50 Years Ago: West Bayers mark a variety of career developments


In the Jan. 19 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Miss Sicily Rivers left on the 17th for Jamaica to go into nurses training at the U.H.W.I. (University Hospital of the West Indies). She taught as an Assistant Teacher in the Government School West Bay for one year. She did well there but decided to become a nurse. The members of the Christian Endeavour sponsored a social for her at the home of Mr. Spurgeon Ebanks on the 14th. She was given a gift in remembrance of them and also received one from the school. Her friends wish her every success. Travelling on the same plane was Mr. Brian Bothwell to resume his studies.

“Rev. and Mrs. C. Jones, former pastor of the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church, are the happy parents of their first child a son, Mark David, born Jan. 4 at St. Louis, Mo. Weight 9 lbs, 10 ozs.

“Miss Anistine Bodden returned on the 14th from Jamaica after an absence of three years. She works at the Faith Home in Golden Spring. Faith Home is a home for destitute children founded in 1946 by the late Vienna O’Sullivan, a West Bayer. It is recognized by the Government and chiefly sponsored by friends in America. Medical men give free service to the home and Dr. Noel March was one of the doctors. When your writer visited there in August last year, it had 100 children.

“Joey Parsons and his sister Alice go there sometimes for their holidays. Since the death of its founder, her daughter-in-law Mrs. Rebecca (Brown) O’Sullivan [became the superintendant].

“Leaving recently for their jobs in U.S. were Messrs. Ivan Farrington, Dicky Rivers, Duel Rivers, Hennie Lon Haylock. Mrs. Ludie Farrington has gone to Miami to visit her sister, Ena.”

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