Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of June 30

Sixty years ago, officials were predicting a new hospital soon for Langley.

Eighty Years Ago

June 25, 1936

• The provincial government said it might set up only a pedestrian ferry service between Fort Langley and Albion.

• Council considered declaring a public holiday for the Aug. 12 municipal picnic.

• A new house and an outbuilding on an acre of land were advertised at $300.

Seventy Years Ago

June 27, 1946

• An earthquake shook the entire Lower Mainland, but no damage was reported in Langley. An Otter woman said she had been rocked out of her bed, but there were no injuries.

• A speed limit of 20 miles per hour was set for Glover and New McLellan Roads.

Sixty Years Ago

June 28, 1956

• While opening the new administrative wing at Langley Memorial Hospital, Hon. Eric Martin predicted that Langley would soon have a new hospital.

• A committee was struck to organize local celebrations for B.C.’s 1958 centennial year.

Fifty Years Ago

June 30, 1966

• Plans for a $425,000 complex to be built on the former West Highland Farm on Carvolth Road (200th St.) were unveiled to Township council by the Salvation Army. The home, to accommodate 55 wayward boys, was to be named the House of Concord.

• The Lord Mayor of London was to be the guest speaker at the annual Douglas Day Banquet in November. The announcement was made by Deputy Provincial Secretary L.J. Wallace during the official opening ceremonies for the Langley Centennial Library.

Forty Years Ago

June 24, 1976

• The downtown parking bylaw that was tabled “indefinitely” by City council a week earlier was revived. If passed, businesses would be taxed specially to meet parking needs. A simliar bylaw had failed in 1975.

• Education Minister Pat McGeer was unable to come to Langley to discuss the lcoal Fundamental Schools controversy, but school trustees hoped to meet him in Victoria instead.

• Township Mayor George Driediger blamed the provincial government for poor ambulance service, after a friend who had suffered a heart attack died just before his arrival at Langley Memorial Hospital. The ambulance, Driediger charged, had taken two hours to respond to the call.

• Langley City Mayor Bob Duckworth, opposed to his council’s decision to hire a Matsqui dog control provider, said complaints about dogs had risen since the SPCA contract had been phased out.

Thirty Years Ago

June 25, 1986

• The Fraser Academy, Langley’s school for dyslexic children, was closing down and moving to Delta.

• Langley MLA Bob McClelland said he would not run in the Social Credit Party’s leadership race, but instead he would support his cabinet colleague Jim Nielson’s bid.

Twenty Years Ago

June 26, 1996

• Despite vocal opposition, Township council sided with businesses and residents who wanted sewers installed in Fort Langley.

• The Vicwood (formerly Chart­well) proposal for a subdivision and golf course at 200th St. and the U.S. border got a rough ride at a Township council meeting chaired by Deputy Mayor Muriel Arnason. The upshot was that the developers were sent back to the drawing board with their proposal.

• One and a half million dollars worth of marijuana was seized in a joint Langley RCMP and Abbotsford Police effort in Aldergrove.

• Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman was named housing critic by Liberal opposition leader Gordon Campbell in the newly elected NDP government under Premier Glen Clark. Campbell made Langley MLA Lynn Stephens his Women’s Equality critic.


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