Canal record


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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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FOR 1998-99

Mr. Thomas C. Peterson

Mrs. Faith Brundage
1st Vice President

Mr. Virgil Camby
2nd Vice President

Mrs. Muriel Whitman

Mr. Stephen Nehring

James J. O'Donnell

Mrs. Margot Jordan
Past President

Paul V. Rozmeski
Legislative Representative

Robert Russell

Mrs. Dorothy Yocum

Mrs. Barbara Green
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)

Richard W. (Pat) Beall
727-391-4359 (Office)
727-319-8593 (Fax)


President's M message .....................
From the Secretary .........................
Editor's C orner ............................
Legislative Representative ...................
1997 Society Audit Report (July 1 December 31)
Amendments to the Bylaws ..................
M useum Project ...........................
Highlights of Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ...
Local Announcements ......................
Retirem ents ............................
"W here Are You?" ........................
N ew s C lips ..............................
1998 REUNION ...........................
Your Reporter Says ........................
Alabama .................... 37

Arkansas ............... ..
California ..................
Colorado ................. ..

Florida ..................
G eorgia ..................
Louisiana ................
Congratulations ..............
Weddings .................
B irths ......................
With Deep Sorrow ............
Letters to the Editor ...........
Announcements/Class Reunions .
Looking Back ................
For Sale or Wanted ..........
E-M ail update ...............
Application Form .............

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M idwest .........
North Carolina ....
Northwest ........
Panama .........
South Carolina ...
Texas ...........

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FRONT COVER: Thomas C. Peterson, newly elected president of The Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Born in Gorgas Hospital, BHS'49 graduate, and also CZJC,
Birmingham-Southern College and New York University. Tom is the son of Roosevelt
Medal Holder Charles "Pete" Peterson and is married to Barbara (Denier) and has
3 daughters, Carol Heintz, Diane Pearson, Elaine Little and nine grandchildren.
BACK COVER: A Panama Canal deckhand comes down a jacob's ladder as others await
their turn to descend into the launch from the deck of a Japanese ship. Painting by Al
Sprague, World renowned artist of the former Canal Zone.

September 26 PCSSC West Coast Reunion, Bay View Restaurant & Lounge, Marine
Corps Recruit Depot. For info: Jack/Kathy Taylor (619) 277-5000.
October 3 Gulf Coast no-host Picnic, 11 a.m. Davis Bayou Campground,
Ocean Springs, MS. (See Announcements).
October 3 PCSOFL Annual Picnic, A.L. Anderson Park, HWY 19N,
Tarpon Springs, FL. 12 noon. See Announcemnts.
October 6 Ocala Zonians Meeting, Maggie's Buffet in Ocala, lunch at
noon. Contact Bill Muller, (352)854-7902 for more information.
November 6 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg, FL.11:30a.m. COVERED DISH
December 5 PCSOFL Christmas Luncheon/Meeting. See Page 12 of this issue.
December 6 PCSSC Christmas Holiday Luncheon, Holiday Inn Hotel, Laguna
Hills, CA. For more info, call Harold Wickersham (323) 262-6996
December 12 19th Hill Country Zonians Christmas Party, Bluebonnet Room, Inn of
the Hills, Kerrville, TX. For more info: Call or write Elsie Larson,
(830) 257-4204, 8 Paradise Ave. Kerrville, TX 78028.
January 8 PCSOFL Regular Meeting, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2500 16th
St., St. Petersburg, FL. COVERED DISH.
February 6 Carnavalito, Detailed information in December issue.

zo0C The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. E-

S0 (A Not-For-Profit Organization)
"To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships" I *
o 8050 Seminole Mall. Suite 334. Seminole. Florida 33772-4712

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 33772-4712.
Periodicals 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 33772-4712
The membership fee is $30.00 annually. 512.00 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, w hose sole aim is to Preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships.

Single copies for sale at S5.00 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 33772-4712
(727) 391-4359 FAX 727-319-8593
Hours: 10:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 Monday thru Friday

Printed by Roberts Printing. Inc.. 2049 Calumet St.. Clearwater. FL 33765

I want to thank everyone for electing me President
of the Panama Canal Society. I look forward to serving you
for the 1998-1999 term. I promise I will give you and the
Society my full efforts. I will always remember what is best
for the Society in all my transactions to make this coming
year a success.
In behalf of all our members, I want to thank
Margot Jordan, the 1997-1998 President for a job well
done. We owe you our appreciation.
Elected officials on the Executive Board for this
term are Faith Brundage, 1' Vice President, Virgil
"Skeeter" Camby, 2"d Vice President. and Muriel
Whitman and Steve Nehring as Directors. I have appointed
Jim O'Donnell, as Director and Parliamentarian; Robert
Russell as Sergeant at Arms. Margot Jordan will remain on
the Board as Past President Paul Rozmeski will be
Legislative Representative and Roy Culbreth will chair the
Bylaws Committee as an ex-officio member.
I have asked the following to continue in their
present offices; Dorothy Yocum as Chaplain, Anna Collins
as Sunshine Committee; Kenny Morris to chair the Budget
and Audit Committee, and Pat Beall for Society Publicity
and Advertising. Pat and I will serve as Co-Historians. Betty
Frassrand and Bill Wheeler will serve the Society as
Service Officers. Betty has also agreed to serve as
Chairperson of the Nominating Committee.
I look forward to all the activities planned this year
especially the 1999 Reunion when my Balboa High School
Class of 1949 will be celebrating its 50"h anniversary.

For our picnic, luncheons and special activities this
year, we have Kay Miller and Barbara Peterson as co-
chairpersons for the September Luncheon; Steve Nehring as
chairperson for the Annual Picnic, Muriel Whitman as
Chairperson for our Christmas Luncheon and Party, and
Anna Collins will host the May Luncheon.
I owe a great deal of credit to Barbara Green,
Secretary; Pat Beall, Editor, the Past Presidents who served
on the Executive Board for giving me advice and
Since one of my favorite projects is the creation of
a Panama Canal Museum, I have appointed Chuck Hummer
as Society Liaison with the Panama Canal Memorial Museum
Foundation in order to keep the Executive Board and Society
informed of activities and accomplishments of the
The Panama Canal is something special and a
monument to our nation's accomplishments and we should
all support the Panama Canal Memorial Museum Foundation
Let's leave something of our heritage to future generations.
Again, to all of you, my heartfelt thanks for electing
me to serve you as President..

Thomas C. Peterson

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It is time to start thinking about paying your 1999
dues $30.00. October 1st is the due date for paying 1999
dues. In order to be included in the mailing of the December
Canal Record, which includes the first printing of the yellow
pages for the 1999 Reunion, your dues must be received in
the office by October 31". We have to print address labels
for the December book the first week of November. Please
get your dues in soon so that I can get them posted. If you are
not sure if you are paid up, contact me at (727) 391-4359;
Fax: (727) 319-8593; E-mail
Don't forget, we do need your new zip codes plus
4, area codes and any other changes you may have in order
to insure that you will receive your books and that our
records are correct.
We had another great reunion thanks to all who
worked so hard to make it a success. The biggest problem we
encountered was that some of our members did not follow
instructions. This generated extra work and many, many long
distance calls. Before sending in your paperwork please
read the instructions carefully. DATES FOR 1999

Until next time...
Barbara Green


S Corner

No sooner did we recover from a great Reunion, we
found that if we didn't have anything else to do the
September issue was due soon. It is slightly late because it's
being done through a new computer program, and I'll be
honest, I'm not such a whiz at it yet. Still a few things I don't
know how to do, and we don't have time to get some
extended training, unless we get the book out in
October..After this issue is out, we will change to another
program again for the December issue. Merry Christmas! I
also snuck in a few days off to go to a reunion in Ottawa,
Canada where I saw many of my old squadron buddies -
maybe for the last time.. They're having the same trouble we
have here. The same folks are getting tired of carrying a lot


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of the load and they want out. "We love the reunions but we
don't have time to help put it together" is what it's all about.
Can't blame them as we grow in years, we want a little
relaxation for a change.
We keep getting kudos through the mail and other
means of communication these days about how much
everyone liked the last reunion. The members really looked
like they were having a ball. Good on yer, mate!, as the
Aussies would say. The next one looks like it's going to get
off on the right foot as well.
California reporting has emerged from their troubles
and we hope it continues, and starts to grow again. It is not
widely known that California started their Society several
years before we started ours and they deserve all the credit
for keeping it going for as long as they have. Good on yer,
too mate! Their new Reporter is Harold Wickersham..
We regained a transplanted reporter from California
in Linda Morris, who has moved to Texas and now reports
from Dallas, and her son Carleton Morris started his
reporting from the Mid-West! Not only that, but Barbara
Vose has taken over the duties of reporter in Pensacola, FL.
Welcome to the fold. We'll be sending them some helpful
hints which will make things easier, I hope.
I also hope I have not lost or forgotten something in
this issue. It wasn't easy to get it all together, and I have
gone over it a few times now, finding errors here and there.
Think I got most of them out.
The problems with the mailing that we had with the
3rd Class mailing seems to have eased up quite a bit. We had
long sessions with several Postal Inspectors and the situation
has eased considerably. We will still continue to monitor
each mailing closely. We may be a relatively small outfit but
we still spend a goodly sum in the mails.
Please heed the Secretary's pleas. Pay your dues on
time send us your Zip + 4, and you won't have trouble
getting your next Canal Record, and on time. Remember that
the first printing of the 1999 Reunion in the "yellow pages"
will be in the December issue, so please don't be upset if you
can't get a hotel room if you apply in June.
Looking forward to working with the newly elected
officers. I'm sure we will have a prosperous year!

Richard W. (Pat) Beall


Editor must have by:

October 21, 1998

President Thomas C. Peterson

Tom Peterson was born in Gorgas Hospital on
January 14, 1931. He is the son of the late Charles "Pete"
Peterson (a Roosevelt Medal holder) and Margaret (Reed)
Peterson. His three daughters, Carol, Diane and Elaine
were also born in Gorgas.
Tom graduated from Balboa High School with the
Class of 1949 and the Canal Zone Junior College in 1951. He
received an A.B. Degree from Birmingham-Southern College
and worked towards his M.P.A., Degree at the Graduate
School of Public Administration, New York University.
Tom and his wife, Barbara, were married on
Governors Island, New York in 1955. After his service in the
U.S. Army and finishing school at Birmingham-Southern
College, they were employed by the Panama Canal Company.
In 1981, both retired and settled in Sarasota, Florida. When
Tom retired he was presented with a Panama Canal Master
Key Certificate as Master Benefactor for his community
service and charitable work in the Canal Zone and Republic
of Panama.
Barbara and Tom have been members of the Society
since the 1960's. Tom has served the Society as Chairman,
Bylaws Committee, Second and First Vice President,
Reunion Coordinator and as a Director. He and Barbara have
also served as co-chairpersons for the Sarasota luncheons.


This will be my last report as Legislative
Representative for I have been appointed as Chairman of the
Bylaws Committee for the coming year. It has been a
privilege serving on the Society's Executive Board this past
year and I am confident that my replacement, Paul
Rozmeski will provide you with the coming and current
legislative news.
I am in receipt of an article written by Mike
Causey, titled "A Weighty Issue on a Fast Track" dated July
21, 1998, and I quote:
"Republican leaders hope get quick House approval
this week for their plan to give federal workers and retirees
the option of medical savings accounts. It is part of the GOP
version of a "medical bill of rights" that is on the legislative
fast track. Depending on which argument you favor, medical
savings accounts represent either: a giant step toward giving
educated consumers more control over medical care and its
costs; or a way to destroy the concept of group insurance,
under which young and old, sick and healthy people share
the risks to get the best coverage at the lowest cost to the
The GOP plan would make a combination of
catastrophic coverage and medical savings accounts part of
the federal employee health program. The program, with 9
million members, covers half the people in the Washington
area government workers, family members, retirees, and in
many cases, the ex-spouses of current and former workers.
The federal health program offers each worker and
retiree a choice of about 20 plans from fee-for-service plans
to health maintenance organizations with an annual open
season when anyone can switch to any plan without

restrictions. The government pays about 71% of the total
premium. The program is excellent for retirees because
unlike insurance provided by many insurance companies,
benefits and premiums are the same for workers as retirees.
Under the Republican plan, federal workers and
retirees could choose a catastrophic coverage plan instead of
a regular health plan. The high-deductible ($1,500 to $2,250
for singles and $3,000 to $4,000 for families) catastrophic
plan would have a lower premium than most comprehensive
health plans. The difference between the government's share
of the average premium for comprehensive coverage would
be transferred to the employee's or retiree's medical savings
account. Money in the account would be used to pay medical
expenses up to the deductible limit, when the catastrophic
health plan would take over. Those with money left over at
the end of the year would keep it in their medical savings
account, which could grow from year to year. If they stayed
healthy, they could pay relatively low premiums for the
catastrophic policy and see their medical accounts grow.
Premiums for the catastrophic policy would be
determined under a complex formula under which the
government would contribute the equivalent of about 71% of
the average premium for a comprehensive plan. Supporters
say that would be more than enough to allow workers to buy
catastrophic coverage and have money left over for the
medical savings account.
According to supporters, medical savings accounts
would let many people pay less health insurance buying
only catastrophic coverage and would reward them for
staying healthy and for prudent use of medical services.
Opponents say that in the case of the federal health program -
which covers one-day-old children and 106-year-old retirees
- medical savings accounts would siphon off younger,
healthier workers and leave behind an older, less healthy risk
pool, resulting in higher premiums for those people.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that
introducing medical savings accounts would cost taxpayers
almost $1 billion more over the next five years. In April, the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees warned
that medical savings accounts would almost certainly mean
higher costs or reduced benefits for retirees. Most federal
and Postal Unions also oppose medical savings accounts.
Backers of the plan say that CBO cost estimates are inflated
because relatively few workers are expected to use medical
savings accounts if they are offered by the government. On
the other hand, that if most workers and retirees choose
medical savings accounts, that would minimize the effects of
"adverse selection" with the oldest, sickest people sticking
to traditional plans and help keep all premiums down.
NARFE cites the experience of Ada County, Ohio,
where country workers were offered medical accounts as an
option. As reported by the Bureau of National Affairs Health
Care Policy Report, premiums went up for employees
without medical savings accounts. The county has since
dropped the option for its workers.
Love it or hate it, the concept of medical savings
accounts is important to members of the federal family. And
medical savings accounts are one of the few civil service
issues still on the fast track as Congress heads for
adjournment. End of Quote.

Roy Culbreath, Jr.
Legislative Representative

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To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
SUITE 334 (813) 391-4359

JULY 1, 1997 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1997

July 21, 1998

Mrs. Margot Jordan
Chairperson, Executive Board
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

Dear Mrs. Jordan:

The Budget and Audit Committee has completed its examination
of the ledgers and accounts of The Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. for the six-month period July 1, 1997 through December 31,
1997. This six-month gap period audit became necessary when the
Executive Board recently approved that the Society's accounting
year be changed from its present July 1 through June 30 period in
order to conform with the Bylaws stipulation that the fiscal year
shall be from January 1 through December 31.

The audit consisted of such tests of the records that were
deemed necessary or appropriate to provide assurances that the
reported data was both correct and complete.

It should be noted that the net proceeds of the Society for
the period under review are inordinately high; however, this is
partially attributable to the truncated accounting period, in which
receipts are generally high, while expenditures are normally low.

As a matter of information customarily reported to the
membership, the Society's social functions occurring during the
report period provided the following results: the Sarasota Luncheon
had 91 paid attendees, producing net receipts of $147.50, while the
Christmas Luncheon was attended by 130 persons and provided net
revenues of $91.30.

Attached hereto is a Statement of Receipts, Expenditures and
Fund Balances for the six-month period under review. In our
opinion, the statement fairly and accurately represents the results
of activity during the six-month gap period and accurately states
the Society's fund balances at December 31, 1997.

Kenneth L. Morris, Chairperson
Budget and Audit Committee

JULY 1, 1997 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 1997


Bank Checking Account
Money Market Account
CD (11 mos) Matures 12/12/97
CD (11 mos) Matures 12/12/97
CD (6 mos) Matures 10/17/97
CD (12 mos) Matures 06/25/98
Petty Cash Fund

Total Fund Balance on July 1, 1997

$ 10,226.21

$ 137,843.59


Dues (includes Administrative and
Overseas Mailing Fees)
Annual Reunion (Net Proceeds)
Other Society Functions
Sales of Tags and Decals
Sales of Canal Records
Advertising (Canal Record)
Donations to Computer Fund
Donations (Unspecified)

Total Receipts During Gap Period


Salaries (Gross)
Society Functions (Other than
Annual Reunion)
Canal Record
Taxes, Federal and State
Office Expenses:
Maintenance of Office Equipment
Monthly Meetings
Bank Charges
Capital Expenditures

Total Expenditures During Gap Period


$ 101,295.00

$ 123,646.60

$ 14,682.94



$ 44,350.10

Bank Checking Account
Money Market Account
CD (12 Mos) Matures 06/25/98
CD (12 Mos) Matures 11/05/98
CD (12 Mos) Matures 11/05/98
CD (12 Mos) Matures 11/12/98
CD (12 Mos) Matures 12/23/98
Petty Cash Fund

Total Fund Balance at December 31, 1997

$ 61,328.05

.$ 217,140.09


Date: 23 July, 1998
To: Executive Board. Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Through: President, Panama Canal Society of Florida. Inc.
From: Mrs. Jane Huldtquist, Chairperson, Bylaws Committee
Subject: Proposed Amendment #12 to Bylaws.

In order to make proper comparisons of accounting data, the Budget and Audit Committee has recommended that the
Dues Year, currently October 1 through September 30. be changed to January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year, to
conform with the present Fiscal Year and Budget Year. Therefore, the following amendment to the present Bylaws is proposed
by the Bylaws Committee:

Proposed Amendment #12
A. For the purpose of paying membership dues, the dues year shall be October 1 through September 30 of the following
B. Dues shall be due and paid to the secretary/treasurer by October 1 of each dues year.
C. If unpaid, dues shall be considered delinquent after October 31 of the year they are due.
1. Delinquent member's subscription to the Society's Directory and Canal Record shall be suspended effective
November 1 of the dues year and they shall not be entitled to any of the Society's publications until their
dues have been paid.
a. Upon payment of dues, subscription to the Canal Record and Directory shall be restored and shall
begin with the issue immediately following their payment of dues.
b. Delinquent members shall not be entitled to any publication issues printed prior to payment of dues
or have their names and addresses printed in the Society's Directory for the current dues year.
They shall be dropped from the Society membership rolls and all rights and privileges associated
with the Society shall cease.
2. Membership reinstatement may be effected by payment of full current year's dues prior to June 1 of the
current dues year.
E. An Administrative Fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid by all new members and accompany their application
for membership.
1. The Administrative Fee shall not apply to those members who renew their Society membership each dues
year prior to June 1 of the dues year.
a. The Fee shall be a one time payment for those members who maintain their membership in a
continuous year to year basis.
2. Individuals who have not renewed their membership prior ro June 1 of the current dues year shall be
considered to be a new member and, as such, must pay the Administrative Fee.

A. The dues year shall run from January 1 through December 31.
B.. Dues shall be due and paid to the secretary/treasurer by January 1 of each dues year.
C. Unpaid dues shall be considered delinquent after January 31 of the year they are due.
1. Delinquent member's subscription to the Society's Canal Record and Directory shall be suspended
immediately, with no entitlement to any of the Society's publications until the dues have been paid.
a. Upon payment of the delinquent dues, the subscription to the Canal Record and Directory shall be
restored, beginning with the issue immediately following the payment of dues.
b. Members who are delinquent shall not be entitled to any publication issues printed prior to payment
of dues, or to have their names and addresses printed in the Society's Directory for the current dues
year. They shall be dropped from the Society membership rolls, and all rights and privileges
associated with the Society shall cease.
2. Membership reinstatement may be effected by payment of full current year's dues prior to October 1 of the
current dues year.
E. A one time Administrative Fee of ten dollars ($10.00) shall be paid by all new members and accompany their
application for membership.
1. The Administrative Fee shall not apply to those members who renew their Society membership each year
prior to October 1 of the dues year.
2. Individuals who have not renewed their membership prior to October 1 of the current dues year shall be
considered to be a new member and, as such, must pay the Administrative Fee.
Respectfully submitted,

Mrs. Jane Huldtquist,
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee


As a member (one per household) please vote "Yes" or "No" by marking boxes below.
AMENDMENT #12 Q YES (In favor) Q NO (Oppose)
Please fold your ballot, covering your vote, place it in an envelope, and mail it to: Chairperson,
ByLaws Committee, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334,
Seminole, Florida 33772- 4712. DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31, 1998.
fold here


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Notice is hereby given that Amendment #11 to the Bylaws was passed by the membership effective August 7, 1998. This
amendment is hereby incorporated into the Bylaws of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. as of that date.

Section 4.B of ARTICLE IV-OFFICERS has been revised to state that candidates will be nominated from the floor at
the December regular meeting if a quorum is present.
Section 1.A.1 of ARTICLE V-NOMINATIONS has been revised to state that the selection of the Nominating
Committee shall take place within the first two months following the Annual Business Meeting.
Section 2.A and 2.D of ARTICLE V-NOMINATIONS has been revised to state that the Nominating Committee shall
present a slate of candidates to the Executive Board at the Board's October meeting. The Chairperson shall advise the President
of the slate as soon as possible after the meeting held to establish a slate of candidates. The Nominating Committee shall also
present its proposed slate of candidates during the December regular meeting, if there is a quorum present, otherwise the first
regular meeting thereafter.

The result of the balloting on this amendment is as follows:

Ballots received 36
Invalid ballots 2
Valid ballots 34
Votes for 33
Votes against 1

Jane Huldtquist
Chairperson, Bylaws Committee


We would like to hear from our members regarding any suggestions or recommendations
for future Reunion activities. Please let us know your feelings about the dance bands that played
for us at the Panazonian Dance (Leroy Lewis) and the Annual Ball (Father Pretto). We will
consider any proposals you wish to present, Please send your reply to the Society Office.

Tom Peterson Faith Brundage
President 1999 Reunion Coordinator


The Panama Canal Society Foundation, a non-
profit, tax exempt Florida corporation held its first meeting
at the Society Reunion in Orlando in July. The Foundation,
which is a separate entity but loosely affiliated with the
Society, was formed in March 1998 expressly to manage the
formation and operation of a museum dedicated to the
American presence in the Panama Canal. During its
formative months the organizers developed a marketing plan,
bylaws and study plan for the organization. The primary
business at the first meeting was to name the board of
directors, approve the bylaws, marketing plan and to elect
officers for the Foundation.
The Directors, officers and Committee Chairs and
their Email addresses are:

Adrien "Kibby" Bouche, Founding Director (St. George,
Joe Wood, President (Tallahassee, FL)
Betty Frassrand, Vice President (Dade City, FL)
Chuck Hummer, Executive Vice President, (Haines City,
Jack Hern, Treasurer (Zephyrhills, FL)
Marie Wright Gibson, Secretary, (Webster, TX)
Davis Stevenson, Director, Finance Committee Chairman,
(Omie, GA)
J. Dorn Thomas, Director, Development Committee
Chairman (Richmond, VA)
Capt. Bill Lyons, Director, Buildings and Acquisition
Chairman (Jacksonville, FL.)
Kathy Egolf, Director, Conservation and Protection
Chairman (Pinellas Park, FL)
Patt Foster Roberson, Director, Public Relations
Committee Chairman (Baker, LA)
Nancy Van Siclen, Director, Audit Committee Chairman,
(Seminole, FL)
William McLaughlin, Director (Floral City, FL)
Marc Quin, Director, (Republic of Panama)
Lou Seldon, Director, (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
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Harold Wickersham, Director, (Los Angeles, CA)
Bob Zumbado, Director, (Orlando, FL)
Frank A, Baldwin, Director, (Miami, FL)
Richard D. Morgan, Director, (Sarasota, FL)
Tom Peterson, Ex-Officio Director,
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Barbara Green, Ex-Officio Director,
Richard (Pat) Beall, Ex-Officio Director,
Kenny Morris, Ex-Officio Director
Lou Reyes, Ex-Officio Director

With the Society officers included as ex-officio
members of the Foundation Board, the close affiliation of the
Foundation and the Society will be maintained, although
both organizations will remain separate and autonomous. The
board will meet three times annually with its second meeting
scheduled for October 1998. The board was formed to allow
participation and representation from all over the country and
in Panama and recognizes the significant contribution made
by Kibby Bouche in establishing a museum dedicated to the
Panama Canal in the United States. Having Kibby Bouche as
a director will allow the Foundation to take advantage of his
experience and knowledge.
There is much to be studied and discussed before
major decisions regarding the museum are made. Whether to
have a separate museum or one integrated into an existing
museum are major considerations. Where the museum should
be located is another primary question to be answered. What
type of artifacts will be displayed the maintenance and
operating requirements for each alternative and the level of
funding required for each option are all issues that will
occupy the board for the foreseeable future. Insuring the
security and future of all artifacts is also a major issue.
The committees established will look at these issues
individually and in depth. The board will then decide the best
and most likely course of action that will be sustainable and
reflect the primary goal of memorializing the America
contributions to the Panama Canal, Panama Railroad and the
Republic of Panama.
Each of the committees will require the aid and
participation of those who have the skills and interest to help
formulate these critical issues. Those who are interested can
contact the Executive Vice President and he will coordinate
with the committee chairman to make sure that everyone
interested can make a meaningful contribution to this huge
As with any project of this type, funds to underwrite
the start-up costs are essential. Individual donations and
those from fund raising projects have raised over $5,000 as
this article goes to press. Much more is needed to carry
through the preliminary studies. There will be a constant
requirement for funds to support the museum over the long
The Foundation is targeting corporate sponsors for
the major funds required, but the participation of individuals
is crucial to show these corporate sponsors that the project is
worthy and has wide support.
Two Balboa High School classes, '55 and '70 have
made contributions to the Foundation in the name of their
classes. It is hoped that other classes will follow suit, as will
other groups such a labor unions, church groups, fraternal
organizations, employee groups and such. Each of these
groups played its own distinctive role in the history and
success of the Panama Canal as a world service and should
be a part of the memorialization of the Canal and its history.
The Foundation wishes to thank the many individual
donors who have already made contributions and to others
who have come forward with successful fund raising projects
such as the Panamna Beer at the Reunion.
Two individual cash donations of $1,000 have been
received and three pledges of $1,200 have also been made.

There is still much to be done and many hands, heads and
pockets needed to do it. The need for volunteers cannot be
overstated. This is the last chance that we will have to
establish a truly lasting memorial to the proud history of
American participation in the Panama Canal.
The foundation will provide status and news reports
in future issues of the Canal Record..Correspondence for the
Foundation may be mailed to the Society address or to the
Executive Vice President Chuck Hummer at 649
Sweetwater Way, Haines City. Florida 33844-6309.

What is a vacation?
A vacation is a succession of 2's. It
consists of 2 weeks, which may be 2 short.
Afterwards, you are 2 tired 2 return 2 work, but
2 broke not 2. Therefore be sure 2 bring or mail
2 the church your 2 weeks' offering before you
leave. (If not, we will be 2 far behind 2 do all the
things for the Lord that he wants us 2 do).

Highlights of Minutes from Regular Meetings

May 2. 1998:
Meeting was called to order at 11:58 a.m. by Mrs.
Jordan at the Treasure Island Yacht and Tennis Club.
Invocation and Pledge to the Flag followed. Meeting
adjourned at 12:00 noon for lunch. Meeting resumed at 12:09
due to lunch not being ready. Motion made to dispense with
reading of previous minutes. Passed. Financial Statement
stands for audit.
President reported that Mr. Hummer is upgrading
office equipment with donations from members and money
allocated. Lori King and Mille Currey hired as assistants to
Secretary and Editor. On-site training will be provided.
President suggested that office be closed for 2-3 weeks after
Reunion for training. Kenneth Morris completed Reunion
audit, to be published in June issue. Jane Huldtquist is
working on revisions to bylaws. A committee was designated
to study mileage compensation for volunteers and
committees. Workload Study Committee is reviewing
workload in the office.

