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Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
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.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
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five issues yearly
completely irregular


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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NO. 4

J. F. Warner

FOR 1987-88

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Carl Starke
1st Vice President

Mrs. Betty Malone
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Marjorie Foster

Richard W. Beall

Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
Past President

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Sheila Goudie
Legislative Representative

Harry Foster
Sergeant At Arms

Mrs. Edna Ogeltree


The President's Message .............................................. 1
From the Secretary ................................................... 2
Editor's C om er ...................................................... 2
Legislative Report .................................................... 3
1989 Reunion Questionnaire ........................................... 5
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 7
W here Are You? ..................................................... 9

Retirem ents ....................
News Clips .....................
1987 Reunion ...................
Your Reporter Says..............
A labam a ....................
A rizona .....................
A rkansas ....................
C alifornia ...................
C olorado ....................
Hawaii ......................
K entucky ....................
Louisiana ....................

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36 M ichigan .................... 56
37 M issisippi ................... 56
39 New M exico ................. 57
42 North Carolina ............... 59
44 Panam a ..................... 60
45 South Carolina ............... 64
52 Texas ...................... 65
53 V irginia ..................... 68
54 The Younger Generation ....... 69

C congratulations ..................................................... 70
Weddings ............. ....................................... 75
Births ............................................................. 78
W ith Deep Sorrow .................................................. 80
Letters to the Editor ................................................. 85
Looking Back ....................................................... 91
Announcements ..................................................... 98
For Sale or W anted ................................................. 104

Canal Zone Collectables IBC Kaw Valley Films. 104 Jaws Discount Seafoods. 105
John Bateman .......... 108 The Panama Collection .......... 107

Front Cover: Newly elected President for 1987-1988, Muriel Whitman, of St. Petersburg,
Back Cover: Canal Pilot guiding a ship through the Locks, a painting by Al Sprague, Ancon,
Republic of Panama.


September 5
September 11-13
October 3
October 6

October 10
October 11

November 6

November 7
December 5

December 6

December 12

January 8

PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sahib Shrine Temple, Sarasota, 11:30.
PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA.
PSCOFL Annual Picnic, Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs, FL
Ocala Area Semi-Annual Picnic, Blue Cove, on Hwy. 484, one mile
from Dunnellon, FL.
Fall Luncheon, Arizona PanCanal Society, (See Announcements)
Space Coast Picnic, Fox Lake Park, Titusville, FL, noon to 6:00
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.
Lucho in Atlanta II. (See Announcement)
PCSOFL Christmas Party, St. Petersburg Hilton and Towers. (See
PCSSC Annual Christmas Luncheon, 10:30 A.M. Knotts Berry
Farm, Buena Park, CA. Lunch at 12:00 noon.
Hill Country Zonians' Annual Christmas Party, Medallion Room,
Inn of Hills, Kerville, Texas (See "Your Reporter Says..")
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

n (A Non-Profit Organization)
O To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 1508 PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published five times a year in March, April, June, September and December by
Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625.
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 Palm Harbor, Florida and additional entry.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682.
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.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $1.50 postage to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida will become the property of the Society and will
be retained in our files and archives. 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.
2389 Citrus Hill Road
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683

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On behalf of the newly elected officers I would
like to say "Thank You" for your confidence in
electing us. We will each do our very best to per-
form our duties in a professional way. Our single
goal will be to continue to work in a conscien-
tious manner for the Panama Canal Society of Flo-
rida and you, its members,
This past year was a very interesting one for
me, working with Bill Wheeler and his Board, and
I am looking forward to a successful year with our
new Board. We will endeavor to continue the ded-
icated leadership to the Society, and we ask the
help and understanding of each member.
At this time I would like to introduce you to
the 1987-1988 Executive Board:

Carl Starke
Betty Malone
Pat Beall
*Shirley Boswell
Dorothy Yocun
Harry Foster
Sheila Goudie
Edna Ogletree
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
*Resigned eff.

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Record Editor
Sargeant at Arms
Legislative Rep.
Past President
July 13, 1987

These people are all enthusiastic workers, and
I know that they will do whatever they feel is in
the best interests of the Society.


I would also like to present the Committees for

Audit and Budget


Publicity and Advertising
Service Officers

Jane Huldtquist, Chair
Dorothy Herrington
Harry Egolf
Victor May, Chair
Joseph Hickey
Harry Foster
Pat Beall
Dorothy Pate
Faith Brundage
Albert Pate, Chair
Anna Collins
Betty Malone, Chair
Eugene Askew
Victor May

During the past year I was the 1987 Reunion Co-
ordinator. It was a rewarding experience, and I
enjoyed the personal contact i had with a large
number of the membership. There were times though,
that I dreaded hearing the telephone ring.
I was fortunate to have a wonderful group of
people working with me, and this made my job
easier. Many hours were devoted to working on the
details and putting them all together to make the
Reunion successful. The key to coordinating a Re-
union lies in planning and organization. By having


chairpersons in different areas, the job-load an
any individual is reduced and also permits more
people to participate. A report of the 1987 Re-
union will be found elsewhere in the Canal Record.
This year we are planning to have some infor-
mative and interesting programs at our regular
business meetings, and more socializing after the
meetings. The programs will last approximately 30
minutes. We hope that more of the local members
will start attending and become more active.
We are looking forward to a successful year and
we will try and make it productive and interest-
ing. In order to do this we will need encourage-
ment and support from all of you.

years has submitted her resignation to President
Bill Wheeler, effective July 10, 1987, citing
health and personal reasons.
The President, at his last Executive Board
meeting, with the approval of the Executive Board
appointed Marje Foster as the new Secretary/Treas-
urer for the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
This change requires a change-of-address for
the Society's offices. Please note throughout this
issue, the change to the NEW address.
The Membership Application inserts' address may
remain the same until the December issue of the
Canal Record.
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Muriel Whitman -- -- -


P.O. Box 1508


How does one go about an introduction? Many of
you know me as Pete's wife; June and Colette's
mother; John and Wade's grandma, and Shirley's
sister. I prefer being called Marge and I've been
assisting Shirley with your address changes, new
memberships, renewals, reunion ticket orders and
whatever else that came up these past couple of
Now that Shirley has mastered the computer and
the work is up to date, she has chosen to try her
hand at other endeavors, hopefully after a well
deserved rest!
The Executive Board has appointed me to fill
her vacancy. She will be a hard act to follow, but
her instructions and operating procedures will be
a tremendous asset in carrying out the duties of
I have very strong beliefs in the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and will endeavor to fulfill my
duties under the Bylaws of this Society. As a mem-
ber of the Board, I will encourage growth and mod-
ernization to keep our Society forever alive.
Marge Foster
(813) 785-8555


Shirley Boswell, the Secretary/Treasurer of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida for the past three



Now that the Reunion is over....(!) we can get
back to pecking at the typewriter keys again. The
reunions are getting so large it's becoming more
difficult to find your friends and when you do,
it's only for a fleeting moment. Some day, I won't
have a job and I'll be able to roam around like
the rest of you and see the sights. Talking of
sights I think the behavior of some of those
teen-agers present was a little too much. Even in
my short, hurried trips to here and yon, I saw for
myself some of the crudest conduct. I heard of one
mother who told her child to "go play on the elev-
ator." It's a wonder there wasn't someone injured.
However, there were only the few, and it's too bad
they made it worse for everyone.
I thought Richard Wainio's address at the Lunch
was superb it had us all spellbound. I also
think Muriel Whitman did an excellent job in put-
ting this past reunion together. I don't think I'd
want that job!
It was with regret that I learned of Shirley
Boswell, our Secretary/Treasurer's resignation.
I knew of her deep personal problems, due to lack
of time for her family, and I knew of the strain
in keeping up with her duties was becoming almost

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unbearable. She worked unceasingly each day for
more hours than normal and it took its toll. Her
rest periods were few and far between and she did
a magnificent job in picking up the pieces when
she took over the position. She has, in every
sense, provided an admiral image to the members of
the Society as the backbone of the organization.
I'm sorry to see her go. We worked well together.
I'll be forever thankful for her efficiency and
timeliness in dealings with the Canal Record. It
made my job easier and I was always confident of
a first-class job from her.
Her appointed replacement, Marje Foster, was
once my assistant, and I know her to be also
extremely efficient and quick to learn. She has
now been the assistant to the Secretary/Treasurer
for several months now, and was the only logical
choice to replace Shirley. She has been fully
trained and the members can expect the same effi-
ent, dedicated attitude to the position as was
Shirley's. I wish her well. The initial opposition
to having assistants for the Secretary/Treasurer
and the Editor have been proven to be ill-founded.
The State of Florida, effective July 1, 1987,
has changed nearly all the ZIP codes in the Pine-
llas area. Although the post offices will still
deliver mail to the old ZIP codes, they caution a
deadline of October 1, 1987. It would be wise to
get the new ZIPs of friends before then. You may
note that our new Society address and ZIP is post-
ed throughout this issue, with the exception of
the Application blank which will be changed later.
It was pretty discouraging to note that only
4.2 % of the membership voted for our new officers
for 1987-1988. ALL 4200 members were given the op-
portunity to vote for THEIR new officers through
a mail-in ballot yet only a meager 4.2% elected
to take advantage of their privilege! Frankly, I
get the impression that everyone (not everyone)
is only interested in having a Reunion every year
and let the Tampa Bay area worry about how and
when. Are the officers to believe that they have
the backing of only 4.2% of the membership?
We have two new Area Reporters! Handling the
Pinellas Park area in Florida is Lorraine Grose,
who has already submitted her report for the Sep-
tember issue (Thanks!). Her telephone number is:
(813) 546-5549. Our other Area Reporter is from
the Los Angeles, California area, an earger volun-
teer Eva Thompson. Her telephone number is (213)
826-2827. We welcome you both and hope you keep us
abreast of activities in your areas!
As for activities I note that there is an
awful lot going on in October 3, 6, and 11. We are
going to be hard-pressed to try and attend them
Just got the word that the registration count
for the 1987 Annual Reunion was 3,362! And a lot
didn't register at all just walked in and par-

The Reunion photos got to us a little tardy,
(unavoidable), which gave us little time to put
names to the captions. Many good photos, but we
did what we could made a montage with no names,
which helped us get many more photos in. We're
either going to have to move the reunion back some
or issue our July issue in August so it seems.
Was able to salvage several photos by reading the
name-tags with a magnifying glass! Checking the
Registration List helped a little as well. Sorry
we couldn't get them all in.

Pat Beall

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Next Deadline

(Must be in by):

October 25, 1987
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Both the Senate and the House have adopted a
budget resolution for Fiscal Year 1988 that con-
tains good news for federal retirees.
The spending levels in the Resolution assume a
cost-of-living-adjustment, which NARFE estimates
to be 2.7"/, and no restructuring of the Federal
Employees Health Benefit Program.
The next step in the budget process is Recon-
siliation. Under reconciliation the authorizing
committee devise specific legislative proposals
that achieve the savings levels set by the budget
The budget controversy is not going away with
the passage of the budget resolution. Unlike the
budget resolution, the Reconciliation bill must go
to the White House for the President's signature.
There have been indications that the President
disapproves of the current budget plan.
An upcoming important date is July 17. That is
the day that the temporary debt ceiling extension
expires. This bill provides borrowing authority to
keep the government afloat. In 1985, Congress
attached the Granm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduct-
ion law to the debt ceiling bill. When the debt
ceiling bill comes up, there may be an attempt to
reinstate the automatic enforcement mechanism in
Gaamn-Rudman-Hollings that was struck down in a
1986 Supreme Court decision.

July 1 marked the beginning of a six-month per-
iod where employees covered under the Civil Ser-
vice Retirement System, to elect whether to remain
in that retirement system or participate in the
new Federal Employees Retirement System.
The original retirement system, designed to
serve as a full basic retirement plan with bene-
fits based on age, length of service and salary
attained during that service, differs from the
Federal Employee Retirement System, which is the
new three-tiered system with benefits provided
from a basic plan.
Every employee will have to choose one of these
plans by December 31, 1987. Once the choice is
made, it is irrevocable. Neither plan is consider-
ed all bad, however I would urge everyone to study
both plans to see which best applies to you.
The Senate will begin their Summer recess with-
out voting on the Catostrophic Health Care Bill,
SL-27. Therefore Federal Retirees will have two
weeks to get in touch with their Congressman and
Senator and voice their opinion on this Legisla-
tion. It is felt by the National Association of
Retired Federal Employees that the Catostrophic
Health Care Bill will impose unfair burdens on
federal retirees while generally duplicating
benefits they already have.
Another item that has come to light recently is
an amendment which would reinstate the automatic
cutback reduction in Granm-Rudman-Hollings. This
change in Granm-Rudman-Hollings however would not
effect the Gordon Amendment which protects the
Federal Retiree COLA from any cutbacks due to
Since this will be my last report as Legisla-
tive Representative, I would like to take this
opportunity to thank past president, Mr. Bill
Wheeler and the 1987 Board for allowing me to
serve as Legislative Representative for the past
year. I have enjoyed serving the members of our
Society in bringing them the very important news
that effects all our lives. Your new Legislative
Representative, Sheila Goudie, is eager to serve
you and it is my hope that everyone will give her
the same wonderful support that you have given me
this year.

Betty LeDoux Frassrand
Legislative Representative


Robert C. Hurdle, of Dothan, Alabama, has been
nominated by the Executive Board of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for Honorary Mem-
Over the past seven years, he has selflessly
volunteered his time and expertise to the benefit
of the Panama Canal Society Of Florida.

Honorary membership (1) May be conferred to
individuals, members or non-members for distin-
guished or exceptional service to the Society. (2)
The names of individuals to be considered for
honorary membership shall be submitted to the
Executive Board and recommended by them to the
Society. After notice has been given in the Canal
Record, individuals may be elected to honorary
membership by a 2/3 majority affirmative vote of
members present and voting at any Society meeting.
(3) Active members elected to honorary membership
retain their status, but are not required to pay
dues or assessments.

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June 26, 1987

We take pleasure in extending to all the mem-
bers of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, a
most cordial invitation to come to PANAMA to cele-
brate in 1989 the LX Anniversary of your esteemed
We know you will enjoy this opportunity to
visit some of the places you are already acquaint-
ed with, and to be able to see the modern develop-
ments of our capital city, as well as the new
beach and mountain resorts and other interesting
touristic attractions.
To give full support to your program, the Pan-
ama Government Tourist Bureau will offer you, our
friends, as a courtesy of our government, for
three nights and four days, the use of our adjoin-
ing main lobby and exposition areas "LAS ISIAS",
"LA TOTUMA", and "EL VALLE" that covers 74,959 Sq.
Ft. at our ultra modern Convention Center ATLAPA.
Here, in Panama, a country where cordiality is a
tradition, you can hold your gala night comfort-
ably, and dance to the panamanian rhythms that
will bring, to most of you, fond remembrances of
our gay Carnival festivities.
We would also be very glad to extend to you, at
no cost, the facilities you need to install your
administrative offices and will, of course, coor-
dinate with your officials a welcome reception for
your members at our international airport.
Looking forward to the pleasure of being able
to greet you all in Panama, I remain,


General Manager



The Panama Canal Society of Florida has been invited by the Panama Government Tourist Bureau (IPAT) and
by the Panama Canal Commission to hold it's 1989 Reunion in Panama, to help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee
(75th) Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal.
As this would be a new venture for the Society requiring a tremendous amount of planning, logistics and
advance financing, it is essential that unbiased and unemotional input from the membership be obtained.
You are cautioned to keep in mind that the Canal Zone no longer exists and that all contract negotia-
tions and arrangements will be with representatives of the Panama Government or Panamanian firms not
with the United States.
DO NOT PROCRASTINATE a poor response to the questionnaire is an indication for your Society Officers
to do nothing for the 1989 Reunion proposed in Panama.
PLEASE, read the questionnaire carefully and follow directions exactly. DEAELINE: December 15, 1987!
SECTION 1. (Check one box only)
( ) 1. Would you prefer the 1989 Reunion to remain solely in the Tampa Bay area?
( ) 2. Would you prefer the 1989 Reunion to begin in the Tampa Bay area and immediately afterwards extend-
ed to Panama?
( ) 3. Would you prefer the 1989 Reunion to take place solely in Panama?
SECTION II. (Check one box only and answer question 6.)
( ) 4. If airfare from Tampa is approximately $300 per person, and Hotel rates in Panama are approximately
$50 per night would you prefer to fly and stay in a hotel in Panama?
( ) 5. If a cruise ship was chartered out of Florida for a 7-10 day cruise to Panama costing between $100
to $150 per day per person would you prefer to go by ship and use it for lodging in Panama?
( ) 6. How many persons would you be purchasing your transportation tickets for? ( )

SECTION III: Your opinion for the Reunion. (Check one box only).
Keep in mind the major factor in establishing a Reunion date is the simultaneous availability of the Hotel
in conjunction with a Hall large enough to accommodate our Reunion Ball, and in addition, Hotel rates are
higher in the Spring months than in the Sumer months.
( ) 7. Would you prefer the Society Reunion to be held in the Spring (March, April or May?
( ) 8. Would you prefer the Society Reunion to be held in the Sumner months, (June, July or August?
9. What age group are you in? ( ) 18-25 ( ) 25-40 ( ) 40-55 ( ) 55 and up.
10. Any Comments



1989 Panama Reunion Coordinator




BOX 1508






The State of Florida recently enacted a 5 per-
cent sales and use tax on services, which took
effect on July 1, 1987. The Audit and Budget Com-
mittee, along with members of the Executive Com-
mittee is presently investigating how this applies
to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
through the Department of Revenue in Tallahassee.
We know that it does not affect our dues, but
there is a great possibility that it will affect
our advertising and classified section. If this

proves to be true, those members who advertize,
beginning July 1, 1987 will be subject to an ad-
ditional 5% on the cost of their ad and will be
notified, unless the Executive Committee decides
to absolve these costs for the period of July 1,
1987 through September 30, 1987.
This law must be strictly adhered to and will
be subject to being fined if we fail to comply.
Further information will be forthcoming in the
December issue.

Jane Huldtquist
Audit and Budget Committee

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

June 5, 1987
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

The regularly scheduled meeting was called to
order at 12:00 noon. Mr. Joseph Hickey led the
Pledge to the Flag followed by Mrs. Dorothy Yocun
who gave the Invocation. Mr. Richard Beall read
the list of those who recently passed away, then
a moment of silence followed.
The President adjourned the meeting at 12:05 PM
for a lovely covered dish lunch. The meeting re-
convened at 12:50 PM.
The Acting Secretary, Mrs. Marje Foster read
the minutes of the last meeting, and the Treasurer
report. As there were no corrections, additions or
omissions, the minutes stand as read, and the re-
port stands for audit.
The President welcomed members and Past Presi-
dents. Long absent members were:

Jacoba J. Joustra
Gene Clinchard
Constance Wright
Charles L. Leeser, Sr.
Dorothy Hanners
Albert McKeown
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Warner
Ted and Anita Kaufer
Judy Myers

Sarasota, FL.
Pinellas Park, FL.
Pinellas Park, Fl.
Pasadena, TX.
South Pasadena, FL.
St. Petersburg, FL.
New Port Richey, FL.
Tampa, FL.
Bayonet Point, FL.

The President thanked the Editor for a job well
done in publishing the Canal Record during his
recent local surgery.
Mr. Beall stated that 4,017 copies of the Canal
Record were mailed on June 1, 100 more than the
April Directory. He also read the Legislative Re-
port from Mrs. Frassrand. Both the Senate and the
House budget plans provide for a full COLA in fed-
eral annuities for 1988. Both budget plans also
reject the Administrations proposal to lower the
governments contribution to the Federal Employee

Health Benefit Plan. The House Ways and Means Com-
mittee has formally introduced a Medicare Catas-
trophic Care Bill, HR 2470. It is anticipated that
the COLA for 1988 will be 3%.
The Reunion Coordinator, Mrs. Whitman reported
that six hotels are now handling Reunion reser-
vations; over 2,000 Ball tickets have been sold,
and over 600 Luncheon tickets. She has obtained
many, many door prizes and so far all is running
Mrs. Collins reported that she had mailed cards
to Fred Mead, Bill Halvosa and Viola Fuller, who
were incapacitated.
The President, Mr. Wheeler gave the following
message: "As a note for reflection for Florida
members and more significantly for those of you
who attend most of the monthly meetings, quite
quite often it has been inferred by out of state
members, that they depend on us to make the de-
cisions for the general invo ent of Societ',
business; namely, election of officers, financial
management, editing the Canal Record, activities
in general, etc. and most importantly the volun-
teer service!
We represent less than 3 percent of the total
membership in this light it would seem that we
(you) are doing a heck of a job, and you are! We
are mainly responsible for the great and rewarding
task of maintaining and preserving this one-of-a-
kind, unique Society the PCSOFL. This is our
heritage, let us continue to keep it intact next
year and every year let us continue this tradition
and keep the PCSOFL flourishing.
This is the last regularly scheduled meeting of
my tenure. hereas it has not always been a bed of
roses, it has been an interesting and challeng-
ing experience to have presided as your 1986-1987
president, and to have served you in good con-
science and to the best of my ability. Thank you,
and God Bless You!"
The meeting was adjourned at 1:14 PM.

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July 3, 1987
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Tampa, Florida

The Annual Business Meeting was called to order
by the President, Mr. Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler Sr. at
10:03 A.M.
The Invocation was delivered by Mrs. Dorothy
Yocun, and Mr. Joseph Hickey led the Pledge to the
Flag. Mr. Beall read the names of those who passed
away since the printing of the June Canal Record,
followed by a moment of silence.
Mr. Wheeler welcomed the 311 members attending
and asked the following Past Presidents to stand
for recognition: Mrs. Anna Collins, Mr. Albert
Pate, Mr. Jack Morris, Mr. Peter Foster, Mr. Gad-
dis Wall, Mr. Rob Roy, Mr. Vic May Jr., and Mr.
Gene Askew. Mr. Robert Dill, a Roosevelt Medal
holder also stood for recognition.

Past Presidents receiving brass plates
for their block and gavels. L-R: Pete
Foster, 1986-87; Victor H. May, Jr.,
1984-85; Jack Morris, 1979-80; Ray W.
Bill Wheeler, 1986-87; Gaddis Wall, 1976
-77; Eugene Askew, 1974-76; At Pate,
1982-83; Anna Collins, 1983-84; Rob Roy,

Mrs. Boswell read the minutes of the June Meet-
ing and as there were no corrections, omissions or
additions the minutes were approved as read. She
also read the Treasurer's Report for June and will
stand for audit.
Mr. Wheeler asked for volunteers from the floor
to act as Pages. Mrs. Jay Cain, Mrs. Sugar DiRoma
and Mr. Gaddis Wall took their place to the right
of the podium.
Mr. Wheeler informed the membership that the
Society had erred in the presentation of the Bal-
lots in the Canal Record and the Nominating Com-
mittee has taken extra precautions to assure that
all votes will be handled correctly, and will be
corrected in future years. Mrs. Anna Collins re-

minded the president that the Ballots cannot be
destroyed until the membership votes for their
destruction, as per Roberts Rules of Order.
The President read his letter to the membership
and thanked his Executive Board for their coop-
eration during the past year. His letter will be
printed in the September Canal Record.

Annual Business Meeting, Hyatt Regency,
Tampa. Some of the members attending.

Mrs. Muriel Whitman, Reunion Coordinator, re-
ported she had 2,900 Pre-registered as of July 1,
and the desk handling late registrations had a
brisk business. She thanked her committees for the
excellent job they are doing, and said there would
be limited space for the Panazonian Dance and for
members to come early.
Mr. Richard Beall read his annual report and
stated he had talked to the printers about some
possible changes that may further reduce the cost
of publishing the Canal Record. The savings would
be realized by using small computers in place of
typewriters and providing the publishers with the
disc, which may defray the cost of purchasing the
necessary equipment.

Richard (Pat) Beall, Editor, and Betty
LeDoux Frassrand, Legislative Represent-
ative, delivering their reports.

Mr. Jack Kraner, Silver Spring, Maryland,
entertained a motion for a vote of confidence from
the membership for the purchase of equipment that
would be more efficient and cost-effective for the
Record Editor. The greater majority approved and
there was a standing ovation for the work of the
Record Editor.

Mrs. Betty Frassrand read her Legislative
Report and will be printed in the September Canal
Mr. Wheeler asked Mr. Peter Foster to report on
the possibility of having the 1989 Reunion in the
Rep. of Panama as part of the Panama Canal Com-
mission's Diamond Jubilee. Mr. Foster stated he
had prepared questionnaires to be filled out by
members, thereby enabling plans to be formualated.
At the 1986 Annual Reunion, Mr. Leo Snedeker,
DeLand, Florida, entertained a motion to look into
the feasability of having a paid Reunion Coord-
inator, seconded by Mr. Erikson and approved by
the members present. Mr. Wheeler took full respon-
sibility for not taking action on this motion, as
he, personally, did not feel the need for it. The
purchase and use of a computer, and the offer from
the Tampa Convention Center to handle hotel reser-
vations free of charge; and the fact that he had
volunteers willing to do the job precluded any
need for a paid Reunion Coordinator during his
tenure. The membership approved the item be held
over as unfinished business for the 1987-1988
Executive Board.

I i


Nominating Committee counting votes for
Elected Officers. L-R: Ernie Yocum, Pete
Foster, Joseph Hickey, Chairman, and Roy
"Bocas" Leeser.

The Nominating Committee completed their count
of the Ballots and the new Officers for the 1987-
1988 Executive Board are as follows:

Muriel Whitman
Carl Starkey
Betty Malone
Shirley Boswell
Richard Beall

lsr Vice President
2nd Vice President
Record Editor

Mr. Wheeler administered the Oath of Office to
those elected. He then presented the Past Presi-
dents with a brass name plate for their block and

1987-1988 Elective Officers being sworn
by President Bill Wheeler. L-R: Betty
Malone, 2nd Vice President; Carl Starke,
1st Vice President; Muriel Whitman,
President; Shirley Boswell, Secretary/
Treasurer; Richard (Pat) Beall, Editor.
Mrs. Muriel Whitman presented Mr. Wheeler with
his Past Presidents pin and the brass plate for
his block and gavel.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 12:03 P.M.

Where Are You?

I am writing on behalf of my brother who is
looking for an old friend of his.
Would anyone knowing the whereabouts of Bertram
R. Rigby of Gatun (CHS '64) please contact Mike
Walsh, 1130 Baywood #60, Petaluma, CA 94952. Tel.
(707) 778-7816.
Stacia organ
APO New York


A members asks if the Society has records of
those who were born in the Canal Zone during the
Construction period, 1904 1914?
We do not. But as a matter of interest, we
would like to know too!
If you were born in the Canal Zone of U.S.
parents during that time, send us the information
and we might even publish it, if you're not afraid
of stating your age!


We have one listing so far. When we get more,
the names will be published. Please send us the
names (first and last) in defending order.

JRE:i'tmZ ns.,

Mr. Fred A. Cotton
Mr. Eugene D. Dugger
Mr. Edwin H. Hepner
Mr. Julian Rodriguez
Mr. James M. Slover
Mr. James Todd, Jr.
Mr. August J. C. Egle
Mr. Joseph T. Fuqua
Mr. Edmond P. Gabriel
Mrs. Mary L. Lang
Mr. Andres Rivera
Mr. Ismael Soto

4/3/87 Off. of Director, Gen Ser Bur 29 years 00 months 21 days


Locks Division
Industrial Division
Human Resources Dev Staff
Locks Division
Navigation Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Support Division
Admin. Services Division
Locks Division
Office of Public Affairs

4L years
26 years
24 years
36 years
23 years
25 years
26 years
22 years
23 years
32 years
41 years

05 months 20 days
01 months 04 days
07 months 08 days
08 months 25 days
07 months 24 days
04 months 16 days
08 months 11 days
08 months 16 days
00 months 00 days
11 months 15 days
08 months 13 days


Betty I. Kearney
Mary M. Beck
Dona M. Brophy
Gary L. Collins
Nellie B. Urban
Frances B. Heard
Patricia A. Sherlock
Carmen T. Herberg
Robert F. Dahlstron
Gerald Graver
Robert L. Mowery
Nancy S. Rosenberg


Comptroller F&AO
DODDS Panama Region
Med. Department Activity
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
Med. Department Activity
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
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News Clips



by Darrell Fry
Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG "The hardest part is just believ-
ing it can be done and that you'll be safe out
there," Ted Henter Jr. said. "There's always that
fear of smacking into something."
Henter, a St. Petersburg resident, is a world-
champion water skier.
Henter's also blind.
The 38-year old man, who grew up in the Panama
Canal Zone, has been water skiing since he was 7
years old. He lost his sight in a 1978 automobile

accident in England, but saw no reason to give up
water skiing just because he was blind.
"My family and friends knew it would be no big
deal, but when I told other people they were quite
surprised," said Henter, who was also a motorcycle
racer before the accident. "It never occurred to
them that blind people could ski."
Indeed they can. Henter is the United States
National Blind Slalom champion and the U.S. Blind
Trick Skiing champion. And two weeks ago at the
inaugural World Water Skiing Trophy for the Dis-
abled in Wraysbury, England, Henter took the gold
medal in the slalom and the bronze in the trick
The event on Heron Lake near London drew more
than 40 disabled skiiers from 10 countries.
"They had an event for (ski) jumping and only
one person made a successful landing," said Henter
who also snow skis, roller skates and surfs. "I've
never done that and I didn't want to try it then."

The slalom course for blind skiers is differ-
ent from one used for sighted skiers. Instead of
following a course outlined by bouys, the blind
skiers zig-zag back and forth across the wake of
the boat. The skier who crosses the wake the most
times within a specified time is the winner.
But the trick skiing event isn't much different
from regular competition. Henter's best moves are
180 and 360-degree mid-air turns and a trick
called "side-sliding" in which he turns his skis
perpendicular to the rear of the boat.
Henter gets help from his father and wife in
the boat. One person drives while the other gives
signals to Henter by blowing a whistle. For in-
stance, two short blasts from the whistle tell
Henter he is not directly behind the boat and not
in position for the start. One short blast means
he's in position and signifies the start of the
run. Two more short blasts means the run is over
and one long blast as the boat heads for shore
tells him to let go of the tow rope.

Ted Henter, Jr., World Wa
Trophy gold medalist, at I
near London, England. (This
in last issue. Newest photo

able at press-time same day


"I want to help change the way society looks at
blind people. Once people realize a blind person
can water ski, then they'll realize blind people
can be employed and they can be successful."

St. Petersburg Times
July 31, 1987


Anona Kirkland, writer and editor for the Star
and Herald's society news and women's pages, re-
tired Thursday after 30 years of service to the
For those who have known Mrs. Kirkland's un-
tiring labor as a newswoman during the past three
decades, it will mark a milestone in the news-
paper's 138-year history.
For Mrs. Kirkland herself, the retirement date
marks the well-earned opportunity to spend the
days enjoying the recreational side of life and
to relax from years of six-day work weeks and late
night newsroom shifts.
Although a U.S. citizen, Mrs. Kirkland has
well-weathered roots in Panama which date back to

In that year, the young Connecticut-born woman
set out on a ship bound for Colon and arrived five
days later, shaken up by a hurricane, on the
Isthmus with her 10-month old son, Willian.
The two came to join husband, William, Sr., who
J was employed as an engineer for the Canal's third
lock project.
Her husband's career with the former Panama
Skiing Canal Company would open up a new and foreign
L e, world to Mrs. Kirkland who had previously planned
a career in medicine.
o was

as article

Star & Herald
May 1, 1987

Through his example, Henter has been trying to
show other blind people that there's nothing they
can't do.
In 1985, Henter, who has a degree in mechanical
engineering from the University of Florida, start-
ed his own business in St. Petersburg called En-
Tech Co. It's a consulting firm for companies
interested in hiring blind people.
Business is good, Henter said. When he's not on
skiis, he's flying around the country training
blind people for various jobs. One of his biggest
clients is Federal Express.
"I also design software and hardware that makes
computers talk, so blind people can use them," he


(FT. CLAYTON (News) Gen. Fred F. Woerner suc-
ceeded Gen. John R. Galvin as commander in chief
of the United States Southern Command during a
change of command ceremony, June 6 at Howard AFB.
During the hour-long ceremony, Adm. William J.
Crowe, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff pre-
sented outgoing commander Gen. Galvin with the
Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
"It is difficult to leave this Command, but I
have great consolation. And that is the commander
who follows me, Gen. Fred F. Woerner, is the best

prepared commander ever to take command of the
United States Southern Command," commented General
Highlighting the ceremony which was attended by
more than 400 members of the military and civilian
community was a performance by the Old Guard Fife
and Drum Corps from Washington.
Additionally, 40-man units from the Army, Air .
Force, Navy and Marine Corps participated in the
event. Southern Comcand's "Jumping Ambassadors"
presented a parachute demonstration and a 19-gun
salute was rendered by Battery D, 320th Field Ar-
A reception at the Howard NCO Club followed the

Southern Command News
June 12, 1987


By Diane Steinle
LARGO Members of John Disharoon's fourth-
grade class at Country Day Montessori Academy have
lots of questions they would ask President Reagan
if they had the chance.
Such as, 'Why did he make the mistake about Paul McCartney
trading arms?" said Gabe Graham, 9.
And, "Why is he sending money to other coun-
tries if they are using it to buy weapons?" said
Matthew Kanaan, 10.
But asking those tough questions would not be
polite. So when they write President Reagan, they
ask questions that are simple and sweet and, most
importantly, grammatically correct. And in re-
sponse they get letters from presidential aides
and cards from the President.
It isn't unusual for Disharoon's class to dash
off one or more letters a week to famous people.
About half the time, they get a reply. Among the
people they have written are Clint Eastwood, Mike 1
Ditka, Lee Iacocca, Bob Hope, Paul Harvey, Jimmy
Carter, George Burns, Hank Stram and F. Lee
Disharoon created his "letters to celebrities"
project seven years ago to inspire his students
to improve their writing skills.
Through the years, politicians have accumulated
the best record for responding except for one.
'"We wrote to President Nixon, but..." Disharoon
said with a shrug.
Often, the reply consists of only a letter from
a secretary or an autographed picture. Sometimes,
the celebrities are impressed by the package of
letters and Disharoon's accompanying explanation
of the program, and they respond with personal
notes and small gifts. Clint Eastwood

The students' most prized response is a hand-
written letter from former Beatle, Paul McCartney.
"This answer wings its way from sunny old
London Town," McCartney's letter says. And when
he signed his last name, l4cCartney turned the tail
of the "y" into a goofy looking happy face.
Disharoon displays that letter alongside an in-
teresting response from Yoko Ono and her son, Sean
following the death of John Lennon.
"Your words came to us sometimes like a soft
breeze, sometimes like a strong wind, all helping
both of us to grow happier and wiser," the letter
Disharoon's scrapbook of celebrity letters,
kept in the classroom reading center for each
year's students to peruse, includes a note from
comedian, George Burns, in which he confesses that
he went through only the fourth grade in school.
"I came from a very large and a very poor
family, so we all had to go to work...I started
singing on street corners when I was 7," he wrote.
'Three other boys and I formed the PeeWee Quartet.
We were pretty bad. Some people would pay us just
to keep quiet."

Brooke Shie'ds
Brooke Shields

An unexpected benefit of the letter-writing
program is that some of the celebrities share with
the students their secrets of success. August A.
Busch III, chairman of the board and president of

the Anheuser-Busch Cos. told the students that his
formula for success is "constant hard work, ex-
treme dedication and personal commitment.
Tough-guy actor Telly Savalas didn't mince
words with the students after he received a
package of letters from them.
"I...want you to use the same drive in your
school work. I further want you to make Mr.
Disharoon and I proud of you," he wrote. "I ex-
pect to hear wonderful things from your class."

St. Petersburg Times
May 30, 1987


The Panama Canal Commission recognized the vol-
untary efforts of 24 Isthmian residents during the
17th annual Panama Canal Honorary Public Service
Award Ceremony, which took place Wednesday morning
is the Administration Building Rotunda.

1986 Honorary Public Service Award Cere-
mony, May 6, 1987. Front row, L-R: Mr.
Joseph J. Wood, Mrs. Sarita Harkness,
Ms. Kathleen Sigler, Mrs. Lois F. Clop-
ton, Mr. Fernando Manfredo, Mrs. Leona
Lee, Mr. D.P. McAuliffe, Mrs. Yolanda
Paul, Mrs. Gail Totten, Ms. Susan F.
Norman, Mrs. Carmela Lowe de Gobern.
Second row, L-R: Ms. Gail P. Dawson,
Mrs. Patricia D. Hunt, Mrs. Ann Mayles,
Mrs. Vanice M. Jones, Captain Donald P.
Garrido, Mr. George McArthur, Mr. Daryl
F. Bullinger. Third row, L-R: Mr. Wil-
liam J. Nickisher, Jr., Mr. Bruce Hark-
ness, Mr. Andrew Mayles, TSgt Robert W.
Clopton, USAF, Mr. Fred Lee, Mr. Jess K.
Totten, Mr. William B. Brown, Mr. Rich-
ard J. Wilde. Fourth Row: BHS ROTC. Not
pictured: Mr. Richard B. Home, Mr. John
Mayles, Mr. Aster Y. Black.

Gold medallions were presented by Commission
Administrator D.P. McAuliffe, silver medallions by
Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo Jr., and
bronze medallions by Office of Executive Adminis-
tration Director Joseph J. Wood. Personnel Direct-
or Ronald Seeley delivered the introductory ad-
dress and personnel management specialist Sonia
Schack read the citations.
Gold awards were presented to Fred and Leona
Lee, John D. Mayles, and William J. Nickisher Jr.;
Aster Y. Black, Daryl F. Bullinger, Carmela Loe
de Gober, Vannie Jones, George A. McArthur and
Richard J. Wilde received silver awards. The
bronze award recipients were William B. Brown Sr.,
Lois and Tech. Sgt. Robert W. Clopton, Gall P.
Dawson, Capt. Donald P. Garrido, Bruce and Sarita
Harkness, Richard B. Horne, Patricia D. Hunt, Su-
san F. Norman, Yolanda E. Paul, Kathleen Sigler
and Gail and Jess K. Totten.
The Panama Canal Spillway
May 8, 1987



by Wayne Beissert
Some 2.5 million Floridians have new addresses-
- without moving.
The U.S. Postal Service Wednesday (July 1st)
issued new five-digit ZIP codes to residents and
businesses because of a projected population boom.
About 300,000 of the addresses are in the Miami
area, 700,000 in Tampa. Samples: Palmetto, 33561
to 34221; New Port Richey, 33552 to 34652.
Daily mail volume will double in nine years and
jump another 50 percent in the five years after
that, state postal officials say.
"These massive service changes are unprecident-
ed," says Woodrow Conner, Florida division general
"No other state is experiencing similar growing
pains," he adds.
ZIP codes are added twice yearly, usually to
accomnmdate new post offices. In use now: 43,000.
Wednesday's shift was the biggest since 1974,
when the Postal Service handed out 1 million new
ZIP codes in Houston.


