Langley in history: 1935 and 20 acres went for $260

Look back through the files of the Langley Advance.

Eighty Years Ago

August 1, 1935

• Langley Greenhouses installed a modern refridgeration plant, run by a 3-1/2 horsepower electric motor, to keep two big storage rooms cool.

• John Rankin’s fine stand of wheat proved a pleasant sight for former prairie residents.

• The Canadian Legion made arrangements with BC Electric Railway to run a special train from Jackman Rd. (272nd St.) to New Westminster on the day of the municipal picnic, which was to be a boat trip to Bowen Island.

• Twenty acres in the Glenwood area were offered for sale at $260 cash.

Seventy Years Ago

August 2, 1945

• Harvest Queen tickets were on sale in a three-way contest between Miss Langley Legion Doreen Murie, Miss Langley Lions Pauline Brownbacked, and Miss Langley Kinsmen Gloria Fox.

• The Glen Valley Fireman’s Auxiliary to the Civil Defence Unit elected D. McLellan president, T. Forbes vice-president, and D. Probert secretary.

• Wild blackberries sold for 35 cents per pound.

Sixty Years Ago

August 4, 1955

• The situation at municipal hall became chaotic, as a skeleton council made up of Reeve George Brooks and Coun­cil­lors Noel Booth, Syd Hogben, and A.E. Roberts refused to accept resignations from Coun­cillors D.W. Poppy, Eric Flowerdew, and Walter Jen­sen, who had been declared disqualified the previuos week because they were members of the Otter Farmers Institute, with which Council had dealings.

• Tenders were called for the sale and speedy removal of Athletic Hall. The hall had been built in 1924.

• Reports to Council indicated that the new garbage dump was working well.

Fifty Years Ago

August 5, 1965

• City Council supported Langley Memorial Hospital’s request to use its old building to house chronic care cases.

• A steady, light rain was Langley’s first precipitation in two months.

• Fifteen new homes started in the City and three in the Township added to a record-breaking building pace.

Forty Years Ago

July 31, 1975

• A house came down around its sleeping occupants at the corner of 192nd St. and No. 10 Highway, when a truck loaded with chickens bound for Vancouver careened through the livingroom and bedroom at 5 a.m. No one was injured.

• Langley RCMP detachment’s classification changed, and it got its first inspector as Officer in Charge. Insp. Ted Wilson, who had been in charge of Surrey, took over the force previously handled by Staff Sergeant Allen.

Thirty Years Ago

July 31, 1985

• An SPCA investigation of the Vancouver Game Farm in Aldergrove turned up no evidence of abuse of the animals, and allegations made by a volunteer were dismissed as inaccurate.

• Fraser Valley berry growers lost millions of dollars to crop failures caused by a lingering hot spell.

• Local RCMP stopped the theft of a 15-year-old horse, but the would-be thief got away.

Twenty Years Ago

August 2, 1995

• The landmark Oddfellows Hall, already crippled by fire earlier in the year, was slated for quick demolition after another fire struck.

• Langley Chamber of Commerce did not hide its disappointement when Langley City Council refused to attend a meeting the Chamber had arranged with Township Council to discuss amalgamation of the two municipalities.

• Thus far, 1995 had brought a dramatic reduction in building construction starts in Langley City, down to less than $9 million worth, from $61 million in 1994.

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