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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
Publication Date:
five issues yearly
completely irregular


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

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VOL. 24 JUNE 1990 NO. 3

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

Virgil H. Camby
Member at Large

Carl H. Starke
Past President

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Legislative Representative

Drake Carlisle
Sergeant At Arms

Mrs. Betty Malone


T he President's M message .............................................. 1
From the Secretary .......................................... ........ 3
The Editor's Corner ................................................. 3
Legislative R report .................................................... 4
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............................. 4
Reunion Coordinator's Corner ......................................... 7
H onorary M em bership ................................................ 9
BHS Class of 1940 Reunion ........................................... 9
News Clips ......................................... ................ 11
Your Reporter Says .................................................. 14
Alabam a ................. 14 Louisiana ................27
Arizona .................15 M ississippi ...............28
Arkansas ................. 17 North Carolina ........... 29
California ................18 Northwest ................29
Colorado ................ 21 Oklahom a ............... 31
Florida .................. 22 Panam a .................31
Hawaii .................. 25 South Carolina ...........34
Indiana .................25 Texas ................... 36
V irginia ................. 36
C congratulations ................... ................. ............ .. 39
W eddings ....................................... ............. 42
Births .............................................. ................ 44
W ith D eep Sorrow ........................ .......... ....... 47
Letters to the Editor .................................................. 53
L cooking B ack ...................................................... 61
A nnouncem ents .................................................... 67
For Sale or W anted ................... ............... . 72

Kevin Jenkins ...... 73; Zonian Amigos ...... 73; Signature Edition ...... 74;
Oriental Chinese Restaurant ..... 75; Stuart G. Warner ..... 76

FRONT COVER: Excerpts of presentation made by Theodore Roosevelt to Canal
Construction Workers. Insets: Two surviving Roosevelt Medal Holders, Robert J. Dill
and Thomas J. "Pop" Ebdon.
BACK COVER: Ship in the Panama Canal Locks. Painting by Mr. Al Sprague, noted
Canal Area artist.

June 17

June 20-24

July 13

August 3

August 4

August 5
September 8

September 28-30

October 6
Nov. 2

Dec. 2

NW Arkansas Annual Picnic, Agri Park, Fayetteville, AR. Bring
covered dish and utensils.
(See Yellow Insert)
PCSOFL Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th St. N.,
St. Petersburg, Florida, covered dish 12:00, 1:30 meeting.
PCSOFL Meeting, H&D Cafeteria, 130 37th Ave. N., St.
Petersburg, Florida, 1:30 p.m.
Northwest Annual picnic, Bruceport County Park, S. of South Bend,
WA on US 101
PCSSC Luncheon. Call (714) 927-2908 for details.
PCSOFL Meeting, H&D Cafeteria, 130 37th Ave. N., St.
Petersburg, Florida, 1:30 p.m.
PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, San Diego, CA
(See Announcements)
PCSOFL Picnic details to be announced.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street N., St. Petersburg, FL.
PCSSC Luncheon, Knott's Berry Farm, 10:30 a.m.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

7"h (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
V 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, PO. 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


P~di,2k ii.

It is hard to believe that in only a few short weeks,
we will all be together once again to catch up on the past
year of our lives and to once again renew the friendships
of our days in the Canal Zone.
It appears that this reunion is going to be bigger than
any of us anticipated. This is due, primarily to a lot of
hard work by the Executive Board and the Reunion
Committees and, because of you, the members, who
make it all possible and worthwhile by attending our
memorable event each year.
The past four months have been exciting and hectic
all at the same time. Our Record Editor, Richard, "Call
Me Pat" Beall, gave us all a scare when he was admitted
into the hospital for open heart surgery. Thank God, Pat
is home now and recuperating nicely. Some people will
do anything for a break from the work.
Our By-Law Amendment passed which means that
the dues year will be changed. Please be sure to read the
notices in this issue relative to the change and mark your
calendar to send in your dues on the new due date. I
would like to thank all of you who sent in your ballots for
this amendment.
We are hoping that by the time this goes to press,
the articles purchased by the Friends of Panama relief
effort will be placed in the Hospital for which it was
intended. Unfortunately, we have run into the typical
bureaucratic red tape, but are taking every step to get
these items delivered as expeditiously as possible. This
issue contains a report and a partial accounting of the
funds received through this effort. A final accounting will
be forthcoming at the annual meeting as well as in the
September issue of the Canal Record.

To show you that the Executive Board welcomes and
in fact implements the suggestions of our members, I
would like to point out that at the suggestion of our
member, Edie Cotton, we have included the telephone
numbers of the Board Members on the front cover of the
book. This is being done for the first time in this issue
and will continue for future issues. We appreciate the
suggestion Mrs. Cotton and hope that it will make
contacting Board Members easier for all of you.
Inasmuch as this may be my last President's
Message, I would like to take this opportunity to thank
the members who served on the board this year. We had
a great group of individuals who truly had one goal in
mind; the betterment of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. The Reunion Coordinator's job is a thankless
and endless one. Once the December issue is out, the
reservations start pouring in and it is unending until, of
course, Saturday night at the reunion. Jay Stewart and
her committee chairpersons, Betty Malone, Nancy van
Siclen, Bob Van Siclen, Stacy Parker, Jane Huldtquist,
Fred Huldtquist, Bob Stewart, Bob Johnson, Drake
Carlisle, Collette Carlisle, Skeeter Camby, Marge Foster
and Pat Beall have all worked many hours in putting this
reunion together this year and I thank each and every
one of you for your time in making this reunion a
The Second Vice President serves as a "catch-
all"; besides chairing the pic-nics throughout the year,
Bob Johnson has always been there; ready, willing and
able to assist in whatever capacity needed. It never failed
that Bob was there for any last minute meetings or trips
to Orlando to make sure everything was just so.


Unfortunately, Bob will not be on the Board next year
and will be missed. Thank you, Bob for all your help.
The past president serves a very important role
on the board, offering guidance to the present board
whenever there is a question; I appreciate Carl Starke
being there for us to ask the questions we may have had.
Our organization would not be complete
without the kind words of our Chaplain, Dorothy Yocum.
Dottie's invocation at every meeting is truly a
presentation from her heart. Her goodness and kindness
is portrayed in every word she says. Dottie, you have
truly blessed our organization and I am grateful to have
worked with you.
COLA'S have a whole new meaning since Jane
Huldtquist took over as Legislative Representative. Jane
has spent many hours researching each and every item
that is presented to the membership for their review,
taking a personal interest in each member's realm of
interest with regard to government issues; her reports
have been second to none. Thank you Jane for all the
time spent in keeping our members well informed.
Our Sgt. at Arms is responsible for making sure
order is kept at the meetings and to make sure that the
flags and plaques are in place and that the quorum
requirements are always met. Drake Carlisle, besides
leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance each month, has
offered countless ideas as to how the Society can grow
and prosper in the future. Thank you Drake for all you
have done.
Betty Malone, our tried and true Board
Member. It is truly amazing to watch Betty M work,
whether it be on a project throughout the year or seeing
her put the Annual Luncheon together, for which she has
been chairman for a number of years. She is truly a
spectacular member and asset to the Board. I am
thankful to ha,'e been able to work with her this year.
Virgil "Skeeter" Camby, our Member at Large,
or, as he refers to himself, "the large member", came on
the board by virtue of a by-law amendment which
allowed for an additional board member. Skeeter, who
was chairman of the Friends of Panama project has
displayed his sincere interest in the Society. Skeeter has
been a joy to work with and we can all look forward to
a lot of good things from him as he serves another term
on the board.
Our Secretary and Record Editor are two
positions which no one can imagine the importance of.
They are the heart of this organization. Everything that
comes into the Society either comes to Pat Beall or
Marge Foster. They are also the two best resources a
President can have.
Marge Foster's continuing support of the
betterment of the Society and support of the actions of
the board can not be topped. Marge serves as the
watchdog of every dollar that is spent, always keeping in
mind the needs of our Society. Whether it be attending
meetings or answering calls in the wee hours of the
nights, not to mention the endless updating of
membership lists, Marge has always been there to answer
any questions a member may have or to take care of a
problem a member may have. It will truly be a sad day
if Marge should ever decide not to continue with the job
as Secretary/Treasurer. She is truly a great asset to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Pat Beall's undying dedication to the publication of

the Canal Record has been truly appreciated by the
membership and by me as President. Pat, like Marge,
continues throughout the year getting calls at all hours
from members wanting to get a last minute article or
advertisement in the book and without so much as a
gripe, does his best to get it in the book. It is my hope
that Pat will continue for years to come as Record
It has truly been an honor and privilege to work with
Marge and Pat. They are two individuals who, for the
most part, have thankless jobs, and yet they continue to
serve with a smile. Thank you Marge and Pat for the
guidance and all the support you have given me
throughout the year. It is appreciated more than words
can express.
The year would not be complete without the special
events chairpersons; Mayno Walker, and her committee
created a new meaning for a day at the beach at the
Sarasota Luncheon; Muriel Whitman and her committee
once again got the holidays off to a good start; Collette
Carlisle and her committee made Carnivalito a huge
success this year, it was almost like being at "home"; and
of course, Joe and Anna Collins make our May
Luncheon a day that is not soon forgotten.
The backbone committees of our organization very
often go unmentioned. Dottie Pate, Hospitality
Chairman, has been there to welcome everyone to our
meetings with a cheery smile that insures their return;
Edna Ogeltree and her telephone committee have kept
many wires buzzing advising members of meetings; Anna
Collins is always there to bring a little sunshine into our
ill members' day; Pete Lang, and his nominating
committee insured that we have qualified members for
office; Jeanne Wheeler and her committee have insured
that we are on the right financial track; and Bev Williams
and her by-laws committee have insured that the by-laws
are adhered to and changed where needed.
The entire Executive Board and Committees have
been fabulous this year and I thank each and every one
of you for helping to make this year the success that it
was. And to you, the members, my most heartfelt thanks
for all the notes you sent and calls you made extending
your good wishes and kind words.
My thanks would not be complete without thanking
my husband, Larry, and my family, Warren and Kay
LeDoux for all the love they have shown me and the
support they have given me. Thank You.
I have been honored to serve as President of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. Thank you for
giving me the opportunity to do so.

Betty LeDoux Frassrand


Next Deadline

(Must be in by)

July 25, 1990
- - -. . .

From the


First of all, thank you for your support in voting
favorably for Amendment 14 to change the dues year.
We feel confident that this change will benefit the
membership and relieve the workload for the Secretary
and Reunion Coordinator at an extremely busy time of
the year.
I have placed a NOTICE TO MEMBERS elsewhere
in this issue and implore you to please read this notice
Although the majority of the members were most
gracious and thankful for a delinquent notice, it is most
distressing to receive complaints and refusals to pay the
delinquent fee from some members because we do not
send out individual dues reminders. DUES
CANAL RECORD ISSUES in large bold print. In 1989,
there were notices on TEN pages in the September issue
and FIVE pages in the December Canal Record.
Renewal applications and envelopes are enclosed in
every issue for your convenience, giving you the cost of
dues and the opportunity to update your records.
Our membership has grown to over 5,800 members
including approximately 800 still delinquent.
The number of Canal Records are ordered from the
Printer based on the current year paid-up members at
least one month prior to distribution. We ran into a
problem with the March issue as so many were
delinquent at the time we ordered. Even though we
ordered 300 extra copies, by the time I printed the labels
on February 27th, we were left with less than 20 copies.
Although it is the responsibility of the members to pay
their dues on time, I regret that they missed out on such
an important issue as it contained all the Reunion
information and Ballots for officers of the Society.
We have also encountered problems with certain
area Post Offices in delivery delays. When we advised
members to check with their local Post Offices, they
received their Canal Record within the next couple of
days. Please wait at least two weeks and check with your
local Post Office before you request a replacement issue.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Officers
and Executive Board and the volunteers who chaired our
different committees this past year. Betty has been a
take-charge President, following through on every detail;
quick to respond to suggestions made by members and
has kept the membership and Executive Board well
The Board members were intelligent, caring persons
mindful of the needs of the Society and sincere and open
in their discussions and decisions. I thank you all!!
You've made my job easier and more enjoyable!!
The response to the 1990 Reunion has been the
largest ever and Jay has been swamped with mail and

phone calls. She and her committee have worked long,
hard hours to pull this all together and make this the
biggest and best reunion ever! I have enjoyed working
with Jay and her committee chairpersons in my capacity
as Secretary and thank all of them for a job well done!
Hope to see you all in June. Come by the Secretary's
desk and introduce yourselves so I can place faces with
Marge Foster
(813) 785-8555


Address changes that slipped through the cracks and
were not correct in the April Directory are as follows:
Marty and Steve Tanner have moved from California
to: Rt. 6, Box 106, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
Robert Medinger, Jr., has moved from Arlington, TX
to: 121 Loop 820 N.E., Hurst, TX 76053.
Jerry and Shirley Boswell have moved to 225
Monroe Drive, Holiday, Florida 34691.
Although there were other address changes, they did
not arrive in time to be included in the April Directory.
Please send in address changes in a timely manner so
that you will not "miss out" on any Canal Records.



Please excuse that there is not much of an Editor's
Column this issue. April 16th, I underwent open heart
surgery and am in the process of recuperating now.
Although staying still is driving me crazy, I must follow
the doctors orders so that I'll be fit as a fiddle in time for
the reunion in June.
Thanks to all who sent cards, called and conveyed
their well wishes during my stay in the hospital.
I hope to see you all in Orlando.
Pat Beall
(813) 461-1377





.J2 Report

COLA: President Bush has presented his 1991 Budget
to Congress and has proposed denial of a 1991 COLA for
Federal, Postal and Military Retirees. Also he has
proposed a reduction in future COLAS to 1% below the
inflation figure. Federal and postal retirees have thus far
accumulated a 2.5% annuity increase. The final figure
will be based on the consumer price index for the third
quarter of this year compared with the third quarter of
1989. The projected accumulation for the 1991 COLA for
FECA beneficiaries thus far is 1.5%. Those of you who
are members of NARFE are urged to stay current with
instructions from that organization on how to protect the
loss of the 1991 COLA if President Bush's proposal is
accepted by Congress.
HEALTH CARE: Those member who do not have
Medicare A and B, and are members of Blue Cross-
Blue Shield of Florida can save a substantial sum of
money by going to a Preferred Care Hospital. Most
major hospitals in Pinellas County, and I would imagine
in most counties in the United States participate in this
program. If you desire to find out if your hospital
participates in this program, call 1-800-333-2227.

members are not aware that in 1977, Congress passed
legislation that had the intent of preventing "double
dipping" by government annuitants. The Government
Pension Offset as it was called, virtually eliminated the
possibility of a government annuitant receiving social
security benefit as a spouse. Starting with the February
issue of the "Retirement Life", a NARFE publication,
there have been various interesting articles written about
this. Those pensioners who are working for Social
Security Benefits who have retired since December 1982,
should investigate this thoroughly. Those pensioners who
retired before 1982, or are under FERS retirement system
are exempt from the offset.
have grouped these two subject matters together, because
they are interrelated. The April issue of "Retirement
Life", NARFE publication, has a most informative article
on both of these issues which is applicable to all of us.
I strongly urge you all to reread these articles and give
them a lot of thought. They are very important issues,
particularly to those of you with infirm elderly parents.

Jane Huldtquist
Legislative Representative
(813) 397-5846

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

February 3, 1990
Spoto's Restaurant
Seminole, Florida

The meeting was opened by Mrs. Frassrand at 7:58
p.m., the location of the Carnavalito dinner/dance. Mrs.
Yocum led the members in the Invocation, followed by
Mr. Beall who read the names of those recently
Mr. Carlisle led the members in the Pledge to the
Flag and Mrs. Frassrand welcomed members and guests,
introducing two couples who joined recently, Mr. and
Mrs. Pete Panagotopulos and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ahlteen,
and recognized the only Past President attending, Mr.
Pete Foster.
Mrs. Frassrand she would keep the meeting as short
as possible so everyone could enjoy the dinner and
dancing to Charlie Cooper.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the last meeting
which will stand as read, and read the Financial Report
which stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand presented a token of appreciation to
Mrs. Dot Herrington for her volunteering to assist the
Secretary/Treasurer during her heavy workload. Mrs.
Marceau was also included, however she was not present
and her token would be presented later.
Mrs. Stewart reported that the Twin Towers Hotel
in Orlando was already full and reservations were coming
in at a steady pace.
Mrs. Frassrand explained to the membership that the

Convention Center at the hotel would not be completed
in time for our 1990 reunion but alternate plans had been
made to provide us with space needed. The Hotel would
set up buffets throughout the hotel to handle serving of
food since the restaurant would not be completed by
Mrs. Huldtquist, Legislative Representative, gave her
Mrs. Williams reported on the upcoming changes to
the Bylaws that would appear for vote in the March
Canal Record, pointing out that the change of the dues
year would not affect the fiscal year and would be more
convenient for members, the Secretary and Reunion
Coordinator who required updated information on
members as early as December.
Mr. Camby thanked the membership for their
participation in "Friends of Panama" Project and stated
that checks were still coming in.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked the Carnaval Committee
headed by Mrs. Colette Carlisle, and asked them to come
forward for their token of appreciation. She also
commented on the beautiful decorations and set up done
by the committee.
Mrs. Frassrand read two proposals for additions to
the Standing Rules. Proposal 24 read: "The President,
Reunion Coordinator, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice
President shall be included and shall attend all meetings
relative to Reunion Activities" Mrs. Frassrand asked for
discussion, none followed. Mr. Foster moved we accept
this Standing Rule, seconded by Mr. Camby. Motion

Mrs. Frassrand read proposal 25 reading: "Executive
Board members who are unable to attend an Executive
Board meeting may provide a proxy vote to be given
another member of the Board. Said proxy vote shall
include date of meeting for which he/she is sending the
proxy and signature of the member to be absent." Mr.
Foster suggested that this proposal be studied by the
Bylaws Committee since there may be a conflict with the
Society's present Bylaws. Further study will be made on
this proposal.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 8:30 p.m., followed by the dinner/dance and
"burial of the fish."

March 2, 1990
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

The meeting opened at 12:15 p.m. by Mrs.
Frassrand. Mrs. Yocum led in the Invocation followed by
Mr. Beall who read the list of those recently deceased.
Mr. Carlisle led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mrs. Frassrand adjourned the meeting so members
could enjoy the covered dish luncheon at 12:19 p.m.
The meeting readjourned at 1:37 p.m. Mrs. Frassrand
welcomed 67 members present and Past Presidents Anna
Collins, Pete Foster, Carl Starke and Muriel Whitman
were recognized and then read the names of members
attending who had not attended meetings recently.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes of the previous meeting
and they stand as read. She read correspondence from
Mrs. Kennerd concerning Balboa Union Church
calendars and letters from the offices of Rep. Phil Crane
and the White House. She also read the Financial Report
which stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand reported on the Carnavalito,
proposals for additions to the Standing Rules read at the
February meeting and the upcoming changes to the
Bylaws which will appear in the March Canal Record,
asking members to read these changes and vote.
Mrs. Stewart reported on the 1990 Reunion stating
that 871 hotel reservations have been received and 17
Vendor applications, reminding members to send their
reservations as soon as possible.
Mr. Robert Johnson reported on security measures
being taken for patrols between hotels and the Trolley
shuttle on the dance nights.
Mrs. Foster reported she mailed 1,196 delinquent
notices and the response was overwhelming. She was able
to get them out in a day's time with the assistance of
Mrs. Harrington, Mrs. Seifert and Mrs. Marceau.
Mr. Beall stated that 4,200 Canal Records had been
ordered for March which was 300 over the number of
current year members at the time of the order. He
reminded members there were two ballot envelopes in
the March issue. He also stated that the Society's logo
had been approved as our trademark, and would take
approximate 2-3 months to process. He also gave an
updated situation in Panama and passed around photos
taken on the Atlantic side, after Operation Just Cause,
received too late for inclusion in the March issue.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that Roosevelt Medal
holders would be honored at the 1990 Reunion Annual
Luncheon. Mr. Foster asked if steps had been taken to

give the two remaining Roosevelt Medal holders
Honorary Memberships. Mrs. Frassrand entertained a
motion and Mr. Foster complied, seconded by Mrs. Anna
Collins. Motion carried.
Mr. Camby reported on the "Friends of Panama"
Project. Over $20,909.91 has been collected and the
Society has been reimbursed for their expenses in setting
up the fund (printing, mailing flyers, etc). He mentioned
the need for food and clothing had been taken care of
through other contributors.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that she had contacted Mr.
Alfredo Maduro of the Panama Chamber of Commerce
and Humanitarian Chairman, and Mr. Joseph Wood,
Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission
and they concurred that the Government hospital in
Panama was in dire need of dishes, utensils, blankets and
sheets. She was in touch with Mr. Maduro and Rep.
Bilirakis (Fla) regarding the transportation of these
supplies to Panama and their timely delivery to the
Mrs. Foster read the Carnavalito Report in the
absence of Chairperson Colette Carlisle. Over 100
attended the dinner/dance and enjoyed the music of
Charlie Cooper. Many attended in costumes and
numerous prizes were awarded to those attending.
Mrs. Frassrand presented Mrs. Anna Collins with a
replacement Past President's pin since hers was lost.
Mr. Adrien (Kibby) Bouche gave an update on his
efforts to obtain a place to put articles collected for the
museum project. He stated that this was not a Panama
Canal Society sponsored project but wanted members to
know what he had accomplished. He stated that he had
furnished material for a three-month show to be
presented at Wichita Fall, Texas, museum during March
25 to May 27, 1990.
Mrs Frassrand reported that along these lines, a
committee has been formed to look into the possibility of
a Foundation for the Society which would be a Historical
Mrs. Frassrand reported that the next meeting would
be at the H&D Cafeteria on Saturday, April 7, and also
that reservation forms would be on page 81 of the March
Canal Record for the St. Petersburg Yacht Club
luncheon to be held May 4th.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked the ladies who set up the
lovely covered dish luncheon. Mrs. Olga Disharoon and
her committee did a beautiful job in the absence of Mrs.
Pate who was out of town.
Mr. Foster announced his upcoming cruises to
Alaska and a Golf cruise in the Caribbean.
As there was no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

April 7, 1990
H&D Cafeteria
St. Petersburg, Florida

The meeting was opened by Mrs. Frassrand at 1:35
p.m. Mrs. Yocum gave the Invocation followed by Mr.
Beall who read the names of those recently deceased.
Mr. Carlisle led the members in the Pledge to the
Flag and Mrs. Frassrand welcomed members and guests
and the past presidents, Mrs. Anna Collins, Mr. Pete
Foster, Mr. Al Pate, Mr. Carl Starke, and Mrs. Muriel

Whitman. She welcomed members who had not recently
attended meetings, Mrs. Shirley Boswell, Michael
Boswell, Tony and Anna Mann.
Mrs. Foster read the minutes and they were
approved as read. She read the financial report and it
stands for audit.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that she had heard
rumblings that problems with the hotels in relation to the
Reunion was due to the fact that the Society did not have
contracts. The rumor is completely false since contracts
had been presented to the Executive Board in February,
1989 and signed with the approval of the Executive Board.
Copies of the contracts had been distributed to all the
Board members at that time and to all the new board
members in August. The contracts are not secret and
may be reviewed by any member wishing to view them.
Because of the overwhelming response to the Orlando
Reunion, it has been necessary for us to obtain additional
rooms in hotels other than the two main hotels.
Contracts were made with Howard Johnson and Days
Inn in the same vicinity and are now in the process of
obtaining contracts in two other hotels. Mrs. Frassrand
wanted the membership to understand exactly what is
being done in relation to obtaining additional rooms since
rumors could only be detrimental to the Society.
Members should feel free to ask questions of their
elected Board members.
Mrs. Foster reported that the membership is up to
5909, but close to 1000 are still delinquent, the
membership is growing at the rate of 100 per month.
Mr. Beall stated that the April Directory had been
mailed and if members did not receive their issue to
check with their respective post offices. Mrs. Foster
stated that she had made formal complaints to the Post
Office and suggested that members do the same when
they experience a delay in delivery of their Canal
Mrs. Huldtquist read her legislative report.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mrs. Malone for making the
arrangements with H&D Cafeteria for our meeting.
Mrs. Stewart read her Reunion report, reiterating
previous statements by Mrs. Frassrand regarding the
need to obtain additional hotel rooms and the
overwhelming response to all ticket orders. She
mentioned that hotels other than the four contract may
charge more for their rooms.
Mrs. Huldtquist reported that the Chagres Invitational
Golf Tournament was completely full and that there were
already golfers on the waiting list.
Mrs. Frassrand mentioned that Mr. Tony Mann had
been writing letters to his legislative representatives to
protest the delay in releasing funds to Panama, since
there seemed to be a bottleneck holding back the
approval in Congress. Mrs. Mann furnished the
members with guidelines on letter writing to their
respective Senators and Congressmen.
Mrs. Frassrand stated that the Executive Board
supported the Nominating Committee in their selection
for a slate of officers and according to our By-Laws and
the Roberts Rules of Order by which supported the
action of the Nominating Committee to place two
candidates on the ticket for one office.
Mrs. Frassrand thanked Mrs. Dorothy Pate for her
suggestion to give prizes to members attending by using
the number on their badges, a suggest well received by

the members present.
Mrs. Frassrand reported that she had implemented the
suggestion made by Mrs. Edith Cotton to show the
telephone numbers of the officers in the front of the
Canal Record publications.
Mr. Camby reported that the Society was no longer
accepting checks for the Friends of Panama and that he
and Mrs. Frassrand was in the process of arranging for
the shipment of these goods to Panama. He read off the
items purchased and Mrs. Frassrand showed them to the
membership. She thanked Mr. Camby for a job well
Mrs. Frassrand reminded the membership to put in for
the May luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Mr. Foster reported that he had passed out fly sheets
regarding the Zonian Amigos 1991 trip to Europe, and in
keeping with Mrs. Pate's suggestion to give out tokens he
contributed two Zonian Amigos pens to members.
Bob Van Siclen announced the bowling league that was
started up by the Herringtons and stated that they still
needed bowlers.
Since there was no further business, Mr. Bob Johnson
moved we adjourn, seconded by Mr. Van Siclen, Motion
Carried. Meeting adjourned at 2:58 p.m.


The Panama Canal Society held its Annual
Carnavalito on February 3, 1990 in the evening at Spoto's
Restaurant in Seminole, Florida. Over 100 people
attended to feast on Taboga Grouper or Prime Rib de
Santa Clara and dance the evening away to the music of
Charlie Cooper's Copra Band. Although the restaurant
was beautifully decorated, the Carnival Committee,
consisting of Colette and Drake Carlisle, Betty Snow, Bev
Williams, Jane Huldtquist and Shirley and Skeeter
Camby, added their own special tropical touches with
bright flowers and leaves as table center-pieces, multi-
colored streamers from one end of the room to the other
and oversized parrot balloons guarding each window. The
night took on a party atmosphere as everyone broke out
the serpentine and tossed it from table to table.
Several groups came dressed for the occasion. A
bottle of champagne was given to the Devil Table for
their wonderful costumes, but they weren't the only ones
who got into the spirit of the evening. Obie Oberholtzer
brought his own group from Florida's east coast, Obie's
Fantasies, and may montunas and typical dresses were
spread throughout the room.
In keeping with tradition, a Carnival queen was
chosen and Colette Carlisle had the honor of being
crowned by Digna Bonneau, a true "Carnival" queen from
Panama. No Carnival is complete without the traditional
burial of the fish and our President, Betty Frassrand, led
the group in a weeping and moaning procession which
concluded with her burying the sardine found at a local
tackle shop in a special pot of dirt imported from
Door prizes were given out throughout the evening,
including T-shirts, Ron Cortez, hotel weekend packages,
an airline ticket and mola pictures. All of the vendors
who graciously contributed to this event, Chris Skeie,
Pete Foster (Zonian Amigos), Sea World, Delta Court of

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From Left to Right: Henri Skeie, Harry Foster, Bob Van Siclen, Nancy Van Siclen; Jay and Bob Stewart; Sue
Barca, Bev Williams, Larry Barca and Buddy Williams

From Left to Right: Dot Harrington, Tommie Lou Horter, Bob Harrington, Queen Collette Carlisle and dad, Pete
Foster; Betty Chan Snow and Fred Meade

Devil Comparse: Anna Barnes, Henri Skeie, Harry
Foster, Nancy Van Siclen and Bob Van Siclen
Flags, The Twin Towers, Olga Jenkins, and Delta
Airlines have our deepest appreciation.
The party continued with people dancing up until the
last beat of the band's music, with the Maitre de and
waitresses joining in. Charlie Cooper's band outdid
themselves and Spoto's Restaurant served as a wonderful
host for this memorable evening.
Colette Carlisle, Chairman
Palm Harbor, Florida

Reunion Coordinators


This reunion is going to be very special. As of this
week, we have more than 1300 memberships registered
which is over 3100 people. The original four hotels are
full and we are now filling room blocks in numbers 5, 6,
and 7. We have gone to International Drive for more
space, so those of you that will have rooms in these
hotels will have to go 2 to 5 miles to our headquarters
hotel, the Twin Towers. We will have shuttle bus service
on the nights of the Panazonian Dance and the Annual
Ball for those who don't wish to drive.
Tickets are going fast, get yours early. We have, so
far, sold over 600 luncheon tickets and given Betty
Malone lots of work planning the seating for each table.
We have sold over 1300 tickets for the Panazonian dance
and Annual Ball.
Jane Huldtquist has, as usual, done an exceptional
job on organizing the golf tournament. It is completely
sold out.
Our Sports Committee Chairpeople, Drake and
Collette Carlisle, have reported lots of response to the
questionnaire in the Record. Thanks members, you're
going to have a lot of fun.
Those of you that sent in pre-registration and hotel
reservations in December during the Christmas rush or

from Panama and have not heard anything from a hotel
please contact me and/or resubmit your forms. Some of
the mail apparently never arrived. If you are one of
these, I can't guarantee which hotel you will be in, but I'll
do my best to get you a room.

For myself and all of your 1990 Reunion Committee,
We'll see you in Orlando, Have fun!

Jay Stewart
Reunion Coordinator
(813) 973-2805

Douglas J. Fulop
Richard T. Baltozer
Harold Francis Egger
Samuel A. Hamilton
Judith A. Baerg
John Albert Beers
John James Connard Jr.
Richard J. Dillon
Robert Stephen Flumach
Elizabeth A. Hansen
Freddie T. Hardegree
Ernest L. Henriquez
Alexander G. Hinek
Patricia D. Hunt
Norman Larsen
Robert L. Lord
George E. Lowery
James A. Mathis
Dennis P. McAuliffe
Richard D. Morgan
Ralph Roland Rice
Rutherford Paul Rivet Jr.
John E. Rowe
Ward Thayer Rowland
Douglas C. Schmidt
Randall G. Thompson
George Edward Warren (Capt)
Kenneth H. Willis
Thomas Lee Zornes
Thomas M. Otten
George Henry Casira
Edward Myles Chism
Alfredo Pasamante, Jr.
Catherine Mercedes Rice
John Stanley Wileczek


Office of Financial Mgmt.
Locks Division
Off of the Exec. Admin.
Canal Protection Division
Human Resources Dev. Staff
Pilot Division
Pilot Division
Navigation Division
Engineering Division
Off. of Executive Admin.
Sanitation and Grds. Div.
Canal Protection Div.
Construction Div.
Occupational Health Div.
Canal Services Division
Canal Operation
Locks Division
Office of Inspector Gen.
Office of the Administrator
General Services Director
Motor Transportation Div.
Log. Support Division
Locks Division
Locks Division
Off. of Marine Director
Canal Protection Division
Pilot Division
Industrial Division
Community Services Division
Locks Division/Atlantic
Office of Executive Adm.
General Services Div.
Locks Division/Pacific
Pilot Division
Canal Services Division

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Robert L. Dill, of Hemet, California, and Thomas J.
"Pop" Ebdon, of Sarasota, Florida, have been nominated
for Honorary Membership upon the recommendation to
the Executive Board by Mr. Pete Foster and Mrs. Anna
Mr. Dill and Mr. Ebdon, two of our most
distinguished members are our only two surviving
Roosevelt Medal Holders, for which the 1990 Annual
Luncheon is dedicated. Without the work of these two
men and the thousands like them, we would not be
calling the Canal Zone "home" today.
The Honorary Membership of Mr. Dill and Mr.
Ebon will be voted on by the membership at the annual
meeting on Friday, June 22, 1990, in Orlando, Florida.

4tl generation


A.M. Fraser, grandfather, had Panama Canal service
from 1906-1934.
James A. Fraser, father, retired from Panama Canal
Company in 1959 with 29 years of broken service.
James A. Fraser, Jr., retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1988 with 35 1/2 years service.
Sherri Fraser, daughter of James A. Fraser, Jr. was born
in San Fernando Hospital, Panama in 1972. The Frasers
now reside in Bradenton, Florida.


"The party's over and we all had a great time" so say
the BHS Class of 1940, their spouses and friends who
attended the 50th class reunion in Dothan, Alabama, at
the Holiday Inn on March 29-31, 1990.
Thursday afternoon, after registering, we all met
outside at the pool to visit and greet one another. What
fun trying to identify one another after so many years,
but the name tags with class pictures from the yearbook
(the Swink) certainly helped us get out of a lot of jams.
That evening a group of 158 attended the deli-buffet in
the banquet hall. Organ music was provided by John
Wilson. Great dance music with even some latin tunes
(Taboga and Panama Viejo), but seems that most folks
preferred chatting to dancing. The Mayor of Dothan,
Alfred Salibi, and his wife, Henrietta, joined us and he
gave a brief talk welcoming our reunion guests and also

expressed his appreciation in having so many Canal Zone
retirees settle here in Dothan. Class President, Fernando
Tapia and Maggie Whelan Janssen, committee member,
emceed the evening. Margaret Sullivan McMillan, from
Hawaii received a mola purse for traveling the farthest.
Mary Rita Doran Vercauteran won two prizes for having
the most children (8) and grandchildren (15). Bill and
Rosa Monzon won the prize for being married the
longest (48 years). Fernando Tapia captured the title of
"The Silver Fox" for the grayest hair and for the ladies
the song "The Old Grey Mare" was played while they
paraded and Lou Rathgeber Hunt was given the honors.
Dorothy Hayward, our typing teacher from BHS, traveled
from California and was received with a rousing applause
when introduced.
On Friday, great plans went down the drain when the
weatherman didn't cooperate. The trip to Capt.
Anderson's pier in Panama City Beach, Florida, to take
a boat ride out to Shell Island had to be cancelled

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Top row, L-R: Thomas Etchberger, Robert Wainio, Roland Stemmer, John Clark, Eddie Moore, Dick Erbe,
Vernon Seeley, Hugh Norris, Robert Wertz, Alan Monsanto, Joe Burgoon, Norman Anderson. 2nd row, L-R:
Margaret (Whelan) Janssen, Bill Monsanto, Warren Cain, Bill Monzon, Fernando Tapia, Ralph McClain,
Howard Moore, Aubrey Lewis, Harry Hatch, Grace (Schack) Wilson, Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt, Eileen (Cryan)
Finken, Anibal Talavera, Bill Sherlock, Howard Rhodes, Joe Young. Seated L-R: Jane (Tompkins) Heselton,
Jane (Stevens) Steele, Muriel (Evans) Neill, Cecilia (Simms) Perra, Ann (Green) Tillman, Gertrude
(McConaghy) Roberto, Mary Margaret (Doran) Liebmann, Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Alice (Haughton)
Rodby, Sara (Shytle) Keegan, Betty (Sutherland) Malstrom, Agnes (Atkinson) Anderson, Dorothy (Kalar)
Kennedy, Peggy Brugge, Mrs. Dorothy Hayward, Teacher. Floor L-R: Margaret Sullivan McMillan, Shirley
(Sasso) Walker, Mary Jane (Phillips) Henderson, Marie (Schmidt) Park, Francesca (Talavera) Enyart, Polly
(Perkins) Grimes, Doris (Currier) Post.

