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VOL. 19

MARCH 1985


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FOR 1984-85

Victor H. May, Jr.

Peter W. Foster
1st Vice President

William M. Stock
2nd Vice President

Jean B. Mann

Richard W. Beall

Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Past President

Mrs.Dorothy Yocum

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Paul Disharoon
Sergeant at Arms

Joseph L. Hickey

The President's Message ............................................. 1
From the Secretary .................................................. 2
Editor's Corner ..................................................... 2
Legislative Report ................................................... 3
MAIL-IN BALLOT ................................................. 4
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 5
News Clips ......................................................... 6
Retirements ........................................................ 10
Your Reporter Says................................. ............ 10
Alabama...................... 10 North Carolina .............. 27
Arkansas...................... 12 Northwest................... 28
California..................... 14 South Carolina............... 29
Florida ....................... 18 Texas ...................... 30
Louisiana ...................... 22 Virginia .................... 35
Mississippi .................... 25 The Younger Generation ...... 36
1985 Reunion, Tampa, Florida ............................ Centerfold
Congratulations .................................................... 37
Weddings .......................................................... 42
Births ............................................................. 44
With Deep Sorrow................................................... 45
Where AreYou? .................................................... 49
Letters to the Editor ........................ ........................ 50
Looking Back....................................................... 56
Announcements .................................................... 60
1984 Audit Report ................................................... 64
For Sale or Wanted .................................................. 66

French Bazaar ........ 68

Front Cover: The Panama Line S.S. Panama in New York Harbor prior to Panama-New
Orleans route. Picture taken from menu cover of S.S. Panama.
Back cover: World's largest Dipper Dredge, the Rialto M. Christensen which was added to
Panama Canal's watercraft in September, 1977.

Mar 1 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center, 7891
26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
Apr 5 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center, 7891
26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
May 3 Regular Meeting, PCSOFL, 1:30 p.m., Walter Fuller Community Center, 7891
26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
Jun 5-8 Annual Reunion, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Tampa, FL.
Jul 12-15 Pocono Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville, Penn.
Aug 3 Annual Pacific Northwest Reunion, Bonneville Dam Visitors Center,
Bonneville, Wash.


The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

ao (A Non-Profit Organization)
STo preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, June, September, November and December by
Roberts Printing, Inc., 376 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, Fla. 33528.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
Second Class postage paid at St. Petersburg, Florida.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Fla. 33733.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals
and Canal Zone Friendship.
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. The Panama Canal Society of Florida assumes no responsibility for advertisements placed in the
Canal Record.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
Printed by ROBERTS PRINTING, INC., Dunedin, FL 33528

7fLf iP Ldent '

Just a short message to catch you up on what
has happened in the Society since the last issue
of the Record.
We have placed with All Word Services for pro-
cessing on a word processor the membership list
of the Society as well as all articles for the
Canal Record. We will use this service for at
least six months or maybe longer. We look to
realize considerable savings on printing of the
Another subject to be pursued by the Executive
Board is obtaining a central office for the
Society; more on this later.
Our attempt to interest members in trips for
the Society didn't get off the ground.
We met for one month, January, at the Skyway
Inn, but due to their raising the cost of hold-
ing our meetings and not willing to include
agreements made with them in a contract, the
members voted to change our meeting place to the
Walter Fuller Community Center which is locat-
ed on 26th Ave N. in St. Pete. If you live East
of 79th St. N., go West on 22nd Ave. N. to 79th
St. N. turn right and go to 26th Ave. N. the
Center will be right in front of you on the
left. If you live West of 79th St. N. go East
on 22nd Ave. N. to 79th St. N. turn left and

go to 26th Ave. N. If you use 275 you may get
on and off at the 22nd Ave. N. exit and go
West. (See map).

At the Dec. 7th meeting, the members voted to
hold our April meeting on the first Friday,
which is Good Friday.
The Record Editor has a new typewriter, cost
about $1,400.00. In the future as well as now,
it will prove to be money well spent.
The Record Editor is now having all past
issues of the Record bound so that they may be
retained permanently. This is something that
was neglected in the past.
At our Dec. 7th meeting Adrian (Kibby)
Bouche gave us a 30 minute slide presentation
which was a sampling of what he will show at the
Annual Luncheon. It was very enjoyable for
which I thank him both personally and for the

I am pleased to announce that Joe and Anna
Collins are working on another fabulous July
'85 Luncheon meeting at St. Pete Yacht Club.
Also Jay Cain and her Committee will hold the
August '85 Luncheon meeting in Sarasota.
The nominating committee has put together a
slate of officers for 1985. The slate will be
found elsewhere in this issue. My thanks to all
members of this committee.
I would also like to thank the Budget and
Audit committee for their fine work. This com-
mittee puts in many hours, on a volunteer
basis. During my time in office I have not had
to worry about the job getting done; they have
been right on top of it. Thanks to each of you.
Both hotel and ball reservations are coming in
pretty fast, so if you are planning to attend

Vic May

From the


Our membership list is now being maintained by
AWS (All Word Services). Every time we make a
change in a member's name or address, there is a
300 charge from AWS. We are glad to make any
changes in names and addresses that are neces-
sary, but please do not ask for nicknames to be
added. When you joined the Society, the appli-
cation for membership asked you to state your
name as you wished it to appear in the Annual
Our apologies for the errors in the November
Annual Directory. Corrections made on the final
proof were not corrected. Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Glassburn of Clearwater ended up on the cutting
room floor and not in the directory, although
they were on our final proof as they should have
been. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mallett of Green
Cove Springs ended up living at their son's ad-
dress in Jacksonville. They don't live there!
For all these errors we apologize, regardless of
who was at fault, and hope next time will be
Thank you, all who sent Season Greetings, I
would like to have responded to each and every
one but "no can do".
At the rate the reservations are coming in, we
should have a bang-up reunion once again. If
you have never been to one you have really mis-
sed an experience. "Come On Down", you won't be

Jean Mann



Your editor has a new toy a new typewriter!
You don't need an engineering degree to make it
work, but it would help. Lessons are forth-com-
ing to teach me how to operate it, so please
bear with me for awhile. Mistakes will be made
until I get the hang of it.
At the same time, All Word Services in Tampa
will be doing all the type for this issue on
their word processing equipment. Roberts Print-
ing will still be processing all the photos,
captions, titles and headings, and printing the
Canal Record as before. This change is basical-
ly one to conserve costs pertaining to the Canal
Record. The membership has grown and so has the
input to the Record, increasing the volume. The
result was a cost that exceeded the budget for
Looking long and hard at the costs involved,
The Executive Committee and the Audit and Budget
Committee agreed to the new type-setting idea
with an up-grade in the costs of advertising and
other small improvements.
The 1985 Reunion Committee has decided to pass
any profits on to the members and is even sub-
sidising some of the Annual Luncheon costs in
order to "break even" this year, instead of mak-
ing a profit as in the past. We shouldn't be a
profit making organization anyway. The loss of
this profit and other rising costs required some
adjustments in budgeting for the Canal Record
for 1985.
Ads printed in the "For Sale and Wanted" sec-
tion will be raised from $2.00 per inch to $4.00
per inch after this issue. It costs approxi-
mately $83.00 to print a full page and we just
haven't been breaking even at $2.00 per inch for
each ad. After a closer look, some of those ads
in that column may be asked to revert to "com-
mercial ad" status at a greater cost. Com-
mercial ads start at $20.00 per one-eighth page.
I have never been much as an auditor, but it
makes sense to me.
As I told the Audit and Budget Committee, we
have grown from a significant group of friends
to a large group of friends where we have to
begin to apply good business management.
Bob Provost keeps me posted on the develop-
ment of his books, Bajun Stories, Poems and
He has over 83 nicknames on his list, but not
very much response as to who owns them or how
they came about. Who was "Potwah", "Mango Seed",


"Officer Mooney" and others? He already has
orders for at least 10 books that I know of.
There is NOWHERE in the world that we could have
enjoyed the Bajun language more. I hope all the
members send Bob a little bit of literary nos-
talgia and memorabilia that may, in some mea-
sure, perpetuate our memories of days gone by -
days that can never be re-lived again. The
heritage we established in the Canal Zone is one
for the history books. Let's all support Bob
Provost in his undertaking!

Business comer of the home of Dorothy Bitter, Assistant to the
Editor. (A lot neater than that of the Editor.)

Irene Hollowell of Houston, Texas is back
with us as a Reporter for that area: Irene has
a way of digging up news, and we welcome her
back to the fold. The Panama Canal Society of
Houston was formed in 1950, so it is gratifying
to know that the old-timers there will be
accounted for once again.
It will be interesting to find out how this
issue will turn out with three different types
of printing. The printer's (original), All Word
Services and my typewriter! After the growing
pains, I suppose everything will sort itself out.
Please note that there have been some changes
and additions to the Reunion information center-
fold. Most significant addition is the trip to
Panama information and reservation form. The
trip information is on page "O", while the re-
servation form is on page "M". Yours truly will
be operating out of the Hospitality Room where
we will pass messages, provide subscribers with
the June issue of the Canal Record, post a list-
ing of those who are attending the reunion, etc.
and will have some coffee available for those
who want to wake up or stay awake. Come up
and see us.

Members wishing to attend the Society meetings
in St. Petersburg, please note the new location
as outlined in the President's Message. Our old
location, SPIFFS, did not provide adequate park-
ing for our growing membership.
See you at the Reunion!

Pat Beall

Next Deadline is:

April 25, 1985



Everyone received the 3.5% cost of living in-
crease with the annuity checks and with their
Social Security checks January 1 and 3, 1985.
This is the COLA for 1983 that was figured on an
involved computation basis explained before.
Congress has done nothing so far except intro-
duce bills. After all, the new Congress conven-
ed Jan. 3, went into recess on Jan. 8 until Jan.
21. Now they'll start arguing.

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative


Amendments Passed

At the Regular/Carnavalito Meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, on February 2, 1985, at Eckerd
College, St. Petersburg, FL., the proposed amendments
listed in the December issue of the Canal Record were
passed. Proposed Amendments #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6
are therefore now in effect. The Mail-in Ballot is therefore
now in effect.
There will be NO voting at the Annual Business
Meeting at the 1985 Reunion. Write-in ballots only will
be counted at that time.


The Nominating Committee composed of Chairman
Anna T. Collins and members Joseph L. Hickey,
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum, Russell M. Jones and Mrs.
Sara Roweley met at the home of the Chairman on
January 2, 1985 and submit the following slate
of nominees for election for 1985-86:

1. Vote for ONLY 1 for each office.
2. ONLY 1 ballot per member household.
3. Ballots must be postmarked or received by the
Nominating Committee Chairman (Anna Collins)
at least 10 days prior to the Annual Meeting.
4. You may either mail or give your ballot to the Nom-
inating Committee Chairman, Anna Collins in a
sealed envelope.
5. For verification purposed, you must show NAME,
ADDRESS, and the word BALLOT on the FACE
6. MAIL TO: Mrs. Anna T. Collins, Chairman,
Nominating Committee, 2301 Woodlawn Circle W.,
St. Petersburg, FL. 33704. (DO NOT MAIL TO
BOX 1156, St. Petersburg, FL 33733.)






Signed, Anna T. Collins
Nominating Committee


President Peter Foster
1st. Vice President Bill Wheeler I
2nd. Vice President Adrien Bouche
Secretary/Treasurer Jean Mann
Editor, Canal Record Pat Beall

Nominated from the Floor
President None
1st. Vice President None
2nd. Vice President None
Secretary/Treasurer Shirley Boswell
Editor, Canal Record None

President _
1st. Vice President
2nd. Vice President
Editor, Canal Record



In a letter to me dated February 5, 1985, our
Secretary/Treasurer, Mrs. Jean B. Marn, turned in
her resignation from office, effective March 31,
In the same letter, she asked that her name be
withdrawn from the Slate of Officers for 1985. She
will no longer be a candidate for the office of
Secretary/Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida.

Victor H. May, Jr






Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

Lake Seminole Park, Fl.
6 October 1984

The Annual Picnic Meeting of the Society was
called to order by the president at Lake
Seminole Park at 1:30p.m. The president led the
assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs.
Gretchen Warren gave the invocation, followed
by a few moments of silent prayer.
The president welcomed all members, thanking
them for their attendance and efforts to make
the picnic a success. Mr. May also welcomed
the Past President and also to first time
Minutes of the September 7, 1984 meeting was
read and approved. The Treasurers report was
read and accepted and will be filed for audit.
The President then spoke of putting our
administrative business on computers; a proposed
trip to Panama following our Reunion; organizing
a trip to Sea World during the month of
November. Mr.May also announced that he has
stickers authorizing a 30% discount at Sea
World, between now and 1 January, 1985. He also
informed the members of progress in locating a
new meeting place.
Mr. Foster provided up-dated reunion news.
The list of applications for membership was
read, and all were accepted for membership.
There were 82 members and guests in attendance.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

SPIFFS, 2201 1st Ave. N. St. Petersburg, Fl.
2 November, 1984

The meeting was called to order by the
President, Mr. Victor May.
The President led the group in the Pledge to
the Flag, and the Chaplin, Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
gave the invocation, followed by a few moments
of silent prayer.
The President welcomed all members, guests and
Past Presidents present. The following stood
for recognition:
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Alexander, Spring Hill,
Robert McQueary, St. Petersburg, Fl.
Fred Mead, Dothan, Al.
B.J. Fennell, South Pasadena, Fl.
The Secretary read the minutes of the October
Picnic Meeting, and were approved as read.
Mr. May requested an addition made to the
minutes of 6 July, 1984. The membership gave
the Executive Board a vote of confidence to

purchase whatever equipment it deems necessary
in order to up-date our office equipment, at
that meeting, and it was to reflect in the
minutes of that date.
The Treasurer read the financial statements of
the Society and Blood Bank. They were approved
for audit
The Secretary read a letter from Capt. Miles
DuVall, President of the Panama Canal Society
of Washingtion, D.C., who informed us of the
dissolution of the Society in Washington, D.C.
and donated all funds to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. A Cashiers Check for
$384.66 was enclosed in the letter.
B.J. Fennell, Tour Director, spoke of tours
available to members. A trip to Sea World would
be available to members in November, if
Mr. Foster gave an up-date of reunion
progress. All information will be in the
December issue of the Canal Record, along with
reservation forms for the various functions.
Mr. May reported on Excutive Board action.
The board voted to give All Word Services,
Tampa, Fla. a computer leasing service, a six
month trial. A new typewriter will be purchased
for the Record Editor. The possibility of
setting up a central office has been discussed.
The Bulk Mail permit will not be purchased until
1985 when needed.
Mr. May reported on facilities at the Skyway
Inn for meetings, also the Holiday Inn, South,
and several city community centers. Further
information will be forthcoming in December.
A long list of applicants for membership was
read. Motion was made to accept all members.
The motion was seconded and carried.
As there was no further business, the meeting
was adjourned.

SPIFFS, 2201 Ist Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Fl.
7 December 1984

The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order at 1:30 p.m. following the Annual
Christmas Party. President May thanked all
those who prepared the delicious food, and
thanked Olga Disharoon and her committee for a
well planned and enjoyable party.
The Secretary read the minutes of the November
meeting, and were approved as read. The
Treasurer read the financial reports of the
Society and Blood Bank, which were also approved
and will stand for audit.

The President welcomed all present and asked
the following to stand for recognition:
George and Virgina Tully
Harry and Themla Chan, Panama
Connie and John Wright
Janet and Ross Cunningham
Betty Jorgensen
Phyllis Crook
Fred and Marie Dube
Harry Foster
Dorothy Hamlin
Eugene Hamlin, North Carolina
Gretchen Warren, New Port Richey
Terry Zemer
Anita Thompson
Adrien and Jean Bouche, Englewood
Stella Boggs De Marr, Virgina
Leroy Wilson, North Carolina
Ruth Warner, Hawaii
Anna Collins introduced her guest, Hannah
Mr. Beall reported on the November and
December issues of the Canal Record. There were
many discrepancies which will be corrected by
the printer in future issues.
Mr. May called attention to the proposed
amendments to the Bylaws, as printed in the
December issue of the Canal Record. He asked
members to study them and be prepared to vote on
them at the January meeting.
The majority of members present did not object
to the regular meeting being held on April
5,1985 on Good Friday.
The three functions held on Saturdays in 1984
will be scheduled again for 1985: The
Carnavalito, the August Luncheon and the Annual
The Executive Board has approved the purchase
of a new electronic typewriter for the Editor.
Mr. May announced there will be no Excutive
Board meeting in December.
The Secretary read the names of applicants for
membership. All were approved.
Mr. May announced there was no tour held in
November, but a tour to Burt Reynolds Theater
will be forthcoming on Feburary 21 and 22.
Reservations must be made in January. He also
provided information on the Skyway Inn as a
meeting place.
Mr. Foster gave a reunion up-date, and urged
members to make reservations early.
Six members celebrated their birthdays in
December and one member an anniversary. Best
wishes were extended.
The meeting adjourned at 2:25 p.m.




David Zemer forms Company in

Oslo, Norway

avid Zemer, January, 1985.

"In May of this year, Jan Christian Anker and
David Zemer announced the formation of an en-
gineering consulting company in Oslo, Norway.
This company, Anker-Zemer Engineering A/S,
specializes in finite element analysis and will
also be responsible for the support and market-
ing of several related software packages.
David Zemer received his B.S. in Aerospace
Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
from California State University at San Diego,
and studied International Marketing in the Uni-
versity of Southern California's MBA program.
He has worked and consulted in the aerospace,
automotive and offshore industries in Europe and
the United States since 1971. From 1977 to 1980
he was also the Associate Editor of Finite Ele-
ment News for the Western U.S.A. He is founder
and president of CAE International Inc., which
specializes in finite element analysis and which
will remain an independent company providing
technical and market support to Anker-Zemer
Engineering A/S.
David is the son of Mrs. Terry Zemer of
St. Petersburg, Florida and Mr. William Zemer of

Finite Element News
August, 1984
Published in England

Panama Canal's Future is debated


The trinational committee considering enlarg-
ing the Panama Canal or building a parallel one
is moving toward calling for consultants to pre-
qualify for feasibility studies by July, 1985.
The group was established 16 months ago as re-
quired by 1979 treaties providing for the U.S.
to turn the 51-mile canal over to Panama.
The committee was set up by the U.S. and
Panama. Japan was invited to join two years ago
after a delegation from its Chamber of Commerce
and Industry proposed to arrange partial finan-
cing of a $30-billion sea-level canal, if Japan-
ese firms were awarded all the work. That was
rejected. Japan-flag ships are the third great-
est users of the waterway,following those regis-
tered in Panama and Liberia. U.S. vessels rank
An outline of the estimated $30 million in
studies has been prepared. The committee is
expected to add finishing touches at a meeting
in July and submit it to the three governments
for approval. They must also determine how it
will be funded. The U.S.-Panama treaties stipu-
late that studies be completed by the end of
1999 when Panama assumes full responsibility for
the canal. They do not specifically provide for
U.S. funds, and none have yet been appropriated,
but the State Department requested $2 million
for fiscal 1985.
Panama's contribution "would be the terri-
tory. We wouldn't pay a cent," says Alfred
Muchet, who recently stepped down as head of its
delegation. But Deputy Minister of Foreign Re-
lations Jorge Maria Cabrera, who replaced
Muchet, says his country may put up some funds.
The Netherlands offered technical and financial
help, and Italy, France, Great Britain and West
Germany have expressed an interest in partici-
pating. Also, Panama may seek financing from
international lending agencies.
Meanwhile, preliminary studies for improve-
ments are under way. And Panama is considering
how to develop portions of the 647-sq-mile Canal
Zone that have been turned over to the country.
Slowed by bickering.
Some members of the trinational committee com-
plain of its slow pace, attributing it to "bic-
kering." A few arguments have reportedly con-
cerned how much to expand capacity. The 21 per-
manent members have also disagreed on alterna-
tive capacity-boosting methods to be studied.
And, the role that each country is to play in
decision-making has made discussions sensitive.

Japan especially feels "isolated and insecure,
because it came in only by invitation," says
Horacio Sanson, assistant to the director of the
Japan External Trade Organization in Panama
City. The delegation "thinks it could just as
easily be pushed out," he says.
But Sanson and other observers say that a re-
cent shake-up in the committee--including the
ouster of Muchet--might make the Japanese feel
more secure. Adding to the group's instability,
a new Panamanian president, Jorge Illueca, took
office in March. He will hold power only until
October, when Nicolas Ardito-Barletta, elected
two weeks ago, takes over.
Although it is still too early to tell how the
feasibility work will break down into packages
and time schedules, the committee has decided on
some specific studies. It will need a forecast
of size, type and number of ships likely to use
the waterway. And it will ask consultants to
analyze the ecologic, geographic, political and
socioeconomic impact of alternatives. Leading
contenders are varieties of a sea-level canal, a
third set of locks and a parallel overland
transport system.
The ecological study alone could take 10
years, if the Smithsonian Tropical Research In-
stitute in Balboa, Panama, gets its way. The
committee is leaning toward three years.
The most controversial proposal is the
sea-level canal, a lockless passage 8 miles west
of the present channel. It would require exca-
vating an estimated 2-1/2 billion cu yd of earth
and probably need tidal gates at each entrance
to compensate for a daily 23-ft variation in the
level of the Pacific and a 3-ft change at the
Caribbean end. The existing canal required 310
million cu yd of excavation.
Critics of the scheme charge that it could
cause unpredictable ecological effects, since
Pacific and Atlantic marine species would sud-
denly meet, could harm the economies of cities
that rely on the present canal, and that repay-
ing the cost--estimated at $15 billion to $30
billion--could take 100 years.
Proponents reply that a study carried out 14
years ago by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
Atomic Energy Commission and the Panama Canal
Co. found the project feasible, especially if
nuclear explosives were used. But a State De-
partment officer call nuclear excavation "polit-
ically unreasonable," particularly with the
Japanese involved.
Besides the sea-level canal, the treaties also
mention a third set of locks. They would handle
larger ships and permit more efficient use of
fresh water required for locking through. In
one such proposal, local consultant Lopez,
Moreno y Asociados presents an estimated
$3.9-billion "Panamanian alternative" (ENR
6/24/82 p.22). It involves adding locks and

dredging 700 million cu yd to increase by about
30 ft the present 39.5-ft controlling depth.
The plan calls for a special lane for ships up
to 1,400 ft long and 190 ft wide, and another
for small vessels. The canal's existing locks
are 1,000 ft long and 110 ft wide. The scheme
would lower the level of Gatun Lake in the mid-
dle of the passage and dam nearby rivers to pro-
vide more water for locking ships through.
Some observers suggest that if some action is
not taken immediately, another alterna-
tive--overland transport--might simply be chosen
by circumstances. That could include pipelines,
highways, railway lines and conveyor belts. The
canal lost 1,500 oil tanker transits, worth $50
million in tolls, in 1983, the first year of
operation of a pipeline carrying Alaskan North
Slope oil across the isthmus (ENR 5/27/82 p.
34). In 1982 it collected a total of $325 mil-
lion in tolls. Final figures for last year have
not been computed.
"Of course, doing nothing is also an alterna-
tive," points out an official of the Panama
Canal Commission (PCC), which now runs the
waterway. He indicates that improvements under
study--some relatively large expansions--might
well be sufficient to handle an upsurge in traf-
fic. There is some question as to whether any
increase in the capacity of the existing canal
is justified. It is strained at about 42 ships
per day. That level was reached in 1982, but
then the recession cut patronage to its present
daily average of 32. And there is enthusiasm
behind a shallow-draft waterway through Colombia
and Panama that would relieve the canal of much
unprofitable traffic (ENR 4/12 p. 16).
Tackle the cut. Even so, studies of pos-
sible immediate improvements are under way.
Around July PCC will contract for a six-month
study to estimate how much it can raise tolls
without losing revenue, says Guillermo van
Hoorde, chief of the canal improvements section.
And a firm that has already been selected, but
not announced, to conduct a market forecast:
type, size and number of ships that will be in
use in 2000, what they will be carrying and
which routes they will ply.
Economic analyses are only part of a $2-mil-
lion feasibility study of widening the 9-mile-
long, 500-ft-wide Gaillard Cut, in which two
ships no wider than 90 ft can pass. During
canal construction massive landslides in the cut
dragged the work out and took many lives. It
requires continuous maintenance.
Together with soil and ecological data, the
financial projections will help PCC decide, pro-
bably in early 1986, whether to widen the chan-
nel. If it goes ahead, the data will help guide
the choice of dimensions to allow uninterrupted
two-way movement of ships up to 108 ft wide and

973 ft long, the largest that can use the
canal. Some local sources estimate that the
work would cost $150 million.
Preliminary findings from work by the U.S.
Maritime Administration's Computer-Aided Opera-
tions Research Facility (CAORF) at King's Point,
N.Y., is expected soon, says van Hoorde. They
will help determine how much excavation would be
needed to improve the channel. CAORF began by
contracting with Sweden's Ship Experimental In-
stitute, in Gothenburg, to analyze the forces
and movements that result when two vessels meet
in the channel.
Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken,
N.J., refined the Swedish data into equations
used to produce thousands of computer models.
PCC pilots will run simulations at Kings Point
this summer using the 20 best models.
Land-use studies. Meanwhile, a government
committee has been set up to review options for
using Canal Zone land the U.S. is handing over.
More than half was relinquished when the
treaties were signed, including an airfield and
seaport areas. Panama's National Port Authority
plans to let contracts soon to improve three
Use of the land is controversial. Proposals
include low and medium-income housing. Fernando
Manfredo, deputy administrator of PCC, has pro-
posed commercial and industrial development,
including a shipyard. He also suggests tourist
hotels, taking advantage of vistas along the
canal and proximity to beaches and other at-
The interministerial planning committee, with
recommendations from advisers such as Manfredo,
will help guide development. Preliminary find-
ings may be released in about 18 months.

May 24, 1984
Engineering News Record

Panama Water

Panama will tender bids late next year for a
$29-million expansion of Panama City's 90-mgd
Chilibre drinking water plant. Civil work is
scheduled to start in mid-1986. The project
will increase plant capacity to 135 mgd. Finan-
cing has not yet been arranged but the govern-
ment is expected to request aid from the U.S.
Agency for International Development.

Engineering News Record
May 24, 1984

Canal Zone Society draws a crowd

For a little, tiny place on the map, the
Panama Canal Zone sure has produced a big family
of formerrs" They are former federal em-
ployees, former lock operators, former clerks
and electricians, former school students at a
couple of high schools and whatever else needed
to be done in "The Zone."
The Panama Canal Society of Florida is head-
quartered in St. Petersburg and the December
newsletter, Canal Record, is a 72-page printed
book with a 16-page insert about the 1985 con-
vention in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
The convention hotel is the Tampa Hyatt
Regency, but some of the activities in the four-
day reunion, including a golf tournament at
Seminole Lake Country Club, will be in Pinellas
Attendees are warned in the notices that the
annual ball is limited to 1,500 seats. It is
not unusual for the Panama Canal Society reunion
to draw upwards of 2,000 persons.
The St. Petersburg chapter, under president
Victor H. May Jr., meets at SPIFFS Center, 2201
First Ave. N, at noon on the first Friday of
most months.

Rick Rutan
St. Petersburg

Massa Named To Top Music Post
At The Voice Of America

Washington, Nov 9 -- Judith Massa, who has
been associated with Voice of America music pro-
grams for 8 years, will become director of music
for VOA on Nov. 11.
For the past year and a half, Massa has served
as VOA's music editor. She was VOA's "popular
music" specialist from Oct. 1976 through June
For 13 years, beginning in 1963, Massa worked
in VOA's American Republics Division where she
produced dramatizations and documentary programs
in Spanish and Portuguese. She produced a pro-
gram on the 1968 Summer Olympics which won the
Mexican Press Association's Award for Broad-
Last year Massa received Alpha Gamma Delta's
Distinguished Citizen Award for her work in the
field of entertainment. Earlier this year, the
Nashville Chamber of Commerce presented her with
its "gold Record" for promoting country music
around the world. In addition, this year she
coordinated VOA's first live coverage of a musi-
cal concert -- the Charlie Daniels' 10th Annual

Volunteer Jam concert from Nashville -- and
hosted the English-language transmission heard
around the world.
Massa views music as one of the most powerful
and palatable means of telling people in other
nations what America is all about. "Music des-
cribes the heartbeat of America -- what we think
about and dream about, what we strive for, our
dilemmas and delights, our pleasures and
pains." The position of music director was cre-
ated by VOA Director Designate Gene Pell in re-
cognition of "the valuable role that music plays
in presenting America's story to the world."

VOA Music DirectorJudith Massa in a recent interview with Ken-
ny Rogers, in which they discussed the popular entertainer's active ef-
forts to alleviate hunger throughout the world.
Massa was born in Panama and reared in the
Canal Zone where her father was a teacher and
administrator. She was graduated from DePauw
University in Greencaster, Indiana, in 1963.

Medical Records Available at
Persons who may need to obtain copies of their
medical records are advised that the Panama
Canal Commission has in its custody inpatient
charts for persons hospitalized at Gorgas Hospi-
tal, Coco Solo Hospital or the Canal Zone Mental
Health Center before 1980, as well as outpati-
ent charts for persons who were last treated at
one of the former Canal Zone Government facili-
ties before 1980.
In addition, the Commission has custody of the
outpatient records of those treated at Gorgas
Army Community Hospital and Coco Solo Army
Health Clinic whose eligibility to use U.S. Army
Medical Department Activity (MEDDAC) facilities
terminated on March 31, 1982.

These records may be requested by writing to
the Chief, Records Management Branch, Panama
Canal Commission, Balboa, Republic of Panama.
If time is a critical factor, the request may be
hand carried to the Current Records Section in
Room 14-B of the Balboa Heights Administration
The request should state the patient's full
name and date of birth, the name of the treat-
ment facility, whether it was an outpatient or
inpatient visit, the approximate date of the
last visit to the facility, the part of the
record requested and documentation identifying

the requestor. There is a copying fee of nine
cents per page, which may be waived on first
requests from physicians.
Anyone requesting another person's records
will be required to present a written authori-
zation signed by the patient or, in the case of
a minor or a person who has been declared incom-
petent, to prove that he is the patient's parent
or legal guardian.

November 9, 1984

William A. Aiello
George Bell
Ernest W. Oliver
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Your Reporter Says.....

The holidays are over and some of us are
breathing a sigh of relief, and others are a
little sad because their families or friends
have gone back home. Either way, I hope your
holidays were blessed and beautiful.
The following had families visiting for the
holidays: Hugh and Ara Norris had their
son, Jimmy from Panama; Jean and Bud Har-
ris had their son, Marshall and grand-
daughter, Amanda from Key West, Fla.; Joe
and Lou Hunt, Elsie and Woody Woodruff had
their children, Joe Hunt, Jr., Darlene (Wood-
ruff) Hunt and granddaughters, Lisa, Joanne
and Kelly from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas;
Grace and Jack Morris from Pinellas Park,
Fla. were also guests of the Woodruffs and of
Ann and Bob Lawyer. Freddie Wainio visited
with his mother, Kelly Wainio. Fred lives in
New Orleans, La.
Catherine and Eddie Filo had their daugh-
ter, Katie Woods and grandsons, Chris and
Matthew from McAllen, Texas. After the New
Year, we drove them back to McAllen and spent a
few days down in the Rio Grande Valley. We left
just in time before the freeze hit portions of

Elsie and Woody Woodruff spent the Thanks-
giving holidays with Grace and Jack Morris
in Pinellas Park, Fla., and Joe and Louise
Hunt spent their Thanksgiving with Joe and
Darlene Hunt and family in Ft. Leavenworth,
Emily and Charles Newbury enjoyed a real
Christmas present as their daughter, Patricia,
gave birth to a beautiful 8 lb. 2 oz. baby girl,
Megan Colleen. She was born December 5 and
they spent the next ten days in Dallas with
Patty and her husband, Buddy, helping spoil
their first grandchild. On Christmas Day,
Charlie and Emily spent the day with good
friends. They enjoyed watching Joe and Dar-
lene Hunt's three lovely girls open all their
presents at grandma and grandpa Hunt's casa.
After carefully placing the directions for the
clock in the Hunts received, and putting the
wrapping paper, ribbons, etc. neatly in the
trash barrel, they all enjoyed a delicious
brunch served by Louise and Joe. Jack
Morris's jokes were enjoyed by all (except the
children) and he was nice enough to even draw
pictures of some of them so a certain person
could figure them out. Later that day, Emily,
Charles, their son, Joe. and "Pop" Riley en-

,:RtIe Pmten kt

joyed a delicious Christmas dinner hosted by
Marge and Louis Palmer.
Surprise visitors to the Newburys during the
holidays were Lisa Williams, Lucille Davis
(Washington State) and her daughter, Bonnie
Dolan from Jacksonville, Fla. Their visits
were most welcome.
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held its
traditional Christmas dinner dance on December
20 at the Sheraton Inn. There were ninety pre-
sent. Everyone enjoyed himself, especially
Mary Hollowell, who gave us a demonstration on
how to do the "jitterbug". Her partner was
Edna Kovel. I must admit they were very
good. The spot dance was won by Lois and Bud
Thomas. The highlight of the evening was a
visit from old Saint Nick himself. He handed
out presents to all that were present. Santa
Claus tried to fool us but we knew it was Free-
land Hollowell. He made a perfect Santa.
Maggie and John Jansen, Margaret and Jack
Hern, Dot and Bill Benny, Shirley and John
Vaucher went to Panama for the holidays. They
all have families there and really enjoyed their
time with them, but they said the Canal Zone is
in bad shape. The place has gone to pot. What
a shame! I want to remember it as it used to be.
Our sympathy is extended to Vera Ryan on the
death of her father, C. S. Howell. Vera and
Fred went to Deltona for his funeral. For the
holidays they went to St. Petersburg to visit
with daughter, Marna Roman and family and with
their son, Tom.
I am happy to report that Jean Harris, Joan
Belden, Dolores Stewart and Louis Palmer are
feeling better after their illness. Louis is
now home from the Veterans Hospital. Henrietta
Baggott (a very lovely lady) is now in a nurs-
ing home in Dothan. Her address is: Room 359,
Wesley Manor, Honeysuckle Rd., Dothan, AL
36303. She would love to hear from her
friends. Milly (Gilbert) Patton is also doing
very well.
The John and Mary Urey household was in-
vaded by their family for the holidays. They
even had them sleeping on the floor. Suzanne
(Urey) and Walter Kleefkins and daughter
Kathy Robinson from The Dalles, Ore.; Lor-
raine (Urey) and Tom Dugan with Trisha and
Brian cam from Panama; Michelle (Urey) and
Mike Perez with son, Ryan, cam from Del Rio,
Texas. I'm glad I was not cooking for that
gang. Suzanne's older daughter, Jennifer,
lives with John and Mary and is attending school
On their return from a brief visit with
Donna and Bob Helmerichs of Slidell, La.,
Elsie and John McDowell (Valhalla, N.Y.) and
Bea and Syd Hayes (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
stopped in Dothan for a short visit with the

Woodruffs. John and Sidney had a ball visit-
ing friends and former C.Z. police co-workers.
Ida Dugas and daughter, Leanna flew to
Scott AFB, Illinois, to spend the holidays with
their family, Linette (Dugas) Humbracht, her
husband, Gordon and their daughters.
We welcome the following new families to
Dothan .Virginia and Arthur Nygard and
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hutchinson.

