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 date.as exhibit.
SOME ONE GOT STICKY HANDS, AND SOLD THEM - So we lost a part of our history.
Photograph courtesy Hector Silva
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