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VOL. 22 MARCH 1988 NO. 1
J. F. Warner
Mrs. Muriel Whitman
1st Vice President
Mrs. Betty Malone
2nd Vice President
Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Richard W. Beall
Ray W. (Bill) Wheeler
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Sheila Goudie
Sergeant At Arms
Mrs. Edna Ogeltree
The President's Message .............................................. 1
From the Secretary ................................................... 2
E ditor's C orner ...................................................... 2
L legislative R report ................................................. 3
H onorary M em berships ........................................... 4
Slate of Officers 1988-1989 .......................................... 5
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 7
A activity R report .................................................... 10
W here A re You? ......................................... .......... 14
Retirements ........................................................ 14
Fourth Generations and Born in CZ 1904-1914 ........................... 15
N ew s C lips ......................................................... 18
Your Reporter Says .................................................. 19
A rizona .....................
A rkansas ....................
C alifornia ...................
C olorado ....................
H aw aii ......................
M ichigan ....................
M ississippi ...................
New M exico .................
North Carolina ...............
N northwest ...................
Panam a .....................
South Carolina ...............
V irginia .....................
The Younger Generation .......
C congratulations ..................................................... 53
Weddings ............................................. ............ 57
Births ...................................... ........... .......... 61
With Deep Sorrow ...................................... ........... 64
Letters to the Editor 71
Looking B ack ...................................................... 76
A nnouncem ents ..................................................... 81
For Sale or W anted .................................................. 85
Lucho in Tampa ...... 87 Canal Zone Collectibles ...... 89 Gordon Dalton ...... 86
Kaw Valley Films ............... 88 Int. Tours of Tucson ............. 88
Front Cover: Map of the Isthmus of Panama, drawn by D.A. Fiori, Panama Canal Graphic
Bureau, October 21, 1965.
Back Cover: Towing locomotives (mules) towing ship through locks. Drawn by Al Sprague,
noted Canal Area
June 30-July 3
artist, of Ancon, Panama.
DATES TO REMEMBER
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 p.m.
PCSSC Annual Business Meeting, Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Cen-
tral Avenue, St. Petersburg. Social hour 11:30, buffet 12:15 p.m.
Arizona Spring Luncheon, Casa Grande/Arizona City Ramada Inn,
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 p.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 p.m.
New Mexico Annual Picnic. Call Arnold Talbott (505) 266-6047.
PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Hyatt Regency, Tampa
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 1:30 p.m.
PCSSC Annual Picnic, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, Sarasota
PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA
Gulf Coast Picnic (See Announcements).
PCSSC Annual Christmas Party, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park,
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Oa 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
As we look back at 1987 we do so with a feeling
of accomplishment, and the completion of some
tasks that had been hanging over us. Now that 1988
is here we hope to have an even better year.
Plans for the reunion are in full motion. Hotel
reservations are coming in steadily. If you have
not made yours, do not procrastinate, as you may
not get the hotel of your choice. Fill out the
reservation form completely, providing all infor-
mation requested so as not to delay your reser-
Carl Starke, Reunion Coordinator, reports that
all functions are progressing satisfactorily. Due
to safety considerations, the Executive Board
voted to limit the number of people attending the
Panazonian Dance. There will also be a $3.00 per
person entry charge.
The Nominating Committee has submitted the
Slate of Officers for 1988-1989. The slate of nom-
inees and the ballot will be found in this issue
of the Canal Record. If anyone would like to hold
an office or volunteer to help out in the Society,
let us know.
The Budget and Audit Committee were busy during
January conducting the Annual Audit. We have a
dedicated and conscientious group in this commit-
tee and they do an outstanding job.
Because of the poor response to the question-
naire on our having the 1989 reunion in Panama,
the officers and members voted not to pursue this
venture any further. Our thanks to Chairman Bob
Stewart for analyzing the responses and compiling
myriad statistics. Bob did a fine job.
If you are planning to attend the 1988 reunion
and would like to volunteer to help with any of
the functions, please let me know. We are all
looking forward to another successful reunion.
Hope to see you there!
We would like to hear from you if you have any
ideas or suggestions that would make our Society
better. We are still growing, and it is amazing
how many new members have joined this past year.
In closing, I want to thank everyone for their
cooperation and support during the past year. We
must all work together to preserve our Society and
to uphold the ideals and principles on which it
I think the hardest part for me as Secretary/
Treasurer is writing this article and keeping in
mind that it won't appear until March.
Mail was very heavy in the month of December,
averaging from 70 to 100 pieces a day. The com-
puter makes the job easier, but sure wish it could
open the mail and stuff the envelopes.. Well over
half of our membership paid their 1988 dues, but
I regret that there are still well over 500 who
did not pay their dues in 1987 and will now be
charged the reinstatement fee when they send their
dues for 1988. Unfortunately, many of our members
resent this fee but it became necessary when so
many of our members were only sending in their
dues in the year in which they wished to attend
the reunion, and it was creating too much paper
work. We want you as members, year after year. We
want your input and we want your participation!
We have been having far too many Canal Record
covers returned because of change of addresses.
Please remember that the Canal Record is mailed
second class and the Post Office will not forward
second class mail. The Post office rips off the
cover and destroys the rest of the book, charging
us 300 for each cover returned to the Society. I
know that none of you want to miss out on your
Canal Record, so please keep us up to date on any
The April address directory of our members will
be published next month and we make every effort
to print names and addresses in the format you
request on your application form. Remember this
when you complete the application so that we may
provide correct, up-to-date information. Your
friends want to know where they can reach you and
many look for your maiden names in the directory.
We now have new license tags for the Society
and they are much brighter and stronger than the
last ones. You will find the order blanks on the
back of the application form in the Canal Record.
Please note the Slate of Officers printed in
this issue and vote for your choice of officers.
Your Officers and Executive Board work hard to
keep the Society alive and active, but we need
your support. If you wish to volunteer for the up-
canoming reunion, we can always use your help! Stop
by the Secretary's desk at the reunion and intro-
duce yourself. I would like to meet you all and in
this way, I can connect faces with names.
See you all in July in Tanpa!!!
As Betty Frassrand and I are about to put the
March issue together, I am reminded that there are
potential members in the United States, and possi-
bly all over the world, that think they cannot be
members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
because they do not reside in Florida! Membership
to our Society is open to everyone all over the
world to "Any resident of the Canal Zone, Republic
of Panama, United States or other countries, who
worked or who were or are associated with the op-
eration, maintenance, construction or protection
of the Panama Canal, and family members who were
or are dependent on, reside or resided with this
individual are eligible for active membership."
Let's get the word out to these people! Ask them
We have two new Reporters and a replacement:
Janice M. Newlon, of Austin, Texas, has volunteer-
ed to take over that area; Lynette Stokes has
asked to take over the European area; and Arnold
Talbott has taken over in New Mexico in place of
Betty Annis. We/ are sorry to receive word that
Mildred Hearne has had to give up the job in the
Pensacola, Florida area due to other committments.
She will be missed, and we welcome those others
mentioned above to our growing list of Area Re-
porters for the Canal Record.
Due to escalating costs which effect our budget
resources, the Secretary and I are forced to mail
Canal Records to those entitled to them (after the
initial 2nd Class mailing upon publication) by 3rd
Class mail instead of First Class as we have done
previously. This only means your issue may be a
few days letter getting to you, and it saves us in
the area of 50C an issue.
For the first time, we have included a photo-
graph and a short bio for each of the nominees for
office in the Society for 1988-1989. Too many mem-
bers have indicated they don't know who they are
and are happy to let the St. Petersburg group
elect the officers. This way, hopefully, faces and
names, as well as qualifications are outlined, and
in so doing, selection may be easier. It is dis-
couraging for the officers to feel that only the
St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay area) have their whole
support. We would like to know that the entire
Society is behind them. It will only cost you a
220 stamp to show that support. Our new ballot and
envelope is in this issue. As you will see, it
will insure confidentiality. Instructions on how
to vote are clearly outlined. Make an effort to
LEND US YOUR SUPPORT! Remember, only 4.2% voted
Conferees in the House-Senate have been chosen
but not yet met on Bill HR-2470 that would in-
crease Medicare coverage for long-term care. The
House version would require federal retirees to
pay more than their private sector counterparts
for the coverage. The Senate plan would prevent
Sweeping changes made to our federal income tax
system by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 has made tax
filing for 1987 much more difficult. For senior
citizens age 65 or older (or blind), you no longer
have the double exemption you had in the past. If
a senior citizen files the long form 1040 and
lists his/her deductions, they've lost at least
$1,900 in income exempt from tax. A husband and
wife, both 65 or older, would double that loss.
The Internal Revenue explains that the extra exem-
ptions for age and blindness were "replaced" by
the additional standard deduction as if all
seniors (and blind people) file short form tax
returns. Regarding medical deductions, in the past
seniors who itemize deductions and who have high
medical expenses were further penalized. They were
able to deduct medical expenses last year that
exceeded 5 percent of their adjusted gross income.
Now they must exceed 7 percent to get any deduct-
(Must be in by):
April 25, 1988
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An informal hearing was held on December 9,
1987 by the House Republican Research Committee's
Task Force on Regulatory Reform to discuss efforts
to modify/repeal the Social Security earnings
limitation test. Without losing any benefits, a
beneficiary (age 65-69) can earn $8,400 per year,
and those under 65 up to $6,120 before losing any
benefits. If the person earns over $8,400 or
$6,120, they lose $1.00 of Social Security for
each $2.00 earned.
Among issues before Congress that need to be
resolved in the increase in the budget deficit
resulting fran the repeal of the retirement test.
The question is, would the repeal actually encour-
age more beneficiaries who are 65 and older to re-
enter the work force, and how repeal would change
the original intent of the Social Security Act,
which was to pay benefits to those of retirement
age, only if they had actually retired.
The President signed off on the Older Americans
Act bill, designated Public Law 100-175. Most of
the money authorized will be in the form of grants
to the states for:
-Support services and senior centers. Provides
transportation for those centers, help in lo-
cating housing and home-maintenance services.
-Nutrition. Authorizes congregate nutrition
centers that provide at least one meal per day
for 5 days per week. Provides for home deliv-
ery of meals and Dept. of Agriculture surplus
-Part-time jobs. Authorizes funds to provide
62,500 part-time jobs for low-income people 55
-Alzheimer's disease. Under $2 million of tri-
als for new drugs for FY'88. Also offers dem-
onstration grants to three to five states for
various services for patients and their fam-
-Home-care services. Provides cleaning, cooking
or other daily chores for frail elderly peo-
OUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA IS:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P.O. Box 1508
PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682-1508
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HONORARY MEMBERSHIPS GRANTED
After having been announced in the Canal Record
and approved by a majority of members present at
the following Regularly Scheduled Meeting, the
name of Robert C. Hurdle, of Dothan, Alabama, was
approved for Honorary Membership at the February
6, 1988 meeting.
Our congratulations to Bob for the past and
continued service to the Panama Canal Society of
After having been announced in the Canal Record
and approved by a majority of members present at
the following Regularly Scheduled Meeting, the
names of "Lucho" Azcarraga, Jane Huldtquist, Harry
Fgolf and Dorothy Herrington was approved for Hon-
orary Membership at the January 8, 1988 meeting.
Our congratulations to "Lucho," Jane, Harry and
Dorothy for their exemplary service to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Pacific Siders like to take credit for every-
thing, however, Rich Wainio was a CHS Graduate -
NOT BHS as stated in the last issue.
(Sorry Rich, and thank you, Edith. Ed.)
COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP
REQUEST TURNED DOWN
U.S. Postal officials have politely denied our
request for a commemorative stamp in 1989 honoring
the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama
Canal on August 15, 1914.
The quota of stamps for the year 1989 has been
already closed; furthermore, the criteria for the
/Post Office Department is for increments of 50
years, in other words, the Post Office does not
honor anniversaries other than for 50 years, 100
years, 150 years, etc. Therefore a 75th anniver-
sary does not conform to their criteria.
The Post Office returned our suggested idea for
the commemorative stamp a copy of the bronze
memorial on Gold Hill, honoring those ditch dig-
gers who made the Canal possible, with their re-
grets, and thanking us for the suggestion.
STUDY TO JUSTIFY ESTABLISHMENT OF
SALARIED POSITION TO COORDINATE
SOCIETY ANNUAL REUNIONS
1. During the past decade the attendance at the
Annual Reunions have increased from the hundreds
to the thousands, the registration at the 1987 Re-
union numbered over three thousand.
2. There has been no rule established designating
who will coordinate an Annual Reunion; however,
this important function has generally been under
the 1st Vice President's chairmanship, and is of
a voluntary nature.
(a) This endeavor is very demanding and re-
quires many hours of negotiating, travel-
ing, and conscientious planning.
(b) The coordinator is well aware of the de-
manding nature of the position and re-
alizes that there will be no awards other
than the great satisfaction of a job well
done, and a successful Reunion.
3. To date there has never been an unsuccessful
Reunion, which attests the personal interest and
input of the volunteer Coordinator.
(a) A professional Coordinator would no doubt
get the job done, but, the end result
would lack the intense interest, and per-
sonal nature of a volunteer member.
4. The Annual Ball, which is an integral part of
the Reunion is the only function of the Society
that generates any income every other function
is predicated on a "break-even" basis.
(a) Profits from the Ball help to keep our fi-
(b) Without these proceeds, it may be nece-
ssary to raise dues (C.O.L. increases).
(c) Considerably increase atendees cost at Re-
(d) It cannot be predicted that the Annual Re-
union will continue to be profitable it
is conceivable that down the line we may
even go in the red!
(e) Assuming that the salary paid to a pro-
fessional Coordinator will be derived from
the profits of the previous year's Ball,
it is logical therefore, to assume that
there would be a minimmn profit, if any,
from the Annual Ball.
5. After considerable deliberation the Comnittee
recanmends that the suggestion to establish the
position of a professional Coordinator is not
feasible and should be dropped indefinitely.
Signed: Ray W. Wheeler, Sr.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY!
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR ELECTION
OF OFFICERS, 1988-1989
The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., composed of Mr. Albert Pate,
Chairman, Mrs. Edna Ogletree, Mr. Harry Foster, Mr. Pete Lang, and Mr. William Halvosa, submitted the
following Slate of Officers for 1988-1989, at the Regularly Scheduled Meeting held January 8, 1988 at the
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Petersburg, Florida.
President Carl H. Starke
1st Vice President Sandra May Robinson
2nd Vice President Betty Norris Malone
Secretary/Treasurer Marjorie Harrington Foster
Record Editor Richard W. (Pat) Beall
Nominated from the floor were Betty LeDoux Frassrand for 1st Vice President by Richard W. Beall, and
Edna Hewitt Ogletree for 2nd Vice President by John Whitman.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING -
Detach Ballot from mailing envelope. Vote for one (1) candidate only for each office, placing an "X"
in the block to the left of the candidate's name. One write-in candidate for each office is permitted.
Each active member (member or spouse) shall submit one ballot (only one ballot per member household).
Place ballot in envelope marked "BALLOT," placing your name and address in the upper left hand corner.
Affix stamp and mail for arrival on or before June 21, 1988.
Ballot envelopes will be kept sealed until the Annual Business Meeting, July 1, 1988, when they will
be opened by the Nominating Committee, the ballot removed, and the empty envelope discarded to ensure
confidentiality. The ballots will then be counted by the Nominating Comnittee.
Slate of Officers for 1988-1989
Carl H. Starke
My qualifications to be your next President include the fact that I was a
member of the Society's Executive Board during the 1980-1982 period; am the
Reunion Coordinator for the 1988 Annual Reunion in Tanpa, and have been 1st.
Vice President for 1986-1987. I retired from the Industrial Division as General
Foreman, Diver, in 1972. My wife, Gini and I have a daughter, Cassie. During my
leisure time, I like to fish, golf and do gardening. I have also been awarded
seven Blue Ribbons for my needlepoint and counter cross-stitch work at County
Fairs. If elected President, I promise to uphold the Bylaws of the Society and
instill further programs to enlarge and enrich continued Canal Zone friend-
Sandra (May) Robinson
Hi, my name is Sandy (May) Robinson and I live in Clearwater, Florida with
my husband, Tan and our daughter, Jessica, who is 3k years old.
I was born in Houston, Texas but moved to the Canal Zone on my second
birthday in 1958 when my parents, Victor and June (Hambelton) May, returned
there to raise myself and my sister, Vicki. I left the Zone in August 1974
1 to attend the University of Southwest Texas from where I graduated in 1978
With a B.S. degree in Business Management. I am currently a computer pro-
grammer with the Duval-Bibb Company in Tanpa, Florida.
Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand
My parents are Warren and the late Betty Iedoux, and I have lived in the
Canal Zone for 18 years, after which I attended St. Leo College to obtain my
degree. I have served the Society in the past, helping with Registration and,
worked in the Hospitality Suite for 3 years. I was the Legislative Represent-
ative in 1986-1987 and have served as Assistant to the Editor of the Canal Rec-
ord. I have been involved in many community activities, as a candidate for the
Pasco County School Board in 1982 and 1986; served as 4th V.P. of the local Jr.
Women's Club; President of the Dade City Republican Club, and in 1985, I was
honored to be named in "Who's Who and Why of Successful Florida Women".
Betty (Norris) Malone
As a nominee on the Slate of Officers for 1987-1988, I feel that everyone
should do their share to keep the Society and its aims and ideals alive. Born
in Ancon, Canal Zone, I now live in St. Petersburg, Florida, and have been a
active member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for many years. I have
been the Registration Chairman for one Reunion; the Reunion Luncheon Chair-
man for the past five years, and have served as 2nd. Vice President of the
Society during 1986-1987.
Edna Hewitt Ogletree
Edna Hewitt Ogletree was born and raised in Cristobal, Canal Zone. I at-
tended school in Cristobal from kindergarten through high school. I have been
a long-time member of the Panama Canal Society and have been attending meet-
Sings and functions of the Society since 1940. I have been very active ser-
ving on committees over the years. I served as Chairperson on the Refresh-
ment Ccnmittee during 1986-1987. I have served on the Telephone Committee
since 1985. In 1987 I was asked to serve on the Executive Board as the Soc-
iety Historian. Over the years I have assisted on the Refreshment Comnittee,
Luncheons, and worked with the Reunion Coordinator and Registration at the
Marjorie (Harrington) Foster
Marge Foster, currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. is a native of Akron, Ohio and went to the Canal Zone
in 1941 with her parents, Robert and Jennie Harrington. Marge attended CHS,
graduating in 1947. It was while attending CHS that she met and married Pete
Foster and they are the parents of two daughters, June Foster Trim and Colette
Foster Carlisle. Marge retired with over 22 years service in Personnel and Pay-
roll with the Panama Canal Co. in 1982. She and Pete settled in Palm Harbor
where Marge has kept busy by obtaining a Real Estate License with the State of
Florida, assisting the Canal Record editor and the former secretary in their
duties with the Society.
Richard (Pat) Beall
I am honored to be nominated again as Editor of the Canal Record. I have been
your editor now for almost seven years, and I'm learning all the time. If elec-
ted, I promise to continue as I have and hopefully improve the readability and
format of the Canal Record. Previous to retirement, I was the Chief of the Out-
side Plant, US Army Comnunications Command in Corozal, and have three wonderful
Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
November 6, 1987
St. Bede's Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to or-
der by the President, Mrs. IMrial Whitann at 1:32
P.M., at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St. Peters-
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation,
followed by Mr. Richard Beall who read the list
of those recently deceased. A nament of silence
followed in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Whitman welcomed the 60 members attending
including Past Presidents, Mr. Gene Askew, Mr. Vic
May and Mrs. Anna Collins and Bill Wheeler.
Long absent members present were: Jack
Canpbell, Connie Wright, Gene Clinchard, Janet and
Ross Cunningham, Barbara Cunningham, Clara
Saarinen, Jessie Matheney, Don lewis, Johanna
Freudigmnn, and Yane Leves.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes and they will
stand as corrected. The financial report was
read and will stand for audit.
Mrs. Whitman reported on their visit to the
East Coast PicNic at Titusville. A good time was
had by all.
Mrs. Whitman reported that the October Board
meeting was held at the home of the Secretary/
Treasurer so that the board members could tour the
office and see how the work is set up for the
She reported that the committee to look into
the feasibility of a central office had reported
to the Executive Board on their findings and the
Board has decided that the cost is prohibitive at
Mrs. Whitman stated that Bill Wheeler had re-
turned from Dothan with gavels for those Past
Presidents who had not received them. She called
Mr. Gene Askew to approach the podium and she pre-
sented him with his gavel. Mr. Askew thanked the
Society and stated he would thank Mr. Bob Hurdle
Mr. Beall gave a report on the progress of the
December issue of the Canal Record. He read a
letter to the Citizens Stanp Advisory Committee
pertaining to a conemorative stamp for the 1989
jubilee of the Panama Canal and is considering a
commemorative issue of the Canal Record. He re-
ported that the costs of a word processor for the
Canal Record is still under investigation.
Mr. Beall gave a legislative report in the ab-
sence of Mrs. Sheila Goudie. He reported that our
COLA is in jeopardy and that NARFE is recommending
that retirees write their Senators and Congressmen
to try and save it, also the Catastrophic Health
Plan has passed the Senate and is being sent to
the House for action.
Mrs. Foster reported that there are still over
600 delinquent members and that over 300 have paid
their 1988 dues. The Society has rented a storage
space for the many Society records and announced
that any officer having records pertaining to the
Society may store them in this area.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported she had sent get
well cards to Margaret Coate, Barbara Krueger and
Mrs. Whitman asked Mrs. Olga Disharoon to give
her report on the Carnivalito. Mrs. Disharoon mo-
tioned that committee chairpersons be present at
any Executive Board meetings when discussions take
place concerning their function, seconded by Mrs.
Grace Carey. Discussion followed. Motion carried.
She reported that Carnivalito would be held Feb-
ruary 6, 1988 at Eckerd Hall on the grounds of
Eckerd College at 12:00 noon. There will be
prizes for costumes and door prizes. There will
not be a band.
Mr. Robert Stewart gave a report on the ques-
tionnaires received pertaining to the 1989 Reunion
in Panama. So far, 419 have been received and he
gave a breakdown on them. A complete report will
be given after the December 15th deadline. (Re-
port on file). Discussion followed.
REPLIES CONCERNING THE 1988 REUNION OF THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Total Number of Returns to Date
Total Number of Returns from Florida
Total Number of Returns from Outside Florida
Reunion in Tanpa Only
Reunion to start in Tarpa/continue in Panama
Reunion in Panama only
of Returns Fly to Panama
of people to fly to Panama
of Returns who want cruise
of people who would take cruise
of returns/Spring Reunion
of returns/Surmer Reunion
of returns in the 18-25 age group
of returns in 25-40 age group
of returns in the 40-55 age group
of returns in the 55 + age group
Mrs. Anna Collins reported on the December lun-
cheon to be held December 4th at the St. Peters-
burg Hilton and Towers. Mrs. Foster motioned that
an advance of $100.00 be given to Mrs. Collins for
any expenses incurred, seconded by Mrs. Yocum.
Motion carried. Mrs. Collins stated that the dead
line for reservations would be December 1.
Mrs. Whitman announced that Mrs. Jay Stewart
had been appointed as the assistant to the Secre-
tary/Treasurer. Mrs. Robinson was more than qua-
lified for the position but was unable to work the
hours that would coincide with Mrs. Foster's
hours. The Society appreciates both their inter-
est in this position.
Mrs. Foster read correspondence which she had
received and to which she had responded.
As there was not further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:30 P.M.
December 4, 1987
St. Petersburg, Florida
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to or-
der by the President, Muriel Whitman, at 12:17 PM
at the Hilton Towers in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the invocation,
followed by Mr. Pat Beall who read the list of
those recently deceased. A moment of silence
followed in their memory.
Mr. Harry Foster led the membership in the
Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Whitman welcomed Past Presidents, Anna
Collins, Bill Wheeler and Pete Foster. Long ab-
sent members and guests who attended were: lee
and Marian Kariger, Sarasota; Pete and Mary Lou
Lang, Clearwater; Bob rheeler, Georgia; Sally
Crane, St. Petersburg; Anne Hall, Sarasota;
Elizabeth Davidson, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Woody
Foster, Dunellon; Betty Skelding, St. Petersburg;
Kitty McNamee, Ft. Lauderdale; and Ruth Thompson,
Mrs. Whitman thanked Mrs. Collins and her
committee for planning the Christmas luncheon and
adjourned the meeting so members could enjoy their
During lunch, Mrs. Collins gave out door prizes
some of which were donated by members. Mr. Bill
Halvosa read some poetry.
Meeting re-convened at 1:27 P.M.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the November
meeting and they stand as read. She read the fi-
nancial report and it was approved for audit.
Mrs. Whitman asked the membership to cooperate
with respect to good manners when committee mem-
bers are giving their reports and save their re-
marks for discussion once the person giving the
report has finished speaking.
Mrs. Whitman reported that at the November ex-
ecutive Board meeting, Mrs. Collins had given a
report on the December luncheon and that Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Hickey reported on their trip to Panama.
She reported that Mrs. Foster had recently or-
dered new license plates at a considerable savings
to the society. Mrs. Jay Stewart had been se-
lected to assist Mrs. Foster.
Mrs. Foster briefly read correspondence from
Mr. Beall reported the December Canal Records
were being mailed this day and pointed out that
the Hotel reservation form is to be mailed to Mrs.
Whitman, not the hotel.
He clarified the fourth generation require-
ments and is appreciative to see the information
coming in from members on this subject.
Mr. Starke reported that the March book will
contain the reservation forms for the dance and
luncheon for the reunion.
Mrs. Collins, Sunshine Chairperson reported
that she had sent cards to George Allgaier and
both Beth and Bill Grady.
Mr. Stewart gave an up-date on the question-
naires concerning the reunion in Panama. Mr. Bill
Warren made a motion we drop the plans for a re-
union in Panama, seconded by Sid Hayes. This mo-
tion was tabled until the January meeting since
the deadline for receipt of questionnaires was
December 15, 1987.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, chairperson of the Budget
and Audit Committee, pointed out the importance
of keeping within our budget, noting that the
Canal Record had exceeded the budget for 1987.
Mrs. Whitman reported that Olin Mills had
mailed out the books from the reunion but many had
been returned and Mr. Cotogno would get addresses
from Mrs. Foster.
Mr. Bill Wheeler read his report on the "Study
to Justify the Establishment of a Salaried
Position to Coordinate Panama Canal Society Annual
Reunions". (Report will be printed in the March
issue of the Canal Record.)
Mrs. Whitman asked for nominations from the
floor for two persons to serve on the nominating
committee. Mr. Bill Wheeler nominated Pete Lang,
seconded by Bill Halvosa. Motion carried. After
several nominations and declinations, Sid Hayes
nominated Bill Halvosa, seconded by Bob Harrington
Mrs. Whitman announced that the next meeting
would be held on January 8, 1988, at St. Bede's
Church in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Whitman again thanked Mrs. Collins for the
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:10 P.M.
Mr. Albert F. Pate
5698 44th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709
SLATE OF OFFICERS 1988 1989
** MAIL IN BALLOT **
1ST V. PRESIDENT
2ND V. PRESIDENT
[E Carl H. Starke
r: D Sandra (May) Robinson
0 Betty (LeDoux) Frassrand
IT: E Betty (Norris) Malone
D Edna Hewitt Ogletree
E] Marge (Harrington) Foster
D Richard W. (Pat) Beall
NOTE: BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JUNE 21, 1988
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January 8, 1988
St. Bede's Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
The meeting was called to order by the Pres-
ident, Muriel Whitman at 1:32 p.m.
Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation, followed by
Pat Beall reading the list of those recently de-
ceased. A moment of silence followed. Bill Wheeler
led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The President welcomed Past Presidents Anna
Collins, Gene Askew, Pete Foster, Al Pate, Gaddis
Wall and Bill Wheeler. Among the 59 members pres-
ent were the following:
Bob Wheeler, Warner Robbins, GA.
Jo Dennis Konover, Princeton, NJ.
Anna and Bob Calvit, Kerrville, TX.
Jo Freudigmann, Tampa, FL.
Jean and Fred Kirk, Springfield, OH.
Winton and Dorothy Webb, Clearwater, FL.
Helen Kat, Dunedin, FL.
Margaret Martin, Clearwater, FL.
Dick Rhoden, Tampa, FL.
Robert MtQueary, St. Petersburg, FL.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the
December meeting, which stood as read, and the
financial report which was approved for audit.
The Editor reported that the mailing service
had run into a few problems with the December
mailing of the Canal Record, which would be cor-
rected, and they deducted 50% off the billing. He
also read the letter written to the US Post Office
Commemorative Stamp Committee he had written re-
questing a commemorative stamp for the 75th An-
niversary of the Panama Canal. He also read the
Legislative Report in the absence of Mrs. Goudie.
Carl Starke stated that over 400 hotel reser-
vations have been received and confirmations would
Marge Foster reported that new license tags for
the Society were available, and that although mem-
bership stood at 5,112, there were still over 500
Olga Disharoon reported that all the informa-
tion concerning the Carnavalito was in the Canal
Muriel Whitman reported that Bob Stewart had
completed the survey on the questionnaire for the
1989 reunion in Panama, and that not enough inter-
est was shown to proceed with plans. Pete Foster
moved that the motion made by Bill Warren at the
December meeting be voted on, seconded by Bill
Wheeler. Motion carried to drop plans for the 1989
reunion in Panama.
Jane Huldtquist congratulated the Executive
Board on complying with the budget for the past
year and that the Audit Committee would audit the
Jean Mann reminded the Society that Amendments
to the Bylaws should be forwarded to Tallahassee
for inclusion into our Charter.
Muriel Whitman asked for motions from the floor
for Honorary Memberships for Lucho Axcarraga, Jane
Huldtquist, Dorothy Herrington and Harry Egolf as
printed in the December issue of the Canal Record.
Jay Cain moved that Lucho be honored, seconded by
Pete Foster. Motion carried; Pat Beall moved that
Jane Huldtquist be honored, seconded by Al Pate;
Dorothy Pate moved that Dorhty Herrington be hon-
ored, seconded by Cele Marceau; Bill Wheeler moved
that Harry Egolf be honored, seconded by Pete
Foster. All motions were carried.
Jean Mann suggested that two previous members
of the Audit and Budget Committee be also honored.
The President called on Al Pate, Chairman of
the Nomonating Committee to report on nominations,
who presented the following slate of officers:
President Carl H. Starke
1st Vice President Sandra May Robinson
2nd Vice President Betty Norris Malone
Secretary/Treasurer Marge (Harrington) Foster
Record Editor Richard (Pat) Beall
The President requested nominations from the
floor. Cele Marceau nominated Muriel Whitman, but
was declined. Pat Beall nominated Betty Ledoux
Frassrand, seconded by George Egolf for 1st Vice
President. John Whitman nominated Edna Hewitt
Ogletree, seconded by Dorothy Pate for 2nd Vice
President. As there were no other nominations,
Pete Foster moved the nominations be closed, sec-.
onded by Al Pate. Motion carried. Pete Foster cau-
tioned that we follow the Bylaws when printing the
A discussion followed on changing Zip codes for
The President presented gavels to Past Presi-
dent Gaddis Wall and to Art Cherry, who accepted
the gavel for Past President Rob Roy.
The meeting adjourned at 2:17 p.m.
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KNOTT'S BERRY FARM
DECEMBER 6, 1987
Ho! Ho! Ho! Southern California is having a
real cold winter this year except for having
snow on the ground. Inside was all cozy and warm
when a group of us had our Chrustmas celebration.
The beautifully decorated tables were courtesy of
Aileen Smith Hoyle. She did all the plastic needle
point herself. The invocation was given by Bob
Dill. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Charles
Pold, guest of Bob Dill. President Edith Winner
proceeded with introduction of the guests. Lunch-
eon was our favorite and Knott's traditional:
Fried chicken, Boysenberry pie and all the trim-
mings. Charles and Betty Pold then gave us their
rendition of LEGEND OF SANTA, complete with
Charles' caricatures and quotations. Theirs was
another version of "The Night Before Christmas."
David Smith sang "0 Holy Night" to make the
season truly holy. Several Christmas carols were
sung by the assembled body, led by a few elves,
Missy Will, David Lane and Kathy Molinaro.
With Santa's (Francis Fitzpatrick) help, the
drawings were held. The lovely afghan, donated by
Irene Will was won by Joyce Levy. The lottery,
spurred on by Estrella de la Pena, whose brilliant
idea it was a year ago, was won by Jack Clay, Jack
Clay, (not an error he won twice) and Patrick
Leuci. The beautiful table decorations were also
raffled off and won by Eileen Finken, Hedvig Seed-
borg, Alice Forsythe, Joyce Levy, Ruth Yeilding,
Joanne Haugen, Eileen Finken, Agnes Davis, Marion
Rice and Edith Winmer. The door prize, a Lynda
Geyer print, was won by Laverne Fitzpatrick.
"Auld Lang Syne" concluded a very pleasant
Joanne (Hwmer) Haugen (R) is happy she
won a table decoration made by Aileen
Smith) Hoyle (L).
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, David Lane,
Francis Fitzpatrick (Santa), and Missy
(Yarnell) Will lead caroling at Christ-
Santa arrived with his bag of goodies, and Ho
Ho'd around the room, much to everyone's delight.
Robert Provost entered the picture and sang,
(yes, sang) a song written to him by one of his
teachers 50 years earlier. That teacher, Dorothy
Hayward, was in our group and appreciated the ac-
colade even more.
Dorothy Hayward, Catsy Taylor Schafer,
and Sara de la Pena smile for the birdie
at the Christmas luncheon.
Those attending were:
Argo, Fnmet and Adele
guest: Donna Pierce
Davis, Agnes (Reinke)
deGrunmmnd, Jack and Joan
de la Pena, Estrella
de la Pena, Sara
Dill, Robert and Rosa
Guest: Charles and
Forsythe, Alice and Robt.
Finken, Wm. and Eileen
Guest: Frank and Pat-
Griffin, Griff & Lucille
Haugen, Joanne (Hummer)
Hollowell, David &
Hoyle, Aileen (Smith)
Johnson, Don& Steph-
guest: Alice Mil-
guest: Patrick Leuci
Molinaro, Kathryn Argo
guest: Jerry Moli-
Pitney, Susan (Taylor)
Quinn, Bill & Kathryn
Rice, Tom & Marion
Schafer, Catsy (Taylor)
Smith, David LeRoy
Will, Missy (Yarnell)
Wood, Bill & Jeanne
Wood, Warren and Eve-
Yeilding, Ruth (Bauman)
DOTHAN'S PANAMA CANAL
The 11th Annual Panama Canal Golf Classic,
formerly "Gas House Gang Tournament" ended on Oct-
ober 7th under sunny Alabama skies and cool party
time evenings. Sixty of the 94 golfers won prizes.
One hundred and eighty four (184) people attended
Wednesday's awards banquet which featured a Panama
style lottery (revolving cage, balls with numbers)
announced by Bill Sullivan. Tickets were sold out
by Monday the 5th. More next year!
Participants began checking in at the Olympia
Spa as early as Friday the 2nd at which time Don
and Shirley Bruce arrived from Phoenix, Arizona,
closely followed by Gene and Marian Gregg, Gordie
and Maggie Dalton, Ted, Nora, and daughter, Mich-
elle Melanson, Louie and brother Leon Dedeaux with
wives; George and Joan Fitzgerald, Red and Elsie
Willet, Nancy and Al Gallin, Jack and Lois Smith,
Bob and Carolyn Johnson and many others.
On Monday, golfers made up their own foursomes
and competed in an 18-hole tourney with 4 prizes.
Partying, dancing, abd bragging about golf games
carried on into the wee hours of the morning when
the last of the liars dice players retired.
Tuesday's Mexican Best Ball shot gun start
began as players found their assigned carts com-
plete with goodie bags containing golf visors,
towels, tees, markers, and official program, com-
pliments of Central Bank of the South and other
local sponsors. Courtesy carts roamed the fairways
during play with reduced price drinks. Five (5)
teams, of 4 players each, were the lucky winners
of gift certificates with 3 closest to the pin
prizes also being awarded, a 5 p.m. putting con-
test for both ladies and men was held in conjunct-
ion with a free open bar cocktail party. The count
showed more people at the bar than putting for the
6 gift certificates given to the winning putters.
Wednesday's 9:00 a.m. start began under beau-
tiful sunny skies as a full field of 24 different
teams again competed for the 5 team prizes and 3
closest to the hole awards. Following the after-
noon siesta, the lounge was janmed as non-partici-
pants began arriving for the open bar cocktail
party, prime rub dinner and awards banquet.
Jim Coman did his usual excellent job as MC
welcoming all and awarding 60 gift certificates to
the lucky winners. Two door prizes were drawn (a
compact disc player donated by Pepsi Cola and a
beautiful cocktail dress donated by Jack Johnson.)
Ed Sullivan's cash donation furnished the gift
certificates for the putting contest. Bocas Leeser
the guest speaker, kept the crowd in a laughing
mood throughout the evening with his repertoire of
bajun jokes. The 1000 pieces of chance lottery
sold out early in the week. 3 prizes were drawn
from the revolving cage by Michelle Melanson.
(#'s 11, 56, 06). As Bill Sullivan announced the
numbers in Spanish, Bocas Leeser translated, for
those who had forgotten their Spanish, into the
The committee of Jim Riley, Bill Sullivan, Jim
Caman and Frank Anderson wish to thank Central
Bank of the South for their generous donation that
made this years Panama Canal Golf Classic a pos-
sibility. As long as you people will attend, we
will have a tournament for you.
If you have any suggestions for the improvement
of next years tournament, please drop us a line.
See you in 1988.
Karen Clark, Frank Baggott, Joe Lasting-
er and Ginny Perra all BHS class of
1960 at the Atlanta dance.
Just a few of the happy faces
enjoying "Lucho in Atlanta II"
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Carol (Beall) Fritz and cousin, Kenneth
Fortner at "Lucho's" Atlanta Dance.
Where Are You?
Where are you, Judy McClelland? Married name is
not known. Please answer to: Nancy Norton Carter,
3623 Alcott St., San Diego, CA 92106 (619-222-7010
Between 1960 and 1963 I was in Panama. I was
between 10 and 13 years of age. My father was in
the Army. We lived in Cocoli and I attended grade
I would like to find some of my friends from
that school, however I do not recall their sur-
I would like to find a brother and sister named
Billy and Mildred Wilmouth. Their father was a
civilian working on the Canal. I would also like
to locate Vladnir and Carlos Lanpasas. Please
reply to: Richard Casey, 1346 15th St., Yuma, AZ
I would like to put a clip in the Record, to
find the whereabouts or information on Frank Theo-
dore Babick. He worked
Pacific Locks Division.
Lauray Griffin, Rt. 1,
both on the Atlantic and
Please write to Bob and
Box 203, Crescent City,
Mr. Israel J. Lindo
Edward L. Franklin
Gifford V. Wilde
Owen 0. Lewis
Wilma N. Curtis
Susan J. Smith
Norma J. Wells
Ann M. Beers
Joanne S. Ognibene
Florence N. Thaopson
Norbert D. Rosenberg
Jane M. Ruiz
Ralph E. Malcolm, Jr.
