Looking Back: Langley City’s status could have been changed to ‘town’ in 1968

History from the pages of the Langley Advance which started publishing in 1931.

Eighty Years Ago

March 10, 1938

  • A proposed new junior secondary school was shelved without a vote.
  • The first week in July was chosen for a Langley Agricultural Association flower show.

Seventy Years Ago

March 11, 1948

  • A seven-lane bowling alley, expected to cost $20,000, was to be built next to the Standard Oil Co. premises on Fraser Highway.
  • Eric Flowerdew, H. Williams, and H. Fast were elected directors of the Otter Storage Co-op Ass’n.

Sixty Years Ago

March 13, 1958

  • Customs broker George Rammell protested to the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce that the U.S. immigration officials’ proposed gate at the Highway 13 port would be locked at midnight. He said the move would hamper Aldergrove’s efforts to secure a 24-hour port.
  • Langley City’s second test well at Bell and Belmont Roads (36th Avenue and 204th Street) came up dry at 138 feet.

Fifty Years Ago

March 14, 1968

  • City council approved a Ministry of Municipal Affairs offer to change Langley City’s status from a “city” to a “town.” A public hearing was set to discuss the proposal. The ministry offered to implement the change quickly, upon successful completion of a plebiscite.
  • City council set aside $13,750 to repave Carvolth Road (200th Street).

Forty Years Ago

March 15, 1978

  • Jackman Road (272nd Street) residents complained to council that they were forced to haul their water in jerry cans because their well had been polluted by a nearby feedlot.
  • City council asked for bids on a proposal for a par 3 golf course under the BC Hydro power lines.
  • Construction of a new hall at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church began with a sod-turning ceremony.
  • Langley City’s garbage dump was expected to be filled to capacity within a month.

Thirty Years Ago

March 9, 1988

  • A corporate fund-raising campaign was kicked off to raise $1 million in the community for medical equipment for Langley Memorial Hospital’s $19-million expansion.
  • School taxes in Langley were going up as a result of the provincial government’s injection of $3.2 million in “fiscal framework” funds.

Twenty Years Ago

March 13, 1998

  • Money’s Mushrooms was fined $100,000 and given 18 months to shut down the composting operation that had neighbours up in arms. Opponents of the operation, however, felt the punishment was too light, compared to the stench they were putting up with.
  • A Langley teacher charged with sexually exploiting and interfering with four of his female students was completely exonerated in court. The judge questioned the credibility – and the honesty – of the four accusers, and said there wasn’t even enough evidence to back any suspicion against the teacher. The judge characterized as “disgraceful” the school board’s slow reaction to the initial complaints, which were relayed to the RCMP a month after they were lodged.
  • A renewed effort was launched to free Langley’s Christine Lamont from her Brazilian captivity. Lamont was to have been released at Christmas, but Brazilian authorities reversed their decision. Lamont and her finance David Spencer were imprisoned for their part in a kidnapping in Brazil. Initially sentenced to eight years in jail, their terms were extended when they appealed their convictions. They had now served about eight years.

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