Eighty Years Ago
January 30, 1936
• Langley Theatre opened with Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy starring in “Broadway Bill.”
• Coun. Alex Hope won the mayoralty with 811 votes to Coun. Noel Booth’s 617.
• A new Yale Garage was being built to replace the one destroyed in the New Year’s Eve fire.
• A memorial service for King George V attracted 600 people to Murrayville Hall.
Seventy Years Ago
January 31, 1946
• Glen Valley residents petitioned council to support its request for electrical service in their area. Farmers in the area were annoyed that they had given up easements for high tension lines across their properties a few years previously, but still weren’t electrified themselves.
• A group of local residents asked council’s opinion on whether it would be worthwhile for a citizens committee to pursue construction of a local hospital.
Sixty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 2, 1956
Langley Civic Association asked City Council to investigate an immediate start to install water and sewer systems.
An annoyed group of resident wanted Township Council to get started at improvements to Jackman (272nd St.) Road.
Fifty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 3, 1966
A south County Line Road chicken farmer blamed the demise of 30 of his birds on predatory mink.
An anticipated 11 per cent increase in the cost of running local schools was expected to raise the tax mill rate by six points. The only sign of relief lay in the provincial government’s announced intention of increasing its contribution towards the cost of education.
Audio-visual aids appeared to be the chief target of thieves who broke into three Aldergrove schools: North Otter and Coghlan Elementary and Aldergrove Secondary.
Forty Years Ago
January 29, 1976
Ninety-five acres of government land at the corner of 232nd St. and 72nd Ave. were earmarked for a major agricultural complex, to include training, exhibition, sales, research, and a college.
Construction of an ICBC claims centre in Langley City drew caustic remarks from Township councillors.
Township council turned down a Daon Development plan to build 240 new homes, each selling the $35,000 to $45,000 range, in Aldergrove.
An abortive take-off attempt left another airplane in the ditch between the end of the runway and Fraser Hwy.
Thirty Years Ago
January 29, 1986
A development permit was issued to build a Motor Vehicle Branch and testing station on Logan Ave. in Langley City.
Matsqui Mayor Harry DeJong’s call for an end to a moratorium on developing garbage dumps in Langley was deemed “sabotage” by Township Councillor Len Fowler.
Twenty Years Ago
January 31, 1996
Kwantlen instructors decided to go out on strike after contract negotiations broke down a week earlier.
Expectations of a measles outbreak “in the next year or two” prompted a doubling of measles vaccinations.
Cigarettes were blamed in two unrelated fires that caused an injury and thousands of dollars worth of damages.
Rayna Gibbs received the 1996 Swensson Oustanding Community Youth Award.
A Ministry of Environment study revealed that two of the Lower Mainland’s three most contaminated groundwater sources were beneath Langley Township: the Langley/ Brookswood and Hopington aquifers.
Langley City and Township were both contemplating banning cigarette smoking from all public-access areas.