Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of June 30

Sixty years ago, officials were predicting a new hospital soon for Langley.

Eighty Years Ago

June 25, 1936

• The provincial government said it might set up only a pedestrian ferry service between Fort Langley and Albion.

• Council considered declaring a public holiday for the Aug. 12 municipal picnic.

• A new house and an outbuilding on an acre of land were advertised at $300.

Seventy Years Ago

June 27, 1946

• An earthquake shook the entire Lower Mainland, but no damage was reported in Langley. An Otter woman said she had been rocked out of her bed, but there were no injuries.

• A speed limit of 20 miles per hour was set for Glover and New McLellan Roads.

Sixty Years Ago

June 28, 1956

• While opening the new administrative wing at Langley Memorial Hospital, Hon. Eric Martin predicted that Langley would soon have a new hospital.

• A committee was struck to organize local celebrations for B.C.’s 1958 centennial year.

Fifty Years Ago

June 30, 1966

• Plans for a $425,000 complex to be built on the former West Highland Farm on Carvolth Road (200th St.) were unveiled to Township council by the Salvation Army. The home, to accommodate 55 wayward boys, was to be named the House of Concord.

• The Lord Mayor of London was to be the guest speaker at the annual Douglas Day Banquet in November. The announcement was made by Deputy Provincial Secretary L.J. Wallace during the official opening ceremonies for the Langley Centennial Library.

Forty Years Ago

June 24, 1976

• The downtown parking bylaw that was tabled “indefinitely” by City council a week earlier was revived. If passed, businesses would be taxed specially to meet parking needs. A simliar bylaw had failed in 1975.

• Education Minister Pat McGeer was unable to come to Langley to discuss the lcoal Fundamental Schools controversy, but school trustees hoped to meet him in Victoria instead.

• Township Mayor George Driediger blamed the provincial government for poor ambulance service, after a friend who had suffered a heart attack died just before his arrival at Langley Memorial Hospital. The ambulance, Driediger charged, had taken two hours to respond to the call.

• Langley City Mayor Bob Duckworth, opposed to his council’s decision to hire a Matsqui dog control provider, said complaints about dogs had risen since the SPCA contract had been phased out.

Thirty Years Ago

June 25, 1986

• The Fraser Academy, Langley’s school for dyslexic children, was closing down and moving to Delta.

• Langley MLA Bob McClelland said he would not run in the Social Credit Party’s leadership race, but instead he would support his cabinet colleague Jim Nielson’s bid.

Twenty Years Ago

June 26, 1996

• Despite vocal opposition, Township council sided with businesses and residents who wanted sewers installed in Fort Langley.

• The Vicwood (formerly Chart­well) proposal for a subdivision and golf course at 200th St. and the U.S. border got a rough ride at a Township council meeting chaired by Deputy Mayor Muriel Arnason. The upshot was that the developers were sent back to the drawing board with their proposal.

• One and a half million dollars worth of marijuana was seized in a joint Langley RCMP and Abbotsford Police effort in Aldergrove.

• Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman was named housing critic by Liberal opposition leader Gordon Campbell in the newly elected NDP government under Premier Glen Clark. Campbell made Langley MLA Lynn Stephens his Women’s Equality critic.


Just Posted

Bertrand Creek Enhancement Society responds to town centre proposal

Society member Andrew Sigalet says the Janda Group’s plan is ‘the best proposal’ he’s seen to date

Langley’s supportive housing dubbed Creek Stone Place

The project is set to open this spring to house 49 homeless people.

Nominations open for Langley-Aldergrove Conservative race

Longtime MP Mark Warawa is stepping down at the Conservative candidate.

Langley developer’s appeal of extradition denied – faces fraud charge

The Court of Appeal has denied Mark Chandler’s attempt to avoid extradition to California.

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Budget 2019: Five things to watch for in the Liberals’ final fiscal blueprint

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will release the Trudeau government’s final budget on Tuesday

New concussion guidelines launched for Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians

The guidelines will be in effect at this summer’s Pan American, Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru

Accused Surrey transit cop shooter’s bail hearing set for April

Daon Gordon Glasgow, 35, is accused of shooting Transit Police Constable Josh Harms, 27

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Most Read