50 years ago: Girls’ Brigaders leave for Canada

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Aug. 10, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Compass, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Captain Tracy Bodden of Tampa returned home on the July 28 after a grand old time.

“Misses Gail McIntyre and Susan McBride of Canada left after a wonderful time in Grand Cayman. They were accompanied by Misses Betty Ebanks and Carol Ann Ebanks of West Bay Girls’ Brigade who are on an exchange to visit Canada. It is hoped that these girls will prove wonderful representatives for the islands and have a memorable stay.

“Mr. and Mrs. Karl Brandon and children, Catherine, 11 years, and Ian, 3½ years, left by B.W.I.A. Thursday, Aug. 4, for Jamaica. Mrs. Brandon is a medical student at the university in Jamaica and Catherine has gone back to school. She leaves Jamaica in September 1967 for Roedean School in the south of England where she will become a boarder. Mr. Brandon returns tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 11, and will immediately board the Cayman Brac plane to attend an inquest in Cayman Brac, returning to Grand Cayman Saturday evening.

“Mr. Ainslie Bodden arrived from Austin, Texas on the 4th. It has been some time since he last visited his home and he has seen many changes.

“Misses Ruthlyn and Deborah Bodden, daughters of the late Capt. John Bodden and Mrs. Ruth Bodden of San Francisco arrived on the 6th for a short visit to the island. There are 4 children in all, Ruthlyn, the eldest, Johnnie, Deborah and David. Mrs. Bodden was here last year with David when she visited her father, the late Major Jos. R. Watler. Ruthlyn and Deborah were met at the airport by their grandmother, Mrs. Blanche Watler, aunt Miss Eulene Watler and cousin Miss Frances L. Bodden. The whole family, with the exception of David (who was not yet born), visited Grand Cayman in 1960 and had a wonderful time.

“We are happy to have our good friend, Dr. R.E. McTaggart back home after his visit to the U.S. and trust he is feeling quite well again after his recent illness.

“Mr. Alexander and Mr. and Mrs. Halsall returned to Jamaica on the 6th. Messrs. Alexander and Halsall have been in the Cayman Islands auditing the government accounts. Mrs. Halsall was here for one week only as the guest of Mrs. Ferdinand Seymour.

“Mrs. Louis Ebanks and baby daughter Magalyn and Miss Iva Myles left on a visit to Jamaica on the 6th.

“Mrs. Jasper Henry and her three children, Hilda, Neville, and Cleveland, left for Jamaica on the 6th to visit the children’s grandparents in Clarendon.”