Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Nov. 17

70 years ago, Murrayville's cenotaph saw 300 visitors for Remembrance Day.

Eighty Years Ago

November 12, 1936

B.C. potato-judging champions Teddy Bull and Jack Clemens and swine judging champs Ross McLeod and John Harrower left Fort Langley via CNR to take part in the National Junior Judging Contest at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.

Seventy Years Ago

November 14, 1946

About 300 people attended the Remembrance Day service in Murrayville Hall, followed by wreath-laying at cenotaphs in Murrayville and Fort Langley.

Langley Kinsmen Club celebrated its charter night anniversary with a supper at the Tara Club. More than 200 attended.

Sixty Years Ago

November 15, 1956

Jack E. Schott was installed as president and J.E. as vice-president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce.

A record 535 students enrolled in Langley night school classes.

A CNR locomotive slipped into the Fraser River when an embankment collapsed. The three trainmen aboard escaped unharmed.

Fifty Years Ago

November 17, 1966

The B.C. Waterfowl Society expressed an interest in establishing a wildlife sanctuary in Campbell Valley.

Health inspector Victor Epp once again told Township council that the water wells in the Swain Road (224th St.) subdivision should be abandoned.

Forty Years Ago

November 11, 1976

Langley School Board’s budget topped $21 million, up from $18.3 million the previous year.

The shooting death of Paul Nicolic, which was initially believed to have started from a “joke” letter, was deemed suicidal by Township Alderman Art Brooks. Police had shot the man as he threatened them with a rifle that they later found had not been loaded.

Thirty Years Ago

November 12, 1986

Bradley Mufford, on trial in New Westminster Supreme Court, had told friends he had had no choice but shoot Danny Rode in a Langley barn, as the other man had a gun.

Voted into school board trusteeships were Dr. Barbara Foxwell and Gordon Greenwood from the Township, and Marlene Grinnell and Chris Petipas from the City.

In Langley City, Reg Easingwood was returned as mayor. Making up his council were Lorraine Murchison, Merv Hunter, Ron Logan, Mike Omelaniec, Gene Macdonald, and Weir Muir.

In the Township, Len Fowler, Pat Boyle, John Scholtens, and Terry Thorne were elected aldermen.

Twenty Years Ago

November 13, 1996

Former Langley schools superintendent Susan Everett dropped the wrongful dismissal suit she filed against the school board after she was fired the previous May. The only settlement was an agreement that the board pay its own legal costs of $30,000.

Langley’s provincial court was slated for closure. Government cutbacks meant it would close its doors in less than a year.


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