Langley in history: Shops vote to close Mondays (1957)

A look back through the pages of the Langley Advance which started publishing in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

May 20, 1937

• Oak trees were planted at Coghlan Road Presbyterian Church to commemorate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

• Phyllis Sailes was named queen of the 15th Fort Langley May Day. Her sister Joan had had the distinction ten years earlier, and their sisters Muriel, Vimy, and Laverne had been maid of honour in the interval. The girls were the great great granddaughters of the first Hudson Bay Co. head dairyman at Fort Langley.

Seventy Years Ago

May 22, 1947

• An application for a new post office for Langley was to be placed before the House of Commons by mid-June, MP Tom Reid told the Langley Board of Trade.

• Patricia School student Sheila Robinson was chosen May Queen. May Day festivities were being organized by the Athletic Association with local service clubs.

Sixty Years Ago

May 16, 1957

• Plans for a $200,000 administrative centre were approved in principle by Township council.

• A two-classroom addition was being built at Glenwood School, at a cost of $25,000.

A majority of Langley municipality’s shops voted for Friday night opening and Monday closures.

Fifty Years Ago

May 18, 1967

• Patricia Anderson, 13, of Fort Langley Elementary was crowned May Queen. Michelle Allard of Simonds School was Miss Canada, and the maids of honour were Maureen Foster of Langley Central and Bernice Shaw of County Line.

• There was a lack of qualified replacements for teachers who were resigning. The problem was greatest in home economics and commerce.

• Vying for the Miss Langley and Harvest Queen title were Donna Exner, Judy Toms, Carol Secord, Wendy Douet, Laurel Cowie, Judy Wright, Vicki Feenstra, Sandy Chamberlayne, and Judy Langlois.

Forty Years Ago

May 18, 1977

• Construction of Christian Life Assembly suffered a setback when a large white cross and tons of girders crashed 85 feet to the ground. Because it was raining, workers who would otherwise have been in harm’s way were elsewhere. There were no injuries.

• Langley Recreation Commission was dissolved as a joint venture of both Langleys, henceforth serving only the Township.

• A mother and her seven-year-old daughter lost their lives in an Otter area fire.

Thirty Years Ago

May 20, 1987

• A bed race was added to the May Day celebrations. Shannon Jette of Langley Prairie Elementary was May Queen.

• The finale of the Cloverdale Rodeo was marred by a $35,000 robbery.

Langley raised $60,000 for Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion campaign.

Twenty Years Ago

May 16, 1997

• Owners maintained a log shortage was behind their decision to close McDonald’s Cedar Mill in Fort Langley.

• Kim Richter, Langley’s only representative on the South Fraser Valley Regional Health Board resigned. She asked that Health Minister Joy McPhail replace her with a trustee from the disbanded Langley Memorial Hospital Board. A Walnut Grove doctor, Mike McCann, was appointed instead.