50 years ago: Oralee Dixon is Caymanian Weekly ‘personality of the week’

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEBIn the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End news included:

“Mrs. Charles Dixon, wife of our East End correspondent, who was recently appointed Acting Head Teacher of the Primary School in that district, is our ‘personality of the week.’

“Oralee is the daughter of Nesta MacLean of East End and received her schooling at the school of which she is now Head. From 1962-65 she went to Jamaica and took teacher training at Shortwood College.

“On her return to Cayman, she was appointed to the Secondary Modern School in George Town where she taught English for one year.

“Last December, she married Charles in Jamaica and they have now made their home at East End. Her husband is a cabinet-maker who has worked in the district for about 10 years.”

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In the same issue, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Mr. and Mrs. Janet Ritch left on the 22nd for Jamaica to seek medical aid.

“Messrs. Washington McLaughlin, Willard McLaughlin and Fulbert Conolly left on the 2nd to work for National Bulk Carriers.

“Arriving on the 2nd from Jamaica was Mr. Austin Bell to send some time with his wife.

“Returning via Miami on the 2nd because of illness was Mr. Ernest Pearson.

“When our reporter visited East End last Friday, the Frances was peacefully at anchor, but by the activity on board it appears she had been on a fishing trip … The Frances was brought from Honduras by Mr. Danworth Forbes.”

In the same issue, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy reported:

“Arriving from Jamaica on Sept. 29 was Mr. Hartley Rivers who went to visit his sister Zeta. Also returning on the 2nd was Miss Phyllis Smith, who has been in Jamaica for a few weeks.

“Leaving on the 2nd was Mr. Walter B. Ebanks. He has gone to take up work with N.B.C. on the S.S. Ore Titan.

“Miss Phyllis Whittaker left on Sunday for a short vacation in Jamaica.

“Mr. Bob Brenton of Cayman Kai returned from Trinidad on Thursday.

“We are happy to report that Miss Zelmalee Chisholm has been successful in her third year exam at Shortwood College, and is now quite settled down to her job of teaching at Spot Bay, Cayman Brac. Our congratulations and good wishes are extended to her as she goes forth in her teaching career.”

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