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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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VOL. 23 DECEMBER 1989 NO. 5


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J. F. Warner

FOR 1989-90

Mrs. Betty L. Frassrand

Mrs. Joanne "Jay" Stewart
1st Vice President

Robert Johnson
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Marjorie Foster

Richard W. Beall

Carl H. Starke
Past President

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Legislative Representative

Drake Carlisle
Sergeant At Arms

Mrs. Betty Malone

Virgil G. Camby
Member at Large

The President's Message ...............................................1
From the Secretary................................................... 2
The Editor's Corner...................................................2
Legislative Report...................................................3
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................4
Retirements.......................................................... 8
4th Generation Zonians ................................................8
1989 Reunion Report...................................................9
And the Merory Lingers on............................................10
News Clips...........................................................11
Where Are You?.......................................................12
Reunion Coordinator's Corner .........................................13
Your Reporter Says ..................................................14
Alabama .....................14 Mississippi.....................34
Arizona .....................15 New Jersey ......................35
Arkansas....................16 North Carolina .................35
California................. 17 Northwest.......................36
Colorado....................23 Oklahoma ........................38
Florida.....................23 Panama..........................39
Hawaii......................31 South Carolina..................40
Illinois....................31 Texas...........................42
Indiana......................32 Virginia........................44
Louisiana ..................32 Younger Generation..............45
Weddings ............................................................... 49
Births............................................ ..... .............52
With Deep Sorrow.....................................................54
Letters to the Editor...............................................59
Looking Back ......................................................... 68
Announcements....................................................... 74
For Sale or Wanted: .................................................78


Emportadora Del Valle..79 Zonian Amigos...80 Mike Paulson Envelopes...82
P. Copesky Envelope..80 Horine Cruise...81 Chris Gunderson, Realtor...81
Canal Zone Collectibles...78 Zonian Sunshields...83

Front Cover: New Christmas cover by Brad Pearson, entitled: "Las Tres
Hermanas con sus villancicos pasando por el mercado de David." If you
are familiar with the International Code Flags, find out what it says!
Back Cover: Ship in the Panama Canal Locks. Painting by Mr. Al Sprague,
noted Canal Area artist of Ancon, R.P.

Dec 2

Dec 3

Dec 9

Jan 5

Feb 3

Mar 2

Mar 4
Mar 30
Apr 7

Apr 28
May 4

Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Y.O. Ranch Hilton,
Kerrville, Texas.
PCSSC Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, 10:30 AM. Coventry
Players to perform.
PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting, Holiday Inn, Ulmerton
Road, Clearwater, FL. 12:00 noon.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting and Covered Dish. St. Bede's
Episcopal Church, 2500 16th St. N. St. Petersburg. 12:00
PCSOFL Carnavalito, Spoto's Restaurant, 12999 Park Blvd.
North, Seminole, FL. 7:00 PM.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church,
2500 16th St, N., St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
PCSSC Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm. 10:30 AM.
Virgina Zonians Dinner Dance. Details later.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, H&D Cafeteria, 130 37th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 PM.
Oklahoma Picnic in Oklahoma City, OK. Details later.
PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11
Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 AM.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
i 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
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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 interest 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
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


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It is hard to believe that Christmas is once
again upon us. The years seem to go by quicker and
It has been a tremendous four months for the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. We have purchased
the equipment for Desk Top Publishing. After much
diligent research we have purchased a Gateway 2000
computer, 20 MHz 386 VGA with a Hewlett-Packard
LaserJet II Printer. Other equipment was also pur-
chased such as backups and software to complete
the package. The Executive Board ensured that the
equipment purchased would upgrade the Canal Record
as well as keeping in mind our fiscal responsibil-
ity to our members. I feel that Desk Top Publish-
ing will enhance the book as well as saving costs
in the future.
I would like to thank the committee who spent
a great deal of time researching the material in-
volved in such a purchase, Mr. Jerry Boswell, Mrs.
Jane Huldtquist, Mrs. Jay Stewart, Mr. Pat Beall
and Mr. Drake Carlisle.
Although fall was upon us, September remained
very warm in Florida. It was beach-time, setting
the scene for the Sarasota Luncheon. Co-chaired by
Past President Carl H. Starke; his wife, Gini, and
Mayno Walker, we were off to the seashore. The
Sahib Shrine Temple was beautifully decorated with
beach umbrellas, sand buckets and all the rest of
the necessities for a trip to the beach. The com-
mittee, which consisted of Mary Orr, Kay Brown,


Gladys Conley, Stella Boggs De Marr, Rae Ebdon,
Mike and Marion Greene, Gladys Humphrey, Frances
Days Jones, Kay Miller, Fred and Trudi Mohl, Betty
Malone and Louise Pustis put on a fabulous event
for the over 120 members attending. A good time
was had by all and our hats are off to the Chair-
person and committee for yet another very success-
ful luncheon in sunny Sarasota.
We were delighted to see Roosevelt Medal holder
"Pop" Ebdon at our luncheon his presence was
quite welcome and, as always, it was a pleasure to
have his company.
A special mention must also go to Roosevelt
Medal holder Bob Dill, who turned 100 years young
on October 23. Bob and his wife, Rosa, are an in-
spiration to us all. HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
The weatherman was not so thoughtful of us in
our October picnic as it rained in the morning.
However, shortly after getting settled in the
shelter overlooking Tarpon Lake at Anderson Park,
the sun began to energe once more. Mr. Bob Johnson
is to be commended for chairing the picnic for us.
His game chairmen, Drake and Colette Carlisle kept
the members busy with games in the sunshine or re-
laxing under the shelter. An egg race started the
festivities, and while Drake Carlisle was leading,
he dropped his egg. "Skeeter" Canby, coming up
behind, stepped on it. But as they say, "all is
fair in love, war and egg races." We were pleased
to see Vicki Sizemore and her husband, Ed Wardlow

attending, traveling from Auburndale (about 100
miles) to spend the day with friends. Following
the water balloon toss (I got drenched), bingo was
being called out by Drake and everyone settled for
a good game. We had many winners and it is sure
to be an annual event for future picnics.
Mrs. Jay Stewart and her committees are contin-
uing to work towards another successful reunion.
Orlando is a wonderful town so much to do for
all ages. Inasmuch as we are moving our reunion to
this new location, arrangements are a bit differ-
ent. Please be sure to read the yellow insert of
this issue and make your plans to attend. Jay has
worked diligently in putting this information to-
gether for you, with easy-to-follow instructions.
Please be sure to read them carefully and mail in
your reservation forms.
As you may recall, a Bylaw change was published
in the June issue of the Canal Record, which was
passed at our August 5th regular meeting. This
allowed for another member to be elected to the
Executive Board. Inasmuch as the elections had al-
ready taken place, a member was appointed to fill
this position for the balance of the 1989-1990
year. It was my privilege to appoint Mr. Virgil
"Skeeter" Camby to serve as the Member-at-Large.
Skeeter and his wife, Shirley, live in St. Peters-
burg and have been intensely interested in our
Society and its functions. We are pleased that he
accepted the appointment to our board.
As December is here, it is also time to pay
your dues. Please be sure and stay current as a
member by paying your dues without delay. As the
reunion time rolls around, we don't want to hold
up hotel, and later the dance and luncheon tickets
because of delinquent dues. Additionally, we don't
want you to miss out on the March issue of the
Canal Record with additional information on the
On behalf of the Executive Board, may each and
every one of you have a very Merry Christmas and
may the spirit of Christmas be yours throughout
the New Year.

Betty LeDoux Frassrand

From the

:^ Secretary

I hope this coming holiday season finds you all
happy, healthy and enjoying visits with your fami-

We are looking forward to June and her family
coming to Florida this year for Christmas for a
change. Since I just returned from our cruise the
beginning of December, I need to concentrate on
the incoming dues payments. I do want to thank all
of you for being so considerate this year. We have
received so many 1990 dues early this year and it
sure has been a tremendous help to Jay and I.
Unfortunately, the number of Canal Record cov-
ers returned for incorrect addresses for the Sep-
tember issue was unusually high. Please remember
that address changes need to be corrected in time
for the printing of the labels, which is two to
three weeks prior to the mailing of the Canal Rec-
ords. Even if you leave a forwarding address with
the Post Office, they will not forward second
class mail, therefore your Canal Record is des-
troyed and only a portion of the cover is returned
to me.
The September luncheon in Sarasota and the pic-
nic in Tarpon Springs were both very successful
and well attended. The Committees for both are to
be congratulated for their hard work and it was
nice to see our President recognize them by pre-
senting them with a token of appreciation.
Jay Stewart and her Reunion committee are going
full steam ahead on the 1990 Reunion and it prom-
ises to be bigger and better than ever, if that's
possible! Please read the information and forms
carefully before you complete them and help make
our jobs easier! We look forward to seeing you all
at our Christmas luncheon, always a festive and
happy occasion when we can all celebrate the holi-
days together!
Both Jay and I wish you all a VERY MERRY

Marge Foster
(813) 785-8555


.q Corner
-- (813) 461-1377

November being a short month, the printers gave
us an upgraded schedule where they required our
input earlier than usual. Consquently, we only had
3 days from the deadline to get everything in to
them. Our grateful thanks to those reporters and
members who senE their reports in early! None-the-
less, it has been pretty fast-moving.
We have lost two reporters since the last issue
was out. Dale Hicknan, Tallahassee Reporter has
moved to a better job elsewhere. Although he was
rather new at it, his reports were indeed inter-

testing. We will miss his wit. And submitting her
last report in this issue, Sandy (May) Robinson of
the Younger Generation column. I thought that
report was always essential in binding our young
members together. Sandy has done a great deal in
doing just that. We all wish her well, and thank
her for her time and effort in support of our
We do have a new Reporter in Panama City Beach,
Florida. Her name is Ann Hutchinson, 21506 Sunset
Ave., Panama City Beach, FL 32413. Her telephone
number is (904) 234-8586. Maybe she can help pick
up the slack in the now vacant Tallahassee area.
Our best wishes to her too.
It's been like Christmas here lately with all
kinds of packages and parcels being delivered for
our Desk Top Publishing. Everything we ordered has
arrived and put together, so now it's just a ques-
tion of putting the works together now. We have
just about loaded everything we have into the com-
puter and stacked all the books and manuals (some
20 to 25) for me to read and study during the next
several months. One of the members of our purchas-
ing computer committee, Jerry Boswell, has been at
it for several days now, while I worked on the
December issue. I've looked over his shoulder once
or twice, and just saw him open the last software
to be installed. To be sure, we have had a couple
of glitches two which required new parts, but
for the most part, we are well on the way to com-
plete readiness. As soon as we are out from under
the December issue, we'll start working at the
learning process. Jerry has been a definite plus
in his handling of everything and I'm sure the
fruits of his labors will make things a lot easier
for me to get down to business. Please don't ex-
pect the next issue to be done by Desk Top Pub-
lishing. Just as I speak, we found another glitch.
Anyway, the Canal Record wishes one and all a
very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New


SwJ2i Report

Let's start with the "good news." As of press
time, the COLA increase effective December 1, 1989
will be a 4.7% increase on our January 1, 1990 pay
checks, unless the cost of living drops drastical-
ly in the next two weeks. The Social Security in-
crease has been published in the daily newspapers
and it should be the same for Federal Retirees.
Retirees under FECA will receive a lower increase,
approximately 3.4%7 as of presstime. This is the
largest COLA increase since 1982.

On September 29, 1989, the government set $592
as the 1990 deductible for Medicare coverage for
hospital costs. That means Medicare will pay for
all medically necessary in-patient hospital costs
next year after the beneficiary pays the initial
$592 deductible. With the fate of the Medicare
catastrophic illness program in doubt, the deduct-
ible could be subject to change.
You are all aware by now that the House voted
to kill the surtax, along with most benefits in
the law. The Senate also voted to kill the surtax,
with reservations on some of the benefits provided
in the law. As of October 25, 1989, the House and
Senate negotiators are trying to work out which
benefits should remain. The outcome could become
a part of the federal budget negotiations, the
final version going to the President for his sig-
The federal government has not come up with an
alternate plan for those under the Aetna Indemnity
Benefit Plan. So each individual is responsible to
select his own health plan in place of Aetna. The
Open Season starts on November 13 through December
8, 1989. You should have received by now from OPM,
information about alternate health plans, and I
cannot stress too much that you must select a new
plan and submit your selection. If you have not
received the Open Season information, write to:
Open Season Task Force, P.O. Box 809, Washington,
D.C. 20044, or call the Open Season Hot Line on
(202) 632-7620 or 632-7623.
The annual rate of interest for the month of
October is 8.5% up from 8.3757% in September, for
money invested in the government securities (G)
account of the federal employee retirement thrift
fund. What effect the recent stock market drop
will have on this rate of interest remains to be
seen. This fund is available to FERS employees.

Effective September 17, 1989, the reimbursement
rate for using privately owned vehicles when ad-
vantageous to the government has been raised from
22.5/mile to 240/mile.
The Comptroller General advises federal employ-
ees to know when your within-grade raise is due.
If for some reason you are erroneously given a
within-grade pay raise before it is due, you must
refund the overpayment in its entirety. The fol-
lowing information is printed concerning waiting
periods between within-grade pay increases: 52
calendar weeks to be advanced to steps 2,3 and 4;
104 calendar weeks to steps 5,6 and 7; and 156
calendar weeks to steps 8,9 and 10.

Orders are now being accepted for the 37th An-
nual Edition of the Federal Employee's Almanac.
The 1990 expanded edition, with more pages and in-
formation than ever before, will be completely
current, including the last-minute actions of Con-
gress involving federal and postal employees. One
of the highlights will be a new and revised sec-
tion on retirement both Civil Service Retirement
system (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement
System (FERS). The many updated sections include:
Medicare, Social Security, pay tables, premium
pay, leave sharing, appeals and grievances, gar-
nishment rules, life and health insurance, retire-
ment thrift savings program, plus many other items
of special interest to federal and postal employ-
ees at all levels.
Price is only $5.95/copy, which includes mail-
ing, or $7.50 for 1st Class. Publication is ex-
pected about January 15, 1990. Send orders to:
Federal Employee's Alamanac, P.O. Box 7528, Falls
Church, VA 22046.
Jane Huldtquist
Legislative Representative

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

August 5, 1989
H D Cafeteria
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Betty Frassrand opened the meeting at 1:35
P.M. Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation, fol-
lowed by Richard Beall who read the names of those
recently deceased. Mr. Drake Carlisle led in the
Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the 65 members present,
including Past Presidents, Anna Collins, Eugene
Askew, Peter Foster, Vic May, Al Pate, Carl Starke
and Muriel Whitman. She introduced Mr. Ricardo
Newball and Ms. Maria Diez, guests of Dave Furlong
and read the names of those who had not attended
recent meetings: Louise Barkley, Reuben Seidman,
Louise Bissell, Mary Belle Hicks and Janet Gibbs
Mrs. Frassrand thanked members for electing her
as President and stated she would do her best to
make 1989-1990 a successful year.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the Annual
Meeting. Mrs. Dorothy Pate moved they be approved
as read, seconded by Mr. Fred Huldtquist. Motion
Mrs. Foster read the Financial Report. It will
stand for audit.

Mrs. Frassrand introduced her new officers: 1st
Vice President, Jay Stewart; 2nd Vice President,
Robert Johnson; Sec/Treas, Marjorie Foster; Editor
Richard Beall; Legislative Rep., Jane Huldtquist;
Chaplain, Dorothy Yocum; Historian, Betty Malone;
Sergeant-at-Arms, Drake Carlisle; Past President,
Carl H. Starke; Budget and Audit, Jeanne Wheeler;
Bylaws, Beverly Williams; Publicity and Adverti-
sing, Richard Beall; Hospitality and Refreshments,
Dorothy Pate; Nominations, Pete Lang; Sunshine,
Anna Collins; Telephone, Edna Ogletree; Service
Officers, Eugene Askew and Victor H. May.
The President reported that Edna Ogletree needs
volunteers for her Telephone Committee, and intro-
duced Jay Stewart as the 1990 Reunion Coordinator.
Jay announced her committee chairpersons.
Mr. Robert Johnson, Chairman for the October
Picnic stated it will be held October 7 at Shelter
3 at Anderson Park. The Society will furnish all
utensils. Members should bring a covered dish and
their own drinks.
Mrs. Muriel Whitman will chair the December
Luncheon at the Holiday Inn, Ulmerton Rd. on De-
cember 9, and Mrs. Anna Collins will chair the May
Luncheon at St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Mr. Beall stated the September issue is on time


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and introduced his new assistant, Mrs. Mary Lou
Lang. He stated he still had P.C.C. Albums for
sale and was printing an Ad for a new book called
"Canalgate" which did not appear to be controver-
Mrs. Huldtquist read the Legislative Report,
submitted for the Canal Record, and stated as of
latest reports, the COLA for January 1990 would be
Mrs. Pate explained how to send for the Commem-
orative envelopes from Mike Paulson.
Mrs. Collins announced she had sent get-well
cards to those who were ill and was happy to see
Olga Disharoon back after her recent operation.
Mrs. Frassrand announced that Mrs. Mayno Walker
and Mr. Carl Starke would chair the luncheon in
Sarasota on September 9, and the theme would be:
"Back to the Beach."
Mr. Ricardo Newball President of the Panama
Club in Tampa announced three dances to be held in
Tampa and selection of a Queen from contestants
Mr. Joe Hickey, Bylaws Chairman presented Mrs.
Frassrand with the ballot results mailed on pro-
posed amendments. Of a total of 62 votes, 2 were
invalid. The count for Amendment 12 was 57 for and
3 against. For Amendment 13, the count was 59 for
and 1 against. The President thanked the Bylaws
committee for their efforts. Mr. Foster moved the
ballots be destroyed, seconded by Mr. Dave Furlong
and motion carried.
Vicki Sizemore announced she is planning a 20-
year reunion for CHS-BHS 1970 at the Delta Court
of Flags during the 1990 P.C. Society reunion.
Mr. Pete Foster reported on the "Zonian Amigos"
cruises coming up in 1989 and the Alaska cruise in
The meeting adjourned at 2:40 P.M.

September 9, 1989
Sahib Shrine Temple
Sarasota, Florida

Mrs. Betty Frassrand opened the meeting at 11:55
A.M. Mrs. Dorothy Yocun gave the Invocation fol-
lowed by Richard Beall who read the names of those
recently deceased. Mr. Drake Carlisle led in the
Pledge to the Flag.
The President welcomed the 134 members present
and recognized Past Presidents Anna Collins, Peter
Foster, Eugene Askew, Victor H. May and Carl H.
Starke. She also recognized "Pop" Ebdon, Roosevelt
Medal holder.
The microphone was turned over to Mr. Fred
Mohl who distributed door prizes with the commit-
tee while lunch was being served. Mrs. Stella De
Marr entertained the membership with renditions on
the accordian.
After lunch, the President introduced the Com-
mittee in charge of the Luncheon and presented

each with a token of appreciation on behalf of the
Society, thanking Mr. Starke and Mrs. Mayno Walker
for chairing the lunch. Mr. Stake in turn thanked
Mrs. Walker and her committee.
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Fred Mohl distributing door prizes.

Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the August
meeting and they stand as read. She read the cor-
respondence of a concerned member regarding is-
suance of Passports to those born in the Canal
Mrs. Foster read the Financial report and it
stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand reported on the August Board
meeting. A committee was appointed to select hard-
ware and software for Desk Top Publishing for the
September Board meeting. A report will be made at
the October regular meeting.
In compliance with Amendment 12, the Board ap-
proved the appointment of Mr. Virgil "Skeeter"
Camby as Board member at large.

1. Marge Foster, Sec/Treas., and (2) her
daughter, Colette Carlisle, touting the
upcoming "Carnavalito," (3) New member
of the Executive Board, Virgil "Skeeter"
Camby, Member-at-Large.

Mrs. Foster reminded the membership to pay 1990
dues and to indicate if a gift card is to be en-
Mr. Beall reported that 4,738 September Canal
Records had been mailed. He showed a chart noting
the membership increase against those attending

reunions for the past 10 years. He also stated
that Mike Paulson still has some commemorative
covers available.
Mrs. Jay Stewart stated that Andy Lim will have
a fashion show at the 1990 reunion, and that all
was going along well for the reunion.
Mr. Bob Johnson reminded the members that the
annual picnic would be held at Anderson Park on
October 7.

Mrs. Huldtquist presented her Legislative re-
port which was very informative on the COLA and
catastrophic surtax.
Mrs. Anna Collins reported on members to whom
she has sent get-well cards and asked that members
inform her of any known who are ill.
Colette Carlisle, dressed in a Pollera, report-
ed on plans for the Carnavalito in February, and
thanked Mrs. Dorothy Yocun for the loan of the

p ?";

beauties of the Beach decor, who were also members of
in full regalia for an outstanding luncheon.

Beach decorations for Sarasota Luncheon.

the decorations Com-

Pollera. She asked for volunteers to make this a
special carnavalito, and introduced Stacey Parker
as Co-chairperson.
Mrs. Frassrand asked for nominations from the
floor for the Nominating Committee. Mr. Carl H.
Starke nominated Buddy Williams and Roy Leeser,
seconded by Mrs. Betty Snow. Motion carried. Both
candidates were voted on by the membership and ap-
Mrs. Frassrand announced that Mrs. Edna Ogle-
tree still needs volunteers for her telephone com-
mittee for certain areas including Tampa and Sara-
Mrs. Frassrand announced that two prices appear
on the application form for the December Christmas
luncheon, and requested members to use the $11.95
figure when making their reservations.
. h.W k k- D E L A A MW A.s ME

Present and Past Presidents, Betty (Le-
Doux) Frassrand and Carl H. Starke.

Members hoping

to win a door prize.


Mr. Foster reported that all was going well for
the trans-canal cruise and the November partial
cruise of the Panama Canal.
Mrs. Walker thanked members for attending; her
chairpersons, and Mrs. Frassrand for the token of
appreciation to the connittee members.
Mr. Fred Mohl distributed the remaining door
prizes to those with lucky numbers.
The meeting adjourned at 1:59 P.M.

October 7, 1989
Anderson Park
Tarpon Springs, Florida
President Betty Frassrand opened the meeting
at 12:20 P.M. at Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs,
Florida. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation
followed by Mr. Richard Beall who read the list
of those recently deceased. A moment of silence
was observed in their memory. Mr. Drake Carlisle
led the members in the Pledge to the Flag.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:25 P.M. to eat
lunch and reconvened at 1:15 P.M.
In the absence of Mrs. Marge Foster, Mrs. Jay
Stewart read the minutes of the previous meeting.
One correction was noted by Mr. Richard Beall;
commemorative envelopes are still available by
writing directly to Mike Paulson. A motion was
made that the change be accepted by Mr. Drake Car-
lisle, seconded by Mr. Fred Huldtquist. Mrs. Ste-
wart read the financial report and it stands for
Mrs. Frassrand welcomed the attending past
president, Eugene Askew. She thanked Mr. Bob John-
son and his wife Caroline for all the work invol-
ved in making the picnic a success.
Mrs. Frassrand reported on the purchase and ar-
rival of the computer system for Mr. Richard Be-
all, who reported on how satisfied he was with the
services from the mail order company.
Mrs. Stewart reported on the progress of the
1990 Reunion plans; she is working on more hotel
space, discount tickets to some of the Orlando ar-
ea attractions, and progress on transportation.
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist gave the legislative re-
port and discussed the recent catastrophic care
vote in Congress. Mrs. Frassrand commended Mrs.
Huldtquist on the amount of effort she puts into
her report.
Mrs. Frassrand stated that Mrs. Edna Ogletree
still needs telephone committee people, especially
in the Tanpa area.
Carnavalito will be Feb. 3, 1990!
Mrs. Frassrand recognized members celebrating
birthdays in Oct.
Olga Disharoon reported that Joe Collins is in
the hospital.
Mrs. Huldtquist asked if it was possible to
have the starting times of our functions listed
in the Record as well as the dates.
Mary Rose, who was a nurse in the Canal Zone,

is recuperating from cancer surgery at St. Jos-
eph's Hospital, Tarpa.
The next meeting will be at St. Bede's and a
guest speaker, Mr. Barnsdollar, will discuss the
Catastrophic Care Bill.
Mr. Drake Carlisle announced that games would
start after the meeting.
Since there was no further business, the meet-
ing adjourned at 1:50 P.M.


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82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92

This graph shows our continuing growth
in membership (not counting delinquents)
as opposed to Reunion attendance. Are we
getting tired of Tampa? At this rate, we
should reach 5,000 members by early 1990
or thereabouts. Let's shoot for it!


The Wichita Falls Museum, Wichita Falls, Texas,
will hold an exhibition of Canal Zone memorabilia
commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Opening
of the Panama Canal during January 21 June 3,
further information is sparse at press time.
Please check with the Wichita Falls Chamber of
Commerce for directions, entrance fee (if any) and
museum hours.
Further information will be published in the
March issue of the Canal Record as it becomes

J :RtiLnEnt,

Hugo A. Adams
Stephen J. Bellofato
John J. Dorsa
Wayne H. Gordon
Marilyn G. Icaza
Allen C. Maddox Jr.
Bruce G. Sanders III
William G. Toston
William E. Weigle III


Electrical Division
Traffic Management Division
Canal Services Division
Canal Protection Division
Accounting Division
Logistical Supply Division
Navigation Services Division
Navigation Division
Motor Transportation Division


00 months 03 days
07 months 16 days
10 months 08 days
08 months 11 days
09 months 27 days
00 months 03 days
00 months 16 days
07 months 07 days
11 days 21 months

4th genemtion Zonians


1. Great-grandfather William Francis Morrison, was
born April 15, 1864 in Palestine, Texas. Hired by
the I.C.C. as blacksmith and went to Panama on
February 22, 1906. Married Mattie J. Fields, born
May 25, 1870 in Gatesville, Texas and joined hus-
band in Gorgona, Panama, July 14, 1906.
2. Grandmother Nannie Inez Morrison, first-born of
William and Mattie, born February 1, 1888, married
Walter Graham Brown, August 23, 1904 and went to
Empire, Panama in 1906. He was employed as machin-
ist by the I.C.C. On November 3, 1906, Nannie
joined her husband in Empire, Panama, taking her
first-born, Mattie Lee Autri Brown (13 mo. old).
3. Mother Frances Russell Brown, born January 5,
1909 in Empire. Graduated from BHS 1927. Worked 1
year as Clerk-Typist for Asst. to the Supt. of
Gorgas Hosp. before marrying Andrew Augustus Whit-
lock (born January 1, 1904 in Newcastle, New Hamp-
shire). He was employed as a draftsman, Mechanical
Division of P.C. Co. They had four children, all
finishing high school in the Canal Zone.
4. (a) Andree Lee Whitlock, born August 10, 1929,
attended Jr. College and married Charles Eugene
Collins, and resided in St. Louis, Mo.
(b) Jacqueline Belle Whitlock, born August 4,
1931, married Durwood D. Stringer and resided in
St. Louis, Mo., where he became a doctor, later
moving to Mishawaka, In. Later divorced from Dr.
Stringer, married Marcel Werbrouck, residing in
Mishawaka, In.
(c) Paul Leroy Whitlock, born August 6, 1934 in
Panama Hospital, R.P. Graduated from CHS and went
to Texas A&M for 2 years; went into Marine Corps,
completed tour of duty and returned to Texas A8M.
After graduation, employed by P.C.Co., later re-
turning to Texas ASM for Masters degree in Mech.
Engineering. Prior to returning to college, he
married Mary Louise Allen, later divorced, and had
five children. Retired as Chief, Dredging Div. in

William F. and Mattie J. Morrison's
Golden Wedding Anniversary, May 25, 1936
and their 30 descendents.

(d) Edward Starr Whitlock, born April 15, 1947
(on his great-grandfather's 83rd. birthday and
paternal great-uncle's 69th birthday) in Margarita
Hospital, Margarita, CZ. Left CZ when his father
retired as Plant Engineer of Industrial Div. He
resided in Houston, Texas with his parents until
graduation from high school, then to Austin, Texas
to attend U. of Texas and graduated. Later did
undergraduate work, now deceased.


1. William Hodgson Conley, Roosevelt Medal holder,
along with two brothers, Richard S. Conley and
David Conley arrived in Panama in 1907. William H.
married Byrd Patton Keith and had four children,
Emily K., Richard F. (Dick), William H. Jr., and
David Keith. William H. retired in 1934 from the
Panama Railroad.
2. Richard F. Conley (Dick) married Harriet C.
Rogers. He worked for the Canal Zone Police Dep-
artment and Panama Railroad. He had one son, Roger
R. Conley, born in Gorgas Hospital.

3. Roger R. Conley married Carol B. Rogers. He
worked for the Canal Zone Customs Division and re-
tired from the Panama Canal Commission in 1983.
They had two sons, Richard F. Conley and William
R. Conley, born in Gorgas Hospital.

71 -

L-R: Richard Conley, William R. Conley.

4. Richard F. Conley is currently in the U.S. Navy
as a Third Class Petty Officer working as an air-
craft mechanic, and upon his release plans to work
for a major airline. William R. Conley presently
is a Midshipman at the U.S. Merchant Marine Acad-
emy in King's Point, New York.

Great-grandmother Nacisa (Other) Brown-
lee, grandmother Jan Brownlee of West
Palm Beach, FL.; mother, Deborah J.
Dailey McDougal, granddaughter of Earl
and Charlotte Dailey, and new daughter
Brittany Lauren McDougal.

1989 Reunion Report
The 1989 Reunion is now a part of Panama Canal
Society history. Like those in the past, it was a
very successful affair and from the lack of criti-
cism or complaints, those who attended must have
had an enjoyable time.

The Hotels, Hyatt Regency Tampa, Riverside,
Harbour Island and Holiday Inn all came through
in grand style and assisted in making this a great
4-day affair. We filled 983 hotel rooms for this
Registration, under the guidance of Dorothy
Pate and Sandy Robinson, assisted by Marge Foster
and Jay Stewart and all of our dedicated volun-
teers was a very smooth operation. There were a
total of 3,234 members registered 2,411 pre-
registered and 823 registered at the reunion.
As usual, the Golf Tournament turned out to be
a very enjoyable affair for the 93 participants.
Our thanks to Fred and Jane Huldtquist for taking
care of this.
The Hospitality Suite staffed by Pat Beall and
his capable volunteers were open 142 hours during
the reunion. Each year this office does more busi-
ness and finds new ways for helping our members.
It is very beneficial to our effort.
There were 12 Vendors selling at this reunion.
Eleven each paid $100.00 for their table. The Pan-
ama Canal Society of Southern California also had
a table whose fee was waived by the Executive
Board. They were all satisfied with the business
they did.
The Annual Business Meeting was attended by 274
members. During the meeting, 18 door prizes were
awarded to members in attendance. Door prizes were
donated to the Society by Delta Airlines, each of
the four hotels, Photographer, and each of our 12
The Panazonian Dance was attended by 1,800 mem-
bers, maximum allowed. Betty Frassrand, Chairman,
reported a good time was had by all. There were 49
complimentary tickets used for this affair.
The Annual Ball was a festive affair. Decora-
tions were used to brighten up the hall and made
a difference in the atmosphere. All enjoyed the
music provided by "Tito" and "Charlie." Betty
Frassrand did a fine job of handling this dance.
There were 2155 tickets issued, with 47 Complimen-
The Annual Luncheon Banquet was, as always,
ably handled by Betty Malone. A delicious luncheon
was enjoyed by 573 members and guests. Our guest
speaker, Mr. Dennis P. McAuliffe, Administrator of
the Panama Canal Commission was well received by
all and certainly did not disappoint those in at-
tendence. Official china plates of the Governor's
home of the Panama Canal Company and graciously
donated by Mr. D.P. McAuliffe through the Panama
Canal Commission were distributed to members whose
lucky marker was under their tablecloth setting.
According to our contract with Delta Airlines,
the Society received two (2) round trip airline
tickets for use on domestic routes, excluding Haw-
aii, valid for one year, and will be used at the
discretion of the Executive Board.
Victor H. May, Jr.
1989 Reunion Coordinator

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On Friday, June 30, 1989, during the Panama
Canal Society's 1989 Reunion, the Seeley family
had it's own mini-reunion. Eighteen family members
ranging from age 3 to 91, enjoyed a celebration
luncheon in the Hyatt Hotel.
To record the event, the enclosed group photo Pai,
was taken, and we hope you'll be able to use it in
some future issue of the RECORD.

S- BHS Class of 1939. Bottom L-R: Billie
(Bowen) Martin, Catherine (Whelan) Filo,
Si Marion (Orr) Wells, Mary (Cryan) Lade,
Doris (Chan) Etchberger, Cornelia Van
Sic en, Robert Herrington. Second row
j L-R: John Sullivan, John "Bobo" Cain,
a Angus Matheney, Blanche (Adler) Browne,
Doris (Brotherson) Hand, Beatrice (Mon-
santo) Rhyne, Ewart Harvey, Fred Huldt-
The Seeley Reunion: Back L-R: Anna (See quist. Third row L-R: Jim Ridge, Beverly
ley) Winn, Rodney Seeley, Ronald Seeley, (Comley) Dilfer, John "Bill" Logsdon,
Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley, Glenn Seeley, Josephine (Blanton) Kilburn, Alice
Vernon Seeley, Joyce (Seeley) Parker. (Blanton) Conover. Top row L-R: Joseph
Center L-R: Barbara (Hammond) Serafini, Sbyder, Kelly (Bauman) Adams, Richard
Olga Seeley, Stephanie Seeley, Chris- Dodson, Maxine (Hilbert) Henry. Missing
tina (Efthimiadis) Seeley, Marie Seeley, from photo: Douglas Smith, Sherry (Aus-
Norma Seeley) McGahhey, Mildred (Seeley) tin) Musselman, June (Hambelton) May,
Hammond. Front L-R: Evan Seeley, Nich- Britta (Merrill) Evans, Margaret (Meigs)
olas Seeley, Whitney Winn. Molloy.


Dear Mr. Carl H. Starke:
Please accept my sincere thanks for all the
courtesies and nice things you did and said, to
make this, your Reunion, a memorable one for me.
I'm proud and cherish my membership in the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida, and wish I could
share the honors that have been mine with the
other Roosevelt Medal holders who are living to-
Again, thank you very much. Do not recall
having met your Virginia.
'Enjoying" at the Panama Canal Reunion having met your Virginia.
Rosa joins me in love to both of you.
n Tampa. Jim Doyle (CHS'53) and god-
iaughter, Victoria Morris, and sister, Sincerely,
3liss Connerton, nee Morris, from Dallas Robert LeRoy Dill
exas. Hemet, CA.






