Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of March 24

Forty acres and a gas pump was pretty cheap…

Eighty Years Ago

March 19, 1936

A mixed epidemic of measles, mumps, and chicken pox, plus a single case of small pox, had reduced Langley school attendance by 50 per cent, and many parents were appealing to the schol board to close the schools altogether.

Incorporation was a major topic in Langley Prairie. It was proposed that Langley Prairie incorporate as a village, separate from the rest of Langley, because the community wasn’t getting sufficient attention from the rest of some Town­ship Council members.

Forty acres of land, eight of them cleared, along with a partly furnished three-room house, fruit trees, a pump, and a barn, was up for rent at $8 per month.

Seventy Years Ago

March 21, 1946

Messrs. Sailes and Rennie were given a lease on municipal property in Fort Langley, to build two gillnet fishing boats, thus reviving an industry that had been carried on at the site some 30 years earlier.

Ross Motors had sold two new cars during the previous weeks, but only people with priority were able to get them. The first post-war car was a Ford, and had been placed on display at Fraser Valley Motors.

Langley Kinsmen announced that they were giving $650 for playground and sports equipment to local schools. The money had been raised in the Hallowe’en Shell-out campaign.

Sixty Years Ago

March 22, 1956

The school board presented its budget to Langley Township and City Councils for approval. It showed a 10 per cent increase over the previous year. The total budsget was for $794,762, of which local taxpayers would be expected to pay $221,299.

Fort Langley-born Joe Morrison celebrated his 95th birthday.

The federal government promised to pay half of the cost of restoring the old Hudson Bay Company fort at Fort Langley, up to a quarter of a million dollars.

Fifty Years Ago

March 24, 1966

An overheated deep frier inflicted $10,000 in damages to Langley’s A&W restaurant. The flames, concentrated by concrete brick walls, damaged the roof and interior equipment, but there were no injuries, and management remained hopeful that the drive-in would not be long out of commission.

Three deaths resulted from two traffic accidents over the weekend. Two men were killed when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in Fort Langley, and one death resulted when a carload of youngsters hit a power pole in the 20600 block of Fraser Hwy.

Forty Years Ago

March 18, 1976

Langley City Council turned down RCMP Staff Sergeant George Allen’s suggestion to turn Fraser Hwy., between 202nd and 208th Streets, into a one-way street, west-bound. The proposal would have had Douglas Cres. handling eastbound traffic.

Three appointments filled senior positions in Langley schools. Eugen Macdonald came from North Vancouver to become principal of Stafford Secondary School, and boys counsellors Dan Peebles of Langley Secondary and Ted Akune of Aldergrove High were to share the principal’s job at a newly built, but as yet unnamed, secondary school in Willoughby.

Mrs. Catherine Anne Rees celebrated her 100th birthday.

Thirty Years Ago

March 19, 1986

Residential property owners faced a 10 per cent increase in taxes because Langley school trustees decided on a “recovery” budget of $47,466,112, of which $2.8 million had to be raised locally.

Twenty Years Ago

March 20, 1996

A man who tried to cross the freeway at Port Kells became Langley’s third traffic fatality in three weeks.

Daniel Rowe, a Mountain Secondary student in Ottawa for the Forum of Young Canadians, was chosen to take on the role of prime minister during the group’s parliamentary exercises.

Construction of the Innes Corner Plaza started on the long-vacant Square One site in downtown Langley City.

Charges were laid against an Abbotsford police officer who shot a teenager in Langley. The shooting occurred at the close of a car chase that had started in Abbotsford and ended in Aldergrove, at 272nd St. and 16th Ave. The teen had been admitted to MSA Hospital with a minor leg wound.


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