50 years ago: Family on first visit react to Brac

In the Dec. 22, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“Choosing Cayman Brac for their first visit to the West Indian Islands were the Charles Plants and the John Carpenters from Ohio.

“Enjoying the sunshine on the patio, it was interesting to hear their reactions to our island. Mr. Plant just loves the quiet restfulness and found the fishing excellent.

“His greatest ambition, he said, is to beat Mr. Carpenter at fishing which he claimed to be doing with regularity with pictures in colour as proof.

“Mrs. Plant smilingly asked for a little more excitement. Mr. Plant is owner/salesman of Cleveland Metal Blasting Co. manufacturing brake shoes and water pumps, while Mr. Carpenter is foreman on a state construction crew building highways.

“His reaction to our roads? ‘It leaves a little to be desired, but within this island you do not have road taxes, so how can you keep your roads up?’

“We appreciated their presence at ‘The Steward Malvolio’ and hope they enjoyed it.”