Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of August 18

Fifty years ago, Langley police and civilians were looking for a lost seeing eye dog.

Eighty Years Ago

August 13, 1936

Upon his return from Victoria, reeve Alex Hope reported that paving of Glover Trunk Road from Langley Prairie to Fort Langley was assured. There was also talk of a $5,500 wharf to handle a car ferry across the Fraser River, instead of the initially proposed pedestrian transport.

A record 778 people attended the annual municipal picnic. The party left White Rock for Victoria aboard the S.S. Lady Alexander at 8:30 a.m. and returned that evening.

Seventy Years Ago

August 15, 1946

The Langley Agriculture Association was looking for a new site for its annual fall fair, which was only two weeks away. The search began when the Langley Amateur Athletic Association demanded a one-third share in the fair’s proceeds.

Sixty Years Ago

August 16, 1956

A referendum to be held along with municipal elections in December was to determine financing for new school buildings, including a proposed new secondary school for Aldergrove.

Premier W.A.C. Bennett surprised the province with a snap election call for Sept. 19.

Fifty Years Ago

August 18, 1966

Marta, Tommy Tomlin’s seeing eye dog, had been missing for two days after jumping off the sundeck of the Tomlins’ home in Murrayville. Police and civilians in neighbouring municipalities searched in vain for the missing dog. It turned up of its own accord – with a broken leg – at the Tomlins’ back door.

Langley council ordered compensation payment to a Langley man for two sheep that had been killed by stray dogs.

Forty Years Ago

August 12, 1976

The Langley School Board endorsed a report recommending a return to integrated secondary schools serving Grades 8-12. The report also suggested that Langley Secondary School maintain a technical-vocational bias, and that its special facilities not be duplicated at other local secondary schools.

Police requested that council lower the Fraser Hwy. speed limit through Langley from 50 to 40 mph (80 to 60 km/h).

Thirty Years Ago

August 13, 1986

Red Murray, Langley’s first heart transplant patient, died at the age of 21. The cause of death was cancer, a side-effect of the anti-rejection drug he had taken.

Bob McClelland announced his immediate resignation as minister of industry, and said he would not seek re-election as MLA. He was to draw an annual pension of $40,000 – about equal to his MLA’s pay.

Langley Township joined the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District.

Twenty Years Ago

August 14, 1996

When the costs for Innes Corners square were tabulated, the Langley City project came in at $442,442 – about $45,000 over budget.

Local fire officials credited sprinklers with saving Langley Secondary School after an arson attack. Damages totalled about $30,000.


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