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VOL. 26 DECEMBER 1992 NOR.
VOL. 26 DECEMBER 1992 NO. 5
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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
Mr. Peter Foster
James J. O'Donnell
Mr. Virgil Camby
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum
Mrs. Barbara Green
Richard W. (Pat) Beall
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From the Secretary ....................
Editor's Corner ......................
Legislative Representative ...............
G uest Speaker .......................
1992 Reunion Audit ..............
By-Law Amendments ..................
"Where Are You?" .....................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings
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FRONT COVER: New Christmas cover drawing by David B. Young, teaching Arts
and Graphics at Balboa High School, formerly Class of 1977. Son of James and
Mary (Sullivan) Young of Camano Island, Washington.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 2 Dothan Christmas Luncheon, Holiday Inn South, Dothan, AL.,
December 4 PCS South Carolina Christmas Luncheon, Hounds Lake Golf &
Country Club, Aiken, SC. 12 Noon.
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.
December 6 PCSSC Annual Christmas Luncheon, Knotts Berry Farm, 10:30-
January 8 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL 12:00 noon, Covered dish.
February 6 PCSOFL Carnavalito, Holiday Inn, 3535 Ulmerton Rd. 6:00 p.m.
March 5 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 noon, Covered dish.
March 7 PCSSC Annual Business Luncheon, Andersens Pea Soup,
April 2 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
Street, St. Petersburg, FL. 1:30 p.m.
May 7 PCSOFL Luncheon/Meeting, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11
Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL. 11:30 a.m.
June 9-13 PCSOFL Annual Reunion, Twvin Towers Hotel, Orlando, FL.
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How time flies, we are no sooner over the 1992
Reunion, when plans must be made for the 1993
Reunion. So with the Executive Board approval, I have
appointed (again) Nancy Van Siclen as 1993 Reunion
Coordinator and she has already appointed her
committees and has them working.
Also, I recently extended an invitation to Mr.
Gilberto Guardia F., Administrator, Panama Canal
Commission to be the guest speaker at the 1993 Annual
In reply to my invitation, Mr. Guardia states that due
to prior commitments he is unable to accept our
invitation at this time. Mr. Guardia suggested that the
Deputy Administrator, Mr. Raymond Laverty take his
I am pleased to announce that Mr. Laverty, Deputy
Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission, was
receptive to Mr. Guardia's suggestion and has agreed to
represent the Commission as guest speaker at the 1993
Members attending the luncheon will find Mr.
Laverty's remarks interesting and informative as he
discusses some of the current issues facing the Canal as
it prepares for the transition to Panama in the year 2000.
Mr. Raymond Laverty joined the Canal organization
in 1958, and has served the organization in a wide variety
of important functional areas.
Mr. Laverty was appointed Deputy Administrator of
the Panama Canal Commission by U.S. President George
Bush and assumed office on September 14, 1990.
Mr. Laverty's picture and biography appears on page
4 in this issue.
I and the Executive Board are aware of the problems
some members have due to the early dates for the 1993
and 1994 Reunions. The dates for the 1993 Reunion are
June 9th to 13th. These were the only dates the Twin
Towers and adjacent hotels had available, in fact we were
not sure that we could get the same dates at each of the
Maybe we waited too long to commit the Society to
holding the Reunion in Orlando. You know some
members want to return to Tampa, so we were exploring
that possibility. Assured that Tamps does not have a
facility capable of serving our Reunion, the decision was
made to return to Orlando, to the three hotels which
have so capably served us in the past.
Therefore, with the Executive Board approval, it was
necessary to accept June 9th 13th, 1993 and June 8th -
12th, 1994 as the dates for our reunions.
I think we have learned from this experience that we
must book at least 3 years in advance if we are to get the
dates we want for our reunions.
We have already booked June 14th 18th, for the
1995 reunion, and I suggest that in June 1993 we book
for the 1996 reunion. Wherever it is to be held!
At the Executive Board meeting of August 27th, the
Executive Board accepted Pete Foster's resignation as
Legislative Representative, and with Board approval, Pete
was then appointed to the Board as Past President, and
Jim O'Donnell was appointed Legislative Representative.
Jim has many years of experience in the legislative field
and will be an asset to the Society.
With the appointments of Frank Matters and Jim
O'Donnell to the Board, we not only have two very
capable persons, we are also bringing members to the
Executive Board, whom I'm sure will bring fresh thoughts
Letters received from Mrs. Marjorie Foster
recommending Richard Beall and Dorothy Yocum for
HONORARY membership in the Society was presented
to members of the Executive Board, after which the
Board unanimously voted approval to present the
recommendations to the general membership for voting,
as required by the By-Laws.
The letters of recommendation are printed
elsewhere in this issue of the Canal Record. The
nominees may be elected for HONORARY membership
by a 2/3 majority vote of the members present and voting
at any Society meeting.
The names of Richard Beall and Dorothy Yocum
will be presented to the membership at the monthly
meeting to be held at St. Bedes Church on January 8,
As you read this issue of the Canal Record, you will
notice several changes and special effects in the printing.
These changes were made possible by Pat Beall's
donation to the Society of a new software computer
I have, as President of the Society, on behalf of the
Society membership, addressed a letter of thanks to Pat
for his donation of the Micrologic Software Computer
At the July, August and September Executive Board
meetings, the Board approved a total of 62 applications
in the Society, so we continue to grow.
Also, at the Board meeting of August 17th, the
Board approved the appointment of Keppie Travel as
official travel agency for the 1993 Reunion. In addition to
providing service to our members, Keppie Travel has
been very generous in donating and getting the airlines to
donate tickets to the Society which we use to bring bands
to play at the reunion, which saves the Society several
hundreds of dollars. Therefore, in the interest of reducing
Society costs for the Reunion, I urge members to make
their travel arrangements through Keppie Travel. (The
Keppie Travel ad appears in the famous "yellow pages" in
COPA, the airline of Panama has been very generous
in donating tickets to the Society which have been used
to bring band members up from Panama. Again, this year
COPA will donate round trip tickets to the Society which
we may use as door prizes. So when thinking of traveling
to Panama, please think of COPA. (The COPA ad also
appears in the yellow pages).
When the By-Laws committee submitted the revised
By-Laws which were approved by the membership and
became effective June 1, 1992, they thought they had
covered all subjects and further changes to the By-Laws
would not be necessary for several years. Well, as we all
know nothing is forever, so the By-Laws Committee is
now submitting changes to the By-Laws for general
The recommended By-Laws appear in this issue of
the Canal Record, and I urge each member to read them
carefully and then VOTE as YOUR mind dictates. As I
have said before, the By-Laws can be changed ONLY
with approval of a majority of the membership VOTE.
Society members living in Dade County, Florida were
victims of Hurricane Andrew last August.
I commend Janis "Cookie" Newlon, who left her
home in Miami, traveled into the hurricane area and
volunteered her service wherever needed. After unloading
trucks and other duties, Cookie attempted to locate
Society members in the area to inquire of their welfare.
She was able to contact only two members (telephone
lines were down and traffic was restricted) who suffered
hurricane damage, and neither family requested
"Cookie" telephoned me several times to keep me up
to date on her activities in the area, and was in
agreement that the best way we can help our members is
for each member to donate to a charity of choice working
in the disaster area.
"Cookie" on behalf of all Society members I express
thanks for your efforts to assist our members, and I
personally thank you for keeping me advised.
Since my last writing, we in Florida have enjoyed
another fine luncheon meeting in Sarasota, chaired by
Sheila Taylor, and attended by 118 persons. Our annual
picnic meeting scheduled for October 3rd had to be
cancelled because of two days of heavy rain. Chairperson
Robert Johnson and his committee had big plans for the
Picnic and were disappointed that their efforts could not
Plans have been made for the Christmas Luncheon,
December 5th, and the Carnavalito, February 6th. Leroy
Lewis, formerly of the El Panama Hotel, will play for our
dancing pleasure at the Carnavalito. Reservation form for
the Florida Christmas Luncheon appeared in the
September Canal Record and I hope your reservation
form has been sent in. Reservation form for the
Carnavalito as published elsewhere in this issue. PLEASE
get your reservation in EARLY.
For those planning on attending the 1993 ANNUAL
REUNION, I urge you to read the instructions for
completing the forms in the YELLOW PAGES, and send
the forms in early.
Please remember that your comments, good or bad,
are welcomed by the Executive Board, and should be
addressed to the Executive Board, at the Society
Headquarters address as shown in the Canal Record.
I look forward to seeing you at a Society meeting or
function in the near future, but until then, SEASON
GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES FOR THE
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
I am, again, appealing to our members to let us
know when you move from one area to another, or even
from one house or street to another. The Post Office will
not forward 2nd of 3rd Class mail after 60 days (from
date of notification to Post Office of change). Thereafter,
your Canal Record is destroyed and the address label is
returned to us for 35 cent charge, with your new address.
Most of our members have expressed their
appreciation for the new Application/Renewal Form. We
have had a couple of suggestions for changes which we
will consider when the present supply runs out. Please
remember, when renewing your membership, unless you
have had major changes, you only have to fill out the
reverse side. The front side is for new members.
It has been a really busy and exciting year and a half
for me. Again this year, I have renewed many friendships
from the Canal Zone and also made new friends.
Please remember, the Society office in Seminole is
your office. If you are in our area, stop by and visit us.
Pat and I are here from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an
hour for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. If you call ahead,
we will plan to be available even during the lunch hour
to welcome you.
If you have not paid your '93 dues, you owe an
additional "late fee" of $2.00. Although we had ten (10)
dues reminders in the last September issue of the Canal
Record, on pages 2, 3, 4, 6, 16, 22, 37, 60, 89, and 108, we
still have 2,284 members delinquent for the years 1992-
1993. That's 39% of the total membership! It is costing
us (your money) $433.96 to mail out dues reminders
individually to those delinquent not to mention the time
to sort out the names, address the cards, apply notation,
etc. And we still have members complaining about the
"late fee." The "late fee" helps pay for the $433.96 we
spend to remind you again to pay your dues. We try our
best to inform you that "Dues are due" through notices in
the Canal Record. Jot it down on your calendar.
Hope to see many of you at the Christmas Luncheon
and Carnavalito in February.
Editor must have by:
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Florida had a very bad time these last few weeks -
Hurrican Andrew and the Pinellas Park-Largo tornado
did millions of dollars worth of damage. The suffering
and anguish of those persons affected was felt by the
nation, who responded magnificently in help and supplies
to those in need. Very shortly after the hurricane left our
shores, I called our South Florida reporter, Janis
"Cookie" Newlon to see if she was OK, and she told me
she and her friend Oscar Nuncio had already been to the
devastated area to offer help in any way they could. She
told me there was little supervision or management as yet
but they were helping to unload the never-ending line of
trucks coming into the area. We found that at least eight
members of the Society lived in the ravaged area, or very
close to it, and she said she would make every effort to
see if they needed help. I passed our conversation on to
our president, Bob Van Siclen, who spoke to Cookie
thereafter. A beautiful article came to me from Sharon
Dumas Hoffman, one of those in the area we identified.
It is in the "Congratulations" section of this issue. Please
read it it makes you proud to know that there are
young people out there who really care for other people.
I've asked Cookie to send me photos of her, Oscar and
Kathy to go along with the article, so all can see who
these wonderful people are makes you want to reaffirm
your faith in people in this crazy world, doesn't it?
It has also been a hectic month for the Secretary who
has received over 80 book covers or notices that
members have changed addresses. It is compounded by
the fact that many others say they have not received their
Canal Record. Please read my half-page notice, "Did you
get your Canal Record?" on that subject. The lack of
furnishing us with changes of address for this past issue
has cost the Society over $200.00 of the members' money.
We could have happily used those over 80 books that
were thrown away by the Post Offices, elsewhere. What
I attended a Customer Council Workshop put on by
the Tampa Postal Customer Council on October 21
where the Post Office focused on Automation Based
Discount Rates. Full automation will be a fact in the
early part of 1993 and the role of the Panama Canal
Society in this endeavor looks as if it will be minimal due
to the fact that our membership fluctuates to a great
degree each mailing and bar codes for each address are
not available to us in each case. As soon as this issue
goes to press, I will be conferring with our Mailers (who
do the actual mailing, addressing each sack, etc.) to see
just how far we can participate. The automation will no
doubt take its toll for a while due to glitches in the
system, so if members don't get their copies, please take
on your Post Office first before you ask us to send
another book. They have indicated that a possible 15% of
the automated mail in the future will be undeliverable
due to poor addressing. We will do our utmost to see
that your mailing label is correct. You can help a great
deal by informing us of your ZIP CODE PLUS 4-DIGIT
ZIP. You will not only be helping us, but you will be
helping yourselves by taking a big step in insuring you get
your mail in the future.
Have all you reporters paid your current dues? I'll
bet a few of you will be surprised to find you haven't!
Welcome new reporter Esther Clair for Oklahoma!
Sorry to say goodbye to Carol Vidaurri who did a great
job last year. The Oklahoma group has been growing,
happy to say due a great deal to its improved exposure
by the area reporters. Your new flag looks great, by the
It's time again to let our members know that we do
NOT return photos, as indicated in our masthead on
page 1 of each issue of the Canal Record. Stamped self-
addressed envelopes will not do it, and I have told the
area reporters NOT to take photographs that people
want returned. It costs about 35 cents to get another
print made. Try it it works.
Looks like there is hope for an assistant for me after
all. We will know more, for sure, after November 20. It
will be a blessing for me the input to the Canal Record
is beginning to be more than one person can handle.
Got a surprise call from my old tutor and mentor on
the job, Jack Schierloh. Just moved down from New
Jersey to Orlando. Haven't seen him in almost 40 years.
I'm sure there are many who remember him (Class of
BHS'38) and he's only a stone's throw away from our
Orlando Reunion site!
And with that I want to wish you all a Very Merry
Holiday Season and the best for 1993!
By the time this December 1992
issue of the Canal Record hasd been
mailed to you, the Society will have
gained a new and very competent
Legislative Officer -James
You may remember Jim from the
Panama Canal's Power Branch, the
Civic Councils or Unions and fortunately he and his
lovely wife, Gemma, have decided to move from Seattle
to the St. Petersburg area in November.
Since his retirement, Jim has been very active with
both NARFE and AARP in the legislative field, therefore
I personally recommend that he be appointed to the
Society's Executive Board. As a result, I have resigned
from the position of Legislative Oficer and have been
appointed to the vacant position of Past President. Jim
O'Donnell was then appointed to fill the position of
The October 15, 1992 NARFE Hotline has indicated
that a Cost of Living Adjustment of 3.0% will be
reflected in the January 1, 1993 annuity checks for most
Federal retirees. Those under FECA must wait until mid-
January 1993 for their COLA percentage.
I have enjoyed my short tenure as Legislative Officer
and I sincerely believe that Jim O'Donnell's appointment
to the Executive Board will be most beficial to the
Society he brings with him a good background in both
the legislative field and organizations. Welcome to
Florida, Jim and Gemma!
Legislative Office/Past President.
GUEST SPEAKER '93 REUNION
Raymond P. Laverty was appointed Deputy
Administrator of the Panama Canal Commission by U.S.
President George Bush and assumed that office on
September 14, 1990. He is the first career employee of
the Panama Canal organization to ever be promoted into
one of its two highest positions.
Raymond P. Laverty
Panama Canal Commission
Recruited from the United States in 1958, Mr.
Laverty has served the Canal organization in a wide
variety of important functional areas. Appointed as
General Manager of the Panama Canal Supply Division,
he was responsible for the management of the agency's
pre-Panama Canal Treaty diversified commercial
activities which included retail stores, manufacturing
plants, gasoline stations, theaters, cafeterias and a hotel.
In addition, upon his appointment as Director, Supply
and Community Service Bureau, Mr. Laverty also
assumed responsibility for the agency's supply systems,
including procurement, and the employee housing
program. Subsequently, he became Director, Office of
Executive Planning. In that position, he was the principal
advisor to the Administrator on matter of Commission
operations and management. He also directed the
Commission's marketing program, including relations
with Canal users, and programs for Canal improvements
to enhance the efficiency and capacity of the waterway.
Additionally, Mr. Laverty was the United States
Representative to the Treaty Coordinating Committee. In
this role, he served as the principal representative to a
joint Panama-United States committee established to
perform implementing functions evolving from Panama
Mr. Laverty has served as Chairman and Board
Member of the Canal Zone Chapter of the American
Red Cross, member of the Executive Committee of the
Canal Zone Council of the Boy Scouts of America and as
the Executive Director of the Canal Zone United Way.
He has also served as President of the Rotary Club of
Panama West. Mr. Laverty is the recipient of numerous
Mr. Laverty was born in Brockton, Massachusetts in
1932. In 1954 he graduated from the University of Notre
Dame with a bachelors degree in economics. Following
service in the U.S. Army, he obtained an MBA in
Industrial Management at Boston University. He and his
wife, Marilyn, have three children, Kathleen, Brian, and
Michael, who were born in the Canal Zone and now
reside in the United States.
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STILL NEEDS HELP!
We're still asking for your help on the Telephone
Committee in various locations and hopefully after you
read this you will come forward and help the committee.
The sole duty of the committee is to call our members
each month and remind them of upcoming meetings and
events and encourage them to participate in the business
and social gatherings of the Society. No other duties are
required of the committee unless they are needed in a
dire emergency. We ask other members of the Society
not to use the telephone committee for personal use even
though it may be for projects related to the Panama
We welcome twelve new members to the committee
who have generously donated their time, they are: Betty
Frassrand, Arden O'Daniel, Weulcia Wilkins, Loretta
Date, Carolyn Johnson, Marie Dube, Muriel Whitman,
Margaret leigh, Margot Jordan, Myrtle Hughes, Amparo
Paul, and Esther Ahlteen.
The specific areas where we need callers are Tampa,
Ft. Myers, Port Charlotte, Lakeland, Plant City, Hudson
and Bayonet Point.
If you would like to help us out, please call Jane
Huldtquist, (813) 397-5846, we would appreciate it very
much. Thank you.
Did you get your
At each mailing of the "Canal Record," the mailing Post Office (Tampa,
Florida) counts the issues to be mailed and charges the Society accordingly.
Their invoice to the Society reflects the amount of books mailed, which we
verify with the amount of labels printed by the Society.
The routes taken by your books before they reach you vary they may
pass through as many as six (6) hands, sometimes more, sometimes less,
before delivery to you. The entire Postal system is being automated.
Since the Society knows the books were mailed, we recommend that you
notify your local Post Office initially if you did not receive your copy of the
If the Post Office finds no trace of your copy, search your files to see if
you mailed in your change of address or paid your current dues. If you are in
good shape on both counts, THEN notify us. Your book may have been
inadvertently lost enroute to you, and we will do our best to send you another
copy, if extra copies are available.
1992 REUNION AUDIT REPORT
Mr. Robert Van Siclen
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dear Mr. Van Siclen:
The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the 1992 Reunion Coordinator's accounts. All
receipts, check records, deposit slips and bank statements were verified as correct.
All papers were in good order, neat and ready for audit.
The Committee suggests that a cash receipts journal, showing the composition of receipts by category, be maintained
on a daily basis to facilitate the examination of the 1993 Reunion. This suggestion has been discussed with the 1993
Reunion Coordinator who has agreed to maintain such a journal.
Attached is a statement of Receipts and Expenditures for the 1992 Reunion.
STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES
Overcollection of funds
Ball and Dance
Security, Reporter's Luncheon
Telephone, Travel and Postage
Supplies, including Printing
Registration, Hospitality and
Overcollections and Refunds
Net Receipts from 1992 Reunion
Balance in Reunion Coordinator's Account -
Return Net Receipts to Panama Canal Society
Seed Money for Reunion Coordinator's Account
for 1993 Reunion
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Open the Society's Social
Season by attending our
February 6, 6:00 p.m.
** GRAND PRIZE**
One Round Trip Ticket'
Miami Panama Miami
Holiday Inn, 3535 Ulmerton Rd. Clearwater
Music by LEROY LEWIS
eO For-merly of the
"El Panama Hotel"
Panama R.P. m
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE BY-LAWS
From: Peter W. Foster, Past President
To: Mr. Robert Herrington, Chairman, By-Laws Committee
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Thru: Mr. Robert Van Siclen, President, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Subject: PROPOSED SOCIETY DUES AMENDMENT.
As a member of the Executive Board over the past year, one of the primary concerns was a trend reflecting
the continual decrease of the Society's fund balance.
The Executive Board has instituted various cost savings procedures which resulted in slowing but not
eliminating the trend of the Society's annual expenses exceeding its annual income. To better understand the financial
problem the Society is facing I have indicated below the Audit and Budget Committee's fund comparison for the years
1990, 1991, 1992:
Fund Balance June 30, 1990 $149,923.18
Fund Balance June 30, 1991 $116,379.67
Operating loss for year 1990-1991 ($33,543.51)
Fund Balance June 30, 1991 $116,379.67
Fund Balance June 30, 1992 $ 97,941.85
Operating loss for year 1991-1992 ($18,437.82)
This $51,981.33 decrease in the Society's fund in a two-year period can be attributed to a number of factors
such as the low interest rates of Certificates of Deposit, increased postage costs, central office, and the primary factor
of increased printing and mailing costs of the Canal Record and Annual Directoly.
Over the past several years the Executive Board has attempted to offset increases in the Canal Record and
Directory printing costs by modernizing the Record Editor's office equipment and methods. In reality this modernization
effort has and will continue to hold printing costs down but will continue to lag behind the associated increases.
If action is not taken soon, the Society's reserve funds will be depleted, resulting in a lack of reserve funds
(which is also a source of revenue through the interest gained on the Society's CDs), and the demise of the Society.
The Society Dues have not increased since January 1983. Adoption of the proposed amendment to the
Society's By-laws will increase membership dues by $5.00. It is projected that this increase will be sufficient to counteract
the present financial trend in addition to holding the present level of our reserve funds.
In addition to the five dollars dues increase, the proposed amendment will also eliminate the Delinquency
and Reinstatement fees and replace them with a one-time ten dollar ($10.00) Administrative Fee for new members (this
fee does not apply to present members, provided they pay their dues within an 8-month grace period). Also included in
this proposal is a Foreign Country Mailing Fee (postage to foreign countries exceed the cost of printing the CanalRecord
and has been subsidized by all other members) and a Reunion Registration Fee (This will distribute the Reunion
Administrative costs more evenly among all Reunion attenders instead of having the dances subsidizing these costs.
This proposed amendment is the first attempt to raise the Society's Dues since 1983 for the good of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., I recommend its ADOPTION.
Respectfully submitted, (Signed) Peter W. Foster
BY-LAWS COMMITTEE ENDORSEMENT
The By-laws Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., has reviewed the proposed
Amendment #1 of the Society By-laws and do hereby concur.
We recommend adoption of this proposed Amendment. Deadline for receiving Amendment ballots shall
be five days prior to the February 6, 1993 meeting, and ballots will be counted at the Regular Scheduled Meeting on
February 6, 1993.
(Signed) (Signed) (Signed)
Robert C. Herrington Cornelia Van Siclen Marjorie J. Foster
Chairman Committee member Committee member
(EXISTING) ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
SEC. 5 DUES O THE SOCIETY:
a. For the purpose of paying membership dues, the dues year shall be October 1 September 30.
b. Dues shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) annually.
1. Ten dollars ($10.00) of this amount shall be for a year's subscription to the Canal Record (4 quarterly
issues) plus an Annual Directory issue.
2. Delinquent members' and new members' subscriptions to the Canal Record will begin with the issue
immediately following their reinstatement or election to membership.
C. Dues shall be due and payable to the Secretary/Treasurer on October 1 of each dues year.
D. If unpaid, dues shall be considered delinquent after October 31 of the year they are due.
1. A delinquent fee of two dollars ($2.00) shall be imposed on dues payments not postmarked by October
31 of the year they first became due and received by September 30 of the same dues year.
2. A reinstatement fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) shall be required of those persons who apply for
membership during the dues year immediately following the dues year in which they dropped their
membership in the Society.
3. Once a person has been a member of the Society and has dropped his/her membership, he/she must pay
either the delinquency fee or reinstatement fee, whichever applies, or he/she must wait two consecutive
dues years (beginning with the year in which he/she was dropped from membership) before re-applying
for membership in the Society.
E. Dues for persons applying for membership after March 31 of a dues year shall be seven dollars and fifty cents
1. Five dollars ($5.00) of this amount shall be for Canal Record issues for the remaining months of the dues
year, commencing with the issue following their election to membership. They may receive an Annual
Directory if any are available.
F. Any member delinquent in payment of dues after notification by the Secretary/Treasurer shall be dropped from
the rolls, his/her Canal Record subscription discontinued and all his/her rights and privileges shall cease.
G. Reinstatement may be effected by payment of the full current year's dues plus the delinquency or reinstatement
fee, as required under Article III Sections 5(d)-1 or 5(d)-2.
H. Dues of the Society shall be determined by recommendations of the Executive Board.
1. Recommendations shall be presented to the members at any Society meeting as an amendment to the
2. After the recommendations have been presented at a Society meeting, notice of the dues amendment shall
be published in the CanalRecord and amendment procedures established under Article XV, Amendments,
shall be followed.
I. Multiple memberships residing in the same domicile may request that only one Canal Record subscription be
delivered to that domicile.
1. One member in a multiple membership domicile must pay the full membership dues. Each additional
membership may pay the portion of dues not allocated for the Society's publication, provided the following
conditions are met.
a. That the reason for elimination of the portion of the dues allocated for the Society's publication
shall be for health or age.
b. That approval of the Executive Board is obtained.
J. The Fiscal Year of the Society shall be January 1 December 31.
(PROPOSED) ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
A. For the purpose of paying membership dues, the dues year shall be October 1 through September 30 of the
B. Dues shall be due and paid to the Secretary/Treasurer by October 1 of each dues year.
C. If unpaid, dues shall be considered delinquent after October 31 of the year they are due.
1. Delinquent member's subscription to the Society's Annual Directory and Canal Record shall be
suspended effective November 1 of the dues year and they will not be entitled to any of the
Society's publications until their dues have been paid.
a. Upon payment of dues, subscription to the Canal Record and Annual Directory shall be
restored and shall begin with the issue immediately following their payment of dues.
b. Delinquent members shall not be entitled to any publication issues printed prior to payment of
dues or have their names and addresses printed in the Society's Directory for the current year.
They shall be dropped from the Society membership rolls and all rights and privileges associated
with the Society will cease.
2. Membership reinstatement may be effected by payment of full current year's dues prior to June 1 of the
current dues year.
D. Dues shall be twenty dollars ($20.00) annually.
1. A portion of the dues shall be allocated to cover the cost of the current year's subscription of the Canal
Record in addition to the Society's Annual Directory issue.
a. New member's subscription to the Canal Record and Annual Directory shall begin with the issue
immediately following their election to membership.
b. Membership and Subscriptions are not transferable and shall cease upon the demise of the
member in the case of a Family type membership, the surviving spouse.
E. An Administrative fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid by all members and accompany their application for
1. The administrative Fee shall not apply to those members who renew their Society membership each dues
prior to June 1 of the dues year.
a. The Fee shall be a one time payment for those members who maintain their membership in a
continuous year to year basis.
2. Individuals who have not renewed their membership prior to June 1 of the current dues year shall be
considered a new member and, as such, must pay the Administrative Fee.
F. A Foreign Country Mailing Fee, to cover the additional postage cost of mailing the Canal Record and Annual
Directory, shall be applied to members residing in foreign countries served by the United States Postal Service's
International Postage Rates.
1. This Mailing Fee must be remitted at the time of dues payment and only applies to those persons having
the Society's publications mailed to a foreign country address.
2. The Executive Board shall establish the Foreign Country Mailing Fees and shall make adjustments in the
fees, if necessary, when the United States Postal Service revises its established International Postal Rates.
a. Two Fees shall be established; one Fee to cover the average cost of postage to foreign countries
in the Western Hemisphere; and one Fee to cover the average cost of postage to all other foreign
G. A Reunion Registration Fee shall be established by the Executive Board and shall be payable upon member
registration for each annual Society Reunion.
1. The Executive Board shall determine the Fee amount for each individual Society Annual Reunion.
a. The Fee shall be established to cover Reunion Administrative costs.
b. Separate Individual Adult and Family with Children Fees may be established.
H. Multiple memberships residing in the same domicile may request that only one Canal Record and Annual
Directory subscription be delivered to that domicile.
1. One member in a multiple membership domicile must pay the full membership dues. Each additional
membership residing in the same domicile shall pay five dollars ($5.00) per year, provided the following
conditions are met:
a. That the reason for the single subscription to the Society's publications is due to a member's
health or age.
b. The request must be submitted in writing to, and approved by the Executive Board.
I. Dues of the Society shall be established by recommendations of the Executive Board.
1. Recommendations shall be presented to members of the Society as an amendment to the By-Laws.
a. Upon request by a member, at any regularly scheduled Society meeting, the Executive Board shall
explain the reasoning behind any proposed amendment to the Society Dues.
2. Notice of an amendment to the dues shall be published in the Canal Record and amendment procedures
established under By-Laws Article XV, Amendments, shall be followed.
J. The Fiscal Year of the Society shall be January 1 through December 31.
Respectfully submitted, Peter W. Foster, Past President. August 1, 1992
It is the opinion of the By-Laws Committee that the following proposed amendment No. 2 be adopted by
ARTICLE III, SEC. 3 (D) ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP
D. Associate Membership:
1. (No change)
a. Criteria for continued interest shall include but shall not be limited to: period of interest in the
Society; time and effort in promoting the Society's goals; dedication in performing services to the
Society; distances traveled to perform services, relationship to current deceased members or
persons noted for their dedication to the construction, maintenance, operations, defense or support
facilities of the Panama Canal.
2. (No change)
3. (No change)
4. (No change)
The purpose of this amendment No. 2 is to establish "Continued interest" guidelines for the Executive Board when
considering an application for Associate Membership.
(Signed) (Signed) (Signed)
Robert C. Herrington Cornelia Van Siclen Marjorie J. Foster
Chairman, By-Laws Committee Committee Member Committee Member
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
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SECRETARY'S "WANT LIST"
Canal Records and correspondence has been
returned from the following members. Any information
regarding these members will be appreciated.
LOUIS SOMMER, JR
MICHAEL J. BURZA
JESS D. BRYANT
BHS 1944 LOOKING FOR YOU!
ANGULO, CARLOS MANUEL
AUSTIN, FRANCES MARIE
BAER, KENNETH W. JR.
BALSCHUN, OLIVER HENRY
BRANDON, MARK Z. III
COOPER, GRACE KATHERINE
CUNLIFFE, LOLA JEAN
DILBECK, IOLA MARIE
ENGLAND, RICHARD JAY
HOHMANN, LOIS RUTH
JIMENEZ, RUDOLF A. "RUDY"
KUNKEL, ROBERT JOSEPH
LAMPERT, FLORIAN T.
MARNEY, FRANK JAMES
MITCHELL, ROBERT DONALD
NEVILLE, BARBARA ANN
NIX, CARLA MARGUERITE
PETERSON, ANA MERCEDES
PINEL, DOLORES (LOLITA)
PRESLAR, EMMA FRANCES
ROBBINS, WILLIAM STEPHEN
SMITH, MIRIAM JANE
WALTER, MURIEL LEE
If anyone knows any of the above addresses, please
contact one of the following:
LOOKING FOR CHS'36 GRADS
Frances H. (Patchett) O'Sullivan is interested in
knowing where any graduates of the 1936 Cristobal High
School Class are. Please drop me a line. Frances H.
O'Sullivan, 1303 Cambridge Road, Dothan, AL 36301,
Phone: (205) 794-0134.
Alice (Fairbrother) Myers
2119 Coachman Road
Spring Hill, FL 34608
Carmen (Hernandez) Massot
Apartado 6-343, El Dorado
Panama, Republica de Panama
Robert E. and Pat (Heitman) Whitam
3208 Trails Lake Drive
Medina, OH 44256
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Beverly Jean Harris
Doris Jean Kueter
Eileen Neuman E
Nelda Jean Price
C. Ralph Smith
Dorothy Jean Straus
Clara Isabel Thomas
)orothy Jean Andrews
Lt/Col George Cockle
5119 Hamilton St.
Omaha, NE 68132-1408
Edwin or Aloha Baumbach
201 Lagoon Rd. S.E.
Winter Haven, FL 33884-2529
BHS'34 and CZJC'36 NEWS?
What has happened to BHS Class of 1934 and
CZJC Class of 1936? Would love some news. Bill
French, 614 Cypress Lane, Severna Park, MD 21146.
Planning a reunion for June 11, 1993, Orlando, Florida.
Please write any and all info for above list and mail to:
WHERE ARE YOU BHS 1947?
HONORARY ME IBE RSH W
RECOMM ENDA INS
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste #334
Seminole, FL 34642
August 27, 1992
Dear Board Members:
I recommend Dorothy Yocum for Honorary
Membership into the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mrs. Yocum has served as Chaplain of the Society
for over twelve years. She has prepared and delivered
Invocations at the Society meetings and functions in a
most heart-warming manner. She takes special care in
preparing them to suit the occasion and has paid special
tribute to our country during a time when we needed
Mrs. Yocum has served on numerous committees
and is always willing to help out whenever or wherever
needed. I strongly recommend adoption of this Honorary
membership for such a dedicated and faithful member.
Marjorie J. Foster
Asst. to Sec/Treasurer
IT IS DAVE YOUNG'S COVER!
The cover of this edition may not be entirely typical
of previous Canal Record covers that I designed. The
message should be obvious. Take a good look. Can you
find the following: Harpy Eagle, Night Monkey, Toucan,
Boa-constrictor, Parrakeets, Pacas, Rhinoceros Beetle,
Iguana, Ocelot, Armadillos, Anteater, Coatimundis,
Tapir, Herons, Peacock Bass, Leaf Cutter Ants, Orchids,
Butterflies, Gecko, Macaw, Otter, Capybara, Marmoset,
Howler Monkey, Peccary, Turtle, Caiman, Golden Frogs,
(Toads), Cow, and Humans?
It's not news that the Rainforests around the world
are being decimated at an alarming rate. This, in fact,
includes Panama and the areas surrounding the Canal. If
you are interested in supporting some environmental
groups directly involved with the preservation of
Panama's Rain Forest and Wildlife, contact:
Asociaci6n Nacional para la Conservaci6n de la
Apartado 1387 Panama 1.
Tel: (507) 64-8100
Proyecto De Estudio Para El Manejo de Areas
Sylvestres de Kuna Yala.
Apartado 2012 Paraiso
Seasons Greetings to all!
Panama Canal Area
August 27, 1992
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Ste. #334
Seminole, FL 34642
Dear Board Members:
I recommend Richard W. Beall for Honorary
Membership into the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Mr. Beall has served as Editor of the Canal Record
for over twelve years. Although Mr. Beall receives a
salary, he has performed over and above his duties to
improve the Canal Record for the enjoyment of our
Mr. Beall has made every effort to enhance the
quality and appearance of the Canal Record. He keeps in
close contact with his reporters and researches all
material for accuracy before publishing the article.
Mr. Beall has served on numerous committees and
is always willing to help out whenever or wherever
needed. I strongly recommend adoption of this Honorary
membership for such a dedicated and faithful member.
Marjorie J. Foster
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Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings
August 7, 1992
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida
President Van Siclen opened the meeting at 1:30
p.m. Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation followed
by a moment of silence for those members departed. Mr.
Virgil Camby led in the Pledge to the Flag.
Mr. Van Siclen welcomed the 43 members present
and acknowledged Past Presidents Eugene Askew, Anna
Collins, Howard Clarke, Pete Foster, Al Pate and Muriel
Whitman. He greeted out-of-towners and expressed hope
that they would return to attend meetings when possible.
The president introduced Ranger Keith Thompson,
who gave an interesting talk and slide presentation on
Weedon Island State Preserve.
Mrs. Marge Foster, replacing Barbara Green on
leave, read the July minutes which stand as read. She also
read the financial report which stands for audit.
The president pointed out that expenses have
continued to rise since January. He reported that Mrs.
Betty Frassrand had resigned from the Executive Board
as Past President due to work and school commitments.
He stated that the Board accepted her resignation with
regret and encouraged members to let her know how
much they appreciated her past efforts.
The Executive Board meeting dates have now been
changed to the last Thursday of the month with no
objections from the Board.
The president announced that Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen
had been appointed Reunion Coordinator for the 1993
Reunion. The Board voted to make Friday night an open
night at the Reunion so class reunions would be able to
hold activities that night.
Mr. Van Siclen called for officer and committee
chairpersons reports. Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, Second Vice
President, reported she need volunteers for the
Telephone Committee. Director Muriel Whitman
reported the December luncheon will be at the Holiday
Inn on Ulmerton Rd. on December 5. Reservation forms
are in the September issue of the Canal Record. Mr. Pete
Foster, Legislative Representative gave his report stating
the COLA stands at 2.2% for the January '93 pay period.
He also stated that Government retirement and employee
benefits appear to be safe at the present time. Mr. Beall
reported the September issue was already at the printers.
Mrs. Dorothy Pate, Hospitality Chairperson asked that
the Telephone Committee continue to call members since
she felt it was beneficial to meeting attendance.
The president reminded members of the Sarasota
luncheon on September 12, encouraging them to make
reservations. Mr. Pate suggested members offer rides to
those who cannot drive to Sarasota.
Mrs. Myrtle Hughes moved the meeting be
adjourned, seconded by Mr. Ernie Yocum. The meeting
adjourned at 2:43 p.m.
September 12, 1992
Fairways of Forest Lakes Country Club
President Van Siclen called the meeting to order at
12:15 p.m. Dorothy Yocum gave the Invocation followed
for a minute of silence for those departed. Pledge to the
Flag was given by Virgil Camby, and the president
welcomed all and expressed pleasure being back at
Forest Lakes Country Club. He acknowledged Past
Presidents Anna Collins, Gene Askew, Al Pate, Muriel
Whitman, and members who had not attended for a long
time were welcomed to return. The meeting was recessed
at 12:18 for lunch.
Meeting resumed at 1:32 p.m. with previous minutes
being read. "Joyce" Felps was corrected to read "George"
Felps. The Financial statement stands for audit. The
president informed members that 21 new members were
admitted at the August 27 Executive Board Meeting.
The president remarked that he had received calls
from several members asking what the Society was doing
for our members living in Dade County, the area
devastated by Hurricane Andrew. He gave a brief
explanation of the problems involved in taking monitory
donations; the Society is not in a position to attempt such
an undertaking. He also thanked Janice "Cookie" Newlon
for keeping him advised of the attempts to contact
members in the hurricane area, and stated that "Cookie"
suggested that each member wanting to assist the
hurricane victims contribute to a favorite charity working
in that disaster area.
Faith Brundage, 1st Vice President and Carnavalito
Chairperson reported that the dance will be held at the
Holiday Inn on Ulmerton Road, who will offer special
rates for members staying over. Information will appear
in the December Canal Record.
Jane Huldtquist, 2nd Vice President announced she
has advertised for volunteers for the Telephone
Committee in the September Canal Record.
Muriel Whitman, Director, stated that reservation
forms for the Christmas Luncheon were in the
September Canal Record, and invited all to attend.
Robert Johnson, Director, in the absence of Peter
Foster, read the Legislative Report. The latest
information indicates that the January COLA will be
about 2.8%. The Open Season for Insurance will be from
November 9 through December 14.
Robert Johnson, Annual Picnic Chairman, also
reported that the picnic will be held in Anderson park,
Tarpon Springs on October 3, inviting all to attend.
Pat Beall, Editor, stated that baby pictures will no
longer be printed in the Canal Record without the
parents in the picture also.
Dorothy Pate, Hospitality Chairperson expressed
pleasure at seeing so many members at the luncheon,
asking them to come to meetings also.
Nancy Van Siclen, 1993 Reunion Coordinator,
reported that the reunion will be held from June 9 to 13.
