Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of Oct. 27

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

Eighty Years Ago

October 22, 1936

The Langley lodge of the BPO Elks celebrated its first anniversary with a huge banquet.

Cyril Hine of Harmsworth and D.W. Welsh of Sperling spoke at the Laymen’s Association meeting in Milner.

Mr. D. Rogers was elected president and Miss S. Carson secretary-treasurer of the Langley badminton Club.

Seventy Years Ago

October 24, 1946

Fraser Valley Junior Farmers wsere selected to represent B.C. in the Dominion finals in Toronto.

Langley and Maple Ridge council’s asked Victoria to operate a ferry between Fort Langley and Albion, with the councils’ responsibility not to exceed $600.

Sixty Years Ago

October 25, 1956

The population of Langley City and Township had grown by 2,060 in the past five years. The total population exceeded 14,000 souls.

A $1,115,500 school building referendum, including a new high school for Aldergrove, passed easily by 2,074 votes to 425.

Fort Langley was in the midst of planning its eighth annual Klondike Night.

Fifty Years Ago

October 27, 1966

Right-of-way was being burned off to make way for a second primary B.C. Hydro power line. The line, whose construction was to start the following year, was to bring Peace River electricity to metropolitan Vancouver by 1969.

A ban on the purchase and use of fireworks in Langley City was expected to result in a quiet Halloween.

Langley City RCMP Const. Gerry Miller received a certificate of honour from Lord Wakehurst for his rescue of a langley man from a 40-foot well.

Geffrey Rowley was acclaimed president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commmerce.

Forty Years Ago

October 21, 1976

Thirty-three candidates were running for 15 positions open on Langley Township and City councils. City Mayor Bob Duckworth was returned by acclamation.

Against the wishes of Township council, the province lowered the speed limit on Fraser Hwy., from the City border to 224th St., from 50 to 40 miles per hour (80 to 60 km/h).

Township Mayor George Driediger officially opened the Brookswood branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Thirty Years Ago

October 22, 1986

A group of angry residents protested Township plans for water expansion in Willoughby. Mayor Elford Nundal threatened to eject them from the council meeting.

A record number of candidates – 41 – were running for Township and City council and school board positions.

Social Credit Party members Carol Gran and Dan Peterson were elected to represent the dual Langley riding in the provincial legislature.

After a week of intense bargaining, a settlement was expected between Langley School Board and the Langley Teachers’ Association.

Twenty Years Ago

October 23, 1996

A semi-trailer tractor led police on a high-speed chase through Langley. The chase was called off in Surrey, but the driver of the truck kept “driving like a maniac” until he crashed the vehicle in New Westminster, and successfully fled the scene on foot.

With Halloween a week away, firefighters, police, and teachers worked together to educate children about firecracker safety.

Police were able to alert Brookswood residents that a convicted pedophile had moved into their area, but the Freedom of Information Act barred them from identifying the individual.

Paul Flett sold the Langley Thunder junior A hockey team to a Surrey contractor.

Three Delta Police cruisers crashed into each other in Langley when a civilian motorist ahead of them made an abrupt left turn. No one was injured.

Former Langley schools superintendent Susan Everett, fired in May, returned to Ontario and a position with the Kingston school board.

 

 

 

 

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