Looking Back: The potato club shuts down!

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

Eighty Years Ago

April 21, 1938

• The municipality decided to stop making electrical inspections, leaving the work to provincial authorities, because the job proved too much to add to the relief inspector’s plate.

• A “mild” form of scarlet fever had been disrupting schools for two months. In some schools, more than 50 per cent of students were absent from class.

Seventy Years Ago

April 22, 1948

• Vegetable committee chairman S.J. Gray told the Langley Farmer’ Institute that, for the first time since 1935, there would be no potato club in Langley unless more boys and girls could be recruited. Gray also noted that there was a shortage of seed potatoes, suggesting that “farmers spend more time at home producing products.”

Sixty Years Ago

April 24, 1958

• Langley City’s school tax rate went up 2.8 mills to 18.72 mills. The City’s share of school costs, at $70,778, had doubled over the past four years. A protest on the municipal share of school costs was being drafted by Aldermen Bill Lott and Clive Rogers and clerk C.T. Partington for transmission to Premier W.A.C. Bennett.

Fifty Years Ago

April 25, 1968

• Aksel Ebbeson of Langley’s Five Cent to One Dollar store was elected president of the Langley Lions.

• Changing demographics forced the school board to shuffle elementary students between schools. The Grade 7 class at Willoughby was to move to Langley Central, along with Grade 5 pupils from Langley Prairie. Some Langley Central students, in turn, were to be shifted to Peterson Road.

• Donna Craig of Langley Post No. 6 Grand Vice-Factor at the annual convention of the B.C. Native Daughters in New Westminster.

Forty Years Ago

April 26, 1978

• Riled by attacks in the Langley Teachers’ Associ­ation’s bulletin, Langley School Board, chaired by Brian Westwood, made plans to initiate legal action against the LTA.

• Addition of a second ferry to the Albion-Fort Langley crossing was jointly announced by Langley MLA and Health Minister Bob McClelland and other B.C. cabinet ministers.

• Jacobina Kramer celebrated her 100th birthday with a party attended by a provincial highways minister and the Netherlands Consul.

Thirty Years Ago

April 20, 1988

• The West Creek Bridge was to be replaced at a cost of $327,000. The new bridge would accommodate two lanes of traffic plus a sidewalk.

Twenty Years Ago

April 24, 1998

• Langley tallied its third murder of the year with the discovery of the body of a 37-year-old woman in her carport.

B.C. Investment Minister Mike Farnworth said he thought the fuss over Langley Seniors Centre’s bingo games was “a bit absurd.” A government gaming inspector, acting on an anonymous tip, had ruled the games illegal.

• The Langley Citizen’s Coalition turned itself into a political party. The group, originally setting itself up as a watchdog to keep an eye on the Township council-dominating Langley Leadership Team, decided it would run candidates in the next round of civic elections.

• Langley Township planned a weekend celebration of its 125th anniversary with a giant cake and assorted festivities at Fort Langley National Historic Park.

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