50 years ago: Armistice Day observed, fire doused

In the Nov. 24, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote about the service that was held at the Cenotaph in Stake Bay on Sunday Nov. 14 to observe Armistice Day, which later became the public holiday known as Remembrance Day. 

“The District Commissioner gave a brief address. He remembered not only the war dead, but those who died in the 1932 hurricane, 33 years and 6 days from this date – 40 at sea and 43 on land – the biggest disaster ever to hit this island. 

“Pastor Allen of the 7th Day Adventist Church called for 2 minutes silence and pronounced Benediction. A wreath was presented to the District Commissioner by Constable W. J. McLaughlin, who took it and placed in on the Cenotaph. 

“The service was dignified and impressive and there was a large gathering of people from all districts.” 

Ms. Ritch also detailed a fire that partially destroyed the shop and stock of W. Taylor Foster’s North East Bay Store on Nov. 15. 

“At about 7 a.m. smoke was seen coming from the windows by men on a truck on their way to work. Immediate report to Mr. Foster brought his son Raymond to the shop, accompanied by the truck and men. They opened the shop door and found the kerosene refrigerator on fire. The blaze was quickly put out with water. Raymond then returned for his father and took him to the shop. Quickly people from all around came and gave wonderful help.” 

50 years ago Armistice Day observed, fire doused