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50 years ago: Two men catch 250-pound turtle

In the June 7 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, "East End Echos" by Charles Dixon included: "Mr. Leroy Watson returned on May 22 to spend his vacation with his family."

50 years ago: Commonwealth delegates visit Brac

Lilian Ritch, the Sister Islands correspondent for The Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, wrote the following article titled “Visit of CPA delegates to Cayman Brac,” in the May 24, 1967 edition:

50 years ago: Hurricane Hunter visits Cayman

Last month, storm trackers on board a U.S. Air Force WC-130J Hurricane Hunter flew into Owen Roberts International Airport on their public awareness tour ahead of the Caribbean’s hurricane season.

50 years ago: Lots of socializing during Commonwealth conference

In the May 17, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

50 years ago: Death of a family man

In the May 10, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Family Week and a pro-bunkering stance

In the May 10, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: New babies and Scott-Bodden wedding

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

50 years ago: Hutchings wins Inter House sports contest

In the May 10, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

50 years ago: Parliamentary Association meets

In the May 10, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:

50 years ago: Benjie Ebanks gets promoted at Rum Point Club

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from North Side included:

50 years ago: Spencer Bodden sets off to sea

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Seamen enjoy the chance to visit

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

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:

50 years ago: Final Pacific Western flight takes off

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “The Pacific Western plane made her final call for the season last weekend."

50 years ago: Birthday party for one-year-old

In the April 26, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

50 years ago: Bunkering station raises environmental concerns

In the April 26, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, environmental concerns about a proposed bunkering station were published in response to the paper’s cautionary editorial on the risks posed by oil spills:

50 years ago: Retired Navy Cmdr. Roy Stoor visits family

In the May 3, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

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:

50 years ago: Visitors come and go

In the April 26, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “Miss Norma Jackson of Seagas Travel Services of Kingston who arrived on the island on the 15th was the weekend guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ainsley Bodden.

50 years ago: Police opportunities open up

In the April 19, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the following article appealed to young Caymanian men in search of work:

50 years ago: Electricity distribution upgrades commence

In the April 12, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “It is not always in the sequence of duty that a workman enjoys the privilege of implementing his own plans."

50 years ago: Motor Vehicle Law changes raise issue of poor roads

In the April 19, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the following letter took on changes to the Motor Vehicle Law impacting the eastern districts.

50 years ago: Inaugural phone call connects Creek to Brac grid

In the April 12, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “‘Hullo … Yes, Mr. Foster, Constable McLaughlin here, sir, at the police station …"

50 years ago: District welcomes numerous babies at start of spring

In the March 29, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “Hell has been really hot the last couple of nights. Jamaica’s No. 1 all-girl band, Ingrid Chin and the fabulous Carnations ... "

50 years ago: Mosquito control actions get under way

In the April 12, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:“The Caymanian has been interested to learn from the Mosquito Control Unit that in accordance with the powers conferred by the recent law regarding the clearing of bush ...

50 years ago: One good turn results in another

In the April 5, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, an interesting anecdote appeared concerning the district of Bodden Town. “Who is My Neighbour? The answer remains unchanged. On March 31, Mrs. Doris Levy was busy in Town and could not get through till after dinner. By this time, most of the traffic for the eastern end had all gone up."

50 years ago: Visit of HMS Salisbury calls for sherry and pomp

In the April 5, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote: “The visit of the HMS Salisbury recently was a happy and successful occasion. For the ship’s complement of 16 officers and 204 men, this was an introduction to the Cayman Islands, and to some to West Indies as a whole."

50 years ago: Meeting finds in favor of constitutional change

In the April 5, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “His Honour the Administrator was the speaker at a meeting held at the Town Hall on March 28. He was welcomed by Mr. T.W. Farrington."

50 years ago: Administrator Cumber tackles district concerns at meeting

In the April 5, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “The last of the public meetings arranged by His Honour the Administrator was held in the Town Hall, George Town on the 29th.

50 years ago: Beach walking race proves lots of fun

In the April 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, News from North Side included:“A unique and hilarious race was held at North Side on Easter Monday.

50 years ago: Visitors welcomed and dangerous driving highlighted

In the April 5, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “Mr. H.L. Barnes returned to New York after a few months at home."

