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Canal record
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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.
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St. Petersburg, Fla


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

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VOL. 26 SEPTEMBER 1992 NO. 4

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Trademark. Unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by

FOR 1992-93

Mr. Robert Van Siclen

Mrs. Faith Brundage
1st Vice President

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Mr. Robert Johnson

Mr. Harry Foster

Past President

Mr. Peter Foster
Legislative Representative

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Barbara Green
813-391-4359 (Office)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
813-391-4359 (Office)


President's M message ......................................... 1
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 3
Legislative Representative ..................................... 3
Society Audit 1991-1992 ...................................... 5
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 8
R etirem ents ................................................ 12
1992 Reunion .............................................. 12
N ews Clips ................................................ 37
W here Are You? ........................................... 39
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 41
Alabama ................. 41 M ississippi .............. 54

Arizona ................. 42
Arkansas ................ 43
Colorado ................ 45
Florida .................. 46
Georgia ................. 51
H awaii .................. 52
Indiana .................. 53
Louisiana ................ 53
Congratulations ..................
W eddings .......................
B irths ..........................
With Deep Sorrow ................
Letters to the Editor ...............
Looking Back ....................
Announcements ..................
For Sale or Wanted ...............

New England ............ 55
North Carolina ........... 57
Northwest ...... ........ 58
Oklahoma ............... 58
Panama ................ 59
South Carolina ........... 60
Texas .................. 62
Virginia ................ 64
. . . .. .. 66
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FRONT COVER: The elected members of the Executive Board, Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Center: President Bob Van Siclen, LUp: 1st Vice President Faith
Brundage. RUp: 2nd Vice President Jane Huldtquist, LDn: Director Muriel
Whitman, RDn: Director Bob Johnson, Background: Gamboa Golf Course.
BACK COVER: Pen and Ink drawing of Balboa High School, intended as a
Commemorative Issue, Class graduation of 1979, by Dan A. Fiori, who has
contributed many drawings .and maps of the Canal Zone.

September 11-13Poconos Reunion, Hill Motor Lodge, Tannersville, PA. See
Announcements for directions and details.
September 12 PCSOFL Sarasota Luncheon/Meeting, The Fairways, Forest Lakes
Country Club, 2401 Beneva Rd., Sarasota FL 34232. 12:00 noon.
September 18-20 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bahia Hotel, 998 Mission Bay Drive,
San Diego, CA. See Announcements for application.
September 26 Gulf Coast Picnic, 11:00 a.m., Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean
Springs, MS. See Announcements for directions and details.
October 3 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, Anderson Park, Tarpon Springs. See
October 5-7 Gas House Gang Golf Tournament, Olympia Spa, Dothan, AL.
See Announcements for full details.
October 11 Arkansas Fall Luncheon, Harvest Buffet, Dixieland Mall, Rogers.
11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
October 18 Space Coast Picnic, Kiwanis Island Park, 11:00 a.m. See
Announcements for directions.
October 24 Fall Arizona Luncheon, Wyndham Garden Hotel, Chandler, AZ.
11:00 a.m. See Announcements for directions and details.
November 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered Dish.
December 5 Hill Country Christmas Party, Embassy Suites, San Antonio, TX.
11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. See Announcements for details.
December 5 PCSOFL Annual Christmas Luncheon/Meeeting, Holiday Inn,
Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL. 12:00 noon. See Announcements.
January 8 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL 12:00 noon, Covered dish.

zon The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. el-

(A Not-For-Profit Organization) u-
A S To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
.0, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642

The CANAL RECORD (USPS 088-020) is published four times a year in March, June, September and December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September, December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Canal Record, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
The membership fee is $15.00 annually. $8.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the Canal Record for one year.
The third class Annual Directory is published once each year for $2.00.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature,
including any advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American
Ideals and Canal Zone Friendship.
Single copies for sale at $2.00 each, plus $2.00 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.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625


Pve~[c~in i.

I have enjoyed serving as President of the Society
this past year and I look forward to another year as
president. I do thank the membership for putting their
trust in me and the other officers. I think we have
another excellent Executive Board and Committee
Chairpersons, each of whom have shown continued
interest in the Society over the years.

1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
Past President
Legislative Representative
Audit and Budget
Service Officers
Society History
Record Editor

Faith Brundage
Jane Huldtquist
Muriel Whitman
Robert Johnson
Harry Foster
Betty Frassrand
Peter Foster
Virgil Camby
Dorothy Yocum
Frank Matters
Bob Herrington
Dorothy Pate
Anna Collins
Eugene Askew/Al Pate
Beverly Williams
Richard "Pat" Beall
Barbara Green

I am most pleased to announce that Frank Matters
has accepted the appointment of Chairperson, Budget
and Audit Committee.

Frank retired from the Accounting Division of the
Panama Canal Commission and recently moved to
Clearwater with his wife, Dorothy.
To Jeanne Wheeler, on behalf of the Executive
Board and all Society members, I thank you for your
years of dedicated service as Chairperson of the Budget
and Audit Committee.
Since July of 1991, the Executive Board has approved
585 applications for membership in the Society, and as of
June, 1992, we have 5,124 dues-paying members.
The Bylaws were revised and accepted by the
membership vote, and became effective June 1, 1992. I
thank Pete Foster and his committee members, Dorothy
Herrington and Betty Frassrand for their excellent job.
We in Florida had an active year; we had our Annual
Picnic in October, chaired by Faith Brundage; Christmas
Luncheon in December, chaired by Muriel Whitman. In
February, the Carnavalito Committee chaired by Betty
Frassrand, brought Lucho from Panama to play and was
attended by 207 members. Thank you Betty and your
committee. In April, 127 members attended a luncheon
meeting in Sarasota. Sheila Taylor chaired the committee
for this successful affair, so successful in fact, that Sheila
is chairperson for the September luncheon to be held at
the same Country Club in Sarasota. The Annual May
Luncheon, chaired by Anna and Joe Collins was excellent
and I thank them for arranging the luncheon which was
held in Tampa this year.


All these events were interspersed with our regular
monthly meetings held in St. Petersburg and chaired by
our Hospitality Chairperson Dorothy Pate.
And after all this comes the big event of the Society
year, the ANNUAL REUNION in Orlando, Florida. The
Registration Chairpersons, Carolyn and Robert Johnson,
have submitted their report, in which they state 3,720
persons registered at the reunion. However, some
persons estimated the attendance to have been at least
4,000 persons. I thank all who attended for making the
reunion a success.
I am sure the Committee Chairpersons thanked their
committee members, but I would be remiss if I did not
express my thanks to ALL the volunteers, for without
them there could not have been a successful reunion.
To deny that we had complaints about the reunion
would be an untruth, for we did have some complaints,
i.e., rooms were not ready when some members checked
in; some wanted rooms on a lower floor, or wanted to be
closer to their friends. I consider these minor problems.
The major complaint was the shortage of chairs at
the Saturday night ball. I personally, went around the
complete Exhibit Hall and turned chairs that were turned
up to reserve seats, with no one present, and as I did so,
advised persons seated at the table that because of the
number of persons waiting to be seated, reserved seats
were not permitted. Other committee members,
personally showed members to tables at which there were
empty chairs.
I personally heard 2 or 3 complaints, but those
members complaining were adamant, and requested
refunds for their tickets. Those members to whom I
spoke about refunds were advised to submit a letter to
the Executive Board requesting a refund.
I have been told that there were some chairs
available, but groups or families could not find enough
chairs at a table so they could sit together. However,
whatever the problem was, it will be fully discussed at the
post con meeting of committee chairpersons, and at
future Executive Board meetings in an effort to correct
this and other problems at future reunions. We learn
something at each reunion.
Those that stayed for the dancing to the music of
Lucho, reportedly enjoyed themselves.
My thanks go to the Dance Chairman, Rupert
Turner and his committee members for a job well done.
I also want to thank the following committee
chairpersons, who, with their committee members
contributed to the success of the Reunion.

Faith Brundage Vendors
Richard "Pat" Beall Hospitality
Fred and Jane Huldtquist Golf Tournament
Harry Foster Security
John Disharoon Sports
Betty Malone Annual Luncheon
Anna Collins Fashion Show
Barbara Green Secretary
I regret to report that, Past President, Betty
Frassrand submitted her resignation from the Executive
Board at the Board Meeting of July 25th. The Board
Members accepted Betty's resignation with regret, and
with complimentary remarks on Betty's service to the
Society, and her excellent performance as President of
the Society.

I was very pleased to have my daughter Amy and her
husband, Ron, at the Reunion. They had such a good
time listening to stories about life in the Canal Zone, and
dancing to Frankie Pretto and Lucho, that they asked to
be invited back next year.
They also brought me a Father's Day gift. When we
opened the trunk of our car when leaving the hotel, we
found about 16 green coconuts in the trunk. I have
enjoyed the milk and the soft jelly-like meat, my first in
many years.
Again, I thank the membership for re-electing me
president for 1992/1993. I look forward to serving the
membership and working closely with members of the
Executive Board for the good of the Society and for
another enjoyable year.

Robert "Bob" Van Siclen

'i From the


It is fast approaching the time to pay your dues.
Dues for 1993 must be paid by October 31st or you will
be charged a $2.00 late fee.
Please remember to send in your change of address
on a timely basis so that we can make changes before
printing the labels for the Canal Records.
We had 25 June Canal Records covers returned by
the Post Office because of changes of address.
Remember, the cost to the Society (35 cents per address
change plus a lost book, and postage, plus a 19 cent
postcard to advise member that their cover was returned
to the post office) is borne by the membership.
We have had several compliments on the new
Application/Renewal Form. All of us who took part in
the revision thank you.
Until next time, keep well.

Barbara Green
(813) 391-4359


Address Changes of Members
November 27, 1992

Your December Record

Your Dues are due October 1, 1992

Don't be delinquent

(if you want a December Canal Record)



Our second largest Reunion was a success by all
counts. Although the registered count was 3,720, there
must have been at least another 300 that didn't register -
or more. It's a shame. Everyone seems to enjoy our
reunions, then forget us for the rest of the year. I saw on
TV that 19.2% of those registered to vote, in the U.S.
actually voted in the primaries. Wouldn't it be nice if
19.2% of the Society voted for their Society officers too,
instead of only 6%. I'm sure the Society officers would
feel more comfortable if they knew they had at least
19.2% of the membership behind them when they
bargain for low hotel rates, select bands to play, arrange
for different events, etc., not to mention just keeping the
Society alive and thriving during the other 11-1/2 months
of the year. We only had 2% of the membership voting
on the amendments to our bylaws, the document that
governs our Society. Where were the other 98%?
I swear that when I saw Greg Goguen at the reunion,
I was face to face with Michael Landon, of "Bonanza,"
which I knew was not possible. As I spoke to him of the
similarity, he said, "Yeah, people always whistle the
"Bonanza" theme song when they see me, or something
like that." When I knew him in Gatun, he was a little go-
getter and a scrapper when he was near, you knew it -
but nice.
I think Willie Morris, writer and editor, said it best
(of reunions) "When I see an honored friend again after
years of separation, it is like resuming the words of an
old conversation which had been halted momentarily by
time. Surely as one gets older, friendship becomes more
precious to us, for it affirms the contours of our
existence. It is a reservoir of shared experience, of having
lived through many things in our brief and mutual
moment on earth."

OCTOBER 21, 1992

We have finally got a great volunteer to be the
reporter for the East Central Coast of Florida area -

Kerry Young, 1425 Hernandes Drive, Orlando, Florida
32808. Her telephone is (407) 299-6919. We met for the
first time, albeit for a very, very short meeting at the
reunion. She attended our Reporter's Luncheon and I'm
sorry to say I lost track of her after that. Nonetheless, I'm
sure all those members in the East Central Coast are
happy to see the area covered again.
One of the things covered at the Reporter's
Luncheon was that we will not accept pictures of babies
without parents being included in the photo. Reasonably,
baby pictures really don't mean a great deal unless
parents are included. I have agreed to accept their
proposal and will grandfather, or extend the effected date
to print only family portraits of babies beginning with the
March 1993 issue. This notice is also included in the
Reporters Luncheon Report in this issue.
Again I must thank all those who expressed their
appreciation for the Canal Record. It is always pleasing
to hear that work is appreciated. Good work thrives from
good leadership, and we've got that in our re-elected
boss-man, Bob (even if he can't find me a helper yet!).

Richard "Pat" Beall
(813) 391-4359


Upon assuming the task of
Legislative Representative, I want to
congratulate Bob Johnson for the
excellent job he did this past year -
he'll be a hard act to follow in the
legislative reporting area.
GOOD NEWS Retiree's and
employee's benefits are safe (for
now). The House Budget Committee is considering a
proposal to eliminate the federal deficit over six years
and, to date, is not planning to significantly cut into
programs vital to federal retirees and employees.
Although things could change -.
The House of Representatives is working on a bill,
HR-5488, for the general funding of the 1993 federal and
postal programs. Among other items in the bill is a
measure that will block the White House's plan to shift
potentially tens of millions of dollars in health costs from
the government to the federal retiree.
As of the end of June, half the annual measurement
period for federal and postal retirees cost-of-living
(COLA) adjustment is over and so far, if there are no
additional changes, at least 2.2 percent has been "banked"
toward the January 1993 COLA increase.

During the past several months I have personally
encountered a number of federal retirees and surviving
spouses who were completely unaware that there is an
organization just for the federal retiree the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). I
consider NARFE one of the most important
organizations a federal retiree or surviving spouse should
join. NARFE provides a multitude of information,
guidance and, from my own personal experience, very
helpful assistance when you encounter a problem with
Office of Personnel Management. If you're interested,
NARFE's Member Relations telephone number is 1-
Pete Foster
Legislative Representative
(813) 785-8555

DIRECTORY, Revised, 1992

This Civil Service Retirement System address and
information directory emphasizes the use of written
inquiries and where to mail them rather than listing
telephone numbers which frequently are changed and
often are busy.

Any time an annuitant wishes to write the Office of
Personnel Management about retirement, insurance or
survivor benefits includingg designation forms), please give
*Civil Service Claim Number ("CSA" or "CSF'
followed by seven digits);
*Social Security Number
All correspondence must be signed by the annuitant.
Annuitant correspondence should be addressed to:
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Retirement Operations Center
Boyers, PA 16017

Any Change of Address or a request for Direct Deposit
(using Form SF1199A, available at your bank) should be
addressed to:
P.O. Box 440, Boyers, PA 16017-0440

All other correspondence should be addressed as follows
to the specific post office boxes listed below.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
P.O. Box
Washington, D.C. 20044

Tax election Forms (W4PA).
State/Federal Tax or Allotment Inquiries.
Garnishment/Court Orders.
General Health Benefit Inquiries.
Marital Status Survey, Earning Survey

P.O. Box
Box 961
Box 989
Box 17
Box 14172

Box 579

Checks to Pay Deposit, Redeposit, Overpayment,
Voluntary Contributions (Include Claim
Number on Check). Box 7125
Adult Student Certification. Box 956
Disputed Insurance Claim Inquiries. Box 436
Lost Checks/Non Receipt (Include Date of
Check). Box 7815

Report of Death
You may also leave a recording
by calling (202) 606-0133

Boyers, PA 16017

If an annuitant wishes to speak to someone over the
telephone at OPM about retirement, please call (202)
606-0500 for all types of retirement-related inquiries. This
number will put you in contact with the OPM Retirement
Information Office. This office is staffed by experienced
retirement specialists who will either provide an
immediate response or will redirect your inquiry to a
more appropriate location and will give an expected
response date.
Remember: the phone lines are busier on the first,
second and third days of each month; on Monday and
Friday afternoons and during the Health Benefit Open
Season and the Income Tax Season.
There is also a self-service phone inquiry system
with a recorded tape reachable 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, which answers the questions most frequently
asked. This can be reached on either rotary dial or
touchtine telephones. This self-service number is (202)
606-0400; it is NOT a toll-free number.

Retirement Life
Official N.A.R.F.E. Magazine
June 1992


The Telephone Committee of the Society is urgently
in need of volunteers to contact their friends and
neighbors, formerly from the Canal Zone and now living
in the Tampa Bay area. So many of us would like to
donate their time in assisting the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, and this is a perfect way to do it.
Currently we need volunteers badly in Tampa,
Clearwater, Seminole, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg,
Sarasota, Oldsmar, Hudson, Bayonet Point, Spring Hill
and Safety Harbor.
The purpose of this committee and its callers is to
encourage our members to attend our business meetings
and all of our social events. Without your help and
attendance at meetings, we cannot conduct the business
of the Society properly. We're even asking for volunteers
from Plant City, Lakeland, Port Charlotte and Fort
Please call Jane Huldtquist at (813) 397-5846 if you
are interested in joining this important committee.

Pay Dues Now!

Doodle a note on your calendar

Make the Secretary's Day


June 30, 1991 through June 30, 1992

July 24, 1992

Mr. Robert Van Siclen
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mr. Van Siclen:

Your Audit and Budget Committee has completed its examination of the ledgers and accounts of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. for the period June 30, 1991 through June 30, 1992.
All ledgers (Receipts and Expenditures) were audited, balanced and verified as correct and are in order. All check
records, deposit slips, bank statements, bills and all other miscellaneous records were verified as correct.
As of June 30, 1992 our paid memberships for 1992 stood at 5,124 and our delinquent membership totaled 1,728. At
the end of June 30, 1991, our paid membership totaled 5,048 with 1,092 delinquents. This would indicate an increase of
76 paid members to the Society. Taking into consideration our delinquents, if they renew their memberships, our total
membership (paid and unpaid) would stand at 6,852 at June 30, 1992 compared to 6,140 at June 30, 1991 or a total
increase of 712 members. During 1992 it is estimated that approximately 682 members will be dropped for non-payment
of dues. When these are dropped there will be an increase of 30 memberships. We would like to note that as of June 30,
1992, 482 members had prepaid their dues, compared to 403 at the end of 1991.
Our recommendations, findings and comments are attached hereto, along with the Statement of Income and Expense
as of June 30, 1992 and one schedule.
We would like to compliment Mrs. Barbara Green in her duties as Secretary/Treasurer. All records were accurate,
neat and ready for audit. They are always available when needed.

Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) (Signed)
Jeanne Wheeler Frank Matters


July 24, 1992

Having completed our audit on July 15, 1992 for the period June 30, 1991 through and including June 30, 1992, we,
the Audit and Budget Committee respectfully submit the following recommendations, finding and comments to the
Executive Committee for its approval and implementation for good business practices for the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc.

RECOMMENDATION I. Dues need to be increased as soon as possible. The following changes are suggested in
assessing our dues in the future.

1. Annual dues $20.00.
2. No half-year dues.
3. New Members pay a one-time administrative fee of $10.00.
4. No delinquent fee.
5. If a member is delinquent for 9 months, from October through June, they are considered a new member and will
pay a reinstatement fee of $10.00.

FINDING I. There were no significant findings. There were no errors in policy or procedure. Any errors were brought
to the attention of those concerned.

COMMENT I. Previous recommendations have been implemented with the exception of the Carnavalito. It appears that
all expenses are not being taken into consideration when arriving at the cost to members for attendance.

COMMENT II. Our fund balance has decreased in the past few years. We have not raised your dues since January 1983,
over nine years, and our expenses have increased every year. This comment is to let members know how much the

decrease has been in the last two years so they can better understand the increase in dues.

Fund Balance June 30, 1990
Fund Balance June 30, 1991
Decrease in fund balance
Fund Balance June 30, 1991
Fund Balance June 30, 1992
Decrease in find balance

$ 33,543.51
$ 18,437.82

This is a decrease in our fund balance of $51,981.33 in two years. I know that to some of our members, that
$97,941.85 as a fund balance seems like a lot of money. It is not considering the expenses of our Society for the year. At
this rate of decrease with our present dues you can see that in a couple of years you will not have a society.

Your President and Executive Board members are all volunteer jobs performed for your Society. They are very
watchful and careful with your dues money and keep expenses down.
The Record and Directory are our biggest expense but I don't think our members want to do without them or have
them changed.
We hope that Comment II has helped you to understand why there must be an increase in dues now. If we only raise
dues a dollar or two this time, we will again be raising dues in a couple of years. The increase suggested is so that we
do not have to come back to you in a couple of years and ask for another increase.
Respectfully Submitted,

Jeanne M. Wheeler, Chairperson
Frank Matters

JUNE 30, 1991 JUNE 30, 1992



$6,132.50 $6,577.24


May Lunche6n-.

Sarasota Luncheon

Christmas Luncheon







Gain or





Society functions are supposed to break even. The luncheons are close
to break even. Carnivalito needs to have more care in determining the
income to offset expenses or in controlling expenses.

T 0@U DUEai -

yC\T o TmiZ


OCTOBER 1, 1992


Bank Checking Account (Unlimited) $ 30,143.08
CD (1 year) Expires 01-22-92 18,978.75
CD (1 year) Expires 02-02-92 13,145.22
CD (1 year) Expires 06-27-91 -0-
CD (1 year) Expires 10-28-91 20,003.11
CD (1 year) Expires 08-09-91 33,809.51
Petty Cash 200.00
TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF JUNE 30, 1991 $116,279.67

Dues (Includes $7,230 in prepaid dues)
Annual Reunion 1991
Annual Reunion 1992
Society Functions
Sales (Tags, Decals, Pins)
Sales (Canal Record)
Salaries Gross
Annual Reunion 1992
Society Function
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal/State
Taxes Withheld and Paid
Office Expenses:
Rent and Move
Maintenance Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Cost of Tags, Decals and Pins
Petty Cash C.R.-Society-Refreshments
Bank Charges
Capital Expense/Improvements

$ 80,412.75

$ 27,327.85


Bank Checking Account (Unlimited) $ 20,919.86
CD (6 months) Expires 07-29-92 20,375.09
CD (6 months) Expires 08-03-92 14,042.24
CD (1 year ) Expires 08-09-92 10,000.00
CD (6 months) Expires 10-28-92 21,922.92
CD (8 months) Expires 12-09-92 10,481.74
Petty Cash 200.00
TOTAL FUND BALANCES AS OF JUNE 30, 1992 $ 97,941.85


In order to complete our framed display of all the
Past Presidents of the Panama Canal Society, shown in a
place of honor in our central office in Seminole, Florida,
we need photographs of the following:

John F. Warner, Founder
Robert S. Houston, President, 1932-1933
Philip C. Gorman, President, 1933-1936
Rev. C.B. Mitchell, President, 1936-1937
William H. Baxley, President, 1939-1944
William H. Butler, President, 1951-1953
Harry J. Lewis, President, 1955-1957
Keith E. Kelly, President, 1960-1962

Photographs can be in color or black/white; any size,
portrait or snapshop (clear), alone or in a group of
people. We will enlarge or reduce each photograph to
show the face only in a 2 inch square, with name and
years of tenure in office below each photo. The Editor
promises to return each photo to the sender. Please send
photos to Richard W. Beall, Editor, Canal Record, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712.

A Canoe Race, you say?

Would you believe a cayuco-like race? You bet! A
tentative date is sometime between March and the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in June, 1993. A selection
of sites is being looked into at present, and the
procurement and rental of canoes all alike, is being
pursued for either a two-man or four-man entry. All men
crews, all girl crews, or a mixture of both will be the
venue for this event.
Although the Panama Canal Society of Florida is not
the sponsor and assumes no responsibility or liability with
this event, shall it be called the "1st Annual Florida
Canoe Race?" It will be conducted in much the same
manner as our famous "Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race" in
Panama. Several of those previously connected with our
Cayuco Race in Panama have been contacted and their
expertise and experience will be used to make this family
event a winner.
Accommodations, food, rules, regulations, prizes,
safety and communications are all items under discussion
and will be addressed in future issues of the Canal
Record and in ample time for this exciting event.
Sorry, we don't have any Locks to go through, but
keep alert for more news in forthcoming issues!

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

May 1, 1992
Tampa Yacht and Country Club
Tampa, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
12:05 p.m. and welcomed 75 members and guests,
thanking Anna and Joe Collins for arranging the
luncheon. The Invocation was given by Dorothy Yocum
and Harry Foster led in the Pledge to the Flag. A
moment of silence followed observing those recently
departed. The meeting was recessed at 12:10 p.m. for
The meeting was reconvened at 1:27 p.m. President
Van Siclen welcomed Past Presidents Anna Collins and
Peter Foster, and commended the Yacht Club personnel
for the excellent meal and service.
The minutes of the April 3, 1992 regular meeting
stands as read, and the Financial Statement stands ready
for audit.
The president mentioned we now have approximately
4,900 paid-up members. Sheila Taylor will chair the
Sarasota Luncheon to be held at the Fairways of Forest
Lakes Country Club. Reservation forms will be in the
June Canal Record, and the president urged all to make
reservations early.
The president thanked the Board members for their
support and cooperation during the past year, as this was
the last meeting for the 1991-1992 term. He called on
the Board members for their comments.
Virgil Camby stated he will not be involved as a
Board member next year but offered to serve on any
committee. The thanked everyone for their support these
last three years.

Faith Brundage thanked everyone on the Telephone
Committee, also thanking those members who offered
prayers and assistance during her husband's illness.
Jane Huldtquist expressed her thanks, stating she
had enjoyed working with the Board, and reminded
everyone to vote for the new officers and to attend
meetings to support the Society.
Bob Johnson stated it had been a pleasure to serve
with Bob Van Siclen and the Society. He also mentioned
that the COLA for next year is only 1.3% to date, and
reminded everyone to vote.
Harry Foster thanked everyone for their cooperation
during the past year.
Peter Foster, Chairman of the By-Laws Committee,
has enjoyed working for Bob Van Siclen and the
Executive Board. He thanked Betty Frassrand and Dot
Herrington for their work on the By-Laws Committee.
Dorothy Yocum stated she has enjoyed working with
members of the Board, Bob Van Siclen and all the
Pat Beall expressed his appreciation to all for their
support and stated the June Canal Record is at the
Barbara Green thanked everyone for their
cooperation; working with the Society and renewing
friendships has been great. She enjoys working for Bob
Van Siclen and the Board.
The president called on Committee chairpersons:
Fred Huldtquist, Nominating Committee; Dorothy Pate,
Hospitality and Refreshment Committee; Anna Collins,
Sunshine Committee. Each extended their thanks to the
members for their support and cooperation, expressing
their pleasure in working for the Society.

Beverly Williams, Historian, stated her work had
been easy since most of the Society information is
contained in the Canal Records.
Al Pate and Gene Askew were not present however,
the president extended the Society's appreciation for their
work as Service Officers.
Jane Huldtquist reported that she had 120 Golf
Tournament reservations, with 18 openings. June 8 is the
cut-off date.
Peter Foster reported only two percent of the
membership submitted votes for the revised By-Laws.
Total votes received 116; Two invalid votes; in favor -
111, opposed 3. Report submitted by Peter Foster and
Dorothy Herrington. Copies of report given to President
Van Siclen, the Secretary and Record Editor. The new
By-Laws become effective June 1, 1992. The ballots were
given to the president for disposal. Virgil Camby
motioned the ballots be destroyed, seconded by Betty
Snow. Motion carried.
Bob Van Siclen, Reunion Co-Coordinator reported
2,500 have registered for the reunion, urging everyone to
attend and to make reservations as soon as possible.
Fran Whitlock will be guest speaker at the Luncheon.
There was no unfinished business. Discussion was
held regarding the way the ballots and envelopes were
inserted in the Canal Record.
The president announced that the revised
application/renewal form, approved by the Board, will be
in the June issue.
There was no new business. The president again
thanked Anna and Joe Collins, and Olga Disharoon for
their work in making the luncheon a success.
Peter Foster reminded all to use Keppie Travel for
their travel arrangements, as the Society benefits through
free tickets for their use. He urged those present to
encourage relatives and friends to use this service. Bob
Van Siclen stated that the free tickets will be used to
bring musicians to the Reunion and that COPA is given
four free ads for four tickets from Panama to Miami for
musicians, the Society paying fares only from Miami to
Door prizes were given out. Henri Skeie announced
she had 1992 Balboa Union Church calendars for sale.
Peter Foster reminded all that this would be Bob
Van Siclen's last meeting as president for this term. Bob
was given a standing round of applause.
Betty Malone motioned to adjourn the meeting,
seconded by Nancy Van Siclen. The meeting adjourned
at 2:20 p.m.

June 19, 1992
Twin Towers Hotel
Orlando, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
10:05 a.m. A total of 250 members attended.
Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation followed by the
Pledge to the Flag, led by Harry Foster. A minute of
silence followed for those departed.
The president welcomed everyone to the meeting and
to the reunion. He also recognized all the Past Presidents

Barbara Green read the minutes of May 1 and they
stand as read. She read the financial statement which
stands for audit.
Sam Modica, Director of Sales for the Twin Towers
Hotel was introduced. He welcomed all and
acknowledged work done by the Board and Committee
members, also enjoyed working with Bob and Nancy Van
The president welcomed everyone to the 60th
Anniversary of the founding of the Society, giving a brief
history of the founding and read the names of the
founders. He thanked the members for the honor of
allowing him to serve as president this past year and
urged for greater participation in voting for By-Law
amendments and election of officers. Out of 5,000
members, only 113 voted for the By-Law amendments
and 300 for 1992/93 officers.
He commended the excellent work of Pete Foster,
Chairman of the By-Laws committee and committee
members Betty Frassrand and Dorothy Herrington.
President Van Siclen gave a brief report on the
establishment and expenses involved toward the new
central office, and reminded the 1991 reunion attendees
that he stated dues would not increase at that time for
1992. The time has now come to discuss an increase. By-
Laws will have to be amended and the members must
vote for that issue. The Board will make their
recommendation and the members must decide and vote
on their recommendation.
The president called on Board members for their
report. Virgil Camby, 1st Vice President thanked
everyone for their support. He explained that business
pressures did not afford him time to serve the Society,
but is available to anyone who needs help. Faith
Brundage, 2nd Vice President stated it was a pleasure
working on the Board. Special thanks went to Bob and
Nancy Van Siclen. Robert Johnson, Legislative
Representative, gave a brief report on legislative actions
in Washington and thanked everyone for allowing him to
serve the past year. Jane Huldtquist, Director, expressed
her pleasure at working for the Society. Muriel Whitman,
Director, thanked Bob for allowing her to work with him
and the Board, and asked everyone to get involved. She
looks forward to continue working for the Society.
The president mentioned he continues to look for a
replacement for Jeanne Wheeler, Chairperson of the
Budget and Audit Committee for the past six months,
and stressed the urgency for the replacement. Chris
Skeie, Director, thanked Bob Van Siclen for an
interesting and good year and feels the Society has a
good future. Harry Foster, Sergeant-at-Arms, expressed
his appreciation to Bob and Nancy and Board for a
pleasant year. Barbara Green, Secretary/Treasurer,
expressed her appreciation to Betty Frassrand and Bob
Van Siclen for their support and to Marge Foster for her
patience while learning the job. Helen Ledgerwood and
Betty Snow were mentioned for the many hours
volunteering in the office. Pat Beall, Editor, welcomed all
and reported on the increases in expenses connected with
the Canal Record, including mailing charges. He also
acknowledged Marge Foster's assistance in typing since
he does not yet have an assistant.
Betty Frassrand, who had been counting ballots, was
welcomed back and took her place on the dais.
The president then introduced committee
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that the July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992 Audit Report will
be published in the September Canal Record. She
specifically mentioned the deficit and cautioned that a
dues increase might be recommended. She asked
members to consider a replacement for her as Chairman
of the committee and that she would be glad to work as
a committee member. Peter Foster, Chairman, By-Laws
Committee thanked Bob for providing him the
opportunity to work on the amendments to the By-Laws
and thanked Betty Frassrand and Dorothy Herrington for
their assistance. The revised By-Laws became effective
June 1, 1992. He also thanked those members who took
the time to vote. He has enjoyed working with the Board
and Bob Van Siclen. Anna Collins, Chairperson,
Sunshine Committee thanked members who kept her
informed of those who have been ill. Dorothy Pate,
Hospitality Chairperson, thanked those who helped her
throughout the year, especially Nancy Van Siclen, and
invited members to attend monthly meetings. Faith
Brundage, Telephone Committee Chairperson thanked
all the callers on her committee with special mention to
Nancy Van Siclen who filled in on another's absence.
President Van Siclen stated he and Nancy enjoyed
working on the reunion and thanked committee members
who worked with them. The Twin Towers staff has been
a pleasure to work with.
Carolyn and Robert Johnson served as Co-
Chairpersons for Registration. Carolyn reported that as
of Thursday evening, 3,062 people had registered,
thanking all her volunteers as well as Nancy and Bob.
Betty Malone, Luncheon Chairperson, reminded
everyone to make reservations early next year and to be
specific about seating arrangements. Fred and Jane
Huldtquist, Co-chairpersons of the Golf Tournament
reported on the tournament. Jane thanked her committee
as well as Bob and Nancy Van Siclen who attended the
luncheon. She and Fred have been proud to serve as
Betty Frassrand gave the report on the dances in
Rupert Turner's absence, reminding all that dance tickets
are available in the Hospitality Suite. Pat Beall,
Hospitality Chairman, stated Hospitality and Information
have been active. Sales are a little slower than last year.
Tickets for the luncheon are accepted for resale, no
resale on dance tickets. He thanked all his volunteers.
Peter Foster, Transportation, reported he works as
liaison with Keppie Travel in getting Society members
best air fares possible when attending the reunion. He
thanked Bob Van Siclen and the Board for their
cooperation and assistance. Harry Foster, Security
Chairman, reported all going well this year. No problems
reported. Faith Brundage, Vendors Chairperson, stated
that the larger area provided for the 20 vendors was not
as crowded as last year, thanking Bob and Nancy for
their help. John Disharoon, Sports Chairman, thanked
Virgil Camby and Bob Van Siclen for selecting him to
chair the sports events. Vollyball is scheduled at the
Delta Orlando at 9:00 a.m. Saturday. Ribbons and prizes
would be awarded. Bingo was scheduled, with prizes.
Frank Disharoon, John's brother, would be calling Bingo.
There was no unfinished business from previous
New Business: The president gave a brief report on
the discrepancy in the deadline dates as published in the
Canal Record for submitting ballots for election of
officers. He stated that June 9th was the valid deadline,

in accordance with the By-Laws, which control all matters
relating to the Society.
Fred Huldtquist, Nominating Chairman, gave his
report. Votes for officers were counted as follows:
President Robert Van Siclen 278 votes; 4 write-in
1st V. Pres Faith Brundage 266 votes; 8 write-in
2nd V. Pres Jane Huldtquist 275 votes: 2 write-in
Director Vicki Sizemore 131 votes
Muriel Whitman 167 votes
Robert Johnson 157 votes
Paul Rozmeski 68 votes
Write-in 1 vote

The two Directors with most votes Muriel
Whitman and Robert Johnson. Officers for the 1992/93
term were sworn in by Betty Frassrand. Betty Malone
motioned that the ballots be destroyed, seconded by
Sugar diRoma. Motioned carried.
Bob Van Siclen announced that the 1993 reunion will
be held at the Twin Towers and adjoining hotels from
June 9 to 13. Reunion dates for 1994 will be June 8 to 12.
Tampa Bay Visitor's Convention Bureau advised they do
not have the facilities to accommodate us. With the
Board's approval, the 1995 Reunion will be held in
Bob asked membership to advise him of any
problems or suggestions they may have. He advised all
that the Twin Towers had agreed to extend the $69 rate
for Society members during the reunion through the next
The president thanked everyone who had donated
gifts for prizes which were awarded during the meeting.
Peter Foster asked for a standing ovation for Bob
and Nancy Van Siclen for a job well done.
Fern Dabill from Arizona thanked all who attended
the San Diego Reunion last year and extended an
invitation to all to visit them when in the area.
Virgil Camby motioned the meeting be adjourned,
seconded by Robert Balcer. Motion carried.
Meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m.

