50 years ago: Easter services and some welcome rain

Northside-50-years-finalIn the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“Arriving home on Thursday 7th was Mr. Lloyd Whittaker of Old Man Bay. He is an employee of N.B.C. and had been hospitalized in California. Having had an operation on his knee, he spent seven weeks in the hospital there. He is now on sick leave recuperating. He says that he received good medical attention, and was treated very kindly by the doctors and nurses. We wish for him a speedy recovery.

“Mr. Claude Miller, who has been away in Colon for several months, returned home recently.

“On Sunday 10th, Mr. Irvin Powell left to take up work with N.B.C.

“Good Friday service was conducted by the Rev. L. Williams in the United Church Hall at Old Man Bay.

“Easter Sunday service was conducted in the United Church by Rev. John Lord. The attendance at both services was fairly good. Among the visitors on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Chisholm and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Chisholm.

“Services were conducted as usual in the other churches as an Easter program was put through by the members and children of the Pilgrim Holiness Church at 7:30 p.m. The attendance was good, and the items very ably rendered.

“Arriving home on Saturday the 9th was Mrs. Berkeley Bodden and her niece Zenna, who went to Jamaica for medical aid. She is much improved in health.

“After a long drought, a nice shower of rain fell on Easter Sunday afternoon. This was very much needed, as the dust blown up from roads into the homes as vehicles pass was becoming unbearable.”

In the same issue, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mr. Norman McLaughlin returned on the 3rd for vacation. He is employed by N.B.C.

“Leaving Thursday the 7th on short visits to Jamaica were Mrs. Velerie Conolly, Mrs. Carmen Conolly and Mrs. Petrona Conolly.

“The Church of God held an all-day meeting on Good Friday. The Seventh-day Adventists also had services throughout the day on Saturday.

“These services were well attended by members from this district and other parts of the island.

“The United Church had a special service at 5 a.m. and the regular Easter service at 11 a.m. A concert was presented by the Sunday school at 7 p.m. All services and the concert were very inspiring.

“Mr. Andrew Pearson returned on vacation on the 11th. He is an employee of N.B.C.”