50 years ago: Christian student group visits the district

In the Aug. 10, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

West-bay-50-years-final“Dr. C.C. Carlman, of the Caribbean World Missions, delivered the missionary sermon at the camp meeting of the Florida state association of the Church of God, at Lakeland Florida on Thursday, Aug. 4. Brother E. Calvin Ebanks of West Bay attended that mission service.

“Mr. Calvert Ebanks left for Texas via Miami on the 4th to work for Gulf Refining Co. “Mrs. Hasell Smith left on the 4th for Miami on two weeks vacation.

“Mr. Burkin Ebanks left on the 6th for New York having obtained legal admission to the U.S. He has taken two children of Mr. Logan Ebanks in his care to their parents who live in New York.

“Mrs. Ira Richardson is here on a visit to her relatives. She will be here about three weeks. “Mrs. Frances Edward (Veve) left for her home in New York on the 4th after a brief visit with her relatives.

“Mr. T.W. Farrington arrived on the 4th having gone to attend the funeral of his nephew McArthur in Tampa, Florida.

“Rev. E.E. Phillipe, General Supt. of the Pilgrim Holiness work in the Caribbean area and his wife arrived on the island on the 4th and paid a short visit to their daughter, Mrs. Croft, whose husband is pastor of the work in West Bay.

“A group of Christian students are visiting this district this week. They are visiting in the homes and staying in Miss Bowman’s new home in Boatswains Bay. They have been preaching in the Pilgrim Holiness edifice.

“Arriving on the 6th from the U.S. were Mr. Calvin Ebanks who has been residing in Brooklyn, N.Y. for several years, Miss Elmy Powery who has visited with her son and his family in New York for nearly one year and Mr. Orville Powery from S.S. Ore Chief.

“Arrivals on the 4th to spend their vacation were Mr. and Mrs. Dillard Bodden and Mrs. Sylvia Straker, all from Brooklyn, N.Y. Mrs. Straker likes the island very much, says she is enjoying herself immensely, and is already making plans to return soon. Mrs. Bodden is an American. Her husband is from our own hometown. They are all delighted to be here. “Mr. George Ebanks of North West Point left on Sunday after spending one week at home while his ship Marine Clipper was on dry dock in Mobile.”