Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of May 19

Eighty Years Ago

May 14, 1936

A delegation of nearly 100 relief recipients demanded council give them more relief work.

Residents on the highway between Coghlan (256th St.) and County Line (264th St.) Roads were granted rural route mail delivery.

Seventy Years Ago

May 16, 1946

Dyking commissioner Bruce Nixon inspected the 30-acre site for a proposed new high school at 56th Ave. and 216th St., and reported that there was no drainage problem. A model of the $600,000 school was on display at Duck­worth’s store.

Means of financing a golf course in Langley were under discussion.

Sixty Years Ago

May 17, 1956

City council called for tenders to remove the old Timms house to make way for a new city hall.

After receiving an engineering report, City council began looking into developing a sewer system.

Fifty Years Ago

May 19, 1966

A chicken with a third leg was found on the Hallett farm on Kinch Road (205th/206th St.) during plucking operations at the killing plant.

Langley MLA Hunter Vogel warned that a ceiling would be applied to tax assessements throughout B.C.

More than 200 Society Credit ladies gathered for afternoon tea at Trinity Junior College on May 11. The tea was opened by the wife of Premier W.A.C. Bennett.

Weather had been abnormally cool, forcing cancellation of a number of ball games.

Eleven local girls were vying for the Miss Langley and harvest Queen titles at the fall fair.

Forty Years Ago

May 13, 1976

The 11-mile (17.6 km) Langley Walk drew 2,700 participants. It was the 14th annual walk.

The Langley YM-YWCA faced a $23,000 deficit.

A proposal for a neighbourhood pub in Fort Langley was met with loud protests.

Debbie Lewis, 15, was chosen Aldergrove Rose Queen.

Langley Memorial Hospital workers were still on the job, while many of their colleagues around the province were on strike.

Thirty Years Ago

May 14, 1986

The driver of the tow truck that hit and killed a cyclist received six demerit points against his driver’s licence upon being convicted of driving without due care and attention. Despite the cyclist’s death, the judge, prosecutor, and defence agreed that the punishment should be based only on the violation of the Motor Vehicles Act.

A Mountain Secondary School student was in intensive care after being injured during the Fraser Valley rugby trials for the B.C. Under-19 squad.

A 71-year-old man who had fired an 1888 musket at a group of youths whom, he said, had been harassing him was granted an absolute discharge.

Twenty Years Ago

May 15, 1996

Langley School Board suspended schools superintendent Susan Everett, putting her on a fully paid leave of absence. Everett had been hired a year earlier to replace superintendent Emery Dosdall who left Langley to run Edmonton’s education system (and later returned to B.C. as Deputy Minister of Education). At issue was an $890,000 cost overrun that appeared to have been incurred by Langley School District prior to Everett’s arrival.

Langley City adopted an anti-smoking bylaw for restaurants, following regulations offered by the B.C. and Yukon Restaurant Association.

A smouldering cigarette was believed responsible for a condominium fire that killed a 52-year-old Walnut Grove woman.

Plans for a theatre were dividing Township council into progressively polarized camps, with Councillor Muriel Arnason on one side, balking at the project, and Councillors Steve Burton and Heather McMullan eager to proceed.

 

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