Published: 11/07/2017 08:00 - Updated: 09/07/2017 16:15

Ross-shire Journal old files from 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago

The first set of triplets in Conon Bridge pictured in their prams. Picture courtesy of Tony Innes
The first set of triplets in Conon Bridge pictured in their prams. Picture courtesy of Tony Innes
100 Years Ago


From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, July 6, 1917

THE annual trip of schoolchildren attending the Sunday School of Dingwall Parish Church, took place on Saturday last, 30th June, to a field on the Knockbain heights, kindly placed at their disposal by Mr Peter Maccallum.

The children, numbering above a hundred, were accompanied by the minister, and all the elders, while a considerable number of their parents and friends were able to be with them during the afternoon. The situation of the field was an ideal one, and the day could not have been more favourable, while great kindness was shown to the whole party by Mr Maccallum and Miss Maccallum, Knockbain. Sports were engaged in of a kind to suit the hearts of the young ones, who spent a delightful day.

• The chalet at Knockfarrel has been opened again for the season by Miss Cameron, where teas can be had as formerly. The Chalet enjoys its popularity, not only among Strathpeffer visitors, but among many Dingwall and district people, who enjoy the walk over the moor. The catering is all that could be desired.

• According to a waggish Evanton correspondent, certain members of the 2nd Black Rock Rovers were indisposed at the week-end, and unable to take the field. A course of “treatment” has been prescribed.

75 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, July 3, 1942

MRS K Mackenzie, 4 Strath, Gairloch, writes to Miss Maclennan, Red Cross Office, Tulloch Street, Dingwall, thanking the Red Cross for their kindness to her sons, Corporal George Mackenzie, and L

Corpl. Murdo H. Mackenzie, both of the Seaforths, and prisoners in Germany.

She states that she is hearing from them regularly; that they are well and receiving both personal and Red Cross parcels. In his latest letter, Murdo writes that he had received a parcel intact, which was posted in November.

• A vegetable show is to be held in Plockton on Thursday, 27th August, and will be open to the inhabitants of Lochalsh, Dornie, Kishorn, Lochcarron and Glenshiel. The prizes will consist of garden tools, seed vouchers and Savings Certificates. A representative committee has been appointed to carry out the arrangements.

• The funds of the Strathpeffer Golf Club will benefit considerably as a result of a most successful dance held in the Pavilion, Strathpeffer, last Friday. A dance committee, under the convenership of Mr A. Macphail, is hoping by such means to help the Club to carry on during these difficult times.

• Pte. Betty Mackenzie, A.T.S., on leave, was a clerkess with Mr Robt. Allan, butcher, Dingwall, before joining up. A daughter of Pipe-Major John Mackenzie, and Mrs Mackenzie, 1 Mill Street, Dingwall, a brother is with the R.A.F.

50 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, July 7, 1967

ROSS County Football Club are calling for volunteers of all ages to assist in removing stones from the playing surface at Victoria Park, Dingwall. They should report to the ground tomorrow afternoon (Saturday), where their attendance and help will be greatly appreciated. Since the end of the season something like 400 ton of top soil has been dumped on the surface, but as is to be expected, there are many stones among it, hence the call from the Club for volunteers.

• Last Wednesday evening friends and former pupils gathered in Cullicudden School to honour Mrs MacRitchie on her retiral as headmistress for the past 24 ½ years. The school rooms were beautifully decorated with flowers, which the pupils had enthusiastically brought along in the morning.

• The visit of the famous Moody Chorale from Chicago, reminds us of Moody and Sankey, the famous American evangelists, who visited Strathpeffer in July 1874. One can imagine the great crowd gathered on the hill-side above the Wells as also the packed Church at Jamestown where, at the invitation of the Rev. Wm. MacDougall, Dr Moody conducted the evening service. Moody returned to “the Strath” years later and held services un the Pavilion and the Spa.

25 Years Ago

From the Ross-shire Journal of Friday, July 3, 1992

THE blueprint for a university to serve the Highlands and Islands was unveiled this week by Sir Graham Hills, former Principal of Strathclyde University who over the past nine months has been acting as Academic Adviser for the Advisory Group overseeing the initiative.

Speaking in Inverness, Sir Graham visualised the university as primarily a collegiate, federal structure of at least six separate colleges, based on existing Colleges of Further Education, with a control hub at a location to be agreed.

In its steady state, the new university could aspire to a student population of 5000 full-time equivalent students.

• A touch of wartime realism awaits visitors to Avoch Heritage Association’s exhibition Times of War, which was opened to the public last weekend and will continue until mid-September.

A recess in the wall at the new Heritage Centre where the show is staged, bears the legend, “Due to bomb damage this air raid shelter is being kept closed.”

• Arrangements are being made for a representative match between a German football team – FC Augsburg – and a North Caledonian Under-21 select in Victoria Park, Dingwall, on Monday, 3rd August at 7.30pm. The German Under-18 team is one of the feeder clubs of Bayern Munich and will be visiting the area at the time. Their reputation is considerable and a first class display of football is promised. 

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