. Konawicz, whose insistent ef-
forts made this work possible.

William F. Kessler
Chief, Police Division

The Isthmus of Panama was a land of lawlessness and
disease when the United States and the newly founded
Republic of Panama entered into the Hay/Bunau-Varilla
Treaty of 1903. The prevailing state of affairs that existed
on the Isthmus did not escape the notice of United States
President Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt realized if the
American attempt to build a canal across Panama was to
succeed, the problems presented by disease and crime
would have to be put under control. Further, Roosevelt
knew that the issue of law and order would be no less dif-
ficult to deal with than the one posed by yellow fever and
malaria. For, once construction efforts on the Isthmus com-
menced, the Canal Zone would be flooded by peoples of
varying nationalities, customs, and languages in search of
the opportunity represented by the massive American in-
vestment in a Panama Canal. In this setting, the history of
the Canal Zone Police unfolded.
The Canal Zone came into being on February 26,
1904 when the Republic of Panama granted the use, occu-
pation, and control of an area known as the Canal Zone to
the United States. The United States was to have all the
rights, power, and authority in the Zone as if it were the
sovereign of the territory. The Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion was formed and authorized to make all needed rules
and regulations for the government of the Zone, and for the
administration of all military, civil, and judicial affairs of
the area.
The Isthmian Canal Commission was not in a posi-
tion to immediately establish a police force. The immediate
need was for the protection of property acquired by the
United States from the French Canal Company. Over six
hundred men had been retained by the French Canal
Company principally to continue with the canal excavation
effort. However, a considerable number of the men were
employed as caretakers of the great quantity of machines,
tools, apparatus, and stores of supplies which had ac-
cumulated on the Isthmus during the French venture to
build a Canal across Panama. The French Canal Company
had entered into an agreement with the Colombian
Republic for the protection of this property, and the ar-
rangement continued after Panama became an indepen-
dent state. A monthly payment of $4,500 local currency
was paid to the Republic of Panama for the services of

some seventy-five individuals. These men had no police
authority, but served in the capacity of guards and watch-
men. With the authorization of the Governor the Canal
Zone, the Republic of Panama was quite willing for this ar-
rangement to continue for as long as possible. Therefore,
the United States paid a lump sum to the Republic of
Panama for the services of the watchmen until the end of
May 1904, when the Canal Zone Police was established.
President Roosevelt addressed the subject of laws in
the Canal Zone in a letter written to the Secretary of War,
dated May 9, 1904. Roosevelt stated that law existing in
Panama on February 26, 1904 would continue in the Canal
Zone. These laws, which were familiar to the local inhab-
itants, were to remain in effect until the Isthmian Canal
Commission altered or annulled them. In addition, Roos-
evelt felt the principles of the Bill of Rights should be ap-
plied to the Canal Zone as they were the basis of America's
existence as a free nation and were deemed essential to the
rule of law and the maintenance of order. The Isthmian
Canal Commission was also given the right to exclude cer-
tain persons, described as undesirables, from the Canal
Zone who were not actually domiciled there on February
26, 1904. The power of exclusion proved to be a useful
right as many countries sent convicts to the Canal Zone
simply to get rid of them. These men were quickly turned
around and sent back.
On June 2, 1904, the Isthmian Canal Commission's
Chief Engineer Wallace authorized the organization of the
Canal Zone Police. The first Chief of Police was Captain
George Reynold Shanton, United States Army. Captain
Shanton, a former Rough Rider with Teddy Roosevelt in
Cuba, was appointed Chief by Roosevelt on May 6, 1904.
Captain Shanton arrived on the Isthmus on May 17th and
quickly set up headquarters in Ancon. The new division
which Captain Shanton was to head was to be called the
Division of Police and Prisons. Captain Shanton was made
Warden of the Penitentiary, Coroner of the Canal Zone,
and Marshal of the Supreme and Circuit Courts.
Captain Shanton was a firm believer in the underlying
principle of strict law enforcement, and made it a reality
during his term as Chief of Police. The ability of President
Roosevelt to pick the right man for the job is nowhere more
evident than his selection of Captain Shanton as Chief of
Police. Captain Shanton was keenly aware of the necessary
steps to effectively deal with the crime problem in the Canal
Zone. He was also aware that the most serious immediate
threat to the peace of the community came with the influx
of thousands of workers of various nationalities to work in
the building of the Panama Canal. Many of the men were
rough-and-ready adventurers, and it was Captain Shan-
ton's job to control these men and prevent good natured
rowdiness from turning into criminality.
A force of seventy-eight men was initially authorized
for the Canal Zone Police, at rates of pay ranging from
$1,800 a year for the Chief to $450 a year for policemen.
All men had to provide their own subsistence. The Zone
Police dress was a military style uniform, giving them a
look somewhat reminiscent of Teddy Roosevelt's Rough
Riders. The Khaki-colored blouse was constructed of
heavy material, with long sleeves, large front buttons, and
a high collar. Pants were jodhpur type, worn with black
boots and leather or cloth puttees. Pith helmets were worn
by the second-class policemen, while the first-class
policemen wore campaign style hats. On the front of the
hats was a "U" shaped wreath pin, and in its center, the
officers' badge number. Rank was designated by stripes

