Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of July 28

It wasn't that long ago that Langley residents were fined for distributing pornography.

Eighty Years Ago

July 23, 1936

A Topping Road (204th St.) area resident narrowly escaped death when he was knocked down and gored by a Jersey bull. A neighbour’s timely arrival saved his life.

Langley had parking problems in the summer of 1936, a filler jingle on the front page of the Advance of the day suggests: “When Noah sailed the well-known blue/He had his troubles as well as you./For days and days he drove the ark/Before he found a place to park.”

Seventy Years Ago

July 25, 1946

The Moorhouse Stages, founded in 1924, were taken over by B.C. Motor Transporation Co. Ltd.

The Twiss family’s jersey herd was dispersed when Green­bank Farm was sold. Three-year-old Greenbank Volunteer Jean fetched $400.

Sixty Years Ago

July 26, 1956

The Lower Mainland regional planning board recommended that a 22-room high school be built in the eastern half of Langley municipality.

A poll by the Langley Board of Trade determined that local shoppers were happy with current shopping hours. Shops were closed on Wednesdays and Sundays, and opened for late hours on Saturdays.

Fifty Years Ago

July 28, 1966

Thieves who broke into two of the buildings at the Fort Langley National Historic Site in an early morning raid made off with old firearms and other antiques.

About two dozen Montreal area students were in Fort Langley for a week, through the Canada Travel Program.

The sole bidder for the Langley City firehall site offered $30,000.

Forty Years Ago

July 22, 1976

A budget review indicated things were looking rosy for Langley Township. Taxation was up $40,000, and licence fee revenue had also been underestimated.

Springfield Developments planned a 115-lot subdivision for 28th Ave. and 276th St.

Alderman Bill Blair was suspicious that Langley was being invaded by coyotes, based on increasing numberrs of claims issued by the municipality under the Sheep and Poultry Compensation Act.

Thirty Years Ago

July 23, 1986

Many Langley businesses were making money hand over fist from the influx of Expo ’86 visitors, but Aldergrove merchants were being left in the cold, a poll undertaken by the Advance discovered.

A Fort Langley resident wondered if malathion being sprayed to control mosquitoes was responsible for the destruction of half of his bee colony.

Twenty Years Ago

July 24, 1996

An open house marking the Langley Advance’s 65th anniversary drew between three and four thousand people.

A $5-million fire destroyed Northwest Kiln in Port Kells.

An Aldergrove couple was found guilty of distributing pornography, and was fined $50 for each of 17 offences.


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