The Panama Canal Society of Dothan, Alabama represented in the
Annual Peanut Festival.

Standing left to right: Jim Riley, Jennifer Robinson, Walter
Kelleher, Leanna Dugas and Sam Roe, Jr.

The two lovely young ladies who rode in the
convertible entered by the Panama Canal Society
of Dothan for the annual Peanut Festival were
Jennifer Robinson (granddaughter of John and
Mary Urey) and Leanna Dugas (daughter of
Ida and Ralph Dugas). The handsome young
man was Walter Kelleher (son of Betty and
Dave Kelleher). Last but not least was our
"young" senior citizen, Sam Roe, Jr. I must
say they made a gracious contribution to the
Faith, Love, Health and Happiness to all.

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145



John and Polly Michaelis returned home
from their European tour in early December.
They were gone for over three months, visiting
England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Yugos-
lavia, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, and
Italy. Not wishing to be limited by guided
tours, they made their own travel arrangements
as they went. Transportation was accomplished
in various places via plane, ship, railway, bus,
hydrofoil, and street car. They did not avail
themselves of the camels in Egypt. Both John
and Polly found their "roots." John's parents
were born in Austria. The towns were difficult
to find because boundaries and place names had
been changed by World War I and the subsequent
treaties. Nevertheless, he found not only the
villages, but the houses in which his parents had
lived as children in what is now Yugoslavia.
Polly's parents were born in Greece, and she has
relatives still living there. The Michaelises
spent six weeks visiting them and seeing the
area. John's birthday was celebrated on ship-
board during a weeklong cruise of the Greek is-
lands, the Aegean Sea, and into the Black Sea.
A few worrisome moments occurred in Egypt when
they became separated from each other, but by
separate means, they both got back to their
hotel without serious incident. They have 200
snapshots and about 700 picture postcards to
sustain and refresh their memories of what both
say was a great trip. But John says it was so
nice to get home where they don't have to be
sure they have passports in pockets before they
go out their front door. They flew back to the
States in time to spend Thanksgiving in Houston
with son Gregory, his wife Charmain (Ris-
berg), and their two daughters, and daughter
Irene Snyder and her two daughters.
Bud and Betty Balcer spent Christmas in
Ohio with daughter Susan and her husband Ric-
hard Burdette. Grandson David Pedersen came
from an air force base in Colorado to join the
Dolores and Bill Jarvis returned home in
January from the Kansas City area where they had
been visiting their oldest son and his family.
While there, they helped celebrate their son's
wife's birthday at a pizza party. Everyone was
disappointed that Jeff was unable to attend
the celebration.
Mary Lou Engelke, daughter Kathy Crowell
and her three daughters, Erin, Allison, and
Laura made a trip to Atlanta to spend New
Year's with daughter Margaret and her husband
Charles Gallardo and their two boys, and
daughter Susan Engelke who came from Florida
to join them. A lovely Christmas was spent at

home with mother-in-law Connie Engelke and
sister-in-law Joyce Engelke May and her daugh-
ter Patsy and son Michael who came from
Florida for the holiday.
Virginia Favorite's family get-togethers
started on October 20th when her son Ben, his
daughter Wynne, her husband Del Tedlow, and
Virginia's great-grandson Philip III arrived
for a visit of two weeks from Baltimore and Vir-
ginia Beach. Del, Wynne., and Philip were on
their way to Oklahoma City where Del would be
working for three weeks before returning to
their home in Baltimore. Virginia's daughter,
Ginny, her husband Don Neidt, and three
children came from Missouri for the weekend for
a family reunion with the older members and to
meet the youngest member, Philip. While here,
Ben visited with schoolmate Lee Cotton, former
football coach, Luke Palumbo, and former boss
Bruce Sanders. On November 5th, Wynne and
Philip joined Del in Oklahoma City while Ben and
Virginia returned to Virginia Beach where she
had a marvelous time with Ben, Ada, and
daughter Wiese. Ada's brother, Howell
Wynne, joined them for Thanksgiving. At the
end of November, Mike Stevens and George Mar-
ceau, up from Panama on a business trip, spent
an evening with Ben and Ada, and they all en-
joyed exchanging news, especially about all the
old friends on the Isthmus.
Red and Kathleen Huffman enjoyed a very
good holiday season with a lot of Huffmans com-
ing home for Christmas. Jimmy, who is sta-
tioned at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, drove
up from Texas. Kathy and Willy came up from
Wynn, AR, along with their three daughters,
Laura Beth, Kara, and Cassie. Laura Beth,
who is not quite two years old, enjoyed opening
everybody's presents, including her own. Wil-
lard has put "MS Kathleen" in the garage until
May when they will put it back in Beaver Lake
and once again try to catch some fish. They
miss that good bass fishing that they used to
enjoy in Gatun Lake. Kathleen is making a beau-
tiful sweater, and if she keeps up the good
work, they might get an exhibition booth at all
the craft fairs they have in Arkansas, says Red,
quickly adding "only kidding, of course."
Nobby Keller is making a remarkable recovery
from open heart surgery performed in Little Rock
on December 13th. He has lost about sixty
pounds and looks good. Says coughing is painful
(this in mid-January), otherwise he feels better
than he has for a long time.
Dick and Maxine Reinhold spent Christmas
in Minnesota with daughters Shirley and Bar-
bara. Son Richard Jr. flew from Ohio to join
the family, so all were together for the first
time in about three years. The temperature on
New Year's night was 170 below; otherwise, the

weather was good "considering what Minnesota
weather usually is." Anyway, the Reinholds had
a really good time seeing old friends and neigh-
bors in addition to their kids.
Finally got some news from Karl and Fern
Glass who live in Diamond City, AR. "We en-
joyed a family reunion with 23 members attending
in June of '84. Son Daniel and Kathy Glass
with Karen, Laura and Luis arrived from Van-
couver, Washington. Sylvia Glass Landrum with
Misty and C.M. arrived from Gatun, Panama.
Mack joined his family some time later to con-
tinue their vacation. Daughter Edna Knight
and son Mike Nunley came from Murfreesboro,
Tennessee. Daughter Mary Hixson with Kathy,
James and daughter-in-law Marlene came from
Paris, Arkansas. Daughter Kathy and Mike
Mika came from Rogers, Arkansas. Daughter-in-
law Joanna Glass with son Larry and Janet
Glass and our great-granddaughter Sarah
Louise, born September 28, 1983, came from Fort
Smith, Arkansas. What a lot of eating, visit-
ing, swimming, and picture taking went on. We
were blessed to have the granddaughter, Laura
Glass, spend a month and a half with us. In
October we drove to Clarksville, AR, to see our
second great-granddaughter, Martha Renee, who
arrived on October 14, 1984. Her proud parents
are Bill and Mona Glass Turvin. Her proud
grandparents are Joanna and Karl D. Glass,

Surprise birthday party for Carl Newhard. Standing: Evelyn
Engelke, Red Nail, Red Huffman, Etta Fay Terrell,
Kathleen Huffman, Betty McGilbeny, Alice Nail and Bill
McCue. Sitting: Carl Newhard, Jessie Newhart, Dorothy
Sanders, Charlotte McCue. Nov. '84.

Jessie Newhard, Etta Fay Terrell and six of
their friends spent three weeks last fall with a
group that toured Europe. Among other places,
they visited London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Venice,
Rome, Florence, Pisa, Monaco, and Paris, arriv-
ing home tired but filled with happy memories.
Jessie spent Christmas in South Carolina with
son Brian Albright and his wife Penny.
Etta Fay Terrell enjoyed a week's visit over

the New Year's holiday from daughter Andrea
and son-in-law Paul Oliver, and their dog and
Evelyn Engelke flew to Fresno, CA, to spend
the Christmas holidays with her son Bill and
family. In addition to having a wonderful
Christmas, she enjoyed seeing her first two pro
football games--the Forty-Niners beating New
York and the Chicago Bears. Fran Elmendorf,
and her son Bob and daughter Kathy spent an
afternoon in Fresno visiting Ev and Bill and
Some of Pete and Sue Warner's kids have
been on the move again. Stuart left San Fran-
cisco to join his sister Pamela and her hus-
band Peter Leidel in New York from Whence they
all travelled, pausing in Vienna, to Bahrain, an
island monarchy in the Persian Gulf. There they
spent the Christmas holidays with Peter's mother
and father, who is U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain.
Carl Newhard was the honored guest at a sur-
prise birthday party hosted by Bruce and
Dorothy Sanders in November. It was a lovely
party made more enjoyable by the fact that Carl
really was surprised:

Alice Nail
(501) 636-8489

I guess that the Easter Bunny is dolefully
viewing the winter landscape and wondering how
warm it will be in April, to deliver her Eggs!!!
But, here in Northwest Arkansas, we feel happy
to SO FAR have had little winter aside from
some freezing temperatures. Because of this,
Theo Hallin's son, David from Memphis and
daughter, Elizabeth and husband, Lieut Colonel
Wall, of Irvine California, spent the Christ-
mas holidays together with Theo. Theo's
step-grandson, Jeffrey Hallin, now 1st Lieut.
in the Marine Corps, stopped for several days at
Theo's, en route to an assignment in Quantico,
Virginia Hursh says she is struggling with
her income tax round-up preparatory to leaving
for Oregon to be with her niece in February.
Ed and Mildred Higgins drove to Georgia
for a visit with their daughter, Patricia and
new son-in-law, Floyd Robertson. They also
spent some time with Peggy McKenzie, who lives
with her daughter, Marjory, head librarian in
Manchester, Georgia.
Andrea Lee Collins of St. Louis, Missouri,
visited her parents, Frances and Andrew Whit-
lock over the Thanksgiving holidays. In Decem-
ber, their grandson, Andy Whitlock was married
to Maureen Egger, in Balboa, Republic of

In September, Fred Huldquist, of Seminole,
Florida and brother, Bud of Dothan, Alabama
visited Bates Wieman, their mother, for sev-
eral days.
George and Catherine Lowe drove from their
home in Wilmington, Delaware to Houston, Texas,
to visit George's mother, Mary Jo Yaeger.
Later, the three of them went on to spend a week
or so with the families in Fayetteville. As
usual, it triggered the annual bridge tournament
- never did know who won.
Pam Malcuit drove over from Pope Air Force
Base in North Carolina for a wonderful two weeks
visit with her parents, Georgette and Tom
Robertson, of Springdale. Her husband, now a
full Colonel and Deputy Commander of the base
found being a father and mother to five active
children a handful, but one he managed very well:
Les and Harry Butz drove to Reno, Nevada
to visit their older son, Harry (Rickey) and
his wife, Vida in their new home. It was a
wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration,
and they enjoyed the gorgeous scenery of the
Sierra Nevada range, at which base they were
located, 5,500 feet high. Before returning East
in January, the Sr. Butzs braved Donner Pass
(which was just recovering from a fresh snow-
fall) and sped up to Corning, where they spent a
week with Barbara Clark, former Canal Zone
music teacher. Barbara, despite heart surgery
earlier, is as active as ever and feels wonder-
ful. She drove them 200 miles to view Mt. Shas-
ta and the Dam and took them to a Walnut or-
chard (?) of 100 acres, where they learned how
they are grown and processed. The Butzs then
drove down to Walnut Creek to spend several days
with Mary Hare and her pet cocker, Lady. In-
cidentally, Barbara's little dog, Tito, is still
a spry as ever, despite his 16 years:
Esther and Bill Clair, of Jenks, Oklahoma,
spent Christmas with her brother, Peter Butz
and his family in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Pam and Vince Gutowski, with their three
children, drove from Charleston, Illinois to
spend Christmas with Pam's parents, Petie and
Carl Maedl, in Springdale.
Happy Easter to everyone and come see us up
Lee Butz
(501) 756-6852


Our Christmas Luncheon was held Sunday, Decem-
ber 9, 1984 at the Mission Viejo Country Club.
It was a gorgeous, sunny day for traveling to
Mission Viejo -- members and guests drove from
miles around -- from Goleta, San Diego, Rancho
Cucamonga, Ontario, San Fernando Valley, Los
Angeles and Torrance.
Everyone was warmly welcomed by David C. Hol-
lowell, Vice President (in the absence of Con-
rad Horine who was in Arkansas on company busi-
ness). The pledge of Allegiance was led by
David. A Christmas message was read by Mrs.
Adele Argo, Co-Chaplain and the Invocation was
given by Robert Leroy Dill.
The Mission Viego Country Club was decorated
beautifully for the holiday season, including
two huge floor-to-ceiling Christmas trees and a
cozy fire in the fireplace. Table decorations
for each table were made by Norma Horine and
Thelma Hollowell.

Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke and Donna (Geyer) Bowman.

Two lovely gold
nations were made
as door prizes.
of Laguna Hills,
lins, Colorado.

and red Christmas table decor-
and donated by Celine Stone
These were won by Bob Adams
and Bob Gideon of Ft. Col-

L-R: Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Hemet; Shirley (Keepers) and
Dale Taylor and Catsy (Taylor) Schafer of San Diego, and
Adele Argo of Laguna Hills.

Jack Clay
Arthur & Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton
Robert "Chick" Daniel
Ray & Agnes (Reinke) Davis
Jack & Joan (Ridge) deGrummond
Guests: Bob & Beverly (Betts) Gideon
Robert & Rosa Dill
Bill & Eileen (Cryan) Finken
John & Shirley (Crews) Finlason
At left, Mrs. Alice Milburn. At right, R.K. ("Bert") and Steve & Lucille Fulop
Muriel Morris of San Diego.

Muriel Morris enjoyed it when, to her sur-
prise, everyone sang Happy Birthday to her on
her special day.
Lottery prizes were won by Dale Taylor,
Celine Stone and Jeanne (O'Brien) Townsend.
Lynda Geyer had sent her new print "La Cara-'
meta" as a door prize and it was won by Shirley .
(Keepers) Taylor. Other of Lynda's prints were ,
won by Marge Campbell, Milton Wright, Ellen F t" *1
Johnson, Ken Stone and Howard Will.
The Sweet Adelines "42nd Street" Group of Mis-
sion Viejo presented a delightful program of Lillan Ryan and May Etel (Ens) Mrt
Christmas songs. They are quite a talented
group of ladies and it was the perfect note
(sorry about the pun) to start off the holiday
Helen (Daniel) Miller of Orange, California,
attended the luncheon with her uncle Robert
"Chick" Daniel of Spring Valley. It was so
thoughtful of Chick to bring from his garden
chayotes, lemons and limes for our members....
and they were wonderful.

.....Joan Ridge deGrummond

Christmas Luncheon Attendance: Cornelia ("Chubby") and Milton Wright of Ontan

Robert & Ruth Adams
Emmett & Adele Argo
Kathleen Steiner Bennett
Guest: Joanne Steiner Robinson
Ken & Jo Booth
Donna Geyer Bowman
Donald & Gladys (Wertz) Brayton
Ed & Marie Browder
Grace (Birkeland) Brown A

Don and Gladys (Wertz) Brayton of Laguna Hil

David & Thelma Hollowell
Norma Horine
Mary (Cryan) Lade
Lucille and Steve Fulop ofLaguna Hills, andArthur Cotton of Don & Stephanie (Milburn) Johnson
San Diego. Guest: Mrs. Alice Milburn

o, CA.



Ellen (Greenleaf) Johnson
Guests: Lucille M. Smith
Gene Koncir
Leo Krziza
David Lane
Col. Edmund H. Lang
Frank Leves
Helen (Daniel) Miller
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro
R. K. "Bert" & Muriel Morris, Jr.
Douglas Morse
Warren & Fern Morse
Guests: Bill & Rochelle Fulleton
Susan (Taylor) Pitney

Joanne (Steiner) Robinson, Westlake Village; Leo Kriza, San
Luis Rey: Frank Leves, San Diego, and Kathleen (Steiner)
Bennett, Huntington Harbour.

Mary Price
Guests: Betty Price
Janice Iten
Marge Campbell
Louise Armstrong
Tom & Marion (Snyder) Rice
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer
Ken & Celine Stone
Dale & Shirley (Keepers) Taylor
Hampton & Claire Tedder
Guests: Et Venning
Mrs. William (Betty) Lawson
Mrs. Harry Townsend (Jeanne)
Howard & Rita Will
Milton & Chubby Wright
Ruth (Bauman) Yielding

It was a jolly crowd of eighty members and-
guests who attended the festive Christmas lunch-
eon at Mission Viejo Country Club on December
9th. Some even came dressed for the occasion:
Ed Browder was elegant in holiday accents with
his Frazier clan tie and red tam, and Leo
Krziza drew many admiring glances with his red
jacket and green shirt.
Joan (Ridge) de Grummond was delighted to be
sitting with early school buddies Eileen
(Cryan) Finken, Beverly (Betts) Gideon --
both from her BHS class of 1940 -- and Mary
(Cryan) Lade of BHS 1939. Joan and Eileen met

at the first PCSSC Reunion at Las Alamitos,
California in 1976, but the Christmas luncheon
was the first time Joan and Beverly had seen one
another since graduation! (This is truly what
the Panama Canal Societies are all about.)
Eileen, husband Bill, and sister Mary visited
cousins in Vancouver recently, and the Finkens
declare they're definitely going to see the Re-
public of Ireland next summer. Beverly's hus-
band recently retired from the Division of Wild-
life, State of Colorado, and Beverly retired
August 1st from Poudre Valley Hospital admitting
and switchboard. They are now settled in at
Leisure World, near Joan.
Frank Leves was excitedly proclaiming, "I'm
finally an owner!" He had just purchased a
townhouse in San Diego. Brother Charlie, by
the way, is still employed in the Navigation
Dept. of the Canal. Their parents are Yane
and Helen Leves of Tampa, Florida.
Hampton and Claire (Venning) Tedder took
the entire family to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving
and came out ahead in the winning department.
Their young son Matthew even amazed everyone
by winning $500 at KENO, using his motorcycle
license number!
David and I also visited Las Vegas recently
(no winnings but spent hours at the Liberace
Museum, Nevada State Museum, plus stuffing our-
selves at those wonderful hotel buffets) and
took the Mormon Church at Salt Lake City (in-
cluding a rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle
Choir). This was all via Thermopolis, Wyoming,
where we visited David's sister Victoria
(Hollowell) Allen (CHS 1934) and her son and
daughter-in-law, Karl and Lynn Allen. Karl
attended Gatun Elementary school in first grade.
Then for two weeks over the Thanksgiving holi-
days we visited David's brother Bill (Santa
Claus) and his wife Edna ("Skippy" Hersh) Hol-
lowell and daughter Billie ("Tinker") Step-
hens and family. Along the way we were joined
by their son Cody up from Panama and cousins
Rev. Michael Cody of Seattle, Washington and
Bill Jordan of Long Island, New York. I can
tell you it was a gala time for 28 relatives
(including six first cousins), who gathered at
Tampa for a bountiful Thanksgiving feast. Most
of those present were descended from the Wil-
liam B. ("Stormy") Jordan Canal Zone family of
construction days. The next day 18 of the rela-
tives and friends gathered at the Hollowell
home, including Zonians Cullen and Mary Tom-
linson down from New Jersey as part of an Epcot
Center tour and cruise. Cody brought up Corbina
and marlin from Panama, and there was yuca and
plantain included on the menu.
Brother Bill had the holiday spirit and
traveling bug, so we stopped by to see Janice
(Grimson) Scott of Cocoa Beach -- Ted was
still in New Zealand -- and their daughter Jan

Herring and two sons, took a brief look at the
John F. Kennedy Space Center, and spend a most
entertaining evening with Al and Nancy Gal-
lin and family at Titusville. On our own, we
drive to Englewood for a very pleasant channel
boat ride and overnight stay with cousins, then
joined the Hollowells at the home of Phyllis
(Hersh) Crook in St. Petersburg, where we were
treated to a lovely dinner and another overnight
stay. The menfolk visited the John M. Sanders
home at Palm Harbor, and we all had a delightful
luncheon at the home of Jack and Judy Stuart
in the same picturesque area.
Just before cousins Bill Jordan and Father
Michael Cody and we departed for home and/or
other points (elated but much tired!) Bill and
Skippy gave another party. Again we met so many
wonderful Canal friends: Johnny and Edna
Burkett, Janice (Scott) Herring, Ted Scott,
Aggie Simnons, Ted and Alice McGann,
Cass and Lillie Bazan, Annie Ruth (Van
Brocklin) Werkheiser, Jack and Ruth Carey,
and Victor Melant. This was a surprise re-
union for Jack and Victor, who had last seen one
another in Burbank, California forty years ago!
We even got the New Year off to a good start
by having a fun-filled evening on January 1st in
Los Gatos, California, with Norine (Hall) Kau-
fer, her daughter and son-in-law Jane and
Jim Cochrane. Norine is recovering fairly
well from a nasty fall and broken nose suffered
between classes at San Jose State University
recently. She has, however, a faithful 14-year-
old dog (with arthritis and catarracts on both
eyes) to whom she responds in all good humor,
"You're 98, and I'm only 831" Wouldn't it be
wonder if we could all look at age and ailments
with such perspective!

Thelma Hollowell


Bob and Ruth Adams traveled with their
Airstream Trailer in December to Kerrvillee
Texas, and spent a few weeks over the holidays
with Bob's mother Mrs. Helen Yoder, and his
sister Katherine Lessiack.
Nancy (Ridge) and Darryl McCullough of El
Toro, California, surprised their relatives in
Pennsylvania and New Jersey with a visit over
the holidays. They enjoyed their beautiful win-
ter vacation with Darry'ls mother and sisters in
Reading; and with aNancy's parents, Vince and
Dottie Ridge and her sister, Sue Ridge, in
Center Valley; her sister Eileen (Ridge) and
Steve Jones and daughters in West Reading, and
her brother Michael Ridge and his wife Carol
of Washington, NJ. Nancy's brother Kevin is
with the U.S. Navy in Japan.

Rae Donaldson of San Dimas, CA finished her
studies at Cal Poly Pomona on December 7, earn-
ing her second BS in accounting, and started to
work December 10 with the U.S. General Account-
ing Office in Los Angeles. She spent the
Christmas holidays with her mother in San Car-
los, California.
Francis E. Fitzpatrick journeyed to Ireland
and London with his sister and her husband,
Marion and Mary (Fitzpatrick) Taylor of
Woodland Hills. In September they visited
friends in Minnesota where the start of Indian
Summer was beautiful. Colleen, Francis's
youngest, will graduate in March from UCLA, and
son Paul is busy working for Arthur Andersen.
Helen (Danield) Miller and her husband
John, their two daughters, and Helen's mother,
Mrs. Helen Munson of Sun City, Arizona, flew
to Panama for a few weeks over the holidays.
They planned to see long-time friends and tour
all over, including Gorgona Beach, Taboga Is-
land, San Bias Islands and El Volcan.
Arthur and Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton flew to
Panama for the holidays and visited with their
son Fred, his wife Jacqui, and family; and
their daughter and son-in-law, Dottle and
Kenneth Manthorne.
Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett of Huntington
Harbour and her sister, Joanne Robinson, were
happy that their parents, Jerry and Dolly
(Allen) Steiner of Dunedin, FL would be spend-
ing a few weeks with them over the holidays.
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler of Rancho Ber-
nardo, CA are very proud of their son, Malcolm
Edward Wheeler. Malcolm is a lawyer and is
currently listed in Who's Who in America as well
as Who's Who of Lawyers. He is currently a par-
tner with the law firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed
of Los Angeles.
Betty Smith Scears had a rather hectic Dec-
ember...the first of December she flew to Marina
del Rey in Southern California (from Hayward CA)
to visit her sister Carolyn Smith Glasman.
"My mom, Vera Smith, was there and after a few
days in the Los Angeles area, came home with
me. We then flew to Duncan, Oklahoma to visit
another sister, Donna Smith Herring and her
family. Came home in time to hit Lake Tahoe
overnight and to see the Tom Jones show. Then
Ray and I were off to Kauai. We had a wonderful
and fun-filled six days there before returning
home for the Christmas holidays."
Catsy Schafer of San Diego, her daughter,
Susan (Taylor) Pitney and Sue's son, Nicholas
James Pitney, age three, flew to the East Coast
in October. They were in Derby, Conn., to visit
the Pitney family and then went on to New York
City to visit friends from Holland and Brazil.
When Nico went to bed one night on the 26th
floor of a high-rise, he was sure he heard a
LION out there!

When they flew to Charlotte, N.C., friends
drove them over to Rock Hill, S.C. so they could
locate the grave of a Revolutionary War ancestor
at Fishing Creek Presbyterian churchyard -
Samuel Kelso died 1796. On the way back they
stopped at Tego Cay on Lake Wylie, named for a
relative, Dr. Gill Wylie of Chester.

Catsy Schafer with NicholasJames Pitney and Cadet William
Taylor Pitney, children of Sue (Taylor) and Lou Pitney of San
Diego, CA. Picture taken on "Parent's Day" at The Citadel,
Charleston, S.C., October 1984.

In Charleston, they attended "Parent's Day" at
the Citadel, where Sue's son, Bill Taylor Pit-
ney is a cadet on a Navy ROTC scholarship. An
added bonus was a House and Garden tour of the
lovely homes along the waterfront.
On Oct. 22nd, they returned to Catsy's former
home in Maryland to visit her brother who had
been ill many months, and from there they flew
to San Antonio, Texas, to see Sue's sister,
Layne and brother-in-law, Tom Ashton, at their
new home: 8118 New Dawn, San Antonio 78250.
Tom had surgigal repair of a spinal disk on
Dec 5th and was well enough to return home on
the 11th.

Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke
(415) 284-5227



Winter Is here! Our weather was so mild thru
the holidays we began to think were living in
Miami or Panama but the first week in January
changed all that and we are enjoying our little
"change of seasons."
Webb and I spent the holidays in Corpus
Christi with son and daughter-in-law (Jim and
Sharlene) and had a most enjoyable visit. On

our way back we spent a couple of days with
John and Effie in Houston. On the 21st of
January we will go to Birmingham for a few days
to visit Webb's brother, Bill and his wife
both of whom have been hospitalized recently but
are now recovering at home. My parents,
Clarence and Laura True, are now residing at
Azalea Trace. Mother is permanently in the
Health Care Center and Dad is living
independently in an apartment there. It is
really a beautiful facility. Their new address

This month

Clarence H. True
10100 Hillview Road
Apt. 137
Pensacola, FL 32514
same as before (904) 478-0806
they celebrated their 90th and 92nd
Quite an accomplishment!

Clarence and Laura True, ofPensacola, lorida.
Caleb and Ruth Clement along with
Barbara and Louis Dedeaux hosted a
delightful Thanksgiving Dinner at the Clements'
apartment complex. The Clements' daughter,
Mary, and son, Orin with their respective
families were there as well as Barbara and
Louis' son, Jon. Other guests included the
Webb Hearnes and Harry and Zella Wertz -
quite a Canal Zone gang. The Clements went to
Houston to visit Mary for an extended 5-week
visit over Christmas and the New Year.
Bob Russell returned to Panama for a visit
with his son, Bob Jr. and daughter-in-law,
Cheryl (Peterson) on December 19th. Am sure
he is enjoying the tripics.
Chuck and Dottie Lavallee are deeply
involved in the Hadji Shrine Temple here in
Pensacola, particularly in work with the
crippled and burned children. They furnish
transportation to and from the hospitals when

needed -- a great service.
Janet Jenner spent almost three months
travelling visiting her father and sister in
Illinois and then on to Colorado to see her
daughter. She returned to Pensacola just in
time for Christmas.
Earl and Bea Sears welcomed their son,
Greg and daughter-in-law, Debbie with two
grandchildren for 10 days during the Christmas
season. The family resides in Raynham, Mass.
where Greg works with his father-in-law in
contract tiling, and Debbie operates her own
detective agency. The Sears' youngest son,
Rick, was married on September 22, 1984 to
Sue Roggenbuck and the couple resides in
Pensacola. Rick spends much time at sea as he
is with the U.S. Merchant Marine.
Tony and Louise Johnson were house guests
of Ralph and Charlene James during the
Christmas holidays and enjoyed visiting with the
Burt Powells during their brief stay.
No more mews from this area at this time.

(904) 476-3901

St. Petersburg

Cmdr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Kaufman (nee Mary
Sharp) and their three children came from their
home in Goose Creek, South Carolina to celebrate
Christmas with Mrs. Kauffman's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Roy A. Sharp (nee Frances Violette).
All enjoyed a very happy holiday.
You saw the notice of the marriage of Gail L.
Johnson in the December issue of the Canal
Record. Her new address will be published soon,
but, just in case, here it is Gail L.
Wright, 2366 Missouri, Homestead AFB, FL
33039. You now have no excuse.
Our Brown Bag group held their first meeting
of the New Year at the home of Edith (Mrs.
E.L.) Cotton, with fourteen regulars present
and three most welcome "once-in-a-whiles". We
meet at a different home on the first and third
Wednesday of each month and have a grand time.
Those attending, including the hostess, were:
Edith Cotton, Grace Carey, Mary Egolf, Isobel
Gibson, Dorothy Herrington, Mildred Hickey, Jane
Huldtquist, Vera Jones, Chris Felps, Ruth
Powell, Sara Rowley, Mildred Sutherland, Mariel
Whitman, and Grace Williams.
The special, once-in-a-whiles were Jean Kirk
of Springfield, Ohio; Wilma Kirkpatrick of
Rochester, New York; and Anges Jamke of
Tenafly, New Jersey. We love having visitors at
our meetings. No business, just fun.
I am sorry that I cannot write more at this

time, but if you do not tell me, I don't know
what you would like to have in the Record. Hope
to have more in the next issue.

