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EDITORIAL – Bringing our history to life

We are glad to see so many young people taking these lessons to heart.

Will: Frederick Douglass, a champion of American individualism

Douglass opposed radical Republicans’ proposals to confiscate plantations and distribute the land to former slaves. Sandefur surmises that “Douglass was too well versed in the history and theory of freedom not to know” the importance of property rights.

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: PTA meetings go well; Christmas excitement builds

“Last week was PTA week. At Spot Bay, head teacher H.M. Morris and the meeting, having been planning through the year for the prize giving, acknowledged with gratitude contributions from individuals and firms."

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: 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: Remembering the great storm of ‘32

The hurricane that hit the Cayman Islands in November 1932, known as the 1932 Cuba hurricane, or in the Cayman Islands as the 1932 Storm, hit Cayman Brac on the evening of Nov. 8 wreaking widespread destruction and death.

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."

The People Time Forgot: Wompers

There was a time when only the more affluent Caymanians could afford to wear store-bought shoes on a regular basis, and those who had little money who did have nice shoes only wore them to church, weddings and other special occasions.

Bodden Towner reflects on raising 14 kids in simpler times

If you think life is hectic, consider what it would be like raising 14 children. One Bodden Town woman is proud of her having done just that and says not one time did they forsake her when they got older.

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.

The People Time Forgot: Ronald Martin Ebanks

Ronald Martin Ebanks was known as one of West Bay’s top fishermen.

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: 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."

Tradition lives on at Brac historic home

Cayman Brac boasts a number of interesting historic buildings, among them the Spellman McLaughlin home, a traditional house located at the Creek that has been lovingly maintained and restored.

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."

Young Brac campers explore Cayman history, culture

The Brac YMCA culture camp wrapped up last week, with children learning about Cayman’s history and heritage on the Sister Islands.

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: 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: Girls’ Brigaders leave for Canada

In the Aug. 10, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Compass, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote: “Captain Tracy Bodden of Tampa returned home on the July 28 after a grand old time."

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: 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: Girls’ Brigade exchange group heads to East End

“Gail McIntyre and Susan McBride from Canada, who are visiting the Girls’ Brigade, spent six days in this district, two of which were at the Tortuga Club through the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Bergstrom."

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: 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: 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."

50 years ago: Plenty of summer travel for district residents

“Mrs. Ainslie Bodden left for Brunswick, Georgia via Jacksonville where she visited her daughter Mrs. Bradford Gressman (Margaret) and her family. It is hoped that Mrs. Bodden our famous pie maker will benefit greatly from her trip."

50 years ago: Beloved old grape tree collapses

“Speaking of a fallen grape tree in Bodden Town, a similar incident took place in Carmen Conolly’s yard a few weeks ago."

50 years ago: Windows arrive for Brac’s new high school

“The motor vessel Kirkco landed 22 packages of windows for the Secondary Modern School on Wednesday the 15th."

50 years ago: Burglaries thwarted thanks to a tip

“On the night of the 21st-22nd there were three break-ins in the centre of town."

People Time Forgot: David Livingston Whittaker

David Whittaker of North Side spent many years at sea traveling the globe.

50 years ago: Robert Lee Berry earns military accolades

“On April 1, Robert Lee Berry, son of Mrs. Lyndal Berry and the late John Berry, formerly of Bodden Town, began his training at the U.S. Training Center, Infantry, Fort Dix, New Jersey."

50 years ago: Kudos for West Bayer in US Air Force

“Staff Sgt. Dale M. Banks is one of our Cayman boys who has done well in the U.S. Armed Forces. Dale is the younger son of Mrs. Iola C. Banks of West Bay."

50 years ago: Seymours welcome baby Claudette; administrator takes leave

In the June 22, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Caymanian Weekly, George Town correspondent Frances Bodden wrote:

Hurlston’s autobiography well-received

The turnout at the Harquail Theatre on June 9 could have indicated the performance of a hit play. From applause during the program and the line of autograph seekers afterward, the evening was a hit all right.

50 years ago: New babies bring joy in the district

“Born to Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Jervis on May 26, God’s precious gift of a daughter. Mother and baby doing well."

50 years ago: Minister experiences hurricane at sea

“Arriving from the Republic of Honduras on Sunday last were Mr. and Mrs. Esau Brooks and their infant daughter Wilmer. Their ship, the Day Dream which came into port in the early morning hours had left Honduras more than a week ago."

50 years ago: Sea rescues recounted and medical inadequacies highlighted

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

50 years ago: Ships weather Hurricane Alma; rainy Queen’s birthday

“The three ships which gave everyone cause for deep and sincere concern when hurricane Alma menaced the Caribbean last week, are … safe in George Town harbor."

50 years ago: Large turnout for Powery Whittaker wedding

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote:

50 years ago: Dependence on seafaring raises questions

In the June 8, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

Touched by greatness

As a young amateur boxer who had grown up training with a punching bag made from coconut sacks filled with sand and hung from a Logwood tree, Denward Ebanks remembers better than most the glamour of Muhammad Ali’s visit to the Cayman Islands.

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