Tolsta District News 1932 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
North Tolsta Public School closed for the Summer holidays on Thursday, 30th June, when the Prizes were handed out to the various Classes by Mr. Donald MacLeod.
Following in the Prize-list:-
1. Catherine Murray
2. Mary Murray
3. Christina Campbell
Margaret Campbell, Bella MacIver, Annie Campbell, John MacDonald.
William Robertson, John A. MacIver, John Murdo MacDonald, Margaret Ann MacLeod.
1. Murdo MacIver
2. Catherine Isabella MacKay
3. Catherine MacIver
4. Margaret MacKay
Johanna MacLean, Bella Smith, Christina MacMillan, Alick Neil Campbell, Alex Graham.
Catherine MacIver, Alex MacIver, Alistair MacIver
1. Donald Graham
2. Angus MacIver
3. Jessie MacDonald
4. Margaret A. MacKay
5. Catherine A. Murray
Dolina Nicolson, Christina I. MacLeod
Johanna MacIver, Roderick Murray, Torquil MacIver
1. Mary MacDonald
2. John Murray
3. Annie MacIver
4. Angus A. MacLeod
Katie A. Nicolson, Jessie MacDonald
Bella MacIver, Gormelia Murray, Jessie MacMillan, John MacMillan
1. John Morrison
2. Jane Murray
3. Murdo MacLeod
4. Alex John Smith
5. Catherine Murray
John Morrison, Angus Graham, Jane Murray, Murdina Campbell
1. Donald William MacLeod
2. Christina MacLeod
3. Catherine MacIver
4. John MacLeod
5. Margaret Nicolson
6. Donald Campbell (a)
PRIMARY V (Contd.)
John MacLeod, Alex MacDonald
ADVANCED DIVISION (First Year)
1. Mary Ann Morrison
2. Donald Graham
3. Roderick MacIver
4. Murdina Murray
ENGLISH AND PERFECT ATTENDANCE
Mary Ann Morrison
Andrew MacIver (Second Year)
TRIBUTE TO LATE NURSE LILIAS STEWART - Formerly of North Tolsta
Many people at home and abroad, will be sorry to hear of the death of Nurse Lilias Stewart, who passed away at her home, 7 Parkview, Kilbarchan, on Saturday, 17th December.
Nurse Stewart had been in indifferent health for the past few years, but she was able to carry on her duties up to the very last. She was a native of Lismore, where she was born 58 years ago. During a holiday spent with Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson, Edgemoor Hall, well over twenty years ago, she got to love our island and its people and she had a great desire to work in Lewis.
Her opportunity came, when the Directors of the West Coast Mission decided to send a Missionary Nurse to North Tolsta and offered the Post to her. The Directors could not have made a better choice, for she was the very woman both for the district and for such a Post. A Missionary Nurse she was in every sense of the term. She was the first Nurse that ever laboured in Tolsta and also the first Nurse ever employed by the Mission and so successful did her work prove, that the Directors were encouraged to extend their Nursing services in the Western Isles, with the result that the Mission has now four Nurses employed in the Hebrides.
The population of the North Tolsta district when she came, was nearly one thousand and the Nurse was thus kept fully occupied during the nine years she spent among them. Indeed, at times she had too much to do, when it happened as it often did, in a district fourteen miles distant from the nearest Doctor, that she was left with difficult cases of illness and no medical assistance available. Doctors then were scarce and their means of conveyance were far short of what medical men have nowadays. Nurses working in the rural areas of the Parish today can scarcely have any ideas of the difficulties that the like of Nurse Stewart and her contemporary, Nurse Barbara MacDonald, Back, had to encounter during these years. There is no doubt but the health of both of them was impaired by the heavy strain of these strenuous times.
Nurse Stewart was a deeply religious woman, full of faith and optomism and this, combined with her keen sense of humour, helped her up many a steep brae. She was often thrown upon her own resources during many an anxious night with critical cases of illness on her hands, but her faith was such, that she had recourse to the source of all strength and guidance. Her very purposeful appearance engendered inspiration and confidence. She became wonderfully attached to the people and their ways and could thus enter sympathetically into their joys and sorrows and to the end of her days she took a loving interest in the welfare of the inhabitants.
She carried on a Sabbath School during her time in Tolsta. For the first few Sabbaths she had only three or four pupils present, but by the time she left in 1921, her scholars numbered over a hundred. There is no doubt but the seed sown then, bears fruit in the lives and characters of her pupils.
She has gone, but her influence for good will long abide. Her life was spent in the service of others, giving lavishly of her strength and of her goods and spending only the minimum on herself, that she might help those in need. It was a privilege to be associated with her in carrying on her good work. In Tolsta she will long be held in loving rememberance by the people, in many oif whose hearts she has left a fragrant memory. She has now heard the "Well done, though good and faithful servant, enter through into the joy of the Lord."
Her brothers and sisters have the heartfelt sympathy of a wide circle of friends far and near.