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because of rain and of course the golfers were
disappointed too. However, everyone made the best of
it and got caught up on more conversation. Friday
groups got together for dinner at various places. Joe and
Gloria Burgoon entertained a house full. My group from
high school days, the S.L.O.P.'s and spouses gathered at
the Hilton's Hearth Restaurant for the evening.
On Saturday morning, Dr. John Clark of our class of
40 gave a slide presentation on cosmetic surgery that he
had performed as a plastic surgeon in Hagerstown, MD.
It was so interesting and informative. Alas, John is
retired now and can't help us out on our problems.
Golfing was back on that morning and shoppers hit the
mall and Graceville Outlet Stores. Our dinner buffet was
held that evening the banquet hall. Centerpieces of red
and white bouquets of balloons decorated each table. A
class Commencement program (copied from our 1940
one) with an addition of remembrances to deceased
classmates, the class song, addresses and mola
bookmarks was at each place setting. Large 16 x 20

historic pictures of Balboa High School, the Prado and
the Administration Building were on display and used as
door prizes. After dinner, Fernando Tapia honored the
group with a nostalgic talk about our high school days.
How could he remember so many detailed incidents of so
long ago? He had us reminiscing, laughing and even
shedding some teas on so many sentimental times. So
happy that we have his speech on the video cassette the
official photographer took. It will be listened to over and
over again.
The evening was topped off by dancing to Billy Haynes
and his combo. In looking around at the end of the
evening saw Marie Schmidt Parks saying goodbye to her
old Barnaby Street gang (was that a few tears I saw?)
We all were emotional in saying our final goodbyes.
Hopefully, we can do it all again in five years.
Thanks to all the committee for a job well done and to
Pat Beall for all the pictures he took for the Canal
Lou Hunt

News Clips


The following
article about construction- .
era photographer Ernest
"Red" Hallen was
prepared for the Spillway
by Roxanna M. Cain, a
translator in the
Language Services
Branch. To research her
subject, Cain corres-
ponded with, and later
visited with Hallen's
daughter, Priscilla
Pittman, who lives in Ernest "Red" Hallen
A significant contribution to our knowledge of the
Panama Canal over the years and to our enjoyment of its
75th Anniversary has been the multitude of historical
photographs preserved in the Canal's collection of
thousands of glass plate negatives. As our 75th year
draws to a close, it is appropriate to remember Ernest
"Red" Hallin, official photographer at the Panama Canal
from 1907 to his retirement in 1937, the person
responsible for this legacy.
Hallen's photos include just about everything
connected with construction-era Canal life panoramic
views of the locks under construction, Sunday baseball
games where spectators wore white suits and straw hats,
construction-hindering landslides, buggies carrying West
Indian brides to weddings, and Carnival Tuesday in
Panama City's main downtown plaza Hellen captured
it all.
John K. Baxter, a Harvard-educated man, who later
became editor of The Panama American, described

Hallen in a 1927 article as, " of the most familiar
features on the Canal. His shock of bright red hair was

Interior view of Gatun lower locks, 1913

England's Duke and Duchess of York visiting the Gatun
Locks control house in 1917

unexpectedly popping up and the shutter of his camera
was clicking wherever something important happened." In
fact, as evidenced by his photos, he would go to great
lengths to get that "just right" shot. "There was no climb
too high or difficult and no place too dangerous for "Red"
and his camera," said Baxter.


The Vessel, "President Sarmiento" in the upper east
chamber of Miraflores Locks


The lobby of the Hotel Washington, Colon. (the dark
line on bottom left of photo shows crack on glass glate

Little is known about Hallen's personal life. A
modest yet vigorous man, he loved his work and is
reported to have had many friends. He was always
enthusiastic about his craft, even when official duties later
included photographing Canal employees for
identification cards and personnel files.
Hallen was born in Atlanta, Ga., in 1875, but his
family called New Jersey home. After stints in Puerto
Rico and Cuba, Hallen traveled to Panama in 1906,
seeking adventure. Canal Chief Engineer John Stevens
contracted him to photograph the construction work in
progress. When Col. George W. Goethals succeeded
Stevens in 1907, Hallen landed a permanent job.
The photographer lived in rent-free bachelor quarters
at the construction town of Culebra until his 1910
marriage to Maude Foster of Boston, Mass. They
eventually settled in Balboa and raised two daughters.

Barbara, who died ten years ago, worked for the Panama
Canal for many years. Priscilla, 75, lives in Boynton
Beach, Florida and is a member of the Panama Canal

A West Indian wedding party in the new town of
Culebra, 1913
At the top of a narrow spiral staircase, bestiges of
Hallen's photo studio and darkroom a single light bulb
dangling from the ceiling over two stainless steel sinks -
still claim a cobwebbed corner in the attic of the Balboa
Heights Administration Building. Hallen must have
climbed there thousands of times to process the fresh
photo plates of each day.
His photos remain, time frozen on a negative, his
work allowing us to know and appreciate the past.

The Spillway
December 1, 1989


The Panama Canal Commission's Distinguished
Service Award was presented posthumously to acting
Chief Financial Officer William J. Joyce on Wednesday.
Board Chairman Robert W. Page made the presentation
to Joyce's widow, Mildred. Joyce's three sons William
J. Jr., Kevin J. and Steven J. -were also present.
Joyce was killed by a gunman entering his La Boca
home the evening of January 23. Acting Administrator
Fernando Manfredo Jr. expressed deep regret at the loss
of such a skilled and respected member of his senior
management staff. Joyce had been employed with the
Panama Canal organization for more than 32 years and
was considered especially well qualified to meet the many
financial challenges the Commission faces as it prepares
for the turnover of the Canal to Panama at the end of
The Dollar Club, a charitable organization has
established a memorial fund in Joyce's honor to support
Canal area athletic activities. Additional information on
the fund is available from Empy Lavecchia or Shirley
Maduro at 52-7906 or 52-7636.

The Panama Canal Spillway
February 2, 1990



A $4.3 million tractor tugboat named after former
Panama Canal Commission Administrator D.P. McAuliffe
joined the Panama Canal fleet last Thursday. With the
acquisition of the D.P. McAuliffe, a sister to the tugs
Lider and Guia, the renovation of the fleet is almost
complete. Another almost identical tug under contract
with Houma Fabricators is scheduled to arrive at the
Canal in mid-March.
In traditional maritime fashion, Cynthia Plunkett,
wife of Engineering and Construction Director Col. John
J. Plunkett, christened the D.P. McAuliffe at the Diablo
tug landing. During the ceremony, acting Administrator
Fernando Manfredo Jr. recognized McAuliffe's
continuous efforts to modernize and improve Canal
service, noting that the Commission procured 11 new tugs
at a cost of nearly $37 million between 1981 and 1990.
Manfredo also praised McAuliffe for his role in
increasing Panamanian participation in the Commission
work force.
The D.P. McAuliffe, which is 95 feet in length and 34
in beam, is powered by two 1,500-horsepower diesel
engines for a navigating speed of up to 12 knots.
Omnidirectional propulsion allows it to maneuver and
tow in any direction.

women priests were unheard of. I didn't let that get in
the way."
The Southwest Florida diocese contains 79 churches
and 40,000 Episcopalians.
The ordination, which will be performed by Bishop
Rogers Harris, has been set for 10:30 a.m. at Holy
Schwenke, who was raised in the Panama Canal
Zone, lives in Brandon, FL. with her 6-year-old son and
her husband, Roger, a Tampa lawyer. She also is the
mother of two grown daughters.
Before entering the seminary, Schwenke earned a
bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in
education, both from the University of Tennessee. She
graduated in 1985 from Sewanee Seminary at the
University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
"I started my second year at the seminary with a 10-
week-old baby," Schwenke recalled. "And I had to leave
my husband behind in Florida. Those weren't the easiest
of times, but we made it through."
Schwenke said she has to pinch herself to believe
ordination is so near.
"It's been a long process," she said. "Now that I've
made it through, the most important thing for me is to
show others that women can handle this job as well as
St. Petersburg Times
March 16, 1990

The Panama Canal Spillway
February 2, 1990

The "D.P. McAuliffe"


by Michelle Bearden
Times Staff Writer

Carol (Flenniken) Schwenke, a deacon ay Holy
Innocents Episcopal Church in Valrico, Florida, is to
make history April 28 as the first woman to be ordained
a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of South Florida, the
diocesan office conformed Thursday.
"This is something I've dreamed about since I was a
little girl," said Schwenke, 49. "Of course, back then,

Owner of St. Marys Star maintains
tradition of Kansas

by Nancy Hause
Extra Staff Writer

Anita (Harris) Holladay, who says she is "editor,
publisher and janitor" of the St. Marys (Kansas) paper,
the Star, does not carry a hatchet, but she does carry the
weight of putting out a weekly newspaper where she is
the only full-time employee. She is one of the few women
in Kansas who is the top executive of a paper and may
well be the only one with an all female staff...
...Holladay, whose college training was in elementary
education, did not intend to become a journalistic trend-
setter. As a child, growing up in the Panama Canal Zone,
she was interested in many things, but not journalism.
"We lived in the Canal Zone because my grandfather
went there in 1912 to work for the Canal Company for
two weeks and stayed 43 years. My grandmother said it
was the longest two weeks of her life," Holladay said.
Holladay's father worked for the government in the
Canal Zone and she graduated from Balboa High School
there. A local minister recommended Park College at
Parkville, Mo., where she enrolled and spent two years
before transferring to Wichita State.
At Wichita, she met Roy Holladay. They were
married a year before he received a degree in electrical
engineering from Kansas University..."Roy worked as an
electrical engineer for Bendix at Kansas City, Mo., but
one day he came home and asked me if I'd like to buy a
newspaper," Holladay said. "I told him that we already

took the Kansas City Star and the Louisburg Herald. Why
should we buy another one?"
However, she found out he meant buy, edit and
publish a paper. Roy had written a computer program
detailing his talents in math, business, photography and
electrical and mechanical engineering, and Anita's
abilities in writing, editing and dealing with people.
The results indicated they'd do well in the
communications area, especially magazine and/or
newspaper management.
"So, we began looking for a paper to buy and, out of
a list of five or so, kept coming back to St. Marys
because the community caught our eye as a good place
to live."
They bought the paper April 1, 1972. "I hope that
was not a sign," Holladay said. "At first, I thought we'd
flipped. I never worked so hard for so little money in my

The paper still had the old linotype equipment from
its founding in 1884. The Holladays bought a
compugraphic typesetter which they found out later was
only the llth one produced by the Compugraphic
Company, and the third in Kansas...
...In looking back at the last few years, Holladay said,
"I really enjoy this business. It's fascinating. No two days
or two minutes, for that matter, are alike. I enjoy the
people I work with and the community. I'd like to take
some time off and visit Anne and the grandchildren in
Alaska and Leslie and Doug in California, but otherwise,
I'm happy here."

Wamego Times Extra
June 1, 1989

Your Reporter Says ...


Well, spring is here at last and what a lovely
spring it is. It is still a bit cool for which we
are grateful. The flowers are beautiful and every-
thing looks so green and lush.
The big event in Dothan thus fEr was the 50th
anniversary of the graduation of the class of 1940
from Balboa High School. This was held at the
Holiday Inn on March 29, 30 and 31. It was a great
success! (See other section of Record for further
details.) I saw many former friends I had not seen
in many, many years. I did not graduate in 1940
but did attend all the functions. Lou (Rathgeber)
Hunt and her conmittee deserve a great round of
applause for a job well done.
The girls were on the road again. Arlene Ab-
bott, Edna O'DoInell and Edna Kovel took their
"spring break" and spent a week in March visiting
St. Augustine. While there, they made a side trip
to the Kennedy Space Center and Jacksonville.
Alice Clark and Wilma Kemerd spent a weekend
in Mobile attending an antique and bottle show.
Arlene Abbott left for a six-week stay in Wis-
consin. Edna O'Donnell visited with her daughter
and son-in-law Steve and Ann Barger in Casper,
Wyoming. She spent two weeks with them.
Alice Clark, Arlene Abbott, Edna O'Donnell, Pat
Finneman, Kay Daniel and Edna Kovel are in the
process of making plans for a seven-day trip to
las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada.
The time before, during and after the BHS'40
Reunion was a truly busy time for the Etchbergers.
The middle of March, Neilson's brother and sister-
in-law arrived for a visit of almost a week. The
day before they planned to leave, Neilson and Dor-
is received word that their first grandchild was

born in Russellville, AR. So, urged by Bill and
Doris (sister-in-law), the Dothan Etchbergers took
off very early leaving the Virginia Etchbergers
to close up the house and depart when they got
ready. (It probably was rude, but hopefully, par-
donably so.) They returned from Arkansas five days
On Tuesday before the BHS'40 Reunion, Martha
(Mops Bradley) Wood arrived, on Wednesday, Margar-
et (Godfrey) Vick arrived and on Thursday, sister
Betty (Chan) Snow arrived. All were house guests
of the Etchbergers. On Friday (free day during the
reunion), the Etchbergers had Dick and Mireille
Erbe over for a Chinese dinner and on Saturday
Grace (Schack) and Lee Wilson, Marie (Schnidt)
Park, Marie (Haggerty) Ewing and Frances (Bricky
Coleman) Pattison came to lunch. Betty and Margar-
et left right after the reunion, but Mops Wood
stayed on for a long-overdue visit with the Etch-
bergers. During her visit, they took Mops sight-
seeing around Dothan, then up to the Pike Pioneer
Museum in Troy (there is a true Panamanian cayuco
there) and then on a tour of some of the antebel-
lum homes in Eufaula. They introduced her to the
outlet stores in the Vanity Fair complex in Grace-
ville, FL. "A wonderful time was had by all."
Jack and Fran Hern arrived from Panama to visit
with their parents, Margaret and Jack Hern and Dot
Yost and to attend the graduation of their daugh-
ter, Yvette (Mitch) Hern from the International
Travel Academy in Dothan which was held March 2nd.
Mary (Gilbert) Urey was the guest speaker at
the Eclectas Club which was held at the Dothan
Country Club. She spoke about her experiences
while in Panama during the "Invasion." Her talk
and subject was very well received by all. She was
presented with a potted fern.

Olga and Jess Gettle visited with Bea and Henry
Perry in South Daytona. The Gettles say the Perrys
never change still look young as ever. They also
made a quick trip to Granbury, Texas to visit with
their son, Mike, a daughter-in-law, Cathy, and
Mike and Carol Kandrin have left Bonifay, FL
(near Dothan) and moved to Haines City, FL. We
wish them well in their new home.
I am looking forward to seeing many of our
friends at the Reunion, so I will just say "hasta


Ann and Bill Willoughby, Judy Rose, Ed and Lotta
Kilborn, Ann Marti, Marion Fleming, Frieda Muhn

Fred Rose, Judith and David Hawthorne, Alice and
Maurice Nichols, Ann Marti, David Colclasure

This bit of news from North Alabama: A few
weeks ago, Ann Marti learned, by way of "jungle
telegram," that David Coclasure had moved to this
area. She got in touch with David and Inu and had
them over to see her seashells and things from
Panama. They talked of Panama and some of the peo-
ple they knew back in the Zone: then this idea
came that they should get in touch with some of
the North Alabama transplants listed in the direc-
tory. So after many phone calls, 15 of them met
to have dinner at a midway restaurant. Those pres-
ent were: Frieda Muhn, Marion Fleming, Bill and
Ann Willoughby, David and Lou Coclasure, Ed and
Lotta Kilborn, Maurice and Alice Nichols, Fred and
Judy Rose, David and Judith Hawthorne and Ann Mar-
ti. A good time was had by all and they plan to
get together again in August and hopefully they
can reach others in North Alabama.
Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145


The Panama Canal Society of Arizona held its
Spring, 1990 luncheon-meeting at the Sunland Inn
half way between Tucson and Phoenix, on April 7,
1990. The Inn outdid it's always excellent stan-
dard of hot and cold buffet on this occasion. The
following attended: Dr. Daniel and Miriam Hirschl
- Sun City West, Warren Lentz Tempe, Peggy Brad-
ley Tucson, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. (Adrian Muller)
Neuhaus Tucson, Martha Griffith Phoenix, Hazel
(Griffith) Berry Phoenix, Rachel Martindale -
Green Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hirschl Tem-
pe, Coral Ann Strickler and guest Arizona City,
Maxwell Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Art Smith Young-
town, Mr. and Mrs. Charles NcCullum Tucson,
Charles and Anne (Trimble) Parks Glendale, Danny
and Jane (Dickson) Cox Tucson, Cecelia Wensing
and her sister Scottsdale, Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich
Simmons Glendale, Ted and Emma Englebright -
Tucson, Ted Englebright, Jr. Mirada, CA, Don and
Beverly (Englebright) Fraim Tucson, Elizabeth
("Sis" Hayes) Phillips Tucson, Dr. Robert Hathe-
ney and guest Dr. Frank Smith Sun City, Freder-
ick "Fritz" Frey Tucson, and "Fritz" Frey, Jr.
and wife Betty Tucson.


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Fritz Frey, Sr. Fritz Frey, Jr., and Betty Frey

Dr. Frank Smith, formerly of Gorgas Hospital
and now a resident of Easley, SC, was spending a
few days in Sun City as a guest of Dr. Bob and
Evelyn Matheney, on his way to California to wel-
come his first grandson. Evelyn was suffering back
trouble and could not attend the luncheon.

Dr. Bob Matheney, Miriam and Dr. Dan Hirschl and
Dr. Frank Smith

One charming and touching event at the luncheon
was the surprise reunion of former schoolmates
Peggy Bradley and Adrian (Muller) Neuhaus, both
now living in Thcson and neither knowing the
whereabouts of the other. Needless to say, they
plan to see a lot of each other from now on.

Adrian Neuhaus and Peggy Bradley

Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich Simmons

The 'Loteria" door prize of thirteen dollars
was won by Rachel Martindale. The program consis-
ted of reports on the pre-invasion, invasion, and
current events and conditions in Panama, read by
Anne Parks, from letters and phone calls from a
son and daughter-in-law who are still there, and
by Jane Cox. Jane's material consisted of excerpts
from letters from teachers at the Panama Canal
College to Mrs. H. Loring White, who was unable
to attend, and Jane feels deeply indebted for the
rest of her material, which came from former BHS
classmates, Robert U. Schultz and Lionel "Rudy"
Stenpel, who still live in Panama and came through
on request with detailed reports, which were very
well received. Lionel substituted the word libera-
tion for invasion, and by the end of the meeting,
many attendees were also saying liberation!

Hazel Berry and Beverly Fraim

Sis (Hayes) Phillips and Mary (Carruthers) Hon-
ey will tour New Zealand and Australia from May
9-27. Paul Hogan, throw two more shrimp on the
barby! Then, while Sis and her husband, Johnny,
spend July in New York State and Vermont visiting
their daughters, Mary Honey will be touring Russia
with a friend from Sun City, AZ.
Anne Parks reports that she had a lovely three-
day visit in Sierra Vista with Ed and Alice (Bra-
den) Mix, who left for Florida shortly afterward
so suddenly that Anne did not get a Florida ad-
dress. So, Alice, if you read this, Anne wants
your address and also that of Vernon and Shirley
lowery, who are now working at Disney World.
Anne also had a lovely weekend in the snow at
Pinetop and Lakeside, AZ, where they visited with
Steve Parthenais and his wife. But the high spot
of Anne's year so far was spending the month of
February in Ft. Hood, TX, helping Sgt. Matthew
Parks' young wife, Heike, with their brand new
baby daughter and two toddler sons (see Births).
Matthew was away at Army advanced leadership
We have heard from Betty (Crooks) Ingram in On-
tario, CA, that she also has a brand new grand-
child (see Births). Betty has a bedroom reserved
on Amtrack for a trip to Kansas and Missouri on
May 15, to visit with her late husband Ron's fami-
ly. What fun, to travel by Pullman train again!
Betty says that one niece will be getting married,
and another niece will be graduating from college
while she is there.
Arizona members, please remember to send in
news and snapshots. You have friends anxious to
hear about you!

Jane Dickson Cox
(602) 298-3147




Now that the hoopla has died down from the ap-
pearance of the "Razorbacks" in the final four of
the NCAA Tournament and the trauma of filing,
mailing, and paying your 1989 income taxes we
here in Northwest Arkansas had to face, we hope,
one last spring storm that was a duzy. 50 mile-an-
hour winds, rain over an inch and fallen trees.
But lots of us are looking forward to attending
the upcoming reunion. And now on with the news.
Bruce and Dorothy Sanders enjoyed an all too
short week visit from their son Jack (John C.) who
flew in from Santa Cruz, CA, in March. They had
a real good visit and did much talking about the
good old days in the land of the bajaricci and the
peeniwalli while pouring over old pictures of
Bruce III and Sandy have been living in Piano,
Texas since their retirement last August. They
have made several trips to Bentonville to visit
Bruce and Dorothy. They drove west the early part
of April to visit friends and their son and daugh-
ter-in-law Doug and Pam Sanders in Los Gatos,
CA, and with other family members in California.
Great grandson Ryan was scheduled to bring his
parents Curtis and Kim Sanders to Bentonville late
in March, but flu at the Sanders' casita caused
that visit to be postponed until another day.
Mary iou Engelke had as dinner guests on Easter
Sunday the following: Connie Engelke, Joyce Engel-
ke May, Evelyn Engelke, Etta Fay Terrell, Jessie
Newhard, and Frances Elmendorf. They enjoyed the
evening chatting and reminiscing. She also enjoys
great granddaughters, Elizabeth and Taylie Swift.
Evelyn Engelke has her sister, Frances Elmendorf
from Princeton, Ill. visiting with her for Easter
and also school friends Joyce May, Joan Corliss,
and Kathy Mica.
Kathlina y Rojo Huffman enjoyed spring break
with the visit of Willy's wife and youngsters.
Rojo has garden tilled and has about half of it
planted. They will be spending Easter weekend in
Wynne, AR, with Kathy and Willy and Cassi Kara,
Laura Beth, Stephen Wn. and the Easter Bunny.
Betty IcGilberry attended the horse races at
Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and winners were few.
She is also planning on attending the reunion in
Orlando later.
Jessie Newhard keeps busy with her volunteering
and making plans to attend the reunion in Orlando,
Maxine Reinhold had her son Richard, Jr., from
Columbus, Ohio, here for Easter. Maxine is next
off for Minnesota.
Etta Fay Terrell is being kept busy with her dogs.
The Corlisses Jack and Joan are busy with
remodeling the lower part of their house. They are

also looking forward to a canoe trip on the Buffa-
lo River and Kansas City Royals baseball games.
Ralph and Marie Shuey are going to Huntsville,
Ala., to help son Ralph celebrate his birthday.
Ralph has his garden in and they are planning a
trip in July to Germany.
Alice and Red Nail report nothing exciting
since Christmas, but are planning to attend the
reunion in Orlando. Also, Red is now a 32nd Degree
Mason, plus a member of the Shriners and Clown
We welcome as new members, Harold and Rita
Granmer. Along with her brother, Herbie Engelke
and his family they spent Easter Sunday in Spring-
field, M), with her father, Herbert Engelke, Sr.
They planted flowers in a window box outside his
room. Rita says her stepmother, Willa, is recuper-
ating in good fashion after lung surgery.
Peggy and Norbert Keller are planning on a trip
to California in July to help Mrs. Sue McGee cele-
brate her 90th birthday.
John and Polly Michaelis are recovering from
the flu and had to advise sister-in-law not to
come for a visit. They hope to get to Houston in
May to visit with family.
Harold and Jerry Harp are two more that have
been battling the flu bug, but doing better.
Pete an Sue Warner have their youngest daugh-
ter, Pam, and her two children here for a visit.
Lee Cotton, along with wife Kay, have plans to
attend the reunion in Orlando. Lee is also kept
busy with his National Guard duties.
Your reporter and his wife Betty are recupera-
ting from the flu bug that is running rampant in
our area. We have both been feeling poorly. We
were very sorry to learn of the passing of a good
friend Charles C. Loyd, Sr., this past January
at the age of 67. He was retired from the TVA, but
worked at the Gatun Generating Station prior to
his retirement. His family included wife Betty S.,
son Charles, Jr., and daughters Anne Seers of At-
lanta, GA and Patricia Boyd of Birmingham.
Addie and Marion Coclasure report just return-
ing from Disney World in Orlando for spring break.
Addie also accompanied her two sisters from Kansas
on a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. The last big
storm uprooted her best plum tree.
Just a reminder: our annual summer get-together
is scheduled for Father's Day, June 17th, 1990,
at Agri Park in Fayetteville, AR.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754

"Rain, rain, go away, come again another day"
has been the tune in our area of late! No one can
plant because the ground is soaked and here it is
almost May!

However, rain notwithstanding, Jacqueline
(Thitlock) erouck and husband Marcel from Nisha-
waka, Indiana visited her mother, Fran Uhitlock
in Fayetteville on the first of April.
Mrs. Minnie Burton of Fayetteville flew down
to Birmingham, Alabama to visit Mike, Jr. and wife
Caroline, and two daughters for a week.
Glen Conklin of Springdale shook the rain off
her feet and drove, with a friend, down to see the
Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile, and visited friends
in Jackson and Gulfport (her home town), Missis-
sippi. they spent six days sightseeing, with clear
weather only to return to rain in Springfield!
Luke Palumxo of Fayetteville stated that every-
thing was going smoothly at home and abroad in
Panama. His two sons are still teaching there
though at first, after the trouble, it was report-
ed the schools would close. There are three still
open Balboa, Coco Solo and Curundu.
Mildred Higgins of Fayetteville reported having
a lot of company this year. Recently, she attended
a UFO conference in Eureka Springs. One of the
speakers from England has been their house guest.
Mrs. Debra (Polite) Ordway of Denver, Colorado,
surprised Lee Butz with a phone call on April
22nd. She sounded fine and now has a three year
old daughter who keeps her very busy.
A welcome letter from Elaine Johnson of Jones-
boro, AR stated that Dr. Bill and Yola Zimmer-
man) Bell have recently joined the Society so
their number is increasing in that area. Recent-
ly, Yola wore her beautiful pollera to an interna-
tional dinner (see picture). Lee and Elaine helped
her dress for it by positioning the tembliques in
Yola's short hair.

Your reporter called Mrs. Dagnar Merrick of
Peoria, Illinois, to wish them a happy retirement
celebration. Husband, Daniel Merrick, has been a
pastor for 18 years of the Glen Oak Christian
Church in the Canal Zone. Their three children
live within a two-hour drive and have presented
them with nine grandchildren!
Do hope that you will remember our annual
Blanch Shaw Picnic on Father's Day at Agri Park
in Fayettville. Just bring a covered dish, cutlery
and a plate. Everyone is welcome!

lenor Butz
(501) 756-6852


Ninety members met in the Fiesta Room at Knotts
Berry Farm on March third for the PCSSC annual
luncheon. The Invocation was given by Adele Argo,
who read two inspirational poems. Edith Wimner,
President, led the group in the Pledge of Alle-
giance and David Smith played and led in the sing-
ing of the Star Spangled Banner. A short memorial
for our deceased friends and family was observed
with a moment of silence. Guests and new members
were introduced and society updates announced as
lunch was served.

Joan (Ridge) DeGrummond, Bill Quinn, Edith
Wimmer, Adele Argo, Stephanie (Milburn) Johnson,
Kathryn (Argo) Molinaro, Linda (Reimann) Morris,
Marriam Rice, (front) David Smith and David

Yola Bell at an International Dinner in Jonesboro, AR

Our program was most interesting. Panama "Oper-
ation Just Cause" so recently in the news was up-
dated with personal experiences and reports by
Joan De Grummond, Ron Seeley, and Irene Will.
David Hollowell presented a Panama Slide Program
of Panama in more tranquil times.
The door prize, a pelican print by Lynda Geyer,
was won by Joan De Grunmond. A copy of "Path Be-
tween the Seas," donated by Bill Quinn, was won
by Janice Wanke and CHS boxer shorts won by Evelyn

Ward. The lucky lottery winners were Grace Brown,
Sam Fernandez and Marilyn Rice.

Birthday Girl in center, Edith Wanke, with Mary Kate
Underwood and Janice Wanke

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Our "lotteria" and raffle vendors: Louise Sowa, Warren
Wood and Totty (Evarts) Cynthia
We missed seeing a lot of familiar faces this
meeting and invite one and all to the Sunmer Pic-
nic at the Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills on August
fifth. It will be a repeat of last year's "Memora-
bilia Theme" which was sooo successful. So dust
off your Panama treasures, come dressed in Panama
attire and plan to enjoy! The Newsletter will con-
firm date, time and place. See Y'all there!

Four "mature" Boy Scouts, Troop Six, Cristobal 1943-
45: Jack Taylor, Conrad Horine, John Hanson and
Bob Wolfenstein reminiscing about past adventures

New members, Lucy and Sam Hernandez. Isn't Sam
a Charles Bronson look-a-like?

George and Winifred Muller
The "amazing" one-hundred young Richard Dill,
recently presented a lecture and slide presenta-
tion to students at Jurupo Valley High School,
Mira Loma, CA, and the Rubidioux High School,
Hemit, CA. The students studying Panama and Cen-
tral American History overwhelmingly expressed ad-
miration for Mr. Dill's personal insight on his-
torical events with the building of the Panama
Canal. Mr. Dill has already been extended an invi-
tation for a return engagement in 1991.
Kathleen Steiner Bennett writes that her parents
Jerane and Dolly (Allen) Steiner have moved from
Florida to Leisure World in Seal Beach, CA. Kath-
leen is delighted to have them closer to her.
Susie Magee, her aunt, has also moved to Vista

from Arkansas. Great family reunions can be plan-
ned now, Kathleen.
Catsy Taylor Schafer was sponsored by the San
Diego Geneology Society to work on Geneology at
the Mormon Library, Salt Lake City the week of
February 11-18. This busy lady was also a panelist
for "Seniors Speak Out On Geneology" on public TV
in San Diego recently.
Joe and Ella Norton, Del Mar, enjoyed three
weeks in Florida recently. They rented a car and
visited friends Jane Ruiz in Miami, Judy and Bert
Thoapson in Naples, Catherine and Eddie Goodrich
in Tanpa, Marge and Tom leavy in Clearwater, Betty
Moore in Crystal River, Sharon and Mike Smith in
Tallahassee, Helen and Dorsey Rowell in Jackson-
ville, and Mary and Ed Kelly in Key West, all for-
mer co-workers and friends from Panama. The Nor-
tons are happy to report that everyone was well
and happy.
Joan and Jack De Grumond, Laguna Beach, atten-
ded the 50th anniversary of the Balboa High School
Class of 1940 in Dothan, Alabama on March 29-31.
Joan writes that 35 classmates and spouses atten-
ded. There were also BHS Class of 1939 and 1941
in attendance and everyone enjoyed.
Ron and Jolie (Kilby) Seeley have settled in
a lovely new home in Laguna Hills. The Seeleys are
busy decorating their new "casa" and enjoying the
many clubs and activities available in the Leisure
World Comunmity. Ron gave an informative report
of the Panama invasion at the March luncheon. He's
such a good speaker!

Linda (Reimann) Morris and Edie Farrell visiting in
Dallas, TX
Margaret (Atwood) Sullivan writes that her
mother Irene Atwod Ostrom has been a patient at
the Alamitos West Convalescent Hospital since Aug-
ust 1989. She is 89 and holding her own after suf-
fering a small stroke. Margaret's aunt, G.G. Bax-
ter, a well-known Gatun resident died in Ft.
Worth, Florida in January after a fall.
Milton and Chubby Wright, Ontario, write to in-
vite anyone in the area to stop and visit them.

The Wrights are not driving much any more but the
"Bienvenido" mat is out for visitors.
Dell Ryan Lynch, Escondido, is recovering from a
broken shoulder. She has given up her watercolor
painting temporarily. Her son Neal will be awarded
his M.A. in June and plans to teach.
Donna (Geyer) Bowman, Oceanside, and sister
Lynda Geyer were in Reading, PA in March to cele-
brate their parents, Donovan and Therese Geyer's
fifty-fifth wedding anniversary. The Geyers retir-
ed from the Industrial Division in Mount Hope in
1964. They send their greetings to all Zone
Roy Ballard and Allen (Smith) Hoyle hosted a
seventy-fifth birthday luncheon for David Smith
at the Airport Holiday Inn. The luncheon was en-
joyed by David's nephews, Brian Hoyle and son,
Paul and Joyce Hoyle, Gary and Kelly Hoyle and
daughter, and cousins Ivil and Marguerite O'Conner
all from the San Francisco Bay Area. Guests also
present were Edith Winner, President PCSSC, Tracy
Hong, and Dr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Phillip. Needless
to say, David was overwhelmed! David is ageless
must be the Chagres water he drank growing up
in Panama.
Al Cooper, Ventura, sent a long letter to the
PCS written in "Beizeun" with long interesting
Cooper history. He is proud to announce an addi-
tion to his family, a daughter, Allison Michelle,
born in October.
Bob and Linda Morris are almost finished with
"remodel" of thirty-year old house on canyon in
San Diego.
Son Wil Robb Morris (BHS'78, Annapolis '82)
separated from the Navy in September. He is now
working for United Services Planning Association,
financial planners for active military. Wil Robb
and wife Barb have a home in Encinitas that keeps
them very busy.
Carlton Morris (BHS'79), Dallas, Texas, was in
San Diego for a convention recently. He played
golf at the Torrey Pines Golf Course with his dad
Bob. His son Carlton, age 3, has just started a
modeling career at Foley's Department Stores in
Dallas. He loves flirting with the ladies.
Bill Quinn is recovering very nicely from Sep-
tember surgery for spine decompression. He is
planning to dance the "night away" at the West
Coast Reunion.
Time to think about the Panama Canal West Coast
Reunion, September 28-30th. It will be held once
again at the Bahia Hotel, San Diego. It is a guar-
anteed wonderful weekend with perfect San Diego
weather, golf, dinner, dancing to Tito Moynes, and
Panama camaraderie. A reservation form is included
in this issue or contact David lane, 619-434-9710.

