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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."

50 years ago: Secondary Modern School opens on the Brac

In the Feb. 1, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “The doors of Secondary Modern education opened to the children of Cayman Brac on the 23rd at 8:30 a.m. when 73 children attended."

50 years ago: Capt. Robert Ebanks passes

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Mr. and Mrs. William Ebanks (Bill) became the happy parents of a son on the 8th named Elvis McLurn, weighing 6 pounds."

50 years ago: Strike halts airport work for three days

In the Jan. 25, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “A labour walkout of 90 percent of the staff at Caribbean Asphalt Co. Ltd. last week halted the company’s operation [at the Airport] for three days, the Caymanian has learned."

50 years ago: Marquess of Bath visits Tortuga Club

The Jan. 18, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, featured the following “Tortuga News” column: “The Marquess and Marchioness of Bath returned to their home in England on the 11th after a very enjoyable stay at the Tortuga Club."

50 years ago: Speeding story spurs reader comments on Breakers

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Brac included a colorful account of the launch of a new vessel: “The Motor Vessel Trial, the British flag flying proudly at her stern, rested on the shoal beach before noon."

50 years ago: Launch of the Trial a cause for excitement

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Brac included a colorful account of the launch of a new vessel: “The Motor Vessel Trial, the British flag flying proudly at her stern, rested on the shoal beach before noon."

50 years ago: Quadrille dancers keep history alive

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “Club Inferno is to be complimented on its initiative in organizing a dance for the older people of the island in an endeavour to keep alive the old-time dances.

50 years ago: Tourism in the spotlight

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town was abuzz with the arrival of a group of tourism promoters: “A contingent of 23 people arrived here on Saturday’s BWIA flight for a three day visit."

50 years ago: James Truman Conolly visits between tours of Vietnam

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “James Truman Conolly of East End, Specialist Four (equivalent to Corporal) in the 1st Air Cavalry (Helicopters) [arrived] on the island from Vietnam ... "

50 years ago: Richard Frederick on the mend after a successful surgery

In the Jan. 18, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Floris McCoy was welcomed by the paper as she took over for Haig Bodden as the Bodden Town correspondent: “We welcome Miss Floris McCoy as our new correspondent for the district of Bodden Town."

50 years ago: Stork arrives for Tibbetts and Rutty families

“In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “The stork came to Mr. and Mrs. Kelvin B. Tibbetts (Louise Kirkconnell) of Cape Canaveral, Florida, bringing their first child, a son (9 pounds, 5½ ounces on Dec. 26, 1966."

50 years ago: Iris Rivers and Allenby Bodden welcomed home

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “James Anthony Bodden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Bodden of West Bay, happily celebrate[d] his birthday on the 4th."

50 years ago: Dramatic sea rescue by three men in a skiff

In the Jan. 11, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Birney James provided a report on a dramatic rescue at sea.

50 years ago: Christmas, New Year services mark the holiday season

In the Jan. 4, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote: “The Yuletide season in Cayman Brac passed quietly and peacefully with a general air of thankful contentment."

50 years ago: Breakers’ Lighthouse Club highlighted

In the Jan. 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, contributor R.M. Walters wrote: “A structure of dignity and grace, Cayman’s unique Lighthouse Club stands imposingly yet attractively at Breakers, on the Island’s south east coast."

50 years ago: Holiday church programs celebrate the yuletide season

In the Jan. 4, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote: “The Yuletide season in Cayman Brac passed quietly and peacefully with a general air of thankful contentment.:

50 years ago: Weddings, parties and vacations

In the Jan. 4, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “A quiet wedding was solemnized on the 20th by Pastor Fossie Arch at his home, when Miss Aldine Anglin was united in marriage to Mr. Harris Bush."

50 years ago: Children thrilled as Santa pays visit to East End

“Wed. 21st was a great day for the children of East End, for at 10 a.m. Santa Claus visited their district in person for the first time."

50 years ago: Accolades for schools’ Christmas programs

“Welcome home to our seamen Winston Watson Jr., engineer ex Ore Saturn, and Wellington Watson off Blister Trader, both of Watering Place, and Japeth Walton, also off the Ore Saturn. Happy homecoming!"

50 years ago: Visitors, new babies herald Christmas season

“There have been quite a number of folk arriving for the Christmas season."

50 years ago: Arrival of first jets at Owen Roberts Airport has island abuzz

“What is probably the largest crowd ever to have congregated at the Owen Roberts Airport gathered on Saturday to greet first two jet aircraft ever to land in the Cayman Islands, and were thrilled by two perfect landings and takeoffs.

