Looking Back: Hansen in motion, news boys damaging signs

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

Eighty Years Ago

April 28, 1938

• The local Canadian Legion requested police protection for road signs, claiming that at least 15 were in disrepair as a result of wilful damage by news boys throwing around papers and not cleaning up their mess.

• The “1938 Drink More Milk Week” started. L.K. Elmhurst said that, if people put their problems into one basket and tried to find a cure for all of them, in 50 cases out of 100, the advice would be to drink more milk.

Seventy Years Ago

April 29, 1948

• Council prepared to expropriate property at the rear of Langley Prairie business on the south side of Fraser Highway to build a 20-foot-wide lane.

• Walter R. Major, councillor for Ward Two, was taken to hospital in critical condition after suffering a heart attack.

Sixty Years Ago

May 1, 1958

• Council called for tenders to build sidewalks on both sides of the Trans-Canada Highway (Fraser Highway) east from Telephone Road (206th Street).

• Langley’s best cribbage players were honoured at Murraville Hall at the 34th annual crib banquet. The Otter team won the league title by defeating Fort Langley in play-off action.

Fifty Years Ago

May 2, 1968

• A Municipal Act amendment added tenants to the municipal and school board voters lists. Previously, only taxpayers (primarily landowners) were allowed to vote and run for civic office.

• City alderman Len Nicholas was re-elected for a second term as president of the Langley Memorial Hospital Society.

Forty Years Ago

May 3, 1978

• With an indoor swimming pool design chosen a November referendum, council hadn’t yet decided on cost limits and the pool’s size.

• A jury trial in New Westminster, into the knifing death of a 23-year-old man outside Langley Hotel, got underway.

Thirty Years Ago

April 27, 1988

• An attempt by Township Alderman John Scholtens to have Langley withdraw from the B.C. Transit system was narrowly defeated.

• A 7.2 per cent increase in school taxes added $36 to Langley residents’ tax bills, as school trustees unanimously supported a $67.2 million budget.

Twenty Years Ago

May 1, 1998

• Sylvia Anderson’s humanitarian service was recognized when she was installed into the Order of the Red Cross.

• Fort Langley was transformed into a Christmas wonderland with dozens of Santas, for filming of the Walt Disney movie, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

• Rick Hansen was in town, inspiring school kids with stories about his Man in Motion World Tour which raised $24 million for spinal injury research.

• Township councillor Mel Kostisky called for a referendum to let the public decide whether or not to build the 208th Street freeway overpass.

• Hal Laycoe, first coach of the Vancouver Canucks NHL squad, died in Langley Memorial Hospital.

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