Eighty Years Ago
July 25, 1935
More than 500 farmers met in Athletic hall to start up a single milk-selling agency.
Gerlad Charter opened his new electrical and paint store adjacent to the Sterling Meat Market.
Shopping in Langley Prairie got so popular that there was a shortage of parking Saturday evenings.
Seventy Years Ago
July 26, 1945
The Langley Kinsmen Club was formed at a meeting in the Texas Hotel. Archie Anderson was charter president, and Grant Duckworth was vice-president.
Tenders were called for a new mail route west and north of Milner, to be addressed Rural Route No. 2 Milner.
Langley volunteer fire department ruled that its pumping unit was not to be used outside of the Langley fire zone except to fight a major blaze.
Sixty Years Ago
July 28, 1955
A Municipal Act technicality disqualified three municipal councillors, Bill Poppy, Eric Flowerdew, and Walter Jensen, from keeping their council seats. All three were members of the Otter Farmers Insititute, from which Langley municipality bought its oil and gas.
Langley received a $16,000 grant for development of Langley Airport, with another $14,000 promised for the following year.
Fifty Years Ago
July 29, 1965
Langley was one of three Fraser Valley centres whose postal workers voted to continue a strike which ended as Vancouver workers voted by a narrow margin to return to work.
School board secretary-treasurer Vern Mercer agreed with municipal officials that the new Fort Langley secondary school could share a parking lot with Fort Langley Community Park.
Forty Years Ago
July 24, 1975
Mayor Bob Duckwork asked Langley City Council to set a curfew for its parks, after RCMP received a mountain of complaints of vandalism, drunkness, drug abuse, glue-sniffing, and abusive language and noise.
Four Langley residents were killed in two local traffic crashes. Three occupants of a car were killed when their vehicle was bumped into the oncoming lane, and a separate head-on crash claimed the life of a pick-up truck driver.
Thirty Years Ago
July 24, 1985
A split B.C. Court of Appeals overturned an earlier B.C. Supreme Court decision against Langley School Board’s “one-puff” drug policy which called for automatic suspension of any student caught using alcohol or drugs during school time. The Supreme Court ruled that a first offence should result in a wanring, but the Appeal Court said students were adequately warned beforehand through school notices and newsletters.
A Langley man whose motorcycle slammed into a power pole in Coquitlam was saved from certain death when an unidentified stranger pulled his unconcious body from a water-filled ditch and dropped him off at a hospital.
Twenty Years Ago
July 26, 1995
A “very irrational” Aldergrove man was in stable condition in hospital after being shot by police while he attempted to force his way into a home to use the phone.
The PNE was considering a move to Langley after its Vancouver lease expired in 1996.
At the suggestion of the Langley Chamber of Commerce, Township Council agreed to meet with their City counterparts to discuss a possible amalgamation study. A meeting was also arranged between the Township, the Chamber, and an official from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Cal Spas, the biggest hot tub company in California, bought out Sun Coast Spas in Langley.