50 years ago: Excitement surrounds British military exercise

“No doubt many residents are looking forward to the arrival of the contingent of British troops from British Honduras who are due to arrive for a military exercise on Sunday the 11th at 10 a.m."

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

“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."

50 years ago: Diver finds suspected bomb off North West Point

“Boys find bomb? Whilst Donnie Watler was out scuba diving with friends on Sunday he spotted what appeared to be a bomb in about 85 feet of water off North West Point and marked the spot."

50 years ago: Administrator officially opens new school

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “The large auditorium of the new Secondary Grammar School on Walkers Road was filled to capacity on the 29th for the official opening by His Honour the Administrator.

50 years ago: Christmas visitors start arriving

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “Arrivals in the district during the past week: Mr. Franklin Ebanks from the Motor Vessel Chemical Trader, to spend his vacation with his mother and other relatives."

50 years ago: Christmas breeze a welcome arrival

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “The number of arrivals for the holiday season continues to increase. Miss Gloria Carter and Mr. Robert Lee Berry came in last Saturday."

50 years ago: Phone connection made with Little Cayman

In the Nov. 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “During the month we have been glad to see many coming home, guests with Capt. Donald McLaughlin of Creek have been the Vendryes Fosters of St. Petersburg."

50 years ago: Smith-Ebanks and Manderson-Laidler weddings

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Florence Alice Ebanks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Ebanks, became the bride of Mr. Ernest Sheridan Smith on the 3rd."

50 years ago: Phone service brings a new era to Cayman

In the Dec. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “The people of Grand Cayman can now speak to each other by a reliable telephone system thanks to the inauguration of the Cable & Wireless Internal Telephone System.

50 years ago: Rum Point Club reopens

In the Nov. 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from North Side included: “On the 20th, approximately 90 guests marked the formal reopening of the Rum Point Club."

50 years ago: Holiday visitors beginning to arrive

In the Nov. 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “The influx of holiday visitors to this district has started. Home after a visit to the U.S. is Miss Blossom Berry. Home from Costa Rica is Miss Beulah Carter.

50 years ago: Bread shortage spurs cooperative action

“There’s beauty in bread!/ There’s the song of the rain/ that watered the grain,/ And the song of brown earth/ that brought it to birth./ And a song of sun too,/ as golden it grew." These lines, read years ago in an old magazine found in my grandmother’s home, came back to mind as I delved into the reason why there was an islandwide shortage of flour and a close down of the Pioneer Bakery for four days, 18th to 22nd.

50 years ago: Frances Bodden moves house

“Our friend Miss Frances [Bodden]’s column is curtailed a little this week due to her removal to her new home on Columbus Way off Melmac Ave."

50 years ago: Thanksgiving service and departures to sea

In the Nov. 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “The Annual Thanksgiving Service of the Women’s Guild was held on the 24th at 7:15 p.m."

50 years ago: Visiting Parliamentarian dignitaries bypass Bodden Town

In the Nov. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “On the 19th of this month a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Frederick at the hospital in George Town.

50 years ago: Walton-Hines wedding, education visit recap

In the Nov. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “In a quiet wedding on Friday the 18th, attended by family, George Rayal Walton and Havilah Elizabeth Hines (nee Jackson) became man and wife.

50 years ago: Sailors head to Curacao

In the Nov. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Messrs. Tracey Bodden, Lawrence Bush, Orville Powery, Ellard Ebanks and Cedric Bodden left on the 17th for Curacao via Jamaica, to join a ship for National Bulk Carriers.

50 years ago: Well-wishers gather for Thompson building opening

In the Nov. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “A large number of well-wishers gathered outside the new Thompson Building, opposite the Post Office in the centre of George Town, at 9:15 a.m. on Friday last for the opening of this fine structure … "
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50 years ago: Delinquent youth called out in North Side

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: Leaving on Sunday was Mr. Burton Ebanks to join the S.S. Bulk Oceanic. Mr. David Ebanks returned to Miami to join his ship on Thursday 3rd."

50 years ago: Seagull from DC winds up in the district

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “How far do birds travel? A seagull which bore a tag from Washington D.C. was caught here on Saturday by Raymond Jackson.

50 years ago: Road accidents and the year’s first Norther

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lillian Ritch wrote: “On the 5th there was a collision on the West End Road between an Opel owned and driven by Mr. Otto Foster of the Bight and a Ford car owned by Mr. Lionel Bodden and driven by Mr. Marvin Ryan, both of Watering Place."

50 years ago: Remembrance Day marked with Sunday ceremony

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the Remembrance Day ceremonies held in George Town were reported as follows: “The main Remembrance Day service was held around the Memorial Cross in George Town at 10:40 a.m. on Sunday.