50 years ago: MLAs hold meeting on proposed Constitutional changes

In the March 29, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Brac included: “MLAs K.P. Tibbetts and Burns Rutty discussed the Constitutional proposals with an audience largely from the western districts on Wednesday last."

50 years ago: Third break-in at GT store

In the March 29, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:“ Mr. Fossie Arch sustained his third big loss through robbery over this past weekend when his store on South Church Street was broken into."

50 years ago: Funeral of patriarch Niven Miller brings community together

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from North Side included:“The funeral of Mr. Niven Wray Miller Snr. of North Side, was held in the Presbyterian Church at Old Man Bay on the 14th."

50 years ago: Spring visitors and returning residents welcomed

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote:“Miss Edith Webster returned home on the 12th. She spent one year in New York with her mother and other relatives."

50 years ago: Administrator John A. Cumber talks Brac issues

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:“His Honor the Administrator, Mr. J.A. Cumber … and Mrs. Cumber visited the Brac from March 15th to 17th."

50 years ago: Una Yates hosts visitors, PTA has cancer talk

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Weekend guests of Miss Una Yates have been her cousin Mr. Herbert Yates of the P.O. Department in Miami and his wife Jean, his wife’s sister Ms. Ruth Brown of Illinois, and his aunt Mrs. Geraldine Read of Toledo, Ohio"

50 years ago: Third annual regatta held off Beach Club Colony

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included:“The third annual regatta, sponsored by the Cayman Islands Hotel Association, was held Saturday, March 18, off the Beach Club Colony."

50 years ago: Political meeting outlines proposed constitutional changes

In the March 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:“A political meeting was held at the ‘Bright Spot’ on the 16th by MLA Mr. W.W. Conolly."

50 years ago: Lighthouse Club officially opens in Breakers

In the March 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from Bodden Town included: “There was a very happy time spent on Monday evening, March 6, at the formal opening of the Lighthouse Club Ltd. at Breakers."

50 years ago: Brac Cable & Wireless exchange opens

In the March 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:“The local system of Cable & Wireless (W.I.) Ltd. Telephone Communications was officially opened on the afternoon of the 10th."

50 years ago: Ham operator helps urgent international search

In the March 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay news included: “A U.S. Air Force radio operator in Ecuador sent out an emergency radio call for aid in the location of the father of a 12-year-old leukemia victim stricken in Raleigh, North Carolina."

50 years ago: Poor attendance at agriculture meeting decried

In the March 8, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:“Those returning from Jamaica recently were Mrs. Carsley Rivers, and Mr. Colmore McCoy."

50 years ago: Administrator John A. Cumber pays a well received informal visit

In the March 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Scott sisters visit Brac after 49 years away

In the March 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Two seamen of Spot Bay, sons of Elder and Mrs. Carl Scott, left on Sunday 26th for New York via Grand Cayman."

50 years ago: Florence Tatum congratulated on 13 prize wins at Ag Show

In the March 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Mrs. Hebe Massias, dental nurse, returned from Jamaica where she went for medical aid, and is feeling much better. Her husband returned from his job at National Bulk Carriers."

50 years ago: Constitution proposals presented to district

“At a public meeting in the Town Hall, George Town, on March 2 Miss Annie H. Bodden and Mr. A.B. Bush outlined to the constituents of George Town the proposals agreed upon by the majority of elected members of the Legislative Assembly for an advance in constitutional status for Cayman ."

50 years ago: Visitor Adele Mulock stitches ties with community

In the March 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “I called on Mrs. Adele Mulock, a Canadian born in Toronto. She is an interesting person and seems to live with never a dull moment."

50 years ago: MLAs head to Sister Islands for the day

In the March 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Sister Islands included: “Just after 10 a.m. on Thursday last, after a delay to change a spark plug, the DC-3 left for the Lesser Islands with MLAs and their wives who were paying an official fact-finding tour to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman."

50 years ago: Capt. Sam Parsons pays a visit after 40 years

In the March 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “Capt. and Mrs. Sam Parsons, who were both born in West Bay, returned on the 12th to spend a surprise holiday with relatives here."

50 years ago: Stella Polaris staff and officers visit George Town

In the March 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote: “Mr. and Mrs. Berkeley Bush enjoyed their visit to Florida with their children including their youngest son Allen who is in the U.S. Navy."