Linda Morris
(619) 272-9329


Colorado Zonian Group had a luncheon meeting
in Lafayette, Colorado at the Plum Tree Restau-
rant, an outstanding place in a very small town.
We chose this location because it is close to the
Graham's residence in Louisville, and they were
being honored because this reporter learned that
they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary
this year. Gladys is best known for her "Panama
Luncheon attended by: Roy and Gladys Graham,
Colonel Philip and Judy Breunle, Major Gen. Jim
and Alice (Ward) Wier, Milton and Bertha Jane
(Becker) law, Cathy (McIntyre) Spafford, her sons
lance and Dirk Spafford, Linda Wier, Ray Shaw,
Janie (Faris) Brown and her son, Madeline (Poole)
Clinkenbeard, and Margaret (Maigs) Molloy. Most
of us are from Denver-Boulder area, but Jim and
Alice Wier drove down from their mountain home in
Tabernash; Madeline Clinkenbeard came from Platte-
ville; Janie Brown, new to our group drove up from
Colorado Springs. She saw my name in the Record,
sent me a note and asked if anyone from Cristobal
was in our group. Cristobalites are rare birds,
but very welcome when encountered. We were cer-
tainly glad that they came. Another 10-year old
boy was coming from Boulder, with his mother,
Jackie Suffoletta, but they forgot the date. I
don't know how our modern head-of-family working
mothers manage I'm sure that I would have given
in to frustration. Linda Wier survived handsomely
- her son, "J.J." is doing well in college now,
in the southern part of Colorado.

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Front, I-r: Judy Breunle, Linda Wier, Jani Brown's
son with OAS flags. Second row, I-r: Milton Law,
Phil Breunle, Jani Brown, Alice Wier, Madeline
Clinkenbeard, Cathy Spafford and her mother, B.J.
Law. Third Row, I-r: Ray Shaw, Lance Spafford, Roy
and Gladys Graham, Jim Wier, Dirk Spafford,
Margaret Molloy

Next event will be in August for anyone ex-
pecting to travel through Colorado next summer.
Write or telephone one of our group many of them
listed in the Canal Record Directory you'll get
a western welcome.

WI nwq I


Roy and Gladys Graham, celebrating their 50th
wedding anniversary in 1990.

Dot (Kalar) and Roy Kennedy, Norma (Evans) and
Al Harrington, and Margaret Molloy all attended
the Dothan Reunion in March. It was Dot's 50th and
for Muriel (Evans) Neal. I went especially to vis-
it with Alice (Strauss) Mclean who lives in Dothan
because she was unable to attend our Class of
1938's 50th Reunion, held in Colorado in 1988. We
really enjoyed the party so beautifully organized
by Lou Hunt and Dot Kennedy and their committee.
Penny (Pennington) Graham tells me that her
youngest daughter, Sheridan, has added fashion
modeling to her busy college schedule. Whenever
Liz Claiborne does a show in Greeley, Lakewood or
Denver, lovely Sheridan is called.
Bob and Penny Graham are gong to tour Northern
Spain this summer with Pilar Ibarra who lived with
them as an exchange student from Spain several
years ago. A month-long visit with Pilar as guide
is something Spanish teacher Penny has looked for-
ward to for some time. Bob Graham can cope with
any situation, so I know that they will all have
a wonderful time.
Margaret Molloy
(303) 499-9258

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Helen Calvit was recently promoted to the Customs
Deputy Chief Inspector for the Miami Seaport. Brother,
Tim Calvit, has established himself with Hazen and
Sawyer, an international environmental engineering firm
where he works as a civil engineer. You might want to
ask him personally about his ability with boats. Jim
Parthenais recently took a position with United Way of
Dade County as a Senior Accountant.
WELCOME TO MIAMI: Van Goerger and wife,
Linda, recently moved to the South Florida area from
Texas. Van graduated from the Balboa class of 1974
when his family lived in Ancon. We also welcome Mike
McBride to South Florida. Mike graduated from
Cristobal with the class of 1960. He is a manager with
Piccadilly Cafeterias and came down from Raleigh, NC
in February.
VISITORS: Danny Modica and his girlfriend, Kelly
Spitzer, visited with Jim Parthenais and Kelly Cahill for
a week of sight-seeing from Miami to Key West and
scuba diving at our beautiful coral reef in Key Largo.
Danny, formerly of Quarry Heights, and Kelly hail from
El Paso, Texas, where Danny is a Captain in the Army.
Sheila Rose was down from Tampa for a weekend. She
has been offered a position in the South Florida area and
we hope she makes the move South. Looks like we will
be having another new neighbor, former Curundu
resident, Steve Serger will be transferring to the Miami
area from Orlando.
A couple of weeks ago, I was reading my favorite
local weekly paper and to my surprise, Hindi Diamond
was one of the main characters in the cover story which
was written by her son, Steve Diamond. Hindi Diamond
spent 27 years in Panama and worked as a journalist and
photographer. Various assignments included; writing for
the Panama American and she was the first woman
foreign correspondent for McGraw Hill Publications.
They produce several publications to include Business
Week. She also had many photos published in magazines
such as Life and Time. Hindi is currently living in
Miami and is working on several projects.
Recently Hindi worked with Miami's Channel 17 on
a piece called "Was the Invasion Worth It?" She was
able to get three speakers: Louis Endara, Al Baldwin
(former Press Officer for the Panama Canal) and former
U.S. Ambassador to Panama, Ambler Moss. What a
line-up. Hindi is also working on a fictional movie script
based upon a young woman's adventures on the eve of
the 1999 turnover of the canal to Panama. Her biggest
project is entitled "How We Lived...When the Canal Was
Ours" and she is currently waiting to hear back from the
government about a grant to fund the project and already
has the prerequisite matching grant from Miami Dade
Community College. If you would like to contact her
regarding your personal experiences in Panama, her
address is: 13705 S.W. 74th Ct., Miami, Florida 33158.

Janice "Cookie" Newlon
(305) 532-6525


Sunner is here and has brought many friends and
family members to visit our beautiful Sarasota.
We were honored to have the recently installed
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia,
the Rt. Rev. John Henry Smith, with his wife, Vic-
toria and foster son, Jon Roberts, of Charleston,
W.VA, who were visiting the Bishop's parents, Rob
and Elsie (Neely) Smith of Sarasota. Jon is a col-
lege student in Boca Raton, FL. They were the
guests of honor at an Open House at his parent's
Out-of-town guests included his brother-in-law
and sister, Ron and Robbin (Smith) larson of Bra-
denton; and his aunt, Esther (Neely) Burks of New
Port Richey, FL; also Truman and Betsy Hoenke of
Homosassa, FL, Roger and Mary (Wilmoth) Million,
Somerset, NJ, J. Bartly Smith of St. Petersburg,
with his daughter, Carnen (Smith) Neu of Denver,
CO; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reed of Cortland, NY
and Osprey, FL.
Esther Burks remained for a longer visit with
her brothers-in-law and sisters, Mike and Marion
(Neely) Greene and Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith.
She was also honored as a guest at several "cof-
fees" and luncheon affairs.
Recent visitors also included Dr. and Mrs.
Frank Bowman of Durango, CO. Mrs. Bowman is the
former Mary Ruth (Davis), daughter of the late
Herbert and Lillie (Neely) Davis.
Jack Clarke has returned from three weeks in
Meridian, Miss. with his daughter, Nancy Kresge.
He enjoyed seeing her lovely home, located on a
knoll overlooking the lake. They also took many
side trips, enjoying the scenery and delicious
food, but admits it's nice to get home again.
Mrs. Blanche HartIan has returned to her home
in Glen Oaks, Sarasota after a six-weeks stay in
the hospital following a stroke. She has had many
visits and best wishes from her many friends and
Her son, Leo McIntire, made several trips from
Tulsa, OK; also her granddaughters, Cheryle (Mc-
Intire) Burkenper of Oklahoma City, OK, and Vicki
(McIntire) and Jim Healy with their infant daugh-
ter, Elizabeth Ann, who Blanche had never seen,
arrived from Tulsa, OK for a week's stay. Her
niece, Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of Bradenton with her
out-of-town guests, Tate and Carolina (Hulsebosch)
Bebbins of Fort Myers, as well as Blanche's sis-
ter, Mary (Walker) Sassor, came from Ft. Lauder-
dale to visit.
Stella and her guests also visited Blanche's
brother, George Walker, where they enjoyed lunch
and lively conversation with George and Mayno Wal-
ker at their home. On an earlier visit, Stella
brought her accordian and entertained the patients

in the Hospital Rehabilitation Section.
A surprise birthday party was held at Blanche's
home the week she returned to her home. Her
granddaughter, Cheryle Burkemper, arrived for a
return visit and also to share her birthday.
Friends will be happy to learn she is making great
progress and has a very competent and personable
live-in companion, Nicole Scott, from Tulsa, OK,
who is staying with her.
Myrtle Hughes, Fran Orvis, lauise Pustis and
Jay Cain left from Fort Lauderdale, Easter Sunday,
for a week's cruise to Bermuda on the S.S.MERI-
DIEN. They had many interesting tales to tell
about their trip and a great time was had by all.
After many years' residence in Sarasota, Mina
H. Dee has recently moved to Dunedin, FL to be
closer to her son and daughter-in-law, Pete and
Mary lou (Dailey) Lang of Clearwater.
While in Sarasota, Mina was an active member
of the C.Z. Monday Morning Coffee Group, C.Z. Bir-
thday Club No. 3, and the O.E.S. Star Club. Mina
is very happy in her new home and has joined in
the many activities there. However, she would love
to hear from any of her friends and would appreci-
ate cards or phone calls. Her address is: Mina H.
Dee, The Village at Manor Park, 880 Patricia Ave.,
Apt. 264, Dunedin, FL 34698. Phone is (813) 736-
Julius O. "Barney" Barnes was honored on his
90th birthday, March 13th, with a dinner party at
his favorite restaurant, hosted by his wife, Ra-
mona "Tinsie" Barnes. Afterwards, the group came
for traditional birthday cake and ice cream at the
home of his sister-in-law, Mayno (Bliss) and Geor-
ge Walker.
Barney retired in 1953 as Chief of the Payroll
Bureau for the Panama Canal Conpany, with 36 years
government service. They retired to Ridgeley, W.
VA where they lived for many years before moving
to Sarasota in 1960.



Jean Barker returned in April following a ten-
day visit in Panama with her cousin. While there
she also visited with Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Jean left the Isthmus 25 years ago with her
husband, the late Lew Barker, formerly of the Can-
al Zone Police Department.
Gladys B. Hmphrey
(813) 955-1900

St. Petersbumr

Betty (Comley) and Barney Forgeson enjoyed see-
ing Amn (Green) and Al Tillnmnm from Arlington,
VA. The 4 of them attended Anna's 50th Balboa High
School class reunion in Dothan, AL. Betty's sister
Beverly and husband George Dilfer visited them
over Easter from Boca Raton. All enjoyed the Largo
Renaissance Medieval Festival, Easter Day in Sara-
sota with Fi and Eno Everson, and seeing Cypress
A letter came to us from Rita Bell Ceyer from
down under New Zealand. It is indeed very inter-
esting to read about their life style. If any of
Rita's friends wish to write to her, please call
me for her address.
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Bohannon are leaving in
June for Russia, Africa and China and expect to
return in August.
Mr. and Mrs. Black are going to Costa Rica and
Panama in May for 3 weeks.
Do you like fun and good music? I was fortunate
to attend the Mumrs Concert at the Mehaffy Thea-
tre at Bay Front Center. The music and costumes
were beautiful. They promised to come again. The
Mumers Club is in Philadelphia, PA. Each year they
parade on New Years Day in Philadelphia.
Gene and Ethel Askew recently returned from a
wonderful vacation in Hawaii. They spent two weeks
visiting five beautiful islands and highly recom-
mend Tauck Tours. On the way back, they stopped
in San Francisco for a visit with Ethel's cousin,
Judge Dorothy von Beroldingen, who, as a child,
resided in Balboa with her parents.
Their granddaughter, Christy Goodwin, is gradu-
ating from the University of South Flordia and her
parents, Nancy and Jack Goodwin, are coming up
from Panama for the occasion.

Gertrude Allgaier
(813) 546-2245


Barney Barnes has 90th birthday


This news will be old, but we missed the dead-
line. Here it is anyway.
The first annual Tallahassee Christmas tree
burn was held at Lorraine (Husun) and Todd Allen's
new home on Saturday, January 13, 1990. Zonians
attending were: Cash and Mary Jane Paulson and
their kids Mike and Cindy Paulson and Janie and
Milton Paulson and families; Ellie Husun and her
clan of Janet and Keith Herrington, Mary Iusun and
Barbie Husun (George's wife) and new son Patrick;
Val and Mary Lynch, Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena and
her sons Kristopher and Andrew, Eugenia Bing, Ann
(Noval) Allinder and her husband Jeff and daugh-
ters Carolyn and Abbie.
We enjoyed ourselves reminiscing about Panama
and discussing the capture of "la cara de pina"
Noriega and stayed until all the trees were burn-
ed, cervezas were drunk and food was eaten.
Many former Zonians attended the wedding of
April (Adams) and Chris Sparks on December 29,
1989. April previously lived in Panama in the late
1960's. We closed out the year and the reception
dancing to "La Bamba" (like we did at the Fish &
Bright parties). Attending were: Bruce and Annie
Barca, Mike, Mary and Ellie Husun, Patty Arose-
mena, Lorraine and Todd Allen, and the Cook family
Helen, Rose, Thomas (and his wife), and Mary.
Walter Kelleher, Jimmy Bradley and Rich Candia
had Walt's sister Patty and kids over for Walt's
infamous Chinese wok dinner. We assisted Bradley
with his "medio galon" of Ron Cortez during happy
hour. Jimny had just returned from his vacation
to the war zone and we got Panama news first hand.
Dave and Janie Kelleher had their first child,
a beautiful baby girl, Jessica Lynn, on October
31, 1989.
Congratulations to Beth Mizrachi of Panama. She
is engaged to be married in November, 1990, to
Craig lane of Tallahassee.
Janet Herrington and son Keith are moving to
the Dallas/Fort Worth area in April 1990. (I know
Janet will be glad to get out of Mariana, Fla.).
Jill (Paulson) Berger is in Tallalhassee. The
girls, Patty Arosemena, Lorraine Allen, Marcie
Nita and Judy (Paulson) Weaver had some good times
during Auntie Jill's visit.
If you are living in the Tallahassee area,
please call with any printable Zonian news/gossip.
I am volunteering as the Reporter for Tallahassee
(cuz somebody has got to do it).
Heard from Sue (Pinkerton) Luft, Mary (Peter-
sen) Swenning, Jeannine (Carlin) Clark, and Tomnmy
Finnamon. They all plan on making it to the reun-
ion this year.
Patty (Kelleher) Arosemena
(904) 575-2277


Sue Kelleher and Margaret (Kelleher) Marsalona
toured Europe for 2 weeks in March. They flew into
Amsterdam and, by way of Eurailpass, went to Brus-
sels, Paris, Florence, Rome, Venice and Heidel-
Besides seeing every museum and tourist attrac-
tion on the continent, they were able to visit
Sue's former FSU roommate, Kim (Gibbs) Musgrave,
in Gaeta, Italy.

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Margaret (Kelleher) Marsalona and Sue Kelleher at
Heidelburg Castle in Germany
In Heidelburg, Germany they met cousin Bernie
Kelleher and his wife Julie for an authentic Ger-
man meal at "The Golden Lamb."
We both had a fantastic time and plan to return
in the future.

Bernie and Julie Kelleher


George Ateek is excited about flying to Ft.
Lauderdale on April 27 to attend Billy Dodd's wed-
Maritza attended a bridal shower for Jan and
Connie Sperling who were both married in Tampa,
FL in the month of April. The wedding shower was
attended by a few Zonian girls such as Marion Tib-
lier, Beth Mizrachi, Sheila :Daniel, Laurie Fen-
nell, Agnes Henple (Reardon), Keri Colvin, Diana
Archibald (Sperling) with daughter Alessondra, and
mother of the brides-to-be, Amelia Sperling. Dur-
ing the shower while talking to Beth Mizrachi, it
was found that she soon will also be getting mar-
ried. Her husband-to-be is Craig Lane of Talla-
hassee, FL. The wedding will be held on December
15, 1990 in Tallahassee, FL. Also in speaking to
Diana Archibald (Sperling), she was proud to say
that her husband Roger recently received his Pro-
fessional Engineer License. Roger has been offered
a position with Law Engineering in Arizona, so the
family will be moving from New Orleans to Phoenix
in May of 1990. Prior to the move, Diana will be
hosting her daughter Alessondra's 4th birthday
party at Chuckey Cheese in New Orleans. Diana and
her family are very much excited about their new
Jill (Paulson) Berger was up from Panama for
about 1 month in February and March. After going
through the "war" in Panama, she really enjoyed
spending time with family and friends in Tallahas-
Had a great time at Val Richey's wedding in
March. Val and Burkhart were married at St. Law-
rence Church in Tampa. The reception at Davis
Island was attended by Zonians Roy and Charlotte
(Craig) Reyes, Mary and Steve Tochterman, Sue
Kelleher, Margaret (Kelleher) arsalona, Sheila
Rose, Lori Fennell, Mark Robinson, and the entire
Richey clan. We had a great time with the steel
drum band.
We look forward to hearing any news you want
to share with former Zonians. Please send or call
us with news.

Maritza Reyes Susan Kelleher
Reporter Reporter
(813) 968-2885 (813) 960-5840


Hawaii is growing larger, with Kilauea Volca-
no's heavy flow (which has now consumed its 82d
home), whereas my news for this column is growing
briefer (with fewer sources of news flow).
Mel Sayac is leaving for San Francisco, and
then to Europe about May 1st. The University of
Hawaii wanted to send him to Thailand as a consul-
tant on the shrimp farming business, but this con-

flicted with his plans. Mel and his wife Lois were
disappointed not to be able to visit Panama, where
she has relatives, but they were advised not to
Freddy Dietz, formerly of Balboa et al., called
upon his return from Panama to Hawaii to say that
he had a fine time in Panama and has pictures to
show me to prove it. Espero que si!

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Freddie Dietz in Waikiki

Al and Janice Carr, who live on the Valley Isle
of Maui in Kahalui, are so happy about the birth
of twin grandsons on Feb. 13, 1989, born to their
daughter Elaine, who lives near Richmond, VA. Jan-
ice was present for the double treat event as well
as for Christmas. She had worked with and was fond
of my late Aunt Leigh Schmidt in Greenville, NC
many years ago. Also the Carrs are good friends
of my brother Billy D. Sorry to say the Carrs will
not be attending the reunion.
The Drew Waddells, who live in Kailua, are do-
ing mostly baby things now, she says, not getting
out much lately since the arrival of the baby ear-
ly this year.
Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Spring has come to southern Indiana. At least
it has arrived according to the calendar. Weather-
wise, it is not that clear cut. One day will be
a 60 degree day and the next may only be 40 de-
grees. In between the temperature at night may dip
to 28 degrees. The farmers in the area are prepar-
ing the land for planting and that is the surest
sign that spring is either here or near.
Dorothy Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, Indiana
talked on the phone to Edel Batalden who lives in
La Boca with her daughter and son-in-law Kari and
Ed Mlvaire. Edel was in Gorgas Hospital with a
broken hip at the time of the invasion. She is at
home now and says that all is quiet.

Jane's oldest son, Mickey McCauley who resides
near Panama City, Florida with his wife and teen-
age children, is on a three week work assignment
in Seattle, Washington for the Navy.
Jane spent Easter in Danaville, Indiana with
her daughter Sheila and her family.
Jane reports that a former student of hers,
Richard Solar, is a full time teacher at the high
school in Boynton Beach, Florida. He and Jane's
daughter Margie Ochstein, who is a substitute tea-
cher at the same school, were surprised to run in-
to each other and have renewed their acquaintain-
ces. Margie is going to take a review course in
scuba diving so she can go lobstering with her
husband Harold.
Jackie (Whitlock) Wirbrouck of Mishawaka, Indi-
ana visited her mother Frances Nhitlock of Fay-
etteville, Arkansas. On the same trip Jackie vis-
ited with or met the following persons with former
connections to the Canal Zone: Carl and Petie
Maedl Carl was a science teacher and is the
class sponsor for CHS 1949-50 classes which are
holding their reunion in Orlando this year. Both
Carl and Petie plan to attend. C. Luke and Betty
Palubo Luke was a boy's athletics coach. He al-
so plans to attend the class reunion in Orlando
this year. Mrs. Jessie (Albright) Newhard of Ben-
tonville, Arkansas Jessie is an Honorary Sponsor
of the 1949 class and will also be attending the
Orlando Reunion. Mattie (Morrison) Wienan Jack-
ie's great aunt living in Fayetteville. Minnie
(Brown) Burton and Mike Burton Jackie's aunt and
uncle living in Fayetteville. Mary 0. Stringer -
Jackie's adopted sister living in Vandalia, IL,
and Andree (Whitlock) Collins, Jackie's sister
living in St. Louis, M3.
Jackie certainly knows how to squeeze the most
out of every trip she goes on.
Jackie is involved with three functions taking
place in Orlando this year. She is the CHS Coor-
dinator for the 1949-50 joint CHS/BHS class re-
union scheduled for June 21st. Jackie also is the
organizer of the CHS/BHS 1947-54 "Conjunta" sched-
uled for June 22nd. Last but not least, Jackie is
involved with the Morrison Descendants Family
Brunch scheduled for June 23rd. All of these acti-
vities keep her very busy but she says she is hav-
ing lots of fun and is enjoying every minute of
the experience.
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon of Charlestown, In-
diana enjoyed a visit from Curtis and Emily Bliss
of Rockledge, Florida. Curtis and Claud were in
the boy scouts together in Cristobal many years
ago. The four of them visited the plant in Clarks-
ville, Indiana where the "Louisville Slugger"
baseball bats are made. At the conclusion of the
tour, they each received a miniature "Louisville
Slugger" bat. Claud and Ruth's youngest daughter,
Marlene, had just sold her condominium in Louis-
ville, KY and had purchased a house. Curtis, who

among other things is an electrician, pitched in
and made some improvements to the electrical sys-
tem in the new house.
An unexpected pleasure for Curtis and Emily was
waking up one morning to find that it had snowed
during the night and the ground was white. Curtis
and Emily enjoyed their visit and promised to re-
turn soon.

Ruth (Wood) Lyon and Emily Bliss

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Claud Lyon and Curtis Bliss

Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon are looking forward
to a visit the last week in April from Ruth's bro-
ther-in-law, Charles Stepp, and his daughter Judy
(Stepp) Parietti. They live in Medina, Ohio and
plan to drive to Charlestown, Indiana for a five
day visit. Charles was in the service in the Canal
Zone and also was a commissary inspector on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus. Judy attended Canal
Zone schools.
Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Blanche Bishop has moved to new digs on Jeffer-
son Highway in Baton Rouge and is considering an-
other move if she can find the right house with
a small, low-maintenance yard. She enjoys weekly
visits and shopping trips with her daughter, Bill-
ie Greenwood, an RN who lives in Denham Springs
and likes round dancing for fun and exercise.
Fernando and Stella Calvo, and their daughter,
Michelle, are doing nicely in Tallulah where Fer-
nando now works as manager of the Peoples Water
Service Company. They enjoyed a recent visit with
Millie DIerau Sellers in Washington, La. Fernando
and Millie are distantly related.

Michelle, Stella and Fernando Calvo of Tallulah, LA

Joan Gibson Conwver, San Diego, had son, Keith,
home for three weeks at Christmas. His girlfriend,
who is from New Brunswick, Canada, joined them for
10 days of touring the West Coast from Tijuana,
Mexico, to Big Sur, Calif. Joan's daughter, Iori,
also came for a few days. Now Joan is busy redoing
the kitchen.
Annie Gerhardt of Walker has been transferred
to the Rehabilitation Hospital of Baton Rouge and
is recovering slowly but surely after falling and
breaking a hip in March. She looks forward to go-
ing home in May. As a Christmas surprise for the
nieces and nephews, great and in-law, she prepared
a 34-page memoir complete with pictures. Particu-
larly enjoyable were the passages about her days
in the Canal Zone.
Every year, she wrote, the Atlantic fleet and
the Pacific fleet would meet in Panama for maneuv-
ers during the Panama dry season. It was a beauti-
ful sight when our fleet anchored in the bay. At
night when they were all lit up and flashing their
signals, it looked like fairyland.

Among the celebrities she saw were President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Col Charles A. Lindberg and
Aimee Senple McPherson, the controversial Pente-
cosal evangelist. She toured the ship Admiral
Richard E. Byrd took to the South Pole, on which,
she recalled, was a live cow, but she couldn't
find anyone to tell her why they were taking a cow
to the South Pole. Another nmmorable event occur-
red at France Field with the arrival of the silver
"Graf Zeppelin" on a beautiful moonlit night. Hun-
dreds of spectators watched its silent, graceful
arrival and were back the next day for an on-board
tour of its luxurious accommodations. Completed
in 1928, this was the airship that inaugurated
transatlantic flight service.
Cyndi, Keith and Hope Fearon of Marrero are
looking forward to showing off their new daughter
and sister at the Orlando Reunion. Kristen Roe-
shaun Fearon was born Feb. 19 and baptized at St.
Joachim Catholic Church on April 14, the same day
little Kenny and big Kenny Morris celebrated their
birthdays with a barbecue in Covington.
Gen Gregg, Mandeville, reports that wife, Mar-
ian, is in Zachary helping Lynn and Clayton with
the four little Browns during construction of a
swimming pool. Young Gene spent spring break at
Fort Walton Beach and in May starts 10 weeks of
advanced individual training in the Louisiana
National Guard at Fort Lee, Va. Laura is coming
up in June to have her baby and husband, Juan,
will come in July. Laura says Panama will get
along OK as long as Sam helps. Nancy is fixing up
her house in Baton Rouge. Helen is studying for
her nurse's training entrance exams. Bob, Gail and
Molly, Enterprise, Ala., plan to come over for a
medical convention in May. Gene, Marian and the
Browns will vacation in Xtapa, Mexico, in April.
We hope they get a Yucatan! Roland Casanova left
Slidell for a visit to Panama recently and we'll
look forward to his report later.
Bud Hallett, Shreveport, commends the Society
for its affirmative action in seeking donations
through Friends of Panama. He says he is proud of
our Society for what it is doing. "It is a warm
feeling to see the Society give some back to the
people we think so much of and where many happy
and fulfilling years were spent."
After flying Recon planes in Korea as an Army
captain, Gregory J. Rougeau is living in Leesville
now, a warrant officer awaiting promotion to CW2.
He is stationed at Fort Polk where he serves as
airplane pilot for the commanding general and oth-
er VIPs. In about a year he expects to return to
Korea to fly the OV-1 Mohawk again. Gregory re-
cently saw a CNN interview with Raymond Dragseth's
daughter, following Ray's assassination by a hit
squad. Ray was Gregory's chemistry instructor as
well as the chess sponsor when Gregory was at Bal-
boa. If anyone has information on where Ray was
buried, please contact Gregory at (318) 239-9506.

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The Comandancia in Chorrillo

Velma Medina Reilly, APO Miami, sent us some
pictures of Balboa Police Station and the Coman-
dancia in Chorrillo after the invasion of Dec. 20,
more properly defined as the liberation. Sets of
12 prints of these and other Operation Just Cause
action including an aerial view of Chorrillo, Fort
Amador barracks and POW camp, are available for
$17 including postage. Meanwhile, back in Boone,
N.C., where Velma and Dave plan to retire, daugh-
ter, JoAnn, is attending Appalachian State Univer-
sity. She was visited recently by Floridians Keith
Jordan and Jinmy Bradley, who also came to see Lee
Engelke, who works in Boone.

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L-R: Lee Engelke, Keith Jordan, JoAnn Reilly and
Jimmy Bradley, at Appalachian State University,
Boone, North Carolina

Millie Damerau Sellers (BHS'54) is recovering
nicely after open-heart surgery in December. She
went back to work at Louisiana Wildlife & Fisher-
ies on April 1. She's seen or heard from several
old buddies recently Fernando and Stella Calvo
of Tallulah; Bob and Marguerite Neal Zumbado of
Orlando; Fred Cotton, San Antonio; Anne Magee Sev-
ery, Oceanside, Calif.; Cleve and Odie Windberg
Soper, Atlanta, but moving to Dothan, Ala.; and

Carroll and Betty Flatau Taylor, Dickinson, Texas.
Millie's sons are well. Walton III works for the
state and Billy graduates from high school this
year and wants to go into computers.
Gret and Bill Warren dropped in for an all-too-
brief visit in March on their way from Mexico back
home to New Port Richey via New Orleans to see son
Dave. Their RV caravan through Mexico consisted
of 14 experienced travelers and, though all the
roads weren't super, the scenery was great and the
weather cooperated. The group helped each other
over the rough spots.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Pete Baas spent part of January in Panama with
his Air Force Reserve Unit from Keesler AFB, lend-
ing tactical support. He was glad to be in Panama
again but found the changes heartbreaking. He
makes his home in Gulfport with wife, Jean, and
daughter, Lauren.
Clairee Chisolm, Union, writes she and Roger
have both been under the weather but are home now
and recovering. They hope to visit the Boswells
in Hattiesburg soon. Meanwhile they report the
birth of a new granddaughter, Allison Kay, born
Feb. 20 to Sheila and Mike L ng.
Virginia Selby Entrekin, Hattiesburg, continues
to teach and take trips to give talks on mathemat-
ics education for the University of Southern Miss-
issippi. After the San Diego reunion, she went to
Denver to give a talk and visit her brothers, Ric
and Jim. Ric lives in Denver and Jim flew in from
She is excited one of her children has taken
the trip down the aisle. Son, David, married Jan
Williamson in March at the Galloway Memorial
Church in Jackson. His sister, Gayle, who is a
professional flutist, played three classical pie-
ces during the ceremony. David is a polymer chem-
ist and Jan is a program coordinator for the state
health department.
Things are heating up for a BHS'52 get-together
in Florida in 1992, but we need an organizer.
Class Secretary Virginia is eager to be of assis-
tance in supplying current address labels of class
members, but will not be able to organize it this
time. A call goes out for a class volunteer. All
in favor of Beth? Yea! Virginia and Shirley are
ready to share their expertise from the 1987 bash.
And this reporter is ready to make the announce-

The garden's coming in, the birds are chirping,
the critters are doing their thang and going to
country auctions is turning into a fun pastime for
those folds down on the farm, Gerda and Owen Smith
from Osyka. They're thinking of taking the new
trailer to the reunion, especially since Owen's
BHS'43 class will be having a get-together.
Shirley Zemer Swenson in Carriere has had her
hands full teaching seventh graders again this
year. Son, John, is a senior at Loyola of New
Orleans and plans to graduate in May.

Wilma and Willy Nowotny arrived in Henderson-
ville in late March. They stayed with Betty and
Bill Dunning for a few days and then "camped out"
in their new home until their household goods
arrived. Their new address is: 110 Breckenridge
Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


North Carolina

We are always glad to have Janet and Ross Cun-
ningham back with us in their home at Connastee
Falls. They plan to be here through November.
Martha and Steve Tanner's address did not get
changed in the directory. The correct address is:
Rte. 6, Box 106, Hendersonville, NC 28792. In
April, on their 20th anniversary, their daughter
and her husband, Ananda and Conway McGee came from
Beaufort, SC to celebrate with them and planted
their gift of two apple trees. Martha and Steve
are excited about having a garden this year have
the ground plowed, etc.
Jean and Adrien (Kibby) Bouche from Englewood,
FL, and George Bouche from Wichita, TX, stopped
to visit Gene Clary in March.
Norma and Sam Irvin's son, Tom, and his wife,
Karen, from Maryland, were here with them for sev-
eral days in April. They were in time to see San
III before he left to go back to sea for his next
Linnea and Ron Angernnller's daughter, Britta,
came from Atlanta to spend Easter and help cele-
brate her mother's birthday.
Pat (Dunning) and Jack Hunt arrived on March
1st and are busy getting their new home ready for
occupancy. While the redecorating is being done,
they are staying with Pat's mother, Elva Dunning.
Jean and Jack Dombrowsky expect Edna and Jim
Million on the 1st of May to spend a few days on
their way to Vermont where they'll spend the sum-
mer. Jean and Jack went to Aiken, SC in March
where they were houseguests of Peggy Hutchison and
attended the P.C. Society luncheon. They spent
Easter with their daughter, Barbara Sanders, and
her family in Asheboro, SC.
Ruth Sill's daughter and her husband, Mary and
Ted Peck, from New Jersey, were with her for a few
days in March.

End of March found me enjoying the 50th Balboa
High School Reunion in Dothan, AL. Iouise (Rathge-
ber) Hunt and her cornittee are to be commended
for a very successful gathering of school friends
from the 1940 graduation class. It was just great
seeing so many friends of that era once again. One
teacher also joined us, Miss Dorothy G. Hayward,
from Long Beach, California. We were fortunate to
purchase a video of our fellow classmates, friends
and festivities to refresh our memories of the
occasion. Bill and Lou Gaines were celebrating
their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday, March
31, and were presented a cake which they shared.
A misstep resulted in a broken left wrist of
Shirley Jennings; yet, after getting her wrist set
and in a sling, she was back to join in the festi-
The sad note was the sudden death of Carl
Browne, husband of Blanche (Adler) Browne. My
deepest sympathy is extended to her.
While in Dothan, house guests of Doris and
Neilson Etchberger, who were Margaret (Godfrey)
Vick, Betty ((han) Snow and myself, were enter-
tained with friends dropping by to visit, and to
share a Catonese dinner prepared by Doris. Mir-
eille and Dick Erbe, Grace (Shack) and Lee Wilson,
Marie (Haggerty) Ewing, and Marie (Schnidt) Park
were a few who dropped by.
On Sunday, April 1, Betty Snow and Margaret
Vick returned to the homes, while I stayed on to
enjoy my visit with Doris and Neilson, and to
sightsee the territory. I did enjoy the unplanned
RAIN, with lightning and thunder and rain coming
down in buckets! That never happens in the NW, as
we have bajareques (continual misty rain).
Margaret (Godfrey) Vick swam in the Senior Ci-
tizen Olympics of April 3, held in Houston, TX.
She won a gold medal in backstroke and a bronze
medal in the crawl. Congratulations to Margaret
on her wins!
On April 3, Doris and I attended the monthly
Dothan Ladies Isthmian Birthday Luncheon, where
I remet former classmates and friends of Zone

Left to Right: Allan Monsanto, Iowa City, IA; June Bunker Ellison and Marie Schmidt Park; Roy Boggs,
Lynnwood, WA; Margaret "Peg" Brugge, Belle Haven, VA; John W. Clark, Hagerstown, MD; and Aubrey J. Lewis,
Orlando, FL

days; just great seeing everyone again.
Wilma (Wickens) Kennerd drove Doris and I to
Graceville, FL to do some shopping at the outlet
stores and for lottery tickets. (No winners in the
lottery.) Then we took in Eufala for the open
house tours of the antebellum homes gorgeous!
We had a very enjoyable and interesting time to-
gether, even though I couldn't keep up with Doris,
Neilson and Wilna. We went our own pace and timed
our meeting.
Another tour took us to Troy, where we took in
the Pike Pioneer Museum, very interesting and well
worth the visit. Even found a piece of '"hme" on
display. A cayuco from the Isthmus of Panama, once
owned by a GI stationed there, who donated it to
the museum to keep it from falling apart.


