50 years ago: Harvest Meeting and a daring burglary

In the Nov. 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“The annual Harvest Meeting was held in the United Church on the 23rd, with a very good display of fruit and vegetables. The Rev. Lewin Williams was guest speaker. A sale was held, which collected the amount of 14 pounds.

“Messrs. Cyril Parsons, Frank Parsons and Cleveland Ebanks arrived on the 24th from their jobs on the Motor Vessel Julius H. Barnes.

“A thief or thieves entered the home of Mr. Wilroy Henning at Batabano, which is being occupied by Miss Iris Bodden, a few days ago and took away groceries and clothing.

“Entry was made through a window from which all the glass was taken out and the screen cut away. This daring act was done in the day while Miss Bodden was teaching at the Government school.

“November seems to be the month for snakes in this district. I have seen quite a few in my yard, and heard of them going into several houses. A few days ago Miss Naomi Ebanks and her sister Dorne from North West Point killed one over five feet long and 7 1/2 inches in circumference after it had killed a large rat.

“Mrs. Rudolf McLaughlin and baby daughter arrived from Jamaica on the 27th.

“Mr. Rex Ford arrived on the 27th from National Bulk Carriers’ S.S. Oceanic via Panama.

“After spending an enjoyable vacation with relatives, Miss Dorothy Ann Henning left for her home in Tampa on the 27th.”

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