Langley Looking Back: Parents complained about overcrowding in Willoughby schools… in 1937

Looking back through the files of the Langley Advance which started in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

May 6, 1937

Arthur Laing started his provincial re-election campaign with a speech in Fort Langley.

A chick at the M.J. Mufford & Sons hatchery had two sets of legs facing in opposite directions.

Parents complained about overcrowding at Willoughby and Glenwood Schools.

Seventy Years Ago

May 8, 1947

A financial crisis loomed in Langley, due to an 83 per cent increase in school costs, plus a need to replace three bridges.

Eleanor Jones, 18, of Langley became Canada’s youngest licenced woman pilot.

Sixty Years Ago

May 2, 1957

Mrs. George Butler, while lying in her bed, was untouched by a lightning bolt that had made a shambles of her entire bedroom. Working in his garden nearby, old age pensioner John Assortine was knocked unconscious for 15 minutes by the blast.

There had been 416 births in Langley Memorial Hospital in 1956, exactly the same number as 1955.

Fifty Years Ago

May 4, 1967

The new Langley Memorial Hospital was operating at an occupancy rate of 91.6 per cent within its first year. In response to hospital trustees’ request for a 24-bed expansion, BCHIS authorized 10 new beds.

B.C. egg producers anticipated a mid-June vote on formation of an egg marketing board.

The Canadian Confederation Centennial Caravan was officially opened in Langley.

Forty Years Ago

May 4, 1977

About a hundred students graduated from Trinity Western College.

There were 3,126 participants in the 15th annual Langley Walk.

Pomp and ceremony marked the opening of a new wing at Langley Municipal Hall.

H.D. Stafford school principal Gene Macdonald was moved to replace retiring Langley Secondary principal Fred Turner.

Langley Recreation Commission’s official split into separate City and Township entities was set for May 15. City mayor Bob Duckworth deemed the move “a detriment to City and Township people.”

Thirty Years Ago

May 6, 1987

Forty pit bull owners, along with four of their dogs, appeared before Township council to challenge Alderman John Scholtens’s suggestion that the breed was a “public menace” and owners should have to pay $1,000 to licence a pit bull.

Graduation ceremonies were to go ahead, despite a teachers’ boycott of extracurricular activities.

Langley Township taxes increased 8.3 per cent, while City taxes rose 4.4 per cent.

More than 1,000 people took part in the 25th annual Langley Walk.

Twenty Years Ago

May 2, 1997

Police closed in on Telegraph Trail, west of Glover Road, to arrest two murder suspects. Residents were evacuated, and Belmont Golf Course was asked to close down its three holes closest to the road.

The Langley Citizens Coalition was formed to fight Township mayor John Scholtens’s Langley Leadership Team, which had gained control of council in the previous fall’s civic election. Former mayors George Preston and John Beales were among the group’s founders, as was sitting Township councillor Heather McMullan.

Langley City council declared the one-way street experiment on Fraser Highway through the downtown core a success, and agreed to maintain it.

The Langley Walk drew about 570 participants.

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