Looking Back: Ship full for Langley’s town picnic

A look back through the files of the Langley Advance, which started in 1931.

Seventy Years Ago

August 12, 1937

The annual municipal picnic to Victoria drew 891 people to the pier at White Rock. But only 841 had boarded the S.S. Lady Alexandra when the captain declared the boat loaded to capacity and ordered the gangplank shipped. Once in Victoria, the Langley crowd dispersed throughout the city, and a planned civic reception in Beacon Hill Park was cancelled for lack of an audience.

Sixty Years Ago

August 14, 1947

Reeve Noel Booth said relief payments made the previous months rivaled the sums paid out in the Depression years. There were 100 heads of households, representing about 450 cases, listed on the relief roll.

Dr. A.O. Rose and Frank Dwyer, FRHS, were chosen honorary president and honorary vice-president of the Langley Horticultural Society. W. Dence was president and Jack Roberts and Mrs. C.W. Frisby were vice-presidents, while Mrs. Alice Conder returned as secretary-treasurer.

Fifty Years Ago

August 8, 1957

August appeared to be working on a rainfall record, with more than an inch of precipitation registered in the first six days.

Police radar trapped 50 speeding Langley City speeders in a single day.

Value of building permits for the first seven months of 1957 was nearly $2 million – about $650,000 more than all of 1956.

Forty Years Ago

August 10, 1967

Langley’s Debbie Brill leaped five feet, four and a quarter inches for a new Canadian high-jump record. Her effort exceeded the previous mark, set several years earlier by Vancouver’s Jane Lindy, by a quarter inch.

Princess Grace and Prince Ranier of Monaco stopped for a brief visit at the Fort Langley home of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Ziegler. Their next stop was to be San Francisco’s trade fair.

Thirty Years Ago

August 10, 1977

Plans for an indoor aquatic centre were unveiled before Langley’s councils. A referendum asking for the public’s approval was to be held in November.

While a heat wave force the usual sprinkling bans on Township residents, Langley City had an abundance of water, due to its recent hook-up with the GVRD water system.

Pollution concerns closed three Salmon River sites in Williams Park.

Twenty Years Ago

August 12, 1987

The 20/80 cost-sharing split between the provincial government and the Township for the $400,000 replacement of the bridge to Trinity Western University was considered “way out of line” by Alderman John Scholtens.

A heated argument arose at the Township council table over a letter written by MLA Carol Gran in defence of the Tall Timbers housing development proposal that had been rejected by council in June.

Ten Years Ago

August 8, 1997

Newlands Golf and Country Club applied to Langley City for permission to set up a casino.

A lightning storm that wreaked havoc all over the province somehow managed to leave Langley largely unscathed.

Langley residents protested outside Surrey Provincial Court, hoping to gain the ear of B.C. Agriculture Minister Corky Evans. They were upset about Evans’s rejection of Township bylaws to regulate mushroom farming and composting practices.

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