Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of August 11

Langley's 1946 zoning bylaw was the first of its kind in the Fraser Valley.

Eighty Years Ago

August 6, 1936

One of two private buses used to transport children was not suitable, and the Langley School Board decided to buy one of its own.

Some Murrayville residents were ignoring the dog-leash law, and neighbours woke up to find their garbage cans had been overturned during the night. A large white dog was labeled the main offender.

Seventy Years Ago

August 8, 1946

A zoning bylaw covering Langley’s 76,000 acres was said to be the first of its kind to be considered by any Fraser Valley municipality.

The Langley Road Naming Bylaw was passed, designating all north-south roads as streets and east-west roads as avenues, and changing all road names to numbers.

Sixty Years Ago

August 9, 1956

Tenders were let for the first phase of the restoration of the old fort at Fort Langley. The first job was to be construction of a parking lot.

Council studied the possibility of laying concrete sidewalks along Aldergrove’s streets.

Fifty Years Ago

August 11, 1966

The Department of Highways reduced the speed limit on Langley Bypass to 40 miles per hour (60 km/h) on either side of its intersection with Fraser Hwy.

Premier W.A.C. Bennett called an election for Sept. 12, and it would become the first election in which Langley was a separate provincial riding.

Forty Years Ago

August 5, 1976

Langley City purchased the 87-acre Dumais Farm at the north end of town for $2 million.

A number of downtown businesses had their windows smashed during a weekend rampage by vandals.

Thirty Years Ago

August 6, 1986

The crowd of 4,400 people at Fort Langley’s Brigade Days was down from the previous year’s 7,000, but on a par with other years’ totals.

Bob McClelland announced his support for new Social Credit Party leader Bill Vander Zalm, although the new premier had not received the Langley MLA’s support at the Whistler leadership convention.

Twenty Years Ago

August 7, 1996

Implementation of photo radar in Langley didn’t do much to reduce the number of speeders, but markedly reduced the speeds at which speeders were driving.

The anti-mushroom composting lobby scored a victory. By court order, a new mushroom barn being built in Langley would not include a composting facility, as originially planned.

Hate literature that had been distributed in Sardis proved to be a perfect match for materials found in a Langley home.

Langley musician Dave “Pappy” Hamel was inducted into the Pioneers of Western Swing Hall of Fame.

A 26-year-old Fort Langley resident died of injuries he sustained in a fight outside a Vancouver night club.


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