Looking Back: April 19, 2018

Our community’s history, as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

April 14, 1938

• Noel Booth asked council to deepen Anderson Creek which, he said, overflowed every spring.

• A power pole in front of the B.C. Electric Railway waiting room presented a hazard, according to council, and would have to be moved before buses could stop there.Cost of removing the pole was estimated at $500.

Seventy Years Ago

April 15, 1948

• Fall fair dates chosen by neighbouring Mission and Abbotsford forced a shift in the local fair dates from Aug. 20-21 to Aug. 19-20, so it could get in ahead of the PNE.

• A $500 well at the new high school hit water at 464 feet. The school was expected to use 25,000 gallons of water per day.

Sixty Years Ago

April 17, 1958

• Aldergrove’s Ron Nordin, retiring chairman of the Teen Town provincial council, won the top Teen Town trophy for the second straight year, sharing the award this time with Teen Town council secretary Norm Reeve.

• Education Minister Leslie Peterson agreed to show up for the official opening of the new Aldergrove high school on May 5.

• Langley school trustees gave approval to schools for retarded children.

Fifty Years Ago

April 18, 1968

• Proposed amendments to the B.C. Egg Producers’ Association were intended to eliminate Vancouver Island and B.C. Interior representation on the board of directors. Lower Mainland representation would increase.

• Murrayville took the Langley Cribbage League championship by defeating Milner 20-16 and 21-15 in a home and home series.

Forty Years Ago

April 19, 1978

• A confession to a prison guard became the basis for a conviction against the murderer of Brenda Kercher. The killer, a juvenile at the time of the crime, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with no chance of parole for 10 years.

• Lloyd Michaud donated 1,800 books, most of them detective novels, to Langley Centennial Library.

Thirty Years Ago

April 13, 1988

• A 17-year-old youth charged with the murder of an Aldergrove woman was ordered to undergo an eight-day psychiatric examination.

Twenty Years Ago

April 17, 1998

• Christine Lamont joined nine other prisoners in a hunger strike in her Brazilian jail. All were eight years into their 28-year sentences for kidnapping. As diplomatic efforts to move Lamont to jail in Canada seemed on the verge of success, her goals changed – she didn’t want to be in jail at all anymore. Both she and her fiance David Spencer turned down the Brazilian president’s offer to implement the Transfer of Prisoners Treaty between the two countries.

• Responding to an anonymous complaint, a gaming inspector from Victoria visited the Langley Seniors Centre and ruled that social bingo games held there twice a week were illegal, because the government wasn’t getting its share – which at the costs and prizes involved would amount to about $100 per year.

• An official opening was slated for Langley City’s downtown Community Policing Office.

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