April 4: “Restrict The Operations Of The Hackney Carriages”

1938: No decision has been made by the Island Traffic Authority (the road authority for the Corporate Area) to restrict the operations of the hackney carriages to within six miles of the city. This has been bruited about to such an extent that it seems to have been taken for granted, but inquiry from informed sources discovered that no such decision has been made and that in all probability hackney carriages will be licensed for the full area for which the authority can license them.

1945: Electrification of Jamaica to bring light and power to the peasant farmer, water for agricultural development, condemnation of the £3-million harbour scheme when so much money is necessary for agriculture and hints of the danger of over-regimentation if agriculture extensions work is limited solely to one agency, are the highlights in the speech of E.R.D. Evans, deputy leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, who holds the executive portfolio for agriculture, to the board of management of the Jamaica Agricultural Society.

1949: One vote saves the Reverend Vincent Robinson, Presbyterian minister, member of the St Catherine Parochial Board from expulsion as a member of the board, as an enquiry into charges proferred against him is concluded at Spanish Town. Charged with misconduct involving the obtaining of supplies of gasolene for the use in his motor car against the account of the Parochial Board, Robinson maintains his seat by a 13-1 vote taken from an enquiry panel of 14 members.

1959: First prize of £20,000 goes to Azenath Peart, teacher of St Andrew, whose ticket No. WF 01168 drew the favourite Father Christmas, which got home an easy winner at Little Ascot Old Harbour in the mile and quarter Governor’s Cup Handicap on which the Jamaica Turf Club’s Easter sweepstakes were drawn.

1963: Henry Michael Kalphat, retired businessman and sportsman, dies suddenly at his home at the age of 70. Kalphat is believed to have had a heart attack while at his Old Hope Road, St Andrew home. A former spirit merchant and managing director of the Caribbean Shoe Factory Ltd, his many interests included horseracing, boxing, swimming, shooting and other sports.

1967: The firearms and ammunition consigned to a local Canadian industrialist and seized by the authorities are a family collection and used to make their own ammunition for sports shooting in which father and sons are noted. This is told to The Gleaner by Phillip Watson Cocks, about whom The Gleaner published a statement of official action taken in regard to a large variety of firearm materials seized by the Customs Department.