Tom and Barbara Peterson attended Ocala Spring
Luncheon. They were well received by the members there.
Reunion progress going well. Hotel lagging in
Meeting re-adjourned at 12:15 for lunch. Prizes
were awarded. Meeting reconvened at 1:20 p.m..
Editor stated that the June issue was at the printer.
Roy Culbreth gave a short legislative report. Anna Collins
asked to be advised when a member is sick so she may send
a card. Steve Nehring will chair the October Picnic. Mrs.
Peterson announced that the September 12 Sarasota
Luncheon will serve Chicken and Roast Pork..
President still looking for a volunteer to serve as
Hospitality at meetings.
The Membership Appreciation Award was won by
Steve Nehring and. Ruth Schmidt. Lee Kariger picked as
alternate as Nehring is chairing Disco Dances.
Motion made to adjourn at 1:30 p.m. Passed.


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June 5, 1998:
Called to order at 1:00 p.m. by President Margot
Jordan. There was no quorum. Invocation and Pledge to the
Flag followed with moment of silence for those departed.
Mr. Hummer reported on Memorial Museum and
status of office automation program. An Open Meeting will
be held after Annual Business Meeting at the Reunion
regarding museum.
A total of 3,960 are paid-up members. 651 will be
removed from records for non-payment. Editor reported the
June Canal Records are in the mail, and reminded all to send
in their zip+4 for better delivery. Bylaws Committee is
working on revision to the bylaws. Mr.Morris recommended
that the dues and accounting years be changed to calendar
year January 1 through December 31. Recommendation
adopted by Executive Board. With dues being due in
January, each member will have three months free
membership. The Nominations Committee Chairperson
reported that counting ballots will start at 8:30 a.m. on
Friday, July 3. Lack of Hospitality Chairperson for meetings
will be brought up next term of office.
Mrs. Van Siclen reported on information supplied
by post office regarding delayed or missing Canal Records,
Mr.Beall related his efforts to correct the problem which is
having results. Mrs. Van Siclen provided copy of letter
received from postal authorities. Mrs. Foster pointed out that
the Financial Statement did not have a month or year. Mrs.
Jordan explained the new format still has some kinks to be
ironed out.
Mrs. Jordan received a round of applause as it was
her last business meeting in office. Meeting adjourned at
1:35 p.m.

July 3, 1998:
The Annual Business Meeting was called to order
by Mr. Tom Peterson, at 10:10 a.m. in the absence of Mrs.
Margot Jordan who was recuperating from surgery. A total
of 251 members attended. The Invocation and Pledge to the
Flag followed by the introduction of Past Presidents Rob
Roy, Anna Collins, Peter Foster, Ray Wheeler, Muriel
Whitman, Betty Frassrand, Robert VanSiclen, Jane
Huldtquist, Marjorie Foster, James O'Donnell. Mr.
Nector Collazo of Hotel Staff welcomed all on behalf of
Orlando World Center Marriott.
Mrs. Nellree Berger sang "God Bless America" to
commence meeting. Officers and Chairpersons gave their
reports. Mr. Charles Hummer reported on Memorial
Museum, scheduling a meeting after the Annual Business
Meeting. Mr. Dorn Thomas spoke on "Old 299" renovation
and presented gifts to those associated. Mrs. Huldtquist
explained proposed amendment to calendar year. Mr.
Peterson asked for Reunion Committee reports. Golf
winners were announced: Shelley Sanders and Bob Askew
by Golf Co-Chairperson. The next trophy was approved as
the "Founders Trophy" in honor of Gene Askew and Joe
Mrs. Frassrand stated that the Past Presidents
wrote to the Board asking to keep Wednesday-Sunday for
1999 Reunion. She and Tom Peterson met with Dennis
Johnson, Hotel Sales Manager who agreed to their request..

Mr. Pete Foster, on behalf of Bowen-Keppie Travel
presented Megan Morris, winner of round trip ticket from
her air gateway to Orlando.
Mr. O.Y. Thomas and associates were thanked for
their photography service.
Distinguished Service Awards were presented to
Jay Cain and Jane Huldtquist. Certificates of Appreciation
were presented to Betty Malone, Charles Hummer and
Barbara Peterson.
Mr. James O'Donnell, Nominations Chairperson
presented tabulation results of election of Officers for 1998-
1999: President, Thomas Peterson, 225 votes; 1st Vice
President, Faith Brundage, 223 votes, 2nd Vice President,
Virgil Camby, 218 votes, Directors, Muriel Whitman, 175
votes, Steven Nehring, 169 votes, Christian Skeie, 106
votes. Motion made and seconded to destroy ballots.
Motion passed to table Mr. Hummer's motion that
Memorial Museum be affiliated with Society. Motion will be
studied. Robert Balcer, Arkansas Reporter requested a raise
in Reporters compensation. Executive Board to review
request.. It was suggested that the Society appoint a
Oath of Office administered to incoming officers by
James J. O'Donnell.
Mr. and Mrs. Emo Everson won round trip tickets
to Panama, presented by COPA representative Dalys
Meeting was adjoined at 12:27 p.m.


In 1996-1997 the Society reimbursed over
$1,400 in overcollections from overpayment
of dues. Some of our members may have
intended these overpayments to be donations
to the Society but did not stipulate their
intention; therefore, the overpayments were
reimbursed. The Executive Board, after
discussing the matter, voted not to refund
any more overpayments beginning with the
1998 dues year (October 1, 1997) and to
consider all overpayments as DONATIONS
to the Society.

SPREAD THE WORD: In an Internet Treasure Hunt for former Crossroads of
the World, Hometown, USA or DODDS alumni from anywhere in the world, go to the Panama
Canal College, Cristobal, and Balboa page by following the "PanCanal" trail from, and register yourself for others to find, or search for


October 3, 1998
Chairperson: Stephen Nehring



The Panama Canal
Society of Florida will hold its
Annual Picnic at noon, Saturday
October 3, 1998 at Pavillion #4 of
A.L. Anderson Park, Tarpon
Springs, Florida.
Anderson Park is located
7/10 mile north of Klosterman
Road, or 9/10 mile South of Tarpon
Springs/Keystone Road, on the

East side of Highway 19.
Pavillion #4 has ample parking space, with rest
rooms nearby.
Everyone attending is asked to bring a covered
dish to share and your own soft drinks. The Park does
not allow alcoholic beverages on the premises.
The Society will furnish plastic plates, utensils and
A short business meeting will be held after lunch.
Attempts will be made to have a horseshoe
competition beginning at 9:00 a.m. with a cash prize.

PCSOFL Redguar Meeting

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November 6, 1998

5t. Jede's Episcopal Church
2500 16th Street
St. petersburg, lCtorida
Covered Dish 11:30 a.m.
regularr Meeting 12:30 p.m.


The Annual Picnic for the Space Coast Gang here
in Brevard County is going to be held on Saturday,
November 7, 1998. It will start at 11:00 a.m. and run until
dark. The Picnic will be at Tom Stratham Park, which is
located approximately 31/2 miles South of the junction of
Highway 50 and U.S.1 in Titusville. The park is on the East
side of U.S. 1 as you are going South..
A one dollar donation per person really helps with
the Pavilion rental and door prizes. Please bring your own
food and drinks and let's get together for an afternoon of
checking up on old friends and making new ones.
Looking forward to seeing you there. If you have
any questions or need additional information please contact
Terry Deakins at 407-631-9209. Just to let everyone know -
Francis Meyer is our door prize procurement agent in

Editor must have by:
October 21, 1998

PCSOFL egular Meetng

January 8, 1999

St. '4ede EdSfCet andC
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Chairperson: Muriel Whitman
December 5, 1998

3535 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, Florida 34622
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. annual Christmas Luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn Select located
at 3535 Ulmerton Road, Florida on Saturday, December 5, 1998
Drinks will be available from 11:00 a.m. with a bar set up in the room where the luncheon will be held. The Luncheon
and Monthly Meeting at 12:00 Noon.
The cost of the Luncheon will be $14.00 per person, and this includes the tax and gratuities. Monday, November 30,
1998 is the deadline for reservations and/or refunds.

The menu will be a choice of Chicken Sarasota with
Garden Salad, Sauteed Breast of Chicken, topped with a
Lemon Butter Sauce, Rice, a Medley of Vegetables, Rolls
and Butter, Holiday Dessert and a Beverage.
OR: Traditional Roast Beef with Garden Salad, Sliced Roast
Beef, topped with Bordelaise Sauce, Potato, a Medley of
Vegetables, Rolls and Butter, Holiday Dessert and a

When filling out the Reservation Form, be sure to
list who you would like to sit with. Tables will be set for

We will be working hard to make this a Special
Luncheon. There will be door prizes and entertainment. We
look forward to seeing you on December 5, 1998. MARK
YOUR CALENDARS NOW. It is not too early to make your
If you have any questions, call Muriel, Chairperson,
at (727) 544-0214.


S December 5, 1998
Holiday Inn Select

Member Name:

Telephone Number:

Please make Reservations at $14.00 each.
Please indicate preference: Chicken Sarasota

Total enclosed
Traditional Roast Beef

Names of Guests: (Please print)







Please make checks payable to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and mail to: The Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc., 8050 Seminole Mall, Suite 334, Seminole, Florida 33772-4712.

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Alfredo M. Bito
Vicki L. Boukalis
William H. Breaden"
Peter Christian
James R. Dunworth
John M. Eberenz
William C. Forbes
Senovio V. Gutierrez
Stevin C. Helin
Ronald A. Johansson
Vernal S. Jones
John C. Jordan
Arthur R. Krapfl
Edwin C. Mcllvaine Jr.
Charles R.McDaniel
Kurt F. Menzel Jr.
Robert Nieves
Edward H. Ohman
Charles H. Rheberg
Robert T. Russell Jr.
Mary K. Vidaurri
Richard A. Wainio
Norman W. Watkins
Billy C. Windford
Michael J. Coffey
Willie K. Friar
Porfirio Lopez Jr.
Don A. Ross
Carmela L. Gobern
John S. McKean
Donald K. McKeon
Lois S. Paredes
Clarita T. Smith
Capt. Rolf T. Halsen
Capt. Erich A. Kohr
James R. Lewis
Michael N. Stephenson


Transit Operations Division
Maritime Operations Director
Operations Support Division
Pilot Division
Transit Operations Division
Transit Operations Division
Office of Inspector General
Locks Division
Budget Management Division
Transit Resources Division
Operations Support Division
Environmental Management Div.
Dredging Division
Traffic Management Division
Transit Operations Division
Electrical Division
Budget Management Division
Contracting Division
Canal Security Division
Panama Area Personnel Board
Office of Human Resources Dir.
Corporate Planning & Marketing
Transit Resources Division
Technical Support Division
Contracting Division
Public Relations Division
Software Engineering Division
Transit Operations Division
Canal Security Division
Transit Operations Division
Office of Dir. Pac. Mech. Engineer
Admin. Services Division
Labor Relations Division
Transit Operations Division
Transit Operations Division
Dredging Division
Labor Relations Division

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Alcoa, Mary Sol Entebi, Renee Ponce, Amelia
Altman, Sylvia Fabriga, Ernesto Reif, Walter
Andrews, Douglas Fuller, Helen L. Perino, Blanca
Austin, Robert L. Gates, Robert Phelan, Fletcher
Baitol, Mayer Gill, Richard Schuler, David C.
Banton, Marvin Grimaldo, Estela Scott, Nancy
Baumbach, Lois Jackie Hall Serocki, Stanley T.
Bender, Rosemarie Halman, Mildred Sierer, Byron W.
Berry, Martha Hanson, Jack R. Sogandares, Franklin
Berry, Robert Harrison, Robert Underwood, Beny
Calvo, Efigenia Hayward, Marjorie VanEvera, Jean
Childress, Jo Ann Long, Loran D. Virgil, Dalila G.
Chung, Henry Lovejoy, Jim Watson, Mary
Clarke, William Lawton, Martha Willard, Linda L.
Combs, Corrine Lum, Henry Wilkerson, Jack
Cooper, Elizabeth Marion, Clanse Wills, Donald E.
Crenshaw, Donald H. Miller, Cecilia Wood, Eugene
Cruz, Martha Musselman, Donald Wright, Howard
Dawson, Herbert Peters, Patricia Zager, Cecilia
Edwards, Richard Paredes, Alvaro Zimmerman, William H.
Please advise any of the Committee listed below
of known addresses or telephone numbers of those

Barbara (Comber) McDougal Tom Peterson
16728 232 Point S.E 6534 Samoa Drive
Monroe, WA 98272-9395 Sarasota, FL 34241-5637
(303) 922-6187 (941) 371-7731
mcdougal@premierl .net

Don Boland Bea (Reyes) Gunn
728 Shadow Mist Lane 545 Moss
Columbia, SC 29210 Palo Robles, CA 93446
(803) 772-8264 (805) 238-3686


If you are having difficulty finding the persons you
are looking for, there are two other options you could
follow. (1) Infomax, Inc. Find People Fast, and (2)
How to Locate Anyone Who Has Been In The
Infomax, Inc. will do a basic name search,
commercial name search, Social Security search,
change of address search, neighbor listing, death index
search for anywhere from $19.50 to $35.00. For
detailed information, services available, prices, etc.
write to: Find People Fast, 4600 Chippewa, Suite 244,
St. Louis, MO 63116. Toll fee: 1-800-829-1807, Fax:
How To Locate Anyone Who Has Been In The
Military is a little more difficult (you have to do your
own research) through An Armed Forces Locator
Directory, by Lt. Col. Richard S. Johnson. It is
available through a publisher and it is published by
MIE Publishing, P.O. Box 340081, San Antonio, Texas
78234, cataloged as ISBN 1-877639-11-7. It may cost
a couple of dollars but it is very informative and will
lead you in the right direction. Some of the
information covered is: How to locate anyone, (civilian
or military), How to locate people for a military
reunion, How to locate retired members of the Armed
Forces, and much more.

BHS'48 Still Missing

Wm. O. Alexander Jane N. Hanford.
Fred Aydlett Jean M. Hanford
James J. Ball Dorothy Harrison
Dorothy Bower Nancy Heffington
Ben Burns Barbara Hentgen
Homer Min Jen Chen Robert D. Homer
Peter Min Chung Chen Fred J. Horton
Maxine Couchman John E. Johnson III
Clarence Crenshaw James A. Jolley
Jose M. Garcia DelBusto John D. Landers
Wm. P. Edwards Carlos Maldonado
Genoveva Fonseca Elizabeth L. McNew
Beryl M. Garnas Ramona Muller
Nydia Gonzalez Clifford B. Weaver

Beatriz Quintero
James Russell
David C. Ryan
Darrel B. Seeley
Marilyn S. Sisson
Elvia Suazo
Franklin E. Tillman
Carlos Tong
John L. Toone
Aurora Uribe
Patricia A. Vesser
Audrey Wagner
John H. Wallace
Isabel Washburn

If anyone knows the whereabouts of those listed above.
please notify either of the following:

Barbara Fritz Reyle
10518 Providence Way
Fairfax, VA 22030-3106
(703) 273-2654

Ruth Rose Foster
10397 N. Ranch Hand Ave.
Dunnellon, FL 34433
(352) 489-3264


THE YEAR 2000 is in the earnest planning stage NOW! We
are still missing many of our buddies like "Bob" DesIslets,
Roy Gaul, Egbert Jones, "Jerry" Kadock, Louis Tinnin,
"Bobby" Leggit, Yolanda Orsini, Marilyn Tekulva,
Eleanor Buel, Perry Robert "Bob" Young, Richardson
"Dick" Selee, Burt Page, Dr. K. Kieth Kreth. If you know
of the where-abouts of these classmates or if you would like
to find one of your old buddies of the Nifty Class of Fifty
please contact us. Let's really celebrate 50 years and the new

Dr. Wendall N. Spreadbury
BHS Class of 1950 Reunion
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599
(409) 564-0620 FAX 409-569-2514

Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198th Cir.
Dunnellon, FL
(352) 489-3887


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


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Celebrate the Century
Panama Canal Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the Panama Canal
stamp in the Museum of San Diego History, Casa de Balboa.
Balboa Park, San Diego. January 28, 1998 before an
audience of 150 invited guests. The stamp is the 24th of a
series of 30 stamps unveiled over a 30 consecutive day
period in the Celebrate the century program.. They honor
memorable and significant events in each decade of the 20th
"The creation of the Panama Canal was an
engineering milestone that revolutionized world travel." said
Michael S. Coughlin, Deputy Postmaster General. After 10
years of construction,
the Panama Canal
32 opened August 15,
USA 1914, reducing the
voyage between oceans
by 8,000 miles. After
Sthe failed attempt of the
French, the U.S. cut
through the Continental
Divide. An average of
50 ships pass through
the Canal daily. The
U.S. is currently
preparing the Panama government to independently run the
Canal by January 1, 2000.
The 30 stamps commemorating the first two decades
of the century were issued February 3, 1998, in Washington.
Coughlin also discussed the relation of San Diego
to the Canal as the first American Pacific port after leaving
Panama. San Diego cemented the tie with the Panama-
California Exposition held in Balboa Park in 1915 and 1916.
The building housing the San Diego History Museum was
the site of the Exposition Post Office.
Coughlin was assisted in unveiling the stamp by
former Canal Zone Philatelist Editor David J. Leeds.
Framed enlarged reproduction of the stamp with suitable
dedicatory plaques were presented to Dr. Ann Bethel,
Executive Director of the San Diego Historical Society, and
to Leeds.
(Freely borrowed from the USPS Press Release dated San
Diego, California, January 28, 1998.)

David J. Leeds
Former Editor
The Canal Zone Philatelist
Vol. 34, No. 1, First Quarter, 1998, Whole No. 126

Canal area development projects
move forward with land

By Maria Gabriela Guardia
The transfer of areas bordering the Panama Canal to
Panamanian hands is currently transforming the region
formerly known as the Canal Zone. The Panamanian
government established the Interoceanic Region Authority
(ARI) to plan and oversee the development of these
transferred areas, and convert them to sources of employment
and catalysts for the globalization of the country's economy.
One of the areas that will undergo major
transformation is the one that includes the Amador peninsula
and the causeway that extends from it. Six foreign and
Panamanian business ventures have signed contracts for a
total of $600 million investment in the development of
luxurious tourist complexes on Amador. These projects
include the construction of hotels, time-share residences, a
convention and exhibition center, restaurants, a professional
18-hole golf course, bicycle and walking paths, marinas and
a cruise ship port-of-call.
The U.S.-Korean consortium, UETG, has already
begun demolishing barracks located on Amador, while at the
same time ARI is working to modernize the area's infra-
structure. Also, ARI is planning to widen Amador's main
road, which will also be connected to the Avenida de los
Martires (formerly called Fourth of July Avenue).
Next to the Soberania National Park (Formerly
Summit Park) and Gatun Lake, other recreational projects are
being developed, including an 18-hole golf club, restaurants,
rental cabins and a center for ecological observation known
as the "Canopy Tower." On the Atlantic side, the former
School of the Americas is being transformed by a Spanish-
Mexican consortium, Detur, into a tourism complex that will
include a hotel and time-share units near the shores of Gatun
Perhaps the most visible so far are the hundreds of
small businesses that are flourishing as a consequence of the
changes. One example is the rebuilding of the Balboa
Bowling alley and its conversion into a modern restaurant
that will be styled on turn-of-the-century Canal installations.
The company that won the contract for this property has
promised to give employment priority to qualified
Panamanian personnel who have lost their jobs with the
Panama Canal Commission or the U.S. Military as a
consequence of the Carter-Torrijos Treaty.
In the Albrook area, ARI has joined forces with the
Ministry of Public Works for the construction and widening
of access roads that include the Omar Torrijos Herrera
(Gaillard) and Ascanio Arosemena (Roosevelt) Avenues.
Widening work will start this year in preparation for
anticipated heavier traffic in the area due to the
modernization of the railroad and the port of Balboa and the

move of the Marcos A. Gelabert airport in Paitilla to Albrook
In addition, a commercial center and a bus terminal for
transportation to Panama's interior provinces will be
"With just what was reverted so far, it is projected
that in the next few years 30,000 job vacancies, both
temporary and permanent, will open, and more than $1
billion will be invested in the commercial, industrial,
maritime and tourism sectors" said Maricarmen Sarsanedas,
ARI's Public Relations and Information Director.
Under its obligation to the public, ARI has made
installations available to governmental institutions, national
and international organizations. The Education Ministry is
now located at the former Los Rios Elementary School, and
the Foreign Relations Ministry has moved to Quarry Heights,
the former Headquarters for the U.S. Southern Command.
Albrook is the new home for several institutions that include
the Panama Red Cross, the Supreme Court of the Americas,
various United Nations groups, Panama's Office of the First
Lady, the National Institute of Culture, and the Civil
Aeronautics Bureau. Some charitable and non-profit
organizations have relocated in Curundu Flats, among them
Casa Esperanza, Operacion Sonrisa, NATURA and the Work
Foundation, as well as the Kiwanis Club International and
the International Federation of Tennis.
The Panama Canal is also slated to benefit from all
this development, since various reforestation projects are
included in the plan. ARI has already granted 3,500 hectares,
or about 8,645 acres, for reforestation with tropical
hardwood species that have high commercial value.

The Panama Canal Spillway
May 8, 1998

Canal draft returns to normal

After 109 days of restrictions as a result of El Ninio,
the Panama Canal has lifted all transit draft restrictions in the
waterway, effective June 30, reinstating the normal maximum
authorized transit draft of 12.04 meters (39.5 feet).
"We are very happy to be making this
announcement, as it benefits our customers," Panama Canal
Commission Administrator Alberto Aleman Zubieta said.
"We've been closely monitoring weather patterns and water
levels in Gatun Lake, making sure transits were safe., while
making every effort to ease the restrictions as conditions
improved," he added.
While giving credit to the "top notch professionals"
who handled operations so effectively during the critical
period, Aleman said he is especially proud of their efforts
"because we were able to lift restrictions three months ahead
of what we had initially predicted."
Short and long term forecasts made in February
indicated that Panama Canal draft restrictions might begin
reversing around June and that normal draft conditions could
be expected around September or October 1998. Early
rainfall in the Canal watershed combined with continued
water conservation measures led the Commission to begin
increasing the maximum draft on April 28, when it was

raised from 10.82 meters (35.5 feet) to 11.13 meters (36.5
The severity of the 1997-1998 El Nifo weather
season caused the worst drought conditions in the past 150
years. Diminishing rainfall in the Canal watershed and the
consequent reduction in the level of Gatun forced the Canal
to gradually increase draft restrictions in the Canal.
The first draft restriction was imposed on March 12.
Subsequent, staggered draft reductions brought the maximum
authorized transit draft to a low of 10.82 meters (35.5 feet)
from April 19 to 28.
The last time the Canal imposed draft restrictions
was 14 years ago in 1983, also due to El Niho. The maximum
authorized transit draft is the deepest point of immersion in
tropical fresh water permitted for a particular vessel in Gatun
Lake. The water density of Gatun Lake is 0.99954 at 29.4
degrees Celsius and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Panama Canal Spillway
July 2, 1998

Goethals descendant visits
Panama Canal

By Susan Harp
High School English teacher Mary Goethals played
the role of student during her visit to the Panama Canal in
May as she learned about her great-grandfather's essential
role in the waterway's construction. Goethals is the great-
granddaughter of Gen. George W. Goethals, the third Chief
Engineer appointed during the Canal construction era and the
man credited with providing both the leadership and
expertise necessary for the successful construction of the
waterway and its opening on August 15, 1914.
Mary Goethals visited Panama in the company of
her husband, architect Charles Poster, who is an associate
professor at the University of Arizona College of
Architecture in Tucson, Arizona. During his three week stay
in Panama, Poster participated in an exchange program
between the architecture departments of the University of
Arizona and the Universities of Panama and Santa Maria La
Antigua. Under the program, he presented lectures on rural
community development and led students in a study of new
communities in "reverted" Canal areas near Aragon.
During their stay in Panama, the couple took time
out to visit Miraflores Locks and, in the locks control house,
view locks control operations as they were originally
designed and implemented. After experiencing the thrill of
closing a locks gate under the control house operator's
supervision, Mary said, Seeing the mechanical devices that
are still working as the engineers designed them is a
fantastic thing for me. I understand now why all the members
of my family are interested in coming back to see the Canal -
it's a very special sight to see, not only for my family, but for
The Panama Canal Spillway
May 22, 1998
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The 1998 Panama Canal Society was a great success
according to all the comments received from those in
attendance. The success was due in no small measure to the
hard work of the chairpersons.
In this issue of the Canal Record are reports from
those chairpersons who will give you more details of each of
the activities.
Past Presidents in attendance were Robert Roy,
Anna Collins, Pete Foster, Bill Wheeler, Muriel
Whitman, Betty Frassrand Bob Van Siclen, Jane
Huldtquist, Marje Foster and Jim O'Donnell. We
appreciate their continued support and their attendance at the
We had the pleasure of having the wonderful
Nellree Berger sing "God Bless America" to open our
Annual Business Meeting. Bowen-Keppie Travel had a
drawing to refund the cost of one ticket purchased through
their agency. This was won by Megan Morris. We
encourage all our members traveling by air to consider
having Bowen-Keppie arrange their travel. They will see that
you are treated right.
COPA donated two round trip tickets from Miami
to Panama. The drawing, held at the Annual Business
Meeting was won by Mr. and Mrs. Bernhard (Emo)
Everson. Mrs. Dalys Benninghoff, COPA Representative
awarded the tickets personally. I encourage those flying to
Panama to use COPA who annually donates four round trip
airfares at our Christmas Luncheon and at the Reunion.
In behalf of the Society and our President, Margot
Jordan, I presented a well deserved Distinguished Service
Award to Jane Huldtquist and to Jay Cain. Certificates of
Appreciation, on behalf of President Jordan were also
presented to Betty Malone and Barbara Peterson. I also
presented one to Chuck Hummer on behalf of our
I'm pleased to report that we had a marriage at our
1998 Reunion. Dave Hannigan and Terry (Rios)
Castellano were united in marriage at our hotel. Dave is the
son of Tom and Rita Hannigan and Terry is the daughter of
Barbara Green, our Secretary, and Roger Rios. Best wishes
are extended to the newlyweds.
The Reunion could not have been a success without
our Chairpersons. Chuck Hummer, Faith Brundage, Jane
Huldtquist, Jim Slover, Steve Nehring, Betty Malone,
Betty Frassrand, Bob Johnson, Muriel Whitman, Pat
Beall, Pete Foster, Barbara Green, Jeanne Wheeler,
Betty Snow and Shirley and Skeeter Camby
I want to thank my wife, Barbara, for supporting
me during this last hectic year while getting ready for the
We hope our 1999 Reunion will also be a big
success. Faith Brundage will be our 1999 Reunion
Coordinator and I urge all of you to give her your support
and to the Chairpersons for next July, 1999.