What a great Reunion we had this year! The
Panama Canal Society of Florida really took over
Tampa, we had members registered in six of Tampa's
nicest hotels. The Hyatt Regency Tanpa Downtown
was the headquarters for our 1987 Reunion and we
had a full house during our stay there.
So far, the 1987 Reunion has been the largest
reunion yet, and from remarks we have received,
it seems it was the best.
Our registration crew, all volunteers, were on
the job starting Wednesday night, July 1st, and
they worked diligently through Saturday, July 4th.
We had over 2800 members pre-registered, but there
were many who did not register until they came to
the reunion. This kept the registration committee
very busy. There were over 3363 registered in
attendance, and an estimated 200 who did not re-
gister. Many thanks to Chairpersons, Dorothy Pate
and John Lhitman and their great team of volun-
teers. Over 94 members volunteered to help with
the registration this year. We thank you all for
a job well done.
Pat Beall and his volunteers were kept very
busy in the Hospitality Suite, and, as usual, Pat
did a great job.
We acquired a large number of new members
during the reunion. This kept Shirley Boswell and
Marge Foster busy at their table. Even the Regis-

tration Committee handled processing some of the
membership applications. We keep growing. It
seems that the High School Class Reunions have
stimulated our membership.

Virginia Keenan and Harriet (Keenan)

On July 2nd, all the hotels were busy checking
our people in. The Hyatt was buzzing with folks
greeting each other with hugs and kisses. It was
a moving experience seeing old friends meet again.
We had the Regency Ballroom set-up with comfort-
able furniture for visiting, and three bars. The
furniture was moved in from the Atrium area and
eliminated much of the congestion in that area.
Once the folks started using the ballroom for
their socializing, they enjoyed it. Many compli-
mentary remarks were heard concerning this. Pat
Beall made a trip back to Clearwater to get his
Lucho tapes which were played in the visiting area
and the music was enjoyed by all. Next year, we
will again use this area for a visiting lounge.
\ iw "rA

The big prize of the day was won by Joseph
Hickey of Clearwater. Joe won a trip for two to
Panama, including accommodations at a hotel and
meals. He and Millie will be planning their trip
in the near future. The Annual Election of
Officers was also held.
On Friday evening, the Panazonian Dance was
held and, needless to say, it was a huge success.
Tito and (barlie furnished the music which was en-
joyed by all. An added highlight to the evening
was a fashion show featuring fashions designed by
Andy Lim, who also directed the show. Models for
the show were Cristobal High School Alumni and
other Society members.
This year we had a large number of high school
class reunions held in conjunction with the PCSOFL
reunion. I am sure that there will be more class
reunions held in the future during our Annual Re-
There were twelve (12) vendors set up in the
Garrison Room and they were kept very busy selling
their merchandise. Everyone seemed pleased with
their purchases.
1.: -.1, I r~ SI I

Bertha Hayes, Evelyn Hayes and friend.

The golf tournament was held at Seminole
Country Club. Chairpersons for this event were
Jane and Fred Huldtquist, and, as usual, they did
an exemplary job. Jane reported that everything
ran smoothly. Our thanks to Jane and Fred for
undertaking the tournament again this year.
On July 3rd, we had a large attendance at the
Annual Meeting. Over 36 door prizes were given
away. These were donated by hotels, Dalton Travel
Agency, Instituto Panameno de Turismo, local
banks, Exploration Cruise Lines, some Tampa
restaurants, and from members who had booths at
the reunion.

A group of vendors selling
throughout the reunion.

tnezr wares

Saturday, the Fourth of July, was a big day.
Everyone was busy visiting with friends, and
catching up with news of those who were unable to
attend the reunion. At noon over 775 members and
guests met for the Annual Luncheon, which was
beautifully arranged by Betty Malone. The tables
were decorated in red white and blue, and each
table had a centerpiece displaying the American
flag. The meal was attractively served and very
enjoyable. As an added treat, we asked Antonia
Simms to recite one of the poems she had written,

Lou Taber, Tony Mann and Bill Bingham

Bob and Victoria Welborn.

"Miss Liberty". Antonia became an American citi-
zen one year ago and her poem was inspired by her
deep feelings of being an American. Her recita-
tion stirred up deep emotion in all who heard it
and received a standing ovation.
Our Guest Speaker was Richard Wanio who pre-
sented one of the best programs we have had, and
it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Richard
was assisted by Cleveland Soper who operated the

Susan (Allen) Magee. and

The Reunion did not go by without a few un-
pleasant incidents, some minor and some major, but
all uncalled for. We are investigating some and
appropriate action will be taken as soon as all
the facts are determined. We cannot, and will
not, let incidents like these occur again. Again,
this year, we had reported problems with some of
the younger people. A number of them were ob-
served drinking, and it was brought to our atten-
tion by the management of the hotel that the
drinking age in Florida is twenty-one. We are
asking parents to control their children, or, in
the future, we will take action to be sure that
they do not return. We can not afford to let
these people mar the name and reputation of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
We have been asked by some members to consider
having our Annual Reunion earlier in the year when
the weather is cooler and more enjoyable. We will
be looking seriously into this.

Peggy (Magee)

As all good times must come to an end, so did
the 1987 Reunion with the Annual Ball which was
held at the Curtis Hixon Center. Again, Tito and
Charlie provided music for our dancing pleasure.
There were approximately 2800 people in atten-
dance. The climax of the evening was the per-
formance of Air Panama's folklorico dancers, who
presented Panamanian dances. They were beauti-
fully costumed in the native polleras and mon-
tunas. Unfortunately, this spectacle was marred
by many inconsiderate people who swarmed onto the
dance floor to get closer to the dancers, and pre-
vented others from seeing them.

Frank Lee, Jean D. Burns, Wally Mathews,
Helen Matthews, Ed Matin, Bob Donaldson,
Elain Donaldson, Gloria Maline, Doris
Burns, Debbie Lee

Yane Levis, Bobby Williford, "Pos" and
Dick Parker.

In closing, I would like to thank all the
Chairpersons and their hardy volunteers for all
their help. You folks did a terrific job! Our

Mnriel TWitman
1987 Reunion Coordinator


4 rri '-




Another group gathering, standing, L-R:
??, "Lanky" Flores, Bruce Sanders, Ed
Parker, Jim O'Donnell, Lee Kariger, ??,
Bill Clinchard. Seated: Dorothy Sanders,
and Mary Jane (White) Paulson.

..... .....

Bobby Salter, Lynne Salter and

Jack Smith and John McDowell

Weise Favorite, Todd Morgan, Suzanne
Steele and Betty LeDoux Frassrand.


Helen F. Daniel Miller, Orange, Calif.;
and Beverly Phillips Gross, Dayton, Ohio .
former Diablo neighbors at the BHS'62 Bill Wood, Sid Hayes, John
party. McDowell and Gardner Hayes.

Hayes, John

< e 0titza ton

Due to the excessive cost in setting and print-
ing an additional 13 pages in the Canal Record
with the names of all 3,363 Registrants, the total
from each State will be printed only. We regret
this inconvenience.

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia


Puerto Rico
West Germany
Saudi Arabia
Republic of Panama

Registered No State


Muriel Oglesbee, Jean Jirk, Paula Holm-
elin, Edna Ogletree, Carol Lee (Kirk)
Knode, Dorothy Yocum.

Edie Cotton, Mildred Hickey

Dorothy Pate, Co-Chairperson of the Reg-
istration Committee.


Coffee and doughnuts were served at 8:30 AM and
100 golfers were underway at 9:00 AM. Unfortunate-
ly, a few "no shows" occurred due to car problems
and illness and they were missed by all.
As usual this time of the year, the weather was
"torrid," but that doesn't deter dedicated golfers
from the Canal Zone, or from anywhere. In fact, a
small shower would have been a welcome relief.
S- Snacks, tees, and colognes were given each
player as favors, which were eaten, lost, and used
respectively as play progressed. Bag handlers com-
mented that we were the "sweetest smelling" bunch
of golfers they ever met.
Dottie Sanders, Aura Erikson Our deepest thanks go to Jim Will from Califor-
nia for once again donating the beautiful gold
putters to the Chanpions of the Field. His father
came over to check the "swing" of golfers and we
had hoped Ray could have stayed and presented the
putters to the winners, but unfortunately he had
to return to Tanpa to visit with his other child-
ren, Bill, Robert, Lauray and Darnelle. Jim is
still on his honeymoon, and Gary is in the process
;" of moving. We missed the Will family this year and
P look for their return in 1988. Jim also donated 4
dozen Titleist Golf Balls as well as two beautiful
golf bag covers which were all given as door pri-

Gerald and Paula Martin

00of ZouLamnzn

The Eighth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament held at Seminole Lake Country Club on
July 2, 1987 "teed off" the opening events of the
1987 Panama Canal Society Reunion held at Tanpa,
"Interested Spectators" Ray Will, Anna
Collins, Harry Egolf.
Another donation received last year, too late
for that tournament, was another dozen golf balls
and six thermal bags from Lou Andino, but given as
door prizes this year. Thank you so much Lou.
Because of problems last year in figuring hand-
icaps to arrive at a net score, the committee
opted to try a gross medal play tournament, then
f lighting everyone in age groups. Because of the
few entries in the 45-55 year age group, and the
71 years and up, we had to combine these groups
with the nearest age group in order to balance the
size of the flights. Prizes were awarded based on
the pro-rated amount received in each flight, and
all ties were honored. Tied winners were deter-
mined by the matching of score cards on the first
"The Handsome Husums" George and John handicap hole, etc. Identical prizes were given in
Husum. each flight as closely as possible.

There were sufficient unclaimed prizes from
last year, along with donated prizes, that all
players present for the award presentations re-
ceived a prize. Hopefully, we can continue with
this format next year and all prize donations will
be greatfully accepted.


"The Golfing Committee," L-R Joe Collins
Anna Collins, Ed Neville, Dottie Neville
Fred Huldtquist, Jane Huldtquist, Doris
Post, Betty Boyer, Bob Boyer. Missing:
Foy and Kerner Frauenheim.

Your golfing committee continues to work very
hard each year to make this event a successful and
"fun time" for everyone. Thanks go out to Jane and
Fred Huldtquist (Co-Chairpersons), Doris Post, Ed
and Dotty Neville, Anna and Joe Collins, Betty and
Bob Boyer, and Kerner and Foy Frauenheim.
Because of the patriotic season, the dining
room was bedecked with red, white and blue flags,
balloons, streamers and firecrackers, along with
a welcoming banner to the Zonian players. A deli-
cious "Hawaiian Chicken" luncheon was served and
seemed to be enjoyed by all.
Who were the winners you say? Here they are..
.Low Gross Champion Men Arthur Egger, shooting
a beautiful 73. Low Gross Champion Women Jane
Huldtquist, shooting a 92. Both received the
coveted Gold Putters.

"THE CHAMPIONS" Arthur Egger and Jane

In the Special Awards category: Closest to the
Pin on #3 Ken Atkinson; #7 Bill LeBrun; #10 -
Bill Neal, and #16 Margaret Leigh. Each of them
received a "sleeve" of golf balls.
Winners in the Ladies Flight: Doris Post 93,
Margaret Leigh, Kathie Sears, Ruth Tortorici, and
Margaret Windle. Flight "A" Bill Walker 79,
John Husun, George Husum, Charles McGlade Jr., and
Tan Wilder. Flight "B" Tim Corrigan 79, Rick
Brady, Marc Stock, Dale Stevens, Ken Gaul, Mac
Lane, Gary Myers, Tracy Howard, Fred Wainio, Al
White, Frank Alberga Jr., and Jim Farnsworth.
Flight "C" Louis Dedeaux 85, Bill Dunning, Jim
Scheibeler, Ron Angenmuller, Bob Boyer, Noel Gib-
son, and Eddie Goodrich. Flight "D" Richard Wal-
ker 80, Tan Mcguinness, Mel Smith, Fred Huldt-
quist, Lindley Hall, Bud Huldtquist and Ed Mulroy.
Flight "E" Bill LeBrun 84, Eddie Curtis, Ed
Sullivan, Bud Risberg, Carl Starke, Jack Canpbell
and Russ Hoogland.

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"Flight Winners" Bill LeBrun, Louis
Dedeaux, Dick Walker, Bill Walker, Doris
Post, and Tim Corrigan.
Seems to have been a better "format" this year
as far as the scoring is concerned. The committee
was ready to start awarding the prizes before the
luncheon was completed.
Please remember to sign up early next year so
as to guarantee yourself a "spot" in the tourna-
ment. The committee has to adhere closely to the
cut-off date to make all the tournament arrange-
ments. Positively no entrants will be taken after
that date, much as we would like to accommodate
Looking forward to next year and any suggest-
ions you may have to enhance the tournament would
be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your coop-
eration this year and for your participation in
the Chagres Invitational.
We would like to dedicate this year's tourna-
ment to our "absent golfer," John Milton Sanders.
He will be missed by all of his golfing buddies
and friends.
The Cnomittee
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament

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"Sarasota Slicers" Carl "Mango Belly"
Starke and "Emo" Everson.

"Another Bajun Generation" L-R: Roy
Leeser, Jr., Roy "Bocas" Leeser.

"Who lost the bet?" El Presidente Bill
Wheeler and "Panama Jack" Campbell.

"Look out

for this threesome" Fred
Bud Huldtquist, Pete Torto-

"Golfing Buddies" Margaret Leigh, Bud

"The Ridge Trophy" which is to be re-
tired this year.

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A view of some of the 77 tables with
over 775 members and guests attending
the Annual Luncheon.

Andy Lim, after conducting his Fashion
Show at the Panazonian Dance.

Pauline Holmelin, Muriel (Holmelin)
Whitman, Carol Lee (Kirk) Knode, and
Jean (Holmelin) Kirk, at the Panazonian
Dance, held at the Hyatt Regency, Tampa.

Former Canal Zone neighbors at the Re-
union Luncheon: Olga Holmes, Aiken, S.C.
and Merlena Searle, Westminster, Colo-



President Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler, makes
his farewell address at the Society's
Annual Luncheon.



By Richard A. Wainio
JULY 4, 1987

"On the evening of September 30, 1979, the
United States Flag was lowered for the last time
from its position of honor in front of the Panama
Canal Administration Building. A simple ceremony
marked the dissolution of the Canal Zone and the
creation of the new Panama Canal Comnission.
Governor H.R. Parfitt commented on that occasion,
'Tomorrow, the Canal Zone will have passed into
history. There are no tomorrows for the Canal
Zone only yesterdays." He paused a moment for
nostalgic remembrance, "Look around you," he said
to the large crowd gathered at the foot of the Ad-
ministration Building, "What you see is a beauti-
ful sight, artfully designed, laboriously de-
veloped and well maintained." More than just a
beautiful terrain, however, the Canal Zone was
also a community blessed with many advantages.
We enjoyed a quality of life under a sound organi-
zational structure that others must have envied.
Those yesterdays will surely light your memories
and mine for a lifetime.
On a brighter note, while the Canal Zone has
no tomorrows, the Panama Canal does. The treaty
created a new arrangement between the United
States and Panama, and formally established that
our two countries would be joint trustees of the
Panama Canal for the duration of this century.
Major changes were made to the organization and
to the lives of those involved in the Panama
Canal; but the Treaty did not change the basic
mission of the waterway to transit ships of all
nations efficiently and safely between the
world's two greatest oceans. October 1, 1979,
brought an end to the Canal Zone but it marked the
beginning of a new and exciting chapter in the
saga of the path between the seas.
The transition from the old Panama Canal
Cocpany/Canal Zone Government to the new Panama
Canal Commission has not been easy. There have
been numerous problems to resolve and the em-
ployees had to become familiar and comfortable
with the new arrangements. The Panama Canal has,
in effect, gone through a shakedown cruise. It
has navigated the shoals for eight years and has
proven to be a stout ship, well prepared for the
waters that lie ahead.
What does lie ahead? Will the Canal continue
to operate efficiently? Have Panamanians mastered
the necessary skills to operate and maintain it?
Will the Canal remain useful in a world that's

constantly changing; where international trade
patterns are shifting and new technology is re-
volutionizing the transportation industry?
There are no clear answers to these questions.
Predicting the future which, at best, is seen only
in dim outline is difficult and, certainly, my
crystal ball may be no better than yours. I can,
however, bring you up-to-date on what we have been
doing to keep the Canal modern and efficient and
to prepare Panamanians to operate the facility
successfully when full responsibility for the en-
terprise passes to their hands in the year 2000.
A major aspect of the Panama Canal Treaty was
the recognition by the United States and Panama
that Panamanians would participate increasingly
in all facets of the Canal operation.
The Comnission's personnel policies do indeed
reflect the treaty requirement that the Panamanian
component of our work force be expanded and par-
ticipate to a greater degree throughout the or-
ganization. Preference is given to the hiring of
Panamanians and this has resulted in a steady in-
crease in the proportion of Panamanians hired
since treaty effective date. Today, more than 82
percent of our 7,500 employees are Panamanian.
More importantly, Panamanian participation has
increased significantly in the higher skilled
areas vital to the Canal operation. They now fill
more than 36 percent of our key administrative and
managerial positions at or above the NM-12 grade
level. Significant progress has also been made
in the area of Canal pilots. We now have 40
Panamanian pilots and others in the training pipe-
line. Additionally, approximately 60 young
Panamanians are presently enrolled at various U.S.
Maritime Academies.
In the long run, the level of training provided
to Panamanian employees will largely determine the
waterway's ability to provide quality transit ser-
vice. In fact, we consider training to be the
second mission of the Panama Canal, second only
to the basic task of transiting ships through the
waterway. We spend over $5 million each year on
training programs designed to ensure that suffi-
cient numbers of skilled employees will be avail-
able to meet future operational requirements.
The actions to increase Panamanian participa-
tion are accomplished in a manner consistent with
the United States Civil Service Merit System. The
Merit System provides for job security and the re-
tention of important employee benefits which are
critical to maintaining a skilled and motivated
binational work force, and for attracting capable
Panamanians who will be responsible for managing
and operating the Canal in the years ahead. Our
personnel policies and training programs should
allow the Comnission to achieve its goal of a vir-
tually 100 percent, quality Panamanian work force
by the year 2000, while insuring fair and equit-
able treatment to all employees during the dura-

tion of the treaty.
Although we consider people experienced,
well trained people to be the Canal's most im-
portant resource, we have not neglected the physi-
cal elements of the waterway. Large sums of money
- approximately $600 million have been spent by
the Conmission since treaty implementation di-
rectly on maintaining and modernizing the Canal.
Maintenance has always been a way of life at
the Panama Canal and the operating condition of
the waterway is a clear testimonial to that fact.
Extensive maintenance programs are given top
priority. Annual major overhauls are still per-
formed at the locks on the 700-ton miter gate
leaves and complex system of culverts and valves,
but innovative techniques, new and better
materials, and engineering improvements are being
utilized, towing locomotives are now overhauled
and reconditioned in a uniquely designed repair
facility and 50,000 feet of locomotive tow track
have been repaired or replaced using a new pro-
cedure which allows the work to be performed with-
out interfering with the movement of transiting
Good maintenance is a cornerstone in the
efficient day-to-day operation of the Panama
Canal; but, the waterway is much more than a well
maintained engineering marvel. The Canal today
is not the same facility that opened to interna-
tional shipping 73 years ago. It is modern. It
has kept pace with the ever-changing demands of
world trade. And it continues to be our policy
to undertake all improvements necessary to meet
traffic demand with a high quality of service.
Specific projects accomplished in recent years
to enhance Canal capacity and efficiency include
the installation of high mast, high intensity
lighting at all locks, which effectively extends
the number of hours during which the largest
vessels which are restricted to daylight tran-
sit can be moved through the Canal. Addition-
ally, the locks towing locomotive and tugboat
fleets have been expanded and modernized. Fifteen
new locomotives, at a cost of $1 million each,
have been purchased and new multimillion dollar
tugboats are being acquired at the rate of almost
one a year. Segments of the Canal have been
widened and straightened and the channel has been
deepened by three feet, virtually assuring that
the maximum allowable draft of 39'6" will be sus-
tained year around, even during unusually dry
years. A vessel tie-up or mooring station has
been constructed just north of Pedro Miguel Locks,
allowing vessels to partially move through the
Canal, before having to stop for large ships
moving southbound through the narrow Gaillard Cut.
Maintenance of floating equipment and miter gates
has been made easier by the installation of a
synchro-life elevator type dry dock at Mt. Hope.
This system has a net lifting capacity of 1,600

tons and a working area long enough to accommodate
4 of the 82 foot high miter gate leaves.
And, a new computerized marine traffic control
system has been installed which greatly facili-
tates the scheduling and monitoring of transiting
vessels and the commission's emergency response
capability. Other computer networks containing
harbor data, and financial and billing information
are being interfaced with this new MIC System
which became operational just last year.

Richard Allen Wainio

Richard A. Wainio has
been the Chief of the
Panama Conmission's Eco-
nomic Research and Devel-
opment Division since
1982. He is responsible
for developing and imple-
menting the agency's eco-
nomic and marketing pro-
grams and serves as the
chief advisor to the
Board of Directors, the
Administrator, and top
management officials on
all economic and marketing matters. Mr. Wainio's
work includes the forecasting of ship traffic and
trade patterns, the preparation of a wide variety
of economic studies, and the development of the
Panama Canal's marketing strategies. He is the
agency's point of contact with Canal customers
worldwide and travels extensively, meeting top
executives of steanship lines and other organiza-
tions throughout the Far East, Europe, and North
Mr. Wainio has extensive and unique expertise
on world trade, the maritime industry, and trans-
portation systems in general, and has been a guest
speaker at numerous trade and transportation con-
ferences. Previously, he was the Panama Canal's
Senior Economist, taught Sociology and Economics
for Florida State University and Canal Zone Col-
lege, and worked as a Management Analyst with the
Panama Canal in the area of long-range planning.
A 1972 graduate of Davidson College in North
Carolina, Mr. Wainio received a Master of Arts
Degree in International Business from the American
Graduate School of International Management in
1973. Subsequently, he did two years of post grad-
uate work in Sociology and Latin American demo-
graphic studies at the University of Florida and
completed requirements for a Master of Arts Degree
in economics from the University of Oklahoma.

These and other improvements made to the Canal,
combined with increased attention to maintenance
programs, have kept the Canal modern and effi-

cient. The best evidence that this is so comes
from our traffic record the fact that use of the
Panama Canal by world shipping is continuing to
Canal traffic has been rising for the last
three years and this year it will be near the re-
cord level reached in 1982. Over 12,000 ships,
whose average size will be the largest in the
history of the waterway, will carry more than 140
million tons of cargo through the Panama Canal.
Ship size has been and will continue to be the
most dynamic aspect of Canal traffic. Transits
by Panamax vessels ships with beams of 100 feet
or more, the largest the Canal can accommodate -
has soared in recent years. Vessels of that size
have risen from 115 or less than 1 percent of
total transits in 1965 to over 2,600, more than
one-fifth of all transits today. large ships re-
quire more tugboats, locomotives and other re-
sources than the smaller vessels of the past and
more skill and care is needed to handle these
giants in the narrow confines of the Canal.
Most of you have probably read articles or seen
news releases suggesting that the Panama Canal
will soon become obsolete because more and more
ships are being built that are too large to pass
through this aging waterway. These stories are
based primarily on events that occurred in the
late 1960's and 1970's which resulted in the con-
struction of massive tankers to haul crude oil
from the Mid-East to Europe, Japan and the United
States. Those developments caused people to junp
to the conclusion that in the future most ships
would be too large for the Panama Canal. This has
not happened, nor will it.
World trade has in fact been shifting toward
greater shipments of processed and manufactured
goods which involve less cargo tonnage than the
bulk commodities that previously dominated ocean
shipping. At the Canal, this trend has resulted
in large containerships and automobile carriers
becoming increasingly common sights. For the
world oceangoing fleet, it has caused a boom in
the number of vessels that fall within Canal size
limitations. Panamax vessels have been built at
a record pace in recent years, while the number
of ships too large for the Canal has fallen.
Nearly 94% of the World's oceangoing fleet is able
to transit the Canal, up from about 907 a few
a few years ago. Furthermore, of the hundreds of
commodities transported in ships, only three -
crude oil, iron ore and coal moved in vessels
too large to transit the Panama Canal.
Therefore, continued heavy use of the Canal is
anticipated, with more and more transits being by
Panamax vessels. These large vessels are re-
stricted, for safety reasons, to one-way passage
during daylight hours in the narrow, eight mile
gaillard cut. As use of the Canal by these
vessels rises, it may be necessary to widen the


cut to allow unrestricted two-way passage for all
A study to determine the feasibility of
widening the cut is now nearly complete. With
assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and outside consultants, we have developed an op-
timum channel design and appropriate excavation
methodologies and their estimated costs. We are
now analyzing the economic desirability of the
project and reviewing various options for funding
it. The estimated cost is about $500 million and
it would require the excavation of at least 36
million cubic yards of earth, including the com-
plete removal of Gold Hill which at 585 feet is
the highest point along the banks of the Canal.
How much dirt is 36 million cubic yards? Well,
to place it in perspective, it is more than all
the usable excavation by the French in a total of
seventeen years of trying to dig a Panama Canal;
it is almost 40 percent of the volume removed by
the Americans during their seven year battle in
the Gaillard Cut from 1907 to 1913, and it is more
than 1/3 of all the dirt and sand dug during the
construction of the 105 mile long Suez Canal. It
is a big project and, I suspect, that just as
during the French and American construction, we
will find the more digging that goes on, the more
digging there will be to do.
In fact, we were reminded once again last year
that, even today, the Canal is not immune to the
forces of nature. On October 13th, the East
Cucaracha slide, located immediately South of Gold
Hill reactivated, spilling 600,000 cubic yards of
mud and rock into the Canal. It reduced the navi-
gable channel in that area of the cut from 500 to
130 feet with some of the fingers of mud reaching
clear across to the West bank. The Comnission's
response to this emergency was immediate and
effective. The slide was stabilized; vessels con-
tinued to transit on a one-way basis in that area,
and the Cut was essentially restored within 72
days. The Comnission's response showed that our
workforce still has the skills and the desire to
handle virtually any crisis. I might add, though,
that we did get a little help from our friends,
by bringing Bob Stewart and Tony Mann out of re-
tirement to provide important advice to our geo-
logists and soils engineers.
One other issue that has frequently been raised
when discussing the future of the Panama Canal,
is the question of water. Recently, this question
has centered on whether the operation of the Canal
will be adversely effected by land use changes in
the watershed, to the point where sufficient water
will not be available for future Canal require-
We believe this concern is unfounded. In re-
cent years, a number of projects have been
accaoplished which have increased the availability
of lockage water and the efficiency of our water

resource allocation. These projects include
state-of-the-art reservoir management and water
monitoring systems, and the deepening of the
Canal channel.
The availability of additional water and the
improved management of this important resource,
combined with expected traffic demand, clearly in-
dicate that there will be no lack of lockage water
in tl-o v7r-c nhart .

Richard A. Wainio, Guest Speaker of the
1987 Annual Luncheon of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Seated is Jeanne
Wheeler, wife of out-going president.

There has also been a growing awareness in
Panama of the potential impact of Canal watershed
deforestation. The deforestation has not had a
significant impact on Canal operations, nor do we
expect it will; nevertheless, all of us agree that
the watershed is most vital and requires con-
tinuous attention for protection. Recent evidence
clearly indicates that the programs to protect the
watershed are working and the rate of deforesta-
tion has declined considerably.
Operating, Maintaining and improving the Canal
requires total funding of over $400 million each
year. By law, we must recover all costs and we
operate with that as a principal guideline. It
has been a long standing and accepted practice to
operate the Canal on a self-sustaining basis.
Furthermore, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. public
in general were assured the Panama Canal Treaty
would not entail additional costs to taxpayers and
that for the life of the Treaty, the Canal would
continue to be operated without subsidy. Our
financial records show that we have successfully
accomplished those mandates. Over the seven full
fiscal years since the Treaty, both our revenues
and our expenses have totaled $2.8 billion.
As in the past, the Canal organization has met
its requirement to break-even financially, while
keeping the cost of using the Canal at the lowest

possible level. Toll rates have not been raised
in over four years and we presently have no plans
to do so, at least through fiscal year 1988.
One important reason why we work so hard to
keep Canal efficiency high and toll rates low is
that we are keenly aware of the competitive nature
of the transportation industry. The Canal does
not have a monopoly on East-West trade. Tech-
nological advances and the spread of technology
worldwide have resulted in numerous alternatives
to the Panama Canal. These include highly effi-
cient, double stack trains criss-crossing the
nation, carrying containers to and from the U.S.
West coast; large ships bypassing the Canal on
some trade routes and a variety of trade relation-
ships which could change if Canal service de-
teriorates or tolls are raised excessively.
Maintaining a competitive edge in our dynamic
world requires creativity, innovation and a
willingness to make and accept changes. I am re-
minded of an anecdote which illustrates that
change does not always come easily.
In 1813, the British Government, worried that
Napolean was preparing to invade England, es-
tablished the office of invasion alert. It con-
sisted of an individual sitting on the white
cliffs of Dover, staring through a telescope
across the English Channel. If he spotted the
sails of the French invasion fleet, he was to
light a series of torches which would alert London
to action. In 1815, Napolean was defeated at
Waterloo and soon after he was exiled to the is-
land of St. Helena; in 1821; he died; and in 1940,
nearly 120 years later, her Majesty's Government
finally abolished the office of invasion alert.
The Panama Canal, like any large organization,
has a certain built-in resistance to change; but
I hope today, I have convinced you that we are not
standing still.
Eight years have passed since Governor Parfitt
spoke on the occasion of the last day of the Canal
Zone and the implementation of the new Treaty
arrangements. For those who have worked for the
Panama Canal during these years, the difficult job
of implementing the Treaty and simultaneously
providing world shipping with quality transit ser-
vice has been challenging and demanding. The work
has required the same commitment to excellence in
the operation of the Canal that you and others
displayed throughout its history and it has also
required a willingness to adapt to new and
changing conditions. Our employees still take
pride in the work they are doing for the world
that was always a well known hallmark of the
Panama Canal. With such people working on the
waterway, I am confident, that when the final
chapter is written on the American adventure in
Panama; when all the tomorrows become yesterdays,
that we will look back with pride at a job well

cAnnmual SaLT

Jean and Bob Wainio, parents of Guest
Speaker Richard Wainio, applauding his

John Eberenz with Lynn (Degenaar) and
Earl Boland of Meridian, Mississippi.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (Kathleen) Priest
of Margate, Florida at the Luncheon.

A gathering of friends, L-R: ??, Jody
Roberson, John Hayes, ??, Johnny Hatgi.

a ,i a

Bill Wheeler, outgoing president, pre-
senting new block and gavel to Muriel
Whitman, in-coming president, donated by
Bob Hurdle, Dothan, Alabama. L-R: Cleve
Soper, assisting Richard Wainio in pre-
sentation, Jeanne Wheeler, Muriel Whit-
ma, Bill Wheeler, and Richard Wainio.

Astrea Brooks, Bob Stewart, Jan Marie
Mijdoub, Jay Stewart, Ramon Mijdoub,
Argentina Mijdoub and Sherman Brooks.

Those who participated in Sports under Coach Luke Palumbo, (kneeling center) gather
for a group photo at the ball.

The Annual Area Reporters Luncheon was attended
by 17 Area Reporters and guests. A light lunch
was served, after which, Editor Pat Beall spoke of
common problem areas in discussion with those pre-
sent. A lively and informative discussion follow-
The object of these Annual Luncheons is to
thank those Area Reporters who have supported the
Canal Record and to air problem areas in the hopes
they may benefit other reporters. Communications
between all our reporters makes for a better and
more responsive team.

Thos who attended were: Mary Lou Lang, Panama;
Ralph McClain, Jacksonville, Fla.; Betty LeDoux
Frassrand, Assistant to the Editor; Jo Knovrer,
New Jersey; Kathryn Molinaro, California; Leona
Snedeker, Fla. Mid-East Coast; Catherine W. Filo,
Dothan, Alabama; Jean Dombrowsky, North Carolina;
Peggy Hutchison, South Carolina; Donna (Dickson)
Dondanville, formerly of Colorado, now asst. to
Fla. Mid-East Coast); Stella Boggs De Marr, Vir-
ginia; Sara Rowley, Clearwater, Fla.; Gladys Hm-
phrey, Sarasota, Fla.; Grace Williams, St. Peters-
burg, Fla. and Muriel Whitman, President.

Class and Group Reunions

Members of BHS Class of '52.

Only known is Paula (Gooden) Maphis, far right.


What a Happy occasion everyone brought their
best smile and a camera. Many had not seen each
other in 40 years; new friends were made, old
friendships renewed and old grudges forgotten!
Vern Calloway, our master of ceremonies started
things off by thanking those who had donated door
prizes: Bess Baunbach, Nina (Brown) Kosik (from
BHS '55), Gil Smith (from CHS), Lorraine (Terry)
Gilmore, and Bill and Jeannine Carlin. A BHS grad
who prefers to remain anonymous donated small Pan-
amanian ceramic pots, in red and white with "1947
- 1987" for each person to take home for a tooth-
pick holder. Ellen (McClain) Hersey made address
books for everyone, even adding some of our dear
friends from other years.

Head Table L-R: Herb and Ellen McClain
Hersey, Lois and Vern Calloway, Jim
O'Donnell, Peggy Sylvestre Simpson, Mrs.
Margaret Simpson.
Vern then thanked the caonittee and presented
Aloha Baumbach with a beautiful corsage. The at-
tendees gave her a standing ovation, which she'll
never forget.
The MC then introduced our oldest graduate,
Eleanor (Laterman) Becker who graduated in 1929;
the same year Vern was born!
After dinner, Jim O'Donnell gave a short talk
on the changes to the Panama Canal area.
Each attendee was given the opportunity to get
up and let us know what had been going on in their
lives since 1947. Carl and Dorothy Rossetti needed
a little extra time since they have 10 children
anrl 1i Iorrn 1h-Irton

Aloha Holcomb Bawnbach, Charles LeBrun,
Lou LeBrun.

The Class of Balboa High extends their deepest
sympathy to Bill Sullivan and his family; Bill's
mother passed away a few days before the reunion.
Those on the sick list are: Pete Schill (Gerry
Lyons), Carrie (Frensley) Waggoner's hubby, Phil,
Vallie (Lavinghouze) Wolfe, Mavis (Beall) Fortner
who is making a tremendous recovery if she'd
stop running into doors. Those who could not at-
tend because of parents who were very ill were
John Mallia and Betty (Evans) Thamnas.

Barbara LeBrun Kiley and Ed Baumbach

Quite a few people stopped by to say "hello"
and what a welcome sight they were; Peggy (Magee)
Keller, "Bucky" Millett, Emelina (Schirdt) Dover,
BEma Brown, Nina Kosik, Laura Kosik, Leo Krziza,
Jack and Joan Corliss, and Ann (Edwards) Hale.
Bill Evans, Carl Rossetti and Al Johnson are
already planning our next reunion!

Pat (Thompson) Bujalski, Clarice (Det-
tor) Brainard, Shirley (Welt ) Dudzinski

Those attending our reunion were:
Capt. Bill and Marty Evans
Ed and Aloha Baumbach
Lois (Hollowell) Jones
Bee Jay (Becker) Law
Paul and Pat (Thompson) Bujalski
Herb and Ellen (McClain) Hersey
Bob and Niza (Grieg) Boynton
Henry Joe Leisy
Joe and Virginia Kunkel
Roger and Ruth Catherine (Taylor) Walker

Louis and Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux (CHS)
Lorraine (Terry) Gilmore
Bill and Janice Heddeaus
Jim O'Donnell
Willard and Phyllis Reynolds
Ron Angermuller
Anita (Catzanaro) Oberholtzer

Standing L-R: Niza Boynton Greig, Joe
Kunkel, Bill Heddaeus, Bill Evans, Jo-
anne Flynn Farley, Ellen McClain Hersey,
Jim O'Donnell, Anita Catzanaro Oberholt-
zer. Seated: Ron Angermuller, Clarice
Dettor Brainard, Shirley Weltz Dudzinsky
Lois Hollowell Jones, Aloha Holcomb
Baumbach, Ed Baumbach.

Norm and Theresa (Grimm) Stienacher
Carl and Dorothy Rossetti
Gretchen (Diez) Evans
Allen Erbe
Charles and Lou LeBrun ('45)
Gilbert Smith (CHS)
Margaret Sylvestre (Sr)
Forrest and Dorothy (Sausel) Peterson
Barbara (LeBrun) Kiley
Maj. James Orvis
Vern and Lois Calloway
Joe and Penny (Baumbach) Messina '63

Standing L-R: Barbara LeBrun Kiley, Vern
Calloway, Bob McCarrick, Henry J. Leisy,
Elaine High Gabosch, Carl Rossetti, Al-
lan Erbe, Louis Dedeaux, George Hatchett
Gil Smith, At Johnson. Seated L-R: Ed
Baumbach, Dorothy Sausel Peterson, Pat
Thompson Bujalski. Front: Gret Diaz
Evans, Lorraine Terry Gilmore.
Vince and Shirley (Weltz) Dudzinsky
Eleanor (Laterman) Becker '29
George and Ruth Hatchett
Jeff and Ruth Hennessey
Dr. Peggy (Sylvestre) Simpson
Elaine (High) Gabosch

Joanne Flynn Farley, Shirley Weltz Dud-
zinski, Theresa (Grimm) and Norm Stien-

Joe Smith
David and Clarice (Dettor) Brainard
Al (Sid) and Ann (Morrill) Johnson ('52)
Bill and Jeannine Carlin ('50 and '49)
Bill and Jean Muller ('46)
Aloha Baumbach
Winter Haven, FL


The CHS Class of 1947 held it's 40th Anniver-
sary Reunion at the Tanpa Hilton on July 3rd in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society's annual
The group of 39 who attended started the even-
ing with a cash bar reception and at 6:00 PM they
all sat down to a Panamnian menu dinner. (Arroz
con Pollo, baked Plantain, Fried Yucca and Flan).
Pete Foster, Class President started off with
an invocation and then proceeded to introduce the
social guests, Adamary Anderson Bright, Luke Pal-
unbo and his wife, Betty.
Those who were in the Class Hall of Fame were

Gloria Bornefeld Wilson
Patsy Benny Chappelle
Harriet Keenan Serger
Louie Hooper

Best Dancer
Best All Around
Most Athletic

Much to the delight of everyone, Pete reviewed
the Class Prophecy and Will.

