50 years ago: Agriculture show and comings and goings

In the Feb. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

“The Annual Agricultural Show again attracted an excellent display of exhibits – vegetables, flowers, pot plants, handicrafts, cakes, preserves, etc.

“Although there were perhaps not quite so many exhibits this year, the standard was good and there were some really outstanding items.

“In his speech prior to declaring the show open, his honor the Administrator reminded the large audience that for many years agriculture has been a neglected industry in the Cayman Islands and, consequently, we have in recent years been spending about 175,000 pounds or half a million dollars annually on fresh produce imported from abroad, some of which could and should be diverted into Caymanian pockets.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Miss Frances wrote:

“The George Town Youth Club is anxious to raise sufficient funds with which to buy two guitars and a set of drums in order to form a dance band exclusively for the use of the club. Donations from the public, however small, will be gratefully received.

“Mr. and Mrs. D.V. Bendall, from the British Ambassador’s staff in Washington, arrived on the 21st for a short holiday.

“Willis McLaughlin, Chief Eng. from the ‘Yankee Clipper’ arrived on Wednesday from St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies.

“Mr. E.H. Arch, Jr. arrived on the 11th. It is expected that he and his wife will take up residence here in the near future.

“We are happy to have Mrs. Lillie McTaggart home after spending a short time in Jamaica where she went for a check up on her leg, the report on which was a good one.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lee Funk arrived from Kingston on Saturday the 12th. Mr. Funk is the pharmacist and who owns The Drug Store in George Town.”