50 years ago: Watlers welcome a son and a Bodden-Rankine wedding

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Watler on the 24th of July the precious gift of a son. Mother and son doing fine.

“Lucille Loretta Bodden became the bride of Huswell Rankine on Monday, July 25. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lewin Williams at the Bodden Town Manse. The couple then returned home, accompanied by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stead Bodden. The bridegroom is the son of Orafa Rankine. The bridesmaid on this happy occasion was Miss Eloisa Rankine (chief) and Mr. Marcus McLaughlin was best man. The couple wish to thank all relatives and friends for the beautiful and useful gifts.

“Miss Andrea Rankine left on the 29th for Jamaica. She will visit relatives, and hopes to attend school at the opening term.

“Mrs. Hora Dixon left for Jamaica on the 30th to seek medical aid. She was accompanied by a nurse and her mother in law, Mrs. Meserata Bodden.

“Mrs. Claire McLean, nee Deborah Rankine returned on the 30th to spend some time with her father Mr. Thomas Rankine. She is married to Capt. Jerry McLean of Cayman Brac but is now a U.S. citizen. They reside in Brooklyn.

“Mr. Baldwin Welcome left on the 31st of July to join the S.S. Imperial St. Lawrence.”

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

“Spending the holidays in the district are Mr. and Mrs. Selbourne Lazzarri and their two children. Mrs. Lazzarri is spending a few weeks with her mother and other relatives before going to Barbados with the team of school teachers.

“Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brenton and son have arrived back after a fortnight’s vacation in the U.S. Tommy is a fine little fellow and likes Cayman very much. He attends Sunday school at the United Church.

“Mrs. Weddie Connolly, who went to Jamaica for medical aid, has arrived back and reports to be feeling much improved.

“Mrs. Harvey Whittaker and daughter and Miss Phyllis Whittaker all arrived from Jamaica on Sunday the 31st.

“Mr. Harris McCoy and Mr. Leroy Powell left on Sunday 31st to join the S.S. Imperial St. Lawrence in Canada.

“A group of Christian students who have been touring the Caribbean and are now on the island have been doing house-to-house visiting in the district here from Saturday 30th. Services have also been held at the Pilgrim Holiness Church.”