Grace Williams
(813) 526-7294


The holiday season had our Sarasota residents
really on the go, as well as enjoying many
Rae and Joe Ebdon flew to Irvine, CA for a
Christmas visit with their son, Dick and
Kathy Ebdon and family. They were joined by
their older son, Maj. Thomas J. Ebdon III,
USAF, stationed at McDill AFB in Tampa, and
Kathy's mother, Mrs. Agnes Ruff of Niagara
Falls, NY.
Mary N. Orr has returned from her annual two
months holiday in Texas with her brother-in-law
and sister, Fred and Marion Wells in
Kerrville and her brother and his wife, Bob
and Eloise Orr at their Elbo Ranch in Luling,
Also arriving in Kerrville were her niece and
family, Guy and Mary Linda (Wells) Fealey
with young son, Guy Ethan, from Whidby Island,
Washington State, to spend the Christmas holiday
with their parents, Mrs. James (Honey) Fealey
and the Fred Wells.
En route back to Sarasota, Mary had a stopover
in Stone Mountain, GA to visit her nephew and
family, Alan and Kathy Jane (Melanson)
Wells and three children.
Jay Cain flew to Miami for a Christmas visit
with her nephew, Michael Cain, his wife,
Sherry and son, Jason. Also visiting was
Michael's mother, Nadine Cain of Houston, TX
and Irene Ladrach of Seminole, FL.
Bill and Myrtle Hughes spent the Christmas
holiday in Merritt Island, FL with their
daughter, Sandra (Hughes) Claflin and children.
Snookie and Mac McCullough spent two weeks
during the holiday with their son and his wife,
Don and Karen (Hammond) McCullough in
Millington, N.J. Also visiting were Tom and
Barbara Coffin from Brooklyn, N.Y. Tom is the
son of Joe and Carolyn Coffin of York, PA.
Snookie's sister, Louis Saum and daughter,
Karen of St. Petersburg Beach, FL recently
returned from a visit to Panama with the
McCullough's daughter, Ed and Joan Ohman at
their home in Cardenas.
Jim and Edna Million spent the Christmas
holidays with their son, Roger Million, wife
and sons in Brunswick, N.J. While there they
had tickets for the Radio City Music Hall

Christmas Spectacular program with the famous
Rockettes and the beautiful Christmas Story.
Bob and Dolores Hammetter went on a 35 day
tour covering eight countries behind Iron
Curtain, including Poland, Germany, Austria,
Czechoslavokia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia
and Hungary. While there they had many
interesting incidents.
Over the Thanksgiving holidays their daughter,
Robyn, and husband, Max Suter, with their
sons, Alfred and Ellery of Jacksonville, FL
spent several days with them. It was a
wonderful visit for all.
Frances Days Jones has returned from a 30
day Christmas visit in Panama with her daughter,
Dona, her husband, Capt. John Brophy and
their daughter, Charlene.
While there she attended a Christmas Concert
performed by the U.S. Army Band and sent back
these reminiscing thoughts.
I received the following letter from Frances
Days Jones:

December 17, 1984

Dear Ones:
I'm going to share with you the special
nostalgia I experienced last nite with Dona,
and her family and friends.
There was a Christmas Band Concert in front of
the Commanding General's House in Fort Amador.
Remember the Gazebo in front of the General's
House (we used to call it a Band Stand), where
on Sunday afternoons our parents took us to the
Army Band Concert? Well, I do.
Last nite it was delightful. A place where
the elite meet, and yes, also to eat. We all
took drinks, snacks, and blankets to spread on
the grass. The area was crowded with happy
familiar faces, a typical Canal Zone gathering.
The setting left little to be desired. A
beautiful dry season twilight, sun setting with
a view of the palm trees outlined in the
foreground, the skyline of Panama City all lit
up across the bay and the Trade Winds giving it
their everything.
Needless to say I had a lump in my throat, and
as the beautiful music was filling the air, my
thoughts went out to all of you who are now so
far away because I know you too would have
enjoyed this reunion.
Sure, a lot of things have changed here but
not the people they are all real troupers -
this was a time to be happy and thankful, and
they were.
God bless them and all of you, I feel very
Frances Days Jones
3801 Blue Stone Way
Sarasota, Fla 33580

Mrs. William R. Carlin (Jeannine Dorgan) has
returned from a trip to Newton, PA., with her
father, William J. Dorgan. He is now settled
in the Springwood Nursing Center at 4602 North
Court, in Sarasota. Before his retirement Mr.
Dorgan was a foreman with the Electrical
Division in Balboa and would enjoy seeing and
reminiscing with former CZers who might remember
Marjorie and Don Scheiwe from Colorado
Springs, CO visited her parents, Allen and
Kay Miller during the Christmas holidays.
They couldn't believe their good good fortune in
having 800 weather.
Allen and Kay were also fortunate in having
their older daughter, Martha Hoskins and
grandson, Michael Allen, from Portland, OR
for a week in January. However they weren't as
lucky as they encountered freezing weather, and
weren't able to enjoy the beaches.
The Rev. John H. Smith of Rutland, VT spent
ten days with his parents, Rob and Elsie
Smith, his sister and family, Ron and Robbin
(Smith) Larson and son, Danny of Bradenton,
and his unucle and aunt, the Mike Greens.
The Smiths also enjoyed a visit with Truman
and Betsy Hoenke of Hendersonville, NC, who
were en route to visit their son, Roger in
Boca Raton, FL.
John and Gladys McLain had as their guest,
his sister Eugenia (McLain) Corrigan of San
Diego, CA.
Gladys later flew to New York to spend the
holiday with her sister, Madeleine (Watson)
Perez in Staten Island.
Alice Jones of Rosedale, Mississippi is
spending the winter season with her sisters,
Ruth Gatz, Maxine Hitchcock, Billie Galloway
and Robin Comer.
Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New Smyrna
Beach, FL visited with her parents, George and
Mayno Walker. She also attended the Allen
Millers holiday party honoring their daughter,
Marjorie, and her husband, Don Scheiwe of
Colorado Springs, CO.
Also, the Walkers, Fitzgeralds and the
Donna (Humphrey) Mann family members had a
camping weekend at Fort Wilderness in Disney
World to enjoy the many spectacular Disney World
Christmas programs and parade.
The Sarasota Morning Coffee groups have
enjoyed some out-of-town visitors. Edna Wertz
of Ozona, FL and her daughter, Marie, who was
visiting with her mother and Emily (Horine)
Brooks of Lutz, FL were spending the day in
Sarasota, joined the group. On other coffee
mornings, Eugenia (McLain) Corrigan of San
Diego, CA and Betsy Hoenke of Hendersonville,
NC joined the group.
Mina Dee had a wonderful 30 day vacation

with her daughter-in-law and son, Mary Lou and
Pete Lang in Panama. The weather was so
pleasant. She hadn't been there for 3 years and
found so many different ways of living. Folks
can't buy food in the old Canal Zone unless you
work for the Army. Seems strange that the
Commissary is closed, our favorite place for so
many years.
Patti and Shannon McPherson, daughters of
Mary Lou; and Pete's daughter, Helen Lang,
and Mina enjoyed Christmas at the Lang's
house. It was so good to be together.
Mina reports that is was so nice to see
friends again at Christmas parties. The
restaurants in Panama are very, very good. She
had delicious lunches and dinners with friends
and family.
Fran Jones and Mina enjoyed trevelling to
Panama and returning home together.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900


And now the news from Tallahassee! Many
Zonians have been quite busy these past few
months and are making my first job as Reporter
an exciting one.
First we welcome the new Florida State Univer-
sity and Tallahassee Community College students,
who are Adriana Ateek, Rebecca Grimison,
Melanie Donahue, John Thurber, Gine Rhinehart,
Eddie Toasten, Steve Dodd, and Jennifer Cor-
George and Irene Gauger traveled to Sheboy-
gan, Wis. in July to visit with George's rela-
tives. Also making the trip with them was their
daughter, Lisa (Gauger) Lulofs, her husband,
Bruce and two children Kari and Kyle.
Lisa is a BHS '72 graduate, and is presently
teaching Physical Education at Holy Comforter in
Tallahassee. Irene recently enjoyed a trip to
Cresco, Penn. to attend her high school reunion.
Anna Wolf traveled to Chicago, Ill. to at-
tend the wedding of her sister, Becky Wolf to
Jeff Klugg on July 28, 1984. The entire
family was together for the big event. Her
parents, Jim and Laverne and sister, Henri-
etta came from Panama. Phillip and Hans
attended along with Fritz, his wife, Sue,
and two sons.
The Wolf family and other Zonians will get
together again this summer for another family
wedding. Anna Wolf and Bill Kessler will be
married on August 9, in Tallahassee. Anna is
presently a teacher at Pine View Elementary
School, and Bill is finishing his last semester

of Law School at Loyola University in New
Bobby (Toad) Sommer and his new wife, Gaye
have recently moved to Tallahassee. They
traveled to Panama in November to attend the
funeral of Bobby's father, Louis R. Somner.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ubben visited Mary Jane
and Cash Paulson and their son, Matthew Ub-
ben over the Thanksgiving holidays. The Ubbens
were on vacation from Panama. The Paulson's
Christmas holidays were very enjoyable because
of a visit of their son, Mike, who is present-
ly living in Mobile, Ala.
Over the Thanksgiving holidays, Mabel Watts
traveled to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to visit
her granddaughters and great-grandson. In Ft.
Lauderdale, she visited granddaughter Margaret
(Kelleher) Marsalona and her husband, Steve,
and was a guest in their new home. She then
visited Patricia (Kelleher) Arosemena and her
husband, Angel and their son, Kristopher.
The highlight of her visit was celebrating her
great-grandson's second birthday on November 29.
The worst news of the Tallahassee area affects
many Zonians and some Florida natives. Donald
R. Saarinen, age 25, died on December 1, 1984
in Tampa, Fla.
He was involved in a two car accident in the
Tampa area. He had lived in Tallhassee for
about four years and recently accepted a posi-
tion with an accounting firm in Tampa. Don was
a graduate of Florida State University. He will
not only be missed by us in Tallahassee, but by
all who knew him.
December 1 was the big football game between
FSU and the U. of Florida. What started as a
rain shower ended up as a Balboa down-pour 3
minutes into the game: FSU lost a tough one.
Some of the loyal FSU fans who came from out of
town were Dave and Betty Kelleher and Mike
and Linda (Ramey) Crocker.
A beautiful baby shower was given December 8,
for Charlene (Rose) Burke who is expecting her
first child in February. The shower was hosted
by Mary Lynch, Annie Rathgeber, Ara Norris and
Jean Whitney, who served some delicious empan-
adas! There were many who attended from Dothan,
Ala. and Tallahassee. Those attending were,
excited mother-to-be Mary Rose, Betty Kelleher,
Rosemary Anderson, Dora Kridle, Lois Thomas,
Frances Sampsell, Elsie Woodruff, Ann Marie
Harris, Judy Binns, Mary Jane Paulson, Jill and
Cynthia Paulson, Judy (Paulson) Weaver, Jane
(Paulson) Martin, Twila (Darden) Wilson, Debbie
(Elich) Patton, Marcie Nita, Mabel Watts, Ellie
Husum, Lorraine (Husum) Allen and LaVerne Lar-
Mark Cicero announced his engagement on Dec-
ember 22, to Tracy Morris of Enterprise, Ala-
bama. Mark traveled to Amarillo, Texas to at-

tend the wedding of his brother, Jim Cicero,
to Cheryl Carler on January 5, 1985. Mark
definitely had a good time because the whole
family was together. Marcia and Joe Cicero
came from Panama; Larry and Craig and his
wife, Stephanie and three children attended
the wedding. Mark was able to visit with former
Zonians, Mike Morris, Diane Lester, Mike Bos-
well and Tonya Adams.

!. .


Wade Curtis Wilon at 11 weeks, son of Roy and Twila
Wilson, Tallahassee.

Roy and Twila (Darden) Wilson are enjoying
their new son, Wade Curtis, who was born May
14, 1984. They are happy to report that former
Zonian, Kelly Nolan is presently a house-guest
of theirs. Kelly was a member of the U.S. Olym-
pic Equestrian Team. She was a stable manager
for six yeas, and is hoping to start a career in
Tallahassee. Welcome, Kelly!
The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Burn was held
on January 12, 1985, at the home of Roy and
Twila (Darden) Wilson. Their home is on a
five acre farm outside of Tallahassee. With
temperatures dipping into the low 30's, and the
wind-chill factor bringing it well into the
20's, many Zonians stayed at home. Those who
attended had a great time talking, eating and
trying to stay warm near the bonfire. The food
was excellent hotdogs cooked by Roy Wilson to
the spaghetti salad (my favorite) made by Sue
Before the tree burning, the kids were treated
to a hay-ride down some dirt roads. Not many of
the kids minded the cold some even took their
coats off while burning the trees. Everyone had
a great time and are looking forward to next
Those attending were: Ed, Ellie and Greg
Husum, Janet (Husum) Herrington and son,
Keith, Lori (Husum) and Tod Allen, Anna Wolf,
Adriana Ateek, Mabel Watts, Tom, Lorraine and
Courtney Spencer, Mrs. Roy G. Mason, Shirley
Woodruff Hicks, Viola (Stephens) Whitehead,
Mrs. B. C. Woodruff, Pat and Bess Conley,
and Bess's sister, Martha Lowe, Don and Sue
Darden, Milton and Jane (Paulson) Martin and
children, Jessi and Alan, Lisa and Naren

Paulson, Brian Weaver, Cash and Mary Jane
Paulson, Bobby and Gaye Sommer, Mr. and Mrs.
George Gauger, Les and Ellie Stafford, James,
Debra, Todd and Drew Brigman, Dr. and Mrs.
Thomas Bouland, Doris Peck, John Murphy, Betty
and Dave Kelleher and daughter, Susy and
Steve Tochterman.
Don Darden reported he attended his BHS 20
year reunion last year in Clearwater and really
enjoyed it. He hopes that all former BHS gradu-
ates get an opportunity to attend their class
Late news! Received a call from Robert
Morris who graduated from Annapolis in 1982 and
is now stationed in San Diego. He hopes to at-
tend the 1985 Canal Reunion. Received a call
from Jimny Snider who used to live in Coco
Solo, who says he is presently living in Wash-
ington and says it is cold! Also spoke to Tom
Wilder, living in Ocala, Fla. and says he en-
joys working for the Sheriff's Office.
That's the news from Tallahassee. If anyone
would like to contribute news, please contact me.

Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
(904) 576-0379

Sue Barfield Chelette, Monroe, dropped us a
line and included a charming family portrait.
In November, they all drove to Florida for the
50th wedding anniversary of Sue's parents,
Doris and LeRoy Barfield of Clermont, which
turned out to be a warm and happy family reunion
as well. Not only the immediate family, but all

A Christmas portrait of the Chelettes. Standing: David, 17;
Darianne, 13. Seated: Eddie, 20, Sue Barfild Chelette,
Monroe, La.

of Doris's family and all of LeRoy's family
came, as well as many local and CZ friends. It
was truly a grand celebration with lasting
memories. Sue's eldest, Eddie, is currently
in Panama with the Louisiana National Guard,
building and repairing roads. Before he left,
they all enjoyed two fun-filled days at the
World's Fair, where Sue outdid the kids walking
around taking in all the exhibits. Last August,
Sue enjoyed an overnight visit from a CHS'63
classmate, Pat Lee Moore, who dropped in on
her way home to Alabama from Houston.
A Christmas card from Via Mae and Richard
Dinkgreve of Metairie contained a welcome,
though partly sad, partly happy, little note.
Via Mae is doing well, but Richard, who had
cancer surgery in October, is still not his old
self. The prognosis, he says, is so-so. The
Dinkgreves are expecting their first
great-grandchild in April, which is also the
month during which they have every intention of
celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Our
most sincere congratulations, folks:
"Miss Annie" Gerhardt in the piney woods
near Walker sent a card and a lovely big tin of
those very special commissary French-fruit
cookies. The original recipe ("formula" to
professional bakers, she says) was invented by
her late husband, Louis, who was the master
baker at Mount Hope many years ago.
Terril Goudie, formerly of Metairie, wants
it known that his new address is 9128 Oak
Street, Williams AFB, AZ 85224, which is in the
Phoenix area. He is now a second lieutenant
undergoing pilot training. He also reports that
the BHS 1975 class reunion will be held in
Austin, Texas, on Labor Day weekend. Further
details can be obtained from Julie Booz, 3110
Timber View Dr., Sugarland, TX 77479.
We all missed the regular Gough report from
Marrero last time and just learned Kathleen
and John were on the road September and
October, seeing sights and visiting relatives in
Detroit and Chicago. Among his other interests,
John is studying early man in the Western
Hemisphere. He is a charter member of the
University of Maine Center for the Study of
Early Man and a contributing member of the
Oklahoma Anthropological Society. On their
recent trip north, the Goughs stopped by the
site of the prehistoric mound builders who lived
more than 700 years ago near Tuscaloosa, Ala.
They saw the reconstructed village with
life-sized depictions of daily activities, two
preserved excavations and a museum of
artifacts. Farther along in their travels, John
made a lucky purchase at a small-town fair of 40
Indian stone relics, including spear points,
arrowheads and celts, all for only $15.
Jonathan Green of Panama and his mother,
Lyla Green, spent several days with the Goughs

while attending the World's Fair. Gretchen
and Bill Warren of New Port Richey gave the
Goughs a call when they were passing through.
Candi and Dr. John Harsany of Hemet, Calif.,
also called. Dr. Harsany was an intern at
Gorgas and a close friend and neighbor in the
"Fishbowl." Their son, John Scott Harsany,
was married Dec. 15 to Leslie Annette Marcus
in Shalimar, Fla. Young John is a senior in
computer science at the University of Alabama.

The Harsany wedding party consisting of John Scott Harsany
and his bride, theformer Leslie Annette Marcus of Shalimar, Fla.,
Lydia Harsany, Claire Harsany, Candi Harsany, Jason
Harsany, Dr. John Harsany, Jr., andyoung Adam Harsany.

On Oct. 18, the Goughs were saddened by the
death of John's mother, Mrs. Augusta Martha
Gough, nee Albrecht, 89. They take comfort
in having spent two wonderful weeks with her
shortly before her death. Grandson, John R.
Gough III, phoned recently from Fort Carson,
Colo., with news he would be in Germany for a
month, then return to Korea for another year of
military duty. Linda Lee Gough, their
ex-Zonian granddaughter, is furthering her
ambition to become a chef with a part-time job
as head cook in a Fountain Valley, Calif.,
restaurant. Kathleen and John plan to attend
her high-school graduation in June. While in
California, they hope to see Diane and Jay
French, Marge French, Myrtle and Lee R.
Sparks and the Harsanys. Under separate
cover, John is kindly sending us some Panama
Canal Reviews and the Free Zone publication,
Panama. Thanks, John, that's really considerate
and deeply appreciated!
The Greggs of Mandeville sent a happy
seasonal card with the big news of the birth on
Dec. 5 of their new grandson, Harrison Gregg,
to Lynn and Clayton Brown of Slaughter.
Gene says the score is 2 to 2, meaning the
Browns now have two daughters and two sons.
Marian, Laura, Helen, "Big" Gene and "Little"
Gene returned in mid-January from a whirlwind
trip to Panama. Gene saw all his pals at Elks
1542 and 1414; as well as Elton and Isabel
Bell, Santa Clara; Vic and Maryan Herr,

Cerro Punta; Joe Zizic and son, El Hato;
Charley Van Buren at his Hotel Fundador,
Boquete; Dr. Garcia, El Valle; Laura Bilgray
and Dr. Huertado, France Field; Karen,
Angelina and Jim Palumbo, Fort Davis; George
Lapp, Balboa; and dozens of others including
Luke and Alba Palumbo, the Rev. and Mrs.
Baldwin, Ralph and Anna Fadden. Gene's
pal, Charley Soukup, retired while the Greggs
were in Panama and moved to Ocala. Gene says
all the Greggs had a wonderful trip, a real
fiesta, but it was over too soon. On the local
scene, Gene sends special thanks to Fred Mead,
Dothan, Ala., for the fine collection of hats he
donated to Gene, who looked so poorly at the Gas
House last October. Now the Greggs are resting
up for the Reunion.
John and Suzy Meeker, Baton Rouge, have
returned from touring the Rhine from Frankfurt
to Koblenz and back up the Mosel River to
BernKastel. They took a side trip down to the
Czech border to buy lead crystal and wound up in
Amsterdam with a visit to the Heineken brewery,
Anne Frank house and Van Gogh museum. Now is
the time to go, advises John, while the dollar
is strong. On the home front the Meekers are
true animal lovers, enjoying the company of
three Doberman pinschers and a pair of cats. If
you went to the Baccus parade during Mardi Gras,
perhaps you saw the Meekers. They were the
couple having a ball in front of the picture
windows at the 4141 Club on St. Charles. See
you there next year, folks:

John Meeker of Baton Rouge, overlooking a canal near the National
Museum, Amsterdam.

Wiltz J. Schexnayder in Amite is one of our
best correspondents, always answering our
quarterly reminder letters with news for the
Record and encouragement for your reporter.
(By the way, persuading members to submit news
items is an on-going problem for all the
volunteer reporters. Yet, so I hear, spouses
tussle over who reads the latest issue first and
heaven help the one who tries to read aloud to
the other. As for the volunteer reporters, they
never seem to tire of the occasional compliments

on their efforts. Life is full of mysteries.)
Anyway, we regret to note that in his last
letter Wiltz says bad health is forcing him to
cancel his membership. He hopes to join again
next year if his health permits. Thank you,
Wiltz, for all you kind words.
A delightful item has been received from a man
with a true sense of history -- Bob Wertz,
Belle Chasse. Complete with photos, he
graciously has sent us information on the BHS
annual of 1940, aka The Swink. (If you don't
know what a swink is, please see the pictures.
You still won't know, but at least you'll have
seen one.) There was no Zonian in 1940.
According to Bob, that year the annual was
published by and for the senior class only. In
1941 the Zonian returned. Bob says he can't

A ,,oVer and title page of a unique issue of the BHSyearbook kindly
submitted by Bob Wertz, Belle Chasse, La.
recall all the details, but at the beginning of
the school year there was much commotion over
the election of class officers and a break-in at
BHS. Somehow Senior Day became involved. The
school administration wanted Senior Day
abolished and wanted a re-election of senior
class officers. So the class gave up Senior Day
and held another class election in exchange for
a senior class picnic during school hours, a
senior dance and the unique Swink. Other
concessions may have been involved. Bob doesn't
remember. He kindly photocopied the following
from the The Swink for us, "Last year it was the
Zonian; now it's the Swink, senior from cover to
cover. The old gave way to the new, and in the
new we see just a little green book. But to the
yearbook committee it has been more than just a
book, it has been a job. A peek into the
jounalism room would have shown Jeanne McLavy,
editor, hard at work planning the new volume.
Another glance to a corner of the same room
might have shown Mary Jane Phillips and Agnes
Atkinson with their heads together in search of
new and better ideas. Around the school we
might have seen Xen Hosler on the trail of a
picture or Willard Lucy tracking down the dope
on some senior athlete. And no one could have

missed Jack Schnake with T-square and drawing
board carefully making up mounts. Directed by
Mr. R. W. Collinge, sponsor, another group
composed of Barbara Miller, Robert Wertz,
Jane Stevens, Barbara Stout, Grace Schack,
Bill Brown, John Linney, and Sara Keith,
assisted in the writing of the various features
and contributed their help to the completion of
the volume." Bob concludes by extending good
luck in our search for Zonians and then tempts
us with the thought he might will his Swink to
the collection if another cannot be located.
Bob, please, don't bother me, I'm looking for
may Panamanian voodoo doll with the pins.
And a special thanks to all the other
Louisiana members who sent their reporter
holiday greetings.

Patt Foster Roberson
Report (601) 268-8848


A recent acquisition for this reporter's
bookshelf is the fascinating Panama and the
Canal in Picture and Prose, written by Willis J.
Abbot and published in 1914. The book was
"approved by leading officials connected with
the great enterprise" and claimed to be "a
complete story of Panama, as well as the
history, purpose and promise of its world-famous
canal -- the most gigantic engineering
undertaking since the dawn of time." It is so
interesting, especially the chapter about social
life on the CZ, that it's hard to put it down.
Its 442 pages are profusely illustrated with a
fold-out map, 17 original watercolors (that we'd
love to show the artist Sprague) and more than
600 photographs. These were the days of
Americans standing proud by their
accomplishments. It took hours of rummaging
through secondhand books at an antique sale to
uncover it, but it's a real find! If you have
any old books on Panama and/or the Canal Zone
you'd like to dispose of, please let us know.
Rolf and Joan Powell Arndt, Crystal Lake,
Ill., had a busy and rewarding 1984. Having
spent last Christmas in Denver with Rolf and
Crystal Clary, they were at home this year.
Diana was there and it was hoped Jim would
get some time away from his hospital work and
classes toward a Ph.D. in psychology to be with
them. Joan is involved with Reunion
arrangements for the BHS classes of 1949, 1950
and 1951, and is also looking forward to the
Pedro Miguel get-together. To celebrate their
30th anniversary in October, the Arndts plan a
trip to Panama, especially to tour the Canal,
Darien country and the San Blas Islands.

Susan Halley Bailey of Ocean Springs has had
a hectic few months first moving, then helping
care for her mother, Patricia Adams, who is
recovering from heart surgery. Things are much
improved now, and their only regret is having
missed the Gulf Coast Picnic in September.
Susan and her parents are now looking forward to
the Reunion in June. Susan's brother, Mike
Halley; his wife, Ana; and son, Matthew,
have settled in at Ramstein AFB, Germany, and
are enjoying the countryside and visiting
castles and villages in the area. With any
luck, Susan and her folks plan to take advantage
of the opportunity to visit them later this year.

Robert "Bob" Wallace with the Cruz sisters, Landy and Silvy,
at the San Diego CZ Reunion, September 1984.

Judy Carnright, who recently moved from
Braxton to Jackson, is convinced she never wants
to move again and didn't know one person could
accumulate so much. I could have told her: The
secret is never to get rid of anything and
always to keep a door open for everyone else's
junk. Since family and church work keep her so
busy, the smaller house will be easier to keep
clean and she is closer to her family. Through
the church she has met some of Johnny and Mae
Fahnestock's family. Margaret Cottrell of
Lombard, Ill, and her daughter, Vivian, are
moving to Dallas to be near Vivian's son. A
recent letter from Edna Jenks Tippett (CZ
nurse) found her in Baton Rouge, just returned
from a trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, where Edna
and her husband lived until his death. Judy
also reports that Georgianna's husband, Jim,
continues very sick. Jimmy, the oldest
grandson, was married in January and went back
to Colorado to complete his graduate degree in
biomedical science.
It's often the little pleasures that make life
most rewarding. A brief item in the last Record
inspired the Rev. Fred Raybourn of Austin,
Texas, to telephone his old BHS friend, Henry
Cruz, a retired Navy Senior Chief, in Edmonds,
Wash. They had not seen or heard from each
other in many, many years. The reminiscing

lasted an hour and was so much fun they both
wrote thank-yous. That's what the Canal Record
is all about, folks:
Lanny Gunn of Orlando drove over to Biloxi
in mid-January to bring some wheels to his son.
Eric has been in the Air force since July and
will be in school at Keesler for the next year.
Who expects a young man to be without a car that
long? Lanny's daughters are also out on their
own -- Lisa in motel management in Montana,
and Bonnie, a commercial artist in Virginia.
And speaking of commercial artists -- Lanny
recently heard from old Gamboa buddy, Jimmy
Suddaby, a commercial artist, who lives with
his wife, Mary, at 46 Meadowbrook Road,
Syosset, N.Y. 11791, which is on Long Island.
Jimmy enjoys the annual Statesiders' Carnavalito
in the D.C. area, but hasn't been able to make
it to the big Florida Reunion yet. Lanny and
Edie (in her gorgeous pollera) try never to miss
a Reunion, though most of their time is spent
caring for the folks at their Orange Villa
Retirement Home in Apopka, Fla., a licensed
facility which offers 24-hour care in a
Christian environment.
Those of us whose lives she touched were
stunned and saddened by the death of Mrs.
Harriette A. "Hattie" Laird, 61, of Ocean
Springs on Nov. 7. She fell to her death from
an outside stairwell of an apartment building
where she was delivering meals to elderly
shut-ins. Survivors include her husband,
Duncan Laird Jr.; son, Duncan B. Laird of
Ocean Springs; and daughter, Mrs. Sandy Laird
Perkins of England. Hattie was well known and
deeply appreciated by all of us as a hard worker
and prime organizer of the popular Gulf Coast
ex-Zonian picnic. She will be sorely missed.
Our heartfelt condolences to the family.
Ray and Helen Edwards Magan of Pueblo,
Colo., are making plans to attend their
first-ever Reunion. Helen has been working with
her sister, Anne Hale of Tarpon Springs, Fla.,
on the Pedro Miguel Group Luncheon, which is
shaping up nicely. Ray, former president of the
Coast-to Coast Riders, is looking forward Lo the
Reunion and to "shooting" some of his old riding
buddies -- with video equipment.
And speaking of the Coast-to Coast Riders, by
the time you read this, Larry Mohler of
Fairfax, Va., will have sent a letter to all
former members with known addresses, concerning
a get-together at the Reunion in June. Choppy
White of St. Petersburg is lining up an
activity and Larry is bringing his old movies of
the races.
A card from Helen Munson, Sun City, Ariz.,
finds her excited and happy over the prospects
of a trip to Panama with her daughter, Helen
Frances, and family. They are expecting lots

of changes and hope the experience will not be
too traumatic. We continue to be impressed by
the number of family groups who are drawn to
make just one more visit to their old haunts --
now gone.
Neiman-Marcus in Dallas offers an ingenius
needlework kit in its winter catalog,
advertising "the complex process of creating a
mola by hand can become a simplified, workable
craft." The kit, including a design, needle,
thread and instructions costs $15 with postage
and handling. The illustration consists of
simply two layers of fabric with some embroidery
Jean G. Niemeler, Box 679, Poulsbo, WA
98370, sends the good news that the Smithsonian
Institution has accepted Ed's beloved Panama
islands, Gamez and Bolanos, as the Ed Niemeier
Preserve, to be part of its Pacific Refuge
chain. Ed wanted to protect these wonderful,
still unbuilt-upon islands. Their treasures
will be studied and protected, and not erased by
"progress." If you feel this acquisition is a
real earth-shattering pronouncement, you might
write the Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
D.C. 20560, saying you know the Islands and are
interested in what happens to them. You will
probably hear no news, but something will be
going on.
Word has just been received that Linda Wicht
Paulson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W.
Wicht of Hattiesburg, became the bride of
Duncan B. Laird, son of Duncan Laird Jr.and
the late Hattie Laird, in a quiet ceremony in
mid-December. .Both are employed at a research
lab on the Coast and now make their home at 303
Ward Street, Ocean Springs. Linda has a
teenaged son, Derek, by a former marriage.
Dear friends and next-door neighbors from
Diablo are all doing nicely. Lewis and Vera
Phillips are enjoying retirement in Selma,
Ala., Lewis from the Fire Department, Vera from
Schools. Son Kenny, who is remembered as a
terrific cayuco paddler, is with the Army --
helicopters. He and his wife, a registered
nurse, have a son, 16, and daughter, 14, and
live at 40 Bryan Wood Circle, Savannah, GA
31410. Kenny spent part of January on maneuvers
in California and looks forward to retirement in
about three years. His sister, Beverly, is an
ordained Methodist minister and lives with her
husband, Henry B. Gross Jr., and daughter,
Phyllis, 14, at 3092 Don Quixote Drive,
Dayton, OH 45431. What great times we "kids"
had toodling around the Zone in the Phillips'
little Morris Minor back in the good ole days.
Thanks, folks, I really appreciate your
Thanksgiving Day call.
Velma Medina Reilly got some unexpected
extra time off around Christmas -- with a

not-very-pleasant case of chicken pox. (Wonder
if any little poxes came with her card.) She,
Dave and the girls took six weeks' home leave
last summer, staying a week in New York City
with Isabel Wood Egan and having a great time
seeing the sights and visiting relatives in New
York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. They
enjoyed a pleasant week in Dothan with Gloria
and Joe Burgoon, and ran into Babe Flynn
Kessler there too. In North Carolina they
visited briefly with Larry Horine and his
wife, Dr. Mary Ellen Stacy Horine. Hearty
congratulations to Mary Ellen upon that major
achievement! The Reillys also enjoyed a visit
with Wilma and Merrick Banks, Greensboro,
N.C. Velma sends the news that Emily Newburg
is a brand new grandmother; Patty had a girl
on Dec. 7.
Meanwhile, down on the farm in the woods of
Osyka where mallards are wintering on the
catfish ponds, the Smith family -- Owen,
Gerda, Flaco (a Panamanian parrot) and Kessie
(the dachshund puppy) -- are sharing their usual
happy time. Rusty and Sheila visited from
Panama in July, taking in the New Orleans
World's Fair and French Quarter. A bit later
Gerda's grandchildren from Copperas Cove, Texas,
came for an enjoyable week. September brought
Bill Landon and daughter Lori of
Chestertown, Md., then Nita and Glenn Swann
of Choudrant, La., for visits. After meeting at
the Osyka Funfest in October and touring all the
booths, the Smiths enjoyed a leisurely afternoon
back at the farm with Margarita Stallworth
Smith and children, Jennifer and Andrew.
The children had great fun catching frogs and
making terrariums for them from old plastic
bottles. Buck and Barbara Krueger of Austin
also stop by often. As for the farm wildlife,
the chickens had to be medi-vaced to a
neighbor's farm to save them from a red-tailed
hawk who was making a dent in their numbers.
Kessie has most of her second teeth now, so
doesn't look like a first-grader any more. She
was lovingly house-trained at the tender age of
4 1/2 months, certainly a dachsy record.
Christmas was spent with Karen, Gerda's
daughter, and the four children in Copperas
Cove, with a stop to see Bill Diez and his
family in Houston on the way home. Gerda is
happy with the AT&T folks she works with
parttime and says the products aren't bad
either. By now, Owen will have returned from
a trip to Maryland to be with his mother while
she recuperated from eye surgery. Starting the
spring garden will be the next major project
down on the farm in the woods of Osyka.
Here in the outback of Mississippi, we were
delighted by a visit from old friends, the
globe-trotting Warrens of New Port Richey, on
their way back from seeing their son, Dave In

New Orleans. They spent Thanksgiving in Florida
and returned to New Orleans for Christmas. Now
their plans are to form an RV caravan for an
early spring tour of Mexico and stay on the U.S.
West Coast for the summer to visit friends and
relatives. Their words of encouragement have
been a blessing in keeping up our spirits while
working on this advanced degree. And, thanks
for all the goodies, folks!
Hope to see news in this Record about how Roy
Wilson's Christmas tree burn went in
Tallahassee. Wouldn't it be nice if other
ex-Zonians started this unique CZ tradition in
other parts of the States? Roy and Twila are
having a wonderful time these days watching
Wade Curtis grow and learn. They all enjoyed
a mid-November visit from Roy's dad, LB, and
his wife, Bonnie, who make their home in
Balsam, N.C.
An editorial in Dec. 9 Hattiesburg American
indicates that Camp Shelby, the gigantic
National Guard training ground south of town, is
being considered for the U.S. Army School of the
Americas. The school was evicted from Fort
Gulick Sept. 30 because no provisions were made
in the 1977 treaty to keep it. It has been
housed temporarily at Fort Benning, Ga. The
mayor foresees the addition as an economic shot
in the arm for Hattiesburg's development. It
would bring in 130 faculty and staff members,
many civilian jobs for residents, and about $60
million in construction.
A special thanks to all the other Mississippi
members who sent their reporter holiday
Patt Foster Roberson
(601) 268-8848

North Carolina

The P.C. Society of WNC had a luncheon on Dec.
6th with an attendance of 28. We welcomed new
members: Mr. and Mrs. X. Q. Marshall, Mr. and
Mrs, Max Lermer and Dr. Frank Smith.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick spent the holidays
in Little Rock, Ark., with son Paul and his
family and in Tulsa, Okla., with son John and
his family. In January, Ruth flew to Simsbury,
Conn., to be with her grandchildren while her
daughter, Carol, and her husband Jim
Richmond went to Washington to attend one of
the inaugural balls.
Thomas Kelley, Jr., from Annandale, Va.,
spent the holidays with his mother, Florence
(Trudy) Kelley.
Bill and Skip Hollowell from Orlando and
their son, Cody, from Panama were overnight
guests of Betsy and Truman Hoenke in

