Langley in History: Week of Nov. 12

Eighty Years Ago

November 7, 1935

Restoration of the old fort buildings at Fort Langley, with a total allowable cost of $3,500, was underway under the supervision of Mr. Knight of the Dominion Department of Interior.

Frost damage during the previous 10 nights froze car radios and and struck extensively at crops not yet harvested. Among the crop losses were 250 tons of marigolds.

James Lambie of County Line won the Buckerfield’s silver cup in the Agssiz Dominion egg-laying contest with his heavy Barred Rocks.

Seventy Years Ago

November 8, 1945

Langley topped its $405,000 quota in Victory Loan Cam­paign. Still growing, subscriptions were over $409,000.

Ralph Gram was named B.C. Electric’s director of agricultural development.

Premier Hart’s proposal that municipalities take over facilities of B.C. Electric was greeted coolly by most mayors.

Bombardier Reginald Cartwright was awarded the King’s Certificate for gallant and distinguished service.

Ex-teachers were asked to register with the school board for substitute teaching, at $4.50 per day in elementary and $6 per day in high schools.

Shortage of raw materials forced closure of Cloverdale Paint Factory until the end of February.

Sixty Years Ago

November 10, 1955

Heavy rain re-flooded basements and re-filled ditches after the previous week’s 48-hour deluge that dropped six inches of precipitation. Slides were reported on River Road and across the CNR tracks, while swollen creeks sent water pouring over Berry (208th St.) and Carvolth (200th St.) Roads. The Nicomekl crossings were closed to traffic.

Twenty per cent of divisible assets was determined by the new Langley City council as its share as the post-secession Langley municipality was carved up. A question of ownership of oil and mineral rights was raised by City Alderman John Conder.

Fifty Years Ago

November 11, 1965

Barry Mather of the NDP was re-elected Member of Parliament with a margin double what he had earned in April of 1963. Preliminary vote-count indicated that Mather had 27,113 votes to Liberal Chris Brown’s 15,124. Joe Unwin of Social Credit was third with 10,362 votes, and Conservative Walter MacDonald polled 9,852.

The Langley Poultry packing plant on Anderson Road was not operating when Ald. Bill Blair paid a visit, he reported to council after the municipality had pulled the company’s business licence. He said it appeared steps were being taken to clean up the premises.

A delegation to City council protested the proposed location of Langley Centennial Library in Douglas Park. The six businessmen, representing a dozen local taxpayers, demanded a reply within two weeks.

Forty Years Ago

November 6, 1975

Premier Dave Barrett plunged B.C. into a surprise provincial election campaign.

Langley City Mayor Bob Duckworth declared war on “obscene-looking signs” expected during the municipal and provincial election campaigns. He demanded that all such signs adhere strictly to local bylaws.

Two children celebrating Halloween were taken to Langley Memorial Hospital suffering from suspected poisoning. Police believed the youngsters, not trick-or-treating together, had both received tainted candy somewhere between the A&W and Sundell Square along Fraser Hwy. Police laboratories were not yet able to discover any poison in candy samples.

Thirty Years Ago

November 6, 1985

Bob Anderson expressed exasperation over what he said was Fraser Valley West MP Bob Wenman’s seeming lack of action so secure the release of Langley travel agent Wayne McCannan, who was in Costa Rica facing fraud charges.

An additional sheet of ice at Langley Civic Centre was expected to cost $2.1 million, Township council was told.

A 51-year-old Langley woman was arrested and charged with impaired driving after her vehicle strick and injured a man on Halloween night.

Twenty Years Ago

November 8, 1995

A storm packing winds gusting to 70 km/h dumped 49mm of rain on Langley overnight.

The local Bingo Palace warned Township council that passage of a proposed fresh air bylaw and general smoking ban would jeopardize $50 million in revenues collected by 50 charities operating as Pacific Fundraising.

Langley Central Rotary Club’s annual wine-tasting festival was deemed a success, raising $5,000 for Langley Memorial Hospital’s capital equipment campaign, plus more for other local charities.

Two Langley police officers were loaned to Abbotsford to help with the manhunt for a killer who was terrorizing that community.


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