Langley in history: 1935 – Spinsters host an autumn dance

Look back through the files of the Langley Advance, started in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

August 22, 1935

• Directors of the Langley Agricultural Association met in Milner to lay plans for the Sept. 18 Fall Fair.

• The Firemen’s Dance was to feature Buck McLary and his B.C. Rangers and radio personalities. Admission was 50 cents.

• The spinsters of Fort Langley organized a novelty dance for September.

Seventy Years Ago

August 23, 1945

• Repats returning to Langley included Cpl. S.D. Watson, Cpl. H.V. Brown, and Pte. T.C. Clemas.

• Gas rationing ended in Canada, but 40 mile-per-hour restrictions – lifted in the U.S. – remained in effect because too many cars were equipped with poor tire.

• Langley’s V-J peace celebration included a dance that started at Fraser Hwy. and Glover Rd. and moved to Murrayville Hall.

Sixty Years Ago

August 25, 1955

• Curb-to-curb paving of the Trans-Canada Highway (Fraser Hwy.) took asphalt through Langley City to Langley Central School.

• Langley Amateur Athletic Ass’n accepted $450 for the sale and demolition of its 31-year-old Athletic Hall.

• Nominations to fill the vacancies created by resignations of three Township councillors closed – and with no other nominations, all three were re-elected by acclamation.

Fifty Years Ago

August 26, 1965

• The Langley Scholarship Committee awarded $6,675 in scholarships and loans to 36 students in Langley and Aldergrove.

• Barry Brandow and Bill Krentz of Langley were part of the Abbotsford team that went to Chicago to compete in the Senior A Men’s World Softball Tournament.

• Miss Langley Margaret Watt was among the 29 contenders in the Miss PNE Pageant.

Forty Years Ago

August 21, 1975

• Central Fraser Valley municipalities were told they might have to return to burning their garbage instead of burying it, this time in closed incinerators that would produce steam as a by-product.

• The CFV Regional District considered commuter rail for rapid transit to Vancouver.

• The Canadian Community Newspapers Ass’n, at a convention in Saskatchewan, recognized the Langley Advance as the best community service provider in the country.

Thirty Years Ago

August 21, 1985

• An Aldergrove man convicted of two counts of drunk driving was fined $600 and had his licence suspended. In committing one of the two offences, he had run a stop sign, hit another vehicle, fled the scene of the accident, and hit a child in a baby carriage.

Twenty Years Ago

August 23, 1995

• Lower Mainland Chicken Growers voted in Aldergrove to ask the B.C. government to hold off on radical changes to industry operating and pricing regulations.

• Thirty RCMP officers, half of them in plain clothes, were dispatched to Walnut Grove to forestall threats of violence between management and truckers locked in a labour dispute.

• Langley Memorial Hospital was to receive $569,000 in annual provincial funding to operate six new psychiatric care beds.


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