All information will be in the December Canal Record.
Hotel rates have changed, and she asked that everyone to
read the instructions carefully. She also named all
Committee Chairpersons for the reunion.
There was no unfinished business. Barbara Green
announced '93 dues will be due by the end of September.
CORRECTION: Dues will not become delinquent until
Congratulations were given to those with
anniversaries, birthdays, new grandparents and great-
The president thanked the Country Club staff for a
great lunch and service. Sheila Taylor, Chairperson for
the Sarasota Luncheon thanked all for coming, and the
president thanked Sheila Taylor for a successful
Meeting adjourned at 1:57 p.m.
October 3, 1992
Tarpon Springs, Florida
The PCSOFL Annual Picnic/Meeting was cancelled
by the President, Mr. Robert (Bob) Van Siclen due to
strong storm and tornado warnings for the Tampa Bay
area. This cancellation was justified in that several
tornadoes struck in Pinellas County and did great
J tfi? imennh
Theodore M. Kirkby (Capt)
Dwight G. Osborne (Capt)
Thomas W. Wright (Capt)
Robert M. Baum (Capt)
Stephanie J.F. Hinek
William Farrell (Capt)
Charles H. Mitchell
Henry F. Grice Jr.
Ralph G. Mendenhall
Canal Protection Div.
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FRANCES WHITLOCK'S EDITED
1992 REUNION LUNCHEON ADDRESS
(I was called to task for not printing Mrs. Whitlock's
Annual Luncheon speech at the last Reunion, and I
apologize. Actually, a copy of her speech was not
available at the time it was needed. I hope Mrs. Whitlock
will accept my apology. With the permission of Frances
Whitlock, her luncheon speech has been edited and
shortened to highlight only those areas that pertain
specifically to conditions in the Panama Canal Zone
during the early Construction Days and her childhood
memories of those days. Personal family episodes have
been deleted due to the lack of space in the Canal
Record. Our apologies again to Frances and her family.
Mr. President, thank you for your gracious
introduction.. And many thanks to the Board and
Officers of the Panama Canal Zone Society of Florida for
29 years 10 months 26 days
24 years 06 months 00 days
31 years 02 months 14 days
40 years 01 months 10 days
25 years 03 months 17 days
30 years 04 months 21 days
23 years 00 months 02 days
34 years 00 months 18 days
18 years 09 months 14 days
33 years 00 months 12 days
34 years 09 months 00 days
inviting me to be the Guest Speaker today. It rejoices my
heart to see so many co-workers, dear friends and
relatives and you'd be surprised to know how many of
them are here today! When we lived in the Canal Zone,
my grandmother Morrison used to say, "Nobody dares
talk about our family, because someone in the crowd is
bound to be related to us!"
When you called earlier this year, you gave me to
understand that the Board thought that an "Old Timer"
who had lived many years in the Panama Canal Zone
would be an interesting speaker sharing with you all her
interesting experiences growing up during the
Construction Days, and adding a few Jamaican jokes for
fun. So that's how I came to be here this afternoon, and
with your kind permission and patience, this "Old Timer"
with 36 great-grandchildren will try to relate some of my
early years in the Panama Canal Zone.
I was born during the early Construction Days in a
town named Empire on the banks of the Panama Canal,
to Walter G. and Nannie Morrison Brown. Life was
difficult for me in my early years because I was born in
the Canal Zone, and I became the "brunt" of much
teasing as a youngster. The older American children who
were not born in the Canal Zone refused to play with me
because I was labeled a "spic-a-dee." One day I went
home crying to my mother after much teasing and she
lovingly assured me that I was an American, because an
American flag hung on the wall over the bed where I was
born. She also explained to me that in the early days
(circa 1906) when the Americans went to build the Canal
they would ask the native Panamanians if they could
speak English and their reply was "No spic-a-dee-Engles!"
and that's how this term came to be. My momma, being
the wise lady that she was solved the problem by filling
a big dish pan full of popcorn and told me to take it
outside and share it with all of those kids who had been
taunting me, and needless to say, I became the most
popular kid on the block.
When I was 4 years old, my father had accumulated
7 years of service and thus he qualified for a house on
"Incubator Road" so called because the stork was
delivering so many babies there. Even in those days
"service" counted for everything. One night, shortly after
we moved in, I was awakened by a strong earthquake and
we all ran out into the streets in our nightclothes. There
was no damage to the house or anyone, and as time went
by, we became accustomed to the tremors, but it was
difficult to go back to sleep that night.
One of my earliest memories occurred during
Carnival time when I saw a large group of Indians with
their bodies painted blue, with feathers on their heads,
and wearing practically nothing, whooping and hollering
down the street. Later, I found out from Gloria
Malsbury and her husband Charles, who once lived
among the Chocos during missionary work, that the
Indians gathered seed pods and made red and blue paint
from them, and used the paint as an insect repellant. The
forerunner of "KEEP AWAY" that my husband Andrew
Whitlock and his hunting buddies used for the same
A vivid memory that I hold most dear took place one
afternoon when I overheard my mother and her friends
bemoaning how "homesick" they were for Texas. This
touched my heart and I went outside, sat on the steps of
our house and began to cry. Who should pass by at that
moment, but Colonel Goethals, an intimate friend of my
Grandfather Frank Morrison. He stopped and asked me
why I was crying and I told him "I was homesick for
Texas!" The good Colonel lost no time in reporting to my
Grandparents the cause of my suffering, and not too long
after that, four years to be exact, I would make my first
trip to the United States and my beloved Texas.
We sailed on a United Fruit ship to New Orleans
which took about five days, and upon arrival boarded a
train bound for Houston, Texas. While having lunch in
the dining car, I was bothered by a fly buzzing around the
table and started yelling "Oh, the bugs, the bugs!"
Another diner sitting close to us said to my mother,
"Pardon me Madam, but where in the name of God do
you come from, that your child doesn't know a fly when
she sees one?" My mother explained that we lived in the
Panama Canal Zone where strict health standards kept
down the propagation of flies, and that these were the
first flies I had even seen.
Later on, our visit to Texas came to an end, when my
dad came to Houston and returned the family to the
Canal Zone. It seems that we had been assigned a house
in Corozal and the old Construction day towns of Empire
and Gorgona were being demolished, and the employees
and their families, along with Army personnel were being
relocated. At last our large family of Morrisons, Lowes,
and Browns were all living in the same town.
On the banks of the Canal in Corozal, a wooden
wharf with diving board had been built, and on Sunday
afternoons folks went there to swim, and this was where,
with the help of water wings, that I first learned to swim,
and later became a member of the now famous RED,
WHITE, and BLUE TROUPE, but I'm getting ahead of
In Corozal there were many ditches of standing water
during the rainy season, and these were sprayed regularly
by a staff of "Silver" employees with crude oil to kill the
larvae of the dreaded malaria mosquitoes. The term
"silver" came about because all Non-U.S. citizens were
paid in silver coins, and the term "gold" employees
indicated that the employee was American, and was paid
with gold coins. This crude oil was a real "bone of
contention" to the mothers of the Canal Zone, because
the children were constantly playing in it, and only with
the help of kerosene and hand scrubbing could they
remove it from their children's clothes and bodies.
Sometimes it was useless even to try, and the clothes and
shoes had to be burned. Parents found no profit or fun
in the out-door activities of their children, but it sure did
When the big day of August 15, 1914 arrived the
opening of the Panama Canal, my 11-week old brother
Walter Guy Brown made his mark in history. Quoting my
grandmother, Mattie J. Morrison, in a story printed in
the Star & Herald on August 15, 1939 (25th Anniversary
of the opening of the Panama Canal) I quote "There
was a great demand for accommodations on the boats
that were allowed to transit the Canal, and the invitations
stipulated that no children would be allowed to transit.
An exception was made however, in the case of my
grandson, Walter G. Brown, Jr. due to the fact that he
was a nursing infant. His mother was permitted to take
him with her by carrying him on a pillow, and as far as
I'm able to ascertain, he was the first baby to have
transmitted the Panama Canal" -end of quote. That same
baby, my brother, is here with us today.
That same year, 1914, We moved from Corozal to
Balboa where father had been assigned to one of the
newly-built four-family concrete houses. Our new piano
arrived, and many a happy evening was spent around it,
singing our favorite songs.
Christmas time was a happy time for the Morrison
Clan, and we always gathered at Granny's house. We
didn't have to go "over the meadow and through the
woods," because all of the family now lived in Balboa.
One Christmas the whole Brown family went to
Taboga Island, and spent the holidays at the Hotel
Aspinwall. I remember what great fun we had diving
from the pier of the hotel into the Pacific Ocean. We
also took walks through the town, visiting Chinese shops
and other shops, where beautiful pearls from the Perlas
Islands were for sale. We also learned about the legend
of the big cross on the highest hill of Taboga. As legend
goes during the sacking of Old Panama, by the pirate
Henry Morgan, a Catholic Priest swam from Old Panama
to Taboga to warn the people about the tragedy in the
city. The story also goes that the cross was erected in
memory of the priest who later was buried beneath it.
Some of my fondest memories in Balboa occurred at
the Balboa Clubhouse, the center for community
amusement. Here was located the swimming pool,
bowling alleys, pool hall, and the restaurant that served
the best "cherry cokes for 5 cents," On the second floor
of the old wooden framed building, community dances
were held, and old silent black and white movies were
Roller skating was an enjoyable pastime for both
adults and children and the best places were around the
Administration Building and the steep hill where the
Balboa Union Church was later built in 1918.
As I mentioned previously, I was a member of the
famous RED, WHITE, and BLUE TROUPE, and on
June 21, 1921 at the age of twelve, I traveled to New
York City where the troupe performed at the opening of
Madison Square Garden. We gave 2 performances each
day for about 3 weeks, and we lived at the Pennsylvania
Hotel. We visited the Empire State Building, and at
Coney Island, we rode the very famous Merry-Go-
Round. The Wannamaker Company gave a luncheon in
our honor and presented each of us....22 members, with
a 2 pound box of candy. Lordy mercy!...I thought I had
died and gone to heaven. In all my life, I had never had
a box of candy just for me alone.
On our trip back from New York, 9 year old Andy
Van Siclen, brother of our President Bob Van Siclen,
disobeyed his mother about playing with matches and set
his britches afire. I never did find out how they put that
fire out, but I sure learned a good lesson about matches
that I never forgot.
So many memories, so many stories....the celebration
of the Armistice of World War I, the "rotten mango"
fights on Morgan Avenue, the treks through the
underbrush with siblings and cousins to Quarry Heights,
the beauty pageants, the Easter Egg hunts, halloween, my
first "Carametta" ride from the dentist's office, the violin
lessons, the accordion lessons, and oh so many, many
In 1921 a reorganization of the Panama Canal
Company took place and all the former "freebics" ceased
to be, such as rent, household, furnishings, fuel for
kerosene or coal stoves, ice and iceboxes. What a sad day
for many families.
About this time the Commissary Coupon Books
came into being. We called them "Commy Books", and
our very existence depended on these books for our food,
clothing and generally speaking, all of the necessities of
life. They were issued in denominations of $5.00 and
$15.00 in the beginning, and depending on how many
were issued to a family, the cost of these books were
deducted from the family's paycheck each month.
Needless to say, there wasn't much left of the paycheck
after all of the deductions were made, and each month
the vicious cycle began anew.
I promised at the beginning of my speech that I
would tell a few Jamaican stories and I think I should get
to it "birdspeed". You all know what "birdspeed" is.....well,
as the Jamaican says it is "Jest h'as fast h'as ever!"
Well, den..You know that mortal life is full of
complaints, but I'm sure you haven't heard of one as
serious as the one written to Tom Sullivan, Painter
Foreman of the old Mechanical Division in Balboa, just
before World War II broke out in 1941, so h'ime gwine
to tell you about it.
Mr.Sullivan, Sir, I does h'avh compleaint...
About one ten cent 'key-ahn' of pyaint.
My wife did buy h'it h'in your store...
And I tellin' you, Sir, h'I h'is good and sore!
"Now me wife, she h'always so nice an' neat!
She did buy de paint far de tilet seat.
One 'ole week h'I does watch wid me h'eye..
But dat dam' paint she no git diy!
"Now, me wife not tall...she short h'an fat.
You should see de place she sat!
One big ring h'all round complete,
Where she sit down on de tilet seat!
"Me daughter too, get a ,ing h'aroun'
From de tilet seat where she sit down.
Me wife...she cr,, and cry...and cry!
But dat dam' paint she no git dry!
"Now, my wife does h'av sister h'Evangelus...
She does live hall de time in de housee wid us!
You should see de place where she sit down...
I tell you she fat! She h'almost roun'...
"We did try to rub h'off wid de turpentine...
She howl like a wolf.most lose her mind!
Near go creazy one 'old day!
De skin come h'off! But de pyaint?...she stay!
"H'I does live long time, but never did see
A mahn what git so mad....like me
H'at one lickle key-ahn h 'of ten cent paint!
H'l so vex..H't "ot...and h 'almost feaint!
"Doan' know what in de 'ell to do!
We does h'all heat food h 'an some must pass troo!
One more week we does watch....an' weat
H'an' now? We does h 'all does go constipate!
"Now, Mr. Sullivan, I h'askin' you:
What in de 'ell we h'all gwine to do?
Cause 'ow you housee gwine to look nice and neat
"H'If de /paint doan' dry on de tilet seat!.
And folks you think you got problems? Wait til you
hear a really true story I'm going to tell you about my
housemaid Maude! She was short of stature, slow in
action, but always dependable, kind, and good to my
children when we lived in a 4-family concrete house on
Las Cruces Avenue in Balboa.
One morning I was washing under my house in the
basement, and Maude was hanging out the clothes, as I
would finish wringing them on my new Sears, Roebuck
washing machine. It was close to lunch so I called to
Maude to come upstairs when she was finished, which
she did. Suddenly I heard the loud voices of 3 other
Jamaican washwomen in the basement calling:
"Fraction...com'nah! Tis dewin'..tis dewin'." Curious about
this, I asked Maude what this calling was all about and
"Reain falling' lickle bit, Mum!" "You mean it's
sprinkling?" I guessed, and Maude nodded her head in
agreement. "But whom are they calling?" I asked and
Maude replied: "Oh, dem h'is calling' me, Mum!" "But why
do they call you Fraction?" I queried. Looking very
shy...and a bit pleased with herself...Maude explained:
"Tis a lickle nicknamee" "But why, Fraction?" I asked
quite puzzled. The answer Maude gave really startled me:
"OH, Mistress, Fraction h'is something' dat h'is not h'll
Precious Fraction: she was always "quite there" for all
of us. And I thought: "when ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to
be wise!" After that, Maude's nicknamem" of "Fraction"
became a by-word in our family for anyone who forgot
what he/she was supposed to remember...which reminds
me that I haven't remembered to finish this story
"birdspeed" as I had promised to do! So please forgive
me, and just call me "Fraction Franny from Fayetteville"
who will now close with a little poem she read in the
Motor Transportation Division in the Canal Zone many
years ago. It expresses exactly what is in my heart today:
"I know in my heart that my life has been spent;
That my git-up-and-go has got up and went.
But I really don't mind, as I think with a grin,
Of all the fine places my "git-lup" has been!"
And dear folks, this Reunion of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, is one of the finest places my 'git-up'
has ever been!
Thank you all...for listening so patiently to this "Old
Timer's" stories which covers only a small fraction of the
50 happy years "Fraction Franny from Fayetteville" spent
in the Panama Canal Zone. Now it's time to say
"adiosita" until we meet again, and may God bless each
and everyone of you in your joyful adventure of living,
and remember: "Vaya Con Dios" always!
HAINES FAMILY REUNION
Five of the eight Haines brothers and sisters got
together during the Orlando Reunion. Missing were
sisters Betty, Claire and June. A small group of
approximately 40 of the Haines' children and grand-
children celebrated a mini-family reunion at the Delta
Court on Sunday, June 20. When this family gets together
there are over 100 children, grandchildren and great-
grandchilkdren. Elizabeth Mary Haines, matriarch of the
family passed away in April, 1991. We all missed her
presence, but she surely was there in spirit.
Front L-R: Margaret Haines Samples, Mary Lou
Haines Engelke, Dolly Haines Knauer. Back L-R:
Frank "Junior" Haines and John Haines.
(1) L-R: Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Margaret Nordstrom, Al and Nancy Gallin. (2) Rosemarie Nickisher Carr,
Northern California, and her brother, Raymond, of Seattle, Washington. (3) Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, BHS'40,
Laguna Hills, CA., and Pat (Heitman) Whitam, BHS'44, Medina, OH. During WWII they participated with eleven other
contestants in the P.C. Co. War Bond Carnival, 1943-44, and sold thousands of dollars in War Bonds.
(1) Helen (Kotalik) Barrett, Jacksonville, FL. with daughters Susan (BHS'58), Cecil, MD. and Mary (BHS'62),
Simpsonville, SC. (2) L-R: Dr. and Mrs. Glen E. Murphey, New Smyrna Beach, FL. and Dr. and Mrs. Charles
Latimer, Greenville, SC. (3) L-R: Muriel (Moore) and "Mac" McGriff with Margaret (Moore) and Jack Hern of
BHS 1967. Front, L-R: John Steiner, Frankie (Jones) Bell, Malena (Bremer) Merriam, Harold Wilson. Center L-
R: Susan Engelke, Valerie (Mclntire) Dempsey, Nellie (Wood) Engelke, Judy (Walton) Davis, Trenton Price,
Back, L-R: Sue (Halley) Bailey, David Bell, Marie "Mabel" (Canham) Barkofsky, Diane (Boyd) Petrosky, Russ
Harrington, Rick Griffin, Peter Dehlinger.
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Capt. Alvin Gallin and wife Nancy hosted a
pool/supper party at their home in Titusville, FL.
following the Reunion. Guests included Joan
deGrummond, Margaret Nordstrom, "Bud" and Pat
Risberg, Bill and Sylvia Wigg, and Don and Ginny
Miller. Photo by Joan deGrummond.
CHS Class of 1942 using maiden names, front, L-R:
Eleanor Marquard, Josephine Brennan, Marion
King, Phillippe Butler, Georgia Butler, Mary Ann
Seibold, Arleen Randall, Marjean Metzger. Back, L-
R: Fritz Frey, Phillipe Rosales, Darrell Collins,
Nancy Magner, Dick Tawes, Bob French, Matt
Aanstoos, Ted Kaufer, James Brennan, Charles
Brennan, Al Terwilliger, Gloria Geddes, Doris
Brundage, Charles Leroy Leeser. (See page 17,
previous issue for larger photo).
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It was at the 1987 Reunion that Muriel Whitman
arranged for Andy Lim to present a fashion Show at our
Panazonian Dance. It was a tremendous success so Andy
continued each year to present his fashions, enjoyed by
all. This year with the passing of Andy we found it only
fitting to gather a group of his friends to present his
fashions as a tribute to Andy.
Andy's fashions were shown by Betty Snow, Beverly
Williams, Paul Williams, Phyllis Zemer Wright, Bill
Wheeler, Muriel Whitman, Ann Suescum, Anne
Batcheldor Richardson, Shirley Alexaitis Whitlock, Jane
Presley Huldtquist, Margaret Leigh, Judy Tipton
Hooper, Pat Barriteau, Betty Yerxa, Sandra Hughes
Claflin, Goldie Lupyak, Doris Etchberger, and Sugar
In celebration of our 60th anniversary, the following
NEWS Gorgas Forfeits Civil
By Suzanne Dempsey
Most Zonians are aware of the important role played
by William Crawford Gorgas in the war to eradicate
yellow fever from the Republic of Panama. Less well
known, perhaps, is the fact that he witnessed and even
played a small part in another war one that shaped the
course of American history. The memories were hardly
pleasant, but they certainly left a lasting impression on
young Gorgas, a child fascinated with the military.
On an April morning in 1861, Gorgas, then only 7
years old, was sitting in the window with his mother at
the Charleston Armory in South Carolina. They could
hear the sound of gunshots being fired at Fort Sumter.
According to an account by Gorgas' younger sister, he
said, "Mother, isn't it solemn?" It was solemn indeed;
what Gorgas heard were the first shots of the Civil War.
As Gorgas' father was a general in the Confederate
army, the boy met many famous soldiers and politicians.
They seemed great heroes to him, and he wished
fervently that the war would last long enough to give him
a chance to fight. This did not happen, but he did get a
couple of opportunities to do his bit for the war effort.
One of these opportunities came in 1864. A friend
had given the family a turkey, a welcome gift in a time of
severe hardships. To young Gorgas fell the task of
fattening up the creature for Christmas. This he
undertook readily, having dim but pleasant recollections
of the taste of turkey.
As the holidays approached, however, Gorgas'
mother learned that nearby troops were suffering from a
severe food shortage and proposed that the family donate
the turkey to the hungry men. "I do not think anyone in
the whole Confederacy made a much greater sacrifice to
patriotism than I did in December '64, in agreeing to
part with my gobbler," Gorgas said later. "I went out and
had a good cry on its neck."
Another incident occurred on an April morning at
the end of the war. The Gorgas family was living in
Richmond, Va., in 1865, when news came that Union
troops were approaching and that the city would have to
be evacuated. Gorgas' father left his family to join the
retreating Confederate soldiers, putting his son in charge
of evacuating the family cow.
As the citizens of Richmond fled amidst the flames
and smoke of a burning arsenal, Gorgas' mother attended
to her younger children while her eldest struggled
valiantly to keep the precious cow which at times
provided the only nourishment available to the six
children under control. But a shell suddenly exploded
nearby and one of its fragments hit the cow. The 11-year
old was powerless to restrain the terrified beast, and it
ran off and disappeared into the throng. Distraught and
ashamed at having failed in his responsibility, Gorgas was
puzzled rather than consoled when his mother responded
that it could have been worse the shell might have hit
his baby brother. "I thought at the time," Gorgas would
afterward recall, "that women had a greatly exaggerated
idea of the value of babies."
The Panama Canal Spillway
December 20, 1991
presented fashions depicting "Down through the Years:"
Wilma Kirkpatrick Reynolds (BHS 1932), Bonnie
Kleasner Wilson (BHS 1942), Joe Fuller (BHS 1952),
Anne Stapler LoFranco (CHS 1952), Drue DePiper
French (BHS 1962), Karen Schmidt Deming (BHS 1962),
Cathy Carlisle Weigle (CHS 1972), and Debbie Boswell
Sanders (CHS 1972).
Featuring fashions being sold by the vendors at the
Reunion were: Sheila Rose, Robert Boyd, Llori Gibson,
Jacqueline Fearon, Virginia Booth, Arden Cooke
O'Daniel, Drue French, Karen Deming, Wilma Reynolds,
Bonnie Wilson, Joe Fuller, Anne Stapler LoFranco,
Karen Schmidt, Cathy Weigle, Debbie Sanders, Mayra
Linares Seitz, David Seitz, and Kim Thompson.
We wish to thank the vendors for allowing us to
model their clothing, the models for their time, and to
Betty Snow who coordinated the Tribute to Andy Lim
and to Patt Foster Roberson who assisted the models in
the dressing room and with the line-up.
We hope all the members enjoyed the presentation,
and if you were not there, you missed a great show.
Anna T. Collins
Fashion Show Chairperson
Dependent Works as Intern
in U.S. Senator's Office
Not every 17 year-old student is lucky enough to land
an exciting summer job, but that's the way it worked out
for Caroline Hinkle, who worked as an intern in the
office of Sen. John Warner. A Republican from Virginia,
Warner is currently serving on the Armed Services and
the Environment and Public Works committees.
Caroline's father, William S. Hinkle, is chief of market
development for the Panama Canal Commission Office
of Executive Planning.
Caroline was chosen from among hundreds of
applicants for the full-time, five-week appointment, which
gave her the opportunity to learn firsthand about the
fascinating world of politics. She said that being the
youngest of eight interns and the only one from outside
Virginia made her a little apprehensive at first, but that
everyone was friendly and helpful. "By the end, we all
hated to leave," she added.
Caroline Hinkle poses for a photo with Sen. John
Warner of Virginia after working in his office as a
summer intern. Caroline is the daughter of William S.
Hinkle, who is chief of market development for the
Panama Canal Commission Executive Planning Office.
Caroline's job was to answer incoming mail. She had
to research the latest information and prepare a reply,
which was cleared by her supervisor before being sent
out. the fact that most of the questions were on current
issues, such as environmental policy and abortion rights,
allowed her to gain knowledge in many different areas.
She explained, that being exposed to the political
environment made it easy for her to keep up to date with
everything going around in the world, especially with U.S.
politics. Caroline remembers a night when she and her
friends went to a restaurant after work for a friendly
meal, but ended up in getting into a discussion on the
presidential campaign with other diners.
Caroline and the other interns had the chance to
tour the White House and Pentagon and to attend
hearings and conferences with well-known personalities
and government officials, such as Republican Sen. Robert
Dole of Kansas and Secretary of Defense Richard
Cheney. She also told her friends about life in Panama
and recalls their astonishment as she recounted her
participation in the last Cayuco Race through the
Once out of high school, Caroline plans to major in
marketing at the University of Virginia. She believes it is
important to try and learn about different fields by taking
advantage of opportunities like summer jobs to keep in
touch with the people she meets along the way. "For
instance," she says, political science could be very inviting
if marketing doesn't work out."
Office of Public Affairs
Panama Canal Commission
August 25, 1992
Cut Widening Program
in full swing
By Joaquin Horna
The Gaillard Cut widening program has been
described as an effort to take the Panama Canal as it
was originally conceived by its builders to its maximum
The long range, $200 million program will allow for
virtually unrestricted two-way vessel traffic throughout the
waterway. The cut will be widened to a minimum of 630
feet along straight parts and a maximum of 730 feet at
curves to provide increased visibility and maneuverability,
resulting in safer transits. Considerable progress has been
made on the program since the Panama Canal
Commission Board of Directors announced it at a press
conference on July 11, 1991.
The dry excavation work under the program will be
handled through a number of private contracts, while the
underwater excavation will be performed later by the
Dredging Division. The entire program will be funded by
Bas Obispo Reach, one of the widening sites.
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The dry excavation work will be performed in three
phases covering the northern, central and southern
areas of the cut and will be paced according to traffic
projections and funding.
The northern phase is being tackled first and
includes nine dry excavation projects along the stretch of
nearly 2.5 miles that includes Bas Obispo and Las
Cascadas reaches. Four contracts have already been
awarded. Construction Division personnel administer
these contracts, visiting the cut continuously to make
Contract drawings and specifications are based on
studies made by the Engineering Division's Geotechnical
Branch, with the support of the Surveys ranch and the
Dredging Division's Drilling and Blasting Branch. The
goal is to develop the safest and most cost-effective
The Panama Canal Spillway
August 14, 1992
"Regal Princess" Sets Toll
Record During Maiden
By Susan Harp
The imposing contours of a new Princess Line cruise
ship, the Regal Princess, graced the Panama Canal last
month during the vessel's inaugural transit. The 811-
foot-long and 105-foot wide luxury liner set a new tolls
record at the waterway by paying $128,320.41 for its
63,841 Panama Canal net tons. The previous record was
set by the Regal Princess's sister ship, the Star Princess,
which paid a $120,439.20 toll for its October 1990 transit.
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The Regal Princess glides past excavation work on the
ongoing Gaillard Gut widening program during its
maiden transit through trhe Panama Canal.
Princess Line cruise ships are represented in Panama
by the Norton Lilly Shipping Agency. Acting
Administrator Raymond P. Laverty and other Canal
officials boarded the Regal Princess to present a plaque
commemorating the vessel's first transit to Capt. Cesare
The ship features a domed observation lounge and a
three story atrium filled with shopping boutiques. A huge
entertainment complex offers casinos, movies and live
entertainment. Up to 1,600 passengers are pampered day
and night by 696 crew members. Italian chefs prepare
approximately 10,000 meals daily served in a myriad of
cafes and dining rooms. To keep the pounds off, guests
work out in the exercise room or enjoy one of the saunas
Built in Italy at a cost of more than $200 million, the
elegant vessel has been in service for less than a year.
From Panama, the Regal Princess will visit Mexico and
spend the warm weather months cruising Alaska.
Because of the time required to measure the cruise
ship and determine its net tonnage, Panama Canal
Commission supervisory admeasurer James W. Riley, Jr.
and senior admeasurer Leo W. Eastham flew to Jamaica
to board the Regal Princess. For four days, they measured
and checked spaces from the engine room to the
wheelhouse and made the tonnage calculations. They
carried a set of blueprints as a guide, since the ship is so
immense that even crew members drew a blank when
asked where certain rooms were located.
Large passenger ships tend to capture tolls records
because their enclosed passenger decks are included in
the measurements, Riley says. A supership this size,
containing 15 decks and rising 124 feet above the water
line, packs in a lot of enclosed space.
Both Riley and Eastham were impressed with the
vessel's first class craftsmanship and decor. And even
though the seas were rough, Eastham noted that the
ship's stabilizers and special anti-vibration motor mounts
made the trip enjoyably smooth.
The Panama Canal Spillway
May 8, 1992
Riviera's Woman Of The
By Elizabeth Boyd
Status and Role of Women
at Riviera wish to honor
Faith Brundage for the
month of July.
Faith was born in
'- and moved to the Boston
area in her teens. In 1944
she married Ben and they
moved to the Panama Canal
Faith Brundage Zone in 1947. She still
maintains membership in
the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, acting as its First
Vice President. They have one daughter, Linda Marshall,
who lives in Moline, Illinois. She has two grand children,
six great-grandchildren and one sister.
She started her career in the insurance business
about 1956, after returning to the United States. While
living in Massachusetts she became a partner in an
insurance agency and held the office of Vice President.
She was also Director of the Massachusetts Association
of Insurance Women, Suffolk County Chapter.
Faith began singing in church choirs at the age of 10
and this has been a lifelong interest, culminating in her
participation in Riviera's choir, where she performs solos.
She is First Assistant Choir Director for Mobile
Americana and also participates in their various
Her involvement in church women's groups began in
the First Baptist Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
She was president of the women's group there, sang in
the choir and was active in the craft group. At Riviera
she is past president of the United Methodist Women,
has been a leader of the Debra Circle, is active in the
craft group, the choir and its activities. She has also been
a major force in all of our fund raisers held by the choir
and craft group. Due to her husband's illness she has had
to cut back on her involvement, but she is still active in
the choir and able to attend some other functions.
Faith, we salute you!
United Methodist Review,
July 31, 1992
They're almost finished! Still stuffing and addressing
envelopes, but almost finished!
From May to October, this terrific crew of Ruth
Rush, Dick Conover, Elaine Conover and Rosemary
Greene tackles the season ticket campaign. Chairman
Dick Conover is the only rooster in the henhouse and he
loves it!He's been working on season tickets for eight
years chairman for six of those years. He has served
four years on the Board of Directors (two as Treasurer),
but his real love is season tickets.
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L-R: Ruth Rush, Richard Conover, Elaine Conover,
Dick and Elaine started the campaign off by manning
a table in the lobby for every performance of "Carousel,"
handing out information and accepting applications. He
spends about 25 hours a week in the office on the
computer. Talk about dedication last year when he had
a stroke, he was back at work two weeks later! Around
the end of June, Rosemary Greene, Ruth Rush and the
regular box office staff started making phone calls to
remond subscribers about renewing.
During the season, Elaine works on sets... Last year
the crew hendled over 4,000 subscriptions! Special thanks
to this super crew for their annual effort.
Ocala Florida Civic Theatre Newsletter
Three new launches
begin Canal service
Three brand new Panama Canal launches, the
Swordfish, Sierra and Sabalo, arrived on the Isthmus two
weeks ago aboard the Paulus Hook, a landing-craft utility
vessel. They were off-loaded by crane at the Industrial
Complete with all their safety equipment and half-
full fuel tanks, the launches arrived at the Canal ready to
work. A few items, such as radios, were added at the
Industrial Division's Launch Repair Facility. Built at an
overall cost of approximately $1.5 million, the three
launches began their Canal service September 1, and are
still in their 30-day acceptance period.
The 53-foot, aluminum-hull boats bring to 12 the
number of similarly styled launches in the Panama Canal
Commission fleet. The first five arrived in 1987 and were
followed by four others in 1989.
"We have an on-going program for replacing steel-
hull launches with aluminum-hull ones," says contracting
officer's representative William Ritchie. The advantage,
he explains, is that aluminum corrodes slower than steel
and is also easier to work on.
All 12 of the aluminum-hull launches are based on a
design by Timothy Graul Naval Architects of Sturgeon
Bay, Wisconsin. The three newest one were built by
Aluminum Boats Inc. of Crown Point, Louisiana.
Compared to the 1987 model, the cabins on these and
the ones built in 1989 are slightly larger, a simple design
modification better suited to Canal needs.
The Swordfish, Sierra and Sabalo each has twin-disc
transmission, a four-bladed propeller, two Detroit diesel
engines and a 2,000 gallon fuel capacity. They also have
more sound protection than their predecessors and a
redesigned skeg that protects the propeller from
William Kirkland, the Commission's on-site technical
representative during construction, says the launches
arrived in excellent condition. "We started the engines as
soon as they hit the water," he explained.
The Swordfish is currently assigned as a boarding
launch at the mine dock on the Pacific side, while the
Sierra and Sabalo are operating out of Cristobal.
The Panama Canal Spillway
September 11, 1992
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Well, it looks as if fall is upon us. The morning
temperatures quite nippy and the days just perfect. Oh,
if only it would stay just as lovely as it is now. No such
In early June our Las Vegas sextet left on their
yearly invasion of Las Vegas. In case you have forgotten,
(how could you?) they consist of Arlene Abbott, Alice
Clark, Kathleen Daniels, Edna Kovel, Edna O'Donnell
and Dolores Cleveland. As usual, they wined, dined and
gambled into the wee hours of the morning. Then after
winning scads of money, they proceeded to shop, shop
and shop. Also while they were there, they had surprise
visits from Dr. Steve Mehaffy, who resided in the Canal
Zone and recently retired from practice in California and
from Margaret Thrash (Kathleen Daniel's daughter), a
resident of Hawaii. All arrived back in Dothan exhausted
but wealthy and happy.
Mary Urey flew to Portland, ME to attend the
graduation of her granddaughter, Tricia Dugan (daughter
of Lorraine (Urey) Dugan and the late Tommy Dugan)
from the University of New England. She then returned
to Presque, ME for her granddaughter's Tricia's wedding.
This was in September. She also traveled to The Dalles,
OR to visit with her daughter and son-in-law Suzanne
and Walter Kleefkens and attended the Northwest
Panama Canal Reunion in Washington. While still in that
part of the country, she spent a week in British
Columbia. Now she took off again with the Zonian
Amigos to New England and Canada for the fall foliage
bus tour and cruise.
I received a telephone call from Ella Mae (Morales)
Conrad who now resides in Madison, AL. She grew up
in the Canal Zone and graduated from high school there
and is now a nurse. She would like to hear from any
Zonians living in the northern part of Alabama or any of
her former classmates. Her address is Mrs. Ella Mae
Conrad (husband is Dr. Larry Conrad), 206 Millstone
Lane, Madison, AL 35755-2579.
The "Gas House" golf tournament was a huge
success. I am sure everyone who participated in the
tournament and attended the banquet had a very good
time. The specialty of the evening was Bocas Leeser and
his Bajun jokes. Eddie and I really enjoyed Kenny
Morris's company (we sat at his table). We also enjoyed
seeing Albert and Carmen Baldwin from Miami, who
were on their way to Oklahoma to see their son. It was
a pleasure talking to Jack Brayton and his lovely wife,
Clara. "Puss" has always been a gentleman and real nice
to know. Between Eddie and I, we won three prizes
which ain't bad.
In the September issue, I mentioned that Mania Nita
had been awarded the 1992 Bronze Panama Canal
Honorary Public Service Award for her work with the
Chocho Indians of Puerto Indio and Bayamon, Darien. I
failed to mention that Mania is the daughter of Stella
Nita and the late Tony Nita of Dothan, AL. Tony
devoted many years of service with the Indians also and
was known for his benevolence.
NOTE Our Christmas luncheon will be on
December 2 at 11:30 A.M. at the Holiday Inn, South.
Anyone traveling this way at that time is cordially invited.
Wishing all a most beautiful and blessed holiday,
filled with Love, Peace, Happiness and Health! Your
Catherine W. Filo
After a six-year absence from Alaska, Col. and Mrs.
Edmund MacVittie of Sun City, AZ, took a cruise ship
(the S.S. Noordam) back to that wonderful land of
glaciers and totem poles this summer, to celebrate
Grace's eightieth birthday. It is absolutely unbelievable to
look at this very beautiful lady and try to realize that she
has had that many birthdays!
Ed and Grace started by travelling to Buffalo, NY, to
see friends in that area, then spent twelve days going
from that point to Alaska. They spent a day in Vancouver
before boarding their ship for the scenic inside passage,
which included shore leave in Ketchikan and Juncau, with
many sightseeing tours, before arriving in awesome
Glacier Bay, watching native animals and birds and the
breath-taking "calving" of some glaciers. Later they spent
a day in Sitka, where they saw remains of the city's
original Russian settlement and the authentic Russian
dances performed by local citizens. (These "Russian"
dancers are all local ladies, even those dancing, taking
male roles.) The MacVittics wound up their holiday with
three more days in Vancouver, including that city's
delightful Stanley Park, before flying home to Arizona.
Speaking of things Russian: our local gem and
mineral expert, Ken Middleton (formerly of Pedro
Miguel and the Locks Division) has been assisting with
the relocation of a Ukrainian family from Kiev of late.
One of the wives in the family was a diamond cutter in
her homeland, and Ken and his fellow Gem and Mineral
Society members have provided her with some facetting
equipment, besides which Ken has included her in his
facetting classes to familiarize her with facetting of locally
available stones, and have arranged for her to display her
ability at a local jewelry store. Ken keeps very busy with
his facetting classes at all levels of age and expertise.
Ken's wife, Wanda, went out to San Diego in August
to house-sit and baby-sit for their daughter, Valerie, and
her husband while they took a much-deserved vacation in
Hawaii. (They are both professors at the University of
California in San Diego). After the young couple
returned to the mainland, they were still so filled with
island fever from their happy sojourn over there, that
they arranged a luau-themed houseparty, for which Ken
flew out to San Diego and Valerie's in-laws drove down
from their home in Bakersfield for a few days.
Early in August, Danny and Jane (Dickson) Cox
(your reporter) spent a few days in Costa Mesa, Laguna
Beach and Ontario, CA. While in Ontario, we had dinner
with Danny's brother, Richard Cox, and his wife, Helen,
and Betty (Crooks) Ingram, formerly of Ancon, C.Z.
Betty looked marvelous, and is very happy and excited
about her son, Michael Ingram, and his wife, Suzy, now
being settled in their beautiful new two-story, five-
bedroom home, also in Ontario, not far from Betty's
home. Michael is an executive in a State of California
agency based in Los Angeles, which means he has some
fearsome commuting each day, but feels it is worth it, to
give his young sons, Wayne and Cody, a more
Betty (Crooks) Ingram and her grandsons, Cody
(1) and Wayne Ingram, Ontario, CA. 5/25/92.
We took in the local Greek Festival in September,
with Peggy Bradley, another former Pedro Miguelian,
now a Tucson resident. Peggy is always on the go, all
over the country, in her white Ford Escort! This past
summer, she drove out to Englewood, NJ, where she
joined her niece, Marcie (Wood) Napoleon, and Marcie's
husband, Ed Napoleon, former BHS baseball star, who is
now First Base Coach for the New York Yankees. They
stayed with Ed, visiting with Yankee players and their
families, at the hotel which the Yankees always use there,
for a few days. Then Peggy and Marcie left for an auto
tour of New England Maine, New Hampshire,
Vermont, and Connecticut, in particular. (Peggy
thoughtfully brought us a delicious little brown pottery
jug of farm-made maple syrup!)
