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50 years ago: Scope of mosquito issues highlighted

In the Oct. 19, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “Dr. M.E.C. Giglioli has informed the Caymanian that the Mosquito Research and Control Unit has recently been granted 41,329 pounds from Colonial Development and Welfare funds to cover capital equipment costs during its first two years of operation ending in April 1968."

50 years ago: Rankine Whittaker wedding, barges shelter

In the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “Arriving on the 9th was Mr. Leslie O. Chisholm to spend his annual vacation with his mother and other relatives."

50 years ago: Concerns raised over road paving plans

In the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “A son was born to Mrs. Evy Solomon on Thursday at the hospital, the child weighed 8½ pounds."

50 years ago: Discipline issues raised at PTA meeting

In the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Welcome home to our seamen arrived recently on vacation from National Bulk Carriers: Ordway Bodden of Spot Bay off Bulk Petrol, Horace Christian of North East Bay off the Petra Sea, and Davylee Tibbetts of Creek, 2nd engineer of the Richard."

50 years ago: Bad conditions spur PTA threat to close school

In the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “At a recent meeting at the West Bay Primary School, the parents and teachers expressed their dissatisfaction over the way in which the school building is being treated by the public and also the deplorable condition of the toilets."

50 years ago: C-46 plane has emergency landing at Owen Roberts Airport

In the Oct. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included: “A twin-engine C-46 cargo plane operated by TAN airlines of North America with a crew of 2 made a perfect emergency landing on one engine at Owen Roberts Airport on Thursday evening."

50 years ago: Oralee Dixon is Caymanian Weekly ‘personality of the week’

In the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End news included: “Mrs. Charles Dixon, wife of our East End correspondent, who was recently appointed Acting Head Teacher of the Primary School in that district, is our personality of the week.

50 years ago: Poor attendance at men’s meeting

In the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “The monthly men’s meeting was held here on last Sunday. The attendance was poor but all the districts were represented."

50 years ago: Accomplishments praised and incidents at sea

In the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “We offer congratulations to Mrs. Warren Conolly on her appointment as Acting Director of Education. Islay is the eldest daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Harris Bodden of the Creek and we are humbly proud of this promotion awarded our ‘daughter of the soil.’

50 years ago: Parsons-Bodden wedding draws a crowd

In the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from West Bay included: “On Sept. 29, Miss Nella Jane Parsons became Mrs. MacArthur Bodden at a ceremony performed by Rev. John Croft at the Pilgrim Holiness Church West Bay.

50 years ago: Caymanian Weekly celebrates first anniversary

In the Oct. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, George Town news included: “This week the Caymanian celebrates its first anniversary by thanking all who have supported us through the 12 months that have past since we brought out our first issue on the Oct. 6 1965.”

50 years ago: ‘Largest ever’ blue marlin caught, towed to shore

In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “On Wednesday the 21st Mr. Bertram Conolly and Mr. Hoyt McLaughlin raised and boated a blue marlin believed to be the largest ever caught on this end of the island."

50 years ago: ‘Politically our island is in an appalling state’

In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “There is no secret that politically our island is in an appalling state. That some change in the near future is necessary cannot be denied by even the most faint hearted."

50 years ago: Students succeed at GCE exams in Jamaica

In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac Correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

50 years ago: Lena Yates passes

In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Mr. J.S. Banks returned on the 22nd having made a business trip to Miami. Arriving the same day were Messrs. Ivan Farrington and Duel Rivers of Central Gulf Co. on S.S. Greenlake."

50 years ago: Schools hold season’s first football match

In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included: “The first football match of the season was played at the Sec. Mod. School on Friday morning between Triple C and the Govt. Sec. Grammar School. The final score was 3-2, the Sec. Grammar School being the winners."

50 years ago: Snorkeler discovers bazooka shell

In the Sept. 21, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from East End included:

50 years ago: Creation of public beaches proposed

In the Sept. 21, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

50 years ago: Changes and new staff mark start of new school year

In the Sept. 21, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

50 years ago: Travelers arrive from Swan Island; Charles Orrett passes

In the Sept. 21, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

50 years ago: South Sound United Church hosts Sybil McLaughlin

In the Sept. 28, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from South Sound included:

50 years ago: Film screening raises funds for new North Side church

In the Sept. 14, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Shedding light on district electricity charges

In the Sept. 14, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

50 years ago: New teachers welcomed to the Brac

In the Sept. 14, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

50 years ago: Woman’s Guild fundraiser fun includes mock wedding

In the Sept. 14, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

50 years ago: Woman’s Guild holds successful Harvest Festival and Sale

In the Sept. 14, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

50 years ago: Women’s Guild social draws impressive crowd

In the Sept. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “The Women’s Guild held its monthly social tea on the 1st at the Presbyterian Cottage. It began by singing 'In Christ there is no East or West,' after which the oldest Guild member, Mrs. Ditha Ebanks, offered a short prayer."

