Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of August 4

Where's Area E?

Eighty Years Ago

July 30, 1936

Corn that had been planted on May 2 stood 9’10” high – and was still growing at a rate of more than an inch per day – at the J.H. Mufford farm.

A second round of mumps was going around Langley, infecting those who had managed to escape the first bout.

Seventy Years Ago

August 1, 1946

Greater Vancouver Water Board planned to extend water mains to the eastern parts of Surrey. Asked if Langley wished to hook up, reeve Noel Booth said, “Potentially, we are interested.”

B.C. Electric Railway and B.C. Motor Transportation Co. jointly announced plans for a new bus terminal in Langley Prairie.

Sixty Years Ago

August 2, 1956

Langley City council deferred its plans for a sewer system survey for one year.

Aug. 1 marked the 28th straight day without rain, and weather forecasts call for more of the same. It was still far short of the 50-day record set in July and August of 1947.

Fifty Years Ago

August 4, 1966

Fort Langley fire brigade’s tank truck was wrecked when it rolled over on Glover Road, just after crossing the Salmon River Bridge, on its way to a tractor fire in a Rawlison Cres. field.

To augment its water supply, Langley City purchased a well and 20 acres from the Township for $24,000.

Langley City refused to support removal of the three-fifths majority requirement for votes to fluoridate water supplies.

Forty Years Ago

July 29, 1976

Walnut Grove (at the time still “Area E”) started with a request for an amendment to the Official Community Plan.

Nearly 200 4-Hers took part in Langley District Achievement Day activities.

Langley Township had a capital plan of $7.6 million for the coming year, with proposals to spend $23.7 million over five years.

Thirty Years Ago

July 30, 1986

A proposed international-calibre motorsport complex in Langley, to accommodate up to 40,000 spectators, ran into opposition.

Shirley and Tom Carscadden were Expo ’86’s 10-millionth visitors, earning them a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean.

Twenty Years Ago

July 31, 1996

The death of a two-year-old Aldergrove child was the subject of a criminal investigation. She had been taken to Langley Memorial Hospital after a 911 call that she had fallen, and staff there alerted RCMP regarding the nature of her injuries.

Arsonists destroyed five townhouses that were under construction in Walnut Grove. Total damage was estimated at $300,000.

Langley Memorial Hospital CEO Pat Zanon was seconded to run Surrey Memorial Hospital for six months. Jane Murphy took over in Langley for the duration of Zanon’s SMH tour.


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