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

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VOL. 19

JUNE 1985

NO. 2 i'




J. F. Warner

FOR 1984-85

Victor H. May, Jr.

Peter W. Foster
1st Vice President

William M. Stock
2nd Vice President

Shirley A. Boswell/Pro-Tem

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 R report ................................................... 3
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................ 4
N ew s C lips............................. .... ........ ............... 6
R etirem ents .............................................. ... ..... 7
Your Reporter Says .................................................. 8
Arkansas .................... 8 North Carolina ............... 23
California .................... 9 Northwest ................... 24
Colorado .................... 14 South Carolina ............... 24
Florida ...................... 15 Texas ....................... 25
Kentucky .................... 19 Virginia ..................... 27
Louisiana .................... 20 The Younger Generation ....... 28
M ississippi ................... 21
Congratulations .................. ................................. 29
W eddings .......................... ............................... 34
Births .............. ................ ............................ 3 36
W ith Deep Sorrow................................................... 38
Letters to the Editor ................... ........... ........... 43
Looking Back......................................... ............ 50
Announcements ...................... ...... ................... 56
For Sale or Wanted ................... ......... ............... 59

Cerveza Panama .............. 7 Harcourt Brace Jovanovich............ 60
Merrill Energy Systems, Inc.... 16

Front Cover: Panama City at night, with moon-rise, taken from roof of Gorgas Army
Hospital, with moon over Punta Patilla, taken by Alma McGovern, APO Miami, FL 34402.
Back Cover: World's largest dipper dredge, the Rialto M. Christensen, which was added to
Panama Canal's watercraft in September, 1977. (Panama Canal Photo)

Mar 1 Annual Reunion, Panama Canal Society of Florida. Hyatt Regency
Hotel, Tampa, FL.
Jun 14-16 BHS '70 Fifteen year Class Reunion, Austin, Texas. (See
Jun 16 Northwest Arkansas Zonians Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville, at 11:00
a.m. Lunch at noon. (See Announcements)
Jun 29-30 Statesiders 8th Annual Carnavalito. Call (703) 893-6853 for information.
Jul 5 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting. St. Petersburg Yacht Club. 11:30 a.m.
Social hour, Buffet at 12:30 p.m.
Jul 12-15 Pocono Reunion, Best Western Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville,
Aug 3 9th Annual Pacific Northwest Reunion, North Bonneville City, at City
Park, 10:00 a.m. to dusk (See Announcements)
Aug 3 PCSOFL Luncheon, Crown House, 5445 N. Washington Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 12:00 noon.
Aug 8-10 Colorado Annual Get-Together, Canon City, Colorado, Quality Inn-
International Spa. (See Announcements)
Aug 9-11 BHS '65 Class Reunion, Holiday Inn Surfside, Clearwater, FL. (See
Aug 30-Sep 1 BHS '75 Ten year Class Reunion, Austin, Texas. (See Announcements)
Sep 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, 1:30 p.m. Walter Fuller Community Center,
7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
Oct 4 PCSOFL Annual Picnic. (Details at a later date)
Oct 7-10 "Gas House Gang" Invitational Golf Tournament, Olympia Spa.,
Dothan, Alabama. (See Announcements)

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

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


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

I have enjoyed serving the Society as Presi-
dent for the past 14 months and have tried to
take actions beneficial to the Society.
The only real disappointment has been the lack
of people (members) willing to volunteer to car-
ry on the work of the Society. Most of the vol-
unteers are the same members that have been wil-
ling to work in the past 3 years. If members do
not start to take an interest what will happen
when you run out of "Jacks" in let "Jack Do It."
During this year we have made improvements in
our operation computerization of our member-
ship list and a large portion of preparation
work in publishing the Canal Record.
We have had a change in the office of Secre-
tary/Treasurer Mrs. Shirley Boswell will be
very competent in handling these duties.
During the year we held three of our special
meetings on Saturday instead of Friday. This
was to give both working and younger members a
chance to attend. Attendance by these indivi-
duals was not quite what we hoped for, but per-
haps in the coming year it will improve.
Our reunion was changed to the month of June;
based on hotel rates and also a chance for those
with school age children to attend. By the res-
ponse it was a good move. (As of this writing 3

Tampa hotels have almost been sold out.)
Since I have kept you up to date on Society
happenings in each issue of the Canal Record, I
will not repeat them.
Again, it was a pleasure to serve you, and I
hope to see as many of you as possible at the
'85 reunion. Hope you all have a ball.

Vic May
President (Lame Duck)



From the


I have just spent my first month as Secre-
tary/Treasurer of the Society and it has cer-
tainly been one of the busiest months of my
working career. I did not realize how much work
would be involved! When Pat asked me to write a
message to put into this book, my reply to him
was to write H E L P in four inch letters,
but that would be copping out.
I know that many of you have written asking
about your cards, books, and cancelled checks
and whenever possible, I have responded. Jean
Mann, Dorothy Bitter, and I just kept plug-
ging along and we have managed to take care of
the backlog. Having the records in three dif-
ferent homes created problems, however, this was
the only way we could achieve this end.
The response to the Reunion has been over-
whelming, increased applications for memberships
in the Society, 1,300 delinquent memberships
that required special mailing of the March issue
of the Canal Record, and the resignation of Mrs.
Jean Mann has all contributed to create an
above normal workload. I am sure we have made
mistakes and I apologize for any inconveniences
our members may have experienced during this
trying time. So, please bear with me and I will
endeavor to minimize the problems and we will
coast through to 1986.
I would also like to take this opportunity to
thank some very special people that assisted me
during this past month, Cel Marceau, Mar-
jorie and Peter Foster, Dorothy Bitter and
Richard Beall. I could not have done it with-
out you!

Shirley Boswell
Secretary/Treasurer Pro-Tem



The resignation of our trusted and valuable
Secretary/Treasurer, Jean Mann became a real-
ity on March 31, when all her records, files and
office equipment was trucked out of her home to
its new place of business. Jean's expertise on

matters pertaining to the Panama Canal Society
of Florida will be sorely missed. Her patience
and guidance has uplifted your editor in more
ways than one. Our daily contact on the tele-
phone kept me on my toes and she was always able
to answer my many questions. She has been my
friend, tutor, and comrade-in-arms since I have
been editor, and I shall miss her. I daresay
that she has forgotten more about the Society
than most people will ever know. Her mother's
illness, leading to her recent death, plus our
increased workload without additional help led
to her decision to retire. So after 13 years of
dedicated service to the Society, we bid her a
sad adieu. We will miss you, Jean.
Our new Secretary/Treasurer pro-tem has taken
over the reins of the position and is doing a
tremendous job. Shirley Boswell lives in Hol-
iday, Florida, and has converted a bedroom into
an office. Our frequent contacts have been pro-
ductive and cooperative. I hope to assist her
in any way I can, and in the same manner and
spirit that Jean Mann helped me. Shirley is
well on the way to clearing up the backlog of
work generated by the exceptional amount of de-
linquents this year, plus up-dating memberships
and receiving applications for the coming re-
union. I know the Society will be proud of her.
Our trusted Area Reporter from California,
Sheila Bolke has turned the job over to our
old friend and former Area Reporter, Joan de
Grummond of Laguna Hills, CA. Sheila has al-
ways been very cooperative and sent in scads of
news. Our rapport has been great, and I hate to
see her leave our meager staff. At the same
time, we welcome Joan back. She certainly did
a great job in the past. We should also welcome
Thelma Hollowell, California's Roving Reporter
from San Diego. She has submitted several news
items already which we have included in the
Canal Record. Welcome Thelma!
Another of our steady reporters, Alice Roche
of North Carolina is away on a trip out yonder,
and her place will be ably taken over by Jean
Dombrowsky in the interim. Glad to have you
aboard, Jean.
Speaking of North Carolina, I had the privi-
lege of attending their Spring Luncheon on March
28, in Hendersonville. About 30 members were
present, and I had the honor to address the
group, briefly. The luncheon was pleasant and
enjoyable, with our friend and President Betty
Quintero presiding.
By the time you read this, the Reunion will be
in progress or it will be over. The anticipated
attendance should be around or over the 2500
It is tentatively programmed to pass out the
June issue of the Canal Record to paid-up mem-
bers at the Hospitality Suite. We may also be
in a position to sell unused tickets there also.

There are many possibilities to finalize. At
any rate, DO drop by and visit us at the Hospi-
tality Suite and touch base with us. We'll tell
your friends you are there!
A little birdie told me that there will be
some "Cerveza Panama" sold on the premise of our
reunion. A distributor in California has just
picked up the distributorship and is making the
golden elixer available especially for us. It
is selling quite well in the U.S. so far.
We are already getting inquiries about Robert
(Jeep) Provost's book on "Bajun Stories". It
has not been sent to the printers yet because
the input from members has not been fast enough
in coming. There are so many members who have a
little "Bajun" story to tell, poem or joke.
Please send them on to Robert Provost, 3516
Michelle Drive, Torrence, CA 90503. I doubt you
will find a better series of books in the fu-
ture, anywhere! BUT, he needs some input from
you folks out there.
Welcome back, Donna (Dickson) Hudson as our
reporter from Colorado! Seems like our regular
reporter, Penny Graham, is going to have a
big, busy year and had to relinquish the job.
We will miss your reports, Penny: Our best
wishes to you for the coming year.
See you at the Hospitality Suite at the Re-

Richard (Pat) Beall
Editor/Canal Record

f Legislative


The CPI for the year 1985 has been estimated
to reach 4.1% but nothing has been said about
our CPI-W.
The following items have been mentioned in
connection with the reconciliation bill now be-
ing considered by Congress:
1. Freeze the COLA for retirees for one year.
2. Give retirees 2% less than the actual COLA.
3. Give retirees either the CPI or the CPI-W,
whichever results in the lowest COLA.
4. Give retirees the full COLA on the first

$10,000 of annuity, but only 55% of the COLA
on all annuities over $10,000.

To get support for its proposals for cuts in
the federal retirement system, the Office of
Personnel Management (OPM) announced that the
Civil Service Retirement System has an unfunded
liability of over one-half trillion dollars, or
$512 billion.

The unfunded liability represents the total
amount of money the Civil Service Retirement
System would have to pay out, all at one time to
all current government employees, retirees, and
survivors, to cover the total amounts they would
each be entitled to in retirement annuities,
survivor benefits, refunds, etc.
Do you really believe such an occasion would
ever happen?

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative


TO: The Executive Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida

The following is a recommendation for the DIS-
former Secretary/Treasurer of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida;


I recommend Mrs. Jean B. Mann for the DIS-
Mrs. Mann has served as Secretary/Treasurer of
the Panama Canal Society for the past thirteen
years. These long years of service have provid-
ed invaluable guidance, and have contributed
immeasurably to the many successes attained by
the Society over this period.
She has selflessly and whole heartedly devoted
her efforts and long hours to help create a
lasting and expanding organization, which is a
high tribute to her ability, perseverance and
dedication to a worthy cause.
She has always been cited for her cooperation
and expertise during financial audits made by
the Society, the Internal Revenue Service and
the Post Office.
Respectfully submitted,

Richard W. Beall
Editor/Canal Record
Member No. 1110


The following members of the Society have been
awarded the Certificate of Appreciation on be-
half of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, for
their contributions to the Society over the past
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke, Lafayette, Califor-
nia. Sheila has served almost three years as an
Area Reporter for the Canal Record representing
the Panama Canal Society of Southern California.
She has been a hard worker and has always sub-

mitted interesting items for print. Her news
coverage for the second highest state-membership
of the Society has been difficult and time con-
suming. Her talents have been appreciated by
both the Southern California and Florida Soci-
Penny Graham, Lakewood, Colorado. Penny
took a fledgling Colorado group of ex-Zonians
and made them an integral part of our Society,
making them known to all of us. Her two years
as Area Reporter for Colorado have been most
productive in bringing the Colorado group to the
attention of all readers and members of the

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

Skyway Inn, St. Petersburg, FL.
4 January 1985

The president called the meeting to order at
1:30 p.m., who led the group in the Pledge to
the Flag, after which the Chaplain gave the in-
vocation followed by a few moments of silent
prayer for those who passed away.
The President welcomed the group, especially
those Past Presidents, while the following stood
for recognition:
Norine Kaufer California
Marc Stock Washington
M/M Thomas Dee Sarasota
M/M William Carlin Sarasota
Mopsey Wood Washington
M/M Winton Webb Ohio
Grace Carey Michigan
June Stevenson Panama

The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of
the previous meeting and financial reports. As
there were no questions, their reports stood as
The Editor related the printing of the Canal
Record would be by computer, where the type will
be different and possibly the book larger.
Olga Disharoon outlined plans for the Carn-
avalito to be held next month.
Vic May, President, made several announce-
ments, including the July Luncheon to be held at
St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and the August Lunch-
eon to be held in Sarasota, FL. He also announ-
ced that the regular meeting would be held on
Good Friday.
The President explained the added $25.00 ser-
vice charge for the hotel (meeting place). The
contract did not include some of the items we
had been promised. The membership discussed
the possibility of continuing with the Skyway

Inn or going to the Walter Fuller Community Cen-
ter in St. Petersburg. A vote was taken and was
31-25 in favor of the Walter Fuller Community
Eighty applications for membership were read.
All were accepted.
A vote on the proposed amendments listed in
the December issue of the Canal Record will be
taken during the February Carnavalito Meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

Fox Hall, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
2 February 1985

After a delicious buffet prepared by ladies of
the Society, the meeting was called to order at
1:35 p.m. by President Vic May, who introduced
the following visitors:
George and Virginia Booth, Ocala, FL.
Marjorie and Joe Hall Alabama
Tom Jordan Alabama
Mary Orr North Carolina
Marian and Mike Green Sarasota, FL.
Mrs. Paul Keenan Maryland
Elva Keenan Maryland
Edna Trinka Minnesota
Marian Seifert New Port Richey, FL.
Jeanne Harrington New Port Richey, FL.
Naomi Foster St. Petersburg, FL.
Emily Brooks Lutz, FL.
Gladys Humphrey Sarasota, FL.
Wilma Kirkpatrick New York
Agnes Jamke New Jersey
Gladys and John McClain Sarasota, FL.
Bernice and Andrew Jackson Illinois
Jack and Ruth Carey Orlando, FL.
Bob and Jean Stern California

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Sink Iowa
Marge & George Daniels-Bellaire Bluffs, FL
Frances Smith Land 0' Lakes, FL.
Mr. and Mrs. George Allgaler St. Petersburg
Cassie Lou Starke Sarasota, FL.
Father McKeown Pennsylvania

George and Virginia Booth.

L to R: Grace Williams, Bertha Scott, Ruth Warner, Vera
Jones, George Booth, Virginia Booth.

The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of
the proceeding meeting and the financial re-
port. As there were no questions, both were
approved as read.
The President thanked the Caranavalito Commit-
tee for a job well done, and also thanked the
Budget and Audit Committee for their recent
audit report.
He then called on Mr. Bill Grady who gave a
brief report as Legislative Representative.
Mr. Pete Foster read and explained the six
proposed amendments to the Bylaws. A vote was
taken by members present and all six amendments
were accepted.

The Slate of Officers for the coming year was
read by the President, as follows:
President Peter Foster
1st Vice-President Ray Wheeler
2nd Vice-President Adrien Bouche
Secretary/Treasurer Jean Mann
Editor "Pat" Beall

The President called for nominations from the
floor. Shirley Boswell was nominated for Sec-
The names of 86 applicants for membership were
read. All were accepted.
The meeting adjourned at 2:55 p.m.

Walter Fuller Community Center
St. Petersburg, Fla.
1 March 1985

The President called the meeting to order at
1:30 p.m., and led the assembled group in the
Pledge to the Flag. The Chaplain gave the in-
vocation, after which, the President welcomed
the 56 members and guests who were present.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of
the February meeting and were approved as read.
The financial report was not available as the
meeting fell on the first day of March.
President May advised the members that the
complete set of Canal Records had now been bound
in blue leatherette, with gold titles, and were
on display on the head table.
He also thanked Ed and Jean Mann for pro-
curing Fox Hall at Eckerd College for the Carna-
valito at the last meeting. The Cunninghams
were also given thanks for donating the coffee
The Editor reported that the March issue of
the Canal Record had been delivered by the
printers and would be ready for mailing on Tues-
day, March 5.
Mr. Foster provided the members with an up-
date on the coming reunion.
The President reminded the members that the
next meeting on April 5 was Good Friday.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Walter Fuller Community Center
St. Petersburg, Fla.
5 April 1985

The President called the meeting to order at
1:30 p.m. and led the group in the Pledge to the
Following the invocation by the Chaplain, the
President welcomed the members to the meeting,
particularly a long-time absent member, Agnes
Dalton from St. Petersburg.

Mr. May introduced Shirley Boswell as the
interim Secretary/Treasurer until the election
of officers in June. She read the minutes of
the last meeting and were approved as read.
There was no financial report.
The President announced the approval of 97 new
members to the Society. Two applicants were not
approved, pending additional information regard-
ing their affiliation with the Canal Zone.
The Editor reported the March issue had been
mailed, and read the names of those members and
friends recently deceased.
Mr. May reported on the deplorable condition
of the Secretary/Treasurer's typewriter and
stated the 12 year old machine was beyond eco-
nomical repair. Members of the Executive Board
were polled and moved to replace the typewriter
as soon as possible.
Mr. Foster reported on reunion activities.
As a result of his meeting with the Assistant
Manager of the Hyatt Regency, an additional 288
seats were provided for the Annual Ball. He
indicated that the response to the reunion this
year has been overwhelming, resulting in a heav-
ier workload for the Secretary/Treasurer.
The President recognized Mrs. Jean Mann from
the floor. She expressed her displeasure over
the check she received for travel allowances and
returned the check to the Society. Mr. May
and Mr. Foster outlined the rationale regard-
ing the amount decided upon by the Executive
Board on March 28.
The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

required hospitals, physicians and patients to
obtain expensive and time consuming court orders
prior to withholding or withdrawing life support
From the Hospitaletter
The Senior Consumer, January 1985


Get a job with the Panama Canal Commission
down on the Isthmus, and you won't have to pay
taxes to anyone.
This blissful state of affairs was confirmed
in a recent decision in U.S. Claims Court, where
an American citizen employed by the commission
sought and got a refund of all the U.S. taxes he
had paid on his salary.
The language in the 1903 Implementation Agree-
ment of the Panama Canal Treaty was "clear and
unambiguous" in exempting citizens from all
taxes, wrote the court. And President Theodore
Roosevelt was acting within the scope of his
authority when he signed that agreement.
Now that certainly is a nice tax package!

Geoffrey Smith
Forbes, February 11,1985





The effective date for HB 127 authorizing Liv-
ing Wills and nonjudicial protocol for withhold-
ing or withdrawing life support procedures from
certain terminally ill patients was October 1,
On May 29, 1984, one week after the "Living
Will"legislation was passed by the Florida Leg-
islature, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that
hospitals need not obtain legal consent before
following a patient's living will (a request not
to continue life by artificial means).
The bill was supported by the Florida Hospital
Association, which worked for passage of the
legislation in response to an earlier court de-
cision(JFK Hospital/Landy vs. Bludworth) that

The Vital Statistics Unit of the Panama Canal
Commission is located in the Administration
Building, Balboa, Rep. of Panama. Their tele-
phone number is: (Direct dialing) 011-507-52-
Their address is:
Panama Canal Commission
Vital Statistics Unit
APO Miami, FL 34011
Copies of Birth Certificates are $2.00 each.
Your name and date of birth are required when
requesting copies.


Panama has applied for a $540,000 grant from
the U.S. Agency for International Development to
finance studies for an offshore airport. If it
is approved, the Direction Aeronautica Civil
will contract with a U.S. firm and a Panamanian
associate for feasibility studies and possible
design for the project, estimated at $63.6 mil-

It proposes to relocate Paitilla Airport at
Panama City onto a 156-acre site created by
placing about 17 million cu. yd. of fill in the
Gulf of Panama on the Pacific coast. The cost
of the fill and breakwaters is estimated at $41
million. Other work includes a terminal with 11
passenger gates, plus a 5,900-ft. runway.
The project is to be financed by disposing of
the existing 65 acre airport, which is surround-
ed by a densely populated residential area. The
government does not have any funds available and
has determined not to incur debt for the project.
If the AID grant does not come through, offi-
cials will try to swap the present site for pre-
liminary studies, design and construction. But
local consultant says "the scheme would lose
money for a firm" because land prices are lower
and landfill cost higher than the government
estimates. Already 39 companies from 16 coun-
tries, including the U.S. have shown an interest
in the project.