50 years ago: Floris McCoy’s achievements lead to teaching

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “Miss Floris McCoy … has just received her B.A. degree from Warner Pacific College. Miss McCoy arrived from the U.S. on the 27th."

50 years ago: Ryan, Scott wedding draws a large crowd

In the Sept. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Perhaps the largest crowd ever gathered at the West End Baptist Church on Aug. 27 to witness the marriage of two popular young people, James Montgomery Ryan and Shirley Olee Scott."

50 years ago: Brandons and Ebanks families welcome new babies

“Mr. and Mrs. Ellard Ebanks left on the 3rd for Jamaica. Mrs. Ebanks has gone to have medical attention. Travelling on the same plane was Mrs. Alpheana Powery who has gone to visit her son, Wordsworth, who is a patient in the University Hospital, having surgery for a throat condition."

50 years ago: Turen, Kirkconnell wedding draws hundreds

In the Sept. 7, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “Hundreds attend Kirkconnell rites: On the 31st of August Miss Rita Turen became Mrs. Yorke Kirkconnell at a ceremony performed a the Elmslie Memorial United Church by the Rev. John Lord."

50 years ago: Unique shell collection moves to North Side

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side news included: “Robert Sevier Fuller, better known as Bob Fuller has recently moved his collection of Caymanian shells and corals from his so-called ‘Shell Shack’ on Smith Rd. George Town to his North Side home."

50 years ago: Road complaints reveal historical tidbits

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “In the early part of this year a feeble attempt was made to repair the road which links Newlands with Savannah and the rest of the island."

50 years ago: Captain Nathaniel Glover Kirkconnell passes

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from the Brac included: “Captain N.G. Kirkconnell of Stake Bay passed peacefully away on Monday evening the 22nd at his residence. He had been for over three years in failing health."

50 years ago: A Henning-Ebanks wedding; Anglins welcome 9th child

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “A quiet wedding was solemnized at the home of Capt. Lenard Henning on the 25th at 7 p.m. when his eldest daughter Nell was united in marriage to Mr. Stanley Ebanks."

50 years ago: Low wages blamed for lack of efficient dock workers

In the Aug. 31, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, news from George Town included: “Doing a man’s job: boys save the dock situation. Seeing these lads working on the dock, carrying goods from the ships to the warehouse, has led to many adverse comments and criticisms of Government regarding the employment of these youths for this task."

50 years ago: Vacation Bible school wraps up with a show

In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote: “The closing exercises of the Vacation Bible School were held on the 17th. Commencing at 2 p.m. the children rendered a programme of songs etc. which they had been taught."

50 years ago: Light House construction close to completion

In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “The Light House Club, which will be opened in a few months time, is now nearing completion of its construction. Situated at Breakers, in the eastern part of Bodden Town the clubhouse commands one of the most breathtaking oceanfront views there is in Grand Cayman."

50 years ago: Rollin Jackson earns Jamaican spelling bee accolades

In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Congratulations to Rollin Jackson on attaining the 10th place in the Children’s Own Spelling Bee Championships in Kingston last week."

50 years ago: Faith Home’s West Bay connection endures

In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hydes and son Jr. left on the 18th for Jamaica where Mrs. Hydes will receive medical attention. Leaving on the same plane was Miss Anstine Bodden, one of the workers at Faith Home, in Golden Spring."

50 years ago: Ethel Cook-Bodden returns from an action-packed trip

In the Aug. 24, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote: “Arriving passengers from Jamaica on the 18th were Mr. and Mrs. Ellery Merren and daughter Pauline, who have all been under medical care."

50 years ago: Money order scam victimizes Mrs. Cromwell Ebanks

In the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Consternation over the purchase of a tractor to pick up garbage

In the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

50 years ago: Mrs. Veanna Otenchia passes; DC-3 plane proves very useful

In the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “News has been received by Mrs. O.B. (Gladys) Ritch of the death of her brother Victor in Miami on the 8th."

50 years ago: A wedding in Virginia; births and arrivals on island

In the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “A quiet wedding was solemnized in Virginia, U.S., on July 29 when Mr. Ludwick Ebanks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Ebanks, took as his bride Irene Christian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Errol Christian."

50 years ago: A car and a bike stolen, suspect sought

In the August 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included the following: “Sometime after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night a car, the property of Mr. Winston McNamee, which was parked in the yard of his home on Crewe Rd. was stolen."

50 years ago: Evangelists continue rounds of districts

In the Aug. 17, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon reported: “On Aug. 1, a team of 10 evangelists made an unexpected call on residents of this district."

50 years ago: Dixon homecoming and Kirksons boat brings visitors

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Mrs. Vedette Dixon, second youngest daughter of the Scott family, now lives in Brooklyn. First leaving here at 7 years of age, she spent most of her life in Jamaica and eventually migrated with her two children to the U.S. in 1962, where she studied the profession she has always wanted, beauty culture."

