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 [...]