Langley Looking Back… 2004: Otter school shut down

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

Bob Groeneveld / Langley Advance
June 23, 2014 08:50 PM

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

Eighty Years Ago, June 14, 1934

The Aldergrove Farmers’ Unity League presented a 150-name petition to Council, protesting changes in the relief program. The AFUL demanded increased relief payments, medical services for relief recipients, full relief for single men at home instead of requiring them to go to work camps, and free school text books for children of relief recipients.

Seventy Years Ago, June 15, 1944

The Langley Prairie Lions Club held its inaugural Charter Night in Murrayville Community hall.

Langley Township refused to cut brush along the roadsides, because there were no funds available. Aldermen recommended that farmers take steps to keep the local boulevards cleared.

Sixty Years Ago, June 17, 1954

Municipal councillors were divided over a proposed bylaw to allow industrial and commercial machinery to be assessed for taxation.

Provincial highways minister Phil Gaglardi was considering re-routing the Trans-Canada Highway around Langley City. Eastbound traffic, in Gaglardi’s plan, was to be shunted on two lanes to the south of the downtown area, and two lanes of westbound traffic would pass by on the north.

Fifty Years Ago, June 18, 1964

Langley city passed a bylaw okaying a six-day week for commerce. Previously, all businesses except garages, drugstores, and non-retail enterprises, had been forced to close Monday afternoons, and work a week of five and a half days.

The biggest traffic jam in B.C.’s history occurred when motorists flocked to try out the newly opened 401 Highway and Port Mann Bridge.

Forty Years Ago, June 13, 1974

An enumeration by Langley Township showed there were 14,661 voters in the municipality.

Monaccan Consul Fritz Ziegler, a Fort Langley resident, held a reception at his castle on Rawlison Cres., in honour of the 25th anniversary of Prince Ranier’s ascension to the throne.

Thirty Years Ago, June 13, 1984

A copy of Langley Township’s noise control bylaw was sent to the operators of Action Raceway after the Greater Vancouver Regional District extended the motorsport group’s lease in Campbell Valley Regional Park for one more year.

A special committee was struck to look into reviving plans for an indoor swimming pool in Langley. A pool had been approved by referendum two years earlier, but was dropped when the provincial Social Credit government decided to withdraw $1.6 million in grant money for the project.

Twenty Years Ago, June 15, 1994

Langley Memorial Hospital CEO Pat Zanon proposed closing 45 beds and eliminating 50 full-time jobs to offset its anticipated $2.5 million budget shortfall.

Township Mayor John Scholtens said the provincial government’s New Directions in Health Care initiative was a “scam,” and said his council would refuse to participate until concerns over “too few directions” and “too many different directions” were resolved.

Chloramine, instead of chlorine, was advocated by Township staff as a drinking water disinfectant.

Ten Years Ago, June 15, 2004

Otter Elementary School prepared to close its doors for the last time, after serving the educational needs of Langley children for more than 100 years.

June 18, 2004

B.C. doctors unleashed a report on healthcare in the province that said Fraser Health Authority and all health regions across the province were failing “by virtually every measure.”

Langley City’s new fire hall got a step closer to reality, with a decision that it would not include a new community police office.


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