Looking Back: Radar arrives on Langley roads

The history of our community, as told through the files of the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

February 24, 1938

• The annual meeting of the Langley Board of Trade coincidentally fell on the seventh anniversary of its founding. Retiring president A.M. Plewes noted that the group had first been called together by Joe Gibson, J.W. Berry, and Jack Donnelly. Jack Donnelly was re-elected secretary, under incoming president F. Rump.

• The 90-acre Langley Airport had cost $72,848 to date, and would cost a further $15,925 to complete, according to information presented in the House of Commons by Transportation Minister C.D. Howe.

Seventy Years Ago

February 26, 1948

• Langley Board of Trade street-lighting committee chairman Burns Lyttleton outlined a plan for lighting the main street between Rump & Sendall’s Hatchery and the Old Yale Bridge over the Nicomekl River. Twenty 500-watt lamps would be installed, at an annual cost of about 10 cents per foot of frontage.

Sixty Years Ago

February 27, 1958

• A 148-foot well off Berry Road (208th Street) was abandoned when Langley City found it was unable to tap into an adequate water source. The well had cost $3,000. Another attempt was to be made at the government gravel pit at the corner of Bell and Belmont Roads (36th Avenue and 204th Street).

• The RCMP had used radar in the district, heralding a busy time for the local magistrate’s court.

• The Fort Langley Board of Trade asked the highways ministry for an immediate resumption of improvements to Glover Road between Langley And Fort Langley.

• Langley City was warned of a looming parking space shortage, with the supply already short on Thursdays, exacerbated by the construction of the new Safeway Store.

Fifty Years Ago

February 29, 1968

• MLA Hunter Vogel recommended combining Langley City and Township assessment offices, to save costs. He also noted that it would be a major step towards amalgamation.

• More prefab classrooms were expected in Langley, because of a provincial ruling limiting government cost-sharing to $15,000 per room.

• Bob Duckworth expressed concern over poor attendance of businessmen at Langley Chamber of Commerce meetings.

Forty Years Ago

March 1, 1978

• B.C. Farm Machinery Museum president Tom Hobbis and Alex Hope signed a contract to extend the Fort Langley facility.

• Township development coordinator Mel Harper said the Township had lost several industries because of a restrictive bylaw based on the possibilities of pollution. Industries affected ranged from sawmills to blast furnaces, refineries, smelters, and wreckers.

• Peter Riley and school trustee Peter Fassbender were appointed to the Langley City Advisory Planning Committee.

• Mayor Bob Duckworth wanted to take Langley City out of the Central Fraser Valley Regional District and join the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

Thirty Years Ago

February 24, 1988

• The newly unionized Langley Teachers’ Association said it would accept the provincial government’s offer of a 2.8 per cent raise.

• Former Langley man Jeffery Ewert, a convicted murderer was thwarted in an escape attempt at the courthouse in New Wesminster by three sheriffs and a police officer.

Twenty Years Ago

February 27, 1998

• Langley’s first murder was discovered in a Walnut Grove apartment, where the body of a woman was found, beaten and wrapped in plastic.

• A barn fire at a Coghlan farm was so severe that there was little left for investigators to determine a cause.

Langley airport manager George Miller was asked by Township council to present a plan for development of vacant land along the runways.

• Local doctors planned to close their offices for three days, joining a province-wide protest against health care cutbacks.

Township council refused to allow a drive-through window at the Brookswood MacDonald’s Restaurant.

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