News Clips


The pavilion at Miraflores Locks will open at
7 a.m. October 6 to give friends the opportunity
to wave at passengers aboard theDaphne. The Zon-
ian Amigos, a group composed primarily of Panama
Canal retirees, will be making a northbound tran-
sit through the Canal on the ship as part of a
cruise commemorating the Canal's 75th anniversary.
The lockage at Miraflores will provide the only
opportunity to greet passengers, as the Daphne
will not be stopping on either side of the Isthm-
September 29, 1989


The governor of the province of Panama has
issued regulations to enforce a 1969 decree that
prohibits minors under 18 years of age from being
on the streets or in public places of entertain-
ment after 8 p.m. if the minors are not in the
company of a responsible adult. Under Panamanian
law, a "responsible adult" refers to a parent or
another relative, but would not generally include
other adults...
...Those who violate the curfew are subject to
detention by the Panama Defense Forces or other
authorities. Parents of detained minors will be
summoned to the governor's office and fined for
not controlling their children's conduct. Minors
whose parents do not appear when cited will be
transferred to the jurisdiction of the court of
While the primary purpose of enforcing the cur-
few is to minimize and prevent juvenile delinquen-
cy, the long-range goal is to protect the social
and moral values of minors.
The curfew applies to all districts within the
Panama province and may, therefore, also be en-
forced in the Canal area.

September 22, 1989


It seems that trouble of one kind or another
has overshadowed many of the major milestones in
the history of the Panama Canal.

In August 1914, World War I broke out in Europe
just before the Canal opened. In 1939, when the
Canal celebrated its 25th anniversary, another
world war was beginning. In 1964, the 50th anni-
versary of the Canal, riots along the Canal Zone
border cast a pall over the celebrations. And this
year, as the waterway celebrates its Diamond Ju-
bilee, political and economic turmoil in the Rep-
ublic of Panama and financial difficulties in the
Panama Canal Commission have made it necessary to
scale down the observance somewhat.
In spite of the problems, however, the Panama
Canal has continued to operate, and celebrations
were staged at each of these major landmarks in
the history of the waterway. For example, during
the 1939 commemoration of the Silver Anniversary
of the Panama Canal, the SS Ancon of the Panama
Line reenacted its historical voyage of 25 years
earlier. Special ceremonies were held in all Canal
communities, attracting thousands of residents
from the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama.
Silver Anniversary memorabilia included a com-
memorative album featuring photographs of the
Canal and information on its planning, construct-
ion and operation. Not one, but two sets of stamps
were issued. One series of 16 stamps depicting be-
fore and after scenes of the Canal was issued in
observance of the 25th anniversary, and another
set of six commemorated the 10th anniversary of
airmail service in the Canal Zone.
The problems in 1964 did not eliminate enthu-
siasm for the Golden Anniversary celebration
either. Both the United States and the Republic of
Panama had reason to be proud of the engineering
marvel, the product of heroic efforts and perse-
verance of thousands of men and women who worked
jointly in the great enterprise.
The celebration included a reception by Gov.
Robert Fleming for Panamanian officials and visit-
ing dignitaries; a luncheon aboard SS Cristobal
for shippers; and other special luncheons for con-
struction-day workers, former Canal officials,
Panamanian government officials and shipping agen-
cy executives. Among those who came to the Isthmus
for the occasion was Maurice H. Thatcher, the only
surviving member of the 1903 Isthmian Canal Com-
For its part, the government of Panama ordered
that a medal be made honoring the feat made pos-
sible by the combined contributions of the Repub-
lic of Panama and the United States. The medal
contained the likeness of presidents Theodore
Roosevelt, Belisario Porras, Lyndon B. Johnson and
Roberto Chiari and the motto of Panama. "Pro Mun-
di Beneficio." The Panama Canal agency also had

medals made for the occasion. The Medallic Art
Company of New York struck two official medallions
both incorporating the four points of the compass
and a shield that shows a ship sailing through
Gaillard Cut.
A set of six airmail stamps was also issued,
featuring aerial views of Panama Canal scenes and
the cities of Balboa and Cristobal. In addition,
a commemorative album was published in English and
Spanish, and a memorabilia display of historical
photographs, maps, illustrations, books and stamps
were exhibited at the Canal Zone Library-Museum.
A documentary film of the activities and ceremon-
ies in the Canal Zone were released soon after the
The 50th anniversary celebration spread far and
wide. Henry J. Grieser, a retired Panama Canal em-
ployee, celebrated the Canal's Golden Anniversary
with a party at his home in County Cork, Ireland.
And the mayor of New York City signed a procla-
mation designating August 16, 1964, as Panama
Canal Anniversary Day at the New York World's
Fair. In fact, that week the fair featured Lucho
Azcarraga and his band.
Like this year's anniversary observance, these
milestones in Canal history stand not only as a
tribute to the Panama Canal as an engineering won-
der but also as a demonstration of the waterway's
continuing ability to fulfill its mission of ser-
ving world commerce, even in the midst of prob-
August 15, 1989


The Pan American Life Insurance Company of New
Orleans will replace Mutual of Omaha as the under-
writer of the Panama Canal Area Benefit Plan and
the supplemental life insurance plan on January 1.
The Group Insurance Board is working very
closely with Pan American Life Insurance Company
to ensure a smooth transition. Other than having
to submit health care claims to a new claims ad-
ministrator, those insured will see little change
in the operation of the plan. The basic benefits
remain, with the addition of coverage for out-
patient prescription drugs.
Under this benefit, after each insured person
pays the $600 deductible, the plan will pay 50/o of
covered expenses for prescription drugs. The medi-
cation must require a doctor's written prescrip-
tion and must be among those approved under the
plan. The $600 deductible does not apply toward
the catastrophic protection benefit deductible,
and the prescription drug benefits are limited to
a lifetime maximum of $20,000.

Premiums for the Panama Canal Area Benefit Plan
will increase by approximately 12%. For the family
option, the premium will be $31.01, an increase of
$3.33 per pay period. For the self-only option,
the employee will pay $14.30, a $1.54 increase
over last year's rate....
October 13, 1989

Where Are You?


The Post Office has returned mail and CANAL
RECORDS addressed to the following persons as un-
deliverable. Please notify the Secretary, Box 1508
Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508 if you know the proper
addresses for the following members:
COFFEY, Eugene MORE, William Russell Jr.
CROWELL, Pamela ROSS, Marcus E.
GOLDSTEIN, Suzanne TOMLET, Matthew P.
SEITZ, Michael


Would any 1947 grads of Balboa High please drop
me a line, so that I could hopefully locate some
of my friends?
Edna Richter (formerly Rusty Russell of Balboa)
1915 Melbourne Ave. N.E., Huntsville, AL 35801.


Packets for the following persons from the
Class of 1970 have been returned because of an in-
correct address. If you have a correct address for
anyone in this group, please forward to: Vicki
Sizemore, 205-D Carol Blvd., Auburndale, FL 33823.
(813) 967-2106.





Milton J. Altmark
William Bingham
Jose A. Colina
Arthur "Reds" Corbett
Eric A. Ducruet
Richard 0. Egger
James A. Gracie
Victor Levi
Ronald F. Rosskopf
Ernest P. Runnells, Jr.
Thomas N. Simnonds
Neyle C. Theriault
Izzy E. Wachtel
Gilbert J. Young
D. Rowena Burton
Betty Lou Bougan
Florence M. Christian
Nora Christie
Robert Quinn

Beverly Collyer
DeElda Lou Cotanche
Marcia Garcia
Charlene Jahnke
Jenny Kornbrot
Jacqueline M. (Lee) Munro
Sanna Munden
Mary Jane Salmon
Joan M. Styles
Albertina Trevia
Mary L. Turman
Carlton Croft
Leslie Croft
Nancy Donaldson
William Hill
Donald Johnson
Robert Kariger
Ralph Malcolm
Jim Roddy

Please send any of the above addresses to:
Jackie Whitlock Werbrouk, 1309 South Spring,
Mishawaka, IN 46544


Gladys Amar
Edna Arjona
Wilbur Blackaby
Pat Smith Caldwell
Pedro Chaluja
Claire Claxton
Carol Dunn
Andy Fazenbaker
James E. Fitzpatrick
Dawn Griffith
Sylvia Hagborg
Helen Hallax
William Held
Regina Kiersenblatt
Tonia Kinsel
Bill Kommenich

Nancy Leslie
Bruce Malcolm
Gladys Melendez
Donna Murchison
Carol Newman
Gretchen Reynolds
Bryant Rogers
Natalie Sager
Carol A. Schrantz
Jean Seiffert
Fred A. Smith
Sally Strope
Judy Titus
Sue Weaver
Bob Whitus
Jackie Yates

Reunion Coordinators


Plans are going well. We are getting such great
response from our members that we are trying to
get more hotel rooms in the same general area.
There is so much to do in the Orlando area that
it is difficult to choose which attraction you
would like best. I have been to several recently;
Sea World is a must. Church Street Station is a
lively place to spend the day browsing or in the
evening playing. I do recommend it. Of course
there are all the things to do in the Disney World
complex from the Magic Kingdom to EPCOT to Plea-
sure Island.
Andy Lim will show us his newest fashions at
the beginning of the Panazonian Dance.
We will have our usual activities; meeting,
luncheon, dance and ball plus the class reunions,
various family reunions, swimming, sports, empa-
nadas, and lots of friends to help us enjoy every-
Please read the yellow pages in this issue for
more Reunion information.
REMEMBER to wear your registration tags during
the Reunion so that the Record Editor will be able
to identify you in the photographs, by magnifying
glass if necessary!
A very Merry Christmas to you all, and best
wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Jay Stewart
Reunion Coordinator

Please send any of the addresses of the above to:

Joan (Hensler) Toscar
6181 Yellowstone Dr.
Port Orange, FL 32127
(904) 788-1680

Robert Zumbado
1106 Oropesa Ave.
Orlando, FL 32807
(407) 282-0715

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January 25, 1990

Your Reporter Says ...


Now with the Reunion and sumner behind us, ev-
eryone is getting ready for football, Thanksgiving
and Christmas. Our days here in Dothan are nippy
and quite pleasant and beautiful.
In June, Alice Clark, Kay Daniel, Edna O'Don-
nell and Edna Kovel took off for Tampa to attend
the Reunion. In August, the gals along with Arlene
Abbott and Pat Finneman were off to Las Vegas for
a five-day trip. They had so much fun that they
are planning a trip to Reno next year.
On the 14th of September, the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Dothan held a meeting for election of of-
ficers for the year 1989-90. Those elected were
Freeland Hollowell President, George Derrer -
Vice President, and Edna Kovel Secretary-Treas-
urer. There were 55 members in attendance. Door
prizes were won by Olga Gettle, Elsie Woodruff,
Doris Etchberger and Gertrude Snyder. The lottery
was won by Mary Millins first prize, Kay Daniel
- 2nd prize and Jim McNamara 3rd prize. Our
Christmas dinner dance will be held at the Shera-
ton Inn on December 14th. If anyone is coming this
way at that time, please join us for the festivi-

L-R: Elsie Woodruff, Joanie Hunt, Woody
Woodruff, Darlene W. Hunt, Kelly Hunt,
Joe Hunt, Jr., Lisa Hunt, Louise R Hunt.

Louise Hunt and Elsie and Woody Woodruff visit-
ed the Joseph Hunt, Jr. family in Peach Tree City,
GA over the Labor Day weekend. On September 1st,
all attended promotion ceremonies at Fort McPher-
son, Atlanta, where Joe was promoted to Lt. Colo-
nel. Elsie and Woody then drove to Lake Norman,
N.C. and then to Sumter, S.C. for brief visits
with Woody's sisters.

It wasn't long before Louise took off again.
This time she went to New Jersey to visit family
and to attend a wedding.
In August, Maggie and John Janssen had a visit
from their son, John Jr. He was accompanied by his
daughter, Carrie, and son, John Robert. John Jr.
is a Lt. Colonel stationed at the Pentagon and
living in Virginia.
Mary (Gilbert) Urey and Mildred (Gilbert) Pat-
ton had their brother Dennis and his wife Christie
who live in Costa Rica as guests. The Gilberts had
just been to Texas to visit his daughter, Sheila
Bolke, and were on their way to Pennsylvania.
Our congratulations to Margaret and Jack Hem,
Sr. of Dothan and to John F. Hem, Jr. of Panama
on John Jr.'s promotion to Chief Accountant of the
Panama Canal Commission's Accounting Division. In
1963, when John was a student assistant, he was
assigned to the Accounting Division and would im-
agine what it would be like to run the place. He
holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in business
administration from Florida State University and
Nova University respectively. He got his first job
with the Panama Canal organization in 1964 as a
police officer. In March 1965, he joined the Ac-
counting Division as a trainee and qualified as
an operating accountant in 1967.
Since then, he has acquired a great deal of ex-
perience working on the toll studies project and
with the Reports and Analysis Staff, the General
Audit Division and the Systems Division. In 1979,
he was appointed Chief of the Accounting Divi-
sion's General Ledger Branch. He was detailed for
six months to serve as Chief of the Agents Ac-
counts Branch in 1982 and was assigned to the
Management Information Systems implementing the
general ledger module of the new computer system
in 1984. In 1985, he went back to his job as Chief
of the General Ledger Branch and in 1986 became
Assistant Chief Accountant, the position he held
until his promotion to Chief.
We wish Mary Rose well in her new home in Tam-
pa. She has gone to live with daughter, Sheila,
because of illness. Happiness and good health,
Mary. We will miss you.
We welcome Fmily (Wilkinson) McLean and her two
sons as new residents of Dothan.
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and
a Blessed Holiday.

Catherine (Vhelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145


The fall luncheon meeting of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Arizona was held October 7, 1989, at the
Arizona City-Casa Grande Sunland Inn (formerly the
Ramada Inn), halfway between Tucson and Phoenix
on the Interstate 10. Attending the luncheon were:
Peggy Bradley, John and "Sis" (Hayes) Phillips,
Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl, Jeffrey Hirschl and
his bride, Melissa, Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox,
Coral Strickler, Fern Dabill, Mr. and Mrs. Art
Smith and guest, Alan and Natalia (Bender) Broder-
ick, Cecelia Wensing and 2 guests, Earl and Velma
Engel with their daughter and son-in-law, Helen
Munson and her daughter, Helen (Daniel) Miller,
Dr. Bob and Evelyn Matheney, Lydia Czapek, and Ken
and Wanda Middleton, Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger,
and Carl Frische.

L: Velma and Earl Engel. R: Carl Frische
pianist, and Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger,
mezzo-soprano, at the October 7, 1989
Arizona Luncheon.
Nancy Koepplinger, a mezzo-soprano with years
of experience in Gilbert and Sullivan productions
and as a vocal soloist in the Tucson area, presen-
ted a program of vocal music, accompanied by Carl
Frische on the piano. Her program included mezzo
solos from several Gilbert and Sullivan light op-
eras and Broadway musicals, of which "Carousel"
was one. A terrific showman, Nancy brought props
to add color to her act, and circulated through
the audience while singing. Mr. Frische rendered
a piano solo entitled "The Waltzing Cat," a roll-
icking little number.
Fern Dabill, president of the society, had to
leave in the middle of the luncheon for San Diego,
and Bob Matheney took over the reins of the short
meeting at Fern's request. Bob and Evie Matheney
happily reported that they have had many out-of-
state visitors this past year. A very recent vis-
itor was Dr. Frank Smith, who is so well remember-
ed by many ex-Zonians for his years of service at
Gorgas Hospital.

Our travelling president, Fern IDbill, attended
the Reserve Officers' Association national meeting
in Houston, TX, the week before the Florida Re-
union. From there, she drove to Orlando to meet
her brother, Conrad Horine, and his wife, Norma,
plus Stella (Boggs) DeMarr. They all took in the
Disney World Movie Event, then headed south to
Tampa for the Reunion and Fern's 50th (CHS) class
reunion. On the same trip, she visited with Anita
(Boggs) and Al Collins.
Later in July, she flew to Germany to visit her
daughter, Capt. Carol Dabill, and spent seven
weeks there. Fern was only home a week before tak-
ing off for California to attend the West Coast
Panama Canal Reunion in San Diego.


L-R: Mary Ann (Carruthers) Honey, Stella
(Boggs) De Marr and "Sis" (Hayes) Phil-
lips, Orlando, FL., September 1989.
In September, Mary Ann (Carruthers) Honey and
"Sis" (Hayes) Phillips spent a week in Orlando,
FL visiting Epcot, Magic Kingdom, MGM Studios, and
Seaworld. They were joined there for lunch one day
by Bill Mheeler and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr.
Helen Mlnson told us that she and her daughter,
Helen (Daniel) Miller, drove from Oklahoma City
to Sun City on October 6 a distance of over 900
miles in order to be able to attend our October
7 luncheon. They were on the way back from attend-
ing Helen Miller's daughter's wedding in Millwau-
kee. Now, that's really making a tremendous effort
to be with us all that day!

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147



The annual fall dinner of the Northwest Arkan-
sas Society was held on October 15, 1989, at the
Four Seasons Restaurant in Rogers, AR. The follow-
ing were in attendance: Bruce and Dorothy Sanders,
Richard and Mary Condon, Wally and Mike Waddell,
Barbara Andrasek, William "Red" and Alice Nail,
Willard and Kathleen Huffman, Bill and Marie Scar-
borough, Norbert and Peggy Keller, Ralph and Marie
Shuey, Bill and Esther Clair, John and Polly Mic-
haelis, Bud and Betty Balcer, David and Lou Col-
clasure, Lyle Mertz, Carl Maedl, Betty McGilbery,
Etta Faye Terrell, Jessie Nehiard, Georgia Gwinn,
Luke Palumbo, Pat and Bill Shaw, Harry and Lee
Butz, Harold and Jerry Harp, Ron and Alice Jacobs,
Addie Colclasure, and Marion Colclasure. The newly
elected officers for the next term are President
Willard "Red" Huffman and Secretary-Treasurer
Peggy Keller.
Here in the Ozarks, we had our first snowflakes
within the past week and also, the first frost of
the fall. It is also the time of the year for the
Arts and Crafts fairs about 20 in all and they
bring an estimated 100,000 visitors to this area.
This reporter wishes to say that he enjoyed the
commercial on TV featuring "Pop" Ebdon and his
son, Joe.
Fern Glass reports that earlier in the year she
and Veralea Landrum enjoyed a trip to the west
coast. They traveled via Tucson and San Carlos,
Guaymas, Mexico, where they visited with Elmer and
Sheila Fehr, formerly the pastor of the Gamboa
Union Church. While in California, they visited
with Bob and Lil Sieler in Salinas and Cecelia
Maisel in Berkley. Leaving the terrible traffic
of California behind, they drove the coast on to
Oregon. They really enjoyed the redwoods. In Med-
ford, OR they visited with Jack and Pat Doughty.
After a few days with Fern's son Dan and Kathy
Glass in Vancouver, WA and skiing on Mt. Hood,
Veralea flew back to Los Angeles. Fern stayed a
couple of weeks longer and enjoyed visiting with
Jim and Louisa Duffus and George and Dorcas Coop-
er. On her return trip home, Fern had a great vis-
it with Electra Deumeyer in Soap Lake, WA. In
June, daughter Sylvia and family, Mack, Misty and
C.M. visited. Then she went on another trip to
Vancouver, WA to attend the wedding of granddaugh-
ter Karen Glass to David Rothe.
John and Polly Michaelis are busy with yard
work and getting the house winterized.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders report that, except
for the wear and tear of the Golden Years, all
goes well for them in Bentonville.
In early August, granddaughter Jacqueline of
Santa Cruz, CA spent almost two weeks with them.
The days passed all too quickly. On her trip back

home, she flew into Dallas and was met by Sandy
and Bruce III Sanders (recently retired from the
Panama Canal Comnission) and their son Curtis who
saw her off on her connecting flight. Later, in
August, Sandy and Bruce III spent a few days in
Bentonville before driving to visit Sandy's mother
in Virginia. Sandy and Bruce III are making their
home in Piano, Texas, temporarily, just down the
road from their grandson, Ryan Curtis, and his
parents, Curtis and Kim Sanders of Allen, Texas.
Bruce and Sandy were unable to communicate with
the Santa Cruz area following the first report of
the earthquake either by telephone or radio and
it was not until the wee hours of the next morning
that grandson Douglas L. Sanders in the Santa Cruz
Mountains near Los Gatos telephoned to say he and
wife Pam wre safe and another call from son Jack
reported that he and his two daughters were okay.
John C. (Jack) Sanders and daughters Jennifer
and Jacqueline have been working with the Red
Cross in Santa Cruz, CA following the October 17th
earthquake. Jack (WX6X) and Jacqueline (KB have been busy, principally with radio communica-
tions and Jennifer has been handling telephone
calls and other activities. Their days, evenings
and nights have been long and tiresome, but re-
Addie Coclasure had a visit from son David and
wife, Lou, and they attended the fall dinner.
Daughter Marion keeps busy with being a school li-
Mary Lou Engelke wishes to report a new great-
granddaughter, Taylor Alea, born October 13, 1989,
daughter of Robert and Erin Crowell Swift of Rog-
ers, AR.
Norbert and Peggy Keller are doing okay and she
relates that her mother, Mrs. Charles (Sue) Magee,
now resides in The Arcadia in Vista, CA.
Bill and Charlotte McCue took a short vacation
through the Smoky Mountains on the way to Ohio and
ran into Hurricane Hugo and most of the golfing
plans were spoiled. While in Ohio, they visited
with relatives.
Following a visit with Howard and Rita Will in
California, laurie, lee and Joy Engelke spent two
weeks with Evelyn Engelke in Bentonville. They
then went on to Boone, N.C. where Lee is currently
working and planning to enter Appalachian State
College. Laurie and Joy returned to Panama after
getting Lee settled. John Engelke also visited his
mom after visiting with sister and brother-in-law,
Judy and John Montanaro, in Silver Springs, MD,
where his son Rick, who accompanied John, is now
staying. All enjoyed the visit and a good time was
had by all. In September, Evelyn journeyed to Sal-
inas, CA to stay with Bill, Shirley and Billy Eng-
elke. After three weeks, she returned home leav-
ing California on the morning of the earthquake
and happy to have missed it.
The Harps Harold and Jerry enjoyed a family
reunion at Parachute, Colorado, that included son

Bill and wife Susan from Panama, Laurie and hus-
band Brett from Singapore, Rebecca and two daugh-
ters from New Orleans, Jacqueline and two children
from Boulder, CO, Mary from Westminister, CO, and
son Jess from Rogers, AR. They returned home
through Montana and South Dakota.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman motored to Colum-
bus, Ohio to visit with friends and then on to
Illinois to visit Willard's sisters and brothers.
Willard took Kathleen to Peoria, Ill. to see where
he was educated, used to live, and shoot squirrels
and trap rabbits fifty years ago. Today the area
is all residential. Son Willy and family are to
be here for Arts and Crafts weekend.
Etta Faye Terrell traveled to New Orleans, LA
and joined daughter Andrea and husband, Paul Oli-
ver for a trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL.
William "Red" and Alice Nail had Red's four
brothers and three sisters come for a visit in
late September a very short, but noisy visit.
Sleeping accommodations were spread over the mo-
bile home, motor home and house. Most of the time
was spent in the kitchen talking. One sister was
in Boston and could not attend.
Jessie Newhard went to South Carolina to visit
son Brian Albright. She is expecting her sister
and husband from Ohio for about a week's visit.
Betty McGilberry spent five weeks in California
and while there attended a family reunion, college
reunion and her 50th high school reunion.
Jack and Joan Corliss went in late September
to Los Angeles, CA to join the Zonian Amigos
cruise to Panama Canal and a transit and then on
to Puerto Rico. Pete Foster was in charge. A fan-
tastic time was had by all. Son John is now at
home and working at Bentonville Plastics. Sister
Joy Lindell, husband Bruce, and son Butch came for
a visit of one week.
Pete and Sue Warner had son Stuart visit from
Panama and then he returned to his job. Also, son
Robert and family have settled in their new home
in Gulf Shores, AL. Pete is unable to be up and
about and would appreciate hearing from any and
all of his friends and co-workers.
Bud and Betty Balcer spent a week back home in
McGregor, Iowa in August to help his mom, Edna
Balcer, celebrate her birthday. They are also kept
busy with yard work, especially raking leaves.

Robert (Bud) Balcer
(501) 273-3754

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New
With the fall colors nearing their peak, and
the crisp nip in the air, many residents are stay-
ing put!
Minnie and Mike Burton of Fayetteville have

gone to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit Mike's son,
Mike Jr. and family. They plan to attend the cere-
mony in which Mike's daughter-in-law, Caroline,
will receive her doctorate in Pharmacology and
Glen Corklin and a friend, of Springdale, drove
to Natchez to see the Natchez Fall Pilgrimage of
old Southern Mansions. She said that they were
shown by authentically dressed personnel and the
mansions were gorgeous.
Mildren and Ed Higgins of Fayetteville were
relieved to learn that their son, who lives in San
Francisco was fine. He had been in Napa Valley
when the earthquake happened. His house was un-
Luke Palumbo spoke of conditions on the Atlan-
tic side, in which the military are now occupying
the top floor of the Cristobal High School, due to
the small enrollment of students 400. He said
that they join in the school's activities and
cheer loudly for the Atlantic side at the football
games between their old rivals.!
Judy Palumbo-Gates is now teaching high school
in Fairfield, Iowa and expects to visit her father
Luke and Betty at Thanksgiving. Husband Bob cannot
join her as he has a wedding and rehearsals to
Frances Whitlock of Fayetteville spent five
weeks in St. Petersburg, FL., with her son, Paul.
Bates Weiman of Fayetteville reported that Fred
Huldtquist of Seminole, FL., was now visiting her
for a week. Previously, other son Bud and Betty
from Dothan, AL., had been there.
Lenor Butz


Our own Dr. John Han- ,r '
serm, Director of Toot- $
ies International, trav-
els around Europe for 3
months every year. Such
a fascinating man to talk
to! Don't know exactly
what Tooties are, but the
Tooties equipment was de-
signed by John. He uses
it, mostly successfully,
I hear, in treating de-
pression, brain damage,
suicidal tendencies, poor
grades, etc.; something Dr. John Hanson
about bring up your self-esteem. Talking to John,
who is so UP all the time, you can well believe
he is successful in helping people feel good about
themselves. This year, he was in Sweden, Spain and

Czechoslovakia. Knowing people in these countries
has helped him to see things that even the general
citizenry doesn't. He remarked that Panama and
Czechoslovakia can be compared as to Paradise run
Martha Paliwoda writes that in reading of Doris
Hanson's death, she made contact with her daughter
Alice Hanson Hoyt. Martha and Doris were good
friends. Martha attended Doris' wedding at the
Balboa Union Church in 1920, and also Alice's wed-
ding in Hollywood many years later. Martha claims
to be 83, but still gets about, and yes, Martha,
the memories are good ones. Glad you wrote.
Ed and letty Moore have been doing some travel-
ing since Ed's retirement four years ago. Last
April, they visited England, Ireland, Scotland,
and Wales and they enjoyed the good food, scenery,
so much history and the people. It is a trip that
they highly recommend. Next November, they will
vacation in Hawaii. Ed and Letty are looking for-
ward to the 1940 BHS reunion in Dothan, Alabama
in March 1990.
Bob Forsythe called me after the August lunch-
eon to say how much he enjoyed it. He and Alice
live in Sacramento, CA area and flew down in his
plane. Very convenient. He and Alice landed at
Carlsbad Airport which was just down the road from
Pea Soup Andersens, the night before and stayed
overnight at the motel. He was saying that he
hadn't seen Ann Mans Jones in 56 years. She was
his 4th grade teacher.
Good to see our own Bionic Woman at the lunch-
eon. Hedvig Seedborg had a total hip replacement
last year and in May had a shoulder replaced. She
is still going to therapy every day and could even
be hugged at the luncheon.
Bob Provost writes that on their annual trek
to Florida to the Reunion, he and his wife stopped
in Dallas, TX and found the financial climate to
be improved. Finally, in Austin, they hit "Pay-
dirt," to use Bob's words. To sum up, they invest-
ed in the Lone Star State and their son Robbie is
going to relocate there. Hope you don't go also,
I had a note from a new member, Juanita Jensen
Houk, who graduated from BHS in 1936. She was a
student of Dorothy Hayward. She is very ill and
on oxygen all the time as she has a lung problem.
She would love to hear from anyone who knew her.
Her address is: 21439 Gaona, Woodland Hills, CA
91367; her phone is (818) 348-7897.
Jane Ellis spent an enjoyable August weekend
in Woodland Hills, CA attending the wedding recep-
tion of the daughter of friends of hers, the Mac
Lesters. The reception was held in Descanso Gar-
dens, Los Angeles and Jane was able to help decor-
ate. Jane and the mother of the bride taught
school together in Caracas, Venezuela 35 years
ago. Attending an exhibition of national machine
embroiderers' crafts, quilts and original crea-

tions, held on the UCD campus, was another August
event Jane enjoyed.
James Henderson, recently retired after 282
years of Federal Service with the Panama Canal
Commission, now lives with his wife Delia and 2
children, Derek (15) and Cathern (14) in Lemon
Grove, CA. James so graciously spoke to the West
Coast Reunion breakfast about current events on
the Pacific Side. Good luck to you all.

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BitL Qui7nn
Bill Quinn underwent spine decompression sur-
gery in Sept. 1989. He was hospitalized for one
week with recovery projected at 20 months. He is
now using a walker and only time will tell if the
back pain will subside. We hope so! Daughter Jen-
nifer is still at Long Beach State.
Over Labor Day, Richard Lashinger broke 2 toes.
This prevented his dancing at the Reunion, but
didn't stop his attending and enjoying himself.
We have another former resident of the Canal
Zone in our midst. Walter Cousineau was born in
Panama while his father was there working on the
Canal. He loved the tropical plants and because
of this, pursued a degree in Agriculture from
UCDavis, returning to Panama to work in a banana
grove. He now lives in Fallbrook and grows orchids
thousands of them under the name W. C. Orchid.
After all this time, Millie came to a luncheon.
Guess she needed to keep tabs on Bob. So nice to
meet you at last. Bob also mentioned, modestly of
course, that he's been accepted by 1988 and 1989
issues of Who's Who in Ca. Now we know who's who.
After the FL Reunion, the Provosts were guests of
Claude and Ethel Purvis. The ladies were nurses
together and in meeting and marrying their re-
spective husbands.
The end of June, your reporter went with a So.
Calif. Softball team to Japan. I was supposed to
go with Addie Monsanto Ellis, but she was unable
to go at the last minute. Her daughter and son-in-
law, Gil and Camille (Ellis) Jones and their
daughter Kim, a member of the team, were also on
the tour. I didn't know them previously, but it
was a treat to meet them and then be together on
this trip. They both graduated from BHS. Japan has
no bad food and everything is available. We enjoy-
ed Korean, Curry and many varieties of Japanese



food. The people are the most gracious you will
ever meet and since the girls stayed with Japan-
ese families, we were included in the ceremonies
and met with the parents many times. This was my
idea of a vacation as we saw many things but also
had many people contacts.

Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Kimberly Jones,
Camille (Ellis) Jones, Gil Jones, in the
front of Imperial Palace Grounds, Japan.

One of our committee members for the reunion
is leaving California for Pennsylvania to be with
her parents, 6 months at the earliest. Donna (Gey-
er) Bomean, we will miss you. Make sure you come
back! Temporary address is: Donna Bowman, 204 Ger-
ry St., Reading, PA 19611, phone (215) 777-9751.

In a beautiful big room on the top floor of Pea
Andersens, the PCSSC held its Annual Summer Pic-
nic. 100 members and friends gathered to chat,

look at moments of the past and enjoy a delicious
luncheon. The invocation was given by Missy Will,
after which Edith Winmer, Pres., led the Pledge
of Allegiance and led us in singing the Star Span-
gled Banner. Introductions of guests followed. Af-
ter lunch, David Smith played an early Happy Bir-
thday to Bob Dill on the occasion of his 100th
birthday, after which Bob blew out the candles on
a cake especially ordered for this occasion. "Mr.
Panama," with tears in his eyes, replied that our
being his friends was all that he asked. The next
luncheon of the PCSSC will be Dec. 3, 1989 at
Knott's Berry Farm. The Covenant Players will en-
tertain us.

During their visit with Peggy's mother,
Mary Hammond in Laguna Hills, CA: L-R:
Mary, Kay Hamilton holding daughter
Cristina, Jennifer Acker and Peggy Acker
who is a teacher with DODDS with Kay in
the Panama Canal Area.
The program in which everyone delightedly talk-
ed and remembered was the occasion of the 75th
Anniversary of the opening of the Canal. Among
those "remembering" were Anthony Provost, born on
the Zone; Bob Provost thought he was the only Pro-
vost around; Claude Purvis, a guest from Georgia,
who was at a convention aboard the Queen Mary
and "dropped" in on us; and Peggy Acker, a teacher
in the Zone, who is visiting her mother Mary Ham-
mond. She told of conditions as she knew them up
to the present time. David Smith added to the
memories by singing 2 original songs written in
the 30's when he graduated from BHS. They told of
many things buried deep in our memories. Bill
Quinn continued by denying all knowledge of past
deeds in Balboa, just in knowing that they happen-
ed. Janet Laschinger ended with some "Bajan" jokes
- she is so good at that.

(1) Bob and Alice Forsythe. (2) John and Anna Petersen. (3) Dale and Frank Taylor.



Joan de Gnrumnd gave us her report on the
Florida Reunion. 14 members of her family were
there and that made her visit one of the nicest.
She also read excerpts from the speech given by
Mr. McAuliffe, of the Panama Canal Commission. In
the drawings, the Lynda Geyer print was won by
David Hollowell; the huaca, donated by Conrad and
Norma Horine, was won by Petey Clark; the book
"The Panama Canal," redonated by Tom -Guiness,
was won by Evelyn Wood; the Conquistador Plaque,
donated by David Smith, was won by Lucille Grif-
fin; the Loterias were won by Ida MlDade, Charlie
Pold and Mary Lade.

L: Kirsten McKay and Helen (Daniel) Mil-
ler, BHS'64. R: Bill and Ruth Beers.

