Looking Back: Deer tear into trees

Langley's history from the week of June 2.

Eighty Years Ago

May 28, 1936

• Municipal council accepted road work in lieu of property taxes, for those who were on the verge of losing their land.

• The 17th annual Memorial Day services were held in Fort Langley in the morning and at Murrayville in the afternoon.

Seventy Years Ago

May 30, 1946

• The fifth annual Jersey parish cattle show at the Athletic grounds attracted a record number of entries.

Sixty Years Ago

May 31, 1956

• Plans for demolition of the old Timms house to make way for a city hall were stalled when both bidders for the job wanted not only cash, but any materials they could salvage.

• Deer were blamed for $8,000 in damages to a holly orchard on Robertson Cres.

• Township Reeve Bill Poppy objected to the newly formed Langley City dropping the word “Prairie” from its name. He felt it would create confusion between the new and old Langley, and he felt the original district had prior claim to the name.

Fifty Years Ago

June 2, 1966

• Graduation ceremonies were held for 79 students at Aldergrove High School. Top of the class were valedictorian Ruth Brandt and Grad of the Year Sharon Cracknell.

• Northwest Langley Ratepayers complained to council about raw seweage seeping into roadside ditches.

Forty Years Ago

May 27, 1976

• I.Q. tests were slated to return to Langley classrooms, despite lack of confidence in their accuracy.

• May Queen Linda Locke was crowned in Fort Langley.

• A Langley man was charged with arson after the historic Billy Morrison home was destroyed by fire.

Thirty Years Ago

May 28, 1986

• A 35 per cent U.S. import tariff forced Fort Cedar Products to lay off 60 employees.

• A strike in protest of a $4 per hour wage decrease put construction of the W.C. Blair Pool on hold.

• Conservative Fraser Valley West MP Bob Wenman entered the race to become the provincial Social Credit Party leader, and consequently, B.C.’s premier.

• Langley School Board considered requiring employees to undergo criminal record checks for sexual offences against children.

Twenty Years Ago

May 29, 1996

• New Democrats led by Glen Clark edged Gordon Camp­bell’s Liberals in overall provincial election results, but locally, Liberals Rich Coleman and Lynn Stephens scored comfortable victories. Local New Democrat candidates Charles Bradford and Kim Richter came in second in the two Langley ridings, and Reformers John Twydale and Joe Lopushinsky both finished third.

• Eight peoplez were taken to hospital and a dozen were treated on the scene when chemicals caught fire at National Glass Products. City Cire Chief Jim McGregor said the outcome could have been far worse, and credited employees and emergency personnel with keeping things under control.

• A Langley RCMP undercover operation netted 16 arrests related to cocaine trafficking.


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