Lorraine O. Patterson
Clyde R. Coambs
John F. Balschun
Richard E. Clouse
Carlos U. De Gracia
Elkin H. Thompson
10/27/87 Canal Support Division
38 years 02 months 00 days
ARMY U.S. RETIREES
Dir. of Engineering Housir
DODDS Panama Region
Troop Support Agency
Dir. of Engineering Housing
DODDS Panama Region
Dir. of Engineering Housing
Dir. of Engineering Housing
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
DODDS Panama Region
DOL Supply and Services D:
DODDS Panama Region
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4tih generation Zonians
1. William W.M. Monsanto, retired from the Marine
Division with 30 years service.
2. Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne, born in Ancon Hospital
and retired from the Panama Canal Co. with 32
3. Children: Harvey Glenn Jr., Customs employee in
Miami, Fla. Barbara F. Stanford, living and
working for the P.C.C. in Panama. Camille L.
Eastham, also living and working for P.C.C.
All born in Gorgas Hospital.
4. Erick Glenn, born in Gorgas Hospital.
Edward G. Stanford and Cheryl A. Stanford,
both born in Gorgas Hospital, and working for
Panama Canal Commission in Panama.
1. Great-grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Allen S. Boyd,
arrived in Canal Zone in 1908.
2. Grandmother: Annie (Boyd) Batholomew, arrived
with parents, 1908.
3. Parents: Ernest M. and Barbara (Bartholomew)
Krueger, "native born."
4. Children: Ernest M. Krueger, Jr., born 1953.
Valerie J. Krueger, born 1955.
1. Phillip H. Noonan, Civil Engineer, Gorgona 1910
2. Daughter: Lillian Mae Noonan married to
William David Taylor 1912 1906-1946.
3. Son: William Norman Taylor, Personnel Division
1937-1958 married Catherine (Hopkins) Taylor
Schafer, Ft. Clayton Disp. (RN) and Gorgas
4. Son: Michael W. Taylor, BHS'57 (Deceased 1975)
Daughter: Susan Roby Taylor, BHS'58 (Mrs.
Louis J. Pitney)
Daughter: Layne Woodall Taylor, BHS'59 (Mrs.
Thomas G. Ashton, BHS'59)
1. Stephen Elijah Calvit, 1904?, PCC blacksmith
and tool and die maker, married Annie Leticia
Wright, founded C.Z. Eastern Star, born in
Calington, Cornwall, England.
2. Mary Sarah Calvit, avid Amador golfer, married
T11ras William (Will) Harrison, born Hartle-
pool, England, worked at Dry Dock until re-
3. Charles William Harrison (Chuck), Electrical
Division, Madden Dam, also Diesel Engineer at
Miraflores, married Lois Elaine Ott, Clerk of
Court, Dist. Court. Now of Miami, Fla.
4. Robin E. (Harrison) Walker, Chris A. (Harrison)
Parrish, Gail (Harrison) Marshall. (Note
1. Michael Adam Griley, PRR engineer from 1904,
married Elizabeth Joyce Dillon.
2. Edna Anna (Griley) Ott married Claude Abraham
Ott, PRR conductor, 330 Mason, and Abou Saad
3. Lois Elaine (Ott) Harrison, born 1914 in Ancon,
married Charles William (Chuck) Harrison, born
1912 in Gorgona, C.Z.
4. Robin Elizabeth (Harrison) Walker, BHS'55, born
1937, Colon, R.P.
Christine Anne (Harrison) Parrish, BHS'60,
born 1942 in Ancon, C.Z.
Gail (Harrison) Marshall of Pennsylvania, born
1949 in Panama, R.P., attended C.Z. schools.
1. Dr. Samuel S. Irvin and Bessie Bell Irvin.
2. Elizabeth (Irvin) Brown (Quintero).
3. Beth Brown (Schmidt) and Barbara Brown Byrne
4. Amanda Schmidt
Lyza Byrne and Michael Byrne.
1. Otto Kozak, Roosevelt Medal Holder, Steam En-
2. Ethel Kozak married Eugene Askew, Admeasurer.
3. Children: Nancy Goodwin, Linda Gomez, Bob and
4. Children of Nancy and Jack Goodwin: Christy,
Lisa and Katie, all in the Panama Canal area.
1. William H. Farrell Great-grandfather; Panama
Railroad engineer; went to Panama in 1904 and
retired in 1931.
2. Francis G. Farrell Grandfather, Postmaster,
born 1907 in Bas Obispo (Canal town); died in
service, 1962; married Alberta D. McDougall.
3. Bette J. Farrell mother, married Richard
Swearingen; left Isthmus 1980.
4. (a) Paul M. Swearingen, m. Deborah Carey.
(b) Lee D. Swearingen, m. Stacy Carroll
(c) Jody R. Swearingen.
1. Ramon Asparren, (deceased) of Aibar, Spain. PCC
Rigger, had 5 daughters.
2. Dolores M. (Asparren) Coffy, daughter, married
William Coffy, Portsmouth, Va., PCC Signalman,
had a daughter.
3. Virginia M. (Coffy) Young, granddaughter, mar-
ried William D. Young, PCC Personnel, had 2
4. William Dean Young II and Stephen B. Young,
Photo taken July 1987 at the home of
Gregor Gramlich. Standing L-R: Gregory
Paul Gramlich, Larry Greg Gramlich,
Gregory Stephen Gramlich; Seated: Gregor
1. Gregor Gramlich, born 1894, current living
Roosevelt Medal holder; came to the Canal Zone
in 1913; married Mary Veronica Connery.
Children: Gregory Paul 1923
Mark Anthony 1930
Richard Bruce 1947
Retired in 1957 with 44 years service as Cap-
tain of the Dipper dredges.
2. Gregory Paul Gramlich, born in Ancon, Canal
Zone, 1923; machinist apprentice 1941; married
Gladys Frances Evans in 1943.
Children: Beverly Ann 1944
Larry Greg 1947
Retired 1978 with 37 years of service as Sen-
ior Lock Master, Miraflores Locks.
3. Larry Greg Gramlich, born Panama City, 1947;
machinist apprentice 1965; wed Agnes (Aggie)
Stephany Proback in 1967.
Children: Gregory Stephen 1967
Jean Marie 1970
4. Gregory Stephen Gramlich, born in Panama City,
1967; currently a student at Panama Canal
1. William E. Weigle, went to Panama in January,
2. William E. Weigle, Jr. born in Panama 1915.
3. William E. Weigle III, born in Gorgas Hospital
in 1941, married to Sandee Lee Woodruff.
4. Children: Bobbee Sue Weigle, born in Coco Solo
Hospital, 1962. Jo Ann Weigle, born in Coco
Solo Hospital, 1964
1. William (Brownlee) Adams, Industrial Division,
1907-1909 and 1916-1932, married Helen (Hen-
2. Mina (Adams) Larg Dee, PCC and Port Captain's
(Late) Margaret (Adams) Hollowell.
William Adams, Police Division 1930-1970.
Robert H. Adams (Robbie), Storehouse Division,
3. Twin sons of Mina Dee:
Peter Shea Lang, Storehouse Division, 1954-80.
William Adams Lang.
4. Daughter of Peter Lang:
Helen Elizabeth Lang.
1. Ed Neville, Railroad engineer, construction
days, with 3 children,Florence, Herb, David.
2. Florence Neville Miller, Clubhouse, 1 child,
3. Alberta Miller Stone, Commissary Division, with
three children, Lorna, Malcolm and Kenneth.
4. Lorna Stone Hopper, Arlington, Va. with two
children, both born in C.Z.
Malcolm Stone, Panama Canal pilot, with two
children, both born in C.Z.
Kenneth Stone, California.
5. Emily and Nev Hopper
Lynn and David Stone
4 generations of Daileys. L-R: Robert
Wahl Dailey, Sr. (Bob), Robert Wahl
Dailey Jr. (Bobby), Earl Oscar Dailey
and baby Robert Wahl Dailey, III (Trae).
Earl and Bob reside in St. Petersburg,
FL and Bobby and Trae reside in Tampa,
1. Elmer Dailey, Mechanical Division, 1911-1938,
married Amy U. Dailey.
2. Earl Oscar Dailey, Electrical Division, 1932-
1969. Married (Carlotte (Wahl) Dailey, D.O.D.
3. Robert Wahl Dailey, Sr., Industrial Division,
4. Robert Wahl Dailey, Jr.
Earl (Taylor) Dailey.
1. Nellie (Smith) Morse, married William M. Morse
in C.Z., 1940-1953.
2. Lydia (Morse) Wahl Shannon daughter, married
Matthew Shannon, Dredging Division, 1938-1956.
3. Charlotte (Wahl) Dailey granddaughter, DOD,
married Earl Oscar Dailey, Electrical Division
4. Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang great-granddaughter,
DOD and Admin. Services Division, 1964-1987,
married Peter Shea Lang, Storehouse Division,
5. Patricia Ann McPherson great-great granddau-
Shannon (McPherson) Fletcher, great-great
1. Merton A. Coburn,
2. Mary Ruth Coburn -
Edgar B. Bristol,
CZ Police Division.
3. Clark Coburn Bristol
Power Plant, mar-
ried Georgine Paige
1. Grover C. Dixon,
2. Gertrude A. Dixon,
John C. Paige,
3. Georgine (Genie)
married Clark C.
Polly Wise (great-grandmother), Forest
Wise Robberson (grandmother), Jimmy Har-
ris (Forest's son), and Devon Harris,
(Jimmy 's daughter).
1. Arthur E. Baker, 1910, PRR engineer, Roosevelt
Medal holder 1 bar.
2. Josephine Raymond (Baker), 1910-1953, married
S.P. (Wes) Dennis, 1909, Dredging Division,
died in service 1933, Roosevelt Medal holder.
Ashes buried at "Ditch Diggers" plaque.
3. Five children, all born in C.Z.:
Dorothy (Dennis) Douglas, 1913; Josephine
(Dennis) Konover, 1916; Jean (Dennis) Herbert,
1918; Marjorie (Dennis) Bain, 1920; Robert E.
4. Bonnie (Bain) Dunbar, 1944; Dennis W. Bain,
1947, both born at Gorgas Hospital.
Robert E. Dennis, Jr., born 1952 at Gorgas
Dorothy (Dennis) Douglas last to retire from PCC.
Family continuous service on Canal for more than
65 years. She was infant when taken part-way thru
Canal on launch before official opening in 1914.
1. Freeling H. Hollowell, a.k.a Fred. H. Hollowell
First employed 1906 as conductor on Isthmian
Canal Commission, transferred to PRR as con-
ductor until retirement in 1931. Roosevelt
Medal holder w/3 bars. Married Lillian Hollow-
ell. 3 children: Marion F.; Margaret F.; and
Ross H. Hollowell.
2. Ross H. Hollowell, retired from Mechanical Div-
ision 1953. Married Margaret Adams. 2 children
Freeland R. and Lois M.
3. Freeland R. Hollowell Sr., born in Ancon Hos-
pital. Married Mary L. Straus. 3 children:
Freeland R. Jr., David A. and Laurie J. Ret-
ired from Motor Transportation Division 1979.
Lois M. (Hollowell) Jones, born Panama Hos-
pital, R.P., Married Charles Jones, tug boat
engineer. 3 children: Charles R., Richard and
Margie Ann (Jones) Sage.
4. Freeland R. Hollowell, Jr., BHS'76, David A.
and Laurie J. (Hollowell) Rinehart.
Charles R. Jones, Richard Jones and Margie Ann
Bom of 'L.S.
I was born in Ancon Hospital on April 2, 1913.
The first child of Edward T. and Emily W. Nolan,
we lived for a short time in Empire and then moved
to Balboa on Sosa Hill, then Ridge Road in Quarry
Heights, finally on Amador Road. I was educated in
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High
in 1931. Attended Mary Washington College in Fred-
Doris (Nolan) Lefferts
4. Carl B. Bristol, son.
Denise A. Bristol, daughter.
I was born in the old Ancon Hosp:
26, 1914. Since the Canal opened Augu
do you count me? (Of course!)
My mother, Ida May Jordan, went t
Zone in 1907 with her parents. Will:
Jordan, was a conductor on the PRR.
Cooper Hollowell, went to the Canal i
were married in Pedro Miguel in 1913.
My brothers and sister, all born in
Willie Hollowell, Hope H. Hirons, D
Born of U.S. parents in the Canal Z(
1914, Ethel Kozak Askew, was born in
Her parents were Otto and Rose Kozal
Harry Flanric Butz, Sr. was born in
al Zone, son of Bruna Vanoli and Leon
on July 4, 1909. His father was a Roos
holder and worked all during the c
years, having been present at the time
dependence coup of Panama from Colombia
The family was a part of a group th
transit of the Panama Canal on August
the S.S. Pannra, as per enclosure. Thi
of the pass, given Leonard and signed
THE PANAMA CANAL
PASS ............. l.. ~ T ard- T z an f---e -..--..
ON S. S. PANAMA TO TEST THE CANAL. LEAVING PIER NO. 9
5:30 O'CLOCK TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 11, 1914. THE
TRAVERSE THE CANAL FROM CRISTOBAL THROUGH MIRAFLOR
SPECIAL TRAIN WILL lE RUN FOR THIS TRIP. THIS PASS IS NOT
OUR CHANGE OF ADDRE:
THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
P.O. Box 1508
PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 346
st 15, 1914,
:o the Canal
n 1908. They
one prior to
k. (See Four
'A MEMORIAL OF LOVE'
by Elmer J. Danch
SOUTH BEND Retired Bishop of Fort Wayne-South
Bend William E. McManus made a special trip from
Chicago to acknowledge Peg Donovan as "my greatest
inspiration for pro-life for she inspired the best
solution for abortion and that is adoption."
Memorial Mass celebrant Father Philip G. Cor-
bett, pastor of St. Augustine Church said "Peg
Donovan spent all her adult life finding homes for
children and children for homes. She bestowed on
them the greatest of gifts love, home and fam-
Ancon, Can- In St. Patrick Church, parents of hundreds of
ard T. Butz adopted children, and children whom Peg Donovan
sevelt Medal had placed in homes through Catholic Social Ser-
:onstruction vice, came to pay their last respects to this 48-
Sof the In- year-old adoption specialist who lost her life in
l. a two-car accident Friday morning, December 26,
iat made the (1986) in DuPage County, Ill.
11, 1914 on In the sanctuary of St. Patrick Church was a
s is a copy photographic display of the many children of many
by Colonel races which Miss Donovan had placed in homes.
A native of Panama where she was born March 14,
1938, Miss Donovan lived and worked in South Bend
NO... since 1960, the year she graduated from St. Mary's
College. Known as a tireless worker on behalf of
"waiting" children, Miss Donovan was honored by
S--- the South Bend Chapter of the Association for the
. CRISTOBAL AT Rights of Children with the annual Dulin Award in
PANAMA WILL 1978. Only last April, the YWCA awarded her its
ES LOCKS. NO prestigious 'Woman of the Year" medal for her on-
going contributions to children of all races.
Kevin McDonnell, president of the Association
-/4//j for the Rights of Children, which Miss Donovan
COVsRNOR. founded in South Bend, said: 'With every adoption,
Peg herself was adopted. She had the gentle skills
of a social worker for she lived all parts of her
life as a living, caring and loving person."
m Twelve-year-old Greg Borkowski, who is a reader
SS at St. Augustine Church, perhaps gave the most
poignant reading and favorite of Miss Donovan's,
PANAMA from Mark 10:13-15 ending with "then He took the
little children in His arms, placed His hands on
I S: each of them and blessed them."
Miss Donovan's mother, Irene, of St. Petersburg
FLORIDA Florida, said her daughter's "life was simple. Her
life, her philosophy, her goal was written all
82-1508 over her home: it was simply, love."
January 11, 1987
SUE GRAHAM HONORED
Susanne Graham has been selected by the Kerr-
ville Art Club as its Artist of the Month for Jan-
uary. The artist is serving as treasurer for the
Graham has lived in Kerrville for 15 years,
moving here from the Canal Zone. She has been
painting for 12 years. Graham works primarily with
oils and prefers to paint landscapes and still
During January, a Hill Country landscape by
Graham will be on display at the Butt-Holdsworth
Kerrville Daily Times
January 15, 1988
"GUIA" JOINS TUGBOAT FLEET
"The Commission is now batting one-thousand,"
Administrator DZPL McAuliffe announced at Monday's
dedication ceremony for the newest Panama Canal
tugboat, the Gu~. McAuliffe explained that the
Panama Canal Commission has procured one tug dur-
ing each of the past seven years and that it was
continuing a level of capital investments that in-
cludes a procurement of a new tug each year for
several years. He also announced that a sister tug
the Lidr, was scheduled to arrive in March 1988.
Because of the power and maneuverability of the
new tugboats, transit service is greatly enhanced,
McAuliffe said. The Guia, its predecessors of the
past six years and those to come are clear evi-
dence of the commitment of the Comiission's man-
agement to continually modernize and improve the
McAuliffe and Deputy Adninistrator Fernando
Manfredo Jr. thanked all who played a part in the
Gut2 procurement, particularly contracting officer
representative Hugh Harvey and contracting officer
Michael Klipper. Others participating in the cere-
mony included Marine Director Capt. G.T. Hull, Tow
boat Branch, Superintendent William D. Ritchie,
the master of ceremonies; and Marine Bureau Admin-
istrative Officer Beverly Wood, who performed the
The Panama Canal Spillway
December 24, 1987
Your Reporter Says...
Well, Tucson made all of the nation's news-
papers on December 26, 1987, with it's first White
Christmas ever! We awoke on Christmas morning to
a winter wonderland, four to six inches of snow on
the gound, our shrubs, and loading down the
branches of our olive and citrus trees! it was a
lovely season of hearing from many Panama and
Canal Zone friends by mail and phone, and enjoying
a visit from fellow Pedro Miguelian, Peggy Brad-
ley, during the holidays. Peggy is also a resident
of Tucson, and has been for many years.
I, Jane (Dickson) Cox, began work as a travel
agent with International Tours of Tucson in Sept-
ember, and they sent me to Houston, TX, to Eastern
Airlines' travel school to learn to use airline
computers, December 6-12. It was a gruelling, con-
centrated course, but we were put up at the Hilton
Hotel and fed royally. Now, Danny and I are look-
ing forward to going on a cruise/tour on February
13, returning on February 21. For six of those
days, we will be cruising to the Darien country,
the Perlas, Contadora, Taboga, through the Canal,
to Porto Bello and the San Blas Islands, on one of
those small, Exploration Line ships that can slide
right up onto the beaches.
Speaking of visiting Panama, Anne (Triable) and
Charles Parks just returned from there in January.
They had gone down for the wedding of their son,
Paul Parks to Kimberley Ann Phillips, daughter of
Mrs. George Klein ((heryll Jackson) and Mr. Doug
Phillips, and stayed fifteen days. Two highlights
of their trip was meeting their new daughter-in-
law and her little son, Brett, and meeting for
the first time their little five-year-old grand-
daughter, Kisa Saynell Parks, who was born a year
after they left the Zone. Her mother and step-
father are Gail and Gary Abbott.
The George Kleins entertained the Parkses at
their home at Playa Corona, with much time on the
beaches and a side trip to El Valle. Anne said
they pigged out on Panamanian food at Las Americas
and the Balboa Yacht Club, seviche and French
Fruit cookies. They even bought a gallon thermos
of seviche and pounds of French Fruit cookies back
On their way to Panama, the Parkses stayed in
Miami for twenty hours, spending Christmas Eve and
Christmas morning with four of their children,
James and Charles Parks, Lisa Boatwright, and Su-
san Casis, wife of Michael Casis, and all of their
children. Michael's mother, "Fula" Casis, was up
from Panama for the holidays, and cooked arroz con
pollo along with many other Panamanian foods for
their Christmas Eve feast.
Anne also reports that she had a lovely lunch-
eon at the Balboa Elks Club with Linda (Pearl)
Dahlstram, while in Panama. She and Charlie are
now looking forward eagerly to their son, Sgt.
Matthew Parks being reassigned from Germany to Ft.
Hood, TX, and bringing his lovely wive, Heike, and
their new little son, Brian Charles with him.
Dr. Robert and Anna Mae Hodge, Tucson,
Arizona, January 1988.
Many of our members who worked in the Gorgas
Hospital community in the late forties will remem-
ber Dr. Robert Hodge and his wife, Anna Mae. Bob
was an internist at Gorgas, 1946-1948. They lived
in the palatial Balboa Flats! Now their residence
is in Kansas City, MO, and they have several
houses in historical Arrow Rock, MO, where the
Santa Fe Trail begins, plus a winter home in Tuc-
son, AZ. They will be going on a month-long trip
to Australia and New Zealand on February 2. They
will be driving a rental car around both countries
in addition to taking other excursions.
It is always amazing, the unheard-of places we
run into former Isthmians! Would you believe that
I found two of them in the Border Station (Customs
and Immigration) at Sasabe, AZ, in November? They
are both Federal Agents there: Milan Ferry and Gus
Polit. We hgad been to a Guest Ranch at Sasabe for
a marvelous luncheon, and I ran into the border
station for a map and information, said something
in Spanish and Panama came into the conversation.
Milan told me he had been visiting his cousins,
Mack and Jack Walbridge, the swimming twins down
there when the Korean War began, and he enlisted
at Albrook Field. Later he returned and worked on
the Locks for about twenty years. He told me that
while he worked at the Border Station in Nogales,
AZ, a few years ago, the driver of a car he passed
through from mexico to Arizona, had a Locks bag on
the seat beside him, but he cannot recall the name
of the man. Mack, by the way, now lives in Fort
L-R: Milan Ferry and Gus Polit, at the
Border Station, Sasabe, Arizona, January
Gus Polit was in Panama for two years about a
decade ago, working with people in Veraguas Pro-
vince. Since Tobias Canto, now of Tucson, comes
from that province, I asked if the name rang a
bell. Gus said he did know a Canto family but did
not recall Tobias. Hopefully they will make con-
tact in the near future, and we hope to see them
all at our next lunheon meeting in April. See "An-
From Betty (Crooks)
and Ron tIgram in Ont-
ario, CA, we hear that
they purchased a 28-ft
in 1987, and have
taken several trips in
it. They spent several
weeks in Mission Bay,
San Diego, CA, in July
and were joined there
by their big, handsome
son, Michael, and his
lively little wife,
Suzy, and their son,
"Big Wayne" (my name
for him) Ingram. In
August they toured the
redwoods of northern
and Pismo Beach; and
in September they went "Big Wayne" Ingram
to Kansas for an In- 16 mos. old, trick
gram family reunion, -or-treating on
again joined by Mich- Halloween, Ontario
ael and family. Mich- California.
ael, by the way, has
been promoted to Senior Investigator in the Calif-
ornia State White-collar Crime Department, and
Suzy's art profession has grown in demand. They
all had Christmas dinner together at Betty and
Ron's on December 26 along with Ron's Aunt Cora,
age 99, and some close friends. They plan a motor-
home trip of about three weeks this August in the
Ozarks with friends.
We were pleasantly surprised to learn that a
fellow passenger on the Panama cruise lived down
there about 25 years ago and is excited at seeing
it again. She was quite young at the time and re-
members little about it, except that the jungle
was near her house, and going to, or living in
Balboa. She is Tisa Covington; her dad was SFC Sam
Covington, of Ft. Clayton, but they lived off
base. Those in elementary school in Balboa at that
time may remember her. Tisa hope more memories may
come back when she sees the area again.
Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger sang for the pa-
tients at the Tucson VA Hospital in January, and
is still the regular soloist at the Fourth Church
of Christ, Scientist, in Tucson, as well as work-
ing at the U. of Arizona and giving piano lessons.
She reports that her mother and stepfather, Minnie
and Eldridge Burton are all in good health after
Eldridge's bout with heart surgery, but have been
snowed in, in Arkansas where they live.
Tobias Canto, told me that George Scoggin, a
former Balboa policeman was here over the holidays
visiting his daughter, Mary Scoggin, second cousin
to Tobias. He returned to his farm in Oklahoma in
Dr. Ron Hirscht, son of Dr. Dan and Mir-
Dr. Daniel Hirschl is another who recently had
heart surgery but is now doing fine, his wife,
Miriam tells me. They enjoyed two extended vaca-
tion trips, one to Canada and one to San Diego in
1987. Dan writes: "Our son, Ron is now a 5th year
resident in general surgery at the U. of Michigan
Hospital in Ann Arbor. He is now applying for a
fellowship in pediatric surgery and after he fin-
ishes his 6th year at Michigan, he will be study-
ing that sub-specialty for the next 2 years.
Jeff, our other son, still works for Motorola
as a computer engineer and we see him quite fre-
quently since he lives in Tempe which is only 50
miles from us.
Miriam continues to keep busy working for a
nearby school district as a substitute teacher,
mainly in kindergarten. By the way, Miriam and I
spent a week in Panama last November. We had a
great time seeing all our old friends both in what
used to be the Canal Zone and in the Republic."
L-R: Steven and Scott Sondheimer, twin
sons of Dr. Stuart and Janice (Hirschl)
Sondheimer the Dan Hirschls' grandsons
Ed MacVittie tells me that he and Bob Matheney
have both been re-elected chairmen of their condo
associations. Ed thinks he holds some kind of rec-
ord, as he has been an officer there for the past
18 years! He and Grace enjoyed an extended visit
in New York State last summer, which included many
family celebrations in Buffalo, thereby not get-
ting to see some of their Isthmian friends there.
However, Ed did meet Carl Browne in Avon, NY, and
went to Ithaca with him for their reunion week at
Cornell U., where they had a "great time."
Ken Middleton is still rebuilding his gem and
lapidary shop which was devasted by fire about a
year ago. He is also busy preparing for his exhib-
its and facetting booth at the Tucson Gem Show in
February 11-14. His friend, jeweler Henry Sumner-
freund will be here from Panama for the event.
Ken's wife, Wanda, took a course in Cultural
Studies on Japan, at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
last summer. Meanwhile, their daughter, Valerie
and her husband, Garey Ramey attained their Ph.D's
in Economics at Stanford U. and began teaching at
the U. of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, CA.
Ken and Wanda visited them for Thanksgiving and:
then Valerie and Garey came to visit them here for
Christmis, but could only stay for 3 days as Val-
erie had to deliver a paper at an Economic Confer-
ence in Chicago a few days later.
My classmate, Lionel "Rudy" Stempel continues
to keep in touch with us he and his wife, Anita.
They report on conditions in Panama. They enjoyed
an extended trip to Europe in 1987, visiting old
friends and relatives in several countries. While
in Germany, they visited Bad Reichen Hall, A Bav-
arian village where their son, Berni studied Hotel
Management in the late 60's and early 60's. The
professors at the school still remembered him and
were delighted with the Stenpels' visit. They then
went to Sicily for 3 weeks, later to Madrid. They
had visited Austria before going to Germany.
Anita and Rudy are still active in their work
for the Catholic Church. We will be seeing them
there on february 14, and look forward to that. We
also hope to meet Robert Schultz and '"odi" Arias
(Haanodio Arias, Jr.) and their wives sometime
during our trip.
Among former Zonians we heard from during the
Holidays are John McGuire, who grew up with me in
Pedro Miguel; Norma (Stillwell) Martin, "Cindy"
(Monaco) Seldon, and Gene (White) and her husband,
John Litton. All three girls were Pedro Miguel
children, although Gene really lived on an island
in the Canal itself. Another Pedro Miguel girl I
heard from was 'Mopsy" Bradley Wood, Northwest re-
porter and Peggy Bradley's sister. Mopsy is well
recovered from her surgery last sumner in Florida,
thank goodness! Also heard from another BHS class-
mate, Robert Blake and his wife, Ruth now Seat-
tle residents. Cindy Seldon reported that she re-
cently enjoyed a happy visit with her son, Lou
Seldon, Jr. ("Sparky"), and his children. Lois (De
laMater) Bates also wrote us.
Arizonians, do send me news and pictures, or
bring it to our April 16 luncheon meeting. Out-of-
staters, do come to the meeting, too.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Happy New Year to everyone.
Our winter in this area has been the usual see-
sawing of ups and downs...We've had an early snow
and then the sun shone fiercely, bringing the zero
temperature up to 50. Aside from some large piles
of snow here and there, the area is clear, but not
for long. It's cold again and snow is forecast.
As one wishful thinking person remarked, "I love
to see the snow come down, but wish it would go
back up again"!
Mildred and Ed Higgins reported that everything
is fine up on their hill top. They had a fine
Christmas with the family.
Mack and Frances McLendon announced that they
had moved and that Joe F. Clark has come to live
with them. Their new address is: 2870 Stanton
Avenue, Fayetteville, AK 72703. Mack said that
they went to their son's home for a Christmas Eve
get together. Four generations of the family
later net for a great Christmas dinner at the home
of the McLendons.
Betty and Luke Palumbo from Fayetteville spent
the holiday with their grandchildren and families.
Later they drove to Fairfield, Iowa to visit
Luke's daughter, Judy, and son-in-law, Robert
Gates. Homeward bound, they ran into a beautiful
ice-storm at Springfield.
Oscar Palumbo, 17, Luke's grandson, took his
See Bee training in Florida and stopped enroute
San Diego for a brief visit with his grandfather.
Jim Palumbo, Luke's son in Panama, wrote that he
had to move from his Atlantic side quarters to a
3 bedroom partial apartment in Panama, though he
works in Curundu. The rent is only $1,000 per
Luke spoke of hoping to make a trip to Bogota,
Columbia to visit with Betty's, daughter who is
doing Bible translation under the Wycliffe founda-
tion. Hope you have a safe trip folks!
Winnona and Keith York were snowbound in
Fayetteville for 8 days before their driveway was
cleared for driving. But not so, Keith he
trudged down, everyday, to get the news and have
donuts with "the boys". They reported at least
10 inches of snow.
Joanna and Sam Ognibene entertained Sam's older
brother and sister-in-law from Rochester, NY for
two weeks during the Thanksgiving holiday. At
Christmas, the Ognibenes flew to Alburquerque, New
Mexico and then on to view the Rose Bowl Parade
in Los Angeles. The Ognibenes hope to go to the
Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 13. Joanna
highly praised the AARP organization which has
made excellent reservations for most of their
Elaine Johnson from Jonesboro, AR wrote that
Ruthie Brown Robertson whom she saw when in San
Diego last April had had a heart attack but was
happy to report that Ruthie has improved greatly.
Next April, Elaine hopes to take another trip to
San Diego. She proudly enclosed a picture and ar-
ticle of Earl Bell, son of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Bell.
Earl is ranked #1 in the United States and #3 in
the World in pole vaulting. He was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone, 32 years ago. His best vault in 1987
was 19 feet, 2 3/4 inches. Our best to you in
1988 Olyrpics, Earl!
In October, Earl Nhitlock, son of Frances and
Andy Whitlock in Fayetteville, brought his fiancee
Shirley Karst Alexiatis, from St. Petersburg, FL
to visit his folks. A get-together family dinner
was held at the Whitlock's home, introducing
Shirley to the family (Min and Mike Burton,
Mattielee Whit, Mattie B. Wieman). They had a
wonderful time singing and acting up, accompanied
by Mattielee on the organ.
In November, Mattielee White left for Alexan-
dria, VA to join Jean Ann who had transferred her
work to the Corps of Engineers, and Charlie McGinn
and Fred Huldquist arrived from Seminole, Florida,
to visit his mother, Mattie B. Wieman. On Thanks-
giving Day, they celebrated not only the holiday,
but also Fred's birthday and that of his mother
at the Whitlock's home. The "horn of plenty" was
really overflowing on their table that day.
Peter, Janice Butz and their three sons spent
Thanksgiving holiday with parents, Harry and Lenor
Butz in Springdale, while daughter, Esther and
husband, Bill Clair drove to Quincy, IL to be with
Bill's parents and brothers for a week.
Chrismas found the Butzs and Clairs in Spring-
dale, to enjoy the turkey and fixins. Unfortu-
nately, the happy time was somewhat spoiled when
Peter reached his mom in Sapulpa, OK, to find that
he had been burglarized, even to carrying off a
Christmas at the Butzs: Back row L-R:
Harry, Sr., Peter, Sr., Esther, Bill
Clair. Bottom row L-R: Janice Butz, Geo-
rge, Jason, and Peter Butz, Jr.
We are sorry to announce the death of Joseph
Conklin, Jr., of Springdale on Sunday, January
17. See With Deep Sorrow for particulars.
Our next picnic is on Father's Day at Agri Park
Favetteville. Do come and join in the good times
with a covered dish. Send in your news at any time
to either Bud Balcer or me, from anywhere in Ar-
Had plans to write about the big storm that hit
this area and other parts of the south, but as I
look out the window with the sun shining and the
birds gathering around the feeder, the storm does
not seem all that news-worthy. But I must say that
10 inches of snow and cold weather can play havoc
with travel and schools in this part of the
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders report things have
been rather quiet since their return in late Sep-
tember from Switzerland and Great Britain. Grand-
son Curtis and wife, Kim of Allen, Texas, were
with them for Thanksgiving and it was a visit very
much enjoyed by all. Rainy weather prohibited
Bruce and Curtis from doing some much needed re-
pair on the ham radio tower. Son Jack flew out
from Santa Cruz, CA for Christmas and New Years.
Jack outdid himself in revamping the ham radio
arrangement and taking care of the tower. The
weather was cold, but favorable to driving to and
from Tulsa to pick him up and take him back a week
later. His was another visit most enjoyed.
John and Polly Michaelis left Labor Day and re-
turned just before Christmas on a trip of about
6,000 miles to California and the southwestern
part of USA. Visited with friends and family and
grandchildren. Had car trouble burned-out clutch
in the middle of the Mojave Desert and they had to
stay five days in Needles, CA awaiting parts from
Phoenix, AZ. Both of them enjoying good health.
Etta Faye Terrell had daughter, Andrea and her
husband, Paul Oliver from New Orleans, LA, and son
Lance, from Austin, TX with her for 10 days over
the holidays. The kids brought two dogs and a cat
along with them.
Virginia Favorite is spending some time with
her daughter, Ginny Lind Neidt, Box 29, Maitland,
MO 64466, convalescing after a spell in the hos-
pital. Her sons, Ben Favorite of Virginia Beach,
VA and Russell Favorite from Canada were also with
her during her stay in the hospital.
Mary Lou Engelke spent a quiet holiday at home
with mother-in-law Constance Engelke, and her
sister-in-law, Joyce May and family.
Pete and Sue Warner had daughter Pan and grand-
daughter Katy from New York for a while. They baby
sat katy while her mother toured France, Germany
and Switzerland with college friends from Toronto,
Canada. They also expect son, Stewart home from
the Middle East later this month.
Kathleen and Willard (Red) Huffman spent a
lovely Christmas with Willy and Kathy and four
children at Wynne, AR. Brought Cassie, Kara, Laura
and Beth back to Rogers to spend Christmas vaca-
tion with both sets of grandparents. Got the girls
back home alright and the following week were
grounded because of the severe snow storm. Looking
forward to spring.
Maxine Reinhold is planning a trip to Minnesota
for the St. Paul Winter Carnival and to help in
the preparations for the upcoming wedding of
Norbert and Peggy Keller report that Mrs. Sue
Magee has returned from a three-week visit to Pan-
ama where she attended the wedding of her niece,
Linda Magee. Reports are that a great time was had
by all. In October, Mrs. Magee went to Boston, MA
for the 90th birthday of Mary Magee.
Jack and Joan Corliss enjoyed a nice Christmas.
Journeyed to Reno, Nevada over the New Years and
spent more time in airports than they did in the
casinos. Neither of them reported any luck at the
Betty McGilberry stayed home and kept busy
packing household goods prior to moving. New ad-
dress will be: #5 Windsor Place, Rogers, AR 72756.
Had Christmas dinner with daughter, Kathleen hAes
and family with Marylin Annen and her family.
William (Red) and Alice Nail spent the holidays
Addie Colclasure has her granddaughter Wendy
with her and she is a Junior in high school. She
has also completed a computer course at Northwest
Comninity College. Daughter Marion is busy with a
book she is composing that has to do with soft-
ware and computers. Son, David and wife, Lou, came
from Wichita, KS for a Christmas visit.
George and Edith Engelke report that son Paul
and family were home for Christmas. Paul and fam-
ily reside in Siloam Springs, AR. Both George and
Edith getting along OK.
Jessie New~ard spent three weeks over the holi-
days with son Bryan and wife, Penny in Elgin, SC.
Had a lovely time. Huge winter storm delayed her
return home. In Atlanta, GA the plane was on the
runway 4q hours waiting to be de-iced.
Evelyn Engelke had her sister, Frances Elmen-
dorf of Illinois come for Thanksgiving and the two
of them enjoyed an organ concert in Rogers. Evelyn
spent the Christmas holidays in Panama with sons,
John and Louis and their families. Saw lots of old
time friends and enjoyed a week at Coronado Beach.
Reports that the roads are badly in need of re-
Bud and Betty Balcer spent Christmas in Ohio
with daughter, Susan Burdette. Got home on New
Years eve just ahead of the "big" snow storm.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of
those connected with the Society and all our
friends, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Rae Donaldson writes that she was part of a 5-
person GAO team that went to Panama the end of
September to audit the 1986 financial statements.
This gave her the perfect opportunity to see the
changes in Panama, renew old friendships and tour
the country. She enjoyed getting manicures from
her former manicurist at the Balboa Beauty Shop
and eating ceviche and corvina whenever she went
out to dinner. The political situation in very
tense down there but Rae reports that she had no
problems getting around. Panama City is still a
beautiful city with its magnificent ocean-side
location. The former Zone is run-down in areas
that Panama has taken over, but basically looks
the same. The worst physical change is the con-
dition of the roads. The road to the Atlantic side
through the forest preserve is atrocious. One night
she had 3 flat tires from hitting pot-holes. The
Rae Donaldson, October 1987, at Pedro
railroad is not safe to ride, although she had
heard of no accidents of derailments. She even
went to an equivalent of a Reunion in Panama City,
with Tito Mouynes playing.
Doris Hanson writes that she enjoys the news-
letters for their fund of information on members.
She just was able to renew her driving license for
four more years, at which time she will be 93 and
probably won't renew after that. She still drives
for the necessary things. She said her birthday is
the day before Robert Dill's, but of course, he is
Rose and Paul Jones had Bob and Hazel Blades,
of Kerrville, Texas, as guests in their home in
Atascadero, California. That is lovely country and
quite a change from humid Texas. The Bladeses were
touring the country.
Bob and Mildred Provost, along with Mary and Al
Jerbic, and Millie's sister, Mary, spent 4 weeks
in Europe in August and September. A few days
spent in London getting into the mood at the mu-
seums, abbeys, etc. and Bob spending time at the
College of Arms. He's a geneology nut and has
traced himself back to royalty. Ask him sometime.