After New England, Peggy drove out to Washougal,
WA, on the Columbia River, to visit her sister, Betty
(Bradley) London, and Bets's husband, Richard. Marcie
flew out to join them, and Marcie's brother, Jim Wood,
came over for the little reunion. When Peggy left to
return to Tucson, Marcie rode with her as far as Walnut
Creek, CA, where they visited with Ethelynne Wood,
before Marcie returned east and Peggy came home. We
are everlastingly grateful to Bets and Peggy for a
priceless bit of Pedro Miguel memorabilia Bets gave Peg
to bring back with her for the Canal Record. (See
Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl tell us that they enjoyed
a delightful surprise visit from their younger son, Dr. Ron
Hirschl, a pediatric surgeon, who came out here from the
East in May. (See Congratulations.) They are also quite
excited about the expected arrival of their son, Jeffs, and
his wife, Melissa's, second baby in November. The new
arrival will be the Hirschl's fifth grandchild.
Jane (Dickson) Cox
Fall has arrived in our area. How can I tell? The
many arts and crafts fairs are in full swing; the leaves are
descending in never ending cascades; and the weather is
becoming cooler. And your reporter is not looking
forward to up-coming winter.
Etta Faye Terrell had as visitors, her daughter
Andrea and her husband, Paul Oliver for a ten-day visit
and they all attended the fall get-together of our
Northwest Arkansas Society group.
Nobby and Peggy Keller report the coming of her
Mother, Mrs. Susan Magee for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Betty McGilberry, along with her church group, took
a ten day tour of the south-eastern United States. Stops
included Birmingham, AL, Charleston, SC, Savannah,
GA, Chattanooga and Nashville, TN. Says she enjoyed
the tour much.
William "Red" and Alice Nail had a short but
interesting visit by Pat Detamore of Atlanta, GA, and her
daughter Bobbie from Israel in September. Hadn't seen
Bobbie in over 27 years. Delighted to see them. Bobbie
brought some diskettes for the Nails' computer. With
Bobbie being a pilot, she tried to rent an airplane for
some local flights, but the weather was not cooperative.
The Nails also report that Stuart Warner dropped in
during September to visit his mother Sue and to help her
celebrate a birthday. From here he continued on to
Connecticut to visit sisters, Pam Leidel and Phyllis
Gartenlaub in Long Island, NY. He then headed to
Europe before returning to the Republic of Panama.
Addie and Marion Colclasures are expecting
grandson Danny to visit late in October for about two
weeks. Addie has also been busy assisting her sister after
recent cataract surgery. Marion kept really busy as school
Jack and Joan Corliss enjoyed a visit by Betty and
Buckeye Swearingen from Colorado and they took in the
shows at Branson, MO. They are also looking into a trip
to Copper Canyon down Mexico way coming up in
Evelyn Engelke flew to California to visit son Bill,
wife Shirley, and grandson Billy. Had a very enjoyable
time. While there enjoyed a telephone conversation with
Bob and Lil Sieler.
John and Polly Michaelis are on a trip through
Southwestern United States and the west coast visiting
with family and friends.
Mary Lou Engelke stopped in Atlanta, GA area on
her way home from the reunion to visit daughter
Margaret. Daughter Sue came from Jacksonville, FL, and
they made a trip to Nashville to take in the sights of
George Engelke was the honored guest for his 84th
birthday. The party was attended by Rita and Harold
Grammer along with her brother, Herbie Engelke and his
family. They report their Dad is doing great!
Jerry and Harold Harp report no visitors and the
taking of no trips. Business is keeping Harold quite busy.
Maxine Reinhold spent some time in St. Paul, MN,
with her daughter and to celebrate a birthday of Maxine.
Willard and Kathleen Huffman were able to have all
the Huffmans Jimmy, Mary and Will together at Will's
house in August. Elinor (Donahue) Callahan and
daughter Kathleen will visit the Huffmans and attend the
arts and crafts fairs of northwest Arkansas. Up next is a
trip to Branson, MO, to see Andy Williams perform, then
back home to rest a bit before heading for Laughlin, NV,
to try to pick up some spending money for Christmas.
In mid September, Ryan Sanders of Allen, TX,
accompanied by his grandparents, Sandy and Bruce
Sanders of Plano, TX, came to Bentonville to visit his
great-grandparents Dorothy and Bruce Sanders and to
help celebrate great-grandma Dorothy's birthday. Bruce
baked a birthday cake and Dorothy and Ryan blew out
the candles. Then the three Texans drove to Branson,
MO, to spend the day at Silver Dollar City and the night
in Kimberling City before returning to Bentonville. When
it came time to return to Texas, Dorothy and Bruce
reluctantly bid them farewell. A good time was had by
Your reporter spent a week or so in September on
a trip to McGregor, IA., to help celebrate the birthday of
his Mom Edna Balcer. On the way home went via Sioux
Falls, SD, where he visited with his brother Dr. Charles
Balcer and his wife Elizabeth. While there, he also
enjoyed visiting with two of his nieces. Then in October
he drove to Shreveport, LA. for the birthday of his son,
Paul A. Rhoads. Enjoyed stay with him and his family.
Our fall get-together was held in Rogers, AR, and a list
of those in attendance will be included in my next report.
Robert "Bud" Balcer
In October, Gloria Malsbury had a delightful 12-
day visit from Adima Acosta, a friend of Panama days,
now living in Naples, FL. The two hadn't seen each other
since they both left Panama in 1971. Adima is an artist
and an ardent crafts person, and she and Gloria spent
much of their time visiting shops and exhibits in the area,
particularly Eureka Springs. They also attended the
Applebutter Days festivities in Aurora, MO.
In September, Earl and Maxine Wrenn, with Mary
Condon, visited Lottie Tinnin in Shreveport, LA., Chris
and Nancy Wrenn and family in Tyler, TX, and Bob and
Marcie Jones in Granbury, TX. The Wrenns had Mary
and Bill Scarborough, from Clarksville, and Lois Van
Horn, from Hot Springs, as house guests for the Panama
Canal Luncheon at Rogers, AR, on October 11 and for
the following week. Joe and Marge Coffin, from
Pennsylvania, also dropped by for a few days.
In early August, Mary Condon joined Ron and Alice
Jacobs for a trip to Oakaville, IL, to visit Jerry and Ann
Siebrands Bennett. The Bennetts also had Allen Grifin
of Fort Worth as their guest, While there, they all had
the pleasure of being with Ken and Fern Fugleberg, who
live near the Bennetts.
In September, Mary had her first Elderhostel trip
and program, entitled, "Meet me in St. Louis, Louie." She
recommends it highly. Before returning home, she
contacted and visited former Canal Zone friends, Carl
and Elaine Bretscher, Rod and Mary Ann Rail, and
Margaret Finnerty Gary. Bob and Marcia Jones, from
Texas, and Herb and Mary Taake, from Florida, came to
Arkansas for the October N.W. Arkansas P.C. luncheon
and were Mary's house guests while here.
The latter part of September, Glen Conklin moved
into an apartment at Butterfield Trail Village in
Fayetteville. Her son, Joe Conklin, of Salt Lake City, UT,
and daughter, Bonnie McClish, of Rogers, AR, assisted
her with the move.
Harry and Lenor Butz were happy to meet Maike
Alpena, a 16-year old exchange student from Germany
who is spending ten months in Broken Arrow, OK, with
Esther Butz Clair and her husband, Bill. The Clairs took
Maike to her first University football game at
Fayetteville, AR. It was a big thrill for her, even though
Arkansas lost the game. On October 3, the Butzes
attended the Oklahoma Canal Zone Society's picnic in
Tulsa, OK. They enjoyed visiting with Ron and Alice
Jacobs, and Ruth Zelnick, as well as with Butz family
members who attended: Janice, George, Jason, Peter, Jr.,
April, and the two great grandchildren.
Bob Kariger, Luke C. Palumbo, George Coulter.
On October 9, Luke C. Palumbo was the recipient of
a singular honor from his alma mater, Northwest
Missouri State University, when he was inducted into the
Football Hall of Fame. Luke and Betty Palumbo drove to
Maryville, MO, to attend the M-Club banquet at which
time Luke was presented with a commemorative plaque.
Other out-of-staters attending were Judy Palumbo-Gates
and Bob Gates, from Iowa, Bob Kariger, from California,
and George Coulter, from Pennsylvania. Judy, Bob, and
George are all alumni of Northwest and are graduates of
Cristobal High School as well. Bob and George played
football under Palumbo. Coulter, (a 1984 recipient of the
Hall of Fame award himself) had been chosen to
introduce Palumbo at the banquet. Quoting from the
banquet folder: "Luke Palumbo came west from
Hubbard, OH, in the early 1930s to enroll at Northwest
where he would be a star on Bearcat football teams
coached by Letty Davis. Palumbo was a four year
letterman and a three-time all-MIAA first team center in
1933, 1934, and 1935. In addition, he was selected as the
captain of the 1935 all-MIAA team...He was also a
member of the 1935-36 Bearcat basketball team, and he
was M-Club president during the 1934-35 academic year.
Palumbo coached at Christian Brothers High School in
St. Joseph from 1936 to 1941, and then went to Panama
where he coached football, basketball, track, swimming
and diving at Cristobal High School for 32 years."
(Arrived late for September issue): Wonderful
reports from Californians in attendance at Orlando
Reunion 1992 Joan deGrummond, Mary Lade, Jolie
Seeley, Norma and Conrad Horine, Court and Kathleen
Steiner Bennett, Joe and Helen Haseman Ress, Joe and
Ella Norton and Charlie Becktell.
Jack and Kathy Taylor just returned from an
adventurous seven-week car trip through California,
Oregon and Washington. The Taylor's visited with old
friends along the way; Laura Walston Sanders (BHS'56)
Benecia, CA; Mary Sherry Ford (CHS'53) Auburn, CA;
Ray and Pat Kuller (BHS'47) Bakersfield, CA, and John
and Mary Fisher of Moraga, CA; where they joined in
the celebration of Esther Fisher's 100th birthday. The
Taylors also visited Othello and Rene Trembleau in
Boise, Idaho and Steve and Martha Graham Vickery of
Virginia Glines deGregory, Sacramento, is trying to
locate members who might have known her parents,
Virginia Edwina Stevenson (CHS'30) and father, George
Congratulations to Frank "Bootsie" Leves and new
bride Elizabeth Ann Pacifici, wed at the Tropicana
Chapel, Las Vegas, on June 6. The honeymooners missed
the Orlando Reunion, but did enjoy a cruise aboard the
SS Norway, with Ports of Call in the Bahamas, St.
Thomas, St. Martin and St. John. Yane and Helen (Van
Clief) Leves, parents, and brother Charlie and fiancee
Ruth King, Balboa, R.P. were also aboard.
Congratulations also to new parents Wil Robb and
Barbara Morris on birth of first son, Wilfred Robert
Morris III, weighing 9 lbs. 4 oz. proud grandparents are
Bob and Linda Morris, San Diego, CA.
Happy to report Robert Dill, 102 year young
patriarch of the PCSSC has recovered from a bout with
pnuemonia and is back in his office, attending to his
Also on the mend, Jerome Steiner who would love
to hear from old friends. Address: Jerry and Dolly
Steiner, Unit 721, St. Andrew Drive, Seal Beach, CA
Granddad and grandmom, Bob and Linda Morris
welcome new addition to the clan, Wilfred Robert
Morris III, in arms of proud dad, Wil Robb Morris, Jr.
The indefatigable Catsy Taylor Schafer has started
yet another project; providing illustrations of colonial
coats-of-arms for a book, Roll of Anns, National Society
of Colonial Dames of the 17th Centuly. The book will be
completed and published in the fall, 1992. Col. Vernon
Schafer has been golfing twice a week and will hopefully
compete in the West Coast Tournament.
Bob and Linda Morris explored "New Horizons" in
July. Sightseeing in Seattle and Vancouver, British
Columbia. Son, Carlton (BHS'79) will be relocating there
The PCSSC West Coast Reunion held September 19-
21st at the Bahai Hotel, San Diego, was a myriad of
Color and Sound! The brightly decorated room,
resplendent with a back-drop Mola, handpainted by
Celine Stone and her committee, authentic Panamanian
Hats, donated by Jimmy Doyle, Balboa, Rep de Panama
and colorful parrots was truly a Kaleidoscope of color.
The music of Tito Mouynes, resounded throughout
the Ballroom and the dance floor was soon filled with
L-R: Bobby Morris,
Charles Becktell, Alley
Gilmore Jones. PCSSC
Photo by Myrna Ericksen
Special program for the evening was a presentation
of Jose Fragera's "Baile Folklorico". The dancers were
Jose Fraguela, Carlos Fraguela, Michael Orden, Robert
Orden, Mayra Matson, Gloria Williams, Charo Aguela
and Anarita Palmer. Their performance was very
professional and was an integral part of the evening.
George Muller did an outstanding job organizing the
BHS Class of '42 Reunion...see enclosed article.
This reporter, recovering from cracked ribs, did not
get around as much, as she would have liked, but from all
appearances it was a SUPER-lative success. It was a
pleasure to see so many new faces and out-of-towners
enjoying our now "Traditional" Week-end of Celebration.
Sunday's breakfast gathering had yet more familiar
faces. Tito Mouynes was our Guest Speaker, his
topic...His Escape from Panama during Noreiga's
Regime. His topic was spellbinding and his presentation
masterly. We thank you, Tito for sharing your story with
"Mil Gracias" to David Lane, Ken and Celine Stone,
Jack and Kathryn Taylor, Tom and Marion Rice, Conrad
and Norma Horine for a job "Muy Bien Hecho". It was
a week-end to Remember!
L-R: Bobby Morris, Charles Becktell, Alley
McKeown, Standing: Gilmore Jones. PCSSC
Reunion. Photo by Myrna Ericksen
Janice Ross, Long Beach, has just returned from a
trip to Florida. She visited her Step-Daughter-in-law,
Diane Ross Eisert and her husband in Miami. She then
joined former Zone employee, La Von Du Sold in Ocala.
The gals had a lot of catching up to do and spent it at La
Von's time-share Condo on Marco Island.
Letty and Eddie Moore (BHS'40) attended the West
Coast Reunion with Eddie Doran (BHS'44) and wife
Jeanne who flew to L.A. from Sommerville, NJ. They had
a wonderful visit with old friends at the reunion. The
Moore's also spent nine-days touring Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama in October.
Charlie Becktell was a grandfather for the 17th time
in July that must be some kind of record. Charlie also
flew to Balboa, Rep de Panama after the Florida
Reunion. Charlie said it was very changed but still had
wonderful memories for him!
Martha Paliwoda, Fresno writes that "she was glad to
hear that '93 "Union Church" calendars will be once
again available. Martha says...doing well using walker and
would love to attend meetings but not driving yet."
Jolie Seeley was installed as President of the Laguna
Hills, branch of the American Association of University
Women AAUW). Quite an honor for Madam President!
Eunice Olive Richard visited her daughter Winkie
and Steve Helgeson and sons in Riverside for two weeks
in September. She also spent the day in San Diego with
Catsy Taylor Schafer.
John and Shirley Finlason, Sun City, CA celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at
the Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondidio, CA. A family
picnic was attended by forty-three family members from
all over the U.S. The anniversary luncheon was attended
by ninety people. The Finlason's two sons and daughter;
Jack, the oldest is the Mayor of Wichita, KS; Frank lives
in the Rep of Panama and Lois Finlason Larson, lives
near Lake Elsinor in CA.
Dick Tatelman flew to Paris in May and toured
England and Scotland. He visited friends in Warwick
(near the famous castle) before sailing home on the
Queen Elizabeth II in late June.
More cruising...Jack and Kathryn Taylor sailed on
the Commodore Line, Mexican Riviera cruise, and got an
opportunity to use "Refresher Spanish" recently studied
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1. Linda Morris with grandson "J.J. Connerton, Dallas, TX. enjoying the sun at the Las Rocas Resort in Baja
California, Mexico. 2. Dick Tatelman aboard the QE-2 after touring England and Scotland. 3. Eunice Olive Richard
and Catsy Taylor Schafer, old friends in Panama, meet at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego.
in an adult Education class in San Diego.
Bob and Linda Morris have had a busy summer a
glorious trip to Seattle and British Columbia in June a
loud and happy reunion, most of the time, with son
Carlton and son Carlton, 5; daughter Bliss (Morris) and
John Connerton and son JJ, 4; and son Will Robb and
Barbara and baby Robbie. In September, a two week trip
to Costa Rica to visit family and friends and then on to
Guatemala to meet newst grandbabyy" Kenneth James
Hall, son of Victoria and Ken Hall.
Malcolm and Faye Wheeler took their annual trip to
Hawaii and really enjoyed! Son Malcolm appeared on
20/20 in August in a Ford Motor Company Claim.
Ted Kaufer, Tampa, visited sisters Norine Kaufer
Crnich, Santa Rosa and Vicki Kaufer, San Jose in
August. Aunt and Uncle Jane (Kaufer) and Jim
Cochrane joined the grand family get-together. Special
treat, CHS'40 classmate, Bobbie Styles Field, joined the
festivities after a lapse of 52 years.
Bob Dill, toasted at a luncheon in his honor 103
years young in Hemet, CA on October 25th. We'll all
help blow out the candles!
Postcard received from Frank and Sally Stabler,
from Moscow. They write "very impressed with St.
Petersburg, the Hermitage, the Czars Summer Palace".
They send greetings to all their state-side friends.
The Anniversary Memorabilia luncheon at Michael's
of Los Feliz, Los Angeles on August 2nd was an
enjoyable event. From the greeters, Tom and Marion
Rice, Eddie and Letty Moore, George and Winnie Muller,
Mary Lade, Eileen and Bill Finken's warm welcome to
President Joan deGrummond's special touch, Canal Zone
Library Bookmarks and Panamanian Recipes at every
Place setting...it was special!
Our program was special too. Arch-Patriarch Bob
Dill read an article he had written entitled "The Art of
Communication, in the Panama Canal Construction
Days". After his presentation he was awarded a Letter of
Appreciation, in thanks for his countless contributions to
the PCSSC. He was very moved with the standing
Bill Finken also spoke on his trip to the Phillipines
on the 50th Anniversary of the fall of the Islands. He was
a Prisoner of War for thirty-nine months during the war.
The meeting ended with Guffaws and Chuckles with
the quick repartee of Bajan Jokes delivered by Janet
Nesbitt Laschinger and Al Cooper (BHS'49).
Michael's "Pot Roast" was exceptional; the meeting
of old friends joyful it was truly a gladsome day!
Our Christmas meeting will be held at Knotts Berry
Farm on December 6th plan to join us!
Joan deGrummond enjoyed the Florida reunion,
along with roommates, Margaret Nordstrom of
Titusville, FL and Mary (Cryan) Lade, BHS'39 of
Huntington Beach, CA. Joan then visited with Margaret
for a few weeks, and together visited Lucille and Steve
Fulop and Marge French in Lakeland, and Joan's cousin,
Anna (Cody) Carey and her daughter, Mary Jean
Kammerer, BHS'44, in Deltona.
Captain Al and Nancy Gallin hosted a pool/supper
party at their lovely home by the golf course in Titusville,
and guests included Margaret and Joan, Bill and Sylvia
Wigg, Bud and Pat Risberg and Don and Ginny Miller.
The Panama Canal West Coast Reunion was the best
yet! A great turnout, including BHS Class of '42 and
several BHS'43, who will celebrate their 50th anniversary
at the West Coast Reunion next year. Lois de la Mater
Bates, Area News Reporter in Hawaii, attended the
festivities with Olga ("Sissie" Roe) and Bill Spreuer of
Capistrano Beach. Joan's classmates included Nancy
Norton Carter, Eddie Moore and his wife, Letty, and
(Arlo) Grant Westbrook and his wife, Audrie. Grant gave
Joan a photo entitled "Balboa High School Athletic
Squad, 1936", which included freshmen, sophomores,
juniors and seniors in the squad that year. Joan and her
brother, Vince Ridge, are identifying all those they
recognize. When completed it might be included in the
Joan flew to Philadelphia, PA with Julie (Wilson)
Ridge, BHS'38 of Kerrville, TX. They visited Joan's
sister, Mary, BHS'45, and her husband, Jack Gribbin in
Trenton, NJ, and Winnie (Mrs. Ralph Ridge) and family
there. On their trip to Atlantic City, they helped "The
Donald" Trump to pay his debts. Vince and Dottie Ridge
then drove us to their lovely home in Center Valley, PA,
via the Delaware River and Delaware and Lehigh Canals,
where we could really appreciate the fall colors and
beautiful countryside. We drove to Emmitsburg, MD, and
enjoyed a luncheon visit with John W. Clark, M.D.,
BHS'40, who, along with Joan, is preparing their class
history. Then to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine to visit
with Father Louis B. Storms, C.M., now assigned to St.
Vincent de Paul Church in town, and his sister, Sister
Barbara Storms. Fr. Storms was pastor at St. Mary's
Church, Balboa, from 1948-52, and at Holy Family
Church in Margarita, 1972-79. He will celebrate his 80th
birthday on April 2, 1993, and is quite chipper with a
rather peppy step.
Vince, Dottie, Julie and Joan enjoyed a brisk, clear
day in "the big apple", viewing the city from the 86th floor
of the Empire State Building, lunch at the Stage Door
Deli, and a superb production of the Broadway musical
"Cats". As we toured the city, we recalled all of the
landmarks we saw through the years as we docked at Pier
64 aboard the Panama Line ships, Ancon, Cristobal and
Joan and Julie flew to Texas, where Joan enjoyed her
visit in Julie's charming home in Kerrville, and being with
Julie's daughter and family, Cathey, Don and Damian
Adams, and longtime friends, Anna (Patchett) Calvit and
Gene (White) and John Litton. Julie, Anna and Joan
spent a day with Jeanne (Flynn, BHS'41) and Charley
Stough at their lovely home in Fair Oaks Ranch, Boerne,
and were their guests for lunch at their beautiful country
club. Honey (Bergman) Fealey came by for a chat, and
Joan saw Ed and Marjorie Kunkel and Iris (Dedeaux)
Hogan at church. She ran into Sue (Kotalik) Graham,
Olga Nordstrom and Sharon (Booth) Schmidt...just like
the good ole days at "the commy". Phone chats with Bea
(Monsanto) Rhyne, Marion (Orr) Wells and Katherine
(Adams) Lessiack were most enjoyable.
After 14 years in the private sector, David L. Lane of
Ocean Side, CA, is returning to the Federal Service. he
has accepted a position with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. After three to four months "re-entry
training" in Washington, D.C., he will go on to Bay City,
MI where he will be the EPA'S equivalent of the "Base
Commander" of an 80 million dollar Ecological Research
and Training Center to be built on the Saginaw River.
David, who is a graduate of CHS Class of '54, holds a
Masters Degree from the American University in
Since 1985 he has been Chairman of the Committee
for the Panama Canal West Coast Reunion. He plans to
continue on as a member of the Committee.
Linda Reimann Morris
BHS/CZ'42 High Class Reunion
It was the "time of our lives", that Graduation Day in
June of 1942. The sands of time have passed through the
hour glass of the years and brought us to 1992..the 50th
Anniversary Reunion of our graduation. It is still the
"time of our lives" and what a great time we had!
Taking advantage of the Committee arrangements
for the Panama Canal Society of Southern California
West Coast Reunion for hotel and dinner dance, twenty
three (23) BHS Class of '42 members and their spouses
descended on San Diego, CA. The occasion was the
September 19th Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion at the
Bahai Resort Hotel situated on beautiful Mission Bay.
A Hospitality Suite was hosted by George and
Winifred Muller for the attendees. George served as
Class Reunion Coordinator. Margaret (Cauthers) Braun
and Kathleen (Boni) Moffitt were also on the Reunion
Committee. Class members and spouses attending the
two day event were Opal Earle (Lundy) Houghton of
Denver, CO; Kathleen (Boni) and Frank Moffitt of
Berkeley, CA; Margaret (Cauthers) and Gus Braun of
Alexandria, VA; Dora (Husted) and Warren LeGrys of
Mesa, AZ; William and Dorothy Hunter of Springfield,
VA; Elba (Dayton) Cuevas, Key Biscayne, FL; Mary Lou
(Maas) Grier, Boerne, TX; Katherine (Kane) and John
Regan of Reading, MA; William and Jean Quinn of
Oakley, CA; Harry and Thelma Chan of Austin, TX;
Helen (Ramey) and Jack Schmulbach of Memphis, TN;
Phyllis (PluymO Greene, Mission Viejo, CA; Robert and
Marian Hutchings of Blaine, WA; Alice and Robert
Forsythe of Sacramento, CA; Muriel (Israel) and
Leonard Dorfmann of Los Angeles, CA; Yolanda "Yolie"
(Maurer) and Bill Fotheringham of Salt Lake City, UT;
Homer Piper of Albuquerque, NM; Robert and Marian
O'Donnell, San Francisco, CA; David (Dr.) and Veronica
Basque, Rolling Hills Estates, CA; Harvey and Mary Jo
Wright, Redondo Beach, CA; Robert and Barbara
Beardsley, Ontario, CAN; and Fred and Joan Frech,
Tuscon, AZ; George and Winifred Muller of Anaheim,
Friday evening at the Bahia Hotel, thirty nine (39)
class members and spouses attended a "no host" dinner
on the hotel patio. Following dinner Friday evening, the
group boarded the sternwheeler Bahia Belle for a
moonlight cruise around Mission Bay.
The Class of '42 Reunion Luncheon took place in the
"Bueva Vista Room" of the hotel on Saturday.
1. Now for those of you... James O'Donnell, Guest Speaker. 2. Kathleen Boni and Gus Braun. 3. The V.P.
welcomes you! Bob Hutchings.
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1. Serious conversations: L-R: Opal Earle Lundy, Bob and Marion Hutchings, Helen and Jack Schmulbach.
Dinner out: Fred and Joan Frech, Kathleen and Frank Moffitt, Harvey and Mary Jo Wright.
Memorabilia and moments were displayed around the
room. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to visit and fill
in the passage of time from '42 until the present. Guests
joining with us were members of the Class of '43
Reunion Committee chaired by Ron Wanke. Those at
their table were Ron's wife, Peggy, Isabelle (Zemer)
Lively, Iras (Remington) Gabryelewicz, Joan (Kenny)
and Gordon Hoyt. Also as guests were James and
The luncheon program was opened at 11 o'clock with
an Invocation taped especially for this occasion by Sister
Mary Veronica (Winifred Kiley) of the Blessed
Sacrament Monastery based in Yonkers, NY. Welcoming
remarks were made by class Vice President, Robert
Hutchings. The Reunion Committee presented a brief
Trivia Quiz and then everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet
The Gang's all here standing L-R: Robert
O'Donnell, William Quinn, William Hunter, David
basque, Harry Chan, Helen Ramey Schmulbach,
Phyllis Pluym Freene, Robert Beardsley, Robert
Hutchings, Fred Frech, Mary Louise Maas Grier,
Harvey Wright, Mary Cauthers Braun, Homer
Piper, Robert Forsythe. Seated L-R: Muriel Israel
Dorfman, Dora Husted Le Grys, Katherine Kain
Regan, Kathleen Boni Moffitt, Opal Earle Lundy
Houghton, Yolanda (Maurer) Fotheringham. Not
in photo: Elba Dayton Cuevas. Front: George
The Ladies of '42: L-R: Dora Husted, Margart
Cauthers, Katherine Kain, Muriel Israel, Mary
Louise Maas, Opal Earle Lundy, Helen Ramey,
Phyllis Pluym, Kathleen Boni. Not in photo:
Yolanda Maurer, Elba Dayton.
Following the luncheon, door prizes were drawn and
distributed by using simulated Lottery Tickets made by
Margaret (Cauthers) Braun. George Muller next
presented the guest speaker, James O'Donnell, brother
of class member Bob, who had recently retired from the
Canal Commission. Since many of the class members had
not returned to the Zone after the war years, or had
returned for a brief period of time, Jim brought us "up to
date" on many aspects and events which had occurred
over the years and were not widely known. His talk was
well received and appreciated evidenced by the many
questions and comments.
The attendees thanked the Reunion Committee for
their dedication, efforts and coordination of the weekend
which, in the attendees view, was a memorable and
To those of you of the Class of '42 who could not
come, the attendees said, "We missed you". We wish you
could have been there to share those special two days.
Maybe next time!
While many of you were watching the Olympics from
Barcelona last August, the real games actually were
taking place in Nevada, Utah, and Western Colorado
where the Heles and the Brown battled it out for the
annual Agewood award (emphasis on "age"). Seriously
handicapped by the absence of daughter Jennifer who
entered U.C. Santa Barbara this Fall, the Hele family
nonetheless managed to demonstrate their usual
brilliance on the tennis courts. Although an intense
outburst from player/manager Judy finally got the Hele
soccer machine moving, the inspiration came just a bit
too late in the game. On the football field, the Heles
were tough as always, but fell victims to a late Megan
Brown pass that proved to be a game breaker. Golf was
instituted as a trial sport this year, but was more trial
than sport as the main contest featured the kids racing
each other around the fairways in the golf carts. A
picture of the two teams is included and game films are
available to challengers on an exchange basis.
L-R: Dan Hele, Linda, Brad, Lindsey, Megan and
Stew Brown, Mike, Judy and Kristin Hele.
On the local scene here in Boulder, Roxanna Quiros
reports that her new house is coming together, plumbing
problems and all, and that she is planning a big Zonian
bash sometime in the near future. We're saving those
Cerveza Panama for the occasion!
In July while recuperating from surgery, I spent
several weeks with my daughter June, and son-in-law
Davis Stevenson in Georgia. While there, we had the
gathering of the clan to witness the graduation of my
granddaughter Suzanne Gerhart. Joining in were her
parents Dorothy and Jim Gerhart and brother Brian,
from Heidelberg, Germany. Also, her brother Kenneth
Gerhart from Arlington, Virginia. Also present were
Samuel (Skip) Rowley and Lori and Virgil Snow with
their children, Alexandria and Nicholas Snow of
THREE GENERATIONS Dorothy Gerhart, Suzanne
Gerhart, Sara Rowley.
Grandson Kenneth Gerhart had a weeks vacation so
he drove me home to Clearwater, but first a stop for a
few days at a friend's home in Nashville, GA. I was very
impressed with my first experience staying in an Anti-
Bellum home. Then to Clearwater where I enjoyed
Kenneth's stay for a few days before leaving for his home
in Alexandria, VA.
A note from Barbara Green, who said, "My son,
Randy Rios of Clearwater, and I spent two weeks in
Hawaii visiting my older son, Roger, who lives on the
Island of Molokai. Roger is a Captain on the Ferryboat
Island Princess, that travels between Molokai and Maui.
"We had a great time visiting Molokai, Maui and
Oahu. We did some shopping on Maul and a lot of
sightseeing in Oahu. Met many of Roger's friends on the
"While in Oahu, we had dinner and visited with
Ricky Royo who went to school with Randy. Ricky has a
very good business and is doing well.
"We had such a good time that another trip to
Hawaii is in my future plans."
Roger Rios, Jr, Randy Rios and Ricky Royo at
In August, Jack and Carle Taber attended the
Square and Round Dance Convention of the World in
The Hague, Netherlands. They flew to Hanover,
Germany and after a short tour there, they moved on to
Braunschweig, Germany for a three-night stay. Then on
to Berlin and other German cities. In Berlin they saw
Checkpoint Charley, and what's left of the Berlin Wall,
then on to The Hague for the convention. They spent
four nights there and saw museums and the wooden shoe
factory. They left for home on August 11 after a
wonderful 8-day stay in Europe. Glad to have you both
Eleanor and Captain (Bucky) Buehler of New Port
Richey had their daughter Beverly Buehler Grassy visit
them for a week and she helped them celebrate their
Patti McPherson, fiance John Schueler and Susie
(Stanford) and Rob Stoney met at the 1992 Reunion and
had a great time.
Susie and Rob are from Reston, Virginia. She left
Panama before graduation in 1978. Patti is from Palm
Harbor, Florida and graduated from Balboa High School
Rob and Susie (Stanford) Stoney, Patti McPherson
and John Schueler at the Reunion.
Aura and Bud Erickson, also of New Port Richey,
left for Brandon, Vermont on September 28 to join the
many other "Fall Leaf Peepers." They will stay with
Aura's brother Hirum Huntoon and his wife on his farm
Just talked to Betty Snow. She is back from her
several trips, so she will tell you all about her weeks of
fun playing in San Diego, Berkely, and Litchfield, CT.,
enjoying the fall foliage.
This summer, Janet Sutherland and son, Luke
moved from San Diego to Clearwater. They have settled
in nicely and Janet is now busy teaching dyslexic children.
Mother, Mille Sutherland is very happy to have Janet
and Luke living here.
Bill and Jeanne Wheeler of Bayonet Point had a
short 6-day visit with daughter Sharon Wheeler Baker of
Angleton, Texas. While here, Jeanne brought her to the
Sewing Club held at Aura Erickson's home in New Port
The PCSSC West Coast Reunion held September 18-
20 was another huge success, thanks to the efforts of
Katheryn and Jack Taylor, David Lane, Ken and Celine
Stone, Conrad and Norma Horine, David Hollowell, Tom
and Marion Rice and Bob and Linda Morris. The
dinner/dance on Saturday night was lively, and featured
a Panamanian Folkloric group of dancers from the San
Diego area. Their gorgeous polleras and montunos did
much to contribute to the carnival air of the evening.
Many guests, were dressed in the Panamanian theme.
The "party" was livened when the Folkloric Dancers drew
guests onto the dance floor to dance the Tamborito. As
always, Tito Mouynes' organ music was toe-tapping good!
Speaking of Tito, he was the speaker at the Sunday
brunch. He spoke about his experiences and participation
in anti-Noriega radio broadcasts prior to "Just Cause"
during December 1989.
The BHS Class of 1942's 50th Class Reunion was
held on Saturday. It was their first class reunion and was
a smashing success due to the efforts of George Muller,
Chairman, Kathleen Boni Moffitt, Margaret Cauthers
Braun, and Harry Chan, Jr. Their spouses must be
complimented for their help and patience during the
It was amazing and with great pleasure to see class
mates who appeared out of the woodwork after 50 years.
Among them were Elba "Chito" Dayton Cuevas, Miami,
FL; Bill Hunter, Springfield, VA; Opal Earl Lundy
Houghton, Denver, CO; Helen Ramey Schmulbach,
Memphis, TN; Yolanda Mauer Fotheringham, Salt Lake
City, UT; Mary Louise Maas Grier, Boerne, TX; Dr.
David Basque, Rolling Hills, CA; Dora Husted LeGrys,
Mesa, AZ; Bob Hutchings, Blaine, WA; and Katherine
Kain Regan, Reading, MA.
Betty Chan Snow
East Central Coast
Mary (Phelan) Nagel sent news from her family. She
was sorry she missed the Reunion in Orlando, but it
seems as though she has had quite a Reunion with all of
her family. Her son Jim and granddaughter Marci flew
over from Wichita, KS., and a few days after they left her
grandson John McCarragher flew in from Illinois. Her
daughter Lisa also came in for a week in August and
they were joined by her son Chuck, in from Jacksonville.
Chuck came visiting again with his daughter Shannon, a
flight attendant. Since daughter Sharon (Phelan) and her
husband Don DeStaffino and family live close by they all
enjoyed mini reunions. This summer her grandson
Patrick DeStaffino was married to Susan Etchen and
Mary became a great-grandmom when Cindy and John
McCarragher had a baby girl. Keana Lea McCarragher
is pictured here with her proud Grandmom, Lisa Phelan.
Keana's other grandparent's are, Marese Payne and John
McCarragher Jr.; her other great-grandparents are
Rosalind Jackson and John McCarragher Sr. Mary
would like to wish all of her friends a very happy Holiday
Grandmom Lisa Phelan and granddaughter Keana
Under the "It's a small World" category, I ran into a
fellow Zonian in the most unusual place. I went over to
Cocoa one Saturday in July to help the Space Coast
Champions with their very first fundraiser for Canine
Companions for Independence, which quite appropriately
was a dog wash. While washing a beautiful Golden
Retriever I commented on him to his owner who told me
she had gotten him in the Canal Zone. I immediately told
her my name and that I was from Gamboa. Turns out it
was Ginny Kessel, a good friend of my parents and fellow
member of the Gamboa Union Church. She'll forgive me
I hope for not recognizing her right off, I had not seen
her since she came to my Baptism at the Summit
Waterhole, 15 years ago. It also turns out that her son
George is married to Suzanne, the daughter of the Space
Coast Champions President who I had gone over to help.
There was a small get-together of folks over in
Daytona in late September. Carl Tuttle, Earl Hattaway,
and Frank Dupree got together with Norm and Mari
Pederson, Wally and Beth Trout and Lloyd Roberts. Tina
Strey, her daughters and grandchildren were in town and
attended also. Peggy Roberts and Lloyd left the next day
with John and Renee Petrosky for a three week tour of
Visitors and well-wishers have been coming and
going through the Trout home. Wally has recently started
chemotherapy to battle cancer and the support of his
family and friends has been deeply appreciated. We're
going to lick this thing yet!
Approximately 80 Zonians and I attended the Space
Coast Panama Canal Reunion. Joella Deakins did a great
job rounding everybody up and selling raffle tickets.
I didn't guess how many beans Terry Deakins had in
the jar, but I did have a winning ticket and received a
great pewter Panama Railroad keychain. Maria Lorenzo
and Bob Geddes attended all the way from Panama, and
a few people even came from as far away as Tampa and
West Palm Beach. Edna (Hart) Musso told me she was
anxiously awaiting her high school reunion which will be
held on Friday from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Twin
Towers during the PanCanal Society Reunion.
Two surprise guests at the picnic were Lee Proctor
and his wife Ginny. They had never been to Panama
(except Lee's trip through during the war), but had a
special interest. When they saw an announcement for the
picnic in the paper they decided to come out and meet
some folks. It seems that for many years now Lee has
been in possession of some outstanding memorabilia left
to him by is father Clyde Proctor who was a locomotive
engineer in the Canal Zone from 1906 until 1915. Among
his collection of varied pictures and artifacts was a
picture of over 120 men who were diggers and engineers
in 1914. I wonder if my grandfather Earl Kent was in the
picture? Lee and Ginny were thrilled to finally be able to
share their treasures with people who really appreciated
it, and appreciate it we did. We have encouraged them to
bring their whole collection to the Reunion in June. In
the meantime I have put them in contact with the
I appreciate receiving news from a few of you, hope
to hear from more of you in the future. Maybe I'll even
be seeing many of you at the Panamanian Fiesta being
held November 7th at the Hyatt Hotel in Orlando. This
should prove to be interesting; seems the "Instituto
Panameno de Turismo" is trying something new!
Kerry Kent Young
During the month of June, Emo and Phyllis Everson
spent three weeks in England, Scotland and Wales. They
were on tour the first two weeks and spent the third
week in London. While in London, they visited with
Carol (Bruland) Allen, BHS'62, in her beautiful English
home in Henley-on-the-Thames.
The Eversons report that their son, John C. Everson,
Lt Col, USA, was recently assigned back to Germany. As
of August, John and his wife, Amy Lynn (Walker) with
their children returned to Stuttgart, Germany for another
three year tour. John is assigned to HQ USEUCOM, the
combined European Command. He has just finished a
three year tour in the Pentagon in Washington, D. C.
John's brother, Randall N. Everson, has been
promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves and
completed his two week active duty with the Corps of
Engineers in Tulsa, OK.
During the summer, Gladys Conley enjoyed a two
week tour of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland,
with members from the American Association of
University Women. The group of 100 members
represented 20 States plus Canada. The tour included
Denmark's Hans Christian Anderson Museum, Hamlet's
Castle, the Tivoli Gardens; Norway's Grieg Concert Hall,
the famous fjords; Sweden's Milles Sculpture Park, City
Hall, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded, and the
Helzinki, Finland city tour. It was a most interesting and
When Marion Greene hosted the Canal Zone
Birthday Club at her home, it marked the beginning of
the Club's 29th consecutive year of existence in Sarasota.
