50 years ago: Summer visitors and new babies

West bayIn the June, 8, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Mr. Arthur Ebanks, an officer of the Customs Department, is on 3 months leave. He has taken an excursion trip to the U.S. to visit his daughter, Grace, who is at Wilson College in Pennsylvania, and other relatives in the U.S.

“Mr. and Mrs. Creswell Powery and son returned on May 29. Mr. Powery was in Jamaica attending the police training school. His wife and son went to be with him.

“Mr. Tom Ashton Hopkins is on vacation. He arrived from Jamaica on the 4th and left for his home in Miami on the 5th.

“Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bush arrived on the 4th from Jamaica. Mrs. Gertie Bush came on the same plane, after spending a few weeks with her daughter Celeste.

“Mr. and Mrs. Calvert Ebanks are the happy parents of an 8 pound son, born on the 1st.

“A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Mellis McKenzie on the 3rd, weighing 7 and a half pounds.

“Mrs. Kaisley Welds and two children left on the 2nd for Jamaica.

“Mrs. Joseph Ebanks (Nessie) passed away on the night of Saturday the 4th. She was 75 years of age and had been in failing health for quite a while. She became worse on Saturday and was taken to hospital where she died. Funeral service was held in the United Church, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Coke on the 5th.

“Left to mourn are her husband, four sons – Ellsworth and Harris in the U.S., and Cecil and John at home – two daughters, Mrs. Wyman Hydes and Hilda, West Bay, one son-in-law and one daughter-in-law, one granddaughter, two sisters, Mrs. Carson Yates and Mrs. Karl Jackson in the U.S. Her body was interred in the West Bay Cemetery.”

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