50 years ago: Turtlers depart for Mosquito Cays

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEBIn the July 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mr. Edward Rankine returned from Jamaica on July 21 after spending 4 months receiving treatment for his eyes. He is happy to say there has been some improvement.

“Also on the flight was Mr. John Solomon who was a crew member of the Cayman Pride, but unfortunately was left in Jamaica.

“Mrs. Lawrence Forbes left on the 21st for Jamaica to seek medical aid. Accompanying her was her husband.

“Returning to Cayman Brac on the 21st to spend her holidays was Miss Dorothy Bryan.

“Mr. Autoro Bodden and others left on the 12th for Mosquito Cays to catch turtle. They hope to fish for three months.

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carter on the 22nd, God’s gift of a son, their fourth child and first son. Mother and 9 1/2 pound baby doing well.

“Mrs. Mesereta Bodden and granddaughter Crystal Dixon returned from Jamaica on the 21st, after spending a few months with friends. Also returning was Miss Flora Christian.

“Mr. Frank Conolly left on the 23rd to spend some time in Jamaica with friends.”

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

“Vacation Bible School of Pilgrim Holiness Church was convened from Monday July 18 to 24th. Average attendance was 100 students daily.

“Subjects discussed were as follows: 1) Jesus our promised saviour 2) Heroes of the cross.

“Teachers who assisted were: Sisters, Yvonne Ebanks, Mrs. Gay Powery, Emily Ebanks, Viola Ebanks, Mrs. Ranleen McCoy, Sr., Nettie Rivers, Bro. Sam Powery.

“Sr. Ruth Bowman was the leader. There were four departments or classes. Their craft and work were very interesting and very good. Plaques were made and maps of Grand Cayman. On Saturday a picnic was held where parents and children joined together for a social hour.

“Closing programme took place on Sunday morning. There were 140 present and a very inspiring programme was rendered by the children.

“On Thursday 21st Miss Carvlyn Whittaker left for Jamaica for medical aid. She was accompanied by her niece Judy Ann Miller.

“Mr. Windsor Anderson left on Saturday 23rd to join his ship in Trinidad. He now has his 3rd Engineer’s Licence.”