50 years ago: Parties for Abnor Dixon’s 86th and Halloween

East-End-final-new-50-years-WEBIn the Oct. 26, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

“Returning on the 20th from Jamaica were Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett Ritch, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dixon, Mr. Denby Rankine, Miss Lyn and Mrs. Messerita Bodden.

“Mr. Patrick Welcome and Mr. Elvit Conolly left on the 20th to work for National Bulk Carriers.

“Mr. Allen McLaughlin returned on the 23rd after a short visit to Jamaica.

“Mr. Edward Rankine left on the 23rd for Jamaica to visit his aunt who is critically ill in hospital.

“Mr. Rexford Miller arrived on the 20th from California for a week’s visit to his family at Gun Bay whilst his ship is in dry dock.

East End news also included:

“Mr. Abnor Dixon of East End celebrated his 86th birthday on Oct. 4, with a party held for him by his children at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Goldwyn McLaughlin.

“Amongst those who attended this party to make it a success were his oldest sister Mrs. Ethelyn Jackson, 84, and his brother Mr. Burnell Dixon who was 71 years of age on his last birthday.

“We wish Mr. Abnor many happy returns and may the blessings of God always rest and remain with him.”

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

“The Woman’s Guild held its monthly social tea at the Mission Home. There were several members in attendance. It was sponsored by Mrs. Wesley Ebanks, Mrs. Mary Miller and Mrs. Norma Ebanks. A very enjoyable hour of fellowship was enjoyed by all.

“The Christian Endeavour society has arranged for a Halloween dinner on Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Local dishes will be served. There will be a dress costume competition and a special prize will be given for the most original costume. Come and enjoy a good time of C.E. fellowship and fun and be served with nice dishes of seafood and crab. Cover charge 5 shillings.

“In the absence of the minister Rev. L. Williams from the charge for a week, Mr. Lee A. Ebanks conducted divine worship here on Sunday evening. Mr. Lee being a former catechist of this church at one time was happy to be able to render this bit of service for the minister, and brought a very challenging and inspiring message.

“Mr. Leslie O. Chisholm returned to his home in Palmetto, Florida, on Thursday after spending an enjoyable vacation with his mother and other relatives.

“Mr. Jemmy McCoy left on the same plane to join one of the National Bulk Carrier ships and Mr. Frank McCoy left the same day to join the S.S. Imperial St. Lawrence.

“Arriving during the course of last week were Messrs. W.R. Smith and Joseph Greene to spend their annual vacation with their families.

“Misses Phyllis and Rebie Whittaker also returned from their holiday in Jamaica.

“Mr. and Mrs. Osley Ebanks were the happy parents of a fine baby boy, born on the 19th. This is their fifth son and sixth child.

“Work has commenced on the ‘booth’ for Cable & Wireless, so in the very near future it is hoped that North Side will be linked up with the other districts.

“A large Jew Fish weighing 120 pounds was speared by Mr. Ricardo Ebanks on the 22nd.”


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