50 years ago: Ethel Cook-Bodden returns from an action-packed trip

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Arriving passengers from Jamaica on the 18th were Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Merren and daughter Pauline, who have all been under medical care. We wish for them continued improvement. Also Mr. George (Bing) Thompson, from Trinidad, where he has been with BWIA. He will be returning shortly after a few days leave.

“Quatro Hatch of the Beach Club Colony has gone on a fortnight’s holiday to Miami. He was accompanied by his two friends Jeff Senn and Billy Raven who have been visiting here for the past two weeks.

“Mrs. Ethel Cook-Bodden arrived on the 14th after being away from the island for the past 11 weeks. She had a wonderful time and is feeling quite well again. She first went to England, thence to Barcelona and Montserrat, Spain, for eight days, then returned to London and districts where she visited the Lamings, the Streatfields and the Greenalls, then down to Devon with her sister Mrs. Viant for four weeks. Then to Somerset [where she] visited her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tregutta. Then to Montreal, Canada, to visit her son Mr. Ralph Lott. Owing to the plane strike she had to take the Greyhound bus and ride two days and two nights to get to Miami.

“We are happy to see Mr. Bennie Ross back and feeling quite well again; his sons Augustus and Timmy returned home after an enjoyable stay in Miami.

“Mrs. Pat Quin (Brenda) left on the 18th for a fortnight to Jamaica to visit her aged mother.

“Miss Maxine Ebanks left for a two week holiday in Jamaica.

“Miss Judy Ann McLaughlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Audry McLaughlin, was united in marriage to Mr. James Watler at the Church of God Chapel on the 18th, with Rev. Holm officiating.

“Mrs. Crosby Walton and six children Barton, Benton, Heather, Eldon, Fabion and Kay (a cousin) left for Miami on the 20th en route to Freeport, Bahamas, where Mr. Walton is working at the Bahama Cement Company factory, and is doing quite well.

“Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cranston and their baby son Dewey left for New Orleans, Louisiana, to visit her brothers and relatives. They were accompanied by Mrs. Lizzie Warren, who has gone to visit relatives for a while.

“Mrs. Brent Bush of South Sound and her sister Miss Joan Groves have gone on a visit to Miami.

“We are happy to report that Paratrooper Allen B. Bush has recovered from injuries which occurred in an accident in Seattle, Washington, when the car he was in overturned. He and his friend were badly injured and had to be hospitalized. The driver escaped without injuries.”