Tolsta District News 1949 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
January will go on record as the most stormy within living memory. Hardly a day passed without vessels steaming in to shelter in Sandy Bay and Broad Bay. Duncan MacKay, 18 New Tolsta, was caught by a strong gust of wind and thrown heavily to the ground, receiving a fractured collar bone and other injuries. He was detained in hospital and allowed home the following day.
Some damage has been done to property.
Having completed their training, William John Murray, R.A.S.C., 45 North Tolsta and Angus Graham, Scottish Rifles (Cameronians), 57 Hill Street, are now home demobbed. John Finlayson, Hill, who has purchased a new tractor, will soon have plenty folk clamouring for his services. Tolsta lads setting up house in New Zealand are Angus MacIver, 26 Shore Street; Donald Smith, 52 and Donald MacDonald, 28. The latter has married a young woman of Norwegian descent. Alexander MacIver, 15, is settling in Australia.
This week with clothing coupons off, Alexander Graham, 39 North Tolsta, is off with Catherine, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Campbell, 19 North Tolsta. They were married on March 15, by Rev. Mr. Campbell, Stornoway. We wish them every happiness.
MARRIED IN STORNOWAY
On the 8th of March, Nurse Christina MacKay, 42 North Tolsta, was united in marriage to Malcolm MacDonald, lay preacher, Manish, Harris. The wedding took place in the Royal Hotel, the officiating Minister being Rev. Angus Finlayson, assisted by Rev. John MacKenzie, Leverburgh.
On March 31st, Katie Ann, daughter of Mr. George Murray, 45 North Tolsta, was united in marriage with Donald, only son of the late Murdo and Christina MacIver, 15 New Tolsta. The Rev. M. MacIver, Crossbost, officiated. They have the good wishes of the Community.
MULL AND TOLSTA UNION
What seemed like a Clan Donald Gathering met in the Cafe Riche, Paisley, on Thursday, March 24, when Miss Christina MacDonald, Figgin, Fionnphort, Mull, became the bride of Mr. Murdo MacDonald, 38 North Tolsta, Stornoway. The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. William Muir, Paisley, in the prescence of a large gathering of friends.
Gu'm bith sith, sonas agus saoghal fada aca le cheile.
A pretty wedding was solemnised in the Free Presbyterian Church, North Tolsta, on April 7, when Jessie, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald, 28 North Tolsta, was united in marriage to Angus, son of Mr. and Mrs. MacLeod, 59 New Street, North Tolsta. The officiating Minister was Rev. D. Campbell.
Work has now been resumed on the Glen Tolsta road by a limited number of workmen.
LAMB MINUS A LEG
Alex MacDonald, 38 North Tolsta, is the owner of a lamb minus a leg. The fourth is a short stump with a well-formed hoof. Otherwise the lamb appears quite normal.
Having returned Mr. Allan Cameron, as County Councillor, we now wait to see how he will acquit himself. Tolsta has ever been more or less a neglected area.
NEW HOUSE ALMOST READY
Murdo Morrison, 31 North Tolsta, who'se home was destroyed by fire, has his new house roofed and it will be ready for occupation in a few weeks' time.
WELLS DRIED UP
Owing to the long spell of dry weather, the water shortage is becoming very acute in the village, as most of the wells are now dried up.
FISHERMEN DON'T WORK
Workers' bus fare to and from Stornoway has been reduced from 4/- to 3/-. This concession long overdue, is not extended to fishermen.
Thanks to the tar macadam surface on the main road one gets fewer jolts, but we fail to see why these responsible did not follow the bus route serving one half of the village instead of by-passing it by following the road servicing only two houses!
LONDON TO TOLSTA ON SIXPENCE
Every newspaper in Britain carried the story last Monday, of two young children from Hertfordshire, who ran away from home to spend a holiday with their granny in North Tolsta and who made the journey safely on sixpence farthing and a bag of stale buns.
The children were, Millicent Richardson, aged 12 and Sydney Richardson, aged 9. Their father is a Chemist in Hitchin, Mrs. Richardson is a native of Tolsta.
Reported missing from their home near London on Friday, the truants arrived by the late bus on Saturday at their grandparents' - Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Campbell, 8 Hill Street.
It says much for their love of Tolsta and native resource that they made the journey without incident on 6d farthing, clad only in shorts, two bathing suits and sandshoes and a flimsy frock. Sydney wore a pullover. They had no suitcase.
Thanks to the Stornoway lady who advised them against walking to Tolsta and Mitchell's bus Inspector, they reached their destination richer by 7/- than when they started.
Miss Catriona MacKay, Stornoway, has been appointed to the school in place of Miss Catherine Anne MacLeod, who has been transferred to her home school at Back. We hope Miss MacKay will be as popular as her predecedssor.
After two years' service in the Army, transport driver Angus MacKay, 16 North Tolsta, is home demobbed.
Christmas mail has been very heavy this year, but thanks to the foresight of the Stornoway Postmaster, who gave permission to use the mail van for the parcels delivery locally, our Postman had an easier time than he would have had without this boon.