Tolsta District News 1970 as reported in the Stornoway Gazette
SAD NEW YEAR
It was indeed a sad New Year for one Lewis family this year. Early on New Year's morning Mr.and Mrs.Angus Maciver, 25,North Tolsta, received word that their 25-year old son Roderick, had died in hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. Details are not to hand but the accident happened the previous day.
He was on the New Zealand Company's ship "Hertford"and had left home three monthes ago. This is the second tragedy in this family.Another son on his first as cabin boy was fatally injured aboard ship at Antwerp. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to this family in their sorrow.
INTO THE NEXT ROUND
Tolsta Youth Club have won their way into the next round of the Lewis Youth Clubs Association's 1970 Clubs Youth Contest. The teams taking part in last week's quiz were: Back Youth Club-Alasdair I. Macleod(Captain), Angus W.Macdonald, Margaret M.Martin, and Mairi Macleod.
Tolsta was represented by Donald J.Graham,(Captain),Iain Murray,Murdo Morrison and Erica Macdonald.
46 YEARS LATER ON
Mr.Norman Morrison,46,North Tolsta,who was on the emigrant ship "Marlow"in 1924 is visiting all his old haunts for the first time. A brother is in Kinlochleven,another in Back and sisters in Fort William and Back.
We are happy to know that Murdo Maciver 18,North Tolsta,has been capped M.A.in Glasgow,and John G.Macdonald 38,North Tolsta,B.Sc.in Aberdeen.
Mr.Donald Macdonald M.A. F.E.I.S of 38 North Tolsta,recently retired after a distinguished teaching career lasting over forty years.For the past fifteen years he had been headmaster of Corstorphine School,Edinburgh.
To mark the happy occasion Mr.Macdonald was presented with a set of crystal and a scroll signed by his former staff,at a dinner given in his honour at the George Hotel Edinburgh.Mrs.Macdonald,who comes from Balallan was presented with a bouquet.
A pleasant function took place in the school when Miss Annie Mackenzie M.A. "Tulloch Ard" was presented with many gifts from the villagers,the school staff,the canteen staff and the pupils on the occasion of her retirement after a lifetime's teaching. Miss Mackenzie knew her role as teacher and in teaching she excelled as many of her older can testify.
The recent increase in bus fares-return Tolsta to Stornoway 9/-has taken few by surprise. The wonder is that it took so long in coming when wages have doubled and in some cases trebled since 1950.