Thomas C. Peterson
1998 Reunion Coordinator

Chagres Invitational Golf Tournament

The 19'" Annual Chagres Invitational Golf
Tournament was held July 2, 1998 at the International Golf
Club in Orlando. due to construction on the Orlando World
Center Marriott's course. 122 golfers participated in the
"sweltering heat." 151 golfers and guests enjoyed the picnic
style Awards Luncheon which followed, of Fried Chicken,
Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Fresh Fruit, Baked Beans, Corn on
the Cob. Rolls, Beverage and Apple and Cherry Pie.
The Golf Committee consisted of Jane Huldtquist,
and Jim Slover, Co-Chairpersons, Barbara Slover, Betty
Frassrand, Anna Collins, Aura Erickson, Margot and
Hubie Jordan. Tables were decorated with a red,white and
blue theme for the holiday and food tables were decorated
with red roses, white flowers with blue ribbons.
Many door prizes were given out and the committee
would like to thank the following for their generosity: Irene
Will, Mike Smith (Georgia), "Woody" Woodruff, Mr/Mrs
Norman Demers, Mr/Mrs Robert Van Siclen, Mr/Mrs.
Robert Johnson, Betty Frassrand, Jane Huldtquist,
Mr/Mrs Hubert Jordan, Saddlebrook Golf and Tennis
Resort, Terry Blog, Mary DesLondes and "Abie"
Anderson. These donations always help to make the
tournament the success that it is.
This year, two special trophies, donated by
"Woody" Woodruff of Dothan AL. were awarded.One to
Emo Everson for the most dedicated golfer, and the other to
Gene Gregg as the hardest working golfer.
During the luncheon, Jane Huldtquist made a
motion that the next trophy, which will become effective in
the year 2001 be named the Founders Trophy, as a tribute
to Gene Askew and Joe Collins, which was unanimously
approved. Jane also announced her retirement from
"chairing" the tournament after 18 years. She received a
standing ovation as Betty Frassrand presented her with a
beautiful golf clock, along with other golfing gifts.
The Champions this year are Shelly Sanders in the
woman's division, shooting an 83, and Bob Askew in the
men's division shooting a 76. Congratulations to you both.
A few minor scoring errors by the scoring
professionals were made, resulting in a few winner
omissions, for which the golf committee apologizes, and the
order of winners placement, by flight, follows. Ladies Flight:
Arlene Gamble-93, Jane Buss- 96, Carolyn Falasca-97,
Kathy Pierce-98, Maggie Windle-98, Louise Murphy-99,
Diane DeGreef-102, Kathy Kietzer-105, Martha Duncan-
105 and Ann Richardson-105. Flight A: Kevin
Brandenburg-77, Mike Ridge- 78, Derek Rotha-80,
Michael Smith-86, Greg Slinkard-87, Marvin Wright-89,
Tom Wilder-90, Ted Kaufer-90, Daryl Fishbough-93,
Ralph Furlong-94, Butch Kennon- 94. Flight B: Don
Chadwick-80, David Bishop-82, Ed Malin Jr.- 85, Frank
Anderson-85, Ray Kelly- 87, Glenn Seeley-87, Mike Rose-
90, Tom Frensley-91, Charlie Cantrell-91, Robbie Boyer-
92, Kim Norman-92, Flight C: John Arms- 78, Jim
Hoverson-81, Tim Corrigan-82, Mac Lane-83, Dennis
Light-84, Ray Robberson-86, Ed Wilder-86, James
Bradley Sr.-87, Lew French-88, Flight D: Louis Dedeaux-

83, Hubert Jordan-84, Sid Kennon-85, George Downing-
85, Choppy White-90, Jim Orvis-92, Bill Gamble-92, Bill
LeBrun-94, and Joe Ridge-98.
Your tournament chairperson next year will be the
very capable Margot Jordan. I know she will do an
excellent job. Please support her as you have supported me
for these many years. It has been my extreme pleasure co-
chairing and chairing this tournament with my husband Fred,
and in recent years with Jim Slover, for the past 18 years. I

especially thank all the golf committees that participated in
this tournament since 1979, and without whom there could
not have been a tournament. My very special thanks to Anna
Collins and her husband Joe who have been with us since
the very beginning. Sincerely- Jane.

Jane Huldtquist and Jim Slover.
1998 Co-Chairpersons, Chagres Golf Tournament

Left: Warren Ashton, Tin Corrigan, Garth Feeney, Lew French. Center: Presentation of the Fred Huldtquist
Trophy to Shelly Sanders and Bob Askew by Jane Huldtquist, 1998 Golf Chairperson. Right: James Fish, Glenn
Seeley, Philip Wolf, Charlie Cantrell.

Left: George Downing, Tim Corrigan, Frank Anderson, Carolyn Falasca, Michael Smith. Center: Louis
Dedeaux, Don Chadwick, Kevin Brandenburg. Right: Hubert Jordan, John Arms, Arlene Gamble, Dave
Bishop, Mike Ridge.


Left: Doug Alberga, Jim Hoverson, Jim Duffus, Michael Smith. Center: "Choppy" White, Bill Wheeler, Emo
Everson. Right: Bud Huldtquist, Hugh Norris, Ken Atkinson, Bill LeBrun.

Left: Scott Burns, Maurie Moore, Jane Buss, Paul Parks. Center: Jim Orvis, Dennis Light, Maggie Windle,
Tom Wilder, Ray Kelly. Right: Sid Kennon, Brian Kennon, Butch Kennon, Buzzy Kennon.

Annual Business Meeting


The Nominating Committee of the Panama Canal Society
met on Friday, July 3, 1998 at the Orlando World Center
Marriott to count the ballots for President, 1I" Vice President,
2nd Vice President and two Directors. The ballots were
opened at 8:30 a,m, and the results were as follows:

Tom Peterson for President
Faith Brundage for 1s Vice President
Virgil Camby for 2nd Vice President

225 votes
223 votes
218 votes


There were 63 round trip Air Travel reservations
made by Society members, using the Society's Official
Travel Agent, Bowen Keppie Travel of Clearwater, who
utilized five Air Carriers; Delta, American, Continental,
United and Southwest.
At the Annual Business Meeting held July 4, the
drawing for the Reunion Reimbursement of the Member Air
Travel Ticket was held and the winner was Meagan Morris,
whose ticket was purchased by her mother, Shelly Morris.
Bowen-Keppie Travel reimbursed Mrs. Morris the cost of
Meagan's round trip ticket.
Bowen-Keppie also arranges travel for the Reunion
musicians, as well as providing members with the least costly
air travel to and from the Reunion. Tickets are monitored
daily to determine reductions in air fares, and if so
determined, the ticket is reissued and a refund sent to the
member ticket holder. Bowen-Keppie has given refunds to
members from $65.00 to over $1,200. It was in the members'
best interests to have made their reservations through Bowen
-Keppie Travel of Clearwater.

Pete Foster
1998 Reunion Transportation Chairperson


The thirteen volunteers, most of them "veterans",
did a super job again this year. The Information aspect has
been growing over the years since it started in 1985. Being in

Muriel Whitman for Director
Steve Nehring for Director
Chris Skeie for Director

175 votes
169 votes
106 votes.

There were 19 invalid ballots and several write-in
ballots of one or two votes each. Tom Peterson was elected
President, Faith Brundage for 1" Vice President, Virgil
Camby for 2nd Vice President and Muriel Whitman and
Steve Nehring as Directors. These officers were elected for
1998-1999 and will assume their new duties effective August
1, 1998.
The Nominating Committee consisted of the
following members: James J. O'Donnell, Chairman; Roy
Culbreth, Lori King, Lois Jones, and Lou Reyes.

the right location is important so that information and Society
sales are conspicuous. If it weren't for the fact that these
volunteers are at the Reunion to enjoy seeing old friends, etc.
too, I'm sure the service could stay open longer.
We turned in $8,292 from sale of tickets (a super
amount from the DJ Dances) license plates, decals, and
Canal Records. The Reunion account was credited with
$7,708 while the Society account was given $584.
The hotel was relieved of answering phone calls
through our having a separate line regarding the Reunion and
we also had one emergency call for a member. All in all, a
wonderful reunion!
Pat Beall
Information Chairperson


The Society once again employed Advance Security
Co. To provide the necessary personnel to monitor the three
dances on Friday and Saturday nights. Those personnel were
knowledgeable and proficient in the performance of their
I had the pleasure of working closely with the hotel
security and believe me, it was an eye opening experience;
from handling a 2 a.m. brawl to a 4 a.m. party, where
someone tried to climb outside from the 8th floor down to the
7'h. floor..It really kept me on my toes and out of bed.
All in all, to sum up, the number of incidents were
few and were handled professionally by the hotel staff, who
should be congratulated for the firm, yet polite manner, in
which they handled each incident.

Robert Johnson
1998 Reunion Security Representative

We had thirty (30) vendors at the 1998 Reunion and had several vendors on our waiting list that we could not
accommodate. In order to have the 30 vendors. we had some who willingly shared their table with another.
The vendors had a lot of lovely articles for sale and it was so nice to have some of our younger members participating
for the first time and we hope to see them back again next year.
The vendors room x as busy at times crowded with members looking for new and different items for sale. Again this
year, the members were very generous in giving lovely items to be used as door prizes at the Annual Business Meeting.
All vendors are urged to remember that if you plan to attend the 1999 Reunion, your items must relate to, or feature an
association with. some form of Panamanian culture or the former Canal Zone.
We had a great group of vendors and appreciated their cooperation and enjoyed working with each of them. We will
be looking forward to having them all back at the 1999 Reunion.
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This year's registration was again made easier and pleasant, thanks to the wonderful volunteers. I especially want to
thank Barbara Green and John Whitman for all their help.
The final count for registration is 2,147, which includes those who pre-registered and those who registered at the
Reunion. As in the past, many who attended did not register. There were 129 envelopes that were not picked up and of those,
27 contained dance tickets. A total of 102 name badges were also not picked up.
Everything went smoothly and I congratulate you for having a great group of chairpersons

Faith Brundage
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Another successful Bingo was held on Friday afternoon during the 1998 Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion
at The Orlando World Center Marriott.
Sheila Leach Egger volunteered her son Arthur, to call the games, who was ably assisted by his children, Kayla and
Raymond. Arthur is "the man who shook the hand of Bill Clinton, while the president was in the Virgin Islands. (See June issue
page 50). About 135 people attended the games. The winners enjoyed the many prizes bought by Cheryl Allen Williams while
she was in Panama.
A variety of bingo games were played and the winner of the cover-all was Vaudie Robinson Dunning of Candler, North
Carolina. (A large mola beach towel)
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Four hundred fifty four (454) tickets were
distributed of which 14 were complimentary. The hotel was
guaranteed 440 attendees and 433 were present..
It has been my privilege to serve as Luncheon
Chairperson for the past seventeen years. However, I don't
believe on taking on something that I can't finish, so I
decided that I will regretfully call this year as my last.
I would like to thank all those who have given up so
much of their time over the years to make the Annual
Luncheon a success. Most especially my daughter and son-
in-law Jan and Lou Andino. The table decorations and other
adornments which have been outstanding these past few
years have been in their charge, and the creativity has made
our luncheon that much more enjoyable.
I wish my successor all the cooperation and help
that I have enjoyed.

Betty L. Malone
Chairperson, 1998 Luncheon Committee

Ms. Linda Woodruff Weir did an outstanding job
of producing, directing and narrating an entertaining program
for the luncheon this year. She assembled a cast of seven
performers to introduce us to Love in the Afternoon. A
musical journey through the various stages of love, loss, and
love again. The show featured music from Broadway shows,
to Burt Bachrach to Cole Porter to Irving Berlin.
Performing with Linda was Bob Tita, Erin Hatchett,
Nancy Stauffer, James Grenelle, Abbott Morgan and Brick.
Their pianist was Bob Lohrentz. Words cannot express our
thanks to all these entertainers who volunteered their time in
order to contribute to such a successful musical program. It
was obvious to all who attended that these were indeed
talented people who took time out from their busy lives to
make our luncheon enjoyable and entertaining.
The program ended with a sing-a-long of Patriotic
songs led by Linda and her cast.

Margot Jordan
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On July 4, 1998, M.W. James E. Cook, District
Grand Master of the Panama Canal Masonic District hosted
a luncheon for over 70 Panama Canal Masons and Eastern
Stars and their guests at the Annual Panama Canal Society
Reunion in Orlando, Florida.
Among those present were M.W. Arthur E.
Johnson, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts and R.W. Louis Harmon, Grand Marshall
and their wives. Another distinguished guest was R.W.
Thomas Peterson, Past District Grand Master of the
Panama Canal Masonic District and newly elected president
of the Panama Canal Society. Other Past District Grand
Masters present were R.W. Donald E. Garrido and R.W.
Ronald Lavallee. Bro. Bob Russell was Chairperson for the
Luncheon and acted as Master of Ceremonies. Good
fellowship and good food was enjoyed by all.


OFFICERS: Back L-R: R.W. Louis Harmon, Grand
Marshal, M.W. Arthur Johnson, Grand Master of
Massachusetts, R.W. James Cook, District Grand
Master. Front: Myrna-Jane Harmon, Barbara
Johnson, Lola Cook.



There were 18 Mini-Reunions this year. From
reports of those having the biggest and most attendees, all
were highly satisfied with the final outcome. One mini-
reunion managed to find a suitable location for their short
get-together and it turned out great with many attendees..
Each mini-reunion has their own coordinator who determines
from classmates, town residents, or other organizations,
what they want for a program, and each try to do better and
bigger than last year or last reunion. When in agreement, the
coordinator contacts the Hotel and submits their plan.
Cooperation and coordination play a big part in readying
their final event. They are all to be congratulated for their
diligence in pursuing their goal and for their preparation in
making the whole thing work like it's supposed to. Those
who travel from great distances, leave after having a great
time not soon to be forgotten.
There are already several queries about mini-
reunions for next year, and there seems to be a nucleus
forming for a trip to Panama in the near future.

Pat Beall
Mini-Reunion Chairperson


After two years of notices in the Canal Record,
mailings and planning for the 60'h Class Reunion, it took
place on Friday night, July 3, 1998 with 12 classmates of the
Balboa High School Class of 1938 along with spouses,
friends and family for a total of 32 who met in the
Washington Room of the Orlando World Center Marriott to
enjoy dinner and reminisce about days gone by.
Those classmates in attendance were Frank "Al"
Baldwin, Florida, Theresa (Raymond) Bennett, New York,
John "Jack" Carey, Florida, Howard Clarke, Florida,
Virginia (Ridge) Dolim, Hawaii, Harry Foster, Florida,
Bernice (Rathgeber) Jackson, Illinois, Olive (Kalar)
Krouse, Pennsylvania, William "Bill" LeBrun, Texas,
Margaret (Meigs) Molloy, Colorado, Manuelita (Oller)
O'Sullivan, Florida, and Robert "Bob" Van Siclen,
In keeping with the BHS school colors all
decorations and table settings were done in red and white.
After dinner and for the pleasure of everyone, Harry Foster
sang a solo of the 1938 Class Song and had everyone join in
for a second rendition.
Talk of another Reunion in a few years was
discussed, but nothing was definite. For the classmates who
would have liked to attend but were unable due to health
problems, etc., you were missed but maybe you will be able
to attend the next one.
Hope those who attended enjoyed the Panama Canal
Society Reunion and had fun visiting with everyone. I
certainly enjoyed planning the 60'" and seeing those who
could attend.
Robert "Bob" Van Siclen
BHS Class of 1938


Both dances were very well attended. The ball room arrangement with the dance floor in the center of the long axis of
the room was very satisfactory and the sound was much better with this arrangement The 112 tables with ten chairs per table
seemed a good layout. There were no problems reserving tables for the Mini-Reunions and Society Officers and Reunion
Chairpersons. The solicitation, recording and layout of reserved tables is a fairly time-consuming job, but the courtesy to our
members during mini-reunions should be continued as long as it does not create a hardship on other ticket-buyers.
The use of a commercial balloon decorating firm proved to be a success noticeably attractive on both nights. The
professional security firm performed admirably and good order was observed at both dances.
A total of 113 tickets were sold at the door of the Annual Ball, over and above those previously sold through the Society.

Chuck Hummer
1998 Reunion Dances Chairperson

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BHS 1948's 50th REUNION

Orlando's World Center Marriott was the perfect
setting for Balboa High Class of 1948's unforgettable 50th
reunion this past July. Each day an elegant hospitality suite
on the Marriott's 21" floor was the scene of non-stop
excitement as classmates renewed old friendships,
remembered youthful days in Panama and the Zone, shared
pictures and other memorabilia from those four carefree
years at Balboa High, and caught up on events of the past 50
years in each other's lives.
The class reunion was held within the framework of
the Society's annual get-together. Friday evening climaxed
the hospitality suite activities with a reception hosted by the
class reunion committee. The weekend's highlight was a
class dinner on Saturday night in one of the hotel's attractive
banquet rooms Which had been festively decorated by a
committee of classmates.



Sunday morning featured a time for farewells in the
hospitality suite, with much of the conversation centering
around the idea of a 55' reunion in 2003. Class newsletters 19
\\ill continue to be published occasionally in the future to 1
keep BHS'48ers informed. Since there are 42 still-to-be- DUES
found class members, the search committee is asking the
Canal Record readers to help them in their efforts to locate ARE
these folks. (See "Where Are You?" section of this issue) DU E
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Fairfax, VA 22030-3106 Dunnellon, FL 34433
(703) 273-2654 (352) 489-3264

On Sunday as most were getting ready to leave for all the far away places that they came from, we hosted this years
Despedida as a closing of the 1998 Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion.
The Panamanian Folk Dance group entertained a large group of Zonians as they said their farewells. This years
performance was done with several new dances with costumes and their description explained by one of the dancers. They
provided their own live typical Panamanian music which added great authenticity to a fantastic performance.
This has been a wonderful way for many of us to greet and say goodbyes 'till we meet again next year. If we missed
seeing you this year, please make it a point to join us next year when you come back to another fantastic Panama Canal Society's
Annual Reunion.
Virgil "Skeeter" and Shirley Camby
1998 Reunion Despedida Chairpersons

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The weather here has been in the upper 90's and has
on occasion gone into the 100's, but it has neither stopped or
hindered our Panama Canal group's social activities.
Muriel McGriff celebrated her 80th birthday in
May and was given a fabulous reception at Mildred's
Restaurant and Tea Room hosted by her children. Charles
and Geri (McGriff) Davis, Corbin McGriff, Jr., and Gene
and Saundra McGriff. Approximately 60 guests attended
and enjoyed a delicious buffet. She remarked that she had a
wonderful life with her three children, 8 grandchildren. three
great-grandchildren and many friends. We hope you will
celebrate life, Muriel, you've lived a great one! God Bless!
Stella Nita had a great visit with her grandson, Ted
Holz, and great grandsons Ryan (5), and Tyler, (7 mo.). A
good time was had by all.

Stelle Nita with great-grandson Tyler and grandson
Ted Holz.

Raymond and Marty Bierbaum from Smithfield,
Virginia, visited Marie Bierbaum for a few days before
leaving for Corpus Christi, Texas, to visit family. While
there, they decided to visit The Alamo and The River Walk.
They all enjoyed these points of interest and found them
most exciting.. Ray and Marty returned to Dothan and visited
with sister and brother-in-law Theresa and Mickey Kyser
and Marie for a week before returning to Virginia.
Marie then went to Atlanta to meet Sister, Theresa
Raymond Bennett (BHS 1938) and on to Orlando for
Theresa's 60th Class Reunion. She enjoyed seeing old
classmates and Panama Canal folks she hadn't seen in 20
years. They returned to Dothan and stayed for a week after
which Theresa left for Sabael, New York.


Maxine Wrenn and Mary Condon drove to Tyler,
Texas in May to attend a high school graduation for
Courtney Wrenn, Maxine's granddaughter. In June,
Virginia Wilcox of Sequin, Texas, visited Mary. Virginia is
a former Zonian who lived in Balboa and whose husband,
Don. was a C.Z. teacher. Also in June, Beth Waddel and her
daughter-in-law from Little Rock visited Mary and Maxine.
In July, Mary drove to Ohio to attend a family reunion of
Dick's family. Later in August, she drove to Upper Peninsula
of Michigan to attend a family reunion of her family.
Between trips. Mary tended her garden at Butterfield Trail
Village which produced an abundance of flowers and

Back L-R: Maxine Wrenn, Petie Maedl, Carl Maedl,
Judy Palumbo-Gates, Luke Palumbo. Front: Peter
Butz, Tony Prenzlau.

Keith York reports that his wife, Winona, is
recovering from a hip replacement she had the latter part of
Minnie Burton reports that her son and daughter-
in-law, Robert and Nikki Crooks, have recently moved
from Nancy, Ohio to Jacksonville, Florida.
The latter part of July, Frances Whitlock had as
visitors for a week, her daughter, Andre Lee Collins, and
her granddaughter-in-law, Ginger Collins, both from St.
Louis. As usual, when they visit her, they performed a
number of helpful tasks, not only in the culinary field but
about the yard as well.
One of the first-time attendees of the Blanche Shaw
picnic, held this year at the Jones Family Center in
Springdale on June 21, 1998 was Anthony Prenzlau from
St. Joseph, MO. A 1955 graduate of CHS, Tony had Carl
Maedl as one of his teachers and played football three years
under Coach Luke Palumbo.
In August, Carl and Petie Maedl drove to
Minnesota to spend a couple of weeks with family and
friends. During this time, their daughters, Pat Kimbrough
and Pam Gutowski hosted a 60'h wedding anniversary party
for the Maedls at a cottage on Pelican Lake.

Dolores Cleveland
(334) 793-4812

Petie Maedl

Willard and Kathleen Huffman flew down to
Orlando to attend the anniversary of her 1948 Class from
Cristobal High School. The organizers of this 50th Reunion
were Edward Corbett, Bill McGinn, and Charlie
Harrison. They did a beautiful job of making the time fly.
They were happy to see so many of their co-workers and
classmates who looked great.
Peggy Keller keeps busy with her computer and is
planning a trip to Dothan, Al.
Polly Michaelis went to Alto Loma, California and
visited with her son Zachary and family She said the
weather was great.
Joe and Gertta Vowell enjoyed a visit from Doug
and Camilla Gibbs from Panama. Their daughter is in the
Peace Corps and is stationed on Yap Island, Micronesia.
Maxine Reinhold is still rehabbing with her son.
Mel, in New Hampshire.
Bill and Betty Dunning, Lynn's mom and dad,
were here for Father's Day and stayed two weeks.
Addie Colclasure reports that daughter Marion, in
California attended a wedding of a friend. Addie and her
sister are now home and taking care of things.
Mike and Henrietta Horoda spent the 4th of July
in Grapevine, Texas with family,
Jack and Joan Corliss just returned from a bus-
coach tour through the Canadian Rockies and the Black
Hills. Spent five days in Canada and really enjoyed the trip
and the "cool" weather.
Dorothy Sanders enjoyed a visit from son Bruce
and wife, Sandy, over Mother's Day weekend. The
following week she returned the visit when Bruce came and
took her to Texas to recuperate from a broken shoulder. The
shoulder is doing well, but the painful therapy is not
recommended. Dorothy is also enjoying Email, especially
when she can send a message to her granddaughter,
Jennifer, who is teaching in Australia.


Bud Balcer and granddaughter Jennifer Rhodes on
her 17th birthday.
Your reporter drove almost 3,000 miles on his trip
to attend the reunion in Orlando and spent time with his son,
Paul Rhoads and family, and grandson Michael Pedersen
and family. Both coming and going. The reunion was great.
Met a couple of fellow-ex-postal employees that I hadn't
seen since leaving the Zone in 1975. Was glad to learn the
reunion will be held next year at the Orlando World Center
Marriott. Also KUDOS to the people for the smooth
operation of the reunion.
Robert "Bud" Balcer
(501) 273-3754


The Panama Canal Society of Southern California
held their Spring Luncheon on May 3, 1998 at the Holiday
Inn Hotel, Laguna Hills, CA. There were 50 members,
including two new members, Ira Rappaport, formerly of
Balboa and Scott and Doris Smith, who lived in Ft. Clayton
in the 1930s and guests, Grace Allen, Kelly & Gladys
(Block) Hagerty, Doris Brinkman and Libby Cooper.
Eileen Peterson (who now lives in Columbus, Ohio) was
honored for her dedication and good work as secretary. The
Jubilee Barber Shop Quartet provided the entertainment for
the luncheon and sang a number of old favorites. One of the
members of the quartet said he served for two years at Coco
Solo Naval Station 52 vears ago!

"Boz" French, Bill French's widow.
"Boz" French, Bill French's widow.

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Kelly and Gladys Hagerty and Bill
(BHS'40, CZJC'42).


The Society is alive and well. The membership
voted to have two meetings this year and it will be decided
after the December meeting if there is any interest in going
back to three meetings a year. Harold Wickersham is Vice
President/Treasurer, Stephanie Johnson is secretary and
Bob Wolfenstein and Joan deGrummond are contributors.
Harold will also be the Chapter Reporter for the Canal
Record with additional information provided by Joan, Bob
and Stephanie.

Boyhood friends John Gough III and Paul
Overstreet met for the first time in over 15 years at John's
home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last March.

L-R: Mary (Cryan) Lade, Gladys (Block) Hagerty and
Kelly Hagerty at Spring Luncheon, Holiday Inn, El
Toro Rd., Laguna Hills, CA, in May, 1998.

L-R: Bob Wolfenstein (CHS'47) Past President; Joan
(Ridge) deDrummond (BHS'40), Bob Wickersham,
new California Reporter, and Stephanie (Milburn)
Johnson (CHS'54)

Our next meeting, the Christmas Holiday Luncheon
will be on Sunday, December 6. 1998 at the Holiday Inn
Hotel in Laguna Hills, California.
Harold Wickersham
(323) 262-6996

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Both grew up in Margarita on "Snob Hill", residing
for several years in different halves of the same duplex. They
had a great time talking over old experiences and catching
R.T. Stewart Brown
(303) 440-8456.


Carolyn Barlow Vezina, Tampa, left in mid-July
to visit her son and family in Garden Valley, Ca. From there,
she was off to Las Vegas to visit her daughter and family.
Many of Carolyn's friends sent her off with lots of advice
and good luck with the slot machines while there.
Less and less couples today reach their 601h wedding
anniversary, but Dottie and Ernie Yocum did on June 12'h
and was celebrated when they went out to dinner with other
Lucille Abernathy was in Clearwater at her condo
when she was paid a surprise visit from Amy Garcia Fisher
who was visiting in another condo in the same building. She
would soon be off to Germany to visit her brother, Dr.
Charlie Garcia who has a dental practice and resides there.


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A big "Thank You" to Anita and Ted Kaufer for
all their able help at the Bingo games held during the
Reunion in Orlando.
They did it again! Mike and Marion Greene made
their 33'" consecutive Reunion in spite of everything. Mike
has recuperated well from hip surgery and Marion sometimes
gets about in her wheelchair, helped by Mike. We look
forward to seeing them at their 34th Reunion!
Another Fall cruise has been organized by John and
Muriel Whitman. So far, 32 or more will sail to Bermuda
on November 7 for a 7-day cruise. The Lim family will have
a family reunion on this cruise at least 13 are in their group
of nieces, spouses and siblings Alex, Angelica, Arlene,
Alven, Sandra and Alice.
Guess who is back in town. Dick Danielsen left
Arizona to make his home in Largo. He was seen at the
Despedida talking with friends and visiting with his
daughter, Cherie and her husband Frank Lee Jr. and they
had previously driven to Dunnellon to visit Frank's parents.
A long summer vacation was enjoyed by John and
Muriel Whitman when they visited family. They picked up
2 grandsons in Gainesville on their way to Asheville, NC to
visit cousins and their families. Then they went to Tennessee
to visit their Bill and Pauline Arnold on the Arnold's "Just
Fine" farm where they raise goats to mow the grass.
Pat Beall, our Editor, decided he needed a break
after 2 years and attended the Canadian Fighter Pilots
Association Reunion in Ottawa, Canada for a few days. He
said it was definitely decided that the Allies won the war,
after all the tall tales and reliving past experiences were
bantered about. The Reunion was well organized and a
wreath was laid at the monument for those who lost their
lives in servicing their country.

