Langley in History: Week of Jan. 14.

Eighty Years Ago

January 3, 1935

Council was preparing a plebescite to ask taxpayers if they were willing to pay more taxes to increase relief pay­ments to the unemployed.

Council wound up 1933 with a credit balance of $101.08, according to clerk R.A. Payne.

Seventy Years Ago

January 4, 1945

P.Y. Porter was elected chairman of the school board and Mrs. Strudwick was to be temporary secretary.

Langley amateur Athletic Association discussed establishment of a municipal sports centre and expansion of the annual fall fair.

C.W. Larson appeared before council with charges that public funds had been wasted in the purchase and operation of a new bulldozer.

Sixty Years Ago

January 6, 1955

A .22 calibre bullet nar­row­ly missed a Fort Langley man as it passed through his car, whizzing past his face as he was driving. The bullet had been accidentally dis­charged from a gun in the hands of a 10-year-old boy.

Fifty Years Ago

January 7, 1965

Langley was recovering from the worst December weather the Fraser Valley had ever experienced.

Langley City hall was showing signs of disrepair, but Mayor John Condor expressed little concern when it was pointed out to them that the ceiling above them was getting lower. The $45,000 building was eight years old.

Forty Years Ago

January 2, 1975

The oldest hotel in B.C. was reduced to a pile of ashes in a spectacular fire on Dec. 29. The Fort Langley Hotel was destroyed in only two hours. Employees and guests were spared, as the hotel was closed at the time.

Thirty Years Ago

January 2, 1985

Langley RCMP suggested that public awareness programs were “really beginning to sink in.” Only three impaired driving charges had arisen from “Batmobile” roadblocks over the holidays.

Blizzard conditions reduced road visibility to zero in some eastern parts of the Township. Arctic winds and sub-zero temperatures combined to whip up six to eight inches of snow that had fallen in the dying days of the old year.

A decision to change Surrey Credit Union’s name to Westguard Savings Credit Union stirred up controversy among the financial institution’s members.

Twenty Years Ago

January 4, 1995

Concerns rose over the possibility of children being the next victims arose after a woman reported that her dog had fallen prey to coyotes.

Dust and sand picked up by winds, and not vehicle emissions, were the main cause of poor air quality in the Fraser Valley, according to B.C. Environment Minister Moe Sihota.

With seven months of operations under their tires, Langley City’s RCMP bicycle patrols laid claims to 90 drug seizures – “likely as many as the other units combined,” according to the officer in charge of the City Commu­nity Policing Office.

There were eight armed robberies in Langley between the last couple of days of the old year and the first few days of the new. Police believed at least three different robbers were involved, but attributed the root cause in all cases to a need to obtain drug money.

Ten Years Ago

December 31, 2004

Friends and family of Toshi and Heidi Tobler Takahashi were relieved to learn that the Langley couple, in Penang when the Boxing Day tsunami swept through South Asia, killing hundreds of thousands, had escaped harm.

January 4, 2005

Langley residents joined people from across Canada and around the world in efforts to bring some relief to survivors of the Indonesian earthquake and resultant Boxing Day tsunami.

Death of a Brookswood resident renewed controversy over Langley Township’s fire response system based on paid-call firefighters. Some fire officials speculated that a faster response time that could be delivered by full-time firefighters might have saved the partially blind, handicapped man’s life.

Popular Langley City mayor Marlene Grinnell told the Langley Advance that she would not be seeking re-election in the fall.

Langley City began a months-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of its secession from Langley Township, and its incorporation as a separate municipality.


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