He drove the entire trip on the left and it re-
minded him of Panama before 1943 whan all driving
was on the left. They stayed in a castle a few
mils from Stratford on Avon, Shakespeare's birth-
place, The suites were as large as an entire house
over here. In Edinburgh, Scotland, they stayed at
the U. of Edinburgh in their Residence Hall, com-
plete with breakfast. Bob recommends going that
route on accormodations if you are interested. Bob
and Mary J., still searching for their ancestors,
set out to find Mary's father, who returned to
Scotland long ago and has not been located since.
They found he was buried in a nearby cemetery and
she also found out more about her grand-parents.
Back to London, and then the ferry boat from Dover
and on to Germany for a week. Bob owns time-shares
and swaps them to suit himself. More fabulous
scenery and lots of good food and a visit with the
uncle of their son's wife, and on to Spain, where
Bob was right at home in a language he understood.
Road marking are very hard to follow there, but in
all places, the people are very friendly and help-
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro
FROM OUR ROVING REPORTER:
No one seems to possess that rare gift for
living fully as much as Bob Dill, a Roosevelt
Medal recipient, of whom the Southern California
Society is justifiably proud. Bob gives unstint-
ingly of his time as Chaplain and helps with the
programs. In addition, he is often guest speaker
on the Panama Canal before many clubs and civic
groups in Southern California. In October, the
Board of Governors marked his 98th birthday with
a buffet luncheon and surprise birthday cake at
the home of Francis and laVerne Fitzpatrick in La
Bob Dill blows out his birthday candles.
Hedwig (Sundberg) Seedborg reported that Thehna
Reppe visited California in October and is quite
happy in her apartment in Columbus, Ohio. Hedy
and friend, Nellie (Bruland) Jansen, of Essington,
PA, visited ross and Janet Cunningham in Connestee
Falls, North Carolina for a couple of weeks during
September October, then both flew back to PA for
a week with friends and relatives. Nellie was al-
so Hedy's guest in Long Beach for the month of De-
Margaret Bwy went snorkeling at Kailua, Oahu,
Hawaii in September, tumbled down a cliff and
fractured an ankle. She spent four to five days
in the hospital, all of which interfered with her
visit with her son, Douglas, and daughter-in-law,
Paula. He is a professor of political science at
the University of Hawaii, and she teaches elemen-
tary school. Margaret's brother, P.A. Wlite, re-
cently returned from a goose hunting trip to Vir-
ginia, also to see his daughter and son-in-law,
Jean and Lt. Col. Charles McGinn, U.S. Air Force
Retired. She is an engineer.
It was a November tour to Calgary, Canada for
Arthur and Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton, and they were
delighted. Then in early December, their daugh-
ter, Dorothy (Cotton) Mnthorne, came out from FL
for a visit. William and Imo Hanpton, of Willis,
TX, followed Dorothy on December 10th for a week.
The Cottons entertained their San Diego grand-
children on Christmas Day, so December was a most
They were victims of snow and ice and sometimes
a wind child factor at night as low as 35 below
zero all the way on the east coast, but George and
Joan Chevalier had a wonderful time for three
weeks visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Joel
and Michelle Haggerty, and grandson, Alexander,
in Woburn, Mass., and taking side trips. George
and Joan spent one evening with Bernard and Ann
Kelleher, who treated them to dinner at the Way-
side Inn, where Nathaniel Hawthorne did some of
his writing. Bernard was formerly a police sgt.
in Balboa. On Christmas Day, they were thrilled
with a phone call from son, Bryant, in Frankfurt,
Germany; he was preparing to spend a week in
Panama, prior to returning to Puerto Rico, where
he is based as a sky marshal. Also the two
daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Clint
Spicer, Lorie and larry Ball, called from Reno,
Nevada to make the family and day complete.
It was grand to see again Bob and Alice
(Taylor) Forsythe at the PCSSC Christmas luncheon.
They drive down from rancho Cordova, near Sacra-
mento (a good distance) to be present at every
Society or Reunion function they can. Bot will
be remembered as a machinist leader for Gatun
locks, retired in December, 1978. He attended the
Shrine Imperial Council this past summer and was
surprised to run into Capt. Anderson, a Pan Canal
pilot. His wife is the daughter of Capt. Wilder,
another pilot. Also Bob Blair, formerly a life
guard at the Gatun pool, had left his job in New
Hampshire and was enroute to a new position at
Jolon Army Base, near King City, California, when
he stopped off for a visit with the Forsythes.
Mest interesting also to share a table with
Joanne (ItHmer) Haugen, BHS '54. She is an OR
nurse at St. Jude Hospital, Fullerton. Her bro-
ther, Bob, who lives near Russelville, Arkansas,
recently went to Panama for a visit with their
stepsister, Karen Henter, and half-brother, Joe
Hkumer, BHS '72; he works for the U.S. Navy and
lives at Curundu.
Good to see Bill and Kathryn Quinn again, too.
In September, they took a seven-day cruise to
Vancouver, B.C., where they saw the breeching
humpback whale and the bald eagle.
Maise and Jean de la Pena were pleased to en-
tertain their son-in-law and daughter, Stephen and
Jean Tsuya, and three granddaughters, of Douglas,
Arizona, from December 19th through January 1st,
along with Stephen's parents. Their sons, Jim and
Richard de la Pena, and families came for Christ-
Bob Provost greets his former teacher,
Dorothy Hayward, at Christmas luncheon
while Grace Brown looks on.
It was a joyful time in December for Vernon and
Catsy Taylor Schafer, as they had many family
gatherings over the Christmas holidays. Their
daughter and son-in-law, Layne and Ilimos Ashton,
came in for a visit. Many Zonians will be inter-
ested in their new address: 11520 Mackey, Over-
land Park, Kansas 66210. Both sons of louis and
Susan Taylor Pitney also arrived, Lance Cpl. Clark
Pitney, U.S. Marin Corps, and senior cadet,
William Taylor Pitney. By presstime, Catsy and
daughter, Susan, will have had a four-hour visit
and tour of the QE2 in connection with seeing
friends off on the cruise.
On her annual Christmas tour this time, Jane
Ellis, took a bus tour to Arizona, visiting Phoe-
nix, Scottsdale, Arizona State, and a movie set
at Rawhide. Part of the tour it snowed, but Jane
wasn't fazed a bit.
The Christmas dinner for the Taylor families,
Jack and Dale, was prepared by Jack, quite a chef.
He anticipates taking a Caribbean cruise after the
Florida reunion. Dale's wife, Shirley (Keepers),
spent September, October and part of November
visiting her ailing mother, who taught Kindergar-
ten in gatun from 1945 to 1963. Address is Mrs.
Ann Keepers, 213 No. Pinelake Drive, Spartonburg,
SC 29301, for those who hold her in fond rnemem-
brance and would like to send a card.
Roy and Arbulin (athews) Call, San Diego, had
a memorable Christmas holiday. Roy had recent
surgery, so to cheer him, their daughter,
Michelle, had about fifteen friends practice
Arbulen (Mathews) and Roy Call with
"friend" a day before Roy's surgery.
caroling in their home before going out to per-
form. Then mother and daughter joined forces to
invite former and present fellow employees, also
friends and relatives to give him a gala surprise
birthday party on December 22nd, though his birth-
day is actually December 25th. Arbulin says, "'he
pastor and Michelle did a funny skit. She por-
trayed me when I was younger; she even dressed in
my clothes (my t-shirt that said, "I survived the
1987 Panama Canal Reunion."). Then she changed
me to an old lady, his second grade teacher. It
was hilarious." For Christmas Eve dinner and
family went to her parents' home, Joe and Amelia
(de la lastra) Mathews. On Christmas Day, they
had dinner with their son-in-law and daughter,
Dennis and Ginger (Call) ambard, and grandsons,
Anthony and Nicholas. A friend then treated Roy
and Arbulin to dinner on December 31st to cele-
brate their 22nd wedding anniversary. As of late
January, Roy is back at work with the San Diego
County Welfare Department as a social worker. He
teaches classes in a new program, helping clients
to obtain jobs.
Attempting to locate a friend, Frances
(Violette) Sharpe, of Sun City Center, Florida,
called recently. She was visiting her son-in-law
and daughter in San Diego, Don and Mary Kauffnan.
CDR Kauffman is executive officer of the S.S.
Tarawa as of June, 1987.
Jim and Missy (Yarnell) Will are busy people.
He is a longtime employee of a southern California
bank, as department head, involved in electric and
gas utilities all over the U.S. She is studying
to become a practitioner in her church, models
part time and works in national sales for an
Blessings to all and remember us with your news
We are all looking forward to the big reunion
in August, 1988 in Winter Park, Colorado because
so many of us will meet old friends again others
will meet some legends they heard about. Those
high school classes of the 30's in the Canal Zone
at least, were hard to beat.
Colorado C.Z. group will have a dinner meeting
mid-March to shake the winter doldrums. That's
when you plant peas in the vegetable gardens out
here on a mid-March thaw day then look out for
more blizzards off and on until May. Anyone near-
by is welcome to join us just contact Lester
Smith (303) 978-1392, 7761 U. Quar:o Drive,
Littleton, CO 80123. If their phone is busy, it
is because they have two lovely teen-aged
daughters. One has now graduated from high school.
In Fort Collins, about 80 miles north of Denver
Bob ("Snowflake") Jones has just won the city's
safe driver award for the past year. Besides the
honor of being the best bus driver they have, he
was presented with a $50 bond. Marcia Jones also
told me that their son and wife and two grand-
children from Frankfort, Kentucky, joined them for
the Christmas holidays. I don't know why they
call him Snowflake in Panama, but he must have had
a premonition of future in Colorado, while
working as a Conductor on the Panama Railroad.
That's where he learned to be the best.
Captain Fred and Mary Jane (Ugarte) Weade like
to travel by ship of course, and are planning
another trip soon. My husband and I sailed out
of Tampa last October on the Holland America New
Amsterdam for a week, which gave us the opportu-
nity to see my mother who still lives with her cat
in the family home. Comparing notes with Mary
Jane Weade, they have also traveled on that ship.
Bob and I will be sailing again for the Cari-
bbean for ten days next month coming back to
Denver to welcome Spring. Also, while in the
Tarpa area, I lunched with Frances and Roy Sharp
in their beautiful new home what a lovely area.
Roy didn't have his greenhouse organized to his
satisfaction yet, but there were some magnificent
orchids blooming that looked happy to me.
Not much other news, except for the blizzard
of all times here that is still blocking downtown
streets all the main roads are always cleared
but look out everywhere else. We do get cabin
fever, at least I do, that's why we're planning
such a great sumner party why not mosey out here
for a spell in August?
Went to the Brown Baggers the other day and
helped them celebrate the birthday of Vera Jones.
Turned out there were three others having January
birthdays! We all sang "Happy Birthday" and enjoy-
ed watching Vera open her gifts. Those of us pre-
sent were: Muriel Whitman, Dorothy Pate, Dot Her-
rington, Edith Cotton, Fran Stock, Grace Williams,
Jane Huldtquist, Chris Felps, Dorothy Yocun and
her sister, Rosalie Cook who is visiting her, Jean
Holmelin Kirk, Edna Ogletree and Sara Rowley. Vera
said she also had some other visitors.
Dorothy Yocun's sister Violet is also visiting
from Wadsworth, Ohio.
Wilma and Vincent Reynolds are back from their
winter home and we expect the McAndrews (Jean
Kalar) for a visit later this month. They come to
Florida from Moscow, PA to visit family and some
friends each winter.
I have had a wonderful time visiting too, in
San Diego in September at their Canal Zone reunion
and saw my aunt, Ruth Bryan and son, Jack while in
Santa Monica, CA and Ann Dare (Keller) and her
family also her brother, Donald Keller. Then in
October, I visited my niece and her husband in
Rogers, AR, Joan and Jack Corliss, in their beau-
tiful home overlooking Beaver Lake. Had a nice
visit with the Bruce Sanders at their home in Ben-
tonville Jessie Allbright and Betty McGilberry
Helen Lang with dad, Pete Lang, on the
Christmas Eve, 1987.
My daughter, Dorothy Gerhart flew from Silver
Spring, MD to spend a few days with Joan and Jack,
and we did the Arts and Crafts tours; saw the
beautiful foliage and learned a bit about life on
Black Monday when Sam Walton said, "Not to worry,
it's only paper." He is the wealthiest man in the
US and losing so much money didn't seem to faze
him, so not to worry.
Maxine Carpenter is visiting Largo with Mary
Harrison. Mary broke her hip and Maxine came from
Nashville to help out. She attended the sewing
group at Carlie Tabers house.
The holidays are over and everyone has begun
to settle down to their every day routine...but
we still have the Reunion to look forward to.
Practically everyone I have talked to over the
past few weeks is planning to attend and there
will be quite a number of new faces this year:
Jack Reilly, Benny Kuller and Dan Sander, CHS '45,
and Roberto Rosania also a CHS graduate all
living in the Orlando area, have gotten together
to talk over old school days and have decided they
must attend this year's reunion.
Another newcomer to the Society is Robert E.
Frey, of Sanford, Florida. Donna (Dickson)
Dondanville met Bob soon after her move to Sanford
from Colorado and she sent me the following in-
formation. Bob was stationed in the C.Z. from
1952 through 1955 with the U.S. Navy and served
as Chief Photographer. He was also Staff Photo-
grapher for Conmandant 15th Naval District on Fort
Amador under Admiral Bledsoe and Admiral Miles.
During his stay in Panama he worked after hours
as a photographer for the Panama/American newspaper
and the Herald. He was the Pacific District
Commander of the American Legion, Post #1 and he
holds a lifetime membership with the Balboa Yacht
Club. At present Bob is employed as a photo-
grapher in the Newsphoto Dept. of the Orlando
I have recieved word that Frank Robinson will
soon be retiring and moving from Cristobal to
I had a call from Bob Ridge who lives in
Columbus, Ohio now and he also has a home in New
Hanpshire. Bob had worked with my husband, Leo
in the oil handling plants and we had a great time
talking about the good old days. Bob's father was
one of the old timers who helped build the Canal.
Bob told me that while he was on a ship in the
Pacific during WWII, they picked up a pilot who
had been shot down. Bob discovered that the young
man had lived in Coco Solo and knew Rosemary
Millett Gillead. What a small world. Bob's
daughter, Rosemarie L. Ridge, lives near Ocala,
Florida and hopefully he'll be down this way some-
time soon for a visit.
Young McNair Lane was here in DeLand recently
for a visit and he discovered that an old buddy,
Randy Smith, lives here. What a reunion they had.
Randy's wife, Sondi had to put up with a lot of
My daughter, Elise, recently met Bonnie Davis
Dolan of Titusville. Bonnie graduated from BHS
'62 and has been in the States approximately 5
years and works at Kennedy Space Center in the
VITT office part of the Astronaut Training De-
partment. She will soon be sent to Houston and
Virginia for continued training in computers.
Bonnie's dad, Ralph Davis, was born on the Atlan-
tic side and attended CHS and was a conductor on
the Pan Canal Railroad. Her mother, Marian
(Journey) Davis was born on the Pacific side and
attended BHS. Marian now lives in Titusville not
too far from Bonnie. Bonnie and husband, Eduard
V. Dolan hosted a family reunion during the holi-
days. Bonnie's sister, Karen (Kay) Schofield and
her husband, Roger, came all the way from Saudi,
Arabia. Eddie Dolan is in the Naval Reserve and
made it home and Karen and Tim Dolan live at home
so were on hand for the family festivities.
Roger's mother came from Boston to be with them.
Nina and Ivan Jenkins of Deltona went to Cali-
fornia to visit their daughter Donna Franton and
son, David, for the Christmas holidays. They
stopped off first to see their daughter Nancy
Wright in Alabama and then dropped down to Texas,
stopping off to visit Margaret Winn in Crosby,
Texas, and then to visit their daughter, Mary
Wiite in San Antonio and their son, James, in El
Sander's Family Reunion. Back row L-R:
Keith, Mickie, Ken, Diane, David, Leona
Sanders Snedeker, Eric and Leo Snedeker,
Elise Snedeker Baro. Kneeling: Lynn
Snedeker Haddad and Lourelene Snedeker
In October, my brother, David Sanders, CHS '47,
and his wife, Mickie, and their three children,
Ken, Keith and Diane, plus Xen's wife,
Marjorie, and Keith's wife, Judy, and a friend of
Diane's, took a cruise from San Francisco through
the Canal and up to Ft. Lauderdale. When they
reached Florida, they came on to DeLand and we had
a fabulous family reunion. My four children and
their spouses and my eight grandchildren were
there. We had a wonderful picnic at my daughter,
Lynn's home and later in the evening, the cousins
partied at the local Kilton hotel. They hadn't
seen one another since they were little kids and
the fantastic part was that all the cousins really
like one another.
Leo and I celebrated our 40th anniversary the
4th of December and our girls gave us a wonder-
ful surprise party. All the guests signed a blown
up picture of Leo and me in front of the alter of
the Gatun Union Church where we were married.
What a super evening.
We won't be attending the Reunion this year as
we are making an extended trip to the West Coast
and up through Canada, so my next article will no
doubt be written on the road. We hope to see
quite a few of our C.Z. friends on the way.
Leona Sanders Snedeker
Hello fellow members and local residents. It
sure has been hectic over the Christmas holidays.
It was a lovely season but I'm glad it's over. I
hope everyone had a Feliz Navidid y un Ano Nuevo!
A friend in Maryland wrote and asked, "Exactly
what is Christmas like in Florida?" I suppose it's
the same as anywhere else except that Santa Claus
parachutes out of a helicopter and lands in the
Mall. I'm told that his elves wear loud Bermuda
shorts and ride skateboards. Ha! Not really!
Recently received a phoce call from Heraldino
(Dino) Barkena, presently living in Hadlock, Wash-
ington. He wanted me to mail him a few different
classified sections local newspapers, as he is
considering moving here. Glad to help out a fellow
Zonian. Dino's brother, Larry, a new member, had
written to the Canal Record as a "lonely Zonian"
looking for old friends. Since then, Larry and I
have become pen-pals.
Gebe Clinchard and his sister, Constance (Clin-
chard) Wright had visitors in their homes around
Thanksgiving. Gene's daughter, Janet (Clinchard)
Justus, who lives in California, and his brother,
Dr. William H. Clinchard, living in Georgia, paid
them a surprise visit
Stewart Brown is proud to announce that his
daughter, Laurel (Brown) Griffin will be receiving
her B.S. degree in Professional Management, on
January 16, 1988. She has been working days and
going to night school. She is the daughter of the
late Catherine Brown, former Chief of Technical
Services of the Canal Zone Library System, and of
former Coach "Stu" Brown. Good luck to this very
I ended December with a call from Alton and
Vera (Hubbard) Jones from Largo. A very good
friend of theirs, Sara Hiller, from Merrit Island,
Florida, and her daughter, Karen, drove up for a
visit. Karen is presently a Special Education
teacher for the Canal Zone School system.
Another 3 sets of visitors stayed with them
over a period of 4 days; Henry and Ida Hubbard,
from Dallas, Texas (Vera's brother); Don and Borg-
ney Jensen from Colfax, Wisconsin (Vera's first
cousin), and Captain Chuck and Louise Rainier from
For those of you who read my last report, the
solution of the PCS riddle was: Postal Commrmora-
tive Society. Unfortunately, no one called so the
prize went unclaimed.
So, in ending my report, I wish to say Happy
Anniversary to my husband, Jim. (March 10).
Lorraine "Sunshine" Grose
Your St. Petersburg reporter had a very diffi-
cult time over Christmas and begs your indulgence.
She surely appreciates those friends who have sent
in bits of news to put in this issue.
I was put into Humana, St. Petersburg General
Hospital the evening of November 30 with something
called heart compression. There I stayed until
December 5, and although it was only five days, I
certainly dropped a lot of weight. I have been
more or less confined to home all during December
and the first ten days of January. Am much better
now but still quite restricted as to activity.
Had a nice letter fran the George Allgaiers in
which they share a holiday greeting from Ida
McDade in California, as follows: "To cherished
friends, Old and New. I wish each of you good
Health and Happiness. I have wonderful memories of
my travels I wish to share with you. A delightful
ride north to Las Vegas, Carson City, Salt Lake
City and San Francisco. My niece Kaye drove all
the way. A short stay at Shaver Lake brought back
memories of happiness spent there with Harold and
Hope. The lake has receded and the shore line has
My visit to the Grand Canyon and Zion Park gave
me the opportunity to meet many friends and gaze
in wonder at the gigantic scenery, the majestic
mountains and the glorious canyons that seem to
soar high above the earth. It is truly God's coun-
Kaye and I flew to Minneapolis, then rented a
car, and traveled to Webster, Wisconsin where I
visited school friends and relatives. I saw my
little "one-roan school house" from which I grad-
uated from the eighth grade. Had a chance to take
a cruise to Catalina Island aboard a schooner."
Ida has more trips lined up for the new year.
Keep them coming, Ida.
George and Gertrude had their daughter, Louise
and granddaughter Susan as houseguests in August.
We were all on a cruise to the Virgin Islands and
George celebrated his 80th birthday aboard. What
Edward's daughter Suzanne spent three weeks
over the holidays with us. It was delightful.
Jean (Holmelin) and Fred Kirk from Springfield,
Ohio are visiting Jean's mother, Mrs. Pauline
Holmelin. On January 9, 1988, Jean and Fred were
honored on their 45th wedding anniversary at the
home of their niece, Pauline Arnold. They plan to
stay until March. On February 27, Pauline will
celebrate her 92nd birthday. Happy Birthday!!
Robert C. (Benny) Calvit and Anna (Patchett)
visited Dorothy and Al Pate. While in St. Peters-
burg, Anna and Bob visited and talked to many of
thier friends that they had not seen in years;
Jessie Matheney, George Black, David Meade, Wil-
lian (Sid) Kennon, Helen and Dick Tomford and many
others. So nice to see old friends.
I have had inquiries from members of Coral Palm
Chapter No. 23 O.E.S. about sending their dues. I
would suggest that you write your checks to Coral
Palm Chapter No. 23, but do not mail it to the
Chapter address in Cristobal, R. de P. Send it to
the Secretary's personal address, with no mention
of the Chapter on the envelope. The Secretary's
address is: Joanie Minshew, AAC 1063, PO Box 37301
Washington, D.C. 20013.
As we start the New Year, let's hope "Every-
thing's Great in 1988" so we'll have nothing but
good news to report.
Many Sarasotans visited family and friends
during the holidays. Bob and Elsie Smith spent
two weeks in Rutland, VT with their son, John H.
Smith and family and enjoyed seeing the beautiful
colorful leaves of the Fall season. They were
accompanied by Rob's sister, Elva (Smith) Keenan,
who resides in Maryland.
Louise Pustis spent the Christmas holidays in
Washington, D.C., with her son, Joe, his wife and
their three children. Louise has just recently
received word that her son, Major Thons Pustis,
USAF has been promoted to Lt. Colonel. He is Di-
rector of Contracts at Norton Air Force Base, CA.
Joe and Rae Ebdon spent the Christmas in Irvine,
CA, with their son, Dick, his wife, Kathy, and
their children, Geoffrey and Jennifer. The Eb-
don's other son, Tom, a Flight Engineer with
American Airlines out of New York, was also able
to spend several days with the family at this
time. Tom has recently been transferred to the
San Diego area.
Jay Cain and Gladys Conley joined a tour group
and spent Thanksgiving weekend in Palm Beach, and
later flew to Miami for her annual Christmas visit
with her nephew and family, Mike and Cherry Cain
and Jay's great-nephew, Jason. Mike's mother,
Mrs. George (Nadine) Cain was also visiting from
Houston. On her return from Miami, Jay enter-
tained 18 Canal Zonites at her annual traditional
'Hoppin' John" New Year's dinner.
Jones family at daughters graduation:
Lisa, Lola, graduate Leigh, dad Al Jones
Frances Days Jones attended the graduation
ceremonies of her oldest granddaughter, Tara Leigh
Jones, from South West Texas State University in
San Marcos, TX on December 19, 1987, with a busi-
ness administration degree in Management. Also
present were Tara's parents, Albert and Lola
(Fraunheim) Jones and her sisters, Lisa and Ashlyn
of Pensacola; her maternal grandparents, Kerner
and Foy Fraunheim, Largo, Fl; Lola Cheesenan, of
Brea, CA, and Gene and Lynne (Wellington) Fraun-
heim with their four children of Houston, TX.
Allen and Kay Miller spent the Christmas holi-
days in Monument, CO, with their son-in-law and
daughter, Donald and Marjorie Scheiwe and daugh-
ter, Melinda Kay. They were joined by their other
daughter and family Dale and Martha (Miller)
Hoskins and son, Michael Allen, of Portland, OR.
Frances Orvis spent Christmas Eve in Temple
Terrace, FL, with her son, Jim Orvis, and his wife
Julie. Later, Fran, accaopanied by her grandson,
Bobby, and Molly Hensley, drove over to Daytona
Beach to spend Christmas day holiday with her son,
Bob and Lotty Orvis (Bobby's parents) and their
children, Carl and Nita. Fran's first house
guests in her home in the New Year was her cousin,
Lois, and her husband, Kenneth Webb of Port Re-
public, MD. It has been eleven years since they
were able to get together and they had a lot of
catching up to do.
Mike and Marion Greene entertained at dinner
welcoming lee and Marion (DeVore) Kariger, from
Murphy, NC. The Karigers plan to spend the winter
in Sarasot. Guests included former CZ co-workers,
neighbors and friends who enjoyed reminiscing
about the happy experiences and happenings on the
The Greene's also entertained Andy and Jean
(MacKenzie) Kozar of Harwichport, Cape Cod, MASS,
along with Russell and Elena (DeBoyrie) Oberholt-
zer of Prescott, AZ. They were joined by Jay Cain
and Myrtle Hughes. The Kozars and Oberholtzers
were traveling in the Oberholtzers' motor home and
had been visiting with Andy's brother, Johnny
Kozar, in North Port, FL.
Mrs. Elizabeth '"Davie" Davison of Kerrville,
TX, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. John 'Bucky"
Hall and attended the wedding reception of their
daughter, Jill Colleen Hall to Randolph Beeman,
on November 28, 1987. Recent visitors at the Hall
home were Ernie and Esther (True) Prudham of Shaw-
nee, OK. Also, Charles and Cheryl (Ruoff) Alberga
with their son, Tyler, of Melbourne, FL, accom-
panied by Charles' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil
Alberga of Riverside, CA, arrived in Sarasota for
a short visit with the John Halls and Robert (Bob)
and Lia Hull. The Cecil Albergas returned to
California following the Christmas holiday.
Truman and Betsy Hoenke of Homosassa, Fl, were
the house guests of Joe and Rae Ebdon in early De-
cember and enjoyed several functions with C.Z.
Myrtle Hughes spent Christmas week in Deer Park
Texas with her son, Tom Hughes, his wife and sons
Jeff and Tommy. Myrtle's daughter, Sandra
(Hughes) Claflin of Merritt Island spent Christmas
with the family. Former Margarita CZ neighbors,
Joan (Reed) Dabek and Eva Reed of Houston joined
in the festivities. Myrtle was surprised and
happy to see her Sarasota neighbors, Billie
Galloway and sisters, while at the San Antonio
airport. They were enroute to spend Christmas
with Billie's daughter, Anna (Galloway) and family
the William Daniels.
Mary Orr returned in January from her annual
seven week visit over the Thanksgiving and Christ-
mas holidays with her brother-in-law and sister,
Fred and Marion (Orr) Wells in Kerrville, TX, and
other family members.
Mrs. Blanche Hartman had the pleasure of en-
joying the Thanksgiving holiday with her grand-
daughters and family, Ken and Cheryl (McIntire)
Burkenper of Dallas, TX, with her children,
Jessica Blanche and Eric; and Vicki (McIntire)
Healy of Tulsa, OK. Blanche enjoyed seeing her
great grandchildren and meeting Eric for the first
time. A niece, Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach visited with her parents, George and
Mayno Walker in Sarasota, so as to share in a
family gathering with the visitors and her Aunt
Blanchie at the Walker home.
Daniel Larson spent two weeks during the
Christmas season with his parents, Ron and Robbin
(Smith) larson in Bradenton. He celebrated the
Christmas holidays with his grandparents, Rob and
Elsie (Neely) Smith and his great uncle and aunt,
Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene of Sarasota.
Daniel has been serving in the Mediterrean and
Persian Gulf areas and has recently been assigned
to duty at the U.S. Naval Base in Norfolk, VA.
Gladys B. Hlmphrey spent Christmas week in Palm
Bay, Fl, with her son and family, Donald and Cindy
fnkphrey; daughter IDnna Lynne and grandson, Glenn
Michael. Jim Palumbo of Panama was also their
house guest during the Christmas holiday.
Donald received a very special surprise
Christmas gift under the tree Christmas Eve, when
his daughter, Dellrie Joy HInphrey, arrived from
Colorado, after telling her dad she couldn't get
home in time. Dell is a junior at Metropolitan
State College in Denver, CO, studying for a Math
Teaching Certificate and a minor in Athletic
Training. She is presently interning at Arapahoe
High School in Littleton, CO, under the school
Athletic Director. Donna (~ mphrey) Man and
daughter, Deannine, joined the group after Christ-
mas and accompanied their mother back to Sarasota.
Gladys B. Hkphrey
How nice it was to have a visit from a (Cris-
tobal) childhood friend, Olga (Rowe) Spreuer and
her husband, Bill, from Capistrano, CA. After much
"looking back" we decided it had been about 50
years since she and I had seen one another and
it seemed like just yesterday!
The Panama Consul General Mrs. Nina White says
her big event has been the visit of their children
from the mainland. She and Colonel White have five
children, two of whom live in Hawaii and three in
the Mainland, viz., Richard White and his wife,
Sherill; Peter White, and Barbara Reynolds (and
son Justin, who has returned from the University
Ruth Little is adjusting to apartment living,
having sold her Kahala home and purchased an
apartment on the shore. She enjoyed trips to China
last May and to New Jersey in November.
Had a surprise call from Bob Ridge in Columbus,
Ohio, a good friend of my brother, Bill DeLaMater,
with questions about Hawaii and mentioning his
four hospitalizations in the past year. Good to
hear he is fine now.
For ten years my neighbor friend and former
Zonian Liz Bledsoe has stuffed about 120 Christmas
stockings for "Father Damien's Children" at the
Kalaupapa leper colony on Molokai Island. Liz col-
lects and donates stuffing items for these, the
often forgotten children who suffer from Hansen's
disease, and sometimes it's difficult to find air-
lift for the welcome gifts.
Since the President proclaimed us a major dis-
aster the New Year's Eve-and-week flooding on
Oahu, help has come from many sources to those who
lost their homes or suffered great damage. Hardest
hit were Kailua, Hawaii Kai and Coconut Grove (no
resemblance to another place you may have heard
of). Hank and Virginia Dolim couldn't get harme
from a New Year's Eve party at the home of Flet-
cher Knebel ("Seven Days in May"), so they spent
the night there, playing cards mostly (Hank won).
He has been helping his cousin in Niu Valley who
had three feet of water in his house and lost
three automobiles. Virginia plans to attend her
50th BHS class reunion in Winter Park, Colorado,
in August, leaving for Europe first on a USAA tour
to Vienna, then a ten-day cruise down the Danube
River, landing near the Black Sea and changing
ships for Istanbul. Then they fly to Italy, to the
place where Hank was ststioned during WWII.
My friend Louise Vimini (who hopes to attend
the next reunion to see if it's really true what
they say...) and I had a splendid week at beauti-
ful Kihei Beach on Maui Island ("Here today and
gone to Maui!"). But we were disappointed that the
humpback whales had not yet arrived to winter in
their annual breeding and birthing area between
the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.
We enjoyed once again a tour of the vast, quies-
cent Haleakala Volcano, later stopping at a cattle
ranch where our van guide said, "You ladies may
not believe this, but we shall be having 'pipi-
pupus' (beef hors d'oevres) plus lunch."
On Big Island (Hawaii), the Kilauea Volcano is
still spewing about 650,000 cubic yards of lava a
day, mostly seaward, and has claimed the 59th
dewlling in this eruption series which began five
years ago. The Hula Bowl football game in January
drew double the crowd of last year as the game was
followed by a show the great noise of the Cali-
fornia Beach Boys. The excellent half-time show
was appropriate and sightly. Hope is not yet lost
for Hawaii's hosting of the America's Cup compe-
tition or the home-porting of the "Mighty Mo." And
how about those great Rainbow Wahinis (U of Hawaii
women's basketball team) from little ole' Hawaii
who became the national champions when they beat
the Stanford team!
The December surfing was a spectacular show in-
deed the Marui Pipeline Masters contest, with
finalists from Mainland US, Tahiti, Australia and
Hawaii. Unfortunately about 200 of the nearly
10,000 runners in the Honolulu marathon in Decem-
ber were ill from food poisoning from a carbo-
loading party beforehand.
At last I have seen Tom Selleck several times
at Nick's Fishmarket nearby one of the finer
Honolulu spots for fine dining, music and dancing,
action! Norm Conpton! Hawaii is happy to learn
that Tom plans "..to make this (his) home base
when "Magnum P.I. is pau" (finished). The Hawaii
State Legislature opened in January with the usual
entertaining program and parade of parties through
out the Capitol. My daughter Katya and I worked as
volunteers for our Waikiki Senator Mary-Jane
Long-time entertainers Art and Dottie Todd of
Hawaii wrote from their cruise ship the Sagafjord
that they just came through the Panama Canal for
the eighth time. "All those lochs," said Art, "and
I hope you all are enjoying a Hauoli Makahiki
Hou (Happy New Year) wherever you are.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
First, thank everyone for the cards and nice
Donna Stuebe enjoys visiting. She spent
Thanksgiving in Illinois with her sister and for
Christmas, Donna's sister traveled to Louisville
to enjoy the holiday with her.
As usual, Barbara and Walter Alves shared the
holiday with family. Walter's two girls and
families had Christmas dinner with them. Son, Tom
and wife, Ruth, dropped in on December 23rd.
Barb's children were unable to be there but were
together by phone on Christmas Day. Walter and
Barb had a good year. Didn't get to take all the
trips they planned but did make it to Rogers, AR,
in August for a three day visit with Alice and Red
Nail and Peggy and Nobby Keller. Alice and Red
have a beautiful home with large grounds. Next
on to Lee's Sumnitt, Missouri where they spent the
weekend with daughter, Susan and Bill Hunter and
sons. In November, Walter and Barbara drove to
Dothan, AL, and stayed with Anne and Bob Lawyer
in their lovely home. While there they say Mary
and Freeland Hollowell and their fine son. They
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are well and happy in their fine home. Also
visited were Elsie and Woody Woodruff, Tom
Etchberger and wife and Jim Snyder. Walter added
that the best ever C.Z. Chief of Police, Bill
Kessler, was out of town so he missed them.
My gypsy daughter, Karen Ramsey and her husband
Hugh are on the move again. Her fourth address
in 12 months. It has gotten so bad that I only
write her addresses and phone numbers on scrap
paper rather than enter them in a permanent add-
ress book. Good thing I have an automatic dialer
for the phone or I would be in trouble trying to
remember which number to use. We visited Karen's
family in August in Charleston, S.C., and cele-
brated grand-daughter Lisa's third birthday.
Charleston is such a lovely city. All that salt
water and sand made me homesick for Coco Solo.
Karen missed Christmas at our house this year, so
Ken and I bundled our dog and us into the car and
traveled North to Peoria, IL to spend the holidays
with son, Ken, Jr., He keeps so busy at the hos-
pital and we are so flexible so off we went.
By the time this issue is published, pleasant
thoughts of Spring will be in everyone's head re-
placing the sugarplums of Christmas past. Fondest
wishes for a happy year to come.
George Fryer, New Orleans, has settled down in
his new job as captain of a small state-owned
ferryboat out of Cameron. He works seven days on
and seven off, and hopes the Gulf Coast picnic
falls during his time off. His brother, Jeff, was
in town from Oregon back in September to attend
a Parks & Recreation convention. The brothers had
a nice visit and Jeff was glad to see old buddies
Joe and Dave Finneman, Ralph Barraza, and Dave and
Cindy Moochler. George also reports that old
friend Ralph Hepner is relocating to Dallas with
New Orleans as part of the territory he will cover
on his job. Sounds like a party brewing just in
time for Mardi Gras. Zone buddy, Randy Phares and
his new wife, Jackie, of Birmingham, came to visit
over New Years and attend the Sugar Bowl. The
weekend of Feb. 14, George was to be in Oregon to
attend his brother's wedding. He promises us de-
tails in the next issue.
Kathleen and John R. Gough, Sr., of Marrero en-
joyed all the fuss and excitement over the formal
wedding of their grandson, John R. Gough, III, to
their neighbor, Bridgitte An Matherne. Being the
only grandpa left in the families, John, Sr., was
persuaded to wear a "monkey suit" for the wedding,
a departure from his usual retirement attire of
jumpsuit and sneakers. He enjoyed showing visit-
ing relatives around the New Orleans French Quar-
ter, Jean Lafitte National Park and area planta-
tion homes. Their son, William Edward Gough (BHS
'67), lived it up at his high school get together
at the last reunion in Tanpa. The other grandson,
William E. Gough, IV, plans to attend college in
the Southwest under the ROTC program and be
commissioned upon graduation.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Gough Sr. of Mar-
rqro at their grandson's wedding recep-
Bridgitte Ann Matherne and Sgt. John
Robert Gough III, Marrero, LA. December
John has graciously sent your reporter a 1950
issue of Panama Mirror, a weekly magazine dedi-
cated to "the promotion of inter-American friend-
ship". nLuis Glud's colurm "Tagging the Teens",
mentions that the 1959 BHS students enrolled in
ROTC will be headed by Cadet Major Frank L. Mayo,
acting battalion commander. The cheerleaders, un-
der the guidance of Joan Sprague, produced many
inspiring "spirit" posters to adorn the school.
(Frank and Joan were to be named "Most All-Around"
in the 1951 Zonian. Louise's column also mentions
that Zip Zierten spoke to the senior class, making
the students realize that attending school is not
supposed to be all fun. All old-fashioned picnic
at Santa Clara was being planned by Jack Corlis,
Ray Jack, Larry Parks, Sandy Beauchanp and Doris
Helen Gregg, Carlye Gregg Brown and
Laura Gregg on the bridge in Cerro Punta
of the Volcan, Panama, June '87.
Gene Gregg, Mandeville, had a great time at Gas
House Golf in Dothan, AL, then spent a few days
on the Destin, FL beach before the chill set in.
