Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of May 26

Eighty Years Ago

May 21, 1936

• Langley Agricultural Association considered holding its fall fair in a more favourable location.

• Yvonne Schluter of Sperling Elementary School was chosen Queen of the May and Joyce Greville of East Langley was named Miss Canada.

Seventy Years Ago

May 23, 1946

• Ratepayers were due to vote on two money bylaws: one to raise $75,000 towards the $120,000 cost of a 37-bed hospital, and the other for a $425,000 high school plus $305,000 to build and pave 44 miles of roads.

Sixty Years Ago

May 24, 1956

• A Victoria Day traffic jam extended 25 miles, from New Westminster to Aldergrove. The worst part of the tie-up was between 5 and 9 p.m.

• Miss Linda Body was crowned May Queen and Dorothy Milburn was installed as Miss Canada during the Langley May Day celebrations at Athletic Park.

• A $2 per person road tax and a $5 poll tax on all non-property owners working in Langley district was cancelled by the municipal council.

Fifty Years Ago

May 26, 1966

• The May Day holiday was marred by the death of a Vancouver woman – the sixth traffic fatality in Langley in 1966, doubling the number from the same period the previous year.

• To date, $2,210 had been donated to the Conquer Cancer campaign.

• Linda Renfors was corwned May Queen in Fort Langley.

Forty Years Ago

May 20, 1976

• Langley City was officially connected to GVRD water when Mayor Bob Duckworth and Aldermen Mike Omelaniec, Aubrey Searle, and Bill McMillan ceremoniously turned a valve to the main at 200th St. and Fraser Hwy.

• Plans for a new 75-bed wing at Langley Memorial Hospital took another step forward, with Central Fraser Valley Regional District approval.

Thirty Years Ago

May 21, 1986

• Langley lawyer Don Nundal presented Wayne McCannan with a $30,000 bill, but the travel agent who spent almost nine months in forced exile in Costa Rica over an unpaid hotel bill in Guatamala had filed for personal bankruptcy.

• Langley City taxpayers were looking at a 7.1 per cent tax increase to pay for a 7.7 per cent budget hike.

• Stacey Pick was crowned May Queen in Fort Langley.

Twenty Years Ago

May 22, 1996

• After the wettest April on record, continued cold weather and wet soil meant an anticipated two-week delay for strawberry crops. With tractors still unable to get into fields, there was greater concern for corn and other crops.

• A break in the weather made for a marvelous May Day celebration in Fort Langley.

• Langley School Board was unanimous in its decision to fire Superintendent of Schools Susan Everett. She had been hired just a year earlier to replace Emery Dosdall who left to head Edmonton School District (and later returned to B.C. as Deputy Minister of Education). Everett’s lawyer, Rebecca Darnell, said she was in “the process of launching action for wrongful dismissal.”

• Richard Bulpitt, a teacher and administrator in Langley School District since 1978, was hired to replace Susan Everett as Superintendent of Schools.


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