Led by Joan de Grumimnd and accompanied by Dav-
id Smith, the assembled company attempted "Hymno
Nacional" and it sounded pretty good, after which
we retreated into "God Bless America," doing very
well indeed.
A plea for information about the International
Freedom Organization who is soliciting money to
back a movement to regain the Canal went unanswer-
ed, so a warning was issued to make sure you know
who you are dealing with before sending any dona-
tions. Pres. Edith Winner adjouned the meeting and
a few people stayed on to talk and visit, this
having been one of the most successful of our

Kathryn lMlinaro
Secy./Tres. PCSSC

A good time was had by all! Approximately 230
Zonians and friends from all over the U.S. gather-
ed for the 5th annual West Coast Reunion at the
Bahia Hotel in San Diego, CA for lots of reminis-
cing and fun. Included were members of the BHS
class of '52' for their mini-reunion and part of
the "Zonian Amigos Cruise" going on to the Carib-
bean and through the Canal. Oh, how the rafters
rang! Friday night was spent visiting and getting
settled. Saturday was the time to tour San Diego
and get ready for the big doings Saturday night,

the dinner dance, which approximately 195 attend-
ed. A large 75th anniversary banner, contributed
by the Florida Reunion, graced the walls. Tables
were festive with red, white and blue wind socks
and accompanying pretty. A tribute was paid to
Bob Dill on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
He and his wife, Rosa, danced all night long! Many
prizes were won, including Champagne, 3 mola vi-
sors, 2 mola beverage holders, 2 sets of 4 Guate-
malan motif napkins; all donated by Ken, Celine,
Malcolm and Jean Stone. Wine, donated by the Bahia
Hotel, and T-shirts and caps were donated by the
Reunion Comnittee. The lottery was won by Don
Smith and Coleen Sammartand. The wine was won by
Harold Erickson, hat by Don Hendricks, Champagne
by John Johnson, visors by Kathleen Bennett and
Ed Sullivan, beverage holder by Betty Hoverter,
and napkins by Ed Sullivan and Harold Erickson.
Tito outdid himself as usual and everyone danced
the night away.
In bed by 3 AM and up Sunday morning for break-
fast at 10:30 AM. Again the boards were vibrating
with good music and the air simply buzzed with
conversation. The Lottery this morning was won by
Bill Warden, Janet Laschinger and Guy Lane; visors
by Louise Sowa and William Poole; T-shirt by Agnes
Reinke; beverage napkins by Ed Sullivan, and a hat
by Nelree Berger. Slides of Bill Quinn were very
good. Speaker for the morning was James Henderson,
recently retired from the Commission and attending
the reunion for the first time. He brought us up
to date on recent happenings on the Pacific Side
as he saw and heard of them. This was of great in-
terest as we don't get first-hand information,
even from the newspapers.
Just enough energy to drive home or get ready
to leave on the cruise and back to normal pursuits
on Monday. Many thanks to the Committee for a job
well and smoothly done: David Lane, Donna (Geyer)
Bowman, David and Thelma Hollowell, Ken and Celine
Stone, Marion and Tom Rice, Conrad and Norma Hor-
ine, Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro and Rae Donaldson.
Tito, you're the best!! See you next year: Sept.
28, 29 and 30 at the Bahia Hotel, San Diego.
Those who attended were: Jeanne (Rocker) Allen,
Adele Argo, Tim and Carmen Bach, Duncan and Shari
Ballenger, Charles Becktell, Bill and Ruth Beers,
Kathleen (Steiner) Bennett, Nelree Berger, Andrew
and Carol (Neward) Bleakley, Herb and Betty
(Wilkinson) Boetto, Donna (Geyer) Bouman, Mike and
Kathy Brennan, Carol Brier, Grace (Birkland)
Brown, Carl and Blanche (Adler) Browne, Frank and
Claire Bryan, Arby (Mathews) Call, Paul and Mgan
Capeskey, Steve Cartotto, Paul Cascante, Jack
Clay, Madeleine (Poole) Clinkenbeard, Mary (Foley)
Cronan, Henry and Pat Cruz, Fern (Horine) Dabill,
Agnes (Reinke) Davis, Jack and Joan (Ridge) de
Grumond, Bob and Rosa Dill, Maggie Dillmnn, Rae
Donaldson, Miriel (Israel) Dorfnan, Sandra (HMKay)
Duval, Penny (Leeser) Ellenor, Adelaide (Mnsanto)

(1) Lucille Robinson, Dee Hendrick. (2) Winifred
Pat Cruz, Norma Horine, Adie Monsanto Ellis.

Muller, Evelyn Belanger Wood. (3)

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(1) Raymond Husum and Michael Young. (2) Rosa and Bob Dill, centinarian. (3) Delia
and James Henderson.


(1) Mr. and Mrs. Morton Thomson, Jr. (Macel Goulet, CHS'37). (2) Ephraim and Vir-
ginia (Tam) Leon-Guerrero. (3) Norma and Conrad Horine, W. Coast Committee Members.
(4) Harold and Myrna (Boynton BHS'52) Erickson.


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(1) Kathryn Molinaro and Norma Horine. (2) Bob Provost, Celine Stone and the late
Thelma Hollowell. (3) Bob Provost and Harry Foster.


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(1) Rear: Bob (BHS'39) and Dorothy (Jordan BHS'41) Herrington. Seated: Marjorie
(Harrington CHS'47) and Pete Foster (CHS'47 class president); Wanda (Harrington -
BHS-45) and John C. Johnson (CHS'42. Pete and Marje, assisted by Bob and Dorothy
arranged for 30 Zonian Amigos to attend WC Reunion, prior to cruise on "MS Daphne"
to trans-canal on cruise from Los Angeles to Puerto Rico. (2) BHS Class of '52, L-R:
Cynthia (Totty) Evarts, Myrna (Boynton) Erickson, Tim Bach, Henry Cruz, Gil Jones,
Flo Killeran, Joan Gibson Conover, Irwin Frank.

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(1) Petie (Wardlaw) Clark, Gayle (Alexander) Wells, Pat Norfleet, Chuck Norfleet.
(2) Ann and At Houston. (3) Eric Kullberg, Virginia (Hughes) Kullberg, Herman Worth.

Ellis, Jane B. Ellis, Bill Ehmendorf, Fred Elmen-
dorf, Virginia (Selby) Entrekin, Harold, Myra and
Heather Ericksen, Sally (Ackernan) Estes, Bill and
Paula Evarts, Robert Feldman, Francis and LaVerne
Fitzpatrick, Dale and Vivian Flowers, Harry Fos-
ter, Pete and Marjorie Foster, Irwin Frank, Alice
French, George and Helen Gercich, Isabelle Gibson,
Carol (Rouff) Goulet, Gene and Vilma (Bejarano)
Gordon, Nick and Sandy Gorham, Griff and Lucille
Griffin, Wheeler and Amelia Griffin, Joe and Anna-
belle Grills, Mary (Acker) Hammond, Doris (Broth-
erson) Hand, Mike and Reggie Harrell, James and
Delia Henderson, Dee and Don Hendrick, Robert and
Dorothy Herrington, Joanna Hoefeltz, David and
Thelma Hollowell, Conrad and Norna Horine, Al and
Ann Houston, Dorothy Howard, Raymond Husun, Betty
(Clay) Hoverter, Richard and Zula Lee (Brown)
Irish, John and Wanda Johnson, Bill Jones, Gil and
Camille Jones, Rose and Paul Jones, Jean Karch,
Bunny (Israel) Karlan, Flo (Crecelius) Killoran,
Leo Krzizza, David Lane, Elaine Larkin, Richard
and Janet Laschinger, David and Arlene Leeds, Rus-
sell Leesor, Jerry and Sandy Lee, Wyllis (Rocker)

Leonhard, Royce and Sue Lewis, Ephriam and Virgin-
ia Leon-Guerrero, Alfred and Ethel Joy Maale, Nor-
an (Stillwell) Martin, Bo and Jeanne Mathews,
Maryadelia (Morley) Mautte, Pauline McCoy, Nancy
McCullough, Ida McDade, Tom and Helen McGuiness,
Kirsten MKay, Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Ana Monte-
negro, Bob and Linda Morris, Richard and Florence
Morriss, George and Winifred Muller, Joe and Ella
Norton, Andrea Perez, Susan (Taylor) Pitney, Will-
iam and Muriel Poole, Vern Poquette, Bob and Mill-
ie Provost, Bill and Kathryn Quinn, Tony Rameria,
Michael and Tina (Cartotto) Ressa, Bud and Betty
Rice, John and Rose Rice, Tom and Marian Rice,
Joe Riley, William and Lois Riley, Ruth (Brown)
Robertson, Joanne (Steiner) Robinson, Lucille Rob-
ison, Jim Rowe, Coleen Samartand, Nicole Samnar-
tand, Billy Satterwhite, Tannis (Spradlin) Satter-
white, Susan (Taylor) Schafer, Norine (Dillman)
Sermms, Ann (McGee) Severy, Charlie Simms, Betty
(Chan) Snow, Louise Soa, Woody Speir, William and
Sissy Spreuer, Bob Smith, Don and Terrill Smith,
David Leroy Smith, Jon Snodgrass, Linda Sterling,
Ken, Celine and Patrick Stone, Malcolm and Jean

Stone, Warren and Regina (Rau) Stroop, Ed Sulli-
van, Shirley (Zemer) Swenson, Dick Tatelman, Dale
Taylor, Jack Taylor, Morton and Marcel Thcapson,
Scott and Louise (Jones) Thoreau, Maria Tobert,
Cynthia Totty, Jeanne Townsend, Ann (Haskell) Ver-
ratti, Leon and Gretchen Warren, Barbara (Brown)
Whippey, Jim and Missy (Yarnell) Will, Irene Will,
Rita Will, Edith Winner, Bob and Blanca (Zumbado)
Wolfenstein, Warren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood,
Ruth (Bauman) Yeilding, and Michael Young.

Kathryn M linaro
(714) 927-2908


I am in Sarasota, FL for the second time this
month because of my mother's fatal illness. Every-
one goes through this routine, but it is never
The Colorado group was not able to make their
summer trip to the wonderful old restored rail-
road, one of five now running in Colorado every
summer, because reservations must be made almost
a year in advance. We did not realize how popular
an attraction we were heading for. Our chairman,
Barbara Geddes 'mng, is now taking deposits for
next sumner for motel and train.
This fall we will celebrate Panamanian Inde-
pendence Day and spend the weekend of Nov. 3rd
through 5th at Estes Park at a lodge which is part
of the YMCA of the Rockies. This plan came through
the efforts of Barbara Iung, who also wrote bro-
chures for this trip and the last outing. If you
want something done right, ask a busy person! And
she is busy a job, home, beautiful children -
more than the perfect secretary, I'd say.
Otherwise, not much news of our club members
because I have been too busy to keep up with them.
In July, I sold and moved out of a home occupied
for 20 years and moved to a beautiful large apart-
ment in Boulder. My youngest daughter, Kathy, is
now in her final year of college there, oldest
daughter, Virginia, works there, and I have many
friends in Boulder and like the way the city func-
tions. Environmentalists are everywhere bicyc-
les, buses, wild animals in the garden, etc.
My brother, Jim Meigs, and I have been very in-
volved with the sad task of closing up the family
home (owned since 1917) of our mother, Della
Meigs. She is now in a nursing home in Sarasota
and would appreciate cards from old friends. Send
to her, care of Barbara Dutton, 626 Hand Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34232. Besides her children and
grandchildren, the most important and vivid memor-
ies of her long life of 87 years centers on the
Canal Zone, from the riotous welcome by the entire

population of Pedro Miguel (when Al Miegs and
Larry Adler stepped off the train with their bri-
des), until the retirement party at the Pedro Mi-
guel Boat Club. They did enjoy some of the re-
unions here in Florida, until the old friends be-
came feeble and few.
My new address is: 4415 Laguna Place, Apt. 203,
Boulder, CO 80303.

Margaret Molloy



This should be Clearwater news, but I've been
out on the high seas with the Zonian Amigos and
thought you might like to know about our great
Some of us left early to go to San Diego for
the West Coast Reunion but I'll let the California
folks tell you about their reunion. Those of us
attending the reunion were herded nicely to Los
Angeles on the day before departure of the cruise
ship PTS Daphne by our coordinators, Pete Foster
and Bob Herrington. They were getting us to and
from all our tours and we were kept together by
the signs held aloft by these two guides. We never
worried about getting separated when we saw them
holding the "ZONIAN AMIGOS" signs in front of our


Pete Foster and Bob Harrington Zonian
Amigos "guides."
Fifty-eight of us left L.A. on Sept. 26th and
we had a beautiful, smooth trip with perfect wea-
ther all the way. We stopped at Acapulco and Maz-
atlan in Mexico, Caldera, Costa Rica (excursion
to San Jose) and of course, the highlight of our
trip was the transit of the Panama Canal.

The Panama Canal Commission opened up the vis-
itor's pavilion both at Miraflores and Gatun Locks
for friends and relatives of the visiting Zonians.
Deputy Administrator, Fernando Manfredo, Jr.,
his wife, Denise; Joe Wood, Executive Administra-
tion Director, his wife, Bev; Willie K. Friar,
Public Affairs Director and some of her staff
along with SCN Reporters and camera men boarded
the ship at the Miraflores Locks. The Lfine Cap-
tain, Elio Mandrilli, hosted a cocktail party for
the visiting VIP's and Zonian Amigos.
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Beverly and Joe Wood join passengers on
board "MS Daphne" during Canal transit.
Mr. Manfredo presented the Captain with a com-
memorative plaque for the 75th Anniversary tran-
sit. Mr. Wood read a letter to the Zonian Amigos
group from D. P. McAuliffe, Administrator. (See
letter following.)
Mr. Pete Foster presented the visitors with to-
kens of appreciation from his group. Needless to
say, familiar landmarks brought back lots of mem-

Then on to Curacao, Caracas, Venezuela, St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands and our final stop, San
Juan, Puerto Rico, where we left the ship and
caught our plane for home. It was a very nostalgic
trip and one I enjoyed tremendously. The only
drawback was that some person decided to share his
flu germs with many on board and the last few days
were a mixture of sounds of coughing and sneezing.
I did get a chance while in California to visit
with my cousins, Jack and Bob Bryan and their
wives and to visit with my Aunt Ruth Bryan, who
was going to celebrate another birthday in a few
days. Also got to see Universal City which I had
always wanted to see. So mission accomplished, it
was great, all the way!

Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339



Honoring the past by building the future

Dear Zonian Amigos Group:

It is with regret that I send this letter, because
I would much rather be there with you to partici-
pate in your special 75th anniversary transit.
However, there is business that must be attended
to and I will have to rely instead on this written
message to extend our welcome.

I know you are in good hands with Deputy Adminis-
trator Fernando Manfredo Jr.; his wife, Denise;
Joe Wood, our executive administration director;
his wife, Bev; and our public affairs director,
Willie K. Friar. In addition, there are several
other Panama Canal Commission employees who have
been working behind the scenes to prepare for your
arrival, and I am sure that their efforts have
resulted in a successful ceremony.

As former Panama Canal employees, most of you are
also aware that many of your old friends and for-
mer colleagues, along with our newer people, are
working together closely at this very moment to
ensure the safe and expeditious transit of the
Daphne through the Canal.

You have heard about the serious political prob-
lems that Panama has been facing for the last two
years. These problems have resulted in some hard-
ships for our people. However, like so many Canal
employees before them, they continue to meet the
challenges and are keeping the Canal operating

safely and efficiently. In short, they are follow-
ing the tradition of excellent service to maritime
commerce that you and those before you have provi-
ded for the past three-quarters of a century.

As you make this transit comnemorationg the Ca-
nal's 75th anniversary, I want to assure you that
the spirit of dedication and pride in the Canal
that began in construction times and continued
through your generation is still alive and well at
the waterway today. Our slogan for the Diamond
Jubilee celebration, "honoring the past by build-
ing the future," reflects our commitment to keep-
ing this feeling alive well into the next century.

Sin el

D. P. McAuliffe e

Mid-East Coast

John and Dottie Gallagher visited us in our new
home in Lake Helen shortly before they left for
Wilmington, N.C. to attend the wedding of Kelly
Wainio and Charles Doyle. Dottie was her close
friend's Matron of Honor. Kelly's children, Jody
and Fred Wainio, were on hand as well as Beth Ann
(Wainio) Deaton and her husband Ted. Ted's par-
ents, Rose and Bill Deaton, entertained the group
in their home. The newlyweds went to L. iNi.o.i for
their honeymoon and they are building a new home
in Wilmington. Kelly is enjoying her new car a
wedding present. She gave Dottie a lovely statue
and a beautiful mola for Mary Ann Gallagher.
I recently talked with Roseanna (Peugnet) Wil-
cox. She and her husband have moved to Orlando
where he works for the Game and Fresh Water Com-
mission and Roseanna is a legal secretary. Her
sister, Karen (Peugnet) Brandl, lives in Virginia
Beach, Virginia and she and her husband are ex-
pecting their second child in November.

I had a lovely visit with Mary Ellen Knoop of
Gig Harbour, WA while she was in the area visiting
her mother. She attended Shoestring Theatre's pro-
duction of the Mousetrap which my husband Leo di-
rected. Later Mary Ellen came to our home and I
was delighted to learn that the entire Knoop fami-
ly is planning to attend the C.Z. Society Reunion
next June in Orlando and they will also be able
to attend Roy's and my CHS 45th class reunion.
On October 15th we attended the Space Coast
C.Z. Picnic which was so well planned and organ-
ized by Roger Deakins. Roger told us that next
year his son Randy will be in charge. There was
a wonderful turnout, approximately 120, and the
weather was grand. Jay Stewart, our 1st Vice Pres-
ident, and Bob Johnson, 2nd Vice President, were
able to be there.
Andy Lim sent two copies of the Army Newspaper
and the Gatun Yacht Club newsletter for everyone's
enjoyment. Shirley Young of Merritt Island guessed
the number of jelly beans in a glass jar and be-
sides the candy, won 3 scratch-off Lottery Tick-
ets. She WON $3.00! Roy Leeser won the door prize
- a bottle of wine with a "Poodle" cover. Curtis
Bliss brought albums and pictures that had belong-
ed to his father who went to the C.Z. as a young
man to work for the Post Office. So many wonderful
pictures and many spent much time poring over
these wonderful memorabilia.
Bud and Valerie (McIntire) Denpsy also attend-
ed the picnic. They have recently moved to the
States and are living in Merritt Island. Valerie's
mother, Bertha Jane Becker, and grandmother, El-
eanor, were born in the C.Z. Bud's father, Her-
shell W. Denpsy, and his mother, Florence (Hughes)
Denpsy now live in Anaston, AL. Hershell retired
from the C.Z. Police Department. Bud and Valerie's
two children, Daren 12 and Andrea 11, also at-
Vern Loery of Balboa, the son of George and
Alice (Brayton) Lowery, attended the picnic for
the first time.
I also talked to Rick Howe whose mother, Mar-
garet Fuller, was born in Gorgas Hospital in 1946
and his grandmother, Elizabeth (Wertz) Stahler,

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(1) Ed Hallinan and Tina MacLean. (2) Valerie (Mclntire) Dempsey, Andrea and Bud
Dempsey. (3) Violet (Randall) Deakins, always sewing, and Roger Deakins, coordinator
of Space Coast picnic.

(1) Gladys Brayton, Ken and Dottie (Cotton) Manthorne and Bob Johnson, 2nd Vice
President of the PCSOFL. (2) Mavis (Beall) Fortner, Darwin Pope, Dorothy and John
Gallagher. (3) Workers at Registration Desk Ginny Miller, Shirley Bruce and Don

was born in Colon Hospital in 1909. Rick was sta-
tioned on the Atlantic Side with the Army from
1982-84. Mike Fuller, Rick's brother, was also on
hand. He is with the Air Force and is stationed
in Delaware.
Our friend Ed Hallinan from New Smyrna Beach
and his lovely fiance Tina Maclean arrived a lit-
tle late but joined right in. Ed's daughters Tina
and Stephanie live in L.A. and Austin, TX. Tina
will soon be moving to Fresno, CA where she and
her husband are building a new home. Stephanie's
husband is Michael McDonald, formerly of Gamboa.
I also had a chance to get better acquainted
with Roger and Vi Deakin's sons and their wives:
Randall and JoElla (Jenkins) Deakins and Terry and
Sue (Matheson) Deakins.
Leo and I travel to Titusville every Thursday
for me to attend a crafts class that Violet Dea-
kins is teaching at the Conmunity College Adult
Center. I am slowly but surely putting together
a Pollera under Violet's expert teaching and I am
hoping to wear it at the Ball next June. If only
I can obtain the real Panamanian Lace. I met Maria
Isabella Price at the picnic and she is going to
try to help me since she has relatives going and
coming to Panama quite frequently. I am keeping
my fingers crossed!!!

Leona Sanders Snedeker
(904) 228-0022

We (Pat and Bud Risberg) had such a good time
driving cross-country last sumner, we decided to
do it again. Our grandson, Craig, 8 years old,
traveled alone from New Orleans to visit us for
two weeks in early July. Craig loved the Florida
beaches, Ron Jon's Surf Shop and Disney's newest
attraction, Typhoon Lagoon. When it was time for
Craig to go home, we decided to take him personal-
ly and visit with his parents, Gerry and Kristin
Risberg, and sister Leanne, now 2 years old. Le-

anne is quite a swimmer and even jumps off the
diving board into their family pool.
After New Orleans, it was on to Houston to vis-
it Charmaine (Risberg) Michaelis and granddaugh-
ters (lristina and Stephanie. Charmaine, Christina
and Stephanie stay very busy with girl scout acti-
vities and camp outs. We missed seeing son-in-law
Gregory who was away on a job in North Dakota.
Our next stop was San Antonio at Bud's sis-
ter's, Betty Lou Lewis, and our first-time visit
to that lovely city with its lively and enjoyable
Riverwalk and an emotional visit to the Alamo. No
wonder Texans are so proud to be Texans.

Bud Risberg, Helen Hall, Pat Risberg and
Howard Hall touring Catalina Island.

Then we drove across the great southwest and
through some beautiful scenery to Long Beach, CA
to visit another of Bud's sisters, Donna May Ath
ey. We saw the southern beaches, but the most im-
pressive thing was the beautiful climate in that
area in late July. No air conditioning and it was
so comfortable. Then we went up to Woodland Hills,
a northwest suburb of L.A. and a delightful visit
with Helen (Kissam) and Howard Hall. It was such


fun spending the day on Catalina Island; then we
all spent the night on the Queen Mary in total
elegance. Another day we toured the shops on Rodeo
Drive. One of the thrills was seeing my china pur-
chased at Hogar Ideal in Panama and displayed in
the window of the Villeroy and Boch window on Ro-
deo Drive.
A trip to Sacramento
was next with a visit to
Bud's brother lee and his
family. Fortunately, my
niece, Christine Geddes
(daughter of Bob Geddes)
lives in this area and we
had a great visit, along
with Richard Lester, and
his wife Debbie and two-
year old daughter, Curis-
tina. Richard is the son
of Betty Burns of Amaril-
Slo, Texas, and my godson.
Cristine Geddes has a
new address: 3804 Madison
t ave., #25, Sacramento,
California 95660.
On our trip south we traveled on the scenic 17-
mile drive from Monterey to Carmel and on down the
Pacific Coast Highway for 3 hours of nervewracking
driving on the narrow, winding mountainous road
and if you dared to look to the right of the road,
you looked straight down to the rugged Pacific
rocky coast and ocean. The Hearst Castle at San
Simeon was breathtakingly beautiful and then it
was back to Woodland Hills and the Halls for a re-
laxing few days before the big trip home.
Only one stop on the way home in Amarillo to
visit with Betty and Bill Burns. Bud and Bill
played lots of golf and pool and Betty and I shop-
ped and visited her Mom Ada Flumch in Lubbock and
had a lovely day. Ada is so happy in her lovely
apartment at John Knox Village.
We arrived home 5 weeks and 7,300 miles later
after a wonderful trip. Next year our goal is the
northern route.

Pat and Bud Risberg
Titusville, FL


From one of the oldest cities in the country,
this is Dennis A. Talavera reporting from Pensaco-
la, Florida. I have heard from more of you all af-
ter the Reunion than ever before, but I met a lot
of you all while in Tampa. Since then, I had a
short but nice visit from RLpper Turner from Tampa
along with some other people from the Bay Area:
Ruben Miro, and his lovely daughter Daniel Ann,
and La Negra Miro from Panama, Panama. While here,

we barbecued and partied hardy!!!! Debra Dedeaux
surprised husband Jon by not telling him of the
plans to attend the Reunion and they had a ball.
She tells me that running into Zip and Liza Barri-
teau was such a pleasant surprise. Scott Parker
came down all the way from Alaska to visit the De-
deaux' here in Pensacola and also claims to have
had a great time. Scott and Jon spent time just
talking about the good old days in college. Jon's
son "J. just celebrated a birthday. Sonja, their
oldest daughter, is now sweet sixteen and a fine
young lady getting good grades in school. Debra
was not feeling too well and had to go to the
hospital for a short visit; she is now home and
feeling better. We wish her well!!!!!
Ron Snyder, and Chuck and Nancy Succa of Texas
way were in town visiting. So were C.J. and David
Succa who spent time B.B.Qing and playing liars
dice at the home of Russel and Leslie Gillespie.
Ralph and Charlene James called me to tell me
that they were moving to the Ocala area and so
they have. Charlene is enjoying the new setting
and playing golf. She tells me that she is not too
far from Orlando and that next year we should
"all" cruise on by and say hello. Charlene, we
have not forgotten you, so keep in touch it's
always nice to hear from you.
If there are two people hard to keep track of,
they are Libby Fulcher and Mildred Hearnes. Libby
just finished her annual sumner tour. She visited
friends and relatives in the Toronto area as well
as Nova Scotia and Maine. She enjoyed fishing,
sightseeing and shopping. While on tour, she en-
joyed a nice ferry ride in Toronto and a lot of
walking. She tells me that she might have pushed
it a bit much for she was not feeling too good
when I talked to her last. We all hope she is
feeling better now. Mildred visited with friends
and relatives on the West Coast. She visited Bob
Bruce in Seattle and then took a Princess Cruise
to Alaska for a week. In Oregon, she visited Bruce
and his wife. While in California, she also visit-
ed Mark in Stocktown and in the Bay Area, she vis-
ited with Deborha True. Then just a few days after
getting back from her cruise, Mildred takes off
again to visit with her son John in Menphis, TN.
How long are you staying put this time, Mildred,
before you take off again?
Meanwhile, George Barbier dropped me a line to
tell me that he had made it to the Reunion but
failed to tell me prior to the trip and I did not
get to meet him. But he tells me that he heard
from Bruce Bateman, Don Ryder, Charlie French and
lem Kirkland. Here is an anecdote from George
which best describes this last Reunion: ".....On
the elevator up to the room, I overhead a conver-
sation which sounded familiar and perhaps best
describes what happens annually at the Reunion.
One Zonian was trying to describe to an outsider
what was happening in the building. He said, I

come down every year and it is therapeutic. Some
of the guys I used to curse out daily on the job
are seen now as long lost friends. I love them
all. The other gentleman looked pensive trying to
grasp the emotion, and said: Yes, I think I under-
stand!!!! The elevator was packed with people
mostly with a common bond of having lived in Pana-
ma years before. A moment of silence passed. The
elevator door swung open and a gray haired lady
in the back shouted: MDVIMIENTO, doesn't anyone
know when to get off? The elevator swung open and
she squirmed past the stranger, and at that moment
all of us knew why she was smiling. The stranger
could never understand what it meant to have lived
in a place that no longer exists except in our
Til the next time, this is your Pensacola Re-
porter. Good day.

Dennis A. Talavra
(904) 478-8096


In October, Rae and Joe Ebdon drove to Califor-
nia, in their new 1990 Oldsmobile, to visit their
son, Dick Ebdon, his wife, Cathy, and their child-
ren in Irvine, CA. En route, they stopped in Hen-
dersonville, NC for several days' visit with Jack
and Jean Donbrowsky.
Bill and Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon of Pass
Christian, MS are presently in Sarasota with
Bill's father, "Pop" Ebdon.
Have you seen on National TV our great celebri-
ties, "Pop" and Joe Ebdon in the Oldsmobile Com-
mercial? It's great!!!
Jack Clarke reports that he made two trips this
summer visiting family members. In August he made
a ten day motor trip to New Bern, NC to visit his
brother-in-law, Richard Bell. Driving up the East
Coast with his dog for company, Jack visited his
grandson, Johnny Kresge, who is attending school
in Savannah, GA. While in New Bern, he also went
to Rocky Mountain, Greenville and Little Washing-
ton, before returning to Sarasota.
Then early in September, Jack flew to Califor-
nia to visit his son-in-law and daughter, Larry
and Linda (Clarke) Laymanat at their lake front
condo in Chula Vista. He said there was much to
see and many places to eat and Larry and Linda en-
joyed being his tour guides. They went into Mexico
and about 100 miles down Baja California and found
the roads they travelled were better than some of
the Florida Highways, and that the road is about
50 to 400 feet above the waterline.
Since his older daughter, Nancy (Clarke) Kres-
ge was in Hawaii, he didn't get to see her. He en-
joyed his 3 weeks in California but agrees,
"There's no place like home."

Fran Orvis was joined by her son and his wife,
Bob and Lotty Orvis of Daytona Beach, and their
sons, Bobby Orvis and wife Molly Hemsley of Na-
ples, and Carl Orvis, his wife Christine and their
son Ryan of Punta Gorda, to enjoy a holiday family
get together over Labor Day weekend at the Beach
House at Fort Myers Beach.
Blanche Hartman of Sarasota enjoyed a fine fun-
filled Walker/Boggs family reunion. Firstly, her
sister, Dora (Walker) Chatburn of Salinas, Ecuador
arrived from England where she had visited her
daughter, Mabel (Chatburn) Powell, her grandson,
Gary Stenpel and her new great granddaughter, Nat-
asha. Then Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of Bradenton
arrived to drive them to Jupiter, FL to overnight
with Brenda (Collins) Rice and family. Then on to
Fort Lauderdale, FL to pick up Mary (Walker) Sasso
and granddaughter, Debbie LaPorta and all drove
to Jacksonville to visit with Stella's sister,
Zona (Boggs) Dowell, her husband, Harry Dowell and
families. They saw Mike and Vicki (Dowell) Greene
and children, Clay Dowell and family, and Winship
and Kathy (Danielsson) Dowell and new twin babies.
Then they drove to Fort Valle, GA to visit with
Stella's other sister, Anita (Boggs) and Albert
Collins, and daughter, Alita and families. While
at the Collins' residence, Bill Wheeler of Bayonet
Point, FL came to visit with the group.
After 2 weeks of fun talking, singing and
reminiscing, the groups scattered to return to
their homes. Several members returned to Sarasota
and visited with their brother, George Walker, who
was unable to attend because of illness.
Esther (Weekly) Burk of Tarpon Springs, FL was
the weekend guest of her sisters and brothers-in-
law, Mike and Marion (Neely) Greene and Elise
(Neely) Smith. While visiting in Sarasota, Esther
attended the Panama Canal Society of Florida
luncheon held at the local Sahib Shrine Club in
Fred and Bev Ebdon's trip in the camper started
off as a disaster: Sept. 2, the first night, they
camped in Perry, FL and went through the worst
lightning storm with lots of near misses. Results
of the storm: damaged TV, VCR, antenna amplifier,
electronic module for cruise control, and built-in
module for voltage regulator battery charger. If
it had damaged the microwave, they would have giv-
en up and returned home gotta eat, you know.
All problems from here on were minor. First stop
was with brother Bill and wife Susie Fahnestoc in
Mississippi. Then on to Illinois to meet Howard
and Arleen Osborne, who drove from New Hampshire
in their new camper. Howard pulled the tow car
this trip.
From Illinois, the Ebdons headed north with no
definite plans. First stop, the Wisconsin Delta;
then on to to Badlands, Glacier National Park, in-
to Canada to Head Smashed in Buffalo Museum, Mt.
Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Yellowstone Na-

tional Park, and Bryce Canyon where they took a
mule and horse back ride into the canyon great
fun! Then on to Zion National Park and the Grand
Fred had to take Bev to the doctor and found
out she had been walking around for a week with
a broken toe she wondered why she was limping.
After a short visit in Phoenix with Arleen's
brother and his wife, they went to Branson, Miss-
ouri; it's a great place to fish and they took in
4 good western shows Roy Clarke is his favorite.
They drove over to see Frank and Marvella Balmms
on Eagle Lake, their daughter-in-law Connie's par-
ents. It made their day to find Connie was visit-
ing at the same time.
En route home visited in Arkansas with their
good friends, Polly and Ray Witt, they then parted
company there with the Osborns as they headed for
the cold country, New Hampshire, and took off for
sunny Florida. 7600 miles and 43 days later, they
arrived home. This is a great country with lots
to see.
The Canal Zone Past Matrons Association of
Florida honored two of their members at a special
luncheon at Dickens Inn in Sarasota. Vernice Moo-
dy, Past Matron of Royal Palm Chapter and Margaret
Petersen, Past Matron of Orchid Chapter, have been
members of the Order of the Eastern Star for over
50 years quite an accomplishment. Vernice and
Margaret were presented with lovely corsages and
mention of their many acolades were presented by
members. It was a delightful and memorable time
for all.

Al Bissett recommends his 72 day voyage on the
freighter. He sailed from Charleston, S.C. on June
12 by way of New Orleans, Houston, and the Panama
Canal to the exciting ports of Auckland, Welling-
ton, and Port Chalmers, New Zealand. Following
along the coastline, he could appreciate some of
the breathtaking mountainous scenery of this beau-
tiful country. Then the cargo destined for Aus-
tralia was unloaded at Melbourne and Brisbane,
while Al and fellow passengers toured the sights
on shore. The return trip was again through the
Panama Canal and to Philadelphia on August 23. Al
says he would go back again tomorrow and highly
recommends this fascinating experience.

Gladys B. Hmphrey
(813) 955-1900

St. Petersburg

On Sept. 23rd, the home of John and Muriel
(Holmelin) Whitman was the setting for a baby
shower given in honor of their youngest daughter,
Barbara Graf-Uhberger, who was visiting from At-
lanta. Barbara and her husband, Dan, are expect-
ing their first baby in Dec. Among the many guests
attending the shower, which was hosted by Muriel's
daughter, Pauline Arnold, were Pauline Holmelin
(grandmother), Frances Holmelin Haile (aunt),
Dottie Pate, and Edna Hewitt Ogletree.


Those present were Margaret Petersen,
Vernice Moody, Ada Boughner, Barbara
Petersen, Eleanor Buehler, Edith Cotton,
Mary Orr, Dorothy Pate, Mayno Walker,
Myrtle Hughes, Ethel Askew, Mina Dee,
Rae Ebdon, Kay Miller, Beverly Ebdon,
Louise Bissell, Mildred Sutherland,
Marion Greene, Georgia Howard, Gladys
McLain, Fran orvis, Blanche Hartman and
Elsie Smith.

John and
for their

Muriel Whitman's baby s)
youngest daughter.

Muriel and John later left for an auto trip to
Atlanta, and seeking cooler weather on to Hender-
sonville, NC and Springfield, Ohio, for a three
week vacation with Muriel's sister and brother-in-
law, Jean and Fred Kirk. While there, Muriel and
John were pleasantly surprised by an unexpected
winter snow which blanketed the entire area in 4
inches of snow.

Lake Charles is right behind our homes. For the
Christmas Holidays, the lake and surrounding yards
are enhanced by decorated trees on the lake, also
hundreds of lights and decorations around the
whole lake. We hope all of you can visit the lake
over the holidays. Wishing you all a Happy Holiday
Season. Thank you for all of your news throughout
the year!
I was in the hospital for 2 weeks in Oct. After
my 4th day in the hospital, George was admitted.
Guess what he became my roommate! Both of us are
doing well!

