Langley in history: Theft was not a staple of education back in 1959

A look at history through the files of the Langley Advance which has been publishing since 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

February 9, 1939

• Langley United defeated Chilliwack 7-5 to win the Fraser Valley football championship. Langley had had to make up a two-point deficit at the half.

• P. Ness was elected president of the new Langley Ratepayers Association.

Seventy Years Ago

February 10, 1949

• Game time at local bowling alleys was cut short by a power outage.

• Fort Langley and District Board of Trade was presented with its charter by Vancouver Board of Trade past secretary Reg Rose. Guest speaker at the banquet was accountant and income tax specialist E.M. Gunderson.

Sixty Years Ago

February 5, 1959

• Glenwood School was burglarized twice. The first time, thieves took stationery and a stapler. A supply of staples was taken during the second incident.

• The school board installed department heads at the two local senior secondary schools.

• Provincial Minister of Agriculture Newton P. Stacy officiated at the opening of a new $20,000 office building at the B.C. Artificial Insemination Centre in Milner.

Fifty Years Ago

February 6, 1969

• It was predicted that “traffic jams could tie up traffic in the northwestern approaches to Langley City in BC Hydro Railway does not bridge Fraser Highway and Carvolth Road [200th Street] when it diverts its main line west of the city centre.”

• Low temperature records were set before the February thaw set in. A record low maximum of 17ºF (-10ºC) in the last week of January made it “one of the very coldest months in the climatic history of the Lower Fraser Valley,” according to local weatherman Norm Green.

• Post office box rates rose from $2 to $4 per year for small boxes, and from $4 to $8 for the large ones.

Forty Years Ago

February 7, 1979

• Overwaitea planned to invest $10 million in a distribution centre in northwest Langley.

• Despite expected student enrolment increases, the school board threatened to cut the number of teaching positions in Langley.

• A march of 300-700 people was expected through Langley City in conjunction with the B.C. Annual Christ Ambassadors Convention at Christian Life Assembly.

Thirty Years Ago

February 8, 1989

• Langley homeowners were warned there could be a 30 per cent school tax hike.

• Many Aldergrove residents were without electricity after 100-mile-per-hour winds uprooted trees and toppled power lines. Some were driven from their homes by the cold.

• Three fires were caused by inappropriate methods of thawing pipes, and a space heater caused $100,000 damage at an Aldergrove mushroom farm.

• Mayor Joe Lopushinsky suggested that the “wheeling and dealing” Langley Development Corporation be dismantled.

Twenty Years Ago

February 9, 1999

• Langley Township had spent a total of $831,958.99 in legal fees in 1998, compared to just over a quarter million dollars in 1996 and nearly $350,000 in 1997.

• The first phase of a five-part plan was presented to council, in response to warning signs that Langley Township’s water supply might be in danger on several fronts.

• Langley crime statistics for 1998 had dropped to 1988 levels.

April 12 was set as the date for the last council to be held in Langley City Hall. After that, demolition crews would meet to make room for a new facility.

• The Kinsmen, builders of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, asked council to rename the facility after their club member who had spearheaded the project, Rich Coleman.

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