Jeanne Boles Thomas, Gloria Bornefeld
Wilson, Marge Harrington Foster, Joe
Smith, Zeke Campbell Treadwell, Patricia
Benny Chappelle, Betty Watts Kelleher,
Harriet Keenan Serger, "Lanky" Flores,
Helene Diaz Brunner, Adamary Anderson
Bright, Louie Hooper, Andree Whitlock
Collins, Jack Taylor, and Pete Foster.

A momento was awarded to Philip Sanders CHS '48
for traveling the farthest to attend; Betty Kel-
leher, for having the most children; Jack Pescod,
for having the most grandchildren; Nobby Keller,
for being married the longest, exception being
Pete and Marge Foster; Lanky Flores for the one
with the most receeding hairline.
Some of those present shared humorous tid-bits
about their fellow classmates.

Jack and Skippy Pescod, Charlie and The-
resa Harrison, Phil Sanders, Peggy Syl-
vestre Simpson, Jack Taylor, Hugh and
Ann Edwards Hale, Nobby and Peggy Magee

Those attending were:
Pete and Marge Foster
Betty Watts Kelleher and hubby Dave
Patricia Benny Chappelle, hubby Austin
Gloria Bornefeld Wilson
Jeanne Boles Thomas
Zeke Campbell Treadwell
Helene Diaz Brunner and hubby Jack
Lanky Flores
Louie Hooper and wife Elena
Harriet Keenan Serger
Norbert Keller and wife Peggy
Jack Pescod and wife Skippy
Joe Smith
Jack Taylor

Edna Tompkins Kovel
Andree Whitlock Collins
Vilma Berjarnao Gordon
Bill and Jeanine Carlin
Hugh and Ann Hale
Charlie and Theresa Harrison
Gerald and Leneve Stroop
Gil Smith
Peggy Sylvestre Simpson
Philip Sanders
Judy Tipton Hooper
Luke and Betty Palumbo
Adamary Anderson Bright
After a short picture taking session, the group
walked over to the Panazonian Dance at the Hyatt.

Betty Watts Kelleher, Gil Smith, Joe
Smith, Marge Foster.

Betty and her boys "Lanky" Flores, Joe
Smith, Betty Watts Kelleher, Pete Foster
Jack Taylor, Louie Hooper, Jack Pescod.

Betty and Luke Palumwnbo


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BHS '67 Reunion

Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club celebrates "The
Big Two-Zero." It was twenty years ago today that Sgt.
Pepper taught the band to play-and meanwhile the
Class of '67, Balboa High School's finest, began the Great

Sojourn. On that warm night in May, live from Balboa
Theater (that's right, ours was the ONLY BHS class to
have its graduation ceremony televised coast-to-coast, in
living black and white, courtesy of the Southern Com-
mand Network), live from Balboa Theatre because Bal-
boa Stadium was down for repairs.
Then the quantum leap: enter Tampa '87, and a new
gathering of Bulldogs.

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The Hyatt Regency lobby looked like "sal-si-puedes"
(get out if you can) on market day, but in braving the
storm one could almost expect to survive the ordeal, only
to come face-to-face with The Elevators. The crush of
warm bodies mixed with rum and coke made for a great
Before I reached the Class Reunion it was pan-
demonium in the hallway; a sudden flashback, and there
in the mist was the Terror of the First Floor, Mrs.
Graham gruffly directing traffic in the sacred halls of
Balboa High! Dissolve to reality and there were Pam
Rowe Herold and Trish Hayes, Bill Deming and the ol'
class prez, Greg Cascante, all eagerly awaiting the pleas-
ures of the evening ahead. And like the scenes in an old
and familiar movie, those friendly faces just kept on com-
ing. I soon felt an almost uncontrollable pang, an anxiety
attack, as a flood of nostalgia filled my thoughts. Had it
really been TWENTY YEARS? God, yes! And surprise
after surprise! Emily Tinkler Pearson, IS THAT REALLY
YOU? And Denise Elia, you look incredible, a remarkable
change (and no plastic surgery!). Oh, sure, there was the
ever-present gray, salt and pepper here and there, as one
might well expect after years of toil and tarry (and too
much par-ty).
A look around: Sue Halley Bailey, one of the perpet-
rators of this gala occasion, with her 32-tooth smile. And
Nelly Wood Engelke, whose artful skills decorated our
reunion site. Judy Walton Davis and Malena Bremer
Merriam-for a minute I thought we were going to get
the old fifty-yard-line cheer! Our three long-distance
travellers were Bob Donley from England, and Trish
Hayes and Lynn Freunheim Hock from Germany (Dave
Furlong, it seemed, "only had to cross the street" to get to
the Reunion.) Dr. Luigi Bertoli passed out a few few pre-
scriptions, attorney-at-large Pat Hannigan Autman dis-
pensed her Perry Mason charm, and from the shadows
came the laugh of a madman, crazy Al Shonert (there
with his better half, Sheila Thompson Shonert). Preston
"Monty" Trim strolled in, followed by Jane Wilson Parvin
(Jane never learned anything at BHS, so she decided to
become a teacher). Roy A. (for Away) Wilson-the guy
your mom most wanted you to be like-he really can
cook! Kathy Warren Lewark, our novelist in residence,
(and you thought The Parrakeet was bad!). How about
Marcella Walker Baccigalopi, who is not humble, but
lives there (Humble, Texas, that is). Janet Stuart Willin-
gham and Dave McConaughey got the prizes for the most
gray hair.
Speaking of prizes, Bruce Homa brought all the gifts
from Panama-what a prince!
Hey! Who turned out the lights?!? Joyce Seeley Parker
kept admiring Arnie's horny-horny toad. Allen Sellers
and Jeanette Morales Keepers came all the way from
Panama with Valerie McIntire Dempsey (who shed tears
as they party ended). Other Pana-maniacs Jim Dilfer,
Rob Boyer, Diane Boyd Petrosky and the fisherman, Mike
Andrews brought the party to aboil Panama-style! Jamie
Scott's plane was delayed by bad weather, and he arrived
as the waiters were taking away the cheese (real
cheesey. The inimitable Jim Jenner was Master of Cere-

monies. Thank God we didn't stand on it-ceremony, that
is. He and Pam Rowe did a great job of giving away the
prizes for the Oldest and the Boldest, etc., etc. Fernando
Ostrea and Significant Other Karen Burch Ostrea seemed
right at home; all Fernando needed was his slippers.
Greg ("Mr. Hollywood") Cascante's moving speech ended
at 10:43 p.m. Yes, Virginia, his speech-making has im-
proved. Trenton Price was late, as usual, but then you
have to be late if you are making a dramatic entrance-
cue the lights!
Aggie Proback Gramlich still makes me laugh-Aggie's
motto is "don't take anything too seriously." Joe Eytalis
and Mike Corrigan showed up looking like they would
rather be somewhere else (who knows where?). Fred
Fox's plane was late; he almost missed it all. Rich Allen,
Stan Wright and Donny Adams looked like they just
walked out of the Balboa Teen Club after two months of
restriction. Barb Parmly, Danelle Haff Dougherty, and
Merri Bandy Lewis arrived straight out of the movie,
"Three Coins in the Fountain," (can anybody here make
change?). Sue Engelke should have brought her ruler
just to see how we measured up. Jim Violette-was he in
our class? I guess so. Kay Stephenson Andrews had to
rush back to Miami; she's getting married! Talk about
Miami Vice!
All right, John Steiner, out of the pool, and leave those
girls alone! Tom McCarragher-did you know he could
dance? Surprised me, too! Patty Jones Vance was a day
late; she can still play the violin. And Debbie Heck-bet-
ter late than never! Melanie Cofer Hitchcock, any rela-
tion to Alfred? Frances Piaia Hill and Sandy and Donna
Mills all arrived in Cinderella's pumpkin coach; couldn't
wait for midnight. Bill Gough was there (or was he?).
And now a word about the spouses-"Wow!"
The 1987 Reunion Committe was comprised of the fol-
lowing: Pam Rowe Herold, Andrea Garavanta Bellerose,
Sue Halley Bailey, Trish Hayes, Nellie Wood Engleke,
Mary Sharp Kaufman and Dave Furlong (program man-
ager-he printed 'em, too). Please applaud loudly; this
gang worked long and hard to make the Class of'67 Reun-
ion a great success.
A special thanks to Pat Beall, Canal Record Editor, and
The Panama Canal Society of Florida.

Arnold L. Talbott
Albuquerque, NM

P.S. I was the dumb kid who got up and sang "Seniors
Stand Up and Sing" in front of God and country, back in

'67 Tampa '87

Arnold (above) wrote enough for both of us, but I still
have a few things to mention: Reunion Committee Mem-
ber Andrea Garavanta Bellerose missed the Reunion be-
cause she was in the hospital with a broken ankle suf-
fered in an automobile accident the previous week, and

Les girls of BHS '67, L-R: Pam Rowe Her-
old, Aggie Proback Gramlich, Sheila
Thompson Schonert, Janet Stewart Wil-
lingham, Diane Boyd Petrosky, Valeria
McIntyre Dempsey, Susan Halley Bailey.

Committee Member Mary Sharp Kaufman had to cancel at
the last minute. You've got their addresses; send them a
The "official" head count seems to be 71 classmates,
plus their "dates."
I've decided that within the next five years, I'm going to
get my gray hair organized so I can look as distinguished
as some of you!
While this was my first-ever twenty-year high school
reunion, it was my 8th consecutive Panama Canal Soci-
ety of Florida Reunion; in two more years I qualify for
Tour Guide First Class.
I've learned from direct observation that a Zonian is "a
large and usually inanimate drink-holder which prefers
to roost in doorways or other narrow passages." There
seem to be three basic sub-species: those with perfect
name-and-face memories, going back to first grade; those
who have 20-20 side-sight; and those who just walk right
up to you, read your name tag openly and honestly, and
ask, "Did I know you?" The young of all three sub-species
are kept out of the way, in a separate sunshine-and-water
area, where they can safely (sort of) practice acting like
the herds on the Lobby and Second Floor.
Who ever thought-in their wildest dreams-that
they'd one day stand in line to pay $1.50 for an em-
I stopped in at the Hyatt Regency Tampa on the Mon-
day preceding the festivities: it was like any other quiet
downtown hotel on a Monday evening, with a few dozen
"after the office closes and while the traffic is dying
down" happy hour types hanging quietly around. There
was talk of the going-away party for one of the barten-
ders, scheduled for Thursday evening. I asked the barten-
der why he was leaving, and he answered, "I've worked
two of these reunions in a row; I'm not going to subject
myself to another one."
Monday evening, there were still pictures up in the
elevators and the hallways. There were few Zonians in

attendance. I checked into the hotel on Tuesday (I live in
Tampa but the DWI laws here are tough) and the pictures
had all been removed. Lots of Zonians were arriving. On
Wednesday all the hotel glasses in the bars and the rooms
were exchanged for plastic cups; the party had started.
Friday, the green plants were locked away. (I hate stay-
ing in a "child-proofed" hotel, but I guess we've earned the
My address and Pam Rowe Herold's address are in the
Canal Society Annual Directory and the Reunion
Souvenir Book. Keep either of us up-to-date on addresses
(we're maintaining two separate data disks, and we'll
communicate with each other) and we'll keep you in-
formed of the next get-togethers. If you know of anyone
else from our class, urge them to contact one of us. The
25th will be a blast-we've had practice now!
There was talk of a cruise for the 25th Reunion; I would
like to see a cruise either just before or just after a joint
BHS '67/Panama Canal Society. Many people don't have
the time or the coins to attend two separate reunions;
having BHS and CHS Reunions in conjunction with the
Society's has gained a lot of popularity with many class-
es, because it brings together many more old friends,
former neighbors and co-workers than just a class reun-
ion could. And the room rates can't be beat! Tampa has
cruise ship accommodations, too. There will be a vote, I'm
sure, sometime before the serious planning starts.
A note to those of you who are not Canal Society mem-
bers: join us! You'll get the annual address update, quar-
terly news-magazines (you're holding one now!) and you
can buy a decal or license plate for your car that is almost
guaranteed to attract other Zonians! Contact Pat Beall at
the address in the front of this magazine or photocopy
the application at the back and send it in! The Society offi-
cers and volunteers put in a tremendous amount of time
and effort to host what is possibly the largest annual
"private" party in the world. Membership is approaching
5000 now, with members from almost every state and
lots of countries, and the Annual Reunion attracts over
3000 people each year. So, join us!
See ya next year!

Dave Furlong
Tampa, Florida




P.O. Box 1508
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Your Reporter Says... ..


Do hope by now that all who attended the re-
union this year are rested and ready for the next
one in 1988 which I hope will be held in April.
To be honest, I am one of those hoping for the
change. Eddie and I had a good time but took it
easy this year because of health problems. Seeing
former neighbors and their children and grand-
children and how they have grown was amazing. It
does prove that age is creeping up on us. One of
the highlights of our trip was eating at Valen-
cias. It is one of the oldest Spanish restaurants
in Tanpa and the food is just perfect. It is not
too far from the Hyatt right on Kennedy. We re-
conmend it highly. Another highlight was the fire
works display from the Harbor Island Hotel. Our
room faced the bay so we had first class seats.
This year our children were all able to attend,
Mike Filo and wife, Cathy, from Dothan; daughter,
Katie Woods from Dothan and son, Eddie, Jr., and
wife, Becky from Stuart, Florida. On our way down
from Dothan, we stayed in Spring Hill, Florida
with former neighbors, Alice and Bud Myers, and
with Bev and Jim Brigmn of Tanpa, Florida. We
all lived on Boqueron Street in Los Rios. Those
were the days. Loved seeing them again.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hutchinson of Dothan
traveled to California for the wedding of their
daughter, Eve, to Mark Giroux of Goleta, CA. Ann
IHtchinson of Provo, Utah was maid of honor and
David Hutchinson of San Diego, CA was a groomsman.
Other ex-zonians attending the reception were Mr.
and Mrs. Bill Affeltranger from Clearfield, UT,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Zimmerman of Bakersfield, CA,
and Mrs. Marie Tabert of Provo, UT, and her daugh-
ter, Becky Tabert Speckert of San Fancisco, CA.
Stella Nita spent two weeks in Manchester, NH.
Her son, John, and wife, Marcie and two children,
Tony and Stephanie and other grandma, Jan Whitney
from Tallahassee, Florida drove up in a camper.
Daughter, Helen (Nita) Hotz joined them and a
family reunion was held. While in Manchester,
John and Marcie's daughter, Stephanie, was bap-
tized at their Holy Trinity Church.
On April 3rd, Ida Dugas decided it was time for
a vacation so she packed her suitcase, left the
dog with her daughter, Leanna, who is attending
Auburn, University and went to Alma, CA to spend
three weeks with her children, Dick and leslie
(Dugas) Firth. They visited Disneyland where Ida

acquired some black and blue bunps from the roller
coaster rides her granddaughter, Lindsay, insisted
that they take. From San Francisco, she went to
Hawaii and spent three weeks with her son, Ralph,
who has been living there for the past 11 years
piloting a cruise boat for a tourist company based
in Lahaina. They had a fantastic time visiting
the islands of Oahu, Maui and the "Big Island" of
Hawaii where she saw the nost impressive sights
of the seas of lava left by the different volcanic
eruptions. Ida then came back to the mainlandd "
and stayed for two weeks with Gordon and Linette
(Dugas) Huibracht at their home in Fairview
Heights, IL before returning to Dothan to rest
after her long and wonderful vacation.
Mildred (Gilber) Patton and Martha Bradford
flew to Chicago to visit with their children,
Mike, Linda (Patton) and grandchildren, Karl and
Susan Basham. The Bashams are now stationed at
Ft. Sheridan, IL. Mike is with the HQ 4th Army
and Linda is assistant to Protocal Officer of St.
Sherman. They were also able to attend grandson,
Karl's graduation from Junior High School. They
also took in a lot of the sights of Chicago.
Visiting John and Mary Urey prior to the 1987
P.C. Reunion in Tanpa were Lorraine, Tricia and
Brian Dugan and Dave and Donita cConaughey with
their children, leanne and Ryan. Paul and IMary
Beck overnighted with the Ureys enroute to Talla-
hassee where they plan to make their home. The
Dugans returned to Dothan after the reunion accom-
panied by Bob and Cathy McConaughey and spent a
few days before the Dugans returned to Panama.
Sheila (Gilbert) Bolke of Dallas was in Dothan
after the reunion visiting with her aunts, Milly
Patton, Mary and John Urey and Stella and Gene
After all their company left, the Ureys took
off for a five week visit to Dallas, Portland and
Canada. While in the Northwest, they plan to
attend the reunion in Tacoma. They will also
visit with daughter, Suzanne (Urey), and son-in-
law, Walter Kleefkens.
The "Gas House Gang" golf tournament will be
held the first week in October. On the first
Tuesday of each month, the former ladies from the
Canal Zone hold their monthly birthday luncheon
at the Olympia Spa where the tournament will be
held. For those of you who will be coming with
their husbands to the tournament, we extend an in-
vitation to join us for lunch. This year the
luncheon will be at 1:00 p.m., to give the ladies
who golf a chance to attend the luncheon. When

you send in your reservations for the golf tourna-
ment, please indicate if you wish to attend the
luncheon. It would help a great deal. Reserva-
tions are necessary.
To those I saw at the reunion, I am happy to
have been able to see you and to those I missed,
I am sorry and hope that we can see each other
next year, God willing.

Catherine (Wielan) Filo


The program included a viewing of a video cas-
sette on the history of the Isthmus and Canal,
presented by Jane Cox. This video cassette is ad-
vertise in the final pages of the Canal Record.
Following the meeting, the Executive Comnittee
met to discuss future plans and activities for the
group, presided by Dr. Bob Matheney, Executive
Committee Chairman. Committee members attending
were Peggy Bradley, Fern Dabill, Miriam Hirschl,
along with Secretary Hazel Berry, Society Chairman
Anne Parks, and your invited reporter.
A date for our October luncheon meeting at the
same Ramada Inn, plus possible outside group act-
ivities, such as a group attendance at the West
Coast Reunion in September, were discussed. One
such activity was a group cruise/tour in Panama
waters (the Darien, Perlas, Canal transit, San
Bias, etc.) in February 1988 during carnaval, at
a nice discount if we have a goodly group. Those
interested please contact this reporter for in-
formation. All are welcome!

Members attending the Arizona Panama Canal Society Luncheon on April 25, 1987

On April 25, 1987, the Arizona Panama Canal
Society, some guests, prospective members, and
friends, enjoyed their Spring 1987 luncheon meet-
ing at the Arizona City Ramada Inn. Those who at-
tended included:
Mary Ann Honey, Fred and Betty Banan, Coral Ann
Strickler, Lela Ritchey, Martha Griffith, Dr. Rob-
ert and Evelyn Matheney, Bob Hazeldine, Lillian
O'Hayer, Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Simmons, Rachel Martin-
dale, Dr. and Mrs. Dan Hirschl, Jeff Hirschl, Tob-
ias and Lourdes Canto, John and Elizabeth Phillips
("Sis" Hayes), Ruth Puller, David and Dora
Mcllhenny, Peggy Bradley, Nancy (Crooks) Keopplin-
ger, Nancy's granddaughter, Cassie, Lydia Czapek,
Helen Munson, Fern (Horine) Dabill, Jane (Dickson)
and Danny Cox, Cecilia Wensing, Marcella Shaver,
Beverly (Englebright) Fraim (CHS'51), Ted and Emma
Englebright, Gayle Markiewicz, Don and Shirley
Bruce, Marguerite (Pate) Ashton, Vi Wesson (guest
of Marguerite), Jaime Naranjo, Ruth and Art Smith,
Hazel (Griffith) Berry, Anne (Trimble) Parks.

Evelyn and Bob Matheney

Emna and Ted Englebright

Jaime Naranjo, listed above, is a very inter-
esting young man who just graduated from the Univ.
of Arizona, in microbiology. He is the nephew of
Robert Shultz, a junior high classmate of those of
us who graduated from BHS in 1937. At the time of
our luncheon, Robert was in Europe at a YMCA con-
ference. He has a high executive position (Direct-
or for Central and South America, as I understand)
with the YMCA, since his retirement from the Pan-
ama Canal health Bureau.
Ken Middleton and his wife, Wanda, were unable
to attend the meeting because Ken was in the
throes of cleaning up after a fire demolished his
gem and lapidary shop in Tucson. He says that ins-
urance will cover everything except turquoises and
other semi-precious stones damaged by fire, but he
will be working around the clock doing the re-
building himself.
Jim Lovelady was unable to attend because of a
mail mix-up that prevented his knowing the date of
the luncheon. Jim, a professional technical writer
is very busy at present, starting his own, new,
desk-top printing business to be headquartered in
Tucson. Among other items, he expects to special-
ize in putting out newsletters for large corpor-
We, the Danny Coxes, took an Alaskan cruise
during the last days of May. In all of our travels
this was our first experience in having the air-
line lose our luggage. We aged ten years during
the four hours before we learned that it had ar-
rived on the plane before us, contrary to what the
airline terminal office told us at Prince Rupert,
B.C. I had visions of blowing our 1987 clothing
budget on some snappy numbers in beautiful (but
expensive) downtown Skagway, which boasts only one
supermarket, one hardware store, a couple of sou-
venir tourist traps, and about 22 bars! The cruise

and the sights and on-shore excursions were mar-
More ex-Isthmians have found or been found by
us. They are: Bill and Sue Dupee, Benson, AZ. Bill
was stationed on the Isthmus in the military ser-
vice. Jani (Faris) Brown, CHS'64, now living in
Mesa, AZ., and working for the DOD Audit Agency.
Jani's family, Ernest Faris, Kingman, AZ. is her
father. Her sister, Virginia (Faris) Angle, CHS'64
and her brother, Ernest Faris, Jr. are also both
of Kingman. Liz Aguilar, formerly of Panama City,
is now working for Great American Savings in Tuc-
son. Joel and Jennie Britt, also of Tucson. Joel
worked for the Army in Ft. Amador as a civilian
employee during 1974-78. All hope to attend future
luncheon meetings. See "Announcements" for our
October 1987 luncheon.
Marguerite (Pate) Ashton of Lake Havasu City
visited her son, Warren Ashton and his family in
Corpus Christi, Texas, in May, and her daughter,
Jackie (Ashton) Cofer in Cardenas, Panama, in Aug-
ust of this year.
Speaking of Texas, we have heard from Dr. Ned
Dwelle, Alice, Texas, that he is still active full
time in his veterinary practice there, and that
he and his wife, Jean, are not able to travel away
from that area at present because of illness in
Jean's family. Also from Texas (Austin), Gilbert
(Marty) Bullock reports that he has no news except
that mangoes such as fell free from our trees in
Pedro Miguel and rotted on the ground, sell for
$1.29 a pound in Austin markets. Like most of you,
Marty is wrong in saying he has no news. Actually,
his friends will be interested to know that he is
busier than ever since retiring, for he is the
technical genius in charge of audio for the Hyde
Park Hour on Austin TV. (The Hyde Park Baptist
Church telecast).
Our long-time friend, Hanpton Tedder and wife,
Clair, of Alta Loma and Newport Beach, CA., after
their two weeks in Hawaii in April (reported in
last CR by Lois Bates, our Hawaii reporter), simp-
ly unpacked, repacked, and took 125 of their em-
ployees for a three-day holiday in Las Vegas to
celebrate a very busy year in their business. They
are owner/founders of the Hampton Tedder Electric
Co., with several stores in Southern California.
Please, all readers, take heed, as hinted above
that you do have news what you've done or are
doing, and who you see or hear from and send it
in! We'll appreciate! Also, send pictures; the
Canal Record has readers who miss you!

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147

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Plans for the annual fall dinner are being
finalized at the time of this report and members
wil be notified by telephone as to time, date, and
The following is a list of those in attendance
at the Society picnic held June 21, 1987, at Agri
Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas:
From Missouri: Elia and Bobby Stokes,
Willa and Herb Engelke, Ralph and Marie
From Oklahoma: Stuart Thompson.
From Kansas: David and Lou Colclasure.
From Texas: Henry Klussman.
From Arkansas: Lee and Harry Butz, Henry
Makibbin, Petie and Carl Maedl, Gloria
Malsbury, Mary and Richard Condon, Keith
and Winona York, Dorothy and Bruce San-
ders, Betty McGilberry, Luke and Betty
Palumbo, Dr. Bill and Marjorie Scarboro-
ugh, Virginia Hursh, Maxine and Earl
Wrenn, Etta Fay Terrell, Marie Poindex-
ter, Betty and Bud Balcer, Sam and Jo-
anne Ognibene, Ed and Mildred Higgins,
John W. Thompson, Frederick Colclasure,
Theodora Hallin, Minnie and Mike Burton,
Ruth and Lyle Mertz, John and Polly
Michaelis, Vernon and Edith Bircher,
Lois and Ernest Van Horn, William T.
"Red" and Alice Nail, Wally and Bobby
Waddell, Jessie Newhard, Evelyn Engelke,
Judy Engelke and children Margo and Hof.

Son John and granddaughter Kathryn from Marble-
head, Mass., spent a week in June with George and
Edith Engelke. This was the first visit here since
she was 12 years of age. In May, John's wife Susan
stopped by on her way home from a business engage-
ment in Albuquerque, N.M. Another son, Paul, from
Siloam Springs, Ark., visits every Sunday.
Virginia Favorite spent a week in Glendale, CA.
with her nephew, Harry P. Engelke and wife, Peggy.
Also visited with brother Harry, also in Glendale.
He is 91 years young and was recovering from ill-
ness. Met her nephew's three sons for the first
time. Saw Stanley Butler and wife, while in Calif-
ornia. Also spent part of April and most of May in
Panama visiting with son George, wife, Patricia,
and daughters Sarita and Vanessa. Others she saw
while there were Molly and Bobby Joe Williford and
Joe and Greta Vowell.
Etta Fay Terrell accompanied Virginia Favorite
to New Orleans, La. and stayed a while with daugh-
ter Andrea and hubby Paul Oliver, who brought Etta
Fay home for Mother's Day.

Jessie Newhard had a successful cornea trans-
plant in April. Has been in and out of the hos-
pital with a kidney infection, but is slowly re-
covering. Expecting a visit from Carol Newhard
Blakely and Ann Newhard Franklin in late July.
Misses Carl Newhard now living in Lansing, Michi-
gan with son Bruce and family.
Edith and Vernon Bircher went to the graduation
of their son John from the Citadel, Charleston, SC
in May. John and wife, Cheryl, now residing in
Chapel Hill, NC. She is doing research at Duke
University and John is looking for employment. In
June, travelled to Los Angeles to visit with their
daughter, Sarah and her husband. Sarah works for
Jack and Joan Corliss attended the reunion with
daughter, Leslie and son, John. The Corliss family
moved out to the Beaver Lake area, and their new
address is: 1126 Spruce Drive, Rogers, AR 72756.
Mary Lou Engelke's mother, Elizabeth Haines and
brother John were here for Easter. Also visiting
Mary Lou were sister, Margaret Sanples, daughter,
Ginny and family from Miami.
Willard "Red" and Kathleen Huffman are having
a busy summer. Daughter Mary and her children,
Heather and Casey from Port Townsend, WA., are
visiting for 5 weeks, doing a lot of boating,
swimming and fishing. Kathleen caught a 11 lb.
catfish while fishing. They travelled to the Re-
union and had son, William and daughter, Mary for
Peggy and Nobby Keller also attended the Reunion
and were joined by brothers, Buddy and John from
Parama. Sue Magee, Peggy's mom from California,
visited daughters Anne Severy and Sue Allen.
Evelyn Engelke's son, Louis, wife, Wilma and
children Willie and Louis Jr. arrived July 4 for
a visit until early August. They previously stop-
ped at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Addie Colclasure attended a family reunion on
Father's Day at Red Rock Canyon in Oklahoma. Now
is contemplating a trip to Pittsburg. PA., and re-
turning with daughter, Marion, who will be teach-
ing school in this area again.
Betty McGilberry enjoyed a short visit from Al
and Miriam Bissett from Sarasota, FL. They were
traveling in their motor-home with 2 dogs. While
here they enjoyed Eureka Springs and Beaver Lake.
Pete and Sue Warner were visited in Early July
by daughter, Phyllis Gartenlaub and her youngest
daughter, Stacey from New York. Daughter, Pamela
and husband, Peter Leidel were to meet son, Stuart
Warner in London, England. Then Stuart will return
to the Middle East where he is employed. Also, son
Robert, wife Leslie and son Robert Jr., from Mo-
bile, AL., are expected in August for a visit.
William T. "Red" and Alice Nail also attended
the Reunion in Tampa. It was noisy but marvelous.
In May, they drove their camper to Louisville, KY.
where they visited with O.K. Brookins and wife,

Sonia, whom they hadn't seen for about 35 years.
On their return, they stopped at Henson, KY., and
visited Walter Alves and wife, Barbara, whom they
hadn't seen since 1964. A most pleasant time and
visit at both places.
Ralph and Marie Shuey left in early April to
Huntsville, AL. to visit son, Ralph. Then on to
Ocala, FL., to see sister-in-law Evelyn. Spent two
weeks there and during one weekend, drove to Boy-
nton Beach to call on Elmer and Opal Wurth. Re-
turned to Huntsville with son Ralph and over
Easter, their two granddaughters came from Texas
to talk over plans about attending college. They
are Lois and Rosey. On their way home, they stop-
ped at California, KY., with Thornton Madden and
had a very enjoyable visit. After returning home,
had an implant in right eye. Now have implants in
both eyes and am doing well.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders continue to be active
at Dewoody Drive. In early May they were favored
with an all too short evening's visit with Bill
and Beverly Jarmon of San Antonio, Texas. It was
a first meeting with Beverly and a reunion after
16 years with Bill, who retired from the Immigra-
tion and Naturalization Service and many ex-Zonian
will remember him and his many visits to the Canal
Zone in conjunction with the feasibility and im-
plementation of the Certificates of Citizenship
program. It was a most enjoyable evening, and all
too short.
Later in May, Dorothy and Bruce's number two
grandsons, Curtis Sanders and wife, Kim, of Allen,
Texas, arrived for a visit of several days. This
was another enjoyable occasion.
In late June, "Rusty" and Elena Oberholtzer of
Prescott, Arizona, dropped in for an evening's
visit. Once more, it was a short evening.
A couple of days later, Dorothy and Bruce drove
to Tampa for the Reunion, where they were joined
by Bruce III and Sandy, up from Los Rios, Panama,
and by Bruce's three sisters and their spouses,
including his younger brother, nieces and nephews
as well.
A memorial service was held for Grace (Mom)
Aloise Sanders at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on
July 3, 1987.
As usual, at such reunions, they met many old
friends. On the way home, Bruce and Dorothy stop-
ped in for a short visit with Al and Marie Bier-
baun at Dothan, Alabama.
Bud and Betty Balcer took a short trip to
McGregor, Iowa, in early June to visit with Mrs.
Edna Balcer. While there, his brother, Dr. Charles
Balcer and wife, Elizabeth, came by from Sioux
Falls, S.D., and they enjoyed the brief get-
We are also looking forward to a visit from
daughter, Susan Burdette, and husband, Dick, from
Uhrichsville, Ohio, the first week in August.
Accompanying his mother, Susan, will be our grand-

son, Paul Pederson, from Panama. Paul Rhodes, our
son from Shreveport, La. is also expected at that
In May, a small group gathered at the home of
Charlotte and Bill McCue to celebrate the birthday
of Bruce Sanders and Betty McGilberry. Those in
attendance were: Dorothy Sanders, John Glenn, and
Betty and Bud Balcer.

Robert J. (Bud) Balcer
(501) 273-3754

The Annual Blanche Shaw Picnic at Agri Park on
Father's Day was a gala affair and well attended
by about 75 people. Former Zonians and recent re--
tirees are Sam and Joanne Ognibene, formerly of
Balboa and now living at 2628 Stagecoach Street,
Fayetteville, AR 72701. Sam taught mathematics at
Balboa High while Joanne taught Reading Improve-
ment. Joanne spoke of going through a cultural
shock every time she goes into a grocery store.
Join the club, Joanne we all did! Welcome to our
Close friends of the Ognibenes are the Yorks
who live not far from them. Winona and Keith York
went to Diamond City, AR. for the day and saw Jay
and Nikki Deitz who have a vacation home on a lake
where they spent the day. They ran into Margaret
and Bill Hicks, who, by the way, live next door to
Fern and Carl Glass! It's a small world!
Virginia Hursh took a trip to England in March
to visit her niece in London for a month. She was
so enthusiastic about it, journeying to Scctland
on back roads and viewing old castles, enjoying
every minute of her stay there.
Mildred and Ed Higgins have just returned from
a trip to Georgia where they saw their grandchild-
ren spending two days with them. Ed has now re-
tired from working at Walmarts, therefore a man of
Betty and Luke Palumbo attended the Canal Zone
Reunion in Florida and had a "ball" (as I gather
everyone did!). They were there 5 days, taking in
everything, even the Ball where 2,900 Zonians
tried to dance to the Tito Munoz music! Luke spoke
glowingly of seeing his "monsters," now grown up
and with families, saying it was the best time of
his life. He has become quite a gardener and found
his thumb greener than expected.
Fran Whitlock said her daughter, Andree (Whit-
lock) Collins spent a week with her father and
mother. Frances and Andrew Whitlock in Fayette-
ville before returning to her home in St. Louis,
Missouri. While at home, Andree said she met her
cousins and brother, Paul at the Reunion during
the 40th class reunion of CHS '47. She saw friends
she hadn't seen for 40 years, as well as some of
her mother's friends. Frances reported that she
and Andy now have 22 grandchildren, the last one

a granddaughter to Jacqueline (Whitlock) Wer-
brouk. Jacqueline's eldest son, Drennon D. String-
er, Jr., was just ordained a Methodist minister in
Kokomo, Indiana, while her son-in-law has become
a Methosidt minister in Pasadena, CA., whose name
is Jeff Lundquist.
In mid-June, Carl and Petie Maedl drove to
Charleston, IL. to visit their daughter, Pam and
husband Vince Gutowski and their three grand-
children. The Gutowskis will be coming to Spring-
dale the latter part of July for a few days. In
September, the Maedls plan to go to Minnesota to
visit Pat (Maedl) and Jim Krough and family as
well as to attend a 50th anniversary of the Sauk
Rapids' High School class of 1937. The Maedls both
taught there prior to going to Panama in 1938.
Dick and Mary Condon drove to Morgantown, Ga.
to attend a reunion of folks who had attended the
Margarita Lutheran Chapel in the early 1970's. The
hosts of this affair were Fran and Chuck Dowd, who
formally lived in Coco Solo. Chuck was an FHA em-
ployee. These two fine people were able to accom-
modate the 34 people who attended, between their
home, that of neighbors Margaret and Lloyd Matheny
(former Zonians) and several motor homes. The set-
ting was the beautiful woodland retreat where the
Dowds and Mathenys built their home in northern
Georgia. Most of those who attended had been with
the Military while in Panama. They were Ray and
Ronnie Link, Steve and Liz Kilgard and 2 children,
Dr. and Mrs. Jose Marichal and four children,
Chris Wellens (formerly lacourse), Pam Robbins,
Hazel Smith, Hazel Smith and daughter, Jennifer
Falk and husband, David and baby, Cathy (Stroh-
schein) Lessman and four children, Pastor Arnold
Strohschein (formerly pastor of Redeemer Lutheran
Church, Balboa) and Jose and Linda Riss and four
children. The gathering started June 16 until 18.
They had a wonderful time together.

Harry Butz, Jr., Harry Butz, Vi
and Lenor Butz at Reno, Nevada.

