Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Our Yestedays 8-28-12

  • A look back in Augusta's past.
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1942
    People had been enjoying temperatures in the low 50's for a few days.
    Front page item: Perky, the bulldog belonging to Mr. & Mrs. L.H. McLaren of Blytheville, Ark., who had been staying at the Dr. F.A. Garvin home, left to rejoin the McLaren family. (Editor's note: There is no mention of why Perky was staying in Augusta or how he was getting home.)
    Comment from Bert Shore (Aug. 27, 1942): "Stand by our Town: If you work in a town, in heaven's name, work for it. If you live in a town, live for it, give for it. Help advance your neighborhood. Respect the great power that protects you with the advantages of advance civilization, and make it possible for you to achieve results. Speak well of it. Stand by it. Stand for its civic and commercial supremacy. If you must obstruct or decry those who strive to help it, quit the town. But as long as you are a part of a locality, do not belittle it."
    60 YEARS AGO
    1952
    A brand new traffic code was in effect; no bicycles to be parked on downtown sidewalks. There had been numerous complaints received about bikes lying on sidewalks for hours at a time.
    A blue and gray parakeet had been seen flitting around town and its owner, William Benson, was asking for help in catching his escaped pet.
    L.N. Gish was the new AHS math and social studies teacher. For many years prior, he had been the principal of the Kingman high school.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1962
    All AHS football players received hearing and vision screenings at school.
    Randy Goucher, 10 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Goucher, was the winner of a go-kart in a drawing at the Plaza IGA.
    The Butler County Sheriff's Department established a branch office in Augusta and was located at the local police department.
    John Penney and his wife, Ella, were new in the local school district. He would be a counselor and she would teach first grade at Garfield Elementary.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1972
    The Augusta Department of Safety received its new fire truck that was ordered earlier in the year through Brooks-McKnight Ford, Inc.
    Four long-time Augusta businessmen were honored by the Kiwanis Club in a special meeting held at Lehr's. Those honored were Dr. James Alley, Fred Spencer, Clovis Cash and George Smith.
    The local Kiwanis Club sponsored a bike inspection and races at Garvin Park.
    Page 2 of 2 - The senior high football team held their annual T-shirt scrimmage.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1982
    Lori Rickner, Joy Leatherman and Pam Olson were all new Augusta elementary teachers.
    Stricklers Shoes was hosting a Fifth Anniversary Sellabration.
    Local new construction values hit the $1 million mark in August.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1992
    Two public information meetings on the $14.5 million bond issued for school facility improvements were held in the council room at Augusta City Hall, and televised on cable television.
    The Augusta Child Care Center, 609 Osage, had closed its doors after being in business for 19 years.
    Stephen Hiser was recognized by the Augusta Department of Safety due to his heroic actions earlier in the year, when he helped a teenage girl who was being attacked by a dog.
    10 YEARS AGO
    2002
    Former AHS coach and athletic director Armand Hillier was honored by the Kansas Coaches Association for his long service to the association and the youth of Kansas.
    The 2002 White Eagle Festival ran for three days and included venues at Garvin Park, a downtown parade and a Miss White Eagle Pageant at the Theatre.
    The "Recycle Rubies" was the newly formed local chapter of the Red Hat Society.
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