Using the "Environment" as her theme, all the prizes and
favors were recycled paper products; note pads, pads,
envelopes, etc. She also gave the members special
literature on the environment.
Marion's sister, the late Mildred Neely, originally
organized the birthday club idea while on the Canal Zone
and carried on the tradition when she retired to Sarasota.
Thanks to her, as more Zonians retired to Sarasota, we
now have three in the area, sharing monthly get
Myrtle Hughes was honored by her son, Tom and his
wife, Lorna, of Deer Park, TX, and Tom's sister, Sandra
(Hughes) Claflin, of Merritt Island, FL, who entertained
with a dinner party at her home, in celebration of her
eightieth birthday. Guests included Myrtle's sister,
Bernice Stephenson of St. Petersburg, and several close
friends in the area.
Early in October, Jeanne Burgoon and her daughter,
Karen O'Neill of Sarasota spent the week-end in
Deerfield Beach, FL with Karen's daughter, Laura Fox,
her husband, Roy Fox, and their new baby son. While
there Karen and her daughter planned a surprise birthday
to honor Jeanne and Roy on their birthdays.
During the summer, Gladys McLain enjoyed a visit
from her son, Doug McLain, his wife Cindy, and their
three children, who arrived from Germany to spend their
vacation with his mother in Sarasota. Doug is Band
Director at Frankfort High School with the U.S. Army
Department of Defense in Germany. They also visited his
sister, Judy Feintuck and family in Cincinnati, OH, and
with Cindy's family in Texas. Later, Gladys spent a month
with them in Cincinnati before returning home via St.
Thomas, Virgin Islands to spend several weeks with her
aunts and other family members. In September, Gladys
enjoyed a two week visit from her cousin, Lorraine
(Frankel) Alberga, widow of the late Lloyd Alberga, of
George and Mayno Walker enjoyed a visit from
Henry and Beverly (Phillips) Gross, BHS'63, of
Beavercreek, OH. Beverly was in the Order of the
Rainbow for Girls when Mayno was serving as Mother
Advisor of the Ancon Rainbow Assembly and Beverly
commented on how much Mayno had helped her during
her years in Rainbow.
The Gross' were in Florida to take their daughter,
Phyllis Gross to Florida Southern College in Lakeland
for her senior year. She is a 1989 graduate of
Beavercreek High School, represented Florida Southern
College's (Lakeland) Delta Beta Chapter of Zeta Tau
Alpha fraternity at the organization's 1992 international
convention in Atlanta this summer. She is president of
the chapter, which has been working with programs to
increase breast cancer awareness. She is majoring in
Public Relations, and after graduation, hopes to work
with Walt Disney World's public relations office in
Gladys B. Humphrey
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were playing the Miami
Dolphins in Dade County on the Saturday night before
"THE HURRICANE" was to hit South Florida the
following Monday morning. Although this was only an
exhibition game, fellow Tampa residents, (Richard and
Janine (Nellis) Frensley, Roy and Charlotte Reyes) came
down to see the game with Tom Frensley, Kenny gaul,
John Frensley and Jimmy Parthenais. Well, this was a
Saturday night so Mary (Jablowski) and Tom Frensley
decided to host a BBQ at their new home in Plantation
which is in Broward County (north of Dade County) and
about twelve miles inland (this is important later on).
The guys went to the game after the BBQ while Oscar
Nuncio (lucky guy) stayed with the girls; Mary, Cookie,
Kelly, Lee, Janine and Charlotte to watch the game on
television. Throughout the broadcast the local stations
were breaking in to update the public about a hurricane
that looked like it might be headed our way...Well, the
guys got home from the game and the ones from Tampa
headed back to their hotel while the four of us from
Dade County decided to stay the night. At that time the
hurricane was still over 500 miles away. Early the next
day, Tom took his cousin John Frensley to the airport to
catch a plane to the Bahamas. His boat was docked there
and he was determined to ride out the storm on the boat.
Meanwhile, we awoke Sunday morning to a newspaper
with a big red whirl headed straight towards South
Florida across the front page. Holy cow! This was printed
last night! Where was the hurricane NOW? Miami Beach
was being evacuated as well as other parts of Miami
which lie east of U.S. 1. So that meant that both my
apartment on the beach and the Parthenais' place in the
Grove were in evacuation areas. So, the Frensley's had
visitors for a couple of more days. We bought food,
water, beer and got money, fuel and candles. We were
going to be ready. Little did we know when we left our
homes on Saturday afternoon that we were not going to
be able to return until Tuesday.
Plantation, being in Broward County was very, very
lucky. The eye of the hurricane hit South Dade County,
specifically the Homestead area where many Zonians
live. Thousands of homes were lost, although the death
toll was relatively low considering the immense damage.
I'd like to encourage those of you who know people who
live in this area to call them and offer your assistance or
just to let them know you care. Otherwise, a contribution
to the Red Cross. Hurricane Andrew has really drained
their resources. Everyone here is working through this
disaster and it has brought many neighborhoods together.
It has given the diverse South Florida a common cause.
Good luck to those who sustained damage to their
homes; Sharon (Dumas) Hoffman, Dana Dumas, Debbie
(Pollack) Randolph, Will Nordstrom and many, many
The October 3rd Florida State v. University of
Miami game brought a lot of Zonians our way. Dave and
Beth (Parmele) Gaul drove down from Ponte Vedra
Beach to cheer for the Seminoles. Dave is an FSU
alumni (vis Albrook campus) and their youngest
daughter, Megan, recently entered her freshman year at
Tallahassee. However, the victory went to the alma mater
of their eldest daughter, Lee. She graduated from U.M.
in 1990. She now works in Tallahassee for Merrill Lynch
and coaches the Leon High School crew team. (Thank
you Beth Gaul for the info). Other Zonians who attended
the BIG game were Kenny Gaul, Jim and Kelly (Cahill)
Parthenais, Tom Frensley and Keith Mead.
On a recent trip to Tampa I visited with Dick Cahill
who was rejoicing in his victories at the Gas House Gang
Golf Tournament in Dothan, Alabama. Dick was the
captain of the winning teams both days of the tournament
(October 6 7). It's an annual tournament for Zonians
and was coordinated by Lou (Rathgeber) Hunt.
In August, Lynn (Budreau) and Rick Gritt
celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary. They took
a trip to South Florida and the Keys with their two year-
old daughter, Alessandra and Rick's son Travis. They
went deep sea fishing while staying on Key Marathon and
visited friends in Miami Beach.
Spotted in Miami...Chuck Peterson and Bobby Mills
at a blues concert featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Nice to see you guys! Whew! That's it for now, have a
good holiday season and a Great New Year!
Janice Cookie Newlon
Cash and Mary Jane Paulson had a great visit in
Panama with their new grandson "Bert" and his parents
Jill and Skip Berger of Margarita. The friendly people
and the natural beauty of Panama brought back many
happy memories. They enjoyed several days at LA
GUAYA beach and had their fill of lobster, seviche,
micha rolls and red papaya. Many of Cash's employees
from Mt. Hope Warehouse came to visit him and it was
such a rewarding experience for him.
Since they returned to Tallahassee Ted Bailey and a
friend stopped for a visit. The Oberholtzers, Janet Jenner
and her sister, Phyllis Stafford, and Marge and Joe
Coffin were also visitors. In mid October the Paulsons
left for Beaufort, NC to visit Judy and Brian Weaver and
Janet Clute Riggs and family with a stop over in
Wilmington, NC to see the Deaton Clan.
Enclosed is a picture taken on September 25, at the
Gulfshore Picnic of four Zonians who "Ham it" up most
every morning on Amateur Radio (7295 at 9:15 A.M.)
Susanne Mitten Corrigan flew to Miami in early
October and visited her friend Cathy Attias and family
who used to reside in Panama. From there she met her
sister Christine Mitten Gibson of San Diego and her
daughter Lisa Corrigan of Jacksonville in the Miami
Airport where they flew to Guatamala City for a weeks
visit. A good shopping time was had by all.
L-R: KC4ZRU Charlie Salyer, KA4CZC Mary Jane
Paulson, WA5YFA Ed Parker, WA3GNO Owen
Bev and Skip Rowley flew to Salt Lake City in
August, rented a car and drove up through Idaho to
Umatilla, OR where we stopped and visited with Captain
Bob and Joyce McAuslin from Gatun and Los Rios. Then
on to Kennewick, WA where Skip used to live, to visit
both, David Hawley, an old navy buddy of Skip's and Neil
Lampson, a former ship wreck survivor and boss, both of
which he hadn't seen for thirty three years. From there
we drove down the Columbia River Gorge to Portland,
then up through Olympia and Seattle. Stopped in Renton,
WA to visit with Mike and Susan Jeffers Toale. Susan
was our baby sitter for many years in Gatun. After a tour
around Seattle we headed east through Snoqualmie Pass
and Dry Falls State Park to Grand Coulee Dam. Then on
through Spokane, Coeur D'Alene, Missoula, and Butte to
west Yellow Stone where we met up with Dan and
Wendy Christensen. Dan was my former boss at the
Public Affairs Office at Ft. Clayton. From there we
toured Yellow Stone Park and the Grand Tetons. We
were fascinated by Old Faithful and Dan and Skip
scouted through the woods to track down a moose. It was
the first one Skip had ever seen in the wild. Then on to
the fabulous breath taking Grand Tetons. Stayed over
night in Jackson Hole, WY and traveled back to the
Tetons for different beautiful views. Than on to Logan,
UT at the Christensen's range where we stayed for three
While visiting there, Skip's sister Dorothy, Jim and
Suzanne Gerhart were passing through the Salt lake
area, on their way from California to Germany. We met
them for lunch in Ogden. You never know where the
Rowley's will run into one another. As an added bonus,
Wendy and Dan took us to hear the Tabernacle Choir
perform. It was outstanding! We enjoyed the scenery and
the Pacific Northwest so much that we are planning
another trip in two more years.
Al Graham wrote from Macon to tell me that he and
his wife and daughter entertained an Exchange Student,
Monica Gomez, from Bilbao, Spain for a month this
summer. They all practiced their Spanish and tried to
convert Monica into a "true daughter of the South."
During the month, they took Monica up to the Georgia
Mountains, panned for gold (didn't say they found any),
and visited an Alpine Village and the Cabbage Patch
Hospital. They were also in my territory when they went
to Stone Mountain to watch the Laser Beam Show, which
is truly fantastic. While on top of the mountain, Al says
they were caught in the worst electrical storm he ever
saw. When they finally got down off the mountain, they
saw the famous singer, Billy Ray Cyrus, along with 20
million screaming teenagers, and Billy sang his famous
"Achey Breaky Heart." They also found time to visit our
famous Atlanta Zoo. Al says he also saw Mr. and Mrs.
Jim Slover at the Hotel where he works. It was a surprise
on both their parts, and Al gave them a tour of historic
Macon while they were there. Al says, if anyone comes
down 1-475 to stay at the Holiday Inn on U.S. 80, give
him a shout. And Al, next time you are in my area, give
me a "shout."
Monica Gomez with Gigi and Al
Graham at the
Mariella (Megger) McNally had a birthday party on
August 15, and lots of "Zonites" were there to help her
celebrate. As usual, everyone brought a covered dish, and
Mary (Scigliane) Leach brought the most delicious and
beautiful chocolate cake I ever ate. It was approximately
3,000 calories per bite, but worth every mouthful.
Rosemary Abad also brought her famous Flan, which is
to "die for," and Camille Bassett made delicious
empanadas that were gone almost before she put them
out. Camille brought Doug Priester, an ex-Zonite, who
was visiting her from South Carolina. Also at the party
were Andrea (Byrd) Smith, Ray and Janis Burda, Bill
and Carole Arnold, Bill Leach, Lou and Mary Scigliane,
Pat McCarragher and friend, Peggy Bithell, George
Garcia, George Brady, Mary Jean (Brady) Barranco,
Pennye McCarragher, Kerie Evers, Tere Aleman, and
me, along with my husband, Davis.
There was a meeting of "Zonites" held on Friday,
July 10 at the "Brandy House" on Roswcll Road, Atlanta
from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Those present are shown in the
photo attached. From the reports that I got, a good time
was had by all.
L-R:Ann (Wood) Suescum, Harold Sorrell, Sonia
(Canas) Valley, Joe Trower, Sheila (Farbman)
LaBella, Melissa Manning, Ann (Batcheldor)
Richardson, Jim Selby, Sue (Knapp) Carpenter
Light, Elizabeth Carpenter. Photo by C. Soper.
My niece, Suzanne Kathryn Gerhart graduated from
Clemson University, South Carolina, on August 8, 1992,
and we had a mini-gathering of the Rowley, Stevenson,
Gerhart, Snow clan to help her celebrate.
stop by for a week-end visit with me on the way. The
following week-end I will also have visitors, Tilly
McTaggart, Norita Scott, and Judy Baerg. They will be
staying with me for a week to see the Fall colors in the
Georgia and North Carolina mountains. I just hope the
leaves are still beautiful when they arrive.
Cleve and Odie Soper also wrote me a note telling
me that the weekend of September 5-7, they celebrated
by gathering the family together for a barbeque at the
home of Odie's sister, Molly (Winberg) Quinley, her
husband Jim, in Fayetteville, GA. Tom and Julie Ford of
Panama, also visited with Odie and Cleve. Cleve and
Odie are keeping very busy, not only entertaining out of
town guests, but also helping to run a Spanish Newspaper
here in Atlanta.
L-R: Odie (Winberg) Soper, Angie Rodriguez,
Milly (Winberg) Quinley and Jim Quinley.
Mini family reunion of Gerharts, Rowleys, Stevensons
and Snows in Clemson, SC for graduation of Suzanne
Bruce and Ginny Hearn drove from Cumming, GA.
in September to visit us, bringing with them some photos
of their new grandson (See Births).
Annie (Carpenter) Rathgeber drove from her new
home in Jonesboro, GA. to go with me and my daughter,
Lori to one of our annual Arts and Crafts Fair near here.
The weather wasn't the greatest, but we all managed to
do some financial damage to our pocketbooks. Also up
for a short visit with us from Panama was William C.
Homa. Bill was actually visiting with a relative who lives
very close to us, so we all got together for a lovely dinner
at one of Atlanta's famous restaurants. Bill and Dave also
spent some time together, yakking about all the latest
things going on in Panama. It was great seeing Bill again.
I swear, it is much too long between visits with our
friends from Panama.
Talked to Sidney George the other day and she told
me she is heading for Tulsa, Oklahoma to live, but would
Julie and Tom Ford of Panama, R.P. visiting the
home of Cleve and Odie Soper.
Katherine Egolf, ex-Zonite living in Pinellas Park,
FL, is asking for help in getting information on your
memories and experiences of the Balboa Union Church.
This information will be put into a permanent book form,
which Clarence McConkey, former pastor of BUC will
serve as editor. If you have something you want to share
with her, please send it directly to Ms. Egolf at 3848 90th
Terrace N., Pinellas Park, FL 34666.
A late photo came in on another Zonite gathering in
July, this time of George Hovan. George was in Atlanta
visiting with friends, and some of them gathered for
dinner at one of our Spanish restaurants called "Coco
Loco." Again, I heard a good time was had by all.
Front, L-R: Camille Bassett, Mariella McNanny,
Lester Smith, Mary Rowley, Mary Scigliane,
Nicole Lachuma. Back L-R: Ray Burda, Pat
Hensen, Keri Evers, Pennye McCarrigher, Mike
McNally, George Hovan, Janet Bassett, Marc
Sanders, Mary Leach, Bill Leach, Mary Jean
Barranco, George Brady, Peggy Bithell, Pat
Since you will be receiving this Canal Record before
Christmas, I want to take this time, now, to wish
everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! Also, thank all
of you in Georgia for contributing news of interest to our
column. Don't stop, as I love hearing from each and
everyone of you. And if you haven't called me or written
before this, please do so in the future. Till later...
June A. Stevenson
From Donna (Graham) Elliott: "Rodney and I with our
two boys, Jeffrey and David, left Frankfurt airport on
July 4, 1992, after almost four years in Schweinfurt,
Germany. We all enjoyed living in Germany and traveling
about, learning the ways and history of the Germans and
their neighboring countries. The boys learned to ski, as
we also did, and we all enjoyed spending time in Garmish
skiing on the slopes and exploring the town as well.
Photo at Sue and Bill Graham's in Kerrville,
Rodney, Jeffrey, David and Donna Elliott.
However, we were delighted to return to the USA
and headed straight to my mom and dad's (Sue and Bill
Graham) in Kerrville, Texas. We spent over three weeks
with them and had a great time with the water rides at
Fiesta, Texas, in San Antonio, and also toured about that
Rodney reported to Ft. Stewart, GA. in August, and
we found a rental home in Hinesville. We are still in the
midst of unpacking HHGds from Germany and also
those that were in storage in Texas. We like our new duty
station I am working in a real estate office the boys
like the schools here and we are learning the ways of the
South. We are not too far away from Jacksonville, FL,
where we will be able to visit my aunt, Helen Barrett. We
are looking forward to the coming holidays when my
parents will come to visit. Our new address is: 603
Bradley Ct., Hinesville, GA 31313."
In a previous issue of the Record I reviewed a fine
photo of Fred "Popsy" Mead and family (some of whom
I had the pleasure of meeting a few reunions back), and
I must say that I, and numerous other old friends and
former dance partners of Freddie's, recall him mainly as
"Chooch" Mead (and he always will be!) Sorry I missed
the PCSOFL reunion and its guest speaker, Frances
Whitlock, whom I admired so much as our upstairs
neighbor and family at 1467 Holden Street, Balboa
(before the redevelopment).
Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim returned from
their latest trip just in time for this writing another fine
voyage, this time to Alaska, with three stops en route,
preceded by a Seattle/Vancouver visit. From their
Holland-America liner, they saw enough glaciers to sink
a ship. Their granddaughter Tracey shared the cruise
with them. Then on to Florida, and to Boston, where
Virginia's brother Jimmy met them (and then returned
to Panama). The Dolims drove to Maine, south to Yale
University, Newport, RI., and Peabody, MA for the
reunion of Hank's B-24 group (from Europe). 360 people
celebrated at the Marriot Hotel dinner dance, where the
Dolims met some old friends, including Kathryn
(Phillips) and husband Bill Herblin (who also were
married in Panama). A poignant moment for Hank was
meeting with former POW's from his former squadron
(of which he was the CO).
Virginia Dolim, Kathryn (Phillips) Herblin and
husband Bill. (Herblins from Annapolis, MD.)
Though I missed the PCSOFL reunion, I enjoyed a
first time at the PCS of So. Calif. reunion in San Diego
in September, while visiting Bill and Sissie (Rowe)
Spreuer of Capistrano Beach regular attendants. We
drove over much of the picturesque area and quaint
coastal towns, stopping and dining, and took in the Friday
PCS of SC reunion party at the Bahia Hotel in San
Diego, where we were warmly welcomed by Conrad
Horine and his wife Norma, Royce Lewis and Sue,
Tommy Rice and his wife Marion, (plus several other
very nice Rices), and the ardent and animated President,
Joan Marie deGrummond, who was about to depart on
Nancy (Norton) Carter and Homer
At PCSSC Ball in September L-R: Pres. Joan-Marie
deGrummond, Jolie Seeley, Bill and Sissie
The Spreuers and I drove back to San Diego
Saturday night for the Carnavalito and dinner-dance and
the spectacularly beautiful tamboritos and other R.P.
bailando numbers so well played by Tito Mouynes and
his band and danced by a splendid troup (Viva Panama!).
Recognized and talked with Nancy (Norton) Carter, so
handsome and delightful despite her many major
surgeries and constant medical needs. We sat next to
Regina and Warren Stroop, from whom I gleaned news
of Al and Vi (Stroop) Robinson of Florida (whom I last
saw when visiting at their apartment in Parkmerced, SF,
about 1949). Another charmer I met at the ball was Delia
(from David, R.P.) and her husband James Henderson
and their daughter Catherine, of Lemon Grove, CA.
(Delia knows my brother, Bill DeLaMater, who was
expected to be present and to attend his BHS class of '42
reunion. So disappointed he didn't make it.) It was a joy
to see Irene Will again (and is that tall, handsome man
really her son?).
Also enjoyed visiting with Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley,
whose father I well remember, when working for him
back in the Balboa Heights arena.
My hosts at this time, the Spreuers, enhanced my visit
so much, Bill with his hospitality and driving us anywhere
(and his airplane!); Sissie with her talents for cuisine,
decor, and designing and making of her elegant clothes
(If she's in it, she made it!). Was especially intrigued with
Dana Point and Harbor, the Yacht Club and sunset,
while recalling the background of Richard Henry Dana's
book "Two Years Before the Mast".
After all this, I spend three grand days at the Oregon
finca of my cousin, Bobbie (Worsley) Richards and
husband Stan on their 90 acres of productive living and
darling little (and big) farm creatures, a wealth of garden
produce, all this shared with the presence of my North
Carolina relatives, my Aunt Juanita Williams and her
brother, my Uncle Guilford Worsley (siblings of my late
mother, Ann DeLaMater). We drove about much of the
beautiful state of Oregon, Crater Lake (real snow!), the
caves, south through the redwoods and a visit in the SF
Bay Area and to the absorbing Monterey Bay
Robert (Worsley) and Stan Richards at Crater
The delightful finale of my short trip was a visit with
Willie and Jean (Walsh) Kaufman at their cozy and
beautiful condo in Menlo Park, CA, for some grand
reuniting, pleasant shopping, and a dinner there for Tom
and Velvia (Miller) Long (she and Jean both were
Cristobal "brats"). Ahh, sweet memories of the days that
were...The Kaufmans and I had a long visit with David
and Lucille (Cook) Nanny at their home in Palo Alto.
Lucille is as stimulating and fascinating a lady as ever,
despite many setbacks. Saludos to those two inspirational
Then home to normality, whatever that may be, to
house-sitting intermittently for Bill and Jan (Koperski)
Taylor in their fine home (and heated pool), during their
gran viaje, and a lively visit from Freddy Dietz, with a
presentt" for Katya and me from Japan.
At the PCS of SC reunion, I relished the story of
Homer Piper whose father was jailed in Balboa, CZ in
order to force his son to wear shoes to school in first
grade (Mo' bettah he live Hawaii!).
Lois DeLaMater Bates
Mary Jane Sparling from Tinley Park had a
wonderful month long visit in May with her son Michael,
his wife Sue, and their daughter Catherine Marie, who
celebrated her second birthday on May 20th with about
30 guests. Michael and his family were visiting from
Seoul, Korea where Michael is a civilian with the U. S.
Army. Mary Jane intends to go to Korea next year for
Catherine Marie's 3rd birthday. Lettie Sparling, Mary
Jane's daughter, also visited in October while she
attended a nursing seminar in Chicago. Mary Jane may
go to the reunion next year and hopes to visit with
friends Herb and Eve Braden on Gretna, LA.
My father, Fred Spurlin, and his family, Marie,
Belkis, and Jorge, visited with me and my husband, Mike,
this August. They live in Balboa and were in the states
for about four weeks. While in Chicago, we visited the
Field Museum where we ran into a group performing
traditional Panamanian dances. The group, "Mi Linda
Panama", strives to maintain some of the Panamanian
heritage found in the Chicago area. Fred and family also
traveled to Sister Bay, Wisconsin where they visited with
Bob Dahlstrom and his family. We hope to visit in
Panama next year.
Belkis, Jorge, Maria and Fred Spurlin.
Fran (Dwyer) Elmendorf did such a nice job of
writing the following that we'll print it as is: "My summer
really began for me in May when I made my annual trip
to Bentonville, AR to spend a week with my sister Evelyn
Engelke. While there, Eve and I had dinner with Joan
and Jack Corliss. They have a beautiful home
overlooking Beaver Lake. It is always a treat for me to
see them and to catch up on everyone we went to school
with. Eve, Mary Lou Engelke, and daughter Kathy
Crowell and I drove over to Eureka Springs, AR and saw
the Passion Play. It was marvelous and well worth the
time for anyone visiting in that area. I was also lucky
enough to be there for the annual picnic of the Panama
Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas. We drove over
with Etta Fay Terrel and Maxine Reinhold. There were
many people there that I had not seen in many years.
Much to my surprise and delight, Minnie Burton's
daughter, Nancy Crooks, was visiting from Arizona.
Nancy and I grew up on good old Barnaby Street and it
was great seeing someone who could remember the fun
we had. After a glorious week, Eve returned home with
me and we had more fun running around the Central
Illinois Valley area.
Brittany (5 mos) and
Nicole (2 1/2)
In July, my daughter
Kathleen arrived home for a
week's visit. She and
husband Jim have just
moved to Nashville. In
August, I made a trip out to
Hayward, CA to visit son
Bob, wife Renee, and my
two granddaughters, Nicole
(2-1/2) and Brittany (5
mos). I don't see them very
often and I really enjoyed
being a doting grandmother.
While there, I had lunch
with Bill Elmendorf and
Roe Winfrey. I had not seen Roe in 41 years (seems like
yesterday) so we all had a lot of catching up to do. I
arrived back in Illinois just in time to join sons Dwight
and John and their girlfriends for a beautiful afternoon
at Wrigley Field Cubs 7 Giants 2. It was nice to win for
a change! Now as I settle in for the advent of winter, I'm
looking forward to a visit next week from my sister
Evelyn and neice June (Engelke) Montanaro who will be
visiting from Silver Spring, MD and then my first trip to
Nashville to spend Thanksgiving with Kathy and Jim. It's
been a great year to date."
L-R: John Elmendorf, Dawn Knapp, Fran
Elmendorf, Kathy Koehler, Dwight Elmendorf.
Jerry and Ann Bennett moved to Okawville, IL this
summer. Jerry has been appointed minister of the United
Methodist Church. The move was made easier because
of the help of dear friends, Ken and Fern Fugleberg of
Fairview Heights, IL. They have spent many pleasant
times together, at the theater, and dining out in St. Louis
and Illinois restaurants. In August, Mary Condon of
Fayetteville, AR; Ron and Alice Jacobs of Locust Grove,
OK; and Allen Griffin of Ft. Worth, TX, all former
Zonians spent several days at the Bennett home. The
Fugelbergs joined us for a mini-Canal Zone reunion.
In September, Joe and Lucille Kane of Genesco, NY
spent several days with Jerry and Ann, as well. Joe was
the Canal Zone College librarian and Lucille was
principal of St. Mary's in Balboa.
Jeff Bantz and Martha Monroy of Chicago have a
wonderful retail store on North Pier that sells Molas,
clothing, accessories, and other artifacts from Panama
and all over the world. They have been at the reunions
the past several years with their partners Robert and
My report in the previous issue of the Canal Record
included information from Betty Lou (Forrest) Correira
and her husband, Donald. Betty Lou has reported that
she had been seriously ill for the past couple of years and
could not get around much anymore. She added that she
would appreciate receiving letters from friends during
her childhood days. She writes that it has been so
wonderful hearing from friends she had lost track of,
some for more than 50 years. She continues to look
forward to hearing from more old friends. Her address
is: 702 W. Winona Ave., Warsaw, IN 46580. Betty Lou's
son, James Hudgins and his family from Panama came
for a visit this year. She has included some photos.
Betty Lou Correira's family, L-R: Jote Hudgins,
granddaughter, Debbie Lowe, daughter, Betty Lou,
John B. Lowe II, Pastor, son-in-law.
(1) Son James Hudgins, Captain of a dredge at
Gamboa. August 1992. (2) Grandson Joshua Kiley,
Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, IN. left the state in
September and went to Marysville and Washington,
Kentucky to tour the historical sights in honor of
Kentucky's Bicentennial. She had a delightful trip. This
month her plans include a one-day guided tour of
Madison, Indiana. Jane has also visited her daughter
Sheila Marshall and stayed with granddaughters Jennifer
and Kristen while Sheila attended a healthcare meeting
in Rockford, IL. Jane has expressed concern for all the
people she knows in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area
which was recently hit by tornadoes.
Bill and Geri Ward of Indianapolis are very happy
that two couples, long standing old friends, stopped by
for a visit in September. One couple was Tom and
Shirley Marine from San Antonio, Texas on September
20 and 21. Tom is a retired Lt. Col. in the Air Force. The
other couple was Warren and Mary Jane Ludlum from
New Jersey from September 27 through 29. Both couples
were given a tour of the farm and a trip to Nashville, IN,
which is a community similar to Gatlinburg, TN. Bill and
Geri had a great time talking over old times and aches
and pains with both couples. Bill and Geri plan to go to
the great Southwest during the first part of January 1993
- for the winter. They are thinking of going down to the
Claud and Ruth (Wood) Lyon spent some time in
late July and early August in Sun City, CA. visiting John
and Shirley Finlason and helping them celebrate their
50th wedding anniversary. It was great being with so
many of Ruth's relatives.Some of them we had never met
before even though we knew of them some others we
had not seen for a long time. We also took the
opportunity to visit some of Claud's relatives who lived
reasonably close. Also was able to get together with
Isabel (Peterson) Aguirre and Carolina (Canton) Law,
both former CHS students.
In August we were visited by my niece from
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Pat (Lyon) Hollar and her
husband Derrick and son Dirk. We have promised to visit
them next year.
In August, we were visited by Dick Parker of Palm
Harbor, Florida. Dick and Claud were Boy Scouts
together Troop 6, I believe in Cristobal over 50 years
ago. Dick, Ruth and Claud all enjoyed the visit.
Claud E. Lyon
Capt. Dean Bruch of River Ridge writes of spending
a July week of fun and sights in Panama. Traveling party
consisted of Dean and Lucienne; Dean A. and Mary
Bruch with sons Jason, 11, and Chad, 8; Mike and
Carine Bruch Rishton with son Daniel, 15, and daughter
Sara, 11. A four-hour layover in Costa Rica was so
enjoyable that Dean and Lucienne are going back for a
romantic weekend in November. In June they took the
two 11-year-old grandchildren to Europe for two weeks.
While in Panama the "Bruch-Rishton 10" stayed in
vacation quarters at 763-C Balboa. On arrival Capt.
James Carlton and Sheila and Charles Monaghan hosted
an old-fashioned Panama party for them with lots of old
and new friends.
Back L-R: Dean, Mike, Carine, Dean Sr. Center L-
R: Mary, Daniel, Jason, Lucienne. Sitting: Chad
and Sara. Taken at vacation quarters, 763-C Balboa.
Other highlights included an outing to Taboga Island
on Capt. Leo Critides' Islamorada, courtesy of his
company Argo Tours SA., and a visit to the Pina beach
house of Capt. Joe and Lorraine Chamberlain on the
Atlantic side. The beach was private, night rain on the tin
roof soothed almost everyone and the grandkids climbed
coconut trees. They enjoyed visiting with Colin and
Alberta Wilder Corrigan in Gatun and spent an evening
with Capt. Leo and Sophie Critides, and Capt Wilbur
and Dorothy Vantine, who live in Panama City condos.
They all attend their five-year reunions together at the
Merchant Marine Academy. Plans are to attend Leo's
50th in 1994 and the Critideses will join the Vantines and
Bruchs for their 50th in 1995.
of the Office of Financial Management when John
worked there. He also visited in High Springs with ex-
Zonian Herbert and Mavis Cooke and their daughter
Heather. The Cookes operate a nursery supply business
for garden centers. Herbert is John's nephew and a
retired USAF master sergeant with a master's in human
resources management. Mavis and John went antiquing
in the area and John bought two whale scrimshaw. While
in Tampa they celebrated John II's 46th birthday and
John Sr.'s 68th. In October John Sr. plans to fly to
Chicago to visit his brothers and sisters. He is expecting
a visit from ex-Zonians Jonathan Green and his mother
Lyla. Jonathan recently retired from teaching school in
Sue (Mitten) Corrigan and Larry Corrigan at
home in Tallahassee.
John R. Gough Sr. on visit to
II in Tampa, Florida.
L-R: Alberta (Wilder) Corrigan (the tour guide!),
Lucienne, Mike, Sara, Carine, Dean Jr., Jason,
Chad, Daniel, Mary (Dean's wife) Dean Sr. taking
Dean is enjoying semiretirement, serves as an expert
witness for admiralty attorneys and is a trial master for
McDermott Shipyards, taking out their new ships on trial
trips. He was a pilot out of Cristobal from 1959-66.
In September John R. Gough Sr. of Marrero enjoyed
an overnight visit with Larry and Sue Mitten Corrigan in
Tallahassee on his way to Tampa to see his son John R.
Gough II (BHS'63). Sue was the Budget Branch secretary
son John R.
A reminder letter to Helen Gregg was returned,
marked "addressee moved." Helen is now an RN at Earl
K. Long Hospital and has moved from Chalmette back to
Baton Rouge and in with her sister Nancy. Gene Gregg
in Slaughter writes that Hurricane Andrew left him
without electricity for six days, one day more than your
reporter. So why do we still flip light switches when
entering a room? Young Gene spent two weeks cleaning
up hurricane debris in south Louisiana with the National
Guard. Bob and Gail report sightseeing is great in
England, but food is very expensive. Gene expects to take
Joe Smith and Huey Geddie to the Gulf Coast picnic.
Laura is busy in Panama preparing for a new baby. Jim
Palumbo wrote with a Gatun Lake fishing update.
Marian plans a trip to see family in West Virginia and
they'll go to Panama next month.
Dona Helmerichs of Slidell extends thanks to all
those who worked to make the reunion such a success.
She writes that the best thing at the reunion was seeing
all those good looking men come up to her friend, Vivian
Simmons, saying "You don't know how we fought to get
in your class." Vivian taught lots of us typing at BHS in
the '50s. Dona and Vivian shared an apartment in Cocoli
in 1949. Dona also reports that Shirley (Sullivan)
Makibbin is now chief of education for DODDS,
stationed in Washington, D. C.
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Carol Wertz Gougen, Dona Helmerichs, Greg's
and Carol's daughter. Seated: Gregory Gougen,
Fi Everson, Dona Helmerichs, Lucho and Vivian
The Morris family has moved from Covington to
5004 Feliciana Drive, Bossier City, LA 71112, after Kenny
got a promotion and job transfer. They had a home built
in a new subdivision. Kenny III has entered kindergarten
and after school he plays T-ball, soccer and tennis.
Hannah will start school next year. Page continues to
work part time for her mother and will continue her
studies at LSU next year. Aside from his job at UPS and
fun at fatherhood, Kenny is training for a 26.2 marathon
and coaching a 6-and-under soccer team.
CORRECTION: Nathan and Yvonne (Morales)
Vegas of Marrero spent Mother's Day at the home of her
daughter and son-in-law, Lorna and David Bairnsfather,
in Gretna. Their children are Korey Bairnsfather, 8, and
Keely Bairnsfather, 10 months. David's parents are Liz
and Ron Orgeron. This reporter regrets any confusion
caused by the error.
David Warren with his parents, Gretchen and Bill
Warren amid hurricane damage in Baker, LA.
David Warren, New Orleans, enjoyed a recent visit
from his parents, Gretchen and Bill Warren of New Port
Richey. The three drove up to Baton Rouge for a short
'n' sweet visit and lunch with this reporter. David took a
two weeks' course in Bayonne, NJ., recently, related to
his work, while Gretchen and Bill enjoyed a luxury trip to
the Caribbean Islands aboard the Norwegian Cruise
Patt Foster Roberson
Clairee and Roger Chisolm in Union spent their 47th
anniversary in the emergency room after Roger had a
nasty accident with a table saw. He's recovered now and
taking things easy. Clairee is keeping their 2-year-old
grandbaby which is a full-time job all by itself since she's
also having to contend with Ole Arthur Itis.
Shirley Zemer Swenson in Picayune had a letter from
Jacque Hutchings Baker, 106 Sellars Drive, Opp, AL
36467, relaying the news that her husband Bob Baker
died of a massive heart attack on June 9. Shirley and
Jacque graduated from BHS'52.
Drizzling rain didn't dampen anyone's spirits at the
Gulf Coast picnic Sept. 26. Among those who signed in
were Catherine and John Boswell, Audry Benoit
Bowman, Dean and Lucienne Bruch, Polly and Rocky
Calhoun, Roland Casanova, Chita and Hugh Cassibry,
Libby and Aldon Fulcher, Donald Geddie, Gene Gregg,
Wanda and Albert Jenkins of Chattanooga, Beau and
Tracy Wade Money with son Andrew, George Lopp, Ed
Parker, Mary Jane and Cash Paulson of Tallahassee,
Martha and Woodrow "Bud" Richardson, Ruben "Red"
Robertson, Charles Salyer, Gerda and Owen Smith, Joe
Smith of Clearwater, Herb and Mary Mehl Taake, Hugh
Taylor, Jean and Lee Wade, Rusty Folger and John
Ward, and your reporter.
Food and drink were plentiful and delicious,
especially the seviche and empanadas and salads and
buffalo wings and casseroles and desserts. Jim Calhoun
provided Lucho music on a cassette. Something strange
and new this year, from Luke Palumbo, a science teacher
at Coco Solo High School, by way of Mary Jane and
Cash Paulson, and with the handiwork of Gerda and
Owen Smith, the crowd and buffet were "protected" from
flying and creeping bugs by clear plastic quart-size bags
of plain clear water, tied and suspended from the rafters
and spaced about 20 feet apart. No one would state flat
out that the bags kept the bugs away. All we know is that
we had no bugs.
The Paulsons enjoyed being with their daughter and
son-in-law, Jill and Skip Berger of Margarita, in August.
The Jenkinses from Chattanooga were visiting Chita and
Hugh Cassibry in Ocean Springs. They had been
neighbors in New Cristobal. Albert was chief accountant
in the comptroller's office and Wanda was at Balboa
Elementary School. They left in 1978; the Cassibrys in
Rusty Folger is planning to be in Orlando next year
for son Wayne's 25th high-school reunion. Wayne and his
wife Lisa live in Troutman, NC, with sons Jason, 12,
Jordan, 11, and Jonathan, 8. Rusty's son Gary is a heavy
equipment operator in Panama.
Patt Foster Roberson
Fall is currently upon us New Englanders in a
brilliant array of red, oranges and yellows. For those who
live or have lived in New England, I think you know how
refreshing and uplifting it is to take in all the colors on a
beautiful cool day. But before this transformation, we had
some visitors from upstate New York in August. Joanne
(Simonson) BHS'80 and Mike Flaherty and children,
Patrick and Kathy, who are currently making their home
at Fort Drum in New York, visited the Farrells. Mike is
originally from Winchester, MA. and visited some of his
family while here. The Flaherty's also took advantage of
the summer weather and did some camping in Maine and
Al and Yoshiko Sandrock who took the pictures of
the first New England Panama Canal Reunion have
moved back to California. There are several other retired
pilots in San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos, CA.
with whom Al visited. While in Los Osos, they stopped at
the fire station and visited with the fire Chief, Sam Field,
Jr. (Cocoli and Balboa schools). Sam left the Canal Zone
in 1957 and was very surprised to see Al and the gang.
An apology to the Tassell's, whose name was
misspelled in our last edition (nobody's fault, just trying
to get the article in). I hope you had a nice summer in
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Mike, Joanne (BHS'80),
Kathy and Patrick
Debra (Boyle) (BHS'79) Farrell visited her good
friend Amy Rivera (BHS'80) and her two lovely children,
Monica, 9, and Emily, 3 months, during the Labor Day
weekend in Gainesville, Florida. While there were no
wild parties (this time), all of the girls spent a few
relaxing days together, catching up with each other's
Ann Field Kirrane (BHS & CHS) of Brookline, MA.
reports that she has had many requests for her "Johnny
Mazetti" casserole recipe which was the main dish served
at the New England P.C. Reunion last spring. This recipe
is one of the best known from the Canal Zone. One
ingredient which the P.C. Commissary carried which
made the casserole so tasty was the great gourmet
tomato sauce called ARTURO. Ann says that she was
unable to find this sauce around Boston so an old family
friend gave her the address of the Arturo Sauce company
and Ann has ordered the sauce from them ever since.
