50 years ago: Frances Bodden moves house

George-Town-50-years-finalIn the Nov. 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included some updates on the district correspondent:

“Our friend Miss Frances [Bodden]’s column is curtailed a little this week due to her removal to her new home on Columbus Way off Melmac Ave.

“Her many friends will miss visiting at her ever open door at the centre of town.

“We are happy that her new residence is now complete and wish for her, and those who dwell with her, many years to enjoy it.

“Mr. Peter Bodden, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T.D. Bodden, arrived from London via Jamaica on the 24th and is the guest of Mr. Ainslie L. Bodden (his uncle) and his good wife. Peter works on the maintenance staff of British Overseas Airways Corporation in London.

“We extend a warm welcome to him and trust that his stay in the island will be a most pleasant one. His father ‘J.D.’ was a most popular and outstanding young man, having served in Cayman during the war with Sir Wolsey Cardinal, the then Commissioner of the Cayman Islands, as a right-hand man.

“Mrs. Minard Foster left for Jamaica on Thursday to visit her daughter.

“Capt. Lem Bodden and his son, Lem Jr. spent a most enjoyable visit with his sister Mrs. Pat Henderson. They returned home to New Orleans on the 24th. Whilst here they did a lot of fishing and toured the island.

“The Volunteer State which has Cardinal DaCosta amongst its crew, passed close to Cayman on the 24th. Burns Rutty was able to pick up the ship on the radio and talk to Cardinal but his voice was very indistinct which made conversation a little difficult. Mrs. DaCosta did not know that her husband would be passing so close and was disappointed at not getting to talk with him.

“We are happy to have Miss Cook a sister of Mr. Stewart Cook consultant engineer at the airport visiting Cayman for the first time. It is hoped that her stay will be most happy.

“Mr. Tom Jackson of Newlands passed away in the hospital on Nov. 17. The funeral took place the following day at his home and thence for burial at Pedro. He was 84 1/2 years of age and a hard worker in his day. One of his outstanding works was the Spotts road which was built after the 1932 storm during the term of Col. E.A. Weston the then commissioner of the island. This was the first road of its kind that was ever built in the island, and has have very little repairs since that time. Mr. Tom is survived by his second wife – Mrs. Pearl Dean Jackson …

“Happy Birthday to Master Frankie Roulstone the third. He was three years of age on the 2nd. He is the only son and third child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roulstone, Jr.

“Mrs. Fay Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Sinclair, returned home from Jamaica on Sunday. She has been working in Kingston for some time.

“Mr. J. Armstrong, Canadian entomologist, arrived on Sunday to join the team here.

“He is particularly interested in the use of insecticides and will work in the new laboratory erected recently for this purpose.

“The Motor Vessel Chemical Trader made one of her regular calls this week, arriving Monday evening at Spotts. The Cayman members of the crew were able to come ashore and visit their relatives for a few hours.

“The Inagua Spray called in here on Saturday to pick up a crewman from North Side. The Captain on this vessel is now Ned Miller, also of North Side.”


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