50 years ago: Rollin Jackson earns Jamaican spelling bee accolades

Cayman-brac--50-years-finalIn the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“Congratulations to Rollin Jackson on attaining the 10th place in the Children’s Own Spelling Bee Championships in Kingston last week. This is the third competition in which the Cayman Islands has partaken and he represented us for the first time in the final stage.

“The Creek PTA sponsored programme and cake sale for the Championship Fund on the 9th returned 16 pounds 19 shillings 9 pence. A short interesting programme was rendered by the children of the Creek, West End and Jamaica local centre schools, finished off by a play entitled ‘All at the Cinema,’ directed by Miss Mary Hayes and acted by former students and other youngsters home on holiday. The PTA thank all who helped and acknowledge further cash donations … the total raised was 19 pounds 9 shillings 9 pence.

“We observe Constable Willie McLaughlin driving leisurely around enjoying his absence from duty. He is on one month’s leave. Replacing him is Constable James Terry of George Town Police Station, who comes with the experience of four years’ service in the force and special training in Jamaica for transport duty in driving and motorcycle riding. We welcome Constable Terry. Our first thought was that our police force was to be augmented.

“The All Island Men’s Meeting was held at Stake Bay on Monday 19th. The women were invited to this meeting. The feature of the evening was a health talk by Dr. Henry Collins. Dr. Collins introduced his subject by showing the relationship of health service to medical practice, namely that broadly speaking it is cheaper to prevent illness than to cure people when they become sick, hence the wisdom of public health education … Because of medical knowledge of its worldwide prevalence and seriousness he spoke on the venereal diseases – gonorrhoea, syphilis, granuloma inguinale and lymphogranuloma venereum … He impressed his audience that public health is a civic duty.

“Homecoming visits continue and we are glad to see currently for a fortnight Burke and Naomi Ryan, Maureen and Margaret of Tampa looking in on their parents and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ryan of Stake Bay, and Winton and Linda Tibbetts of Tampa, happily meeting with kin from one end of the island to the other.

“Born of Cayman Brac parents though this is his second visit in two years, Winton says, ‘It’s like coming home.’ He is the nephew of Mr. Erbin and brother Mr. Esterley Tibbetts of Grand Cayman, both of the Public Works Department. Hosts are the Marvyn Ryans of the Watering Place, Linda’s family. Winton is a shipping clerk with Weyerhauser Co., timber growers and makers of corrugated cartons.

“With Capt. Spellman and Mrs. McLaughlin and family of the Creek are their daughter, Bunzil and her husband Mr. Oliver Rivers of Miami, Florida. He is of Caymanian origin, born on the Isle of Pines, Cuba, and thinks ours is a beautiful little island and looks forward to returning in the future.”