Langley in history: Local murderer one of two that escaped from Burnaby prison in 1988

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

Eighty Years Ago

February 10, 1938

  • Langley school teachers wanted salary increases totalling $8,000 per year.
  • Turning out an old trunk, Mrs. Joe Gibson found an 1848 auction poster that had been printed by her grandfather in Cupar, Wales.

Seventy Years Ago

February 12, 1948

  • Rump & Sendall hatchery entered the farm machinery business through the purchase of Gowing Frost’s equipment dealership.
  • The court of revision began a hearing on 181 appeals of the assessor’s rulings.

Sixty Years Ago

February 13, 1958

  • Langley’s 135 teachers reached agreement with the school board for a 13.5 per cent pay raise, estimated to cost $80,000 per year.
  • Former Langley sawmill co-owner Bill McLennan got the local Progressive Conservative nomination for the March 31 federal election.
  • The court of revisions lopped a total of $6,500 off the assessments of 30 local properties.

Fifty Years Ago

February 15, 1968

  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the Cedar Hill Extended Care Centre at Langley Memorial Hospital.
  • The West Langley Dyking Board offered to pay $2 each for up to 1,000 car bodies needed to shore up the Fraser River’s banks.
  • Langley school board considered opening a kindergarten at Aldergrove Elementary.

Forty Years Ago

February 15, 1978

  • Four Langley people were among 14 charged with importing heroin. The drug bust, said police, shut down a $37-million pipeline from Mexico to B.C.
  • Property owners who donated land for sidewalks along Carvolth Road (200th Street) maintained they shouldn’t have to pay for the sidewalks themselves.
  • Near-drowning of an 18-month-old child brought calls to City Council for fencing of a pond near 200th Street at 49th Avenue.

Thirty Years Ago

February 10, 1988

  • Two inmates, one of them accused of a Langley murder, escaped from Oakalla prison.
  • Langley RCMP arrested two youths believed responsible for the thefts of seven vehicles stolen locally in December and January.
  • Langley’s two mayors announced that the new RCMP building would go up in Murrayville.

Twenty Years Ago

February 13, 1998

  • Langley RCMP was given the task of investigating a death that resulted from a police chase that started in Mission and ended in Abbotsford.
  • Langley City workers staged a wildcat strike, walking off the job for 90 minutes to back up their demands for a new contract.
  • A canoeist found the body of an Albion Ferry worker who had been reported missing during his night shift a day earlier.
  • Thirteen pieces of $20,000 worth of jewellery stolen from a local woman’s car were returned to her, but another 22 items were still missing.

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