A look back at our history.
70 YEARS AGO
The old Civil War cannon that had sat on the Butler County Courthouse lawn since 1910 and had been secured by Charles Selig from U.S. Senator Charles Curtis, was turned into the nation-wide scrap metal campaign for the war efforts.
Spectators at the Augusta-Leon football game at Augusta’s Worl Field were entertained at half-time by the combined bands of Augusta and Leon.
A featured Notice to the Public stated, “On and after Sept. 30, 1942 the price of haircuts in all Augusta barber shops will be 50 cents. - Burl Allison, H.L. Creel, C.E. Martin, Brown’s Barber Shop, and Frank Malone.”
60 YEARS AGO
The White Eagle Gun Club, located at the Augusta golf course, was hosting “The Ham & Bacon Shoot.”
The Augusta Orioles overpowered the Mulvane Wildcats 26-0 in the second game of the season. It was also the second game the Orioles held their opponents scoreless.
The City Council voted 6-1 to place a new water plant issue before the voters in the general election in November.
50 YEARS AGO
The City Council was considering passing a milk ordinance designed to prohibit the sale of un-pasteurized milk within the city limits.
The Augusta Orioles won a rain-abbreviated game at Hillsboro, 13-0. Rain started falling rather heavily about midway in the second quarter, and the two teams waited nearly an half hour at half-time for the downpour to let up. It didn’t. In addition to the heavy rain, Coach Lee Norris was concerned about the lightning, so it was agreed to call the game at that point.
A wagon being pulled by a team of horses and an automobile were involved in an accident a half mile east of town. The wagon driver was thrown from the wagon and fell down an embankment and received bruises. He was ticketed for failing to have a red light on his wagon. One of the horses received some minor scratches, but the driver of the car was unhurt. Both the wagon and the car were demolished.
40 YEARS AGO
The old-style yellow yield traffic signs were being removed from Augusta streets and being replaced with the new red on white signs.
The City Council passed ordinances prohibiting bicycles on downtown sidewalks and horses were banned from downtown and residential sidewalks.
Sam Barkoskis, Rt. 1, had bragging rights to a 7 pound sweet potato grown in his garden.
30 YEARS AGO
Augusta Walmart celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special reception.
The Augusta High School volleyball team won five matches to win the Andover Invitational.
In an effort to reduce the amount of window breakage at the junior high school, the BOE opted to replace the broken glass with 1/8 inch plexiglass.
20 YEARS AGO
Attempting to raise public awareness, the Augusta Department of Safety and USD 402 erected signs near local schools warning of its policy against illegal drugs and guns.
Darrel Trebbe had retired as Augusta Postmaster after 34 years.
Loy Chase was serving as the United Way parade coordinator for the 21st year.
Evan Buggeln, AMS 7th grader, was so good at soccer that he was invited to play for the Air Capital Outlaws.
10 YEARS AGO
The addition/expansion project, which included a 70-seat theater, at Augusta’s LakePoint Nursing Center was underway.
Major truck traffic was eliminated on Main and Ohio Streets. Truck routes would only be on all of 7th (U.S. 54-400) and all of Walnut (U.S. 77).
Jim Blanchant designed the new logo to be used by the City. His red, white and blue design would start showing up on all city equipment and uniforms.
The community was mourning the loss of much-loved resident and artist Sandi Gore-Evans.