50 years ago: Visitors depart, cool weather stays put

In the Feb. 9, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy reported:

“After attending her brother’s wedding and spending a happy vacation of 2 weeks at home with her family, Mrs. Velonie Hurlston returned to New York where she now resides on Jan. 31.

“Mr. John Wesley Ebanks who went to Freeport, Bahamas seeking employment, returned home so as to have papers fixed to re-enter as an employee of the Cement Co. there. Having obtained a letter stating that he would be given a job, he has returned there to work.

“Mrs. Weddie Connolly and son Churchill who went to Jamaica recently for medical aid have returned feeling much improved.

“The cool weather which has been prevailing throughout the island recently is very much felt up ‘North.’ Each Norther seems to be a little colder. Showers of rain have also been falling which indeed are a blessing.”

In the same issue, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mr. Roosevelt Rankine left on the 3rd to join his ship in Jacksonville. Also leaving the same day was Mr. Stanton Jackson who returned to his job as patrolman with the N.M.U. and Mrs. Trevor Watler who went to Jamaica to spend a few weeks with friends.

“Mr. Lesley Forbes returned on the 5th via Jamaica, where he works for N.B.C. Returning the same day was Mr. Stanley Gourzong, from Jamaica where he spent some time with friends.

“The weather continues to be cold and bleak. Night-time temperatures range from 63 to 58 degrees.

“Visitors from the U.S. and Canada are surprised at the change in our little island.”