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.