July 10, 1992
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
12:05 p.m. A total of 45 members attended. Muriel
Whitman gave the invocation, followed by the Pledge to
the Flag, led by Virgil Camby. A minute of silence for
those recently departed followed. The meeting was
adjourned at 12:14 p.m. for covered dish luncheon.
Meeting reconvened at 1:15 p.m. The president
welcomed everyone and introduced Past Presidents Anna
Collins, Howard Clarke, Muriel Whitman and Al Pate.
He also welcomed guests and members who had not
attended recently.
The minutes of the June 19, 1992 Annual Business
Meeting was read, and stand as read. The June Financial
Statement stands ready for audit.
President Van Siclen reported on the small amount
of votes received for the revision of the Bylaws. Members
in other areas will be encouraged to participate in Society
matters. Aside from a report of a few pranks, the reunion
went well.

For the benefit of those not attending the Annual
Luncheon, the president mentioned that his wife, Nancy
Van Siclen was presented with a certificate declaring her
an "Honorary Zonian." This was in appreciation of
Nancy's dedication to the Society.
In accordance with the revised Bylaws, the quorum
for monthly meetings has been set as 1% of the total
membership according to the mailing label count for the
December Canal Record; i.e. 43. The quorum for the
Annual Business Meeting is 2% of the mailing label
count for the April Annual Directory issue; i.e. 96. This
count will vary annually according to paid memberships.
The revised Bylaws are in the March '92 Canal
Record. Copies are available from the office.
Bob Johnson will chair the Annual Picnic at
Anderson Park in North Pinellas on Saturday, October 3,
at noon. Details will be in this issue.
Frank Matters is the new Audit and Budget
Committee Chairman. He retired from the Audit
Division in the Canal Zone. Jeanne Wheeler will continue
to work on the committee, at Frank's pleasure.

There was no unfinished business. New Business:
Gertrude Allgaier suggested we have more American
music at the dances of the reunion. There seems to be all
Spanish music, especially on Friday. This will be
discussed at the Post-con meeting as well as some other
suggestions received.
The next monthly meeting will be held August 7, at
1:30 p.m. at St. Bede's Church. Ranger Keith Thompson,
manager of Weedon Island State Reserve will be guest
speaker. There will be no luncheon.
Dorothy Pate thanked Muriel and John Whitman,
Betty Malone, and husband Al Pate for their help in
setting up the meeting.
Anna Collins reported on the "get well" cards sent.
Door prizes were awarded.
President Van Siclen reminded all that '93 dues are
payable anytime before October 31.
Jay Cain motioned the meeting be adjourned,
seconded by Virgil Camby. Meeting adjourned at 2:00

cF^Riki m mEntwL

Lou E. Hilzinger
Albert J. Bernasconi, Jr.
Gary M. McLean
Willys James Walker
George E. Anthonisz
Roger H. Sullivan
David T. Younce (Capt)
Howard Grecco
Ray Hall (Capt)
George F. Klein
Lilia S. Knotts
Charles R. Lavallee
Harold G. Robinson (Capt)
Edward V. Amason Jr.


Dredging Division
Pilot Division
Office of Insp. General
Locks Division
Electrical Division
Off. of the Secy. Wash. D.C.
Pilot Division
Logistic Support Division
Pilot Division
Industrial Division
Operations Division
Off. of Canal Improvements.
Pilot Division
Canal Protection Division

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19 years 01 months 07 days
21 years 05 months 21 days
28 years 11 months 00 days
23 years 05 months 23 days
06 years 09 months 00 days
36 years 00 months 18 days
20 years 11 months 04 days
24 years 08 months 05 days
39 years 10 months 21 days
30 years 10 months 29 days
23 years 09 months 21 days
31 years 07 months 19 days
43 years 11 months 24 days


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The 1992 Reunion ended on Sunday, June 21st. A
year of hard work was over, and for the most part
everyone seemed to have a good time. We always have
some problems, but each year the problems get smaller
and fewer. We are all human and we do make some
The final official registration count was 3,720
persons. However, it is estimated that several hundred
members did not register their attendance, so we
estimated that over 4,000 persons attended the 1992

The Panazonian Dance with Father Frank Pretto
playing for our dancing pleasure sold 2,050 tickets and
the Annual Ball sold 2,201 tickets.
We thank COPA Airlines for their help in assisting
us in bringing Lucho and his band members up from
621 tickets were sold for the Annual Luncheon where
Mrs. Frances "Fraction Fanny from Fayetteville"
Whitlock was our guest speaker.
We hope you all enjoyed the 1992 Reunion and look
forward to seeing you at the 1993 Reunion, which will
again be in Orlando from June 9th through June 14th.
Please watch for your December Canal Record for the
famous "yellow pages" with all the detailed information.

Nancy and Bob Van Siclen
1992 Reunion Coordinators

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The Thirteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held June 18, 1992 at Cypress Creek
Country Club, Orlando, FL with an 8 a.m. "shot-gun"
start. 120 golfers participated. Following the tournament
a buffet luncheon was held in the Lake/Osceola rooms
of the Twin Towers Convention Center with 140 people
in attendance. The guest of honor, Mrs. Irene Will,
accompanied by her daughter Lauray Will Griffin,
presented the Ray Will Memorial Trophy to the
champions of the field. Also in attendance were Bob and
Nancy Van Siclen, 1992 Reunion Coordinators.
The tournament and luncheon went smoothly thanks
to committee members Jane and Fred Huldtquist, Joe
and Anna Collins, Betty Frassrand, Margaret Leigh,
Ellen Freund, Vicki Sizemore and Bill McKeown.
The same format was used as in 1991, i.e. one Ladies
Flight and five Men's Flights, with Medal Play by age
groups. As not all our golfers have USGA handicaps, our
preference of net play format with the computing of
handicaps afterwards would delay the tournament
considerably and was not used.

Each luncheon table was decorated with golf balloons
and hand-painted paper "chivas" labeled with different
golf courses in Panama. These "chivas" were awarded to
winners at each table by secret drawing. Behind the head
table was a large painted drop cloth chiva sitting at the
19th hole, done by Mr. Rupert Turner. The small chivas
were painted by Mrs. Jacque Vowell and Mrs. Betty
Frassrand. Our sincere thanks to these society members.
Many donations were given to the tournament which
were used as favors and prizes. Mrs. Irene Will made and
donated two beautiful afghans for door prizes, won by
Mr. Joe Collins and Mrs. Betty Frassrand. Two bottles
of Spanish Sherry, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Norman
Demers, were won by Mrs. Debbie Smith and Mr. Jack
Hern for closest to the pin on no. 9 and 13. Mr. Bill
Wheeler donated four "tavern" prizes, won by four lucky
winners. Mr. Woody Woodruff supplied each table with
packages of peanuts from Peanut Growers Assn. of
Dothan, AL, along with peanut cookbooks, used as door
prizes. The Cypress Creek Country Club supplied golf
balls, socks, and ball retreivers which were used as prizes.

Our thaks to all those generous people.
Mr. Bob Van Siclen presented each committee
member with tokens of appreciation from the Society.
The Ray Will Memorial Trophy was presented by
Mrs. Irene Will along with large crystal bowls to
champions in the fields, Ladies Division, Mrs. Margot
Jordan, shooting a 91, and Men's Division, Mr. Ralph
Frangioni, shooting a 76. Congratulations to them both.

1. Men's Champion: Ralph Frangioni with Irene Will. 2.
Smith, with Anna Collins. 4. Ann Richardson's form. 5.

This year a special tribute of a dozen golf balls each
were awarded to seven players who participated in the
last ten Chagres Invitational Golf Tournaments.
The committee wishes to thank this year's
participants. Your cooperation was greatly appreciated
and we'll be looking forward to another great tournament
next year.

Que forma! Fred Huldtquist. 3. Closest to pin: Debbie
Ladies Champion, Margot Jordan with Irene Will.


1. L-R: Cindy Forsythe, Debbie Smith, Maurie Moore, Jane Buss. 2. Special awards to 7 players who played in
last 10 tournaments, L-R: Bill Wheeler, Fred Hu71dtquist, Gene Gregg, Jane Huldtquist, Emo Everson, Ken
Atkinson, Jim Slover. 3. L-R: Frangioni Family, Ralph Jr., Greg, Tony Frangioni.

1. L-R: Barry Adubato, Sam Modica, Phil Woodman, Bob Johnson. 2. Jim McKeown, Kenny Morris, Bill
Hatchett, Bill McKeown. 3. Bill Wheeler, Woody Woodruff, Tom McGuinness, Roy "Bocas" Leeser.

1. First Place: Tom McGuinness, John Hearne, Robbie Boyer, Margaret Leigh, Jess Bryant, George Downing.
2. Second Place: Jim Orvis, Barry Adubato, Maurie Moore, Greg Frangioni, Lloyd Roberts, Bob French.

1. Third Place: Bob Johnson, Ron Smith, Sue Deakins, Jack Hern, Tom Wilder, John Granozio. 2. Fourth Place:
Jim Kaufman, David Moffitt, Jeanne Sperry, Gary Myers, Marc Stroop, Ed Stroop.

1. Fifth Place: Fred Huldtquist, Jane Huldtquist, Ed Wardlow, Jim Mckeown. Missing: Fred Reed, Greg Cain.
2. Sixth Place: Frank Anderson, Ellen Freund, Jack Sandefer, Hubert Jordan, Ken Karpinski. Missing: George

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1. Seventh Place: Sam Modica, Steve Patchett, Debbie Smith, Lloyd Spradlin. Missing: Rollo Winberg, Bill
Hatchett, Jim McNamara. 2. Awards Luncheon, head table guests included L-R: Irene Will, Lauray Will Griffin,
and Bob Van Siclen and Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion Coordinators.

1. L-R: Carolyn Falasco, Wendy Corrigan, Jeanne Sperry, Beverly McKenzie. 2. Emo Everson, Jack Sandefer,
Jim McNamara. 3. Margot Jordan, Ann Richardson, Jane Huldtquist, Ellen Freund.

The 3rd Annual Sports Event was a huge success,
thanks to the Man up above. The weather couldn't have
been better.
The Vollyball Tournament winners were:

1st Place

2nd Place

The waiting was unbearable, I thought it was in vain,
But now the moment has arrived, it's time to board the plane.

As we speed across the sky, the hours pass like days,
3rd Place Then I finally see it through the rain and cloudy haze.

Wayne Favorite Tom Nickisher
Howard Favorite Alan Eckel
Brian Favorite Mark Sherry
Margie Williamson Mike Smith
Amparo Paul Vanessa La Sack
Henry Williamson John Nickisher
Kevin Brandenberg
Kristine Stromberg

Coach B. Antone
Roy Reyes
Jim Donohue
Jay Gibson
Jim Mullins
Pat Grymala

The winner of the "Cover All" Grand Prize at Bingo
was Mrs. Thelma Collins.
A good time was had by all.

John Disharoon
1992 Sports Chairperson

Orlando is below us and soon we're at the gate,
We grab our bags, pile in the car, dnve faster I can't wait.

We make a right on Kirkman to the Towers we are here,
We 8o inside, scan the crowd, and of course we grab a beer.
We visit with old friends and catch up on the latest,
And laugh and talk and reminisce of times that were the latestt.

All the bartenders can't believe the drinking hours we keep,
But this week we are Zonians and next week we can sleep.

The days they pass too quickly and the night do just the same,
It's almost time, we must return, back from whence we came.
Mr. Carter, what a fgy, he took the Zone away,
But in our hearts it lives, breathes and i with us here today.

At the desk we all check out and turn in the funny key,
All these friends who part at once, a depres8 sing ht to see.

We hug and kiss and bid farewell, to those we hold so dear,
But there's a bright spot, we will see them all next year.

I sometimes wish that Zonians filled the houses near to mine,
The people there just can't relate to a Paradise lost in time.

I will always miss the Canal Zone, its simple life and pleasures,
But as I leave, its plain to see its people are its treasures.

Author Unknown
(But mailed from San Diego, CA)


OCTOBER 1, 1992

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Volunteers are the backbone of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, fulfilling the many tasks that make our
functions successful.
Undoubtedly, the largest and most successful is our
reunions and the amount of time and work involved is
Nancy Van Siclen, the 1991 and 1992 Reunion Co-
Chairperson donated her time and expertise in making
these two reunions well organized and enjoyable events.
All of our Reunion Coordinators have done a super job
but what makes Nancy unique is that she has never lived
in, or visited Panama.
Therefore, at the Annual Luncheon, Marje Foster,
on behalf of the Society members, presented Nancy with
a certificate making her an Honorary Zonian and

anointed her with authentic Chagres River water, while
Mrs. Frances Whitlock, guest speaker, read the "bajun"
inscription on the Certificate "It is so decreed dat de
person who name dat appear below, Nancy Van Siclen
has done wetted wid Chagres River water making' dem
Honorary Zonian."
Nancy was also presented with a beautiful Mosqueta
from Panama and received a standing ovation from those
attending the luncheon.
Nancy thanked the membership and expressed her
appreciation and pride at being accepted as a Zonian and
that she had enjoyed meeting and making friends with so
many Society members.
A special thanks to Chris Skeie for furnishing the
Chagres River water and a certificate to work from, and
to Sonia Valle for bringing the Mosqueta up from


.jWospital tyllo rmatio n

The 1992 PanaZonian Dance and Annual Ball were
two events of the 1992 Reunion which will not be soon
Frankie Pretto and his band, Paranda, kicked the
reunion weekend off to a wonderful start with a musical
flair that is second to none. His high energy music and
great Panama standards resulted in rave reviews from all
our members. We look forward to his return.
Puly Sequiera and his Latinaires, with their typico
salsa sound, provided just the right "ping-ding" to give our
members a full range of salsa for their dancing pleasure.
Lucho, our Panama legend, was truly as magnificent
as ever, touching the hearts of all who were there and
sparking our fondest memories from home.
An added treat to the Annual Ball was the beautiful
presentation from the folkloric dancers which were
provided by the Panama Tourist Bureau. Their costumes
and dances were magical and left the crowd in complete
awe as they left the floor.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my
committee who helped put our dances together; Betty
Frassrand, Jobey Turner, Vicki Sizemore, Ed Wardlow,
Lucky Summers, Jesse Little, Eileen and Geoff Cowell,
Rae Donaldson, Audry Olson, Henry Barker, Jacque and
Charlie Vowell, Faye and Richard Finnegan, Skeeter and
Shirley Camby and Chris Skeie.
It was indeed a pleasure to serve as Dance Chairman
for the 1992 Reunion.

Rupert S. Turner
1992 Dance Chairman

JA Special yIlianz You To I/ e

pananma Canal Society of o7ricda

CExecutive o.,ard and VleinterS
I have two very special days in my life. Twelve years
ago, Bob and I were married and I was made aware of
the Canal Zone and the Society. The date of June 20th,
1992 is the second date I will always remember as a very
special day for me.
That is the day that I was honored at the Annual
Luncheon, and was "decreed, wetted wit Chagres River
water and made an Honorary Zonian."
Words cannot express my surprise or my
appreciation to you all. As Marje Foster said, "I did it
out of love and dedication to the Society and its'
I have certainly enjoyed the past years volunteering
for the Society, wherever needed, and I will continue to
be of help when asked.
I would also like to thank the many members who
congratulated, both Bob and I on the 1992 Reunion. It is
a lot of hard work, but it is a pleasure to see so many
people having a good time.
Again, thank you for making the 1992 Reunion a
very memorable one for me.

Nancy Van Siclen
1992 Reunion Coordinator


Keppie Travel, the Society's Official 1992 Reunion
Travel Agent, arranged air travel reservations for 73
Panama Canal Society of Florida members who attended
the 1992 Reunion. Keppie also provided the Society with
some complimentary air tickets to fly the Reunion's
musicians to Orlando.
Keppie's policy was to hold all tickets until 25 days
prior to departure. This policy permitted Keppie to
continually monitor Air Rates and to automatically apply
any decrease in cost to the members' reservations. In
addition, the 21 day ticket mail-out policy enabled Keppie
to include advance seat assignments for the members'
air travel (Airlines do not release seat assignments until
21 days prior to departure).
Those members who used Keppie Travel had their
air rates decreased by Keppie at least three times
between January and June (this was done without the
member having to make any specific requests or
contacting Keppie in any manner).
Keppie had all Reunion travel tickets prepared for
mailing the day the Air Fare War drastically discounted
air rates, as a result, they automatically opened all
member's ticket packets and reissued tickets reflecting
the reduced fares. This procedure gave our members
costs savings from as little as $50.00, and for many, over
$350.00. The trade-off in this operation was a delayed
mailing of the members' air packets, but the delay was
well worth the savings to members. During this whole air
fare war crisis, it was not necessary for any member to
personally contact Keppie Keppie Travel automatically
applied any savings to the members air travel.
Unfortunately the majority of members did not fully
utilize the services of the Society's Official Travel agent,
but those that did, not only benefitted themselves they
helped the Society reduce Reunion air travel costs for the
musicians transportation via the use of complimentary air
Keppie Travel's, Panama Canal Society's Travel
Specialists, Jeannine and Carol, really enjoyed working
with the Society members and look forward to arranging
their 1993 Reunion travel next year. They reminded me
that they will be available any time during the year to
assist our members travel arrangements. They can be
contacted throughout the year by calling Keppie's toll-
free number 1-800-768-2131 or their local number (813)
442-2131; ask for Jeannine or Carol they'll be happy to
hear from you.
Pete Foster
1992 Reunion Transportation Liaison

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OCTOBER 21, 1992



Heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, listed below,
who worked the 1992 Reunion registration desks.
We registered 3720 persons at the Reunion, and have
had many compliments on our work.

Lucille Abernathy
Nikki Andino
Elizabeth Beall
Jay Cain
Shirley Camby
Virgil Camby
Eileen Cowell
Geoffrey Cowell
Rae Donaldson
Mary Fehrenbach
Pete Foster
Betty Frassrand
Rosemary Gilead
Marion Greene

Michael Greene
Dottie Herrington
Robert Herrington
Tommie Lou Horter
Myrtle Hughes
Mary Lou Lang
Helen Ledgerwood
Anne LoFranco
Joy Maale
Al Maale
Betty Malone
Margaret Matty
Carol Masino
Betty Moore

Mary McCullough
Brian McNamee
Patrice Norris
Dottie Pate
Al Pate
Ann Pennock
Patt Roberson
Henri Skeie
Betty Snow
Jean Wainio
Muriel Whitman
John Whitman
Dottie Yocum
Ernie Yocum

Thanks also to Sheila Taylor who volunteered but
could not attend the Reunion, and brother Brian
McNamee who filled in for her!
For extra effort, special thanks to Shirley and
"Skeeter" Camby, and Joy and Al Maale.
Again this year, thanks to Nikki Andino and Betty
Malone for 'stuffing' luncheon tickets.
And we could not have done it without her our
Reunion Coordinator, Nancy Van Siclen Mil Gracias!!

Carolyn and Bob Johnson
Registration Co-Chairpersons


The Annual Reporter's Luncheon was attended by
thirteen Area Reporters, the Editor and four guests.
After an informal luncheon enjoyed by all, the Editor
thanked those attending, particularly those new reporters
and those attending for the first time. He informed the
reporters on the status of their reports and that of the
Canal Record including increased costs and the need to
monitor their reports closely for unnecessary verbage.
A suggestion was made to forgo printing photographs
of babies only in the "Births" column that a single photo
of a baby has no meaning without the inclusion of the
baby's parents as well. It was agreed that the Editor will
make notice that only photos of babies with parents will
be printed in the future in the "Births" column. The
period of time in which this change will occur will be
grandfathered to about three issues.
Those reporters attending were Catherine Filo,
Robert Balcer, Gertrude Allgaier, Gladys Humphrey,
Janice (Cookie) Newlon, Maritza Reyes, June A.
Stevenson, Patt Foster Roberson, Margery Coffin, Jean
Dombrowsky for Alice Roche, Blanche Browne,
Rosemary Gilead for Barbara Sanders, and Kerry
Guests included Bob Van Siclen, President, and wife
Nancy Van Siclen, Reunion Coordinator, Barbara Green,
Secretary/Treasurer, and Faith Brundage, incoming 1st
Vice President.
Richard (Pat) Beall


There were 615 tickets sold, 595 guaranteed and paid
for. Two tickets were not picked up, but were disposed of
elsewhere, because the person whose tickets they were,
was at the Reunion. The others were sold at the last
minute to people who were anxious to hear Frances
Whitlock speak.
I would like to thank everyone who helped on the
decorating committee; those on the committee; and those
who stopped to see if they could help. Also to let
everyone know what a pleasure it has been to work on
the luncheon these past two years with Nancy Van Siclen.
She is a joy to work with, believe me.
Thank you for the opportunity for once again being
able to serve as Chairperson on the Annual Reunion

Betty Malone
1992 Annual Luncheon Chairperson.

The Hospitality Suite and Information Booth were
open for 19 hours during the Reuinon, during which time
its seventeen volunteers turned over a total of $5,575.00
to the Reunion account from the sale of Panazonian
Dance and Annual Ball tickets, and a total of $669.00
(including a $1.00 overcharge) to the Society account
from the sale of decals, license plates, Canal Records and
Annual Directory issues.
The Information Booth was busier than ever before,
dispensing information and guiding members in the right
direction, particularly in advising members on Class
Reunions. Several members commented on the variety of
information that was available.
My sincere thanks to those volunteers who made this
year's Hospitality Suite the success it was. They are:
Sheila Bolke, Sarah Cohen, Betty Snow, Betty Malone,
Jeanne Wheeler, Lionel Barfield, Gretchen Warren, Rose
Carmody, Peggy Hutchison, Janice "Cooky" Newlon,
Marcia Barrerre, Mary Lou Lang, John Hayes, Larry
Cox, Anna Collins, Robert Nordstrom.

Richard (Pat) Beall
Chairman, Hospitality Suite

As Chairperson of the Vendors at the Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reuion, my report is as follows:
We had twenty vendors with none on the waiting list
due to two cancellations prior to the Reunion.
All vendors were happy with the additional space
and it was much easier for people to see items that were
for sale.
It was a pleasure working with Nancy and Bob Van

Faith A. Brundage
1992 Vendor Chairperson

Panamanian 7oIhloric 2anceri


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Rosemary Diez, Bill Diez, of Houston, TX; George
Chevalier of Orlando, FL and Otis "Odie" Ramey of
Walnut, MS.

Harold Sorrell, Sacramento, CA, Doug Schmidt,
Kerrville, TX, and Ann (Wood) Suescum, Panama,
Rep. of Panama.

S/ I J 7 7

Elisa Malo Martino, Orlando, FL, and Deanna Malo,
Tallahassee, FL.

Captain Matt Baker, USMC and Colleen Griffin.

Back L-R: Cori Morris Wheeler, Rei Spradlin Morris,
Mike Morris, John Morris, Tracy Spradlin
McQuillen, Kurt McQuillen. Front L-R: Jim Smiley
Morris, Marie Cicero Morris, Margaret Stevens
Spradlin, Lloyd Spradlin.

William "Bill" Kessler and wife, "Babe" Flynn Kessler

Nellree Berger and Mildred (True) Hearne.

Diana (George) Winford and "Rip" George.

A bevy of beauties, too numerous to name.

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Alton Jones, Capt. "Chuck" Ranier, Louise Ranier.

Emma "Peggy" (Chalfant) and Joe Wertz, of Fruitland
Park, Florida.

The Balboa High School Class of 1944 Reunion
Committee, hard at work (?), planning for 1994.



Cameras flashed as a crowd gathered last Wednesday
to witness the 22nd annual Panama Canal Honorary
Public Service Award Ceremony in the Administration
rotunda. Each year the Panama Canal Commission
recognizes organizations and individuals for voluntary acts
or services that benefit the Isthmian community or assist
the Canal organization to accomplish its mission.
This year, 16 awards were presented, each
accompanied by a bronze, silver or gold medallion. The
designs on the medallions is patterned after the
commemorative plaque set into a rock at Gaillard Cut in
honor of the Canal builders.
Administrator Gilberto Guardia F., Deputy
Administrator Raymond P. Laverty and Executive
Administration Director Joseph J. Wood presented the
gold, silver and bronze awards, respectively. The gold
medals, representing the highest honor, were presented
to Sister Geraldine Brake and Robert J. Saarinen.
Receiving silver medals were Susan G. Brewer, John
W. Carlson, Kenneth L. Morris, Bonnie J. Seeley, and
Raymond B. Underwood.
Bronze medals went to Jacqueline L. and Robert F.
Fearon, Eleanor L. Gale, Capt. Gerardo Latoni, William
L. McGann, Mania Nita, Faye F. Thompson, Ricardo A.
Young, Jr., The U.S. Air Force 6933rd Electronic
Security Squadron, and Enrique L. Diaz.

The Panama Canal Spillway
May 22, 1992

On way to Earth Summit

President George Bush and his wife, Barbara, visited
Panama last week to call on Panama President Guillermo
Endara. During the visit, Bush was the guest of honor at
a luncheon at Panama's Presidential Palace, where he
congratulated Panama for the country's high rate of
economic growth during the last year.
President Bush also made a brief stop at Albrook
Air Force Base, where Panama Canal Commission
Administrator Gilberto Guardia and his wife, Teresa,
were among the invited guests. Bush thanked citizens of
Panama for welcoming Barbara and him. His further
remarks centered around supporting democracy and
helping to lay a foundation for cooperation between the
United States and Panama.
President and Mrs. Bush then departed by helicopter
for Tocumen Airport and later, Brazil, where President
Bush attended the Earth Summit environmental

The Panama Canal Spillway
June 19, 1992


PANAMA CITY, Panama A rare tropical tornado
killed at least nine people, seven of whom were buried
under the wreckage of a manufacturing company, officials
said Tuesday. Rescuers were looking for more victims.
The tornado that struck just southwest of Panama City
on Monday afternoon ripped the roofs off about 100
homes and blacked out sections of this capital. The
storm, carrying winds of more than 150 mph, was the
first confirmed tornado recorded in Panama,
meteorologist David Farnum of the Institute of Hydraulic
Resources and Electrification said.

St. Petersburg Times
July 8, 1992


A tornado whipped through Panama last week -
killing and injuring several people and leaving many
homeless. Devastating whirlwinds twisted through
neighborhoods on the outskirts of Panama City for more
than 20 minutes, reducing a children's clothing factory to
a shambles and severely damaging schools, shops and
nearly 400 homes, including 14 belonging to Panama
Canal employees.
After finding out that some of their co-workers had
been affected by the disaster, a number of Panama Canal
employees quickly volunteered their skills to help tornado
victims. Engineers, electricians, roofers, carpenters,
plumbers and other craftsmen assessed the damage and
helped repair houses. The Maintenance Division
recognized this effort on Tuesday by presenting letters of
appreciation to 16 of these employees, four of whom are
In addition to the volunteer labor, employees in
several units began collecting money and other donations
for the victims. It was decided that the Association of
Canal Employees (ASODEC) would oversee this
collection. A study was made of each individual situation
to determine the amount of help required; however,
some of the employees who suffered only minor damage
declined assistance so more funds would be available for
those who needed help the most.
As of Tuesday, ASODEC had collected over $1,400,
which was added to another $2,000 from the
organization's funds. Since the Panamanian government
is furnishing the wood and zinc sheets to repair the roofs,
the money will be used for other construction materials
and furnishings.
ASODEC is continuing to accept donations, and
anyone wishing to make a contribution should contact
Lina Boza (52-3653), Ana Maria Troitino (52-3202);

Edna Quiros (52-7830); Maria Elena Chen (52-3336);
Sergio Castillo (52-3176); Iris Vives (52-4163; Georgette
Aguina (52-4200); Edgardo Cossu (52-4737), Anilza
Charris (52-4300); Elizardo Morales (52-4300); Antonio
Grenald (52-5463) or Julio Cisneros (52-3325).

The Panama Canal Spillway
July 17, 1992

Leader never slows down

By Lystra Mulzac
Staff Writer
OCALA Keeping up with Virginia Townsend isn't
easy, even for Girl Scout leaders half her age.
At 82, Townsend is one of the oldest active Girl
Scout leaders in Marion County and has 60 years of
service to the organization.
"Virginia is one of those ultimate Girl Scouts," says
Sandi Jenkins, field director for the Heart of Florida Girl
Scout Council. The council, based in Lakeland, serves
Citrus, Highlands, Lake, Hardee, Marion, Polk and
Sumter counties...
Sixty years of planning, organizing and leading Girl
Scout troops here and abroad, and making the world a
little better, has not gone unrewarded. Townsend is a
two-time recipient of the Thanks badge.
The honor is reserved for adults whose contributions
are so outstanding that no other will do, says Tuppy
Krimm, director of development for the council.
"That is the highest level of volunteering. I don't
know of any other person who has received it twice," said
Krimm. "That is the highest adult honor."
... "' *, W

Virginia Townsend
The first Thanks badge was presented by the Panama
Canal Zone Girl Scouts Council around 1963, Townsend
said. The second was presented to the Heart of Florida
Council in 1985.
Townsend first discovered Girl Scouts when she was
in college and a friend came to her with the idea of
starting a troop. She was a 21-year-old senior at Winona

State Teachers College in Winona, Minn., and her friend
was an 18-year-old sophomore. But one rule of Scouting
was you had to be over 21 to be a scout leader.
Although she had no background in scouting,
Townsend said she agreed to become the leader, and her
friend, the assistant leader. Her friend led the troop in
activities until she joined the college drama club, the
chorus, the newspaper, Townsend said. Townsend was
forced to pick up the baton, and actual leadership of the
Townsend continued with scouting when she moved
back to the Panama Canal Zone in 1936, where she was
born. Her parents, native Minnesotans had moved to the
Zone to work on the construction of the Canal.
She said working as a teaching assistant and
playground director at Cristobal School, she invited girls
to come to the school with their mothers one Saturday to
start the troop.
"I thought 10, maybe 12 would show up. Over 100
girls from 7 years up showed up," Townsend said.
She continued with scouting in the area until she
retired from teaching in 1971. She and her husband,
Wesley, moved to Florida and in a few short months she
was established with scouting again.
By this time however, says Townsend, "I knew 1
couldn't keep up with the girls." So she focused her
efforts on administrative work.
She was district chairperson for district one,
community liaison between Girl Scouting and the
community, and counsel trainer which trained adults for
jobs as new leaders. Townsend is an organizer and
recruiter and currently is the registrar for Girl Scouts day
She also teaches Sunday school at First United
Methodist Church, and last June, she received the Cross
and Flame given jointly by the Girl Scouts and the
United Methodist Church for exceptional service.
Townsend is also a certified Laubach instructor, an
approach to teaching adults to learn to read.

Ocala Star Banner
March 11, 1992


Midland, MI -- Northwood Institute has announced
the 1992 recipients of the Alden B. Dow Creativity
Center Fellowships. Barbara Kerr of Exeter, California;
Danielle D'Ottavio Harned of San Francisco, CA; Peter
Josyph of St. James, NY; and Robert H. London of Old
Saybrook, CT will reside on the Northwood campus this
summer to pursue their respective goals...
Danielle D'Ottavio Harned, daughter of Daniel R.
and Doris Harned of Green Cove Springs, Florida, will
create a collection of stories, All They Left Behin4d, about
American women and world conflict...
The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center Fellowship
Program was established in 1979 and is named for the
late architect. It is designed to forward Dow's philosophy
of encouraging people to think creatively. Each year
fellowships are offered to individuals in varied fields who
wish to pursue a creative or innovative idea. The award

includes round trip transportation to Midland,
accommodations for the 10 week residency, and project
costs. The fellows will arrive June 8th and be in residence
through August 13.
News Release
Northwood Institute, Midland, MI.
May 12, 1992


A Panama Historical Museum has recently been
established in the Livestock Exchange Building in Fort
Worth, Texas, in an area called the Stockyards National
Historical District. The location is readily accessible from
two interstate highways and other routes, and is served by
public transportation.
The museum, which was developed by former Canal
area resident Adrien M. Bouche, Jr., is free and open to
the public. Current plans include presenting a
comprehensive history of Panama from prehistoric times
to the present, with the Panama Canal playing a most
significant role. The exhibit will be changed periodically.
Contributions to the museum are welcome, including
such things as early photographs and drawings of the
Canal construction era, old correspondence and
mementos, newspaper and magazine clippings, books and
artifacts. Monetary donations are also appreciated.
For more information or to make a contribution,
contact Adrien M. Bouche, Jr., 1750 Faust St.,
Englewood, FL 34224, or call him at (813) 475-3951.
Another point of contact is Sue McCaffert, North Fort
Worth Historical Society, Fort Worth, TX 76106. She
may be reached by phone at (817) 625-5082.

The Panama Canal Spillway
June 19, 1992


Maria Alfaro Chapman Peter Denton John Nelson
Yolando Jo Aguilar Jean Ellen Dobbs Pamela Newberry
Teddy Albritton Carol Drennan John Parker
Joyce D. Anderson Martha Fahrubel Joseph Perry
Bill Arey Martha Farrow Dawn Powell
Joanne Armstrong Benjamin Faulkner Cathy Price
Jorge A. Castellanos Ethel Faulkner Linda Rager
Florencio Arosemena Harvey Fenimore Merry Rauscher
Patricia Ball Grace Figueroa Carole Remele
Cristina Bernsee George Fitzgerald Maggie Reyes
Ronald Billingsley Bruce Galton Carol Rodibaugh
Bob Boatwright Miki Garcia Jilma Rodriguez
Tommy Boehning Jeanette Garner Richard McKierman
Carlos Brandenberg Reid Garrison William Schmidt
Miguel Brenes Orosman Gonzalez Patricia Scott
Dalila Brett Delores Gregg Paul Searcy
Franklin Brooks Lille Griffin Betty Shaffer
Sharon Brown Sandra Halliday Janet Simpson
Mary Ellen Bunnell Harry Hidalgo Joyce Small
Wydia Burkwell Ellen Hunnicutt Bonnie Smith
Carolyn Calhoun Robert Jack Terry Southwell
John Campbell Larry Jenkins Valentin Speer
James Carney Benny Johnson Paul Starr
George Casira Terry Jones Robert Starr
John Castro Rose Jackson Jeanette Stoute
Donald Chapman Kathryn Kashcher Anne Swinehart
Patricia Clarizio Cris Keys Jane Thomas
Dale Clark Kim Klages Marilyn Thomas
Nicholas Cocks Sandra Kuns Fred Toothman
Yvonne Crane Paulette LaGrave Barbara Upton
Patricia Crego Charles Liley Georgi Uribe
Teresa Crego Julie Lockart Betty VanDyke
Linda Daniels Morris Maduro George Vaughn
Chuck Darcy Paulette Manno Elizabeth Vecchione
Hilda Davila Bill Mounts Juan Vecchione
Carol Ann Davis Roderick MacDonell Chester Wiley
Mike DeCamp Lynette McGee Gerald Wilkins
Sylvia Demers Barbara McKenna Betty Willis
Barbara Donavan Isabel McKenzie Terry Zanakis

If you know any of the above addresses, please send
them to one of us:

Peggy (Flynn) Matty Leslie (Hendricks) Litzenberger
5 ironstone Drive 8 Tunbridge Road
Rochester, NY 14624 Haverford, PA 19041
(716) 426-1696

Where Are YOu?

Canal Records and correspondence has been
returned from the following members. Any information
regarding these members will be appreciated.




OCTOBER 21, 1992



We need all the addresses you can find. Where are you?
Please let us know. A small donation for postage would
be appreciated.


Kathryn (Argo) Taylor
4909 Mt. Almagosa Dr.
San Diego, CA 92111
(619) 277-5000


Nancy (Kariger) Eide
7726 Clover Blossom Ln. N.E.
Bremerton, WA 98310
(206) 692-4609

Barbara (Egolf) Dedeaux
8415 Loftin Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32514
(904) 478-6951





If anyone knows any of the above addresses, please
contact one of the following:

Alice (Fairbrother) Myers
2119 Coachman Road
Spring Hill, FL 34608
(904) 686-2641

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Apartado 6-343, El Dorado
Panama, Republica de Panama
(011-507) 64-3174

Robert E. and Pat (Heitman) Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Drive
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5084

Your Reporter Says *..


