Looking Back: Langley’s history from the week of June 9

Water was six feet deep in farmer's fields as the Fraser flooded.

Eighty Years Ago

June 4, 1936

• The worst flood since 1894 was at its height, inundating Langley farmland along the Fraser River. Water was up to six feet deep in the fields.

• School trustees decided to spend $35 to buy a strip of land in front of Otter school between Old Yale Road and the new highway.

Seventy Years Ago

June 6, 1946

• High water on the Fraser River flooded about 2,000 acres in Langley and closed several roads, including Glover Rd. at Fort Langley.

• The Native Sons of B.C. planned to move the famous Dufferin Coach, currently housed in a New Westminster fire hall, to the Fort Langley museum.

• A thief – perhaps a dirty thief – stole a case of soap from Crawford’s Grocery.

Sixty Years Ago

June 7, 1956

• Mountain’s Food Store, Langley’s oldest grocery outlet, was set to close its doors for good. It had been opened 40 year earlier by Mr. McNab.

• Farmers were jubilant over heavy rain that ended a two-month drought.

• A record was set when the thermometer hit 91.7ºF (33ºC) on May 31.

Fifty Years Ago

June 9, 1966

• Plans for a new extended care and rehabilitation training wing at Langley Memorial Hospital were abandoned by directors who favoured renovating the old, original cottage hospital which had sat vacant for 15 months.

• The body of a 32-year-old Surrey man was found in a car in the bush near Fort Langley. The man was believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

• A $90,000 development of the Fall Fair site and Langley High School grounds was planned by the Langley Agricultural Association and the new Langley Riders Society.

• Lorraine Borsato was selected Miss Langley for 1966.

Forty Years Ago

June 3, 1976

• A 400-pound sturgeon was hauled out of the Fraser River by Fort Langley fishers Mike Waska and Don Crowe. The fish had become entangled in the seiner Dianna Lee’s salmon nets. Value of the meat and roe was estimated at $400.

• Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce asked council to have the owner of a vacant service station and old motel at 264th St. and Fraser Highway tear them down.

• Only a handful of property owners turned out to a public hearing to discuss parking in downtown Langley City and a proposed off-street parking bylaw.

• Beavers that build dams on private property should pay the taxes, council was told by a disgruntled Northwest Langley resident.

Thirty Years Ago

June 4, 1986

• Langley teachers received a 3.4 per cent wage increase from an arbitration board, but it first had to be approved by Compensation Stabilization Commissioner Ed Peck.

• Residents who feared the opening of the W.C. Blair Recreation Centre would result in closure of Al Anderson Memorial Pool started a petition.

Twenty Years Ago

June 5, 1996

• It took only a few hours for a jury to convict two young men of the second degree murder of 79-year-old Jeanne Richter. One was 16 years old at the time of the murder but was tried as an adult tried as an adult, and the other was 19 years old. Both were given life sentences.

• Volunteers who cleaned up Aldergrove’s Bertrand Creek received special recognition from the provincial environment ministry.


Just Posted

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds take silver in finals of new minor midget hockey league

Team of mostly Langley players will have a new look in the second season

Langley tutor lauded on ice

Sylvia Lloyd was recognized for the work she does – paid and unpaid – helping tutor children.

Trappers on brink of elimination after third loss

“We’ve got to play desperate hockey’ coach of Langley hockey team says

Arrest in alleged parking lot assault at LMH

Langley RCMP investigating daylight incident

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

Teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Avalanche control tomorrow on Highway 1

Expect closures of up to two hours east of Revelstoke

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Most Read