Langley in history: 1935: farmer asks to kill porcupines

Look back through the files of the Langley Advance.

Eight Years Ago

October 31, 1935

• Council was faced with three claims of sheep killing dogs.  Settlements were withheld while an attempt was make to determine ownership of the dogs.

• A B.C. Electric survey estimated that Langley Prairie could be lit adequately with 250-watt street lights at a cost of $320 per year.

• A work bee was held to fence the Sperling school yard.

• B.W. Beales and Mr. Dale purchased a chopping machine and were preparing feed for farmers of the district.

• A resident appeared before council to ask permission to kill porcupines. He was referred to the game warden.

Seventy Years Ago

November 1, 1945

• Reeve Alex Hope, running under the Coalition banner, was elected MLA for the riding, defeating Len Shepherd by 697 votes.

• Rev. T.R. Peacock was elected president of the Langley branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Mrs. N. McLeod was secretary, and Miss Molly Linwood was treasurer.

• Otter District Farmers Institute announced it would be able to keep a supply of stumping powder on hand, although it was still necessary for pro­spec­tive purchasers to first obtain permits from police.

• Councillor Noel Booth forwarded a street-lighting plan for Langley Prairie, calling for 336 250-watt lights. Under the plan, if accepted by plebiscite, council would be responsible for 30 per cent of the annual $1,260 upkeep cost.

Sixty Years Ago

November 3, 1955

• Council protested a request of the provincial assessors to raise land assessments of 60 per cent of the current sales value of property. The assessment raise would mean increases of about 50 per cent for large farms, 75 per cent on small holdings, and 100 per cent on lots.

• Councilor Noel Booth warned that the provincial government could use its educational costs formula to unload more and more of costs on the municipality at any time.

• Hospitality of the Langley RCMP was offered to two New Westminster boys, aged 12 and 13, after they ran away from home. The older boy having lost his after-school job, feared his parents would halt his navy career plans.

Fifty Years Ago

November 4, 1965

• Churches, schools, public halls, and private houses were pressed into service as polling stations for the upcoming federal election.

• Petitions placed in Fort Langley stores asked residents if they were prepared to pay increased mill rates in return for an increased street-lighting system. The petitions were organized by Board of Trade members when they discovered that a local improvement bylaw was not necessary to effect changes in the existing system.

Forty Years Ago

October 30, 1975

• Langley Arts Council wanted local government backing for a community theatre to be located in City Park, near the music school and swimming pool.

• Eighteen candidates signed up to fill seven election vacancies: one mayor’s chair, three aldermanic seats, and two trustee positions in the Township, and a single trusteeship in the City.

Thirty Years Ago

October 30, 1985

• The civic election nomination deadline saw 20 candidates running for office: three for mayor, 11 for alderman, and three for school trustee.

• Public outrage put an end to plans to hold an all-candidates meeting scheduled for Remembrance Day evening.

• An Aldergrove man was being held in Covingon, Kentucky, where he faced two counts of passing counterfeit money.

• Miss Langley Inger Lisa Skroder returned from the Miss Canada Pageant, which she competed in despite the wishes of her sponsor, the Langley Agricultural Associ­ation. The LAA did not reveal whether she would be asked to relinquish her Miss Langley crown, but said it would be reviewing its pageant policy.

Twenty Years Ago

November 1, 1995

• Students at Langley Secondary School were being vaccinated against meningococcal septicemia after two students fell ill with meningitis.

• Traffic congestion, parking shortages, and vacant properties ranked at the top of the list of concerns expressed by Langley City residents surveyed on what they disliked about the downtown core. What they liked included shopping selection, convenience, and Christmas lights.

• The gypsy moths were in retreat. One of the tree-eating insects had been caught at the beginning of the summer, but since then, all of the special pheromone traps set for them remained empty.

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