50 years ago: Boatswain Bay Presbyterian church welcomes new pastor

In the May 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

“Mr. and Mrs. John S. Smith have returned from Miami. Mr. Smith went there to seek medical aid. We regret to say he did not obtain any help, and is now confined to his bed.

“Arrivals recently have been Mr. and Mrs. Amady Hurlston from Tampa. Mrs. Hurlston received medical aid and is much improved. Mr. Osley Ebanks arrived the same day from his job in Miami.

“Mr. Conwell Ebanks arrived home on April 26 from S.S. Corco, National Bulk Carriers. Mr. Wordsworth Powery is home on a short vacation from the Texaco Florida.

“P.F.C. Eddington Ebanks arrived on April 23 to visit his relatives before being assigned to Vietnam in the Armed Forces. He left on April 28.

“Capt. Allie O. Ebanks returned from Jamaica where he has had major surgery at Nuttall Hospital. He reports feeling fine. His daughter Mrs. Iva Richardson who lives in Miami met him to the airport here and accompanied him to Jamaica. She returned with him and left for Miami on April 29. Capt. Allie thinks the Mayfair Hotel is the ideal place to recuperate.

“A welcoming meeting was held on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church to welcome their new pastor Rev. H. Williamson, his wife and two children. Included in the programme were a duet by Mrs. Nell Ebanks and Mrs. Lillias Glidden. A selection by the choir, and a trumpet solo by Mr. Johnny Williamson. In return Rev. and Mrs. Williamson thanked them for the warm welcome extended.

“Mrs. Williamson will be the speaker for the women’s meeting which will be held at the church at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday the 4th. All women are welcome.

“Messrs. Arnold and Richard Vanorden were guests of Miss Betsy Jackson of Batabano. They visited here last summer and like the place very much. They think Cayman food is wonderful and hope to return again. Miss Susan Shore left the same day for Miami.

“Miss Sheila Carter from Cayman Brac is here as a guest of Mrs. June Borden for a few days before going to the U.S.

“Mrs. Samuel Banks returned on April 29 from Miami having visited her children in the U.S.

“We regret to report the death of Mrs. Ella Laureen Jackson which occurred at her home on April 29. She was the widow of the late Herman Jackson who preceded her in death three years ago. She had been a shut-in for many years, but her condition became worse one week ago. She was 77 years of age. She is survived by three brothers, Randal, McNeil and Harley Jackson and one sister, Annie Roanie Yates.

“Funeral service was conducted by Rev. R. Coke in the United Church of which she was a member for many years. Interment was in the West Bay cemetery.”

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