50 years ago: Youths cause trouble at Club Inferno

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Mr. Leon Ebanks celebrated his birthday on the 10th with a big party at the home of Mr. Calvin Anderson.

50 years ago: A past tribute to William Pouchie

This week’s 50 years ago selection appeared in the Sept. 21, 1966 issue of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass. An ongoing column, “From Teacher Hill’s clippings,” offered up fascinating tidbits of Cayman’s history from bygone days, and this one pertains to the November, 1938 edition of The Presbyterian publication.

50 years ago: Dramatic wartime story recounted

In the Nov. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, in honor of Remembrance Day, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden described some of the district’s experiences during WWII, which at that time had only ended two decades earlier.

50 years ago: Controversy over Club Inferno

In the Nov. 9, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, news from West Bay included: “Four hundred and twenty people gathered at Club Inferno for their Halloween Dance on the 1st. This is the largest gathering at the club since the Byron Lee shows and Graham Thompson and the Mashyiannes would like to thank all who supported them on this occasion."

50 years ago: Families welcome relatives for winter visits

In the Nov. 9, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote: “We welcome Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Watler of Miami who have come to spend the winter in the family home at Breezy Castle (Sound Land). We trust that Mr. Watler’s health will improve while out here. They arrived on the 3rd."

50 years ago: Northeaster brings welcome break from heat

In the Nov. 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “On Sunday we had our first North Easter for the season. This was also accompanied by heavy showers of rain.

50 years ago: Public meeting on new bills draws large crowd

In the Nov. 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “Messrs. Anton Bodden and Richard Arch held a public meeting at the Town Hall last week. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public of the proposed bills to be dealt with by the House of Assembly."

50 years ago: New radio link dish completed in Batabano

“The parabolic reflector for the tropospheric scatter radio link between here and Cayman Brac [is] now completed at Batabano."

50 years ago: New ownership for Galleon Beach, digger driver wreaks Halloween havoc

“His Honour the Administrator told the press on Saturday morning that he had received a telegram stating that Galleon Beach Hotel is now under the ownership of Mr. F.R. Streif, President of Grand Cayman Hotels Ltd."

50 years ago: Parties for Abnor Dixon’s 86th and Halloween

“Returning on the 20th from Jamaica were Mr. and Mrs. Jarrett Ritch, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Dixon, Mr. Denby Rankine, Miss Lyn and Mrs. Messerita Bodden."

50 years ago: Electricity inspections raise concerns

“Since the publication of the notice relevant to the 24 hours electricity here the inhabitants have become more apprehensive about the inspection of buildings to be hooked up to a source of electricity supply."

50 years ago: Numerous arrivals by stork, sea and air

“Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Chantiloupe of the Creek welcomed home their daughter Winnifred from a very refreshing year in the USA on the 2nd. Winnifred was greatly impressed with the beauty of the places she visited and the kindness of everyone. She was with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Connolly of the Bronx, and her brother Ashton and his wife in Philadelphia."

50 years ago: Halloween party for a worthy cause

“A Halloween party sponsored by the PTA will be held in the Town Hall on the 29th from 4 to 6 p.m., also a sale. Special feature will be a costume parade competition for the children. Invitation is extended to all to help a worthy cause."

50 years ago: Traffic concerns make the news

Mr. Charlie Bodden, well known seaman and fisherman of George Town, aged 70 years, died in a [car] accident on the West Bay Road a little west of the West Indian Club at 12:10 a.m. on Sunday morning.

50 years ago: New managers at Rum Point, fishermen return

The Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, featured a column by ‘Sandys’ on the new management at the Rum Point Club: “Bet Alice’s eyes opened wide at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party but am sure they would have opened wider if she had seen what I saw last Sunday at Rum Point."

50 years ago: Education lecture rings familiar tone

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “‘Education is to develop mind, body, useful skills, expression and personal relations,’ – so said Mr. John Macpherson during the course of a public lecture arranged by Mr. R.M. Walters, headmaster of the Bodden Town school last Wednesday."

50 years ago: Celebrity author Robin Moore stops in

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac news included: “Mr. Robin Moore, author of America’s No. 1 best-seller, ‘The Green Berets,’ and also the hit song of the same name, who is also an executive of the Sheraton hotel chain, landed in Cayman Brac on Tuesday, the 11th by private aircraft."

50 years ago: Girls’ Brigade visits Galleon Beach Hotel

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “On the 14th the leaders of the Girls’ Brigade accompanied the girls on a cycling trip to Galleon Beach Hotel where they received a warm welcome from the manager, Mr. Ainsley. Some of the girls went sea bathing. They report an enjoyable time.

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