Tolsta District News 1948 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
Home demobbed, is John MacLeod, R.N.R., 12 Shore Street.
Last Thursday Donald MacIver, 64 New Street, was united in marriage to Catherine, the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murdo MacIver, 2 Shore Street. Now the ordeal is over, "Dolly" will conduct his merchant's business with a capable helpmate and we wish them all the best. Rev. A. MacLeod, Back, officiated.
GIFT FROM THE PALACE
Mrs. Catherine Campbell, "The Shieling", cannot understand how she is known at the Palace. She is 76 and has just received a parcel from Princess Elizabeth. Mrs. Catherine MacIver, Lochside, also received a parcel.
Murdo Campbell, H.L.I., 9 Hill Street, is back from Jerusalem unscathed, though many of his pals were killed and wounded.
On Tuesday, April 27th, the Free Church Presbytery of Lewis, met at North Tolsta, for the induction of Rev. Angus Finlayson. Rev. John MacKenzie, Leverburgh and Rev. James Morrison, Uist, being present were associated with the Presbytery. Windows, stairs and indeed every niche in the building were occupied by the largest congregation ever to meet within the Church.
Rev. A. Finlayson's first public duty was to convey the sad intelligence of the death by drowning, of Angus, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Murdo MacDonald, 1 Lochside, North Tolsta. Mr. MacDonald was in the Merchant Service and for the last three years sailed in New Zealand waters. No details are available, but that he was drowned at Auckland, on April 22. He was 29 years of age. We deeply sympathise with his bereaved parents.
The motor boat "Elspeth Smith", Skipper Alexander MacDonald, was bought recently from an east coast port. We wish the new boat every success. A few small boats are now engaged on haddock fishing.
A start will be made soon with the building of the canteen for schoolchildrens' meals
Donald Murray, 13 New Tolsta and Kenneth Macleod, 2 New Tolsta, have both received parcels from Princess Elizabeth. They might have known that old Kenneth would have preferred an ounce of black twist to a ton of spam!
We congratulate Donald MacDonald, M.A., 38 North Tolsta, on being received as a fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Mr. MacDonald resides in Edinburgh.
THE GRESS-TOLSTA ROAD
The road between Gress and this township is in a sorry state and passengers have even had to help to lift buses in the middle of the road to enable them to continue their journey to Stornoway. Extra squads of roadmen were on the spot patching up, but such haphazard methods are no solution. This road is a disgrace to any responsible body, while the village roads are beyond description.
NEW CANTEEN ETC.,
The new classrooms and canteen are being erected as quickly as weather permits. The size of one building may be gauged from the fact that it has eighteen windows, in front and as many at the back. Work has commenced at the Glen Tolsta road - where the Glen Tolsta hamlet is almost deserted.
The appointment of Miss Macaulay (a native of Grimshader)to this school is very welcome indeed and we hope she will like the place.
Haysker rock came close to claiming another victim when Alex Macleod, 74 New St., slipped and fell into the sea. The prompt intervention of two comrades saved him. Apart from a soaking and a smashed rod, he is none the worse.
TWO SAD DEATHS
The community was much moved by the death of two young men during the week.
The first was John Smith, the youngest son of Mrs. Smith and the late Murdo Smith, 75 Hill St. Since demobilisation from the R.N.R.,he has been in indifferent health and was in the Lewis Sanitorium for a few weeks before the end. He was 35.
The second was Kenneth, the youngest son of Mr.and Mrs. Kenneth Campbell, 8 Hill St. Kenneth had only joined up this year and had not been home on leave before going to Germany. Apart from a telegram stating that he had been badly burnt and a later telegram notifying his parents of his death, no details of his death are yet available.
To the bereaved families the sympathy of the whole community goes out in their great sorrow.
Congratulations to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, 51 North Tolsta, who has qualified as a nurse in Aberdeen.
MARRIED IN STORNOWAY
On Thursday, 9th December, in the Seminary, Stornoway, Catherine, the daughter of William and the late Mrs. Macdonald, 51 North Tolsta, was married to Donald, the son of Mr. and Mrs. MacLeod, 42 New Valley, Laxdale.
The Rev. Kenneth MacRae, M.A., officiated. We wish this couple a good voyage.
MARRIED IN TOLSTA
On 16th December in the F.P. Church, Johan, the youngest daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Murdo Murray, 61 New St., was married to Donald, a son of Mrs. Mary and the late Donald Graham, 39 North Tolsta. Rev. Mr. Campbell officiated.
Work on the Glen-Tolsta Road has been suspended for two months and the men have been paid off. The good folk of Glen Tolsta have need of much patience and wellingtons before they can get to the main road.