Tolsta District News 1945 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
PETITION TO THE ASSEMBLY
At a mass meeting of Free Church members and adherents last week,Rev.R. Mackenzie presiding,it was unanimously resolved to petition the General Assembly to declare the North Tolsta section of the Back congregation a sanctioned charge.As the Minister did not advance any objections it is hoped the petition will be favourably received by the Presbytery and Assembly.
Last Thursday,in the F.P. church,Alexander Campbell,R.N.R.19,Shore St. was married to Jean Murray,49,North Tolsta,Rev.M.Gillies officiating.
Miss Macsween,infant teacher at Tolsta,has left to take up a more homely task.There were tears as well as congratulations as Mr.Angus Maclean and staff took her around the classes to say farewell and receive a presentation. Because of the dearth of teachers,Mrs.Cameron has temporarily stepped into the breach.
With a considerable number of our township's servicemen in Far Eastern waters facing a fanatical foe V.E.Day rejoicing was somewhat restrained.
A sigh of relief was uttered by those who had been under continual anxiety for their near and dear ones,facing danger on land,sea and air,but at the same time heartfelt sympathy is felt for those who were sorely hurt by the loss of dear ones who made the supreme sacrifice for our safety and freedom.
May God grant that we as a people profit by it.
The smell of the heather was very welcome to Norman Macinnes.R.N.R.Glen Tolsta,who arrived home on 5th. May after five and a half years captivity in Germany.Norman was one of the few survivors from the Rawalpindi,sunk in action in the winter of 1939.To Norrie we truly say "Welcome Home"
A gloom settled over the community when it was learned that John Maciver 14,New Tolsta,had died on Thursday 10th.May. John was awarded the British Empire Medal for the part he played in managing his lifeboat after being torpedoed in Mid-Atlantic.He was never up to the mark after his long exposure to severe weather.He was a quiet efficient lad and we extend our deep sympathy to his young widow in her sorrow.He was 36.
Little or no interest is being taken in the coming General Election, but we expect that the majority of the Electors will reach the Polling place and put their "X" with due solemnity somewhere and someone will get in and so the world rolls on.
After ploughing a lone furrow for forty years, Roderick, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell, Ivy Cottage, has yoked with Annie, daughter of Mrs, Murray and the late Murdo Murray, Hill Street. They were married in the F. P. Church, on 17th June. Rev. M. Gillies officiating.
The Eclipse of the sun was observed under fairly favourable conditions and many faces gazed skywards. As the moon's disc disappeared there was a heavy thunderstorm, followed by a downpour of rain.
We feel sorry that all three candidates could not represent us in the House of Commons, but, blood being thicker than water, we have nothing against the favourite. Time will show the results of the extraordinary swing over to the left.
Fifty three Royal Naval Reservists, have already been demobilised, but we hope the number will swell soon. The latest are: Angus and Alexander Smith, 52; Murdo MacIver, 67 New Street; Murdo Morrison 5 Shore Street; Alexander MacLeod, 20; Alexander Campbell, 19; Murdo Smith, Hill Street; John MacLeod, 76 Hill Street; John Smith, 75 Hill Street; Allan MacKenzie, 73 New Street; John Murray, 21 Shore Street; Angus MacIver, 28 Shore Street; Alexander MacIver, 71; Duncan and Alexander Graham, 39 North; Alexander MacDonald, School Road; Murdo Murray, 14 New Tolsta; John Campbell, Snr., 5 New Tolsta; Norman MacLean, 63 New Street; Angus MacKay, 66 New Street; Norman MacInnes, Glen Tolsta; John MacIver, 36 North.
The following have been demobilised:-
Murdo MacLeod, D.S.M.; Donald MacDonald, 59 New Street; Alexander Campbell, Lochside; John Campbell, Snr; 5 New Tolsta; Malcolm MacRitchie, 12 New Tolsta; Alexander Smith, "Seaview"; John Murray, Lochside; Alexander Murray, 22 Mooredge; Murdo Murray, 50 North Tolsta; Alexander Graham, 39 North; James Morrison, 15 Shore Street; Angus MacIver, 25 Shore Street; Norman MacLean, 63 New Street.
The wedding took place at Dresden Parish Church, Stoke-on-Trent, on 17th February, this year, of Mr. Arthur Bate, youngest son of Mr. William Bate, Derby Arms, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent and Miss Catherine MacLeod, second daughter of Mrs. MacLeod and the late Mr. Murdo MacLeod, 34 North Tolsta.
MISSED FROM THE DISTRICT
We miss Mr. Hector MacKay and family who have vacated their bungalow and are now settled near Holm Head, Stornoway.
Among those demobilised recently are:- Murdo Murray, 27; Andrew MacIver, 26; Donald MacDonald, 1; Angus MacIver, 15; Roderick MacKay, 66; John Smith, 75; Murdo MacIver, 14 New Tolsta; Angus MacLeod, School Road; Alexander MacDonald, 48 - all R.N.R.
Iain and John MacDonald, 3 Shore Street; Roderick MacIver, 2 Shore Street; Donald Nicolson, 9; Angus MacLeod, 34; John Campbell, "Edgemoor"; Donald I. MacDØnald, 6 New Tolsta - have all been demobilised.
Among those recently demobbed are:- Donald Smith, 52; John MacKenzie, School Road; Evander Murray, 45; Murdo MacKay, 42; Murdo MacKenzie, 1 New Tolsta.
NEW TIMES: NEW CUSTOMS
It seems that the days when you could build your own shack how and where you liked are past and ex-servicemen keen to build a house simply cannot produce, say, £500, to satisfy the new "regulations". How the new situation will develop remains to be seen.
Quite a number of the lads who have had enough of the sea during the war are "going ashore" as weavers and have priority in applications for the purchase of looms.
After three years' absence, Angus Morrison, R.N.R., Edgemoor, is with us again. Donald MacIver, 32 North and Alex Murray, 13 New Tolsta have been demobilised.
DEMOBBED AND CALLED UP
Almost all the R.N.R. who were mobilised at the beginning of the War have now returned. While a few new recruits are off for service. Alex Finlayson has joined the Gordons and Donald Campbell, the youngest son of John Campbel, 54 Shore Street, is in the Loval Scouts.
Kenneth Morrison, R.N.R., 5 North Tolsta and Hector MacMillan, R.N.R., 6 Shore Street, are home on demobilisation leave.