December. The Hoenke's son, Roger, from Boca
Raton, spent Christmas with them. In January,
Truman and Betsy went to Florida to visit
friends and spend some time with Roger.
Ruth Still's grandsons, Trey and Chris
Peck, from Princeton, N.J., spent a few days
with her during the holidays.
Betty Bentz flew to Stonington, Conn., for
Christmas with her son, Alen, and his family.
In January, Betty went to Florida for two weeks
to be with her sister in the Tampa area.
Linnea and Ron Angermuller's daughter,
Britta, spent ten days with them. Britta has
been employed recently by Lord and Taylor in
Houston, Texas. Ron and Linnea went to Boynton
Beach, Fla., to be with her mother, Ehtel
01son, for two weeks over Christmas.
Elizabeth Quintero spent three weeks during
the holidays in Silver Springs, Md., with her
daughters, Carol and Beth, and their
Norma and Sam Irvin had their son, John
Robert, with them for a month over the
holidays. John Robert was on his semester break
from Texas Maritime College.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky's daughter,
Barbara Harmon, and their three granddaughters
were with them for Christmas.
From Diana and John Davis, Albemarle: In
October, we drove to Las Vegas via the Grand
Canyon to meet Jack and Lois Mulligan.
After spending four fun filled days, we drive on
to sightsee in California, Nevada and Arizona
with my Dad, Ray M. Smith. Dad drove back to
N.C. with us to spend the holidays.
In October, Betty and Bill Dunning's
daughter, Lynn, from Panama was here for a
week. At Thanksgiving, the Dunnings went to
Knoxville to Betty's mother, Lucille
Flenniken, for a Flenniken family reunion.
They spent Christmas in Tampa, Fla., with Bill's
mother, Jo Dunning, his sisters, Sandy and
Vicki; Betty's mother, Lucille Flenniken,
her sisters, Carol and Frieda, and daughter,
Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


Well I did it, Flew to Florida for plenty of
sun, fun and happy holidays spent with my
daughter Marcy Napoleon and family. We
squeezed in a trip to Bok Tower, Spook Hill,
Kennedy Space Center and St. Augustine. I also
spent a couple of days with my friends and
wonderful hosts, Olga and Paul Disharoon,
before we attended the first Society meeting of

the year. There I saw many former Zone Friends,
and was especially surprised to see Jean and
Adrian Bouche, whom I thought were still
residing in Utah. Was so nice seeing everyone
again, some unfortunately disappeared before I
had a chance to exchange greetings. The
meetings are like mini reunions, everyone
friendly whether you know them or not. I was so
impressed, that I signed up for the June reunion
right then and there, before giving it a second
thought. Pedro Miguelites, here I come!
I returned home several pounds heavier, (ugh),
but oh those yummy foods! I then sorted through
my piled up mail, when I realized the Record
deadline date was approaching fast.
During December, Dorothy and Roy Kennedy
(Colo), were in Vancouver visiting their son
Lee and family. They called on Lucille and
Jack Bunker, before heading north to visit
their daughter.
Art Sutton (Ill.) phoned to send greetings.
His wife, Helen, had taken a fall and was
recuperating slowly. Joe and Connie Young
(Fla), Connie's leg rebuilding operations are
behind her after 15 months in a cast, soon will
be up and around on her own. Marilyn Marsh
(Ore.) visited her mother, Mrs. Metzgar in
Minnesota, who at 91 is not able to travel.
Dorcas and George Copper are enjoying
their new assignment in Lake Chelan, Wa. David
and Dora Mcllhenny (Ariz.), took a three month
6000 mile trip East to visit their son Dudley
and family. They stopped in to visit Cullen
Tomlinson in New Jersey; David's mother (95
yrs) in Virginia; N.C. to visit his brother and
in Georgia they saw Dr. & Mrs. Granadino
(formerly Coco Solo Hospital), now working at
Roosevelt Foundation in Hot Springs, Ga.
Dorothy (Godfrey) Brandt (Ind) went to
England to visit her daughter and take in an
English needlework tour. She plans to attend a
similar tour to Scotland in Sept.
Margaret Davis (Ore.) took a Global bus tour
in five countries for 19 days. She plans to be
in Europe, and to attend a Photographic Society
conference in Seattle later this year. Harry
and Thelma Chan (Panama) spent two weeks in
Hawaii, then on to Dothan, Ala, for a family
reunion with Doris and Neilson Etchberger.
They stopped in to see Marcy and Ed Napoleon
(Fla.)., before returning to the Isthmus. Ruth
Morris (Fla.) took a trip to Bermuda, and
enjoyed it. Lucille Davis (Wa.) spent the
holidays with her daughter Bonnie Dolan and
family in Fla. Max and Earl Wrenn, (Ark)
had visitors, Carol and Joe Coffin; then
spent Thanksgiving in Texas with sons Chris
and Keith and their families, along with
Lottie Tinnin and Fronie Fender. Jim and
Clover (Shobe) Duffus (Wa.) spent the holidays
in Panama with Bill Duffus. They noted a lot

of changes, yet had a good time. Clarice
Hewitt's daughters (Nebr.)-- Rosalie,
-teacher, has a teacher's aide who is from
Rainbow City, and each are enjoying conversing
in Bajun. Betsy,-teacher, has a student from
Panama. Harriet and Steve Dokken had a
great time in Hawaii and brought back some
Orchid plants for their greenhouse.
December 8 was the date for Floyd and Bev
Bakers's forth annual Christmas Party. The
difficulty is the house doesn't grow to
accommodate the new Zonians moving into the
area. This year we were honored to have Tom
and Marlyn Marsh, Billy (Marsh) and Lester
Wallace, Lee and Kathy Snider and son
Jim, Cecil and Donna Caudill, Phil and
Welcia Wilkins and Son Mathew an Daughter
Leslie, Don and Sandy Seymore, Ted and
Billie Paine, John and Michelle Bundy,
John Garnet McLaughlin, Dale and Bonny
Fontaine, Jim and Sherry Hansen, Bill and
Marty Lohr, Del and Donna Bunnell, Beth
and Paul Baker.
New visitors this year were Ed and Mellie
Kennedy, Charlotte Kennedy, Mary Ellen and
Roy Knoop and Daughters Mellisa and
Melina,Bryan McLaughlin, Cheryl 01sen,
Scott Parker, Mike Bjorneby and Friend
Patty, and Steve Herring. The celebration
included Empanadas, Seviche, and Buffet plus Ted
Paines movies of how to buy a Chirstmas Tree in
Coco Solo.
Thanksgiving for Bev and Floyd Baker was a
trip to Houston TX to visit Son Glen and
daughter in law Diane, and guest of honor
Granddaughter Danielle 1 year old. We spent 6
days getting acquainted with Granddaughter and
Christmas shopping. Then on to Arlington TX to
spend a week with Daughter Carol and
Son-In-Law Mike Goodwin and to greet our new
Grandson Brett (6 Months) who we had not seen
before. While there talked to Mike Burza,
Ernie and LaDonna Forrest, and Charlie
Chase. A Great Vacation.
The annual NW Picnic Reunion will take place
August 3, 1985 (Saturday) at North Bonneville,
Wa. (Bonneville Dam). The hosts will be
Clover and James B. Duffus. One and all are
invited to come and join us. To assist our
hosts, please send them a self addressed stamped
long envelope. They will return the pertinent
information regarding the picnic reunion in time
for you to make your plans.
Before the Bajun Book is sold out, I'd like to
put my order in for five copies. That's the
news for now.

Martha B. Wood
NW Reporter.

South Carolina

Thirty members and guests greatly enjoyed a
pre-Christmas dinner at the Midland Valley
Country Club. Out of town guests included
Sands Davis (Shore) of Miami, Gerry and
Diane Cox (Hutchison) of Charleston, S.C. and
Carolyn Rucker (Holmes) and escort. We were
pleased that the J.D. Tates and B.J.
Hartleys came down from Columbia for this get-

Officers of the South Carolina Chapter L to R: Lorna Shore,
Secretary/Treasurer, Olga Holmes, President, Bill York, Past
President, and Kay Pierce, Vice President.

Our March meeting will be a luncheon at the
Ming Yat restaurant in North Augusta, S.C.
The latter part of October, Dorothy and
John Everson cruised to Nassau from Charleston
- and gave the trip rave notices on their
return. Walter and Barbara Alves stopped at
the Eversons for three days in December and
the Eversons also overnightedd" Bill, Skippy
and Cody Hollowell on their return trip to
Norma and Charles Green's daughter,
Virginia Machak of Aliquippa, Pa. arrived in
January combining a visit with househunting in
Georgia, as her husband is presently working in
Waynesboro for Georgia Power.
The Frangionis in Clearwater, Florida (we
have one in S.C. too), had a mini-reunion when
Kay Pierce (Frangioni) and family visited for
about ten days. Also present were Jack and
Kathy Hancock (Pierce) and their baby daughter
Sarah of Lake Jackson, Texas, daughter Jan
of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kay's brother Ralph
Fragioni and family of Walton Beach.
After five months in New Hampshire where they
enjoyed visits from friends and family,
Blanche and Carl Browne returned to South

Carolina October 17th. David Browne returned
in October from Perth, Australia, where he spent
three years on a job with Kaiser, and is now
back in Concord, California. He visited his
parents Christmas week. At an open house at the
Browne's December 30th, a number of ex-Canal
Zonians were present Ethel and DeWitt Tate,
Mary Belle Westman, Peggy and Don Hutchison,
Jenny and Hugh Alexander, and Blanche and
Carl's granddaughter Kathy Waylett. On
January 10th Blanche left for Panama to visit
her daughter, Ellen Major and son Grover
Matheney and their families.
Bob and Billy Rowe were delighted to have
son Bobby and family in Aiken for
Thanksgiving. Both granddaughters, Stacy and
Kelly, are members of the Pembroke Pines
gymnastic team. Unfortunately, the Rowes were
unable to make the trip to Florida for
Christmas, but they and Trudi and Lee Clontz
enjoyed a delicious Christmas meal at the home
of Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock.
Half a block away, on Christmas, Peggy and
Donald Hutchison celebrated the holiday in the
company of their daughter and family, Diane
and Gerry Cox, and grandson Wally.
Among those who traveled in a westerly
direction to spend Christmas with offspring,
were Verna and Andy Kapinos, who headed to
Mississippi to be with Linda Puchon and
husband....Sis and Bill York drove to
Thomson, Georgia the home of their daughter
Norma and family....and Leona and Paul
Badonsky who also celebrated the holidays in
Goergia, with Al and Paula Leitch (Badonsky)
....grandsons Robby and Adam, and son Leo
and his wife.
Lorna Shore's daughters Diane and
Charlene drove to Aiken for Thanksgiving but
Lorna had a much busier time when her very
active two year old grandson, Adam, came to
Aiken to see Santa Claus...along with his mother
and dad Sandy and Bob Davis of Miami.

T. Clontz
(803) 649-2759

Our Society was organized in 1950. Our
members consist mostly of those retired Panama
Canal employees, who served to preserve American
ideals and Canal Zone friendships, during the
construction years from 1904-1914, with some
members holding the Roosevelt Medal, and some
having been on the Canal Zone as early as 1907.
We are the "Mother" of the groups in Texas.

Bob Daniels, living in Dallas and working
for the Texas Power and Light Company, was in
Houston for the awarding of two scholarships, as
a memorial to his deceased brother, Dr. Howard
Daniels, who was a professor at the University
of Houston. Bob spent Christmas holidays here
with relatives.
After several years, Dal and Grace (Keegan)
Thornton, of Lancaster, Texas, were in Houston
for the Christmas holidays. Our Society had a
luncheon for these former members, at Shanghai
Red's restaurant, located facing the Houston
ship channel. Watching the ships in transit and
at the docks made all of us recall this same
sight while living in the Canal Zone.
Our President, Pat Coakley and his wife,
Genevieve, celebrated their 25th wedding
anniversary in November, 1984.
Bill and Helen Rae (Souder) McDougall, of
Tulsa were in Houston for the Christmas
holidays, with three daughters and their
families. Lou Souder has been on the sick
list for several months, but at this writing, is
recovering nicely. He has a housekeeper from
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who has helped greatly.
Lou would enjoy receiving cards from C.Z.
Mrs. Nathan (Tillie) Levy continues to be in
poor health. She is presently taking treatments
at M.D. Anderson Tumor and Research Hospital.
Her daughter, Charlotte of New York, arrives
in Houston in January. How about sending Tillie
a card, now and then?

Irene Wright Hollowell
(713) 747-8887

Diane and Glen Baker were fortunate to
have Glen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Baker
come to west Houston to visit them in November.
I'm sure they had a great time, not just because
of Thanksgiving, but also because they were here
to celebrate the first birthday of Diane and
Glen's daughter Danielle. Danielle has de-
veloped quite a charming personality, her grand-
parents must have been thrilled to be able to
spend time with her.
Another visitor during the Thanksgiving holi-
days was Victor Weedan who came down from cold
Michigan to visit Scott Parker. He stayed
with Scott who shared a house with Mike Bos-
well and Jim McCarrick. Although Thanks-
giving dinner consisted of prime rib instead of
turkey, Victor had a great time just seeing his
Texas lost two of it's most enthusiastic
Zonians late last year. In the beginning of
November, Stacy Parker, who was living in Dal-

las, moved to Alaska. Scott Parker followed
her up there in December. Bobby and Teddie
Parker have been in Alaska for over a year
now. They are glad some of their family decided
to share the experience of living in the Great
Northwest with them.
Diane Lester and Tonya Adams came to visit
Houston from Amarillo in November, staying with
Mike Boswell and his household. We have seen
quite a bit of Tonya since then, in fact, con-
gratulations have to go out to the newly married

Tonya and her husband Mike Boswell.
locating to Houston at the end of
welcome addition to this big city.
you all will be able to congratulate
upcoming Florida reunion in June.
In the middle of December, Diana
married. "Nico" and she took a trip
dam to visit all of his relatives.
managed to make it to Paris and

She is re-
January, a
them at the

Duncan was
to Amster-
They also

areas. Talk about a great honeymoon...Congrat-
ulations to you both.
My own family had a busy holiday season with
my parents, Pete and Marge Foster from Palm
Harbor, FL visiting Drake and me and my sister
and brother-in-law, June and Monty Trim.
They thoroughly enjoyed seeing their two grand-
children, Wade and John. The holidays were
shared with cousins, Debbie and Phil Sanders,
Steve and Carmel Boswell, and Mike Boswell
who had their parents, Shirley and Jerry Bos-
well of Holiday, FL visiting also.
Put all the adults together, plus add all the
munchkins and you have a crazy Christmas cele-
New Years came in with a blast this year with
parties at "Catz" and Eddie McArthur's and
Steve and Carmel Boswell's. I think any
Zonian who wanted to bring in the New Year pro-
perly was at one place or the other (or in the
case of Mike Morris and Rae Spradlin, both
Yvette Dertien Morgan dropped by for a week-
end in the middle of January to visit good
friends, June and Monty Trim. We all would
have loved to have her stay longer, but she had
to return to a ski lesson (and husband) in Den-
ver...Rough life!
See You All in June:!

Colette Carlisle
(713) 859-2439


The Hill Country Zonian's Fifth Annual
Christmas Dinner was held on December 8, 1984 at
the Inn of the Hills, Kerrville, Texas. There
were 120 reservations. The Committee was
jointly headed by Iris Hogan and Honey
Fealey. They are to be commended for an
exemplary job of organizing, planning and
executing the difficult task. The committee
consisted of Marion Wells, Verla Grier, Kathi
Lessiack, Gigi Fleckenstein, Nealie Van Siclen,
Mary Orr, Helen Smith and Bea Rhyne. The
theme was the Christmas Rose. Sue Graham drew
the beautiful rose on the program. The
committee was busy for weeks crocheting rosebud
boutonnieres for the men and rose corsages for
the ladies. Verla Grier made eleven Christmas
Tree table decorations which were used as prizes.

Left: Hill Country Zonians Christmas Dinner, Dec. 8, 1984. MC
Bill Graham. Right: Betty Marshall and Chita Hanna, Kerr-
vile, TX.

Left: Nealie Van Siclen and Helene Fuller Taylor. Right:
Welcome to Texas Anna Van Siclen Wright and Til Van Siclen

Left: Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Dec. 8, 1984. Ralph
and Cindy Richmond, Dallas, TX.; Right: Erick and Taffy
Rhyne, El Paso, TX.

Distinguished guests were Bob and Jane
Roy, Dr. Andreis and Mrs. Nathalie DeBoer
and daughter, Dr. Louis DeBoer. Bob Roy was
recent past president of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Dr. Andreis DeBoer will be
remembered as a Public Health official In the
Canal Zone is now affiliated with the military
in San Antonio. Dr. Louis DeBoer is interning
at the VA hospital in San Antonio.

Elizabeth "Hammie" Davison, Kerrvill, TX and Susan
Smith, San Antonio, TX.

Bill Graham was MC and kept the party going
with his witty comments. The ever-popular
lottery board was run by Marion Wells.
Beautiful prizes were made, donated and won by
the following:
LOTTERY: First Prize, Ceramic Christmas Tree,
made by Noni's Ceramics, won by Eloise Orr.
Second Prize, Agate Clock, made by Les
Johnson, won by Jane Roy. Third Prize,
Needle Point Angel, made by Kathi Lessiack,
won by Taffy Rhyne.
DOOR PRIZE: First Prize, Montuno Santa Claus
Batea, made and painted by Bob and Del Dunn,
won by Marilyn Carter. Second Prize, Mola
Picture Frame, made by Honey Fealey, won by
Bill Fleckenstein. Third Prize, Mola Kleenex
Box made by Helen Smith, won by Dr. DeBoer.
There was a total of 15 door prizes and 13
lottery prizes. Congratulations to all who
helped make this the best party yet.

June Revell, Jack and Marylee Davison. Fredericksburg, TX.

The newest family in the Hill Country are the
Jack Revells. Capt. Revell has recently

retired from the Marine Bureau and they are
making their home in Fredericksburg, Texas.
They bought an old home and are busy renovating
it. Welcome to the Hill Country, Jack and
The Fall months were busy months here in
Kerrville, as I am sure they were everywhere
else. We had many visitors beginning when
Ernest and Lois Van Home came through on
their way home to Arkansas. Mary Orr came on
her annual visit with her family and friends.
It is always good to have Mary and she was guest
of honor at many luncheons and dinners. Helene
Fuller Taylor and her husband Tad cam through
Kerrville on their way home to California. They
visited Helene's cousins, Bill and Aurora Le
Brun in Austin and toured the Alamo in San
Antonio. I had not seen Helen since our senior
year in Balboa High School. The weather was not
very cooperative. We hope they will give us
another chance to show off our area. Becky
Greene and Ann Stahl of San Antonio spent a
weekend golfing in Kerrville. Bob and Lois
(Bergman) Carpenter came from their home in
Phoenix to visit Lois' family, Jean and Carl
Smith and Honey Fealey. Anna Van Siclen
Wright and Til Van Siclen Bogle of St.
Petersburg, Florida spent the holidays with
their sister, Nealie Van Siclen. Anns is the
proud grandmother of a bouncing baby boy, born
to her son Richard and his wife, Ursula.
Our congratualtions to the new grandma. Fred
and Marion Wells and Honey Fealey were
treated to a very special Christmas when Guy,
Mary and Guy Ethan Fealey flew in from
Washington as a surprise for Mary Orr. Jimmy
Fealey and his wife, Sarita were delayed on
their arrival from Florida because of car
trouble. They finally made it though and
continued on to Washington after the holidays.
Mary, Sarita and Guy Ethan flew back; while Guy
and Jimmy drive. Bob and Ruth Adams came
for a week to be with Bob's mother Helen Yoder
during the holidays. Gigi and Bill

94th Birthday. Left to rght:John Lessiack, Katherine Lessiack,
Helen Yoder, Kerrville, TX Nov. 16, 1984.

Fleckenstein had their daughter Mary Louise
Wolverton, and her husband Ventrice and their
granddaughter, Julia from Kentucky for the
holidays. Parker and Chita Hanna had their
daughter, Elizabeth Neal from Torrence,
California visit for a week.
Elizabeth (Hammie) Davison spent the
holidays with her daughter, Estele, in
Kansas. Due to the bad weather she was still
there waiting for a thaw. Iris and Dick
Hogan drove to Dallas to be with Iris's son,
Ralph Richmond and family. Her daughter Mary
(Richmond) Chiles and son Mike Richmond live
in the area, so they had a very merry Christmas
being together.
We are happy to hear that Beth Waddel is
home. Welcome home, Beth. We wish you good
health in 1985. Ed Kunkle is doing fine after
his bout of illness.
We were sorry to learn that Dorothy Orr had
been in the hospital in Houston, but happy to
report she is improving rapidly. Dorothy's
daughter, Carrie Lee of Tallahassee, Florida
visited her mother and sister, Kathy Keenan
over the holidays in Houston.
The Kerrville Canasta group surprised Helen
Yoder with a party celebrating her 94th
birthday on November 16.
At this writing, the Hill Country and San
Antonio have made the National news again. This
time with the most snow ever since record-
keeping began. We've been snowed in for three
days. It is beautiful, unbelievable and we're
ready for the thaw:: Everyone is taking
pictures--wish we had Kodak film stock. The
week before the snow we had heavy rains and
flooding, which bears out the adage: If you
don't like the Texas weather, wait a minute, it
will change.
Renee (Carter) Collins of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
spent two weeks in Panama and here are her
comments: "When I returned to the Zone this
past November, I found it much the same as 8
years ago when I left. Some commerical signs
and street vendors came as no surprise. Public

The Prado, Balboa, R.P., November, 1984. By Renee (Carter)

places such as the Prado, school grounds and the
Causeway are kept trim and clean. The circle
seemed strangely quiet near the vacant Balboa
I was surprised to see the Guardia
Headquarters in Amador and Gen. Torrijos in a
crypt on the golf course (no pictures allowed).
The feeling I got from the people living there
was one of "waiting to see what would happen
next". The community feeling that made the Zone
such a unique place for Americans overseas seems
to be fading away unlike the beauty of the
Leaving San Antonio, Marilyn and Wade
Carter flew away from the fog and rain into the
bright blue skies of Mexico to spend Christmas.
Guadalajara was their main visiting point.
Marilyn reports that the tropical fruits,
delicious seafoods and gorgeous flowers
everywhere surely reminded them of Panama.
They had a side trip to Puerto Vallarta, which
was interesting, but the beaches could not
compare to 'you know where' Panama! One
lovely spot the Carters wish to return to soon,
is Lake Chapala. Many U.S. retirees live there
and it is a lovely place.
The Mexican Peso exchange was great and made
shopping fun. The public market is huge, clean
and full of goodies.

Bea Rhyne
(512) 896-8643

San Antonio

In this great country, or what? Fifteen
inches of snow so far this winter and it's still
coming down. Southerners get all excited, not
used to it, and bounce around like jumping
beans. 307 automobile accidents in one hour.
The city was paralyzed, no snow plows, and
Johnny Carson is in big trouble. He said he
would get married again, oh yeah, when it snows
in San Antonio!
Someone opined that a new ice age is coming,
that it may soon snow on the Panama Canal and
can you imagine that? All the mango trees
turned white and ships bumping into one
another. No more strange than the recent news
that a PanCanal pilot fell into the ocean. Yep,
see Spillway, dated January 4, 1985. Aside from
that, Christmas 84 was a huge success with lots
of presents. None came back to me that I had
ever given before and only one friend sent two
cards, forgetting that she had already sent
one. I love doing this column; it's the only
way I can say anything without being interrupted!
Not everyone is so fortunate. Bradley
Pearson spent Christmas recovering from heart

by-pass surgery but is getting better every
day. In spite of that, he gifted us all with
the fabulous cover on the December 84 Canal
Record. Brad wrote that his daughter Ann is
taking care of him and wife Nancy and "I
always said treat them right when they were kids
and it would pay off when we got older." It's
proud of you we are, Brad.
Remember the four pretty Kalar girls from
Barneby Street, Jean, Harriett, Olive and
Dot? Well, they all got together recently,
with husbands, and cruised the Mexican coast on
board the TROPICALE of the Carnival Lines. Dot
Kalar Kennedy, who wrote for the Canal Record
for many years, reported "The ship was
marvelous, just like the old PanCanal boats .
came home to a snow storm (Colorado) and wanted
to go right back."
In Panama, at the Locks Division, they blew
the locomotive and shop whistles as he left the
last day Donald Grimm retired with 39 years,
5 months and 22 days service. He received a
special achievement award and the gang gave him
a nice card, watch and huaca on a chain. Donald
said it was kind of an emotional chain of
events. Donald and Margo plan to stay in
Panama, then visit his sister, Marie Houghton
in Austin, daughter Patty in Birmingham; then
to Galapagos, Amazon, Argentina and Austria.
That's the life:
June and Dave Stevenson came up from
Panama to spend the holidays in the States.
They visited Lori, Virgil, and Davis in
Atlanta, June's sister in Maryland, and her mom,
Mrs. Rowley in Florida. June even visited the
White House, wow: She said it was gorgeous,
with Christmas trees and poinsettas everywhere.
And if you saw the nationally televised show
"World Champion Skaters Competition," they were
This has got to be the greatest Christmas
present I ever heard of: A $143 Thousand
research instrument. Florence May Farr
received it at Texas A & M and flew off into the
teeth of winter, Ohio, in January, to attend a
seminar and school at Gilford Instruments, Inc.
She is pleased and excited with all the new
avenues of research this will open up at her
Texas lost its best reporter, darling Stacy
Parker. She moved from Dallas to Alaska
because that's where her parents and boyfriend
are. Stacy's Dad was a pilot on the Atlantic
side (Cristobal) and she reports her parents are
doing fine. So will Stacy wherever she goes.
She said she would continue reporting if she can
find any Zonians in Alaska.
Pete Flynn took time off from TRANS-AMERICAN
PRODUCTS, of which he is President and Tycoon
(He could sell molas to Cuna indians!), to

celebrate daughter Leslie Ann's graduation
from School of Law, Pepperdine University, in
California. It was a double celebration really
as Leslie Ann recently became the bride of Mark
Flynn, another lawyer. See photo.
Congratulations on your new son, Pete, handsome
as you are.

The Pete Fynn's L-R Mark, Rae, Leslie, Ann, Pete, Peggy,

Speaking of molas, there is a fascinating new
article about the San Blas in AMERICAS Magazine,
Jan-Feb 1985. Beautiful photos, interesting new
material. Write to Americas, PO Box 973,
Farmindale, NY 11737 for subscription, $15/year.
In Panama, Chick Kline is convalescing from
fractured hip and complications, at home, with
nurse. Please get better soon, Chick. Drop
that nurse; we want to see you at the nice, warm
airport when Jeff and Jan and all of us come
home again.
Pat Kenealy .Scovel now lives in Colorado,
hunkered down in all those drifts, until
daughters Teresa, Mary Ann and Julie
graduate from Colorado State University. Pat is
still working in an optometrist office which she
loves and husband Dennis a Sr Contracts
Negotiator at Hughes Aircraft, while they dream
of sunny California and retirement someday.
Just up the Pacific coast from Panama, Santa
Barbara, CA to be exact, Shirley Dyer Erickson
continues swimming and garnering awards from
around the world. She is a world class champion
in her age group (BHS '41) and recently took
first prize at an International Masters Meet in
New Zealand. That was up against eight of the
fastest women in the world: I have tried to get
her to send a foto, in bathing suit, so we could
all enjoy it but so far, no luck. She does
proudly show, tho, a foto of her darling
grandson with Tom Selleck. Shirley's
son-in-law worked for Tom Selleck on his latest
movie RUNAWAY, and now is working for Steven
Speilberg. Shirley's mother, Mrs. Dyer, is a
champion too. At 88 years, she lives nearby and
maintains her own lovely, small house. Bud
Dyer is fine too, just retired, while he and

Two Tampa City Center
Registration: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Vendors Set Up: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Registration: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM; 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Vendors: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Coffee, Health Department Employees: 10:00 AM to noon
Luncheon, BHS Class of '49-'50-'51: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Luncheon, Panama Canal Society Reporter's: 12:00 N to 2:00 PM
Golf/Luncheon, Seminole Lake Country Club: 8:30 AM Golf; 1:30 PM Lunch
Cruise Dinner/Dance, BHS Class of '55: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Dinner, CHS Class '75 Reunion: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dance-Society's Open Seating/No Charge: 8:00 PM to 12:00 Midnite
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Registration: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM; 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Vendors: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Luncheon, Past Matrons: 1:30 PM
Luncheon, Pedro Miguel Group: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Annual Ball, Hyatt Regency Ballroom: 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Food & Snacks: Hyatt Restaurant remains open after Ball
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Registration: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Vendors: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Annual Banquet Luncheon: Doors Open at 11:30 AM Lunch Served at 12:00 N
Reception/Dinner, BHS/CHS Class of '60: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Co-Chairpersons Sandra Robinson & Shirley Boswell
1. If you plan to register at the 1985 Reunion Please complete and mail in your Pre-Registration Form.
2. Registration tables will be set up Wednesday through Saturday in the Hyatt's Tampa Bay Galleria B.
3. Registration will be set up for members and Guests according to their residence by State or Foreign Country.
4. Registration Hours: Wednesday, June 5 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Thursday, June 6 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Friday, June 7 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. (note paragraph 10 below).
Saturday, June 8 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
5. When you register you will be issued your name tag and your PRE-PAID Society Ball and Banquet Luncheon Tickets.
6. ALL who plan to attend the Reunion should mail-in a Pre-Registration Form as soon as possible. This form will permit us
to have the registration lists and name tags made up in advance.
7. Tickets will be FILED under the Name and State/Country of residence of the member who ordered the tickets.
8. GOLF Tournament Tickets and Non-Society Sponsored (Class reunions, etc.) functions tickets should be picked up from
the Chairman of the function.
9. Tickets Not Picked Up prior to the Ball or Luncheon will be held at the entrance to the function.
10. Registration during the Annual Ball will be limited to only those persons holding tickets to the Annual Ball.

HANDICAPPED: Those using a wheelchair or crutches, let met know and I'll try my best to seat you in a convenient
location. Write or phone Peter Foster, Reunion Coordinator, 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 33563. Tele-
phone (813) 785-8555.

No Tickets Will Be Sold At the Entrance To The
Annual Ball Or The Banquet Luncheon

1. Reservations will be accepted from only members in good standing who have paid their 1985 dues.
2. ALL reservation forms must be sent in with a completed PRE-REGISTRATION FORM.
3. Reservations must be in writing, using the appropriate reservation form provided in the December or March issues of the
Canal Record. Reservations should be sent in with a completed Pre-Registration Form.
4. DEADLINE (Cut-Off) DATE for receipt of reservations is:
Annual Ball May 1, 1985
Banquet Luncheon May 15, 1985
Chagres Invitational Golf May 29, 1985
Reservations must be received by the above dates.
5. If seats to the Ball are still available after May 1, 1985, members may purchase additional tickets for their guests from May
2, 1985 to final cut-off on May 15, 1985, or until all seats are sold which ever is first.
6. Reservations for the Annual Ball is Limited To 1500 Seats. Therefore, reservations will be on a first come first serv-
ed basis. If seats are still available after the May 1st deadline, reservations will be opened to additional guests of members
and assigned on a first come first served basis. Members may request "Additional Guest Forms" when they send in the
original reservation forms.
7. Reservations for the Annual Ball are limited to four (4) tickets per membership (member, spouse/companion, and two (2)
guests). If reservations for more than 4 persons are received, the Reservation Form plus payment will be Returned.
8. Total payment Must accompany reservation requests. One check/money order may cover all (including dues) made
payable to: The Panama Canal Society Of Florida, Inc.
9. Please follow instructions indicated for each individual Reservation Form.
10. If you want to sit with or near another group at the Annual Ball or Luncheon, check the appropriate box on the Reserva-
tion Form and indicate the name of the primary member/requestor of the other group on the back of the Reservation
Form. We will try our best to accommodate but, due to limited seating, it will depend on the timeliness of receipt of the
other group's reservations.
11. Reservations and payment of the Golf Tournament and Non-Society Sponsored functions (Class Reunions, teas, etc.)
should be made directly to the Chairman of the function.
12. We are trying for the first time an OPEN SEATING/NO CHARGE DANCE on Thursday, June 6th from 8 PM to 12
Midnite. There will be continuous live music by Roger Burns and Charlie Cooper's "Copra" latin band. Your atten-
dance is needed to make this a success and an annual event.
13. Mail Pre-Registration and Reservation forms, including check/money order to: The Coordinator, 1985 Reunion,
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.

(Send it in even if you are not planning to attend the Ball or Luncheon)

813 225-1234 TELEX 52735

Welcome Panama Canal Society of Florida attendees. The Hyatt Regency Tampa is excited to host your 1985 Reunion.
Planning for this upcoming convention is well underway and it looks to be a most memorable event! Both the Convention
Committee for the Panama Canal Society and the hotel staff are buzzing around preparing for the Reunion. We anticipate it
to be the most successful reunion yet and hope each and every one of you will have the chance to attend.
The Hyatt Regency Tampa is located in the heart of downtown Tampa. The hotel features two restaurants and two
lounges with nightly entertainment. A complete health club is also available including exercise equipment, aerobics, indoor
and outdoor jacuzzies and our fifth floor pool. In addition, the downtown area is very convenient to various shops, restaurants
and several attractions in the bay area.
On behalf of the staff at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, we invite you to be our guests June 5-9, 1985 to experience a "Touch
of Hyatt". Hope to see you in June!

