50 years ago: Mrs. Veanna Otenchia passes; DC-3 plane proves very useful

Cayman-brac--50-years-finalIn the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“News has been received by Mrs. O.B. (Gladys) Ritch of the death of her brother Victor in Miami on the 8th.

“Mrs. Veanna Otenchia, the wife of William Robert (Mr. Dickie) Scott, died on the 28th of July and was buried the same afternoon. She had been ailing for the last 16 years but only recently had to be in bed. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Funeral service was conducted by the Rev. George Wells of the Cotton Tree Bay Church of God, assisted by Elder Carl Scott of the Church of God (Full) Gospel Hall, brother-in-law of the widower.

“Mrs. Scott was born the 2nd of March, 1893, the daughter of James Wilmot and Rachael Marion Ebanks, late of West Bay, who migrated to the West End, Cayman Brac, when she was 4 years old and settled there. She was one of 12 children. She was married on the 7th of July, 1922. She is survived by her husband, four brothers and five sisters.

“We offer sincere condolence to Mr. and Mrs. Anton Foster of Buccaneer’s Inn in the death of Mrs. Grace’s mother, Mrs. Oley Foster of Port Arthur, Texas last month.

“The DC-3 plane chartered to the Southern Cross Club, Little Cayman has been much in the service of Cayman Brac recently, filling our need of fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. She also brought for a quick call 11 passengers, including Anton and Grace Foster, and all returned on Sunday evening. Mrs. Grace who is a talented pianist has gone to the University of Miami summer school for further studies in music.

“The Motor Vessel Kirkpride arrived on Sunday, the 7th. Landing passengers were Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Foster, Charles and Sharon and Mr. Calvert Kirkconnell and son Frank, all of Tampa. We welcome them and wish then happy vacations with their parents and families, Mr. and Mrs. N.G. Kirkconnell of Stake Bay and Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Foster of Groveland, and the District Commissioner and his wife.

“From the 21st of July through the 4th of August, the Baptist fellowship of Creek, Stake Bay, West End and Little Cayman enjoyed a series of worship services by a visit from a former well-loved minister of the churches, Rev. Harold Harlee. These services were conducted by Bro. Lee King and Mr. Harlee and were enriched by vocal and instrumental music. Sharing in the first week all were happy to see Mr. Owen Nickelson, who with his wife was home on a week’s visit.

“The Church of God, Cotton Tree Bay is having a Vacation Bible School on the 15th through the 21st of August from 4 to 5:30 p.m. On the 20th, the closing exercises will be a demonstration by each class of its week’s programme. The director is Mrs. Doris Wells.”