Looking Back: Dec. 14, 2017

The community’s history as recorded in the files of the Langley Advance

Eighty Years Ago

December 9, 1937

Aldergrove police chief Macklin found himself unable to respond to a burglary call, because his car had been stolen. It was later found abandoned in Mt. Lehman.

An advertiser suggested radio tubes as Christmas gifts. Prices ranged from 95¢ for a 2×3 to $6 for a Raytheon BH.

Seventy Years Ago

December 11, 1947

Plans were announced for a two-storey hotel at the corner of Jackman Road (272nd Street) and Fraser Highway. The building was expected to cost $60,000.

Sixty Years Ago

December 5, 1957

There was no contest for Township Council seats in the civic elections. Incumbents reeve Bill Poppy and councillors Eric Flowerdew, Walter Jensen, and John Wellman were all returned by acclamation.

There was a four-way contest for three seats in the City, including an additional aldermanic post to bring the council total to seven positions. In the running were incumbents Adrian Van Kuyk and Bill Lott and challengers Elsie Buckley and Clive Rogers.

Fifty Years Ago

December 7, 1967

Just over $8,000 were spent on Canadian centennial celebrations which were just coming to their conclusion in Langley. Centennial projects – the Centennial Library in the City and Williams Park in the Township – cost another $47,000 in total.

Five new homes were started in the City and 14 in the Township in November, for a total of 61 permits with a total value of $237,239 for the year thus far – it was an increase of $50,000 worth of housing over the previous year.

Forty Years Ago

December 7, 1977

A “comprehensive plan for growth” and a plea for an end to vandalism were the keystones of newly elected mayor George Driediger’s inaugural address.

Three Bobs – MP Wenman, MLA McClelland, and mayor Duckworth –unveiled Langley City’s new coat of arms.

The Flowerdew award for outstanding contribution to recreation in Langley went to Denny Ross.

Thirty Years Ago

December 9, 1987

Langley City, with the fifth highest crime rate in B.C., was to get five new police officers.

Trustee Marlene Grinnell was chosen to chair the school board for the third year in a row.

A campaign was launched to keep Anderson Elementary open. Parents proposed that Anderson be declared an alternate school, after enrolment had dropped to 43 pupils.

Twenty Years Ago

December 5, 1997

A Maple Ridge man on probation was returned to custody after an alleged sexual attack on an eight-year-old boy in an Aldergrove restaurant.

Negotiations were underway to build a major thoroughfare, including a railway overpass, through Langley City.

Despite her attempts to turn it down, Langley City mayor Marlene Grinnell received a five per cent raise, along with the rest of council.

A woman walking through the schoolyard at about 9:30 p.m. at Alice Brown Elementary was attacked and severely beaten.

Money’s Mushrooms faced $1-million per day fines, after being found guilty in Surrey provincial court of creating a stench in the air around its composting plant.

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