Looking Back: Vandalism by boulder-throwing, and H-bomb radiation

The history of the community as seen through the archives of the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

November 10, 1938

• A delegation of teachers led by Roy Mountain demanded a $50 annual wage increase, retroactive for eight years. The local school board reminded the teachers that the cost of education had already forced three school districts – point Grey, Burnaby, and North Vancouver – into receivership.

Seventy Years Ago

November 11, 1948

• Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce succeeded in its efforts to establish a weekly newspaper in the community. The first edition of the as-yet-unnamed Aldergrove community newspaper was to be published by the Langley Advance for the upcoming weekend. A prize of $10 was being offered for the best name.

Sixty Years Ago

November 6, 1958

• Ten boulders were hurled through the windows and door of the Langley Pentecostal Church, the only major incident of vandalism recorded on Halloween night.

• Plans for a new branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce were unveiled before Langley City council.

• Alderman Bill Lott, Langley’s civil defence radiation monitoring officer, reported a jump in the ambient radiation level following the explosion of a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. The level peaked at 160 units; the luminous dial on the mayor’s watch gave a reading of 600 units.

Fifty Years Ago

November 7, 1968

• Two fires, possibly caused by firecrackers, were the only incidents recorded on Halloween. Eggs and other Halloween litter left on the sidewalks were blamed for an injury to a young girl the following morning.

• The Fort Langley Board of Trade complained that the warning lights at the CNR’s level crossing at Glover Road were on the wrong side of the tracks.

Forty Years Ago

November 8, 1978

• A truckload of Charolais cattle from Kamloops remained loaded through the night because neighbours complained of noise violations when an attempt was made to off-load them at a feedlot on 248th Street. Mayor George Driediger said the refusal to allow the off-loading constituted the height of cruelty towards the animals.

• Proposals for a Salmon River housing project and an indoor wave-action swimming came under criticism during the annual Township’s stewardship meeting.

Thirty Years Ago

November 9, 1988

• Langley Central Rotary club’s ninth annual Fraser Valley Wine Festival drew 1,000 wine tasters, and earned $14,000 for Ishtar Transition Housing Society.

• Canadian Immigration alerted American authorities after a local RCMP officer determined that a man arrested for a couple of Langley break-ins was wanted by the FBI.

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