Langley in History: Week of Oct. 22.

Looking back through the files of the Langley Advance.

October 17, 1935

• Liberal Tom Reid was re-elected MP for New Westminster (including Langley), his 9,808 votes edging CCF candidate Rev. C.J. Baker by 380. Conservative Jack Morgan polled 6,579 votes, and Reconstructionist C.F. Miller took only 816.

• Langley Cribbage League started its season with four teams: Murrayville, Milner, and Langley A and B.

• Municipal finance chairman Alex Hope projected a $15,000 deficit for the year.

• A work bee was organized by G.R.Broughton to clean up and dam the Lee Road gravel pit and create a pond for public skating.

Seventy Years Ago

October 18, 1945

• Langley Theatre owner Peter Barnes, originator of the Foto-Nite programs in the U.S., started a similar program here.

• Council called for tenders to rewire Municipal Hall.

• The provincial election campaign, nearing its conclusion, was principally a battle, locally and provincially, between the CCF and a coalition of Liberals and Conservatives.

Sixty Years Ago

October 20, 1955

• A framed photo of the first elected Langley City Council was hung at the city office, next to a picture of the provisional council that had preceded it.

• The school board discussed whether or not to include both junior and senior students at the new Aldergrove High School.

• “Conquer Cancer” campaign chairman Roger Winter named his captains for the upcoming fund drive.

• A special meeting between Langley’s two councils was set to address abitration proceedings over the distribution of assets, in the wake of Langley Prairie’s secession.

• The Highways Department recommended placing warning signs on the Trans-Canada Highway (Fraser Hwy.), at least 300 feet from Otter School.

Fifty Years Ago

October 21, 1965

• Fort Langley Community Hall, with a seating capacity of 500, was chosen by the Fort Board of Trade to hold an all-candidates meeting for the upcoming federal election.

• Plans for Langley City’s $45,000 Centennial Library, as well as maintenance and operating costs, were approved by Council.

• Mrs. W.T. Craig, former Alder­grove librarian, was named Citizen of the Year by Langley chamber of Commerce.

Forty Years Ago

October 16, 1975

• Police asked that the speed limit on Fraser Hwy. though Langley be reduced by 10 miles per hour to 40 m.p.h.

•  Three men died in a 50-foot concrete silo in Aldergrove. A man had been missing for hours when his son and a neighbour entered the silo to look for him. All three were found dead, killed by carbon dioxide asphyxiation, after a fourth, unidentified, person called police and firefighters.

Thirty Years Ago

October 16, 1985

• A windfall of $1.2 million was announced at the sod-turning ceremony to start construction of Langley’s long-awaited indoor swimming pool. The money came from the EXPO Legacy Fund.

• A million-dollar drug bust a year and a half earlier finally resulted in the conviction of a Langley man.

• A senior bank employee was sentenced to two years in jail after she was convicted of embezzling $37,000 from bank branches in Langley and Ladner.

Twenty Years Ago

October 18, 1995

• Township Councillors Trudi Campen, Heather McMullan, and Steve Burton walked out on a Council meeting after losing a 4-3 vote deferred discussions on a cultural centre proposal.

• Health Unit officer Dr. Roland Guasparini told Township Council that “before and after” data from other areas show that smoking bans don’t affect overall business in the long run.

• Meanwhile, Langley Bingo Palace wasn’t convinced that it wouldn’t lose millions of dollars under the Township’s proposed anti-tobacco bylaw.

• Graffiti had become such a problem in Langley City that a special meeting was called between downtown merchants and local police to organize a plan to fight it.


• Save-On Foods received approval to build in Walnut Grove.


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