worn on both sleeves and by an insignia on the collar.
An idea conceived by Captain Shanton and the Gov-
ernor of the Canal Zone called for the use of West Indians
and Panamanians to form the police force. However, the
idea had to be abandoned when it was found that the Euro-
pean laborers who were imported in large numbers for con-
struction purposes would not tolerate being arrested by a
policeman whose skin color was darker than their own.
Ultimately, a decision was made to have two classes of
policemen, first-class policemen who were white, and
regular policemen who were Blacks from the West Indies
who had served in the constabularies of the islands. The
rank of corporal, sergeant, and first-class sergeant were fil-
led from the grade of first-class policemen by promotion.
Almost all of the Americans on the force had military ex-
perience, being veterans of campaigns in Cuba and the
Phillipines. The Zone Police was initially composed of one
captain, who was chief of the division, two lieutenants, four
sergeants, sixty-nine policemen, and two clerks. It was an-
ticipated that force levels would have to be modified in
future years.
In addition to the general maintenance of order and
protection of property, the Canal Zone Police had charge of
the Canal Zone Penitentiary which was located at Culebra,
and the local jails throughout the Zone. The local jails were
to be used to hold persons awaiting trial, and those serving
misdemeanor sentences. The police were also to act as
deputy coroners, deputy marshals, court baliffs, guards on
passenger trains, pay cars, and at pay offices. In some in-
stances they even acted as watchmen at shops, storehouses,
railroad crossings, and hospitals.
The President's order of May 9, 1904, which con-
tinued in force the laws of Panama, authorized the tem-
porary appointment of a judge for the Canal Zone to have
"authority equivalent to that usually exercised in Latin
American countries by a judge of a court of first instance."
A judge was appointed under this authority in July 1904.
Act 1 enacted by the Isthmian Canal Commission in
August 1904, dealt with the judicial branch of the Zone
Government. By Act 1, the judicial authority of the Zone
Government was vested in five municipal courts, three cir-
cuit courts, and a supreme court.
The jurisdiction of the municipal courts was practical-
ly the same as that of justices of the peace in the United
States. The municipal courts heard cases in which punish-
ment could not exceed a fine of $25 or imprisonment for
thirty days, and civil cases, except those involving title to
real property in which the amount involved did not exceed
$100. The circuit courts had general jurisdiction in all
cases, civil and criminal, and appellate jurisdiction in cases
in which the municipal courts had original jurisdiction.
The supreme court, the justices of which were ex officio
judges of the circuit courts, had original jurisdiction to
issue writs of mandamus, certiorari, prohibition, habeas
corpus, quo warrant, and appellate jurisdiction bf all ac-
tions brought to it from the circuit courts.
Various other legislative enactments of the Isthmian
Canal Commission had a direct bearing on the operation of
the police force. Act 12 created a penitentiary for the Canal
Zone. Act 13 authorized the Chief of the Zone Police to ex-
ercise the powers and perform the duties of marshal of the
supreme and circuit courts until the position could be filled
by a permanent incumbent. Act 14 established a penal
code, while a code of criminal procedure was established by
Act 15.
The penal code and the code of criminal procedure

enacted for the Canal Zone were adaptations of existing
codes in Puerto Rico that had been used successfully for
several years. However, it was necessary to make many
changes to fit local conditions in the Canal Zone.
The code of criminal procedure did not provide for
trial by jury. Provisions were made for trial by jury only in
cases where the death penalty or life imprisonment might
be imposed. Panamanians and members of the Commis-
sion workforce readily adapted themselves to the new laws.
It was an invariable rule not to ask for the exclusion of
witnesses from the courtroom, as it was desired to have as
many local inhabitants as possible hear the trials and
become acquainted with the proceedings in order to inspire
confidence in the courts and assure the people that viola-
tions of the law would be speedily tried and punished.
Laws covering all conditions were not enacted because
the Commission was unaware of possible local conditions
which might require laws. However, the Isthmian Com-
mission maintained the means to pass needed laws when
local situations developed into problems.
The police rules and regulations were fashioned after
those used by the Phillipine Constabulary, the insular
police of Puerto Rico, and the rural police of Mexico. The
police were to report directly to the Governor through the
Chief of Police, and act under orders given by the Presi-
dent of the United States, whose authority and discretion
were regulated by law.