General PMghps
General Manager

Hyatt Regency Tampa The 1985 Reunion Headquarters Hotel
Located in Tampa, Florida
On the Corner of Tampa Street & Jackson Street
Telephone 813/225-1234
Mail Address:
Two Tampa City Center, Tampa, Florida 33602

1. Room Reservations and deposits should be Mailed Directly To The Hotel.
2. To make your room reservation, use the Hotel Reservation Form provided in this issue of the Canal Record or you may
telephone the Hyatt Regency Tampa Hotel, telephone 813/225-1234.
3. Send one night's deposit, $50.00 per room, or your credit card number to guarantee your reservation.
4. Reservation Cut-Off Date: May 14, 1985 ... Reservations will be accepted after this date on a space available basis, in
addition Reunion Room Rates Cannot Be Guaranteed.
5. Overflow Hotel Reservations will be booked at the Tampa Hilton Hotel (within a short walking distance to the Hyatt)
located at 200 N. Ashley Street in Tampa. Room rates are the same as the Hyatts' rates.
6. Hotel reservations submitted in writing will be confirmed in writing by the Hotel, up to the cut-off date, May 14th.
7. Hotel reservations made by telephone will not receive a written confirmation.
8. Reunion Room Rates ($50.00, one to four persons per room) will be in effect from Sunday, June 2, 1985 through Tues-
day, June 11, 1985. The dates on the Reservation Form and the Hyatt's introductory letter is for the Hyatt's office use
9. Major Credit Cards may be used for payment of all Hotel services.
10. The Hyatt Regency has rooms that can accommodate Handicapped Guests. If you require one of these special rooms,
please note your needs under the "Special Requests" section of the Reservation Form.
11. Transportation between the Tampa Airport and the Hyatt Regency TampaHotel must be obtained from the Central
Florida Limousine Service. Upon arriving at the airport and picking up your luggage, you should go to any of the four
Limo Service Booths just outside the baggage pick-up area, and arrange for Limousine transportation to the hotel. The
present rate is $3.50 per person, one way. The Tampa Hilton provides free Limo Service.
12. Hotel Check-In Time is 3:00 PM. Check-Out Time is 12:00 Noon.
13. Hotel Guests arriving before the check-in time or leaving after the check-out time may request to have their luggage
place in safe-keeping until the proper time. Arrange with the Bell Captain.
14. The Hyatt Hotel has valet parking FREE to members who are guests staying at the Hotel. When the Hyatt's parking
garage is full, the overflow parking will be directed to the City's Ft. Brooke Garage (attached to the Hyatt by covered
walk-way), and a validation ticket will be the attendee's key to complimentary FREE parking.
15. The Tampa Hilton will provide free guest parking and free Limo Service to and from hotel.

1. Driving To The Hotel: Hyatt Corer of Tampa & Jackson Sts., Hilton West Corer of Ashley & Jackson Sts.
A. From 1-75: Take the 1-275 South Interchange and follow instructions B. below.
B. From 1-275: North or South: Take Exit 25 (Ashley & Tampa Streets). Go South on either Ashley or
Tampa Street. Turn left (east) on to Jackson Street. The Hyatt is on the right side corer.
To the Hilton, take the same Exit 25 but go South on Ashley St. The Hilton will be on the
right (west) side of Ashley St. at the corer of Jackson St.
C. From 1-4: Take the 1-275 South Interchange and follow the 1-275 instructions B, above.
D. From SR-60: (Courtney Campbell Pkwy. & Kennedy Blvd.): Turn South on to Ashley St. or Tampa St.;
To the Hyatt, turn left (east) on to Jackson St. and the Hyatt is on the right corer of
Jackson and Tampa Sts.; To the Hilton, stay on Ashley St. and at Jackson St., the Hilton
will be on the right (west) side of the inter-section.
E. From US-41: South: Turn on to SR-60 West and follow SR-60 instructions, D above.
From US-41: North: Turn on to 1-75 or 1-275 South and follow their instructions A or B, above.
F. From US-19: Turn onto SR-60 or 1-275 North and follow their respective instructions D or B, above.
G.From US-92: Turn on to 1-275 North or SR-60 East and follow their respective instructions B or D,
2. Arriving Via Airlines At The Tampa Airport: Upon picking up your luggage in the baggage area, go to any one of
the four Limo Booths right outside the Airport Baggage area, and request limousine service to your hotel. The Central
Florida Limousine Service will transport you to the Hyatt Regency Tampa. Their present fee is $3.50 per person, one
The return trip to the airport from the hotel should be arranged with the Hotel's Bell Captain. The Limo Service has
regularly scheduled trips.
Guests of the Tampa Hilton should contact the Hilton's free limo service, near the baggage area.
3. Parking:
A. Members who ARE staying as guests of the Hotel; The Hyatt will provide Free parking for all members staying at
the Hyatt for the duration of the Reunion. They will utilize The Hyatt Regency Tampa's parking garage first, and
upon the need of overflow, they will utilize the Fort Brooke city garage (attached by a covered walk-way to the
Hyatt), and a validation passport will be given to the member for complimentary parking.

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B. Members who ARE NOT Hotel Guests: Parking downtown is relatively cheap and easy to find. The Old Fort
Brooke parking garage with 1800 spaces sprawling over two city blocks is immediately south of the Hyatt Regency
Tampa Hotel and has an enclosed concourse directly attached to the Hotel. The entrance is on Whiting Street
(one block south of the Hyatt Or Jackson St.), between Tampa Street and Florida Avenue. Rates range, on a reduc-
ing scale, from 60 cents an hour, to $3.75 for four hours and $4.50 for six to 24 hours. After 4:00 P.M. and until
4:00 A.M. each day, there will be a special event flat rate fee of $2.50 for any parking over three hours. In addi-
tion, if you register with the attendant and pay in advance, you can come and go at your pleasure without additional
There are other private parking garages in the area and they are well marked. In addition, city parking meter
spaces in the area are free after 5:00 P.M. daily.
C. Members staying at the Tampa Hilton will be provided free parking.
4. At The Headquarters Hotel:
A. The Hyatt's corporate policy does NOT Permit Any BYOB functions on its premises. Therefore, Bringing Your
Own Bottle will not be permitted at any of the Society's activities in the Hotel.
B. Drink Prices: Members who have registered and are wearing their Society Name Tag may purchase drinks at a two-
for-one price at the Hyatt's bars during hours other than Happy Hours. Prices during Happy Hour will be con-
siderably lower.
At the Annual Ball, special cash bars will be set up and the price of drinks will be sold at $2.00 for house drinks
at $1.50 for beer and wine.
C. The Hyatt's restaurant will remain open after the Thursday, June 6th Dance and the Annual Ball on Friday, June
D. Cash Continental Breakfast will be set up and sold in the Atrium Lounge area.
E. The daily schedule of events will be broadcast on a cosed circuit TV channel in the rooms and the Lobby.
F. The Society will have a HOSPITALITY ROOM set up to answer questions, provide information on members
staying at the Hotel, advise on tours and car rentals, sign up new members, etc.
G. ALL un-sponsored associated functions MUST be cleared through the Reunion Coordinator.

Chairman Paul Disharoon

1. Vendors must file a Vendor's Application Form with the Coordinator, 1985 Reunion.
2. Vendor's Application Forms may be obtained by requesting the form from: Peter Foster, Coordinator, '85 Reunion,
2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 33563, telephone 813/785-8555.
3. A Vendor Fee of $100.00 per vendor has been established by the Society's Executive Board.
4. Only twelve (12) Vendors will be permitted at the '85 Reunion, due to limited space.
5. Approval of Vendor's Application will be based on the fact that the items to be sold are related to Panama Canal
memorabilia. Approved applications will be issued on a first come-first served basis.
6. Applications disapproved will be returned to the requestor and all fees refunded.
7. The Panama Canal Society reserves the sole right to reproduce or use the Society's emblem, therefore, use of the
Society's emblem onitems for sale by vendors is prohibited.
8. If the application is approved, an "Authorized Vendor's" card will be issued and must be displayed at the table as-
signed to the vendor.
9. Due to limited space, only one table (approximately 2 ft. by 6 ft.) will be assigned to each vendor. After the cut-off
date, May 1, 1985, and if space is available, additional tables may be assigned at no extra fee.
10. The Society will not be responsible for arranging storage of Vendor's materials. Storerooms are not available at the
11. The Deadline for receiving Vendor's Application Forms is May 1, 1985.
12. As this is a membership function attended by members Vendors are requested to keep this thought in mind when
establishing their mark-up on items for sale.


Co-Chairpersons Fred &Jane Huldtquist
The Sixth Annual Golf Tournament will again be held at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Boulevard,
Seminole, Florida, on Thursday, June 6, 1985.
The entrance fee is $25.00 per player which includes the Greens Fee, Shared Cart Fee, Morning Refreshments, Prizes,
and Luncheon. It will be a shotgun start at 9:00 A.M., but players are asked to be at the Club no later than 8:30 A.M. for
registration, and morning coffee and refreshments. The fee for non-playing Luncheon Guests is $6.50 per person, and they
are asked to be at the Club no later than 1:30 P.M. If they prefer to come earlier and visit with the players as they pass through

the clubhouse area, they are welcome to do so.
Scoring will be done by the Official Calloway System as in the past. This is the only feasible and fair method because so
many of the players do not have an established handicap.
Prizes will be awarded after the Luncheon for Low Gross, Low Net, Closest-to-the-Pin, and other spot prizes for both
the Men's and Women's Divisions. We would like to encourage more women to participate. Golf reservations will be limited
to 144 players and 36 guests. We are sorry that we cannot accommodate more, but this is the Club's maximum seating capaci-
ty. Reservations will be accepted through May 29, 1985. After that date we cannot make refunds for cancellations. So we urge
you to submit your reservation early.
To facilitate the Committee, please list your foursome and include full payment with your regist ration form. If you do not
have a foursome, please mention anyone you might like to play with, and the committee will endeavor to honor your request,
otherwise we will pair you with people we think you might enjoy playing with. As in the past, you will be required to furnish
your own transportation to the club.
Many of you have asked that we furnish you with a receipt of your entry fee, and an acknowledgement that you are play-
ing in the tournament. If you require this, please send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your Golf registration form
and check, and we will be happy to let you know. Rest assured though, if you do not hear from us, you can consider yourself
playing. All pairing will be posted in the Hotel the evening of the 5th of June near the Registration Area.
As in the past, you will submit your registration form and check made payable to: R.F. Huldtquist. Mail check and form
to: R.F. Huldtquist, 8447-140th St. N., Seminole, FL 33542, telephone 1 -813/397-5846. The Golf Tournament Registration
Form is in the '85 Reunion Reservation Form Section of this Canal Record.

Directions To Seminole Lake Country Club From The Hotel

Take 1-275 South over the Howard Frankland Bridge and continue on it towards St. Petersburg until you reach Exit 15.
Turn off to the right at this Exit (15) and continue straight on 74th Avenue (Park Blvd.) until you reach Park St., a large busy
intersection. You will see a tall condominium complex on your left. Make a left turn and about a Y2 block on Park Street make
a right turn and follow Augusta Blvd. in to the Clubhouse. Reverse directions to return. Early in the morning allow yourself
between 45 minutes to an hour for travel time.

Chairman: Irene Ladrach and Kathleen McNamee

The Health Department/Bureau Employees Coffee will be held at the Hyatt from 10:00 AM to Noon.

Chairman: Richard W. (Pat) Beall

All Area Reporters are invited to a Luncheon/Meeting during the 1985 Panama Canal Society Reunion, to be held at
12:00 Noon in the Hyatt. Details and reservations will be provided by the Editor to each Reporter listed in the November 1984
Annual Issue of the Canal Record.

Co-Chairmen Pete Foster & Joe Hickey

The Society has planned this informal dance to take place in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom from 8:00 P.M. until 12:00
Midnite. No reservations are necessary your name tag will be your ticket to enter. Large groups wanting to sit together
should contact the Chairman or Coordinator to request that a section be reserved for their group. Tables will be set up for
rounds of ten people.
This is NOT A BYOB affair, the Hyatt will have cash bars in the area. Also, the Hyatt's restaurant will remain open after
the dance.
Continuous live music will be provided by Roger Burns at the organ and Charlie Cooper at his Latin "Copra" band.
As this Thursday Dance is an experiment, your help in attending the dance is needed in order to make it an annual affair
and a regularly planned part of the Society's Reunions.

Chairperson Anne E. Hale

The Pedro Miguel Group plans to attend the Thursday Open Seating!No Charge Dance. In addition, they are also plan-
ning a luncheon on Friday, June 7th. Details of their plans and reservation forms may be found in the "Announcements" sec-
tion of this Record. The Chairperson, Anne Hale, should be contacted by April 1, 1985.

Chairman John (Bill) E. Schmidt, Jr.

The BHS '49-'50-'51 Multi Class Reunion will begin with a Luncheon from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. They also plan to attend the Thursday Evening Dance.

Chairperson Marvel D. Townsend

The BHS/CHS Class of '60 group plans to attend the Thursday, Open Seating/No Charge Dance. They are also plann-
ing to hold a Reception/Dinner in the Hyatt on Saturday, June 8th from 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.


Chairperson Doris Ehrman Monaco

The BHS Class of '55 is planning its 30th year by starting off with a Buffet/Dinner/Dance Cruise in Tampa Bay on the
"Belle Of St. Petersburg" from 6:30 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. After the cruise, they plan to attend the Society's Thursday Open
Seating Dance.


Chairpersons Cherie Lee and Patti Kristoff

The CHS Class of '75 is planning a Dinner Reunion beginning at 6:00 P.M. After the Dinner, they plan to attend the
Society's Thursday "Open Seating Dance".

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1985 9:30 A.M.
President Vic May

This is your Society, we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership. Be there for
the election of officers, By-Law Amendments and Committee Reports.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1985
Chairperson Anne E. Hale

The Pedro Miguel Group is planning a luncheon beginning at 12:30 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. The luncheon menu, price,
etc. is in the Announcements section of this issue.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1985
Chairperson Mildred Sutherland

The Past Matron's Luncheon is planned for 1:30 P.M. at the Hyatt Regency, Tampa.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1985

Co-Chairmen Pete Foster & Joe Hickey




8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.
Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Limited to 1500 priced at $6.00 per person
Limited to four (4) per membership (member, spouse/companion and two guests). To be sold on a
First Come-First Served Basis. Mail in a completed Ball Reservation Form with your Pre-Registra-
tion Form.
Continuous Live with LUCHO Azcarraga and Roger Burs, both playing the organ.
Semi-formal No Shorts.
NO B.Y.O.B. .. BYOB is not permitted. Drinks must be purchased at the Hyatt's Special Cash
Bars. Price of drinks will be $2.00 house brands and $1.50 for Beer and Wine.
At the Fort Brooke City Parking Garage which has 1800 spaces. After 4:00 P.M. and until 4:00
A.M., fee per car for more than three hours will be $2.50. The entrance is on Whiting Street just off

Tampa Street (refer to the Parking Directions in paragraph 3 of "Other Reunion Information" sec-
tion. Also, Parking Meter spaces in the area are free after 5:00 P.M.
Deadline (Cut-Off): Which ever is first; the first 1500 requests or May 1, 1985. If seating is still available on May 2, 1985,
and until May 15, 1985, reservations will be open to additional guests of members.
Cancellation/Refunds: Cancellation request must be received by June 5, 1985 in order to have your money refunded.

Chairperson Betty Malone

Time: Doors open at 11:30 A.M. The Luncheon will be served at 12:00 Noon.
Place: Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Tickets: No limit. Priced at $10.00 per person.
Seating: Will be assigned at round table seating 10 persons each.
Menu: Hyatt Salad; Roast Sirloin sliced over french bread crouton, topped with AuJus and Sauteed Mush-
rooms; Potatoes; Stir Fry Vegetables; Carrot Cake; Tea or Coffee.
Note: The actual cost per person of this meal, including gratuity and tax is $13.35. The Society is
subsidizing the $3.35 per person difference.
Reservations: Space is limited to 1500 persons. Past experience indicates that between 600 to 800 members attend
the Banquet Luncheon. As a result, no limit has been set on reservations for the Luncheon. You
must mail in a completed Luncheon Reservation Form with your Pre-Registration Form if you in-
tend to attend the Luncheon.
Deadline (Cut-Off): May 15, 1985 or the first 1500 requests, which ever is first.
Cancellation/Refunds: Cancellation requests must be received by June 5, 1985 in order to have your money refunded.


Chairperson Marvel D. Townsend

The BHS/CHS Class of '60 is celebrating its 25th reunion with a Reception (6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.) and Dinner (7:30
P.M. to 10:00 P.M.) at the Hyatt Regency Tampa.

the Panama Canal Society's 1985 Reunion, they must be cleared with the 1985 Reunion Coordinator, PETE
FOSTER, 2389 Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, FL 33563. Tel: (813) 785-8555.

Roger Burns

The Incomparable "Lucho."


(Send it in even if you are not planning to attend the Ball or Luncheon)


If you plan to attend the '85 Reunion and if you fall into one of the following categories, please fill in and MAIL a PRE-
1. You are Not Purchasing Tickets but you are planning to attend the '85 Reunion.

2. You are purchasing tickets to the Society's Annual Ball or Luncheon Banquet, YOU MUST RETURN THIS

By providing us with the following information you will allow us to prepare our registration lists and your name tag(s) in
advance, thus saving you time when you arrive at the hotel to register. If you wish, you may include nickname or maiden
name for your name tag.

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Mail this form to: Use Only
Reunion Coordinator, Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
FL 33733
Important: At registration time 1. Member'sNa:
all the tickets for all persons listed Address
on the Pre-Registration Form
willbe filed under the member's City
name and State of residence of the
member ordering the tickets. Telephone
Name Tags will be filedunderthe 2 List Name of
State/Country of residence listed
next to their name on this form.

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June 8, 1985 12:00 NOON
1. The Deadline (cut-off) Date for Reservations is May 15, 1985.
3. If you require acknowledgement of receipt of your forms, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope or post
card with your forms.
4. Tickets will be issued at the Registration Tables.
5. Late comers may pick up their tickets at the entrance to the Luncheon.
6. Tables will be arranged for ten (10) seats per table.
7. If you have a group that you want to sit with or near, check the "Group Seating" box on the form and write the
member's name of the other group on the back of the form. Seating will be contingent upon the other group's sub-
mission in a timely manner.



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TAMPA HILTON to guarantee availability.
Administrative Offices ONLY RESERVATIONS MADE IN
Tampa, Florida 33602 THIS SPECIAL RATE.

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Mail this form with a Pre-
Registration Form to:
Reunion Coordinator, Panama
Canal Society Of Florida, Inc.,
P.O. Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, FL 33733.
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There is no limit on the amount
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June 7, 1985 Hyatt Regency Ballroom 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M.
This form Must be sent with a completed Pre-Registration Form.
1. A LIMIT of four (4) Tickets per membership (member, spouse/companion, 2 guests) has been established due to
limited seating.
2. DEADLINE (Cut-Off) date for reservations is May 1, 1985.
3. If seats are still available after May 1, 1985, members may purchase additional tickets for their guests from May 2,
1985 to final cut-off on May 15, 1985, or until all seats are sold which ever is first. Check the "Add. Guest" box
if you want to be considered for additional Ball Tickets. If so, you should include a self-addressed, stamped
envelope for return notification on whether your additional tickets are available. These notices will be mailed after
May 15, 1985.
5. Tickets will be issued at the Registration Tables. For late comers, tickets will be held at the Ballroom Entrance.
6. Sale of Ball Tickets are limited to 1500 seats and will be issued on a First Come-First Serve basis.
7. Tables will be assigned in the Regency Ballroom to the first 1150 reservation requests. The last 350 requests will be
assigned to the Buccaneer Suite, which is adjacent to the Ballroom.
8. Tables seat ten persons each.
9. If you want to sit near or with another group, check the "Group Seating" box on the reservation form, and in-
dicate the member requestor of the other group on the back of the form. Assignment is contingent upon the other
group's submission in a timely manner.

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Make check/money order
Payable to:
Panama Canal Society of
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General Information:
Deposit: Reservations may be confirmed with a $50.00 per person deposit at the time of booking the tour. Full payment is
required 45 days prior to departure. Cancellations: Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to departure will be
subject to a $50.00 penalty per person. Cancellations within 72 hours prior to departure will forfeit the whole amount.
Refunds: No refunds for unused land features. All claims must be submitted in writing to our office within 30 days after
tour ends. Documents: U.S. Citizens must carry proof of citizenship, such as birth certificate, baptism certificate, voters
registration card, or passport. All other nationalities check with entry requirements and United States re-entry require-
ments prior to booking tour. Tips and Taxes: Hotel and entertainment service charges, where applicable, are not
included. Redocumentation: Any changes made after documentation have been issued will be subject to a minimum of
$15.00 per person redocumentation charge. Responsibility: A.I.B. Tours and/or its agents, act only as agent for the pass-
enger in all matters relating to travel and for the various companies over the lines of which tickets are available and
these tours operate, and as such, assumes no responsibility for any delay, changes in schedule, loss, injury and damage
to, or in respect'to any persons or properties however caused, or arising in connection of any services of any trains,
vehicles, carriers, aircraft, motor or other conveyences or hotel which may be used, whether wholly or in part in the
performance of its duty to passengers. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or
event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyences. The passage contract in use by the air-
lines and cruise companies concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and cruise
companies and the purchaser of these tours and/or passages. The right is reserved to withdraw programs in this brochure
and/or make such changes inthe programs) as may be found desirable for the convenience of the parties and the proper
carrying out of tourss.

Our Tampa reunion will be here shortly. Plans are finally formulated so as to offer the very best prices to all members
flying into Tampa, and perhaps going on to Panama together.!

IMPORTANT: Upon making reservations please use code: E.Z.6 P 17
Hawaii, Puerto Rico and all states except Florida: 1-800-327-1295
Residents in Florida: 1-800-432-1217

PLEASE NOTE: If the Air Price war is still going on, EASTERN AIRLINES will match any published fare in the same
market. SO...please urge everyone to obtain their tickets as soon as possible and to call the 800 number and code while the
fares are so low!!!! Example: Houston to Tampa is $178.00 round trip!!!

TO PANAMA MEMBERS: There is no Watts line to use unfortunately. PLEASANTDALE TRAVEL will be happy to
obtain the very best fares with either EASTERN or AIR PANAMA for you. For example Eastern Pan/Mia can be
obtained for $320 as group travel, etc. etc. You can send your names and credit card number with expiration date to Pleasant-
dale Travel. They in turn will process the tickets and return them to either A. Suescum or to each individually.

PLEASANTDALE TRAVEL, 3953 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite 111, Atlanta, GA 30340. Tel: 404-447-4250 or call Shirley at
home: 404-451-4983.


Continental Hotel
4 Days 3 Nights
$492.00 triple
$495.00 double Note: Airline ticket is good for a stay
$555.00 single up to 21 days.
320.00 children 12 and younger
+ Departure Tax U.S. $3.00, Panama $10.00
$50.00 extra Air fare to extend stay to 30 days. Lodging

Continental Hotel
4 Days 3 Nights
$353.00 triple
$363.00 double Note: Airline ticket is good for a stay
$451.00 single up to 14 days.
$244.00 children 12 and younger
+ Departure Tax U.S. $3.00, Panama $10.00
$50.00 extra Air fare to extend stay to 30 days. Lodging

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES: Roundtrip air Miami/Panama, Accommodations 3 nights at centrally located "El
Continental", Welcome cocktail party. Tour of Seco Herrerano and Cerveceria (if time permits), Party-boat trip to
TABOGA, including lunch; music; BEER!, Dinner at LAS TINAJAS, Panama's newest most beautiful typical restaurant.
"rico, rico, rico!" Carreras de Caballo! Round trip transfers and baggage handling, GOLF! FISHING! all can be
included PLUS we are trying to obtain FREE PASS INTO THE FREEZONE!, VIP tour of the Canal, Ballet Folklorico
Optional tours available; Deep sea fishing, Bambito, Contadora, *Side Trips (Full day) w/transfer San Bias
$109.00 includes air, lunch, tour. Contadora $99.00 includes air, lunch, tour.

Left-Right: Jerry Mills (Silver City, Iowa), Shirley van der Dijs
Mills (Panama-BHS/BJC), Janis Bua (Ala. BHS), Ray Bur-
da (David, BHS) new owners of Pleasantdale Travel, 3953 Pleasant-
dale Rd., Atlanta, GA 30340. a las ordenes 404-451-4983. Will
be offering tremendously exciting ADVENTURES!!!BUENO,

Baby sitters are wantedfor the Reunion. If
you or your teen-ager will be at the Reunion
Hotel and want to make some extra vacation
money, please contact the Reunion Coor-
dinator, Mr. Pete Foster, 2389 Citrus Hill
Road Palm Harbor, Fla. 33563. Telephone
(813) 785-8555.





Hyatt Regency Tampa is located at Tampa City Center just
three blocks from Curtis Hixon Convention Hall and six miles from
Tampa International Airport.

Gen await the arrival of their fifth grandchild
Bud Kelleher forsook Jim Kenealy and their
million-dollar legal labors and flew to Dallas
to see his million-dollar baby, Allison. Bud
spent Christmas with his daughter, Ruth Ann
Smith and granddaughter Allison. That's a
beautiful baby Allison looks just like Bud.
way to afford Panama without moving in on my
friends. I hope everyone knows about the group
trip leaving June 10, right after the CZ reunion
in Tampa. Elsewhere in this Canal Record you
will find the Reservation Form. It's a good buy
- Via Eastern or Air Panama, the price is $555.
or $451. for a single, less for a double, which
includes air fare and four days and three nights
at the Continental Hotel. Also to get to the
reunion from States outside Florida, call
Eastern at 1-800-432-1217, use CODE E.Z.6.P.17,
for a 35% discount.
From my dear classmate, Rosemary Millett
Gilead comes word that she has a new grandbaby
Elizabeth Anne. Rosemary is still working, in
the Pentagon, with 31 years service, and I am
proud of her. She said that both she and
brother Tom Millett and wife Thelma (Zerbest)
Millett will all be at the reunion. Rosemary
is going to Ireland with me (after Panama).
Every summer when I want to treat myself I go
to college in Ireland. So University College
Dublin, recognizing a devoted fan, made me a USA
honorary correspondent. It is fascinating, all
pleasure, little work, and the best bargain in
Europe. It's the best way I know of to become
instant Irish and not be treated as a tourist
oddity become a student. If you can make it
to Ireland, you're young enough to learn and
they treat you royally. If anyone out there is
interested, write me and I'll be glad to tell
them how to do it.
From the next room I hear, "Help, snow, help,
help It's very good Jeanne, come here..
what are you mad about?" It's Pupi, the Panama
yellowhead, and it's time for his plump, fresh
English peas and he knows it. When I pick up
the broom to sweep away the sunflower seeds,
apple and chicken bones he flings all over the
floor, he exclaims "Look at that mess!" He's a
clever bird and knows me for the slave that I am.
1984 was Leap Year which the Latins say is a
bad year and it really was. From our old gang
around Playa Coronado, RP, Wilson Dillon, Roy
Downing, Bob Budreaux, Ted Marti, Chuck Howell,
and Norman Fassett have recently died. They
were well known on the Isthmus and they knew the
best of both Panama and the Canal Zone. I don't
have enough facts to do a worthy obituary; I
only know they were the best loved, the kindest,
and the most giving. Sorry to end on a sad note

but "any man's death diminishes me .." and it
really hurts. All our prayers are with the
outstanding families they left behind.
Happy Saint Patricks Day.

Jeanne Flynn Stough
(512) 755-4395


Hello Folks! Ola and Ole'...these two skinny
words, with or without their accent can still
give you that "lift" to greet any occasion...
This time for a healthier and happier year to
We had a beautiful and unusual weather for the
holidays, but a few said, "Where's the snow?
Where's the snow?"
Your reporter always attends the big Panama
Annual event, the 3rd of November Independence
Day held at the embassy in Washington, D.C.
This time I did not receive an invitation and
felt "left out". I didn't call anyone to check
because the weather was nasty anyway. Was later
told that the affair was not given due to
changes in Ambassadors and that there was a
waiting game as the new personnel had not
arrived. So, I felt better...that Panama had
not crossed me off their list:
Received a card for the holidays from Dr. and
Mrs. Robert B. Reppa of Alexandria, Va. saying
they enjoyed our little chat and for thinking of
them and were looking forward to your next
column in the Canal Record! Made me feel good.
A mystery just solved recently was about a large
purple colored program I received about 3 years
ago, and printed on the cover was "International
Christmas Program, Broadcast by Station
C.H.S.". A small note attached said, "Maybe
I'll see you this weekend". (This was just
prior to the C.Z. Reunion in Virginia). No one
came up to me at the reunion: Among the inset
of the program was "Accordian Solo by Stella
Boggs". Well, in one of my calls for news for
the Canal Record, I chatted with Mrs. Reppa,
and she said, "I think my husband sent it".
Sure enough, he did, and they never made it to
the reunion!
In high school days, we (Max R. Boggs) lived
in a corner cottage on 5th Street and
Mantelirio, New Cristobal. The Reppas lived
off 5th St. others around us were the
Wheelers, Heims, South, Tipton, Beldens,
Staples, Washabuaghs, Bruggs, Furrs, Collins',
Hewitts, Hoffman, Kleefkins, William...I wish I
could remember all of them.
Received a letter from Mary (Martin)
Rickards: "Sorry I couldn't get this to you in

time for the December issue. My cataract
operation in September caused some delay...and
after 7 weeks am still mending, with some of the
stitches, but getting back to normal.

These Canal Zoners are Louise and Stanley Stubbs of Bethesda,
MD. and Mary (Martin) Rickards in the Montuna, attending the
Carnalito at Ramada Inn, McLean, VA on June 23; Louise is
wearing a woven skirt from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
The Stubbs, in the photo, resided in Balboa
for three years in 1943 to 1945. Stan worked
with Robert L. Wilhite at the Balboa
Clubhouse, and Louise worked for the Navy. I
enjoyed our short talk several days ago, but am
sorry your husband is not so well. I said a
prayer for both of you. Take care!"
Fern (Horine) Dabill's visit was both sad
and a pleasure. A dear friend of hers passed
away and we attended the funeral at Arlington
Dr. and Mrs. Macon Michaux of New Jersey
visited their daughter, Holly Michaux Enders
of Saverna Park, MD. We talked about the Harry
Dowells, and their retirement, eventually to
live in Jacksonville, Fla. Harry and Macon were
inseperable pals while growing up in Balboa. A
funny story I was told was that Macon would have
to take a nap every afternoon. Harry would wait
and wait...eventually asking Mrs. Michaux when
Macon could come out and play. Mrs. Michaux
would reply, "He can't come out he has
acidosis!". Harry finally found out what that
meant when he went to Texas A&M to become a
veterinarian, while his friend Macon became a
very good dentist in New Jersey now retired.
Your reporter had plenty of excitement in
November. Started with a big family reunion at
Albert and Anita Boggs Collins home in Fort
Valley, Ga. Present were: my son, James D.
DeMarr of Gilbertsville, Pa. with his wife,
Janet and four beautiful girls who finally got
to meet all the family; Brenda (Collins) Rice,

her husband, Jon (met at Ft. Amador) and their
three children, from Tequesta, Fl.; Mark
Collins and his wife Robin (Gibson) of
Jacksonville, Fl.; Harry and Zona Boggs
Dowell and son, Clay and his wife and two
children...all of Jacksonville; Winship Dowell
and his wife, Cathy (Danielsen) of Corpus
Christi, Texas. The gang even managed to play
Trivia Persuit. Later, a trip to Tampa where we
visited Cathy's mother, and her grandmother,
Mrs. Daniels, who lived in Panama for many
years. Both live at Brittany Point, St.
Petersburg, Fl.
Had a wonderful time at Blanch and Walter
Hartmans home in Sarasota. I was able to
attend the Canal Zone Society Christmas/Business
Meeting in St. Pete with George and Mayno
Walker. A treat to see Toodles and Tate
Setzer, Anita Rankin Thompson Gertrude Pearson,
Grace Williams and other friends there. Also
came face-to-face with editor Pat Beall, but I
don't think he remembered my face.
Also went to Ft. Myers to visit Caroline
Hulsebosch Estelle, another Cristobal gal. Had
a surprise for me. For two years she has talked
of her surprise...a full size Wurlitzer organ!
We attended the Organ Club Christmas party and I
played the organ till the wee hours of the
morning. What fun! Yep, we played tamborito
music, too!
I'll sign off with the first Spanish sentence
I learned to say in my young days in Cartago,
Costa Rica, where we spent many vacations: "Vos
queres a ver la vaca." How about that?

Stella (Boggs) De Marr
(703) 524-6276

The Younger


Happy 1985! Hope your Holidays were happy and
that 1985 is treating you well. The
Robinson's enjoyed a Florida Christmas, nice
and warm, with Tom's family on Christmas Eve
and 17 members of my family on Christmas Day.
Sharing a delicious turkey dinner prepared by
the 3 Hambelton sisters, Shorty Morris, June
May and Vonna Huldtquist, were Jim Morris,
Vic May, Jim and Marie (Cicero) Morris, Cori
(Morris) Wheeler and her daughters Jamie and
Ashley, Ken Morris, Kenny Morris, Kelly Morris,
Tom Robinson, myself and our daughter,
Jessica. It was truly a family day!
One of the nicest things about the Holidays is
that you hear from so many friends and family!

