Langley in history:

Looking back through the files of the Langley Advance, established in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

October 24, 1935

• Extra-small, certified Green Mountain seed potatoes were shipped from Langley to Java.

• Property owners on South Biggar Rd. (224th St.) got electric light service after 17 residents signed up for it.

• One hundred tons of storage apples and pears were wanted by an advertiser who was offering $10-$18 per ton.

• The police commissioner’s report indicated there were 128 motor vehicle offences and 22 other types of charges in August and September. Eighty of the traffic charges ended in convictions, with fines totalling $401.50.

Seventy Years Ago

October 25, 1945

• Langley’s campaign in the Ninth Victory Loan series started with $87,000 subscribed in the first two days. The district quota was $405,000. Charlie Thompson was the organizer and Dave Barlow the chairman of the canvassing committee. Canvassers were R. Kent, F.D. Creelman, E. Dobling, George Twiss, James Grant, M. McGarrigle, A.E. Gibson, and Alf Marr.

• Bob Shields announced the opening of Bob’s Tire Shop next to Fraser Valley Garage.

• UBC president Dr. Norman McKenzie was billed as the guest speaker at a Board of Trade-sponsored meeting at the Elks Hall.

• Overcrowding of the high school prompted school trustee W.L. Dence to call for construction of a new one.

• Trustee P.Y. Porter announced that he would be resigning from the school board at the end of the year.

Sixty Years Ago

October 27, 1955

• Langley City appointed chartered accountant Howard Chadwick as its representative on the arbitration board handling asset and liability disputes with the old Langley municipality. He was to be paid $40 per day plus any stenographic expenses.

• Mabelson Rd. was left without access to the Langley shopping centre after heavy water flow undercut supports and toppled a bridge.

• Norman Vivash was elected president of the Fernridge Community Club.

• Fort Langley’s Klondyke Night drew 2,500 merry-makers.

• A single potato brought in to the Langley Advance office tipped the scales at 22 pounds, 12 ounces – which was topped by a 31-lb., 9-oz. whopper later brought in by Mr. Dohm.

Fifty Years Ago

October 28, 1965

• Local social welfare department staff searched for a large number of suitable homes in Langley for the province-wide JEFF (Joint Effort For Foster­ing) program.

• Formal dedication of Trinity Junior College’s new library was accompanied by a tele­gram from the library’s anonymous donor, challenging the capacity audience at the ceremony to undertake construction of a new gymnasium as the college’s project for 1966.

Forty Years Ago

October 23, 1975

• Growth in shipments of coal, potash, sulphur, and grain and commodities led Canadian National Railways to consider double-tracking its line from Matsqui, through Langley, to Port Mann.

• Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s announcement of wage and price guidelines prompted Langley city Mayor Bob Duckworth to forego a wage increase of 62.5 per cent over two years, and to accept a 10 per cent raise instead.

Thirty Years Ago

October 23, 1985

• Township councillor John Beales announced he would run for mayor, making it a three-way race with incumbent mayor Elford Nundal and former mayor George Preston.

• Heavy rainfall washed away six canoes from a Langley Scout troop camping at Widgeon Creek west of Pitt Meadows. Scout leader Jerry Kopanko crossed the creek on a fallen tree to get help.

• Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan was still in a Costa Rican jail on fraud charges. Guatamalan authorities wanted him extrradited because he put a stop order on a $8,500 cheque after clients complained to him that they had received inadequate hotel services.

Twenty Years Ago

October 25, 1995

• The Langleys’ cultural centre task force was suspended during an in camera meeting of Township council. A task force member suggested that the City was unsympathetic.

• Langley residents were among the western Canadians who rushed east with a message of national unity on the eve of Quebec’s separatist referendum. As the entire country was caught up in the nationalist issue, Quebec’s provincial flag was flown over Langley City Hall in show of support for Quebecois – as Canadians.

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