Langley in history: Kids steal from Langley Christmas Bureau in 1995

From the pages of the Langley Advance, started in 1931. More Langley History is at

Eighty Years Ago

December 19, 1935

• A new lumber-drying process developed by Mills Bros. received favourable reports from the Forestry Department of the Federal government. The new method utilized a water-heated kiln that could reduce drying time to just 14 days.

• A cash prize of $25 and a week’s engagement was to be the reward for the individual who roved himself to be the best entertainer in the Fraser Valley.

• Cliff Simms of “The Men’s Own Store” of Langley Prairie, offered for sale the following “Practical Xmas Gift”: ties for 50 cents, 75 cents, or a dollar; socks, 25 cents to a dollar; scarves, $1, $1.50, or $1.95; sweaters, $1.50 and up; slippers, 95 cents and up; shirts $1.50 and up; belts, 50 cents and up; suspenders, 50 cents and up; and garters and arm band sets, 75 cents and up.

Seventy Years Ago

December 20, 1945

• Coun. Noel Booth received the most votes for the reeveship, with J.H. Treliving elected Councilor for Ward 1, Walter R. Major for Ward 2, J.J. McLellan for Ward 3, Dick Warner for Ward 4, Walter M. Jensen for Ward 5, and D.W. Poppy for Ward 6.

• More than 200 British Columbian servicemen returned to Canada aboard the S.S. Monarch of Bermuda which had docked in Halifax recently. The men were expected home some time that weekend. Those from Langley including Spr. T.C. Griffiths, and Spr. T. Thomas, both of Coghlan, and Cpl. J.C. Hughes of Langley Prairie.

Sixty Years Ago

December 22, 1955

• An indefinite adjournment of the arbitration board followed the resignation of the district’s appointee, Len Greenwood. The board had been formed to arrange a division of assets and liabilities of the former district municipality when Langley Prairie seceded to become Langley City.

• Recounts failed to alter the results of the reeveship election. Reeve-elect Bill Poppy lost five votes in the recount while incumbent Noel Booth picked up four, but that still left Poppy with a 54-vote majority over his rival.

• Langley’s fair board reported a profit of $100.

Fifty Years Ago

December 23, 1965

• Recognition of 25 years of service to the province was marked for district school superintendent Harold Stafford by the presentation of a commemorative certificate. Signed personally by Premier W.A.C. Bennett, the certificate lauded Stafford’s loyalty, integrity, and faithful performance of duty.

• Council placed its stamp of approval on plans for a discotheque at the Langley Roller Skating Rink,

• Additions to the senior secondary schools at Langley and Aldergrove had gone to tender. The renovations would provide facilities mainly for students on vacation program courses.

Forty Years Ago

December 18, 1975

• Incumbent Social Credit MLA Bob McClelland celebrated the greatest provincial election victory in the history of Langley. he more than doubled his first election vote of three years previous by polling 22,766 votes to the 9,349 taken by the NDP’s Joe Chesney. Liberal Ken Mallinson was favoured by 1,839 voters. The Social Credit government was returned to power in Victoria after the party’s three-year hiatus offered by the NDP.

• City Council overwhelmingly voted to deny Western Cable Ten to televise Council meetings in their entirety. Lack of space was cited as the principal reason for denial.

• Lack of firefighting precautions at Langley’s airport were pointed out in a report on an accident n which a light aircraft lost is wheels and landing gear when, while landing, it grazed a truck on Fraser Hwy. past the airstrip. It was also disclosed that there had been a number of near misses of the same nature in the past.

Thirty Years Ago

December 18, 1985

• A public hearing on the controversial Weldco-Beales rezoning application was cancelled a day before the meeting was scheduled, due to the provincial government’s enactment of Bill 62, which amended a number of technical procedures required for the consideration of municipal rezoning bylaws.

• An appeal of an extradition order given to Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan, who was jailed on fraud charges, was to be heard in Costa Rica on Christmas Eve.

• A woman whose son was stillborn at Langley Memorial Hospital asked for an investigation from the College of Physicians and Surgeons regarding her former doctor’s handling of the situation.

Twenty Years Ago

December 22, 1995

• A group of young thieves stole toys and coordinator Sandy Harvey’s ghetto blaster from the Langley Christmas Bureau but one of the boy’s fathers found out and made them return the toys.

• Clova Towing received a five year contract with the Township and Clover Towing a two year contract with the City. Township Councillor Muriel Arnason opposed the contract calling it a monopoly. A local towing company complained the proposals were not tendered and said it would take longer for cars to be towed.

• Edward’s Marine employees decorated a 23-foot boat and took their “carol ship” out in Walnut Grove raising more than $2,000 for the Food Bank.

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