This painting of four wagon wheels on a frame depicts the actual wagon wheels which have been a symbolic part of Rosemary Genberg’s family history for almost 100 years. The actual wheels were stolen from her property on Thursday.

This painting of four wagon wheels on a frame depicts the actual wagon wheels which have been a symbolic part of Rosemary Genberg’s family history for almost 100 years. The actual wheels were stolen from her property on Thursday.

Stolen wagon wheels represent important part of Langley family’s history

A horse-drawn wagon was among the items used as collateral to allow purchase of 55 acres in 1921. The wheels have now been stolen.

Editor: I am a true pioneer of Langley, having lived here for 75 years. I am a member of Langley Heritage Society, and sit on the committee for the Douglas Day pioneers dinner. Our local heritage has always been very important to me.

I was born on the property I currently live on, located near 232 Street and 40 Avenue. The property was purchased by my grandfather in 1921. He used a wagon, (see attached painting of “Grampa’s Wagon),” 100 chickens and a harness as collateral to buy the 55-acre parcel of land.

For many years, I have had the four wheels from his wagon decorating our front yard, and this (Thursday) morning I discovered that someone has stolen them. These are a part of my family’s history and mean so much to me, and would only have sentimental value to me and my family.

I realize I will more than likely never see them again, but felt the need to let the community know of somene’s heartless actions. This action caused a sad day for me and my family.

Rosemary Genberg,

Langley

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