Eighty Years Ago
December 24, 1935
• Mrs. Clive Rogers threw her hat into the election race for a school board trustee seat.
• Langley defeated visiting Clayburn 6-3 in the first game of the Fraser Valley Soccer League. Scorers for Langley were Brooks with four goals and Brandow with two. Referee was Rev. H. Pearson.
• Mr. Hepworth won the sack of flour he donated for a raffle at the Sperling School concert. He turned the prize back for a second draw, and it was won by the school teacher, Miss Crocket, who sold it and put the money in the school fund.
Seventy Years Ago
December 27, 1945
• Langley High School asked the community to send names of former students who had joined the armed forces during the war. The school planned to erect a plaque with their names.
• About 50 people were present for a Christmas party at Langholm. Guests included ministers of the district and members of municipal council.
• About 400,000 birds from local poultry flocks were undergoing blood tests. The work was going much more quickly than had been expected.
Sixty Years Ago
December 29, 1955
• Langley City considered reserving the right to distribute natural gas in the City.
• A delegation went to Victoria to interview Health and Welfare Minister Eric Martin over Langley Memorial Hospital’s financial position and returned hopeful that an arrangement could be reached.
• Close to 100 Christmas hampers had been distributed by local clubs and service organizations.
• The City of Langley expected to close the year with a surplus of $2,000.
• Legal papers were being drawn up for the City’s takeover of Athletic Park.
Fifty Years Ago
December 30, 1965
• Langley City was in the midst of reassessing its position on Centennial Library. Council decided to appoint a special committee to seek an alternate site to Douglas Park.
• City Council authorized a January start for the 420-foot extension to the water main on Sharpe Rd.
• Dr. and Mrs. H.S. Nataros and family arrived home from a trip late Tuesday night to find that they had won another trip.
• Deep snow over the Christmas holiday and more of it a few days later made it difficult for rural route mail carriers to make their rounds.
Forty Years Ago
December 24, 1975
• Langley farmers Ralph Barichello and Bruce McAninch were elected president and vice-president, respectively, of the B.C. Federation of Agriculture Board of Directors.
• Langley MLA Bob McClelland was appointed Minister of Health in the newly elected Social Credit government, headed by Premier Bill Bennett. McClelland received his appointment to a cabinet reduced from 17 members to 14.
Thirty Years Ago
December 24, 1985
• During a question and answer period held at Langley Civic Centre, Premier Bill Bennett predicted tat Expo 86 would draw visitors to outlying communities, and local attractions such as the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
• Heavy fog and poor visibility may have been responsible for the freeway accident which claimed the life of a Langley man.
• An Otter Co-op employee had his arm severed by a mixing auger used to blend seed.
Twenty Years Ago
December 29, 1995
• The Murrayville TD bank was robbed five minutes before closing for Christmas on Dec. 23. No weapon was produced and there were no injuries.
• More than $50,000 worth of computer equipment was stolen during a break-in at Aldergrove Secondary School, but all of the euipment was recovered, and was expected to be back in the classrooms by the time students returned from Christmas break.