Langley in History: Week of Nov. 19

Eighty Years Ago

November 14, 1935

Magistrate D.W. Poppy dismissed an action by the school board against Mr. and Mrs. Clive Rogers for failing to send their children to school, on the grounds that the parents were not neglecting their children’s education.

Increase of $22,000 in relief costs threatened to create a serious overdraft in hitherto debt-free Langley municipality. Reeve (mayor) Noel Booth reported that there were 285 heads of families with 605 dependent on relief, compared with 165 heads and 350 dependents the year before.

Seventy Years Ago

November 15, 1945

The town planning commission suggested to MP Tom Reid and to council that the local airfield be donated to the municipality for the development of a civic centre. Federal authorities had condemned the strip for flying purposes.

The provincial government offered to pay 20 per cent of the cost of a hospital, if Langley raised 40 per cent by referendum and the Citizens’ Hospitalization Committee raised the final 40 per cent.

Council decided to forego December money bylaws for roads, schools, hospital, and postwar construction.

Sixty Years Ago

November 17, 1955

Final draft of a $784,000 school building referendum was prepared by the school board for the December elections.

The official weather bureau station on C. Bodaly’s farm on Allard Cres. reached a low of 0ºF (-18ºC) before rising temperatures reversed the cold snap that had settled in four days earlier.

Coun. D.W. Poppy announced he would resign his council seat to run for the reeveship being vacated by George Brooks.

School inspector H.D. Stafford told the school board his job was purely advisory, adding, “What you do about the advice I give you is your business.” Tr. Norman Armstrong had voiced concern that the board was losing autonomy.

Fifty Years Ago

November 18, 1965

With the year’s end approaching, Langley City expected a $6,225 surplus, instead of the $5,969 that had been forecast at the start of the year.

Fred Dams was named president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce.

Qualification for an invitation to sit at the table of honour at the annual Douglas Day banquet was lowered by three years. People living in Langley since 1892 were to receive the honour this time.

Forty Years Ago

November 13, 1975

Premier Dave Barrett appeared at Langley Civic Centre to help local NDP candidate Joe Chesney’s campaign for the Dec. 11 provincial election. It was Barrett’s first personal appearance following his snap election call.

Up against Chesney was incumbent Social Credit MLA Bob McClelland, who claimed that Barrett’s sudden, unexpected election call effectively disenfranchised thousands of B.C. voters because of their inability to register on short notice.

Langley was gearing up for its civic elections, as well. City voters were to elect one school trustee only, while in the Township there were three school board vacancies, a mayoralty, and three aldermanic seats to draw voters to the polls on Nov. 15.

Thirty Years Ago

November 13, 1985

Only four of 14 candidates spoke out at an all-candidates meeting held at the Aldergrove Legion. Others refused to cross a picket line set up by the Hotel, Restaurant, and Culinary Employees and Bartenders Union Local 40, which had been locked out since Sept. 6.

In Langley Township, 11 candidates were running for three aldermanic positions, six had their eye on three vacancies on the school board, and Elford Nundal, John Beales, and George Preston were contesting the mayoral race.

A final settlement to halt Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan’s extradition from Costa Rica to Guatamala was imminent. McCannan had been arrested in Costa Rica at the request of Guatamalan authorities who alleged he’d committed fraud when he placed a stop order on a cheque to a hotel.

Twenty Years Ago

November 15, 1995

Thousands of mink were released, probably as some kind of animal rights protest, from a mink farm south of Aldergrove. Mink breeders from all over B.C., as well as local police and firefighters, scrambled to capture the critters, who were ill-equipped to survive in the wild, as well as posing a public threat.

An elderly woman drowned in the Nicomekl River when she slipped and fell while walking through Portage Park.

The tide of public opinion in Brazil and other Latin American countries was turning in favour of Langley kidnapper Christine Lamont. Lamont and her fiance David Spencer had already spent almost six years of a 28-year sentence in a Brazilian jail.



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