Eddie and I enjoyed the reunion very much this year
as we saw many old friends we had not seen in previous
years. A special thanks to Verna and Andy Kapinos who
made it possible for us to go to church along with Mary
McCullough. Enjoyed seeing an old friend, Bessie
Phillips from Sanford, FL. A lovely lady and a good
friend of my parents. Our daughter, Katie Woods and her
sons, Chris and Matt went to Orlando to go to Epcot
and Disneyworld at the same time as the reunion so on
Saturday she got together with dear friends Ginger and
Dick Zornes who are still residing in Panama. She also
saw a few of her classmates from Balboa High School.
Thank you Pat for a lovely and delicious reporter's
luncheon. After the reunion, we went to Stuart, FL to see
our son Eddie Jr. and wife, Becky.
Mania Nita was awarded the 1992 Bronze Panama
Canal Honorary Public Service Award for her
outstanding support to the Chocho Indians of Puerto
Indio and Bayamon, Darien. Since 1977, Ms Nita has
provided a market for their hand-crafted baskets. She
also gives lectures to educate the public on the Chocho
culture and assists the Indians by donating medicine and
toys, used clothing and spare parts.

Betty Kelleher, Margaret Hern, Veronica Barrentine,
Ida Dugas, Louise Hunt, Catherine Filo, Ester
Kaufman, Betty Huldtquist.

The following ladies cooked for the annual
International Cooking Festival sponsored by the Zonta
International and Medical Wives to maintain a home for
homeless and abused girls. Naturally we cooked under
the Panama name: Betty Kelleher, Louise Hunt, Veronica
Barrentine, Ester Kaufman, Betty Huldtquist, Ida Dugas,
Margaret Hern and Catherine Filo. I must say our table
was one of the best presented. Our blouses had mola
patches sewed by Ida Dugas.
Melissa Shannon McGriff graduated from the
University of Alabama on May 9, 1992 with honors (cum
laude) with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human
Environmental Sciences (Dietetica). She is continuing her
education at the University of Mississippi in Oxford
working on her Masters Degree in Exercise Science and
Leisure Management. She was given an Assistantship as
a Graduate Instructor at the University. She is the
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Corbin McGriff, Jr. (BHS'58)
of Jackson, MS and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Corbin McGriff, Sr. (Muriel Moore) of Dothan, AL.
Charles Forbes Davis graduated May 9,1992 from
the University of Alabama with a Masters of Public
Administration degree. He is the son of Charles and
Geri (McGriff) Davis (BHS'57) from Columbus, GA. He
is the grandson of Corbin and Muriel (Moore) McGriff,
Sr. of Dothan, AL.
Robert Mullins, wife Vernell and sons Mikeal,
Matthew and Dillon drove down from Wisconsin and
Kathleen Mullins flew from Austin, TX to visit Earl and
Mary Mullins before and after the reunion. While the
children were in Orlando enjoying the reunion, Earl and
Mary got acquainted with their grandson, Dillon. They
found out that caring for a one year old is a challenge for
older grandparents. Great grandmother, Mary Mallia and
John Mallia also enjoyed the family get together.
Pat (Ryan) Hunter's granddaughter, Wendy Hunter
will be married early August (see engagements) and after
the wedding Pat plans to visit her son, Bill and daughter-
in-law Susan (Alves) Hunter in Lee's Summit, MO.
Before returning to Dothan, she also plans to visit with
son Fred and his family in Tallahassee.
Enclosed are two pictures taken at one of our local


grocery stores. Every morning, some of the men and
sometimes some women sit at Brunos and talk over old
times in the Canal Zone. Mostly lies, I believe. The other
one was a chance encounter outside Brunos one morning
when Paul O'Donnell happened to have his camera with

Catherine Filo, Ann Calvit, Frances O'Sullivan,
Gloria Burgoon, Mary Dault, and Marie Bierbaum.

John Fallon, Russell Lawrence, Jim McNamara,
Jack Hern and Tom Etchberger

There are a lot of the younger generation who are
still residing in the Canal Zone visiting in Dothan before
and after the reunion with their parents. It was refreshing
to see them....the Hunt girls, Lorraine (Urey) Dugan,
Riley the Jim Riley family, the other Joe Riley
family, Fran and Jack Hern, Dick Hern, Rollo Winberg.
I know I missed some others.
We wish to congratulate Pat Urick and Hugh Norris
on their marriage in April in San Antonio, Texas. They
are now residing in Dothan. Much happiness!
Best of health and happiness to all!

Catherine (Whelan) Filo
(205) 794-0145


Whew! Central and Southern Arizona are well into
our triple-digit temperatures by now, though it is a dry
heat and not nearly as oppressive as it sounds. But Pat
(Arenz) Olson had the right idea! She escaped about ten
days of it over the July 4th weekend by taking her two
lovely daughters up to nearby Mt. Lemon in the Santa
Catalina mountains. Pat is a 1969 BHS grad.
Well, I know of one person who likes Arizona and
his good friends here enough to visit nearly every year for
a few days on his way to see children and grandchildren

in California: Dr. Frank Smith, formerly Assistant Chief
of Medicine at Gorgas Hospital. He visited Dr. Bob and
Evelyn Matheney in Sun City for three days in June, then
went over to call on Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl in Sun
City West. While he was at the Matheneys' he and Bob
got together for an enjoyable evening with Dr. Henry
Murphy, who was Chief of ENT at Gorgas while Frank
was there and Bob was Chief of Veterinary Medicine
with an office in the Admin. The three were neighbors in
Herrick Heights, or "Pill Hill" as some disrespectfully
termed it.
Dr. Frank has albums full of the annual pictures
taken of interns and residents at Gorgas, a renowned
training hospital, and was enlisting Bob's and Henry's
help in trying to identify them all. What fun! Before
leaving Arizona, Dr. Frank visited his uncle, Dr. Hugh
Smith, who is in a nursing home in Tucson. Please visit
us next time, Dr. Frank!
I must add that Dr. Henry Murphy, after leaving
Gorgas, became a Major General and later Commander
of Walter Reed Hospital. After being Bob Matheney's
neighbor in Herrick Heights, he is now, once again, a
neighbor of Bob's in Sun City!
We had a wonderful evening of Middle Eastern
food and belly dancing with Fritz Frey, Jr., and his
charming wife, Betty. The following day was Fritz Frey,
Sr.'s 96th birthday, but he was too busy painting a 7 ft.
tall fence in the back years of the home he shares with
Betty and Son, Fritz Jr., to notice. He also does all the
landscaping, which is really elegant. Fritz, Jr., and Betty
are commuting between this Tucson home and Bahia
Kino, Mexico, where they are building a beach home
fronting on the Sea of Cortez.

Betty and Fritz Frey, summer of 1992 at Florida
Fritz and Betty report that they had the most
wonderful time at the Florida Reunion in June, where
Fritz served as M.C. at his CHS'42 anniversary.
They drove out to Florida and visited many friends
on the way, including relatives of Betty's in North
Carolina to continue helping in the genealogy research of
Betty's family, and their son, Karl, a helicopter pilot with
the U.S. Coast Guard in Clearwater, Florida.

L-R: Craig, Jeanne Marie, and Lisa (Parks)
Boatwright. Florida, June 1992.
Ann (Trimble) and Charlie Parks report that they
flew to Port St. Lucie, FL, June 1-14 for the high school
graduation of their eldest grandchild, Jeanne Marie
Boatwright, daughter of Lisa (Parks) and Craig
Boatwright. Jeanne graduated 17th in a class of 397 and
is the recipient of $40,000 in scholarship money because
of her high honors. She left after graduating for a trip to
England, France, Switzerland and Italy; a wonderful
experience for a budding history teacher.
Anne and Charlie
also visited with their
youngest grandchild,
Hannah Meredith Parks,
who was one year old in
March, and her parents,
Dana and Charles Parks.
That little family also lives
in Port St. Lucie. They then
visited with Anne's brother,
George Trimble, and his
wife, Leona, in Jacksonville,
.22 and had a great family
Charlie Parks with weekend (23 members!) at
granddaughter Hannah. Busch Gardens, Tampa.
Anne tells us that she
talked to Alice (Brayton) Mix, in Huachuca City, AZ,
and she is pleased with their mobile home and busy fixing
up the interior decor. She is so glad to have her two sons,
Jack Lowery and Vernon, and their wives living nearby.
Jane (Dickson) and Danny Cox drove over 6,300
miles from Tucson to Bangor, Maine and back in June,
to attend a family wedding and reunion there. The last
unmarried son of Jane's brother, David Dickson, Jr.,
"Dabby" to most Zonians, was being married on June 6.
The groom's name was James, after his Scottish great-
grandfather, and the beautiful, multi-talented bride's
name is Kimberley. Jim and Kim, isn't that marvelous?
The newlyweds left the next day for a three week
honeymoon in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and
England, so pictures are not available by the time of this
deadline. Pictures and details will be in the December
1992 issue.

We had a wonderful visit with Dabby's widow, Jane
Dickson (who got my birth name when she married my
brother!). Jane is an R.N. and is chief nurse of the
oncology department of the Maine Medical Center. My
sister (And Dabby's), Donna Dondanville, was there from
Sanford,FL, and not having seen each other for five
years that was a delight. Then Jane's sisters and
brother-in-law, who gave the rehearsal dinner for all of
us, and a post-reception party also, are the most
delightful people; altogether a memorable trip.
On our way home we visited with another Dickson
cousin in Virginia, Allen Dickson, whom I had not seen
since he was three months old and I was 3-1/2 years old.
The next day we tried our hands at digging for
diamonds at the Diamond Crater State Park in Arkansas;
although we are now officially diamond miners, we came
away with clay-ey, but empty hands.
The October meeting for the Panama Canal
Society of Arizona will be at the Wyndham Gardens
Hotel, Chandler, AZ. on October 24. See
Announcements and Dates to Remember.

Jane (Dickson) Cox
(602) 298-3147


Our weather has turned much better since my return
from the Panama Canal Society of Florida reunion. Let
me say that I had a very enjoyable time at the reunion
and my congratulations to all of those concerned with the
running of the reunion. Keep up the good work.
As president of our local group, I wish to announce
that the fall get-together will be held at the Harvest
Buffet in the Dixieland Mall at Rogers, AR., on Sunday,
October 11, 1992, from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. and the all
inclusive cost will be $7.25. Please mark this date on your
calendar and I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Betty McGilberry accompanied a group from
Bentonville Methodist Church to Evergreen, CO., for a
week and had a very enjoyable time.
Addie Colclasure has been staying close to home
trying to keep cool. Daughter Marion took a trip to
Colorado to visit friends and this fall will be the high
school librarian. Grandson Freddie graduated from the
University of Arkansas and will be employed by the
University this summer.
Jack and Joan Corliss enjoyed a week at Gulf
Shores, Ala.
Betty and Buckeye Swearingen are expected for a
visit and a side trip to Branson, MO., is anticipated.
Evelyn Engelke had a good trip with her sister
Frances Elmendorf to Princeton, Ill. Also, had Shirley
and Billy Engelke from Los Banos, Cal. here for a visit
of eight days along with her sister-in-law Betty Cotta and
her grandson Chris Sell from Hanford, CA. Side trips to
Branson, MO., and Eureka Springs, AR. were greatly
Kathleen and Willard Huffman enjoyed the Panama
Canal Reunion with two sons, Jim and Will and Will's
wife Cathy and four little ones. "After the reunion we
took off for Cypress Gardens to spend Sunday and

returned home on Monday. We are grieved at the loss of
Gerald Callahan, husband of Elinor (Donohue) Callahan
(CHS'50). Gerry died in Commack, NY, June 9, 1992
after an extended illness.
Etta Faye Terrell met daughter Andrea and her
husband Paul in Boston for a trip to Nova Scotia and
New Brunswick, Canada. Took in all the tourist
attractions on way back through Augusta and Rockport,
Maine and Boston, Salem, Gloucester, Mass., and back
Maxine Reinhold spent the Fourth of July in
Columbus, Ohio and greatly enjoyed the "Red, White and
Boom" fireworks show with son Richard and his wife,
Laura. Daughter Barbara from Minneapolis, Miss. was
there also. Took a cruise from Los Angeles, CA to San
Juan, P.R. and through the Panama Canal. While
transiting Canal at Miraflores saw the Panama Railroad
train passing and it looked "horrible".
Nobby Keller flew to Washington, D.C. for two weeks
and a family reunion. While there, he attended the
wedding of grandniece Kelly Powell. Peggy Keller is going
to California and then to Las Vegas for her Mother's
92nd birthday. The Magee family will enjoy a family
reunion in conjunction with the birthday celebration.
Marilyn Annen has been here helping son Marty,
getting his property in shape. Is returning to Panama and
a job as Chief of Education Division in the Department
of Defense Schools.
Harold and Jerry Harp had as visitors from Colorado
their daughters Jacquelyn and husband Rod Walker and
son Ben; Laurie and sons Zeke and Eli; and Mary.
Alice and William "Red" Nail attended the Society
reunion in Orlando but had to fly into Tampa because of
late reservations for the low price fares. Jerry and Cathy
Denton and her mother, Pat Detamore drove them back
to Tampa on Sunday following the reunion. Arrived
home, packed up motorhome and went to Alabama for
Nail family reunion.
John and Polly Michaelis have had to change plans
for trip to the west coast because of the promotion
received by their son which resulted in the changing of
his vacation time. John enjoyed Republican Convention
because of his New York connections.
Mary Lou Engelke attended the Society reunion in
Orlando and while there had a family reunion with her
sons and daughters and also Haines reunion with her
brothers and sisters and grandchildren.
Harold and Rita Grammer report that her father,
Herbert Engelke and wife, Willa are doing as good as
can be expected in Springfield, MO. Otherwise, things
have been quiet at the Grammer homestead so far this
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders celebrated "family
month" from late May until late July. First of all, Bruce
III and Sandy drove over from Piano, Texas for a three
day visit in May. Jack and daughter, Jacqueline Sanders
flew in from San Jose, CA. for a four day visit in mid
June. Two days of that visit were spent in Branson, MO.
where all attended the Mel Tillis show and "The
Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre". Then in July,
Bruce III and Sandy flew in from Dallas/Ft.Worth for a
four day visit. While at the family "casita", Bruce III took
care of some repair jobs Mom and Dad are no longer
able to handle. Bruce and Dorothy say "we sure love to
see them come, but we really hate to see them leave".
Fern H. Glass (Mrs. Karl) hosted a 100th birthday

celebration for her Mother, Leona M. Harris. Mrs.
Harris was born in Kansas on June 11, 1892 and lived a
number of years in Texas before moving near Newton,
Iowa where she spent most of her life. She has resided
with Fern in Diamond City, AR. since 1985. Attending
the birthday dinner were Fern's brother, Howard Harris
and eleven of his family from Bellingham, WA. and
Whittier, Iowa; Fern's daughter Sylvia Glass Landrum,
husband Mack, and children Misty and CM from Gatun,
R.P.; son Dan and Kathy Glass with Laura and Luis;
Karen Glass Rothe and Justin from Vancouver, WA.,
daughter Edna Glass Knight and Charlie Auer and
Jason from Murfreesboro, TN.; daughter Kathy Glass
Mika; daughter Mary Glass Hixson and four cousins.
Sunday, June 14th was also a special day with an open
house and pot luck dinner. About 25 arrived with food
and everyone enjoyed visiting. Mayor William H. Hicks
proclaimed June 11, 1991 as Leona Harris Day in
Diamond City, AR.
Susan and Dick Burdette had a short visit with her
son Michael Pedersen, wife Vivian and children Stephen,
Joshua, and Natasha. This was the first time for Susan
to see her grandchildren. While here they also dropped
in on your reporter and he enjoyed seeing his great
Bud Balcer accompanied by his son Paul Rhoads
enjoyed a very successful automobile trip to Orlando to
attend the Society reunion. I had a great time meeting
"old friends" and postal employees that I worked with.
Once again, congratulations and a job well done to all of
those who contributed to the success of the reunion.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754

The latter part of May, Carl and Petie Maedl drove
to Charleston, IL. to attend the high school graduation of
their grandson, Carl Gutowski, and to visit for a week
with the Gutowski family, including daughter, Pam, and
other grandson, Frank. Vincent Gutowski and Jennifer
were away on a University science field trip. The Maedls
went on to Minnesota, spending one day en route in the
interesting old lead-mining town of Galena, IL. They also
visited the renowned "House Built on a Rock" near
Spring Green, WI. In Minneapolis, they visited their
other daughter and family, Pat and Jim Krough and
three grandchildren. While there, they attended the
wedding of a grandniece, which brought together a
goodly number of Maedl relatives from all over the
country. Part of the reunion festivities included spending
four days at a resort on Atsokan Island, located on Rainy
Lake, which borders Minnesota and Canada. Carl even
had a chance to catch some walleyes. They also had a
good visit with former Zonians, Jim and Grace Pfau, who
live at Covenant Manor in Golden Valley, MN. The
Pfaus remain very active. Both assist in a tutoring
program. Jim still likes to sing and sings in a number of
choral groups and in September will be part of a male
chorus from Minneapolis traveling to Norway and
Sweden to put on a series of concerts in churches there.
Minnie and Mike Burton were visited in June and
early July by Minnie's daughter, Judy Crooks Baily of
Houston, TX. Judy recently retired from her position as
a disclosure officer with the Internal Revenue Service,

has purchased a house in Fayetteville and expects to be
moved into her new home by September 1.
Following the Panama Canal Reunion in Florida,
Andrea Lee Collins, daughter of Frances Whitlock,
accompanied her mother to Fayetteville and remained for
a week's visit before returning home to St. Louis, MO.
Early in July, Mary Condon flew to California to visit
her sister, Laura Tallone. She then accompanied the
Tallones to a week-long Stindt family reunion at Lake
Tahoe. Forty-six members of the first to fourth
generations of the family attended. A week after the
reunion, one of Mary's grandnieces was married on the
"Queen Mary", which is moored in the harbor on Long
Beach, CA, and Mary attended the wedding. She planned
to visit a number of her Panama Canal retired friends
before returning to Arkansas on July 29.
In mid-July, Winona and Keith York enjoyed a visit
from Winona's daughter, Carrie Smith Davis of
Grenoble, France. They were joined later by Carrie's
husband, Jim Davis and her brother, Kelly Smith of
Houston, TX.
Harry and Lee Butz continue to be active in
community service in Springdale. For years they have
delivered meals once a week as part of the Elderly
Nutrition Program. Having been trained in the Laubach
Literacy Program, they are both tutoring, and, at present,
Lee has two students and Harry one. Lee is currently
Washington County Global Issues Chairman of Family
and Community Education, which is connected with the
University Extention program. The program emphasis
this year is on "Literacy". The Butzes celebrated Father's
Day in Broken Arrow, OK. Their daughter, Esther Clair,
and husband Bill hosted a buffet for three generations of
the Butz fathers, which besides Harry included Peter, Sr.
and Peter, Jr. Other guests were daughter-in-law, Janice,
with sons George and Jason; granddaughter-in-law, April
and great grandchildren Peter III and Elizabeth.
Mildred and Ed Higgins' fifteenth great grandchild
was born in June, namely Carl Joseph Downing, in
Sewall, NJ. Mildred reports that she swims twice a week
at the Park Inn pool, which keeps her in very good shape.
She claims she can still do all the strokes she learned
from Henry Greiser in the Canal Zone.
Bob Folsom, son of Veva and Jim Folsom, teaches
science and social studies in the fifth grades at
Farmington, AR. His wife, Joett, teaches at an
elementary school in Fayetteville. Their daughter
Tabitha, 11, spent a week at church camp in Shreveport,
LA. They also have a son, Rusty, who is 7.
Luke Palumbo's stepdaughter, Vivky Terry, was
married July 11 to Kenneth Felig in Fayetteville. Visiting
Luke and Betty at the time were Luke Palumbo, Jr., and
Jim Palumbo from Panama. The Feligs planned to return
to Colombia to continue their work with the Wycliff
Bible ministry. Later, Luke and Luke Jr. drove to
Excelsior Springs, MO to visit Luke's gradnson and
family, Dean and Kathy Travis and their twin boys, age
6. Judy Palumbo Gates of Fairfield, IA, received her
Masters degree in Library Science at the University of
Iowa on July 31. Judy's husband, Bob Gates, recently
returned from a trip to Israel, at which time he engaged
in an archaeological "dig."

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


In the out of date but never too late department,
Bud and Joanne Allen of Colorado Springs enjoyed a
very special full house during the Christmas holidays last
December, and submitted the following: "Brian and wife,
Carol, drove over from Topeda, Kansas. Brian had just
graduated with honors from Washburn University School
of Nursing. Bill traveled across country from Ft. Bragg,
N.C., surprising Brian at his graduation. The year before,
Bill had spent eight months with Desert Storm in Saudi
Arabia and Iraq. Beverly and Ernie Winberg and children
Eric, Nina, Lesley, and Aaron flew in from Daphne, AL.,
and Lori and Lincoln Gayagas with Leah and Zack were
there from Waipahu, Hawaii. Steve lives in Colorado
Springs. They all enjoyed the beautiful Colorado weather
and managed to squeeze in some skiing, ice skating and
sledding. Everyone missed Stuart! His unit had spent
several weeks in northern Iraq, but he's now back in
northern Italy. He wasn't able to come home for

Joanne and Bud Allen with Lori, Bill, Beverly, Brian,
and Steve. Sosa Hill in background.
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy visited her daughter in
Sarasota during February to celebrate her
granddaughter's 7th birthday. She hopes to return to
Florida for the reunion this summer, escaping arid
Colorado for the floods of '92. Norma (Evans) and Al
Harrington also plan to attend the reunion, driving from
Colorado to Birmingham where they will pick up
Norma's sister, Muriel and her husband. Along with
Helen (Edwards) Magan and her husband Ray, they all
have big plans to revive old friendships at the Pedro
Miguel (they always were a select group) luncheon.
Roy and Dot Kennedy of Englewood wrote to say
that their granddaughter, Kristin Wennberg, daughter of
Beth Kennedy Wennberg of Edmonds, Washington, was
selected recently as one of nine applicants from the U.S.
and Canada to attend a six week seminar in Stockholm,
Sweden, sponsored by the Swedish Institute. As part of
the selection process, the applicants had to write an essay
on some environmental issue, and Kristin apparently won
a special award for finally solving the gridlock problem in

front of Panzer's house during the Christmas holidays.
The attendees were entertained royally (empanadas from
Don Sammys no doubt) and learned about Swedish
media, businesses, and government. Kristin recently
completed her Master's degree at American University in
Washington, D.C. and lives in Bethesda, MD.
Mary Jane (Ugarte) Weade called to find out how
she could advertise her cruise business in the Canal
Record, and in the process reported that Capt. Fred was
out on the golf course tuning up his game before son
Mike and his wife Jan arrive for a visit with their three
children later this summer. Their older son, Fred and his
wife Barbara are doing well and have a ten year old
daughter Jennifer. Finally, Mary Jane (daughter) and her
husband Russ are expecting a second child in August.
Pictures are coming.
Speaking of golf, Will Nordstrom is threatening to
come to Colorado to challenge his brother George of Ft.
Collins to a match of titans. Actually, inside sources have
it that George has joined the Colorado fitness movement
while Will may soon be the Titanic if he doesn't lay off
the burritos. Will has been working over Gene Hermany
(now in security work in Chicago) to prepare himself, but
gets most of his exercise these days trying to outrun
muggers on his delivery route in Miami.
Stew Brown
(303) 440-7306



Many people has past-reunion visitors. Grace Schack
Wilson had Jean Rabiteau Coffey as a houseguest for a
week. Jean enjoyed seeing many old friends at the
reunion and seeing Grace after a span of 48 years.
Needless to say, these two childhood friends had a lot of
'catching up' to do.
During her hospitalization and recuperation, Sara
Rowley's daughter, June Stevenson came from Atlanta to
be with her mother. We are happy to know that Sara's
post-operative course has progressed nicely.
Margaret Leigh went to Holland and Belgium during
the end of June to mid-July for three weeks to represent
the women golfers of the West Coast of Florida. She
participated in the European Amateur women golfers
Thanks for 'Father's Day' as I'm sure many fathers
in this area enjoyed the day with their children who had
attended the Reunion. Among those fortunate fathers
was Bud Williams who was surprised by his son, Pat,
who had flown in from Panama. Son Paul came from
Atlanta, too. Pat then spent the rest of the week with his
parents in Palm Harbor. While there, his mother fixed a
Chinese dinner for him and his two childhood buddies,
Bob Parthenais and Bob Medinger.
How did Gladys Mead ever accommodate all of her
houseguests Ann Wood Suescum, Sonia Valle and Ann
Richardson? After the reunion, the girls were off to Ann
Richardson's home in North Carolina and elsewhere, too
numerous to name.

The first ever Schools Division brought together
many teachers, principals and administrative people.
After the reunion, Margaret Leigh's houseguests were
Vivian DeLaMater Simons and Teresa Arrington. Vivian
is a former teacher and Teresa is the Principal of
Howard Elementary School. Passing through the area
were Anita Seifert, Wanda Fanning and Bruce and
Sandy Sanders. All were royally entertained by Margaret.
Shannon Mate and her fiance Kevin Huaman met
her mother, Colleen Lawson Mate at the reunion. While
there, they partied with Williams relatives, Bud, Bev, Pat
and Paul. Also present were her aunt Stephanie Lawson
Menges and her husband, Paul. They were there to
attend Paul's class reunion.
In July, Marie Haggerty Ewing spent 10 days with
her childhood girlfriend, Grace Schack Wilson. While in
town, they attended the regular Panama Canal Society of
Florida meeting. Their numbers were called during the
distribution of door prizes, but unfortunately they had left
before the drawing. Better luck next time, girls!
Marie Corrigan, Helen Katz, Maria Hunsecker and
Margaret Lawson were guests at a birthday dinner for
Anne Williams' 89th birthday.
Since moving into this area, Joe Smith attended his
first Panama Canal Society of Florida meeting. I'm sure
he'll me motivated to attend more often as he was
favorably impressed by finding many of his old friends,
enjoyed the covered dish luncheon, and winning a pocket
calculator as one of the door prizes!
Off to Panama again was Jo Attia. When she returns,
I must ask her about the destructive twister that ripped
through Panama City in mid-July. As far as I know, this
was the first time a twister had hit this area. Does anyone
remember if this ever happened before. I remember it
rained frogs or fish a few times in my lifetime.
Bob and Carolyn Johnson had a nice mid-July visit
with son Rusty Smith and children, Owen and Jessica.
Rusty's wife, Sheila, was unable to be there as she was
taking courses for her master's degree at a college in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Pat Beall, our editor, left shortly after the reunion to
visit his youngest son, Bob, his wife Laurie, and his 'new'
granddaughter, Jordan, in Calistoga, California. Bob
showed his father the huge winery he had drawn the
plans for and supervised construction. Pat was proud to
say, when a receptionist asked them if they wanted a
tour, he replied, "I don't think so, my son built this place
and I think he knows his way around." Although his visit
was short, they enjoyed each other's company.


Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Dohle, formerly of Fort Davis,
Canal Zone, at the St. Louis, Missouri Airport

On his stop-over at St. Louis, Missouri, Pat met his
old friend, and his wife, Bob Dohle and his wife, Mecia
for a quick drink between changing planes. Bob worked
for USACC as foreman of the Atlantic side, while Pat
was on the Pacific side. Unfortunately, during the short
layover, they couldn't reminisce too long.
The Jack Tabers Sr. enjoyed a 2-week visit with
daughter Alice and family in June. Young Jack Jr.,
spouse Donna, and their two children, ages 11 and 12,
came from Petaluma, CA. From Willow Grove, PA,
came daughter Carlene and spouse, Andrew Zemitis with
their 2 children and a granddaughter. The Taber gang
were joined at the condo on Indian Rocks Beach by
Dennis and Wendy Cotton Corrigan as well as Fernando
and Lois Stevens Paredes. All had a great 2 weeks on the
beach and hope to do it again next year.

Betty Chan Snow
Reporter pro-tem.
(813) 799-4769

East Central Coast

It seems as though every Zonian past and present
was in my backyard this past month attending the 1992
Panama Canal Zone Reunion. For the third consecutive
year the reunion was held in Orlando at the Twin Towers
Hotel and judging by the growing attendance each year
it seems to be a very popular meeting place. As usual,
reunions within reunions were held and the Pedro Miguel
reunion brought over 40 of my family together for the
first time for over 15 years. The Hatchetts came from as
far away as Washington State, Idaho, California, South
Florida, Louisiana and Panama to whoop it up. Family
and friends filled an entire wing at Casa Gallardo's on
Saturday night, but family patriarch Fred Hatchett was
just biding his time till the young folks headed for bed so
he could find the room parties. (His nephew Bill
Hatchett diligently leading the way.) Where? GOTCHA!
Each year brings many new faces and old ones come
around for the first time. It took a 20-year BHS Reunion
to get Keller Heard and his wife Janet here from Texas,
but I hope they enjoyed themselves enough to come back
again. On the Volleyball Court for the first time this year,
I made some new friends (I hope). Larry, Reuben, Scott,
Bob and I came in fourth. (Never mind that there were
only four teams). Family politics you understand guys, I
had to let my brother-in-law Jay Gibson's team win.
Orlando is definitely a hot spot for Zonians in June,
but judging from the addresses in the Directory it should
be all year long. As a new Society member myself I was
stunned to find over 90 addresses in the East Coast to
Orlando area with no one reporting on the goings on! I'd
like to remedy that right now by offering to be your
liaison to the Canal Record. (Offer accepted. Ed.) If you
live in this area, or anywhere near, or will be passing
through anytime in the future, please give me a holler
and let me write you up. My address is 1425 Hernandes
Drive, Orlando, FL 32808 and my phone is (407) 299-
6919. If I'm not home, please leave your message on the
machine and I'll check back with you if I need more
details. I'm looking forward to meeting some new friends
and maybe renewing some old acquaintances. Keep me

I have received one piece of news from fellow-
reporter Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey. It seems her son
Donald Humphrey had a pre-reunion wild-hog barbeque
at his home in Palm Bay. Guests swam in the pond and
enjoyed horseback riding. Those attending were Danna
Humphrey Moorhead and her son Glenn Michael,
Dellrie (Humphrey) and her fiancee, Richard Strickland;
Geoff and Eileen (Cox) Cowell (Maryland), and other
Space Coasters such as Bill and Carolyn Price, Joan
(McKenzie) Kozar, Russ and Elena (DeBoyrie)
Oberholtzer, "Lanky" Flores and his fiancee Judy, Dr.
Ronald and Wilma Moore, Dr. Evelyn Barraza, Sandra
(Hughes) Claflin, her daughter Forrest and grandchild
Jessica, Ed and Cindy (Moore) Forsythe and son Dillon,
John and Sue (Phillips) Fisher and their two children,
and Bob and Lotty Orvis. Attending all the way from
Balboa, R.P. was Doug Phillips. Please take note of my
address Donald, I'd love to get an invite next year!
I just returned from the Northeast myself this last
week in July after dropping Havana off for Advanced
Training in Long Island, NY. Many of you met him this
reunion and last, and if so, you know he is a Canine
Companion for Independance being trained to work with
a physically disabled person other than the blind. My first
dog, Ghener, who was at the reunion three years ago, is
living in Gainesville now with a young girl with Spina
Bifida. As I write this my third pup is already here from
California to begin his training with me. You will be
meeting Gray, I'm sure, at the '93 Reunion. On my way
North I stopped off to spend the night with Gelena Trout
in Baltimore. Not only did she put up three travelers and
three dogs for the night, she even had a cook-out in our
honor. We passed through Philadelphia the next day and
took Bill Hatchett, Jr. and his fiance Wendy into New
York with us. Or rather, he took us. It was quite an
introduction to the streets of Manhattan trying to keep
up with Bill's U-turns and stops for directions. Not even
Panama City driving prepared me for this. But it did
bolster my courage enough to get me back into the city
the next day from Long Island to spend the most
incredible day in Central Park.
From Edna Rogers: Helen Lang of New York spent
a week with her mother Edna Rogers, in Orlando. She
came down to meet her niece Olivia Anne Rogers and to
participate in the christening (See BIRTHS).
Marian Bowen is out of the hospital and feeling
great. She and Edna Rogers will be going down to
Panama in July.
Eddielynne (Lowande) Lam and Karen (Lowande)
Nagy spent a week in Panama as houseguests of Bill and
Edna Rogers. They had a wonderful time and it was good
to be home.
Edna Rogers
Orlando, FL

I will be heading North again in March to meet
Havana's new owner when he graduates. I'll have to
check my Directory for a Zonian in the area who can
give me good tips on other great places in the City.
I'm anxious to hear from everyone in East Central
Florida. Get in touch!

Kerry L.K. Young
(407) 299-6919

St. Petersburg

About the Reunion, how thankful we are to attend
the Panama Canal Reunion. Many thanks to those who
did so much to have it turn out so well. The Reunion
was better than ever. So many beautiful memories.
A card from George and Virginia Tully saying they
are vacationing in North Carolina.
Also, a card from Vera Greer enjoying a trip to
Cody, Wyoming visiting friends and on to Montana and
California and home to Florida.
Here is a follow-up on my last article in the June
Canal Record: Title "Who Dey?" Title of the follow-up
article should be "55 years later". For those who did not
know the Clarke brothers who lived on Carr Street in
1926, I hope some of the folks will be waiting for this
follow-up photo that was taken 55 years later after the
photo in the June Canal Record. On the left is Howard
Clarke and on the right is Leslie Clarke. Howard lives
in St. Pete, Florida and Leslie lives in Chorrera,
Republica de Panama. And I am happy to say the
brothers are still doing well after this photo was taken in
1981, eleven years ago. I hope this tickled a few funny
Hasta Luego, Howard (Bugle) Clarke!

Who dey? Dey is (L) Howard Clarke and (R) Leslie
Lorraine (Sousa) Grose has a miniature Vietnamese
potbellied pig. Her name is Sweet Petunia. She is
registered and weighs 85 lbs. She is friendly only to me
and likes fruits and vegetables. Loves to wallow in the
mud and wouldn't trade her for anything.
Do you know the monthly meetings and delicious
covered dishes are truly loved by all.
Do you know that when you attend the meetings
you can make new friends.
Do you know that no matter how long you have not
attended a meeting you will be inspired when you attend,
by our President Robert Van Siclen and wife, Nancy, and
many others we spent our years with in the Canal Zone.
Do you know that memories last and passing years
come to a halt?
Gertrude Allgaier
(813) 546-2245

On Father's Day, George and Mayno Walker enjoyed
a special visit from their daughters, Mickey W. Fitzgerald
of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. and Carole W. Miller of
Tampa, Florida, prior to their afternoon flight to
Anchorage, Alaska for a two-week vacation with another
daughter, Jeanne W. Wagner and family. Their pre-
planned calendar arranged with Jeanne was full of
activities from morning till night (which comes about 2:00
A.M. in the summer). A short camping trip; a visit to
DeNoli Park; a visit to Mt. McKinley; a Dog Sled
performance ; "The Whole Fat Follies;" and going to the
Wolf-Dog Puppy Fair. The Wagners have three large
beautiful wolf dogs.
The highlight of their trip was fishing for salmon on
Jeanne's birthday and each caught the limit, weighing
between 35 and 45 pounds each, which they fileted and
brought home to share with family and friends.
Their trip ended at a family gathering at George
Walker's home in Sarasota, where they retold their
experiences with an album of photographs and souvenirs.
They are already planning another longer trip.
P.C. pilot Capt. Ove Hultin and wife, Billie spent ten
days in Sarasota at their retirement home in the
Meadows. Billie's son, Charles Crump, on vacation from
his job in the Zone, with wife, Barbara and two children
were visiting Sarasota and stayed an additional month at
his parents' home before returning to Panama.
Frances Days Jones entertained the visitors at a
dinner party. She also enjoyed a visit with Margaret
Coro, of Bradenton, sister of Fran's late husband, Don
Lt. Jeffrey P. Nelson, son of Kathleen and the late
"Bip" Nelson was promoted to Captain on October 1991
while on duty in Hawaii, where he just finished his tour
before the Christmas holidays. He and his wife, Mary
Ann and three-year old daughter, Leeann, spent
Christmas week with his mother, Kay, in Sarasota before
reporting to Fort Sam Houston to attend two Officer's
training courses. Jeff and family spent ten days in
Panama as houseguests of cousin Capt. Tim Kirby of
LaBoca, Panama. They also spent a weekend in El Valle
as guests of Leon and Ceil Greene.
Jeff was born on Good Friday, April 16, 1965. His
mother spent Easter weekend, including Jeff's birthday,
in San Antonio this year. Jeff will be reporting for his
next tour in Long Island, NY in August.
Myrtle Hughes was the guest of her daughter,
Sandra (Hughes) Claflin at her home in Merritt Island,
FL. With her, she watched the lift-off of the space ship
Endeavor, from Cape Canaveral.
A luxurious floating hotel is how Al and Miriam
Bissett would describe the Royal Caribbean ship, the
Sovereign of the Seas. Their weeks cruise last June took
them to St. Thomas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and finally
a day on the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas.
While Miriam was in a travel agent's seminar for two
mornings, Al enjoyed the deck chairs.
In late April, Miriam was one of the select group of
travel agents invited by the Wales Tourist Board to see
the country with an official guide. The agents enjoyed the
week's travel and were entertained as honored guests in
a circle tour of the country. Miriam remembers the
Welsh as charming people in a beautiful land.