Mary Mallia and Marie Gangle
Like all good things that must come to an end,
it was time for me to return to the Northwest. I
thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Dothan, the Reunion
and especially with Doris and Neilson Etchberger,
and sincerely thank them for their gracious hospi-
Back home to the bajareques, read a lot of
mail, prepared an Easter hunt for the grandchild-
ren, showed the photos and the video to the Bun-
kers and Towerys (who were given order blanks),
and busily preparing this report to beat the dead-
line, kept me busy.
Thelna Carey of Salt Lake City, Utah, recouper-
ating from a hip replacement, phoned and asked for
Lucille Bush's address.

Evelyn Kimberling wrote to a friend in the Zone
to find out best time to return for a visit. She
was advised to wait for a while for things to set-
tle down. Her son Bryce of Independence, Oregon
designed a PGE learning coloring book for child-
ren, which was published.
The enclosure from Floyd and Beverly Baker mis-
sed the January deadline, so I am enclosing it
with this report.
Early in December Floyd and Bev Baker had their
annual Christmas party for relocated, retired and
displaced Zonians. Guests who came the farthest
distance were Tom and Marilyn Marsh, Jack, Elaine
and Wynne Streeter from the Portland area and John
and Garnett McLaughlin from Lake Chelan. Other
guests were: Lee and Kathy Snider, Cec and Donna
Caudill, Phil and Weulcia Wilkins, Don and Sandy
Seymour, John and Michelle Bundy, Dale and Bonnie
Fontaine, Bill and Marty Lohr, Jan (fcaughlin)
and Carl Roush, Cheryl Caudill, Paul Baker and
Beth Baker, Mellisa (Knoop) and husband Corey,
Steve Herring and Tim Streeter. No, the party did-
n't last all night but there were ten folks there
for breakfast the next morning.
Tim Streeter announced he would soon be relo-
cating in Los Angeles where he would be appearing
in late January in a John Steppling play, "The
Thrill," at the John Anson Ford Theatre in the
Hollywood Hills.
In connection with her position as Family Pro-
gram Director for the Washington National Guard,
Bev Baker attended a conference in Orlando. She
and Floyd stayed at the Delta Court of Flags which
gave them the opportunity to check out the reunion
sites and accommodations. It looks like a great
place for the Reunion. While standing in the in-
evitable lines at Disney World's MGM Studios, they
discovered Shirley (Alexitis) with her son Paul
and his family, and had lunch with Skip Hollwell
and a delightful friend from Colon. Floyd also
visited Jack and Lil Robson, but was saddened by
the news that Don Yerxa had passed away just a few
days earlier. On the return trip, they stopped in
Houston to spoil granddaughters Brittany and 1Dn-
ielle and visit son Glen and Diane Baker. Tito and
Nina Mouynes and their two children were honored

guests at a dinner given by Phil and Weulcia Wil-
kins on January 28th. Tito and his family have
just moved to Bellevue, WA. Other guests were Cec
and Donna Caudill, Lee and Kathy Snider, Floyd and
Bev Baker and Russ and Leslie (Wilkins) Shorter
and their one year old son.

Dora Kridle; 91 and Proud of it!

My son, James B. Wood, and his volley ball team
high school age boys have qualified at Regionals,
which included Oregon and Washington, and are now
heading for Nationals, June 28 to July 7, on the
University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque,
NM. Jim started this program 5 years ago, and has
been teaching the boys the fine points of volley
That's the news for this time. Have a ball at
the Orlando Reunion!
Martha B. Wood
(206) 694-0536

hone in Newberry, MA to enjoy through the summer
months and live in Broken Arrow during the winter.
They are also the proud grandparents of Brandon
Ware Atwell born to Don and Lisa Atwell of Mem-
phis, TN in March. This makes grandson number 5.
The Oklahoma Canal Zone Chapter is delighted to
add two more Zonians to its roster.
Mark Anduss will graduate from The American Uni-
versity, Washington, D.C. on 13 May 1990. He will
have earned a B.S. in physics, with a specializa-
tion in audio technology. He will pursue a Mas-
ter's Degree in the same field and has obtained
an assistanceship to continue his work at AU. Mark
graduated from Balboa High School in June, 1987.
The MATHCOUNTS team from Oklahoma is being
coached by Janet Anduss. The Mathcounts Team from
Madison Middle School, Bartlesville, where Janet
is Coach, won the Oklahoma State title at the
state competition held in March. The national com-
petion will be held in Washington, D.C. in May.
Janet attended the National Mathcounts competition
in 1986 and 1987, taking students from Curundu
Junior High School.
Jim and Chris Sowell continue to be heavily
involved with their three sons' soccer program.
Unfortunately, they have been unable to attend any
of the chapter activities but have been supportive
in sending news.
Oklahoma has had an extremely wet spring with
double the usual amount of rainfall. Whether this
has kept Oklahoma Zonians quiet or whether they
are suffering from the winter "blahs" is unknown,
but they've kept this reporter short on news. Come
on, gang! Loosen up! The Chapter needs your help
and support to stay alive and thrive.

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


Isthmian Newsreel


Bill and Teresa Keller and their family went
to Rogers, Arkansas and Bronson, Missouri over
spring break. They visited Alice Keller, Bill's
grandmother, who now lives in Rogers. She is a
Canal Zone retiree. After visiting the beautiful
Bronson area, they visited Teresa's brother and
his family in Aurora, Missouri.
Florence and Howie Atwell will be moving to
Broken Arrow this fall. They plan to keep their

Our famous and ever-popular Al Sprague has been
making some history over the past few months. For
the last 4 years Al had worked on paintings of the
infantry man in his jungle element. He completed
these 9 oil paintings, all of which are in the
permanent collection of the Department of the
Army, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
In October 1988 Al and Marsha (Makibbin) were
invited by General Carl Vuono, Chief of Staff of
the Army, to formally present these paintings. In-
strumental in making these paintings possible was
General Fred Woerner, then Commander in Chief of
the U.S. Southern Comnand and a longtime friend
of Al and Marsha.


In early February of this year, Al was invited
to come to Panama by the Center of Military His-
tory, U.S. Army, in the capacity of the combat ar-
tist for Operation JUST CAUSE. Al did a lot of
hard work in reconstructing significant battle
scenes of the invasion this consisted of being
flown through the exact conditions of combat at
times with the actual men and women involved with
the fighting. No stone was left unturned in get-
ting down to the actual combat details.
Since Al had arrived after the fact, the combat
situations had to be reconstructed for him. The
Army gave him full and courteous cooperation. To
complete his source of materials for the 10 forth-
coming paintings of Operation JUST CAUSE, he will
travel to the Pentagon and also to Fort Bragg,
North Carolina for additional details and guid-
ance. The paintings will be completed and shown
in the Army USA Show in Washington, D.C. early
October 1990. Reproductions of the JUST CAUSE ser-
ies should be available sometime before October.
Al expects to return to Panama in November for
a showing of all the Operation JUST CAUSE repro-
ductions, since the original oil paintings will
be in the Pentagon's personal collection. These
reproductions featuring all of the battle of Oper-
ation JUST CAUSE will be on sale at the Corozal
Exchange, where Al will be there to personalize
each of them.
Al will also have seriographs (silk screens)
of the Polleras and Montunas available. In addi-
tion to all these magnificent achievements, Al
will bring for the very first time his poster of
Panama, featuring a Pollera dancer. He hopes to
have this and much more available at this year's
Al asked me to pass on to all his friends that
he is bringing his ukelele and Mooney Stabler will
be bringing his guitar to the reunion and hopes
that all will join them for the fun.
Bob and Pat chasee ) Thrift will celebrate their
20th Wedding Anniversary on 24 April. Bob and Pat
were married at St. Mary's Church in Balboa and
still reside on the Isthmus. Bob works for the
Electrical Division, PCC, and Pat is employed by
the U.S. Army. They have two children Rob, age
19, and Leanne, age 16. Congratulations Bob and

Mary Coffey


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No event since the Carter-Torrijos Treaty has
affected Panama, or those of us who still live
here, as much as "Operation Just Cause." The U.S.
Military action began in the early hours of Decem-
ber 20, 1989, and I'm sure everyone who was here
has a story to tell.
For me, it began around 1 a.m. with the jagged
sound of our bedroom phone. It was Sheila Carnes
Bell, who, in a hushed, anxious voice, said, "Sue,
we're in ECHO, turn on your radio and T.V.!" We'd
already been in DELTA since the previous weekend,
when a member of the Panama Defense Forces (PDF)
killed an off-duty U.S. Marine. Hearing that it
had gone to ECHO painted a red flush on my neck
and face and tightened my chest, kind of like what
happens to me on the downhill sweep of a roller
DELTA and ECHO, along with ALPHA, BRAVO and
CHARLIE, refer to the U.S. Military's Personnel
Movement Limitations (PML's), with PML ALPHA being
the least limiting and PML ECHO meaning "Movement
prohibited, stay in your quarters." While we in
PCC are repeatedly told that the PML's are just
"advisories" and not mandatory as they are for the
military, we nonetheless regard them seriously and
use them like a thermometer of the political cli-
mate. In the last two years of increasing politi-
cal tensions, DELTA had only been invoked once be-
fore, with the coup attempt in October, and ECHO,
In the bedroom's darkness, I turned on the T.V.
and radio, then alerted a few other friends by
phone. Trying to sound calm but feeling like they
could hear my pounding pulse through the phone,
I specifically remember calling Theresa Snider
Herring and Alberta Wilder Corrigan in Gatun, my
sister-in-law Fran Stabler Mfyer in Los Rios and
Any Garcia Fisher in Fort Clayton. I think I call-
ed others, too, but I can't remember exactly who.
While I tried to learn something about what was
going on from the T.V. and radio, my husband, Lew,
slept, as did the other members of my family, in-
cluding our two sons, Tiany and Robbie, and our
stateside Christmas visitors, my mom, Kathi Lessi-
ack; my brother John Lessiack; his wife Dawn Jen-
kins Lessiack; and their two-year-old, Lauren.
They had arrived just six days earlier for a Pan-
ama vacation they'd planned for over two years.
I think about fifteen minutes passed before I re-
alized I should wake Lew.
As gently as I could, I woke him to the news
that we were in PML ECHO. He bolted awake, and af-
ter I told him as much as I knew, his first ques-
tion was who else had I already told? We're all
so conscious of helping each other down here that
he right away telephoned even more friends, like

Richard and Luz Alvarez across the street, Rafael
and Judy Mndez in Panama City, Christian and
Michelle lilies in Colon and others.
We also woke my mom, John and Dawn, who congre-
gated with us on the floor of our bedroom. We sat
there in the darkness, glued to the T.V., stunned
to learn from CNN News that the U.S. Military had
just invaded Panama.
Not knowing exactly what this meant or what
would happen next, and fearful of losing all tele-
phone communications, we made more middle-of-the-
night calls, this time stateside to our daughter,
leslie Griffin, in California; Lew's parents, Joe
and Thelma Stabler, in Florida; and Dawn's parents
in Kansas City. We at least wanted all of them to
know what was happening and that we were safe at
home in Gatun. We knew if they woke in the morning
to the news that Panama had been invaded, they'd
be frantic with worry.
Our local INTEL operators, since we're all in
this together, wanted to know 'Where are you?
What's it like there? Are you safe? Are you scar-
ed?" They were scared to death! Not only could
they hear explosions and gunfire nearby, they
could see the sky lit up by rocket fire and feel
their building vibrate!
Afterwards, we all went downstairs for coffee,
John and Mom for a smoke on the back porch. That's
when we realized Gatun was being patrolled by U.S.
soldiers! They stopped their armored vehicle, got
out and told John and Mom to get back in the house
and stay there. I think John may have gone back
to bed, but the rest of us just sat dazed in front
of the T.V., which was by now giving us non-stop
coverage, via CNN News.
Around dawn, Jennifer Jones, SPILLWAY Editor,
called to say I should forget going to the other
side for a planned office meeting today. She also
said she hoped it wasn't true but that she heard
Kandi Helin had been killed the night before. I
couldn't and still can't believe it but when I
called my brother-in-law Ron Meyer, who shares a
duplex with the Helins in Los Rios, I knew the
minute I heard his voice, it was true. Later, we
were equally shocked to learn of the deaths of
young Richard Paul and Panama Canal College teach-
er, Paul Dragseth.
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The DENI station in Cristobal, formerly the Cristobal
Police Station, shows the signs of "Just Cause" warfare

The former old bachelor building behind the Cristobal
Police Station shows some heavy damage following
"Just Cause". Over the past several years, this building
has housed many Panamanian Government offices

Behind the former Cristobal Police Station. Panama
Defense Forces Vehicles sit charred and destroyed
after "Operation Just Cause"

Debris and destroyed PDF vehicles line the street in
front of the DENI Station, formerly the Cristobal Police
Station, after "Operation Just Cause"

The rest of that day and the days to follow
were taken up with mourning, trying to keep three
preschoolers entertained indoors and making hun-
dreds of phone calls, trying to keep everyone
abreast of everything from roadblocks, to food
procurements, gas availability, mail, possible
evacuation plans, Christmas meals for the soldiers


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patrolling in Gatun and on and on. We also receiv-
ed dozens of calls from anxious friends and family
in the States, and made lots of calls to soldiers'
U.S. families to let them know their loved ones
were all right.

Back to being called Fort Espinar today, "Just Cause"
soldiers temporarily returned the fort to its original
name, Ft. Gulick

still observing a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew, and
most of us, other than going back and forth to
home. We hear that DELTA may soon be lessened to
CHARLIE, but I'm not sure that will lessen our
On January 30, 1990, the Tropic Times reprinted
a Reuter's release that said, "With unemployment
above 30 percent and large numbers of arms still
believed to be in circulation five weeks after the
U.S. invasion, newspapers are full of daily re-
ports of assaults, robberies and shootings. The
reports of increasing numbers of armed assaults
have certainly made the population very worried
and very frightened.

Sue Stabler

The Panamanian Port Authority building formerly the
Cristobal Port Captains Office, shows extensive
damage to the roof after "Just Cause" actions

Since most relief towboat captains couldn't get
to work, Lew worked tons of extra hours, as did
most of the guys from Gatun Dicky Johnston,
Mack landrun, George Coykendall, Chuck O'Droske
and Jim Brown. Christian lilies was stuck, unable
to get home, and Faye Prescod and Raneo Roberts
came in the second day. Chuck Flockhart, Dario
DeSosa and Penny Canamas held the tug office to-
gether, juggling schedules to keep everything
covered. Wayne Seeley, Lucky Dunlan and Dick Bjor-
neby did the same for Launch and Linehandling, and
Rick Alvarez and others for Gatun Locks. It didn't
take anyone long to realize "Just Cause" would be
with us for a while.
And we're still in the middle of it, even
though it's mostly disappeared from front-page
news. We live with a constant apprehension, magni-
fied by Bill Joyce's shooting death in La Boca,
and we do our best to keep a low profile. We're

South Carolina

On March 15th, 40 members and guests met for
a luncheon buffet at the Ming Yat Restaurant in
North Augusta, SC. Our President, Trudi Clontz,
had done her homework well everything went
smoothly. She even had a door prize which was won
by Charlotte Kilbey allins. Those present were:
Billie and Bob Rowe, Betty Barr, Hazel Kilbey and
daughter Charlotte Kilbey Nullins, Evelyn and How-
ard Hilborn, Sis and Bill York, Lorna Shore and
her sister Alice Tretzel, Peggy Hutchison, her
guests Jeannie and Jack Dombrowsky, Trudi Clontz,
Jack and Scottie Steele, Kathleen Burkett, Bea
Lee, Charles Green, Andy Kapinos, John Everson,
his guests son Robert, brother and wife Lou and
Ruth (Anderson) Everson, Betty Galardi, Josey Til-
ley, Frank and Fina Balinski, Ethel and J.D. Tate,
Blanche and Carl Browne, Grace and B.J. Harley,
and James and Eletheer Catron.
Aiken is always very beautiful in the Spring;
the parkways are full of azaleas, dogwood and
spring flowers and the yards full of camellias.
Visitors come to visit at this time and attend the
Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta.
Verna and Andy Kapinos had a visit from their
daughter Carol and grandson Andy Smith during Eas-
ter break. Andy is a freshman cadet at USAF Aca-
demy in Colorado Springs. Carol will be spending
Easter in Hawaii with her husband Robert Smith,
who will be TDY. Col. Smith is stationed in Korea.
Major and Mrs. Charles Puchon (Linda Kapinos) have
been assigned to Kwagalien, Marshall Islands, in

Charlotte Kilbey Mullins with her door prize
Nora and Charles Green had a visit from friends
in the CZ days, Arnif and Frank Mason.
Arnold (Jack) and Azilee Jackson visited Jack's
sister in Winston-Salem, NC and his brother in
Samford, NC.
Iorna Shore's daughter Sandy Davis, Charles
Shore and grandson Adam Davis came from Miami for
Betty and Pete Barr had a visit from Gloria
Loizeaux from Spokane, WA and Rev. Ken Bassett and
wife Beth from Atlanta, GA. Rev. Bassett was Pas-
tor of the Coso Solo Community Chapel.
On March 15th a few friends and the Blystone
children dropped in to help Art and Elsie Blystone
celebrate their 47th Wedding Anniversary. Art is
still enjoying retirement and Elsie works part
time. The "Golden Boys," Charlie Green, Andy Ka-
pinos and Bill Hill get together every Monday for
coffee and chitchat at Art's.

Four Generations: Left to Right: Marvin, grandfather,
Arthur Jr. great grandfather Sr., holding Rickie
Blystone Sullivan, III; Charles; great grandmother
Elsie; Sharon (Blystone) Sullivan; Richard Sullivan,
II, at 47th Wedding Anniversary of Art and Elsie

John Everson spent
several weeks in Florida *-
in Feb. Son Robert
returned with him
and hopes to work
in Aiken. John's brother
and wife, Louis and *
Ruth Everson, visited
in March. Ralph Frangoni
and friend made a
short visit with John,
and attended a practice
round at the Masters.
Walter Alvis stayed John Everson
with him for several
We were all saddened to hear of the death of
Carl J. Browne. The Yorks, Catrons, Evelyn Hil-
born, Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison attended
the memorial service at Fort Jackson, SC. Blan-
che's son Grover and daughter Ellen came up from
Panama and plan to spend some time with their
Nellie (Bruland) Jansen, former Aikenite now
living in Essington, PA, visited the Catrons for
10 days and attended the NARFE State Convention
in North Charleston, SC, along with the Catrons
and Peggy Hutchison. Jim Catron is President of
our NARFE Chapter in Aiken, and Peggy is Secre-
Jack and Jeannie Dmbrowsky visited Peggy
Hutchison and attended our luncheon. Daughter Di-
anne and Jerry Cox spent Easter with Peggy.
A note from Leon Deadeaux, Jr., who lives in
Anderson, SC, tells us that he and his wife were
on their way to Texas to see his sister Iris who
is very ill. His son Charles recently married


Claire and Leon Dedeaux, Jr., and Barbara (Egolf)
and Louis Dedeaux

Rosalind Laird of Columbia, SC and are now living
in Waltham, MA. He works at M.I.T.




Charles and Rosalind Dedeaux, November 4,1989

The Catrons had a visit from their daughter
Penny and family from Mississippi, and their son
Jamie visited them.
Our next meeting is a potluck luncheon at the
Senior Citizens Clubhouse in Crosland Park, Aiken,
on Friday, June 8th, 12 noon.
Eletheer Catron
(803) 648-7517



Greetings from sunny Austin, well more like
soggy Austin these past few months. I think some
indian may have over did his rain dance this year
but our lakes and lawns sure love it. Spring is
definitely here and it feels great. Mom "Bricky"
Pattison has already started to experiment with
her air conditioning (limbo style, how low can you
Noreen Hanson just returned from a visit to the
mother land. She says the Canal Zone is still re-
cuperating. I'm not sure if that means from the
invasion or from her visit.
Apparently she had a good time visiting all her
family and friends. From what I hear, everyone is
doing well. I guess a hard time nowadays is decid-
ing what to barbecue next. She says thanks to all
for the fun she had. One of our Panama landmarks,
the Napoli Restaurant, is still standing as you
can see in the photo below.

We had a short visit from Melanie O'Brien who
was up from Panama for training. I understand she
had a great time seeing old friends.
Dave Fehrenbach, Sue Ann Davenport, Mom "Bric-
ky" Pattison, Kat Pattison and our son Tonmy Pat-
tison plus myself made a recent trip down to Kerr-
ville to see Albert "Snake" and Sue (Hirons) Feh-
renbach. We had a pleasant surprise to find Sue's
mom, Hope (Hollowell) Hirons, who was staying with
them. Mom Pattison and Hope yakked about the Zone
all night long. Hope has since moved to Silver-
dale, Washington to live near another one of her
daughters, Ann (Hirons) Alloay and her family.
Good luck to you, Hope.
Well, on the home front, Kat, our son Tommy and
myself are moving into our new home in Round Rock,
Texas. Mom Pattison is now looking for a place to
buy. We're trying to talk her into a place with
a Gaillard Cut sized pool and a bar room the likes
of the Amador American Legion. We'll let you know
how it turns out.

Sara Michelle Krueger enjoying the Texas
And now from my assistant reporer, Val Krueger:
The monthly Zonie get-together was held at the
H.C. Schroeter Park (dedicated in memory of Bert
Schroeter). It was a "bring-you-own" picnic dinner
and, luckily, it was a beautiful evening for it.
Because of it being Easter weekend, many were
missed but several families and friends of the
regulars joined in. Those attending were Val (Mrs.
Bert) Schroeter and her daughter Susie along with
Val's friend Jean Felldin, Tmmnie Lou Horter, her
daughter and son-in-law Debbie and John Watson (in
from Houston) along with Tomie Lou's friend Patsy

Noreen Hanson inspecting the troops

Rice, Gail and Jess Totten and their children
Julia and Jess, Georgia and Ted Corin, their
friend Tina Schwedel and Georgia's sister Paula
Snyder, Caroline and Newton Cobb, "Buck" and Bar-
bara Krueger, Thelna and Harry Chan, Ann and Joe
Dolan, my daughter Sara Michelle and myself. A
good time was had by all. Buck Krueger brought
stuffed "piva" palm (which can be bought in jars
in a store in Austin) which brought a touch of
Panama to the get-together, not to mention the
wonderful desserts that were made.

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L-R: John Wadman, Lucho and Mimi Azcarraga,
Tom "T-Bird" Pattison, Noreen Hanson, "Majin", the
waiter, Tom "T.Y." and Julie Young, Glorie
(Burgoon) Wright

The following weekend, Marge and Pete Foster
came to Austin along with their daughter (whom
they have been visiting in Houston) June Trim and
granddaughter, Jacquie. It's always wonderful to
see Colette (Foster) Carlisle's younger sister.
They stayed at the Hotel Horter and after Tomnie
Lou and Val Schroeter gave them a tour of Austin,
Sara and I, along with Barbara and Buck Krueger
and Patsy Rice, joined them for a wonderful BBQ
dinner (thanks Tomie Lou and Patsy). The next day
more sightseeing (minus Val and Patsy) with a re-
laxing lunch at the Oasis overlooking Lake Travis.
Unfortunately, the woman ran out of quarters for
the telescope that allowed them an "interesting"
view of the lake. A great way to end their visit.
All for this time.

Hasta la proximo vez,
any news you would like
Best of luck to Pat Beall

Val Krueger
contact me if you have
to see in this column.
on his recovery.

Jim 'Red" Pattison
(512) 441-2091

For old news, Debbie (Meeker) and Carl Elkins
were married in 1986 and have been traveling over-
seas for the last few years.
They are settling near Houston and are current-
ly waiting for their new home to be finished in

Being in Texas, the couple will be able to see
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dabney Meeker, Mart, and
siblings, Sherian, Ft. Worth; and Jamie and Jim,
Houston, more often.


We welcome Doug and Sharon Schnidt who have re-
cently retired and moved from Panama to Kerrville.
Doug and Sharon bought their home here and are
busy unpacking their household goods and settling
Winfred "Irish" and Ramona Ireland have return-
ed to Kerrville. They moved to Edcouch, TX (in the
valley) a few years ago. They are happy to be back
in Kerrville.
A no-host luncheon was held at the Alpine Lodge
to welcome Sharon and Ramona. Twenty-five Zonians
came to renew old and make new friendships.
Our congratulations and best wishes go to Jeanne
Bishop on the announcement of her engagement and
forthcoming marriage (see Weddings). Jeanne is the
daughter of Dale and Jackie Bishop of Kerrville.
A bridal shower was given by Marion Wells and Hon-
ey Fealey for Jeanne.
Helen and Ezra Smith recently toured Hawaii.
It was their first time in Hawaii and Helen said
they thoroughly enjoyed themselves even though
they had to leave their motor home behind.
Bob and Lois Byrd took off to visit family in
Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. They
took all the "fixin's" for a Texas BBQ, complete
with Western outfits and had a Texas-style party
to celebrate graduations in the family. They also
wore out their trailer and bought a new 5th wheel
trailer. Happy trails!!
I received a great telephone visit from Bricky
Colenan Patterson who was visiting friends in
Kerrville. Bricky retired about a year ago and
makes her home in Austin. Sorry that there was not
enough time to see each other, but she promised
to come back soon.
Michael and Catherine Gettle, with their two
children, stopped in Kerrville and saw John Fleck-
enstein and the Ezra Smiths. They were on their
way to Sea World of Texas in San Antonio. Mike and
family live in Granbury, TX. The Smiths drove to
Dallas recently and met the senior Gettles, Jessie
and Olga, who were visiting their son and his fam-
ily in Granbury, TX.
Dolores and Hi Overall were in Kerrville re-
cently to visit Dolores' brother-in-law, Bob Blad-
es. Helen Smith hosted a luncheon for Dolores and
her sister Arlis.
Dr. Frank Smith stopped in Kerrville on his way
to California for a visit with his son, Myke and
family. He was there to welcome his grandson born

to Myke and his wife on March 26. Congratulations,
Frank! During Frank's stop in Kerrville, we were
able to make a few calls and had an "instant mini-
reunion." In addition to good friends, we were
treated to freshly baked empanadas (thanks to Har-
vey Rhyne).
The Rhynes had a visit from Sonia, Erick and
Taffy Rhyne, their daughter-in-law and grandchild-
ren, over the Easter weekend. Their visit made it
an extra happy Easter.
Bea Rhyne
(512) 896-8643


I want to open this report by wishing Canal
Record Editor, Pat Beall, a speedy recovery from
his recent heart surgery! I understand all went
well and he is on the mend. Good luck Pat!
On December 31, 1989, Nicholas Smith (son of
Dr. Frank P. Smith of Gorgas Hospital and the late
Thora Smith) and Julie Rose McClymonds (daughter
of Clarence and Marita McClymonds of Charlottes-
ville, VA) were married in the Alumni Hall at the
University of Virginia. A short reception followed
at the Alumni Hall. In attendance were Frank P.
Smith of Easley, SC, Frank (Myke) and Lynn Smith
of Cupertino, CA, Andrew and Marcia Smith with
their daughter Carmen, all from Durham, NC, and
Margaret Smith of Rock Hill, SC. Other ex-Zonians
included all of the Dr. William T. Bailey clan,
Bill and Jean Bailey (Richmond, VA), Steve, Cindy,
Mikhail and Meghan Bailey (Richmond, VA), Thora
Lee Bailey and David Sullivan (Black Mt. Village,
CA), and Dr. Patricia Bailey (Cleveland Heights,
OH. Jorge Nunez of Tallahassee, FL made the long
haul up from his home alone because his wife was
strapped down with work at the last moment. Nick's
brother Andy acted as best man and Julie's child-
hood friend, Karen Sue Taussig flew in from San
Francisco, CA to act as bridesmaid. Nick presently
works as a school psychologist in a nearby rural
school system and hopes to finish his doctorate
in clinical child psychology in the next couple
of years. Julie is in her third year of undergrad-
uate studies after having spent seven years danc-
ing internationally between Amsterdam, Tel-Aviv,
Sydney and Canberra, Australia. The couple plan
to live in Charlottesville for the next two or
three years.
We are sorry to see Debbie (Garner) Morgan and
family leave the area to Lowry Air Force Base in
Denver. She, her husband, Jack, and her three
children Stacey, Jay and William are looking for-
ward to this assignment since they were stationed
there before and are familiar with the area.

Louise Russon and Jim Murphy have purchased a
house near the Patuxent River in Maryland. Their
new address is: 344 Overlook Dr., Prince Freder-
ick, MD 20678. Happy sailing to them both!
For Easter break the Kochel family, Michael,
Glenda, Stephanie and Jason, of Alexandria, VA,
went to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. They were
joined by Maria (Kerley) Hernandez and son Mike
of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Everyone had a wonderful
time in the sun seeing the sights and shopping,
topped by a jaunt to the Calypso Garden in Nassau.
The Kochels will be leaving Virginia for Ft. Knox,
Kentucky at the end of June where Michael will be
the Chief of Personnel/Troop Conmander at Ireland
Army Community Hospital.

Back: Glenda, Jason, Michael Kochel; front: Mike
and Maria Hernandez, Stephanie Dempsey.
Paradise Island, Bahamas

It has been a wonderful experience being the
Virginia Reporter. I will miss all the people I've
met at the picnics, luncheons, and dinners I've
attended. As I close this report out, I don't know
who will replace me as the Virginia Reporter. I
know whoever takes over will do a wonderful job
and I wish them the best. It has been fun!

Glenda (Lewis) Kochel
(703) 971-1077

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July 25, 1990


1990 Reunion


Wednesday, June 20, 1990
Thursday, June 21, 1990
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM.
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 12:00 NOON, 1:00 PM 5:00 PM.
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 8:00 PM.
Friday, June 22, 1990
REGISTRATION: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM.
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 8:30 AM 9:30 AM; 1:00 PM 5:00 PM.
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 7:00 PM.
SPORTS EVENTS: 2:00 5:00 PM.
Saturday, June 23, 1990
REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM, 2:30 PM 4:00 PM.
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM.
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM 6:00 PM.
ANNUAL BALL: 8:00 PM 1:00 AM.
SPORTS EVENTS: 2:00 5:00
Sunday, June 24, 1990
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM.

Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
Because of the tremendous response to the Golf Tournament, the committee is pleased to announce that all openings
for the tournament were filled by April 15, 1990, and there is a long waiting list of players in the event of cancellations.
The field was extended to 132 players, in lieu of 120 players, but the committee feels that a further extension would impair
the play and slow it down to a pace where we would not be able to meet our commitment to the Delta Court of Flags
in time for the Awards Luncheon. The Committee asks that your bags be properly identified with your name; that you
check in at the clubhouse prior to 8:00 a.m., and be ready to tee off at 8:30 a.m. No latecomers will be accepted. When
you have finished your golf game, please turn your score card into a committee member, and go directly to the Empire
Room at the Delta Court of Flags for the Awards Luncheon. Your cooperation will be great appreciated. Once again,
you may receive a refund of your entry fee if you cancel by the 13th of June. The address of the Cypress Creek Country
Club is 5353 South Vineland Road, Orlando, Florida. Please refer to the Canal Record for directions on how to get
there. You will be given an identification badge at the check-in table, which we ask you to wear in a prominent place,,
for entry into the Empire Room.
All pairings and pertinent information concerning the Tournament will be posted on an easel on Wednesday
afternoon in the Registration area of the Exhibit Hall.

President Betty L. Frassrand
1. Exhibit Hall. Meeting starts at 10:00 a.m.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting and assist in con-
ducting the business of the Society.
3. Only paid-up (1990 Dues) members will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance of the meeting. There will be
drawings for several prizes. You must be present to claim your prize.

Chairperson Stacy Parker
1. Exhibit Hall. 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
2. Fashion Show, conducted by Andy Lim. 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3. Do not bring your own drinks The Twin Towers will have cash bars set up in the
immediate area.
4. Music by "THE BAYTOWN BRASS."
6. No tickets will be sold at the door.
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted in the dance hall.
8. Transportation will be available between Twin Towers and the Court of Flags.
9. Cut-off date for ticket orders is June 3 For refunds, June 10.

Chairperson Stacy Parker
1. Exhibit Hall. 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
3. The Twin Towers Hotel will have cash bars set up.
4. No reservations (Except Reunion Committee members and Past Presidents).
5. Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS.
6. Tito Mouynes and Charlie Cooper's "Copra Band" will provide the music.
8. Transportation will be available between Twin Towers Hotel and Court of Flags.
9. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted into the dance area.
10. Cut-off date for ticket orders is June 3 For refunds, June 10.


Chairperson Betty Malone
1. Exhibit Hall. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:00 noon.
2. 1,000 person ticket limit 10 per member
3. Seating will be at tables for 10 persons.
4. Menu: Chicken Marsala, Chef's Choice Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Salad, French Apple
pie, Coffee and Tea.
5. Cut-off date for ticket orders is June 3 For refunds, June 10.


The response to the Sports Events Questionnaire has been overwhelming. We have commenced establishing the final
program. Please stop by the Hospitality/Information area in the Exhibit Hall to sign up for teams and obtain the time
and location of play. This information will be posted on an easel in the Exhibit Hall area. Please note that the Sports
Events are scheduled to take place on Friday from 2:00 5:00 and on Saturday from 2:00 5:00. A brief awards
presentation will take place at the PanaZonian Dance and Annual Ball.


