Looking Back: July 14, 2016

A firehall for $7,500?

Eighty Years Ago

July 9, 1936

• With only seven members showing up – short of a quorum – a scheduled meeting of the Langley Board of Trade was abandoned.

• The new community hall in the Coghlan district was to be inaugurated with a dance on July 11.

Seventy Years Ago

July 11, 1946

• Plans for a ferry between Fort Langley and Albion collapsed when the operator contracted for the project was unable to get a boat.

• The 24-year-old post office on Glover Road fell to the wrecking crew.

Sixty Years Ago

July 12, 1956

• The Langley and Aldergrove telephone exchanges were upgraded into new – and more expensive – rate classifications.

• Also on the rise was the price of haircuts. A man’s cut was going up from $1 to $1.25.

• The Aldergrove fire brigade planned to spend $7,500 to build a new firehall on Jackman Road (272nd St.).

Fifty Years Ago

July 14, 1966

• Langley City council was willing to sell the City’s firehall to make way for a new shopping mall.

• Grant Duckworth, president of Duckworth Stores, was to head the year’s United Good Neighbour Fund Red Cross Appeal.

• The Langley Athletics Football Club was awarded a franchise in the expanded Inter-City Junior Soccer League.

Forty Years Ago

July 8, 1976

• A 52-year-old man died after a confrontation with police in Murrayville. Police received a report that the man was armed with a knife and was committing an indecent assault on a nine-year-old girl. The officer dispatched to his home was attacked, but excaped and radioed for help. The stand-off ended when, after failing to heed two warning shots, the man, now armed with a gun as well as a knife, was shot three times in the abdomen.

• A 21-year-old man’s body was found on Brae Island. He had been lost overboard from a canoe and presumed drowned 19 days earlier.

• Police were trying to retrace the steps of a 17-year-old girl whose body had been found in the Fraser River in Glen Valley. Her skull was fractured, and she was believed to have been sexually assaulted.

Thirty Years Ago

July 9, 1986

• A car bomb went off near Langley Ridge Apartments at 5664 200th St., destroying two other vehicles and severely damaging two others. Police and fire officials had no leads.

• Mosquitos forced an emergency meeting of the Central Fraser Valley Regional District, which decided on an aerial spray program to combat the problem along the Fraser River and in Fort Langley.

Twenty Years Ago

July 10, 1996

• Plans for the proposed new cultural centre were unveiled. They included an extra floor for municipal office space, at an added cost of $1.7 million.

• Gordon Wilson, former leader of the B.C. Liberal Party (and later to become a B.C. NDP cabinet minister) was re-elected leader of the Progressive Democratic Alliance at a party convention at Newlands Golf Club.

• The B.C. College of Teachers denied Trinity Western University’s application to operate the final year of its elementary teacher education program, based on the “community standards form” that had to be signed by all prospective students.

• A facelift for Aldergrove began with the formation of a revitalization subcommittee for the village.

• Environment Canada predicted temperatures up to 35ºC for the coming weekend.

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