Using kerosene lights for street lights in Cayo, 1958
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Hector Silva
I have served my country in all elected capacities. Mayor, Legislator, Minister of government and Senator. I was born a villager of Carmelita, todays Santa Familia. My hobby all my life has been to research and research in order to find the truth.
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Using kerosene lights for street lights in Cayo, 1958

In 1958, with the exception of Belize City, streets in District Towns were lighted with Kerosene lanterns. There was a person, who took care of attending to this Town service. ( In our case it was Mr Frederick Waight RIP ).

In San Ignacio there were 12 lanterns.- - Burns Avenue 4 - West Street 4, - Front of Police Station 1 - -Boat wharf 1 - Hospital 1 - and by Catholic Church 1 - - Anglican Church was service by one from Burns Avenue.

With all the riches that the monster Mahogany and Chicle extraction brought to our towns, - The System did not see the need to give us electricity and water supply in our Towns.

When I became Mayor and Minister of Utilities I had to travel to L0NDON to negotiate a long term Loan to give all District Towns these service on a 24 hours basis. AND WE PAID THESE LOANS IN DUE TIME. ( no mal pago ).

Here is one of those lanterns facing the Police Station.- Mr Fred Waight had a ladder to climb -one gallon of kerosene to re-fill the lanterns - and tomorrow he would come and out it as day break.

When we got 24 hours a day electricity, I ordered our good and faithful Foreman, Mr.Norman Broaster to take them down, clean them, to be used as exhibition at a later exhibit.

SOME ONE GOT STICKY HANDS, AND SOLD THEM - So we lost a part of our history.

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