(See Canal Record, Editor Pat Beall's column of June
'92, page 3). She claims that this way it is the "real
Zonian Johnny Mazetti." Here is the recipe: 1 pkg. 16 oz.
cooked wide noodles; 1 1/2 lbs. sauteed ground beef; 2
green peppers, chopped; 2 onions, chopped; 2 cups
celery, chopped; 1 clove garlic, chopped; 1 can
mushrooms; 17 oz. can black olives, sliced; 10 oz. sharp
cheddar cheese, grated; 1 (16 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce of
choice; 1 can tomato soup; 2 (8 oz.) cans Arturo Sauce.
Saute garlic, remove from pan; saute meat, set aside;
saute vegetables, using small amount of oil; add sauteed
ingredients together in large casserole pan, add sauce,
cheese, olives, and mushrooms. Sprinkle grated cheese on
top; Bake at 300 degrees for at least an hour until
bubbly. Great make-ahead dish freezes well. At the
reunion one visitor stated that her mother always made
Johnny Mazetti in layers and another said that she always
made it meatless. No matter how you make the dish,
when anyone says those magic words Johnny Mazetti,
visions of the good old days in the Canal Zone come into
Joseph W. Coffin, formerly of Gatun, with his
children and spouses and grandchildren. Children:
Lynne Cunningham, Tom Coffin, Jon Coffin,
Jerry Coffin, Margie Coffin, Marcia Coffin, Kathi
Reca and Nannette Halliwell. The Coffins enjoyed
a recent family reunion at the wedding of Joe's
granddaughter, Keri Cunningham.
David Hutchinson of New Hampshire, is about
to go back to sea as a Second Mate.
Ann Field Kirrane goes around to grammar
schools in the Boston area speaking about Panama and
what it was like to grow up in the Canal Zone. She uses
slides and photos from her family's collection and other
maps and pictures which she has collected over the years.
In this, the Columbus Year, she has found that many
people are not aware that Columbus himself founded a
settlement in Panama at Nombre de Dios and that the
Isthmus (the area past known as the Canal Zone)
historically and commercially has a record of interest and
importance longer and more continuous than any other
part of the New World. Also, that before Columbus died,
plans were being made and talked about for putting a
ship channel through the Isthmus. We know that with the
beginning of the 19th century and the introduction of
steam navigation, the demand for the canal began to be
insistent. And we all know the rest of the story. Ann says
her audiences are fascinated to learn about Panama and
the Canal Zone. She does not want that period of our
history to be forgotten and lost.
Pocono Reunion 1992
We all started to arrive a little after noon on Friday,
the 11th of September. The weather was perfect and
promised to be excellent for the entire week-end, slightly
cool but beautiful as expected for the Poconos.
We had name tags as was suggested last year and it
certainly helped some of us who have difficulty
associating names with faces. Also there were quite a few
Friday and Saturday afternoons were spent outside
with most engaged in the popular exercise of reminiscing.
Fortunately there was a delicious "buffet" set up to
refresh those who were just worn out with talking or who
were just hungry. From the kitchens of Marge Coffin and
Shirley (Jennings) Erickson came Impossible Taco Pie
and Empanadas and some exotic curried cheese balls
with chutney donated by Rosemary (Millett) Gilead.
Billy Michaelsen, our coordinator, announced that
due to illness Frances McAndrews, John McGuire and
Augie Schwindeman would not be able to be with us
which, of course, meant Jean (Kalar) McAndrews, Vera
McGuire and Eleanor (Hammond) Schwindeman would
be unable to join us. They were all missed.
The Saturday morning golf foursome was comprised
of Billy Michaelsen, Horace Lefferts, Martin Etienne and
Ray Fitten. Billy announced Saturday night that,
according to his "HSW" rules (high score wins) that he
came out on top.
At dinner Friday night we were pleased to greet first
timers Etelvina Van't Veld and her son James and
daughter Vickie (Van't Veld) Johnson. Etelvina lived with
the Booths in Cable Heights as a young lady of 17 years
or so and she did some baby sitting including keeping an
eye on baby Billy Michaelsen. Because of, or in spite of,
this experience she was soon married and gave up sitting
other people's babies. Her folks worked for the "Canal".
She was a "Pedro Miguel Girl".
Bill Poole showed slide copies of photos taken at last
year's Pocono affair and this year's reunion in Orlando.
In addition he showed slide copies of older pictures of
earlier reunions; bittersweet in that some of our group
portrayed therein are gone. The pictures were old but not
old enough to show the first meeting 31 years ago at the
home of Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke and her husband.
We were entertained both Friday and Saturday nights
by Stella (Boggs) DeMarr with her accordion and
"orchestra" comprised of Billy Michaelsen on Castinetts,
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Vince Ridge on bongos, Barbara Hammond Serafini on
Maracas and Sally Smith on Tambourine.
Stella accompanied some featured singers who
rendered some well known songs with not so well known
words. Original lyrics were something like la-la-la, which
was okay with Stella as her children used to call her la-
la and she felt right at home.
Wendell (Cinco) Allen knew his words, albeit they
were in Spanish which is a foreign tongue to most of us.
Billy Michaelsen knew the first half of the National
Anthem of Panama which was okay as far as it went.
John Clark sang a song but I couldn't tell you what it
was. Vince Ridge sang Cielito Lindo, I think that's what
it was. Bill Poole read the words to a new song about
Taboga. He read the words since he couldn't read music.
Stella was surprised by the appearance of her sons
James and Victor with their wives Janet and Becky who
joined us Saturday night and she was overjoyed.
In addition to our being entertained musically by
Stella and her friends we heard a reading by Vince Ridge
of letters of petition and complaint to Mr. McIlvaine
during the early days of the Canal. Vince also gave a
demonstration of the problems besetting "The Silent Duck
Our esteemed coordinator recited to us the amazing
powers of "Horatius at the Bridge".
Pat (Heitman) Whitman was with us last year and
must have enjoyed herself as she returned this year with
her Class of '44 cohorts; a mini reunion including Thelma
(Vahey) and Bill March, Connie (Taylor) and Robert W.
Nordstrom, Marion (Price) Toyston and Sally (Hancock)
Smith. Pat was accompanied by her new husband Robert.
Our best wishes to you both.
I would also like to congratulate Tom and Marge
Holliday on celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in
November. Their four children had a nice dinner for
them and presented them with a camcorder.
Also, Jo (Dennis) Konover and her daughter Bobbie,
spent a vacation in Ft. Worth, TX with an old Marine
We will be looking forward to seeing all of you next
year at the same place September 10 and 11, 1993.
(1) L-R: Barbara (Hammond) Serafini, Mildred (Seeley) Hammond, Jack and Grace (Jones) Carey, Olive (Kalar)
Krouse, Len Krouse, Jack Poole. (2) L-R: John and Gwen Logsden, John Clark, Warren and Frances Cain. (3)
L-R: Class of '44 group, L-R: Bill and Thelma (Vahey) March, Pat (Heitman) and Robert Whitam, Connie and
Robert Nordstrom, Marion (Price) Royston, Sally (Hancock) Smith.
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(1) L-R: Joseph and Margery Coffin, Horace and Doris (Nolan) Lefferts. (2) L-R: Jane (Bevington) Etienne and
Martin Etienne, Marjorie and Tom Halliday. (3) L-R: Etelvina Van't Velt and children, James Van't Velt and Vickie
(Van't Velt) Johnson, Jean (Dennis) Herbert.
(1) L-R: Rick Nelson and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr, Billy and Mary Michaelson. (2) L-R: Vince and Wilma Reynolds,
Muriel and Bill Poole. (3) L-R: Doris Leeser, Ray Fitton, Blanche (Adler) Browne, Vince and Dottie Ridge,
Shirley (Jennings) Erickson, Jo (Dennis) Konover.
(1) L-R: Janet and James DeMarr with Stella (Boggs) DeMarr. (2) L-R: Pedro Miguel Gang: L-R: Vicki (Van't Velt)
Johnson, Etelvina Van't Velt, James Van't Velt, Blanche (Adler) Browne, Norma (Stillwell) Martin, Sally
(Hancock) Smith, Tom Halliday. (3) L-R: Victor DeMarr, Stella DeMarr and Becky DeMarr.
(1) L-R: Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Rosemary (Millett) Gilead with Sarah Storer and her birthday cake. (2) Bill Poole
with Doris (Nolan) Lefferts' "30 year" string bag. (3) L-R: Becky and Victor DeMarr, Janet and James DeMarr.
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(1) L-R: Deane Epplet, Shirley (Gerchow) Sargent, Bill Poole. (2) L-R: Pat (Heitman) Whitam and Robert
Whitam. (3) Horace and Doris (Nolan) Lefferts.
(1) L-R: Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Grace (Jones) Carey, Rosemary (Millett) Gilead, Sarah P. Storer, Norma
(Stillwell) Martin. (2) Wilma and Vince Reynolds. (3) Vince and Wilma (Kirkpatrick) Reynolds, Dottie Ridge,
I sadly report the hospitalization of our regular
reporter, Alice Roche and we do wish for her a speedy
recovery. Her daughter Nora Lee Shobe from
Bellingham, WA. is here for an extended visit.
For happier news, our President, Ron Angermuller
along with Wilma and Willie Nowatny were in Dothan,
AL. recently for the golf tournament. Ron enjoyed also
dinner with George and Jean Fears and David and Betty
Kelleher one evening.
Patricia Hunt is presently visiting her daughter Terry
Watkins and grandchildren Michael and Jenny in Ft.
The Bill Dunnings have enjoyed a house guest Doris
Byron from Daytona Beach but formerly from the Canal
Zone. Bill has resumed part time teaching. Both Bill and
Betty are looking forward to the marriage of their
daughter Cheryl in December.
Carmen and Charlie Howe have enjoyed visits
recently of son Dan and boys from Franklin, VA. Also
daughter Alice (Peanut) from Port Orange, FL. Her
telephone number is 904-322-0372 and she would
welcome so much to hear from her friends. The Howes
are also enjoying so much the chance to see Lloyd and Jo
Kent quite often as they are staying in the home of their
daughter Laurie and son-in-law Jay Gibson. Along with
everyone else they are taking in our gorgeous fall
Lee and Marion Kariger of Murphy, NC. left Atlanta
for Amsterdam the middle of September and returned to
Atlanta from Vienna the first week in October. In
Amsterdam they were treated to a unique visit to the
Floriade which occurs once every 10 years, a very large
Horticultural Exhibition covering over 30 square miles.
From Amsterdam they travelled 4 days on a ship down
the Rhine River from Northern to Southern Germany
sight-seeing enroute. Down the Rhine they passed the
Lorelei Rock and through a dozen or more Locks. They
visited the Rhine Falls, Black Forest, went to the
Octoberfest, famous Hofbrahaus for dinner and the
Olympic Tower in Munich for lunch. Also had a nice visit
to the Heidelberg Castle and to the home of Mozart.
Had a great time travelling and visiting in Holland,
Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria.
Bill and Ruth Tillman were another couple who
enjoyed a special trip in August. They flew to Seattle,
WA. and on to Anchorage, AK. where they boarded a
Pacific Princess Cruise Liner for several ports. They then
flew from Vancouver to Boston, MA. to attend the
wedding of their grandson Daniel Crafton before
returning to Hendersonville.
From October 8th to 13th Sam and Norma Irvin
visited their daughter-in-law Julie and granddaughter
Patricia Irvin while their son John, a Navy Pilot was in
the Persian Gulf on the USS Ranger. Sam and Norma
reported nice flights, good weather in California and a
delightful time with Julie and Patricia and a real unusual
circumstance on the return flight. Norma struck up a
casual conversation with the lady in the adjoining seat
who turned out to be the niece of an old friend, Canal
Pilot Howard Johnson, and who grew up in the Canal
Zone, graduated from Balboa High School and now lives
nearby in Weaverville, NC. Her name is Alice Johnson
Wallis. Another small world encounter for sure.
Steve Tanner coordinated the fourth biannual
reunion of the Army Nuclear Power Plant Group (The
outfit that ran the Sturgis Power Plant on Gatun Lake)
in Asheville on the 14th to 18th of October. About a
hundred ex-Army, Navy, and Air Force "Nukes" and their
wives came and spent the weekend catching up on news
and gossip, telling "war stories" and seeing the beautiful
fall colors of the Carolina Mountains. Marty and Steve
will be spending Christmas on the South Carolina shore
this year. Their daughter Amanda McGee has arranged
for a beach house where the whole Tanner clan will
congregate: Steve and Marty, Amanda, Conway and
Tanner McGee, Donald and Ed Tanner. Tita and
husband Gary Mason don't think they can make it but
the others are planning on a real Panamanian Christmas
on La Playa.
Elizabeth Quintero is planning to spend Thanksgiving
and Christmas in Ijamsville, MD. with Beth and Paul and
Amanda Schmidt. She reports Pat, Carol and John
Manning plan to be guests of Gary and Howie Laatz in
Panama for the Holidays.
Robert and Priscella Dunn are proud to announce
the degree as an Electrical Technician awarded to their
daughter Katrina at the Asheville, Buncombe Tech
We are pleased to welcome Hugh and Patty Harvey
with son Samuel who have recently moved here from
I had a very special birthday celebration this year as
on September 5th our President George Bush and
Barbara Bush honored Hendersonville with an official
visit. Later in the month my favorite sister Bricky
Pattison from Texas spent a few days with me. The first
of October my daughter Barbara from Asheboro, NC.
arrived one weekend with daughters Carol and Jennifer
and son Scott. The girls drove on over to Knoxville to
spend the night with their sister Cindy, now a freshman
at the University of Tennessee. A very happy reunion for
Reporter Pro Temp
The Pacific Northwest Canal Zone Annual Reunion
held at Alder Dam Park in Washington State on August
1st had about 140 people in attendance. Zonians from
out-of-the-area were: Mary Urey, Johnny and Shirley
Vaucher from Dothan, AL; Phil and Weulcia Wilkins of
Venice, FL; and Dick Bjorneby from Panama.
Rusty and Cindy Vaucher were the picnic organizers
and successfully found a perfect picnic site as well as
attractive Canal Zone memorabilia for raffle prizes.
Thirteen families camped at the adjacent campground
thus extending this into a two-day affair, which has been
the custom in the past.
We note that Robert and Maria Thompson have
settled in Vancouver, WA. and are enjoying their new
home and meeting several ex-Zonians there.
A group of Zonians at the Washington State Picnic.
The Thompson Clan, L-R: Patricia, Maria, William,
Elizabeth, Robert and Robert Jr. (Bruce).
L-R: Al Brown, his mother-in-law, Bob Thompson
with "Andy" and Zara, Al's niece and
granddaughter, at the Elks in Vancouver, WA.
Bob and Niza (Boynton) Greig had a fun-filled visit
from John and Gail (Patchett) Givens, presently of
Boulder, CO, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone. Kelli,
their first and only girl enjoyed the exotic fowl at the
Greig's Roseburg, Oregon River home. Rena (Boynton)
Givens Soddy (John's mother) also arrived from San
Jose, CA. to be with her kids and to take us all to her
Coos Bay, OR. summer home to enjoy clamming and
crabbing. Rena worked for Steve Patchett (Gail's father)
at IA.G.S. in Balboa, and which is where she met her
husband Bruce Soddy.
Rena, Niza, George. Front L-R: Rudy, Maria, George
and Edna Boynton. Photo by Rena Boynton Soddy.
This reporter and her husband will be leaving for a
6-week train trip with one of Niza's cousins from Chile
touring the South American Andean Range by railroad
(exactly like the old Panama Railroad with it's steam
engines). They start in Chile, then through Argentina,
Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Niza will be free-lance writing
for some newspapers in California and Oregon. Railroads
are close to Niza's heart as her father, George "Pop"
Boynton was the conductor on the P.R.R. for 35 years
until his retirement in 1953. Pop loved all his Gamboa
and Pedro Miguel kids and often looked the other way at
the tricks they played on one another while traveling to
Balboa High each day and back home again in the
Niza (Boynton) Greig
Our Fall meeting was held at La Fortune Park, Tulsa
on October 3, 1992. Those in attendance were: Tom and
Deanna Ames, Ron and Alice Jacobs, Locust Grove;
Peter, Janice, George and Jason Butz, Sapulpa; Bill and
Esther Clair, Broken Arrow; Maike Alpen, Schonberg,
Germany; Stefanie Riddle, Tulsa; Elizer and Lydia Lugo,
Norman; John and Madeleine Rafler, Norman; David
Lugo, Midwest City; Michael, Laura and Elizabeth
Redemann, Tulsa; April Butz with children: Peter III and
Elizabeth, Sapulpa; Dawn McCafferty, Vera, Kevin,
Stephen and Sarah Fitzsimmons, Oklahoma City; Amy
and Tomas Diaz, Norman; Carol Vidaurri, Oklahoma
City; Harry and Lenor Butz, Springdale, AR; Jean and
Doris Burns, Tulsa; Lillian Greniger, Oklahoma City;
Julia, Paulino, and Christopher Allande, Tulsa; Patricia
Anduss, Barnsdall; Scott Burns and Victoria Williamson,
Tulsa. Everyone enjoyed a hearty picnic.
Esther (Butz) Clair holding the new Oklahoma
Banner which she designed. (Looks great!)
Our group is very proud to announce the arrival of
our bold banner! Esther (Butz) Clair spent many an
hour in designing and putting it together.
As our banner swayed gently in the breeze, the
business meeting was called to order and our new
officers were elected for the next two years. They are:
President Eli Lugo; Vice-President Patricia Anduss;
Secretary/Treasurer Doris Burns and Reporter -
New Officers, L-R: Esther Clair Reporter; Eli Lugo
- President; Doris Burns Sec/Treas; Pat Anduss
- Vice President.
Those attending Oklahoma's Chapter's
October 3, at La Fortune Park, Tulsa, OK.
Peter Van Overen, Mary Graham's oldest son, who
lives in Austin, TX spent a long weekend with her before
starting his new job with Motorola in September. He
previously worked as a Computer Engineer for Eaton
Corporation in Austin. Mary and Peter are looking
forward to attending the Hill Country Zonian's Christmas
Party in San Antonio in early December.
Mary Graham is going to New Orleans in early
November to see some old friends and enjoy some of the
sights and sounds of the French Quarter. She hopes to
visit Tulane School of Medicine while she is there for
there have been many changes in the last few years.
Bill and Esther (Butz) Clair are hosting a 16-year old
girl, Maike Alpen, Schonberg, Germany, as their
daughter for the 1992-93 school year. Maike is enjoying
her stay here and is attending Union High School in
Broken Arrow as a Junior.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New
Robert (Bobby) Vose (BHS'88), son of Don and Barb
(Hall) Vose of Corozal, Panama, graduated on Dec 13,
1991 with an AA degree in Business from the Pensacola
Junior College, Pensacola, FL. His sister, Darla, and
nephew, Shane Michael, were there to congratulate him
on his special day. Bobby is presently in his junior year at
the University of West Florida in Pensacola, majoring in
Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Administration.
His goal is to become an international criminal attorney.
He also is employed at the University on their security
force, working directly with the Pensacola Police Force.
Bobby is the grandson of Julian and Lucille (Lyew) Hall
of Riviera Beach, Fl, formerly of Margarita. Bobby's
address is 7270 Hilburn Road, Apt. K-48, Pensacola, FL
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
At the Twin Towers Hotel
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, June 9, 1993
INFORMATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
REGISTRATION: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
VENDORS SET UP: 5:00 PM NO MERCHANDISE WILL BE SOLD
Thursday, June 10, 1993
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT/LUNCHEON: STARTS AT 8:00 AM
INFORMATION: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM; 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 8:00 PM
Friday, June 11, 1993
INFORMATION: 1:30 PM 5:00 PM
REGISTRATION: 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 1:30 PM 5:00 PM
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: 10:00 AM (Members Only)
VENDORS: 12:00 NOON 7:00 PM
AREA REPORTERS LUNCHEON: 12:00 NOON 2:00 PM
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE: 8:00 PM 1:00 AM
Saturday, June 12, 1993
INFORMATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 5:00 PM
REGISTRATION: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM 4:00 PM
HOSPITALITY SUITE: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:30 5:00 PM
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:00 AM; 2:00 PM 7:00 PM
SPORTS EVENTS: 9:00 AM TILL DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
ANNUAL LUNCHEON: DOORS OPEN 11:30 AM, LUNCH 12:00 NOON
ANNUAL BALL: 8:00 PM 1:00 PM
Sunday, June 13, 1993
VENDORS: 9:00 AM 11:30 AM
CHECK-OUT TIME: 12:00 NOON
HAPPY YOU CAME HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME ARRIVE HOME SAFELY.
REUNION COORDINATOR (813) 397-5366
Please read the instructions and information very CAREFULLY.
We are working very hard on the 1993 Reunion and hope you will be able to attend another wonderful Society
Chairpersons are busy working on arrangements for their various functions. Betty Malone, Chairperson of the Annual
Luncheon has selected the menu to be served at the Luncheon. Betty requests that if you require a special meal, do to
health reasons, please note on your ticket reservation so she can make arrangements ahead of time.
There is always a need for volunteers to serve on committees, and for members interested, the following is a list of
committees and names of chairpersons whom you may call or write to express your interest in helping:
Registration Carolyn and Robert Johnson
Hospitality & Information Richard "Pat" Beall
Luncheon Betty Malone
Dance & Ball Marje and Pete Foster
Sports John Disharoon
Golf Jane and Fred Huldtquist
Vendors Faith Brundage
Security Virgil "Skeeter" Camby
Reservations have already been made for several high school reunions to be held during the 1993 Reunion and we
await requests from others that have expressed a desire to hold class reunions. At a recent Executive Board meeting
the Board voted to open Friday night so class reunions could be held for those who wish.
Requests to hold non-society functions in a contracted hotel during the 1993 Reunion must be submitted, in writing,
to the Reunion Coordinator NO LATER than April 15, 1993.
The Executive Committee has approved 20 tables to be set up in the Vendor Area. The area will be the same as
last year, which will be locked during non-vending hours. Vendor tables will be assigned in the order Vendor Applications
and Fees are received.
We have contracts for hotel rooms with the Twin Towers Hotel, Delta Orlando Resort and the Holiday Inn. For
those of you who stayed at the Holiday Inn, during the 1992 Reunion, Bob and I visited each of the hotels in'August,
and the Holiday Inn Lobby is completely done and looks great.
Checks for 1st night reservation MUST BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE HOTEL OF FIRST PREFERENCE. Please
make checks payable for the right amount. The Twin Towers is $72.00 a night and the Delta Orlando and Holiday Inn
is $70.00 per night. Contracts with each hotel specify that each hotel shall send out confirmation of reservations. If a
confirmation notice is not received by May 1st, the member should notify the Reunion Coordinator at the address shown
in the yellow pages or telephone 813-397-5366.
If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1993 Reunion, you should submit an
application for membership to the Secretary, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 34642 between now and the March 25th, 1993 Executive Board Meeting.
ORDER FORMS FOR THE DANCES AND ANNUAL LUNCHEON WILL BE IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE
The Executive Board, again this year approved using Keppie Travel Agency, as the Official Travel Agency for the
1993 Reunion. We urge our members to read the Keppie Ad in these pages and make your reservation for travel
arrangements for the Reunion through Keppie. By doing so you will be helping your Society obtain complimentary Air
Tickets for the transportation of the Musicians, playing at the Reunion, and this will help us reduce Reunion Costs.
As for the past two years, we have some very dedicated members in the Zone, who have agreed for the 3rd straight
year to accept the yellow pages for those who do not receive their books on time. The Atlantic side residents may contact
Sue Stabler, and the Pacific side residents may contact Bev & Joe Wood for their reunion forms. What would we do
without you??? Thank you again for helping out.
THE 1993 REUNION COMMITTEES WISH ALL MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES HAPPY HOLIDAY AND
BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR.
Nancy Van Siclen
1993 Reunion Coordinator
TWIN TOWERS HOTEL
Room rates are effective from June 6 to June 16, 1993.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 5, 1993.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Game Room. Junior Olympic-size pool.
Restaurant Palm Court seats 375 persons, breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Deli with seating.
DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
Room rates are effective from June 6 to June 16, 1993.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 5, 1993.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Game room, 3 swimming pools, tennis courts, children's playground and Teddy Bear Club for small children.
Miniature Golf Course.
This hotel is recommended for members with small children. Baby-sitting available.
Room rates are effective from June 6 to June 16, 1993.
The cut-off date for reservations is May 5, 1993.
Parking is free of charge.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon.
No limo service. See section on Transportation.
Free in-room movies.
The Mill Restaurant open 6:00 a.m. until late night.
Game room pool.
Co-Chairpersons: Carolyn and Robert Johnson
Please pre-register yourself, family and guests, using the forms in this issue of the yellow pages, if you plan to attend
the 1993 Reunion. 1993 DUES MUST BE PAID. Note: Pre-registration is not Hotel Registration.
ALSO, ONLY REGISTER THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE NOT MAKING THEIR OWN PRE-REGISTRATION.
By pre-registering, we can prepare name tags and ticket envelopes, thereby saving you time at the Registration tables.
All tickets will be filed under the last name of the member who ordered the tickets and may be picked up at the
Registration tables during Registration working hours. (See Schedule of Events).
Chairperson: Faith Brundage
1. Vendor's Applications may be obtained from Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642. They will not be published in the Canal Record.
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of Reunion
3. Space is available for 20 Vendors.
4. Only paid up members of the Society will be authorized to sell. Approval of the application will be based on whether
items for sale are related or compatible to Panama Canal memorabilia. Authorization will be assigned in order of
receipt of application.
5. Instructions are outlined with the Application Form.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS
1. Hotel reservations may be made upon receipt of this issue of the Canal Record.
2. Hotel reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1993 dues and all reservations
will be made through the Reunion Coordinator. No phone reservations to be made directly to hotels, please.
a. Rooms will be assigned by the hotel.
b. ONLY ONE ROOM RESERVATION PER MEMBER AT REUNION RATES.
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is May 5, 1993.
3. Hotel reservations must be made on the RESERVATION FORM printed in the Canal Record. PLEASE PRINT
or TYPE and fill out completely.
4. Mail your hotel reservations and one (1) night's deposit to REUNION COORDINATOR, 8050 SEMINOLE MALL,
SUITE 334, SEMINOLE, FLORIDA 34642. (One night's deposit made out to the hotel of your choice).
a. The deposit is payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable by U.S. institutions to the
hotel of your choice, or by major credit card (AMEX, VISA, MASTER CARD, or other). Please indicate card number,
expiration date and your signature.
5. There are a limited number of rooms available for handicapped guests; if required, please note on the Special
Request section of the Reservation Form.
6. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. Hotel charges listed do not include a 6% sales tax and 4% resort tax. THESE TAXES WILL BE ADDED TO
YOUR FINAL BILL.
8. There are a limited number of one and two bedroom suites available from $225.00 to $350.00 per night at the Twin
Towers Hotel, and a few one-bedroom suites at $140.00 per night at the Delta Orlando Resort.
9. MEMBERS MUST BE AWARE THAT FAILURE TO CANCEL RESERVATIONS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO
ARRIVAL DATE, OR FAILURE TO CHECK INTO THE HOTEL ON THE FIRST NIGHT FOR WHICH
RESERVATIONS WERE MADE, MEMBERS WILL LOSE THE AMOUNT OF THE FIRST NIGHTS DEPOSIT
AND THE REMAINDER OF THE RESERVATION WILL BE CANCELLED.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., has appointed KEPPIE TRAVEL of Clearwater,
Florida the Society's 1993 Reunion's OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT.
The Society's Reunion Committee urges all members flying into Orlando for the 1993 Reunion, to make their
reservations through KEPPIE TRAVEL (see ad in this Reunion Section) as it will not only benefit the Society as a whole,
but it will also provide members with an added advantage as KEPPIE will monitor their reservations to obtain a lower
fare should the fares decrease before departure.
The primary purpose of appointing Keppie Travel as the Society's Official Travel Agent is to provide the Society
members the lowest fares available when making their travel arrangements to the Reunion. Also, the Travel Agent will
provide the Reunion Committees with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate
Reunion Registration hours, airport ground transportation to/from Reunion Hotels and Hotel Registration Desk staffing.
Upon making a reservation for Reunion travel, the members will be sent a complete travel profile which will permit
members to specify frequent flyer numbers, special meal requirements, seat location preferences, rental car reservation,
airport/hotel limousine transportation and other travel needs.
Keppie Travel will offer Society members, during a pre/post 10 day period (June 6 through June 16, 1993), fares or
routings on any carrier which would be favorable to the members, the member will be advised and given the opportunity
to choose the carrier which will best serve the members needs.
In addition to ticketing the lowest rates available on all airlines and Amtrack, discount rates will be honored when
available. Also, all travel documents will be sent directly to each member making their reservation through Keppie Travel.
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1993 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts by taking advantage of the Reunion Transportation program and complete and mail the Preliminary
Travel Form located on the bottom of KEPPIE TRAVEL'S AD. The form is non-binding to you, but it will provide
advance information which may assist in obtaining additional rate reductions from various Gateway cities and will also
provide helpful data for select support functions.
To make your reservations telephone Keppie Travel at their nationwide toll free number 1-800-768-2131 and ask
for the Panama Canal Society Specialist. The hours of business are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Monday through Friday and these hours will be adjusted as need dictates. If you should call after hours, leave your name,
phone number and request the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your call.
1993 REUNION DANCE COMMITTEE REPORT
The 1993 Reunion Dance Committee is already hard at work auditioning and arranging for three great musicians to
play for the 1993 Reunion dances. Frank Pretto and his Parranda Band, who performed at the '92 Reunion will return
and be the featured musical group for the Ball on Saturday night. Our ever faithful Charlie Cooper and his Copra Band
will fill in at the Ball inorder to provide you with a well rounded selection of continuous music. Both groups play a wide
selection of Panamainian, Latin, Disco and contemporary music.
For the Friday night Panazonian Dance, we are introducing for the first time at our Reunion Leroy Lewis, who many
of you will remember him playing the large theatre organ at the Hotel El Panama. Since leaving Panama, Leroy's list of
organ concerts include Radio City Music Hall, Resorts Internatinal among others. Known for his ability to master any
keyborad, he'll undoubtly delight all, from the very first note to the last, when he fires up his custom engineered and
designed organ (close your eyes and you'll swear that you're listening to a 100-plus piece orchestra).
Those of you attending the Society's 1993 Carnavalito in February will have a chance to get a taste of Leroy Lewis'
music as he'll provide the music for this event.
We have arranged for a more improved sound system over last year's system. Instead of the system provided in 1992,
we have arranged with the Hotel to provide a sound-around-the-hall system. Unfortunately, last year's system did not
provide a satisfactory projection for our two organ groups the 1993 system will.
The 1993 Reunion Dance policy will have several changes, most important at this time is that the sale of tickets will
be limited to the seating capacity of the Exhibit Hall, approximately 1800. Because of this change, tickets, which are sold
on a first come-first served bases, may be sold-out and few, if any, may not be available for sale at the Reunion. As a
result, we recommend that you order your tickets when the order forms are printed in your March '93 Canal Record.
Reserved tables which are normally limited to Reunion Committee Chairpersons and Society Officers will be
combined and closely monitored. Any reserved tables (the Society President, Reunion Coordinator and Honored Guest
excepted) not occupied within the first half hour of the dance will be released to the general attendees.
The Executive Board has agreed to permit other non-official Society functions to take place at the headquarters Hotel
on the night of the Panazonian Dance, Friday. This will open up another much needed time for Class and other types
of reunions to be held. Hopefully, after their reunion, these groups will attend the Panazonian Dance.
We are all looking forward to another great Society Reunion in 1993.
Marje and Pete Foster
REQUESTS TO HOLD CLASS REUNIONS,
There is an agreement with the participating hotels and the Reunion Coordinator that requests to hold Class
Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society Reunion must be approved in advance by
the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to: Reunion Coordinator,
Nancy Van Siclen, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642.
Chairman: Pat Beall
The Hospitality Suite was conceived as a service to our members attending the Reunion, to help make their stay a
little more pleasant, helping them over some of the rough spots they might encounter in an unfamiliar city and
surroundings. The Hospitality Suite and the Society Information Desk is open to any member during the published
working hours. Our staff is expreienced and have volunteered to serve.
We can: 1. Assist members in finding a restaurant of their choice and show locations.
2. Assist members regarding their Class Reunions when where.
3. Advise members of location (hotel only) of friends and guests.
4. Advise members of local transportation outside of Reunion confines.
5. Assist those wishing baby-sitting services.
6. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
7. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
8. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
9. Place your message on our notice board for friends, guests.
10. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories and Canal Records.
And we also serve free coffee and hot tea.
THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 1993
CHAGRES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND LUNCHEON
Chairpersons Fred and Jane Huldtquist
The fourteenth Annual Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament will again be held at the Cypress Creek Country Club
in Orlando, Florida, followed immediately at 1:30 P.M. with an Awards Luncheon at the Twin Towers Hotel. The format
will remain the same, i.e. age groups, medal play, champions of the field, with prizes awarded by flights. The field will
be limited to 120 players and guests will again be included this year.
The tournament will commence at 8:00 A.M. with "check-in" at 7:30 A.M. The entry fee has been increased to $43.00
per player, which includes green fees, cart, luncheon, prizes and favors, and $12.00 for guests. Details, along with the
Registration Form, will be included in the March issue of the Canal Record, and your committee requests that you
register as soon as possible upon receipt of your copy. Again, we are looking forward to a great tournament and reunion.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Citrus Crown Ballroom
President Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
1. Citrus Crown Ballroom. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting and assist in conducting the business of the Society.
3. Only paid-up (1993 Dues) members will be admitted.
4. You will be given a lottery ticket at the entrance to the meeting, There will be drawings for several prizes. You must
be present to claim your prize.
FRIDAY, JUNE 11
ANNUAL PANAZONIAN DANCE
MUSIC BY: LEROY LEWIS
Chairpersons: Marje & Pete Foster
1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M.
2. No tickets will be sold at the door.
3. DO NOT bring your own drinks the Twin Towers will have cash bars set up in the
4. NO DRINKS OF ANY KIND OR CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE
5. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
6. Tickets will be limited to seating capacity of Exhibit Hall.
7. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers will be open following the dance for a buffet breakfast.
SATURDAY, JUNE 12
ANNUAL BANQUET LUNCHEON
Citrus Crown Ballroom
Chairperson Betty Malone
1. Citrus Crown Ballroom Doors will open at 11:30 AM Lunch at 12:00 NOON.
2. Tickets are limited to 1,000 persons 10 per member.
3. Seating will be at tables for 10 persons.
4. Menu: Chicken Piccatta, Vegetables, Baked Potatoe, Salad, Walnut Layer Cake, Coffee and Tea.
MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 9:00 A.M. 1:00 P.M., 2:00 4:00 P.M.
4TH ANNUAL SPORTS EVENT DELTA ORLANDO RESORT
Chairperson John Disharoon
Two events are going to be offered during the 1993 Reunion a volleyball tournament and bingo. If we do not receive
adequate advance pre-registration for an event, it will be cancelled and a notice will be posted in the
Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11, 1992.
The volleyball tournament will be played based on single elimination. The times and teams will be posted in the
Hospitality/Information area. You may pre-register either as an individual or as a team or group of people. If you pre-
register as an individual or group of people, you will be placed on a team as needed. Please check the boards on
Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11, 1992 to find out your team assignments and game times. Additionally, at that time
you will need to re-register to confirm that you will be playing so that we have an accurate count for the tournament and
have names/teams for awards presentation.
Bingo will be offered at the Delta Orlando Resort between 2:00 4:00 P.M. We will have several great prizes, and the
staff at the Delta Orlando does a great job of calling bingo. Again, we must ask you to pre-register for bingo so we have
an accurate count for the Delta Orlando staff and to determine whether there is enough interest to hold the bingo games.
Please pre-register at the Hospitality/Information area on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11, 1992 so we have
confirmation that you will indeed by playing bingo.
Volleyball Pre-registration: Bingo Pre-registration:
S Names Ages Names Ages
Mail this form to Reunion Coordinator,
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 12
ANNUAL SOCIETY BALL
MUSIC BY: FRANK PRETTY & CHARLIE COOPER
Chairpersons: Marje and Pete Foster
1. Exhibit Hall 8:00 P.M. 1:00 A.M.
2. No tickets will be sold at the door.
3. Semi-formal dress NO SHORTS OR JEANS.
4. The Twin Towers will have cash bars set up.
5. YOU CANNOT CARRY FOOD OR DRINKS INTO THE EXHIBIT HALL.
6. NO DRINKS OR CIGARETTES, LIT OR UNLIT, WILL BE PERMITTED ON THE
7. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the dance.
8. Tickets will be limited to seating capacity of Exhibit Hall.
9. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers will be open following the dance for a buffet breakfast.
9. The Palm Court Restaurant at the Twin Towers will be open following the dance for a buffet breakfast.
They work Togetear
We all know Nancy Van Siclen, who is now going on
her third year as the Society's Reunion Coordinator, but
few of you know the young lady behind the scenes at the
Twin Towers Hotel, Diane Gonzalez.
Diane is the Convention Services Manager for the
Twin Towers and handles every detail in coordinating the
Society's reunion on behalf of the hotel and convention
Nancy Van Siclen with Convention Services Manager
Diane Gonzalez of the Twin Towers Hotel, Orlando.
Diane lives in Orlando with her husband, Rich and
two children, Tiffany and William, but during our
reunion she is visible day and night throughout the hotel
and convention center, overseeing all scheduled activities.
Diane and Nancy work closely together to ensure
that reunion functions are assigned space and
arrangements made by the individual chairpersons are
efficiently and effectively accomplished.
Diane is looking forward once again, to work with
Nancy and her committees to make the 1993 Reunion a
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The Twin Towers Hotel, across the street from the
Leroy Lewis and his organ
Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra Band
Charlie Cooper and his Latin Copra Band
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
1993 ORLANDO REUNION
Announces the Appointment of
As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion
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** HELP YOUR SOCIETY **
FLY DELTA TO THE ORLANDO REUNION
Each Reunion associated air reservation to Orlando, Florida on DELTA between June 6, 1993 through June 16, 1993 will
help your Society obtain complimentary Air Tickets for the transportation of the Reunion Musicians and in turn reduce
some of the Society's Reunion Costs.
Limo transfers from airport to hotel and return also available. Special price discounted for society members
and their guests.
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!
DRIVE TO THE REUNION IN STYLE RESERVE YOUR RENTAL CAR NOW
New 1993 model cars in several categories and rate ranges can be picked up and delivered right at the airport.
Call Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you to and from
Orlando. Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation to automatically reduce your travel costs should air fares go
down before you depart
FOR BEST RATES & FLIGHTS DON'T DELAY CALL TODAY!
Make your travel arrangements early Complete this Preliminary Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Address: City/State: Zip:
Phone: Senior Citizen: 0 Yes O No Rental Car: D Yes [E No
Frequent Flyer Nos.:
Departing From Originating City: Date: Preferred Time:
Departing Orlando Date: Preferred Time:
Limo Transfer: To Hotel: El Yes ]E No From Hotel: E Yes E No
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL 1-800-768-2131 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY
825 COURT STREET 813-446-6332 FAX 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 34616 EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Ask for the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY SPECIALIST
DRILY SERVICE TO PRNRMR
FROM OVER 40 CITIES.
connections in Miami from
major U.S. airlines, and special KIN PAP 1' SJU
joint fares, COPA can can bring you '.
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COPA flies Boeing 737 jets with one-class service. We call it
Preferential Class, and a few words will tell you why: Champagne,
vintage wines and premium liquors, all complimentary. A choice CLO
of entrees. And friendly, courteous service.