Gertrude Allgaier
(813) 546-2245

South Florida

In August I traveled up to the Florida Pan-
Handle to attend the wedding of Debbie (Sheldon)
Dobbins and Kran Blackman in Panama City, Florida.
Debbie's brother, Lou Sheldon of Ft. Lauderdale,
gave her hand in marriage as Cindy Sheldon, her
mother, and other relatives and friends witnessed
the ceremony. While in Panama City, I stayed with
Lynn (Budreau) Gritt and her husband, Rick. Pete
Budreau joined us for dinner and Lynn, being the
ultimate hostess, treated us with fresh seafood
BBQ style. Karen (Newlon) and Jim Mullins, with
daughters Jamie and Kaycee, visited Lynn's grand-
father, Adrien BouchA who entertained them with
many colorful stories of his life as a young boy
in Panama before the canal was built. While in
North Florida, I was able to spend some time in
Tallahassee with my mother, Neila Green, Bud (Har-
old) and Andrea Green. Tallahassee is a beautiful
town that is attracting many ex-Zonians.
Bob Mills and his parents live in the Kendall
area of Miami where they recently celebrated their
wedding anniversary. On hand from Texas to join
them in their celebration was their son Dorien,
his wife Debbie and their children.
Another recent celebration in the Miami area
was that of the arrival in August of a new baby
girl to Debbie (Pollack) and John Randall. Con-

Diana (Duncan) de Grief stayed in Miami for a
weekend on her way up from Panama to Gainesville
to see her parents. She also visited with her sis-
ter, Martha, who lives in Washington, D.C. While
in Miami, Diana, Tim Calvitt and I went out to
dinner and drinks on Miami Beach. Diana is living
with her husband Nico in Panama and working as a
vendor representative to the commissaries.
Diana (Newlon) and Gene Rendon went up to New
York with their kids, Rusty and Michelle, to at-
tend Bobby Rendon's wedding. The Rendon family
lived in Panama City for many years when their
father worked for Pan Am.
Zonians seen lately include; Doug Allen, Tan
Frensley, Mary Jablonski, C(uck Peterson, Mike
Trout, and of course my co-reporters, Jim Parthe-
nais and Kelly Cahill.
So, if you live in Florida or just passing through
be sure to give us a call. Until then...

Jim and Kelly

Janice (Cookie) Newlon


I visited with Mike and Donna (Date) Smith re-
cently, and they were just filled with news. They
had received a visit from Wendy Wilde in July, who
was also visiting her parents in North Reddington
Beach, FL. Wendy had wonderful news; she is get-
ting married in June of next year to Tim Anderson
from Chico, CA. Congratulations Wendy!!
Mike Smith is a proud uncle; his brother Pat
and wife Michelle are proud parents of a baby girl
Jamie Lynn Smith born July 19, 1989. Pat and his
family presently reside in Los Angeles, CA.
Mike and Donna Smith were recently visited by
Donna's parents, Don and Lorretta Date, who were
here from Michigan.
I ran into Laurie Fennel at a shopping center
here in Tampa. She was getting ready for her trip
down to Key West, FL to visit Patrick and Myra
Grimison. I spoke with her after the trip. She had
a wonderful time and not only saw Myra and Patrick
but she also saw Brian and Mark Robinson and Korky

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Fearon. They all had a wonderful time and had
great sunny boating weather.
We went to the Buccaneers football game against
the Chicago Bears in which Tanpa Bay showed their
stuff. Sue Kelleher and myself had a wonderful
time and, of course, you cannot go anywhere in
Florida where you don't see a Zonian. We ran into
Brian Friedman and his girlfriend; they are pre-
sently living in Gainsville, FL. This was Brian's
1st ever NFL football game he said he thoroughly
enjoyed himself. I'm glad the Bucs were able to
give him a grand performance.
Sue Kelleher recently had lunch with Mary Lou
Jablonski who was visiting from Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, Michael and Tamny Jablonski from Ocala, FL and
Marilyn Wruck, who just recently moved from Panama
to the Tampa Bay Area. Marilyn is presently work-
ing towards her Masters Degree at the University
of South Florida here in Tampa. The lunch was
spent remembering old crazy times from the Zone.
In closing, I'm looking forward to attending
Paul Myers and Patty Owen's wedding next month
(Nov. 89) in Gainsville, FL.
Please call or write us for any news or an-
nouncements you might want to contribute. Would
love to hear from you!

a district dentist in Margarita. In his party was
his sister-in-law, Elita lee, formerly of Colon,
who used to work in the American Embassy in Pan-
ama. Mel and his wife Lois, who was then in San
Francisco, commute between that city and Honolulu.
Mel says he recently gave a talk to the Honolulu
Rotary Club on the operation of the Panama Canal.
Elaine (Bohan) Johnson mentioned her friend
Mary (McGilvray) Keene (BHS 1934) who lives in
L.A. with her husband Mansel. Elaine hopes to meet
them soon on her visit to San Diego. Mary was a
friend of mine, too, especially in those Cristobal
youthful days, and her parents special family
October brings to Hawaii the only national high
school kayac competition (on the Ala Wai Canal
next door). Also the Molokai (Is.)-to-Oahu Ho'e
Canoe Race, with competitors from Britain, Canada,
Australia, Tahiti, California and Hawaii. (Two
Hawaiian outriggers now ply the Thames River in
London area.)
Me ke aloha!

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766

Maritza Reyes
(813) 968-2885

Susan Kelleher
(813) 932-1420



Following her recent trip to Mexico, Margaret
(Sullivan) cMillan enjoyed a six-week visit to
the Mainland, visiting her sister Mary (Sullivan)
Young in the Northwest (who has four sons still
in Panama), and then a trip to Finland and the So-
viet Union. Jim Young and Jim Scobie went hunting
in northeast Washington recently. There will be
a Young-Sullivan family reunion at the next Panama
Canal Reunion, in Orlando, which they are all
looking forward to. Margaret reports that Jack and
Ann Rocker, who now live in Alaska, visited their
daughter in Seattle and welcomed a new grandson.
Henry and Virginia Dolim were vacationing on
the Mainland during October. Janet (Koperski) Tay-
lor enjoyed meeting "Peaches" Guerrero, who lived
in Panama briefly in 1929, visiting her uncle,
Charles Britt in Balboa, who was then Superinten-
dent of the Dredging Division. Peaches says she
has transited the Panama Canal about 27 times, and
that in 1929 she and three other teenaged girls
walked across the Isthmus in four days and three
At an Elks Club Sunday jam session, I met Mel-
chor (Mel) Sayoc, an engaging Panamanian who for
many years was a resident at Gatun, C.Z., and was

It was great hearing from so many Illinois ex-
Zonians. It seems like everyone is as excited as
I am about having our area covered in the Record.
Keep those calls and letters coming!
I have included three wedding announcements,
which will be placed in the "Weddings" column,
that of Anderson-Sparknan, Grassau-Fennel, and

Grassau family. Seated L-R: Robie (wife
of Charles), Madelon, Cynthia (wife of
Rich), Eva, Anthony, Father McKeon.
Front L-R: Charles and Rich. Missing are
Dick, photographer, and Kyle, who was
home in bed.

Bill and Cyndi Bernardini were visited this
fall by Victor Westerling of Holiday, FL. Victor
was vacationing in Connecticut and took the scen-
ic route back to Florida through Illinois to visit
with Bill. Bill also keeps in touch with Buckeye
Swearingen and visited with him in Colorado re-
Betty (Sutherland) Malstrom called to get ac-
quainted. Her husband, Bob, has been in the hospi-
tal with a hip replacement. Betty is looking for-
ward to her BHS 50 year class reunion next year.
My father, Fred Spurlin, recently remarried.
His bride, Maria, is from Santiago, R.P. They live
in Balboa, R.P.
My brother, Blake Spurlin, moved back to Panama
from Granite City, Illinois. Blake has started a
photography business and is busy with school pic-
tures for all of the Canal Area schools.
Thanks again to everyone that helped put this
first Illinois report together! Hope to hear from
you soon!

Tami (Spurlin) Soncek
(708) 837-8490


There are always two sides to every issue and
the time of year in Indiana is no exception. As
this report is being typed, a lot of the trees
have already lost their leaves and are not a pret-
ty sight. The other side of the coin is the many
trees which have not been affected by the colder
temperatures and are still nice and green. The
real bonus though are those trees which are put-
ting on their winter colors of yellow, brown, red,
orange, etc. Many people from Indiana and from
nearby states go to Brown County, Indiana at this
time of year to observe the beauty of the trees.
I have been there and it is beautiful, but the
trees in my home area of Charlestown, Indiana are
really beautiful, too.
In the last "Canal Record" I reported that Jane
McCauley planned to move from the Indianapolis ar-
ea to Terre Haute, IN. Jane says all four of her
children came to Indianapolis and helped her move.
They were Mickey (from Lynn Haven, FL), Dennis
(from San Bruno, CA), Margie (from Boynton Beach,
FL) and Sheila (from Danville, IN). These four
were accompanied by other members of their fami-
lies. Other relatives who came to help were a sis-
ter and two nieces from Illinois and a nephew from
Terre Haute. It sure sounds as if that move turned
out to be a lovely family reunion. Jane says it
was the first time all her children had been to-
gether in about eighteen years. Jane, next time

I plan to move, you can be sure I will check with
you to find out how you handled it to get all of
that help.
Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck of Mishawaka, IN
wrote that she was leaving on September 19th to
visit her daughter, Cassie Reese, and her family
in Seattle, WA. She expected to be away until Oct.
3rd. Jackie and her husband, Marcel, plan to leave
again on Oct. 16th to visit her mother, Frances
Witlock in Fayetville, Ark. Jackie has also been
busy writing letters to her classmates (CHS 1950)
about the BHS-CHS joint reunion, classes of 1949
and 1950, to be held in Orlando on June 21, 1990.
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon plan to spend a week
in October with Ruth's brother, Bobby Wood, and
his family in Lafayette, La. Ruth has many other
family members in Louisiana and she plans to try
and visit all of them.

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


The Aserons had their annual family reunion in
August at the home of Doug Aseron's family. Lucy
Aseron, the family matriach, came from San Anton-
io. Her sons, Clem from Chicago and Frank from New
Orleans also attended, as did seven of the eight
grandchildren from as far away as Los Angeles and
Binghamton, N.Y. Grandson orne was given a happy
sendoff and is now in his freshman year at Brown
University. Clem was pleased to report a visit
with BHS'52 buddy, Fred Raybourn of Austin, TX,
recently. They had not seen each other for about
15 years.
Reports are in that the BHS'52 get-together on
the West Coast in September was a huge success.
Arby Mathews Call of San Diego wrote of the acti-
vities. Florence Crecelius Killoran, Bill Elmen-
dorf, Cynthia Evarts Totty and Betty Wilkinson
Boetto, who couldn't attend the 35th in Florida,
were there. Shirley Zemer Swenson and Henry Cruz
tied for first in a remembering-when game and Arby
won for having the most grandchildren. Irwin
Frank, '52 S.A. president, spoke and Bill Elmen-
dorf, who was in Panama recently, told of condi-
tions there. His advice is to remember how it was
and stay away. Gilmore Jones, Henry and Irwin kept
the ladies dancing all night. When it was time to
go, everyone was tired and content to know the
spirit of BHS lives on.
I was happy to hear from Gus Mellander (BHS'52)
and to learn that, because of recent events in
Panama, his book, "The United States in Panaman-
ian Politics," has been reprinted and is now
available in bookstores. It is on the Library of

Congress recommended reading list and was hailed
a bestseller at the United Nations. The book is
recognized as a definitive history of U.S. in-
volvement in internal Panamanian politics from
1903 to 1908, "the intriguing formative years,"
says Gus. It draws not only on the author's many
years of residence in Panama but on a thorough re-
search of all the primary sources in the libraries
and archives of both countries. Part of the royal-
ties from sales will be donated to the library
fund at West Valley-Mission Conmunity College Dis-
trict, Saratoga, CA, where Gus serves as chancel-
Gene Gregg, Mande-
ville, scrawled a few
lines to say the Gulf
Coast picnic was "a very
good fiesta." Son Gene
spent a recent weekend
with the Louisiana Na-
tional Guard in Amite.
Daughter Lynn (Mrs. Clay-
ton) Brwn in Zachary,
is busy fixing up their
house and the house Gene Gregg, La.
across the street which National Guard.
the Gregg sisters, laura, Lynn, Nancy, Helen and
Gail bought. Helen is attending LSU and Southeas-
tern La. University and hoping to complete an RN
in 1991.

Tom Marine goes after the ants in San
Antonio, Texas. (All of 'em?)

L: Carlye and Hayly Brown with Daisey in
Mandeville, LA. R: Carlye, Rayne Brown,
same dog.

Ed Parker, Slidell, drove to California recent-
ly to visit his daughter, Sandy, in San Jose. He
also enjoyed a visit with Bob and Lil Sieler of
Salinas. Bob worked in the post office and Lil was
a telephone operator in Balboa. An article about
Lil was included in a Weight Watchers publication
recently in honor of her success with the program
which she joined in 1971. Ed also attended the
National Singles Square Dance Convention in Santa
Clara. On his way home, he stopped off in Copperas
Cove, TX, for his granddaughter's birthday. Lindy,
Cathy's daughter, is now 8. In San Antonio, TX,
Ed paid a visit to Wanda kmnn Sims.


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Kathy Sandidge Bedford and Vilma Medina
Reilly of Panama, CZJC'54 buddies, at
Kathy's in Omaha, Neb.

Millie Damerau (Mrs. Walton P., Jr.) Sellers
wants everyone to know she's at home in Washing-
ton, IA, six miles north of Opelousas and is doing
pretty good since her husband died last December.
He worked for Pan Canal and the C.Z. Police De-
partment some years ago. Millie would love to hear
from old friends. Her address is Box 86. She is
still working for the La. Dept. of Wildlife and
Fisheries and occasionally serves as a volunteer
Spanish translator for the police. Sons, Walton
III and Billy, are adjusting well.
I got a quick note from the former Ora Virginia
Ewing, BHS'28, known as 'Ding" Stich to her
friends and neighbors in New Orleans. Her only
daughter, Winifred Ann Stich, attended BHS 1961-
65. Things are sad these days, Ding says, and we
must be thankful for the memories of the past, "of
those good and real days" of long ago.
Two former Cristobal students worked at the
same law firm this summer. Linda Renfro Thatcher
(CHS'68) has been at Lemle, Kelleher in New Or-
leans for almost four years. Todd Newman (CHS'83)
worked as a law clerk this summer. Todd is now in
his last year of law school at LSU in Baton
Rouge. They had not known each other previously.
Dave Warren, New Orleans, plans to spend 10
days with his parents in New Port Richey over
Thanksgiving and join in some of their Good Sam
activities. Bill and Gret Warren will spend
Christmas in New Orleans with Dave and friends.

Bill and Gret took in the West Coast reunion and
cruise and were especially touched when the Zonian
Amigos group of 58 had a special party aboard dur-
ing transit. Their daughter and Dave's sister,
Kathryn Warren eIwark, is an information resources
coordinator for SynOptics Comnunications in the
Silicone Valley of California.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Phyllis Chase Birchett, Vicksburg, writes that
Miieca (Guibert) and her husband, Johnny Tanksley,
from Gallatin, TN, came to Vicksburg for Mark's
high school graduation in June. Mark is now a stu-
dent at Hinds Conmunity College, Raymond, MS.

Back L-R: Mark, Phyllis, Tommy Birchett
of Vicksburg, Ms. Front: MuNeca and
Johnny Tanksley of Gallatin, Tn. with
Sport and Bud Light, June 1989.

After a year of being a "couch potato," Earl
Boland decided to come out of retirement. He is
now maintenance director with the Santee-Wateree
Regional Transportation Authority in Sumter, S.C.,
and is living in his mother's house at 804 Ontario
Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169. Lynn and the boys
are still in Meridian, where the boys are in
school. As soon as the house sells, they'll join
Earl. Earl's older brother, Donald, and his wife,
Geneva, also live in Columbia.
In June Catherine and John Boswell drove to Mil-
waukee for Catherine's high school class of 1935
reunion and to visit her sister and cousins. In
July they drove to North Carolina for the annual
Highland Games and gathering of Scotish clans.
They flew to Seattle in August, then sailed to
Victoria, B.C., for a stay at Old England Inn, an
authentic Shakespearean setting. Their son, Gor-
don; his wife, the former Helen George; and daugh-

ter, Ashley, joined them from Vandenberg AFB and
they toured Butchart Gardens. John's latest pro-
ject is the refurbishing of xylophone bars (keys)
and the building of a floor-model xylophone. The
Boswells visited Clairee and Roger (hisolm in Oc-
tober. Paul, Jerry and Sheila live nearby so they
had a chance to visit with them also. The Boswell
children are scattered. Lynn, John, William and
Iavid Turner are in a new home in Hattiesburg.
Jean and Dick expect to be in Miami for another
two years where daughter Liza is in high school;
daughter Katherine attends Duke University. Gor-
don, Helen and Ashley will probably be transferred
in a year or so. Deanna and Pat are in Texas.
Clairee Chisolm writes that she has a new
daughter-in-law as her oldest son, Paul, has re-
married. At 66, she's also become a great-great-
granny! Roger has trouble with his breathing so
they don't get very far away from home. As winter
approaches, Clairee has been moving plants, es-
pecially the tropical bougainvilleas, into the
The Gulf Coast picnic at David Bayou Canpground
of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Ocean
Springs, in September was a happy, friendly, fami-
ly time and cooler than last year. Even the driz-
zle held off til folks were packing up to leave.
Unfortunately, the photographer had camera prob-
lems so missed some good shots, especially of the
children, Lauren Baas with her parents, Jean and
Peter; and Tyler and Brad Tisdale playing with
huge colorful golf umbrellas. Besides the good
company, there was plenty of good eats, like arroz
con polio, salads, sandwiches, drinks and des-
serts. Libby Fulcher, Niceville, FL, brought enpa-
nadas and ceviche, and Wanda Jenkins, Hixson, TN,
also brought empanadas. Others who attended were
Libby Aldon, Bobbie and Curtis Bell, Joe Bell,
Audrey Bowian, Allen Brady, Polly and Jim Calhoun,
Roland Casanova, Chita and Hugh Cassibry, Hilde-
garde and Bill Epperson, William E. Gough III,
Marian and Gene Gregg, Wanda and Albert Jenkins,
Arden Jenner, Jim Jenner, Kevan Jenner, Henry Kor-
ner, Ed Parker, Mary Jane (White) and Cash Paul-
son, Patt Roberson, Gerda and Owen Smith, Mary
(Mehl) and Herb Taahe, and Janet Jenner Tisdale.
Carol Johnson is at her mom's, Opal Harvey, in
Meridian. She just heard from Bernie Stoller in
Brooklyn, N.Y. Bernie was a radio officer on the
Panama Line in the '40s and '50s. He and his wife
were planning a trip to Monterey, CA. Jackie Fer-
guson and Carol plan to meet in Alabama soon.
Jackie has lived in Macon, GA since leaving Panama
after the death of Talmadge. He worked at Gatun
Locks. Their daughter, Cindy, visited in Macon
during October. Son, Jim, goes to Auburn. Bob Wel-
ford (CHS'50) and Jean have moved to Houston.
Carol is looking forward to seeing them soon.
The new little travel trailer Gerda and Owen
Smith have is just right for them and the girls,

Kessie and Hildi. While Owen made some needed
structural and plumbing repairs, Gerda replaced
the carpeting and enjoys using it for her free art
class. The girls furnished the enthusiasm.
Mary Sneed reports on the arrival of a new
grandson and promises to send us a picture soon
along with details after her upcoming trip to At-

S 1 .

L-R: Georgia Smith Sumrall, Marion Smith
Morgan, Ellen Clute Starkey and Andrea
Terrell Oliver (all CHS'60) together in
Kansas City, September, 1989.

Georgia Smith Sunrall of Pascagoula had a magi-
cal reunion with three CHS buddies in September.
She met Ellen Clute Starkey, Marion Smith Morgan
and Andrea Terrell Oliver in Kansas City for a
weekend of non-stop reminiscing at Marion's house.
Marion's husband, Tom, and children, Vince and
Anice, joined the fun. They managed to see some
of the countryside including the Harry S. Truman
Museum and Library but hardly had time to catch
their breaths. Ellen, Marion and Georgia plan to
meet at the Reunion in Orlando next year for their
30th CHS class reunion and wish Emily Hearn Murphy
of Belmont, CA, will be able to join them.
Dennis 'Woody" Wood of Pascagoula served as
director and weighmaster for the 10th annual Gulf
Coast Fishermen's Tournament recently. Mrs. Wood
wrote that folks will remember him and Fred Wainio
were always fishing. Tournament record was a 288-
pound blue marlin.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761

New Jersey

Pocono Reunion 1989
The weather was very rainy but that didn't dam-
pen our spirits cause we had enough of the liba-
tion from the bottle and our own esprit de corps
to compensate.
We had some newcomers this year: Roy and Frank-
ie Violette Sharpe, Warren and Mary Jane Ludlun,

George and Ila Fenton, and Bill Ward and his wife.
Joe Coffin brought his new bride of one week to
join us. For those of you who remember Joe was
a Fire Lt. on the Atlantic Side.
We missed Bill and Muriel Poole, Rosemary Mil-
lett Gilead and Jean Rocker Allen; they were
cruising. Vince and Dottie Ridge and Andy and Bet-
ty Brooks Stergeon could not make it either.
They have a big recreation room in the restau-
rant and that is where we spent Friday and Satur-
day. The rafters rang with our Bajan Foolishness.
Shirley Gerchow Sargeant called Saturday to wish
us well and she would not be coming.
When we sat down for dinner Saturday, we each
had a glass of champagne at our place, compliments
of Mary Michaelsen. An early celebration of Bil-
ly's big birthday coming up in November. Billy and
the Panama Canal were launched the same year.
Thanks to Gene Hamlin, George Lowe and assis-
tance from Jack Poole, we had our picture showing.
I can not let this occasion go by without say-
ing how much we missed and will miss Tede Duff
Lyng. Tede died this past Spring.
Sunday was a beautiful day as we were leaving.
I can not give you a date at this time for our
1990 Pocono Reunion but hope to have it for the
March Record.
Those attending were: Jack and Grace Jones Car-
ey, Francis and Jean Kalar McAndrews, Jo Dennis
Konover, Jean Dennis Herbert, Olive Kalar and Len
Krouse, George and Ila Fenton, George Lowe, Horace
and Doris Nolan Lefferts, Augie and Eleanor Ham-
nmnd Schwindeman, Billy and Mary Michaelson, Roy
and Francis Violette Sharp, Joe and Marge Coffin,
Jack Poole, Robert Dennis, Gene Hanlin, Willie
Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Vince Reynolds, Jack Tonne-
son, John and Vera McGuire.
I hope to see all of you in Orlando. Hugs,
kisses and A Very Merry Christmas!

Jo Dennis Konover
(609) 452-2071

North Carolina

The P.C. Society of Western North Carolina had
our fall luncheon on October 7th, with an atten-
dance of 23. Those present were: Ron Angernuller,
Gene Clary and guest, Marie Riggs, Janet and Ross
Cunningham with their guests son Dick and wife
Lynn, Charlotte, N.C., their daughter Laura and
friend John from Atlanta, and Ross' niece and her
husband, Billy Jean and Don Vinson from Colorado
Springs, CO, Jean and Jack Dombrowsky, "Toi" and
Maenner Huff, Norma and Sam Irvin, Agnes and "Pat"
Patino, Elizabeth Quintero, Alice Roche, and Ruth
and Bill Tillman.

Janet and Ross Cunningham will go back to Flor-
ida the end of November. They plan to fly to Sac-
ramento, CA to see their daughter, Linda Sue, in
the spring.
Ruth Zelnick spent a few days in Hendersonville
on her way home to Oklahoma from Vermont. The
"Sewing Group" (Jean Dombrowsky, Normn Irvin, Ruth
Prazak, Elizabeth Quintero and I) had lunch and
spent the afternoon with her.
Norma and Sam Irwin enjoyed a trip to Mystic
Seaport, CT in September. They stopped to see Dit-
ty Bramlett in Lynchburg, VA, their son Tom and
wife in Washington, D.C., and Millie and Bill Neh-
ring in Hazelton, PA. Their son John and his wife
were here with them for a few days in September.
John has been reassigned by the Navy to Pensacola,
FL. Also, Bob Bowen and his wife from Murfrees-
boro, IN, visited them the end of August.
Jack Hunt and Bob Krist were house guests of
Betty and Bill Dunning in October. Betty's sister,
Freda Stohrer, was here in October, also.
Genie Sanders is in Pardee Hospital with a bro-
ken hip. They replaced the hip joint and she is
recovering in extended care.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky have been busy enter-
taining guests. Their nephew, Alexander Dombrowsky
Miami Shores, FL, spent a few days with them the
last of July. Alexander had been in Brevard at-
tending a running camp. In August, Kathryn Meiss-
ner of Hayes, VA, was their house guest. Peggy
Hutchison drove up from Aiken, S.C. for an over-
night visit at the same time. Adele Meissner, who
is now on assignment with the Salvation Army in
Argentina, celebrated her birthday at the Dombrow-
skys before she and her mother departed for Char-
leston, S.C., where they visited Denise (Meissner)
and Peter Collins and family. In October, Bonnie
and leRoy Wilson of Balsam, N.C. and Tallahassee,
FL, joined Jean and Jack for lunch before their
departure for their winter home. Also in October,
Rae and Joe "Celebrity" Ebdon were house guests.
The Ebdons were on their way to the West Coast
with a stop in Denver, CO, to meet their son Tan
who will go with them to California to visit Dick
Ebdon and his family. We have all enjoyed watching
the Oldsmobile commercial with Joe and '"Pp" Eb
My daughter, Noralie (Roche) Shobe, from Bell-
ingham, WA, spent a week with me in October.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127



Sunner and Fall are over while Christmas and
the New Year are approaching fast. My summer vis-
itors who enjoyed a comfortable summer with the
Wood families were my sister Peggy Bradley and my
daughter Marcy Napoleon. We all gathered together
many times for barbecues and on State trips. All
had a grand time..
Kersten McKay of Ramona, CA phoned to say she
had a wonderful time at her BHS Reunion in Florida
and that she was still enjoying fond memories of
the fun she had while there.
The day of the NW Picnic Reunion held in Eu-
gene, OR came and our hosts Mike and Inez Plucker
promised and gave us a warm, dry and sunny day.
One hundred and thirty-two attended for this day
of renewing old and new friendships. Those who
traveled from afar were Glenn, Marce, Tanny and
Christina Plucker from Williamsburg, Mich.; George
Fryer of New Orleans, LA; Hanna (Rowley) and Jim
Byrd of Masonville, 00; Bob and Shelly Day of
Troy, MT; Peggy Bradley of Tucson, AZ; Fred Hatch-
ett of Boise, ID; James, Lisa, Kyle and Nicole
Rowley of Reno, NV; and Elizabeth Engman of Spar-
The Oregonians were Claudia (Davis) Allsup;
Josefa Barrows; Nancy, Keith, Christopher and
Claira Belz; Ray, Gladys and Kristina Benson;
Odilia Blessing; Donna Bloomquist (guest); Edith
Davis; Connie (Balnas) Ebdon; Jeff, Vivian, Mi-
chelle and Jonathan Fryer; Margaret and Grady Har-
dison; Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkins; Helen Staadt
Kling; Estelle Lusky; Don McClure (guest); Tom and
Marilyn Marsh; Ray Miller and Mary Jane Brady;
Charles and Enily McCullun; Lillian and Gene Nott;
Mike and Inez Plucker; Bill Plucker; Delores Rob-
ertson; Larry Robertson; Wes and Glenda Sparling;
Jack and Elaine Streeter; Swanson; Kay Waldrop and
Millie Ware.
The Washingtonians were Ken, Merdy, Kevin and
Kai Bertsch; Henry and Pat Cruz; Rollin and Mirna
DeFrees; Frank and Marge Doherty; Cheryl Drake;
Jim, Clover (Shobe), Josh and Tina Duffus; Jim and
Louisa Duffus; Darrell and Nancy Eide; Candy and
Mirray Falk; Betty and Careen Faulkner; Dan, Ka-
thy, Laura and Luis Glass; Lavinia Greene; Ed,
Lori, Brian, Matt, Angie and Sean Herring; Kim
Hetrick; Dick and Joanne King; Barbara Litchford;
Bill and Martha Lohr; Betty (Bradley) London; Anna
Mahlen; Al and Anne Richardson; Allan Richardson;
David and Karen (Glass) Rothe; Ray and Elba Row-
ley; James and Elener Russell; Bill, Pat, Pan,
Jim, Jamie and Lindsey Scott; Jim and Noralee
Shobe; Steve and Deb (Rowley) Shobe; Nancy Slover;

YOUR 1990 DUES iRE DUE IiNU6iRY 1. 1990

(1) Back: Hanna Byrd, Jim Wood. (Front): Mirna and Rollin DeFrees. (2) Betty Faulk-
ner. (3) Anne, At, Allan Richardson.

(1) Edith Davis and daughter, Claudia Allsup. (2) Don McClure (guest) and Estelle
Lusky. (3) Susie (Slover) and Dan Wells. (4) Wes and Glenda Sparting.

(1) Bob and Shelly Day of Troy, Mt. (2) Delores Robertson. (3) Larry Robertson. (4)
Ray and Elba Rowley.

Dan and Susie (Slover) Wells; Phil and Weulcia
Wilkins; Doug Wood; Jim, Sue, Alex and Brittany rS f
Wood and me.
The door prize, a batea with the 75th Anniver- ,
sary logo was won by Mr. Plucker of Michigan. Jam- .
es N. Duffus won the Sprague print. Two Tivoli I
plates were won; one going to Connie Ebdon, the
other won by ?. T-shirts with the anniversary logo .
and Isthmian scenes were raffled off. The "store" ,
sold T-shirts, caps, Sprague prints and water col-
ors. Marilyn Marsh passed out stickers honoring
the 75th Canal Anniversary logo, which were donat-
ed by Dorothy Pate.
Everything considered, the reunion was a conp-
lete success thanks to Mike and Inez Plucker.
Al and Anne Richardson of Naselle, WA graciously Do we eat now?

volunteered to host our 1990 NW Reunion. The where
and when information will be in the March 1990 Re-
cord issue. Jim B. Duffus volunteered to update
our NW Roster, which is a big help to whomever
hosts the annual Reunions. Thank you Jim.
Visitors to the Hardison home were Ray and Rh,-
da Brians of Sun City, AZ. They were too tired to
visit around and just needed time to recuperate
their energies before continuing the hunt for
their "roots." (You are forgiven, this time.)
Jean (Rabiteau) Coffey was sorry to have missed
the Reunion, but hopes to make it next year. She
and I took a day off and drove to Kahneeta Warm
Springs, OR, for a nice warm swim, sightseeing
along the way. We had a good time.
Last two weeks of September, I flew to Houston,
TX to be with Marcy and Ed Napoleon. While Ed was
"on the road with the team," Marcy and I went
sightseeing around Houston, San Antonio, Austin,
San Jacinto, Baytown and Galveston. In Austin we
visited Harry and Thelma (Can in their lovely
home. Harry is quite the gardner. The Chans had
house guests who were Nary and Burnell Dowler of
Ohio and Burnell's sister, Mary Johnston of Michi-
gan. Fred and Susan Raybourn dropped in for a
short visit. While in Austin, I phoned Martin Bul-
lock, formerly of Pedro Miguel days. It's nice to
know that people still remembered you even after
fifty plus years. Harry and Thelma seem to be in
the pink of good health and are wonderful hosts.
Back in Houston, I phoned another friend I
haven't seen nor heard from since attending Balboa
High School days. She is Margaret (Godfrey) Vick.
We didn't get to see each other, yet we had a nice
long chat reminiscing early Zone days, and catch-
ing up to our adult lives. It was again so nice
to be remembered after so long a time. Since my
return home, I phoned her again, but caught her
at a bad time. She was expecting Hurricane Jerry
to blow in around eleven that night and was busy
preparing for that unwanted visit. Maybe he'll
blow all the Cicadas out of Houston, as they sure
are a noisy lot and, just maybe, he'll cool the
city down. It sure was hot when I was there!
Good news, Houston was spared. Sorry that Gal-
veston received such a wild lashing from nasty
Jerry before becoming a tropical storm.
My sister, Betty (Bradley) London, was off for
a three week vacation in Rabat, Morocco, Italy and
Germany. Her son, Rit and his family are living
in Rabat, and I know they had a warm reunion, and
that Betty enjoyed her tours before returning home
to Washington.
Jane Journey phoned to indirectly thank Pat
Beall for publishing her report (Sept. issue). She
mentioned that Bud Journey had been hospitalized,
and is now home and recuperating very nicely.
Marilyn Marsh flew to Minneapolis for a week's
visit with her another, Mrs. Matzgar, and her

Closing, I wish to thank all Nortwesterners who
shared their news for my reports because, without
you, I'd have very little to send in.
Marry Christmas and may 1990 bring each and
everyone good health and happiness all year long.

Martha B. Wood
(206) 694-0536


The third meeting of the Panama Canal Society
of Oklahoma was held at La Fortune Park in Tulsa
on Oct. 7th with some 50 members and guests in
attendance. We were blessed with a cool fall day
and lots of good food. We were grateful to Jean
and Doris Burns for bringing a large pot of hot
coffee for the wind was nippy. We offered a warm
welcome to first-time attendees and to Petie and
Carl Maedl, Luke and Betty Palumbo, Bruce and Dor-
othy Sanders, and Harry and lenor Butz from the
Northwest Arkansas Pan Canal Chapter. It's always
good to see old friends and everyone who ever wor-
ked and lived in the Zone knows what a friendly
bunch we are. It took Ron Jacobs and Esther Clair
to keep us in order for a short business meeting.
This was preceded by the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag which was especially meaningful to us so
soon after the attempted coup in Panama. Jimniie
Wickhan has been successful in using a shortwave
ham radio operator in McAlester to talk to friends
in the "former Canal Zone" area. There are a num-
ber of ham operators there who can patch you
through to friends if you have Panama phone num-
bers. Jimmie retired as of September 1, 1989 from
the DODDS Panama School System. During the 16
years she lived in Panama, she taught at Fort Gu-
lick, Curundu Elementary, Curundu Jr. High and
Balboa High Schools. She is now back in McAlester
living in her old family home and teaching sixth
grade at the neighborhood school.
Bill and Teresa Keller and their children went
to New York on vacation in July. They spent 3 days
in 'The Big Apple" and then drove up to northern
New York State to spend a week with Bill's Aunt
Ruth Cannany, a former Zonian.
Rick and Renee (Carter) Collins and their chil-
dren Beth, (Cris, Tina and Michelle attended the
picnic. In August, they spent part of their vaca-
tion in Kerrville, TX at the home of Renee's par-
ents, Wade and Marilyn Carter. They made a trip to
Sea World in San Antonio and later visited the
Schlitterbahn, a water park in New Braumfels,
which was the highlight of the trip. They also
visited Corpus Christi, Austin, Waco and Dallas.
In November, Rick and Renee will spend 5 days in
Cancun at a national convention. Renee is looking

forward to the 15th Reunion of the 1976 Class of
Balboa High School which is being organized by Sue
Davenport in Austin and Diana (Duncan) DeGrief in
We missed Christine (Atwell) and Jim Sowell and
their children, Jeffrey, Jed and Joey at the pic-
nic. The boys are soccer players and there was a
conflict. Christine is expecting her parents, How-
ell and Florence Atwell, to be with her family in
Broken Arrow at Christmas.

