Looking Back: Oct. 12, 2017

Our community’s history as told through the files of the Langley Advance

Eighty Years Ago

October 7, 1937

Reeve (mayor) Alex Hope announced tentative increases in the relief scale. A 40 per cent increase would raise a single man’s dole to $8 per week, while a four per cent hike would raise the income of a family with nine children to $37 per week. Former reeve Noel Booth led a delegation to council supporting the Langley Unemployed Workers Association’s demand for higher relief. If approved, the new rates would put an end to dental, medical, and clothing allowances. Langley had 257 relief recipients, to Surrey’s 275.

Seventy Years Ago

October 9, 1947

Delays in dredging of the Bedford Channel were protested by the Fort Langley Board of Trade. The board claimed the delays hampered local fishermen, and that the mill was considering closure because of its inability to bring in logs.

Sixty Years Ago

October 3, 1957

A 10-year-old West Langley boy ran through a wall of fire which had trapped him inside a burning root house. He suffered second degree burns to his face, ankles, and a hand. The root house fire started after a bottle of gasoline burst into flames.

Langley firefighters repaid a $15,000 loan to modernize their fire hall a year earlier than had been anticipated.

Fifty Years Ago

October 5, 1967

Ten beds were added to Langley Memorial Hospital.

Fort Langley Junior Secondary students were accused of not using the sidewalk strip that the municipality had provided along Wilson-Townline Road (96th Avenue) between the town’s business section and their school.

The Central Fraser Valley Regional District – comprised of both Langleys, Matsqui, Abbotsford, Sumas, and two unorganized areas – applied to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for a charter.

Forty Years Ago

October 5, 1977

Construction of a school was held up by changes in Ministry of Education standards. The school board wanted to use the same plans from three previous schools, but the Ministry modifications required development of new plans, which would take several months. the new standards would save about $76,000, but delays and redrawings would eat up any possible savings for the Aldergrove school, local officials predicted.

Langley School Board barred campaigning politicians from classrooms.

Thirty Years Ago

October 7, 1987

A motorist who had pushed a cyclist into the ditch after the cyclist cut him off was jailed for two years.

Enrolment figures showed an increase of 580 students in Langley schools over the previous year, bringing the local total to 15,957 students. It meant an additional $900,000 in provincial government funding for Langley School District.

Twenty Years Ago

October 3, 1997

Police shut down a $100,000 indoor marijuana-growing operation, thanks to help from a tipster.

Another means in the Citizens for Organized Planning’s efforts to stop the controversial Vicwood development at Zero Avenue and 200th Street evaporated when the GVRD agreed to allow a sewer line extension to the site.

The Windsong Cohousing project’s environmental design won a Georgie Award from the Canadian Home Builders Association.