Marion (Neely) Greene hosted the Monday morning
coffee group for members and their guests following the
Panama Canal Society annual reunion in Orlando, a
tradition Marion started many years ago. The group sang
songs with Nellrie Berger of Signal Mountain, TN and to
the accordian music of Stella (Boggs) DeMarr of
Bradenton, FL. This was Mike and Marion Greene's 28th
Panama Canal Reunion. They haven't missed a reunion
since they moved to Sarasota in 1964.
Lee and Marion Kariger entertained with a dinner
party in their home in Windmill Village, Sarasota,
honoring his son-in-law and daughter, Darrell and Nancy
(Kariger) Eide, before they returned home to
Bremerton, WA, following the reunion. Later in the
month, the Karigers left for their summer home in
Murphy, NC.
Allen and Kay Miller enjoyed their house guest,
Nellrie Berger for several days before she returned home
after the reunion. Later in the summer, the Miller's
daughter, Margie, of Monument, CO, and her husband,
Don Scheiwe, and daughter Melinda Kay, arrived for a
visit. While here they took a trip to EPCOT and San
Marco Island.
Donald Humphrey of Palm Bay, FL and Debbie
Frost of Tampa, visited his mother, Gladys Humphrey to
report on their trip to Panama. They were the guests of
Jimmy Palumbo and Wendy Sasso, pals and best friends
since early school days.

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Best of friends in Panama Wendy Sasso, Jim
Palumbo, Don Humphrey.
There were several parties and get-togethers with
friends and former classmates. Highlights were a trip to
the Interior, beautiful beaches, visits to old home sites
and shopping for souvenirs.
Mary (Rossetti) and Lawrence Wirfs moved from
Gaithersburg, MD to Nokomis in 1990. Lawrence retired
from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington,
D.C. Mary (BHS'46) is the daughter of Teresa and John
L. Rossetti, formerly chief comptroller in the Accounting
Department and left the Isthmus in 1948. As new
members of the Society, Mary attended her first class
reunion in Orlando, which she enjoyed. She was joined by
Betty (Snedeker) Smith, (BHS'46) of Jacksonville, FL
and were happy to see that of a class of 152 graduates, 90
classmates attended. She was impressed with the
Panamanian Dancers.

South Florida

In May Oscar Nuncio and I went on a three day
canoe trip on the Peace River with Jackie (Kerr) and
Jerry Johnson and about 30 friends of theirs from Lake
Worth. The Peace River is northwest of Lake
Okeechobee and beautiful during the spring. We saw
flowers actually blooming before our eyes at dusk. What
a great time!
Of course we went to the reunion in Orlando and
had a wonderful time. Bob and Nancy Van Siclen really
do a terrific job. I helped Pat Beall in the hospitality
department and had a lot of fun. We don't realize how
much work it takes to have a successful reunion. I can
speak from experience that volunteers are needed! It only
takes a couple of hours and you will see people that you
might not otherwise see. We saw Dave Smith and Jim
Fish at the reunion this year, (not at the hospitality suite)
two Gambodians that we haven't seen in a long time!
I brought my niece Jamie Mullins down to Miami
after the reunion and she stayed with her cousins
Michelle and Russell Rendon in Cooper City. Karen
(Newlon) Mullins came down with her other daughter,
Kaycee to pick up Jamie after a couple of weeks. We
(including Diana (Newlon) Rendon) went to the
Metrozoo in Miami and had a great time.
The Gaul's are doing well and Lee Gaul is expecting
another child. This will be their third and a lucky kid too
as their house is full of love and there is a room devoted
entirely to toys! Kenny Gaul was recently with Tommy
Nickisher at an arena football game in St. Petersburg.
They were supposed to meet up with Richard Frensley
and Roy Reyes. Never did see them, but they did sit next
to Shiela Rose and Susie Kelleher. What a small world,
huh? Oh yes, Kenny says to say hello to his brother, Dave
Gaul up in Punta Verde. Hello Dave. Speaking of
Frensleys, Tom and Mary (Jablonski) Frensley are new
home owners. Congratulations!
Kelly (Cahill) Parthenais recently celebrated her
birthday. Her siblings, Rick, Robin and Gerri came down
from Tampa with friends, Mark and Mac for a weekend
on South Beach. We had a wonderful italian dinner
accompanied by the sounds of a latin group who played
all our favorite songs like Panameno. They clapped for us
when we left as we had danced so much.
Karyn Dumas was here recently to see her
grandfather who has been ill. I visited with her sister,
Sharon (Dumas) Hoffman and her husband, Douglas
who live in Homestead. They have three boys, two who
are four year old twins!
Both Oscar and I and Kelly (Cahill) and Jim
Parthenais recently visited Panama. Needless to say, it
was great to be back at the center of the world. Isla
Grande, San Blas, Barro Colorado, Taboga, fishing,
snorkeling, hiking we did it all. Oh yes, we can't forget
to mention the pizza and clams at the Napoli. A special
thanks and hearty hello from us to all of you guys down
there. I strongly urge anyone wanting to return to do so
before 1999. "Home is where the heart is" and it sure was
good to be home!
That's all folks!

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525


On May 30, Skip Rowley organized the first of what
he hopes to be an annual Tallahassee Springtime picnic.
There were 78 Zonian's in attendance. We had many
games planned but the rain beat us out. Everyone
brought their own meats and a covered dish to share, and
Skip and Cash Paulsen did all the cooking. It was a
success and we are looking forward to having another one
nPvt upnr

Tallahassee Picnic
Sharon and Mike Smith had a little get together for
Mike Smith Jr., who came to Tallahassee for the
Emerald Coast Golf Tournament. They had some
Panama Canal friends over to include: Sue and Larry
Corrigan, Bonnie and L.B. Wilson, Jan Wilson, John
Schmidt, Jan Whitney and sister Judy Binns, Bev and
Skip Rowley. Both Mike, Mike Jr. and Larry Corrigan
discussed, demonstrated and delighted in the subject of
golf while the rest of us swapped Panama tales.
News from the Paulsen clan is that Judy (Paulsen)
Weaver and son Brian left Tallahassee in June to make
their home in Beaufort, N.C. Leo Paulsen and family,
Orin Clement and family, Wally Brian and family, Woody
and Linda Gregory all went over to Beaufort for a Gatun
reunion with Janet (Clute) Riggs and Judy Weaver.
A week before the reunion, Sue and Larry Corrigan
hosted a "Kissing and Hugging" party to get ready for
Orlando. She served up a delicious Johnnie Mazzetti
dinner. In attendance were Mary Jane and Cash Paulsen,
John Schmidt, Sharon and Mike Smith, Rick and Keith
Meade, and Skip and Beverly Rowley. Enroute to the
reunion we drove to Clearwater to visit with Skip's
mother Sara Rowley who had just had major surgery. She
was very upset that she had to miss the reunion. After
visiting with her in the hospital and picking up June
Rowley Stevenson who was staying in Clearwater and
caring for Mother, we drove to Orlando for the reunion.
Skip had to leave Friday at noon to participate in an
annual Barbershop Singing weekend held on the F.I.T.
campus in Melborne, FL. Skip is really into barbershop
singing and is the tenor in his quartet called the
"Chordless Shaver's". He never misses a chance to learn
more about singing and better ways to perform on stage.
This year the Gunn clan held their first family get
together while attending the PCC reunion. Skip was
really delighted to see his cousin Barbara Gunn Denison
from El Paso, Texas whom he hadn't seen in 25 years.
Lanny Gunn from Venice, FL., Eric Gunn came from
Germany where he is in the Air Force; Lisa Gunn Weber
from Los Angeles; Bonnie Gunn Abellera, her daughter
Lillian and new son Robert Lewis from Tallahassee; Step

Grandmother Joyce Gunn from Ponte Vedra, FL.; Mom
Dorothy Gunn Lawing, from Ashville, N.C. and their
cousins, the Rowleys.* .qggggg

L-R: Barbara Gunn, Dotie (Gunn) Lawing, Bonnie
(Gunn) Abellera and son Robert Lewis, Lisa (Gunn)
Weber, Renee (Rowley) Friedel, Lanny Gunn, Joyce
Gunn, Eric Gunn. Front: Lilian Abellera.
Skip's childhood friend, Don Keller from Concord,
CA. called on the phone while visiting in Fairhope, AL.
and wanted to get together for lunch so they met half
way at DeFuniak Springs and drove to San Destin Beach
and had lunch and visited. With the arrival of Angie's
new born son, Don became a proud Grandfather.
This past weekend Skip and I participated in an
annual program put on by the "Capital Chordsmen" and
"Southern Blend", our barbershop singing choruses. It was
a musical play held at the Opperman Hall on FSU
campus. Our guest quartet was "KEEPSAKE", the
International Gold Medalist who are from Florida. That
was really a thrill to be able to sing with the No. 1
Quartet in the world. At the afterglow it was even more
thrilling when Skip arranged to have "KEEPSAKE" sing
their album theme song "Once Upon a Time", exclusively
for me. It was quite an honor which I'll never forget.

"Keepsake," Bev and Skip Rowley along with (L-R):
Roger Ross, tenor, Joe Connelly, lead, Don Barnick,
Bass, Tony DeRosa, baritone allshowing their new
gold medals.
Adriane Rowley wasn't able to make the reunion this
year because she is working for the State of Florida in
the Department of Revenue/Bankruptcy section. She
likes her job and plans on attending night classes at
Tallahassee Community College this fall.

Patty Kelleher Arosemena co-authored Handbook for
Parents of Children with Handicaps and Disabilities
with Dr. Emma H. Kitties, Professor at FSU. The book
contains valuable information to help parents cope with
common problems; (emotional and physical); symptoms
of various disabilities; and a focus on adaption and
modification of clothing for handicapped and disabled
individuals. If interested, you can write to Patty at 1675
Sharky St., Tallahassee, FL 32304.
Mary and Steve Tochterman and daughters Andria
and Lauran from Brussels spent several weeks with
George and Arlene Tochterman in Clearwater and Dave
and Betty Kelleher in Dothan. They enjoyed being
together with all of their families and Mary spent most of
her vacation in the malls.
Beverly Rowley
(904) 422-2151


This past month was spent by me in Florida helping
out my Mom, Sara Rowley recover from major surgery,
but I am now back in the Atlanta area, raring to go.
Upon my return I had a letter waiting for me from Ed
Aanstoos about a trip he and his wife took, but I'll let
him tell it in his own words.
"Dis Colon Beach bwoy last May did take his wife,
Virginia (Martin) Aanstoos and dawg in de har-vee from
Hatlanta to Santa Barbra to see dem children, Helen
and Petah, dem grandchildren, Lisa, Lena and Anna,
and dem two Great grandchildren, Kelsey and Travis.
Dem did go on to Japan to visit upon dem dahtah,
Virginia Joan, and she husband John and dem two likkle
ones, Andrew and Madeline.

Ed Aanstoos, de Colon Beach bwoy, in Tokyo, May
'92 in front of the Russian Federation Embassy (Ex
Embassy of the USSR.

Mon! Let me twll you dem Japanese people is
something t'rass! Y'see, dem live like de hants in de
hant'ill. Dem movin alla de time. Doin' dis an' doin' dat.
Dem nevah tire and dem never make poppy jokes dem!
An' dem nevah get VEX! When you does mash dem in
a crowd dem bow and pray to you! I tell you, mon, a
'bajun bwoy from Colon Beach can nevah live like dat!"

Ed and Virginia Aanstoos in Tokyo, May '92. Tokyo
Tower in background. Children Andrew and Madeline
Taylor. Ed is de Colon Beach bwoy.
I also heard the news that Cleve Soper and Glen
Winberg have started their own Spanish/English
Odie (Winberg) Soper also works for the newspaper,
writing an article on cooking, and other miscellaneous
work, as needed.
Dave Baglien wrote to tell me all is well in Northeast
Georgia (Toccoa). Says his wife, Bernice, is singing in the
church choir and that he was recently honored by being
inducted into the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer
Hall of Fame. Ed was one of three tax Counseling for the
Elderly Volunteers in the state to be inducted this year.
I heard from Annie (Carpenter) Rathgeber, and she
told me she moved from Colombus, GA to Jonesboro,
GA. in May. She bought a lovely 2-bedroom home, and
has already had lots of company. Among her visitors have
been Louise (Rathgeber) Hunt, with her daughter and
son-in-law, Jackie and Ted Arias; Annie's daughter
Donna Crump with her daughter, Erika, who will be a
sophomore this year at Auburn; Marge (Rathgeber)
Ruoff from Kingwood, Texas and Bernice (Rathgeber)
Jackson from Des Plaines, Illinois. Marge and Bernice
came for an overnight stay after the Reunion, which they
said was great. Annie is also expecting a visit from her
daughter, Judi, and granddaughter Megan, who will be
leaving Panama around the middle of August. As you can
see, Annie has been busy, but says all her houseguests
have been great.
I also spoke to Charlotte (Kilbey) Mullins from
Grovetown, GA. and she told me she had left Panama in

1966. She and her husband Eddie went back to Panama
in 1984 to visit with her sister, Jolie and Ron Seeley.
Charlotte says when they left Panama in 1966 they drove
to the U.S. on the Inter-American Highway, a trip I
would have loved to have done in the earlier years when
times were more peaceful. Charlotte works for the Army
at Ft. Gordon, near Augusta, GA. and will be leaving
next week for Frankfurt, Germany on Army business.
Keep me posted, y'all on your happenings. Till next
June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


From my dear friend Elaine (Bohan) Hooper of
Jonesboro, AR (and Adeline Shrapnel) came the tragic
news of the death of Elaine's only son, following heart
surgery in the St. Louis Hospital where he was a staff
physician. Dr. Anthony (Andy) Hooper passed away July
3, 1992. Despite unlimited support and kindness from
family members and friends, it has been and is an
unbearable loss.
At an event at the Hawaii Yacht Club I met a former
Panamnian Cecilia (Quiros) Spence. She attended BHS
and St. Mary's school, lived in Curundu, left Panama in
1979 and has since lived in Hawaii, now working as a
contract administrator at the US Naval Air Station,
Barbers Point. Her husband, Thomas, a retired Army
officer, is now employed as exchange sales manager for
the Indich Collection. Cecilia's sister, Virginia Callan,
works for the US Army in Corozal; of her four brothers,
Alfrado is a fireman and Jorge works for the logistical
department of the PCC. Cecilia's son David Davis
(BHS'72) retired as a captain, USAF, and is now
attending Southern Methodist U. in Dallas. In May 1993
he will be awarded his jurist degree and then will be
married. His good friend Charles Garcia (BHS'72) has
left the Air Force and has become a father (no
connection) in Phoenix. Cecilia is flying to Dallas in
August to visit her son and meet his fiance and her
family. Cecilia's youngest brother Gerardo ("Bill")
(BHS'68) received his appointment to the USAF
Academy through the Governor's office, Balboa Heights,
and has now established his own firm in Houston.
From Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo of (BHS'49,
CZC'51) came an invitation to meet for dinner with her
and Joyce (Masters) Danfor who came to the Canal
Zone in 1941 with her parents, Carl and Catherine
Masters. They lived first in Margarita, then Cocoli and
Balboa. Her father was in charge of equipment repair
shop at Balboa Pier; her mother worked for the
Commissary Division. Her brother, "K" Masters
(BHS'45) now lives in California, following a career in
the Marines. (His first wife was Lois McIntyre, BHS
around 1950). Joyce has the pleasant responsibility of
live-in nanny for Tom and Jilly Selleck's young daughter
and accompanied the Sellecks here to Honolulu for a
visit (as well as a trip to London earlier this year). Many

local "Magnum, P.I." fans are pleased to learn that this
show may be returning soon and that a nearby resident,
John Hillerman ("Higgins") is glad to be again a part of

Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo weeding taro at Hoa Aina
Ho Makaha, the West Oahu peace farm, sometime in
Frances Viglielmo described a presentation on
February 27 by Prof. Linde Keil, Asst. Prof. of Spanish at
UH, in which the professor mentioned that Alexander
Liholiho and Lot Kamehameha, two princes of the
Hawaii alii (aristocracy) made a trip to Panama in the
1860's or '70s. They took a mule train across the Isthmus
to a point on the Chagres River where they boarded a
boat and sailed down the Chagres to the Atlantic Ocean.
(Prof. Keil's research often takes her to Panama, and her
work will appear soon in a journal called Biography). A
free treat for isle visitors each July is the Prince Lot
(noncempetitive) Hula Festival at Moanalua Gardens on
Oahu. 9,000 people attended last year's event, which pays
homage to Prince Lot, the last ruler in the Kamehameha
Frances Viglielmo has just been selected to the
steering committee of the Spark Matsunga Institute for
Peace Council. The late Senator "Sparkie" worked for 20
years in the US Congress toward establishment of an
academy of peace. Frances also helped to coordinate the
Hiroshima and Nagasaki memorial observance (on
August 8).

George Grunewald, former Zonian, now a Hawaii

Hank Dolim met with and sent me a photo of
George Grunewald, a Honolulu resident who retired with
the Panama Canal Co. after 30 years residence in
Panama. George lived in Balboa, worked with the
Engineering Division and retired in 1985. I enjoyed
talking to George, who retains an earnest interest in
Panama, plans to visit there next month, perhaps reside
there (and knows my brother Billy D.). He was happy to
learn that the Spanish government plans to assist the
Republic of Panama in an effort to have the Panama
Railroad rolling again within two years (replacing 150,000
railroad ties!).

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Camille Van Hoose of Ft. Wayne, IN. is the proud
grandmother of Micaela Camilla Campbell, born on June
2, 1992. A picture taken at the tender age of one week is
submitted with this report. (See Births).
Camille also reports a "beautiful visit" from Pat and
William Scott "Scottie" from Bellevue, WA. They drove
up in their new mobile home and were able to park the
home right in the front yard. The weather was
cooperative. A lot of love and friendship was shared. The
visitors enjoyed learning something of the Amish area of
Indiana. A lovely time was had by all. It was, of course,
too short.....but great!
Betty Lou (Forrest) Correira sent in a picture of
herself and her husband Donald. She has been very sick
for the past couple of years and can't get around much
now. She is celebrating two anniversaries in July. One is
her 62nd birthday on July 13th and the other is her 38th
anniversary on July 30. Betty Lou would appreciate
receiving letters from friends from her childhood days.
You'll find her address on page 52 in the Directory Issue
(April '92).

Betty Lou (Forrest) and Donald Correira, 704 W.
Winona Ave., Warsaw, IN 46580.

Forest "Frosty" and Ruby "Kitty" Robinson toured
London, England for ten days. They visited castles and
abbeys and saw many exciting things, including the
changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace,
Westminister Abbey, Picadilly Circus, etc. Kitty feels that
they learned a great deal about England and it's people.
Now she is ready to go back to teaching school next
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon have their suitcases
packed and will be leaving for California in a week. Will
write more about that trip when we get back.

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


With a heavy heart I write of the death of Kathleen
Cooke Gough, wife of John R. Gough Sr. of Marrero,
who is one of the Canal Record's most faithful
correspondents. A full obituary is published elsewhere in
this issue. Though I did not know the family personally,
over the years Mr. Gough's snapshots and letters always
showed a gentle little lady with a lovely smile. Surely her
passing has left a deep hole in the lives of her family and
friends. With deepest sympathy to you, Mr. Gough.
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John and Kathleen Gough at home in Marrero, LA,
May 1992.

Luckily Gene Gregg of Slaughter had a fine time at
the reunion because after leaving Orlando his luck
changed. In Enterprise, Ala., he picked up the other
"grandkids" -- two dogs (one a great Dane) and a cat --
to keep while Bob, Gail, (Gregg), Molly and Sarah
Weien go to England. British quarantine is six months.
On the way back to Slaughter, two tires blew out but all
arrived safely -- finally.
Larry and Robin (Mitts) Lacrouts have moved to
150 Dianne Drive, St. Rose, LA 70087, their first home.
It's three bedrooms, two baths, right out of New Orleans
in a friendly neighborhood with lots of little kids. The
Lacrouts celebrated their third wedding anniversary May
20 and Alexah's first birthday on May 27. They are
expecting a second child in December. Thanks to news
coverage in the Canal Record, Robin is back in touch

with good friend, Becky Hunt, who's married, has two
kids and seems to be doing really well, Robin reports.

Larry, Robin (Mitts) and Alexah Lacrouts at her first
birthday party, St. Rose, LA.
After 35 years, Millie (Damerau) Sellers (BHS'54)
of Washington, La., visited Panama with her younger son,
Billy, 20, and Mrs. Muller, a family friend. Millie writes
that she didn't see anything ugly because she was too
happy being there. They were guests of George and
Migdalia (Richa) Lopp in Balboa and enjoyed partying,
gambling, dancing, swimming and sightseeing in the city,
the interior and out to Taboga, where Billy is ready to
live. New Year's Eve Day was spent with Millie's
relatives, Luis and Nena Monzo, Carmena and Fito
Moreno, Alfonso Townshend and the Vincensinis. In the
interior they visited the Fords at Cermeno. Millie took
movies of everything in Panama, had them transferred to
video and promises us a showing one of these days. She
recently heard from Arbulin Mathews Call in San Diego.
They were dear friends when they lived in San Francisco
in Panama. Millie works for the Louisiana Dept. of
Wildlife and Fisheries and enjoys playing piano at church
and at the Steamboat Warehouse, an antebellum
restaurant in Washington. She lives in a unique geodesic
dome, decorated with Oriental and pre-Colombian art.
Millie loves visits from Zonians and last year hosted
Mary Rose Sewell and Ann Livingston Hawkins. In the
'50s at CZJC they sang together as the J.C. Three. She's
planning to attend the Gulf Coast picnic in September. In
January Billy will be transferring from LSU in Eunice to
LSU in Baton Rouge.
Capt. Charlie Taylor of Baton Rouge returned
from a trip by car to Maine recently where he visited
Capt. John and Klara McKeen in Bucksport and Capt.
John and Dona Brophy in Castine for four days of eating
lobster, telling tall tales and sightseeing. The men were
Canal pilots together in the '60s. Charlie retired to the
States in 1983.
Nathan and Yvonne (Morales) Vegas of Marrero
spent Mothers Day at the home of her son-in-law's
parents, Liz and Ron Bairns in Gretna. They had boiled
crawfish and barbecue. Besides her daughter and son-
in-law, Lorna and David Bairns, other family members
enjoying the festivities were Yvonne's son, Ronnie and
girlfriend Katie; David's brother, Patrick and girlfriend
Mary Alice; Aunt Ruthie; Grandma Meme; and Yvonne's
grandchildren, Korey Bairns, 8, and Keely Bairns, 10
months. Yvonne and Nathan went to the '92 reunion in
Orlando, Nathan's first. Coming from a very conservative

family, Nathan was awed by all the hugging and kissing,
Yvonne said. Yvonne's three sisters and their husbands,
and her mom, Deya Morales of Lakeland, Fla., joined the
Vegases at Twin Towers. Her brother Ralph of Stockton,
Calif., was unable to attend. Next year is Yvonne's 30th
and she hopes to get the entire family, from grandmother
to great-grandchildren, all together in Orlando.

Yvonne Morales Vegas with her grandchildren Korey
Bairns, 8, and Keely Bairns, 10 months, on Mother's
Day in Gretna, LA.

L-R: David and Lorna Bairns, Ronnie Arabie, Yvonne
and Nathan Vegas on Mother's Day, in Gretna, LA.

After the reunion, David Warren in New Orleans had
a brief visit from his parents, Gretchen and Bill Warren
of New Port Richey, as they hit the road again RVing
their way westward.
Robert and Evelyn (Riley) Wertz of Belle Chasse are
planning a monthlong tour of Europe this fall and
promise to send pictures. Following a check flight with an
FAA examiner, Robert earned a renewal of his FAA
flight instructor's certificate in June.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


With all the rain, the phones must get waterlogged
sometimes. In June this reporter wrote that Victoria
Fuentes Green's phone in Sandersville had been
disconnected. Well, 'tain't so, folks! Victoria's phone
works fine, she's still a terrific hairdresser and she has
not moved. She is looking forward to going to Panama in
September for a month, where she has four sisters in
David. Three other sisters are in the States and her only

brother is in the Army in North Carolina, after he spent
six months in Saudi Arabia.
Gerda and Owen Smith of Osyka graciously left the
mother lode for another prospector, but they had a great
time anyway digging for diamonds at the 74-acre Crater
of Diamonds State Park, near Murfreesboro, Ark., the
only proven diamond mine in North America. They dug
up a .38K diamond and cracked another stone in half to
discover a lovely crystal cluster inside. The ham picnic
was nice. Barbara (Bartholomew) and Buck Krueger of
Austin, Texas, came for a picnic and Gerda spend two
days with a Panama painting buddy in Broken Bow. After
the reunion, Russ and the kids came to Osyka for a visit.
Sheila is a student at the University of Southern
Mississippi, Hattiesburg, for the summer.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


In the June issue I mentioned a letter that Charles
Fourcher had written to Carl Posey, author of the article
"The Bittersweet Memory that was the Canal Zone" that
appeared in the Smithsonian issue of January 1992.
Permission has been granted to reprint that letter here.

"Dear Mr. Carl Posey:
After reading your article on the bittersweet story of
the Canal Zone I just had to express my thanks for
telling it like it was. So many of the happenings fit 6
years of my life to a "T."
It was in the year 1917 when my father, Louis, an
electrician during the depression, sought and got a job
with the Panama Railroad. After a promise of quarters
for the family (1918) my mother, brother and sister
arrived via the S.S. Colon. Upon arrival we were delayed
for a week in Colon as the government quarters were not
ready. We stayed in an apartment over an all-night
saloon across from the commissary, at "D" Street, as I
hazily recall.
Our first quarters in New Cristyobal were across the
street from the wireless station in a 4-family duplex. Life
among the Gold people was just as you described it. I
was eight years old and started in Cristobal school until
at age fifteen I passed my freshman year on the second
floor which was the high school.
Washington Hotel pool was a favorite swimming
place but I learned to swim on the rugged beach opposite
the circle in New Cristobal. Your mention of the dump
brought back fond memories of France Field where a
couple of kids and myself would bring home goodies
from wrecked Martin bombers and other aircraft. I still
have a Western Electric VT1 vacuum tube from the
dump with which I made a 1-tube radio and was able to
receive KDKA Pittsburgh from the Canal Zone.
The commissary with so many things from the states
brings back the memory of a talented Silver employee
ripping out strips from the commissary book and always
tearing it off at the right amount.

A friend, Scott Parsons, whose father was a Canal
pilot took us through the Canal. I was only twelve but the
memory is still clear. I was so proud that my country had
built such a marvelous canal linking the two great oceans
During my freshman year our class took a trip to the
old Spanish fort, San Lorenzo; a motorboat ride across
Limon Bay to Fort Sherman and then a long hike
through the jungle to the mouth of the Chagres River.
We also took a boat trip from Gatun to Barro Colorado
Island in Gatun Lake, the Smithsonian Institute preserve
in Panama, no longer in the Zone.
As we children grew older my mother decided it was
no place to raise teenagers, so in 1924 we came back to
Massachusetts away from the saloons and brothels.
After we got settled and his 2-month vacation was
over, my father went back to finish out twenty years with
the P.R.R. and got his pension in 1937. Dad had several
jobs during his stay in the Canal Zone. His first was as
an electrician where he wired the new housing for Zone
employees. He then got the job on the Cristobal Coaling
Plant which lasted until oil took over and the plant was
closed. He had become Plant Manager so he was moved
to the Balboa Plant. It wasn't too long after that when oil
forced this plant to close too. The P.R.R. always found
new jobs so next he ran a ferry boat across the Canal.
Then he became boss of a cement road crew until the
road was finished, and then he ended up managing the
Pump Station in Gamboa. My mother had returned to be
with dad, and they enjoyed the last few years in the Zone.
Here are a few more memories: Our Jamaican maid
(Clementine) one of the family; The Atlantic and Pacific
fleets in Limon Bay together; A visit on the battle wagon
S.S. California; Trips on the P.R.R. across the Isthmus;
Bananas at $.75 for seven hand bunch; My bout with
malaria and quinine; My broken collar bone taped up at
Cristobal Hospital; The Masonic Temple, the YMCA's
on both sides.
I am now 82 but since reading your article my
memories of Panama are brighter than ever. THANKS!
Hope I haven't been too boring.

Yours sincerely,
Charles Fourcher
13 Deane Street,
Fairhaven, MA 02719

P.S. Perhaps if you think it proper, this letter might be of
some interest to another 80+ year old, Leon Greene."

Approximately 60 New Englanders who attended the
First New England Panama Canal Luncheon can attest
to the fact that we are having a wonderful summer here,
with low humidity levels and warm sun. Our sincere
thanks to Anne Field Kirrane who master-minded the
whole luncheon, and of course a small pat on the back to
myself for getting the memorabilia and souvenirs
together, and assisting Anne. We also appreciated the
time and effort people took to come as many traveled
from all over new England to attend.
The contingent from Maine consisted of retired
Canal Zone pilot John and wife, Dona (Jones) (BHS'58)
Brophy, former nurse at Gorgas Hospital; retired Judge
John and Jean Baker, former judge at Balboa
Magistrate's Court; Jean Hill, Jean Hutchinson, Frances

1. Bruce Richards, Jonathan (BHS '80) and Nancy Fugleberg and their 11 week son, Eric. 2. (Ret.) Judge John
and Jean Baker. 3. L-R: Cheryl (Kresge) Gillespie (CHS'74) and Debra (Boyle) Farrell (BHS'79).

1. Bunchy Gegg (CHS'57) and Sally Bigelow. 2. Three happy
Sandrock. 3. Father Robert Brandenberger and Frances Kienzle.

pilots, L-R: John Brophy, Ron Pino and Al


1. Dorothy Hannigan. 2. The one who made it happen: Ann (Field) Kirrane. 3. Jean Hill. 4. The Mayor of
Pawtucket, Robert E. Metivier. 5. Grace Gillespie, Yoshiko Sandrock, Bianca Pino. 6. Commander Al Jones,

Campbell and Irene Campbell; Elizabeth and Thomas
Cobb of Connecticut.
From the "Live Free or Die" state were Sally Bigelow
(BHS'57); Lynn and Thomas Cunningham; and Howard,
Hazel and Bruce Richards. From the "Ocean State" was
Attorney Jerry and Rosalind Gorin, Robert and Carol
Metevier, and Lola (BHS'62) and Al Jones (BHS'56).
Bob Metivier is currently serving as Mayor of Pawtucket,
and Al Jones is a Commander in the Navy stationed in
Portsmouth, RI.
From good 'ole Texachusetts came Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Hussey; Dorothy Hannigan; Ron and Florence
Owen, Jean Owen Young (CHS'59), Agnes Hannigan,
Diane Moran, Joan MacKenzie Kozar, Bunchy Gegg,
Mary Ann Modromo, Tom Coffin (CHS'66 and CZC'68);
Katherine Regan, Jean Seaman Mahar, Pauline and
Charles Fourcher, and Father Robert Brandenberger,
who lived in Panama approximately 30 years. He is
currently a Chaplain at Carney Hospital in Dorchester,
MA, but will be going back to his Order's House in
Philadelphia (Vincentian Fathers) very soon. Also in
attendance were Jonathen, Nancy and Eric (11 weeks
old) Fugleberg; William and Lois Riley; Joe Snyder, Ret.
General Fred and Gennie Woerner; Frances Kienzle
(formerly of Brazos Heights, childhood friend of

Jonathan Fugleburg) and Grace, Cheryl and Brandon
Gillespie. (We regret that Bill Gillespie was unable to
attend due to work on the high seas) and Joe and Sean
Farrell. Visiting from Chatham, NJ was Irene Meehan,
visiting her daughter in MA. Also Ron and Blanca Pino,
and our photographers, Al and Yoshiko Sandrock, who
did a great job with the photographs. The last we heard,
the Sandrocks were going to make California their home
state. Frank and Ellen Castles were unable to attend,
and I hope you are recuperating well, Mr. Castles and
that you both will be with us next year.

Debbie Kirrane (Anne's daughter) and Lola
Frauenheim Jones.

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Anne Kirrane, as previously mentioned, made this
reunion happen. She was retiring from the catering
business and wanted to do her last party, but her way!
Helping her with the details were her husband Eddie,
daughters Shelly and Debbie, son Billy and grandson,
Sam, six years old. Lunch consisted of Johnnie Mazzeti,
fresh tossed salad, scallop ceviche, empanadas, and fresh
fruit salad, all prepared by Anne. I had some old
photographs of the Canal during construction days, as
well as some souvenirs from Panama (small Panama hats,
Clay Chiva bus models and soapstone figurines) available
for sale. It was an interesting day and we hope this will
spark some interest for next year's reunion. If anyone has
any ideas or suggestions, please forward them to Anne
Kirrane (address in Directory) or myself.
From the Brophy's: They received two very welcome
surprise visits this summer. Charlie Taylor of Baton
Rouge, LA dropped by with Jack and Clara McKeen
whom he was visiting on nearby Verona Island. Nat and
Glenda Gladding were in town for a reunion at Maine
Maritime Academy.
It's nice to have the Lassells here for the season at
their summer home. Dona and Leslie (Berger) Lassell
are great golfing buddies. Peter's fixin' up the place and
daughters Michelle, Candace and Jenny are enjoying
sailing and some golfing. Nine year old Jenny had a thrill
when the Bush's visited Panama. She said, "'scuse me
please," worked her way through the crowd and returned
to report to her family that "the lady with the white hair
kissed me and her husband shook my hand."
We look forward to a visit from Ann and Jack Beers
of Port Charlotte, FL. They'll spend time with us on their
way back from Prince Edward Island.

