Langley in History: Week of Jan. 21

Langley's history through the files of the Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

January 10, 1935

J.A. Nash was re-elected president of the Langley Farmers Institute, with W.R. Major as vice-president.

Police administration costs, at $4,248 for 1934, were the lowest in four years, and fines were up to $738.

Ray Yeomans built a new store and post office at Walnut Grove, to replace the business formerly operated by Wallie McGinnis. Rosalie Yeomans was put in charge.

Seventy Years Ago

January 11, 1945

MP Tom Reid promised that a new post office would be first on the list of post-war projects in Langley.

The provincial govern­ment passed an Order-in-Council prohibiting U-turns on the Trans-Canada (Fraser) Highway. between New McLellan (56th Avenue) and Telephone (206th Street) Roads.

The school board was invited to work with council to consider building a garage and repair shop to look after municipal equipment and school buses.

Council considered buy­ing a new grader for $9,500 to $12,500.

Sixty Years Ago

January 13, 1955

Annie Medd was the first woman elected chair­man of Langley school board.

Langley Memorial Hospital was expecting installation of a newly purchased X-ray machine.

An application for a $10,000 grant for improve­ments to Langley’s airfield was sent to Ottawa.

Fifty Years Ago

January 14, 1965

All traffic on municipal roads was restricted to 20 miles per hour (32 km/h), to prevent frost damage as the weather warmed. Trucks were restricted to half loads and were allowed to carry only essential goods.

Winter weather records were being broken: more than 68 inches (170 cm) of snow had already fallen, with 12 consecutive days of snow­fall from Dec. 27 to Jan. 7.

Forty Years Ago

January 9, 1975

Township finance chair­man Alderman Art Brooks predicted a minimum tax rate hike of six mills, based on a provisional bud­get with a $2-million deficit.

The winter’s first snow fell on Jan. 8.

Investigation into the fire that destroyed the Fort Langley Hotel indicated that a petroleum product was involved, although accidental cause was not ruled out.

Thirty Years Ago

January 9, 1985

Langley school district trustee Marlene Grinnell predicted that a compulsory arbitration ruling that gave teachers a 2.65-per-cent raise would lead to job losses.

Nine-year-old John Porteus was recognized as a hero after he pulled a school-mate out of an icy pond near the Nicomekl River.

Twenty Years Ago

January 11, 1995

The Oddfellows Hall, a landmark in downtown Lang­ley City since the 1930s, was hit by fire. Damage was estimated at $250,000.

Township council sent a letter of disapproval to the Fraser Valley Regional Library, after it discovered that a magazine for gays and lesbians was available at local branches. Councillors Muriel Arnason and Heather McMullan opposed sending the letter, saying it smacked of censorship.

Third readings of bylaws to allow two ice arena pro­jects to proceed in Walnut Grove were passed by Town­ship Council. Grant Gettling and Canlan Investments planned to build at 91A Avenue and 201st Street, and Tobem Projects had plans for 202nd Street and 89th Avenue.

Matsqui agreed to process Aldergrove’s sewage, solving longstanding local problems and saving $3.5 million in the bargain.

Ten Years Ago

January 11, 2005

Striking BC Government and Service Union workers forced cancellation of classes at Kwantlen University College.

One of two thieves who crashed their stolen vehicle into a liquour store was in hospital, in a coma. Both were arrested.

Snow followed by ice and wind caused electrical failures and other hardships.

January 14, 2005

Continued snow and low temperatures kept Langley’s temporary shelters for the homeless open for much longer than initially intended.

Brookswood grad Amanda Crew starred in a YTV series, 15/Love.

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