50 years ago: Bennett Jefferson wedding celebrated

In the May 25, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

West-bay-50-years-final“There was a lovely wedding at the Pilgrim Holiness Church on the 21st with Rev. John Croft officiating when Mr. Spencer Bennett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Bennett of Bonacca, Spanish Honduras, took as his bride Miss Norma Jean Jefferson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jefferson. The bride was beautifully attired in a long lace dress decorated with sequins. Her headdress was a crown of sequins.

“Maid of honour was Miss Virginia Ebanks. Mr. John Jefferson was best man. Bridesmaids were Misses Gail Ebanks, Essie Mae Bush, Marguerite Hydes, Betty Bush, Martha Ruth Ebanks and Cathy Bush, and there were four flower girls. Groomsmen were Messrs. Eugene Ebanks, Leonard Ebanks, Vincent Bush, Harold Johnson, Clyde Smith and Seth Arch Jr.

“The reception was at the home of Mrs. Donald Glidden. Floral arrangement was by Mrs. Valda Bodden.

“The plane came in from Swan Island on the 20th and brought the following passengers for the wedding: Mr. Alstead Glidden, Vincent Bush, Norman Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Kelly, Harold Johnson, Randolf Moore and Enfield Ebanks. They all returned on Sunday.

“Mrs. Laurie Bennett, the groom’s mother, was in attendance at the wedding, having come from Bonacca on the M.V. Dream. Mr. Kingsley Smith arrived on the 22nd from the U.S. where he works.

“A third child and second son was born on the 15th to Mr. and Mrs. Ainsley Hydes, weighing 5 pounds 5 ounces.

“Miss Iris Swaby left on the 21st for New York where she has been living for 13 years. She has been home for one year due to the illness and death of her father.

“Mr. and Mrs. Logan Ebanks and baby Rickie left on the 19th for Brooklyn, N.Y. They are taking up permanent residence there.

“Mr. Leurtis Bodden paid a short visit to his mother and other relatives, arriving on the 19th and returning on the 22nd to his home in Miami, Florida. Mr. Cardiss Rivers returned on the 21st from the U.S. where he worked on S.S. Verdie.

“Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle Glidden left recently for New York where they will reside for a time.

“The opening and dedication of the Sunday School Hall of Mount Pleasant, West Bay, will take place on Sunday, 29th May, at 4 p.m. The sermon will be preached by the Rev. George Hicks. This is a Mission of the West Bay United Church and a warm invitation is extended to all.”