Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Our Yesterdays 9-4-12

  • A look back at Augusta's past.
    • email print
  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1942
    New bleachers had been installed at Worl Field just in time for AHS football season. The bleachers, donated by Socony-Vacuum refinery, boosted seating capacity to about 300.
    Due to the severe shortage of knitting wools, citizens were being asked to unravel unwanted wool sweaters. Once unraveled, the wool was wound into balls for knitting.
    Terror had stricken dog owners on north State St. again as a dog poisoner stalked the vicinity. The latest to lose its life was "Wimpy" the beloved seven year-old bull terrier that lived with the Beeson family at 1105 State.
    Augusta received 3.63 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1952
    The first day of September was the first day of school and all enjoyed cooler temperatures. One hundred fifty children were enrolled in kindergarten classes at Garfield. In order to care for the large enrollment, each child would be in kindergarten class four days each week instead of five.
    Augusta's official population was 5,552 and Butler County, 33,725.
    A beautiful parade float made by members of the Sorosis, Outlook and 20th Century Club, that had won first place in a recent Augusta parade, also took first in a parade held in Douglass.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1962
    Ercel Mickle reported a sizeable watermelon on a volunteer vine growing on an evergreen tree at the side of his house and was hanging straight down from the tree. Mickle was hoping the vine would be strong enough for the melon to keep growing.
    A horse and sports car collided on Rose Hill Rd. No one was injured seriously - including the horse - but the rider of the horse was given a ticket by the Kansas Highway Patrol for failing to yield the right of way.
    The Santa Fe Railroad's original steam locomotive, the Cyrus K. Holliday, stopped in Augusta for a couple of hours. The engine and two coaches were being hauled by an eastbound freight to Topeka for a display. The engine was the first one used to make runs along the Santa Fe Railway and named for the first president of the Santa Fe Railroad.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1972
    Rep. Frank Gaines met with citizens and outlined the advantages of the proposed E. 7th St. Overpass Project. He informed the group that the Kansas Highway Commission reported that the railroad crossing on E. 7th was the most dangerous section in the state of Kansas.
    Three local Boy Scouts were honored at the Lutheran Church and presented the Pro Deo et Patria emblem. The scouts were Mike Martin, Marc Laubhan and David Green.
    Page 2 of 2 - 30 YEARS AGO
    1982
    Sonya Bonner had assumed the duties of director of the Augusta Arts Council.
    Loy Chase, Augusta's perennial United Way Parade chairman was encouraging groups and organizations to be a part of the upcoming United Way Parade.
    Lynn Hanzlicek was the new auto mechanics teacher at AHS and his wife, Susan was teaching English at the junior high.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1992
    Around 200 people, some professional builders and some volunteers, assisted with the construction of a new building for the local Community Caring Center at 4th & Oak. Working from sun-up to sundown, they erected a 30 X 70 ft. building.
    The First Christian Church team took first place in the Church League Softball Tournament.
    The City of Augusta had received $85,000 in federal funds that would be used to install an elevator at City Hall. Augusta would need to provide $65,000 in matching funds for the project.
    10 YEARS AGO
    2002
    AHS head basketball coach Terry Taylor was named the Basketball Coach of the Year by the Kansas Coaches Association.
    AHS football coaches were disappointed that only 38-40 players signed up to play football.
    The White Eagle Festival medallion was not found in the popular annual White Eagle Festive Medallion Hunt so the prize money was rolled into the next year's prize. It had been hidden on the city power plant property on E. 12th.
        • »  EVENTS CALENDAR