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


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

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University of Florida
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VOL. 28 DECEMBER 1994 NO. 5

This emblem is a Registered
Trademark. Any unauthorized
reproduction is punishable by law.

FOR 1994-95

Mrs. Marjorie Foster

Mr. Robert Johnson
1st Vice President

Mr. James J. O'Donnell
2nd Vice President

Mr. Virgil Camby

Mrs. Margot Jordan

Mrs.Nancy Van Siclen

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist
Past President

Mrs. Betty Snow
Legislative Representative

James Slover

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

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

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


President's M message ......................................... 1
From the Secretary .......................................... 2
Editor's Corner ............................................ 2
Legislative Representative ..................................... 3
H historian ................................................ 5
1994 Reunion Audit Report ................................... 6
Announcements ............................................ 7
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...................... 10
"Where Are You?" ......................... .......... ...... 12
'D is is 'de place!! ........................................... 13
Panama Canal M useum ...................................... 16
R etirem ents ............................................... 17
News Clips ............................................... .17
Your Reporter Says ......................................... 20
Alabama ................... 20 New England ............ 33
Arknsas ................... 22 North Carolina ........... 34
California .................. 23 Northwest ...............34
Florida ....................25 Oklahoma ...............35
Georgia ................... 28 Panama ................ 37
Hawaii .................... 29 Pennsylvania .............38
Indiana ............... 30 South Carolina ........... 38
Louisiana .................. 31 Texas .................. 40
M ississippi ................. 32 Virginia ................ 41
Congratulations ................. ...................... 42
W eddings ........................................ ......... 47
W ith Deep Sorrow ............................... .......... 54
Letters to the Editor ......................................... 59
Looking Back .............................................. 73
Class Reunion Announcements ................................. 84
For Sale or W anted ............................. ....... .....88

FRONT COVER: Drawing by member Rupert Turner of Tampa, Florida of a
Christmas motif under a Panamanian Bohio. Rupert has provided a great deal of
other art work for the Society and the Canal Record.
BACK COVER: Christmas design drawn by Capt. Bradley Pearson of Alameda,


JANUARY 21, 1995


December 3

December 4

December 9

December 10

January 6

February 3-4

March 3

April 7

May 5

Hill Country Christmas Party, New Braunfels, Texas. (See
Announcements for details).
PCSSC Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn, Laguna Hills, CA. 10:30 -
2:30. Call Edith Wimmer (818) 349-6903 for details.
South Carolina Christmas Luncheon, Houndslake Country Club,
Aiken, S.C.
17307 Gulf Blvd., N. Redington Beach, FL. 11:00 a.m.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered Dish.
CARNAVALITO! Tides Hotel and Bath Club. 16700 Gulf Blvd.

North Redington Bea .

PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:00 Noon. Covered Dish.
PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500
16th St., St. Petersburg, FL. 12:30 p.m. Light Refreshments.
PCSOFL LUNCHEON/MEETING Date and location to be


SZOe The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.E S

U. o(A Not-For-Profit Organization)
0 "To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" *
# 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712

The CANAL RECORD (ISSN 0528-0001) is published quarterly on March, June, September, December by
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
Second Class postage paid at Largo, Florida and additional entry for March, June, September and December issues.
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the CANAL RECORD, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
The membership fee is $20.00 annually, $11.00 of which is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.
The ANNUAL DIRECTORY is published once a year.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., reserves the right to refuse to print anything derogatory or of a controversial nature, including any
advertising not in the best interests of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, whose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
Single copies for sale at $5.00 each, (postage is included) to members only.
All photographs and correspondence sent to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. will become the property of the
Society and will be retained in their files and archives. The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. assumes no
responsibility for advertisements placed in the Canal Record.

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712
(813) 391-4359
Printed by Roberts Printing, Inc., 2049 Calumet St., Clearwater, FL 34625



cA/U iC

My year as President started off with a bang when I
attended my first membership meeting in July. The hall
was festive with red, white, and blue flags and table
arrangements provided by Nancy and Bob VanSiclen, and
a large sign with my name furnished by Pat Beall.
One of my first duties was to appoint an office
committee to study the hours, wages and duties of the
office staff to see if we need to make improvements. The
hours and wages of our employees were tentatively put
into effect when we first moved into the office from my
home and they were to be reviewed once we were well
established. Since we are experiencing a decrease in
membership and an increase in expenses, it is now time
to take a close look at our expenditures. The committee
is chaired by Jeanne Wheeler, a member of our Budget
and Audit Committee; Nancy VanSiclen, who has a
hands-on knowledge of all the salaried positions; and Jim
O'Donnell, who has an extensive background in labor
management. They have a difficult task ahead of them,
but I have the utmost confidence that they will offer
workable administrative and financial proposals to the
Executive Board.
The Sarasota Luncheon was an outstanding success
with an attendance of 100 and Jay Cain and her
committee did a fantastic job making all the
arrangements and offered the members and guests a
delicious lunch. Jay's ceramic Happy Faces and the door
prizes donated by the committee were well received. The
Grand Prize of two round-trip tickets to Panama donated
by COPA Airlines were won by Eugene and Ethel Askew.

Gene is not only a Past President but a loyal attendee at
our monthly meetings. Congratulations, Gene and Ethel!
Robert and Carolyn Johnson are hard at work on
the 1995 Reunion; they have selected excellent
Chairpersons and from all indications, this reunion
should be a tremendous success. Get your reservations in
early so you can be sure of lodging at the only Reunion
hotel, the beautiful Marriott's Orlando World Center. All
the information is contained in this issue of the Canal
Record. We will continue processing all the Reunion
forms in the office as we did this past year. Jerry Boswell
has fine-tuned the Reunion Program compatible with our
new hotel and added improvements to our receipts and
deposits report. Bruce Quinn has accepted our invitation
to present an entertaining program at the Annual
Luncheon commemorating the wonderful talent of our
many friends who participated in the very successful
musicals that he directed and/or produced for the United
Fund/United Way each summer in the Canal Zone.
Many of these talented performers now reside in the
Florida area and Bruce hopes to draw on their talent.
Our picnic under the chairmanship of Jim O'Donnell
was well attended. Anderson Park near Tarpon Springs
overlooks Tarpon Lake and is a beautiful setting.
Everyone had a good time with games, bingo and all
enjoyed the variety of food brought by the members. It
was nice to see some new faces among those attending.
For those who are not aware, we hold a luncheon in
Sarasota for the convenience of members in that area
and the picnic in North Pinellas to accommodate the

members in upper North Pinellas. Our chairpersons work
very hard to find different restaurants for us and although
we try to keep our prices down, when you reserve months
in advance to meet the deadlines of the Canal Record, we
can't always satisfy everyone and we certainly would
appreciate the input of you members out there who live
in the Tampa Bay area. I run a very informal and short
meeting and would like to see more of you attend our
meetings and participate in our functions.
Speaking of functions, our Christmas Luncheon on
December 10 will be held at the lovely Wine Cellar,
plenty of parking and delicious luncheon choices will be
a special treat for our members and their guests. Nancy
Var~Siclen and Dorothy Herrington have been hard at
work planning this lovely event so plan to attend and let's
celebrate the Happy Holiday Season together!
Our Past President, Jane Huldtquist, visited many
hotels trying to find just the right place, price-wise and
convenient, for our Carnavalito. She was lucky to find a
place on the beach for both hotel accommodations at a
reasonable price and a restaurant which offers excellent
cuisine. The information and reservation form is in this
Canal Record, so make your plans early to attend.
In closing, I would like to extend my VERY BEST

Marje Foster

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Many members are still using old Application Forms
which have old prices. New memberships are $20.00 plus
a one time $10.00 Administrative Fee. Decals are $2.00
each and License Tags are $5.00. Use Application Forms
which are printed as "Revised, August 1994" in the
bottom left hand corner of the application form.
It's hard to believe it's almost Christmastime again.
I will be spending Christmas with my daughter and
grand-children in Houston.
Pat and I really appreciate all the wonderful words
of appreciation and compliments we have received. I only
wish I had time to answer all your notes. Please be
assured that we both are very grateful to every one of
you. It makes the job worthwhile and helps us through
the rough times.
May the blessings of the season be with each and
every one of you and I wish you good health during the
holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Barbara Green

The office of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. will be
closed starting on December 23 and
will reopen on January 3, 1995.

C1errp Cbriztman anb a ?|appp ,R ttW ear!


Hi Folks;

Many of our members were confused by all the
numbers on the covers of their Canal Records and I
don't know what they are either. Your number is the one
on your membership card. If you cannot find your card,
don't worry about it. I can pull your record up in the
computer by your name.
Just a reminder that when you move, PLEASE,
PLEASE, send us your change of address. We have had
over 50 covers from the September issue returned to us
by the Post Office because the addresses were wrong -
they were your old address from where you moved
without telling us. This costs us extra dollars, not to
mention the 35 the Post Office charges for each cover
returned. And don't forget to send us your Zip Plus 4, i.e.
34620-2232. Also, include the word STREET or
AVENUE if it is part of your address. You would be
surprised at the reasons the Post Office gives for not
delivering your Canal Records. Check with your local Post
Office for your correct address. It will save us all a lot of



Our most sincere apologies for the September issue
of the Canal Record. The photographs as a whole were
too dark and some were unrecognizable. An immediate
meeting with the owner/president of Roberts Printing
confirmed that to republish the issue would be excessively
costly as well as impossible, as some of the photographs
had already been returned and photo captions removed
from our computer (as well as much of the text). Roberts
Printing were quick to accept the fact that quality control
was lacking on their part due to an excessive workload
during that period and that there was a possible camera
adjustment problem of which they were not aware.
Robert's Printing indicated that they would copy our
photographs in the future in a finer screening process (a
more costly procedure) at no extra cost to us. They

would re-shoot all those photos that were too dark to
recognize (23) and re-print them in this issue at no
charge to us. Some of the photographs sent us by
members were too dark in the first place, but were sent
to camera in the hopes they would reproduce plainly
enough for printing. Some of the 23 to be recopied may
not make it.
Since there was no "quick-fix" with this issue, it was
sent to our members as is, as most of the photos were
recognizable. Roberts Printing will do everything possible
to give us back a clean, crisp, and better photo copy issue
in the future and I believe them. As a way of alerting
our members of the problem and of our decision, a letter
was sent to each of our Area Reporters so they could
advise members in their area. A reminder to members:
We cannot use photos sent us for the Canal Record that
are dark, or whose faces are dark. Black and white or
color photos are OK so long as they are bright and clear.
Another item of major concern is our museum. An
article is printed on page 16 which indicates little
interest in preserving memorabilia and artifacts of the
former Canal Zone. Can you imagine not seeing any
more French railroad iron, pictures of the Locks, history
of the Canal Zone which very much included our fathers
and grandfathers, not to mention our mothers and
grandmothers? How about no more detailed maps of
where we used to live? Will we remember the old
commissary books, Summit Gardens, Balboa Clubhouse,
Bajan jokes, Presidential visits? Although we have printed
a cut-out in each issue of the Canal Record, a total of less
than $2,000 has been collected to support this museum.
The Smithsonian doesn't want us, no one else wants us
(and Kibby Bouche has looked all over), so why can't we
support the only place that is willing to find space for us
as well as accepting memorabilia from us? Right now,
funds can only support the one showcase that is shown in
that article on page 16 Are we going for expansion or
extinction? If each of us sent in $10 or $15 each, think
what $44,500 or $66,750 would do for our museum! I've
sent in 2 shares how about you?
Let's not beat about the bush. We have all heard
about stashing mail in basements, car trunks, garages, etc.
at all corners of the U.S. Postal System. As hard as they
try, someone or some people seem to make things look
bad for them. Unfortunately, it's true they have to clean
up their act before citizens feel safe in sending mail
again. But let's be fair most of it gets to the right places
at the right time in good condition, but a lot just don't.
The Society office gets mail from all parts of the U.S.
and some of the world. Our scorecard reads 90% good
guys and 10% bad guys. But believe this much of our
"bad" mail is the result of our members not doing what
they are supposed to do. It's simple check with your
post office and get your correct zip code, and get your
Zip Plus 4 while you're at it. It's costing you, members,
if you give us your wrong zip code you'll be paying $5
for delivery of another book. If we have the time (most
of the time we don't) we will check your address in our
copy of the Post Office's two zip-code manuals for the
correct zip code, and you will be surprised how many are
incorrect. If an address changes from a street to an
avenue, the mailman will not deliver if you still call it a
street. (IT'S HAPPENED!). If you live at 1202 Central
Avenue and give a Zip of 99923, we check and find that
anyone living in a building over 1200 has a zip code of
99924 they won't deliver. (IT'S HAPPENED). SO -

please do yourselves a favor and check your zip code with
your post office (and get the Zip +4 and send us that
too). The Post Offices are trying, but we can help a
GRANTED. What's that old saying? "An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure." This is your Editor
talking .
I attended my first Gas House Gang Golf
Tournament in Dothan, Alabama and had a wonderful
time! I was the houseguest of"Bocas" and Judy Leeser in
their beautiful new home. Lou Hunt, Vera Ryan and all
their crew did a great job putting it all together and it
was exciting to be able to talk to people and old friends
instead of working, as at the reunions. So many said they
appreciated the work put into the Canal Record and that
was really nice to hear. I'm going to make it to Dothan
again next year!
Merry Christmas, good health and good cheer to
follow you throughout the coming year, and a Happy
New Year to you all!
Pat Beall
Editor, Canal Record

SEditor must have by:
January 21, 1995



It's flu time again and it is recommended that those
over 65 and those in contact with them, as well as,
persons with chronic illnesses, receive the flu shots. A
new program allows influenza shots without paying the
usual Medicare co-payment or deductible amounts.
Medicare pays the entire cost of the vaccine and the
administration of it. Health Care Financing
Administration has a new booklet, Medicare Pays for Flu
Shots, outlining details on this and other benefits. For a
free copy write to: Consumer Information Center, Dept.
29, Pueblo, CO 81009.


Looks like the program is dead for this session of
Congress until next year according to Senate Majority
Leader Robert Dole. A bloc of Senate moderates are still
pushing for a compromise. This plan could cut the deficit
by $56 billion over a decade and boost coverage to 93 or
94 percent. This is built around subsidies, market reforms
and in deductibility of health expenses.


For those who have IRAs, it is very important to
follow the federal tax rules when beginning to withdraw
those funds. IRAs are allowed to grow tax-free until

withdrawal begins. At that time, the Federal Government
expects a person to pay taxes on those withdrawals at the
same tax rate as you pay on ordinary income. The rate is
lower if you are retired and not working full time.
In most cases, you can withdraw as much or as little
as you need without any tax penalties when you are
between age 59-1/2 and 70-1/2. Also, you can wait until
age 70-1/2 to begin withdrawing funds. One is required
to take at least a minimum withdrawal no later than
April 1 in the year after you reach age 70-1/2. This rule
applies even if you are working. In addition, each year
after the year in which you reach 70-1/2, you are
required by law to take a minimum distribution by
December 31.
Minimal withdrawal after age 70-1/2 required by the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is based on an IRS
formula: age times life expectancy, times amount of funds
in the IRA. There is a penalty if one does not withdraw
the amount required by this formula. Remember, how
and when you withdraw IRA funds will affect how you
benefit from this tax-free plan until age 70-1/2.

On September 27, 1994, Congress approved the
military spending bill to give military retirees their COLA
in April 1995 instead of the scheduled payment in
October 1995. This COLA is expected to be 2.8 percent.


A law that affects Social Security or Widow's
Benefits There are two laws that may reduce your
benefits one affects how your Social Security retirement
or disability benefits are figured; the other affects
benefits you receive as a spouse or widow. For more
information about this law, contact Social Security for
fact sheet, A Pension From Work not Covered by Social
Security (Publication No. 05-100451), or call a toll-free
number 1-800-772-1213.


Many states have required federal and military
retirees to pay taxes on their annuities. Virginia by far
has the largest number of retirees affected by the Davis
vs Michigan case that said states may not tax federal
annuities if they do not also tax pensions from other
levels of government. About two dozen states are covered
by this ruling. Federal employees who recoup payment
from their states for taxes illegally withheld in the past
would not have to pay federal taxes on those refunds,
under legislation (H.R. 4694). This measure would affect
only refunds paid after January 1, 1995, and would
exclude payments that retirees already have received or
will receive before that date.


Health insurance rates for federal and postal
employees and retirees will decrease an average of 3.4
percent next year. OPM has expanded access to the
managed care, adding 45 new prepaid plans to the FEHB
program. The plans have expanded their services and
enrollment areas, making them available to more people.
Now HMOs will allow individuals who live outside of

their service areas to join the plan and will let individuals
join, based on where they work, not where they live.
Under the 1995 program, OPM has:
Eliminated lifetime maximum on mental health
benefits by a fee-for-service plan, but enrollee is subject
to annual limits on these services.
Requires coverage for childhood immunization by all
plans won't have to pay for shots but may be required
to pay for office visit to get the shots.
Several HMOs will allow employees to go out of
coverage area and still receive reimbursement for a
percentage of the cost.
It will require all plans to cover certain cancer
treatments sought by women. This provision is effective
All FEHB plans, HMOs, and fee-for-service plans
must now cover "Autologous bone marrow treatment"
(ABMT), as well as, high dose chemotherapy (HDC) for
breast cancer, multiple myeloma and epithelial ovarian


This bill makes federal annuities subject to
garnishment under court order as compensation for child
abuse. Child support and alimony are already


This payment is not considered "basic pay"; therefore,
an employee cannot count that money toward figuring
their high-three average years of salary, thus increasing
their annuities above the amount normally due.


The House Civil Service Subcommittee has approved
H.R. 4719 which would require a mandatory interagency
placement program for employees affected by reduction
in force.

Betty C. Snow
Legislative Representative

80th Anniversary Album
for sale

q AMA C The 80th Anniversary
Commemorative Album is now
NiVEARY available for those interested.
S< Although only 37+ pages, it is
I beautifully presented with a
Purple and gold cover and with
4, many strikingly colored photos
77_,_ 4 of the Canal Zone. A wonderful
ro TE item for a Christmas gift.
The cost is only $3.00 plus
$1.00 for postage, and are limited to 5 copies per person.
Only U.S. Postal or bank money orders will be accepted
for mail orders. Send order requests to: Panama Canal
Commission, Records Management Branch, Attn:
AMRV, Unit 2300, APO AA 34011-2300. (Indicate
whether Spanish or English version).


The Roosevelt Medal, bearing the likeness of
Theodore Roosevelt, was awarded to all U.S. civilian
employees who served continuously for at least two years
during the Canal construction period. It epitomized these
workers' pride in their part in building the Canal. It was
the Society Board's thought to honor this sentiment by
displaying the medal in its headquarters where visitors
may appreciate it. If you are an owner or an heir of an
owner and you wish to have it displayed, you are invited
to forward it to our Seminole office and we will display
it along with the name of the owner.

Word has been received that the North Fort Worth
Historical Society, which has a Panama Canal exhibit, can
no longer accept donations of memorabilia, lacking funds
and space. This is a problem shared by the Society also.
Notwithstanding, members are urged to support the
Ft. Worth Museum in hopes that they can find a solution
with contributions. Funds can be sent to Mrs. Sue
McCafferty, North Ft. Worth Historical Society, 131 E.
Exchange Ave. #112, Ft. Worth, TX 76106.

Beverly Williams

Roosevelt Medal Descendants
first annual altherin8

Members of the newly organized Roosevelt Medal
Descendants held their first annual gathering at the
Panama Canal on August 15 and 16, 1994, coinciding
with celebration of the 80th anniversary of the opening of
the Canal.
There was a reception for members and families on
the evening of August 15 in the gardens of the Canal
Administrator's residence (formerly, the Governor's
Mansion) at Balboa Heights. Deputy Administrator and
Mrs. Raymond P. Laverty represented the Panama Canal
Commission at this gala event.
The next morning, a sizable delegation went by
Commission launch to the Builder's Monument in
Gaillard Cut to conduct a solemn ceremony honoring
American construction-day workers. At the ceremony's
close, the oldest and youngest descendants placed red
roses on the waters of the Canal in homage to all
Over 150 descendants of the following Roosevelt
Medal recipients were present at the two events:
Lawrence Adler, William J. Allen, Jacob Bernson,
Fred W. Brown, Walter G. Brown, Carl G. Colberg, John
O. Collins, William DeLaMater, Lawrence Drennan,
Oscar S. Durfee, Thomas Foley, Thomas Geddes,
Thomas L. Grimison, George W. Heim, Walter L. Hersh,
Cooper Hollowell, William H. Keenan, Alphonsus Kerr,
William F. Morrison, George F. Novey, Elmer F. Orr,
Charles Peterson, Walter Peterson, Patrick J. Quinn,
Frank Raymond, Richard Roberts, Manuel Rodgers,

Frederick Sill, Fletcher Stevens, J.P. Thayer.
Direct descendants of Medal recipients are eligible
for membership in Roosevelt Medal Descendants. The
initiatory membership fee is $5.00, valid until the fifteenth
of August, 1999.
Inquiries should be sent to Marc Quinn, Roosevelt
Medal Descendants, Box 3344, Balboa-Ancon, Rep. of


From 1963 to 1980, the Canal Zone United Fund and
United Way presented seventeen summer musicals.
These musicals were presented principally at the Balboa
High School Auditorium. These shows provided
entertainment for literally thousands of people, residents
and visitors alike to Panama. The shows served to cement
friendships between the American and Panamanian
communities and served their primary mission to collect
funds for the various charitable activities sponsored by
the United Fund/United Way in the Canal Zone. The
shows became a summer tradition and served as a
stepping stone for many young talents who went on to
become professionals in the entertainment business. Most
notable of these talents is Ex-Panamanian Presidential
Candidate and Grammy Nominee, Ruben Blades, who
made his stage debut in the 1968 United Fund production
of "West Side Story".
Invited to address the Panama Canal Society of
Florida at its Annual Reunion in Orlando next July is the
man who was the director or producer of all seventeen
shows Bruce Quinn.
Bruce was born and reared in the Canal Zone. He
retired from the Panama Canal in 1989 after nearly thirty
years of service. While employed in the Canal enterprise,
he also served as the Instructor of Drama at the Panama
Canal College for eight years.
Since his retirement from the Canal, he has
continued to direct productions in Panama. He has also
continued to teach young Panamanian students at The
Oxford International School and The Kaplan Educational
Center. He was recently requested to serve as the
Creative and Artistic Director for the inaugural events of
the newly-elected President of the Republic of Panama,
Dr. Ernesto Perez-Balladares.
Bruce has directed or produced over 100 works. In
1994 alone, besides the inaugural events, he directed the
musical "Evita" at Atlapa Convention Center in Panama,
the Spanish version of "My Fair Lady" ("Mi Bella Dama")
at the Teatro Circulo, and is preparing a production, also
in Spanish, of "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat" ("Jose, El Sortador") for the Albert Einstein
School in Paitilla.
He is the current President of the Theater Guild of
Ancon and is a recipient of two Panama Canal Honorary
Public Service Awards. In 1984, he was decorated by the
President of Panama with the Order of Vasco Nunez De
Balboa in the rank of "Commander".
The subject of his talk/slide presentation before the
Society will be a recollection of his seventeen years with
the United Fund/United Way. He selected as the title of
his talk, the title of the popular song from the musical
"The Wizard of Oz", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".


Mrs. Marjorie Foster
Chairperson, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Foster:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination of the 1994 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.
This is the first year the Reunion work was performed in the Society's office and it was a successful endeavor. The
Reunion Coordinator made long distance phone calls from the office totaling $126.46 which were not reimbursed to the
Society nor included as Reunion expenditures. In accordance with a motion approved at the March 25, 1993 meeting of
the Executive Committee, the Society reimbursed the Reunion Coordinator for the Reporter's luncheon expenditure which
totaled $276.66.
Attached is a statement of Receipts and Expenditures for the 1994 Reunion.

Respectfully submitted:

Frank Matters, Chairperson

Jeanne Wheeler, Member



Registration Fee
Panazonian Dance
Overcollections, Refunds and Donations

$ 2,937.00



Ball and Panazonian Dance
Hotel Charges
Telephone, Travel, and Postage
Hospitality, President's Reception, Despedida & Speaker Expense
Overcollections & Refunds


Net Receipts from 1994 Reunion

Balance in Reunion Coordinator's Account August 1994

Return Net Receipts to Panama Canal Society

Seed Money in Reunion Coordnator's Account for 1995 Reunion

$ 7,052.22

$ 27.508.86




$ 3,000.00

$ 33,306.95


Friday, February 3, 1995
6:00 pm till Midnight
t 16700 Gulf Blvd. 4
North Redington Beach
St. Petersburg, Florida

Charlie Cooper
and his Copra Uand!


The winter season highlight of the Society is our
Annual Carnavalito Dinner Dance on February 3, 1995
in the ballroom of the Bath Club Resort, on the Gulf of
Mexico at North Redington Beach, St. Petersburg,
Florida. (See map for directions)
Cash Bar will open at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner
at 7:00 p.m. and a brief business meeting, and dancing at
8:00 p.m. until midnight when we will traditionally "bury
the fish."
Send reservations in early as space is limited to 250
persons. Cost of the dinner/dance is $22.00, covering
dinner, gratuities, state tax, orchestra cost and
miscellaneous expenses such as prizes, etc. The Grand
Prize will be 2 round trip tickets to Panama donated by
The main entree is your choice of Roast Pork a la
Miraflores with Apple Sauce or Stuffed Chicken a la
Miguel with Supreme Sauce, Whipped Potatoes, Garden
Peas with Mushrooms and Onions, Coronado Garden
Salad, Rolls, Beverage and Strawberry Parfait. (For a
dietary problem, please notify us to arrange a substitute
Tables are set for 10 persons. You may reserve a
table for your own "comparsa" otherwise open seating is
provided. There is ample free parking directly across the
street from the "pink awning" entrance to the Ballroom
and Dinner Theater at 16700 Gulf Blvd.

February 3, 1995
16700 Gulf Blvd.
Redington Beach, St. Petersburg,

Member Name _

Telephone No. Mem. No._
Please make Reservations at $22.00 each. Total

enclosed. Preference: Roast Pork

Names of Guests (Please print):

1.____________ 5.I

12. 6.
3. 7.
4. 8.
Make checks out to Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. and mail to: Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
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An added amenity to the Carnavalito is the
availability of The Tides Hotel, (16500 Gulf Blvd)
adjoining the Bath Club Resort (16700 Gulf Blvd).
Dining room facilities for breakfast, lunch and dinner are
available at the Bath Club Resort itself. The rooms at
The Tides are comfortable and clean with beautiful beach
views where many celebrities have stayed. Our group is
offered a 10% discount for one night or 15% for two
nights. If reservations are made prior to January 15, 1995,
getting a room is almost guaranteed. You must indicate
that you are with the Panama Canal Society group.

(Rates include 10% or 15% discounts + 10% Resort tax)



The Tides Hotel $59.40 $56.10
(Rooms contain 1 Queen size bed or 2 singles)

Palm Court $69.30 $65.45
(Rooms contain 2 double beds or 1 Queen or King size)

Cabana Building $88.11 $83.22
(Contains 1 King or 1 Queen size or 2 singles)
(Discounted rate with tax)
(1 Bedroom apt. w/kitchen $82.50 per night)
(2 bedroom apt. w/Kitchen $105.85 per night)

PLEASE CALL (813)-391-9681 or 1-800-255-3349 or
OR DOROTHY. Be sure to state you are with the
Panama Canal Society group. If any questions, call Mrs.
Jane Huldtquist, (813) 397-5846.

Directins and Map Inset

on next p9aeo

To The Tides Hotel and Bath Club Resort
The Tides and Bath Club Resort is located at North
Redington Beach, between Clearwater and St.
Petersburg. Approaching from the north, turn from
Highway 19 at State Road 688 to the beaches, then turn
left (or South) to The Tides and Bath Club Resort. From
Interstate 4 and 75 (1-275) also follow State Road 688.
Coming from the south, cross Sunshine Skyway, turn left
(or west) at Central Ave, cross the Treasure Island

Causeway, then turn right (or north) to The Tides and
Bath Club Resort..


WPCSOFL Regular Meetings

January 6, 1995
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, FL.

February 3, 1995

March 3, 1995

St. Bede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. Petersburg, FL.

Editor must have by:

January 21, 1995


The Atlantic-side schools will be closing in the spring
of this school year. Several teachers are working to
organize a literary magazine, which will focus on good-
byes to the Atlantic-side landmarks. Landmarks are those
special places, sounds, smells, feelings, and people on the
Atlantic side. Should any ex-students of Ft. Gulick
Elementary, Ft. Davis Elementary or Cristobal High
School wish to submit a writing, a photograph or a
drawing of an Atlantic-side landmark, please do so.
Submissions will be selected for magazine publication by
a committee. Submissions should be sent to: Beverly
Hoffman, PSC 05, Box 123, APO AA 34005. The
deadline will be February 15, 1995.


The Space Coast gang from the Panama Canal is
going to have their annual picnic on Sunday, January 19,
1995, at Tom Statham Park from 11 a.m. until dark.
Statham Park is located on the east side of U.S. 1,
approximately 3-1/2 miles south of Highway 50 in
Titusville. There is a $1 entrance fee which is used to
cover the coast of pavilion rental and door prizes.
This event is for people who have had any affiliation
with the Panama Canal. Bring the family (and your lunch,
drinks, and eating utensils) for an enjoyable afternoon of
visiting with old and new friends.
For additional information, call Terrell Deakins at
631-9209 or Randall Deakins at 632-4057.



Gamboa Mini-Reunion
Morning of Saturday, July 7, 1995
Marriott's Orlando World Center
To share thoughts, memories, and photos of
Anyone who has memories of Gamboa, lived
or worked in Gamboa or can share
information related to Gamboa.

See March issue of Canal Record for further information


The 1995 Poconos Reunion will be held Friday noon
to Sunday noon, September 8-10, 1995, at the Hill Motor
Lodge (Best Western), located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in
Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Reservations by phone at
(717) 629-1667. The rate for the weekend is $70 per
person (double occupancy) and includes two nights
lodging and two dinners (Friday and Saturday) at the
Train Coach Restaurant. As always, a great time is
guaranteed! Golf is available. This is a wonderful time
and place for those holding Mini-Class Reunions. In
September 1994 the BHS Class of '44 held a very
successful one with us at the Poconos. We would
welcome more of the same.
If additional information is needed, call Billy
Michaelsen: Between January and April (904) 683-0826.
After April (914) 271-3097.

Billy Michaelsen
Reunion Coordinator


Plans are underway for the Mini-Reunion of Panama
Canal Educators (past and present) to be held at
Marriott's Orlando World Center from 2:00 PM to 4:00
PM on Friday, July 7, 1995. We are arranging a pay-as-
you-go bar and snacks for $7.50 per person. Because we
need to give the Marriott a guarantee of attendance,
please help by completing this form and sending it to one
of the committee members at your earliest convenience.




Others attending:


Plans have been finalized for a luncheon to be held
on Friday, July 7, 1995 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at
the Marriott World Center. The cost is $15.00 per person
which includes 18% service charge and 6% sales tax.
The menu is: Florida Citrus Salad, Pasta Bowl, Soft
Bread Sticks, Strawberry Romanoff, Coffee, select Herbal
teas, Iced tea.
The deadline is May 15, 1995. Send reservations with
enclosed check to one of the following:

Please make reservations @ $7.50/person for
Mini-Reunion of P.C. Educators, July 7, 1995. I will
notify you by June 1, 1995 if my plans change.

Roger Dean
(407) 723-8487
7600 Norwood Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32904

Donna Gillis
(011-507) 52-1148
PSC #02, Box 926
APO AA 34002-0926

Kathy Egolf
(813) 577-6723
3848 90th Terrace N.
Pinellas Park, FL 34666

Jan Whitney
(904) 562-4886
4819 Deer Run Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Ann Buchter
2440 Winding Ck. Blvd. #301
Clearwater, FL 34621

Sue Cain
102 Turf Trail Place
Fountain, CO 80817

Betty Kelleher
106 Huckleberry Lane
Dothan, AL 36303-1306

Hope to see you there. All personnel of the Health
Bureau are invited.

Roosevelt Medal Descendants

Direct descendants of U.S. citizens
who worked on the construction of the

Panama Canal (1904-1914)

and who received the ROOSEVELT MEDAL
are invited to join our organization

Please send your inquiries to

Roosevelt Medal Descendants
P.O. Box 3344
Balboa-Ancon, Rep. of Panama

Highlights of Minutes

from Regular Meetings

August 5, 1994
St. Bede's Episcopal Church
St. Petersburg, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 1:00 p.m. with 45 members in attendance, followed by
the Invocation delivered by Dorothy Yocum. After a
moment of silence for those departed, James Slover led
the membership in the Pledge to the Flag.
Past Presidents attending were Gene Askew, Anna
Collins, Pete Foster, Jane Huldtquist, Al Pate, Muriel
Whitman, and Robert Van Siclen.
The Minutes of the last meeting stand as recorded.
The Financial Statement stands for audit.
The Annual Audit was completed by Frank Matters,
Budget and Audit Chairman. The president pointed out
that the Society lost $10,000 this past year, partly due to
decrease in membership. The purchase of a new

computer for the Secretary/Treasurer has been
postponed, and Chapter Formation will not be pursued,
due mostly to cost. Notice will be in the September Canal
Record clearing confusion regarding payment of dues.
The '95 dues are due October 1 and must be paid before
October 31. COPA will again donate four R/T space
available tickets for Society functions. The Society is not
responsible for the prizes.
The Legislative Representative, Betty Snow, recapped
her report. Editor Pat Beall reported that the September
issue will have 108 pages. He also indicated that a
professional video tape purchased entitled "The Panama
Canal" contained the Bob Dill tape shown March 5 on
A&E and thought it was misleading. Tom Peterson, By-
Laws Chairman presented ballot report to delete
Associate Membership which totaled 51. 44 agreed; 3
were against, and 4 were invalid. Committee members
were Mary Orr and George Tochterman. Pete Foster
motioned that the ballots be destroyed, seconded by Bob
Van Siclen. Motion carried.
Forty-one reservations have been received for the
Sarasota Luncheon, for which Jay Cain is the
Chairperson, with Louise Pustis and Mary Orr as
committee members. Mike Greene called members in
Sarasota to attend.
Anna Collins, Sunshine Chairperson mailed 6 get-
well cards. Two reported at the meeting will be sent
Beverly Williams, Historian, was informed of
correspondence received regarding memorabilia being
disposed of and would like to donate to the Society. The
Museum has no storage space available and funds are
needed to provide additional storage and display space.
This problem was discussed at the last Executive Board
meeting. The Society office will accept and display
Roosevelt Medals. Notice to that effect will be placed in
the Canal Record.
Jim O'Donnell, Chairman, Annual Picnic reminded
all that picnic will be held October 1 at Anderson Park
with games and prizes. Committee members are Betty
Malone, Dottie Pate and Barbara Green.
1st Vice President Robert Johnson, Reunion
Coordinator, announced committee chairpersons for the
1995 Reunion. The Fosters, Johnsons and Jim O'Donnell
met August 1 with hotel personnel for preliminary
planning. On September 7, Coordinator and Committee
Chairpersons will meet with hotel personnel. Jim
O'Donnell, 2nd Vice President and Assistant Reunion
Coordinator, will be involved in all planning.

