Local farmer D.E. Hite harvested a tomato from his garden that weighed 1 pound and 6 ounces, and measured 16 3/8 inches in circumference.
Residents in Leon were planning a Victory Pie Day with women donating pies to be auctioned off and purchased with war stamps. Along with plenty of delicious pie, coffee would be served, but those attending were reminded to bring their own sugar.
For the first time in the history of El Dorado, the town had a woman police officer. Louise Lee took over the day desk due to the shortage of qualified men.
Augusta had its hottest day of the year with the mercury hitting 109 degrees.
60 YEARS AGO
Water woes continued. About 250,000 gallons of water were required to be retained in the storage tank for fire-fighting and other emergencies, but consumers continued at the rate of nearly one million gallons a day. The city would be without water in a matter of days.
Over 100 people combined their efforts to clean and re-decorate the sanctuary and adjoining rooms at the First Baptist Church.
Kansas was experiencing drought conditions and the summer was predicted to go down in Kansas weather records as the driest June-July on record. Temperatures were still in the triple digits and no rain was in the forecast.
50 YEARS AGO
The local Jaycees kicked off their project to paint all the house numbers in town on curbs.
The City of Augusta’s new half million gallon water tower on Kelly St. was filled for the first time.
Cooper Drug was being re-decorated, re-modeled, and offering a complete fountain service.
John Stanley was retiring after 54 years with Santa Fe Railroad. He had been the Santa Fe agent at the Augusta depot since December 1940.
Newton Male, Republican for the 77th District State Representative, won the nomination in the primary. He would be facing W.P. Lytton, Democrat, in the November general election.
The Ranger Motel & Restaurant was under new ownership. John Sandlin, Ernest Oliphant and Charles Oliphant were the new owners and the place was being re-decorated.
Vandals hit Garvin Park once again. The local police had stepped up their patrolling of the park.
The latest repairs at the Augusta swimming pool cost around $3,000 and more repairs were needed. The city inspector presented a 3 1/2 page report on the needed repairs to City Council.
Carl Calvert, AHS coach and biology teacher, was handling the mowing chores for the school. He was keeping the football field and practice fields in good shape.
Jean Shetlar would be the new third grade teacher at Garfield Elementary, and Lori Logsdon would be the new fifth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary.
A new site - at 4th & Oak Streets - would be the location for Augusta’s Community Caring Center. An old fashion “barn raising” was planned for Aug. 22nd.
Augusta City Council was discussing steps to make all city-owned public access areas accessible to the handicapped. The city had until 1995 to be in full compliance with the federal mandate.
The Augusta Jays became the only USSSA softball team to win state championships in three different divisions. The team was coached by Bob McCalla and Bob Jackson.
Teresa Thurman-Zuck, director of the Augusta Public Library, announced her resignation after 3 1/2 years in that position. She had accepted a teaching position in Eureka.
Mayor Ross Rountree reported good news in the city budget for the next year - a lower mill levy.
The Augusta Regional Medical Complex announced it would be temporarily suspending in-patient care services and trimming up to 60 jobs. The hospital entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection the previous year.
Matt Hunn of Augusta, was featured on the cover of the August issue of Outdoor Life magazine as the winner of the publication’s Deer of the Year contest. Photographer Derrick Schreiber, formerly of Augusta, took the award winning photograph of Hunn with the deer he brought down with a bow the previous Thanksgiving Day.
Belinda Larsen: Our Yesterdays 7-31-12