Langley in History: Civil defense radiation officer finds normal readings in 1965


Eighty Years Ago

July 4, 1935

Restoration of old Fort Langley was proposed by Langley Board of Trade president Noel Booth. The federal Department of the Interior was asked for help.

The site of the Municipal Picnic sponsored by the Langley Legion was changed from Cultus Lake to Bowen Island.

A Jersey Cattle Club branch was formed in Milner, with support from breeders in Langley Fort Langley, Glen Valley, and Cloverdale. Charlie Mann was elected president and George Twiss secretary.

Seventy Years Ago

July 5, 1945

A five-room house was moved back to make room to build a business block on E.J. Wilson’s property.

B.C. Electric announced it would resume the Market Train from Mt. Lehman to New Westminster every Friday morning.

Extensive renovations were made at Municipal Hall, to accommodate the new nursing service. The court­room was turned into police and magistrate offices, and their former offices were incorporated into the main office space.

Sixty Years Ago

July 7, 1955

The strawberry crop suffered badly from dull, cool weather and too much moisture in the soil.

Cloverdale Paint and Chemicals installed new equipment to increase its Langley factory capacity to 8,000 gallons per month, making the local wax factory the largest of its kind in western Canada.

Tenders were called for construction of a two-room unit at Glenwood School, after the province ruled it would not have its mainten­ance crews building any structure worth more than $10,000.

Fifty Years Ago

July 8, 1965

A 20-year-old Langley man was killed instantly in a crash near Aldergrove, on the Bellingham Hwy.

Civil defence radiation officer Bill Lott ceased daily testing of fallout in the Lower Fraser Valley after readings returned to near-normal.

Temperatures took a sharp turn from record lows to record highs, moving from 35ºF to 78ºF (1.5ºC to 25.5ºC) in one day.

Forty Years Ago

July 3, 1975

Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce asked Council to divert trucks headed for Fraser Hwy. on 272nd St. onto 16th Ave. instead, to reduce congestion in downtown Aldergrove.

Jock McKinnon succeeded John Osenton as president of the Langley Chamber of Commerce.

Thirty Years Ago

July 3, 1985

Firefighters were concerned about a large increase in fire alarms in the Township. They were getting 30 more calls per week, and property damage during the first six months of the year were double those of the first half of 1984.

Spotting a car that had been stolen from a friend three days earlier, a 22-year-old Langley woman forced the thief to stop the car, took the keys away, and drove to a friend’s house to call the police. The thief was later apprehended.

Twenty Years Ago

July 5, 1995

Both Langley councils and the school board were to meet to discuss Langley Fine Arts School’s proposed $4.5 million theatre – but all three bodies has different ideas as to what the meeting was for. When the meeting was over, everybody decided to make their own decisions about their own theatres.

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