Betty Snow
(727) 799-4769


The next meeting of the Ocala Zonians/Panama
Canal Ditchdiggers will be Tuesday, October 6, 1998 at
Maggie's Buffet Restaurant, 717 NE 36th Ave. Ocala.
Restaurant opens at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon meeting starts at
Noon. Contact Bill Muller for info at (352) 854-7902.
The Ocala Zonians are growing in numbers and will
be celebrating their Silver Anniversary next year with several
of the original founders.
Many were in Orlando for the recent PCSOFL
Reunion. Old acquaintances were renewed. John and Betty
Muller with Bill and Jean Muller went to Bingo and Jean
won a prize!.
Your reporter spoke with Roy and Charlene
Trullinger about their "winning" trip to Las Vegas. Ruth
(Rose) and Woody Foster were also observed. Dianne
(Hutchison) and Jerry Cox entertained relatives and friends
in Ocala before going to Orlando. Dianne's mom Peggy and
sister Vicki and husband Bob Boukalis stopped by along
with Richard and Olga Phillips. Geri and Bill Foster made
a surprise visit. They still reside in the Canal area. He is a
pilot and she is a piano teacher. Geri's mom is one of our
Ocala Zonians, Betty Blanchette.
The McConaugheys were well represented at the
Reunion. Four generation managed to get together. Dick told

me that his grandfather John McConaughey arrived in the
spring of 1906 and his father followed in the fall. Dick
arrived on the scene in 1917, which adds up to five
generations who helped build, operate and maintain the
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Four generations of McConaugheys meet at PCSOFL
Reunion. L-R: Paden (1 yr.old in May), with his father,
Daniel "Dan"; Grandfather Robert "Bob"; and great
grandfather Richard "Dick".
I attended the Reporter's Luncheon, guest of the
PCSOFL. The Canal Record is re-scheduled for quarterly
issues which will make deadlines more consistent. Chatted
with other reporters present; Bud Balcer, Bea Rhyne, Linda
Morris, Betty Chan Snow, and also met Henry Cruz,
Gladys Humphrey, June Stevenson, Nancy Eide, and Lois
(DeLaMater) Bates. I later talked to her brother Bill
DeLaMater and Bill Nickisher, the Dynamic Duo of the
Pacific Softball League, at the Despedida.
Ted Norris informed me of the passing of Donald
B. Tribe (See Deep Sorrow). Ted and his son Donald were
classmates (BHS'53)..
Our congrats to the new PCSOFL President, Tom
Peterson, and to his wife, Barbara. He did quite a good job
wearing two hats at the Business Meeting. We also wish a
speedy recovery for Margot Jordan.
We were saddened by the loss of one of our group,
Edmond Hesser. He was a professional Boy Scout and had
dealings with the Canal Zone Council of the Boy Scouts of
America. His wife, Eleanor (Chambliss), a former CZ
resident, will stay on at their home in McIntosh, Florida.
Bill LeBrun plans a visit with Dick Conover in
Ocala in July. Dean and Esther Muller of Arlington, Texas
stopped for a visit after attending a wedding in Cape Coral,
Fl. Later in July, they went to Texas for a re-visit. They also
visited their son Allen in Copperas Cove; Jean's sister in
Irving, and her mother in Cameron where Jean attended her
high school's class reunion. She won a stadium cushion for
her travels from Florida. They previously went to Bremerton,
WA. For a visit with daughter and son-in-law Beverly and
Jan Brunson and granddaughter Kimberly.
Back in Ocala, we visited Virginia and Wesley
"Red" Townsend at "The Inn at Surrey Place." They plan
to sell their home now. Write them at Surrey Place, Room
302, 4100 SW 33'" Ave., Ocala, FL 34474.

shared of BHS, CHS and Pedro Miguel. Thanks, Peg, for
sharing your news from other parts of the Gulf Coast.

Virginia and Wesley "Red" Townsend send
"greetings from The Inn at Surrey Place in Ocala, FL.

William A. "Bill" Muller
(352) 854-7902

Dinner at Peg's home: Bob McCarrick, Peg Simpson,
Louie Dedeaux, George Hatchett, Elaine (Tuttle)
Mount, all BHS'47 grads.


The entire Vose family (Shane, Darla, Jeff, Dawn,
Kevin, Libby and myself) traveled to Orlando for our first
Panama Canal Society Reunion. we all had a great time! I
saw some of my CHS'61 classmates whom I hadn't seen in
37 years. I kicked up my heels a lot with my brother, Butch,
who was there for his 40"t Class reunion. My son Bob, had
his 10'h class reunion, headed by Renee (Rowley) Friedel,
who did a great job. After the reunion, Shane Darla, Jeff and
I headed back to Pensacola, but Bob, Dawn, Key and Libby
stayed behind to visit Universal Studios and Sea World, and
after Key and Libby left, Bob and Dawn enjoyed a day at
Disney World. Everyone had a great time and it was
wonderful seeing all our friends and classmates. We're
already planning our trip for next year.
The Drummond family has some special occasions
coming up in the near future. Donny is engaged to be
married this October. Bill and his lovely bride-to-be are
planning to be married sometime next year. Congratulations
to all!
Darla and Jeff finally tied the knot on April 25,
1998 (an article and photo will be in the next issue). We had
lots of out-of-town guests and it was great seeing everyone.
Darla and Jeff are in the process of buying a home.
Hopefully, for grandma Barb, there'll be another grandchild
in the near future.
In May, Darla, Jeff, Shane and I traveled to
Decatur, Illinois to attend Jeff's brother's high school
graduation. Had a great trip.
On a sad note, Jeff's father, Tom (a great person)
passed away on July 13 from a long bout with cancer.
Thankfully, the Lord kept him with us long enough so he
could stand up for Jeff at his wedding, as best man. We will
dearly miss him.
Peg Simpson (BHS'47) and Bob McCarrick
(BHS'47), Ft. Walton Beach had visits from Art (BHS'47)
and Sylvia Crucet of Norman, Oklahoma. They were joined
for dinner one evening by Louie (BHS'47) and Barbara
(Egolf) Dedeaux (CHS'53). Lots of great stories were

Get-together at Peg Simpson's home in Ft. Walton
Beach: Louie Dedeaux, Pensacola, Bob McCarrick,
Ft. Walton Beach, Art Crucet, Norman, Oklahoma. All
are BHS'47 grads and from Pedro Miguel.

My son, Kev, has informed me that Eddie
Williams' mom, Mary Ellen Taylor, who lives in Pace, is
Day Manager at O'Riley's, a famous Irish Pub here in
A Gulf Coast mini-reunion is being planned for
September/October time frame at Coconut Bay (connected to
the Holiday Inn next to the University Mall). Anyone who is
interested in attending, please contact this reporter. I will be
sending out invitations to those in this area, and anyone else
interested in attending. Please pass on to me any news you
might have. My address is in the Directory and my telephone
is listed below. Hasta Luego!

Barbara (Hall) Vose
(850) 474-6341


Early in June Marian and Lee Kariger enjoyed a
visit with his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Nell
Kariger from Long Beach, Ca. In July their daughter and
son-in-law Nancy and Darrell Eide arrived from Tucson,
Az. for a visit and to attend the Panama Canal Society
Reunion with them. Nancy also accompanied Marian Kariger
to the Monday Morning Coffee, an annual 'After-the-
Reunion" gathering hosted by Marion Greene..
Blanche Hartman enjoyed an extended visit over
the 4th of July by her son and daughter-in-law Leo and Susie
McIntire and daughter Tari from Tulsa, Ok. While here,
Leo, Susie and Tari attended the Panama Canal Society
Reunion and then returned for fun in the sun in Sarasota,
enjoying the beaches and swimming.
Jay Cain had a great weeks visit with her nephew,
Michael Cain and his wife Wilma. They came to attend the
Reunion with Aunt Jay who was receiving a Distinguished
Service Award for her many years of dedicated service for
the Society.
Maxine and Bill Dixon had several house guests.
They were visited by nephew Phillip Hadarits and his wife
Charlotte. After much reminiscing, they were visited by
nephew Mathew Anderson of Huntsville, Al.
Mayno Walker enjoyed having daughter Jeanne
W. Wagner of Eagle River, Alaska spend several weeks at
her Sarasota home. Jeanne along with her sisters, Carole W.
Miller of Tampa and Mickey W. Firzgerald of New
Smyrna Beach accompanied Mayno to the Panama Canal
Society Reunion, and also to the Cocoli-Rodman-Rousseau
Reunion dedicated to their brother, the late Frederick
Raymond Walker.
The Walker household had another group of visitors
as grandson Tommy Peregoy of Richmond, Va., son of
Carole W. Miller, and his wife Katie, their two children and
her sister and son shared an overnight visit t before departing
the next day to see Key West.

Mayno Walker and Carole Walker Miller after
surprising Mayno with a new red drag bag.

Mickey, Jeanne, Carole (the Walkerettes) officially
welcomed Kay (Mills) Walker and Mayno Walker into
MJC Adventures, now known as MJCKM Adventures with
each receiving their one (and only allowable) travel drag bag.
Planning is underway for their next yearly adventure.
Gladys Humphrey, accompanied her daughter,
Donna (Humphrey) Mann to Malabar to visit her son.
Donald Humphrey and attend his "Wild Hog Cookout and
Get Together" preceding the Panama Canal Society Reunion.
The 40 guests included Zonians and friends in and around
the area. His houseguests included Luke and Jimmy
Palumbo and Wendy Sasso who came from the Zone and
Donnie Bruce from New Jersey.
It has been over 40 years since Dwight and
Gertrude Ladd, now deceased, left the Isthmus with their
family following his retirement from the Engineering
Division at Balboa Heights. Their four children, namely
Barbara Ladd Lulfs (BHS'51), John Ladd (BHS'52),
Nancy Bullock Ladd (BHS'53) and Bill Ladd (BHS'54)
returned for a visit to their old home town, for memorable
sightseeing, and their Alma Mater, Balboa High School
which they visited on Graduation Day. Noticeable changes:
They observed where BHS School colors and now "Blue and
White" instead of the familiar "Red and White" but are still
known as "Bulldogs." The Administration Building has
security all around it, and the Clubhouse, Movie Theater and
Commissary are now closed. Though still remembering a
better Canal Zone and Panama, on departure by plane, you
could still see the beauty of Panama and the Canal Zone had
not changed.

Gladys B. Humphrey
(941) 955-1900


The bad boy, El Nifio may have wreaked havoc on
the West coast, but his sister, La Nifia concentrated her
efforts on the mid-west and East coast. This girl has been
blamed for record setting temperatures. Tallahassee was not
spared; it get hot in the summer but never this hot. That was
my constant mantra, as numerous Zonians came to Tally for
a look around.
Some recent visitors to our fair city include Mark,
Katherine and Jillian Heddaeus (who stayed with the
McIlvaines). They are building a home on acreage and will
move up here next year. Eileen (Rose) Thomas was also
here looking around, staying with her sister and brother-in-
law Charlene and Frost Burke. They were surprised one
day when they bumped into Kari (Batalden) McIlvaine,
Cindy (Copesky) Coleman and sister Julie Butterfield.
It was just last summer that the McIlvaines moved
to Tally, and already Kari got a job with the state with more
promotions to count, and also threw her hat into the ring for
a board of directors position at the Killearn Country Club
where she and Sarah play tennis and Ed and Nathan play
golf. She won, hands down! Ed is enjoying life, with time to
enjoy golf. He also is president of the rowing club at the
school Sarah and Nathan attend and recently competed in the
Florida Sunshine Games, held outside Orlando, where his
rowing team took 3" place in the state! Sarah also enjoys
rowing and just returned from the U. of North Carolina
rowing camp. And Nathan shot a hole in one at the Big Bend
Junior Golf Tournament. What a family!

More newcomers to Tally, Mike and Elaine
Stephenson just moved into their new home and had ..
company before the paint was dry. Brother-in-law Russ
Stromberg, niece Christina Eckel and grand-nephew Kyle .:' .
Eckel visited briefly. The Strombergs hope to call Tally
home next year. Other visitors include John, Lynn,
Stephanie and Stevie Wolffe; Lloyd and Margaret t
Spradlin (staying with Joe and Bev Wood ) and Bill I
Nickisher. Lloyds visit, as well as Bill, Will and Rays
included golf with the Tally Terrors, Burt Mead, Joe Wood,
Jimmy Givens, Larry Corrigan and Mike Smith, who
recently took 4th place in the pro division in the Jim Lee .'
Open at the Capital City Golf Club. Pat Smith took 1' place, .
in his flight.
The Mead reunion was quite an extravaganza,
Carol Mead wrote the following: "It was a very special
occasion when Virginia Morland and her daughter Sally
(Morland) Williams visited Burt and Carol (IM... -i. Ji Mead
and Henry and Sunny (Mlurland) Mizrachi in June. While, '
there, the Meads gathered their four sons, together with -
wives and children to pose for a family photo with Virginia,
who is mom, grandma, great-grandma four generation
represented. The photo was taken by Joe Wood, former Kerrie (Hill) Smith at baby shower given by her aunt
trainee of the PCC's Graphic Branch. Odie (Winberg) Soper, mom Alicia (Winberg) Hill,
and aunt Debbie (Winberg) Fleming.

Again, I ask that members who would like to share
Sa story, event, visit, etc. please give me a call or e-mail me.
I'd love to include it in my report.

Sharon Smith
(850) 668-4121


The Panama Canal Reunion was a huge success, once
Virginia Morland surrounded by four generations of again. I saw lots of friends and acquaintances, and enjoyed
family. Back L-R: Keith Mead, Gil Corrigan, Burt seeing everyone. Some friends I had not seen in years, like
Mead, Carol Mead, Rick Mead, David Corrigan. Tom and Cheri Fulcher. They both looked great, and their
Front: Cindy and Chase Mead, Cher and Gil Corrigan youngest son, Steven, is as tall as Tom.
Jr., Virginia Morland, Maria and Brianna Mead,
Marcy and Darien Corrigan.

Sunny Mizrachi is presently in Phoenix loving her
newest grandchild and first granddaughter, Mia Nicole.
Mom is Karen Mizrachi Atkins.
The Smith family will also welcome a new '
granddaughter into the family in October. Paul and Kerrie
(Hill) Smith are expecting their first child, Rylie Alyssa. I
drove my \wonderful daughter-in-law Kerrie to
Daphne/Fairhope, AL for a grand baby shower. Kerrie's
mom, Alicia (Winberg) Hill, Alicia's twin Odie Soper and L
other sister Debbie Fleming out on an affair to remember.
There were tables with langostinos. chicken, every
imaginable hot and cold canape, pastry and cake. Dazzling
decorations were made by Alicia Hill, and presents that filled
my van to the brim! The gracious hostesses made sure that
everyone had a fabulous time.
I'm sure many members have been traveling and
have wonderful tales to tell. But I'm aware only of Laverne
Larrabee's trip to Alaska. Read about her wonderful trip in Tom and Cheri Fulcher at the PCSOFL Reunion in
the "Letters to the Editor" section. Orlando, July 1998.

My sister, Dorothy Rowley Gerhart and her
husband Jim, came over from their home in Heidleberg,
Germany to join in the festivities. Another couple that came
over from Europe was Sigi and Tony Espino. They are
currently living in Vienna, Austria, and it was great seeing
them once again.
My niece, Suzanne Gerhart came down from her
home in Alexandria Va. For her 10th class reunion, which
was planned by her other niece, Renee Rowley Friedel,
daughter of my brother Skip Rowley and his wife Beverly.
They seemed to have a blast, and it is good seeing the young
people have such a good time. They are our future leaders of
the Society so we want them to come and enjoy the good
times .



Classmates celebrating their 10th Class Reunion.L-R:
John Dear, Willie Palm, Renee (Rowley) Friedel and
her cousin, Suzanne Gerhart.
In May, Mariella Meggers McNally and her
husband Mike, had several Zonians over for a get-together
at her beautiful home in Lilburn, and we had our photo taken
out by her hot tub. We decided we needed to have our photo
taken at the same place everytime so we can see how we
change over the years. Some of those at the party were:
Frank Baldwin, Margaret Knapp, Mary Scigliane, Ray
Burda and his fiance Pat Jackson, Billy and Carol
Arnold, Mary Leach Scigliane, and her husband Bill, the
Gerhart twins, Diane and Dick Wallace, and Dick's sister,
Sandy Wallace.

Zonites at Mike and Mariella (Meggar) McNally's
home in Lilburn, Georgia, May 1998.

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Vicki Boukalis, June, Bob Boukalis, Ray and
Forrest Roberson in Foley, Alabama. May 1998.

In June, my husband, Davis and I drove down to
Foley, Alabama to visit with Bob and Vicki (Hutchison)
Boukalis in their new duplex. We were their first overnight
guests, but as we were leaving, they had other friends on
their way over, so it looks like they will have some non-stop
guests for a while. Vicki and Bob live near Forrest (Wise)
Roberson and her husband, Ray, so they both came over for
dinner and a nice long visit. Everyone looked great, and we
had a wonderful evening together.
That's the news from this end. Till next time, and
looking forward to seeing all of you again.

June Stevenson
(770) 995-7537


Sheri Cooper in South Carolina gave us a call to
say she's sending some Panama Canal bouy models for the
museum. Her dad is Dale Taylor, BHS'53, and her mom, the
late Shirley Keepers Taylor, CHS'56.
Doris "Rusty" Folger, New Orleans, enjoyed a trip
to the Orlando Reunion. It included a family reunion and her
son Wayne's 30'h BHS Reunion. Her niece, Sharon Smith,
is the new reporter for Tallahassee, so I guess that's where
we'll find Rusty's future news.

~~ r iaj

Jonn uougn ana uiranai Lynn St.Pierre

John Gough got so busy repairing his home in
Marrero this year that he had to miss the reunion. In May he
attended the college graduation of Brandi Lynn St. Pierre
at Holy Cross College, New Orleans. His son John has been
visiting from Tampa and helping with the repairs.
Laura Gregg Roa and children, Ann-Marie. 8.
John, 5, and Thomas, 2, were up from Panama in July
visiting family in Slaughter when her brother, Gregg and his
wife. Melinda arrived from Korea. That called for a party
and Laura invited area Zonians. On their way from Korea.
Greg and Melinda stopped in Panama for Melinda's first
visit. At the party, Gene showed us a video he shot in June
of Coco Solo, Margarita. Gatun, Colon. Balboa, Diablo.
Rodman, Miraflores Spillway, Santa Clara, El Volcan, El
Valle. and points in between. Gene says for the price of a
VCR tape and postage, he'll make a copy for anyone
interested. Gene says Paitilla is moving to Albrook and old
officer's quarters in Albrook are on the market for about
$200,000 each.
Those at the party were the senior Greggs, Gene
and Marian, daughter Helen, an RN who works with
infectious diseases at Jackson. La. Jeffrey Brown, brother
of Dr. Clayton Brown; June Clayton. a retired CHS
physical education teacher who lives in Franklinton, and
Hilda and Don Fletcher. Don, an admeasurer in the Canal
Zone continues his work as an admeasurer consultant in
Baton Rouge. Their r daughter Annette, works at the Baton
Rouge General Medical Center and is married to Mark
Gaudet. They have a daughter, Victoria, 3. Daughter Alicia
is married to Lt.Cmdr. James Ford. They live in Puerto Rico
with sons James, 6, and Conor, 2. Son Paul, almost CHS'80,
works in special ed for the East Baton Rouge Parish School
system. He and his wife. Joel, have three sons, Austin.
Stephen, and Ashton.
John Engelke (BHS'59) and his wife, the former
Laurie Will (CHS'66), came with their daughter Lee
Sweeney (BHS'86) and granddaughter Kaylyn. He worked
for the Police force from 1965-82 then the Dredging
Division until retirement. Laurie worked at DODDS
Curundu School before John's retirement. Lee was a Navy
CB and her husband, Todd, a Navy diesel mechanic.

Billie Landrum, Jean Anderson and Sylvia Glass
Landrum at Anderson's place in Nueva Gorgona.

Veralee "Billie" Landrum, Anacco, spent a month
in Panama recently with her son, Mack and daughter-in-law
Sylvia Glass Landrum of Gamboa. She visited May and
Pat Gerhart in Curundu and spent five days at their cottage
in El Volcan where they visited with Dr. Weldon and wife,
Sheila. Sylvia and Billie spent the night at Nance's Bed &
Breakfast in El Valle and enjoyed shopping at the Sunday

Market. They also over-nighted in a thatched hut on San
Bias. Billie dined with some of her Gorgas nurse co-workers
and spent a day at Nueva Gorgona.

Marjorie "Tilley"

Gerhart and Billie Landrum,

Dick Sena of Chalmette sent us an obituary on
Gilbert Sanzari. They were old friends since 1952 when
Dick joined the Panama Line in New York, then moved to
New Orleans in 1961. Dick urges everyone to get Powerball
tickets. With a win, he figures, we can buy back the Canal
Patt Foster Roberson
(504) 774-7761


First off. I apologize for not submitting a report in
the June issue of the Canal Record, It has been a hectic first
half of 1998.
I was not fortunate enough to attend this year's
Reunion, but from the folks I've talked to, it sounded like fun
was had by all in attendance.
I have been hearing from lots of classmates of mine
(BHS'79) in regards to our 20'h reunion fiesta now in the
planning stages. We have a nucleus of classmates that have
formed to coordinate the planning of reunion numero 20.
These classmates include Mark Powell, Kenny Morris,
Will Hall and yours truly. Any information on the
whereabouts of classmates needs to be collected now.
Forward any information to my E-mail address or to Mark Powell's address: For those of you without access to a
computer, feel free to contact Mark or myself at the phone
number below.
In February, Mark Powell (BHS'79) and wife Lori
moved to the Chicago area and started employment with my
commercial cleaning franchise company. In April, the Powell
and Morris families also started a new business venture. We
purchased the Chicago Area Master Franchising rights to
The Bone Appetit Bakery, a gourmet bakery for dogs and
cats. We opened our first location in Naperville, Illinois on
May 16h" and all has gone great so far. Our plans call for the
opening of 12-15 additional locations within 2 years. Press
coverage has been unbelievable with articles appearing in the

Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Nc'perville Sun and
several smaller local newspapers.
I talked to Simon Blanks (BHS'83) last week. He
lives in a northern suburb of Chicago with his wife and
children. We plan to get together in the next couple of weeks
for a round of "19 hole" golf.
My parents, Bob and Linda Morris (BHS'53) have
recently moved back to the Dallas, Texas area from San
Diego. My wife Shannon, son Carlton and newest addition
Gabriella, born May 22, traveled to Dallas to visit. Besides
my parents, my brother Will (BHS'78) who lives in Fort
Worth, sisters Bliss (BHS'80) of Frisco, Texas and Victoria
of Guatemala City were all there. It was the first time in years
everyone in the family was together in the same place at the
same time. Much time was spent in the swimming pool
behind my parents home, escaping the wrath of the Texas
summer heat.

L-R: Crystal Hall, Carlton Morris holding sister
Gabrielle, Alexandra and Robbie M Morris, Jake and Drew Connerton, Rosalinda
Morris, Kenny and Devon Hall.
Dan and Margaret Hanesworth (BHS'63) visited
the Lake Wisconsin area recently for some R&R and a mini
family reunion. While there, I played a couple of rounds of
golf at University Ridge golf course with Dan, Mark Powell
and my son Carlton. For the golfers in the Madison,
Wisconsin area, this is a great course, worthy of your time!
The ladies spent time at the famous Madison farmers Market,
jet-skiing and boating. In fact, Margaret was even cited by
the marine police for unsafe handling of the jet-ski. I wonder
if she could have avoided a ticket if she had slipped the
officer $5.00?
On July 4th my sister Bliss, her husband John and
son Jake will be traveling down to Panama with my family
for a 10-day visit. This will be the first time back in over 16
years for Bliss. Trips to Gorgona, Isla Grande, Barro
Colorado and a couple of fishing trips are in the works. We
also look forward to spending time with our uncle, Charlie
Morris and his Julieta.
Carlton A. Morris


Editor must have by:

October 21, 1998


Seems like I just finished my last article at the
beginning of the summer and now summer is over.
Jeanie Dombrowsky attended the Orlando Reunion
and returned with glowing reports. Had a wonderful time and
didn't get caught in any fires, thank goodness. We had a
great turnout at our annual meeting, held at Ryan's in
Hendersonville, About 28 people attended including Ruth
and Bill Tillman and daughter Shirley Crafton. I mention
them because Bill has recovered very well from his terrible
accident several months ago. In fact, it was a surprise he
stopped working long enough to come to the luncheon! Good
going, Bill.
Dr. "Chuck" and Alice Lattimer were also present
and it was such a pleasure to see and talk to them. I can
honestly say I don't think I've ever met anyone quite as
gracious as Alice Lattimer. She is good friends with Del
Allen, formerly of Curundu. Del and I were Girl Scout
leaders together when Cheryl and Dixie (Allen) and Lisa
and Terri (Hunt) were Girl Scout age. We had some great
Camp-outs at Scout Island in Amador! Del, if you're reading
this, I'd love to see you.
Norma and Sam Irvin had a three-day visit from
their son John (BHS'80) on his return from Norfolk, Va.
where he qualified for carrier landings. He is now on board
the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean and the
Persian Gulf. I think that may be what you call the "good
news and the bad news," Hopefully, John will be back home
before Christmas. Young Sam Irvin is presently on a
container ship in the North Atlantic. Wife Jenny and "even
younger" son Sam and daughter Jessalyn will be waiting for
dad to get home before Thanksgiving.
Malcolm and Jean Stone recently returned from a
trip West (actually two trips by the time this Record is out.
They started in Oshkosh, Wisc. where they first met their
future "in-laws." Son David and his fiance Michele were
married in August, and I will report on that in the next issue.
After having a wonderful time in Oshkosh, the Stones went
to S. Dakota where they visited every point of interest in the
area. They went to the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore and
visited the Custer Museum. They were in so many little
towns with names like Wall, and Deadwood, Spearfish and
Crazy Horse that Malcolm came back singing "Take me back
to the Black Hills." Just kidding. On the way back they
stopped in Chattanooga, Tenn. And spent a couple of days
with Gordie Graham and his family. the son of
the late Gordon and Francis Graham. Anyone who took
algebra at BHS from Mrs. Graham will remember her as
probably the toughest Algebra teacher of all time! I do!
Diane and Jim Bradley attended the PCreunion
and spent several days in Florida visiting friends and
relatives. Richard and Olga Phillips visited with the
Bradleys for a few days and they also had a short visit from
Bob Flumach who was on his way to a square dancing
convention in Charlotte, NC. I remember taking square
dancing lessons with Bob at the Curundu Elementary School
Gym many years ago, Of the entire group he is the only one
still dancing the rest of us were all thrown out of class, I
think, except for Roger and Patti Michel. He was the
principal there and it was "His Gym!" I distinctly remember
the call "All four Ladies Chain." Does that ring a bell with
anyone in Dothan if you haven't moved yet? I think that was
my husband Jack's favorite call.
Your reporter Pat Hunt and daughter Laurie

Trinca and grandson Zach and Justin drove to Pennsylvania
for a family reunion in July, so I missed the Panama Canal
Reunion. I got back just in time to see Beth Trout and her
mom Veta Hachett who looked fantastic. They were in
North Carolina along with Jo and Lloyd Kent visiting with
Laurie and Jay Gibson at their home in Mills River. It was
great to see all of them. Carmen and Charlie Howe were
there for the afternoon so it was like old home week.
My son John (BHS8 1) spent a month in Ireland this
summer and a month in Spain, France and Germany, where
he visited his cousin Cheryl (Dunning) Lowery and
husband Mark.
Guess that's it for this time.
Pat Hunt
(828) 696-3995


George "Vic" Boynton (BHS'49) has moved to
Kent. WA. just before Christmas to be near his two
daughters and only grandchild. Doesn't know how long he'll
stay. The Coos Bay area on the Oregon Coast is more to his
liking with its much smaller population of 50.000. than up
here with a population of 3'/2 million. He's almost retired and
still getting there, and spending as much time as possible
with his granddaughter who is "only 5 and the mango of my
eye." Vic is spending his time piecing together the story
about a ship that his family was involved in during 1942,
when they and about two or three hundred families left
Cristobal on an Army transport on a voluntary evacuation.
Just outside of the Mississippi and Gulf waters, a following
freighter was torpedoed. His ship panicked and only the stern
gun, was swinging wildly around looking for a sub. Once he
obtains the name of the transport, he believes he can finish
the article. If the story is as good as sister Myrna Ericksen's

(BHS'52) book Onw'ardPeregrinos, it should make for some
interesting reading. When sister Niza Grieg relinquished the
reporter's duties, I didn't realize I was following in the
footsteps of such an adventurous and productive person,
Many memories returned, especially of the old El Rancho
since we almost always lived close to it.
Frances (Farrell) Viglielmo flew into Vancouver.
B.C. from Hawaii but didn't stay long. Jim and Noralee
Shobe had a short visit with her, taking her to the airport for
a flight to Massachusetts. Peggy (Veney) Hansen, Janet
(Kimmel) Kinnier and Barbara (Comber) McDougal were
disappointed as they had hoped to have lunch with Frances.
Ran into some Northwest members of the Society
reunion: Jim and Noralee Shobe, Jim and Clover Duffus,
Murray Falk, Ray Nickisher, Bruce True and Joyce
Gasing, who was able to see the photo of old family friend
Tony Teta. Jim said that they had been to Loon Lake with
the Rankins and Nellises and Billy Rankin caught three big
fish, At the Vendors stalls, ran into Barbara (Hammond)
Serafini, her mother Mildred (Seeley) Hammond and
brother Ty selling shirts and hats which showed a bust of
Balboa which Ty had done himself. Barbara asked about
fellow ballerinas Karen Magnuson, Forest Wise, and Kay,
Mary and Jeannine Herbert, all of whom apparently
studied under Mrs. Jean Gee. The next time I came around,
Karen and her mother were visiting with her. They had both
been there last year but didn't know it. Visited with
classmates Bob Daisy, Sonny Rivet and Jerry Halsall.
Marti Lohr enjoyed an 11-day cruise aboard the
Crystal Harmony in April from New Orleans to Acapulco,
Mexico. She was elated when Gary and Howie Laatz of
Gatun were invited to come aboard and transit the Canal with
her. Due to the lack of rain, the lake was low. After an 11-
hour transit, it was dark after crossing under the bridge on
the Pacific side, and all you could see were twinkling lights
and a city of ships at anchor.
On April 19, 1998, Dean and Gail Young's
wedding took place in West Seattle, Washington. Further
details in the next issue.

