Gems from the Archives –10 “Capisterre Factory shares”

Long before the Basseterre Sugar Factory was built in 1912. The man who would become its first General Manager, George Moody Stuart had suggested that a factory should be built at the northern end of St.  Kitts.  He saw this as a way to aid the development of the area between Sandy Point and Dieppe Bay.  There was support for this idea at first but at the last minute a number of estates withdrew  from […]

Gems from the Archives –9 “1772 Brozet Payne”

Private letters are rare in an archives originally created to care for official records.  This on was written in 1772.   Here is the transcription To:  Mrs. Mary Payne in St. Christopher’s St. Croix, 6th May 1772 Dr. Cousin Your kind favor of 18th March, came to hand the 30th last month by Mr. Newton.  I am very sorry to hear of Col. Payne’s death, which had not reach’d my ear before the rect. of yours; […]

Gems from the Archives –8 “Will of B Taylor 1943”

Sept 13, 1943 St. Pauls Newton Ground I Benjamin Taylor do declare that after my just debts be paid and all my funeral expences I now make Richard Taylor my executor over my business.  First of all after reaping my two crops that money is to pay expences.  One red cow along with two calfs are to be sole and that money is to devide between Leonard Taylor and Adoulphus Taylor one sow hog for […]

Gems from the Archives –7 “1976 opening Royal SK golf course”

1976 saw the culmination of a very ambitious plan conceived by C A Paul Southwell, then Deputy Premier and Minister of Trade, Development, Industry and Tourism,  to create a tourist resort in Frigate Bay.  Plans had been in motion since the 1960s.  The entire area had the property of the Wigley family and was used for grazing  cattle.  The picking of salt was carried out at the pond.  Access to the estate was through a gate which was usually kept closed.  The […]

Gems from the Archives – 6 “1888 Hotel Resolution”

During the Legislative Council meeting of the 4 December 1888 Capt Maling, an official member of council presented the following resolution which was passed Resolved This Council hereby request his Excellency the Governor to take such steps as may in his opinion be necessary to induce Capitalists and others to establish an Hotel in this island of such class as will be likely to attract visitors from the United States and elsewhere during the winter […]