50 years ago: Visitors, new babies herald Christmas season

In the Dec. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“There have been quite a number of folk arriving for the Christmas season. Mr. Crawford Owens from the Cleveland Transport Corp., Mr. and Mrs. Ashton De’Oscar and children from New York, Miss Lucille Manderson from New York, Mr. Asley Ebanks from his job in the U.S., Mr. Lloyd De’Oscar, Mr. Donald Glidden, Sarah Smith, Hartis Bush, Aldine Henning and two daughters who live in Tampa all came in on the 10th. Mr. Rennie Ebanks and Miss Sicily Bush arrived from Jamaica on the 11th.

“The annual Garden Party sponsored by the United Church was held on the 27th at the Town Hall.

“A thief or thieves entered the kitchen of Mr. Samuel Ebanks on the night of the 13th and carried away all of his groceries and other articles. This is the third time Mr. Ebanks has had these unfriendly visitors.

“Arriving on the 16th from the U.S. were Mr. and Mrs. Garland Ebanks and baby, Mr. Leith Banks and Mr. Cardell Powery from New York. Mr. Carlyle Glidden paid a short visit home and left on the 16th. Carlyle and his wife send Christmas greetings to the Caymanian Weekly, also to friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Ebanks returned from Miami on the 16th. We are happy to report Mrs. Alvin is quite well.

“Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Dilbert became the happy parents of their first child on the 9th, a daughter weighing 7 pounds, named Deneita Ann.

“To Mr. and Mrs. Mack Ebanks the gift of their first child on the 15th, a son named Sterling Alfred, weighing nine pounds.

“Capt. and Mrs. David V. Parsons have returned to visit relatives.

“On Wednesday, my attention was called by three boys from Boatswains Bay to a snake 5 feet long and 5 inches in circumference which they killed in a yard in Boatswains Bay. Is it possible we have a new species of snake in this district?

“Messrs. Sherman Manderson, Robert Ebanks, Rollin Ebanks, Tyrone McDoom left on the 18th to join S.S. Ore Neptune. Mr. Robert Hydes and Mr. Conolly Ebanks for S.S. Ore Saturn.

“Mrs. Harley Rae Ebanks is happy to report that her daughter Sharon had an appendectomy in Orlando, Florida, and is feeling well again. Mrs. Ebanks went to be with her and while there she met a lot of relatives and friends. She visited Tampa, Delano, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

“We are glad to have Capt. and Mrs. Donald Glidden, caretaker of Swan Island with us. They arrived on the 11th and will be spending 1967 in Grand Cayman.”

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