Evelyn (Barraza) and Tom Snider wrote that
they are expecting their first child around the
4th of March! Ev is still working and says she
feels fine except that she is having a hard time
sleeping at night. I have assured her that that
won't change after the baby arrives!
Beth (Wainio) wrote that she and Ted
Deaton are still enjoying living in Gatun. Ted
is still a fisherman and this year he landed a
149 lb. tarpon! Beth keeps busy with school
nursing. The 3 younger Deatons, she says, are
growing up fast. Lisa is in Kindergarten,
Neal is in Pre-school and Lori will be 2
soon. All were looking forward to Holiday
visits from Bill and Rose (Grammy and
Pop-Pop) Deaton, Billy Deaton and Patrick
Deaton and their families.
Del and Donna Brunnell wrote that they are
enjoying having their daughter, Cheryl Olsen,
and her 2 children, Crystal and Lance,
living nearby. Their daughter Beverly (Olsen)
and her husband, Bud Bouche, were blessed with
their 4th child in 1984 and their son, Don
Olsen, and his wife, Chris, are still living
in Germany but will be returning to the U.S. in
Dorothy Cheshire wrote that she and her
husband, Alan and their daughter, Stacy,
would be spending Christmas with her family in
North Carolina and New Year's with Alan's mother
and his sister, Janice, and her family in
Virginia. Deborah (Cheshire) and her husband,
Alan, were going to be in Ohio.
Carla (Chambers) Spafford wrote that she,
her husband, Joe and their daughters, Jodi
and Jenny, are all keeping busy with work but
that they plan to take off enough time to attend
the 1985 Reunion!
Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim reports that all 7
Barkeim's had a nice Christmas but now are all
suffering with the flu...that's what 12 degrees
below zero weather does to people! She and
Brian are hoping to attend the upcoming
Becky Woods wrote that she and Dennis are
planning to attend the Reunion also!
Barbara Small wrote that over the
Thanksgiving holidays she and her husband,
Bob, enjoyed the company of her sisters,
Mary, Jeannette and Dora and their families
and his brothers, Mike, Eddy and Mitch and
their families...19 in all! Over the Christmas
holiday they enjoyed a visit from Evertt,
Cathy and Ryan White. While here the Whites
and Todd Small visited Disney World and Circus
World. Barbara also reports that her sister
Helen Grub (Will) along with her son,
Richard (14), and daughter, Ashley (14
months) have moved from Texas to live with the
Snail's in Tampa.

Sue (McCullough) Burk writes that she keeps
busy with work and her family! Her husband,
Jim, recently took up the banjo so now they
keep extra busy attending musical festivals.
Their son, Sean (7), and daughter, Chevaun
(5), are both busy with school. This past July
the Burks enjoyed a visit from Snooky and Mac
McCullough and Sue's sister, Joan, her
husband, Ed, and their son, Jason.
Last, but certainly not least, LuAnn (Ware)
Patrick reports that she and her husband,
Mike, have enjoyed their son, Cody, so much
that in June their family will be growing by 1!
As I'm sure you all know by now the 1985
Reunion is fast approaching! This year myself
and Shirley Boswell have agreed to be
co-chairpersons for the Registration Committee.
We would sure appreciate anyone who would like
to volunteer a few hours of their time to work
on this committee with us! It is a great way to
see lots of people! If anyone is interested
please drop me a line or give me a call as soon
as possible as we are already busy putting
things together!
Until next issue!

Your reporter,
Sandy Robinson
(813) 535-8681


The Hayden's 50th. Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hayden (lone) cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary October
30, 1984 in Salina, Kansas. Celebrating with
them were their three daughters and their fami-
lies; Mrs. Larry Usher (Barbara) of Salinas,
Kansas, Mrs. Duane Larson (Phyllis) of Topeka,
Kansas and Mrs. Donald Porter (Janice) of
Olathe, Kansas. John and lone have 10 grand-
children and seven great-grandchildren. John
worked at the Canal Zone Motor Transportation
Division from 1940 to 1950.

Anne Spencer Lombard engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Lombard of Chappa-
qua, N.Y. have announced the engagement of their
daughter, Anne Spencer Lombard to Mark E.
Cammack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin F. Cammack
of Madison, Wis.
Miss Lombard graduated magna cum laude from
Harvard University and has a law degree from
Columbia University. Mr. Cammack graduated

magna cum laude from Brigham Young University
and has a law degree from the University of Wis-
consin. Both recently completed clerkships with
justices of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.
Miss Lombard is the granddaughter of E. C.
Lombard, who retired in 1956 as Executive Secre-
tary of the Canal Zone, and the late Alice Quinn
Lombard. Her father is general counsel and a
vice-president of Exxon Corporation, New York
City. Mr. Cammack's father is an associate
vice-president of the University of Wisconsin.
After a December wedding, the couple will go
to Indonesia where Mr. Cammack will do research
under a Fulbright-Hayes grant.

Theresa Strey engaged

Teresa Strey and Robert Harmon.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Strey of Grandview,
Missouri, formerly of Gamboa, Panama, are pleas-
ed to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Theresa to Brett E. Harmon, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert E. Harmon of Raymore, Missouri.
Theresa (Terrie) is pursuing a bachelor's deg-
ree in Nursing at Avila College in Kansas City,
Missouri. Brett is employed by Creative Home
Collections, Inc. of Raymore, Missouri.
A June 1, 1985 wedding is planned.

Cherl (DeRaps) James inducted to
Honor Society

Cheryl (DeRaps) James was recently inducted
into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor soci-
ety. The Kappa Nu chapter held the initiation.
Cheryl's mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs.
Donald C. Parker, attended the ceremony at the
Central Florida Community College in Ocala,

The Barfield's 50th. Anniversary

Doris and Lionel LeRoy Barfield celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary November 3rd with
an open house at their Lake Shore Drive home in
Clermont, Florida.
Doris was born in Bonita Springs and LeRoy was
born in West Lake. His family moved to Lee
County in 1929, and the two met while in high
school in Ft. Myers. They married on November
2, 1934 at Naples. They lived in Slater, Fla.
until they moved to the Canal Zone in mid-1940.
LeRoy was employed there by the Locks Division
and the Panama Railroad, where he retired as
dispatcher in 1971.

Doris and Lionel LeRoy Barield.

They bought their house in Clermont a year
before moving here in 1971. Doris is a past
Regent of the Tomoka Chapter of the Daughters of
the American Revolution and past president of
the Bonnie Blue Flag Chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy. LeRoy is a member
of the Clermont Masonic Lodge and has been made
an honorary member here. He is a life member of
the Lodge in the Canal Zone. He also belongs to
Arriving earlier were their two daughters,
Sarah Barfield Cohen of Daytona Beach Shores,
and Susan Barfield Chelette of Monroe, Louisi-
ana. Arriving later was their son, Lionel,
Jr. with his wife, Sue and two daughters,
Sharon Barfield and Laura Sheffield, and
their son, Michael, who is a sophomore at Val-
dosta State College in Georgia.
Grandchildren coming were Sarah's daughter,
Elizabeth who is working on her master's deg-
ree at the University of South Florida, and
Susan's two boys, Eddie and David, and
daughter, Doraine, also of Louisiana.

Also there were Doris' three sisters, LeRoy's
three sisters, his brother, and a number of
nieces and nephews. Numerous friends from the
Canal Zone came from as far away as New York and
Georgia. Neighbors and friends in Clermont were
also in attendance.

Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary
Donovan and Therese Geyer

A fiftieth wedding anniversary was celebrated
by Donovan and Therese Geyer on March 2,
1985, in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Daughters Donna Geyer Bowman (San Clemente,
California), Lynda Geyer (Miami, Florida), and
Rita Geyer Bell (Upper Montere, New Zealand)
orchestrated a surprise anniversary dinner party
for their parents on March 2. A group of fifty
friends and relatives joined them at a Pennsyl-
vania Dutch restaurant in Reading to make their
anniversary a gala and memorable one. The ar-
rival of Rita from New Zealand in February for
a three month visit enabled the family to be
together for the first time in many years.

Therese E. Geyer, Age 78, and Donovan I. Geyer, Age 81.,
November 22, 1983.

Don and Therese earlier celebrated this
banner year with a four-week camping trip from
Reading to the dry wilds of Terlingua, Texas for
the World Championship Chili Cookoff on November
3 and 4, 1984. Don is always on the lookout for
a good bowl of "red". An anticipated rendezvouz
with Dick and Vi Eddy did not materialize
due to logistical problems, but they did visit

several Zone friends en route, among them,
Caroline Murray, a one-time Cristobal neigh-
bor. The Eddy's are from Salem, Oregon, and
Caroline is from Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Don Geyer went to the Canal Zone with
George Allgaier, of St. Petersburg, Fla. in
1942, working together in the Commissary Divi-
sion until 1956 when he moved to the Industrial
Division, remaining there until his retirement.
Therese arrived in 1943 with two young daugh-
ters; a third was born in the Zone. They first
lived in Old Cristobal but soon moved to Cristo-
bal, then Coco Solo and then finally to Margar-
ita, where they lived until retirement in 1965.
Their activities in the Zone included member-
ship in the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star; all
three daughters were Rainbow Girls and two be-
came Worthy Advisors. Don belonged to the
Camera Club early on, and enjoyed many trips to
the Interior and longer travels to Central Amer-
ica with his camera. Therese was also active in
the Episcopal Churches in Cristobal and Margar-
After retirement, the Geyers lived in Ari-
zona while daughter Rita completed her degree
at Arizona State University at Tempe, then re-
turned East to settle in their home town of
The Geyers will not be attending the 1985
Reunion this year, but invite friends who are up
their way to call. They're at 204 Gerry Street,
Reading, Pennsylvania 19611.

Hummer elected to Western Dredging
Association Presidency

Mr. Charles W. Hummer, Jr., Assistant Chief,
Dredging Division of the U.S. Army Corps of En-
gineers Water Resources Support Center, Ft. Bel-
voir, Va. was elected as President of the West-
ern Dredging Association at their annual meeting
in St. Louis, Mo. on October 12, 1984. The
Western Dredging Association is a professional
organization representing government, contract-
ors, educators and suppliers in the specialized
field of dredging in the Western Hemisphere, and
includes members from Canada, United States,
Mexico, Panama and other western hemispheric
nations. WEDA is one of the three international
dredging associations which are members of the
World Organization of Dredging Associations.
Mr. Hummer is the Assistant Chief of the
Corps Dredging Division, which is responsible
for the management of the dredging program re-
lated to the Corps Federal navigation mission.
Before joining the Corps in 1979, he was the
Assistant Chief of the Dredging Division of the
Panama Canal Company where he earlier served on
the staff of the President of the Panama Canal

Co. as Environmental and Energy Conservation
Officer and Oil Pollution Control Officer. He
started his career with the federal government
in 1960 as a research scientist with the Naval
Research Laboratory in Panama, where he special-
ized in the deterioration of materials in tro-
pical environments.
A native of the Canal Zone, Mr. Hummer is a
graduate Chemical Engineer from the University
of Notre Dame where he received both his under-
graduate and graduate degrees. In addition to
WEDA, he is a member and past post president of
the Society of American Military Engineers, a
member of the Permanent Association of Naviga-
tional Congresses, the Society of Sigma Xi, the
Corps' Marine Engineering Board and the Commit-
tee on Tidal Hydraulics. He has been recognized
for Exceptional Performance with the Corps in
1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984.
He has also distinguished himself in community
and service organizations both in Panama and the
United States. He served as president of Rotary
Clubs in Panama and Virginia; a permanent member
of the Canal Zone Coroners Jury; an officer of
the Canal Zone Group Insurance Board; a member
of the Elks Lodge 1414; the Knights of Columbus
and is a member of the Panama Canal Society of
He is the son of Charles W. "Tuck" Hummer of
St. Petersburg, Florida and is married to the
former Sandra Lary, an employee of the Corps'
Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors. They
reside in Lake Ridge, Virginia. He has a son,
Charles W. Hummer, III, from a previous mar-
riage who is a student at American University,
as well as a manager with two Virginia firms
specializing in baby products.

J.O. Barnes' celebrate 50th.
Julius 0. Barnes and Ramona Bliss Barnes
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on
November 1, 1984.
They were married November 1, 1934 in the
Panama Canal and have been Sarasota residents
for 24 years. Mr. Barnes retired from the
Panama Canal in 1953 as Chief of the Payroll
Bureau in Balboa. He had 36 years of government
service, including 6 years in the U.S. Navy. He
is a member of Abou Saad and Sahib Shrine
As a former flight instructor, Mr. Barnes
holds Aeroplane Transport License No. 1 with
Instructors Rating in the Republic of Panama.
Mrs. Barnes retired from the U.S. Postal Ser-
vice in Sarasota, Florida. She is a member of
the Order of Eastern Star, the Canal Zone Birth-
day Club No. 1, and the Panama Canal Society of

Julius O. Barnes and Ramona Bliss Barnes on their wedding
anniversary in Sarasota, Fla.

This special occasion was celebrated with an
afternoon family gathering at the home of her
brother-in-law and sister, George and Mayno
Walker, and included their many sisters,
brothers, and younger generation members. They
received a congratulatory anniversary greeting
from President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, as
well as many phone calls, cards, and messages
from people in many areas, including Hawaii,
Alaska, and Panama.
A special Memory Book was presented them, con-
taining pictures, notes, momentoes and greetings
from their family and friends and former
co-workers and associates.

John Lessiack and Dawn Jenkins


John Lessiack and Dawn Jenkins.

John Lessiack of Kerrville, Texas and Dawn
Jenkins of Kansas City, Kansas, announced their
engagement on Christmas Day. No date has been
set; however, a Spring wedding in Kerrville is
John is the son of Katherine Lessiack and
the late Robert Lessiack of Kerrville, Texas
and the grandson of Helen Yoder of Kerrville.
Dawn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenowan

Janette Pierce and Ben Stallings

Janette E. Pierce and Benjamin Blair Stallings.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Pierce of Granite-
ville, S.C. announce the engagement of their
daughter, Janette Elizabeth, to Benjamin
Blair Stallings, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn
Stallings of Dallas, Texas.
The wedding is planned for June 15 at Lovers
Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas.
The bride-elect is a maternal granddaughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K. Frangioni of Clearwater,
Florida, and the paternal granddaughter of Mrs.
Alice E. Pierce of Graniteville and the late
Gerald L. Pierce, all former residents of the
Canal Zone. She is a graduate of Texas A & M
University and is presently employed as a
Systems Engineer with IBM Corporation in Fort
Worth, Texas.
The bridegroom-elect is presently attending
Texas A & M University and will graduate in May
with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He will
pursue a career in the petroleum industry in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Gerald D. Bliss retires from Naval

Gerald D. Bliss retired from the U.S. Naval
Reserve November 17, 1984. He weas piped over
the side by his shipmates during retirement
ceremonies at Naval and Marine Corps Reserve
Center, Treasure Island, San Francisco, Califor-

He concluded a 27 year career that began a
month after graduating from San Rafael High
School in 1957.
Bliss, who retired as Master Chief, the
highest rate a person can achieve in the enlist-
ed ranks, served three years on active duty, and
completed the remaining 24 years as a Reservist.
He served in two Reserve submarine units and
was advanced to Senior Chief, and with nearly 20
years of service was transferred to the Naval
Air Reserve Program. Instead of being on a sub-
marine trying to evade enemy locators, he was in
the air pinpointing the location of submarines
at sea.

F i
Master Chief Gerald D. Bliss, U.S. Naval Reserve.
He was awarded the Silver Dolphins, a coveted
insignia only qualified submariners are author-
ized to wear.
His civilian career has included employment as
an electronic test technician for Sylvania, and
then to Fairchild Semiconductor. In 1966 he
went to work for Ford Aerospace and Communica-
tions Corporation and is presently a senior
software engineer for that firm.
The Bliss family has been in the Canal Zone
since about 1910 when Bliss' grandfather, also
named Gerald D. Bliss, migrated there with his
family to become postmaster for the then Ameri-
can owned and operated canal.

Al and Mary Bonilla.
Mary Kate Self and Alfredo Bonilla, III
were married in Huntsville, Alabama in May, 1984.
The bride is the daughter of Maj. (Ret) Thur-
man and Judy Self from Decatur, Alabama.
Following the ceremony, they held a reception
at the Redstone Arsenal Officers Club.

Matthew and Christine Tedder.

Christine Marie Renda and Matthew Charles
Tedder were married on June 30, 1984, at Our
Lady of Lourdes Church in Montclair, California.
Christine is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Ramon J. Renda. Matthew is the youngest son of
Mr. and Mrs. Hampton F. Tedder of Rancho Cuca-
monga, Calif.
Their honeymoon for two weeks was spent in
Tahiti. They are both excellent scuba divers,
and could not not believe how unafraid the fish
were that followed them.
At present, Matthew is working with his
father, the firm of Hampton Tedder Technical
Services, in Ontario, California, as an engineer-
in-training, and will graduate from Cal Poly as
an electrical engineer in June, 1985.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Flowers of Wanona, Calif

Mrs. Vivian G. Corn of Wawona, California, and
Mr. Dale Flowers were married in February,
It has been an exciting, wonderful year full
of travel, friends, golf and sharing a home
In July, they enjoyed a 7-day mule trip to the
different High Sierra Yosemite Camps. This pic-
ture was taken at Vogelsang Camp at 10,300 feet
- awesome, beautiful back country, with wild
flowers everywhere and sparkling air.

Doug Russell and an (Lewis) Russell, married on October 20,
1984. (Write-up included in December issue of Canal Record, lower
right of page 46. Photo was only available after press-time.


Sue and Larry Barca.

The Reverend and Mrs. William W Baldwin of El Volcan,

Mrs. Mary (Acker) Hammond of Laguna Hills,
California, and the Reverend William W. Bal-
dwin of El Volcan, Chiriqui Provence, Republic
of Panama were married on Thanksgiving Day,
November 22, 1984. "Father Teddy", a close
friend of Father Baldwin, performed the ceremony
in the Sisters' Convent Chapel in El Volcan.
Attending were Margaret (Peggy) Acker and
her daughter, Jeannette, and Kay Hamilton of
Diablo, and Sister Barbara of El Volcan, who
wrote the wedding vows. A wedding supper for
the bridal party was held at the Hotel Cerro
The Baldwins have been close family friends
for over 40 years. They plan to reside for a
time in El Volcan.

Maureen Egger married Andrew Whitlock, in
Balboa, Republic of Panama on December 29, 1984.
Andrew is the son of Andrew and Frances
Whitlock of Fayettesville, Arkansas.

Mr. Ernest L. Horter and Mary Ann French
were married in Baytown, Texas, on June 30, 1984.
Both Ernie and Mary Ann reside in Ft. Worth,
Texas, and are engineers with General Dynamics.
Ernie is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton
Horter, formerly of Ancon, Canal Zone.
Other former Canal Zone residents attending,
included Mike Perry, who served as best man;
Paco Buehler, Tom Stiers, Debbie (Horton) Wat-
son, Rick Horter and wife, Cathy, Sue Corri-
gan and daughter, Lisa, Tina Mullins, Cathy
(Mullins) Andrews, and husband Jim.

Mrs. Luis Rauld and Mr. Lawrence Barca,
Jr. announce their marriage on Saturday, the 22
of December, 1984, at the Sacred Heart Church,
Ancon, Panama.

Geoffry Gauger and Ellen Tanner were mar-
ried on December 29, 1984 at the Epithany
Lutheran Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
Geoffry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George
Gauger of Tallahassee. He graduated from Bal-
boa High School in 1975, and from Florida State
University in 1980.
He is presently employed by the Zayre Corpor-
ation in Tampa, Florida.

Marcy H. (Mike) Carpenter and Ellen Feder-
off, both of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, were
united in marriage on November 23, 1984. The
ceremony, which was performed by Ellen's
father, Dr. Jessie Lyons, took place out-of-
doors overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Family
and close friends witnessed the marriage cere-
mony and enjoyed a lovely reception.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs.
Jesse Lyons of Columbus, Ohio. The bridegroom
is the son of the late Ira S. Carpenter and
Helen L. Smith, formerly of the Canal Zone.
The Carpenters will be home at 340 Cherie
Court, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. 32548.

Dorothy Detamore and Jurg Kaufmann were
wed in Atlanta, Georgia on November 3, 1984.
Dorothy is the daughter of Patsy and the
late Jerry Detamore of Ellenwood, Georgia.
Jurg's parents are Stephanie and Hans Kauf-
mann of Basil, Switzerland.
The newlyweds will be making their home in
Grand Cayman, British West Indies.

Sheila Prentice Woodson of Raleigh and
Stace E. Horine of Boone, N.C. were united in
marriage at White Memorial Presbyterian Church
in Raleigh. The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. R. Peyton Woodson III of Raleigh, and
the groom is the son of Drs. Mary Ellen and
Larry Horine of Boone, N.C.


Mary A. Poletti is proud to announce the birth
of a granddaughter, Christina Marie, on May
Rose and Dale Martini are the parents and
their son, Michael, 2 1/2 years old is very
happy with his baby sister.

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L to R: Sherwood Horine, Mary Sheryl Horine, Sheila and
Stace Horine, Mary Ellen and Larry Horine.

The maid of honor was Ms. Martha Winslow
Woodson of New York City, sister of the bride.
Bridesmaids were Ms. Gail Woods of Chapel
Hill, and Mary Sheryl Horine, the bridegroom's
sister, from Chapel Hill.
The father of the bridegroom was the best
man. Ushers were Sherwood Horine of Boone,
the bridegroom's brother; Richard Woodson of
Raleigh, the bride's brother; Danny Jones of
Chapel Hill; Mark Harrill, Ronnie Marsh and
James Tugman, all of Boone.
Sheila received a bachelor's and master's de-
gree in Spanish from Syracuse University, and
now teaches at Friend's Central School in Phila-
delphia, Pa.
Stace received a bachelor's degree in psycho-
logy from the University of North Carolina, and
a master's degree in biology from Appalachian
State University in Boone. He is now in his
second year at medical school at the Philadel-
phia College of Osteopathic Medicine and will
finish in 1987.
After a reception at the Capitol City Club,
the couple honeymooned in Nassau, Bahamas and
now live in Overbrook Hills, Pa.
Out of town guests included Col. S. J.
Stacy, (Ret.), grandfather of the groom;
Everett and Kelly Stacy of Cocoa, Fla.;
Fern and Carol Dabill of Phoenix, Arizona,
and Emily Brooks of Lutz, Florida.

Nancy Anne Conley and John Wallace Rowley
were married November 24, 1984.
Nancy Anne is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Michael R. Conley of The Dalles, Oregon.
John is the son of Raymond and Elba Rowley
of Dallasport, Washington.

Megan Colleen Lenard.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Lenard, Jr. (Patricia
Newbury) of Lewisville, Texas, announce the
birth of their first child, Megan Colleen. She
was born on December 5, 1984 at the Presbyterian
Hospital, Dallas, Texas.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Charles M. Newbury (Emily Riley) of Dothan,
Alabama, and paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Charles P. Lenard of Pomona, California.
Megan's great-grandmother is Ms. Lottie
Hardaway of Camden, Arkansas and her
great-grandfather is Mr. Joseph J. Riley of
Dothan, Alabama.

Norma Jean Cofer was born on November 28,1984
in Largo, Florida.
Parents are Sharon (Lane) Cofer (BHS '68)
and Michael Cofer (BHS '65). Grandparents are
Robert and Norma Lane of Seminole, Florida
(30 year residents of CZ) and John and
Barara Cofer of Atlanta, Georgia (Formerly of

Mrs. Walter M. Hartman, of Sarasota, Florida
proudly announces the birth of her first
great-grandchild. Jessica Blanche Burkemper
was born December 18, 1984, weighing 10 Ibs. 6
oz., to her granddaughter, Cheryl (Mclntire)
and Kenneth Burkemper in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Maternal grandparents are Alene Mclntire and
Leo A. Mclntire, both of Tulsa. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Burkemper of
Perez, MO.

Sgt. and Mrs. Scott E. Peters announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Shelbie
Lynn, born August 5,1984 at Tyndall Air Force
Base Hospital, Tyndall, Florida.
She weighed 8 Ibs. 13 oz. Grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Virgil Peters, retired from the
Panama Canal Zone, of Blue Rapids, Kansas, and
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Gallagher, Perrington,
Scott graduated from Balboa High School,
classes of 1979. His wife, Lisa is from
Perrington, Michigan.

Mark and Kim (Edwards) Stephens of Hampton,
Georgia are happy to announce the birth of their
daughter, Ashley Dawn, on December 5, 1984.
Ashley weighed 8 Ibs. 4 oz.
The maternal grandparents are John and Gail
Edwards, former Canal Zone residents and now
making their home in Hampton, Georgia.

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Anna Mae Kaye Hancock Anderson, 77, of
Aiken, South Carolina, died January 6,1985 at
her residence. She was the former Mrs. John
Hancock and lived in the Canal Zone for many
years. She lived in Aiken for the past 18 years
and was a homemaker. She was a member of St.
Thaddeus Episcopal Church and a member of the
Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Bruce H. Hancock of
Aiken, born in the Canal Zone; and a daughter,
Mrs. Freddie A. Reynolds, Edgefield.

with the U.S. Navy, and was then employed as a
machinist with the Industrial Division, and
later with the Panama Railroad, after he
returned to the Isthmus in 1970.
Following his retirement for job-related
disability, he was engaged in several business
enterprises in the Republic and resided in Santa
Clara. He was a member of Elks Lodge #1414.
He is survived by a son, Sean; and a brother,
Ronald, of Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Robert E. Bauman, 38 of Miami, Florida, died
on December 28, 1984 in Miami. He was born and
raised in the Canal Zone, attending Balboa
schools and C.Z. Junior College. After serving
in the Air Force he was a Computer Programmer
for Ryder Systems, Inc. of Miami. He had been
receiving medical treatments for seven and a
half years at the University of Miami Medical
Center. He was an Episcopalian.
He is survived by his brother, Ronald L. of
Miami, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.T. (Slim)
Bauman of Fairhope, Alabama.

Earl Frank Beard, 56 died May 9, 1984 at his
home in Rescue, California after a year's
illness with a brain tumor. He was the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Hodges Beard, a
daughter, Kathy Beard Rivers; two sons, William
and Arthur; two grandchildren, Rachel Rivers and
Johannah Beard and a grandson, Nicholas Earl
Beard. He is also survived by a sister, Edna
Dildine of Paradise, California.

Richard W. Chesson, 68, of Alajuela, Costa
Rica, died December 2, 1984 in a Virginia Beach
VA Hospital. He was a retired police officer in
the Police Division in the Canal Zone. He had
been a former policeman in the Norfolk police
department for 12 years. He was a member of the
Khedive Shrine Temple and a 32nd degree Mason.
He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of
Police in Panama.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam; three
daughters, Roxanna Chesson of Alajuela, Costa
Rica, Sandra Walker of Austin, Texas, and Jackie
Branch of Virginia Beach; two sons, Donald
Chesson of San Jose, California, and Richard
Samuels of Illinois; a brother L.T. Chesson, Jr.
of Branford, Florida, and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held in Costa Rica.

Michael L. Angermuller, 44 died in San
Fernando Clinic, Panama on October 31, 1984. He
was born in Gorgas Hospital and graduated from
Cristobal High School. He served for 11 years

John H. Diaz, 64, of Plano, Texas, died
January 4, 1985. He had been in poor health
since his disability retirement as Clerk of the

Court, Christobal, Canal Zone.
He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, Graduated
from Cristobal High School, and was a veteran of
the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a Roman
Catholic, a member of the of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, and was active in Boy Scouts
of America where he was awarded the Silver
Beaver, the highest award bestowed on a
volunteer. He was also very active in the Lions
He is survived by three sons; Captain John,
Jr. of Offutt AFB, Nebraska; David, of
Riverside, California; and Richard, of Houston,
Texas; four daughters, Mrs. Sheila Fraguela of
Panama City, Panama, Mrs. Olivia Rodrigues of
Riverside, California, Mrs. Lee (Ligia) Dolese
of Irvine, California, and Mrs. Alexis Patton of
Carlisle, Pennsylvania; his mother, Mrs. Elisa
Diaz of Towson, Maryland; a brother, Arthur
(Fred) of Cary, North Carolina; two sisters,
Mrs. Carmen Cosaraquis and Mrs. Helene Brunner
of Baltimore, Maryland.

Tristan Enjuto, husband of the former Regina
Quinn died in Madrid, Spain on December 19, 1984.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Tristan of
Segovia, Spain; four daughters, Kathleen
Herence, Diana Torrent, Patricia Martinez and
Alexandria, all of Madrid, Spain; five
grandchildren; a sister and a brother.

Maj. Gen. Robert J. Fleming, 77, of Menlo
Park, California, died July 21, 1984 after a
brief illness. A graduate of West Point in
1928, Gen. Fleming helped build the Fort Peak
Dam in Montana; built the road to the top of the
Haleakala Crater in Hawaii and helped build dams
and assisted in the reconstruction in New
England after the disastrous floods of the
He was a former governor of the Canal Zone,
serving in 1962 to 1967, after which he retired
from the U.S. Army. He was the recipient of the
Distinguished Service Medal, the French Croix de
Guerre and was an officer in the Legion of Honor.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth, and two
daughters Eleanor Skinner of Palo Alto and
Patricia Schwartz of Sunnyvale, California.

Vincent J. Gonzalez, 87, of Miami Florida,
died on December 18, 1984.
Only information received shows a son, Vincent
Gonalez of Massapequa, New York, as his survivor.

She is survived by a brother, Robert C.
Herrington of Clearwater, Florida.

Robert H. Hicks, 81, of St. Petersburg,
Florida died January 18, 1985. He was employed
in the comptroller's office as a claims examiner
for the Panama Canal Company until his
retirement in 1962. He was a charter member of
Crossroads Baptist Church, St. Petersburg; a
50-year member of Masonic Blue Lodge AF&AM, and
Past Grand Junior Warden of the Canal Zone
District Grand Lodge. He was awarded the Joseph
Warren Medal of Honor from the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts; a 33rd degree Mason and a member
of the 33rd Degree Club of Upper Florida; and a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Surivivors include his wife, Mary Belle; two
daughters, Dorothy Anne Chapman, North Carolina,
and Mary Alice Kelley, Houston; two brothers,
Gordon G., Clearwater, Fla. and Wright A.,
Stockton, California; a sister, Margaret Reed,
Washington, D.C.; six grandchildren and four

Claude S. Howell, 86, of Crosby, Texas, died
on November 25, 1984 in Gulf Coast Hosiptal,
Baytown, Texas. He was born in Gaffney, South
Carolina and retired from the Canal Zone Fire
Department in 1945.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, of Crosby,
Texas; two daughters, Claudis Howell, of
Deltona, Florida and Vera Ryan, of Dothan,
Alabama; a son, Jack, of Virginia Beach,
Virginia; eleven grandchildren, twelve
great-grandchildren and three

Marvel E. Iglesias, 75, of Aligandi, San
Bias Is., Panama, died November 26, 1984 a few
hours following by-pass surgery in Houston,
Texas. Born in Frankfort, Michigan, she
attended Nyack Missionary Institute and in 1932
married Alcibiades (Lonnie) Iglesias. They
founded the first stable schools of San Bias.
After the death of her husband in 1965, she
continued to carry on, working with the Kunas
until her death. In 1983, she was presented the
Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa by the Republic
of Panama for 50 years of service to the Kunas.
She is survived by three grown Kuna children
which she and her husband adopted; Marvelita,
Jud and Lonnie, Jr. (Sonny).

Thelma C. Herrington, of Palm Harbor, Florida,
passed away December 21, 1984.

Wilhelmina K. Kariger, 73, of Sequim,
Washington, died December 28, 1984 after a long
Minnie was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and was
a graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of
'29. She left the Panama Canal Zone in 1964
where she was a Clerk/stenographer. She married
Lee Kariger in March 1981 and was a member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida; the Sequim
Presbyterian Church and was a Past Matron of the
Order of Eastern Star in Panama; Past Royal
Matron Of Amaranth of Port Angeles, Washington;
and Past President of NARRFE, Chapter 1006,
She is survived by her husband Lee; a son,
Michael Rudge of Anacortes, Washington; three
daughters, Patricia Nellis of Sequim,
Washington; Marcia Fox of Dunellon, Florida,
and Barbara Halko of Roy, Washington; her
stepmother, Leda Kleefkens and a brother,
Hermanus A. Kleefkins, and a sister Johanna
Freudigmann of Tampa, Florida and ten

Harriett Ann Laird, 61, Of Ocean Springs,
Mississippi, died an accidental death on
November 7, 1984. Hattie was well known
throughout the Isthmus for her many
contributions to community affairs.
She is survived by her husband, Duncan Laird,
Jr.; a son, Duncan Bruce Laird, Of Ocean
Springs; a daughter, Sandra D. Perkins, and two
grandsons, Laird S. Perkins, and Duncan Peirce
Perkins, currently residing in Guam.
Memorial Services were held at the St. Paul's
United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs.

Josephine Kam Lim, 62, of Panama, Rep. of
Panama, died suddenly in Miami, Florida on
December 16, 1984 while on vacation with her
family. She was a former employee of the U.S.
Navy in the Canal Zone.
She is survived by her husband, Alexander;
three sons, three daughters, three grandchildren
and several sisters.

Eugene C. Lombard, 87, of Coral Springs,
Florida, died January 23, 1985. He went to the
Isthmus in 1918 and was appointed Executive
Secretary of the Canal Zone Government in 1949.
Early in his career, he took leave from the
Canal to serve with the United States
Plebiscitary Commission in the Chile-Peru
boundary dispute under General John J. Pershing.
In 1926, he married Alice Quinn of Pedro Miguel,
daughter of Patrick Quinn and Jane Corrigan

During his long residence on the Isthnus, he
was active in community affairs, and headed the
Boy Scout Council; the American Red Cross
Chapter; the Balboa Baseball Club and the Canal
Zone Baseball League.
Upon his retirement from the Panama Canal in
1956, he was awarded the Order of Vasco Nunez de
Balboa in the grade of Gran Oficial.
He had a second career with the Catholic
Relief Services and headed that organization's
offices in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatamala.
He and his wife came to St. Petersburg in
1977, and after her death in 1983, he moved to
Coral Springs.
Survivors include his daughter, Elaine Newland
of Coral Springs; his son, Richard of Chappaqua,
New York; seven grandchildren and two

Nanette Marie Lynch, of Alexandria,
Virginia, died December 16, 1984 after a long
bout with cancer. She was a Balboa High School
graduate of 1945.
She is survived by her sister, Catherine M.
Schenck of Alexandria, (BHS '42); a niece, Monte
Peters; a nephew, Terry A. Schenck; one
grandniece, Wendy Peters and a cousin, Carol

Dorothy MacSparran Matthai, wife of Henry J.
Matthai of Mechanicsville, Virginia, died August
28, 1984.

