50 years ago: One unlucky turtle meets its fate

West-bay-50-years-finalIn the July 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“An unusual thing happened in West Bay on Sunday at about 1:30 p.m. A loggerhead turtle crawled a distance up onto the beach and began making a nest. She was sighted by some bathers who called for help and Oriel Hydes turned her over. The turtle came up on the beach by Oriel’s home. She is judged to be about 300 pounds.

“Rev. R.G. Coke and Mrs. Coke left on the 21st for Jamaica on vacation. Mrs. Coke will be going on to Barbados. Rev. Coke will be back to commence a vacation church school for children in the Town Hall beginning on Aug. 8 until the 17th from 9 a.m. until 12. Children are requested to take along scissors, crayons, pencil, notebook, drinking water and glasses.

“Mr. Jimmy Powell left on the 21st for Jamaica. His wife and daughter are there. Mrs. Powell went for medical attention. They all returned on the 24th. Mrs. Allen Ebanks came on the same plane.

“Misses Anita and Catherine Bush, daughters of Mr. Van Dyke Bush, have gone on a visit to their relatives in Tampa.

“Mr. Eddin Ebanks left on the 24th after spending 3 weeks at home. He will go on to Fort Benning, Georgia for training in the Army.

“Mr. Jude Powery is home on sick leave, having been injured on board the S.S. Ore Prince.

“Mrs. Ruth Yates, and her little niece Lona Kay returned to their home in Miami on the 24th. It was Lona’s first visit since she left as a baby. They both enjoyed their visit.

“After spending two months in the U.S. with their children, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ebanks returned on the 23rd.

“Mr. Bobbie Ebanks, an employee for Cable & Wireless, fell from his truck on Wednesday. He was taken to the hospital and X-rays were taken which did not show any major injuries, only minor abrasions and a sprained left arm.

“Messrs. George and Walter Ebanks with their sister Mrs. Edith Jones, children of the late Mr. Timothy Ebanks, are the guests of their nephew Mr. Arthur Ebanks. They have made the U.S. their home for many years. This is Edith and Walter’s first trip here since they left. They will be here for one week.

“Mrs. Una McCarthy returned on the 24th after meeting her husband in Miami and going on to Nassau with him on the S.S. Florida.

“Mr. and Mrs. Benny Parsons became the happy parents of their first child, a son, on the 20th in Tampa, Florida.

“Arriving on the 23rd were Misses Beverly Myers and Judy Miller of Arlington Virginia, who are nurses at the George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C. They are staying at the Manse of the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church, and spoke at the Sunday night service to a large congregation. They will spend a few days in Cayman, and then go to Jamaica and Nassau, and back to their work.”