Langley in history: Department store’s male employees grow B.C. Centennial beards in 1958

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

Eighty Years Ago

January 13, 1938

• Willoughby’s new community hall was about to be opened.

• Langley Farmers’ institute re-elected J. Mash president. W.R. Major was vice-president and George Young secretary-treasurer. Directors were R.H. Helmer, Clive Rogers, Sid Gray, and E.R. Freeman.

Seventy Years Ago

January 15, 1948

• Several member of the Langley Amateur Athletic Association made an unexpected move that was intended to transfer the club’s eight-acre field and buildings to the Canadian Legion. The plan was to be subject to approval at a general meeting.

• Fort Langley and Glen Valley residents were told dredging of the Bedford Channel was to commence in May.

Sixty Years Ago

January 16, 1958

• Renovations started on the Simms block owned by Les McDonald and Jack MacDonald.

• Men of Duckworth’s store were the first to start growing their beards for the centennial celebrations. The company announced prizes for the best growth among staff members.

• Opening of the new elementary school in Fort Langley resulted in closure of Fort Langley Elementary and East Langley School.

Fifty Years Ago

January 18, 1968

• A jury investigating the drowning death of a toddler in an unused reservoir on the Langley Greenhouse property recommended that such bodies of water be fenced according to standards to be set down in a city ordinance.

• Township council considered extending Campbell River Road (8th Avenue) to the Langley Speedway, to serve as an alternate route for race track traffic.

Forty Years Ago

January 18, 1978

• The Township’s provisional budget bottom line was $11,640,190, about $2 million above the previous budget.

• Axing public works or increasing the fire levy were suggested as remedies to the quarter-million-dollar deficit in the City’s proposed $9,747,735 budget.

• Influenza was emptying Langley classrooms. Two principals, 15 teachers, and 344 students were already out with the bug.

• Langley City council spent an extra $862 to add an earthquake damage clause to its property insurance coverage.

Thirty Years Ago

January 13, 1988

• Township council’s commitment to bring water and sewer services to its urban and rural quarters raised the budget by $10 million, to nearly $67 million, for a property tax hike of four per cent.

• Langley City’s population had grown to 17,040, according to city planner Tass Tanner. He reported that 64 single-family and duplex units and 184 miulti-family units had been added to the city’s residential complement in the previous year.

Twenty Years Ago

January 16, 1998

• Changes in catchment areas, to deal with overcrowding at Walnut Grove Secondary, met resistance from some parents.

• Documents obtained by the Langley Advance under Freedom of Information legislation indicated that the provincial government was studying potential problems surrounding 200th Street freeway interchange improvements, and a start to construction was planned in 1998.

• Fort Langley painter Alan Wylie became only the sixth Canadian ever to be recognized as a signature member by the 131-year-old American Watercolor Society.

• Soil contamination discovered by the Ministry of Environment at 0 Avenue and 200th Street put a serious kink into Vicwood’s plans to develop the land.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Charity Langley car show starts tradition of caring for people with cancer

Ken Johnson wanted an event that to feature his late friend’s vehicle, and it grew into a car show.

UPDATED: Langley’s downtown business entity given 10-year extension

Langley City’s businesses can strategize future after new BIA bylaw was approved, president says.

Cloverdale horse barn goes up in flames

Fire crews work for hours to extinguish blaze on 184th Street

Self-guided Langley mural walk first of many new tourism experiences

Brochures are available for visitors and residents who want to check out some Langley City wall art.

VIDEO: Geocaching attracted adventure seekers to new Langley City event

Dozens of teams came out to discover a mix of art and nature during a new treasure hunt.

VIDEO: Annual Langley City Legendary Water Fight a fun way to beat the heat

Fire department crews bring water-filled trucks and hoses to the pool to douse patrons.

Short trip to car-free Sidney Spit offers camping, beaches, hikes

Sidney Spit is part of B.C.’s Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a protected marine ecosystem

Riptide, CVUSC paved the way for varsity soccer players

Chloe Gummer has become a leader at VIU

B.C. woman disappointed after family asked for ID at townhouse complex pool

Surrey woman says it’s not the first time she has experienced racial profiling at the complex

Park pipeline protesters say arrest is a ‘declaration of war’

Group behind North Thompson River Provincial Park occupation protest says arrest is ‘declaration of war’

A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Online retail giant extends annual ‘Prime Day’ promotion to 36 hours

Alert B.C. campers raise alarm and avert potential propane disaster

Salmon Arm camper lodges a complaint with Technical Safety BC after motorhome tank is over-filled.

5 to start your day

Heat warning issued, man climbs a crane, a dog-sprinting event, and more

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan announces new Crown corporation for public works

Most Read