Alice Jordan Rogers, 86, died June 18,
1984. The daughter of William B. and Mary Hill
Jordan, she went to Panama in 1907 with her
family. Her father was a conductor on the
Panama Railroad. At the time of her death, she
had started a tape of her memories of Panama.
She was married in Panama and left there in 1921.
She is survived by a daughter, Phebe Edington
of Bluffton, Indiana.

Clifford V. Russell, 82, of Sarasota,
Florida died December 21, 1984 at Memorial
Hospital. He was retired after 30 years service
with the Panama Canal Zone Health Bureau in
1960. He also served on a special commission
under Gen. John J. Pershing and was a former
airport manager for Pan American Airways in the
Canal Zone and Central America.
He leaves his wife, Helen; and a daughter,
Elizabeth Russell of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Donald R. Saarinen, 25, of Clearwater,
Florida died December 1, 1984 in Tampa, Florida,
as a result of injuries sustained in an
automobile accident. He was born in the Canal
Zone, attended C.Z. College and graduated from
Florida State University. A certified public
accountant, he was employed by the firm of
Coopers and Lybrand in Tampa.
He is survived by his wife, Karen I
(Mcllvaine) who was also a former Isthmus
resident, and currently living at 201 S. Aurora
Ave. Clearwater, Fla. 33575. Other survivors
include his father, Robert J. Saarinen, Balboa
Heights; his mother, Margaret L. Saarinen, who
recently left the Isthmus to make her home in
Columbia, S.C.; his twin brother, Albert C.,
stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army; two
sisters, Mrs. Laurie J. Siltz, stationed at Fort
Hood, Texas, with the U.S Army, Lynn E., J.D.,
an attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and other

Edward A. Small, 73, of Tampa, Florida, died
November 20, 1984 at St. Joseph Hospital of a
heart attack. He retired in May, 1971 as a
Leader Diesel engine mechanic of the Facilities
Engineer, Corozal, U.S. Army.
Survivors are four sons, Robert, Eddy Jr.,
Mike and Mitch; a daughter, Joyce; nine
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Audrey Snyder, of New Port Richey, passed
away on December 28, 1984 after a brief
illness. She was the widow of Joseph H. Snyder,
Dockmaster at Mt. Hope Mechanical Division
during WWII until 1950, at which time he
returned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the
same capacity. She went to the Canal Zone in
1937, lived in Cristobal and returned to her
birthplace, Vineland, New Jersey in 1950. In
1966, she and her husband moved to New Port
Richey where she lived until her death.
She is survived by Marian A. Rice, of Los
Angeles, Calif.; Patricia Parsons, Tampa, Fla.;
Jim Snyder, New Port Richey, Fla.; Jack Snyder,
Vineland, N.J., twenty one grandchildren, twenty
one great-grandchildren, three brothers and one

Louis Sommer, a well known electrical
contractor in Panama, is known to have died in
November, 1984. Memorial services were held in
St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, on November 17.
No other information has been available.

Viola Souder passed away in her sleep while
visiting Herb Souder, in Michigan, in June, 1984.

Dorothy Allen Stevens, of Titusvllle,
Florida died December 28, 1984 in Jess Parrish
Memorial Hospital, Titusville. She retired from
the Panama Canal Company in 1975 where she was
secretary to the Chief of the Navigation
She is survived by her husband, John H.
Stevens of Titusville; a son, Allen L. Blaney of
Panama; two daughters, Lois Stevens Peredes,
Panama, and Margaret Stevens Spradlin of San
Diego, California; a brother, Harry H. Allen,
Jr. of Reston, Virginia, and twelve

William L. Stilson, 86 and a well known
Atlantic side resident of Panama, died November
28, 1984 in Samaritan Hospital. He will Be
remembered by his many years of association with
the Margarita Bowling League and with Brazos
Brooks Golf Club where he was honored with a
Life Membership.
He is survived by his brother, Louis, of
Orlando, Florida; and his sister, Edith
(Frederick) of Baltimore, Maryland, and Alice
(Pincus) who resides in La Boca, Panama with her
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert

Stanford C. Stone, 67, of Plant City,
Florida, died Feburary 15, 1984 from a heart
attack in Plant City Hosiptal. He was born in
Tampa, Fla. but lived most of his life in the
Panama Canal Zone where he attended schools in
Gatun and graduated form Cristobal High School.
He retired as a Civil Service accounting clerk
in Balboa Heights. He was a Prebyterian; a
member of Ancon Masonic lodge and was a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his widow, Edith Coplan
Stone of Plant City; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

Brig. Gen (RET) Herbert D. Vogel, 84, died
August 24, 1984. He held a succession of
high-ranking assignments over the past 30 years
with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was
Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority;
Division Engineer of the Corps' Southwest
Division; Adviser to the World Bank, and was a
former Lieutenent Governor of the Panama Canal.

Cmdr. Fred E. Whipple, U.S.N.R. (Ret), 59,
passed away November 19, 1984 at his home in
Medford, Oregon. He graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1944 and graduated from Kings
Point Merchant Marine Academy in 1947. He was
employed with Aids to Navigation in Gatun and

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Brown
Whipple; sons, William and Michael of
California; stepmother Ruth E. Whipple of
Dunedin, Florida and a sister, Betty Games of
Central Point, Oregon. Burial was at sea.

Christian W. Wirtz, 77, of Los Altos,
California, passed away October 23, 1984. He
worked for many years for the Commissary
Division in Mount Hope.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Los Altos,
a daughter, Christy Ann, of Lafayette,
California; five sisters, Elizabeth Stahler, of
Palm Bay, Florida, Dorothy Houx, of Anderson,
South Carolina, Margaret Diehl, of
Hendersonville, North Carolina, Geraldine
Longshore, of Newberry, South Carolina, and
Gertrude Vavak, Of Lake Isabella, California;
three brothers, Edison, of Horse Shoe, N.C.,
Jack, of Hendersonville, N.C. and Robert, of San
Francisco, California.

Dr. G. Russell Wright, M.D., of Aurora,
Colorado, passed away January 6, 1985.
He is survived by his wife, Edna J. Wright, of
Aurora, Colorado.

Where Are You?
Anyone know the whereabouts of Judy Mohr
McDonald, last known area of residence was
Michigan?. Also my friend and classmate,
Barbara Stout, (BHS '40)? Please Call Anita
(Daniels) Asmussen, 513 Center, N. Muskegon, MI

'My mother is trying to locate "Corrine
Bressie", who married Ted Sutton in the Canal
Zone. Ted was a fireman at Balboa. At the time
of his death in February, 1950, they lived
across the Canal near Arraijan. They had two
children, Rose Marie and Margaret.
Later, Corrine came to the States and married
a Mr.Dixon. The last information we have is
that Corrine attended a Panama Canal reuion a
few years ago.
If anyone can give us Corrine's address, it
will be greatly appreciated.
Harry Akers, Jr., 826 'K' Street, #4,
Anchorage, Alaska 99501.

Mrs.Margaret Cole Padilla, of 369 Alohmar
Terr. San Gabriel, California 91755 (her parents
are Raymond and Katherine Cole) is trying to
locate Ted and Hanner Cook. Ted's wife,
Hanner's nickname was "Cookie". Last known

residence was in the Richmond, Virgina area.
was a policeman in Margarita, and she was
bookkeeping in Mt. Hope in 1950.

Wanted: Current address and/or phone numbers
the following, who graduated from Balboa High
1935. Ladies listed with maiden names:

Elizabeth Akin
Gloria Amberg
Francis Anderson
Mathilde Brewerton
Lucille Cook
Daisy Field
Bill Fleming
Bill Gormely
George Haldeman
Grace Harris
Fred Henrickson
Mary Maguire Anderson

Jacqueline Malsbury
Margaret McElhone
Betty McKee Hoffman
Betty Nolan
Joyce Rance
Josephine Reiber
Tom Roth
Aileene Smith
Muriel Waters
Raymond Welch
Harry Wertz

If anyone has the needed info, please send to
Gene Hamlin, Box 577, Carthage, N.C. 28327 or
to Wilma Wickens Kennerd, (Mrs. Edward), Box
6841, Dothan, AL 36302, Tel: (205) 793-4073.

Please help us locate the following members of
BHS Class of '55:
Eva M. Altuna Bill Kommenich
Gladys Amar Nancy S. Lesley
Edna Arjona Ricardo E. Lopez
Colleen Winkey Barnett Bruce Malcomb
Wilmur Blackaby Sue Marshall
Joan Pat Brennan O'Brien Georgia McGinn
Pat Ann S. Caldwell Gladys Melendez
Pedro Chaluja, Jr. Donna Murchison
Claire Claxton Carol A. Newman
Ralph A. Conner L. Steve Park
Olga Critch Gretchen Reynolds
Carole Dunn Gloria Rinker
Andrew Fazenbaker Bryant Rogers
James E. Fitzpatrick Natalie Sager
Robert I. Fogel Carol Schrantz
William C. Greene Jean Sieffert
Dawn D. Griffiths Jerry Skelly
Sylvia J. Hagborg Fred A. Smith
Helen Hallax Tom Smith
Barbara Hammond Sally Strope
William Held Judy Titus
Edward R. Henry Eleanor Van Zandt
Dixie Humes Ramon Vega
Jean J. Kelly Sue Weaver
Regina Kierszenblat Bob Whitus
Tonia Kinsel Jackie Yates
David Yerkes
Please send any info you have regarding their
friends, employers, military/goverment
affiliations, etc. to Joe Wood, Box 2697,
Balboa, R.P. or to Doris Ehrman Monaco, 1017
Sousa Drive, Largo FL. 33541

Letters to the Editor

The Harris Family of Grovetown, Ga

PFCAsa F. (Skipper) Harris, Ralph Dewey Harris, andJack
D. Harris.

Pictured are Ralph Dewey Harris of
Grovetown, Ga. proudly standing between his two
sons, Skiper Harris, who is a P.F.C. in the
U.S. Army Special Forces at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and
Jack Harris, a Lieutenant J.G., navigator on
jet fighters of the U.S. Navy stationed in
Seattle, Washington.
Dewey and his wife, Joan (Lawler) were
long time residents of the Atlantic side. Dewey
is a retired Panama Canal Commission Harbor
Master and is now pursuing his favorite pastimme
as hobbyist.

Captain Michael J. Poletti left for Germany
on May 22, 1984 for a three year assignment.
He is in the Armor Division of the U.S. Army.

Mary Aanesen reports that she was confined
to a hospital and Nursing Home for two months
after suffering a stroke on her right side.
She has returned to her home in Fairhope,
Alabama and would welcome news from her friends.

Mrs. Juan Hidalgo states she was ill in the
San Fernando Clinic in Panama, and is now on the
road to recovery.
She wished one and all a successful New Year.

Ruth (Reynolds) Drake writes that Claire
Ogden is now in a nursing home in Pittsfield,
MA. Many members may remember her as being in

charge of an orphanage in Panama. Her sister is
also in the same nursing home. Those wishing to
write may address correspondence to the
Berkshire Nursing Home, Inc. 360 W. Housatonic
Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

John Irvin
John Irvin, son of Sam and Norma Irvin,
formerly of Los Rios, spent the summer of 1984
aboard a Lykes Bros. clipper ship. As part of
his 3rd Mates training at the Texas Maritime
Academy. John was required to sail each summer
for three years.
John was aboard the S.S. Dolly Turman from
May 25th until August 6th and visited many
exciting and beautiful Far East ports, including
Posan, Korea; Singapore; Bangkok; Manila and
Yokohama. John also made his first crossing of
the Equator on July 4th. He transited the canal
on June 6th and was allowed shore time to visit
friends in Balboa before sailing into the
John is presently a Senior and plans to
graduate and sit for his 3rd Mates license in
August, 1985.

Jim Doran visits Panama

"I visited my father, Jimmy Doran. Enjoyed
Lucho at Amador for New Year's Eve. La Area
del Canal hasn't changed that much physically.
In 1979 during my last visit people were
up-tight. Now oldtimers (I'm 45) are dealing
with the change of status very well. Saw
Irene and Ray Will (Aunt and Uncle), Jim,
Robert, Darnell and Margaret, (another Will
family, cousins all). The place has not lost
its charm. Of course, I came back to snow and 0
degree weather."

Jim Doran
Severna Park, MD

From Mavis Fortner:
Happy New Year to all my friends who did not
receive Christmas Greetings from me in December.
Enjoyed my summer at Lake Calabogie and
Ottawa, Canada so much that I returned to see my
first white Christmas!
During the summer I sailed, swam, went
canoeing and saw loons, ducks and herons on the
lake and also saw the first geese flying south
in September.
In December I tried cross-country skiing,
walked in the snow and enjoyed cold weather -
even the freezing rain and sleet! A real treat,
thanks to the Joyce family.
My brother, Pat Beall, and Frank Joyce
were RCAF Squadron-mates during WWII.

Mavis G. Fortner
Orange City, Fla.

From the Frauenheims in Seminole,

Christmas was special this year with the
gathering of our whole family. Lynne and her
two children, Thomas (11) and Daniela (8)
arrived from Freiburg, West Germany on December
21. Karl, Lynne's husband, a practicing
dentist, could not make it this year. Gene
and Lynne (Wellington) with their four
children, Darrel (13), Leslie (11), Christi
(8) and Greg (5) arrived from Houston on
December 22. Our villa is not very large so
Gene's family made their headquarters at Lynne's
father's condominium in Countryside.

L-R Back row Lynne (W), Gene, Kerner, Darrell, Lola, Al,
Neil. 2nd Row Tara, Darlene and Jamie, Leslie, Lisa,
Thomas, Foy, Lynne. 1st Row Christi, Darren, Ryan,
Daniela, Greg, Ashlyn.

We all had Christmas Eve Dinner at our home.
It was good to hear so many children laughing.
On December 27, Neil and Darlene (Daly)
and their three children, Ryan (7), Darren (5)

and Jamie Ann (3) arrived from Merritt
Island. On December 29, Lola and Al (a
Commander in the USN) arrived with their three
girls, Tara (20), Lisa (16) and Ashlyn (5)
from Pensacola where they were transferred in
July. They have recently purchased a home there
and like it very much. Tara is a second year
student at the University of South West Texas,
San Marcos, Texas.
The weather was perfect the whole time and the
kids enjoyed our swimming pool, shuffle board
and pool table. Kerner made a good referee.
Lynne and her two children left a lot of snow
and cold in Freiburg, so they really enjoyed our
sunshine and swimming.
With the help of good friends I had places for
them all to sleep, so everyone was comfortable.
It was truly a memorable Christmas for us.

Kenner and Foy

Terry Zemer back from visiting family

Terry Zemer, of St. Petersburg, Fla.
returned in November from a 6 week circle tour
to Indiana and Santa Fe, New Mexico, before a
California visit to house and family-sat while
daughter, Connie Sue Baumgarner and husband,
Darrel, vacationed in Hawaii.
While there, she had lunch at Santa Cruz
boardwalk with Cecilia Maisel, recently
retired from Anestheesia-OR staff at Gorgas
Hospital, now living in Fremont, California.
Last stop before returning to Gulfport, Fla.
was with a schoolday classmate now in San
Antonio, Texas.
In December, son, David Zemer visited in
California for the holidays, then on to
Mississippi, Florida and Boston to see more
family, before returning to Europe.

The Traveling Torstensons

Capt. and Mrs. C. V. Torstenson, of
Kingsland, Texas write that Curtis and
Alberta George stopped to see them last
February. In March they drove to California to
visit their daughter, Carol, who now has her
own business making architectural models.
Luclle's (Torstenson) sister came for a
visit in mid-April and drove back to Minnesota
with them at the end of April.
The summer was a busy one for them with a trip
to Michigan, as well as having their
grandchildren Nathan and Gillian Gruman
(their daughter, Mary's children) with them
for 5 weeks.
They finally got back to Texas in Mid-October
later than usual, because they stayed for
Lucile's 50th high school class reunion.

They are now settling back into their winter
routine and love it. They send their best
wishes to all their friends.

Edward C. Overstreet III,
Staff Sergeant Edward C. Overstreet III is
assigned to the 41st Military Airlift Squadron
at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. He is a 1977
graduate of Cristobal High School.
The son of Mary and the late Edward
Overstreet of Tallahassee, Florida, has been in
the Air Force about 6-1/2 years. He is a
loadmaster on an Air Force C-141B aircraft.
Flying takes him to many places in the world,
from Africa to the Middle East, Europe, South
America the Far East and all through the
States. On many occasions he has been to Panama
and visits old friends still living there. (He
has been known to bring back some of Panama's
Ron Cortez).

S/Sgt. Edward C. Overstreet II.

He has participated in many military exercises
and was also involved in the invasion of Grenada
(for which he received an Air Force
Commendation), and airlifting equipment into
Beirut after the bomb blast that took so many
American lives. He twice had the honor of
dropping the Jumping Ambassadors of Panama; a
parachute team he watched so many times before
when he was young. On a few occasions he gets
to carry the President's limo's on board his
Ed is now a scheduler and instructor for the
41st loadmaster section and is currently working
on an Associates Degree in Traffic Management.
He hopes to make Tech. Sergeant soon.
If any of his old friends are ever in
Charleston, please stop by or give him a call.
(Address: 7766 Ginger Lane, Charleston Heights,
S.C. 29418).

Rolando Linares writes:

Rolando Linares writes the editor that
"things are a little relaxed now that the mad
rush to stock our cupboard before the loss of
privileges is over. Now that it is all over we
can sit back and joke about it. The
commissaries were selling items by the boxes. I
get the impression from hearing people talk that
the number one item every one stocked up on is
toilet paper; everyone has toilet paper up the
(ceiling). I bet the PX and commissaries never
made so much money as they did during those last
two months. As you might know, the Balboa
Commissary closed for good on the last day of
September, so on that afternoon, there was a big
party on the parking lot in front of the commy.
At any one time there must have been
approximately 50 persons there, drinking and
setting off firecrackers and other fireworks.
From there, at about 8:00 p.m., everyone went to
the Elks to continue the party. The Stag Room
was opened so the women could come in, and when
I left at 11:30, the party was still going
strong. I heard the next day that it lasted
till about 3:30 a.m."

The Stuarts' hectic year

A nice Christmas card from the Stuarts says
that "This has hardly been a quiet year for
Jim and Dorothy Stuart. We spent the month
of February in Taxco, Mexico, enjoying the
weather, seeing old friends and making new
ones. After a month at home we flew to
Frankfurt, Germany, and thence to Passau where
we boarded a new Danube River boat for an eight
day cruise down the river as far as Budapest,
Hungary. On the return trip, we stopped at
several river ports, the most unusual,
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, and up into the
Carpathian Mountain country. We also visited
Durnstein, Melk and Vienna, Austria, and finally
disembarked at Passau in Germany. After Munich,
a lively and "fun" city, we joined a TWA land
tour in Vienna, captivating as always, and for
several days proceeded by bus, and finally a
lake steamer to Salzburg, Oberammergau,
Innsbruck, Leichenstein, Zurich, Mainz,
Heidelberg and Lucerne. The countryside of
Bavaria and the Swiss Alps are surely worth ten

Rosemary Martinez visits
Costa Rica and Panama
Rosemary Martinez (Dignam) of San Juan,
Puerto Rico reports the following: On November
21, 1984, during a brief visit to Costa Rica, I
got together with a dear friend, Gioconda

Pucci, who resides there. She had as
houseguests, Peggy Adams (McLeary) and her
husband, Don, who reside in Long Island, New
We three gals were all graduates of Cristobal
High School, class of '41. Mucho reminiscing
took place about the good old days, and
husbands, Don Adams and Joe Martinez put up
with our chatter very patiently.
We then visited Panama City and were
houseguests of Josephine Attia (Ender) for
three fun filled days. Made a special trip to
Colon to see another wonderful friend, Mary
Coffy (Melendez). This was truly a special
Thanksgiving week.

Clifton Hallett checks up on brother

Mae and Carleton Hallett were surprised by
a visit from Clifton and Marion Hallett of
San Carlos, California. Clifton, brother of
Carleton Hallett, was a former employee of the
Panama Canal (Dredging Division) and had also
attended schools in Panama.
Clifton and Marion went to Panama in order
that Marion could see where Clifton grew up and
later worked. Needless to say, Clifton was
amazed at the changes which had taken place....
This was particularly true since Clifton left
Panama in 1943 to enter the Merchant Marine.
Among the many places visited were the San
Bias and Perlas Islands. Upon their return,
they spent one week with Mae and Carleton
Hallett, now living in Melbourne, Florida, and
spent some time with both Carleton Hallett, Jr.
and family, and Judy (Hallett) Lawrence and

The "Chiva Chiva Chicas". Top Grace (Schack) Wilson,
Middle row: Betty (Chan) Snow, Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore,
Bottom row: Trudy (McConaghy) Roberto, Carole McClain
and ackie (Bowen) Hall. Not in photo: Doris (Van Evera)
Graham. .Saipuedes

The Boynton/Grieg Clan......

The Boynton/Greig clan of San Juan Bautista,
California, wrote a newsy Christmas letter as
Bob and Niza Greig semi-retired with
part time job hauling grandchildren on our
weekend excursions with thousand trails.
Lance, Jennie and Nathan (now 18 mos. old)
still busy farming on their section of this
ranch. Linda, Steven and Nicolle (now 7
months) raising chickens on their section.
Lorna, Mike and Michelle (now 4) live on
their 700 acre ranch. Lorna works for me 4 days
a week, gardening, banking, and general taking
over when we are not at home.
George Victor Boynton (now called "Vic")
still single, lives in his own home in San Jose
with his three kids, Heidi beautician;
Todd college; and Kristy high school.
Rena, Bruce, and Tessie, still in Palm
Springs. Her kids, Johnny and Gall in
Colorado; Mark and his new wife in Oklahoma -
Army; and Luke at Florida State University.
Edna and Roger Rosa in their new home in
Morgan Hill with Jill and Polly. Both girls
are out of school now and working.
Rudy and wife Gloria happy with their
angel girl of 1-1/2. Thane and Teresa in
last years of high school. They live in San
Jose, one block from Myrna.
Myra and Harold Ericksen, still in San
Jose with Heather college; Andrew and
Jennie grammer' school; Tina in Hawaii with
husband, Mark; Harold, Jr. in San Jose in his
new home with wife and 2 year old Steven.
Mama will be returning from Ecuador on the
14th of December. She spent the last 3 months
there with her sister, Esther (the last of her
immediate family). I went with her for 5 weeks
together with some very close friends from
Stockton. I fully realized that this would be
my last visit to Ecuador so I saw almost all of
mama's family and toured all of Ecuador with
them. Spent 2 weeks in Panama renewing old
friendships. Sheila Leach Egger and Dick
gave a cocktail party at which time we renewed
old memories with Bill DeLaMater, Skipper
Rowley and wife, Beverly and two beautiful
daughters, Rene and Adrien, Dave Stevenson
and June (Rowley). Bob and Rosa Fishbough,
Gabriel and Julie (Robertson-Leach)
Rodriguez. One week was spent with the
Uriola family in Panama City and another week
was spent in the Interior at Mary Leach
Robertson Egolf's (now Isaacson) place in
Coronado Beach. Had a fantastic time with
Rhoda Fox at her place eating lobster,
swimming in the ocean and in her pool. She is a

friend of my cousin Curt Darden who lives in
Tallahassee, Fla.
SPRING: Went to the Big Valley took in
some rock hunting in the high desert as well.
April and May found us fishing in Baja in the
famous Sea of Cortez, Mexico with friends.
Toured the Redwoodk country, Wine country,
gambling of Tahoe and Reno, Sacramento and San
SUMMER: Spent several weeks in the high
mountains of Mammoth region with friends. A
grand reunion was held here on the ranch for the
Leach family (formerly of Cristobal and
Balboa). Pat Leach lives here on the ranch.
Mary Leach Isaacson married one of my
husband's close friends. Lorna and Jack
Childers from the East coast, and Dick,
Arthur and Shiela Egger (still of La Boca,
Panama). The Leaches and the Boyntons lived
next door to one another in Cristobal for years,
as well as the Rowleys, Williams, Fishboughs,
Terwilligers, Kellehers, Haywoods, Magners,
Brennens, Dicksons, Christians, Whites and
Washburns. Pat Leaches three sons (all West
Point graduates) came too Gary, Doug and
Jim. Gary now has a son (Pat's first
grandchild). Jim is the only one not married.
FALL: Am on the Republician Women's speaker
bureau and President of San Benito County
Republican Women as well as on the County
Central Committee, so this being election year,
I have been extremely busy in between trips
working on the President's behalf. Bob is still
spending Monday nights at his orchestra practice
as he is with the Big Swing Band that has many
week-end engagements (15 piece) and Herb Miller
(Glenn's brother) has been playing a lot with
them. We are fortunate in having him join the
band so often.
Looking forward to the Reunion in June. SEE

Lois (De La Mater) Bates writes
from Hawaii

Re: the December 1984 Canal Record: a splendid
issue, with the welcome news reports, photos,
reminiscences, and despite the sadness of "With
Deep Sorrow". The issue was anxiously awaited,
as it apparently travels by slow boat from China
(I mean California). This issue surely prods
the yen to attend the June Reunion (especially
if the BHS Class of '35 reunites, as implied in
letters from Issie (Schloming) Cummings and
"Chickens" (Wickens). Don't think I shall be
able to make it, alas but if I should, would
volunteer to assist. However, my daughter,
Katya DeLaMater plans to attend. She just
departed, after a spirited six-week visit "home"
Hawaii nel convinced her to return here to
live (despite the required four months in "jail"
her Samoyed "Tashi" must endure (quarantine).
I have a Hawaii friend who has visited Panama
and who is hoping eventually to purchase an
island in the Perlas! I heard from Janet
(Koperski) Taylor that she met a physician
headed for a job on Guam who says he worked at
Gorgas Hospital in the 1940's name of
Ricketts. I have a captivating friend "Casey"
Casey (Margaret) who lived on and worked for
the Fifteenth Naval District in the 1940's. We
met here and were both with the USG in Siagon.
She retired in Saudi, where at her retirement
party, she fell on the dance floor and broke her
ankle, and had to be med-evacced to Hawaii for
various repairs.
I keenly enjoy the bajun items in the Record,
especially Charlie Helm's tale. Reminds me of
an incident on Big Island (Hawaii) a couple of
years ago. A friend and I were visiting the
quaint, bucolic Volcano House on the rim of the
Mauna Kea volcano crater in late December. As we
were sitting in the cocktail lounge un trago
in hand a nice looking man with white hair
approached me, kissed me on the mouth, and said
"Merry Christmas". Startled, I stupidly said
"Oh, you do look familiar:" He said "I
certainly should! I've only known you 60-some
go-derned years!" Bob King and his wife, Marj
(Foscue), whom we were going to visit later on,
along with daughter, Karen and a friend.
Quite a coincidence, since none of us had ever
been to Volcano House before and all six of us
had rooms side by each at the hotel. (Bob is
a master of the bajun lingo.)

Happy New Year! (Hauoli Makahiki Hou)


The Blue Pacific, on Hampton Tedder's boat.

From Arthur (Fred) Diaz:

(Fred informed the Canal Record on the
passing away of his brother, John Diaz, who
died peacefully in his sleep from a heart
attack. Very sad news. He had only just
returned from a happy Christmas visit with his
children in California).
"My wife, Edith (Sanders) and I spent our
Christmas holidays in Clovis, New Mexico,
visiting our son, Robert, his wife, Janey,
and our four grandchildren. Robert is a Lt.
Col. in the Air Force and is stationed at Cannon
AFB where he is Staff Judge Advocate.
Edith, her mother, Mrs. Grace Sanders and
I left Cary on December 14 for Florida. Stayed
overnight with Jeanne (Crouch) Sanders at
Inverness. Spent the 15th with Louie and
Virginia (Sanders) Kleefkins. Saw nephew
Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkins who had
flown in from the Dalles, Or. to spend the
Christmas season with his and her parents. We
left Mom Sanders in Tampa after her lovely eight
month visit with us in Cary, and we left on the
16th for New Mexico. Enroute to Clovis we
stopped overnight in Lubbock, Texas, phoned
Ernest and Lucille (Crews) Terry, and they
came over to our motel where we had a great
three hour gabfest recalling old times. Ernest
and I graduated from CHS together and hadn't
seen each other since about 1949.
We had very mild weather on our trip west, but
the proverbial stuff hit the fan on our trip
home. We were caught in a violent snow/ice
storm in Arkansas when 1-40 east was closed for
100 miles, including all the bridges into
Memphis. 600 people were stranded in National
Guard Armories for shelter along 1-40. We were
fortunate. The motel we got into was full
within 1/2 hour after we checked in. We were
finally able to move east by moving southwest to
Texarkana, south to Shrevport, LA, and then east
on 1-20. For a while, it was a wild trip home."

A "get-together" on December 18, 1984for MaryJane (Comley)
Lacklen and some of her ex-High School chums. (Second generation
Canal Zonites), at the home of the Bernard Forgesons in Tierra
Vista, Florida. L to R: Back row Roger Adams, Virginia
(Preston) Wood, Ned Neville, andJim Wood. Center Isobel
Gibson, Francis (Violette) Sharp, Mary Jane (Comley)
Lacklan, Betty (Comley) Forgeson, Margaret (Alley) Brog-
gini and Dale Boggs. Front Bill Violette, Louise (Heim)
Saum and Culbert Shedlock.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. McLaughlin are visited by their
granddaughter, Allison Michelle Shaw, their son, William
P., and their daughter-in-law, Margaret L. McLaughlin
(Lowery) at their home in Floral City, Florida.

Gamboa Lighthouse
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Marian (Snyder) Rice and Jack Clay.

JfoAi4 BcktcA

Did you know ......?

. ..That the work expended on the Panama Canal
would have equaled the work expended to build a
Chinese Wall from San Francisco to New York? -
or equaled work to dig a ditch 10 feet deep and
55 feet wide across the United States at its
widest part? (The Chinese Wall is 1500 miles
long the U.S. Wall would have been 2500 miles

. That the spoil taken from the Canal would
build three pyramids, the size of Cheops, from
the Battery to Harlem, in New York?

.. .That a train of flat cars carrying the ex-
cavated material would encircle the earth four

.. .That the material taken from Culebra alone
would make a pyramid topping the Woolworth Tower
by 100 feet, and covering the city of New York
from Chambers to Fulton Street, and from City
Hall to West Broadway?

.. .That the total length of bore holes
by the construction workers, would pass
or pierce this great globe of ours from
to the other?

one end

S. .That the total soil excavated in the Canal
Zone would form a pyramid 4200 feet (or 4/5
mile) high and with an equal base line obliter-
ating not only the Washington Monument, but the
White House, Treasury, The State, War and Navy
Buildings, and the finest parts of official
Washington as well?

Guest aboard first transit recalls
historic occasion

Early on the morning of August 15, 1914, the
SS Ancon started its historic journey from the
Atlantic to the Pacific to officially open the
Panama Canal. Col. George W. Goethals, who had
been responsible for overseeing the construction
work, watched from the shore, traveling from
point to point on the railroad. Hundreds of
other people lined the banks, shouting and
waving as the vessel steamed through the channel.
On board among the special guests was an
18-year old Panamanian socialite named Cecilia
Garcia, whose married name is now Cecilia Garcia

de Diaz. She had been invited by Panama presi-
dent Dr. Belisario Porras to be his translator.
"He and his wife, dona Alicia, were great
friends of mine," Ms. Diaz explained during a
recent interview at her Panama City home. "He
frequently called upon me because I had studied
for eight years at a Catholic school in Reading,
"First we traveled by train to Gatun Lake,
where we boarded a boat that carried us to the
Ancon," Ms. Diaz recalled. "I was thrilled at
being one of the first persons in the world to
cross the Canal." In addition to Dr. Porras,
she said that Dr. Guillermo Andreve, secretary
of Public Instruction, and Dr. Carlos A. Mendoza
were aboard for the transit. Her uncles Ladis-
lao Sosa, secretary of Development and Public
Works, and Jeronimo J. Garcia, general adminis-
trator of Lands, were also in the group.
An orchestra directed by Santos Jorge, the
author of Panama's National Anthem, livened up
the trip, Ms. Diaz remembers, and a "delicious"
banquet was served. "When we arrived at the
first locks we were very happy and excited.
Everybody commented on how well they were
built. I was a little frightened because the
ship seemed so little inside the locks."
Although the official opening of the Panama
Canal was buried in the back pages of many news-
papers because the world's attention was focused
on the war in Europe, the transit of the Ancon
would later be recognized in history for the
significant event that it was. And for Ms.
Diaz, one of the first persons to pass through
the waterway and possibly the only survivor of
the inaugural transit, it was one of her most
memorable experiences.
Another came three years later when she mar-
ried Octavio Diaz, a well-known Panamanian mer-
chant. They had four children Octavio,
Ricardo, Jaime and Lilia.

The Panama Canal Spillway
December 21, 1984

Earthquakes in the Canal Zone

In 1913 just after the Canal had been opened,
there occurred a series of slight seismagraphic
disturbances sometimes called earthquakes.
One of these, more severe and prolonged than
others, occurred when night shifts in Empire
Machine Shops were busy getting out their

night's work. Suddenly the lights began to
sway, the roof to creak and groan and machinery
to dance, when suddenly one of the mechanics,
huddled together from fright, went up to foreman
Hilty and asked: "Do you believe in God?"
Hilty taken by surprise was slow in shifting to
theology, when the machinist added: "If the
Lord wanted this land divided here, He would
have arranged it. "I'se gone." No one has seen
him on the job since.

