Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of March 31

Eighty Years Ago

March 26, 1936

Langley Farmers Institute decided to sponsor a second seed potato club. S.J. Grey organized both clubs.

With too many teachers coming down with measles and the flu, the school board decided to close schools, instead of hiring substitute teachers.

Abbotsford was on the better side of a 4-1 match which cost Langley the soccer cup. Langley had only needed a tie to retain the title.

Seventy Years Ago

March 28, 1946

Reeve Noel Booth offered three recommendations to resolve municipal financing problems in Langley’s brief to the Goldenberg Commission: relief of additional financial burdens placed on municiplaities since incorporation, provision of more revenue through grants, or access to additional sources of revenue. Booth noted that the Langley tax levy in 1936 was $69,628, while just ten years later it was $171,017.

A delegation of R.A.O. Rose, Rev. T.W. Johnson, and H.D. Devine approached council with a request for a summer referendum to raise $65,000 to build a local hospital.

Sixty Years Ago

March 29, 1956

School board trustees voted to seek figures on population and projected school requirements. That was followed by a vote in which two trustees opposed a request that the board do its best to provide adequate school accommodations.

A professional engineer recommended the demolition of Fort Langley school.

City Council received an estimate of $32,000 to build a new 40-foot by 70-foot city hall.

Harry S. Berry was re-elected president of the B.C. Artificial Insemination Centre in Milner.

Fifty Years Ago

March 31, 1966

Municipal solicitor Mike Boyle urged council to lift its four-week-old moratorium on mink ranches.

City Council was planning to exercise its option to sink a test water well on property in Brookswood.

Langley Rotary Club undertook the furnishing of the assembly room in Langley Centennial Library, which was currently under construction adjacent to City Hall.

Forty Years Ago

March 25, 1976

Langley School Board pressed ahead with plans to expand its fundamental school program, despite stormy protests from opposing groups at a special board meeting.

Hospital patients were to start paying in advance. Hospital trustees were concerned over rising operating costs.

Housing construction had more than tripled, compared to the previous year. Most of the new work was taking place along 200th St., between Grade Cres. and 44th Ave.

The Terry Hunter rink, with third Rick Maberly, second Cheryl McIntosh, and lead Nancy Rainey, topped the Langley Junior Curliing Club’s bonspiel.

Thirty Years Ago

March 26, 1986

Nearly half a million dolllars went up in flames when a private residence and H20 Wood Products Manufacturers caught fire.

B.C.’s last lay judge, Ernie Anderson of Langley, prepared to retire from the bench.

A Langley man pleaded guilty to four counts of robbing the Royal Bank.

Twenty Years Ago

March 27, 1996

Langley Community Music School presented Langley Township mayor John Scholtens with a $100,000, the first payment toward an $8.3 million cultural centre which was to have the music school as its main tenant.

Langley City council voted 4-2 against interfering with the RCMP’s use of photo-radar within the city.


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