Langley in History: Week of Jan. 7

Looking back through the files of the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

January 2, 1936

Fire destroyed Marr’s Garage and Mountain’s Transfer on New Year’s Eve. Loss of the building’s contensts, including cars, trucks, and the municipal bulldozeer, was complete, although firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to the Langley Advance shop next to the garage.

Billiards winners in the Christmas tournament at T. Callow’s barbershop were G. Bishop, H. Brandow, R. Ryan, and A. Wheat. Snooker winners were Dr. Simpson, A. Marr, J. Brogan, and H. Brandow.

Seventy Years Ago

January 3, 1946

Harry (Nobby) Clarke had made a successful escape from a German prisoner of war camp and had worked his way to freedom through the Polish underground movement and Russian concentration camps. He wrote a letter about his experiences to his friends in Langley.

An appreciation dinner was held to honour three retiring public officials: Magistrate D.W. Poppy, Reeve Alex C. Hope, and Councillor J.W. Bray. Master of ceremonies was reeve-elect Noel Booth.

Sixty Years Ago

January 5, 1956

Reeve Bill Poppy was sworn in for his first term as chief magistrate in Langley District. Among the spectators at the ceremony was Bill’s 91-year-old father, who had served as reeve for 20 years between 1912 and 1931.

The minister of education informed the B.C. School Trustees Association that government regulations should not be seen as interference with that group’s autonomy. The minister was replying to a BCSTA resolution calling for restoration of more of their control, as elected officials, over administrative matters.

Fifty Years Ago

January 6, 1966

Atrocious weather conditions continued into the new year, as one to nine inches (2.5 to 23 centimetres) of snow had fallen each day since Dec. 23. Nearly 30 inches (75 cm) lay on the ground. Opening of school was delayed two days.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dunham and their children were away, visiting, when their Biggar Rd. (224th St.) home burned down on New Year’s Day.

Larry Orwick and Bill Buxton joined the Polar Bear Club in Vancouver for the annual New Year’s Day swim in English Bay. Bill stayed in the maximum 45 minutes.

Langley Township Mayor Bill Poppy called for a program of cooperation as he was sworn in for his tenth term.

Forty Years Ago

December 31, 1976

In a farewell message to fellow council members Langley Township Mayor George Preston reiterated the basic theme of the campaign that had first got him elected four years earlier: the need for a properly planned community. He finished his address with a prophetic note: “However, I shall surface again.”

A bylaw to control barking dogs in the Township received council’s final approval.

Though the final tally was not yet in, it looked like 1975 was going to have been one of the wettest years on record, with deluges capping off the year in its final days.

The Canadian National Railway proposed shifting River Road at the bluff east of Fort Langley to make way for double-tracking the rail line there.

Michelle Renee Penner, first of two babies born in Langley Memorial Hospital on Dec. 25, was Langley’s Christmas Baby for 1975.

Thirty Years Ago

December 31, 1986

Police issued a warrant for the arrest of Bradley Joseph Mufford in connection with the murder of Daniel Rode who had been missing for 12 days. Rode, apparently shot to death, was found in a barn.

Dawn and Randy Bishop were the parents of Langley’s Christmas baby, a six-pound girl born at Langley Memorial Hospital.

Reports in other media that a $15,000 settlement had been reached between Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan and the Fiesta Hotel in Guate­mala City, which would have effected his release from jail in Costa Rica, were untrue, according to a Canadian External Affairs official.

Twenty Years Ago

January 3, 1996

Langley Christmas Bureau chief Sandy Harvey announced that the organization had successfully helped a thousand families through the season.

Walnut Grove was no longer on the alert for a sexual deviant who had been exposing himself publicly and admitted to police that his urges were getting stronger. The 46-year-old died, apparently of a drug overdose.

A police chase that strated in Abbotsford ended in Langley with a bullet in a 17-year-old’s leg. He had been shot by Abbotsford police when he tried to run away after his car went out of control in Aldergrove.


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