50 years ago: Visits of note, and a home phone refused

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420In the April 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“During the last two weeks, there has been an increase in the number of people arriving and leaving Bodden Town. As the tourist season is about over, this embarkation and disembarkation of the natives must be a boon to the airlines.

“Not since the days of the gold rush in Nicaragua has there been such a constant movement.

“It is an interesting fact that Bodden Town is the only district in which the population has remained steady. When other places are studying means and ways of birth control to deal with the exploding population, or suffering from an exodus of the inhabitants to more urban areas, we seem to mark time with an invariable beat.

“In the last half-century, Bodden Town’s population of about 600 has not differed more than a few score.

“The many immigrations of the two weeks under review have been balanced in our own stereotyped pattern by the departure of an equal amount of persons.

“I am afraid that my readers would be bored with a detailed list of the many passengers involved. However, there are few which must be mentioned, because of extenuating circumstances.

“Mr. Joe Watler, a resident of Mobile, Alabama, from the era of sailing ships 50 years ago, has returned to see his sister Mrs. Emil Watler. It was my pleasure to meet Mr. Watler. He bears all the hallmarks of a successful Caymanian.

“Also returning to the island was Mrs. Crawford, an extremely agreeable visitor of many winters. She is now building a home in Pease Bay.

“Mr. Edgar Wood went to Cayman Brac. He will be the local manager of Barclays Bank there, as the present incumbent of that post has an injured arm.

“Miss Janice Solomon has gone to Jamaica with a patient from this district. Janice is a qualified midwife.

“Many others are enjoying the novelty of a first trip abroad.

“Upon my requisition for a telephone in my home, I was told that there will be no house-to-house system for Bodden Town. Please watch next week’s issue of this paper for my article ‘How government has neglected Bodden Town.’

“On Saturday evening the 9th a motor car accident occurred at Pedro. A car driven by Collin Christian of this district came in contact with another car driven by Marcus Ebanks. Both cars were damaged and the police investigated the matter. This incident, though a minor one, attracted great attention as it happened in the midst of the residential area.

“As I had prognosticated in a recent article, the play on Easter Sunday night at the United Church Bodden Town turned out to be a truly great affair.

“The capacity packed house was captivated by the dramatic ability of the whole cast. In an atmosphere of pure reverence, ‘The Easter Story’ was retold and relived by the talented actors who seemed so assured and competent. Many who saw the play acclaimed it to be better than ‘The Life of Christ,’ which was currently showing at the theatre.”