Looking Back: HBC Fort to be rebuilt

The history of Langley, as recorded in the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

September 26, 1935

• The National Parks Board decided to reconstruct some of the buildings of the old Hudson Bay fort in Fort Langley.

• Fort Langley farmers asked Council to pay them to grade the new road across McMillan island. They offered to do the work on a pro rata bvasis not to exceed $1,420.

• The first deficit in Langley Council’s history was expected to be about $10,000.

• Negotiations were underway for a modern motion picture theatre to be housed in the building formerly occupied by a hardward store. A trial run had proved the Athletic Hall unsuitable.

Seventy Years Ago

September 27, 1945

• The provincial government announced that B.C. motorists would get single licence plates in 1946, though a return to front and back plates was anticipated for 1947.

• Schools were overcrowded. The school board hired two new teachers and added two classes, one of which was to be held in rented space in the Masonic Hall.

• After the federal Family Allowance came into being, Langley School Board stopped providing elementary school students with free pencils, pen-holders, scribblers, erasers, and other supplies. It was reputed that Langley had been the only district offering such service.

• D.W. Poppy was elected president of the Langley Coalition Association.

Sixty Years Ago

September 29, 1955

• Federal Conservative leader George Drew addressed a Langley residents group at a dinner in Langley Hotel.

• A delegation made up of John Wellman, Andrew McLellan, Joe Threlkeld, and W. Forrester demanded that Council widen and pave River Rd. east of Fort Langley.

• One of the biggest fire scares to hit Langley in 17 years drove residents of apartments above Model Meat Market into the streets in their nightclothes. The midnight alarm resulted in some fire and water damage, but smoke damage was extensive.

Fifty Years Ago

September 30, 1965

• The speed limit on Carvolth

Rd. (200th St.) was to be raised to 40 miles per hour from the freeway to Langley City, as Township Council responded to a provincial highways department suggestion that 30 mph was unreasonably slow.

• B.C. Telephone Company alerted Langley, Newton, and Whalley residents that a woman was gaining access to people’s homes on the fraudulent pretense that she was doing a survey for the telephone company and asking to be shown where telephones were located in the homes.

• Langley shoe merchant Vern Penner was installed as the new Langley Chamber of Commerce president.

Forty Years Ago

September 25, 1975

• The 50-bed extended care unit at Langley Memorial Hospital was to be replaced by a 75-bed facility. The Ministry of Health approved the proposed expansion of Cedar Hill.

• Polling places in Langley were being reorganized in preparation for the upcoming civic elections. Seven small stations were dropped, and three were expanded.

• Dominion Construction gave Langley Township a cheque to cover the first half of $2.8 million in off-site costs for its development in the northwest Langley industrial area. The first project was to be a provincial distribution centre for Safeway Stores.

Thirty Years Ago

September 25, 1985

• School principals were less than enthused about a proposal to offer martial arts training in classrooms.

• Local lawyer Don Nundal was elected president of the Lang­ley Memorial Hospital Foun­da­tion, which was set up to raise money for LMH. Gerry Reinsch was vice-president and Richard Holinaty was secretary-treasurer. Directors were Richard Sewell, Reg Easingwood, Bern Bileski, Dan Egan, Eugene Sather, Jim Goodbrand, and David Dreyer.

Twenty Years Ago

September 27, 1995

• The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Langley asked Township Council to slow the speed of mushroom barn approvals and construction.

• Langley City put a quarter of a million dollars into converting Douglas Park from an active to a passive park.

• Mike French followed his father’s footsteps into the air. The 22-year-old Brookswood school graduate, completed his Air Force flight training and received his wings from his father, a former Air Force pilot who had moved on to pilot planes for Air Canada.

• Vicwood Hills, a development proposal comprised of a golf course and 157 homes in South Langley, could bring sewer and water to Brooks­wood, the developer told a public hearing.

 

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