Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Nov. 10

Langley's history, as recorded in the pages of the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

November 5, 1936

An influx of families from the Prairies, chiefly Saskatchewan, boosted enrolment in Langley classrooms. School board chairman J.W. Berry said there were 16 new students at Langley Prairie, 15 at Murrayville, and 12 at the high school in two weeks.

Seventy Years Ago

November 7, 1946

Reeve Noel Booth called a public meeting to discuss building a community centre, after a meeting of local club leaders received the proposal favourably.

Sixty Years Ago

November 8, 1956

General chairman Alex Hope named the sub-committee chairmen for the 1958 Centennial celebration: Reeve Bill Poppy was put in charge of pioneers, H. Coates and John Conder, entertainment, A.E. Dodd community history, Miss I.N. Vyse and H.D. Stafford school activities, Mrs. R. Medd catering, Clive Rogers arts and crafts, and Jim Schatz publicity.

City council gave the Jaycees $250 towards operating costs of Christmas lighting.

Fifty Years Ago

November 10, 1966

Eagle Building Supplies won the contract for Langley City’s new fire hall construction with a quoted price of $47,544.

Formation of a regional district would offer the best solution to Brookswood’s water problems, said deputy municipal affairs minister J.E. Brown.

Forty Years Ago

November 4, 1976

Township council joined the protest against the proposed construction of a penitentiary in a gravel pit in Surrey, right next to Brookswood. MP Bob Wenman was also opposed.

Twenty Years Ago

November 6, 1996

Mayor John Scholtens upset most of his councillors by voting against something they had been working on for three years – and he did so without telling them. As GVRD representative, Scholtens voted against implementing Greater Vancouver Sewage and Drainage District regional development cost charges. The proposal passed despite Scholtens. It would have cost Township residents a 40 per cent increase in sewer fees had he been successful.

A model representing a new plan for the many-years-vacant Square One lands in Downtown Langley City featured a hotel, a two-storey cinema, office and retail buildings, and a pub/restaurant. City council applauded the two Montreal-based pension funds that bought the land for $1.6 million.

Local police seized $160,000 worth of marijuana plants from an indoor hydroponic grow operation.


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