Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of June 23

Sixty years ago, a two-lane Trans Canada Highway had been proposed.

Eighty Years Ago

June 18, 1936

• Langley Agricultural Ass’n. announced plans to add 20 feet to its cattle and poultry barns at the fairgrounds in Milner.

• Langley’s volunteer firefighters went shopping: they bought 1-1/2-inch hose couplings and 10 pairs of rubber boots, and insured the fire truck against public liability and 10 firefighters against injury.

Seventy Years Ago

June 20, 1946

• Municipal council bought a mobile rock-crushing plant for $22,450 to pave 44 miles of road.

• H.B. Devine was appointed chief over four Langley firefighting units.

• Fourteen school teachers tendered their resignations.

Sixty Years Ago

June 21, 1956

• Senator Tom Reid asked the Ministry of Transport to consider Langley’s airfield as a second airport for Vancouver.

• A new Trans-Canada Highway was proposed, with two lanes at first, and with a direct link with the Fort Langley ferry via Glover Road.

Fifty Years Ago

June 23, 1966

• Thirteen cows and two calves perished in a fire that claimed one of the largest structure in Langley. The Brydon barn at 5311 Carvolth Rd (200th St.) had been a local landmark for 50 years.

• Two short extensions of Langley City’s water system were authorized. Four properties on Lewis Road (50th Ave.) were to be serviced for $550 each.

• Joe Chesney was elected president of the Langley Chamber of Commerce.

Forty Years Ago

June 17, 1976

• The federal Neighbourhood Improvement and Residential Rehabilitation Assistance programs provided a half million dollars to improve the southwest corner of Langley City.

• Royal Bank manager Weir Muir was installed as president of Langley Chamber of Commerce.

• Plans to create downtown parking, funded by a special tax on downtown businesses, was tabled indefinitely by Langley City council.

Thirty Years Ago

June 18, 1986

• A program that for the first time would offer a guidance curriculum – including sex education – to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 was introduced to school trustees.

• Township council sought provincial approval to allow building of “granny flats.”

• City council announced that all-day parking would soon be available downtown for $15 per month.

Twenty Years Ago

June 19, 1996

• Langley Chamber of Commerce moved into its new digs on Glover Road.

• Money had run out, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada staff nixed its hitherto annual July 1 citizenship court at Fort Langley.

• Wet weather delayed and reduced strawberry crops.

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


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