New Business:
Members of the Nominating Committee are Jane
Huldtquist, Chairperson; Dottie Yocum and Betty Snow.
Pete Foster and Tom Peterson were nominated from the
floor. Both accepted.
Marje Foster reminded all about coming events.
Next meeting at St. Bede's will be a covered dish on
November 4.

Old Business:
Suggestion was made to publish an article in the
Canal Record asking each member for small donation to
Ft. Worth Museum; another suggestion was that a video
giving information about the museum be made and
shown at Society meetings and functions. Pat Beall was
asked to pursue this. A donation form is printed in every

issue of the Canal Record.
Mrs. Foster received a request from Josefa
Cummings, Public Relations Officer for Ballet Folklorico,
those who danced at the last Despedidia, asking for
donations to build a float for a parade in Orlando on
September 4, and invited members to attend.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:47 p.m.

September 3, 1994
Fairways of Forest Lakes Country Club
Sarasota, Florida

President Marje Foster opened the meeting at 12:02
p.m. where she welcomed members and guests, and in
the absence of the Chaplain, Muriel Whitman gave the
Invocation, followed by a moment of silence for those
recently departed. Virgil Camby led the membership in
the Pledge to the Flag. Past Presidents attending were
Gene Askew, Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Jane Huldtquist,
Al Pate, Bob Van Siclen, Bill Wheeler and Muriel
The meeting adjourned at 12:11 for lunch, and
reconvened at 1:20 p.m.
The Sarasota Luncheon Committee was commended
for an outstanding luncheon.
Minutes of the August 5 meeting stand as read. The
Financial Statement stands for audit.
The president mentioned that the Executive Board is
concerned about the decrease in membership and the
amount of monies lost last year. As Reunion
Coordinator, Mrs. Foster turned over $5,789 to the
Society Treasury. Further, a committee has been
established to study office hours and salaries. The
president commented on the poor response to the
amendment ballot.
Robert Johnson, 1st Vice President, recapped
amenities at the Orlando Marriott's World Center, next
year's reunion site. Jim O'Donnell, Picnic Chairperson,
reviewed Picnic plans and date. Nancy Van Siclen
recapped plans for the Christmas Luncheon at the Wine
Cellar on North Redington Beach, December 10.
Reservation forms were available. Jane Huldtquist,
Carnavalito Chairperson announced that the dance will
be held February 3 at the Bath Club, North Redington
Beach. Charlie Cooper will provide the music.
Announcement and reservation forms to be printed in
December issue of Canal Record. Betty Snow, Legislative
Representative recapped her report. Editor Pat Beall
warned that some pictures appearing in the September
issue were of poor quality. The printer has offered to
reprint them under a better process at no charge in the
next issue and to continue in that manner in all future
issues at no additional charge to the Society.
Committee chairpersons did not have any reports.
The president is still working on getting a guest
speaker for the Annual Luncheon. and hopes to have a
report by the October meeting.
Sarasota Luncheon Chairperson Jay Cain was
presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a token
for her many years of service to the Society. Committee
members Mary Orr and Louise Pustis were presented
tokens of appreciation. Myrtle Hughes was not present
due to illness. Jay Cain will deliver her token.

Door prizes were awarded. Gene Askew won the
grand prize, two round-trip tickets to Panama donated by
The president again thanked everyone for attending
and commented on the excellent food and service. She
asked for better participation at regular monthly
The meeting was adjourned at 2:02 p.m.

October 1, 1994
Anderson Park
Tarpon Springs, Florida

President Marje Foster called the meeting to order
at 12:06 p.m. A total of 56 members and guests attended.
President Foster welcomed everyone and thanked the
Picnic Committee James O'Donnell, Chairperson; Betty
Malone, Barbara Green, Nancy Van Siclen, Faith
Brundage and Virgil Camby, Committee members.
Mrs. Dorothy Yocum gave the invocation, followed
by a moment of silence for the recently departed
members. In the absence of Mr. James Slover, Mr.
Robert Van Siclen led the membership in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag.
Past Presidents attending were Pete Foster, Bob Van
Siclen and Bill Wheeler. Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.
for lunch. Meeting reconvened at 1:58 p.m.
Minutes of the September 3rd meeting stand as read.
Financial Statement stands for audit.
Mrs. Foster announced that Mr. Bruce Quinn has
been invited to present a program at the 1995 Annual
Luncheon commemorating the United Fund productions
which were so popular in the Canal Zone. The office
study is ongoing. Sarasota Luncheon was very successful.
Robert Johnson advised that all information and
reservation forms will appear in the December Canal
Record and he is looking forward to a great Reunion.
Mrs. Nancy Van Siclen recapped plans for the
Christmas Luncheon to be held at the Wine Cellar,
North Redington Beach on December 10th. Grand prize
will be two round-trip tickets to Panama, donated by
Legislative Report recapped by Mrs. Betty Snow
(copy attached to original minutes). In the absence of
Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, Mrs. Snow mentioned that
Carnavalito will be held on Friday, February 3rd, at the
Bath Club in St. Petersburg. Charlie Cooper will provide
the music.
Following games and prizes, Mrs. Foster reminded
everyone of the next monthly meeting to be held on
November 4th at St. Bede's Episcopal Church. Birthday
and anniversary recipients were congratulated. Meeting
adjourned at 2:30 p.m.


The annual Picnic was well attended at Anderson
Park in Tarpon Springs on October 1st. The potluck
picnic started at 12:00 noon with a short business
meeting. Excellent food was provided by those who
attended. Barbara Green, Betty Malone and Faith
Brundage provided the decorations denoting Halloween.
Nancy Van Siclen was in charge of the name tags. Virgil
Camby was the Bingo caller.

Catalina "Cat" Chan won the lotto ticket for the
fastest woman walker with a lime on a spoon contest and
her husband Joe won his lotto ticket for coming in first
place in the men's event.
During the water balloon throwing contest Beverly
and Buddy Williams were the winners. All those in
attendance gave Barbara Green and Betty Snow the best
sportsmanship award. Both ladies got completely soaked
when their balloons broke during the contest.
During the Bingo games fifteen lotto tickets were
given as prizes in addition to three donated prizes. The
weather was just right for the picnic and a good time was
had by all.

James J. O'Donnell
Chairman, Picnic Committee

Where Are You?


Canal Records and correspondence have been
returned from those members listed. Any information
regarding members listed will be appreciated.

CORRIGAN, Tiernan C. EDWARDS, Victoria B.


Looking for Dolores Espinoza. She was a Public
Health nurse on the Pacific side probably retired in
mid-to-late 1970s. If you know of her whereabouts, please
notify James E. or Page Craig, 100 Col. Wilson Drive,
Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674. tel: 205-383-2149.


I'm looking for the #1 and best violin player in the
world, Rafael Nash. I'd love to hear what orchestra you
are playing in. Also, I'd like to contact any friends from
band members. Write me. Senia Lagassie, 11433 E.
Mines Blvd. Whittier, California 90606.

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Tennis Facts and Information

Head Tennis Professional: Jim Herzberger
Assistant Tennis Professional: Cyndy Greenwood

8 Lighted Hardcourts (Tru-Flex)
A Full Service Retail Tennis Pro Shop
Racquet String and Regripping Available

Lesson Rates:

Challenge the Pro:
Court Fee:
Racquet Rental:
Ball Machine Rental:

Tennis Pro Shop Hours:
Miniature Golf:


1 Hour Private $40.00
1/2 Hour Private $20.00
1 Hour Semi-Private $45.00
1/2 Hour Semi-Private $25.00
$12.00 per hour. Reservations recommended.
1 Hour $20.00
1/2 Hour $10.00
8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. Ext. 8691
Ages 3 11 years $3.00
Ages 12 years and older $5.00
1 Court Free

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AM 11:30 AM.

A casual, tropical
atmosphere. KT's American
Grille features eye appealing
buffets for breakfast, lunch
and dinner. A la carte dining
and a special children's
menu are available. We invite
you to experience our
Garden! The terrace offers a
view of both the golf course
and tennis courts. Lush
landscaping and soft lighting
create a perfect "tropical"
evening atmosphere. Seating
capacity: 450, or a seated
meal for 275. Breakfast 6:30


Outdoor Food & Beverage Areas

(For Group Functions)

Fairway Terrace

11,000 wide open dance square feet of terrace,
overlooking the golf course and expansive free form pool.
Ideal for outdoor catered functions with a "Florida"

KT's American Grille

A three-tiered tile deck of 4,500 square feet, suitable for
up to 400 people reception style or a seated meal for 275.
The terrace offers a view of both the golf course and
tennis courts. Lush landscaping and soft lights create a
perfect "tropical" evening atmosphere.

The Driving Range

When a large grassy area would provide the ideal setting
for a "Southern Plantation" themed event or the "Mash
Unit" to arrive, this is the place to be!

Pagoda Terrace

A private reception for up to 150 people watching the
sunset over palm trees, surrounded by waterfalls, pools
and spas, can be the beginning to a perfect evening on
the Pagoda Terrace. Add a three-piece string ensemble
and have a "Sunset Serenade."

The Pavilion Pool Deck

Not a better location for 350 people to relax with the
natural ambiance created by pools, spas, rockshape and
lush tropical landscape. The existing Pavilion Bar, a Steel
Drum band and Glowing Tiki torches will turn the
evening into a "Caribbean Night" to remember.


Mears Transportation
Tour Desk Lobby
Phone: (407) 238-8929



Mears Transportation is located on the baggage claim
level (A side baggage claim #6 and B side baggage claim
North West #6, Delta #12) and provides direct service
to Marriott from the airport 24 hours a day. The Mears
bus departs from different terminals:
Terminal A and Terminal B every 20 minutes.


Reservations required 24 hours in advance at Mear's
Desk located in the hotel lobby. Direct service is
provided every hour "on the half hour" from 6:30 AM -
6:05 PM Outside of those times reservations only.

One-way charge:

Round Trip:

$13.00 (Adult)
$10.00 (Children Age 4-11)

$23.00 (Adult)
$17.00 (Children Age 4-11)

Disney Shuttle

Departs the Hotel front doors beginning at 8:00 AM
every hour until park closes.

Magic Kingdom: 30 minutes past each hour.
EPCOT Center: 40 minutes past each hour
MGM Studios: 20 minutes past the hour.
All day Shuttle Service: $5.00 (Adult)
Children (12 and under) ride free.


Most Society members should be aware by now that
a fledgling Panama Canal Museum is located in the Stock
Exchange Building within the Fort Worth National
Historical District, which is in about the middle of the
United States, equally accessible from California as it is
from Florida. Co-located with the North Fort Worth
Historical Society Museum, it displays a small but proud
tribute to the heritage of the Panama Canal for the many
museum visitors from all over the world who visit the
Historical District each year.
The reality of some semblance of a Museum has not
been easy. The last several years have been characterized
by frustrations and disappointments inherent to
coordinating the many requirements needed for such a
monumental project. The progress to date has been made
possible only through the unstinting efforts of a dedicated
few, along with the invaluable support provided by the
North Fort Worth Historical Society.

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Historical Society has been the most instrumental in
translating the idea of a Panama Canal Museum from
concept to reality. However, on the down side, the
Society has no facilities available for further expansion or
storage capabilities.
Superimposed on these existing conditions are urgent
concerns about the viability of the museum and its future.
Its continued existence is threatened by the lack of
financial support the financial support needed to obtain
and maintain a permanent museum location with
adequate display and storage space and the means of
underwriting facility rental and operational costs.
The basic dilemma is not whether the legacy and
historical significance of the Canal's antiquities can be
preserved for our future generations, but whether they
will be.
Each of us, as individual members of the Panama
Canal Society has a vested interest in the outcome of the

This photo of the lone showcase on display at the Fort Worth National Historical District shows the Canal Zone seal
plaque and Panama Canal Company plaque together with silverware, crystal and china from both the Governor's
House and Tivoli Hotel. It also shows some old bottles of the construction era plus several flags of note and some
books and pamphlets on Panama and the Canal Zone. On the wall is a copy of the complete list of Pilots for the first
50 years. Can you imagine how much more can be exhibited?

Since 1991, the Historical Society has been the
"temporary home" of the Panama Canal Museum
collection. Assistance was offered by this Society at a
critical time when requests to other historical
organizations were to no avail. By providing space and
management for a limited display and storage area, the

museum's future. More importantly, we each have the
potential for impacting on that outcome through active
support versus passive nonsupport. Active support can be
accomplished now by:

(1) Spreading the word and "networking" with

potential sponsoring individuals, associations and
historical organizations within our communities
concerning the availability of a permanent museum
location to accommodate present collections and
future memorabilia donations.

(2) Providing ongoing personal financial commitment
to the museum through financial gifts (see donation
coupon in the last section of each Canal Record).
(3) Including the museum in our estate planning
portfolio via financial endowments and memorabilia

The simple truth is that we, as individual members

within an organized group, represent a vast resource of
potential in providing the urgent support needed for
enabling lasting significance to our past and the
preservation of the legacy that has been passed down to
us. It is incumbent of each of us to ensure that this legacy
is not lost through complacency and neglect and that it
can be passed on to our future generations. (Note:
Further information is available upon request.
Recommendations and suggestions, especially those
concerning potential permanent locations, are encouraged
and may be addressed directly to A.M. Bouche, 1607
West 1400 North, St. George, UT 84770, (801) 674-7080
or P.C. Breunle, 1474 Kenton St., Aurora, CO 80012,
(303) 755-5311.


Capt. Donald P. Garrido
Herbert R. Lee Jr.
Nicholas L. Unger
Jose Del C. Castro
Ricardo A. Garcia
Clark H. Jennings
Donald G. Vose
Naomi Figueroa
Ricardo A. Pasco


Pilot Division
Office of Insp. General
Logistical Support Div.
Canal Protection
Printing Office
Dredging Division
Canal Protection
General Services
Facility Mgt. and Support Div.

48 years 02 months 27 days
22 years 10 months 18 days
27 years 00 months 18 days
39 years 03 months 04 days
42 years 04 months 00 days
29 years 00 months 23 days
39 years 00 months 23 days
25 years 05 months 29 days
28 years 03 months 29 days


Canal Visitors Center

Renovation of the Miraflores Locks visitors center
was completed recently, and the remodeled complex was
inaugurated at a ceremony August 19. Since its opening
in 1962, the center has provided visitors with the
opportunity to see the Canal in operation from vantage
points that provide a close-up look at locks operations.
The growth in the number of visitors has increased
steadily, with more than 350,000 tourists and business and
government officials from all over the world visiting the
center annually, including some 12,000 students from
Panama schools who come on special tours.
Remodeling and improvements give the center a
festive air and a new, more modern appearance. The
waterway's exciting, pioneering construction drama and
80-year history of providing efficient service to more than
770,000 vessel transits marks it as a modern-day
engineering wonder, and it remains a world-class visitors
attraction to this day.
Four large umbrella-shaped modular structures,
covered with a heavy-gauge vinyl material such as one
sees covering portable warehouses in the area, are among
the more visible aspects of the make-over. A bright,
sunshine yellow in color, the modules cover nearly two-

thirds of the area. "They were procured in the United
States and assembled here," says Vincente Urriola, the
Construction Division inspector who supervised their
installation by a local contractor.
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The center of the inaugural ceremonies with Public
Affairs Director Willie K. Friar at the podium, and
Administrator Gilberto Guardia who cut the
inaugurating ribbon, assisted by Deputy Administrator
Raymond P. Laverty and Commission Board of
Directors member Joaquin J. Vallarino.

In addition to providing shelter from the tropical sun
and rain showers, the modules expand the usability of the
picturesque locks setting for presenting briefings to
visiting dignitaries and VIPs and for other official Canal
events and functions. Newly installed planters and
plantings enhance the inviting atmosphere.
A stairway was added to facilitate entry and exit at
the pavilion that provides spectators an elevated view of
lockage operations. The stairway is also an additional
safety feature.

Panama Canal Commission Personnel Director George
A. Mercier and Public Affairs Director Willie K. Friar
cut the fringed ribbon to inaugurate Locomotove No.
2. The first-year apprentices who built the model, their
teachers, Human Resources Development Staff
employees and Deputy Personnel Director Mary K.
Vidaurri join in the ceremony. The locomotive is now
at the Miraflores Locks visitors center where it is on
exhibit next to an original, historic General Electric
locks locomotive.

A new mock-up of a modern Canal locks locomotive
installed at the locks provides a hands-on display and
adds interest to the area. The model, PCC Locomotive
No. 2, was rebuilt from the frame of one of the first
Mitsubishi models manufactured and put into use at the
Canal during the early 1960s. It was constructed over a
period of nearly three months by first-year Apprentice
School students, many of whom had never touched a
locomotive before. After the chassis was cleaned and
sandblasted by the Maintenance Division, it was taken to
the school, where the students fabricated, welded and
assembled its other parts, including a central control
cabin manufactured by a metalworking company in
Panama. Finally, the locomotive was painted.
It was a great challenge, according to Alfredo Lou,
the Apprentice School instructor in charge of the project.
"We studied manuals and blueprints, visited the locks and
talked to many people," he explains.
The model is complete, except for its inner workings,
and all of the work was done according to original design
plans and strict specifications, with the understanding

that, if need be, Locomotive No. 2 can be put back into
Canal service.
An original, historic General Electric locomotive, the
kind in use when the Canal first began operations, was
already on exhibit at the visitors complex. It was
repainted in a Locks Division shop and has been moved
next to the newer model.
Those who want to take home a photograph of
themselves, friends or relatives standing on or beside a
modern Mitsubishi locomotive with the locks and if they
time it right, a ship in the background, will appreciate the
new concrete stands that serve as photographic vantage
points. Just by turning around and repositioning, photo
buffs can capture their subjects next to the historic
General Electric locomotive. Plans are in the works to
have examples provided of the kinds of photos that can
be taken, together with instructions on how to shoot
The Commission Orientation Service employees who
staff the visitors center attest to the area's popularity,
noting that recently it is not unusual to have more than
3,000 visitors on a single weekend day. In addition to the
raised viewing pavilion, nine tiers of bleachers can
accommodate approximately 60 people in the center's
uncovered area.

The Conjunto Tipico, comprised totally of employees
of the Panama Canal Commission were on hand to
assist in the inauguration of the Miraflores Locks
visitors center on August 19, 1994.

The entire remodeling concept, with the exception of
the viewing platform stairway, was created by Graphics
Branch Chief Melvin D. Kennedy, with the actual plans
drawn up by the Engineering Division's Architectural
Branch. The work was accomplished under contract, but
other Canal Divisions, including Construction,
Maintenance, Locks and Facilities Management and
Support Divisions, provided support.
"All these improvements will make the area more
useful and more attractive, interesting and comfortable
for visitors," says Antonio Grenald, the Orientation
Service supervisor. The visitors center, operated by the
Office of Public Affairs, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
daily to provide information about the operation and
history of the Panama Canal.

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New Dengue Fever Outbreak
Noted in Panama City

Dengue fever has returned to Panama after being
absent for more than seven months. As of September 6,
thirteen confirmed cases of dengue had been reported in
the Panama City metropolitan areas of Rio Abajo,
Carrasquilla, in San Francisco, Alcalde Diaz, Parque
Lefevre and Santa Librada-Phase 1 and Monte Oscuro in
San Miguelito. The Panama government has responded
by treating those areas with locally applied larvacide and
ultra-low-volume fogging to eliminate larvae and adult
Panama Health Centers in these areas will remain
open on weekends to provide immediate attention to
those with symptoms of dengue: a sudden onset of flu-
like symptoms, high fever, headache, severe pain in joints
and muscles, nausea and vomiting and pain behind the
eyes. Those with these symptoms should not take aspirin
or other drugs containing acetyl salicylic acid. An aspirin
substitute such as acetaminophen may be used instead.
"The first
outbreak of
dengue should
be met with a
control effort
in order to
avoid an
epidemic later
on," says
Gloria de
acting chief of
Aedes aegypti the Sanitation
and Grounds
Branch Entomology Unit. Residents of and visitors to
these "hot spot" areas should try to avoid being bitten by
or inadvertently giving a ride to the Aedes aegypti
mosquito. Residents should eliminate breeding sites in
and around their homes and encourage the community to
work together to do the same. The use of repellents is
highly recommended for avoiding bites. Since the
mosquito likes to come indoors, doorways and windows
should be screened and beds should be protected with
nets. If found indoors, the flying insects should be
eradicated. Visitors driving in these areas should keep
their vehicle windows closed and use air conditioners if
possible. The mosquito has been known to hitch a ride in
a vehicle and then start breeding in a new location.
Aedes aegypti larvae and pupae have been found in
Balboa, Ancon and Fort Amador, but no cases have been
reported in those areas as of September 6. Sanitation and
ground crews continue to clean up potential breeding
sites in all Commission areas.
Canal sanitation officials remind employees that the
best protection against the Aedes aegypti mosquito is to
maintain homes and surrounding areas free of items that
hold water, such as discarded plastic cups, used ice cream
containers, tires, uncovered boats, flower vases, clogged
roof gutters, flower pot drain dishes, tree holes, hollow
pipe fence posts, coconut shells or fallen palm fronds.

The Panama Canal Spillway
September 9, 1994

APO Pictorial Cancel
Marks Canal's 80th

American Philatelic Society members Jeanne Flynn
Stough and Kent Gray each sent examples of a cacheted
cover bearing an APO pictorial cancel noting the 80th
birthday of the Panama Canal on August 15.
Stough poses a provocative question: "Have you ever
known an APO to have a special pictorial cancellation?"
There are seven U.S. post offices (Air Force postal
service offices) operating in the old Canal Zone, she
reports Albrook Field, Howard, Rodman, Quarry
Heights, Amador, Fort Clayton and Fort Davis. "All to
be gone by 1999. Time marches on."

The American Philatelist
October 1994


Ed Note: The lower cachet is of a design drawn by Dave
Young of the Canal Zone. The upper design is the
Panama Canal Commission official logo for the 80th

Police officer's work
continues after his death

Continuing a work: Following his death, Cato
May's family established a fund to help
educate young people of drug dangers.

By Chris Bryant
Eagle Staff Writer

In his 28-year police career, Cato May spent
countless hours educating youth about the dangers of
drug abuse.
May worked in the Canal Zone Police Department
in Panama, first as a patrol officer and later in both the
traffic and detective divisions.

As head of the agency's youth unit, May frequently
gave lectures on the hazards involved in drug abuse.
"He was always fond of children," May's widow,
Peggy, recalled recently while flipping through an album
containing photos highlighting her husband's career.
Teaching young people how to keep their life drug-free
was one of the favorite parts of his job, she said. "He felt
very strongly about it."
So strong, that following his death in July, May's
family decided to ask that those wishing to pay their
respects not send flowers. Instead, they asked donations
be given to a fund to benefit the Dothan Police
Departments' DARE program. Through DARE, police
officers enter school classrooms and teach children how
harmful some drugs can be.
"This money is going back into the DARE program,"
Dothan Police Sgt. Deborah DeVane said. "It will go back
to the students."
The money came at a very opportune time, DeVane
said. "The DARE program has been on a grant for the
last three years and on December 31, the grant will end.
We are doing fund raisers and this money will come in
handy," she said. "We are calling on the community to
help continue the program."
May and his family became a part of the Wiregrass
community after he retired and the family moved to
The young people in Dothan are now benefiting from
that move as young people in the Canal Zone benefited
from May's teachings.
The Dothan Eagle
Dothan, Alabama

Invitation to Hungary

m D r Gus A.
Mellander, BHS'52, and
presently dean of the
Graduate School at George
Mason University was
S recently invited to visit
,, Hungary to study the
nation's higher education
He and his wife,
Nelly, a former dean of
Student Affairs, traveled to
Hungary on June 16 for two
weeks to conduct their
exploratory review. They
I were the guests of
Gus Mellander government officials in
Budapest and in several
other regions throughout Hungary.
Dean Mellander was Dean of Academic Affairs at
Inter American University at Puerto Rico and has
established Latin American Studies Departments at three
universities. He has served as a higher education
consultant to a variety of foreign countries including
Panama, Argentina and Venezuela.
He was recently asked by the United States
Ambassador in Uruguay to conduct a comprehensive
study of the higher education system in Uruguay.

Your Reporter Says ..


I would like to begin this column with a bit of
information supplied by one our Dothan (C.Z.) residents.
There has been a great deal of controversy about the
hometown of our 1994-95 Miss America, Heather
Whitestone. Our own Millie Patton informed me that
Heather lived next door to her in Dothan as a child and
played Barbie with her granddaughter Susie for several
years. Please know that we are all really well informed
for what it is worth.
MaryAnn Nita, daughter of Stella Nita and the late
Tony Nita, retired from Canal Zone U.S. Civil Service on
May 4, 1994. She received an Outstanding Performance
Award for the period February 1, 1993, through January
31, 1994, from the General Services Bureau, Facilities
Management and Support Division. She is presently
residing in Tallahassee, FL.
During a visit with Stella Nita, her grandson Ted
Holz and wife Donna introduced her to her great-
grandson Ryan Holz.
Corbin and Muriel (Moore) McGriff attended the
winter quarter commencement exercises, held at Beard-
Eaves-Memorial Coliseum at Auburn University, of their
granddaughter Aimee Elizabeth Davis, daughter of

Charles and Geri (McGriff) Davis of Columbus, GA.
Aimee graduated with a degree in Mass
Communication. She completed her internship with MTV
television in New York City last fall. After graduation,
she was immediately employed with Radio Station Rock
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Stella Nita, grandson Ted Holz and great-grandson
Ryan Holz.

Aimee Elizabeth Davis after commencement
exercises from Auburn University with grandparents
Muriel (Moore) and Corbin McGriff.

Other family members attending the graduation were
her parents, Charles and Geri (McGriff) Davis, Scott
Davis, Chuck and Julie Davis, Bill and Danni (Davis)
Harris and Molli of Columbus, GA, Gene and Saundra
McGriff of Dothan, AL, and several of her friends. After
the ceremony, we ran into Bill and Babe Kessler who
were also there to attend the graduation of their son
Brian E. Kessler, who graduated with a degree in
Aviation Management.
After the exercises and picture taking, the family and
close friends attended a small reception in honor of the
Mary Urey flew to Portland, OR, and then on to The
Dalles to visit with her children, Walter and Suzanne
(Urey) Kleefkins, and grandchildren. Walt, Suzanne,
Mary and great-granddaughter Jamie traveled by motor
home to Twanoh State Park in Hood Canal, WA, to
attend the Northwest Reunion. A great time was enjoyed
visiting with friends from the Gold Coast. Following the
reunion, the Kleefkins and Ebdons toured Mt. St. Helens
State Park. Paul and Connie Balmas and their grandson
traveled with Fred and Bev in their RV. Mary then flew
to Del Rio, TX, to visit with Mike and Michele Perez
and her two grandchildren.

Mary Urey, Fred and Bev Ebdon

I finally caught up with the traveling girls, Alice
Clark, Arlene Abbot, Edna Kovel and Edna O'Donnell,
to see where they have been these past months. In April,
they took a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean, their ports
of call were Mexico, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Now
that they have a taste of cruising, they are trying to
decide where to go to next. From all indications, it may
be Alaska. In May, Alice had her grandson from
Tallahassee for a two-week visit. During his visit, Alice,
Benjamin, and Arlene spent a weekend at Gulf Shores.
After that, Alice went to California to visit friends and
then on to Las Vegas. Edna O. went to Pennsylvania to
visit daughters, May and Kathy. She and Mary took a day
trip to Atlantic City. After being home only two days, she
was off to see daughter Ann in Wyoming. While out
there, she attended an Elderhostel at the Casper College.
It was topped off with a production of "Annie Get Your
Gun". After being home again for only three days, the
four girls were off to an Elderhostel at the Johnson &
Wales University in Charleston, SC. In June, Arlene had
Ruth and Ned Ash as houseguests for a week. They were
golfing in a tournament while here. A day after they left,
Arlene made an emergency trip to Wisconsin due to the
death of a sister. After catching up at home for a couple
of months, Edna O. and Edna K. went on a seventeen-
day bus tour in September which took them through the
New England states and to Nova Scotia. Alice and Arlene
make frequent trips to Pensacola to visit Alice's son Jeff
and wife. On the last trip, they drove over to Biloxi, MS,
for the day.
As for the rest of the year, Edna O. will be going to
Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with daughters there.
Edna K. will be going to Haggerstown to visit friends in
November and Alice and Arlene are going back to
Pensacola and maybe Biloxi.
George Y. Trail (BHS 1960), son of Captain Stewart
P. Trail (CZP 1936-1962) and Jessie Moore Young
(Polly) Trail, was honored at the Fall commencement of
the University of Houston (where he has taught since
receiving his Ph.D. in English from the University of
Missouri in 1969) as a recipient of a 1994 University
Teaching Excellence award. Professor Trail received the
University of Houston College of Humanities, Fine Arts,
and Communication Teacher Award in the year
preceding. George and his wife Susan were happy visitors
to the senior Trails at their home in Fairhope, AL,
during the city's July 4th celebrations this year.
Beverly Kinsey bought a 1994 Aerostar Wagon as a
valentine present for herself. She couldn't wait to try it,
so she and a friend, Mary Tanner, left Dothan and drove
to West Kennebunk, ME. Along the way, they stopped
at every factory outlet.
They took a day trip to Atlantic City. She was going
back after an absence of 42 years. The boardwalk now
had gambling casinos, so Bev and her friend decided to
try their luck, Luck was not to be there, so they decided
hot dogs were their next stop and they agreed they were
delicious. They also found upon arrival in Pennsylvania,
many busloads of teens on the way to Woodstock '94.
In Kennebunk, George and Barbara Bush were
vacationing in their Walkah's Point home, but the girls'
closest contact with them was aboard a boat while "whale
Bev visited Mom Cole, who was celebrating her 98th
birthday with a family reunion at Kennebunk. After
sampling the lobster, she had some sent back to

Alabama. The wedding cake house built with frosting in
1826 by a sea captain (George Bournes) for his new
bride looked good enough to eat.
They returned to Dothan and put 4,000 miles on the
new van. It also had plenty of room to bring back all the
goodies they accumulated; particularly four cases of
Pennsylvania birch beer soda and four cases of tasty

Dolores W. Cleveland
(205) 793-4812


The yearly arts and crafts festival for 1994 are over
and according to the articles in the local newspapers, all
were successful. It was estimated that 300,000 visitors
were in this area to attend the fairs.
What a pleasant surprise it was to be watching
"Jeopardy" on September 27th and have one of the
contestants be a former resident of Gamboa, CZ. His
name was Mike Senzer and his father was the public
health doctor at the Gamboa Medical Clinic.
Daughter Andrea and husband Paul Oliver visited
with Etta Fay Terrell in September. Also, later that same
month, Etta Fay flew to Traverse City, MI, and spent a
week visiting with her first cousin.
Joe and Gretta Vowell are still involved with
remodeling their house.
Reporter Bud Balcer spent a couple of days in
August in McGregor, IA, to help my stepmother, Edna
Balcer, celebrate her 86th birthday. Had a nice visit.
Then in September went to Shreveport, LA, because my
son Paul Rhoads had a birthday his 42nd. In early
October drove north to Sioux Falls, SD, for a weekend
visit with my brother, Dr. Charles L. Balcer, and his
family. Attended Homecoming at Augustana College and
enjoyed seeing my nieces and nephews and their families.
In mid-September, Dorothy Sanders flew to Dallas,
TX, where the Texas Sanders helped celebrate her
birthday and the birthday of her great-grandson, Collin.
Doug Sanders, Dorothy's oldest grandson, flew out from
Los Gatos, CA, for the occasion. All enjoyed the lovely
new home of Bruce and Sandy in Allen, TX.
Betty McGilberry reports she has been taking things
easy. No trips or visitors.
Kathleen and Willard Huffman just returned from a
two-week visit to Kathleen's sister and brother, Elinor
Callahan and Robert Donahue on Long Island, NY.
Went to Belmont Race Track and played the horses and
watched Holy Bull win the feature race, the Wood
Memorial, and he will probably win the horse-of-the-
year award. Elinor and her daughter, Kathleen Callahan
from Nashville, TN, will visit the Huffmans the first part
of October to attend the arts and craft fairs that are all
over the northwest part of Arkansas the second weekend
of October. The latter part of December, Elinor and her
daughter Kathleen, along with the Huffmans, will spend
eight days in London, England, seeing shows and
The Horodas, Mike and Henrietta, had son Michael
from Fort Worth, TX, and daughter Pam and her

husband Rob and grandson Blaine of Coppell, TX, and
daughter Rebecca from Dallas, TX, come up for the
Labor Day weekend. Son Mark is attending the
University of Arkansas Law School.
The Kellers Peggy and Nobby are doing pretty
Alice and William "Red" Nail stayed close to home
all summer and now have to tackle the falling leaves.
Jessie Newhard is doing just fine.
Maxine Reinhold is going to New Hampshire for
Thanksgiving with son Mel and family. Travelled to
Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Had a wonderful time.
Plans in the making are to spend Christmas in St. Paul,
MN, with daughter Barbara.
Addie Colclasure was in Garden City, KS, because of
the death of her sister. Son David and his wife Lou are
back in this area his job with NASA in Huntsville,
AL, has been cancelled. He is enrolled at the University
of Arkansas taking computer systems engineering. Their
daughter Debbie is also a resident of Fayetteville,
AR. David was also involved in the production of a movie
made in Huntsville, AL, and the name is "Jamie". It is
scheduled for release next spring.
Joan and Jack Corliss have just returned from
Dothan, AL, and the "Gas House Golf Tournament".
Drove down and back and on the way stopped in Biloxi,
MS, and Panama City, FL. No luck at the casinos and a
storm kept them off the beach.
Daughters Laurie (Harp) Moreland and Mary Harp
visited with their parents Jerry and Harold Harp.
Laurie in August and Mary over Labor Day weekend.
In a letter from Fern Glass, she reports that she
spent three weeks in Panama, after being away for 10
years, visiting with her daughter Sylvia and Mack
Landrum and grandson C.M. Says the papaya are every
bit as good as she remembered. Also, enjoyed a side trip
to Pese, Los Santos, Chitre, and El Valle. In July and
August she drove to Vancouver, WA, to attend the
wedding of grandson Luis Glass. Enjoyed visits with
many friends including Jim and Louise Duffus. Return
trip through the western mountains and Rocky Mountain
National Park was most enjoyable. In late October she is
planning a trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway and on to
Philadelphia, PA.
Jess and Lynn Harp are preparing to go to Colorado
for the marriage of Mary Harp during Thanksgiving
weekend. Lynn has been to Hendersonville, SC, to visit
her parents. Also, Laurie (Harp) Trinca came for a short
time in August.
News of our Bruce Sanders Memorial Dinner will
appear in the next issue of the Canal Record.

Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754

In September, Mary Condon drove up to the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan, her former home area. While in
Ironwood, MI, she was able to visit with two other
PanCanal retirees, Jim and Harriet Norman. The
Normans live most of the year in Sarasota, FL, but spend
the summer months at their lakeside home in Mercer,

WI. Since the weather was unusually warm for this time
of the year in Michigan and Wisconsin, the Normans
hadn't departed for sunny Florida as yet, and Mary was
able to have lunch with them and reminisce about CZ
Other recent visitors to the Michigan Upper
Peninsula were Keith and Winona York. They spent two
weeks in Michigan. Keith hailed from Houghton, MI, and
his father taught for many years at Michigan Tech.
In mid-September, Judi Daily drove Mike and
Minnie Burton and Frances Whitlock to Branson, MO,
to take in several fine shows, among them the Anita
Bryant Show and the Lawrence Welk Show. They stayed
at the Lawrence Welk Resort. They enjoyed a hearty
breakfast at the Brothers Coffee Hour and another good
show. They reported that there are now 27 members of
the Lennon family residing in Branson. Another cause for
family get-togethers occurred when Betty and Buddy
Huldtquist came from Dothan, AL, on October 9 for a
week's visit with Buddy's mother, Mattie B. Wieman.
Luke C. Palumbo reported that he thoroughly
enjoyed attending the 45th and final football Jamboree
held at the CHS Tiger Stadium on September 2nd. An
estimated 1500 fans were present, filling the bleachers
and with many having to stand. The opening parade was
led by Palumbo, who was honored as the founder of the
Jamboree in 1950, having brought tackle football to
Panama the previous year. He was presented with two
commemorative plaques and other gifts. Six teams
entered the competition. Although 12 quarter-length
games were scheduled, the last two quarters had to be
cancelled because of lightning. Marty Hoffman, CHS
principal and master of ceremonies for the festivities,
declared that no Jamboree winner could be named. Tiger
coach Richard Elliott stated, "There were six
true winners and no true losers." During the week he
spent in Panama, Palumbo got to visit with many former
students and others, including his sons, Luke (Todd) and
Jim, one of whom teaches at CHS and the other at
Carl and Petie Maedl flew to Yakima, WA, on
September 22 for a 10-day visit. Blessed with good
weather throughout, they especially enjoyed the day they
spent at the Mount Rainier National Park where they
had a clear view of the snow-capped mountaintop from
several vantage points. They also enjoyed watching the
apple harvest in progress at their nephews' apple ranch
and attending the Central Washington State Fair.
October 16-22 they attended an Elder Hostel at the
Standing State Park located on the Cumberland Plateau,
near Cookeville, TN.
Maxine and Earl Wrenn went to Grand Cane, LA,
to help Lottie Tinnen celebrate her 93rd birthday. They
were joined by Nancy Wrenn of Tyler, TX, and Fronie
Fender of Orlando, FL. They reported that Lottie was
"bright as a button and doing fine".
On October 7, Gloria Malsbury accompanied her
"adopted" family, Bob and Leona Wilson, of Springdale,
to Ashdown, AR, near the Texas border for a 3-day
family reunion. Most of the family gatherings were held
in the old school house in Ashdown.

Petie Maedl
(501) 442-5033


The Summer Luncheon at Marina Del Rey on
August 7th was grand. Ruben's Restaurant is situated on
a marina with a view of endless yachts and colorful
sailing crafts. The area abounds with brilliant flowers and
stately trees. The day of our luncheon was picture perfect
and the luncheon was too. Greeters for the day were Ed
and Letty Moore, Ted and Beth Sundquist, George and
Wini Muller, and Bill and Eileen Cryan Finken. They
directed all guests to the social hour before the luncheon
- time enough for "Bocinche"!
Our meeting was called to order by President Nana
Roberts, who after the Pledge of Allegiance called on
Chaplain Warren Wood to give the Invocation. Adele
Argo followed with an apropos reading on Normandy,
"We Pull Together As One", and a tongue-in-check poem
on "What a Way to Fight a Fire". Adele has dozens of
inspirational readings and exhibits such joy presenting
them. We all do enjoy them.
Our guest speaker was Eileen Petersen who gave a
vivid glimpse of "Zonian Life" in the past. Her
presentation was lively and well received. George Muller
brought a copy of the A&E "The Panama Canal" and we
viewed it after the main program. It was especially
poignant seeing Bob Dill talk about "his little bit of
history". The room was very quiet and everyone was left
to their own memories.

Jolie (Kilbey) Seeley, Rochelle
Roger Thompson.

Lois (Miller) and V.G. Paige

Lois (Miller) and V.G. Paige

Door prizes and raffles were plentiful and everyone
was happy with their wins especially Ivan Jenkins,
whose handful of tickets really paid off.
We were happy to welcome newcomers Lisa Gunn
Weber, Roger Kelley (BHS'51) and Eva Thompson. We
hope they return with a handful of new members.
Door prizes were: A photograph of Gaillard Cut won
by George Muller and a tray of Guatemalan wooden
fruit, donated by Ellie and Joe Norton, won by Edith
Wood. Raffle prizes: glass bird figurine and crystal candy
dish were won by Ivan "Lucky" Jenkins. Book on Panama
was won by Donna Jenkins Framton; coasters donated by
Ed and Letty Moore were won by Bob Wolfenstein. Our
Lotteria winners were: First Prize Ivan Jenkins, Second
- Roger Kelley, and Third Donna Jenkins Framton.
Our Holiday Meeting will be held on December 4th
at the Holiday Inn in Laguna Hills. Plan on attending.
A gathering of former Zonians, now living in
Northern California, was held in Oakmont (a retirement
community) in Santa Rosa. Many fond memories were
exchanged and acquaintances were renewed. In
attendance were: Norma Johnston Rose and Owen Rose
from Cayucos; Lee and Willie Doyle from Walnut Creek;
Roger and Lenore Weidoff from Concord; Pat Leach
Koenig from San Jose; Nancy Kaufer Lanfranco from
Foster City and her granddaughter Ana Romera from
Minneapolis, MN; Bob and Alice Forsythe, Rancho
Cordova. Also in attendance were Isabelle Zemer Lively
from Sonoma and Laura Walston Sanders from Benicia.
From Santa Rosa was Bobby Dunsmoor, Lorraine Juvet
with son and daughter-in-law Joe and Colette Aquirre,
Bob and Norine Kaufer Crnich, Bobbie Styles Field and
Jane Kaufer Cochrane and Jim Cochrane. Bobbie and
Jane were Co-chairpersons of the picnic. A highlight of
the gathering was the singing of "Sentimental Journey"
with words revised to fit the Panama Canal
reminiscences. This was brought by Norma Johnston
Joan Ridge deGrummond attended the Ridge family
reunion in Center Valley, PA, on September 6th. She
will also attend the Poconos Reunion with Vince and
Dottie and Julie Ridge in Tannersville the following
weekend. Joan also plans a visit to the Big Apple to see
"Phantom of the Opera" and the next day a tour of Ellis
Island. She plans to visit brother Bob and family in
Chillicothe, OH, and cousins in Pittsburgh, St. Mary's
and Renovo, PA, for new information on current
genealogy project. Her cousin Julie Ridge in Corpus
Christi, TX, will then spend a few days with sister Mary
and husband Jack Gribbin and family in Trenton, NJ,
before returning home to Laguna Hills.
Jack and Kathryn Argo Taylor cruised "Harbors of
Our Heritage" from September 26th to October 10th on
the Royal Cruise Line. Trip was fantastic they say.
Had a long and interesting call from Judge John
Baker and wife Jeanne, Celine, ME, in September. The
Bakers were in Palm Springs en route to Marina del Rey
to see their daughter and husband off on trip around the
Judge Baker's voice evoked all sorts of memories -
most interesting how we met. I was enrolled at the
Panama Canal College, taking a photography course.
Instructor Kaye Richie's assignment was a black and
white portrait study. I had seen Judge Baker, a tall,
stately, white-maned gentleman, and decided he would be
my subject in his black Judge robes. I asked, he agreed,

and photograph was taken. Later I presented him with a
portrait (very good I thought) entitled "Here Comes the
Judge". Anyway, the Bakers are fine, enjoying life in
Maine and their travels. They send their warmest wishes
to all friends from the Zone.
This year's West Coast Reunion in San Diego was
"simply mah-va-lus". The reunion gathering was smaller
but more time was spent sharing memories and making
new memories. The theme this year was "Carnavalito"
and the decorations designed by Ken and Celine Stone
were masterful. There were stylized banana trees,
colorful parrots, Mola wall hangings and the Cristobal
docked in the lobby. There was a brightly painted "Chiva"
set up for picture taking by the talented Patrick Stone,
for those wanting remembrances of the evening. The
evening's gaiety started with the "Marcha del Reina"
played by the incomparable Tito. Members of the
"comparza" chose partners and the merriment began.
Tito Mouynes played and the music was toe-tapping
contagious. The dance floor was always crowded. Missing,
but not forgotten, this year was Allie McKeown (BHS'50)
who died suddenly in June. It was always a pleasure to
watch him dance to the music tipica wearing his well-
used Panama hat. Also, Conrad Horine, last year's
Reunion Coordinator, whose zeal and enthusiasm had no
Betty Chan Snow and Delia Henderson looked
incredible dressed as San Bias Indians, with nose earrings
and black nose paint. As did Leo Krziza, recovered from
recent surgery, and wearing a Mola-covered shirt and
shorts with a Panama hat. He accompanied his sister
Esther Condry and friend Mary Cryan Lade to the dance
floor many times.
Saturday's dinner-dance also had an exceptional
buffet dinner and door prizes galore. The Rice brothers,
John and Tom, and pal Jack Clay enjoyed an evening
with their ladies, Marion and Rosalind, but left early
Sunday morning for their annual gambling trip to
Laughlin. Missing this year from the trio was Capt.
Farrell, who was babysitting in Dallas.

Reagan O'Rorke of Coral Gables, Florida and twin
boys, Riley and Morgan, grandchildren of the late
Muriel (Tatelman) O'Rorke and great-grandparents
Judge and Mrs. Edward I.P.Tatelman.
Norma Horine was working Committee Member
again this year and was kept very busy with last minute
details. Her sister-in-law Fern Horine Dabill from
Arizona did not play golf with "da boyz" this year and was
missed. Two new golfers joined the group, however,

Gilmore Jones and Fernando Tapia. Tom McGuiness
was the declared winner once again.
It was wonderful seeing Thelma and Harry Chan in
town from Austin, also V. G. Paige and wife Lois. Royce
and Sue Lewis from Albuquerque, NM, and Michael

Kathleen (Steiner) and Court Bennett.
Sunday's brunch had a good crowd. David Hollowell
was the guest speaker and presented a Panama slide
show that was polished and well documented. There was
a lot of chatting and later dancing to Tito. Court and
Kathleen Steiner Bennett and table companion, Tom
O'Donnell, were a high-spirited group. Enjoyed watching
Hope Hirons and Janet Nesbit Laschinger dance the
Tamborito slow and easy.
Kudos and abrazos to our hard-working committee
members they did a great job. For those who joined the
fun, wasn't it fun? For those who didn't come, hope to
see you next year.

Linda Reimann Morris
(619) 272-9729



In mid-August, Barbara
Erikson Adamson and her
two daughters, Alice and
S Barbara Jean (BJ.) and
i Alice's two children,
Brandon and Blake, had a
two-week visit with
Barbara's parents, Bud and
SAura Erikson of New Port
Richey. While here, Barbara
helped her daddy paint the
patio, install an electric
ceiling fan, garden, cook,
etc. Bud loved having his
capable and willing helper.
Aura hosted the Sewing
Club during Barbara's visit
Alice Taber and Barbara so Barbara's longtime friend
Erikson Adamson from diaper days attended
the luncheon. Alice Taber
was very happy to see Barbara and both women spent a

good time visiting.
Who watched Double Jeopardy on TV the night of
27 September '94? Did you recognize Mike Senzer? He
is the son of Dr. and Mrs. David Senzer and grew up in
Gamboa while Dr. Senzer was the Dispensary physician
In mid-October, Marie Corrigan moved to Coral
Oaks Retirment Community in Palm Harbor. Son Terry
and wife, Lil, came from San Antonio, TX, to help move
her. Son Jack and wife, Gloria Ely Corrigan, helped in
the move. Marie would like her friends to know her new
phone number (813)-785-8761.
The Fred Hatchett family will gather to celebrate his
90th birthday on 12 November aboard the Delta King, a
Sacramento River Steamboat. Mr. Hatchett was a
longtime resident of Pedro Miguel and well-remembered
for his active involvement in speedboat racing at the
Pedro Miguel Yacht Club.
Fred's children and their spouses will attend -Don
and Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson, Boise, ID; Don and
Pat (Hatchett) Clark, Sacramento, CA; George Hatchett,
Lake Tahoe, NV.
Other family members known to Zonians are Lloyd
and Jo (Hatchett) Kent; Vee (Hatchett) MacLaren
(nieces) and Bill Hatchett, New Orleans, LA.
Lucky Liz (Zent) Beall has been invited to
attend this Hatchett family affair. While out in California
she will visit her son Robert and granddaughter Jordan
in Santa Rosa.
Bill and Lorena (Keller) Powell attended the
Gas House Gang Golf Tournament held 2 through 6
October in Dothan, AL. This was more than just a golf
tournament. It was a very lively get-together of Zonians,
and is recommended to those who want to meet in a
countryside setting where there is good food, good
entertainment and wonderful friends. They will go back
next year and hope more Zonians will attend.

Betty Chan Snow
(813) 799-4769

While visiting June and Davis Stevenson in
Lawrenceville, GA, in October, we went to Stone
Mountain for the Clan Meetings. All clans of Scottish
descent met. I was so impressed with the different clans
and their attire, I even bought an outfit to match the
"Gunn" beret I bought last year. For all the Zonians, who
don't know about this annual event, contact Davis
Stevenson or me. The games and dances really impressed
all who watched it's a three-day event every October.
While gallivanting around looking for the turning of the
leaves on another day, we saw pumpkins mile after mile
- the one that really impressed me was near Dahlonega,
GA. I never saw so many pumpkins in one place and they
were huge, so June took a picture of Andrea Byrd Smith
and me. You all know Andrea Byrd from the Zone she
is a neighbor of June's in Lawrenceville. I think June is
sending a picture of pumpkins in her article. I never
knew pumpkins could be so big, they had wheelbarrows
to move them.
Now, for local news. I spoke with Mildred Hickey
who had enjoyed a visit of her three sisters from Boston,
who spent two weeks with her in Clearwater.
Dorothy and Ernest Yocum went to Branson, MO,

for a week with their church group, then in September
they went on an Alaska trip on the Nordic Prince with
the Whitmans and the Bob Johnsons and others from
the Zone.
Helen Ledgerwood went to the Poconos in
September and enjoyed seeing many ex-Zonians. This is
quite an event every September, especially being able to
see the gorgeous foliage and be with old friends. I loved
the times I went, someday I'll go again.

Sara Rowley
(813) 531-7339


A Panama Canal Zone picnic was held Saturday,
September 14, 1994, at the Live Oaks National Seashore
Park in Gulf Breeze, FL. Early that morning the fog was
very thick and cool. As time passed, the fog cleared and
the sun broke through the clouds. It later turned out to
be an absolutely gorgeous day. Everybody seemed just
to enjoy being outside for awhile that day.
The picnic was held between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Among those present were Jo (Fayard) Bailey from Fort
Walton Beach, FL; Norma Martin, Germaine (Martin)
York, Janet Slaughter, Ismael Matos, Rebeca Joseph,
Chuck Phelan, Sharon (Malone) Phelan, Florence
McElhone, Clyde Willman, Eleanor (Gondran) Willman,
Brandy Huff, Ted Pabo, Indrany Pabo, Donald Vose,
Barbara (Hall) Vose, Darla Vose, Shane Vose, Wayne
Gordon, Violeta Gordon, Tom Boyles, Carmela
(Acampora) McGraw, Nivia Drummond, Mark
Drummond, John Drummond, Don Drummond, and Bill
Drummond, Jr., Maria Smith, David Smith, Alex Smith,
Mireya Gray, Travis McClean, and Aura Giese.

On August 27, 1994 the city of Pensacola held their
Annual International Diversity Fair. Local folklore
groups representing many countries were present. The
group performed Panama folkloric dances at the
festival. Standing L-R: Indrany Pabo, Olivia Reina,
Mireya Gray, Dioveldis Stone, Aura Giese, and
Natividad Drummond. Kneeling L-R: Alex Smith,
Rebel Gray, Travis McClean, David Smith and Stuart
At the picnic, we barbecued hamburgers and chicken;
in addition, everyone brought a favorite covered dish.
There was plenty to eat. All kinds of hats were worn,

including Panama hats, some very exotic, tropical-looking
hats, and one with a Canal Zone Police patch on it.
Others wore their decorative Mola shirts. We also set up
an extremely large, neon yellow, beach volleyball net
which we ended up sharing with a large group of
exchange students that wanted to play volleyball. After
lunch, we went for boat rides from the picnic area, on the
Santa Rosa Sound, out into the Pensacola Bay. On one
of the trips, we spotted a school of porpoises swimming
near the boat.
We want to thank everyone for coming to the picnic
and making it a great day. We hope to see you again.
Furthermore, if there is anybody in or near the city of
Pensacola that would like to share any news, please call

Bill Drummond, Jr.
(904) 476-1966


Maxine Hitchcock was honored on her 92nd birthday
at a party at the home of her sister, Wilhelmina "Billie"
Galloway, hosted by their caregivers, as an expression of
their affection and appreciation of the family.
The guest list included over 40 family members and
friends. The refreshment table was centered with a
beautiful arrangement of multi-colored roses in a crystal
vase, sent by Maxine's son and daughter-in-law, William
and Virginia Hitchcock of Bethesda, MD, who were
unable to be present.
A week later, another sister Alice Jones reached 90
years of age, and was guest of honor at a birthday party
hosted by Billie Galloway and her daughter, Anna
Katherine (Galloway) Daniel, who was visiting from
Allen and Kay Miller, accompanied by her cousins,
Tom and Barbara Peterson, motored to Portage, WI, to
celebrate the 90th birthday of their aunt, Dorothy Sherry.
The Millers' daughters, Mrs. Martha Hoskins of
Portland, OR, and Mrs. Marjorie Scheiwe of Monument,
CO, joined with their parents to participate in the
festivities. It was great fun and fellowship for all.
Earlier in the year the Millers enjoyed a visit in
Sarasota from their daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie
and Don Scheiwe and their daughter Melinda from
Monument, CO.
Visitors in Sarasota included several Bliss family
members, namely Mrs. Eleanor (Budd) Bliss, her son-
in-law and daughter, Ken and Manola (Bliss) Culley of
Campbell. They were houseguests at the home of George
and Mayno B. Walker. They were honored guests at
several family gatherings co-hosted by Eleanor's three
sisters-in-law, Tinsie B. Barnes, Gladys B. Humphrey and
Mayno B. Walker. Added guests included her nieces,
Carole (Walker) Miller of Tampa and Donna H. Mann.
Also Blanche (Walker) Hartman of Sarasota and Wilma
Hidalgo, a long-time Canal Zone family friend and recent
retiree as Librarian at Fort Clayton, Canal Zone.
They also visited on the other Florida coast, at
Eleanor's brother-in-law and wife, Curtis and Emily, in
Rockledge, FL. They were luncheon guests at the home
of another niece, Mabelle (Mickey Walker) Fitzgerald of


New Smyrna Beach, FL, and visited by nephew Donald
Humphrey. There was much reminiscing, laughter, and
happiness as pictures and memorable activities were
Family gatherings are always enjoyed and
appreciated, especially as we are reaching our Golden
Mrs. Blanche (Walker) Hartman had a most
enjoyable 3-week visit from her sisters, Dora (Walker) of
Salinas, Ecuador and Mary (Sasso) of Fort Lauderdale,
FL. While here they were entertained at a morning
coffee at the Hartman residence where they renewed
many Canal Zone and Panama friendships.
Also, their brother, George Walker and his wife
shared a family gathering for all to visit and reminisce.
Late in June Fred and Bev Ebdon left Sarasota in
their motor home en route to visit their son Paul Ebdon
and family in The Dalles, OR, and to get acquainted with
first great-grandson, Jaron. On their way west they
stopped in Ft. Collins, CO, for a visit with Richard
"Buckeye" and Betty (Farrell) Swearingen. Later they
visited their son Jim Ebdon and family in Napa, CA.
Leaving in their camper, with Jim and his wife traveling
in their new Pace Arrow motor home, they headed
towards Bremerton, WA, taking the mail boat ride and
later took the ferry boat ride to Vancouver Island. On
returning to the mainland, they took a trip through the
great Rain Forest in Washington State, and to Hurricane
Ridge, a beautiful sight on a clear day. While in
Bremerton they took a sailboat ride in the Sound with
one of Jim's co-workers. On leaving Bremerton they
returned to The Dalles to spend more time with Paul and
family. After a few days' visit, Jim and Connie headed
home to Napa.

Four generations, Fred Ebdon and family. L-R: Fred
Ebdon, granddaughter Tammi, Bev Ebdon, and baby
Jaron in his father Paul's arms.

Paul and his wife, with baby Jaron and Paul's parents
traveled in their motor home, in company with Walter
Kleefkens, his wife Suzanne and her mother, Mary Urey,
also of The Dalles, traveling in their motor home, to
attend the Northwest Panama Canal Reunion. Fred says
it was a great reunion and greatly enjoyed as they met so
many old friends. When returning to The Dalles, they
took a side trip to Mt. St. Helens and returned to
Sarasota on August 19, 1994.
Following a two weeks' rest, Fred and Bev,
accompanied by his brother Joe and wife Rae, left for
Vermont to visit Jim and Edna Million at their summer
home in St. Albans, VT. Fred and Bev also took a side

trip to Nashua, NH, to visit Howard and Arlene Osborn.
En route home they visited Jean Dombrowsky in
Hendersonville, NC, and Lee and Marian Kariger in
Murphy, NC. Then on to Atlanta, GA, to visit Rae and
Joe's Dick Ebdon and family.
Then to home sweet home in Sarasota on September
26, 1994, and plan to stay put for a while.
Eddie and Marcy (Wood) Napoleon of Bradenton
had as houseguests, Helen (Daniel) Miller of Duluth,
MN, and Kersten "Kris" McKay of San Diego, CA. The
girls came to Florida to visit with Marcy a few days
before they attended their Balboa High School Class of
1964 thirtieth-year reunion held at the Holiday Inn in
Clearwater, FL. They traveled to Sanibel Island for
several days to swim and collect shells. Marcy and her
guests also spent a most pleasant afternoon in Sarasota
with Jay Cain, reminiscing about the old days on the
Canal Zone.
Donald Humphrey spent a weekend in Sarasota with
his mother, Gladys Humphrey, and sister, Donna Mann,
following his return home from his three-week trip to
Panama. One of the highlights of the trip was attending
the final football Jamboree at Cristobal High School,
with Coach Luke Palumbo the guest of honor as it was
Coach who started the Jamborees in 1950.
Donald flew to Panama and was joined by Debbie Frost
and her sister Vicki, who was returning for the first time
in 29 years. The Jamboree was great but I think Donald's
happiest time was the day after the Jamboree when he
was able to spend the whole day with his Coach and
Debbie and Vicki. They visited some of the old stamping
grounds Fort Sherman, Fort San Lorenzo and Devil
Donald, Debbie and Vicki spent a week in Costa
Rica and also went to the Interior (El Valle, Penonome,
and Santa Clara). They saw the golden frogs, the square
trees and met Maurice Leon, CHS'54, in Santa Clara.
They enjoyed old friends and classmates, and were
especially appreciative of the special friendship and help
with accommodations from Bob Geddes, Luke and
Jimmy Palumbo, and Doug Phillips.
Bob and Joan Webb, former Gatun residents,
recently visited "Jackie" (Schofield) Cassidy at her home
in Sarasota. Joan and Jackie each taught school at Fort
Davis and Bob worked at Gatun Locks.
Bob and Joan had recently returned to the United
States after his self-built sailboat, the Hunky Dory, was
demolished by a typhoon in Guam. They had sailed the
South Seas for several years in their boat, spending a
year in Samoa. Their last two years were spent in Guam
where Joan taught school and Bob was employed as a
tugboat pilot.
The couple now live in Goose Creek, SC, and Joan
is working with the Literacy Program and spending her
free time enjoying her hobby making dolls. Bob is a
computer programmer and is also making improvements
on their new home. He has recently completed a gazebo.
Jackie, daughter of former Gatunites Jim and
Margaret Schofield, now deceased, is presently working
at the Quaas Dental Studio in Sarasota. She collects
antiques, and occasionally has a booth at the shows at the
Sarasota Exhibition Hall. During the Webbs' recent visit
Joan shared a booth with Jackie and some of her dolls.
They also attended the ballet "Romeo and Juliet" at the
Sarasota Opera House.

Jackie's daughter Joselyn Cassidy, a third generation
Gatunite, is a recruiter for the Federal Bank of Atlanta.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(813) 955-1900

South Florida

A former Zonian was recently mentioned on the
front page of the Miami Herald Local Section. The
Herald columnist announced a class being taught by
former Zonian journalist, Hindi Diamond. She is
teaching a Yiddish class at Florida International
University which is attracting several of our powerful
personalities here in Miami. Yiddish, as defined by the
dictionary I have at hand, is "a language derived from
High German dialects and Hebrew, which is spoken by
Jews." Hindi is one former Zonian that is always on the
Speaking of "on the go" let's see who's come through
Miami recently; Mike Morris was visiting Jim
McCarrick. Richard Grimison was visiting Jess Little.
Richard lives in Alaska. Tom Frensley and Roy Reyes
with son, Ryan, were down in Miami for the FSU v. UM
game. Got a call from Diana Duncan who was at the
airport with her brother Tom Duncan. We met at the
Hard Rock Cafe Miami which is a nice place to go if you
want to shout to your friends! I was also able to visit with
John Wadman this summer, who lives in Naples. Lee and
Kim Green have recently moved from Puerto Rico to
Colorado where they say it is just beautiful. In September
I traveled to Denver to visit Noreen (Hanson) and Mitch
McGaughey. We camped in the Rocky Mountains about
two hours west of Denver. The aspen trees were just
starting to turn yellow. It is beautiful. Here's a photo of
the three happy campers.

Mitch and Noreen (Hanson) McGaughey with Janice
Newlon camping in the Rocky Mountains west of

Amy (Green) and Jeff Andrews are expecting their
first child in November. They live in the Tampa area.

Jerri (Cahill) and Mark Graver are expecting their first
child in April. They are living in Oregon.
Jim and Kelly Parthenais and I have all completed
our scuba training and are now certified. We're happy to
go diving with anyone who might be in the area, so give
us a call. Oh, Kelly is now a real estate agent who knows
the Miami area quite well. She can also help anyone
getting ready to relocate anywhere in the U.S. You can
call her at 305-538-5232.
The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous and
we are always eager to hear from visitors and locals alike.

Janice Cookie Newlon
(305) 532-6525


Winter has arrived in Georgia. Even though the
calendar says it is autumn, I know it is winter, as the
winter coats have come out of the back of the closet and
the heat is on in the house. Oh, for the good old days of
Coronado Beach with its warmth and gentle breezes
blowing. Mind you, I am not complaining just indulging
in some fond memories of days gone by.
Dave and Bernice Baglien wrote me a note to tell me
of some of their latest doings. They spent the summer
traveling to North Dakota and Minneapolis to visit with
Bernice's parents, then on to St. Louis to visit with Carl
and Elaine Bretscher, former Canal Zone Lutheran
pastor. In September they drove to California to visit
their daughter Lynn Baglien Barnes and granddaughter
Jenny. On their way they visited different places, i.e., the
Crystal Cathedral, Hearst Castle and Knotts Berry Farm.
They drove the coast of California to San Francisco and
over to Grass Valley to visit with Dave's sister and her
husband. On their way home, they visited the Grand
Canyon and Petrified Forest and had a visit with Jerry
and Harold Harp of Bentonville, AR. Their future
traveling plans include a trip to Michigan to stay with
Julie and Gary Baglien, then in November to Tampa for
a 50-year reunion for those who were on the USS
SEBEC during WWII. Jack Dietz is the organizer of the
reunion. They also plan on visiting Marie Weir in
Gulfport on the same trip. Dave Baglien says it is a good
thing he has slow-growing grass at home, as he is rarely
there long enough to cut it.
Talked to Mary Scigliane Leach and she said her
parents, Lou and Mary Scigliane, were in Las Vegas for
a 10-day trip. She says they go about 3-4 times a year and
always have a great time. We were saying how nice it is
to get away every now and again and do something that
is fun.
Speaking of fun, Lester and Andrea Byrd Smith, and
their beautiful daughter Kim are all going to Panama in
December to spend Christmas with Andrea's brother
Ronny. Andrea's mom, Francis, who currently lives in
Clearwater, FL, will also be going with them, and it
sounds like it will be a great trip for all of them. Ronny
has a beach house so Andrea tells me that is where she
hopes to spend a lot of time, lying on the beach and
doing absolutely nothing. Funny, that sounds just like
heaven to me.

I will get my chance to have a little bit of heaven also
when I go to Panama with my husband, Davis, on his
annual dry season tour the end of February. His last trip
was such a hit with everyone that I decided it was my
turn to go and have a good time along with everyone
else. So far, he has a good group signed up to go, and I
know it will be another great trip for all of us.

N W Als

Sara Rowley at Scottish Highland Games, Stone
Mountain, Georgia.

My mom, Sara Rowley, visited me for a week in
October to take in the Scottish Highland Games and
Gathering of the Clans at Stone Mountain, GA. It is an
annual event that we have come to look forward to.
Especially since we discovered the Gunn Clan, which we
have claimed for our own, with a beautiful plaid tartan.
In fact, last year I discovered I had a cousin, Tom Gunn,
living right here in Atlanta that I never knew I had, and
it was great meeting him and learning all about him. My
grandchildren also get a big kick out of the Scottish
games and parades so they always go with us.
While my mom was visiting in October, Andrea
Smith, Steve and I also drove up to the Georgia
Mountains to look for apples and pumpkins, and lo and
behold, we found a large pumpkin patch that really
caught my eye. These pumpkins needed a wheelbarrow
to move as they were huge.
Davis and my brother Skip Rowley flew to Uruguay
right after the Scottish Games to spend ten days visiting
different "estancias" there for future bird-hunting trips.
Davis will be taking hunters from all over the USA to
hunt pigeons and possibly larger game in Uruguay.
r...........- .................. 4

I've enclosed another photo of three "Zonies" taken
in July at Davis' birthday party, Marilyn Sissy Flynn,
Annie (Carpenter) Rathgeber, Bruce Hearon. I couldn't
find it when I submitted the last news from Georgia, so
decided to send it in with this newsletter.
Well, by the time this letter is printed it will be
Christmas, with visions of sugar plums dancing in our
heads. So, on that note, I will leave you all with a VERY

June A. Stevenson
(404) 995-7537


In October the puny 18-inch high tsunami (from the
earthquake in Japan) was a relief and a helpful drill for
Civil Defense, in welcome contrast to the big tsunamis of
the past one of which was a 50-foot killer.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
throughout U.S. (9/15-10/15/94), the Hawaii Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce organized the Hispanic
Bicentennial Festival anniversary of the arrival in Hawaii
of the Spanish physician and horticulturist Francisco de
Paula Marin, held at Kapiolani Park on October 1. Over
10,000 people off and on enjoyed the Latin
entertainment, dancing, displays and foods. The day was
hot, the Mexican food hotter, and Latin rhythms hotter
still. Some Panamanian girls prepared Panama-style food
and the chicheme beverage. Displays were exhibited from
Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Panama and other
countries. Bill Brophy showed many items from Panama,
along with the molas, and he says the festival was a huge
success to be repeated annually. There were three Latin
bands performing.
In October, Sam Atcherley again visited Hawaii
where he grew up. Being half Hawaiian, he feels Hawaii
will always be home, though he lives in Alexandria, Va.,
and plans to move to Pinehurst, NC, to enjoy his
retirement from 15 years of corporate federal marketing -
that after having been first drafted into the Korean war
and later having joined the Green Berets. From 1964 to
1968 Sam was stationed with Special Forces at Ft. Gulick,
CZ, where he also taught youth swimming and other
sports. His unit's territory of work covered Central and
South America and Mexico.
--A aI

L-R: Marilyn "Sissy" Flynn, Annie (Carpenter)
Rathgeber and Bruce Hearn in Lawrenceville, GA,
July 1994.

Sam Atcherly in Honolulu.

Bill and Jan (Koperski) Taylor visited friends in Las
Vegas and Sun City West, and children and
grandchildren in the San Francisco area, after taking in
the 54th reunion of Bill's flying class held at Phoenix and
some successful gambling in Laughlin, NV. Son Bill and
wife Lani live in Oakland. Lani is manager of Cherill
Furniture in San Francisco and at this writing is in North
Carolina on furniture business.
Trish Royo planned a surprise birthday party for
husband Rick at the Hard Rock Cafe but cancelled it as
he had gotten scarce tickets to the "Cats" show, so she
arranged another surprise party at home. Among the
guests were Rick's twin brother and sister, Reyna and
Reynaldo Royo, another brother Roby Royo (BHS'86)
who was visiting from Panama, and Bill Brophy and
Maria Neal.
During Hank and Virginia (Ridge) Dolim's
September trip, they attended the reunion of Hank's 20th
Troop Carrier Squadron at Albuquerque (based at
Howard and Albrook Fields during WWII). There they
met, by surprise, Jacqueline (Jackie) (Dorgan) Meketa
and her husband Charles, who was also a member of this
squadron at Albrook Field. Jackie's family were upstairs
neighbors of Virginia's family in quarters on the Balboa
Prado next to dear old BHS. Jackie married at St. Mary's
Cathedral in 1946. They now make their home in
Placitas, NM, where she is a writer of southwest history,
having five published books and now working on another
about the WWII activities of the southwest indians. A
good friend of theirs, George Olsen, was also stationed at
Albrook Field in the 1940s.