After the Tanpa reunion, the Greggs went to San
Antonio to be with Maj. Bob and Gail Gregg Weien
for the birth of their first child, Mary Alice
'Iolly" Weien, born December 5. While in San
Antonio, the Greggs also visited Tan and Shirley
Marine at their grasslands finca. They also
talked with Kathy Knedell, Mary Iu Farley and Pat
Urich. On December 12, Marian and Gene went up
to the Kerrville Hill Zonians dinner and saw old
friends they hadn't seen in a long time. Young
Gene is in the second half of his freshman year
at LSU. Helen is back after five months in Panama
with laura and in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. She
got back once in November, but made a U-turn and
went to Guatemala with Clayton and Lynn Gregg
Brown of Slaughter, LA, for 10 days. Laura down
in Panama writes that Elton and Isabel Bell of
Santa Clara are moving to Florida soon. They
lived next to the casino in a lovely place. At
last report, the Greggs also were planning a trip
to West Virginia to see Marian's parents. Gene
sees Ed Parker and Roland Casanova now and then
and says they're fine and hoping a Gulf Coast pic-
nic will be arranged.
Lewis and Vera Phillips with children,
Ken and Beverly Phillips Gross, Thanks-
giving '87 in Selma, Alabama.
Beverly Phillips Gross of Dayton, Ohio, sent
season's greetings and a wonderful family picture
of the Phillipses taken at her parents' home in
Selma, AL. It was the first time in 26 years that
Vera and lewis had daughter, Beverly and son, Ken,
and their families together for Thanksgiving.
leon "Bud" Hallett, Shreveport, writes that he
attended the Hill Country Christmas party in Kerr-
ville, TX, with his daughter, A y, who lives in
Houston. They met with Flora Belle Moon Helmrichs
at the party and had dinner late. In true Zonian
style Bud says, "It was a long trip for one night,
but the fellowship was worth the distance". Bud
has been working with the National Boy Scout
office in Irving, TX, on an article on CZ Scout-
ing. With Bill Grant of St. Louis, Bud is toying
with the idea of reproducing the patches worn by
the old Red, White and Blue Troupe, selling them
for about $5 and, after covering expenses, dona-
ting the balance to the Pan Canal Museum. Great
idea, but Bud doesn't feel up to handling -the
arrangements himself and is looking for someone
to turn over what he has done on it so far. If
anyone is interested, contact Bud or this re-
porter. As coincidence would have it, Flora
Belle's grandmother made the original patches.
Bill Hatchett in Metairie writes that his buddy
Jim McKeown, retired from the Government and they
played a good bit of golf, until Jim took another
job with LA Power & Light. Mike Carpenter joined
them for a day and a night and it was really good
to get together with Zonians, Bill says. Ken and
Diane Morris were in town last year for their
son's wedding to Paige Maisano, daughter of Gloria
Sigel Maisano. Bob and Jackie Fearon were in town
over the holidays visiting their sons and they
were all able to get together for dinner out.
Jeff and Ruth Hennessy of Lafayette are en-
joying retirement, though Jeff has gone back to
teach a few classes in University College, USL.
They are looking forward to the Gulf Coast picnic
Sept. 24 and to a big reunion in Panama in 1989.
If things cool down politically, they hope to
take their children who have never seen the coun-
Shirley Woodruff Hicks, Lawton, OK, writes that
her life has become a cycle of things musical:
performances, rehearsals, classes, lessons, prac-
ticing. Lois graduated with honors from Inter-
lochen Arts Academy in Amarillo and is now study-
ing at Cameron and living at home. Other family
news: Jeannine bought a house in Manassas Park,
and Tan and Julie, who now live in Florida, had
a son, Thmas Willian Collins Parker, in August.
Beth (Lockridge) and Ralph Huls, Jupiter, FL,
call themselves retired, but Beth has an Ever-
glades tour business and Ralph does general con-
tracting and engineering projects. As for the
family, Graham, is awaiting results from the pro-
fessional surveying examination, has been bow
hunting and lives in a little house in the woods.
Lisa has reopened her ceramic business and, with
Ed, is happily parenting Heather and Jenny. Megan
and Rick with Michael and Ericah, recently bought
a home in Hobe Sound and, at press time, are ex-
pecting a third baby. Helena and Craig, the new-
ly wed Reynolds, were married aboard their 44 foot
sailboat which they plan to take around the world.
Dave and Sandy McIlhenny write from snowy Car-
lisle, Mass., of the nostalgic and exciting time
they had in Tanpa. After 35 years, it took only
about 10 minutes for the Tamborito to come back.
Dave says in high school he would have been too
shy to ask dancers as good as Aurita Carbone and
Henry Cruz's sisters onto the dance floor. In
Tanpa, they boogied. Dave owns a computer soft-
ware company, AZREX, in Burlington, Mass., and has
enrolled in master's level computer courses to
brush up on current technology like artificial in-
telligence so AZREX's product designs can be state
of the art. Dave's older brother, Robert, is an
associate professor of nuclear science and of in-
terdisciplinary engineering at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Coila (Goodin) Milosevich, North Riverside, IL,
knows how to make this old scribbler smile. In
response to a "lost person" article we did last
year on Shirley Beckham, Jean got a letter from
Jack Herring of Marshall, TX. Jean had introduced
Shirley and Jack, and later served as maid of
honor at their wedding. Jean was super excited
and said Jack's letter plunged her straight back
to her teens. Now there's three trying to find
Shirley. If anyone has an iota of information,
please contact this reporter or Jean or Jack.
Kenny and Page Morris, New Orleans, are ex-
pecting their first child in April, so we'll ex-
pect a picture for the next issue. Kenny's mother
the former Diane Marie Vestal, and his aunt, Marie
Cicero, grew up with Page's mother in Panama. Page
works with her mother, Gloria Sigel Maisano, a re-
gistered dietician. They share an office with
Page's father, Dr. Joseph V. Maisano, DDS. In Au-
gust, Page plans to resume her undergraduate
studies in speech pathology at the University of
New Orleans. Kenny graduated in 1983 from UNO
with a bachelor's degree in business administra-
Ed Parker wants us to know he has moved from
New Orleans to 2985 Camellia Drive, Slidell, LA
70458. Shortly after the reunion, he spent two
weeks on the boundary between Utah and Arizona,
where his daughter, Sandy Burgdorf, has a house-
boat on Lake Powell.
Since the reunion, Father Fred Raybourn, Jr.,
and his family of Austin, Texas, have been to Ohio
to see Mrs. Raybourn's family. Susan hadn't seen
them in three years and hadn't been in her home-
town for 13 years. On the way back they stopped
off in Marion, IL, to see some aunts and uncles
on Fred's father's side. His uncle, Roy Raybourn,
is an amateur radio operator and part of the Canal
Diana, Alessondra and Roger Archabal of
Roger, Diana and Alessondra Archibal, Kenner,
sent us a cheery Christmas letter and picture.
Alessondra grows cuter and more communicative
everyday. She's just learned how to put on all
Diana's jewelry. Sounds like a message that's go-
ing to cost daddy big bucks in a few more years.
They're planning some trips to visit friends and
family in the New Year.
A lovely Christmas card and letter were re-
ceived from Rolf and Joan (Powell) Arndt, now a
year in Perrysburg, OH. Rolf and Crystal are
still in Mt. Vernon, IL, where he is working to-
ward an MBA at Southern Illinois University on the
weekend program. Jim has a Ph.D. in Psychology
and is interning at APA in Chicago. Diana lives
in Akron and works at the Children's Hospital.
Last December Joan and Diana spent a few days in
Los Angeles with Celeste, rented a car and did the
tourist bit. This Christmas, Celeste flew to Ohio
for a visit with Joan and family.
Kibby Bouche, our museum man, writes that the
Corps of Engineers, Ft. Belvoir, VA, has begun to
renovate a building for temporary archival storage
until the museum proper can be constructed. At
last, a home for our Canal Zone and Panama arti-
facts within the planned $8 million Corps of En-
gineers Historical Center and Museum. As a member
of his committee, your reporter would like to hear
any ideas or suggestions you may have concerning
this project. Kibby is concerned about how the
overall operation will fall into place. He favors
the idea of an organized group of trained volun-
teers across the country, answering questions and
acting as collection points for contributions.
We all have nightmares that, when the inevitable
happens, children or grandchildren without Zone
roots may dispose of irreplaceable artifacts with
no intrinsic value in the most convenient way,
like haul them off to Salvation Army. One thought
for members with valuable collectibles is that you
stipulate in your Wills exactly what items you
wish to donate to our museum and who to contact
to arrange pickup. Records will be kept as to who
donates what so proper credit can be given at the
appropriate time. Ultimately, we would hope a
traveling exhibit could be developed for display
at reunions and get-togethers across the country.
If you have any thoughts on this matter, please
contact Kibby or this reporter.
Arby Mathews Call and family, 3439 via Beltran,
San Diego, CA 92117, stayed on for two weeks in
Florida after the reunion to see Epcot Center,
Disney World, the beach and the NASA Space Center,
roughing it in a KOA campground cabin in Titus-
ville. On the way home, they stopped in Talla-
hassee to see the capitol, governor's mansion and
the Call mansion, which was built by the great-
grandfather of Arby's husband. They toured New
Orleans before spending five days in Houston with
their older daughter, her husband and baby girl.
Arby is looking for extra pictures of the BHS '52
get together for an album she's making. She'd
like to borrow negatives and promises to send them
right back. Her yearbook was lost many years ago
when a suitcase was stolen from her car. Besides
caring for her grandson, Nicholas, Arby keeps busy
working with children. Over Christmas, she di-
rected several groups in seasonal plays and skits
and helped with the little dancers.
Joan Gibson Conover, San Diego, in her
35-year old montuna.
Joan Gibson Conover, San Diego, enjoyed catch-
ing up at the reunion, then spent a few days in
Ocala with her brother-in-law, Dick, and his wife,
Elaine, then on to Orlando to see her sister-in-
law, Maxine. They shopped until they dropped and
ate all meals out (our kind of girls). Joan spent
Christmas with her daughter, mother, grandmother
Mary Espiau, New Orleans, says all is well with
her and the family. She and her husband, Fernand,
enjoyed a quiet holiday at home. Mary always lets
us know what her daughter, Claudia "ibby" Nolan
Donie, is up to since we were classmates at BHS.
The latest is that Tibby is joining a group of
volunteer clowns who visit children's wards in
hospitals. Tibby has four grandchildren now who
always keep her busy. She lives at 1418 Glenville
Drive, Garland, TX 75042.
Enjoyed a "Christmas Cat" card from Sally
Ackerman Estes, 645 Garfield, Oak Park, IL 60304,
who says the reunion (BHS '52) was a definite high
point in her year. She managed an excursion to
Oregon to spend Thanksgiving with her daughter,
Rhonda, and was in Albuquerque for Christmas with
her other daughter, Deborah, and two grandkids.
Velma (Medina) and Dave Reilly from Panama took
some of the best photos of the reunion. Velma
still travels a lot on the job. We tried to get
together recently when she was in New Orleans for
a few days, but my school and her work wouldn't
sync. We'll just have to give it another try next
It was nice hearing from Rutherford "Sonny"
Rivet and his wife, Ina, and her daughter, Renee,
over the holidays. They're well in Panama.
Sylvia Dinkgree (Mrs. Lloyd J.) Stonicher,
5105 Elmwood Parkway, Metairie, is doing very
nicely as the family letterwriter for the Record,
a position she inherited from her father, Richard
who was our favorite pen pal. As a gift and in-
spiration for Sylvia, this reporter has decided
to pull all Richard's old letters from her Record
files and return them to the family. Audrey
Benoit Bouman lives near Sylvia and shares the Re-
cords she gets (from her mother, Edna Benoit) with
the Stonichers and Mrs. Via Mae Dinkgreve,
Richard's widow. She heard from Bob Daniels re-
cently. He retired in February, 1987 and does
volunteer work at the Dallas Art Museum. Sylvia
also reports that Marie Haky is living with her
daughter, Helen, and Helen's husband and three
children, in Greer, S.C. This was the family's
first Christmas in South Carolina, having noved
there from Pennsylvania. Marie's daughter,
Barbara, Barbara's husband and two children, still
live in Munhall, PA, and other daughter, Diane,
husband and daughter, live in Beltsville, MD.
New member, Linda Renfro Thatcher, 5131 Bundy
Road, Apt. N-ll, New Orleans, enjoyed her first
reunion very much and saw many old friends. She
says, "The hardest to get over were the children
who had grown up so much." Anong Linda's Zonian
friends in the New Orleans area are Ellen Osborne,
6604 Blanke Street, Metairie, and Tom and Kathy
Mallia, 321 Bienville Drive, Gretna. They're all
eagerly awaiting the Gulf Coast picnic on Septem-
ber 24. Next year, Linda expects to join the 20-
year CHS class reunion. Her father retired in her
Ellen Osborne, Linda Thatcher, At Chase,
Kathy Mallia and Tom Mallia, saying
goodbye before leaving the Tampa reunion
Senior year so she did not actually graduate with
the class, but still feels very close to her class
Jim and Angelina Palumbo of Mandeville
at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club, August
Gret and Bill Warren whose home base is New
Port Richey starting writing an annual Christmas
letter in 1958 and claim 1987 will be the finale.
They want us to believe they can print this year's
activities on a postcard. Maybe so, if it's 11 x
14. And even as this is written they're off
gallivanting in their motorhome somewhere on the
lower Rio Grande. Last August, they enjoyed a
trip to Michigan and did a lot of sightseeing a-
round Pontiac, Detroit, Mackinac Islant, Sault St.
Marie and Sarnia, Ontario. We tried to make a
connection while they were visiting in New Orleans
over the holidays, but just couldn't get our sche-
dules to cooperate. Maybe on the return trip.
Patt Foster Roberson
Had a white Christmas and thought it was going
to be raining and muddy. This is the only time I
can honestly say that I like to see that white
We had a nice Christmas as both our daughters,
Carol and Sue were able to make it home. John, who
lives in Boulder, Colorado, had been home for
Thanksgiving so he decided to go cross-country
skiing at Yellowstone.
We had a real nice card and letter from Mary
Jane and Jess Lacklen reminding us of the August
Canal Zone reunion in Colorado. If at all possible
we will be there.
As usual, I'm very busy working mornings at Red
Cross, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders at North
Muskegon Spanish conversation. Next Fall, I will
have to say "no" to my classes as Bob and I would
like to take off for the warmer states, either
Florida or Arizona.
I'm still hoping to receive slides or negatives
of Panama, as I have been asked to do another Pan-
ama presentation at the Muskegon Community College
"Armchair Series" in May, and I'd rather have new
slides added than use the same ones. SO PLEASE
COME TO MY RESCUE Old Panama, Contadora Island,,
Holy Ghost orchid, square trees of El Valle any
Found a new member: Jim Lovejoy, BHS'49, left
2 days after graduation. Ph B in Journalism from
Marquette University in 1953. After stint in U.S.
Army, settled in Chicago working in public rela-
tions. Married Julianne Rolla in 1954. Six child-
ren, 4 grandchildren three on the way: one this
month and twins in February.
After 30 years in Chicago with PR agencies,
joined Gerber Products Co. in 1985 as Director of
Corporate Comunnications. President Leo Goulet was
first Canal Zone person I had met since leaving in
1049. Turned out we were neighbors and worked
closely together prior to his untimely death in
July, 1987. Met Anita at his funeral and thereby
established my first contact with the Canal Zone
in 38 years.
Got a nice letter from Louise Scigliane Bauman
about the "Lucho" dance in Atlanta: "The afternoon
of November 6, 1987 found me flying into Atlanta
for the third time this year. There was no way I
would miss the second "Lucho in Atlanta." On hand
to pick me up were my mom, Mary Scigliane, Mable
(Eberenz) Cannaday and brother-in-law, Bill Leach.
Knowing in advance that my friend from Curundu
days, Toy (Lugo) Barnard was flying from Oklahoma
shortly after my arrival, we proceed to her gate.
Imagine our surprise when we glimpsed a familiar
figure coming down the concourse none other than
Lucho Azcarraga. We greeted and chatted with him
and shared our excitement over his pending perfor-
That evening I attended a delicious buffet
in honor of Lucho at the home of Mariella(Meggers)
and Mike McNally. Also present were Tonio Riba,
Toy Bernard, Mable Cannaday, Mary & Lou Scigliane,
Mary (Scigliane) and Bill Leach, Frank and Mary
Ann (Lewelling) Baldwin, Cindy (Becker) Stabler,
Joe Lastinger, Carolina (Price) and Rafa Benitez,
Cita (Price) and children and members of her fam-
ily from Florida. Following the meal, all gathered
around Lucho at the piano, who played many musical
selections including a special piece written by
Tonio Riba for this occasion. Lucho played some of
his new original compositions and as "Panama
Viejo" began, everyone joined in, misty eyed.
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"Lucho" with the people who put together
"Lucho in Atlanta." Frank Baldwin, Mar-
ietta Meggars McNally, Lucho and Mary
Scigliane Leach. Nov '87.
Next day, as Lucho enthusiasts checked into the
Piermont Plaza Hotel, the hospitality suite swel-
led with familiar and newly found "amigos." Nost-
algia reigned for hours as stories of the past
were exchanged. Groups went separate ways for an
evening meal, but by late evening everyone re-
grouped for a casual gathering atop the 25th floor
for D.J. dancing to the Golden Oldies.
Next day I found even more arrivals, sensing
the growing anticipation as we greeted old
friends. Time flew quickly until dance-time had
The ballroom looked lovely with tables decor-
ated with the familiar motif of pineapples, multi-
colored balloon and carnival streamers. As the
room filled with people eager to dance, I found
more familiar faces. Again, the Lucho magic was
present and we were all transported into a time
warp back to the Canal Zone years ago. The night
passed all too quickly, but fortunately it didn't
Sunday afternoon I was at the home of my sister
and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill Leach, for
another buffet for Lucho. The Sciglianes, Baldwins
McNallys, Toy Barnard and Cindy Stabler were there
sharing experiences of the night before. All agre-
ed that the dance was a "wonderful party."
Monday found me airborne again, tired but hap-
py thinking of Tanpa in '88. Hoping to see ya' all
Anita D. Asmussen
Tom and Martha Barnes want their friends to
know they've moved to a condo since Martha's open
heart surgery. Their new address is 2804 Dubarry,
Apt. 1103, Gautier, MS 39553. With the doc-
tor's permission, they enjoyed a leisurely trip
to California and Las Vegas, stopping every hour
to let Martha walk around some. No big winnings
to report. They have gone to Alpine Bay a couple
of times and really enjoyed it. They've also been
to Memphis three times and Ft. Lauderdale once.
They enjoy driving over to see Emma and Marion
Taake once in a while.
Earl Boland (BHS '53) of Meridian phoned re-
cently to play catch-up. He's married to the
former Lynn Degenaar (BHS '61) and they have two
sons, Erin and Kevin. His mother came to visit
over the Christmas holidays and soon Earl will
take her halfway home to Annison, AL, where he'll
meet his brother, Donald. Then Donald will drive
her back to South Carolina, where he also lives.
Earl hopes to retire soon and do some traveling.
Earl enjoyed seeing Roland Casanova recently at
a gun show in meridian. They worked together at
the Mt. Hope shipyard.
Just in from Catherine and John Boswell,
Hattiesburg, the 19-foot sailboat he build has
been christened and they are delighted with its
performance. They look forward to spring and
trailering it to various lakes in the area. John's
stepmother passed away in September. He met his
brother in Menphis and they flew to San Francisco
to make arrangements. Daughter, Deanna and hus-
band Gregory Barry, have returned from England and
bought a retirement hone in Austin, TX. Shortly
thereafter son, Gordon, with his wife, the former
Helen George, and daughter, Ashley) was trans-
ferred to England and they have been planning a
rowing trip down the Thames. One of Catherine's
Milwaukee cousins and two friends spend Thanks-
giving week in Hattiesburg. A lovely Thanksgiving
dinner was served at daughter Lynn and John
Turner's home with his mother, Alice, and sister,
Nancy Turner Blesse, also present. After Christ-
mas Eve church services, everyone enjoyed Nancy's
experienced cuisine at her mother's home. Nancy's
children, Joe, Deborah and Stephen, arrived from
three directions for the holidays. A man of many
projects, John Boswell replaced the kitchen
shelves and installed a new oven before the
The Boswells wish to take this means to thank
all of the CZ friends who sent Christmas greetings
and a bit of their news. And to all who did not
hear from them, they wish you happy and healthy
new year. The Boswells haven't forgotten any of
you and hope to catch up on correspondence before,
in-between and after getting income tax reports
in the mail.
Chita and Hugh Cassibry in Ocean Springs have
agreed to arrive at the picnic grounds early e-
nough on Saturday, September 24, to secure Zonian
picnickers a good location. Everybody's welcome.
Ya'll come. The Cassibry's also report that their
daughter, Peggy, and her family, and their son,
Bob, and his wife were all at home with them in
Ocean Springs for Christmas.
It's always nice to hear from Clairee (Mrs.
Roger L.) Chisolm of Union. She's been shelling
pecans for the freezer and still has about 20
gallons to go. Such patience. Roger's emphysema
keeps them close to home, but they do get out to
eat in Meridian once in a while.
Received a most welcome card and note from
Elena and Leavell Kelly of Hattiesburg. They had
more than their share of doctors in 1987 ano are
looking forward to a healthier, happier in '88.
Penny (Catron) and Joseph Lotterhos of Clinton
are making plans to attend the Gulf Coast picnic
in September. Penny is the daughter of members
James and Eletheer (Besley) Catron of Aiken, S.C.,
and a 1962 graduate of BHS. She is a registered
nurse and anesthesist with a degree in health care
administration. Her husband, Joseph, whom she met
in Panama, is an attorney. The Lotterhoses have
a son, Ed, and a daughter, Karen.
The Zeaer-Selby (aka Swenson-Entrekin) team is
back in action. Since Shirley and Virginia live
about an hour's drive apart, they decided to send
out a joint Christmas letter to their former BHS
classmates. A West Coast gathering of the Class
of '52 seems to be brewing. Shirley has per-
suaded Dick Dillman to conduct clogging lessons
between their jitterbugging marathons. Virginia
teaches math at the University of Southern MS in
Hattiesburg, maintaining a home there and in Whit-
field with husband, Rod. Virginia says the class
reunion in Tampa made us realize we are not a man
without a country, "no matter what comes in the
future, we have a unique place of memories and
strength." They concluded their message with some
new addresses: Kayleen Vinton, 25 Franklin St.,
Danburg, CT 06810; Edith Beaucham Shutter, 6341
S.W. 36th Street, Miami, FL 33155; Cynthia
Evarts Totty, 13657 Cynthia Lane #27, Poway, CA
92064; and Sam and Coila Maphis, 337 Arapahoe
Avenue, #104, Boulder, CO 80302.
Patt Foster Roberson
There's snow on the Sandia Mountains and the
smell of PINON wood burning in someone's fire-
place. The spirits of Christmas and New Year's
have been put away, or emptied from the bottle -
1988 is well underway in New Mexico.
The New Year has brought many changes among
these is a new Canal Record Area Reporter. Betty
Annis handed the duties of reporter over to Arnold
Talbott. Thank you Betty for all your fine work -
it is deeply appreciated.
Plans for the Panama Canal Society of New Mex-
ico's annual picnic have been moved from May to
June. Notices will be mailed to area residents ad-
vising tham of location and time.
Linda, Patty and Erin Payne joined Linda's
parents Russ and Virginia Hellman on a trip to
Phoenix, AZ over the Christmas Holidays. Russ says
a great time was had by all.
Mary Lerchen reports that her daughter Theresia
Moser, a pre-law major at Lake Forest College in
Illinois, enjoyed the holidays at home in Albu-
Russel and Betty Annis had a marvelous Christ-
mas with Jennifer (Annis) Marquardt, Jennifer's
husband Richard and 6-nonth old son, Jason. Jason
was just mastering the ancient art of crawling.
Alison (Annis) Almquist, Keith, and their children
Elaine and Brett also attended the Chrustmas
Vic Brown has been busy with projects for the
Albuquerque Museum of Natural History. He is an
active docent and often takes his inflatable plan-
etarium on the road visiting local elementary
schools in the area.
Mike Chavez has moved to a new job at Kirtland
AFB. Mike reports additional duties as Uncle Mike
due to the recent birth of a bouncing baby girl
born to Mike's sister Sara (Chavez) and Nornan
We are planning additional get-togethers for
1988. We will be meeting at local restaurants,
possibly on a quarterly basis. If you have any
program ideas, please contact me, your area re-
As this is written in January, the biggest news
around here is our record breaking snow fall of
over 14 inches. It was beautiful but certainly
tied things up for a few days.
We extend our sympathy to Lillian and Bob Van
Wagner and Marguerite Runck in the loss of their
son and her brother, Robert M. Van Wagner, in
Carmen and Charlie Hoe spent a week in Florida
with Lloyd and Jo Kent in December. While there,
they visited their son, Bill, and family in Ocala
and Charlie's brother, Roger, and his Wife, Kay,
in Titusville. Along with the Kents, they spent
a day with Vita Hatchett, Beth Trout and Peggy and
Lloyd Roberts at a famous Daytona flea market.
They returned home for Christmas and had a wonder-
ful holiday season with fifteen family members
Ruth Zelnick is back home after spending the
holidays with son, Paul, and family in Little Rock
Arkansas, and son, John, and family in Tulsa,
Eugenie Sanders left December 7th to spend the
Winter with her daughter, Ginger Hanzel, in Ir-
Betty and Bill Dunning's daughter, Cheryl, is
teaching for DOD near Frankfurt, Germany. While
on a ski vacation over Thanksgiving, she broke her
ankle but recovered sufficiently to spend her
Christmas vacation in Austria.
Norma Irvin and her son, Tom, and his wife,
Karen were with her over Thanksgiving. Then the
first of December, Norma flew to Honolulu, Hawaii,
where she spent six weeks with Sam while his ship
was in the shipyard.
Martha (Irvin) Tanner from Panama visited
Elizabeth (Irvin) Quintero from Thanksgiving
Alan Dolbrowsky with his wife and 3 boys from
Miami Shores, FL, stopped to see Jack and Jean on
their way home after spending Christmas week on
a skiing trip at Sugar Mt. in N.C.
Alice H. Roche
James and Alice (Stetler) Nolan took an Amtrak
trip to Walnut Creek, CA to visit Alice's sister,
Betty. In August, they plan to attend their 50th
school reunion in Winter Park, CO. After an ab-
sence of 50 years, they had a surprise visit from
Betty (Clay) Hoverter and her husband who live in
Harry and Gladys Hatch have become world tra-
velers. In 1987, they traveled to Seattle, Alaska
Denmark, Holland, Germany, Switzerald, France, a
Rhine cruise, Montreal, Toronto and Arizona. This
year they will cruise from San Francisco through
the Panama Canal and end at Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Richard and Carolyn (Rowley) Dillon are both
working towards retirement, she with the Army and
he with the Canal Conrission. their sons, Bob,
is in college on the Isthnus, though he will gra-
duate in the States, and John, has a full time job
as a student hire, at The Mill. He has been
offered a management position in Savannah, GA.
Carolyn's mother, Elizabeth Rowley, is holding her
own in Alabama, though having problems with lung
Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox were houseboating
on the Colorado River in April, May an Alaskan
cruise; July, Jane broke her back after a fall -
10 days in the hospital and spent three months in
a steel and cowhide brace; December to Houston,
Texas for crash course in airline computer con-
centrated training; in February they are booked
for cruising Panamanian waters and through the
Bill and Sharon (Bush) Pybas spent last year
traveling and camping in the Northwest. Their
children Matt is quite the soccer player, while
little sister, Kellie, is beginning preschool.
Bill is working for Pierce County. Sharon's sis-
ter Kathy Bush, was married in June, now a busy
housewife, working, and hopes to get her Master's
Degree this summer. Lucille Bush is happy in Gig
Harbor, close enough to visit her daughters and
Alberta and Curtis George report that their
children are scattered and missed by both.
Alberta has had a bad session with bronchitis and
should be well by this report. Curt spends his
free time fishing which he loves to do. Through
Alberta, I just learned that Margaret Stanley died
in early 1986.
Tan and Marilyn (Metzgar) Marsh are both well
and very busy in Eastern Star with meetings and
traveling in and around Oregon. Their company in
1987 were many. Granddaughter, Heidi, with mother
Ede, joined the Marsh's at Crater Lake for a weeks
vacation together. Barbara Clark arrived for a
visit; Virginia and Cassie Starke were on a bus
tour and were met by tom and Marilyn for breakfast
before continuing on their tour. Last March, the
Marsh's visited their relatives in Minneapolis.
Mrs. Metzgar, who at 94, is well and doing just
great. Marilyn's brother-in-law, Robert Koperski,
died suddenly November 11th. Marilyn and her bro-
ther, Bill, attended the Memorial services held
in Florida. This coming July, the Marsh's are
planning to attend the Reunion in Panama.
Dorothy (Knox) hornton once again saw three
Pedro Miquel friends of yester-year, who were
passing through NM homeward bound from Florida.
Dorothy plans to visit Peg in Tucson sometime this
year. She was expecting a visit from Gatun
friends Bill and Trixie Donahoe's, but learned tha
Bill had died.
Dr. Ira and Dorothy (Godfrey) Brandt went to
Cambridge, England to visit their daughter, Laura,
and their new grandson, Torran Marray. Laura and
her family are in the United Kingdom for several
months, before returning to the Serengeti for
three more years of research. When the Brandt's
went to Britian, there was a hurricane; when they
returned to the United States there was a stock
market crash; when they flew to California for a
visit with their daughter, Liz, there was an
earthquake, so came to the decision that it was
time to stay home for a while. Dorothy has de-
veloped a serious vision problem, making driving
a pleasure of the past...otherwise, things are
George Cooper resigned as pastor for the Lake
Chelan Baptist Church and he and his wife, Dorcas,
returend to their home near Maple Falls, WA. Their
son, Dave, and his family from Cedar Hill, TX
visited this summer. While Dave and family were
in NW, they attended the Cooper reunion near
Poulsbo. Seven states were represented in the one
hundred plus in attendance. Dorcas' mother died
in TX, and Dorcas flew down for the funeral and
met for the first time in 40 years, cousins she
did not know.
Alton and Vera Jones are both well. Vera made
her first trip since her illness in 1986. they
visited Kelly and Bob Maynard in Lake Placid, FL.
Alton had gone to North Carolina in October to
visit his relatives. Their son, Harry, married
in April and he and his bride toured Europe on
their honeymoon, and now reside at Indian Rocks
Beach, not far from his parents.
Neilson and Doris (Chan) Etchberger keep me
well informed of the doings of the Etchberger-Chan
clans, so to make a long story short, here goes.
Bev and Bud Williams returned to Panama to visit
their grandchildren, then returned to Palm Harbor
to settle in their new home. The day after they
close of the 1987 Annual reunion, all attended the
50th wedding anniversary of Grace (Jones) and Jack
Carey. Betty Snow, Doris and Neilson drove to
Austin, Tx, to visit Harry and Ilelma (han, Grace
MIclvaine, Sam and Mike Largent, Mary Ann and Bud
Hallett. In November, Betty again joined Doris
and Neilson and enjoyed Thanksgiving with Bill and
Doris Etchberger in Williamsburg, VA.
Alvin and Peggy Rankin report that Peggy was
stricken with a severe heart attack this last
sunner their children returned home to help care
for their mother. Peggy is doing just fine now.
I phoned her recently and she sounded real perky
and full of her cheerful get-up-n-go, which is a
good sign. After all she has been through, she
was more concerned on how I was recovering.
Peggy and London Bradley flew to Florida to
join your Northwest reporter, Martha Wood, on the
drive back to the Northwest. Before we three left
Florida, I took Betty and Peggy to see the Edison
home in Ft. Myers. It was a very wet and stormy
day, making side trips to visit friends in the
area impossible to see much less find. Another
day we took in Ringling Home in Sarasoa and other
sights in and around Bradenton. Was hard for me
to say adieu to Marcy and her family after my 5
month unplanned stay, but was necessary for me to
return home. Bet, Peg and I took to the "blue
roads" for 15 days visiting friends and sight-
seeing along the way. We overnighted with the
Etchbergers in Dothan, AL, and in Alamogordo, NM,
we met Dot Thornton again after approximately 30
year separation. We had a good chat together
catching up on news of each other. Bet and I left
Peg at her home in Tucson, and continued northward
to Washington. We got home just in time as the
bad weather was not too far behind us. We three
had a marvelous trip together and someday, we hope
to do it again.
Martha B. Wood
Christina and Glenn Seeley and children of Gar-
land, Texas, spent the Christmas holidays in Pan-
ama with Glenn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ronanld L.
Seeley of Balboa Heights. Glenn is a senior attor-
ney with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Dallas and
Christina is a junior high school science teacher
in Garland. Glenn and Christina, together with
their three children, Stephanie (9), Nicholas (4),
and Evan (3), enjoyed two weeks of Panama Dry
Season before returning to unusually cold weather
in Dallas. While on the Isthmus, they enjoyed a
family reunion with Christina's parents, Dr. and
Mrs. Byron Efthimiadis of Fort Amador, and her
sisters Clea and Maria, and brother Andrew, who
were also home for the holidays.
THIRD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN PANAMA BOWL. (Written
by Coach Lou Husted).
For three years now, all ex-Canal Zone School
football veterans who have come back to the Isth-
mus during the Yuletide Season look forward to
participating in this now annual classic. Organ-
ized in 1985, the first game was played December
26th at Balboa Stadium. It was a contest pitting
those players who played football before the pro-
gram converted to a draft system, against those
who played post-draft. This game was played in
full gear with the post-draft veterans winning on
a Martin Salanmnca field goal with nine seconds
left to play. Outstanding performances were turned
in by Billy Fahy, Johnny Hem, Brad Ericson, Billy
Joyce, Mark Baker, Mike Mazerolle, Danny Coffey,
Jimny Young, and Carl Scotland to name a few. MVP
of the First Annual Christmas Bowl went to Billy
The Second Annual Christmas Bowl was played
December 28, 1986 at the Balboa Stadium. This con-
test was a round-robin flag game with teams con-
sisting of veterans from 1985-86, 1983-84, 1981-82
pre-1981, and the Coaches. They played 10 games
and the victors were the 1981-82 veterans led by
Elgie Richards, who quarterbacked the 1981 Green
Devils to a perfect 11-0 season. Elgie was also
named MVP for the 1986 Christmas Bowl. Standout
performances in this contest were Teddy Fahy,
Johnny Hem, Lance Clipper, Mike Seitz, Elgie
Richards, Russ Stromberg, Bobby Best, Kevin Joyce,
Cliff Livingston, Kenny Gaul and Ron Bussiere.
Once again in the 1987 Christmas Bowl, the Pan-
ama-bound students from the U.S. began anticipa-
ting the December 26 event and another opportunity
to let loose on the familiar gridiron of Balboa
Stadium. This year's game consisted of four squads
made up of ex-players fram 1986-87, 198485, 1982-
83, and pre-1982 players ably assisted by Coach
Fred Bales of the Curundu Cougers, his assistant
Billy "Go-Go" McGann, Jay Gibson and Kenny Gaul.
Elgie Richard, quarterback for the pre-1982 Team,
once again passed and ran his team to victory.
Members of the 1987 Christmas Bowl Cham-
pionship team: Front L-R Mike Mazarolle,
Mauro, Kaye-Boy Ritchie, Brian Friedman,
Jay Gibson, Korby Fearon. Back L-R Elgie
Richards, Fred Bales, Billy Fahey, Kenny
Gaul, Larry Smith, Bill McGann, Robi
Weldon, and Bosco Hoyte.
Elgie also garnered the MVP award for the second
consecutive year. The "Old-Timers" provided their
younger cohorts a lesson in the fine art of pass-
ing, running, blocking and defense as they steam-
rolled the opposition on passes to Billy Fahy,
Mike Mazerolle, and Larry Smith, and end runs by
Brian Friednan behind the blocking of Frad Bales,
Bill McGann and Korby "Corvina" Fearon. Meanwhile,
the tenacious pass defense of Jay Gibson, Kenny
Gaul, and Robi Weldon held the opposition score-
less in three outings.
This year's Christmas Bowl has a special treat
as a contingent of recently graduated young ladies
divided into two teams and provided the spectators
with some very interesting female flag football.
Both teams exhibited a fair share of passing and
running along with some very aggressive defense.
Julie Smith, Karen Stromberg, Ginny Escala, Kelly
Baldwin and Ana Linares all played well, while
Mackle Wong and Felicia Martinez showed throwing
skills that were par with the best. Felicia threw
two touchdown passes to lead her team to victory.
The officiating was ably performed this year by
Coach Ron Bussiere, who for the third consecutive
year has been an integral part of the Christmas
Bowl either as a standout defensive back or as an
eagle-eyed official, the likes of which Burt Mead
or Will Nickisher would give their eye-teeth to
emulate. Ron was ably assisted by Vince Martinez,
head coach of the Balboa Bulldogs, who for the
first time experienced the exhilarating sense of
power felt by the football official. Also on the
field posing as a zebra was Darren Boatwright,
current Panama Canal College Green Devil standout
tight end who will see another season with the
Devils and as such was ineligible to compete in
the Christmas Bowl. Many thanks to these three for
a fine officiating job.
Following the game all players, friends, fam-
ilies and acquaintances attended a post-game bar-
becue held at the Cardenas Civic Center. Special
thanks go to Brenda and Georgie McArthur for
making the arrangements, and kudos also to Herman
Erhart and Georgie McArthur for their gourmet
touch at the grill. That evening saw some well-
known former residents who made a special surprise
appearance, much to the delight of those present.
Rebecca Grimison and her sister, Melida came to
the party direct from the airport, while special
customs agent Everett White, on assignment from
Ft. Lauderdale, dropped by to see that the hambur-
gers were cooked to correct specifications.
The opportunity to get together with former
teammates and friendly opponents on the football
field, families, and friends is what makes the
Christmas Bowl so special. It is also a time to
thank God for his goodness to all of us, to re-
flect on the "reason for the season," and to store
one more pleasant memory of our Christmas in Pan-
ama. Along with many others, I too am looking for-
ward to the Fourth Annual Christmas in Panama Bowl
The Tanner family did some traveling during the
last part of the year. After the Reunion, Steve
and Marty spent most of the sumner in Boise, Idaho
with Steve's mother. On the way back to Panama for
the start of school, Marty touched bases in Flori-
da with son Donald, in Tanpa, daughter Amada, in
Tallahassee, and Tita, who came through Tallahasse
with her soon-to-be husband, just in time for a
One of the highlights of the touch-base-Florida
time was when, in a laid-back Key West type, out-
door smoked oyster place, with about a thousand
young folks singing, stomping and dancing to live
reggae, Lange Jacobs came up to Marty and Ananda
and said, "Mrs. Tanner???" The expression on his
face at finding one of his parents' friends here
was priceless. Lange had a couple of Zonie girls
in tow, and everyone had a grand time reminiscing.
Back in Panama, game plans started to change...
don't they always! Learning that Steve's another
was facing a spinal operation, he decided to re-
turn to Boise to spend the winter with her in her
big, four-bedroom house.
