Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of April 14

The local airfield cost $1 a year to lease in 1946.

Eighty Years Ago

April 9, 1936

• Mr. Pratt of Abbotsford was booked to talk about incorporation at the Langley Board of Trade meeting.

• Plans for building a local hospital were left in abeyance when it was discovered that the provincial government would only offer financial assistance for a fully-equipped facility. Local hospital proponents felt a cottage hospital was what Langley needed.

Seventy Years Ago

April 11, 1946

• Lloyd Ross was elected first president of the Alder­grove Junior Chamber of Commerce at a meeting in the Elks Hall. Secretary was Trevor Beggs and treasurer was Hartley Johnston.

• Municipal council agreed to lease the local airfield from the federal government, and use it as an airport, for $1 per year.

• Plans were made for a two-storey addition to Langholm, the municipal old folks home.

Sixty Years Ago

April 12, 1956

• Education committee chairman Jack Scott, speaking at a meeting of the Langley Ratepayers Association, urged greater attendance at school board meetings: “You have to be there to understand all the winking that goes on across the table: it’s fantastic, it’s disgraceful, it’s worthwhile to attend.”

• Fort Langley Restoration Society began canvassing for funding to restore the old Hudson Bay Company fort.

Fifty Years Ago

April 14, 1966

• After 22 years on the board of the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association, Langley dairy farmer Harry. S. Berry was elected president.

• Langley Memorial Hospital’s board of trustees made plans for a new building to house an extended care unit, instead of renovating the old cottage hospital building.

Forty Years Ago

April 8, 1976

• Arson was suspected in two of three major fires in Langley.

• The new secondary school in Willoughby was named after Roy E. Mountain, a prominent teacher in Langley who had served as principal of Langley Secondary for 25 years.

• The Easingwood building, built “out in the country” in 1931 by Albert Easingwood, was bulldozed to make room for a block of modern stores.

Thirty Years Ago

April 9, 1986

• Langley’s first heart transplant recipient, Rod Murray, returned home three months after his surgery in London, Ontario.

• Fraser Valley West MP Bob Wenman hinted that he would seek a Social Credit nomination for the next provincial election.

Twenty Years Ago

April 10, 1996

• Langley MLA Lynn Stephens announced she would seek re-election. She predicted that the NDP would send B.C. to the polls in mid-late May, and that the Liberal party would be elected as government. Meanwhile, Kim Richter announced that she would seek the local NDP nomination.

• Langley Township’s sewer system was on the Ministry of the Environment black list for the second year in a row.



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