Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of June 9

Water was six feet deep in farmer's fields as the Fraser flooded.

Eighty Years Ago

June 4, 1936

• The worst flood since 1894 was at its height, inundating Langley farmland along the Fraser River. Water was up to six feet deep in the fields.

• School trustees decided to spend $35 to buy a strip of land in front of Otter school between Old Yale Road and the new highway.

Seventy Years Ago

June 6, 1946

• High water on the Fraser River flooded about 2,000 acres in Langley and closed several roads, including Glover Rd. at Fort Langley.

• The Native Sons of B.C. planned to move the famous Dufferin Coach, currently housed in a New Westminster fire hall, to the Fort Langley museum.

• A thief – perhaps a dirty thief – stole a case of soap from Crawford’s Grocery.

Sixty Years Ago

June 7, 1956

• Mountain’s Food Store, Langley’s oldest grocery outlet, was set to close its doors for good. It had been opened 40 year earlier by Mr. McNab.

• Farmers were jubilant over heavy rain that ended a two-month drought.

• A record was set when the thermometer hit 91.7ºF (33ºC) on May 31.

Fifty Years Ago

June 9, 1966

• Plans for a new extended care and rehabilitation training wing at Langley Memorial Hospital were abandoned by directors who favoured renovating the old, original cottage hospital which had sat vacant for 15 months.

• The body of a 32-year-old Surrey man was found in a car in the bush near Fort Langley. The man was believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

• A $90,000 development of the Fall Fair site and Langley High School grounds was planned by the Langley Agricultural Association and the new Langley Riders Society.

• Lorraine Borsato was selected Miss Langley for 1966.

Forty Years Ago

June 3, 1976

• A 400-pound sturgeon was hauled out of the Fraser River by Fort Langley fishers Mike Waska and Don Crowe. The fish had become entangled in the seiner Dianna Lee’s salmon nets. Value of the meat and roe was estimated at $400.

• Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce asked council to have the owner of a vacant service station and old motel at 264th St. and Fraser Highway tear them down.

• Only a handful of property owners turned out to a public hearing to discuss parking in downtown Langley City and a proposed off-street parking bylaw.

• Beavers that build dams on private property should pay the taxes, council was told by a disgruntled Northwest Langley resident.

Thirty Years Ago

June 4, 1986

• Langley teachers received a 3.4 per cent wage increase from an arbitration board, but it first had to be approved by Compensation Stabilization Commissioner Ed Peck.

• Residents who feared the opening of the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre would result in closure of Al Anderson Memorial Pool started a petition.

Twenty Years Ago

June 5, 1996

• It took only a few hours for a jury to convict two young men of the second degree murder of 79-year-old Jeanne Richter. One was 16 years old at the time of the murder but was tried as an adult tried as an adult, and the other was 19 years old. Both were given life sentences.

• Volunteers who cleaned up Aldergrove’s Bertrand Creek received special recognition from the provincial environment ministry.


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