Chairperson Nancy Van Siclen

1. Please pre-register yourself, family and guests if you plan on attending the re-
union and/or ordering tickets. 1990 DUES MUST BE PAID.
2. Use the Pre-registration and Ticket Order forms printed in the Canal Record.
a. Mail these forms (INTACT DO NOT SEPERATE) along with your check or money
order payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida and send to REUNION CO-
ORDINATOR, P.O. Box 7200, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. Those members residing in
the Republic of Panama please use checks on U.S. banks or money orders or
drafts payable by U.S. institutions.
3. At Registration tables located in the Exhibit Hall, adjacent to the Twin Towers
Hotel, name badges and pre-paid tickets will be alphabetically filed under the
last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure that you pick up badges and tickets during registration hours.
See Schedule of Events for Registration hours. Our Registrars are volunteers
and we cannot work them OVERTIME.
b. Only the member or spouse may pick up tickets and badges that have been
pre-registered. If you are unable-to pick them up, a signed note to the Regis-
tration Chairman, Nancy Van Siclen, authorizing another individual to pick
them up may suffice.
c. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to Dances or Luncheon.
d. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, Past Matron's Luncheon, etc. should
be picked up from the Chairperson of that event.


If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1990 Re-
union, you should submit an application for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer,
Box 1508, Palm Harbor, FL 34682-1508, between now and the May 1990 Board meeting.
Underage drinking will not be tolerated or permitted at the Reunion. Hotel Sec-
urity may request proof of age. Anyone observed supplying intoxicating drinks to
underage individuals will be dealt with as deemed necessary.
Hotel Security will be increased during the reunion to prevent vandalism to hotel
The mixing of your own drinks will not be permitted in any of the hotels, outside
the confines of the guests' room.
Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted
to place schedule, pictures, etc. on the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotels.
Any schedules and other reasonable information concerning your event may be display-
ed in the Hospitality Suite or at the Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall.
Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or
the Annual Ball.



The Society released those rooms that were not reserved in the nine hotels in which we had rooms on
May 20, 1990, the cut-off date. We have made a list of hotels that may have available rooms and will give
consideration to Panama Canal Society of Florida members for those of you who have decided to come to the
Reunion in Orlando after the cut-off date.
Travel Lodge Orlando Flags Inn (formerly Best Western Universal Flag Inn), 5858 International Drive,
Orlando, FL 32819. 1-800-722-7462. June rate; $69/night, plus 10% tax, double occupancy, guests under 17 stay
International Inn, 6327 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 351-4444. June rate; $49/night,
plus 10% tax, double. AAA members; $39/night, plus tax, double.
Holiday Inn International Drive, 6515 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, (407) 351-3500. June
rate; $95/night plus 10% tax, double. Has been recently refurbished.
Gateway Inn, 7050 Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32819, 1-800-327-3808, 1-800-432-1179. June rate;
$72/night plus 10% tax, double.
Roadway Inn International Drive, 6301 International Drive, Orlando, FL (407) 351-4430. June rate
$66/night plus 10% tax, 1 to 4 persons.
Parc Corniche, 6300 Parc Corniche Dr., Orlando, FL 32821, (407) 239-8461, 800-446-2721. 1 bedroom
suites $98/night plus 10% tax and 2 bedroom suites $132/night plus 10% tax.



AT THE COURT OF FLAGS: "Wally's Kids Club" (For residents of Court of Flags ONLY)
1. Kids Nite Out, from 6:00 9:30 PM. No children under (4) or over (12). Seven
nites a week. Charge is $6.00 per child, includes meal. Maximum children is 20
with no notice; up to 40 children with advance notice to provide more help.
2. GROUP RATES: 10 children minimum $3.00 per hour per child.
3. INDIVIDUAL RATES: 4 hour minimum $5.00 to $6.00 an hour, subject to service
Volley Ball and Croquet Available
Contact; Barbara Agar, 1-800-822-1516.

AT THE TWIN TOWERS HOTEL: No Babysitting available. Those requiring that service
may contact the following:
ATS Health Services Fairy Godmothers Child Care Nursefinders of Orlando Super Sitters
1801 Lee Rd., St. 165 4775 E. Anderson Rd. 701 Altaloma Avenue 1862 Winter Park Rd.
Winter Park, FL 32789 Orlando, FL 32812 Orlando, FL 32803 Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 740-5650 (407) 277-3724 (407) 894-1112 (407) 740-5516

Chairperson Bob Johnson

Transportation from the airport to the hotels is available by rental car, taxi,
or other commercial transport.
Our official airline will be Delta Airlines, and the official rental car agency
will be Dollar Rent-A-Car. They will have special rates for our members.
AMTRACK has two round-trips daily from Tampa to Orlando for $23.00 This price is
subject to change before our Reunion. The schedule for leaving Tampa is 11:12 a.m.
and 7:58 p.m. The schedule for leaving Orlando is 8:13 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. There are
also group rates for 15 or more people. Call 1-800-872-7245 Group Rate Desk.


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At the 1990 Reunion in
Orlando, the Reunion Com-
mittee would like to offer the
members more activities to
include all ages from
children to seniors. We ask
your help in determining
what the majority of our
members would enjoy.
Attached is a question-
naire which includes a list of
activities available to the
Society during our 1990



For Office Date/Post FeeRec'd Dues Paid Lunch Ball PZ
Use Only

Membership Number:
1. Member's Name (Please Print)

State Zip

RO. Box 7200
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543
Do Not Detach
LIMITED TO 1800 CAPACITY $3.00/ticket 6 tickets/member

QUESTIONNAIRE No. of tickets_ Total enclosed_
Name Cut-off date for orders, JUNE 3 For refunds, JUNE 10
Do Not Detach
Ages of family members
Participating: LIMITED TO 3000 CAPACITY $8.00/ticket 6 tickets/member
SYear graduated No. of tickets- Total enclosed_
Indicate area of interest: Cut-off date for orders, JUNE 3 For refunds, JUNE 10
Indicate area of interest:
I Video Game PlayoffsDo Not Detach
S--Do Not Detach
ISwimming Relays LIMITED TO 1000 CAPACITY $12.50/ticket 10 tickets/member
Horse Shoes No. of tickets Total enclosed
Water Volleyball Cut-off date for orders, JUNE 3 For refunds, JUNE 10
Tennis 1. Member 6.
Tennis ____________
S2 7.
Spoof Sports
3 _____8. _________________
Please respond by March 30.
Send to J. Drake Carlisle, 4. 9.
485 West Lake Blvd. #72,
Palm Harbor, FL 34683 5. 10.
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A fifty-fifth wedding anniversary was celebrated by
Donovan and Therese Geyer on March 2, 1990 in
Reading, PA.
Daughters Donna Geyer Bowman (Oceanside, CA.)
and Lynda Geyer (Miami, FL.) were in Reading to
celebrate the occasion with a family dinner party. Rita
Geyer Bell, who, with her husband, owns an organic farm
in Upper Moutre, New Zealand was unable to attend.
You last heard from the Geyers when their 50th
anniversary was reported here in the March 1985 Canal
Record. They've kept up an active travel and social
calendar in the Reading area as well as frequent trips to
visit children and grandchildren in California and Florida.

Donovan and Therese Geyer
Don Geyer went to the Canal Zone with George
Allgaier (now retired to St. Petersburg, FL.) in 1942, and
worked in the Commissary Division until 1956 when he
moved to the Industrial Division at Mt. Hope and
remained there until his retirement. Therese arrived in
1943 and the family lived in Old Cristobal, New
Cristobal, Coco Solo and Margarita, where they lived at
the time of Don's retirement in September 1964.
The Geyers send out greetings to all their friends
and colleagues from the Canal Zone. They are still at 204
Gerry Street, Reading, PA. 19611.


The Florida Literacy Coalition recently presented
Virginia Townsend with its Distinguished Service Award.
Mrs. Townsend was given the award for her
outstanding contribution to the literacy effort by the local
Volunteer Service Bureau. She became a volunteer tutor
with the bureau's Learn to Read Program in 1978. Over
the last 12 years she has worked primarily with adult non-

Four years ago, she became a certified tutor trainer,
conducting workshops to certify volunteer tutors for the
program. Since then, she has conducted nine workshops
for 166 volunteers.
Mrs. Townsend lived and taught elementary school
in the Canal Zone in Panama for many years. She and
her husband returned to the United States after they
A long time volunteer, she has been involved with
Girl Scouts for 57 years, holding many positions including
President of the local counsel.
In 1987, Mrs. Townsend was presented with an award
for Outstanding Older Americans by Buddy MacKay.


Mr. and Mrs. Barney Forgeson celebrated their 48th
wedding anniversary on February 14th aboard The Royal
Princess (The Love Boat). They were on an 11 day cruise
from San Juan, Puerto Rico through the Panama Canal
to Acapulco, Mexico.


B 'andBrney

Betty and Barney Forgeson


Captain Robert B. Grier, Jr., at a Change of
Command Ceremony on March 14, 1990, assumed
command of Bravo Company of the 522d Military
Intelligence Battalion, 2d Armored Division at Ft. Hood,
Captain Grier was born in Panama in 1962. He
moved to Texas in 1976 and attended High School in
Kerrville. He then attended Texas A & M and graduated
in 1984 with a Degree in Computer Science.
He served with 2ACR in Nurnberg, FRG first as the


Gifford and Evelyn Wilde of Indian Shores, Florida,
are pleased to announce the engagement of their
daughter, Wendy, to Tim Anderson of Glenn, California.
Tim is the son of Don and Barbara Anderson of
Hamilton City, California.
* Wendy, who was born in the Canal Zone, graduated
from Balboa High School in 1981. She attended Panama
Canal College and Santa Rosa Junior College prior to
earning a BA in Liberal Studies in 1986 and a Multiple
Subject Teaching Credential in 1987 from Chico State
University in California.

Capt. Robert B. Grier, Jr. receiving Bravo Company
Colors and his command March 14, 1990
All Source Production Chief, then Electronic Support
Measures Platoon Leader and finally as the Regimental
T.O.C. Support Element Chief. After attending the
Military Intelligence Advance Course at Ft. Huachucka,
AZ, he came to Ft. Hood and became the Adjutant for
the 522d Military Intelligence Battalion. Captain Grier
has most recently been the Assistant Battalion 53.
Captain Grier is the son of Robert B. "Pappy" and
Verla M. Grier, who reside in Kerrville, Texas.


John Irvin points proudly to the name USS Lexington
shortly after having earned his initial Carrier
Qualification in February.
John made 10 arrested landings and 10 catapult shot
take-offs without a single missed wire.
While John was in Key West, FL., flying, Julie (wife)
kept busy showing Sam and Norma Irvin the local area.
Sam and Norma traveled down from North Carolina
to keep Julie company for a few days. A nice visit was
enjoyed by all.
John and Julie are now in Corpus Christi, Texas,
where John continues his flight training and will earn his
"Wings of Gold" in the summer.
Any Zonians in the area, look us up!

John Irving

Wendy Wilde and Tim Anderson
Her fiancee is a graduate of Hamilton High School,
has an associate degree from Butte College and also
attended Chico State University.
For the past three years Wendy has been teaching
kindergarten. She is currently employed at Mill Street
Elementary School in Orland, California.
Tim is associated with Anderson Orchards, the family
almond and walnut ranch, and also operates a custom
farming and management business.
A June 30 wedding is planned in Chico, California.


Nancy E. Tinkler has been promoted to President of
the United Financial Credit Union in Whittier,
Miss Tinkler, who was born and raised in Panama,
graduated from Balboa High School in 1966. She earned
her bachelor of arts degree in political science and her
master's in business administration at Whittier College in
Whittier, California.
Miss Tinkler's volunteer service for the California Credit
Union movement includes serving as General Chairman
and Vice Chairman for two California Credit Union
League Annual Meetings/State Conventions. She
presently is a member of the Executive Committee for
Electronic Data Systems VISTA Users Steering
Committee. Additionally, she has been Vice President

and a member of the Board of Directors for the Rio
Hondo Symphony since 1987. In 1988, Miss Tinkler
served as an Honorary Whittier Town Chairman in the
Republican Congressional Campaign on behalf of
Congressman David Dreier. She was elected for
inclusion in the 1983 Edition of Outstanding Young
Women of America.
Nancy Tinkler is the daughter of Judith Vega Tinkler of
Whittier and the last Melvin F. Tinkler, both formerly of
the Panama Canal Zone.


Mr. and Mrs. George Allgaier celebrated their 60th
wedding anniversary May 3rd with their family. They
have three children, Edward, John and Louise. There
are 10 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

George and Gertrude Aligaier


The United

States Achievement
Academy has announced
that John Edward Kresge
of Groves High School in
Savannah, GA., has been
named a United States

National Award winner in
John's biography
will appear in the United
States Achievement
Academy Official
Yearbook, published
John is the son of John E. Kresge
Richard E. and Nancy
Kresge of Garden City,
GA. Grandparents are Mr. Jack Clarke and the late
Joyce Clarke of Sarasota, FL., and the late Mr. and Mrs.
Allen Raymond Kresge of Walnutport, PA.


Mr. and Mrs. A. Dale Bishop of Kerrville, Texas wish
to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeanne
Katherine, to Harley David Sheets, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harley L. Sheets of Morgantown, W. Virginia.
A June 16th ceremony is planned at the First United
Methodist Church in Kerrville with the Rev. John W.
Platt officiating.

Jeanne Bishop and David Sheets
The bride-elect is a 1985 graduate of Ingram Tom
Moore High School and received a bachelor of business
administration from Schreiner College in Kerrville in
1989. She is employed with Texas Orchards as a
marketing analyst.
The prospective groom graduated from Morgantown
High School in 1974 and received his bachelor of science
in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University
in 1982. He is also employed by Texas Orchards as
Landscape Architect/Site Planner.


Frank and Sarah Follett of Sebring, Florida and
West Charleston, Vermont, celebrated their 30th wedding
anniversary aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam on a Western
Caribbean Cruise. They were married November 26,
1959 in Lyndonville, Vermont.

Sarah and Frank Follett


Kevin Vincent Ridge, (CHS '78), son of Vince (BHS
'37) and Dottie Ridge, of Center Valley, PA, and Melissa
Rae Fritchman, daughter of Linda Fritchman of
Hellertown, PA were married November 4, 1989 at
Central Moravian Chapel by the Rev. Marlin Schaffstall.
Melissa's sister, Melanie Fritchman, was the maid of
honor and Michele Neubert and Carol Ridge were
bridesmaids. Kevin's niece, Kimberly Jones, was the
flower girl. Michael Ridge, brother of the groom, was
the best man. Ushers were Kevin Neubert, cousin of the
bride, and Steve Jones, brother-in-law of the groom.
Nephew, Garrett Ridge, was the ring bearer.

Melissa Rae Fritchman and Kevin V. Ridge
Ralph Ridge, Kevin's uncle, gave the homily. After
a reception, the couple honeymooned in Baltimore, MD.
The bride graduated from Saucon Valley High
School and is employed at Home Care Services,
Allentown, PA. The groom is employed by the Tri-City
Marble Company, Wescosville, PA. Kevin and Melissa
reside in Macungie, PA.


Connie Sperling, formerly of the Atlantic side, now
residing in Tampa, Florida, was united in matrimony to
Ron Batten also of Tampa, Florida, on April 21, 1990.
The maid of honor was Jan Sperling Johnson, sister of
the bride; bridesmaids were Diana Archibald, Sheila
Sperling and Sheila McDaniel. Tom Sperling, brother of
the bride, was a groomsman in the ceremony. The
bride's brother, Albert Sperling, of Montana was also in
attendance. The bride and groom honeymooned in
Jamaica and upon their return will be residing in Tampa,


Yvonne M.
Hruska and Jordan S.
Haugh were married
December 16, 1989, at the
St. Andrews Catholic
Church, Cape Coral, FL.
Following the ceremony
the reception was held at
the Helm Club at The
Landings Yacht and Golf
Club, Ft. Myers, FL.
The bride,
formerly of Diablo, CZ is L
the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Elmer J. Hruska of
tehig Acr b r Yvonne and Jordan Haugh
Lehigh Acres, FL.
Yvonne, better known as
"Chichi," graduated from Duquesne University,
Pittsburgh, PA with a BA degree in journalism.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs Fred Haugh of
Cape Coral, FL. Jordan is attending Life Chiropractic
College in Marietta, GA.
Lia Helen Kerfoot was her sister's matron of honor.
Bridesmaids were Tricia Mollard, niece of the bride,
Jennifer and Janet Haugh, sisters of the groom. Flower
girls were Kitrina Mollard and Emily Kerfoot, nieces of
the bride.
Best man was Todd Morey. Groomsmen were
James and Jason Haugh, brothers of the groom, and
Steve Bennion. Ring bearer was Joel Michael Haugh.
Rita (Martens) Mollard, sister of the bride was
hostess of the Guest Book.
The couple are at home at 2206 Garrison Plantation,
Marietta, GA 30060.


Mr. and Mrs. Bill Violette announce the marriage
of their daughter Susan Jean to Mr. Travis Bradley
Tunis on March 12, 1990, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Susan Jean Violette and Travis Bradley Tunis


Norine Louise Kaufer, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Zone, was wed to Robert Shannon Crnich of Chicago,
IL., on November 11, 1989. The wedding took place at
the St. Edwards Church in Dana Point, CA.
Family in attendance on the bride's side included Mr.
and Mrs. Ted Kaufer, Ted Kaufer Jr., and Sandra
(Kaufer) Severson of Tampa, FL. Many friends as well
as former Canal Zone residents attended the wedding.
Family on the groom's side included Mrs. Mary
Crnich Thomas, James and Michael Crnich, John and
MaryKay (Crnich) Lafferty and family, Bill and Jane
(Crnich) Dennett and son, and Sarah Crnich, all of
Chicago. Friends of the groom were present from Illinois,
and Minnesota as well as California.

Holly Craig and Cathy Flumach and Diana Wartski as


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Norine Louise Kaufer and Robert Shannon Crnich
The couple's wedding party was composed of three
bridesmaids, Mary (Cronan) Spallino and Janet
Katsumoto, former Atlantic side residents, and Elena
Luque was maid of honor from Mission Viejo, CA. The
three groomsmen were brothers of the groom, Thomas,
James and Michael, the best man. Maggie and Brian
Lafferty, the groom's niece and nephew were the flower
girl and ring bearer in this delightful ceremony.
The newlyweds reside in Laguna Niguel, CA., where
Norine is a second grade teacher and Robert is a sales
representative for North American Van Lines. The
couple plans to attend the 1990 Reunion in Orlando.


Mary Ellen "Cookie" McKeon and Jeffrey Alan
Rebhan were married February 17, 1990 at Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic Church in Ancon, Republic of Panama.
The bride, daughter of Donald and Joan McKeon of
Balboa, Panama, had as her maid of honor Tara King of
Balboa, Panama; as junior bridesmaids, Patricia McKeon,

Jeffrey Alan Rebhan and Mary

Ellen McKeon

The bridegroom, son of John C. Rebhan and
Margaret Glodde of Warren, Ohio, was attended by Julio
Luque, Michael McKeon, Ben Yohoros and Gabriel
Kam. Jeffrey's grandmother, Fannie Rebhan, and aunt,
Linda Volk, also flew down from Ohio for the wedding
The reception was held at the Marriott Ceasar Park
Hotel Gran Salon in Panama City. The couple spent
their honeymoon on Contadora Island and are now
making their home in Moberly, Missouri.


Jan Sperling, formerly of the Atlantic side, now
residing in Tampa, Florida, married Richard Johnson,
also of Tampa, Florida, on April 14,1990 in the home of
Richard's parents. The lovely ceremony was performed
by Richard's mother. The maid of honor was Sheila
Sperling, sister of the bride.
Those attending the ceremony formerly from the
Canal Zone were the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Donald Sperling, Tom Sperling, Connie and Diana
Sperling Archibald with daughter, Alessondra from New
Orleans, LA; Keri Colvin, Maritza Reyes, Mike Reardon,
Ron and Agnes Hemple (Reardon) Marion Tiblier, John
Underhill, Beth Mizrachi and Sheila McDaniel. The
bride and groom will reside in Tampa, Florida.

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.

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John and Muriel Ipg-
Whitman are proud
grandparents of another
grandson, Devin, born to
their daughter Barbara
Jean and her husband,
Dan Umberger, of
Atlanta, Georgia. Devin Devin Umberger
was born on January 5,
1990 in Atlanta. John and Muriel have been making
monthly trips to Atlanta and in March they brought
Barbara and Devin back to Florida so the Great
Grandmother, Pauline Halmelin, and other relatives
could meet Devin. Devin and his parents will be back to
Florida in June to spend more time with his

Larry and Jan (Bjorneby) Krajewski announce the
birth of their first child, Nathan Michael, on August 26,
1989 in Buffalo, New York. Nathan weighed 7 lbs. and
was 20 1/2" long.
Maternal grandparents are Pat and Dick Bjorneby of
Gatun, Panama. Paternal grandparents are Al and Lottie
Kraiewski of Buffalo. NY.

Ron and Lia (Hruska) Kerfoot of Cape Coral,
Florida are pleased to announce the birth of their third
child, Sarah Elizabeth. She was born on October 18,
1989, weighed 8 lbs 5 oz and was 20 1/2 in. long.
Sarah was welcomed into the family by her sisters,
Emily, almost 6, and Katie 2 1/2 years old.
Maternal grandparents are Elmer and Velia Hruska,
formerly of Diablo, now residing in Lehigh, Florida.


Sarah, Emily and Katie Kerfoot.

Richard and Susie
Jones are proud to
announce the birth of
their first child, a son,
named Andrew Evans
Jones, born on Easter
Sunday, March 26, 1989
at Bayfront Medical f
Center, St. Petersburg,
Florida. Andrew weighed
in at 8 lbs. 7 oz.
Maternal grandparents
are David and Pat
Greenlee of Pinellas Park, !
Florida. Paternal grand- Andrew Evans Jones
parents are Lois (Hollo-
well) Jones of St. Petersburg, Florida and the late
Charles Evans Jones, a former Chief Engineer for the
Panama Canal Company.
Andrew's great-grandparents were the late Ross and
Margaret Hollowell of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jan (Bjorneby), Nathan Michael

and Larry

Thomas Noble Neilson Etchberger IV made his
appearance on March 20, 1990 at 12:04 a.m. He weighed
in at 6 lbs 13 oz and measured 18 3/4 inches long. He is
the son of Tom and Lesia Etchberger of Russellville,
Arkansas and was the first grandchild of Neilson and
Doris (Chan) Etchberger of Dothan, AL. Noble joins an
older brother, Shawn Johnson, age nine.

Big Wayne
Ingram takes great pride
in announcing the arrival
of his "Baby Cody", his
brother, Cody Austin
Ingram, who was born on
Lincoln's birthday,
February 12, 1990, in
Ontario, CA. He
weighed 10 lbs and was 21
1/2 inches long. His
parents are Michael and
Suzy Ingram. Grand-
parents are Betty
(Crooks) Ingram, a
former Ancon girl and
BHS graduate, and Don
Southern California.



Cody Austin Ingram
and Martha Johnson of

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Robert G. Beall and daughter, Jordan Alexandra.
Robert G. and Laurie Beall proudly announce the
arrival of thier first child, Jordan Alexandra Beall, born
February 25,1990 weighing 7 lbs 8 oz.
Robert is an Architect in the northern San Francisco
area and Laurie is a special education teacher.
Maternal grandparents are Dr. Kirk and Jean
McGuire, of Los Altos Hills, CA; Paternal grandparents
are Richard Beall of Clearwater, FL and Elizabeth Beall
of Largo, Florida, formerly of Ft. Clayton.

Sgt. Matthew and
Heike Parks announce
the birth of their first
daughter, Erika Judith,
on February 22, 1990, in
Ft. Hood, TX, to join her
brothers, Brian, 2, and
Kevin, 1. Erika's grand-
parents are Charles and
Anne (Trimble) Parks of
Glendale, AZ, and Deiter
and Irmgard Scheiber, of Erika Judith Parks
Allmendfeld, Essen, West Germany.

Tom and Brenda
Reilly Scott are proud to
announce the birth of
their son, Justin Michael
Scott, born November 6,
1989, in Panama. Justin
weighed nine pounds, ten
ounces and was twenty
Ftwo inches long.
W- Grandparents are
SJ David and Velma Medina
Justin Michael Scott Reilly, of Curundu,
Panama, and Kenneth
and Nancy Scott of Balboa, Panama.

Bill and Lisa
(Adams) Tynan proudly
announce the birth of
S their second child,
William John, born on
October 11, 1989.
Billy weighed 7
lbs. 14 oz. and was 19 1/2
inches long.
Proud maternal
grandparents are John
and Rose Adams of
Hahira, Georgia, and

paternal grandparents are William and Elizabeth Tynan
of Falmouth, MA.

Phillipa Isabella Lange Zemer was born to Rikke
and David Zemer on September 9, 1989, in Oslo,
Paternal grandparents are Ruthelma (Terry) Zemer
of Gulfport, Florida, and William Zemer of California.
Paternal great-grandparents are Emmett and Mary
(Milloy) Zemer of Santa Clara, California.

Phillipa Isabella

Lange Zemer with Rikki and David

John E. Schmidt Jr. (Bill) became a grandfather for
the eighth time on February 26, 1990. John's daughter,
Tracy, and her husband Harold (Dusty) Boyce's second
child John Christian was born.
The maternal grandmother is Patricia Andrews,

Kurt and Tracy
McQuillen of San Diego,
California proudly
announce the birth of
their second son, Colin
Lloyd, born on February
22, 1990. Colin weighed in
at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and joins
his brother Kyle, 3 1/2 Colin Lloyd McQulllen
years old who waited patiently for his arrival.
Maternal grandparents are Lloyd and Margaret
(Stevens) Spradlin of San Diego, California, formerly of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Paternal grandparents are David and Patricia
McQuillen of Seattle, Washington.

William John Tynan

Ernest Lee and Mary Ann Horter proudly announce
the birth of their daughter, Kelsey Leanne, in Fort
Worth, Texas, on September 5, 1989.
Maternal grandparents are Mary Ellen and Ray
French of Baytown, Texas. Paternal grandparents are
Tommie Lou Horter of Austin, Texas, and the late
Milton Horter, Jr.

Ernest Lee and Mary Ann

Horter with Kelsey

Lili and Tom Longworth of South Daytona announce
the birth of their first child, a daughter, Annalysa
Longworth, on February 9, 1990, at the Halifax Medical
Center, Daytona Beach, Florida. She was 6 lbs 15 oz.
Paternal Grandparents are Jim and Elsie Longworth
of Ramrod Keys, Florida. Maternal Grandparents are
Melvyn and Elizabeth Oiler of Panama.


Tom, Lili (Oiler) and baby Annalysa Longworth.

Don and Lisa Atwell of Memphis, Tennessee,
proudly announce the birth of Brandon Ware, born
March 2, 1990. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz.
Paternal grandparents are Howie and Florence Atwell
of Newbury, Massachusetts. The maternal grandfather is
Mr. Karlson of Mississippi.

Proud Pete Flynn with first grandson.
Pete and Rae Flynn announce the arrival of their first
grandchild, Michael Winston Bruckner, 8 lbs 6 oz, on
March 30, 1990. Proud parents are Tracey (Flynn) and
Mitch Bruckner of Saugus, CA. Michael's great great
grandfather was one of the builders of the Panama

Rick and Renee
(Carter) Collins are
happy to announce the
birth of a beautiful
daughter, Lauren Pettit
Collins. She arrived on
January 10, 1990 and
weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. at
birth. Lauren has dark
brown hair and blue eyes.
Waiting eagerly at
home were Beth (age 11), Renee and Lauren Collins
Chris (age 9), Tina (age 7) and Michelle (age 4).
Maternal grandparents are Wade and Marilyn Carter
of Kerrville, Texas. This makes an even dozen
grandchildren for them!

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Matthew Livingston. I
was born on January 29,
1990 and I weighed 9 lbs.
14 ozs. My mommy is
Monica Livingston of
Seattle, Washington; my
grandparents are Bob and
SKathie (Nehring)
my great grandparents are
jKarl and Dorothy
Nehring of Seattle,
Kyle Matthew Livingston Washington, Dick and
Juanita McConaughey of Ocala, FL, and Val and Mary
Lynch of Tallahassee, Florida. I'm a lucky boy!

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Lloyd M. Alberga, 73, died suddenly on February 20,
1990, of a cerebral hemorrhage in a hospital in Riverside,
CA. He was born in Colon, R.P. and was a member of a
large and well-known Colon family. He retired from
Norton Lilly Steamship Co. of Cristobal and came to
Riverside with his family in 1977.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Frankel) and
three daughters, Sandra Cohen and grandchildren
Michele and Brian, Sheila Medina and grandchildren
Shawn and Debbie, and Debrah Ferrel and grandchildren
Jennifer and Matthew; a sister, Joyce Pinto and nephew
Carl; a brother, Percival R. and nephews Randy and
Douglas; a brother, Cecil and nieces Cecelia and
Charleen and nephews Charles, Clarence and William,
and another brother, Frank of Santa Clara, R.P. and
nephew Frank, Jr. and niece Melcina.

Helen Cawl Grimison Beck, 77, of Merritt Island,
Florida died March 31, 1990, at her home, after a long
illness. Born in New Rochelle, NY in 1912, she travelled
to Panama with her parents soon after. She was married
to Richard Grimison in St. Mary's Rectory, Balboa in
1935. In 1939, upon the death of her husband, Helen
became a widow with a three year old son to raise. In
June, 1948, again in St. Mary's Rectory, Balboa, Helen
and Rex E. Beck were married. During her 43 years in
Panama, Helen worked for the United Fruit Company;
for the Panama Canal Quarentine and Immigration
Division; and for the Public Health Service. In 1950,
Helen joined the staff of the Naval Intelligence service
office in the 15th Naval District building where she
remained until her retirement in 1969.
She is survived by her husband, Rex, and sons, Tom
(Grimison) and Gene; thirteen grandchildren, 2 great
grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Porter A. Bengston, 75, died of natural causes on
October 22, 1989 in a Havre hospital in Montana. Born
in Ambrose, N.D., he moved with his family to the Big
Flat area of Blaine County. He attended Short
Community School and graduated from Turner High
School and Northern Montana College. He attended
university in Washington, D.C., worked in refrigeration
for the Panama Canal Company and attended the
University of Panama. He was a surveyor in South
America for 30 years, retiring in 1970 to Turner, MT. and
moved to Eagles Manor in Havre last January. He was
an active member of the Turner American Lutheran
Church, Lutheren Home of the Good Shepherd Board,
Montana Land and Mineral Association, Turner
Ambulance and an E.M.T. He also supported Turner
schools. He was preceded in death by his parents, a twin

brother, twin sisters and a niece.
Surviving are sisters, Nedra Cornell of Turner and
Oral Verploegen of pensacola, FL.; 10 nephews, two
nieces and numerous cousins.

Carl J. Browne, 74, of Columbia, South Carolina,
died April 1, 1990, at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, AL,
while attending the BHS '40 Class Reunion. He was
born in Avon, New York, was a graduate of Cornell
University and joined the Panama Canal in September,
1938, working up through the ranks to become Deputy
Director, Engineering and Construction Bureau in 1965.
He and his wife retired in January, 1978 with 39 1/2 years
service, to live in Columbia, SC. He was a World War II
Army Veteran, retiring from the reserves in 1968 as a
He is survived by his wife, Blanche (Adler), a
brother, Jack Browne of Avon, NY; a son, David L.
Browne, of Berkley, CA; a daughter, Nancy Ayers, of CT;
a granddaughter, Katharine Waylett of Gaithersburg,
MD; a grandson, William Waylett of FL; stepson Angus
Grover Matheney and stepdaughter, Ellen R. Major, both
of Panama City, RP.

Adrien M. Bouche, Sr., 91, a resident of Panama
City, Florida for the past 10 years, died February 2, 1990
at Bay Medical Center. He was born in West Virginia
and spent more than half his life in the Panama Canal
Zone where he was employed by the Panama Canal
Company. When he retired in 1960 after more than 44
years of service, he was the last employed Roosevelt
Medal recipient in the Canal organization, which he
earned for working two or more years during the
Construction period between May 4, 1904 and December
31, 1914. Brought to the Isthmus in 1907, his first job on
the Canal was that of office boy for Col. William L.
Sibert who was in charge of the Atlantic side Canal
Construction. He became a full time employee in 1912 at
age 14, and when he locked his last ship through the
Panama Canal, he was Senior Control House Operator
at Pedro Miguel Locks.
Mr. Bouche is survived by two sons, Adrien M.
Bouche, Jr. of Englewood, FL., and George G. Bouche
of Wichita Falls, TX.; a daughter, Mrs. M.Y. Budreau of
Parker, FL.; a brother, Henry P. Butcher of Ocala, FL.;
two sisters, Mrs. Annie Rusack and Mrs. Jeanne Elia,
both of California; and more than 15 grandchildren.

Charles Howard Crosby, 85, of Tuscon, Arizona,
died on March 25, 1990 following a short illness. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Mary. He worked for the
Locks Division on the Canal, at Pedro Miquel and
Miraflores Locks. He was active in the Masons, and
enjoyed fishing and boating. Survivors include his son,
Charles of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Judy Gonshor of
Mountain Top, PA., and two grandchildren.

Mary Evelyn Crosby, 81, of Tucson, AZ., died on
February 22, 1990 following a short illness. She and her

husband went to the Canal Zone in 1942. She was active
in Eastern Star. When her husband retired from the
Locks Division in 1966 they moved to Green Valley, AZ.,
where they lived for 22 years.
Survivors include her son Charles of Washington,
D.C.; daughter Judy Gonshor of Mountain Top, PA., and
two grandchildren.

Patricia C. Dekle, 64, of Brandon, Florida, died
March 29, 1990, at University Hospital in Tampa, Florida,
after a brief illness. She and her family went to the
Canal Zone in 1963 and lived in Gamboa and Diablo until
retirement in 1985. She worked first in Medical Records
at Gorgas Hospital and later for the American Legion in
She is survived by her husband, John, who was a
school teacher at Balboa High School, and four children,
Debbie, John, Jr., Mark and Allen.

John "Charlie" DeYoung, 80, of Cleveland, Georgia
died March 9, 1990 at the Lanier Park Hospital in
Gainesville, Georgia. Born in Houston, Texas, he went to
the Canal Zone when he was two years old and attended
Canal Zone schools. He was a member of the Canal
Zone Police Division and was later employed by the
Supply Division where he retired in 1965 as Gas Plant
Inspector with over 33 years of government service. He
was a member of Balboa Masonic Lodge, the Abou Saad
Shrine, and a member of Court 18, Royal Order of
Jesters. In Georgia, he was an honorary member of the
Scottish Rite in Atlanta; Northeast Masonic Lodge and
Yonah Lodge as an associate. He was a member of
Balboa Union Church and First Presbyterian Church of
Delray Beach, Florida, where he lived for 20 years, then
moved to Cleveland, GA. He had been ill for sixteen
years, paralyzed and very ill for the past four months at
home, excepting for three weeks before his death.
He is survived by his wife, Muriel H. Maurer
DeYoung, a well known local artist, of Cleveland,

Raymond Monroe Dragseth of Panama, Rep. of
Panama waa abducted from his home, early in the
morning of December 20, 1989, by members of Noriega's
"Panama Defense Forces. He was never seen alive again.
His body was twice buried before being disinterred,
identified, then cremated. He was born in McCloud,
California and was a teacher for DODDS in the Canal
area. He was a Past Master of Darien Lodge in 1980 and
had been elected to the District Grand Lodge in October
1989. He was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of
Abou Saad Shrine Temple, also assisting the DeMolay
and Rainbow Girls Advisory Council.
He is survived by his wife and daughters, all of
Panama, Rep. of Panama.