#1 Noralee Roche Shobe and Jim Shobe. #2 Dr. Edgar Kourany and wife Carol Dimpfl Kourany. #3 Virginia
Selby Entrekin and the Rev. Rod Intrekin.

#1. L-R: Ray Nickisher, Bruce True, Murray Falk, Jim Herzog, Bob Morris. #2 L-R: Barbara Hammond
Serafini, Mildred Seely Hammond, Ty Hammond. #3 Susan Miller Raybourn and the Rev. Fred Raybourn.

Keep reading the newspaper about these two young
athletes out of Snohomish, WA. Who excelled in running the
mile and half mile distances. The times are also similar to
what this reporter had once been familiar with, but most of
all was their last name Mikulich. Knowing that our BHS
Coach and Mrs. Walter Mikulich lived in this area, I got in
touch with them. Son Bob then called to say that they were
Coach Mikulich's grandsons, Luke and Adam, who excel
also in swimming, another sport dear to my heart. Coach has
had a couple of strokes, however, both he and Mrs. Mikulich
are doing fine.

Bob, Vivian and Walter Mikulich

Drove down to the Society reunion and in Bellevue,
Ne., visited with Father Fred Raybourn, wife Susan and
sons. He is very busy with his bilingual Episcopal Church,
where he is constantly translating manuals into Spanish.
Proceeded to Carmel, IN. Where I received one of the
warmest welcomes ever, from Drs. Edgar and Oscar
Kourany. Edgar and wife Carol (Diempfl) have moved to
North of Indianapolis so Carol can be closer to her work. It
also moves them closer to their children. Oscar is still in the
South side at their original family clinic, and is now
contemplating retirement. Swung down to Hattiesburg, Ms.,
where I surprised Virginia (Selby) Entrekin and husband
Rod. Ginny is now a retired math professor from Southern
Miss. Busy with many tasks including piano lessons, and
husband Rod is a retired Methodist minister. Tried to get
fellow classmate Patt Foster Roberson but she was
unavailable. Then on to the old homestead in Slidell, La.
Prior to heading to Orlando.
Henry Cruz
(425) 774-8947


Atlantic Side

Elks 1542 doing fine under Exalted Ruler Regis
Monahan. Gatun Yacht Club under Commodore Bill
DeWitt had a great July 4th do; Maz Mazerolle caters
GYC's open weekends and Thursday cruise ship stops which
keeps Roy (ship agent) and Joan Newall busy. Al Jova
reports Panama Canal Yacht Club has many visitors; Garote
Annex even has jet skis. Fishing tourneys still going.
Lake levels rising fast late July, Gatun hit 82.57
feet and Madden was 218.62.

Grace Ramona Robertson (10 mo.) with mom Leslie
(Griffin) and dad Richard Robertson and sister Anna
(4) of Half Moon Bay, Ca. Leslie is Sue and Lew
Stabler's and Dan Griffith's daughter.
Marti Lohr, Sequim, WA, on a Crystal Harmony
cruise, transmitted the Canal and the Laatzes joined her, but
were late to pick up Charles and Leslie Laatz for their 4-
day visit. Howie (Adams) Laatz visited mom Ruth Adams
and son Ray in Laguna Hills, CA.; the former flew to
Washington to see Howie's aunt and uncle, Roger and Katy
Adams, Ed and Mellie Kennedy, and Joe and Olga
Wallace. Gerry Laatz later joined a Ray and Howie in CA,
and all then went to Yuma, AZ for Bellamy (Priest) Laatz
internment services.
Laura McDill and June Clayton joined the
Sherman Thursday gals. Pat and Carol Manning's 2-week
visit included a girl trip to El Valle and Gorgona, and all for
San Blas fishing with Sid Coffin. Joannie Harris was in
Panama to visit Mom Connie Norris, but never made it to
the Atlantic side Ernie Holland, Wendell Sasso, Matt
Tomlett and Brandy Coffey were on a San Bias night
lobstering gig, foiled a bull shark after their catch. Penny
and Vince Caliamas and son Darrell (from Orlando) did a
Chagres Kayak and small boat trip; as Penny came alongside,
she had a jump-in intruder a snake which she brushed off
thinking it was a vine. A week later at Collin and Alberta
Corrigan's Pifias Place, Penny stepped on what she thought
was a vine, but, you guessed it, another snake.

Darrell Cafiamas with 12 lb. Barracuda caught from
Kayak with help from dad, Vince, off Isla Grande.

Kindra Younce and sons Justin 2'/2 and Robbie
1 2 visited Gayle and Robert Rankin for a couple of weeks,
who survived nicely. Charles Laatz, son Robert and friend
Peter Hubbard visited for a week. saw Canal sites and
fished with Sid Coffin. Robert stayed 3 more days and
caught a 160 pound marlin the day before he left. The
Rankins, Corrigans and Cafiamases spent two days for
Vince's birthday at the new Isla Grande (north) Hotel,
Banana Village Resort. Gayle Rankin, Linda Mazerolle,
Bonnie and Darlene Seeley, Darrel Cafiamas and this
reporter kayaked the breakwater north side (it's over 2 miles
long) on a rough sea day. then back on the south side.
Darlene asked why had we paddled so far just to go 20 feet.
C.M. (In the Coast Guard) and sister Misty Landrum
visited mom and dad, Sylvia and Mac now in Gamboa. with
friend Frank Bru visited Gatun and beaches, and canoed the
third locks with David Miller, visiting folks Dave and Nina
Miller for the summer. William Price, now a super football
player at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, also visited

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William Price, son of William and Berta Price, is a
line backer at Bowling Green St. U. and a junior recruit
from Kansas. Height 6'3"', weight 245 Ibs.

Mike Blennerhassett returned from two months
stateside, saw the May 3t1" birth of first granddaughter
Ryann Alexandra. It was John and Karen's first, and
doted on grandson Nate, Kathy Blennerhassett's son.
Donnie Pierpoint reports her trip to Hungary and Spain was
wonderful. Giselle Adams, Bob's wife, and kids Robert
(15) and Krystle (12) visited her family and did a Gatun trip
to see Laatz in-laws. Sue and Lew Stabler and sons Timmy,
Robbie, and Tito returned from stateside. In Washington
they saw among others, Sue's aunt and uncle Katy and
Roger Adams, Lee and Kathy Snyder, and Bev and Marty
Hoffman. In San Francisco they saw daughter and her
husband Leslie and Richard Robertson and grandkids
Anna and Grace, and in Kerrville she saw Sue's mom,
Kathy Lessiack, Polly Ellner, daughter Jennie and husband
Chris Cassulo on a 10-day visit with Jennie's aunt and
uncle, the Stablers. Did San Blas, El Valle, Isla Grande,
Gatun, and more. C.M. Landrum and J. Laatz will both be
stationed in Panama City, Florida in the Coast Guard.
Former Atlantic sider news: Frank and Judy
Hoover doing great in Balboa; daughter Kelly and husband
Nathan Taylor live in Howard; son Frank, wife Cherrill,
son Frankie(4) and Frank's step-kids Tiffany and

Christopher live in Anaheim, CA. The Ricardo Alvarezes,
PCC retired, now works for J&J Maintenance; young Rick
will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Jos6 hopes to
join Coast Guard soon. Analia (BHS'98) graduate, will take
art courses in Panama: Luz keeps busy with Colon Garden
Club and other activities. Marixenia and Norm Pedersen
(working for J&J Maintenance) hosted a party at their
Panama City home for Marixenia's birthday. Walter Ilund
just returned from an Austin, TX vacation saw sister June
(Seton Hospital receptionist) and brother Garry (State
Attorney General's office) and friend Mario Martin; son
Willie, ajet plane mechanic in the Marines; Wendy Kay and
Wally in North Carolina with their mom.
Congrats to Ernie and Jennifer Holland on birth
of their first child, boy Dylan Charles, on August 1, 1998.
Our sympathy to families of Corinne Hinkle and Gertrude
Koepke on their recent losses.
Hope all is well with everyone. Let us hear from

Howie A. Laatz

Pacific Side:

The Kent daughters, Llori, Kerry and Bonny had
the most wonderful pleasure of hosting their parents, Joanne
and Lloyd Kent's 50th wedding anniversary on April 25h at
the Sheraton Yankee Trader on Ft. Lauderdale Beach,
Florida. The grand event featured 80 of their closest friends
and family members. Lloyd and Jo's surprise was genuine as
they walked into the room filled with special people gathered
together to celebrate with them. A Trinidadian, D.J. Orin,
accomplished the feat of getting the party going with a great
collection of favorite songs by Lucho and a lot of the
"oldies" but goodies. A special treat for all was the great
"ear-bending rendition on "My Way" sung by Bill
Hatchett!! Great job, Uncle Bill!! A great time was had by
all and we are looking forward to the next 50! We love you,
Mom and Dad.

Joanne and Lloyd Kent celebrating their 50th wedding

Congratulations to the Balboa High School Class of
1998 graduates! Also celebrating graduations are Patricia
Cowles, Janis Doubek, Kayla Duty, Ruth Ann Kelleher,
and Marelisa Samuels. They received their Master of

Education degree from the University of Oklahoma, Panama
In May, Melanie Bales and Linda Dahlstrom
hosted a bridal shower for Margaret Bivin at the Fort.
Clayton Community Club. Some attending Zonians were Sue
Robbins, Ruth Ann Kelleher, Ann Wenzel, Berta Garcia,
Eva Anderson, and Cathy Ritchie. Margaret married Mark
Coffin on July 11, in Sarasota, Florida.
Ramon and Laura Reyes are excited about three
new additions to the Reyes clan. Their son, Ramon and wife,
Beth Reyes had their fifth child in July; their son Alex and
wife Vivian Reyes welcomed their first child in July; and
their daughter Monica and husband Jeff Carl are expecting
their second child in October.
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Alex Reyes and mother-to-be Vivian Reyes.

On May 3, a First Communion mass was celebrated
at St. Mary's Church. Receiving First Communion were
Caleb Bales, Rian Dertien, Jared Staha, Rian Williams
and his mother Sherry Williams, Paul Eberenz, Alice
jeffrey, Eileen Jeffrey, Regan Will and Michael Will.
Afterwards, some of the group enjoyed brunch at the new
Miramar hotel in Panama City while the children took an
afternoon swim. Parents and families joining them at brunch
included Father Kane, Fred, Melanie and Joshua Bales,
(Jeff Riley, visiting from Arkansas, attended mass with the
Bales before heading off to a golf game); Robert, Denise
and Raymond Will, Bill, Pat and Karina Will, Taffy
Corrigan, HB Twohy, Rene Nellis, Mariette and Ron
Staha, Kate Williams, Rick and Linda (Husted)
Dahlstrom, Margaret Bivin, Jim Belzer (formerly of
Diablo, visiting from New York) and Monty, Pattie and
John Trim.

Miramar Group, First Communion celebration, L-R
(back to front) Raymond Will, Denise Will, Rene
Nellis, Bill Will, Pat Will.

Miramar Group celebrating the First Communion
group, L-R (back to front): Jim Belzer, Fred Bales,
Rick Dahlstrom, Melanie Bales, Linda Dahlstrom,
Margaret Bivin, Sharon Thompson.
Harry Chan (retired from PCC's Water Plant) and
wife, Thelma, now of Austin, Texas, gave their son Bruce
and wife Sharon Chan, now of Norman, Oklahoma, a late
Christmas present, inviting Bruce and Sharon to join them in
a visit to Panama in April. It was Sharon's first trip to
Bruce's old home and for two weeks they enjoyed trips to
Taboga, El Valle, Rio Mar, and their hometowns of Cristobal
and Los Rios. The Chans also enjoyed spending time with
relative Pat and Cheryl Williams as well as many other
friends and family.
In June, Bruce Quinn, Rita Sosa, Linda (Husted)
Dahlstrom, Barbara and Peter Berger and Melanie Bales
made a trip to Plantation, Florida for the wedding of Erin
Hatchett to Scott Rubinchik. Erin is the daughter of Toni
and Ken Millard (retired PCC Locks Division), now of
Satellite Beach, Florida, and the daughter of Edward
Hatchett, retired Curundu Junior High School teacher, now
of Orlando, Florida.
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Galapagos Trip: L-R: back row: Jim Sweeney, Jack
Peterson, Landis Major, Ray Cobb, Ellen Major Gail
O'Masta, Deanna Peterson, Ross Baitel, Diane
Sweeney, Billie Huttin, Front row: Pat Alvarado, Rae
Paulson, Barbara Cobb, Gerry Hannigan. Not
pictured: Charlotte George, Mark O'Masta.

Sixteen people under the leadership of J
Peterson, Panama Canal College professor, depa
Panama to Guayaquil, Ecuador on April 3. A
overnighting in Guayaquil the group departed for
Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of the coast of Ecua
Upon arrival they boarded the yacht Islas Plazas wl
served as home base for the next eight days. Guided by J;
who was making his fourth trip to the Galapagos, they vis
many sites including the Charles Darwin Research Cer
lava tubes, and many of the islands of the area. The gr
came in close contact with the many and varied anim
flora and fauna, unique to the islands; huge tortoises,
turtles, sea lions, penguins, lava lizards, marine and 1
iguanas, frigate birds, blue footed and green footed boob
and much, much more. The waters were clear and aqua b
and gave the group the opportunity to snorkel and obs
the beautiful sea life. Swimming with the sea loins
delightful. A tour of the city of Guayaquil completed the
A great time was had by everyone.

Eva Ander
011-(507) 276-6


Twelve members and one guest attended our "
luck" luncheon at the Senior's Clubhouse in Aiken, Pre,
were: Lorna Shore, Mark Schwindt, Olga Holmes, Pe
Hutchison, Scottie and Jack Steele, Sis and Bill York (
their niece), Trudi Clontz, Beverly and Oscar Lard
Charles Green.

Bill York, niece Barbara Weil and "Sis" York.

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Scotti and Jack Steele.



Olga Holmes, Trudi Clontz, Peggy Hutchison, and
Lorna Shore. They forgot what the joke was about!
From the look on :heir faces, it must have been a

In May. Blanche Browne and granddaughter Laura
Major made a two week cruise from Athens, Greece to
S Rotterdam, Holland with seven port stops Naples, Rome,
Monaco. Gibralter (where they played with the Barbary
apes), Lisbon. the quaint and tranquil town of Honfleur,
pot- France. Vigo, Spain was by-passed because of stormy
sent weather. Upon arrival in Dover, England, they took a train
ggy ride through the countryside while enjoying tea and scones
and elegantly served. The final night the ship was elaborately
and decorated for the arrival of the Queen of Holland and the
Princesses in celebration of the 70h anniversary of the
Holland American Line and the inaugural cruise of the
Rotterdam VI.
Ellen and Landis Major moved to their new home
in Marion, Massachusetts in July, and in the same month
Laura left Boston to start a new job in Washington, D.C. On
her birthday, Blanche had family visitors granddaughter
Tammy (Matheney) with husband Arthur and daughter
Victoria Anne Sherry, Arthur's sister from Springfield,
Ma.: granddaughter Anyse Matheney and Ellen Major and
children Laura and Andrew.
In Mid-June. Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison
took time out from their Aiken activities and spent a week at
Edisto Island, the first time for the both of them. The weather
was hot and dry, but they enjoyed exploring eating places,
gift shops, and walking the beach in the evening.
In May, while Dianne (Hutchison) Cox's husband
Jerry was in Norfolk on business, she visited her mother
Peggy in Aiken. Then in July, Peggy drove to Dianne's home
in Ocala where Bob and Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis joined
her. Geri and Bill Foster who were on vacation from
Panama also stopped by. Peggy and family traveled to the
Reunion where they saw many friends and attended the
Cocoli mini-reunion on Saturday. Aside from meeting
Mayno Walker and her three lovely daughters, she caught
up with friends of her children that she hadn't seen in about
25 years Ralph Shuey, Rainey (Parker) Stevens and
Bonnie Engel. Bonnie's father Earl and her stepmother were
there too. In addition, present at the Reunion were Peggy's
niece Sue Phillips Fisher and family, Doug Phillips'
daughters Tracy and Kim, his son John and family, and
Olga and Richie Phillips.

Dianne (Hutchison) Cox and Rainey
Stevens, Cocoli school pals.
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Vicki (Hutchison) Boukalis and childhood pal from
Cocoli, Bonnie Engel.

In May when Paul Badonsky suffered a slight
stroke, he and Leona moved to Eden Garden, a retirement
home in Aiken, where she is still located. It was necessary
later to move Paul to a nursing home, and at present he is in
the Aiken Hospital.

Trudi Clontz
(803) 649-2758


The 1998 Reunion in Orlando was enjoyable! I
LOVE the exorbitant greetings and hugs; the constant hustle
and bustle of moving people, the steady din of happy
conversation. I like the hotel's "quiet spots," green-scaped
pool area and of course, the music, music MUSIC!
It is always "special" meeting old friends and
chatting about family and friends. However, it is so

disheartening to see the youngsters you watched growing up,
getting older also.
A pleasant break in the "reunion frenzy" was this
reporters attendance at the Rios Hannigan wedding held
on the terrace, in the Marriott. The bride, Terri Rios was
radiant and the groom David just beamed! The presence of
former neighbors, from Las Cruces Street (flats) Charlie
Brown, Tom and Barbara Peterson, Gil Smith, Ed and
Gloria Malin, Jimmy Doyle, and Donald Saarinen made
the event even more pleasurable. Mom and Dad Hannigan
the five Hannigan brothers and sister Dodie and their young
families were all present. The gents and young nephews
looked sooo elegant wearing white long sleeved guayaberras.
David has always been "special" and we all wish them both
much happiness.
The 45'". BHS/CHS'53 reunion was hosted by
Hubert Jordan and Edna Hart Musso (BHS) and Nancy
Kariger Eide (CHS) was well planned and fun. Comparing
'53 yearbook photos and catch-up, recounting basketball,
football, and "teacher' horror" stories and catch-up, with an
occasional high school cheer was the "Modus Operandi."
This reporter was pleased to chat with Jimmy and
Joanne Jones, Diane Skinner, and daughter, Tom and
Nancy Grimison, Joe and Angela Valentine Oliver, Ray
Nickisher, Bob and Lotty Orvis, Jim and Sharon Herzog,
Barbara Egolf Dedeaux, Arnold Manning, Kay Cross
Carson and Marilyn Bevington Gayer.
Capt. Art and Eddie Farrell were in Florida on
vacation but did spend a half day at the hotel schmoozing.
Folks sighted from the Dallas area were Charlie McArthur,
and son Murray, the Lim sisters Arlene and Alice, Doug
and Sandy Sanders and Will Bob Morris celebrating his
20th BHS anniversary.

Sisters in Piano, Texas: Victoria Morris Hall, holding
Devon, 21/2, and Bliss Morris Connerton with son,
Drew Patrick, 18 mos. Kenneth Hall, 6, in front.
Victoria resides in Guatemala, Central America.

ETC etc....:
Bob and Angie Bloemer, McKinney, spent two
weeks in Europe, England, and Scotland in June. They both
gained weight but it will be gone with all the early golf they
are playing...competing in tournaments too!! Barbara
Bloemer Ellington (CHS'74) vacationed in Costa Rica with
her husband Tim and two children in July. She made all her
own reservations via the "net."

A gathering at Bruce and Sandy Sanders home in
Allen in August, united friends Jack and Joann Harte
Morton of Austin: Charlie McArthur of Dallas. Linda and
Bob Morris, of Piano, and visitingg from Tarpon Springs .
Florida was Ken Morris and Diana Vestal Morris. They
returned G-kids Kenneth and Hanna to parents Kenny and
Paige just in time for back-to-back school in Piano. The
Mortons were in the Metroplex, visiting son Lee who lives
and works in Richardson, Texas.
I received a phone called from Rosanna organizer
of the last PC party at the Seeleys home. She has plans for
another "great one." She needs NAMES, addresses and
telephone numbers. Send them to Linda Morris, 1517
Glastonbury Dr., Piano, Texas 75075 or call (972) 398-3400
and leave info. I am the new Dallas area Reporter and I do
need your news as well.
Linda Reimann Morris
(972) 398-3400


We have had several visitors to our beautiful Hill
Country this summer. Louis and Barbara Dedeaux,
Pensacola, FL visited Louie's sister, Iris Hogan. A no-host
luncheon was held giving the couple an opportunity to meet
with all their friends in Kerrville.




Four Generations, L-R: Ralph Richmond
(Grandfather), Iris Hogan (Great-grandmother),
Gregory Westin Richmond, Greg Richmond (father).
Baby born March 18, 1998 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bill and Ginger Young. Ormond Beach. FL visited
with Helen and Ezra (Smitty) Smith. A no-host dinner was
also held giving them a chance to see all their friends in this
Our daughter, Camille Eastham came in May for
a wonderful visit. Daughter Barbara, Ed, Eddie and Cheryl
Stanford and Eddie's girlfriend Wendy Walker came in
June. All of the area fun spots were visited. We also visited
Smithsville, TX where HOPE FLOATS, starring Sandra
Bullock was filmed. Harvey G. Rhyne grew up in
Smithsville and gave us a personal tour of the charming little
Ted and Rose London, Oroville, CA visited Anna
Calvit after attending his son's wedding in Dallas, TX.

Sharon (\\ lt-rlr Baker. Angleton. TX visited her
aunt Anna Calvit while in Ken-ville attending a conference.
Maj. Robert Grier and wife Monica spent four
days in Kerrville visiting his father Pappy Grier. Bob and
his wife were on their way to their new assignment in Ft.
Belvoir, VA. Pappy is still in CAMLU Care Center, using a
walker and coming along slowly.

LOOKING GOOD! L-R: Dale Bishop, Harvey Rhyne,
Bill Graham. All C.Z. Police.

Billie (Bowen) Martin, Safety Harbor, FL, Nealie
Van Siclen, St. Pete. FL and your reporter had a mini
reunion of their own. The three best friends since grade
school had not been together in several years. They made up
for lost time and had a wonderful reunion. "The icing on the
cake" w\as attending the outstanding Panama Canal Society
reunion in Orlando and the BHS'38 Class Reunion. A tribute
to all the planning and hard work that makes it seem so
effortless. Congratulations to the Coordinator, staff and
volunteers for a job well done. Linda Weir's entertainment
was excellent and I hope we see and hear more from this
talented young lady.
Bob Byrd's two granddaughters Sarah and Rachel
Stone (mother Pidgie Byrd) are both honor students at
Ingram High School, Ingram, Texas, and received many

Bea (Monsanto) Rhyne
(830) 896-8643

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Kathleen Paige Phillips received her Juris
Doctorate degree on May 17, 1998 from St. Thomas Law
School, Miami, Florida.. Kathleen graduated from Balboa
High School in 1982 and the University of Florida in 1986,
She is the daughter of Sandra (Allen) and Louis Reyes, of
Wesley Chapel, Florida (formerly of Los Rios, Panama) and
Richard and Olga Phillips, Conyers, Georgia (formerly of
Cardenas, Panama)

Thomas and Silvana Burbine at their 50th
anniversary celebration.


Mr. and Mrs. James H. Wheeler (Judy Warford
BHS'64) announce the engagement of their daughter, Jeri
Ruth Wheeler (BHS'89) to Peter Hsu, son of Peggy and
Zachary Hsu of Hong Kong, on June 20, 1998, in
Washington, D.C.

Jeri Ruth Wheeler and Peter Hsu
Jeri and Peter met while both were studying at
Columbia International University, Columbia, S.C. The
wedding will take place in Columbia, SC in April 1999, and
they will move to the Philippines in the summer of 1999,
where they will work for the Far East Broadcasting

Kathleen Phillips

Immediately following the graduation ceremony,
which was held at the Wyndham Hotel, her family and
friends joined her in a graduation celebration at the home of
Tommy Gonzalez, Miami, Florida. Kathleen was so happy
and smiled throughout the day. We are so proud of her.


Shane Walker, son of Fred and Kay (Mills)
Walker, graduated with honors from the University of South
Florida on May 2, 1998, with a Bachelor's degree in Political
Science. During the course of his USF education, Shane
completed Air Force Officer Training in Dover, Delaware.
He qualified as Marksman with a military issue Berta 9mm
handgun. He also received an academic certificate of
excellence from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training
There to enjoy the graduation occasion was his
mother, Kay, brother, sister-in-law and niece (Scott, Miriam
and Nina Walker), his grandmother, Mayno Bliss Walker,
aunts Carole Walker Miller, Mickey Walker Fitzgerald,
Ramon Sirias (Moncho) and Brenda Finch.
Shane is now working for a major Investigation
Consulting firm as a private investigator. He is also enrolled
in a PADI Scuba program to obtain his certification for open
water diving. He plans to further his education in Spanish so
he may be better qualified to apply for the FBI later.

Shane Walker, USF Honor Graduate


Brandon Lee Gibson, son of Jay and Lori (Kent)
Gibson graduated with his bachelor of Science from Florida
University on the 1' of May, 1998.


Gibson graduation: L-R: Joanne Kent, Lee Gibson,
Veta Hatchett, Lori Gibson.

His graduation was attended by his great-
grandmother, Veta Hatchett, his grandparents Joanne and
Lloyd Kent, his aunt Bonny Kent and his mom Llori
(Kent) Gibson. With 5 tickets to attend, they almost had to
draw straws to see who went. The highlight of the ceremony
(besides the diplomas) were the multiple beach balls batted
around the auditorium while the Dean presented the
diplomas! Kids never let an opportunity go by to have FUN..
The family is proud of you Lee, and you can read it again.


