50 years ago: Beloved old grape tree collapses

In the June 29, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEB“Speaking of a fallen grape tree in Bodden Town, a similar incident took place in Carmen Conolly’s yard a few weeks ago.

“This grape tree is known to be the oldest of its kind in this district too, probably 100 years old. Being so heavily laden with grapes, almost one half of the tree collapsed and fell to the ground, leaving the other half, just as laden with grapes, which are always among the sweetest that can be found anywhere.

“Departing on Thursday the 23rd was Miss Vivia Connolly. She has gone to resume her work in Pennsylvania.

“Leaving also on Thursday for Kingston, Jamaica was Mrs. Windsor Anderson, who has gone to take the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Chisholm for medical aid.

“Mr. Weddie Connolly left on the 26th for Tampa, Florida where he expects to get a ship. He has spent quite a long vacation at home with his family.

“The monthly social tea of the Woman’s Guild was held on the 23rd at the Mission House. It was carried through by a few of the members, and a very enjoyable Social Hour was spent while refreshments were served.

“Work has resumed on the new United Church building. Quite a lot of material is now on hand, and it is hoped that the work will progress smoothly, and everything will soon be looking fine.

“The Church of God, Full Gospel Hall, held its annual all day meeting on Sunday the 26th. Quite a lot of the members and friends from other districts were in attendance and a good day of fellowship enjoyed. Unfortunately the night service had to be postponed, due to the very heavy showers of rain which fell.”

In the same issue, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mr. Leonza Conolly arrived from the U.S. on the 23rd to spend some time with relatives and friends. His previous visit was 12 and a half years ago. Also on the flight was Mrs. Anne McLaughlin, who had been spending some time with her husband.

“Mr. Stanshal Jervis returned on the 23rd to spend his vacation. He is employed by National Bulk Carriers. Mr. Terrance Pearson returned on the 25th to spend his vacation. He also works for National Bulk Carriers.

“Mr. Goldwyn Welcome left the island on the 26th for Jamaica to visit a sick friend. Also on the flight was Mrs. Josephine Pearson, who will be visiting her husband who is undergoing medical treatment.”