Then Marty learned that his sister, Elizabeth
I. Quintero was to have surgery for cancer, so she
took off from Thanksgiving till the New Year to be
with her. What a marvelous time! Marty got to wear
her first winter coat in twenty years, but missed
the nasty weather that came later. Elizabeth just
bounced right back from the surgery, and the visit
was fun. Marty flew to Houston for her daughter
Tita's wedding, then she, daughter Ananda, and son
Donald explored the "historic South" on the way
back to Elizabeth's home for Christmas.
L-R: Donald Tanner, Jenny Irvin, Amamda
Tanner, Elizabeth (Irvin) Quintero, and
Martha Irvin Tanner.
The family Christmas Eve dinner this year in-
cluded Marty (Irvin) Tanner, Elizabeth (Irvin)
Quintero, Sam S. Irvin III and his wife, Jenny,
Donald Tanner, and Amanda Tanner.
Mary (Morland) Coffey
Just before the holidays, Charlie and Mary
Chisholm received word from former Atlantic siders
Jim & Cathy Hinz about Jim's new job in Sisseton,
S.D. Jim is teaching math and introduction to com-
puters at a small Jr. College there with a popu-
lation of about 150 students. Congratulations Jim!
Probably the biggest news on the local scene is
the recent surprise marriage of Skipper Berger to
Jill Paulson. Skipper headed to Tallahassee for an
unannounced Christmas visit with Cash and Mary
Jane Paulson and the clan, and came home a married
man. Jill will join him here the end of January.
Their home will be in Margarita, with weekends
probably spent at Skipper's beach house near Isla
Congratulations to Wayne Seeley on his recent
promotion to the position of Chief, Launch and
Linehandling, Northern District. He replaces Rich-
ard Bjorneby, who has been promoted to Superinten-
dent, Launch and Linehandling on the Pacific side.
Dick and his wife, Pat Bjorneby continue to live
in Gatun. It's hard to give up being an Atlantic
There were lots of Holiday visitors here again
this year. Elinore and Peter Johnson welcomed sis-
ter Glenda and hubby Mike Kochel, along with baby
son, Jason and Stephanie and Dylan. Albert and Sue
Lane Fahrenbach arrived on New Year's Eve for a
three-week stay with Albert's brother Jinmy on the
Pacific side and sane good beach time at Don and
Betty Ross's beach home.
Joe and Blanche Stabler made their annual
Christmas pilgrimage from Titusville to spend time
with their daughter and son-in-law, Frances and
Ronald Meyer in Los Rios, just in time to help
Ronnie celebrate his promotion to Lockmaster,
Pedro Miguel Locks. They also spent time on the
Atlantic side with their son and daughter-in-law,
Lewis and Susan Lessiack Stabler in Gatun. William
and Hildegard Epperson were here again this year,
too, visiting with their son and daughter-in-law,
Bill and Janice Fain Epperson..
The Atlantic side was also livened up with the
homecoming college crowd, including Robert and
Beth Mizrachi, Greg and Missey DeBoer, Katy, Patty
Stacy and Kelly Carey, Leslie Griffin, Lynette and
Maite Calvo, Dylan Dempsey, Terry and David Flynn,
Tony and Kathy Blennerhassett, Lizzie Pierpoint,
Martha Sollas, Bernard Josephs, Danny and David
Lowinger, Michelle Boggs, Tom Eckel, Kelly and
Frarkie Hoover, Robert Gehringer, and Grace and
Howie and Gerry Laatz are very proud of their
son Ray Laatz for recent accomplishments at Cris-
tobal High School. Not only did he receive CHS's
highest scores on this year's College Boards, but
he also rated favorably in interviews for the aca-
demies. His classmates also voted him "Most Likely
Cayuco Race fever has hit the air, bringing
with it the usual pre-race excitement for this
time of the year. This year's race will run from
March 25-27 and will be the first one in about a
million years to happen without Frank Robinson at
the helm. Frank and his wife, Pat Robinson will be
making their retirement home in Titusville, FL. At
this time, the Atlantic side has nine teams of
kids signed up for the annual race. Cayuco cap-
tains include Bobby Lawrence, Angelina Palumbo,
Karen Rankin, (hristina Will, Scot Chisholm, Angel
Keith, Alan Eckel, Darrell Canamis, and Andrew
Adema. The Atlantic firefighters will enter a crew
again this year, too. Their chief, H. Wallace Teal
believes in keeping his men busy!
Dodge and Lorna Englenan report that this
year's annual Christmas Bird Count on the Atlantic
side was again a huge success with around 350
species of birds reported by approximately 30
birders. The other two Isthmian counts, Pacific
and Central went off really well, too.
Almost forgot to mention another pair of holi-
day visitors, Tracy Kramer Oliver and her husband
Jeffrey, who arrived shortly after Christmas. They
did a bunch of sightseeing, including an aerial
overview, compliments of Capt. "Red" Rainey. Red
was kind enough to take Susan Stabler and her dau-
ghter Leslie Griffin for a topside view of the
Atlantic side, too. Tracy reports that she and
Jeff will soon be moving to Las Cruces, N.M.
Those of you who have been following the pro-
gress of the Gatun Catholic Church of the Imnac-
ulate Conception, the renovations are complete and
Mass is being celebrated again, every Saturday at
5 p.m. There are still tidbits of things to be
completed, such as installing windows and a door
in the downstairs room, pouring a concrete base-
ment, repainting the roof with another coat of
protective paint, ongoing termite control, ground
work, air conditioning repairs, but all in all,
we're enjoying the fruits of our labors. Thanks to
all of you who contributed to this massive effort.
It took us nearly 8 months and about $9,000 to do
Ralph Boggs is a proud poppa again, this time
because his daughter, Michelle Boggs made the
Dean's List for her first semester's work at the
Maryland Istitute College of Art. Congratulations
Congratulations, too, to Capt. Dick Thomas, who
won a dinner for two at the Panama Canal Tarpon
Club for catching the first tarpon of the season
this year. If he keeps up the good work, he may be
in line for honors in the upcoming Roy Rhinehart
Fishing Tournament, which gets underway the end of
March. Sid Coffin and Ed Stanford have already
been practicing, though, and Bill Epperson isn't
likely to give up his crown too easily.
Former Atlantic siders, David and Suzanne Denp-
sey, who now live in Diablo, have welcomed a new-
comer into their home, a baby girl born on January
16. We originally heard the baby's name was to be
Delilah Rose, but that may not be the final
George and Margaret Herring have returned to the
Atlantic side a couple of times since arriving on
the Isthmus in October to welcome their 32nd grand
child, Mark Ryan Herring, into the world. When
they visit Gatun, they stay with their son and
daughter-in-law, Tim and Teresa Herring, and their
five children. Teresa's brother, Billy Snider, was
also welcomed royally during his Christmas visit
Busy days are ahead for Henry and Sunny Morland
Mizrachi as they're preparing for the marriage of
their daughter, Karen Mizrachi, to Todd Atkins on
March 19, at the home of Virginia Woodhull Morland
who is Karen's grandmother. Then they'll head for
Tallahassee in June for the graduation of their
son, Robert Mizrachi, from Florida State. All of
this comes on the heels of a recent stateside trip
to see daughter, Beth Mizrachi, graduate from Flo-
rida State too.
Finally, Christmas Eve on the Atlantic side was
made extra special by the surprise release of
Richie Murphy from Panamanian authorities. When he
showed up at the Gatun Firestation where Bob
Thompson was playing Santa Claus on Santa's sleigh
there was hardly a dry eye in the crowd. Our com-
munity continues to draw closer and closer to-
gether. And that's it until next time.....
Susan K. Stabler
Forty-six members and guests enjoyed a pre-
Christmas get-together at the Wisteria Inn on
December 10. Those present were: James and Eleth-
eer Catron, Bob and Billy RoMe, Evelyn and Howard
Hilborn, Hazel Kilbey, Tina (Kilbey) Luken, Jane
and Jack Steele, Peggy Hutchison, Sis and Bill
York, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell, Arnold Jackson,
Ethel and deWitt Tate, Blanche and Carl Browne,
Lorna Shore, Sandy (Shore) Davis, Ann and "Doc"
Harley, Betty Barr, Grace and B.J. Hartley, Bea
Lee, Josey Tilley, Kathleen Burkett, Cony and Mel
Menges, Kathleen Cynova, Caroline Westendorff,
Edna Reavis, Kay and Jerry Pierce, John Everson,
Annie Whetsell, Trudi Clontz, Olga Holnes, Fina
and Frank Balinski, and three visiting Balinskis.
Former President Olga Holmes, Secretary/
Treasurer Kay (Frangioni) Pierce, Pres.
Evelyn Hilborn, and Vice Pres. Grace
James Otis Catron, John Everson, Bill
York, Olga Holmes, all former presidents
of the South Carolina Chapter.
Sie and Bill York after Christmas lunch-
Peggy Hutchison has been kept busy the last few
months of 1987. In October she flew to England and
spent eight days in the London area, attending
shows and visiting Bath, Salisbury and Stonehenge.
On Thanksgiving she was with her daughter Diane
and family in Goosecreek, S.C. which was special,
since grandson Wally was there on leave from the
Navy, and Christmas found her in Hurst, Texas with
son Gary and family. While in Texas she was able
to visit Julie and James Boukalis, and Gladys and
Bob Turner. Between all this she and Trudi Clontz
made a quick trip to Greensboro, N.C. to visit
Trudi's brother (and managed to spend a few hours
at the outlet places in Burlington), and in Decem-
ber they went by bus to the Biltmore Mansion in
B- ,- .
Jerry and Diane (Hutchison) Cox and son,
Betty and Peter Barr had as October visitors,
Carolyn and Joe Coffin of York, PA and also a
three-week "fun" time with grandson Christopher
who came from Inez, Texas with his dad and mom,
Robert and Effie Barr.
J.D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate spent the Thanks-
giving holidays in Spartenburg, S.C. with thier
son, David, his wife, Jane and three grabdsons who
were home from school David, Jr. from the Medi-
cal University of S.C., Brian from the Citadel,
and Grant from Wofford College in Spartenburg. For
the Christmas holidays they were in Brownsville,
Texas with daughter Louise and son-in-law, Irl
Schlegel. They were joined by Kristina and Erich
Schlegel, now residing in Dallas and Corpus Chris-
ti. The Tates and Schelegels drove to Monterrey,
Mexico for several days, where the Schelegels once
lived. Ethel reports that Monterrey has grown in
the past two decades with many new industries,
and a population approaching 4 million.
Throughout the Fall and into 1988, Jerry and
Kay (Frangioni) Pierce had several opportunities
to be with family. In September Kay flew to Pensa-
cola and was met by her parents, Ralph and Naomi
Frangioni, and a dear family friend, Bob Russell.
A few days later Jerry drove to Fort Walton Beach
where he joined Kay, her dad, and brother Ralph,
Jr., his wife, Marie, and sons Ralph III and Greg
Frangioni to celebrate Naomi's birthday. Jerry and
Kay's favorite Florida exercise was playing golf
with the three Ralphs! In early November, Kay met
her oldest daughter, Kathy (Pierce) Hancock and
granddaughter Sarah at the Atlanta airport, so
Sarah could spend some time at the Pierces while
Kathy continued on a business trip for Dow Chem-
ical. Later Kathy returned and visited before go-
ing back to Lake Jackson, Texas, with Sarah.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Pierce's middle
daughter and husband, Jan and Ben Stallings, came
in from Arlington, Texas for three days. Alice
Pierce fixed turkey and all the trimmings for an
early feast the day they arrived. Alice enjoyed
playing golf with the Stallings and Kay and Jerry
during their stay. On Christmas Eve Kathy (Pierce)
Hancock returned with her husband, Jack, daughter
Sarah, and Sarah's twin sisters, Melissa and
Stephanie for a week. The Pierce house in Midland
Valley Estates jumped with joy and everytime the
phone rang, Kay and Jerry expected to hear that
their youngest daughter, Lorie (Pierce) Band, of
Niagara Falls, had delivered a 1987 tax deduction
...but 1987 ended with no additional deduction for
Lori and Bob Band.
Olga Holmes asked me to send belated Christmas
Greetings to her friends...she managed to catch
her hand in a car door, requiring a number of
stitches...and was again unable to send out cards.
She did make a trip to Jacksonville to spend
Christmas with her daughter, Bebe.
A wonderful time was had by all when Pat Dock-
ery and her husband, Harry, of Merritt Island, FL,
visited her parents, Iris and Bob Waggoner. Their
son, Steve Waggoner, also spent some time in
Leo and Gabriela Badonsky's house in Georgia
was a busy place at Christmas, as Paul and Leona
Badonsky drove in from the east and his sister,
Paula Leitch came in from Alabama with her husband
Al and their sons, Robby and Adam. Earlier in 1987
Leona and Paul made a trip to Texas to visit
While Nora and Charles Green made a short trip
to North Augusta, S.C. to be with their daughter,
Virginia Ann Machak and family over the holidays,
others went a bit further. The Catrons, Otis and
Eletheer spent some time in Clinton, Mississippi
with their daughter's family, and while there,
Otis's grandson, Ed Letterhos, played golf at the
Rolling Hills Country Club with John Finley, Ed's
uncle. Enroute to Boone, N.C., Jinny Catron and
family of Madison, FL. visited his parents in
Blanche Browne reports that before they left
New Hanpshire in October, they had snow two conse-
cutive Sundays. Southbound they stopped to visit
Carl's family in Avon, N.Y. Betty and Andy Ster-
gion in Corning, N.Y. and Shirley Erickson (Jen-
nings) in Mt. Holly, PA. They made the trip to
"Panama in Atlanta" on November 6 and thoroughly
enjoyed it and met Mary jane (Comley) and Jess
Lacklen from Arlington, VA. and Phyllis and Thad
King (formerly E&C) of Vicksburg, MS. On December
12, Blanche and Carl drove to Jacksonville, FL. to
over-night with Adamary Anderson Bright then on
to Orange Blossom Gardens for several days. They
stopped for a short visit with Skippy and Bill
Hollowell then went to St. Petersburg to visit
Nealie Van Siclen until they sailed December 19 on
the Nieuw Amsterday for a two-week Caribbean
cruise which they highly recommend. On their re-
turn, they visited Nealie and had a day in Venice,
FL. with Mary and Ed Doolan and Rosemary and Colin
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn hosted a Christmas
dinner which was greatly enjoyed by Dorothy and
Harry Willenbrock and Trudi Clontz...and among the
guests helping them to greet the New Year at their
home were Leona and Paul Badonsky, Peggy Hutchison
and Trudi Clontz.
Some Floridans came north for Thanksgiving...
Bob and Billie Rowe entertained their son and fam-
ily, Bobby and Donna Rowe, and Stacy and Kelly of
Pembroke Pines, FL., and then returned the favor
by driving down to Florida for Christmas. Sandy
(Shore) Davis, her husband, Bob and son Adam,
visited her mother Lorna Shore at Thanksgiving. In
October, Lorna had as guests, Bernie and Grace
Dorfman of Jacksonville, FL.
Healthwise, we hope to have better news in
1988....Russell Percy is presently in Huntsville,
AL. near her daughter, Arm Willoughby. She has had
same problems and I understand had been in a hos-
pital down there, but is now in a nursing home in
Huntsville. Verna and Andy Kapinos traveled to
their daughter's home in Maryland in December and
Verna ended up in the hospital, but I believe she
will be able to return home in the near future.
One advantage of our recent ice storm (2" of
fine sleet) has been that people have been reach-
able by phone...they couldn't get out...especially
Grace Hartley, who "undressed" her live Christmas
tree threw it in the driveway and it froze
solid to the surface!
Happy New Year!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA HOTEL
Two Tampa City Center
JUNE 30, 1988 THURSDAY
Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament and Luncheon; Golf at 8:30 A.M.
Registration: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM, Galleria "B"
Hospitality Suite Open: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM, Buccaneer Suite.
Vendors set up: 1:00 PM, Garrison Suite.
JULY 1, 1988 FRIDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM 9:00 AM, Breeze's Lounge.
Annual Business Meeting: 10:00 AM (MEMBERS ONLY) Hyatt Regency Ballroom
Registration: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM 8:30 PM.
Vendors: 12:00 Noon 8:00 PM. Garrison Suite.
Area Reporter's Luncheon: 12:00 Noon 2:00 PM, Buccaneer Suite
Hospitality Suite: 9:00 AM 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM.
Cash Sandwich Sale: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM, Breeze's Lounge.
Annual Panazonian Dance: 8:00 PM Midnight, Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
JULY 2, 1988 SATURDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM 9:30 AM, Breeze's Lounge.
Registration: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM, 2:30 PM 4:30 PM.
Vendors: 10:00 AM 5:00 PM.
Hospitality Suite: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM.
Banquet Luncheon: 11:30 AM, Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
Cash Sandwich Sale: 11:00 AM 2:00 PM, Breeze's Lounge.
Annual Ball: 8:00 PM 1:00 AM, Curtis Hixon Center.
JULY 3,1988 SUNDAY
Cash Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM 9:00 AM, Breeze's Lounge.
Vendors: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM.
Check-out: 12:00 Noon.
1988 REUNION REGISTRATION
Co-Chairpersons Dorothy Pate and John Whitman
1. Pre-registration, Banquet/Luncheon, Annual Ball, and Chagres Invitational Golf Reservation forms will
be published in the March 1988 issue of the Canal Record.
2. Registration tables will be set up Thursday through Saturday in the Hyatt's Tampa Bay Galleria "A".
3. Registration will be set up for members and guests alphabetically.
4. Registration hours shown in the Schedule of Events is tentative. A final detail of Registration hours
will be published in the March 1988 issue of the Canal Record.
5. When you register, you will be issued your name tag and your PRE-PAID Society Banquet/Luncheon and
Annual Ball tickets.
6. TICKETS will be under the NAME OF THE MEMBER WHO ORDERS THE TICKETS.
7. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BANQUET/LUNCHEON OR TO THE BALL.
8. Tickets not picked up prior to the Luncheon or Ball will be held at the entrance to the function.
NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED.
9. GOLF TOURNAMENT tickets and Non-Society sponsored functions (Class Reunions, etc.) tickets should be
picked up from te Chairperson of the function.
10. Registration during the Annual Ball will be limited to only those members who have tickets to the
Ball and are permitted entrance into Curtis Hixon Convention Center.
11. All who plan to attend the Reunion must mail in a PRE-REGISTRATION Form. This form (To be published
in the March '88 issue) will permit us to have the registration list and name tags made in advance.
1988 REUNION RESERVATIONS
No Tickets Will Be Sold At The Entrance To The
Annual Ball Or The Banquet Luncheon
1. Reservations will be accepted only from members in good standing who have paid their 1988 dues.
2. ALL reservation forms must be submitted with a completed PRE-REGISTRATION Form.
3. Reservations must be in writing using the appropriate form, to be published in the March and June '88
issues of the Canal Record.
4. The new Hotel Reservation Form must be mailed to: Muriel Whitmn, 5711 53rd Ave. N., St. Peters-
burg, Florida 33709.
HOTEL RESERVATIONS 1988 REUNION
HYATT REGENCY TAMPA The 1988 Reunion Headquarters Hotel, 'lTmpa, Florida
TAMPA HILTON, HARBOR ISLAND, HOLIDAY INN,
SHERATON-GRAND HOTEL, HYATT WESTSHORE
1. Room reservations and deposits must be mailed directly to: Muriel Whitman, 5711 53rd Avenue North,
St. Petersburg, FLorida 33709, and checks made payable to the RE1NION C30RDINARTR.
2. Reservations must be made by using the Hotel Reservation Form provided in this issue.
3. To guarantee your room reservation you must send one night's deposit OR your Credit Card Number.
4. Room rates for one night (one to four person occupancy) is as follows: Hyatt Regency $47.00; Tampa
Hilton $47.00; Holiday Inn $46.00; Harbour Island $49.00 (two person occupancy) plus $10.00 per
additional person; Sheraton-Grand $47.00; Hyatt Westshore $48.00.
5. Reservation cut-off date is June 1, 1968. Reservations will be accepted until the Society's room
blocks are filled. After the cut-off date, rooms will be on a space available basis and Reunion rates
cannot be guaranteed.
6. Hotel reservations will be confirmed in writing by the Hotels.
7. The Hyatt Regency Hotel will have free guest parking. Overflow parking for the Hyatt will be in the
city's Ft. Brooke Garage (Attached to the Hyatt by a covered concourse).
8. Other hotels will also provide free parking. The Harbour Island Hotel parking charges are $3.00 per
day (added to room bill).
9. Hotels will provide free Limn service to and from Tanpa Airport. The Harbour Island Hotel provides
Limo service TO the Tampa Airport only.
10. Major credit cards may be used for payment of all hotel services.
11. The Hyatt Regency has rooms that can accommodate Handicapped Guests. If you require one of these
special rooms, please note your needs under the "Special Requests" section of the Reservation Form.
12. Transportation between the Tanpa Airport and the Hyatt Regency Hotel is available through their own
shuttle bus system.
13. Hotel check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 noon.
Chairman Harry Foster
1. The Curtis Hixon Convention Center is five-minutes walking time (3 to 4 blocks) between hotels 1-4 on
your Reservation Form. During the evening of the Annual Ball, the Society has arranged for Security
Guards to be positioned along the walking route between hotels 1-4 for your convenience.
2. For those members who are unable to walk to the Curtis Hixon Center, the Society will have two shut-
tle busses operating between the hotels and Curtis Hixon Center.
3. To members arriving by air at the Tampa Airport: Upon picking up your luggage in the baggage area,
you may use the Hotel's shuttle bus service to the Hyatt Regency. Those members staying at the Tampa
Hilton or the Holiday Inn (old Ashley Plaza) should use the direct line telephone in the baggage area
and arrange for their hotel's shuttle-van for pick-up. This service to these hotels is free.
4. The return trip to the airport from these hotels should be arranged with the hotel's Bell Captain.
The Limo service has regularly scheduled trips.
VENDORS CANAL MEMORABILIA
Chairman Bill Wheeler
1. Vendors must submit a Vendor's Application Form with the Coordinator, 1988 Reunion.
2. Vendor's Application Forms may be obtained by requesting the form from Bill Wheeler, 12504 Wild
Turkey Lane, Bayonet Point, Florida, 34667.
3. A Vendor's Fee of $100.00 per vendor has been established by the Society's Ececutive Board.
4. Only twelve (12) vendors will be permitted to the 1988 Reunion due to the small area.
5. Approval of a Vendor's Application will be based on the fact that the items to be sold are related to
Panama Canal memorabilia. Approved applications will be issued on a first come first served basis.
6. Applications refused will be returned to the applicant and all fees returned.
7. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the sole right to reproduce or use the official
Society emblem, therefore the use of the Society's emblem on items for sale by vendors is prohibited.
8. When an application is approved, an "Authorized Vendor's" card will be issued and must be displayed
on the table assigned to the vendor. Only Society members are authorized to sell.
9. Due to the limited space, only one table (approx. 2x6 ft.) will be assigned to each vendor. After the
cut-off date, June 5, 1988, additional tables may be assigned at no extra fee if space is available.
10. The Society will not be responsible for arranging storage of vendor's materials. Store rooms are not
available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
11. The deadline for receiving Vendor's Applications is June 5, 1988.
12. As this is a membership function attended by members only vendors are requested to keep this in
mind when establishing their mark-up on items for sale.
1988 REUNION ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 1988
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Ninth Annual Golf Tournament is still in the planning stages. Final details and reservation form
will be published in the March '88 issue of the Canal Record.
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988 10:00 A.M.
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
President Muriel Whitman
This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the member-
ship BE THERE for the election of Officers, Committee Reports and Society business.
COME TO THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING!!
1. Only members in good standing (1988 dues paid) will be permitted to attend the Annual Business Meet-
2. Upon registering at the door, MEMBERS will be issued a Gift Lottery Ticket.
3. Before adjourning the Annual Business Meeting, there will be a drawing for several gifts donated by
the memorabilia vendors.
YOU MUST BE A MEMBER, AND YOU MUST ATTEND THE ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING TO RECEIVE
YOUR GIFT LOTTERY TICKET.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988 8:00 P.M.
THIRD ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
Chairman Carl Starke
1. The Society has planned this informal dance for members, to take place in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom
from 8:00 P.M. until Midnight. No reservations are necessary.
2. This is NOT a BYOB affair the Hyatt will have cash bars in the area. The Hyatt's restaurant will
remain open after the dance.
3. Live music will be provided by Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra Band.
4. To ccnply with Safety Regulations of the Hotel, seating will be limited to 1,800 only. An entrance
fee may be charged and entrance to the dance limited to those with tickets only, at the discretion of
the Executive Board.
SATURDAY, JULY 2,1988 11:30 A.M.
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Chairperson Betty Malone
TIME: Doors open at 11:30 AM. Luncheon will begin at 12:00 Noon.
PLACE: Hyatt Regency Ballroom.
TICKETS: Maximum tickets per member is ten (10). Ticket price not determined at this time.
SEATING: Will be assigned at round tables seating 10 persons each. Seating is limited to 1,000.
MENU: Fresh Fruit Cup, Beef Teriyaki with stir fried rice, Oriental vegetables, Rolls, Butter,
Apple Tart, Coffee or Tea.
DEADLINE: Cut-off date for sale of tickets is June 10, 1988 or the first 1,000 reservations, which
ever is first.
REFUNDS: Cancellation requests must be received by June 20, 1988 for your money refund.
SATURDAY, JULY 2,1988 8:00 PM.
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
Chairman Carl Starke
Curtis Hixon Convention Center, 600 Ashley Drive, Tanpa, Florida.
8:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
Price has not yet been determined. Tickets may be ordered in advance through the reser-
vation form printed in the March and June '88 Canal Records. Unsold tickets will be placed
on sale at the Hospitality Suite at a slightly higher price.
NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE CURTIS HIXN CONVENTION CENTER.
Will be limited to six (6) per membership (member, spouse/conpanion and four (4) guests.
They will be assigned on a first cone-first served basis. Only 3,000 reservations will be
accepted. No table assignments will be made. Only tables reserved will be for the Reunion
Committee and Past Presidents.
Continuous live music by Tito Mauynes at the organ, and Charlie Cooper and his Latino "Cop-
Semi-formal No Shorts.
NO B.Y.O.B. BWCB is not permitted. Drinks must be purchased from the Curtis Hixon Cash-
Available at the Curtis Hixon Parking Deck (for a fee) or parking meter spaces in the area
which are free after 5:00 PM. We recamend walking to and from the hotels, if you are stay-
ing at one of the hotels 1-4 on the Reservation Form.(Just a 3-4 block walk 5 minutes).
The Society has arranged for SECURITY GUARDS to be positioned along the routes between the
hotels 1-4 (on Reservation Form) and the Curtis Hixon Center.
The cut-off for reservations will be the first 3,000 reservations, or June 10, 1988, which
ever is first. Any tickets remaining after June 10 will be placed on sale at the Hospital-
ity Suite at a slightly higher price per ticket.
Cancellation requests must be received by June 20, 1988 in order to have your money refun-
ded on the sale of Ball tickets.
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GOLF TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FORM
June 30, 1988
Make check/money order Name (print)_
payable to RF. Huldtquist. Address
Mail to: R.F. Huldtquist City State Zip_____
8447 140th Street N.
Seminole, FL 33542 Telephone:
Tel: 813-397-5846 GOLF & LUNCHEON PERSONS @ $30.00 TOTAL: $_
NOD LSU lEU GIESS PEINTIi) 1HIS YEAR DUE iT L I E SPALC
AGE GROUPS: ( ) Up to 30 years ( ) 31 to 45 years ( ) 46 to 60 years ( ) 61 to 65 years ( ) 66 and
Please list names of foursome and age group you wish to play with, otherwise we will pair you as in
NAME AGE GROUP NAME AGE GROUP
Professional Amateur NOTE: You may list your handicap, but it will be used for pairing
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Thursday, June 30, 1988
Co-Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The Ninth Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the Seminole Lake Country Club, 6100 Augusta Blvd.,
The entrance fee will be $30.00 per person which includes the Green Fee, Shared Cart Fee, Morning Re-
freshments, Prizes and Luncheon. Again this year, we have had to eliminate guests due to the limited
seating capacity in the dining room.
The format of play will be the same as last year, i.e. Medal Play (Gross scores only by flights, and
Men's and Women's Champions of the field). You will still be able to play with the players of your choice
however, each player will be competing in his respective age group flight. Prizes will be awarded in each
flight based on the number of entrants in the flight.
We ask that all players arrive no later than 8:30 A.M. for check-in, and tee-off time will be at 9:00
A.M. sharp, with a shot-gun start. We will not accept late-comers who decide to play at the last minute.
Reservations wil be accepted through June 17, 1988, and no refunds made after that date. Make your reser-
vations early. The field will be limited to 120 players only, to speed up play.
You will furnish your own transportation to the course. Information concerning the tournament will be
posted at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Registration Area), the afternoon before the tournament, thereby pos-
sibly arranging transportation with fellow players.
If you require a receipt of entry fee, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your golf
registration form and check, otherwise consider yourself playing unless you hear from the committee. If
you have doubts about whether or not you are playing, please consult the Chagres Tournament bulletin
board in the Registration Area of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Submit your Registration Form and check payable to R.F. Huldtquist, and mail to R.F. Huldtquist, 8447
140th St. North, Seminole, FL 34646. Tel: (813) 397-5846.
DIRECTIONS TO LAKE SEMINOLE COUNTRY CLUB FROM HOTELS
Take 1-275 South over Howard Frankland Bridge towards St. Petersburg to Exit 15. Turn right and continue
straight on 74th. Avenue (Park Blvd.) until you reach Park Street, a busy intersection with a tall condo-
miniun complex on your left. Turn left for block on Park Street, then turn right on Augusta Blvd. and
follow to Clubhouse. Reverse directions for return. In early AM allow 45-60 minutes travel time.
NOTE: Professional Panama Canal golfers are welcome, however are ineligible for prizes inasmuch as this
is an amateur tournament. Please so designate on the Registration Form.
NEED TRANSPORTATION WHILE AT THE REUNION?
Drive to your Golf Tournament or out to Dinner!!
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Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion
June 30 July 2, 1988
HOTEL RESERVATION FORM
orm is designed to minimize mistakes regarding Hotel Reservations for the 1988 Reunion. Fill out
Sin its entirety. Any deletions of information may delay your reservation.
rations must be made in the name of the person responsible (Member). List the names of all people
be occupying the room.
members' reservations will be accepted one (1) reservation, and one (1) room per membership at
a Canal Society of Florida rate.
5711 53rd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33709
HOICE List preference from 1 6.
Hyatt Regency Tampa (F-502) (Sold out) $47.00
_Tampa Hilton (Sold out) $47.00
Harbour Island Hotel $49.00
Holiday Inn (old Ashley Plaza) $46.00
Sheraton-Grand Hotel (old Lincoln) $47.00
Hyatt Westshore $48.00
uite 1 BR
uite 2 BR
- additional $10 charge for
each additional person.
NAMES OF ALL OCCUPANTS:
guarantee my reservations by the following:
ht's deposit $
. Card Number
ervations must be received by June 1, 1988. Reservations received after this
nnot be guaranteed the reduced convention rate.
5711 53rd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL. 33709
By pmviding us with the informa-
tion on the Pre-registration form,
you will allow us to prepare our reg-
istration lists and your name tag(s)
in advance, thus saving you time
upon registration. If you wish you
may include nickname or maiden
name for your name tag. Please
write out first and last name DO
NOT USE INITIALS (i.e. Mr. and
Mrs. J.B. Doe).
Important: At registration time all
the tickets for all persons listed on
the Pre-Registration form will be fil-
ed under the member's name and
State of residence of the member
Tickets and name tags will be filed
alphabetically according to the first
letter of the members/guest last
TICKET ORDER FOR MORE
THAN THE MEMBER'S LIMIT
OF 6 Ball or 8 Luncheon will NOT
BE ACCEPTED and will be return-
ed to the sender.
DEADLINE for ticket orders is
JUNE 1, 1988
Late comers may pick up their
tickets at the entrance to the
Luncheon or Ball.
If you want to sit with/near someone
at the LUNCHEON, please write
the member's name on reverse of
Luncheon Form. Seating will be
contingent upon the other member's
timely submission of their form.
MAIL the entire form above (with
check/money order if applicable) to:
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O.
Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL 34682.
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE 1988 REUNION, PLEASE FILL IN AND
MAIL A PRE-REGISTRATION FORM. COMPLETE THE BALL AND
LUNCHEON FORMS IF THEY APPLY TO YOU.
SFor Office Date/Post Fee Rec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Name (Please Print)
List name of each additional person in member's group.
Name (Please print) Residence, State/Country
-I Do Not Detach
ANNUAL BALL AND PANAZONIAN DANCE ORDER FORM
Tickets are $8 per person. Limit of 6 per member. Only 6 tickets will be issued
from this form.
Please reserve tickets for Persons.
Total amount enclosed for Ball Tickets: $_
Panazonian Dance tickets are $3.00 per person. Issued to members only.
LIMITED TO 1800 CAPACITY.
Please reserve tickets for Persons.
Total enclosed for Panazonian Dance tickets: $_
Print your name and residence below:
1. (Member) Residence
STickets are $10.00 per person if purchased at the Hotel (Hospitality Suite).
i Do Not Detach
BANQUET LUNCHEON TICKET ORDER FORM
Tickets are $14.50 per person.
Please reserve tickets for personss. Limited to 8 tickets.
Total amount enclosed for Luncheon: $__
List below names of all persons in your group, limited to 8 persons.
1. Member 5.
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ticketing will be required.
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Honey Fealey with her co-hostess Iris Hogan and
Kathi Lessiack had the Christmas Canasta/Bridge
Luncheon for 36 "Zonians" in her home on December
4. It has become an annual event the harbinger
of the Holiday Season for us. A "canida tipica"
consisting of Arroz con Pollo, Baked Platano, Cha-
yote, Carimanoles, empanadas and shrimp were ser-
ved. Honey made the desserts and molded candies.
Gigi Fleckenstein, Jackie Bishop, Helen Smith and
Marion Wells are to be thanked and congratulated
for making the meal so "tipica." In addition to
the delicious "canida," each guest was presented
with a hand-made corsage and a needlepoint door
ornament created by Honey, Jackie, Iris and Kathi.
Marion Wells, our Poet Laureate, composed and read
the following for the occasion:
by Marion Wells
Once again it's Christmas
With much the same old gang
And time to start our holidays
With our customary bang!
We feel like we're in Panama
Though we're really in Kerrville
But with Chochos, plantains and the like
We're about to eat our fill.
The Fealey house is bulging
Each year seems to add a few
A most wonderful collection
Of friends both old and new.
It's great to join together
For this special holiday treat
And chat and get the latest news
From friends we seldom meet.
Here's hoping that your holidays
Are filled with love and cheer
A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU
And a wonderful New Year.
FELICES PASQUAS y PROSPER ANO NUEVO
It's obvious that the time, effort and love
that went into the preparations for this great
party is measured in months rather than hours, and
was appreciated by all.
The Annual Hill Country Zonians' Christmas was
a huge success, thanks to the hard work and plan-
ning of Chairman Les Johnson, Co-Chairman Elsie
Larson and their committee. Muriel Johnston was in
charge of the entertainment; Mary and Roy Carpen-
ter, the Loteria Nacional de Kerrville; Ray Larson
was Santa Claus and a good one too judging from
all those gals who sat on his lap and gave him
their "wish list." Elsie Larson was in charge of
reservations, the pictures and wrapping all the
prizes. Lonnie Johnston came from Dallas to be the
M.C. He lead the Carol singing and sang the song,
"Jirmy Gave It Back" that he composed. It is a
clever song and we hope it will be available soon.
The many beautiful door prizes were donated by the
following: Dele Dunn (Santa Batea); Les Johnston
(Agate Clocks); Helen Smith (needlepoint Kleenex
Boxes and coasters); Harvey Ihyne (Bargello Pil-
low); Honey Fealey (Framed Mola); Elsie Larson
(Postcard scrapbook and Steven Circle picture);
Muriel Johnston (Amethyst crystal); Mary and Roy
Carpenter (Mr. and Mrs. Coffee Mugs); Anna Young
(Framed Mola); Mary Orr (Gold Huaca on chain); and
Don Spencer (Tivoli knives). Les Johnston recog-
nized Clara Chambers and Kathi Lessiack for the
table decorations and name tags thay had made for
last year's party. The following morning, 83 peo-
ple gathered at a nearby restaurant for brunch and
fellowship before departing for their homes. The
AYCOCK, Bob and Jean
BELFORD, T.A. and Marian
BIALKUJSKI, Joe and Lorene
BISHOP, Dale and Jackie
CARPENTER, Roy and Mary
CARTER, Wade and Marilyn
CHAN, Harry and Thelma
OORIN, Ted and Georgia
COTTON, George and Sue
DOLAN, Joe and Ann
DOWNING, George and Anne
DUN, Robert and Adele
FIELDS, Rev. J.B. and Annette
FLECKENSTEIN, Bill and Gigi
FLECKENSTEIN, Johnny and Branda
GRAHAM, Bill and Sue
GRAVER, Gerald and Jane
GREGG, Gene and Marion
HALLETT L.F. (Buddy)
HEPNER, Ralph and Susan
JOHNSON, Tony and Louise
JOHNSTON, Les and Muriel
JOHNSTON, Lonny and Gladys
KUNKEL, Edward and Marjorie
LARSCN, Ray and Elsie
LeBRUN, Bill, Aurora and d'ter
LEE, Hanry and Eugenia
Vendors of the Loteria Nacional de Ker-
rville: Wade Carter and Roy Carpenter.
Santa (Ray Larson) and Anna Lee Young.
Dona, Jerry Le Page and Ann Dolan.
George and Sue Cotton, (New Braunsfet),
Kathleen McConaghy (San Antonio) and
Elsie Larson (Kerrville).
Back: Buddy Thompson and Ed Sebik. Front
Dawn, Lauren, John and Kathi Lessiack.
Ralph and Susan Hepner (Dallas).
Judy Wheeler (San Antonio)
(Best) Osborne, New Orleans.
Marian and T.A. Belford (San Antonio).
LePAGE, Gerald and Dona
LESSIACK, John, Dawn and Lauren
LITITN, John and Gene
McARTHUR, Dalyce (Lolly)
NORDSTRCM, Olga and Robert
RICHMOND, Ralph, Cynthia & kids
ROY, Robert J. and Jane
RHYNE, Harvey and Bea
RUOFF, Jack and Marge
SEBIK, Ed and Betty
SMITH, Ezra and Helen
THCMPSON, J.V.(Buddy) & Francell
WANNER, Al and Connie
WASHABAUGH, Perry and Rita
WEBSTER, Edward and Juanita
WELLS, Fred and Marion
Guest: Ellen (Best) Osborne
YOUNG, Ted and Anna Lee
New Orleans LA
Mary Orr and Marion Wells co-hosted a Christmas
luncheon for friends and neighbors at a local res-
taurant. It is always a delight to be with these
two charming hostesses.