Joy and Al Maale of Okeechobee, Florida were
given a surprise dinner party to celebrate their 50" Wedding
Anniversary on June 6, 1998 in West Palm Beach by their
four children. Leslie (laale,i, her husband Michael Kopp,
Donna (Maale). her husband Butch Carlson, Randy Maale
and Skin Maale

Joy and Al Maale
In attendance were 3 /2 grandchildren, friends from
near and far including the biggest and most pleasant surprise,
six Zonians from the West Coast of Florida. They were
Marje and Pete Foster, Dot and Bob Herrington and
Nancy and Bob Van Siclen. In spirit but were unable to
attend were Mary Urey, Fred Wellington, Jane Huldtquist
and Shirley Boswell.
After a great dinner; video viewing 50 years of
happenings put together by the children; the Zonian Amigos
and the Guests of Honor stayed at the Colony Hotel in Palm
Beach for an evening of dancing, and breakfast the following
morning. A good time was had by all.


Jack and Debbie
(Garner) Morgan are proud
to announce the graduation of
their daughter, Stacey Lynn
Morgan from the University
of Missouri-Columbia on May
10, 1998. Stacey earned
degrees of Bachelor of Arts in
Communication and bachelor
of Arts in Spanish. She is
currently employed by
CITICORP in Kansas City,
SFamily members
Stacey L. Morgan attending were her parents,
two brothers, Jack G.
Morgan, 20, currently a junior at MU-Columbia and
William G. Morgan, 14 a high school freshman and her two
grandmothers, Catherine Garner, formerly of Margarita,
Canal Zone and Mary V. Gordon of Columbia, Missouri.


Luke David Anderson (BHS'93) graduated on
May 2 from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor's
degree in Media production. Luke is the son of Kenneth
Anderson of La Cresta, Panama and Patricia Sechrest
currently of Weisbaden, Germany.

Lili Kohr (Oiler)


Joe and Blanche Stabler were in Panama again!
After surprising their son, Lew Stabler, on his 50th birthday
in October, they returned in May to celebrate Blanche's 80th.
A gift from their four children, Frank, John, Lew and
Frances, the trip to Panama gave the Stablers another chance
to return to the old sights and sounds, and especially to enjoy
their grandchildren. Family and friends celebrated Blanche's
birthday with a dinner party at the Miramar Hotel on Balboa
Avenue. Daughter-in-law Sue (Lessiack) Stabler wrote the
following poem to accompany a gold charm of the Isthmus:

Luke D. Anderson
Attending his graduation was his father, Ken
Anderson, his grandmother Agnes (Atkinson) Anderson
and his sister Ashley (Anderson) Fishbough. Luke is
currently employed in Mobile, AL. at station WKRG TV.


Lili Kohr was born in Panama and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1985. She became a U.S. citizen in
She became Mrs. York County, Pa. In November
1997 and was crowned Mrs.Pennsylvania at the Mrs.
Pennsylvania International Pageant, held at Scranton, Pa. On
April 25, 1998.
Lili is married to Mr. Archie Kohr of Wrightsville,
Pa. And they have two daughters, Annalysa (8) and
Gabriella, (18 mo). Lili will compete in the Mrs.
International competition in Tyler, Texas, the last week in
August, 1998 against contestants from all 50 United States.
Lili is the daughter of Melvyn Oiler, PCC Liaison
Office and Mrs, Elizabeth Oiler. Father and other daughter,
Itzel Bruno (Oiler) from San Francisco made the trip to the
Pageant. Lili also won an award for her Community work.

Sue, Tito, Lew, Blanche, Joe and Robbie Stabler
and Frances, Nikki and Ron Meyer gather for photo
at the hotel. Not pictured is Tammie Stabler who
was outside taking care of the transportation.

"We know that you love Panama, that's why we brought you
For a tropical birthday celebration of your incredible 80
We know you know we love you, that to us you are so dear,
You're the best octogenarian, you don't change from year to
This little gift is meant to be a "recuerdo" of your day.
Just wear it somewhere near your heart, and Panama will
never be far away,.. Happy Birthday, Mom!


Nicole A. Sherer, daughter of Barbara (Gangle)
(BHS'74) and David Sherer is a recent graduate of
Northview High School. Dothan. Alabama. Nicole is a
Who's Who in Outstanding High School Students for four
consecutive years. All Star Cheerleader. Future Business
Leader. Key Club. Junior Board Member. Red Cross
Volunteer, and is very active in her Church Youth Group.

Nicole and Barbara Sherer (Gangle) BHS'74
She plans to attend a state college and major in
Child Psychology. Nicole is the granddaughter of Marie
Gangle and the late Rudy Gangle of Dothan. and Elizabeth
Sherer and the late George Sherer of Jasper. Alabama.


Bill, Heidi and Sabrina Sweeney congratulate their
mother, Waltraut (Wally) Sweeney, on her retirement from
St. Petersburg Junior College, Clearwater campus. Wally
worked in the lab at Coco Solo Hospital in 1969 when the
family lived in Margarita. In the early '70's she was
employed by the Canal Zone College chemistry department.

Wally Sweeney with daughter Heidi and grandchildren
on a visit to London.
Wally earned a Master of Education after moving to
Clearwater, Florida in 1976 and has been a chemistry
instructor at SPJC for 22 years. She now plans to spend time
remodeling her parent's house in Safety Harbor, FL.,
gardening, traveling, and caring for her grandchildren.


Sounds of Sweet Harmony produce medals for
Ann Beers, Port Charlotte, and Pat Coleman, Ft. Myers.
Ann and Pat both were members of the Crossroads Chapter
of Sweet Adelines in the Panama Canal and now sing with
the City of Palms Chorus, Sweet Adelines, International.

Ann Beers and Pat Coleman
Their chorus earned fourth place medals in the April
98 Regional (statewide) competition held in Orlando. They
are in the process of packing their suitcases and costumes for
a concert tour to Italy with the Chorus this summer.
Performances will be in Mairoi, Velletri, Lenuvio, and


Christie Dear and Steeven Knight announce their
engagement on December 4. 1997. Christie is the daughter
of Carla Conrad of St.. Lucia and David Dear of Los Rios,
Panama. Steeven is the son of Jim Knight of St. Augustine,
FL and Eloise Knight of Manasquan. NJ.
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Christie Dear and Steeven Knight
Christie is a middle school teacher and Steeven
owns Certified Pool Mechanics. Both work in Bonita
Springs, FL. An August 7', 1998 wedding is planned at
Sanibel Harbor Resort, Sanibel, FL.


Michael F. Filo of Dothan, Alabama, was promoted
to Captain in the Dothan Fire department.

Mike Filo being pinned as a Captain by his wife,
Cathy, and observing is his mother, Catherine
(Whelan) Filo.

Mike graduated from Balboa High School in 1973.
He is married to Cathy and has two daughters, Jessica and
Patricia. He is the son of Catherine (Whelan) and Eddie


CLEARWATER, Florida Roberts Printing of Clearwater
received 15 awards for outstanding achievement in print, at
this year's Printing Association of Florida's (PAF) Florida's
print Awards, the state's largest and most prestigious
With more than 600 entries from printing firms
around the state, Roberts Printing received 7 1s" Place "Best
of Category", 5 2nd Place "Awards of Excellence:, and 3 -
3rd Place "Judges Awards." In addition, Roberts received
one of the 12 most prestigious Florida Print Awards, a
"Flamingo" for Best Process Stationery Set.
"We are very proud of our entire team", said
Jeanne Davis, Sales Manager. "Winning these awards is a
tremendous honor for everyone at Roberts Printing, as well
as our clients."
News Release
August 1998

Roberts Printing has been printing the Canal Record for the
last 16 years. We congratulate them and are proud of them,
having known them over the years and for what they stand


Catherine (Whelan) and Eddie Filo celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary on July 19th with a Mass and
renewal of their vows at St. Columba Catholic Church in
Dothan, Alabama. A reception for family and friends was
held at the church hall.
Catherine and Eddie were married in Charlotte,
North Carolina when Eddie was playing baseball with the
Charlotte Hornets.
They have three children Katie Woods of Dothan,
Eddie Jr. of Stuart, Florida, and Mike of Dothan; four
grandchildren, Chris and Matthew of Birmingham and
Jessica and Patricia of Dothan.
Eddie retired from the Canal Zone Police force in
1974 with over 28 years of service.

Catherine and Eddie Filo


Pat BARRITEAU of Lake City, Florida formerly
of Gatun, announces the engagement and approaching
marriage of her daughter, Paige Frances, to Scott Jeffrey
Whorrall of Naples, Florida, son of Richard and Donna
Whorrall of Grand Park, Illinois. The bride elect is also the
daughter of the late John Paul (Frenchie) Barriteau.
Paige is a 1989 graduate of Columbia High School,
Lake City, Florida. She received her Associate of Arts degree
from Lake City Community College and is a senior at the
University of Florida.

Paige Frances Barriteau and Scott Jeffrey

Scott is a 1989 graduate of Grant Park High School.
Grant Park, Illinois, and a 1993 graduate of Lake City
Community College Golf Course Operations and is
employed as superintendent of Golf Course Operations at
Kennsington Golf and Country Club, Naples, Florida.
The wedding is planned for June 27, 1998 in Lake
City, Florida.


Captain Mark Moser received a promotion in rank
to Major at North Georgia College and State University in
Dahlonega, Georgia. Upon his return from Korea, Mark has
been assigned to the University as an instructor of Military
Science for two years.

L-R: Laura (Moser) Austin and children Leah
(5) and Paul (2), Paul Moser, Linda (White) Moser,
Maj. Mark Moser, Mr. and Mrs. James White.
As an Apache helicopter pilot, he has been stationed
at Ft. Hood, Texas, the Republic of South Korea and has
commanded two companies with the 82nd Airborne at Ft.
Bragg, North Carolina.


Arden Cooke O'Daniel announces the marriage of
her niece. Nicole Cooke Forrest to Phillip Lewis Bozzo in
Wyandotte, Michigan on May 1, 1998.
Nicole is the daughter of Arden's late sister, Molly
Watts Cooke Forrest and William R. Forrest of Seminole,
Florida. The groom is the son of Marina and the late Sam
Bozzo of Lincoln Park, Michigan.

L-R: Captain John W. O'Daniel, Arden Cooke
O'Daniel, William R. Forrest, and Ms. Johnnie Sue
Haines, Nicole (bride) Phillip (groom), Ryland Riggs
Forrest, brother of the bride, Melanie (Gibson)
Forrest and uncle of the bride, Paul R. Forrest.
Nicole is the granddaughter of the late Dottie and
Riggs Forrest and the late Mabel and A.H. "TAC" Cooke,
all former residents of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
The couple honeymooned touring Florence, Venice
and Rome. then returned to their home in Plano, Texas.


April Marie Phillip and Jason P. Gavin were
married on May 16, 1998. at a pool-side ceremony at the
Polynesian Marquis Hotel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
April is the daughter of Richard and Olga Phillips,
Conyers, GA (formerly of Cardenas, Panama) and Sandra
(Allen) and Louis Reyes, Wesley Chapel, FL (formerly of
Los Rios, Panama)
April graduated from Balboa High School in 1984
and the University of Kentucky. In June, 1998, she
completed her manager-in-training program with Shells
Restaurants, in Tampa. FL. And is currently .nipl.'., by
Shells in Franklin. Ohio.

April Marie Phillips and Jason P. Gavin
Jason is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Gavin of
Sharon, WI.
April was given in marriage by her father. A small
reception, which was attended by family members and a few
friends was held at the Polynesian Marquis Hotel. The
Polynesian Marquis is owned and operated by Johnny
Wagner, son of Jacqueline Ashton Wagner and the late
John Wagner, both former residents of the Canal area. He
did an outstanding job in providing hotel accommodations
and a sit down dinner for all the guests.


Jennifer Gretchen Putnam and Brad Neyle
Erickson were married on April 19, 1998 in a ceremony
performed in Las Vegas. The ceremony at A Little White
Chapel was followed by a reception at Emeril's in the MGM

Jennifer is the daughter of Kathleen and E.J.
Nowotny and granddaughter of Gretchen Welch and the
late Lyle A. Welch of Milford, Nebraska, is employed by the
First National Bank of Maryland.
The groom is the son of Tyrone and Nicole
Erickson of Asheville, NC, formerly of Balboa, Panama. He
is the grandson of Elsie Erickson and the late Roy W.
Erickson of Roseau, MN. He is employed by VISA
Among out-of-town guests attending were Garret
Rigby of Jacksonville, FL and Wade Heaton of Tallahassee,
both formerly of Balboa, Panama.
Following a brief honeymoon in Las Vegas, the
couple are making their home in Baltimore, MD.


Laura Ingalls of Yuba City, California and Eric C.
Gunn of Yuba City were united in marriage on April 11,
1998 at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Yuba City.
The bride is the daughter of Norm and Norine
Phillips of Yuba City, and the groom is the son of Landon
H. Gunn of Sarasota, Florida and Dorothy Lowing of North

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Laura Ingalls and Eric C. Gunn

L-R: Heather Erickson Dupuis (BHS'87), Tyrone
Erickson, Brad Neyle Erickson, (BHS'84), Jennifer
Putnam Erickson, Niccole Erickson and Tom

The matron of honor was Tara Ray of
Philadelphia, PA. And best man was Carlo Tomaselli of
Liverpool, England. The flower girl was the bride's daughter,
Alyssa Sherman and others participating in the marriage
were Lillian Abellera and Robert Abellera, son and
daughter of AJ and Bonnie Abellera of Tallahassee, Florida.
The couple honeymooned at Maui, Hawaii and their
future residence will be at Khana, Crete.


Gael A. Eshleman. daughter of Mrs. Barbara
Eshleman of Holly Hill. Florida was married to William D.
Young (BHS'80) son of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Young of
Ormond Beach. Florida., on April 19. 1998. in Seattle.
Matron of honor was sister of the bride. Eve
Sapsford and best man was Stephen B. Young (BHS'85)
brother of the groom. The ring bearer, Jared Wright is a
nephew of the bride. The bride is a Flight Attendant for
United Airlines and the groom is a self-employed insurance


Gabriella Morris

Carlton A. Morris (BHS'79) and wife, Shannon
D. Morris announce the arrival of daughter Gabriella, born
on May 22, 1998.
Gabriella is the grandchild #9 for Bob and Linda
Morris of Plano, Texas.

Gabriella Morris at grandparents pool, with cousin
Jake Connerton, Mom Shannon and brother Carlton.

Zachary Martin Leigh

Heather Lee (Moore) and Jason Brent Leigh of
Victoria. Texas. proudly announce the birth of their first
child, son Zachary Martin Leigh, on November 14, 1997.
He weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. And measured 21 inches.

Gail A. Eshleman and William D. Young

The ceremony and reception were held at the Hall
of Fauntleroy in Seattle. The out-of-town guests included
Dolores Coffey, grandmother of the groom and many family
and friends of the couple. The young's now reside at 5045
50th Ave. S.W., Seattle, Washington

Four Generations Zachery Martin Leigh,
Grandmother Patsy Lee Moore, Great-grandma Era L.
Greene holding Zachery, and "Proud Mom" Heather
Jason is an Environmental Engineer for DuPont.
Zachary's maternal grandmother is Patsy Lee
Moore of Humble, Texas, and paternal grandparents are
Donald and Dolores Leigh also of Humble. His maternal
great-grandmother is Era L. Greene of Anniston, Alabama.

Brynne Marie Swearingen

Lee and Stacy Swearingen of Denver, Colorado
announce the birth of their daughter, Brynne Marie. She
joins big brother Patrick who is 5. Brynne checked in on
April 21, 1997, her father's 36th birthday.

L-R: Bette, Patrick, Stacy, Brynne and Lee, Easter
1998 at Sylvan Dale Ranch, Colorado.
Grandparents are Richard (CHS'47) "Buckeye"
and Bette (Farrell) Swearingen of Fort Collins, CO and
great-grandmother Helen Swearingen of Winter Park, FL.

Bailey Morgan Williams

Eddie (CHS'82) and Tina Williams of Pace,
Florida, are proud to announce the birth of their first child ,
a daughter, Bailey Morgan, born on January 29, 1997,
weighing in at 8 lbs. 8 oz. at birth.

Garrett Todd Smith

Lisa (Palumbo) and Dirk Smith of Gainesville,
Florida are proud to announce the birth of their first child,
Garrett Todd Smith, who was born February 19, 1998 in
Gainesville, Florida. Garrett weighed 7 lbs. and 6 oz. And
was 20 inches long. Lisa and Dirk are both former Zonians
and CHS '86 graduates.

Garrett Todd Smith with proud parents Dirk and Lisa
and grandpa Luke Todd Palumbo.

Garrett's paternal grandparents are Betty and Gary
D. Smith, formerly of Gatun, CZ and now living in Payson,
Arizona. Maternal grandparents are Mary Ann and Derek
Egger, and Luke Todd Palumbo formerly of the Canal
Zone and now from Gainesville, FL His great-grandfather
is Coach Luke C. Palumbo, former CHS popular football
coach in Cristobal, CZ. He now resides in Fayette, Arkansas.

Meghan Mae Deakins

Rick and Tracie Deakins of Port St. John, Florida,
are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Meghan
Mae, on February 16, 1998. Meghan weighed 7 lbs. oz.. Big
brother Ricky welcomes her too!

Eddie and Tina Williams with daughter Bailey Rick and Tracie Deakins with baby daughter Meghan
Morgan. Mae and big brother Ricky.

Maternal grandparents are Ken and Donna Bryant
of Pensacola, Florida; Paternal grandparents are Gerald
Williams of Jay, Florida, and Mary Ellen Taylor of Pace,

Proud grandparents are Randy and JoElla Deakins
of Rockledge, Fl. and Dick and Lavonda Davies of Port St.
John, FL. Also proud grandmother Violet S. Deakins of
Titusville, FL.

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Ryan Michael Bell

Warren and Alexandra Bell of San Bernadino,
California are proud to announce the birth of their first child,
a son, Ryan Michael Bell on December 22, 1997. He
weighed 9.4 pounds and was 20 /2 inches long.

Warren and Ali Bell with five month old son, Ryan.
Proud grandparents are Carol (Beall) Fritz of
Peachtree City, GA., and Michael Bell of St. Augustine, Fl;
Ron Dellemonache of San Clemente, CA. and Susanne
Martin of San Bernadino. Great-grandparents are Paul and
Gloria Martin of San Bernadino and Elizabeth A. Beall of
Largo, Fl. and Richard (Pat) Beall of Clearwater, FL.

Ryann Alexandra

John and Karen (Rankin) Blennerhassett of San
Diego, California, are proud to announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, named Ryann Alexandra, on May 31,
1998. Ryann came into the world weighing 7 pounds and 2

John and Karen Rankin) Blennerhassett of San
Diego, California with Ryann Alexandra.
Maternal grandparents are Billy and Ginny
(Kleefkens ) Rankin of Tacoma, WA. And the paternal
grandparents are Ned and Mary (Coffey) Blennerhassett of
Panama. Great-grandparents are Louie and Gibby
Kleefkens of Tampa, Florida and Jack and Mary
(Melendez) Coffey, both deceased.

Johno Stephen Manning

Mr. Oscar Brown, Jr. of Orlando, and Mrs. Elizabeth
Quintero of Ijamsville, MD announce the birth of their first
great-grandchild, a boy, born to John 0. Manning and
Jeannie McDermott on June 2, 1998 at Holy Cross Hospital
in Silver Spring, Md. The baby, named Johno Stephen
Manning was 211/2 inches long and weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz.

Elizabeth Quintero holding Johno. Back, L-R: John
0. Manning, dad and Elizabeths grandson, Amanda
Schmidt, granddaughter, Beth Schmidt, daughter,
Carol Brown Manning, grandmother and daughter.

The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George
McDermott and the paternal grandparents are John P. (Pat)
and Carol Brown Manning.


Effective since the March
issue, 1993, baby pictures
will not be accepted
unless they are shown
with their parents. Please
see "Editor's Corner" 9/92.

Editor must have by:
October 21, 1998

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"Eterenalrest give to them, 0 Lord;
andlet perpetuaflight shine upon them"

Rose Marie Wolf Alexander, 77, died February
11, 1998 in Palmetto, Florida after a long illness. She was
born and raised on the Canal Zone and was a CHS'38
graduate. She went to Meredith College, N.C. and was
secretary of the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce
where she formed the Manatee Baseball Hall of Fame. She
later worked for the Council on Aging and was very involved
in the community. She was preceded in death by her husband
Joseph Alexander in 1952.
She is survived by her daughters, Charlene V.
Oakes, of Palmetto, and Karen McCartney of Tejeros, N.M.;
a sister, and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Albert Pate of St.
Petersburg, FL; two grandchildren and three great-

Marjorie Dennis Bain, 78, died May 10, 1998 at
Winthrop Manor Nursing Center in Rome, Georgia. She was
born in Colon Hospital, daughter of S.P. (Wes) Dennis, a
Roosevelt medal holder with two bars, formerly of the
Dredging Division. Margie (or "Midge") was a 1939 Balboa
High School graduate and has been a member of Orchid
Chapter and Fern Leaf Chapter of OES and worked for the
Navy during WWII. The family moved to New Jersey with
two daughters born in CZ. She was active in New Jersey
OES and was past matron of Princeton Chapter #91 and
twice a Past Grand Officer of NJ. She had resided in Georgia
since 1994. She was preceded in death by her parents; her
sisters, Dorothy D. Douglas, Jo D. Konover; her brother,
Robert E. (Dinky) Dennis Sr., and her son in 1990, Dennis
W. Bain.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law Bonnie
and Jock Dunbar of Adairsville, GA., daughter-in-law
Victoria Bain of East Windsor NJ; a sister, Jean D. Herbert
of Trenton, NJ; four grandchildren, several nieces and
nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

Michael W. Christoph, 29, died May 24, 1998. He
is survived by his mother and step-father, Susan and Rion
Cascaden of Houston, Texas; his father and step-mother,
LaRue (L.J.) And Phyllis Christoph of New Braunfels,
Texas; brothers LaRue J. Jr. of Arlington, Texas, and Jon
Alan of Houston, Texas; step-brother Robert Cascaden of
Houston, grandmothers Nancy LaRue of Houston and
Carolyn Hughes of Kerrville, Texas.

James Lee Claxon, 69, of Allegheny Township,
died June 2, 1998 in Allegheny University Hospitals. Born
in Pittsburgh, he came to the Canal Zone with his parents in
1940 although he spent most of his adult life except for 20
years in Detroit. He was a 1946 graduate of Balboa High
School and attended Miami University of Ohio on a football
scholarship. He served during the Korean war and became a
salesman for Braeburn Alloy Steel Corp. He was a member
of Allegheny Presbyterian Church and the Over the Hill
Gang golf league and was active in local scouting programs.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Virginia
Jack Claxon; a son, Jethro Samuel; two daughters, Jennifer
Lee Young and Mrs. Robert (Terri Louise) Anderson; five
grandchildren; his mother, Catherine Sybert Beiter and a
brother, Otto Beiter,

Sarah B. Cohen, 59, of Daytona Beach, Florida,
passed away peacefully after a short illness July 21, 1998.
Sarah was born in Ft. Myers, FL but was raised on the
Atlantic side, (CHS'56) After earning her degree at the
University of Florida, she returned to Panama to teach
Elementary School on the Atlantic and Pacific sides. She
retired in 1979 to Daytona Beach. She was a member of the
OAS of Daytona Beach, Daughters of the American
Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Dames of
the Magna Carter and the Panama Canal Society. Sarah was
laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with her husband,
Col. Gerald Cohen. She was predeceased by her mother,
Doris L. Barfield.
Sarah is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Carter,
Lutz, FL., her father, LeRoy Barfield, Clermont, FL., a
brother Mike Barfield, Warner Robbins. GA., a sister, Sue
Greer, Monroe, LA., two nieces, two nephews, one great

H.P. Burchett, 72, of Tavares, Florida, passed
away on February 24, 1998 after a prolonged illness. He was
born in Olive Hill, Kentuckey ; a U.S. Navy veteran of
World War II, a Shriner and an avid fisherman. He worked
with the Electrical Division when he left in 1965. Upon
leaving the Zone, he was employed by various federal
government agencies taking him to Saudi Arabia, Spain and
Survivors include his wife, Darlene of Tavares; a
son, Richard of Oklahoma City, OK.,; two granddaughters,
Anita and Arianne, a great-granddaughter Alexis of Phoenix,

Fred A. Dube, 86, of Clearwater, Florida, died July
23, 1998 at Morton Plant Rehabilitation Center, Belleair. He
was born in Millbury, MA. and left Balboa, Canal Zone in
1967 where he had lived for 32 years while working as an
Orthotist at Gorgas Hospital. He was a member of the Light
of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater, AARP, NARFE,
Chapter 259, a 50-year member of Elks Lodge 1414, Canal
Zone, and The Panama Canal Society of Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie; a son,
Frederick of Homestead, FL., a daughter, Marie Agnes Bums
of Largo, FL., and four grandsons, Timothy Dube of Palm
Harbor, FL., Brian and Andrew Dube, both of Homestead,
and Kevin Dube,'of North Carolina.

Edmond D. Eberly, 93, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
May 18, 1998 at Bayfront Medical Center. Born in
Knoxville, Tennessee, he came from Washington, D.C. and
was a retired manager of the Downstairs Grille at the Chevy
Chase (Md) Country Club. Locally he was a member of the
Elks Club. During World War II, he was a civil service
employee in the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret L. Eberly.

Harry C. Egolf, 83, of Seminole, Florida. passed away
on May 4, 1998 at Largo Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and went to the Canal
Zone with his parents at the age of two. He attended Canal
Zone schools and retired as Deputy Director of the Supply
and Community Services Bureau of the Panama Canal
Company in 1975 after 42 years of service. He was an
honorary life member of the Panama Canal Society of
Survivors include his wife, Mary: a daughter, Katherine
of Pinellas Park, Florida; a son, William of Orlando, Florida:
a brother, George of Pinellas Park; and two sisters, Ruth
Clement and Barbara Dedeaux, both of Pensacola, Florida.

George C. Everett, 87, of Sun City Center, Florida,
died June 19, 1998 at home. He was born in the Panama
Canal Zone and came to Florida in 1973 from West Virginia
and moved to Sun City Center in 1966. He was an Army
veteran of WWII and a Presbyterian.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine M.; a son,
John, two daughters, Dana E. Cozad and Sue E. Shanks, a
brother, Robert C. and five grandchildren.

Luis Finlason, 78, of San Leandro, California, died
April 9, 1998 after a lengthy illness. Born in Cartago, Costa
Rica, he moved with his family to Panama in the early 30's,
graduating from Cristobal High School in 1939. He worked
briefly with the United Fruit Co. and Army Engineers before
joining the Armed Forces in 1942. He was discharged in
1945 and was hired by Trans-Ocean Airline and other
commercial airlines as Flight Engineer, retiring in 1985.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ramona; three
sons, Ronald and Bradley of San Jose, Ca., Gary of Gaston,
Or.; a daughter, Debra of San Leandro; two grandchildren,
and a twin brother, John of Sun City, California.

George J. Fox, 51, Of St. Petersburg, Florida, died on
May 14, 1998 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He left the
Canal area in 1995 when he retired from the Electrical
Division as a power plant operator with over 27 years of
He is survived by his wife of five years, Ana; four sons,
George M. and Christian J. both of St. Petersburg, Bryan E.
of Gainesville, Ga.. and Darren B. of Atlanta; three
daughters, Kristine L. Hunter of Gainesville, Ga., Suzy E.
and Aranza J. Fox, both of St. Petersburg; a brother, Fred of
Corpus Christi, Tx. and a granddaughter.

