Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Nov. 24

The farm machinery museum opened its doors for the first time.

Eighty Years Ago

November 19, 1936

Fort Langley Native Sons and Daughters E. Brown, J.K. Adams, A.C. Hope, Miss B.P. McMillan, Mrs. G.S. Browse, and Mrs. J.O. Lee planned a Douglas Day Ball.

West Langley residents met to consider forming a juvenile band.

Seventy Years Ago

November 21, 1946

Council congratulated itself on cutting from its budget a $27,000 deficit dating back to the “hungry” ’30s.

Reeve Noel Booth unveiled two cairns, one marking the portage at Jardine Crossing and the other at the Derby Townsite.

Sixty Years Ago

November 22, 1956

Emphasis at the annual Douglas Day Banquet was on planning for the 1958 B.C. centenary.

In a secret ballot, 26 business owners voted to stick with Wednesday closures, while 21 preferred switching to Mondays.

Fifty Years Ago

November 24, 1966

The B.C. Farm Machinery Museum opened in Fort Langley.

A series of explosions in the boiler room at the municipal hall in Murrayville sent staff scurrying for the safety of the outdoors.

Forty Years Ago

November 18, 1976

Incumbent Bill Richardson was bumped off the school board by Dave Bell after a hard-fought, controversial election campaign. Kay Armstrong was re-elected as a trustee, and a newly created seat with a one-year term was filled by Edwin Klassen.

All of City council waqs re-elected, Mayor Bob Duckworth by acclamation.

At Township council, Bill Blair and Elford Nundal were re-elected, joined by Stan Fraser.

Premier Bill Bennett led a cabinet meeting at Fort Langley, as part of Douglas Day celebrations.

Thirty Years Ago

November 19, 1986

Terry Thorne edged John Rennie by eight votes for a seat on Township council on election night – but a recount put Rennie ahead by 20 votes.

Canada Safeway announced it was closing its downtown Langley City store.

Bradley Mufford was found guilty of the second-degree murder of his drug-dealing partner, Danny Rode.

Twenty Years Ago

November 20, 1996

Much of Langley was without electricity in the wake of a snowstorm. About 2,000 homes, farms, and businesses were without power for up to 12 hours.

The Langley Leadership took control of Township council, led by re-elected mayor John Scholtens. Elected councillors were the LLT’s Dean Drysdale, Karen Kersey, and May Barnard, LLT-supported independent Muriel Arnason, and Heather McMullan and Mel Kositsky.

The LLT also took control of Langley School Board, electing all five of its Township trustee candidates, Maureen Friesen, Cathy Klompas, Joel Schacter, Cos Van Wermeskerken, and Penny Kittson. Donna Gittens and Dave Hall were elected in the City.

In Langley City, Marlene Grinnell was easily re-elected, thwarting former mayor Joe Lopushinsky’s return bid. All six incumbent councillors were re-elected.

Opposition leader Gordon Campbell offered the NDP provincial government of lying about its budget, when he spoke to the Langley Chamber of Commerce.

Rogers Community 4 cable closed its Langley doors permanently, moving next door to Surrey.


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