Looking Back: Socreds sweep Langley, and B.C.

The history of Langley, as recorded in the pages of the Langley Advance

Eighty Years Ago

September 17, 1936

Owing to the difficulty of collecting a 65-cent library fee from renters and lodgers, Council was asked to break the library agreement. Taxpayers paid their library levies with their taxes, but others were left to voluntarily contribute.

Fifteen dollars of relief per month was not enough for a family of eight, declared a delegation to council.

Seventy Years Ago

September 19, 1946

Enrolment in Langley schools reached 2,000. Basements and community halls were used as temporary classrooms.

A Langley Town Planning Commission plan to divide Langley’s 76,000 acres into zones met opposition from council.

Capactiy crowds attended the 18th annual Patricia Fall Fair sponsored by the Patricia Women’s Institute.

Sixty Years Ago

September 20, 1956

Clear majorities were won by Social Credit candidates Thomas J. Irwin and George Massey in the dual-seat Delta riding (which included Langley). It was part of a pattern that saw Social Credit sweep to victory across the province, and established W.A.C. Bennett as premier.

Fifty Years Ago

September 22, 1966

A new lawn cemetery was opened on Berry Rd. (208th St.) by Coun. Ralph Barichello and Rev. J.G. Kunst. The five sections of the 14-acre burial ground could accommodate 200-400 persons, it was estimated.

National NDP leader Tommy Douglas was slated to speak to the Langley Chamber of Commerce. Retiring president Vern Penner was to hand over his gavel to Joe Chesney.

West Langley United Church closed its doors, as its congregation joined with Fort Langley U.C.

A $63,824 contract was awarded to build a new federal wharf at Fort Langley.

Forty Years Ago

September 16, 1976

Township Council  awarded a $964,000 contract to supply water from a well in Fort Langley to the industrial area at 200th St. and 96th Ave.

Cutbacks ordered in Victoria left Langley’s adult education program with a $20,000 shortfall.

Thirty Years Ago

September 17, 1986

Township Alderman Carol Gran resigned her seat to run as a Social Credit candidate in Langley seat in the upcoming provincial election.

A 72-year-old woman smashed a window in her room at Langley Memorial Hospital, and fell four stoeys to her death.

Twenty Years Ago

September 18, 1996

Construction of Grant Gettling’s four-rink ice arena in Walnut Grove was falling far behind schedule.

In the wake of a scandal that included the dismissal of a superintendent, the school board approved new policies on keeping track of the progress of – and payments to – capital projects.

Pat Mugridge threw her hat into the Township mayoralty race.


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