50 years ago: Gun Bay United Church raises funds for a new roof

In the Feb. 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Mr. Willard Welcome left on Jan. 28 to work for National Bulk Carriers.

50 years ago: Bodden Town Citizens’ Association revived

In the Feb. 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “Mr. Albert Whittaker and son arrived from Jamaica. Mr. Clive Whittaker went from Jamaica to New York."

50 years ago: Seamen welcomed on visit home, Jenny Ogren passes

In the Feb. 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Feb 7th, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Scott of Spot Bay received the gift of a daughter – at home (8 pounds, Nurse Petrona Bodden)."

50 years ago: Valentine dinner raises funds

In the Feb. 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “The Christian Endeavour society sponsored a Valentine dinner on the 14th in the United Church Hall."

50 years ago: Undelivered telegram raises fears about overdue plane

In the Feb. 22, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town provides an interesting anecdote from an era before instant overseas communications: “Great concern for the safety of the 92 passengers and 7 crew members of the Pacific Western plane on Saturday."

50 years ago: Terry-Foster wedding celebrated in Town Hall

In the Feb. 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “There was a lovely group of relatives and well-wishers at the Town Hall in Bodden Town on Tuesday night."

50 years ago: New babies for Hurlstons and Bryans

In the Feb. 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “On Jan. 18, Mr. and Mrs. O’Neil Hurlston of Spot Bay received the gift of their first child, a son David O’Neil (8 pounds 2 ounces) at St. Louis Hospital, Ponce, Puerto Rico.

50 years ago: Soulsville draws a crowd to Club Inferno

In the Feb. 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “Soulsville ‘67 opened with a huge crowd at Club Inferno on Monday."

50 years ago: Thousands flock to Agriculture Show

In the Feb. 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “A record crowd of about 2,500 attended the 1967 Agricultural Show held at the Grammar School Grounds on Ash Wednesday."

50 years ago: Womens’ Guild social tea a happy occasion

In the Feb. 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “The monthly Social...

50 years ago: Fosters return from Jamaica nuptials

In the Feb. 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “Home on vacation is Mr. Churchill Wood. He is an employee of National Bulk Carriers. Visiting the island with him is a Japanese friend."

50 years ago: Winter guests warmly welcomed

In the Feb. 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Mrs. Bertha and Mr. Alton Ritch … are the guests of their sister–in–law and aunt Mrs. Gladys Ritch of Creek."

50 years ago: Godfrey-Powell wedding wraps up an eventful January

In the Feb. 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Donald Campbell (Natalie) on the arrival of a daughter Susan Mitylene in Kingston, Jamaica, on Jan. 24, weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces."

50 years ago: Flying foursome and a red-hot calypso show

In the Feb. 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “An adventurous foursome landed their tiny Cessna Skyhawk at Owen Roberts Airfield a fortnight ago, marking the halfway point of a round-trip flight from Victoria, British Columbia."

50 years ago: Navy diver visits Rum Point

In the Feb. 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from North Side included: “A man who likes to spend most of his time in the water – and where better to do that than in Grand Cayman – is Naval Reserve Commander William Henry Hamilton Jr."

50 years ago: Visitors’ feedback stirs pride

In the Feb. 8, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “Recently Mr. Oliver E. Jones C.L.U. was in Grand Cayman. He is an Agency Manager of Manufacturers Life Inc. Co."

50 years ago: Overseas tourism entourage takes in the Brac

In the February 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, news from Cayman Brac included: “On the 13th the Spot Bay Primary School marked the coming graduation of scholars eligible for the Secondary Modern School with an impromptu programme and refreshments."

50 years ago: Taxicab group’s dance

In the Feb. 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “A jolly evening was...

50 years ago: Portrait of the Quiet Man

In the Feb. 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, contributor Birney Jarvis offered up the following profile of one of Cayman’s popular seasonal entertainers.

50 years ago: Rankins wed; Fredricks welcome a son

In the Jan. 18, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “On Jan. 11 Mr. Thomas Rankin took as his bride Miss Josphyn Jeffers. The wedding ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Lewin Williams at the groom’s home.

50 years ago: New babies and a visit from the United Church moderator

In the Jan. 25, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Floris McCoy wrote: “A little baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Powell. Mrs. Frank Berry returned from Jamaica, bringing with her a little baby girl."

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