Tolsta District News 1941 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
From the once fertile ground off Tolsta Head, a local boat with small lines returned last week with a grand total of one dozen haddocks.
During the week scores of seabirds, dead and living coated with thick oil, have been washed ashore.
The school re-opened on Monday. Miss Annie MacKenzie, M.A., a native of the village, who has been at Lionel, Ness, for a few years, has taken up duty here.
BURIED IN HOLLAND
News has been received that the body of William MacLeod, 20 Shore Street, who lost his life in the sinking of H.M. minesweeper "Kittiwake", last July, has been found on the Dutch Coast and interred there.
Never in the history of this township have so many men been engaged in insurable employment as is the case now.
THE SHEEP SUFFER
The recent heavy snow has taken toll of sheep. Many have been discovered dead, others too weak to stand and some snowed under for twelve days have been dug out alive.
On 4th March, Gormelia, the fourth daughter of Mrs. Murray and the late, Mr. Murdo Murray, Hill Street, was united in marriage to Donald, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald MacLeod, Scalpay, Harris.
CALVES AND LAMBS
A cow owned by Mr. John Morrison, 4 New Tolsta, has dropped twin calves, an unusual occurrence in the township and Hector MacMillan is the owner of the season's first lamb.
AT THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
Three Tolsta lads - Alex John MacMillan, Glen Tolsta, John MacLeod, 1 Hill Street and Donald Morrison, 46 North Tolsta took an active part in the Lofoten Islands raid. Donald Morrison who is home on a few days Leave, was coxswain of one of the boats that landed the raiding party. The only opposition came from a German trawler. A single salvo soon put an end to her.
A MESSAGE FROM THE SEA
A bottle containing a slip of paper with the names and addresses of three Canadians and a request that it be sent to the "Ottawa Journal" has been picked up on the beach here.
STILL GOING STRONG
Born 1857; ploughing for victory. John Murray, evacuee from Glasgow and better known to a by-gone generation as the "doctor" when he was grieve at Manor Farm, has shown us that his hand has not lost it's cunning. Last week he demonstrated that he can still handle a pair and plough as skilfully as in former days.
Dr. Doig, Medical Officer of Health, visited this township last week and inoculated nearly every child up to 14 years of age as a precationary measure against Diphtheria. This is the second occasion on which the children have received an injection and as far as we know, no one has had any complaint.
Though the large majority of the menfolk are away, or working, the croft work is well nigh finished. Most of the potato-hoeing is done and crops look promising enough. We might add that the Employment Exchange Registers can show that Lewismen can and do accept work in reasonable circumstances, as well as any other part in Britain
A boat out with small lines returned with a proper cargo of dogfish.
On Thursday last, in the Free Presbyterian Church, Mr. Murdo MacKenzie, School Road, second son of Mrs. MacKenzie and the late Mr. Angus MacKenzie, was married to Catherine Mary, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Angus MacLeod, General Merchant, North Tolsta. The Rev. M. Gillies officiated
DOUBLE SUMMER TIME
We have met no one who regrets the passing of double summer time. All agree it was unsuitable in a crofting community.
An alarming accident occurred at the Glen Tolsta bridge last Saturday morning when a bus carrying workmen to their job crashed into the stone parapet, somersaulted, then struck the sloping side of the valley and finally rested upside down on the rocky bottom of the burn some twenty-bive feet below.
The timely arrival of Evander MacIver's bus also with workmen, undoubtedly saves several who were trapped under the chassis. They were immediately taken to hospital where the more seriously injured were detained. These were, John Campbell, 11 Mew Tolsta; John Morrison, 4 New Tolsta; John Murray, 7 New Tolsta, Angus Campbell, 7 Shore Street; Allan Cameron; Murdo Morrison, 31 North Tolsta; Angus Graham, 39 North Tolsta and Murdo MacDonald, 46 North Tolsta.
After being attended to in hospital the following were able to go home:- Alexander MacLeod, 73 North Tolsta; Murdo MacDonald, 28 North Tolsta; Donald MacLeod, 34 North Tolsta; Angus Morrison, 4 New Tolsta and Murdo Murray, 60 New Street. Angus MacLeod, the owner-driver of the bus, also received serious injuries. At the time of writing, all but one of the patients are reported to be as comfortable as can be expected. A noteworthy feature of the accident, is that although the framework and windows were smashed to matchwood, the triple windscreen
AT THE SCYTHE
The cutting of barley is now in full swing and in the absence of the menfolk women have learned to wield the scythe with good results.
On 11th.September,in the Free Church,the wedding took place between Jessie Maciver,the only daughter of Mr.and Mrs.Angus Maciver,67,New St.and Donald, the second son of Mr. and Mrs Donald Maciver,28,Shore St.
The Rev.R.Mackenzie officiated.
A Canadian Army Chaplain who was present was invited by the Minister to assist in the service,this he readily did.
He is Captain Sutherland,who has a pastorate in Cape Breton,and came here on a two day visit to his father-in-law, Mr.Angus Maciver,17,Shore St.
The barley crop has now been secured and stacked and the oats for the most part are cut.The labour shortage is being in part solved by men doing a couple of hours work before they leave by bus for their wartime jobs and again on returning home.Though this involves anything up to 16 hours a day,it is taken as a matter of course,the ruling powers being slow to release men for this important task.
We note that few obstacles are placed in a fellow's way if he applies
for the purpose of attending a wedding etc.
On 17th.October in the F.P.Church the wedding took place of Donald Smith
R.N.R.75,Hill St.and Margaret Campbell,7,Shore St.
On Monday,7th.November,the body of a soldier was found by a schoolboy Angus Norman Mackay,16 Shore St, washed ashore at Healar.
It is believed to be that of Patrick King,a Royal Artilleryman, whose wife and family reside in Greenock.
He wore a heavy white coat and a light green cape.
It is thought that the body may have been on a large raft which drifted on to the rocks at Tolsta on Sunday night.
Due to the shortage of manpower, the body was carried up to the road with the help of the local schoolboys,and was taken to Stornoway by the Naval Authorities.
HOME FROM THE PALACE
Mrs.Macleod, Moor Cottage,has returned from an investiture at Buckingham
Palace after seeing her husband Murdo Macleod (Murchadh Shonnie) R.N.R. being decorated with the D.S.M.
On Thursday 28th November in the Free Church, Joan Macritchie, the youngest daughter of Mrs. Macritchie and the late Kenneth Macritchie, 12 New Tolsta was married to Alexander Macleod, 10 Aird, Point.
The preceding Thursday, Annie Murray, the eldest daughter of Mrs. Murray and the late Murdo Murray, Seaview, was married to Alexander MacKenzie, 39 Crossbost. Rev. R. MacKenzie officiated at both weddings.
On a short visit to see his two uncles and an aunt, is a young Canadian from Winnepeg.He is Donald Skidmore of the Canadian army.Mr.Skidmore is a fine example of Canadian manhood.Although he stands over 6ft. high he is the shortest of three brothers. His mother hails from North Tolsta and was born at 4,Shore St, her maiden name being Mary Maciver.
On 25th.December,in the Free Presbyterian Church,Donald Macdonald,R.N.R. a son of the late Mr.and Mrs.Angus Macdonald,High St.Skigersta was married to Jessie,a daughter of Mr.and Mrs.Angus Macleod,General Merchant,North Tolsta. Rev. M. Gillies officiated.