50 years ago: Fire sweeps through Mount Pleasant

In the April 26, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“The Fire Brigade was called on Friday morning to extinguish a fire in Mount Pleasant which started in the yard of Mrs. Loranzo Jackson in what is called the ‘Hill’ area. Mrs. Jackson was burning garbage. The fire crossed her yard and burned in a westerly direction, taking in property belonging to Dorson Ebanks and others. It continued its course down to the high land of Capt. Eddie Jackson and down to Capt. Newton Yates’ property, covering a large area. With the help of a 150 ft. hose, wells nearby and helpful fighters, it was almost extinguished when the Brigade arrived. Lots of property was burned but no houses were destroyed as the houses and yards were wetted in time to prevent being burned.

“Rev. and Mrs. R. Coke are delighted to have Mrs. Coke’s father, Mr. Wesley Sessing from Jamaica, visiting with them for two weeks.

“Mr. and Mrs. Cardios Rivers returned from Jamaica where they have obtained their legal visa for admission to the U.S.

“On the 10th at 6:30 p.m., Mr. Rolston Rivers took as his bride Miss Margary Bush (Eddo) at the Church of God Manse with Rev. Dewey Johnson officiating.

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“The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mr. Doddrige Bush. Miss Carolyn Rivers, sister of the bridegroom, was maid of honour and Mr. Marcus Ebanks was best man. The ceremony was witnessed by a few friends and the immediate families. A shower was held on the 9th at Club Inferno when the bride received many useful gifts.

“Mrs. Ada Hyes has gone to Fort Lauderdale to visit her sister Delilah who has been away for nearly 46 years. Mrs. Hydes is nearing 80 years of age and this is her first trip abroad. She was accompanied by her son-in-law Mr. Alvin Ebanks who has gone to re-ship after spending four months vacation at home.

“Messrs. Albury Smith from New Orleans, where he resides, and Elerey Rivers from N.B.C., are here on vacation.”

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