50 years ago: Cemetery and post office improvements welcomed

In the June 1, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

Northside-50-years-final“On Saturday, May 28, a sale was held at the Town Hall in aid of a fence for the cemetery. This was an effort sponsored by the community and there was a very good response. This has been a long-felt need in the district as the present state of the cemetery is not a very good one. It is hoped that in the near future the wall will be completed, and help to give the district a ‘New Look.’

“A little renovating of the Post Office recently has helped in keeping the roof from leaking, and with an addition of new windows and screens makes it more convenient to work in. With a good painting job and a screen for the door, we could almost believe we had a new building. Let’s hope that all this will be completed in the very near future.

“Work has been progressing well on the new United Church, even though there is a little inconvenience in obtaining sufficient blocks to keep the men occupied.

“Charney Whittaker, aged 12 years, missed his step, fell and broke his arm on Sunday afternoon when entering Sunday School at Old Man Bay. He was taken to hospital and detained for X-ray and attention on Monday.”

In other North Side-related news, the paper reported some “Double Trouble”:

“Otto Watler set out for George Town from North Side across the Sound on Saturday.

“When he failed to arrive, an alarm was raised and boats set out to search for him.

“He eventually went aground at Batabano after drifting as a result of engine failure.

“Amongst the searchers was Vallee Bodden in The Snoo which left Bob Soto’s anchorage about midnight.

“The Snoo hit the reef in Barkers which pushed the port strut up through the bottom and also made a second bilge forward. Vallee therefore beached the boat at Barkers and it was subsequently towed back to George Town.”