Canal Zone Penitentiary, Culebra, Canal Zone 1905

Understandably, the problems facing the newly formed
police were numerous and proved time consuming to solve.
One of the first problems to arise was the need for a jail
facility where criminals could be held. The municipal jails
were crude and unsecure affairs, and the means of sub-
sisting prisoners almost non-existent. When an individual
was confined, his family would have to bring him food or
he would go hungry. On several occasions, the police found
it necessary to release prisoners for the very reason that
they could not adequately feed or confine them. During the
first year a small jail was constructed in Ancon, a masonry
jail built in Cristobal, and a large jail built at Culebra of
sufficient size to hold two-hundred prisoners and a guard
force of sixty policemen.
Special laws were enacted by the Commission on
August 22, 1904, for the suppression of gambling and the
selling of lottery tickets in the Canal Zone. Several arrests
were made for bringing lottery tickets into the Canal Zone

for the purpose of sale. These cases were tried before the
circuit court, and convictions were had. An appeal of one
of those cases was taken as far as the Supreme Court of the
Canal Zone. However, on the day the case was set for
argument the appellant withdrew his appeal.
Great care was taken in regard to the use of public
funds for summoning witnesses and in permitting those
charged with a crime to remain in jail at public expense
awaiting trial. It was the rule to bring to trial immediately
all offenders against the law, especially those confined in
A report outlining some of the early day situations
handled by the police sheds light on the various problems
existing at the time. Among other things, gambling, opium
joints, begging, prostitution, intoxication, vagrancy, riots,
disorderly assemblages, cruelty to animals, licensing and
regulation the sale of liquor, and the keeping of dogs and
fighting cocks proved to be the major problems.
Traffic control was not a major concern of the Zone
Police as motor cars did not make their appearance in for-
midable numbers until long after the canal was completed.
Most of the patrol work was done on foot and horseback,
and policemen patrolled the outlying bush areas as well as
the townsites.
The most serious trouble during the early days re-
sulted from riots or mass fights in the labor camps. Most of
these started from trifling incidents. Sticks, stones, fur-
niture, and sometimes machetes and razors came into play
during these brawls, into which the policemen had to wade
and pick out the main antagonists. It was not uncommon
for policemen to be badly beaten, and several all but lost
their lives during these encounters.
On September 30, 1904, the police roster as of this
date showed the following organization:

Chief, with rank of captain
Chief clerk
Official stenographer
1st Lieutenant (detailed from Army)
2nd Lieutenant (detailed from Army)


By Nationality:
11 percent American
2 percent English
33 percent Jamaicans
32 percent Panamanians
20 percent Colombian
2 percent Cuban

By November 1, 1904, the force level of the police had
increased by ten to eighty-eight officers. Even with the ten
additional men, it was clear that as the population of the
Canal Zone grew, the force levels of the Zone Police would
have to increase correspondingly. By April 1, 1905, the
force had increased to three officers and one hundred and
thirty-seven men with a clerical staff of six.
On April 1, 1905, the salary of a first-class policeman
was increased to $900 gold a year. The increase in salary
made it easier to recruit Americans to join the ranks of the
Police Division. Prior to the salary increase many of the
Americans found they could make more money working

elsewhere. While the pay still was not up to that of other
jobs in other divisions, the increase was thought to be
necessary. The primary need was for Americans who, after
a short period of training, could be promoted to corporal
and assume command of a station. Most of the Americans
serving with the police were trained in the Army, having
seen service in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Phillipines, this
service admirably fitting them for the duties of a police of-
ficer in the tropics. The Jamaicans and Barbadians who
composed the rank and file of the Police Division were, in
many cases, better adapted than the white Americans in
the performance of their duties. The population of the
Zone in 1905 largely consisted of Negroes from the West
Indies. In dealing with these people the Americans were
apt to be aggressive and overbearing, while the black police
officer showed tact and good judgment in dealing with his
In September 1905, after a little more than a year in
existence, the police force had grown from seventy-eight to
a total of one hundred and eighty-five men. The total
number of arrests made during the first year was 2,373, or
an average of two hundred a month. The most frequent
cause of arrest during the first year was for drunkeness and
disorderly conduct. Steps were taken to ease this problem
when laws were enacted in five municipalities imposing a
uniform license of $600 gold per year for the sale of
alcoholic liquor.
To complement the existing jails at Ancon, Cristobal,
and Culebra, orders were issued for the construction of jails
at fourteen additional points in the Canal Zone. These
buildings were to be erected as soon as the pressure of work
in the Commission's Construction Division would permit.
In the meantime, several suitable Commission buildings
were reconstructed at small expense and converted tem-
porarily into jails and police stations. In spite of the light
construction and unsuitable arrangement of these stations,
only one prisoner succeeded in breaking out of jail.
In January 1906, it became necessary to increase the
force level of the police. The force was increased up to two
hundred and forty-one officers and seven clerks.
In March 1906, prisoners who had been confined in a
jail at Empire were transferred to the recently completed
jail at Culebra, where better provisions could be made for
their care. The prisoners had been employed in the work of
building roads, and breaking stones. Much of this work
was done in conjunction with laborers employed by the
In September 1906, it was once again necessary to in-
crease the size of the force, this time to number three hun-
dred. This was due to the constantly increasing population
of the Zone. The need for a better-manned police force was
reflected in the arrest statistics compiled during a one-year
period ending September 30, 1906. The number of arrests
rose to 4,264 for the period, an average of three hundred
and fifty-five per month.
As part of the massive Commission-wide effort to rid
the Isthmus of malaria and yellow fever, the Zone Police
rigidly enforced the sanitation regulations of the early Con-
struction years. The most frequent cause of arrest during
the year was for violation of sanitary regulations, for which
five hundred and eighty-four persons were taken into
It was not yet possible to install a telephone system
connecting the various stations in the Zone, but the need
became more and more apparent as the populations in-