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Front row L-R: Tomas Diaz, Diaz child?
Diaz child? Amy Diaz w/child, Teresa
Keller, Kim Keller, Bill Keller, Made-
line Raffler w/child, Gregg Keller?,
Troy Keller. Back row, staggered, L-R:
Jean Burns, Laura Burns, Ron Jacobs,
Jimmie Wickham, Patricia Anduss, Esther
Clair, Lenor Butz, Bill Clair, Harry
Butz, Doris Burns, Peter Butz, Janice
Butz, Eliezer Lugo, Renee Collins, John
Raffler, Mary Graham, Carol Vidaurri,
Alice Jacobs, Lydia Lugo.
Members attending not in photo: Ruth
Zelnick, John and Nancy Zelnick w/Leila
and David Zelnick, Lillian Greniger.
Guests attending from Arkansas not in
photo: Luke and Betty Palumbo, Carl and
Petie Maedl, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders,
Robert and Betty Balcer. Scott Burns,

Ray Michael Aldridge, son of Ray and Maria
(Sajur) Aldridge, was 1988 Valedictorian of his
class in Stratford, Oklahoma. He was awarded a
$50,000.00 Naval ROTC scholarship to Penn State
University where he is presently a sophomore in the
School of Engineering. He made his first cruise
to the South Pacific last summer. Brian Floyd Al-
dridge is a senior at Stratford High School and
Railene Marie is in Jr. High. Maria is still
teaching in Stratford High School while Ray enjoys
life as a retiree.
We were happy to have Carol Vidaurri and her
mother, Lillian Greniger, at the picnic. Carol re-

cently returned from a trip to Cuba, N.Y. where
she visited her daughter Virnna Sabine. Virnna
(BHS'83) is working with the Alleghney Public
Health Service. Carol's son, Vincent, is going to
Oklahoma Central State College and has recently
become engaged to Judy Sanders of Choctaw, OK.
Carol's daughter, Vera (Vidaurri) Fitzsimmons,
will present her with her first grandchild in Feb.
Jean and Doris Burns spent September visiting
relatives in Denver, Reno, Susanville, CA and
Chico, CA. On the return trip, they drove to Wea-
therford, TX to the home of Jim and Julia and Ken
Boukalis where they met Vicki and Bob Boukalis
from Panama and Helen and Wally Matthews from
Weems, VA. Jack and Cindy (Boukalis) Hukprhies and
family and Shirley Hnpries came over during this
time. Helen and Wally knew the Humphries from Pan-
ama days. It was good being together again. The
Burns appreciated Jim and Julia's wonderful hos-
At the short business meeting following the
picnic, Esther Clair and Ron Jacobs graciously
agreed to serve as President and Vice President
respectively for a second year. Laura Burns col-
lected dues, made notes as Secretary-Treasurer
and agreed to serve again. It was agreed we should
have a fourth picnic/meeting on April 28, 1990 in
Oklahoma City. All Oklahoma members and Arkansas
friends will be notified of the location.
For those of you who came to the meeting in
Tulsa, many thanks and please come to the April
meeting. We missed some of our members at the Tul-
sa meeting and we hope you'll be able to come to
Oklahoma City. (Listen up Don and Marilyn Sampson,
Toy Lugo Barnard, Marge Ward Broadway, Cathy Hoyle
Coleman, David Lugo, Bonnie Ward Rogers, Christine
Atwell Sowell and the rest of you too numerous
to mention. We need you COME!)

Mary V. Graham, M.D.
(918) 587-5251


Isthmian Newsreel

Atlantic Side

Hey, all you Tiger fans, stand up and clap your
hands! Our CHS Tigers have won TWO football games
so far this season and its tied for second place
at the moment. When's the last time in Tiger his-
tory we've been able to say that about our foot-
ball team? With Bill Will still assisting with the
coaching, our guys are also prospering under the
loving care of new head coach Richard Elliott.

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The CHS cheerleaders this year include Dionne
Cananas, Vicki Seeley, Josie Borsellino, Joanna
Reynolds, Adriane Holmes, Jessie IDason, Emilia
Coles, manager Jennifer Rankin and mascots Debbie
Rabago and Darlene Seeley. With the beefed up U.S.
Military in our midst, and a large group of sol-
diers living on the third floor of the high
school, the cheerleaders have added a new cheer
this year: "We don't need no music, we don't need
no band, all we need are soldiers, cheering in our
stands!" And cheer they do, contributing great
things to our Tiger spirit. Thanks, guys!
Huge congratulations are due also to Gayle Ran-
kin and her CHS girls' varsity and J.V. basketball
teams. They keep the victory bell ringing by win-
ning one game after another.
Congratulations to Lili Borsellino who served
as this year's CHS Jamboree Queen. This must be
Lili's year because she was also recently chosen
as one of Cristobal High's representatives at
Close-Up in Washington, D.C. later this year,
along with Allison Hoffnan and Beverly Teal.
Although Labor Day weekend was full of dark po-
litical overtones, September 1st being the day
Norriega installed his new puppet president, a
group of Atlantic Siders still headed to Isla
Grande for the annual Labor Day Fishing Tourna-
ment. On hand were Mack and Sylvia Glass Landrum,
Ned and Mary Coffey Blennerhassett, Wayne Seeley,
Mike and Sheila Games Bell, Rick and Luz Alvarez,
Gary Laatz, Mike Andrews and surely others that
I'm not aware of.
Another group headed the other direction to
Piia Beach, including Collin and Alberta Corrigan,
George and Iuz Diaz Patton, lew and Sue lessiack
Stabler, Tim and Theresa Snider Herring, Corey
Grubbs, Darrel Canamas, Gerald Corrigan, Lorraine
Chamberlain, Georgie Patton, Robert and Gayle Fet-
tier Rankin, Jennifer Rankin, Linda and Richard
Elliott and a whole pack of youngsters.
Dr. Evelyn Barraza is expected here sometime
in November to be on hand for the birth of Tom and
Evelyn Barraza Snider's third child, joining
daughter, Kristin, and son, Kyle. Evelyn recently
celebrated her 33rd birthday!
Skipper Berger will be making his annual pil-
grimage to Portobello this week in honor of the
celebration of the Feast of the Black Christ. His
wife, Jill Paulson Berger, plans to join him
there, but she's going via their truck!
Provided the political situation doesn't wor-
sen, Lee and Jim Snider will be coming to Panama
around Christmas time for a long-awaited deep-sea
fishing trip. At the moment, tourist cards and
other normal travel documents are all that one
needs to enter Panama.
I'm also praying to see my family in Panama for
Christmas, including my daughter, leslie Griffin,
who now lives and works in California, and from
Kerrville, TX, my mom, Kathi Lessiack, and my bro-

their John lessiack and his wife, Dawn, and their
two-year-old Lauren. We'll love it if Lew's folks,
Joe and Blanch Stabler, can make it, too.
The next time you see Billy and Ginny Rankin
or Rick and Janis Kunkel Doubek, ask them about
their trip to Germany this past year. The hubbies,
who both work at the Industrial Division, made the
trip on business for Pan Canal, and their wives
tagged along. By all reports, everyone had a great
During the October coup attempt against Norri-
ega, we here in Panama were kept abreast of the
unfolding situation through the same news broad-
casts you were seeing and hearing in the States.
SCN Radio and TV would announce something like,
"...and now for an update on the local situation,
we present the following newscast from the CNN Ca-
ble News Network." Little or no information was
provided from actual local sources. Personnel
Movement Limitation "DELTA" severely limited peo-
ple's movements, but most of us tried to make the
best of it.
A few days after the coup attempt, a group of
58 former Zonians made a northbound transit on the
cruise ship Daphne. The cruise was organized by
Pete Foster under his "Zonian Amigos" program.
Boarding the vessel to transit with the group were
Deputy Administrator Fernando Manfredo, Jr., and
his wife, Denise, Public Affairs Director Willie
K. Friar, Rolando Linares, Joe and Beverly Bowman
Wood, Susan Stabler, Anaimria Troitino and from
the Graphic Branch, Roger Guerra and Sacramento
Castillo. Believe me, the "Zonian Amigos" and all
who joined them had a wonderful day!
This year has seen a large number of retirees
from the Panama Canal Comnission in July, the
number was around 360, and it has grown since
then. We understand that U.S. Panama Canal Commis-
sion employees will drop in numbers below a thous-
and by the end of the year. Another thing that may
impact heavily on our lives here is a continuing
rumor that the military is seriously looking into
making Panama an unaccompanied tour. "High level
talks" are currently underway. Hope my next report
carries brighter news.

Sue Stabler

South Carolina

Thirty members and guests enjoyed a buffet
luncheon September 21st at Hite's Restaurant in
Lexington, S.C. Present were: Peggy Hutchison,
Evelyn and Howard Hilborn, Grace and B.J. Harley,
Verna and Andy Kapinos, Bernice and William Hill,
Leona and Paul Badonsky, Catherine and Early Wood-

(1) William and Bernice Hill.
Willenbrock and Trudi Clontz.

(1) Andy and Verna Kapinos. (2) Ethel and
and Leona Badonsky.

ard of Irving, Texas, Dorothy Willenbrock, Trudi
Clontz, Caroline Westendorff, Phyllis and Jack
Woodzell, Eletheer Catron, John Everson, Kathleen
Burkett, Bea lee, Blanche Browne, Ethel and DeWitt
Tate, Fina and Frank Balinski, Olga Holmes, Jean
Barranco (Brady) and George Brady.
Among those missing at the luncheon were: Otis
Catron, who was recovering from surgery and Carl
Browne, who was hospitalized with a heart condi-
tion in October, but celebrated Friday the 13th
by going home.
In August, Bobby Rowe and family visited Bob
and Billy Rowe ... and then in October Bobby re-
turned to help his mother celebrate her birthday.
Grace and B.J. Hartley had as October visitors,
Connie and Gene Clinchard of St. Petersburg, who
were en route to Georgia.
Earlier this year, before Carl Browne's four
week hospitalization, the Brownes did cover quite
a bit of territory making an April trip to New
Orleans via Montgomery, seeing friends on the way,
and then making a round trip to Vicksburg aboard
the Mississippi Queen. Later, traveling to
Florida, they visited Phyllis and Thad King in
Niceville, saw Peggy Ann (Sylvestre) Sinpson, and
overnighted with Phyllis and Chris Gundersen in
Tallahassee. After a trip to New Hampshire, seeing
friends and attending granddaughters' graduations
in New England, Carl and Blanche headed for the
Reunion in Florida and Blanche's 50th Balboa High
School reunion.
Aiken was fortunate in that HUGO presented our
immediate area only with a heavy rain. Peggy
Hutchison's daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and

(2) George Brady and Jean Barranco (Brady) (3) Dorothy

DeWitt Tate and Blanche Browne. (3) Paul

Jerry Cox, who live outside of Charleston, were
without power, water and phone, so like others,
headed to our area to buy a generator and load up
on supplies for themselves and neighbors. They
were lucky not to have damage to their home.
Fay Stanford of Fort Worth, Texas stopped by
to see Nora and Charles Green while in Aiken vis-
iting Gloria Reynolds.
Some Aikenites were also on the move this sum-
mer. In July, Lorna Shore celebrated the Fourth
in Miami with family members then later headed
north to Anchorage, Alaska for a reunion with her
sisters from Canada and the one who lived in Alas-

(1) Susan Wiseman (Willenbrock and Vicki
Boukalis (Hutchison) in Aiken August.
(2) Photographer Peggy Hutchison caught
at work. September 21.

In July, Peggy Hutchison and your reporter ven-
tured forth and made a round trip bus trip to the
west coast with a church group and had a fabulous
time. A few of the many sights taken in were the
Truman Library, Eisenhower's home, Pike's Peak,


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the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Holly-
wood, El Paso, the Carlsbad Caverns, and San An-
tonio. Having seen what was west of Aiken, in Sep-
tember we traveled to New England and visited my
nephews and family in Wellesley and went sightsee-
ing in Boston. (Ask Peggy about Filene's base-
ment.) After our return Peggy made a trip to Flor-
ida with Jerry and Dianne Cox to catch up with Bob
and Vidd Boukalis (Hutchison) who were vacation-
ing there. They all visited Ruth Powell and Doris
Hutchison in Largo.
In September, Evelyn and Howard Hilborn spent
a week in northern South Carolina, and while there
they drove to Helen, Georgia and also to the moun-
tains in North Carolina to take in the start of
the changing Fall colors.
Our next meeting is scheduled for 1:00 pm, Fri-
day, December 8th, a pre-Christmas luncheon at the
Hounds Lake Country Club in Aiken.

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2759



Ed, Barbara, Eddie and Cheryl Stanford of Pan-
ara spent three weeks with her parents, Harvey and
Bea Rhyne. Harvey G. Rhyne, Jr., Sonia, Erick and
Taffy drove from their home in Princeton, FL to
join the group for an early 45th Anniversary cele-
bration of the Srs. It was also the 16th Anniver-
sary for Harvey Jr. and Sonia. Mickey and Bonnie
(Piper) Maguire, John, Kathy (Orr) and Cody Keenan
and Vielka (Pena) Pink with her two children vis-
ited Kerrville while the Stanfords and Rhyne Jrs.
were here.

L-R: Bea Rhyne, Barbara Stanford, Kathy
Keenan, Marvin Keenan, Cindy Spilling
and Maxine Keenan.

Cinda (Helmrichs) Spilling and her daughters
Megan and Ammnda drove from their home in Slidel,
LA to meet Barbara and Cheryl in Houston at Kathy
Keenan's home. Barbara, Cinda and Kathy have been

life-long friends and had not been together in 16
years. The girls had a wonderful visit and enjoyed
watching their children get acquainted.

Barbara (Rhyne) Stanford, Cinda (Helmer-
icks) Spilling and Kathy (Orr) Keenan.

Jeanne (Flynn) Stough of Boerne, TX and her
niece Anna (Wolf) Kesler and daughter Caitlan of
San Antonio visited Kerrville and enjoyed seeing
the Hill Country.
Once again, Honey Fealey traveled to the North-
west to visit her sons, Guy and Jimny along with
their families: Mary (Wells), grandchildren Guy,
Jamie and Sudy (Bryson) and granddaughter Jeslyn.
She considered herself fortunate in also seeing
Howie (Adams) and Gary Laatz with their two sons
Ray and Jay. During her visit, she enjoyed many
scrumptious dinner visits with the Ed Kennedys
(Millie Turner), and their three children and
Charlotte Kennedy. One BBQ dinner involved Marty
and Bill Lohr from Squin, WA and Joe Wallace from
Bremerton. Besides enjoying the wonderful weather
of Washington State (50 -78 ) and the scenery she
really enjoyed, for the first time, grilled fresh
clams, fresh Dungeness Crab and pan fried Smelt.
Also that there was the ever present Salmon and
Halibut, grilled to perfection by her son Guy.

L: Ed Kennedy and Joe Wallace. R: Marti
and Bill Lohr, Whidbey Island, WA.

um 1.It ,
Millie (Turner) Kennedy and Guy Fealey,
Whidbey Island, WA.

During June and July, Iris (Dedeaux)
her sister Dorothy (Dedeaux) Poppy in
and traveled through Southern Illinois
headed East through Ohio, Pennsylvania
ington, D.C. conducting a search for

Hogan met
St. Louis
and then
and Wash-

records. Their search involved microfilm, records,
census, passenger lists and military records which
proved to be very informative. Iris then returned
to Dallas and had an enjoyable trip with her son,
Ralph Richmond and family, to Gulfport, Miss.
Verla Grier, Kathi (Adams) Lessiack and Iris
Hogan bowled on a team in the Texas State Bowling
Tournament held in El Paso. Their team won 20th
place in their category. Kathi and Iris then jour-
neyed to Bismark, N.D. to bowl on a team in the
National Tournament. They didn't win anything but
really had a lot of fun.
In May, Kathi Lessiack flew to St. Louis where
she was joined by her granddaughter Jenny Lessi-
ack. They then drove to Pittsburgh to attend the
graduation of another granddaughter, Leslie Grif-
fin. Leslie graduated from Carnegie-Mellon Univer-
sity with honors, and it was a proud day for
Kathi. Shortly after her return home, Kathi's
daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Lew Stabler, with
their two small sons, Tinny and Robbie, spent a
week in Kerrville before returning to their home
in Panama.
Ray and Elsie larson took a trip to New England
and Toronto, Ontario in Sept. and Oct. They stop-
ped to visit Ray and Polly Witt in New Blaine,
Ark. and Marcie (Hepner) and Eric Saharee and son
Joey Plaisance in Rindge, N.H. Then down to Jack-
sonville, FL for a visit with Liz Holland. They
missed seeing Bob Holland as he was in Oregon
helping his mother with the family business.
Camille (Rhyne) Eastham has just arrived from
Panama for a three week visit with her parents.
The Rhynes look forward to celebrating Thanksgiv-
ing and Christmas early while Camille is with

Estelle (Lavison) Crews
of Lenexa, Kansas, a CHS
'64 graduate, conducts
seminars on assertiveness
for Kansas Hospital Asso-
ciation, critical care
nurses at Midwest confer-
ences and several nursing
conventions. The seminars
"Women Working With Wo-
men" are a close look at
how women relate to each Estelle (Davison)
other, the positive and Crews
negative characteristics they bring to the work
place, how to handle the unique problems that oc-
cur in a profession dominated by women, and how
to work together positively. She has also conduct-
ed in-house seminars on management to upper level
management personnel in several businesses, de-
signed and taught continuing education courses
marketed to the community and through a Kansas
City area hospital. Estlle has an MS in Adult Edu-
cation and an MA in Human Development. She is the
daughter of Elizabeth Davison of Kerrville, TX and
the late Estle H. Davison.
Jeanne Stough submitted the following along
with "the picture of a picture." E. O. Goldbeck,
the father of the panoramic camera in the USA,
visited the Canal Zone in 1932-33. He took a pan-
oramic photo of the Pacific entrance to the Panama
Canal. It is almost two yards long (63 inches)!
Taken from Ancon Hill, it shows in amazing detail
Curundu, Balboa RR Station, all the churches, Ad-
ministration Building, the Prado, Ft. Amador, Far
Fan Beach, Yacht Club, the Causeway, Fortified Is-
lands, Taboga, to Chorrillo and the Panama Ceme-
tery. Goldbeck died in San Antonio in 1986 at the
age of 98. His photos are copyrighted and on dis-
play at museums and universities throughout Texas.
This one rests in Steve Stough's office. Even with
permission to make a copy, we could not find paper
long enough.

A picture of a picture. Panoramic photo
of the Pacific Entrance, Panama Canal,
taken from Ancon Hill, by E.O. Goldbeck.

Since this is the last report of the year, I'd
like to take the time to thank all of you who have
been forthcoming with news, pictures and the sup-
port that contributes to making the Record inter-
esting. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a
Happy, Healthy New Year!
Bea Rhyne
(512) 896-8643

WuW I11
L-R: Robert Calvit, Tom Rice,
Rice, Anna Calvit, Jack Clay.


Tom Rice, Marion Rice, and Jack Clay visited
the Calvits in Kerrville in June on their way to
the reunion.
Timothy C. Calvit of College Station, TX, son
of Robert and Anna Calvit of Kerrville, graduated
with the August 1989 Class of Texas A&M College.
Tim received his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engi-
neering. He was Vice President of the Texas Soci-
ety of Professional Surveyors, Student Chapter of
Texas AM.
Anna Calvit
Kerrville, TX

Dale and Jackie Bishop drove to W. Va. to visit
Dale's sister, farge Brandy, and his mother, both
of whom were ill. On the way, they were notified
of Marge's death. She worked for about two years
in the late 1940's at PAD. She was 67 years old.
While in W. Va., Dale was reunited with six of his
classmates from the high school class of 1936. He
also returned to the old coal mining town he grew
up in and saw many of the old landmarks and homes
of his youth. While traveling back to Texas, the
Bishops stopped in Hixson, Tenn. and visited with
Al and Wanda Jenkins in their beautiful home. They
also visited with Bob and Dottie Bowen in the
nearby town of Harrison. Bob, Al and Dale all
worked together in Internal Audit at one time.

YOUR 1990 DUES iRE DUE J)iNUFiRY 1, 1990


On August 15, 1989, the Panama Canal's 75th An-
niversary was observed in Washington, D.C. at La-
fayette Park, in front of the White House. At
12:00 noon, speakers for the Veteran's Administra-
tion and the International Freedom Foundation
opened the ceremonies. All sang happy birthday to
the Panama Canal as red, white and blue balloons
were released from a huge birthday cake. To end
the celebration, participants all carried bags
with thousands of "Keep our Canal Free" petitions,
sent from all over the United States, to the Ex-
ecutive Office and presented them to an aide for
President Bush.
Bill and Carolyn Price of Alexandria spent the
weekend of Sept. 23rd visiting John and Ellen Hat-
gi of Walkersville, Maryland. The Hatgis took Car-
olyn and Bill to dinner to celebrate Bill's birth-
day which included a special "Panama Bill" cake
- really nice! They visited the Civil War battle-
field at Gettysburg and did some fresh produce
shopping on the way back.
Ben and Ada (Wynn) Favorite of Virginia Beach
spent a couple of days with the Prices the weekend
of Oct. 7th. The Favorites, and in fact the entire
clan, attended Reunion '89 and all had a great
time. Ben and Ada are planning to attend the Or-
lando '90 Reunion which will be Ben's 35th and
Ada's 30th Cristobal High School class reunions.
Joan MacKenzie Kozar visited Carolyn and Bill
for three days in mid-October. Pat Kelley Kappe
and John Flatley stopped by to visit and everyone
just relaxed with but one short sightseeing lunch-
eon excursion. Joan lost her husband Andy in June.
She's keeping busy with her family, church,
friends and selling real estate on Cape Cod. Joan
is more than holding her own.
Bill and Carolyn are looking forward to the
holidays with the Oberholtzers in Melbourne, Flor-
ida and New Years at Sarah Barfield Cohen's place
in Daytona Beach.
Bill asks that all members of his CHS class of
1955 give serious consideration to attending their
35th reunion in Orlando next year. Please send
Bill names and addresses of classmates not listed
on the info sheet he sent out in August.
Members of the Panama Canal Society of Virgin-
ia, Maryland and D.C. would like to organize a
dinner dance with Tito NMuynes, this coming March
30, 1990. We would like to make this an annual
event, so please give us some input if you are in-
terested. Call me at the telephone number below.

A no-host picnic took place Oct. 29, 1989, at
11:00 a.m. in Burke Lake Park in Virginia. Only
a handful of Zonians spread the word around, so
if you didn't hear about it, get in touch with me
for the next get-together.

Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
(703) 971-1077

The Younger


Well, time for another issue and this time I
have a little news for you!
Received news from Patty (Snider) Morgan. She
and her family spent some time in Washington vis-
iting family. While there they got to see Bob Day
and his family. As for the Snider clan...Jim is
still living in Washington and working at the Nav-
al Shipyard, Bill has moved into a group home and
is walking with a cane, Beth and family are still
in Denver, Patty and Mike are both in Kansas where

Mike is still practicing law and Patty is'nursing
(works at the same hospital with Brian Allen), Tom
and Theresa are both still in Panama where Evelyn
(Barraza) and Tan are expecting their 3rd child
in November! A Snider family reunion is planned
for August of 1990 to coincide with the Northwest
Barbara Barkeim reports that she is busy get-
ting all of her canning done. Everyone is in
school this year so she has a tad more time to
herself. Right now everyone is recovering from the
first colds of the season!
Now for my news...I have decided that is is
time for my career as a reporter to come to a
close. I have truly enjoyed the many years I have
spent sharing your news but it's time to say adi-
os. I hope that someone will step in and take my
place because I know that many people enjoy read-
ing about the "Younger Generation."
So I close with a big thank you to everyone who
has faithfully sent me their news and their sup-
port...see you at the next Reunion!

Sandy Robinson
(813) 799-6421




Nicholas A. Reynolds
was graduated from boot
camp at the Naval Train-
ing Center in San Diego,
California, in January,
1989, and from Radioman
School in August, 1989 as
He has been assigned
duty aboard the carrier
USS Midway.
Nick attended Cristo-
bal High School while
living in the Canal Zone,
and is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Carl Reynolds, Austin,
Margarita, Canal Zone.

Bill and Dot Benny of Dothan, Alabama,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniver-
sary on August 19, 1989.
They were married at St. Mary's
Church, Balboa, Canal Zone.

Nichobas A.
Texas, formerly of


At a recent initiation ceremony at Hemet, Cali-
fornia Lodge, 100-year old Robert Dill became an
Elk along with 10 other San Jacinto Valley resi-

Brother Bob is one of four men still living who
received medals from President Theodore Roosevelt
for their work on the Panama Canal during the
period of 1904 to 1914. He was employed from 1911
to 1916 in a number of jobs on the canal, during
which he had to recover from a bout with yellow
fever that took many of the worker's lives.
Bob is on the Board of Governors of the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California and a member
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He and his
wife, Rosa attend all the reunions, and Bob has
been asked on numerous occasions to lecture on the
Panama Canal at many different organizations.



Leon and Burnice Herring. Front:
and Bernice Herring, and daughter


Bernice ("Dick") and Betty Herring celebrated
their 60th wedding in July of this year. They were
former residents of Gamboa, Canal Zone for 25
years where Dick was employed by the Dredging
Division and Betty was employed as a school teach-
They retired in 1962 and settled in Salemburg,
This was Betty's anniversary card to Bernice:
We've been through a lot together since the day we
promised "For better, for worse,"
But I think that one of the best "for better"
parts is that we have faced it all of it -
And here we are, in the middle of it all, still
loving one another, still promising with every
good night kiss, "For better, for worse."


Mr. and Mrs. Doeg-
las M Pajak of Convent
Station, New Jersey,
announce the engage-
ment of their daughter
Michele Jeanne to Eric
Martin Kling.
Miss Pajak is a
graduate of Meredith
College, Raleigh, NC,
where she attended the
Meredith Abroad Pro- Michelle Jeanne
gram in Europe and Pajak
England. She recently received her B.S. Degree in
Interior Design and is a member of Kappa Omricon
Phi, a professional honorary society. She is em-
ployed by Debra Young Interiors of Raleigh.
Her fiance is a son of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Kling
of Havelock, North Carolina. He is a graduate of
North Carolina State University where he was a
member of the Wolfpack football team and played in
the 1986 Peach Bowl. He graduated with B.S. De-
grees in Business Administration and Economics. He
is a manager with Carolina Builders in Raleigh.
Miss Pajak was born in 1967 in Gorgas Hospital.
Her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis
(Frank) J. Myers, lived in the Canal Zone as did
her maternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John
A. Meyers. Her paternal grandmother, Olive McLin-
tock Pajak, and her paternal grandfather, Vernon
Cole Douglas, were also from the Canal Zone, as
well as her paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. George T. z-Lintock. Miss Pajak is the God-
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell also of the
Canal Zone.
Mis Pajak's father, Doug, formerly of Balboa,
is a 1960 Balboa High School graduate. He is Vice
President of Operations for the Mennen Company,
Morristown, N.J. Her mother, the former Judy
Meyers of Curundu Heights, is also a 1960 Balboa
High School graduate.
A wedding date has not been set.


Deborah L. Dubroff, University of South Florida
in Tampa, daughter of Major and Mrs. Jack Dubroff,
former residents of the Canal Zone and now living
in Satellite Beach, Florida, was named a member of
Outstanding College Students of America, and will
be included in the prestigious 1989-90 OCSA Dir-
Deborah is the granddaughter of Mrs. Thelma
(Torbert) Sasso, retired Panama Canal employee now
residing in San Diego, California, and the late
Clifton J. Sasso. Her paternal grandmother is Mrs.
Ethel Dubroff of San Antonio, Texas.



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L-R: Ned, Ewald, Suzy and Tyler Wiberg.
Ewald A. Wiberg, III has been named Director of
Computer Technology for Broward County Schools in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Broward County School
system is the eighth largest in the nation and is
the largest fully accredited school system in the
United States.
Broward County already has 10,000 computers in-
stalled in its schools. Ewald's first job will be
to purchase local area networks to tie the com-
puters together in all of the systems 175 schools.
The Wibergs live in Boca Raton where Ewald's
wife Suzy owns an antique store, Country Tymes
Antiques. Their two sons attend St. Andrew's
school. Ned is entering tenth grade and Tyler will
be a seventh grader.


Theresa Gail Hayes
graduated Sunma Cum
Laude from Troy State
University, on June 2,
1989 with a Bachelor
of Science degree in .
Computer and Informa-

Theresa is the
daughter of Bob and
Louise Hayes of Panama
and graduated from BHS
with the 1985 class.
In July she was em- Theresa Gail Hayes
played by E.D.S.(Elec-
tronic Data Systems) and is currently working at
their Montgomery, Alabama office.

Marie Curles, Jeffrey Scott Bain, Edna
Curles Cooley, and Ralph Curles.


My younger son, Jeffrey Scott Bain attended
Auburn University on an NROTC scholarship and was
commissioned an Ensign on August 31, by Capt. R.H.
Phelan at a formal ceremony attended by me and my
parents, Marie and Ralph Curies (formerly of Gam-
boa and Balboa). Immediately following, there was
a reception for those commissioned in all branches
of the ROTC. That afternoon graduation excercises
were held for over 1,000 candidates and Jeff re-
ceived his degree in electrical engineering.
At Auburn University, he was inducted into Tau
Beta Pi (engineering honor society), Eta Kappa Nu
(electrical engineering honor society), Steerage
(Naval Honorary) and Delta Chi (social fraternity)
On September 2, 1989, Jeff married Sherry
deKozan in the formal gardens of her uncle's home
(the former home of Margaret Mitchell, author of
"Gone With The Wind") in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff's
brother, Gregory Bain, was his best man.
Jeff is the son of Edna Curles Cooley of Ocala,
Florida, and Clyde Bain of Williston, Florida. His
wife is the daughter of Veronica and Paul deKozan
of Atlanta, Georgia.
Jeff is currently stationed at Pensacola, Fla.,
where he will undergo flight training.
Edna Cooley
Ocala, FL.


Paramedic revived an Orem, Utah tradition of
awarding acts of service within the city and cited
an 8-year-old girl for pulling a boy from an irri-
gation canal during a brief Friday ceremony.
"We wanted to recognize her for her action to
avert a potentially tragic occurrence," said Lt.
Ron Mosher of the Department of Public Safety.
Officials presented Kilee Moody, 8, with a ser-
vice of excellence award for her April 24, 1989

According to Mosher, on that date, 5-year-old
Timothy Campbell was playing near an irrigation
canal located in Orem. Campbell got into the canal
and was unable to leave it under his own power. A
playmate nearby could not help him out either,
Mosher said. However, Moody heard screams for
help and ran to the canal, where she dragged Camp-
bell from the canal to safety.
Kilee's mother, Leslie Affeltranger Moody, was
a 1969 Balboa High School graduate.

The Allen Millers and daughters Marjorie
Scheiwe, Kay Miller, Allen Miller and
Martha Hoskins.


Allen and Kay Miller of Sarasota, Florida were
honored on their 50th wedding anniversary with an
Open House in their home, hosted by their daugh-
ters and families; Dale and Martha (Miller) Hos-
kins and son, Michael Allen from Portland, OR.,
and Donald and Marjorie (Miller) Scheiwe, and
daughter, Melinda, from Momument, CO.
Allen and Kay were married September 2, 1939 in
the Pedro Miguel Church, Pedro Miguel, C.Z.
They were honored with their wedding songs sung
by Nellree Berger from Signal Mountain, TN., be-
fore cutting the cake. Their home was beautifully
decorated with anniversary greetings, gold signs
and yellow roses. Also a collage showing their
wedding pictures, newspaper write-ups and pictures
of their children, then and now; and Kay's beauti-
ful wedding dress was attractively shown for all
to admire.
Approximately 75 family members attended the
celebration and their presence will be a cherished
memory for the Millers. They received many cards,
phone calls and rememberances of congratulation.


James M. Will has been
named senior Vice presi-
dent in the Corporate
Banking Group of the Bank
of California.
Employed at Security
SPacific Bank from 1970
until 1988, Will's most
recent position was mana-
ger of the Utilities/Pro-
ject Finance Department.
He joined the Bank of
California in 1988 as a
James W. Will manager of Utilities/Pro-
ject Finance.
Will holds a bachelor's degree in industrial
management from Georgia Institute of Technology
and a degree in international management fram the
American Graduate School of International Manage-
ment in Phoenix, Arizona. He serves on the Admin-
istrative Services Executive Committees for Pacif-
ic Coast Gas and Pacific Coast Electric Associa-
tions. He is also a member of the American Gas
Will resides with his wife, Drusilla, in Long
The Bank of California, sixth largest in Calif-
ornia, was the first incorporated banking institu-
tion in the West. The 125-year old organization
has $6.9 billion in assets and offices in three
states California, Oregon and Washington.
NEWS, Bancal Tri-State Corporation
The Bank of California
September 19, 1989


Private Second Class
Tim C. Deikins, son of
Randall and Joella
Deakins, formerly of
Gamboa, Canal Zone,
graduated from Army
Boot Camp at Ft. Jack-
son, S.C. on March 16,
1989. Tim attended Ad-
vanced Individual
Training at Ft. Gordon
Ga. He was trained in
Satellite Communica-
Tim C. Deakins
tions. He is currently
stationed in Europe. His twin brother, Tom, also
in the U.S. Army, is stationed in Europe.


J. Michael celebrated his first birthday on
September 20, 1989, and sister Sonya Michelle
celebrated her 16th birthday April 16.
Michael and Sonya are the children of Jon
Louis and Debra Ann Dedeaux of Pace, Florida.

J. Michael Dedeaux and Sonya.

The Rathgeber Family Reunion.


The Rathgeber Family reunion was held at the
Sea Mist Resort on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on
July 14, 15 and 16.
Would you believe that this group of 85 evolved
from our grandparents, Elizabeth and Fred Rath-
geber who migrated from germany in 1875 to settle
in Columbus, Ohio!
It was three days of fun for all, and since
this was the first time we had ever been together
and some had not yet met, we decided not to wait
so long for the next gathering.


Sandra lee Herring,
daughter of Leon (for-
merly of Gamboa, Canal
Zone) and Charlotte
Herring of Baltimore,
Maryland, graduated on
May 26, 1989 from the
University of Maryland
School of Nursing with
a B.S. degree. She is
employed as an Oper-
ating Room Nurse at
St. Joseph's Hospital
in Towson, Maryland. Sandra Lee Herring

Stephanie Arn Suk and Kelly Wayne Perkins
were united in marriage on June 17, 1989 at First
Presbyterian Church, Washington.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Suak of Washington. The bridegroom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley W. Perkins of Bagley and Bal-
boa, Panama.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents.
Kyra Jean Suwak of Portland, Maine, was her sis-
ter's maid of honor. Stacy Sewak Bolich, twin sis-
ter of the bride, was matron of honor.
Attendants were Valli Rae Perkins of Bismark,
N.D., sister of the bridegroom; Kelly J. Suwak of
Pittsburgh, cousin of the bride and Elizabeth
Bevilacqua of Latrobe.
Best man was Roger Rivera, Thief River Falls,
cousin of the groom. Ushers were Michael E. Suwak,
Washington, brother of the bride, Larry Kuester of
Menominie, Wisc., cousin of the groom, Jeffery
Shulz, Bismark, ND and David Nunn of St. Louis,
A reception was held at the home of the bride's
parents. Elizabeth Proudfit and Kelly Johnson were
in charge of the bride's book.
The bride is a 1978 graduate of Inmaculate Con-
ception High School and a 1982 graduate of West
Virginia University. She is employed as a copy-
writer for the Phillips Agency in Houston, Texas.
Her husband, a BHS Class of 1979 graduate, and
a 1984 graduate of Rice University, is now attend-
ing the University of Houston Law School.
The couple are residing in Houston, Texas.

