50 years ago: Homecomings and long awaited reunions

cayman-brac-by-LilianIn the May 11, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“We welcomed home this week:

“Mr. and Mrs. Anton Foster of the Buccanneer’s Inn returning from a business and pleasure trip. They enjoyed a brief vacation at one of the highland lakes in Texas, both are looking well rested and ready to launch into the summer season.

“Capt. R.C. Foster after nearly 2 months in Jamaica for the benefit of his health. In spite of her troubles he thinks Jamaica is progressing steadily.

“Mrs. Arthur Ebanks of the West End after a very enjoyable stay of three weeks in Jamaica.

“Mrs. Herbert McDermot (Claudia) of Lady Musgrave Rd., Half Way Tree, and her two sons Winton and George came by charter flight on the 2nd to visit her aged mother, Mrs. Dinah Scott, whose health is failing. Mrs. Claudia came to assist her sister, Mrs. Helge Tibbetts.

“Mr. Ullin Bodden of West End who returned after a prolonged visit with his sons, Carey, in Tampa, and Darley, in Port Arthur, and their families. He is feeling well after an operation on his eyes.

“The motor vessel Foster Trader called on Monday 3rd and her Captain Gerald McLaughlin remained three hours to visit with his family. Met by teacher Layman Scott (cousin) they went to visit Spot Bay to visit his father Mr. Ivan and grandfather Mr. Bob McLaughlin. Capt. McLaughlin was last here in 1956. This gave Mr. and Mrs. Alston Scott of West End the happy opportunity of a visit from their son, Radley, who is a crew member.

“We welcome the visit of Mr. Thomas Jackson of West Bay, Public Works Department mechanic who came last Thursday to install a new motor in the roller for the road.

“Welcome also to Mr. Truman Bodden of George Town who with Mr. Edgar Wood, are now the staff of Barclays Bank here. Mr. Bodden has been with the bank for five years and both these gentlemen have attended the bank’s training courses.”