Langley in history: 22 gallons of gas stolen from municipality in 1937

A look back through the files of the Langley Advance which started publishing in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

April 27, 1937

• Police were “hot on the trail” of robbers who had made off with a radio, an electric drill and other valuable tools, and a slot machine from the Ross Bros. Garage. Earlier, 22 gallons of gas has been taken from the municipal oil house.

• Reeve (mayor) A.C. Hope told council that the province would pay $8,000 towards paving Glover Trunk Road, provided the municipality could come up with the other $8,000.

Seventy Years Ago

April 26, 1947

• Houses were to be renumbered: street numbers were to start at the U.S. border, with 1,000 numbers to the mile. The new system was not compulsory, but was supported by most of the people affected.

Sixty Years Ago

April 25, 1957

• An engraved watch was presented to 14-year-old Rosalie Floberg at a social evening at Willoughby Hall for the role she played in saving seven babies and tots from a burning house where she had been babysitting.

Fifty Years Ago

April 27, 1967

• Debbie Brill of Langley set the Canadian midget girls indoor high jump record at an invitational sports meet in Richmond. The 14-year-old pulled a major upset by clearing the bar at five feet, one and a quarter inches.

• City mayor John Conder felt a mail carrier service would soon have to be provided to reduce the congestion around the post office.

Forty Years Ago

April 28, 1977

• Glenwood pioneer and former school trustee, councillor, reeve, and alderman Noel Booth was made freeman of the Township.

• After a four to five mill tax increase was predicted, the tax rate actually dropped by one point.

• The 15th annual Langley Walk was to be dedicated to the late Pete Swensson, who had started the event.

Thirty Years Ago

April 29, 1987

• Langley teachers followed through on their threat to walk out for a day in protest of Bill 20. Langley students also stayed away from schools, which were manned by 56 principals and vice-principals, and 112 teachers who defied the B.C. Teachers Federation boycott.

• Local strawberry growers didn’t get any federal help in their fight against red stele rot. Health and Welfare Canada refused to allow farmers to use the fungicide Ridomil to combat the disease.

Twenty Years Ago

April 29, 1997

• Two murder victims were found within 24 hours of each other in Langley. One of the victims was “well known to police” as being heavily involved in the drug trade. His death had all the earmarks of a contract killing. The other death was not believed connected.

• The Langley Leadership Team led by Mayor John Scholtens killed the Township’s Growth Management Strategy. The strategy, which advocated slowing development in Brookswood and opening Willoughby as the next growth area, had been adopted by council a year earlier.

• The Fraser River was on flood watch, after a “wild winter” with “higher than normal accumulations of snow.”

• A federal general election was called for June 2.

• Discovery of a gas leak forced the evacuation of Mountain Secondary School.

• Aviation pioneer Art Seller died at age 79.

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