In 1906 there was a popular outcry in the United
States to get busy with the building of the Panama Canal.
Upset over perceived delays in the construction effort,
politicians of the day gained popular support by demand-
ing reform and reorganization of the Commission. John F.
Stevens, Chief Engineer of the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion, defended the Zone Police in an official report written
in December of 1906. Stevens wrote that, "The fact that
there is little or no serious trouble in the Canal Zone, is
largely because we have an efficient police force, and any
serious reduction in this force would result in an increase in
Stevens' argument did not prevail, however, and
there was a major cut in the Zone Police force. It was soon
found that Stevens' statements concerning law enforce-
ment were correct, and the personnel strength of the Zone
Police was restored to 1906 levels. With such a mass migra-
tion of people coming into the Isthmus, it was remarkable
that no era of lawlessness swept the Isthmus as had occur-
red under similar circumstances in other parts of the world.
The salary of $75 gold per month was found to be in-
adequate to maintain a force of first-class policemen. Too
often salaries in other lines of work under the Commission
were higher. Consequently, the police force continually lost
competent police officers who resigned to accept employ-
ment in other parts of the Commission. In order to main-
tain the force of white officers, it was necessary to include
in the contract of employment of those brought from the
United States a clause providing that they would not be
eligible to appointment in any other branch of the Com-
mission until they had completed one year of service in the
police division. In addition, a new scale of salaries with fix-
ed step increases was adapted by the Zone Police. The im-
proved pay removed many of the difficulties that had been
experienced in keeping an efficient police force.
On March 13, 1907, the municipal courts were
abolished by an order which provided for the appoint-
ment of district judges to exercise the authority and
discharge the duties of the municipal judges.
The duties of the district judges were very impor-
tant. They tried over six hundred criminal cases a
month, and upon them depended in a large measure the
enforcement of law in the Canal Zone. They combined
the functions of a county justice of the peace in the
United States with those of a city recorder. The dignity
and responsibility of the office and its importance in
the scheme of government provided for the Zone were
recognized more and more as time went along.
A site for a penitentiary was selected at Bohio
near a large rock quarry in which the labor of prisoners
could be utilized in the operation of a stone crusher. In
the meantime, the municipal jail at Empire served the
purpose of a penitentiary. The prisoners at Empire
were fed three substantial meals a day by contract for
the sum of twenty-five cents gold. Their clothing was
furnished through the Bureau of Materials and Sup-
plies, but it was intended that eventually the prisoners
would manufacture their own clothing, shoes, hats,
raise their own vegetables, and as far as possible be
Instructions were issued for the installation of an ade-
quate telephone system connecting the various police sta-
tions of the Zone with one another and with headquarters.
This enabled the police to receive reports promptly, keep in
close touch with all stations and outposts and send im-
mediate reinforcements to the scene of all disturbances.

For the purpose of maintaining order on the pay cars
of the Panama Railroad, authority was given by the
Republic of Panama for the stationing of members of the
Zone police on the cars while engaged in paying employees
of the railroad in Panama and Colon. Authority was also
given to station members of the Zone Police at Colon
Hospital for the purpose of maintaining order there, and
also for the transportation by members of the Zone Police
of prisoners in their custody through the city of Panama
from one part of the Zone to the other.
Among the significant decisions rendered by the
Supreme Court of the Canal Zone in 1907 was the one
regarding the Coulson case. Coulson had been convicted in
the circuit court of the second circuit of murder and
sentenced to death.
The law of the Canal Zone provided that:
"The cases wherein the penalty of death or imprison-
ment for life may be inflicted, the circuit court judge of the
court wherein the information is filed or the action is triable
shall summon two municipal judges of the circuit court to
sit with him in the trial of said case; if either or both of said
municipal judges so summoned shall from any cause be un-
able to participate in said trial or shall be excused therefrom
by the circuit judges, the said circuit judge shall summon
one, or two as the emergency may require, of the mayors of
municipalities in said circuit to sit with him in the trial of
said case, if, from incapacity, inability, or other good and
sufficient reason two of the officers above named can not be
secured to sit with the circuit judge in the trial of said case,
the circuit judge shall summon one, or two, as the emer-
gency may require, of the disinterested and otherwise well-
qualified residents of the judicial circuit to sit with him in
the trial of said case.