For reservations, call your Travel Agent or COPA
at 1-800-FLY-COPA. (In South Florida, call 305 477-7333)
THE AIRLINE OF PANAMA
**Fares do not include government imposed departure fees of $18.00 for Miami and $15.00 in Panama, and
local passenger facility charges of $3.00 in New York/Newark. Fares subject to change.
Restrictions, including minimum and maximum stay requirements, may apply.
Robert (Bobby) Vose receives his diploma from
Pensacola Junior College, December 13, 1991.
The Vose's oldest son, Kevin, just recently completed
a three-year tour of duty as a Navigator aboard the
submarine, USS Stonewall Jackson, based in Charleston,
SC. While on that tour he was decorated for saving a life
and earned his "Submarine Qualified Dolphin Insignia".
Kevin is presently assigned as a navigation instructor of
small craft in Newport, RI and will be there for the next
three years. Before being reassigned, Kevin vacationed in
Pensacola with brother Bobby, sister Darla, and nephew
Earlier this year Jack M. Sanders received a
Recognition Award from General Jimmy D. Ross,
Commander, U. S. Army Material Command. The award
was presented to Jack based on a message to General
Ross from General George A. Joulwan, Commander in
Chief, U. S. Southern Command, which stated in part,
"...history will reflect that peace in El Salvador became a
reality because of the extraordinary effort of your
dedicated personnel. We in SOUTHCOM are extremely
grateful and very proud to have you on the team. When
we face difficult challenges in the future, we know we can
count on you well done One Team One Fight."
General Joulwan presided over the ceremony in his office
at Quarry Heights where he presented Jack the award
"for outstanding logistics support through the Security
Assistance program which helped bring a negotiated
settlement to the Civil War in El Salvador."
McGuinness Family goes European. L-R: Sam, Jr.,
Lauren, Lorraine (Huerbsch), and Scott at Mozart
Platz, Salzburg, Austria. Sam, Sr. took photo.
The McGuiness Family Sam, Lorraine (Huerbsch),
Scott, Sam Jr., and Lauren had an exciting summer.
They went to Europe for five weeks during July and
August. Armed with their Eurail passes and Fudor's
Europe on $45.00 a Day (that's per person, and that's
about right, says Sam -- followed by "whew!"), they visited
Austria, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Holland, France,
Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and then on to Barcelona,
Spain. They visited with Sam's sister, Jeannette
(McGuinness) Bazzetta, who lives in Heidelburg,
Germany, with husband CW3 Rick Bazzetta, and their
daughter, Elizabeth. They returned to Florida on August
13th and drove to the Tampa Bay area to visit with Bob
and Norma Lane in Seminole, Mike and Sharon (Lane)
Cofer in Largo, Cheri (Gayer) McGuinness and
daughters Shavon and Sheena in Brandon, and then
headed home to their "shanty" in Curundu, Panama. The
McGuinnesses report that they returned "Richer in
Culture" but definitely "Wallet Fatigued!" Nevertheless,
they thoroughly enjoyed the trip and plan on returning
Pat Williams proudly displays a prize-winning catch
during the 6th Annual Panama Inter-Yacht Club
On July 17th the 39-foot sport fishing yacht, "La
Bruni," set sail from Balboa enroute to Las Perlas
Islands. The "Crew" Captain, Gary Abbott, Chief
Engineer Pat Williams, Head Cook Robert Will, and
Deck Boss Dave Wilder, were entered in the 6th Annual
Panama Inter-Yacht Club Fishing Tournament. Armed
only with the combined fishing skills of the crew and a
little help from their GPS (global positioning system), the
following three days of weigh-ins produced a large catch
of various species for the guys. The final results would
not be known until the following Thursday. At the
Panama Yacht Club the anxious anglers gathered to
await the announcements of the individual day winners as
well as the overall winners and prestigious "Club Plaque."
The air was tense with anticipation as the Master of
Ceremonies began calling the winners. Again and again
Robert and Pat's names were called to receive their prize
money. As the crowd yelled, "Trampa," Robert and Pat
combined for a total of eleven prizes totaling $1,450.00,
with Robert catching the largest overall Amberjack and
Pat the largest Snapper. Then came the final
announcement of the Grand Prize which was totaled
from prize money times species caught. Everyone figured
the winner would be the 54-ft. Bertram, "Decisions", the
only boat to catch a Marlin. In totaling the points,
however, the announcement was "La Bruni," edging out
its competition by only 50 points! Along with the
handsome plaque, the winners received a brand new
outboard motor. Needless to say, the crew were heroes
for their club, The Diablo Spinning Club, which won the
coveted "Club Plaque."
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G. Robin Morland knighted by the King of
Norway with the Order of Merit in recognition of his
many years of service to that country, is presented
with his decoration by the Ambassador to Norway,
Mr. Knut Vollebaek.
I'm very proud to report that my brother, Robin
Morland, was recently knighted by the King of Norway.
Six of the local newspapers recognized this honor,
published as follows: "Mr. G. Robin Morland, a well-
known local businessman and sportsman, has been
knighted by the King of Norway with the Order of Merit
in recognition of his many years service to that country.
The presentation was made by the Ambassador of
Norway to Panama, Mr. Knut Vollebaek, at a celebration
in the Union Club, attended by family and friends. Mr.
Morland is president and general manager of one of the
major local shipping agencies, C. B. Fenton and
Company, S.A., who are agents for most Scandinavian
and Norwegian companies using the Panama Canal. As
well as being one of the businessmen who has strongly
promoted maritime activities in Panama, his expertise at
golf places him amongst the foremost golfers in Panama.
Continuing a family tradition, he has been sponsoring
golf tournaments in Panama for many years, and the Gil
Morland Trophy is one of the most sought-after prizes in
local golfing circles." Robin is the son of Virginia
(Woodhull) Morland and the late Gilbert Morland.
Mary P. Coffey
Don't call the Cristobal Port Captain's Office and
expect to hear Capt. Alvis "Red" Rainey's quiet southern
voice on the other end of the phone. After 26 years, all
of it on the Atlantic side, "Red" retired in early October
to take up residence in Mississippi (with his wife, whom
he recently married -- "The divorce wasn't working out
too well," he says). A retirement party was held in "Red's"
honor at the Gatun Yacht Club a few days before he left.
It was attended by a neat mix of pilots, tugboat captains,
shipping agents, airplane buddies and other Atlantic-side
folks, including Charlie McDaniel, Bob Gray, Dave and
Gloria Sherman, Dickie Johnson, Tim and Theresa
Herring, Arcelio and Yolanda Hartley, Sylvia Landrum,
Dick and Pat Bjorneby, Marta and Brian Plaisance, Sid
Coffin, Lew and Sue Stabler, Vincent and Penny
Canamas, Collin and Alberta Corrigan, Jerry and
Reidunn Petroni, Bill Carroll, Tita Dunlap, Adrienne
Holmes and many others devoted to "Red." Late in the
evening, with everyone gathered on the yacht club deck,
two Panama Canal tugboats crept into view for a send-
off few of us will ever forget. For several minutes,
illuminated only by amber deck lights, the tugs paid
tribute to "Red" by spraying huge criss-crosses of water
across the sky and piercing the quiet night- with shrill
whistles and resonant, mournful-sounding horns. It was
emotional stuff, but the message was clear. Farewell
shipmate, we'll miss you!
On a happier note, Gatunites Mack and Sylvia Glass
Landrum and their kids Misty and C.M. recently enjoyed
a week-long visit from Mack's dad Calvin Maxwell
Landrum and his wife Margaret, who reside in Tallassee,
Former Atlantic siders Cash and Mary Jane
Paulson, currently of Tallahassee, FL were also here
recently, returning to their old stomping grounds to
welcome their newest grandchild, Joseph Lane Berger,
son of Skipper and Jill Paulson Berger of Margarita.
While here, the Paulsons visited with many old friends,
including Henry and Sunny Morland Mizrachi, the
Stablers, Tim and Theresa Herring and many of Cash's
former Mt. Hope warehouse employees. Mary Jane also
got a nice long visit one evening with an old schoolmate,
Bonnie Willis Seeley is doing her darndest to help all
of us down here stay in shape. She recently started a
coed water aerobics class three times a week. It's semi-
faithfully attended by hubby Wayne Seeley, Sheila Carnes
Bell, Rick and Janis Kunkel Doubek, Collin and Alberta
Corrigan, Vincent and Penny Canamas, Theresa Herring,
Sandy Pace, Sylvia Landrum, Lew and Sue Stabler,
Howie Laatz, Janet Rigby, Ana Pace Chaisson and Mary
Ellen Riley. Canamas' stateside visitor George Kandrin
even came a couple of times!
Jane Yokum returned to Panama recently for the first
time in ten years. Although she spent most of her time
on the Pacific side, she managed to squeeze in a day trip
to the Atlantic, bringing with her Pacific siders Nikki and
Fran Stabler Meyer, Elaine Morris Lewis, and John and
Lilia Stabler. They all joined the Stablers and Herrings
for a wonderful outing at the Corrigan's beach house at
Pina. It was one of those special Atlantic coast days -- the
ocean was clear, clean, calm and warm, the breeze was
mellow and the sun never stopped shining.
Wallace Teal says he will don purple garb and join
this year's annual trek to Portobelo in late October.
Skipper Berger, who makes the pilgrimage annually,
plans to do it by bicycle this year.
Besides being a choice site for retirement parties and
other get-togethers, Gatun Yacht Club is still hosting
monthly Steak Nights that draw anywhere from 60 to 100
people. The menu is always the same -- delicious grilled
steaks, baked potato, "micha", salad and occasionally a
dessert of brownies or some other goodie. Members,
such as Gerry and Howie Adams Laatz, Ned and Mike
Coffey Blennerhasset, the Stablers, the Corrigans, the
Herrings or Jan Johnson and Wallace Teal do the leg
work so it never amounts to a huge amount of work for
any one person.
Although I'm not sure what the actual standings are,
Gayle Rankin's lady Tiger basketball team is having
another good year. Some of the Canal kids include Misty
Landrum, Christy Donohue and Jennifer Price. Our
CHS football team in having a pretty typical year -- tons
of Tiger spirt, occasional touchdowns, but no wins, at
least not yet. Even so, you can't beat our guys'
enthusiasm, thanks to excellent coaching at the hands of
Bill Will and Richard Elliot. Some of the Canal kids on
the football team are Ricky Alvarez, J Laatz and Richie
If you're a CHS alumnus who would like to see some
of the old-time traditions continue at Cristobal High,
things like awards dinners, trophies, emblems, uniform
accessories, etc., the "Booster Club" is in need of a little
financial boost. Checks made out to the "Cristobal High
School Student Association Booster Club" may be mailed
directly to Cristobal Junior-Senior High School, Unit
1514, APO AA 34005. Booster Club President Ricardo
Alvarez says every little bit will help.
Congratulations to Gerry and Howie Adams Laatz for
discovering a way to use up nearly all their spare time.
Through the recent purchase of a beautiful piece of land
in Anacortes, Washington State, they're now spending
tons of time looking over house plans, designing and
redesigning the perfect home to put on their property. In
the end, it will come to be known as the great
Fishing trips still draw the faithful out on the high
seas. An October flotilla included about five boats, some
motor and some sail, heading up the Atlantic coast to
Bocas del Toro for a long weekend. The trip was a long
one and the fishing, unfortunately, wasn't all that great,
but most report they were glad to be along. Some of the
participants were Don Coulter, Gerry Laatz, Sid Coffin,
Bill Speed, Wayne Seeley, Mike Bell, Hugh Thomas,
Rudy Smith, John Carey and Fred DeBore.
Spending Christmas on the Isthmus this year at the
Stabler's home in Gatun will be Iris Hogan and Sue's
mom Kathi Lessiack, both from Kerrville. Kerrville
residents Les and Muriel Johnson will also be in Gatun,
celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their
Gatun family, the Johnsons and the Teals.
Some of our college and stateside employed kids will
head home for the holidays, too, including Kindra and
Jennifer Rankin, Dionne and Darrell Canamas, Ray
Laatz, Matthew and Mike Rigby, Bev Teal, Scott and
Allison Hoffman, Corey Grubbs, Tiernan and Gerald
Corrigan, Vicki Seeley and I'm sure others that I just
don't know about.
As I write this, seventh-grader Scottie Johnson is
sitting anxiously by the phone waiting to hear whether
he's won a "Written and Illustrated By" contest for a
book he submitted over a year ago. If he wins, it could
mean having his book published, plus royalties, plus a
cash prize. Good luck, Scottie!
Congratulations of Sue and Lew Stabler's daughter
leslie Griffin and Richard Robertson who were married
in August in San Francisco in a beautiful ceremony at the
Queen Ann Hotel.
Bon voyage and farewell to Frank Grice, towboat
master, who retired and left the Isthmus the latter part of
It seems that as our numbers continue to grow
smaller, the harder all of us work to keep things going.
I've already mentioned that Gatun Yacht Club is alive
and well. Thanks to Ginny and Billy Rankin, so is Gatun
Saddle Club. Ginny says they will again host two horse
shows there this coming dry season. Mindi Stables is
active, too, largely through the efforts of Jerry Gorton.
And that's about all for this time.
There was a barbecue luncheon on 24 Sept 92 at
Sealy's which is located between Leesville and Batesburg,
SC. The great variety of food was excellent. The
following members attended: Verna and Andy Kapinos,
James and Eletheer Catron, Billy D. Bell, B.J. Hartley,
Ethel and J.D. Tate, Fina and Frank Balinski, William
and Edythe Cooper, Olga Holmes, Trudi Clontz, Peggy
Hutchison, Blanche Browne, Sis York, Howard and
Evelyn Hilborn, Beverly and Le June Lard, Virginia
Smart, John Everson, Phyllis and Jack Woodzell, Lorna
Shore, Paul and Leona Badonsky, Mark and Annette
Schwindt, Toni and Trae Hattaway, Maritza Schwindt
and son Brian, Betty M. Galardi, and one guest, Doris
Leeser from Dothan, AL.
Lorna Shore went to Ottawa, Canada in September
for a week to visit family.
Louriel Bell, daughter of Billy D. and Jilma C. Bell
of Anderson, SC will be married 3 Oct 92 to Bob
Randino from Connecticut.
Peggy (Sealey) Hutchison flew to Prince Edward
Island, Canada, the last week of July to visit relatives and
had a wonderful week there. She also flew to Cleveland
to attend a Church function for several days. In August
(1) Carolyn (Holmes) and Charles Morris with granddaughter Lauren Boyd, 3 mo. Parents are Donald and Dottie
(Morris) Boyd, Cave Junction, OR. Great grandmother is Olga Holmes, Aiken, SC. (2) Doris Leeser and Billy Bell,
Anderson, SC. (3) Jerry and Dianne (Hutchison) Cox and granddaughter Shauna Doane. Great grandmother is
Peggy (Sealy) Hutchison, Aiken, SC.
Peggy and Trudi Clontz drove to Helen, GA to sightsee
and then on to Highlands, NC to visit a friend for a
couple of days, and where they encountered Hurricane
Andrew with winds and the electricity went out. In
September they took an overnight bus trip to Jekyll
Island, St. Simons and Sea Island, and enjoyed it,
especially seeing the good ole Atlantic Ocean! Peggy's
daughter, Vicki Boukalis called to say that she and Bob,
Bob's parents and some other friends had been on a
week's cruise leaving from Puerto Rico and toured the
Islands. Vicki and Bob are still in Panama.
Lorna Shore's daughters, Charlen M. Shore and
Diane LeBlanc, and her granddaughter Samantha Dillon,
spent a week with Lorna in September. Charlen's home
in Homestead, FL, was demolished by Hurrican Andrew,
and Diane who lives in nearby Princeton, had extensive
damage done to her home, but they all came out
unharmed, thank goodness!
Ruth (Wright) Zelnick's summer cottage at Grand
Isle, Vermont. L-R: J.D. and Ethel (Westman) Tate,
Columbia, SC; Ruth Zelnick, Truman and Betsy
(Ross) Hoenke, summer cottage in VT., Blanche
(Adler) Browne, Canaan, NH.
(1) Grace and Ed McVittie in the Rose Gardens at Niagra Falls. They summer in Williamsville, NY. (2) Bea and
Worden French from Castleton, VT. (3) Doris Leeser, Dothan, AL, and Blanche (Adler) Browne, Columbia, SC,
at the Rose Gardens, visiting the McVitties.
Ruth (Wright) Zelnick and Betsy (Ross) Hoenke
visited Blanche Browne for a day at her summer cottage
in Canaan, NH. I returned to Columbia, SC for a few
days and Doris Leeser joined me to attend the Mt.
Pocono Reunion for the second time and it was most
enjoyabe once again. We drove to Williamsville, NY to
visit Grace and Ed MacVittie for a few days, and Ed gave
us his $20 tour of Niagra Falls both U.S. and Canada,
the Rose Garden and the Power Plant. We were the
houseguests of Betty (Brooks) and Andy Stergion in
Corning, NY. We toured the Corning Glass Museum and
the Rockwell Museum which is western paintings and
artifacts. On the return trip we stopped in Hatboro, PA
to visit Doris' other son, Roi Leeser and family.
Ethel and J.D. Tate visited their grandson, David
Tate, wife Susan and great-grandson, David III, in
Charleston, SC for a couple of days.
NOTE: The next meeting for PCSSC will be a
Christmas luncheon on 4 Dec 92 at Hounds Lake Golf
and Country Club in Aiken, SC at 12:00 noon. Guests are
welcome. For more information, call the President, Jack
Woodsell, (803) 663-7465 or the reporter.
Blanche A. Browne
The summer ended with all of us here wondering
why we had such a quiet summer, we seem to have
missed out on some of our parties..Just didn't have as
many as we've seemed to have in the past!!
Red Pattison had a get together at Mom Pattison's
house over Labor Day. The regular Austin gang was
there. I missed it but I understand that it was lots of fun
and everyone had a good time. Jennifer Davidson was
back out here over Labor Day. She, Dave Melendrez, and
myself went to the hill country over the holiday for a
party. We're still waiting for her to move out here.
One of our very memorable events was a surprise
birthday party for Dave Fehrenbach, given by Tina,
someone near and dear to him. He was indeed surprised
and very appreciative of everyone being there. Actually,
Fish, we wouldn't have missed it for the world. You
couldn't have paid to keep us away. Dave, himself, was
the non-paid entertainment for the evening! We
especially liked the facial accessories you wore, Dave!
And, best of all, we have it on video so that you can show
your future kids what a COOL Dad they have -- or, at
least he was cool back then!! Everyone was present for
the party Margie and Mary Fehrenbach, Stanley Wright
and Trish, Jaco Petiton, Red Pattison, David Jones,
Albert and Sue Fehrenbach came from Kerrville. Val
Krueger, Dave Melendrez, and myself. And, lots of
Dave's friends from work.
In keeping on Panama time, which we all like to do,
we got our annual Memorial Day Camping Trip in this
year. However, instead of being the last weekend in May,
we made it the last weekend in September Panama
time, alright. The Austin gang packed up and drove to
Kerrville to spend one night, then came to the campsite
on the Davenport Ranch the next day. We all spent
Saturday night at the campsite. Those of us who made it
were: Albert and Sue Fehrenbach, Jaco Petiton, Alex and
Janie Petiton, Mary and Margie Fehrenbach, Dorian
Mills, Dave Fehrenbach and Tina, Dave Melendrez and
myself. Ed, Peggy, Georgia and Cindy Fehrenbach came
out for the day. There were lots of "next" generations of
us out there, too. Campground Commander, Albert, gave
us our usual firework display which was of course,
wonderful. As it always is, Albert!!
Lorna Wiles came to Austin over this past weekend
from San Antonio. She brought her son Keith, just for a
short visit. We had a good time visiting. Her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Lester Wiles, are active in the planning of this
year's Annual Hill Country Zonian Party. It's been
scheduled for December 5, 1992 at the Embassy Suite's
Hotel in San Antonio.
I understand that T-Bird Pattison is planning to
come to Texas to spend Thanksgiving with his family. In
the next issue, I'll have more details of his trip. Also, I'm
planning to attend the wedding for Cheryl Dunning in
December of this year. I'll also have the details in the
Scott Hutchinson has his own Printing Shop in
From all of us here in Austin, to all of you across the
world, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year! We hope '93 is as good to all of you as '92
has been to all of us!
Onward......to the Holidays!
Sue Ann Davenport
Anna Lee Young is recuperating from a broken hip.
She is at home now, after three weeks in the hospital,
and doing very well. In fact, if she continues as she is
doing, she will be back "on the road again in her Caddy"
Anna Calvit has been on the "go" with trips to
Florida and Alabama and opening her home to her
visitors. She went to see her son, Tim and attend her
daughter Helen's wedding (See Weddings). While in
Alabama she visited her sister Frances O'Sullivan in
Dothan. John and Polly Michaelis stayed with Anna
Calvit. They had been in Houston visiting their family
and were heading to California for another family visit
before heading for home.
Julia Ridge has found a buyer for her house here in
Kerrville and plans to move to the Northeast later on. In
the meantime, she plans to spend the winter in Corpus
Iris Hogan had a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New
York. She went on a tour with her sister-in-law and
stayed in the heart of New York City. They were able to
see several plays, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The UN and
dine in some famous restaurants. On her way home, she
stopped in Dallas for a short visit with daughter Mary
Dale and Jackie Bishop spent a week in Branson,
MO sight-seeing, shopping and playing golf.
Helen and Smitty Smith toured the Northwest this
year and Helen was thrilled to have seen the beautiful
Sequoia trees for the first time. They also visited Hi and
Delores Overall while in the area.
Camille Eastham is visiting her parents, Harvey and
Bea Rhyne. They drove up to the Waco area to see her
Aunt and Uncle Mildred and Sam Largent. While in the
area Camille, Bea and Harvey met Ed Stanford who is
visiting his mother, Fay Stanford and brother Larry
Stanford and family.
Wade and Marilyn Carter flew to Maine in late
September to take advantage of the changing leaf colors.
They went to the most Eastern tip of Maine. They were
impressed with the fall colors, the delicious lobsters and
the breath taking coastal scenery.
I received a newsy letter from Ed and Nita Webster
in Denison, TX. Nita says that they had a visit with their
daughters Martha and grandson from Austin and Nancy
from Severna Park, MD. They had a great, but all-too-
short visit with their family. Ed uses a wheel chair when
he goes out now. Nita is busy with her church and DAR.
She asked to be remembered to all of their friends.
I would like to take a minute to remind everyone that
the Deadline for the reports to the Record has been
moved up a week. With the undependabilityy" of the
mails I feel I have to allow a week in order for the report
to arrive in time. I also have to have time to put my
report together. Please get your news to me in time.
Your friends enjoy hearing of your activities and I enjoy
reporting, if I have something to report. Also as of the
First of November, our area code will change to 210.
As 1992 comes to an end, I would like to express my
appreciation to all for their cooperation in giving me
stories, and especially my husband, Harvey G. Rhyne for
his encouragement and the time he takes to proof-read
God Bless and may 1993 be a healthy, happy year for
On June 1st, Marlene's father, Danny Grier, stopped
in to visit her and her family, following a Navy reunion
held in Baltimore, MD. Danny hadn't been to Virginia
since he was homeported there aboard the USS Palmer
in World War 2. During his short stay, he was able to
visit the Naval Station and review the fleet.
Following is stay in Virginia, Danny made a trip to
Florida to visit his oldest daughter, Barbara and her
family. While in Florida, Danny attended the Panama
Andy & Marlene Whitehead
Virginia Beach, VA.
Oratreful thanks to
JaAlase1 "CoiesI" Newon
and Kathy Corrigan
S"I live in Homestead, Florida and
our area was badly destroyed by
Hurricane Andrew. I was very fortunate
S to only suffer minor damage to my home.
My sister Dana also suffered damage to
her home and is not able to live there.
My home is livable but will require a lot of repairs.
Janice Cookie Newlon and Oscar Nuncio
"This letter is to openly thank Janice "Cookie"
Newlon and Kathy Corrigan for their offers of help.
Cookie is a personal friend of my family so she knew
how to contact me, and called to offer any assistance
necessary and to check to see if me and my family were
"She and her friend, Oscar, voluntarily worked at the
Catholic Church in Homestead to help get it ready for
school. My children are going to school there now, thanks
to Cookie's, Oscar's and many other people's
"After the hurricane hit, Kathy Corrigan went
through the directory to see if there was anyone who
belonged to the Panama Canal Society who may need
help. She contacted me to see if there was anything she
could do to help us. I thank Kathy and Cookie for their
kindness and thoughtfulness.
"We here in South Florida will rebuild. It may take
many months but we are slowly working at it. We have
had so much help from everyone in the U.S.A. I found
out what a truly wonderful country we live in. We have a
long road to haul but I know we can do it.
"Thanks a lot, Kathy and Cookie!!"
Sharon Dumas Hoffman
October 1, 1992
POST GRADUATE DEGREES,
THE HARD WAY
Roberta Williamson-Musco (BHS'50 Roberta
Hollander) of Titusville, Florida, had two children receive
post-graduate degrees this summer.
Frank D. Williamson, a 1982 graduate of the U.S.
Naval Academy, now out of the Navy, and working at the
Naval Base in San Diego, was awarded the Master of
Business Administration from the University of Redlands,
Redlands, California. This was at the time of the Los
Angeles riots, so "Bert" did not attend.
Julia Lee Williamson, a graduate of the University of
Central Florida, received her Master of Arts degree from
the College of Education in Instructional Technology and
Media Instructional Systems in August from the U. of
Central Florida. Julia had a perfect grade point average
in all of her studies.
What makes "Bert" especially proud is that both
young people worked full-time while completing their
graduate studies, attending evening and week-end classes.
Julia teaches at Columbia Elementary in Orlando, FL.
Another son, Mark Williamson, Jr., who works for
Uncle Sam in the Washington, D.C area, is in his second
year of Law School at the University of Baltimore. "Bert"
had a wonderful four-day visit in the Zone with Mark,
two summers ago visiting Balboa High, Balboa and the
grave of her mother, Eleanor Hollander, at Corozal. "My
first trip in 38 years and I had forgotten how beautiful it
Her third son, John, a graduate of the University of
Tampa and the University of South Carolina, has
accepted a position as Chemist with the State of Florida
at its Radiological Testing Laboratory in Orlando. He
held a similar position with the State of South Carolina
in Columbia, and reports on October 1, 1992.
ATTRIBUTES SUCCESS TO
Gail Dawson, living in Alexandria, Virginia, has
reached "breakthrough" on a business project worked on
for the past 24 months. She has succeeded in efforts for
the military to provide deployed military women with
feminine products in a specially designed kit form.
Panama plays an important role in her venture as the kit
idea triggered during "Just Cause" when women soldiers
gained national media attention. Initial efforts to gain
industry funding were frustrated but Gail persisted. Her
determination increased with the unprecedented presence
of over 32,000 military women in the desert in southeast
Asia. Dealing with sometimes strong aversion to discuss
a sensitive issue, she was certain that military women
truly needed greater personal protection in a field
environment. Tambrands Incorporated of White Plains,
NY, the makers of Tampax, ultimately agreed with her.
In March 1991, she entered into a consulting contract
with Tambrands to formally research and develop a
military feminine hygiene kit for use during deployment.
Along with Gail's proposal Tambrands' added
commitment to women was sparked by the thousands of
letters from women asking for help during Desert Shield
and Desert Storm. Months of interviewing military
women, gathering congressional support, making
presentations, and taking her project to the office of the
Secretary of the Army finally paid off. Prototypes of her
designed kit were created by a California company and
accepted by Pentagon officials for testing. She received
an initial order for war supplies on PrePosition ships
headed for the Indian Ocean. Gail is currently working
with all branches of the Armed Services. She plans to
continue efforts with other government agencies
employing women who perform jobs in remote or outside
environments, as well as to commercial markets.
Gail acknowledges that her life in Panama impacted
on her success: "Over a decade of marketing to the
Panama Canal Company and the military, coupled with
years as a civilian with the Department of Defense, and
as a member of Panama and Canal Zone-based
organizations, the right combination evolved; business
experience in Panama and the Canal Zone, a working
awareness of government and military makeup, and a
network of friends and professionals in these areas. It is
remarkable how the path to the kit's development has
linked me with former and current residents of Panama.
That connection provided a common ground of
conversation, an immediate bond, a listening ear, and a
push in the right direction. It has renewed friendships
and yielded new ones. It has taught me the advantage of
using ALL of life's experiences. Living in Panama and
USING that background in this endeavor simplified and
expedited much of the work. It cut through a good deal
of the maze that is unavoidable in a huge Department of
Defense. In addition to my immediate family, I am so
grateful to all those friends and acquaintances who
helped and supported me from what I affectionately refer
to as the 'Panama Connection'."
Life in Panama, in addition to raising five children,
included government, the private sector, and community
services. She represented approximately 25 U.S. firms to
the Panama Canal Company and the U.S. military, and
commercially introduced the bikini to Panama. In 1963,
she met Jackie and Gil Hamilton, then in show business,
who later formed The Twins, Inc., a Miami based
swimwear company. Starting with small shows, she
expanded to large productions out of shops (including the
Balboa and Cristobal Commissaries) she supplied. In
time, The Twins line sold on Contadora Island, and at
The Sandcastle, owned and operated in partnership with
Fran Hern. She returned to government as an
Intelligence Research Specialist at USARSA until July
1987 when the Dawsons returned to the States. Gail is a
1987 recipient of the Panama Canal Commission
Honorary Public Service Award. She is married to Herb
Dawson, whose Canal Zone roots extend back to
EX-ZONIAN BEAUTY CONTEST
WINNER FROM GEORGIA
Georgia, has been selected
as the "Miss Georgia"
winner to compete in the
U.S.A. 500 National
Pageant, to be held in April
of 1993 at the Caesar's
Palace Resort in Las Vegas,
Nevada. She has won an all-
expenses paid trip to the
four-day event where she
will compete for prizes such
as scholarships, wardrobes,
and a trip to Europe. Sheila
is a graduate of Riverdale
Senior High and is currently
attending Georgia State
University as an accounting
major while working at the
Ramada Renaissance Hotel,
Sheila A. McCarragher Sheila was born in
the Canal Zone and lived
there until December, 1992.
She is the daughter of
Patrick and Pennye McCarragher and currently lives in
GILMAN APPOINTED DEPUTY
Effective July 1, 1992, Ill. Richard A. Gilman, 33',
was appointed by Sovereign Grand Commander C.
Fred Kleinknecht, 330, to succeed Ill. Charles R.
Lavallee, 33, who resigned his post as Deputy of the
Supreme Council in the Orient of the Panama Canal
in order to return to the United States.
Deputy Lavallee will be deeply missed. Under his
leadership, the Panama Canal Brethren sustained
fraternal morale and progress while weathering
political and civil strife. Given Ill. Gilmore's extensive
experience in his profession, community and Masonry,
the Brethren of the Panama Canal Bodies are
confident they will be able to continue a significant
Scottish Rite presence in this crucial Central American
11. Richard "Dick" Gilman was born in Troy,
Michigan, in 1935, attended the local public schools
and obtained various college credits from the
University of Omaha, Northern Michigan, and Florida
State. After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, 1952-
54, he joined the U.S. Air Force and trained in several
areas of electronic expertise, in particular precision
measurement equipment. He fulfilled many diverse
duties while stationed in Germany, Libya, the
Philippine, Okinawa, and other remote sites in
Southeast Asia in support of the Southeast Treaty
Organization (SEATO) from 1959 to 1962.
Stateside assignments, including Nellis AFB,
Nevada; Cannon AFB, New Mexico; Homestead AFB,
Florida; and K.I. Sawyer AFB, Michigan; preceded his
assignment to Albrook AFB, Canal Zone in 1970 and
his retirement in 1975. Since then, he has held
technical and administrative positions with the Panama
Railroad Division and the Panama Canal Company
and the Community Services Division of the Panama
Canal Division, where he now holds the position of
Housing Management Specialist.
Deputy Gilman has a log record of beneficial
community involvement, especially with the American
Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks,
American Society of Panama, and the Boy Scouts of
America, serving the latter as Commissioner, Canal
Zone Council, 1978-1980.
In Freemasonry, Deputy Gilman has an equally
distinguished career since he was raised a Master
Mason in Marquette Lodge No. 101, Marquette,
Michigan on June 2, 1969. Also a member of Darien
Lodge, Balboa, Canal Zone, working under the
jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, he
served as Worshipful Master in 1977. Beginning in
1978 as District Senior Grand Steward, Ill. Gilman
rose in the District Grand Lodge at the Panama Canal
to the position of Deputy District Grand Master in
Regarding Scottish Rite, Ill. Gilman has headed
each of the Panama Canal Bodies and has been active
in a variety of offices, including Chairman of the
Sound Committee and President of the Court of
Honour. In recognition of his many contributions to
Scottish Rite, he was elected and invested with the
Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1977
and received the Thirty-third Degree, at the House of
the Temple, in 1983.
Very active in York Rite, Deputy Gilman presently
serves as Puissant Sovereign, San Lorenzo Conclave,
Order of the Red Cross of Constantine, and is the
Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter of Panama, Royal
Arch Masons. In addition, he is very active in the
Shrine, serving as Potentate, Abou Saad Temple in
1984, and is Past Director, Court 18, Royal Order of
Jesters and currently its Treasurer. He is also a
member of the Royal Order of Scotland.
Clearly, Ill. Richard A. Gilman, 330, brings wide
experience, proven ability, and high aspiration to his
new role as Deputy of the Supreme Council, 33*, in
the Orient of the Panama Canal.
Reprinted with permission of
The Scottish Rite Journal
MAXINE HITCHCOCKs 90th
Maxine (Kenper) Hitchcock of Sarasota, FL, in
celebration of her 90th birthday on August 26, 1992, was
honored at an afternoon Open House reception at her
sister's (Bilie Galloway) home. The party was planned
and hosted by Billie; Maxine's son, William C. Hitchcock
and wife Virginia of Bethesda, MD; and son-in-law and
daughter Pat and Anna Katherine (Galloway) Daniel of
Clyde and Eleanor Willman
Maxine (Kemper) Hitchcock celebrates her 90th
Many cards, gifts, flowers and pictures of Maxine and
family were on the table in the foyer. Other floral
arrangements were throughout the home.
Before moving to Sarasota in 1960 with her husband,
the late William C. Hitchcock, she was employed on the
Canal Zone with the Quarantine Division (Atl) and was
later transferred as Administrative Assistant at Corozal
Over 45 friends and family members came to
congratulate Maxine, including sister Alice Jones and
Mrs. Charlotte Daniel, son and daughter-in-law Pat and
Anna Daniel from Houston.
At a later date, Anna Katherine made and presented
her aunt Maxine with a photo album of the guests at the
affair and a section of photos of newly born
granddaughter, Sarah deHaven Hitchcock.
CONGRATS TO THE WILLMANS
"For our Canal Zone friends who are interested in an
up-date on Clyde and Eleanor Willman (Clyde was
Principal of BHS from 1964 to 1977).
"We have just completed a memorable, busy,
interesting year. During the summer of '91 we traveled to
Denver to see our grandson graduate from H.S. His dad,
Charles was BHS'64. Then on to Salt Lake City, Yakima,
Seattle, Vancouver Isle back through the Canadian
Rockies, etc. to Fargo, N.D. to visit our older son, Clyde
Jr. (Butch). While there we attended the 30th reunion of
a class Clyde had while principal there. Then on to
Valparaiso, Indiana to the 40th reunion of a class Clyde
"December of 1991 found us in St. Louis with 80
relatives and friends (Grace and Jim Pfau, Cristobal HS,
among them) celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.
"During April '92 we spent 5 days on a Bahamas
cruise, where to our delight, we encountered Leah
Barkowitz and her son Paul and family.
"In May and June '92 we again were in Fargo to
attend our grandson Steven's graduation from Jamestown
"We returned home to celebrate our 75th birthdays
(Clyde in July and Eleanor in August) with friends and
family. We just can't figure out how we got to 75 when
we feel like 50. Now on to the Senior Games in October."
Clyde and Eleanor Willman
HUGHES ROBERTS ENGAGEMENT
"1,- 1 Mr. and Mrs. Melvin
Hughes of Bradenton,
Florida announce the
engagement of their
daughter, Tina, to Douglas
"Skip" Roberts, son of Janis
and Rodney Roberts of St.
Tina is a 1985
graduate of Balboa High
School and a 1988 graduate
of Manatee Community
L College, School of Nursing.
She is employed at All
I rua rugnes and Children's Hospital in St.
Douglas "Skip" Roberts Petersburg,
"Skip" is a graduate of
Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, and is employed by
The Home Shopping Network in Clearwater, Florida.
The couple will wed February 13, 1993 at the Pinellas
Park Wesleyan Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.
DUNNING LOWERY ENGAGEMENT
Cheryl Dunning and Mark Lowery happily announce
their engagement, with a wedding date set for December
22, 1992 in Little Rock, Arkansas, during their Christmas
Cheryl Dunning and Mark Lowery
They will then return to Frankfurt, Germany where
Cheryl works as a teacher with the DODDS school
system, and Mark is a Major, with V Corps Artillery,
REEVES EARNS DEGREE
Charles T. Reeves II has been awarded his MSEE
Degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
and is presently employed at the Naval Air Warfare
Center, China Lake, CA.
He is the son of C.T. Reeves, retired former teacher
at Cristobal High School, Canal Zone.
THE HIRSCHLS REACH 50th
On May 24, 1992, Dr. Dan and Miriam Hirschl
celebrated their Golden Wedding, fifty years of what we,
their friends, know to be idyllic married happiness.
Miriam and Dan Hirschl, May 24, 1992, Phoenix,
Their three children, Jeff, Janice, and Dr. Ron
Hirschl, held a gala 50th wedding anniversary dinner
party for therm at the Crescent Hotel in Phoenix,
Arizona on the exact anniversary date.
One hundred fifty of the popular couple's closest
friends and relatives attended.
70 YEARS FOR THE ZEMERS!
Emmett and Mary Zemer celebrated their 70th
wedding anniversary on July 18, 1992 at the Villa Serena
in Santa Clara, California.
The Zemers were married on July 15, 1922 in
Balboa, Canal Zone at the Balboa Union Church. They
lived in Panama until 1988 when they moved to the
United States to make their home at Villa Serena, Santa
Clara, an adult community.
Seated: Emmett and Mary Zemer. Standing, L-R:
great-granddaughters Elizabeth Bumgarner, Jennifer
Sanders, son William Zemer, daughters Isabelle
Lively, Phyllis Wright, Shirley Swenson,
granddaughters Julie Wright and Connie Bumgarner
in grandmother's pollera.
Emmett went to the Canal Zone to work for the
Panama Canal in 1913, and Mary came in 1918.
Joining the honorees for a festive family reunion
were their children, grandchildren and great-
SUZANNE GERHART GRADUATES
Suzanne Kathryn Gerhart graduated from Clemson
University, South Carolina on August 8, 1992. Her
parents, Dorothy (Rowley) and Jim, along with her
younger brother, Brian, flew over from Heidelberg,
Germany, and her older brother, Kenneth flew in from
Alexandria, Virginia to be with her on this special
Also present were her grandmother, Sara Rowley
from Clearwater, FL, her uncle, Skip Rowley from
Tallahassee, her cousin, Lori Lee (Stevenson) Snow,
Virgil Snow with their two children, Allie and Nick, and
her aunt and uncle June (Rowley) and Davis Stevenson.
After her graduation, Suzanne joined her parents on
a trip to the West Coast and returned with them to
Germany to spend some time traveling around Europe.
Upon her return to the U.S., Suzanne will be looking for
employment in the Southeastern portion of the U.S.
SOYSTERS' 52nd ANNIVERSARY
Louise and Richard "Dick" Soyster of Orange City,
Florida, celebrated their 52nd anniversary on August 30,
Front: Dick and Louise Soyster. Back L-R: Ingrid
Valentine, Diane (Soyster) Leighton, Mavis (Beall)
Fortner, Amber Anderson, Susan (Soyster)
A dinner was given in their honor by family and
friends a celebration that was enjoyed by all.