Los Angeles Times


GOOD NEWS!! Cerveza
Panama will be on hand at the
Hyatt Regency for the re-
union by the Panama Trading
Co. of Santa Barbara, Califor-
nia, exclusive importers of
Cerveza Pamnama to the
U.S. The beer is in 5 western "
states now and hopefully will
be in Florida by late summer.
David Vossburg, former
Zonian now with Panama
Trading Co. says, "The beer r EAST
is doing exceptionally well for PANAMA YANONALI
its first 3 months in COMPANY SNTA
California". !Que bueno esta! INC BARBARL
For further information con- AmsiF31A
tact: Panama Trading Co.,
Inc., 126 East Yanonali
Street, Santa Barbara, California 93101. (805) 966-3174).

Mr. Willard E. Clark
Mr. John A. Evans
Mr. Beverly G. Allen
Mr. William R. Bell
Mr. Warren B. Berquist
Mrs. Geraldine F. Broders
Mr. Wilfred Holt, Jr.
Mr. Paul W. Kramoer, Jr.
Mr. Lindley M. Hall
Mr. James R. LaMadrid
Mr. Carl R. Meissner
Mr. William S. Neal
Mr. Erich L. Reinhardt

Mr. Jack W. Revell
Mr. Daniel W. Williams, Jr.
Mr. William D. Young

Mrs. Marcia L. Barcelli

Mr. John S. Catanzaro
Mr. Hubert R. Clark
Mr. Leslie W. Croft, Jr.
Mr. Paul L. Evans
Mr. Frank Foster III
Mr. Alfred J. Graham
Mr. Robert A. Hickman
Mr. Cecile G. Marceau
Mr. Robert H. Markillie
Mr. Donald W. Mullins
Mr. Roger J. Rios
Mr. Gilbert A. Sollas
Mr. Morgan C. Zucker
Mr. James R. Mahoney, Jr.

10/31/84 Locks Division
10/02/84 Off. of Gen. Counsel
12/22/84 Navigation Division
12/14/84 Off. of Ind. Relations
12/31/84 Industrial Division
12/28/84 Storehouse Division
12/21/84 Navigation Division
12/22/84 Electrical Division
12/21/84 Dredging Division
12/22/84 Electrical Division
12/21/84 Maintenance Division
12/21/84 Maintenance Division
12/22/84 Gen Scs Bureau Office
of Director
12/22/84 Navigation Division
12/11/84 Locks Division
12/10/84 Office of Personnel
Admin. Off of Director
01/03/85 Office of Personnel Admin.
Office of Director
01/03/85 Navigation Division
01/03/85 Canal Protection Division
01/03/85 Electrical Division
01/02/85 Office of Public Affairs
01/03/85 Industrial Division
01/03/85 Locks Division
01/08/85 Maintenance Division
01/03/85 Motor Transportation Div.
01/03/85 Navigation Division
01/03/85 Canal Protection Division
01/03/85 Canal Protection Division
01/03/85 Off. of the Administrator
01/03/85 Navigation Division
03/03/85 Management Information Syst.

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Your Reporter Says... ..


Quite a number of ex-Zonians from this area
are planning to attend the Florida reunion in
June. By the time you read this in the Record,
many of you will probably already have greeted
them in person. Some are planning to leave home
a little early to allow time to visit with fam-
ily and friends on the way down, and then after
the BIG reunion, will scurry back to our Arkan-
sas hills for the local annual picnic lunch,
held each year on Fathers' Day at Agri Park in
Fayetteville. Your're all invited!
During the spring school break, Martin and
Marilyn Annen, son Marty, and daughter Mar-
la went to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
Something a little special was in order because
Marty graduates from high school this year.
Marty did some scuba diving, Marla, a Ninth gra-
der, studied Mayan architecture, and they all
soaked up sun, windsurfed, and sailed. On April
5th, Martin began a different sort of vacation.
He suffered a cardiac arrest. Thanks in large
part to Marilyn's being there and immediately
using CPR, he was out of the hospital in ten
days and is making a fantastic recovery, fishing
every day, and gradually taking up life as usu-
al. Sailing season on Beaver Lake starts in
late April or May, so Marilyn and the kids are
getting ready to open their Wind and Water Shop,
located on the highway near the lake. They carry
supplies and equipment for the windsurfers and
sailors, and Marilyn gives windsurfing lessons
in the summer. During the school year, she
heads the program for exceptional students. Not
exactly an idle lady.
An enthusiastic Addle Colclasure thoroughly
enjoyed her two week trip to Israel, Egypt, and
Greece in March. Had a GREAT time! She travel-
led with a group of forty-seven people, mostly
college professors and ministers, including an
archaeologist whose knowledge of the areas added
immeasurably to the group's appreciation of what
they viewed. Addie loved northren Israel, but
found the southern part too commercialized.
From there, they drove across the Sinai desert
to Cairo, Egypt in busses--Mercedes-Benz, no
less! She found Cairo interesting, but not en-
joyable--too dirty, even smelly. A trip into a
pyramid was not exactly a comfortable walk, but
it was worth the heat and effort because she
found that pyramid construction was much more
complex than the hollow piles of stones she had
expected. The group then flew to Greece

where they visited Corinth and took a boat to
some of the islands. Greece, she loved. Having
shot nearly 700 slides, Addie hasn't seen all of
her pictures yet! She also carried a small tape
recorder which has been a help in identifying
her pictures. Too bad space doesn't permit a
more detailed report of her trip. Such enthusi-
asm and appreciation is hard to condense. While
Addie was gone, the rest of the household scat-
tered. During spring break, grandson Freddie
Colclasure went to Washington, DC with the Var-
sity Scouts. Grandson Danny Colclasure went
to Wolf Creek, Colorado with a youth group for
skiing. And daughter Marian Colclasure visit-
ed her grandmother in Oklahoma.
At the end of May, Jack and Joan Corliss
will be going to St. Louis to attend son
John's graduation from Rankin Technical Insti-
tute. Then all the Corlisses, including daugh-
ter Leslie, will head for the Florida reunion.
Virginia Favorite left March weather behind
her when she went south to visit her sons and
their families. She stopped in Slidell, Louisi-
ana for a couple of days with Russell and his
family, then went on to Orlando, Florida for a
week with Howard and his wife Deanna and
three boys. Then Fort Lauderdale and Miami to
visit with her in-laws. On the way back home,
she stopped again in Slidell to spend Easter
with Russell's children.
Audra Dougan has moved from a large home in
Fayetteville, AR to an apartment in a retirement
community in Rogers, AR. Moving was an enormous
task involving difficult decisions as to what to
keep, what not to keep, but moving to an apart-
ment was in itself the right decision. Her new
address: Fountain Plaza, Apt 106; 15th and Cen-
ter Streets; Rogers, Arkenses 72756
Mary Lou Engelke's visitors in March were
Fred and Helen Cavanaugh and their daughter
Mary Lou (that's not a typo, she's a namesake)
who were returning home to Maine from a visit
with his brother Chuck and his wife Shirley
in Texas.
Carl Newhard will attend the May graduation
of his granddaughter Linda Newhard (Bruce's
daughter) from Cottey College in Nevada, Mis-
souri. Among her college career distinctions is
Linda's presidency of her class. After the cer-
emony, Carl will accompany Bruce and his family
back back to their home in Michigan for a couple
of months visit.
The Huffmans, Kathleen and Rojo, spent
Easter with their son Willy and his wife
Kathy and their three lovely daughters, Cas-
sie, Kara, and Laura Beth in Wynn, AR. They

enjoyed watching the little ones coloring their
Easter eggs. On Easter Sunday, Kathy had two
neighborhood children over for a backyard Easter
egg hunt. Willard had good luck with the tulip
bulbs he imported from Holland last year. His
garden, in mid-April, is three-quarters planted
and on hold due to wet weather.
Frances Thompson is moving back to Tallahas-
see in late April. Son Bobby Somner and wife
Gaye are already there and have recently
bought a home. Bobby is presently in training
to be a six-state representative for Porsche
It was a big decision to make--but they did
it: The Jarvises are moving back to Florida.
Bill and Dolores like Bella Vista very much,
but after over thirty years in the tropics, they
can't take the cold winters any more. They have
bought a home in the Tampa area and will be mov-
ing sometime before July first.

Alice Nail
(501) 636-8489


Our Annual Spring Business Luncheon was held
on Sunday, March 10, at the Mission Viejo Coun-
try Club in Mission Viejo, California.
President Conrad Horine welcomed 83 members
and guests in a cheerful setting in the St. Pat-
rick's Day theme. He expressed hes appreciation
to Estrella de la Pena for her devoted help to
the Society over the years with her "Loteria"
ticket-sales. He also thanked the officers who
served during the past year. The President then
turned the meeting over to David Leroy Smith,
Nominating Committee Chairman, who also thanked
the officers and wives, and asked them to stand:
Conrad and Norma Horine, David and Thelma
Hollowell, Adele Argo, Robert Dill, and Joan
deBrummond. Thanks also went to Sheila Bolke,
Newsletter Editor, and Margaret Knapp, Reunion
The new slate of officers were presented. A
motion was made, seconded and carried that the
following be accepted by acclimation: Presi-
dent, Jack deGrummond; Vice-President, Edith
Winner; Secretary/Treasurer and Newsletter Edi-
tor, Joan (Ridge) deGrummond; Chaplain, Rob-
ert Leroy Dill; Co-Chaplain, Adele V. Argo,
and President Emeritus David Leroy Smith.
A lengthy, most interesting report on a recent
visit to Panama by Bill Hollowell was read by
Conrad Horine. With close attention, the ac-
count was enjoyed by everyone.
The new president announced that the next fun-
ction will be a picnic in July, and members will
be advised of details later.

PCSSC Officers, 1985-86
L to R: Joan (Ridge) de Grummond, Adele Argo, Edith
Wimmer, Jack DeGrummond and Robert Dill.

Those attending the Annual Spring Business
Luncheon were:
Adams, Robert & Ruth (Westman)
Allen, Bill & Dot (Hoffman)
Argo, Emmett & Adele
Booth, Ken & Jo
Browder, Ed & Marie
Cerbone, Vincent & Birdie
Guest: Alice (Hele) Glaze
Clark, Pete (Wardlaw)
Guests: Gayle (Alexander) Wells
Eric & Virginia (Huges) Kullberg
Daniel, Robert "Chick"
Guest: Donna (Daniel) Pierce, daughter
deGrummond, Jack & Joan (Ridge)
Guests: Bess (Stapleton) Morton, Prospect, OR
Margie (Morton) Tellkamp
de la Pena, Estrella & Sara
Guests: Eva (da la Pena) de Gil, Mexico City
Edward Lanzner & Karni Hart
de la Pena, Moises & Jean (Stinehart)
Dill, Robert & Rosa
Fawcett, John & Beverly (Neville)
Guests: Bill & Marion Mallory, Memphis, TN
Jan (Sampson) Muralt
Beth Wood
Kris & Don Sampson, Collinsville, OK
Fulop, Stene & Lucille
Grills, Joe & Annabelle (Lee)
Hayward, Dorothy
Hollowell, David & Thelma
Guest: Bill Hollowell, Orlando, FL
Horine, Conrad & Norma
Hoyle, Aileene (Smith)
Johnson, Don & Stephanie (Milburn)
Guest: Mrs. Alice Milburn
Kariger, Lee
Guests: Bob & Nell Kariger
Knapp, Margaret
Lane, David
Martin, Mary Ethe

Top: Beverly (Neville) and John Fawcett of Rancho Bernardo,

Top: Bill Mallory, Memphis,
Muralt, Mission Viejo, CA.

TN, and Jan (Sampson)

Bottom: Birdie (Tedder-Hele) and Vincent
Dimas, CA.

Cerbone of San

Guest: Oliver Dernberger, brother
McDade, Ida
Miller, Helen (Daniel)
Guest: Samantha Miller, daughter
Morris, Jr., Robert K. ("Bert")
Morse, Warren & Fern
Price, Mary
Price, Betty
Guests: Norine Fitz, Alexandria, VA
Janice Iten
Provost, Bob
Seedborg, Hedvig
Smith, David LeRoy
Stone, Ken & Celine
Townsend, Jeanne (O'Brien)
White, P. Alton
Will, Rita (Laurie)
Wimmer, Edith
Wright, Milton & Chubby
Guest: Melvin Rutledge
..--- -- s .

Bottom, L to R: Pete (Wardlaw) Clark of Escondido, CA, Bill
Hollowell, Orlando, FL, and Gayle (Alexander) Wells, Laguna
Hills, CA.


What a day for our luncheon and delightful
gathering of Zonians a week before St. Paddy's
Day--beautiful blue sky, balmy sea breezes from
nearby San Juan Capistrano, springlike sunshine,
amid the picturesque setting of Mission Viejo
Country Club:
Virginia (Huges) Kullberg was bursting with
joy over a month-long visit she and Eric made
to Panama in December. It was their first trip
back in fifty years, and they did it up round,
spending one week in Taboga, A week in El Valle,
and the rest in other memory haunts. They at-
tended Christmas services at St. Luke's Cathed-
ral, and found the original tree still standing
at her old family home in Ancon, at the corner
of Culebra and Fourth of July Ave. (er--beg---
pardon--John F. Kennedy Blvd. now). Virginia
described it as "a nostalgic, wonderful time".
Then at the luncheon she found herself reminis-

cing with "Bert Morris", whom she hadn't seen
in at least 25 years! She laughed at how he
used to hold her head under water in the pool at
her Union Club.
Our Roosevelt Medal Holder, Robert Dill, of
whom we are justifiably proud, has been deliver-
ing speeches and showing slides on the Panama
Canal before service clubs at Hemet and Seal
Beach, CA. His most recent was a talk on trans-
portation; the next in June will be for a Mason-
ic group, on health problems during construction
Looking forward to going home to Vermillion,
SD, for seven months are Warren and Fern
Morse of San Diego. It's their annual custom.
By contrast, Hampton Tedder and family return-
ed from a fishing trip off lower Baja, Mexico,
too late to attend the luncheon. He isn't men-
tioning the size of the fish. We were happy to
welcome his sister and brother-in-law, Birdie
and Vincent Cerbone. Their quest, Alice
(Hele) Glaze, anticipates moving to Crestline,

CA, in among the pines, to be near her son.
Alice left the Zone in 1951.
Mary Ethel Martin is well prepared for a
3-day regional meeting of the Iris Society of
Southern California and Arizona. Her garden
will be part of the tour; she says this involved
a year of work.
Thirty-one days in Africa (19 in S. Africa and
12 in Kenya) proved immensely fascinating to
Mary Price recently. Her adventures included
flying over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in a small
plane and going up in a hot air balloon at the
Governor's Camp in Kenya, neither of which seem-
ed to faze her a bit: She was able to see many
birds and exotic animals.
We welcomed David's brother, Bill Hollo-
well, of Orlando, FL, in time for the Sunday
luncheon. He had almost a full schedule! Neil
Lohr joined up for his arrival at San Diego
Airport; then he and Ed Schloeder took Bill on
a tour of Ed's diesel engine boat shop in San
Diego and to dinner one evening. Navy Lt.

Top L to R: Sara de la Pena of Los
(Stinehart) de la Pena of San Diego.

Angeles, with Jean

Bottom: Bob and Ruth (Westman) Adams ofLaguna Hills, CA.

Top: Moises de la Pena Of San Diego, CA, with his sister, Eva
(de la Pena) de Gil of Mexico City.

Bottom: L to R: Robert Leroy Dill, Roosevelt Medal Holder and
Chaplain, PCSSC, and P. Alton White, former Chief, Dredging
Division, Gamboa, Canal Zone.

Doug Jordan (cousin) joined us for dinner at
our home, and George Chevalier came over to
visit and confer with Bill on historical Zone
photographs. After the PCSSC luncheon, we Hol-
lowells visited at the home of Bob and Joan
(Dimpfl) Vickery in Mission Viejo, where we
stuffed ourselves with delicious empanadas, and
had a nostalgic trip down memory lane via Joan's
scrapbook. Her sister, Carol (Dimplf) Kour-
any, was "MISS CANAL ZONE" of 1959, and during
our visit a telephone call came through from
Carol in Indiana. Bob and Joan, by the way, are
principals in Sparta, Inc., aerospace engineer-
ing, in Huntsville, AL.
Ellen (Greenleaf) Johnson and her sister-in-
law, Lucille Smith, drove down from Alpine and
went to lunch with Bill, after which they drop-
ped in on Ellen's daughter in Coronado. Ellen
and Lucille had attended a gala party for March
birthdays on the 10th to the home of Randy Al-
berga in Riverside. Honorees were P. R. Al-
berga, Joyce (Alberga) Pinta, Cecil Alberga and
Ivan Vaz of Canada, who observed his 80th.
About 50 guests were present. There was a love-
ly buffet, plus entertainment by Ted Frankel,
formerly of Colon, who played the organ.
As the week was concluding, we drove Bill to
Tijuana for shopping. Norma and Conrad
Horne entertained George Chevalier and the
Hollowells at a lovely dinner in their home
also. Again the chief topics were reminiscing
and identifying early photos, and a jolly time
was had by all. Zonians are fun people!


Emmett and Adele Argo, Laguna Hills, were
delighted to have a visit from their daughter,
Grace Allen, and her two children of Beaumont,
TX, during their spring break. Their daughter,
Kathryn Argo Molinaro, of Hemet also joined in
the family outings.
Grace Brown, Seal Beach--"My eye surgery and
implant in January turned out fine. It's great
to see how bright everything is! I'm going to
wonder which is the real me, so I can stand up!
My daughter, Barbara (Brown) Whipple, of
Medford, OR, visited with me for a pleasant 3
weeks after my operation. Recently, Jane
(Hall) Journey and I had a phone visit--she and
I were in 6th grade together in the Canal Zone.
My daughters, Barbara and Zula Lee, and I
are planning on the CANAL ZONE WEST COAST RE-
UNION, September 20-22:"
Mary Margaret (Dzevaltauskas) and Pepe
Camell have been in their new home in El Valle
one year now and like it more each day. His veg-
etable garden is giving them beautiful string
beans and tomatoes, after lots of green peppers

and spinach. "Also, a little apartment for Mom
(Dona Jenny)--she has been in her own home on
the next street, but sold it, and we're happy to
have her closer still. Last year we made two
beautiful trips: To Santo Domingo, Dominican
Republic--very interesting colonial city; and
with Mom to the Holy Land--the most thrilling
and marvelous experience of our lives--highly
recommended to all, (at least once in a life-
time:), the Greek Island and Europe, on a pil-
grimage of shrines and holy places. Ritita
(Duran) and Jim Hofmann, with son, Bryan,
14, and daughter, Lisa Ann, 8 1/2, of Houston,
TX, visited us in August. 'Ceci' (Alverez)
and Carlos Vas are still working hard. Their
son, Rogelio, 20, is in his third year at Bos-
ton's Holy Cross, and Maria Eugenia, 15, went
to Europe last year with the 'quinceaneres'. We
keep close, and just made a trip through the
Interior together."
Nancy (Norton) Carter was hoping Shirley
(Jennings) Erickson would come for a visit in
time to attend out spring luncheon, but she did-
n't arrive until later. Shirley was married to
Bobby Erickson, and they lived in Pennsyl-
vania. Bob passed away a little over a year
ago. Shirley was visiting her daughter, Jackie
Culp, in San Francisco in February, then spent
some time with Nancy in San Diego.
Vincent and Birdie (Tedder-Hele) Cerbone
look wonderful: They brought Alice (Hele)
Glaze (BHS '42) of Rialto, CA, to the lunch-
eon. It was so good to see her! Birdie had
cataract surgery in February--"It is just great!
Forgot how beautiful everything is out there.
Each day gets better and better!"
Anna (Kotalik) and Joe Collins of St. Pe-
tersburg, FL spent a few weeks in February with
their daughter and son-in-law, Capt and Mrs. J.
Scott Grahm (Lucy Colins), and grandsons,
Bradley, 5, and Paul Michael, 3, in River-
side, CA. They took in the sights at San Diego
and in the Los Angeles area, including Knott's
Berry Farm, Queen Mary and the Spruce Goose.
They also spent a day in Laguna Hills, where
Jack and Joan deGrummond toured them
around Leisure World, including a short visit
with Ruthy and Bob Adams. Since their
visit, the Grahams have moved to Omaha, NE,
where Scott is assigned to the Strategic Air
Jack and Joan deGrummond enjoyed a 5-day
visit by grandsons, Vinnie, 8, and Stephen,
6, during their spring break. Earlier the boys
had spent a day in Palm Springs with their par-
ents, Michael and Tien (Cartotto) Ressa, of
Rialto to see an exhibition game between the CA
Angels and Cleveland Indians--they were thrilled
to have the autographs of most of the Angels--on
a ball used in the game, for Vinnie, and on a
glove that Stephen had outgrown. Tina took

