Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Dec. 1

Langley's history as recorded in the pages of the Advance

Eighty Years Ago

November 30, 1935

• Two hundred attended the junior framers’ banquet at Milner Hall.

• Five new applicants for relief pleaded before municipal council. The reeve (mayor) claimed Langley had become a dumping place for the destitute of other areas.

• A boxing and wrestling card at West Langley featured Massey Nita, George Webber, Bob Mossman, G. Johnson, Toby Batten, and Bobby Woods, all local boys, plus headliners Tommy Matheson and Wild Buster of Vancouver. Boxers were L. Nichall, Joe Anthony, Eddie Jones, Tom Foster, Bas McLeod, and King Kong Kailey.

Seventy Years Ago

November 29, 1945

• R.A. Payne was nominated by council to replace retiring magistrate D.W. Poppy.

• Council was asked to keep the airstrip in condition for emergency landings instead of developing is as a community centre.

• 1,500 Langley people availed themselves of free chest X-rays when the mobile TB clinic stopped in Langley.

Sixty Years Ago

December 1, 1955

• City daily newspapers were creating health problems, according to Coun. Hogben. He described as “deplorable and disgusting” the handling of the papers which he claimed were apt to carry filth into homes. He charged that dogs used the bundles of papers awaiting delivery as they would a fire hydrant.

• Representatives of the Langley Amateur Athletic Association, during a meeting with City council, agreed to turn over Athletic Park to the City, to benefit all people.

• Reeve George Brooks and Coun. Noel Booth attacked proposed provincial legislation which would include assessments of high land for costs of draining and dyking.

Fifty Years Ago

December 2, 1965

• A two-way fight for the reeveship of Langley Township was all there would be to attract voters to the civic election polls, after the year previous has seen record numbers of contestants for all available offices.

• Township council decided to appoint a committee to press for development of an overpass over the freeway in the West Langley area.

• Fort Langley’s Fireman’s Band was to close out its ninth year with a Dec. 12 concert with the theme, Music Through a Century.

Forty Years Ago

November 27, 1975

• In the first reported case of its kind, a single-engine Piper airplane struck the roof of a van that was travelling past the Langley Municipal Airport eastbound on Fraser Hwy. The plane lost its wheels and made a crash landing with part of its undercarriage missing. There were no injuries. “It’s not every day you get hit by a plane,” the driver of the van said after the incident.

• Township council, at the suggestion of Mayor George Preston, considered extending Surrey’s juvenile curfew into Langley.

• City council heard expressions of resentment from residents who feared that Langley was being swamped by housing developments.

• Incumbent provincial Socred candidate Bob McClelland, NDP’er Joe Chesney, and Liberal Ken Mallinson had their sights set on Langley’s MLA chair in Victoria for the provincial election scheduled for Dec. 11.

Thirty Years Ago

November 27, 1985

• Three firefighters escaped serious injury when a burning ceiling at 23140 – 70A Ave. fell on them. Three other fires occurred in Langley City within a week.

• A record amount of support from the business community saw more than 400 items donated for Langley Rotary Club’s annual auction.

Twenty Years Ago

November 29, 1995

• Two teens accused of murdering an elderly lady in her Brookswood home would spend Christmas behind bars. Both teens would remain in custody until trial in May of 1996.

• Self-defense workshops held at Wolfe’s hapkido Institute taught women how to protect themselves from attack in the shadow of fear caused by the Abbostford killer.

• Charges were laid against the owners of an Abbostford skydiving school on Nov. 27, after the deaths of Langley’s Michael Mellick and his student, Ronald Combe, during a tandem diving accident.

 

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