Dona Brophy
Castine, ME

Aside from the reunion, we had some visitors lately.
My father and mother, Hubert and Argentina Boyle of
Panama, R.P. visited us and to reacquaint themselves
with their grandson, Sean. Some of the interesting things
we did were to visit the Gillespies at their beautiful
home; attend a company picnic at Whalom Park; help
JoJo fix his car for two days; buy an ice cream machine
for Hubie's greatest venture; and dine on a scrumptious
New England Clam Bake prepared at the Farrell
household, right Mama Tina? Same time next year?
I welcome any news or photographs for December's

Debra (Boyle) Farrell
(617) 643-8531


OCTOBER 1, 1992


The Panama Canal Society of Western North
Carolina had their annual picnic at Jackson Park,
Hendersonville, on July 18th. Those attending were: Ron
Angermuller, Janet and Ross Cunningham, Betty
Dunning, Jean Dombrowsky, Charlotte and Henry Falk,
Carmen and Charlie Howe, Norma and Sam Irvin,
Christine and Maenner Huff, Marian and Lee Kariger,
Wilma and Willy Nowotny with their guests; Wilma's
daughters, Terri Densmore Fields and two sons and
Linda Densmore Hayes; Agnes and Pat Patino, Elizabeth
Quintero, Kaye (Knapp) and Bob Rodgers, Malcolm and
Jean Stone with guests Ruth and Vernon Caturia, Edith
(Huff) and Jack Willoughby.
From Elizabeth Austin, 171 Beacham Apts,
Jacksonville, NC 28540: "I moved to Jacksonville from
Florida last July 1991. I am a member of one of our local
health clubs and won their Iron Man Aerobic Attendance
Challenge that lasted two months. I had 93-1/2 hours
(2nd place winner had 59-1/2 hours). I also was one of
only two members (other than instructors and their
spouses) who completed a three hour non-stop Iron Man
Aerobic Challenge. For that, I was chosen Aerobic
Athlete of the Month; and now I have decided to enter
a triathlon! By the time this goes to press, I will have
competed in my first triathlon on June 6th in Cary."
Pat and Jack Hunt went to the reunion and then
spent two days at Bradenton Beach. John Husum and
three children from Panama visited them here in July.
Marian and Lee Kariger attended the reunion where
Nancy (Kariger) and Darrell Eide joined them. The
Eides spent a week with Marian and Lee in Sarasota
after the reunion. Marian and Lee hosted a dinner party
for them. The Karigers went to Orlando for a Abou Saad
meeting before returning to NC.
Janet and Ross Cunningham report that their son,
Dick and family, moved from North Carolina to Miami
Lakes, FL. Their daughter, Linda Sue Emmons and
family moved from Sacramento, CA, to Winston-Salem,
NC, so Janet and Ross will be able to visit them more
often. Janet and Ross now have five great-grandchildren
with the addition of Tiffany in December '91.
"Issy" Gibson from St Petersburg spent a week with
Elizabeth Quintero. Issy had been here several times but
had never done the "tourist" bit so this time, they went to
the Biltmore House, Pisgah Forest, the Parkway, etc.
Elizabeth's daughter, Barbara Brown, was married on
June 6th in Orlando to Jerry Coleman. Her grandson,
Michael Byrne, will graduate from Eastern Kentucky
University on August 1.
Jean Dombrowsky went to the reunion where her
daughter, Barbara, and son Dale, joined her. They
enjoyed the Pedro Miguel luncheon very much. Over the
4th of July weekend, Jean's house guests were Barbara
and son, Scott, and her nephew, Jimmy Pattison, with his
wife, Kat, and two children, Tommy and Regan, from
Round Rock, TX. Barbara's daughter, Cynthia Sanders
graduated with honors from Ashboro High School and
will be attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
starting with the September semester.
Gisela and Roger Stowski from Panama were house

guests of Wilma and Willy Nowatny in June. Also
Sieglinda and Tony Espino from Cali, Colombia, stopped
by. While in Florida to attend the funeral of a good
friend, Jimmy Fraser, Wilma and Willy spent the 4th of
July with Willy's two sons and their families in Tampa.
Wilma's children will be here in July when her daughter,
Terri and two sons, come from Oklahoma; daughter,
Lina, comes from San Salvador and son, Michael, arrives
from Missouri.
My daughter, Noralie (Roche) Shobe, came from
Bellingham, WA, to be with me for a month after I had
Alice H. Roche
(704) 692-2127


This reporter cannot print news from our area when
she receives none. One time I received some news one
week after the deadline. As I don't know most of the
members in the Pacific Northwest, please identify
yourselves by your full married name and maiden name.
If you graduated from the Canal Zone, please put year
graduated as well. Please print your news to me. It is very
difficult to try to identify names, places and information
when it is not legible and therefore some parts of your
article may have to be left out.
Tom and Marilyn Marsh enjoyed a Hawaiian
vacation particularly partying at the Cannon Club on
Diamond Head. The brief showers (reminiscent of
Panama) did not deter their outside dancing. Skin diving
among the reef fish was spectacular. Shortly after their
return home their guests were the Bakers, Beverly and
her husband, who stopped in on their way to Arizona.
Ede and Heidi (Marsh) Marshall from Concord, CA and
Billie and Lester (Marsh) Wallace and their sons, Steven
and David were also recent guests.
The Fred Hatchett (formerly of Pedro Miguel)
family reunion was held in Roseburg, OR, July 3,4,5 and
6 at the home of Fred's granddaughter, Elsie (Jackson)
Smith. This every two year reunion has all the
minifunctions of the annual Pan Canal Florida reunions
with Golf, Dancing (here everyone brings their
instruments for the orchestra); gourmet (Balboa and
Cristobal's) famous dishes as only Barbara and Pat
Hatchett can make and every type of lawn game
imaginable. Jim and Mary (Sullivan) Young missed this
year's reunion due to their bout with Mexican Food
Revenge just the night before the reunion. Bob and Niza
(Boynton) Greig with their Cracked Crab platters
(Roseburg, OR) and Joe and Sylvia Oldofredi of San
Martin, CA attended. Family present were: Don and Pat
(Hatchett) Clark of Sacramento, their children Barbara
(Carr) and Peter Navolanic and kids, Mary and Patrick
from Benicia, CA.; son, Paul and Ichino Carr and
children, John, Joe and James who reside in Japan; the
George and Ruth Hatchett family of Incline Village, CA
and their son, Jim and wife, Patty Hatchett; Mary
Hatchett (now deceased), great niece Wendy (Cotton)
Corrigan from Santa Cruz, CA. The Don and Barbara

(Hatchett) Jackson family of Boise, ID, their kids and
grandkids were in full attendance as follows: Ann
Jackson's daughter Cheris Barker representing Ann's
side of the family; Mary (Jackson) Domecq of Corvalis,
OR and her sons Fred and Tyler Van Middendorp; and
Mary's fiance Steve Rushton and their part of the family,
Pola Negra, the famous Pomeranian; Don and Kerri
Jackson and three sons, Andy, Ben and Robbie of Boise,
ID; and last, but not least, Bart and Elsie (Hatchett)
Smith family where the reunion was held, and their
children, Kenneth, Libby and Jodie.
Upon her retirement on January 3, Beverly Baker
was awarded the Army National Guard Commendation
Medal for the State of Washington in recognition of
service as state director of the National Guard Family
Floyd and Bev then spent two months trailering,
spending time with daughter Carol Goodwin and family
in Chandler, AZ.
Glen Baker (CHS'72) moved with his family from
Houston to Singapore in June where Glen will be
technical service and sales representative for KOOMEY
Maritime Hydraulics Pte. Ltd.
The Bill and Marti Lohr annual Indy Race Party has
become a "camp in" with recreational vehicles arriving for
a great weekend of rivalry, friendship and Marti's
cooking. Present too were Lee and Kathy Snider, Cec
and Donna Caudill, John and Garnett McLaughlin and
Bev and Floyd Baker.
This June found most of the same group at John and
Garnett's home at Lake Chelan, WA, for another trailer
round up White river rafting down the Wenatchee River
was the event's highlight.
Niza (Boynton) Greig
(503) 440-9248


Our Spring meeting was held at Little River State
Park, Norman, on May 2nd. Those in attendance were:
Toy Barnard, Norman; Muriel Henry, Norman; Eliezer
and Lydia Lugo, Norman; John and Madeleine (Lugo)
Raffler, Norman; Eric and Kristin Raffler, Norman;
David Lugo, Midwest City; Tomas and Aymee Diaz,
Norman; Patricia and Janet Anduss, Barnsdall; Bill and
Teresa Keller and kids, BJ., Mike, Gregg and Kim,
Woodward; Doris and Jean Burns, Tulsa; Michael,
Laura and Elizabeth Redemann, Tulsa; Bill and Esther
Clair, Broken Arrow; Julia and Paulino Allande, Tulsa;
Lillian Greniger, Oklahoma City; Carol Vidaurri, and
grandson, Stephen Fitzsimmons, Oklahoma City; Ron
and Alice Jacobs, Locust Grove; and Jimmie Wickham,
McAlester. Those attending for the first time were:
Frankie Basinger, McLoud; Calvin, Maria and Raelene
Aldridge, Stratford; and Virginia and Mack Smith,
Arlington, TX.
After lunch, the business meeting was called to order
by Ron. Nominations for officers for the next two years
were distributed and collected. We will vote for these at
our Fall meeting which will be held in Tulsa in October.
We also decided that we should have a banner to display

at our meetings. Esther Clair was selected to investigate
this. The meeting was adjourned at 2:00 P.M.

Those attending the
May 2nd, 1992.

Oklahoma Chapter's Reunion on

This Spring, Patricia M. Anduss had two works
selected for juried shows in Tulsa. The first work was an
acrylic painting of Mick Jagger entitled "Mr. Satisfaction".
The second was a photograph "Girl With Flowers", which
was awarded second place.

By the time you read this, the Olympics and Expo '92
will have come and gone. Two Oklahoma families were
fortunate to attend. Eleizer and Lydia Lugo along with
son, Eli, went to Expo '92 in Seville. They stayed at a
beach resort near Malaga for a week and the rest of the
time in Madrid. Paulino, Julia and Chris Allande spent
three weeks in Spain. They attended the Olympics in
Barcelona and Expo '92. Then they visited family in
Madrid and Asturias.
During the Spring, Tom and Marge Levy visited Tom
and Deanna Ames in Tulsa.
Vera (Vidaurri) Fitzsimmons, Balboa '84, flew from
Oklahoma City to Austin, TX in June. From there, she,
Cissie (Witt) McPherson and Liza Kandrin drove to
Orlando. There they attended the Balboa Rams Reunion
which was in conjunction with the PCS Reunion. They
had a marvelous time and were reunited with many
friends from the good old days. They also visited with
Cissie's parents, John and Eula Witt, who now live in
Mary Graham also went to the PCS Reunion. She
reported that the people there were the "huggingest"
bunch in the world and that everything there was "the
That's all from Okieland for the present. See you in
Carol Vidaurri
(405) 949-1620


Pacific Side

Patricia Anduss and Ron Jacobs. Tulsa Meeting,
October 1991.

The Keller family at Fall Meeting, Tulsa, October 1991.

L-R: Peggy Huff, John Carlson, Dennis Huff, Jackie
Carlson, Bob and Jeanne Rupp.

John and Jackie (Evans) Carlson, Bob and Jeanne
(Chance) Rupp, and Dennis and Peggy (Hale) Huff spent
two weeks in April on a driving tour of the Bavarian Alps
in southern Germany. Jeanne was on official travel to
Germany for a base-closure study, and after her official
duties were completed, the group met in Oberammergau,
where they home-based and went touring each day in a
rented mini-van. Among the highlights of their trip; In
Austria they traveled to Innsbruck and Salzburg where
they received a citation for exceeding the speed limit
(John was driving), which they paid on-the-spot (they felt

like they were back home!). In Switzerland they visited
Rhinefalls, Lake Konstanz, and Rorschach, where they
could have spent days at a huge junk dealer's house along
the highway. In Germany they visited King Ludwig's
castles in Linderhof and Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian
region; a train ride through the countryside to Munich;
the central shopping district and the famous
Haufbrauhaus (beer hall); the BMW factory (they saw
the assembly line where Peggy and Dennis' new 325i was
made); the Mercedes Benz factory in Stuttgart; a drive
through the Black Forest and along the Romantische
Strasse; a night-time walking tour of the medieval walled
city of Rothenburg; the wine, beer served in HUGE
mugs, and the food, especially the sausages and wild
boar; the spectacular Alpine vistas; and all the SNOW!
Rumor has it that Margaret (Curies) Maxwell
(CHS'55) and sister Edna (Curies) Cooley (BHS'50)
made a two-week trip to Panama. Some of her
classmates were disappointed in not knowing she was
here. Rolando Linares happened to see her driving down
the street and had a quick visit with her. Others that saw
her were Nina Kosik and Charlie and Felicia Hinz.
Charles Becktell (BHS'50) was also visiting with them.
Heard that Jim and Kelly (Cahill) Parthenais were in
town, but unfortunately did not see them.
Jim Driscoll, his wife Sylvia and son Dennis were in
Panama for a lengthy visit in June and July. Jim's sister,
Lucy Ann (Driscoll) Howe accompanied them for the
first week or so of their trip. The Driscolls played tourist
seeing much of the country and even made a short trip by
road to San Jose, Costa Rica. Jim saw many friends and
former classmates while there. A few he told us about
were: Fernando Martinez, Carmen Martinez, Mike
Drennan, Joe and Bev Wood, Nina (Brown) Kosik,
Rolando Linares, Frank and Angela Azcarraga, and Burt
and Carol Mead. One of the highlights of Jim's trip was
participating in a golf match with his partner Fernando
Martinez (two Gamboa boys) against two Ancon boys,
Joe Wood and Burt Mead. As youths in Gamboa, Jim
and Fernando learned well how to be gracious losers.
It was no surprise to anyone that they continued the
"Gamboa boy" tradition of losing in a match that wasn't
even close.
In January 1992 at Curundu Lanes, Peggy (Hale)
Huff rolled three games of 226, 266, and 203, for a 695
scratch series. There were 20 strikes and only two open
frames both splits. Peggy's accomplishment is the
highest recorded women's series in the Canal area and
the second highest series rolled at the Curundu Lanes.
Peggy's daughter, Diana, who substituted on her team
one week rolled a game of 230, which qualified her for a
WIBC "100 Pins Over Average" award. Congratulations
to both of you!
Mary P. Coffey
(011-507) 52-6794


OCTOBER 1, 1992


There was a meeting June 6, 1992 at noon at the
Senior Citizens Activity Building in Aiken, SC. The
following members enjoyed a covered dish luncheon:
Blanche Browne, BJ. Hartley, Grace Hartley, Kathleen
Burkett, Lorna Shore, Phyllis Woodzell, Peggy
Hutchison, Ray Woodzell, John Everson, Trudi Clontz,
Fina Balinski, Frank Balinski, Josey Tilley, Olga
Holmes, Beverly Lard, Virginia Smart, Le June Lard,
Ethel Tate, De Witt Tate, Evelyn R. Hilborn, Howard S.
Hilborn, Leona Badonsky, Paul Badonsky, Verna
Kapinos, Andy Kapinos, Sis York, Bill York and Charles
Giavelli. The following members attended the Panama
Canal Reunion in Orlando, FL. in June: Blanche Browne,
Peggy Hutchinson, B. J. and Grace Hartley, Brian
Albright, Leon and Claire Dedeaux, James and Eletheer

Three Evans girls +: Norma (Evans) Harrington,
Doris Hutchison, Barbara (Evans) O'Shaunessy,
Muriel (Evans) Neil.

L-R: Kathryn Meissner, Joan (Powell) Arndt, Jeannie
Dombrowsky, Peggy Hutchison, Doris Hutchison.
SaI W -.

Pollera dancer at the Reunion.

1. L-R: Garnett Anderson, Kathryn Meissner, Howard Anderson, Jeannie Dombrowsky, Peggy Hutchison. 2.
L-R: The Phillips Family Reunion, 1992, Orlando: Doug, Olga, Buddy (Nobel), Dottie and Richard Phillips.
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1. Gretchen (Diaz) Evans, Gary Hutchison. 2. Andy Kaponis, Olga Holmes. 3. Rolf and Joan Arndt. 4. Howard
Hilborn and Leona Badonsky.

Phyllis and Jack Woodzell traveled to North Bend
State Park, Harrisville, WV. for a reunion with Phyllis'
five sisters and their families over Memorial Day
weekend. They also visited their daughters, Karen and
Rick Rexrode and two children in Aldie, VA. and on to
Stafford, VA. to visit Kim and Rick Hood and their two
children and Leslie Woodzell.
In late May, J.D. and Ethel Tate were joined by their
daughter, Louise, son-in-law, Irl Schlegel; grandchildren
Erich and Kristina Schlegel to attend the wedding of
Brian Tate, son of David Tate, in Spartanburg, SC. Brian
was married to Jeanie Seegars of Spartanburg. Brian is
employed by C&S Bank and graduated from The Citadel
in Charleston in May '91. In mid-June, the J.D. Tates
visited Louise and Irl Schlegel of Brownsville, TX to
attend the wedding of a family friend. The Schlegels and
Tates toured the hill country of Texas for several days.
James and Eletheer Catron had James Catron Jr.
(BHS'60) and son, Steven stop to see his parents on their
way back to Florida from West Point where they had left
daughter, Kristen, to become a cadet. The Catrons are
expecting the Broomes from Florida to visit for a few
Andy and Verna Kapinos spent Easter with their
daughter, Carol and husband, Robert Smith, in Tuscon,
AZ, and took several side trips to Mexico and the
Canyons. The Smiths are being transferred to Pope AFB
in Fayetteville, NC. Linda and family are still in the
Marshall Islands and will be transferred to the Pentagon
in December.
Evelyn (Condon) and Howard Hilborn drove up
north to visit her sister and his sister in Ohio, and also
visited Howard's daughter in Rochester, NY.
Trudi Clontz has made several trips to her brother's

in Greensboro, NC because of her sister-in-law's illness,
who passed away recently.
Paul and Leona Badonsky spent several days at N.
Litchfield Beach with Sgt. and Marilyn Smith, USA RET
- they were stationed at Ft. Kobbe in 1960 and were
members of the Lutheran Church. Paul and Leona's son,
Leo and wife Gabbie, had another daughter, born June in
Oxford, GA, 7 lb. 6 oz. named Mary Rose.
Betty and Pete Barr's son, Jim, was in a bad
motorcycle accident, but is recovering very well. He
graduated from CHS'75. Pete's sister, Barbara, a Mary
Knoll Sister, and Helen Barr came here for a visit and
son, Jim, drove them to the reunion which they all
Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison met her son, Gary, his first,
at the reunion where he was attending his 30th BHS
Class Reunion he enjoyed seeing all his old friends
whom he hadn't seen for 20/30 years. Doris Hutchison
joined them to attend the Pedro Miguel luncheon, and
enjoyed seeing friends from long ago. Peggy and Trudi
Clontz went on a three-day bus trip to the Outer Banks,
NC and thoroughly enjoyed the seafood, the out-door
play "The Lost Colony", visited the Wright Brothers
Museum at Kill Devil Hills, and on down to see the
lighthouse at Cape Hatteras. We also visited the
Elizabethan Gardens. Shirley (Million) Muse and
daughter, Linda Lacey, visited Peggy for a few hours.
Linda and family live in Aiken, and Shirley and Bob
Muse were on their way to Vermont to visit her parents,
Edna and Jim Million.
Blanche Browne took a 17-day trip to New Zealand
in April it was the most educational trip I have ever
taken and the most perfect 92 people and no one had
a complaint! We visited both the South and North Islands

which are entirely different. It was an ideal time because
the fall foilage was brilliant colors and it was "sweater
weather" or even a little colder at times. We were
fortunate to have clear skies for awhile so we had a good
view of Mt. Cook where we stayed overnight. We
returned to Los Angeles two hours before the riots began
so stayed up all night watching TV and going to the roof
to look. We left the following morning before the airport
was closed. Doris (Brotherson) Hand flew into Columbia
and we did some sightseeing on the way to the reunion
in Charleston and Savannah. We attended the Pedro
Miguel luncheon which was a huge success, thanks to
Ginger Coffey and committee. On the return drive to
Columbia we visited St. Augustine.
Ethel and J.D. Tate took off with Blanche on 27 June
and arrived in Canaan, NH the 29th where they visited
for ten days, then flew home. While the Tates visited we
had dinner one evening with Mary and Ed Doolan and
Rosemary and Colin (CHS'34) Campbell. We drove to
Grand Isle, VT one day to have lunch at Ruth Zelnick's
summer cottage on beautiful Lake Champlain; and were
joined by Betsy and Truman Hoenke.
The next meeting for PCSSC will be 24 Sept '92, at
12:30 noon, at Shealey's Restaurant on RTE 1, Leesville,
SC. Guests are welcome. Call Jack Woodzell (803) 663-
7465 or this reporter for more information.

Blanche A. Browne
(803) 782-4663



We had our usual pre-reunion party at Mom
Pattison's house. T-Bird Pattison and Mike Young were
here from Panama both on their way to the reunion. It
was a fun day in the sun party with lots of swimming.
Some of those present were David Jones, Kat and Red
Pattison, Mary and Margie Fehrenbach, Stanley Wright,
and of course, Mom Pattison. It was just as all our
parties are FUN! On the way back home from the
reunion, T-Bird came back through Texas for more fun,
I'm sure!
Red and Kat Pattison, along with their kids, Tommy
and Megan, took a trip to the northeast to visit some of
Red's relatives. Their adventure was a couple of weeks
and lots of fun from the reports!
Jennifer Davidson came to Texas over Memorial
Day, and we went to Monterrey, Mexico for a few days.
It gave us memories of Panama as we walked through the
Renee Carter came through Austin for the July 4th
holidays with four of her five children. She was on her
way to a family reunion in Kerrville and then down to
Galveston. So....after all these years, I finally got to meet
some of her kids some of them anyway. After her
family reunion, she came back through for a weekend of
recuperation, her vacation to recover from her vacation!

Hats off to you Renee, you do motherhood so well!

Sue Ann Davenport
(512) 331-6919

From Ann Dolan:
June 11 was the beginning of a very happy time for
Ann (Chase) and Joe Dolan of Austin, Texas. Our five
daughters were coming home for a Sister Reunion!
Ginny (Perkins) from Miami arrived first. Kathe
(Mazur) and Eileen (Powell) came later that day.
Suzanne (Gill) arrived on the 12th. That evening the four
sisters and I visited Bridget (Donovan) at KTBC, an
affiliate of CBS, where she is employed in the Sales
Department. As her guests, we were invited to watch the
live broadcast of the 5 o'clock news. That evening, Joe
and I, our five girls and our two sons, Joe II (of Austin)
and Paul, had a fun time at a bar-be-cue at the home of
Bridget and her husband, Brian. Paul is a Flight
Attendant for American Airlines and happened to have
a lay-over in Austin that night. It was his birthday so we
had a lot to celebrate! The only one of our kids missing
was son Mike, a deputy sheriff in Houston and was
unable to attend. We missed vou. son!

Vivian Simmons with 5 of her former students. The 5
daughters of Ann and Joe Dolan. Photo taken at the
Austin Zonians dinner.
June 13 Paul flew back to his home base, Miami.
That night the rest of us attended the monthly "Austin
Zonians" dinner at the Steak & Ale. I was so proud of
my family! Other Zonians attending were Vivian
Simmons, Gail Goodrich, Ellen Coyle, Ruth Elich, Karen
(Husum) and Jim Clary, Barbara and Bucky Krueger,
Shirley and Chuck Cavanaugh, Georgia and Ted Corin,
Aggie and Ed Mulroy, Madie and Amos DeRaps, Bob
and Carmen Armitage, Jo-Ann and Jack Morton and
Dona and Gerry LePage. It was a great evening! Amos
DeRaps video-taped the whole thing and gave us the
tape. What a sweetie!
On the 14th we all drove to Houston where we
spent the night with Suzanne abd her husband Tom. Son
Mike and his wife Danita joined us for dinner at a
Chinese restaurant. Ginny got to see all of her brothers
as well as her sisters!
On June 15 we drove back to Austin and Joe and
I continued on to San Antonio to pick up Ginny's (and
our) dear friends, Nancy (Bennet) and Chris Trotter who
are in the U.S. to attend the Panama Canal Society
reunion in Orlando, and were stopping over to spend a
few days with us in Austin. June 16 was "Shop Till You
Drop Day" and we did! That night was Mexican food at
"El Torrito" restaurant.

Most of the Dolan family. L-R: Suzanne (Gill), Ginny
(Perkins), Eileen (Powell), Joe and Ann, Kathe
(Mazur), Joe Nolan II and Bridget (Donovan).

June 17 were got up at 3:30 a.m. to take Ginny to
the airport sure hated to see her go. More shopping
with the Trotters, then back to Bridget and Brians for
another bar-be-cue. Great chicken fajitas, Brian! Came
home tired, full, and happy.
June 18 up at 4:30 a,m, to take the Trotters to the
Thanks, God, for giving us this time with our
children and dear friends. We shared so many warm
wonderful memories. It was SPECIAL!
Ann Dolan
Austin. TX


I received a newsy letter recently from Bob and
Maureen Copeskey telling us about their family and
themselves. Bob had been forecaster on SCN while he
was stationed in the Canal Zone. I always enjoyed
listening to his cheery "Good Morning" and learning the
weather forecast for the day. Their daughter, Cindy and
Mike Coman (BHS'71) are stationed in Frankfort,
Germany. Mike is a Lt.Col. and Commander of the
Aeromedical Squadron at Rhein-Mein AB. Cindy and
their son, Andrew, are visiting her's and Mike's parents
and friends in the U.S. Son, Peter and family are
stationed in San Vito Air Station in extreme southern
Italy. Peter is a M/Sgt and has been stationed with the
airforce in Panama; son Paul is a Chiropractor and has
a large practice in La Jolla, CA. He and his family live in
Encinitas, CA; Jim and family live and work in Waverly,
TN., and Jeff graduated from University of Tennessee
Law School and is working as a lobbyist in Mississippi.
He and his wife have two year old twin sons. Maureen is
an RN in Nashville and Bob is still working for the
National Weather Service as a forecaster. He is
recovering from a coronary by-pass surgery and we wish
him a complete and speedy recovery.
Joan Ridge DeGrummond visited her family and
friends in Kerrville in April. She was a guest at our
monthly luncheon. Jeanne Stough was also a guest and
it was so nice to be able to have a visit with Joan and
Jeanne--we never run out of things to talk about!
Frank Smith came through Kerrville in May, on his
way to visit son Myke and his family in California. He
had lunch and a visit with the Rhynes. It is always good
to see Frank and catch up on the news of his travels and
his family.

Allan Wells came to help his father, Fred Wells,
celebrate his birthday on July 14. It is always good to
have the "kids" come home for a visit. I am sure that
Fred and Marion enjoyed their time together.
Will and Denise Graham of Olympia, WA, with
Will's children Danny and Lauren visited Will's parents,
Bill and Sue Graham for two weeks in June. One of the
highlights of their vacation was a day spent at "Fiesta
Texas", Texas' newest amusement park in San Antonio.
They enjoyed the water rides and especially the laser-
fireworks display at closing time. Bill and Sue are now
looking forward to the arrival of their daughter Donna
and her family who have been reassigned to Ft. Steward,
GA. from their station in Germany.


L-R: Will, Lauren, Denise, Danny, Bill and Sue
Several Kerrvillians attended the Panama Canal
Society reunion in Florida. Among them were Iris
Hogan, Kathi Lessiack and Dorothy Dedeaux Poppy. On
their way home, they visited friends along the way and
stopped to do some genealogy research.
Marilyn and Wade Carter flew to Florida and then
rented a car so that they could visit relatives and friends
in addition to attending the Reunion.
While the reunion was going on in Florida, the
Monsantos had a reunion of their own to commemorate
the arrival of the first Monsanto in the new world 200
years ago. The "Canal Zone" Monsantos, who met in St.
Thomas, V.I. were: Addie Monsanto Ellis, David Ellis,
his wife and four children, and Camille Ellis Jones and
her daughter Louise Jones Thoreaux; Thirza Robinson
Guttman and her husband, Herman; Bea Monsanto
Rhyne, Barbara Rhyne Stanford and Camille Rhyne
Eastham. There were 25 cousins on the island at one
time and many more who were not able to join us. It was
very special to see three generations enjoying each
other's company and getting acquainted with some of the
cousins for the first time.
Fay Stanford is recuperating at home from surgery.
It would be nice for her to hear from friends.
The plans for the Hill Country Christmas Party in
San Antonio are all set and it looks like a great evening--
and weekend--are in store for all of us. The committee
would welcome volunteers. If you are interested in
assisting them in any way, please contact Judy Wheeler
at 5730 Misty Glan, San Antonio TX 78247, (512) 590-
6202 or Nivia Brown, 500 Scates, San Antonio, TX 78227,
(512) 673-7225.
Bea Rhyne
(512) 896-8643


The Pig Roast held on May 16 at the mountain
secluded home of George and Sue Cotton, was well
attended by 70 folks, despite fog and cold weather
conditions. Notice the pig on the spit it was roasted to
perfection by George! A pretty close to authentic lottery
ticket board was used to sell lottery tickets to offer as a
prize the well-known mola custom-painted artwork by Liz
Beall, now of Largo, Florida. The day following the pig
roast, a group, Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Woody and
Drew French, Sue and George Cotton and Norma
(Stillwell) Martin, met for breakfast in Leesburg,

May 1992, Johnson's Steak House, Leesburg, VA.
Seated: Ed Baumbach, Joe Messina, standing L-R:
Aloha (Holcomb) Baumbach, Mellicent (Sanders)
Quinn, Ethel (Baumbach) Messina.
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1. Amidst the mist (or smoke), they gather for the Reunion of the Mid-Atlantic Gang Pig Roast. 2. Plenty of food for
all. 3. Annette Deming's daughter, Annette Deming, Eileen Angle, Iris Wilson.

1. Gail and Herb Dawson purchasing lottery tickets. 2. George Cotton and Andy English overseeing the pig roast.
3. L-R: Norma (Stillwell) Martin, Barbara Sanders and Herb Dawson (with name tags around their neck) at the
lottery vendor's. Herb must be selling he's got the money.
Etelvina Van't Veld's family hosted a celebration on
May 29, 1992 in honor of her 89th birthday. Former
V Zonians who attended are shown in the photo.
V .Seated, L-R: Jim Van't Veld (son), Etelvina Van't Veld,
Vickie (Van't Veld) Johnson (daughter) and Barbara
S. (Bonanno) Sanders. Standing L-R: Rosemary (MIllett)
Gilead, Gretchen (Wainio) Kroll, Edna Norris, Barbara
(Norris) Lee, Irma Quintero, Bill Van't Veld (son),
Mannie Quintero, and Wendel "Cinco" Allen.

L-R: Worden French, Rosemary Gilead, Norma
(Stillwell) Martin, Sue Cotton, Drucilla French,
George Cotton. Breakfast at the Virginia Kitchen,
Leesburg, VA, Sunday morning after the Pig Roast.
Aloha (Holcomb) and Ed Baumbach and Ethel
(Baumbach) and Joe Messina were provided great
service, much to their surprise and delight, by Millicent
(Sanders) Quinn, at a restaurant in Leesburg, VA.
Millicent's father was employed many years ago in the
Panama Canal Company's General Counsel Service, and
she was born in Gorgas Hospital. She now lives in
Springfield, Virginia.

Etelvina Van't Veld's 89th birthday party.

Dave Dixon Maryland
Senior Olympian In
October 1991, Dave
competed for the first time
in the Maryland Senior
Olympics by entering the
meter dash events. Of the
| three, he earned a third-
place medal for a discus
throw of 88'10", enduring
wet, slippery conditions.
Dave will again compete in
1992 since that year is a
Dave Dixon qualifying year for the
Nationals. Dave encourages
participation at the state or
national level, the latter at which over 5,000 athletes
entered in 1991.
Dave's ties to Panama is that he arrived in
Panama when he was 10 years old in 1946 and left at the
end of his sophomore year at BHS. Had he stayed, he
would have been a 1953 graduate. When Dave left
Panama in 1951, he settled with his family in Suitland,
Maryland, and before graduating from high school, he
lettered in wrestling, track and field, and won a county
title in discus throwing.
Kelly Gilead graduated on May 16, 1992 from Virginia
Commonwealth University with a degree in Art,
Communication and Design.
Kelly is the granddaughter of Rosemary (Millett)
Gilead, of Arlington, Virginia.

Eileen Angle, formerly of the Panama Canal
Commission's Office of Inspector General, was in Egypt
this spring on an audit assignment for the Department of
State. When not working, Eileen checked out the local



Eileen Angle atop her "steed."
Joe and Debbie (Brown) Ford have returned to
Springfield, Virginia after a two-year voluntary DOD
assignment for both of them in Panama. Joe and Debbie
arrived in Panama just 10 days before "Operation Just
Cause" in December 1989 and stayed with Bob and
Jeanne (Chance) Rupp until quarters were arranged.
Both of their brand new cars, shipped to Panama, were
destroyed at Las Minas as a result of the U.S. invasion.
While in Panama, they took the opportunity to travel to
other Latin American countries and extensively
throughout Panama a most memorable stay for the
both of them.

L-R: Kevin. Kellv. Sue and sister Kerri Gilead.

Rosemary e Gead and George Downng.

Rosemary (Millett) Gilead and George Downing.

Joe and Debbie (Brown) Ford.
George Downing and Rosemary Gilead are pictured
together at the 50th wedding anniversary of Josephine
and Warren Marquard on the 4th of July in Houston,

Barbara (Bonnano) Sanders
(703) 536-8760



Bob and Dot Herrington celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on June 14 at the Columbia
Restaurant at the Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Their children, Bobbye Lou and Don Wellington
from Asheboro, North Carolina, Russ and Laurie
Herrington from Panama, hosted the lovely
cocktail/dinner/dance party where they paid special
tribute to their parents for their expression of love,
devotion and family values over the years.
A DJ provided the music and entertained the guests
with audience participation, including a very professional
performance from "Diana Ross" (Bobbye Lou
Wellington) and the "Supremes" (Kerry Wellington-
Burkhead, Colette Foster-Carlisle and Sue East).

Dorothy and Bob Herrington
Bob and Dot will join Bobbye Lou and Don as their
guests (an anniversary gift) on the Zonian Amigos New
Year's cruise aboard the "Love Boat" the Star Princess,
along with their grandchildren, great-granddaughter and
close friends.
Dot and Bob were also presented a beautiful white
and gold money tree (made by Marje Foster) from their
close friends and family. Guests included their children,
grandchildren, great-granddaughter and Dot's two sisters
and brother-in-law, Tommie Lou Horter from Austin,
Texas and Margie and Joe Hall from Mobile, Alabama.
Bob and Dot were married in the Baptist Church,
Balboa, Canal Zone and resided in the Canal Zone until
Bob's retirement in September, 1977. Since then, they
have resided in the Countryside area of Clearwater,


Dear Editor:
Enclosed find the Tampa Tribune article announcing
the degree recently awarded to me. I feel it shows that
we older Zonians still have the will to succeed.

While I was in the Zone, March 1941 through
October 1950, I had been a Police Officer, stationed at
the Administration Building. Major Myers was the Chief,
Wanke, the Inspector and Capt. Herman my initial
commander. I then took the International Accountant's
Society Correspondence course, highly recommended by
Joe Wood (Joe Wood Jr. is your Panama Canal Executive
Administrator now) and also recommended by Howard
Sprague, my brother-in-law, deceased.
I took my final exam under a Panama C.P.A. and
was subsequently grand-fathered in as a Public
Accountant by New York State. With my law
enforcement experience, I finally became an IRS chief
and after retirement, worked for NYC as the Chief
Investigative accountant for their Inspector General
handling frauds and other crimes against the City.

John Hampel in his ponton boat.

I had four children in the Zone, two became Nuns,
but later came out. While there, with Police Officer
Jimmie Hatcher at Gatun, we captured a Nazi spy with
the blue-prints of the bomb-proofing of the Locks. They
never acknowledged or gave us credit for this act, for
they didn't want the Nazis to know we had their man. Oh
well, at least we knew what we did.

Man, 73, earns degree

Congratulations are in order for John Hampel, who at
age 73, has earned his bachelor of science degree in the
humanities from Columbia Pacific University, in California.
His past course of study was accomplished despite
replacements to both knees and a hip. Hampel is a retired
chief with the IRS, Brooklyn, NY district and holds a New
York state public accountant's license. He also served as a
New York State Boy Scout merit badge counselor, and a
Panama Canal Zone police officer. The World War II
Navy veteran is a member of the VFW, Hernando Beach
Club and several organizations. He and his wife, Catherine,
live in Spring Hill, Florida.
Tampa Tribune
May 31, 1992


Dr. and Mrs. James M. Wolf are pleased to
announce the engagement of their daughter, Henrietta
(BHS'85) to Harris W. Hurst (BHS'85), son of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Hurst of Panama.

