Life at Sperling General Store

Marv Woolley shares memories of living at the Sperling General Store & Post Office, once located beside the BC Electric Railway tracks at Brown Road (240th Street) and 72nd Avenue.   His parents Art and Doris bought the store the year Marv was born in 1945. The store closed in 1962 when the new Highway 401 cut it off from a large part of the community. People then lived in the building for another 10 years before it was burned down as practice for Fort Langley's volunteer fire department in 1973.  Originally built around 1905, Sperling General Store & Post Office was a vital part of community life for decades. Mom was the postmaster and they both operated the store, Mom taking orders by phone, then Dad delivering groceries and hardware throughout north Langley until the 401 Freeway forced the closure of the store in 1962. Dad had driven the [...]

August 21st, 2017|

From the Archives: Langley cameos in B.C. Centennial Celebrations

Enjoy this City of Vancouver Archives find, below: 1958 footage celebrating the 100th anniversary of British Columbia. A Year to Remember includes a quick through the gates at the historic fort in Fort Langley, Vancouver street parades, tall ships and harbour scenes, Chinatown, indigenous dancers, collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge, the PNE Parade featuring a Langley float shaped like the historic fort. (Who's aboard the float?)  Concludes with the last of the BC Electric Interurban fleet. (Runs 11:27)  

June 19th, 2017|

The Last Run

"Chilliwack & Fraser Valley Way Points". Excerpts from a film shot by Ken Hodgson in 1948/49 and in 1950 including the last trip of the BC Electric Railway Interurban passenger service to Langley. (Hodgson's brother went on to become CEO of BC Transit). This short video includes narration by two former motormen, Frank Horn and Vic Sharman, and features wonderful scenes of an expanding Langley -- described by Frank as, "a pretty modern little town." Two trains serviced the run, one from Vancouver, the other from Chilliwack; they touched noses from opposite directions on that final day. Thank you to Michael Taylor-Noonan, librarian at the Transit Museum Society for sharing this with the Langley Heritage Society. Watch the video HERE.

June 16th, 2017|
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