50 years ago: Windows arrive for Brac’s new high school

Cayman-brac--50-years-finalIn the June 29, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“The motor vessel Kirkco landed 22 packages of windows for the Secondary Modern School on Wednesday the 15th.

“The two sites for the Cable & Wireless buildings are being prepared. Mr. Peter Forestal and clerk of works Bill Dorward were here last week. Mr. Burnard Tibbetts, his wife and son have returned from Barbados, Mr. Tibbetts having completed the training course in telephone engineering and special radio familiarization. Mr. Tibbetts will presently be in Grand Cayman during the installation. He is the technician for the Cayman Brac plant.

“Following our report last week of the passing of Mrs. Blanche Christian, we give further particulars which pay tribute to a fine woman.

“For 30 years, Mrs. Blanche was the faithful help and friend of Mr. and Mrs. Kirkconnell and family of Stake Bay, who cared for her as their own. Mrs. Kirkconnell speaks of her loss as irreplaceable.

“Mrs. Blanche lived in great love and affection with her family at Spot Bay. She cared for her aged mother, Mrs. Ethline Dixon and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Ellet Christian. She leaves a loving daughter, Erna, and son-in-law, Daris Dilbert, and their six children, a son, Basilio at sea, three sisters Mrs. Rosenell Euidio of Phoenix, Arizona, Miss Phyliss and Marguerite Jervis of Cayman Brac, and three brothers, Vincent of New York, Anthony at sea, and Gustavus of Kingston. Also left to mourn are many other relatives and friends. She was born Nov. 15, 1913 and married Basil Linbourn Christian who was drowned many years ago.

“Mr. James Ryan of Cayman Brac, who has been on the staff of West Bay Primary School is now on a course in the USA.

“Mr. Ryan left on June 11 for the Stout State University, Wisconsin, to attend the eight-week course in vocational teacher training.

“Arrangements for this were made through the American consul in Belize.”

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