Dr. Martin J. Fitzpatrick, 68, of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
died March 27, 1990 at Veterans Administration Medical
Center. A native of Balboa, Canal Zone, he graduated
from Notre Dame University. He completed internship
and residency training at Bellevue Hospital in New York
City after graduating from Columbia University's College
of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1978, he became chief of
staff of the VA Hospital and held that position until
retiring in 1987. He was also the first dean of the Tulsa
branch of the University of Tulsa College of medicine.He
was also a member of several medical and science
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; sons,
Michael, Stephen, Davis and Benjamin Fitzpatrick;
daughters, Barbara Stanton and carol Donnelly; and
three grandchildren.

Dorothea (Dot) Forrest, 74, passed away November
29, 1989, at Clewiston Hospital, Clewiston, FL. She was
born in Hoboken, NJ., and went to the Canal Zone with
her husband Paul R.(Riggs) Forrest where they resided
until his retirement in 1974 as Senior Towboat Captain of
the STEVENS which was assigned for many years to the
Dredging Division in Gamboa until it was transferred to
the Navigation Division in Balboa. Capt. Forrest passed
away in November 1988.
She is survived by three sons, William and Charles of
Virginia, and Paul of Pine Island, FL., a daughter
Barbara Buker of Clewiston, FL., and ten grandchildren.

Molly Watts Cooke Forrest, 47, died January 30,
1990, at her residence in Stafford County, Virginia. She
was born December 21, 1942, in Gorgas Hospital, the
daughter of Mabel E. Cooke of Hampton, VA and the
late A.H. "Tac" Cooke, former residents of Gamboa.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, William
R. Forrest; one daughter, Nicole Cooke Forrest of Irving,
TX; one son, Ryland Riggs Forrest of Fredricksburg, VA;
one sister, Arden Lou Cooke O'Daniel of Southport, NC;
two neices, Lisa Swisher Avey of Dothan, AL, Luanne
Swisher Honea of Arlington, TX and one nephew
Garrick Charles Swisher of Arlington, TX; and three
A memorial service was held in Stafford County and
her ashes were later scattered on the Forrest family
property at Guinn's Island, Mathews County, Virginia.

Gregor Gramlich, 95, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
February 13, 1990, at Palm Gardens of Clearwater. Born
in Washington, D.C., he retired to St. Petersburg in 1957
from the Panama Canal Zone. He was Captain of the
Cascades, of the Dredging Division. As an original
Panama Canal worker, he was awarded the Roosevelt

Survivors include three sons, Gregory P. Gramlich
(Dunedin, FL), Mark A. Gramlich (La Jolla, CA), and
Richard B. Gramlich (Seminole, FL); three
grandchildren, Beverly Whitehead (Dunedin, FL), Larry
Gramlich (Diablo, R.P.), and Gregor Gramlich
(Seminole, FL); four great-grandchildren, Terri and
Montessa Whitehead (Gainesville, FL), and Gregory S.
and Jean Marie Gramlich (St. Petersburg, FL., formerly
of Diablo, R.P.). Gregory is a 4th generation Zonian in
the Gramlich family.

Dorothy Gray passed away peacefully at Winter Park
Memorial Hospital on Sunday, April 29, 1990. Many will
remember her as Chief Clerk of the 15th Naval District
prior to and including the war years, up to her 1959
retirement to Maitland, FL. She joined the naval service
as a Yeoman, switched to a civil service career, and
advanced steadily to the position of administrative officer
and chief clerk. Despite her farflung friendships with
senior naval personnel, she doubtless would prefer to be
remembered as a champion of the enlisted man, both
GOB and Marine, many of whom can attest to the
effectiveness of her protection. Noone who knew her
will forget her infectious laugh, her penetrating Boston
accent, or the ever-present, adoring dachshund, the
combination of which created her own singular ambience
in the 15th N.D. during her tenure.

Florence G. Harrison, 91, of Palmetto, Florida, died
March 25, 1990. She was born May 19, 1898, in Brooklyn
and moved to this area 20 years ago from Fort Worth.
She worked for the Navy in the Panama Canal Zone and
was a member of the Eastern Star in Cristobal, Canal
She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Evelyn Knox
of Sarasota, FL; a son, Charles P. Jr. of Blue Point, NY;
a sister, Charlotte Eckert of Blue Point, NY; nine
grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Carl Arthur Heck and Anita Heck, of Cooper City,
Florida, died April 18, 1990 in a plane crash off Panama
while aboard an Aero-perlas Twin-Otter aircraft flying 22
people to Panama City from Cantadora.
Mr. and Ms. Heck had a home in Panama and Mr.
Heck was an employee of the Panama Canal

Charles E. (Gene) Herrman, 76, of Holiday, FL.,
died February 21, 1990 at HCA Bayonet Point Hospital
after a long battle with cancer and heart disease. He
came to the Canal Zone in 1945 with his wife and son
and lived mostly on the Atlantic side communities while
accumulating 25 years of Panama Canal service. He was
an active amateur astronomer, where he designed ground
and built an 8" reflecting telescope. He then constructed
an outdoor observatory on Red Feather Hill in Gatun, at
one time the largest reflecting telescope in Central
America. He was also an active amateur radio operator,
with a Canal Zone call sign KZ5TJ and in Florida,

Survivors include his wife, Julie, of Holiday, FL., a
son, Ted, moving from Sterling, VA. to Holiday, and six

P. Byrne Hutchings, 82, of Tamarac, FL., passed
away January 23, 1990 at Holy Cross Hospital. He was
born in Columbus, MS., son of the late Robert W. and
Constance Lee Hutchings. He lived and worked on the
Canal Zone from 1908 to 1966 at which time he retired.
He graduated from Balboa High School in 1926 and
attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute for 2 years. His
employment was with the Postal Division and later the
Housing Division of the Panama Canal. He was preceded
in death by his wife, Armella, in 1979.
Survivors are his son, Patrick B. Hutchings Jr., and
wife, Jill; two grandsons, Davis and Kenneth; and a great-
granddaughter, Nichole, all living in California; a sister,
Armelia Hunter of Pompano Beach, FL; a sister-in-law,
Barbara M. Hutchings of Marietta, GA; and numerous
nieces and nephews.

Louise Johnson, 72, died January 19, 1990 in Uvalde
Memorial Hospital. She was born in Emmett, ID., and
was married to F.M. "Tony" Johnson, a former conductor
on the Panama Railroad, in 1936. She has been a
resident of Uvalde since 1973.
Survivors are her husband, Floyd M. Johnson,
Uvalde; a son, Fred of Durango, CO.; a daughter, Louise
Hanlon of St. Petersburg, FL.; a grandson, Lt. Brandon
Johnson, Pensacola NA.S., FL.; and granddaughter
Jennifer Johnson, a student at Arizona State University,
Tempe, Arizona.

Russel J. (Rusty) Jones, died at the age of 80 on
January 2, 1990, in Palo Alto, CA. He had moved to
Panama from Pennsylvania with his parents as a 3 year-
old. He grew up there, returned to the Canal Zone after
a couple of years of college, married his high school
sweetheart, Juanita Orr, and worked for the Panama
Canal Company primarily in the Accounting Department
for 38 plus years, retiring in 1966. At that time, Rusty
and Nita came to live in Palo Alto to be near their
daughter and grandchildren. Until the last few years, he
was active in SIR's, NARFE and the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Orr Jones of Mt.
View, CA.; his daughter, Juanita Girand of Palo Alto;
three granddaughters, Laurie Girand of Palo Alto, Nita
A. Girand of Pasadena, CA., and Lisa Girand of
Washington, D.C.; and a brother, Simon Jones of San
Mateo, Florida.

Dorothy E. Knox, 67, of Sarasota, Florida, died April
14, 1990. She was born February 21, 1923 in Chicago and
moved to the Sarasota area 17 years ago from the
Panama Canal Zone. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Grobaski
of Rudolph, NY and Dorothy West of Sarasota; two sons,
Bob and Mahlon, both of Sarasota; and a brother,
Charles P. Harrison of Boca Raton.

Gertrude Kandi Koepke Helin, daughter of the late
retired U.S. Navy Capt. Lyle L. Koepke of Flint, MI and
Gertrude Jackson Koepke of Panama City, Panama, died
December 20, 1989, apparently by paramilitary elements
of the Panama Defense Forces.
She graduated from Colegio de Sion of San Jose,
Costa Rica in 1964; attended Canal Zone Junior College;
and received a bachelor of science degree in social
services from Florida State University and a masters of
science in criminal justice. She joined the Department of
Defense Schools Panama region in 1984. During her
career as an educator, she earned numerous achievement
and meritorious awards. Her last position as teacher for
the talented and gifted programs at Curundo Junior High
School and Balboa High School.
She is survived by her husband, Stevin, two
daughters, Tracy Ann Helin, a Junior at Florida State
University and Stephanie Marie Helin, a junior at Balboa
High School, two brothers, Harry B. Twohy of Diablo
Heights; and Larry P. Koepke of Flint, MI; and two
sisters, Taffy G. Corrigan and Sherry K. Williams, both
of Cardenas.

Jasper Leonard Long, 87, of Mercedes, TX., died
January 20, 1990 at the John Knox Medical Center in
Welasco, Texas. He was born in Beeville, TX., and
transferred to the Canal Zone Postal Service in 1937. He
was a member of the Masonic Order and Abou Saad
Shrine Temple in the Canal Zone and of Beeville Lodge
#261 AF&AM in Texas. Masonic services were held
grave-side in Beeville.
He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Long.

Margaret (Peggy) McKenzie, widow of Samuel F.
McKenzie, passed away on October 29, 1989 at her home
in Manchester, GA., as a result of complications
following a hip fracture. She lived in the Canal Zone for
more than 30 years, and at the time of her retirement in
1952 she was Acting General Manager of the Juan
Franco Race Track in Panama. She and her husband
resided in Ooltewah, TN., prior to his death in 1960. She
had been active in the First Methodist Church in
Manchester, and a volunteer teacher of handicrafts at the
Senior Center.
She is survived by two daughters, Marjorie, with
whom she made her home in Manchester, and Betty
(Mrs. Paul) Flagg of Brewster, MA.; four grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.

Jeannette H. McLaren, 77, died April 17, 1990 at
Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. She was the wife of
Norman McLaren, who died in 1980.
Born and educated in Quincy, Mass., she moved to
the Canal Zone with her husband who drove the "mules".
They lived in Gatun, Canal Zone until 1965, when they
moved to New Orleans. In 1966, they moved to Brewster,
Mass. Mrs. McLaren was a former member of the
Gatun Union Church, where she was a Sunday School

She is survived by three daughters, Jeannette Barnes
of Littleton, CO, Diane Palmer of Fayetteville, NC, and
Elizabeth M. Tuckerman of Brewster; four grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.

Gretchen Wainio Melanson, 87, a long-time
employee of the Panama Canal Commissary, died on
February 20, 1990, in Miami, FL. after a long illness.
She is survived by a brother, Robert A. Wainio of
Whispering Pines, NC., and a sister, Alice Smith of
Miami, and also several nieces and nephews.

James J. Morris, 79, of Clearwater, Florida, died
February 22, 1990 at home. He was born in Lowell,
Mass., and retired from the Contract and Inspection
Division of the Panama Canal Company as a construction
inspector. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by three sons, James W. of
Clearwater, FL., Kenneth L. of Panama, and John E. of
Salem, VA.; seven grandchildren and six great-

Ruth Pauline (Johnson) Rose, 81, died February 2,
1990, at her son's home in Huntsville, AL. Ruth was
born in Kenton, OH and traveled to the Panama Canal
Zone in March, 1910 when her father, James J. Johnson,
took a position as a machinist on the construction of the
Canal. Ruth graduated from Balboa High School in 1927
and married Frederick C. Rose in 1928. After a total of
38 years service in the U.S. Navy and the Panama Canal
Company, they retired in August, 1962, living in Pompano
Beach, then in Boca Raton, FL, where Mr. Rose passed
away in May, 1976.
She is survived by her three children, Frederick J.
Rose of Huntsville, AL; Ruth P. Foster of Dunnellon,
Florida; and Helen M. Shapiro of Stuart, FL; nine
grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Helen Blakslee Russell, of Sarasota, Florida, died
April 11, 1990. She was born in Cazenovia, NY, and
moved to the Sarasota area 30 years ago from the
Panama Canal Zone. She was a registered nurse at
Sarasota Memorial Hospital, a graduate of Cazenovia
Seminary and Syracuse University, served as a public
health nurse consultant with the World Health
Organization in the Republic of Panama and was a
member of Church of Nativity Episcopalian Church.
Survivors include three nephews, Alan Palmer of
Wilmington, Del., Malcolm Blakeslee of Vista, CA, and
Edward Blakeslee of Syracuse, NY.

Cmdr. William L. Russon, of Seattle, Washington,
died February 6, 1990. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio
but was raised in Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone, graduating
from Balboa High School in 1938. He then graduated
from California Maritime Academy in 1941 and sailed in
the Merchant Marine during World War II, later joining
the Coast Guard. After retiring with over 30 years of
USNR and USCG service in 1970, he spent 14 months in
Holland as Manager, Machine Development and
Installation, building container ships under the U.S. flag.
He is survived by his wife, Melda G. (Westin)
Russon of Bellingham, WA.; a son, Lawrence of San
Diego, CA.; a step-sister, Gene (Sexton) Clary of
Hendersonville, NC., and several cousins.

Pete Sanchez, 65, of Strathmore, California died
April 4, 1990 at Lemoore Naval Air Station. A native of
Arizona, he lived in Panama for 22 years and was a
resident of Strathmore for the last five years. He was a
U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam and
was a Small Arms Specialist Weapons Instructor and
received the Army Commendation Medal for his service
as an instructor at the United States Army School of the
Americas at Fort Gulick in the Canal Zone. He was also
awarded two Purple Hearts, one during WWII and one
during the Korean War. Upon his retirement from the
U.S. Army, he went to work for the Panama Canal
Commission and was employed by the Locks Security
Division from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. He was
a member of the American Legion, the Strathmore VFW,
the AFLCIO and the NCOA, a member of St. Anne's
Catholic Church and Sociedad de Oro in Porterville.
He is survived by his wife, America Sanchez, of
Strathmore; four sons, Peter, Theodore, Carlos and
Ronald; six daughters, Sandra, Patricia, Roberta, Carole,
Akis and Nancy; six brothers, five sisters and 14

Peggy Schaefer (nee Elich), 44, died March 20, 1990,
after a long fight with cancer. She was born in Ancon,
Canal Zone. After graduating from Balboa High School
and the University of Montana, she earned a doctorate in
Cellular Physiology in 1970 from Roswell Park Memorial
Institute in Buffalo, New York. She and her family have
lived in New York, Montana, North Carolina, India, and
Minnesota, but her heart remained in Panama. Most
recently, she worked in the Gifted Education Program in
suburban Minneapolis.
She is survived by her two sons, Christopher and
Jonathan of Plymouth, Minnesota; her mother, Mrs.
Harriet Elich of Edmonds, Washington; her sisters, Carla
Revel of Seattle, Washington and Bobbie Schneider of
Brandon, Florida; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Alma Dolven of Harlem, Montana.

Janice Grimison Scott, 80, died March 18, 1990, after
a brief illness, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, where she
resided for the past 18 years. She was born in old Ancon
Hospital on May 10, 1909 to canal construction parents,
Tom and Jessie Grimison, and upon graduation from
Balboa High School in 1927, worked as a proof-reader for

the Panama American, where she met and married the
intrepid journalist, Edward William (Ted) Scott, of New
Zealand, who predeceased her five months ago. During
WWII, she worked for the Canal recruiting labor in
Costa Rica, and upon returning to the Isthmus in 1944,
continued working for the Panama Canal Company until
her retirement with over thirty years service in
November, 1965, with her last position being accounting
technician with the Maintenance Division.
Survivors include three children, Edward W. Scott,
Jr., and wife, Cheryl, Fremont, CA; and grandchildren,
Edward, San Francisco, CA, Heather, Caracas,
Venezuela, and Reece, CA; Richard A.M. Scott, San
Jose, CA, and grandson, Sean; Janice Scott-Herring of
Cocoa Beach, FL and grandchildren, Katrina Vasquez,
Orlando, FL, Ian Bryan, TX, Geoffrey, Longview, TX,
Brian and Alice Herring, Madrid, Spain; and nephews,
Thomas R. Grimison, Satellite Beach, FL and Rex
(Gene) Beck of Brandon, FL.

Robert F. Shipman, Jr., 63, of Lowell, Indiana,
passed away March 14, 1990. He was a WWII Veteran
and was the Vocational education coordinator for the
Creet-Monee High School, President of the South Lake
County Gideons Society, graduate of Purdue University,
and a member of the Cedar Lake Community Bible
He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Robert
F. Shipman, III of Evansville, IN and James A. of
Lombard, IL; five daughters, Shirley Ann Evans of Ft.
Myers, FL, Marcella Duncan of Naperville, IL, Debra
Pauline Burke of Houston, TX, Christine Payne of
Evansville, IN and Catherine of Lowell, IN, two sisters,
Jean Brown of Morocco, IN and Joyce McKesson of
Lowell, IN; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and

Dolores K. Sommer, 76, of New Port Richey, Florida,
died February 21, 1990 at Riverside Hospital. Born in
Wahpeton, NC., she left Panama City, Panama five years
ago, where she was president and owner of Panama
Packing Corporation. She attended the First Baptist
Church, New Port Richey.
Survivors include a son, Ernie Jaen-Guardia, New
Port Richey; a sister, Dorothy Hass, Arlington, VA.; and
two grandchildren.

Clarice Marie Jeskey Stabler, 49, an attorney,
passed away at home on February 24, 1990, after a long
battle with cancer. She had made her home in Imperial
Beach, CA., for the past 20 years, From 1969-1970 she
was an emergency room nurse at Coco Solo Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Franklin Stewart
Stabler; two daughters, Erike, 19, and Monica, 16; her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Jeskey, and a
brother, Reynard W. Jeskey, all of Detroit, MI.; two
sisters, Romain A. Strotman of Wilmington, OH., and
Betty Lee Cummins of Lebanon, TN. Her in-laws are
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stabler of Titusville, Florida.

Christina Stuart, daughter of Doctor Grace Stuart,
died April 1, 1990 in East Chester, New York.
Christina spent her early years in Ancon when
Doctor Stuart served as Chief of Anesthesialogy at
Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone.

Robert "Bob" Webb, of Sacramento, California, died
May 3, 1989. He retired in 1981 from the Locks Division,
Panama Canal Company.
He is survived by his Wife, Mariana, four children,
Margaret Lyles, Robert M. Webb, David (Woody) Webb,
Sheila Smith and nine grandchildren.

Antonia E. (Toni) Swain, 65, of Citrus Heights, CA.,
died March 9, 1990 at American River Hospital,
Carmichael, CA., following a long respiratory illness. A
native of Martinez, CA., she and her husband Capt.
Roger Swain, a Panama Canal pilot, and their oldest
child, Boode, moved to the Canal Zone in 1952. A long
time resident of Gatun, she was involved in Boy and Girl
Scouts, was an active member of the Gatun Yacht Club,
and Gatun Saddle Club. Toni also participated in Canasta
card playing groups on both sides of the Isthmus. She
had been a resident of Citrus heights since retirement in
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Roger;
sons, Boode of Carmichael, CA., and Peter of
Sacramento, CA.; a daughter, Nola Boyer of Sacramento;
a brother, Peter van den Bosch of Vancouver, WA., and
three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a
brother, Dr. Robert van den Bosch, a prominent
entomologist at the U. of California, Berkeley.

Robert Louis Thompson, a retired administrator at
Gorgas Hospital in the Canal Zone, died February 21,
1990 of cancer. He was 79. Born in Chicago, IL., he lived
in the Canal Zone for 31 years and was a veteran of
WWII, serving in both the Army and the Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Ursula Casam Thompson;
seven sons, Robert Louis of Puerto Rico, George Albert
of Miami, FL., the Rev. John Arthur, S.D.B. of Liberia,
Africa, Charles Anthony of Covington, LA., Paul Joseph
of Baton Rouge, LA., Edward Mark of Oklahoma City,
OK., and Michael Ray of Lafayette, LA.; six daughters,
Ruth Laura Raison of Lucasville, OH., Mary Helen
Thompson, Florence Isabel Getz and Edna Jean Metcalf
of New Orleans, LA., Aggie Thompson of Chicago, and
Margaret Ann Ruckstuhl of Buena Park, CA.; a sister,
Mary Helen Thompson of Chicago and 21 grandchildren.

Frederick C. Willoughby, 81, of Huntsville, AL., died
June 8, 1989 in Huntsville. He was a native of Cheyenne,
WY., and went to the Canal Zone as a child, attending
Balboa Elementary and High School. He worked as a
machines for the old Machanical Division, the Pacific
Locks, and the Power System at Gatun and Miraflores,
retiring in 1968. He was active in Masons in both the
Canal Zone and the States. He was preceded in death by
his wife, Ida, in 1984.
Survivors include brothers William, John, Mark, and
George; a sister, Agnes and children Jack, Ardis and Bill;
five grandchildren and eight grand-children.

Mary (Goulet) Zagone, 71, of Alamogordo, NM,
died April 5, 1990 in Alamogordo. She was born in
Gorgas Hospital and attended Canal Zone schools,
graduating as Valedictorian of the class of 1936, CHS.
She graduated from CZJC in 1938 and attended the
University of Texas for one year. She was employed in
the Canal Zone at the Special Engineering Division in
Diablo and later as Secretary in the Apprentice-Learner
School in Balboa. During WWII she served in the U.S.
Navy in Washington, D.C. She continued her studies at
Washington University in St. Louis and graduated from
the University of New Mexico. She returned to the
Canal Zone on two occasions, and she and her husband
were among the Zonian Amigos group for the
Transcanal Diamond Jubilee Cruise in the fall of 1989.
Survivors include her husband, Peter V. Zagone,
3000 15th Street, Alamogordo, NM 88310, seven
children, Joseph, Ruidoso, NM; Mary Allen, Carlsbad,
NM; Michael, Playa Del Rey, CA; Patricia Grubel,
Alamogordo, NM; Paul, Sante Fe, NM; Thomas, San
Jose, CA; and Teresa Bency, Albuquerque, NM; ten
grandchildren; and three sisters, Macel Thomson,
Memphis, TN; Theresa Wright, Alamogordo, NM; and
Rita Goulet, St. Petersburg, FL.

Robert "Bob" Turner, 84, of Carrollton, Texas, died
February 27,1990 in Carrollton. He retired in 1966 from
the Panama Canal Company after 34 years of service.
He was a member of Royal Order of Jesters Lodge 18;
Abou Saad Temple; Roy Stanley Lodge 1637; the Panama
Canal Chapter 1 of RA.M; Elks Lodge 1414; and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Turner of
Carrollton; son Robbie Turner of Dallas, TX; son and
daughter-in-law, George and Debbie Turner of Nashville,
TN; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Diana Turner of
Nashville, TN; two sisters, Catherine Hyde of McAllen
and Beth Masden of Phoenix, AZ; and a brother,
Menzies Turner of Dallas, Texas.

Summit Gardens

Letters to the Editor


As reported previously, all items for the Friends of
Panama Relief Effort have been purchased and are in the
process of being shipped to Panama to be placed in the
Social Security Hospital. Due to the concern of a great
number of our members who contributed to this fund
that the hospital and Panama be made aware of where
these items came from, we elected not to ship them
through the Ayuda Panama group. The Ayuda Panama
group was arranging for shipment of all items collected
in the United States and was also arranging the
disbursement of the goods. In order to insure that the
goods were delivered to the appropriate place and that
it be known that the members of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida purchased these goods, we are working
with the United States Government and the Panama
Canal Commission relative to the shipment of these
goods. It has been tentatively arranged that these items
will be shipped on a National Guard C-130. The date,
however, has not yet been established, pending approval
from the State Department. The appropriate applications
have been submitted to the United States Department of
International Development to allow for a Humanitarian
Shipment under the Denton Amendment.
The items purchased consisted of dinner plates,
bowls, coffee cups, coffee saucers, water glasses, juice
glasses, salad plates, knives, forks, spoons, sheets,
blankets and pillow cases. All of these items were
purchased through Medical Center Hospital in Punta
Gorda, Florida who afforded us the opportunity to
purchase a large quantity of items at a reduced rate. We
were also very fortunate in dealing with Medical Center
Hospital because at the direction of its Administrator,
Mr. James Roy Orr, these items were transported from
Punta Gorda to Dade City, approximately 200 miles, at
no expense to the Society.
The contributions received were contributed by
approximately 600 of our members; a great response!
The following is a breakdown of the monies received and
expended by the Friends of Panama Effort:

Contributions Received
Interest Earned
Total Receipts

$ 85.56

Panama Canal Society, FL $ 1,017.16
(Repayment of loan for postage)
Medical Center Hospital $10,983.30
(Purchase of utensils)
Medical Center Hospital $ 8,738.16
(Purchase of linens)
Storage Expense (2 months) $ 116.60
Total Expenditures $20,855.52




This last year we had a fine Alaska RV caravan
made up entirely of Society members. Dan and Pat
Nellis, Wallace and Vilma Snyder and Otis Ramey met
at Livingston, Montana in the summer of '88 for a visit at
Rock Canyon RV Campground on the Yellowstone River
(north of the park). At this time, the ground work for a
trip to Alaska was laid out.
Early in the spring of '89, Otis Ramey and his sister
Helen, with her husband Jack Schmelback, met us again
in Livingston to start our trip north as planned. It was
May and we soon realized that we were set to catch a bit
of winter. Before the Rameys arrived in late May, we saw
our share of snow in Livingston and were a bit
apprehensive about moving farther north so early. Pat
was in touch by phone and she was anxious to roll to our
rendezvous in Canada; so we hung up the phone, bundled
up, and took off, going through Kalispell, MT., and Lake
Louise of the Canadian Rockies. We took the highway
towards Prince Rupert, B.C. before reaching the Nellises
at Lac-La-Hache, B.C. Dan's brothers, Jim and Gus
Nellis, were with them when we met, so with four RV's
we departed for the Cassiar Highway, arriving there
about June 12. We took a side trip to Stewart B.C. and
Hyder, U.S. for our first fishing stop and mail call. These
two towns are at the end of a long fjord. Saw bears and
glaciers and after many oooh's and aaah's, we proceeded
to the connection with the Alcan Highway. This junction
was near Watson Lake. The Cassiar was gravel and was
very rough for several hundred miles. For the most part,
we used Provincial Parks for over-night stops, and we
journeyed on to Whitehorse, Yukon, stopping here for an
extended rest stop.

Four RV's of Zonites on to Alaska
After replenishing our stock of gas, beer and
cigarettes, we left for Skagway and the Ferry. We lost the
Nellis brothers for this part of the trip as they continued
north to see Jack and Jeanne (Walker) Wagner at Eagle,
AK., taking the ferry to Haines. We again settled in for
fishing and sight seeing for a period. Otis learned a few
finer points about salmon fishing, but we all caught nice
fish and had a salmon bake before leaving. Helen
(Ramey) and her husband Jack Schmelback decided to

$ 106.06

leave us at Haines so they could take the ferry back. A
wonderful trip in its own right.
The cry was on to Alaska so we returned to the
Alcan from Haines by a different route. Just before we
crossed the border into Alaska, however, we passed the
Nellis brothers returning south, having reached
Anchorage and concluded their visit there. We continued
on the Alcan until reaching Tok, AK.; turning there off
the Alcan towards Anchorage. We began to plan on how
we could shorten our itinerary, realizing the vastness of
our undertaking.
A hurried side trip to Valdez failed to show us any
oil (it was outside the Bay). The salmon made it through
the oil, but would not come in to shore on schedule, so
we left Valdez to continue on to Anchorage. The trip
over the mountains was more than spectacular with
glaciers everywhere, one on the side of the road within
walking distance. So was the pipeline.

We caught mostly Silvers, as the run of Sockeyes
(Reds) was over. Rod Snyder, my son, had also flown up
and was visiting Scotty Parker, who lives in Anchorage.
We had a bear hunt with Scotty and Capt. Parker. He
then joined us for fishing and exploring the peninsula and
had more fish than luggage on his return.
After this, the Marshall, Texas Canal Zoners flew
back. I picked up Vilma, who was still visiting the Parkers
and headed south. Not a moment too soon. We beat the
snow but did see beautiful colors along the way. It was
clear that winter was closing in behind us. I guess I
caught, kept, or released (some unintentionally) over 80
salmon this summer. This included Silver, Coho, Humpy
and Sockeyes.
It can't get any better than this.

Wallace M. Snyder, M.D.
Lake Jackson, TX.

The closeness ot a glacier
Driving through heavy fog, we drove on to Palmer,
rallying outside of Anchorage for a week. Palmer is in
the Matanuska Valley. Repairs and refueling, plus side
trips occupied our time. Then it was on to Anchorage to
shop at Sears, and soon we were on the road to Seward.
Otis' time ran out, and he started south, leaving us at
Seward. A rough trip back we heard. The Cassiar was
much worse than my trips over the PanAmerican
Highway in the '70s. The Alcan was not too bad except
for some areas with frost heaves north of Whitehorse.
Pat, Dan, Vilma and I went on to Soldatna for more
R&R. They left Soldatna as they wished to see the big
mountain and pass through Fairbanks. Vilma and I
stayed in Soldatna where I fished the Kenai River, getting
my limit daily (3 at first, later 6 per day when the limit
was raised). I got very tired of cleaning and smoking
salmon and ended up with 3 cases of canned salmon, a
freezer full of fresh salmon and smoked salmon (both
Kipper and Lox).
We visited the Parkers often during the next month.
Captain Bobby Parker and Teddy Parker were great
hosts and made out stay in Kenai memorable. We had to
stay in Alaska to meet two other Canal Zoners due to
arrive in September, so the summer was spent fishing in
this beautiful place.
In September we were joined by Dr. Bob Koenig. He
and I flew in for a week of back-country fly-fishing on the
Talachulitna River before picking up Jack Herring and
another friend from Marshall, Texas. They rented an RV
in Anchorage and we formed another caravan to fish the
Kanai Peninsula.

Would you pay $120.00 for these fish? We did. Twig
Terwilliger, Ron Moore and "Pos" Parker


We departed Panama on 15 November for a 4-
week vacation to visit family and friends in the States.
Our intensions were to pick up our new Ford truck, use
it for the duration of the trip and deliver it to the piers
for shipping, however, our plans were changed
involuntarily when delivery of the truck was delayed.
Instead, we packed up in Donna's parents motor home
and headed for Virginia where we spent a wonderful
Thanksgiving with Donna's whole family including all the
kids. Thanksgiving morning we woke up to six inches of
fresh fallen snow. (Now we know why we always plan

our vacations in June or July even though the novelty of
it was fun). From there we headed for Lawrenceville,
GA., and spent time with Andrea (Byrd) and Lester
Smith. One afternoon we all drove to Atlanta and spent
the afternoon with Pat and Pennye McCarrigher. Our
timing was great because Dionne Holland was also
there. It was great to have the old bunch back together
again. After Andrea and Donna had shopped every Mall
they could find, we left and headed for Tampa, Orlando,
Miami, then back to Tampa where we spent Christmas
with Ronny's parents, (Frances and Hoyt Byrd). We had
planned on returning to Panama on December 28, but
with the invasion that took place on the 20th, we were
"stuck" in the States on leave until January 5.
We spent a wonderful holiday season since we were
both able to visit our families and they were all
overwhelmed with our new addition (Ronald William
Byrd) who is now 21 months old.
Sending pictures are great but there is nothing like
pulling uncle Lester's ears.

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Left to Right, back row: Ron Byrd, Penny
McCarragher, Donnie Holland; Center: Donna Byrd,
Andrea (Byrd) Smith, Pat McCarragher; Front: Lest
Smith with Ronny Byrd (20 months). Atlanta,
Georgia, December, 1989
Well, as I am writing this letter, we are still stuck but
in PML DELTA. To make matters worse, the General
has come up with an ingenious decision to prohibit all
liquor sales. They feel that this will keep the people on
their toes should any further problems occur. The only
thing I can see that it has accomplished is an increase of
beer and liquor sales at El Rey and the Delta Station in
Margarita. Oh well, we will survive. Things are looking
So that's about it from "Ft. Gulick," Panama. Happy
New Year to all.
Donna, Ron, and Ronny Byrd


In remembrance of Bill Joyce, a memorial fund to
support athletic activities in the Canal area has been
established. Those desiring to contribute to this fund
may send their donation to The Dollar Club, P.O. Box
2686, Balboa/Ancon, Rep. of Panama, or to Mary
Coffey, Box 811, APO Miami, FL 34002. Please make
check payable to The Dollar Club with a notation that it
is for the Bill Joyce Memorial Fund.


The Kandi Koepke Helin Memorial Fund is being
administered by the Florida State University Foundation,
634 West Call Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-4013.
The fund has been established to help those teachers
desirous of further specialization in the education of the
gifted and talented. Those of us who were privileged to
be Kandi's friend and to know her wonderful family have
been especially distressed over the circumstances of her
death. By establishing the Memorial Fund, we hope to
further the goals and meet the ideals which she so ably
attained in her life.

Carol F. Meyer, M.D.


Donovan and Therese Geyer, retired September 1964,
are pictured with daughters Donna Geyer Bowman of
Oceanside, CA., and Lynda Geyer of Miami, FL., on a
recent visit to Reading, PA. Donovan and Therese
celebrated their fifty-fifth anniversary March 2, 1990. (See
Donna Geyer Bowman graduated from Cristobal
High School and Columbia University is currently on
sabbatical from her position on the chemical dependency
staff at Capistrano-on-the-Sea, CA. Lynda Geyer,
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1957 and Pratt
Institute, has art studios in Miami and New York. Her
paintings are in private and corporate collections world-
Not pictured is Rita Geyer Bell, graduated from
Coco Solo High School in 1963 who, with her husband,
owns an organic farm in Upper Moutere, New Zealand.