Henrietta WoIT and Harris w. Hurst
Henrietta has completed an internship in dietetics
and her Masters in Nutrition at Texas A&M University.
Harris is a Louisiana State University graduate with a
degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently
working for an engineering consulting firm in Fort
Worth, Texas.
The wedding date has been set for January 2, 1993,
at Sacred Heart Church in Ancon, Panama.


Ms. Shirley Felty of Wolfe City, Texas and Mr.
Jimmy Felty of Wolfe City, Texas are pleased to
announce the engagement of their daughter, Cathy
Diane, to Murray C. McArthur of Dallas, Texas. He is
the son of Mr. Charles McArthur of Dallas, Texas and
Mrs. Barbara Miller of Houston, Texas.

Cathy Diane Felty and Murray C. McArthur

The bride-elect is a 1990 graduate of Texas A&M
University with a BBA in accounting and is completing
her final year of law school at Baylor School of Law in
Waco, Texas. The groom is a 1983 graduate of Balboa
High School and a 1988 graduate of the University of
Central Florida with a BSBA in Finance. He is employed
by MCI Telecommunications as a communications
consultant in Dallas, Texas.
A May 1993 wedding is planned.


Mrs. Phyllis J. and Mr. Robert G. Neal of Hobe
Sound, Florida, are pleased to announce the engagement
of their daughter Stacy Ann to David R. Dahlstrom of
Tallahassee, Florida. He is the son of Linda Dalstrom,
Balboa, Panama, and Robert Dahlstrom, Sister Bay,

Stacy Ann Neal and David R. Dahlstrom
The bride-to-be earned a Master's degree in Urban
and Regional Planning in 1990 from Florida State
University and is employed by the Department of
Community Affairs in Tallahassee, Florida.
Her fiance has also earned a Master's degree in
Urban and Regional Planning in 1990 from FSU and is
employed by the Department of Community Affairs in
Tallahassee, FL.
A June 1993 wedding is planned.


Former La Boca residents Tom and Nancy Grimison,
now of Satellite Beach, FL, announce the engagement of
their daughter, Christina Marie (BHS'79), of Melbourne,
FL. to Edward N. Volonnino. also of Melbourne.

Christina Marie Grimison and Edward Volonnino.
Edward is the son of Nicholas and Alice Volonnino
of Cocoa Beach, FL.
An October 10 wedding is planned.


Warren and Josephine Marquard celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in Houston, Texas. They were
married on June 13, 1942 at the Fort Davis Chapel, but
decided to celebrate the anniversary in Houston on the
4th of July as it was also our daughter, Bonnie and Bill
Locke's anniversary on June 17. Leonor and Warren had
a dinner for them to celebrate, among the other parties
we had, which were given by our children, Warren and
his wife, Leonor; Bonnie (Marquard) and husband Bill
Locke; and John Marquard, and granddaughters Carrie
and Kelly Locke, Julie Marquard and grandson
Christopher Marquard. Many out-of-town visitors
attended the dinners, buffets, barbeque and breakfasts
put on by the family.

year player named Nathaniel Showalter (the current
Yankee manager) whom he dubbed "Buck." The
nickname stuck and Showalter is called "Buck" by all in
Ed Napoleon left the Yankees to take on major
league coaching assignments with the Cleveland Indians,
Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros, and spent the
last season as manager in the Baltimore Orioles system.
Ed joins another member of the Panama Canal
Society, Herb Rayburne, in the New York Yankee
baseball organization. Herb is chief of Latin American
Scouting Operations for the Yankees.
The 1992 Yankee Yearbook has a picture of Ed, his
wife, Marcy (Wood) and their sons, Eddie Jr. and Steve.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida congratulates
Ed Napoleon and wishes him the best of luck.


Patrick and Mary Lampasso of Seminole, Florida,
are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Gina Marie, to Robert Andrew Engelke of Seminole,

Warren and Josephine Marquard
A good time was had by all. We want to thank our
children for all they did and to tell them how appreciative
and grateful we are, and also to thank the families and
friends that came to celebrate with us on this wonderful
occasion. We also got a surprise call from JoAnn and
Vince Tusa, who live in San Jose, California.


Ed Napoleon was selected by the New York Yankee
manager as the Yankee first base coach. If you watch the
New York Yankee games on TV or are at a stadium
where the Yankees are playing, the coach at first base is
a former Zonian and Panama Canal Society member, Ed
The Yankees welcomed Ed back into the fold. He is
a coach that has had a long relationship in their
The 1992 season marks the 10th anniversary for Ed
who coached and managed in the minors for the Yankees
from 1974-1982. After a 15-year minor league playing
career, Napoleon was a manager in the Pirate farm
system from 1970-73 before joining the New York Club
as a minor league coach.
As a coach with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees of the
Florida State League in 1977, Ed encountered a first-

Gina Lampasso and Robert Engelke

Robert is the son of Robert and Nellie Engelke of
Seminole, Florida, and are formerly of the Panama Canal
A March 13th, 1993 ceremony is planned at Church
by the Sea in Madeira Beach, Florida.


I would like to commend one of your Area
Reporters, Catherine (Whelan) Filo from Dothan,
Alabama, for her article in the June 1992 Canal Record.
It was heart warming to read about so many of our
former Canal Zone ladies and men who contribute so
much of their time helping the community of Dothan as
Thank you Catherine, for recognizing those
Marje Foster
Palm Harbor, FL


Robert E. Wertz,
(BHS'40) of Belle Chasse,
LA. was recognized in June
by the Electrical Association
of New Orleans as a
"Pioneer of the Electrical
Industry" by reason of his
devoted service to the
He worked 30 years
with the Louisiana Power
and Light Company and
several years before that in
the electrical appliance




This i erifq ht

is recognized by this Association as a
by reason of his
devoted service to the industry.
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Don and Charlene

(Morency) Rogers of
Panama announce the
engagement of their
daughter, Sandi Lynn to
Jeffrey Graves of
Mocksville, North Carolina.
He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Graves of
The bride-elect is a 1987
graduate of Balboa High
School and a 1990 graduate
of Appalachian State
Sandi Lynn Rogers University in Boone, NC
and is employed by
American Airlines in
Raleigh, NC. The groom is also employed by American
Air;ines in Raleigh.
A September 19 wedding is planned in Salisbury,
North Carolina.


Jenny Ellen Bliss, sister of John Bliss, of Saratoga,
CA, daughter of Betty Ruth and Gerald D. Bliss III,
graduated June 19, 1992 from DeAnza College in
Cupertino, CA with an Associate degree in Liberal Arts.
She graduated in 1988 from Prospect High School in
Saratoga. She plans to attend Fresno State University in
January to earn a degree in nursing. Jenny is presently
doing volunteer work at Santa Clara Valley Medical
Center in San Jose, CA.
She is a runner and was a member of the college
team and competed in track and cross-country events.
For the past two years she has also competed in the
annual "Bay to Breakers Marathon" held each May in San
She is the granddaughter of Eleanor and the late
Gerald "Budd" Bliss of Campbell, CA.


Kristen Elise
Catron, the daughter of Jim
Catron (BHS'60) and the
granddaughter of Jim and
Eletheer Catron (Aiken,
SC), began Cadet Basic
Prd Training on June 29 at the
and United States Military
Academy at West Point,
SL. New York. Kristen was
nominated by Florida
Congressman Pete Peterson
(2nd District) and United
Kristen Catron States Senator Bob Graham.
Valedictorian of
the 1992 graduating class at Madison County High
School, Kristen maintained a 4.000 average in classes
which included AP courses in Calculus and English. She
was captain of the basketball and tennis teams in her
senior year as well as a section leader in the band.
Senior honors include Outstanding Senior; Florida
"Pride in Academics" recognition in mathematics, science
and social studies; National Merit Scholarship Letter of
Commendation; and recognition by her classmates as the
"Most Likely to Succeed." Kristen was a member of the
Beta Club, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of
Christian Athletics.
Kristen is one of the 138 women admitted as part of
the 1,210 new cadets in the Class of 1996. She has been
invited to try out for the Women's Tennis team at West


Dr. John (Buzz) Bjorneby recently received his Ph.D.
in Veterinary Science, with specialties in immunology and
pathology, from Washington State University.
He is the son of Dick and Pat (Leach) Bjorneby of
Gatun, Panama.

John (Buzz) and Patricia Bjorneby
After earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in
1984, Buzz practiced in Anchorage, Alaska for several
years. He returned to Washington State University to
work on his Ph.D. and taught at the School of Veterinary
Medicine. Buzz graduated from Cristobal High School in
He is presently working at the APL Veterinary
Laboratory in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Emmett (Aggie) Collins and his wife Luisa Graciela
de la Guardia (Chela) Collins celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on June 20, 1992 at the home of
their daughter, Peggy Hayes of Reno, Nevada. There
were approximately 30 people in attendance, including
eight grandchildren. Also in attendance was Aggie's
younger brother Hollis (Soapy) Collins and his wife Ann
Collins from Anaheim, California.

Back L-R: Tom Collins, Priscilla (Collins) Raines,
Peggy (Collins) hayes, Glen Collins, Patty (Collins)
Welch. Front: Emmett (Aggie) and Luisa Graciela de
la Guardia (Chela) Collins.
Aggie and Chela were married at Balboa
Magistrates Court on June 6, 1942. Aggie retired from
the Panama Canal Police Department in Balboa as top
sergeant on April 16, 1975 and moved to Reno, Nevada,
soon after.


Derek Stephen Henderson, son of James E.
Henderson, retired Panama Canal Commission computer
systems analyst, and Delia T. Henderson, formerly of
Panama's Chiriqui Province, was one of 450 graduating
high school students selected nation-wide by the
American Academy of Achievement to participate in the
Thirty-First Annual Banquet of the Golden Plate in Las
Vegas, Nevada.
Celebrities in attendance for the three day
celebration included General Colin Powell, George Lucas,
Dolly Parton, Dr. Edward Teller, Clyde Tombaugh,
Herschel Walker, Julius Erving, Oprah Winfrey, Tom
Clancy, Oliver Stone, Tom Selleck, Jessye Norman,
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Michael Critchon,
Barbara Streisand, Kevin Costner, William Gates III,
The Honorable Robert Gates, Thomas Sutherland, and
the crew of the space shuttle "Endeavour."
Derek has earned a variety of twelve awards, from
National Merit Scholar to Eagle Scout, as well as earning
scholarships which he will use next year when he attends
Amherst College in Massachusetts. He is listed in the
Who's Who of American High School Students.


John D. Bliss, son of Beth and Gerald D. Bliss III,
and grandson of Eleanor and the late Gerald D. "Budd"
Bliss Jr. of Campbell, CA, recently completed a course
at the Business Computer Training Institute in Everett,
WA. He graduated first in his class in Office Automation,
Accounting and related skills. His goal is to study
computer aided graphic design.
John's parents attended his graduation on May 13,
1992 and then returned to England where he is employed
as a computer engineer with the U.S. government.


The engagement of Wendy Marie Hunter and John
N. Beers, Jr. is announced by their parents, Fred R.
Hunter, Tallahassee, FL (formerly from the Canal Zone,
BHS'62) and Gloria J. Hunter, Topeka, KS. Mr. Beers is
the son of John N. Beers and Vicki Fugett, both of
Lawrence, KS.
Miss Hunter is a graduate of Topeka West High
School and attends Washburn University, majoring in
dance, theater and communications. She is the
granddaughter of Pat Ryan Hunter of Dothan, AL.
Mr. Beers is a graduate of Lawrence High School
and attends the University of Kansas majoring in
psychology and social welfare. He is employed by Target


Ted Brackin, son of Kathleen M. Cox and grandson
of Shirley L. Cox, graduated May 30, 1992, from the
University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
political science.

L-R: Shirley Cox, Ted Brackin, Kathleen Cox.
Shirley Cox lived in the Zone from 1935 until 1963
with her husband, Richard, and now lives in
Charlottesville, VA. Kathleen Cox graduated from Balboa
High School in 1959 and is also a resident of
Charlottesville where she is employed as a nurse.
Ted plans to attend graduate school at the University
of Delaware in the fall.


James amd Dorothy Bryant celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary on June 28, 1992 at their home in
Lutz, in Florida. They were married in San Bernadino,
Their family consists of two daughters, two
grandsons, two granddaughters, and six great-
James worked for the U.S. Navy and the Canal Zone
Fire Division, and Dorothy worked for the U.S. Army
and the Panama Canal Commission while they resided in
the Balboa and Gamboa districts. Both were active in the
Masonic, Eastern Star and Rainbow Girls organizations
from 1956 until both retired in 1973 and 1974
Their daughter, her husband and son, Beverly,
Warren and Michael McGuire paid them a surprise visit
from their home in North Carolina on the 27th to see her
parents. They brought gifts, a beautiful cake and punch
to celebrate the occasion.
Well wishes and congratulations were received from
their friends and relatives.


Deannine Lynne Mann,
daughter of Donna
(Humphrey) Mann and the
late David T. Mann, and
granddaughter of Gladys B.
Humphrey, all of Sarasota, -
Florida, graduated from -*
Sarasota High School on
June 2, 1992.
Deannine played
fastpitch softball on the r
school's varsity Lady Sailors
team as starting second
baseman for three years.
The highlight of her senior Deannine L. Mann
year was hitting two
homeruns in one game resulting in four RBI's for the 4
to 1 win.
In the fall she will be attending Hillsborough
Community College in Tampa, Florida on an athletic
scholarship to play softball.


Charles T. Reeves II


Charles T. Reeves II,
has been promoted to the
rank of Captain, in the
Corps of Engineers of the
United States Army
Charles is the son of
Charles T. Reeves, a retired
former Cristobal High
School teacher now residing
in New Port Richey,


Hugh A. Norris and Patrice (Wallace) Urick are
happy to announce their marriage in San Antonio, Texas
on April 30, 1992.

Patrie Urik and Hugh Norris

After June 1, 1992, their new address will be 3803
Pebble Creek Lane, Dothan, Alabama 36303.


Robert E. (Bob) Whitam and Patricia (Pat Heitman)
Lenneville, both formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, were
married at a private ceremony on April 22, 1992 in
Medina Ohio.

Robert (Bob) and Pat (Heitman) Whitam
Bob and Pat have known each other for over 50
years. They met again after 47 years only last June at the
Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, Florida. Both
are graduates of Balboa High School Class of 1944.
Pat has joined Bob at 3208 Trails Lake Drive,
Medina, OH 44256 where they will reside.


Rachel Elizabeth Munchbach and Daniel Kerry
Clouser were united in marriage in a double ring
ceremony on June 27, 1992 at Hope United Church of
Christ in Rockledge, Florida. Rachel is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Munchbach, formerly of Gamboa
and Corozal, Panama. Daniel is the son of Trudy
Wanner of Hummelstown, PA and Kerry Clouser of
Millersburg, PA.

A. .

Rachel Elizabeth Munchbach and Daniel Kerry
Many friends attended from Panama and formerly
from the Canal Zone.
Rachel recently graduated from Jacksonville
University in Jacksonville, Florida and was commissioned
as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. She is presently attending
Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, RI. Daniel
is completing his senior year at Jacksonville University
and will receive his commission as an Ensign in the U.S.
Navy upon graduation in December.
The couple presently make their home in
Jacksonville, Florida.

Tanza Jo Conneely and Christopher Mizell
Scripture readings during the ceremony were
presented by Charles Hales and Norbert Violette. Music
for the ceremony was provided by Phil Ceccio, with
Alison Slicker and Liz L'Allier serving as vocalists.
A reception was held immediately after the ceremony
in Patrick Air Force Base's NCO Club.
The bride, a graduate of Flagler College in St.
Augustine, FL is currently employed by Circles of Care
in Rockledge, FL. The bridegroom is a student at
Brevard Community College in Melbourne.
After a wedding trip to Marco Island, the couple is
at home in Melbourne. Mailing address: P.O. Box
360093, Melbourne, FL 32936-0093.


Ruth A. Schmidt and Craig S. Darling, both of
Tallahassee, Florida, were married May 23, 1992 at faith
Presbyterian Church. The bride's parents are Patricia B.
Andrews and Chief John E. Schmidt, Jr., both of
Tallahassee. The bridegroom is the son of Patricia
Sands, Gainesville, FL and Donald E. Darling,


Bob (BHS'52) and Carol Conneely of Satellite Beach,
Florida, announce the marriage of their daughter, Tanza
Jo, to Christopher Mizell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Mizell of Melbourne, Florida. The exchange of vows took
place during the Nuptial Mass on May 9, 1992, in the
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic,
Attending the bride were Sandy Heidman as matron
of honor, and Shelly Mizell, Emily Stewart, Nola
Hogarth, and Amanda Mather as bridesmaids.
The bridegroom's attendants included Rob Shally as
best man, and Barry Conneely, Jeff Cooper, Jimmy
Bernier and David L'Allier as groomsmen. Rebecca
L'Allier served as flower girl.

W /'
L-R: CMS John E. Schmidt's children: John C.
Schmidt, Tracy (Schmidt) Boyce, Ruth (Schmidt)
Darling, Kathleen (Schmidt) Ryan, Daniel G.

Honor attendant was Tracy L. Boyce, bride's sister,
Tallahassee. Bridesmaids were Kathleen Ryan, bride's
sister, Colorado Springs, CO; Diane Schmidt, Sylvia
Schmidt, both bride's sisters in law, both of Tallahassee;
Cheryl Schmidt, bride's cousin, San Angelo, TX; Jennifer
Finlen, bridegroom's sister, Tallahassee. Flower girls
were Adieren M. Boyce, bride's niece, Tallahassee; and
Britten Finlen, bridegroom's niece, Niceville, FL.
David Darling, bridegroom's brother, Tallahassee,
served as best man. Groomsmen were the bride's father;
Marc Finlen, bridegroom's brother, Niceville; John
Schmidt and Dan Schmidt, both bride's brothers, and
David Wainwright, all of Tallahassee. Junior groomsman
was Ryan Schmidt, bride's nephew, Tallahassee. Ring
bearer was Matthew Schmidt, bride's nephew,
Following the ceremony, a reception was given by the
bride's father at Ramada Inn North. After a wedding trip
to Disney Resort area, Orlando, the couple will reside in
Tallahassee. Both are employed by Tallahassee Memorial
Regional Medical Center.


Dick and Pat (Leach) Bjorneby proudly announce
their marriage of their daughter, Kristi Lynn to David
Anthony Vanella on December 21, 1991 at Fort Gulick
Chapel, Panama.
Joann Eckel was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were
Jan (Bjorneby) Krajewski, sister of the bride, and Wendy
Papson, cousin of the bride. The groom's brother, Dana
Vanella was best man. Groomsmen were Marc Bjorneby,
brother of the bride, and Chris Conway. Nathan
Krajewski, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer and
Monique Herring was flower girl.


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Dick Bjorneby, Kristi Lynn Bjorneby, David A.
Vanella, Pat (Leach) Bjorneby.
Family and friends from out-of-town included the
groom's parents, Tony and Dee Amorelli, San Clemente,
CA; Marion (Leach) Papson, the bride's aunt, Hamburg,
NY; and Dale and Hal Conway, Denton, TX.
After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple
settled in Naples, Florida.


Miss Annette Garcia and Mr. Lee J. Morton were
married April 18, 1992 in a beautiful garden setting in
Dallas while a harpist played soft music for the occasion.
The bride and her party arrived at the ceremony in an
open carriage drawn by two white horses.
The maid of honor was the bride's sister, Antoinette,
and sisters Lucie, Rose, and Frances were bridesmaids.
Paul Morton, brother of the groom, was best man, and
the groomsmen were Jack, father of the groom, and
Brett, cousin of the groom.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Helen
Castanega of El Paso, Texas and Mr. Frank Garcia of
Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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Annette Garcia and Lee J. Morton
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morton
of Austin, Texas; and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
Neville A. Harte of Holiday, Florida.
Following the brief ceremony, the bride and groom
hosted a reception at the nearby gazebo which had been
nicely decorated with garland and balloons. A violinist
circulated through the guests playing music ranging from
semi-classical to country.
The wedding was well attended by family and friends,
including many former Canal Zone residents.
The couple went on a short honeymoon trip to
Corpus Christi and now reside at 408 Vernet St.,
Richardson, Texas 75080.


Tracie Wyss and Rick Deakins of Cocoa, Florida,
were united in marriage on March 7, 1992 at Clearlake
First Baptist Church, Cocoa, Florida.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Davies of
Merritt Island, FL. Parents of the groom are Randall and
JoElla Deakins of Cocoa, FL formerly of Gamboa, Canal
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid
of honor was Mrs. Sue Kessel. The bridesmaid was
Michelle Osborne, cousin of the bride. Best men were
Tim and Tom Deakins, twin brothers of the groom. The
usher was Rich Davies, brother of the bride.
A program of wedding music was presented by Sue
Deakins, aunt of the groom, on the organ.

Traci and Rick Deakins, March 7, 1992

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents were
hosts of a reception at the Foundadtion House at
Brevard Community College.
Canal Zoners attending the wedding included Terry
and Sue Deakins, Allison and Mark Deakins, Roger and
Violet Deakins, the groom's grandparents, and many
other friends.
The groom's parents entertained the wedding party
with a rehearsal dinner at their home in Cocoa. Violet
Deakins made the decorations.
The bride is employed by Brevard Community
College. The groom is employed by NASA, and is a 1983
graduate of Balboa High School. The couple
honeymooned on a five day cruise to the Bahamas and
now reside at 1554 University Lane, Apt. 303, Cocoa,
Florida, 32922.

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


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Salyer of Jacksonville, Florida,
formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce the
marriage of their daughter Terri, to Major Jeffrey B.
Lang, U.S. Army. The Langs exchanged vows at a
beachside ceremony on July 2, 1992 at James Lee Park
in Destin, Florida. A dinner reception was held
immediately following the ceremony at Surfside Resort.
The matron of honor was Cheri (Gayer)
McGuinness and the flower girl was Melissa Lang,
daughter of the groom. The best man was the groom's
father, and ushers were the groom's three brothers.
Terri is the Chief of Protocol and Public Affairs at
the U.S. School of the Americas, Fort Benning, Georgia,
and is attending Troy State University to complete her
B.S. in Business Administration.

Maj. and Mrs. Jeffrey B. Lang (Terri Salyer)
Jeff is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart C. Lang of
Fort Worth, Texas. He is stationed at Fort Benning, and
is the Operations and Training Officer (S-3) of the 2d
Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. He is a 1980 graduate
of Stephen F. Austin Univertsity, Nacadoches, Texas, and
also holds a M.B.A. from Webster University, San
Antonio, Texas.
The couple reside in Columbus, Georgia.


Deborah Ann Tibbit and William Edward Benny
were married on March 21, 1992, at the Holy Family
Catholic Church, Columbus, Georgia.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hunt,
of Yorktown, Virginia. The groom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Benny of Columbus, GA. Grandparents are
Mrs. Tobi Bittel of Columbus, and Mrs. Dorothy Benny
of Dothan, AL.

Deborah Ann Tibbit and MA

The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid
of honor was Mary Ann Hunt. Nicky Jennings of
Columbus, served as flower girl. Paul Coleman of
Panama served as best man. Ringbearer was Michael
Reno of Grand Prairie, TX. Ushers were Steve Mokalis
of Columbus, GA and Mark Hunt of Yorktown, VA.
After a wedding cruise to the Bahamas, the couple
reside in Columbus, Georgia.


Miss Danni Leigh Davis and William H. Harris, Jr.
were united in marriage at a Nuptial Mass held at Saint
Anne Catholic Church, Columbus, Georgia, on March 14,
100 )

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Harris, Jr. (Danni Leigh
Davis) and Geri (McGriff) Davis

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Charles L.
Davis of Columbus, GA and Mr. and Mrs. William H.
Harris, Sr., of Phenix City, AL. The bride's grandparents
are Mrs. H.C. Davis and the late Henry C. Davis, and
Mr. and Mrs. E. Corbin McGriff, Sr., all of Dothan, AL.
The grooms grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edlow
Godwin from Phenix City, AL.


Catherine Boland and Michael Emrick were married
June 6, 1992 in Columbia, South Carolina. Cathy is the
daughter of Don and Geneva Boland of Columbia, SC
(formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone). Mike is the son of
Ron and Pat Emrick of Dunedin, Florida.
The bride graduated from the University of South
Carolina, with Honors, in May, and is employed with the
State of South Carolina in the field of AIDS education.

Mike and

The groom, also a graduate of USC, is employed as
the Systems and Database Administrator, with the South
Carolina National Bank, which recently merged with
Wachovia Bank of North Carolina.
The couple will move to Winston-Salem, NC, in the
near future, where Mike will be promoted within
Wachovia Bank.


Pictured is adorable
Auriana Lehua Fernandez,
born to Kristina Anna
Pedersen Fischer and James
Fernandez, on February 8,
1992. Auriana is very much A
welcomed by her many
grandparents. Great-granpa
Fr. Bill Baldwin, Pete P ,
Pedersen and Frank i
Fischer. Grandparents are Auriana Lehua
Nelky and Bob Pedersen, Fernandez
and Greg and Vicki Baldwin
Fischer. Proud uncle ET-3 Rob Pedersen Fischer was in
Hawaii for Auriana's arrival...his ship, the USS
Wadsworth made a three-day stop on a WESTPAC

Dennis and Nadja (Van
Hoose) Campbell of Fort
Wayne, Indiana are proud
to announce the birth of
their daughter Micaela
Camille Campbell on June
12, 1992.
Maternal grandparents
are Camille Van Hoose of
Fort Wayne, IN, and Jack
Van Hoose of Port
Charlotte, FL. Paternal
grandparents are Clarence
and Helen Campbell of
Logansport, Indiana.
Micaela Camille is pictured


Micaela Camille
one week old.

Gary and Barbara Hudson with grandson Jonathon
Gary and Barbara Hudson of Sarasota, Florida, are
happy to announce the birth of their first grandchild, a
boy, born November 24, 1991, to their son and daughter-
in-law, Scott and Karen Hudson, in West Palm Beach,
The baby who has been named Jonathan Caleb
Hudson, weighed 5 lbs. and measured 18-1/2 inches at
birth. His father is an electrical engineer with Pratt &

Madeline and Alise Coffey
Cameron Marie.

new sister,

Michael and Shawn Coffey of Tampa, Florida are
very pleased to announce the birth of their third child -
another beautiful girl Cameron Marie. Cameron Marie
was born on May 9, 1992, thus sharing birthdays with her
grandma Mary (Morland) Coffey!
Cameron Marie is the baby sister of Medeline (5)
and Alise (19 months). She is the granddaughter of John
B. Coffey, Jr. of Corozal, Panama, and the great-
granddaughter of Mary (Melendez) Coffey and Virginia
(Woodhull) Morland.

Craig S. and Donna
(Gower) Van Horn of Hot
Springs, Arkansas, are '
proud to announce the birth .
of their first child, Ernest '
Graig, who was born on-
February 12, 1991. Craig S.
was born and educated in
the Canal Zone. He
graduated in 1977 from
Balboa High School and
attended Canal Zone Junior
College before moving to
the States with his parents
at the time of their Ernest Craig
retirement. Van Horn
The proud grandparents are Ernest C. and Lois Van
Horn of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Ernest retired as an
electrical supervisor at pedro Miguel Locks in 1977.


Katelyn (4) and
sister Shannon (3 wks)

Mr. and Mrs. William
Riley (BHS'52) are proud to
announce the birth of their
second granddaughter
Shannon, three weeks old,
held by sister, Katelyn, four
years old.
They are the great
granddaughters of Joseph J.
Riley and the late Emily J.
Riley of Dothan, Alabama
and formerly of Pedro

Dustin Andrew

Paul and Darlene
Morton of Austin, Texas,
are pleased to announce the
birth of their second son,
Dustin Andrew Morton on
April 26, 1992.
The proud
paternal grandparents are
Jack and Jo Ann (Harte)
Morton of 11215 Deadoak
Lane, Austin, Texas, and the
equally proud maternal
grandparents are Sophia
and Don Herman of Toledo,

Jill and Skip Berger announce the birth of a baby
boy on July 17, 1992. It weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and
they named him Joseph Lane Berger.
Grandparents are Cash and Mary Jane Paulson.
They will be leaving for Panama on August 4, to spend
a month with Jill, Skip and Joseph.

George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker of Sarasota,
Florida, proudly announce the birth of their first great-
grandchild, Alexander Nelson Peregoy, on July 7, 1992, at
Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA., born to
their grandson, Tommy and Katie Peregoy.
Paternal grandparents are Carole (Walker) Miller of
Tampa, FL and Thomas Nelson Peregoy, Jr. of
Richmond, VA. The paternal great-grandparents are Bea
and Irving Peregoy of Richmond, VA.

John and Martha (Bell) *
Corrigan of Deltona,
Florida are pleased to
announce the birth of their
son, John Paul Corrigan, V, *-
on June 2, 1992.
The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and b
Mrs. John (Jack) Corrigan,
III (Gloria Ely) of
Clearwater, Florida.
The maternal John Paul Corrigan
grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. William R. (Dick) Bell (Amelia Tourino) also of
Deltona, Florida.
John and Martha's new son weighed in at six pounds
and measured twenty inches from head to toe. They live
at 1309 Deltona Blvd., Deltona, FL 32725. (407) 860-


Effective for the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will net be accepted
unless they are shcwn
with their parents. Lease
see "Editcr's Corner."

Christi (Lee) and Tony
Farrugia of Panama City, in
the Republic of Panama, are
very happy to announce the
birth of their son, Marco
Antonio Farrugia, Jr.
Marco was born on
December 22, 1991 and
Marco Antonio weighed seven pounds and
Farrugia, Jr. six ounces at birth.

Heather and Will Rogers (BHS'83) announce the
birth of their daughter, Olivia Anne, March 8, 1992 at
Cape Canavaral Hospital. Sharing in the honors are
maternal grandparents Henry and Scarlette Masson of
Titusville, FL and Bill and Edna Rogers of Panama and
Orlando, FL.

Mrs. Jean Campbell Farrington Inzer of Atlanta,
Georgia is proud to announce the birth of her 5th
grandchild, Katherine Lynn Farrington, born April 28,
1992 in Atlanta, Georgia. Katherine weighed in an 6 lbs.
9 oz. and was 19 inches long.
She joins her sister Ashley Nicole Farrington, age 2
Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.C.
Bruce of Winston Salem, North Carolina.

i m

Zachary Joseph

Bud and Linda
(Smith) Silliman are proud
to announce the birth of
their son, Zachary Joseph
on March 13, 1992 in
Charleston, South Carolina.
M a t e r n a l
grandparents are Gil and
Sue Smith, who retired
from the Panama Canal
Zone last year and who now
reside in Clearwater,

Daniel and Pepi Larson of Meridian, Mississippi
proudly announce the birth of their second child, a son,
born June 2, 1992 in Meridian, MS.
The paternal grandparents are Ron and Robbin
(Smith) Larson of Bradenton, FL. The paternal great
grandparents are Rob and Elsie (Neely) Smith of
Sarasota, FL.
The baby, who has been named Christopher Daniel
Larson, weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and joins his sister, 18
month old Sarah Marie Larson.

a "6uelkted e 10 teinm, 6 S4o4nae;

Carlos X. Aguirre, 32, died July 5, 1992, in Miami,
Florida. He was born in Ancon, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his mother, Eleonora Aguirre of
Columbus, GA; a brother, Francis M. of Tampa, FL; and
two sisters, Estela A. Hammond of Naperville, IL, and
Yvonne M. Jorge of Davenport, IA, and several nephews
and a niece.

Pvt. Bradley C. Baker, 20, of Angleton, Texas, died
July, 5, 1992 as a result of an accident at Fort Benning,
Georgia. He was a 1990 graduate of Angleton High
School and was a paratrooper in the United States Army
at Ft. Benning.
He is survived by his parents, Douglas D. and Sharon
(Wheeler) Baker of Angleton; a brother, Gregory Baker
of Angleton; and grandparents Bill and Jeanne Wheeler
of Bayonet Point, Florida.

Anna J. Bartlett, 92, died June 15, 1992 at Suncoast
Manor Health Center, St. Petersburg, Florida. She was
born in Chicago and came to the Canal Zone in 1914.

She was employed in the Commissary Division, becoming
cashier at Ancon and Balboa and later in Gamboa. She
was a member of the Union Church where she was a
soloist, also the Ancon Morning Musical and worked with
the Red Cross during World War II. She was married to
"Billy" Bartlett, a Roosevelt Medal holder who came to
the Canal Zone in 1907 after a near fatal search for gold
in the jungles of Panama. They came to St. Petersburg in
1944 and joined the Panama Canal Society. Billy served
as Legislative Representative and Anna was hostess for
a number of Reunions. They both helped produce and
publish early issues of the Canal Record. They were
members of the First United Methodist Church and
Anna was active in several charity organizations and the
Garden Club. Ill health forced her to give up these
She is survived by several cousins and was especially
close to her cousin Ethel Askew.

Gerald D. "Budd" Bliss, Jr., 86, passed away in
Campbell, California on April 25, 1992. He was born on
an Indian Reservation in Salamanca, New York. He came
to the Isthmus at ten months of age in March 1906 and
lived in a railroad car in Pedro Miguel.
Budd was a very active member of the Balboa
Heights Baptist Church and was one of the founders of
the Christian Radio Station (HOXO) in Panama City,
R.P. He also served as a Deacon in their home First
Baptist Church in Campbell. He was the Director of
Youth for Christ in San Jose, CA and served on the
Board of Regents at Liberty University in Lynchberg,
VA, and served in various offices or as a volunteer in
many organizations. He was Master of Canal Zone
Lodge AF&AM in 1946 and served the Masonic
organization for 65 years. He was recently awarded his
50-year pin and Service Medal in a special ceremony in
his home. He was also a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida and of California. At the time of his
retirement, he owned and operated the Bliss Beverage
Break Service, a vending machine operation in California.
He is survived by many loving family members,
namely his wife, Eleanor Lawson Bliss of Campbell;
daughters, Manola B. Cully, San Jose, CA., Marjorie B.
Stevenson, Newton, CT., Carolyn B. Vance, Penn Valley,
CA., son Gerald D. Bliss III, England; sisters, Zonella
Field, San Fernando, CA., Tinsie Barnes, Gladys
Humphrey and Mayno Walker, all of Sarasota, FL., and
a brother, Curtis H. Bliss, Rockledge, FL., eleven
grandchildren and four great-grandchilden.

Matthew P. Brackin, 24, son of Kathleen M. Cox and
grandson of Shirley L. Cox, died July 10, 1992 from
injuries related from a motorcycle accident in Austin,
Texas. Matthew was employed as a carpenter for an
Austin Firm.
In addition to his mother and grandmother, he is
survived by his father, Larry Brackin, of Austin; two
brothers, Tom of Austin and Ted of Newark, Delaware;
and two sisters, Anne Brackin of Charlottesville, VA.,
and Lancie Brackin of Austin.

Howard Henry Carey, 80, died May 13, 1992 in
Charlotte, North Carolina after many years of poor
health. He retired from the Railroad Division in 1973
after 30 years of government service.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma P.; son Harry of
Pleasanton, CA; a daughter, L'Nore (Cissie) Kotulski of
Concord, and daughter Deborah Swearingen of
Charlotte, NC; and five grandchildren.

