Langley in history: Land deals and rainfall

History from the pages of the Langley Advance which has been publishing since 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

January 20, 1938

• Reeve A.C. Hope and councillors Logan, Jackson, and Reid were elected by acclamation.

• The first of the annual stewardship meetings, in which citizens were apprised of the state of the municipality by their elected officials, was held at Municipal Hall.

Seventy Years Ago

January 22, 1948

• A mass meeting was called by municipal council and the Board of Trade to protest poor postal service in Langley.

• At a general meeting of the Langley Amateur Athletic Association, members turned down a request by their president to turn over the club’s assets to the Canadian Legion.

Sixty Years Ago

January 23, 1958

• Langley City contracted with an Abbotsford firm to drill a 12-inch water hole into city-owned property in Brookswood. The project was estimated to cost no more than $11,603.

• City council offered to exchange half of Athletic Park for 25 acres of Michaud property along the banks of the Nicomekl River, to pave the way for a shopping centre.

Fifty Years Ago

January 25, 1968

• Municipal works crews started paving the Butler Road (76th Avenue) bridge in to Trinity Junior College.

• Falling waters in the Nicomekl River revealed severe, but repairable, damage to the Gueho Road (203rd Street) bridge.

• The Old Yale Road bridge over the Nicomekl remained closed. A new span was to be erected. Flooding had raised the west end of the bridge eight inches (20 centimetres), and it didn’t drop back into place when the waters receded.

• Rainfall had broken three records: 4.75 inches (11.9 cm) of rain in 24 hours topped the old mark of 3.89 inches (9.7 cm), and 5.88 inches (14.7 cm) in 36 hours bettered and 6.41 inches (16 cm) in 48 hours beat the former record of 4.95 inches (12.4 cm) for both those periods.

Forty Years Ago

January 25, 1978

• Revision of the Township’s shop-closing bylaw allowed stores to remain open on statutory holidays. Council also scrapped the bylaw’s stipulation that stores close by noon on at least one day each week, and the sections regulating maximum hours for operation of stores and service stations.

• A committee of both Langleys was struck to put together a November referendum for an indoor swimming pool.

Thirty Years Ago

January 20, 1988

• A mistrial was declared in the first degree murder case of Nicholas William Micalko. As the mistrial was declared while the jury was out, crown counsel could not comment.

• A site was found for the new police building in Langley, but the location was kept under wraps until it could be revealed at both Langley council meetings.

Twenty Years Ago

January 23, 1998

• The province and the Township announced that a deal had been struck on the 200th Street freeway overpass, and details of a construction timeline were to be revealed in the spring.

• The Township council-dominating Langley leadership Team came under fire over its new policy, allow councillors to veto delegations wanting to be heard at council meetings. The delegates could be denied their hearing, and the decision to deny could be made without an opportunity for public scrutiny.

• Langley resident Egon Neilsen launched a recall campaign in an attempt to have Premier Glen Clark removed as MLA in the riding of Vancouver-Kingsway. A flurry of such recall campaigns launched across the province included one started by Walnut Grove resident Walter Bueckert against Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman.

• The Asian economic collapse hit Trinity Western University in the classroom. Enrolment in one English-as-a-second-language course dropped from 103 students to 70.

Just Posted

Durable backpacks given out to Langley’s homeless

Citypak, Wolfe Auto Group, and Friends Langley Vineyard church had gifts for people on the streets.

Langley Township council hopefuls take part in Q&A

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

ELECTION: Langley Township mayoralty candidate Jack Froese

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

ELECTION: Langley Township mayoralty candidate Alex Joehl

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

OUR VIEW: Langley, be sure to get out and vote

Nothing changes if people don’t exercise their democratic right.

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Vancouver Island homeowners buy more earthquake insurance than the rest of B.C.

Insurance Bureau of Canada says that’s because the perception of risk is greater on the Island

Man shot to death while using Lower Mainland ATM

Police believe incident on Thursday night to be targeted

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

Most Read