50 years ago: Elishua Bodden passes, churches hold Christmas events

In the Dec. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“Many people from this district returned home for the Christmas holidays including Janice Watler who is taking a course in Jamaica, and Mr. Clifford Moore, an employee of National Bulk Carriers.

“Mrs. Elishua Bodden fondly known as Aunt Lish died being over 80 years of age, she was one of the large group of octogenarians living in Bodden Town.

“She is survived by a brother Adler who as also an octogenarian. Many other close relatives also mourned her loss. The funeral rites were performed by Rev. Lewin Williams of the United Church. Her body was interred at the Pease Bay Cemetery.

“In my last column I mentioned the North Easter that was blowing here. Now the wind is from the North West, but it is still the fine weather for young ducks. Do the tourists know that good fishing can be engaged off Bodden Town during the North Westers? As one old-timer said, ‘It is as calm as the night the Lord passed through.’

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“On Sunday the 11th the Chapel Church of God showed an audio visual picture, ‘The story of the Wise Men.’

“On Tuesday night the 13th, the Youth Fellowship of the same church had a Christmas party. On Wednesday the 14th they had a tea party to raise funds for the church. On Friday the 16th another picture dealing with the life of Christ was shown at the Chapel.

“The young people of the Seventh-day Adventist Church put on a Christmas Programme on the 15th.

“Another accident which damaged two cars has occurred at the foot of the ill-reputed and often mentioned Guard House Hill.

“As the road reconstruction programme is presently under review it would be a fine thing if the old grudge against Bodden Town could be forgotten, and a proper job done in improving the present death trap which now passes for a road.

“Remember that although Guard House is part of Bodden Town, the road fatalities will not necessarily be confined to the citizens of this neglected district.”


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