Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Our Yesterdays 9-11-12

  • A look at our past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1942
    Augusta received 5.25 inches of rain in a 48 hour period and water was running over the city lake spillway and picnic areas in Garvin Park were under water. Football practice was canceled as Worl Field was flooded, as well.
    The city was holding a "Junk Roundup" asking residents to bring in all scrap metal to the salvage depot in order to help the country make weapons for the war effort.
    An Augusta youth went to the U.S. Navy recruiting office in Wichita and was turned away because he sported a tattoo of a nude lady on his arm. He was accepted a few days later following a sarong being inked on the tattoo.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1952
    Dancing classes - tap, ballet and acrobat - were being taught by Dorcas Calvert in the basement of Lehr's Coffee Shop.
    The State Board of Health Secretary was considering closing schools due to polio cases in the state at almost 700.
    There was some excitement downtown with the installation of an after hour depository at Prairie State Bank. A year's fee for the service was $12.
    Two bus loads of Augusta High School band students traveled to Band Day at the State Fair in Hutchinson and gave three performance.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1962
    Construction of the new Augusta Public Library was progressing right on track. The library board was discussing furniture and fixtures for the new building.
    Bob's Burger Bar on W. 7th was having a School Lunch Special; a hamburger, french fires and a small drink for only 45 cents.
    The Augusta Cadet Twirling Team placed second at at state twirling contest in Wichita. Team members were Jacque Taylor, Judy Taylor, Jan Penland, Jeanine Shryock, Candy Williams and Dixie Wisner.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1972
    Todd Patterson was winning races as a boy with his bicycle. He won first place in the speed gear division and second in the high speed division in the Kiwanis sponsored bike races at Garvin Park.
    The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Leon High School was held at the 43-acre site. It was expected to be completed in one year.
    Max Munson was the new pastor at the Wesleyan Church.
    The four-lane highway U.S. 54/77 linking Pickerell Corner intersection with El Dorado was formally opened with a ribbon cutting attended by Kansas Governor Robert Docking.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1982
    Rocky Hufman and Curt Hillier placed in the top 10 in their respective races and earned medals for the AHS cross country team.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fred Ortmann, Augusta City Clerk for 17 years, was becoming administrative assistant to City Manager Homer Bair and Elsie George was named the new City Clerk.
    Planning was underway for a big 10th anniversary celebration for Augusta Medical Complex.
    The Prairie State Bank Clock in the 500 block of State was moved to the Augusta Historical Museum. It had been in front of the bank for 50 years.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1992
    Friends and former students honored retired teacher May Gruver on her 85th birthday.
    Marjorie Rich, widow of Ivan Rich, who served as a co-pilot of a B-17 bomber over Europe during World War II, cut the ribbon at the new Augusta Air Museum during open ceremonies.
    Frank Watson was showing off a 25-pound cantaloupe he had harvested from his garden.
    District voters approved the $14.25 million school bond issued 2,126 to 1,200. Remodeling and renovations, a new middle school, a new elementary school, and a new central kitchen were all part of the project.
    10 YEARS AGO
    2001
    The future of Augusta Regional Medical Complex and long term care were hanging in the balance and "Save the Hospital" petitions were being circulated throughout the community. Hopes were that Susan B. Allen Hospital would step in and save the hospital.
    Dr. John Purvis was the new principal at Augusta Middle School and the Augusta Learning Center opened its doors for the the first time.
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