Langley Looking Back… to 1944: Langley workers get five day work week

Eighty Years Ago, February 15, 1934

E.J. Wilson organized 20 local men into a glee club.

Seventy Years Ago, February 17, 1944

The school board’s $80,307 annual budget, a significant increase over the previous year’s, was expected to result in a tax hike.

Municipal workers got wage increases. Truck drivers were to get 60 cents per hour, caterpillar operators’s pay rose to 70 cents per hour, and day labourers were to get 50 cents per hour. The men were also to get a whole Saturday off every week, instead of half a day every Saturday after­noon.

Sixty Years Ago, February 18, 1954

Truckers were asked to continue the honour system retricting load and speed limits on municipal roads, to protect spots still frost-bound or soft with mud.

Dave King was elected president of the Langley board of Trade.

Fifty Years Ago, February 20, 1964

Local magistrates were granted salary increases by Langley City and Township councils, giving them $3,300 per year for services rendered in the Township, and $3,000 in the City. The Attorney General had recommended hikes of $4,200 and $3,000, respectively.

Forty Years Ago, February 14, 1974

Langley City property owners got a 1.5-mill tax cut and the Township saw a 0.3-mill reduction, as a result of Premier Dave Barrett’s NDP government budget.

Operators of the local ambulance service threatened to pull out of both Langleys unless the monthly municipal ambulance subsidy was raised from $750 to $3,900.

Thirty Years Ago, February 15, 1984

More than three dozen delegations were expected to speak out at a GVRD meeting at Langley Civic Centre. The GVRD was looking for public input into a proposal to build a motorsport complex in Aldergrove Lake Regional Park.

Township council refused to support Langley School Board’s “survival” budget, which at $41 million, was a million dollars above the provincial government’s allowance – and put school trustees in a precarious legal position.

Twenty Years Ago, February 16, 1994

Archery enthusiasts felt their sport was threatened by a bylaw banning crossbows and longbows in Langley Township.

One of Langley’s longest-standing businesses, Easing­wood Television, was closing its doors after 66 years of electronics service, upon the retirement of owner Seward Easingwood.

Township council chambers were crowded by Murrayville residents who felt that a 17.5-acre subdivision proposal near Five Corners went against the commu­nity’s traditional roots.

Fort Langley residents also felt that their community’s heritage was at stake, as they spoke out against Canada Post’s plans to install “super­mailboxes” in their village. One resident described the metal, multi-box units as an “absolute blight on the landscape.”

Ten Years Ago, February 17, 2004

Ishtar Transition Housing Society started a new Community Based Victim Services Program strengthening its outreach to women, men, and children who are victims of abuse.

February 20, 2004

In a move to reboot its sagging enrolment numbers, Langley Secondary School started a soccer program for students from around the province.

A Water Resources plan was approved for Willoughby’s Yorkson Creek neighbourhood.

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