50 years ago: Heavy machinery a district first

West bayIn the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Miss Willene Byers, artist and gospel singer left on the 31st for her home in Cullman, Alabama. She spent 7 weeks here, most of her time was spent in Mt. Pleasant in the home of Mrs. Roy Ebanks.

“She came to attend the Convention of the Church of God (Full Gospel) held in February. She visited Cayman Brac and had her first experience of travel by boat. Some of her time was spent on visiting and cheering the sick with her lovely songs. She had a very enjoyable visit.

“Mrs. Daphne Orrett and two children Nena and Vaughan left for Brooklyn, N.Y., on the 7th. She will meet her husband there and will remain for an indefinite time.

“Mr. Alfred Ebanks of Bosun Bay arrived on the 7th from Miami. He has permanent residence in the U.S. and works in Miami. Mr. Cecil Bush returned on the 7th from National Bulk Carriers. He worked on the S.S. Phoenix.

“Mrs. Osley Ebanks and two children left for Miami on the 9th. She will meet her husband there and will remain a few months.

“Messrs. Frank Barnett, Osbourne Barnett, and Eugene Ebanks left for the U.S. on the 9th. They all have permanent residence and work ashore there. Travelling on the same plane were Mrs. Garfield Ebanks and two children after a short visit.

“A quiet wedding was solemnized at the Pilgrim Holiness Parsonage on the 8th by the Rev. John Croft when Mr. Hervey Ebanks took as his bride Miss Edith Hydes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Hydes. Mrs. Rosalind Ebanks was the only attendant, and Mr. Edward Bush was best man. A bridal shower was given by her friends and many lovely gifts were received.

“Their fourth child and third daughter was born on the 8th to Mr. and Mrs. Osley Ebanks, weighing 7 1/2 pounds. The father is a native of Cayman Brac.

“Mrs. Creswell Powery and baby left on the 9th for Jamaica. She will meet her husband there who is taking police training. She will remain there until he completes his course and he returns home.

“Mr. Vernon Ebanks of Northwest Point left on the 10th to join the S.S. ‘Ore Conway’ after one week at home.

“The first bulldozer to be owned in West Bay arrived by M.V. ‘Temac’ on the 15th. It is owned by Mr. Robbie Glidden of Northwest Point and will be operated by Mr. Sammy Ebanks.

“It will be used for agricultural purposes. If anyone desires the service of this machine, they can contact Mr. Ebanks or Mr. Glidden.”