A few updates. It is really getting where I want it.
Found this Mesinger saddle and like it better than the Persons.
Updated the stem. Purchased a 21.1 quill to 1 1/8" unthreaded adapter and chose one of two Mtb. bike stems I have removed from discarded bikes I found. One was a Power Tools 125mm stem from a KHS, the other a 100mm stem with four bolt clamp and +- 7 degrees angle. I went with that 100mm one. I cleaned the black logo off of the KHS with acetone.
When this switch was made I wondered what it would do. Articles I read said it would take twitchiness out and slow the steering down a little. I hadn't noticed any problem but I liked the look. It does turn smooth with the 100mm stem. Also added some very swept back cruiser bars. There is a lot more room in the cockpit now and it givers me my preferred vertical posture.
Also changed the steel chrome wheels for aluminum 26" x 1.75 units. Up front the inverted V rim looks narrower and really suits the slim front rubber. I think the flat rim in the back makes the 2.125 slick stand out.
Tried the 9" rise min-apes again. They are twitchy and I just don't think I like the look.
Here is where it is at right now and I'm really happy. It is the quickest, best handling bike I own out of 9 bikes. Also went to a 20T rear cog so it is 46x20 now. Not too spinny, but quick and agile.