Kerrville had several travellers stop for a
visit during the Fall. The Michaelises, Polly and
John, came through on their way to Houston to be
with their family for the holidays. Hyram and
Delores Overall were guests of Bob and Hazel
Blades. George and Ida Fenton visited Fred and
Marion Wells on their way home to Vorginia. George
and Joan Fitzgerald overnighted on their way back
from California to their home in South Carolina.
Perry and Rita Washabaugh were guests of Bill and
Sue Graham. Mattes and Selwyn Orr left their home
and freezing temperatures in Colorado to spend the
winter in Kerrville. Mary Orr came from Sarasota
for her annual visit. We are always happy to have
Mary visit as she generates a lot of activities.
Mike Largent is recovering from two serious
illnesses. Her husband, Sam, is a devoted and cap-
able nurse. Their daughter, Nancy, and husband,
Larry Wilson came from their home in Vancouver,
B.C. to be with Mike and Sam during the holidays,
which has contributed to Mike's recovery.
In November, Marilyn Carter called excitedly to
announce the arrival of their ninth and tenth
grandchildren twins (See Births). Congratula-
tions to Wade and Marilyn.
On December 7, Verla Crier, Iris Hogan and
Kathi Lessiack joined a group of bowlers on a four
day trip to Las Vegas. The main purpose of the
trip was to bowl in the semi-annual "Golden Age
No-Tap Tournament" held at the Showboat, but the
trio took full advantage of being in that fabulous
city to see three wonderful shows and to pull a
few slot machine handles!
L-R: Verla Grier, Kathi Lessiack, Helen
Smith and Irais Hogan, in Las Vegas, NV.
Elizabeth Davidson flew to Sarasota to attend
the wedding of Jill Hall, daughter of Bucky and
Beth Wadell spent the holidays with her son,
Wally and his family in Little Rock.
Bob and Anna Calvit were in Florida visiting
friends and family.
Danny, Wi l Judy
Helene (deBoyrie) and Rusty Oberholtzer stopped
by the Prices in their 37 foot mobile home, fresh
from Christmas in New Jersey. The Oberholtzers are
running the wheels off their mobile home...up and
down the East coast like a yo-yo. They are enjoy-
ing retirement and seeing a lot of friends and
family in the process. Andy and Joan (MacKenzie)
Kozar took the "white knuckle express" down from
Cape Cod via Boston proving once again that Joan
does not subscribe to the theory "any landing you
walk away from is a good landing!" Rusty and Andy
are retired Canal Zone policemen. Andy is recover-
ing very nicely from triple by-pass surgery which
occurred in 1987. Pat (Kelley) Kappe and friend
John Flatley drove down from Elridge, MD.. John is
one of those "stateside foreigners," a nice guy,
but such an introvert! He has to learn how to have
a good time...ha ha. This group of CHS graduates
have gotten together several times since attending
their first Panama Canal Society Reunion in 1986.
Bill and Sue Graham flew out to Olympia, Wash-
ington early in December to spend ten days with
their son, Will and his family. It was a total
surprise to Bill as he had no idea of what was in
store for his birthday. Sue made all the arrange-
ments including getting Bill time off from his
job, etc. and swore everyone to secrecy. Bill was
drinking his morning coffee when Sue announced
they had to go to San Antonio to catch a plane for
Washington. With bags all packed, tickets in hand,
Sue guided the speechless Bill through the door
and into the car. After the initial shock, Bill
was able to relax and enjoy. What will you do for
an encore for Bill's next birthday, Sue? That is
one that will be hard to top.
Congratulations to Sue Graham upon her select-
ion by the Kerrville Art Club as its Artist of the
Month for January.
Brrr...Brrr...from Virginia, Maryland and Wash-
ington, D.C..A beautiful picturesque scene in 10
inches of snow as I'm trying to write my C.Z. Re-
port early to surprise our Editor. I'm usually
rushing at the last minute to meet the deadline.
Carolyn and Bill Price of Alexandria, Va. had
a houseful of Bill's CHS classmates, circa 1955,
and their husbands or friends for three days over
the New Year's holiday.
Standing L-R: Bill Price, Helene Ober-
holtzer, John Flatley, Rusty Oberholtzer
Sitting L-R: Andy Kozar, Joan Kozar, Pat
If you have not tried the annual reunion in
Tanpa, you are really missing something! The feel-
ing is special, one to be remembered. Carolyn
Price is a native of Alexandria never been to
Panama, yet she had a good time in Tampa in 1986,
since the people were so thoughtful! The Prices
and their guest plan to attend Reunion '88.
Bill had a video tape of "A Man, A Plan, A Can-
al, Panama," a 1-hour history of the Canal, aired
November 3, 1987 on PBS. See it if you can, it is
well worth it.
Diane (Scheidegg) Henn and her husband, Bill of
Fairfax, VA. were surprise visitors, spending an
afternoon with hree classmates Diane had not seen
since their CHS graduation. The Prices had seen
Diane and yet another classmate, Malcolm Stone,
some 6 weeks earlier when the Stones were in the
area for some successful surgery on Malcolm. The
Oberholtzers continued to point south, final des-
tination being the Florida Keys. They were joined
by the Kozars to share that good Florida sunshine
and see more of their friends.
Carolyn's considerable culinary skills were put
to the supreme test for 3 days, as was Bill's
music collection. Both came through. It was a very
Happy New Year spent with friends. Their home, I'm
sure, had a very empty feeling for awhile follow-
ing their departure.
Your reporter had a nice visit with Bill. He
drove over in cold, sloppy weather to submit his
neat article...Thank you, and Oley to you!
The Glenda (Lewis) Kochel family of Alexandria
has been quite busy and proud of their new addit-
ion to the family...Jason arrived May 5, 1987.
Michael's folks, Mike and Betty were there to give
a helping hand. their next visitors were Ray and
Gerry Laatz, who were visiting with friend, Pat
Manning and family from Maryland. They took a
break from the Smithsonian to sip a cerveza or two
and brought Kochel's Panama 4th of July T-shirts.
Debbie (Duncan) and husband Rick Gohde, daugh-
ter Chantell and son Ryan stopped for a visit on
their way down from hubbie's family reunion in New
Jersey. They enjoyed their visit. Another happy
event was...Penny (Wilder), Vincent, Darrell and
Dyonne Canamis who flew up to spend some time with
them and also toured the Nation's Capitol.
The Carlsons, Jackie, John, Elliot and Patrick
from Los Rios stopped for a visit and they caught
up on the Pacific "qu4 pasa." Also Stephanie (Law-
son) and Paul Menges and son Paul were able to
come down from Hanover, MD. for a quick visit....
needless to say they never stopped talking the
Wayne and Bonnie (Willis) Seeley and daughter
Vicki drove down to visit the Kochels over-night.
Bonnie was given first hand tips on how to care
for babies, since their second child is due in
As always, a chance to spend time with family
is always great! Glenda (Lewis) Kochel's mother,
Mary Ivy Lewis of Suffolk, VA. and her sister,
Eleonor (Lewis) and Peter Johnson, and their new
son Peter Henry and daughter, Lauren, who visited
at both ends of a trip to England. Happy New Year
to all our Panama amigos.
Your reporter chatted with Shirley High of
Alexandria and her mother Tita Galindo Peterson.
They were excited about any Canal Zone news. Their
latest news was that Betty Peterson spent a couple
of weeks with them during Tanksgiving, and then on
to Orlando to spend Christmas with her brother.
Jimny and Etty Salterio of Panama were in Balt-
imore visiting one of her children and were able
to visit with the Petersons and catch up on all
the news. They are really fun-people, and when the
Strangers Club was in full swing, I used to enjoy
watching them dance the tamborito with such gusto.
Ruth (Bozman) Schraeder of Panama was in Wash-
ington, D.C. for a two-day conference. She works
for the Army Comtroller's office in Ft. Clayton
and our dear Rosemary (Millett) Gilead had lunch-
eon and helped entertain her. I'm sure there was
plenty of laughter. And love to your mother, Ruth.
She was my Spanish teacher...terriffic, young at
heart lady. We all salute her!
I mentioned before how our Metro-Zonians are
trying to get a C.Z Reunion, or a new chapter
started in connection with the Florida Canal Zone
Society. Well...a luncheon was held at Mrs. Kay's
Toll House in Silver Spring, MD. honoring Barbara
(Bonano) Sanders' arrival from the Canal Area, and
welcoming her since she is to live and work here
in the area, continuing her job for the P.C. Cam-
mission in Washington, D.C. This was November 7,
1987, and attending were Vicki (van't Veld) John-
son, Arlington, VA; Pat (Heitman) Lenneville,
Alexandria; Dotty (Rowley) Gerhart, Silver Spring,
MD; Liz Zent Beall, Alexandria; Rosemary (Millett)
Gilead, Arlington; and of course, Barbara. All of
them had such a good time that an extra push was
given to doing something about our "C.Z. Middle
Coast" area, or if you wish, our "Metro Zonian
Connection?" These quotation words have been tos-
sed around and are just being tossed again in your
reporters style of words...nothing settled!
Anyway...a Carnavalito Luncheon was set for
February 13, 1988 in Alexandria, VA. After my re-
port was written, I called Rosemary Gilead to
double-check and she told me the luncheon was can-
celled, and they are looking for another area to
meet in the near future...and so it stands.
Whatever happens, at least we are trying!
Happy everything. Still brrrr, cold, sloppy,
Stella (Boggs) De Marr
1987 is over?! Where did the time go? I hope
1988 is already treating everyone good and I also
hope you each had the happiest of holidays! Speak-
of holidays...I just love hearing from everyone
and Christmas always brings in lots of news!
Anne (Norval) Allinder, husband, Jeff, and
daughter, Abbie, like living in Tallahassee and
were looking forward to the arrival of another
Allinder due right at Christmas time! An still
waiting to hear the good news!
Carla (Clambers) Spafford and family are busy
making wedding plans for eldest daughter, Jodi.
The big date is April 9th! Daughter #2, Jenny,
keeps busy with school, drill team and working at
Target which M1om loves since she gets a 10%/ dis-
count on merchandise!
Donna and Dell Bunnell kept busy in 1987 with
camping trips, visiting with grandchildren,
Crystal and arnce (Cheryl Olsen's kids) and
getting re-acquainted with son Don's family who
just returned stateside from Germany.
Alan and Dorothy Cheshire planned to spend this
Christmas at home in Lakeland.
My aunt, Clara (May) Chambers, and husband,
Harold, were planning on spending the holidays in
Kerrville with their daughter, Jean, and her
family. Aunt Clara writes that Uncle Harold is
now 82 1/2 and he still gets up at 4:30 a.m., and
does sit-ups for 1/2 hour. He also walks 2 miles
a day (at the army pace of 128 steps per minute)
6 days a week. Sure puts a lot of us young guys
to shame. Aunt Clara is now 78 and still keeps
busy with crafts and duplicate bridge.
Marge (Rathegeber) Ruoff wrote that she had
just thoroughly enjoyed 8 days of babysitting with
Tyler Alberga while parents, Sheryl and Charles,
were sunning in St. John's Island. Didi Ruoff is
now working in Dallas while Gena and her daughter,
Lee, are still in Houston.
Got a real surprise...a card from Jim Huffman.
He is currently on a 1 year tour in Korea with his
next assignment being Panama City, Florida be-
ginning in April. Let us hear from you once you
are stateside Jim.
Sue (McCullough) Burk reported having a busy
1987 with just as busy '88 coming up. She and
husband, Jim, bought a Suzuki 1400 on which they
have already taken 1 trip with many more planned.
Theresa (Snider) Herring and family were an-
xiously awaiting a Christmas visit from her bro-
ther, Bill. He planned to be in Panama for one
week. Theresa says that husband, Tim, still en-
joys driving his tug "Esperanza" and is currently
trying to decide whether or not to apply for the
pilot force. The Herrings are now enjoying their
new home. As a special favor from some officials
in the commission, the walls were removed in their
duplex leaving them with 7 bedroom/4 bath house.
Also Theresa reported that the high point of the
year was the rebuilding and refurbishing of the
Church of the Inmaculate Conception in Gatun. The
first mass was held there on December 8th after
8 months of labor and a cost of about $8,000.00.
Denny Bartholome writes that on July 1st she
became a senior citizen, i.e., she retired. Now
she walks 3 miles a day and takes aerobics on
Monday and Wednesday nights...says she'll be the
healthiest looking corpse in Cocoa Beach when the
Dot LaCroix writes that Mike is back to playing
golf (he recently had underwent a hip replace-
Drum nd McNaughton is now stationed in Guam.
Says it reminds him alot of Panama...hot, palm
trees and manana fever...says it should be nice.
Kelly Wanio spent Thanksgiving visiting her
son, Fred, in Bradenton and her sister in Land O'
Lakes. Next time maybe we'll get to see her.
Dick chamberss writes that he and Audrey had a
good 1987 and now all Audrey is praying for is a
Redskin Super Bowl. Yesterday she got her wish
so as he wrote, "if you read of two nuts..or
rather one nut and her son headed for S.D. (on a
motorcycle) wearing Redskins helmets trailing a
"Go Skins" banner...while attired in Redskins
attire...don't be surprised!", it's just her and
her son, Rick!
Max and Earl Wrem spent Thanksgiving in At-
lanta with son, Keith, and his family which in-
cludes their only "wee" one who is now 2 years
old. Reports that 2 year olds are interesting....
for a few days. Max keeps busy with bridge and
sewing club and Earl golfs whenever possible.
Al Robinson writes that he has returned to
school to pursue teaching and/or management. He
also works 5 and 6 days a week so is definitely
Evelyn (Barraza) Snider wrote that the entire
Barraza family would be at mmn's this year for the
holidays. Currently Evelyn is not working and she
says she truly enjoys the time with children,
Kristen and Kyle.
Ann (O'Donnell) Barger sent some very sad news.
In November Mike Barger passed away due to cancer.
He was only 33 years old. He will be missed by
family and friends alike. On the good news side,
Ann said that Steve has become a real jock! He
now races in 5K's (times of 18 minutes) and loves
Triatholons so much that they travel the eastern
part of Wyoming on the weekends so he can compete
in them! Daughter, Samantha, is now 7 1/2 and
does good in school although Mom says "it's too
early to tell if she will be a brain surgeon"!
In August, they had a visit from Ann's mom, Edna
O'Donnell. While she was there they went white
water rafting which Ann said was fun despite the
50 degree temperature and rain!
Barbara (Betcher) Barkeim and family visited
Jellystone Park in August which all enjoyed. The
Barkeims have expanded their menagerie...they are
now raising Maltese puppies. They were expecting
a litter from their Norwegian Elkhound at Christ-
mas time. Besides taking care of 5 kids and the
"zoo" Barb now helps out at school on Wednesday
afternoon and she and Brian belong to both a 500
card club and the Pork Producers Association.
Definitely sounds like a very full life.
Beth (Wanio) Deaton called from North Carolina.
All is well in Willingham especially now that Rose
and Bill Deaton are living there. Jody Wanio is
working in real estate there and had just sold
Beth and Ted their new home. (four bedroom 2 1/2
baths). The Deatons are planning to spend sore
of the holidays in Mississippi with Uncle Billy
and his family and then on to Tallahassee to spend
New Year's with Janie Paulson and her family.
Fred Wanio was to meet up with them there.
Cassie and Gini Starke enjoyed a tour of the
Pacific Northwest recently. They flew to Calgary,
Canada to join the tour which traveled west to
Victoria and then South to San Francisco. While
in. Canada used alot of heavy clothing but was
greeted in S.F. with 104 degree temperature.
November found John and Mary Urey visiting with
daughter Michele Ryan and family in Texas. Michele
says both look great! At the time of writing
Michele was trying, with luck, to convince her 4
year old daughter, Ryan, that part of the fun of
Christmas is waiting for Santa to arrive. I sym-
pathize Mickey, 4 year olds have no concept of
waiting. Youngest son, John, turned 1 in October
and is already weighing 30 pounds, a "miniature
hunk" according to Mom.
Maryann (Palmer) Bross has been super busy.
She just got her real estate license here in Tampa
and is busy trying to get established. She and
husband, Mike, planned to spend some holiday time
at sister Louise's house (in Palm Bay, Florida)
with mom and dad Palmer.
Cheryl Olsen called and wrote. Her family
spent both Memorial weekend and Labor Day weekend
with Bob Day and his family. She sent some pics
from which I can tell you Bob's back hasn't
changed a bit. In every pic his back was to the
camera. Bob and his wife, Shelly, and three
children, Jessica, Jerreny and Danny live in Troy,
Montana, which is not too far from Cheryl so they
are able to visit back and forth.
Had a very surprise phone call from Melinda
(Brown) Isbell (CHS 76). She and her family, hus-
band, John, (lived in the Zone but left when he
was 7), son, John, and daughter, Zara, live in Ft.
Worth where Melinda works for the Texas Employment
Well, I think I've reached the end! Like I
said I love Xmas for all the news...try to keep
it up during the year.
Sandy (May) Robinson
GARY TOCHTERMAN ON SCHOOL BOARD
Gary Tochternn, BHS -
Class of 1973 was recent-
ly elected to the School
Board of Keene, New Hanp-
shire for a 3-year term.
Gary is a graduate of 9
Rhode Island University
with a bachelor's degree
in accounting and cur-
rently is Assistant
Treasurer and Controller
at Markem Corp. and re-
cently completed an
around-the-world business trip for the company,
with stops in London, Singapore and Tokyo.
Robert Dill, with his wife, Rosa, was He was sworn in with 3-year-old son, Robert
honored on his 98th birthday on October looking on. Gary is on the Building and Contract
23, 1987 at the Mt. San Jacinto Scottish committee and is enthusiastic and glad to be par-
Rite Club, Hemet, California, Valley of ticipating in his home community.
San Bernadino. His cake depicted the He is married to the former Susan Cross, also
Panama Canal and Locks system. a graduate of BHS Class of 1973.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY!
DR. MIT PARSONS SELECTED FOR
The American Political Science Association
announced the selection of Dr. Mit Parsons as a
Congressional Fellow in a national competition for
the 1987-1988 program. The recipients advanced
career civil servants will serve as professional
staff assistants to U.S. Senators and Representa-
tives for ten months. The Congressional Fellows
will participate in a month long orientation pro-
gram beginning in November before moving to a con-
gressional office assignment of their choice.
Sponsored by the Association since 1953, the
Congressional Fellowship Program gives outstanding
federal executives, political scientists, journa-
lists, and medical faculty an opportunity to ac-
quire a rich understanding of the national legis-
lative process. The 1,209 alumni of the program
include: U.S. representatives, high ranking exe-
cutives of the federal bureaucracy, congressional
staff aides, newspaper publishers, editors and re-
porters, university presidents, deans and faculty.
The 24 winners were selected in a government-wide
competition on the basis of professional ex-
perience, career goals, and interest in national
politics and the legislative process.
Dr. Parsons, a 1962 Balboa High School graduate
is the son of the late Leon Parsons and Dorothy
S. Bright. Leon Parsons worked for the Panama
Canal Terminal Division and Building Division from
1933 until his death in 1952. Dorothy later
married Valley Bright and worked for the Electri-
cal Division until her retirement in 1971. She
now resides in San Bernardino, California.
Dr. Parsons is a former CHS teacher. He has
been working for the United States Forest Ser-
vice since 1978 and until recently was the Na-
tional Fisheries Ecologist and Unit Leader of the
Wildlife and Fish Ecology Unit in Fort Collins,
Colorado. Mit and his wife, Mary ILu, and their
two daughters, Jana and Gina reside at 15056
Silverleaf Court, Dumfries, Virginia.
"Pop" Ebdon honored on his 99th birth-
"POP" EBDON CELEBRATES 99TH
xomas J. Ebdon, Sr., popularly known as "Pop,"
was the guest of honorat a special dinner party to
celebrate his 99th birthday, given by his son and
daughter-in-law, Thomas J. and Rae Ebdon at their
home in Sarasota on January 24, 1988. They were
assisted by "Pop's" other son, Fred and his wife,
Bev Ebdon, also of Sarasota.
Pop received many birthday cards containing the
new Florida State lottery tickets, as well as many
other gifts, including a Fine Silver Dollar minted
in 1889, the year of his birth.
Pop kept the group entertained by telling his
many interesting stories and happenings during his
life span as an early construction employee on the
Isthms, until his retirement from the Locks Div-
ision in Gatun. Pop is one of the surviving five
Roosevelt Medal holders.
Among the guests were his grandson, T.J. Ebdon
III, of New York. He also received telephone gre-
etings from his children and great-grandchildren
on the West coast.
JANE (DICKSON) COX HONORED
Jane (Dickson) Cox, formerly of Pedro Miguel
and Bella Vista, Panama, was surprised to be noti-
fied in 1987 that she had been designated an
International Amigo of the Organization of Ameri-
The letter stated it was because of her inter-
est in all of the Americas.
Jane and her husband, Ianny Cox, lent a hand
toward Mexican Earthquake Relief and Mexican De-
velopment; and they sponsor Mexican children
through the Christian Children's Fund, in addition
to a boy in Taiwan formerly, and currently one in
She is teaching an adult Spanish class in their
townhouse complex at present.
GERALD DOYLE RECEIVES AWARD
Former Chief Architect of the Panama Canal,
Gerald Doyle, and his firm in Phoenix, have been
given a special award by the city of Phoenix, AZ.,
for their design of the Carnegie Library, 1101 W.
Washington, in that city.
"The 12,000-square-foot neoclassical structure
built in 1908, has been rehabilitated as a museum
and has turn-of-the-century landscaping" according
to the award's write-up in the Arizona Republic,
a Phoenix newspaper. These awards are given in re-
cognition of structures and landscaping designs
that have improved the look of the community.
L-R: Fred Ebdon, At Miller, Bill Dixon,
Fred Schwartz, Tommy Peterson, Lee Kar-
iger, Bob Smith, Carl Starke, Jim Mil-
lion. Not shown: Mike Greene, Joe Watson
George Roth, Tommy Dee and Bernard "Emo"
FRED SCHWARTZ, 50-YEAR MASON
Fred F. Schwartz of Sarasota, Florida, was pre-
sented a certificate and 50-year pin in honor of
his 50 years in the Masonic fraternity, on Novem-
ber 16, 1987, at a meeting of Cary B. Fish Masonic
Lodge in Sarasota. Fred was initiated into Nation-
al Lodge No. 209 in New York City, N.Y., and de-
mitted from the Lodge and joind Cary B. Fish Lodge
when he made his permanent residence in Sarasota,
following his retirement from the Atlantic Branch
Division in Gatun, Canal Zone.
Fourteen members of Masonic Lodges in the Canal
Zone, now residing in the Sarasota area attended
the ceremony, which included eight Past Masters:
Allen Miller, Bill Dixon, Mike Greene, Tom Peter-
son, Jim Million, Carl Starke and Joe Watson. Also
attending were Bernard "'no" Everson, Lee Kariger,
George Roth, Rob Smith and Fred Ebdon.
Cadet Lt. Col. Andrew W. Fraser, Jr.
ANDREW W. FRASER, JR. HONORED
It was recently announced by Western Carolina
University, Cullowhee, NC, that on September 29,
1987, at WCU's ROTC Awards and Change of Conmand
ceremony, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Andrew W.
Fraser, Jr., was presented with the Saber of
Command in recognition of his appointment as the
Cadet Battalion Conmander for the year 1987-88.
Cadet LTC Fraser was selected from this year's se-
nior class on the basis of his achievements, out-
standing leadership skills, and performance at
ROTC Advanced Camp, Ft. Bragg, this past sumner.
He attended Airborne School, Ft. Benning, GA,
during the summer of 1986 and went to Advanced
Camp, Ft. Bragg, NC and Master Fitness Trainer
Course at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN, during the
sunner of 1987. Fraser, a 1984 honors graduate
of Ashbrook High School, Gastonia, NC is majoring
in Political Science.
Andrew is the son of Elizabeth and Andrew W.
Fraser (CHS '55) of Gastonia, NC. His paternal
grandparents are the late Marie K. and Harold
(Sonny) Fraser (Telephone Branch). Paternal
great-grandparents are the late Ann and Alexander
M. Fraser (Roosevelt Medal holder with two bars).
Maternal great-grandparents are Leida and the late
Herman Kleefkens (Tugboat Engineer).
WILLIAM E. GOUGH GRADUATES
William E. Gough IV was graduated from Ft.
Walton High School, Florida, on June 5, 1987. He
enlisted in the US Army and is currently stationed
Bill was born and reared in the Zone.
Mr. Loring is the oldest living NARFE member in
Maine, and probably in the United States. In re-
cognition of this, the Maine Federation of Chap-
ters presented him with a special cane. He is also
the holder of the Boston Post cane which is passed
on to the town's oldest resident.
Through the years he has had a garden, and has
enjoyed reading as well as watching TV, especially
the news and ball games. He also visits with his
friends and still drives his own car.
Julie and Gene Hermann
THE HERRMANS TO CELEBRATE 50TH.
Julie and Charles E. (Gene) Herrman of Holiday,
Florida, will celebrate their 50th wedding anni-
versay on April 25th. They were married on that
date in 1938 in New York City.
Julie and Gene resided in the Canal Zone from
1945 to 1966, mostly in Gatun. Gene was employed
at the Industrial Bureau (Mechainical Division)
for a short time, but most of his service was at
Gatun Locks. Julie was employed for several years
as school cafeteria supervisor at Cristobal High
Ted Herrman, their son, who was brought up in
the Canal Zone, is employed by the government at
the Geodetic Surveys, Department of the Interior
in Washington, D.C. and resides in Sterling Park,
The Herrmans have five grandchildren, Dwight,
Audrey, Jason, Hanna and Alan.
LATHROP LORING CELEBRATES 104TH
Lathrop H. Loring was born November 1, 1883 and
celebrated his 104th birthday this past November.
When he finished school, he served an appren-
ticeship for three years at the Portland Company
learning to be a machinist and was subsequently
employed by Bath Iron Works for 12 years. He ac-
cepted an offer to work in the Canal Zone and be-
gan work there in February, 1915, remaining there
until his retirement in December, 1945.
Noble and Marion Phillips of Laguna
Hills, California, celebrate their 50th
BUDDY AND MARION PHILLIPS' 50TH
Noble (Buddy) and Marion (Hutchison) Phillips
of Laguna Hills, California, celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on January 8, 1988, with 21
family members and friends at a Sunday Brunch in
Vero Beach, Florida.
Those who attended the celebration were son,
Richard, of Panama, his wife, Olga and daughter,
Kathleen; son, Douglas, of Panama; daughter, Susan
Fisher, with husband Jon and their two children,
Daniel and Christy of Vero Beach; Marion's sisters
Ruth Powell of Largo, Florida, and Doris Hutchison
of St. Petersburg, Florida; Noble's sister, Betty
Gerhardt, along with her husband, Fred, and their
daughter Lianne Gilbert and her ywo children,
Bryce and Logan of Boca Raton, Florida. Friends,
Don and Gladys (Wertz) Brayton of Deltona, Florida
and Laguna Hills, California, along with Don and
Shirley (Wertz) Bruce of Titusville, Florida, made
the celebration a golden one.
Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison, her daughter, Dianne,
and husband, Jerry Cox of Aiken, South Carolina,
were iced in, and because if this dangerous and
wintry weather, were unable to attend the festive
Noble and Marion graduated from Balboa High
School, Balboa, Canal Zone with the Class of 1933.
Jennifer Lynn Corrigan and Thomas Wal-
CORRIGAN LARSON ENGAGEMENT
Jack and Gloria (Ely) Corrigan of Clearwater,
Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement of
their daughter, Jennifer Lynne to Thomas W. Larson
of Boca Raton, Florida.
Jennifer is a 1982 graduate of Balboa High
School and a graduate of Tallahassee Commuity
College. She has also attended Florida State Uni-
versity, and is currently employed with a Federal
Agency in Tallahassee.
Her fiance is a graduate of Boca Raton High
School and Florida State University. He is cur-
rently employed with Prentice Hall Legal and Fi-
nancial Services in Tallahassee.
A May 28th wedding in Boca Raton is planned.
Joseph A. Robles and Janet Graham
ROBLES GRAHAM ENGAGEMENT
Marguerite (Neal) Robles of Clearwater, FL.,
and David de C. Robles of Panama City, Panama, are
pleased to announce the engagement of their son,
Joseph A. Robles and Janet Graham. Janet's par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. James and Ixrena Graham of
Bowling Green, KY, share equally in the joyful
pleasure of this announcement.
The news was happily received by Joseph's
grandparents he late Jacob A. Robles, Gerald and
Marie Neal of St. Petersburg, FL., and Virginia
(Hanna) Copello of Clearwater, FL, as well as
Joseph's sister, Esther Marie Robles currently
attending Georgetown University Law School, Wash-
Joseph and Janet are pursuing graduate studies
at Virginia Tec., Blacksburg, VA., and will
announce detailed wedding plans as the completion
of their graduate work draws near.
On January 1, 1988, Denise Rainier and Michael
Sullivan were married at Holy Cross Chapel in Fort
Former Canal Zone residents in attendance were
the bride's father, Capt. E.B. Rainier and Mrs.
Rainier of Lincoln, Nebraska; her sister, Michele
Hattan of Lacon, Illinois; and brothers, CQM Tom
White of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Bill White of
Des Moines, Iowa.
The bride is employed at Holy Cross Hospital,
and the groom with Tagship, Inc. in Port Ever-
Carol Forbes, granddaughter of Ermn Forbes of
Sun City, CA., married Alan Stockwell, November 7,
1987 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The wedding
was held in a friend's home and twenty-six guests
returned to the home of her father, Jim Forbes,
(BHS'50) for brunch including wedding cake
beautifully created by Carol with the help of
friends and Heather, Carol's younger sister.
That evening there was a dance and reception at
the Faculty Club at the University of British Col-
umbia for about 100 more well-wishers.
Susan Forbes Haddow, Carol's older sister, hus-
band, Brian and two children from Dawson Creek
were among the guests. Indeed, Rae Elisabeth was
the flower girl. A number of Alan's relations and
friends from Ontario and Victoria, B.C. also at-
tended the wedding.
Alan is a marine biologist who travels around
the world consulting on shrimp and prawn farming.
They met about eighteen months ago in Vancouver.
His company's desire to transfer back to Ottawa
provided a stimulus for decision making with a
happy result. Carol returns to Ottawa with Alan in
January, after a trip to Hawaii. She is leaving
her job she has had with an architect for eighteen
months and is looking for another position there.
Carol graduated in Architecture in 1982 from
Oklahoma State University.
Marta Lee Tanner-Mason
Marta (Tita) Lee Tanner, daughter of Stephen
and Martha (Irvin) Tanner of Boise, Idaho and Pan-
ama, became the bride of Gary William Mason, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mason of Panama, in Rich-
mond, Texas, on December 18, 1987. The double-ring
courthouse ceremony was celebrated at the home of
the couple's friends, Wisia Kaliszcak and Richard
Present for the occasion were the bride's
mother; her sister, Amanda Tanner from Tallahassee
and her brother, Donald Tanner from Tampa. Unable
to attend were Tita's father and brother, Lt. Ed-
ward Tanner, USMC, who sent their felicitations by
phone. Several other close friends shared the wed-
ding and the celebration filet mignon luncheon
prepared by Wisia Kaliszczak.
They spent their honeymoon in Mexico, after
which Marta, a 1981 graduate of Cristobal High
School returned to the University of South Alabama
in Mobile to complete the requirements for her
degree. Gary, a BHS graduate, returned to his
duties with the U.S. Coast Guard in Eureka, CA.
The couple plans to establish a home together
in California in the early summer.
Jacquelyn Ward, bride of Robert Reece
Jacqueline R. "Jackie" Ward of Palmetto, Flo-
rida and Robert Reece Forrest of Bradenton, Flo-
rida were married October 2, 1987 at the First
Baptist Church in Palmetto.
The matron of honor was Melissa Ward Odan,
(BHS'70) and the maid of honor was Deborah J. Ward
(BHS'67), both daughters of the bride. Rebecca Joy
Odom, granddaughter of the bride, was a junior
The groom's brother Woodrow Forrest was best
man, and the groom's nephew, Thomas Reece Forrest
was groomsman. Aaron Davis Odom, grandson of the
bride, was junior groomsman.
A reception was held in the church's fellowship
hall after the candlelight ceremony. The newlyweds
honeymooned for several days on Long Boat Key in
Sarasota and then spent two weeks touring the
While in Hawaii, Jackie phoned Ila Crowell, a
former CZ resident who was there on a 7-month vis-
it. Ila was a Budget Analyst for the Dept. of Army
at Corozal before retirement, and is the widow of
Dick Crowell, formerly a lockmaster at Miraflores
Locks. Ils and her friend Howard Lambeth, a 30-
year resident of Hawaii, took Jackie and Reece
sightseeing and shopping one afternoon. Jackie and
Ila spent much of their time together exclaiming
how much Hawaii reminded them of Panama, especial-
ly the foilage, fruits and scenery.
Jackie was the widow of Marvin C. Ward, Mira-
flores lockmaster before his retirement in 1983.
Jackie worked in the Adminstrative Services Div.
and the Systems Div. before she retired in 1983.
The couple is at home at 5102 38th Avenue W.,
Bradenton, FL 34209.
Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Scott Beeman
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hall of Sarasota, Florida,
are pleased to announce the marriage of their
daughter, Jill Colleen Hall to Randolph Scott Bee-
man on Saturday, November 28, 1987.
The wedding took place at St. Martha's Church,
Sarasota, followed by a reception at the Sunmer-
house, Siesta Key, Florida.
Jill and Skipper Berger
Mr. and Mrs. Cash Paulson announce the marriage
of their daughter, Jill, to Engelbert (Skipper)
Berger on December 31, 1987 in Tallahassee, FL.
Skipper is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Engelbert E. Berger, Sr. Mr. Berger was a retired
attorney in Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Jill is a graduate of Cristobal High School and
Florida State University. Skipper is also a grad-
uate of CHS and is presently employed with the
Department of Defense in the Republic of Panama.
The couple will reside in Margarita. Their
address is PSC Box 607, APO Miami FL 34008.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Morris, Jr.
The marriage of Miss Jean Page Maisano and Mr.
Kenneth L. Morris, Jr., was solemnized October 17,
1987 at Ursuline Chapel, New Orleans, LA.
The bride is a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph
Victor Maisano, and the bridegroom is a son of Mr.
and Mrs. Morris of Panama. A reception followed at
The bride, whose mother is the former Miss
Gloria Jane Sigl, was graduated from Ursuline
Academy and is attending the University of New
Orleans in special education. She is employed by
a nutrition consultant.
She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Travis Wallace
of Dothan, Alabama, formerly of Panama, and the
step-granddaughter of Mr. Wallace.
The bridegroom, whose mother was before her
marriage Miss Diane Marie Vestal, attended Balboa
High School, Canal Zone, and was graduated from
the University of New Orleans with a bachelor of
business administration degree. He is employed by
United Parcel Service.
He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Vestal
of St. Petersburg, Florida and Mr. and Mrs. James
J. Morris of Clearwater, Florida.
The couple will reside in New Orleans.
Arden Lou Cooke and Captain John W. O'Daniel
are pleased to announce their marriage which took
place November 28, 1987, at the United Methodist
Chapel in Cape Coral, Florida.
Arden is the daughter of Mabel E. Cooke of
Hanpton, Virginia, and the late A.H. "Tac" Cooke,
former Gamboa residents. Arden retired from the
Marine Bureau in 1981, and has been living in
John, a former Panama Canal pilot, retired in
They are currently staying in Southport, North
Former Zonians attending were Captain and Mrs.
Joe Christian, Doctor and Mrs. Ed Healey, and
Captain and Mrs. Harrell Hixon.
Jacque Hunt and Ted Arias
Jacquelin Lee Hunt and Teodoro "Ted" Arias were
united in marriage on January 7, 1988, in Panama,
Republic of Panama.
Jacque is the daughter of Louise (Rathgeber)
Hunt and the late Joseph M. Hunt. She is employed
with the Executive Planning Staff of the Panama
Ted is the son of Una Arias and the late Dr.
"Teddy" Arias. He is working with the Meteorologi-
cal and Hydrographic Branch for the Panama Canal
A family dinner was held at the Fort Amador
Officer's Club on the evening of the wedding.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Willard J.
French (Diane Sparks, BHS'63) and John R. Gough II
(BHS'64), the nephew of William E. Gough III (BHS
'67), the brother of Mrs. Gregory S. Layman (Linda
Lee Gough), and the grandson of Kathleen C. and
John R. Gough Sr., and Mrs. Myrtle P. Sparks and
the last Lee R. Sparks.
Out-of-town guests included Laurence C. Gough,
Golf, Ill.; Mrs. Martha A. Nelson, Madison, WI.,
and Mr. amd Mrs. Max F. Schiebold, Lincoln Park,
MI. About 200 attended the wedding and reception.
The groom was bron and reared in the Canal Zone
and attended Cristobal High School, graduating
from Bonanza High School, Las Vegas, in 1982. He
is serving in the US Army as an Operations Sgt.
for H.Q., 5th Infantry Div., Ft. Polk, La. The
couple plans to reside off-base in New Llano, LA.
Stacey D. Follett
Bridgitte Ann Matherne and Sgt. John
Robert Gough III just prior to their
wedding in Marrero, LA.
Sgt. John R. Gough III and Bridgitte Ann Math-
erne were married on December 4, 1987, at St.
Joseph the Worker Church in Marrero, La. The bride
was given away by her father, Irving J. Matherne.
The best man was Donald Ausherman of Martinez, CA.
and Ross C. Stilley
Stacey D. Follett and Ross C. Stilley were
united in marriage on July 25, 1987 at the Derby
United Church in Derby, Vermont. Stacey is the
daughter of Joe and Sue Follett of Ft. Gulick, RP.
The bride's attendants were Stephanie and Julie
Follett. Groomsmen were George Hayden and Nathan
Hopper. Ross's niece, Rachel was the perfect flow-
Stacey and Ross are both graduates of Louisiana
State University. Ross is currently employed as an
engineering consulting firm in Houston. Stacey is
teaching third grade at DeChaumes Elementary in
Former Canal residents attending were Liz Gil-
lespie and her mother, Grace, of Hyannis, Mass.
The honeymoon was spent in fabulous Jamaica and
the happy couple are now residing at 2208 D Mill-
stone, Houston, Texas 77073.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
RO. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508
Jean and Peter Baas of
Gulfport, Mississipi be-
came the proud parents of
a girl, Lauren Kathryn,
born September 27, 1987.
Lauren, weighing 6 lbs
4 oz. and measuring 19",
is their first child.
Paternal grandparents t
are Hilda L. Baas of
Vienna, Virginia, and the
late Matthew Baas, Sr.
Godparents are Matthew
Baas, Jr. of Vienna, Vir- Lauren Kathryn
ginia, and Judy Closius Baas
of Toledo, Ohio.
Captain and Mrs. Walter James (Deane Wallace)
announce the birth of their first child, Elizabeth
Wallace James, in Wiesbaden, West Germany on Dec-
ember 12, 1987. Elizabeth weighed 5 lbs. oz.