Marcy (Mike) Howell Carpenter II, 54, of Ft. Walton
Beach, Florida died April 6, 1992 of instantaneous
cardiac arrest. Born in Gorgas Hospital, he was the son
of Ira (Sam) S. Carpenter and Helen L. Smith, both
deceased. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist
Church and of Ft. Walton Beach Elks Club. He attended
schools in the Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High
School in 1955, and Auburn University. He was employed
as a Canal Zone policeman and a marine traffic
controller prior to his transfer to the U.S. Army Missle
Intelligence Command in Huntsville, AL in 1967. He
retired from that position in 1979.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Carpenter of Ft.
Walton Beach; daughter, Elizabeth Carpenter of Atlanta,
GA; stepdaughters Laura and Rebecca Federoff of Ft.
Walton Beach, and Holly Federoff of Los Angeles, CA;
sons Lawrence Lee Carpenter of Huntsville, AL and
Michael Carpenter of Gainesville, FL; stepsons Nikolai
Federoff of Ft. Walton Beach, and John Federoff of San
Luis Obispo, CA; a sister, Anne Rathgeber of Jonesboro,
GA; an a brother, Gerald S. Odom of Birmingham, AL.
Mike's friend from school days in the Canal Zone,
Reginald M. Hayden Jr., of Miami, FL, delivered a
heartwarming eulogy at the services conducted by the Ft.
Walton Beach Elks Club.

Ethel Cooper, 87, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
June 1, 1992. Born in Saratoga, NY, she left the Canal
Zone in 1969 when she retired as an executive secretary
for the Panama Canal Company after 30 years of service,
and her late husband, Gerold E. Cooper retired from the
Dredging Division. She was a member of Delta Zeta
sorority and Chrust United Methodist Church, St.
Survivors include a son, Gerold R. of St. Petersburg;
and a sister, Patricia Callahan, El Paso, Texas.

Harold M. Cooper, 76, of Willingboro, New Jersey,
died May 28, 1992 at St. Francis Hospital in Colorado
Springs, Colorado, during a visit to the U.S. Air Force
Academy. He was a native and longtime resident of the
Panama Canal Zone, also living in South Carolina and
Gaithersburg, MD. He was employed as a Captain/pilot
for the Panama Canal for more than 40 years.
He is survived by his wife, the former Florence G.
Jones; two sons, Emerson A. Cooper of Willingboro and
Lt.Cmdr. Antonio A. Cooper with the U.S. Navy,
Memphis, TN; six grandchildren; three brothers, Leroy
and Horace Cooper, both of Rep. of Panama and Dr.
Emerson A. Cooper of Huntsville, AL; and a sister, Mrs.
Ruby Mitchell of Fairfield, California.

Beverly L. Creel, 66, died June 13, 1992 at
Providence Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. He retired
from the Panama Canal Zone in August 1976. He was a
veteran of World War II and attended the University of
Chicago. He went to Panama in 1956 and was employed
as a police officer from 1958 to 1979. Most of his police
career was served as a jungle patrolman on the Pacific
Side. By request from the Canal Zone Governor, he
attended the Army's Jungle Warfare Training School in
Ft. Sherman and the Air Force's Tropical Survival
School. He was an ardent aviator, member of AOPA,
Life Member of NRA, the Panama Canal Society of
Florida and a member of Christ United Methodist
Church in Mobile.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine; two
daughters, Connie Gambini and Karen Lefler; two sons,
Colin Creel and Kent Creel and six grandchildren.
Contributions to the World Wildlife Fund may be
made to Christ United Methodist Church, Beverly Creel
Memorial, 1601 Gelot Rd., Mobile, AL 36609.

Marjorie M. Curtis passed away on March 31, 1992
at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a lengthy
She is survived by her husband, Edward M. Curtis;
a son, Paul M. Moeller, and a step-son, Donald E. Curtis
and eight grandchildren.

Bessie M. Daughtry, 80, of Dothan, Alabama, died
May 22, 1992 at a local hospital after a long illness. She
was born in Malvern and lived in Geneva until 1942.
Upon her marriage to Lt.Col. J.B. Daughtry she resided
in several areas while Col. Daughtry served for 30 years
in the USAF. She taught school in Alabama, Florida and
Balboa Elementary School, Canal Zone for several years
and retired from the Florida School System with more
than 20 years of service. In addition, she served more
then 25 years, primarily in the Air Force Library System
and retired as head of the US Air Force World Wide
Library System at Randolph AFB in Texas.
Survivors include her husband, LTC J.B. Daughtry
(USAF Ret.), Dothan; Five sisters-in-law, Mrs. James
Miller, Mrs. Julius Miller, both of Ft. Walton Beach, FL,
Mrs. Troy (Kate) Daughtry, Hartford, Mrs. Ralph
Daughtry, Fairhope, Mrs. Bill (Evelyn) Eubanks, Dothan;
and brother-in-law, Albert Daughtry, OH; and several
nieces and nephews.

Col. Homer L. Davis, Jr. of Menlo Park, California,
died February 28, 1992 at the Stanford University
Medical Center, after a ten year bout with cancer. After
graduating from M.I.T. with an Electrical Emgineering
degree, he went to work for the Electrical Division of the
Panama Canal in 1937. He was called to active duty in
1941 in the US Army Signal Corps in Corozal. In 1942 he
married the former Dorothy Hinds who was born and
raised in the Canal Zone. The couple, with three
children, left the Canal Zone in 1946 for the U.S. and
many overseas assignments, returning many times to the
Canal Zone to visit relatives.

Col. Davis is survived by his wife of 50 years, and by
a daughters, Lt.Col. Valerie Davis, and Dorothy
McCloskey; and son Lt.Col. Homer L. Davis III, USA,
Ret.; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Louis Davis, 89, died peacefully in his sleep on April
22, 1992 in Perrine, Florida where he lived. As he
requested, he was buried in Mount Saint Mary Cemetery,
Flushing, NY with his wife, Ventura Marie Saturnina
Davis (Forbes) of Colombia, whom he met at Coco Solo
Hospital where she worked. She preceded him in death
in 1976. He was born in Brooklyn, NY of Jewish parents.
He closed his waning electrical contracting business in
1939 when Hitler was on the rise, and arrived on the
Canal Zone to start a new life as electrician with the
Atlantic side Mt. Hope Electrical Division from which he
retired in 1965. He was a master electrician and was
recently commended by Harry Van Arsdale, Jr.,
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW),
Local #3, NYC, NY, for being instrumental in forming
the IBEW along with others, including H. Van Arsdale,
Sr., former IBEW president. He retired from the IBEW
with 50 years of service.
He is survived by his children, Helen Davis and
Louis Davis, both of Perrine; Shirley Davis of Bronx, NY;
Theodore Davis of Wilbraham, MA; and grandchildren
Melanie, Louis, Katherine and Julia Davis.

Florence May Farr, 68, of College Station, Texas,
died May 25, 1992 in a local hospital after a long and
courageous battle with cancer. "Flossie" was born in
Panama City, Panama; her grandfather, J.F. Smith was a
Roosevelt Medal holder, with bar. Her father was Mark
D. Farr who worked for the Panama Railroad; her
mother was Lil Farr who worked for the Commissary and
in later years ran the gift shop at the YMCA in Balboa;
her aunt was May Kilcorse, married to Bob Kilcorse,
Panama Canal pilot. Florence was a Balboa High School
graduate in 1942, and had attended Canal Zone Junior
College. She later attended nursing school at Baptist
Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN and was a Pan
American Airlines stewardess, then as chief stewardess
from 1944 to 1949. She next worked as a biochemical lab
technician for Texas A&M University and then for the
USDA (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture) where for the last 14
years, she was also the Equal Employment Opportunity
Officer for the entire Southern Plains region. The
Director of her research lab eulogized, by letter, to all
employees; "Florence May was blessed by an active,
productive, and event-filled life that most of us can only
envy." Florence was considered to be one of, if not the
most effective counselor in the Agency. She had been a
resident of College Station since 1949. She also worked
for 28 years in the First Aid Room during football
Survivors include her two closest friends, June
Cooper, who cared for her in her final days, and
Christine Opersteny, both of College Station.


Melba Fox, 80, of Dunnellon, Florida, died June 8,
1992 at Seven Rivers Community Hospital. A native of
Grandville, Illinois, She left the Canal Zone in 1970 upon
retirement as a transportation supervisor with the U.S.
Air Force. She was a member of Dunnellon Presbyterian
Church; and Past Worthy Matron of Fern Leaf Chapter
of Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include a son, Gerald F., Raton, NM; a
sister, Marguerite Schwiderski, Winona, IL; two grand-
children and a great-grandchild.

James 'Jim' A. Fraser, 63, of Bradenton, Florida,
died June 27, 1992 in Shands Teaching Hospital,
Gainesville, Florida. Born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, he
left the Panama Canal Company, Canal Zone in July of
1988 with over 39 years of service. He was an Army
veteran and was a member of Palma Sola Presbyterian
Church of Bradenton and a member of Abou Saad
Shrine Temple in the Panama Canal.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; and a daughter,
Sherri Elizabeth of Bradenton.

Kathleen Cooke Gough, 83, of Marrero, Louisiana,
died June 17, 1992 at West Jefferson Medical Center,
Marrero. She was born in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and
lived in Marrero for 13 years. She was a retired civilian
comptroller for the Army in the Panama Canal Zone and
received the Army Decoration for Meritorious Civilian
Survivors include her husband, John R. Gough, Sr.;
two sons, John R. Gough II and William E. Gough III;
three sisters, Isabel and Beryl Breaux and Nora
Tomlinson; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins
and other relatives.

Stephan (Steff) Morton Gray, 32, of Alexandria,
Virginia, passed away on February 26, 1992 after being
struck by a car. Steff graduated from Balboa High School
in 1979 and then attended SMSU majoring in
broadcasting. His last job was as news director for 0104
in The Dalles, Oregon.
He is survived by his parents, Colonel Thomas and
Arlene Gray of Alexandria; his brother Tom Jr., of
Manassas, VA.; a sister, Tamie (Gray) Mense of Silver
Spring, MD; an aunt, Marilyn Morton of Seekonk, MA.,
and his son, Asa William Gray.

Frederick J. Harrington, 70, a part-time resident of
Dunnellon and Tampa, Florida, died June 12, 1992 in
Dunnellon. A native of Puerto Rico, he was a retired
U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the VFW Jesse
L. Brewer Memorial Post 100, Panama Canal, and a
member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
He is survived by three daughters, Karen Harrington
and Jeanette Harrington, both of Miami, and Miriam
Schirmer of Arlington, TX; a son, Frederick Jr. of
Athens, AL; a sister, Olga Machado of Dunnellon; a
brother, Cesar of Ft. Lee, NJ; and one grandchild.

Virginia Fann (Thomas) Harvey, 73, of Dothan,
Alabama, died May 18, 1992, at Emory University
Hospital in Atlanta after a short illness. She was born in
Gatun, Canal Zone; married Ralph E. Harvey in 1940
and resided in the Canal Zone until 1968, when they
retired to St. Petersburg, Florida. They moved to Dothan
in 1985. She was a very active amateur radio operator
and a square dancer, and a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Her husband predeceased her in
December, 1991.
Survivors include her son, Hugh (Patti) Harvey,
Dothan; a daughter, Gaul (Charley) Layson, Brazelton,
GA; seven grandchildren; a brother, Hugh Thomas,
Dothan; and two sisters, Thelma Waymen, Salinas, CA,
and Grace Ruggles, Devore, California.

Luella Elvira High, 78, of Dothan, Alabama, died
May 25, 1992 at Extendicare Health Center following a
long illness. She was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and
lived the early years of her life in Abeyville, KS. Upon
her marriage to Cecil A. High in 1930, she moved with
her husband to Southern California. In 1941 they moved
to the Canal Zone where they remained until moving to
Dothan. In the Canal Zone, she was employed as
supervisor for the Supply and Fiscal Department at
Albrook AFB until her retirement in 1973. She also
owned and operated a ceramics shop in the Rep. of
Panama. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Grace
and Russell Lawrence, Dothan; a son and daughter-in-
law, Cecil Jr. and Genny High, Dothan; grandchildren,
Cameron High, Dothan, Kerry High, Costa Rica, Ashley
High, Dothan, Mark and wife Diana Lawrence, Garland,
TX, Greg Lawrence, Tulsa, OK, Moira Meyer and
husband Alan Meyer, Arlington, TX; great-granddaughter
Meagan Meyer, Arlington; a brother, Glen Higgins,
Grants Pass, OR; and two sisters, Rose Stubbs, Boulder
City, NV, Phyllis Jordan, Pittsburg, Kansas.

Daniel Rubin Harned, 70, of Green Cove Springs,
Florida, passed away July 20, 1992. Mr. Harned was a
retired Federal Police Officer in the Panama Canal; Past
Potentate of Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Canal Zone;
Past Exhalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 1892, Green Cove
Springs, Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Harned, Green
Cove Springs; a daughter, Danielle Harned, San
Francisco, CA; a son, Ronald Harned, Miami, FL; and
two grandchildren.

Francisca C. Hill, 85, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
July 7, 1992 at Tyrone Medical Inn. She was born in
Barcelona, Spain and left the Canal Zone in 1953. She
was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Survivors include two daughters, Lila H. Stevens,
Atlanta, GA, and Dianne R. Kelly, St. Petersburg; a
sister, Rosita Bornmann, Phoenix, AZ; seven
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Dr. Anthony Clay Hooper, 47, of Ballwin, Missouri,
died July 3, 1992 of complications following heart surgery
at St. Joseph Hospital of Kirkwood. He was born in
Panama, Canal Zone and grew up in Jonesboro, AR. He
attended the Universary of Arkansas for his residency
and medical education. He was a radiologist. He joined
the staff of the U. of Arkansas as an assistant professor
of radiology; came to St. Louis in 1980 to work for Ernst
Radiology and did much of his work at St. Joseph
He is survived by a son, Matthew C. of Hot Springs,
AR; a daughter, Meredith Ann Hooper of Hot Springs;
his mother, Ann Elaine Hooper of Jonesboro, AR; and
two sisters, Elizabeth A. Phillips, Laguna Niguel, CA and
Sarah Teresa Metzgar, Albuquerque, NM.

James A. Hoverson, 82, of Dallas, Texas, died May
8, 1992 in a Dallas nursing home. Born in Albert Lea,
Minnesota, he was a former resident of the Panama
Canal Zone and had lived with his wife, Helen in
Kerrville, Texas for 18 years. He retired from the
Maintenance Division in Mt. Hope, Canal Zone in 1969
with over 27 years of service. While there, he was an avid
golfer, hunter and fisherman. He was a member of
Brazos Brooks Golf Club, Cristobal Gun Club and the
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Janet of
Honolulu; a son, Jim of Portland; and two grandchildren.

Walter F. Jarvis, 74, of Palm Harbor, Florida, died
June 20, 1992 at home. Born in Gainesville, FL, he came
to Palm Harbor in 1985 from Bella Vista, AR. He
worked as a senior control house operator in the Panama
Canal and was a licensed pilot and aircraft mechanic. He
was an Army veteran of World War II; a member of St.
Ignatius Catholic Church, Tarpon Springs and I.B.E.W.;
past president of the C.Z. Electricians Union.
Survivors include his wife, Dolores; two sons, Jan P.,
Knob Noster, MO. and Jeffrey W., Odessa, FL; and three

Courtland F. Johnson, 69, of Maryville, Tennessee,
died June 8, 1992 at Blount Memorial Hospital in
Maryville. He was born in Denver, Colorado, and lived in
Duluth, MN for many years working for the Duluth
Missabe and Iron Range Railway. He retired from the
Panama Canal Locks Division as Lockmaster in June,
1979 with over 20 years of government service, and has
lived in Maryville for the past 12 years. He served in the
U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific Theater during World
War II and was a member of Blue Lodge and Scottish
Rite Masons (32nd degree Mason), Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, the VFW, American legion, Elks Lodge #1542,
Gatun Yacht Club and the Panama Canal Society of
Surviving are his wife, Opal S. of Maryville; a
daughter, Linda of Duluth, MN; two sons, Johnnie B. of
Maryville and Ronald S. of Huntsville, AL; eight
grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Patricia Elizabeth (Kelley) Kappe, 55, of Elkridge,
Maryland, died June 14, 1992 of natural causes, at her
home. She was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and lived on
the Pacific side until 1950 when her father, the late
Thomas Henry Kelley, Sr. was transferred to the Atlantic
Side's Industrial Bureau (Mechanical Division). The
family resided on 6th Street in Margarita until Pat
graduated from Cristobal High School, Class of 1955. She
was very active scholastically, being a member of the
National Honor Society and ROTC Battalion Sponsor in
her senior year. Upon graduation, she attended the
University of Maryland.
She is survived by her former husband, David S.
Kappe, Sr. of Bethesda, MD; three children, David S. Jr.
(and grandson, Brett) of Sikesville, MD, Christopher K.
Kappe and Dawn Kappe Bray, both of Elkridge; her
mother, Florence Luckey Kelley, and a brother, Tom
Kelley, Jr., both of Hendersonville, NC. Pat's sister,
Marge Seagear, died of cancer in 1984.
Pat's many friends and CHS classmates love and miss
her she left us much too soon.

Hazel Marie Kimball, of Tampa, Florida and
formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone, passed away on May
1, 1992 after a lengthy illness.
She is survived by her husband, James; a son, John
T.; a daughter, Nina; a sister, Uldene L. Fisk; three
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; several nieces
and nephews.

John M. Klasovsky, 76, of Merritt Island, Florida,
died May 5, 1992 at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa
Beach. He was born in Aliquippa, PA; grew up in
Youngstown, OH where he worked at Republic Steel. He
attended Bliss Electrical School in Washington, D.C. and
during the war, worked at the Norfolk Navy Yard, then
went to the Canal Zone in 1941. He retired as
supervisory control house operator at Gatun Locks in
1971. He worked for the Ocala City Utilities before
moving to Merritt Island in 1977.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Klasovsky of
Merritt Island; sons Michael of West Middlesex, PA, Ivan
of the Panama Canal Zone, and Nicholas of Amherst,
OH; a daughter, Antonia Treverton of Cataula, GA; a
brother, Michael of Youngstown, OH; and seven

Robert B. Knoop, 62, of Belleview, Washington, died
unexpectedly at his home on April 27, 1992. He was born
in Gorgas Hospital, grew up in Gatun and graduated
from Cristobal High School with the class of 1947. He
served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attained
a degree in electrical engineering from the University of
North Carolina and was subsequently employed by
Boeing and the FAA.
Survivors include his son, Douglas of Seattle, WA;
daughters Sandra Dahlberg of Eagle Point, OR, Jenny
Posey of Bothell, WA, and Susan Ackerman of Ann
Arbor, MI; and a brother, Roy E. of Gig Harbor, WA.

William Kenneth McCue, 76, of Bentonville,
Arkansas died June 21, 1992 at home. He was born in
Urichsville, Ohio and retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1971 as postmaster with over 34 years of
service. He was a member of NA.R.F.E and A.A.R.P.;
was a veteran of the U.S. Navy; a Mason and a member
of the Bella Vista 18 hole Men's Golf Association. He
was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte P. McCue
on February 7.
Survivors include a sister, Helen Casteel of Dennison,
OH; a brother-in-law, Robert J. Balcer of Bentonville;
three nieces and a nephew.

Mrs. Alexander McKeown (Luisa Fayad) 79, passed
away in early May 1992, in Miami, Florida after a lengthy
illness. She was born in Panama City, the second
youngest of five sisters. Educated in Panama, she met
and married her husband, Alexander McKeown (since
deceased in 1981) when she was 21 in 1934.
Accompanying her husband after he retired in 1972, they
made their home in Panama City temporarily before
settling in Miami.
She is survived by one older sister, Emma, of
Panama City and her three children; a son, Alexander
McKeown Jr., Los Angeles, CA; and two daughters, Mrs.
Norma Ryan, Miami, FL, and Jeanette McDonald,
Houston, Texas; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-

Daniel S. Meehan, 70, of Lookout Mountain,
Colorado, died July 16, 1992 at St. Anthony Hospital
Central. He was born in Panama and graduated from San
Jose State College and attended Harvard University. He
served in the Navy as a supply officer during World War
II in the Pacific Theater. He was the director of first aid
and water safety for the Mile High Chapter of the
American Red Cross for 20 years. He owned and
operated the Tropic Shop patio furniture store in Denver
from 1959 to 1977. In recent years he was finance
director for the International Red Cross in Mexico City,
Bangladesh, Ecuador and El Salvador. He worked with
the Special Olympics for many years and received a
certificate of merit from President Reagan for selfless
and humane action in saving a life.
He is survived by his wife, Vallorie; a son, Riley,
Northglenn; two daughters, Dana, California and Julie
Tripp, Denver; a sister, Jeane Bucciarelli, Connecticut;
two grandchildren; four step-grandchildren, and two step-

Harold Melvin Meyer, 55, of North Augusta, South
Carolina, died April 20, 1992 at home. He retired in
December, 1989 with over 31 years of service with the
Maintenance Division, Panama Canal Commission in
He is survived by his wife, Marge Ann; three
daughters, Cathy, Laurie and Sandy, and two

Jack Ferrell Morris, 83, Of Pinellas Park, Florida,
died July 5, 1992 at University General Hospital,
Seminole. Born in Morristown, Tennessee, he came to
the Isthmus as an infant where his father was employed
as locomotive engineer since 1907. After returning to
Tennessee in 1917, he returned in 1931 as a construction
contractor, during the building of Albrook Field. He later
worked as a civil engineer for the Army Corps of
Engineers before joining the Canal Zone Police, from
which he retired as a Training Officer in July, 1960 with
over 25 years of service. He attended school at the
University of Tennessee in Knoxville; studied law at the
Canal Zone Junior College and is a graduate of the FBI
Academy in 1954. He is a member of the Canal Zone
Masonic Lodge, C.Z. Scottish Rite, where he became a
32nd Degree Mason, and Egypt Shrine Temple of
Tampa; Past President of the Shriner's Golf Association
and Past Chairman of the Shriner's Square Dance Assn.
He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, where he became president during the 1979-
1980 term. He was married in 1940 at Pedro Miguel
Union Church to Grace Lawyer who predeceased him in
He is survived by a son, Richard and daughter-in-
law, Donna; and two grand-daughters, Katherine and
Kellina Morris, all of Seminole, FL.

Pauline M. Price, 90, St. Clairsville, Ohio, died
February 13, 1992. She was born in Bellaire, Ohio. She
and her husband, the late Isaac A. Price, lived in Panama
from February 1941 until his retirement in 1962 from the
Panama Railroad.
Surviving are a son, Isaac R. Price, St. Clairsville; two
daughters, Priscilla Lane of San Antonio, TX, and Sally
Schisler, Bremen; two half brothers, Thomas Moore of
Penn. and Leonard Moore of Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 16
great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Dorothy (Dot) Ramsey, 80, passed away after a brief
illness November 25, 1991. She and her late husband,
Erwin F. Ramsey, resided with their family in Margarita,
Panama Canal Zone from 1941-1963. Dot died as she
wished at home on her cherished farm which adjoined
her Tingley family farm where she was born. We, her
children, appreciate her love of family:
"Our family is special because of what we believe.
We believe in each other and the blessings received.
We feel the warmth of our family flame.
We're proud of our unit, and we're proud of our
Yes, our family is special, our unit is strong.
We'll stand together because we know we belong."
Dorothy is survived by sons, James, The Dalles, OR;
Daniel, Holt, MO; Steven, Marine on St. Croix, MN;
daughters Nancy (Mrs. Rollin) Waite, Hudson, OH; and
Diane Ahlstrom, Center City, MN; 14 grandchildren and
5 great grandchildren.

Virginia L. Rogers, 62, of Crystal River, Florida, died
June 4, 1992 at home. Born in the Panama Canal Zone,
she moved to Crystal River from St. Petersburg in 1977.
She was a member of the Leroy Rooks VFW Post 4252
Survivors include her husband, Johnie Jr.; six sons,
Warren E. Runnels, Houston, TX, Gerald W. and
Raymond A. Runnels, both of Crystal River, Tommie
Runnels, Tampa, Charles K. Runnels, St. Petersburg, and
James C. Runnels, Grand Bay, AL; two daughters,
Barbara Ann Storman, Indiantown and Amanda Lynn
Welch, Mendenhall, MS; a sister, Sharon Burton,
Umatilla; 21 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Helen E. Saarinen, 85, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died June 28, 1992 at Bon Secours-Maria Manor. She
was born in Frazier, Iowa. A graduate of the University
of Minnesota, she was a dietitian for Cook County
Hospital in Chicago for five years. She also worked for
three hospitals in the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include her husband, Paul; a son, James P.
of St. Petersburg; and two nieces.

Dr. Allan E. Smith, D.V.M., 42, of Houston, Texas,
died June 22, 1992 in Houston. He was born in North
Towanda, NY but grew up in Gamboa, Canal Zone and
graduated from St. Mary's School and Balboa High
School, Class of 1972. He earned his BS degree from
Colorado State University; his Masters degree in
microbiology from Baylor University and his doctorate in
veterinary medicine from Texas A&M. His practice was
in Houston and he was a member of AVMA and TVMA.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen.

He is survived by his parents, George, formerly chief
engineer in the Dredging Division and Gisela who taught
at St. Mary's School; two brothers, Dr. George Smith,
D.D.S. and wife Carol of Plano, TX, and David (R.N.)
and wife, Ginger of Austin, TX; and three nephews,
Brian, Steven and Eric.

Sophie M. (Kunkel) Trout, of Cape May Court
House, New Jersey, died May 1, 1992. She was the widow
of Fred Trout, formerly of the Industrial Division,
Atlantic side. She was a registered nurse who worked at
Colon Hospital and Coco Solo Hospital, and was highly
respected by the health professionals for whom she
worked and loved by the patients for whom she cared.
She is survived by a sister, Helen Jaworsky of West
Paterson, New Jersey.

Ernest C. Van Horn, 76, of Hot Springs, Arkansas,
died July 15, 1992 in Hot Springs after a long illness. He
joined the Panama Canal Company in 1951 as an
electrician. He retired in 1977 as an electrical supervisor
at Pedro Miguel Locks. He was an Eagle Scout, World
War II Veteran, active in the Canal Community and
Episcopal Church. He was a member of Darien Lodge,
Scottish Rite, Abou Saad Shrine and Orchid Chapter,
Eastern Star. He held many Masonic honors and was a
Past Deputy District Grand Master of the Panama Canal
Survivors include his wife, Lois E. Van Horn, Hot
Springs; two sons, Ernest L. of Columbia, SC, and Craig
S. of Hot Springs; a sister, Jean Fisher of Escondido, CA;
two brothers, Edgar of Steubenville, OH and Harold of
Baltimore, OH; a foster brother, Orris Burch of Tatum,
TX; and a grandchild.

Letters to the Editor

At Hamlins' in Carthage, NC, enroute to Orlando, FL
on June 15,1992. L-R: Jack Poole, age 76, Bill Poole,
age 74, Gene Hamlin, age 74.

L-R: CHS'72, 20th Reunion group, L-R: William
Huffman, Bill Deaton, Peter Swain, Gregory Goguen
(Li'l Joe, Bonanza), Robert J. Bloemer, Gary Schobe.
Front: John Meeker.

On floor L-R: Frances (Holmelin) Haile, Pauline Arnold, Sugar (Callaway) DiRoma, Frances (Veach) Haywood,
Carolyn (Glenn) Johnson, Mary (Hunt) Parker. Middle L-R: Florence Jones, Jean (Holmelin) Kirk, Cleo Pickett,
Vonna (Hambelton) Huldtquist, Helen Foster, Helen (Wikingstad) Etheridge, Muriel (Holmelin) Whitman, Marie
(Schmidt) Park, Milly Dovel, Libby McCarty, Florence Griffin, Dorothy (Wolf) Pate and Olga Disharoon. Rear
L-R: Bonnie Haywood, James Parker, Fred Kirk, Elton Foster, Robert Johnson, Bill Griffin, Bill Pickett, Franklin
Jones, Jack Dovel, Robert Haywood, Homer McCarty, John Haywood, Albert Pate, John Whitman, Lilia


Cristobal High School Alumni and friends departed
from Miami aboard the SS Seabreeze on May 10th for a
seven day cruise to the Western Caribbean.
This was the second cruise for this group on the
Seabreeze. A very memorable trip was had by everyone.
The various ports of call were Playa del Carmen and
Cozumel, Mexico; then on to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and
finally to Grand Cayman Island. Shore excursions,
sightseeing, and shopping were given very high marks by
everyone in the group.
Aboard ship we were entertained with fashion shows,
bingo, horse races, exceptional floor shows and
outstanding meals.
This group has another cruise scheduled for
September 26, 1993 which will be going to the Southern
Caribbean. The cruise will start in Aruba and then go to
Cartagena, the Panama Canal (making a partial transit),
the San Blas Islands, Curacao, and then back to Aruba.
Anyone interested in joining this group please
contact Muriel Whitman, (813) 544-0214.


Medical Group Missions of the Christian Medical
and Dental Society has written to express their deep
appreciation to members of the Panama Canal Society
who donated more than 200 pairs of prescription glasses

plus empty frames, sets of loose lenses, sunglasses and
eyeglass cases.
The story goes of a carpenter who walked many
miles and waited in line all night. Over his shoulder he
carried a brace and bit. His ruler was in his hand. He
hadn't seen well enough to work in several years and
wanted to be sure he could read the numbers. In the
early afternoon he headed home wearing a handsome
pair of bifocals and a big smile. Perhaps those were a
pair you sent.
The CMD Society offers attractive collection boxes
for use in offices, schools or churches. Anyone interested
in collecting eyeglasses may get a box from CMDS, Box
830689, Richardson, TX 75083-0689. Instructions explain
that glasses are to be sent to the Society's Miami
warehouse to be sorted, cleaned and repaired before
going to missions.
Your efforts are deeply appreciated, not only by the
society, but by patients in poverty who regain their sight
to work, to sew, to cook ordinary activities that most of
us take for granted. Thank you!

Patt F. Roberson
Baker, LA.
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OCTOBER 21, 1992

Top row L-R: Brian Keeney, Tom Judge, Steve Helin, Frank Harmond, Ron Nessler, Ron Johanssen, Lisa
Watson, Gerry Graham, Alida (Lynton) Dos Santos, John Engelke, Rod Brayton, Alex Tirado, Luis Vogel, Roy
Phillips, Rich Linton, Tim Corrigan, Pablo Pretto. Bottom row, L-R: Henry Twohy, Juan Cazoria, Edgardo
Tirado, Hugh Boyle, Lou Cooper, Hugh Smith. Not in picture: Dave Konawicz.


On April 4, 1992, over 50 ex-Canal Zone Cops and
their families got together to commemorate the 10th
anniversary of the March 31, 1982 closing of the Canal
Zone Police Division.
We still have roughly 80 of the Canal Zone's "Finest"
working for the Panama Canal Commission or retired
and living in Panama.
We picnicked at Diablo Point by the Canal, had a
wonderful time reminiscing about the "Ole Cop Shop,"
ate filete, hamburgers, hot dogs and promised each other
that we'd make this an annual event. Everyone helped,
but thanks to Steve Helin, Lou Cooper and Henry Twohy,
the reunion became a reality and was a big success.


"Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and
the other gold." Richard and Pat (Leach) Bjorneby and
Hal and Dale Conway did just that in June when they
cruised the fjords of Norway on the Midnatsol (Midnight
The Bjornebys and Conways were neighbors in Coco
Solo for many years and have remained good friends
since the Conways retired in 1985.


On June 25th, 1992, a group of "young" ladies, former
residents of Los Rios/Corozal, Canal Zone, gathered for
lunch at the Clearwater Beach Hotel.
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L-R: Marie Morris, Arlene Tochterman, Sandy
Sanders, Mary DesLondes, Mary Lou Lang, Jan
Carr, Sally and Rosie Nickisher, Diane Morris, Jo
Ann Morton and Marcia Cicero.
Since it had been several years since the group got
together, there was a lot of "catching up" to do (enjoying
retirement life was the main topic).

L-R: Richard Bjorneby, Pat (Leach) Bjorneby, Dale
Conway, Harold Conway.
New friends were made with other passengers on this
mail and supply ship owned by the Norwegian
government. The cruise started in Bergen, went over the
Arctic Circle to the Russian border. Although it was a
"working ship," both couples found the accommodations
and food more than satisfactory. If you can go on such a
cruise, take warm clothes. The sun may shine 24 hours a
day, but is is still cold!


I'd just like to take a moment to tell everyone about
some wonderful friends I have, the kind that are only in
Panama! With my wedding approaching on July 2nd, and
no one from Panama able to make it up to the wedding
in Florida, the next best thing was to bring the bride
home to Panama for a visit!
Several of my best friends, Lina Norris, Elaine Little,
Judy McLean and Maureen Domenech organized the
effort. After some quick planning, they had collected the
money and purchased my airline ticket and mailed it to
me. On Thursday morning of Memorial Day weekend, I
was on my way to Panama! Thursday evening after I had
arrived, deposited my things at Lina and Jimmy Norris'
in Curundu, we all went to Judy's house to catch up and
visit. Friday was spent visiting, and retrieving luggage
from Tocumen airport that didn't make it the night
before. That evening, a lovely shower was given by my
friends at Judy's house. Saturday morning bright and
early we were off in Mike and Elaine Little's boat from
Gamboa Landing over to Gatun Yacht Club for the CHS
reunion barbeque. Boating on the lake was a lot of fun.
Along for the ride were Sidney Little, Marvin Wright,
Titi (Cole) Diaz, and Rick Livingston. And what timing
this visit was, the same weekend as the CHS reunion
being held that Saturday!

(If I missed any one of the key contributors I'm sorry!)
It was a wonderful wedding gift and I just want all of you
who were involved to know just how much I appreciated

Terri A. Lang
Columbus, GA

Gathering at Kowloon Chinese Restaurant, Seminole,
Florida, during newspaper reporter's visit, co-owned by
Alberto and Janet Chang, formerly of Gamboa Golf
Club. Seated L-R: Ethel Askew, Gaddis Wall, Byrle
Wall, Gene Clinchard, Janet Chang, (co-owner),
Connie Wright, Olga Disharoon, Sally Smith, Gene
Askew. Standing L-R: Alfonso Chang, attending
Dunedin High, Alfredo Chang, attending University of
Florida, sons of the owners.

At Lina and Jimmy Norris' party in Curundu. Front L-
R: Lynn Wolf, Judy McLean, Terri Lang, Ara Norris,
Geri Foster, Sally Selles. Center L-R: Titi Diaz,
Connie Foster, Diana DeGreef. Top L-R: Elaine
Little, Sheila Smith, Marylou Pascavage, Sandy
Toothman, Maureen Lynch, Lettie Garcia and Lina

It was great to see many familiar faces, including
Lynette Stokes, who I hadn't seen in some 15 years.
Arriving back home around sunset, a party was about to
start, being given for me by Lina and Jimmy Norris, and
daughter, Ara. Sunday was a day to relax, visit and get
packed up again for the trip back home on Monday.
That evening, a group of friends and I went out for
dinner at El Hostal. Monday morning it was back on the
airplane for the long trip back to Atlanta, and on to
Columbus. It was a wonderful trip, and a gesture of true
friendship on the part of all those involved. I'd like to
thank Lina Norris, Judy McLean, Elaine Little, Maureen
Domenech, Titi Diaz, Geri Foster, Sally Selles, Maureen
Lynch, Debbie Livingston, Nivia Butler, Sheila Smith,
Marylou Pascavage, Lettie Garcia, Sandy Clark, Connie
Folse, Diana DeGreef, Sandy Toothman, Sue Ann
Atkinson, Gloria Wright, Denise Will, and Gail Abbott.

Captain Ralph Curies "Around 1920 or 1930, on a
tug, pulling a tow off Cape Cod."


Bob Van Siclen is seen with his seventh and newest
grandchild, Caitlin Brickley. Caitlin was born November
22, 1991 and Bob and Nancy flew to Long Island, New
York on July 18th for the christening.

Grandpa Bob Van Siclen and Caitlin Brickley

Caitlin is the daughter of Bob's daughter Susan and
her husband Mike. Caitlin joins her two brothers,
Brendan and Christopher.


Eddie Overstreet, former Atlantic sider, is shown in
the cockpit of a C-141 at Jacksonville, Florida, during
March of 1992.

