Eighty Years Ago
July 21, 1938
Nearly 500 people were drawn to Athletic Hall for Langley’s first flower show. The show had been postponed from for nearly three weeks, due to inclement weather.
It was suggested that Langley Prairie drop the “Prairie” from its name, as Port Haney had done with “Port.”
Seventy Years Ago
July 22, 1948
Langley Memorial Hospital was officially opened. E.C. Carson, provincial public works minister, turned the key in the lock and handed it over to hospital society president L.K. Skully.
Council put together a bylaw to facilitate expropriation of land for a lane behind the shops on the south side of Fraser Highway in Langley Prairie. The expropriation bylaw would affect only one business owner, with whom council had been unable to reach an agreement.
Sixty Years Ago
July 24, 1958
After attending the reconstructed Hudson Bay Co. fort in Fort Langley, Princess Margaret toured the Langley Centennial Museum.
Some telephone user rates were expected to drop upon approval of a B.C. Telephone Company application to the Transportation Commission.
Fifty Years Ago
July 25, 1968
Bravery displayed the previous December by a Langley sailor in northern Manitoba was acknowledge in the Queen’s birthday list of Royal Honours. Seaman Robert Johnston and his wife had been out for a walk in the village of Akudlik, Man., when they saw smoke coming from under the front door of a house. Bob sent his wife to summon the fire department, while he entered the home and evacuated an old man and a baby. He then removed a smouldering chesterfield from the building.
Parents on Grade Crescent considered hiring a bus to take their children to school, because the school board’s buses were overcrowded.
Forty Years Ago
July 26, 1978
Langley Arts Council hoped to make a performing arts theatre out of the vacated Pentecostal Church at Eastleigh Crescent and 56th Avenue. The project cost was estimated at $900,000.
Another group of citizens hoped to turn the City-owned Beaulieu farmstead into an activity centre for teenagers.
A Township council meeting was cancelled because too many aldermen were absent.
Thirty Years Ago
July 20, 1988
Langley Township’s proposed soil removal bylaw was dumped, and the moratorium that had been in place was extended.
A heat wave put burning permits put on hold in Langley City.
Twenty Years Ago
July 24, 1998
Otter Co-op took 18 years to repay it major expansion – and ceremoniously burned its mortgage.
A teen with an extensive police record was arrested in connection with a vandalism attack on the Langley Seniors Centre. Damages were estimated at $1,500.
Highways Minister Harry Lali announced a $13.7-million improvement project for the Highway One/200th Street interchange, which he said would be complete by the autumn of 2000.
Record temperatures of up to 36ºC were causing problems for firefighters.
Citing a feeling that she was not “being listened to,” Councillor Muriel Arnason resigned from the Township’s Finance and Corporate Services Committee.