[From IoM Examiner Annual 1928]
Councillor William Quirk, who entered upon his mayoralty on November 9th, has been a member of the Douglas) Town Council since 1910, and has been chairman of most of the Council's committees. He has also been a member of the Douglas Board of Guardians for nearly thirty years, and was for a long time a member of the defunct Douglas School Board, and afterwards of the Isle of Man Education Authority; indeed . there was a period when he served on all three local boardssimultaneously. He was born seventy years ago at Glencrutchery farm, near Douglas, and has been in business as a baker from . his early youth On more than one occasion he has been president of the Isle of Man Bakers' Association. He has been a Primitive Methodist local preacher for about 45 years, and has held various offices in connection with his church, including that of vice-president of the Liverpool District Synod. He has been a Rechabite for close on sixty years-
has just received the appointment of Deputy Town Clerk of Douglas, vacant by the regretted resignation of Mr A. B. Cuthbertson. Mr Shimmin, who is only 35 years old, has been on the Town Hall staff since boyhood, and has proved himself a most capable subordinate; his services as secretary to the June Effort committee, in particular, have excite the warmest admiration
Another admirable example of "young blood" is Mr Allan Mylchreest Sheard, the newly-appointed manager of the Isle of Man Railway. Mr Sheard, who is not yet 38 years old, has been in the company's employ since boyhood.
has in the same year been District Chief Ruler in the Independent Rechabite Order, and chairman of the Peel Town Commissioners. He is an ex-chairman of the defunct Peel School Board, and is now a co-opted member of the Western District sub-committee of the I.o.M. Education Authority, and he was for over twenty years a member of the Peel voluntary poor relief committee. He is a Wesleyan local preacher and office holder of 30 years' standing.
Mr. McArd is an ex-chairman of the Port Erin Commissioners, and was for twenty-one years secretary of the local branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. An ardent Wesleyan Methodist, he was largely instrumental in securing the erection of the Wesleyan church in Port Erin.
is unquestionably the most effective orator in the Manx labour movement, and has rendered much practical administrative service to the employed classes in his native country. He has sat, as the nominee of the Isle of Man branch of the Workers' Union, upon the Old Age Pensions and National Health Insurance Board since its inception in 1920, and upon the Public Works (Advisory) sub-committee of that Board. He has frequently expressed the Labour point of view in enquiries held by commission'- appointed by the Manx Government. At the last House of Keys election in North Douglas, Mr Kelly carried the Labour banner to such good effect that he came within 250 votes of election He probably owes his gift of real eloquence to his training in the Wesleyan pulpits, which he has been occupying for almost thirty years
of Ramsey, is designated as president of the I.O.M. Agricultural Society for the year 1928. Mr Chrystal has for many years been one of the Society's most indefatigable workers, and has also figured successfully as an exhibitor and a judge of light horses. Mr Chrystal is one of the proprietors of the well-known weekly livestock mart at Ramsey, and of the auctioneers' and valuers' business founded by his father in 1854.
came to the Island last September as superintendent of the Douglas Wesleyan circuit and chairman of the Isle of Man district. He has "travelled," as the expression is, for 26 years, but the was appointed lay agent before he was recommended as a candidate for the ministry, and he began to preach at the phenomenally early age of fourteen. His father, the Rev.. Francis Standfast, and his maternal grandfather, the Rev. W. G. Duncan, were Wesleyan ministers, as are two of his brothers,, the Revs. George A. and Donald Standfast. During the Great War he was secretary to the Burslem War Pensions Committee, and actively interested himself in Red Cross work ; and since his arrival in the Island he has been made a member of the committee of the Douglas branch of the Red Cross Society.
Mr Louis G. Meyer is president of the Isle of Man Master Printers' Federation and has been a master printer in Douglas since 1904. Mr. Mever is an accomplished debater, and an ex-chairman of the Douglas Dilettanti Debating Society, and is well qualified to hold public office. As it is, he interests himself in such useful public activities as those of the Scout movement, the Rotary Club, and the Manx Legion. He was Company-Sergeant-Major with the Isle of Man Volunteers, when merged into the 16th Liverpool and 2nd Cheshire regiments, and serving in Salonika and France, throughout the period of the Great War.
who died in Cleveland, U S.A., last July at the age of 96-an ardent Manx patriot, and recognisedly a man of great gifts and lofty ideals.
conductor Mr R. E. Cubbon Winners at Blackpool Musical Festival 1927