Margaret McMillan and her watercolors in NW Wales.
A trip around the world was a grand experience for
Margaret (Sullivan) McMillan. the Beijing-Moscow tour
began after a flight to Tokyo, where Margaret joined the
tour group from mainland U.S. about 100 alumni from
four colleges. There they boarded the Trans-Mongolian
Express train which made many interesting stops, such as
the Gobi Desert (lots of camels); Ulan Bator (where
dinosaur skeletons have been found). When they entered
Russia at Lake Baikal, they changed to the original
Orient Express, which traveled on the Trans-Siberian
route; and a boat trip on Lake Baikal, the world's largest
fresh-water lake. During several days' visit in Moscow,
they drove past the building which had housed the
American Embassy, where, as a young girl, Margaret was
secretary to the U.S. Ambassador to Moscow. The tour
group flew to Copenhagen, then to London for a week,
plus two weeks in NW Wales where Margaret and an
artist friend from Hawaii participated in a two-week
watercolor workshop. Then a flight to San Francisco and
home to Hawaii.

The upcoming visit to Hawaii of Pete Foster's Zonian
Amigos tour group sounds intriguing at Thanksgiving
time, with two days' visit in Honolulu before their one-
week cruise among the major islands on the Constitution.
Margaret McMillan hopes to join the cruisers.
I had a call from Amanda (Donahue) Keckin who,
with her husband Mike, lives here on Wilhelmina Rise.
Amanda is a graduate of Cristobal High School (was a
cheer leader), attended college in Mississippi, then raised
a family in California. She has not visited Panama since
1958 but keeps in touch with Mary Coffey and others of
that great family. She asked me if I recalled the Coffey
family. I said, you mean the "original" Colon Beach
Coffey family, like in reverse birth sequence, Jimmy,
Patsy, David, Bob, Gene, Dan, Jack, Bill? (or was it Bill,
Jack?). Amanda's father was a pipefitter in Cristobal; her
brother Edward worked for the admeasurer's office,
retired there and moved to Florida. Amanda has three
sons all living in California.
At this moment I had a call from Herbert Peterson,
who is visiting here at the Hale Koa Hotel with his son-
in-law, Paul High, here on business. We had a great talk
about the good (and some sad) old days in the Zone;
about families his brother Bobby, a good friend who
was prince consort on my court as carnival queen about
1940; and his brother Lloyd, living in Florida I recalled
pleasant weekends at their home in Cristobal, with a
friend; and Herbert fondly recalled my Uncle Bob
Worsley and his Agencia Worsley shipping business in
Panama. Nostalgia! I look forward to seeing Herbert and
going to lunch at the New Otani Kaimana Hotel. Aloha!

Lois DeLaMater Bates
(808) 923-2766


Jane McCauley of Terre Haute, IN, writes that two
of her children are now living in Indiana. In July her
daughter Marjorie from Boynton Beach, FL, and her
family came up for a visit. In October Jane's oldest son
Mickey and his wife are coming for a visit. Jane's
daughter Sheila is playing a violin again this year with the
Indianapolis Philharmonic. Jane also said that some clubs
she belongs to have resumed activities and it keeps her
quite busy. Jane is planning a trip the middle of October
to southeastern Indiana to see the autumn foliage.
Ruth and Claud Lyon of Charlestown, IN, enjoyed a
two-hour evening cruise on the Ohio river aboard the
Belle of Louisville with an old friend in August. In
September the most unusual thing that happened to them
was when the battery in their van exploded for no
apparent reason. The explosion damaged the hood, but
thanks to the insurance company it has been replaced
with a new hood. The trees in this area are really
beautiful at this time of year. Each year I think they are
more beautiful than the year before. We often get treated
to the sight of deer which come out of some nearby
woods and graze in the field behind my house or my
daughter's house next door.

Claud E. Lyon
(812) 256-5842


Dean and Lucienne Bruch, River Ridge, dropped us
a note about attending the picnic at Ocean Springs along
with Lorraine and Norman Currier of Slidell. They also
got word to Charlie Taylor and Betty and Roy Evans to
come. The Bruchs were looking forward to seeing the
gang and having fun visiting. Dean is a retired canal pilot
and now has his own business, DeanBru Marine, in River
John R. Gough, Sr. of Marrero was thinking about
moving to Florida but has changed his mind to remain by
his son Bill, who will be undergoing more surgery on an
injured leg. John is looking forward to the Louisiana
Indian Heritage Association Powwow in Folsom in
November. The dance master will be John's friend, Chris
Perez, of Nine-Mile Point Trading Post. In a 1960 tribal
ceremony, John was elected a member of the Nalu Neka
Island group of the San Bias (Cuna) Indian tribe for 20
years' service to the group.

L-R: Jim Palumbo, June Clayton, Gene Gregg,
Luke Palumbo at Gatun Yacht Club before the
CHS Football Jamboree.

From left, in back: Joan Harris, Luke Palumbo, Mrs.
Lucky Dunlap, June Clayton, Front: The Favorites
and Mrs. Vincent Cafiamas, taken at Gatun Yacht
Club before CHS Jamboree.

From left: James Brooks, Lucky Dunlap, Windy
Sasso, Jim Palumbo, Mugsey Magee, Maz
Mazerolle, Gene Gregg, Don Humphrey at Elks 1542
before CHS Football Jamboree.

Gene Gregg of Slaughter had to return home to
Louisiana to rest after the last of the great CHS Football
Jamborees in September. He flew down with daughter
Laura Gregg Roa and helped with grandchildren Ann
Marie, 4, and John Roa, 2. Laura and family live in
Diablo near the old clubhouse, which is now a 24-hour
grocery store. Gene said the El Panama and Hotel
Washington have been sold to a group of Arab
businessmen. They are sprucing up the hotels and have
built a new swimming pool at Hotel Washington
apparently because pollution in the bay caused closure of
the seawall pool.

L-R: Gene Gregg, Steele the bartender, Jim
Palumbo, at Elks Lodge 1542 Cristobal.

The jamboree ended as a no-contest tie after
lightning, thunder and heavy rain forced players off the
field. Activities elsewhere continued nonstop. Gene also
visited Santa Clara and El Valle with the Roas.
This reporter enjoyed a trip recently to meet ex-
Zonians and play tourist at the Fort Worth (Texas)
Stockyards National Historic District. The Stockyards
Museum in the Livestock Exchange Building is the
repository for Panama Canal Zone memorabilia. Donated
by the families who lived and worked on the Zone, the
small but growing collection includes antique bottles
dredged from the canal as well as a place setting of
crystal, china and silver used in the governor's mansion
and a place setting of silver (stainless, actually) from
Balboa Clubhouse.
With Debra Ward of San Antonio, her younger sister
Amy, and Amy's children Bree, 8, and Mikal, 6, we
enjoyed browsing through the museum, shops and art
galleries and watching the Tarantula Railroad's restored
1896 steam train and passenger cars arrive and depart
right through the station building. Bree and Mikal were
photographed astride Lone Star, a long-horned steer
handled by a cowboy with a huge handlebar moustache.
We lunched at Riscky's and enjoyed that original Western
delicacy, Calf Fries. From 1952-76, Debra, Amy and their
sisters Paula and Lynn lived with their parents in Balboa
and La Boca.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761




Good fellowship and good food marked the annual
Gulf Coast picnic at Gulf Islands National Seashore,
Ocean Springs, in October. This year the picnic was
moved to the bohio near the boat dock where it was
breezier, less crowded and we had plumbing and
electricity (even at a picnic they're nice). Gerda and
Owen Smith arrived early, cleaned up the bohio for us,
hung our CZ banners, and put down picnic tablecloths on
which Gerda arranged centerpieces of pine boughs, cones
and autumn leaves.
Besides salads, sliced ham, fried chicken, sandwiches,
baked beans, dip, fresh veggies and a glorious array of
desserts, some CZ favorites were enjoyed. Libby Fulcher
brought seviche, Bess Martin brought Johnny Mazetti,
and Chita Cassibry brought empanadas.



L-R: Mary Jane Paulson, Cindy Paulson, Mike
Paulson and Mike Stewart, Gulf Coast Picnic

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L-R: Dennis Wood, Billy Deaton, Gerda Smith at
Gulf Coast Picnic.

L-R: Carolyn Dillon, Obe Oberholtzer, Richard
Dillon and Pepper Martin at Gulf Coast Picnic.

An especially thoughtful and pleasant surprise at this
year's picnic was a letter dated July 19 from Jane
Huldtquist, past president of the Panama Canal Society,
to Gerda and Owen Smith, as co-chairpersons of the
picnic, in which Jane extended greetings and wished us
success at our gathering. "It's great that people like you
carry on the tradition of the Panama Canal Society to
preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships,"
she wrote. And it's great that we had such a terrific
president. Jane also invited our suggestions to make the
society bigger and better.
Al Fulcher, Niceville, FL, gave away Panamanian red
hot peppers and provided planting and growing
instructions. Shortly after the picnic Al and Libby were
off to visit with Fern and Zeke Morse in South Dakota
and hunt pheasant.
Rose and Bill Deaton, Wilmington, NC, planned a
two-week visit with their son Billy, his wife Michelle, and
sons Will, 11, and Ben, 9, to coincide with the picnic.
Billy teaches 8th grade science at Ocean Springs Junior
High School. While on the coast, the Deatons have spent
a little time at the Gulf Coast casinos where Rose
recently won $500.
Dennis and Becky Wood of Moss Point are moving
right along with the remodeling of their new (to them,
that is) 1930s home. The kitchen, living and dining rooms
are finished and they're about to tackle the rest of the
Meanwhile down on the Osyka farm, the foxes have
been picnicking on peacocks and mallards, but the two
pato real (Panamanian ducks) have outfoxed the foxes, so
far. All mowers were go as the Smiths got ready for pre-
and post-picnic visitors. Mike, Cindy and Sarah Paulson
dropped in beforehand, and Mary Jane and Cash
Paulson came by after the picnic. Gerda is still going
strong at her job with the Voc.Ed. Department of South
Pike School District, and Owen has been pulling cable
for computer feeds to their classrooms.
Eleanor and Clyde Williams came over from
Pensacola for the picnic. Both compete in the Senior
Olympics in the 70+ age group. Eleanor has just won
gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle, backstroke and
breaststroke. Clyde won a gold medal also, bowling a 169
average in three games. He was a little disappointed in
having shot a 74 in golf, coming in sixth.
For those 55 and over, the U.S. National Senior
Sports Organization promotes health and fitness at the
local, state, regional and national games. Besides
swimming and bowling, games include track and field
(discus, high jump, long jump, pole vault, javelin and
shot-put), tennis, cycling, softball, racewalk, road race,
volleyball, 3-on-3 basketball, badminton, table tennis,
horseshoes, golf, shuffleboard, racquetball, archery and
triathlon. For more information about events in your
area, write U.S. National Senior Sports Organization,
14323 South Outer Forty Road, Suite N300, Chesterfield,
MO 63017, or call (314) 878-4900. The next national
games will be in the summer of 1995 in San Antonio,
Texas. At least nine former CZ athletes competed in the
last national games which were held in Baton Rouge, La.
At next year's picnic, Donna Seitz plans to bring
some original music and lyrics about the CZ by her son
David and his friend Alex Reyes. Titles include "Life on
Mango Street (Balboa)", "I Love the Rain" and "Building
the Canal". David is a biology teacher at BHS and his
wife Myra teaches chemistry there.

Among others attending the Gulf Coast picnic were
Pete Benfield, Audrey Bowman, Lucienne and Dean
Bruch, Jim Calhoun, Roland Casanova, Hugh Cassibry,
Lorraine and Norman Currier, Carolyn and Richard
Dillon, Allison Hunt, Frank Martin, Pepper Martin, Obe
Oberholtzer, Ed Parker, Don Seitz, Tom Stewart, and
this reporter.

Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


Your reporter is pleased to have gotten some
responses from people in the New England area. Thanks
to each of you for taking the time and effort to spread
the news of your ongoing activities. Jean (Owen)
(CHS'49) Young reported that her parents, Ron and
Florence Young, recently celebrated their 80th birthdays.
Their four children took them to The Balsams Resort in
Dixville Notch, NH, for 5 days and 4 nights (the site
where the 11 residents vote first in the nation and there
is a special room in the hotel where they cast their vote -
"The Ballot Room"). The Balsams Resort accommodates
close to 500 people and has a staff of over 500. It offers
some of the best golf in the country plus tennis,
swimming, boating, volleyball, etc., and super food. It is
like taking a cruise, but only it's on land. The resort is in
the mountains of New Hampshire only about 12 miles
from the Canadian border.

Sitting: Rene (Owen) Seaton, Ron and Florence
Owen, Jean (Owen) Young. Standing: David and
Philip Owen.

The Owen's son David and his wife Arlene flew over
from England and their son Philip with his girlfriend
Sharon and his two children came over from Vancouver,
British Columbia. I should say Phil's wife Phil surprised
everyone while they were at the Balsams and got
married. He announced his wedding plans to us all when
he arrived and on Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. in the
newly-constructed gazebo they were married with all his
family around him. It was the nicest present of all.

Their daughter Rene and her husband Jim and her
two children came from Portland, OR, and their daughter
Jean and husband Jim (Scituate, Mass.) and their two
daughters (one from Davis, CA, and Portsmouth, NH)
made the family complete. It was the first time in many
years that the 16 of them have been together, and a
wonderful time was had by all.

Back: Mike and Joanne (Simonsson) Flaherty,
Felix, Joseph and Debra (Boyle) Farrell. Front:
Patrick and Kathy Flaherty, Sean Farrell.

Your reporter and family had a reunion with the
Flahertys of Ft. Drum, NY, this past August. Joanne
(Simonsson BHS'80), Mike, Patrick and Kathy Flaherty
organized a cookout which included Joanne's friend from
Panama, Felix. Felix recently moved back down to
Panama for his new job at the Marriott Hotel. Joanne
reports that her sister Beverly Simonsson (BHS) and son
Brian just moved to the United States from Costa Rica
and are now residing with their sister, Vivian (Simonsson
BHS'79) Jupp, in Henderson, NV.
I received calls from several people which included
Ruth Drake of Dalton, MA, who called to says she
couldn't attend the Third New England/Panama Canal
Luncheon (which you will hear about in the next issue)
due to other plans already made in advance. The Drakes
live in Dalton, MA, where the paper used to print money
is manufactured. She also reported some rather sad news
about the passing away of her son-in-law.
Jean Hill of Castine, ME, also phoned to send her
regrets for not being able to attend the luncheon. Jean
reported that her son is driving her down to Jacksonville,
FL, where she will spend the winter.
Fulvia Correa reported that she had a wonderful
time this summer visiting her daughter and grandson
Brandon on the Cape. She said Brandon is becoming
quite a karate champion and is learning to ice skate.
I would like to thank Anne (Field) Kirrane and
Cheryl (Kresge) Gillespie for helping to send out the
invitations to the New England/Panama Canal Luncheon.
Anne also did a great job of putting the invitations
Although there are some people who are unable to
join the reunions for some reason or another, I just want
you to know that we will continue to send you the
invitations so that you know that you are in our thoughts
and minds.

Debra Boyle Farrell
(617) 643-8531


The Fall meeting of the Western NC Society was
held at the Western Sizzlin Steakhouse on October 27th
with several members present. News from our area is a
little skimpy this time; everyone's looking at the beautiful
fall leaves, I guess.
In late summer Pat and Jack Hunt had a visit from
Jane and Richard (Dick) Nitto (BHS'48). Jack and Dick
had not seen each other since the early fifties, so there
was a great deal of reminiscing. The Nittos are presently
residing in Wilmington, NC. Pat and Jack attended the
Dothan Open in early October, not to play golf but to
visit sister-in-law Lou Hunt. Lou had a houseful that
week as Marge and Jack Ruoff and Joe Hunt, Jr. were
also there. On the way back from Dothan, Pat and Jack
visited Rev. Francis Lynch in Tallassee, AL. Father
Lynch was the pastor at Sacred Heart Chapel for many
years and Superior at St. Mary's for several years. Also
attending the Dothan Open from North Carolina were
Ron Angermuller, our president, and Willy and Wilma
Nowotny. Willy was on the second-place winning team in
the Open so he was in great spirits. Willy and Wilma
made it back to Hendersonville just in time to go to
Dothan. They had just returned from a month-long trip
to Canada, the National Parks, the Pacific Northwest and
California, where they visited with Henry Ho and his
wife. Henry was a former employee of the Supply
Division. After a "breakfast" visit with Betty and Buckeye
Swearingen in Ft. Collins, CO, they drove on to Branson,
MO, to see a couple of shows and then back home to
Bill and Betty Dunning were unable to attend the
Dothan Open this year. It takes something very special to
keep Bill from playing golf and I guess he considered this
to be special; a visit from their daughter Lynn and
husband, Jess Harp, and granddaughter Samantha from
Rogers, AR. Perhaps I should say Samantha and her
parents as I think they were just incidental in getting her
here. All the Hunt cousins, except John, were able to
come and see the new addition to the family. John Hunt,
Jr. is studying for his Master's degree at Appalachian
State University in Boone, NC, at present. Also visiting
the Dunnings this fall were Doris Byron, Daytona Beach,
FL, Dr. Carol Meyer of Augusta, GA, and Pat Mead of
Panama City, FL. The three were spending two weeks in
Highlands, NC, enjoying the fall foliage, etc. Doris and
husband Dennis were with All American Cable in
Panama and Doris worked at Gorgas Hospital. Dennis is
still working for ITT in Guantanamo Bay but Doris was
evacuated during the refugee crisis. Many of you with
kids especially will remember Carol as a super
pediatrician and allergist at Gorgas. She is presently
practicing medicine and teaching at Georgia Medical
College in Augusta, GA. Pat Mead was also employed at
Gorgas Hospital as a medical librarian. The ladies
enjoyed a trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville with
Betty, and other local attractions.
As of this writing, Malcolm and Jean Stone were still
traveling along the east coast and New England. After
visiting friends and relatives, they were attending
Malcolm's class reunion at Kings Point. Too bad they had
to miss the Nowotny's annual "Octoberfest".
Pat Fraser is adjusting quite well to life in the
mountains. She recently entertained friends at an "open

house cocktail party" in her new home. Daughter Sherry
made a special trip up from Tampa to help Mom out.
Pat is a college girl again and commutes to Greenville,
SC, and Asheville for her classes.
That's it for now. All of you North Carolinians out
there who have news for the Canal Record are asked
please to send me your info at least a week before the
deadlines in the book or give me a call.

Pat Hunt
(704) 696-3995


As the first rays of sunshine shimmered off the blue
waters of Washington State's beautiful Hood Canal on
the Olympic peninsula, Jim and Noralee Shobe were
discovered busily unloading and setting up for the
Northwest Zonians' arrival on Saturday, August 9, at
their annual picnic. The terrible fires which plagued
central Washington the prior week did not deter the
more than 100 who arrived at Twanoh State Park, albeit
a bit off the beaten path. As always, reminiscing,
rekindling old acquaintances, and forging new friendships
were the theme of the day. For a few, it was a long trip.
All the way from Panama came David Young and Dick
Bjorneby. From Texas, Walter E. Muller, wife Delores
and daughter Skye. From Florida came Bill and Jean
Muller (Ocala), and Fred and Beverly Ebdon (Sarasota).

Jim Shobe does his thing, as he raffles off a "Hard
Rock Cafe, Panama" T-shirt. N.W. Picnic August 1994.

CHS Class of '72 graduates Mike Snider, Harry
Towsend, Steve Shobe and Debbie (Rowley) Shobe.
(Photo by Kathy Snider).

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L-R: Clover (Shobe) Duffus, Cheri (Daisy)
Henderson, Brenda (Scott) Seneca. (photo by Cheri

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James and Louisa Duffus, N.W. Picnic, 1994. (Photo
by Cheri Henderson).
Jim and Mary Young brought back many prizes from
Panama, including molas and Hard Rock Cafe T-shirts,
which were raffled off during the picnic, with Jim Shobe
doing the usual honors. And, although the drawings were
made by several different individuals, Jim's extended
family once again managed to get their fair share. Before
departing, Murray and Candy Falk graciously offered to
host next year's picnic. It will be held at a yet-to-be-
announced site in southwest Washington, near
Vancouver, again on the first Saturday in August. Those
attendees who registered were:
Jim and Noralee Shobe, Steve and Deb Shobe and Scott, April,
and Dillon, Bill and Pat Scott, Kathy and Lee Snider and Jim, Patty
(Snider) Morgan with Leslie and Katie, Floyd and Bev Baker, Dan
and Pat Nellis, Grady B. and Margaret Hardison, Henry and Patricia
Cruz, Tillman T. Dagle, (Tom) and Shirley, Ewart G. and Lillian
Harvey, Ed and Sue Carwithen, Suzanne and Walter Kleefkens, Dino
Barkema, Elenor and Jim Russell, Billy and Ginny Rankin, Paul and
Connie Ebdon and Jaron, Elizabeth Engmon, Fred and Beverly
Ebdon, Cheri and Randy Henderson, Jean Coffey and Ruben Radke,
Frank Doherty and Marjorie, William (Bill) and Jean Muller, Beverly
Muller Brunson, Marilyn and Tom Marsh, Brenda (Scott) and Herk
Senecal, James and Gladys Roddy, Ralph and Helen Smith, Bob and
Mary Thompson, Miguel and Maritza Thompson, Cec, Donna and Jay
Caudill, Steve and Barb Blair, John Dodds, Gwen Blair, Bill Bailey,
Paul Baker, Beth Baker, Louisa and Jim Duffus, Jim and Mary
Young, Mike and Inez Plucker, Lois Hollowell Jones, Jim, Clover,

Josh and Tina, Robin Erixon, Dean Young, Mike Jablonski, Gladys
Lasher, Chris Lasher, David B. Young, Betty Faulkner, John Roddy,
Murray and Candy Falk, Dick and Joan Kinsman, Lee and Jean
Hogan, Tom and Cec Gove, Juvenal and Cindy Jovet, Clancy and
Cheryl Parker (Caudill), Jack and Elaine Streeter, Dick Bjorneby,
Walter and Delores Muller and daughter Skye, and Andy and Linda
Muller with Ben, Stephan and Jona (Thomson).
From Kathy Snider, the following: Steve and Debbie
Shobe and family entertained Harry Townsend and
daughter, Mike and Joan Snider and 2 boys at their
beautiful new home near Gig Harbor, WA, in August. It
was a grand evening of laughter, reminiscing and great
food. The three teenage Shobes made the evening most
enjoyable by entertaining the younger ones. Steve Shobe
is recently retired from the Air Force and is employed as
a maintenance mechanic in a Tacoma hospital. Harry
lives in Seattle and is a Boeing engineer. Mike is an
attorney in Wichita, KA, who was visiting his parents,
Lee and Kathy Snider, in Kingston, WA.

Henry Cruz
(206) 774-8947


The Oklahoma Chapter has two picnics every year;
in early May in or near Oklahoma City and in Early
October in Tulsa. Anyone that is passing through during
these times COME SEE US!!

Oklahoma picnickers.
Oklahoma picnickers.

New Officers for Oklahoma; L-R: Jean Burns, Vice
President, Julia Allande, President, Scott Burns,
Reporter, Madeleine Raffler, Secretary.

Our October picnic was held on the 1st at La
Fortune Park in Tulsa. Kenny Hines and a friend from
Tulsa were first-time visitors along with the regulars; Eli
and Lydia Lugo, Paulino and Julia (Lugo) Allande and
family, Larry and Janet Anduss, Patricia Anduss, Jean
and Doris Burns, Scott Burns, Bill and Esther (Butz)
Clair, Renee (Carter) Collins and two children, Linda
(Huff) Dany and daughter Kimber, Amy (Lugo) Diaz,
Vera (Vidaurri) Ftizsimmons and son Stephen, Lillian
Greniger, Bill and Teresa Keller and children, BJ.
Keller, David Lugo, John and Madeline (Lugo) Raffler
and family, Carol Vidaurri, and Jimmie Wickham.
The Chapter elected a new slate of Officers -
President: Julia Allande. Vice President; Jean Burns.
Secretary/Treasurer: Madeline Rafler, and Reporter:
Scott Burns for the next two years.
Jean and Doris Burns are looking forward to a visit
from Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis from Panama
late October when they come stateside for business and
Bill and Teresa Keller's eldest son, BJ. was married
on September 9, 1994 in Eureka Springs, AR to Delana
Knapp. They are living in Tulsa where B.J. is a senior in
college majoring in Medical Technology. Their son Mike
is still in the Navy, stationed in San Diego as a technician
at a Naval Clinic. Their son Troy is majoring as a
Veterinarian at Northwestern Oklahoma State University
at Tahlequah. Their son Gregg recently joined the Navy
and is in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). After
graduation in 1995, Gregg will be in boot camp for 8
weeks then on to school in Norfolk, VA, where he will be
an Intelligence Specialist. Their daughter Kim was
recently a finalist in the Miss Pre-Teen Pageant in Tulsa.

BHS Girls night out. Napoli Pizza Restaurant, Panama,
L-R: Liz (Cartaret) Potts, Renee (Carter) Collins,
Diana (Duncan) DeGreef.

Renee (Carter) Collins took another trip to Panama
in September and again owes many people there special
thanks for a wonderful time. The hospitality in the Zone
remains the same, thanks to good people. Renee says
GRACIAS again to Mike Young for everything he so
willingly did to help make her stay delightful, and for
helping her secure her new cedula the process is quite
incredible to someone not familiar with how things really
work in Panama City. Fishing in the lake for peacock
bass was something she had been looking forward to
again and she enjoyed pulling in her share this time. Tom
and Diane Ellis took her and others to a much famoso
fishing hole where they pulled in over 50 peacock bass in

about an hour. She also extends her thanks for the
delicious Mexican fish fry that followed at the Ellis' home
in Gamboa. There was another feast at Tom and Giselle
Pattison's place. Bobby and Mindy Dollar opened their
hospitality suite for her again too. She hopes to see the
new deck and patio bar in place when she returns to
Panama the next time. She also enjoyed being with them
on a shopping trip to El Valle. She wishes she could have
brought back some of the beautiful ferns and orchids so
inexpensive too! The Dollars had an attractive
arrangement of plants, orchids and flowers around their
home. She enjoyed being a guest at Bill McGann's
wedding and reception, and the chance to go to a pre-
wedding Happy Hour on the deck at Mike and Elaine
Little's place. She said Mike did a good job on the deck.
She got a chance to hear the "Killer Coatimundi's" play
at the Pedro Miguel Yacht Club with a little bit of
Bobby (My Blood Is Hot) Dollar playing harmonica too.
She enjoyed lots of shopping and traveling around the
countryside, and had her fill of the rainy season as well.
Renee appreciated Mike having a Happy Hour before
she left, especially since he had it while he was preparing
to move. Next time, Renee is hoping to be visiting her
Zonian friends during the dry season.

Happy Hour at Mike Young's. L-R: Paul (Smokey)
Parks, Mike Little, T-Bird Pattison, and (TY) Tom
Jean and Doris Burns spent three weeks in July in
Kailua, Hawaii with their daughter Laura Redemann and
family. While there, the family grew larger. Cheyenne
Aimee Redemann was born July 18 and weighed in at 8
lbs. 4 oz.
Scott Burns is going to participate along with some
10,000 others in the 15 Km Tulsa Run the last of
The Oklahoma Chapter wishes everyone a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Scott Burns
(918) 581-7471


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September 2, 1994 marked the ending of an era in
scholastic football. The final Jamboree in Cristobal was
typically rainy; the feeling in the air, although festive,
reminisced the past forty-five years. Many familiar Pacific
side faces made the "cross country" journey to celebrate
this football finale. Several Cristobal alumni who now
reside on the Pacific side were among those who
attended, such as Janin Bedsworth Hauser '66, Robert
Hauser '63, Diane Ambury Sweeney '65, Dick Roscoe '64,
Sandy Tortorici Roscoe '64, Amy Garcia Fisher '65,
Robert Will '66, Denise Bullinger Will '73, Jim Palumbo
'60, Bill Huff '63, Jane Gabriel Huff '70, David Wilder
'64, Jackie Evans Carlson '69, Titi Cole Diaz '72, Mary
Ann Spagna Mans '79, Tracy Scott '79, Fuio Real '85,
Bernard Josephs '87, Henry Josephs '89. Also present
were former Pacific-side Jamboree Queens Sandi
Tortorici Roscoe '63, Pati DeSandis Anderson '65, Myra
Brannon Grimison '83, Patty Cowles '84, Eva Anderson
'86, Anyse Matheney '91, Sara Beattie '93, Nayda Nieves
'93. Apologies to anyone whose name was left out.


Ultralight pilot Al Chase (center) with his student-in-
training and youngest member of the club, Andrew
Rodaniche (left). Andrew's friend at right.

Ultralight flying is becoming very popular here. Al
Chase, Art Krapfl, Robert "Buddy" Mills and Ed
Fehrenbach are members of the Panama Association of
Ultralights. Every weekend you can look up and find
these flying machines that look similar to a go-cart with
wings. These are two cycle engines with forty to sixty five
horsepower weighing 320 pounds, and flying top speeds
of 63 mph. These light aircraft can carry ten gallons of
fuel and can fly two people (pilot and passenger). The
Ultralight Club is celebrating their twelve-year
anniversary and currently has 20 members. Instructor
Ismael "Pio" Champsaur is the club's veteran member
and oversees the other pilots. Al Chase has been a
member for 4 years. Buddy Mills and Art Krapfl have
been members for 3 years. Ed Fehrenbach is a 5-year
member. Although the club flies over the canal area
every weekend, they also journey to farther places in
Panama such as Aguadulce, Rio Hato, Gorgona,
Penonome, Nombre de Dios, and their most recent trip,
the hour-long flight to Fort San Lorenzo (with a quick
stop in Fort Sherman). Every weekend, club members

begin their journey at dawn. Dry season winds make it
difficult for safe and pleasurable flying after 9:30 in the
morning. Ask any of the members if they have flown any
VIPs and you will get the same answer every person
they take up is equally important. So, one weekend if you
are searching for adventure, look up in the sky for Al,
Art, Buddy and Ed.
Attention, BHS Class of 59! Friday, August 5th, the
Panama branch held its first reunion in 15 years at La
Fragata Restaurant in Obarrio. The joint was small and
dark great! There was Lucho's music in the background
but you hardly noticed it for the going talk. In attendance
was one of the class couples Dick Abell and Sandy
Morency, still happy out in Gamboa not to be confused
with the other class couple Alex Perez-Venero and Mirna
Pierce who are also still happy but in Austria. Tony
Womble and Virginia Maulding are who-knows-where
doing who-knows-what; Jorge Aleman, casting a bigger
shadow than he used to; Henry Barker and new bride
Miriam; Inez Berg Clark and Fred (not present as he
was teaching a diving class) with 37 years of marriage
bliss. Also in attendance: Bill Brunner; Gabriel Castro
(he never fails to show up); Rolando and Gaby Chanis
delayed their El Valle weekend ritual for a day; Fior
Diaz; David Eisenmann; Gloribet Endara delayed her
Taboga weekend ritual also; John Engelke with wife
Laurie Will; Lee Hunnicutt delayed his departure for
retirement in Texas to join us; Robert Lau (back from
exile in Europe); Haydee Mendez had to cut class to
come (still studying); Luz Reyes with spouse Hernan
Sedda; Gloria Toledano; Anabel Verela; Priscilla Van
Der Dijs; and Rolando and Maritza (Arosemena)
Winberg. A special treat the attendance of Ann Haskell,
down from San Diego for a summer in El Valle. Manue
Moses with husband Lalo Roux arrived late from a
wedding they had to attend first.

BHS Class of 1959 held its first reunion in fifteen years
to the beat of Lucho's music at La Fragata restaurant
in Obarrio, Panama.

There was a consensus that we should do this at least
once a year. I think it was Rolando Chanis who
suggested David Eisenmann host the next one at the new
hotel in Coronado. After some bobbing and weaving,
David came out with a firm yes (didn't mention how
much discount for classmates, though). So, next year at
Coronado, bring the whole family for a weekend and we
hope to see the rest of the local crowd Ted Arias, Jim
Bradley, Lacy Hinkle, Hoagie Holgerson and Bill
Kirkland, Mike Nahmad, Chipi and Jimmy Moreno,
Jack Hern, Charles Hill, Reed Hopkins, Charlie Leves,

Luis Martinelli, Bob and Irene Barnes. We have a
couple of group photos as well as some good shots of
small groups. If you'd like to see them or get copies,
contact Inez H. Clark at 287-3361 (W) or 286-4898 (H).

Eva Anderson
(011-507) 63-2390


Report of the 1994 Poconos Reunion

From Friday noon to Sunday noon, September 9-11,
the 1994 Poconos Reunion was held at the Hill Motor
Lodge (Best Western) located at Exit 45 on 1-80 in
Tannersville, PA. The weekend package included two
nights lodging and two family-style dinners at the Train
Coach Restaurant adjacent to the Lodge.
We were blessed with good weather again and
consequently we were able to sit outdoors to talk, and
talk. We were very fortunate to have a good
representation from the Washington area and some of
the BHS Class of '44 chose our occasion for a mini-
reunion. Consequently, we had the largest attendance
ever I believe the count was 59.
Joan (Ridge) deGrummond brought a video tape
made by Will Hall taken from the air and from an
automobile trip to El Valle on Market Day and around
Balboa. Vince Ridge furnished the VCR and we brought
along a small TV and showed the Will Hall tape as well
as one of Gatun and Margarita from Joe Coffin. Bob
Nordstrom had some tapes but there just wasn't enough
time to show them.
The main feature for Friday night was the slide show
which some of us had seen at the Reunion in Orlando,
Bob Rupp's "Then and Now". Gene Hamlin had asked
Burt Mead to get the slides for us and it was well
received and I enjoyed seeing it the second time. Vince
Ridge furnished the extra projector and I happened to
have the second large screen needed for this
presentation. Vince agreed to narrate and referred to the
text only as needed. We also showed some slides from
John Logsdon made by him on a trip to Panama.
Saturday morning Billy Michaelsen, Horace Lefferts
and Rick Nelson played golf, which was won by Rick
Nelson who achieved the highest score. Saturday was also
spent for the most part sitting around outside talking and
talking and reminiscing. Some actually stopped talking
and went sightseeing. After dinner Saturday night Billy
Michaelsen described the exciting golf match and the
outcome in Bajun yet. Following this dissertation, Stella
Boggs DeMarr played her accordion accompanied by
Wendell "Cinco" Allen on the keyboard. Billy Michaelsen
handed out some songsheets with words to some old
favorites such as "Los Pollitos", "Cielito Lindo" and "Sly
Mongoose", the last for which no words were needed.
The singing was loud and even melodic, sometimes.
Billy and Mary Michaelsen gave an impromptu dance
exhibition which was much appreciated. But the real treat
was the performance of Stella's "band" of courageous
volunteers who rang bells, played washboards, maracas
and other gourds to provide accompaniment to the music.