Foy Helen Frauenheim, 86, passed away on June
8, 1998 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was raised in Wyoming
and attended nursing school at the Denver General Hospital
and began her career as a nurse at Gorgas Hospital upon the
urging of her sisters, Lola Cheeseman and Betty Wilson. She
was an avid golfer. She and her husband retired in 1972 to
Seminole, Florida and moved to Jacksonville in 1995.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kerner,
of Jacksonville; daughters Lola Jones, Jacksonville, Lynn
Hoch, Germany: Sons. Gene Charlotte, NC, and Neil of
Jacksonville; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grand-

Johanna Kleefkins Fruedigmann, 88, passed
away in Tampa, Florida on May 17, 1998. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Walter Fruedigmann. She attended
and graduated from Cristobal High School in 1926. She was
Worthy Matron of the Royal Palm Chapter of the Order of
Eastern Star, and very active in the Rainbow Girls on the
Atlantic side.
Johanna is survived by her brother and sister-in-law,
Herman (Louie) and Virginia Kleefkins and many nieces and

Drexel W. Gibson, 85, of Naples, Florida, died May 2,
1998 at home. He was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom
and the Vasco Nunez de Balboa award for his WWII work in
Panama where he served as Liaison between the Panama
Canal Governor and the Rep. of Panama. He later worked
for the Displaced Persons Commission in Hamburg,
Germany and Austria. He retired as vice president of the
Berlitz School of Languages in Boston, Mass.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary K. (Icaza)
Gibson; a son, Drexel B. of Victor, Idaho; a daughter, M.
Kathryn Gibson of Spring Creek, Fla. And a granddaughter,

Dennis A. Gilbert (Buckshot), of San Josd, Costa Rica,
where he had been a resident for the past 17 years, died of a
heart attack on July 5, 1998. He was born in Panama and was
part of the old Ancon Gang and a Balboa High School Class
of 1936 graduate. He retired from the Industrial Division in
January 1978 as Production Superintendent with over 30
years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife
Cristina in 1993.
He is survived by his daughter, Sheila Gilbert
Bolke, Dallas, TX; sons, Oldemar Vargas, Philadelphia, PA,
Herbert Vargas and Dennis F. Gilbert of Virginia Beach,
VA; sisters, Mary G. Urey, Mildred G. Patton and Stella
Buonviri, all of Dothan, AL.; brothers, John "Bucky" Gilbert
of San Antonio, TX. And William "Bill" Gilbert of Virginia
Beach, VA and 11 grandchildren and two great-

Mary (Ridge) Gribben, 70, of Hamilton, New
Jersey, passed away on June 21, 1998 at the hospital of the
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She was born in
Ancon, Canal Zone, attended Balboa Elementary and Balboa
Balboa Junior High School, and St. Joseph's High School in
Emmitsburg, Maryland, graduating in 1945. She was a
former secretary with the U.S. Army in Trenton and a former
member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary, and retired
as supervisor with the New Jersey Department of Motor
Vehicles in Trenton, NJ. She was a member of Holy Angels
Roman Catholic Church and was president of its PTA.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, John D.
Gribbin Sr. of Hamilton; a daughter, Maryann T. Gribben of
Pleasantville, seven sons, Edward A., John D., Daniel P.,
Peter R., Thomas T., Loren, Patrick A. and Michael V.; two
sisters, Joan Marie deGrummond, and Margaret Coffey;
three brothers, Robert Ridge, Vincent Ridge, and Joseph
Ridge; 14 grandchildren and 28 nieces and nephews.

Martha A. Griffith, 85, of Phoenix, Arizona, died
June 15, 1998. She was an employee of the Commissary
Division of the Canal Zone until September 1957 and retired
from the General Services Administration in July, 1974. She
resided in Phoenix for 41 years.
Survivors include her daughter, Hazel Berry of
Phoenix; five grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and
a brother, David E. Potts of Carrolton, Virginia.

Louise De La Ossa Griffon, 79, of Panama City,
R.P. passed away on May 30, 1998 at San Fernando Clinic,
Panama. She was born in New Orleans while her father was
the Panamanian Consul of that city. Most of her adult life she
spent on the Atlantic side. She was awarded the Governor's
Honorary Public Service Gold medal for her activity in
community services, and was an ardent worker for the
American Legion Auxiliary, keeping the organization alive.
She was the widow of Hollis Griffon.
She is survived by three children, Judie of
Louisiana, Robert of Hawaii and Hollis Jr. of Miami, Florida.

Ann Elaine Bohan Hooper, 80, of Jonesboro,
Arkansas, died in a local hospital after a short illness. Born
in Gorgas Hospital, she graduated from Balboa High School
in 1935. She was a Registered Nurse at Gorgas Hospital
where she met and married Dr. Hooper. They moved to
Jonesboro in 1950 where Dr, Hooper was the first urologist
in Northeast Arkansas and preceded her in death in 1958, and
also a son in 1992. She was a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Eliot Hospital Nursing Society and the
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church of Jonesboro.
She is survived by two daughters, Sarah Metzger of
Albuquerque, NM, and Betty Phillips of Laguna Niguel, CA.
and eight grandchildren.

Lucy Driscoll Howe, 62, passed away on April 12,
1998 at her home in Cortez, Colorado. Lucy was a third
generation Zonian. Born in Panama City, grew up in Gamboa
and was a BHS'53 graduate. She also attended CZJC before
graduating from Auburn and then obtaining a Master's

Degree in Mathematics from the U. of Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Gerald Howe;
four children, John, Jimmy, Jennifer and Lisa; five
grandchildren; a brother, Mark James Driscoll of Costa Rica
and a cousin, Mary Lerchen of Atlanta. Georgia.

Dolores Elizabeth Grimm Jarvis, 85, died August
17, 1997 in Dunedin, Florida. after a stroke. She was born in
Milwaukee, WI and went to the Canal Zone in 1916, and
went back home in 1920. She returned to the CZ in 1941 as
a teacher in Balboa Elementary School. She subsequently
taught at Ft. Kobbe, Ft. Clayton, Los Rios, Diablo Heights
and Diablo Elementary School. She obtained her Masters
degree in Special Education from Marquette University in
1962. She was active in the Diablo Camera Club, and the
College Club, retiring in 1973 with over 25 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter (Bill)
Fleming Jarvis in 1992
Survivors include two sons, Jan Philip of Knob
Noster, Mo. and Jeffrey William of Louisville, Ky.; five
brothers, three sisters, three grandchildren and two great-

Joseph S. Leiby, 92, of Pennsylvania, died March 12,
1998. Early in his career he lived in Pedro Miguel and
worked on Miraflores Locks, and retired in July, 1967 from
the Maintenance Division with 17 years of service.
He is survived by his children, Edwin of Shillington, Pa.,
George of Kutztown, Pa., Marilyn (Leiby) Bond of Kempton,
Pa., Joann (Leiby) Conuse of Sparta, NJ., and Jane (Leiby)
Kemmerer of Quakerstown, Pa.

Helen Tripp Mason, 97, of Vancouver,
Washington, died June 8, 1998. She was born in Allegan
County, Michigan and after high school she went to Norma
School and became a teacher. She did a lot of hunting,
fishing, rock hounding and gardening before her health began
to fail in 1997, when she was cared for by nieces Marge
French and granddaughter Dawn Mason Varvel. She
belonged to the Rock & Mineral Club and lived in the Canal
Zone from 1939 to 1948 and was predeceased by her
husband Clarence whom she wed in 1919.
She is survived by two sons, Robert L. of Yakima,
WA., and Victor R. of Bullhead City, AZ; a sister, Marie
Rowe of Allegan, MI., several nieces and nephews as well as
grand children and great-grandchildren

George T, McLintock, 99, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, died August 6, 1998 at home. Born in Wilmington,
Delaware, he left the Canal Zone in October 1961 when he
retired from the Industrial Division as an electroplater with
over 25 years of service. He was a Catholic and served in the
Navy during World War I.
He is survived by a daughter, Gloria Lord, St.
Petersburg; Five grandchildren, George D. Lord, Palm
Harbor, Dianne Wardlow, Pinellas Park, FL.; Richard
Baltozer, Ocala, FL; Laura Black, Florida, and Douglas
Pajak, Owensboro, KY.; six grandchildren and a great-great-

Nena M. McMillan, 100, of Seminole, Florida,
died July 20, 1998 at Seminole Nursing Pavilion. She was
born in Lancaster County, Virginia and took a job in the
Canal Zone in 1919. Her husband Tom McMillan, owned
Colpan Motors in Panama City and passed away in Scotland
in the 1960s. Nena was a member of Pasadena Presbyterian
She is survived by a niece, Alma S. Burrow of
Gulfport, and a nephew, Norman H. Bartlett of Wilmington,

families. Lisa (Ramsey) Smith of El Paso, TX, and Beckie
(Ramsey) Dominguez of Escondido: eight grandchildren,
four sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ernest M. "Pete" Reinhold, 80. of Chapparal,
New Mexico, died April 25, 1995 from a massive heart
attack. Information was provided by Bruce Kneppel,
formerly of the Atlantic side. who shared quarters with him.
Pete was formerly the Wire Chief (Foreman, telephone
switchman) on the Atlantic side.

Katherine Jane (Bradford) Pennington, 79, of
Hermiston, Oregon, died February 28, 1998 at Good
Shepherd Community Hospital. She was born in Newark,
New Jersey, raised in East Orange, NJ until she moved to the
Canal Zone in 1940 where she married her husband. They
lived on the Atlantic side until 1972 when they retired to
Orlando, FL. Upon the death of her husband in 1985, she
moved to Hellertown, PA and then moved to Oregon in 1991.
She was a member of Gatun Union Church where she taught
Sunday School, was a past matron of the OES and a Cub
Scout Den Mother.
Survivors include her son, Richard L "Butch" Jr. of
Hermiston; a daughter, Katherine J. Bassett of Hellertown,
PA; a sister, Evelyn Greifentein of Grosse point, MI; five
grandchildren and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Richard, formerly of the Industrial
Division; her parents and a brother, Nevin Bradford.

James Harold Price, 78, of Chilmark,
Massachusetts, died peacefully at home on November 28,
1997 after a brief illness. He attended Moravian College in
Bethlehem, Pa.., and was an U.S. Army veteran of World
War II. He worked for the Panama Railroad for seven years
and in 1947 began a 24 year career with Anaconda Company
in Chile, He became general manager of the Extraction Plants
and transferred to Tucson, AZ in 1971. He returned to
Panama in 1973 as general manager of the Pavonia Copper
Mining Company. He and his wife have been retired since
1950 in Chilmark.
He is survived by his wife of 531/2 years, Sheila
(Randolph); three children, Pamela of Tucson, AZ, James
(Susanne) of Falls Church, VA, Patricia (David Vives) of
Madrid, Spain; a sister, Marion Gish, Roanoke, VA.; a
brother, Charles, Butner, NC., brother-in-law John Damon,
Jacksonville, FL; sister-in-law Elizabeth Price, Wilmington,
DE., and four grandchildren.

John Clarence Ramsey, 69, of Escondido,
California, died July 2, 1998 from a heart attack. He served
in the Army until he retired in 1975. A former resident of
Gamboa, he worked for the P.C.C. as the chief engineer on
the drill boat Thor and several Canal tugboats. He retired
from the PCC in January 1989 with over 34 years of service.
He is survived by his wife, Toshiko Jeannie Ramsey
of Escondido; two sons and families, John C. of Las Vegas,
NV and Frank of Grangeville, ID; two daughters and their

Grace Rider, long time librarian at Balboa High
School, passed away April 6, 1998, at the home of her
daughter, Sue Slade of Blacksburg, Virginia. Grace lived for
many years in Florida after retirement but illness made it
necessary to spend her final years with her daughter. Grace's
sister and husband died many years ago in a tragic accident..
and Grace took their only daughter, Sue, and raised her as her
own. Most students of Balboa High will remember her as a
librarian with an eagle eye and watched over students and

Gilbert Sanzari, 87 of Beverly Hills, died June 15,
1998. Born in New York City, he came to Beverly Hills from
Bradenton, Florida a year ago. He was a ship's captain for
the government, and a member of Our Lady of Grace
Catholic Church. He served in the Merchant Marine during
World War II and is a member of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida..
Survivors include his wife, Susan, and two

Roger Lee Seeley, 45, of Dothan, Alabama, died
August 6, 1998 at his home. He was born in the Canal Zone
and lived his early years there. He was a BHS'72 graduate
and has been a resident of Dothan since 1985. He was an
avid fisherman. He was predeceased by his father, Vernon
Seeley on July 10, 1993.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Candy
Lynn and Charles A. Thompson, Jr., Southport, Fla; two
brothers, Wayne of the Panama Canal, and Steve of Las
Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Joyce Parker of Gainesville, Fla.
And Donna Haisten, Dothan. Four nieces, three nephews,
several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joseph Silverman, 82, of Houston, Texas, died May 1,
1998. He was born in Revere, Massachusetts and was a
graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Boston
University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World
War II and retired from the Air Force as a highly decorated
Lieutenant Colonel. A pharmacist in civilian life, he retired
as Chief of Pharmacy of Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone in
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara; two
sons, Pete and Chuck of Houston; a daughter, Dot Witte of
Englewood, Colorado and five grandchildren.

George Barkley Simms of Gainesville, Georgia,
passed away July 9, 1998. He was a graduate of Balboa High
School Class of 1942 and lived most of his life in the family
home in Arraijan, R. de P. built by his father, a Roosevelt
Medal holder. He served in the U.S.Navy during WWII and
then went to work for the Army Signal Corps as a Draftsman.
He retired from USA Strategic Communications Command
as Supervisor, General Supply Section where he received
several commendations, with many years of government
service. His hobby after retirement was family geneology,
branching out to families residing in Panama. He was
preceded in death by his brother, Robert Simms.
Survivors include an adopted daughter, Melody
Gipson of Gainesville, GA; two grandchildren; sisters
Virginia (Simms) Covington of Albuquerque, NM, and
Cecilia (Simms) Perra, of Gainesville, and a brother, Charles
of El Paso, TX; as well as many nieces and nephews, grand-
nieces and grand-nephews.

Owen W. Smith, 73, died May 31, 1998 at his
home in the East Fork community, west of McComb,
Mississippi. Born in Hagerstown, Md., he graduated from
BHS in 1943 and earned his AA degree from CZJC. He was
employed by the Water and Lab Branch, Maintenance
Division, then transferred to Contract & Inspection as a
Supervisory Inspector. After a ten-year break he worked for
Campbell Soup Co. And Kent County Schools, Chestertown,
Md. As a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of Elks
Lodge 1414, Balboa; Local 595 IUDE; and a lifetime
member of the American Amateur Relay League. He was a
ham operator for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Gerda Koch Smith; a
daughter, Carol Leigh Dixon of Palm Harbor,FL., a son,
Russell Owen Smith of Cardenas; step-daughter Karen
Donovan of Buena Vista, VA.; two brothers, Hugh of
Hagerstown and John of DeFuniack Springs, FL; four
grandchildren and five step-grandchildren and four great-

Andrew Stohrer, 80,of Theodore, Mobile, AL.
died May 16, 1998 from heart and kidney failure. He was a
native of New Jersey, attended the Coast Guard Academy
and served in the U.S. Navy from 1936-1938, and served in
the Merchant Marine during WWII. He became a Panama
Canal Pilot in 1950, Assistant Port Captain, Cristobal in 1962
and Deputy Chief, Navigation Division in 1972 until his
retirement in 1978. He also served as port captain for Zapata
Offshore in Houston, Texas. From 1979 to 1989 he served as
master of the Patriot,
Survivors include his wife, Marion B. Stohrer of
Theodore; four children, Carol Grench of Everett, WA.,
Donald of Knoxville, TN, Linda Humphrey of Orlando, FL,
and Anne Stohrer of Newbury, VT., and a stepdaughter
Kathryn Brouillette of Houston.

Ruth Laverne Strauss, 95, of Burbank, California,,
and formerly of Balboa, Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone and St.
Petersburg, Florida, passed away on June 29, 1998 at St.
Joseph's Medical Center, Burbank. Ruth was fully active

until two weeks before she passed away. In the Canal Zone,
she was a life member of the O.E.S.Orchid Chapter #1, was
affiliated with the All-Star Circle, the USO, the WASP's, the
Caldron and many other volunteer efforts especially during
WWII. She also served as a nurse's aide at Gorgas Hospital
and worked at the Leper Colony. She was a long time
member of the Panama Canal Society, attending meetings
while in St. Petersburg and converted to the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was preceded in death by
her husband Robert J. Straus, a daughter, Dorothy J. Moore,
Romeyn, one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.
She is survived by Mary S. Hollowell of Dothan,
AL., Margaret E. Edwards of Burbank, and R. Ida Gifford of
Orem, UT., 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1
great-great grandchild.

John W. Towery Jr., 76, of Vancouver, Wash.,
died January 18, 1998 of a heart attack. He was born in the
Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone schools and graduated
from Balboa High School with the Class of 1940. He served
as a tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Force during World
War II and then wVorked for Canal Zone Customs on both the
Pacific and Atlantic sides. He left the Canal Zone early in his
career and finally settled in Vancouver.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Winifred
Robison; a brother, Louis of Las Vegas; and a sister, Sister
Mary Manuela of Thousand Oaks. California.

Donald B. Tribe, 95, of Ocala, died May 28, 1998
at Palm Garden Nursing Home. A native of Haverhill, MA.,
he came to Marion County from the Panama Canal 32 years
ago. He was involved in the practical application of
chemistry and physics throughout his working years, first
with Lever Brothers and then 22 years with the Panama
Canal Company. He was head chemist during the last 14
years in the Canal Zone. He was a member of Grace
Episcopal Church, the Masons, and the ZanMar Foundation.
Survivors include his wife, LouVee Tribe, Ocala;
son Donald S. Tribe, Falls Church, VA.; daughter Janet V.
Tribe, Falls Church; a brother, Robert Tribe, Brandon, FL.,
five grandchildren, three stepchildren, and several step-

Margart (Peggy) Valentine, 73, of Palm Harbor,
Florida, died on July 2, 1998 after a lengthy illness.. She was
born and raised in New York City. She came to the Canal
Zone with her husband and five children in 1959. They
resided in Gatun for most of their 25 years on the Isthmus.
Upon her husband's retirement in 1984 they settled in
Florida. She was a member of the National League of
America Pen Women, The Panama Canal Society of Florida
and the Cristobal Little Theater for may years.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Captain
Robert D. Valentine; and five children, Robert, Donna
Begatto, Daniel, James and Patricia Kristoff and 14

George A. Walker, 84, of Sarasota, Florida, passed
away June 7, 1998 at home. Born in Colon, Panama he came
to Sarasota 21 years ago from Balboa where he worked in the
Industrial Division with the 15'h Naval District as a
Communications Equipment Repairman. He was a member
of the Canal Zone Masonic Lodge and formerly with the
Shrine in the Canal Zone and Sarasota. He was predeceased
by a son, Fred Walker of Riverview, Florida., formerly of the
P.C.C Communications Branch.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mabelle
"Mayno" Bliss Walker; three daughters, Mabelle W.
Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, FL., Jeanne W. Wagner of
Eagle River, Alaska, and Carole W. Miller of Tampa, FL;
two sisters, Dora Chatburn of Salinas, Equador and Blanche
Hartman of Sarasota; nine grandchildren and seven great-

Anne (Shirley) Weldon, 77, died May 29, 1998 in
Las Cruces, New Mexico after a long illness. Born and
raised on the Atlantic side, she was a CHS'38 graduate and
went to college in Virginia. She and her husband traveled
extensively, following his Air Force career. After her
husband's death, she moved to Las Cruces to be near her
sister, Evelyn. She had many interests, such as gardening,
gourmet cooking and was an artist. She was buried in
Summerville, SC next to her husband.
She is survived by her sister, Evelyn and several
nieces and nephews.

Norma W. West, 71, of Prosperity, South Carolina,
died June 16, 1998. Born in Columbia, SC, she was a
secretary for the federal government and lived on the Atlantic
side for 15 years. She was a member of the Gatun O.E.S.,and
the Corinth Lutheran Church in Prosperity. She was
instrumental in chartering the Saluda Circle Chapter of
AARP and formerly served as president.
Norma is survived by her husband, Alfred F.; sons
Ben A. of West Lake City, FL., Mike of Sumter, SC, Wayne
of Marietta and Guy of Red Bank, both of South Carolina;
eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

John M. Wheaton, 96, of Littleton, Colorado, died on
March 14, 1998. He began his seamanship as a seaman, mess
boy, third mate, and in 1941 he became captain of a dredge
tender, and later became captain of the tug Cardenas for 26
years, retiring in 1967. He was a member of Gatun Masons,
was active in the High Twelve Masonic Lodge in Ft. Myers,
Florida, the Tice Methodist Church and the Panama Canal
Society. He was predeceased by his wife, Aida Palma Vial
Wheaton in June 1995.
He is survived by three children, John, Charles, Jane
(Wheaton) Little and six grandchildren.

Don Leroy White, 67, of Ellwood City,
Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead on June 16, 1998 at
Ellwood City Hospital. He was born in Ellwood City and was
a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army, having served in Saudi
Arabia, Korea, Vietnam. Germany, Panama and Fort Dix,
Baltimore, Maryland. He also worked for the federal
government in the Canal Zone from 1972 to 1978. He later
worked and retired from the Pennsylvania prison system as
a correctional sergeant after 13 years. He was a member of
Wurtemburg United Methodist Church, Ellwood Lodge 599,
F&AM, Ellwood City Saxons, Legion of Honor of the
Scottish Rite Cathedral. Eastern Star, American Legion, and
also of VFW Post 3822 in the Panama Canal .
He is survived by his wife of over 46 years, Lee
Bonzo: four sons, David of Twinsburg, Ohio, Howard and
Erika of Monroe, Conn, Kenneth and Debbie of Lakeview,
Ohio and James of the home; and eight grandchildren. He
was preceded in death by a half brother, Charles "Bud"

Wallace E.* Woodruff, 77, of New Port Richey,
Florida, died June 27, 1998. while visiting his son in
Lafayette, La. Born in Newark, NJ., he was an Air Force
veteran of WWII and taught as a Professor of Music in the
Canal Zone School System. He was a member of the
International Symphony, where he played first violin and was
a long standing member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine; three daughters,
Marcia Solomon of Garland, TX., Allegro Rankin of St.
Petersburg, FL., and Largo Blankfein of Los Angeles, CA.
and his only son, Lento of Lafayette, LA. and eight

Letters to the Editor


The DeTore family Reunion aboard the Carnival
Line The Imagination's first stop was in Cozumel, Mexico,
then Germantown, Cayman islands and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

L-R: Standing: Charles, Joe, Dad, Gerry, Richard,
Nan. Sitting: Sue (Joe's wife), Nina and Kathy.

While on the seven-day cruise, Nina managed to
remain unbeaten in ping-pong. A total of nine took the trip
and all went back to St. Petersburg for a week of get-

L-R: Eunice Olive Richard, Susan Taylor Pitney,
Catsy Taylor Schafer, Gweneth Richard Holgeson
(Winky) at the Viejas Casino and Turf Club, Alpine,
CA. 7 June 1998.


LaVerne Larrabee has been doing a little
traveling. In April she spent a week in Cincinnati visiting her
91-year-old mother who is in a nursing home, but doing well.
LaVerne's daughter, Joyce Russell and her fiance came
from New Jersey for a few days, so they had a sort of mini-
reunion. And LaVerne also got together with old high school
pals for a luncheon. In May she went to Alaska for the 7-day
Inside Passage cruise on the Norwegian Wind. She was
joined by her cousin and her husband. LaVerne's cousin Jim
was the ship's pilot worth a few extra "perks" like a private
tour of the bridge. Jim was able to accompany us on a great
land excursion. He has lived in Juneau, Skagway and
Ketchikan so we went mostly on our own. She especially
liked Juneau and Skagway and says, "if you ever go to
Alaska, don't miss the ride on the narrow gauge train to
White Pass and Yukon route to the Klondike. A tour bus
takes you from the Klondike via the fairly recently completed
highway back to Skagway." We stopped en route at an old
gold miners camp complete with a general store,
hippodrome, beautiful and friendly Huskies and an
opportunity to pan for gold. She says the Alaskan scenery is
breath-taking and awesome, and wants to go back some day
for the 10-day cruise and visit some of the cities like
Anchorage and Sitka. Since they were going inj May, it was
suggested we pack warm clothing, and wouldn't you know,
Alaska was having a heat wave! Oh, well!

flHl c&-^^^Bl


Three generations and descendants of Roosevelt
Medal holders gather in Highland Ranch, Colorado on
May 19, 1998 to celebrate 9th birthday of David Arndt,
great-grandson of the late Bronson B. and Celeste
Powell, former residents of Pedro Miguel, CZ and
Dunedin, FL. L-R: David Arndt, Joan (Powell) Arndt,
Lois Clary, Wally Clary, Rolf Bronson Arndt and
Crystal (Clary) Arndt.


Gene and Marian Gregg were neighbors of ours in
Coco Solo and our sons, Chris (CHS'85) and Genie, grew
up together. We never thought that one day we would be
seeing Genie and his bride Melinda, while visiting Seoul,
We traveled to Korea in early May and were treated
to a wonderful time and tour by the Greggs. They are perfect
tour guides and really kept us busy. The couple seemed to be
truly enjoying their stay in Korea while working for DODDS
and have traveled a great deal since they arrived.
Hal was stationed in Korea in 1954 and was anxious
to see if he could recognize anything from 40+ years ago.
Only the Han River and a few mountains were the same.


Zonie Bud Girls Phil Wolfe, Jim Fish, Charlie Cantrell
and Glenn Seeley

Despite having the winning score, the Zone Bad
Girls were summarily disqualified from the Panama Canal
Society Golf Tournament on the grounds that, although
dressed like prom queens and tastefully accessorized, they

were ugly women and, therefore ineligible to hit from the

women's tee. Temptress Phil Wolfe, Jim Fish, harlie Cantrell
and Glenn Seeley

the women's te having the winning score, the Zone Bad
Girls were summarily disqualified from drive the golf ball on or
Society Golf Tournamentr on the par 4's. Jim "that, although
dressed complained that the whistles and tastefully accessorized, the
construction women and, therefore, ineligible made hi from trashy
women'd less than a whole person. "I have fe notedlings that playing fromyou know.
the women's tee than just approximately 1,000 yards off the
fashion consultant Charlie foursome to drive theorized that if Phil
had simply follover the green on several of the par 4's. Jimce and waxed" Fis
complainedibrow, th tournamhe whistles and crude remarks fromviewed the
construction workers near the 14'h tee made him feel trashy
and less than a whole person. "I have feelings too, you know.
I'm much more than just a beautiful blond", Jim said. Team
fashion consultant Charlie Cantrell, theorized that if Phil
had simply followed Charlie's advice and waxed his
unibrow, the tournament officials would have viewed the
foursome as merely photogenically challenged as opposed to
terminally ugly. Team Attorney, Glenn Sealey, reports that
a formal appeal of the disqualification is under consideration,
along with a complete make over.

Hal and Dale Conway, Eugene and Melinda Gregg,
Seoul, Korea.

