50 years ago: Ebanks wedding and engagement

In the May 11, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

West-bay-50-years-final“On the 5th, Miss Emma Grace Ebanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elsworth Ebanks, became the bride of Mr. Wolsley Ebanks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ebanks of Northwest Point, at a ceremony performed by the Rev. John Croft in the Pilgrim Holiness Church.

“Miss Adalee Ebanks was maid of honour, and Mr. Jimmy Powell was best man. Bridesmaids were Misses Ella Mae Ebanks, Olsie Powell, Lerna Ebanks, and Jewell Ebanks. Groomsmen were Messrs. Earl, Edward, and Bobby Ebanks and Orvin Rivers, and there were two flower girls. The reception was given at the groom’s home.

“News has been received that Mr. Kivie Ebanks was taken off his ship S.S. Ore Meteor and taken to Pennsylvania where he had major surgery. His wife received a cable on the 6th stating the operation was successful.

“Announcement is made of the engagement of Barbara Ann Ebanks to John Lee D’Amico by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman G. Ebanks. The bridegroom elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony D’Amico of Erie, Pennsylvania.”

In the May 18, 1966 edition, the paper published the official photographs of the investiture held by the Queen at King’s House, Kingston, Jamaica, on March 4, the arrival of which had been delayed by a strike at Gleaner headquarters, then a postal strike in Kingston. Among those awarded the Queen’s Badge of Honor was:

“Miss Beulah Alvoise Smith, awarded in recognition of a lifelong career in the teaching profession. [She] started her teaching career in 1926 and shortly after her official retirement in 1959, she was re-employed as a member of the temporary teaching staff. Throughout 40 years of teaching, Miss Smith has devoted herself to the cause of education in the Cayman Islands, and the children of West Bay in particular continue to derive great benefit from her skill and experience.”



  1. Cayman Compass, I can’t stop thanking you for having 50 years district history included in the daily publication, even as old as I am, I learn something that I didn’t know that happened in that time.
    But I think that you should bring back the thumbs button to the comments.


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