Copied from the "Year Book,
Chagres, 1916-1917"

Society of the

Gaillard, Sibert, Williamson led

Construction Era Divisions

Many people played a part in the planning and
construction of the Canal, and three of the most
noteworthy were the division chiefs who served
directly under chief engineer Col. George Wash-
ington Goethals Maj. William Luther Sibert,
chief of the Atlantic Division; Maj. David
DuBose Gaillard, chief of the Central Division,
comprised of the Culebra (now Gaillard) Cut and
the Gatun Lake area; and Sydney B. Williamson,
chief of the Pacific Division.
Major Sibert, who was born in 1860 on a farm
near Gadsden, Ala., graduated from West Point in
1884 as the French were beginning their Canal
work in Panama. Assigned to the Corps of En-
gineers, he worked on the Poe Lock at the Soo
Canal in the rapids of the St. Mary's River,
which connects Lakes Superior and Huron. During

Maj. William Luther Sibert

the Spanish-American War, he ran a railroad in
the Philippines, and after the war he built
locks and dams on numerous U.S. rivers.
With his background, he was a perfect choice
to head up the Atlantic Division, where the
planning and designing was done for all Panama
Canal locks and dams. On March 4, 1915, he was
rewarded for his Canal work by promotion to the
rank of brigadier general.

Maj. David Du Bose Gaillard

Major Gaillard was Major Sibert's best
friend. In West Point, where they were room-
mates, they had been called "David and Goli-
ath." They were to remain close friends until
Major Gaillard died of a brain tumor on December


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5, 1913, as the Panama Canal was nearing com-
Major Gaillard was born in South Carolina in
1859, graduated from West Point with Major
Sibert in 1884, then worked on river and harbor
projects in Florida for five years. He served
on the International Boundary Commission that
surveyed the boundary between the United States
and Mexico and took charge of the construction
of the Washington aqueduct and dam across the
Potomac River.
He was, therefore, a natural choice for guid-
ing the work on Gatun Lake and in Culebra Cut.
His decisiveness and efficiency led his work
crews through one of the toughest jobs in his-
tory, encompassing one catastrophe after the
A man known for his composure, he handled most
of these incidents in stride. One exception,
however, occurred in January, 1913, when the
Cucaracha slide dumped 2,000,000 cubic yards of
dirt and rock across the Culebra Cut, closing it
off and delaying the opening of the Canal.
Standing on the edge of the slide and looking
down at the solid barricade, he asked, "What do
we do now?" Colonel Goethals replied without
looking up from his contemplation of the devas-
tation, "Dig it out again."
Although Major Gaillard did not live to see
the Canal completed, his importance to the Canal
effort was recognized by President Woodrow Wil-
son on April 27, 1915, when he issued an execu-

Sydney B. Williamson

tive order changing the name of the cut from
Culebra to Gaillard.
Sidney B. Williamson was in charge of the
Pacific Division. He first came to the atten-
tion of Colonel Goethals when they worked toget-
her on a high-lift lock on the Tennessee River.
Mr. Williamson displayed so much skill and in-
genuity as assistant engineer on this project
that Colonel Goethals arranged for them to work
together on several subsequent government pro-
jects, including the Panama Canal.
Mr. Williamson was put in charge of the area
from the southern end of Culebra Cut to the
Pacific Ocean and was responsible for the con-
struction of the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores
Locks. Because he was a civilian and Major
Sibert was in the Army, a stiff competition de-
veloped between the Atlantic-side "military"
construction workers and the Pacific-side
Mr. Williamson left the Canal in December 1912
to resume private practice, but this was not to
be the end of his Canal-related activities. On
June 17, 1929, President Herbert Hoover appoint-
ed him to the Inter-oceanic Canal Board that
made new canal surveys in both Nicaragua and
Panama. As a member of this board, Mr. William-
son designed a sea level canal as a possible
replacement to the existing locks canal. His
plan was rejected as "economically unsound."

The Panama Canal Spillway
August 15, 1984


Fighting mosquitoes and tropic heat, Harold
Chambers spent 37 years, nine months and three
days working on the Canal Zone railroad in
But he was born and raised in a different
world, snowy Washington County, Illinois.
Chambers, who with his wife, Clara, has re-
tired in Kerrville, is still a railroad fan.
The walls of his apartment are covered with
photographs of the old steam engines that liter-
ally built the nation.
A rather normal childhood ended abruptly in
1920 when he was 14 years old. He left school
and joined the workaday world. The first stop
was Detroit, the busy, grimy city where most of
the world's automobiles were made.
Chambers worked in an auto plant for a few
months until mid-summer. Making a career change
at a very tender age, he became a switchman or
yard brakeman on the Michigan Central Railroad.
In September 1920, he left Michigan and went
to Pittsburgh and joined the Pennsylvania Rail-

road. He says this wasn't a very good move a
short time later he was fired for being under
Chambers heard men were needed to work on a
connector line between the Pennsylvania Railroad
and the New York Central System. This time he
hired on as a fireman, feeding coal to the giant
engines. In September 1924, he was promoted to
engineer. Six months later, restless again, he
resigned and joined the U.S. Army.
Next stop: Fort Kamehameka, an Army artillery
post at the north entrance to Pearl Harbor on
Oahu, Hawaii. Chambers evidently thrived in the
military; three years later he left the Army and
Hawaii with the rank of sergeant.
It also was his first taste of the tropics and
he never got over it.
But he wanted to try railroading again and in
1928 went to work for the Burlington Railroad as
a switchman in the Casper, Wyo., yards.
"It was cold in Casper, bitter cold. One win-
ter the temperature fell to 45 degrees below
zero," Chambers said. "That's when I said nuts
to it and quit and joined the Army again."
There was a catch, though. He told the re-
cruiter that his duty station was to be the
Canal Zone or nothing. The persuasive ex-rail-
roader soon found himself a sergeant again,
helping to protect Uncle Sam's water link
between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Toward the end of his four-year enlistment,
Chambers heard the Panama Railroad needed an
engineer. He applied and was hired and he im-
mediately resigned from the Army.
Chambers started work on the railway in Octo-
ber 1936.
The Panama Railroad line ran from Christobal
on the Atlantic Ocean side to Ancon on the Paci-
fic. The rails roughly paralleled the Panama
Canal itself.
"At this time there was no highway across the
zone. It wasn't built until after World War
II," Chambers said.
The new engineer and his wife took up resi-
dence first in New Christobal, where they lived
in a building constructed by the French in the
19th century.
Later they moved to Marguerita in the Canal
Zone, where a son and three daughters were born
and raised.
"The line was about 50 miles long," Chambers
recalled. "After the Panamanian riots in 1964,
the U.S. government decided to not allow the
trains to enter the Republic of Panama. This
shortened the run a mile or so."
It was exclusively a passenger train and no
freight was hauled. Most of the passengers were
"At first, we made one round trip a day
between terminals. Then later we made one and a
half trips, meeting another train halfway at

Gamboa," he said. "The longest train I saw
there was 21 coaches pulled by two engines."
The trains took one hour and 20 minutes to
make a one-way trip and stopped at seven sta-
tions along the way.
World War II was an exciting time along the
Panama Canal, according to Chambers. Thousands
of American troops spent the war years there.
"Fort Sherman was a coastal artillery post on
the Atlantic side," Chambers said. "The fort
had 12-inch guns and afforded us lots of pro-
Naturally, security was tight during the war
in the Canal Zone. The former engineer said
most people in the zone, which at that time num-
bered in the thousands, had a constant case of
war jitters. Some fretted about bombings, an
invasion, the works.
"We never knew what to expect," Chambers
said. "One time, the story circulated that a
German submarine was seen ten miles up the coast
on the Atlantic side but nothing more was heard
about it."
The famed canal, which when opened in 1914
brought New York and San Francisco 8,000 miles
closer by sea than they were before, has been
described as one of the world's engineering mar-
Original cost was $378,000,000. The waterway
cuts through the Canal Zone itself, a 10-mile-
wide strip of land that runs from ocean to ocean
and is leased from the Republic of Panama.
Beginning at the Atlantic coast, the canal
runs at sea level for eight miles. There a
large dam turns the Chagres River valley into a
22-mile-long lake and ships are lifted 85 feet
to this lake by the three-stage Gatun Locks.
After moving across the lake and through the
seven-mile-long Culebra Cut, the ship reaches
Pedro Miguel Locks and dam where it is lowered
30 feet to Miraflores Lake.
One mile further across the lake the ship en-
ters Miraflores Locks, which in two steps de-
posits the vessel at tide level.
Finally, an eight-mile-long channel leads past
Balboa to deep water in the Pacific.
The Americans there live and work in a zone
administered by a government corporation called
the Panama Canal Co. The government owns all
improvements, including houses, apartments, com-
missary stores, theaters, service stations and
hospitals and public schools.
Chambers retired in December 1965. His wife,
who was a court stenographer in the Canal Zone,
retired six months later and they moved to Kerr-
ville after a friend told them "how nice it was."
Their son is a retired Air Force sergeant who
works with computers and lived in a Washington,
D.C. suburb. One daughter is a clinical psycho-
logist in Fort Worth and another is a Spanish

and history teacher in Denton.
The third daughter is married to a Kerrville
dentist, Dr. Jeff Thompson, and teaches at Tivy
High School.

This article was the feature
story of the TV Guide in the
Kerrville, Texas newspaper of
January 20, 1985, and was sub-
mitted by reporter, Bea Rhyne
of Kerrville.

Balboa High School 1935 Group

Notice to BHS Class of '35 group: The BHS
Class of '60 group had graciously agreed to pro-
vide seating for BHS '35 alumni at the Dinner,
to be held in a banquet room in the Hyatt Regen-
cy on Saturday evening, June 8, 1985 at 7:30 p.m.
Members of BHS '35 who expect to attend should
send their $20.00 per person to Marvel D. Town-
send, 3528 N.W. 30th Blvd., Gainesville, FL


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Society "Open Seating/No Charge" Dance
June 6, 1985


Please reserve space for people.

City State __ Zip___

Mail to Anne Hale
416 Admiral Cove
Tarpon Springs, FL 33589



Price: $6.95 per person, includes Tax
and Gratuity.
Please reserve space for people

City State Zip___
If you wish acknowledgement of receipt
of your luncheon form, please send
self-addressed, stamped envelope or
post card with your form. Mail to:
Anne Hale
416 Admiral Cove
Tarpon Springs, F1 33589



Space will be reserved for the Pedro Miguel
group to be seated together at the Thursday,
June 6 Society "Open Seating/No Charge Dance."
I must have reservations for those planning to
attend by April 1, 1985. A reservation form is
available in this section of the Canal Record.
A buffet luncheon will also be held on Friday,
June 7 at 12:30 p.m. at eh ROCKEFELLER Restaur-
ant (one block from the Hyatt). Please note
that the location of the luncheon is a change
from the announcement in the December '84 issue
of the Canal Record. The menu will be as fol-
Roast Beef, Fried Grouper, and Beef Tips;
House Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Coffee or
Tea; and Dessert.
The cost is $6.95 per person, which includes
tax and gratuity! I must have reservation forms
and payment for the buffet luncheon by May 1,
A reservation form is available in this sec-
tion of the Canal Record.
Please send Pedro Miguel Group reservation
form for the Thursday Dance and Pedro Miguel
Buffet Luncheon reservation form, with payment
for luncheon to: Anne Hale, 416 Admiral Cove,
Tarpon Springs, Florida 33589.

The 9th Annual Pacific Northwest Reunion will
be held Saturday, August 3, 1985 at the Bonne-
ville Dam Visitors Center in Bonneville, Wash-
ington, just off Highway 14, from 10:30 a.m.
until dusk.
There are numerous campgrounds and hotels
available nearby, which will be listed in the
upcoming newsletter. If you are not able to
attend, but would like to keep in touch, how
about sending a photo of yourself and family,
along with a bit of news. You can mail it to
Jim Duffus, Box 82, North Bonneville, WA
98639. We will post it at the reunion.
For further information, write to the above
address or call (509) 427-4490.

Joint Class Reunion for CHS 1976/77

The BHS-CHS Class of 1970 15th year reunion
will be held June 14, 15, and 16 in Austin, Texas.
This grand event will be held in the elegant
Driskill Hotel, nestled in the heart of the re-
cently restored "Old Pecan Sixth Street". A block
of rooms has been tentatively reserved at a low
rate of $70.00 per room (single or double occu-
pancy). Registration fee is $65.00 per person and
includes the following:
Friday evening Ice Breaker (cash bar).
Continental breakfast and luncheon buffet on
Texas barbecue and dancing to the sounds of
"Bob Rose and the Rhythm Rancheros" on
Saturday night.
Continental breakfast on Sunday.

All major airlines fly into Austin airport,
(Mueller Field) and the Driskill Hotel offers free
limousine from the airport to the hotel.
Please contact the following for your regis-
tration form as soon as possible in order to in-
sure the success of our reunion.
Mrs. Claudia (Handbury) Edwards
56 Tamarisk Circle,
Abilene, Texas 79606

If you have any questions, feel free to ask
any member of the reunion committee:

Vicki (Sizenore) Koenig
2503 Royal Vista Drive
Killeen, Texas 76541
(817) 526-9176

C. (Handbury) Edwards
56 Tamarisk Circle
Abiline, Texas 79606

Jacque (Crowell) Vowell
P.O. Box 2842
St. Johns, Arizona 85936
(602) 337-2151

Rudy Crespo
1367-A Oak
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 621-1743

Faye (Weisser) Finegan
7307 Broken Arrow
Austin, Texas 78745
(512) 447-1199

BHS Class of 1965 20 year Reunion

A 20 year class reunion is being planned. It
will be held August 9, 10, and 11, 1985 at the
Holiday Inn Surfside, Clearwater Beach, Clear-
water, Florida. Any class member should write
to Phil Stewart, Rt. 2, Box 230, Bradenton, FL
33508, Tel: (813) 737-8038, or to Ms. Janice
Wilson, 5414 Farmbrook Drive, Charlotte, N.C.
28210. Tel: (714) 525-9579.
Classmates need to send their address and
telephone number. State if you are willing to
help organize this reunion. Don't delay do it

A joint class reunion for the 1976/77 CHS
graduates is being planned for the 1986 Panama
Canal Society Reunion if Florida. Interested
persons should please forward any and all cur-
rent addresses they may have for themselves or
fellow-classmates to J. Drake Carlisle, 10442
Brinwood, Houston, Texas 77043.

July Luncheon/Meeting July 5, 1985
Social Hour 11:30 a.m. Buffet at 12:30 p.m.

BALLROOM, ST. Petersburg Yacht Club
11 Central Avenue

Joe and Anna Collins will again co-chair
the July luncheon at the beautiful Yacht Club
located downtown, bordering Beach Drive and 1st
Avenue North. Sorry, the club policy is NO
Parking is available on block west in front of
the Soreno Hotel. FREE parking is on the ap-
proach to the pier next to Doc Webb's Senior
Citizens Club.
The food served from the bountiful buffet,
especially the shrimp salad and assorted des-
serts, will please one and all. The club atmos-
phere overlooking Tampa Bay is a delightful
place for our members to enjoy the afternoon.
The cost is $11.50, which includes tax and
gratuity. We must have a minimum of 100 persons

Deadline for Reservations or Cancellations is:
July 1, 1985
July 5, 1985

Please make reservations at $11.50

Total Enclosed $

Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc.
MAIL to: Mr. C. J. Collins
2301 Woodlawn Circle W
St. Petersburg, FL 33704

JULY 1, 1985

Telephone No.
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BHBS-E Class of 1970 Reunion


Moonlight Cruise Dinner Dance

(See Dec. '84 "Record" for details)

RESERVATIONS: $17.50 per person...Limited to
next 90 BHS '55 members responding, spouses,
friends. No guarantee after May 15, 1985.

TIME AND PLACE: June 6, 1985 at 6:00 p.m. Char-
tered Busses will pick up group at the TAMPA
STREET ENTRANCE of Hyatt Regency Hotel. 1st bus
will depart at 6:15 p.m. for the Boat. Last bus
will depart at 6:30 p.m. The boat will sail at
7:15 p.m. or earlier if boarding is completed.
early on bus...3 hours later will return to the
hotel on the same busses which will be waiting
at the "Belle of St. Petersburg's" dock to take
us to the Open Dance at the Hyatt.


Full name (Maiden & Married


Amount Enclosed ($ ) # of Persons (_)
Tel. Office Tel. Home
List full name of persons accompanying you
on Dinner-Dance Cruise:

Send payment to:
If in Panama: If in U.S or other
S Joe Wood 252-5731 Doris Ehrman Monaco
Box 2697 1017 Sousa Drive
Balboa, R.P. Largo, FL 33541 I
(813) 536-3845
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COAST-TO-COAST-RIDERS plan a get-together ar-
ranged by Choppy White, of St. Petersburg.
Larry Mohler, 4218 Peekskill Lane, Fairfax, VA
22033, has sent a letter to members with known
addresses. Contact him if you don't get one and
want to join us.

The Canal Zone Past Matrons are planning a
no-host luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Tampa
Hotel, Tampa, Florida (Reunion Headquarters) at
1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 1985, during the
Panama Canal Society Reunion at Tampa, Florida.
All Past Matrons and their guests are invited
to attend. Please notify Mildred Sutherland,
1632 Lake Avenue, Apt. 1, Clearwater, FL 33516,
Tel: 813-581-1188 for reservations. The cost is
$11.00 per person.


The BHS Class of '75 will be holding their 10 Year
Class Reunion in Austin, Texas over Labor Day weekend,
1985. (August 30-September 1).
Activities for the reunion are still in the planning stage;
however, tentative plans include a Cocktail/Get "Re-
acquainted" Party on Friday night and a Dinner/Dance on
Saturday night. Weather permitting, we are going to at-
tempt a raft trip down the Guadalupe River.
All efforts are going into this reunion to make it a
memorable one for everyone. All addresses or leads you
may have will be greatly appreciated.
This Reunion is open to all graduates of BHS and
CHS, so please SPREAD THE WORD!!!
For more information, please contact:

Julie Boos
3110 Timber View Dr.
Sugar Land, Texas 77479
Home #(713) 980-8608
Work #(713) 240-5464

Kyle Gibson
7310 Corporate Dr., #106
Houston, Texas 77036
Home #(713) 774-6456
Work #(713) 966-7471


Plans are underway for a 20th Class Reunion for the
BHS Class of 1966. It is to be held in June, 1986 in San An-
tonio, Texas. We have located half of our class, so we still
have a good number to locate. Please send any information
on classmates or addresses of their parents to: Marge Brig-
adier, 3309 Padilla Way, San Jose, CA 95148.

Balboa High School Class of 1949-50-51

Luncheon 6 June at the Hyatt Regency
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $16.50. This includes "service and taxes
and carving fees".
*Greenery Salad Table
*Roast Sirloin of Beef
Oven Browned Potatoes
*Seafood Medley Creole, or Fresh Broiled
catch-of-the-day with Steamed White Rice.
*Chicken Chassuer, Sauteed with onions,
mushrooms and diced tomatoes Linguinne
with Pesto.
*Oriental Style stir fried vegetables
*Assorted Imported/Domestic Cheeses with
fresh fruit.
*Assorted Mini-pastries.

Due to the "unknown" firm committments, the
committee had to select the "buffet" as most
economical and appropriate. The cost may seem a
bit high but we are worth it! Getting toget-
her after all these years calls for something
special on the occasion.
Responses as of the middle of January total
122, including spouses, leaving about 75 class-
mates who have not yet responded. Please let us
know what your plans are. Contact Anne, John
or Libby so we can firm up our attendance, and
please advise if spouse plans to attend, also.
In March of '85, we will be sending each of
those responding a letter requesting the fee for
the Luncheon to be forwarded to John Schmidt,
so he can have the required amount for the Hyatt
Regency 48 hours prior to 6 June. This may be
sent at anytime, and John Schmidt will be col-
lecting for all classes. Send check or money
order payable to John Schmidt.

*We need someone to volunteer to start plann-
ing our FIFTIETH Class reunion. Experience not


Anne (Carpenter) Rathgeber Class of '49
3300 Vassar Ct.
Tallahassee, FL 32308

John (Bill) Schmidt
2739 Vassar Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Libby (Blitch) Gray
Tr. 17, Box 1388
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Class of '50

Class of '51

(also other interested CZ friends, spouses, children, etc.)

The Class of 1960 is planning its 25th reunion during
the 1985 Reunion of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. at the Hyatt Regency Tampa from June 5-8. The
Class of 1960 will have a reserved area at the "Open-Seat-
ing/No Charge Dance" in the Hyatt's Ballroom on Thurs-
day evening, June 6, 1985. Then, you should plan to attend
the Annual Ball on Friday evening, June 7, 1985 at the
Hyatt with Lucho and Roger Burns alternately playing.
Finally, the Class of 1960 will have a dinner in a Hyatt Re-
gency Banquet room on Saturday evening, June 8, 1985 at
7:30 p.m.
Please use the Society's forms to join the Panama
Canal Society, to make reservations at the Hyatt Regency
Tampa for the nights you plan to stay there, and for the An-
nual Ball as well as any other Panama Reunion activities in
which you are interested. Make your reservations as soon as
Use the form below for the dinner on Saturday evening
and other Class of 1960 activities.

Please print


will attend the "Open-Seating No
(No. of People) Charge Dance" on Thursday even-
ing June 6, 1985 and will sit with
the Class of 1960.

will attend the dinner on Saturday,
(No. of People) June 8, 1985 at 7:30 P.M. at cost
of $20.00 per person.

The meal must be paid for in advance by March 15, 1985.
Please send a check made out to Marvel D. Townsend to
cover cost of the number of dinners you wish to reserve.
Tickets will be sent to you. (Please enclose a self-addressed,
stamped envelope).
___ Total for Dinner
Also, the committee is requesting $5.00 from each of you to
defray the costs of postage, Xeroxing, telephone calls, etc.
Enclosed is a check made out to
(please check) Marvel D. Townsend for $5.00 for
expenses of the reunion.

Total enclosed

Please send check, reservation form and self-addressed
stamped envelope to:
Mrs. Marvel D. Townsend
3528 N.W. 30th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32605
(904) 376-1386

January 24, 1985
Mr. Victor H. May, Jr.
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Dear Mr. May,

Your Audit and Budget 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 31, 1984. 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, 1984 for both the
Society and Blood Bank.

All receipts for the year were deposited into the Society checking
accounts 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 Ledgers
were verified for the entire year of 1984. Check records were taped and balanced
against the Disbursement Ledger. Bank deposit slips and bank statements were
taped and balanced against the Receipt Ledger. All financial statements submitted
by the Treasurer were audited and verified.

At the end of 1983 our membership totaled 3,556 paid members with a
delinquency of 319 members. As of December 31, 1984 our paid membership totaled
3,690 with a delinquency of approximately 300 members. If all delinquents renew
their membership, our total membership would be 3,990 members or an increase of
115 new members since 1983.

The Society is endeavoring to update its office equipment from its
reserve funds and during 1984 it purchased two (2) new copying machines and one(l)
new electric typewriter which totaled $4,423.13. In the future, as the need arises,
other updated equipment will be purchased.

Because of our solvent position, once again, no increase in dues is
expected in the near future.

Our recommendations and comments are attached hereto, along with the
1985 Budget and the Statement of Income and Expenses for the period January 1
through December 31, 1984.

The annual audit for 1984 was conducted away from the home of the
Secretary-Treasurer this year, to avoid any delay to the Secretary-Treasurer
during the busy reunion season. Her work therefore was uninterrupted by the Audit
and Budget Committee, however, Mrs. Mann was available by phone to answer any
questions needed by this committee.
Respectfully submitted,

Norman E. Demers 7i) Harry C. Egolf ~- / /Jane Huldtquit
Chairman, Audit & Budget Member Member

Dorothy rerrington '
Alternate Member

JANUARY i, 1984 through DECEMBER 31. 1984

Fund Balances at January 1, 1984
Checking Account (Unlimited)
Checking Account (Limited)
Certificate of Deposit (4-Year)
Petty Cash
Total Fund Balances 1/1/84
Dues (Includes $8,670.00 prepaid dues
Annual Reunion 1984
Annual Reunion 1985
Other Society Reimbursable Activities
Sales (Tags & Decals)
Sales (Canal Record)
Increase of Petty Cash Refreshments
Adjustment to Petty Cash Balances
Total Receipts 1984
Transportation Allowance
Annual Reunion 1984
Annual Reunion 1985
Other Society Reimbursable Activities
Printing Costs Canal Record & Direc.
Taxes, State & Federal
Postage (CR-$2,000, Off. $1,342.70)
Supplies (CR-$1,040.31, Off.-$728.13)
Telephone (CR-$237.17, Off.-$178.01)
Monthly Meetings (Rental of Hall)
Cost of Auto Tags & Decals
Petty Cash ($229.91, Off.-$240.86,
Bank Charges
Taxes, Withheld
Capital Expenditures
Total Expenditures 1984





Fund Balances at December 31, 1984
Checking Account (Unlimited 6,051.62
Checking Account (Limited) 13,958.00
Certificate of Deposit (4-Year) 11,455.59
Certificate of Deposit (91-Days) 16,190.34
Certificate of Deposit (31-Days) 5,813.16
Certificate of Deposit (31-Days)(Blood Bank)
Petty Cash 299.45
Total Fund Balances as 12/31/84 $53,768.16

January 24, 1985
7,018.20 34,576.32
7,018.20 $57,940.46






$84, 13.73



299 3:4

* $0.55 difference in petty cash fund will be adjusted in 1985.

Make Reservations Early


Charge for 1/20th (Approx. 3 1/4 x 1" page is
$4.00. 1/5th page is $8.00. Half page is $40.
Send all ads to P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
FL 33733, c/o The Editor. Ads accepted from
members only.

For Sale: Great Gift Idea! Colorful Mola-print towels,
black background, 36" x 72", 100% cotton. Limited sup-
ply, so order soon. $20.00 each plus $1.50 shipping and
handling. Will accept personal checks. Linda Geyer, 7120
Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida 33138. (305)

I'm happy to present the thirteenth design in
my series of Panama and Canal Zone
reminiscenses, reproduced on this page. Limited
edition of 100, numbered, titled and signed,
easily framed 11x14 matted sized, for $7.00.

For Sale: Twelve designs in prints, each drawing
printed in a limited edition of 100; matted, titled,
numbered and signed. The matted print fits any standard
11x14" diploma-type glassed frame. The price of $7.00
each includes postage and handling.

Lynda Geyer
7120 Biscayne Blvd. Circle mat color
Miami, Florida 33138 choice: Cream
(305) 751-4451 Tan Black
SGrey White
Please send the following:
1983 Edition: Quantity Cost @ $7.00 ea.
Cuna Girl
Panama Viejo
Tamborito (Montuna)
El Morro (Pelican)
1984 Edition
Cuna Seamstress
S Miraflores Locks
Mi Pollera
Tivoli Hotel
Gamboa Lighthouse
Summit Gardens
Send To:
City State Zip
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Wanted: Panama Canal Memorabilia:
Will pay:
a) Thatcher Ferry Brudge Medal $25.00
b) Silver Thatcher Ferry Bridge Medal $60.00
c) Bronze 50th Ann. Medal $20.00
d) Silver 50th Ann. Medal $60.00
e) Book "Makers of the Panama Canal" $25.00
(Depends on condition)
f) Book "Masons in Panama" $30.00+
(Depends on condition)
g) Books, other Panama Canal books $5.00 to $10
h) Society of the Chagres material $10.00-$50.00
i) Panama Canal Society material $5.00 and up
(Medals, pins, etc.)
j) Pre-1940 postcards of Canal Zone up to $5
k) Scrapbooks, photo albums photos, prices vary
(and other memorabilia)

Brad Wilde, Star Rt. 2, Box 480, Susanville, CA

For Sale: Gulfport, Florida luxury penthouse,
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, open balcony on Boca Ciega
Bay. Clubhouse, 4 pools, tennis, marina,
courtesy bus, free heat. Able to walk to beach,
library, Post Office, market, banks, public bus,
dancing, civic and community centers. Warm in
the winter and cool in the summer. Compare.
$142,000. Phone (813) 345-7409 or write owner,
R.T. Zemer, 6060 Shore Blvd. South, Gulfport,
Florida 33707.

For Sale: Margariti
"Mustangs" T-Shirts. Ch
14, 16, (run small)
postage. Contact Grade

a Elementary School
ild sizes only- 10, 12,
$5.00 each, includes
5, Margarita Elementary

School, DoDDs, APO, Miami 34008.

DOLL HOUSE MUSEUM, Blackstone, Virginia. A
private museum housing the collection of
Margaret Mills Ambruster. The collection
comprises over 3,000 antique and modern dolls,
doll houses, furniture, dishes, period clothing,
Americana. The collection is a result of a 40
year effort of Mrs. Armbruster. The museum
first opened in New Port Richey, Florida in 1972
and was known as Millie's Doll Museum. The
collection was moved to Blackstone, Virgina in
August, 1983 and the Doll House Museum was
opened to visitors in November. The Museum is
operated as a tax exempt non-profit corporation
with a small admission fee charged to assist in
maintaining the collection. Donations to the
collection are welcomed and are tax deductible.
The museum is housed in a refurbished
two-story eight room Victorian home at 201
Church Street, (US 460 Business)
For information, call 292-4007 or 292-3487.

experience in the finest tradition of the
South. The menu highlights many of the special
foods that are traditional fare in southern
Virginia including ham, chicken, seafood, beef
and seasonal offerings and fresh homemade breads
and pastries are a specialty of the house. The
restaurant is open Tuesday thru Sunday for lunch
and dinner. Facilities are available for
special parties.
The restaurant is housed in a beautiful
colonial revival home that dates to 1908. In
1933 the residence became known as the Colonial
Trail Hotel and was operated as such until
1967. Following extensive renovation the
property was reopened as the Colonial Trail
Restaurant and later as the Kings Inn. In 1980,
Bill and Fraher Armbruster purchased the
property and, after further major renovations,
opened their lovely restaurant in the fall,
1984. The Doll House Museum is located next
door and is open to the public. Luncheon from
11:30 p.m. to 2:00p.m. and Dinner is from 5:30
p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. Closed Mondays. 205 Church
Street, Blackstone, Virginia 23824 Tel: 292-5992




P.O. Box 157
I_ Manchaca,
Texas, 78652

Yes, we would like to purchase color slide
set(s) of MOLA ART. I understand all sets include sixty
slides, printed narration and bibliography. Price per set is
|$99.95. Enclosed is my check __ money order___
in the amount of $ Purchase Order No.



Conditions for sale of this program prohibits any form
of reproduction or transmission of its contents by photo-
jgraphic or electronic or any other reproductive method.
@Gerald J. Le Page 1983


Xmas Plates 1974-1975 $ 8.50 Xmas Plates 1969-1971 $ 4.50
Xmas Plates 1977-1978 $14.50 Xmas Plates 1973-1974 $ 7.50
M. Day Plates 1972-'73-'74 $ 6.50 Xmas Plates 1977-1978 $12.50
M. Day Plates 1975-1976 $ 9.50 M. Day Plates 1970-'71-'72 $ 4.50
M. Day Plates 1983-1984 $12.50 M. Day Plates 1974-'75-'76 $ 7.50
Moon Plate 1969 --- $ 7.50 M. Day Plates 1979-'82-'83 $ 9.50
Olympic Pl. 1972 --- $ 7.50 Xmas Bells 1975-1976 $24.50
Bicentary 1976 P1. $ 9.50 Xmas Jubilee P1. 1970 $ 9.50
Bicentenary Pl. 1976 $28.50
Mother's Day Jubilee
Plate 1979-1984 $24.50
Annual P1. 1973-'75-'76 $27.50 Xmas Plates 1971 --- $12.50
1978-'79-'80-'81-'82 $37.50 Xmas Plates 1979 --- $28.50
"Bells 1978-'79-'80 $29.50 Apollo (Moon) Plates $12.50
Special Edition JANET ROBSON
Flight Into Egypt $32.50
Joseph, Mary & Christ $32.50
Xmas Plates 1975-1977 $12.50 Xmas Plates 1978 Dia.12" $84.50
Xmas Bells 1978 --- $ 5.50
Mother's Day P1. 1973 $24.50 Xmas Plate 1977 --- $12.50
Mother's Day P1. 1973 $24.50 Xmas Plate 1971 --- $12.50



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Application for Membership
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. $10.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one I
year. i ORDER FORM


Name (Spouse)



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 31 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 (total $22.50).
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.

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

Please mail to:

I Street


State Zip Code

Number wanted, Tags
Number wanted, Decals

I Total enclosed $

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Gladys R. Graham. A 129 page Hand/Cook book to help
you remember recipes and the names of edible vegetables
and animals. Will mail Christmas gift copies with your hol-
iday message included, to any address in the U.S. Send
$6.00 check to: Jean Fears, 627 Wimbledon Dr., Dothan,
AL 36301.

Wanted: One of two pairs (or closely matching)
BRASS STIRRUPS, (Colombian Estribos). Prefer
ones in good condition, with Panama Canal
buffing, and without great damage, etc. Mail or
call details to Leo Krziza, P.O. Box 70, San
Luis Rey, CA 92068 (619) 439-0409.

For Sale: Mausoleum Crypt located at Curlew
Hills Memory Gardens, Palm Harbor, Florida.
$1400.00 Please contact Jim Morris, 2325
Hawthorne Drive, Clearwater, Fla. 33575. Tel:
(813) 796-7994.

For Sale: Colorful Mola-print towels, black
background, 35x72, 100% cotton. Take along to
the '85 Reunion! $20.00 each plus $1.50
shipping and handling. Personal checks Ok. Two
weeks delivery.Lynda Geyer, 7120 Biscayne
Blvd., Miami, FL 33138, (305) 751-4451.

complete sets of beautiful, exciting historical
prints of the days gone by. This 1985 calendar
is available for $7.00 each which includes
postage. Each calendar contains twelve
different pictures dating back to construction
days. Order from;Debbie Burgess, 840 Bert
Road, Apt 216, Jacksonville, FL 32211.

For Sale: 24x48 Mobile home, unfurnished,
located in Carriage Cove, 5 Star Adult Park in
Daytona, Florida. J. W. Borell, 1433 Mollie
Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32014


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 1156, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.

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


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