50 years ago: Great fishing, welcome rain and rough roads mark the season

In the Jan. 12 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Arriving home on Friday 4th from National Bulk Carriers was Mr. Burke Ebanks to spend his vacation with family and friends.

“After spending an enjoyable holiday at home the Shortwood students, Misses Zelmalee Chisholm and Emily Ebanks of North Side and Miss Rita Chin Loy of Cayman Brac returned to Jamaica on the 10th. We wish for all the students a good year in college.

“On the 8th, Mr. John Wesley Ebanks left for Freeport, Bahamas to work for the Bahama Cement Co.

“During the course of the past week quite a few big catches of fish were taken in here, including Groupers and King Fish. Fishermen took advantage of the fair weather during the week and got in some good fishing days. This season has brought us quite a few North Easters but most of us prefer the cool weather in spite of the high winds which we experience up ‘North.’

“Lovely showers of rain fell here on Saturday evening and Sunday, which proved to be a blessing in more ways than one. Due to the increased traffic through the district and the rough, dusty roads, most of the residents have been complaining of the amount of dust thrown up and blown into homes from the street. The road through the district at present is in an awful condition, much of an incentive to visitors and tourists passing through and quite an unpleasant path for those who have to walk it day by day.

“Let us hope that the Public Works Department will make some improvements in the New Year, not only on the roads but on government buildings here, including the Post Office.”