Eighty Years Ago
January 27, 1938
• Two masked badits made off with $3,500 in an armed robbery of the Langley branch of the Royal Bank. The branch manager managed to nip out the back door.
• A recount confirmed E.J. Bull’s election to the school board by seven votes over Clive Rogers.
Seventy Years Ago
January 29, 1948
• The Langley Ratepayers’ Association celebrated its first anniversary in a carnival atmosphere. The fledgling organization had made a clean sweep of council seats in the December elections.
• Reeve Tom Reid announced that council would lift the licence of any real estate agent who sold property on a promise that the municipality would build a road to it.
• A petition was started to request improved postal service.
Sixty Years Ago
January 30, 1958
• A campaign started to raise $10,000 locally towards a 40-bed old folks home. Total cost of the project was estimated at $100,000. The provincial government offered a third of the cost, and the rest could be financed at a low interest rate by the federal Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
• Three inches of rainfall closed Berry Road (208th Street) south of Fraser Highway.
Fifty Years Ago
February 1, 1968
• The school board produced a provisional budget of $3,201, 813. Salary hikes for teachers and janitors accounted for $246,716 of the $262,783 increase over the previous year’s budget.
• Langley Agricultural Association directors chose Alex MacFarlane as their president for 1968. Joe Young and Bruce Rutherford were first and second vice-presidents, and Sarah E. Norman was secretary.
Forty Years Ago
February 1, 1978
• The school board demanded that the Langley Teachers’ Association replace its representatives to the joint planning committee, but the teachers refused, instead holding a special confidence vote to support its reps.
• The Langley Social Credit constituency association called for a rollback of the seven per cent provincial sales tax to five per cent.
Thirty Years Ago
January 27, 1988
• Langley teachers voted 88 per cent to set up the Langley Teachers’ Association as their collective bargaining agent.
Twenty Years Ago
January 30, 1998
• Fort Langley’s Private David Ridley was recognized as one of the Canadian military’s top soldiers.
• Cell phone towers were under attack in Langley. Three proposals were put on hold to give neighbours a chance to voice their concerns.
• A thief broke into an elderly man’s home in Langley, making off with a VCR and the victim’s wife’s ashes.