Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of May 5

Eighty Years Ago

April 30, 1936

• Surprisingly few people turned out for a Langley Board of Trade meeting to discuss incorporation of Langley Prairie as a separate municipality. The dismal turnout was taken as an indication of public apathy towards the proposal, and board officials feared it would jeopardize or at least delay incorporation.

• A Golden Jubilee banquet marked the 50th anniversary of Milner United Church.

Seventy Years Ago

May 2, 1946

• Time was in confusion throughout the Lower Mainland. Several municipalities, including Langley, chose not to advance clocks into Daylight Saving Time, putting them out of sync with those whose council voted to change.

• Council applied for a health unit for Langley, and was awaiting word from the provincial health officer on whether or not the request was approved.

• Milner marked the 60th anniversary of its church with a two-day celebration which culminated in a Diamond Jubilee banquet that drew about 200 into Milner Hall.

Sixty Years Ago

May 3, 1956

• Searchers recovered the body of an eight-year-old girl in wooded land off River Road in West Langley. She had gone missing two days earlier on her way home from school. A 51-year-old Langley man was charged with the murder of Carolyne Moore.

• Fire broke out at Langley High School after a welding torch sparked a stream of gasoline from a tractor in the vocational agricultural shop in the industrial wing. The blaze caused extensive damage to equipment and the shop itself.

Fifty Years Ago

May 5, 1966

• Langley City’s inside and outside workers negotiated a nine per cent pay increase, to be followed by a five per cent raise the following year.

• More than 1,800 men women and children participated in the 17-mile (27 kilometre) Langley Walk from Aldergrove to Fort Langley.

• Township council approved the Fur Farm Amendment Bylaw which set aside two mink farm zones.

Forty Years Ago

April 29, 1976

• Langley Memorial Hospital officials decided to take 35 beds out of service within three months, in order to save $325,000 off the operating budget. LMH needed to pare $500,000 to meet budget by year’s end.

• Diplomas were handed out to 82 graduating students at Trinity Western College.

• Township council okayed the rebuilding of fire-ravaged Westlang Community Hall on its old foundation.

Thirty Years Ago

April 30, 1986

• Langley School Board received approval to build a new school to alleviate overcrowding at the current West Langley Elementary School.

• The federal government granted the Weldco-Beales steel fabricating plant $313,775 to modernize and expand its facilities at 24th Ave. It was expected that that would add 56 jobs to the current workforce of 83. However, the money could also be used to move to new quarters, perhaps outside of Langley.

Twenty Years Ago

May 1, 1996

• Langley City Mayor Marlene Grinnell announced a “good news” budget that included tax breaks almost across the board for City taxpayers.

• A provincial election was called for May 28.


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