Langley Heritage Society will join other community groups for Canada 150 celebrations in front of the Langley Centennial Museum. There are family events throughout Fort Langley. Check the schedule for the day below, and see you in the Fort.
Big Leaf Maple trees were planted almost a century ago to honour Langley’s soldiers who didn’t come home from the Great War. Many streets also bear the names of these fallen soldiers. In recent years the trees have been attacked by disease, and three of them have been cut down in Fort Langley. Earlier this year a hardy Sugar Maple variety was planted beside the bronze plaques previously created by the Township of Langley and Langley Heritage Society. The photo below pictures the tree and plaque for Alfred Trattle, killed in action 100 years ago near Vimy.
The new Trattle memorial tree with plaque at the corner of 96th Ave (Brenda Alberts Way) and Trattle Street
Historian Warren Sommer, author of the recently published Canucks in Khaki, writes: “Alfred William Trattle was serving with the 47th (Battalion) when he was felled by an enemy shell. His death on 27 May was doubly tragic; not only did the Fort Langley farm labourer leave behind a wife and two small boys, his wife’s brother, Jesse Wright, had been killed at Vimy Ridge just five weeks earlier.” A stark and powerful reminder of the devastating losses that families and communities across Canada suffered during the so-called, “war to end all wars”.
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)
B.C. farm & pioneer history, on a grand scale. Some images from the unveiling of the Mural Painting Project at the BC Farm Museum in Fort Langley. Photos don’t do justice — go see these 32 wonderful murals mounted inside and outside the museum. Langley Heritage Society is proud to be one of the financial sponsors of this project. Congratulations to the artists: Darlene Mehrer MacDonald, Phyllis Atkins, Vivian Harder, Toni Williams, Judy Jordison, Alan Wylie & Janice Robertson. (BC Farm Museum is at 9131 King Street, Fort Langley)
(Below) BC Farm Museum’s Syd Pickerell below Phyllis Atkins’ mural on Queen Street side of building.
(Below) Kwantlen artist Phyllis Atkins
(Below) Detail of Darlene Mehrer MacDonald’s mural about the cutting of the 49th parallel.
(Below) Aldergrove artist Vivian Hunter watches one her murals being unveiled.
Sacrifice and Sorrow: Langley and the Great War of 1914 – 1918. For full details: Langley Centennial Museum
A commemorative banner of Sergeant Alexander Eugene Ross hangs outside the Langley Centennial Museum. He was killed in action, January 1918. Part of a Langley Remembers series for the Sacrifice and Sorrow exhibition.