District News 1925

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Tolsta District News 1925 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette

8/1/25


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS


The School closed for the Christmas vacation on Friday, 26th December, to be re-opened on Monday, 5th January.

APPOINTMENT OF NEW TEACHER


Mr. Arthur D.C. MacKay, (Edinburgh), has been appointed to the School in addition to the present Staff. Mr. MacKay, who is a native of Sutherlandshire and a Gaelic speaker, will take up duties on 12th January.

MARRIAGE


Mr. Angus Cameron, Poolewe and Miss Mary Murray, North Tolsta, were married recently at Inverbroom.

19/2/25


SUNDAY SCHOOL SOIREE


The children attending the Sabbath School conducted by Mrs. Cameron, under the auspices of the West Coast Mission, recently held their annual Social evening in the School. The catering arrangemnets were admirably carried out by Mrs. Cameron and the lady teachers, while the musical side of the programme, which consisted of Hymns, Songs and Gramophone selections, were skillfully conducted by Miss Cathie MacKenzie. Mr. Duff, of the West Coast Mission, who has always taken a keen interest in the children of the village, sent the usual supply of cakes and to him, to Mrs. Cameron, the lady teachers and Mr. Hector MacKay, the evening's enjoyment was in no small measure due.

RESIGNATION OF DR. MILLER, S.M.O.


It is with a sense of loss that the children and parents of this district have heard of Dr. Miller's resignation from the post of School Medical Officer. She always took a very deep interest in the welfare of the School children here and her efforts on their behalf, especially last year, deserve the gratitude of old and young.

19/2/25


DISGRACEFUL CONDITION OF ROAD


Judging from Mr. MacKenzie's letter in the "Gazette", "Cha'n ann an aon ait' tha 'n t-olc!", but the condition of the branch of the country road, leading to the Tolsta graveyard, must surely be the worst, even in Lewis. Apart from public duty altogether, Christian respect must verily have decayed in our midst, when we have to wade ankle-deep in mud, to lay our dead to rest. We hope the Public bodies concerned will at once take steps to remedy the unbecoming state of the highway.

26/2/25


LOCAL ATHLETE


In the long-distance cross country race between Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities last week, the name of Mr. Donald Cameron appears on the list as fourth man in. He was the second Glasgow runner to reach the winning post.

12/3/25


VOLUNTARY WORKER


The Chief Area Officer, Ministry of Pensions, Inverness, announces that Miss Jane Thomson, Teacher's Bungalow, North Tolsta, has been registered as an accredited Voluntary Worker, under the Ministry and all Life Certificates, etc., in this area, must now be attested by Miss Thomson.

19/3/25


SCHOOL MEDICAL INSPECTION


Dr. Brodie, School Medical Officer, assisted by Dr. MacKenzie, examined the pupils of the School on Wednesday, 11th March. They were accompanied by Dr. George Philip, M.A., D.Sc., Executive Officer.

SNOWSTORM


The recent snowstorm did considerable harm to the Teacher's Hostel, which has been rendered temporarily unfit for residence.

13/6/25


DIATOMITE DEPOSITS


In connection with the deposit of Diatomite on the holding of Mr. Donald Cameron, two representatives from a firm of Glasgow mining engineers have surveyed the district. Should the deposits prove to be of considerable extent and good average depth, it is possible that a number of men from the village may be engaged to work it.

ANOTHER QUEEN'S NURSE


Miss Christina MacKay, 42 North Tolsta, has just left to join the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute for Nurses, Edinburgh, where she will undergo a course of training for District Nursing. Only a few months ago Miss MacKay 
successfully completed her general training at Glasgow.

RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE EXAMINATION


On Monday, June 8th, the Rev. Mr. Cameron, F.C. Stornoway, assisted by the Rev. Roderick Morrison, High U.P. Church, Stornoway and the Rev. Mr. MacKenzie, R.C., Stornoway, examined the School.

23/7/25


SCHOOL HOLIDAYS


The School closed for the Summer holidays on Thursday, 16th July.

SUCCESSFUL STUDENT


We are very glad to observe from the pass-lists at Glasgow University, that Mr. Donald Cameron, youngest son of Mr. Donald Cameron, J.P., has successfully completed the Second Proffessional Examination (Anatomy and Physiology) for the Degrees of M.B., Ch.B.

AN GLEANN SAN ROBH MI OG


His many friends here are glad to see Mr. Donald Murray, Glasgow (Domhnull Mhurchaidh Neill), once more among them. Mr. Murray has for many years been resident in Glasgow, but "the blood is strong and the heart is Highland" and he still hears the call of the Hebrides.

30/7/25


TOLSTA PUBLIC SCHOOL - LIST OF PRIZE WINNERS JUNIOR INFANTS 1. Christina Murray and Mary A. Morrison (Equal)
3. John MacKenzie
4. Donald Graham and Roderick MacIver (Equal)

SENIOR INFANTS 1. Angus MacLeod
 2. Christina MacLeod 
3. Donald Nicolson 
4. John MacKenzie and Kenneth Morrison

PRIMARY 1 1. Angus Campbell
 2. Gormelia Murray
 3. Annie Campbell 
4. Johanna MacRitchie 
5. Lalla Murray

PRIMARY 11 1. Christina MacDonald (New Tolsta) 
2. John Morrison 
3. Catriona Murray 
4. Annie MacMillan

ORAL WORK - Annie B. MacIver


PROGRESS - John MacIver

PRIMARY 111 1. Murdo Graham
 2. Jessie MacIver (New Street) 
3. Donald Campbell 
4. Catherine Smith
 5. Donald MacMillan

PRIMARY 1V 1. Allan MacKenzie and Donald Murray (Equal)
 3. Isabella Morrison and Margaret Murray (Equal)

PRIMARY V 1. Donald MacDonald 
2. Isabella MacKenzie
 3. Katie M. MacLeod

SPECIAL PRIZE - Christina Campbell

PRIMARY V1 1. Annie Murray (John)
 2. Jane Murray 
3. John MacIver

ADVANCED DIVISION - Mary MacIver

DUX OF SCHOOL - Mary MacIver

PRIZES FOR REGULAR ATTENDANCE
JUNIOR INFANTS - Christina Murray (71)

SENIOR INFANTS - Angus MacLeod (82)

PRIMARY 1 - Colin Campbell and Donald J. MacDonald (Equal)

PRIMARY 11 - Angus MacLeod (82): John Murray (71) and Catriona Murray
(Equal)

PRIMARY 111 - Catherine Smith

PRIMARY 1V - Margaret Murray

PRIMARY V - Murdo Smith

PRIMARY V1 - Jane Murray

Each Pupil in the Lower Infant Class received a picture book in boards. 3/12/25


PARISH COUNCIL


We regret that our esteemed former representative, Mr. John MacLennan, has been prevented by illness from coming forward at this Election. Mr. Donald Cameron, J. P., has been elected in his place.

WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSIONS


On Friday of last week, an Inspector from the Ministry of Pensions visited the district and investigated one or two Claims.

GALE ON EAST ANGLIAN COAST


News of a terrific gale on this part of the English Coast caused considerable anxiety among the village people here last weekend. We are glad however, to report that no mishap befell the Tolsta men who were caught in the storm.