Langley in History

Langley in history: 1955 was one of the driest Augusts on record

Looking back through the Langley Advance files which was started in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

September 5, 1935

• The Langley district exhibit staged by Ken McIvor and Wallace Mufford at the Vancouver Exhibition placed second to Victoria’s for the second year in a row.

• Langley winners at the Vancou­ver fair included McClughan Bros. in swine, W.S. Collister, J.W. Berry and Sons, and J.H. Mufford and Sons in cattle, William Cummings in horses, A. McFarlane, McClughan Bros., S.H. Innes, and Sandy McLean in sheep, Mrs. Collins and Mrs. M. Koverchuk in household arts, and D.W. Pop­py in honey. Echo Lidster was named the outstanding junior stock judge, leading a Langley team with Helen McLaren and Howard McLead to victory.

• A 1926 Ford in good running order was offered for sale at $15. A gent’s bicycle was offered for $8.

Seventy Years Ago

September 6, 1945

• Heavy rain marred the annual fall fair, but a good crowd gathered under umbrellas to watch MLA Len Shepherd officially open the event and see Harvest Queen Doreen Murie crowned.

• The Citizens Rehabilation Committee expected the return of 600 to 700 military personnel and an equal number of war workers.

Sixty Years Ago

September 8, 1955

• A two-truck collision at Roberts Rd. (56th Ave.) and County Line (216th St.) was the indirect cause of accident a few minutes later, in which a Langley RCMP patrol car, recently purchased by the municipality, was severely damaged, rolling over on the Trans-Canada (Fraser) Hwy.

• A public meeting of the Langley Ammateur Athletic Associa­tion considered the transfer of its Douglas Cres. property to the Langley City parks board.

• Local weatherman Norm Green declared the past August one of the driest on record: only two-tenths of an inch of rain had fallen.

• A New Hampshire rooster owned by H.D.Reid of New McLellan Rd. (56th Ave.) took first prize at the PNE.

Fifty Years Ago

September 9, 1965

• Langley United Church welcomed a woman minister, Rev. Dr. Norah Hughes, BA, MA, BD, PhD, to the pulpit.

• Skyways Air Services of Langley purchased an additional hangar at Abbotsford Airport, with intent to move part of its operation there, to circumvent the difficulty of moving larger planes through soggy, wet winter conditions at Langley.

• A man who climbed within three feet of the top of a well in south Langley blacked out and fell back down to the bottom of the 40-foot shaft. He was rescued by Langley City RCMP Constable G.W. Miller.

Forty Years Ago

September 4, 1975

• Aggravating truck traffic in the core of Langley City prompted council to agree to rerouting of Fraser Hwy. north from 209th St. to No. 10 Hwy.

• The donor of a parcel of Fort Langley land which was raffled off in support of Green­peace wanted his gift back. A spokesman said the donor of the property, which was won by a Vancouver man, was miffed because he didn’t get enough publicity over his part in the deal.

Thirty Years Ago

September 4, 1985

• A man convicted of raping two Fort Langley women was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He had used a knife to attack the women while they were alone in their homes.

• Twenty people were arrested after a search of a Langley home turned up a half-pound of marijuana and some stolen property.

• Greyhound bus lines planned to build a bus depot on Logan Ave., across from the City firehall, on land it had bought from Potter Distilleries.

Twenty Years Ago

September 6, 1995

• Cramped quarters at Murrayville Elementary School were relieved with the opening of James Hill School nearby.

• Chuck Cadman, who founded Crime Responsibility and Youth after his son Jesse was murdered in 1992, planned to “keep on top of” a trial of two Langley teenagers accused of murder in the stabbing death of an elderly Brookswood woman.

• Wildlife officials sedated a wild black bear and relocated it to the Fraser Canyon from the Anderson farm at 80th Ave. and Telegraph Trail.

 

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