60 YEARS AGO
Aug. 24 - 31, 1949
In honor of school starting, Augusta school children and their parents were treated to a king-size picnic at Garvin Park hosted by the Elks Lodge.
A farm east of Augusta on the Little Walnut was boasting a crop of cowpeas that were 12 feet tall.
The first game was played on the new Moyle Field. John Moyle made the project possible by giving the large site rent-free to the community. Other residents provided supplies, equipment and labor.
Aug. 26 - Sept. 1, 1959
Hall’s bookstore downtown was a very busy place with school books and supplies being purchased for the first day of school.
Many Augustans were excited to attend a fundraiser in Wichita which was featuring former U.S. President Harry S. Truman as the principal speaker.
Lightning during a severe storm struck a 55,000 barrel crude oil tank on a Mobil Oil Co. tank farm just northeast of town and set off a disastrous $225,000 fire.
Aug. 24 - 31, 1969
Betty Crum was the new sixth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary.
Ed Williamson was the store manager at the new Plaza IGA. He was formerly of Wichita where he worked 12 years for IGA.
Augusta High School guidance counselor Horton Flaming expressed his appreciation to local businesses that hired approximately 30 teens to work during the summer months.
Aug. 23 - 31, 1979
Rev. Arnold D. Studtmann was installed as pastor of Augusta’s Christ Lutheran Church.
After nearly 50 years at 413 State, The Augusta Daily Gazette was moving to its new home at 204 E. Fifth, known to many as “the old Safeway building.”
Aug. 25 - 31, 1989
Sue Hoefgen was named president-elect of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Kim Healy, a graduate of Augusta High School and a freshman at Butler County Community College was the first recipient of the Jacque Hoefgen Cheerleading Scholarship from Augusta USD?402.
Gina Butler was the new fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School and Judy Terick was the new second grade teacher at Garfield Elementary.
Aug. 24 - 31, 199
Six-year-old Danyel Anglemyer of Augusta participated in the International Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull in Yankton, SD, and took second place.
The impact of the previous year’s devastating flood was felt with a significant lower enrollment at local schools.