District News 1931

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Category: 1930

Tolsta District News 1931 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette



On the evening of Wednesday, 14th January, the children attending the Sabbath School of the West Coast Mission had their annual treat. Though the evening was wet and stormy, there was a very good attendance.

The School is carried on by Nurse Cameron and she, assisted by the lady Teachers of the Public School, gave the children a very happy evening. The proceedings were opened by Prayer and the singing of the 23rd Psalm. Tea, cake and fruit were then served and a number of Hymns were sung at intervals.

Much praise is due to the Directors of the West Coast Mission, for the liberal supply of cakes forwarded by them. Praise is also due to the other friends who helped to give such a pleasant evening to the children, who look forward with much eagerness to their annual treat, long before it is due. When it comes round they thoroughly enjoy it and are sure to remember such happy treats for many years to come.



Mr. Moffat-Pender addressed a Political Meeting on Monday evening. A large attendance listened to his remarks with interest. Mr. Donald Cameron, J.P., occupied the chair. In the course of his address Mr. Moffat-Pender stated, that since the War, the total of the world's trade had increased, but the serious aspect of the matter is, that not only had Britain failed to secure her share of this increase, but she had actually lost more than one-fifth of the trade she had before the War.

"It cannot be too strongly emphasised", said the Speaker, "that we depend for our very existence on the ability to sell abroad our manufactured goods in exchange for the foodstuffs and raw materials, we need to sustain our people. Yet, Britain, a highly developed manufacturing nation, has been steadily increasing her imports of foreign manufactured goods and at the same timesteadily exporting less of her own manufactured goods.

This continual falling away in our export trade, coupled with the ever-rising tide of foreign manufactured goods imported from Britain has had its inevitable effect on home industry. Factory after factory has closed down and the number of unemployed has increased by nearly one-and-a-half million."

He likened this to a Merchant whose purchases from a wholesaler cost him more than his receipts from his customers - a state of affairs that everyone could see must end sooner rather than later in bankruptcy and ruin. If production is to be maintained at higher limits in Britain, we must, as Mr. Lloyd George so wisely said in 1918, give security to our own people against the unfair competition to which our industries are subjected, by the dumping of foreign produced goods that are sold on our British markets, below the actual cost of production.

At the end of the Meeting, Mr. Kenneth MacLeod, New Tolsta, strongly urged, that greater facilities should be given to the British herring fishermen to market their catches in the British market.




1. Murdo MacIver
2. Bella Smith
3. Evander MacKay
4. Catherine MacIver


1. Angus MacIver
2. Donald Graham
3. Dolina Nicolson
4. Maggie Ann MacKay
5. Katie Ann Murray

Each of the fourteen April entrants also received a gift book.


1. Mary MacDonald
2. John Murray
3. Colin MacIver
4. Johanna Graham


1. Gormelia Murray
2. John MacLeod
3. Jessie MacMillan
4. Catherine MacLeod
5. Angus MacLeod and Donald MacDonald (Equal)


1. John Morrison
2. Jane Murray
3. Jessie MacIver
4. Murdo MacLeod
5. Gormelia MacKay


1. D. W. MacLeod
2. Christina MacLeod
3. Margaret Nicolson
4. Annie Nicolson
5. Catherine MacIver
6. Annie MacIver
7. Donald Campbell


1. Christina Murray
2. Mary Ann Morrison
3. Roderick MacIver
4. Donald Graham


1. Maggie Mary Murray
2. Donald MacRitchie


Maggie Mary Murray


Andrew MacIver, Angus MacLeod, (Advanced Division).

Murdo Murray, Kenina Campbell, Mary Ann Morrison, (Class V).

John MacLeod, Norman MacLeod, (Class 1V).

Angus Graham, (Class 111).

Angus MacLeod, Donald MacDonald, Effie Morrison, (Class 11).

John Murray, (Class 1).

Alex MacIver, Donald Graham, Johanna MacIver, Jessie MacDonald, (Infants).


Maggie Mary Murray, (Advanced Division), Mary Ann Morrison, (Class V).


Maggie Mary Murray


Christina Murray (Class V), Donald Smith (Class 1V), Murdo MacMillan, (Class 111), Christina Graham, (Class 11), Angus A. MacLeod, (Class 1),
Donald MacIver (Infants).



Lewis people at home and abroad are always glad and proud to hear of the doughty deeds of those of their fellow-islanders who go to sea in ships. A few weeks ago, we were glad to read of the bravery of a soldier from Lochs who had distinguished himself at sea and who for his gallant deed had been publicly honoured in his native island. We are now pleased to report that the Parchment of the Royal Humane Society has been awarded to another Lewisman, Able Seaman, Donald MacKenzie, North Tolsta, who on January 1 dived from the deck of the Royal Fleet auxiliary, "Cherry Leaf", into the Portland Harbour and saved Mr. Samuel Joseph Kingston, of 84 Walpole Street, Weymouth, from drowning.

At the time, the "Cherry Leaf" was moored at the dockyard pier and Mr. Kingston fell between the vessel and the quay. He was in great danger, as the bow of the ship was swinging inwards. Donald bravely dived from the deck of the "Cherry Leaf", a height of about 30 feet, into the narrow strip of water between the vessel and the pier. With much difficulty, he got the drowning man on to a raft and thus saved his life.

When Donald was complimented on his bravery, he made light of it and said that he could not help going to the assistance of the poor old helpless man. This brave young seaman of 22 years, is the son of Aonghais Dhomhaill Tailleir, who died in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary last July and who was a man of sterling character. This act of bravery had been reported in many papers at the time, but Donald's home was given as being in Glasgow. It was only when he himself came home, after his father's death, that we found out that the hero was none other than one of our own village boys. Well done, Donald! We are all proud of you.



Mr. Alexander MacIver, 25 North Tolsta, who had been compulsory officer in this School district for more than forty years, has now retired from his duties. Mr. MacIver, is now 81 years of age, but was able to carry on his duties up to the date of his retirement, although the district covers an area stretching from Glen Tolsta, to the far end of New Tolsta and contains two hundred School children. We wonder if any other district can boast of having such a veteran still on active duty!

During the war, Mr. MacIver had four sons on active service and we are pleased to say, that they are all living and doing well at home, or in the Colonies. We wish him health and happiness in his well-earned retirement. He is succeeded by Mr. William MacLeod, 34 North Tolsta.

William was in Alaska at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, but he immediately returned to this country at his own expense and re-enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve. He will not find his duties as a "whipper-in" so very arduous as his predecessor found them, over forty years ago, when he had to contend with the apathy of the parents and the truancy and hostility of the children.