Susan D. Ball and Louis J. Griffith

Susan D. Ball and Louis J. Griffith were united
in marriage on March 4, 1989 at Blackhawk Baptist
Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
The bride's parents are Brad and Dee Ball, ser-
ving as missionaries in Corozal, Rep. of Panama.
The groom's parents are Olga (Johnson) Conley of
Forest Park, GA., formerly of the Canal Zone),
and Dale A. Griffith of Virginia Beach, VA. The
bride attends Ft. Waybe Bible College. The groom
is a graduate of Balboa High School (1980) and
Columbia Bible College, Columbia, SC.
The couple work in Ft. Wayne and are at home at
3821 Wayne Trace St., Ft. Wayne, IN. 46806. They
welcome hearing from friends.

Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens in Port Orange,
Florida was the setting August 9, 1989 for the
marriage of Cynthia Payne to John Edwin McCarra-
gher III. The bride is the daughter of Elmer and
Marlies Payne of Lake Villa, IL. John is the son
of John Jr. (BHS'62) and Lisa (Phelan) McCarrigher
(BHS'63), now of Hoffman Estates, IL.
Maternal grandparents of the groom are Rosalind
Jackson of Melbourne, FL., formerly of Curundu,
and John Sr. of Wingate, SC. The paternal grand-
parents of the groom are Mary (Phelan) Nagle of
Port Orange, FL., and the late Eldon Phelan of
Balboa, R.P.
John received his A.S. degree from Harper Col-
lege in Palatine, IL; attended Northern Illinois
University, and was in the U.S. Navy. He is cur-
rently CEO and president of Air Tech Corp. John is
attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in
Daytona Beach as an avionics engineering student.
His new bride is an Early Child Development stu-
dent at Daytona Beach Community College.

Thomas N. Etchberger III and Lesia John-
On August 26, 1989, Lesia Johnson and Thmas N.
Etchberger III were married in a pretty garden
wedding, at the home of friends of the couple.
Bruce Chan, cousin of the groom served as best man
and Shirley Magness, sister of the bride, was her
Out-of-town guests attending the wedding in-
cluded several members of the groom's family (See
Alabama Reporter).
Lesia is the daughter of Mrs. Ida Richardson
of Dumas, Texas and Mr. Frank Richardson of Flag-
staff, Arizona. Tom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas N. Etchberger of Dothan, AL.
Tom is a Captain in the Russellville Fire Dept.
and Lesia works as a beautician.

Due to space limitations and to provide equi-
tableness to all members, wedding guest lists
cannot be printed in the future. Members are
asked to summarize and not list each name.

Rebecca Hess and Doug Norton were married at
the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, where a re-
ception followed.
The bride, an elementary bilingual teacher with
the Santa Barbara School District, is the daughter
of Kathleen Bonds of Goleta and William Hess of
Ventura. She earned her bachelor's degree in de-
velopmental psychology from UCSB.
The groom, a senior software engineer at Signal
Technology Incorporated in Goleta, is the son of
Joe and Ella Norton of Del Mar. He earned his
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and
computer science from U.C. San Diego.
The couple were wed on August 5, 1989 and are
at home in Carpinteria after a honeymoon trip to
Greg Martinez, formerly from La Boca, Panama,
was best man.

Pa e C. Haddaeus and Roger J. Field
Paige C. Haddaeus and Roger J. Field were
Paige C. Haddaeus and Roger J. Field were
united in marriage on September 2, 1989 in Miami,
The bride, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, BHS
Class of 1979, is the daughter of Mr. amd Mrs.
Robert K. Haddaeus.
Following a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the
couple are making their home in Miami, Florida.

Mrs. Kelly Wainio, formerly of the Atlantic
side of the Canal Zone, now residing in Wilmington
North Carolina, was married on September 16, 1989,
to Mr. Samuel Doyle, also a resident of Wilming-
The wedding took place in St. James Catholic
Church and was attended by relatives and close
friends, many of whom were out of state. A recep-
tion followed.

Eva Grassau attended
the wedding of her grand-
son Ralph R. (Rich) Gras-
sau III to Cynthia Fen-
nel. The wedding was on
August 5, 1989 In Hous-
ton, Texas. Following
Tradition, the groom
chose his father, Dick
Grassau, to be his best
man. Father Wn. McKeon,
C.M. from Pennsylvania
officiated the ceremony Engagement picture
as he had Madelon Garret of Ralph (Rich)
and Dick Grassau's in the Grassau III and
Grassau III and
Canal Zone in 1963. An- Cynthia Fennell
other tradition!
Father Bill stayed in Houston the following
week remembering old mutual friends and good times
in the Canal Zone.

1Thmas G. Hayes and Lori E. Gross, both of
Hillsboro, NH., were married July 1, 1989 at the
Gloria Dei Episcopal Church in Cocoa.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max
B. Gross of Merritt Island. She graduated from
Merritt Island High School attends Keene State
College in Keene, NH., and is employed by Aero-
space Business Park in Cape Canaveral.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T.
Hayes of the Panama Canal Area, R.P. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1980, and graduated
from Calhoon MEBA Engineering School and is em-
ployed by Energy Transportation Corp. in Delaware.
The couple will live in Hillsboro, N.H.

Laverne (Andy) and Louise Anderson would like
to announce the marriage of their son Douglas
Anderson to Kathleen Sparkman.
They were married on September 30, 1989 and
honeymooned in Jamaica for a week.


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Newlyweds with his parents and grand-
mother. Helen Roscoe, Ginny Mici, John
and Carol Mici, and Ray Mici.

John Mici and Carol Johnson were joined in holy
matrimony at St. Michael's Catholic Church in
Bedford, Mass., on September 9, 1989.
The bride is the daughter of Pete and Pat John-
son of Bedford, Mass.
The groom is the son of Ray and Ginny (Roscoe)
Mici, also of Bedford, and the grandson of Mrs.
Helen Roscoe and the late Kenneth Roscoe, a former
Panama Canal pilot.
Out of town guests included the groom's grand-
mother and his aunts, Diane (Roscoe) Murphy of
Sarasota, FL., and Suzanne (Roscoe) Lubers of
Miami, all former Canal Zone residents.

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Mrs. Jean Canpbell Farrington Inzer of Atlanta,
Georgia, is proud to announce the birth of her 4th
Her name is Ashley Nicole Farrington, born on
August 3, 1989, 5 Ibs. 8 oz., 19 inches long. She
was born in Atlanta and was almost 2 months early.
Her proud parents are Richard and Cindy Far-
rington of Stone Mountain, GA.
Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.C.
Bruce of Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Mrs. Blanche (Walker)
Hartman of Sarasota, FL.,
is receiving congratu-
lations on the birth of
her great-granddaughter,
Elizabeth Ann Healy, born
S September 4, 1989 at St.
John Medical Center, in
Tulsa, OK., weighing in
at 8 lbs. 8 oz. Elizabeth Ann Healy
Proud parents are one day old.
James and Vicki (McIntire
Healy of Tulsa, OK. The maternal grandparents are
Leo A. and Alene McIntire, and the paternal grand-
parents are James A. and Susan B. Healy, all of
Tulsa. Pearle Lively of Coffeyville, KS., is the
baby's paternal great-grandmother. The baby was
christened November 12 at St. Mary's Church in
Tulsa. Godparents are Kenneth and Cheryl MIcntire
Burkenper of Oklahoma City.

Mike and Elaine Dillon show off Robert
Michael Dillon.

Mike and Elaine (Mack) Dillon are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their first child, Robert
Michael Dillon, born on July 4, 1989 in Cambridge,
England. Robbie weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19
inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Capt. Ed and Eleanor
Mack, formerly of Balboa, Panama, who were on hand
to spoil their new grandson as much as possible
before returning home to Crystal River, Florida.
Paternal grandparents are Quentin and Marilyn
Dillon of Maumelle, Arkansas.

Capt. Chuck Rainier's
first grandson was born
on September 3, 1989, in
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
His name is Ryan Mich-
ael Sullivan. His mother
t gand father are Denise
Ryan Michael (Chi-ahi Rainier) and
Sullivan Mike Sullivan.

Kathie and Winship Dowell are pleased to
announce the birth of their twins, Dan-
ielle Marie, 5 Ibs. 8 oz., and Winship
Alan, 5 lbs. 10 oz., on August 1, 1989.

Kelly, Kym, and Melissa Forrest with new
David Rowe Forrest.

Kelly, Kym, and Melissa Forrest of Rowlett,
Texas, proudly announce the arrival of David Rowe,
born June 30, 1989, weighing 8 Ibs. 9 oz.
Paternal grandparents are Ernie and LaDonna
Forrest of Garland, Texas.

Patrick Bokar

John and Deborah
(Pollack) Randolph
proudly announce the
birth of their first
baby, Stephanie Alexis,
born on August 6, 1989.
Stephanie weighed 6 lbs
4 oz and was 19" long.
Proud grandparents ai

Pat (Cicero) Finneman
of Dothan, AL., became a
grandmother for the sixth
time, thanks to her son
and daughter-in-law, Dave
and Marsha.
Patrick Bokar Finne-
man was born on August 10
1989. He weighed in at
7 lbs. and 10 oz. He was
19 3/4 inches long.
He was welcomed with
open arms by his "big"
brother, Matthew David,
who is 4 years old.

1, 1
Stephanie Alexis
.e Arthur Pollack and Ro-

sita Pollack of Miami, Florida, and Karin and Mar-
tin Ross of San Antonio, Texas.

Lewis and Willeen
(O'Sullivan) odge of
Haughton, Louisiana,
announce the birth of
their second son, Brent
william, weighing 8 lbs
6 oz, 21 inches long,
on July 29, 1989, in
Shreveport, Louisiana.
Maternal grandparents
are Manuelita (Nenna)
Brandon Lewis Hodge O'Sullivan of Lutz, Fl.
and hermanito Brent and the late William F.
Williams O'Sullivan.

Megan Fischer, 2,
welcomes her brother,
Andrew David, who was
born May 16, 1989. They
are the children of Nancy
and David Fischer of V
Highland, Calif.
Maternal grandparents
are Florence (Davis) and
Leon Strawn of Arlington,
Texas. ",
Paternal grandparents Megan and Andrew
are Patricia and laroy Fischer
Fischer of Highland, California. Milton and Thelma
Davis of Garland, Texas are great-grandparents.

Virgil and Iori
(Stevenson) Snow, of
Lawrenceville, Georgia
are proud to announce
the birth of their
second child, Nicholas
Samual on July 27,
1989, in Tucker, Ga.
He weighed 8 ibs. 7 oz
and was 21" long.
Nicholas is wel-
comed by his proud
sister, Alexandria,
who is 3 years old.
Maternal grandpar-
ents are Davis and
June (Rowley) Steven- Alexandria, 3A, and
son, formerly of Bal- Nicholas Samuel Snow
boa, now residing in
Lawrenceville, Ga. Maternal great-grandmothers are
Sara Rowley of Clearwater, Fla., and Muffie Ste-
venson of Curundu, Panama.
Paternal grandparents are Virgil and LaVoyce
Snow of Griffin, Ga.

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Myrle Nelson Alexander, widow of Col. H.B.
Alexander, died at home in Columbia, S.Carolina,
on August 19, 1989. Myrle graduated from Boulder
State University in Colorado. She taught English
from 1935 to 1947 at Cristobal Elementary and Bal-
boa Junior High School.
She is survived by two sisters, one a twin,
Mrs. Myrne Lovelady, Colorado Springs, Co., and
Mrs. Dorothy Lyells, Lewiston, Idaho; also seven
nephews and four nieces.

B.G. Allison, 70, of Orlando, Florida, passed
away on September 18, 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Elisa Allison of
Orlando; a daughter, Elizabeth Allison Vitello of
Goleta, California; a son, B.G. Allison III of
Orlando; a brother and two sisters, and two grand-

Carrol F. Anderson, 78, of Dunnellon, Florida,
died September 13, 1989, at his residence. He was
a native of Lindsborg, Kansas and left the Canal
Zone in 1971, retiring from the Schools Division
with 29 years of service. He was an instructor at
Balboa High School. He was a member of Hope Evan-
gelical Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Men's Club
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida. (See
Letters to the Editor).
Survivors include his wife, Shirley F. Anderson
of Dunnellon and a sister, Helen Anderson, Kansas.

Kazimierz Bazan, 71, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed
away October 2, 1989 due to a heart attack. He was
retired from the Panama Canal Electrical Power as
Senior Operator. He was a veteran of World War II
aboard the USS Dragonet.
He is survived by his wife, Lilia; a brother,
Lt. Col. Edward Bazan; two sisters, Cecilia Fea-
therston and Charlotte Falkowski; and nieces and

Edith Alden Engelke, 90, of Bentonville, Ar.,
died August 28, 1989 at Bates Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Scranton, PA., and moved with her
family to the Canal Zone in 1911 because her
father was supervisor of an electrical crew work-
ing on canal construction. She and her late hus-
band, George N. Engelke, a Roosevelt Medal holder,

moved to Bentonville after his retirement from the
Commissary Division in 1956. She was a member of
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Rogers, and sang
in church. She was known for her singing in Pana-
manian national ceremonies. The Engelke's received
presidential greetings on their 70th wedding anni-
versay, and President Bush sent birthday greeting
to her on her 90th birthday. She was preceded in
death by her husband in 1988, and a son, John L.
on August 16, 1989.
Survivors include a son, Paul of Siloam Springs
Arkansas; three grandchildren, Kathryn Baxter of
Dorchester, MA., Michael Engelke of Siloam Springs
and Benjamin W. Engelke of Van Buren; four step-
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Dr. John Engelke, 58, of Marblehead, MA., died
August 16, 1989, in Paris, France, on his way home
from a trip to Africa. He obtained his B.A. degree
from Michigan Tech in Houghton, did his master's
work at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago and
obtained his doctorate at USC. He was a professor
at Salem State College in Salem, MA. His specialty
was nuclear chemistry.
Survivors include his wife, Susan, and her
children of Marblehead, MA.; a daughter, Kathy
Baxter of Dorchester, MA.; his mother, Edith P.
Engelke of Bentonville, AR., and a brother, Paul
of Siloam Springs, AR.

Verna Blanche Steen Fletcher, 89, of Albany,
Georgia, died September 20, 1989 at Phoebe Putney
Hospital in Albany. She was a native of Kerkhoven,
Minnesota, and taught Commercial Arts at Balboa
High School. She was the widow of the late Bob
Jake Fletcher, a retired civil engineer with the
Panama Canal. The Fletchers returned to Terrell
County, Ga. in 1951 and were engaged in farming.
In addition to teaching school at BHS, she worked
for the Army during World War II and later taught
at the Methodist Mission School in Panama City.
she was a member of Dawson Presbyterian Church and
actively participated as a Sunday School teacher
and member of the Women of the Church.
Survivors include two children, Robert Steen
Fletcher of Albany, and Martha Susanne Fletcher of
Columbia, Maryland; a sister, Mrs. John Powers of
Bozeman, Mt., and two grandchildren, Susanne
and Meredith Fletcher of Albany.

Elisabeth W. "Betty" Forbes, 87, of St. Peters-
burg, Fla., died october 19, 1989. She was born in
Philadelphia and left the Canal Zone in 1957. She
was a member of Allendale United Methodist Church
and the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth White Heinold,
Wilmington, Del.; and a brother, William A. White,
Aston, Pa.

Edward J. Gonmely, Jr., 73, of Breckenridge,
Colorado, died September 15, 1989 in St. Joseph
Hospital. He was born in Colon; attended high
school and Jr. College in the Canal Zone. He was
also a member of the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers union and was an officer and
served on the board of directors for Electrical
federal Credit Union; he was a retired member of
the Red, White and Blue Volunteer Fire Department
in Breckenridge, and a member of St. Mary's Cath-
olic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Alice; three daugh-
ters, Patricia Cabe, Huntington Beach, Ca., Jonna
Semeiks, Chappaqua, NY., and Mary Kaye Hession of
Anchorage, Ak; a son, John, Aurora, two sisters,
Alice Walls and Virginia Hayes, both of California
and two brothers, William, Aurora, and Patrick,
Denver, Co.

Jack A. Hanna, 20, of Cardenas, Panama, died on
November 1, 1989 of muscular dystrophy. He grad-
uated from Balboa High School and was looking for-
ward to moving to Tarpon Springs, Florida, next
year with his parents, Bob and Jean Hanna.
He is also survived by his sister, Jennifer, of
Clearwater, Florida, and his grandparents, Mary
and Bob Hanna of Clearwater.

Doris (Cassell) Hanson, 90, of Harbor City, Ca.
died January 1, 1989. She lived on the Pacific
side as a child during construction days. She
married Robert M. Hanson in 1917, left the Canal
Zone in 1921, then returned in 1934 to Gatun to
1946 when they retired. She worked at Colon Hos-
pital from 1939-1946.
Survivors include a daughter, Alice R. Hoyt, 4
grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Gladys Shelton de Harrington, 70, of Panama, R. de
Panama, died December 13, 1988. She was in the
Balboa High School Class of 1935.

Bernice ("Dick") A. Herring, 89, of Salemburg,
North Carolina died July 20, 1989. He retired from
the Dredging Division in Gamboa as Captain of the
"Cascadas". He was a lifetime member and Past Mas-
ter of Isthmian Masonic Lodge and a member of
Sudan Shrine Temple.
Surviving are his widow, Bessie ("Betty")
Daughtry Herring; a daughter, Joyce C. Stewart of
Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Burnice A. Herring of
Vienna, Va., and Leon D. Herring of Baltimore, Md;
three sisters and four brothers, 11 grandchildren
and 8 great-grandchildren.

Thelma Hollowell, of Imperial Beach, California
died September 30, 1989 after a long illness. She
was the Roving Reporter for the Panama Canal Soci-
ety of Southern California and for the Canal Rec-
ord. She was very active in her church and the
community and devoted much of her time to report-
ing news of friends and members of the California
Survivors include her husband, David Hollowell
of Imperial Beach, and a brother, Leland Cromin of
Palo Alto, California.

Virginia Brokaw Hursh, 78, died October 6, 1989
at San Luis Obispo, California.
Ushers at her funeral were Charles S. Dayhoff,
William C. House, Mack H. McLendon and Dennis S.

Edward W. Isaacs, 80, of St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died October 13, 1989 at Edward White Hospital. He
was born in Coaltown, Ky., and left the Canal Zone
in 1970 where he worked as a customs inspector for
the Panama Canal Co. He was a member of Suncoast
Survivors include his wife, Julia; three daugh-
ters, Ingrid Valareso and Patricia Smelser, both
of St. Petersburg, and Karen Hope, Ft. Lauderdale;
three brothers, Leroy, Anaheim, Ca., Craig, Morro
Bay, Ca., and Ben, Hobbs, N.M.; a sister, Mick
Pumphrey, Morro Bay and three grandchildren.

Sophie (Seaberg) Johnson, 73, of Glendora, Cal-
ifornia, died July 31, 1989, after a long illness.
She was born in the Canal Zone and graduated from
Balboa High School.
She is survived by two sisters, Lilly Worshem
of Corona, Calif., and Georgia Allen of Mobile,
Ala.; three children, Trudy Brown, Frank Johnson
and Georgia Dossey; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-
grandchildren, all of California.

We sadly announce the death
beloved Roving Reporter on
September 30, 1989. We will
miss her loving smile and
gentle regard for us all.
Her legacy must be to take
the time for your fellow man
and woman. Thank you Thelma.

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Paul Jones Jr., of Atascadero, California, died
on September 28, 1989. Born in Baltimore, Md.,
he was a marine engineer at Balboa for 35 years,
retiring in 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Rose; a daughter,
Norma Murray of Fosoria, Ohio and 2 grandsons.

Benjamin F. Kuller, 83, of Portland, Oregon,
died recently from cancer. He went to the Canal
Zone with his family as a very small child to join
his father, Benjamin F. Kuller who had been there
since 1904. He lived and worked in the Canal Zone
until his retirement on disability in 1951 with 26
years of service.
He is survived by his wife "Cissie" Ayers Kul-
ler; three children, Ben C. Kuller, Jeannie Kuller
Perry and "Pat" Kuller Gill; twelve grandchildren
and fourteen great-grandchildren. Also two older
sisters and a brother Jean Kuller Howard, "Doll"
Kuller Dustheimer and John Kuller; many nieces and

The Rev. Milton K. Leidig, 65, of Port St.
Lucie, Florida, died September 13, 1989 in his
residence. He was a retired minister and a former
minister in the Canal Zone, and at World Gospel
Church locally.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Blake Leidig;
two sons, Milton Jr. of Nassau, Bahamas, and Ste-
phen, Port St. Lucie; two daughters, Pamela Leidig
of Haleiwa, Hawaii and Lydia Adams of Palm Bay,
Fla.; two brothers, Samuel of Jonesboro, Tn., and
Daniel Jr. of Emory, Va.; a sister, Virginia Suth-
erland of Abington, Va., and four grandchildren.

Nelida J. Matson, 76, of Dunnellon and formerly
of Largo, Florida, died August 18, 1989 at Seven
Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River, FL. She
was born in Lowell, Mass., and lived in Dunnellon
for two years. Before retiring, she was a tele-
phone operator for the Department of Defense. She
was a Catholic.
Survivors include a son, Russell E. Stromberg,
Panama; three brothers, Leo Cote, Dunnellon, Emil
Cote, Toledo, OH., and Alphonse Cote, Sandusky,
OH.; a sister, Lucy Crandell, Dunedin, FL. and 5

Lionel I. MacPherson, 75, of Inverness, Florida
died August 17, 1989. Born in British Guiana, he
left the Canal Zone 19 years ago where he was a
pier supervisor.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; a daughter
Gail Crews, Spring, Texas, and a granddaughter.

Robert Ncormack, of Sequim, Washington, died
on July 22, 1989. "Mac" was a graduate of Balboa
High School and Canal Zone Junior College (1939)
and was well known as a top amateur golfer in the
Canal Zone and Panama. During World War II he was
an Air Force officer and became a prisoner of war
in Germany after his plane was shot down. He re-
tired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. His father was
manager of the Tivoli Hotel for several years, and
his mother, Margaret, was employed at the Balboa
Housing Office.
He is survived by his widow, Eulalie, and a
daughter, Shelly Annand of Washington, D.C. He was
first cousin to Mrs. J.M. Thomson, Jr. of Memphis,

Margaret Ella Shaw cLaughlin, 73, of Floral City,
Fla. died September 24, 1989 at Citrus Memorial
Hospital, Inverness, Fla. A native of Scranton,
Pa., she resided in the Canal Zone from 1947 to
1978. She was a former member of the Inter Ameri-
can Women's Club and a loved friend of many.
She is survived by her husband, Frank P., re-
tired from the Panama Canal Co.; two sons, William
P. and Barry F., both still working in the Canal
Area; and 3 grandchildren, Allison, Jonathan and
Kelsey, and a sister, Elizabeth Stone of New York.

Martha Ellen (Cox ell) Messer, 67, of Venice,
Florida, died August 26, 1989 after a lengthy ill-
ness. A native of Lambert, Ga., she went to the
canal Zone in the late 40's with the U.S.O. where
she met her future husband, Robert Messer (BHS'30)
an employee of the Mechanical Division. She was a
Mezzo Soprano and studied at the Julliard School
of Music in N.Y.; was a member of the Beethoven
Society of N.Y.; the Panama Canal Society of Fla.,
and the First Baptist Church of Venice, Fla.
Survivors include her mother, Lillace Coxwell;
a brother, Charles H. Messer, Jr.; a son, Charles
A. Messer, all of Venice, and a daughter, Patricia
A. of Brackettville, Texas; and her sister-in-law,
Dorothy (Messer) Barnes of Lakewood, Ca.

Paul W. Morgan, 75, a former employee of Gorgas
Hospital, Canal Zone, died in Quincy, Florida on
October 1, 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a son,
Maj. Paul W. Morgan Jr., a Chaplain in the Armed
Forces, and a daughter, Peggy Brown.

Louise Richards Morris, 90, of Lake Jackson,
Texas, died August 26, 1989 at her residence. She
lived in South and Central America for many years.
In Panama, where she resided for 37 years with her
husband R.K. Morris, Chief Quartermaster of the

Panama Canal, she was president of the Women Vol-
unteer Workers and entertained many famous person-
alities such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Lind-
berg, Jascha Heifitz, Britain's Queen Mother Mary,
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, Laurence Oli-
vier and Vivian Leigh. She moved with her husband
to Mexico in 1957 and also served in the American
Woman's Club of Bogota, Colombia and in the Chil-
dren's Service League of Caracas, Venezuela. She
was a life-long Christian Scientist and listed as
a practitioner since 1925.
She is survived by a son, William E. Baughnan
Jr. of Lake Jackson; three grandchildren; and a
stepson, R.K. (Burt) Morris Jr., of San Diego, CA.

Margaret B. (Teddy) Morrison, 66, of Ormond
Beach, Florida, died October 23, 1989 at Memorial
Hospital following a lengthy respiratory illness.
Born in Churchville, Virginia, Teddy, and husband
(Bob) and family moved to the Canal Zone in 1967.
She served as president of the Inter-American
Women's Club, Canal Zone College Club and Girl
Scout Council of the Canal Zone; and served on the
board of the American Society. She and Bob were
awarded the Honorary Public Service Award by the
Governor for "Outstanding Service to the Isthmian
Community." She also received the highest volun-
teer award from both the Boy and Girl Scouts.
Teddy and Bob, an employee of Exxon, retired to
Ormond Beach in 1982. She continued to be active
in Boy Scouts, Navy League, church and other com-
munity activities.
Survivors include her husband Bob; sons Bob
(Bronx, NY) and Bill (Atlanta, GA); daughters
Betsy Vosburgh (Melbourne, FL), Nancy Brown of
Burke, VA., and Marilou Morrison of Charleston,
SC; a brother, William Bear (Churchville, VA); and
four grandchildren.

William Francis O'Sullivan, 74, of Lutz, Fla.,
died on August 10, 1989 at his home in Quail Hol-
low Village where he lived for 9 years. He retired
in January 1977 as Official Translator of the Pan-
ama Canal Company Canal Zone Government after 33
years of service. He served as Acting Protocol
Officer during the Panama Canal 50th Anniversary
and performed liaison duties with the Republic of
Panama Foreign Office for many years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Manuel-
ita Oiler; a son, William Gerald, Ft. Worth, TX.;
a daughter, Willeen Hodge, Haughton, LA.; a bro-
ther, Eamon, Mexico City; sisters Nora Hart, Largo
FL., and Mary Losa, Madrid Spain, and two grand-
sons, Brandon and Brent Hodge, 2 yrs. and 3 mos.,

Joe T. Palumbo, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died on
August 6, 1989 at the University Medical Center.
He was 67 years of age, and suffered a blood clot
and lung damage. He was a Central Office Repairman
for the U.S. Army Connunications Command, working
in several telephone exchanges on the Pacific side
after retiring from the U.S. Army.
He is survived by a brother, Tom, of San Diego,
California, and a sister, Mrs. Connie Hall of
Johnson City, New York, and a cousin in Las Vegas.

Sadie Parmentier, 78, of St. Petersburg, Fl.,
died August 20, 1989 at St. Anthony's Hospital,
St. Petersburg. She was born in Panama and left
the Canal Zone in 1971 upon the retirement of her
husband, formerly of the Dredging Division. She
was a Protestant.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard M.; and
several nieces and nephews.

Nye Crook Norris, 89, died September 6, 1989,
at Wesley Retirement Home. A native of Yazoo City,
Mississippi, she lived in the Canal Zone for more
than 40 years, and upon her retirement in 1962
from the Placement Branch, moved to Chicago where
she resided until 1982. She had been a resident of
Wesley Manor Retirement Home for the past seven
years. She was the widow of Mr. Hugh A. Norris
whom she married in 1921. She was a member of the
Balboa Union Church in the Canal Zone; a member of
the Eastern Star and was affiliated with the DAR.
Survivors include two sons, Hugh A. Norris, of
Dothan, Ala., and Charles N. Norris of Fairfield,
Calif.; a daughter, Lillian Schwarz, of Elmhurst,
Ill.; a brother, Bruce Cook, Ukiah, Calif.; a sis-
ter, Lillian Gawthrop, Mancos, Colo.; eight grand-
children; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces
and nephews.

Ira Payne, 79, died January 21, 1989. He was
employed at the Locks Division, Maintenance and
also Construction Divisions of the Atlantic side.
He retired in 1969.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Valley
Center, Ca.; a daughter, Marjorie Howard and five
grandchildren of Sumner, Wa.

Harry David (Dave) Raymond died October 3, 1989
at his home in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born
in Portsmouth, Virginia and went to the Canal Zone
with his parents in 1919. He retired from service
in the Canal Zone in 1966, as Chief, Claims Branch
Office of the Comptroller.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy (Perry) Ray-
mond; a daughter, Lynn R. Lewis of Ft. Myers; two
sons, Harry D. of Merritt Island, Fla., and Perry
of Mandeville, La.; and nine grandchildren.

Dorothy C. Rose, 81, of Eustis, Florida, died
September 26, 1989 at her home after a long ill-
ness. Born in Fryburg, Pa., she traveled to the
Canal Zone in 1930. She was a secretary/stenogra-
pher with the Housing Division, initially in Pedro
Miguel and then in Balboa. She and her husband re-
tired in 1962. She was a Catholic and a member of
the Catholic Daughters of America (Balboa), St.
Mary of the Lakes Church, Council of Catholic
Women and the Solidarity (Eustis). She also was a
member of the Anna Miller Circle of the Elks and
served for many years as a Pink Lady at Waterman
Medical Center, Eustis.
Survivors include her husband, William J. Rose
(Bill) of Eustis; three daughters, Mary Sewell of
Pearl River, La., Patricia Bagg and Dottie Rose of
Eustis, and four grandsons.

IBma Lee (Worsley) Schnidtt, 81, of Siesta Key,
Fla., died September 9, 1989 in Sarasota. Born in
Rocky Mountain, N.C., she went to the Isthmus to
join her brother, Robert "Bob" Worsley, a promi-
nent businessman in Panama who passed away at the
age of 90. She and her husband, the late Gus
Schmidtt moved to Sarasota in 1953 and in 1979
moved to Farmville, N.C. and resided with her sis-
ter, Juanita (Worsley) Williams, later returning
to Sarasota to live with her daughter, Arline
(Schmidtt) Winnerman.
In addition to her daughter and her sister, she
is survived by three brothers, James, Guilford and
Francis Worsley, all of Greenville, N.C.; a nephew
William "Bill" DeLaMater of Panama, and 3 nieces,
Lois (DeLaMater) Bates, Nancy (Clarke) Kresge,
both of Hawaii, and Linda (Clarke) Laynab of San
Diego, Ca.

Frederick Harvey Smith, Jr., 74, of Inverness,
Florida, died August 24, 1989 in Citrus Memorial
Hospital, Inverness, of a massive heart attack. He
was born in Hartfort, Conn., and went to the Canal
Zone in 1928, graduating from CHS in 1933 and the
CZJC in 1935. He served his apprenticeship with
the Electrical Division on the Atlantic side. He
also graduated from Georgia Tech in 1941. He re-
tired from the Electrical Division in 1970 as an
electrical engineer with 32 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Peggy Brown Smith,
Inverness; two daughters, Mrs. Marion Morgan, of
Platte City, Mo., and Mrs. Lonnie Montrose, of
Overland Park, Kan.; a sister, Mrs. Virginia Ward
of Naples, Fla.; and 4 grandchildren, Bruce and
Jennifer Montrose, and Vince and Anice Morgan.

Lorraine S. Waishkey, 59, of Reddington Beach,
Florida, died August 25, 1989 at her residence.
She was born in Chicago. She was a member of the
OES, Panama Canal Zone, and was the former first

lady of Abou Saad Shrine Temple in 1986 when her
husband was potentate. Locally she was a former
agent of Equitable Insurance Co. and a member of
the Grace Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Captain Ed
Waishkey; two daughters, Shelly Reardon, St. Pete-
ersburg, and Liana Marie Surdi, Reddington Beach;
a brother, William Wrage, Reddington Beach; a sis-
ter, Jean Houston, Lady Smith, WI.; and a grand-
daughter, Nicole Reardon, St. Petersburg.

Reverend Nancy H. Wickingstad, 81, of Tucson,
Arizona, passed away January 21, 1989 in Willow-
brook Christian Home, Columbus, Ohio. Nancy, with
her son Lynn, came to the Canal Zone in 1946 to
marry Randolph (Randy, Wicki) Wickingstad. He re-
tired from the Panama Railroad Co. in June 1966.
In 1972 Nancy performed funeral services for her
husband in Columbus, OH., and next month performed
graveside services for her mother-in-law in St.
Petersburg, FL. Lynn preceded Nancy in death in
the sixties. Nancy collaborated with Anna May Cot-
trell nee Anna May Butcher in a book entitled,
"Walk In The Light" published in 1987. Nancy was
sister-in-law to Helen W. Ethridge and Ruth W.
Lakey of Tennessee.
Survivors include a brother and a niece of Col-
umbus, OH.

Harry F. Willenbrock died August 2, 1989 in
Mattie C. Hall Nursing Home, Aiken, S. Carolina.
He was a native of New York City and moved to the
Canal Zone in 1939 where he worked in the Locks
Division until he retired in 1969. He was a member
of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aiken, and a mem-
ber of N.A.R.F.E and the Brotherhood of Electrical
Union Workers.
Surviving are his widow, Dorothy Willenbrock,
and a daughter, Susan Wiseman, St. Petersburg,

Marion Catherine NhLaughlin Yost, 93, of El
Dorado, Arkansas, died peacefully in her sleep on
September 2, 1989. She was a native of Augusta,
Maine; attended the University of Maine and grad-
uated from Leslie College in Cambridge, Mass. She
taught in a private school in Medford, Mass. until
she went to the Canal Zone to be married to Stan-
ley Yost in 1923 at St. Lukes Cathedral in Ancon.
She will be remembered for her Peter Pan Kinder-
garten which she established and taught for 25
years. When her husband retired in 1955, they went
to Gloucester, Mass., dividing their time between
there and Meridan, Conn.
She is survived by two daughters, Diane Mason
of El Dorado, Ark., and Gretchen Thayer of Sanibel
Island, Fla. and Gloucester, Mass.; four grand-
children and six great-grandchildren.

Letters to the Editor


The group shot represents three generations of
Zonians, now proudly living in the good old U.S.A.
Incidentally, those seated are occupying an
original "Green Bench" that once enhanced the
front of the old Balboa Clubhouse during the early
30's. One of these benches was occupied nightly as
a "headquarters" for three old-timers: Nellie Ben-
ny, wife of boilermaker Benny; Betty Dean, wife of
the well-known Jimmy Dean, and Jeanette Clarke,
wife of H.L. Clarke, Sr.

