Looking Back: Langley’s airport doomed to fail?

Our community’s history, as recorded in the pages of the Langley Advance

Eighty Years Ago

March 3, 1938

• Chilliwack MP H.J. Barker told the House of Commons that $90,000 had been wasted on Langley Airport. It was too wet and foggy ever to make it as an airport, he maintained.

• Council provided $3 worth of seed for each family receiving relief payments.

Seventy Years Ago

March 4, 1948

• Council, after considering a $32,000 surplus and government grants of $145,000, turned down the school board’s request for a $296,031 budget.

• Council planned to hire a dozen assessors who, over the ensuing six months, were to completely reassess the values of Langley businesses and improvements.

Sixty Years Ago

March 6, 1958

• Fort Langley Board of Trade struck a committee to study the possibility of eliminating two level crossings on Wilson Townsline Road (96th Avenue).

• A businessman’s tour to mark the beginning of Education Week flopped. Only five men – including the school inspector and a former school trustee – showed up.

Fifty Years Ago

March 7, 1968

• As an alternative to amalgamation with the Township, Langley City was offered town status by municipal affairs minister Don Campbell. That would shift police costs to the provincial attorney general, and reduce council to four aldermen and a mayor.

• McDonald Cedar Products received an ultimatum from Township council: the Fort Langley mill had to get rid of its burner by the end of the year.

Forty Years Ago

March 8, 1978

• School trustees were angered by Douglas College officials’ delay in choosing a permanent site for its Langley campus, and by the college’s refusal to offer secondary completion courses locally, except on a full cost recovery basis. Trustee Kay Armstrong pointedly noted that the college had $200,000 in provincial money for Langley.

• School trustee Dave Bell, a member of the committee to investigate the feasibility of building an indoor swimming pool in Langley, revealed that a “wave pool,” aimed at full leisure activity rather than competitive swimming, was being considered.

Thirty Years Ago

March 2, 1988

• Langley’s oldest high school, Langley Secondary received $2.6 million to build a new gymnasium.

Twenty Years Ago

March 6, 1998

• The Greater Vancouver Regional District board voted to take control of local transit, despite opposition from Langley Township Mayor John Scholtens.

• Without a contract since the previous August, GVRD workers backed their demands with a strike.

• Long-standing domestic violence ended in Langley’s second murder in less than two weeks.

• Search for a missing man from Alberta ended with the discovery of his body in the Fraser River.

• Construction of a $4-million addition to Walnut Grove Secondary came in $100,000 under budget.

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