50 years ago: Manderson and Ebanks families welcome baby daughters

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

West-bay-50-years-final“Mr. and Mrs. Paul Manderson became the happy parents of their second child and first daughter on the 25th of July named Paula Agatha, weighing 6 pounds.

“Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ebanks (Boatswains Bay) became the happy parents of their sixth child, and third living daughter on the 29th, Pamela Noleta, 7 and a half pounds.

“Messrs. George and Walter Ebanks with their sister Mrs. Edith Jones left on the 20th after spending ten days with their relatives and friends. They were very much impressed with the island, since they left over 20 years ago.

“Mr. Vandall Jefferson arrived on the 28th from his job in the U.S. Travelling on the same plane were Mrs. Deris Hydes and her sister Mrs. Frances Edwards (Veve) after hearing of the illness of their aged grandmother Mrs. Sarah Ann Smith. They live in New York.

“Arrivals on the 30th from the U.S. were Mr. Henry Parsons and family from Miami, Miss Aneita Bush from Tampa where she visited her uncle Berkeley and Mr. Groves from the S.S. Florida.

“Mrs. Ansley Parsons and daughter Oralee left on the 31st to meet her husband in Miami, and to visit her daughter Leneta.

“Mrs. Wilroy Henning and two children arrived on Sunday from Jamaica. They went there from Miami to obtain legal residence in the U.S. They will remain here for a few days then go to Miami.

“Capt. Thomas Henning called in here on the Inagua Wave on Saturday and left for Jamaica on Sunday.

“Mrs. Ethelin Ruth Grant of Boatswains Bay died at her home on the 27th at the age of 78 years. The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Elder S.O. Ebanks, on the 28th. The service was one of inspiration in that she was one of the old stock of bible believers, who maintained her strict childhood training throughout her life, and lived in daily assurance of personal contact with God until the end. She was laid to rest in the Boatswains Bay cemetery in the presence of many relatives and friends where the service was conducted with prayer by Miss Redley Powery. Left to mourn are 6 children, two sisters, Mrs. Gozel Ebanks and Mrs. Ella Powery, and quite a number of grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

“Mrs. Ira Rivers returned on Sunday from Jamaica, having obtained medical aid. “Mr. Wilry Dilbert, brother of Mr. Lawrence Dilbert is here visiting relatives combined with a business trip.

“The Pilgrim Holiness Bible Vacation School closed on Friday with 169 on roll. The theme was ‘Jesus the promised Saviour.’ A programme was held on Sunday night, when the classes each rendered parts, which was quite interesting.

“There will be a dance at the Hub theatre, West Bay, tonight, commencing at 8:30 p.m. Admission 4 shilling per person. Music by the Mashyiannes.”