Tolsta District News 1927 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Miss M. G. Fraser, M.A.,has been appointed an Assistant Teacher in the School. Miss Fraser is a native of Tain.
Only a few months ago, we took notice in this column of the Wedding of Mr. John MacDonald, "Searraidh" and Miss Mary MacDonald, 12 Tolsta. This week it is our sorrowful part to intimate the death of Mrs. MacDonald, which took place suddenley, last Sunday evening. The sympathy of every member of the community is with the bereaved husband and relatives.
FOR THE BLIND
Some time ago, the annual Collection in aid of the Northern Institute for the Blind, was taken in the village by two Schoolgirls, Katie Mary MacLeod and Isabella MacKenzie. The Collection amounting to £5 6s 3d, was duly sent to the Lewis representative, Mr. Kenneth MacLean, but we regret, that owing to the sudden death of Mr. MacLean, it has not been possible to make this acknowledgement at the proper time and to thank all the subscribers for their kindness.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SOIREE
On Wednesday of last week, the children attending the Sabbath School, carried on by Nurse Cameron, under the auspices of the Glasgow and West Coast Mission, had their annual soiree in the local School.
To this event the village children look forward with much eagerness. There was a large number of litttle ones present and there were also several friends forward to help Nurse Cameron.
The proceedings were opened with Prayer and after the children had had their tea, pastries and sweets, several Hymns and Psalms were sung and a friend gave some sacred selections on the gramophone. A very pleasant evening was spent and rousing cheers were given by Mr. Duff, Organising Sedcretary of the Mission, who this year again sent a liberal supply of cakes. Mr. Duff, has taken an interest in this district during the past fourteen years and both the people and the children are much indebted to him and to the Mission for their continued kindly interest.
Two Weddings which evoked much enthusiasm and interest in the village, have just been celebrated.
On Tuesday, February 22nd, Mr. Angus MacIver, 25 Tolsta was united in marriage to Miss Mary MacIver, younger daughter of Mr. Kenneth MacIver, 38 Tolsta. On Thursday, 24th February, Mr. Norman MacKay, younger son of Mr. Murdo MacKay, 42 Tolsta and Miss Katie Murray, only daughter of the late Evander Murray, 45 Tolsta, were joined in wedlock. The Bridegroom arrived home from the U.S.A., only a few weeks ago. "Every day good luck to thee and no day of sorrow be" is our hearty wish for each and all.
At present, workmen are engaged in erecting a fence round the buildings of the Free Church in the village. The want of such an enclosure has been long and keenly felt and the seclusion now afforded will be much appreciated by the Congregation.
AT THE PARISH COUNCIL
At the last Meeting of the Stornoway Parish Council, it was decided that no help should be given with the fencing of Tolsta Cemetery, as the existing fence was erected in 1898 at the expense of the Parish Council and Members thought the people of the district ought to repair and maintain the fence at their own expense.
On Wednesday afternoon, 13th July, Tolsta School was closed for the Summer holidays. Before "breaking up" book Prizes were awarded to the following Pupils.
ADVANCED DIVISION 1. Donald MacDonald (48)
2. Mary MacIver
3. Christina Murray (71)
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE - Mary MacIver
GAELIC - Donald MacDonald
COOKERY - Margaret Murray
SENIOR 1 1. Donald Campbell 2. Murdo Graham 3. Jessie MacIver (Angus) 4. Catherine Smith 5. Jessie MacIver (Andrew)
DILIGENCE 1. Jessie MacIver 2. Jessie Campbell
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE Margaret MacKenzie
ARITHMETIC Murdo MacDonald
HANDWRITING Murdo Graham
PERFECT ATTENDANCE Murdo MacDonald
SENIOR 11 1. Christina MacDonald
2. John Murray
3. Murdo MacIver
4. Mary Campbell
5. Lily MacKay
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE John Murray
SENIOR 111 1. Agnes MacIver 2. Donald MacRitchie 3. Mary Campbell 4. Colin Campbell 5. Maggie M. Murray
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE Johanna Campbell
PERFECT ATTENDANCE Maggie M. Murray
JUNIOR 1 1. Angus MacLeod 2. Roderick MacKay 3. Andrew MacIver 4. Christina MacLeod 5. Annie B. Murray
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE Roderick MacKay
JUNIOR 11 1. Mary Ann Morrison and Christina Murray (Equal) 3. Roderick MacIver 4. Torquil Campbell 5. Mary MacKay
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE Mary Ann Morrison
PERFECT ATTENDANCE Kenneth MacIver and William Murray
SENIOR INFANTS 1. Annie MacIver (Torquil) 2. Donald W. MacLeod 3. Christina MacLeod 4. Donald Campbell (Kenneth) 5. Mary MacInnes
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE Annie Nicolson
JUNIOR INFANTS 1. John MacDonald and Jessie MacIver (Equal) 3. Jane Murray 4. John Morrison 5. Hector MacMillan
BIBLE KNOWLEDGE Donald M. MacIver and A. J. Smith
Twenty- three April entrants received each a picture book in boards.
Tolsta Public School will be opened after the holidays, on Monday, 5th September, at the usual time.
HOUSE-TO-HOUSE COLLECTION FOR HOSPITAL
The Collecting Committee have again been successful in raising the substantial sum of £20 2s 6d for the Hospital. When one considers the many demands made on the people at this time, the above is indeed creditable. The Committee thank the people for their ungrudging response to their appeal and their eagerness that a good Collection should be made. Special credit is due to Mr. Roderick MacKay, Postmaster, for his helpful enthusiasm, to Messrs. Angus MacIver and John Nicolson, Free Presbyterian Elders, for their appeal to the Congregation and to Mr. Hector MacKay, Car hirer, for seeing to the packing and safe delivery of eggs, etc., collected and above all to the Collectors, Miss Isobel MacLeod, 58 North Tolsta and Miss Lily MacKay, Post Office, for so willingly giving a week of their valuable time to Collecting.