Looking Back: Trudeau stops by Langley

Canada’s prime minister was to visit the community.

Eighty Years Ago

June 9, 1938

• Children at Lochiel School raised funds and brought ropes and rings for swings, only to be told the school board would not allow swings to be built, for safety reasons.

• Thirteen local stores agreed not to sell tobacco or cigarettes to children under 16. Parents were asked not to send their children to the store for their smokes.

Seventy Years Ago

June 10, 1948

• Flood damages ran to millions of dollars, and the Fraser River waters showed no sign of receding. Bridges and roads were washed out or weakened by the high waters.

• Army personnel were brought in to control narrow, steep, crooked Armstrong Road, rendered the only access to Fort Langley by the raging Fraser River flood waters. The route into the village involved a nine-mile detour via River, Armstrong, McKay (80th Avenue), Sperling, and Brown (240th Street) Roads.

Sixty Years Ago

June 12, 1958

• Gasoline-fed flames tore through a machinery shed on the H.S. Berry and Sons farm on Old Yale Road. Adjacent buildings were damaged, and the dairy, the oldest and largest in the Fraser Valley, was threatened.

• Capital Holdings planned a shopping centre to go with a new Safeway Store on New McLellan Road (56th Avenue).

Fifty Years Ago

June13, 1968

• Laura Borsato, contemporary dancer, debater, skier, swimmer, and weekend grocery clerk, was named Miss Langley. Nominated by the Rotary Club of Langley, she topped a field of nine contestants.

• Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau was expected for lunch at Fort Langley.

Mrs. P. Foy was re-elected head of the Langley Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Council.

Forty Years Ago

June 14, 1978

• John Murchie, fearing that his man-made lake could prove a hazard to the many people using it as a swimming hole, offered to sell the property to Langley Township.

• A quarter-million-dollar fire destroyed the truss manufacturing building at Structural Components.

Thirty Years Ago

June 8, 1988

• A 27-year-old man appeared in court in Burnaby, charged with armed robbery after a stand-off in Langley in which police and neighbours were kept on edge for 14 hours.

• Langley school trustees condemned Premier Bill Vander Zalm’s call for referenda for school tax hikes as “unfair and unreasonable.” The board had just approved a 7.2 per cent increase in local school taxes.

• After previously having been rebuffed more than once by the Highways Ministry, the Township learned that Victoria had allocated $2 million to widen two kilometres of 200th Street, including a fifth lane for two-way left turns.

Twenty Years Ago

June 12, 1998

• Greater Vancouver Zoo icon Tina the Elephant was leaving for a vacation after 27 years in Aldergrove. She was moved to a Fraser Valley farm for 10 days, to relax and graze on acreage.

• Langley School Board voted to reject the provincial Education Ministry’s contract agreement with teachers.

• Langley City Council unanimously supported Langley Community Music School’s request to re-develop on City property.

• The B.C. College of Teachers took a Supreme Court decision in favour of Trinity Western University to the B.C. Court of Appeals. The teachers’ college, citing a “community standards” agreement that it said discriminated against homosexuals, wanted to refuse accreditation of TWU-trained teachers.

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