50 years ago: Traffic concerns make the news

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Oct. 26, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

“Mr. Charlie Bodden, well known seaman and fisherman of George Town, aged 70 years, died in a [car] accident on the West Bay Road a little west of the West Indian Club at 12:10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

“At a meeting of the Cayman Prep School P.T.A. held on Friday last, the Chief of Police gave a talk on the responsibilities of parents and teachers in the matter of road safety as it applies especially to children ….

“During the few months he has been on the island, the Chief said he was horrified at what he sees on the roads just travelling five miles around George Town. Far too many bad and careless drivers, children playing all over the road, even babies crawling in the centre of the road, children pushing each other in front of vehicles, etc. He urged his hearers to keep their children off the roads when playing.

“The Chief said … the Police Force … are trying their best to improve the traffic situation and make the roads safer for us all. The biggest obstacle is the complete lack of cooperation from the public, particularly when accidents occur, for nobody ever sees anything.”

“The ‘As WE see it’ column reported:

“We would this week call attention to the disgraceful condition of the George Town Cemetery.

“Since there is no one to attend many of the graves and since others don’t seem to care the grass is now 6 feet or more high in some places and the general condition of the graveyard is a real disgrace.

“It seems that somebody has to thoroughly clean the whole area and then decide whether it is to be planted with proper grass which must be kept mowed or sanded off as in West Bay.

“If the Government is not going to do this, then they must make the matter clear and some organisation or organisations must take it as a civic duty to deal with the matter and pay a man to put in say one day per week to keep it in good order.”

In the same issue, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

“Mr. Ballantine Chollette, after spending seven months in the island with his family returned to the U.S. on the 20th to join his ship.

“Inspector and Mr. Carley Nixon left for Jamaica. Inspector has been poorly of late and has gone for medical advice. We wish for him a speedy recovery. We are glad to report that his son Kirkland who was operated on recently at the Hospital is doing well.

“Sam the fisherman had another prize catch on the 20th when he hooked and landed a marlin which was 8 feet 8 inches long, and had a tail spread of 36 inches and weighed 275 pounds.

“Mr. George Hinds, grandson of Capt. Rayal Bodden, has received his Fireman’s Plaque for Distinguished Service in connection with his act of bravery reported in our issue on Sept. 28.

“He has also a letter of commendation from the Sheriff of Dade County, Florida.

“Firefighter Hinds entered a burning building and rescued a 6 year old child who was in a bedroom unconscious and thus assisted in saving his life.”

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