The band members were Wilma (Reynolds) Reynolds,
Vince Ridge, Marion (Price) Royston, Bob Harvey and
Rick Nelson. By special request from Rick Nelson and by
popular acclaim, Vince Ridge performed the amazing
antics of the "Silent Duck Hunter". This was a Saturday
night special. We attempted dancing to music from a tape
player; again without success. Do we need Lucho?
Sunday morning was with us all too soon. Before
packing up to go we had breakfast at the Train Coach,
which offered a tasteful buffet. The Coach was well
attended so we were able to say our goodbyes
Those attending were: Milo and Georgia Alexander, Wendell
"Cinco" Allen, Blanche Browne, Joseph and Marge Coffin, Josephine
R. (Dennis) Conover, Joan (Ridge) deGrummond, Stella (Boggs)
DeMarr, Ed and Jeanne Duran, Shirley (Jennings) Erickson, Betty
(Comley) Forgeson, Bob and Doris (Conner) Fredette, Rosemary
(Millett) Gilead, Tom and Marjorie Halliday, Bob Harvey, June
Hattaway, Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Len and Olive (Kalar) Krouse,
Helen (McKeown) Ledgerwood, Doris M. Leeser, Horace and Doris
(Nolan) Lefferts, John W. and Gwen Logsdon, Jean (Kalar)
McAndrews, John and Vera McGuire, Bill and Thelma March, Norma
(Stillwell) Martin, Billy and Mary Michaelsen, June Murray, Rick
Nelson, Robert W. and Connie Nordstrom, John "Jack" H. Poole Jr.,
William and Muriel Poole, Manual "Mannie" Quintero, Julia B. Ridge,
Bob and Pat Ridge, Vincent and Dottie Ridge, Marion (Price)
Royston, August "Augie" and Eleanor (Hammond) Schwindeman,
Adelaide (Monoco) Seldon, Sarah P. Storey, Jack Tonneson, Robert
and Pat (Heitman) Whitam.

Bill Poole
(215) 623-8591

(Editor's note: Five people sent in over 100 pictures
taken at this reunion. We appreciate receiving them but,
due to space limits, were unable to use most of them.)


On October 1st twenty-four members and guests
enjoyed a potluck luncheon at the Seniors' Clubhouse in
Crosland Park, Aiken. Present were Leona and Paul
Radonsky, Fina and Frank Balinski, Blanche Browne,
Kathleen Burkett, Eletheer and Otis Catron, Dianne and
Jerry Cox, Grace and BJ. Hartley, Olga Holmes, Peggy
Hutchison, Verna Kapinos, Doris Leeser, Charlotte and
Ed Mullins, Mark Schwindt, Lorna Shore, Phyllis and
Jack Woodzell, and Sis and Bill York.
In July, Lorna Shore's grandson Steve LeBlanc
became the first graduate of Aiken Technical College's
Criminal Justice program. His mother, Diane LeBlanc
(Shore), is a police officer in Miami. Sandra Davis
(Shore), husband Bob and son Adam spent time with
Lorna this summer.
Bob Rowe also had houseguests from Florida this
summer his son Bobby, daughter-in-law Donna, and
granddaughters Kelley and Stacey.
Olga Holmes still enjoys bowling twice a week, and
in May participated in the Aiken Seniors Games. Her
daughter Carol Morris (Holmes) works at the Walton
Rehabilitation Hospital in Augusta, and received the
Chairman's Award for outstanding service from the
March of Dimes for her work in the past fifteen years.
Olga's granddaughters, Shannon and Kayla (daughters of

Bebe Daniel (Holmes)), are cheerleaders for Jefferson
Davis School in Jacksonville, FL. They also participated
in a swim meet this past summer ending up with
trophies and ribbons. Kayla earned the highest points for
the year in her age group for the Argyle team.

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(Left) Shannon Daniel, (Right) Kayla Daniel

After a rough summer spent indoors, Nora Green is
"back on track" that is, she is well enough again to walk
the mile track at the Aiken Recreational Center.
For ten days in mid-August, Penny Hutchison visited
relatives at Prince Edward Island in Canada. In
September her daughter and son-in-law, Jerry and
Dianne Cox (Hutchison) spent a long weekend in Ocala
where they saw Dianne's relatives, Richard and Olga
Phillips. Olga is attending college in Gainesville, FL.
Jack and Phyllis Woodzell traveled to Castle Rock,
CO, this summer where they visited Jack's twin brother,
Bob. They also toured the area and attended several
dinner theaters. One way to keep track of the Woodzells
is to read golfing results at the Midland Valley Club on
September 24th they won a couples tournament best
ball of foursome format.
In mid-September Trudi Clontz went to
Massachusetts where she stayed with her brother in
Hopkinton, and then with her nephew and family in
Wellesley. While there she enjoyed a luncheon with Mary
Collins and Anne Palmisano. Mary and Anne were in the
Canal Zone in 1952-54 and taught 1st and 2nd grades at
Ft. Kobbe.

Three Generations of Badonskys; Mary Rose, Leo,
Leona with Natassia, Gaby. (Paul Badonsky,

Verna Kapinos' daughter Linda Puchon and family
spent a few weeks in Aiken this summer. Linda's husband
Chuck has been reassigned to Ft. Huachuca, AZ. En
route to their new post they spent a week in Disney
World. Verna's other daughter, Carol, was here for her
birthday in September. Carol and her husband, Robert
Smith, are stationed at McChord AFB, WA, where
Robert is Commander of the Northwest Air Defense
Sector. Verna's grandson Mark graduated from Florida
State this year her grandson, Lt. Andy Smith, is
stationed at F.E.Warren AFB, WY, and granddaughter
Melissa Swaney and family are at Hickam AFB in
Blanche Browne thoroughly enjoyed her two-week
cruise on the MS Statendam. She was accompanied by
Betty Forgeson of St. Petersburg, FL. They saw all the
Scandinavian capitols, Berlin, and St. Petersburg, Russia,
which was being "spruced up" for the Goodwill Games.
After returning from her cruise, Blanche and Doris
Leeser of Dothan, AL, toured part of the United States,
putting 3321 miles on the car without reaching the west
coast. They saw Grace McVittie in Buffalo, NY, attended
the PanCanal reunion in the Poconos, drove through
Ohio, Illinois, and down to Kansas, and Branson,
MO, where they saw Bobby Vinton. From there they
headed to Memphis, TN, and visited Macel and Mort
Thomson. Heading east, they called on J.D. and Ethel
Tate in Spartanbug, SC. Blanche didn't mention where
she is headed next but 1994 isn't over yet!

(803) 649-2759

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Red and T-Bird Pattison hosted their annual party at
the end of June in honor of their mother's, Bricky
Pattison, birthday. It was just as fun as the ones in the
past and again, this year, there were lots of folks there
from out of town and out of state.
The same weekend Stanley Wright had a pool party
at his house for everyone. This was the party for Spanky
and Our Gang, renamed of course, by The Humor
Committee of Boys. Sorry, guys, I just can't remember all
the great names you gave out; however, they were very
clever, indeed.
Jennifer Davison-Trost came for a Texas visit over
Labor Day again this year. Jennifer is living in the Bay
area of California and often socializes with other fellow
I want to congratulate Colin and Karen Creel on the
birth of their daughter Amanda, who was born on August
5, 1994.
From all of us here in Austin to all of you worldwide,
we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new
year. We thank you for the memories of the past and
look forward to more good times and friendships in the
future. Merry Christmas, everyone!

My Girl" at the Capitol Playhouse where Lauren and
Danny were part of the cast of a fantastic musical
performance. Sue and Bill attended the next five shows
and enjoyed each one. After the show closed, there was
time for a day of golf, picnicking and touring Mt. St.
Helens National Monument and witnessing a
performance of Lauren's Irish dance group at the
Renaissance Festival in Olympia. The Grahams returned
home with many fond memories and in time for Sue's
scheduled foot surgery. Sue's sister, Helen Barrett, from
Florida and her daughter Joan Molinaro Hatcher of
Houston came for a weekend to check on Sue.

Back row: Rita Washabaugh, Bill Graham, Mary
Louise Wagner, Kathie Wagner. Front row: Jenny
Gianelli with baby (Mary Louise's daughter) Jessica
and Jimmy Wagner (Mary Louise's grandchildren).

Sue (Ann) Davenport
(512) 451-6919


Bill and Sue Graham had one of their best summers
ever. They started out in June driving to Hinesville, GA,
and visited daughter Donna Elliott and family. They
brought grandson Jeffery home to Kerrville for a two-
week stay. Donna and Rodney met the Grahams in
Hammond, LA, where Jeffery was returned to them. In
mid-July, Sue and Bill drove to Dubuque, IA, for a visit
with their niece Theresa (Washabaugh) and her husband
Mel Harvey. Then drove to Wooster, OH, to nephew
Paul Washabaugh and his wife Joanne's home. Next stop
was to Cherry Grove, PA, to niece Mary Louise
(Washabaugh) and Jim Wagner's farm in the Allegheny
Forest. Sue's sister, Rita Washabaugh, makes her home
with them so it was a double treat seeing her also. The
visit with the Harveys, Washabaughs and Wagners was
like a reunion, getting acquainted with grandnieces and
grandnephews they had not met or seen in a long time.
They thoroughly enjoyed the Iowa countryside which was
so lush in corn crops; the Ohio Amish farms and their
arts and crafts; and the beautiful mountains in Northwest
Pennsylvania. On the way home, they took a side trip to
Lexington, KY, and enjoyed lunch and a few hours visit
with Bertha and Gardner Hayes. Sue and Bertha relived
the times they spent together at their jobs with the
Terminals Division in Cristobal. In mid-August, Bill and
Sue flew to Seattle to visit their son Will Graham, his
wife Denise, and their children Lauren and Danny in
Olympia, WA. They arrived for opening night of "Me and


Mel and Theresa Harvey. Dubuque, IA.

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Bertha Hayes, Sue Graham and Gardner Hayes in
Lexington, KY.

Iris Hogan and her brother and sister-in-law, Leon
and Claire Dedeaux, of Anderson, SC, took a 30-day auto
trip. They visited relatives in Schenectady, NY;
Burlington, VT; Portland, ME; and Waltham, MA. It was
a wonderful trip.

Iris Hogan, Kathi Lessiack and Honey Fealey drove
to Pensacola, FL, to spend the weekend with Louie and
Barbara Dedeaux and they all drove to Dothan, AL, to
attend the Gas House Gang's annual golf tournament.
Iris said they had a wonderful time and she saw people
she hadn't seen since high school days!
Jackie and Dale Bishop also drove to Dothan, AL, to
attend the Gas House Gang Golf Tournament. They
stopped in Ocean Springs, MS, and visited with Hugh and
Chita Cassibry and Duncan Laird. While in Dothan they
saw many old friends. They had a surprise visit with Pat
Beall. Even for non-golfers this is a great opportunity to
see and visit with former Canal Zone friends. The CZ
residents of Dothan make everyone feel welcome. The
CZ women's group that meets monthly for lunch
scheduled their October luncheon to coincide with the
tournament giving the visiting women a chance to see
friends they wouldn't ordinarily see. After leaving
Dothan, Jackie and Dale drove to Tallahassee to visit

with Jackie's brother, John
Barbara Wichmann.

(Bill) Schmidt, and Bill and

Marilyn and Wade
fL Carter opted for the West
Coast to Palm Springs, CA,
where they were the guests
in Mary Azcarraga's lovely
home. Mary made a great
tour guide of her interesting
city. The trio spent a day
Shopping in the busy city of
Tijuana, Mexico. Wade and
K Marilyn attended the Crystal
Cathedral to hear an
inspiring sermon by Dr.
Robert Schuller's guest,
Andrew Young. California's
beautiful flowers and
beaches reminded the
Marilyn Carter and Carters of Panama. Does
Mary Azcarraga anyone ever forget Panama!
Bill and Melida Beebe took their three
granddaughters to Orlando's Disney World for two
weeks. What a wonderful time. On returning to Kerrville,
Melida took a trip to Panama to visit family and friends.
She found many changes: some good and some bad, but
the weather stayed constant--hot!
Nealie Van Siclen flew from her home in St.
Petersburg to San Antonio to be Bea Rhyne's roommate
on the local bank's trip to Branson, MO. Kathi Lessiack
and Iris Hogan were the other Zonians on the trip.
Nealie spent a few days in Kerrville before heading for
St. Pete and was able to join the monthly canasta group
for lunch and cards.
Robert "Pappy" Grier is considering a name change
to "Farmer Grier" as his home-grown Steakmaster tomato
weighed in at one pound and 14 ounces. Sure sounds like
a record to me. Pappy said it was amazing what a little
TLC will do, especially in this soil!
Bea and Harvey Rhyne were surprised and pleased
when their daughters, Barbara Rhyne Stanford and
Camille Rhyne Eastham, came for a visit to help
celebrate their 50th anniversary and Harvey's birthday.
Kathy Orr Keenan came from Houston to join the group
and Harvey was in his glory with "his girls" including
Mandy (our Schnauzer).

Well, this wraps up another year of being your
reporter. Thanks to all who have given me support with
their news and encouraging remarks. Thanks to my
husband Harvey who patiently offers his comments and
proofreads my reports. We wish you the best for the
Holiday Season and may your days be merry and bright.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Bea Rhyne
(210) 896-8643


The reunion of the Mid-Atlantic gang was a great
success with 95 shows from Virginia, Maryland,
Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The slide
presentation of "Then and Now" which was secured by
the Panama Canal Commission's Graphic Branch and
narrated by Gail Dawson was well received, as well as the
speech on the Canal's transition to Panama in 2000 by
the guest speaker, Michael Rhode, Jr., Secretary of the
Panama Canal Commission, here in Washington, DC.
Planning for next year's repeat is going to begin early
to upgrade the location for what we hope will be an often
event and to include Panamanian dance music by Tito
Mouynes so that the crowd leaves at 2 a.m. instead of 12

L-R: Angie (Brennan), Rich Linton, Tom Sellers, Jr.,
David Sellers, Frank Linton, Ev and Tom Sellers.

Angie (Brennan), Rich and Frank Linton visited with
Tom and Ev (Menges) Sellers at their home in Manassas,
VA, early in July. Ev was thrilled to see her old (young)
friend again and become acquainted with her family.
Angie, Rich and Frank did a lot of sightseeing around the
nation's capital and in Manassas, visiting the Battle of
Bull Run area. When they weren't sightseeing, Angie was
shopping. Between her, Rich and Frank they bought out
Potomac Mills (a huge outlet shopping outlet). They will
surely be the best-dressed family in Panama. And, every
evening, Angie dragged Ev out to the local mall and
shopping areas. Ev and Tom thoroughly enjoyed their
guests and remembering the "old" days and are strongly
considering a visit to Panama to visit the Lintons, as well
as many other old friends. The picture of Angie, Rich,
Tom Sellers, Jr., David Sellers, Frank Linton, Ev and
Tom Sellers was taken at a local restaurant during the

Barbara Bonanno
(703) 922-5746



Gladys Bliss Humphrey was the honored guest at a
surprise 80th birthday celebration as "Octogenarian
Extraordinaire," hosted by her sisters, Ramona Barnes,
Mayno and George Walker, and her brother and wife,
Curtis and Emily Bliss. The Fellowship Hall at Sarasota
Southern Methodist Church was decorated with many
pictures showing a chronology of her life from baby days,
through high school, marriage, work place at Gatun
Locks and memorabilia. A refreshment table had a
centerpiece with flags showing her many attributes, such
as volunteer chauffeur, good chef, empanada specialist,
good Canal Record reporter, etc. made by her daughter
Donna Mann.

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Gladys (Bliss) Humphrey was honored on her
80th birthday.
Gladys was presented a crown by her daughter,
naming her "Queen of Happiness." Her son, Donald
Humphrey presented her with a "Memory Book"
containing many birthday cards, including one from
President and Hillary Clinton. It also included a copy of
her birth certificate showing she was born "in a house
across the street from the Cristobal Fire Station."
The birthday cake depicted the design of the Panama
Canal Company Seal, for whom she worked for many
years at Gatun Locks. The more than 50 guests sang
Happy Birthday greetings and offered comments on her
life and her Great Big Heart, touching so many people.
Happy, Happy 80th, Gladys!


Jim and Pam (Scott) Reid are the proud parents of
the fastest 10-year old backstroker in the Pacific
Northwest. At the Region XII Long Course Swimming
Championships held in Federal Way, WA, Jamie Reid
won 1st place in the 50 and 100-meter backstroke, and
broke the long-standing meet record by over 2 seconds.
She also placed 2nd in the 100 and 200-meter freestyle
and 3rd place in the 50 and 100-meter butterfly. The

meet is the highlight of the long course season for the
region which included over 900 swimmers from
Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Jamie's times also placed her in the top 16 nationally
reportable times for her age group.
In addition to her fine performance at regionals,
Jamie recently entered her first international competition
in British Columbia, where she made quite a splash by
winning every event in preliminaries and finals, earning
her seven 1st place trophies and the high point winner of
the meet.
Jamie was born in the Republic of Panama and
hopes to return there some day to possibly swim for
Panama in the Latin American and Pan Am Games. At
her present pace, her coach says she could be a serious
gold medal contender.
Jamie practices daily at the Rogers High School pool
and during long course season at the King County
Aquatic Center in Federal Way.


Fred and Vera Ryan of Dothan, AL, celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary on September 23, 1994. All of
their children, Mike, Fred, Tom and Marna, arrived from
Florida to join in the celebration.

Mr. and

Pat Hunter, Fred's sister, who also lives in Dothan,
attended the celebration at the Ryan's home and a later
dinner at the King's Inn.



In the September issue, some of the photos were very dark.
We at Roberts Printing have prepared this insert
with better quality images, and we apologize
for the previous poor reproduction.

L-R: Jane Sandee, Tyler Lee (CHS'84), and Jerry
Graver. Back: Shelly Graver (CHS'80) (Page 81)

Emmett Zemer's 99th birthday family gathering. (Page

Jess and Lynn Harp with Samantha Rae. (Page 80)

Mary Urey and Liz Clark (Page 88)

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Beth Masden, Peggy Hutchison, Robbie Turner,
Catherine Turner with Gladys (Saltero) Turner,
sitting. (Page 68)

Lori and Michael Sytsma (Page 79)

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Dodd Owen DuPree and Tiernan Colleen Corrigan
(Page 74)

Rosemary Gilead, Kelly Gilead, Henry and Virginia
Dolim at Elks Club, Honolulu, HI. (Page 57)

President Jane Huldtquist is presented a mola tote
bag by President-Elect Marje Foster, in the name of
the Society for her dedication to her position as
President of the Society during term 1993-94.(Page 44)

Jeannie (Coleman) Dombrowsky, Peg (Sealey)
Hutchison, Gene (Sexton) Clary at luncheon in
Hendersonville, North Carolina. (Page 69)

1995 Reunion


Wednesday, July 5, 1995

CITIES, Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim, Denver & Chicago.

Thursday, July 6, 1995


Friday, July 7, 1995


Saturday, July 8, 1995


Sunday, July 9, 1995


Happy you came Hope you had a good time Arrive home safely

Reunion Coordinator (813) 789-4858

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Our committees are hard at work on the 1995 Reunion and can only hope that our plans will jell into place with
as much ease and efficiency as in past reunions. Our capable chairpersons for the 1995 Society Reunion are:

Registration Muriel Whitman, and Dorothy Pate
Dances Betty Frassrand
Information and Hospitality Pat Beall and Jeanne Wheeler
Luncheon Betty Malone
Security Robert Van Siclen
Golf Margot and Hubert Jordan
Vendors Nancy Van Siclen

Registration, Information and Hospitality will be located in Marriott's Convention Center (Lower Level) where our
members can gather and visit with each other and see all those passing by.
Due to the rising costs of administering the Reunion, the Executive Board voted to charge a $5.00 non-refundable
registration fee to offset these expenses, payable with each Registration Form submitted.
All the forms have been printed in this issue. Please read the directions for completing your Registration Form, Hotel
Reservation and Ticket Order Forms. Incomplete and incorrect information on the forms may result in a delay in
processing these forms. Please follow instructions carefully.
We are utilizing the Orlando Marriott World Center only, where everything will be under one roof. The World Center
has handicapped parking, valet parking and regular parking.
The Lollipop Lounge is available for baby-sitting from 4:00 to 12:00 P.M. and will hold 30 children on a first-come-
first-served basis. Charges are $5.00/Hr. for first child; and $3.00/Hr. for second child from the same family.
Initial hotel requests must be mailed to the Reunion Coordinator, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FLorida
34642-4712 for membership certification. ALL CHANGES IN ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DATES. CANCELLATIONS
Reservations have already been made for several high school reunions to be held during the 1995 Reunion and we
await requests from others. The Executive Board has opened Friday night for Class Reunion activities.
Requests to hold non-Society functions in the hotel during the 1995 Reunion must be submitted in writing to the
Reunion Coordinator NO LATER than MAY 15, 1995.
The Executive Board has approved 25 tables to be set up in the Vendor area. This area will be in the Boston, Atlanta,
Anaheim, Denver and Chicago rooms (Hall of Cities), which will be locked during non-vending hours. Vendor tables will
be assigned in the order that Vendor Applications and Fee are received.
If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1995 Reunion, you should submit an
Application for Membership to the Secretary, Panama Canal Society, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida
34642-4712 between now and the June 22, 1995 Executive Board meeting.
Many door prizes will be awarded at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday morning, July 7, with a special grand
prize of TWO(2) round trip tickets from Miami/Panama/Miami donated by COPA Airlines. Support your Society by
attending this meeting and see if you are the lucky winner.
BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL has again been designated as our official travel agent and we urge our members to
utilize their services, thus enabling us to receive complimentary tickets to bring our musicians to the Reunion. They will
obtain the best flight schedule and the lowest rate to get you to and from Orlando.
We have had some very dedicated members in the Zone who have agreed for the 5th year to accept and provide the
yellow pages for those not receiving their copies in time. Atlantic siders may contact Alberta Corrigan and Pacific siders
may contact Sue Stabler for their reunion forms. What would we do without you? Thank you for your help. Please call
me if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you all in 1995.

Robert Johnson
1995 Reunion Coordinator





1. Please register yourself, family and/or guests if you plan to attend the Reunion. ALL FORMS ARE INCLUDED
2. A non-refundable registration fee of $5.00 per Registration Form (not per individual) is being charged to offset
reunion expenses incurred throughout the year due to rising costs.
a. Fee is payable to: 1995 Reunion Coordinator, Panama Canal Society of Florida, 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite
Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712. This fee must not be included in your hotel deposit but may accompany
your hotel reservation form, or ticket order or golf registration form on a separate check or money order.
b. Those members residing in the Republic of Panama please use checks on U.S. Banks or money orders
or drafts payable by U.S. Institutions.
c. If you delay registering until you arrive at the Reunion, you must register at a designated station in the
Marriott Convention Center, lower level and pay your registration fee of $5.00 per member number before
you can receive your badges or purchase tickets to the dances.
3. At Registration tables located at the Marriott Convention Center, lower level, name badges and pre-paid tickets will
be alphabetically filed under the last name of the member who ordered them.
a. Make sure you pick up badges and tickets during Registration hours. See Schedule of Events for
Registration hours. Our Registrars are all volunteers and we cannot work them OVERTIME.
b. Only the member or spouse may pick up tickets and badges that have been pre-registered. If you are
unable to pick them up, a signed note to the Registration Chairpersons, will be necessary, authorizing
another individual to pick them up.
c. Tickets will not be sold at entrances to the Dances or Luncheon.
d. Unsold tickets for the Dances will be for sale at the Registration area during their operating hours.
e. Tickets will not be mailed.
4. Tickets for the Golf Tournament, Class Reunions, etc. should be picked up from the Chairperson of that event.


Mariott Convention Center, Lower Level
Chairpersons: Pat Beall and Jeanne Wheeler

Hospitality 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 and Society Information Desk is open to any member during the published working hours. Our staff is
experienced 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 local transportation outside of Reunion confines.
4. Provide detailed maps of the area, with restaurant information, attractions, etc.
5. Help those who wish to worship at the church of their choice.
6. Guide members to proper channels in hotel complaints.
7. Place your message on our notice board for friends, and/or guests.
8. Sell Society license plates, decals, current Annual Directories and Canal Records.
9. The center for "Lost and Found" items.
10. Sell dance tickets (if available). You must show identification badge to purchase tickets.
We are at your service.

1. Reservations will only be accepted from Society members who have paid their 1995 dues and all reservations will be
authorized through the 1995 Reunion Coordinator. Please do not phone reservations directly to hotel.
a. Hotel will make room assignments. MEMBERS MUST MAKE ANY CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS
c. Cut-off date for HOTEL RESERVATIONS and REFUNDS is JUNE 5,1995.
complete form properly will delay processing of your reservation.
a. This form must be accompanied by a REGISTRATION FORM and a non-refundable registration fee of $5.00
(Payable to 1995 Reunion Coordinator) DO NOT INCLUDE THIS FEE IN HOTEL DEPOSIT PAYMENT.
3. Mail Hotel Reservation and one (1) nights DEPOSIT MADE OUT TO HOTEL to 1995 Reunion Coordinator, 8050
Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 34642-4712.
a. Deposit payable by check on a U.S. bank, money order or draft payable to U.S. Institutions to the hotel or by major
credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC or other). Please indicate card number, expiration date and signature. DO NOT
4. A limited number of rooms for handicapped guests will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please note your
request in the Special Request space on Reservation Form.
5. There will be an added charge of $10.00 per night plus tax for roll-away beds.
7. There are a number of one and two bedroom suites available. Contact the Marriott World Center at (407) 238-8649
for prices and availability, then place your request on the Hotel Reservation Form and send to the 1995 Reunion

Crystal Ballroom
Chairperson: Betty Frassrand

Plans for the 1995 Panzonian Dance and the Annual Ball are well under way and both events promise to be most
We are pleased to welcome Charlie Cooper and his Copra Band back to our annual festivities. Charlie will be
playing on Friday night for our continued dancing and listening pleasure.
The Friday night Panazonian dance will also feature LeRoy Lewis who is well known for his entertainment at our 1993
and 1994 reunions.
The Annual Ball on Saturday night will feature Frank Pretto and his Parranda Band who has been with us since 1992.
The Panamanian/Zonian spirit truly comes alive with Father Frank's music and will leave our hearts full; and our feet
The doors to the dances for both nights will open at 8:00 p.m., with the dance beginning at 8:30 and continuing
throughout the night until 1:30 a.m. It is suggested that members purchase their tickets as soon as possible. Tickets will
not be sold at the door.
We have had many requests in past years from the coordinators of class reunions for reserved tables. We will now
be able to do so. If you are organizing a class reunion and would like to reserve a table, please let the Reunion
Coordinator, Robert Johnson, know of your request. There will be a limit on the number of tables each class will be able
to reserve, but at this point, we do not know what that limit will be. Once we receive the various requests, we will be in
touch with you to let you know how we can accommodate your needs. It is again suggested that you make your requests
as soon as possible.


1. If you have not submitted a Hotel Reservation Form or Registration Form, please attach your Registration Form and
a non-refundable $5.00 Registration Fee with this Ticket Form.
2. Ticket orders will be accepted from only those members submitting a Registration Form and non-refundable
Registration Fee of $5.00.
4. No tickets will be sold at the door. It is advised that you order your tickets in advance since there is no guarantee that
there will be tickets available at time of Reunion.



Saturday, July 8, 1995

$16.00/Ticket 8 Tickets per member

No. of Tickets Total $

Saturday, July 8, 1995

$12.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member

No. of Tickets Total $

Friday, July 7, 1995

$8.00/Ticket 6 Tickets per member

'No. of Tickets_

Total $

Chairperson Betty Malone

1. Grand Ballroom #4-6 Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch at 12:00 Noon.
2. Tickets limited to 1,000 8 per member.
3. Seating will be at tables of 8 persons.
4. Menu: Chicken Tuscany with Pasta
Salad and Vegetable
Soft Breadsticks
Strawberry Romanoff
Coffee Iced Tea
5. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
June 20, 1995 and will not be re-sold at the Reunion.

Chairperson Betty Frassrand

1. Crystal Ballroom 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
3. Tickets will not be refunded after cut-off date of
June 20, 1995 and will not be resold at the Reunion.
4. Hotel will provide cash bars.
6. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted
at the dances.
7. PANAZONIAN DANCE Panamanian attire or
Informal dress.
8. SOCIETY ANNUAL BALL Semi formal dress NO

PANAZONIAN DANCE Music by Leroy Lewis
8:30 10:30 PM
Music by Charlie Cooper
10:30 1:30 AM
ANNUAL BALL Music by Frankie Pretto


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There is an agreement with the Marriott's Orlando World Center Resort and the Reunion Coordinator that requests
to hold Class Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion must be
approved in advance by the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to:
Reunion Coordinator, Robert Johnson, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida, 34642-4712.

1995 Reunion


The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. has appointed BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL of
Clearwater, Florida the OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT for the Society's 1995 Reunion.
If a significant number of members make their Reunion air travel reservations through BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL
on DELTA AIR LINES, our Society will benefit as its air travel costs for the Society to bring the Reunion musicians will
be reduced.
The primary purpose of appointing an 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
Committee with arrival/departure data of reunion attendees. This data will be utilized to coordinate Reunion Registration
hours, airport/hotel ground transportation and Hotel Registration Desk Staffing.
The membership travel data will also be used to determine feasibility in establishing Charter Flights at those locations
where a significant amount of members depart from. Chartering Flights would provide a considerable reduction in
Reunion travel for our members.
Members may make their air travel reservations with BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL, Delta Air Lines or their own
travel agent (with the latter, you must use the Delta File number). The advantage in utilizing BOWEN-KEPPIE is that
in addition to providing a complete travel profile, advanced seat assignments, boarding passes and free ticket delivery -
BOWEN-KEPPIE will ticket the lowest rates available and monitor reservations to obtain a lower fare for the member
should fares decrease before departure.
BOWEN-KEPPIE has arranged with DELTA to offer the discounted convention fares from July 1st through July
12, 1995.
Members planning to travel by commercial carrier to the 1995 Reunion are asked to support your Reunion
Committee's efforts by taking advantage of the Reunion Transportation program and complete and mail the Preliminary
CONTEST/TRAVEL Form in the BOWEN-KEPPIE TRAVEL'S advertisement. The form is non-binding to you, but
it will also provide advance information for select support functions. BOWEN-KEPPIE has modified its handling of these
forms to provide a more efficient and expeditious response to the membership.
To make your travel reservations, follow the information provided in the BOWEN-KEPPIE advertisement and if you
should call after hours, leave your name, phone number and request that the Panama Canal Society Specialist return your



Hall of Cities Boston, Atlanta, Anaheim, Denver & Chicago
Chairperson: Nancy Van Siclen

1. A Vendor's Application for the 1995 Reunion may be obtained from Nancy Van Siclen, Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, FL 34642-4712. They will not be published in the Canal
2. Vendors MUST file an application. Vendor tables may NOT be shared without prior approval of the Reunion
3. Space is available for 25 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 and vendor's fee.
5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Vendor Area is PROHIBITED.
6. The Deadline for receiving Vendor's Applications and for refunds is June 5, 1995.
7. Instructions are outlined with the Vendor Application Form. Please read all instructions very carefully. The Marriott
World Center has some restrictions which cannot be broken, such as attaching anything to the walls, etc. Restrictions
are completely outlined in the Vendor Application and Instruction Form.

Announces the Appointment of


S As the Official Travel Agent for the Reunion
The Official Carrier '


WeLoveToFlyAnd It Shows.
Each Reunion associated air reservation to Orlando, Florida on DELTA between July 1, 1995 through July 12, 1995 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.
Send in a completed CONTEST/Travel Form, below. Drawing for a winner will take place during the Society's Annual
Reunion Business Meeting on July 7, 1995. The winner will be reimbursed the amount of one roundtrip between the
winner's continental U.S. Air Gateway City and Orlando, Florida, purchased through Bowen-Keppie Travel.
For your convenience you may phone DELTA direct, 1-800-241-6760 and request your reservation under FILE No.
B1809. Unfortunately, this method does NOT permit BOWEN-KEPPIE to monitor your reservations and fare reductions.

Limo transfers to/from Airport Hotel discounted for Society members and their guests OR,
Ask about special advance tickets to Orlando attractions!

Call Bowen-Keppie for your Reunion travel plans. Bowen-Keppie will find the lowest rates with the best flights to get you
to and from Orlando. Bowen-Keppie will continue to monitor your reservation to automatically reduce your travel costs
should air fares go down before you depart.
Make your reservations early ** Complete this CONTEST/Travel Form and mail to Bowen-Keppie Travel:
Passenger Names:
Address: City/State: Zip:
Phone: Senior Citizen: l Yes O No Rental Car: 0 Yes l No
Frequent Flyer Nos.:
Departing From Originating City: Date: Preferred Time:
Departing Orlando Date: Preferred Time:
Limo Transfer: To Hotel: 0 Yes O No From Hotel: E] Yes O No
Special Instructions:

825 COURT STREET 813-446-6332 FAX 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1995
Grand Ballroom, Sections 4 6
President Marje Foster

This is your Society we urge ALL members to attend and give your support and ideas to the membership be there
for election of Officers and Committee Reports.

1. Grand Ballroom, Sections 4-6. Meeting starts at 10:00 AM.
2. Show your interest in the Society by attending this meeting.
3. Only paid-up (1995 Dues) members will be admitted. Please show your Membership Card.
4. There will be drawings for several prizes donated by Vendors and other contributors. You will be given a lottery ticket
at the entrance to the meeting,





1. If you are not a member of the Society and are planning to attend the 1995 Reunion, you should submit an application
for membership to the Secretary/Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 34642-4712, before the June 22, 1995 Executive Board meeting.
4. Chairpersons of the Society and those of non-Society functions are not permitted to place schedules, pictures, etc. on
the walls or furniture anywhere in the hotels. Any schedules or reasonable information concerning your event may
be displayed at Hospitality or Society Information Desk. Contact Pat Beall or Jeanne Wheeler.
5. Children under 12 years of age will not be permitted at the Panazonian Dance or Annual Ball.


