Looking Back: Bears make tracks near 200th Street

Go back far enough, and bears roamed Langley City.

Eighty Years Ago

September 30, 1937

Rev. William Garbutt headed a committee to send relief supplies to drought-impoverished families in Saskatchewan. Volunteers collected donations of fruit, vegetables, and cash. It was claimed that 70,000 families were in dire need.

Seventy Years Ago

October 2, 1947

Rev. T. Peacock was honoured on his 80th birthday with a surprise party at the United Church hall.

Two additional assessors were appointed to work on correcting as many errors as possible in the current year’s tax assessments before the end of November.

At Langley Airport, Ken Kirk of Vancouver was awarded the Imperial Cup as B.C.’s most proficient advanced pilot.

Sixty Years Ago

September 26, 1957

One of Langley’s best known citizens, David William Poppy Sr., passed away two weeks after his 96th birthday. A native of England, Poppy arrived in Langley in 1886, and during his 71 years of residence here, spent 50 years in public service as reeve (mayor), school trustee, and police court magistrate.

Bear tracks were spotted near Carvolth (200th Street) and McLellan (56th Avenue) Roads. The animals got away unharmed, and had not injured anyone.

Fifty Years Ago

September 28, 1967

Quebec and the controversial topic of a two-nation concept for Canada were discussed at the monthly meeting of the Langley Constituency NDP Association.

Langley and Mission were named two areas in B.C. which would act as “the patient” in a survey of medical resources in the province.

W.G. “Bob” Duckworth was installed as president of the Langley Chamber of Commerce, and John Kelly took over the reins for the local Jaycees.

Forty Years Ago

September 28, 1977

Windows in two neighbouring homes were blown out wen a natural gas explosion devastated a residence in the 24600 block of 50th Avenue. Residents of the home had left for a California vacation only hours before the explosion occurred.

Construction began on the new Aldergrove Baptist Church.

After three months of silence, Derek Doubleday demanded Township council give reasons for his demotion to clerk of the municipality. The former administrator had returned from holidays in July to learn that his assistant had been given his job.

Thirty Years Ago

September 30, 1987

Township mayor Elford Nundal announced he would be stepping down after 13 years on council, first as an alderman and then as mayor.

The battle between land developers and the South Langley Ratepayers Association was decided when council unanimously rejected a proposal for a 40-acre subdivision at 4th Avenue and 200th Street. Council’s decision came after a marathon public hearing with 20 speakers.

Twenty Years Ago

September 26, 1997

Ministry of Environment officials examined a ditch filled in by a local mushroom farmer, and gave its stamp of approval. The farmer now demanding apologies from those who had described her actions as an “environmental disaster,” including Langley Township Councillor and anti-mushroom farming standard-bearer Karen Kersey.

A teenager was arrested after he scared a number of bus passengers with his replica gun.

The B.C. Teachers Federation decided to appeal a Supreme Court ruling that it was wrong in refusing to accredit Trinity Western University’s teacher education program.

Stokes Pit victim Heidi Klompas’s mother reported that, although her daughter was still unconcious, there were indications of improvement.