Maternal grandparents are Patrice Wallace Urick
of San Antonio, Texas, and the late Robert D. Wal-
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
James of Houston, Texas.
Phil and Debbie (Bos-
well) Sanders would like
to announce the birth of
their third child. Cait-
lin Rose was born on May
/ t 13, 1987 in Houston, Tx.
She joins two sisters,
Marla, age 5 and Shelly,
are Jerry and Shirley
." .Boswell of Holiday, Fla.
Paternal grandparents are
SDottie Sanders and the
Caitlin Sanders late Irl Sanders of Hud-
Bob and Gail Gregg Weien announce the birth of
their first child, Mary Alice, on December 5, 1987
at Wilford Hall Air Force Base Hospital, San Anto-
nio, Texas. She will be called "Molly."
Maternal grandparents are Marian and Gene Gregg
of Mandeville, La.
Jimmy, Robin and Devon Harris
Mrs. Foster Wise Harris Robberson is proud to
announce the birth of her first grandchild and her
mothers', Mrs. Russell T. Wises' first great-
Devon Cynthanie Harris was born January 4,
1987. Jimmy, Robin and Devon Harris live at 1858
Springtime Ave., Clearwater, Fla. 34615.
TWINS Joan Allison Baird and John
Anderson Baird, Jr.
Kim (Carter) and John Baird of Katy, Texas,
proudly announce the birth of twins. John Anderson
Jr. and Joan Allison Baird were born November 19,
1987, on their father's birthday. 'This is the
best birthday gift a father can get." said John
Their sister, Rebecca was very excited also.
Maternal grandparents are Marilyn and Wade Car-
ter Jr. of Kerrville, Texas. Paternal grandmother
is Mrs. Jo Baird of Shuqualak, MS.
John Joseph Coaerton
III was born November 30,
1987 to John and Bliss
(Morris) Connerton in \
Piano, Texas. John was
weighed at 8 Ibs. 9 oz.
and was 20 inches long.
are Bob and Linda Morris
of Richardson, Texas.
are John and Jean Conner-
ton of Binghamton, New
York. John Connerton
Margaret 'Wo" Morris, who was visiting from Panama
helped celebrate John's first Christmas along with
uncle and Godfather Lt. Will Morris of Pacific
Beach, California; uncle Carlton and aunt Victoria
of Dallas, Texas, and family from New York.
Great-aunt Marnie Hanesworth, who lives in
Plano, has already offered her baby-sitting ser-
Lisa (Swisher) and Bob Avey of West Redding,
Connecticut, announce the birth of a second dau-
ghter, Taylor Marie, on December 28, 1987. Taylor
weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. She joins her sister, Dan-
ielle Elizabeth, 2%.
Taylor's maternal grandparents are Arden (Cooke)
O'Daniel of North Carolina, and the late Charles
Swisher of Florida.
Maternal great-grandmother is Mabel Cooke of
Paternal grandparents are Bill and Mary Avey of
Rochelle (1 week old) and Ryan Reyes
Roy and Charlotte (Craig) Reyes are proud to
announce the birth of their second child, Rochelle
Marie Reyes on December 18, 1987. Rochelle weighed
7 pounds 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.
Anxiously awaiting Rochelle's arrival was her
big brother, Ryan, who is 2 years old.
Paternal grandparents are Tomas and Diva Reyes
of Tampa, Florida. Maternal grandparents are Wil-
liam and Margaret Craig
John and Dawn Les-
siack of Kerrville, TX.
proudly announce the
birth of their first
child, daughter Lauren
Ella, on October 31,
1987. Lauren weighed
8 lbs. 4 oz. and mea-
sured 21" long at her
birth. She is the fifth
grandchild of Katherine
(Adams) Lessiack of
Kerrvile and the late
Robert Lessiack. Kathi
is thrilled to finally
have a grandchild to
hug! Lauren is welcomed
of Raleigh, North Caro-
Steffani, John Edward, Mellisa Algaier
Mr. and Mrs. John Allgaier proudly announce the
birth of a grandson, John Edward, to son John and
Cheryl Allgaier, Jr. Maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Dees.
This is their third child, and he joins his
sisters, Steffani and Mellisa.
by her aunt and uncle, Susan (Lessicak) and Lewis
Stabler and cousins Tinny and Bobbie, still in
Panama. Cousin Leslie Griffin attends Carnegie-
Mellon in Pittasburgh, PA. The other Lessiack
cousin, Jennifer Lessiack, lives in Belleville,
IL. Lauren is named after Jennifer's father and
John and Susan's brother, the late Loren Lessiack.
Maternal grandparents are Glenowen and Martha
Jenkins of Kansas City, MO.
Mark Edward Davis with sister, Beth Ann
Ed and Karen Davis of Houston, Texas, are proud to
announce the birth of their daughter, Beth Ann, on
September 15, 1987. Beth ann joins her brother,
Grandparents are Milton and Thalma Davis of
Garland, Texas, and William and Irene Willey, of
Kathy and Tom Wilde
are happy to announce th
birth of the second dau
ghter, Brittany Lynette
on July 27, 1987, in Oca
Brittany weighed 7 lb
42 oz. and measured 20
inches. She joins he
are Harold and Jane
Grise of Elkhart, Indian
Rosemary Wilder of Ocala
Arden Allan Jenner
s are Capt. Albert and
,Florida, formerly of the
Jim and Kevan Jenner
of Ocean Springs, Missis-
sippi, announce the birth
of their daughter, Arden
Allan Jenner, born Oct-
ober 24, 1987. Vital
statistics: 6 Ibs. 7 oz.
and 192 inches.
is Janet Jenner of Pen-
Carlos Alberto and Lisa (Henriquez) Sosa Jr. of
Panama, R.P. proudly announce the birth of their
first child, Anna Lisa Sosa on May 31, 1987, in
Sharing honors as first-time grandparents are
Edward J. and Anita (Leonard) Henriquez, Jr. and
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Alberto Sosa, Jr. of Panama.
Anna Lisa's maternal great-grandparemts are
Doris (Maduro) and David Leonard of Sarasota, FL.
and Edard J. Henriquez Sr. and the late Vita Hen-
riquez, of Panama.
The paternal great-grandparents are Mrs. Rita
(Gaspeasoro) Arango and Mrs. Eliza (Jimenez) Sosa
Wayne and Bonnie
Willis Seeley announce
the birth of the daugh-
ter, Darlene Elizabeth
Seeley on October 24,
1987. She weighed 7 lbs
8 oz. and measured 20
inches and was deliver-
ed at Gorgas Army Hos-
pital, Panama. Darlene
joins her sister Vicki, .- i
and is also welcomed by Darlene Elizabethe
maternal grandparents, Seeley
Ken and Doris Willis of Margarita, Panama, and
paternal grandparents, Vernon and Wanda Seeley of
David and Mayra (Linares) Seitz, of Lumberton,
Mississippi, are happy to announce the birth of
their first child, Katherine Anne, who was born on
December 8, 1987.
Maternal grandparents are Rolando and Mayra
Linares of Balboa, Republic of Panama; paternal
grandparents are Don and Donna Seitz of Hatties-
burg, Mississippi, formerly of Balboa, Republic of
Mr. and Mrs. George Herring proudly announce
the arrival of their 32nd. grandchild through
courtesy of their daughter, Anne Marie. Anne has
named her baby boy Mark Ryan. He weighed 7 Ibs.
and was 19 3/4 inches long.
The proud grandparents were visiting in Panama
when Mark arrived on October 15, 1987!
Just a note to announce that Gail and I just
adopted a brand new baby boy, born January 13,
1988. That's why we are late for our '88 dues!
He is named Andrew Mitchell Cooper, and weighed
8 lbs. 6 oz. at birth.
Alfred E. and Gail A. Cooper
.,mL.a ana Shannon
(McPerson) Fletcher of
St. Petersburg, Florida,
proudly announce the
birth of their first
child, Kayla Denise, on
October 29, 1987. Kyla
weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz. and
is 5 weeks old in photo.
S are Pete and Mary Lou
(Dailey) Lang. Maternal
*.. great-grandparents are
.. Earl and Charlotte (Wahl)
Dailey and Mina (Adans)
Dee. Maternal great-great
Kayla Denise grandmother is Lydia
Fletcher (Morse) Shannon.
Robert and Dolores Hammetter of Sarasota, Fl.
are happy to announce the birth of their first
granddaughter, and third grandchild, on Christmas
Day, December 25, 1987 in Jacksonville, Florida.
The proud parents are their son-in-law and daugh-
ter, Max and Robyn (Hammetter) Suter.
Their very special Christmas present weighed
8 lbs. 6 oz. and is 20k" long. She has been named
Emily Marie Suter, the "Emily" for Dolores' mother
and "Marie" for Bobs' mother. Needless to say, the
grandparents are very proud of the name.
Emily Marie joins two brothers, Alfred and El-
lery, who are very happy with their extra-special
Welcome to the world,
Enrique Canto! He was
born on October 14,
1987, at 9:20 p.m. and
weighed 8 Ibs. 15 oz.!
He was 21 inches long.
He is the second
child of proud parents,
Tobias and Lourdes
Canto. Lourdes reports
that he is a very good
age, weighed 18 pounds.
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William J. Bright, Jr., 79, of Panama, R.P.,
was killed November 25, 1987 in Panama, returning
home to Chorerra when his vehicle was struck head-
on by a bus on Boy Scout Hill, R.P. He died in-
stantly. A native of Pennsylvania, he arrived in
the Canal Zone in 1929, completing almost 47 years
as a civilian employee for the US Army before re-
tiring. He was married to Diana Isabel Marine for
43 years until her death in January, 1983. He was
a former Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks; a found-
ing member and the first President of the Lions
Club, and a Grand Knight of the Knights of Colum-
bus. He also played Santa Claus all over Panama
for more than 20 years, primarily at orphanages.
He is survived by his son, William J. Bright,
III, and a grandson, William J. Bright IV.
Esther E. Campbell, 101, of Atlanta, Georgia,
died December 5, 1987. She was born in Garrison,
Kansas. She was a registered nurse and graduated
from German Hospital, Kansas in 1914. She went to
the Canal Zone and was married in 1924 to the late
Charles P. Campbell, a former Police and Fire Ins-
pector in the Canal Zone. She was a member of the
Eastern Star in Kansas City, Mo.
She is survived by her daughter, Jean Inzer,
Atlanta; grandsons, Richard H. Farrington, Tucker,
Ga.; Capt. Charles A. Farrington, DeRidder, La.;
greatgrandchildren, Christopher, Alisa and Cheryl
Farrington, all of DeRidder; sister-in-law, Mary
Bell Westman, Columbia, S.C.; nieces and nephews.
Rachel Carson, 78, of Kerrville, Texas, died
January 2, 1988 in a local hospital. A 15-year
resident of Kerrville and a prior resident of the
Panama Canal Zone, Mrs. Carlson was born in McKin-
ney. Her marriage to Harry Carlson took place Feb-
ruary 9, 1946, in Cristobal, Canal Zone. She was
Survivors include her husband, Harry Carlson;
a daughter, Shirley Givonetti of Kerrville; sons,
Herbert H. Carlson of Victoria and Jon A. Carlson
of Ingram; a sister, Penny Funk of Clearwater,
Florida; brothers, Harry M. Witt of Mathis and Ray
S. Witt of New Blaine, Arkansas; seven grandchild-
ren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Carlson is remembered as the owner of the
Diablo Heights Beauty Shop, which she operated un-
til her husband's retirement.
Natalie B. Clute, 74, of Santa Rosa, California
died December 18, 1987 at Kaiser Hospital in San
She is survived by her husband, William T.
Clute, who retired from the Marine Bureau of the
Panama Canal Company in 1971; two daughters, Ellen
Starkey of Ollala, Washington, and Janet Riggs of
South Hamilton, Massachusetts; and two grandchild-
ren, Nina and Charlie Riggs.
Margaret Mae Coate, 72, of Kissinmee, Florida
died November 11, 1987. Born in Licking County,
Ohio, she moved to Kissimmee from Gatun, Panama
Canal Zone in 1977. She was a homemaker and a Pro-
testant. She was a member of the Cristobal Women's
Club, a past president and life member of the Kis-
simmee Woman's Club and a member of the Kissimnee
Survivors include her husband, Curtis L.; a
daughter, Karen Mowery, Columbus, Ohio; a son,
Randy, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; a sister, Lucille Coon,
Mt. Vernon, Ohio; brothers Orio Stradley, Robert
Stradley, all of Ohio and three grandchildren.
Joseph Corklin, Jr., 79, passed away January 17,
1988. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. When he
graduated from high school, his uncle in the Canal
Zone sent him the fare to Panama, where he stayed
and worked in a bank for four years before trans-
ferring to the Panama Railroad as a conductor,
where he worked until retirement in 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Glen Conklin
of the home; a son, Joseph Gerald Conklin of Win-
nemuca, Nevada; a daughter, Bonnie Jean McClish of
Bella Vista, Arkansas, and a sister, Bertha Aah-
rens of Wagoner, Oklahoma and a grandchild.
John Allan Conn, 73, of Memphis, Tennessee,
died November 14, 1987 at Baptist Hospital East
after an apparent heart attack. He was a retired
chief engineer for the Panama Canal Conpany. He
was a member of Union Valley Baptist Church in
Belle Union, Indiana, the Lewis Center and Peabody
Center for Senior Citizens and a graduate of Johns
Hopkins University and Central Normal College in
He leaves a wife, Mildred Seals Conn; two dau-
ghters, Mrs. Carol Dugan of Memphis and Mrs. Bar-
bara Proctor of Reelsville, Ind.; two step-daugh-
ters, Mrs. Marie Franke and Mrs. Brenda Miller,
and a stepson, William Seals, all of Menphis;
three granddaughters, 10 stepgrandchildren and a
Betty Louise (Nolan) Conrad, 69, of Greenbrae,
California, passed away August 23, 1947. She was
born in the Canal Zone, the daughter of the late
Edward T. and Emily W. Nolan. Educated in Canal
Zone schools, she graduated from Mary Washington
College of Fredericksburg, Va. She returned to the
Isthmus and worked for the government at Albrook
Field. Later she moved to San Francisco and re-
tired from the Navy Legal Department.
She is survived by her sister, Doris (Nolan)
Lefferts of Hockessin, Delaware.
Charles Delaney, a former US Navy civilian em-
ployee and Panama Canal employee, died March 3,
1987. He loved to tell about the Panama Canal and
all the wonderful friends he and his wife made
while working there. Those were his fondest mem-
He is survived by a daughter, Marian Delaney
Cook of Roswell, Ga., and a son.
Daphne (Field) Downing, 80, of Houston, Texas,
passed away at home in November, 1987. A long time
resident of the Canal Zone, Panama, and Coronado,
R.P., she moved to Houston with her husband, Roy
in 1979. They were both in the chicken business in
Panama for many years and when they moved to Coro-
nado, everyone depended on her as Sheriff, Direct-
or of Grounds Maintenance and just jack-of-all-
trades, as well as a good friend.
She is survived by her daughter, Melissa Dolan;
a son, George Downing; sisters, Vanessa Eisemann
and Daisy Ligon; brothers Mickey Fields and Cyrus
Field; thirteen grandchildren and five great-grand
Elizabeth "Betty" Duncan, 80, died on January
15, 1988 in Ocala, Florida, where she made her
home with her sister-in-law. She was the widow of
the late Peter W. Duncan, who was an Atlantic side
Canal Zone pilot for many years prior to his re-
tirement and settling in DeBary, Florida.
Survivors include two brothers, William Brown
of Elmhurst, Long Island, N.Y. and Jack Brown of
Ruth C. Dwelle, 90, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died December 5, 1987. Born in Massachusetts, she
came to St. Petersburg in 1971 from the Panama
Canal Zone. She was a stenographer. She was akso
a member of the Congregational Church.
Survivors include two sons, J. Douglas Lord, of
St. Petersburg, and Robert B. Lord, Louisiana; a
daughter, Shirley Lord, Louisiana; three grand-
children and six great-grandchildren.
Clifford Hilda Bwing, of Jacksonville, Florida,
died September 13, 1987. She entered the Canal
Zone service in 1941 and retired in 1961. She was
a staff registered nurse on the Atlantic side in
Colon, Margarita and Coco Solo Hospital. She was
known as "Dixie." In World War II she served in
the US Navy Reserve during 1943-1946 as a Lieuten-
ant in the Navy Nurse Corps.
She did not have any immediate family and will
be buried in Panama City, Florida, where she was
Helen B. Fischer, 86, of Cookeville, died Dec-
ember 14, 1987 in St. Thomas Hospital. She was a
native of Wisconsin and the widow of the late Wal-
ter M.O. Fisher, former chemistry teacher at Bal-
boa High School who retired in 1965. Mrs. Fischer
was also a homemaker.
Her family includes a daughter, Jo Ann Boling
of Cookeville; three half-sisters, Vera Dorfmeis-
ter of Cotter, AR., Adeline Bent of Lakeland, FL.,
and Jackie Graybus of Denver, CO; two half-bro-
thers, Eugene Behnke of Ft. Pierce, FL and Kurt
Behnke of Great Falls, MT; two grandchildren, Mel-
issa and Valerie Boling of Cookeville, and son-in-
law John Boling.
William B. Fleming of Chula Vista, CA. died in
Coronado on July 8, 1987. Born in Valparaiso,
Chile, he came to the Canal Zone at about 8 years
of age and graduated from Balboa High School about
1935. During his school years he was a member of
the award-winning swimming team which entered the
Pan American Games. His father was Carrol Bernard
Fleming, a civil engineer. After attending Trinity
College and serving in the US Army, he was employ-
ed as assistant manager of the coffee manufactur-
ing plant in the Zone and in the commissary at
Cristobal. He retired from the US Dept of Justice,
Border Patrol and was active in the San Diego Mas-
ters Swimming Program. He and the former Nelda
Torbett married in 1947, a former teacher.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 3
daughters, Carol Fleming-Davies, a writer of Sunny
Isle, St. Croix, Virgin Islands; Colleen Fleming
of San Diego, a nurse at UCSD, Patricia Osuna of
Chula Vista, employed by San Diego Transit and 2
Patricia T. Fulrath, 55 of St. Petersburg, FL.,
died January 17, 1988 at Gulfport Convalescent.
Born in Coco Solo, Canal Zone, she came to this
area in 1982 from San Jose, CA. She was a nurse's
Survivors include her parents, Mary and Phillip
Capt. William Gillespie, 64, of Hyannis, Mass.
died December 19, 1987 in Eagle Pond Nursing Home
in South Dennis, following a long illness. Born in
Grafton, he was a graduate of Massachusetts Mari-
time Academy, Class of 1942-43, and attained the
rank of captain in the maritime fleet at age 24.
He was a captain for the Isthmian Steamship Com-
pany in New York City and was a pilot for the Pan-
ama Canal Company for 23 years and retired in May,
1979 on medical disability. He was a member of the
Franklin Masonic Lodge in Grafton and a former
member of the Hyannis Yacht Club.
He is survived by his wife, Grace E. (Pintauro)
Gillispie of Hyannis; two sons, William A. Gilles-
pie of Marstons Mills and Russell Gillespie of
Pensacola, Florida; a daughter, Elizabeth Gilles-
pie of Centerville; a sister, Jean Peterson of
Grafton; one grandson and several nieces and
Edna W. Glenn, 92, died December 20, 1987 in
Longview, Texas. She was the widow of Clifford M.
Glenn, a Panama Canal Company retiree of 1956.
She is survived by four children, Carolyn
Johnson of Kissimmee, FL., Lois Brown of Farming-
ton Hills, MI., Stanley F. Glenn of Longview, TX.,
and Hallie A. Witcher of Ft. Gulick, Panama; 13
grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.
George Morton Hall, 81, passed away in his
sleep on November 11, 1987 in Miami, Florida. He
retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1962
after 37 years of service where he worked for the
Post Office Division. He was also a retired Lt.
Col. in the US Air Force, serving in Panama during
World War II. He has been living in Miami since
He is survived by his wife, Elcy; a son, John
Hall of Costa Rica; son Henry Hall of California;
a daughter, Lt. Comn. Rozella O'Bryant of Califor-
nia; a stepson, Grady Cogbill of California; 15
grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
George W. Holcroft, 73, whose 32-year career in
government service took him around the world, died
November 28, 1986 in Sharp Cabrillo Hospital in
San Doego, California. A resident of Point Loma,
he was born in New Bedford, Mass., joining the
Navy early in World War II. He became a military
attache and was assigned to various posts, includ-
ing Chunking, China; Ottawa and Stockholm, Sweden.
Later he was a staff member in the Pentagon's car-
tography department. He was head of the engineering
branch of the Inter-American Geodetic Survey in
Panama at the time of his retirement in 1968.
He is survived by two daughters, Sheila Ann
Dupree and Jane Margaret Crouch, both of Panama;
a son, George Holcroft Jr. of Miami; eight grand-
children, and a sister, Rita B. Larson of Marble-
Farnsworth, Janet Watkins and Jacquelin Hunt, all
of the Panama Canal Zone, and a brother, John A.
Hunt also of Panama Canal Zone; eight granddaugh-
ters, several nieces and nephews.
Ross H. Hollowell, 86, of South Pasadena, Flo-
rida, died January 3, 1988, at Palms of Pasadena
Hospital. Born in Cincinnati, he came to the St.
Petersburg area in 1961 from the Panama Canal Zone
where he retired in 1953 as chief planner and es-
timator for the Panama Canal Company after 42
years of service. He was a member of the Balboa
Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and York Rite Bodies,
and Abou Saad Shrine Temple. He was a life member
of B.P.O.Elks Lodge #1414, Balboa. Locally, he was
a Past President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida during 1972-1974, and was a member of the
Beth Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a son,
Freeland R. Hollowell Sr. of Dothan, Ala.; a dau-
ghter, Lois M. Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a
sister, Margaret Brameld of Headland, Ala.; six
grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
John L. Hughes Jr., 64, of Chesapeake, Virginia
died September 11, 1987 in a hospital. A native of
Norfolk, he retired from the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers, Panama Canal Zone. He was a member of
Ancon Masonic Lodge AF&AM, Abou Saad Shrine, and
Scottish Rite Bodies in the Canal Zone. He was
also a member of the Chesapeake Shrine Club.
Survivors include his wife, Felipa Marie Rojas
Hughes; a daughter, Teresa Rezage, Norfolk; four
sons, Edward L., William E. Crawley and Leonardo
R. Hughes all of Chesapeake, and John L. III of
Richmond; three sisters, Dorothy V. Bailey and
MargieL. Rola, both of Norfolk, and Niney Pace of
Lakeworth, Fla.; a brother, James S. Hughes of
Chesapeake and six grandchildren.
Joseph M. Hunt, 65, of Dothan, Alabama, passed
away November 12, 1987 in a Dothan hospital after
a brief illness. A native of the Panama Canal
Zone, he lived most of his life there, and resided
in Dothan for the past 10 years. He was assistant
chief of the Marine Traffic Control in the Canal
Zone prior to retirement. He was an avid sports
fan and was a graduate of BHS'40. He was a member
of St. Columbia Catholic Church in Dothan, and was
preceded in death by two brothers, James Hunt and
Survivors include his wife, Louise Rathgeber
Hunt, Dothan; a son, Maj. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr.,
Nuremberg, Germany; three daughters, Jerrilynn
Edna M. Jackson, 75, of Palmetto, Florida, died
December 20, 1987 at the L.W. Blake Hospital in
Bradenton, Fla. She was born in Georgia and was a
She is survived by her husband, Arnold Jackson
of Palmetto, who retired from the Locks Division
in May, 1974.
Jack Kaplan, of Hollywood, Florida, passed away
on November 7, 1987 after a long illness. He was
81 years old. He retited from the Motor Transport-
ation Division in 198 after 23 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Kaplan, of
John G. "Jack" Klunk, 78, died December 22,
1987, at Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was born in
Columbus, Ohio, and was a graduate of Cristobal
High School in 1928. He entered New York Univer-
sity in 1929 on a swimming scholarship and grad-
uated there in 1932.
He was a cousin of Dick, Pos and Bob Parker.
Robert Friant Koperski, 66, of Avon Park, Florida,
died November 11, 1987. He was born in Valparaiso,
Chile, son of the late Raymond Anthony and Mary
Friant Koperski. A resident of Avon Park since his
retirement, he lived formerly in Miami since 1947.
He was a US Army Air Force veteran of World War II
and worked as a surveyor in Miami until his re-
tirement. He attended Cristobal High School, grad-
uating in 1939 and married Marjean Metzger in
1946. He was a member of Civitan and an active
member of Plymouth Congrgational Church in Coconut
Grove and Union Congrgational Church in Avon Park,
He worked many years with Little League Baseball
and as an assistant scout leader.
He is survived by his wife, Marjean of Avon
Park; his mother, Mable Koperski of Danville, Ca.;
a daughter, Marion Case of Orlando, Fla.; also two
son, Robert of Basking Ridge, N.J. and William of
Miami; three grandchildren, and a sister, Barbara
Elliot of Walnut Creek, California.
Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr., 71, of La Jolla, Ca.,
famed as the World War II flying ace who shot down
the plane carrying Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, comnand-
er in chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy, died
December 3, 1987 at the Veterans Administration
Medical Center in La Jolla. He was born in Panama
where his father was stationed while serving in
the Army. During his military service he flew more
than 112 missions and shot down 17 enemy planes.
During the war years he helped train actor Jimny
Stewart to fly P-28's and became acquainted with
author Ernest Hemingway and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill. After the war he enjoyed a var-
ied and successful career, retiring in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; five dau-
ghters, Patricia Mix, Judith Strada, Janet Lan-
phier, Kathleen Lanphier, and Phyllis Lanphier;
and five grandchildren.
Delores (Dawning) Lindh, 61, of High Meadows,
North Carolina, passed away May 11, 1987 after a
brief illness. She lived both in the Canal Zone
and Panama City. She graduated from Balboa High
School in 1943, and she and her husband were for-
mer employees of Pan American Airways in the Canal
She is survived by her husband, George B. Lindh
and three sons, George Jr., Peter and Thomas; a
sister, Melissa Dolan; a brother, George Downing
and four grandchildren.
Donald McCaslin, who had been living in Belle-
view, Washington, died on July 6, 1987. He would
have been 66 years of age on July 16. Don was a
graduate of Balboa High School in the class of
He is survived by his sister, Grace Laurie, of
Palo Alto, California, and a nephew and a niece.
Phebe G. Neville, 96, of El Dorado, Arkansas,
passed away January 5, 1988 in a local hospital.
She was born in Whitesboro, New York, and was em-
ployed as a clerk with the Panama Canal Company
and retired in 1945, remaining in the Canal Zone
until 1962. She was a resident of Junction City
Arkansas from 1962 until 1974.
Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth N. Rey-
nolds of Hudson, New York; three grandchildren and
Mrs. Vern Prier (Inga Turner) died in her home
"Casa San Cristobal" in Antigua, Guatamala on Oct-
ober 17, 1987. She was the widow of Dr. Vern Prier
District Dentist in Cristobal for 40 years. She
was born in Jackson, Calif. Her father, William G.
Turner, a gold mining engineer went to Panama in
1901 (then Colombia) to superintend the Cana Gold
Mine, where he built his home and his wife and two
children joined him in 1902. When the mines were
sold he went to work with the Isthnian Canal Com-
mission, and lived in Bohio and other construction
townsites. Mrs. Prier was educated in early Canal
Zone schools and at St. Paul's School in Walla
Walla, Washington. She married in 1919 and had two
children, Dr. William E. Prier (deceased 1965) and
Inga Prier (Wallace). Mrs. Prier was active in the
Episcopal Church on the Isthmus; was an honorary
life member of the Royal Palm Chapter, O.E.S.; an
honorary member of the Cristobal Woman's Club; a
Charter member of the InterAmerican Women's Club;
and a member of the League of American Penwomen.
She was also an artist, studying at the U. of
Panama, Boston U., Kennebunkport, Me., and the
Institute San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
She is survived by her brother, William G.
Turner, Kansas; a daughter, Mrs. James B. (Inga
Prier) Wallace and son-in-law, Me.; a daughter-in-
law, Mrs. William E. Prier of California, and 8
grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Karen Elizabeth Reece, 22, of Virginia Beach,
Virginia, daughter of James W. Reece and Janet
Stockham Reece of Charlotte, N.C., died December
21, 1987, as the result of an automobile accident.
Karen and her mother were driving in Charlotte
when a van ran head-on into their car. Karen died.
Janet suffered a broken neck from which she is re-
covering. Karen was born in Bloomington, Ind., and
attended schools in Akron, Ohio and Charlotte, and
graduated from the U. of North Carolina in 1987.
She was a fourth grade teacher in Norfolk, Va. and
two days before the accident she became engaged to
G. Alvin Bunch Jr. of Hampton, Va. Karen was the
granddaughter of Roy D. Reece of the Electrical
Division and Roy C. Stockham of the Locks Div.
She is survived by her parents, both of BHS'56,
a brother, Douglas S. Reece, a cadet at the Cita-
del; a grandmother, Geneva E. Stockham, and a
step-grandmother, Virginia K. Reece, both of St.
Norman E. Rocker, 92, of Pasadena, California,
died at his home on November 9, 1987. He worked as
an Indian agent in North Dakota and Arizona before
moving to the Canal Zone in 1917. His collection
of stories of his work with the Indians and of the
Canal Zone were incorporated into a book which was
printed in 1986. He was active throughout his life
in the Masonic Order and with the senior citizens
in Lafayette, California and on Camano Island,
He is survived by daughters, Wyllis Leonhard of
Pasadena, California and Jeanne Allen of Reston,
Virginia; a son, Jack Rocker of Camano Island,
Washington. He dearly loved and enjoyed his nine
grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and was
looking forward with great anticipation to the
birth of his first great-great-grandchild due in
Marguerite Ruddy Schomrr, 69, of Deltona, Fla.
died suddenly on December 19, 1987. Born in Wash-
ington, D.C., she graduated from Sacred Heart
Academy and Inmaculata College of that city. She
was a gifted mezzo-soprano and a soloist in her
church choirs in Washington, D.C. and the Panama
Canal Zone. She also sang on the weekly Milton
Cross and Arthur Godfrey broadcast as well as
appearing in Radio City Music Hall in New York.
She was editor of her college paper and a literate
and articulate writer, and was active in numerous
community organizations and charitable activities.
Survivors are her husband, Norbert Michael; a
sister, Mary R. Rounds of Silver Spring, Md., and
a brother, John J. Ruddy, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Stanwood 0. Specht, 73, of St. Petersburg, FL.,
died January 30, 1988. Born in Bath, Maine, he re-
tired from the Panama Canal Company in 1969, where
he was a mechanical supervisor of the Power Branch
of the Electrical Division, with over 35 years of
service. He was a member of the Masons, Scottish
Rite and Abou Saad Temple. Locally, he was a mem-
ber of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a niece, Dolores Coleman, of
Port Charlotte, Florida.
Margaret Louise (McCoy) Stanley, 71, of Fair-
hope, Alabama, died June 26, 1987 after a long
bout with enphasyma. Born in West Virginia, she
accompanied her husband Charles Stanley to the
Canal Zone in the early 50's to live in Gatun un-
til they retired in the 70's. She was active in
the Eastern Star and the Gatun Union Church.
Survivors include her children; David Miller,
Rep. of Panama; Patricia Neabrey of Cincinnati,
Ohio; Daniel Stanley of Fairhope, Alabama, and
Mike Stanley of Melbourne, West Virginia, nine
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Leona H. Stevenson, 74, of Anacortes, Washing-
ton, died in a local nursing home September 14,
1987. She was born in Menomie, Wis. and was very
active in volunteer work, especially with Skagit
Counsel on Aging, the Alzheimer's Desease Society,
the Hospice Program and other senior citizen pro-
grams. She was the first manager of Anacortes
Manor and a member of the Westminster Presbyterian
Church of Anacortes.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Gilbert
Stevenson of Anacortes; two daughters, Carol Wil-
son of Anchorage, Alaska and Peggy Shoemaker of
Palmer, Ala.; a son, Michael Sherk of Anchorage;
a sister, Dorothy Blakeley of Wisconsin; Two bro-
thers, Aurthur Maves of Florida and Laverne Maves
of Wisconsin; five grandchildren an six grand-
Homer Howard "Hank" or "Slitd' Sunmerford, of
Centerville, Tennessee, died January 2, 1988 in
Centerville. He was a retired policeman from the
Canal Zone, and a member of Ancon Masonic Lodge
AF&AM and a member of the Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Edna Whel-
ton Summerford; three sons, Roark Howard of Gal-
latin, Tenn., Duncan Whelton of Clinton, OK., and
Dr. Jody David Summerford of Casa Grande, AZ; and
Gordon H. "SImoey" Thompson, 77, died of lung
cancer December 5, 1987 at his home in Gretna,
Florida. He was preceded in death by his brothers
James M. and Paul, and brother-in-law Edward Low-
ande. Gordon went to the Canal Zone as a youth and
worked for many years at both the Atlantic and
Pacific Oils Plants. He retired as chief foreman
of the Pacific Oil Plant in 1966. He spent his re-
maining years in Gretna.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marion;
two sons, Lane, of Shalimar, Fla. and Carl, of
Telogia, Fla.; two daughters, Celia Rick, of Lan-
caster, Pa., and Carole Corey of Houston, Texas;
10 grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Gladys Bald-
win, two nephews and four nieces. He is missed.
Howard J. Toland, 68, of Largo, Florida, died
January 8, 1988 at his residence. He was born in
Washington, Pa., and retired from the Panama Canal
Police Division in May, 1971 with 32 years of ser-
vice. Locally he was employed as the chief of sec-
urity at Florida Federal Savings and Loans in
Largo. He was a member of Ancon Masonic Lodge in
Balboa and a member of Abou Saad Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie; five sons,
Charles, Largo, Timothy and Patrick both of Rich-
mond Hills, N.Y., Robert, Delanco, N.J., and John,
Ozone Park, N.Y.; a daughter, Laverne Clark of
Largo; a brother, Leonard, of Youngstown, Ohio;
two sisters, Ethel Kelly and Mary McCartney, both
of Washington, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.
Robert Minot Van Wagner, 60, of Findlay, Ohio,
died December 16, 1987, at his home after a long
illness. He was the son of Robert and Lillian Van
Wagner of Hendersonville, N.C. and the brother of
Marguerite Runck of Hendersonville. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1945, and a graduate of
De Pauw University. He served as a Lieutenant in
the 1st Division of the U.S.M.C. in World War II
and the Korean War. He was president of Financial
and Risk Management Agency, Inc. of Findlay, a
member of the Life Underwriters Association, the
Million Dollar Round Table ans the First Presby-
terian Church of Findlay.
Survivors, in addition to his parents and sis-
ter, include his wife, Jacqueline; two sons, Mat-
thew David of Wayne, Ohio, and Robert Andrew of
Van Buren, Ohio; three grandchildren and five step
John "Lefty" C. Wallace, of Surfside, Florida,
died December 30, 1987. He worked for the Commis-
sary Division of the Panama Canal Company for 40
years before retiring to Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Clarisa
Rosales; 4 sons, Jackie, Bobby, Gary, William, and
a daughter, Patricia. His ashes will be scattered
into the Canal.
Dr. Robert Dean Wallace, who for many years was
veterinarian at Corozal Animal Hospital, died Nov-
ember 2, 1987 in San Antonio, Texas following a
brief illness. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, he
graduated from the University of Missouri with s
degree in veterinary medicine, and joined the
Canal organization in 1954 and retired from the
Health and Safety Division in 1982. Following his
retirement, he made his home in Nebraska and moved
to San Antonio in June 1987.
Surviving his is one daughter, Dean Wallace
James DDS, of Wiesbaden, Germany; three stepsons,
Albert (Chip) Wallace of Austin, Terrance Wallace
and Jay Wallace, both of Panama; and two step-
daughters, Susan Wallace Wexler of Mill Valley,
California, and Patrice Wallace of San Antonio.
Mabel M. Watts, 82, of Tallahassee, Florida,
died October 29, 1987 at Flowers Hospital in Doth-
an, Alabama. She was the widow of Walter C. Watts,
a former Mechanical Supervisor of Gatun Locks.
They left the Canal Zone in 1964 and moved to Tal-
lahassee for retirement. She was a member of the
Rock United Methodist Church in Tallahassee and
had remained a member of Coral Chapter #3, Order
of the Eastern Star of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty L. Kel-
leher of Dothan, AL.; two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn
Marcovitch, Baltimore, MD., Mrs. Ida Hessong, Cal-
lahan, FL., six grandchildren and four great-grand
James W. Westendorff, 73, of Aiken, South Caro-
lina, died January 8, 1988 in HCA Aiken Regional
Medical Centers. He was a native of St. George,
S.C. and was employed by Du Pont at the Savannah
River Plant. He was a communicant of St. Thaddeus
Episcopal Church. He attended public schools and
graduated from Balboa High in the Panama Canal
Zone, and he also worked there. He was a member of
N.A.R.F.E. and was a Master Mason of Aiken Masonic
Lodge No. 156 AFM for more than 50 years. He was
also a member of Houndslake Country Club, and a
member of the South Carolina Chapter of the Panama
Surviving are his widow, Caroline Long Westen-
dorff; a daughter, Candace (Mrs. Glenn W.) Frier-
son, Columbia; and a sister, Edna Mae (Mrs. Billie
M.) Reavis, St. George, S.C.
Ruth H. Whipple, of Dunedin, Florida, died on
January 8, 1988 at Bay Tree Nursing Center, Palm
Harbor. She was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
and left the Canal Zone 28 years ago. She was an
Survivors include two grandsons; two nephews,
Elwin Mcllvaine of Clearwater, Fla., and Reed Hop-
kins of the Panama Canal area; and a niece, Bar-
bara Hopkins, of Houston, Texas.
John J. Van Zant, of San Francisco, late of San
Bruno, California, died November 7, 1987. A native
of Panama Canal Zone, he was 66 years of age, be-
loved husband of Jane J. (Azzopardi) Van Zant,
dear father of Steven Van Zant of Palo Alto; dear
brother of Jim Van Zant, Jesse Van Zant, Judy
Ingebretson and Joan Ferrante; also survived by
nieces and nephews.
OUR CHANGE OF ADDRESS
THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA IS:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P.O. Box 1508
PALM HARBOR, FLORIDA 34682-1508
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
SWe enjoyed a trip to New Zealand and Australia
S in February. We were gone 4 weeks and returned
home just in time to sell our home in Des Moines,
Iowa and move to Tucson.
Are there other Canal Zone families in Tucson?
SIn the move we lost our Canal Record.
Our new address is: 1566 W. San Lucas Drive,
S.Tucson, AZ 85704.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo W. Cagley
Front, L-R: Bill Violette, Roy Sharp,
Isabel Gibson, Frances Sharp, Emo Ever-
son, Lois Shedlock, Culbert Shedlock, Fi
Everson. Back L-R: Jean Violette, Jim
Wood, Louise (Heim) Saum, Barny and
Betty Forgeson, Jack Campbell, Virginia
(Preston) Wood, Don and Vivian Hockman
and Cal Underwood.