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Ed Aanstoos

presenting photo of QE II to Janet
(Page 56)

Mr. and Mrs. T. Bradley Tunis (nee Susie Violette)
and William Andrew. (Page 81)

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Ruth Scranton, surrounded by Lenny and Ann's
family, Mary Lou and Rick's family. (Page 89)

Marge and Bill Scarborough of Clarksville, AR at the
Pan Canal picnic in Fayetteville, AR. (Page 50)

Standing, L-R: Paul Adamson, Bud Erikson, Barbara
(Erikson) Adamson, Aura Erikson, Jeff Spivey, and
baby Luke, Kim ADamson Spivey and Buddy
Adamson. Seated L-R: Tim Barrett and Brandon, B.J.
Adamson with nieces Malia and Chase Spivey. (Page

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Lori Stevenson Snow installing new license plate
holder on my car. (Page 53)

Jim McNamara with James Michael McNamara IV.
(Page 80)

Rickey and Michelle Escala

(Page 77)

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L-R: Bobby McConnell, Matt McConnell, Richard
Greene, John Bundy, Mark Bundy. (Page 63)

Rebecca Teel and Christopher Conway. (Page 74)

Peter and Gisela Baldwin.

L-R: Christie Dear, Michelle Mercer, Grace
Patterson, Veronica Chandler, Lori (Merrill) Sytsma
Rose Wand, Susanna Apold, Nancy Otho(Rage 56)


Fred Clark of Curundu, Panama, was featured in the
July '94 "Soldiers" magazine. According to the article
entitled "Diving in Panama," Clark helped establish the
Morale, Welfare and Recreation dive program and with
47 years of diving experience, is one of the top local
instructors. The two-page feature story stated that Clark
was a career Army Search and Rescue diver and
instructor before retiring in Panama. For the past 20
years he has trained divers from weekend reef explorers
to Special Forces soldiers.
Clark is married to Inez Berg Clark, BHS'59 with a
son, T.C. Clark, CHS'79 and two daughters, Pam,
BHS'85 and Trina, BHS'87.


Allison L. Deakins,
daughter of Terry and Sue
(Mathieson) Deakins,
graduated summa cum
laude from the University of
North Florida, Jacksonville,
FL, on August 5, 1994.
Allison majored in graphic
design and is currently
employed as a graphic
designer for the Florida
Fruit and Vegetable
Allison Deakins Association in Orlando.


Milton "Mike" LaCroix of Merritt Island, FL,
celebrated his 80th birthday on July 8th of this year.
Shown here with "Dottie", his wife of 53 years, relaxing
after a great night of wining and dining with family
members and friends.

Dottie and Milton "Mike" LaCroix on his birthday.

Dottie and Milton "Mike" LaCroix on his birthday.


Jerry Bennett was ordained at Trinity United Church
of Christ in Belleville, IL, on August 21st. Six former
Canal Zone friends, all of whom were in Schools
Division, came to share the joy of the day. Present were
Alice and Ron Jacobs of Locust Grove, OK; Fern and
Ken Fugleberg of Fairview Heights, IL; and Dale and Hal
Conway of Denton, TX.

Couples, L-R: Ken and Fern Fugleberg, Hal and Dale
Conway, Jerry and Ann Bennett, Ron and Alice


Irene Brown Hasemann celebrated her 87th birthday
at her home in Jacksonville, FL, on September 20, 1994.
All four of her children shared in the event.
Helen Ress flew in from San Diego, CA; Irene
Wilson and husband John came from Chicago, and Gayle
Tolbert and Louise Hasemann are residents of
Jacksonville. Carrie Brown, Irene's sister, joined the
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Irene Brown Hasemann celebrated her 87th birthday
at home in Jacksonville, Florida. All four of her children
helped her celebrate. L-R: Louie, Gayle, Irene, Renie
and Helen.
Irene was born in Empire, Canal Zone in 1907 to
Josephine and Maurice Brown (a Roosevelt medal
recipient). She met and married Lou Hasemann, a postal
employee in Cristobal. They later moved to Balboa where
they lived until their retirement in 1961. Irene has ten
grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She has
been a long time member of the Panama Canal Society.


Carol (LaCroix) Hamilton of Palm Bay, FL, and
Jerry Kennedy of Loveland, OH, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Roberta (Bobbi) Lynn
Kennedy, to Rafael Casellas of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Bobbi is a 1993 graduate of Florida State University,
Tallahassee, FL, and Rafael is a graduate of Marquette
University (1988) in Milwaukee, WI. Their wedding will
take place on February 3, 1995, at St. Mark's Catholic
Church in Cooper City, FL.

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Roberta (Bobbi) Lynn Kennedy and Rafael Casellas

Bobbi is an employee of the Counseling Care Center
in Plantation, FL, and Rafael is a Software Engineer in
Proposal Management at Northern Telecom in Miami,
FL. Bobbi and Rafael will reside in their new home in
Pembroke Pines, FL.


On July 16, 1994, Sue (Allen) Magee was feted by
her children with a birthday party held in her honor at
the home of daughter, Anne (Magee) Severy of
Oceanside, CA.
Only three of her five children were able to attend
the festivities at the time, but the presence of her eight
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other
relatives and friends helped make it a grand day for Sue.
In addition to daughter Anne and her three children,
the party was attended by her daughter Susie (Magee)
Allen and her family, and son John Magee (visiting from
Panama) with his family. Daughter Peggy (Magee) Keller
and son Charles (Buddy) Magee were unable to make
the event.


Sue (Allen) Magee turns 94!
Other former Zonians in attendance were Dolly
Steiner, Sue's sister, nieces Joanne (Steiner) Robinson
and Kathleen (Steiner) Bennet and good friend Thomas
(Tommie) O'Donnell.
A good time was had by all and Sue is already
looking forward to her 95th birthday celebration next

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Joey Zornes, June 16th graduation, BHS, son of Dick
(BHS'67) and Ginger (BHS'68) Zornes, pictured
alongside his graphic design used as part of the
background stage setting and on the front cover of the
graduation program. He, classmate Samantha
Cowling, and Art teacher Dave Young, were given
special thanks for all the artwork they did for the senior


Elizabeth Brandy Huff, daughter of Bill and Jane
(Gabriel) Huff, graduated April 30, 1994 from the
University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in
History Education. She is currently employed by
Escambia County, Pensacola, FL, as a substitute teacher
while waiting for a permanent teaching position to
become available.

Allison (left) and Brandy (right) Huff, daughters of Bill
and Jane (Gabriel) Huff. Allison received honorary
recognition in the Seventeenth Annual Edition of the
National Dean's List for academic excellence at the
University of West Florida (UWF). Brandy is a Class of
'94 graduate of UWF.
Allison Jane Huff has been selected to receive an
honorary award recognition by having her biography
published in the Seventeenth Annual Edition of the
National Dean's List for her academic excellence during
her first two years at the University of West Florida in
Pensacola, FL.

BHS Class of 1994, bottom L-R: Tyler Quinn, going to
Duke University, Dawn Bilgray, Florida State
University, Gabe Bacot, P.C.C., Tony Decerega,
P.C.C. Middle L-R: Brian Swenty, Texas Tech, Chris
Corrigan, Georgia Tech, H.B. Twohy, P.C.C. Top, L-
R: Billy Wing, P.C.C., Walter Fernandez, University of
Miami, William Pohl, Hendriz College, and Joey
Zornes, Savannah College of Art and Design.
Congratulations to all!


Hulk Hogan, famous WCW wrestler, won the WCW
belt from Ric Flair at a match held in Orlando, FL, on
July 17, 1994. The Hulk, also known as Terry Bollea, is
the son of Pete and Ruth (Moody) Bollea of Tampa,
FL. He is the youngest son and his brothers are Col.
Kenneth Wheeler, Retired, and Allan Bollea, deceased.

Terry Bollea, also known as "Hulk Hogan" with his
mother Ruth (Moody) Bollea after winning WCW Belt
in Orlando, Florida.
His mother, Ruth says "What is sweet in life comes
through struggling and to reach for, which Hulkster has
done. He has always been a sincere and dedicated person
in all respects. We are so proud of him!"


David is the son of
Robert and Hazel (Griffith)
Berry of Phoenix, AZ.
Maternal grandparents are
the late Roger W. Griffith,
Sr., and Martha (Potts)
Griffith, also of Phoenix.
David was born and
grew up in Phoenix,
attended Arizona State
University where he earned
a degree in Political Science.
While at college he was an
intern on the Reagan-Bush
campaign in 1984. While a
Lt. David P. Berry senior, he interned at
Arizona Republican
Headquarters, and after graduating, was active on the
first campaign of Rep. Jon Kyl of AZ, and then worked
as a Congressional Aide in Washington, DC.
He left Washington in 1988 to attend Gonzaga
University at Spokane, WA. After his first year, he was
awarded the Thomas More Scholarship, paying his last
two years' tuition. He graduated Summa Cum Laude,
fourth in his class. He moved to San Francisco, working
and studying for the California Bar, passing in 1991.

David joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1992 and
after completion of Officer Candidate School he attended
The Basic School in Quantico, VA. He then attended the
Naval Justice School at Newport, RI, graduating first in
his class of 11 marines and 11 naval officers. He received
a certificate of commendation and an award from the
American Bar Association for outstanding achievement.
He is now stationed in Okinawa, practicing law as a
defense attorney.


Congratulations! On March 31, 1994 our parents, Bill
and Jean Violette celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary. This past August, we celebrated as a family
in St. Augustine, FL.
We were all there, Bill and Jean Violette; Jim and
Sam Violette; Bill, Annette (Violette), Allison and Drew
Deming; Brad, Susie (Violette), Travis, Austin and Will
Tunis; Terry and Judy (Violette) Rowe; and Jerry, Julie
and Elisa Violette.


Ethel and Jim Wich
Jim Wich was raised to a Master Mason at Isthmian
Lodge, Pedro Miguel in February 1944 and has received
his 50-year service award in Palestine Lodge 189 on June
9, 1994 in Catonsville, MD.


Nancy and Tom Grimison of Satellite Beach, FL,
announce the engagement of their daughter Rebecca
Helene, of Pensacola, FL, to Geoffrey S. Pletcher, son of
Sue and Jim Pletcher of Rockville, MD.

The Violette family celebrates.
It was the first time we had all been together for a
long time and much fun was had by all! We would like to
say that we are real proud of our parents and we love
them very much.
Judy Rowe
West Palm Beach, FL


Ethel and Jim Wich celebrated 50 years of marriage
on May 26, 1994. They spent seven days on a cruise on
the Nieuw Amsterdam, a gift from their sons, James and
Richard. Incidentally, Richard was born in Gorgas
Hospital in 1948.
In June, they traveled to Maryland for their
granddaughter's graduation from Perry Hall High School.
She graduated "first" in her class and "second" in her
graduation class of three hundred and ninety-nine
students. She entered Princeton University in September.

Rebecca Grimison and

Geoffrey Pletcher

Rebecca (BHS'84), a graduate of Florida State
University, is currently Marketing Manager of Riviera
Centre Factory Stores in Foley, AL. Geoffrey, a graduate
of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, is
a Naval aviator, currently on loan to the Air Force,
serving as a Primary Flight Instructor at Reese AFB in
Lubbock, TX.
A March 11, 1995 wedding is planned in Pensacola.


Catherine Ahlberg and Lance Corporal Jeffrey L.
Pitney, USMC Res., were united in marriage on July 30,
1994, at Tofta Branneri, Kungalv, Sweden. Witnesses
were Layne Pitney and Christopher Ahlberg.
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L-R: Lou and Sue Pitney, Jeff and Catherine, Birthe
and Sten Ahlberg.
The bride is the daughter of Birthe and Sten Ahlberg
of Harestad, Sweden and the groom in the son of Louis
and Susan (Taylor) Pitney of San Diego, CA.
The bridal couple had a brief honeymoon in Sweden
and left September 23rd for a trip to Cuernavaca,
Mexico, Xtapa and Mexico City. They are both students
at Palomar College.


Lawrence Thomas Hoyne and Christine Julie
Parkhurst, both of Lafayette, CA, were married August
13, 1994, in the old St. Mary's Church at San Francisco,
The groom, formerly of Gatun, Panama, is the son of
Capt. John (Mike) and Barbara Hoyne, formerly a Canal
Pilot, now of Aberdeen, WA. Lawrence graduated from
the California Maritime Academy and is now sailing as
third mate on the merchant ship "Gem State." The bride,
daughter of Paul and Karen Parkhurst of Lafayette, CA,
is a graduate of Cal-Poly at San Luis Obispo and is
employed as a graphic designer for the RAM Group in
Jack London Square at Oakland.

Julie Parkhurst, sister of the bride, was maid of
honor. Bridesmaids included Heather Daesener, Julie
Jaeger, Leslie Knaub, Meg McCardle (cousin of the
groom), and Karen White. The best man was John
Hoyne, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Glen
Ceridono, Keith Huffman, Scott Parkhurst, (brother of
the bride), and Pat Snodgrass.

Christine Julie Parkhurst and Lawrence (Larry) Hoyne.
The bride's cousins, Casey and Molly Clevenger,
served as offertory gift carriers.
Following the ceremony, the guests traveled from the
church to the reception at the Bohemian Club in
motorized cable cars.
Many former Canal Zone residents attended the
ceremony and reception, including the Captain Dingier
and family, Captains Hand and Flint and their wives, and
Captain John Carey of Panama and many of his family.
The newlyweds honeymooned at Princeville, Kuai,
Hawaii, and are making their home in Lafayette.


Leslie Ann Scott and Jerry Dale Hancock II were
united in marriage on August 6, 1994 at Northside Baptist
Church in Victoria, TX.
The bride is the daughter of Jimmie and Maryann
(Brassel) Scott, formerly of Margarita, CZ, and now
residing in Corpus Christi, TX. The groom in the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Dale Hancock of Victoria, TX.



Matron of honor was Darcy Perreault of Carrollton,
TX. The bridesmaids were Gail Bayeta, Vanessa Nyquist
and sisters of the groom, Kim Hancock and Joy Gawlik.
The flower girl was Stephanie Park.

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Leslie Ann Scott and Jerry Dale Hancock
The best man was Stephen Hancock, brother of the
groom. Groomsmen were Clay Spanuzzi, Bobby Misak,
Larry Maher and Kenneth Scott, brother of the bride.
Leslie holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree
from the University of North Texas, and is teaching in
the Roundrock ISD Opportunity Center in Austin, TX.
Jerry holds a bachelor of science degree from the
Univeristy of North Texas and is employed by INFO
NOW in Austin, as a computer software developer.


Sandy Jo Rankin and Louis Siano were married
April 10, 1994 at the Hotel El Meriden in Newport
Beach, CA, with the reception immediately following.
The bride is the daughter of Billy and Ginny Rankin,
formerly of Gatun, Panama, now residing in Tacoma,
WA. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Siano,
formerly of New York, now residing in Florida.
Both bride and groom are in the restaurant business
as general managers in the Los Angeles and Santa
Monica areas.
Maid of honor was Karen Rankin of San Diego,
sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Nancy Ivory of
England and Sandy Mullins of Ohio. Best man was the
groom's brother, Tony Siano. Groomsmen were Jay
Lenhoff and Andy Mohklesson, both of California.
After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple are making
their home in Laguna Niguel, CA.

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Sandy Jo Rankin and Louis Siano


Sandy Hurtado and Daryl Date were united in
marriage on June 18, 1994, in an early morning ceremony
adjacent to their beach house on the shores of the
Caribbean in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

Sandra Hurtado and Daryl Date

Attending the wedding and festivities were all
members of the bride's family as well as the groom's
family including parents Don and Loretta Date, Alison
Date and Eric Black, Donna and Mike Smith and
daughter Candace Date.
Long time friend from Canal Zone school days,
Daryl Barnes, who also resides in St. Croix was in
attendance. The couple both work in St. Croix and will
continue to reside on the island.
continue to reside on the island.


Teresa L. Watkins and Keith Rhodes were united in
marriage on July 30th at the home of the bride's parents,
Pat and Jack Hunt, in Hendersonville, NC. The bride
was attended by her sister Laurie Trinca and daughter
Jennifer Watkins. Out-of-town guests included the
groom's mother and brother and family, as well as his
son Ray Paul from Baton Rouge, LA. The couple is
residing in Atlanta, GA, where Keith is employed at a
Ford dealership.

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Teresa L. Watkins and Keith Rhodes


The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonios
Ktenidis of Derby, England. He is employed as a flight
instructor at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, TX.
After a wedding trip to Crete, Greece, the couple
will reside in San Antonio, TX.


Albinia (Binia) Reza and Ken Limtiaco were united
in marriage on March 19, 1991 at Lake Tahoe, CA. They
went to Hawaii for their honeymoon.
Binia is a graduate of BHS 1985, and is currently
employed at Alaska Home Health Care Agency as an
accounts specialist, and has been involved with the
medical field for approximately 5 years, in relation to'
billing, collections and transcriptions.
Ken is a retail store manager for AAFES (Army, Air
Force Exchange Service) at the Ft. Richardson Post
Exchange in Anchorage, AK. He expects to have his tour
rotated by August, 1996.
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"Editor's Corner").

The wedding of Heather Marina Slimon (CHS'78)
and Dimitrios Ktenidis, took place August 8, 1994 at the
Longboat Island Chapel, Longboat Key, FL.
The couple were attended by Dr. Mary Anderson of
Phoenix, AZ, and Scot and Cathy Slimon of Old
Saybrook, CT. Following the ceremony, a dinner
reception was held at the Summerhouse Restaurant on
Siesta Key, FL.
The bride is the daughter of Captain and Mrs.
Hamilton Slimon of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Margarita,
CZ. She received her bachelor's degree from Florida
State University and her Master's in Nutrition from
Arizona State University, and is a Major in the U.S. Air


Jo-Ann Bonk and Martin Carroll were married on
July 9, 1994, in a double-ring, garden ceremony at
Eureka Springs Park, Tampa, FL.
The bride is the daughter of the late Hugo and
Blanche Belinske, Manitowoc, WI. She is a Safety &
Health Clerk/Typist with the Department of Labor,
The bridegroom is the son of the late Roy and
Dorothy Carroll, Alsip, IL. He is an Assembler in Largo,

The bride was attended by Donna Calahan, Cindi
i l Carpenter, Leanne Thrift, Rae Catlett and Alicia
Santamaria. The groom was attended by William Thrift,
Jr., Michael Larkins, Charles Rogers, Sam Catlett and
Ad Jose Santamaria.
W A formal dinner reception was held at Daytona
j Beach's Indigo Lakes Country Club. Out-of-town guests
were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thrift, Sr., Panama; Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Chase, Jr., TX, Mr. Charles Rogers, NC,
and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hern, Panama.
After the honeymoon, the newlyweds will reside at
2681 Newbolt Dr., Orlando, FL 32817.

The Bonk-Carroll wedding party
Mr. Steven Helin of Los Rios, Panama announces
The bride was given in marriage by her eldest son, the wedding of his daughter Stephanie Marie Helin to
Leon Bonk of Tampa. Matron of honor was her John Lucas of Tallahassee, FL, on September 3, 1994.
daughter, Lisa (Bonk) Grey of Tampa. Nichole Grey of
Tampa, granddaughter of the bride, served as flower girl
and ring bearer. Mike Todd of Tampa served as best
After a wedding trip to the Bahamas, the couple is
residing in Tampa, FL.


Miss Chantal Denise Everett became the bride of
Robert E. Thrift, Jr. on June 25, 1994 at St. Paul's
Catholic Church, Daytona Beach, FL.
Chantal is the daughter of Lillian Everett of Daytona
Beach and James Matthews of Florence, SC, and is the
manager of an insurance agency in Orlando, FL. Robert
is the son of Robert and Patricia (Chase) Thrift
(BHS'69) who presently reside in Corozal, Panama.
Robert is a financial planner at IDS Financial Services in
Orlando, FL.

Stephanie (Helin) and John Lucas
Guests included Nancy Othon, Kara Twohy, Beverly,
Skip and Adriane Rowley, and other friends and family.
The newlyweds will reside in Tallahassee, FL.

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Ryan Doyle Homa

Dean and Kim (Bender) Homa proudly announce the
birth of their first son, Ryan Doyle Homa, on January 20,
1994. Ryan was born at Paitilla Hospital in Panama and
weighed in at 5 pounds eleven ounces and was twenty-
one inches long.

Dean Homa and Kim (Bender) Homa with Ryan

Ryan is the grandson of C. William Homa of Balboa,
Panama and Merritt and Joan Bender of Seabrook, TX.
Ryan is living with his parents in Cocoli, Panama.
Both Ryan and Kim are doing fine and thank everyone
for their well wishes.

Cheyenne Aimee Redem ann

Michael and Laura (Burns) Redemann are thrilled
to introduce their new daughter Cheyenne Aimee born on
July 18, 1994, at the Kapiolani Medical Center for
Women and Children in Honolulu. Cheyenne was born
at 10:16 a.m. and weighed eight pounds four ounces.
She joins her big sister Elizabeth.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. Jean and Doris
Burns of Tulsa, OK, formerly of Gamboa and Ancon.
Jean and Doris were able to be in Hawaii for the blessed
event. All were happy with the arrival of Cheyenne as she
is the first grandchild of Jean and Doris. Paternal
grandfather is Robert Redemann of Oshkosh, WI.

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L-R (back row): Jean and Doris Burns, Laura with
Cheyenne, and Mike Redemann. Front: Elizabeth

Ronnie Davenport-Dendy Jr.

Sue Ann Davenport and husband Ron Dendy
announce the birth of their son, Ronnie, Jr., born June
22, 1994 in Austin, TX. Ronnie weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz. at
Proud grandparents are Claybourne and Helen
Davenport of Bandera, TX, and Rena Dendy of Austin.
Ronnie was welcomed by his immediate and
extended families of many aunts and uncles!

Sue Ann Davenport and husband Ron Dendy, with
their son, Ronnie.

Summer Rayne Bercik

Jeff and Stacey (McConaughey) Bercik of Duluth,
GA, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child,
Summer Rayne, on December 22, 1993. Sharing honors
as proud grandparents are Bob and Kathie (Nehring)
McConaughey, of Cardenas, Panama, and Charlie and
Gail (Harvey) Layson, of Gainesville, GA.

Jeff and Stacey (McConaughey) Bercik with
Summer Rayne.

Michelle Arnold, mother, Virginia Voorhees,
grandmother and great-grandmother Florence Hilbert
holding baby Joseph.

Matthew Brian Lanning

SPC John T. Lanning (US Army) and his wife,
Juanita, of El Paso, TX, announce the birth of their first
child, a son, Matthew Brian on September 21, 1994,
weighing in at 7 pounds 7 1/2 ounces.
Matthew is the grandson of Alicia (Cindy Atkins)
Planning (BHS'66) of Atlantic Beach, FL.

Joseph Richard Arnold

Michelle Arnold and Richard G. Keith II of
Gainesville, FL, announce the birth of their son, Joseph
Richard Arnold, on May 9, 1994 in Gainesville. He
weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces and measured 21 3/4
Paternal grandparents are Richard G. Keith of
Margarita, Panama and Janet McCarville of Columbus,
OH. Paternal great grandparent is Helen Purdy of
Melbourne, FL.
Maternal grandparents are Virginia and Gary
Voorhees and Deborah and Phillip Arnold of Gainesville,
FL, and maternal great grandparents are Louis and
Florence Hilbert and Catherine and Norman Arnold of
Troy, OH.

Ryan David Markovitz

Brenda (Morrissey), BHS'85, and Kevin Markovitz
of Vernon Hills, IL, proudly announce the birth of their
first child, Ryan David Markovitz, on August 10, 1994.
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Brenda and Kevin Markovitz with 4-day-old Ryan.
Maternal grandparents are Noeline and Joe
Morrissey of East Hampton, NY, and Los Rios, Rep. of
Panama. Paternal grandparents are Diane and Joe
Markovitz of Chesterfield, MO.

Adam Thomas Gill II

Tom and Suzanne (Dolan) Gill are happy to
announce the birth of their second child, Adam Thomas
II, born February 18, 1994.
Adam and his four-year-old sister Kylee are awaiting
the arrival of a new brother or sister in March, 1995.

John Powell Carey

Brian and Diana (Arndt) Carey of Akron, OH, are
happy to announce the birth of their second son, John
Powell Carey. John was born on August 3, 1994. He joins
his brother Patrick, who was one year old on July 15,



Tom and Suzanne (Dolan)
Thomas and his sister Kylee.

Gill with baby Adam

Maternal grandparents are Joe and Ann Dolan of
Austin, TX. Paternal grandparents re Ernest and Gilda
Gill of Carbondale, PA.

Diana (Arndt) Carey with Patrick (left) and John
Powell (right).
Maternal grandparents are Rolf and Joan (Powell)
Arndt (BHS'50) of Dunnellon, FL. Maternal great-
grandparents are the late Bronson (Bun) and Celeste
Powell, formerly of Pedro Miguel and Dunedin, FL.

Natalie Alexis Lyle

Elizabeth (Burgoon) and Jeff Lyle of Diablo,
Panama, are proud to announce the birth of their third
child, Natalie Alexis, on September 9, 1994 in Centro
Medico Paitilla, Panama.

Aliff Colene Boyce
Tyler Steven Darling
Kristy Lynn Schmidt

John E. Schmidt Jr. (BilI...BHS'50) and Patricia
(Blitch) Andrews (BHS'52) both of Tallahassee, FL,
proudly announce the births of their 10th and 11th
A daughter, Aliff Colene, was born to Tracy and
Dusty Boyce on August 8, 1994, and a son, Tyler Steven,
was born to Ruth and Craig Darling on August 24, 1994.
Both births were in Tallahassee where John and Pat's
five children reside. This was Tracy's third child and

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John said also to announce his son John and Diane's
Newest addition (June 1993) of Kristy Lynn.
SPaternal great-grandparents are the late John and
/ 'l Kitty Schmidt, and maternal great-grandparents are the
T 'i late Dr. Clifford and Ruth Blitch.

Elizabeth (Burgoon) and Jeff Lyle with newborn
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inches. Maternal grandparents are Gloria Burgoon and
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Donald D. Austin, 63, passed away at his home in
Austin, Texas on August 11, 1994. He went to the Canal
Zone in 1948 while in the U.S. Army and became a
Canal Zone policeman in 1954 on the Atlantic Side. He
retired in October 1979 with over 29 years of government
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Elaine
(Sievers) Austin; a son, Donald Jr. of San Antonio; three
daughters, Susan Jones of Austin, Patricia Pruett and
Sharon Love, both of Melrose, FL; three grandchildren,
Jerald Reynolds, Sean Austin and Samantha Love; his
mother, Sadie Austin of Dumas, TX; and two sisters,
Reba Davis of Stratford, TX, and Leona Nelson of

Evelyn R. Brooks, 64, passed away on August 11,
1994 in Akron, Ohio. Evelyn worked in the Port
Captain's Office on the Atlantic side as a Recording
Stenographer from 1966 through 1968. Her husband,
Robert was employed as an electrician at Gatun Locks.
Evelyn returned to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and her
position as Court Administrator following her stay in the
Canal Zone. She retired from this position two years ago.
She is survived by her husband, Robert; two sons,
David and Timothy; sisters, Dolores Johnson, Kay
Wingard and Jocile Green; and her brother, Jerry
Boswell of Holiday, FL.

Warren Cain, 72, of Bear, Delaware, died August 14,
1994 at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. A native
of the Panama Canal Zone, he graduated from Balboa
High School in 1940. He was also a former resident of
Burlington County and retired in 1977 as a manager for
IBM in Cherry Hill where he had worked for 27 years.
He was a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran of World War II
where he served as a Sea-Bee. He was a member of
Masonic Lodge No. 281 in Moorestown and the Solomon
Lodge No. 36 in Newark, DE; a member of the Scottish
Rite Cathedral in Collingswood; a member of the Egypt
Shrine Temple in Tampa, and a member of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. He attended Liberty Baptist
Church in Glasgow, DE.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Ruth VanSciver;
two children, Warren E. and Charlie J., both of Newark;
two grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Jay Cain of
Sarasota, FL.

Bremen, GA, before moving to Fayetteville in 1986. He
was a 32nd-degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of the
International Association of Machinists, and of the
Ridgedale Baptist Church in Fayetteville. He was a U.S.
Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Veva Sasse Folsom, of
the home, to whom he was married June 17, 1954; one
son, Robert Folsom, of Fayetteville; two daughters, Mary
Stalvey of Hahira, GA, and Faye Morris of Forest Park,
GA; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 4 great-

Col. William Griffin, Jr., 73, of Thurmont, Maryland,
formerly of Pleasant Hill, CA, died October 3, 1994, at
his residence. He was the husband of Florence Nygaard
Griffin. Born June 25, 1921, in Colon, Panama, he was
the son of the late William Wilkes and Eugenia Wheeler
Attending school in Panama, and graduating from
Niagara University, Niagara, NY, Col. Griffin joined the
Marine Corps, serving during World War II and the
Korean War. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve
in 1966.
In addition to his career with the Marine Corps, Col.
Griffin was employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber
Company and the Motor Rim and Wheel Service,
California. He was a member of Edwin C. Creeger
American Legion Post 168, Thurmont, and a member of
the Knights of Columbus in Emmitsburg, as well as in
New Mexico.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three children,
Mary Christina Fogle and her husband Harold R. of
Lewiston, Patricia Griffin Stricklin and her finance Steven
Peck of Concord, CA, and William Wilkes Griffin III
and his wife Debra of Binghamton, NY; four
grandchildren, Michael William and Steven Christopher
Fogle of Lewiston, and Jennifer Lynne and Christa Mari
Griffin of Binghamton; one sister, Mary Griffin Lynch of
Tallahassee, FL; and one brother, George Wheeler
Griffin of Birmingham, AL.

Kevin M. Hammond, 30, of Newark, Delaware,
formerly of Clearwater, FL, died September 24, 1994 at
Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was born in Panama and left
the Canal Zone in 1971. He moved to Delaware in 1990.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Catholic.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; a daughter,
Marissa Hammond, Newark; his parents, Robert and
Patricia Hammond, Clearwater, three brothers, Keith M.
and Kurt M., both of Clearwater; and Kelan M., New
Port Richey; a sister, Kim Hammond, Safety Harbor, FL;
paternal grandmother, Catherine Hammond, Clearwater;
and his maternal grandparents, Ken and Alice Daly,
Merritt Island, FL.

James Rayford Folsom, 87, of Fayetteville,
Arkansas, died June 10, 1994. He was born September 3,
1908, at Hahira, GA, the son of Lewis and Sally Miley
Folsom. He worked as a machinist for the Panama Canal
Company and retired in 1966. After leaving the Canal
Zone, he lived in Monett, MO, Springdale, AR, and

Sherman A. Hammond, Jr., 86, of Clearwater,
Florida, died September 2, 1994 at Sabal Palms Health
Care Center, Largo, FL. He was born in Fort Edward,
NY, and left the Canal Zone in 1968 where he was a
public works engineer with the Maintenance Division of
the Panama Canal Company, with 30 years of service.
He also worked for the city of Largo in the same

capacity. He was a member of Light of Christ Catholic
Church, Clearwater, and was a Past Exalted Ruler of
B.P.O.Elks Lodge 1547, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Catherine; a
son, Robert N. of Clearwatwer; two daughters, Sandra
Mcllvaine of Clearwater, and Karen McCullough of
Millington, NJ; two brothers, Walter of Argyle, NY, and
Lawrence of Sarasota, FL; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-

LTC Thomas M.B. Hicks, IV, 51, died April 4, 1994
in Mechanicsburg, PA, following a 6-year bout with
cancer. He was a 1960 graduate of B.H.S. and attended
The Citadel, Charleston, SC graduating in 1965. He
accepted a commission in the U.S. Army and served two
tours in Vietnam and several tours in Germany.
Following retirement he became a senior associate with
CACI and was a volunteer for the Pennsylvania disabled
Veterans Association and active in the Kiwanis. He was
also active in the Keystone Area Boy Scouts Council.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Hicks; a daughter,
Jennifer L. Hicks, Washington, DC; sons, Thomas R. of
Germantown, MD, and Andrew J. of Mechanicsburg;
three stepdaughters, Kelly M. Blouch, Kristen M. Leibich
and Michelle M. Prieskorn; his mother, Eleanor, Sebring,
FL; three sisters, Mary Hicks Sharp, Barbara Hicks
Wilkie, and Lois Elizabeth Hicks; a stepbrother, Thomas
Parker; and two stepsisters, Susan Parker and Jeannine
Parker Stanton; a stepmother, Shirley Woodruff Hicks
(BHS'50), (Mechanicsburg, PA), and three grandchildren.

Charles W. Hummer III, 32, of Davenport, Florida,
died Monday, September 19, at the Florida Hospital in
Orlando, after a battle with AIDS. He was Executive
Director of the Hope and Help Center of Central
Florida, a resource organization for people living with
HIV and AIDS, a post he held for six years. He was a
member of the Metropolitan Business Association, a
founding member of the East Central Florida AIDS
Network; member of the Diversity Council for the City of
Orlando; and affiliated with the Local Health Services
Planning Council. He was recently recognized by Orange
County Chairman Linda Chapin and Mayor of Orlando
Glenda Hood in separate proclamations for his
community service, leadership and positive role in the
fight against HIV and AIDS.
He was born in the Republic of Panama and lived
there until 1979 when he moved to join his parents in
Northern Virginia. He moved to Orlando in 1987. He is
survived by his mother, Greta N. Hummer, of Reston,
VA; his father and stepmother, Charles W. Hummer, Jr.
and Sandra Hummer, of Haines City, FL; and his long-
time companion, Mark Steffy, also of Davenport.

Donald E. Jackson, 68, of Boise, Idaho, passed away
at home October 22, 1994, following a brief battle with
cancer. He was born March 12, 1926, in the Panama
Canal Zone and married Barbara Hatchett, also of the
Canal Zone, in 1949. Don served in the U.S. Navy during
World War II on PB4Y anti-submarine patrols. He
served a machinist apprenticeship in the Canal Zone, and
moved to the U.S. in 1951. Don's career led him to work

in Indiana, Georgia, California and finally Idaho. He
spent 18 years with Hewlett-Packard, the last 12 years in
Boise, and retired in 1988. Don and Barbara traveled
throughout the U.S. during retirement, visiting their many
friends and relatives, especially enjoying Panama Canal
reunions held at various locations around the country.
This offered them the opportunity to maintain lifelong
friendships and association with other people from the
Canal Zone, as Don made friends easily and was well
regarded by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara, of
Boise; two sons, Kevin of Sandpoint, ID, and Don of
Star; three daughters, Ann Prusater of Ithica, NY, Mary
Rushton of Corvallis, OR, and Elsie Smith of Roseburg,
OR, and 12 grandchildren.

Anna Japs, 99, of Minnetonka, Minnesota, passed
away August 2, 1994. She was born in Hopkins, MN and
retired from the Panama Canal Company on September,
1951 with 33 years of service. She was preceded in death
by her husband, Edward who also retired from the Canal
Zone in 1953.
She is survived by a nephew, Robert Tepley, of
Minnetonka, MN.