50 years ago: Christian student group visits the district

In the Aug. 10, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote: “Dr. C.C. Carlman, of the Caribbean World Missions, delivered the missionary sermon at the camp meeting of the Florida state association of the Church of God, at Lakeland Florida on Thursday, Aug. 4. Brother E. Calvin Ebanks of West Bay attended that mission service."

50 years ago: Watlers welcome a son and a Bodden-Rankine wedding

In the Aug. 3, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Born to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Watler on the 24th of July the precious gift of a son. Mother and son doing fine."

50 years ago: A civil service departure and a call to enjoy the beach

“The exodus from the Civil Service continues this week as Mrs. Kadie Ebanks of this district (Savannah) resigns from the post of X-ray technician at the hospital in George Town. Mrs. Ebanks, who once took a course in radiology, has given long and satisfactory service in the Medical Department. It is understood that Mrs. Ebanks will seek employment elsewhere."

50 years ago: Homesters remind all of childhood summers on the Brac

“July came in with the homesters, especially the children, rushing home as soon as school closed to the sea and skin diving and fishing and torching and the freedom of wind, wave and ironshore and bluff of their birthplace."

50 years ago: Manderson and Ebanks families welcome baby daughters

“Mr. and Mrs. Paul Manderson became the happy parents of their second child and first daughter on the 25th of July named Paula Agatha, weighing 6 pounds."

50 years ago: New offices for the Caymanian Weekly

“Our new premises were officially opened on Thursday last with a brief ceremony outside the building."

50 years ago: Turtlers depart for Mosquito Cays

“Mr. Edward Rankine returned from Jamaica on July 21 after spending 4 months receiving treatment for his eyes. He is happy to say there has been some improvement.

50 years ago: Road repairs applauded, but outstanding issues linger

In the July 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “The filling in of the holes on the Bodden Town road is a job to be commended. But it is unfortunate to see that the work has stopped at Crewe Road."

50 years ago: Scott children mark some milestones

In the July 27, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Scott of Spot Bay are happy in the recent successes of their children."

50 years ago: One unlucky turtle meets its fate

“An unusual thing happened in West Bay on Sunday at about 1:30 p.m. A loggerhead turtle crawled a distance up onto the beach and began making a nest. She was sighted by some bathers who called for help and Oriel Hydes turned her over."

50 years ago: Lillian Bodden and Lucille Seymour back from teachers’ college

“Miss Lillian Bodden and Miss Lucille Seymour of George Town have arrived from Shortwood College, Jamaica. Miss Bodden has completed her training and will teach in one of the Government primary schools."

50 years ago: Praising seamen and some road humor on serious topic

“Darley Solomon was an Ordinary Seaman on board the ill-fated tanker Texaco Massachusetts when she collided with the Alva Cape in New York harbour last month.

50 years ago: Community unites for Rivers Scott wedding

In the July 20, 1966 Caymanian Weekly: “The Sobeyville Baptist Church in Stake Bay was the very happy scene of the wedding of Miss Hyacinth Rivers, the loved and popular granddaughter of Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth Ritch."

50 years ago: Emmie Bush visits from Bonacco

In the July 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

50 years ago: Party marks police chief handover

In the July 20, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town news included:

50 years ago: Community mourns Caroline Carter’s passing

“Arriving on the 3rd from Jamaica was Mrs. Josephine Pearson, who visited her sick husband Mr. Carlton Pearson. He is feeling much better and hopes to be back soon."

50 years ago: Road safety comes into question

In the July 13, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

50 years ago: Fishing trip a (happy) misadventure

“Friday night of the 8th was a harrowing one for the families of Keith Tibbetts, Arlen Reid and Mrs. Mavis Brown. Parker Tibbetts, his younger brother Nat, Derbyn Brown and Melgreen Reid went in Parker’s motor boat to Little Cayman for whelks and conchs early in the morning."

50 years ago: Scott family welcomes daughter Letsie Ann

“Miss Debra Ebanks, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Graham Ebanks left on the 10th to spend her school holidays in Tampa with relatives. She is accompanied by her uncle Mr. Rayburn Farrington who was home on a short vacation."

50 years ago: Shoppers head to Miami for wedding supplies

“Welcome to Lavonida Marrietta Conolly, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walsham Conolly, who was born at the George Town Hospital on June 29, weight 7 and a half pounds."

50 years ago: Students excel, state of schoolhouse panned

In the July 6, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote: “Mrs. Julia Cameron, fondly known as ‘Jule,’ died on Saturday, July 2."

50 years ago: Chisholm family arrives for a visit

In the July 13, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Creek Primary School dominates spelling bee

“Spelling bee congratulations to the Creek Primary School! Rollin Jackson, Pamela Connolly, Ornel Brown and Shirlene Anderson won the first four places in the Inter-Schools Competition on Friday last.

50 years ago: Joyful arrival of a sixth child for Powerys

“After spending three months vacation with his family, Mr. Denniston Ebanks left on June 30 for Canada to join the S.S. Emperor for National Bulk Carriers."

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