George Beane, 82, remembers the old days. (Photo from the Whidbey Progress Edition, 1951)

Another name associated with the early development of Langley is George Beane. In 1907, as a young man of 28 years, he was persuaded by Jacob Anthes to come to Langley and start a vegetable cannery which he ran for several years. He was a member of Langley’s second Town Council. He was active in Langley affairs besides the Whidbey Canning Company, including the water system, the lighting system and the bank. He died in the 1960s.