Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Oct. 20

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

Eighty Years Ago

October 15, 1936

Under a new grading system at Langley High School, students’ dirty faces, necks, and fingernails and untidy hair detracted from their scores. It seemed to make a good impression on most pupils.

Council re-affirmed its requirement that men on relief who owned cars had to turn in their licence plates to the municipal hall before they could receive payments.

Seventy Years Ago

October 17, 1946

Lack of funds forced council to use bylaw money in its public works program: $21,000 to keep men and equipment on the job.

Langley Airport, home to two flying clubs was being leased from the federal government for $1 per year.

A front page article in the Langley Advance warned readers that, due to post-war shortages, there might not be enough newsprint for the following week’s edition.

Sixty Years Ago

October 18, 1956

Langley City set aside $43,000 to build a city hall.

Langley Board of Trade formed a committee to police activities of two groups that were opposed over what hours stores should keep.

Fifty Years Ago

October 20, 1966

Only three of Langholm’s 23 residents were from Langley. The municipally run old age home’s fate hung in the balance.

Night-time police checks found 13 City businesses unlocked in September.

Brookswood residents demanded municipal water, charging that gravel pits in the area were lowering the water table.

Forty Years Ago

October 14, 1976

Housing starts in September were about double that of any other month in the year.

After announcing his retirement a week earlier, 15-year veteran Township alderman Bill Blair, acceding to pleas from mayor George Driediger and other concerned citizens, decided to seek re-election after all.

Thirty Years Ago

October 15, 1986

It was a tragic week in Langley. Three men fell 85 feet to their deaths while erecting a telecommunications tower at the Canadian Forces Station in Aldergrove. Another man was killed when he was pinned by a tree he cut down. And an Aldergrove motorcyclist died from injuries sustained in an accident.

The YM/YWCA won the Township contract to run the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre.

Twenty Years Ago

October 16, 1996

Sprinklers saved H.D. Stafford school from a potentially devastating fire that had started in a storage room on Friday evening. Another two fires were doused by sprinklers a few days later. Arson was suspected in all three cases.

Steve Burton was the only sitting councillor in the Township who decided not to seek re-election. He left with some parting shots at incumbent mayor John Scholtens.

Plans were made to move the 110-year-old Milner Church to a new location.


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