Langley Looking Back… 1964: New freeway opened through Langley

Langley’s history, as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance, started in 1931.

Bob Groeneveld / Langley Advance
June 2, 2014 05:20 PM

Langley's history, as recorded in the pages of the Langley Advance – your community newspaper since 1931.

Eighty Years Ago, June 7, 1934

A notice in the Langley Advance warned local motorists to ease up on the gas pedal when passing through Aldergrove, because a new motorcycle police officer, Fred Windell, had been placed on duty.

Drastic changes in relief payments were announced. Single men were cut off entirely, and married men with dependents could register only if they could prove they were destitute. However, Langley Reeve (mayor) Noel Booth was planning a trip to Victoria to recommend to the government there that single men with holdings be allowed to stay on their land and collect some assistance. The municipality also stopped sending out relief cheques, requiring recipients to appear in person at the municipal hall to collect them.

Reeve Booth announced that, starting in July, the minimum charge for electricity in the Fraser Valley would be 50 cents per month.

Seventy Years Ago, June 8, 1944

Langley residents, along with people around the world, waited in anticipation as the D-Day invasion swept into Europe.

Reeve Alex Hope called for a public prayer service in the Langley Prairie Drill Hall to ask blessings for all the soldiers, sailors, and airmen involved in the D-Day operations.

Capt. E.E. Sendall openly deplored council’s suggestion to convert the local airport to other uses.

Sixty Years Ago, June 10, 1954

Langley had a terrible weekend for traffic accidents. Fourteen people were injured in six separate car crashes.

A burglar broke into the Fort Langley Cafe and made off with about $100, in coins, including about 1,400 nickels.

Fifty Years Ago, June 11, 1964

Highway 401, the new freeway through the Fraser Valley, was officially opened by Premier W.A.C. Bennett and Highways Minister Phil Gaglardi.

Roberta Spence was named Miss Langley.

Forty Years Ago, June 6, 1974

Real Cauoette, leader of the national Social Credit Party, spoke to a packed house at Fort Langley Community Hall. A federal election was slated for July 8.

Langley School District superintendent Charlie Cuthbert announced that a severe space shortage would force about 75 classes onto shifts in September.

The minimum wage in B.C. was set at $2.50 per hour, or $2.10 for those under 18 years of age.

Thirty Years Ago, June 6, 1984

Violence erupted on picket lines, but members of the Cana­dian Farm Workers Union maintained their vigil outside the Fraser Valley Mushroom Growers Coopera­tive plant in northwest Langley.

Twenty Years Ago, June 8, 1994

Stepping Stone Rehabilitative Society expected to have a new home by the end of July, after receiving a $221,000 BC 21 grant.

An advertisement placed in the Langley Teachers’ Association’s newsletter, asking for “host families” for youths in a special program, alerted the community of the provincial government’s intent to move supervised, convicted young offenders unsupervised into the community.

Ten Years Ago, June 8, 2004

Langley School District received the go-ahead from the Ministry of Education on its Langley Fundamental Middle School expansion plans, as well as replace four old buses.

Township Councillor Mel Kositsky entered the federal election race as an independent seeking to represent Langley.

June 11, 2004

Cars and trucks started crossing the freeway on the new 200th Street overpass, as some components of the interchange were being completed ahead of schedule.

With the close of nominations, five people were seeking the federal seat to represent the new Langley Riding in Parliament: independent Mel Kositsky,

Patrick Meyer for the Green Party, Dean Morrison for the NDP, Kim Richter for the Liberals, and Mark Warawa for the Conservatives.

A typographical error in a provincial document caused a furor when it appeared that construction of a new bridge over the Fraser River would be delayed by a year.

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