Eighty Years Ago
April 23, 1936
• Owen Hughes and Alf Arnold were unsuccessful in their bid to extend fishing limits on the Nicomekl River from Latimer Road (76A Ave.) to Berry Road (208th St.).
• P.Y. Porter of Murrayville was elected president of the re-organized Delta International Baseball League. Among the teams in the league were Fraser Cafe, Blaine, and Langley.
• Ladies defeated the men 51-37 in the annual between-the-sexes cribbage tournament.
Seventy Years Ago
April 25, 1946
• A four-room school at County Line, a new high school on Roberts Road (56th Ave.), and renovations of 11 other schools were proposed by Langley School Board. Ratepayers were to vote on the $850,000 proposal on May 25.
• Langley Kinsmen launched a fundraising drive for a health centre for Langley Prairie.
• Langley High School won the Fraser Valley soccer championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Chilliwack.
Sixty Years Ago
April 26, 1956
• Merchants in Langley City agreed to close their shops on Wednesdays, despite opposition from two major grocery outlets.
• Highways Minister Hon. P.A. Gaglardi promised the Agassiz-Rosedale Ferry would be brought down-river to link Fort Langley and Albion as soon as the new Rosdale Bridge was completed.
• Langley Memorial Hospital trustees started plans to build a new 100-bed hospital.
Fifty Years Ago
April 28, 1966
• Nine-year-old Ricky White jumped into 12 feet of water in a local gravel pit, and pulled his drowning friend to safety.
• Councillor Noel Booth suggested that Council meetings occasionally be held in Fort Langley and Aldergrove.
• Langley School Board was prepared to pay $35,000 for the Lockyer property on the north side of Grade Cres. in Langley City, to make room for a new junior secondary school.
• B.C. Hydro ordered the dismantling of the Langley Riders’ judging stand under the power lines at Berry Road (208th St.).
Forty Years Ago
April 22, 1976
• Education TV was considered for a $225,000 expansion in Langley schools. The plan included a fully equipped television studio at H.D. Stafford Junior Secondary School.
• There were concerns about the overflow of Vancouver’s drug problems into Langley, and establishment of a Narcanon branch here was considered.
Thirty Years Ago
April 23, 1986
• A 28-year-old father of three was shot in the head at his breakfast table by his step brother.
• Jeffrey George Ewert was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Corinna Makiev.
• Langley school trustees planned to send a telegram to MLA Bob McClelland every other day, until they received word about a badly needed school in Walnut Grove.
• The Langley Family Services Food Bank, the first to have opened in the Lower Mainland, was being closed.
Twenty Years Ago
April 24, 1996
• Township Council got into the compost business. Following the success of the previous year’s sale, 960 compost bins were to be sold to local residents for $25 each.
• Apparently because of her opposition to Township Council’s plans to build an $8.3 million cultural centre, Coun. Muriel Arnason was removed as the local representative on the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board and replaced by pro-cultural centre Coun. Heather McMullan.
• Fraser Valley West MP Randy White was thrown out of the House of Commons for calling the prime minister liar – and refusing to apologize – during a debate in which the Liberal government announced it was not going to scrap the Goods and Services Tax after all.
• Non-profit societies were given a break on Township rental facilities for provincial or wider-reaching functions. Councillors maintained they didn’t change the policy because of the flak generated when Council it denied a rental reduction request from the Aldergrove Kinsmen for a convention slated to be held in the community centre the club itself had built. The policy change was “in the works” before the Kinsmen’s request, but could not be applied at the time, because it had not been finalized, it was explained.