along a pad of "Canal Zone Matches" station-
ery--asked Rod Carew to autograph the top sheet,
and gave him the pad--he was so pleased, smiled
and said, "I remember the 'Canal Zone Matches'!"
Sara, Estrella, Eva, Moises and Jean de la
Pena attended our spring luncheon. It was good
to see all the family there. But David, you
were missed! Eva, from Mexico City, will be
visiting with Sara and Estrella in L.A. for a
while longer, and has been volunteering with
them in working at a hospital.
Beverly (Neville) and John Fawcett of Rancho
Bernardo welcomed Bill and Marion (Lucas)
Mallory of Memphis, TN, to S. California in
early March. They all attended our spring
luncheon, where they met Marion's cousin, Jan
(Sampson) Muralt of Mission Viejo; her daugh-
ter, Beth Wood of Newport Beach, and Don and
Kris Sampson. Jan lived in Pedro Miguel from
1938-47 with her parents, the late Dr. David
Sampson (P.M. Dispensary), and Mrs. Leslie
Wilkinson, who now resides in Donna, TX. Kris
and Don were on their spring break from the the
U. of Okla., and Okla, State. They reside with
their parents, Don and Marilyn Sampson, Col-
linsville, OK. Bill and Marion enjoyed their
drive to California, stopping over at the Grand
Canyon, and in Sun City, AZ, to see Grace and
ED MacVittie. At Mission Viejo they played
lots of golf and toured around, including a trip
to Las Vegas.
Francis Fitzpatrick has been busy doing cha-
ritable work with the Knights of Columbus in the
San Fernando Valley and is kept busy with An-
heuser Busch for another year as Plant Mana-
ger. His daughter, Colleen, graduated from
UCLA in March and will report to J.C. Penny Co
Inc., for a-management training course in May.
His son, Paul, lives with him, and Francis
enjoys his company. Paul will take a month's
vacation in Europe this summer.
Jay and Diane (Sparks) French and family
had their Easter dinner in their new home in
Fountain Valley, along with Jay's mother Marge
French, and his aunt and uncle, Lucille and
Steve Fulop.
Steve and Lucille Fulop's son, Mike, and
his wife, Cathy, of St. Petersburg, FL, spent
a few weeks with them in April in Laguna Hills.
They all drove to Hearst Castle at San Simeon;
saw relatives in San Jose; dropped by to see
long-time friends, Louise and Charles Sor-
rell in Sacramento; then to Reno and Lake Tahoe.
John Hanson spent the month of March in Pan-
ama before the rains came. He visited old
friends, and his aunt, Melva Fernandez (Mc-
Nair), who was president of the Colon Women's
Club. He writes, "John, who (like Conrad Hor-
ine)was very well known in Boy Scout Circles,
still has free copies of his 'Boys' Life' maga-

zine article on the Panama jungle. Six million
copies of the magazine were published and made
him instantly world famous." For a copy send a
self-addressed, stamped envelope to: John Han-
son, 5328 W. 142nd Place, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
Aileene (Smith) Hoyle extended her winter
visit with her brother, David Smith of Los
Angeles, so she could attend our March meeting.
While here, she, David and Roy Ballard enjoyed
a trip to Las Vegas and Death Valley. Besides
the usual Las Vegas attractions, a trip to the
spectacular Valley of Fire National Park, Hoover
Dam and Scotty's Castle highlighted her first
visit to these areas. In mid-March, David and
Aileen were driving from L.A. to Morgan Hill,
where they planned to visit her son, Brian
Hoyle and his wife, Lanh, on Aileene's way
home to Redwood Estates. However, they had an
accident on 1-5, their car turned upside down
off the freeway, and it was totaled, Both were
hospitalized in Bakersfield, but David, with
three fractured ribs, was released the next day,
and Aileene, with back injuries, remained for
six days, was released to her son's home, and
confined to bed for a month: Our best to you
both, Aileene and David. We wish you a speedy
Lee Kariger, Sequim, WA, drove down in his
motorhome to Long Beach, CA, to visit his son
and daughter-in-law, Bob and Nell Kariger,
and family. Bob, CHS'50, joined L.B. City Col-
lege 10 years ago; in 1980 was named head of the
Athletic Dept., and was recently appointed as
Associate Dean of Academic Sciences. Nell is a
secretary in The Business Dept. of the College.
After attending our spring lucheon with Bob and
Nell, Lee was "on the road again" to San Diego
for a meeting with other Ham Radio Operators
before heading home.
Bess (Stapleton, BHS'37) and Walt Morton,
Prospect, OR, spent the winter in West Covina,
CA, with daughter, Margie Tellkamp, and fam-
ily. Walt headed home on March 1, but weather
was still too severe for Bess. She stayed over
and enjoyed seeing friends at our luncheon--"I
don't care how many friends you make, there will
never be the feeling that exists between the
ones from the Canal Zone!" Bess later drove
home, stopping over in Redding with their son
and family. "We've had 14 inches of snow, just
during the last week of March! It was Beauti-
ful "
Noble (Buddy) and Marion (Hutchison) Phil-
lips, Laguna Hills, had Don and Peggy
(Seely) Hutchison of Aiken, SC, visiting them
in February. They took trips to Las Vegas, La
Brea Tar Pits, Yosemite, Long Beach, Balboa Is-
land and the San Diego Zoo. It was a very en-
joyable three weeks. Don and Gladys (Wertz)
Brayton and the Phillips entertained 50 friends
at a dinner-dance while Don and Peggy were in

Leisure World. Guests included Bob and Ruthy
Adams, Art and Dot (Wertz) Cotton, Jack and
Joan deGrummond, Steve and Lucille Fulop,
Marge French, Joe and Grace Irving. Buddy
and Marion's son, Richard Phillips, of Panama
visited with them in March.
Warren and Barbara (Haskell) Pitman, Vis-
ta, canceled plans to attend our March meeting,
as Warren was under the weather. They sent
their best regards to all. Hope you are feeling
chipper, Warren:
Rocky and Reeta Ridge of Redlands asked to
be remembered to all. Rocky was in the hospital
for some tests, so they missed our luncheon.
Best wishes for a quick recovery, Rocky! And
congratulations, grandparents:
Dorothy (Straus) and Bill Romeyn recently
moved to the San Fernando Valley (see new ad-
dress). "My mother, Ruth (Mrs. Robert J.)
Straus, celebrated her birthday on March 29
with a mini family reunion at the home of my
sister, Margaret Edwards, in Burbank. Also
attending were Bill and I, my sister, Ida Gif-
ford, Orem, UT; my son, Cliff Moore; my
daughters, Mary E. (Moore) Burleson and Kath-
erine J. (Moore) Deppe of Simi Valley (both
girls were born in Ancon, CZ). At least now
we'll be able to join ex-Canal Zonians at the
meetings and picnics. Hope to see you all soon!"
Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood, Frazier
Park, had lots snow this year. They drove to
Las Vegas to bowl in a tournament in early
March, and camped in their lovely 5th-wheeler at
Circus Circus. They drove down to the San Fer-
nando Valley for Easter, to be with all of the
family, and to celebrate the 21st birthday of
their grandson, Ron (son of Claudia Wood
Raber). Ron was on TDY from Germany, and spent
some time working at Nellis AFB, NV.
Chubby and Milton Wright had very nice
holidays. "Started off on December 22 with the
wedding of our niece, Lisa Wright, daughter of
Harvey and Mary Jo Wright. Then family din-
ners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. All
very enjoyable. In February we had a nice visit
from Billy and Imo Hampton of Willis, TX,
and Larry and Edith Adams of Medford, OR,
all former Canal Zoners. Billy and Larry worked
for MTD, Ancon. We had a wonderful three days,
just remembering the good times we had together
on the Zone, over the holidays, and our trips to
La Venta on July 4th, etc. We really did enjoy
the times we spent together:"

Joan (Ridge) deGrummond
(213) 761-2105


Here I am, back again. Penny (Pennington)
Graham who has been our reporter is going to
have a big year so I am back as the Colorado
reporter. It will probably take me a while to
get back into the swing.
Penny and Bob will be leaving for Europe the
first of June and be gone through July. Penny
will be doing graduate studies in Munich, Ger-
many and Lucern, Switzerland. Good for you,
Penny. One of the places they will visit will
be the Dachlund prison camp which should prove
to be very interesting. This past summer they
had visited Los Angeles and Penny, Bob, and
their three children, Summer, Taylor and
Sheridan all enjoyed dinner with Lindy
(Harris) and Jim Dear. While there Penny
called and talked with Donna (Jenkins)
Frampton but setting up a meeting was out of
their time frame. Donna was not only grandbaby
sitting but working in their deli in Fountain
Valley. Before the Grahams take off for Europe,
Penny's father, James H. Pennington will visit
here in Colorado in May. Mr. Pennington was one
of the original members of the Pedro Miguel mo-
torcycle club.
Bette (Farrell) and "Buckeye" Swearingen
are expecting a crowd this summer. When they
return form the Annual Reunion they will be en-
tertaining the whole family. Lee and Jody
will be home and Paul with his wife, Debbie
and baby Brandon. Bette is looking forward to
doing a little "spoiling" of the new grandbaby.
I was sorry to learn that Barbara (Geddes)
and Ray Shaw won't be going to the Reunion
this year but their plans to tour Spain, Greece
and Paris with Dr. Antonio and Ann Suescum
for a month have conflicted with the reunion
dates. Ray's sister, Alice Ray (Ward) Wier
will be laid up for a while, I hear. Seems
Alice was doing a little downhill skiing and
broke her leg. Get well soon Alice, we miss you.
I barely caught Margaret (Meigs) Malloy the
other night to get her news. Bob had been
teaching at Fort Rucker, Alabama when Margaret
got the news that daughter, Barbara and hus-
band Ken Betton where having their first. So,
Margaret took off for Gasparilla Island, Florida
to greet the arrival of Alice, her new grand-
daughter, born on February 22. After helping
out there for a few months, Margaret then joined
brother, Jimmy Meigs in Connecticut for his
son, Jim's wedding to Jennie Steam. Young
Jim and Jennie had met at Dartmouth. While
Margaret was in Alabama she had a nice visit
with Alice (Strauss) McClain from Dothan.
Captain Fred and Mary Jane (Ugarte) Weade
just returned from a lovely Carribbean cruise

aboard the Niew Amsterdam that they shared with
Mary Jane's sister, Ruth (Ugarte) and her hus-
band Phil Greene. Fred's sister, Helen and
husband Ed Jones were also on board to help
celebrate Fred and Mary Jane's 40th wedding an-
niversary. Now, the Weade's are in the throes
of preparation for daughter, Mary's wedding to
Russell Allen from Yuma, Colorado on June
15th. Their son, Michael and wife, Jan
Weade presented Fred and Mary Jane with a
grandson, Nathan Christian Weade this last
Bertha Jane "B.J." (Becker) and Milt Law
took B.J.'s mother, Eleanor (Latermann) Becker
and their two grandsons, Dirk and Lance on
vacation during spring school break. This gave
B.J.'s daughter, Cathy Spafford a change to
recuperate from surgery. They all went down to
Canon City, rode the Incline Railway to the bot-
tom of Royal Gorge and enjoyed many of the at-
tractions there. The highlight for Dick and
Lance was swimming in the motel's heated outdoor
pool in the middle of a typical spring snowstorm.
The Colorado Society had their Annual Business
Dinner meeting at the Ramada Inn on March 30th.
Barbara Shaw made all the arrangements and it
was lovely. Election of officers was held for
1985. Eleanor Becker is our new President,
Barbara Shaw, Vice-President, "B.J." Law will
still be our irreplaceable Secretary-Treasurer
and of course, we had a change in the reporter's
position. Those new faces attending the dinner
were Dennis and Pat (Kenealy) Scovel, Bob
and Olette (Holz-Meister) McIntyre and
Lester and Andrea Smith. It was good to see
some new members. Always good to greet Dan
and Vallorie Meehan, "B.J." and Milt Law,
Mary Eleanor Becker, Cathy (Mclntire) Spafford,
Roy and Gladys Graham, Buckeye and Bette
Swearingen, Ray and Barbara Shaw, Richard and
Jane Little. Oh, I was there too. Guests who
attended were Don Buckingham from California,
Christine Sheff and Walt Skrzynizrz of Col-
orado. By the end of the evening, Christine
said they all wanted to be Zonians even if only
by adoption. A special nice surprise to all of
us turned out to be out waitress, Jackie
Lucero whose husband Ted served on the Zone
in 1967-'68.
This year I am really looking forward to at-
tending the Reunion. I had a terrible decision
to make since Penny can't attend. She was en-
titled to go to the Reporter's Luncheon so I
wondered if I could be her substitute but I had
already signed up for the Golf Tournament over
at Seminole and of course, can't pass up a
chance to play a round of golf: Sorry about
that Pat, but I'll see you there somewhere.

Donna (Dickson) Hudson
Colorado Reporter
(303) 278-2425


At our sewing club recently, Allena Kelly
was our hostess and I gathered some news for you.
Mildred Harper was excited about having her
daughter, Dorothy with her husband, Bill and
their daughter, Glenda come up from Davie to
visit and spend Easter with her. Mildred lives
in Holiday, Florida.
Alton and Verna Jones had Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Sosted from Punta Gorda, Florida, as
houseguests. Mr. Sosted was supervisor of Ele-
mentary Instruction in the Canal Zone Schools.
Edith and Tyle Cotton enjoyed having their
son, and daughter-in-law Lee and Kaye, for a
visit in early March. They have been living in
Rogers, Ark, for three years and claim it to be
the most beautiful area in the United States.
Spoke to "Shortie" Morris on the phone one
day and she and Jim were getting ready to
leave for their summer home in Moneta, Vir-
ginia. She said they will return to Florida in
November or when the weather dictates.
I spoke to my daughter, Dorothy Rowley Ger-
hart, in Silver Spring, MD recently and she is
also excited about coming to the reunion. My
son, Sam, Jr. (Skip) is coming up from Panama
too. My granddaughter, Lori Stevenson Snow
and her husband, Virgil from Lilburn, GA., and
my grandson, Kenneth Gerhart, from FT. Stew-
art, GA, will also be here. My neice, Joan
VanVliet Corliss and husband, Jack will be
there for the reunion and will be visiting with
her sister, Joy Lindell and husband, Bruce
in Pinellas Park, FL.
So the only member of my family who will not
be here is my daughter, June Stevenson, who
must stay and keep the canal running! It will
be a terrific time for us all to be together
Got a phone call a few nights ago from my good
friends, Marge and John Keller, who with
their daughter, Ann Daykin will also be coming
and will be able to spend some time with me. So
I'm looking forward to the reunion in June.
The 12-day Clearwater "Fun and Sun Festival"
was an exciting time for Mary and Bob Han-
na: With a shove from Gus Nellis, Bob won
the 7th Annual "Bathtub Regatta" and an all ex-
pense trip for two to Munich, Germany.
All vessels had to be something a bath could
be taken in; no more than 8 feet; no motor; but
could be pushed, paddled or dragged. The other
tubs were piloted by much younger participants.
This was no problem for Bob, 73. In his
younger days on the Zone, he practically lived
on the water in one boat or another. Today he
has a daily regimen of bike riding and swimming

at the beach. He still is not out-done by his
son, Bob, who recently won first place in Go-
Cart races in David or by his two grandsons,
Jon (Bill Hannas son) or Marc (Tom Hannas
son) who won the Soap Box Derby in Gardenas,
Years ago, Bob played trombone and trumpet in
Dwyer's orchestra at the Strangers Club. He
still plays his trumpet almost daily for his own
amusement. He still takes pictures and is a
member of th Sun Coast Camera Club which has 200
photographers. He is also a member of the Pho-
tographic Society of America.
The Hanna's four sons, Bob, Bill, Tom, and
John are all married and live on the same street
in Gardenas, Panama. So it's Christmas every
year for Mary and Bob. They say there are lots
of changes-some better, some worse, but it is
still a good life and they have fond memories.
See ya'll at the reunion:

Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339


My news items for this report primarily con-
cern young people and were submitted by Barbara
Dedeaux. It's great to know so many former
Zonians are moving to this area.
Jon Dedeaux moved to Pensacola from the
Canal Zone almost a year ago and is working as
an electronic technician for a company here.
Russell Gillespie works out of New Orleans,
but lives here (and has just bought himself a
lovely brand new home!). The 2 Housley girls
Kay and Patty and their families live in
Milton (about 20 minutes away and where Dolly
and Tooney settled to be near their grand-
children there!). Eddie Blount and his
sisters, Lucy (who just moved from California)
and Nancy, live in Mobile and frequently visit
The Littons are in Pensacola (Brent has an
electrical apprenticeship and recently became
engaged to Sandy Johnson Donna is attend-
ing Pensacola Jr. College Greg has reported
back to the San Francisco Giants). Our most
recent resident is Susie Smith. Susie's two
sisters Sheryl and Sharon already live
here. Sharon and Jim just had a baby boy
the 1st week of April and Mrs. Smith has been
visiting them. Susie finished her Nursing de-
gree and has joined the Navy she's an ensign
in training here. She threw a great party at
her sister, Sharon's home last weekend and all
those mentioned above were there along with some
of their new friends and Susie's roommate,

One weekend Tommy Snider came over from
Philadelphia, MS., while his wife Evelyn
(Barazza) and baby went to visit her mother in
Atlanta. Then, a couple weekends later, Johnny
Ridge stopped over on his way north for his
next duty assignment. Roderick Snyder is sup-
posed to stop by on his way to the Reunion.
So, whenever they gather, it's reason for cel-
ebration and party-party-party just like the
Canal Zone!
Sorry we couldn't make it to the reunion this
year but it conflicted with some prior com-

Mildred Hearne
(904) 476-3901

St. Petersburg

Ken and Jane McGraw from New Braunfels,
Texas, dropped in unexpectedly, April 10, 1985
for a brief but very pleasant visit with Alton
and Vera Jones.
I was very pleased to receive a phone call
from a lady I first met when selling commissary
books in the Cristobal Commissary, Mrs. Julius
Schriftgiesser. Believe me, that was quite a
while ago. After she moved to the Pacific side,
I did not see much of her, but still kept in
touch. She eventually left the Canal Zone for
Massachusetts. I kept her in mind through her
daughter, Pauline, (Mrs. Little). It has
been a long time but I was happy to learn that
she has come to St. Petersbrug to live with her
She tells me that Pauline's son, Julius E.S.
Little, will graduate from the National Avia-
tion Academy on May 1, 1985
I hope to have some more news from St. Peters-
burg in the next issue, but as I have said be-
fore, if you want your friends to keep in touch,
just let me know. I'll be glad to give may news
you care to have known to our mutual friends.
Grace Williams
(813) 526-7294

