Langley in History: Langley soldiers started returning home in 1945

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

Eighty Years Ago

August 15, 1935

• Six hundred adults and children boarded the S.S. Lady Alexandra for the annual Lang­ley municipal boat trip and picnic from New West­min­ster to Bowen Island. They had started from Langley on a special edition B.C. Electric train.

• It was announced that E.H. Barton would be the Jersey cattle judge at the Langley fall Fair on Sept. 18.

• MP Tom Reid announced that the federal government was going to build a wharf at the north side of McMillan Island.

Seventy Years Ago

August 16, 1945

• Bedlam broke loose when word came that the Japanese had surrendered. A mass victory service was arranged at Collisters Park in Murrayville by Reeve Alex Hope and local ministers.

• Langley repats returning from Europe included Sgt. A. Elder, Cpl. R.J. McIntyre, Pte. J.E. Day, Tpr. J.C. Wytenbrock, Cpl. D.A. Thompson, Pte. F. Bodaly, F/L R.E. Greenwood, TF/L W.F. Crompton, Gnr. T.S. Pink, and Cpl. J.M. Cameron.

• Approval and testing of poultry flocks began. District agriculturalist G.L. Langdon did the testing, and Bruce McAninch was in charge of inspections.

Sixty Years Ago

August 18, 1955

• City Council paid Langley Greenhouses $14,000 for a 14-room house with two acres on the west side of Topping Rd. (204th St.). It would serve as municipal offices, police barracks, and a courtroom.

• Willoughby Rooke and other local dairymen began delivering milk to Vancouver in a refridgerated, stainless steel truck.

• Deep-well drilling equipment moved into South Aldergrove to probe for oil.

Fifty Years Ago

August 19, 1965

• Langley City’s water department had pumped 12,760,900 gallons in July.

• Game wardens, aided by RCMP, dispatched a small black bear during a hunt in the Belmont district south of Langley City.

• The highest honour in the photographic world, selection of a print for the Permanent Collection of the Photographic Society of America, was bestowed on Aldergrove Pete Swensson a second time.

Forty Years Ago

August 14, 1975

• Daon Development Corp. was set to build 250 single-family homes in Langley City, between 200th St., 44th Ave., the 20500 block, and the B.C. Hydro right-of-way. A five-acre elementary school site was slated for the corner of 200th St. and 44th Ave.

• Surrey council decided to hook up to GVRD water, opening the door for Langley City to do so as well.

• A hearing into an assault case was aborted when it was found that the complainant was dead. The defendant in the assault case was accused of causing her death.

Thirty Years Ago

August 14, 1985

• The Langley Advance received the Canadian Community Newspapers Association’s award for the best front page in Canada.

• Mollehauer Ltd. of Vancouver was awarded the contrtact to build the indoor swiming pool for Langley Recreation Centre (later renamed W.C. Blair Recreation Centre).

• Township Council started planning a $3.3 million sewerage system for Murrayville, to be phased in over three years.

Twenty Years Ago

August 16, 1995

• Township Councillor Muriel Arnason’s motion requesting a referendum on construction of a cultural centre was defeated. Arnason cited cost estimates of up to $36 million for the project, but Coun. Heather McMullan claimed the price tag would be only $2.2 million. Those who favoured building the centre saw the decision not to ask the public’s advice as a victory.

• A contract settlement between the Township and CUPE gave union employees a three-year  wage boost of three per cent.

• Three men were arrested in connection with a murder that had taken place in Langley two years earlier.

• The Langley teen accused of beating and killing a 79-year-old Brookswood woman was raised to adult court.

• Twelve-year-old John Struthers was honoured as a hero after he pulled a five-year-old from the bottom of a swimming pool. The child was successfully resuscitated.


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