^d~s';Uas^- Mly~~

Linda Geyer, Donovan and
Donna Geyer Bowman

Therese Geyer and


Carole (Salonick) Barber; Sam Witkin; Jane
(Holgerson) Thompson at The Biltmore Hotel


Carole (Salonick) Barber, Sam Witkin, and Jane
(Holgerson) Thompson met for lunch on Saturday, April
7, 1990, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Sam was visiting from Austin, Texas for the California
Democratic Convention. Carole and Jane drove up from
Orange County, California to share pictures of the 25th
Reunion (held last year in Florida) and updating Sam on
who was where and doing what.
Carole and Jane are on the 30th Reunion Committee
for the BHS Class of 1964.


A Senior is one who was here before the Pill and the
population explosion. We were here before television,
penicillin, polio shots, antibiotics and frisbees. Before
frozen food, nylon, Xerox, Kinsey, radar, fluorescent
lights, credit cards and ball point pens. For us, time
sharing meant togetherness, not computers; a chip meant
a piece of wood, hardware meant hard ware, and
software wasn't even a word. Coeds never wore slacks.
We were here before pantyhose and drip-dry clothes.
Before ice makers and dishwashers, clothes dryers,
freezers, and electric blankets. Before Hawaii and Alaska
became states, before men wore long hair and earrings
and women wore tuxedos. We were before Leonard

Bernstein, yogurt, Ann Landers, plastic, the 40-hour week
and minimum wage. We got married first, then lived
together. When you were gay, you were cheerful! How
quaint can one be?
Closets were for clothes, not for coming out of,
bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not
Volkswagens. We were before Grandma Moses and
Frank Sinatra and cup-sizing for bras.
Girls wore Peter Pan collars and thought cleavage
was something butchers did. We were ahead of Batman,
Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer and Snoopy; before
DDT, vitamin pills, Jeeps, disposable diapers and pizza.
Cheerios, instant anything and McDonalds were all
unheard of. We thought fast foods were what you ate
during Lent. We were before Boy George; before FM
radios, tape recorders, electric typewriters, word
processors, electronic music, disco dancing (and that's not
all that bad).
In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass
was for mowing, coke was a refreshing drink and pot was
something you cooked in.
If we'd been asked to explain CIA, MS, NATO,
ERA, or IUD, we'd have said it was alphabet soup.

Huntington Pennysaver Group


We just wanted to let everyone know that some of
the members of the BHS Class of '72 are alive, well and
partying in Atlanta, Georgia. We are getting together for
lunch about once a month and would love for ANYONE
interested to join us.
It's lots of fun and great therapy remembering our
good ol' days, reestablishing old friendships and
beginning new ones with our common bond being the
Canal Zone.
So far, we are Dottie (Coleman) Whitlow, Alice
(O'Neal) Grove, Priscilla (Landrum) Brusich, Linda
(Trimble) Ebersol, Janie (Tipton) Morris, Bill Morris
and Jim Cobb.
Priscilla L. Bursich
Lilburn, GA.
90iim.. .

Georgia bunch left to right: Jim Cobb, Dottie Whitlow,
Linda Ebersol, Alice Grove, Priscilla Brusich


Mr. Exclusive is a 1984 bay over APHA stallion. He
is a National Show Champion and a superior halter horse
with an ROM in Western pleasure. We are working
towards his APHA championship and superior pleasure.
Mr. Exclusive has sired national show champions and
futurity winners. He is out producing himself and has
sired a variety of color bay, black, palomino, sorrel,
dunn and chestnuts.
Some of Mr. Exclusive's get include: Exclusive
Image, an 88 bay over gelding winner '89 National
show APHA yearling gelding futurity; Exclusive
Diamond, an 87 bay over gelding earned his ROM in
western pleasure at the '89 Ohio All American Paint
Classic; Exclusive Markee, an '89 sorrel over filly -
winner of the '89 Georgia weanling filly futurity; Mr.
Expression, an '88 chestnut tobiano/overo colt winner
of the '88 weanling colt futurities in Florida, Georgia,
South Carolina and North Carolina; White Perfection
(Casper), an '89 white colt winner of the '89 Florida
Paint Horse Club weanling colt futurity.

Mr. Exclusive is expecting 20 foals for '90 and we're
sure there are a few more winners in his fourth foal crop.
We are proud of Mr. Exclusive and his
accomplishments in the show ring and the
accomplishments of his get. Indeed something to neigh
We also want to tell you that we are actively involved
in the newly organized Florida Paint Stallion Breeders
Association. All of Mr. Exclusive's '90 foals are eligible
for the weanling class futurities. This futurity will be held
in Florida, the end of October or November, 1990.
Watch for Horse and Pony ads. This futurity will offer
mare owners a good payback futurity and that's stars in
our eyes! Mr. Exclusive foals are also eligible for Solid
Gold and Georgia futurities.
Peter T. Corrigan, Sr.
Sarasota, Florida


Pauline Holmelin celebrated her 94th Birthday on
February 27, 1990. Jean and Fred Kirk of Springfield,
Ohio were in Florida to help her mother celebrate her
birthday. On February 24th, Pauline was surprised at a
family gathering at her nephew's home in Tampa for a
94th birthday party. Along with Pauline's daughters, Jean
Kirk, Muriel Whitman, Frances Haile and their
husbands, she had nieces and nephews from out of state
along with her sister on hand to celebrate her birthday.
There were 24 who joined Pauline to make her day a
very special occasion.

Pete, Jr., Rosie and Suzan Corrigan; Carolyn and
Jim Koontz with Mr. Exclusive

Top, 1-r Nancy Mather, Patty
Bildeau, Frances Haile, Andy
Pauline Holmelin, Jean Kirk,
Muriel Whitman

Hoffmann, James
Amato; Seated, I-r
Lillian Amato and

Suzan Corrigan showing Mr. Exclusive


You're over the hill when:
-You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.
-Your knees buckle but your belt won't.
-Your back goes out more than you do.
-Jane Fonda was starring in "Barbarella" the last time
you wore a bikini.

-(BU) You hear a Rolling Stones song on the Muzak
in the elevator.
-(BU) You realize when Errol Flynn was your age,
he had been dead eight years.
-(BU) Everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt
doesn't work.
-You feel like the night before and you haven't been
-Your little black book contains only names that end
in M.D.
-You can't wait for Baskin-Robbins to come out with
oat-bran ice cream.
-A dripping faucet causes an uncontrollable bladder
-You know all the answers but nobody asks you the
-You remember the first time the outfit you just
bought was in style.
-You've stopped counting freckles and started
counting age spots.
-Your children look middle-aged.
-You get winded playing cards.
-Power-walking seems as physically challenging as
contact sports.
-You look back nostalgically on your "mid-life crisis."
-The salesgirlss" laugh when you suggest wearing
white at your wedding.
-The gleam in your eye is from the sun hitting your
-You turn out the lights for economic rather than
romantic reasons.
-You have too much room in the house and not
enough in the medicine cabinet.
-You watch a program on The Golden Age of TV
and sing along with the "Mr. Ed" theme.
-You see antique shops selling Underwood
typewriters. And you buy one.
-The cop who pulls you over looks too young even
to be in high school.
-You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay
-You need glasses to find your glasses.
-You look forward to a dull evening.
-You know what LSMFT means.
-Your teen heartthrob was Marlon Brando. Marion
-Your favorite outfielder is elected to the Hall of
Fame. Posthumously.
-You wonder what happened to the pH factor in
-You can no longer recall your true hair color.
-You look down and you see your mother's hands.

By Peter Gott who is a syndicated columnist with
Newspaper Enterprise Assn.
The Dothan Eagle
From Adrien (Kibby) Bouche. August 27, 1989


A friend brought us several copies of the Canal
Record. We enjoyed them so much we hope to get it
ourselves (check enclosed).

Arthur worked for Contractors in Panama, but we
have many military and Panama Canal friends most
have now retired.
Recently, Lucy and Joe Kane came by to see us. Joe
is like Arthur, looks a little over stuffed around the mid
stream. Jim and Marsha Slover also stopped by. One
weekend recently, Dr. Bill and Marge Scarborough,
Jean (Santa Clara) and Doris Burns, Bea and Gerry
Williams spent the weekend with us. We all enjoyed the
togetherness and shared Panama memories.
We have many friends, but our Canal Zone friends
are special in a very unexplainable way. We have plenty
of room and welcome all of you.
We are seldom gone. I have been so ill since
returning to the U.S. (20 times in hospital, 86-now). I
can be remembered by many as I mailed the Balboa
Union Church Auxiliary calendars out.

Bergueline Goe
West Memphis, AR.


Just got back from Hong Kong. My eldest son lives
there and he is V.P. of all of Asia for American
President Lines, also a Commander in the Navy
Peter went to school in the Canal Zone (his father
was stationed in Albrook and after retirement ran the
American Legion Club at Amador). Peter graduated
from Balboa High School in 1965. He is married to his
wife, Stefanie for 19 years. They have one son, David,
who attends St. Mary's, Moraga, CA. Peter's brother,
Michael is a 1969 graduate of Balboa High and goes to
the reunion every year and loves it. I miss my friends of
the Canal Zone and would love to find out where Lois
Kerr is. She is married to Jack Kerr and had three
children, Mark, Mary and Jackie. Would love to hear
from them.
We had a great time in Hong Kong, even went into
Red China, but I still love the States.

Josephine P. Young
Richmond, CA.

Peter, David, Josephine, Stephanie and Dad Young


Army Rangers and Air Force Combat
Controllers Tell it all About
Panama Operation

The Air Force Association, Tallahassee Chapter's
program for this quarter was held at the Silver Slipper
Restaurant from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm on 22 February
1990. The program included a first hand account of the
recent operation "Just Cause" in Panama by two combat
soldiers who were part of the action. Captain Patrick M.
McGerty and Sergeant First Class Robin Harrison were
members of the First Ranger Battalion 75th Infantry at
Ft. Stuart, Georgia. They came to Tallahassee to bring
the Chapter up to date on the aspects of the low intensity
warfare which seems to be the wave of the future. The
Chapter was provided an interesting program that had a
timely presentation due to the recent Panama operation
and its recent success.

'r "

I've often thought of the good times in BHS,
especially the Easter vacations when the GAA went to
Santa Clara. I miss keeping in touch with those girls -
Aloha, Bogie, Joanie, Jean, June, Mary Emma, etc.,
although I do keep in touch with Bea Gunn and Jeannine
In 1957 I moved to Michigan with my young son,
Marc Boles and went to work for a company called TRW
Inc. I married in 1972, a widower, John Gregory, and in
1979 I quit work to stay home to enjoy life and the
grandchildren between us we have eleven and still
My sister, Jackie Baker, her husband and family live
in Opp, Alabama, just a stone's throw from Dothan. As
far as the rest of the Hutchings bunch is concerned they
are scattered all over the U.S. and I don't get to see
Well, Anita, hope I get to meet you. Maybe at the
reunion, although like I said over the phone, I may not
be able to attend this year but maybe at another reunion.
Susan Hutchings Gregory

Left to Right: John Schmidt (BHS' 50) Chapter VP,
Captain Patrick M. McGerty, Ist Ranger Bn, Fort
Stuart, GA; Bill Wichmann, Tallahassee; SFC Robin
Harrison, Ist Ranger Bn, Ft. Stuart, GA; Anne
Rathgeber, Tallahassee (BHS '50); MSG John Lebold,
Combat Control Team, Hulburt Field, FL; Barbara
Wichmann, Tallahassee; I/LT John Schuldheiss,
Combat Control Team, Hulburt Field, FL; Taken at
Silver Slipper, Tallahassee, FL on February 22,1990, at
the Briefing on the Operation Just Cause.
Several former Canal Zone employees and family
were present. Command Sergeant Major (Ret) John E.
"Bill" Schmidt, Chapter V.P. was involved in getting the
Speakers, which also included 1st Lt. John Schuldheiss
and Master Sergeant John Lebold to speak before the
Chapter, an audience of about 90 members.

Anita Asmussen, Michigan

What a pleasant surprise to hear from you the other
night. It's always nice to talk to other "Zonians." Don't
get to do that much with our other Michigan bunch.
I was born in Colon and lived in New Cristobal until
grade 8 and then my family was transferred to Balboa.
My dad, B.V. Hutchings was with the Customs Division.
I graduated from BHS in '49 and CZJC in '51.

George Bouche, Gene (Sexton) Clary and Adrien
(Kibby) Bouche, visiting Gene, in Hendersonville,
North Carolina.


We do miss the Canal Zone Society Reunions of
Florida but have many good memories of those we
attended in the 70s and 80s, and the many friends we
had the pleasure of seeing. It was great seeing so many
in a short few days.
We are doing okay for "old folks." Milton has had a
few problems but we get out every day that the weather
permits. He is doing alright but not able to do much. He
loves to go for drives and get out to see what is going on,
and I like to drive but don't drive at night. The
population has increased so much here and traffic is so
thick on all roads and freeways that it isn't safe as it was
when we retired 26 years ago!

Milton and Chubby Wright
Ontario, CA.


The first thing everyone said when they saw me on
T.V. as one of the "American Hostages" at Omar Torrijos
Airport was.."Mary Rebhan??" "That's Cookie McKeon!"
Yes, Tara King and I had the unfortunate experience
to be held hostage. We both had arrived in Panama
from Miami the night before and had gone back out to
the airport to pick up my brother Michael who was
supposed to be arrived at 12:00 midnight December 20.
After being held at gunpoint for 6 1/2 hours, having my
hair pulled out and getting hit and bruised by rifle butts
in my back, the Rangers forced our captors to surrender.
I found out later that Michael's flight, while enroute, was
sent back to Miami. He was coming to Panama for
Christmas and for my church wedding, that was supposed
to be December 30. Plans changed, and we had the
wedding February 17, 1990 in Panama. This time,
Michael did make it down.

I am still working for the U.S. Embassy here, but
would like to get transferred to Panama if and when
there is an opening. Clarence is grateful that it has
stopped raining here so he doesn't have to mow the two
acres in front of the house so often. He's working on the
house and planning a trip to Upala, Costa Rica, on a
gold hunt.
I went to the Hotel Grand in the hope of seeing
Betty Snow and all the other Canal Zonites that came
through. Sadly, we missed each other by about 15
minutes. I did have a lovely evening with Andy Lim
Last year we were also visited by my mom, Mary
Coffey and brother John Coffey; then my sister, Mike
Coffey Blennerhassett and her husband, Ned, came up
from Panama. It was fantastic seeing them all.

Joan Coffey Reinks
Costa Rica


Enclosed is a photo of a group from the Canal Area
who now live in the Dallas, Texas area.
They were entertained at the home of Angela and
Robert Bloemer of McKinney, Texas, in honor of
Operation "Just Cause."

Cookie (McKeon) Rebhan and Soldiers; December
24, 1989
CNN broadcasted my news interview all over the
States where I became "famosa". I got calls from the
U.S. from Kevin and Kathy (Kessel) Bradley, Yeriz
Markham-Machado, my brother, Michael, (who was back
in Miami), and daily calls from my wonderful husband,
Jeff Rebhan, who was in Ohio.
I left Panama December 30, out of Howard AFB on
an evacuation flight bound for Miami, where Jeff had
flown to meet me. Soon after, I got a visit from a fellow
Gambodian, Chuck Hummer, which was nice.
The hostage situation is behind me now. I still love
Panama as much as ever. There is no comparison to
Panama. Panama es Panama. Lo demas es monte y
Cookie (McKeon) Rebhan
Mobesly, MO


Warmest greetings from Costa Rica! Things are
going very well for us here in Costa Rica. Our son, Alex,
is a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps and starting his
first tour at King's Bay, Georgia. Monica, our daughter,
graduates from high school in June and has been
accepted to the college of her choice. She is still
horseback riding, mostly jumping, and won third place in
the Nationals here.

Front row: Heidi Hepner. 1st row, L-R: Margaret
Bivin, Christina Efthimiadis Seeley, Stephanie
Efthimiadis Seeley, Kenneth Hepner, Phyllis
Hieronymus, Angela Bloemer. 2nd row, L-R: Robert
Ciepiela, Carol Ceipiela, Susan (Willis) Hepner, Dale
Conway, Jackie (Burza) Luecke and baby Alex,
Catherine DeLapp, Harold Conway. 3rd row L-R:
Kenneth Willis, Donald Bloemer, Ralph Hepner,
Mike Burza, Art Farrell, Edi Farrell, Edna Fischer.
4th row L-R: Robert J. Bloemer, David Bivin, John
Coffey, Paul Hieronymus.


Somewhere in Balboa Avenue, a car crowded transit
way of Panama City, you can read on a small poster:
"Thank you Bush". These are not simply words of mere

courtesy to a person. To us, Panamanians the three
cordially written words THANK YOU BUSH, means the
eager end of an abominable dictatorship of enormous
cruelty, especially from 1987 1989. The 20th of
December, the date American troops came by air and
land, by orders of President Bush and entered the
oppressed (by Noriega) Republic of Panama, the
American soldiers did not come as conquerors, instead as
Thank you, Bush for putting an end to our long
suffering as a nation and as citizens; Thank you, Bush for
having liberated us from the bloody paws of the horrible
monster Noriega. The American troops came just in
time. It was impossible for Panama to resist alive a
month more under the hellish rule of the jackal Manuel
Antonio Noriega. For all the above written, Thank you,
Submitted by
Eva Harte

Norma Davis Short, center, visits granddaughters
Melissa and Melinda Short, daughters of Milton Joe
Short, in their home during Christmas of 1989.

4r Mao*


Present Day Comforts Were Unknown
To Valiant Ladies Who Joined
Husbands Here

(Continued from December 1989)

Old Glory Waves
The first object that caught my eye, as I climbed the
embankment steps at Gorgona, was Old Glory waving
from the courthouse. My heart overflowed with eave and
gratitude for what it represented: safety and protection
for all of Uncle Sam's children even in this distant land.
The ensuing years have proved that we were equally safe
under the Panama Flag, a fact which we did not then
The next day was taken up with necessary shopping
at the commissary. It was a long building partitioned off
into two parts: in one part men's work clothing, bedding
and towels were sold; the rest of the space was used for
the sale of groceries and staple articles. Frequently the
commissary would be out of these staples and we would
have to buy from the Chinaman in Old Gorgona. Gold
and Silver customers made their purchases here, side by
side, at the same time and in the same place.
Our ice and cold storage came from Cristobal and
was placed on the station platform where each person
had to salvage his own order. There were no deliveries of
any kind, inasmuch as there was not a horse-drawn
vehicle in the town. We found it difficult walking the
muddy path homeward. For every two steps we took
forward, we would always slip back one. We hired negro

men (for ten cents a day) to carry our ice up the hill.
When we arrived in Gorgona, there were about
twenty families in our community. Tuesday morning after
my arrival on Saturday, my neighbor rushed in to tell me
that our minister's wife had missed the morning train to
Ancon Hospital, and inasmuch as she expected to be
confined most any moment, she would not be able to
wait for the second train to carry her in for the proper
attention she so badly needed. I was asked to assist the
attending physician, which I consented to do, so I began
early in my experience on the Isthmus to be on the
reception committee to welcome all newcomers.

First Club Is Started
It was wonderful how quickly the buildings were
being finished. Our population likewise continued to
arrive. Mrs. Otis, our next door neighbor, left for her
first vacation to the United States within the next week.
She returned several months later bringing with her a
phonograph. Several families got together and formed a
little House-to-House Club, as we called it. Saturday
evenings we met alternately at our various homes to
enjoy a little party. At this time a new hotel was nearing
completion. It was in reality a restaurant with a game
room on the floor above it. As soon as it was finished, we
moved our phonograph to the game room and held
weekly dances there. The Chef of the restaurant, a good-
natured Englishman, always furnished us with
refreshments and good times were had by all.
Mr. Morrison began placing notices around the shops to
inform all Odd Fellows that a meeting would be held at
House 88 (our home). The boys came on the appointed
evenings and I made them sandwiches, cake, ice cream
and coffee, and even furnished them with cigars. Mr.
Morrison informed me that there was no suitable place
for eating and that he would like to invite his
acquaintances to an occasional home-cooked meal. This

we did, entertaining two or three men at a time.
The new Clubhouse was soon finished and the
Clubhouse Secretary invited the ladies of Gorgona to
organize a club. This was done, and I had the honor of
being elected the first President to preside over our little
club. President Taft of our United States sent Miss
Boswell, who was Vice-President of the Woman's Club of
America, down here to organize clubs. When she arrived,
she found we had a club of forty members. The Club
entertained Miss Boswell at a reception given in her
honor. I also had the pleasure of entertaining her in my
own home.
Our Club was not one of a literary nature. It concerned
itself with the social well-being and needs of the
community. Our air was: to help the newcomers of our
community and to establish a feeling of neighborliness
and good will. A committee was formed to call on our
new friends and ascertain whether they were Catholic or
Protestant. The committee then took them to their
respective churches and introduced them. They were also
taken to the commissary as well as to Panama and
shown the "ropes" as far as shopping was concerned.
Another club came into existence. It was of an athletic
nature and met twice a week to begin at the Clubhouse.
During my first year of my stay on the Isthmus as well
as the years to follow, there was never a dull moment.
Excitement ran high many times tragic, but more
comical circumstances arose. The chef who had furnished
us with refreshments at our club gatherings died that year
from malaria. He left a widow and two small children.
Our community donated several thousand dollars in
order to send the widow and her little ones back to their
home in England.
A gentleman knocked at my door one evening. I had
seen him but once before. He was a friend of some
member of our large family and had dined at our home
on one occasion. I invited him to come in and soon
learned he was going into the hospital for an operation.
I shall never forget how solemnly he asked me to do him
a favor. He handed me $800.00 and a silk spread which
he had won in a lottery in Panama. I was to use these
safe-keepings to see that he got a decent burial, just in
case the operation wasn't a success. I was greatly relieved
to have my young friend return in a short time for his
valuables. He went to the States, married, and returned
with his bride to the Isthmus where he lived for many
years. We often had a good laugh together about my
"holding the bag" for my prosperous but frightened young
Chagres On Rampage
The Chagres River went on a rampage soon after I
arrived. The whole of Matachin was inundated. The old
river went so far out of its banks, it backed up to
Gorgona. Men worked all night making boats, fearing
that we might be forced to use them in an emergency
should the water rise higher. Native houses and huge
trees were seen floating down this raging torrent. It was
a fearful sight, but at last the water receded.
The Commission had been excavating sand before
the flood and in this way huge holes were left in some
places. The receding waters filled them up and the West
Indian laborers found them convenient swimming holes.
Mrs. Lowe, my daughter, lived on the banks of the canal,
near one of these "swimming holes." Her neighbor told
her he heard quite a commotion one morning and ran
down to the canal to find out what the trouble might be.

He found that one bather had gone down and not
returned to the surface so he lost no time in diving in
himself and bringing the unfortunate man up. He found
him to be way beyond help. The white man inquired why
no one else had attempted the rescue, asking if any of the
by-standers could swim. He found that the drowned
man's brother-in-law could do so. When questioned why
he made no attempt to rescue his relative, the man
replied: "and who would have compensated me, sir?" That
goes to prove it is always a man's point of view that
determines his actions.
My youngest daughter was watching Mrs. Lowe's
three-month old baby, who was lying in her buggy in the
yard. The wind began to blow, and due to the slant of the
back yard, the carriage rolled to the edge of the canal
and went over. The horrified mother ran to the bank, and
seizing hold of the high brush and grass, managed to
reach the carriage which had dropped fifteen of the
thirty-foot drop into the canal. The brush had caught the
carriage in such a way that it was still standing upright
and the baby was not the least bit injured or upset in
spite of her somewhat precipitous ride. My daughter,
however, declared she lost seven years growth in the
short time it took her to bring her child to safety.
In the old days no one paid rental for their quarters.
When many house guests came down the line to visit
over the weekend, it was customary for the
Quartermaster to give the hostess the keys to a vacant
house (belonging to employees on vacation in the States).
The hostess would then supply the bed linens, towels, etc.
to make her guests feel right at home.
Texas Club Receives
It so happened that my neighbor living over my
apartment was on leave when the Texas Club held a
reception. Col. Goethals, Admiral Rosseau, Col. Gorgas,
and Major Judwin were extended invitations and they
accepted. Mr. Morrison had invited Colonel Goethals and
Admiral Rosseau to be our overnight guests and I gave
them the upper chambers of my absent neighbor. As
before mentioned, I had only four dining chairs. Mr.
Morrison had me a long bench to be used at the side of
the table next to the wall. This accommodated most of
my family, and one other guest who was breakfasting
with us the morning after the reception. Four chairs were
left then, one for Colonel Goethals, and one for Admiral
Rosseau, and one each for dad and I. We had just been
seated for breakfast when several neighbors on their way
to the train called in for a cup of coffee. I found myself
in great social awkwardness as far as chairs were
concerned, therefore I insisted on standing and serving
breakfast much to the distress of Colonel Goethals and
Admiral Rosseau. The truth of the matter was we didn't
own an extra soap box for me to sit on. Talk about life's
embarrassing moments a pioneer's experience is full of
A sequel was to follow the chair episode. The very next
day the Quartermaster called on me and asked if I
needed anything. I had been asking for dining chairs for
over a year, so I asked once more. An hour later, a
rocking chair arrived. Several days later two
acquaintances called on me. I insisted that one of my
callers should enjoy my newly acquired chair, which she
did. I noticed how she twisted and turned, rubbing her
arms as she rocked. Several days later the more intimate
of my two callers informed me that the other lady had
been waging a losing battle with bedbugs which had

crawled out from the chair and on her, and that she was
too polite to tell me about it. I tried the rocker myself,
and hereby state that the unfortunate caller was putting
the truth about the situation mildly.
Furniture Situation Hopeless
The furniture situation continued to be rather hopeless.
All the new furniture that arrived was placed in the new
houses as they were completed, so I waited for the next
shipment. When it arrived and still no chairs were
available, I went to see the Assistant Quartermaster and
asked about my chairs. He said he was sorry but just as
long as there were new homes needing furniture, my
need could not be met. I was desperate: I told him that
as surely as God made little green apples, just as surely
was I going to send a personal appeal to Colonel
Goethals asking him to paint the soap boxes which I had
been using all this time for dining chairs. I won my point.
Believe it or not, the very next day four dining chairs
were sent to me.
It has always been gratifying that the men folk of our
community appreciated little kindnesses done for them.
I shall never forget my first Christmas on the Isthmus.
After dinner two gentlemen called and told me they had
come to play Santa Claus. A large package containing a
beautiful white silk Spanish shawl was handed to me with
a card that read: "From the Masons." At that time my
husband was not a Mason and I told the men so,
explaining to them they had surely made a mistake. They
insisted that the gift was mine. It represented the
gratitude of this organization for the assistance I once
gave them when they had a picnic. I had baked some
hams and added a few homemade cakes for good
measure. I still have this shawl and treasure it. It is a
manifestation of gratitude for the little things of life,
made to me, by homesick American boys.
Gets Kitchen Table
My story would not be complete unless I told how I
came to have a kitchen table and two kitchen shelves. A
two-burner oil stove had been placed on the pipeless coal
range. I found it most inconvenient work trying to cook
a meal without a shelf or table of any kind and so gave
way to tears. A friend of ours, who was a carpenter by
trade, stopped to see us that evening and found me
weeping. He immediately returned to the shelf for his
tools, came back to my house and knocked an old crate
apart. This done, he soon fashioned a crude kitchen table
which he attached to the wall. He also placed four small
cleats on the wall. When I placed my two extra dining
table leaves thereon, I had kitchen shelves, but if guests
arrived for dinner, I found myself minus kitchen shelves.
This, I'm sure, did not happen more than once a day.
I took my first vacation in the year 1914.
Unfortunately, during my absence, the official opening of
the Canal took place. Thus, I was deprived of the
privilege of transiting the Canal on one of the first boats
(S.S. Ancon and S.S. Advance) which went through the
Canal on August 15, 1914. However, I did make a trip
through before the Canal was flooded. This trip was
made on the "Yellow Peril," Colonel Goethal's motor car.
First Baby To Transit
My oldest daughter, Mrs. Walter G. Brown, was able
to make the trip with her eleven-week old son. There was
great demand for accommodations on the boats so the
invitation stipulated that no children were allowed. An
exception was made, however, in the case of my
grandson, Walter G. Brown, Jr., due to the fact that he

was a nursing infant. His mother was permitted to take
him with her by carrying him on a pillow. As far as I am
able to ascertain, he is the first baby to have transited
the Canal.
My home has been the Canal Zone for thirty-three
years, and during that time I had met and made many
friends from all parts of the world. I am grateful for this
experience; it has broadened my outlook on life and
increased my love for the people of all nations. Mr.
Morrison and I have been blessed by living to see four
generations of our family living in peace and prosperity
in the distant land under the protection of the Stars and
Stripes. There are two of us in the first generation, five
in the second, thirteen in the third and (to date) eight in
the fourth. I give devout thanks to God, the Giver of
every good gift, for a blessing such as this.
Mattie J. Morrison
as told to Frances B. Whitlock,
Fayetteville, AR

Back Row: Henry Leisy, Joe Burgoon,
Ridge, Jim Ridge, Vince Ridge, Jack
Carey, Mickey Kiernan, Front Row: Mr. Pearl, John
McGlade, ,Bill Ward (?), __


I grew up in a unique community. Like many of us,
we are a product of our environment. We remember the
places in our life, like postcards, some brightly colored
others dull and drab.
Curundu was a collection of WWII era wooden
buildings which housed some of the most unusual people
in the world. The dark green and white four-family on
7th Street was just like most of the other roach infested
tropic quarters. A Mango tree in the back, a bus stop
across the street, and a clubhouse down the road.
The clubhouse/bowling alley/restaurant/barber
shop/shoeshine stand/beauty shop and snake pit (bar)
made the place take the appearance of a den of iniquity.
Without the clubhouse, life would have been dull and
boring. The "empanadas" and "carimanolas" were the best
anywhere. The nickle "rickies" gave pure slurpping
satisfaction, before or after a movie.

The Curundu Post Theater broadened my horizons
more than all the days I spent in college. And Saturday
matinees gave new meaning to Buck Rogers and
swashbuckling adventure.
Our only means of transportation was a bicycle, mine
was a beat-up English racer with rattling fenders and a
bent chain sprocket. Clothespins and playing cards made
a great racket when thrust through the spokes. Then
there were the orange Thomas buses which carried us to
Balboa, Panama City or school or anywhere else we
needed to go. Of course the bus route took us through
Albrook first, which never made much sense to me. And
on Halloween the poor drivers went through hell.
Bombarded with eggs or tomatoes, or a potato shoved up
the tail pipe. Curundu was a war zone on Halloween.
The flagpole flew more bicycles than flags. We would
laugh all the way to school knowing some poor kid would
have to claim his bike from the MP's. The Military Police
had their hands full with the Curundu kids. They were
spared no mercy either. Eggs flew and tomatoes
splattered. And someone would holler "Rap Mary
Poppins" which meant run for it, the MP's were around
the corner.
Christmas was a special time. Especially after the
roller skates, new bicycles, the lights of Christmas
Heights, Santa was none other than my uncle, Bill Bright.
It took years to figure out why Santa knew intimate
details about my life. It made me a believer long after
other kids forsake the myth. After the festivities we
would form up in gangs and go around collecting
Christmas trees, tie them to the back of our bikes and
hoard them in secret hideouts in the jungle. The guys on
North A Street were always giving 7th and 8th Street a
bad time. But when the day of the big tree burn finally
came, it was great fun to watch the huge bonfire and
roast marshmellows.
Before Curundu Junior High School was built, that
piece of property was a baseball field. Sports was big

especially during the Summer Recreation Program. Many
of Balboa's finest, spent time in the junior leagues at
Troop 7 occupied most of our scouting days, and we
relished the opportunity to go on camping trips. Of
course the practical jokers were always present.
Removing someone's pants while they were still in them
was popular, or the time Billy Reimiller put several
smelly fish under my bunk at the Scout Jamboree in
Gatun. I thought my socks smelled kind of funny. We
rallied to challenge especially during the Cayuco Race -
the "Slave Galley" crunched many a contender. I got
stuck learning Wig Wag (Morse code via flag waving)
one year to get out of making a monkey rope bridge,
some deal. But our experience did prepare us for life.
Ditches were the best entertainment in a rain storm.
But playing football in the mud was by far our best
endeavor. Didn't make our Mom's happy, but it did a lot
to quell our restless urges.
I found solace in walking the many jungle trails
around Curundu. There was game to be seen, even small
creeks and rivers. There was even a Tarzan movie filmed
behind Curundu way back in the days before Technicolor.
There was even a small zoo right where the back gate
of Albrook and the edge of Curundu come together. It
was filled with deer and other jungle creatures.
Time has worn heavy on the town. The old houses are
gone, the old clubhouse burned, the people gone. But the
spirit remains in a few of us. The graffiti of yesteryear
spelled it "Curundu Power," it was a special place.

Arnold L. Talbott
5529 Woodgate Circle
Anniston, AL
(205) 820-9372

P.S. If you have a story or joke about Curundu any
reminder of the old town, please send it along.

Balboa High Intramural Football Team RAMS, 1939(?): From, L-R: Joe Burgoon, Bill Dodson,__
Pat Ridge, Larry Keegan, Sonny Howell, Tommy Marine, Back, L-R: Bob Wertz, Hugh Norris,
Mike Dailey, John Urey, Murray Wright, "Lefty" McGlade, Stoner, Bill Gaines, John Clark,_
Crede Calhoun, Bill Ward


Sponsored by the Isthmian
Historical Society
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 newspapers 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 custody 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 George H. Martin, Barbados:
On arriving on the Isthmus, had been like a new
world, leaving my native land on August 27th, 1909.
After reaching the Isthmus I were taken off the boat
of the evening of September 2nd, 1909. We were on the
train that night, and I say we referring to those who I did
not know, but were all together; next morning we were at
a place called Tabernilla, and were given corn-beef,
bread, coffee which we enjoyed, and were happy.
Moving forward, the train brought us to a place
called Frijoles where we got off, and were placed in
homes. The homes we occupied were box-cars but at that
time they were like palaces, so we enjoyed it.
I turned to work on the day of September 3rd, 1909,
with shovels and picks lator on, a next piece of tool were
included called a Spike-Mall. We worked joyfully, during
those days, (as I am running over ground) we had an
incident, the Chagres River came down, and overflow her
banks, and this time we had a reflection of our home
land when women and children moved in with us, we had
to give place to the women and children for the while
place in what was called the town had been flooded every
house were under water, the thing about it, where the
engine used to run, boats were handy...
...I understood that this man carried the title as
timekeeper, he said I am going to give you a $2.50 book,
where you will take to the commissary and purchase what
you want, every man in the gang were given a book for
$2.50 so from there we started on our own, as gentlemen
I will not hesitate to let you know, we felt happy! $2.50
had been plenty in those days, they were in 5 cents bretts,
to $2.50, it was called the tango the amount spent would
be torn out, our lunch mostly in those days were bread,
sardine, and ice-cream, and never forget our ice-cream,
I am saying here it was refreshing. We worked hard, but
cheerful, I can assure you, our boss never had any
worries, he only says what he wanted and it was done.