Eddie Overstreet.
Eddie is a crew member of that aircraft and was in
Jacksonville hauling Vice President Quale's equipment
and body-guards.


The Brundage's had a reunion with Ben's sister,
Doris (Brundage) Becker from New Jersey, and Emily
(Brundage) and Mac McCullum from Oregon. Ben's
other sister, Doris, attended the reunion of her Class of
1942 get-together. This was the first time all three have
been together in ten years.

L-R: Faith Brundage, Doris Becker, Emily
McCullum, Mac McCullum. Front: Ben Brundage.
While here, the Brundage family spent a day at
Busch Gardens and the McCullums visited several friends
in the area. They also visited the Panama Canal Society
office in Seminole, met Barbara and Pat, and now feel
they know them when reading the Canal Record.


During Ocala, FL Luncheon, April 7, 1992, BHS 1937
grads get together. Back row, L-R: Roy Sharp,
Truman and Betsy Hoenke, James Cullen, George
Fenton. Front row L-R: Richard and Juanita
McConaghey, Frances (Violette) Sharp, Evelyn
(Townsend) Cullen, Ila Fenton.


The Dilfer family Bob, Beverly, George and Jim
taken at Bob's home in Menlo Park, California on the
Dilfer's 50th wedding anniversity.

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Bob and his family live in Menlo Park where he is
Vice President/Comptroller of Premisys Communication
Jim, his wife and two sons live in the Republic of
Panama where he is the Hallmark General Agent and
owns his own Hallmark store. Both attended Canal Zone


Attended the Reunion in Florida it was great seeing
so many people we knew in the Canal Zone. I attended
my 50th school class reunion, had a wonderful dinner,
picnic and breakfast all together Sunday morning.
Rosemary Gilead and I drove to Clearwater and
stayed a week at the Hilton Hotel where Rose's niece,
Anna Marie works. We visited Rosemary's brothers,
John, his daughter, Anna Marie, and Tom and his wife,
Thelma. Went to Tarpon Springs and had lunch with
Carolyn Johnson, then to Seminole and had a nice visit
with Helen Ledgerwood, also stopped in to see her
daughter, Arlene and husband. Later we went to lunch at
the "0nthak *" WV visitefrd thp Panmn rCanani nf

Back L-R: Bill Locke, Warren Marquard, John
Marquard. Center row L-R: Julie and Leonor
Marquard, Kelly Locke, Warren and Josephine
Marquard, Bonnie and Carrie Locke. Front:
Christopher Marquard.

Florida's new office saw Pat Beall and Barbara Green.
The office is really nice and enjoyed looking at all the
pictures and memorabilia they had there. We also visited
Liz Beall, who unfortunately wasn't feeling well.
I then flew to Houston for our 50th wedding
anniversary (See Congratulations). A couple of days later,
flew home to Sunnyvale, CA where we have lived for 22
years, and we have decided to sell our house and move
to Houston.

Josephine Marquard
Sunnyvale, CA.


Maj. Theodore McGann, USAR, visits William
Barrere, captain of the USNS Capella when the ship was
in Ad Damman, Saudi Arabia picking up military cargo
to be transported back to the United States after
Operation Desert Storm.

Captain William Barrere and Major Theodore
Maj. McGann, son of Ted and Alice McGann of
Orlando, Florida, is a 1969 graduate of Balboa High
School and a 1973 graduate of The Citadel. Captain
Barrere, son of Dick and Marcia Barrere, also of
Orlando, is a 1979 graduate of Balboa High School and
a 1983 graduate of The United States Merchant Marine
Academy at Kings Point, New York.
Maj. McGann is finishing up training with the
Reserves before resuming his occupation as a Financial
Planner. Captain Barrere is currently Master of the M/V
American Condor, sailing in the Pacific.


A proposal has already been presented to the
Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee (suspect it's the
work of our own Jeanne Stough???) that the US Postal
System issue a stamp picturing the Panama Canal towing

locomotive (the "mule"). This stamp would be issued in
the Transportation Series definitive stamp category.
The old General Electric Mules were installed in
1914 and served the Canal and the nation for nearly 50
years when they were replaced by new and more modern
Senator McCain of Arizona, born in Coco Solo,
Canal Zone in 1936 of Navy parents, has promised to
intervene on behalf of the towing locomotive stamp, and
General Electric will be asked to get involved too. The
senator was a Navy aviator who was shot down and spent
a terrible 5+ years in a North Vietnamese POW camp.
Members of the Society are urged to write to the
CSAC and urge them to approve the towing locomotive
stamp. Their address is: Citizens Stamp Advisory
Committee, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, Room 4475E,
Washington, D.C. 20260-6756. You may also wish to
write your congressmen and senators to lend their
support in honoring the Panama Canal through the
issuance of this stamp. Let your voice be heard!

Isthmian Collectors Club Journal
April 1992
Thomas C. Peterson
Sarasota, FL


Linda (Smith) Silliman and her son Zachary, who
was born on March 13, 1992, visits mother, Pauline "Sue"
(Pincus) Smith and grandmother, Alice (Stilson) Pincus,
who have just moved to Clearwater, Florida from

L-R: Linda (Smith) Silliman, Alice (Stilson) Pincus,
Pauline "Sue" (Pincus) Smith, baby Zachary
Silliman, May, 1992. Clearwater, Florida.

Alice was born in Panama in 1901 and is living in the
United States for the first time.
Sue and Gil Smith retired from the Panama Canal
Zone and moved to Clearwater, Florida last year.
Linda graduated from BHS in 1979 and now resides
in Charleston, SC with her husband, Bud, and two


As I sat reading, I was enjoying reporter Gertrude
Allgaier's article from St. Petersburg. It said "the thirty's
and forty's was close to heaven." As I sat thinking how
right she was, at the time I was playing a tape of Barbara
Mandrell's "Precious Memories How They Linger." How
I resigned in 1947 as leadman welder in the
Mechanical Division, and came to Miami, then became
active in Jupiter Elks for several years. After my
marriage to my late wife, I became active in Amara
Shrine in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. My favorite pastime
is my vegetable garden which I have enjoyed for many
Precious Memories How They Linger....

Allen L. Wiggin
9416 S.E. Karin Street
Hobe Sound, FL 33455




OCTOBER 1, 1992


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The Panama Canal's fir. PDilot

By John F. Campbell, Master Mariner

Continued from June 1992 issue..

In 1914 the United Fruit Company operated a fleet
of ninety freighter and passenger vessels with an
aggregate gross tonnage of 248,607. Most of this tonnage
was flying the British flag. However, prior to the opening
of the Canal, twenty-five vessels of the 'Great White
Fleet' were transferred to American registry in order to
take advantage of the, then, existing laws regulating
American coastwise shipping. Almost every shipmaster in
this 'Fleet' came to know Captain 'John' personally. In
1926 a United Fruit Company house organ devoted a
page to honor Captain 'John's' two decades of cheerful
piloting of their vessels with verse:


by Steve Knows (Cristobal)

Of all the blooming people of the Panama Canal
There's one bird you'll surely meet and make of him a
He'll grasp your hand in iron grip with a smile that's like
old wine,
And he'll take your ship so easily in will Johnny

In the year ago he used to be a sailor brave and bold;
He braved the heat of the Tropics and in the Arctic
stood the cold;
He's sailed from every U.S. port, he's been in every
And he's still as good as he used to be is Johnny

The many deeds he did afloat are heard where sailors
The Recording Angel needs to have asked St. Peter for
more chalk;
No matter where you meet him he always treats you fine;
He dispenses lots of sunshine does Johnny Constantine.

As a pilot he has no equal in this torrid clime of ours;
He can place his ship alongside safe despite the tropic
He never seems to be depressed, of grouch gives ne'er a
sign -
He's very much of an optimist is Johnny Constantine.

So of all the salty pilots on the Panama Canal,
I do not know of anyone I'd sooner call my pal,

Than that upstanding sailorman whose smile is like old
wine -
He's a credit to his calling is Johnny Constantine.

One anecdote related to me by an 'Old-Timer' was
in connection with docking a vessel of the 'Great White
Fleet' at Cristobal, Canal Zone in 1928.
A 'pilot in training' was conning the vessel to its
berth under the watchful eyes of Captain Constantine.
During the operation Captain 'John' was 'gamming' with
the ship's master, presumably bringing him up to date on
the latest news of the port, when he happened to direct
his attention to the landscape that was skimming past.
The vessel, in the captain's opinion, had an excessive
amount of way. Captain 'John' did not order the vessel's
engine speed to be reduced, but instead he very simply
and quietly made the following remark: "Son, if you're in
a big hurry to get this vessel alongside, then I would
advise you to go very slow." Those words have become a
classic in the vernacular of the professional shiphandler,
and they remain good advice even today.
It was early during his employment as 'Captain and
Pilot' with the Panama Railroad Company (1907-1909)
when Captain 'John' gave thoughts to marriage. Albeit it
was not early in his life in fact it was rather late in
1907 he was fifty-eight years old! All accounts give the
date of his marriage as 1907/1908, however, all the
evidence proves conclusively that he was married later
than supposed, and this was sometime in the year 1909.
Legend has recorded that Captain 'John' sent to
Greece for his child-hood sweetheart. His bride was not
born until 8 May 1878, or, many years after he had left
Greece. Having never returned to his native country since
he left its shores, marriage arrangements for a bride had
to be made through correspondence with relatives or
friends of both sides. With the promise of marriage
affirmed the girl selected started out on the long voyage
to Panama.
Captain 'John's' girl did not make the journey alone.
Traveling with her were an adult female 'companion,' and
two small children. Subsequent research proved the
'companion' to be the mother of the two small children
and sister to the bride-to-be. The bride was Mary Buffy
(Buffie) born in Piraeus, Greece on 8 May, 1878. The
'companion' was her married sister Erene (Irina)
Sacelari, and her two children were named Barbara and
Lazaro. This cortege was passed from the care of one
kind Greek shipmaster to another. Finally they all made
their way, not only with safety, but perhaps gratis, to
Panama under the loving care and watchful eyes of
Greek mariners whose names are now unknown.
Court records indicate that, '...Barbara Sacelari was
the daughter of Demetrio Sacelari and Erene (sic)
Sacelari husband and wife born in Pireaus, Greece on
the twenty-second of August 1900. Erene Sacelari is a
sister of Mary Constantino and is still living, but that the
said Demetrio Sacelari died on the twenty-third of April
1909...' As far as can be ascertained Demetrio died in

Greece, but he could have died en route. However, the
citations from the court records tend to substantiate that
the group did not leave Greece until sometime after the
death of Demetrio, or April 1909.
Perhaps the bride's widowed sister, and her two
fatherless children were part of the marriage contract.
Although such a contract could be feasible when one
considers both the times, and the nationality of the
interested parties, it is, however, merely conjecture. But
it is a fact that immediately upon arrival of Mary Buffy,
Captain 'John' married her in a civil ceremony in Colon,
Republic of Panama.
Captain 'John' was sixty years old when he married.
Having chosen to remain a bachelor most of his life, it is
interesting to delve into the realm of supposition for a
logical reason that would prompt him to marry so late in
life. Well, the Greeks have an expression, the literal
translation as near as I can make out is as follows: "An
old man wants (needs) a young daughter to wipe his eyes
when he gets to be an old man." Not having a daughter,
perhaps Captain 'John' chose a wife instead?
Captain and Mrs. Constantine adopted their niece
Barbara in May 1916. Although no formal adoption
papers seem to have been passed to cover her brother
Lazaro, they all, including Captain 'John's' sister-in-law
Erene, lived and shared the bounties of the New World
together as a family unit. According to all the records
extant, and accounts from living relatives, there were no,
issues from the marriage of Mary and John Constantine.
Captain 'John's' duties as a pilot on the Colon and
Cristobal waterfront kept him busy during the time he
was employed by the Panama Railroad Company. In 1914
he was living in house No. 80-A on Colon Beach (New
Cristobal). One 'Old-Timer' who is still working for the
Panama Canal Company, and to date has more than
forty-seven years of continuous service, remembers
Captain 'John' when he was piloting vessels for the
Panama Railroad Company. At this time he was working
in and out of Piers Nos. 1 and 2 'up near Fort De
Lesseps and Piers Nos. 3 and 4 near the Stranger's Club.
He was described by this 'Old-Timer' as being a kind and
generous man. However, Captain 'John' found time when
he was not piloting to be active in Masonic affairs. He
was also a member of the Society of The Chagres, and
Canal Marine Association. In addition, he attended many
of the social functions held by the Greek colony in
On 4 May 1914 John Constantine's service record
indicates that he was re-employed by the Panama Canal,
the successors to the Isthmian Canal Commission, which
had been organized to operate and maintain the
waterway. The record notes the change in employment as
follows: 'Re-employed as Pilot. Transferred from Panama
Railroad, 225 dollars a mo.' The Canal Record (Vol. VII,
No. 41) announcers the appointment as follows:
Appointments of Pilots for the Canal...Under the
Division of Operations of the Canal John Constantine,
former Panama Railroad pilot stationed on the Atlantic
entrance has been appointed as pilot...
In the same volume of the Canal Record (22 July
1914) it stated, '...that the Board of Local Inspectors in
June has issued a pilot's license to Captain John
Constantine...' Apparently Rules and Regulations were
not written with unique personalities like Captain 'John'
in mind. From the Canal Record, Vols. VII, No. 38 (13
May 1914; VIII, No. 15 (2 December 1914).'...No

applicant for this position of Canal pilot is considered for
examination unless he holds an unlimited master's
license...he must be under 45, and an American
citizen...he must abstain from using or indulging in
intoxicating liquors...'
None of the records extent show that he ever served
as a master on ocean vessels or held an unlimited
master's license. When the Panama Canal hired him as
a Canal pilot, he was already three years older than the
normal age of retirement. Nothing in his record indicates
that he was an American citizen. Furthermore he was a
strong advocate that rum was a good thing to keep the
dampness out of ones bones in fact that it was just good
plain medicine.
Most biographical sketches state that Captain
Constantine ran a small fleet of coastal sailing vessels
from Panama to Colombia. I could find no evidence to
substantiate that fact, albeit, according to his daughter
Barbara, he did run several small boats in a sort of quasi
ferry service between the Old Cristobal firehouse (still
standing) and Fort Sherman located on the western side
of Limon Bay. In 1914 the coastal gun emplacements
were being constructed at the Fort, and the building of
quarters to garrison U.S. Coast Artillery units were under
construction up to the year 1917. Therefore Captain
'John's' only venture into the sphere of maritime trade
was operating a ferry service. On Sundays, when there
was no work in progress at the Fort, he rented the boats
out for one-day excursions.
Nothing of any consequence seems to have occurred
in the life of Captain 'John' since he joined the Panama
Canal until the year 1924. At that time he made plans for
his first vacation away from the Isthmus and applied by
filling in a Company form for transportation for himself
and his wife on the S.S. Cristobal. It was one of the
vessels belonging to the Panama Railroad Company, and
as an employee of the Panama Canal he could travel on
the ship at a reduced rate. A week later he canceled
those plans, and they both sailed instead in the Pacific
Steam Navigation Company vessel S.S. Oreoma on 24
April 1924 for a four-month vacation in Greece. During
this extended vacation in Greece they were remarried in
a Greek Orthodox Church. They had been married in a
civil ceremony in 1909, but Mrs. Constantine wanted a
church ceremony.
Captain 'John' has only himself to blame if he has
deliberately confused posterity. Perhaps, if such things
are possible, he is now looking down with the same grin
and laughing eyes that he was noted for saying, Son,
now you figure it out. If so, the best that I can do with
the little evidence available is to merely guess. What
made him suddenly cancel his plans to go to the United
States via New York? What groundwork, if any was laid
in Greece during this trip that would enable him, without
the least trouble, to produce a baptismal record, or, did
he have it in his pocket when he returned?
First: in 1924, as we have read up to now, Captain
'John' had no valid proof of his American citizenship.
Would he have to, or was he required to produce
documents in order to get a U.S. passport for himself and
his wife? Did he anticipate trouble at New York in this
respect with the U.S. Immigration Department? If his
records did not contain his naturalization papers, what
could he produce for a passport to show the Immigration
inspectors in New York? A recent cursory check with the
U.S. Consulate in Colon, R.P. indicates that a Mary

Constantine was denied a U.S. passport as late as 1945
(Captain Constantine's widow was still living at the time).
This is all indicative that Captain 'John' was never in his
lifetime able to straighten out his citizenship rights out to
the satisfaction of some Federal agencies whereby either
he or his wife were able to stand upon firm ground. All
interesting but merely conjecture.

To be continued...

In the jungles (?) of Old Cristobal in 1929. Jim
Kenealy, (BHS'43 who will be having their 50th
reunion next year in California) and friend. Look at the
shacks we used to live in!

Once the records were displayed there was no doubt
what the records were. Nevertheless, the records
continued to be broken. The painted chart was in a
continuous state of revision. About the time the records
were painted, a log of events was started in a hardback
account book. All new records were entered. I don't
know what happened to this book. Henry may have left
it at the pool or taken it with him to Ireland when he
One reason there were so many records was because
of the age-group concept that Henry established. He had
events starting with six year-olds, then in two year gaps
up to sixteen, then adults. In all, there were about 224
different records. This included boys and girls, yards and
meters. The races were free style, breast and back and
medleys. The medleys were only three different strokes.
(No butterfly). I swam butterfly as a free style.
Our pool records were never official because of the
odd dimensions of the pool. Why the engineers made the
pool 21 plus yards by 42 plus yards, I never could find
out. A turning wall was finally constructed across the
pool to give an acceptable length for races.
A record of another type was made in the number of
events in one meet. Six trophies were given to the all-
round swimmer, boy and girl from three towns. To have
a basis for comparing different age groups, points were
awarded on the basis of how many competitors were
beaten in each event. If there were two swimmers in a
race, the winner got two points. If there were ten
swimmers, the winner got ten points; second got 9 points
and so on. During the day, there were 180 events,
including four swims and diving for boys and girls and
three town swimmers. The judges, timers and recorders
were worn out and had to be replaced frequently.
There were other records kept, such as local town
pools, clubs, special event days and championships.
I wonder if anyone will ever shout "a new Canal
Zone record" again.

William H. Grant, Jr.
St. Louis, MO.



When the Balboa swimming coach, Henry J. Greiser
announced the time for an event, all the spectators would
shout in unison, "a new Canal Zone record."
There had been a long period of record breaking in
the past. Henry had always finished his announcement of
the time in the race with the quote about the record with
the same intonation and rhythm. I can't remember when
the audience took over the paraphrase chore.
Back in 1933 when the veracity of record statements
became in doubt, I searched the local newspapers for all
past records and made a list of the times. This
information was painted on the Balboa Pool bath-house
wall. The tabulation showed the event, record holder,
age, sex, and date.

Who was the first pilot to fly a plane in Panama?
The first aeroplane flight on the Isthmus of Panama was
made by Clarence A. deGiers on April 21, 1912 in an
American built Bleriot of design similar to that used by
Louis Bleriot in the first crossing of the English Channel
on July, 1909. The Bleriot flown by deGiers was equipped
with a seven cylinder rotary 50 H.P. Gnome motor. The
flight took place at a grazing ground which later became
known as the Juan Franco Race Track in front of 4,000
spectators where he circled the field three times at a
height of 40 meters.

That the first transcontinental flight anywhere
occurred in Panama? On April 27, 1913, Robert Fowler
in an amphibian aeroplane crossed the Isthmus, landing
a few yards from the present Pier 10, Balboa, in a 57
minute flight.

BALBOA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1949. Rear L-R: Charles Hand, Bob Cameron, David Otten, John
Riley, James May, Edward Kennedy, Stuart Bush, John Riley, James Schrantz, Curt Jeffries. Middle L-R:
Edward Tinker, Bob Brayshaw, Alson Sears, Kirk Tibbets, William Martin, Jack Corrigan, Lionel Ewing, Jimmy
Sigfreid, Robert Presley. Front L-R: Jerry Coffey, Mary Beth Hatchett, Marguerite Neal, Diane Skinner, Marian
Evans, Carole Chase, Sheila Curling, Marilyn Abreu, James Ewing. Photo courtesy of Charles Hand.

SOMEONE'S DANCING CLASS possibly Ms. Taylor or Ms. Rathbone? Those known are: Kneeling, front, center:
Mary Jane White. Front row standing 5th from left: Janie Hamlin. Third row standing 2nd and 3rd from left: Peggy
Perry, Margaret Haw. Submitted by: Gene Hamlin.

Curundu 6th Grade students, Ft. Kobbe Elementary School 1954-55. 1st row L-R: Paul Underwood, Diane
McKenna, Billy Arnold, Barbara Bongiorni, ?, Joan Reichart, Arthur Argerenon, Frances Adams, Joe Lawler,
Betsy Van Dyke, Oscar Roos. 2nd row L-R: Mattie DeJarnette, ?, Betty Deming, Lester Cortelone, Eddie Wirtz,
?, Eileen Reimiller, Joel Thompson, Eileen Ott, Don Winn, Edith Pierce. 3rd row, L-R: Mrs. Dubbs, Pauline
Freierhaus, Lynn Braun, Frank and Harold Smith, Jobey Turner, ?, Manuel Buruwiec, Ethel Harvey, Juan
Vecchione, Larry Boney, Eddie Keith. (Original photo of Janet Smith Bartlett. Submitted by Mary Scigliane

"El Rancho" 1946 Niza Boynton's Birthday Party. L-R: Yolanda Elmo, Pat Beall, Bill McDougal, George Bull,
Niza Boynton, Wendel Hentschel, Rose McKee, Paul Kramer, Phyllis Duncan, Lillian Norris, H.T. Leggett,
Jeffrey Osorio, Mavis Beall, Johnny Jimenez, Shirley Zeese, Dorothy Bigelow, Julie Jimenez, Donald Beall,
and Rita Tarr. Photo by Niza (Boynton) Greig



The advance guard of the Reunion '93 committee
met in San Diego at the Panama Canal Society's annual
meeting and party. Ron Wanke, Isabelle Zemer Lively,
Joan Kenney Hoyt, Betty Chan Snow and Iras
Remington Gabryelewicz spent a working Saturday
making a tentative schedule for our class of '43 big
Fiftieth to be held in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society's September 1993 Reunion in San Diego.
Plans include a class cocktail party and reception on
Wednesday, arrival night; tour of San Diego's Wild
Animal Park on Thursday (or a tour of Southern
California's beautiful wine country tasters must be 21 -
your choice) followed by a private Class of '43 dinner
party; all day trip to Ensenada, Mexico (with a stop at
Rosarita Beach) on Friday wonderful chance to stop,
browse or sample margaritas at local cantinas; golf or
whatever you choose on Saturday maybe a harbor
cruise, trip to Old Town, bungee jumping, ballooning -
followed by the banquet and dance with the Panama
Canal Society on Saturday night; farewell brunch on
Sunday with the Pan Canal friends.
It will be a great reunion...come...everyone wants to
see YOU! Please contact Ernest Pierce, 6810 Ramsey
Place, Dayton, OH 45415-1459 with suggestions or ideas
and say, "YES, I'M COMING!!"
Joan Kenney Hoyt
432 Cederhaven Way
Anaheim, CA 92807


The 1943 JUNIOR High School graduating class
(BHS 1947) is planning a Social Hour, in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society of Florida Annual
Reunion held in Orlando, June 9 14, 1993.
We have asked for June 9, during the PM. Your
prompt reply will be very helpful in making enjoyable
arrangements with the Twin Towers Hotel. Friends and
relatives of this class are invited to attend. Please drop a
post card if you are interested, to Edwin or Aloha
Baumbach, 201 Lagoon Rd. S.E., Winter Haven, FT
33884-2529. (813) 324-5340.


The committee for the BHS Class of 1944 50th Class
Reunion met at the home of John and Ann Mayles in
Homasassa, Florida during February 1992 to make
preliminary plans. The tentative schedule is to hold our
reunion in conjunction with the 1994 Panama Canal
Society of Florida Reunion during June 1994 in Orlando,

Committee members are John Mayles (Chairman),
Alice (Fairbrother) Myers, Carmen (Hernandez) Massot,
Robert Whitam, Milo Alexander, Pat (Lenneville)
Whitam, and John Meeker.
Please refer to the "Where Are You" section in this
issue for names of classmates for which we need
addresses. Once we know more addresses, we will be in
contact. Preliminary plans call for including classes of
1943 and 1945 to our reunion. Please let us know of your
ideas. If you know any addresses please contact one of
the following:

Alice (Fairbrother) Myers
2119 Coachman Road
Spring Hill, FL 34608
(904) 686-2641

Robert Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
(216) 725-5087

Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Apartado 6-343, Estafeta El Dorado
Panama, Rep. de Panama
(011-507) 64-3174

1993 Remunien
Coordinato s Notebook

The 1993 Reunion will again be in Orlando, Florida
from June 9th to June 13th
We have contracts with the Twin Towers Hotel,
Delta Orlando Resort and the Holiday Inn, all within
walking distance of each other.
The December issue of the Canal Record with the
famous "yellow" pages will list information and will
contain hotel reservation forms for the 1993 Reunion.
Ticket Order Forms will be published in the
MARCH Canal Record.
The hotels will NOT honor requests for non-society
sponsored functions such as class reunions, luncheons,
etc. unless such requests are authorized in writing by the
Reunion Coordinator.
This year the Executive Board has approved the
suggestion by one of our members to make Friday night,
the night of the Panazonian Dance, an open date for
class reunions and other functions. So if you would like
to hold a function during the 1993 Reunion you have the
option of Thursday or Friday night.
All requests will be on a FIRST COME basis.
All requests for information on class reunions, etc.
should be addressed to:

1993 Reunion Coordinator
Panama Canal Society of Florida,Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642

Or you can call 813-397-5366.

Nancy Van Siclen
1993 Reunion Coordinator


Preliminary plans for our 40th reunion are in
progress. It will be held in conjunction with the Panama
Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, Florida during June
9-13, 1993.
A social hour will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Friday,
June 11, 1993 in the Twin Towers Hotel.
Watch for registration forms in the December Canal


Cheer Cheer for Balboa High
Our 30th Reunion is drawing nigh
Pack your bags and join us please
We want to see you in '93

Join us for our 30th Reunion. It will be held in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando, June 9 14. Let's make this the best ever!
If you know of any "lost" classmates that are on the
list ("Where Are You" section) please forward their
addresses to one of us.

Peggy (Flynn) Mattey Lesley (Hendricks) Litzenberger
5 Ironstone Drive 8 Tunbridge Road
Rochester, NY 14624 Haverford, PA 19041
(716) 426-1696


Our 30th Class Reunion is in the planning stage
for the 1993 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 addresses of other
classmates, please let me hear from you. For further
information, contact: Bev (Dockery) Vaughn, 3826
Briarcliff Dr., Douglasville, GA 30135.


We've started planning our 20th Reunion! Please
send your and other classmates addresses and phone
numbers ASAP so we can send periodic newsletters, etc.
We plan on holding our reunion in conjunction with the
1993 Panama Canal Society reunion in Orlando. Our first
newsletter will list the various area coordinators. Any
donations you make now will be greatly appreciated to
help defray costs of materials, etc. and will be deducted
from the final cost per person. Let's hear from you!
Valerie Krueger, 9804 Marlborough Dr., Austin, Texas
78753. (512) 836-5829.


Our twentieth anniversary celebration is tentatively
being planned to coincide with the Pan Canal Society
Reunion in June, 1994. The reunion committee is hoping
that the BHS 1974 Class members and/or relatives and
friends will contact me at the address below so that our
files can be updated with current information. We'd like
to hear from ANYONE who knows of a '74 graduate! If
you can contact me soon, our networking can help reach
many people in time for others to make plans to attend
the reunion. Thanks, in advance, for taking the time to
help us out. Don't delay write today! More info will
appear in future issues. THANKS! Ann (Walker)
Haynick, 2780 Sleepy Hollow Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
49002, (616) 323-2278.


Preliminary plans for our 10 year reunion are in the
works. The festivities are planned to be held in
conjunction with the Panama Canal Society of Florida
reunion. Please send us any names, addresses, and phone
numbers so that we may contact you. Anyone with the
knowledge of the whereabouts of other classmates who
left the Canal area before graduation, and early
graduates are also welcome to attend our reunion.
If you would like to help to plan the reunion or have
any ideas you may wish to share, please contact one of
the following:

CHS & BHS '68 25th REUNION

Plans are being formulated for a 1993 25th
CHS/BHS get-together. If you have addresses or know
of any CHS/BHS '68 classmates that should be
contacted, send their addresses to:

Renee (Ballou) Krimminger
5917 Cherrycrest Lane
Charlotte, NC 28217-4031
(704) 527-5745

Rae Donaldson
500 N. Roosevelt #112
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 538-2463

Dawn Sutherland-Jones
6306 S. McDill Ave. #731
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 832-3076

Laurie Fennell
7421 Central Park Cir.
Tampa, FL 33637
(813) 988-0393

RaeAnn Thrift-Catlett
2738 Fern Palm Drive
Edgewater, FL 32032
(904) 428-4624

Jackie Plunkett-Ospina
12414 Touchton Dr. #96
Temple Terrace, FL 33617
(813) 988-5074

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5 thru 7 October 1992

PLACE: The COMPLETELY renovated Olympia Spa,
Dothan, Alabama.
PROGRAM: 5 October Practice Round (make your
own foursome) socializing.
6 October Mexican Best Ball Tournament
(Scramble) shotgun start.
7 October Mexican Best Ball Tournament -
men and ladies divisions shotgun start free cocktail
hour banquet awards.
PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 nights lodging, 3 rounds
of golf (cart, green fees and prizes), 3 breakfasts and 2
dinners from menu, free cocktail party, banquet, "beau
coup" prizes, and special lounge prices. Taxes and
gratuity not included.
COSTS: Per couple (both golfers) $395.00
Per couple (one golfer) $315.00
Single golfer $245.00
Single non-golfer $165.00
Cocktail party and banquet only $15.00
NON-PACKAGE PLAN: Inludes tournament, prizes,
cocktail party and banquet.
Club Member (golfer) $59.00 per person
Non-Club Member (golfer) $95.00 per person
GENERAL: Make checks out to GASHOUSE GANG
and send to Lou Hunt, 2810 Evans Drive, Dothan, AL
36303. We'll make your reservations and send you a letter
of confirmation, plus more info regarding costs for more
than 18 holes daily, etc.


Committee: Frank (Able) Anderson (205) 797-7623
Jim Coman (205) 284-0771
Lou Hunt (205) 793-4690
Vera Ryan (205) 793-6316
Bill Sherlock (205) 794-5933


If you have any old eye glasses that you don't know
what to do with, please send them to Patt Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714. A group of area
opthalmologists make annual trips to Central America to
perform surgery and distribute eye glasses, where they
see about 13,000 patients, perform 700 cataract
operations and distribute 7,000 pairs of glasses. If you can
help, please do.


September 12, 1992
$12.00 per person

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2401 Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34232 921-7979 921-7970
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
September luncheon will be in Sarasota, on Saturday
September 12, 1992 at the Fairways of Forest Lakes
Country Club.
The Luncheon/Meeting will begin at 12:00 noon.
London Broil with Bordelaise Sauce will be served
with your choice of Beverage, Fresh Bread with Whipped
Butter, Garden Salad with House Dressing, Dutchess
Potatoes, Fresh Vegetable Medley and Boston Creme
Cost is $12.00 per person. Deadline for
reservations and refunds is Wednesday, September 9,
Sheila Taylor will be our chairperson for this gala
event again. If you missed the first one, don't miss the
second. The food is delicious.
September 12, 1992
The Fairways, Forest Lakes Country Club
2401 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34232
(On your right goin' North, on your left goin' South)

Please make reservations at $12.00 each.

Total enclosed is: $__
Mail to, and make checks payable to: Panama Canal
I Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall. Suite 334,
Seminole, FL 34642-4712.







Rev. Clarence McConkey (717 J. Street, Central City,
NE 68826) is beginning to form an Editorial Committee
to compile a history of the Union Church of the Canal
Zone since 1950. The proposed book will update Robert
Rolofson's book that took the Church to 1950.
We would like to hear from members, past and
present, and others who have memories and experiences
to tell, or black and white photos, clippings, articles,
bulletins, etc., to share.
We would also appreciate it if past members would
let us know their names and current addresses and those
of past members so that we can contact as many people
as possible about the book.
Please send your information and/or other items to:
Katherine Egolf, 3848 90th Terrace North, Pinellas Park,
FL 34666. (813) 577-6723.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold its
Annual Picnic at noon, Saturday, October 3, 1992, at
Pavillion #8, A.L. Anderson Park, Highway 19, Tarpon
Anderson Park is located 7/10 mile north of
Klosterman Road, and 9/10 mile south of Tarpon Springs
Road, on the east side of Highway 19.
Pavillion #8 has ample parking, handicapped drop-
off, wheelchair ramp, an excellent view of Lake Tarpon,
and is close to rest-rooms.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered dish
and your own soft drinks. The Society will furnish plastic
plates, utensils and paper cups.
Members are reminded that the Park does not allow
alcoholic beverages on the premises.


A short business meeting will be held after lunch.
Coordinator is Robert Johnson, 813-789-4858.


The Hill Country Zonian Christmas Party will be
held at the Embassy Suites (I-10 and Callahan Rd.) San
Antonio, Texas from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. December
5, 1992.
Schedule: Social Hour 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Socializing and Entertainment 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Cost is $16.00 per adult; $8.00 per child, 12 and under,
and a pay-as-you-go bar. Reservations to be submitted no
later than November 25, 1992.
For further information contact Judy Wheeler, 5730
Misty Glen, San Antonio, TX 78247. (512) 590-6202. OR
Nivia Brown, 500 Scates, San Antonio, TX 78227. (512)


You are invited to join the Isthmian Collectors Club, for
an interesting Journal on just about everything having to
do with the Canal Zone. Little known bits of Isthmian
history; meetings of aficionados; picture post cards;
books; stamps; medals; tokens and coins; memorabilia;
and values thereof. A fascinating history of the Canal
Zone, beginning to end, can be found in the story of its
stamps. Did you know that Christie recently auctioned off
just one Canal Zone lot for $35,000? Those old envelopes
of yours are worth something! If you want to get a stamp
for the 100th birthday of the Panama Canal...
Don't Let Them Forget Us!
Write to Bob Karrer, Isthmian Collectors Club, Box
6094, Alexandria, VA 22306. $7.00/year. Write to Bob for
a free copy of the ICC Journal.


The annual Space Coast Panama Canal Picnic will
be held on Sunday, October 18, at Kiwanis Island Park,
Merritt Island, Florida at 11:00 a.m.
All Panama Canal retirees, as well as former and
current employees of the Panama Canal Company/
Government/Commission and residents of the Canal area
and Panama, along with their families, are cordially
invited to attend.
The picnic is sponsored by the Brevard County
"Zonians." Picnickers should bring their own food and
The Kiwanis Island Park turnoff is located on the left
on Merritt Island Causeway (SR 520), a short distance
east of Merritt Square Mall, at a traffic light. A large sign
indicating the turnoff can be seen from both sides of the
Further information can be obtained by calling Terry
and Sue Deakins (407) 631-9209 in Cocoa; Willie and
Heather Rogers (407) 454-4372 in Merritt Island; or Tom
and Nancy Grimison (407) 777-5762 in Satellite Beach.


The 1992 Poconos Reunion will be held from Friday
noon to Sunday noon, September 11-13, 1992 at the Hill
Motor Lodge (Best Western), located at Exit 45 on 1-80
in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Reservations by phone at
(717) 629-1667.
The rate for the weekend is $65 per person (double
occupancy) for two nights lodging and two dinners
(Friday and Saturday) at the Train Coach Restaurant.
Golf is available for those interested, and if this is the
case, contact Billy Michaelsen at least two weeks before
the reunion to make necessary reservations.
If additional information is required contact Billy
Michaelsen, Reunion Coordinator, (904) 271-3097.

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