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With the lovely spring weather and beautiful
Easter season, our Sarasota members have had
many happenings, visitors and travelers alike.
Jim and Edna Million left for their summer
cottage in Vermont. Enroute they visited with
Rodney "Higgie" and Reba (Alexander)
Higgenbotham in Jacksonville, Florida. They
also visit with their son, Roger and Mary
(Wilmoth) Million and family in Somerset, N.J.
and with their granddaughter, Linda (Muse)
Lacy in Newport News, Va.
Bill and Maxine Dixon spent the Easter
holidays in Toomsboro, Georgia with Bill's
sister, Aurelia (Dixon) and William
Hadarits, and their son Philip Hadarits and
his wife of Augusta, Georgia. They were joined
by Bill's other sister, Hilda (Dixon) and
Chester Harrold of Safety Harbor, Florida. A
nice family gathering was enjoyed by all.
Bob and Dolores Hammetter had a combina-
tion trip to visit their daughter, Robyn
(Hammetter) Suter and family in Jacksonville,
Florida and to Monticello, Florida to attend the
wedding of Morris Miller and Anita Payne.
Anita is the daughter of Clarence and Rosita
Payne of Balboa Heights, R.P. It was a most
beautiful wedding service and at the reception
many former Canal Zoners got together to discuss
those golden years in Panama.
The Hammetters also enjoyed a late February
visit in Sarasota, with Frank and Dorris
Chollar of Ft. Worth, Texas.
At Easter time a 34 foot motor home "graced"
the Hammetters driveway for ten days when Max
and Robyn (Hammetter) Suter and sons, Alfred
and Ellery visited from Jacksonville. A trip
to Naples and to the Everglades area was taken
over the Easter weekend, and it was a unique
experience living in a recreational vehicle.
The Joe Ebdons Jr. and Fred and Bev
Ebdon, accompanied by Joe "Pop" Ebdon Sr.,
now 96 years young, had a nice visit with
brother Bill and Sue (Fahnestock) Ebdon in
their new residence in DeLisle, Miss. Bill has
recently retired from NASA in Houston, Texas.
Enroute home they visited in Pensacola, Florida
with Ruth and Caleb Clement and Louie and
Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux of that city.
Fred and Bev took a nice trip to Cedar Key,
Florida in their new camper. They also had as
guests, Howard and Arleen Osborn and camper
friends from Nashua, NH, to visit various
Florida attractions and attend several RV
Jay Cain and Louise Pustis of Sarasota
along with Johnny and Dotty Lozar of North
Port, FL, recently returned from a Caribbean

cruise on the new "ROYAL PRINCESS" which was
christened by Princess Diana. During their six
hours in port at Panama, Jay and Louise took a
tour of the city and noticed so many changes.
Also while in port, Bruce Sanders III and his
wife, Sandy, boarded the ship and visited with
the group. The Harry Cains and Bruce's parents,
Bruce G. Sanders Jr. of Bentonville, Ark. were
neighbors in Margarita, C.Z.
In March, Jay Cain spent a week in New Jersey
to attend her nephew's wedding in Alloway, NJ.
She also visited with relatives of her late hus-
band, Harry Cain, in South Jersey.
Louise Pustis enjoyed a nice visit with her
two daughters-in-law and grandsons, Mrs. Tom
Pustis (Fran) and son, Joseph, of Dayton, OH
and Mrs. Steve Pustis (Nancy) and son,
Robbie, of Pineville, OR. The girls remained
in Louise's lovela villa to "house-sit" while
she was in the "Royal Princess" Caribbean Cruise.
Billie Galloway and Robin Comer had as
their house guest, Charlotte Herr of Avon,
Conn. She was royally entertained with luncheon
and bridge parties and renewed many friend-
ships. On leaving Sarasota she visited with her
brother, Stuart Adams in Winter Park, FL.
Charlotte Herr's son-in-law and daughter,
Richard and Charlotte Anne (Herr) Murphy
with their daughter, Laura Murphy live in
nearby Simsbury, Conn, where Charlotte Anne is
Guidance Counsellor with the Simsbury Schools
Mary Orr frequently enjoys and has many vis-
itors. Her brother, Bob Orr and wife,
Eloise of Luling, TX, were here for a short
visit. Also Mrs. Mack Hicks (Dottie) of
Callahan, FL came for a nice visit and attended
several social functions while here.
Davy Levy Leeds, CHS 34, and his wife,
Arlene of Los Angeles, CA, came to Sarasota to
participate in the Sarasota Stamp Show. He is a
graduate of Cristobal High School and contacted
classmates Fred Ebdon and Mayno (Bliss)
Walker and they had a great time reminiscing
over happy high school days.
Another CHS graduate, Dick Reinhold, also in
1934, and his wife, Maxine, were in Sarasota
for a short visit with Bill Price and the Joe
Ebdon Jr. They were enroute to Miami, visiting
with friends along the way, then on a tour to
Costa Rica.
Mrs. Elva (Smith) Keenan of Silver Springs,
MD spent several weeks with her brothers and
sisters-in-law, Rob and Elsie Smith of
Kensington Park and Ralph and Pauline Smith
of Glen Oaks in Sarasota.
Dick and Suzi Belzer have been residents
of Sarasota since, Dick a Pan Canal Pilot, re-
tired and Suzi closed the U.S. District Court in
Ancon in 1983. Dick is with Stevens and Salt

Realtors in Sarasota and volunteers as a tax
assistant during the tax season.
Their three sons have made their way in other
areas, Rick, the oldest, apprenticed to
Bruce Quinn on the Canal Zone from June 1969
to June 1972, and was active in the Theater
Guild and Surfside Theater. He is now producing
summer stock in New Fairfield, Conn at the
Candlewood Playhouse near Danbury, Conn. These
past two years he has been busy with the light-
ing for the musical CATS, which is playing Los
Angeles, Chicago, and Toronto. When any Zonians
are near New Fairfield, Conn. they could drop in
to the Candlewood and see a first rate Broadway
production without paying Broadway prices.
Another son, Rob Belzer, BHS '75 is a car-
penter in the New Fairfield area and helps out
Rick at the Playhouse and Playhouse Cafe on
Jim Belzer graduated from New York Univer-
sity and is working part-time for a fledling
public relations agency in New York City. He
often joins his brothers in Candlewood on week-
Franny (Days) Jones had as her guests,
Ricard and Dona (Eaton) Wood of Portsmouth,
VA who came for the annual Womens Golf Tourn-
ament at the Bent Tree Country Club in Sarasota.
Mrs. J.W.B. Hall (Madge) had a nice week's
visit in Sarasota with her brother, John
Finlason and his wife, Shirley of San Diego,
CA. They had been in Panama to visit their son
and were to visit other family relatives in Sar-
asota and Tarpon Springs before returning to
their home.
George and Tonmy Roth had as house guests,
Bill and Ethel Staats of Harlingen, TX.
Also visiting in April were George's brother-
in-law and sister, Bill and Helen (Roth)
Neill of Rye Brook, NY. They enjoyed visiting
with their niece, Arthur and Marilyn (Roth)
Banks and daughter, Melissa, of Tampa, FL.
The Roths and Neills had an enjoyable day's
excursion on the boat SEASCAPE out of Tampa, a
trip their daughter Marilyn and her husband had
given her parents as a Christmas present. It
was a fun time for all.
Barney and Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes enjoyed
Barney's sister, Elma Carder, and her friend
Mary Miltenberger of Ridgeley, WV, who came to
help him celebrate his 85th birthday.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

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The younger Tallahasse residents started the
year off with a bang at a big Super Bowl Party.
The hosts of the party were Rick and Kathy
Mead, Gil Corrigan and Mark Cicero. Although
the temperature got down to about 15 degrees,
there were quite a few people who showed up.
The big highlight at the food table was the ser-
vice that Tita Kourany bought from Panama:
Not everyone was for the same team and that de-
finitely added to the excitement. Those who
attended were Kelly Morris, John Corrigan, Kyle
Dosik, Carol Sullivan, Steve Tochterman, George
Husum, Barb Hall, Jim Thompson, Mike and Su-
san Coffey, Rebecca Grimison, John Thurber,
Melanie Donahue, Anna Wolf, Jerry Breadencamp,
Luke Givins, Pat Gordon, Mike Gordon, Jennifer
Corrigan, Beth Bell, Martha Bell, and Tita
Kenneth and Alice Daly of Titusville and
their grandson, Kurt, of Clearwater were house
guests at the home of Mary Jane and Cash
Paulson during the month of March. The Daly's
other grandson, Keith, plays baseball for the
University of Florida and they were playing Flo-
rida State U. The Daly's and the Paulsons at-
tended the game and had a great time:
Frost and Charlene (Rose) Burke became the
parents of a darling 8 lb. 5 oz. son on February
22, 1985. He was named David Powell Burke.
Maternal grandparents are David and Mary
Rose of Dothan, Alabama.
Tallahassee would like to welcome new resi-
dents Grady and Eugina Bing, formerly of
the Canal Zone.
The Bings were the guests of Ed and Ellie
Husum's house on March 23 for "Panama Night".
They celebrated the publication of the Knapp's
new book, "Red, White and Blue in Paradise"
which is about Panama. The evening's menu in-
cluded Arroz con Pollo with avocados and fruit.
Bob and Pat Ridge of Ohio visited with
Ed and Ellie Husum for a week at the begin-
ning of April. The Ridges had been in Gaines-
ville visiting family.
Cynthia and Leo Paulson had a big Easter
surprise on April 7, 1985, when their 7 lb. 8
oz. son Dustin Cassius was born. Dustin has a
sister named Naren who was so excited about
her brother.
Janet (Husum) Herrington and her son,
Keith had a big Easter Sunday dinner at their
house. Aside from the big dinner, everyone en-
joyed a big Easter egg hunt. Those who attended
were Ed and Ellie Husum and their children,
Lorraine and husband, Tod, Mike, Greg, Mary
and George, Barb Hall, Mabel Watts, Wanda Hof-
fler, Stuart Thompson, and Don and Sue Dar-

The Canal Zone guys have once again gotten
together and are playing on a softball team in
the city league. The name of the team is W.T.
Cash Hall, and they are hoping for a winning
season this year. Rick Mead is the coach, and
playing on the team are: Keith Mead, Gil Cor-
rigan, Mike Coffey, Luke Givens, Kyle Kosik,
Mark Cicero, Marty Weaver, Neil Patton, George
Husum, Jerry Breadencamp, John Thurber, Jim
Thompson and George Ateek.
During January, 1985, Steve and I went on
vacation up north for 2 weeks of snow and ski-
ing. We visited with Steve's brother, Gary
Tochterman and Robert Carl ton, who was 8
months old. They live in Keene, New Hampshire,
and it is definitely snow country. Steve's par-
ents, George and Arlene Tochterman were
there and we had a great time skiing in New
Hampshire and Vermont. We then drove to Boston
and visited with my aunt and uncle, Ann and
Bernie Kelleher. They live in a beautiful
condominium just outside of Boston, in Brook-
line. We had a great time with them; there is
so much to do and see in Boston!
We hated to come back but I definitely had
seen my share of snow for a while!
Most Tallahassee residents are anxiously
awaiting the big Canal Zone Reunion in June and
are counting the days!
If anyone has any news for the Record, please
call me.

Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
(904) 576-0379


The 111th running of the Kentucky Derby will
be on May 4th and derby fever has once again hit
the Blue Grass state.
From derby city itself, Donna Steube writes
that Louisville's spring is something to be-
hold. She takes long morning walks and enjoys
all the sights and sounds of the gorgeous
weather. Last November Donna visited Ron and
Connie Cappon in Michigan. Since then she has
made frequent trips to Illinois to visit her
mother who had surgery last spring. Donna re-
ports that her mother is doing nicely these days.
Leila Mills, also from Louisville, had re-
cent guests. Janet and Ross Cunningham (he
retired from the Zone 21 years ago) stopped for
a few days to visit with the Mills on their way
to Kansas City, MO. then down to see Janet's
brother in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.
Springtime means that Walter Alves will be
putting in the crops and his garden as well. He
and Barbara had a quiet winter. In February,

they drove to Lee's Summit, Missouri to visit
daughter and family. Susan and Bill have a
beautiful new home and Walter writes that his
two fine grandsons are growing like weeds.
Since Barbara has not seen too much of this
country, she and Walter will go to Augusta,
Maine in August. They will next stop off in
Rockport, Mass. to visit the Stuarts. Jim
Stuart retired from the Locks Division and they
have a very nice place in Rockport. Next down
to Cicinnati for an overnight visit with
Walter's kin. Then home for the crop harvest in
October. In November they plan to drive to
Houston to spend some time with Terry,
Barbara'a daughter.
This reporter reached a milestone of sorts.
After eleven years of 'piddling', the last piece
of wool was finally put in my 'seal of the Pan-
ama Canal rug' that I started in Coco Solo. I
now plan to tackle the 'mola design' rug. Hope
it won't take as long; maybe only ten years this
time. I had no sooner placed the 'seal' rug on
the floor to admire it when my scottie dog, Max,
claimed it as his. Little does he know it will
be hung on the wall. After all that work NOBODY
will be allowed to walk on it.
Our daughter Karen and family spent two
weeks with us in March. Our little grand-
daughter Lisa is really growing. She spent
most of her time crawling after the dog's toys
and his treat bowl. We even caught her sampling
a milk bone. Of course Max managed to chew up a
few of Lisa's toys as well.
Kenny drove over from Louisville to spend a
few days with his sister. It was nice to be
together even for a short time. Kenny is get-
ting ready to take the boards and will start his
junior rotations soon. I will be babysitting
for his birds since he will be so busy and away
from his apartment for long periods of time.
I called a few of the Ohio ex-Zonians but no
one had any news. How about planning a reunion
for the tri-state area of Ohio, Indiana and Ken-
tucky. It would have to be during the warm
weather because we wouldn't recognize each other
with all those winter clothes on. How about it
tri-staters? Drop me a line and we can get
started on details. My address is in the Canal
Record directory. If anyone has any news, I'd
be glad to report it.

Ginger Rood
(606) 878-0094


Mrs. Fernand Espiau of New Orleans gave us a
friendly call in April to say all's well. She
and Fernand are happy they made the move to a
smaller house now that the children are grown
and gone. Ginger and Ken live near Cin-
cinnati; Tibby and her family in Garland,
Texas. Early birthday greetins go to Fernand,
who is looking forward to celebrate his 80th
birthday on July 26.

Jason and Jordan Folger with their grandmother, Mrs. George
"Rusty" Folger of New Orleans.

Without color, the Record can't possibly do
justice to this terrific trio of redheads -
Rusty Folger of New Orleans and her grandsons,
Jason and Jordan. Besides the boys, lots of
activities have been keeping Rusty young and
busy these days -- St. Joseph's Day, St.
Patrick's Day, Spring Festival, Heritage Jazz
Festival and, or course, Mardi Gras, as only New
Orleans can do it. Rusty also manages to work
part time as a Kelly Girl. In March she enjoyed
a weekend visit from Beattie Hendricks and his
wife, Temple, and is now looking forward to
seeing old friends at the Reunion.
John R. Gough Sr. of Marrero reports another
big reunion in his family. Kathleen's sister,
Nora Elsie Tomlinson, and her daughter, Nora
Lee, of Santa Rosa, Calif., were with the
Goughs recently for the first time since 1949.
Nephew, Herbert Leslie Devereaux Cooks, and
his wife, Mavis, also visited. Herbert, an
ex-BHSer, and Mavis, formerly of Stockport,
England, make their home in Florida. Kathleen's
two other sisters, Mrs. Beryl Breaux and Mrs.
Isabel Breaux, Westwego, La., were in on the
family get-together too. The five Cooke girls
(Bessie died last year) were reared in Central

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Ex-Zonian Herbert L.D. Cooke and his wife Mavis.

America, where their father was an overseer on
United Fruit banana plantations, and went to
school in Jamaica. One of these days Kathleen
promises to send us the alphabet, quaintly exe-
cuted in Bajun. It will be a Record-first and a
collector's treasure. John has been working on
the family historical record, complete with
photos, letters and news clippings, with copies
to his seven brothers and sisters. He has also
put together a book of illustrated poems by
family members, and finished building a bookcase
for his niece, Sister Helen Breaux, director,
Annunciation Inn, New Orleans, and ex-Zonian.
We thank him for remembering us with a copy of
the poetry and three Panama Canal Reviews from
the '60s.
Deep in the bayous of Mandeville, the Gene
Greggs report peaceful tranquillity as plans
get underway to attend the Reunion. Oldest
daughter, Lynn, with husband, Clayton, and
children, Carlye, Rayne, Halley and
Harrison, are fine in Zachary, La., where
Clayton practices medicine. Daughter, Nancy,
works offshore with Conoco and has moved back to
Baton Rouge from New Orleans. Daughter,
Laura, couldn't be happier, having landed a
BHS teaching position with DOD in Panama.
Gall and Bob are still at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Helen is a junior at LSU, and Gene, a soph-
omore at Mandeville High, opting for football
camp over the Reunion this summer. The Greggs
enjoyed a recent visit from old BHS-CHS friend,
Fritz Frey of Sierra Vista, Ariz. By the time
this is published, Gene says his pal, Roland
Casanova of Slidell, La., will have returned
with tall tales from his hunting trip to Panama.
Kristin Risberg of New Orleans hasn't much
"real news," other than work, home improvements
and family life which are certainly keeping her
fully occupied.

Jim Taylor with 180-pound sabalo, caught in Chagres River,
January 1985.

Fred Wainio, Metairie, writes that he is
anticipating May graduation with an MBA from
Tulane. His thoughts came off the books moment-
arily to send this picture, writing that the
Chagres is still producing tarpon despite the
presence of a gill net across the mouth of the
river. This 180-pound sabalo was caught in
January 1985 by Jim Taylor, aboard his 13-foot
whaler, the Sabalo Killer III, which he co-owns
with Ted Deaton. Fred, Jim and Ted chal-
lenge anyone to disprove their claim that this
is the largest sabalo ever to come out of the
Chagres. Jim, originally from Pass Christian
and New Orleans, operates tugs for the Com-
mission. Ted also caught a few sabalo last
year, but only in the 150-pound range.

Patt Roberson

John and Catherine Boswell of Hattiesburg
shared a delicious, delightful April evening
with this reporter at a local Italian restau-
rant. At this moment they are abroad. In May
they left for Milwaukee to attend Catherine's
high-school class reunion, then departed for
London. Daughter Deanna and her husband, Pat
Barry, are stationed at Upper Heyford AFB.

After a few days of visiting, the Boswells plan-
ned a BritRail excursion through Scotland all
the way to John o'Groats, then by boat on to
Fair Isle in the North Sea, known the world over
for "fleece-to-finish" tweeds. Along the way
they expect to research their genealogical re-
cords, Catherine in Aberdeen, John in Dundee.
If time permits, they hope to spend a few days
in Austria or Portugal before returning to the
U.S. July 1.
Mrs. Roger Chisolm in Union reports lots of
activity these days in the yard and garden, plus
she's making bridesmaids' dresses for her
niece's wedding June 7. The grandchildren are
still bringing home trophies form the go-cart
racetrack. Even the 6 and 8 year-olds are earn-
ing their share. Knowing your reporter's inten-
tion to return to teaching in Baton Rouge,
Clairee graciously furnished the name and ad-
dress of a cousin in real estate there. Baton
Rouge is a really big, booming city after living
three years in Hattiesburg and, with "critters,"
relocating is expected to be difficult. Thank
you for your concern, Clairee, it's appreciated!
Never underestimate the power of a little sis-
ter: Landy has finally talked big brother,
Henry Cruz of 19819 92nd Place W., Edmonds,
WA 98020, into attending his first Reunion.
He'll leave immediately after son Ed's high-
school graduation and looks forward to seeing
everyone, especially members of the swim and
track teams he competed with and against from
1949-52. After the Reunion, he and Landy will
fly back to the West Coast for a family reunion
in San Francisco with their parents, who retired
form PanCanal in 1964, and younger sister, Sil-
vy,. Henry's wife, Pat, and daughter,
Kathy, and her husband, Ron, planned to join
the festivities. Henry says nowadays Kathy is
the family's big swimmer and jogger. Landy and
Silvy live in Fairfield, Calif.
A feature-length documentary film, "Diggers,"
is scheduled to be broadcast on PBS sometime
this year. It tells the story of James Connell,
one of the 100,000 West Indian laborers who were
recruited to work on the canal during construc-
tion. About 30,000 died from dynamite explos-
ions, landslides, malaria and yellow fever dur-
ing the 33-year construction period. The film
incorporates historic photos, archival footage
and recent interviews with surviving diggers.
Producer-director Roman Foster, 33, has worked
on the film for the last eight years, partially
inspired through his acquaintance with Alex
Haley, author of Roots. Both Foster's grand-
parents were canal diggers. A sequel will be
called "Part Two--The Story of the Children of
the Diggers."
We were happy to oblige John Manning of Tam-
pa, recently who needed a few pages photocopied

to complete his edition of Abbot's Panama and
the Canal in Picture and Prose, published in
Dr. E. Corbin McGriff Jr. of Jackson is
planning to attend the Reunion and announces an
address change--to 126 Olympia Fields. Corbin
is president and CEO of Environmental Protection
Systems, an engineering and analytical firm,
with offices in Mobile and Pensacola as well as
Jackson. One project EPS is involved in con-
cerns an inventory of asbestos materials in
state buildings.
Vern Neal has surfaced at 456 Dela Vina
Ave., D-6, Monterey, CA 93940, and teaches Eng-
lish as a second language at the junior col-
lege. He enjoys backpacking on his days off and
spends about a week each year digging at an ar-
cheaological site in southern California.
Spring vacation was spent with his family hiking
at Yosemite. Vern was president of our CZJC
sophomore class; Gilbert Smith, vice presi-
dent; Kathryn Sandidge, secretary; and Henry
Cruz, treasurer. Mr. Turbyfill was our class
adviser. Kathy's brother, Tom, of 1535 Orchid
Court, Longview, WA 98632, sends us her address
--12630 Burt St., Omaha, NE 68154. Both would
love to hear from old friends. Vern would like
Goerge Metivier's address if anyone has it.
Another classmate, Shirley van der Dijs
(Mrs. Jerry Mills), co-owner of Pleasantdale
Travel Center, 3953 Pleasantdale Road, Suite
111, Atlanta 30340, is hard at work mailing our
reservation forms and finalizing arrangements
for a whirlwind 4-day, 3-night trip to Panama
right after the Reunion. Exciting plans include
a Canal tour, Toboga boat trip, shopping, dis-
tillery visits, folk dancers, horse racing,
fishing, swimming and golf. An optional extra
allows extending your visit up to 30 days. The
rates are good and the package price seems right;
so, though stamina may be dragging, vamos a Pan-
Capt. Charles Puchon, Biloxe, phoned in the
news that he is completing his dissertation and
expects to got before his committee to defend it
this summer. His wife, Capt. Linda Puchon,
has just completed an MA in education at the
University of Southern Mississippi. New orders
have been issued--Linda to report to Andrews AFB
and Chuck to the Defense Communication Agency,
both near Washington, D.C. They can't make the
Reunion as they are expecting their first child
in June. Linda's parents, Society members Ver-
na and Andy Kapinos of Aiken, S.C., visited
for a week in early April. We may expect a new
address for the Capts. Puchon in August as they
are building a new house in Marlton, Md. We
wish them lots of luck in their new careers, new
jobs, new location -- and new family member.
Karen Ramsey of Greenville reports that she

L to R: Ken and Ginger Rood, holding granddaughter, Lisa,
Karen and Hugh Ramsey, Lisa's parents.

and her husband, Hugh, with their 7-month-old
daughter, Lisa, returned in April from an en-
joyable two weeks in Union, Ky., with Karen's
parents, Ken and Ginger Rood. Lisa is the
Rood's only granddaughter, and the great-grand-
daughter of the Espiaus of New Orleans. Ken-
ny, Karen's brother, came over from medical
school in Louisville, Ky., to see everyone.
Hugh, an air traffic controller, has a job bid
out for St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and
Karen has her fingers crossed for that warm-
weather location with its beautiful beaches.
Karen's aunt is Tibby Nolan Doni of Garland,
Members Al and Anne Richardson of Naselle,
Wash., are starting a family publication in June
to be called Candle, the Working Person's Maga-
zine, and published 10 times a year for $15 sub-
scription. It will speak to the interests of
wage earners and retirees with eyewitness re-
ports by resident writers from the Arctic Circle
to Tierra del Fuego.
Ruth Scranton of Pascagoula telephoned a
hurried message, saying Bud and Aura Erikson
of New Port Richey, and Barbara and Paul of
Birmingham, came to celebrate the golden an-
niversary of Bud's sister, Hilda, and her hus-
band, Harry Kelly. Ruth is planning to attend
the Reunion with her son, Lennie (CHS'56), his
wife, Mary Lou, and her husband, Rick Rakes,
of Mobile. Mary Lou attended BHS with the class
of 1947, but finished high school in Louisiana.
She's hoping to look up her good friend from
Croton Street in Balboa, Lois Hollowell Jones,
now of St. Petersburg. In July, Ruth will
travel to Nebraska to celebrate the 80th birth-
day of Rick's mother, Mrs. Cassel Rackes, and
in September expects to tour Colorado. Ruth is
happy to have her children nearby. With seven
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, she
manages to keep busy.
Over Easter, Owen and Gerda Smith of Osyka
visited Gerda's daughter and her family in Cop-
peras Cove, Texas, then stopped by Buck and
Barbara Krueger's in Austin for a few days.