Peter Butz, wife Janice and their 3 sons drove
6,100 miles on a two-week trip which included the
Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Sea World in San
Diego and Disneyland. They visited Janice's bro-
ther, stationed at Atwater AFB for two days, then
zoomed over to Reno, NV. to spend several days
with brother, Harry Butz, Jr. and wife, Vida.
While there, they took in Carson City and Virginia
City, ending with a boat ride on Lake Tahoe.
Finally Pete went on to Yellowstone National Park
and reached Terre Haute, ID. in time to enroll
Peter Jr. for the 3-week course at Rose Hulman
College of Technology, which is open only to 75
high school juniors country-wide with a high
scholastic score and aptitude. The rest of the
family returned home, bone weary but happy.
Mike and Minnie Burton flew down to Birmingham,
AL. in May to visit Mike, Jr. and family.
Theo Hallin attended the Change of Conmand Cer-
emony of the Marine Attack Squadron 124 on 27 June
in the Naval Air Station, Menphis, TN. Her son,
Lt. Col. David Hallin relinquished his command at
that time. The ceremony was followed by several re-
ceptions. His sister, Elizabeth and husband, Tom
Wall,and his brother, Henry and his wife Roberta
also attended. While there, the family visited the
Ramses exhibit and Graceland, Elvis Presley's
home. To keep busy, Mrs. Hallin expects to take
part in a melodrama put on by the Fayetteville
Historical Society, the proceeds supporting the
Society and Headquarters House in Fayetteville.
Harry and Lee Butz took an extensive trip of
over 6,400 miles by car, stopping to visit Russ
and Virginia Hellmund and daughter, Linda in Albu-
querque, NM. Their hospitality made it hard to
leave but on they went to Meteor Crater, the Lon-
don Bridge, and Reno, NV., spending two weeks with

Virginia and Russ Hellmund in front of
their house.

son, Harry Jr. and his wife, Vida. Harry helped to
finish the extensive deck behind his son's house
and took time to enjoy a trip on Lake Tahoe. Then
they stopped to say "hello" to Barbara Clark at
Coming, CA. then to visit Ada and "Te'x Butler in
Metolius, OR., followed by Mount St. Helen's and
the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. There
they saw the fish steps and hatchery..the Butchart
Gardens on Vancouver Island, B.C. was fantastic.
The weather had been perfect up to that point, but
driving East toward Lake Louise, it simply poured!
The Butzs tried Banff but it was no better, and
returned to Springdale just in time to enjoy the
Blanche Shaw Picnic.
Mark your calendars for the October business
luncheon of the Northwest Arkansas Society. Watch
the papers for date and time. See you all!
Lee Butz
(501) 756-6852


Please plan on attending our annual indoor pic-
nic luncheon at Knott's Berry Farm. Enjoy the
picnic in air conditioned comfort. This will be
a fun meeting, and the menu of BBQ chicken and
beef ribs plus other goodies are sure to please.
Eat as much as you desire and drink as much coffee
and ice tea as you can hold.
Knott's is trying very hard in every way to
make us comfortable. Most times they require a
250 person minimum, which they have waived for us.
Now that they have a liquor license, they usually
charge $40.00 for the bartender unless your sales
are over $200.00. I explained that many of our
members are on a fixed income and that only some
would use the bar. Since we are steady customers,
we will be furnished with a full bar and bartender
at no charge to us. Please patronize Knott's to
show them that we appreciate what they are doing
for us.
If you missed the March meeting, you missed a
wonderful treat. Bob Dill gave a marvelous illus-
trated talk on "The Land Divided, The World
United The Panama Canal". We hope we can get
him to talk to us soon again. We also had elec-
tion of officers. All of the prior officers were
re-elected. If you have suggestions for speakers,
music, programs, etc., please tell one of your
At our Executive Committee meeting, we decided
the March meeting will have a speaker about
Panama, August will be a fun meeting and the De-
cember will be a Christmas Party with outside en-
tertainment. Our December meeting is December 6th
at Knott's please save the date.

Professor Tom Jordan in his office at
Massachusets Institute of Technology.

Thomas H. Jordan is a professor at Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology in the Department
of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. He
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1965, and
went to college at California Institute of Tech-
nology. He stayed on for his Ph.D., which he re-
ceived in 1972 as a student of the director of
Caltech's famous Seismological Laboratory. He
then went on to hold faculty positions at
Princeton and at Scripps Institute of Oceano-
graphy in San Diego, before receiving his present
His work in science is the subject of the
forthcoming article by Tom Heppenheimer, who grad-
uated from CHS in 1964. The article will appear
in Mosaic, the magazine of the National Science
Foundation, early next year.
What a time! What a time! These Florida
bashes get better and better. I'm glad to see
that the Chamber of Commerce is now recognizing
us as a force to be dealth with. Myself, I think
Tanpa is beautiful. To all those hardworking in-
dividuals from all of us Californians, you did a
fantastic job.

Kathryn bMolinaro


A call from an early family friend can cer-
tainly add a lift to one's day. Such a call came
from new member Mike Fernandez, who graduated from

CHS '36 with David Hollowell's sister, Hope
(Hollowell) Hirons. He lived at 8th and Cristobal
at the time; then attended a trade school in the
L.A. area; worked for the Inspection Department
at Albrook five years; Calpan Motors, Panama City,
as a service manager; and Ford agencies, Reseda,
CA for 22 years, retiring from Town and Country
Ford in 1980. Wife, Clelia was born in the pro-
vince of Chirique, and was employed as a secretary
by the magazine, "Para Nosotros", also by the Post
Office in Colon. Friends will remember his
father, Miquel Fernandez Parrilla, a lawyer in
Panama, and his uncle, Pedro Fernandez Parrilla,
retired from the Panama Supreme Court. Welcome
aboard, Mike and Clelia. They live at 10939
Beeler Canyon Road, Poway, CA 92064 and have re-
cently returned from a month's visit to Panama,
their first look-see since 1953.
Jane Ellis, of Imperial Beach, had catarract
surgery and lense implant on the right eye re-
cently and is thrilled with the results. She
still square dances and is involved in updating
her rental property.
By sunrmer's end, children, Terry Albritton
(Trevor, age 13, and Tasha, age 8) should feel
like world travelers. They will have enjoyed a
reunion with aunt Gail (Albritton) Klingenberg and
family at Cleveland, then headed up for KY or FL
with other relatives, Mark Albritton, Wayne
Albritton, and Patsy (Albritton) Hensen, to be
joined by grandparents, Ted and Myrtle Albritton
of Florida along the way.
Sharon O'Brien, Toni Huff and friends had a fun
evening at Humphries in San Diego recently,
listening to Ruben Blades from Panama sing his own
compositions. Ruben is on a world tour now and
appears in the movie, "Milagro Bean Field" with
Robert Redford.
Much welcome news of classmates came from Nancy
(Norton) Carter. Visiting her in San Diego during
the sumner were Barbara (Miller) Green and Mary
Ann (Hunt) Holiday, both of BHS' 40. Also Helen
Dudak of Orlando, Florida, went to England on the
QE2, and she and lolita (Provost) Packard, BHS 40,
are planning a get-together soon. Frances and Roy
Sharp's daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Ed
Kaufman, (CDR, USN) are moving to San Diego.
Eloise (Ramey) Cade, BHS'43, and husband Chuck
have moved from Reno, NV to 6615 Monticello Lane,
Apt. 1, Memphis, TN 38115. Esther (Miller)
Alteen, BHS '41, and Carl are planning to move
from Montorp, Sweden, and establish a home in
Florida within two years.
George and Joan Chevalier have returned from
a delightful Hawaiin vacation. They were sur-
prised to find it the number one vacation spot for
the Japanese, who also seem to be buying up agri-
cultural land for the construction of golf
courses a scarce item in Japan.
Spending recent holidays in La Canada with

children, Carrie and Steven, down from the State
of Washington, were Al and Ann Houston. Ann was
ailing for sometime with a hip replacement but is
much improved and walking without a cane. They
spend six months of the year in San Diego and the
balance at their condo in Winter Haven, Florida.
They told her she "just missed being called for
the wheel", but Jan Laschinger was happy enough
to claim $5,000 from CA lottery's rub-off second
chance on one occasion and $50 rub-off on another.
It came in handy for family hospital bills. Hubby
Richard is now working as an engineering technical
writer in San Diego. In June, Jan's granddaughter
("A real beauty"), Mandy Harness, from Willis,
Texas, paid them a visit. She works as an
assistant to an opthomologist. She is the daugh-
ter of Sgt. Jim Harness, U.S. Army, who was born
in Gorgas Hospital, raised in Balboa and Ancon un-
til 1955, and was killed in Vietnam on November
13, 1968.
It is hard to believe that William and Ruth
Beers have only resided in San Diego for two
years they are probably more active in touring
than the natives. They spent their 14th wedding
anniversary at Yosemite National Park and more re-
cently they attended the wine label art show for
Mouton-Rothschild in Balboa Park, San Diego (ori-
ginal paintings which are the inspiration for MR
wine labels). Bill, by the way, was formerly em-
ployed as plant engineer by Anheuser-Busch,
Newark, NJ brewery. Ruth works for Image Quest,
as an account executive in advertising and public
At press time, Edward and Marie (Hughes)
Brwder were anticipating the visits of son, Bill,
wife, Linda, and two sons from Virginia Beach, VA,
also older son Captain Edward, USN Ret, and wife,
Judy, from Wilmington, Delaware. Bill is employed
as a civil engineer by the Norfolk Western Rail-
road, and Edward is a nuclear engineer.
Ida McDade just returned from an extended motor
trip with her niece to Salt Lake City, Las Vegas,
Carson City, San Francisco, and Shaver Lake
(southeast of Fresno). She was especially grate-
ful for having a relative to do the driving.
David Smith expects his sister, Aileen Hoyle,
down from her home at Redwood Estates, CA for a
month's visit. They anticipate the Laguna Arts
Festival and the Glendale theatre-in-the-round
production of "Brigadoon", where the singers are
accompanied by an orchestra sound track. He says
this system is quite effective.
Our Roosevelt Medal Holder, Bob Dill, is still
happily spreading the gospel of Canal Zone history
before service clubs and lodges, and we applaud
his dedication and enormous energy. (Have you
ever observed him and wife, Rosa, dance the night
away at Canal Reunions?) This summer he appeared
before the Ancient Egyptian Order of Sciots.
Our honorary member, Roy W. Ballard, has been

seriously ill for sometime but is now doing well
with physical therapy. We are certain he would
appreciate cards and letters, though he is unable
to acknowledge them in writing. Friends may write
him at this address: Roy W. Ballard, 1457 West
92nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90047.
Blessings to all, and remember us with your
news please.

Ihelma Hollowell


We have two annual events in Colorado for 30-35
members and about 20 who usually participate...Our
winter banquet was late this year because of con-
flicts in schedules of our hardworking committee
officers. Donna missed it, because she had to
leave when her house sold. We had a despedida for
her at the Molloy home in Lakewood. We had a bliz-
zard that morning (which chased her all the way to
Florida) but Alice (Ward) and Jim Wier crossed a
high mountain pass from their mountain retreat; Al
and Norma (Evans) Harrington trekked 60 miles from
Greeley; Bette (Farrell) and 'Buckeye" Swearingen,
75 north from Ft. Collins; Chapter President Les-
ter Smith and our leading empanada cook Andrea
(Byrd) Smith fought their way here from some 20
miles south; Ray Shaw successfully crossed town
from East Denver suburbs with his precious cargo
of seviche (I think he used some of that sauce for
anti-freeze it certainly warmed us up! !); Milt
and "B.J." law and her mother, Eleanor Becker, are
neighbors of mine. Luckily I had some fried plan-
tain in the freezer our mixed buffet was a great
success and some "Bajun" banter by Buckeye Swear-
ingen and "Anglo" Shaw was our entertainment.
Donna has been a faithful member of our group
and a hardworking reporter, so we hated to see her
go. Nothing like a first-class Colorado blizzard
for a big send-off.
The Banquet, as usual, was held at a large
motel on 1-70 not far from its intersection with
1-25. Surprise special entertainment was an excel-
lent Panama Canal film show by Conrad Horine who
had recently moved to Colorado. We were delighted
to welcome the Horines, but found out they were
moving right back to California (they should have
waited for our beautiful summer weather!) We plan-
ned the summer picnic that evening which will be
in a large park just south of Denver on August 16.
We always toast the opening of the Canal, led by
retired Canal Pilot Captain Fred Weade and his
wife Mary Jane.
Next summer will be a 3-day or longer celebra-
tion in Winter Park, near the Weirs' all year

round mountain residence, in Tabernash. All of our
Colorado regulars will be supporting and helping
to which all other Balboa and Cristobal graduates
and/or attendees are invited. We have a great mid-
country location, beautiful weather and scenery,
access by excellent highway US 40 and AMTRAK,
stopping at nearby Fraser in the summer. Our ac-
connodations at HIGH COUNTRY HAUS (completely
furnished luxurious condos in the middle of this
mountain resort town). Special rates for our group
according to space desired Studio apartments up
to 3 bedroom/2 bath units for 6-8 people. The
weekly rates are best for those who can stay a
while. Full details are being sent to all names
and addresses we have of those '38 grads and we
would appreciate more communications from Cristo-
balites. "Buckeye" Swearingen is our Cristobal
Chairman I'm from BHS and Alice (Strauss) McLean
in Dothan, Alabama has volunteered to be the East
Coast Co-chairman.
Back to current news B.J. Law is resting up
from a recent Panamanian invasion daughter Val-
erie (McIntire) Dempsey, with husband H.W. Denpsey
Jr. and Andrea and Darren spent nine days visiting
here, then a week in Orlando, Fl. before returning
home to Cardenas, Panama.
The Laws and Mrs. Becker had just returned from
the July Florida Reunion and the Class of '47's 40
Year Reunion, also attended by Coloradans Les and
Andrea (Byrd) Smith and Bill and Marty Evans. They
had a wonderful time!
Dot (Kalar) Kennedy tells me that their grand-
daughter Kristin Wennberg, a June graduate of
Washington U. at Seattle, majoring in Media and
Political Science, is now a Cable Network News
trainee in the Washington, D.C. area. I'll bet she
is as pretty as she is smart we'll be watching
for her on TV soon.

The Bishop's
Joanne, son,
Bishop. Back

45th anniversary. Daughter,
Eddie, Susan and "Bish"
row: Joanne's husband and

Sue (Ewing) Bishop and Retired Air Force Col.
'Bish" Bishop celebrated their 45th wedding anni-
versary with a beautiful party at Peterson AFB

'Tracy G. Witek, daughter of Paul and Sharon
Glassburn (DeVore) and wife of Dr. Stefan R. Witek
received her MS degree in Geology from Lehigh
University on May 30, 1987. Tracy was in many hon-
oraries and her Abstract was published because
she presented it at the Southeastern Geological
Society of America meeting held March 25-27, 1987"

School pals at the Bishop party: Dot
(Kalar) Kennedy, Norma (Evans) Harring-
ton, Blanche (Adler) Browne, Susan
(Ewing) Bishop, Margaret (Meigs) Malloy.

Officer's Club in May. DaughterJoanne, husband and
son attended from California; Carl and Blanche
(Adler) Browne from North Carolina; Harringtons,
Molloys and Kennedys drove down all celebrating
their 45th wedding anniversaries. 1942 was a big
year in the Canal Zone and all of these lads suc-
cumbed to tropical moonlight as they successfully
defended the canal by their various roles in the
Army, Navy and Air Force. Eddie Bishop of Colorado
Springs joined his sister in a charming tribute to
their parents and Sue's visiting classmates from
grade school through high school were all intro-
duced as special guests. We were family, actually,
that's how it is with folks from Pedro Miguel. We
have adopted Dot (Kalar) Kennedy, as she can't
help being from Balboa!
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy
(303) 985-3267



Would you believe, another Canal Zone Reunion
is over it's getting bigger every year, and it
wasn't until the last day that I saw folks I had
not seen before. But what can you expect with over
3,000 people milling around five or six hotels? It
was great seeing so many folks I hadn't seen in
I received two letters from folks that sent
pictures they would like to have in the Canal Rec-
ord. One letter from Sharon Glassburn about her
daughter which I will repeat as she wrote it:

Tracy Glassburn Witek, Sharon (De
Glassburn and Dr. Stefan R. Witek.


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Dorothy Webb with son Robert his son,
Derek, son Ted and Winton Webb.

Also received a short note from Winton Webb,
with a picture of his family. He and Dorothy cele-
brated their fiftieth wedding anniversary by tak-
ing a Caribbean cruise before they left for their
summer home in Perry, Ohio.
They enjoyed a visit from their two sons and
grandson who flew in via private plane piloted by
son, Ted. Son Robert with his son, Derek helped
celebrate the July 4 holidays with their parents.
The Webbs say they will see us in the Fall at our
monthly meetings.
I had my daughter Dorothy R. Gerhart with her
daughter Suzanne with me during the Reunion. Her
husband Jim and son Brian surprised us all by
driving down for the last day.
My granddaughter Lori Stevenson Snow, with her
husband and my great-granddaughter Alexandria Snow
also spent a few days with me during the Reunion.


L^- ,~

Sure got quiet and lonely with everyone gone,
but I'll see them soon, as I am going to take a
trip with my daughter June and her husband, Dave
Stevenson when we visit the Gerharts in Maryland
and then to Long Island and back to Lilburn, Ga.
to visit the Snows.
So till another day.
Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339


I was actively pursuing my daily ritual, when
the phone rang, and to my pleasant surprise the
voice on the other end of the line was that of Bob
Wertz. He had come to the Naval Air Station in
Jacksonville, while hitching a space-available
ride back to New Orleans. He told me he didn't re-
member my phone number, so he called home and got
it. I went to the BOQ on the station and picked
him up. Sure was great to see him after 30 plus
years. We went to a nice restaurant and bored my
wife with our reminiscing. Next day I took him to
another base where he caught his flight home. Sure
was GREAT!
Shortly thereafter, Jane and I left for the An-
nual Reunion in Tampa. We had a terrific time
there. I enjoyed seeing many friends whom I'd seen
there previously, and a number I had missed at
previous reunions. Am looking forward to the next
one, and hopefully to the one after that in Panama
for the 75th celebration of the opening of the
Canal. If that becomes a reality count me in.
Now for the biggie after 25 years, I went
back to Panama for a frantic week. Was met by my
brother, Bob, at the airport. He was a bit con-
cerned about not being able to get to the airport,
but he made it without mishap. Back to his apart-
ment in Ancon, on Frangipani St., where his wife,
Luz had prepared some good Panamanian food. Early
next morning, he and I took off in his Mitsubishi
for the interior. Through Arraijan and Chorrera on
to Cerro Campana. There we left the highway and
threaded the top of the mountain to the peak. What
a breat-taking view!
We came down Campana and headed for El Valle,
where I hoped to see Ed Nance. Unfortunately, he
was in the States. We did go to the market, to the
hotel, up the trail to establish with the camera
that there are truly SQUARE trees growing there.
Could not find the Golden Frogs for a picture,
even though they are real too. In the afternoon we
went to his home at San Carlos, and after lots and
lots of talking went to bed, planning on another
early start for our trek to Boquete and Cerro
Punta the next day.
About 2 a.m. we both woke up and decided to get

underway. Had a cuppacawfy then on the road. Had
breakfast in Penonom6. Had my first papaya yum!
Midday arrived at Boquete where we visited friends
of Bob, got some of their Boquete oranges, and off
again for El Volcan.
Arrived at El Hato and arranged to sleep at the
California Hotel, run by an old-timer, Mr. Zizic.
after a couple of drinks there, we headed for Cer-
ro Punta. Sure brought back memories as we crossed
the llanos approaching Bambito and the road to
Cerro Punta. The beautiful new Hotel Bambito real-
ly impressed me. Across the road, I was more
amazed by the trout hatchery which is comparative-
ly new, but doing very well. About a dozen tanks
each with varying size fish which are farmed com-
mercially. Had a succulent sample for dinner that
evening. A short distance above the trout farm
were about a dozen "A" frame cottages operated by
Kucikas. Very attractive.
Further up the trail (no, the road) were cabins
that Bob and I stayed in years ago 40 or so. We
nostalgized much more. Visited briefly with Father
Baldwin, some 86 years young and hale and hearty.
Were sorry to hear that Woodrow Dillon had passed
on. After a full tour of the Cerro Punta area, we
returned to El Hato for a drive further up the
Inter-American Highway toward Costa Rica.
Next morning had an early breakfast (papaya,
liver and onions, tortillas, and much strong black
coffee, then started the return trip to Panama.
On the way back, we stopped at Santa Clara to
see Anna (McFadden) and Jerry Schoch. Jerry was
not well, so we visited briefly with Anna, who
looked well.

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The HIGH point of the day! Bob McClain
and his daughter, Donna McClain Bryan -
the catch 80 (plus or minus) lb. sail-
fish. The catchers, Ralph McClain and
Donna's husband, Kenny Bryan.

Back to the city, and tour of many familiar
places in Panama and Balboa.
Bob had chartered a fishing boat (no, not a
panga) and his daughter, Donna McClain Bryan and
her husband, Kenny, living on the Atlantic side,
rose at 4 a.m. to meet us at the Balboa Yacht Club
for a day of fishing in the bay towards the Perlas
Islands. Wow, what a day! We caught many Dorado,
also numerous Bonita, but best of all, I got a
SAIL! About 80 lbs, and over 7 ft. long, again,
WOW! It's not a fish story, have pictures to prove
In the BYC we met Dick Parthanis, father-in-law
to Bob's other daughter, Kathy. Chatted with him
for a while, then back to the apartment in Ancon.
Final night in Panama, we went to Vera Cruz,
above Howard AFB, to a restaurant specializing in
Paella. They were indeed specialists. Sabrosisimo.
Earlier in the week while touring Balboa, we
stopped by the Elks Club for lunch, and were
pleasantly surprised to encounter Lucile (Tarflin-
ger) Robison and Lois Kerr. The kind of surprise
meeting that is so enjoyable.
Left Panama Saturday, and was met in Miami by
two of my youngest daughters, Gabrielle and Gina
McClain. They are both working in Miami, and we
spent a great evening, before returning to Jack-
sonville the next day.
Will return to Panama again and not wait 25
years to do it.
The Northeast Florida contingent of the Society
will be having a Picnic at Dan and Doris Harneds
home in Green Cove Springs in October. Anyone in
the area, get in touch with us, and come.
Ralph McClain
(904) 743-5715

Florida Mid-East Coast

This report is being written "on the road," as
Leo and I are on our way to Lake Junaluska, North
Carolina, by way of Tallahassee, Florida and Stone
Mountain, Georgia on a shake-down trip with our
new Chateau travel trailer so far so good.
Unfortunately, with my husband being in the
hospital once again shortly before the Reunion,
and then our having to leave so soon afterwards,
I have not had a chance to call folks in my area
for news. Therefore, most of this report will con-
cern the visits we had with old friends.
In May, Pat Gormley from Colorado and his sis-
ter, Alice Wall of Redlands, California, visited
Orlando, and my daughter Elise and I met them for
lunch. Pat and I hadn't seen each other in 43
years and a number of gentlemen at his hotel must
have thought I was trying to pick them up during
my search for Pat!

Mary Ellen Knoop from Gig Harbor, Washington,
visited her mother in Orange City. Unfortunately,
shortly after Mary Ellen arrived, her mother fell
and broke her hip, but amazingly she was up and
about in just a couple of weeks.

Mary Ellen Knoop, Patrick Gormely and
Alice Walls, during recent visit with
Leo Snedeker in DeLand, Florida.

Pat Gormley, Alice Wall, Mary Ellen and Leo and
I met in DeLand for lunch and had a delightful
visit. Pat is looking forward to attending the
Reunion next year and hopefully, Mary Ellen and
Roy will also. When Mary Ellen returned home, she
enrolled in a refresher nursing course and plans
to return to full-time nursing. Roy Knoop left
shortly after her return to head for Colorado,
where he will be teaching a music appreciation
course this summer.
Robert Arnold from Columbus, Mississippi and
his sister, Janie Clemens of Forestville, Calif-
ornia visited Helen Dudak of Orlando the latter
aprt of May. While in Orlando, Robert attended the
Shriner's Convention and he and Janie planned to
be at the Annual Reunion. Helen left shortly after
their visit to head for England where she planned
to visit Mary Agnes (Mitzi) Siegel Beers. Mitzi
was the representative of the C.Z. Girl Scouts at
the International Meeting in England during her
high school years. She met her husband, Bob, while
in the Orient during the time she worked for the
Diplomatic Service. Bob retired from the British
Marine Corps and they have three sons.

John and Noreen (Terry) MacLaughlin 's
first time Reunion, with Gene Gregg.

Joy (RandatL) and At MaaLe

Leo and Leona (Sanders) Snedeker with
their daughters, Lourelene Fowler and
Elise Baro, just before the Reunion Ball

Helen told me that her parents lived on Empire
Street in the old French quarters, and that the
Siegel family lived downstairs, and that Helen had
many times baby-sat for Mitzie and her brother.
I discovered while attending the Reporter's
Luncheon at the Reunion that Colorado had lost
Donna (Dickson) Dondanville as their reporter.
Donna has moved to Sanford, Florida and has offer-
ed me assistance in gathering news for the Florida
Mid-East coast area. So all of you in the Sanford/
Casselberry and Orlando area, please call Donna
with your news. Her phone number is (305) 321-9621
and her new address is: 308 Satsuma Dr., Sanford,
Florida 32771. It will help us a great deal if you
call or write so many folks are interested in
you and we want to report all your "comings and
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Shirley Ann and Carlton Horine at the
Reunion Ball.

Hopefully, the 1989 Reunion can be held in Pan-
ama. I know it will mean much planning and a tre-
mendous amount of work on the part of the Reunion
Coordinator, but it might very well be the last
chance a lot of us may have to return to Panama.
Leone Sanders Snedeker
(904) 734-0672

Pinellas Park

Saludos! Permit me to introduce myself. My
name is Lorraine Grose or "Sunshine" as I was
affectionately nick-named by my friends and school
chums (BHS Class of 1972). I am your new area re-
porter for Pinellas Park.
Some of you might remember me from the March
issue of the Canal Report (Page 30-31). There was
a picture of two iguanas on a shelf. These beau-
tiful creatures are y pets. Unfortunately, I had
to give up Pepe shortly after she played approxi-
mately 30 eggs. She developed a calcium defi-
ciency, which is common in iguanas, especially
during pregnancy. This broke my heart, as she was
my favorite. Now, we're a one iguana family.

Lorraine Grose holding "Spooky" for
nephew, Kenny and father, Stan.

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A few months ago, my brother and sister-in-law
and their son came to visit us from upstate New
York. They honored us by taking a picture of my
husband, Jim and I, each holding Spooky. I would
like to share these pictures with you.
On Tuesday, July 14th, I received a phone call
from Ivan Stahl. He informed me that he and his
wife, Soledad, had returned to Panama in early
April to visit Soledad's sister. They only stayed
a week but had a very nice time.
Please inform the Canal Record of your new zip
codes, so as not to cause a delay in receiving
future issues.
So, in ending my report...Wait, I'm getting a
newsflash from Largo, Florida! Alton and Vera
Jones had visitors in their home during and after
the 1987 Annual Reunion. Their guests were as
follows: John Wleaton of Fort Myers, Florida,
Ouck and Louise Rainer, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and
their son, Bill White from Des Moines, Iowa, and
last but not least, Herb and Mary (Mehl) Taake,
from Fairhope, Alabama. Everyone had an enjoyable
I noticed that the BHS Class of 1972 was not
having their 15 year Reunion! Why is this? Can
anyone out there tell me?
Till my next report...Hasta la vista.

Lorraine Sunshine" Grose

St. Petersburg

Ed and Jean Mann had a two-week trip to Massa-
chusetts which caused them to miss our Reunion,
but, they had the first week with relatives in
Boston, having their own reunion. After the first
week they went to the Hyatt Regency on Charles
River and had a very pleasant time going through
Faniel Hall and Quincy Market, also the old Stur-
bridge Village where the people dress in real old
fashioned clothes and do the housework that was
done by our New England great-great-grandparents.
They had a truly wonderful time!
Marie and Gerald Neal attended the college
graduation of their granddaughter, Esther Marie
Robles, from Tufts University on May 17, 1987. And
on June 19, 1987, they attended the college grad-
uation of their grandson, Joseph Robles from Vir-
ginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. In September, Esther
will enter Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
in Pre-Law. Joseph has accepted an assistanceship
at Virginia Tech where he will continue his stud-
Joseph and Esther are the children of David
Robles of Panama, Rep. of Panama.

We come to sing a Praise, a hearty cheer to
raise, for the school we love so dear, our own
Cristobal High. We'll honor her name, increase her
fame, through passing years, 'twill seem the same.
She's the best on the Zone. She's second to none,
we're proud to claim her as ours, our very own.
Northeast, Southwest, we've found her best. She's
our own Cristobal High.
Guy Jones, we sang and dedicated our Alma Mater
to you at the 1987 Panama Canal Reunion.
Be Thou At Peace
From the Atlantic side days in the Canal Zone
when most of us first met him until the end in
Florida where he had settled, we remember Guy as
"fun-loving and good-humored with a ready smile."
Guy Frederick Jones was the second son of the
late Captain and Mrs. Axton Jones, who first set-
tled in Coco Solo and later moved to Margarita
where Guy attended Cristobal High School. Guy grew
to become a true CHS'er. He was always there to
make us laugh and enjoy ourselves at the Teen Club
as well as the Spillway, the Lucho dances, the
Clubhouse and parties at each others homes. He was
there with unexpected pranks and his great wit.
Remembering him this way makes it so difficult to
accept his sudden and untimely death in September
of 1986.
We pray that you will rest in peace and we ded-
icate ourselves to carry on your memory. Each of
us who knew you had our lives enriched by your
friendship and your compassion for others. We are
all better men and women for having known you. You
will be sadly missed.
Guy is survived by his sister, Laurie Jones,
and brothers, Dodd and Doug Jones.
Helen (Spector) Gentry
Roy and Francis (Violette) Sharp are building
a new home in Sun City Center, Florida, and expect
to move from their present address by October 1,
1987. Their new address will be: 1913 Wolf Laurel
Drive, Sun City Center, FL 33570. Their daughter,
Mary Sharp Kauffman and family are now residing at
6751 Doti Point Drive, San Giego, CA 92139. Phone:
(619) 475-0218, in case any of her friends in that
area wish to call her.
Grace Williams
(813) 526- 7294


With the Annual Reunion of the Society in our
area, we have had many families and friends visit-
ing our sunny Sarasota.
Allen and Kay Miller have had some good and bad
luck. Allen underwent a seven by-pass open heart
surgery operation on April 10th. Their daughter
and grandson, Martha (Miller) and Michael Hoskins
arrived from Portland, Oregon, just before the
surgery and stayed a month.
In June, the Miller's other daughter, Marjorie
(Miller), their son-in-law, Don, and granddaughter
Melinda Kay Scheiwe, arrived from Monument, CO.
for a three-week stay. Marjorie and Don flew down
to the Virgin Islands for five days and also went
to Marjorie's 25th BHS Class reunion during the
Pan Canal reunion in Tampa.
Earlier this year, Marjorie, a biology teacher,
was selected to be a reader for the National Ad-
vanced Placement Biology exams. One hundred high
school and college instructors were flown to Tren-
ton State College in Trenton, N.J. to score the
free response portion of the exam.
Kay Nelson had Leon G. and Cecilia Greene as
her guests, from Panama, R.P., and they all at-
tended the Pan Canal Reunion.
Sally Bigelow of Dover, N.H. was the house
guest of Sheila (McNamee) Taylor, and with Sheila,
attended her first Pan Canal reunion.
Marion Greene entertained the Sarasota and
other guests at her annual "After-the-Reunion"
Monday morning coffee group, an annual tradition
she started ten years ago. The out-of-town guests
included: Jean Dombrowsky, Hendersonville, N.C.,
houseguest of Joe and Rae Ebdon; Mary Hare, Ocala,
FL., guest of Franny Davis; Pat Harris, visiting
Fran Orvis; Ruth Thompson of Bradenton, Fl.;
Toodles Setzer of Sun City, FL. with her guests,
Jo (Dennis) Konover and Jean (Dennis) Herbert of
N.J.; Sis Hayes of Tucson, AZ., guest of Mayno
Walker, Stella (Boggs) De Marr, and Nellie Berger,
houseguest of Allen and Kay Miller. Nellie honored
the group with singing several solos, including
patriotic songs as well as the hymn, "In the Gar
den," the hostesses' favorite.
In celebration of their 45th anniversary which
was March 21, 1987, Joe and Audrey Watson planned
an 8-day Caribbean cruise on the Sitmar Line ship,
FAIRWIND, with their children and grandchildren,
sailing on July 25. The group included Dr. Christ-
ensen, his wife, Juliette, with Christopher, Mon-
ica, David, and Marjorie (Watson) Christensen,
Kevin and Kim.
Major uTomas J. Ebdon, III, USAF (Ret), recent-
ly retired from the Air Force, is now in training
at Dallas, Texas, with American Airlines, He is
the son of Joe and Rae Ebdon.
Pat Harris, of St. Mary's, Kansas, has been the

houseguest of Fran Orvis for the month of July.
She enjoyed the reunion, the Monday morning coffee
groups and other activities in the area.
Jim and Julie Orvis of Temple Terrace, Fl. came
over for the weekend to visit with his mother,
Fran, and Pat.
Pat recently moved from her home in California
to Kansas to be near her daughter, Anita (Harris)
Holliday, as Pat's other daughter and son-in-law,
Dr. Charles and Louise (Harris) Bradshaw left the
area. Dr. Bradshaw, a Baptist minister, and his
wife recently were sent to Norway for a four-year
tour as missionaries. Both daughters are graduates
of Balboa High School.
John and Mary Hare of Ocala, FL. were guests of
Frances (Days) Jones prior to attending the re-
union. Fran accompanied them when they returned to
Billie Galloway had her family visiting from
Houston, Texas, during the Pan Canal reunion. Her
son-in-law and daughter, Pat and Kathrine (Gallo-
way) Daniel, came for the reunion and to attend
her BHS 35th Class reunion. Billie's granddaughter
and her husband, Dave and Kathy (Daniel) Stietz
accompanied her parents and enjoyed visiting her
grandmother and aunts while her folks were in
Tanpa Billie's son, Joe Galloway of Atlanta, GA.
attended the reunion and came to Sarasota to visit
his mother, sister and other family members.
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker were among the
lucky Sarasotans to have the welcome may out for
the reunion visitors. Their daughter, Jeanne
(Walker) and her husband, Jack Wagner, who was
coming for his first P.C. Reunion and to attend
his 35th BHS Class Reunion, and their daughters,
Gayle and Jeannine of Eagle River, Alaska, spent
several weeks in the Florida area. Also joining
them for part of their visit, were the Walker's
grandsons, Tommy and Michael Peregoy of Richmond,
VA. together with sons of their daughter, Carole
(Walker) Miller of Tampa, FL. also participated in
the many sightseeing attractions such as "Wet and
Wild," "Sea World," "Boardwalk and Baseball" and
others. The group visited with Jeanne's other sis-
ter, Mabelle (Mickey Walker) Fitzgerald and fam-
ilies of New Smyrna Beach, who arranged a great
day of picniking and "tubing" at Blue Springs, and
a visit to the Lighthouse and Museum in Daytona
Beach. Visiting Carole and her husband, Ken, they
enjoyed Busch Gardens, the beach and the Millers'
A family breakfast was held at the Walker home
to "farewell" Jack Wagner, who had to return to
Alaska, and included additional family members,
namely Barney and Tinsie (Bliss) Barnes; Gladys
(Bliss) Humphrey; Leo McIntire and wife, of Tulsa,
OK.; Frank Fitzgerald and Wendy Long of Franklin-
ville, NC.
As well as enjoying their family, Mayno's
classmate and very good friend of old C.Z. school

days, Elizabeth (Sis Hayes) Phillips of Tucson, AZ
attended her first Pan Canal reunion and stayed at
the Walker home.
Gilbert Smith of Panama was the houseguest of
Jeannine and Bill Carlin for several weeks, enjoy-
ing poolside lounging, some golf, tennis and a day
at the Spa. Bill accompanied Gil on a trip, stop-
ping first at Gainesville, FL. to visit Gil's
children, daughter Julie and Gilbert Jr., then to
the north, spending a few days in Peachtree, GA.
with friends and host, Ginny and Ed Aanstoos. Ed
was able to get box seats for the three to see a
Braves-Dodger baseball game.
Enroute to Dothan, AL., Bill and Gil stopped in
Columbus, GA. long enough to have lunch with
Bill's daughter, Melanie Carlin.
In Dothan, Dave and Betty (Watts) kelleher in-
vited them to stay for several days, giving them
the chance to see old friends, Woody Woodruff,
Dave Rose and others.
Gil also managed to visit his son and daughter-
in-law, Larry and Sandy Smith in Tampa, and his
brother, Joe Smith of NJ., who Gil brought back
for the reunion.

Mrs. Jenkins and her six children, Jack,
Kathy, Billy, Joe, Tom, and Marie: Bobby
Barnes, Norm Pederson, Willie Peterson,
Janice Berg, Mickey and Jean Walker, the
Batemans: Bruce and Diane with Brucie,
and Caroline. Margaret Rainey and Mar-
garet Davis holding map of Cocoli made
by Carl Berg.