RIDGE SMITH ENGAGEMENT
Bob and Pat Ridge of Columbus, Ohio, are pleased
to announce the engagement of their daughter Joan to
Jim Smith of Sacramento, California.
Joan Ridge and Jim Smith
Joan is a 1975 graduate of Balboa High School and
currently works for the Roseville Parks and Recreation
Department, California.Jim is a 1972 graduate of Mira
Loma High School in Sacramento and works for the City
of West Sacramento.
An April wedding is planned in Roseville.
DOT BEAUCHAMP EXHIBITS ART
Dottie Beauchamp of Dothan, Alabama has had two
Art Exhibits this year. The first one was in January at the
Southeast Medical Center. The second one was at The
Parisian in the Wiregrass Commons Mall in July.
Dottie Beauchamp at her Art Exhibit
Of her thirty-one paintings, the high point of her
show was the five paintings of the Republic of Panama.
These included the Ruins of Old Panama, San Bias Hut
with Molas, Statue of Balboa, Evening Skyline of Panama
City, and old Cannon and Cannon Balls at Fort San
CAPTAIN RAINEY RETIRES
Panama Canal Commission Marine Bureau
employees, local steamship agency representatives and
other friends gather around Panama Canal Port Captain
Alvis "Red" Rainey, seated at center front, during a
recent retirement party in his honor at the Gatun Yacht
Panama Canal Port Captain Alvis "Red" Rainey retires.
Rainey, who is highly respected in the maritime
community, served the Canal for 26 years, all of them on
the Atlantic side..
Lisa Ciccarello and Patrick Fitzgerald were married
on September 5, 1992 at Sacred Heart Church in New
Smyrna Beach, Florida. Lisa is the daughter of Philip
Ciccarello of Maple Shade, New Jersey, and Judy
Ciccarello of New Smyrna Beach, FL. Patrick's parents
are Martin and Mickey (Walker) Fitzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach, FL.
Ciccarello Fitzgerald wedding.
A joyful reception was hosted by Lisa's father, and
was held at the Sugar Mill Country Club. The tables were
decorated with floral centerpieces made by Lisa's
grandmother, Eva Sears, of Edgewater, FL, and each
place setting was accented by potpourri sachets made by
Patrick's sister, Kathleen (Fitzgerald) Loeffer, of New
Smyrna Beach. FL.
Out of town guests included Patrick's grandparents,
George and Mayno (Bliss) Walker, and many relatives
and friends from in and out of state.
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald honeymooned in Alaska,
and visited with Jack and Jeanne Wagner of Eagle River,
and Gayle, Jeannine, Bo and Dawn Wagner of
Anchorage. The Wagner's mountainside is a nature
habitat and animal trail, and they saw closeup Alaskan
wildlife such as bears, moose, wolves and sheep.
Patrick and Lisa are 1991 graduates of the University
of Florida, and now live and work in Jacksonville,
Kimberly Ann Charron and Andrew Travis Evans
(CHS'78) were married in Mims, Florida on May 30,
1992 at the Holy Catholic Church.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark
Charron of Titusville, Florida. She is a 1991 graduate of
The University of Central Florida in Orlando with a
degree in Business Administration and is employed by
Hotel Management Associates in Orlando as Personnel
The groom is the son of Captain and Mrs. Roy T.
Evans of Slidell, Louisiana State University where he
majored in Architecture. He is self-employed in Orlando.
The maid of honor was the bride's sister Kelly
Charron. The bridesmaids were Susan Alvarez, Heather
Harris, Kirs Ramanauskas and the groom's sister Cheryl
Evans Sibson. The flower girl was Tessa Evans, daughter
of Davis Evans, the groom's brother.
Kimberly and Andrew Evans
The best man was Connell Roughton of Baton
Rouge, LA. The groomsmen were the bride's brother
Chris Charron, Chris Holetz, George Holetz, and
Michael and David Evans, brothers of the groom.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Royal Oak Country Club in Titusville. Guests included
relatives and friends of the couple from several states,
Canada, Panama and England.
The couple will reside in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Wright of La Porte, Texas,
announce the marriage of their daughter Kelli Jean, to
Thomas E. Hughes Jr., on October 3, 1992 at Houston
Yacht Club in La Porte.
Kelli Jean Wright and Thomas E. Hughes
The bride is a graduate of Texas A&M University
and has been employed as Community Relations
Manager at Baytown Medical Center. The groom is a
graduate of Deer Park High School and formerly of the
U.S. Marine Corps, and now employed by Fairmont
Supply Co., and is a Welding Instructor at San Jacinto
Tommy is the son of Lorna and Thomas E. Hughes,
Sr. of Deer Park, Texas, formerly of Cristobal/Margarita,
Canal Zone, and the grandson of Myrtle Pierson Hughes
of Sarasota, Florida.
Russell and Kathy (Asbury) Stromberg proudly
announce the marriage of their daughter, Karen, to
Robert B. Bingham, III of Las Vegas, Nevada. The
couple met while Rob was on assignment to Panama.
Karen an Rob were married in a civil ceremony in
Monroe, Louisiana on September 5, 1992. Following
Karen's graduation from Northeast Louisiana University
next spring, the couple will renew their marriage vows in
a shipboard ceremony during their honeymoon cruise.
Kimberley Averill and James Dickson were united in
marriage on June 6, 1992, at the First United Methodist
Church in Bangor, ME, in a beautiful candlelight
ceremony. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Glenn
C. Averill of Bangor. Parents of the groom are Mrs. Jane
(Cole) Dickson of Bangor and the late David Edward
Dickson, Jr. ("Dabby" to most former Zonians), whose
C.Z. home was Pedro Miguel.
Kimberley Averill and James Dickson
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Maid
of honor was her sister, Karen Averill. Bridesmaids were
another sister, Shirley MacDonald, and four of Kim's
former classmates at Florida State University at
Gary Peterson, cousin of the groom, was best man.
Groomsmen were Jim's three brothers, David E. Dickson
III, Robert Dickson, and Mark Dickson, plus Stephen
Averill, Kim's brother, and Robert MacDonald, her
brother-in-law. Flower girl was Kim's niece, wee Katie
MacDonald; and ring-bearer was Josh Dickson, Jim's
nephew (Mark's six-year old son).
The ceremony was followed by a buffet-supper
reception at the Pilot's Grill in Bangor. After a three-
week honeymoon in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and
England, Kim and Jim are now at home in Bangor,
where Kim is manager of the gracious and prestigious
Riverside Inn and Jim is employed at the Municipal
Airport and studying for his commercial pilot's license.
(He is a member of the Maine National Guard and is a
Jim and Diane Bradley of Los Rios, Panama, proudly
announce the marriage of their son, Michael to Kim
Lauderbaugh on May 23, 1992 in Millbrook, Alabama.
The bride's parents are Lt Col George and Sue
Lauderbaugh, formerly stationed at Albrook AFS in
Panama, and now residing in Deatsville, Alabama.
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Jennifer Marshall and Mark Sutherland were
married in Vail, Colorado, on June 20, 1992. The bride
is the daughter of Mrs. Rhoda Marshall of New York
City, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen
Sutherland of Rochester Michiarln
Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Kim Lauderbaugh) Bradley
Maid of honor was Melinda Grimison. Eileen
Bradley, sister of the groom, was one of the bridesmaids.
The groom's brother, Jimmy, was best man and Kenny
Lauderbaugh, the bride's brother, was one of the
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Maxwell AFB Officer's Club. Out-of-town guests included
Mrs. Helen Kat, Michael's grandmother, Kim's
grandparents, and other family members and friends.
Kim and Michael are FSU graduates. Michael is
employed with 1st Union Bank and Kim is a school-
teacher. Following a honeymoon in North Carolina, the
couple are now residing in Charlotte. A trip to Panama
is planned in the Spring!
Mr. and Mrs. Richard O'Donnell of Savannah,
Georgia, announce the marriage of their daughter, Sheila
Mary to Leon Eugene Fortner Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Leon Fortner of Ellabell, Georgia on September 27, 1992
in Ridgeland, South Carolina.
The bride and her parents are former residents of
Gatun, Republic of Panama.
Jennifer and Mark Sutherland
Eric Sutherland, brother of the groom, served as
best man, Curt Sutherland, the younger brother, served
as one of the groomsmen.
Among the out-of-town guests were the groom's
maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Wirgau of
Grosse Ile, Michigan; the groom's grandmother, Mildred
Sutherland of Clearwater, Florida, and his aunt, Marsha
(Sutherland) McNamara of Dadham, Massachusetts.
Sarah Bingham Schmidt and Brian Clifford
Friedman were united in marriage on August 1, 1992 at
the Gardens of Bammel Lane, Houston, Texas. A
rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom's parents on
the eve of the wedding at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Waldemar
A. Schmidt, formerly of Houston. The groom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Friedman of Balboa, Panama.
Joan McGuirk served as matron of honor.
Bridesmaids were Rebecca Ray, sister of the bride, and
Carol and Lynne Friedman, sisters of the groom.
Adrienne Love and Emily June Krause served as flower
Ed Friedman served his son as best man.
Groomsmen were John Hearin, Billy McGann, and
David Test. Ron Britt and Frank Merry served as ushers.
The bride is a graduate of Duchesne Academy and
received a BA. cum laude in Education and Psychology
from Sophie Newcomb College. Currently she is a
teacher at Southampton Montessori School.
The groom is a graduate of Balboa High School and
received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.BA.
from the University of Florida. He is currently a financial
consultant for First Meridian, Inc.
Following a honeymoon to the Orient,the couple will
reside in Houston.
Don and Charlene (Morency) Rogers proudly
announce the marriage of their daughter, Sandi Lynn, to
Ralph Jeffrey Graves on September 19, 1992, at
Salisbury, North Carolina.
Suzanne Robideau of Clemmons, NC was maid of
honor. The bridegroom's father was best man. Brides-
maids included Wendy Jeffcoat, cousin of the bride, from
Seminole, Florida. Donald and Charles Rogers, brothers
of the bride, served as acolytes. The flower girl, Heather
Parks, and the ring bearer, Ryan Parks, are cousins of
Rogers-Graves Wedding: L-R: Don and Charlene
(Morency) Rogers, Sandi Lynn and Ralph Graves,
Charles and Donald Rogers.
Many family members attended the ceremony from
Panama, Florida, and South Carolina.
Sandi graduated in 1987 from Balboa High School
and in 1990 from Appalachian State University, where
she was a Dean's List student and a member of Delta
Zeta Sorority. The groom is a 1987 graduate of Davie
County High School and a 1989 graduate of Spartan
School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. Both are employed
with American Airlines at Raleigh-Durham International
Following a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the
couple now reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Deborah Lee Dubroff, daughter of Major and Mrs.
(Myrna Sasso) Dubroff, former residents of the Canal
Zone, and Ronald Kline, Jr., of Tampa, Florida, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Kline, Sr., were married in
Clearwater Beach, Florida, on August 8, 1992.
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L-R: Parents, Jack and Myrna (Sasso) Dubroff,
Maternal grandmother, Thelma Torbert Sasso,
Paternal grandmother, Ethel Dubroff, brother, Teddy
Dubroff, uncle, Clifton Sasso, aunt, Anne Sasso
Sullivan, cousin, Kathy Wainio, Deborah and Ronald
Kline, great aunt, Annie Torbert Wainio, Bill's two
children, Will Torbert and wife Florence Torbert
Hurlburt, great uncle Bill Torbert and wife Maria,
great uncle Woody Torbert.
The marriage ceremony and reception were held
aboard The Admiral cruise ship.
The wedding picture shows the relatives of the bride
who attended from different parts of the country, most of
whom are former residents of the Canal Zone.
Christina Marie Grimison and Edward Nicholas
Volonnino exchanged wedding vows during a Nuptial
Mass on October 10, 1992 in the Holy Name of Jesus
Catholic Church, Indialantic, FL. The bride is the
daughter of Tom and Nancy Grimison, formerly of La
Boca, now residents of Satellite Beach, FL. The
bridegrooms parents are Nicholas and Alice Volonnino of
Cocoa Beach, FL.
Bridal attendants were the bride's sisters, Elizabeth
Fahy as matorn of honor, and Rebecca and Melinda
Grimison as bridesmaids. The bridegroom was attended
by Thomas James as best man. Ushers were Ray
Niederriter and Andrew Hurley, brothers-in-law of the
groom, and Eric and Matthew Grimison, brothers of the
bride. The bridegroom's nephew, Joshua Niederriter,
served as ring bearer.
During the ceremony, Scripture readings were
presented by Maria Stehr, sister of the bridegroom, and
Patrick Grimison, brother of the bride, and Offertory
gifts were presented by patricia Hurley and Mary
Volonnino, sisters of the groom. "The Wedding Song" was
sung by the bride's sisters and close friend, Yvette
McCrory, who also played guitar.
A reception was held immediately after the ceremony
at the Ramada Oceanfront Resort, Satellite Beach and
Richard Grimison, the bride's brother served as M.C.
The cake was baked and decorated by Rose Niederriter,
sister of the groom.
Among the guests were current and former Canal
area residents and many other friends and neighbors.
The bride (BHS'79) is currently Traffic Director for
radio station WMMB-AM/GOLD 102-FM in Melbourne,
FL The bridegroom is a local artist, known for his wood
sculpture interpretations of tiki-style heads.
After a wedding tip to St. Augustine, FL, the couple
will be home at 2100 Melbourne Court, #7A, Melbourne,
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cunningham (Lynne Coffin
CHS'61) announce the marriage of their daughter, Keri
Eileen Cunningham to Timothy Day on June 27, 1992 in
Keene, New Hampshire.
Helen I. Calvit and Larry Maxon exchanged wedding
vows on August 8, 1992 in Davie, Florida. Tim Calvit
gave his sister in marriage. Tom Kuhn was best man.
Maid and matrons of honor were Alexis Coleman, Mary
Martins, and Pam Kuhn. Flower girls were Megan and
Soldana Maxon, while Emily Maxon was the double ring
Barbara Ogborn, Larry Maxon, Helen Calvit, and
Helen is the daughter of Anna E. and the late Robert
(Benny) Calvit of Kerrville, Texas. Larry is the son of
Barbara and Ed Ogborn of Cairo, Georgia.
The couple honeymooned in Jamaica for a week,
returning to their home in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Kathleen Forster and Scot A. Slimon were married
September 13, 1992, in a beautiful garden setting in Cape
Keri (Cunningham) and Timothy Day.
Keri is the granddaughter of Joseph W. Coffin,
formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone and now of York, Penn.
Attending the wedding were Keri's grandfather and
wife, Marge; aunts and uncles from California,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey,
Massachusetts and Panama, as well as friends, John and
Bobbie (Vache) Buono of Albany.
The couple are making their home in Carrboro,
North Carolina, where the bride is an accountant for
Ernst & Young and the groom is attending graduate
Kathleen Forster and Scot A. Slimon
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Forster of Centerville, Massachusetts, and the groom in
the son of Captain and Mrs. Hamilton Slimon of
Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
The couple spent their honeymoon at Nantucket
Island, and will reside at Mystic, Connecticut.
The bride is an environmental engineer and is
employed by Atlantic Environmental, and the groom is a
senior engineer at Electric Boat, Groton, CT.
Julia Anne Smith and Andrew Duncan McCullough
were married August 15, 1992 in Mount Pleasant, South
Carolina. They were attended by the bride's sister, Linda
M. Silliman as matron of honor and the groom's father,
Thad, as best man.
Julia Smith and Andrew D. McCullough
Jean (Wruck) and Henry Dorzback are pleased to
announce the birth of their second child, David
Harrieson Dorzback. David was born on April 16, 1992
in Brandon, Florida. He weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 19
inches long. David joins his sister, Lauryn, who is 2 years
Grandparents Frank and Monica Wruck with Lauren
The maternal grandparents are Frank and Monica
Wruck of Gamboa, Panama. The paternal grandmother
os Noel Sizemore of Seaford, Delaware. David's other
recent visitors include Joanne (Wruck) and Dane
Wiskowski and their daughter Carley, Marilyn Wruck,
John Wruck, Cindy Marotta, Jim and Kelly Parthenais,
Oscar Nuncio, and Janice "Cookie" Newlon.
Effective for the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will not be accepted
unless they are shown
with their parents. Lease
see "Editr's Corner." 9/92.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
M. Smith of Clearwater, Florida, former residents of
LaBoca, Panama. She was born in Gorgas Hospital and
raised in the former Canal Zone. She graduated from the
University of Florida in Gainesville, to later become a
secondary mathematics teacher and coach.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thad
McCullough of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He
graduated from Erskine College in Due West, South
Carolina, to later become a line haul operations
supervisor for CSX Intermodal.
The young couple will make their home in
David and Lisa Tooke,
military civilians in the
Canal Area, are proud to
announce the birth of their
second daughter, Ashley
Erin Tooke, born on August
Ashley weighed eight
pounds eight ounces and
measured twenty inches
long. She joins her sister,
Kristen Emily, who is two
Kristen, 2, and
Mark Fielding Darden
and his wife, Beth (Jones)
are the proud parents of
their first child, named
Matti Elizabeth Darden.
Matti was born on April
27, 1992 in Oxford, North
Carolina, and weighed seven
pounds at birth.
Paternal grandparent is
Kirt Darden of Tallahassee,
Florida. Her uncle is Don
Darden, and her aunt and
uncle is Twila and Roy
Wilson, all of Tallahassee.
Proud father, William Hitchcock with daughter, Sarah
William and Virginia (deHaven) Hitchcock of
Bethesda, MD. proudly announce the birth of their newly
adopted daughter, Sarah deHaven Hitchcock, on August
8, 1992, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She weighed 7 Ibs, 5 oz.
and measured 19 1/2 inches at birth.
They brought Sarah home from the hospital when
she was four days old and stayed in Sarasota with her
paternal grandmother, Maxine (Kemper) Hitchcock for
several weeks before returning home in Bethesda.
Sarah's maternal grandfather is Walter deHaven of
Wilmington, DE. She was welcomed into the family by
her big brother, Cooper Hitchcock, 22, and older sister,
Katherine Hitchcock, 18.
William, BHS'59, is manager for International Sales
of Publications for the American Chemical Society.
Virginia is editor in the publication department at World
Bank in Washington, D.C.
Melissa (Knoop) and
Cory Thacker of Gig
proudly announce the birth
of their first child, Nicholas
Christian Thacker, on the
11th of July, 1992.
The proud maternal
grandparents are Roy and
Mary Ellen Knoop, also
residents of Gig Harbor,
Kim (Carter) Baird and Katherine
born August 25, 1992.
John and Kim (Carter) Baird of Katy, Texas, are
proud to announce the birth of their fourth child,
Katherine Hansen Baird. Katherine was born August 25,
The maternal grandparents are Wade and Marilyn
(Hansen) Carter of Kerrville, TX. The paternal
grandmother is Mrs. Jo Baird of Shuqualak, MS.
Welcome to the world, Benjamin Robert Dickson!
Benjamin weighed in at 7 lbs. 4 oz., on September 12,
1992, at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor Maine.
He is the son of Robert Dickson and Angela Butera
Dickson of Carmel, ME; grandson of Lawrence and
Alvina Butera of Bangor, and of Mrs. Jane (Cole)
Dickson of Bangor and the late David E. Dickson, Jr.
("Dabby" Dickson) BHS 1952.
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Ty and Sherry (Kern)
Keimig of Galveston, Texas,
are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter,
Marymarie Kern Keimig on
August 9, 1992. Baby
Keimig weighed 7 pounds 7
ounces and measured
twenty-one inches in length.
She is pictured at two days
The Maternal grand-
parents are Captain and
Mrs. W.R. Kern, (Atlantic
side pilot from 1968 to
1973). The maternal grand-
parents are R.R. Keimig and
Paul and Lisa
Overstreet of Lexington
Park, Maryland, are pleased
to announce the birth of
their first child, Kaley
Nicole Overstreet, who was
born on September 2, 1992.
Paul is a 1981 graduate
of Cristobal High School
and is presently attending
the United States Naval
Test Pilot School.
Kaley is the seventh
grandchild of Mary and the
late Edward Overstreet,
formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Sharon (Hearn) Heard and son, Timothy Reid Heard.
Bruce and Ginny Hearn are proud to announce the
birth of their first grandson, Timothy Reid Heard on
April 29, 1992. Timothy weighed 9 lbs. 11 ounces and is
the son of Tim and Sharon (Hearn) Heard of Blairsville,
GA. He was born in Gainesville, GA.
Tim is an officer in The Union County Bank of
Blairsville. Grandfather Bruce Hearn graduated from
Balboa High School in 1951, left the Canal Zone in 1954,
and is currently living in Cumming, GA. with his wife,
Ginny, who looks much too young to be a grandmother.
Four generations, L-R: Grandmother Karen
(Magnuson) O'Neill, mother Laura (Timm) Fox with
son, Michael Patrick Fox, great-grandmother Jean
Jeanne Burgoon of Sarasota, FL. is receiving the
congratulations of her friends on the birth of her first
great-grandchild, a son, born to her granddaughter,
Laura Jeanne (Timm) Fox and her very proud husband,
Roy Fox, of Deerfield Beach, FL.
The baby, who has been named Michael Patrick Fox,
was born August 11, 1992, at Bethesda Hospital at
Boyington Beach, FL. He weighed 6 lbs, 10 oz. and
measured 21 inches at birth.
Karen (Magnuson) O'Neill of Sarasota, FL is the
proud maternal grandmother. Michael is her first
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Ross and Stacy (Follett)
Stilley of San Antonio,
Texas, are delighted to
announce the birth of their
son, Christopher Ross
Stilley, who was born on
January 12, 1992 in San
The proud grandparents
are Sue Follett of Brazos,
Republic of Panama, and
Joe Follett of Nashua, New
Christopher is pictured
here on his grandpa's deck.
He is 8 months old.
Mark and Dena
Cicero of Lewisville, Texas,
proudly announce the birth
of their second child and
their first daughter, named
Erica Lynn Cicero, who was
born on July 26, 1992.
She weighed in at
seven pounds and fifteen
ounces at birth.
are Joe and Marcia Cicero
of Clearwater, Florida, who
are really excited to have a
second granddaughter, and
Bob and Sandy Chandler of
Daniel and Pepi Larson are happy to announce the
birth of their second child, a son, born June 2, 1992, in
Meridian, MS. The baby, who has been named
Christopher Daniel, joins a 2 year-old sister, Sarah
The paternal grandparents are Ronald and Robbin
(Smith) Larson of Bradenton, FL. Rob and Elsie (Neely)
Smith of Sarasota are the maternal grandparents.
Daniel recently completed his tour of duty with the
U.S. Navy and has returned to Bradenton with his family.
Left: Elizabeth Jane Hannigan, Right: Michael
Tom and Rita Hannigan of West Hartford, CT.
announce the births of their second and third
Michael Hannigan Penda, born August 5, 1992, son
of Doris (Hannigan) and Michael Penda of Tolland, CT.
and Elizabeth Jane Hannigan, born October 17, 1992,
daughter of Karen (Schulman) and Dennis Hannigan of
West Hartford, CT. Elizabeth is the sister of Steven
Thomas Hannigan, age 4.
Christopher Michael Cicero with his dad, Larry.
Teri (not pictured) and Larry Cicero announce the
birth of their first child, Christopher Michael, born
February 18, 1992 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Proud grandparents are Joe and Marcia Cicero of
Clearwater, Florida, and Joseph and Maria Maia of
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Georgia Seaburg Allen of Mobile, Alabama, passed
away in her sleep August 22, 1992 in her home. She was
born in the Canal Zone in 1913; graduated from Balboa
High School and resided in the Canal Zone until her
retirement in 1974. She was the daughter of Charles and
Martina Seaburg. Mr. Seaburg went to Panama during
the construction of the Panama Canal.
She is survived by her sister Lilly Zidbeck of Corona,
CA.; daughters Retta Brown of Mobile, AL.,Marjorie
Lucas of Modesta, CA.; and grandchildren Lyle
Raymond, Joseph Brown, Travis Raymond, Georgia
Brown Jacobs, Olga Brown, Liberty Raymond and Retta-
Doris Leitner Barfield, 79, of Clermont, Florida,
passed away September 16, 1992 in So. Lake Memorial
Hospital, Clermont. She was the daughter of Keitte
Albert and Ada Bedell Leitner, one of the pioneers of
Lee County and was a Pioneer Day member. She was
born and raised in Bonita Springs, FL. and drove the
school bus her last two years of high school from Bonita
Springs to Fort Myers, Class of '32. After she married
her husband in Naples in 1934, they lived in Slater until
June 1940 when they went to the Canal Zone. In 1971,
they returned to Clermont. She was a member of
Tomoka Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution,
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Order of the
Eastern Star and Magna Charta Dames, Pioneer Club of
Lee County and of Bonita Springs. In the Canal Zone she
was active in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rainbow Girls
and the Demolay.
Survivors include her husband, L. LeRoy Barfield;
daughter Sarah B. Cohen and Doris B. Greer; son Lionel
L. Barfield; three granddaughters, Elizabeth carter,
Sharon Barfield, Dorlene Chelette; two grandsons, Eddie
and David Chelette; a great-grandson, Mychal Chelette;
sisters Sarah Burke of Fort Myers and Alice Conner of
Annie Irene Bartholomew, 90, died July 10, 1992 in
Austin, Texas. She was born in Cleburne, Texas, and
went to the Isthmus in 1908 with her parents, Allan and
Ethel Boyd. She was raised in Culebra and later in Pedro
Miguel, Canal Zone; was a 1921 Balboa High School
graduate and went to Texas State College for Women in
Denton. Her first employment was in the Claims Branch,
Panama Canal Company, and years later was a Stock
Control Supervisor with the U.S. Army Medical Supply.
She was the widow of William F. Bartholomew who
retired from the Dredging Division, Gamboa in 1957.
They lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas after leaving
Panama. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in
death by a son, Allen, and sisters Elizabeth Boyd, Ruth
Taylor and Alice Preston.
Survivors include a son, Bill Jr., of Manchester, MO;
a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Buck Krueger of
Austin; six grandchildren, Marty Krueger, Valerie
Krueger, Kate Holt, Glen Bartholomew, Holly Daniels
and Brent Bartholomew; and four great-grandchildren,
Eric and Izaac Holt, Sara Krueger and Ryan
was a veteran of World Wars I and II; saw action in the
Boxer Rebellion in China; the Philippine Insurrection and
on the U.S. Mexican border, and during WWII, he
commanded a submarine tender in the Panama Canal
Rex Eugene Beck, Sr., 72, of Merritt Island, FL died
unexpectedly on September 23, 1992 in Wuesthoff
Hospital, Rockledge, FL. from complications after
undergoing vascular surgery the previous week. Rex was
born and raised in Paris, ID, and at age 20, he went to
Argentina as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints where he met and married his wife,
Marta Cal Zapata. The couple relocated to Panama
where his son, Gene was born in 1944. Rex became a
widower in 1945 and in 1948, he married Helen Cawl
Grimison, a young widow whose son Tom was 12 years
old. Rex was employed by the Canal Zone Zone Post
Office in 1942, transferring the following year to the
Customs Division, eventually becoming a Customs
Inspector. In 1952 he became Constable and later Clerk
of Court at the Balboa Magistrate's Court. He retired in
1975 with over 30 years service. Rex served as coach and
helper for Little League, Fastlich, and VFW baseball.
He donated his electrical expertise to sound and lighting
systems for many of Bruce Quinn's shows including "The
Sound of Music" and "King and I", and several other
Theatre Guild presentations. He was a member of the
Balboa Elks Lodge and long time member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his son Gene, daughter-in-law, Pat
(Janssen); grandchildren, Sean, Lara, Christopher,
AnneMarie and Michelle Beck; his son, Tom, daughter-
in-law, Nancy; grandchildren Elizabeth (Fahy), Christina
(Volonnino), Richard, Patrick, Rebecca, Melinda, Eric
and Matthew Grimison; his grandson-in-law, Bill Fahy
and grandaughter-in-lw, Myra (Brannon) Grimison; and
his great-grandchildren, Erin and Colleen Fahy.
Ellen G. Clarihew, 53, passed away at H. Lee Moffitt
Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, September 30, 1992.
She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and came to St.
Petersburg, Florida in 1958 from Little Ferry, NJ. She
came to the Canal Zone with her husband and three
children in 1970, and left for Bushnell, FL with her
husband in 1989. She was Treasurer of the VFW
Auxiliary Post 10137, St. Petersburg; a member of the
ladies of the Elks #1224 and held office for three years.
She also was a member of the Gamboa Mixed League
Bowling in 1974-1975 and was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Robert W;
a son, Robert Jr. and two daughters, Kathleen E. Ball
and Lynn Guido; and three grandchildren, all of St.
Nathan E. Cook, 106, the oldest known American
War Veteran and last survivor of the Spanish-American
War, died September 10, 1992, in Phoenix, Arzona. He
Audra Dougan, 82, of Rogers, AR passed away
August 12, 1992 at her home. She was a Panama Canal
Company retiree and moved to Rogers from Springdale
Mary Louise (Daniels) Danielsen, 61, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, died September 17, 1992. She was
born in Buenos Aires, Argentine, and moved to Panama
with her parents, Walter (Al) and Katherine Daniels in
1948. She graduated from Balboa High School in 1949
and lived in Gatun, Canal Zone with her family until
moving to Florida in 1979.
She is survived by her two daughters, Kathie Dowell
of Jacksonville, Florida, and Cherie Lee of Houston,
Texas, and two grandchildren.
Roger Lloyd Deakins, 80, died July 27, 1992. He was
born in St. Joseph, Missouri and went to the Canal Zone
with his family in 1920. Roger retired from the Panama
Canal Company in 1966, as Chief, Power Plant, Electrical
Division (Pacific side) with 32 years of service. Roger and
his wife, Violet have lived in Titusville, Florida for the
past 25 years. During his retirement years, he was active
in sailing, The Little Theater, ham radio, billiards and
many family activities.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Violet
(Randall) Deakins of Titusville, FL; sons Randall L. and
Terrell C. of Cocoa, FL; five grandchildren, Rick, Tim,
Tom, Allison and Marc Deakins of Cocoa; sister Leta
Robinson of Candler, NC; and several nieces and
Irene B. Donovan, 89, of Seminole, Florida, passed
away August 28, 1992 at Freedom Square Nursing Home,
Seminole. She was born in Boston and came to the Canal
Zone with her husband in 1929. Her husband, Henry L.
Donovan, who retired in 1961 as Director of the Civil
Affairs Bureau, Panama Canal Company, predeceased
her on September 22, 1984 while visiting in Dublin
Ireland. Irene was a Catholic, and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. She served at one time
in Panama as President of the Inter-American Women's
Club and an active supporter of the Peg Donovan
Scholarship Fund of the Association for the Rights of
Children. Memorial Services were held at St. Raphael's
Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, Florida on September
17, 1992, the same church in which her late husband's
services were held. Interment will take place in the Canal
area at a later date.
Survivors include a sister, Peggy Brown, of Boston,
Massachusetts; and a niece, Marie McPhee, of North
in 1986 where she served as a volunteer at Springdale
Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Dougan was a member of St.
Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, John P. Dougan of Tulsa,
OK; two sisters, Octa L. Hall of Stanberry, MO, and
Pearl A. Moore of Kirkwood, MO; five grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.
Harold S. Duncan, 93, of Saratoga, California, died
July 30, 1992 in Saratoga after a lengthy illness. He was
a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and was a dredge
operator in the Canal Zone during the early stages of the
Canal construction. He later worked at Moffitt Field for
the U.S. Navy as a warehouseman. His interests were
swimming and diving.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth A.
Duncan of Saratoga; five nieces, Barbara O'Shaughnessy
of West Palm Beach, FL, Norma Harrington of Greely,
CO, Muriel Niell of Birmingham, AL, Julia Clambetti of
Palm Desert, and Dorothy Edge of Santa Cruz; two
nephews, Harvey Parker of Bellevue, WA, and Lloyd
Brinson of San Carlos.
Erling S. Fugelso, 83, physician emeritus of Indiana
University, died in Bowling Green, Kentucky on March
3, 1992. Fugelso joined the IUB student health clinic in
1967. He treated students and trained interns on general
practice until his retirement in 1984.
A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps,
Fugelso was director of health in the Panama Canal
Zone from 1960 to 1963.
Jane D. Fuller of Coronado, Calofornia, passed away
September 2, 1992. She was formerly a nurse at Corozal
Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Dr. Ismael ("Chachi") Garcia died suddenly at his
home in Panama City on June 22, 1992.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Sowers) Garcia,
William Geer of Boquete, Panama succumbed on
August 7, 1992 at his residence. Mr. Geer was employed
by the Panama Canal in 1946 after serving in the U.S.
Army. During his employment, he served as a Fireman
and later working with the fueling of ships. After 33 years
of government service, he retired and moved to Boquete
where he and his wife purchased a small coffee farm and
operated it until the time of his death.
He is survived by his wife Esther Geer of Boquete,
and two daughters, Marie (Geer) Knowles of Garland,
Texas and Jean (Geer) McClung of Farmers Branch,
Texas. He also has four grandchildren, Robert Knowles
III, Heidi Knowles, Jenny Knowles and John McClung.
He was interred in Moore Memorial Gardens in
Arlington, Texas on August 14, 1992.
Marion E. Graham, 88, of Clearwater, Florida, died
September 4, 1992 at home. She was born in Mount
Holly, New Jersey, and left Diablo Heights, Canal Zone
in 1959. She worked as a Chief Clerk. She was a member
of the Eastern Star Balboa Chapter.
Survivors include a son, Gerald F. of Palm Harbor;
five grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren.
Madge Louise Hall, 87, of Sarasota, Florida, died
August 31, 1992. She was born in Cartago, Costa Rica
and came to the Sarasota area 30 years ago from
Margarita, Canal Zone. She was a homemaker and also
a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church and the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Survivors include a son, John of Sarasota; three
brothers, Frank Finlason, of Tarpon Springs, Luis
Finlason, of San Leandro, CA, and John Finlason, of Sun
City, CA; two grandchildren, Jill Beeman and William
Hall, both of Sarasota, and a great-grandchild.
Neal John Hatgis, 88, formerly of Colon, Rep. of
Panama, died peacefully in his sleep on July 25, 1992 at
the residence of his son John in Walkersville, MD, where
he lived for the past two years. He was the husband of
Pandula Cosaraquis Hatgis of Colon and the father of
Goldy Hatgi Lupyak (Joseph) of Fayetteville, NC. Born
on the Greek Island of Coutalis, County of Propondithos
of Marmara, he immigrated to Panama in 1935 and
established himself as a business merchant on both sides
of the Isthmus. Neal and Pandula ran the popular Rex
and Colon Theatre ice cream parlors in the 1940's. He
was an active member of the Agios Antonio Greek
Orthodox Church of Colon and of Abou Saad Shrine
Temple. He belonged to the Colon Chamber of
Commerce, Lions Club, and Strangers Club. He retired
to Cleveland, OH, where many Greek Islanders and
family relatives lived. Other memberships include
Monroe Lodge #22, Bloomington, IA; Holyrood
Commandery #32, Knights Templar Berea, OH; Grand
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons International, Lexington,
KY; Order of AHEPA Chapter 389, Rocky Riover, OH,
and Chapter 516, Frederick, MD. Services were held at
St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church, Cleveland and
interment at St. Theodosius Cemetery.
He is survived by four grandchildren and three great-
Frances Amelia (Hutchings) Hunter, 80, passed away
on August 2, 1992 in Pompano Beach, Florida. She was
born in Gatun, Canal Zone. Her father, Robert William
Hutchings, came to Panama during the construction days
and was employed as an engineer during the building of
the Canal. Amelia, as she was known, attended and was
graduated from Canal Zone schools and Mississippi
Women's College. She married James M. Hunter and
lived in the Canal Zone where she was employed by the
Personnel Bureau. She and her husband retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1961 and moved to Florida.
She was an active member of the Broward Hammond
Organ Society where she performed locally as well as
give private lessons.
She will be missed by her nieces and nephews,
among them, Patrick B. Hutchings, Rolling Estates, CA;
Anna Lee Horton, Hacienda heights, CA; Susan Gregory,
Warren Michigan; Jacquiline Baker, Opp, AL; Robert
Wesley Hutchings Jr., Blaine, WA; Barbara Schmitt,
Marietta, GA; Alba Hutchings, Panama, and Phyllis
Hutchings, Coconut Creek, FL.
Mable J. Johnson, 94, passed away October 13, 1992
in the Homestead, Penn Yan, Rock Stream, NY. She was
a homemaker and resident of Rock Stream for almost 50
years after moving from Panama Canal where she and
her husband worked and lived from 1917 to 1946. She
was a member of the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church
and the Dundee Historical Society. She received the Red
Cross Decoration during World War II. Her husband,
John E Johnson predeased her in 1972.
She is survived by one son, Ian J, Middletown, RI; 10
grandchildren; one sister, Rhoda Howell, Rock Stream
and several nieces and nephews.
Phyllis Barlow Lachmann, 65, died August 12, 1992,
in Toms River, New Jersey, where she lived since her
graduation from Balboa High School in 1944.
She is survived by her husband, John; a son, two
daughters, and six grandchildren, all of Toms River; two
sisters, Ruth Barlow Schmidt of Tampa, Florida and
Carolyn Barlow Vezina of St. Cloud, Florida.
Robert T. Malstrom, 76, passed away in McHenry,
Illinois on August 24, 1992, following a long illness. He
was born in Chicago, IL. and went to the Canal Zone to
join the Balboa baseball team as a pitcher, and
subsequently was employed by the Motor Transportation
Division. He and his family left the Canal Zone in 1949
for Chicago where he was in the roofing business. He
was a Master Mason, and was very active in his church.
He is survived by his wife, Betty (Sutherland); three
sons, Robert of Wilmette, IL, Edward of Park Ridge, IL,
and Hal of Walden, NY; three daughters, Juanita
Middleton of McHenry, Linda of Chicago, and Betty
Cwiak of Spring Grove, IL; ten grandchildren; a brother,
Harold of Chicago; a sister, Bernice Torgerson of
Morton Grove, IL; and a step-sister, Shirley Spence of
Victor H. May, Jr., 71, of Clearwater, Florida, died
August 8, 1992 at home. He was born in Panama and
retired from the Panama Canal Transit Operations as a
marine traffic controller in January, 1976 with over 32
years of service. He was Secretary of Elks Lodge #1542;
Past Matron of the Eastern Star, a Blue Lodge Mason;
and was President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida during 1984-1985. He was also associated with the
Demolay and Rainbow Girls.
He is survived by two daughters, Sandra M.
Robinson, Clearwater, and Vicki L. May, Houston,
Texas; a sister, Clara Chambers, Denton, Texas, and a
granddaughter, Jessica Robinson.
John Maxwell McCoy, 76, of Largo, Florida, died
September 7, 1992 at home. He was born in Trenton,
New Jersey and retired from the Railroad Division in
September 1977 as a boilermaker with 15 years of
government service. He was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida and the B.P.O.Elks.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle McCoy, Largo; a
daughter, Tammy Donnell, St. Petersburg, FL. and two
Donald M. McDonald, 76, of Holiday, Florida, died
August 9, 1992 at home. Born in Augusta, Maine, he
came to Florida 27 years ago from the Panama Canal
Zone. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the
Air Force and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
He was past master of Army Masonic Lodge, Balboa,
Panama; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7987 and the
He is survived by his wife, Justine G.; a daughter,
Susanne M. Gatlin, Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren and
Eugene J. McGuirk, of Winter Park, Florida, passed
away on September 1, 1992 of natural causes. He was
one of the five oldest members of the Panama Canal
Society, and was a passenger on the S.S. Ancon on its
initial transit, opening the Panama Canal on August 15,
1914. He left the Canal to return home to Biloxi, Miss. in
January, 1916, and joined the US Army Air Corps in
He is survived by his wife, Julia F. McGuirk of
Winter Park, Florida.