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 ;o 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 ingenious
needlework kit in its winter catalog,
advertising "the complex process of creating a
mola by hand can become a simpliefied, 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. Niemeier, 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 Flynn'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

Junior bridesmaid was Monica Miller, and
flower girls were Michelle Miller and Jenni-
fer Smith, all nieces of the groom.
Best men were the groom's father and brother,
Ulmer Miller and Gibbie Miller, Jr.
Groomsmen were David Payne, brother of the
bride, Balboa, R.P.; Lt. Col. Michael Smith,
the groom's brother-in-law; Dr. Louis Lee and
Gary Wheeler, both cousins of the groom;
David Ward, Richard Martin, and Earl Paul.
The ring-bearer was Michael Smith, the
groom's nephew.

Mrs. Morris Miller.

Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted
by the bride's parents at the Jefferson Country
Club which was decorated with spring flowers and
silver candelabra on the party tables covered
with white Army-Navy cloths.
A luncheon for out-of-town guests was held at
the home of the parents of the groom the follow-
ing day. Those formerly of the Canal Zone who
attended were: "Chuck" and Alice Latimer,
Bob and Teddy Morrison, Harry and Virginia
Pearl, "Lonnie" and Betty Van Siclen, Ruth
Morris, Pat and Bess Conley, Bob and Dolores
Hammeter, "Red" and Virginia Townsend, Bill
Morrison, Rick Dahlstrom, and Clarence and
Rosita Rayne, parents of the bride.
After a wedding trip to the Caribbean and to
the Smokey Mountains, the couple will be at home
in Tampa, Florida, where Mr. Miller is a partner
in the law firm of Holland and Knight.

Laureen Ridge and Dennis Philyaw.

Laureen ("Lori") Frances Ridge and Lennie
Jeroam Philyaw were married on April 6, 1985,
in Anderson, South Carolina. Lori is the daugh-
ter of Elbert ("Bubber") Ridge of Kerrville,
Texas, and the late Leida Kleefkens Ridge.
She works for Wright and Trammel Law Offices in
Lennis is the son of Jesse and Mamie Phil-
yaw of Anderson. He is employed by Mark III
Broadcasting, Inc., as Promotions Director for
WAXA-TV, Channel 40, an independent television
station in Anderson.
Following the candlelight ceremony, the couple
hosted a reception at their apartment at 2211-C
West North Avenue, Anderson, SC 29621.
Guests formerly from the Canal Zone included
Lori's father, Elbert; her brothers, Sgt.
John H. Ridge, currently of Chanute AFB, IL,
and SRA Alan G. Ridge, and Marie (Osley)
Ridge of Homestead, FL; grandparents, Louie
and Virginia (Sanders) Kleefkens, Tampa, FL;
uncles and aunts, Fred and Edith ("Lolly"
Sanders) Diaz of Cary, NC, and Vincent and
Dottie (Sanders) Ridge of Center Valley, PA.


Benjamin Lacy and his Bride, Linda Kay Muse, married Sept.
1, 1984.

Linda Kay Muse, daughter of Robert and
Shirley (Million) Muse of Winter Park, Flor-
ida, and Benjamin Lacy were married September
1, 1984 at the Winter Park Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Lacy is with the U.S. Navy and is station-
ed at Newport News, Virginia.
Linda Kay is the granddaughter of Jim and
Edna Million of Sarasota, Florida.


Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Muse (theformer Lisa Harland)
following their wedding, Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1985.

James Robert Muse, son of Robert and
Shirley (Million) Muse of Winter Park, Florida
and Lisa Harland were married on Valentine's
Day, February 14, 1985, at the Winter Park Pres-
byterian Church.
James Robert is the grandson of Jim and
Edna Million of Sarasota, Florida.
Joe and Rae Ebdon of Sarasota were among
the out-of-town guests at both weddings.


Jeff and Kathy (Foster) Curtiss are proud
to announce the birth of their daughter, Chris-
tina Louise Curtiss on January 27, 1985, at the
Great Lakes Naval Base Hospital, Great Lakes,
Illinois. The baby weighed 9 Ibs. 4 oz. and was
21" long.
Maternal grandparents are Gloria and John
Foster of Tampa, Florida (formerly of La Boca,
Canal Zone). Paternal grandparents are Betty
and George Curtiss of Concord, California.
Christina joins sister, Lisa, and brother

Dennis McCauley and his wife, Carol, had
their first child, Meghan Virginia McCauley,
born November 15, 1984 at San Mateo, Califor-
nia. The baby weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz.
Dennis is the son of Dorothy Jane McCauley,
of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Stelios and Ruth (Williams) Vafiadis are
happy to announce the birth of their second
child, Kate Alicia on January 7, 1985.
Kate has an older sister, Stephenia Alexan-
dra, (2 years old).
They are the granddaughters of Virginia (Eb-
erenz) and the late Frank F. Williams.

Joe and Lynne Rozmeski withJennifer Page and sister, Laura.
Joe and Lynne Rozmeski of Lorton, Vir-
ginia, are proud to announce the birth of their
second daughter, Jennifer Page, on May 28,
Paternal grandparents are Lil and Paul Roz-
meski of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Margarita,
Canal Zone.
Joe is a Captain in the U.S. Army, stationed
at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Erin Patricia Fahy, in the arms of Great Grandma, Helen Beck.

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Fahy (Elizabeth Grim-
ison) announce the birth of their first child,
a daughter, Erin Patricia, born on February 3,
1985, at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
Erin weighed in at 8 Ibs.
The baby's grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ted
Fahy of Gamboa, Panama, and Mr. and Mrs. Tho-
mas Grimison of La Boca, Panama. Great-grand-
parents include Mrs. Catherine Fahy of Glen-
dora, New Jersey, Mrs. I. Espinosa of Panama,
R.P., Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Burns of Easton,
Pennsylvania, and Mr. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck of
Merritt Island, Florida.
Erin made her appearance on Great-grandfather
Rex's birthday.

Paul L. and Cindy Faye Elia, Jr. are proud
to announce the birth of a daughter, Kurstin
Sara, on March 19, 1985, weighing 5 Ibs. 9 oz.
The Elias are residents of St. Petersburg,

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Newman (Sande Schmitt)
announce the birth of their second child, Vic-
toria Baine, on February 23, 1985 in Northside
Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Victoria has a
4-1/2 year old brother, Phillip William.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Barbara Con-
stantine Hutchings and grandmother Mrs. Bar-
bara Schmitt, widow of the late Bill Schmitt
of the Chase Manhttan Bank of Balboa.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chadwick (Michelle Hutch-
ings) announce the birth of their first child,
Sean Marvin, on Thanksgiving Day, 1984 in Pan-
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Alba
D. Hutchings (Vally Vallarino) of Panama. Ma-
ternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Barbara Con-
stantine Hutchings, presently of Marietta,
Georgia, and formerly of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Born to Terri and Brad London of Anchor-
age, Alaska, a daughter, Kathryn Josephine, 7
Ibs. 14 oz., 20 inches long, on March 22, 1985.
Her grandparents are Richard and Betty
(Bradley) London of Washougal, Washington, and
Ron and Phyllis Williams of California.
Her brothers, Matthew and Travis London
are very pleased she joined the family.

Gregory James Grimberg was born January 24,
1985, to Andres and Tracy (Phillips) Grim-
berg of Panama, R.P. Grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. A. Grimberg, Douglas Phillips and Cheryl
Klein, all of Panama. Great-grandparents are
Barbara Walters of Florida, and Noble and
Marion Phillips of California.

Lawrence "Rocky" and Rita Ridge of Red-
lands, California, proudly announce the arrival
of their grandson, Jonathan Lawrence Wichman,
born to John and Debra Wichman of Redlands
on December 7, 1984. The baby weighed in at 2
Ibs. 9-1/2 oz.

Kathy, Cody Michael and John Keenan, Houston, TX.

John and Kathy Keenan announce the birth
of their first child, Cody Michael Keenan,
born January 24, 1985 in Houston, Texas. He
weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz. at birth.
Maternal grandparents are Dorothy Orr and
the late Elmer Orr. Paternal grandparents are
Marvin and Maxine Keenan, all of Houston,

Danny Graham, one month old, Olympia, Wash.

Will and Judy Graham, Olympia, Washington,
announce the birth of their first son, Daniel
William, born February 9, 1985. Danny was wel-
comed by a sister, Laren, two years old.
Paternal grandparents are Bill and Sue
Graham, of Kerrville, Texas. Maternal grand-
parents are Paul and Betty Beeman, Seattle,

Leo and Cynthia Paulson announce the birth
of their son, Dustin Cassius Paulson on Easter
Sunday, April 7, 1985, weighing in at 7 lbs. 8
oz. in Tallahassee, Florida.
He joins his sister, Lisa, and a brother,
Paternal grandparents are Cash and Mary
Jane Paulson of Tallahassee, Florida.

Michael D. and Elaine (Peterson) Little
announce the birth of their second child, Syd-
ney Hunter, on April 17, 1985, in Panama City,
Rep. of Panama. Syd has an older brother,
Paternal grandparents are Syd and Erleene
Little of Harlingen, Texas. Maternal grand-
parents are Tom and Barbara Peterson of Sar-
asota, Florida. Maternal great-grandparents are
Margaret R. Peterson of Sarasota, and Marie
J. Denier of Port Richey, Florida.

Ron and Lyn (Sullivan) MacClaren of Dot-
han, Alabama are proud to announce the birth of
their first son, Brett Ashton. Brett was born
on October 22, 1984 and weighed 7 lb. 8-1/2 oz.
at birth.
The maternal grandparents are Sally and
Peter MacClaren of Oakland, California.

Mrs. John (Kay) Brown visited her son, Dr.
Stewart Brown and his wife, Linda, of San
Jose, California to attend the christening of
her granddaughter, Lindsey Erica Brown, born
on Super Bowl XXIX Day, February 19, 1985.

Her brother, Bradley, now 8 years of age,
was also born on a Super Bowl Day. Her sister,
Megan, completes the family.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond Stevenson of Farmington, Michigan.

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Barbara Probasco Bach, 79, died February 24,
1985 in a Sacramento, California hospital fol-
lowing heart surgery. She was the widow of long-
time Canal pilot, Harry L. Bach. She was em-
ployed occasionally as a substitute teacher for
the Canal Zone schools, and during WWII, worked
for the Air Force in the "bombproof" at Quarry
Heights. She was active in church affairs and
for a number of years edited the publication of
St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon. She continued
her volunteer interests after retirement to Cal-
ifornia and was most recently active in the Food
Closet, providing food to needy persons, admin-
istered by the Episcopal Trinity Cathedral in
She is survived by her son, Timothy, of Wood-
land, California.

Henriette F. Baggott, of Dothan, Alabama,
died in a local nursing home on February 6,
1985. She worked for many years at Quarry He-
ights and retired from the U.S. Army as a civil-
ian employee. She was the widow of Frank Bag-
She is survived by three sons, Francis M. of
West Germany, Robert of the Panama Canal Zone,
and Arthur J. of Oxford, Alabama; two daughters,
Maxine Martin of Dothan, and Alice Gundlack of
Jacksonville, Florida; one brother, Gordon Usi-
cer of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Memorial services were held in Westview He-
ights United Methodist Church in Ozark, Alabama,
where she resided for many years prior to moving
to Dothan.

M. Elizabeth Bialkowski, 96, of Kerrville,
Texas, died April 15, 1985 in a local nursing
care unit. She was born in Richmond, Virginia;
resided in Wichita Falls and subsequently moved
to Kerrville, where she lived for the past seven
years. She was a charter member of the Catholic
Daughters of America.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph A. of
Kerrville and Frank Bialkowski Bahle of St.
Louis, Missouri; a daughter, Margaret Weinheimer

of Kerrville; a sister, Helen Quisenberry of
Richmond, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grand-

Catherine Mary Brown, 58, of Pinellas Park,
Florida, died January 31, 1985. Born in Jersey
City, New Jersey, she retired from the Panama
Canal Zone in 1980, as Chief of Technical Ser-
vices after 25 years of service. She graduated
cum laude in 1948 from Carnegie-Mellon Univer-
sity, Pittsburg; received her master's degree in
Library Science in 1953; was the recipient of
outstanding performance and superior service
awards; was listed in "Who's Who in American
Women", and was a Catholic.
Survivors include her husband, Stewart J.; two
daughters, Laurel Ann Griffin of Pinellas Park,
and Margaret Mary Karst of Gamboa, Rep. of Pan-
ama; a sister, Ann DeWitt of Woodbridge, N.J.
and two grandchildren, Paul S. Karst and Kelly
Ann Karst.

Charles W. Carden, Sr., 72, passed away in a
hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee after a short
illness. Bill, or "Eightball" as he was known
in Gatun Locks, went to the Isthmus in 1953 and
retired in 1972. He was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Margarita, and a member of
Abou Saad Shrine Temple. He was initiated into
the Shrine in an empty lock chamber below sea
level. Masonic rites were administered at
He is survived by his wife, Clemmie, of Oolt-
ewah, Tennessee; a daughter, Elaine Dolan of
Pleasanton, California; and two sons, Charles
Jr. of Mutterstadt, Germany, and Kenneth L. of
Newport News, Virginia.
Tom Behre, formerly of Margarita, served as
one of the pall bearers.

Stuart G. Carkeet, 89, of Memphis, Tennes-
see, died March 19, 1985 at Methodist Hospital.
He was a recipient of the Roosevelt Medal and
lived in Gatun and Colon from 1909-1913. He was
one of the last father-son teams surviving while
guest at the Col. Goethals monument dedication.
He was a retired private investor; life member
of DeSoto Lodge #299 F&AM and an honorary mem-
ber of O.K. Houck Lodge #707 F&AM; a Shriner and
member of Al Chymia Temple for 64 years; a life
member of Eureka Council #6, Memphis Commandary
#4, Knights Templar, Memphis Penn Chapter #22,
Royal Arch Masons and Masonic Veteran Associa-
tion. He was a past Patron of O.K. Houck Chap-
ter #229, OES. He was a member of Longstreet
United Methodist Church.
He leaves a widow, Edith Mitchell Carkeet; two
sons, Stuart Eugene and William F. and two
daughters, Mrs. William K. (Dorothy) Brooks and
Mrs. J. E. (Norma) Young; eleven grandchildren

and fifteen great-grandchildren; two sisters,
Mrs. Aurelia Heinz and Mrs. Josephine Welcherk
of Houston, Texas.

Dorothy (Browning) Cantway, 83, of St. Pet-
ersburg, Florida, died April 16, 1985 of a sud-
den illness. She went to the Canal Zone during
the construction days with her father, Walter S.
Browning, a Roosevelt Medal holder. She gradu-
ated from Balboa High School in 1919. She was a
member of the Panama Canal Society and St. Vin-
cent's Episcopal Church.
Her survisors include a son, Durston G. Ric-
hardson of Ft. Myers, Florida; a daughter, Dor-
othy Jacks, of Kingston, New York; five grand-
children and two great-grandchildren. Surviving
among her nieces and nephews are, Thomas W. Al-
ley, of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Margaret
(Alley) Broggini, of Sun City Center, Florida.

Alice Evelyn Corrigan, 65, died December 31,
1984 at St. Joseph Hospital in Port Charlotte,
Florida. She was born in Baltimore, Md. and
went to the Canal Zone when she was six years
old with her late father and mother, Robert Ful-
ler and Catherine F. Pearl. Robert Fuller work-
ed in the Control Tower at Miraflores Locks be-
fore he retired in 1956.
She graduated from Balboa High School in 1938,
and worked for the Army at Coco Solo Hospital
before her late husband, Owen J. Corrigan re-
tired in 1965.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret C.
Park and two granddaughters of Pinellas Park,
FL.; her son, Robert Owen and three grandsons of
Port Charlotte, Fl.; her sister, Doris Pearl
Stallings of St. Petersburg, FL.; her nephew,
James E. Stallings of St. Petersburg, and her
uncle and aunt, Harry and Virginia Pearl of Oca-
la, FL.

David W. (Red) Ellis, 83, died April 17,
1985 at his residence in Ontario, California.
Born in Savannah, Georgia, he went to the Isth-
mus in 1906 at the age of 4 with his parents,
Dr. and Mrs. Freeman B. Ellis. He was 11 years
of age when first employed for a short period of
time as a waterboy earning 51 an hour. When he
retired in 1964 from the Dredging Division as a
craneboat operator on the "USS Atlas", he was
the last U.S. citizen employee with construction
day service dating back to 1913.
He is survived by his wife, Adelaide (Mon-
santo); a son, David A. of Spring, Texas, a
daughter, Camille E. Jones of Diamond Bar, Cali-
fornia, and 7 grandchildren.

Lucille Flenniken, of
ina, died February 12,
ness. She was born in

Zirconia, North Carol-
1985 after a long ill-
Sevierville, Tennessee,


went to the Canal Zone in 1941 and resided on
the Isthmus until her retirement from the Dred-
ging Division in 1968.
She is survived by three daughters, Fred Stoh-
rer of Oakwood, Ohio; Carol Schwenke of Tampa,
Florida; Betty Dunning of Zirconia, North Caro-
lina and seven grandchildren.

