Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of June 16

Seventy years ago, people were trying to improve transit service to and from Vancouver…

Eighty Years Ago

June 11, 1936

• Council considered whether to buy land adjacent to Fort Langley Cemetery or to start a new burial ground.

• Langley students who passed Normal School examinations were Frances Evans, Elsie K. Gilders, William S. Goldwin, Margaret L. Goodyear, Elfreda I. Thompson, and George E. Underwood.

Seventy Years Ago

June 13, 1946

• A parley between the Langley Board of Trade and the B.C. Motor Trasportation Co. was expected to result in improved bus service between Langley and Vancouver.

• Two dances and a two-day motorcycle meet marked the re-opening of Athletic Hall. The hall was renovated for $3,500 after the fire marshal gave the Langley Amateur Athletic Ass’n. 30 days to tear it down.

Sixty Years Ago

June 14, 1956

• A two-foot rise in the Fraser River water level at Fort Langley caught farmers and dyking commissioners unawares, and flooding damaged fields and crops.

• Township Councillor Wellman failed in his bid to hire a professional engineer for the board of works. His supporter, Coun. Eric Flowerdew, was absent when the matter was decided.

Fifty Years Ago

June 16, 1966

• Langley’s seventh traffic fatality in five months occurred at the corner of Wilson Townsline and Alexander Roads (96th Ave. and 208th St.).

• A conciliation board reveiwed negotiations between Langley Township and its employees, and recommended wage increases of seven per cent each for 1966 and 1967.

Forty Years Ago

June 10, 1976

• Methadone was believed the culprit in the drug-overdose death of a 15-year-old Langley girl whose body was found in a sleeping bag in a local field.

• Golf balls were banned from Langley City parks, although one alderman claimed they were being dropped there by crows who were picking them up from golf courses.

• Education Minister Pat McGeer was coming to Langley over a dispute involving Fundamental Schools.

• Langley City gave approval in principle to a 120-unit, adult-oriented apartment proposal for the northeast corner of 204th St. and 53rd Ave.

Thirty Years Ago

June 11, 1986

• Riot police were called in on a labour relations situation that had turned violent at the Overwaitea warehouse at 200th St. and 92A Ave.

• 780 Brookswood residents signed a petition which threatened vigilante action if police action was not guarateed against armed juveniles.

• Conservative MP Bob Wenman announced plans to seek the leadership of the B.C. Social Credit Party.

• Aldergrove’s Roy and Myrtle Beggs celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 15.

Twenty Years Ago

June 12, 1996

• Hunting geese in Langley Township landed a local man in hot water with the Ministry of Evironment. The man was charged with firing a gun too close to a home.

• A Five Corners Heritage Conservation proposal failed at the council table. Sharon United Church was concerned about the added financial burden of maintaining itself as a heritage site, and about the idea of using gaming funds for the project.

• Langley School Trustee Denny Ross, a former elementary teacher and principal in several Langley schools, died at the age of 65 years, a victim of cancer.

• The newly completed Innes Corners Plaza was publicly unveiled during Langley Country Style Days.


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