Police Headquarters and District Court, Ancon Canal Zone 1906

They provide, further, that the persons so selected
shall participate with the circuit judge in the hearing and
determination of questions and issues of fact. The circuit
judge and each of the persons had one vote on such ques-
tions. The concurrence of any two is decisive of the ques-
tion passed on. The circuit judge determines questions of
Coulson's attorney moved for a trial by jury, but the
court denied the motion. An appeal was taken from the
verdict of guilty to the Supreme Court of the Canal Zone,
which affirmed the decision of the circuit court. Coulson's
attorney proposed to have the question of the legality of the

conviction passed on by the Supreme Court of the United
States without success.
The sentence of death by hanging in the Coulson case
was the first ever rendered by the courts of the Canal Zone.
Because of repeated appeal attempts by Coulson's at-
torney, the sentence was not actually carried out until
March 12, 1909, when Coulson was hung by the neck in
the Culebra jail. Coulson was the first man to be sentenced
to death by hanging in the Canal Zone, however, he was
not the first man to be actually hung. That ignominious
honor went to Hubert Stout, a black Barbadian who was
convicted of first degree murder and hung for his crime on
November 20, 1908.
For the hanging, a special gallows was constructed.
Based on experience in the Far East Command, the details
of the hanging were worked out in minute detail. The
length of the rope was measured according to the weight of
the man. As an example, a one hundred and seventy-five
pound man would require a rope seventy-one inches long.
Variations of the drop were sometimes necessary due to
physical conditions. A medical officer was consulted in each
case to determine whether any factors such as age, health,
or muscular conditions would affect the amount of rope
necessary for a proper execution. In addition, a thorough
autopsy was performed after the hanging, and a full report
made to the Chief of Police, who was the Coroner of the
Canal Zone.
Arrest statistics for the fiscal year ending June 30,
1907, demonstrate how the number of arrests rose with the
population. During the year, 6,236 persons were arrested
compared to 3,356 for fiscal year 1906. This was an in-
crease of eight-five per cent. The increase was due in large
part to the increase in population, but it was principally
due to the change in the make-up of the population result-
ing from the importation of European laborers by the
Commission. The European laborers were restless, suspi-
cious, and excitable. They had a different class of temper-
ament than that of the West Indian laborer. The number of
arrests for intoxication, disorderly conduct, fighting and
crimes of violence increased as the number of European
laborers increased. On the whole, the West Indian laborer
was docile, law abiding, and had confidence in the ability
of the government to treat him fairly. These characteristics
made the maintenance of order among the West Indian a
lesser police concern.
During the fiscal year ending June 30, 1907, ten sta-
tions and jails had been built for the police department.
Four buildings which had merely been adapted for police
use, however, were still in use at La Boca, Corozal,
Paraiso, and Bohio. All other jails and police stations in the
Canal Zone built since the organization of the Canal Zone
Government were expressly constructed for police pur-
The work of the Zone Police in 1907 included many
duties not ordinarily assigned to a police force. The police
were in charge of much of the work ordinarily performed
by watchmen in connection with shops, warehouses, and
other buildings. Police guards were furnished for the dis-
bursing officer, his paymasters and pay cars, and the pas-
senger trains of the Panama Railroad.
The Culebrajail had been used as a penitentiary since
its completion. But, in May 1907, due to overcrowding, it
was necessary to transfer all short term prisoners from
Culebra to the jail at Gorgona pending the completion of
an annex to the Culebra jail. Approximately ninety per
cent of the annex had been completed at the time.

In 1908, the police force was increased to four hun-
dred and seven men who served in police stations in
twenty-five towns and labor camps. One of these stations
was a two-man affair at Naos Island, and another one was
in the Sabanas District. The others were in Ancon, La
Boca, Corozal, Pedro Miguel, Paraiso, Culebra, Empire,
Las Cascadas, Gorgona, Bas Obispo, Tabernilla, Bohio,
Gatun, and Cristobal.
The Canal Zone had become a stopping place for
fugitives from justice fleeing the United States and other
foreign countries. One such case occurred as early as 1908,
when H. F. Chandler, a representative of a detective agen-
cy in St. Paul, Minnesota, arrived on the Isthmus in search
of John Cosgrove, who was wanted by the authorities of
Spooner, Wisconsin, on charges of embezzlement and for-
gery in the sum of $16,000. A detective from the Zone
Police was assigned to assist Chandler in his search.
Cosgrove was located working as a flagman on a Commis-
sion dirt train at Las Cascadas. He admitted his identity,
waived extradition, and agreed to accompany the detective
back to the United States to stand trial on the charges
against him.
On October 1, 1908, an outpost of the Tabernilla
police station was established at Frijoles. On October 11th
of the same year it was made a separate station with a first-
class policeman in charge.
On January 20, 1909, Captain George R. Shanton
resigned as Chief of Police to become Chief of Police in
Puerto Rico. Captain Shanton had taken the Zone Police
from its inception to a position of respectability on the
Isthmus. It is difficult to calculate the contribution made by
Captain Shanton and the Zone Police up to this time.
However, they had helped create and sustain a favorable
living environment in the communities of the Canal
workforce. Their stabilizing influence was visible
everywhere on the Isthmus.
Captain Shanton's replacement as Chief of Police was
Grosvenor A. Porter. Porter was the son of a Confederate
blockade runner, and was a member of the Routh Riders
during the Spanish-American War. In addition, he served
as a United States Marshal in the Indian territory during
the early 1900's. When appointed to the position of Chief,
Porter was an assistant to an special agent of the Bureau of
Indian Affairs.
(To be continued)
Part 2 of 4 Parts in June Issue