Louise Pustis has returned from a visit with
her son and daughter and their families. She first
visited her son, Steve Pustis, wife Nancy, and
three children in Bend, OR., then spent three
weeks with her son-in-law and daughter, Jim and
Connie Ebdon and two children in Napa, CA. They
enjoyed visits to Carmel, the new aquarium in Mon-
terey and Crater Lake. They were joind by Jim's
parents, Fred and Beverly (Moody) Ebdon. The Ebdon
and Louise traveled in two RV's, and although it
was July, they were surprised to run into a huge
snow storm.
Sunmer vacation for Al and Miriam Bissett was
a trip in their camper to visit family and some
friends, spending a day with Jan Jenner in Pensa-

cola, then north to see Betty McGilberry in Rogers
AR. With Betty, the Bissetts they attended some
sailboat races where they saw Marilyn Annan. Later
they stopped by Bev and Hazel Halliday's home in
Dallas, Texas. Their son, Craig Halliday, took
Miriam and his mother to visit the Senior High
School in Richardson, Texas where Craig is the
In May, Mrs. Harry (Jay) Cain flew to Califor-
nia to visit her daughter-in-law, Catherine (Cain)
Pruett and her husband, Harold in Aguadulce, CA.
and their family, Rodney Morris and wife, and Jean
(Morris) Econanmkos and her husband of Huntington
Beach, CA.
Jay also visited in Palmdale with former Gamboa
friend, Bernice (Wood) Hileman, and had a tele-
phone visit with John and Zonella (Bliss) Field of
San Fernando.
Before returning to Sarasota, the Pruitts had
a family gettogether honoring Jay, presenting her
with a gold bracelet, celebrating her 50 years as
a member of the Cain family. Jay and her late hus-
band, Harry Cain were married 50 years ago on May
17, 1937 in New Jersey.
Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900


According to everyone in Tampa, the 1987 Canal
Zone Reunion was the best so far! We all had a
great time.
In May I traveled to Panama and met Steve, my
husband, who was on business there at the time. I
was so excited to go back after being gone for 7
years. In seven years everything had changed so
much in what used to be the old "Canal Zone." Even
though things had changed, we enjoyed ourselves so
much. We were there for five days and stayed at
the Marriott Hotel downtown. We did a lot of shop-
ping, eating, gambling and sight-seeing. Billy
McGann was our tour guide. It was so nice to have
some good ceviche, empanadas, corvina, rum and
green mangoes. We ate at the Napoli everyday for
lunch, which has not changed a bit their pizzas
are still the greatest.
While we were there, we saw Sue Smith, Mrs.
Pincus, Joe and Bev Wood, Burt Mead, Frank DeAbate
and Coach Jim Sweeney.
The Bay area is happy to have George and Barb
Husun back. They recently moved back to Clearwater
from Pensacola.
In June, Lee (Nickisher) Gaul and her adorable
daughter, Nicky, visited with her brother, Tanny,
who attends the University of South Florida.
Gil Smith of LaBoca, Panama, made Tampa a stop
on his summer vacation. He visited with his child-

ren, Linda and Larry and wife, Sandy.
Recently received a call from Gerald Nlotony.
Gerald and his wife and baby daughter have just
moved to Boca Raton, Florida.
Also heard from Daniel De Gracia, Robert Wood
and Jane Garber. They called to find out more
about the BHS '78 Class Reunion. I have collected
about 75 names and addresses, and am getting ready
to send out a letter to everyone. Please send me
If anyone has any Tanpa news, please call or
send it to me.
Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
14038 Citrus Pointe Dr.
Tanpa, FL 33625
(813) 920-6786


My only report thus far about the Florida Re-
union (which, sadly I missed this year) is from
Ruth (Clark) Little, who took in two days of the
great event, along with friends Adamary (Anderson)
Bright and Eileen O'Brien. Ruth said she didn't
know many people there after so many years, but
especially enjoyed the Luncheon and the excellent
speech (and speaker). Henry and Virginia (Ridge)
Dolim, who also did not go this year, hope to at-
tend the 1988 Reunion and that the 50th reunion
of Virginia's BHS Class of 1938 will coincide. She
was talked into chairmanship of the Honolulu Elks'
Club fashion show/luncheon on September 19, 1987.
Virginia's sister-in-law, Reeta Ridge, who attend-
ed last year's PCSOFL Reunion with her late hus-
band Rocky Ridge, visited Hawaii for a week re-
cently with her daughter and sister. The Dolims
entertained them at the Elks' Club and also watch-
ed the Kamehameha Day parade from the visitors'
In talking with Sra. Armenia Adames de White,
the handsome and fascinating lady who is the
Consul General de Panamn in Hawaii, I learned of
the marriage on June 13 of her niece, Amaryllis
Burgos to Lt. Bryan Thomas, USA (West Point '85).
They were married at Balboa Union Church and are
stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The
pretty bride, whom I once met at Honolulu Club
with her sister, has been living with the Whites
while attending college here.
Bill and Jan (Koperski) Taylor enjoyed a June
visit from Walter Muller (BHS '38) and his wife,
Skippy (Taylor stepsister of Bill Taylor). Walt-
er, who at one time was Assistant Secretary of
Commerce in Washington, D.C., is now retired, and
they travel frequently and far. The Mullers, who
have seven children, live in the Austin, Texas
area. Walter reminisced about acting, along with
Jan, in some BHS plays.

I was overjoyed to receive a surprise telephone
call from Elaine (Bohan) Johnson of Jonesboro,
Arkansas a wonderful, long visit with a favorite
pal of BHS days and a large part of happy mem-
ories. Surely hope she will attend the next re-
A splendid wedding party celebrated the earlier
marriage of Kathy McMillan (daughter of Margaret
(Sullivan) McMillan, a well-known Honolulu artist)
to David Lengkeek. The buffet supper affair at the
Marina Club at Pearl Harbor was blessed with a
beautiful sunset over the yacht harbor. Margaret's
sister, Nancy Schorsch came from the West Coast
for the event. Margaret mentioned that the Rocker
girls, Jeanie Allen and Willis Leonard had recent-
ly visited their father, Norman Rocker (for whom
I once worked at Balboa Heights) in Camano Island,
Washington. Margaret also mentioned visiting with
John Anderson (brother of Frances, of my BHS class
of 1935) of the Los Angeles area. Margaret's
brother Jim (who attended Cristobal High) planned
to attend the reunion his first. Had no luck
trying to reach Irene Chan by telephone, for news
about herself.
My neighbor, Liz (Taylor) Bledsoe (a Zonian
during the '40's) received a "Golden Poetry Award
of 1987" in recognition of her fine poem "My Land
of Aloha", to be published in the "Great American
Poetry" book. For this award she was invited to
the annual ceremony and parade in Las Vegas, but
did not attend.
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Katya DeLaMater, niece of Bill DeLaMater
displaying friend "Monty Python" for the
Honolulu Zoo-fari.

Honolulu's annual Zoo-fari (to raise money for
our zoo) was a gala composite of dinner, enter-
tainment, auction and fashion show. As part of the
animal presentations, 'Monty Python," a 14-foot

reptile, was handled for several hours by my
daughter, Katya DeLaMater. Monty behaved very well
for TV coverage (he seems to like girls) and in-
trigued many local and foreign visitors who had
never touched a large snake, here in snake-free
On July 10, my daughter, Katya and I viewed
from the Elks' Club, two of the boats of the Tran-
spac race (from L.A.) sailing past Diamond Head,
after the yacht "Merlin" had finished first.




I devoured eagerly the splendid June issue of
the Canal Record, especially Charlie Heim's nos-
talgic article, "Those Were the Days" which evoked
such vivid memories. My childhood shyness, grow-
ing up in Cristobal, was diminished somewhat by
jolly likes of Charlie, Bert Asencio, Lloyd Al-
berga, Bobby Peterson and that long-lost comedian,
Constantino Simon Theoktisto. I, too, fondly re-
call Max Bilgray's Sunday night steak dinners
with the family and the jiggling beaded curtains;
the youthful wide-eyed view of the infamous Bottle
Alley (later learning that most of the bottles
were indoors and filled with fragrant fluids); the
terrifying time when my friend Lois, Charlie's
sister, while diving from the high wall into the
Washington Hotel pool, split her forehead on the
underwater concrete shelf); the Sexton-Sears bal-
let classes (and envying the beautiful "big" girls
- like Donna Eaton); Girl Reserve camp at Taboga
(One-nine-three-oh at Morrow Isle, never a year
the same..." tra-la); moving to Pedro Miguel and
learning more about life's pursuits, like skinny-
dippin' at the rapids (and hoping I think that
the boys were not peeking through the bushes or
stealing our clothes); Far Fan, Gorgona and La
Venta beaches; chilly El Valle; Taboga and Tabo-
guilla Islands and all the great boat trips and
picnics and aquaplaning; canoeing and alligator-
hunting groups with "Welty" Weltmer; flying les-
sons with Barney Barnes (and the mystical feeling
of flight); dancing at the beer gardens in the
moonlight or rain (also at Peter Mike school at
night, to a phonograph, with the inimitable Peggy
Peters and the gang (surely I wouldn't have done
that?)). Later on, weekends in Cristobal, visiting

Jean Walsh and prancing at the Strangers' Club,
the Washington Hotel and Bilgray's Garden (wonder
what happened to Negrito Chapuseau, who could
dance and shake maracas and things so engagingly).
My brother Bill and friends have driven me in more
recent times to every place I ever lived, from
Colon Beach (next to Christ-Church-by-the-Sea) to
the concrete slab that was once Rousseau on the
West Bank; and yes, Mamie Lee Kelly's Ritz the
cabaret where the kids felt so wicked; the frenz-
ied gayety of Carnaval; BHS and CZJC and the mem-
orable school teachers who influenced our lives so
indelibly. No doubt others also find that most
people simply don't believe what a wonderful life
we had in the Zone and Panama and how gratifying
it is to get together with friends from "way back
then..." Viva la reunion!
Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766

P.S. to Charlie Heim: Instead of Diet Pepsi, try
Diet 7-Up with lime. It is, as they say here in
pidgin, "mo' bettah!"


I neglected to send out reminder letters this
time so there is not too much to report. Walter
Alves did send me a most welcome letter with some
news. In May, Red Nail and Alice visited in their
grand carper. Walter writes he has always been
fond of Alice and has been friends with Red since
they rode traffic together in the CZ Police De-
partment. Barbara's daughter, Terri, and her
daughter, Allison, and a friend were due in for
a visit. Allison was going to stay for a while.
We Roods have been busy since May. Our son,
Kenny, graduated from Medical School on May 17 in
Louisville. Karen came for her brother's gradua-
tion and stayed for two weeks. Then Kenny flew
to Charleston, S.C. for a vacation with friends
and also Karen and her family. He began a resi-
dency in emergency medicine on July 1st, at St.
Francis Hospital. We helped Kenny move to Peoria
the end of June and spent some time with him
there. I liked the town. My brother, Lt. Col.
Fernand Espiau and his wife, Betty, visited us on
June llth. They live in Phoenix, Arizona and were
pleasantly surprised at how beautifully green and
lush Kentucky is. After the desert, I guess al-
most anywhere with grass would look lush and
green. We had a great time and plan to visit them
in January or February.
One last note. I must apologize to Barbara
Alves. Last issue referred to Walter and Beverly
Alves. Please forgive the error. I guess the
gremlins are always at work.

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Hope to get reminder cards out in time next
issue and have lots of news from all us Kentuck-
Ginger Rood


The switch from full-time travel agency manager
to full-time mommy and part-time travel agent was
taken right in stride by Diana "Dini" Sperling
Archabal. She sends us news from Kenner where she
and hubby, Roger, and 16 month old daughter,
Alessondra presently reside. Roger is a con-
sulting engineer for a Metairie firm and part-time
master's degree candidate in geotechnical en-
gineering. In playing "news catch-up", Diana
writes that last Christmas they traveled to
Florida to spend two weeks with family and
friends, including Keri L. Colvin of Tampa, and

Miss Alessondra Archabal with her par-
ents, Diana and Roger, at Christmastime
in Kenner, LA,, 1986.

Alice (Raymond) and Theodore McGann of Orlando.
Godparents Jeannette Sperling of Tampa and Alex
Archabal of Orange, California, arrived for
Alessondra's baptism on January 11. During Mardi
Gras, the Archabals enjoyed a three day visit from
Maritza Reyes of Tampa. In April several BHS
'79ers got together with Diana, including Michele
Owen of Tampa, Donna Matin Adams of Orlando and
Rebecca Harp of Gretna. In June Alessondra's
granddaddy, Donald C. Sperling of Tampa, shared
Roger's second Father's Day and a week-long sea-
food feast ensued. Tedd Anthony Archabal and wife
Maritza of Panama were up for a week's visit in
September. A recent outing to the Pensacola beach
provided Alessondra to be a true Zonian mermaid,
thoroughly enjoying the water with her daddy.


They plan a vacation to Panama in December. If
CHS '78 is looking for her brother, Albert
Sperling, contact Diana for the full address.
Albert is in Helena, Montana. The Greggs in
Mandeville may expect a surprise visit from Diana,
who was one of Gene's history students at CHS and
is remembered fondly by her. She graduated and
he retired at the same time.
Wasn't it convenient to run into Fmily Brooks
at the Reunion, selling the 1988 Balboa Union
Church calendars? She sold out quickly, but cal-
endars may still be ordered from the Women's
Auxiliary, BUG, Box 3664, Balboa, Republic of
Panama, for $5 each, plus $1.25 postage for one
calendar; $2.00 for two; $2.50 for three;; $3.25
for four and $3.75 for five calendars. Impressive
lead photo is of the BUC by Cleve Soper, head of
Jim Doran, Box 1763, Glen Burnie, MD 21061,
is distributing fliers for his new business, Cre-
ative Sign Design. For your next Reunion get to-
gether, he'd like you to consider his personalized
engraved name badges with the PanCanal seal.
Write Jim for details.
If you believe a mind is a terrible thing to
waste, you may be game for Elderhostel, a program
created for folks at least 60 years old. A com-
panion of 50 or older may accompany a participant
who is at least 60. The program consists of
liberal arts and science courses, but with no
exams, no grades, no homework (that's heaven!),
taught on college campuses worldwide, on cruise
ships or bring-your-own RV. For your free catalog
of offerings, write Elderhostel, 80 Boylston St.,
Suite 400, Boston, MA 02116.
Myrna Boynton Ericksen, San Jose, California,
has a VCR tape (VHS) of the Reunion activities
centering around the BHS '52 get-together. If you
want a copy, send her a blank tape and a self-
addressed, stamped, padded envelope. Among
Myrna's pleasant surprises at her first-ever
Reunion were how good everyone was to each other,
how nuch we still look like ourselves, how well
the non-Zonian spouses held up through the
barrage of friendly hugs and kisses, and all the
long-time marriages that outlasted the general
population. No one wanted it to end even after
three heartwarming days of partying, dancing,
standing, laughing and talking. Though some of
us care for disabled or retarded children and
some are recovering from strokes and major sur-
gery, no one would ever know it. The Reunion is
the best therapy we could have.
Thanks go to Gene Gregg, our man in the
Mandeville swamp, for a fat envelope of Star &
Herald and La Prensa clips and digests. While he
was having a fiesta seeing pals at the Reunion,
Marian, Gene, Carlye and Rayne were visiting in
Panama. Now young Gene is getting set to attend
LSU in the fall and Marian is off to see her folks

in West Virginia. Bob and Gail were by. He is
now Major Weien and they are in San Antonio. He
is at Brooks AFB Hospital. Helen stayed in Panama
so she and Laura could sightsee in Peru.
It was a pleasure to carry a greeting from Mrs.
Ann Gerhardt of 19870 Steve Hughes Road, Walker,
LA 70785, to her dear friend, Mrs. Pauline
Holmelin of St. Petersburg. Ann, 87, and Pauline,
91, were good friends in Florida for many years
before Ann moved to Louisiana. Pauline is the
mother of Society President, Mnriel Whitman.
Jeff and Ruth Hennessy, Lafayette, were de-
lighted at their first reunion. Jeff had the
opportunity to see and visit people Ruth had never
met and he had not heard from in 46 years. "It
was like time travel to the past," he says. Many
BHS '47ers attended their own special get-together
held in conjunction with the Reunion. Most were
people Jeff had known as a child. This would have
been his graduation class had he rained in the
Anne "'Rusty" Stapler Lo Franco, Staten Island,
is still high from the grand time she had at the
Reunion. The two dances were such great fun, re-
miniscent of the junior and senior proms she
missed back when. Rusty is an administrative
nurse for New York City under the Home Care Pro-
gram. She has three children and four grand-
Taboga Island was in the news as a well-kept
secret hideaway for Panamanians. So now in-
creasing numbers of tourists are making the short
trip from the mainland to share the special
pleasures of its tranquility, broad beaches and
lovely setting, encouraged by the Panama Govern-
ment Tourist Bureau. There goes the neighborhood!
Capt. Charlie Taylor of Baton Rouge reports that
Capt. and Mrs. Don Pietro Garrido and Don's mother
stopped for a visit recently. The Garridos
attended the Shrine convention in Las Vegas June
22-26 while on vacation from Panama.
New member, Bob Wood, phoned from Lafayette.
He's a CHS '45 graduate and retired a harbor fore-
man from the Marine Bureau in 1979. His wife,
Dioselina, is from Chiriqui. They especially en-
joyed the Reunion hugs and kisses and seeing Bob's
classmates Leona Sanders and Teddy Brown. Leona
is remembered as a high school Glee Club soloist.
Bob heard from a reliable source that folks at the
Hyatt consumed $250,000 in food and drink during
their 3-day stay. Is that a record? Sons,
Robert K. Jr., and David K., both BHS '78, also
attended the Reunion. Robert, Jr., works for an
oilfield supplier and David, who recently grad-
uated from electronics trade school, is tempo-
rarily with UPS.
A few passing thoughts about the Reunion: It
reminds one of the magical Scottish village,
Brigadoon, that comes to life one day each cen-
tury. We're luckier. Once a year for three days

our hometown is the Hyatt and most folks come
home...Dazella, a Hyatt maid, finds the Reunion
happily unusual because in the three-room suites
she often finds parents in the center room with
their children in the room on one side and grand-
children on the other...Dave, a bartender, works
at another Hyatt, but always arranges his schedule
so he can come back to work our Reunion...Kippy,
is back in the museum business, so save your
collections. Add a line in your will so your CZ
items will be properly preserved and not eventual-
ly lost by your heirs or heirs' heirs. Your re-
porter is still collecting old CZ books and school
yearbooks...We heard that some folks were staying
away because they got older and show it. Guess
what! No one cares. It doesn't matter if you're
bald, grey, fat, wrinkled, shriveled, withered,
doddering, tottering or senile. Your equally
older friends and classmates would just be so glad
to see you and have you there with them for a hug.
That's all that matters...BHS '52ers: A few up-
dates of your Zonian yearbook remain from our Re-
union get-together and may be purchased for $10
from this reporter on a first come, first serve
basis. Christmas is coming. They'd make a nice
gift from you to you. Remember exchanging those
little name cards when we graduated from High
School and JC? Business card versions collected
at the Reunion show Sally Ackernan Estes, Editor,
Books for Young Adults, American Library Associa-
tion; Ralph Huls, certified general contractor;
Beth Lockridge Huls, Old Florida Trailwalks; Carl
Meissner, President, Charleston Franchise National
Meat & Seafood Co.; Father Fred Raybourn, Jr.,
Episcopal priest and consultant; Nancy Wells,
artist. That's impressive!


At the Reunion Ed Parker, New Orleans,
and Roland Casanova, Slidell, Louisiana.

For Louisiana eyes only: If you are interested
in joining the Panama Canal Society or if you are
a new member and did not get your reporter's last

quarterly reminder letter, please make yourself
known to her by writing to 2801 Allen Court, Baker
IA 70714, to get on the list. If your name and
address are correct in the April Directory, a
letter was sent to you.

Patt Foster Roberson


I guess it being summer, everybody is busy or
out enjoying the nice warm weather and they have
not had time to write in.
Last month, Mary Jane (Woodruff) and daughter,
Marta came to Muskegon to visit her aunt and uncle
and we were able to chat for a few hours.
I haven't been too successful in arranging a
Canal Zone get-together I would appreciate any
suggestions you may have as for the best month,
etc. We have beautiful lakes in Muskegon and I
figured it would be cool and good swimming.
I attended Leo Goulet's funeral last week. What
a great loss for his family, Gerbers and the Fre-
mont ccmunity. I did get to see Macel and Rita,
and was sorry it had to be under those circumstan-
ces. Jim and Julie Lovejoy live next door to the
Goulets in Fremont. Jim is a 1949 graduate of BHS.
I told him about the Canal Record and sent him
an application form. He seemed very interested in
participating in next years' Annual Reunion.
We celebrated our 42nd anniversary July 21 -
can't believe it's been that long!

Back, L-R: Mary Scigliane Leach, Louise
Scigliane Bauman. Front, L-R: Mary Scig-
liane, Janet Scigliane, and Louis Scig-
liane. January 25, '87 in Atlanta, GA.

Received this letter from Louise (Scigliane)
Bauman of Port Huron, Michigan:
"In July I made my second trip to Atlanta this
year. My first was in January to attend the wed-
ding of my sister, Janet Scigliane to Henry Garcia
who are both from Atlanta.
In July I drove with my parents, Louis and Mary
Scigliane of Stone Mountain, Ga. and my sister,
Mary Scigliane Leach of Lilburn, Ga. to attend the
Society Reunion. This was my 6th Reunion, plus my
Class Reunion for the class of BHS '62.
Our sister, June Scigliane Lane and her husband
Rob left Panama in March and are now stationed in
Key West, Florida.
Have spoken to Anita (Asmussen) on the phone a
few times hoping to get together some day.
In November, I plan to fly to Atlanta to attend
my second Lucho dance, plus see my family and
friends from Curundu again."
Anita (Daniels) Asnussen
(616) 744-8556


Susan Halley Bailey, Biloxi, sent us a picture
of some of her BHS '67 classmates taken at their
first reunion get-together to mark their 20th
anniversary. About 70 graduates plus spouses and
dates participated. Mississippians Jim and Kevan
Jenner, Ocean Springs, attended as did two from
Germany and another from England. All hope to do
it again in five years to keep up old friendships
and make new ones.
Clairee Chisolm, Union, writes that the boys
have quit go-cart racing. It's a dangerous sport
at best, but when the rules aren't followed, it's
time to bail out. Brian spent the sunner in Jack-
sonville, FL., and Doug, swimming. They went to
Pensacola to visit Roger's brother for three days.
The garden is down to seven rows. Grapes will
soon be ripe and what they don't eat they'll give
away. Roger can't do much because of emphysema.
Clairee stays busy sewing and caring for her
flowers. In July, she and Sheila went on a
shopping spree to Vicksburg and the Chisolms al-
ways enjoy visits to and from the Boswells of
We hope the class secretary has had a chance
to stop and put her feet up. Our class get-to-
gether was a humdinger for one and all. As
Virginia says, "That life was so engrained in each
of our beings. I'm sure those who were there who
thought they had forgotten, realize now that they
could never forget nor do they want to. There was
such a genuine feeling of joy at just being to-

gether again. Everything about the whole affair
was super." The only thing Virginia didn't like
was the long wait for the elevators and the night
she got tired of waiting, took her shoes off and
climbed 10 flights. In summary, we are all grate-
ful to class president, Raymond Davidson, for
MCing; Vice President, Sam Maphis, for class
honors and awards complete with exceptional
prizes; Irwin Frank's trivia memories that still
bring tears to our eyes and those exquisite name
tags in calligraphy we'll all treasure. We must

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their 35th: Frankie Azcarraga, Panama;
Lilia Flores Rozmeski, Tampa; Leona Hart
Lee and Fred Lee, Panama.

comment on the nice looking children who were pre-
sent along with the spouses we all loved meeting.
Congratulations to the good sports who had not
danced in 35 years and now will probably have to
have hip transplants. And our all-time Best
Dancer, Henry Cruz, who made a point of escorting
every lady in the class out upon the dance floor
at least once in the course of the evening.

Vilma Medina Reilly (BHS'52, CZJC'54)
and hubby Dave, of Panama.

Life's happy and harsh experiences were shared in
the small group meetings late at night. bMre pro-
mises and plans were made to come together in
other places at other times. Sally Ackennan
Estes, Joan Baron ladkin, Dianne Hanrahan Coughlan
and Virginia Salby Entrekin already know they will
meet at Karen Saun's in Maine next summer. As for
the final financial audit, the slight profit was
promptly used to reimburse for photocopying and
a few typewriter cartridges still owed Virginia's
Farther south, Shirely Zemer Swenson, Carriere,
agrees that Virginia deserves an Oscar (as in
Academy Award, not Kourany) for planning, organ-
izing and pulling off the best class reunion ever.
Shirely says, 'Never have seen so many happy
faces. Also, have decided that attending a BHS
'52 reunion is a sure-fire diet plan. Use mouth
for talking, laughing and reminiscing and body for
dancing all night. Result: loss of weight. Only
sad part, not enough time to really visit with
good freinds."
For Mississippi eyes only: If you are inter-
ested in joining the Panama Canal Society or if
you are a new member and did not get your re-
porter's last quarterly reminder letter, please
make yourself known to her by writing to 2801
Allen Court, Baker, IA 70714, to get on the list.
If your name and address are correct in the April
Directory, a letter was sent to you.

Patt Foster Roberson

New Mexico

The Second Annual New Mexico Panama Canal
Society picnic on May 2, 1987 was interesting.
Interesting is really the wrong word. On the day
of the picnic, the weather turned cloudy and a
cold wind of approximately thirty miles an hour
blew a regular gale. In spite of the really
terrible weather, thirty brave people showed up
at the picnic site.
Dan Curtiss was present with his new wife of
three months. No, Grace, the weather was never
like this in Panama.
Robert and Virginia Simns Covington were de-
lighted to celebrate fifty years of married life
April 28. And many more years of married life to
you both. At the present time, they are living
with their daughter, Carolyn, and her husband,
iheeler Green.
Rosita and Art inner were present. When
Michael Perry and his family arrived at the pic-
nic, we heard a great deal of very familiar
Panamanian talk going on. One of the things

people miss about Panama are Panamanian conversa-
tions around one.
Russel and Virginia Hellnund were busy or-
ganizing the picnic with the help of their daugh-
ter, Linda Payne, and her two children, Patty and
Dora Hardy, Jackie Dorgan Meketa and Terry Blog
were also at the picnic enjoying the beautiful
view of the Rio (rande River. if not the weather.

Dan and Grace Curtiss,
signing in at the May

Rancho, New Mexico. The Butz's were enroute to
Reno, Nevada.
Betty Amis heard recently from her rockhound
friend, Betty Clarke of Las Vegas, Nevada. Betty
Clarke had problems with her heart and in April
she had heart surgery. Betty said she was up and
around but not yet rock hunting again. Hurry up
and get well, those rocks are calling us!
By winning a national contest, Alison Annis
Almquist and Keith Almquist, along with their
daughter, Elaine, went on a South Pacific cruise.
They had several marvelous days in Sydney,
Australia before they boarded the Island Princess.
They then spent the next two weeks calling at such
ports as Auckland and Bay of Islands in New
Zealand, Fiji, Western Samoa, and Tahiti, where
the tour ended. Western Samoa reminded them most
of Panama. They were even fortunate enough to ex-

and Betty Annis
2 Picnic in New

Vic and Madelon Brown, Jim and Karen Clary with
daughters, Darien and Anne, and Ed and Janette
Pearson outdid themselves with the food they
brought. Betty and Russell Amis also shared in
the marvelous food.
Ed Pearson has been to Panama several times re-
cently, visiting many friends and touring the
sights of Panama. He had the most up to date news
of Panama.
Dora Hardy spent a week in Florida visiting
Grace Rider. Apparently, weather in Florida is
not always warm and sunny because Dora said the
weather was so terrible that she did not have a
chance to visit with her many friends in Florida
as she had hoped.
Panama Canal people appear to have an urge to
travel. Many go through New Mexico on their way
to other places. Recently, Lee and Harry Butz of
Springdale, Arkansas spent some time with their
friends, Russel and Virginia Hellmund, of Rio

Virginia Payne, Caro yn Green, Patty
Payne and Rosita Kirmer getting ready to
eat at the New Mexico Picnic.



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perience a "typical" tropical downpour while in
Western Samoa. While they were cruising around
the South Pacific, their ten month old son, Brett,
spent the time getting better acquainted with his
grandparents, Betty and Russell Armis, of

Keith and Alison Annis Almquist with
their daughter, Elaine, enjoying the
warm weather on their South Pacific
As a reward for keeping grandson, Brett, for
almost a month, once Alison and Keith Almquist had
returned from the cruise, Betty Annis and her
sister, Bernice Gants, of Seattle went off to New
Zealand and Australia for a month. They had a
marvelous time, getting to Lightning Ridge,
Australia, where the magnificent black opals are
mined. Also, they took a four day trek in the
Milford Sound area of New Zealand. The people of
the South Pacific were really friendly and this
area of the world is an excellent place to take
a vacation and get away from it all.
Vic Brown has become the planetarium coordina-
tor at the New Mexico museum of Natural History.
The museum has an inflatable planetarium which
is held in space by compressed air and is used to
teach students about the constellations. Vic
spends many enjoyable hours at the museum as a
docent and plans on keeping the planetarium open
to the public this Sunmer.

Betty Annis
(505) 299-1682

North Carolina

The Panama Canal Society of W.N.C. are having
their annual picnic at Lake Julien on July 23rd.
Janet and Ross Cunningham are back at Connastee
Falls for the Sunmer. They have completed an
addition to their home there; enlarged the kit-
chen, living room and dining area and added
another bedroom and bath. House guests have been
their son, Ed, his wife, Judy, and two children
from St. Petersburg, Dick and Linda Cunningham,
and Laura and Tony Teleska, from Atlanta, Georgia.
Their daughter, Linda Sue, and her husband, Jim
Fmmons, will be coming to pick up their two child-
ren who have been visiting Janet and Ross. Linda
Sue and Jim are moving from Florida to California.
Alice and Max Conover came back from Florida
in June and in July, Max fell and suffered a com-
pression fracture of the vertebrae. He is re-
covering at home after a week in the hospital.
Meanner and Toi Huff attended the reunion with
Edith (Huff) and Jack Willoughby. Edith attended
the 25th reunion of her class at Balboa High
School. The Huff's daughter, Toni, from San Diego
will spend a week with them the last of July.
Ron Angennuller went to the reunion, also the
40th reunion of his class at Balboa High School.
Linnea was ready to go but an illness cancelled
her plans. Their daughter, Britta, from Houston,
spent two weeks with them in June.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky attended the reunion
then spending a few days in Sarasota as guests of
Rae and Joe Ebdon. Jean's sister, 'Bricky"
Pattison, is coming the latter part of July to
spend some time with them.
Ruth Zelnick went to Vermont for the Sunmer and
in July, she and her granddaughter, Emily Richmond
flew to Europe and were in Scandanavian countries
for two weeks.
Peanut (Howe) and Don Bonner just finished
building Jay and Llori (Kent) Gibson's house this
May, and everybody came to see it. Llori's

Darlene (Dailey) Franheim and Peanut
(Howe) Bonner. The two greatest BHS'69
and '71 volleyball players! At the Ball.

family, Bomie Kent, Kerry (Kent) Young and her
three small girls, and Lloyd and Jo Kent (her mon
and dad) from Boca Raton, and Jay's mom and Dad,
Noel and Trudy Gibson all came and enjoyed a stay
in their beautiful new home on 52 acres. Pat and
(heryl Williams and children, Shaun and Katie from
Gamboa also came to see the sights as well and to
do some fishing on Llori and Jay's lake. Pat, of
course, didn't catch a thing.
Peanut and Don had many great cookouts for

Four Gamboa Girls Donita Crull, Pea-
nut Howe, Diane Homa and Vicki Borrell.
Night of the Ball.
The Kents enjoyed a family reunion at Peanut
and Don's with BBQ Beef and swimming in their pool
all day. Peanut and Don also had Bobby and
Priscilla Dunn from Gamboa stay with them while
taking care of business for their new home as
well. Bobby and Priscilla plan to retire in
Horse Shoe too. Peanut and Don have their own
home building business in Hendersonville for any-
one else who wants to build or retire in the area.
Betty Runnestrand from Winter Park, Florida,
will be with me for a week the latter part of

Alice H. Roche


Isthmian Newsreel

Joel O. Scott, a graduate of Balboa High School
earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice on May 23,
1987 from the College of Liberal Arts, University
of Texas at Arlington. On 19 June 1987 he grad-
uated from the Fort Worth Police Academy. Joel is
presently working at the Cresent Hotel in downtown
Dallas. He resides in Euless, Texas.
Sandy and Bruce Sanders departed on a trip to
Austria following the reunion. They are becoming
quite the world travellers with all the trips

they've made in the last two years. Hopefully we
will have some input from them in the next issue.
John and Evelyn Dorsa just returned from their
very enjoyable vacation of five weeks. Their first
two weeks were spent relaxing on Evelyn's family's
farm in Virginia. Following that they spent five
fun-filled days in Las Vegas, attending the Annual
Shrine Convention there. Especially enjoyable was
seeing long-time friends Alice and Bob Forsythe,
Libby and Aldon Plcher, Chuck and Dottie Lavalle,
Ruth and Gordon Poulson, Eve and Herb Breaden, and
Joe and Rosemary (Reardon) Martinez. Their last
two weeks were spent "recovering" at their villa
in Nokomis, Florida.

Pamela Clark, in September, will be at-
tending the Rhema Bible Training Center
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pam is shown using
her talented voice for what she calls
her "singing ministry." We wish you
well, Pam!
On July 22 Bev (Bownan) Wood hosted a two-fold
Surprise Party. Honorees were her husband, Joe,
who celebrated his "BIG FIVE-O OVER THE HILL"
Birthday, and Burt and Carol (Morland) Mead who
celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. Bev had
the honorees think the party was for the other, so
it was a real surprise for all. A group of family
and close friends enjoyed a delicious dinner pre-
pared by Bev, and a good time was had by all.
Masonic memorial services for Harland Vance
Howard were held on Gatun Lake from the Panama
Canal Commission launch "Corbina" on Father's Day,
June 21. His late wife, Bernice S. Howard, was
honored in a separate ceremony from the launch.
Born on May 14, 1890, Mr. Howard worked for the
Canal organization until his retirement from the
Electrical Division Power Branch in June 1952.
During his time on the Isthmus, he was very active
in the Blue Lodges, achieving the honors of Past
Master and Past District Grand Junior Warden. Mrs.
Howard was a Past Worthy Matron of the Fern Leaf
Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Following re-
tirement, the couple lived in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Howard died in January, 1963, and, until
his ashes were scattered over Gatun Lake, they
were kept at the Scottish Rite Temple in Balboa.
Mrs. Howard was born on November 11, 1895, and
died in January 1974.



Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
RO. Box 3738
Holiday, Florida 33590-9998

They are survived by a son, H.V. Howard, Jr.;
a daughter, Lena-mae Krout; four grandchildren,
Harland Vance Howard III, Terry E. Howard, Barbara
K. Richter and Charles W. Krout, Jr.; and four
Services for Mr. Howard were performed by the
Ancon Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
with his grandson, Terry, acting as Chaplain.
Other participants were Darryl L. Steiner, Robert
M. Gamble, Robert DeSabatino, theodore G. Walker
and Guy U. Hall.

WEED-EATER Employees admire the new
weed harvester following its arrival at
the Dredging Division. the 80-foot long,
16-foot wide craft will be used to con-
trol submerged and floating weeds in
Panama Canal waters. It was designed and
custom-built for the waterway by the
Louisiana-based firm, Allied Aquatics,
Inc. (Photo by Armando de Gracia

Sorry there isn't much news to report for this
issue; however, due to the fact that I returned
from home leave on 18 July, with a suspense date
of 25 July for this issue, time was not on my
side! The Reunion was fantastic (did we expect
anything less?) Thank you Muriel Whitman, and the
entire Society Reunion Conmittee!
Mary (Morland) Coffey

Atlantic Side

Tragedy struck the Isthmus this week when the
Los Rios home of Joanne Wilder Anderson and her
husband, Capt. Sam T. "Silky" Anderson, virtually
burned down. Lost in the fire were the Anderson's
two dobermans and it's reported that nearly every-
thing else was lost also. The Andersons were on
leave in the United States. The cause of the fire
is not known at this time, but suspicions point
to a probable electrical malfunction. The fire

started sometime after midnight and was discovered
by the Anderson's maid, who was asleep in the
house at the time. Joanne's sister, Alberta
Wilder Corrigan, was on hand once the fire was ex-
tinguished to try and save the very few salvage-
able items.
Summertime on the Atlantic side are ultra
quiet. Other area reporters will undoubtedly be
mentioning many of our number in their own area
reporters as our folks make their way across the
States visiting family and friends. We're
currently missing: Vincent and Penny Wilder
Canamas and their kids, Darrell and Dyonne; Jan
Johnston and Wallace Teal and their daughter, Bev;
Richard Johnston and his boys, Richie and Scott;
Gerry and Howie Adam Laatz and their boys Ray and
J; Camille and Linda Mazzerolle; Wayne and Bonnie
Willis Seeley and their daughter Vicki; Ken and
and Doris Willis; Patty Wallace and her daughter,
Dana; and a host of others. Some, like Mack and
Sylvia Glass Landrun and their kids, Misty and
C.M., have already been and come home, and others,
like Gary and Betty Smith and their son, Allen,
are heading out soon. It will be good when school
starts again and everyone comes back to the fold.


Let's hear it for Gatun's 12 CHS grad-
uates! They are, standing, Scot Chisholm
Erik Egle, Bruce Thompson, Missy DeBoer,
Tiernan Corrigan and Kim Trumble. Kneel-
ing: Allen Smith, Shelly Boggs, Frankie
Hoover and Kristi Bjorneby.
Carrying on a long-held tradition, the Gatun
community gave their grads a real monetary send
off this year. It's traditional for Gatun's
Junior class members to go door-to-door collecting
donations for members of the senior class. This
year, there were 12 juniors, Andrew Adema,
Michelle Calvo, Cindy Coykendall, Joann Eckel, Ray
Laatz, Gerry Lancaster, Mary Lawrence, Robert
Lawrence, Anita Mazerolle, Angelina Palumbo,
George Patton and Elizabeth Thanpson, and they
collected over $1,200 for the 12 Gatun grads. That
meant over $100 for each senior, a real tribute
to the folks in Gatun who care so much about
"their" kids. Howie Laatz was the adult force be-
hind the scenes. She is something else!

A former CHS graduate from Gatun, Christy
Connelly, has been accepted to med school and will
start this fall at McGill University in Canada.
She's spending the Sunmer in Gatun with her
parents, Jack and Judy Connelly.
Word has been received from Richard and Maggie
leleaux, formerly of Gatun, that they have relo-
cated from Kiwanee, Wisconsin, to their old home
at 130 Rustwood Drive, Biloxi, Mississippi 39532.
Richard has returned to work for his former tug-
boat company. Their son "little" Richard Leleaux
graduated from high school in Kiwanee just before
their move. Their other two sons, Anthony and
Mario are doing just fine too.
Those of you with heart strings to the Panama
Railroad will be happy to know that some repairs
have been made recently to the historic line.
There isn't much we can really "see" yet, but work
has been performed at the Pedro Miguel crossing
and many new ties have been installed. Most of
us here still aren't riding the train much, but
everyone hopes that it will one day be put back
in good shape.
Another baby boy arrived in Gatun! Born to
Rick and Janis Doubek on June 1, 1987, at Paitilla
Hospital was son Daren Leon, who weighed in at 7
pounds. His big sisters, Allison and Sondra, are
thrilled with their new baby bro, and Janis and
Rick are nucho happy too! Michael and Glenda
(IDnpsey) Kochel welcomed their son, Jason Michael
on may 5, 1987, in Washington, D.C. He was born
nearly full grown at a wholloping 9 pounds 11
ounces. Glenda and Mike have had lots of visitors
from here over the Sunmer, good friends Penny
Canamas and Bonnie Seeley, Gerry and Ray Laatz,
and Pacific siders Rick and Debbie Duncan Gohde.
The Kochels also just moved into a new home and
will welcome Glenda's sister Eleonor Johnson, her
husband, Peter, and their kiddos Lauren and Peter
for a visit in September.
Jim and Grace Riley Kraemer and their daughter,
Laura, will be heading for Texas around August 1
to attend daughter Tracy's wedding. Tracy Whitney
Kraemer and Jeffrey Wade Oliver will be married
on Saturday, August 8, at Robinson Church of
Christ in Waco, Texas. Congratulations and the
very best wishes to them both.
Katherine Adams Lessiack was in Panama the
latter part of April as the surprise guest at her
daughter's Susan Lessiack Stabler's surprise 40th
birthday party. Sue's sister-in-law, Frances
Stabler Meyer, and her kids, Nilddi and Craig, came
over from the Pacific side, along with Sue's life-
time friend Amy Garcia Fisher, and her daughter
Anmnmarie. The party was hosted by good friends,
Tim and Theresa Snider Herring and Sue's cousin,
Howie Adams Laatz. Sue's husband, lewis Stabler,
and daughter, Leslie Griffin, also had a heavy
hand in the whole undercover operation. Thanks
all of you!!

