50 years ago: Young men make tracks in aviation field

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Mrs. Bertie Cooper and Dr. Collins arrived for a day’s stay in the island on April 14. Mrs. Cooper’s husband spent Easter in the island. Dr. Collins’ wife is the former Linnette Swaby of West Bay, who visited Cayman a few weeks ago.

“Mrs. Wellesley Eldemire returned to the island after a week’s visit to Jamaica. Her little grandson Wellesley Van der Bol returned to his parents in Kingston after spending Easter in Cayman.

“Mrs. Hugh Coxe of Kingston and her two sons returned to Jamaica on the 24th after spending Easter with her mother. Mrs. Annie Laurie Bodden who has recently returned from a visit to the United States.

“We are all happy to see Mr. Churchill Bodden as co-pilot of B.W.I.A. flights to Cayman and Mr. Hurley Merren, air frame mechanic working at Owen Roberts Airfield, and also Mr. Sheldon Hislop who spent his holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hislop. Mr. Hislop is in training in Trinidad to become an air traffic control officer.

“Mr. Wilbur Thompson Jr. has returned home after completing his course of training at a training school for air pilots in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has brought with him his diploma as a fully qualified air pilot. Along with Mr. Churchill Bodden, they are making history for this island. We congratulate these young men on their praise-worthy ambition to pursue a worthwhile career.

“Mr. and Mrs. Rowley Crosswell spent a week in Grand Cayman at the Beach Club Colony. They are from Temple Hall, Jamaica. Mr. Crosswell is chairman and managing director of Temple Hall Ltd. Cigar Manufacturers. While here, they had the pleasure of touring the island and thoroughly enjoyed their visit.

“Mrs. Heath Bodden, better known as ‘Mary Ann,’ and her son Heath arrived from New Jersey via Kingston where she spent a couple of days with her cousin Mr. Carl Webster and relatives before coming to Cayman on the 9th. They were the guests of Dr. R.E. McTaggart and left on the 17th after a pleasant stay on the island. Heath expects to enter theology college in the near future to become a minister of religion.

“They were accompanied to Miami by Miss Amy Bodden, where she has gone for medical aid. It is hoped that Miss Amy will be greatly benefitted by the trip.”