Continuing with the book.
If we order a $5.00 book, and in a day or two and
that book does not show up, you are told to order again.
Sometimes both orders would meet, and we would have
two $5.00 book, $10.00 what to do with $10.00 in those
days? Here is a story, it caught me once. I bought some
of everything, shoes also to do away with it, $10.00 would

not finish. I bought a ham, at that time it look as big as
I were, I paid $2.21, talking about ham, real lean, I took
ham to work every day in order to have it finish, my
associate and I ate ham for days. I don't think about ham
these days its too high in price, now it is for the other
...We were paid 10 cents per hour, and work 9 hours
a day, giving us the amount of 90 cent daily, overtime
pay was doubled can't talk about it, for at times it was
plentiful, I had been in a gang, I can remember I turned
to work at 7 o'clock this morning and drew off seven
o'clock next morning, the boss, Johnson, comes up, "now
boys, I know you are all tired, but go home, and get a
little sleep and come back to work at one o'clock, he did
not order or compelled, he only plead, so we obeyed, and
this went on for days, for we were cutting through a hill
for the tract line; but again, I make use of the words, "the
work of construction days had been a hard and rough
struggle, but it was done cheerfully, and faithfully; thus
giving the American people their hearts desire.
About the fever.
The fever lashed good and plenty. Sometimes
walking on the Monte Lirio stretch, you meet men
coming and going in each direction, in a sudden you look,
a gang together, something happen, what? One or two of
the gang on the ground flatten out, before help reaches,
one dead long time, no more of him, thank God. Martin
still battling along; in those days you watch men shake,
gentlemen, you think they would shake to pieces, these
days are healthful days. The authorities did work on the
malaria, they sent men around day after day with a
colored looking liquid, the men would shout, come on
boys, drink it up. Sweet at first, but bitter in the end,
many men was afraid to drink, but I drank it with good
heart, for the authorities did not mean to kill, their aims
were to revive, this liquid was quinine, so they put a
pretty color to it as a catch, so it catch me, for it did me
Rain fall
When you are going to talk about rain, please refer
back from 1909 & 10 when we worked in rain, just as if
it were sun; here is something to note, when we reached
the Stretch on the way to Gatun, after leaving Monte
Lirio, it rained for days right through, day and night. We
had a white boss whose name was Atkins, a young
looking fellow at the time, the rain beat him, it turned us
colored people almost white, for it was no use stop
working, all of us were in the rain, we turned to work in
rain, go to lunch in rain back to work in rain...
...when the steel rail were laying...the pulling were
dropped, then the steel rail on top of them, we have to
spike them up together...this were a sight to watch us
work along this line; as I said before, "the work was hard,
but we did it cheerful; here is the play, when the rail had
been spiked to the pulling, now it has got to be put in
place. Every man with an iron-bar about five feet long,
one would sing, and while he sings, you watch the track
line move, "the trang goes, you ball." The white bosses
stands off and laugh, the songster had a song, goes this
way, he would sing part one, or first part, and we comes
in with the second part, it goes:
Mattie oh, Mattie O -first
2nd. Gone to Colon
Mattie O, Mattie O
2nd, Gone to Colon
1st. Mattie buy sweet powder

2nd. powder her -you know
1st. Mattie buy sweet powder
2nd. Powder her -- -same
And so he would sing this song over and over, gentlemen
watch track line move, the work appeared sweet, the
white foreman enjoyed the singing they laugh and did
1912 I moved over to the cut at Mayflowers, where
concrete had been going sky high, I got work on the wall,
and were placed on a platform, two of us, to receive the
concrete that were brought by small engines on cars to
the cranes, to be taken up on the wall, two great big
buckets to an engine, when reaching the crane we would
hook them up. This is my first damage I received from
1909 landing here to 1913. Had been on the crane, it
happened on No. 1 crane.
My partner failed to unhook his part of the chain on
one side, the crane carried three chain, one on either
side, and one in the middle, so I unhooked the middle,
and one side, my partner did not unhooked his on time,
so the operator lift, and the great big bucket came over,
catching me up against the coal box that carried the coal
for the engine, it burst the belt that was around my waist
in four places, I were sent to the hospital, and remained
there for six days, and were given six small white pills,
after that, I were sent back on the job...
Praise heaven, to the Americans, for the Panama
Canal, and yet there are a set of people so dis-satisfied
today, I see them but can't call them, this cause me to
remember. A set of molatto people at my home town
used to cook late at night, and at times the pot is left
open, and the may-bugs flying around would deposit into
the pot with the soup, so when finish, everybody enjoys
a hearty meal, the bugs were eaten for more peas in the
soup, next morning the left-over showed up the bugs, so
the youngsters around made a song of it. It goes this
"Cricket gill and dry peas,
Good enough for poor Backro,
For who? Fou dem,
Fou dem, who?
See them but can't call them"
So this reference is used: "I see them, but can't call
Retire with 46 years and seven months.


The Third Locks Project and World War II marked
the end of an era in Canal Zone history, the twenty-five
year period following the opening of the Canal. I have
discussed the differences in the child's world of then and
now with several persons who grew up here during the
20s and 30s. All agreed on the trend from small town to
suburban life and the changes that have accompanied
this. My own recollections of the closing years of that era
are obviously subjective and wholeheartedly prejudiced.
Today we are fenced in and out. During the quiet
years before we fattened on a war economy fences were
few, even on the military reservations. Fort Amador was
an attractive little Coast Artillery posy with a dirigible
hanger a place where one played golf, swam, had
picnics by the sea near the Commanding Officer's circle,

and heard band concerts on Sunday evenings. There was
no guard gate to pass.
The other Army posts were as open. The highway
ran through the posts of Corozal and Fort Clayton no
gates, no guards. Corozal was a place of old French
cottages and stables, a place where you took your pets to
the vet in the stable area and looked with awe at his tilt
table for horses, a place where you could collect pigeons
from the attics of the old houses and various pieces of
discarded military equipment from the dump. The
skeleton of a fuselage section carried home in triumph
from the dump provided hours of flying in the back yard
for the followers of "Phineas Pinkham" and "G-8 and his
Battle Aces." The Army Air Corps pilots were
dogfighting high over Balboa in their old pursuit planes
and their maneuvers were followed with rat-a-tat-tats
from the junior ground forces.
Fort Clayton was something very special: polo. Sitting
on the close-cut green grass with the "chock" of the struck
ball and the sounds and movement of the horses, it was
a world in which barrage balloons and smudge pots were
Even Quarry Heights was so unworried about the
state of the world that it was fenceless and it was possible
to obtain permission to have picnics atop Ancon Hill.
With a little discretion, any energetic youngster could
make it to the top without permission. What a site for a
hotel or something similar to Bogota's Montserrate!
There used to be a saddle area on the hill which was
kept clear of brush and on the Canal side a path
descended through the foot-high grass. By this route you
slid most of the way on your bottom over the slick grass.
Never saw a jaguar.
The Balboa dock area was also unfenced and open
to the public. It was possible to stroll down the dockside
to look at ships. Once a cargo of Japanese five-and-ten-
cent-store merchandise had to be dumped on the dock
because of a hold fire and the small-fry came like flies.
When a Japanese Navy training ship announced that it
would receive the public aboard, we all lined up.
Unfortunately, they required that shoes be removed and
feet dunked in a foul-looking bath of disinfectant. My
father decided that this was a deliberate insult to
Americans and all we saw were the beautiful dwarf trees
in the officer's quarters visible from the dock. It must
have been about this time that scrap iron was transiting
the Canal en route to Japan and someone was
distributing stickers that carried a simple drawing of a
bomb and read, "Boycott Japan."
Also possible in this fenceless world was the thrill of
seeing a ship's anchor cast at the foundry in the dock
area. Such events as the launching of the tugs "Arraijan"
and "Alajuela" at Balboa dry dock were celebrated with
ceremony and everyone turned out. Anyone fascinated by
railroad engines could visit the roundhouse if he behaved
himself. It was a world full of interesting things to be
investigated independently and those who wear seven-
league boots need not trot at the heels of our guides.
Perhaps people felt less harried in the days before the
jazzed-up atmosphere of a war oriented psychology
engulfed us. Even the undertaker at the Gorgas morgue
when confronted badly with, "We want to see a dead
person," good-naturedly gave a glimpse of the stock on
hand to a group that wandered in on impulse. Some
nosey "Mrs. Grundy" reported this to a smothering
mother whose daughter was kept on "house arrest" for a

week. So the kid became a nurse.
Where Williamson Place is today was then just an
area of high grass and gullies. The Boy Scout shack (why
were they always called shack?) stood in the middle of
this area with two World War I machine guns flanking
the walk. It was a wonderful place for tracking and
exploring. When these things and lighting fires palled,
there was the possibility of taking on the Empire Street
rowdies in an exchange of insults and rocks.
The mecca of my own neighborhood was Sosa Hill.
We spent hours in the shade of the oil tank which once
stood a little below the signal tower watching the harbor
and Albrook Field. In the dry season we would rally for
the burning of the hill. When the firemen arrived, we
emerged from hiding and became volunteer fire fighters.
There was no greater bliss than staying as close as one
dared to the magic of a grass fire and then going home
at twilight, itching from smoke, ash and saw grass cuts, to
take a hot bath.
The Commissary did not stock a year-round supply of
toys comparable to that of today and the Christmas toy
sale was a big thing. But who but a ninny needed
expensive toys. An unlimited number of youngsters could
participate in rubber-gun warfare using homemade
wooden rifles with clothespin actions that fired "rubber
bands" cut from old inner tubes. A beautiful afternoon
was spent by Barneby and Tavernilla Streets in a
prearranged assault and defense of the gardener's shack
above Mrs. Stevens' rose terraces on Sosa Hill. When the
ammunition ran out, there was an unlimited supply of
clods of hay. An occasional clout on the head might
produce a howl from some lesser being, but generally this
was considered good, clean (?) fun.
A little more questionable was the stealing of sugar
cane and corn from the land license gardens on Sosa Hill
and along the Curundu River conduit. A successful foray
on Sosa Hill might wind up with a corn roasting under
the bridge on the hill. An unsuccessful raid might result
in being marched down the street to one's home where
the gardener claimed recompense for his stolen produce.
Before the notorious "Skunk Hollow" rose out of the mud
at Curundu, there was a tree-lined lane, pleasant for
horse-back riding, that led in the general direction of
Chiquita Pool. A side excursion down the Curundu River
conduit led to gardens. My one trespass in this direction
ended in a wild retreat when an irate gardener was
flushed out of a sugar cane patch. Humorless man, he
flung his machete after us and we made Olympian time
out of there.
On the more decorous side there was our
neighborhood mission society. Today the local churches
presumably channel such impulses. We met in the
basement of a concrete four-family under the
chairmanship of a grade school Baptist. The first rule
made by our society was that no one was to scratch
during meetings. We were happily unprejudiced. Any
kind of show was a treat and most of us popped into St.
Marys hall on Saturday mornings for the illustrated Bible
lectures before going swimming.
An annual event which had quite an impact on the
local communities was the visit of the Pacific fleet. At
this time a limeade or mango stand could do a good
business on Balboa or La Boca roads, although the trail
of broken bottles between the docks and Limits suggested
no great interest in either limeade or mangoes. Some La
Boca residents of that day kept goats in the tank farm

area and at least one sailor arrived at the gangplank
leading a newly purchased goat.
There was not much traffic nor was there a threat of
violence in town or out. The maximum speed limit was 30
mph. It was safe to ride a bike as far as strength
permitted. Whether by bike or by foot or the singing
trolley cars, it was possible to explore this wonderful
world safely. There was an excellent program of
supervised recreation but that complimented, not
replaced, the activities that we initiated ourselves. There
was no television to coax one into a state of bored inertia
and a healthy child was considered capable of walking, or
riding a bus if the occasion arose. To have ridden a
school bus would have meant missing the opportunity to
knock down mangoes along the way, and on rainy days to
be deprived of the chance to walk through puddles so
that one arrived at school with wet shoes and was
privileged to remain barefoot all morning.
Enough, lest one become like "Poor Jim Jay" who
"Got stuck fast in Yesterday."
by Ruth C. Stuhl
Star & Herald
August 25, 1963



Our 55th reunion will be held on Friday, 22 June
1990 (probably lunch), during the 1990 Reunion of the
Panama Canal Society in Orlando, Florida.
Classmates and friends, wives and husbands, are
The restaurant location and time will be selected
after the committee members arrive in Orlando -- will be
within walking distance of Reunion Headquarters Twin
Towers Hotel.
Check the bulletin board in the Hospitality Room, or
the Information Table, where a notice will be placed
announcing location and time.
Remember our reunion (1st as well as 50th) in 1985?
We had so much fun, we did it again in 1986. Those
unable to come to either were losers, so expect to see
you 22 June.


The BHS Class of 1943 will have a reunion on June
21, 1990 at the Delta Court of Flags Hotel in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando
Classmates and friends are invited to our afternoon
get-together and an evening dinner. Cost of these events
is $25.00 per person. Be on the lookout for a registration
letter from Ernest "Bud" Pierce. Deadline for registration
is June 13, 1990. For further information please contact:

Ernest "Bud" Pierce
143 Woodbury Drive
Dayton, OH 45415
(513) 277-5288

Betty Chan Snow
247 Sumatran Way #37
Clearwater, FL 34623
(813) 799-4769

BHS '49ers

HELP! HELP!! As we are having our '49 Class
Reunion in June (along with the BHS Class of '50; CHS
Class of '49 and CHS Class of '50), in conjunction with
the Panama Canal Society of Florida in Orlando, I am
missing a lot of addresses of our classmates. I have
received a good response so far and am hoping I get
better after the holidays. I need the addresses listed in
the "Where Are You" column, and would appreciate any
help I can get. Send to Bea Gunn, '49 Reunion
Coordinator, 545 Moss, Paso Robles, CA 93446.


DATE: Thursday, June 21, 1990
PLACE: Imperial Room, Delta Court of
TIME: 6:00 10:00 P.M. as follows:
6:00 p.m. Open Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. CHS Class Picture *
7:00 p.m. International Buffet
8:00 p.m. Program
*BHS class picture to be announced
The reunion dinner and program will now be held in the
Imperial Room instead of the Empire Room. Les
Veremos a ustedes en Orlando, Amigos Mios!


TENTATIVE PLANS: Portland, Oregon;
Approximate dates: October 20-21, 1990.
All BHS-CHS-CZJC grads and friends are invited to
attend. Hotel accommodations, activities and costs will
be based on attendance. It is necessary to receive your
reply by July 10, 1990.
Reduced airline fares from Tampa to Portland
Round trip is also based on the number of interested
parties and senior citizens. (Leave one day prior and
return one day after).
school, class, number in your group, hotel requirements.
Please send to"
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Baumbach
201 Lagoon Road, S.E.
Winter Haven, Florida 33884
(813) 324-5340



JUNE 22, 1990
2:00 4:00 P.M.

Joan (Powell) Arndt
BHS 50 Coordinator

Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouch
CHS 1949-1950 Coordinator


Your reunion committee has been advised by the
Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando, that the construction of
their Convention Center will not be completed in time
for the 1990 Panama Canal Society Reunion next June.
Because of this construction delay, the location of
our class reunion has been changed. Instead of taking
place in the Reunion Hall of the Twin Towers Hotel as
originally planned, our reunion will be held in the
The Delta Court of Flags is within walking distance (one
block) of the Twin Towers hotel. The change of location
is the ONLY CHANGE being made from our original
reunion schedule.
We look forward to seeing you on June 21, 1990.

Bea (Reyes) Gunn
545 Moss Ave.
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Joan (Powell) Arndt
50 Harcourt
Akron, OH 44313

Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck
1309 South Spring Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Thanks to the grand response, our "CONJUNTA" is
definitely scheduled! All CHS-BHS 1947-54 classmates,
friends, guests, teachers and classmates from previous
years are invited to join us.

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


A joint BHS/CHS '55 reunion celebrating our 35th
graduation anniversary is in the planning stages, which
will take place during the Panama Canal Society Reunion
in Orlando during June 21-25, 1990. We need your help
immediately. Send your expressions of interest, current
addresses, phone numbers, and most urgently send
addresses or clues as to the whereabouts of any 1955
classmates, encourage them to join the Society for all its
offers and to reunite with old friends. With a little
dedication and hard work, a joint reunion of 150-200
classmates is possible. Write to your respective BHS or
CHS representative immediately.

Joan Hensler Toscar (BHS'55) Bill Price (CHS'55)
6181 Yellowstone Dr. 7321 Wickford Dr.
Daytona Beach, FL 32019 Alexandria, VA 22310-4214

Bob Zumbado (BHS'55)
1106 Oropesa Ave.
Orlando, FL 32807

Joe Wood (BHS'55)
PSC Box 2472
APO Miami, FL 34002

Bea (Reyes) Gunn
BHS 49 Coordinator


BHS Class of 1960 will hold its 30th reunion on
Thursday, 21 June 1990 in the Crest Room at the Delta
Court of Flags. The cocktail party will begin at 7:00 pm
and continue until 1:00 am. Hope to have a really good
turnout. If there are any questions, please contact: Eileen
Cox Cowell, 639 Honeysuckle Ln., Severna Park, MD
21146. (301) 647-2630.


REMINDER: Our 30th class reunion will be held in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
Reunion. For further information please contact:

Mike McBride Joni (Page) Smith
1860 N.E. 142nd St. #7-F 418 Girard St., #T-1
North Miami, FL 33181 Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(305) 947-9048 (301) 869-4666


Our 30th Class Reunion is in the planning stage for
the 1991 Panama Canal Society Reunion. We need your
help in locating our former classmates. Anyone interested
in helping organize and plan for our reunion send your
expression of interest, current address, and phone
number. If anyone knows the address of other classmates,
please let us hear from you. For further information

address and phone number (especially if you have
moved) to one of the following:

Carole (Salonick) Barber
404 Marble Cove Way
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Jane (Holgerson) Thompson
476 East Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92714

P.S. Families of our 1964 Classmates Please send us
their address of have them get in touch with us. Thanks!


The Committee has offered to contact as many '65
CHS grads as possible to plan and coordinate our 25th
class reunion. We need the names, addresses and phone
numbers of our classmates. Moms, Dads, brothers and
sisters please help us locate everyone.
As soon as we have your address we will send you all
the info their is to date. If you have any suggestions or
can help in any way, we sure could use it. Let's make it
"one to remember."

Carla (Chambers) Spafford
2915 Bristol
Denton, TX 76201 A
(817) 382-7138

Fred J. Ryan, Jr.
620 Mockingbird Lane
Itamonte Springs, FL 32714
(407) 682-3530

Hilda (Saborie) Boseman
379 Avenida Abetas
San Jose, CA 95123

Louise (Allgaier) Barkley
5490 68th Lane #D
St. Petersburg, FL 33709


We are organizing for our 30th Reunion! Please send
your name, address and phone number, and any other
names and addresses of former classmates you may have.
Need help! Contact: Edna G. Foster, 1540 Pawnee St.,
Orange Park, FL 32065. (904) 276-5543.


We wanted to give you lots of time to save up your
sheckels...the celebration of the Thirtieth (30th)
Anniversary of the Graduation of the Balboa High School
Class of 1964 is tentatively scheduled to be held in San
Diego, California, the summer of 1994. Please keep in
touch if you are interested in attending. We would like
to keep our list updated so please send your name,


We are organizing our 20th year reunion! Please
send us your names, addresses and phone numbers so
that we can contact you. Anyone with knowledge of the
whereabouts of our classmates and friends, please drop
us a line and let us know.
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, we need
your help. Thanks.

John Martin
1301 W. Meadgreen Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 836-8719

Chris (Bailey) Mott
5474 Bellefield Drive
Theodore, AL 36582
(205) 653-7458

Hila (Lyman) Hanly
2921 Sycamore Springs Dr. #190
Kingwood, TX 77339-1303
(713) 360-4067


Party party party June 22 at some as yet unknown
restaurant in Orlando (Mauri is doing the leg work).
Trust us. Please get in touch even if you can't make it, so
we know your address. Be there or be square. Margaret
Kienzle, (703) 524-1242 or 1225 N. Pierce St. #505,
Arlington, VA 22209. Fax (202) 477-1569.

Shirley (Bonneau) Camby
2391 52nd St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710


We are beginning to make plans for our 10th
reunion. Please send your address and addresses of other
classmate you may have to: Margaret Bivin, 3517
Normandy Ave. Apt. 3, Dallas, TX 75205
If anyone from the BHS Class of 1980 has any
pictures of classmates or school related activities, please
forward them to me. These pictures will be used in
conjunction with our upcoming reunion in Orlando. Any
pictures submitted will be returned promptly. Susan
Kelleher, 12602 Forest Lane Dr. #1004, Tampa, FL


The CHS Class of 1980 is making an effort to locate
any classmates who would like to attend and who would
be willing to help plan our 10-year reunion to be held in
Orlando in conjunction with the Annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion in 1990.
Please send your name and address to Holly or Vicky
at the addresses below. Don't forget to let us know if you
are interested in helping, AND if you have addresses of
other classmates.

Holly (Coe) Wheeler
358 2nd Street
Spring Hill, FL 34610
(813) 856-1268

Vicky Menshew
P.O. Box 652
Nashville, NC 27856
(919) 443-7386


We are beginning to make plans for our 10-year
reunion. We would also like to get a newsletter going.
Please send your name and address to those listed below.
If you are interested in helping and have any addresses of
other classmates, please forward them to us.

Maritza Reyes
4814 Northdale Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 968-2885

Susan Thompson
16402 Cypress Mulch Cir.
Tampa, FL 33624
(813) 264-2631


We are beginning to make plans for our 10-year
reunion! Presently we are trying to locate any classmates
interested in attending a reunion and/or are willing to
help plan a class reunion!
Please contact us if you are interested or if you have
addresses of other classmates.

Melissa (Knoop) Thacker
234 S.W. 305th Street
Federal Way, WA 98023
(206) 941-7006

Stacey (Follett) Stilley
11726 Quailbrook
San Antonio, TX 78253
(512) 679-6201


There will be a Pacific Northwest Reunion on August
4, 1990, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bring your picnic lunch,
family and friends to Bruce-Port Park on Willapa Bay,
Pacific County, Washington, on US Route 101 between
mileposts 48 and 49; about five miles South of South
Bend. Hosts are Al Richardson and Anne Grimm-
Richardson, (206)484-7722.
The park building at rear of the upper level has been
reserved. The lower level, reached by a walk through
evergreen trees, fronts on Willapa bay. Sunny summer
tides over the shallow beach heat water temperature to
over 80 degrees.
The Bruce-Port Campground is open all year and has
showers, store, pay phone, security, play area and
laundry. The direct telephone number to the
Campgrounds is (206) 875-5261
These reunions, held the first Saturday in August,
were begun in 1977 by Martha B. Wood. The first hosted
with a friend alone the next two. Since, others have
acted as hosts, at various locations of Washington and
Oregon. Reporter to the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Martha Wood is Pacific Northwest contact with
an address list including those not members of the
Florida Society. Call her to find PanCanal friends and
update your address when moving so she can help others
locate you. Her number is (206) 694-0536.


The folks in Austin have agreed to stage the annual
Hill Country Christmas Party in Austin, Texas. Since
1983, this party has been held in Kerrville.
Now by joint agreement, the party will be hosted in
Austin and we are looking forward to not only the
Kerrville folks coming, but former Zonians from all over
Texas (outside of Texas is OK too). Come to Austin, it's
a great place to visit, and it promises to be a fun party.
Date is set for December 8, 1990 and the place will
be announced later (next issue) along with more details.
To get on the mailing list for as invitation, write to
Jack Morton, 11215 Deadoak Lane, Austin, TX 78759.

Submitted by Georgia Corin, Austin, TX.


A no-host, potluck picnic will be held starting at 11:00
a.m., on Saturday, September 29 at the Davis Bayou
Campgrounds of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, off
Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Miss. All ex-Zonians in the
area or passing through are invited to attend.
For those with trailers or RVs, Davis Bayou has
campsites with electric and water hook-ups and a dump
station. For camping details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500
Park Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. For any further
picnic details, contact Gerda or Owen Smith, (601) 542-
3441. If you need a ride or have room to offer someone
else a ride, please coordinate with state reporter, Patt
Roberson, (504) 774-7761.


PHONE: 619-448-0551



ORGANIZATION: Panama Canal West Coast Reunion

ROOM RATES: SINGLE: $66.00; DOUBLE: $70.00


Deadline for reservations is September 18, 1990. Mail checks to Panama Canal West Coast Reunion, c/o DAVID
LANE; 603 1st Street, #515, Oceanside, CA 92054. Make Checks payable to REUNION ACCOUNT.

10% off full table purchased by one person
Deadline: August 28, 1990


Table of 10 @ 10% discount $315.00
After Sept. 18, $39.00


Friday, September 28 11:00-8:00 Registration and open bar (Hospitality Suite)
Saturday, September 29 8:30 AM Golf Tournament Tecolote Canyon Golf Course $18.00
9:00 4:00 Registration and open bar
6:00 8:00 No host bar and dinner ballroom
8:00 1:00 Dancing to the music of TITO MOUYNES
Sunday, September 30 10:00 AM Registration Ballroom
10:30 1:00 Breakfast; film or talk; music by TITO MOUYNES

1964; KATHRYN MOLINARO (714) 927-2908; DAVID HOLLOWELL (619) 424-5704; TOM AND MARIAN RICE
(213) 662-0547; RAE DONALDSON (213) 439-0804; CONRAD AND NORMA HORINE (818) 895-1681.


The golf tournament will be played at The Tecolote Canyon Golf Course, formerly the Sam Snead Golf Cousrse. The
total cost is $18.00 plus carts (if you want one) at $15.00. Starting time is 8:15 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 1990. So we
must be ready to leave Bahia by 7:45.
While we have not finalized the details, we will probably include the following: closest to the hole; Low Gross Men;
Low Gross Women; Longest Drive.
Please complete the form below and mail to Conrad Horine
Conrad Horine, 16136 Lassen Street, Sepulveda, CA 91343: Enclosed please find my check for the following to play in
the Golf Tournament:


Anyone interested in throwing a few gutter balls and
socializing with friends, call Dot and Bob Herrington,
796-8120. Dot and Bob have volunteered to organize a
Panama Canal Society Bowling Group.


1992 Reunion
Type of Function, Undecided
Need Information/Suggestions from
Coaches, Coordinators, Cheerleaders,
Players, Friends, Opponets, Sponsors

CONTACT: Dick Gayer
135 Wedgewood Drive
Torrington, CT 06790




Saturday, June 23, 1990
Mango Restaurant
Delta Court of Flags
9:00 A.M.

There will be approximately 24 Morrison decendents'
family members attending our special brunch. An area
in the Mango Restaurant has been sectioned off and
reserved for our get-together. I look forward to greeting
each of you on Saturday, June 23, 1990.

Jackie (Whitlock) Werbrouck


7 and 8, 1990. The rate for the weekend is $65.00 per
person for the weekend. This will include two nights
lodging and two dinners (Friday and Saturday) at the
Train Coach Restaurant.
Directions and phone are Hill Motor Lodge, Rts. I-
80 and 715, Exit 45, Tannersville, PA. (717) 629-1667. It
is a Best Western. Come join us for fun and frivolity.


Traditionally, the Panama Canal Society of Florida
has held its September meeting in conjunction with a
luncheon in the Sarasota area. Unfortunately, due to the
inability of the Exeuctive Board to get a chairman for this
event at this time of year, the September Luncheon will
not be held in Sarasota.
We do, however, wish to hold an event in Sarasota
and would appreciate anyone interested in chairing such
an event to contact the Secretary, Marge Foster, (813)



Saturday, June 23, 1990
1:30 4:00 p.m.
Delta Court of Flags
Coat of Arms Room

This is a "first" for such a Reunion and we invite
former members and friends from both Redeemer
Lutheran Church, Balboa and Margarita, to join us in
sharing in the renewed fellowship of former times.
Come when you can and stay as long as you like.

Loretta Date
Box 136
Cross Village, MI 49723


overlooking the Pisgah National Forest and Mount
Mitchell Golf Course, one of the finest in North
Carolina. Settle in and enjoy nature as it was created on
three acres of lush mountain top. Three year-old custom
built home, 2,800 sq.ft., 2 master bedrooms,
greatroom/modern kitchen/dining area with stone
fireplace, 600 sq.ft. deck on two levels, laundry room
with washer and dryer, microwave, refrigerator with ice-
maker and lots of extras. If interested, please call Pam
Rowe Herold during working hours at (704) 373-0544
or evening (704) 664-6960.

FOR SALE: Canal Zone and Panama vehicle license
plates. $15.00 includes postage. Have 1978 Canal plates
with 1979 extended use sticker; some pre-treaty Panama
10-Series (American citizen residing in the Republic);
Bicycle and Motorcycle plates. Send a self-addressed
stamped envelope if you'd like a list. Ann Guerriero,
3526 E. Anderson Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85032

FOR SALE: Hard bound copies of "Divorcing the
Dictator" by Frederick Kempe. 436 pages of the
wheeling and dealing of Torrijos and Noriega with the
U.S. Including details of the overthrow of Noriega. Price
$25.00 plus $3.00 postage.
Montuno shirt, size 46 inch chest. Best
If interested, call Fred Mead 813-521-3241.

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.

Zonian Amigos


2389 Citrus Hill Rd.
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
(813) 785-8555




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PAC 227
P.O. BOX 37301
P.O. BOX 5130
52-3217 (Office)
52-6013 (Home)






Packet A includes 10 8x10 B&W photographs similar to the March 1990 issue with
Packet B included 24 8x10 B&W photographs similar to the March 1990 issue with





Presenting RI Sprague's color lithographs

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Image Size 20" x 13"


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12785 SE 65th Street Bellevue, 4A 98886
(206) 643-3574
Dealer inquires welcomed

WANT LIST (Buying or Trading) Eff. 15 December '89

WARE (ship, Aspinwall, Tivoli, Washington Hotels), POLITICAL
CHECKS: and memorabilia related to the French (de Lesseps)
Panama effort.

Anecdotes on, and postal covers signed by Gerald D. Bliss,
Postmaster, Cristobal, Canal Zone
Postal history regards Undberg flights to Mexico, Central and South
America and Caribbean.
Volumes of Leslie's, Judge, Puck, Vanity Fair, Gleason's Franklin
Journal, Scientific American, London Illustrated News, L'lllustration,
and other 19th century and early 20th century periodicals and
World Atlases.

Any language, worn, disbound, duplicates accepted.
General postcard, stamp discards and old paper and print
collections and Florida and Old South material, and stamp auction
catalogs. United Kingdom and British Colony notes and postal
money orders.
WANTED: LIFE: 24 January 1964 w/Panama Riots.
PUCK: The Opening of the Panama Canal issue, 1914.
JUDGE'S: We Must Build an Isthmian Canal in Nicaragua.
VANITY FAIR: 1 November 1869 issue w/de Lesseps.
LIBERTY Magazine: 29 Sep 1945 w/Palo Seco Leper Colony
AIRCRAFT YEAR BOOK: Published annually for 1920's and

Information on: Free French Submarine SURCOUF: Photo of Teddy
Roosevelt and Rear Admiral Alfred Thayer MAHAN together; Paul
R. Redfern, aviator, Lost Aug. 1927; SS Roosevelt, Adm. Peary's
Arctic Exploration ship; Sale of gen. Fremont's California Mariposa
Estate in 1860's; Sale of Emma Mine, Utah in 1870's; William
Walker, American filibuster; John Arbuckle, Brooklyn coffee, sugar,
shipping baron; Wall Street buzz of Panama Canal Railroad
Company, 1850-1904; and Pan American Airways tidbits, its air mail
role in Latin America 1928-1940.
Desire to be placed on philatelic, numismatic, medals, postcard
auction and sales mailing lists.

If residing in Panama write:
Box 35
Tel: 28-0458

If in U.S. write;

Julius Grigore Jr.
425 Harbor Dr. S.
Venice, FL 34285
Tel: 813-485-6019

Julius Grlgore, Jr.
Captain, USN (Ret)
Founding Member, Panama Historical Society
$3.00. Refundable on 1st order.

FOR SALE: Two-weeks Time Sharing. (26-27). Dover
House A1A Delray Beach, Florida. Cost $15,000. Will
sell for $8,000 or make offer. Returning to Old Country.
Sleeps 5 adults 1 Bedroom. Josephine P. Young, 3725
North Ridge Drive, Richmond, CA. 94806. (415) 223-

FOR SALE: Panama Travel poster, laminated; Bateas
by D. Chiari; Cannon balls (San Lorenzo); Senapi
ceramics; Mola, towels and place mats; framed Napoli
and Tivoli prints; Ecuadorian oil paintings; Chinese
made rug 12x15; Brazilian leather furniture; Jade
tree/fruit; San Bias design gold jewelry; Huaca jewelry;
Linen, crystal, china; Chinese hardware (drawer pulls,
etc.); Wooden roses; CZ books and Last Day of
Operation stamps; Garden seat (brass cut-out design);
Antique copper umbrella stand; antique rocking chair;
Many other items. M.E. Banks, 1657 Killean Ct.,
Apopka, FL. Ph (407) 889-9284. Exit 1-4 at Altamonte
Springs/Apopka, NEAR ORLANDO.




in ALL languages & disciplines. New, used, out of print, scarce & rare.

(Please file for future reference)

I Box 39090
P Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 244-4173


From the earliest Spanish-language imprints thru the Society of the Chagres Yearbooks & even runs of
the Canal Record, etc. We could use several copies of Samuel lawis' Retazos for stock, for example.
IAB has the nation's largest stock of books in all disciplines on Latin Anerica, the Caribbean, Spain & Portugal, &
the Hispanic U.S. Fran individual o.p. titles, no matter how obscure, to entire collections, on hand or built to
order. Wouldn't some handsome favorite from yesteryear appeal, to enlighten your children & delight your friends?
Gift & presentation books a specialty. Why not write or call today: (202) 244-4173, ian.-Sun, round the clock.
Also: Large Genal stock in al fields.



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Buffet Monday to Thursday
12300 Ulmerton Road 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Largo, FL 34644 Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(813) 595-3233 Sat. 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(Undero TO sign on curve) Sun. 12:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


All orders handprinted in black and white and individually signed by Warner.
8"x10" $5 each and 11"x14" $20 each (Plus $3 for shipping, per order).
To order, please print information specifying title, quantity and size and send with check to:
Stuart Warner, PAC 455, P.O. Box 37301, Washington, D.C. 20013.




Members who have paid dues for January 1 December 31, 1990, the dues for dues year 1991
(October 1 September 30) shall be $11.25.

New members for 1991 will pay $15.00.

All renewal and new members will pay $15.00 for 1992 beginning with dues year October 1 -
September 30.






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


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

2nd Class Postage
At Palm Harbor,
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