50 years ago: Numerous arrivals by stork, sea and air

Cayman-brac--50-years-finalIn the Oct. 26, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

“We welcome these little strangers home to Watering Place:

“Oct. 9 – Olivene Petrona – a 5 pound daughter and the seventh child born to Mr. and Mrs. George Scott at home (Nurse Petrona Bodden).

“Oct. 11 – a son, 10 pounds, and their first (the fourth child) born to Mr. and Mrs. Clemins O’Connor at Nurse Petrona Bodden’s home.

“Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Chantiloupe of the Creek welcomed home their daughter Winnifred from a very refreshing year in the USA on the 2nd. Winnifred was greatly impressed with the beauty of the places she visited and the kindness of everyone. She was with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Connolly of the Bronx, and her brother Ashton and his wife in Philadelphia. She enjoyed seeing the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Museum, Coney Island and Far Rockaway, a lovely bathing beach near Staten Island.

“Sunday 16th was a day for ships in the Creek roadstead. In the morning the Motor Vessel Kirksons passed by to change articles for the Master, Captain Dillon Kirkconnell, to be relieved in Kingston. The Motor Vessel Baretta came in from Curacao, Captain Connor, passing through en route to Puerto Cortez. Captain Mabry Kirkconnell returned on her and she took on engineer, Mr. Irvin Brown. In the evening as she was sailing out the Cayman Pilot, Capt. Bob Soto arrived from Grand Cayman with men and material for the Cable & Wireless installation.

“On Wednesday last, the DC-3 bearing the emblems of the Southern Cross Club and the Buccaneer’s Inn flew in the afternoon from Miami via Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien, Haiti. Alighting here Mr. and Mrs. Anton Foster of Buccaneer’s Inn, Dr. and Mrs. Logan Robertson and Thomas and friends after lunching continued on Little Cayman. The Robertsons and the Fosters were returning from Wilhelmina Day in North Carolina which is the annual get-together of the directors of Southern Cross and with the Fosters enjoyed being guests.

“On Saturday last, the Aztec six-seater plane owned by Cayman Clubs called. Coming from Miami, she left her party of four at Buccaneer’s Inn and Southern Cross. Headquarters of the Aztec is Miami.

“We have been happy to have in our midst Captain Ashton A. Reid of Kingston, who is native of Little Cayman.

He has been the guest of his brother in law Mr. A.S. Rutty of Stake Bay. It has been 39 years since Captain Reed lived here and, never stopping for more than a day ofttimes. He has been in the Islands for three weeks beginning in Grand Cayman where he supervised the discharge of Colas for the airport from the Motor Vessel Adier. The company had the contract and brought near 16,000 drums of Colas from Trinidad.

“Incidentally, Capt. Reid on the vessel Precise brought the Colas for the airport’s first construction. Capt. A.A. Reid and Son are shipping agents who manage the Adier and Artemis for Northwest Caribbean Shipping Co. Ltd and the Athena and Andora for Island Shippers Ltd. Capt. Reid finds Cayman Brac improved in many ways.

“The Island accorded a very hearty welcome to His. Hon. the Administrator and Mrs. Cumber in an overflowing audience at the courthouse on Friday night.

“We congratulate Miss Hyacinth Lazzari, daughter of Mrs. Elveda Lazzari of North East Bay, who was successful in examinations held in July. Hyacinth is a student of Wolmer’s Girls’ School. In the General Certificate Examination she obtained the ‘O’ level in English language, biology and geography. In the Jamaica School Certificate she was successful in mathematics, history and Spanish.”


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