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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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One of the oldest houses in Cayo, once the District Commissioner's Quarters


Here is a Historical building, in San Ignacio, situated next to the Police Station, which tells a STORY of this Western Part of Belize. - - The First District Administrator was Captain George Manus, followed shortly by Mr Benjamin Travers.

In 1881, the Cayo District was was established as a District, with San Ignacio as its Capital, - - ( vide Gazette dated 14th January 1881. )

In 1882, Captain George Manus, Inspector of Police was appoint ed as Acting Magistrate. - ( Vide Gazette dated 29th July, 1882. )

In August 31st, by another Gazette, Mr Benjamin Tavers Esquire was appointed as the First District Commissioner. ( vide Gazette dated 31st. 1882 )

THEREFORE THE BUILDING above was built, either in 1880 to accommodate these Officials.

SECOND TO THIS BUILDING is, the Galvez Building, on main Burns Avenue, followed by, the Massiah Building, the Lisbey Building, all on burns Avenue San Ignacio.

LIST OF DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS. - ( Foreign personnel ) . R Wyatt, - ( Wyatt Street from Burns avenue, by Kalin Habet) Theodore Hutson whose sister was ( pero him pretty now, ) Hamilton Anderson, ( married to Hutson;s sister.).

LIST OF LOCAL D.C's.- J.E.P Bradley, - -Howell Longsworth, - Ramon Ramirez, - - - Leigh Longsworth, - - - Albert Johnson, - Tomas Sabido, - - - Ray Locke, - - - Noreen Meighan, - - - Eric Fairweather, - -Leopoldo Waight, - Harmon Melgrave Tillet ( Chic ) David Cruz and - Jerald Henry ( Speedy )

THE POST OF DISTRICT COMMISSIONER WAS REPLACED with District Secretary. - ( One hundred years of traditionally but EFECTIVE PUBLIC SERVICE.

Photograph and text courtesy of Hector Silva

We had so much fun there with Sylvia Anderson, the daughter of District Commissioner Anderson. Lovely were the days.

I had the privilege to live in this house for six years. It holds such wonderful memories for me and my family, especially for my dad Mario Castellanos Sr. who loved the yard. He planted corn, beans, pumpkin and many other vegetables in the backyard. It is of great importance that we preserve this historical building!

My cousin Leopold Waight Live in the DO's Quarters behind this house. As well as D.O Herman Tillet. This house was known as Sergeant Quarters. The Pitts Family lived there When Sergeant Pitts was Sergeant in San Ignacio. Sergeant Johnson, Sergeant Lynch and more sergeants. Then Facing Alejandro Habet's house behind the police station was Police Inspector's Quarters. Inspector Leonard Vernon and many more Inspectors lived there.

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