Langley Then and Now: 1949 vote start of split between Township and City

By 1955, Langley Prairie would split off into its own municipality

St. Andrew’s Church has been a fixture in Fort Langley for more than a century. The dedication ceremony was held Sept. 27, 1885. (Langley Centennial Museum collection 0130)

St. Andrew’s Church has been a fixture for more than a century. The dedication ceremony was held Sept. 27, 1885. The black and white photo is from the early 1900s. Today, mature trees obscure the view looking south on Glover Road, lining the property that is now the cemetery.

This week in Langley history…

Eighty Years Ago

November 30, 1939

A petition of 538 names was brought to council, asking for a plebiscite to determine whether or not the library service should be continued.

Seventy Years Ago

December 1, 1949

Electors in Langley municipality were going to the polls on Saturday to decide if they wanted street lights for Langley Prairie paid out of general revenue.

Langley poultrymen broke off from the B.C. Poultry Producers’ Association and formed their own group.

Sixty Years Ago

November 26, 1959

Langley teachers were granted a five per cent pay raise. Total cost to the school district was calculated at $40,000.

More than six inches of rain had fallen in Langley during the previous week, reported local weather recorder Norm Green.

Fifty Years Ago

November 27, 1969

Much of youth lawlessness was blamed on the provincial government for its reluctance to charge juveniles, under its regulations that no charge of juvenile delinquency could be laid without approval of the probation office.

Forty Years Ago

November 28, 1979

A clause slipped into an agreement for the purchase of park land in Aldergrove tied council’s hands – the Township was forced to lease Fred Louk’s 30-acre property to the Aldergrove Recreation Committee.

A Langley Township councillor expressed a fear that extension of pub hours might be the thin edge of the wedge towards allowing Sunday openings.

Thirty Years Ago

November 29, 1989

Aldergrove telephone users threw out a BC Tel proposal for one-way Extended Area Service to Vancouver. Only 13.2 per cent of customers in Aldergrove’s 856 exchange favoured the proposal, which would have doubled local telephone rates in exchange for free long distance to Vancouver.

A motion to raise Langley City Mayor Joe Lopushinsky’s salary 15 per cent was defeated unanimously by his council.

Twenty Years Ago

November 30, 1999

City clerk Bob Wilson intended to recommend that widening of 200th Street from 56th Avenue to Langley Bypass was a greater priority for Langley City than a railway overpass, but the item was removed from the agenda before council met to discuss requests for federal and provincial infrastructure grants.

Choral students from D.W. Poppy Secondary School were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

December 3, 1999

Heather McMullan hired a top lawyer to defend herself against a libel suit brought by Gregory Thomas. As she made the comments that prompted the legal action while she was a Township councillor, she asked for taxpayers to pay the bill.

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The view of St. Andrew’s Church, looking south along Glover Road, is now obscured by large trees that have grown along Glover Road since the black and white photo was taken in the early 1900s. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

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