From the Advertiser, Lafayette, La. December 20, 1979, by
Tim Maragos, Staff Writer.
From the Advertiser, Lafayette, La. December 20, 1979,
by Tim Maragos, Staff Writer.
Isla Contadora. The words sing. They conjure up all
the beauty and enchantment contained in this beautiful
gem in the string of Pearl Islands.
Located 35 miles southeast of Panama (15 minutes by
air), this 350 acre island resort that is now the home of the
deposed Shah of Iran began as the idea of two Americans, a
father and son. They wanted others to enjoy the beauty
they had known in that Central American country, and like
many Americans, they wanted to make money as well. The
son is a New Iberia, La. resident who works in Lafayette as
a mechanical draftsman; his father lives in New Iberia as

well. The two prefer that their names not be used in order
to protect their privacy.
Both men grew up in Panama. The grandfather of the
younger man went there in 1918 as a member of the U.S.
Calvary. Another grandfather was a male nurse who
worked on the team that eventually cured yellow fever. His
father and partner worked on the "mules", a
mechanism which guided the ships through the locks. Both
eventually caught "island fever".
Their dream began in 1960 when they decided to find
an island in the Pacific Gulf near Panama, and build a
resort on it. They picked Isla Contadora, a Spanish name
that means Counter's or Bookkeeper's Island. Unlike
many of the surrounding islands, this one was owned by
only one man, Gabriel Lewis Galindo, a Panamanian in-
dustralist who originally bought the island for $10,000 to
use as a place for fishing.
Don Galindo ("Don" is a Spanish term of respect and
distinction) gave the pair a one-year option to buy, and the
two busily set out to raise the necessary $150,000. "Little
Gabriel", as the younger one wants to be called, unsuccess-
fully approached many businessmen, including the late
Harrelson L. Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire, in an at-
tempt to raise the needed capital. "I failed to make a lot of
money," he said, "but I did not fail by any stretch of the
His dream for a resort island in the Panama Gulf did
not fail because he managed to convince Don Galindo to
finance the project. Don Galindo, who originally was inter-
ested only in a fishing camp, decided to build the resort
himself, and received valuable information and advice
from the father and son who wanted to see their dream
Isla Contadora, a little island that was once a pearl-
diving center, became, with its 12 bright sand beaches, a
pearl of great price. It was transformed into a resort com-
munity with a modern airstrip, a 300 room hotel, luxury
cabins, a golf course, mobile homes and abundant fishing
waters. The island, surrounded by a dozen coves, is about
a mile long and is shaped like the letter "A". It has its own
water supply, electrical power plants, radio and telephone
Don Galindo is now co-owner of the resort island,
having sold 50 percent interest to Don Francisco Melia of
Spain. "Ddn Paco", as he is called, is the owner of a chain
of hotels there. "Little Gabriel", like most Americans, is
hopeful that the Shah's move to Panama will pave the way
for the release of the hostages. He is also hopeful that the
Shah will stay in Panama, because he doubts the Shah will
find any better hospitality elsewhere. Nor, he added, will
the Shah find a more beautiful place to live. It is clear from
his conversation that "Little Gabriel" hasn't lost that
island fever he caught so many years ago. From what he
says, the Shah will catch it too.


The Panama Canal Society of Florida will conduct a
meeting for all Chairpersons and Committee members for
the Annual Reunion on May 6 at 5730 Shore Blvd., Gulf-
port, Fla. at 1:30 p.m. All those interested parties are in-
vited to attend.

Thomas A. Ravelli will be the guest speaker for the
Panama Canal Society's regular monthly meeting on Fri-
day, March 4th, 1983 at 1:30 at the Gulfport Community
Mr. Ravelli is an active member of the National As-
sociation of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and is
now serving his third term as President of NARFE's local
Chapter 17, St. Petersburg, Fla. He will present a talk on
the merits of, and need for membership in an organization
totally devoted to advocating the welfare and well-being of
all U.S. retired federal employees and their survivors.
Retired after 35 years with the U.S. Treasury Depart-
ment, he was National President of NAIRE National
Association of Internal Revenue Service Employees, now
known as National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU)
for a period of three years.
Elected Mayor of South Pasadena, Florida in 1980 for
a three year term, he is President of the Pinellas County
Council of Mayors and Vice-President of the Suncoast
League of Municipalities. He is also a member of the
Florida Crime Prevention Commission, the South Pasa-
dena Civic Association, DAV Chapter #46, South Pasa-
dena and of Elks Lodge #1224.

