Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Nov. 3

There was a $10 reward for the "hoodlums" defacing road signs in 1936.

Eighty Years Ago

October 29, 1936

An alarming increase in vandalism prompted council to offer a $10 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of hoodlums responsible for defacing road signs.

Langley Farmers Institute sponsored the second annual potato and seed show at Fort Langley Community Hall. A potato-judging competition for boys was added.

Seventy Years Ago

October 31, 1946

The as yet unformed Langley Flying Club sent Grant Duckworth, Ray Barichello and Ray MacAninsh to council to ask for facilities at the local airport. Council reserved its decision, pending a meeting with Department of Transport officials.

Council approved zoning scheme for Langley. Final decision would await results of a public hearing.

Sixty Years Ago

November 1, 1956

The Sperling Parent Teachers Association was upset over council’s plans to create a cemetery directly across the road from Sperling School.

Councillor Eric Flowerdew criticized the provincial government for reducing bus service for students by increasing previous 1.5-mile (2.4 km) walk limits. Depending on their ages, children would have to walk if they lived within 2.5 to three miles (4 to 4.8 km) of their school.

Fifty Years Ago

November 3, 1966

Halloween had been a relatively sober event, although cooperative weather had brought out more trick-or-treaters than ever before.

Municipal Affairs Minister Dan Campbell proposed creating a new level of government, based on “regional districts.” The Langleys would be included in a 28-municipality district extending from Tidewater to Hope.

Monthly telephone bills in Langley were due to increase from $9.55 to $10.75 for business lines, from $4.60 to $4.85 for residential lines, and from $3.05 to $3.25 for multiple-party lines.

Forty Years Ago

October 28, 1976

Fort Langley was promised a water system, with installation estimated to cost $700,000. Willoughby was also promised water within a year.

In a bizarre incident that started with a “joke” letter about his way of dressing, the owner of Holly Acres Rest Home was shot and killed outside his Murrayville home by police. He had made threatening motions with a rifle that, it was later discovered, was not loaded.

Thirty Years Ago

October 29, 1986

Four people were killed and several were injured during a week of grisly accidents, one of which claimed two lives on Halloween night.

Langley teachers called off their work-to-rule campaign after ratifying a one-year contract with Langley School Board.

Twenty Years Ago

October 30, 1996

Fort Langley business people lobbying for two and a half years to create a Business Improvement Area for their village were ready to take the proposal to a public meeting.

The new school board building was becoming an election campaign issue, with some candidates criticizing the expenditure, and others, including incumbent school trustees pointing out that the money earmarked for the building, because of provincial funding rules, could not be used for any other purpose.

Provincial funding promised for downtown revitalization projects like the one being undertaken in Langley City was stopped.

Reform Party leader Preston Manning paid a visit to Langley, with local MP Randy White, and unveiled his party’s six-point “Fresh Start” platform at Newlands Golf Club.


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