Langley in history… 1936 school board budget was $26,500

From the files of the Langley Advance, covering this community since 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

FEBRUARY 13, 1936

• The school board asked the municipality for $26,500 for its 1936 budget, which included only one salary increase: a $10 per month raise to bring the lucky employee’s monthly pay to $100.

• Ex-reeve Noel Booth retired as chairman of the Fraser Valley Regional Library during the association’s second annual meeting, in Murrayville.

• A prevailing cold snap prompted the replacement of a gunny sack that had been used to plug a hole in a Langley High School window with brown paper and glue.

Seventy Years Ago

FEBRUARY 14, 1946

• MP Tom Reid, speaking to the Langley Board of Trade in Murrayville, said a new post office planned for Langley would include other federal offices and all rural routes for the municipality. House to house delivery was also being considered for more densely populated areas, he said.

• Reid also revealed an aborted plan to transfer the B.C. Penitentiary to Agassiz and the Agassiz experimental farm to Langley Airport. The plan had fallen through when Agassiz residents complained.

Sixty Years Ago

FEBRUARY 16, 1956

• Government officials in Victoria suggested that Langley Memorial Hospital’s capacity should be increased by at least 100 beds.

• The Langley Civic Association wanted City council to provide hard figures on the cost of renovating the old Timms house for a city hall, as opposed to acquiring a new site and building a new hall.

• Two eastern firms, conducting surveys indepnedently of each other, predicted that Langley would be the centre of the Lower Mainland’s population within 25 years.

Fifty Years Ago

FEBRUARY 17, 1966

• Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce bolstered its appeal to the provincial government for an Aldergrove liquor store with the argument that doctors sometimes prescribe a bottle of brandy for their elderly patients. the Chamber noted that the elderly often aren’t licenced to drive, and currently, the nearest liquor stor was eight miles away, in Langley – too far for a chap to walk for a bottle of brandy.

• The Langley Chamber of Commerce launched a beautification and clean-up campaign for Langley City.

• The Langley Chamber also asked the provincial government for an automobile testing station.

Forty Years Ago

FEBRUARY 12, 1976

• The Langley Association for the Handicapped made a bid for the municipality’s dog control contract, but council was already negotiating with Matsqui poundkeeper T.J. McMath for the contract previously held by the SPCA.

• A Willoughby pheasant fancier lost $1,000 worth of champion birds to a stray dog.

• Langley City’s finance and transportation committees were split over whether nor not council should buy a $26,000 street-sweeper.

• More than 200 guests took part in the annual Langley Rod and Gun Club dinner.

Thirty Years Ago

FEBRUARY 12, 1986

• Public opposition killed the re-zoning of the Beales-Weldco steel fabrication plant on 24th Ave. off 200th St. Also killed were plans for a gravel pit on the site.

• Plans for the first phase of Langley Township’s multi-million sewer system for Murrayville were officially ratified when council gave the bylaw its first reading.

• A case against a Surrey resident who appeared in Langley Provincial Court on a charge of failing to yield the right of way at a stop sign was dismissed. Provincial court judges were ruling that police Traffic Violation Reports were unconstitutional.

Twenty Years Ago

FEBRUARY 14, 1996

• Langley Secondary School grad Tasha Sweet was part of B.C.’s Lepine Rink which narrowly gave up the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship to Saskatchewan in Prince Edward Island.

• An Abbotsford Police officer was being investigated in connection with the shooting of a 17-year-old in a car chase that ended in south Aldergrove. The youth was treated hospital and released to police. The investigation into the Abbot­sford officer’s conduct was handled by Langley RCMP, and was turned over to Crown counsel to determine whether or not to pursue charges.

• With a resumption of bargaining, striking Kwantlen College instructors backed away from their picket lines.

• Mountain, Langley Fine Arts, and H.D. Stafford Secondary Schools were ranked among B.C.’s top 10, according to the provinicial education ministry.

• Langley MLA and former Township Councillor Carol Gran announced she would seek the Township.

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