50 years ago: Mosquitoes and agriculture are hot topics

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420In the June 1, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“On Friday night five films about the mosquito were shown at the Town Hall, Bodden Town.

“The work of eradicating or reducing mosquitoes is divided into three parts i.e. research, control and proper education of the public.

“Dissemination of information about the mosquito is a most vital part of the programme. Unlike other projects in the past where Caymanians have been kept in the dark about their own welfare, it is commendable that so much light is being shed on this subject. A large crowd consisting mostly of children turned out to see the pictures, though two of them had been shown the previous week.

“The mosquitos which are now at the height of their power, attended in swarms, [as if] to draw attention from the object of study. Of course, they defeated their own purpose as their very presence accentuated the necessity of getting rid of them.

“Through the benevolence of some unknown angel of mercy, a fog machine was used to spray the Town Hall yard before the films began. Everyone was delighted to see this implement making its first appearance in Bodden Town for the season and so affording a measure of temporary relief.

“A disease-carrying mosquito is Public Enemy No. 1 and should be taken dead or alive. Many people were horrified to view the awful predicament of victims suffering from the ravages of mosquito-borne diseases.

“It is understood that Mr. Willie Wood of Bodden Town was much disturbed and over-anxious when his cow in calf did not come in from Jamaica on Saturday evening.

Scheduled to arrive by charter flight along with a number of other animals was this cow which belongs to a special breed, the Jamaican Red. Selkirk Watler had also expected to have three cows among the arriving animals.

“Willie Wood, an ardent livestock farmer, has always been a strong advocate of the improvement of beef raised in this island. At a meeting held in the Town Hall many months ago, at which His Honour the Administrator was chairman, Mr. Willie suggested, among other things, that a small bulldozer be procured to help the farmers in clearing their land.

“This well thought out and ably presented plan has been discarded on the dump heap of political inaction. Mr. Willie should not feel disheartened as that heap will soon be too high to hold more of their castaways.

“It is ironical that at the same meeting the suggestion was made for the first time that a travel tax be imposed on departing passengers. That proposal was scooped up with alacrity, and was passed through the Legislative Assembly with the greatest expediency.”