50 years ago: Girls’ Brigade exchange group heads to East End

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEBIn the July 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Gail McIntyre and Susan McBride from Canada, who are visiting the Girls’ Brigade, spent six days in this district, two of which were at the Tortuga Club through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bergstrom.

“Born on July 12 to Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Connor was the precious gift of a son. Mother and 8 pound baby are doing well.

“Mr. Nelson Christian left on the 16th to seek medical aid in Jamaica. He was accompanied by his wife and sister.

“Also on the flight was Dayton McLaughlin, who received injuries to his eye while working on a barbed wire fence.

“Mrs. Hortencia Bell and daughter arrived on the 16th from Jamaica to spend a few months with her parents.”

In the same issue, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

“After a very enjoyable holiday with his mother and other relatives, Mr. Charles Chisholm and his family left on Sunday morning for their home in Port Arthur, Texas. Even though the holiday was a short one, the children especially enjoyed every minute of it.

“Leaving also on Sunday 17th for Jamaica were Mrs. Harvey Whittaker and her sister-in-law Phyllis. Mrs. Whittaker has taken her little daughter to Jamaica for medical aid.

“Mr. John Wesley Ebanks returned on the 14th from Freeport Bahamas, where he went on a short business trip.

“Returning home on the 16th was Mr. Franklin Smith, who has been hospitalized in Chicago for the past few weeks. He was on the S.S. Imperial St. Lawrence and is now on sick leave before returning to his ship.

“Ezzard Miller celebrated his 14th birthday on the 16th with a party which was held at his parents’ home. Quite a few of his friends and school mates attended the party and he received several useful gifts. The party was also in honour of two of his uncles who had birthdays as well, and as a farewell function for his Uncle Charles and family who were on holiday.

“Visiting in the district on Sunday were Capt. and Mrs. Oliver Kirkwood who came in on BWIA en route to Cayman Brac. Iris came to visit her father and relatives at North Side before going on to Cayman Brac. They now reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”