50 years ago: A slew of visitors to the Brac

In the Feb. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“On vacation from Grand Cayman and guest of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Marson of the West End is Nurse Maurice Hurlstone, midwife in private practice. Cayman Brac holds a touch of romance for Miss Hurlstone for it was here that her parents met.

“Her mother (nee Matilda Baxter) was a nurse in the Montego Bay hospital in the old schooner days of trading between Jamaica’s north coast ports and the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Brackers invited Nurse Baxter down here where Mr. Robert Hurlstone met and later married her.

“Also at the West End are Rudolph and Emma Shelton of Mona Heights, Kingston, with Emma’s family, Mr. and Mrs. Selly Scott and Patsy Ann.

“Fulfilling his wish of many years to come here, Rudy finds ours a lovely little island. He is a civil servant in the K.S.A.C. Public Cleansing Department. Emma, who migrated some 16 years ago, is a typist with Messrs. GraceKennedy & Co., Ltd. Mr. and Mrs. Shelton have four children.

“Out walking and enjoying the sunshine at the airport I met the Wm. Maddens and the Andrew Turnbulls. The men were testing the effects of the wonderful food – they have been enjoying the native dishes – on the scale. This is for all their first visit in the Caribbean and they love it and are enjoying themselves immensely.

“Mr. and Mrs. Madden are from Seattle, Washington. He is a lawyer. Dr. and Mrs. Turnbull are from Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Turnbull is a radiologist and is consultant to four hospitals on the west coast. The location of one, Powell River, is that of the biggest newsprint production plant in the world. At Kitimat, where another of his hospitals is located, there is the biggest aluminium plant in Canada.”