50 years ago: Dixon homecoming and Kirksons boat brings visitors

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Cayman-brac--50-years-final“Mrs. Vedette Dixon, second youngest daughter of the Scott family, now lives in Brooklyn. First leaving here at 7 years of age, she spent most of her life in Jamaica and eventually migrated with her two children to the U.S. in 1962, where she studied the profession she has always wanted, beauty culture. She attended the Wilfred Academy in Manhattan, studying hairdressing and cosmetology and graduated from this school in June, 1963. She then joined the staff of Freda and Bob, a beauty shop on Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn and is now on six weeks’ vacation.

“Visiting home about once in every two years, Mrs. Dixon does not remark particularly on improvements as she has watched the island grow. What does thrill her is the hope of secondary education for the majority as is promised by the school building under construction. What she has been wanting to see for years is some improvement to the roads.

“On Sunday, July 31, Maureen, daughter of Mrs. Vetha passed through en route from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay. She flew over to obtain a student’s visa to enter Kansas City Bible School in the fall of this year.

“The Motor Vessel Kirksons did her share with the holiday youngsters. Fitting in the round trip for the month of July, she brought Captain Dillon Kirkconnell’s son Reggie and nephew Ralph to enjoy Little Cayman. Remaining at Cayman Brac were Garth and Kurt, children of Darwin Tibbetts, and Marilyn and Sandra, daughters of Bertie Tibbetts, who shared their time with their aunts Mrs. Mavis Brown, Mrs. Girldeen Jackson and Mrs. LeVonne Ryan. All at school in Jamaica, Garth is at Excelsior Extension, Kurt at St. George’s College, Marilyn is studying commercials and Sandra is at Rose Preparatory, Harbour View.

“Also on the boat were Andree Joy, Lorna and Christopher, children of Valma, Mrs. Lennie Hew, who spent their time with the ‘Dutchy’ Dilberts, and Capt. Theophilus and Mrs. Ritch of the Creek. Andree enjoyed being home after four years. She too, is studying commercials. With the exception of Reggie, Ralph and Lorna, the same party returned to Jamaica on the 31st with the addition of Julie Rutty who has gone to pass some of her vacation with Aunt Trixie, Capt. and Mrs. Aston Reid, Mrs. Esterly Walton and one of her boys who is ill, and Captain Sedley Ritch. Capt. Sedley and Mrs. ‘Dinks’ have our good wishes that her health will soon be completely restored.”