Isabella A. Milloy, age 86, passed away September 7,
1992 in Melrose, MA. She graduated from Balboa High
School, Class of 1923 and from Boston University in
1927. Her late father, James C. Milloy and sisters,
Gertrude and Helen Milloy were all retirees of the
Panama Canal. She is survived by her oldest sister, Mary
M. Zemer, CA; nephew, Bill Zemer of CA; nieces
Isabelle Lively and Phyllis Wright, CA; and Shirley
Swensen, MS, and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.
Kathleen I.M. Nelson, 70, of Sarasota, Florida,
passed away October 30, 1992. She was born in Gillett,
Wisconsin and was a graduate of the Bellins memorial
Hospital School of Nursing and was a nurse in the Canal
Zone. She was the widow of the late Gotfried "Bip"
Nelson who died August 22, 1986, a U.S. Air Force
civilian employee in the Canal Zone. She was a member
of the Church of the Palms-Presbyterian and served as a
deacon there. She wqas also a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
She is survived by a son, Captain Jeffrey P. Nelson,
U.S. Army of Fort Hamilton, N.Y.; two brothers, Lyndon
Duescher of Crystal Lake, IL, and Leonard Duescher of
Waupaca, WI; a sister, June Wetzl of Simpsonville, SC;
and a granddaughter.
Jeanne K. Peavley, 64, of Woodville, Washington,
died September 22, 1992 at her home. She had been ill
since last November. She was born in Norfolk, Va., and
after living in Panama and Alaska, she moved to the
Redmond area in 1980 and then to Woodville in 1985.
She lived in the Canal Zone, on and off, for 22 years -
attended Canal Zone Jr. College and worked for the
Dept. of Army in Ft. Clayton, and retired from federal
service in Alaska.
Survivors are her husband, Charles H. "Red" Peavley,
a retited Panama Canal Company Towboat Master; a
son, Richard of New Iberia, LA; a daughter, Linda
Taylor of Port St. Lucie, FL; and six grandchildren.
Vera Calhoun Phillips, 74, of Selma, Alabama, died
August 5, 1992.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, George
K. and Beverly Phillips of Ohatchee; a daughter and son-
in-law, Beverly and Henry Gross, of Beavercreek, Ohio;
four grandchildren, David K. and Heather H. Phillips,
Corpus Christi, TX, Phyllis Gross of Lakeland, FL, and
Anne K. Byway, Ohatchee.
John C. Schmidt Sr., 78, of Tampa, Florida, died
September 3, 1992 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. John
was the last remaining son of the great Schmidt fishing
family. He, along with his father, Louis and his brothers,
Louis and Theodore, will long be remembered for record
setting catches of marlin aboard their vessels, Caiman
and Caiman II. John served as a fishing guide for many
famous and distinguished men and women in his lifetime.
One of his fondest memories was when he and his
brother, Louis, landed a 1,006 pound black marlin in
Panama Bay, which set a world record for the largest bill
fish caught on rod and reel.
John worked for the Panama Canal and Department
of the Navy for 37 years. His wife of 56 years was the
former Ruth Barlow, whose parents were the managers
of the Balboa Yacht Club. After John's retirement in
1970, the couple moved to Tampa, where he continued
his interest in fishing, and was a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by many loving family members
including his wife, Ruth; a son, John Jr., and wife Alice
of Huntsville, AL; three grandchildren, Deanne Amaro
of Anniston, AL, Pamela Becker of Milford, KS, Stephen
Shaw of Huntsville, and two grandchildren, Daniel and
Justin Becker; three sisters, Marie Schmidt Park of St.
Petersburg, FL, Ruth Schmidt Tortorici of Inverness, FL,
and Iris Schmidt Waggoner of Cocoa, FL. A special
memorial service commemorating his life, was conducted
by his son and family at the family residence.
Fred F. Schwartz, 84, of Sarasota, Florida, died in his
sleep on September 16, 1992. He was born in Brooklyn,
New York and retired from the Panama Canal Company
in 1968 as Lockmaster with 27 years of service. He was
a member of Temple Emanu-El; a 32nd degree Mason
with Carey E. Fish Blue Lodge 346 in Sarasota; the
Balboa Scottish Rite; Abou Saad Shrine Temple, Balboa;
Elks Lodge #1542, Margarita, and the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was
predeceased by his wife, Hannah on February 2, 1992.
Lloyd N. Seaman, 87, of Englewood, Florida, his
winter home, died September 18, 1992. He was born in
Quincy, Massachusetts and lived in Boxford, Mass. during
the summer. He formerly worked in the Panama Canal
Commissary Division Ice Cream Plant in Mount Hope,
and also owned and operated Sealey's Ice Cream Parlor
in Andover, Mass. In his early years he was a
barnstormer performing aerobatics throughout the New
England area and also operated an air taxi out of Boston.
Survivors include a daughter, Vicky Hubbard of
Boxford; a son, Charles C. of Pinesville, OH.; a brother,
Harry of Covington, GA; nine grandchildren and three
Ralph Kenneth Skinner of Winter Park, Florida,
passed away September 27, 1992 from a heart condition.
He was born in Fairlee, Vermont and was raised in
Somerville, Mass; attended Boston University School of
Journalism, then served in the U.S. Army in the Canal
Zone where he married and made his home for many
years. He was given three recognition and commendation
awards, including the highest award from the Panama
Canal Co. when he retired as Staff Assistant to the
Comptroller after 30 years service there. He was also
presented a Master Key to the Locks certificate. During
his service, he was named the Panama Canal's principal
participant in two internships in the U.S. Civil Service
Commission Financial Management Program in
Washington, D.C. He was also special correspondent
from the C.Z. for the Christian Science Monitor for 22
years and his photo journalism was widely published in
the U.S., C.Z., and Panama publications through the
Associated Press. He was also active in his church and
president of the C.Z. Chapter of A.A.A., and president of
the Federal Government Accountants Association there.
During retirement in Orlando and Winter Park, FL, he
enjoyed adding to his collection of Oriental antiques.
He leaves Carline, his wife of 57 years; two
daughters, Diane Snider of Falmouth, MA, and Fairlee
Albin of Houston, TX; his brother, Carlton of East
Providence RI; two grandchildren and one great-
Leona S. Snedeker, 65, of Lake Helen, Florida, died
August 9, 1992 at home. She was born in Berranca
Bermeja, Colombia and was a retired secretary for First
Federal Savings and Loan Association in DeLand,
Florida. She was a graduate of Cristobal High School
class of 1945; married her husband in Gatun and was a
member of the First Congregational Church of Lake
Helen, the Panama Canal Society of Florida, and
Extension Homemakers. She was a former member of
the DeLand Business and Professional Women's
Association and Trinity United Methodist Church in
DeLand. She had also been box office manager for the
Shoestring Theatre in DeLand and the area reporter for
the Canal Record.
Survivors include her husband of 43 1/2 years, Dr.
Leo W.Snedeker; a son, Eric David, St. Augustine, FL;
three daughters, Lourelene Snedeker Fowler, West Palm
Beach, FL, Phylis Lynn Snedeker Haddad, Orlando, FL,
and Lillian Elsie Snedeker Baro, Casselberry, FL; a
brother, David Sanders, Saratoga, CA; and eight
Charles J. Sorrell, 84, of Carmichael, California, died
September 19, 1992 at Mercy American River Hospital,
Carmichael. A native of Mississippi, he arrived on the
Isthmus in June, 1940 as an employee of the Panama
Canal, Electrical Division. He retired in December 1967
after over 30 years of government service, many of those
years at Miraflores Locks. He had resided in Carmichael
since 1969. He was a Past Master and Life Member of
Ancon Lodge AF&AM, member of the Scottish Rite
Bodies and Abou Saad Shrine Temple. He was also a
Life Member of the International Brotherhood of
He is survived by his wife, Louise, of Carmichael; a
son, Harold of Sacramento, CA; a daughter, Jo Anne
Mathis of Gold River, CA; and three grandchildren,
Kathy Mathis Melnikov of Rocklin, CA, and Greg and
Terri Sorrell of Sacramento, CA.
Helen Marie Tomford, 74, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died November 2, 1992 at home. She was born in New
York City, NY and left the Canal Zone in 1977 where
she worked for the US Army, US Navy and the Panama
Canal Company, retiring as chief assistant accountant in
the payroll department with 30 years of government
service. She was past president of the Special Education
in the Canal Zone. Locally, she was a member of the
Holy Family Catholic Church and of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Richard
J.; two sons, Richard J. Jr. and Dennis M.; a sister,
Dorothy Bitter of St. Petersburg, FL; an aunt, Katherine
D. Funke, of Ghent, NY; cousins Miriam Anderson and
Amy Strawgate of Wautagh, NY, and Dorothy H. Wenz
of Ghent, NY.
Juanita Savacool Watson, 74, passed away March 23,
1992 in Saratoga Springs Hospital, New York following
a short illness. She traveled to Panama with her three
children in 1942 to join her husband, Capt. James W.
Watson, Sr. Juanita worked for the Department of the
Army for several years. She and her husband moved to
Kerrville, TX following his retirement in the late sixties,
and later to Lynchburg, VA. When her husband
predeased her in 1973, she moved to Greenfield Center,
NY. Her daughter Mary Devine predeceased her in 1981.
She is survived by her son, James Watson, Jr, New
Market, AL; daughter, Catherine D'Andrea, Greenfield
Center, NY; nine grandchildren, James, Pamela, and
Kenneth Watson; William, Ashley, and Donald Devine,
Lt. Jonas D'Andrea, James and Joshua D'Andrea; two
brothers, Capt. James Savacool, USN Retired, Tucson,
AZ, and Robert Savacool, Reston, VA.
Vernon Cross Whitehead, 67, of Barrington, RI
passed away August 25, 1992. He was a pilot for the
Panama Canal for 37 years. He was born in Salem, MA,
and retired from the Panama Canal Zone in 1988.
He served in the Merchant Marine during World War II
and graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime
Academy in 1944. He worked for the former Luckenbach
Steamship Company for nine years before becoming a
captain and was the youngest ship pilot to be hired by the
Panama Canal Company. He was a commodore of the
Balboa Yacht Club, a 32nd degree Mason and a member
of the National Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; daughter,
Allison Wallace, Missoula, MT; three sons, David, Kami,
Seya, Japan; Robert, Elgin AFB, FL; Andrew, Virginia
Beach, VA, and nine grandchildren.
Letters to the Editor
ZONIAN AMIGOS FALL
On October 3, 1992 the Zonian Amigos from Florida,
Texas, ALabama and Panama met Pete Foster, the
Zonian Amigos Coordinator, in Ft. Lee, New Jersey to
begin one of their most enjoyable and scenic trips their
NEW ENGLAND/CANADA FALL FOLIAGE 15 day
TOUR and CRUISE.
The timing of this Zonian Amigos tour/cruise could
not have been better as the New England newspapers
and TV reports stated that during their week of touring,
the fall colors were at their peak and at their best in over
The Tour/Cruise which was arranged through
KEPPIE TRAVEL and ST. TOURS began with
aliesurely tour of New York's Manhattan district and
included among others, Time and Herald Square,
Greenwich Village, Harlem, Rockerfeller and Lincoln
Centers, Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick's Cathedral and
The group spent two nights in the New York City
area and then boarded a deluxe motorcoach for five days
of leisure travel through New England and the White
Mountains to Montreal, Canada. Staying off the major
highways, they visited historic villages and cities (e.g.
Connecticut's Mystic Seaport; Boston's Old North Church
and Quincy Market; Salem, Massachusetts; New
Hampshire's quaint villages of Pittsfield, Laconia and
ZONIAN AMIGOS NEW ENGLAND/CANADA GROUP: Front, L-R: Marlene Miranda, Mary Urey, Pete Foster, Marje
Foster, Dot Herrington. Back, L-R: Issy Gibson, Thelma Chan, Harry Chan, Sonia Valley, Fred Wellington,
Gloria Endara, Bob Herrington, Tommielou Horter, Judy Hooper, Patsy Rice.
Hanover; Vermont's White River Junction, North
Conway, Franconia Notch, the Old Man of the Mountain,
Stowe and a Maple Syrup factory).
The Zonian Amigos were enthralled with the
incredibly delightful cool yet sunny weather which
enhanced the fall foliage hews of reds, oranges and
yellows, including as added bonus when a large moose
sauntered out of the woods onto the road, stopping in
front of the motorcoach before meandering to the other
The land portion of the tour ended with two days in
Montreal where the Zonian Amigos boarded the newest
cruise ship in service, the M/S Crown Jewel for seven of
the most enjoyable days of cruising the St. Lawrence
River, Saguenay Fjord, around the coast of Nova Scotia,
down the coast of Maine, through the Cape Cod Canal,
past the Statue of Liberty to New York. Along the way,
the group visited the ports of Quebec City, Sidney,
Halifax, Bar Harbor, Provincetown, which included Cape
In addition to the excellent service, exquisite cuisine
and fabulous Las Vegas type entertainment one of the
most pleasant was the boarding of two Panama Canal
Commission Admeasurers, Jim Riley and Eric Castleton
in Halifax. They boarded to perform the necessary
measurements to pre-determine the Crown Jewel's tolls
when it transits the Panama Canal after departing New
York. Both Jim and Eric stayed with the ship on its
voyage between Halifax to New York.
It was the unanimous consensus of the Zonian
Amigos group that their Northeast Tour/Cruise was by
far one of the best of the Zonian Amigos trips and they
are all looking forward to the 1993 Zonian Amigos
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2nd ANNUAL No. CALIFORNIA
PANAMA "PING DING"
On August 15, several former Zonians gathered for
an all-day picnic in Roseville, California.
The picnic was organized by Joan Ridge, daughter of
Bob and Pat Ridge of Columbus, Ohio.
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Along with family and friends, the following are
pictured: Don and Arthur Marohl, Mike Young, David
"Woody" Webb, Bob Smalling and sister Winnie,
Allison Murline, Paul Arsenal and wife, Debbie
Lawyer, Joan deGrummond, Nancy Ridge, Jerry
and Joan Ridge, Don and Lance Hughes, Alex
Bloise, George Husted and Peter Swain.
ONLOOKER TO PARADE
ON CHAMPS 'ELYSEES
The 200th anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille
in France, had an onlooker at an excellent vantage point
in Lana McNamara, wife of Jim McNamara, BHS'72.
The July 14, 1992 parade was prominent on the
Champs 'Elysees, famous boulevard in Paris France. Jim
was also the Class President of Balboa High School Class
LT. WILL HALL WENDY VAUGHT
MEET IN TUNISIA
During a Mediterranean cruise on the USS Saratoga
(CV-60) while attached to Carrier Air Wing 17 as a
Landing Signal Officer, Lt. Will Hall, an F/A-18 Pilot,
went on a training detachment to Bizerte, Tunisia to
practice "dog fighting" with the Tunisian Air Force F-5's.
While in a Bizerte hotel, he met Miss Wendy vaught,
formerly of the Atlantic side (CHS'82?). Wendy is sailing
as Chief Mate aboard USNS Kane and currently sitting
for her unlimited Master's License.
Lt. Will Hall, USN, and Chief Mate Wendy Vaught.
Wendy and her fiance, Mr. Ian Ferguson, a US
hydrographer, participated in a local Arab tradition
where Wendy had her hands and feet temporarily
tattooed with henna ink. Ian has worked in the San Bias,
Panama, with Will's cousin, Frank Finlason.
One night near the end of May, Wendy found herself
in the middle of the 6th Fleet Battle Group as sea, west
of Sicily it was funny to hear her account of that
experience. Small world Wendy's address: 1 Broadmead
Close, Hatch 500, Middlesex, HA5 4PS, England. Tel: 44-
CUNNINGHAMS OUTLAST "ANDREW"
Barbara Cunningham of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida says
she and family survived hurricane "Andrew" although she
was evacuated to an area that had emergency generators
that was able to provide for her disability.
She was not alone she had daughter Linda Griffin
of Peachtree City, GA. with her as well as sons, Jay and
Michael and family.
FROM DR. AND MRS. KREDEL
"Since I retired from the Panama Canal eight years
ago, I have been working as Head of Occupational
Medicine at the Naval Hospital of Marine Base Camp
Le Jeune, North Carolina.
"We shall soon move to Mount Dora, Florida, when
I'm retired. November 70 years old."
Ernst and Vilma Kredel, MD
Camp Le Jeune, NC
PANAMA REGION ATTENDS
DODDS ANNUAL REUNION
The Overseas Department of Defence Schools
Annual Reunion Association (ODDSARA) held their
fourth annual reunion in Bremerton, Washington on the
10th, 11th, and 12th of July 1992.
Attending from the Panama Region were Dick and
Anne McKay, Joanne and Dick King and Mike and Ruth
L-R: Dick and Anne McKay, Joanne and Dick King,
Mike and Ruth Brown.
THE LANGS GO TO SCOTLAND
Pete and Mary Lou (Dailey) Lang drove over 1,300
miles around Scotland for three weeks this past July.
They met with 19 of Pete's relatives mostly from
Glasgow of which seven visited us in Florida. They
stayed at the Meadows Inn in Crieff, which is owned by
Pete's cousin, Eric.
Pete and Mary Lou Lang going through the
THE WILDES ARE BACK
Giff and Evelyn Wilde
A were happy to attend
third birthday party before
leaving California for their
Florida home in October.
Pictured are Ashley
S" and her baby brother, Colby
Allen, who was born
December 30, 1991.
The proud parents
are Tim and Wendy (Wilde)
Ashley and Colby Anderson of Glenn,
L-R: Alice B. Conover with first great-granddaughter,
Alyssa Hoelting, Miriam (Mimi) Conover Gross, and
Susan Gross Hoelting, the baby's mother.
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With a Scottish bagpiper in the Trossachs of Scotland
near Loch Lomond.
Pete's grandfather, William Adams, is a descendant
of Rob Roy McGregor. They visited the graves of Rob
Roy and his family.
The locks Pete and Mary Lou went through was
Dochgarroch Lock on the Caledonia Canal leading to
Loch Ness didn't see Nessie, though.
They had a great time and Pete even waded in the
freezing cold water of Loch Lomond.
ALVIS BACK FROM EUROPE
Just got back from a two-week tour of Germany,
Austria and Switzerland. We flew direct from Cincinnati
Airport to Frankfort by Delta and let me tell you that is
the only line to use. The service all the way was excellent
and the plane was on time each way.
We got home last night at 9:30 p.m. and I was glad
to be home, but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The prices
there were very expensive and the dollar didn't buy much.
My lunch one day cost me $18.40. The agency paid for
breakfast and dinner at night and we bought our lunch.
Three hotels in Germany had the best food. The weather
was ideal in the 60s and 70s and no rain.
The agency had a brand new bus for us to travel on
and we were on the road much of the time.
Hope you are all well and getting on all right. I
might get down for next year's reunion. Give my best to
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Just a couple of old friends Helen Barrett and Agnes
Connor Dalton, at Jacksonville, July, 1992.
Melanie Lake Winans has been named to the Piccolo
position with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for the
FIRST TIMER HELEN REES
THE NEXT GENERATION
Below, L-R: Ashley Wheeler, Jeff and Matt Cicero,
Kristen Gaul, Jamie Wheeler, and Nicole Gaul pose
for a picture after an Easter Egg hunt at the home of
Joe and Marcia Cicero.
Ashley and Jamie Wheeler are the daughters of
Cori (Morris) Wheeler. Matt and Jeff Cicero are the
sons of Craig and Stephanie Cicero, and Kristen and
Nicole Gaul are the daughters of Lee (Nickisher) and
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Dear Mr. Beall -
I've never sent a photo in before, but I thought I'd
try. Attended my first West Coast Reunion and it was
great. Hope to be in Orlando next year for 40th BHS
Words cannot express how much I enjoy and look
forward to the Record! Takes me right back home. I
especially enjoy the 'memory essays' of times gone by.
Thanks for all your work.
Helen Hasemann Rees
National City, CA.
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L-R: Dick Tatelman, Annbe Magee Severy, Bob and
Linda Morris and Helen Hasemann Ress at the
PCSSC West Coasr Reunion, September 20, 1992.
ANOTHER ZEMER SWIM CHAMP?
David Zemer of Oslo, Norway writes that he took his
family to Panama in February 1992 and had a great time.
David Zemer and daughter Phillipa at Gamboa Pool.
He also took his 2 1/2 year-old daughter, Phillipa to
the Gamboa swimming pool where her grandfather, Bill
Zemer won his share of swimming races. Will we see
Phillipa at the 2008 Olympics?
L-R: Carole Peregoy, Mickey Fitzgerald and their
sister, Jeanne Wagner, hold King Salmon caught
while visiting the Wagners in Alaska (on Jeanne's
PAUL WRIGHT MEETS SLOVERS
Paul Wright, son of Capt. (Ret) and Mrs. Wright of
Harker Heights, Florida, with Ann and Jim Slover of
Columbus, Georgia after his graduation from Airborne
School at Ft. Benning, GA. Paul attended Mass while in
basic training and recognized me from the Zone. Our
great-nephew was in the same Company. Paul, Jim and
myself had great times talking about the people we knew.
FIVE GENERATION FAMILY REUNION. Front, L-R:
Alma Zerbest, 86 years, daughter Thelma Zerbest
Millett. Back, L-R: Paula Fix Heft, Karli Megan Heft,
4 months, Daniel Heft, Winona Millett Fix. Alma has
three children, 12 grandchildren and 24 great-
Ann Slover, Capt. Paul Wright, Jim Slover
This year has been full for us. Nancy was home in
April and in July we met the J.L. Slovers, Charlie and
Robert in Huntsville where we all toured the Space
Center. They came here for a week and even though Jim
had the flu, we had a grand time. Jonny was home
getting ready to attend college in Colorado.
We just got back from a 2-week trip to Seattle and
Las Vegas. What a wild place, as Dan and the girls say,
we all had withdrawal from the slots, etc.
We're planning our trip to visit the D'Arcys at
Thanksgiving, then will be home for the winter. By the
way, our area code has been changed to 706-568-3712.
The last seven digits are the same.
Ann and Jim Slover
THIRD TIME TOGETHER SINCE '79
"This is only the third time we have been together
since I retired in 1979. With Jimmy being in the Air
Force, and Mary living on the West Coast, and Willy
lives about three hundred miles from us, it is a good
feeling to get together again.
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The Huffman Clan on the lawn-of-the-month, awarded
to Will Huffman by the City of Wynne, Arkansas. From
left to right: James Huffman, Mary (Huffman) Novak,
Willy Huffman, Kathleen and "Rojo Grande."
"Guess you guys got a scare from Hurricane Andrew.
Hoping everything is going well for you in Florida."
Willard "Red" Huffman
October brought to end a terrific summer of visiting
Zonians to the D-Zonian (Donald the Zonian's home).
Beginning with the arrival of Geoff and Eileen Cowell for
my pre-reunion wild hog barbecue picnic. We then left to
go to Orlando a couple of days later for the Reunion.
After the Reunion we returned to continue the summer
party with Jim Palumbo, Hermina, their daughter
Orianna, Hermina's sister Zuleka (who came along as
the Nanny), and Gary Jugle, also up from the Zone for
the Reunion (his first).
Eileen and Geoff had to cut short their vacation and
return to Washington a week early due to an unexpected
business development for Geoff. We sure hated to see
them leave the D-Zonian early.
After a week of East Coast sight-seeing and
relaxation, Jim and family went back to Orlando and met
back up with Gary for the Shriner's Convention. They
made the most of their time in Orlando seeing most all
the tourist attractions which included Sea World, Water
Mania, Universal Studios, and before summer was over,
Disney World. They also got to see two shuttle lift-offs
from Kennedy Space Center. During the second launch
I was able to get into the Space Center for the lift-off.
While up there, they toured the Space Ports Visitor
Center which gave Jim a chance to try out his new video
Coach Luke Palumbo and granddaughter Orianna
In mid-July, Jim surprised his dad, Coach Luke
Palumbo, when they all showed up for Jim's step-sister,
Pam's wedding in Arkansas. The accompanying picture
of Coach and his granddaughter Orianna certainly is a
display of total happiness. Coach told me it's the only
time he ever had a tux on in his life, but it sure looks
good on him. Coach and his wife, Betty were happy that
both Jim and his brother Toddy could come up from the
Zone and make the wedding.
On the way out to Arkansas, Jim stopped in
Louisiana to see Gene and Miriam Gregg. From
Arkansas, they went to Las Vegas to enjoy the shows and
entertainment. Before returning to Florida, they went to
Maryland and showed off Orianna to Jim's aunt and
uncle and cousins. As always, it's a sad time when I have
to see them leave to go home. Needless to say, Debbie
Frost and I are looking forward to seeing them and other
friends on the Zone when we go home after Christmas.
We will probably run into fellow Palm Bay residents
back on the Zone for the first time since leaving. Ed and
Cindy (Moore) Forsythe with son Dillon. Ed, Cindy and
I all work for the Harris Corporation here in Palm Bay.
Dillon and my grandson Glenn both played on the same
T-Ball team a couple of years ago and did pretty good as
One note on next year's pre-reunion barbecue is that
we hope Coach will be there for it. So many of his kids,
both ball players and cheer leaders, want to be able to
visit with him out of the hectic pace of the Reunion.
Donald L. Humphrey
Palm Bay, FL
TALLAHASSEE TO DOTHAN
On September 21, 1992, John Thompson will
relocate to Dothan, Alabama to assume his new
responsibility as Regional Manager of "Super-Lube." He
will oversee the management of the two existing shops in
Dothan and will begin the planning for expansion in
Dothan and to several other communities in the
John's wife, Elizabeth (Bell) Thompson (BHS'79),
who is employed by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners
in Tallahassee, will join John several weeks later after
John establishes a Dothan residence. Both have visited
Dothan and look forward to joining the community and
meeting the many ex-Canal families who reside there.
This move will take our daughter farther away from
us but we are pleased that John's career now includes
William R. "Dick" and Amy (Touriio) Bell
Canal Zone 1963-1983
SMITH FAMILY REUNION
Family members and friends gathered for a Fourth
of July barbeque at the home of Gil and Sue Smith in
Clearwater, Florida. It was the first time the entire family
had been able to get together for a visit at their home.
After everyone had eaten, the group was entertained
with a fireworks display presented by Bud Silliman and
David Smith. A good time was had by all.
Seated, L-R: Alice (Stilson) Pincus, Sandy
S(Sylvester) Smith with Stephan, Sue (Pincus) Smith,
i. Sharon Mahoney (soon to be Smith), Linda (Smith)
,: Silliman with Zachary, and Julie Smith (soon to be
F' r | McCollough). Standing, L-R: Clint, Josh and Bud
Silliman, Gil Smith, Larry Smith with Jared, Gilbert
... Smith, David Smith, and Drew McCollough.
Frank R. and Elizabeth A. Leves
Freddie Dietz celebrating Carnaval 1992 in Panama
with La Reina de Calle Abajo, in Las Tablas, Panama.
Freddie bought a condo near San Francisco de la
Caleta but is now usually on sea duty. Any PCSOFL
members/friends wishing to write to him, may address
him, care of Lois Bates in Hawaii. (See Directory).
FROM HELEN L. DUDAK
Just returned from a delightful tour of AmeriFlora at
Columbus, Ohio, to commemorate Columbus coming to
America. My traveling companion was Mrs. Lolita
Provost Packard, who flew from California to meet me
in Newark, NJ, where our Domenico Tours picked us up.
Lolita's father was a police officer in Balboa years
past Eugene Provost, and we have been friends for
many years. She comes to Florida and we do some
sightseeing on the East Coast of the USA, and I fly to
California, and we explore places of interest there, every
couple of years.
This year our AmeriFlora Tour included visiting the
beautiful grounds and conservatories at Columbus, OH,
having an overnight stop in Pittsburg, PA, to get there.
Then on to Branson, MO, to enjoy the Campbell's Ozark
Country Jubilee. While there, Lolita and I, on our own,
took in two afternoon shows for more country music. On
to Lexington, KY, and a visit to Keeneland Race Course
to see the thoroughbred horses doing their morning
workout. Then traveled through the beautiful skyline
Drive and the Shenandoah Valley, visiting Harrisonburg,
VA, before going on to Newark and the end of our tour.
I always enjoy reading the CanalRecord, and hope to
be in town for next year's reunion.
Helen L. Dudak
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NEW CHRISTMAS POEM
This is a poem that David Lowinger and I wrote for
our 11th grade English Class at CHS. It kind of puts into
perspective the thoughts and feelings of the Canal Zone
people at the time. I hope it will bring some Christmas
cheer to all that read it. Lee Graver, CHS Class of '84
'Twas the night before Christmas
in the former Canal Zone
The Zonians were still
In the land they called home.
The Zonians were nestled
all snug in their beds,
While visions of dry season
pranced in their heads.
When out on the street
There arose such a clatter
They jumped from their beds
To see what was the matter
And what to their wondering eyes
But the National Guard
Holding St. Nick and his reindeer.
What has he done?
The Zonians cry out in fear,
He was out on the Causeway
With American beer.
But why? ask the Zonians,
Don't betray us this day.
You'll be just like Jimmy
Who gave our home away.
Oh no, said St. Nick,
This land is so plush.
I had forgotten the date,
I'm not really a lush.
In fact, he went on,
I have decided to stay.
The North Pole is so cold
And so out of the way.
There are drawbacks, they tell him,
It is just not the same.
Things have been changing,
To begin with, the name.
Ho-ho-ho, laughed St. Nick,
I would not have a care,
What I love is the sunshine,
The beaches, the air.
So he jumped in his sleigh,
Scaring off all the roaches,
And said, "Merry Christmas to all,
And to all, Buenos Noches."
SOME CHS'71's MEET AT HOUSTON
Don Byrd's home was the site of a local Houston,
Texas get-together, with some of Cristobal High School
Class of 1971 attending.
There was plenty of eats and lots of talk of the old
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L-R: Sherry (Kern) Keimig, Shelly (Lund) Lutz, Gary
Collins and Denise (Foshee) Krisinger.
MOM AND SIS IN QUARTER
Christie Dear and her Mum, Carla (Dear) Conrad
are pictured at the Inland Sea on the Saudi Arabian-
They are both teaching at the American International
School ib Quatar.
Christie graduated from Florida State University in
April, 1992 and joined her mother and step-father, Capt.
Wolfgang Conrad, who is a tanker pilot for the Quater
General Petroleum Company at Um Said, Quatar.
Christie Dear and mom, Cara (Dear) Conrad
Christie Dear and mom, Carla (Dear) Conrad
The Panama Canal's firsE Pilot
By John F. Campbell, Master Mariner
Continued from September 1992 issue.
Captain 'John' perhaps could not meet even one of
the prerequisites required in order to be a Panama Canal
pilot, but that after all was a small matter for he was a
Panama Canal pilot an outstanding one! When Admiral
Hugh S. Rodman's fleet of battleships transited the
Canal, he personally asked that Captain 'John' pilot his
flagship. A newspaper account covering the fleet's transit
stated in part: '...Especially should notice be taken of the
wonderful seamanship displayed by Captain John
Constantine in handling the monster flagship of Admiral
Rodman, the New Mexico...the honor position of the
Shortly after Captain 'John' returned from his
vacation in Greece, he started work on what was later to
become his monument. This was a very large scale model
of a four-masted bark. To give the reader a mental
picture of its size it is housed in a glass which measures
15 feet by 7 feet by 4.3 feet. The model is ten feet long
and some of the yards measure thirty-six inches in length.
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Seafaring tradition. Capt. Aristoteles Kattulas admires
the 10-foot ship model, John Constantine, built and
named after his granduncle. Currently on display in the
Marine Bureau Building, the model of the four-masted
schooner built to scale and includes a fully furnished
interior. (Photo by Kevin Jenkins). August 15, 1986.
An employee who is now working for the Panama
Canal Company remembers Captain 'John' working on
the model under his house (houses were built on
concrete pilings approximately nine feet off the ground).
Then he said that Captain Constantine was living in
house No. 189, New Cristobal.
Before Captain 'John' died he presented the model
to members of the Pilot's Association, Cristobal. When
this writer first saw the model in the Pilot's Room at
Cristobal in 1953, it was in a bad state of decay. The
humidity had played havoc with the rigging it was a
mass of tattered shreds. Termites had nested inside the
hull, and small piles of termite dust were lying around
its base. Recently it was restored to first-class condition
by Captain F.D. Saunders, a Panama Canal pilot, after
eighteen months of intermittent work. After the
restoration it was presented by the pilots to the Canal
Zone Museum where it now has a permanent home in an
It was during this renovation that it was first
discovered that the model was framed and planked. It
contains all the decks typical of the type, and those inside
such as cabins, saloon, etc., are parqueted. All the cabins
are completely furnished in miniature furniture of the
late nineteenth century complete rom buckets, cuspidors
- even hanging pictures! The interior work must have
indeed been a labor of love as none of it is visible except
what can be seen through the deadlights. Captain 'John,'
it is said, offered one thousand dollars to anyone who
could find an error in its detail. Incidentally he gave the
model a good name, John Constantine.
Captain 'John' as we have read, was successful for
many years in holding his retirement in abeyance.
Although his health was apparently good for his age, he
was nevertheless assigned only to harbor duty from 1925
onwards. This meant that he was not required to transit
vessels, but even at that, it was no mean feat for Captain
'John' to climb up or down a pilot ladder even in 1925
when he was seventy-five years old!
(Although this writer has had personal contact with
and observed a few pilots in the performance of their
duties in excess of eighty years of age climbing feebly
down a pilot ladder some with a bowline passed around
their waist, it was, nevertheless watched with much
It is assumed that the captain's health was good for
his age, but it is understandable that he could not have
been as nimble as one should be for the job at hand. And
it was probably with much apprehension that the Captain
of the Port wondered just how long the situation could
continue. However, an incident was to shortly take place,
and a change come about in the Civil Service Retirement
Act that resolved his dilemma. In a letter from the
Panama Canal Company, Captain Constantine was
notified that, '... automatic separations from the service
will be necessary after August 20, 1930, for all employees
who are 66 years of age and who have to their credit 15
years of tropical service...' But before that provision of
the Retirement Act could ring down the curtain on his
active career, he was injured on 21 January 1929 while
boarding the White Star Line's S.S. Ionic. According to
a newspaper account:
...The Captain was boarding the vessel after Dr. CA.
Heame, of the local Quarantine Office, but just as he got
his feet on the sea ladder, a big wave threw the launch
against the side of the ship, crushing both feet so severely
against the ship's side that one of the shoes he wore was
completely torn....According to latest advises, Captain
Constantine is getting along all right and hopes to be back
on the job within a few days...
The optimistic conclusion of the news report never
bore fruit. The S.S. Ionic was to be Captain 'John's' last
job; he never was able to get back on the job. His injury
might have repaired itself in quick time in a younger
man, but the captain was now eighty years old!
On 31 December 1929 Captain Constantine was
called before a Medical Board for examination. The
Board found that old age was rapidly taking its toll even
the seemingly ageless Captain 'John' could not escape the
scourge of time. They found him in a state of senility
complicated by arteriosclerosis, all diseases which
indicated that he was very much advanced in age. The
Board recommended him for immediate retirement.
He was retired on February 28, 1930.
Soon after retirement, Captain Constantine's health
failed rapidly, and at 12:08 on April 6, 1930, in the eighty-
first year of his age, he died at the Colon Hospital (New
Cristobal). He now lies buried in Mount Hope Cemetery,
Canal Zone up on "Monkey Hill" overlooking the
Panama Canal. A bust in marble depicting him from a
well-known photograph, taken the day he piloted the S.S.
Ancon on opening day, and wearing his construction day
medals, was raised over his grave. This monument is
raised high enough so that it looks out over Limon Bay,
and the surf can be seen rolling in against the Atlantic
Who was this man? When was he born? Was he a
citizen of Greece? United States? Panama? Perhaps no
one will ever know for sure. But I am certain of one
thing if you were to query him on the matter his answer
would be: "Why, I am Captain 'John' and I am a Panama
Captain John F. Campbell started his seagoing career at the
age of seventeen (1937). He has sailed in all deck ratings
from able-bodied seaman to master. In December 1945 he
secured his first berth as master of George Steers, operated
for the W.S.A. by the Wilmore S.S. Company of Boston. He
has been a Panama Canal pilot since 1953. He is an avid
collector of early maritime books, specializing in the works
of Nathaniel Bowditch, E.M. Blunt and early navigation. In
1964 the Peabody Museum published 'The History and
Bibliography of The New American Practical Navigator'
and 'The American Coast Pilot.' This book by Captain
Campbell has been hailed as a definitive work on these two
The American Neptune
A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History
When the 75th anniversary of the opening of the
Panama Canal was observed in 1989, the Panama Canal
Pilot's Association marked the day by having a
commemorative medal struck honoring Captain John A.
Constantine. Capt. John was not only the first pilot to be
appointed by the Panama Canal, but the pilot appointed
to take charge of the inaugural transit of the SS Ancon
through the newly opened waterway.
Obverse Red and white
ribbon with medal,
inscribed: "First Panama
Canal Pilot 1914-1935"
_with image of Capt. John
Constantine. Reverse -
inscribed, "Panama Canal
Pilots. (75)" Serial number
One of the medals was presented in Panama to Alba
Hutchings Jr., to be sent to his mother, Mrs. Alba B.
Hutchings Sr., formerly Miss Barbara Constantine,
daughter of Capt. John. The handsome bronze medallion
has a profile image of Captain John on one side, and a
map of the Western Hemisphere featuring the Panama
Canal on the other.
Barbara passed away at age 90, on March 30, 1992 at
North Fulton Hospital, Marietta, Georgia, where she
lived with her daughter, Barbara Ann (Hutchings)
Schmitt, and her granddaughter Sande Newman and
family. She was born in Greece and came alone to the
Isthmus of Panama to visit her aunt Mary, who had
married Capt. Constantine. He later adopted Barbara
and she spent most of her life in Panama.
Although her name and that of her aunt were not
listed among the official guests, Barbara and her aunt
were aboard the SS Ancon when she made her historic
transit through the Canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific
on August 15, 1914.
FIRST TO BRAVE CANAL
HIS TRIP HERE
Tells of Daring Ride in Light
Skiff as Two Oceans Join Hands
Little Dugout is Almost Swamped
In a light eight-foot dugout skiff, Frank F. Conner,
a locomotive engineer employed by Uncle Sam in the
Canal Zone, braved the swirling, leaping waters that
rushed from Gatun Lake into the Canal when the
monster charge of dynamite, set by the engineers, blew
up the Gamboa Dike and snatched for himself the honor
of being the first man to ride through the gateway, the
opening of which permitted the waters of the two great
oceans to join.
Conner and his family reached New Orleans
Thursday and will leave for Cuba Saturday.
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Gamboa Dike before the blast. Used
17 tons of dynamite. October 10, 1913.
Miraflores Dike being blown up. Used 50 tons of dynamite.
It was an experience of which Conner had dreamed
about months before the big charge of dynamite was
planted. While at the throttle of his engine while he
pulled out train loads of dirt and stone from the bottom
of the Canal, he had planned his desire. But not until the
charge was set, the wires connected and the message sent
to the White House, where President Wilson was waiting
to touch the button that would set off the dynamite, did
Connor's hope merge into definite plans. His story is best
told by himself.
"I was working in the Pacific division of Canal
employees" said Connor, "and had planned to go up to
the Gamboa dike on the day it was to be blown out. The
shovels and engine and tracks had been removed from
the bed of the canal and everything was ready.
"I went up and looked around. The holes, three
inches in diameter, had been drilled in the dike and these
were filled with dynamite, 17 tons, I believe. Thousands
of people had gathered to witness the destruction of the
last barricade between the two oceans. They lined the
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