Looking Back: Ditch stops crashing plane

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

Eighty Years Ago

July 7, 1938

• Manual training and home economics programs were “education frills,” said Langley school trustee Berry, who suggested the courses be discontinued in light of an impending shortage of classroom space.

• A front page announcement: “Cyclists are invited to leave their bicycles in our front shop while doing shopping or other business in Langley Prairie. This service is absolutely free and no obligation asked. Yours truly, E.J. Burr, Bicycle Specialist.”

Seventy Years Ago

July 8, 1948

• Mrs. Neil McLeod sold four acres on Johnston Townline Road (216th Street), next to the new high school, to the Langley Agricultural Association. Along with another two acres donated by Mrs. McLeod, the land was to become McLeod Memorial Park, in honour of her husband.

Sixty Years Ago

July 10, 1958

• Athletic Park was valuated at $110,000, as part of negotiations for its sale to build a shopping centre.

• The Township bought 12 acres for a new cemetery on Berry Road (208th Street), just south of the Langley City border and adjacent to the City’s dump.

Fifty Years Ago

July 11, 1968

• Council decided to install a $330,000 sewer system in Aldergrove.

• RCMP scooped in about $6,000 in fines levied against speeders on Highway 401 within Langley borders.

• It was turning into a sizzling July. The first three days of the month tied or broke records. The 83ºF (28.3ºC) temperature on July 1 tied previous records, while the 90ºF (32.3ºC) of July 2 smashed the old mark by 8ºF, and 85ºF (29.5ºC) was a new high for July 3.

Forty Years Ago

July 12, 1978

• A deep ditch kept an airplane that went of the end of Langley Airport’s runway from reaching Fraser Highway. The pilot suffered minor cuts to his face.

• Two Trinity Western College aviation students were missing after take-off for Langley from Penticton.

• The B.C. Bicycling Association was upset over Township council’s decision to disallow anymore races on Langley streets.

Thirty Years Ago

July 6, 1988

• After months of debate, Township Mayor John Beales cat the deciding vote to pass an amendment to local bylaws, requiring municipal water systems to be set up before urban subdivision could take place in rural areas.

• A Langley business executive was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of his wife – but he appealed the verdict.

Twenty Years Ago

July 10, 1998

• Langley RCMP officers brought home gold and silver medals from the Can-Am Police/Fire Games.

• Tina the Elephant returned to the Greater Vancouver Zoological Centre after visiting a 10-day weight-loss clinic. Tina trimmed 220 pounds off her figure, as part of a program aimed at reducing her weight by 750 pounds, as recommended by the world’s leading elephant expert, Alan Roocroft of San Diego.

• Langley’s Lynn Leboe and Maureen Robinson were nominated for Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.

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