Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Dec. 8

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

Eighty Years Ago

December 3, 1936

Research in response to a letter to the school board revealed the amount of homework high school students did on average, with Grade 12’s three hours at the high end, and Grade 9’s one hour at the low end.

Council was displeased that a local resident went over the local health department’s head to complain directly to Victoria about unsanitary conditions in Langley Prairie.

Seventy Years Ago

December 5, 1946

Donations of $13,500 were needed to qualify for a $31,600 grant from the provincial government to start a local hospital. Another $75,000 would have to be raised by referendum to complete the project.

Senior Department of Education officials visited Langley, and approved the local school board’s effort to provide increasing numbers of students with adequate accommodations.

Sixty Years Ago

December 6, 1956

Winter arrived suddenly with a blizzard and 10ºF (-12ºC) temperatures. Schools were open, but attendance was low.

City Council recommended rejection of a $5,000 offer for the Kin Health Centre, and offered the Kinsmen Club $5,000 toward a new centre to be built in conjunction with the city hall.

Fifty Years Ago

December 8, 1966

Council turned down renovation plans for the Buckefield property on Fraser Hwy. across from 204th St.

A party of 20 Russians was to appear in Langley to offer an hour’s gymnastics display.

Forty Years Ago

December 2, 1976

A midnight fire claimed an elderly woman’s life in West Langley.

Langley resident John Albert Leveque was found murdered outside a Vancouver rooming house.

For the second time in two weeks, vandals desecrated Fort Langley Cemetery.

A clinic held to replenish blood used in transfusions to two girls who were seriously injured in a schoolyard mishap a week earlier produced 242 pints of blood.

Thirty Years Ago

December 3, 1986

The $3.8 million W.C. Blair Recreation Centre, containing B.C.’s first wave-action pool was set to open.

Ernest Leslie Anderson, B.C.’s last lay judge, passed away in Langley Memorial Hospital.

Twenty Years Ago

December 4, 1996

New Directions was throw out, the Langleys’ Community Health Council was disbanded, and the resulting South Fraser Valley Regional Health Board had no room for a Langley representative. Former Health Council member Kim Richter was outspokenly angry about it all.

Snow blanketed Langley, and downed branches wreaked havoc with electrical power distribution.

Only days into his new term as mayor, leading his own council-controlling Langley Leadership Team slate, John Scholtens was steeped in controversy. Throughout his election campaign, Scholtens had called for a national search to fill a vacancy in the Township’s top administrative position – but he quickly hired Walnut Grove lawyer Mark Bakken, instead. Numerous links, real and imagined, were quickly drawn between Bakken and Scholtens’s LLT.

 

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