Eighty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 20, 1936
• Epidemics of influenza, pneumonia, and measles added to the rigours of an unusually severe winter.
• Mice played at the feet of the police commission during a meeting at Murrayville Hall. One was reported to have run up Chief Robert Macklin’s leg.
• Council received 53 applications for its relief inspector job opening. Three were selected for interviews.
• H.W. Endacott was selected exalted ruler of the Aldergrove Elks.
Seventy Years Ago
FEBRUARY 21, 1946
• Langley’s council and school board met for a joint meeting for the first time ever, to discuss the problem of a $40,000 increase in the school budget.
• Alex Hope, elected MLA the previous fall, was away to Victoria, for the opening of the legislature.
• Burglars broke into McDougall Hardware, and stole goods and cash valued at $100.
• An attempt to remove the safe at Fort Langley Hotel with a handcart stolen from Rogers Feed Mill was thwarted when the proprietor heard noises and decided to investigate.
Sixty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 23, 1956
• Counsel for the City and Township summed up their clients’ cases before the arbgitration board that was considering division of assets between the old Langley municipality and the newly created City of Langley. The City wanted $196,000, and the Township offered $61,000.
• City mayor E.E. Sendall appealed to Langley Junior Chamber of Commerce to keep criticisms of his council out in the open.
• A request from the Northwest Langley Ratepayers Ass’n. to visit schools while they were closed was ruled in order by school board chairman Trevor Beggs, who said it was the privilege of any taxpayer to visit any school, provided suitable arrangements were made with the principal.
Fifty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 24, 1966
• Local bids for construction of vocational wings at Langley and Aldergrove Secondary Schools came in $87,000 above the school board’s estimates.
• Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce asked Ottawa’s postal heads to install doors on the front of Aldergrove Post Office. The Chamber also asked for a rubber mat for the floor, just inside the door.
• Capt. J. Bram Meakings was appointed superintendent of the Salvation Army’s West Highland Farm operations at Carvolth and Shannon Roads (200th St. and 86th Ave.).
Forty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 19, 1976
• Plans to divert Fraser Hwy. through the northeast of Langley City to form an inner bypass route to the proposed extension of the No. 10 Bypass were revealed by Mayor Bob Duckworth.
• Abby Glen Development Corporation dropped its interest in the 87-acre Dumais Farm property at the northeast corner of Langley City.
Thirty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 19, 1986
• A train derailment just east of Fort Langley caused spills of 65,000 gallons of ethylene dichloride and 13,000 gallons of caustic soda. Residents were put on evacuation alert. The wreck was the area’s second in a single year.
• Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan’s ordeal was finally over. He had had been held in Costa Rica for nine months, facing fraud charges in Guatamala after he stopped payment on an $8,067 cheque to a hotel.
• Parents of Lochiel Elementary School protested its proposed closure.
• A 21-year-old woman was charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm after a rock-throwing incident resulted in the loss of a local rock group manager’s eye.
• Langley RCMP officer Rob Young was credited with saving two lives, pulling a young mother and her baby from the Salmon River where their vehicle was submerged.
Twenty Years Ago
FEBRUARY 21, 1996
• Local restaurateurs got together to discuss their opposition to the proposed total ban on smoking in public places. They wanted their restaurants exempted from the ban, and Bedford House owner Herb Feischl suggested that let the marketplace, rather than government, decide what their customers really want.
• Langley City council decided to write B.C.’s attorney general with a request that cheap-drink nights be disallowed at local cabarets.
• Four Langley teachers received national recognition for their superior teaching skills. They were presented with awards for teaching excellence by Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
• Building a Community of Readers, a partnership between Langley School District, Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Fraser Valley Regional Library, and the Langley Advance, was awarded the Governor General’s Flight for Freedom Award for Literacy Innovation.
• Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA and Liberal house leader Gary Farrell-Collins had the NDP government on the defensive when he revealed that family members of BC Hydro heads and NDP insiders had benefitted from the purchase of shares in a BC Hydro subsidiary. The scandal went right to the office of Premier Glen Clark, who had previously been the cabinet minister responsible for BC Hydro.