50 years ago: Celebrating a long life

cayman-brac-by-LilianIn the April 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“Mr. and Mrs. Wallington Watson of Spot Sand, Creek became the happy parents of a daughter on Friday, March 25 (9 pounds).

“The Church of God (Full) Gospel Hall Convention came to a close on Saturday evening, 26th, when Elder F.E. Arch took ‘the Sanctification of the Holy Spirit’ as his subject. Many young people of the district responded to the altar call. Elder Arch thanked the local congregation for their great hospitality to himself and the visiting delegation among whom we were glad to see again old friends, Mr. Tidyman Ebanks and Mrs. Anezia Ebanks. Sister Willene Byars, a gospel singer from the United States, singing and accompanying herself on the guitar, was an attractive feature of the convention.

“Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Foster held the interest of a small audience with an account of their impressions as part of the Caymanian delegation to Jamaica on the occasion of the Royal visit. One hearer said it almost made you feel you were there.

“Good sailing to tour seamen recently returned to N.B.C. ships – Cleveland Dilbert and James Connolly to the ‘Ore Venus,’ Clemins Dilbert and Clinton Lewis to the ‘Ore Transport,’ Don Tatum, John McGowan and Cyril Parchman to the S.S. ‘Phoenix.’

“Welcome home to Roosevelt Bodden off N.B.C. ‘Ore Transport.’ He is son of Mrs. Iva Bodden of the Point.

“The Cayman Brac Power and Light Co. Ltd. enter this week on a new stage of service when work commences on running the lines up along the south coast to meet the needs of four homes.

“Mrs. Laura McLaughlin, the oldest resident of Spot Bay, attained her 92nd birthday on Sunday, March 27. Though she is in failing health, she was able to cut her cake assisted by the Rev. Randall Douglas, the pastor of her church, Bethel Baptist of Spot Bay. She had the joy of having with her many of her children, grand and great grandchildren. She is cared for by her daughter Mrs. Celestia Reid and granddaughter Estella, Mrs. Caswell Robinson. Another daughter, Virginia, Mrs. Aston Williams and her sons Wilfred and Duell from Kingston, Jamaica have come on a short visit.”