50 years ago: Downed pole causes power outage

In the May 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

West-bay-50-years-final“This district was without electricity from midnight on Saturday until 1 p.m. on Sunday. An electric pole was knocked down by a vehicle abreast Mrs. Ada Hydes’ home. Her yard fence was also broken. Mrs. Hydes is quite fortunate the pole fell to the eastward or it would have fallen on her house.

“Nurse Icely Smith returned on the 28th from Jamaica where she spent an enjoyable holiday. Arriving on the same plane were Mr. A.G. Hydes and his wife, who is very much improved in health.

“Mr. James Anglin arrived on the 28th from National Bulk Carriers where he was employed on the S.S. Petro King, the ship having been sold.

“Mr. Richard McDermot left on the 30th to join S.S. Imperial St. Lawrence, also Mr. Roland Hydes to join the same ship.

“Mrs. Hazel Rivers left on the 28th for Jamaica to seek medical aid. Her daughter Mrs. Vera Ebanks accompanied her.

“Mrs. Harvey Ebanks returned from Jamaica where she went for medical aid for her baby who is better.

“Mrs. Leslie Jackson who has been ailing for some time left on the 28th for Tampa seeking medical attention. Her husband returned home after hearing of her illness and accompanied her on the trip.

“During this week, the members of the Bosun Bay Presbyterian Church will join in daily prayer for wisdom and guidance to the leaders of Colorado Springs, U.S.A. at the 144th synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Persons who are interested may unite in prayer, a full docket may be seen on request at the Nook, West Bay.

“On Mother’s Day at 7:30 p.m., there will be a programme at the Bosun Bay Presbyterian Church. All mothers are cordially invited.

“Mr. Arthur Rivers and family who live in Opa-locka, Florida, are here on vacation. His brother Henry Rivers arrived the same day.

“Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Parsons became the happy parents of a 7½ pound daughter on the 30th of April.

“A programme will be held at Mount Pleasant on the 6th at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Mrs. Harley Jackson in aid of a fund for her school building. She is associated with the United Church. This is a worthy cause and no one will regret going.

“Mr. Ted. Miller left on the 28th for New York to seek employment.”