Help us caption this historic photo. (Langley Centennial Museum)

Throwback Thursday: Jan. 18, 2018

Help us caption a photo from Langley’s past.

Each week, Langley Advance readers are invited to submit a suggested caption – factual or funny – for the historic Langley picture published on the editorial page.

Submit through story link below. One lucky reader wins a gift certificate from the Cora restaurant on the Langley Bypass.

Click HERE to submit your suggestion.

Last week’s photo was of George Ripley.

The Langley Centennial Musem photo inscription includes “Ripley insturmental in starting riding club – worked for M. Coulter”; also donor name.

He was born in Ireland and sailed to Canada from the Port of Down in the spring of 1912 on the Anchor liner Columbia on his way around the world. He ran out of money for his trip in Langley; so he started to work laying ties for the Canadian Northern Railroad. He bought a small property in Fort Langley and met Jennie D. Forrester, a teacher in Tyne Head (and previously Quadra Island).

The couple was married in 1919 and they lived on a small property in Fort Langley. In 1920 the couple went to Ireland where George took over management of the family estate. In 1926 Jennie and George Ripley returned to Canada with their children Thomas Andrew Forrester Ripley, born 1921; Helen Christina Ripley, born 1923; Mary Eleanor Ripley, born 1924; and George Colin Ripley, born 1926. Jean Anne Ripley was born in New Westminster on 18 February 1929.

George Sr. died in 1929 at the age of 36 and was buried in the Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster.

Contest entries:

Winner Denny Robinson: “Been waitin’ here near an hour. Maybe if I fire my gun in the air, this hoss will finally move?”

Syd Pickerell: “Does this gear shift work?”

Shirley Sawatsky: “Royal Mounted Police : Try out.”

Contest rules:

Preference is given to Langley residents. Entrants must be 19 or older. The winner will be selected by a random draw of all entries. The contest is not open to employees of the Langley Advance nor Black Press.

Winner will be notified by email and must pick up the prize as offered at the Langley Advance office, 6375 202nd Street.

The Langley Advance reserves the right to reject entries deemed unsuitable, libelous or otherwise objectionable. Please keep entries suitable for a family newspaper.


This 1912 photo is of George Ripley. He settled in Langley after running out of funds while on a trip around the world. So he married and bought a place in Fort Langley. (Langley Centennial Museum photo)

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