FORGESONS CRUISING AGAIN!
Happy New Year from Betty (Comley) and Barney
Forgeson! 1987 was good to us, especially health-
wise and we enjoyed two cruises to start and end
the year! One in January to Cozumel, Mexico; the
other in December, 14 days to the Caribbean on the
"Vistafjord" with Canal Zone friends, Ann (Green)
and Al Tillman from Arlington, Virginia.
In between August September we traveled
by car approximately 5,000 miles from Florida to
upper Michigan for a fun-visit with our "best man"
Ed Fucik and wife, Peg (Reinig) from Pedro Miguel,
at their summer cottage in Neibish. Then on into
Canada and down the eastern seaboard sight-seeing
plus a visit with sister Mary Jane (Caoley) and
Jess Lachlen in Arlington, Virginia.
In November, a group of Barney's friends here
in Florida helped him celebrate his 70th birthday
on November 11, 1987. (See photo).
Tierra Verde, FL
THE LEO CAGLEYS' HAVE MOVED
Thanks so much for letting us know about the
Post Office's problem with our move. Yes, we have
moved to Tucson the 1st of May this year and just
love it. We're only two hours away from our son,
Marc, his wife, Jerill, and our two granddaughters
Holly and Rachel, four and two respectively. Our
eldest son, Lee, lives in Los Angeles, so we're
close to the whole family.
THE LELEAUXS' MOVE ALSO
Just to let you know I have a change of address
which is: 130 Rustwood Drive, Biloxi, MS 39532.
Tel: 601-388-3577. We left Kewaunee, Wisconsin to
settle back down South. It's too cold up there I
am back with the oil company with whom I was with
before I went to the Canal.
The Laurenzis', also of the Canal and Wisconsin
went further North to Iceland. Pat worked DOD at
Cristobal High, teaching. She accepted a job DOD
teaching in Iceland.
Will be sending my renewal fee next month. Keep
up the good work. Tell all our friends still in
the Canal Zone "hello" from Maggi and me.
Capt. Richard Leleaux
"MICKEY" (WALKER) FITZGERALD
Eddy Corporation of Daytona Beach, sponsor the
annual Eddy's Follies put on by personnel of the
McDonald Restaurants in the Daytona Beach area for
the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House in Gains-
ville, Florida. The Ronald McDonald House is a
home for parents and children to stay during trau-
matic periods while their children are hospital-
ized and undergoing treatment at the Shands Hos-
pital in Gainesville.
Mabelle '"ickey" (Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach, had the honor of being the Ronald
McDonald House representative to accept the $1,400
check, the proceeds made that evening.
Mickey's parents, George and Mayno Walker of
Sarasota, were invited guests to attend the pro-
gram and ceremony.
The Ronald McDonald House is a very worthy
cause as it is great for the morale and support
of the families.
AT YOUR SERVICE: THE PANAMA GANG
Here we are, gentlemen; here's the whole gang of
Pretty near through with the job we are on;
Size up our work it will give you the hang of us
South to Balboa and north to Colon.
Yes, the Canal is our letter of reference;
Look at Culebra and glance at Gatun;
What can we do for you got any preference -
Wireless to Saturn or bridge to the moon?
Don't send us back to a life that is flat again,
We who have shattered a continent's spine;
Office work Lord, but we couldn't do that again.
Haven't you something that's more in our line?
Got any river they say is uncrossable?
Got any mountains that can't be cut through?
We specialize in thw wholly impossible,
Doing things "nobody ever could do."
Take a good look at the whole husky gang of us,
Engineers, doctors and steam-shovel men;
Taken together you'll find quite a few of us
Soon to be ready for trouble again.
Bronzed by the tropical sun that is blistery,
Chockful of ebergy, vigor and tang,
Trained by the task that's the biggest in history-
Who has a job for this Panama Gang?
(From The Best Loved Poems of the American People,
selected by Hazel Fellman. Garden City Publishing
Co., Garden City, N.Y.)
Submitted by Betty Annis
Jane (Tompkins) and husband, Captain
Leslie Heselton, USN (Ret) at their New
Year's get-together at their home in La
THE GIBSONS SPEND XMAS TOGETHER
This year on their way to Houston, Noel and
Trudy stopped off in Jacksonville, FL. to cele-
brate Christmas with their daughter Robin, her
husband, Mark, and their two children, Jessie and
Erin. The happy grandparents enjoyed their nephew
and newly born niece during the visit. Everyone
had a nice time and enjoyed opening their presents
(The kids, that is ha).
Noel and Trudy then headed for Houston where
they spent the week of Christmas with their daugh-
ter Kyle and her fiance, John, at her home. While
in Houston the Gibson's went to the "Nutcracker
Suite Ballet" which was outstanding. Lots of shop-
ping was done during the week since the weather
was constantly cold and rainy. (That's one way to
get more presents).
L-R: Trudy, Teresa, Guy, John, Kyle,
Jane and Pete.
Christmas was spent at Kyle's home where Noel,
Trudy, Guy and his wife, Teresa, John and his
parents, for the traditional Christmas dinner.
During the afternoon, a call was received from Jay
and Lori in Panama to wish everyone a Merry
L-R: John, Hollie, Jessica, Guy, Doug,
Teresa, Noel, Trudy, Kyle.
New Year's Day was spent at the home of Guy and
Teresa where Teresa fixed dinner, followed by the
usual "exciting" football game. (Nothing like a
good game to put you to sleep).
On Saturday, January 4, Kyle and John had a
surprise party at their home to celebrate Noel's
60th birthday. CONGRAITLATIONS NOEL! In attendance
were Hollie Gibson Dodson and her husband, John
and their daughter Jessica; Guy, Teresa, and their
son Doug; Kyle and John; Trudy and of course Noel.
After dinner, a cake was brought out with 60 can-
dles on it. Just kidding the Fire Department
told us we couldn't have that big a fire in the
house. Once we finished with dessert, we headed
for a deserted lot to set off the fireworks and
we had one heck of a fireworks display while it
All in all, the holidays were a lot of fun and
we hope to have many more.
RUTH MORRIS LACEY VISITS THE
JONES' IN LARGO
Mrs. Ruth Morris Lacey, of Tallahassee, Fla.
attended a convention in the Bahamas, conducted by
Norman Vincent Peale, during which one of the
speakers was Mr. Jack Eckerd.
Mrs. Lacey was on her way home when she stopped
over for two nights visiting Vera and Alton Jones
in Largo, Florida.
Mrs. Morris was a former Elementary School
teacher in Margarita, Canal Zone.
John Sims, Wanda (Mann Sims, Jackie and
John (Bucky) Gilbert at a Christmas
party at the Gilbert's home in San An-
FROM DOROTHY AND JAMES BRYANT:
"Hi, to all our friends from Dorothy and James
Bryant. We are now in Medford, Oregon, for the
time being. We sold our home in Tanpa in November
1987 and are vacationing in the beautiful state of
Oregon. We were initiated to the state by it turn-
ing very cold and we saw our first snowfall since
it last snowed in Tampa in 1977! Everyone says if
you stay around a little while, the weather will
change, and that certainly is true.
Dorothy has three sisters that live in the
Rogue River Valley and we decided to be near fam-
ily for a while. Our daughter, Beverly and husband
Warren ?McGuire, are in Waynesville, N.C. Our two
grandsons, David and Michael McGuire are both in
the US Navy as Aviation Electronic Technicians.
We are looking forward to going back to Tanpa
for the Reunion next year, if nothing happens to
Dorothy A. Bryant
L-R: Christine, Stephanie (Goulet) Alon-
zo, Beverly Berger, Carol Goulet, Bever-
ly Goulet, Carol Berger, Charles Alonzo.
Bob Berger took the photograph.
FAMILY GATHERING AT THE BERGERS
Previous to the Christmas holidays, the Robert
Bergers (Beverly) of Mesquite, Texas, had a gath-
ering at their home. Attending were Carol Goulet
and family; Thelma (Bob's sister) and Milton Davis
of Garland; Phyllis and Paul Hieronymus, also of
Garland both retirees of the Panama Canal. Both
the Davises and Hieronymus' had their families for
In order to have a different environment from
previous years because of the loss of our brother-
in-law, Leo Goulet, Carol Goulet took eight of us
on an 11-day Caribbean cruise. We stopped at 7
islands and had a beautiful trip aboard the Sauth-
ward of the Norwegian Caribbean Line.
The group included Beverly; Carol; Bob Berger;
Carol's daughters Beverly and Stephanie with her
husband Carlos and their daughter Christine.
Carol Goulet is making Texas her winter home
this year, but in the summer she plans to move to
her condo in Naples, Florida. Bob will finish out
the year in charge of the Alternative Education
Program at a Dallas Middle School. He and Beverly
have their home for sale and also plan to move to
Front: Don DeStaffano. Back L-R: Henry
Perry, Tex Bristol, Wally Trout, Woody
Foster, and Joe Garcia, the host for the
DUNNELLON GANG GREETS PORT ORANGE
The "Brady Bunch?" Nope! A "Fine Bunch" getting
together to close in on a "long stretch" of time
that's passed between them.
Tex Bristol and Woody Foster drove over from
the Dunnellon Hill Country to hold a court session
with the Port Orange Gang. The lost years that
disappeared so quickly were presented and examined
finding no evidence of regrets.
All had a great day "in court" and the case was
continued to a later date.
DIANE (SHORE) LEBLANC ASKS:
To whom do I write to find out if there is ever
going to be a class reunion of CHS, Class of '61??
I lost all contact with my two best friends when
I graduated from high school Elizabeth MacLaren
(CHS'61) and Barbara (Reynolds) Moler, (BHS'61).
Don't get much of a chance to write anymore. My
mom, Lorna Shore, lives in Aiken, S.C. My son,
Stephen, lives with my mom he doesn't like
Miami. My daughter, Sandi Marie, lives with me and
works at Table Supply. I'm a detective in the Nar-
cotics Unit of the City of Miami Police Department
Special investigation Section.
Sure would like to know if there's anyone left
from CHS Class of 1961. Phone: 305-258-2890.
(No schedule for CHS'61 as yet. Ed.)
Stephen and Teri Good of Layton, Utah.
Back row: Daniel, Monica. Seated: Ram6n,
Beth Lindsey, Laura, Ramdn "Grilb," and
THE REYES FAMILY TOGETHER
Remon (BHS'82) and Beth were house guests this
Christmas of Remon (BHS'56) and Laura Reyes in
Accompanying Renon and Beth was Lindsey, born
August 28, in Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Brenecke
of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Renon and Beth presently live in Ft. Collins,
and their address is: 1300 W. Stuart, C-12, Fort
Collins, CO 80526.
ROTH-ROFFYS MOVE AROUND TOO!
The December issue of the Canal Record arrived
shortly before Christmas; but just now finished
reading it cover to cover. It's getting bigger
and better with each issue. The cover designs were
beautiful and very appropriate. Bradley Pearson is
to be contended on his artful rendition of what
Panama means to so many of us who spent most of
our working lives there in the Canal Zone. I be-
lieve that both front and back designs would make
beautiful Christmas cards.
Since my retirement in 1980 and making North
Carolina my home, my wife and I have traveled ex-
tensively. Our first trip each year is usually in
January or February for a month in Panama. This
past year, Helen and I spent a month there to-
gether and toured up to the interior to the Costa
Rican border; El Valle, Volcin, Boquete and a trip
across to Bocas del Toro on the pipe-line road.
Helen extended her visit, and I returned to North
Carolina; and then went on over to the Philippines
to Subic Bay. Our youngest son, Tom is sailing for
Military Sealift Command and was serving as Second
Engineering Officer on the UMSE Mercy. It is the
Navy's new hospital ship and they were on a medic-
al mission visiting seven of the seven thousand
islands of the Philippines. After spending a week
with him, with exception of two days on Isla
Grande relaxing, I returned to California, via a
couple of days stop-over in Japan before flying to
The islands are my favorite place to visit as
often as possible. It reminds me of the Canal Zone
that I want to remember. Was able to spend 10 days
there visiting friends in Honolulu and trips to
the other larger islands of Maui, Kanai and of
Hawaii. After returning to California, I had the
impulse to se Alaska, our last frontier state. I
flew to Anchorage and spent several days sight-
seeing in a rented car. In the flight to Fairbanks
we flew alongside Mt. McKinley on a perfectly
clear day and the view of the mountain was spec-
tacular. The upper half remains covered with snow
the entire year.
The oil pipe-line is but a few miles out of
fairbanks and it weaves half above ground and half
buried in mountains and hills. Quite an engineer-
Returning again to California, I flew directly
to Panama from Los Angeles to pick up Helen, re-
turning to North Carolina after a few days. We
were home about 6 weeks then flew back to Hawaii
through Los Angeles. The UWS MArcy was returning
to home port of Oakland with a 5-day liberty port
call in Pearl Harbor. The Navy extended an invi-
tation to families of crew members to join ship in
Hawaii and return as guests of the Navy on the re-
turn trip to Oakland. Helen and I flew to Honolulu
a week in advance of the ship's arrival on July 2
and we lived on the ship the 5 days in port. The
six-day cruise was smooth and most relaxing and
enjoyable; berthing in the crews quarters and go-
ing through the chow line with the crew.
On arrival at the Golden Gate Bridge, fire
boats spouted red, white and blue waters from
their fire nozzles; floral wreaths were dropped on
the ship from the bridge and thousands of balloons
released while dependants of the crew waited on
the piers at the Naval Supply Depot in Oakland.
It was quite an impressive ceremony, with many
dignitaries present with awards to both officers
and medical staff for their outstanding accom-
plishment during the mercy mission in the Philip-
pines. Our son Tom was given an outstanding sus-
tained service award with a large check. He was a
"plank-owner," being assigned to the ship the year
before, as it was a conversion from an oil tanker
in Nasco ship yard in San Diego.
Returning from Hawaii on board the USMS
Mercy. L-R: Charles J., Thomas and Helen
Roth-Roffy. Tom was Asst. 2nd Engineer
on board ship. July 1987.
Tom returned home to North Carolina for a va-
cation, but was only home a week when M.S.C. cal-
led him back to the west coast for reassignment to
the USS Mercury. The ship transmitted the Canal
going into Mobile, Ala. for military rolling
equipment; back through the Canal and drop-off in
Korea before returning to Oakland.
After a week in California visiting family and
friends, we returned home again for two months
before taking off for Spain. In 1985, Helen and I
had spent 2 months touring western countries of
Europe, but skipped Spain. Toured Rota, Seville,
Huelva and the southern coast of Portugal. Huelva,
a colonial sea-port city of Columbus' time, was
the port from which Columbus sailed on his first
trip to discover America. He had studied at the
Monastery there with the monks for 7 years; both
astronomy and navigation. I was able to buy a com-
menrative plate at the Monastery of the 500-year
anniversary of Spanish-American colonization. Sev-
ille will host the World's Fair in 1992 and is
already advertising extensively. I feel sure that
the plate will be a collector's item at that time.
We continued out tour of Spain to the Costa del
Sol area at Torremolinos, Malaga and up to Ronda,
Granada and the Alhambra. The beauty and lavish
life of the Moors that invaded Spain from 700 to
1492 is evident at their seat of government during
their years there. Washington Irving's book,
"Tales of the Alhambra" tells so much of the area,
its life, people, beauty and majesty.
Spending 2 weeks along Costa Del Sol, we bussed
to Madrid, passing through miles and miles of
olive groves, reportedly over 200 million trees.
Every tourist should visit Alhambra, Madrid and
While on the Costa del Sol, we made trips to
Tangiers, Morroco for several days and twice to
Gibralter, a free port and quite an attraction.
There are 26 miles of roads on the "rock." Tangier
is another world! The Casbah is really an expe-
rience. Word of advice: never go in alone, as you
would never find your way out of the maze of walks
and alleys. Our tour guide says after 28 years he
occasionally gets lost. He also cautioned giving
to begging children lest we be surrounded by a
hoard of others, and unable to move. We spent 5
days in Madrid visiting the Prada Museum, parks,
fountains and cathedrals. Toledo; known as the
sword-making city of Spain is interesting and also
fascinating. We would have liked to have visited
northern Spain, but the weather turned cold. Our
trip covered a full month and we hope to get back
in a year or two and see more. We arrived home a
few days before Thanksgiving.
Our next trip will be to Panama in February -
then probably back out to California and on to
Thialand, Hong Kong and into China possibly into
Japan for a week or so.
1987 was really a year of travel for Helen and
I. With good health we hope to continue and see
other countries in our gradually shrinking globe
due to our speed in transportation.
Charles J. Roth-Roffy
the best Cristobal High teams ever 3 times -
Charlie Pescod, Randy Mandrowsky ((sp?), Harry
Egolf, George Tarflinger, Eddie Curtis, Billy Whe-
eler, Joe Alberga, Sanders, Tnnmy Sawyer played
shortstop. His mother had a boarding house in
Colon. Billy Wheeler will know his name.
Tell Freddie Meade that I allowed a "hit ball"
to get through me, so I could displace him as
I do not know the unknown in middle row. Best
Track and Field, circa 1930, Back row:
Jim Westendorf, Ed Kunkle, Bill Burdge,
Cecil Banan. Middle: Bob Messer, Maynard
Huff, Jack Dombrowsky, (unknown) Billy
Michaetsen. Front: (unknown) Albert Held
Mike Dew, (unknown), Moises De La Pena.
1930 TRACK AND FIELD UPDATE
With reference to the Canal Record, December,
1987, Vol. 21., page 84, Track and Field: Front,
(unknown) in Randy Warwick, whose father was a
W/O at either Corozal or Quarry Heights. Basket-
ball was his better sport and he was a good basket
ball player, Class of '31 or '32.
Next unknown in front between Dew and DeLaPena
is Harry Stevenson, a Panamanian. He had a gold
cap on his front tooth Moises should remember
that. He did some basketball playing, but he was
lazy. I think his class was the same as mine, '33.
I wrote you directly because I wanted to get in
before DeLaPena or Michaelson. Kindly let me know
if I did. (You did.)
Moises DeLaPena was my catcher in baseball in
1933 High School and Twilight League. We beat
2 3 t
1. Vern D. Calloway Pres. Cristobal-
Co on Rotary Club 2. J.V. Delgado -
Chief of Police, Colon, R.P. 3. Dr. Luis
Machado Cuba, Dir. of Rotary Inter-
national. 4. Joe Coffin Secretary -
Colon Rotary. 5. H.W. Baker Barran-
quilla, Col. Dist. Gov. Rotary Intnat.
6. Julio Dominguez Cuba, Consul for
Colon. 7. D.B. Bazan, Colon Mfgr. and
hotel owner, mem. Colon Rotary Club.
Photo from Vern Calloway.
rfPe Tanama Xa"
BY Stephen Dewey
Jamaica in 1670 was the most prosperous of Bri-
tain's West Indies and geographically the most
vulnerable to Spanish attack. The island's aff-
luence was due largely to the freebooting activi-
ties of British buccaneers, from whom its Port
Royal was a haven and a market. In the absence
of the Royal navy, these buccaneers provided
Jamaica with its only effective defense against
threatened Spanish invasion. This symbiotic rela-
tionship worked, but not altogether smoothly. The
Governor of Jamaica, Sir Thomas Modyford, and his
Council commissioned buccaneer captains to con-
duct spoiling forays to weaken Spanish power
throughout the Caribbean. the buccaneers, however
could not be directed or limited, only unleashed.
These sea rovers had survived and flourished
in the teeth of the severest imaginable Spanish
persecution only by self-reliance and a fanatical
fighting spirit. They were inspired most by
thoughts of coarse pleasure, booth and bloody re-
venge against their mortal enemies, the Spanish.
The buccaneers were led in 1670 by their elect-
ed Admiral, Henry Morgan, a Welsh adventurer. Mor-
gan was a born commander. He possessed all the
highest qualities of military leadership; strate-
gic comprehension, tactical adaptability, courage,
resolution and luck. That he had few scruples par-
ticularly suited him to lead buccaneers. In any
case, from the mid-1650's, when he began his free-
booting career, Morgan rose quickly to the top.
By 1670, due to a political uproar against buc-
caneering, Morgan had gone into respectable, but
tedious retirement as a planter with four estates
around Jamaica. There still gnawed within him,
though, an unachieved ambition. He planned a last,
great exploit. He knew that this feat of arms
would have to be carried out before the imminently
expected announcement of a Caribbean peace between
Britain and Spain. He waited to seize the right
A minor raid, in June 1670, by a lone Spanish
ship on Jamaica's northwest coast provided the
pretext for action. Morgan's friend, Governor
Modyford, and his fellow planters who constituted
the Council quickly declared a state of emergency.
They knew, or suspected, what Morgan might do, but
their sympathies and hopes of sharing his profit
supported him. Also, as the colony had been left
without fleet protection since it was planted in
1655, the Jamaicans had grown accustomed to taking
direct and preventive action to deter Spanish
attack. To meet the alleged threat of invasions
represented by the inconsequential Spanish raid
and a forged document, Modyford cmnnissioned
Morgan "...to land in the enemy's country as many
of his men as he shall judge needful..." and there
to do anything necessary to "protect" Jamaica.
Morgan planned to raid Panama, the richest city
in Spanish America; one never before successfully
assailed. Situated on the Pacific coast of the
Isthmus of Darien, Panama was the heart which
pumped the wealth of the Incas into the treasury
of Spain. Morgan intended to strike at that heart
and spill its blood. By this act, he expected to
make a fortune, of course, but beyond that he
hoped to achieve the enduring fame he felt still
From buccaneer ports throughout the Caribbean,
Morgan called his captains to take on all avail-
able hands and assemble at Ile a Vache off south-
west Hispaniola, now Haiti, in the autumn for an
attack on an undisclosed place of importance. Such
was the power of Morgan's reputation for success
that virtually every British, French, Dutch, Port-
uguese and renegade Spanish buccaneer hastened to
his appointed rendezvous. By December, after much
preparation and provisioning, a buccaneer fleet
awaited its admiral's inspection.
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With the counsel of his captains and the assent
of the men, Morgan on his flagship drew up the
customary buccaneer chasse parties, the articles
binding each man to fulfil his part in the expedi-
tion and determining the division of the spoils,
if any. One standard article emphasized the risky
haphazard nature of buccaneer voyages and gave a
powerful incentive to all to persevere; it read,
"no purchase, no pay".
On 8th December 1670, the fleet comprising some
36 ships and 1,800 men, set sail heading south-
west. With a favoring wind, they quickly reached
the first objective in Morgan's well-planned cam-
paign, Providence Island, a rocky dot 150 miles
off the Mosquito Coast of Nicaragua. The Spanish
garrison on Providence, although esconded in an
imposing system of mutually-supporting forts,
surrendered to Morgan's force on demand. The only
conditions asked, which Morgan met, were that a
mock assault be staged to support the discreet
Spanish Governor's later explanations to his su-
periors and that the entire garrison be deposited
unharmed anywhere on the Main, or mainland of
Having secured Providence without loss, Morgan
set in motion the next phase of his plan. Most
of his men were set to work felling timber on the
island for boats soon to be used in ascending the
Chagres River across the Isthnus of Darien toward
Panama. Under the command of one of Morgan's old
comrades, Colonel Bradley, an advance force of
some 400 men proceeded at once in four ships
and a barque to secure the expedition's next ob-
jective, Fortress San Lorenzo conmanding the mouth
of the Chagres.
Bradley confidently took his squadron straight
in toward the Chagres anchorage, but drawing heavy
fire from San Lorenzo's seaward battery, he was
forced to retire to a cove a league to the South.
At dawn the next day, the buccaneers disembarked
on the shore of the cover. Driving slaves from
Providence before them to hack a path through the
blanketing jungle, they made their way to the
freshly cleared ground surrounding the fortress.
Cannon and muskets fired from the Spanish earth-
works, cut a murderous swath through the close
buccaneer ranks. Clearly, there would be nothing
mock about this assault.
The buccaneers considered whether to lay seige
and await re-inforcement by Morgan's main force,
but not wishing to be disgraced before the com-
rades or lose an opportunity to earn battle bo-
nuses according to their chasse parties, they re-
solved to press their attack. they took a solemn
oath, as was their custody before going into
battle, to fight and defend each other to the
death, to think only of victory and to expect no
quarter from the enemy. This zealous commitment
much like that of the bold conquistadores of the
early 16th Century, stood in marked contrast to
the listless attitude which generally character-
ised the soldiers of the Spanish Empire during its
precipitate decline in the latter half of the 17th
The San Lorenzo garrison, however, was comnand-
ded by a fanatic and repeated assaults were
fiercely repulsed. In their enthusiasm, the
Spaniards taunted the buccaneers whom they hated
so cordially, shouting "Vengan los demas, perros
Ingleses, enemigos de Dios y del Rey, vos no
habeis de ir a Panama" (Let the others come too,
English dogs, enemies of God and the King; you
shall not get to Panama.). The insult revealed
a disturbingly intimate knowledge of the expedi-
tion's full strength and ultimate intention.
The tide of battle turned on an unpredictable
act of individual initiative. A furious buccaneer
ripped a Spanish arrow from his shoulder, wrapped
cloth around the shaft and rammed the arrow into
his nuzzle-loading musket and shot it, flaming,
back into the fortress. The missile lodged in a
thatched roof, which, owing to a recent drought,
was tinder dry. Other rovers followed suit and
soon several buildings were ablaze. In one was
a store of gunpowder. The ensuing explosion re-
bounded within the walls of the small fortress
with devastating effect.
In the confusion, Bradley's men were able to
reach and set fire to part of the wooden pali-
sades. Throughout the night, as Spanish soldiers
revealed themselves to fight the flames, buccaneer
marksmen took aim in the flickering light and sel-
dom missed. After some time, the burning section
of palisade charred and gave way beneath the
weight of the earthworks it has supported.
At dawn, the buccaneers mounted a final fren-
zied attack. Running a gauntlet of shot and
bombs, they stormed through the still smouldering
gap, overwhelming a stubborn core of defenders in
vicious hand to hand combat. A number of Spani-
ards, fearing the consequences of capture, leaped
to their deaths off the seaward parapet.
In the end, San Lorenzo's governor defiantly
refused quarter and, back to a wall and sword in
hand, he was shot down. Bradley, too, died; his
legs crushed by a cannonball during an earlier
assault. This terrible battle had cost the bucca-
neers about 160 dead and wounded, but of the garr-
ison of 350, only 30 lived to be taken prisoner.
About a week behind Bradley's advance force,
Morgan's fleet arrived at Chagres. No doubt in-
tent upon identifying the flag flying over San
Lorenzo's batteries, Morgan allowed several of the
lead ships, including his own well-appointed flag
ship, to strike an offshore reef. The admiral was
obliged to take the first steps of his epic march
across Darien with undignified haste.
From talking with Bradley's men, Morgan learned
news which boded ill for the success of the expe-
dition. Under "persuasion," the prisoners had re-
vealed that because of the treachery of an Irish-
man who had deserted the buccaneers the previous
August, the Spanish on the Isthmus had for some
weeks been on alert against impending attack.
The rovers had lost the element of surprise.
But Morgan was undaunted. He could, nevertheless,
assume he held the undivided attention of his re-
luctant host, Don Juan Perez de Guzman, Governor
In Panama, meanwhile, an outward show of belli-
cosity by the army barely masked a general mood
of despair. Fantastic descriptions of the invin-
cible sea rovers as superhuman demons multi-
armed, clawed and crouching circulated along
with the largely accurate accounts of horrifying
buccaneer outrages cormited in previously captured
towns. Many in Panama knew it would take more
than the numerical superiority their army would
enjoy to win the day against the buccaneers. They
flocked into the churches and the cathedral, where
special masses were held for a miraculous deliver-
On the morning of 9th January 1671, Morgan em-
barked about 1,400 heavily armed men into half a
dozen cannon mounted sloops captured at Chagres
anchorage and 32 riverboats, brought from Provi-
dence, to begin the 50 mile journey overland to
Panama. In view of the losses expected from am-
bushes along the line of march, from engagement
with de Guzman's army and in breaching the de-
fenses of the treasure town itself, Morgan or-
dered each man loaded down like a mule with extra
munitions. To save space, food was left behind;
the expedition would have to forage from riverside
Panama was the main collecting point.
The nine-day march across Darien was charact-
erised by an almost unbroken series of frustra-
tions and mounting hardship. The buccaneers had
hoped to ride their craft as far a Venta Cruz,
near the hills of the continental divide, but
sandbars obstructing debris forced those in the
slopes to shoulder their burdens earlier and pro-
ceed on foot. Many attempts to blaze trails para-
lleling the river ended knee-deep in swaps in-
fested with snakes, ticks and malarial mosquitoes.
The muggy, close atmosphere severely debilitated
many. Furthermore, the Spanish had systematically
evacuated their plantations, carrying away all
crops and stores, the expected places of ambush,
likewise, were found abandoned, dashing hopes that
taking with them would have yielded at least sol-
diers' rations. More than once, Morgan, himself,
indomitable, had to exhort even the stoutest among
his company to press on.
On the ninth day, the staggering buccaneers be-
held the sight which, a century before, had capti-
vated Sir Francis Drake, the deep blue on the
horizon of the Great South Sea, an awesome vast-
ness stretching far beyond the New World. It must
have been with a sense of foreboding, though, that
they noticed a large galleon under full sail
making for that horizon from the direction of
Panama' s harbor.
All reflection was put aside as the rovers
spied on the hillside below them a forgotten herd
of cattle. In a frenzy of shooting and slaughter-
ing, the starving men set upon the hapless beasts
Some troubled to build fires and cook their meat,
but many simply stood over the carcasses, carving
and gorging. Once sated, the men quickly boucaned
the remaining mean, in the manner learned on His-
paniola long ago from the Carib Indians. Morgan
soon re-formed the ranks for the march along the
coastal plain to Panama. They camped that night
within the sight of the city's majestic cathedral
Scouts sent out in the darkness returned be-
fore the first light to report that de Guzman's
army was taking up position only a few miles from
the city gates. Three convicts, natives of the
Isthmus whom the buccaneers had freed from the
dungeons on Providence, advised Morgan that the
Spanish army would most likely be lying in wait
at a certain point along the main road. Heeding
this, Morgan took his men through a wood flanking
the road. They emerged onto an open plain behind
the Spanish ambush.
De Guzman, himself surprised, wheeled his army
around and advanced to give battle. The odds,
more than three to one in his favour, and the open
ground allowing deployment of his glittering
squadrons of cavalry were encouraging. Morgan
drew his men into a tight formation and, behind
a screen of 200 skirmishers, they, too, advanced.
Each side knew this battle would end only in anni-
hilation or victory; no quarter would be asked or
The Spanish cavalry was a professional fighting
force, well-disciplined, splendidly arrayed and
haughtily aristocratic. With a practiced shout
they drew sabers, lowered lances and charged. It
is impossible to tell what might have happened had
they not galloped full tilt into intervening mar-
shy ground. the buccaneer skirmishers, all sharp-
shooters with exquisite, long-barreled hunting
muskets, opened a steady fire on the mired lan-
cers. Their huge one ounce lead balls rarely
missed their mark. The Spanish infantry came up
in support of their elite horsemen and the fight-
ing became general, often hand-to-hand. Spanish
drovers attempted to stampede large herds of wild
bulls into the rear of the buccaneer ranks, but
the fire from the rovers turned the bulls, sending
them into the Spanish infantry formations. This
and several hours of steady, telling buccaneer
fussillades broke the will of the Spanish sol-
diers. Dropping their muskets, they fled the
field, leaving behind at least 600 dead and dying.
Elated and exhausted, the buccaneers advanced
slowly over the few remaining miles to Panama.
Spanish soldiers and a few friars found hiding by
a stream were shot out of hand. A wounded cavalry
captain was captured and made to reveal details
of the city's defenses.
The taking of Panama involved desperate fight-
ing, during which many buccaneers were killed
storming improvised streetcorner gun emplacements.
After a few hours, organised resistance ceased.
The rovers fanned out to secure and loot their
Almost immediately, however, fire broke out,
spreading rapidly through the dry, wooden city.
Buccaneers and Spaniards watched helplessly as
Panama burned for nearly a week. Little was left
standing amid the ashes. Contrary to contemporary
opinion, which blamed Morgan, it is unlikely that
anyone intentionally set the blaze. It was proba-
bly sparked by the precipitous Spanish demolition
of the harbor fort, done so suddenly that 40 of
its garrison were blown up with it.
To be Continued in Next Issue
British History Illustrated
MORE TRACK AND FIELD UPDATE
For what it's worth, I wish to supply the fol-
lowing few additions and/or corrections re: the
photo in the middle of the left column of page 84
of the December 1987 issue of the Canal Record:
1. To more fully identify the photo, it is a
picture of the BHS 1931 track team.
2. The "unknown" fellow at the left end of the
front row is actually Rand Warwick from Fort Ama-t
3. The fellow at the right end of the back row
is not Cecil Banan, as it states, but rather his
nephew, Freddie Banan. (I feel quite sure of this
because I'm Freddie!)
Fred B. Banan
Sun City, AZ
American Legion function about 1946 with
Governor Carter in attendance. Vern D.
Calloway, 5th from left.
LIFE ON ISTHMUS PRESENTED LITTLE
LUXURY IN 1914
By Robin Baerg
When the Panama Canal opened on August 14,
1914, Panama was a newly developed, rapidly ex-
panding country. Swanps covered the land, and the
dense jungles were inhabited by Indians and wild
animals. However, trees were scarce in the Canal
Zone because of the construction effort.
Machinery used to build the Canal included
steam locomotives and steam shovels. Much of the
original equipment still functions efficiently
thanks to proper maintenance, although it is now
Sanitation was a major problem in 1914. The
abundant swamps were host to may diseases. Streets
and sidewalks were in the process of being paved
conditions was still such that Canal employees
were required to drink quinine daily to ward off
malaria. Cleaning began in the streets of Panama
and Colon, sewers were being constructed and
running water was installed. Everyone was told
not to let it stand where it could become stagnant
and infested with mosquito eggs. In homes, it was
common to see ants covering exposed food. Sugar
had to be set in a bowl of water and table legs
were wiped with oil-soaked swabs to prevent ants
from crawling up them.
Throughout the Isthmus, people were getting by
without many of the luxuries we enjoy today. Air
conditioning was virtually non-exitent. Wooden
living quarters, consisting of a framework with
metal slats on stilts to prevent them from
flooding or getting washed away in rainstorms,
were just beginning to be replaced by masonry.
Roofs were constructed out of sheets of aluminum
and all quarters in the Canal area were enclosed
by screens to keep out mosquitos and other dis-
ease-carrying insects. Panamanian homes were
open, with hallways ending in an archway and bal-
cony, which extended along a two or three-story
Aside from walking, modes of transportation in-
cluded the horse and buggy and buckboards, which
were four-wheeled vehicles with a springy plat-
form. Bicycles were widely used and horse-drawn
coaches, or carrometas, were a common sight in
in the streets of Panama City. Carrometas were
also used as ambulances, and there was even a
horse-mounted police squad. Children were taken
to school in wagons and, if they lived especially
far, they rode the railroad. Wagon caravans were
often seen crossing the Canal on the Thatcher
Ferry. Bridge of the Americas has since replaced
the ferry as a nore efficient method of crossing
The style of clothing worn by people in 1914
has changed quite a bit. Tourists who flocked
to Panama to see the Canal helped keep residents
up-to-date with the latest in fashion and enter-
tainment. Historical photos show non-laborers
wearing three piece suits and bow-ties or neck-
ties. Those working on the Canal wore sus-
penders and shirts with buttons down the front
and rolled up sleeves. Shoes that laced up to
above the ankle were often worn, and for the
Canal laborers, heavy knee-high boots. Straw
hats were very popular most likely to prevent
sunburn in the blistering heat. Policemen were
comfortable in brown khaki uniforms.
Points of interest included the lavish
Tivoli Hotel, which had a dining room that could
hold 600. The beach at Toro Point, the Spanish
fort of San Lorenzo and even Taboga Island which
is still a major attraction today were also
frequently visited spots. Santa Ana Park in
Central Avenue and Cathedral Plaza were popular
places for townspeople to stroll and gather, and
young shoeshine boys roaming the streets were a
conrmon sight. On weekends, bridge parties, moving
picture shows and the weekly lottery drawing were
Popular books of the time included "The Trail
of The Lonesome Pine" by John Forx, Jr., 'The
Winning of Barbara Worth" by Harold Wright and
"Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey. The
popular Saturday nights at the Tivoli Hotel had
people dancing to "Moonlight Bay" and listening
to the new beat of Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Life on the Isthmus has changed dramatically
over the past 73 years with ongoing improvements
inmedicine, machinery, housing, transportation and
communications. Panama itself has also developed
quite a lot in that time and now enjoys a per
capital income higher than most in Latin America.
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 14, 1987
BHS/CHS CLASS OF 1938 REUNION
(Note changes from last issue)
The BHS/CHS Class of 1938 will hold its reunion
in Winter Park, Colorado located in beautiful
Grand County valley, Thursday Aug. 18 through Sun-
day, Aug. 21.
You may contact: Group Coordinator, WINTER PARK
RESERVATION SERVICE, P.O. Box 3095, Winter Park,
Colorado 80482. (Mention Pan Canal Reunion). Toll-
free (800) 228-1025. Or you may contact:
Margaret (Meigs) Malloy, 840 S. Kline Way, Lake-
wood, CO 80226. (303) 985-3267. Colorado Balboa HS
Richard and Bette (Farrell) Swearingen, 4608 Reg-
ency Drive, Ft. Collins, CO 80526. (303) 226-1400.
Colorado CHS Chairman.
Alice (Strauss) McLean, #34 Camelot Apartments,
Dothan, AL 36301. East Coast Co-Chairman.
Virginia Ridge Dolim is leaving Hawaii to come
- Bill French, Donald Mitchell and others will
forsake California for reunion Bea (Cotton)
French wants to join pals Finlasons making up a
family party, etc. etc. The rest are welcome too,
if attended BHS cr C1S but party geared to 1938
CHS CLASS OF 1943
Cristobal High School Class of 1943 are plan-
ning their 45th Class Reunion to be held June 30-
July 2. We are planning a spectacular event.
We are looking for the following Classmates:
Gladys Rubio Blaikenship
Anyone having any information of the where-
abouts of these folks please contact:
Jack Bain 9318 Queenston Drive, Crestwood, MO.
93126. (314) 849-2290.
Muriel Whitman 5711 53rd Avenue N., St. Peter-
sburg, FL 33709. (813) 544-0214.
CHS BHS CLASS OF 1953
Combined reunion during the 1988 Florida Re-
union. Friday, July 1, 1988 at the Tanpa Hilton
Hotel. 5:30 p.m. Open bar Hors d'oeuvres. All
50's graduates welcome. Please get your reserva-
tions in to Edna Hart Musso, 7190 Tropical Way,
Plantation, FL 33317; Kathryn Argo Molinaro, 25031
Jutland Drive, Hemet, CA 92344.
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