Gardner Russell "Bud" Harris, of Dothan,
Alabama, died February 14, 1985 after a brief
illness. He was a native of Elkhart, Indiana
and lived his early life there. He moved to the
Panama Canal Zone where he resided for 39 years.
Upon retiring as a police officer in 1975, he
moved to Dothan.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during
World War II and retired from the U.S. Army Re-
serve in 1982 with the rank of Sergeant First
Class. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #1414
in the Canal Zone and of Elks Lodge #1887 in
Survivors include his wife, Jean M., Dothan;
three sons and daughters-in-law, Marshall and
Sandra, Key West, Florida, John, of Dothan, Mic-
hael and Ann Marie, Dothan; Three granddaugh-
ters, Amanda, of Key West, Mary Eileen and
Katie, Both of Dothan; one grandson, James Gar-
ner Harris of Dothan; two aunts, Helen Agustin,
Tacoma, Washington, and Lyla Esler, Sunset
Beach, North Carolina; an uncle, Marshall Har-
ris, Tacoma, Washington, and a cousin, J.R.
(Patricia) Brosius, of Sunset Beach, North Caro-

Olwen (Smith) Hearn passed away on December
24, 1984 at her home in Santa Maria, California,
following long periods of hospitalization for
injuries sustained in an automobile accident on
September, 1983. "Ollie" was born in Boston,
Mass. She married Capt. Roy L. Hearn on August
1938 and they resided in New Cristobal from 1939
to 1950, and in Margarita until April, 1964.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by
a son, Roy L. Jr., Rancho Cordova, Calif.; a
daughter, Emily (Hearn) Murphy, Belmont, Calif.;
two grandchildren, John D. and Melissa Murphy;
two sisters and a brother.

Norine Hall Kaufer, 83, of Los Gatos, Cali-
fornia, died February 17, 1985. She was the
widow of Louis A Kaufer, and lived in California
since their retirement in 1959.
Norine arrived on the Isthmus at the age of
eight with her father and sister. They lived in
Empire where her father worked for the Camacho
Reservoir. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1919, and married Louis in 1922 on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus, where they resided
until retirement. She was an avid traveler and
correspondent. She also attended classes for

Seniors at San Jose State University until re-
She is survived by two daughters; Jane Coch-
rane of Sunnyvale, Calif., Nancy Leach Lenfranco
of Redlands, Calif., a son, Theodore Kaufer of
Tampa, Florida; a sister, Jane Journey of Wins-
low, Washington; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-

Edith P. Kieswetter, 90, of St. Petersburg,
Florida on March 8, 1985. Born in Waltham,
Mass., she left the Canal Zone in 1959 with her
late husband, Ernest M. Kieswetter. She was a
schoolteacher in Massachusetts and in the Canal
Zone. She was a graduate of Framingham State
Teachers College, a member of Pasadena Community
Church and of the Panama Canal Society of Flor-
Survivors include her daughter, Jean B. Mann,
of St. Petersburg; two granddaughters, Sheryl
Allegretti of St. Petersburg and Sandra Grimes
of Gulfport; a grandson, Ray Mann of Gulfport,
and a great granddaughter, Nichol Allegretti of
St. Petersburg.

G. Clair Lawrence, 72, died in February,
1985 at Newport News, Virginia, where he resided
following 32 years of service with the Panama
Canal Company. He was born in Carlisle, Pa. and
lived most of his life in the Canal Zone until
his retirement in 1969. He was employed by the
Community Services Division at the time of re-
tirement with prior service in the Motor Trans-
portation Division.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; mother,
Mrs. Cora Lawrence of Newport News; step-daugh-
ters Mrs. Jane Martin of Redondo Beach, Calif.
and Mrs. Patricia Moore of Memphis, Tenn., and a
stepson, George Kinter of Laredo, Texas.

Frances E. Longmore, of Sunnyvale, Califor-
nia, passed away on March 27, 1985. She was the
widow of Captain Harold T. Longmore, a former
Panama Canal pilot.
She leaves three step-daughters, two brothers
and several nieces and nephews.

Vera Ahlfont Loud, passed away suddenly, May
5, 1984, in Annapolis, Maryland. She was a for-
mer resident of the Canal Zone, with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Wayne Loud; a
daughter, Mrs. Robert E. Melvin, and another

Lulu (Agnew) Lumby, 92, of San Diego, Califor-
nia, died on February 10, 1985. She was born in
Atlantic City, New Jersey and went to the Canal
Zone in 1907. She lived in the construction
towns of Gorgona, Empire, Culebra and Corozal,
and later in Cristobal. She was employed by the

U.S. Navy Public Works in Coco Solo; was a mem-
ber of the Eastern Star in Cristobal, and a Red
Cross volunteer. When her husband, the late
Robert C. Lumby retired in October, 1946, they
moved to San Diego.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews;
Dortothy (Wertz) Cotton, San Diego; Gladys (Wer-
tz) Brayton, Laguna Hills; Fred Cotton, Dottie
Cotton Manthorne; Lennie Wertz and Donna Sasso
of Panama; Marie Ayala, Texas; Edna Wertz, Flor-
ida; and Shirley Wertz and Carol Goguen, Arizona.

John J. McConaghy, 69, of Clearwater, Flor-
ida, passed away February 21, 1985. He was born
in Gorgas Hospital on July 8, 1915 to Maria and
Benjamin McConaghy, who held the Roosevelt Medal.
He remained in Panama until his retirement in
1975 after more than 41 years of continuous ser-
vice with the Panama Canal Company. Following
retirement, he made his home first in St. Peter-
sburg and later in Clearwater, Fl.
While on the Isthmus he was a member of the
old San Juan Hunt Club, the Panama Marlin Club
and the Balboa Yacht Club. For a number of
years he was owner of the motor boat "Viking"
which was well known among fishermen in Panama.
He held the Panama Bay record for the largest
black marlin ever caught in those waters. At
the time of his death, he was a life member of
B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1414, Balboa.
He leaves his wife, Mathilda of Clearwater;
his daughter, Kathleen and three grandchildren
of San Antonio, Texas; his brother, James of
Clearwater; and his sisters, Margaret Benny of
St. Petersburg and Gertrude Roberto of Clear-
water, Florida.

George W. (Moon) Mullens, Jr., 68, of Juli-
ette, Ga died February 10 of a heart attack. He
was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and traveled
to the Canal Zone in 1932 with his family. He
was a graduate of Balboa High School and a mem-
ber of the first aviation class to graduate from
Panama. He retired from the Panama Canal Locks
Division in July, 1977 as a senior heavy equip-
ment operator, after 42 years of service. He
was an avid hunter and fisherman in Panama and
knew the jungle and reefs like the palm of his
He is survived by his son, George W. Mullens,
III, of Goldsboro, N.C.; a daughter, Regina Mul-
lens Leverett of Mason, Ga.; a brother, Earl, of
Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Betty McCarrick of Jack-
sonville, Fl. and two granddaughters, Katie Mul-
lens of Goldsboro, N.C. and Catherine Leverette
of Macon, Ga.

Marie Louise Paris (Courville) of Marten,
Tennessee, died February 8, 1985. She had been
a resident of Panama City, R.P.

She is survived by a sister, Eugenie Sanders
of Hendersonville, North Carolina and 4 children.
Marie L. Pearson, 92, of Alameda, Califor-
nia, died March 10, 1985. Born in Louisville,
Kentucky, she was the youngest of four sisters.
She was the widow of Edward B. Pearson, Commis-
sary Manager.
She is survived by her son, Capt. Bradley L.
Pearson of Alameda, Calif.; and a granddaughter.
She was a Catholic and a long time member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.

Carl H. Pickenpaugh, 75, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died April 23, 1985. He was born in
Kent, Ohio and left the Canal Zone in 1969,
where he was a maintenance mechanic. He was a
veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II; a
member of the V.F.W., Seminole, and the North-
side Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; a daugh-
ter Grace Pickenpaugh, Columbus, Ohio; a son,
Gary G., Fredericksburg, VA.; a brother, John
and a sister, Lola Pickenpaugh, both of Cald-
well, Ohio, and two grandchildren.

Lou Pillott died February 23, 1984 after a
brief illness. He worked for the Commissary
Division at Mt. Hope Warehouse in the 1950's.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a son,
Patrick, and a daughter, Dianne, all of Metai-
rie, Louisana.

Charles S. Reed, 88, of Omaha, Nebraska,
died on March 11, 1985. He was a Director of
the Panama Canal Company under President Eisen-
hower from 1953 to 1960, where he assisted in
administering the canal's operating budget. He
was also active in Nebraska politics.

Helen M. Rhodes, 89, of Colorado Springs,
Colorado died March 14, 1985 at a local nursing
home. She was born in Paris, Illinois and had
previously lived in Longmont, Balboa Canal Zone,
Los Angeles and Orlando, Fl. She worked as an
accountant and in banking services for 30 years
and also worked for the Panama Canal Co. She
was a Presbyterian and a member of the church
choir. Her husband, Charles D. Rhodes preceded
her in death.
Surviving are a son, Col. Howard D. Rhodes,
U.S. Army Retired; a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Bee-
ten of Johnstown, Colorado, and four grand-

Eleanor Fitzgerald Robinson, 71, of San
Francisco, California, died February 7, 1985 in
San Francisco. She was born in Ancon Hospital
and graduated from Christobal High School in
1930. Her parents, George and Mae Fitzgerald

went to the Isthmus in 1906. She married in
She is survived by her husband, George L.;
sons George L., Jr. and Michael; a daughter,
Kay, all from San Francisco; two brothers, Mau-
rice Fitzgerald of California and George Fitz-
gerald'4f Kiwah Island, South Carolina.

Katherine M. Swain, 92, of Orlando, Florida,
died Februay 17, 1985. Born in Lexington, Ken-
tucky, she retired from the Health Department in
1954 after 32 years of service. "Katie Mary"
will be remembered by many on both sides of the
Isthmus as the "Baby Nurse". She served over-
seas as an Army nurse during World War I and was
a member of the VFW in Orlando. .$he was also a
member of St. James Cathedra].
She was preceded in death by her son, Jack
Swain on December 1, 1984, and is survived by a
step-daughter, Bernice S. Daniel, of St. Fran-
cisville, LA.; three grandchildren and six

Evelyn V. Van Evera, 81, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died April 28, 1985. Born in Balti-
more, she left the Canal Zone in 1959. She was
a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by her husband, Dwight M.; a
son, Dwight, Jr. of Hendersonville, North Caro-
lina; two daughters, Doris Graham of Clearwater
and Jean Ludwick of Massilon, Ohio; eight grand-
children and seven great-grandchildren.

Marvin C. Ward, 64, of Palmetto, Florida and
Franklin, North Carolina died of cancer April
21, 1985 in Bradenton, Florida. He was a re-
tired Senior Lockmaster who worked at Miraflores
Locks from 1951-53, while residing in Pedro Mig-
uel. After an absence from the Isthmus for 8
years, he returned in 1961 and worked at Mira-
flores Locks until his retirement in 1982.
He was an active member of the First Baptist
church of Balboa Heights where he served as a
deacon and sang in the choir. He also partici-
pated in numerous missionary building projects
at Santa Clara and in the San Blas Islands.
He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn R.
("Jackie"), who was employed in the Administra-
tive Services Divison ('62-'64) and the Systems
Division ('64-'83); two daughters, Deborah J.
Ward, (BHS '67), and Melissa Ward Odom (BHS
'70); a sister, Thelma (Mrs. Ralph) Parker; a
brother, William R. Ward, currently the Safety
Officer in the Maintenance Division; his mother,
two other brothers and a sister reside in the

Adrian W. (Doc) Webb, 82, of Bristol, Maine,
died February 15, 1985 in a Damariscotta, Maine
hospital. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana
and graduated from Ross College of Chiropractors
in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was employed by the
Locks Division in 1928 and retired from Mira-
flores Locks in 1964 as Senior Lockmaster, after
which, he and his wife moved to Bristol.
He was a member and Past Master of the Masons
and also a member of Scottish Rite and the
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the
former Dorothy Walston; a son, Samuel J. of Val-
lejo, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. William S.
(Mary Lou) Hall of St. Petersburg, FL. and Mrs.
Theodore W. (Sandra Jean) Walters of Becket,
Mass.; 12 grandchildren and three great-grand-
children. A son, Adrian W. Webb, Jr. died in

Albert Wempe, 67, of Lombard, Illinois, died
suddenly of a heart attack on January 31, 1985.
He was a graduate of Balboa High School, class
of 1936.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; sons
Richard and Raymond Rintelman; daughter, Mary
Wempe; sons Theodore and the late Frederick Wem-
pe; two grandchildren, Matthew and Joseph; three
brothers, Martin, Robert and Thomas Wempe.

William Wilkinson III, died suddenly at his
home in Vacaville, California on February 12,
He is survived by his wife, Edna Mae (For-
sythe) Wilkinson, and a daughter, Andrea Mae.

Frank F. Williams, 74, of Melville, New
York, died February 14, 1985 after a long ill-
ness. He was a veteran and employee of the Com-
missary Divison in Cristobal, retiring in 1957.
He was a Past Exaulted Ruler of BPOE Lodge 1542.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Eberenz)
Williams; a daughter, Ruth (Williams) Vafiadis;
two granddaughters, Stephenia and Kate Vifiadis;
a sister, Donna Page, and a brother, Ward, both
living in Michigan.

Capt. John A. (Jack) Wright, 56, of Miami,
Florida died on November 11, 1984 in Gaines-
ville, Florida. He was a native of the Canal
Zone, and was a retired senior pilot with East-
ern Airlines.
Survivors include two sons, Stephen, of Gain-
esville and Drew of Miami, two daughters, Shel-
ly, of Gainesville, and Wendy of Tampa; two
grandsons; two sisters, Marie W. Gibson of Hous-
ton, Texas, and Trudy Smith of Pinellas Park,
Fl.; and his father, John A. Wright of Pinellas
Park, Florida.

Letters to the Editor


A chance meeting between Grace Schack Wilson
and Eloise Loring's first cousin at a recent
Art and Crafts Show revealed that Eloise's fat-
her is 101 years old, still drives a car (except
at night), does his own cooking, and would love
to hear from old friends. His address is:
Lathrop H. Loring
Harborview Drive
Yarmouth, Maine 04096


On about February 20 I am going to Panama
City, Florida, with Mac's sister to visit my
son, Mickey McCauley and his wife, Peggy and
her three children: Pam, Robin and Nathan
My daughter, Marjorie Ochstein and her lit-
tle daughter, Dana will join us in Panama City
for a week's visit. Unfortunately, Harold,
Margie's husband, will have to keep their new
business going. It's called the Armand Shutter
Co. and is located at Lake Worth, Florida.
Sheila, my daughter also, and her husband
Tom Marshall and their little girls will be
unable to join us because of their jobs. Sheila
has been promoted at Northwest Healthcare Center
to a supervisory job called Associate to the
In between my visits to my children, I do a
little substitute teaching in township schools
Canal Zone friends are always welcome. Ra-
mona and "Irish" Ireland stopped in Indian-
apolis for a few hours. It was an unexpected
delight, for I had not seen them for about 12
I enjoy the Record so much. Keep it coming;


"I thought it may be of interest to fellow
Zonians attending the upcoming reunion that the
mechanical contractor who installed the Hyatt's
air conditioning system is a "Canal Zone Brat".
The photograph shows us utilizing a helicopter
to reach the high roof area during the latter
phases of the 2.3 million dollar contract.
I left the Canal Zone for the U.S. in 1970,
after having lived there all my life and com-

pleting a Canal Zone apprenticeship in aircondi-
tioning and refrigeration.
In the States, I went to work for a mechanical
contractor in Miami and five years later, in
1975, I started my own company located in Holly-
wood, Fl.
Since that time, business has boomed, with two
air conditioning service companies (in Tampa and
Hollywood) and another mechanical contracting
company in Tampa, being added to Southeast's

Loading air conditioning equipment atop the Hyatt Regency- Tampa.

Several noteworthy projects Southeast has com-
pleted are:
Mayfair in the Grove I, Coconut Grove, Fla.
Savannah Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Ga.
Tampa Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Fla.
The Urban Center, Tampa, Fla.
Harbour Island Hotel, Office & Retail, Tampa Fla
Imperial Point Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl

While the past years within theUnited States
have been good ones, you can never forget those
good days in the Canal Zone.
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation
to several people who helped me during my ap-
prenticeship years.

A special thanks to Jerry Boswell for the
nights of helping me study, and the patience of
the late Willard Percy. I would also like to
thank guys like Jim Hoverson, George Gibbs, Mel
Menges and Herschel Johnson for all their

William L. Catron
Southeast Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
Hollywood, Florida.

If rock is wet it's raining.
If rock is white it's snowing.
If rock is moving back and forth it's windy.
If rock is hard to see it's foggy.
If rock is casting a shadow it's sunny.
If rock is cold it's cold out.
If rock is warm it's warm out.
Old Cherokee Indian Never Wrong:


Our house was full during the Christmas holi-
days, since our daughter, Yolanda Gutierrez
Holmes and her husband, Bryan were with us in
Panama with their three children: Brandon (5),
Ian (2), and Natasha Beatrix (1). The Hol-
mes are missionaries serving Santo Domingo, Do-
minican Republic. This was the first time in 5
years that all our children were home.
After visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico with
Bryan's folks, and their home office at Bethany
Fellowship, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, they
returned to the field on March 19. Their ad-
dress is: Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Holmes, Apartado
No. 1925, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana.
Tel: 566-3617.


In mid-January, we drove to Keene, N.H. to
visit son, Gary and daughter-in-law Sue
(Cross) and pamper our 7 months old grandson,
Robert. Son, Steve and daughter-in-law
Mary (Kelleher) came up from Tallahassee for
our annual ski vacation. We spent several days
enjoying the slopes of Mt. Snow and Killington
Mt. in nearby Vermont. It was certainly a grand
time being together, and the weather was just
wonderful plenty of snow.
Before returning to Florida, Mary and Steve
spent a couple of days as the guests of Anne
and Bernie Kelleher in Boston, and were treat-
ed royally, as were their guests.

On our return trip, we stopped in Torrington,
Connecticut for a simply great visit with our
old friends and gourmet club members Dick and
Marilyn Gayer. Dick is employed by the state
in Hartford and loves his job. They have a
beautiful home and both seem to have adapted
well to their new surroundings.
We returned to Wisconsin for four days, then
packed our skos and flew to Park City, Utah for
10 days with Barbara and Arlene's brother,
Billy McKeown, for skiing at Deer Valley, Park
City, and Parkwest. Had a terrific time, their
hospitality has to rate as one of the best!
Regards to all; see you at the reunion in June.

Arlene and George Tochterman
Green Bay, Wis.


While attending St. John's Presbyterian Church
around Christmas time, I had a very pleasurable
experience and totally unexpected.
As is the custom, a book to register attend-
ance is passed along the pews. I noticed sit-
ting next to me were some people named Butz.
So after the service I asked if they had rela-
tives in Panama? To my surprise they said
"Yes", and it turned out he was the son of Leo-
nard Butz, a very dear friend of my father.
He (Mr. Butz, Sr.) retired from the railroad
and moved to El Volcan, where from his marvelous
letters and my Dad's visits, things were very
primitive. I remember Dad telling of Mrs. Butz
making her own spaghetti and hanging it in the
kitchen to dry and many other things.
We had a nice but short visit. Nevada is not
a place one expects to run into people from the
Canal Zone.

Eloise (Ramey) Cade
Reno, Nevada


Gene and Carol (Beall) Fritz were in Pan-
ama in January to visit Carol's son, Warren
Bell. Susan Lane, from Houston was visiting at
the same time, along with Louise Saum of St.
Petersbueg, and her daughter, Karen Saum of
Orland, Maine.
The visit week was spend on the Atlantic Side
at the home of Vincent and Penny Canamas.
Did some sightseeing and with the help of
friends, were able to transit the Gatun Locks
with Lew Stabler at the helm and with Susan
Lane. Gene was only able to stay a week and

left on his birthday, but not before being taken
out for a birthday dinner at "Las Tinajes" by
Beth Brandenburg and Joan Ohman.
Then, Carol went shopping. The Free Zone will
remember her for a while, but at least she is
ready for Christmas!
On one trip to Colon, she drove over with
Louise and Karen Saum who had lived in Colon
some 35 years, and were going back for a look.
In spite of many words of caution, a would-be
thief just about got the better of them. Louise
ended up with 5 stitches over one eye, and bro-
ken collar-bone and two broken ribs. Quick
thinking Karen was able to retrieve Louise's
purse which contained her passport, etc. Need-
less to say, she left Panama in much pain, but
am glad to report she is back in action, and the
bridge players in St. Petersburg had better
watch out. Thanks goes to Vincent Canamas for
being such a help in finding a doctor, and to
Penny for holding a dinner!
After Karen made sure she got Louise's black
eye on video tape, she and Carol did a little
shopping and made carimanolas one night. Karen
did the hard work mashing the yucca:
To say the least, that was a memorable trip:
Carol hopes to get down again this fall for an-
other visit, and is expecting to see the Canaman
family at the reunion, and again when they stop
in Atlanta in July.
Carol just talked to Mary Ann (Lewelling)
Munkres. She is now doing fine after a round
with a burst appendix! It was a pretty good
excuse for not having heard from her!
A special thanks to Ed Ohman for putting up
with a house full of women, and to young Jason
Ohman for sharing his room.

Carol Fritz
Marietta, Ga.


