50 years ago: Fundraisers, homecomings and a close call

In the Feb. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included:

“West Bay members of the Cayman Preparatory School PTA are holding a dance at the Hub Theatre, West Bay, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1966, commencing at 8 p.m.

“All are asked to support this effort and wend their way to the Hub Theatre for an enjoyable evening to the music of the Mashyiannes Band.

“Arriving home recently were Messrs. Ezra Powery and Wesley Orrett, both employees for N.B.C. on the S.S. Ore Venus. Also Mr. Bert Ebanks who worked as boatswain on the S.S. Ore Transport.

“Miss Joyce Ebanks is home on vacation from U.C.H. where she is training as a nurse. She is taking a three-year course which she hopes to complete in October. We wish her success.

“Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Rivers arrived on the 11th from U.S. They have made Port Arthur their home since 1952. Baxter has spent most of his days there. In 1952 he married Idene Henning. He is here for one month vacation and they are happy to be home with relatives and friends.

“News has been received recently that Leith Ebanks, Hoyt Bazaar, Reno Rivers and Gladstone Hydes, who were injured in a motor car accident, are all recovering satisfactorily. Three have left the hospital and attend the outpatient dept. Hoyt is still in hospital as he received fractured ribs and other major injuries. The doctors hope to release him in 2 weeks time.

“On Feb. 10, the Woman’s Guild sponsored a pre-Valentine’s dinner in aid of the United Church fund at the church hall. Beef, chicken, seafood, spaghetti and meat balls, salads and rolls comprised the menu. Coffee was also served. There was a good attendance comprising Canadians and Americans. A very enjoyable evening was spent.”