V (

Three generations of Zonians L-R:
Bill Benny Jr., his son, Will (both of
Columbus, GA), daughter Tricia, Grandma
Dot Benny and grandpa Bill Sr. of Dothan


I do so much enjoy reading my Canal Record, and
through it, keeping up with the community of peo-
ple with whom I grew up. Life in the States is so
different from my Zonian memories that the Record
provides not only the link with my past, but vir-
tually proof that I have one.
I am looking forward to the 1990 Reunion, being
with my 1960 classmates, and hearing familiar ex-
pressions that are meaningless in my present life.
I find myself tenderly recalling Zonian mem-
ories and terms such as clubhouse, marin6n, in-
terior and Prado much as I would approach a relic
carefully preserved between sheets of yellowed
tissue paper.
I'd like to hear from other Zonian Mensa or In-
tertil members, especially if you, too, plan to
attend the 1990 Reunion.
Irene Michealis Snyder
Houston, TX.

1909 1989
1924 1989

There is no time we could set for parting.
We, who must remain,
Are never ready for such pain.
Even our prayers would be, "Not yet,"
Not yet dear God another day
With us let our beloved stay.
We must believe,
When falls the blow,
That, wisely,
God has willed it so.
E.A. Guest
Today we mourn the passing of our sister Mary
and brother Bill. You know something, Bill? Mary
beat you to those pearly gates by fifteen days for
one reason, so she would be there to welcome you
and you wouldn't feel so lonesome. She was always
like that, kind and considerate to both family and
friends. She and her Fred showed me many kindness-
es on more than one occasion.
I can remember the day, March 3rd, 1924 when
you were born. After having been surrounded by
eight sisters for my first nine years of life, I
was finally able to more than welcome a brother.
You started in this life known by all of us as
Billy Jim. About eight years of age you took
offense to this double name, then it became Billy,
and as the years passed, just plain old Bill.
You had a good life while here on this old
planet earth. A good World War record of service
to your country; a degree from a prestigious Uni-
versity, the University of Southern California;
the love from your loving and wonderful wife,
Jeri; your two daughters Sharlee and Denise, and
your grandchildren, and of course, your sisters
and me. What more can a person ask out of life?
The other day a friend out of sincere sympathy
said to me, "Charlie, I'm so sorry that you have
lost your sister and brother." I said, "Whatta ya
talking about? They are far from lost. I know ex-
actly where they are. That place in Heaven with
other family members and old friends."
In closing let me say, "You and Mary save me a
pair of those angel wings and a place at your
table. On second thought, Angel wings? Me?
God Bless you both.
From your brother, Charles.

f W*

L-R: Chance Quinn as Matthew Kellog,
Mary Gross as Abigail Macintosh, Jaclyn
Bernstein as Aurora Kellog, Jeffrey
Jones as Walter Kellog and Christina
Pickles as Cissy.


Chance Garcia Quinn, left, son of actress Pat
Quinn and producer Octavio Garcia, appears in the
CBS situation comedy THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR. Chance
portrays "Matthew Kellog," the son of Jeffrey
Jones, who portrays an imaginative cartoonist,
"Walter Kellog," whose fantasies come to life when
triggered by his creative imagination, including
the moose coming to life hanging on the wall in
the group photograph of the shows stars.
The show airs weekly on Monday nights over CBS
television and is produced by Sunshines, Inc. Wes
Craven Films in association with LORIMAR tele-
vision. The show also stars Mary Gross as "Abigail
Macintosh," Jaclyn Bernstein as "Aurora Kellogg,"
and Christina Pickles as "Cissy."
Chance continues a family tradition in appear-
ing in the TV series. His mother, Pat, appeared in
numerous films and TV shows including ALICE'S RES-
At 16 years of age, Chance already has several
film and TV credits to his name, including the
role of Richard Dreyfus' son in the popular film
His maternal grandmother is Berta Quinn, a
former Canal employee, residing in Panama. His
uncle, Marc Quinn, is the Panama Canal Commission
Assistant to the Director of Executive Adminis-
tration for Board Matters, and another uncle,
Bruce Quinn, a theatrical buff himself, is the
former Ombudsman of the Canal Area.


Here is a story I thought might be of interest
to all Zonians.
My husband "Rog" and I belong to a club here in
Shalimar, Fla. called Shalimar Point. One day I
was talking to one of the "starters" an elderly
man by the name of "Robie." Knowing I was from
Panama he asked me if I spoke Spanish. When I told
him "un poco" he started to recite a poem:
T'was the night before Christmas
When all through the casa
Not a creature was stirring,
Caramba, qu9 pasa?
When I joined him in the next verse he was
stunned! It seems he and two other "kids," Anita
and Juan (he said no last names because he didn't
know where these people were now) wrote the poem
for a Spanish assignment at Indiana University in
1930! He said they got an "F' on the poem because
the professor said it was bad Spanish and worse
He was very pleased when I dug out a copy of
the poem and gave it to him.
,Small world, verdad?
Edythe Weisiger Rogers, BHS '41
Shalimar, FL.



On July 27, Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis, along
with her mother, Peggy and her sister, Diane drove
to Lilburn, Georgia to visit with Dave and June
(Rowley) Stevenson. While here they all went to
see the Neil Diamond concert. Vicki, who still
resides in Cardenas, Rep. of Panama, had flown to
the U.S. on July 23 for a 2-week visit with her
mother in Aiken, S.C., and to see the concert in
Atlanta. Lori (Stevenson) Snow was supposed to
attend the concert, but picked that night instead
to give birth to her first son, Nicholas Samuel
The Neil Diamond concert was fantastic, and the
seats were great. The following night, June and
Davis took their son, Davis, along with Vicki,
Peggy and Diane to see the Lazer Beam Show at
Stone Mountain. This is a wonderful show, and
should be seen by everyone when they come to the
Atlanta area.
Vicki and family left the following day to re-
turn to Aiken, S.C., and June and Dave went to
help their daughter, Lori, come home from the
hospital with her new son (and their new grand-
June A. Stevenson
Lilburn, GA


We would like to update the news of our family.
We (Ella and Joe Norton) were school teachers in
the Canal Zone for the better part of three dec-
ades. Joe taught at Balboa High from 1963-81, and
Ella at Curundu Jr. High from 1965-88. Our son
Doug was married last month, and Greg Martinez,
formerly of La Boca was best man. Others in atten-
dance from the Zone were Mike Schnidt and his sis-
ter Mireya, David Erhart, Ephie Leon-Guererro Jr.
and Melina Knoop. (See "Weddings").
Our daughter Tamara is currently in her sopho-
more year at Mira Costa College at Oceanside, CA.,
where she is majoring in Drama. This last sumner
she was fortunate to spend a month in Spain with
another former Zone resident, Anna Sarratt.
Ella and Joe visited Canada during the month of
July, 1989. After touring Maritime Provinces for
two weeks by rented car, we took a coast to coast
train trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver,
British Colunbia. It was during our Canadian trip
that we were able to locate Ida Campbell.

reunited with Ida and had wonderful talks about
old times in Panama, and caught up on family news
and views. Ida was in good health and as cheerful
and outgoing as ever.

Joe and Ella Norton, Peggy's Cove, Nova
Scotia, July 1989.
If anyone else would like to contact her, her
address is: Ida Campbell, P.O. Box 705, Windsor,
Nova Scotia, Canada, BON-2TO.
Joe Norton
Del Mar, CA.

In Search of Ida

Many of us remember
John and Ida Campbell.
John had been to sea and
held his Chief Engineer's
rating from steam to
diesel when he came to
work for the Dredging
Division in 1937. He was .
engineer on various tugs
and helped bring them
from the States. The Cam-
pbells raised two boys,
Bill and Jack in Gamboa Ida Campbell and
Ella Norton, at
and were preparing to re-a Norton, at
tire in 1964 when we (the Windsor, Nova
Nortons) met them. Scotia, Jul. '89
As newly arrived teachers we were assigned to
live on 'the Ridge' in Gamboa and met John at the
Gamboa gas station in September 1963 where he in-
formed me that I should be the next owner of his
motorboat. We bought his boat and became friends
before the Campbells retired to St. Petersburg, FL
where their son Jack now lives, and son Bill is a
dentist in nearby Clearwater.
John and Ida Campbell never returned to Panama,
but we visited them from time to time in St. Pete.
John passed away in 1982 and Ida eventually de-
cided to return to their roots in Nova Scotia.
During July 1989, we realized a dream to visit
Canada's Maritime Provinces and were determined
to locate Ida there. We were unsure of here where-
abouts but she had earlier talked of Peggy's Cove
in Nova Scotia. Happily John's relatives at Peg-
gy's Cove were able to send us to Ida who lives
across the province in Windsor. We were pleasantly


Hal, Bill and Tom White, with Louise and
Chuck Rainier, July, 1989.


Since there is seldom any item from Nebraska in
the Record, here are a few happenings -
My three sons got together for the first time
in years. They are Hal White, Anchorage, Alaska,
Bill White, Des Moines, Iowa, and Tom White, Largo
Florida. It was a wonderful family reunion for us,
(during the Tampa Reunion).
The Rainiers were delighted to have a visit in
Lincoln from Betsy Broyles (Imig) in July. She is
still employed by DODDS, specializing in TAG at
Diablo and Ft. Clayton.
huck's first grandson was born September 3rd.
(See Births)
ouCise Rainier
Lincoln, NE.


We ripped this virgin land from mother nature's
breast; we worked and slaved, but did not stop to
rest. We did our duty in those early days of sick-
ness and toil and so we piled high this jungle

We did not fade upon the end of our great task;
but we stayed instead to justify our glorious
past. We lived through each tormenticed day, but
even though our hearts were young and gay; we ask-
ed for nothing in return for sacrifice, we thought
by being here would suffice.
We could see the mood of our comrade turning east;
we know now that our presence here was only un-
desired yeast. We were few who wanted to fight for
what we believed was only right; we were however
forsaken by our own country's might.
We are leaving this troubled land one by one, and
soon there will be none. We feel a sense of pride
in these fearful times; we are center square be-
tween trident's thieves and soon to be placed upon
his mantle; we the descendants of those who dug
this canal.
We need all our strength when the moment comes to
say farewell to this land we call our own; we must
now look toward the future for all the years yet
to roam.
We say again and for all to hear, both far and
near, that this is something we believed; we will
not leave so begrieved as to give the ungrateful
wretch the chance to say we were defeated in the
battle. We are proud of our past for there were
years we kept the world free upon this thy-good
earthens knee.
We will soon be forced to say goodbye to our
friends and then true homeward soar; we shall re-
member to return to this forsaken land, nevermore.
We watched our flag torn down below sunsets golden
brown; we said nothing, only stood with silent
frown to see that sacred banner dragged upon this
now the bastards ground.
We expect at ends good turn to hold our heads up
high for the grand finale; we among the forgotten
that helped to maintain the world's canal. We may
leave behind many of those who forged these chap-
ters in history; we are the ones who must never
say that they died here for simple pleasure, for
we are the ones who know they gave their last full

John Joseph "Joey" Lawler
Passed away August 17, 1987

I .. -. !: .

The Hendricks, Farrells and Ciepielas on
occasion of Al and Jean Hendrick's trip
to Richardson, Texas to visit old friend
Art and Edie Farrell and a somewhat bit
older (acquaintance) "Ramses the Great"
exhibit open until August 27th!


Our travels have been many this year. In Jan-
uary we went to Clayton to be with Edythe (Marsh)
Marshall and Heidi and got home in the middle of
the great Oregon blizzard on February 2.
Next we headed down to California again in May
and went down to Ontario to be with Susan (Marsh)
Debore and Helene (Marsh) Burton, Tom's sisters.
Heidi (9) flew down and we took in Disneyland.
The end of June found us in Tampa where we renewed
many old acquaintances and visited with Bill Tur-
ners in Zephyrhills and Marjean (Metzger) Koperski
Hang in Avon Park.
We found the Tampa Reunion an outstanding one
- saw folks like Bea and Worden French from Conn.,
and the Starkeys, Mays, and Pates, as well as both
teachers and classmates from Class of 1946. After
EPCOT we were home only to attend the Panama Canal
Picnic in Eugene. From there we trailered over to
central Oregon Water Wonderland and spent a week
with Billie Marsh and Lester Wallace and family,
and then on to Gold Beach where we camped a week
with Ede Marsh Marshall and granddaughter Heidi.
In October Marilyn flew to Minneapolis where
she visited Ruth Metzger, her mother (96) and Bill
Metzger and Doris and family who live in Robbins-
Marilyn managed to see every member of her and
Tom's family and kids this year, making it a memo-
rable one.

Marilyn Marsh
Oregon City, OR.


Andy enjoyed his thir-
ty years of teaching in
the Canal Zone from
1941 to 1971 and was al-
ways so proud of the
graduates he had taught,
especially those who went B ;
on through the apprentice
school. He had great
friendships with other
teachers and staff.
His extra curricular
activities such as creat-
ing the giant Christmas
figures and building sets The late Carrol
for school drama produc- F. Andy Anderson
tions gave him immense with his local
pleasure in seeing the catch-of-the-week
finished products. 11 lb 11 oz large
It was always a charge mouth bass.
to visit the home of friends who had had a student
in shop and see that half moon mahogany table sit-
ting there, still highly prized by "Mom." After
our trip to Europe, the boys were making copies
of a small chest-table that we saw in the Dem Per-
manente in Copenhagen. Hopefully, many of these
will become family heirlooms.
Andy did not have a lingering illness, had not
been in pain. The morning he died, not a single
bird came to the bird feeder, just as if they knew
he didn't have time to fill it today. The birds
are back now, so life does go on. As we get older,
we become more aware of our own mortality. Andy
had begun saying, "It's been another good day."
I know all his friends out there join me in wish-
ing there could have been a few more of them. That
not being possible, that he's having a good day,
wherever. See With Deep Sorrow.

Shirley Francis Anderson
Dunnellon, FL


For the last two months I've been doing VCR
presentations for the Institute of Burn Medicine
of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I've been doing this at
Senior meal sites in three counties which included
Muskegon. So far I've reached 600 Seniors and hope
to reach about 100 more before the program is
phased out in February. The title of the presen-
tation is "Burn Safety for Older Adults."
I've also volunteered for translating for the
nurses department of Michigan Department of Health
at migrant camps.
I still have my other activities teaching

Spanish to second-graders; my weekly recipe col-
umn and International Cusine.
Had a lovely letter from Wilma (Wickens) Ken-
nard. She has such a fantastic memory. I found out
from her that my dad had received the Roosevelt
I enjoyed the last issue's Hawaiian news. Great
to see Janet and Bill Taylor's picture. I cut it
out and mailed it to Bill's old friend, Duke Du-
track, who lives in Sun City, Arizona with his
wife Ginny.
We had our first snowfall today (10-19-89)
about a month earlier than last year.


We had a very special Christmas 1988. Arriving
late in the afternoon of the 22nd, and in the wee
hours of the morning were Jack and Becky Leschner,
of White Bear Lake, Mn.; John and Eula Witt of Los
Rios, Panama; Cissie (Witt) and John T. McPherson
of Austin, Texas, and Cpl. Ray H. Witt and his
bride-to-be from Honolulu, Hawaii. At eight p.m.
that evening our grandson, Ray H. Witt gave us a
new granddaughter when he and Ivy Kaamata were
united in marriage in a simple ceremony in our
home by the Rev. Daniel Groman. John attended his
son as best man and Cissie attended her new sister
-in-law as matron of honor. Howard and Kathryn
Kawamate of Honolulu were unable to accompany
their daughter to Arkansas, nor was Mrs. Griselda
Bryan of Panama City, Ray's maternal grandmother,
able to make the trip. It was the first time in
years that John and Eula and their family had been
able to all be together for Christmas, and the
first time that we have had them home for Christ-
mas. Ray H. presented us with a very lovely pres-
ent for Christmas a new addition to the family.
On April 27, Cissie (Witt) and John T. IMcPher-
son presented us with our first great-grandson,
Colin DeWitt, a handsome young man. They are plan-
ning on bringing him to visit us over the Thanks-
giving holidays, and to meet his grandfather, too,
for John Witt plans to be here at that time. Eula
came up to see him when he was born and used up
all her leave then.
The last of June, before attending the Canal
Zone Reunion in Tampa, Paula and Donny Adams
brought our three granddaughters, Christine, Lisa,
and Kimberly, to see us and spent a few days. The
girls remained with us for the month of July when
Paula came back for them. That month is a high
spot in our year for we certainly enjoyed every
minute with them.
Labor Day weekend Herb and Nina Carlson (Ray's
nephew) of Victoria, Texas, came and brought Harry
Carlson (Ray's brother-in-law) from Kerrville to
spend a few days with us. Herb had to rush home

for the casting of the new play he is to direct
for the Little Theater Group in Victoria.
This past week we were surprised by a quick
visit with Ray and Elsie Larson of Kerrville,
Texas. They only stayed for a few hours as they
were on their way to Canada to visit Elsie's fam-
ily who have been transferred to Canada for a
couple of years.
We are in the midst of some renovations on our
house, but do stop in if you pass our way. We
would be glad to have you visit awhile for we do
have room and the renovations are not that disrup-
Polly Witt
New Blaine, AR.


I attended my first Pan Canal Reunion in Tampa
this sunner and had a wonderful time. Many thanks
to Carol LaCroix Hamilton, Robert Martin and Mike
Baranick who encouraged, inspired, and organized
the CHS Class of '64's first reunion celebrating
25 years since we graduated. Even my husband Rob-
ert saw people he remembered from his 1962 intern-
ship as youth pastor at the Margarita Union Church
in Barbara O'Neal Braun, Sue Mathieson Deakins,
Roger Nobel, Bruce Flora and Vaudie Robinson Dun-
Prior to our Florida trip, we had a surprise
visit from my brother, Luke T. Palumbo, his wife
Irma and son Kenneth from Panama. They went from
Iowa to Weston, Mo. to visit with Luke's son Dean
Travis and wife Kathy who have twin sons Adam and
Bryson, then on to Fayetteville, Ar. to visit our
dad Luke C. Palumbo and stepmom Betty, sister Sara
Palumbo Stephens and her family. Luke T. and fam-
ily headed next for Port Hueneme, Ca. to visit
Oscar Gallego (Irma's son). Meanwhile, Robert and
I headed for Gainsville to stay with Lisa Palumbo
and her boyfriend Dirk Smith. Lisa was planning to
begin art studies at the Univ. of Florida in the
fall, having recently completed prerequisite cour-
ses at a community college. We enjoyed a visit
with her family, the Derek Eggers and Lee Shultz.
We also spent the afternoon with Joy and Avery
Sumner and their son Todd in Crystal River, Fla.

Lillian Gardner, Maryanne Egger, Derek
Egger, Lisa Palumbo, Corinne Egger.

Robert Gates and Lisa Barrett.


Duff and Sharon King, Judy Palmwbo-Gates
Following the reunion in Tampa, we stayed one
night with Sharron and Duff King of Macon, Ga.
Their son Clay King is doing youth work at a
church in Alabama; Michael King is doing con-
struction work in Macon. In Rockville, Md., we
visited Lisa Barrett who took us on the subway to
the National Art Museum in Washington, D.C. a
"must" for Robert, an artist in his own right who
willingly purchased one of Elsie Prather's prints
for me as a birthday present. It was great to see
Elsie and her artwork in Tampa at the reunion.
A second reunion took place at our house in
Fairfield, a two-night visit with: the Wayne Smith
family of Fairfield, OH; the Randall Grubbs and
Martin Hoffman families of Coco Solo, Panama.
(Scott Hoffman, a college sophomore, attends TX
Lutheran in Sequin and had the distinct honor of
being chosen to sing and tour with the Texas Lu-
theran Choir during his freshman year). My father
joined us from Arkansas making a total of 18 peo-
ple occupying every spare inch of the parsonage.
While we were all together, we called Vannia Evans
where she now lives with her sister Covina Evans.
Vannia is working as a physical therapist assist-
ant, saving money to finish her final year of col-
lege on the West Coast. Vannia has been reunited
with not only her sister but also her good friend
Donna Watson who was recently married in New York
and moved to California. Our Panama group also
phoned Elaine Streeter in Portland, Or., where she
and husband Jack, and daughter Wynne now reside.



More recently, we had Ken and Polly MaHarg
visit from Jeffersonville, In. Greg Seeber, home
from his ministry in Warsaw, Poland, joined us.
Ken and Greg were former ministers at Margarita
and Gatun Union Churches respectively. Greg is
presently living in Quincy, II., with his father
and has decided to stay on the continent for a few
years to be closer to family. Polly and Ken are
soon to be radio missionaries for HCJB (Herald
Christ Jesus Blessings) a short-wave radio that
operates from Quito, Ecuador. As always, when
mutual friends arrive, we call John and Virginia
Wheatley to include them in the visits. John, too,
served the Union Church in Panama at both Balboa
and Margarita.
Karen Palumbo was in Iowa for a few weeks on
emergency leave. Her father from Messena, Iowa, is
recovering well from heart surgery. Karen wasn't
able to make it over to Fairfield, but we talked
by phone and will be seeing her when she moves up
here this winter to attend the University of Iowa,
a mere 70 miles away. If we are lucky and Karen
can't find housing right away, she will live with
us for a while and commute. One way or the other,
I can hardly wait to have Karen in Iowa.
That's it from the Heartland!

Judy Palmbo-Gates
Fairfield, IA.


This has been a wonderful time for us. We have
had many visitors from our days in Panama. Just
prior to Labor Day, Dolores (Wheeler) and LeMoyne
Hall drove east from their home in Texas to drop
their son Gary off at Georgetown University. They
stayed with us, and the four of us drove up to
Lancaster, Pa. to visit with Celia (Thompson) and
Ed Rick. They have a beautiful home in Amish Coun-
try, and showed us a terrific time. We are all
planning our 30th high school reunion for Balboa,
and hope to have a good turnout.
Katie O'Brien McCain has been up to visit us
several times, and we always had a good time. This
area has so much to offer.
Mike McBride has called several times. He's
putting a list together of CHS '60 classmates. He
has worked long and hard on it. Joan (Page) Smith
is helping him with their reunion plans. The fun
part of doing all this organizing is that one gets
to renew friendships.
Our youngest son, Douglas, a senior and engin-
eering major at Loyola College, was just selected
Distinguished Military Cadet.
Our nephew, Mike Cox (Larry's son), came to
visit from California. He's a new attorney and was
on leave before starting work for a firm in New-
port Beach, Ca. He also stayed with Shirley Cox,
(my mom) in Charlottesville, Va. This way he was

able to get to know some of the East Coast gang.
My youngest brother, Kevin and his wife, just
welcomed a new daughter to their growing family.
So, that's a little of what's going on with us
here in Maryland. At this time of the year we are
getting ready to take our boat out of the Severn
River, and get set for winter.
Eileen E. Cmoell
Severna Park, MD.



Joe Johnstone, Bonnie, Evelyn and Henry
Johnstone, grandson Matthew, Kathie and
Bill, and granddaughter Elizabeth.


We had our second year as "snow birds" and
spent two months in St. Petersburg. Hank getting
over very nicely from a heart attack so we really
did enjoy getting out of the cold weather. Played
a little golf and went visiting...Mary Boyd and
Judy and Jack Stuart. Good to see them again. Did
spend a lot of time with our dear friend Nita
This is the year in which the Johnstones cele-
brated 40 years of marriage and their son, Joe
celebrated 2 years of marriage! Almost the entire
family met at the Buccaneer Hotel in St. Croix,
U.S.V.I. for ten days of the good old tropics! Two
of our grandchildren, Matthew and Elizabeth were
with us as was Kathie and Bill and Joe and Bonnie.
Eileen and her husband and son were unable to be
with us due to illness. They were sadly missed...
although Evelyn rented a VCR and recorded all the
activities..scuba diving, wind surfing,
they could partially share in the fun. We enjoyed
the warm Caribbean Sea, balmy breezes..lots of
swimming, snorkeling, reminiscent of the
Canal Zone climate!
We expect to return to our beloved London this
fall. Never can get enough of England.
Captain and Mrs. Henry K. Johnstone
Bricktown, NJ



Never having done this before makes this diffi-
My parents are Cliff and Lucy Torstenson I am
Mary (Torstenson) Gruman. I live with my husband
Bill and two children: Nate (13) and Gillian (11).
I work full-time as a Psychiatric RN at Golden
Valley Health Center one of the largest private
behavioral medicine facilities in the mid-west.
The unit I work on is a "pioneer" in its field:
Sexual Dependency.
Bill is a credit manager and very involved (as
I am) in Scouting activities. Nate and Gillian are
involved in competitive swimming and Scouting.
They attend St. Bartholomew's School in Wayzata.
We had a brief couple of visits with David
Coffey (Vancouver, WA) as he was "in transit" and
at the airport...It was good to see him!
Bill and Nate spent a large portion of the
summer in Colorado on high adventure with the Boy
Scouts...Gillian got her first taste of horse camp
and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mary spent the summer
in contract negotiations as a Minnesota Associa-
tion Representative for the nurses and later in-
volved in a strike against Golden Valley Health
Center. The strike is over and we have all
learned from it...mostly that we are appreciated!
My parents did come up for their usual summer,
but felt some frustration with the amount of time
I had to spend working on the nursing strike is-
We are planning on attending a reunion in 1991
25 years later for the Class of 1966!
P.S. I live not far from Deephaven and welcome
Pam Maedl to visit anytime she comes to Minnesota!

Mary (Torstenson) Gruman
Plymouth, MN.


Esther and Ed Niskanen of The Woodlands, Texas,
recently returned from their sumner vacation in
Alaska driving approximately 16,000 miles in their
travel trailer. Some of the highlights of their
trip were visiting Betty and Bill Burns of Amaril-
lo, Texas; touring the Adobe Cliff Dwellings in
Santa Fe, NM; seeing the beautiful snow-capped
mountains and old mines in Durango and Silverton,
CO; camping in Mesa Verde National Park; seeing
Ole Faithful in Yellowstone; listening to the Mor-
mon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City; rafting
and hiking in the Grand Tetons, WY; bird watching
in Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies,
and also viewing numerous bald eagles in Sitka,
AK; the old Gold Klondike city of Dawson City with
all its history of the gold mining days was most

The Top of the World highway into Alaska offer-
ed many great photo shots. They were surprised to
meet Pat and Dan Ellis of Sequim, WA. at the mu-
seum in Fairbanks where they spent the next two
days sight-seeing together. They saw their share
of grizzley bear in Denali National Park. Anchor-
age was a modern city with so many beautiful
flowers. Homer and Seward in the Kenai Peninsula
were their favorite places. The red salmon were
running and so they managed to catch a few. Next
on the agenda was a delightful 5-day boat trip
through the Inside Passage from Skagway, Alaska to
Sitka and Juneau, Alaska. They bumped into Al
Honea while touring Sitka.
The Niskanens drove back home via the Alaskan
Highway, stopping at the famous West Edmonton Mall
in Alberta, BC., which is said to be the largest
mall in the world having a large beach with
waves, sand and palm trees; largest indoor amuse-
ment park; 80 restaurants; replica of the "Santa
Maria;" not to mention all the stores, etc. etc.
This will truly be a trip they will never for-

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Letterhos with
their son, Midshipman Fourth Class Ed
Letterhos and daughter Karen.


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Letterhos, and Karen of
Clinton, recently visited their son, Midshipman
Fourth Class Ed Letterhos, during Parent's Weekend
at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis,
MD. Lotterhos, who graduated in 1989 from Clinton
High School, is one of 1404 members of the class
of 1993 who reported to Annapolis in July for in-
tensive military training as a member of the Bri-
gade of Midshipmen. Upon graduation, midshipmen
receive bachelor of science degrees and are com-
missioned as officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.
Ed is the grandson of Eletheer and Jim Catron
of Aiken, South Carolina.

Penny Letterhos
BHS '62
Clinton, MS


Dear Editor:
Ann Guerriero suggested I write you in the hope
that you can provide or turn up some information
about the license plate attachment in the enclosed
photo. It was sent to me by a Texas collector, and
I passed it along to Ann, thinking she might know
the era or a specific occasion that might warrant
such a slogan. She had no idea and gave me your
address. I would be happy to convey any informa-
tion you might have on this attachment to its
Thanks for your time and trouble, and if I
don't hear from you, I'll know nothing has turned
P.S. My own license plate collecting specialty
is plates of Panama and the Canal Zone. I'm always
looking for something unusual or old to help the
collection along.
Jim Fox
Ex-President and Chairman of the Board
Automobile License Plate Collectors Assn.
10176 Page Drive
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Please write to him direct with any info. (Editor)


While on a trip up north in August, we were
visiting Maxine's sister and niece in New Castle,
PA., when Father Dan Renaldo was holding a mission
at St. Vitus Church there.
We did attend several of his services and there
was a little excitement on the last service. As
you can see from the enclosed clipping from the
New Castle news of August 11, 1989, he has not
lost his athletic ability. (He got a hole-in-one
on the 183-yard 18th hole at Sylvan Heights Golf
We had a pleasant though short visit with him
in New Castle.
When Father Renaldo is in Florida, we are quite
often honored by having him stay over with us for
a couple of days.
I'm certain that many Society members have fond
memories of their friendship with Father Dan.
We had a pleasant trip, visiting many friends

and relatives in Ohio and Pennsylvania, but are
real happy to be back in our own home here in Ti-
Captain Arthur Logan
Titusville, FL.


A man without a land is an Unknown Man.
He can travel for miles going nowhere.
He hasn't any reason for standing because he can-
not feel the ground and his face always carries
a frown.
He looks to the horizon for understanding and
thought, but he already knows, what is not.
A land with a man.
He watches a leaf fall from a tree and he also
feels separated from thee.
So, he wonders why all this has happened to him,
a man without a land.
Who's feet don't feel heat from Panama's black
He acknowledges this underserving grief but still
doesn't understand that thief.
Who stole his land, forever and.
Now, he is far from his divided land which will
always be the Crossroads of Man.
Unfortunately, he doesn't ponder anymore where to
walk or stand because he is an Unknown Man in
a Foreign Land.
Raymond G. Husum
San Luis Obispo. CA


Again, we congratulate you on the successful
Reunion in June.
It took some planning on Lewis's part to get
the five of us together in Florida for the Re-
union. Worden and Bea came from Vermont by car
driven by Woody who lives in Toms River, N.Jersey.
Charlie flew in from Vermont and Lewis flew in
from Austin, Texas.
Bea (Cotton) French
Castleton, VT.

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L-R: Bea (Cotton) French CHS'38, Wor-
den E. French Jr. BHS'61, Worden E.
French, Lewis C. French BHS'63, and
Charles E. French BHS'59


My attendance of the reunion this year did not
end on a happy note. I had planned to attend the
Luncheon on Saturday, but instead was rushed to
Tampa General Hospital by my son, Bill Bailey.
Suffering a relapse of congestive heart failure,
I was later told that I was coded twice, meaning
I almost didn't make it. Two weeks in cardiac in-
tensive care and one week in a telemetry ward,
followed, under the care of 3 East Indian doctors,
cardiologist and lung specialist, who gave me ex-
cellent care. I was finally able to fly home to
Seattle with my son.

While at his home in Port Townsend, Wash., I
had two falls and was admitted to Jefferson Gen-
eral Hospital (Port Townsend) and was there most
of the month of August. I am now back in my own
apartment and with the help of my son and other
friends I am slowly recuperating.
It's doubtful that I will be attending any
future reunions, but I think the change to Orlando
will be most successful.
To all my Panama friends I send my best wishes
for the upcoming holiday season.

Ellen Johnson
Port Townsend, Wa.