Robert Beall and his wife, Laurie, of Los
Altos, California, visited his father, "Pat"
Beall of Clearwater, Fla. during March. At the
same time, his sister, Carol (Beall) Fritz of
Marietta, Ga. came to visit. During their five
day stay, they visited EPCOT, Sea World, and
visited their aunt, Mavis (Beall) Fortner in
Orange City, FLa.
One of the highlights of their trip was having
a dinner-get-together of the whole family at
their uncle's home, Don and Louise Beall, in
Tampa. It was the first time in many years that
all the family have been able to see each other,
and the first time Laurie has ever met some of
the family.
Robert and Laurie made an extensive trip
altogether, first visiting his sister Carol

L to R: DickJr., Richard (Pat), Louise and Don Beall,
Carol (Beall) Fritz, Mavis (Beall) Fortner, Frank Joyce,
Brian Beall, Robert and Laurie Beall.

and her husband, Gene Fritz in Marietta, Ga.
They then proceeded to Washington, D.C. where
they visited with his mother, Elizabeth Beall.
From there, they visited their father in Clear-
water. Then they traveled to Panama to visit
friends, where they went through the canal and
saw many old school friends of Robert. They
left Panama after five days and returned to San
Francisco via Miami after a memorable and ex-
hausting trip.


We had a lovely visit from our dear friends,
Billy and Imo Hampton and Larry and Edith
Adams, formerly from the Canal Zone. Billy,
Larry and Milton all worked for M.T.D. in Ancon.
We thoroughly enjoyed their stay with us and
wish it could have been longer.



Pictured are thefour generations enjoying a 1984 Christmas together,
lef to right, front row. Glenda Scott Ewell, Brenda Scott Senecal
(holding 23 mo. oldacquelyn), Pam Scott Reid (holding 16mo.
oldJamie), Pat Scott, Great-grandmother Selma Baron andJoel
Scott. Back row: John Ewell, Harvey Senecal, Jim Reid and
Bill Scott.

Pam and Jim Reid, with baby Jamie of
Balboa, enjoyed a 2-1/2 week visit in Bellevue,
Washington, during the Christmas holidays. They
were houseguests of her parents, former Panama
residents, Pat and Bill Scott, along with
Pam's younger brother, Joel, a student at
Texas University at Arlington, Texas. Her
grandmother, Selma Baron, of College Station,
Texas, and also formerly of the Canal Zone was
visiting as well.
They also visited with Jim's family in Tacoma,
former Coco Solo residents, and Pam's sisters,
Glenda Ewell and Brenda Senecal and their
families living in the same area.
Their time was spent enjoying family get-to-
gethers during Christmas and New Years. They
also spent a week-end at a resort in Birch Bay,
Washington; skiing at Stevens Pass, including
the beautiful snowfall which blanketed the area
during their visit.


Mr. C.A.M. Monsanto, of Iowa City, Iowa, was
struck by a car while he was visiting St.
Petersburg, Fla. on February 26. He is in the
Bay Front Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and
as soon as he can be moved, his family plans to
bring him to Iowa City, Iowa.
His spirits are very good and I'm sure he
would love to hear from any of his old friends.
Because I do not know where he will be when this
is printed, if anyone would like to send him a
card, it would be better to send it in my care:
Mr. C.A.M. Montsanto
C/O Lillia (Monsanto) Dean
30 Rocky Shore Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52240


The Kaufer family of Tampa, Florida, enjoyed
a wonderful visit with their daughter, Noreen,
during the Christmas holidays.
Arriving on the 23rd. of December for a three
week visit, and after a two year absence, she
made up for lost time.
They were able to take in such attractions as
the Ringling Brothers Circus in St. Petersburg;
and Ice Skating show at the Curtis Hixon Hall in
Tampa; Busch Gardens and the January Panama Can-
al Society meeting.
Her brother, Ted, Jr. did the "honors" of
showing her the favorite night spots in Tampa.
Noreen lives in Newport Beach, California, and
teaches Spanish and English to her first grade

She enjoyed shopping at the Bay area Malls
with her mother, and liked the bargains she


1984 was a very successful year for us in the
horse business. Appaloosa and Paints are our
breeds and we raise, show and sell horses. Our
herd totals and even dozen, eight Appaloosas and
four Paints with a foal due for each in '85.
In '84 we had two Appaloosas born on our pro-
perty a filly and a colt. Both are growing
fast and we're getting them ready for the show



Pete CoriganJr. and Apha '84 Filly, "Ima Fancy Fever".


Suzie Corrigan and Apha Mare "Majestic Ambrose".

Our '84 Paint filly, "Ima Fancy Fever" won her
class in the Florida Paint Horse Club Futurity,
and also at the Florida State Fair. "Miss Party
Pak", our black and white Paint filly, stood

grand champion in her class at the FPHC '84 cir-
cuit. Suzie and her former Paint mare, "Some-
thing Special" stood grand champion in English
Equitation and reserve champion in Bridle Path
Hack and Western Horsemanship at the same cir-
cuit. "Something Special" is retired to mother-
hood now and is due to foal any day. We have
sold her to a young girl who plans to continue
showing her. The foal is ours.
Our Appaloosas are winning also. Suzie and
"Majestic Ambrose" stood reserve champion at the
'84 Central Fla. Appaloosa Club circuit, and
Suzie was reserve Hi Point Youth for '84. "Dou-
ble Frost" was reserve champion at two cir-
cuits. "Char's Chennile" stood grand champion
Appaloosa mare at the '84 Venice Saddle Club
circuit. "Snappy Marshall", our '84 colt, took
his first trophy at a local show recently.
We're proud of our horses and horse shows is
our social life. Pete and Suzie (16 years
old) do the showing, and Rosie is the official
horse show Mom for the ranch. Our eldest daugh-
ter, Tere, is a Junior at Florida Southern
College in Lakeland, Fla., majoring in psychol-
ogy. She recently became a sister in Alpha Chi
Omega sorority, and she enjoys riding occasion-
ally. Working with horses is a never ending
job, but we derive a great deal of pleasure from
it and have met some nice people in our travels.
Pete is still selling yachts for Hansen Mar-
ine, Inc. in Sarasota and has been for 20 years

The Corrigan 4 C's,
Pete, Rosie, Tere and Suzie


Ex-Zonians take over merchant marine. Aboard the SS Chemical
Pionner are L to R: Kenny Garden, Chief Engineer, (CHS '67)
Tom Roth-Roffey, 1st Engineer (BHS '76) and Charlie Nor-
val, 3rd Engineer, CHS '79.

A Panama Canal Society officer with his brother and sister in days
gone by. Submitted by Jean Mann.


Bob Provost is grateful, and gives his sin-
cere thanks to those who graciously contributed
to his three books, but he says he needs MORE:
He asks if anyone remembers the words to the
following songs:
"Mister Christofer Columbus, him sail de sea
wid out a compass,
Him sail far over sea, him see de land of
sweet Bar-bo-gee ........."
and the last verse had a line about money go-
ing in to "Mr. Duque palm".

and the words to:

"Little girl, stay out of me bachelor room";
"Dis is where de bedbug bite"; and of course,
more of the "Mongoose" verses, good and bad.
Bob has a possible thought in order to get
more members involved, it crossed his mind that
each Society chapter could sell his books at
their functions and keep a percentage of the
profits. Therefore, if EVERYONE contributed to
the bQoks he is publishing, it would also help
their own cause, be it the California group, the
Arkansas group, etc. Something to think about.
Keep it going, Bob, although it's slow now, we
can only hope it will get better, with more mem-
ber participation.



".....with the flickering sparks of a dying
sunset go the merry days of out stay in Balboa
High School. The days are gone forever, but the
memories shall linger in our minds from here to
eternity". from the "Banquet Bugle", BHS,
April 29, 1955. (no byline)
130 Seniors who were about to graduate from
BHS 30 years ago have been contacted and 45 are
still being searched for. 51 classmates have
made a commitment to be on board the "Belle of
St. Petersburg" June 6, 1985 with their spouses
and guests swelling the boarding list to over
100 for the Dinner Dance Cruise Reunion. Many
more are expected, and even after the May 15
deadline for reservations, the committee has
vowed to squeeze aboard any actual BHS Class of
'55'er who gets there in time.
"There" is the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Tampa
Street entrance at 6:00 p.m. on June 6, 1985, at
which time the group will board chartered buses
to take them to the boat. As the BHS '55'ers
reunion is being held in conjunction with the
Panama Canal Society of Florida's reunion, to
facilitate boarding, the BHS '55'ers planned to
meet at the Westwinder Bar of the hotel between
5 and 6 p.m. The buses will then take them
promptly to the "Belle of St. Petersburg" for 3
hours of dining, dancing and bochinche, and then
return to the Hyatt where all will join in the
festivities of the Open Seating/No Charge Dance
in the Hyatt Ball Room, where 10 tables await
the group.
"....We, the graduated class of 1955, being of
sound mind (though a bit fuzzy around the edges)
and body (also fuzzy in 1985) do hereby grant,
bequeath and convey....Article 1. To the entire
school we leave our fame, realizing however that
it will be impossible for them to even reach our
standards. Article II. To the Junior class, as
a whole, we leave our deep feeling for class
unity and loyalty. Article III. To Christobal
High School we generously leave the thought that
they will not have to compete against our ath-
letes next year..." from the "BANQUET BUGLE",
Vol. 6, No. 11 Balboa high School, Balboa, Canal
Zone, April 29,


In February, Warren and Betty LeDoux,
along with Larry and Betty Kay (LeDoux) Fras-
srand, took a two week trip to Hawaii.
Following the eleven turned twenty one hour
flight (due to delays), we stayed on the island
of Oahu for a glorious three days and visited

the Arizona Memorial along with the other tour-
ist sites including a dinner cruise around Dia-
mondhead, the Macadamia Nut Factory (where they
almost kept Larry), the Mu-Mu (Hawaiian clothes)
factory (Mom's favorite) and Dad was able to
re-visit the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Betty and Warren LeDoux on board theAli-Kaifor a sunset din-
ner cruise of Pearl Harbor

After three days on Oahu, we then traveled to
Maul just in time to spend hours watching whales
jumping on the horizon. Larry and I took a
horse ride back through the pineapple fields,
some 2500 feet above sea level while Mom and Dad
took a tour daydreaming of how nice his banana
trees were in the Canal Zone while Mom was com-
paring the taste of Hawaiian bananas to those of
After the beautiful and peaceful time on Maui,
we returned to busy Oahu for a few days on the
beach trying to rest up for the long plane ride
back to Florida.
We all had a wonderful time and Mom was thril-
led to go but decided that even if they say Ha-
waii is paradise at its best, there is still no
place like home...Panama.

Betty Kay LeDoux-Frassrand

The Panamanian Alliance of Georgia recently
had their Carnavalito.
Nearly one hundred people attended the typi-
cally Panamanian function.
King and Queen were Glenda and Jimmy Cobb
who were married earlier in the day. Jimmy grew
up in Curundu.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the menu, the
music, the dancing, and the folkloric perform-
ance by Shirley Mills and Rogelio Garcia.
Anyone interested in joining our group should
contact Del (Jordan) Brennan, at (404)
Mary Leach
4474 Rivercliff Dr.
Lilburn, GA 30247


Bob, Anna Calvit, son Tim and wife Mary
drive to Miami to spend the Christmas holidays
with daughter, Helen. On the way over, we
stopped in Ocala to see Juanita and Dick
McConaughey. They looked wonderful.
Had a nice visit with Helen in Miami...she
sure looks good and enjoys her job.
While in Miami, Tim and Mary met up with Paul
Bierman, Jim Parthenis, Janet "Cookie* Newlon
and others. Colin Creel joined the group
while passing through on his way to Panama.
Luckily Jim had a couple of extra tickets to
the Orange Bowl, so Tim and Mary joined the
group for the football game. Mary and Tim took
in the Monkey Jungle and Sea Aquarium.
On the return trip, all visited with Anna's
sister and family, the O'Sullivans in Dothan,
Ala. Mary and Tim visited with the Beldens in
the meantime. Saw Mrs. Kridle, Frank and
Rosemary Anderson and Stella Nits. Of
course, Sully and Bob visited the Dothan morning
coffee Gathering.
Bob and Anna Calvit
Kerrville, Texas


New Members: From top, L to R: William Jason (11), Michael
D. (10), Troy (10), William J. Keller, Theresa J. Keller,
Kimberly E. (2), and Gregg T. (7) of Woodward, Oklahoma.


"Due Process" paddled to victory among the
trophy boats in the 32nd. Annual Gayuco Race on
March 31, with an over-all time of 5 hours, 45
minutes and 37 seconds. The prize winning crew
consisted of Edward Winkler, Keith Jordan, Bill
Winford and Carl Winkler. The boys, all sons
of Commission employees, have been training in
"Due Process" since before Christmas. 38 trophy
boats and six patch boats participated in this
year's race.

"Tequila Sunrise" crew, winners of the Best Painted Paddles
award. L to R: Heather Erickson, Jenny Nolan and Trina
Clark, Capt. (Not pictured: Nancy smith). They also placed se-
cond the the Best Painted Cayuco. It was the first attempt at the
Cayuco Race for the girls, and after all the pain and agony, they were
proud to have finished the 50 mile race.

Second place went to the crew of "Scenic
Route" and was an Atlantic side entrant. The
"Utmost" came in third. Fourth place went to
the NIC, a common winner of the race. "Prime
Cut", another Atlantic side boat and crew came
in fifth.
In the all-female category of trophy boats,
the "Bejuco" came in first place, followed by
"Situation Hopeless".

The Chance Of A Piece Of Bread

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The first Governor of the Canal Zone, Major
General George W. Davis, is said to have re-
marked in 1905, that the Seal of the Canal Zone
should be a fixture on the Isthmus of Panama
"for all time". His words have an ironic ring
today as the Canal Zone has been erased from the
maps of the world and the seal itself has passed
into retirement.
Creation of the seal was, one might say, a
gesture of faith in the Panama Canal enterprise,
for when it was conceived the Panama Canal was
still a mosquito-ridden, rain-drenched dream (or
Governor Davis wrote: "The motif of my design
was first to comply with the law and second, to
give it an essential inter-oceanic character,
for the United States has but one errand in Pan-
ama, to make a canal; to join the seas for the
benefit of mankind, and I, therefore, adopted a
motto expressive of that idea".

In 1905, Messrs. Tiffany and Co. of New York
City created the design which was fully adopt-
ed, and made a device for embossing the seal on
official documents which was used for 63 years,
on up to 5,000 documents a year from parole and
pardons to notary public commissions.
In 1915 President Woodrow Wilson in an exe-
cutive order described the seal this way: "The
seal consists of a shield showing a Spanish gal-
leon of the 15th century under full sail coming
on between two banks, the sky yellow with the

glow of sunset, above showing the colors of the
arms of the United States, and under the shield
the motto 'The Land Divided, the World United'".
One of my prized possessions is a replica of
this seal given to me by one of my bosses in the
old Quartermaster Office when he retired. He
had been in Panama since the construction days
and told me, as he took the seal down from his
office wall, that it had once hung in the Gover-
nor's Office. The hand-carved wooden frame
shows Columbus's three ships, the Nina, the Pin-
ta and the Santa Maria; two Spanish forts and a
variety of sea creatures.
My seal will be passed on in time to my second
generation born sons and perhaps to my third
generation Zone born grandson.

Ellen E. Johnson
Alpine, California


The following was submitted by Catsy Schafer of
San Diago, Calif., who received it from Frances
Greening of Santa Barbara, California.
Dear Barney:
What fun reading your articles about Panama!
I was a "Panazonian" and couldn't imagine a
better place on earth to have grown up.
My dad was born in Colon and his father was
one of the founders of the Cerveceria Nacional
brewery. My five brothers and sisters and I
were raised in Bella Vista and then later in
Farfan ("Farflung") and Diablo.
Our childhood and teen years spent in the by-
gone paradise were blessed memories of simple
pleasures and adventures no statesider could
The vibrant colors, array of animals and in-
sects, exploding sunsets and year-round summer
are a blessing and a curse.
We were lucky to have been there and cursed to
now miss it so. Now with the treaty and transi-
tion it's really different.
One of the funniest things about the Zone was
the sense of humor the residents shared.
Practical jokes were ongoing by adults and
children alike. Everyone and everything had a
nickname. Once when we were kids we caught a
huge boa constrictor. It took about eight of us
in a row to carry it.

WII-- r

While going down the street we decided to drop
in and meet a new family who had just moved in
from "up in the states". One look at that 10-
foot snake and the kids didn't come out of their
house for a month.
Needless to say, this became a habitual way of
greeting new arrivals to the Zone. Some Welcome
We'll never forget surfing on perfect waves in
the warm Pacific at Rio and Teta, jeep-riding in
the brush and usually getting stuck in the mud,
skinny-dipping in jungle rivers, a new machete
for Christmas, street dancing during Carnaval,
drinking Ron Cortez ("Que bueno es!") at the
Met, bohio parties, paddling cayucos on the Cha-
gres River, male-initiation rites at the Ancon
Inn, biting into a Boquete orange, ceviche, gin-
ups, the musical bajun talk of the chumbos,
snorkling at Taboga Island, sailing and fishing
at Perlas Islands, riding bush ponies, weekend
ping-dings (parties) in the Interior, corbina
fish at the Balboa Clubhouse, bingo at the beer
gardens, winning and losing the Sunday lottery,
Sunday afternoons on the Causeway, Thursday
nights at the Yacht Club, dancing to Lucho at El
Panama and on and on.
Here my kids spend too much time watching TV
and wanting to play videos. I remember a better
time and place.
I do feel that since I can't be there, Santa
Barbara is the next best place to be.
We, too, have plenty of special places and
special folks, and some of our politicians like
Gary Hart, Jack O'Connell and Bill Wallace keep
working to keep it special.
For sure, I'm a very lucky person to have
grown up in Panama and to get to live in Santa
Barbara now!

Helen Aanstoos


The Ridge Road Gang, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, 1923. L to
R: Eugene Hamlin, Frank Fitzpatrick, Mary W. Waverly,
Tom Kromer, Jack Kromer, Sidney Randolph.

Beyond the Call

of Duty

(On November 11, 1984, the California Living Magazine
published an article by Mr. John D. O'Connor, titled
"Beyond the Call of Duty". Mrs. Norma Horine forwarded
a copy to the Secretary of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California who sent it to me.
The article listed twelve Bay Area men who had earned
our nation's highest military decoration the Medal of
Honor. One of these twelve men was our own Bill Badders
of Alameda, California, a long-time resident of the Canal
Zone. Ed.)

This portion of the article is reprinted with permission
from California Living Magazine of the San Francisco Sunday Ex-
aminer and Chronicle, copyright 1984, San Francisco Examiner.
Permission was also granted to reprint portion of the ar-
ticle by the author, John D. O'Conner, San Francisco, and
photo credits go to Michael A. Jones, Richmond, Califor-

"Bill Badders, a salty former petty officer who once
served on a coal-burning battlewagon has lived with the
burden and the glory of the Medal of Honor for 45 years.
Now 84, Badders is the only Bay Area recipient to earn his
medal in the so-called "interim period" between World War
I and World War II.
A pioneer in ocean-going
salvage and rescue work, Bad- :
ders was senior diving officer
of a special Navy diving team
based in Washington, D.C.
when the diesel-powered sub-
marine SQUALUS foundered
and sank with all hands in 250
feet of water outside Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire, on
May 13, 1939.
Flown to the scene and
transferred to the Navy rescue
ship FALCON, Badders co-
ordinated the massive effort to
save the 59 men trapped inside
the flooding submarine with a
diving chamber that had
seemed sound in theory but
which had never been used in
actual rescue. Chief Petty Officer Bill Badders
Feet firmly planted on the earned his medal on May 13,
floor of his Alameda home as 1939.
if he expects it to start pitching at any moment, Badders
outlines a rescue operation which before it was over would
capture the imagination of the country and the attention of its
'Roosevelt came out to supervise and brought half of
Congress with him,' Badders recalls. 'The press and the
politicians were screaming at us to get those men up. I took
the chamber down and made contact with the SQUAL US first
try. It turned out there were only 33 survivors; the rest had
drowned when the aft torpedo room flooded.