A major project is underway in Gatun to renno-
vate the 50-year-old Gatun Catholic Church, the
Church of the Inmaculate Conception. The rennova-
tion committee includes: Tim and Theresa Snider
Herring, Lewis and Susan Lessiack Stabler, Ricardo
and Luz Alvarez, Norm and Marixenia Pedersen, Al
and Digna Cohen, Chico and Stella Calvo, and Mary
Blanchett. The committee will happily accept do-
nations from anyone who'd like to help. Checks
should be made out to the Church of the Inmaculate
Conception and mailed to the Church of the
Inmaculate Conception at Apartado 36-078, Gatun,
Republic of Panama. Even five bucks will help
intensely, and more, of course, will help more!
Major expenses will include roof replacement for
an estimated $1,500.00, painting for an estimated
$1,000 and electrical equipment for around $250.
All this, plus bags of cennent, floor joists,
siding, termite treatment, etc., etc., makes the
project one of major proportions. The committee
is very excited about the work and would truly
welcome your support.

At age 50 years, Gatun's Catholic Church
of the Immaculate Conception is getting
a much needed face lift. Included will
be a new roof!

While many of our residents are vacationing in
the United States, lots of our college kids have
come home to "vacation" in the tropics. Some are
working good ol' Pan Canal sunmer jobs and some
are just soaking up the occasional sunshine. Home
are Greg DeBoer, Mickey Jones, "Fulo" Real, Robert
Mizrachi, Stacey Carey, Yvette Modestin, Danny and
David Lowinger, John Lewis and Chipper Gewin.
Among those home on the pacific side are former
Atlantic siders John Bowerman, Patty Cowles and
David and Scot Hudson.
Also on the Isthmus recently has been Father
Brandenberger, formerly of Holy Family Catholic
Church in Margarita. He's been relieving Father
Rutledge on the Pacific side at Sacred Heart in
Ancon for a couple of weeks. A wonderful sight
for sore eyes!
Back for a couple of months before retiring for
good is Steve Enoch. He and his wife, Kitty
Enoch, are making their retirement home at 7348
Rock Valley Drive, Holiday, Florida. Every per-
manent departure, anymore, has a real impact on

our numbers here. The Enoch's will truly be
Although her parents Tom and Judy Fears McLean
and little sister, Jarie, have returned to Gatun
from their stateside vacation, Michelle Mclean has
remained for a longer visit with her grandparents,
George and Jean Fears in Dothan, Alabama. Let's
hope Grandma doesn't spoil her too much.
In spite of a tenuous political situation, the
Atlantic side 4th of July celebrations came off
in full spirit! Gilbert Sollas served as master
of ceremonies and also put in a tremendous amount
of time on the organizational end. Floats were
entered by Cristobal Yacht Club, Gatun Yacht Club
(thank you Collin and Alberta Corrigan), the
Cristobal YMCA, the Atlantic Music and Theatre
Office and many other organizations. Under the
direction of Lewis Stabler and Frank Hoover, Gatun
Yacht Club and the Cristobal High School Booster
Club operated a hot dog booth on the parade
grounds. They served mustard dogs, kraut dogs and
Uncle Frank's famous Texas chili dogs! In an
effort to raise some extra money for next year's
Cristobal High School Yearbook, Janis Eckel and
her crew also had a table full of baked goods for
sale. Teenagers helping out with both efforts in-
cluded Bobby Lawrence, Elizabeth Thrmpson, Joann
Eckel and several others.
The Atlantic side must be in the middle of an
unspoken rebirth. Not only are renovations
taking place at the Gatun Catholic Church, but
we're also seeing a tremendous amount of
sprucing up at the Tarpon Club, Gatun Yacht Club
and Cristobal Yacht Club. Maybe you former Atlan-
tic siders can take heart in knowing that the few
of us remaining here are making a real effort to
keep the place alive.
One of the stateside visitors here for this
year's high school graduation ceremonies was
Tommy Wilder and his baby daughter, Sanantha. His
visit meant that for the first time in many years
the Wilder "kids", Toany, Alberta, Penny and
Joanne, were all together in the same place. Must
have made their moxn, who also came for grand-
daughter Tiernan Corrigan's graducation, feel
extra good!
Another soon to be grandmother, Betty
Fetherston, reports through her friend, Betty
Morgan, that son, Steve Fetherston and his wife
are expecting their first child this coming Decem-
Leslie Griffin had knee surgery performed re-
cently in Pittsburgh. where she's doing a summer
internship for her writing major and working on
her Carnegie Mellon University campus in the En-
gineering and Sciences Library. She expects to
be fully recuperated by the time classes begin in
the Fall. Her mom, Susan Stabler, was with her
for surgery but then returned home to her "boys"
Tinny and Robbie, and their Poppa Lewis in Gatun.

Hard to have such an "extended" family.
Remember Frances Conn? The Stablers and the
Herrings recently met her, her two children, Becky
and Kelly, and her mon, Gregoria, who are all
living in Concepcion, Republic of Panama. She
would love to hear from old friends and may be
reached through General Delivery (Entrega General)
Concepcion, R. de P.
With regret, word has been received locally
that Wallace Teal's mother passed away this
Sunmer. We were also sorry to hear of the recent
death of Sheila Lawrence's father, Milton Sanders,
of Palm Harbor, Florida. The Atlantic community
extends sympathy to Wallace and Sheila and their
On May 19, Michael Heyl, son of Gloria and
Victor Heyl, formerly of Brazos Heights, suffered
serious burns in a high voltage electrical acci-
dent. He was hurt badly but is reported recuper-
ating. Michael and Sandra Heyl may be reached at
2627 Autumn Trail Drive, Apt. 1017, Arlington, TX
Finally, the Tarpon Club's Roy Rhinehart
Fishing Tournament closed the end of June with the
following results: Bill Fpperson, 134-lb Chagres
River Tarpon; Sid Coffin, 127-lb Tarpon; Doug
Phillips, 21-1b Barracuda; Tony Tiblier, 53-lb
Snapper; Frank Hoover, 65-lb Wahoo; Wayne Seeley,
29-lb Amberjack; and Mike Andrews, 108-lb Shark.
In the ladies class it was Astrid Van Der Molen
with a 9-blb Barracuda and a 3--lb jack, and in
the Novice Class the winners were: John Williford,
6-lb Barracuda and a 2-lb Snapper; and Eddie
Stanford, 5-lb Tuna and 27-lb Wahoo. The Tourna-

Tarpon Club renovations give the old
club a great new look. Under concession-
aire Daniel Ponce, you can get delicious
meals there too!
ment banquet will be held at 6 p.m., on Friday,
August 21, 1987, at the good ol' newly rennovated
Tarpon Club. See you there!

Susan K. Stable.

South Carolina

The June 18 pot-luck luncheon at the Seniors
Clubhouse in Crosland Park, Aiken, was enjoyed by
thirty-one members and guests. Those present were:
Billie and Bob Rowe, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Kath-
leen Burkett, Bea Lee, Peggy Hutchison, Russell
Percy, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Lorna Shore,
John Everson, Trudi and Lee Clontz, Jane Steele,
Bernice and William Hill, Eletheer and James
Catron, Blanche Brown, Verna and Andy Kapinos,
Ethel and J.D. Tate, Consuela and Melvin Merges,
Virgnia Smart, Caroline Westendorff, Olga Holmes
and her guests, granddaughter Shannon Daniel and
Alice Baggott Gundlach.
Our next meeting is tentatively scheduled to be
held in Colunbia in mid-September.
In June, Major Adele Meissner of the Salvation
Army and her mother, Kathryn Meissner stopped in
Aiken to visit Peggy Hutchison, enroute to Virgin-
ia from Atlanta. In July, Peggy attended the Re-
union in Florida accompanied by her daughter and
son-in-law, Diane and Jerry Cox a "first time"
for both of them. Upon her return, Jim and Julie
Boukalis, who were returning to Texas from Cape
Cod, stopped by briefly. Earlier this year, for
the first time in about fifteen years, Peggy's
three children, Diane, Gary, and Vicki, were re-
united in Aiken. Their aunts, Ruth Powell and
Doris Hutchison were also here at that time.

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Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis of Panama,
Gary Hutchison of Texas, and Diane
(Hutchison) Cox of Charleston, S.C.
J.D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate were busy with
commencement exercises this June. They attended
the graduation of their grandson, Brian Tate, from
Spartanburg High School (he will attend The Cita-
del in Charleston) and the commencement of their
grandson, David Tate, Jr. from Georgia Tech in At-
lanta. David is now enrolled at the Medical Uni-
versity of South Carolina in Charleston. Their
other grandson, Grant Tate, is a student at Wof-
ford College in Spartanburg, S.C. and is taking a
six-week ROTC basic training course at Ft. Knox,

Rosemary Anderson
Peggy Hutchison's

P .
and Jean Dombrowsky at
in May.

The traveling Pierces of Graniteville, S.C.
covered many miles recently. Kay (Frangioni)
Pierce drove to Fort Walton Beach the last week in
March, where she joined her mother, Naomi Fran-
gioni, her brother, Ralph Frangioni, Jr. and his
family, and her uncle, Nuch Frangioni of Maryland,
in celebrating her dad's 70th birthday. Upon her
return, she found her husband, Jerry and mother-in
law Alice entertaining cousins from Cleveland.
Alice Pierce's brother and sister-in-law, Jim and
Bert Armour drove in from Cleveland for Easter.
Kay then flew on to Lake Jackson, Texas to help
son-in-law Jack Hancock and her granddaughters
prepare a birthday party for daughter Kathy Han-
For Mother's Day, not only did Kay's parents
drive up from Florida, but Jerry's sister and bro-
ther-in-law, Ed and Floann (Pierce) Gray, arrived
from Blue Ridge, Ga. to join the festivities.
Later, a long awaited trip to Beaver Lake near
Rogers, Arkansas brought together the Pierces and
their two oldest daughters Kathy and Jack Han-
cock and family of Lake Jackson, and Jan and Ben
Stallings of Arlington, Texas. Joining them for a
week of fishing, water sports and golf were good
friends, the Dennis Mooreheads of Roswell, Ga. and
the Danny Hills of Columbia, S.C.
Right now Kay and Jerry are enjoying the fruits
of Alice's labors in her wonderful vegetable gar-
den which is the envy of all the neighborhood at
Midland Valley Estates. She raised cucumbers, tom-
atoes, green beans, eggplant, squash, corn, and
radishes, and is busy freezing peaches from her
prolific peach trees when she's not playing golf
with Kay and Jerry!
Lorna Shore has enjoyed visits from two of her
Miami daughters Charlene was here in May, and
Diane and daughter Sandy came to celebrate the 4th
of July in Aiken.
The end of April, Kay and Bill Butler of Clear-
water, Florida, arrived to spend a few days with
Trudi and Lee Clontz before heading on to New
Hampshire. The weather in Aiken cooled off that
weekend but was nothing compared to the unex-

pected snowstorm the Butlers found themselves in
later in the Northeast.

On the deck at Flowers' home in Wawona,
California Vivian (Corn) and Dale
Flowers, Carl Browne, Doris (Brotherson)
and Andy Hand.
Early this year, Blanche and Carl Browne flew
to Panama for a five-week visit with Blanche's son
and daughter, Grover Matheney and Ellen Major, and
their families. Sue and Ed Bishop's daughter, Jo
Anne and husband Jim Matthews of Los Altos, Calif-
ornia, visited for a week and they all went to
Bambito in El Volcan for several days. In April,
Blanche and Carl flew to San Francisco and spent
a week with the Matthews. They drove down the
coast to Hearst's Castle, and visited some of the
missions and Carmel. A week was spent in Concord,
California with Doris and Andy Hand, and Carl's
son, David. A highlight of the stay was two days
in Yosemite Park where they saw Vivian and Dale
Flowers. The next stop was Colorado Springs, where
they attended the 45th anniversary party of Sue
and Ed Bishop at the Peterson AFB Officers Club.
After their return home, George and Bev (Comley)
Dilfer stopped by for a few days.
Trudy Clontz
(803) 649-2759



The Hill Country Zonians' Annual Christmas
Party is scheduled to be held on December 12, 1987
in the Medallion Room of the Inn Of The Hills,
Kerrville, Texas. Les and Miriel Johnston and
their committee are planning another outstanding
evening. For further information and reservations
write or call les Johnston, 4 Paradise Avenue,
Kerrville, TX 78028, Tel. 512-257-8514, or Elsie
Larson, 8 Paradise Avenue, Kerrville, TX 78028,

Tel. 512-257-4204. We welcome any of you who will
be in this area at that time.
Memorial Day was truly memorable for Harold and
Clara Chambers when four generations of their
family met. Their son, Dick, and wife, Audry, of
McLean, VA flew in. Dick's son, Ric and his wife
Peggy with their two children: Cyndi (2) and
Brian Richard (1) drove from Phoenix, AZ. Harold
and Clara's three daughters: Alice (Chambers) and
John Wiedenhoff, with their children, Bill (age
16), and Jolice (age 13), arrived from Ft. Worth,
TX; Carla (Chambers) and Joe Spafford, Denton, TX;
and Jeanne (Chambers) and Jeff Thompson, Kerrville
Texas. Jeanne and Jeff's daughter, Janine
(Thompson) and her husband, Travis lain, Odessa,
Texas, were spending the holiday weekend with her
parents. It was almost a complete family reunion.

The Harold Chambers Family Front row:
Harold, Clara and daughter, Jeanne Thom-
pson. Back row: Carla Spafford, Dick
Chambers, Alice Wiedenhoff.
Les and Muriel Johnston will have all of their
four children together for the first time in ten
years. They will converge on the family's cabin
in Wyoming in July. Daughter, Janie, and her
family and son, Dick, and his family from Panama;
Sons, Gary and family from Arizona; and Lonnie and
his family from Dallas, Texas.
Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux hosted a luncheon for
friends and former Gatun neighbors while she and
her husband Louie were visiting his sister, Iris
(Dedeaux) Hogan, in Kerrville.
Vic Melant, FL, Johnny Arosemena and son Juan,
Panama and Costa Rica, visited Pappy and Verla
Grier and other friends in Kerrville. The Bob
Dunns entertained the visitors with a BBQ in their
Marilyn Carter and Bea Rhyne were pleasantly
surprised by a short visit from Eugenio Beauville
who was a co-worker of theirs in the Mental Health
Center, Corozal, Canal Zone.
Elsie larson and Marilyn Carter can attest to what
a small world we live in. They ran into Neville
and Eve Hart, FL, who were visiting their daughter
Jo-Ann and son-in-law Jack Morton, and Bucky and

Barbara Kruger of Austin, TX in Wimberly, TX which
is mid-way between Austin and Kerrville. Chance
encounters like these are not common.
Bill Minsanto, CA, spent a weekend with sister
Bea and Harvey Rhyne seeing the Hill Country's
points of interest.
The Rhynes Sr. were visited by their son Harvey
Jr., wife, Sonia (Bowker) and children: Erick (age
11), and Taffy (age 7). The family was enroute
to El Paso for a visit. It has been two years
since they moved from El Paso to Miami.
Fred and Marion Wells had their granddaughter,
Chandra, visit them while her parents, Allan and
Kathy Jane (Melanson) Wells were on a trip.
Patsy (Hogan) Swartz and son, Nathan, from
Hanover, PA, spent the week with Iris Hogan. Un-
fortunately, their visit coincided with the record
breaking rains and flash floods that hit Texas in
June. Patsy was not the least upset as it re-
minded her of Panama something good in every-
Jo Frances (McDonnell) Stow of Brigantine, NJ,
arrived in Kerrville for a visit with Iris Hogan,
June Burns and Elizabeth Davidson. Iris and June
were co-hosts for a luncheon for Jo. There were
twenty-one ladies present, most of whom knew Jo
when she worked as a nurse on the Atlantic Side.
Jo is Associate Professor Public Health, Stockton
State College, Pomona, NJ, and is married to
Kenneth R. Stow, Col. USAF (Ret.).
Bill and Sue Graham and their daughter, Donna
Elliot, her husband and children from Dallas spent
the July 4 weekend with them. They watched the
fireworks from the banks of the Guadalupe River.
Sue said she was reminded of the patriotic cele-
brations in the former Canal Zone as I am.
Fourth of July always brings to mind Henry Grieser
and Fnnett Zemer and their efforts to make it so
Beth Waddell recently returned from a trip to
East Liverpool, Ohio, where she attended her 50th
High School Class Reunion. She thoroughly enjoyed
seeing so many of her old classmates.

Beth Waddell, Jo (McDonnell) Stow,
Marion Wells.

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June Burns, Cheta Hanna,
Hazel Blades.

Helen Smith, Jackie
Young, Olga Nordstrom.

Clara Chambers,


Anna Lee

Elizabeth Davidson, Marilyn
Lee Young.

Ted and Anna lee Young attended his 50th class
reunion in New Jersey. They had a great time
walking down memory lane together.
Elizabeth Davidson is in Maine visiting with
her sister.
J.B. and Annette Fields returned to Kerrville
July 5 after a trip, by car, to New Jersey where
they attended their youngest granddaughter's grad-
uation. Along the way they saw, Frank and Nonie
Smith in Arkansas, Marj -cBride and Hank and
Frances Summerford in Tennessee. On the way back,
they attended the Navy Retirement Ceremony of
their "grandson" James Cook in Charleston, S.C.,
and spent time with Annette's brother in St.
Petersburg, FL, and Mary Orr in Sarasota. They
really had a wonderful time.
Early in May, Kathi Lessiack flew to Panama to
help her daughter, Sue Stabler, celebrate her 40th
birthday. It was a double surprise for Sue. Her
many friends gathered to give her a surprise
birthday party, then, before she could recover
from the shock, her Mon casually walked in and

poor Sue was really overcome. Kathi was told
later there wasn't a dry eye in the house. During
her stay in Panama, Kathi became reacquainted with
her two new grandsons: one year old Timny, and
nine month old, Robbie. Sue and Lew adopted
these two darling boys when they were each only
a few days old. Their daughter, Leslie, is
attending Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, so they
are now raising a second family.
After only one day at home, Kathi took off
again to fly to Hartford, CT, for the National
Bowling Tournament. She reports that her bowling
wasn't anything to brag about, but she and her two
friends rented a car and were thrilled with
Springtime in New England. Living in Texas, we've
learned to take distances for granted, so it was
a bit of a shock to find that after a lovely half-
hour's drive from Hartford, they found themselves
in Massachusetts. Another day, less than an
hour's drive, put than in Rhode Island and they
all wished they'd had more time to drive into
other nearby states. They found the area totally


Iris Hogan, Honey Fealey,
and Bea Rhyne.

tist. Deane and her husband have their orders for
Germany and will be leaving soon. Daughters,
Pattie in San Antonio and Susan in California.
Sons, Jay and Terry Wallace are still in Ppna-a
with their families. Pat is anticipating a visit
from the boys and their families in the near
We were saddened by the sudden deaths of two
old friends: Luther U. Flemming and leo Goulet.
We send our condolences to Marion (Dugan) Fleming
and leo's wife, Carol (Ruoff) and his sisters:
Mary Zagone, Macel Thomson, Theresa Wright and
Rita Goulet.

Bea Rhyne

Greetings from the Texas Hill Country and
The first few months of 1987 have been quite
busy in our Hill Country corner of the world. A
very mild winter (I kept hoping for snow and an
extra day off) was followed by a radiant Spring.
The Bluebonnets were at their best, and we are
still enjoying many wildflower varieties.

Hate-l.Jr` '

Betty Marshall

The Dunns, Bob and Delle, have just returned
from their trip to Florida and the Reunion where
they were joined by their daughter and son-in-law,
Jackie and Robert Fearon.
Other "Kerrvillians": Shirley and Patti
Givonetti and Bob and Lois Byrd attended the Re-
union. I am sure they had a wonderful time re-
newing old Canal Zone friendships.
The Smiths, Helen and Smitty, have forsaken
Kerrville and it's summer heat for the mountains
of Colorado. We look forward to their return in
the Fall and hearing all about their adventures.
We have learned that Stanley Wright fell and
broke his hip. He is in Room 316, Alpine Terrace
Retirement Village and Convalescent Center, 746
Alpine Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028. I'm sure he
would enjoy hearing from his friends.
We also learned that Pat (Wallace) Urich had
broken her knee cap at her home in San Antonio.
I called Pat and learned that she is fully re-
covered, and grateful to be able to drive once
more. We had a nice "telephone chat" and she is
full of news of her family. Her youngest daughter
Deane Wallace-James is a dentist in San Antonio
and is married to Capt. James, USAF, also a den-

j", .-

Front: Collin Shelby, Bertha, Roberto
and Maureen Pescod Perez. Middle: Iris
and Glen Scott, (he is the Asst. Gen.
Counsel for the Department), Bill LeBrun
Simon Rodriguez, (Gen. Counsel), Elma
Cebrian. Top: Aurora and Laura LeBrun,
Mary Helen Rodriguez, Daniel Cebrian.

We closed January by celebrating Bertha
Pescod's wedding. She married her High School
Sweetheart...only thirty years late, but who is
counting? Her new husband is Roberto Fuentes from
El Salvador. They have a commuting marriage, a
few months here and a few months in El Salvador
since Roberto has his construction business and
other concerns there. Bertha is working at the
Department of Human Services just like old times
except she is on the sixth floor as an Administra-

tive Secretary to the General Counsel, and I am
on the first floor working as the Affirmative
Action Officer and Program Specialist. Father
Fred Raybourn, a Zonian, officiated at the
Bill continues to enjoy life in Woodcreek
Wimberley). I guess he always wanted to have a
golf course for his backyard. Life here is quiet
although the community has a lot going on, es-
pecially if you like antiques, golf, swimming,
tennis and good old fashioned Texas Rodeos. laura
continues to thrive. She'll be four on June 21.
She is going to pre-school and also taking ballet
We see the Zonians in Austin every few months;
they continue to meet monthly, but, the days of
parenthood revisited, babysitters are hard to come
by. We are all planning to go to the Reunion this
year, so, hasta la vista!

Aurora LeBrun
Winberley, Texas


"On the road again"...seems to be your report-
ers "fun thing" these days. Each time she is able
to attend the exciting Florida reunions, it seems
to take her longer to get back home! Hanging on to
memories, seeing C.Z. friends, visiting them, some
Army friends, and of course, sure
makes it harder to leave Florida with all these
"fun-things" to do!
Such a happy surprise when I found out that
John and Sis (Hayes) Phillips had made this re-
union...first timers! John visited his sister
nearby so we had Sis all to ourselves. We, meaning
Mayno (Bliss) Walker, Carlton Horine, Stelle Boggs
and others, stayed glued to her just as we used to
do during school days. In those days it was sports
with Sis, Mayno or Betty Stetler playing tennis...
now-a-days it's something else?
We had our real farewells at the Monday morning
brunch that Marion (Neely) Greene so graciously
has after the big reunion to try to include visi-
tors. We watched Sis write her name on the famous
tablecloth that has all Zonite guests embroidered
on it by the busy hands of "La Marion." It's get-
ting quite full and I picture it someday on dis-
play in a Canal Zone museum. So nice of you to in-
vite me again, Marionita. You're the mostestt."
This reporter wants the Phillips to know that
she is mucho triste" (sad) that she couldn't get
back home in time to harness them as they cut
across the Virginia area to make them visit me!
But, alas, my lifestyle is different...gypsy flit-
ting from morning glories to night bloomings. They
drove from Tucson, Arizona, home to Florida and
north to revisit their old Connecticut homestead

area to re-live memories of her illustrious career
as an educator with friends, before returning to
the blistering heat of Tucson!
Thelma Lewis called to chat about the situation
in Panama City, because we have a dear friend,
Leoni Ender Lan, who moved there to enjoy her fam-
ily after retiring from Washington, D.C. The late-
st news from her is that she sees Mary Coffey
quite often. They jog...really walk fast..and feel
great! I have asked her to hunt for "tembleques"
or "tremblers" when she goes shopping and to also
send the latest carnaval tunes. Hope this is a re-
minder because my pollera has been incomplete. I
have been sticking flowers in my hair.
An interesting reminder about the headdress is
that if a person is wealthy, the tembleques are
amde of real or semi-precious flowers, stars, but-
terflies, bees and other creative ornaments held
together by gold or silver wire. If not wealthy,
one wears beautiful imitations made of colored
tinsels, beads or tiny flowers. The finishing
touch is the tortoise shell combs, edged with gold
bands plus some seed pearls or coral and placed
towards the high-back of the head, to show off the
part in your hair.

Performers; "You did it!".. "No, she did
it!" Anita Collins, Olive Aanstoos,
Shirley Van der dys Mills and Stella
Boggs De Marr. Subject? Stage thrills!

Happy nostalgic days for Herbert and Tita
Peterson of Alexandria, Virginia, when they re-
cently visited Panama. I can just imagine all the
huggin's going on, the ceviche, empanadas, etc!
Then on to Costa Rica's beautiful, cool country.
Florida has some friends that are still waiting
for a visit from them. I know of the Gordon Thap-
sons in Gretna, Fla. ..Albert Collins in Fort
Valley, Ga....WHAHAPPEN?
I must say a bit more about the reunion. Every-
thing seemed to "click" so beautifully. I really
enjoyed our Editor, Pat Beall's get-together for
his reporters. Such a nice group of ladies plus
one brave, congenial male reporter. The luncheon
menu was so colorful and healthy for us...lovelee!
Also the Business Meeting was lively and inter-
esting. Bill Wheeler and all his troupers did a
good job in getting all events to run smoothly.
The Banquet? ...Good!...had me in tears twice and

would have liked to let go for's good
therapy, now and then.
Everything was great except that I was placed
in the Ashley Plaza, and had a problem commuting
each was my fault for not making
reservations earlier.
Anyway..pescao..and bacalao to you! And iguana
alligator too!
Stella (Boggs) De Marr
(703) 524-6276

The Younger


Well, another very successful reunion is over
so it must mean its time for another Record! Time
sure does fly when you're having fun!
First off, during the month of June, this Re-
porter's ^auphter turned 3 years old and of course
we celebrated with a birthday party! As it turns
out, the party was a mini reunion with almost
everyone in attendance being Zonians! Our guests
were laurie (Nairn), Jim and Blythe (6) Sinmons,
Bev (Olson), Ryan (10), Marcu (9), Janine (7),
Warren (3), and Scott (6 mos.) Bouche, Barbara
Goodwin, Cori (Morris) Wheeler and Ashley (3),
Kathy (Grinnell) and Christopher (2) Thornhill,
June (Hambleton) and Vic May, Vonna Hambleton
Huldtquist and Bill and Ann Robinson (the only two
not from the Zone).

Jessica Robinson's 3rd birthday party -
Clockwise: Jessica Robinson, Ashley Whe-
eler, Warren Bouche, Marcum Bouche,
Scott Bouche, Ryan Bouche, Janine Bouche
Blythe Simmons and Christopher Thornhill

The news to come from this group includes:
laurie and Jim Simmons will soon be next door
neighbors to Sheryl (Ruoff) and Charles Alberga
in Melbourne, Florida. Seems both couples bought
property and then discovered they would be neigh-
bors. Bev and Bud Bouche have left Florida to
move back to Utah. Their caravan of 2 trucks, 1
very large van, 5 kids, and 4 adults, (Bev, Bud
and Bud's parents) left Clearwater on June 19th
and expected to reach their destination 5 days

later. Barbara Goodwin (a Captain in the Air
Force) was leaving Tampa for her new station in
England. She expected to be there July 6th. Cori
Iheeler and Kathy Thornhill both planned to attend
the reunion.
Just recently, I also was able to spend an
afternoon visiting my cousins, Marge (Rathgeber)
and Jack Ruoff from Houston, Norine (Rathgeber)
Icas from Bricktown, New Jersey, and Bern
Rathgeber Jackson. Marge, Jack and Norine were
in the area visiting Bern and they were all nice
enough to stop at our place for a few hours. Marge
had lots of news about Didi Ruoff who is currently
living with them in Houston and working in the re-
tail field. Gena Ruoff and her daughter, Lee, (3)
are also living with them and Gena is teaching.
Lee is beautiful and according to Grandma and
Grandpa, she's a real joy.
Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim wrote that she re-
cently enjoyed a visit from Mark Seaquist. Mark
left the Zone when he was a junior in High
School and now lives in Dawson, MN. Barb says she
used to babysit him and his sisters, Any and Maren.
Along with visiting, Barb keeps busy with her 5
kids and, get this, a lamb, 2 baby lambs, 5 dwarf
rabbits, 5 bunnies, a hamster, 2 dogs, 2 elk-
hounds, 2 cats, 3 silkie chickens, 1 regular chic-
ken and pigs! Dinnertime must be a real fun time
at the Barkeims!!!
Carol (Baker) Goodwin wrote that she was ex-
pecting their second child in July (hopefully by
now congratulations are due)! Also said that Jane
Moore and her husband were expecting their first
child in June congratss Jane and Leo). The
Goodwins are now living in Greensboro, NC where
Mike is working for the postal system as an
Architect/Engineer. Carol says the area is
lovely. She reports that all is well with the
rest of the Bakers...her mom, Bev, still works for
the Army, her dad, Floyd, keeps busy fixing up
houses, brother, Glen, and family are still in
Houston and brother, Paul and sister, Beth, are
"still the same...unmarried".
Theresa (Snider) Herring wrote with some great
news about her brother, Bill. On June 18th, he
graduated from North Kitsap High School. He re-
ceived a standing ovation when he used his walker
to receive his diploma! Brother, Jim, Tom, and
sister, Beth, reported that it was a real tear
jerker. He is now living in his new home, an in-
dependent rehabilitation center in Gilroy, Cali-
fornia. His address is 10855 D Bruin Way, Gilroy,
California 95020. Other news from Theresa;
Evelyn (Barraza) and Tom Snider will be visiting
Jaime Barraza in San Francisco before moving to
Atlanta where they will be living with Ev's mom,
Evelyn Barraza. Vicki (Dowell), Mike and Zachary
Green will be leaving Panama to make their home
in Florida in November. Patty (Snider) Morgan en-
joyed a visit from sister, Beth, over the July 4th

weekend. Theresa says husband, Tim, still enjoys
being a Captain on the tugs. She keeps busy with
Tan (7), Chris (5), Mary (4), Joey (2), and
Monique (6 months).

Front, L-R: Wayne West, Guy West. Back,
L-R: Alan Cheshire, At West. All reading
Canal Records!

As already mentioned, the Reunion was great!
As usual, it would be impossible to mention every-
one. Sue (IMcCullough) Burk spent a day with us
before the reunion. She and her family also en-
joyed visiting with her parents, Snookie and Mac,
sister, Judy McCullough and Joan Ohman and
families, in Sarasota. Joan, Ed and son were up
on vacation from Panama. Bonnie (Willis) Seeley
is expecting her's and Wayne's first child in De-
cember. Scott Parker is busy teaching school in
the Alaskan wilderness. He says he's about ready
to change his address to Pensacola. Congratula-
tions to Alan and Dorothy Cheshire on the birth
of their second grandchild, Thomas Christopher
Kelley, II, born May 17, 1987. The Cheshires re-
cently moved to Lakeland, Florida where Alan is
employed by MCI. Alan's sister, Debbie, and his
mother were also at the reunion. Congratulations
to John and Irene Alexitis on the addition of a
beautiful baby girl to their family. Russell
Gillespie is now towboat captain working for Exxon
out of Houston. He still lives in Pensacola.
George Chevalier (Tork) is on his way to live in
Puerto Rico for 2 years. Tom Finneman is a cap-
tain in the army. Well, as I said, it would be
impossible to mention everyone, so to those of you
I've left out, I hope you will forgive me!
Well, that's the news for now. Remember, keep
it coming...this is your column. Please note my
zipcode is now 34619.

Sandy (May) Robinson



Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene celebrated their
golden wedding anniversary on May 8, 1987, with a
dinner and reception at their home in Sarasota,
with close friends, former Zonians and family mem-
Seventy-two guests were seated at the dinner
tables, many of whom were at their wedding fifty
years ago. The popular couple received many cards,
letters and congratulatory phone calls from their
friends who were unable to attend.
Michael and the former Marion E. Neely were
married May 8, 1937 in a civil ceremony at the
home of Capt. John Davis in Cristobal, Canal Zone,
followed by their wedding at Christ Church by-the-
Sea, Episcopal Church, in Colon, Rep. of Panama.
They retired from government service on the
Canal Zone and moved to Sarasota in November 1964.

Out-of-town guests were:
Mrs. William R. Burks, New Port Richey, FL. (her
sister, Esther Neely); Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Barfield
of Clermont, FL.; Mrs. Forrest Cheeseman, Brea,
CA.; Mrs. J.B. Clemmnns, St. Petersburg, FL.; Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Cousineau, Glendora, CA. (cousin);
Miss Julie Ann Dunois, Spring Hill, FL. (niece);
Mr. and Mrs. Earle Fowler, Pensacola, FL.; (his
sister); Mr. and Mrs. William Grady, Lakeland, FL;
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Larson, Bradenton, FL. (her
niece); Master Michael LeFevre, Bakersfield, CA.;
Mrs.Earl Orr, Newton, N.C.; Mrs. Jack U. Saun, St.
Petersburg, FL.; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Simmons, Jr.,
Nokomis, Fl.; Mr. and Mrs. William Staats, Harlin-
gen, Texas; Mrs. Harold Tishrock, Venice, Fl.; Mr.
and Mrs. Patrick Ward, North Ft. Myers, Fl. (his


Melissa W. Odam, daughter of Jacquelyn R. Ward
and the late Marvin C. Ward of Palmetto, Florida,
has recently published a children's book, "A Medal
for Murphy," about an unwanted stray dog until he
steals a sip of foamy root beer a humorous tale.
Melissa is a BHS '70 graduate and studied for
as a Drama major at Canal Zone College. She com-
pleted her undergraduate education at Mississippi
College where she met and married her husband,
Davis, a Southern Baptist Pastor. She is active in
her home church in Brandon, Miss., counseling
prisoners at the Rankin County Women's correction-
al facility and residents at area nursing homes.
She was born in the Canal Zone, a member of the
First Baptist Church, Balboa Heights, and was a
member of the "Good News Singers." She came to the
U.S. for the first time as a member of the "Con-
tinental Singers" traveling worldwide.

Melissa W. Odum

Melissa has another book due at Christmas,
called, "No Regard Beauregard." She also has writ-
ten another book about the San Blas, named "A Mola
for Mina."
Among her accomplishments, Melissa has done
volunteer mission work at the San Blas; she and
her husband have served as missionaries in Guata-
mala; worked as an elementary school teacher;
speaks regularly to church groups in Mississippi
and Louisiana, and has two children, Aaron,age
11 and Rebecca, age 7, and is a columnist for the
Pearl Press in Mississippi.
Incidentally, a copy of "A Medal for Murphy"
may be obtained through the Pelican Publishing
Company, 1101 Monroe Street, PO Box 189, Gretna,
LA 70053 for $10.95. (ISBN: 0-88289-635-0)


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Crochet of Colorado
Springs, Colorado, announce the engagement of
their daughter, Toni Renee Crochet to Christopher
Lee Jeffries, Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force. Chris is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis B. Jeffries, (Jin
jer Reinhardt) formerly of Los Rios, and now of
Rockledge, Florida.

Lt. Christopher Lee Jeffries and Toni
Renee Crochet
The bride-elect graduated from Widefield High
School, Security, Colorado, and Pikes Peak Com-
munity College. She is employed by Colorado Col-
lege, Colorado Springs, CO.
Chris is a graduate from Balboa High School and
the United Air Force Academy, and is currently as-
signed to the Air Force Academy.
The wedding is planned for September 5, 1987,
at Shove Chapel, Colorado College, Colorado
The couple will reside in Columbus AFB, Colum-
bus, Mississippi, where Lt. Jeffries will enter
Flight Training in mid-September.


Mary Jane Sylvestre Hill received her masters
degree in social work MSW from Marywood Col-
lege in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in May of 1987.
This college holds extension courses at Ceder
Crest College in Allantown, Pa. where she received
her BA in Social Work in 1985, having been grad-
uated with honors.
She has recently rejoined the Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida and resides at 2409 Exeter Court,
Bethlehem, PA. 18017.


The Canal Zone and Panama were represented at
graduation exercises at the U.S. Naval Academy at
Annapolis on May 20, 1987.
James Matthew Baker came to the Zone at the age
of one, when his parents, Colonel and Mrs. John
Baker, were with the Army at Fort Amador from 1966
to 1969. From 1970 to 1982, Matt lived in Ancon
and Balboa Heights, while his father was with the
Canal Zone Goverrnment. Matt graduated from Balboa
High School in 1982, commanding the JROTC his
senior year.

/umei maarsnew ~aKer

While a midshipman, he was on the sailing and
fencing teams; was awarded the Dolphin in sub-
marine training off norfolk, Va.; the jump wings
of a parachuter at Fort Benning; the certificate
for jungle training at Fort Sherman. He graduated
with distinction, standing 39 in order of merit in
his class of over 1,000.
He has been commissioned a Second Lieutenent,
United States Marine Corps.


Fred and Leona Lee were recently honored by the
Panama Canal Commission during the May 6, 1987
awards presentations at Balboa Heights. Their Cer-
tificate reads as follows:
"For the many years they have devoted to human-
itarian and civic activities. Since 1977, Mr. and
Mrs. Lee have distinguished themselves as loving
and caring foster parents to 19 children in need.

