50 years ago: Pesky mosquitoes, fishing and a wedding

In the Jan. 26 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mosquitoes are once again pestering residents of this district. Most people feel the reason for this sudden outbreak is that a quite a number of empty containers are lying carelessly about. These provide excellent breeding places for mosquitoes especially after heavy rains.

“It is hoped that the Sanitary Dept., will make some effort to see to the removal of such containers and take necessary steps to reduce the number of breeding places in this district.

“Fishing continues to be good as fishermen are taking advantage of the fine weather. Large quantities of queen fish and barracudas have been caught daily and sold, some in George Town.”

In the same edition, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy reported:

“On Friday 21st there was a lovely wedding at the Pilgrim Holiness church when Mr. Burke C. Ebanks, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrie Ebanks, took as his bride Miss Eunice Yvonne, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Halstead Ebanks, all of North Side. Eunice made a lovely little bride and was beautifully dressed.

“Miss Babry Dale, niece of the groom, was maid-of-honor and Mr. John Smith was best man. Bridesmaids were Misses Patricia Ebanks, Abrana Rivers, Della Chisholm and Janis Chisholm. Groomsmen were Messrs. Trenvic Miller, Harry Chisholm, Justin Ebanks and William Ebanks. The bride was given in marriage by her uncle, Mr. Ross Smith. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Ruth Bowman.

“The choir sang ‘O Perfect Love’ and solos were rendered by Mrs. Leroy Powell and Mrs. Hope Glidden Borden. There was a large gathering of relatives and friends present to wish the newlyweds happiness and success in their married life.

“A shower was held on Tuesday night last at the home of Mr. Lindbergh Ebanks, when a host of friends and relatives gathered and presented the bride with many lovely and useful presents.”