'The rescue chamber was only rated to hold seven, plus
two operators, and with the three hours needed to make the
trip down and back it would take us too long to make the five
trips required to get them all out. Anything could happen in
that time. A bulkhead could get carried away, battery gases
could start to leak into the ship, any number of things.'
Carrying out what he describes as a 'dignified but hur-
ried' conversation with the SQUALUS's skipper through hat-
ches joining the sub to the rescue chamber, Badders made a
snap decision. 'I said, "Give me nine men." The captain
looked at me and said, "You're only supposed to carry
seven." I said, "Give me nine men or I'll come down and get
them myself".
Badders made two trips, rescuing eighteen of the 33 sur-
viving crewmen before another man took his place in the bell.
He also made one last dive to verify the loss of the men trap-
ped in the submarine's aft torpedo room.
'We knew everyone was dead back there but we had to
prove it definitely behind a doubt,' he explains. 'Roosevelt
had already made three trips out and he wanted to be sure
there was no hope left for them. It was a dangerous dive. We
had to build up the pressure inside the chamber so that it
equaled that of the submarine before we could pop the aft
hatch. When we did the water rushed up out of the sub and
into the chamber up to my waist. I damn near froze but we'd
proven that she was flooded all the way and if she'd flooded all
the way there could be no one left alive.'
After the SQUAL USjob, Badders and his team of divers
returned to Washington for a three day leave. While there he
learned that the entire team had been recommended for the
Medal of Honor.

Bill Badders, today in his home in Alameda, California.

'I play it down,' he says, 'Not even very many of my
close friends know that I have it.'
Badders is often surprised by the reaction he gets to the
medal. At a Navy convention in Honolulu years ago, the
commander-in-chief of submarine forces in the Pacific spot-
ted Badders at the tail-end of a long line of superior officers
and approached him with a vice-admiral in tow.
'He came over to me and said, 'What are you doing at
the back of this line?" I said, "Hell, look at all the gold braid
in front of me and then look at my chief's cap." The admiral
considered that, lifted the shoulder boards from his vice-
admiral's uniform and slapped them on me. "There," he
said, "Now get up there at the head of the line where you


While working for the Panama Canal Engineers
in 1941, I noticed a note on the 1:20000 scale
U.S. Military Map that read, "BIG ROUND ROCK".
I was querulous as to why the mapper had picked
this particular rock to be noted on the map.
Was its size or shape something special?
During the dry season in 1942, as the Comman-
der of Battery "B", of the 2nd Field Artillery
of Fort Clayton, I scheduled a morning hike to
find the rock. The men were trucked to a point
on the National Highway near the rock West of
the town of Chorrera. After walking for about
two hours on the ocean side of the highway the
men had not found the rock. While they rested
near the top of a hill, I explored along a ridge
between that hill and another hill. I made my
way through some dried morning glory vines. It
was like going through stacks of wire bed
springs. I found the rock. It was ball shape,
about 30 feet in diameter. It rested on a sad-
dle between two hills. There were trees growing
near the rock and their limb covered the rock.
Cactus, ferns and small plants were scattered
over the surface of the rock. I could not de-
termine the geological make up of the rock but
it seemed to be a conglomerate. It could have
been a meteor or a ball of material thrown out
by a volcano. It didn't seem to be a product of
erosion. A colony of marmosets wre numerous on
the rock and in the surrounding trees. They
were reddish color with long hair. As my men
were waiting, I had to return to them without
further investigation. When I recounted what I
had seen there were many disbelievers among the
It wasn't until 1981 while on a visit to Pan-
ama, that I decided that a good project for me
would be to rediscover the rock. First I had to
find the map with the notation on it. The Of-
fice Engineers of the Panama Canal and the mili-
tary no longer had copies of the map. The Sec-
tion of Surveys at Pedro Miguel had some grid
sections of the 1:20000 scale map but none had
the note. I inquired with some of the natives
along the highway west of Arraijan but no one
had any knowledge of the round rock. It is not
the balanced rock on the very old seaside road
to Chorrera.
Aug., 1984, I again visited Panama. This time
I was able to find a copy of the map in the
files of the Office Engineer, of the Panama
Canal Commission at Balboa heights. The rock is
located on the ocean side or South of the Na-
tional Highway just beyond Chorrera. The new
highway with relocations of old roads made re-
lating the map to the ground difficult. I saw a
rock from the highway that was on a ridge. From
a dirt side road, I made my way without a trail,

through some dell bush and swamp area to that
rock. It was on a saddle between two hills. It
wasn't sphere shape and instead of having a col-
ony of marmosets it was surrounded by a bull and
some cows. I concluded that this rock was about
two miles to the West of the one that I was

The next day I gave a quick look to the area
to the East. At the Panaderia Marlena on a road
to the South in the Entrada Herradura area there
is a small bridge over the Quebrada Endura.
From this bridge a rock is visible on the ridge.
This must be the big round rock. It was about a
mile away and without a trail. I was not up to
another hike through cut-over and bush country.
I doubt that any of the mormosets have surviv-
ed the encroachment of civilization. I think
the rock area should be made into a park and
maybe with protection the rock could be re-col-
onized with the marmosets. I am proposing a

public display for the St. Louis Zoo based on
the rock. A memory sketch and location map is

William H. Grant Jr.
Lt. Col. AUS Ret.
St. Louis, MO

by: Harry Akers, Jr.
Anchorage, Alaska

War was starting in Europe as I entered first
grade at Balboa Elementary School in 1939. Sud-
denly all generations had a new cause for con-
cern, as we all became aware of the evil doings
of the Nazis.
In 1940, I had a map, cut from a New York
newspaper, that showed the status of the war in
Europe. "Poor little France and England'" a
friend remarked on seeing it. We kids avenged
France and England in our fantasies, as we ridi-
culed and "bombed" Germany in our play. In our
childhood contests, we broke with an earlier
tradition. At one time the loser of a race
would have been called a rotten egg, but we
started using a more disgraceful epithet -- the
loser was "a Hitler." Thus we showed our con-
tempt for the Nazis whom we hated and secretly
In 1941, the military presence grew larger in
the Canal Zone. Uniforms -- navy, especially
army -- became a common sight in Balboa and at
Farfan Beach, especially on weekends. Farfan --
close to Balboa, and a place that offered a wel-
come change of scenery on weekends -- was now
shared by soldier and civilian alike. And we
were starting to hear about another enemy Ja-
On the first Sunday of December, after Sunday
School and our Sunday dinner, my parents and I
went to Farfan. We were following our regular
habits that day, totally unaware of important
events taking place thousands of miles away.
Two things seemed different at Farfan that
afternoon, but I didn't think enough about them
to investigate. The soldiers were "conspicuous-
ly absent." And there were groups of people
sitting on the beach listening to portable
radios -- more radios than I'd ever seen at the
beach any other time. (In those days a portable
radio had to be about the size of a briefcase.)
Did it occur to me to go and listen, to find out
what was holding the attention of so many peop-
le? No. Who was I to try to figure out the
adult world?
We drove home, crossing the Canal on the old
Thatcher Ferry, and reached our apartment (in a

4-family house) in the Balboa "Flats" at about 6
p.m. Our evening Panama American wasn't at the
door waiting for us. Inside, we flipped our
light switches -- and nothing happened. We had
no electricity for about two hours. Finally the
lights came on; shortly afterwards, our paper
was delivered. The headlines said JAPS ATTACK
PEARL HARBOR. "Where's Pearl Harbor?" we all
wondered. "Maybe it's in the Pearl Islands,"
someone said, thinking of the islands off Pana-
ma's southern coast. Soon we all knew the truth.
"Women and children gotta go back to the
States!" So said a fellow third-grader the next
day. (Maybe military dependents had received
departure orders. But my mother and I weren't
able to find a way out of the Canal Zone for
another three months. Even then, we had to tra-
vel by air, because our three ships, the Ancon,
Cristobel, and Panama, had been taken off their
customary routes, to aid the war efforts.)

Balboa's air-raid siren was working within a
week after December 7th. What an ear-splitter
it was, especially to people in the Flats: Late
in the night of December 15th, the siren start-
ed. And it kept going up and down, up and down.
Planes, evidently from Albrook Field, flew out
toward the Pacific. A few minutes, with the
siren undulating, planes came in from that di-
rection. Surely, I thought, the incoming planes
were Japs. They must have shot down our planes,
and were coming in to bomb us. What other ex-
planation could there be, with the siren going
full blast? I lay in my bed and waited. My
parents were having a conversation in their
room, but all I could hear of it was muffled
mumbling. Then it all stopped. There were no
more planes, no bombs, and no siren, and we were
still alive and well -- at least for another day.
The next day "they" -- somebody -- really did
it to me. At the library in the Admin Building,
I saw a public notice stating that there would
be three nights of air-raid practice, December
15, 16 and 17. The entire exercise was to be
"for practice only, unless siren warns of air
raid." Did the notice allay my fears? It did
for a while. But I expected the siren to keep
its part of the bargain on the two remaining
nights of the exercise, and not "warn of air

raid" unless there really was one. But the se-
cond night was a repetition of the first one,
and was the most terrifying night of my entire
life: (I think I know how kids in English cit-
ies felt while they waited for the bombs to
fall.) But after the bombs failed to material-
ize that night, I was able to accept the third
night of "air-raid practice" more calmly.
The holiday season approached, and I had vis-
ions of a long-promised electric train -- just a
small track, running around the tree. "You
won't get it:" a classmate warned me. His re-
mark reflected something we all knew, that near-
ly all "non-essential" shipping to the Zone had
stopped. But my parents said my train had al-
ready arrived. Would the commissary make them
give it back?
When the day finally arrived, I woke to find
my train on a table at least 12 feet long and 6
feet wide. It had a plaster of Paris mountain
with a tunnel through it; it had a station, a
whistle, switches, both passenger and dump cars,
and an imitation lake. My father had built the
whole set-up secretly, and somehow had silently
smuggled it into the house without waking me.
The gift was a surprise beyond my wildest ima-
gination, and more than compensated for the
fears of the preceding week.
But reminders of the war were still with us.
Supplies of lumber had been distributed through-
out the townsites, and the residents had been
given instructions for building neighborhood
air-raid shelters. So there was no holiday for
my father. After showing me how to run my
train, he went outside and worked with the neigh-
bors to build the shelter in our front yard. He
chiseled a small slot in the wall of our apart-
ment, near the floor, and ran an electric cord
through it to operate power saws outside. I
felt proud "our" electricity was cutting lumber
for the neighborhood shelter. (Later the shel-
ters were covered with dirt and clay. Within a
year, they were damp and musty inside, and by
the time they were removed in 1945 they were
covered with grass and weeds. Meanwhile they
provided a convenient and appropriate setting
for kids' war games. Fortunately they were
never used for their intended purpose.)
December 1941 was both an end and a beginn-
ing. It ended a war that was far away and
existed for us only in our imagination. It
started one that we were a part of, and that
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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.


The BHS Class of '65 is holding their 20 year
reunion at the Holiday Inn Surfside at Clear-
water Beach, Florida on August 9, 10 and 11,
All classmates and their spouses are cordially
invited and encouraged to attend!
Hotel reservations can be made by calling toll-
free: 1-800-238-5510 (in the U.S.) Special
room rate is $68.00 per night, plus $6.00 per
extra person.
Registration cost for the activities is $30.00
per person ($60.00 per couple) and should be
sent to Phil Stewart, Rt. 2, Box 230, Braden-
ton, FL 34202. Phone: 813-747-8038 (home) or
813-729-7318 (office).
Registrations for the reunion are coming in
daily from all over the country. It's shaping
up to be an affair you don't want to miss. We
have addresses of about 175 of our 460 class-
mates. Please get in touch with every classmate
you know to give him/her the registration infor-
mation and persuade them to attend. You won't
regret it! See you there!

The Committee


The ninth annual Pacific Northwest reunion
will be held at the Bonneville Dam in Washington.
It will be held at the town of North Bonne-
ville at the city park, located 38 miles east of
Vancouver, Washington, just off Highway 14, on
August 3, 1985, from 10:00 a.m. until dusk.
For additional information, contact Jim and
Clover Duffus, Box 82, North Bonneville, WA


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.


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

c. (Handbury) Edcards
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

The Panama Canal Society of Florida Luncheon
will be held at the Crown House in Sarasota,
Florida on Saturday, August 3, 1985 at 12:00
There will be open bar before lunch.
The Menu will be Round of Beef, Cheese Nood-
les, Parsley Buttered Carrots, House Salad, Ap-
ple Pie, Muffins and Beverage.
Tickets are $7.00 per person.

For further information, contact Mrs. Jay
Cain, Telephone: 955-0026.

I August 3, 1985
Crown House, 5445 N. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, Florida

I Please make reservations at $7.00 each.
Total Enclosed
Checks made payable to Panama Canal Society of F1

Mail to: Secretary/Treasurer
P. 0. Box 3738
Holiday, FL 33590

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Highway 231 South Dothan, Alabama


October 7 Practice Round. Check in at Pro
Shop for Tee Time.
October 8 8:30 am and 1:30 pm Shot Gun start
October 9 8:30 am and 1:30 pm Medal Play,
Shot Gun start.
October 9 7:00 8:00 pm Free Cocktail Party
8:00 pm Awards Dinner (Dress-Casu-
October 10 Golf in a.m. for those wishing to
play. Choose your own foursome and
tee time

Tournament and Entry Fee $15.00
Non-member $16.80 for Green Fees and cart/day
Members $6.30 Cart Fee/day
Banquet $15.00 per person


The golfers special package plan is $189.50
plus tax per person, double occupancy which in-
cludes: LODGING Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Nights; GOLF with CART, 18 HOLES, Monday, Tues-
day, Wednesday, Thursday; DINNER, Monday, Tues-
day and Awards Dinner on Wednesday night; BREAK-
FAST, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; All gratui-
The cost for non-golfers is $130.00 plus tax
and includes all of the above except golf. En-
try Fee for tournament under Package Plan is

We have 55 rooms set aside for us until Sep-
tember 20. We are limited to 144 for golf and
280 for the Awards Dinner. Those under the Pac-
kage Plan will be given preference. The Mexican
Best Ball Tournament on October 8 will be com-
posed of a 4-man team (A,B,C,D players) with
Medal Play on October 9. Make up your own four-
some for Medal Play if you wish. Send entry
fees and room reservations deposits to: Hugh
Norris, P.O. Box 953, Dothan, AL 36301. Hugh
will make room reservations for you and your
roommate. Room deposit is $25.00 per person,
and your check should be made out to the Olympia

Spa. Confirmation of reservations will be made
by the Spa. Entry Fee checks should also be
made out to Hugh Norris and sent along with
names and handicaps of golfers in order to set
up pairings. If you are making up your own team
for Medal Play on October 9, send us your team
members' names and handicaps. Package Plan re-
servations should be received no later than Sep-
tember 10, 1985. Any reservations received af-
ter that date will be held to fill in any can-
cellations. Be sure to specify arrival date
when sending in reservations. (If we have 104
golfers or less, all players will tee off in the
morning at 8:30 am on both days).
We had a great tournament last year, so, let's
hear from you and make it an even better one.
We look forward to seeing you in October.

YOUR COMMITTEE: Hugh Norris, Bud Thomas, Bill
Sullivan, Joe Burgoon, Jim Coman, our M.C.


The Colorado Canal Zone Group will have its
Annual August Get-Together in Canon City, Colo-
rado on August 8, 9 and 10 at the Quality Inn-
International Spa.
Reservations can be made Toll-free by calling
1-800-525-7727. Please mention that you will be
with the Canal Zone Group.
Rates are: Single $39.00 Double, 1 bed
$46.00 Double, 2 beds $51.00 (For poolside
rooms add $4.00).
There will be a Saturday evening dinner (menu
and price are being negotiated). The Inn fea-
tures a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool spas,
putting green, shuffle board, and for an extra
cost, aerobic classes.
The activities in the area include the Royal
Gorge suspension bridge, an aerial tramway ac-
ross the gorge, incline railway and the Royal
Gorge scenic railway, Canyon Highway to Cripple
Creek, Buckskin Joe (movie location for "Cat
Ballou" and others) and a golf course nearby.
For the braver folks, you might like the white
water rafting.
For additional information, call Lester
Smith, (303) 978-1392, Barbara Shaw, (303)
696-7387 or "B. J." Law, (303) 988-2221.


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.


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


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.


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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
10518 N.E. Second Court
Hiani Shores, FL 33138
(305) 751-4451

Please send the following:

1983 Edition:


Circle mat color
choice: Cream
Tan Black
Grey White
ity Cost @ 57.00 ea.

Cuna Girl I
I Panama Viejo
Tamborito (Montuna)
El Morro (Pelican)
Parakeets I
1984 Edition
Cuna Seamstress
I Miraflores Locks
S Mi Pollera I
S Tivoli Hotel No Longer Available
I Gamboa Lighthouse
Summit Gardens
(Pond) I
I Carameta I
Send To: I
Name _
City State Zip
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For Sale: Beautiful custom built 2300 Sq. Ft.
Lake Front 3 Bedroom 3 Bath masonry home; large
sunken Living Room with fireplace adjoining spa-
cious screened lakeside lanai/porch with built-in
grill; full dining room with built-in china cab-
inet; large Family Room opening on to porch;
roomy eat-in Kitchen with all formica cabinets,
fully equipped; large Pantry; inside Utility
Room with Maytag washer and dryer; over-size 2
car garage with automatic garage door opener;

central heat and A/C; wall-to-wall carpeting;
wall-papered throughout; screened atrium at
front entrance. New cement tile roof (April
'85) with 15 year warranty transferable to pur-
chaser. Convenient to major shopping malls,
hospitals, medical centers, banking, restau-
rants, beaches and 25 minutes from Tampa Inter-
national Airport.
Write or call: R. K. "Tony" or Naomi Fran-
gioni at 1211 Norwood Avenue, Clearwater, FL
33516. Tel: (813) 442-5996.

For Sale: 1985 Balboa Union Church Calendars.
Less than 1000 left' $2.50 each plus mailing
costs. Mail request with check or money order
to: Mrs. Bergueling Goe, PSC Box 2773, APO
Miami, FL 34002.

For Sale: 44" diameter hooked rug of the Seal
of the Canal Zone. Never used. Best offer.
Write to: Mrs. Velma Brunner, 3142 Humbolt
Street, Norfolk, VA 23513.

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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.
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TO: P.O. BOX 157

The American Canal Zone in Panama
by Herbert and Mary Knapp
The book about the Zone that tells it like it
"Delightful and astonishingly informative."
Washington Times
"A unique combination of experience and
history... details of daily life, the interaction
with the Panamanians, the humanness of
people isolated for reasons of work in the
midst of a jungle."
"Features of the Month" Best Sellers
"This is a fascinating book."
Amarillo News Globe
"Notable for its elegantly ironic style a
lively examination of the Zone."
Publishers' Weekly
Available through bookstores, $16.95, or
use the coupon below to order autographed
copies from the authors.
Herbert and Mary Knapp
Box 567
South Egremont, MA 01258
Please send copies of
Please enclose check or money order.
$18.50 per copy includes postage to addresses
in the U.S.
$20.00 per copy includes priority handling
to APO and DOS addresses.
$23.00 per copy includes priority handling
to Republic of Panama.
Mail book to: Name
City State Zip
Please tell us to whom you would like the book inscribed:


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Application/Renewal of Membership
Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590

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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. ORDER FORM
Society Decal, $1.50 ea.,
Last First Initial Maiden Name Nickname

Spouse Please mail to:
Last First Initial Maiden Name Nickname
Street Box I
City State _Zip Code
CZ Affiliation (you MUST fill in)

Amount Enclosed $___ Check__ M.O._ Cash_- City

If check is not made on U.S. Bank, make payment by Money Order. I
State Zip Code
Membership and subscription fee is $15.00 per year, (January 1 December 31) per family,
including children under 18 years of age. Number wanted, Tags

Half-year membership fee is $7.50 (July 1 December 31). Number wanted, Decals -

Delinquent charges of $2.00 will be assessed to those members who do not remit for renewal Total enclosed $
membership fee postmarked by 31 January.
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by authors Anita McAndrews and Alison Date.

The island of Taboga is the subject of a book published
in Panama by co-authors Anita McAndrews and Alison
Date, both of whom lived on the island for over a year.
The book is a blend of acts, anetedotes, history and
poetry. It is illustrated with delightful pen and ink sketches by
Donna Date. Anita McAndrews is a well known writer who
has made Panama her home for many years. She is also a
successful painter and poetess. Alison Date is a kindergarten
teacher with the DODDS System in Panama and a fiber ar-
tist. This is her first published work. Donna Date is a Fine
Arts graduate of the University of Florida. This is also her
first published work. Both Alison and Donna are complete
products of the Canal Zone school system.
Anyone who holds fond memories of this beautiful
island will want to revisit it by reading this book. You may
purchase the book by sending $6.00 (includes postage) to:
Donna Date, Box 1962 APO Miami, FL 34404.

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
holiday message included, to any address in the U.S. Send
$6.00 check to: Jean Fears, 627 Wimbledon Dr., Dothan,
AL 36301.

For Sale: 25" diameter Brass Seal of the Canal
Zone. Excellent condition. Best offer. Write
to: Mrs. Velma Brunner, 3142 Humbolt Street,
Norfolk, VA 23513.

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)

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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