Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Dec. 15

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

Eighty Years Ago

December 10, 1936

Three children in one Langley Prairie class had come down with scarlet fever, according to school medical health officer Dr. McBurney.

Seventy Years Ago

December 12, 1946

Per capita costs of educating a child were expected to more than double, from $30.50 per student in 1946 to $65 in 1947.

Torrential rains cut attendance at the annual stewardship meeting, at which council gave an accounting of the community’s financial affairs. Coun. McLellan reported that 30 miles of roads were to be hard-surfaced in the coming year.

Sixty Years Ago

December 13, 1956

Little damage was reported after five inches (13 centimetres) of rain fell in a 36-hour period.

The Wilson Townline Road (96th Ave.) crossing of the CNR tracks was labeled a “real man trap” by Reeve (mayor) Bill Poppy. Council asked the railroad to lengthen the planks between the tracks, to avoid accidents like the one in which Alex C. Hope lost his new car. Hope’s car was struck by a train after it had stalled in foggy weather.

Fifty Years Ago

December 15, 1966

Fourteen Russian gymnasts, six girls and eight boys, most of the world, Olympic, and national champions, presented an hour-long display of their abilities.

A $500 price tag was attached to copies of a 56-minute black-and-white movie – with sound – of B.C. Centenary celebrations in Langley and New Westminster.

Forty Years Ago

December 9, 1976

Barring complaints from taxpayers, Langley City was preparing to launch itself into a $2 million storm drainage program.

Twenty-five mechanical defect warnings had been issued to drivers stopped in Langley roadblocks at the start of the Christmas season.

Thirty Years Ago

December 10, 1986

ICBC told Aldergrove Secondary School students that numbers of vehicle accidents in Langley had jumped 37 per cent in the past year – the biggest jump in B.C.

Traces of a toxic pesticide called Temik, also known as Aldicarb, were found on poinsettias grown in Aldergrove and which had got to local markets.

Fort Langley feared its post office would be next to close, after closure of the Fort’s Bank of Commerce branch was announced.

Twenty Years Ago

December 11, 1996

Kurt Alberts and Doug Brimacombe, two of Langley Township’s top managers, resigned almost immediately after a newly elected Langley Leadership Team-dominated council appointed Mark Bakken as Townships administrator. A third manager, Pat Anderson, announced that he would retire in a few months. All three had been short-listed to fill the post given to Bakken. Alberts and Brimacombe negotiated severence packages of $165,100 and $115,000, respectively. Anderson was to receive $76,558 upon his retirement. Bakken clarified that none of the three had been asked to leave.

Meanwhile, Mayor John Scholtens and his LLT council axed about a dozen of the Township’s advisory committees, and cut the volunteer members loose. Of the three committees that remained, several volunteers were dropped in favour of LLT-friendly replacements. Pat Mugridge and Dale Ball, both of whom ran against the mayor’s slate in the November elections, were cut from the Economic Development Commission just two hours before the group’s December meeting.

Ken Baker, veteran member and chairman of the Township’s Parks and Recreation Commission, resigned in protest.

Linda Steier was named Langley Chamber of Commerce’s H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year.


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