Ellen E. Johnson, 78, passed away August 10, 1994
at Jefferson General Hospital in Port Townsend,
Washington. Ellen was born in Attleboro Falls, MA, and
came to the Canal Zone at a very early age with her
parents, John T. (Jack) and Jennie Greenleaf. She was
employed with the Quartermaster/Housing Office in both
Cristobal and Balboa and transferred to the Schools
Division where she worked as the Principal's secretary in
Diablo and Los Rios Elementary Schools until her
retirement in 1975. She was active in Little Theater in
Ancon and was one of the original sponsors of the
Balboa Teen Club and the S.P.CA. in Corozal. She
retired to San Diego, CA, and moved to Washington
state in 1988.
She is survived by two sons, William R. Bailey of
Port Townsend and Richard C. Bailey of Wilmington,
NC; a grandson, Chris and great-grandson, Christopher
Bailey; and two half-brothers, John T. Greenleaf of
Mission Viejo, CA, and Lance Greenleaf of Portland,

Ann (Mans) Jones, 93, died suddenly from a stroke
on August 19, 1994, in Anoka, Minnesota.
Mrs. Jones taught at Balboa Elementary School for
several years and later was employed with the Postal
Division in the Canal Zone. She moved to Anoka to be
near her nephew, Richard Mans, and his family by whom
she is survived. She was cremated according to her own
wishes and was buried next to her late husband, Jay.

John Colin Knick, 67, of Natural Bridge, Virginia,
died November 26, 1993 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital,
Lexington, VA. He went to the Canal Zone in September
1958 with the Division of Schools. He was a graduate of
Emory and Henry College and the University of Virginia.

He taught Science and Biology at Balboa High School.
He vwas appointed Assistant Principal in 1961 and retired
from the Department of Defense Schools in December
1979. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the University of Virginia Alumni,
Phi Delta Kappa and the N.RA. He was also a member
of Piedmont Masonic Lodge No. 152, AF&AM,
Martinsville, VA.
He is survived by his wife Geraldene; three sons,
John Jr., of Santa Fe, NM, Robert of Natural Bridge,
VA, and David of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two daughters, Susie
Krimmer, of Manassas, VA, and Nancy Soukup, of
Houston, Texas; and six grandchildren.

John (Doug) Douglas Marti, 48, of Trinity, Alabama,
passed away August 23, 1994 after a long illness. He was
born in Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone and attended Canal
Zone schools and C.Z. College.
Doug is survived by his mother, Ann Marti, of
Trinity, AL; his brother, Ted C. Marti of Dunedin,
FL, a sister, Jo Ann Marti of Orlando, FL; a daughter,
Kathy Wortwick and a son, John D. Marti, Jr. whose
addresses are unknown at this time.

Maude Simmons Mason, 94, passed away September
1, 1994 in Tallahassee, Florida. She was raised in
LaGrange, GA. In 1922 she married Roy G. Mason, an
accountant with the Panama Canal Company and joined
him on the Zone. She took coursework in early childhood
education at F.S.U. and opened a nursery school in her
home. Mr. Mason retired in 1939 and moved his family
to Tallahassee. He died in 1955 and Mrs. Mason then
worked as a secretary for the state government. She was
active in the First Baptist Church and was a talented
amateur painter.
She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Mason
Young of Tallahassee; her son, Dr. James W. Mason of
Birmingham, AL; two granddaughters and two great-

Cato May, 71, of Dothan, Alabama, died July 27,
1994 at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He was born
in Clear Lake, SD, and spent his early years there. He
was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was
employed by the Panama Canal Zone Police Department.
At the time of his retirement, he was Chief of Detectives
and served more than 28 years. He was active in the C.Z.
youth drug prevention program and was a member of the
Panama Canal VFW and the Dothan Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret "Peggy" May of
Dothan; two daughters, Valerie M. Homa of Dothan, and
Tamara M. Chagnon, Panama City Beach, FL; a sister,
Ilo Bren, Clear Lake, SD; two brothers, Don of
Watertown, SD, and Lyn of Clear Lake; four
grandchildren, Deanne Homa, Troy, Tiffany Homa and
Kimberly Homa both of Dothan, and Nicholas Chagnon,
Panama City Beach, FL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
DA.R.E. Program, P.O. Box 6406, Dothan, AL 36302.
(See "News Clips")

Alexander "Ali" McKeown, Jr., 62, of Granada Hills,
California, died June 28, 1994. He was born in Panama
and attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from
Balboa High School in 1950. He also attended Canal
Zone Junior College. After his military service, he
attended U.C.LA., graduating with a BA. in Economics
in 1959. He received a degree in Law from Northridge
Law School in 1969.
Survivors include his wife Sheila of Granada Hills;
four children, Alex, Keith, Erin and Kevin, and four
grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanette McDonald of
Houston, TX and Norma Ryan of Miami, FL, and six

Frank P. McLaughlin, Jr., 78, of Floral City, Florida,
passed away August 21, 1994. A native of Scranton, PA,
he served in the U.S. Marine Corps, First Marine
Division during WWII. He saw action in the South
Pacific, Guadalcanal, Peleliu and raised to the rank of
Sergeant Major. He retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1978 with 31 years of service as Water
Filtration Plant Operator at Miraflores. He and his wife
Margaret ("Hattie" who predeceased him in 1989) moved
to Floral City after retirement.
He is survived by two sons, William P. and Barry F.;
and three grandchildren, Allison, Jonathan and Kelsey, all
still residing in Panama.

Sonia Guizado McNatt, 83, of Panama City,
Republic of Panama, passed away at Paitilla Medical
Center, Panama on July 22, 1994 from complications of
a broken hip. Her husband, John (Jack) passed away in
She is survived by her three children; Blanquita
McNatt Schield of Livermore, CA, John McNatt of
Juneau, AK, and Richard McNatt of Ligonier, PA; and
three grandchildren, Tommie Davidson of Honolulu, HI,
and Tana and Dag Schield, Livermore, CA.

Clifford Moore, 67, passed away in Las Vegas,
Nevada, November 17, 1993. He was born on June 10,
1926, and worked in the Canal Zone as a restaurant
manager and a security guard.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Moore
Burleson and Katherine Moore Deppe, Simi Valley, CA;
a son, SSgt. Clifford Moore, serving in Air Force in
England; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Henry M. Neumann, 95, of Quincy, Washington, died
January 10, 1994. He was born in Kenosha, WI, and went
to the Canal Zone in 1925 where he became employed by
both the Fire and Police Divisions. He retired as Police
Sergeant in 1951 and went to Onalaska, then moved to
Quincy in 1965. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic
Church in Quincy, a member of the Quincy Senior
Center, a former member of the Quincy and Onalaska
Grange, and a former member of the Knights of
Columbus in Wisconsin and Panama Canal Zone. He was
preceded in death by his wife in April 1988.

He is survived by three sons, Dan of Quincy, and Ed
and John, both of Onalaska; two daughters, Rosemary
Pappe of Quincy and Sister Eileen Neumann of Walla
Walla; seventeen grandchildren, thirty-two great-
grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Claire R. Ocheltree, 71, of Houston, Texas, passed
away on September 8, 1994, after a lengthy battle with
lung cancer. She lived the prime of her life in Gamboa,
Canal Zone and was an active member of the American
Pen Women in the Canal Zone Chapter. She was well
known for her paintings of pre-Colombian designs on
native bateas and on slabs of wood. After moving to
Houston, Claire kept active with her arts and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45
years, "Cookie", a retired Canal pilot. Cookie passed away
on July 25, 1985, also of lung cancer.
She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Rauch, of
Rockville, MD; four children, David, Kenneth, and Karen
all of Houston; and Debbie Sykes of Gamboa, Panama;
and seven grandchildren.

Betty Hauss Parker, passed away July 17, 1994.
No further information is available.

William David Parker, son of Richard E. Parker and the
late Ruth Anne Parker, died at his home of a blood clot
in his coronary artery on October 15, 1994. "Bill" was the
grandson of the late N.E. Parker, a recipient of the
Roosevelt Medal and Kathleen Parker. Bill was born in
Colon Hospital in the Republic of Panama in 1953 and
attended Margarita School until 1968, when his father
retired on injury compensation. He then attended
Sanford Naval Academy in Sanford, Florida and
graduated in 1972. He later graduated as a Refrigeration
and Air Conditioning technician from the Vocational
Technical Institute.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen C. Parker; his
father, Richard E. Parker; a stepson Donald L. Phipps,
Jr; stepdaughter Maureen A. Ladrigan; and two uncles,
Donald Parker of Inverness, FL and Robert Parker of
Ocala, FL.
It was a source of great comfort to his loved ones
that his wish to be an organ donor has already resulted
in a number of successful transplants, including the
kidneys, bone marrow, skin grafts which were used for
burn victims, and a child was blessed with the gift of

Hazel Peterson, 85, of Clearwater, Florida, passed
away September 21, 1994, from a brain tumor. She was
a member of Loyal Sisters, Eastern Star, and First
Christian Church of Clearwater. Survivors include her
husband, Lloyd Peterson, of 8 years, two daughters and
a son.

Robert M. Quinn, Sr., 64, of Gilbertown, Alabama,
died September 9, 1994 at his residence. He graduated
from Balboa High School in 1948. He was a U.S. Navy

veteran of the Korean War, and was a retired electrician.
He had resided in Gilbertown since 1979, and was a
member of the Choctaw County Board of Education and
of the Choctaw County Historical Museum.
He is survived by his wife, Vaniece Roberts Quinn;
a son, Robert M. Jr.; his stepmother, Helen Quinn of
Meridian, MS; a brother, William P. Jr. of San Francisco;
and one grandchild.

Edwin F. Rigby, 86, of Tampa, Florida, passed away
at his home August 19, 1994. When he retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1966, he was Superintendent
of the Storehouse Branch, (Supply Division), culminating
39 years of service with that organization. He had lived
in Tampa with his wife since that time.
Survivors are his wife, Hua W. Rigby, Tampa; a son,
Col. Lee A. Rigby (Retired), Mt. Pleasant, SC; a
daughter, Kaye Clusserath, Ft. Wayne, IN; a stepson,
John E. Bundy, Seattle, WA; and a stepdaughter, M.
Cannon Bundy, Denver, CO.

Kathryn J. Sickle (Dignam), 58, died of cancer on
July 21, 1994, in Tampa General Hospital.
She was born April 16, 1936, in Colon Hospital,
Republic of Panama, daughter of Richard Pollard and
Elizabeth Speedy Dignam and had lived in Florida for
the past ten years. She was a nurse for Pasco County
Health Department in Florida for seven years and was
Plant Nurse at Rockwell International, Newton Falls,
OH, for seven years.
Kay was a 1954 graduate of Cristobal High School,
president of her class and voted Miss CHS.
She is survived by her husband, Roger Sickle; son,
James Ditata; and daughter, Kathy Pontius; stepson,
Jeffrey Sickle; her mother, Elizabeth J. Dignam; her
sisters, Virginia (Toddy) Barsness and Francie Sorquist;
seven grandchildren and her aunts, Mary D. Brzezinski
and Rosemary D. Martinez.

Elsie Neely Smith, 79, of Sarasota, Florida, died
August 22, 1994. She was born in Ashland, NJ, and left
the Canal Zone 24 years ago when she and her husband
retired from the Panama Canal Company. Elsie was an
employee of the Accounting Division and retired with
over 29 years of government service. She was a member
of the Church of the Palms Presbyterian Church and of
the Order of the Eastern Star.
Elsie is survived by her husband, John R., formerly
of the Electrical Division, Panama Canal Company; a
daughter, Robbin S. Larson of Bradenton, FL; a son, The
Right Rev. John H. Smith of Charleston, WV; two
sisters, Marion Greene of Sarasota and Esther Burks of
New Port Richey, FL; three grandchildren, and two
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made
to Shrine Hospitals for Crippled Children, c/o Sahib
Temple, 600 N. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 or to the
Episcopal Church of West Virginia Memorial Fund, Box
5400, Charleston, WV 25361.

Richard (Dick) K. Soyster, 76, of Orange City,
Florida, died October 19, 1994 at home. A Navy veteran
of World War II, Richard was born in Hollidaysburg, PA.
and was a police officer with the Panama Canal Police
Division in the Canal Zone with over 28 years of service.
He was a former correctional officer for the Volusia
County Jail before retirement. He left the Canal Zone in
1969 upon retirement and settled in Orange City with his
wife and family. He was a lifetime member of the
B.P.O.Elks, a member of the Panama Canal Bowling
Hall of Fame, a former president, secretary and editor of
the Panama Canal Men's Bowling Association, a member
of the DeLand Men's Bowling Association, and a
member of the First Nighter's League and Service
League of Bowlers. He also taught bowling at the
DeLand lanes.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Louise; two
daughters, Susan (Soyster) Valentine of Orange City and
Diane (Soyster) Leighton, of DeBary, FL; and two

Geneva E. Stockham, 85, of Seminole, Florida, died
October 3, 1994, in Largo Medical Center from
complications following surgery. Born in Fremont
County, CO, she went to the Canal Zone in 1936 with
her late husband, Roy C. Stockham, who passed away in
1964 shortly after retiring as Chief of the Locks Division.
She was also predeceased by her granddaughter, Karen
Elizabeth Reece. Survivors include her daughter and son-
in-law, Janet and Jim Reece, and a grandson, Douglas
Stockham Reece, all of Charlotte, NC, as well as a sister,
Esther Smith, of Denver, CO.

Colonel G. G. Thomas, Jr., died on September 14,
1994, in Bradenton, Florida. He resided in Gatun, Canal
Zone, from 1935 until his graduation in 1946 from
Cristobal High School.
Col. Thomas was a 1950 graduate of the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point. He was a combat
veteran of Korea and Vietnam.
Col. Thomas was the son of the late G.G. (Blondy)
and Gene Thomas, former residents of Gatun, CZ.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Bradenton, FL;
son, Wesley, and his wife, Sharon, of Houston, TX;
daughter, Temple, and husband, Lt.Col. Mike Wood, of
Ft. Campbell, KY, and four grandchildren. Also surviving
are a brother, John F. (Buddy) Thomas, and Ginger
Littleton, both of Panama City, FL.

William L. Torbert, 72, died September 9, 1994 in
San Jos6, Costa Rica where he had resided for many
years. He graduated from Cristobal High School in 1941;
served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and
worked for the U.S. Army as an electrician, and
subsequently with the Panama Canal Locks Division.
He is survived by his wife, Maria; two children by his
first marriage, William L. of Houston, TX, and Florence
Hurlburt of Papillion, NE; a granddaughter, Dawn
Hurlburt; two sisters, Annie Wainio of Miramar, FL, and
Thelma Sasso of San Diego, CA; a brother, Woodrow
Torbert of Hallandale, FL, and several nieces and

John E. Vogel, 71, died January 28, 1994. A native of
Buffalo, NY, Mr. Vogel had made Jacksonville, FL, his
home since 1978. He retired from NIH where he was on
special assignment for tropical disease research at the
Middle America Research Unit in the Panama Canal
Zone. Survivors include his wife, Lillian Monson Vogel;
six children, Jeanne L. Brink of Jacksonville; Judith A.
Peary of Jacksonville; John A. Vogel of Mt. Juliet, TN;
Janice L. Branchaud of Mt. Juliet, TN; Joyce E. Will of
Houston, TX; and Joann T. Brink of Charleston, SC; a
sister, Ruth V. Jackson, of Buffalo, NY; sixteen
grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Internment
with full military honors in Arlington Park Cemetery was
provided by Beaches Honor Guard.

Mary Lyons Wachs, 85, passed away Augut 10, 1994
in Fargo, North Dakota. She was a former resident of the
Canal Zone from 1945 until 1950.
She is survived by daughters Gerry (Lyons) Schill of
Valrico, FL, and Barbara (Lyons) Jorgenson of
Moorhead, MN; granddaughters Debra Schill Banks,
Seffner, FL, Andrea Jorgenson, Minneapolis, MN; and a
great-grandson, Russell Requa, Los Osos, CA.

Dora Watts Wilson, 86, passed away peacefully on
May 5, 1994, at the home of her youngest son, Thomas
K. Wilson, in Oviedo, Florida. She was born in Liverpool,
England, in 1908 and came to Panama in 1911. Her
stepfather, George H. Watts, was a crane operator during
the construction of the Canal. Dora graduated from
Balboa High School in 1927. She met her future husband,
Neil H. Wilson, while working with the Fortifications
(Division) and they were married in 1933. She also
worked for many years with the Terminals Division in
Cristobal as a Cargo Claims Examiner. They retired in
1960 and moved to Riverside, CA, for two years and then
had twenty-six years together in San Francisco. Neil
passed away in 1988. Dora moved to Florida in 1993.
Dora was a life member of the Orchid Chapter of
the Eastern Star, a long-time member of the Panama
Canal Society and of NA.R.F.E., and a loyal Republican
(except when Kennedy was President). Besides her son
Tom in Oviedo, FL, she is survived by two other sons,
Roy N. who lives in Scottsboro, AL, and James H. of
Vallejo, CA; three grandsons, David, Mark, and Sean;
and one great-granddaughter, Julianne Marie (who was
born January 22, 1994).

Aloysius S. Zon, 78, died suddenly of heart failure
on September 26, 1994, at his home in Port Hueneme,
California. He was born in Passaic, NJ, and went to the
Canal Zone in 1935 with the 2nd Field Artillery.
Following his discharge from the Army, he was employed
by the Canal Zone Government as a police officer. He
retired in January 1966 with 29 years 6 months 20 days of
service. His only survivor is his wife, the former Pauline
Linder, whom he married in July 1946. Polly was
employed by the Department of the Army in the Canal
Zone, and also retired in 1966. They made their home in
Port Hueneme, where Al, for the last 25 years, worked
for K-Mart. Avid golfers, the Zons also enjoyed the
leisure periods of their retirement in extensive traveling.

Letters to the Editor


By Muriel Whitman

Awesome, breathtaking, spectacular. Words are
overused and inadequate in describing the wonder and
grandeur of our 49th state. But one thing is certain, you
will definitely want to go back. It is impossible to absorb
everything you see and feel in just one short visit.
This sentiment was shared by 33 CHS Alumni and
friends who recently took an Alaskan cruise. The brisk
temperatures were a welcome change after a long Florida
summer. We will always remember the waterfalls, the
glaciers, the blue ice drifting by our ship, and the
excitement of seeing the whales. No one seemed to mind
the occasional drizzle. It was all part of the adventure. Of
course, shopping for souvenirs was fun too.

Aboard S.S. Nordic Prince, Alaskan Cruise, Back L-R:
Robert Johnson, John Johnson, Dobby Thurman,
Richard Rudiger, Donald Johnson. Seated, L-R:
Wanda Johnson, Carolyn Johnson, Barbara
Johnson, Angela Rudiger.

L-R: Carolyn Johnson, John Whitman, Muriel
Whitman, Pauline Arnold, Effie Willis, John
Johnson, Wanda (Harrington) Johnson, Bill
Thurman, Dobby Thurman, Robert Johnson.
Robert Johnson and his two brothers, John and
Donald, and their wives (Carolyn, Wanda, and Barbara)
made this cruise a family reunion. Robert, currently 1st

Vice President of our Society, is retired from the Panama
Canal. John lists his occupation as a Manufacturer's
Representative, but has reportedly tried his hand at
medicine, crop-dusting (which he says is more profitable),
and more recently as a successful jockey. Donald is an
employee of Anheuser-Busch and says he will be retiring
in a year. They are all good travelers and lots of fun to
be with.

Classmates, CHS 1943, L-R: Robert Johnson, Jack
Dovel, Muriel (Holmelin) Whitman, Avanell (Barker)
Grady, Elton Foster.

Dorothy Yocum celebrated a birthday while on the
cruise, and was also seen dancing a lively polka with
some of the waiters and busboys. She attributes all her
energy to the invigorating sea air.
Those taking part in this cruise were: Robert and
Carolyn Johnson, Florida; John and Wanda Johnson,
California; Donald and Barbara Johnson, New Jersey;
Lilea Cardones, Florida; Olga Disharoon, Florida; John
and Muriel Whitman, Florida; Bill and Dobby Thurman,
California; Bill and Cleo Pickett, Florida; Avanell
Graddy, Florida; Lois Carastro, South Carolina; Pauline ,
Arnold, Florida; Ernest and Dorothy Yocum, Florida;
Effie Willis, Florida; Elton and Helen Foster, Mississippi;
Jack and Milly Dovel, Virginia; Patricia Stricklin,
California; Steve Peck, California; Bonnie Hager,
California; Danielle Hager, California; Robert Hager,
California; Susan Shuff, California; Jerry Gue, California;
and Richard and Angela Rudiger, Georgia.
We are all looking forward to another exciting cruise
next year.


While attending the PanCanal Society reunion in
Orlando in June and the Poconos reunion in September,
I was asked over and over again "What's with the Comley
sisters?". So, here's an update.
I have enjoyed some traveling this year after my mild
heart attack in February. First, a 7-day cruise aboard the
beautiful huge S.S. Norway over my birthday in April,
along with an old Penn State girl friend, to St. Maarten,
St. John, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.

Then in May, flew to Arlington, VA, for 10 days to
attend the wedding of Barney's grandniece plus a visit
with sister Mary Jane and Jess and Barney's relatives
there. In July, off cruising again, and again with my Penn
State friend plus Blanche Adler Browne, for 12 days
aboard the new Holland America Line Statendam out of
Amsterdam, Holland, to Oslo, Norway; St. Petersburg,
Russia (a beautiful, interesting city to see for 2 days);
Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden;
Travemunde/Berlin, Germany (a 16-hour tour round-
trip to Berlin by train and bus); and Copenhagen,
Denmark. It was interesting that it was daylight most of
the cruise with sunset not until close to midnight most
nights. In August, I joined my sister Mary Jane and Jess
Lacklen's family reunion at Dewey Beach, DE, with visits
before and after in Arlington and to Arlington Cemetery
where Barney was laid to rest. Finally, in September,
again with Blanche Browne, driving with her and Doris
Leeser from Columbia, SC, to Pennsylvania to attend the
Poconos PanCanal mini-reunion with over 60
"Panamaniacs" attending. The Ridge family Vince and
Dottie Ridge, Julia Belle, and Joan DeGrummond let
me hitch an hour's ride with them from Tannersville to
Bethlehem where I enjoyed a short visit with Barney's
and my favorite Irish friends, the McHeadys, before
flying home.
My sister Mary Jane and Jess Lacklen flew to Las
Vegas in April to celebrate their 51st wedding
anniversary enjoying the fabulous shows there and "trying
their luck". Then in August they held their annual family
reunion at their home in Arlington plus 4 fun-filled days
at Dewey Beach, beaching it and crab feasting. In
attendance were their son, their two daughters, a son-
in-law, three grandchildren and me. In October, they
took a week's tour to popular Branson, MO, for the
fabulous country-western shows there plus overnighting
in St. Louis going and coming.
My sister Beverly and George Dilfer have also
enjoyed some family reunions this year. First with son
Bob flying from California to Boca Raton, FL, to surprise
his dad on George's 80th birthday in April. And, in July
their son Jim, wife Lynn and the two grandchildren
visited from Panama. In between in May, the Dilfers
went to the West Coast for over three weeks and had
get-togethers along the way with ten or more members of
the Dilfer clan. First, with George's two brothers and
their wives in Los Angeles, then with son Bob and two of
his offspring (a son and a daughter) in the San Francisco
area plus the father and grandfather of Trent Dilfer, the
Tampa Bay Bucs new second-string quarterback
(George's third cousin). While Bev and George were
there, they rented a car and toured taking in the sights of
California, Washington (Seattle, etc.), Oregon (a
timeshare for a week and a visit with Bob's other son),
boated through the pretty San Juan Islands, and ferried
over to lovely Victoria, British Columbia, for a couple of
Now, we three Comley sisters plus George and Jess
are looking forward to being together in Boca Raton,
FL, over Christmas at Bev and George's beachfront
condo complex, and we all wish a most Happy Holiday
season to all our CZ friends.

Betty Comley Forgeson
Tierra Verde, FL


Kibby and Jean Bouche, of St. George, UT, went
"tripping" through several western states in early August
seeing the sights in Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho and
Their trip included an evening get-together over good
food with Phil and Judy Breunle in Aurora, CO. Would
you believe there was a whole lot of memory sharing
about the ol' days in the Zone, mutual friends, and
favorite Panamanian recipes, as well as discussions
concerning the future of the Panama Canal Museum???

L-R: Phil Breunle, Judy Bruenle, Jean Bouche,
Kibby Bouche.

We also had a delightful visit in June with Wini and
George Muller as they passed through Utah on their way
home to Anaheim, CA. Again, sharing memories of the
Canal Zone days.
In August, Captain Tim Carter from Fort Lauderdale
(formerly a Tugboat Master with the Navigation'
Division) spent a few days visiting us and seeing the
natural beauty of Utah.


The Armbrusters and Aurichs found the British Isles
and Europe great for Spring travels. Ed and Jean
vacationed with Bob and Judy Aurich for four weeks
starting in late April. The timing was perfect for weather
and crowd control.
They left Charlotte, NC on April 21 with first stop
London. Using a time-share on the English Channel as
their base, they toured the Southeast England, parts of
Wales and Scotland for ten days. In England, London
was most definitely the favorite. It was exciting, especially
driving a rental car on the wrong side of the street with
Jean, Bob and Judy giving directions. Other interesting
sites were Bath, King Arthur's Camelot, Exeter and the
English countryside.

One day was spent in Cardiff, Wales which features
an interesting castle, great pubs and fine food.
While in Scotland, they were hosted by Jim and Ann
Leggett, whose huge dairy farm was located on a hill
overlooking the city of Glasgow. The Armbrusters met
the Leggetts through an exchange program sponsored by
the University of North Carolina.

From England they went
to Paris, where Ed's sister
Byrdie joined them for the
remainder of their trip.
From France it was on to
Italy, visiting Florence, Pisa,
Rome, Naples, Sorrento, the
Isle of Capri, and left for
last Venice. The highlights
in Italy were Pompeii,
Rome, the Vatican with the
newly opened Sistine
Chapel, Florence and

S" Budapest was the next
4 stop, changing trains several
times, passing through the
breathtaking Austrian Alps.
This was their second visit
to beautiful Budapest. The
-_ Armbrusters were reunited
with their friends Guido and
Ed & Jean Armbruster Fennie Van den Akker now
living there, who they met in
Panama (regional manager of KLM Airlines).

From Hungary they trained through the newly
created countries of Slavakia, and Czech to Dresden in
Eastern Germany. They arrived in time for a jazz festival.
Dresden was almost completely destroyed in World War
II, but now much alive and festive with music makers.
Not far from Dresden, high above the Elbe River, they
visited the medieval fortress Koningstien. Hitler used this
fortress hiding art treasures in its impressive vaults.
Spectacular views in all directions from this fortress.
From Dresden it was on to Rothenburg, the famous
walled city that dates back to the thirteenth century. A
favorite of the Armbrusters, visited several times before
on previous trips. This was one of many highlights of
their trip. Backtracking to Frankfurt to get their return
flight back to the United States.


We have been very fortunate healthwise. Margaret
was able to visit the Holy Land in early March while
John stayed home and took care of two dogs and a cat.
Then it was John's turn to visit Russia for eleven days in
June, the result of an invitation from Russian Georgists
(devotees of Henry George's philosophy) to International
Georgists for a tour along the Volga. River canals from
Moscow to St. Petersburg. Meeting with town and city
officials along the river boat St. Petersburg's itinerary
convinced many of them that the collection of land rents
instead of counterproductive taxes on labor and capital is
the way for Russia to go.

-I1 ...aI


Jean Armbruster atop the dome of Saint Peter's

John Morales in front of Lenin's Tomb, Red Square,
Moscow, Russia.

The Russian Georgists boldly declare, that,"having
generalized the problems of territory development and
local budget's formation, we consider that unlike the
senseless copying of Western patterns, it is this very
approach that can help Russia get out of the economic
and moral deadlock."
John was very much impressed by the smooth
efficiency of the numerous locks in the system of canals.
One set of three locks drops or raises a ship over 150
John A. and Margaret (Kuhn) Morales
Savannah, Mo.

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While vacationing this past summer in the southwest,
Everett White and family teamed up with some old high
school friends in the city that never sleeps Las Vegas,
Nevada. The city is non-stop excitement, and the group
from Panama made sure it lived up to its name. Meeting
in Las Vegas were Isaac Hay, George Husted, Tom Slice,
CATZ, Justo "SOLO" Velez, and Tom Hermany.
Acquaintances were renewed and a good time had by all.

Everett White, Jr.
Davie, FL

Standing L-R: Isaac Hay (1966), Tom Hermanny
(1968), Everett White (1966). Seated L-R: Tom Slice
(1968), Catz (1966), Justo "Solo" Velez (1966), Gorge
Husted (1968).

Visiting in Arizona, Ann Parks, Bob and Niza Greig.

In August we had a really fantastic visit with
Matthew and Heike Parks and children. We've also been
visited by Alice (Brayton) Lowery Mix who is living in
Sierra Vista, AZ, but presently visiting in Florida with
brothers Dan and Jack Brayton.
Her son Vernon Lowery has been our houseguest
recently while getting "his wheels". He'll be driving for
KLLM trucking interstate.


With five of our children visiting with families over
the holidays we had lots of togetherness. Lisa and Craig
Boatwright and children, Susan and Manuel Casis and
children, Charles Parks and daughter Hannah, Sgt.
Lawrence Parks, and Paul Parks and son Brett, all
enjoyed Las Vegas, Laughlin, Grand Canyon, Sedona,
Flagstaff and Phoenix ("Mom's Grand Tour").
Matthew Parks is stationed at Ft. Riley and we
enjoyed our visit there in April and May. We also visited
Charles and Dana Parks and new granddaughter Rachel
Anne, born May 18th.
Visited Anne's brother George Trimble and wife
Leona in Stark, FL, at their beautiful new home.
Had a fun visit from Niza and Bob Greig from
Roseburg, OR. Loved seeing them again and the "babies".
If I ever get up to visit them I think I'll just stay a while -
it sounds so lovely up there.
We had a great but too short visit with son Jim
Parks and wife Chris and family in Port St. Lucie and
got to watch all our Little Leaguers play ball. Also, got to
visit granddaughter Jeanne Boatwright before she left for
FSU in Tallahassee. She writes that she is doing great
and loves it.

At Grand Canyon, Charles Parks, Sgt. Matthew Parks
and wife, Heike, Anna Parks, and children Kevin,
Brian, Erika Parks.

Had a call recently from a BHS classmate I haven't
seen since we graduated in '48, Betty (Boyd) Vickers! She
lives less than two miles from me and we'll get together
Best regards to all.

Anne M. Parks
Glendale, AZ


Joe Kilgallon had a business trip to Tampa, FL,
which was extended to include a visit with Arlene and
George Tochterman in Seminole. Joanie (Sprague)
Kilgallon and Arlene caught up on the past few years
while George and Joe played tennis.
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1st Vice President Robert Johnson with daughters
Judy Carrasco and Teresa Dodson, and
granddaughters Heather, Rae, Katy, Jessica and

George and
(Sprague) and

Arlene Tochterman with Joanie
Joe Kilgallon.


Zonians are still digging deep -- and coming up with
eyeglasses for the medical missions to Latin America.
Not just eyeglasses either, but pairs of loose lenses,
empty frames, and eyeglass cases made of everything
from velvet and real leather to cardboard and terrycloth.
Ken Jorgenson of St. Petersburg sent along an old
suitcase fitted out with examination lenses that looked
pretty primitive to us but will prove very useful in one of
the jungle clinics, according to a local ophthalmologist
who makes regular trips south. For 1994, 164 pairs were
received, which is 47 more pairs than were sent in 1993,
but not up to our first year of collecting, 1992, when we
topped 200. Your generosity is deeply appreciated. Please
don't postpone mailing your old glasses. Do it today!
Send them to Patt Roberson, 2801 Allen Court, Baker,
LA 70714-2253.

Jim and Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhardt with Joanie
(Sprague) and Joe Kilgallon in Heidelberg, Germany.

We had a wonderful visit with them.
Joanie and Joe Kilgallon also visited with Jim and
Dorothy (Rowley) Gerhardt in Heidelberg, Germany
during a trip to Europe. We enjoyed their hospitality so
Joanie (Sprague) Kilgallon
Potomac, MD

L-R: Mary (Sullivan) (BHS'44) and Jim Young
(BHS'43) with Nancy (Sullivan) (BHS'45) and Carl
Schorsch, on vacation in Canada, August 1994.


Former Zonians, descendants of Col. Francisco Ruiz,
are by his portrait at an unveiling ceremony in the Alamo
Hall on September 27, 1994, San Antonio, Texas. They
are (seated left) Diane Gomez Soler (BHS'68); (seated
right) Vee Gomez (Miss Villa Colon Hospital nurse
1945-49); (standing left) Rolando Villanueva (Pancho -
Cristobal Storehouse 1942-50); and (standing right) Mike
Gomez (General Engineer, G4, USARSO Ft. Amador
This portrait was presented to the Alamo by Rubye
F. Hermes. Its restoration was funded mainly by Amelia
P. Ramirez and other descendants of the Colonel.

Sitting, Diane Gomez Soler and Vee Gomez.
Standing: Rolando Villanueva and Mike Gomez.
Col. Francisco Ruiz and his nephew Jose Antonio
Navarro were the only native Texans among the 58
members of the signers of the Texas Declaration of
Independence from Mexico, March 2, 1836. Ruiz was also
the first official school master in San Antonio, his home
being the first official school house. His descendants are
proud of the fact that at the risk of losing his life, Col.
Ruiz contributed much to making Texas the great state
that it is today.
When you visit the Alamo, make it a point to see the
portrait of this famous statesman!

Diane Gomez Soler
San Antonio, TX


The Coffin family had a family reunion, the first
since 1977, where everyone attended. It was also a
celebration of Joe's 75th birthday. Maxine and Earl
Wrenn from Springdale, AR, flew in and spent a week
with Joe and Marge Coffin to help celebrate and visited
with the entire family. In attendance were all of Joe's
children along with nine grandchildren, including his first


A short "hello" from the Herrera family in sunny
Santa Maria, CA, to all our old friends from those
halcyon days in the Canal Zone. Carlos Herrera Sr.
(CHS'39) and Rosario live in Santa Maria. Carlos retired
from the Defense Mapping Agency in 1988 after 38 years
in government service. Most of those years were spent
with the Inter American Geodetic Survey living in such
places as Haiti, Brazil, Panama (of course) and
Carlos Jr. works in Santa Barbara for the Delco
Electronics Co., while Maria Christina (BHS'75) lives in
Santa Maria with her three children.
Other extended members of the Herrera family
include Bill Beardahl (BHS'61) who lives in Raleigh, NC,
with his new wife and his brother Chuck (BHS'63) who
is now a full Colonel in the U.S. Army living in Virginia.
We (Carlos Sr. and Jr.) just went back to Panama in
February where we spent a nostalgic two weeks looking
at all the changes in Panama. We stayed in Punta Paitilla
with Eddie Eder Sr. (CHS'41) and his wife Ana (Carlos'
While we were down there we also visited some
members of the Scott clan, Geoffrey and Bruce Scott,
and reminisced about old times in Curundu.