(A note for those who work on the Canal Record. A
neighbor noticed a copy of the book on a table in our house.
She asked what it was and I explained about the Society and
the publication of the Canal Record. She thumbed through
the book and said, "Wow, that's a lot of work!" I realize that
it truly is a lot of work and truly appreciate the effort
involved in its publication. THANK YOU!)
Hal and Dale Conway
Denton, Texas

(Editor: Please thank that nice young neighbor of yours and
tell her that my little mouse and I truly appreciate her

cc: Phil Wolfe
Charlie Cantrell
Jim Fish

Signed by Glenn D. Sealey, Attorney


Eugene Bauman returned from Mexico recently
after his assignment there for two and a half months. His
work was part of the Chrysler Corp. move of thier new parts
depot from Mexico City to Toluca.
While there, his wife, Louise, visited for five days
and their daily shopping tours proved that the Mexican
products available in modern malls were inexpensive and
hard to resist. Her favorite and highlight of her stay was their
visit to Taxco. Their home now features all kinds of silver
and terra cotta.
Louise Bauman
Port Huron, MI


Captain Dean Bruch, Licensed Ship Captain and
Mississippi River Pilot monitors shipping very closely along
the Mississippi River and environs. Among his credits is the
fact that he is a Master Mariner, Marine Consultant and
Mooring Master. As a service project, he calls attention to
various infractions and wrong doings that occur in his area.
His purpose is to bring to the attention of those regulating the
marine laws in his area, that these infractions exist and what
should be done to eliminate them.

F, L 1

Two proud people, the Captain, Dean Bruch, and his
lady, Lucienne Bruch.
Capt. Bruch has corresponded through The
Waterways Journal that infractions have no due regard for
safety of life or protection of our fragile environment

Robin Baerg poses with the tour guide and bus driver
after enjoying a Zambra Show in Grenada.
In the last 18 months, Robin has traveled to Buenos
Aires, which she currently calls the most beautiful city she
has ever visited and in May of 1997, she visited London and
the Cotswolds with her mother, Judy Baerg.


Randy Deakins, Bob Morrissey, Norm Watkins
and Bob McConaughey, four Panama Canal Company
retirees are working together again.
."P"P .Wn .-"


This May, Robin Baerg enjoyed a ten-day
excursion to Spain, where she spent three days in Madrid,
then took a six-day tour of Spain's southern Andalusian
Region, visiting many cathedrals and walking through the
narrow streets in the old quarters of towns nestled behind
high stone walls. She said the gorgeous green countryside
reminded her of Panama.
In Merida, she roamed through ancient ruins of a
Roman amphitheater. One of her most interesting stops was
the famous Moorish palace La Alhambra in Grenada, but her
favorite stop was in Cordoba, where families display flowers
in terra cotta planters all over the white walls on the outside
of their homes as part of an annual contest. Other towns she
visited included Segovia, Salamanca, Avila, Almagro and
Spain's original capitol, Toledo.

L-R: Randy Deakins, Bob Morrissey, Norm Watkins,
Bob McConaughey.
They are supervising repairs and maintenance on the
new Disney Magih Cruise ship at Port Canaveral, Florida.
during the two days each week when the ship is in port.


On March 28 and 29. 1998 our city hosted a Folk-
lore Celebration for which my husband Barry was the
Entertainment chairperson. He was able to get a group out of
Killeen, Texas, the "Panamanian Folklore Dancers" to
perform at the festival and they were spectacular! We invited
my mother, Pat (Dempsey) Propst and my grandmother
Florence Dempsey, both of Oxford, Alabama to visit us and
surprised them with this special performance, giving them a
chance to meet the performers after the show.


Ruth K. Schuller

Far right, starting with blue shirt, L-R: Florence
Dempsey, Pat (Dempsey) Propst. Kneeling L-R:
Jackie (Gregory) Abels holding Koby Abels and
Leland Abels standing.
1 hope you find this of interest and are able to print
the photo. Just for your information, if anyone is interested
in the dance group, they can be reached at (817)519-2493.
They travel all over the U.S.

Jackie (Gregory) Abels
Corpus Christi, TX

Ruth K. Schuller is shown at the new restaurant
"Azuero" located near the Nacional Santuario in the Obarrio
section of Panama City.
The typical food of the Interior is served and is very
tasty. The Folklore dancers are seen there frequently.

:In -F 1 4ll""
On a motor trip to New Jersey, Dawn (Crowell)
Parker, (BHS'55) and Dan Gressang (BHS'54)
stopped to visit Robin (Harrison) Walker BHS;55)
and her husband in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stacey Lynn Morgan, U. of Missouri grad is flanked
by family and friends. Back L-R: Jack Morgan, William
Morgan, Jack G. Morgan, and friend Brad Kushner.
Front L-R: Debbie (Garner) Morgan, Catherine
Garner, Stacey, Mary V. Morgan and friend Nancy


Lois and Bill Riley (BHS'52) went on a twenty-six
day Baltic Sea cruise and tour of England and Ireland in

Bill and Lois Riley in St. Petersburg, Russia.
After three days in England, we left Dover on the
Norwegian Dream and visited Estonia after transiting the
Kiel Canal. Then on to St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki,
Finland, Stockholm, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark and
Oslo, Norway.
We then went to Ireland and a great tour from the
rim of Kerry, to Cork, Dublin, Knock, Galway and Shannon.

William B. Riley
N. Eastham, Ma.


Vera Stewart has moved from Bradenton and now
resides in Kings Point. Vera lived in the Panama Canal Zone
with her husband Fred and three children, Philip, Shelly and
When Vera and Fred retired in 1966 they made the
Orange Grove in Bradenton their new home. With the death
of her husband and her children grown, Vera has decided to
opt for the active life in Kings Point.
Vera is a native of London, England where her
sister Stella still lives. Stella visits for a few months each
year enjoying the warm Florida climate.


For almost ten years now, every holiday season,
Valerie Schroeter has opened her beautifully decorated
home in Austin, Texas to our group of Zonians.
, f~ ,: \'

Joe and Ann Dolan on extreme left and Gabe and
Trudy on extreme right. Front: Ted Corin, Chris John,
Val Krueger, Tina Schroeter John, Reena John (held
by mom) and Gabe Nossov. Second row: Joe and
Ann Dolan, Georgia Corin, Barbara Krueger, Buck
Krueger, Gail Totten, Susie Schroeter, Kathleen
Mullin, Pat LeBrun, Trudy Nossov. Standing: Harry
and Thelma Chan, Kare Husum Clary and Tommy
Lou Horter.
Although Christmas is long past, we feel this photo
is particularly memorable because in January we lost two of
our group; Joe Dolan and Trudy Nossov. We will treasure
this image of their smiling faces.
Georgia Corin
Austin, Texas

Lou "Sparkie" and Suzette Seldon at the Holualoa
Inn, Kona, Hawaii in April 1998.

Susi Apold (BHS'88) of West Palm Beach, FL. Spent '" I
the weekend with Christi Dear (BHS'88) and Jennifer.
Durkin at their home in Fort Myers, FL. The girls spent
the weekend making plans for Christie's upcoming
Chelsea Rose Grimison (top right) with her mother,
Myra (Brannon), dad Patrick and brother Brandon.

I 1999
Randy, JoElla, Ricky, Rick, Marc, Violet, 1999
Tracie, Meghan Mae all together to celebrate Marc ($30) DUES
Deakins' 21" birthday and Violet Deakins' 85"h birthday, also D
33rd birthday. (Now, that's a celebrating family!) '

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Editor must have by:
October 21, 1998
Randy, JoElla, Ricky, Rick, Marc, Violet, Tracie,
Meghan Mae Deakins. 75



Plans are being made to hold a BHS Class of
1949 50th Anniversry Reunion in 1999. It's never too
early to start planning. We would like to hear from
classmates who have any suggestions or advice on
the reunion. We would like to hear whether to have
the Reunion in conjunction with the Panama Canal
Society Reunion or to arrange a trip to Panama
(probably in the spring of 1999). The year 1999 is
not only our 50th anniversary but it is the last year
of Balboa High School and the U.S. involvement
with the Panama Canal. Volunteers interested in
assisting in arrangements for the reunion may
Bea (Reyes) Dunn
545 Moss
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-3686
We would appreciate receiving current addresses
of all classmates. The last mailing sent, many letters
were returned marked "undeliverable". If you know
addresses of classmates who are not members of the
Society, please include those as well.

C.H.S. CLASS OF 1949
50th Reunion Plans for 1999

Plans are being made for a 50th C.H.S. Class
Reunion to be held during the 1999 Panama Canal
Society Reunion in Orlando. Please contact one of
the Planning Committee members listed below for
more information or ideas on the type of event that
should be planned.
Jean (Dough) Judge J.E. Dorn Thomas
(813) 577-4976 Brian Albright (804) 745-1754
Jackie Whitlock Werbrouck John (Buddy) Thomas
(219) 255-8279 (850) 235-3519

Balboa High School
The Year 2000 ....50th Reunion

The 50'" Reunion Committee met in full session during this
July 1998 Orlando PC Reunion and we are now well on the
way for a great reunion in the year 2000! We have received
several responses since the notices appeared in the June
Canal Record but we are still missing about 60 of our
classmates. Please check our notice under "Where Are You"
in this issue. Please contact us.

Dr. Wendell N. Spreadbury
RR 13 Box 8600 Hwy 21 E
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-9599

Joan (Powell) Arndt
9770 S.W. 198th Circle.
Dunnellon, FL


What do you think of a 45th Class Reunion to be
held at the annual Panama Canal Society Reunion, during
June 30 to July 4 in Orlando, Florida? We are considering
having our class reunion on Saturday, July 3r" at one of the
many rooms in the Orlando World Center Marriott. Our
combined class reunion of both CHS/BHS could include an
open bar happy hour and dinner, and the cost would be
approximately $50 per person which should cover the cost of
the dinner as well as door prizes. If you are interested, please
let any of the following classmates know.

June Rowley Stevenson
(770) 995-7537
Email: condor@mindspring.c

Marguerite Neal Zumbado
(407) 282-0715
om (BHS)

Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS)
(931) 456-4830

BHS Class of '69-30th REUNION!!

Plans are underway for summer 1999, and we
want YOUR ideas; Stateside or Panama? Daytime or
evening (or both)? Putting together a database and
mailer. Call or e-mail suggestions, etc. ASAP to:

Mel Henter
813) 821-8181
813) 803-8000

Steve Bristol
(818) 386-6888

Betsy Vosburgh
(407) 779-3017


Our 30th reunion is coming up sooner than you
think. I need current mailing addresses and e-mail
addresses (if possible) for as many of our fellow
classmates as possible. I even want addresses of those
who did not graduate with us, but left before
graduation. I have the list Maria (Kerley) Hernandez
put together for the last reunion. Some of the
addresses have changed, so send me everything you
have. If you know of someone who may have
information, please call them and get it. The sooner
you can do this, the better. I have a lot of
coordination to do so we can have a wonderful
reunion. Pass the word!
Robert Beall
2816 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(707) 542-0511

CHS '59 40 YEARS!
Celebrate in Panama
BHS'59 Invited!

Contact: Ella Mae (Morales) Didier Conrad at P.O. Box
99. Lineville, Alabama 36266-0099. Tel/Fax 256-396-5032
or Email:


Persons interested in putting together a mini-reunion
(July'99) for all interested former members of any of the
riding clubs of the former Canal Zone (Atlantic and Pacific
side) and downtown Panama: the Canal Zone Horseman's
Association (C.Z.H.A.): or the Isthmian Horseman's
Association (I.H.A.). Additionally, I would be interested in
receiving any kind of correspondence (h-. ;.e and rider
stories) or mementos (mainly photographs, ribbons and
trophies) from the old days of horseback riding in the Canal
For more information please contact Pamela
Weldon @ (954) 964-6832 Home, or (305) 437-1505 work.
or write to 621 N. 69 Ave., Hollywood. FL 33024.


The Balboa Union Church asks that if any of the
people who have been making last trips to Panama have
taken pictures which they think would be suitable for the
calendar, the Church would like to get in touch with them.
One of their main stumbling blocks for producing
the calendar in a timely manner is getting enough pictures,
preferably slides, in time to make selections for next year's
calendar. If you have pictures you would like to appear in
next years calendar, please contact Marjorie L. Gerhart,
Secretary, Women's Auxiliary, PSC 04 Box 3214, APO AA
34004, or e-mail: .


There are tentative plans for a reunion of St. Mary's
Parochial School alumni. Sisters, Priests and lay-teachers
planned for a 2000 stateside most likely in conjunction with
the Society reunion. If you are interested in further
information and/or attending please send the following
information: NAME (including maiden, adopted if you
attended under another name) FULL ADDRESS,
HM/WK/FAX Numbers, E-MAIL Address. Years attended
and year graduated from St. Marys to Kathleen Welch at:
(813)797-7139,, or 2214 Stacy Ct., Palm
Harbor, FL 34683.


The Olympia Spa course is in great shape despite the
extremely dry weather we have had in the area. We are
looking forward to seeing all of our good friends and
hopefully some new ones.

October 4 Check in.
October 5 Practice round, make up your own group.
Music by the MOONLIGHTERS after dinner.
October 6 Mexican Best Ball Tournament. Mixed
October 7 Mens and Ladies separate divisions. Mexican
Best Ball. Cocktail Hour, Banquet and Awards
October 8 Check out.

PACKAGE PLAN: Includes 3 days and 3 nights lodging. 3
rounds of golf which includes entry fee, cart, green fees and
prizes. 3 breakfasts. 2 dinners. Cocktail party, banquet and

PACKAGE PRICES (For Hotel Guests):
Per couple, both golfers $405.00
Per couple, one golfer $325.00
Single golfer (w/roommate) $202.50
Single golfer (w/o roommate) $250.00
Single non-golfer (w/roommate) $125.00
A 5% Sales Tax added to above prices. Gratuities
included for banquet meal only. 20 rooms face golf course
and are available on first-come basis, add $25.00 per night.

For Non-Hotel Guests:
Package includes 3 rounds of golf, tournament, entry fee,
dancing with MOONLIGHTERS, cocktail party and
Olympia Spa Club Members: $73.00 per person
Non Club members $100.00 per person.
Wednesday Banquet Only $15.00 per person
Taxes and gratuities are included in Non-Hotel Guest prices.
This is a high volume time of year at the SPA. To insure
reservations, please submit your request no later than Sept.
30'h. We will arrange for rooms in the local area for late-
comers after SPA is full.
Applications and the program will be mailed
individually to our mailing list. For additional information,
please call either of the following: Adrian (Abie) Anderson
(334) 794 7623; Lois/Bud Thomas (334) 793-4760; Jim
Coman (334) 284-0771.
Hope to see all your smiling faces in October. We will
be glad to have you.


The annual Gulf Coast no-host potluck picnic will
be held starting at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 1998 at the
Davis Bayou Campground of the Gulf Islands National
Seashore, off Hwy. 90 at Ocean Springs, Mississippi. For
overnight camping details, contact the Assistant
Superintendent, Gulf Islands National Seashore, 3500 Park
Road, Ocean Springs, MS 39564..



June Rowley Stevenson (CHS/BHS) Marguerite Neal Zumbado (BHS)


Old yearbooks and the yearbook updates often
distributed at class reunions in Florida are being collected in
the interests of future historical research and preservation.
They will end up in the Pan Canal Museum. So, if you have
any old yearbooks or if your class prepared an update for
your class reunion, please send them to: Patt Roberson,
2801 Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253. Thank you!

Sheila McNamee Taylor (CHS)


Collection is well under way for 1998 and glasses are
arriving weekly. Please look around the house, gather up
your old eyeglasses and send them to Patt Roberson, 2801
Allen Court, Baker, LA 70714-2253.
Over the past five years PCS members have donated 869
pairs of glasses to those less fortunate in Latin America. You
can make a difference please do your part today!

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Back row, L-R: Mrs. Casanova, Netta Bruce, Mary Brezinske, Ruth Scranton, Edna Wertz, Rita
Washabaugh, Maxine Carpenter. Front row; Charlotte
Kennedy, the instructor, Mrs. Whitlock, Virginia Kleefkens, Dorothy Meehan.


This is a true story. Read it, bake the cookies,
enjoy them, and send to all you know!

My daughter and I had just finished a salad at
Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas and decided to have
a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie
lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman Marcus
Cookie". It was so excellent that I asked if they
would give me the recipe and the waitress said with
a small frown, "I'm afraid not." Well, I said, would
you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile she
said, "Yes". I asked how much and she replied "Two
fifty". "Only two fifty, it's a great deal" I said with
approval, "just add it to my tab".
Thirty days later I received my VISA statement
from Nelman Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked
again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for
two salads and about $20 for a scarf. As I glanced
at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie
Recipe $250.00" That's outrageous!! I called
Neiman's Accounting Department and told them the
waitress said it was two-fifty," which clearly does not
mean "two hundred and fifty dollars" by any possible
interpretation of the phrase. Neiman Marcus refused
to budge. They would not refund my money because
according to them, "What the waitress told you is not
our problem. You have already seen the recipe we
absolutely will not refund your money at this point."
I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern
fraud in Texas. I threatened to refer them to the
Better Business Bureau and the State Attorney
General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told:
"Do what you want, we don't give a crap, and we're
not refunding your money."
I waited, thinking of how I could get even or
even try to get any of my money back. I just said,
"Okay, you folks got my $250.00 and now I'm going
to have $250.00 worth of fun". I told her that was
going to see that every cookie lover in the United
States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie
recipe from Neiman Marcus..for free. She replied, "I
wish you wouldn't do this," I said, "Well, you should
have thought of that before you ripped me off and
slammed the receiver down on her ear.
So here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on
to everyone you can think of. I paid $250.00 for this
and I don't want Neiman Marcus to ever get another
penny off this recipe.

2 cups butter. 4 cups flour. 2 tsp. soda. 2 cups sugar.
5 cups blended oatmeal (Measure oatmeal and blend
in a blender to a fine powder). 24 oz. Chocolate
chips. 2 cups brown sugar. 1 tsp. salt. 1 8 oz.
Hershey Bar, grated. 4 eggs. 2 tsp. baking powder. 3
cups chopped nuts (your choice). 2 tsp. vanilla.
Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and
vanilla. Mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking
powder and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar
and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart
on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375.
Makes 112 cookies.

Copied from a U.S. Embassy Newsletter

Tribute to ettp #1nalone

Betty Malone was born in Ancon, Canal Zone,
Panama 76 years ago. She came to St. Petersburg from
Panama in 1969 after the retirement of her husband, Walter
"Bud". She was a loving wife, mother and mother-in-law to
her daughter. Janice and Louis Andino.
It's difficult to write about a person who was very
quiet and private about her life. We know that she performed
many tasks for many years for her church, the Lutheran
Church of the Cross. She worked on the committee that
served weekly dinners at the church, as well as, prepared
beverages for the children's Sunday School classes. Betty
also provided transportation for non-drivers to attend
services at the church.
For 17 years Betty chaired the Annual Luncheon
held at the Annual Reunions of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. They were always praised as a huge success by
everyone who attended.
Many people were surprised to find out that Betty
was a cancer patient. She never complained even when she
was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The words that
best describe Betty are quoted from two of our members
when they found out about her passing on August 20. "She
was a special lady," "She was an inspiration and a great help
to the Society for so many years."
Our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.
We all will miss her.

Mountain Lakes, Paterson

Students restore old train

By Maria Seminerio
Dailey Record
PATERSON. New Jersey It was tough, grimy
work, but the Mountain Lakes and Paterson teenagers who
spent yesterday afternoon restoring an 89-year old
locomotive didn't seem to mind..
"It's fun, I'm happy to do it," said Jennifer
Popper, a Mountain Lakes High School sophomore, while
scraping rust from the surface of Engine No. 299, believed
to be the last locomotive used in the building of the Panama
Canal to survive today.
The 15-foot high engine sits in front of the Paterson
Museum, where it was built when the building housed the
Cooke of Paterson Locomotive Works at the turn of the
century, while the city was still the industrial center of the
United States.
Students from Mountain Lakes and Paterson's John
F. Kennedy high schools will work together there for several
weeks to clean and paint the historic locomotive.
"We want to make this thing look proud again,"
Ken Muir, assistant principal of Mountain Lakes High
School told the group of about 30 students as they prepared
for the job of cleaning paint brushes and donning latex
The engine's restoration is one of the many
community service projects the schools have performed over
five years, since Muir approached Kennedy High School
officials with a program to bring students from the two
schools together.

The schools are separated by only 20 miles, but
their students lives are light years apart. Mountain Lakes is
among the wealthiest communities in affluent Morris
County, and Paterson is one of the state's poorest cities.
Muir said he hoped it would be eye-opening for
both groups to meet and share projects. Over the years
students have teamed up to tutor the city's elementary school
students, visit the elderly in nursing homes and clean the area
around the Great Falls.

Old "299" as she rests in front of the Paterson Museum
where it was built when the building housed the Cooke
of Paterson Locomotive Works at the turn of the
The projects, funded through a federal education
grant that will provide $7,600 this year, has been "more
successful than we thought was possible," said Kennedy
teacher Tom Destafano.
"The kids have become friends," Destafano said.
"Some who participated a few years ago still write to each
Kennedy junior Janell Gonzalez said making new
friends was the best part of the project.
To bring the locomotive back to its original
condition, the students will remove all the old paint and rust
and refinish it with a lustrous black paint, Muir said. The
engine's number will be repainted and some of the parts will
be re-welded.

Reprinted by kind permission of the Daily Record
Paterson, New Jersey


To the Assembled
Panama Canal Force
Colon, R.P.
November 16, 1906


It was without precedent for a president to leave the
United States, but this work is without precedent. You
are doing the biggest thing of the kind that has ever been
done, and I wanted to see how you are doing it. I am
profoundly thankful that I shall be able to take back to

the United States the message that the nation's picked
sons are carrying themselves so well here that I can
absolutely guarantee the success of the mighty work
which they are doing. It is not an easy task. Mighty few
things that are worth doing are easy. Sometimes it is
rough on the men and just a little rougher on the women.
It has pleased me particularly to see, as I have met the
wives who have come down here with their husbands,
the way in which they have turned in to make the best
of everything and to help the men do their work well.
I want to say this word to you men, -- right through,
-- to all of you who are engaged in the work of digging
this canal, whether you are here as superintendent,
foreman, chief clerk, machinist, conductor, engineer,
steam-shovel man (and he is the American who is setting
the mark for the rest of you to live up to, by the way),
whoever you are, if you are doing your duty, you are
putting your country under an obligation to you just as a
soldier who does his work well in a great war puts the
country under an obligation to him. As I have seen you
at work, seen what you have done and are doing, noted
the spirit in which you are approaching the task yet to be
done, I have felt just exactly as I should feel if I saw the
picked men of my country engaged in some great war. I
am weighing my words when I say that you here, who do
your work well in bringing to completion this great
enterprise, will stand exactly as the soldiers of a few, and
only a few, of the most famous armies of all the nations
stand in history. This is one of the great works of the
world; it is a greater work than you, yourselves, at the
moment realize. Some of you, a good many of you, are
sons of men who fought in the Civil War. When your
fathers were in the fighting, they thought a good deal of
the fact that the blanket was too heavy by noon and not
quite heavy enough by night; that the pork was not as
good as it might be; and the hardtack was sometimes
insufficient in amount; and they were not always satisfied
with the way in which the regiments were led. Those
were the things they talked about a good deal of the
time. But when the war was done -- when they came
home, when they looked at what had been accomplished
-- all those things sank into insignificance, and the great
fact remained that they had played a part like men
among men; that they had borne themselves so that when
people asked what they had done of worth in those great
years, all they had to say was that they had served
decently and faithfully in the great armies. So you men
here, in the future, each man of you, will have the right
to feel, if he has done his duty and a little more than his
duty right up to the handle in the work here on the
Isthmus, that he has made his country his debtor; that he
has done more than his full share in adding renown to
the nation under whose flag the canal is being built.
Why, gentlemen, there never was a great feat done
yet that there were not some men evil enough, small
enough, or foolish enough, to wish to try to interfere with
it and to sneer at those who are actually doing the work.
From time to time, little men will come along to find
fault with what you have done; to say that something
could have been done better; that there has been some
mistake, some shortcoming; that things are not really
managed in the best of all possible manners, in the best
of all possible worlds. They will have their say and they
will go downstream like bubbles; they will vanish; but the
work you have done will remain for the ages. It is the
man who does the job who counts, not the little scolding

critic who thinks how it ought to have been done.
I go back a better American, a prouder American,
because of what I have seen the pick of American
manhood doing here on the Isthmus. You will have hard
times. Each of you will sometimes think that he is
misunderstood by someone above him. This is a common
experience of all of us, gentlemen. Now and then you will
feel as if the people at home were indifferent and did not
realize what you are doing. Do not make a mistake; they
do realize, and they will realize it more and more clearly
as the years go by. I cannot overstate the intensity of the
feeling I have (and therein I merely typify the sentiment
of the average man of our country) as to the vital
importance of the task you are doing; and to each of you
who does his share of that task there will come in the
end the proud assurance of vital duty well done. This
assurance can come to but a limited number of men in
each generation; and you are to be congratulated that
you are to be among that limited number. I do not pity
you because you have before you a hard task. I would
feel ashamed of you if I thought you wanted pity. I
admire you. I wish that any one of my boys was old
enough to take part in the work. I feel that to each of
you has come an opportunity such as is vouchsafed to but
few in each generation. I shall see if is not possible to
provide for some little memorial, some mark, some
badge, which will always distinguish the man who did his
work well on the Isthmus, just as the button of the Grand
Army distinguishes the man who did his work well in the
Civil War. Another thing; in the Grand Army the spirit
that appeals to me most is the spirit of full and frank
comradeship among its members. Whether a man was a
Lieutenant-general of the Army of the United States, or
whether he was the youngest recruit whose age would
permit him to serve in the ranks, makes no difference; if
he did his duty well he is the comrade of his fellows, and
acclaimed as such in a spirit of full equality in every
Grand Army post. The point is not the position, but in
the way in which the man handled himself in the position.
So here, whatever the work, whether it be that of chief
engineer, assistant engineer, machinist, foreman, or
steam-shovel man, the only question that need be asked
is: Did the man do it well? And to do it well, gentlemen,
you must do just a little more that merely earn the salary.
Each man must have in him the feeling that, besides
getting what he is rightfully entitled to for his work, that
aside and above that must come the feeling of triumph at
being associated with the work itself, must come the
appreciation of what a tremendous work it is, of what a
splendid opportunity is offered to any man who takes
part in it. As I came up the line through Culebra Cut
yesterday, on one of the steam-shovels they had cut the
legend, "We will do our best to help you dig it." I liked to
look at that motto. That is the right spirit. Another man
called out to me as the train passed, "We are going to put
it through." That is the spirit I like to see, and it is the
spirit you have in you.
In any army, there are some men who, to use a
homely phrase, can't stand the pace. So, here on the
Isthmus, there is an occasional man who means well, but
who does not know how; there is an occasional man who
does not mean well at all; and when a man of either type
gets out and goes home it is much more comfortable for
him not to say that he failed, but that somebody else was
not really a good man. There will always be a certain
percentage of men in any work who for one cause or

another become disgruntled, become sulky, and then try
to run down the work and run down those who are doing
it; and they are the natural and legitimate sources of the
misinformation and slander of the yellow writers, of the
men who preach the gospel of despair, whether in
magazine or in newspaper. If there is any veteran of the
Civil War here, he will tell you there were "coffee
coolers" in those days too; there are some of them to be
found everywhere and at all times. These men as they go
home beaten, will give a totally wrong impression of the
rest of the men down here, a totally wrong impression,
not to their countrymen as a whole, but to a few people
of little faith who measure the standard of you who
succeed in doing the work by the standard of those who
fail in the effort to do the work. We can disregard them.
No man can see, as I have seen, the character of the men
engaged in doing this work and not glow with pride to
think that they are representatives of his country. No man
can see them and fail to realize that our honor and
interest are safe in their hands -- are safe in your hands.
In closing, all I have to say is this: You are doing the
work the like of which has not before been seen in the
ages, a work that shall last through the ages to come, and
I pledge to you as President of the United States, every
ounce of support and help and assistance that it is in my
power to give you, so that we together, you backed by the
people of the United States, may speedily bring this
greatest of works to a triumphant conclusion.

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Farewell to the Panama Canal
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