Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of March 2

The history of Langley as reported by the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

March 3, 1937

Upon close of nominations, a council by-election to fill a vacancy left by Charles Reid’s resignation was to pit Reid against Linton Harris, whom he had defeated by eight votes in the full civic elections in January. After his success at the polls, Reid was disqualified because of a service contract he had with the municipality, forcing his resignation.

Seventy Years Ago

March 5, 1947

Sketch plans for the new Langley Memorial Hospital put 38 beds in 18 wards.

Langley’s $208,748 schools budget was its highest ever. Government grants covered just under half of the tab.

Sixty Years Ago

February 28, 1957

Mice attacked Langley High School, chewing through wiring and endangering the school.

Cliff Watt, chairman of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce civic affairs committee, was unable to convince council to build sidewalks in the village.

Township council complained that the provincial government’s $28 homeowner grant would serve built-up cities more than the municipality.

Fifty Years Ago

March 2, 1967

Ownership of Langley Airport was transferred from the federal Department of Transport to Langley Township.

Ian Bowling became Langley’s first-ever Queen’s Scout.

School trustees asked Langley City for a reduction in swimming pool fees for Grade 5 students for five weeks per year.

Forty Years Ago

March 3, 1977

Langley City paid $13,265 towards development of Portage Park.

Harold D. Stafford was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship, the highest honour accorded by Rotary International.

Thirty Years Ago

March 4, 1987

Langley School Board’s operating budget was $3.4 million over the provincial government’s fiscal framework allotment.

Against legal advice, Township council drew up a non-smoking bylaw take effect on July 1.

Although population increases allowed an expansion to eight aldermen, Township council opted to stick with six.

Twenty Years Ago

February 28, 1997

B.C. Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh offered MLA Lynn Stephens a way to keep Langley Provincial Courthouse open – if she could talk the City and Township into paying $150,000 rent annually.

Sue Morhun, one of seven senior managers and directors whose jobs vaporized after the Langley Leadership Team took control of Langley Township council and hired Mark Bakken as its new administrator, was brought back into the fold to head up a new department, Community and Heritage Services.

Aldergrove Secondary School’s senior jazz choir placed first in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. Tyler Summer was named best alto saxist. Further, the combo and senior jazz bands were runners up in their categories.