Dear Zonian:

And it really was a great success, thanks to the
largest group we have had.
Thank you so much for coming, and prepare for next
year when we meet at the same place, the Motor Hill
Lodge in Tannersville, on September 8-10. The motel has
not yet indicated what the cost will be, but if there is a
change we will let you know in plenty of time.
The wonderful addition of the BHS Class of 1944
contingent immeasurably made this a great reunion and
I know they will try to get more of their class to attend
next year. Our Poconos Reunion does lend itself to
MINI-REUNIONS because there is a lot of time to sit
around and reminisce and be together. When talking to
your friends about the reunion it might be well to stress
this important feature. (Here's a strong hint to Mannie
Quintero of the Class of 1945 who are holding their 50th
next year!)
Thanks are especially due to Stella Boggs DeMarr,
and Cinco Allen for the music on Saturday night; Bill
Poole and Vince Ridge for the photographic display; and
the SENSATIONAL group of (what would you call that
idiotic group that rang bells, played washboards, maracas,
and other gourds to provide accompaniment to the
music?) who helped make Saturday a fun night.
I hope to see you all again in 1995 when we will try
to outdo this year's success!

Billy Michaelsen

Top: #1. L-R; Shirley (Jennings) Erickson, Betty (Comley) Ferguson, Jean (Dennis) Herbert, Norma (Stillwell
) Martin, Wendel "Cinco" Allen. (Tom Halliday photo) #2. L-R: BHS'44 Jeanne Doran, Eddie Doran, Bob
Fredette, Bill March. (W. Poole photo) 2nd Row, #1 BHS'44 at Poconos Reunion: L-R: Pat (Heitman) Whitam,
Bob Fredette, Marion (Price) Royston, Doris (Conner) Fredette, Bill March (BHS'43), Bob Whitam, Bob
Nordstrom, Thelma (Vahey) March, Bob Harvey, Connie Nordstrom, Milo Alexander, Eddie Doran. (W. Poole
photo) #2. L-R: Special thanks to Billy and Mary Michaelsen for a wonderful weekend reunion in the Poconos!
(Joan deGrummond photo) #3. L-R: Doris Leeser, JOan (Ridge) deGrummond, Eleanor (Hammond)
Schwindeman, Olive (Kalar) Krouse, Billy Michaelsen, Wilma (Kirkpatrick) Reynolds, Norma (Stillwell) Martin,
Betty (Comley) Forgeson, Dottie (Sanders) Ridge, Julie (Wilson) Ridge, Blanche (Adler) Browne, Jean
(Dennis) Herbert and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr (Joan deGrummond photo) Row 3, #1. The Entertainers, L-R: Wilma
(Kirkpatrick) Reynolds, Vince Ridge, Marion (Price) Royston, Bob Harvey with Billy Michaelsen (J.
deGrummond photo) #2, L-R: Mary Michaelsen, Billy Michaelsen (Coordinator), Muriel Poole, William (Bill)
Poole (Reporter) (Bill Poole photo) Row 4, #1 Blanche (Adler) Browne and Doris Leeser #2 L-R: Jo (Dennis)
Konover, June (Walters) Murray, Marion (Price) Royston (Bill Poole photo) #3 Tom Halliday and Jack Poole
(T. Halliday photo).


Melanie and Cassie Herrington visited their
grandparents, Dorothy and Bob Herrington of
Clearwater, Florida this summer with their parents, Lori
and Russ Herrington of the Panama Canal area.

Melanie and Cassie Herrington

The grandchildren enjoyed the use of the Peterson's pool
and also went to Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Lowry Park
Zoo, Selby Gardens Annual Childrens Day and the
Carol had a very enjoyable trip. She went fishing in
Panama Bay and Gatun Lake; spent a few days at Rio
Mar; ate in the new restaurant in the former old French
prison; as well as shopping and other sightseeing around
the former Canal Zone. She did enjoy eating corvina,
empanadas and caramifioles in addition to the fresh
fish that was caught on the fishing trips. She and her
sister, Elaine, attended the reception at the
Administrator's home and took part in the ceremonies
at Gaillard Cut for Descendants of Roosevelt Medal
Holders (Carol and Elaine are granddaughters of
Roosevelt Medal Holder Charles H. Peterson).
Elaine's daughter Chimere (4th generation) also went
on the boat ride to Gaillard Cut.
Thomas C. Peterson
Sarasota, FL


Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus and Catharine (Muller)
Peabody co-hosted a Muller family reunion in
Albuquerque over the 4th of July weekend 1994.
John and Betty Muller of DeLand, FL, were
especially honored on the occasion of their recent 50th
Wedding Anniversary celebration.

Tom Peterson and George Tochterman on their 2nd -
annual visit to Green Bay, Wisconsin to root for the
Green Bay Packers at a home game at Lambeau Field Muller Family Reunion, L-R: William "Bill" and Jean
against the L.A. Rams on October 9, 1994. (Packers Muller, George and Wini Muller, Harold and
won). Adrienne (Muller) Neuhaus, John and Betty Muller,
Delores and Walter Muller, and Catherine (Muller)
and Ray Peabody.


Tom and Barbara Peterson of Sarasota babysat their
three grandchildren from Orlando (Christine 9, Jason
and Eric 6) for two weeks in August while their mother,
Carol (Peterson) Heintz went to Panama to visit her
sister and family (Elaine, Mike, Tommy, Sidney and
Chimere Little). Carol's husband, Don, had to go out of
town on business and he was unable to accompany Carol.

Walter and Delores Muller, Round Rock, TX;
George and Wini Muller, Anaheim, CA; and William
"Bill" and Jean Muller, Ocala, FL, joined in on the
Also present were Harold Neuhaus and Ray Peabody
(Albuquerque, NM) with their families. A delicious
buffet-style dinner was served. Group pictures were in
order for the 25 present.

Bill Muller
Ocala, FL


The Gas House Gang Golf Tournament held at the
Olympia Spa in Dothan, AL, on October 3-5, 1994, was
a fun-filled and happy time for the 16 ladies and 62 men
who played golf and the 130 people who attended the
cocktail party and banquet on Wednesday night.
A tropical storm in the Gulf area threatened the
travelers driving on Sunday but didn't dampen their
spirits once they arrived at the Spa. The sun was a
welcome sight on Monday afternoon after golfers
practiced on soggy ground that morning. By Tuesday the
course was dried out and great weather continued for the
next two days.
Monday night in the ballroom the Spa management
provided a great band, The Moonlighters. Our kind of
music! Band members couldn't get over how many of us
still love to dance. The more dancers there were the
more they were inspired and played for the crowd.
A cocktail party was held on Wednesday night before
the sit-down turkey dinner. During the cocktail hour and
dinner Dick Duncan entertained us with several songs.
It's always a pleasure to hear him sing some of our
favorites. Jim Coman was the master of ceremonies and
as always did a super job. Jim lives in Montgomery and
he says it's the Dothan committee members, Bill
Sherlock, Vera Ryan, Lou Hunt and Bud Huldtquist, that
do all the planning and work, and Woody Woodruff and
Ron Smith work hard getting prizes donated, but it is Jim
that brings it all together on that final night. After dinner

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the golf prizes were awarded along with many donated
door prizes for golfers. One very special one was a
painting of a Cuna Indian Lady done by Elsie Prather of
Teams awarded prizes were: Tuesday Mixed
Foursome 1st Place Ron Smith, Roy Stoutenborough,
Ruth Tortorici, William Stocking; 2nd Place Jim Riley,
Leon Dedeaux, Bill Lohmeier, Anette Stocking; 3rd Place
- Robert Ferry, Jack Ruoff, Edythe Rogers, Joe Hunt, Jr.
Wednesday Ladies 1st Place Lois Thomas,
Frances Mock, Carol Kandrin; 2nd Place Edythe
Rogers, Aubrey Van Zandt, Ginnie Roach; 3rd Place -
Jane Huldtquist, Aggie Anderson, Claire Dedeaux. Men -
1st Place Mike Smith, Angle Cuirleo, Tony Cipolloni,
Frank Anderson; 2nd Place Willy Nowotny, William
Wolford, Ray Lucas, William Stocking; 3rd Place Bill
Sullivan, Jack Ruoff, Hugh Norris, Joe Hunt, Jr.
In addition to our regulars that never miss each year
it was wonderful to see the Kerrville, TX, ladies Honey
Fealey, Iris Hogan, and Katherine Lessiack. Also, Pat
Beall from Clearwater, Jane Huldtquist from Seminole,
Ruth Tortorici from Inverness and Clara Brayton's
daughter and son-in-law, Annette (Godby) and William
Handshakes, hugs and kisses were exchanged after
the banquet when we were all saying goodbye and yes,
there were tears too. SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR.

Louise Hunt
Dothan, AL

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Top: #1 L-R: 1st Place Mixed Foursome: Ruth Tortorici, Ron Smith, William Stocking, Roy Stoutenborough. #2.
L-R: 2nd Place Mixed Foursome: Bill Lohmeier, Leon Dedeaux, Annette Stocking, Jim Riley. #3 L-R: 3rd Place,
Mixed Foursome: Jack Ruoff, Robert Ferry, Edythe Rogers, Joseph Hunt Jr. Row 2, #1, Ladies 1st Place: L-
R: Frances Mock, Lois Thomas, Carol Kandrin. #2 L-R: Furman Mock, Bud Thomas, Ray Lucas, Tim Hotz.
#3 Ladies 3rd Place, L-R: Jane Huldtquist, Aggie Anderson, Claire Dedeaux. Row 3, #1 Mens 1st Place: Frank
Anderson accepting for whole team. #2 Mens 2nd Place, L-R: William Wolford, Willy Nowotny, William Stocking,
Ray Lucas. #3 Mens 3rd Place, L-R: Hugh Norris, Jack Ruoff, Joseph Hunt, Jr., Bill Sullivan.


This June, Reid and Betty (Parthenais) Garrison
hosted a reunion with all five of Betty's children and their
families. This was the first time that we had all been
together since before Betty left Panama in 1972, and, the
first time that all of the grandchildren had been together.
On Monday, June 13th, Jim and Kelly Parthenais
were the first to arrive in the morning at the Sky Harbor
Airport in Phoenix; late that night, Bob and Adair arrived
with their two children, Paige (13) and Taylor (11), on
the same flight with Tom and Alice (Parthenais) Engelke
with their two children, Evan (11) and Eileen (8), and
Samantha Parthenais (11) from Panama. Samantha's
mom, Kathy McClain, had to remain in Panama, but at
least Samantha was able to come for this big gathering.
Both Steve Parthenais (Samantha's dad) and Mark
Parthenais live here in the "Valley of the Sun"....Steve in
Tempe, AZ and Mark in Phoenix.
Thanks to Charlie and Ann Parks, we had plenty of
air mattresses to go around.
On Tuesday the 14th, we had a big party with the
whole gang, plus the Parks and other friends of the
family. Betty made empanadas from Ann Parks' recipe
... exactly like those from the Diablo Clubhouse! Black
beans, Mexican rice, and various "nips and dips" filled
the menu. During the day, everyone except Betty went to
a water park a couple of miles from our house for a day
of water games, etc.
On Wednesday morning, we all jumped into the vans
and the truck and headed to Reid and Betty's cabin
in a small settlement called Strawberry, which is about
115 miles from the Glendale home, taking about 2 to 21/2
hrs. of travel. It is 6,000 ft. in elevation and in the middle
of the Tonto National Forest. The cabin is surrounded by
junipers, oaks and Ponderosa Pines.
Next to the cabin we have a horse-shoe pit, and
the children played ping-pong in the back loft and also
went on short hikes to see the horses stabled near-by.
On Thursday, everyone except Reid and Betty
jumped into the two vans and went to the Grand Canyon.
On the way there, they stopped in Flagstaff where Ron
bought a cowboy hat. While at the Canyon, a strong gust
of wind took the cowboy hat and blew it over the fence!
Jim went to his van and got his fishing pole and
proceeded to cast his line to try to hook the hat! After
about 30 minutes of casting...they finally hooked the
To top the trip off, Bob (who is an airline pilot)
thought that he would play navigator and insisted on
leading the way back to Strawberry from Flagstaff. Of
course, they got lost.
On Friday morning, Reid took the gang down the
mountain to the Tonto Natural Bridge, which is the
largest travertine bridge in the world. While there, the
five children decided to jump into the natural spring
water, That evening we returned to Glendale.
On Saturday and Sunday, the adults played darts and
the children watched TV and played games. We had a
cookout on Saturday for a final party before everyone
left the next day.
Alice, her two children, and Samantha remained for
another week with grandpa Reid and grandma Betty.
Now, the house is extremely quiet. Even our four-legged

family member, Stanley, has missed all the excitement.
We only hope and pray that it won't be another 21 years
before we all get together again.
Betty Garrison
Glendale, AZ


Lani Carey, now of Alameda, CA, Pat McDonough,
now of Jacksonville, FL, and Barbara Hoyne, now of
Aberdeen, WA, traveled to Italy, Austria, Monte Carlo,
and France for 18 days from September 6 to September
24, 1994.
They went to Milan, Venice, Innsbruck, Lake Como,
Monte Carlo, Piza, Florence, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii,
and Rome.
Great reunion, hours of reminiscing and lots of fun!

L-R: Lani Carey, Pat McDonough, Barbara Hoyle at
Vernazza, and the Mediterranean Sea in the

Marge French of Lakeland, Florida visited grandsons
Bill, Mike and Frank at the home of her son, Jay and
Diane (Sparks) French in Jacksonville, Fl.
Bill is a college student; Mike just finished his
Army tour; and Frank is in the Air Force stationed at
Edwards AFB in California.

Front row L-R: Debbie (Lawyer) Arsenault, Roger Rios, Janis (Kunkel) Doubek(?), Bryant Chevalier, Janis
(Kunkel) Doubek, Jane (Kunkel) Lauglaug, Dede Bow, Glenda Snavely, Lynnette Lamer) Lowrimore, Debbie
(Foster) Sorchinski, Lynn Saarinen, Kitty (Smith) Hughes, Teri (Sabato) Valle, Nancy (Walker) Belz, Renee
(Matros) Fairchild, Perry Jennings. Row 2 L-R: Maggie (Edmunds) Bedford, Richrd Solar, Ingrid (Errhalt) Bryan,
Gloria (Dahlstrom) Potocek, Debbie (Mikez) Conrad, Sheila (Webb) Smith, Marta (Carrasquillo) Petiton, Peggy
(Wadman) Crewe, Becky (Tipton) Kogler, Tanya (Szanyi) Huddleston, Sharon Creque, Ann (Walker) Haynick,
Leslie (Hoyle) Russian, Donna Gifford. Back row L-R: John Ambrose, Kenny White, Jim Rybicki, Dave McAfee,
Luis Fula, Craig Newton, Ken Gaul, Sheila (Fitxsimmons) Felthuis, Linda Ramey, Dodie Hannigan, Lorrie
(Husum) Allen, Debbie (Connors) Vanderbeek, Cathy (Goodrich) Scribner, Ric Figueroa, Jennifer (Jones)
Howitt, Anna Lisa (Ocuto) Gray, Richard Erbe, Leslie "Joey" (Johnson) Farabee, Vikki (Borrell) Edwards, Kathy
(Malin) Saville, Richard Hicks, Johann Meyer, Randy McConnell, Lilian (Meyer) Bristol, Brant Gunther.


The BHS Class of '74 reunion committee thanks
everyone for a wonderful 20th year reunion in
Jacksonville. Those who made the effort to attend were
rewarded with a great line-up of events (thanks, Kathy
Saville), spectacular decorations (thanks, Vikki Edwards),
and the opportunity to renew friendships. Special thanks
to the "Committee" who, once again, had to lend a hand
with decorating. (Some things never change.) It was fun
dancing to hits of the 70's, talking by the pool, looking at
"old" photos and items from Panama, and enjoying the
beach. Unofficially, "No Sleep" records were held by
Sharon, Jim and Lillian. Who organized that
spontaneous poolside "after-party party" our last night
The class's 25th reunion plans were discussed at this
reunion. We voted to plan ahead to hold the next reunion
in 1999 in Panama. Initial inquiries are being made.
Those interested in planning the reunion, contact Lorne
(Husum) Allen (in Florida) at (904) 656-3327. Those
people in Panama should contact Jennifer (Jones) Howitt
at 52-2779. Start saving your money NOW, because this
will truly be an event. Help us celebrate in Panama one
more time before history is altered.

Ann (Walker) Haynick
Portage, MI

'Zonies' gathering to recall
'miracle' of Panama Canal

Tribune Staff Writer

...Bill and Jeanne Wheeler saw ships from every port
in the world pass through the historic path their father
and grandfather helped carve.
This week, the Wheelers join more than 3,000 others
who once called the Canal home: The Panama Canal
Society holds its annual gathering in Orlando. Bill
Wheeler will celebrate the 60th reunion of his graduating
class at Cristobal High.
He still has the yearbook, titled "Caribbean 1934." He
still has a 70-year-old red metal case from a telegraph
fire alarm that once hung at a pier along the Canal. A
sign in his garage once told international sailors at a pier
gas station "No Smoking" in 23 languages from Albanian
to Hebrew to Japanese.
Wheeler has black and white photographs of a rare
flood at the Canal that filled up Canal-side buildings like
bath tubs.
"An electrician forgot to turn off a valve," Bill
Wheeler said.
Jeanne Wheeler worked for years as a budget officer
at the Panama Canal Company shipyard. Her grandfather

settled in Panama in 1907, aiding construction of the
canal as an engineer on the railroad that ran parallel to
the anticipated waterway.
The American effort followed a failed attempt by the
French to build a sea-level canal through Panama, similar
to the one at Suez. Jeanne Wheeler has her grandfather's
"Roosevelt Medal," awarded to workers who toiled for at
least two years at the canal project. The medals were
made from metal scrapped from equipment the French
left behind.
The Panamanians take complete control of the
Panama Canal in 2000, which sort of embitters "zonies"
like Bill Wheeler. As far as he's concerned, the Panama
Canal won World War II for the allies in the Pacific.
"If the ships had to go around the Cape (Horn) the
war would have been over before we got there." Wheeler
said. "We probably wouldn't be living in a democracy
today if it wasn't for the Canal."

The Tampa Tribune
June 6, 1994

"Panama Mamas" Guys and Gals, L-R: Bob Harvey,
Dolores Suisman, Eddie Doran, Norma Johnson
Rose, Milo Alexander, Marion (Price) Royston, Paul
DeBehnke, Sally (Hancock) Smith, at the BHS/CHS
1944 Class 50th Reunion.

L-R: June Hattaway, Jacksonville, FL, with Pat
(Heitman) Whitam on the front lawn of the Whitam
residence in Medina, OH, September 1994.

"Sentimental Journey Quartet" at the BHS/CHS'44
Class Reunion. L-R; Eddie Doran, Bob Harvey, John
Mayles, Milo Alexander.
Your editor was privileged to attend this event and
was completely enchanted with the antics and songs of
this marvelous, well presented group of people. The
photos shown, alone, do not do them enough justice.
Bravo, BHS/CHS'44!

BHS/CHS 1944's

The Balboa High and Cristobal High classes of 1944
held their 50th anniversary reunion during the last
Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando, FL.
As an added attraction during their banquet, the
"Sentimental Journey Quartet" made an appearance, all
suitable attired and became an immediate hit with all
those attending. Not to be outdone, The "Panama
Mamas" all-guys cast made their debut with their
hilarious routine, masterfully done, followed by the gals
and their own variety show. The guys and the gals
melded into one and closed the entertainment with some
of the finest "home-grown" comedy and songs ever heard
out of our local high schools in the Canal Zone.


Twenty years of celebration were in order when the
"Ocala Zonians" met at Stacey's Buffet on October 4,
1994. It was the 40th semi-annual meeting since the first
gathering at Lake Waldena on Hwy. 40 East in 1974. A
record group of 45 "signed-in" and honored Ocalan's
Wesley "Red" and Virginia Townsend along with Harry
and Virginia Pearl for their part in organizing and
continuing these meetings.
Other "old timers" in attendance were: Dunellon's
Ralph and Marie Curies; Jim and Evelyn Cullen of

Titusville; Dick and Juanita McConaughey (Ocala); and
"Andy" and Garnet Anderson from Dunellon. Bill Muller
introduced all the attendees and relayed bits of
information of interest to all.
John Muller was the winner of "Then and Now"
photos of the Gatun fire station and housing in
Williamson Place--donated by "Red" Townsend--for
correctly identifying the day auto traffic in Panama and
the Canal Zone was diverted from left to right lane in
preparation for the opening of the Pan American
Highway. Answer: August 15, 1943--5 AM.
They came from Tarpon Springs (Greg and Gladys
Gramlich), Cape Canaveral (Richard Burchett), Daytona
Beach (Jack and Ruth Carey), DeLand (John and Betty
Muller), Lecanto (Jim and Ethel Wich), and McIntosh
(Eleanor and Edmond T. Hesser). Gainesville was
represented by: Peg Davidson, Charles Soukup, and
Harriet and Maurice Tewinkel. Irene Bissell came from
Silver Springs along with Dunellon's Rolf and Joan
(Powell) Arndt; Margaret Hughes; Barbara Kelly and
Woody Foster. Ocalans present: Margaret (Curles)
Maxwell, Bernadette Fields, Roland and Pat Lees, Dick
and Elaine Conover, Ted Norris, Leo Shadeck and Bill
and Jean Muller. Signing in from the "Canal Zone" were
Linda (Pearl) Dahlstrom and Richard Phillips.
Suffice it to say, "A good time was had by all!" Next
meeting is Tuesday, April 4, 1995, at Stacey's Buffet, 717
NE 36th Ave. in Ocala--south of East Silver Springs Blvd.
(Hwy. 40E). Open invitation to all for the luncheon
meeting starting at noon--restaurant opens at 11:30 AM.
For further information (if required) contact Harry Pearl
(904) 622-7076, Red Townsend (904) 629-1338 or Bill
Muller (904) 854-7902. Help us set another attendance
Many months of travel by air and auto have ended
for Bill and Jean Muller of Ocala, FL. They touched the
four corners of the continental United States from Key
West, FL, to Port Angeles, WA (Victoria, British
Columbia) and from Anaheim, CA, to Bangor, ME.
Visits and family reunions took place in Las Vegas,
Albuquerque, Seattle, Orlando, Niagara Falls, Texas and
They attended the 1994 AARP Convention in
Anaheim while visiting George and Wini Muller. Bill is
Past President of Oak Run's AARP Chapter in Ocala
and George recently completed his year as President of
June was Reunion time again for the Panama Canal
Society of Florida in Orlando. In September, Bill and
Jean celebrated their 45th anniversary in Oak Run--they
were wed in Balboa's Lutheran Church--and in October
they were at the 20th anniversary of the "Ocala Zonians"-
also known as the "Panama Canal Ditch Diggers" of
Ocala, FL.

Bill Muller
Ocala, FL
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Prior to the 1994 Panama Canal Society Reunion in
Orlando, FL, members and friends of the BHS Class of
1979 went on a 4-day cruise aboard the Carnival Cruise
Ship Fantasy. What a party boat!


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L-R: John Morris, Carlton A. Morris, Carolyn Bohn,
Mark Powell, George Husum, Barb Husum.
We all had a great time jet-skiing, snorkeling, Para-
sailing, moped riding around the Bahamas Islands, and of
course, enjoying a cold toddy or two.
The picture shows a group enjoying a Cuba Libre
after an afternoon of snorkeling, near Nassau, Bahamas.


Thank you for all the work. time and love you put
into the Canal Record! How we look forward to receiving
it. Whatever reimbursement you get it's not enough!!

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The French family, L-R: Woody, Toms River, NJ,
Charlie, Rutland, VT, Lewis, Austin, TX, with Bea and
Worden French, Castleton, VT. July '94.
Please note the change in our mailing address. Now
we don't have to drive to the P.O. they bring the mail
to us it's great!
It was great having our three sons here for three
days this month! Love to all!

Bea and Worden French
Castleton, VT.


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Wendy Foster, Eileen Bradley and Jeri Wheeler
reunited in San Antonio, TX, September 9-11, 1994. We
spent the weekend with Carl Dragseth and John
Woodruff rekindling old friendships and making new
memories. It's neat to see that timeless friendships from
the Canal Zone are spanning generations. iHasta Luego!
We must begin our plans for our Class of '89 Reunion.
Please drop us a line.

Eileen Bradley
2037 S. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204

Class of '89, clockwise: Eileen Bradley, Jeri Wheeler,
Wendy Foster, reunited in San Antonio, September 9-
11, 1994.


The CHS Class of 1964 recently held their 30th Class
Reunion in conjunction with the Annual Panama Canal
Society Reunion in June of this year in Orlando, FL.
Classmates converged from all points of the U.S.,
California to Maine. A great time was had by all at the
Boston Lobster Feast located in Orlando, where one can
eat all the lobster one can hold for as long as you want
to eat. REALLY!! I believe a few of us were beginning
to grow "claws."
Attenders were: Frank Borsellino (who brought
along his adorable Mom), Tom Heppenheimer, Karen
(Waszak) Buchanan, Debbie (Meeker) Nesbitt, William
Dockery, Valerie Means, Carol Hawthorne, Vaudie

Cristobal High School Class of 1964
(Robinson) Dunning, Sandra (Shore) Davis, Jim
Stevenson, Sue (Mathieson) Deakins, Naomi (Kuntz)
Schmigel, Nina (Chappell) DeTore, George Kandrin, and
Carol (LaCroix) Hamilton, Chairperson.
We all want to say hello to those classmate who were
unable to attend and hope to see you at our next reunion,
(maybe even before the official 35th)...something is
brewing, keep in touch!


The Gibsons and the Kents stopped by for a visit in
July. When Jay was driving them to our house, I
accidently got behind them with my van and I recognized
Lloyd. I flashed my headlights at them for about a
minute and he finally pulled over. He first thought he had
a crazy woman tailgating him. When he got out of his car
he was real surprised to see me. I hadn't seem Lori or
Jay for 13 years. It was really great seeing them. Wish I
could have gone back to Panama with them.

Cheri Henderson
Allyn, WA.

Kents and Gibson's family visit the Hendersons in
Allyn, Washington. L-R: Cheri (Daisy) Henderson,
Lori (Kent) Gibson, Jay Gibson, Gibson's sons, and
Jo and Lloyd Kent.

Jeri Wheeler
12426 La Lira
San Antonio, TX 78233


Pan Canal Association "Hall of Fame" certificates were presented to six Association members at the Tournament Party,
at Fort Kobbe, in 1962. L-R; Ted Melanson, Bud Balcer, Bob Bartram, Eri J. Bates, Dick Soyster, and Ed
Spinney. Photo submitted by Dick Bjorneby, Gatun, Panama



The "MEAT BALLS" L-R: Marlene Peacock, Dorrit
Archibald, Pat Casswell, Mary Irving, Mary Jo
McSparran, Jo Arnold, Flossie Kane.

Volleyball "A" League 1946 Balboa. L-R: Aloha
Holcomb, Vallie Lavinghouse, Mary Snedeker, Joan
Horter, Marian Schjeveland, Charlotte Dye, Beatriz


1954-55 Baseball Accounting Team (Admin Bldg.) Back, L-R: Paul Helton, Dale Bishop, George Girad, Richard
Coy, ? Bill Grimes, Dan Hennsey, Howard Sprague. Ed Lukacs. Front L-R: George Thibodeau, Bill
Wichmann, Ernie Bishop, Malcolm Wheeler, Jack Campbell, _?

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Early 1946 Baseball Team, Back L-R: "Bucky" Hall, Coach Luke Palumbo, "Chili" Brennan, Ernie Prudhom, Louie
Hooper, Trevor Simons, Leo Haywood. Front L-R: Jack Pescod, Billy White, Ray Simons, Charlie House, Ted
Kaufer, Fred Gearhart. Taken behind the "Shop" in the old CHS in New Cristobal.



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SWEET ADELINES: Back row, L-R: Dottie Yocum, LaDonna Forrest, Doris Willis, Vonna Huldtquist, Joanne
Allen, Barbara Clark, Maxine Carpenter, Mary Hare, Ruth Ann Parker. Middle L-R: Carol Wolf, Judy Thompson,
Freda Stohrer, Boots Mitchell, Lenor Butz, Betty Blanchette, Sarah Belzer, June May. Front L-R: Lil Rozmeski,
Weulcia Wilkins, Wilma Moore, Mary Danielson, Cec Gove, Dottie Ridge, Alene Duncan, Jane Huldtquist, Sue
Carwithen. Photo submitted by Dick Bjorneby, Gatun, Panama

THE DISCHORDS: Back L-R: Guy (Bud) Huldtquist, Les Spencer, "Tex" Watson, Vic May, Ken Willis, Neil
Belland. Front L-R: Ray Jaramillo, John Strolberg, Rolando Linares, Ed Carwithin, Stan Hamilton, Dick Duncan,
Vince Ridge, Jerry Cirencione. Photo submitted by Dick Bjorneby, Gatun, Panama



1926 Girls Volleyball Team, L-R: Violet S., Belle
C.Z. Junior College Touch Football, 1947. Back row L- 1926 Girls Volleyball Team, L-R: Violet S., Belle
R: A. Ostrea, W. Tuttle, M. Weich, R. Engelke. Front Martin, Ruth Johnson, Agnes Willoughby, Florence
L-R: O. Bauman, R. Atwood, G. Muller, O. Ramey, M., Evade Lo P., Mary M., Dolly Krump, Janice
W. Muller, J. Muller. Grimison, Gladys B. Photo submitted by Ruth
W. Muller, J. Muller. (Johnson) Rose Foster, Dunnellon, FL.

Class Reunion Announcements


There is an agreement with the Marriott's Orlando World Center Resort and the Reunion Coordinator that requests
to hold Class Reunions, Luncheons, Dinners, Dances, etc. during the Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion must be
approved in advance by the Reunion Coordinator before the hotels will accept them. Initial requests should be sent to:
Reunion Coordinator, Robert Johnson, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole,
Florida, 34642-4712.


There will be a special reception and reunion
banquet on Saturday, February 4, 1995 at the Tides Hotel
in St. Petersburg, Florida for all BHS 1943 Classmates
and friends. Attend the Panama Canal Society of
Florida's CARNAVALITO on Friday (See
Announcements) and stay over for the BHS'43 program
on Saturday (separate registration required). Read the
Golden Parrot or contact: BETIY C. SNOW, 2471
Sumatran Way #37, Clearwater, FL 34642, Tel: (813)
799-4769. GOLDEN PARROT: Ernie Pierce, 6810
Ramsey Place, Dayton, OH 45415, (513) 454-1366.


The Class of 1945 (both BHS and CHS) is planning
a reunion in San Diego, California, September 22-24,
1995. If any class member did not receive an
announcement, contact:

Nancy (Sullivan) Schorsch
1175 Winthrop Lane
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-5825


WORLD CENTER, headquarters for the annual Panama
Canal Society of Florida reunion. Any classmate who has
not heard from Shirley Smith O'Connor, Chairman,
please contact me at 1109 Anita Drive, Arlington, Texas
76012, with your address so you can be kept informed.
The classes of 1948, 1949 and 1951 are cordially invited
to join our celebration.


Our 35th class reunion will be held in conjunction
with the Panama Canal Society of Florida reunion being
held on July 5 to 9, 1995 at the Marriott's Orlando World
Center. For further information please contact the
following: Joni Page Smith, 418 Girard Street #T-1,
Gaithersburg, MD 20877. (301) 869-4666.


This is the first call to remind CHS '47 classmates
that our 50th Reunion is not too far in the future for
planning purposes.
We need your most current address and telephone
number including those of any other classmates which
you may have.
THIS IS THE BIG ONE and we need your input
and assistance. We want to hear from you by January
1995 to determine if there is enough interest or support
for a 50th.
The location and type of reunion will be up to you -
write or phone: PETE or MARJE FOSTER at 2389
Citrus Hill Road, Palm Harbor, Florida 34683. Phone


Progress is being made on our 50-year Class
Reunion, planned in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society of Florida annual gathering in Orlando in June
1998. We have located nearly half of our classmates and
most of the responses from them have been enthusiastic.
1998 seems a long way off, but already a year has passed
since we began this tracking down process. We continue
to need help in locating the rest of us. If you were in the
BHS Class of 1948, or if you know where any of our
classmates are, please send names and addresses to:
Barbara (Fritz) Reyle, 10518 Providence Way, Fairfax,
VA 22030-3106. Telephone: (703) 273-2654.
Note to CHS '48 Class: Pat (Leach) Koenig has
volunteered to head up a Cristobal High School Class of
'48 Reunion. You can contact Pat at: 14904 Freeman
Ave., San Jose, CA 95127.


Our 35th
class reunion
will be held in
with the
Panama Canal
Society of
reunion being
held on July 5
to 9, 1995 at
the Marriott's
World Center.
For further
please contact

either of the following:

Bryce Kimberling Eileen Cowell
13440 Jerusalem Hill Rd. NW 639 Honeysuckle Lane
Salem OR 97304 Severna Park MD 21146-3413
(503) 868-7624 (410) 647-2630


Plans are on the
% SS 0CA drawing board for
o o1S e our 40th class
reunion in conjuction
with the Panama
Canal Society of
S i 4. Florida gathering
during July 5 9,
S 1995 at the beautiful
Marriott World
center in Orlando,
If you have moved since our last reunion please
provide us with your current address and telephone
number. Mailouts have been sent, if you did not receive
one, please contact us. We are looking forward to a great

Joan (Hensler) Toscar
(904) 788-1680
6124 Del Rio Drive
Port Orange, FL 32127

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

Joseph Wood
(011-507) 52-5731
PAC 0383, Box 37301
Washington, D.C. 20013

50th Birthday Party

WHEN: July 27-29, 1995.

WHERE: San Antonio, Texas
Holiday Inn Riverwalk North.

ROOM RATE: Estimated $85/Night
1 Complimentary Hospitality Suite
(Requires 50 rooms/night)

Check-in and Visit..Nothing formal planned.
50th Birthday Party...Stay tuned for more
Informal Buffet & Dance at a Texas Honky

For Hospitality Suite and Buffet

Please contact Lew French (512) 984-3217) or Bev
Dockery Vaughn (404) 942-1032 ASAP if you plan to
attend so we'll know how many hotel rooms to reserve.
Hotel needs our reservations by January 1995.

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