Fred and Leona Lee with Admznzstrator,
D.P. McAuliffe.
They also have been active in the First Baptist
Church and its Ministry to the Isthmian community.
For the past 11 years they served as Co-Directors
for the Handicapped Camps at the Baptist Camp in
Santa Clara. They have planned, coordinated and
conducted 15 camp sessions benefitting 375 campers
from Military, Commission and Panama City fam-
ilies. Mr. and Mrs. Lee, by their creative and
able direction, have contributed greatly to the
success of these programs.
In recognition of their service to the Isthmian
community, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lee are hereby
awarded the Gold Panama Canal Honorary Service


John and Mary (Morland) Coffey of Corozal, Pan-
ama, are pleased to announce the approaching mar-
riage of their son, Daniel Christopher Coffey to
Kim Ann Forest of Baraga, Michigan.
The wedding is set for February 20, 1988 in

Danny Coffey and Kim Forest


You're never too old to be valuable, as seven
Ocala, Florida residents have proved as the first
local recipients of the Chambrel Outstanding Older
American Awards, presented recently by US Rep.
Buddy MacKay and Ocala Mayor Wayne Rubinas.
Nominees were suggested by various civic groups
and agencies, including the RSVP program, AARP,
Marion County Senior Services abd the Ocala/Marion
County Chamber of Commerce.

Senior Ocalan Honoree Virginia Townsend,
pictured third from left, front row.

The winners included Virginia Townsend, who has
logged over 500 volunteer hours with the Laubach
Learn to Read program and the Girl Scouts. At
Laubach, Mrs. Townsend tutors adults, teaching
them how to read and also trains other tutors. She
recently received her 55-year membership pin for
volunteer services for the Girl Scouts.
Also among the 60 nominees was Mrs. Townsend's
husband, Wesley "Red" Townsend, who was an "also
The Outstanding Older American Awards are spon-
sored nationally by Oxford Retirement Services'
Pinecastle and Barnett bank. The winners received
a $100 donation to their favorite charity and a
personal gift.
June 8, 1987


Jane Moore Buss, of Middlefield, Connecticut,
graduated with honors from New York Medical Col-
lege, Valhalla, N.Y. with the degree of Doctor of
Medicine, June 1, 1987.
Jane is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E.
Moore of melbourne, Florida, and sister of Maurie
Moore and Cindy Forsythe of Palm Bay, Florida.
She is married to Dr. Leo W. Buss, associate
professor in the Biology Department at Yale Uni-
versity, New Haven, Connecticut.

She is a graduate of Cristobal High School,
Class of '74; A.B. degree from Vassar College in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
She will begin her post graduate residency in
Internal Medicine at Hartford Hospital in Hartford
Conn. on July 1.


Curtis L. and Margarita Berg of Tampa, Florida
recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They
were married in the Ancon Courthouse in 1937.

Curtis and Margarita Berg
Their proud children number six: Inez (Berg)
Clark, Carl, Stanley, Franz, Janice (Berg) Swans-
trom, and Elizabeth (Betty Berg) Tajiani.
The Bergs have 15 grandchildren. Congratula-


The recent Panama Canal Society Reunion in Tam-
pa was the occasion for Ensign Thomas E. Jones,
USN, to request of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Carlin,
the hand in marriage of their daughter, Melanie
Carlin. The young couple then hastened to spread
the news to their many friends at the reunion.
Tom and Melanie are both graduates of the Uni-
versity of Florida, Gainesville, FL. with degrees
in Statistics. Tom is just completing U.S. Navy
pilot training in Pensacola and will receive his
wings on July 31, 1987.


Melanie is in Quality Control with Pratt Whit-
ney in Colunbus, Ga.
Thomas is the son of Thomas R. and Stephanie
Jones of Piano, Texas.
A summer 1988 wedding is planned.


Dr. Ken Rood, Jr. has assumed a residency in
Emergency Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Peo-
ria, Illinois following his graduation from the
University of Louisville School of Medicine.


' -W N
Helen Hurst and Wally Loera

Dr. Ken Rood, Jr.

Dr. Rood was a former resident of Coco Solo and
attendedCristobal High School prior to departing
the Isthmus in 1975.
He earned his B.S. degree from Eastern Kentucky
University at Richmond.


Paul and Delia Hurst of Los Rios, Rep. of Pan-
ama, announce the engagement and forthcoming mar-
riage of their daughter, Helen Marie Hurst to
Wally Saenz Ioera of Odessa, Texas.
Helen is a 1981 graduate of Balboa High School
and in May of 1985 received her BS in Physical
Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She is
currently working as a physical therapist at the
Regional Medical Center, the Public School System,
and a Home Health Agency in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Wally will be finishing his BS in Business in
December, 1988.
The wedding is set for January 2, 1988 in the
city of Panama, Rep. of Panama.

BIRTHDAY HONORS Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of
Dunedin, Florida, stands beside the
table at a reception held for her on her
91st birthday. She was visiting her son
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
Hamlin in Carthage, North Carolina. The
party was held at the Hamlin home.


Audrey Watson, wife of e W s
Joseph Watson of Sarasota
Florida was selected as
"Person of the Year" by
the Temple Beth Shalom
Men's Club, and was hon-
ored at a Testimonial
Dinner at the Holiday Inn
at Longboat Key, FL., on
May 14, 1987.
Audrey was the first
woman to receive this
prestigious award, which
in the past was known as
"The Man of the Year." I
Over 250 people at-
tended the dinner inclu- Audrey Watson
ding the Watson's child-
ren, Dr. Russell Watson of Sierra Vista, Arizona
and Marjorie (Watson) Christensen of Tucson, Ariz-
ona, who flew in from Arizona as a surprise to
their mother for this happy event. Another out-of-
town special guest was Dave Robles of Panama, Rep.
of Panama.

Eve Hutchinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hutch-
inson of Dothan, Alabama (formerly of the Panama
Canal Zone) and Mark Giroux, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Donald Thas Giroux of Santa Clara, California,
were married April 25, 1987 in the Los Angeles,
Calif. Latter Day Saints Temple.
Maid of honor was Ann Hutchinson, sister of the
bride. Bridesmaid was Jillian Giroux, sister of
the groom, both of Provo, Utah. Best man was Jay
Giroux, brother of the groom of Midland, Texas.
Groomsmen were David Giroux of Dallas, Texas;
Ensign Richard Giroux, US Navy, brothers of the
groom and David Hutchinson of San Diego, Ca.,
brother of the bride.
A wedding reception hosted by the bride's par-
ents was held the same evening at the Cabrillo
Arts Center in Santa Barbara and was attended by
approximately 200 guests.
The bride, a graduate of Balboa High School and
Brigham Young University, is employed as office
manager at "The Cat Clinic" in Santa Barbara. The
groom, a graduate of the U. of California Santa
Barbara, is an electronic engineer at Santa Bar-
bara Research Center.

Former Canal Zone residents attending were
Marie Tabert of Provo, and her daughter Becky
Tabert Speckert of San Francisco; Mr. and Mrs.
William Affeltranger of Clearfield, Utah; and Mr.
and Mrs. Jack Zinmerman of Bakersfield, Calif.

Thomas Anderson

Valerie Coyle and Thomas Anderson were united
in marriage in a garden ceremony at Green Pastures
in Austin, Texas, on April 18, 1987. The bride is
the daughter of Edward and Ellen Coyle of Austin,
Texas, formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone. The groom
is the son of Axel and Doris Anderson of LaMarque,
The bride's attendants were Lara Manass Studer
and Sheila, Suzanne and Barbara Coyle. Groomsmen
were Richard Chick, Carl Tallington, and Tom
Coyle. Ushers were Scott and Stephan Anderson,
sons of the groom.
Valerie is a graduate of Balboa High School and
holds degrees in Social Work and Bisiness Admin-
istration from the University of Texas, Austin.
The groom has an Electrical Engineering degree
from UT Austin and a Masters degree in Business
from St. Edwards University, Austin. Tom is em-
ployed by the IBM Corporation and Valerie is the
Administrative Assistant to the Director of the
Texas Telephone Association.
Former Canal residents attending were Debra
Brittain Hastings of Denver, CO., Eugenia and
Henry Lee and Valeria and Tina Schroeter of
Austin, Marguarite Orr, and Jack and Laura Hoyle
of San Antonio.
After a honeymoon in the Bahamas the couple are
to reside on Padre Island, Corpus Christi, Texas.


Tracy L. Wade and Harold "Bubba" Money, Jr.
were married May 15, 1987 at Lakeover Church of
God, Jackson, Mississippi. The bride is the daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee E. Wade of Clinton, Miss.,
formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Melanie Wade Williamson, Carrollton, Texas,
served as matron of honor. Kim Ormond and Susanna
Orr were bridal attendants. The bridegroom's
father was best man, and David Carter and Darin
Jolly were groomsmen. Kristie L. Williamson and
Michelle L. Wade, nieces of the bride, served as
flower girls. The reception was held at the Jack-
son Holiday Inn.

Mr. and Mrs. HaroLd Money, Jr. wzth her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee E. Wade of
Clinton, Mississippi, formerly of Gatun.

Tracy attended Gatun and Margarita elementary
schools and graduated from Clinton High School.
She has completed her sophomore year at Hinds Jun-
ior College where she was president of the Hinds
After a honeymoon to Clearwater Beach, Florida,
the couple will reside in Raymond, Mississippi,
until September when "Bubba" will begin basic
training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas.

Marriage vows were exchanged April 25, 1987 by
Lynette E. Stokes and Eric J. ThIopson at the
First Inited Methodist Church in Joplin, Missouri.
The bride is the daughter of Bobby and Elia
Stokes of Joplin. The bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph R. Thompson of Delta, Ohio.

Music was provided by Tod Thompson with Kiers-
ten Thcmpson as vocalist. Attending as maid of
honor was Jennifer Spark. Bridesmaids were Brenda
Rossi and Amber Stokes. Tod Thompson served as
best man.
A reception was held at the Stokes' home in

Lynette E. Stokes and Eric J. Thompson

Lynette is currently serving in the U.S. Air
Force, and Eric is serving in the Marine Corps.
They are currently stationed in Naples, Italy,
where they will return for their honeymoon and
make their home for two years.

J. Elaine Carr and Bradley S. Reedy, of Ash-
land, Virginia, were united in marriage May 30,
1987 at Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in
Petersburg, Virginia. Immediately following the
ceremony, a reception was held at the Ramada Inn,
Petersburg, Virginia.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvis
B. Carr, Jr., formerly of Ancon, Canal Zone, now
residing in Chapel Hill, N.C. The groom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Merle E. Reedy of Prince George,

Maid of honor was Carol C. Carr, sister of the
bride from Chapel Hill, N.C. Bridesmaids were:
Vicdki Carr, sister-in-law of the bride; Nancy
Reedy, Sally Anderson, Cindy Bell, and Jean For-
est. Groomsmen were Merle E. Reedy, father of the
groom; best man; Bryan "Chick1' Carr, brother of
the bride, Gene Reedy, Douglas Reedy, and Bryan
Reedy, brothers of the groom and Tony Thomas.
The bride is a graduate of John Tyler Community
College in Virginia.
The groom is currently attending Virginia Com-
monwealth University. He is employed at Best Pro-
ducts Co. Inc. as a programmer/analyst.
Following a wedding trip to Florida, the couple
will reside in Ashland, Virginia.

Marcia Lee Coffin and Jamil Abu-Taleb were
united in marriage on June 27, 1987 at the Asis-
tencia Mission, Redlands, California.
Marcia is the daughter of Joe and Carolyn
(Geddes) Coffin of York, Pennsylvania, formerly of
Gatun, Canal Zone. Joe retired in 1973 as a fire-
man and graduated from Cristobal High School in
1937. Marcia is employed at the United College of
Business as the Director of Education, in Downey,
Calif. Jamil is a student at Cal Poly, Pomona.

Lynn Hoffnan and Harry Jones were married on
April 4, 1987 at the Chapel by the Sea, Clearwater
Beach, Florida.
Lynn is a Registered Nurse at the Mease Hos-
pital in Dunedin, Fla. Harry owns his own business
in Clearwater.

Lynn Hoffman and Harry Jones

Out of town former Canal Zone guests were Bob
and Kelly Maynard of Lake Placid, Fla., and Bobbie
Maynard from Jupiter, Fla., and Margaret and Har-
old Sostad from Punta Gorda, Florida.
Harry is the son of Alton and Vera Jones of
Largo, Florida.

Marcia and Jamil Abu-Talib
Brother Tom, CHS '66, and his wife, Barbara of
Wakefield, Mass.; brother Jon, CHS '67 from Gatun,
Panama, and sister Kathi from Alexandria, VA. were
present at the happy event, in addition to the
senior Coffins.
Former Zonians present were Adele and Fmret
Argo, Laguna Hills, CA.; Kathryn Argo Molinaro,
Hemet, CA., and Charles and Hazel Heims of Crest-
line, CA.

Kelly J. Forrest and Kimberli Diane

Kelly J. Forrest and Kimberli Diane Taylor were
united in marriage in Dallas, Texas on February
21, 1987.
Kelly is the son of Ernest and LaDonna Forrest,
formerly of the Canal Zone and presently residing
in Garland, Texas. Kelly is also the grandson of
Lydia Forrest and the late "Pappa John" Forrest.
Kymberli (Kim) is the daughter of Jane Higgenboth-
am of Dallas, Texas.
Attending the bride was Marci Guiette as matron
of honor. The best man was Ronald Forrest, brother
of the groom.
The groom graduated from Cristobal High School
in 1981, and graduated from California Maritime
Academy in Vallejo, California. Presently he is
working as Second Mate for Maritime Overseas Corp.
The couple are presntly residing in Carrollton,

Lea Anne Wilson and Eduardo Antonio Garcia H.
were united in marriage on June 20, 1987 at the
Fort Clayton Chapel, Panama, in which the bride
was given away by her father.
Lea Anne is the daughter of Beverly E. Wilson
of Balboa, Panama and Jack C. Wilson of Honolulu,
Hawaii. Eduardo is the son of Marcela M. de Reyes
of Panama City, Panama, and the late Gustavo Gar-

A buffet reception followed the ceremony with
music provided by Tito Mouynes. A special out-of-
town guest for the occasion was Lynn Haddaeus of
Tanpa, Florida.
After their honeymoon trip to Disney World and
Carey, N.C., where they were treated to a '"mini-
reception" by relatives of the bride, the couple
stopped in Tampa for their first Canal Zone re-
union. The newlyweds then returned to their home
in Panama.

LAke and Sheryl anciu
proudly announce the
birth of their daughter, ---
Nicole Marie Danciu on
January 13, 1987. Nicole
weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and
was 20k inches long. In
the process of being
transferred from Whidbey
Island NAS, Wa. to Cherry
Point MCAS, NC, Nicole
and her mother spent a
few weeks at home with Nicole Marie Danciu
Sheryl's parents, Capt.
Gerald H. and lorraine Smith of Winchester, TN.
They also made a special trip to Pensacola, FL. to
introduce Nicole to their aunts, Sharon Kearley
and Susie Smith.
Paternal grandparents are Earl and Elsie Danciu
of Deerbrook, Illinois.

Eduardo A. Garcia H.

Maid of honor was Laurie O;Connor of Balboa,
Panama, with Magali Urrutia of Panama City, Panama
serving as bridesmaid. Best man was Jaime Massot
with Jorge Barriga serving as usher, both of Pan-
ama City, Panama.

Billie Galloway of
Sarasota, FL., proudly
announces the birth of
her third greatgrandchild
Laura Kari Cassidy, born
to her granddaughter Kari
Jo (Galloway) and Mark
Cassidy, on July 5, 1987
in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Laura, weighing 6 lbs. A
10 oz. and measuring 19"
inches, joins a brother, u Ke ls
two year old Christopher.
Maternal grandparents are Joseph Galloway of
Atlanta, GA., and Karen Clark of Kingsville, IN.
Billie spent two weeks with the family and was
there to welcome her first great-granddaughter.

Mr. and Mrs.

Carol (Baker) Goodwin and husband, Mike, proud-
ly announce the birth of their second child, Leah
Christine, who joins her brother, Brett, age 3.
Born July 17, 1987, in Greensboro, North Caro-
lina, Leah is 7 lbs. 3 oz.
Her grandparents are Beverly and Floyd Baker of
Federal Way, Washington, and Ron and Marteen Good-
win, of Washington, D.C.


Michael and Shawn Coffey proudly show off their
daughter, Madeline Rae, born May 27, 1987, weigh-
ing in at 7 Ibs. 6 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Anita Tippins of
Tanpa, Florida, and 'Tip" Tippins of Plant City,
Florida. Paternal grandparents are John and Mary
(Morland) Coffey of Panama.
Proud great-grandmas are Mary (Melendez) Coffey
and Virginia (Woodhull) Morland, both residents of

Thelma Davis, daughter Florence, grand-
daughter Nancy with Megan Michelle.
Granddaughter Christy Woodburn (rear).
Milton and Thelma Davis of Garland, Texas,
proudly announce the birth of their first great-
Megan Michelle Fischer was born March 13, 1987
to Nancy and David Fischer of Highland, Calif.
Maternal grandparents are Florence and Leon
Strawn of San Bernardino, California. Paternal
grandparents are Patricia and Leroy Fischer of
Highland, Calif.


Bruce with Nicole, and Cisne

Bruce and Claudia (Hanbury) Edwards are pleased
to announce the birth of their second daughter,
Nicole Marie Hanbury Edwards.
Little Nicole was born on May 20, 1987 in
Houston, Texas, and weighed in at a hefty 9 lbs.
Grandmother Louise Hanbury was on hand to cor-
ral her first granddaughter, Cisne Marie (2 years,
9 months) and enjoyed a pleasant three weeks with
her daughter, Claudia, and family.

John and Linda Sorrell
Eberenz of Balboa Heights
Panama are pleased to an-
nounce the birth of their
daughter, Christine Ann.
Christine was born at San
Fernando Clinic, May 27,
1987, and weighed 7 lbs.
and 11 oz.
The paternal grand-
parents are Leo and Made-
line Eberenz of Sterling,
S\ Virginia. Maternal grand-
S parents are Gladys and
.. Enrique Ramero of Panama
SCity, R.P.
Christine Ann The picture was taken
Eberenz in the clinic a day after
her birth.

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San and Laurie (Hunt)
Trinca of Gamboa announce
the birth of their first
child, Zachary Joseph,
on May 22, 1987. Zachary
weighed in at 7 Ibs. and
10 oz. and was 21" long.
Maternal grandparents
are John and Pat Dunning
Hunt of Diablo, Panama.
Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Saverio
Trinca of Stanfield,
North Carolina.
Proud great-grandmother
Tanpa, Florida.

Zachary Joseph
is Elva R. Dunning of

Kenny and Kim Hicks are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter, Jacqueline Marie, born on
Monday, May 18, 1987 at 6:30 p.m. weighing in at
6 lbs. 14 oz.
She joins her "Big Sister" Michelle Gale. All
are doing fine and very happy.
Grandparents are Mrs. Wanda McCune and the late
Siebert McCune, and Mack and Dorothy Hicks of
Callahan, Florida.

Drs. Jane (Moore) and Leo Buss proudly announce
the birth of their son, Evan Daniel, born July 15,
1987, in New Haven, Connecticut.
He weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz.
Maternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Ronald
E. Moore of Melbourne, Florida. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Buss of Alexandria

John and Jeannine
(Carlin) Clark of Levit-
town, PA., are proud to
announce the birth of
their first child, a son,
Johnathan William on Jan-
uary 20, 1987.
Johnathan weighed in
at 7 lbs. 6 oz.; mea-
sured 20" and is in need
of a haircut.

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Maternal grandparents
are William and Jeannine Johnat n William
Carlin of Sarasota. John Clark
and Violet Clark of Fairless Hills, PA. are the
paternal grandparents.
Grandma Jeannine was on hand to welcome John-
athan and "help out," and granddad Bill arrived a
week later to peek at their first grandchild. The
baby's first trip, on February 9, was to visit
Cherry Hill, N.J. to be introduced to his great-
great-aunt, Agnes McLaughlin, age 93.

Macel and Mort Thomson announce the birth of a
grandson to Gary and Karen Thomson, March 30, 1987
in Downers Grove, Illinois.
Their daughter, Mary, and her husband, Dr. hn.
E. Routt, Jr., have adopted an infant daughter,
Michelle, born February 20, 1987.

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Clara L. Boyer, 82, of Seminole, Florida, died
June 17, 1987 at St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Peter
sburg. She was born in Duluth, Minn. and left the
Canal Zone in 1961.
Survivors include a son, Robert L. Boyer, and
a daughter, Barbara B. Slover, both of Seminole;
a sister, Julia Murray, Seattle, Wash.; four grand
children and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Christof, of Mission, Texas, died June 18,
1987 in the McAllen Nursing Center. She was the
wife of Vern H. Christof, who retired from the Ad-
measurement Division of the Panama Canal Company
after 33 years of government service. Memorial
Services were held June 22 at Conway Avenue Bap-
tist Church, Mission, Texas. Friends may make mem-
orial contributions to the Rio Grande Children's
Home, Route 3, Box 535, Mission, Texas.
Surviving is her husband, Vern H. Christof.

Lima Pope Derr, 81, of Orlando, Florida, died
April 25, 1985 at her residence. She was the wife
of the late Eugene K. Derr. Both she and her hus-
band were retired Civil Service employees of the
US Army in Panama. Beginning their work prior to
World War II, they departed the Isthmus in 1967
and established their home in Orlando. She was an
active member of the Diablo Camera Club.
She is survived by her son, William R. Derr,
Ph.D. of Garland, Texas; three grandchildren and
three great-grandchildren.

Ethel W. Dodson, 86, of Asheville, North Caro-
lina, died June 17, 1987 in an Asheville hospital.
She was the widow of H. Conrad Dodson, both for-
merly of the Western North Carolina Panama Canal

Annie R. BEslie, 84, of St. Petersburg, Florida
passed away on July 24, 1987. Born in Anniesland,
Scotland, she was known to have been very active
in the Orchid Chapter of the O. of Eastern Star
and assisted in masonic social functions. She was
the Director of the Nursury School in Albrook AFB
for many years, and left the Canal Zone in 1962.
She is survived by a niece, Anne Rice, of New
Hampton, New Hampshire, as well as several other
nieces and nephews.

Luther U. Fleming, 70, died May 3, 1987 at his
home in Huntsville, Alabama. He went to the Canal
Zone in 1939, serving in the US Army then was emp-
loyed as a policeman for 11 years, resigning as
Sergeant in charge of traffic, Balboa District. He
then worked in the Safety Program, 15 ND, Ft. Ama-
dor for 4 years, then returning to the US. He
worked as a Safety Engineer for the Navy, Corps of
Engineers and Chemical Corps, traveling extensive-
ly, and following his retirement in 1974 he had
his own consulting service in Huntsville. He was
a member of Chagres Lodge, Scottish Rite, Abou
Saad Temple; NARFE; AARP; the University Baptist
Church of Huntsville, the American Society of
Safety Engineers; officer in the National Safety
Council, and was also a dedicated golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Dugan Flem-
ing of Huntsville, Alabama; two daughters, Frieda
Stikes of Huntsville and Linda Fleming of Tyler,
Texas; two sisters, Ruby McNatt and Jessir McNatt
of Russelville, AL., and two grandchildren, Karen
Doran, Mobile, AL., and Kevin Stikes, Travis AFB,

Leo D. Goulet, 61, of Fremont, Michgan, died on
July 5, 1987, from a heart attack. A native of
Panama, he attended Canal Zone schools and was a
US Navy veteran. He joined Gerber Products Co. in
1955 and rose to president and chief executive
officer, and was expected to be named chairman of
the Fremont-based baby food company at the annual
shareholders meeting July 22. He graduated from
the University of Denver in 1949. He joined Gerber
as an assistant export manager and in 1960 was
named president of Gerber International and was
based in Panama, moving to Frenont in 1968 to
direct the company's Latin American operations.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Ruoff) of
Fremont; and four sisters, Macel (Goulet) Thomson,
Rita Goulet, Teresa (Goulet) Wright, and Mary
(Goulet) Zagone.

Donald Grimn, 65, of Panama City and Playa Cor-
onado, Rep. of Panama, died suddenly of a massive
heart attack in Panama on April 28, 1987. He grad-
uated from Balboa High School in 1940 and retired
from the Locks Division in 1984 with 39 years of

He is survived by his wife, Margo Grinm of Pan-
ama City, R.P.; his daughter, Petty Grinm Lloyd
and two granddaughters, of Birmingham, Alabama;
and a sister, Marie Grinm Houghton of Austin,

Ethel Krziza Hearn, 74, died at the local hosp-
ital in Carlsbad, California on May 16, 1987 after
a lingering illness. She had been employed as a
Registered Nurse at Gorgas Hospital from 1940 to
1958 when she returned to the USA on the retire-
ment of her late husband, Jack H. Hearn, Canal
Pilot. She completed her federal service and re-
tired in May, 1970 after working for the US Navy
at Canp Pendleton and El Toro Marine Base at El
Toro, California. Ethel was remembered as the War
Bond Queen of the Canal Zone in 1943 when she put
great effort in the bond purchase drive.
She is survived by two brothers, Quentin Krziza
of Carlsbad, and Leo J. Krziza of Oceanside, Ca.;
four sisters, Esther K. Condry of Carlsbad, Jose-
phine Krziza and Ruth B. Hall of Dowagiac, Mi.,
and Wilma Sanders of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Donald P. Hutchison, 73, died at Aiken Cnmu-
nity Hospital, Aiken, South Carolina, on Tuesday,
May 12, 1987. He was born in Scranton, Pennsyl-
vania, and came with his family to the Canal Zone
in 1918. He graduated from Balboa High School in
1932 and attended one year of Junior College. He
was a motion picture operate for 5 years, later
took an electrical apprenticeship and worked for
the Locks Division, Pacific side. He retired in
December 1974 with 42 years of service. He was a
member of the York Rite Masonic organization and
of Abou Saad Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sealey, of
Aiken; two daughters, Dianne Cox of Goose Creek,
S.C. and Vicki Boukalis of Cardenas, Panama; a son
Gary Hutchison, of Hurst, Texas; three grandsons,
Wally Doane, Shane and Mickey Hutchison; and three
sisters, Ruth Powell of Largo, Fla., Doris Hutchi-
son of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Marion Phillips
of Laguna Hills, California.

Calvin H. Johnston, 76, of Vina del Mar, Panama
died April 29, 1987 at the Punta Paitilla Hospital
of a heart attack. He was born in Cedarville, Cal-
ifornia and came to Panama in 1947 where he joined
the Post Engineers in Ft. Gulick and then France
Field. Later he transferred to the US Air Force in
Albrook and Howard AFB's where he held the posi-
tion of construction base engineer. He was a mem-
ber of Abou Saad Temple, active in the crippled
and burns children's program; a member of the Navy
League, American Society of Panama and American

He is survived by his wife, Margarita Mizrachi
Johnston of Colon; a sister, Mrs. Kate Bacon of
Modesto, Ca.; several nieces and nephews in the
United States and a grand-nephew and nieces in

Grace Z. Kienzle, 73, of Raleigh, North Carolina,
died April 24, 1987, at Raleigh Community Hos-
pital. She was employed by the Personnel Bureau of
the Panama Canal Company, and later by the Civil-
ian Personnel Office, Corozal, Canal Zone, from
which she retired in July, 1973.
Survivors include her husband, Edward A.
Kienzle; stepson Edward C. Kienzle, Needham, Mass;
Stepdaughters Sr. Mary E. Kienzle, New York, NY.,
Anne R. Kienzle and Margaret C. Kienzle, both of
Arlington, Va., and Frances A. Kienzle, Newton,
Mass.; brothers Edward W. Zieverink, Charlotte,
NC., and Larry Zieverink, Raleigh, NC.; sister,
Mary Virginia Lenny of Groveland, Florida.

Theodore C. Knapp, 84, of St. Petersburg, Flo-
rida, died June 23, 1987 at Edward H. White II
Memorial Hospital. Born in Guatamala, he retired
as regional office manager for Nestle Food Corp.
He was a member of Chagres Lodge AF&AM, York Rite
of Freemasonry, Balboa, and Abou Saad Temple, Pan-
ama. Locally he was a member of the Episcopal
Church of the Holy Cross.
Survivors include his wife, Inez M.; three sons
Theodore C. Jr., Houston, Robert E. Poughkeepsie,
NY, and Lowell W., Victor, NY.; a sister, Anita
Schnieder, St. Petersburg; eight grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren.

Marie R. Callaway Kuhn, 89, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died June 2, 1987 at Humana Hospital. She
was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was a retired
stenographer for the Panama Canal Company. She was
a Catholic and was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph F.; two
daughters, Willi M. DuVall, St. Petersburg, and
Eula (Sugar) M. DiRoma, Clearwater; a sister, Ann
Meadows, Henpstead, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, 13
great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand-

Margaret C. "Peggy" Lott, 77, of St. Petersburg
Florida, died July 30, 1987 at Humana Hospital.
Born in Boston, she left the Canal Zone in 1956.
locally she was a member of the Garden of Peace
Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the 50
plus Club; a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida; the Bethlehem Chapter 169 O.E.S.; Tahuti
Court 44, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America
and the International Club, all of St. Petersburg.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin D.; two
sons, Henry Falk of Asheville, N.C., and Murray
Falk, La Center, Washington; four grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.

EdAard W. Leitner, 76, of Lake Park, Florida,
died April 21, 1987. He was a Lt. Commander, USNR;
was flight instructor in Pensacola during World
War II and the Korean Conflict; received three
Presidential citations through Navy Secretaries
Forrestal, Knox and Sullivan; was employed by PAA
during Flying Clipper era; a builder and licensed
contractor, Dade County and served as arbitrator
for the American Arbitration Assoc; a member of
NARFE, and a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include his wife, Beatrice; two sons,
Danny and James; two sisters, Imogene Holmes and
Sally Midkiff; and a brother, Claude Leitner.

Kathryn A. (Hughes) Massey, 44, of Brownsville,
Texas, died June 4, 1987 at Brooke Army Medical
Center in San Antonio. She was born in Ancon, Pan-
ama and attended Canal Zone schools, marrying in
1972. She was employed as comptroller of the
Gladys Porter Zoo, and at the time of her death,
was assistant vice president in the Credit Depart-
ment at Texas Commerce Bank in Brownsville.
Survivors include her husband, Lt.Col. Clyde
Massey, Jr. Ret. of Brownsville; a daughter, Deb-
orah Lynn Massey of San Antonio; a son, Capt. Ken-
neth J. Massey of Ft. Rucker, Alabama; her mother,
Mrs. Claire Jadis of Washington, D.C.; her father
and stepmother, Hilton and Margaret Hughes of Dun-
nellon, Florida; a brother, Dr. Robert Hughes of
Washington, D.C.; and a sister, Nancy Folsom of
Oklawaha, Florida.

Charles S. Malsbury, 74, of Springdale, Arkan-
sas, died May 20, 1987 at Washington Regional Med-
ical Center. He was born in Ancon, Panama Canal
Zone. He was a member of the First United Metho-
dist Church, the Bentonville Elks Lodge and the
Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas. He was
a retired meteorologist.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria McLean Mals-
bury of the home, and one sister, Jackie Johnson
of Ridgewood, N.J.

Julia Nielson McKenzie died in St. Petersburg on
March 15, 1987. Her only child, a daughter, Julia
(Hartman) Gayle, widow of Qndr. Robert E. Gayle,
preceded her mother in death by only a week less
than two months. Julie (Babe) died in Cape Coral,
Florida on January 22, 1987. Julie left a son,
Robert E. Gayle III, and a daughter, Christie, and
three grandchildren.

Julia Nielson arrived in Panama, Canal Zone
with her mother in April, 1907, at age 6. She was
86 when she passed away.

Ethel Craig Michaux, 97, died June 2, 1987 at
Staten Island Hospital after a short illness. She
was the widow of William Macon Michaux, formerly
a machines with the Industrial Division of the
Panama Canal Company.
She is survived by a son, Macon Craig Michaux
and his wife, Helen, of Bridgeport, New Jersey;
three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Dr. Macon C. Michaux, 66, died in his home on
July 22, 1987. Born in Washington, D.C., he came
to the Canal Zone when 3 months old. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1939 and served in the
US Army since 1942, retiring as Colonel in 1981,
serving in three wars. He also graduated from the
University School of Dentistry in St. Louis, Mo.,
practiced dentistry in Keyport, N.J. then Bound-
brook, N.J. for 15 years, retiring in 1980. He was
a Fellow of the American Academy of General Den-
tistry, was active in many professional societies
and was affiliated with Allentown Hospital group
in Allentown, Pa.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Ferris; a son
Craig Michaux of New Jersey; two daughters, Holly
Michaux Enders of Pasadena, Md., and Barbara Ann
Michaux of New Jersey; and one grandchild, Christ-
ine Kelly Enders. His mother, Ethel Craig Michaux
predeceased him on June 2, 1987.

Ethel P. (Comstock) Neal, 96, of Brewer, Maine,
died July 7, 1987 at the Convalescent Center,
Brewer, ME. after a brief illness. Her late hus-
band, Levi E. Neal, was formally with the Panama
Railroad, Balboa, C.Z.
She is survived by three sons, Gerald L. Neal,
St. Petersburg, FL., Dr. Elwin G. Neal, Miami
Shores, FL., and William S. Neal, Clearwater, FL.;
one daughter, Laura Gallant, .Bangor ME.; eight
grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren,
nieces and nephews. A son, Kermit H. Neal, USN,
was killed in action in the English Channel during
World War II in 1945. All of Mrs. Neals children
were employed at one time in the Canal Zone. Ger-
ald retired from the Panama Railroad in 1968, and
William (Bill) retired in 1985.

Dorothy K. Nichols, formerly of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died June 19, 1987 in Ocala, where she
moved years ago. Born in Michigan, she left the
Canal Zone in 1962. Locally she was a member of
Holy Cross Catholic Church and its Women's Club;
NARFE, and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.

Survivors include two sons, James Robert of St.
Petersburg, and Richard G. of Holiday, FL.; a dau-
ghter, Myra Cone, Ocala; a sister, Jeanne Paavlova
of St. Clair Shores, MI.; seven grand-children and
and one great-granddaughter.

Harry H. Nunley, 71, of Chatanooga, Tennessee,
died May 22, 1987 in a Whitwell Hospital. A native
of Tracy City, Tenn., he was a retired teacher and
principal in the Chatanooga City Schools, Marion
City Schools and the Panama Canal Zone School
System. He was a veteran of World War II, serving
in the US Army Air Force. He was a member of Whit-
well Lodge #563 and was a charter member of the
Chatanooga Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry.
He is survived by his wife, Malinda Vaughn Nun-
ley; one son, Mike Nunley, Murfreesboro, TN.; one
daughter, Coleen Gramatikos, Orlando, FL.; four
brother, six sisters, and five grandchildren.

John lThmas O'Donell, 66, of Dothan, Alabama,
died unexpectedly May 23, 1987. A native of Phila-
delphia, PA., Mr. O'Donnell lived in the Panama
Canal Zone for 52 years before moving to Dothan
in 1977 when he retired from the Industrial Divi-
sion as a marine machines after 37 years of ser-
vice. He was a World War II US Navy veteran and a
lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Edna O'Donnell,
Dothan; three daughters, Mary Ceraul of Pen Argyl,
PA., Kathy Helman, of Easton, PA., Ann Barger of
Casper, WY.; five brothers, Daniel O'Donnell of
Peru, IL., Robert O'Donnel of San Francisco, CA.,
James O'Donnell of the Republic of Panama, Paul
O'Donnell of Dothan, AL., Col. Thomas O'Donnell of
Carlsbad, CA.; a sister, Maria Clothier of Phila-
delphia, PA.; and six grandchildren.

Samel C. "Sau' Powell, 72, of Bradenton, Flor-
ida, died May 23, 1987 at his home. He was born in
Brunswick, Ga. and was employed by the Industrial
Division of the Panama Canal Company as a boiler-
maker, retiring in 1974.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; three daugh-
ters, Linda Purcell, Angel Powell and Mya Powell,
all of Bradenton; a sister, Ann Battison of Palm-
etto, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

William N. Price, 72, of Sarasota, Florida,
died April 7, 1987. He was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone and worked for several agencies in the Canal
Zone Government. He subsequently was employed by
the federal government in Washington, D.C. and
Battle Creek, Michigan, retiring from government
service in 1970.
He is survived by his sister, Stella Dykstra,
of Bangor, Maine.

John Milton Sanders, Sr., 68, of Palm Harbor,
Florida, died unexpectedly on July 11, 1987 at
Brooksville, Florida. He was born in Glasgow, Ken-
tucky and was an electrician foreman with the
Electrical Division of the Panama Canal Company on
retirement in June, 1973 with 28 years of service.
He was a Past Exalted Ruler of B.P.O.Elks Lodge
#1542, Balboa, and Past Assistant District Deputy
of the Elks. He was a member of the Palm Harbor
United Methodist Church, Palm Harbor.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell; two sons
John M. II, Palm Harbor and Jack, Diablo, Panama;
two daughters, Sheila Lawrence, Gatun, Panama Can-
al Zone, and Karen Schorejs, Westerville, Ohio; a
sister, Betty Letourneau, Concord, California, and
four grandchildren.

Ellen Sylvia Shirer, 69, of Dothan, Alabama,
died May 23, 1987 unexpectedly. A native of the
Republic of Panama, she lived in Panama all her
life until her retirement in 1976. She worked for
the Panama Canal Company as an accounting clerk,
and has lived in Dothan since 1979. She was a mem-
ber of NARFE Chapter 1609, and a member of St.
Columbia Catholic Church.
Survivors include a sister and two brothers-in-
law, James L. and Gertrude Snyder, Dothan, and
Norman Pedersen, Largo, Fla.; six cousins, Bill,
Dennis and John Gilbert, Mary Urey, Mildred Patton
and Stella Buonviri; nephews, James Snyder Jr.,
Frank Snyder, Norman Pedersen Jr., and Robert Ped-

Catherine Annie Smith, 83, of Hagerstown, Md.
died July 6, 1987 at the home of her son in Wil-
liamsport, Md. Her husband, Russel E. Smith died
in 1978. The Smiths were on the Canal Zone from
1941-1953 and lived in Cocoli. Mr. Smith worked
for the old Municipal Division and later for Wil-
liams Brothers Contractors. Mrs. Smith was a house
She is survived by three sons, Owen W. Smith,
Osyka, MS., William Carlos Smith, Butler, PA., and
Hugh R. Smith, Williamsport; eight grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.