4iA!( Mak/



The popular saying: "Born thirty years too
soon," is no exception in my case. My husband
William Frank Mbrrison had been employed by the
Isthmian Canal Coamission as a blacksmith. I fol-
lowed him to the Isthmus of Panama several months
later. It may be of interest to the younger gener-
ation who now have the privilege of traveling "de-
luxe" on our new Panama Railroad Steamships, just
how we old-timers were initiated into the art of
traveling and seeing the "crossroads" of the
Mrs. George Lwe (my daughter, whose husband
was also awaiting her on the Isthmus), my little
daughter of five years, one other woman, and my-
self were the only female passengers of the forty
that embarked for sailing from New Orleans. Our
ship, the Karen lay so low below the docks that
we had to descend a very steep ladder to reach our
deck. She boasted four staterooms, one dining room
(about twelve feet long by twelve feet wide), one
bathroom, a small kitchen, and a very small pas-
sageway as well as a very narrow deck. It seemed
as though one could almost reach out and touch the
ocean with one's hand, she was so low in the wa-
ter. In all the Karen was about the size of the
Tugboat Gorgona. Eight of us found stateroom ac-
comnodations; the rest of the passengers were for-

ced to sleep on the hatch. Eating was impossible
for me. The rough trip was bad enough, but to make
matters worse our Norwegian chef cooked cabbage
seasoned with cloves every day of the eight that
it took us to reach port. The Chief's assistant
cleaned our rooms and also waited on the tables.
The dining table accommodated about eight persons,
so the passengers, who were so inclined, dined in
Arrived in 1906
I arrived on the Isthmus Saturday morning at
eight o'clock July 12, 1906. The rain was coming
down in bucketsful. Our husbands met us and we
found a hotel close to the Railroad Station where
we spent the remainder of our day until train
time. I had eaten very little during my eight days
aboard ship, so we set about ordering lunch. The
room was located in back of a saloon. The orders
emitted therefrom were not conducive to hearty ap-
petites, but I saw fresh pineapple listed on the
menu and it tempted me. When my order arrived, I
found it floating in wine so I skipped luncheon.
We left Colon at two o'clock in the afternoon
and we arrived about four o'clock at Gorgona. The
small station was right down on the railroad
tracks and we had to climb an embankment (about
8 or 10 steps) in order to reach the level where
our quarters were built. We passed the post office
and then a row of 7 or 8 emergency tents. The big
emergency hospital came next. There were more
tents in back of the hospital and we were told
that 65 smallpox patients were hospitalized there.
There was a coffin factory in our town and it
was doing a rushing business. Many coffins were
packed under the basement of the hospital and many
more were sent down the line to other base hospi-
tals. Some friends of ours told us that in the

early construction period, veterans having a hu-
morous turn of mind found it convenient to ship
these coffins on the day the boat arrived bringing
new employees. These coffins, therefore, were
neatly stacked in the railroad depot. As each new
man disembarked from the train, a delegation of
men met him and proceeded to take his measure-
ments. When questioned about their actions, they
replied that they were taking the man's measure-
ments for his coffin. It is a fact that at this
time many men were dying daily from accidents,
malaria and blackwater fever. The measuring pro-
cess was a jest on the part of the old timers, but
it scared many a less humorous man back to the
United States.
Enters New Home
I shall never forget the sight that met my eyes
when I walked into my new home. Excelsior, packing
cases and mud were everywhere in evidence. This
house had been assigned to my husband in April.
It had not been finished when the Quartermaster
notified him in June that he would lose his as-
signment if he did not get his family on the Isth-
mus. The screening had not been finished, there
was no plumbing or electric lights, and only one
pipe of running water. (During our early days, our
drinking water was brought to us in big demi-johns
carried by West Indian laborers. This water was
distilled and sent to us this way, because the
running water we had was not healthful to drink.)
I later found out that my house had been used
at lunch time for a mess by carpenters and workmen
who saved lumber in the shed directly back of our
house. This practice continued during the con-
struction of the new jail and bachelor quarters
until we arrived. This explained why the red clay
and mud was so packed down on the floor; it seemed
ingrained in the wood. One hardly knew where the
mud left off and the floor began.
It was Saturday evening, and there were no
groceries or foodstuff in the house. The men went
about a half a block down the hill to the commis-
sary. I shall never forget them returning up the
hill, carrying a tub filled with groceries between
them. One had a five gallon tin of oil in his free
arm and the other carried a bucket of groceries
likewise. In the meantime, my older daughter and
I knocked a crate apart with a rock and fashioned
a rake out of the pieces. This we used to rake the
excelsior and mud out of the house and was nearly
finished by the time the men returned. My husband
returned to the commissary to get a broom and a
mop so I could clear the deck for action and set
up housekeeping. He also purchased a two-burner
oil stove for me as the range (coal burning) was
minus a pipe. My household furniture consisted of
the following pieces: two old rickety beds, the
legs of which seemed to be going in all directions
at once, four dining chairs, a dining table and
small buffet. I had no kitchen table or kitchen

shelves of any description. We finally managed to
get a bit of supper together about seven o'clock.
Mr. Morrison's foreman came in to tell us that the
men would have to be at work the next morning
(Sunday) at seven.
Squatters Rights For Bugs
We had endured a trying day and so retired. It
was necessary for us to make a quick retreat due
to the fact that bedbugs had established "squat-
ters rights." The old hair mattress had several
large holes in it about the size of a saucer and
every hole was lined with bedbugs. Nothing was
left for us to do save to saturate the mattress
with kerosene oil. This accomplished, we went back
to bed minus the bedbugs but plus the kerosene
odors. This had to continue for several nights
until a change in mattresses could be made.
Friends who came to inquire about their fami-
lies in Houston, TX came over from Colon every
Sunday morning so Mrs. LIwe, my daughter, went
down to the native market to purchase fresh meat
and vegetables for dinner. Monday I began house
cleaning with a vengeance. I scrubbed two small
rooms, the kitchen and two long porches. By that
time, my hands were all blistered and I was nearly
exhausted. I asked one of the West Indian carpen-
ters working nearby if he knew of anyone who I
could hire to scrub the two large rooms remaining
to be cleaned. He informed me that he and his
friend would do so at lunch time, which they did
in the following manner. They first soaked the
floor with water to loosen the mud and then shav-
ings were thrown all over the floor. This, they
explained was done to soak up the water. They con-
tinued by scrubbing the floor with these shavings
and sweeping all the dirty water out on the front
porch which I had scrubbed early that morning.
What an unhappy moment for me the whistle blew!
And back to their work went the carpenters leaving
me the front porch to be scrubbed once more. I
asked then what I owed them for their labor. His
reply was "four dollars." If I had not been pre-
pared, I might have swooned in my tracks. The day
before I paid two dollars apiece to have my two
trunks brought from the station so I was nonplus-
sed as far as the cleaners' bill was concerned.
Lacks Household Goods
Previous to my sailing to the Isthmus, my hus-
band sent me word that I should bring no household
things with me because the Government furnished
everything. I found it necessary Wednesday morning
to go into Panama to purchase dishes and oil
lamps. My daughter, Mrs. Inwe, accompanied me. At
that time there were no paved streets in Panama.
After disembarking from the train at the Panama
Station, we hired a carameta to take us to the
central part of town it seemed to take forever
and a day to get there. We were on the lookout for
anyone who might speak English. Reaching Maduro's
store down by the old sea wall (near the Presi-

dent's Palace), we found to our great delight that
Mrs. Johnson, an employee there, spoke English.
She directed us to the French Bazaar and Chong
Kee's stores where we were able to purchase what
we wanted by pointing and gesticulating.
Our thoughts turned to things to eat at this
time, so we stopped at the Central Hotel. One just
walked in from the street into a small room in
which there were only 3 small tables. One of the
tables was occupied by two Panama gentlemen. We
seated ourselves and I attempted, with my scant
knowledge of the Spanish language, to order bread,
tea and meat. Having lived for many years on the
Texas border, I knew sufficient Spanish to do
this. What a great surprise was in store for me.
Our luncheon came. It consisted of 3 meat cour-
ses, one fish course, besides the regular vege-
tables and side dishes. Although ravenously hun-
gry, we did not have the capacity to do justice
to that meal. Our attention was called to the
actions of the two gentlemen at the other table.
They were having a heated argument and seemed al-
most to the point of blows. Having lived in Texas,
where the custom is "A word and a blow, but the
blow generally comes first," we did not know
whether to run or stand our ground. At this psy-
chological moment, two American Marines made their
entrance and immediately our morale was restored
by their presence. We were able to finish our meal
without further anxiety. Although the Panama gen-
tlemen had not yet settled their dispute, we left
them to return home to Gorgona.


Mattie J. Morrison,
as told to Frances B. Whitlock,
Fayettesville, AK

S. __a7 .... ... .. ..
San Juan Hunt Club 1930's. 4th of July
at the German Colony. Back L-R: Guy
Doris, John McConaughy, Howard Clarke
Sr., Eddie Boggs, ?, Joe Hummer, Service
man, German man and wife, Lee Carr.
Sitting L-R: Howard Clarke Jr., Kurt
Haggenmiller, ?, Gil Hulsher, Eva Mon-
salve, Joe Swain, Jeanette Clarke.
Front: John Fields, Navy, and "one dog."


I was the "Red Man" so accurately described on
page 78 of the June, 1989 issue of the Canal Re-
cord!! It was I, the new physics teacher at Balboa
High School, who disrupted the speech by Ben Will-
iams at the Pacific Side Stag Teachers (PSST) get-
together at the Panama Golf Club 48 years ago. I
remember well the surprise of stepping out into
space and landing face down in the red clay. The
humor of the occasion and indeed the resulting hi-
larity is etched in my memory in part because I
was not injured by the fall, and I soon realized
how very funny the whole scene became. I shall
never forget the red clay and the ruined white
linen suit.
I also remember clearly the people who were
there. In addition to Superintendent Williams,
lawrence Johnson, Sigurd Esser, Frank Castles,
Roger Hackett, Jinmy Lyons, Floyd Buckley, Stuart
McNair, Eddie Hatchett, Allen Ward, Rod Collinge,
Bud Taylor, John Pettengill, Herb Crowley, Neil
Brandstetter, George Weaver, Jerry McKeevr,
George Lee, and Subert Tirbyfill were witnesses
of my debut.
In the last paragraph, David Speir asked,
"Whatever became of our young hero?"
Very briefly, following three years in the Army
during the war, I returned to the Zone and taught
physics and mathematics at Balboa High School and
the Canal Zone Junior College until 1950, when I
left to work on a Ph.D. at the University of Mich-
igan. After earning my degree in 1952, I taught
mathematics at Mankato State College (Minnesota)
and for 7 years at Central Michigan University.
In 1961, I was appointed Specialist in Mathematics
in the U.S. Office of Education and served there
five years. I then returned to university teaching
and taught mathematics at Michigan State until
retirement in 1977. After retirement, I accepted
a half-time appointment in the Mathematics Depart-
ment of Ohio State University, and taught there
through 1986. I am now retired completely and live
at Bluewater Bay in the panhandle of Florida.
During a sabbatical from Michigan State Univer-
sity, I spent a year in Washington, D.C. at the
National Science Foundation. At that time, I vis-
ited former CZJC Dean Roger Hackett in Raleigh,
N.C. On another occasion, I visited Allen Ward in
St. Petersburg, FL.
Throughout my career, I have had many memorable
incidents, but none compares with the "Red Man"
routine at the Panama Golf Club. My initiation in-
to the PSST was truly unforgettable.
I would be delighted to hear from people I knew
in the Canal Zone especially former students and
teachers, or their descendants. My address is: 426
Martinique Cove, Niceville, FL 32578.
Lauren G. Woodby
Niceville, FL

Building a bomb shelter four family
quarters facing Dorman St. Balboa Flats.
Photo taken by Dick Conley in 1942.


August 15, 1914. August 15, 1939.
Assisting the S. S. Ancon in her transit of
Gatun Locks will be Miss Edith Lillian Sharpe,
Grand Daughter of Mr. "Jack" J. Walsh who was ac-
tively engaged in the construction of the Gatun
Dam and Back Fill. Foreman. Service date March
twelfth 1908. Retired May first 1934.
Master Charles Albert Thomas, son of Mr. Char-
les E. homxas who was actively engaged in the con-
struction of Gatun Locks. Foreman. Service date
June twenty-seventh 1907. Still in the service of
the Panama Canal.
Everyone on ship and shore are requested to
join in while ship is in upper level.
(Tune of Darling Nellie Gray)
Lyrics by Mrs. J. S. Skinner, Gatun
1. Five and twenty years ago, the good Ancon was
young and gay,
When she made that famous trip from sea to sea,
She was first to make the transit of the grand
new "Water-way",
And repeats it on the "Silver Jubilee".
Chorus. Good and Faithful Old Ancon,
We all love you every one,
And we shall never forget you, no not we-
Though we sail the wide world over
On the finest ships at sea,
We'll be true to your honored memory.
2. Now the Panama Canal has reached a quarter cen-
Since the most fantastic dream of history,
Where the Nations are united, since the Land
has been divided,
While the Ancon sets the pace of Jubilee.

3. Now the time has come for you, to bid us all
a sad adieu,
and retire from active duty, as it were,
We are greatly reminiscent of your glorious re-
Good "Old Timer" that you are, and always were.
Auld Lang Syne as the Ship leaves the Locks.
During the afternoon there will be games and
tournaments at the Gatun Club House under the su-
pervision of Mrs. G. G. Baxter and Mr. Harold
Mate. At 6:30 p.m. an entertainment has been ar-
ranged by Mrs. L. J. Egolf and Mr. Earl Cassell.
At 7:30 p.m. a broadcast will be received and
amplified from the Red Network of the National
Broadcasting Company. At 8:00 p.m. there will be
a free movie at the Gatun Club House. Those that
so desire may sojourn to the Washington Hotel
where a complimentary dance will be held under the
auspices of the Cristobal and Gatun Civic Coun-

Submitted by Robert B. Reppa
Alexandria, VA


For those of us who have lived in the States
for years, memories of some of the activities
unique to life on the Zone diminish. However, one
of those cherished memories was jogged in my brain
the other day as I brought home our weekly supply
of groceries and children I haven't seen for a
week appeared from nowhere.
The day Mom shopped at the "Conmy" was a won-
derful day for us kids. Like army ants, in ten
minutes flat we would wipe out all the "good
stuff" those wonderful, soft, chewy cookies from
the bakery, the cream soda made at Mt. Hope, and
that absolutely delicious ice cream! Of course,
the main reason we ate the ice cream so quickly
was because the little box that hung down in the
center of the icebox that we affectionately called
"the freezer," always had so much frost around it,
the ice cream box didn't fit. Nor did the ice
cream stay frozen in the freezer.
Thinking of that refrigerator reminded me that
when we asked Mom what snow looked like, she would
scrape off some of that frost and say, "Sort of
like this, only softer and fluffier." Actually,
she was pretty close.
During my reminiscing, another memory that
popped up from the deep crevasses of my brain was
floating home from Cristobal Elementary School in
the gutters, in a completely prone position, after
a heavy, tropical downpour. We would show up at
the door of house 59, completely covered with

leaves and other bits of debris (and occasionally,
ringworm), and Mom would calmly tell us to undress
in the basement and come upstairs and take a hot
bath. Oh, the things Moms had to deal with in the
Canal Zone!
The memories of anecdotes go on and on. When
filling out a form awhile ago for the replacement
of a foster child in our home, I had to answer,
"What were the favorite years of your childhood?"
I wrote, "My entire childhood was great!"

Kathleen Cox Smith
New Castle, Delaware

Balboa High School Track Team, era 1927-
1928. Back, L-R: Vengochea, Gail McGui-
gan, Cross, Charles Butters, Trowbridge,
Smith. Front: Joe Duran ("Cafe Duran),
Leon Greene, Elias Mihalitsiano ("Greek,
the Sheik") Submitted by Leon Greene.


On Tuesday, November 29, 1977, the Civil Af-
fairs Director walked into my office, sat down in
one of the luxurious, institutional style, from-
the-lowest-bidder chairs and said, "lhve, I just
got a call from the Building. There is a fellow
here who wants to speak to the students at Balboa
High. Right now I can't remember his name but it
sanehow makes me think of Reggie Jackson. I know
it's not him, he is a baseball player."
"Jesse Jackson?"
"That's it," the CAD said. "You know him?"
"I've met him. I heard him speak in Chicago
last year at a Council of Chief State Officers
meeting," I replied.
"What do you think? Should we have him speak
to the students?", he asked.
"He is a good speaker, especially to young

people. He has a fairly standard speech he gives
to student audiences. It is mostly geared to ghet-
to young people and he says things like, 'Put
something in your brains, not in your veins.'
Sure, it can't do any harm for him to speak here."
"O.K., make the arrangements with the high
school. I'll let the Building know."
We scheduled the assembly for the following
morning at 8:45 AM at the Balboa Theater.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson met with the Lt.
Governor at 8:00 and the CAD and I picked him up
at 8:15 to take him and his group, as I recall two
or three men were with him, to the theater.
On the way from the Building to the Balboa The-
ater, he asked where we were going and to whom he
was speaking. We told him and that was all that
was said during the short trip.
He had very little to say after we got to the
theater. Oh, he did ask where the men's room was
and I took him there. He had nothing to say during
that trip, either. Off stage he did not strike me
as much of a communicator.
I met Mrs. Jackson in the theater lobby and
asked her where she would like to sit during the
speech. After learning the options, she indicated
the manager's office would suit her fine. Somehow,
I had thought she would choose the auditorium and
listen to her husband speak.
"Oh, you've heard this speech before?", I said
in another of my famous ill-timed attempts at hu-
The total lack of expression on her face con-
veyed to me that this was not the funniest thing
she had ever heard.
Back in the auditorium, I was confronted by one
of Jesse Jackson's entourage who demanded to know
why we had an American flag on stage and not a
Panamanian one. This was just what I needed, an-
other flag controversy. I had had enough of that
to last a lifetime. It turned out this man was a
West Indian Panamanian who had emigrated to Chi-
cago and made a fortune in the insurance business.
I don't remember his name, but I do remember it
was the same as a very famous world class sprinter
from Jamaica. He grew increasingly angry when I
wouldn't argue, or even discuss the matter with
him. He was still fuming when it came time for the
Reverend to speak.
The Jesse Jackson on stage was a completely
different person from the one we had just been
with. He almost literally came alive, because,
frankly, if there was a spark of life there before
it had eluded me.
He gave a good speech to the students. And they
enjoyed it. There were lots of catchy phrases,
rhymes and some good, sound advice about the value
of education. I'll always remember overhearing one
of the teachers saying, "He must have set the
world record for coining cliches in a single

Jesse had his audience right in the palm of his
hand until he made one serious mistake. He asked
for questions. This was 1977 and there was just
one topic on everyone's mind: the Treaty. I think
it was the first, or at least one of the first,
questions put to the Reverend Jackson by one of
the students, "What do you think of the Carter-
Torrijos Treaty?"
When Jesse said he favored its passage, and not
just favored but enthusiastically favored it, he
lost most, perhaps almost all, of the student aud-
ience. Not all, because there were some who were-
n't listening to what he said, they were just lis-
tening to him.
He had scheduled to go directly from the Balboa
Theater to Paraiso High School to speak to the
students there. I thought he knew about it and had
agreed to it. But for some reason, perhaps he was
disappointed that the Balboa High School students
had cooled to him so rapidly, he balked at going
to Paraiso.
In our attempt to persuade him (the assembly
had already been scheduled) it was pointed out,
among other things, that Paraiso High School, as
well as the other Latin American schools in the
Canal Zone, was being merged with the English lan-
guage United States schools. One of the reasons,
we explained, was, since the Latin American
schools were almost 10(/o black, there was a per-
ception that our schools were racially segregated.
Having just seen the Balboa High student body, he
knew this was not the case. Nevertheless, we said,
it was important that he speak to at least one of
the Latin American student groups.
He finally agreed, but in the course of the
discussion, he surprised me by taking the position
of being very much opposed to the merger of the
two school systems. He based his opposition on the
language, not on race. Too bad Mr. Veesey, the
Assistant Secretary of the Army who was forcing
the merger, couldn't have been there to hear the
At any rate, Jesse Jackson, accompanied by the
Deputy Superintendent and a Latin American school
official, went to Paraiso to speak to the stu-
dents. I, like Mrs. Jackson, had heard the speech
so I elected not to go. The report we got on his
Paraiso visit was that he bombed. It seems his
talk was given, and received, with a notable lack
of the old Jesse Jackson fire.
As far as I was concerned, we were finished with
Reverend Jackson's visit, but, because of the re-
ports we were getting, we followed the rest of his
sojourn in the Canal Zone with increasing inter-
est. This is what we heard:
Jesse Jackson, or someone in his party, decided
it would be nice to see the Canal and the sur-
rounding area by Army helicopter. The Army decided
by George, they would not. Suddenly, all the heli-
copters were out on maneuvers; not one was avail-

able. I don't know what discussion followed, but
apparently both sides dug their heels in for a
shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.
The Army underestimated Jesse Jackson. He sim-
ply picked up a phone and called Secretary of the
Army Anthony at the Pentagon. Secretary of the
Army Anthony was, incidentally, or should I say
coincidentally, like Jesse, black. Would you be-
lieve that in a very short time the Jackson party
was blissfully flying all over the place in one
of the Army's helicopters?
I often thought of Jesse Jackson's visit to the
Canal Zone during the 1988 primaries and the Demo-
cratic Convention. When asked what I thought of
his chances, I had my answer ready. "I don't think
the American people are ready to listen to a pres-
idential inaugural address given in rhyme."

David A. Speir
Lake Toxaway, N.C.


In 1963, as the 50th anniversary of
the opening of the Panama Canal drew
near, the Isthmian Historical Society
decided to make a collection of stories
of personal experiences of non-United
States citizens during Construction Days
by means of a contest. This contest was
published on the Isthmus and in news-
papers in the Caribbean area. Prizes
were awarded in December, 1963.
Most of the 112 contest entries were
handwritten. I have tried to reproduce
the entries exactly as they were written
but in some cases the handwriting was
difficult to decipher and it is possible
that there are errors.
The original entries are in the cus-
tody of the Canal Zone Library-Museum.
Typewritten copies of the entries were
given to that library and the Institute
of Jamaica at Kingston, Jamaica.
Ruth C. Stuhl
Competition Editor

From Anos E. Clarke, Colon, R.P.
...My first experience was on May 4, 1904, when
I heard the first whistle blast out to start work.
Some of the old french workers and other national-
ities such as Jamaican and a few native, danced
and jumped about 2 feet high when they understood

that the American Government were in charge of the
new undertaking. This took place at Bas Natachin..
On May 4, 1904 about 7:45 A.M. men, including
French, Jamaicans and a few natives were taken on
to work with machetes to cut down bushes and jun-
gles around the French materials.
White and colored Americans were the first to
start cutting down jungles and bushes. They came
from the States with blue jungarees and khaki
pants, and wore derby hats on their heads. In
those days they were no restaurants. Two colored
women carried trays on their heads with hot cof-
fee, bread and butter, to the work-place in the
morning time, price 100 U.S. currency. ... In 1905
large number of West Indian, Greek, Italians and
Spain Spaniards were contracted to work for the
Panama Canal ....

From Rufus Edward Forde, Cativa, R.P.
...You turn to work in the morning with a gang
about 125 men and by Eleven oclock you will find
about 40 men all the others fall down with malar-
ia...they spin all round like a top before they
fall and that get you so frighten that at some
times you don't come back after dinner, the cause
of all of that, there are men going around with

quinnine to every gang and give you to drink it
is so bitter that when the next man come around,
the gang say we got already. If six men come
around for the day, I take six glass, and that is
why the malaria keep off of me. Then I went to the
pipe fitting one day we had some rush work to do
and the boss had orders to work right through, we
work three day and too night in water to our wast,
but the boss was so good that he bring a quart of
rum, he will say, boys take a shot before you all
goes into the water, and he take a big shot be-
cause he had to be into the water, when we finish-
ed he said to us boys take the half day off, you
all work hard, and see that you all come out in
the morning...I had never saw so much rain in all
my life as I see in Gatun Cut, you had to go
through the rain, and work all through the rain,
I remember when I was in the drilling gang, the
boss allway say keep the drills going so as to
keep your body warm sometimes, you are so could
that your teeth keep nocking together, in the
morning you had to put your clothes on danp no sun
to dry them, what you are going to do, the men
that living from that time should praise God morn-
ing noon and night....



The BHS Class of 1940 will have their 50th
Class Reunion in Dothan, Alabama on March 29, 30,
and 31, 1990. It will be held at the Holiday Inn
in Dothan which is located at 3053 Ross Clark
Circle, S.W. (Hwy 231).
Notices have been mailed out to all the 1940
graduates that we have addresses for. The BHS
Classes of 1939 and 1941 are invited to help us
celebrate. Their request with a $5.00 registration
fee should be mailed to Louise R. Hunt, BHS Class
of '40 Reunion, 2810 Evans Drive, Dothan, Alabama,

H 45TH FOR '45

Reunion that is! We are anxious to plan a re-
union for BHS '45 if our classmates are interested
and can tentatively plan to attend. It will be
held in conjunction with the Panama Canal Society
of Florida's 1990 Reunion in Orlando, Fla. June
21st through 25th.
Mannie Quintero will be sending out cards to
test your interest. Please reply as soon as pos-
sible as planning takes time and the more time we
have, the better reunion we can plan for you. So
watch your mailbox and reply promptly.


If you're attending the 1990 Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida's Reunion in orlando and would
like to meet with friends and classmates, we are
tentatively planning to hold a social get-together
on Friday, June 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. All
friends, guests, teachers and classmates from pre-
vious years are invited to join us.
The Orlando Twin Towers requires an attendance
response no later than January 15, 1990, with a
minimum financial guarantee for cash bar sales.
Those interested in meeting with us please contact
me by January 10, 1990.
If the required number of classmates respond to
make this get-together possible, an announcement
will be posted in the March 1990 issue of the
Canal Record.

Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck
1309 South Spring Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Tel: (219) 255-8279



;Viva Carnavalito!

Saturday, February 3, 1990
Spoto's Villa Room
12999 Park Boulevard North
Seminole, Florida C~

$20.00 per person -

7:00 P.M. Coctel y Hora Socio
7:30 P.M. Reuni6n de Negosio
8:00 P.M. C-mida

9:00 P.M

10:00 P.I



Taboga Grouper
Prime Rib de Santa Clara
Ensalada de Boquete
Platano Tentaci6n
-Arroz de Sr. Spoto
s"egetales Tivoli
B vpico con la "Copra
expre C
number Charlie Cooper.
4. F as to ti/Burial of the
members c
Sof any suc.
Society for
6181 Yellowstone Dr. JANUARY 25. 1990

Daytona Beach, FL 32019
Bob Zunmado
1106 Oropesa Ave. P.
Orlando, FL 32807 AP


Our 30th class reunion will be
tion with the Panama Canal Society
union. For further information p

Hotel reservati ... n wul= i uLie nadimlIns
Landing Hotel at a reduced rate of $65/room and a
$125/suite by calling Michele Lenco, and identify-
ing yourself as a member of the Panama Canal Soci-
ety of Florida, at (813) 595-9484.

Anyone who wishes transportation to and from the
Carnavalito please contact Colette Carlisle at
(813) 784-0493 by January 25, 1990.

February 3, 1990
Please make reservations at $20.00/ea
Total enclosed is $.
Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of
S Florida. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, PO Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida
4 Dinner choice (1 or 2)

Name and address:

Names of members in your party:

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Saturday, December 9, 1989
3535 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, Florida
Begin the Holiday Season by attending our own
festive Luncheon/Meeting at the Holiday Inn,
chaired by Muriel Whitman, on December 9, 1989.
The Holiday Inn is located next to the Showboat
Dinner Theater on Ulmerton Rd (State Road 688).
The Luncheon/Meeting starts at 12:00 noon. The
cost per person is $11.25. The menu consists of:
Tossed Salad, Chicken Sarasota, Rice Pilaf, Vege-
table, Hot Rolls, Beverage and Dessert.
The deadline for reservations is: December 6.
NO refunds after December 7.
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Decem er 9, 1989
Ho iday Inn
(St. Petersburg-Clearwater Int. Airport)
3535 Ulmerton Rd. (SR 688).
Clearwater, FL

Please make reservations at $11.25
each. Total enclosed is:.
Checks payable to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida. Mail to: Panama Canal Society of
Florida, PO Box 1508, Palm Harbor FL 34682






Send all ads and checks for ads DIRECT to the
Editor, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, FL 34615
Make checks payable to: Panama Canal Society
of Florida. Ads accepted from members only.
Approx. 3x1" (1/20th page) is $4.00. 1/5 page
is $16.00, Half page $40.00. Full page $80.00.
Write for COMMERCIAL AD RATES, (Businesses).

FOR SALE: P.R.R. Steamship Line Silverplate.
Set #1: Small sugar bowl and creamer bearing PRR
logo from original "Ancon" or "Cristobal" circa
1937. ($350.00) Set #2: Large sugar bowl bearing
engraved name of "Tremont." Part of the original
silverware aboard the "S.S. Tremont" when pur-
chased by the I.C.C/P.R.R. and renamed the "S.S.
Cristobal." Used on board during construction era
until replaced by new sets bearing the PRR logos.
($650.00) Contact: George M. Chevalier, 6872 Galle
Court, Orlando, FL 32818. (407) 299-4810.

FOR SALE: Seal of the Canal, counted cross stitch
and needlepoint kits. Cross stitch is $15 plus
$1.50 for shipping. Needlepoint is $27 plus $2.25
for shipping. Jeanne Wheeler, 12504 Wild Turkey
Lane, Bayonet Point, FL 34667. (813) 863-1489.

Canal Zone Collectibles
Order Form
P.O. Box 12811 Orders to $24 .... Add $2.001
Overland Park, KS $24.01 to $48 .... Add $3.001
__66212 $48.01 to $100 ...Add $4.00
Qty Description Cost each Total
Brass Buckle $15.00
Keychain-CZG, Brass $ 6.00 I
I Keychain- PCC, Brass $ 6.00 I
Sold I
Out Keychain-CZG,Gold PI. $ 6.00
Ioltd Keychain- PCC,Gold PI. $ 6.00 I
t Tie-Tac, Brass $ 5.00
Tie-Tac, Sterling/GP $15.00
Sol Tie-Tac, 10K Gold $35.00 _
Panama Cap $8.00
ISld T Big Ditch Cap $ 8.00 I
o u t B.ig.. I
0 VIsA 0 MASTERCARD Subtotal
SI Shipping
I Total
SCard Number Exp. Date I

Send To
Address I
City/State Zip
Telephone I ( )
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P.O. Box 982
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
(312) 763-2419

2 MOLA TOTE $70.00
8 MOLA TOTE $90.00
CLUTCH $22.00







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Qty. CODE Price Total

Please allow TOTAL
four weeks IL res. add8% tax
for delivery.
Shipping & Handling $4--
Total enclosed
Please enclose check or money order
payable to JEFF BANTZ OR






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Zonian Amigos a
Zonian Am igos 2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(813) 785-8555
Final contract negotiations were not completed prior to the Printer's
October 25th deadline for this ad, therefore, Cruise details are not
provided. They can be obtained NOW by contacting PETE FOSTER.
The Alaska Cruise will be 7 to 10 days between August 15, 1990 and
September 7, 1990.
The Zonian Amigos will have approximately 30 cabins in their block.
According to your responses, we will be at least 10 to 20 cabins short
of the required amount as a result, reservations will be on a first
come first served basis.
ANY DEPOSITS RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 30, 1989, will be given a rate dis-
count of at least $50.00 per person and guaranteed cabin space.
FOLLOWING INFORMATION: Name, Address, Zip Code, Phone Number, Full Names
of all others who will be sharing your cabin. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

75" ANNIV.


Remember the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal with a philatelic
souvenir. A beautifully cacheted envelope (identical to the one here) that has been
cancelled on August 15, 1989 at the Post Office on Albrook Air Force Station. One of
five (5) United States steamship series postage stamps (254) is affixed to each
cover. All envelopes are unaddressed. Two sizes are available; the 6 3/4" regular
size envelopes are $2.50 each and the #10 large envelopes are $2.75 each, all orders
are postpaid. Limited quantities are available. Send inquiries and requests to:
Peter M. Copeskey, PSC Box 1411, APO Miami, FL 34002.








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Montego Bay
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MAIL TO: LARRY HORINE, 300 STADIUM DRIVE, BOONE, NC 28607. (704) 262-2810.


After so many years of living in a foreign land it's excilerating, and some-
times confusing, to plan the big move back to the good-old U.S. of A. Lots of fun
but also many questions to be solved. Primary among the many pit-falls and
unknowns is the question of how best to go about buying that perfect, and long
dreamed of retirement home.
Rules and regulations, materials and methods of construction, prices, types
and rates of mortgages, discount points, closing costs, are just a few of the
many questions to be considered. Also, the uninformed buyer is often unaware of
the fact that the Realtor, who is employed by the Seller, is obligated by law to
seek the highest price and terms. This can be reversed, but unfortunately for the
Buyer, seldom is. A Realtor employed by the Buyer (at little cost to the Buyer)
becomes obligated by law to seek the lowest prices and terms.
After 32 years in the Canal Zone and Panama I have now lived in Tallahassee
since Christmas 1984 and both my wife Phyllis and I love it here. I am a licensed
Realtor Associate with Eason-Russell Inc. and have been active in real estate for
the past 3 years during which time I have successfully represented several
ex-Zonian buyers who have happily settled here.
If you would like information about the Tallahassee area and how to get more
for your real estate dollar, please drop me a line:
Chris Gundersen, 2705 Pine Ridge Rd., Tallahassee, FL. 32308


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Lets go back in time to August 15, 1939. The United
States issues a 30 Commemorative Stamp honoring the 25th
Anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. The
U.S.S. Charleston is the Flag ship of the Special Service
Squadron which is used to patrol the waters adjacent to the
Canal. It is anchored in the Canal and acts as the official of-
fice for the First Day of Issue Ceremonies This is the first
time such honors have ever been given onboard ship. A total
of 230,974 envelopes are reported to have been mailed for
that occasion. It cost just 30 to mail a letter from the Zone to
the U.S.
It is now August 15, 1989. The U.S. does not issue a
commemorative stamp. This is the last time the canal will
have a quarter century anniversary under U.S. control.
There is a new U.S.S. Charleston. It's home is Norfolk, Va.
It cost 250 to mail a letter from the the Zone to the U.S.

your attire
with pre-
art jewelry
A Superb Gift Idea!
Order your catalog today!
Send $2.00 (Refunded on 1st order)
P.O. Box 12751
Overland Park, Kansas 66212

State Zip


Special commemorative envelopes are available for your
personal use so that you may commemorate anc remember
this great event in your own way. These envelopes with the
design only, cost $1.00 ea. prepaid. using the same design I
will apply the 30. commemorative stamp from 1939 and a
220 stamp from 1988 to be canceled onboard the U.S.S.
Charleston on August 15, 1989. These envelopes cost only
$2.50 ea. prepaid. Please be sure to include $1.00 for
shipping and specify what you are ordering.
Send all orders to:

Mike Paulson
925 E. Magnolia Dr. Apt H-2
Tallahassee, FL 32301

75th Anniversary

3 Color 6 3/4



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SGr at gifts for Christmas!
Choice of 2 CZ license plate
S\ dsi ns: (1) ZONIAN
(2) CZ 4 EVER
Contoured and adjustable for better
windshield fit. Authentic CZ green
on white. Emergency call for help
printed on reverse.

Send me ZONIAN CZ 4 EVER @
$8.00 ea. postpaid. Total enclosed
Please make check or money
order payable to PAUL M. WILLIAMS.
Send order to: Paul M. Williams
P.O. Box 19893
Atlanta, GA 30325
State ZIP


SAnd Lim's Fashion Sho to be shown at the Panazoan Dance.
of Andy Lun's Fashzion Show to be shown at the Panaz n an Dance,


Some of Andy Lim's mode

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U.S. Postal Service
Required by 39 U.S.C. 3685)

CANAL RECORD 0 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 9/29/89
5 TIMES YEARLY MAR/APR/JUN/Sep/DEC Five (5) $10.00
'4. COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS OF KNOWN OFFICE OF PUBLICATION (Street, City, County, State and ZIP+4 Code) (Not printers)

P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508

P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508
PUBLISHER (Name and Complete Mailung Address)

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508
EDITOR (Name and Complete Malling Address)

Richard W. Beall, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, Florida 34615
MANAGING EDITOR (Name and Complete Mailing Address)

Richard W. Beall, 1408 Byram Drive, Clearwater, Florida 34615
7. OWNER (If owned by a corporation, its name and address must be stated and also immediately thereunder the names and addresses of stockholders
owning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of stock. If not owned by a corporation, the names and addresses of the individual owners must
be given. If owned by a partnership or other unincorporated firm. its name and address, as well as that of each Individual must be given. Ifthe publica-
tion Is published by a nonprofit organization. its name and address must be stated.) (Item must be completed.)

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. P.O. Box 1508, Palm Harbor. FLorida 34682-1508


The purpose, function, and nonprofit status of this organization and the exempt status for Federal income tax purposes iCheck one)

11) (2)
SHAS NOT CHANGED DURING HAS CHANGED DURING (If changed, publisher must submit explanation of
PRECEDING 12 MONTHS PRECEDING 12 MONTHS change wih this statement.)
(See Instructions on reverse side) 12 MONTHS FILING DATE

A. TOTAL NO. COPIES (Net Prs Run) 4541.6 4800

1. Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors and counter sales 0 0
2. Mail Subscription
(Paid and/or requested) 4430 2 4748
(Sum of 1081 and 1082) 4_423.2 _4741

E. TOTAL DISTRIBUTION (Sum o Cand D) 4430.2 4748

1. Office use, left over, unaccounted, spoiled after printing 111 4 52

2. Return from News Agents 0 0

G. TOTAL (Sum of E. F and 2-should equal net press run shown in A) 4800l

I certify that the statements made by -
me above are correct and complete Lf X EDITOR

PS Form 3526, July 1984

(See instruction on reverse)

Tki 9 gYm for Copy

of the
Canal Record

that you will receive if you have not
paid your 1990 dues.

Dues reminders will not be sent to you this year
so please take advantage of the pull-out
envelope in this issue and send in your
dues payment.


Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(USPS 0880-2000)
RO. Box 1508
Palm Harbor, Florida 34682-1508


POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on
Form 3579 to Box 1508, Palm Harbor, Florida 34682

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