Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of May 12

Fort Langley's history was literally unearthed in the 1950s.

Eighty Years Ago

May 7, 1936

• School trustees faced an expensive problem: they had to buy a new school bus over the summer. Police said they would not renew the old bus’ certificate of operation.

• Annual meeting of the Langley Amateur Athletic Ass’n. reported a credit balance of $91.60. Elected as directors were G. Bishop, E.J. Wilson, R. Kerr, W. Bannerman, W. Lott, A. Wheat, and U. Ward.

Seventy Years Ago

May 9, 1946

• Council prepared a budget with a three-mil tax increase.

• Taxpayers were urged to support a bylaw to build a 37-bed hospital for $120,000.

• Also being prepared for voter approval was a $633,000 high school bylaw referendum.

Sixty Years Ago

May 10, 1956

• Remains of old cedar posts that had formed the palisades of the old Hudson Bay Co. fort at Fort Langley were unearthed. The posts were believed to be 120 years old. They were discovered in a search by a team of U.B.C. architects and federal government engineers.

• Langley City officially agreed to take over the Langley Amateur Athletic Ass’n grounds, which have since come to be known as Douglas Park. The agreement included stipulations on how the land could be used by the City.

Fifty Years Ago

May 12, 1966

• Langley district held its 1966 mill rate to 61 mills, the same rate as that of the previous year, despite the fact that the school rate rose four mills.

• Linda Renfors, an 11-year-old Grade 6 student at Wix-Brown Elementary School, was to be Langley’s May Queen.

Forty Years Ago

May 6, 1976

• Despite a 7.5 per cent tax increase, Langley City taxpayers were told to expect no increase on their tax bill, because the school mill rate, the root of the tax hike, was fairly equally balanced by an increase in the provincial homeowner grant.

• Langley Memorial Hospital Society re-elected Len Nicholas, Weir Muir, and Dorothy Peacock to three-year terms.

• After 30 years with the Langley Advance, George Johnson retired as director of advertising and president of the company.

Thirty Years Ago

May 7, 1986

• Langley teachers commenced an “instruction only” campaign, in response to difficulties in contract negotiations with the school board.

• The Langley Motor Vehicle Department began operations at Logan Ave.

• The $52 million budget approved by Township council represented a nine per cent hike over the previous year.

• Fifty tonnes of oolachans were caught commercially during the year’s Fraser River run, doubling the 1985 haul.

• Proposed screening of groups and individuals for records of sex crimes before they could attend local schools was denied, because it would mean “third-degreeing everyone, including the Safety Bear.”

Twenty Years Ago

May 8, 1996

• A thief who tried to hold up a store a few metres down the road from the Aldergrove Community Police Office was quickly apprehended.

• The earth shook as Mayor John Scholtens ceremoniously turned on Langley Airport’s new lighting system for the first time. Just as he announced, shortly after 9 a.m. on May 2, that the system was operative, the shock waves from that morning’s Seattle earthquake reached Langley.

• About 830 people participated in the 34th annual Langley Walk.

• Township council approved a budget with no tax increases – and no decreases, either.

• Kim Richter, the NDP candidate for Langley in the May 28 provincial election, said she would not stand for re-election to the chairmanship of the South Fraser Regional Health Board.


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