Mary Pressley South, 75, of Birmingham, AL.,
died May 15, 1987 in that city. Graveside services
were held in Dothan, AL. A Chester, S.C. native
and former Panama Canal Zone resident for many
years, was the widow of Frank C. South who worked
for many years with the Army in the Canal Zone.
They resided for many years in Dothan, Alabama.
Surviving are a son, Frank C. South, Jr. of
Spring, Texas; two daughters, Sherry Kellum, of
Birmingham, AL., and Sandra Martin of Tustin, CA.;
and four grandchildren.

Katherine Trimble, of Sun City, Arizona, passed
away July 17, 1987 in Sun City. She was born in
Brooklyn, New York, and lived in the Canal Zone
during 1940-1960. She and her husband, James Trim-
ble, formerly of the Locks Division, came to Ari-
zona several years ago from Hirville, New York.
She is survived by her husband, James; two dau-
ghters, Anne (Trimble) Parks, and Jane (Trimble)
Alley; a son, George Trimble of Jacksonville, Flo-
rida; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

James G.F. Trimble, of Sun City, Arizona, died
on July 27, 1987, just ten days after his wife,
Katherine's demise, in Sun City, where he and his
wife had lived since moving to Arizona in 1980,
from their home state, New York. He was born in
1904 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked for the Elec-
trical Division, Panama Canal, and part-time for
the Locks Division on the Pacific side during 1940
to 1960. He was the past president of the Central
Labor Union on the Canal Zone; a member of the
Knights of Columbus; and a life-member of the
He is survived by a son, George Trimble of
Jacksonville, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. Charles
Parks (Anne), and Mrs. John Alley (Jane), plus 17
grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Anna M. Valpatic, 69, of Porter, Indiana, died
January 21, 1987 at Porter Memorial Hospital, Val-
paraiso. She was born in the Canal Zone, the dau-
ter of the late R.C. and Anna DeLaMater Worsley.
She was a US Army veteran of World War II and a
member of St. Patrick Church; American Legion Post
170; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2511; Moose
Lodge 1507 and Portchester Eagles Auxiliary. She
had served as a Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Brownie
leader for many years.
Surviving are four sons, Frank and Larry Val-
patic, both of Chesterton, Peter Valpatic, Lake
Chester, IN., and John Valpatic, Porter; a dau-
ghter, Teresa Woodcock, Waverly, NJ.; her mother,
Anna Worsley, Hayward, CA.; three sisters, Helen
Cook, Mount Juliet, IN., Roberta Richards Hayward
and Jacqueline Williams, Monrovia, CA.; and ten

Marcus Neal Williamson, of Titusville, Florida,
died March 15 after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta Hollander
Williamson; six children, among them, sons Frank,
John, daughters Sue Ellen Gorday and Paula Cunio;
and five grandchildren.

If you see or are aware of an obituary of
a former Canal Zone resident in your news-
paper, please clip it out and send it to the
Editor, Canal Record, after dating the clip-

Letters to the Editor

F m

Amelia Hutchings Hunter, Pompano Beach,
Fla. and Adrien Horton, granddaughter of
sister, Olena Hutchings Neff.

Here is a report of the real 50th Reunion of
the Balboa High School Class of 1937, held today
(June 11, 1987) at the Mirabeau Restaurant on the
46th floor of the SEAFIRST Bank Building looking
out over the waters of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound
with Blake Island and the Olympic Peninsula on the
Regular readers of the Canal Record may recall
reading of a preliminary reunion hald last July in
Tanpa, Fla. That was nice, and we enjoyed being
with our friends of '36, but that was still only
49. Today was the real thing, the actual 50th An-
niversary of our Comnencement ceremony in the old
Balboa Clubhouse.
Present for the occasion were Col. Robert
McCormack, USAF(Ret), David (Chick) Wright, myself
and all of the BHS class of '37, our wives, none
of whom ever lived in the Canal Zone. Bob and Euky
McCormack arrived via ferry across Puget Sound
from their home in Sequim, Wa. in Washington's
"banana belt" on the Olynpic Peninsula. Dave and
Florence took the floating bridge across Lake
Washington from their home in Belleview. Ruth and

Florence Wright, Bob McCormack

Dave Wright, Euky


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Bob Blake, Bob McCormack, Dave Wright
I live on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle proper. None
of us are from the state of Washington originally.
I will not go into all that was said of our
classmates of long ago or the events of our own
lives since last meeting, but appropriate toasts
were offered for all those who were unable to join
us on this day.
Robert W. Blake
Seattle Wash.


1. A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be
lifted and placed in the fairway at a point equal
to the distance it carried or rolled in the rough.
Such veering right or left usually results from
friction between the face of the club and the
cover of the ball, and the player should not be
penalized for erratic behavior of the ball result-
ing from such uncontrollable mechanical phenomena.
2. A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to
have hit the tree. Hitting a tree is simply bad
luck and has no place in a scientific game. The
player should estimate the distance the ball would
have traveled if it had not hit the tree and play
the ball from there, preferably from a firm tuft
of grass.
3. There shall be no such thing as a lost ball.
The missing ball is on or near the course some-
where and eventaully will be found and pocketed by
someone else. It therefore becomes a stolen ball,
and the player should not compound the felony by
charging himself a penalty stroke.
4. In or near a sand trap or bunker, a ball rol-
ling back towards the player may be hit again on
the roll without counting an extra stroke, or
strokes. In any case, no more than two strokes are
to be counted in playing from a bunker, since it
is reasonable to assume that if the player had
time to concentrate on his shot without hurrying
it so as not to delay his playing partners, he
would be out in two.
5. If a putt passes over the hole without dropping
in, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gra-
vity holds that any object attempting to maintain
a position in the atmosphere without something to
support it must drop. The law of gravity super-
cedes the law of golf.
6. Same thing goes for a ball that stops on the
brink of the hole and hangs there defying gravity.
You cannot defy the law.
7. Same thing goes for a ball that rims the cup.
A ball should not go sideways. This violates the
law of physics.
8. A putt that stops close enough to inspire such
comments as "you could blow it in," may be blown
in. This rule does not apply if the ball is more
than three inches from the hole, because no one
wants to make a travesty of the game.
9. There is no penalty for so-called "out of
bounds" shots. If pennypinching golf course owners
bought sufficient land, this would not be a prob-
lem. The golfer deserves an apology, not a pen-
10. There is no penalty for a ball in a water haz-
ard. Golf balls should float. The fact that they
do not is a technical problem that the manufac-
turers have not yet overcome. Again, golfers

should not be penalized for someone else's short-
11. Advertisements constantly proclaim that golf
scores can be markedly improved by purchasing the
newest clubs, balls, shoes, and other golfing ac-
cessories. Since this is financially impossible
for the average golfer, stroke per hole should
be subtracted from the score for using old equip-
from Bill Sullivan
and the other star players from the Dothan, Ala-
bama area.


I'm a lonely Zonian up here in the Northwest
who would like to into contact with other Zonians.
For the last few years I've heard about the Panama
Canal Society and am finally getting off my butt
and joining.
I was born in Gorgas Hospital in 1952 and lived
in the Zone 'til August 1972 when my dad retired
from the Federal Aviation Administration and we
moved to a town called Lajamina near Las Tablas,
Panama. Shortly thereafter in January 1973, I
joined the Air Force at Albrook AFB and was sent
overseas to Texas (to endure my first winter Qu4
baina!). Since then I haven't lived in the Zone
but have gone back to visit four times.
I went to elementary schools at Fort Kobbe, Los
Rios, Diablo, Balboa, Diablo Annex and to Junior
High at Diablo and Curundu and graduated from Bal-
boa High School in 1970. I also went one year to
"La Boca University" (Canal Zone College).
I lived in Rousseau (West Bank), Curundu, and
Cardenas Village. My dad, Harold Barkema, fell in
love with the Isthmus (and my Panamanian mother,
(Celestina de Leon) when he was stationed there in
the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He was
stationed at radar sites from the Azuero Peninsula
to the Darien and has recounted fascinating tales
to me of hunting wild boar and getting lost in the
jungles, earthquakes in the Darien, climbing radio
towers to do maintenance on windy nights, dyna-
miting deep jungle river pools to get fish to eat
when the Navy supply boats didn't make it to the
sites, and so on.
My dad was fresh off an Iowa farm when he
arrived on the Isthmus and had always suffered bad
allergies from Midwest pollens. Imagine his joy
when it disappeared in Panama! and he didn't have
to deal with Midwest snow either (many's the time
I heard the tale of "walking two miles in the snow
each way to get to the country school house").
After the war he worked with radar development
at Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio. After six years
there, his allergies were worse so he headed back
to the Zone in 1951 to work for the Dept. of the

Army, and then finally as an electronics mainten-
ance technician for FAA.
I have two brothers and two sisters. They are
Carlos Barkena, age 43, currently residing at 2260
West Lincoln Ave., Apt. H-4, Anaheim, CA 92801;
Heraldino Barkema ("Dino", "Ningue"), age 42, and
currently lives at 31 Shotwell Rd., Hadlock, WA
98339; Jenny Evers, 38, resides in Panama City,
with a mailing address of PSC Box 305, APO Miami,
FL 34002; and Celina de Vargas ("Nina"), 32, who
also resides in Panama City, mailing address of
Apartado 6-2707, El Dorado, Panama, R.P.
My dad is living at Lajamina, Distrito de Pocrf
(Via Las Tablas), Provincio de Los Santos, R. de
P. and maintains our venerable mail box at PO Box
1722, Balboa, R.P. Sad to say, my mom and dad are
now separated and my mom stays with either of my
two sisters.
As for myself, I (Larry Barkena) am age 34 and
currently reside at 5616 University Way NE, Apt.
#12, Seattle, WA 98105. I work as a computer oper-
ator for Washington Mutual Savings Bank. My home
phone is (206) 523-1547. If you are so inclined,
and especially if you are an old acquaintance or
friend of mine, feel free to call or write me!
Thank you for your kind indulgence and for the
existence of this Society to help "fill the void".

Larry Barkea
Seattle, WA.

Charles is with Norshipco and I am employed at the
Portsmouth Naval Hospital as Secretary to the Di-
rector, Nursing Services. Between work and im-
provements around our home, we are really kept
busy, and are looking forward to the summer so
that we can enjoy our recently installed in-ground
pool. Have already told the family that I am going
to enjoy the pool and most of the cooking will be
done on the gas grill! About time that Mom takes
a break!

Curtis E. DeTore


James and Dorothy Bryant of Tampa attended her
45th High School Reunion in Neosho, Missouri, on
June 19-21, 1987. What a wonderful time visiting
friends after so many years!
After the reunion, they drove to Houstonia, Mo.
to visit with Jim's sister, Peggy Faris. They had
not seen each other for almost 20 years. Lots of
news to catch up on.
Of course, all good things must come to an end.
When they arrived back in Tampa, it was once again
time to tame the grass and weeds.
Another trip may be in the planning for this
Fall, but not sure just where the destination may
be at the moment.
Dorothy A. Bryant
Tanpa, FL.


Just anote from the DeTores in the Great City
of Chesapeake, Virginia. Since Charles' retirement
from the Panama Canal Commission in June, 1984, we
have made a nice home for ourselves here in Chesa-
peake. Both Charles and I are working full time.

Curtis graduated June 12, 1987 from Great
Bridge High School as an honor student. He will be
attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) in
Blacksburg, Va. this fall. His major is aeronau-
tical engineering and his plans are to work for
NASA on the ground, not in the air. He received
the National Science Merit Award and was also
voted Academic All-American, and was awarded the
Presidential Award for attaining a 3.3 average for
his entire high school years.
Philip will be in the ninth grade this coming
year and he hopes to become some kind of artist -
maybe commercial type! He plays the alto sax and
has been a member of the band since 6th grade,
which was his first year in a stateside school.
My dad, Chappy, is doing just fine since he had
his two hips replaced. He seems to be enjoying his
retirement and doing just what he want to do day
by day. My brother, Rich Chappell, is now married
and works for Thurston Insulating Company. Both
live just a short ways from us.
In March 1985, Charles' brother, Gerry, and his
family moved into our area. He is stationed at
Langley AFB. His daughter, Charlene is also in
the Air Force and stationed in California. His son
Andrew, graduated from high school in June, 1987
and plans to attend the University of Florida in
Jacksonville. It has been great fun having them


near us. Gerry might be retiring in October or so.
In March 1986, Charles' non, GAen (MKeown)
DeTore passed away after a long and painful battle
with cancer. R.E. is still at home in St. Peters-
burg, FL. with his son, Jon. Now both grandmoms
are gone, for my Mon passed away in July, 1982.
If ever anyone is out our way, please feel free
to stop in and see us. We would love to have you!
Charles and Nina DeTore
(804) 482-5027
653 Hillwell Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320


Billy McGann of Curundu, Panama has recently
had a great opportunity to do some excellent trav-
eling to the Miss Texas, Miss USA and the Miss
Universe Pageants this past year.
It all began in July 1986 when the Miss Uni-
verse Pageant was held in Panama. Billy was one of
the 72 applicants selected out of 700 to be an
escort for the pageant. During one of the planned
activities at the Bacchus Discoteque, he met Miss
USA Christy Fichtner, who was originally Miss
Texas. He taught her how to dance the Salsa and
she loved it! The next day he took her family
sight-seeing and they introduced Billy to the Dir-
ector of Miss Texas Richard Guy and Rex Holt.
They are known as Guy-Rex and the Texas delega-
tion. After a busy day of sight-seeing through
Panama, Billy was invited to attend the Pageant
and Coronation Ball. He was ecstatic since he did
not have tickets! Miss USA was first runner-up in
the Pageant.

Billy McGann "holding up" Miss USA 1986,
Chrisy Fichtner.

Nicknamed "Panama Bill," Billy was liked so
much that he was invited to attend the Miss Texas
Pageant in San Antonio during August 1986, where
Michelle ReneP Boyer was crowned, after which Bill

and the Texas delegation spent four days in Las
Vegas relaxing and partying. While there, he met
Englebert Humperdink and Liberace, and saw the
Jubilee Show.
In February 1987, Billy was invited to the Miss
USA Pageant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Miss Texas
(Michelle Royer) was crowned Miss USA, the third
Miss Texas in a row to be crowned Miss USA!
In May, 1987, Billy traveled to Singapore for
the Miss Universe Pageant with the Texas delega-
tion. Although Miss USA was not crowned Miss Uni-
verse, He had a fabulous time and loved Singapore!
So what's next for Billy? On March 1, 1987, the
Dallas Times Herald described Billy as..."Panama
Bill without the hat, but with enough wit and
charm to rival Bruce Willis."
Maybe he will be the next Bob Barker! Look out
Submitted by Mary (Kelleher) Tochterman
Tampa, FL.


It's been an exciting year for the Overstreet
David just turned 18 and is preparing to head
off to college. He will be attending the Univer-
sity of Central Florida in Orlando starting in
Tom finished up at Brevard Junior College in
North Carolina and will finish taking a few course
at Tallahassee Conunity College before going to
a university in Washington, D.C.
Kathi, who got to go to this years reunion,
graduated from the University of Florida in May.
She took her boards in July and is now working
as a full-time nurse in Spartanburg, South Caro-
Paul, who also got to go to this years' reunion
received his Navy pilot's wings in May. He is sta-
tioned at N.A.S Whidbey Island, Washington and is
flying EA6-B Prowlers.
John and his wife, Kathi have a beautiful baby
girl named Rochelle Elise who arrived on May 16 of
this year. She is keeping them very busy out in
Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Eddie is still flying around the world in the
Air Force. He and his wife, Carmen, were just in
Texas visiting Carmen's folks.
Terri and her baby, Laura are back in New Jer-
sey after a nice stay with me in Florida.
As for me, I'm still working full-time nights
in a small community hospital. I will be going out
to New Mexico to visit with John and Kathi and my
newest grandchild.
See you all at the next reunion.
Mary Overstreet
Tallahassee, FL.


In May, the Austin, Texas Mortons drove to Las
Cruces, New Mexico for a pair of reunions. First,
to visit with Paul, Darlene and Lee Morton; then,
we were to see, for the first time in many years,
Martha (Swalm) Broderick, and meet her husband,
John. Jo Ann (Harte) and Martha were classmates
and close friends at Cristobal High School and had
not seen each other since their graduation in
Prior to our trip, we learned that Martha and
John, who presently live in Encinitas, California,
intended to drive through Las Cruces to several
locations in New Mexico. Plans for meeting in Las
Cruces, therefore, came together very easily.

John Broderick, Martha (Swalm) Broderick
Jo Ann (Hart) Morton, and Jack Morton in
the Las Cruces Hilton, New Mexico.
Our visit was a great success, and was made all
the more enjoyable by the highly animated, non-
stop conversations of Jo Ann and Martha, who
laughed and giggled through recollections of their
experiences in Panama, using yearbooks and photo
albums as reminders of the "good ole' days."
We all agreed that a good time was had by all
during our all-too-brief visit, and that Lee, Paul
and Darlene were perfect hosts.
Jack and Jo Ann Morton
Austin, Texas


Life goes on here in Titusville, Florida. I
regret to inform you of the death of my husband,
Marcus Neal Williamson, on March 15, 1987, after
a long illness. We were very blessed to have had
him with us to attend the graduation in
Annapolis of our youngest son, Frank, from the
U.S. Naval Academy in May, 1986, as well as the
graduation of our middle son, John, from the
University of Tampa in April, 1986. John
graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Frank is

currently serving as an Ensign aboard the D.D.S.
Fletcher in California. John is working on his
Doctorate in Bio-Chemistry at the University of
South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Our oldest daughter, Sue Ellen, was a chemical
engineer with Mobile Oil before her marriage to
Jay Joseph Gorday, son of the late Abrahan Gorday,
M.D., of St. Petersburg, and Mrs. Gorday. Their
beautiful little daughter, Sarah Corinne, was born
on my late father, Charles Hollander, birthday,
September 26. We had a combined early Christmas
and double Baptism at our home on November 8, 1986
with all the children home.
Our daughter, Paula Cunio, and her husband,
Steve, moved to Windover Farms, here in Titusville
and their third son, Joshua, was Baptized with
Mark and I had celebrated our 30th wedding
anniversary on October 12 had over sixty friends
and Priest Father Charles Schneider to bless the
marriage. So, we had many good things and happy
memories along with six good children and five

Roberta Hollander Willianson
1020 Dawn Drive
Titusville, FL 32796


In Newark, Delaware, the two oldest sons, Gary
and Thrmas, of daughter Andrea Tarflinger Duzan
and her husband, Richard, recently graduated from
Christiana High School. They were both in the Nat-
ional Honor Society and both won several awards.
Gary will attend the University of Delaware and
Tom will go to Auburn University in Alabama.
Second daughter, Melanie Tarflinger Konersman
became a grandmother in March. Her daughter, Tonya
Levi and her husband, Carl, are the parents of
Carl Brian Livi, Jr. They all live in Warner Rob-
bins, Georgia.
George's widow, Laura Tarflinger, recently
moved back to Newark, Delaware after six years in
Mrs. George (Laura C.) Tarflinger
Newark, Del.


Hilton and Margaret Hughes of Dunnellon, Fla.
returned home in mid-June from their third trip
since Christmas to Brownsville, Texas, where they
attended the memorial services for Hilton's daugh-
ter, Kathryn Massey. Kathryn died of cancer which
was first diagnosed in December 1986.

On the first day of their return trip, Margaret
had a bad fall at a road-side lunch stop, gashing
her forehead and breaking her left shoulder and
arm. They proceeded home to Dunnellon after she
received emergency care at local hospitals. She
had emergency surgery at the University Hospital
in Gainesville, Florida, and is now recuperating
satisfactorily at home.
Hilton F. Hughes
Box 186
Dunnellon, FL 32630


After three weeks of extensive traveling in the
Orient; visiting Japan's World Orchid Show, Hong
Kong, Bangkok, Singapore and Honolulu, Leon G.
Greene of Panama City returned home to celebrate
his 80th birthday, on April 24 at the Union Club
with 80 family members and friends.
With the ever popular Lucho at the organ, the
festivities and hilarity were enthusiastically
enjoyed by all.

Pete and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang all
dressed up and someplace to go.

Both Mary Lou and Pete have lived in Panama
most of their lives and will miss it, and the
people. But they do plan to have a "Panama Room"
fully stuffed and stocked with memories of their
Isthmian life. However, they said, "We have had
the Chagres water, so we'll probably be back."
A similar article was printed in the Star and
Herald, June 29, 1987, under "Isthmian Society and
Club Notes."

Front: Manolo Cordovez, Jayanne Greene
Slaughter, Leon Greene holding great-
granddaughter Rita de la Guardia, wife
Cecilia, Debbie Greene de la Guardia.
Back: Peggy Greene de Cordovez, Robert
K. Greene, nephew At Moxon, stepdaughter
Teddy Kirkby Weil, stepson Tim Kirkby,
Chris Weil and Rogelio de la Guardia.


Mary Lou (Dailey) and Pete Lang are in front of
their 1931 Essex Super Six, 2-door rumble seat
Coupe Special in Panama just before they retired
on June 30 to Florida.
Notice the Bridge of Americas and the Panama
Canal in the background.




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The Panama Canal

Story of a Great


The Star & Herald has initiated a re-
view of the beginnings of the Panama
Canal featuring essays and selected doc-
uments dating back more than 100 years.
Information for these articles was com-
piled from an anniversary publication
for the 50th year of the Panama Canal,
articles of various newspapers in the
country and documents pertaining to the
canal. The series appear each Sunday
with authentic historic photographs from
Panama Canal Cormission archives.
The Canal Record will attempt to dup-
licate these articles, possibly lacking
some of the photographs included.

Gatun Dam and its spillway are vital keys in
the high-level lock Canal. By this means, waters
of the Chagres River and its tributaries are im-
punded and controlled in Gatun Lake, which at the
time of its formation was the largest artificial
body of water in the world.
With an area of 163.38 square miles, it has
1,100 miles of shoreline and more than 183 (?)
cubic feet of water.
The Canal has six pairs of locks. Three are at
Gatun on the Atlantic side, one at Pedro Miguel
and two at Miraflores, on the Pacific side. All 12
have the same dimensions: 1,000 feet length and
110 feet width. Some 450,000,000 cubic yards of
concrete were used in their construction. Quarries
were established at Portobello to furnish crushed
rock for Gatun Locks, and on Ancon Hill, where
Quarry Heights is now located, for the Pacific
No part of the canal construction attracted
more attention than the excavation of Culebra Cut,
where armies of workers and puffing steam shovels
sliced their way through mountains. It was the
greatest spectacle of the age and thousands of
visitors rode to the site on special excursion
trains to see it.
When the Panama Canal was opened, the total ex-
cavation of the channel exceeded 200 million cubic

CULEBRA CUT The Culebra Cut, later re-
named Gaillard Cut, was one of the great
challenges presented to Panama Canal
diggers. It was a path through the Con-
tinental Divide and plagued engineers
with a series of slides. As in this
photo, the Cucaracha slide, one of the
main slides which continue to dump earth
into the canal today, can be seen in the
left foreground. This was a December 3,
1913 photo, the same site of the October
13, 1986 landslide.

yards. Almost half of this amount had been taken
from Culebra Cut, later named Gaillard Cut as a
posthumous honor to David D. Gaillard, the engin-
eer in charge of this phase of the project. Gail-
lard did not live to see the canal open. He died
of a brain tumor on December 5, 1913.
Less than two months earlier, on October 10,
President Woodrow Wilson had pushed a button in
Washington to blow up Gamboa dike and flood Cule-
bra Cut. The two oceans had been joined.
Flooding of Culebra Cut was indeed a signif-
icant milestone. Pent up waters of the Chagres
rushed through the man-made ditch to form the
first water link between the Atlantic and Pacific.
The explosion marked the end of the steam shov-
el era. Another 10 months of dredging and the
Canal would be ready to serve world commerce. It
was in a way, a thunderous salute to all the men
who had suffered the incredible hardships and to
the thousands who sacrificed their lives for the
realization of a dream.
Only a few names would go down in history. But
the courage of all who helped bridge the Isthmus
would inspire men for many generations.
Before De Lesseps, before Gorgas and Goethals,
there were other men who met the challenge of

Panama's jungle and disease. Without a Gorgas to
conquer disease, they hacked a path from Atlantic
to Pacific and built the Panama Railroad.
The first coast-to-coast railway was opened in
1855; it had been started in 1847 when a group of
New York financiers led by William H. Aspinwall,
John L. Stephens, and Henry Chauncey organized the
Panama Railroad Company.
Yellow fever, malaria, rain, mud, and swaps
made the task nearly impossible. But two factors
kept the project going. One was the leadership of
engineers John C. Trautioire and Col. George M.
Totter. The second was the 1849 California gold
rush, for when the project was running out of cap-
ital, the traffic created by the gold rush inspir-
ed confidence in the project and more could be
Thousands of miners headed for California and
crossed the Isthmus at $25 a head. The railroad
made a profit almost from the start. By the time
the last spike had been driven, gross revenue on
passengers and freight was $2 milliam. In one
year 1858 the line earned more than the total
construction cost of $8 million. The net profit
that year was $6 million.
Supporting features necessary to run the rail-
road soon grew to be more valuable than the line
itself; these were the commissaries and housing
required for the workers.
Later, the company was obliged to provide har-
bor facilities for vessels calling at the two
A shipping line was organized as an adjunct to
the railroad and services were offered to New York
and Liverpool on the Atlantic and to Central Amer-
ican countries on the Pacific side.
Through 1869, when the first transcontinental
railroad was completed in the United States, the
company was very prosperous.
Later, the Pacific Steamship Co., which held a
monopoly on all Pacific routes, rerouted its ships
around South America to force a lowering of trans-
portation rates across the Isthmus.
The railroad sold its shipping interests and
in 1883 the French Canal Company bought control-
ling interest in the railroad.
Financial entanglements between the two com-
panies, the reentry of the Panama Railroad into
the steamship business and the taking over of the
construction of the Canal by the United States,
marked periods of economic fluctuations.
The picture brightened when the United States
began its successful 10-year construction period.
The railroad progressed, and its passenger-
freighters serviced the run between New York and
When the first Isthmian Canal Commission as-
sumed control of all properties, the railroad,
equipment, and road-bed were in deplorable con-
dition, and required complete reconstruction.

Restoring and rebuilding the railroad was begun
under Chief Engineer John F. Wallace and completed
under Chief Engineer John F. Steves.
During the construction days, it was a vital
part of the operation. It provided transportation
for the armies of workers and the huge loads of
building materials and supplies.

the work on the Panama Canal progressed
under United States leadership, the for-
mer Canal Zone developed around the
work. This 1915 photo shows the former
central police station and the Magis-
trate's Court in Balboa. Note Sosa Hill
in background, and covered wagon to left
of police station.

For nearly 60 years, the railroad had been the
only route across the Isthmus. When there was no
Canal, it carried passengers and ships' cargoes
from ocean to ocean, thus serving as a link be-
tween East and West sea lanes.
Just as it had replaced the old Las Cruces
Trail the overland route established by the
Spanish Conquistadores the railroad was sup-
planted in 1914 by the Canal.


August 15, 1914 dawned gray and warm.
In the quarters of a certain engineer, the
lights were already on, for he had reason for
rising early. He ate a hurried breakfast and left
the house.
For the first time, after more than six years
of labor and problems, Col. George Gothals was go-
ing to his post as the chief of an operating en-
terprise. For this day marked the official opening
of the Panama Canal.
The SS Ancon was in readiness to make the
historic journey. The locks were ready, they had
been tested. The locomotives were operating prop-
erly. Everythignseemed right. Nothing had been
left to chance.
But would the great day pass without mishap?
Col. Goethals had been plagued with problems by
the thousands. But he had managed to solve them
all and bring the great project to completion.

He was calm, but no man who had traveled such
a long road or who stood on the brink of a test
with the world looking over his shoulder could be
But there was no cause for concern. Headlines
the next day proclaimed to the world that the Pan-
ama Canal was open. The journey of the SS Ancon
was without incident.
Had it not been such an important trip, it
could have been compared to one of ordinary tran-
sits that followed by the thousands.
The opening of the Panama Canal was not marked
by spectacular celebrations. There was no splen-
dorous procession of flag-bedecked craft or such
an array of nobility as had attended the Suez in-
auguration in 1869.
War had broken out in Europe only a few days
earlier on August 1, 1914.
The SS Ancon, a ship that had seen duty as a
cement carrier during the construction, pulled
away from the docks at Cristobal and made an un-
eventful transit to the Pacific in 9 hours and 40
Aboard were some 200 guests. They included
President Belisario Porras of Panama, the U.S.
Secretary of War, and members of his diplomatic
The event was covered by the press, but the big
headlines were made in Europe.
Goethals was up earlier than usual that morn-
ing. He personally supervised every detail of the
preparations, though he was virtually certain
everything would run smoothly. The SS Cristobal,
a sister ship of the SS Ancon had made a dry run
several days earlier.
As the SS Ancon made its way through the
Canal, small groups of spectators clustered along
the route. A larger crowd, about 2,000 people,
gathered at Balboa to cheer as she approached the
piers on the Pacific side.
It was a big day for shipping.
The opening of the Panama Canal tapped a whole
new world of trade. It provided a shortcut that
saved 7,000 miles on ocean voyages between east
and west. It meant bigger profits and millions of
dollars in savings for shipping firms. By using
the Canal, ships avoided several weeks of sailing
around Cape Horn. This meant savings of up to
$50,000 on each trip, even after paying the toll.
It also enabled operators to increase the number
of sailings.
In the Canal Record of Wednesday, August 19,
1914, the opening of the Canal received no un-
usually large headlines either.
Under the lead story, headed as "Notes of Pro-
gress," U.S. Secretary of War, Lindley M. Garrison
congratulated Col. Goethals via a cable message.
"On behalf of the Goverment and the prople of
the United States I express to you and through you
to all concerned in the achievement, the intense

gratification and pride experienced today.
By the successful passage of vessels through
the Canal, the dream of the centuries has become
a reality. Its stupendous undertaking has been
finally accomplished and a perpetual memorial to
the genius and enterprise of our people has been
The fully earned and deserved congratulations
of a grateful people go out to you and your col-
The Canal was officially open.
A ship entering the Canal from the Atlantic,
goes from Cristobal Harbor to Gatun Locks. Here it
is raised from sea level to a height of 85 feet in
three steps.
After sailing across Gatun Lake and through
Gaillard Cut, the ship enters Pedro Miguel Locks
to be lowered to 31 feet in a single lockage oper-
ation to the level of Miraflores Lake.
A mile farther on, at Miraflores Locks on the
Pacific side, it is lowered the remaining 54 feet
in two steps.
Work continues beyond the opening of the Canal
to accommodate some of the future needs of the
During the first fiscal year of operation in
1915, the Canal handled 1,108 ocean-going ships.
But by 1929, the number of transits had grown to
7,157. The increase did not take the engineers by
surprise. For sane years they had known that Gatun
Reservoir, which was part of the original con-
struction and the largest earth dam of its day,
would not be enough to ensure the adequate supply
of water if traffic continued to increase, as
studies indicated.
Thus the first of what was to be a long list of
multi-million dollar improvement projects began
with the construction of Madden Dam across the
upper Chagres River.

MADDEN DAM Construction of Madden Dam
was one of the ongoing improvement pro-,
jects after the opening of the Panama
Canal. Above is a photo of the beginning
of the project that would ensure water
supply in the canal even through the dry
season. This is a general view of the
gravel pit at Madden in June, 1933.


Completed in 1936, the massive masonry struct-
ure created a reservoir as a safeguard against
water shortage during the dry season, December
through April.



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themselves in their characteristic vin-
tage white suits were the Governor and
his department heads of the Panama Canal
in 1935. Rear, L-R: C.A. Mcllvaine, Roy
R. Watson, LtCdr Charles F. Osborn, C.T.
Lindsey and Leonard Foote. Front, L-R:
Col. O.G. Brown, Col. Clarence S Ridley,
Col. J.L. Schley, Governor, Elwyn Greene
Capt. Walter F. Jacobs and Maj. W.E.R.
Since the days of the SS Ancon, and a few
other vessels which unceremoneously made the first
transits and lock runs, the Panama Canal has be-
come an integral part of world maritime trade.
Star & Herald, November 16, 1986
Star & Herald, November 23, 1986
-- THE END ---


Dear Editor:
Thank you for the March 1987 copy of the Canal
For the record "The Gift" (March 1987 issue,
page 82) was written by Keith Conley. He was born
at Ancon Hospital in 1918; attended Balboa schools
until his father, W.H. Conley (Roosevelt Medal
holder with 3 bars) retired from the Panama Rail-
road in 1934 with 32 years of government service.
His mother, Byrd Keith Conley went to Panama as a
bride in 1907.
The Conley's Bnily, Richard, Bill and Keith
lived at apartment 720-C, the Prado. Keith writes,
"We lived next to the three best "C's" in Balboa
- the Comny, the Clubhouse, and the Corrigans!'
In another letter:
Canal Zone children never battled bureaucracy.
Against the "Admin" you couldn't win. A C.Z. cop

could make you cry he said, "Jump," and you
asked, "How high?" But against a clerk who faced
you in his work, pound for pound, you could win,
hands down.
You are 7 years old. You are sent to the old
wooden Balboa Post Office to pick up the mail. You
smile as you pass the Union Church. You look up at
St. Mary's and you bless yourself. Your Box #242
is stuck again. You cuff it, you cuss it, you
bang it. The clerk yells at you. You reply, "Sir
we have a problem here. Let us define, not defy.
Let us solve the problem together." The clerk is
speechless. But not you, you continue, "Let us
have a conversation, not a confrontation." The
clerk screams, "Get outta here!"
You are 67 years old. The 11-hour London to Los
Angeles flight drains you. The Customs Inspector
hassles you. You say, "Sir, we have a problem
here...let us solve it together." He does a double
take. You continue, "Let us have a conversation
not a confrontation." He yells, "Get outta here!"
Canal Zone children grow old gracefully.
Keith Conley
Box 27511
Escondido, CA 92027


(The following article was mailed to
"Box Holder", Cristobal, March 7, 1942.
Submitted by Eva M. Harte.)

Around midnight one nasty. rainy evening in the
Spring of 1502 King Ferdinand of Spain woke Isa-
bella with a poke in the ribs.
"Get up", he said, "and whip together a rum-nog
on account of my malaria is miserying me".
"Get up y'self y'useless slob," she muttered,
and booted him out on the floor. (Wives haven't
changed during the past 400 years, have they
Ferdinand rang for the Keeper of the Keys who
staggered in with downcast mein and broke the sad
tidings that the last jug of run had been sent
over to Local No. 1402 of the Royal Federation of
Sheet-Metal Workers who were turning in a special
job of iron pants for the old boy.
"Caramba," squealed the King, "no RUM? Not even
any of the last rotten batch? What a Realm when I,
Ferdinand, can't keep a decent drop in the Royal
Spoke up the trembling Keeper of the Keys, "The
boys at the cantina talk of a guy named Colunbus
who picked up a jug of wondrous nectar floating
off the shores of the New World. They swear 'tis
a drink to bring life to the system of even such
a softened old soak as your majesty".
'Enough!" roared the King, "Bring me that Trav-
eling Tailsman and with him fetch his jug o'rum!"

So came Colunbus, and Ferdinand lost no time in
sampling the remains of the jug's marvelous con-
tents. With a cry of joy he leaped high in the
air, clicked his heels three times and dashed to
his wife.
"Isabella, me love, taste this crystal elixer
which has made a new man of me!" (The proof of
that she could plainly see and the two retired
with the jug and the King no longer thought of his
The next morning Ferdinand came bounding from
the Royal Chambers and demanded that Columbus
reveal to him the source of the fluid, promising
him a Grade 5 and a commutation of leave. Chris-
topher however knew only that the jug bore on its
side the words:
'CARTA VIEJA Five Years Old Distilled in
"Go then," commanded his highness, "get your
lads together, stock up your battered cayuca, find
this place called Chiriqui, and return with jug
upon jug of this stupendous stuff called CARTA
So it came to pass that Christopher Columbus
made his fourth voyage to the New World, and with
much greater incentive than that related in his-
tory books of another day. Landing on the shores
of Panama he toiled by donkey express to what is
now David, capital of the Province of Chiriqui and
back to thirsty King Ferdinand went gallons of
that truly fine distilled Carta Vieja rum....the
same rum which you may obtain by merely asking for
by name at your favorite club, bar or any liquor
store. If it was good for Ferdinand, Carta Vieja
is fine for you.

Thanks to George M. Lowe, Wilmington,
Delaware, the names are as follows: Back
row, L-R: Jack Brown, James DesLondes,
D. Leonard, George Tarflinger, Harry
Wertz. Middle row, L-R: B. Lockridge,
Ross Cunningham, Howard Clarke, Ed Cur-
tis, Tom Malone, James Hickman. Front
row L-R: C. Fisher, not known, Carl New-
hard, Earle Dailey, Harry Townsend, Stan
Whaler. Thanks, George!

Tug of War 1937, Juniors get wet.
Recognized (magnifying glass) are: Joe
Hunt, Raymond Midence, Harry Hatch, Tom
McGuinness, Bert Shelton, Bob Wertz, and
Willard Luce.


Jim Shirley showed me a menu from the
this past reunion. Taking a few items at
random (too mnch to print):
Shrimp Cocktail $0.30
Caviar .40
Home made chicken soup .25
Clam Chowder .35
Fried Chicken with mushrooms 1.00
Chicken roast (whole) to order 2.25
Filet Mignon 1.25
Tenderloin, with mushrooms 1.00
Pepper Steak .50
Pork Chops with 2 eggs .75
Lobster omelette .60
Eggs au Beurre Noir .35
Lobster a la Bordelaise .90
Shrimp Salad, large .70
Club Sandwich .40
Arroz con Polio .50
Fresh Papaya (per cut) .10
Crab meat Fried Rice .60
Lobster Chop Suey .60
Johnny Walker Black Label .35
Old Parr .35
Black and White .30
James Hennessey Brandy .35
Bacardi Rum .35
Bols (Holland) Gin .30
Triple Sec (Contreau) .40
Martini .35
Tom Collins .40
Italian Vermouth .25
Mumms Champagne (Quart) 7.50
Chianti (Quart) 1.75
Sherry (drink) .25
Enough to make you cry a little?

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