Class of BHS Reunion. Help is needed in locating
members of the Class of 1950. Plans are being formulated
to hold a 35th. Reunion in conjunction with the Society's
reunion in 1985. Anyone knowing the whereabouts/ad-
dresses of members please contact one of the following:
Shirley (Smith) O'Connor 13942 Yankton Way,
Westminster, Calif. 92683; Pete Lang, PSC Box 1193,
APO Miami, Fla. 34002; Jean (Powell) Arndt, 677
Eleston Dr., Crystal Lake, Ill. 60014; John E. Schmidt,
Jr., 2739 Vassar Rd., Tallahassee, Fla. 32308. Thanks for
any help you may provide for us.

Those interested in a Balboa High School Class 1973
reunion, to be held later this year please contact: Valerie
Krueger, c/o The Bloom Agency, P.O. Box 47906, Dallas,
Texas 75247.


Balboa and Cristobal High School Classmates:
It is hard to believe that this year will be the
BHS/CHS '63 Twentieth Class Reunion! The wheels have
been put in motion and planning for the reunion has
It will be held in Clearwater, Florida, the last week-
end of July 29, 30 and 31, 1983.
It will be a joint reunion of BHS and CHS Classes.
We are also extending an open invitation to any other grad-
uates of the Canal Zone. We are hoping for a large and ex-
citing turnout!!
We are trying to contact as many of our classmates as
possible for this Gala event. Please send us any addresses or
clews as to the whereabouts of other mehfbers of our class.
Upon receipt of names and requests, we will send you a
Hotel Reservation Card; a Personal Information Card and
a Reunion Reservation.
The most exciting news is that LUCHO will be play-
ing at our dance.
Our reunion will be held at the new Holiday Inn-Surf-
side, Clearwater Beach. Also, on the beach within walking
distance, is an array of cabarets and eating establishments.
Travel between the hotel and Airport will be provided
by local Chiva Company (Limo).
Hope you are as enthusiastic about this reunion as we
were when we graduated.

For Sale: Panama Canal Buckles, Collector's Series,
solid bronze. Type A: Rectangular with Pedro Miguel
Locks and Seal. Type B: Oval with CZ seal. Uncondi-
tionally guaranteed. $12.50 each or two for $24.00. Mike
Carpenter, 645 James Lee Rd., Ft. Walton Beach, FL

Urgently Needed: Photographs, slides, black & white
postcards, maps, drawings, brochures, newspaper or mag-
azine articles (Spanish or English), books Any form of
written or pictorial information depicting or describing the
towns of Panama City (old or new), Nombre De Dios, Por-
tobelo, Castillo San Lorenzo, Chagres River, Las Cruces
Trail (especially showing the old stone pavement).

This material is for use in a forthcoming book about
the Spanish Colonial fortifications and routes of inter-
oceanic communication between and within the area above
I can use original negatives or prints, and am equip-
ped to copy them and hereby guarantee unharmed return
to original owners. Due credit in print will be given to sym-
pathetic lenders or donaters of such material.
Please contact: Arthur R. Tolp Sr., Free lance Writer
- Photographer, P.O. Box 2073, Fort Myers, FL

P.S. B.Y.O.B.

Chris Skeie
5725 80th. St. #33709
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Tel: (813) 544-1014

Bev Vaughn (Dockery)
3826 Briarcliff Drive
Douglasville, GA 30135
Tel: (404) 942-1032

Charge for 1/20th. (Approx. 3-1/4 "x 1 ") page
is $2.00; 1/5th. page is $4.00. Send all ads to Editor,
1408 Byram Dr., Clearwater, FL 33515. Ads ac-
cepted from members only.

For Sale: We are interested in disposing of some of
our Royal Dalton Toby Jugs (large and small) if anyone is
interested. Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. Halley, 6609-B Es-
condido Dr., El Paso, Texas 79912.

Wanted: BHS, CHS, CZJC or CZC yearbooks all
years. Canal Records from before September 1955. Canal
Record Annual issues from before 1966. Panama Canal
Reviews all issues. Patt Foster Roberson, 2915 Glen
Drive, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.

For Sale: 50th. Anniversary Playing Cards. Blue
with gold design of Society emblem $2.00 plus 50N mail-
ing charge. Decal same color, size and design 50c
each, plus 20 mailing. Order from Douglas Crook, 5150
15th. Ave. South, Gulfport, FL 33707.

Come to the Annual Business Meeting

and VOTE


For Sale: Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone.
This booklet of 66 pages with 10 photographs and 33 maps/
drawings completes the story of the railroads on the
Panama Canal Zone which was started with Rails to the Dig-
gings. The maps show the rail facilities at the six forts, fac-
ing two oceans, together with the connections to the Pan-
ama Railroad. After World War 1 there were major arma-
ment additions and these led to changes and additions to
the military railroads. The 365 ton railway guns which
made two trans-isthmian trips are covered by drawings and
photographs. The first railway gun was built six months
before the Canal Zone came into being. 8-1/2 x 11 size.
Printed by the electrostatic process. 10 photos 33 maps
and drawings. Cost $7.50 postpaid to members of the
Society. Charles S. Small, 11 Dandy Drive, Cos Cob, CT

Wanted: I'm interested in trying to locate (4) tiny
Toby Jugs to complete collection. Have extras willing to
swap. Warren D. Marquard, 260 South Mary Ave., Sun-
nyvale, CA 94086.

We have a number of old Canal Records on hand
which we wish to give anyone who might want them: 2 of
1971, 5 of 1972, 5 of 1973, 5 of 1974, 5 of 1975, 4 of 1976,
5 of 1977, 4 of 1978, 2 of 1979, 5 of 1980, 2 of 1981. Would
be willing to pay the postage rather than throw them out.
Ted & Emily Henter, 1372 49th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg,
FL 33703.

For Sale: Replicas of GOLDEN HAUCAS OF
PANAMA in 22 Kt. gold plate over sterling silver. Cast in
various motifs and sizes. Made by Neville A. Harte, 3602
Brixton Lane, Holiday Lakes Estates, Holiday, FL 33590.
Tel: (813) 937-7525.

For Sale: Book "Rails to the Diggings" Construc-
tion Railroads of the Panama Canal, 224 pages, soft
bound, 8 2 x 11 ", color cover, 168 photos and 32 draw-
ings/maps, many never published before. Contents in-
clude: Where first locomotives came from; The French Era
and their peculiar railroad operation; % book devoted to
the America effort, highlighting management structure of
railroad; changes to routes; the famous "R" Tower
covered in detail and many other facts and figures never
covered before. Not a rehash of hundreds of other books
about the Canal. Data carefully compiled including on-site
interviews and research. Write publisher: Charles S.
Small, 11 Dandy Dr., Cos Cob, CT 06807. Cost $25.00.

Wanted: Anyone having pieces of Royal Doulton
Coachman or Hunting Scene patterns to sell, please con-
tact Alice Strauss McLean, 7874 Spencer, #15, Pasadena,
TX 77505.

For Sale: Canal Zone Boundry Markers. Round,
bronze plaque, 4 2 diameter, 2 deep, M raised letters
saying "Canal Zone Boundry" with numbers. Very rare
and hard to get. Some with pictures. Alone, $200.00.
Plaques on wood from the Balboa Police Station desk,
$250.00 Write: James L. Fulton, Jr., PSC Box 2070,
APO Miami, FL 34002.

For Sale: Pen Sets. (#1) Panama Railroad Original
Rail, Tie & Spike, 1853-1869 (#2) French Rail on Tie,
Construction Era, (#3) Panama Canal Matches Large
cover & small box embedded in plastic on mahogany -
Plus Panama Canal photographs of Construction Days -
early 1900's to late 1930's Six different sets, 10 photos
per set. Pictures have dates and identification on each.
$4.75/set. Write for prices and information on Pen Sets.
Bee Winford, 1227 Oak Hill St., Lakeland, FL 33801.
Tel: 813-682-6350.

Any member who knows the names and addresses of
known and living Roosevelt Medal holders, 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

Wanted: I am anxious to purchase whatever pieces I
can locate of "Rose" Minton China. Would appreciate
any calls (collect) at 504-861-0797 or write to Mrs. Ora
Virginia Ewing Stich, 7103 Maple Street, New Orleans,
LA 70118.

Wanted: Royal Doulton Tobies, Lg. Devil (two fac-
ed) $400.00, small $150.00; Clown $250.00; Tiny Jugs
$35.00; Figurines, Animals & China. Claudis Howell,
1205 Fountainhead Dr., Deltona, FL 32725. Phone

For Sale: Modern Ranch 3 bedroom house with
Mountain view and 40 acres of land in beautiful Northwest
Arkansas; Deep well, Central heating and air, stone
fireplace, excellent TV and radio reception, School bus and
mail, one Hobby house, one Hay barn, Fruit trees, Grape
vines and a creek bordering property. 6 Acres cleared and
balance is timber. Asking $68,500. Tel: (501) 749-2779 or
write Oscar Hall, c/o T.E. Rowe, Rt. 4, Box 277, Ber-
ryville, Arkansas 72616.

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SApplication for Membership
I U 'Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

I, hereby apply for membership (Renewal) to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose my $15.00 annual membership fee,
for the year 1983. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for
one year.

Name (Spouse)
Street Box
City State Zip Code
CZ Affiliation

Amount Enclosed $__ Check M.O. Cash

Membership and subscription fee is $15.00 per year, per family. (One household)
Please send money order unless check is on State's Bank

Delinquent charges of $2.00 will be assessed to those members who do not remit for
renewal membership fee prior to 1 February.
Memberships expire on 31st. December and renewal must be postmarked by 31
January in order to avoid delinquent fee.
New memberships will be accepted after 1 July in any year for $2.50 in membership
fees and $5.00 for subscription to the Canal Record for the balance of that calendar
year, providing the following year's membership and subscription fees are paid at the
same time (in advance).
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.


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Society Tag, $4.00 ea.
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,

Please mail to:



State Zip Code

Number wanted, Tags
Number wanted, Decals

STotal enclosed $



Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(USPS 0880-2000)
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733-1566


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

2nd Class Postage
At St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office

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