A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
The entire state, along with others, was operating under a rent control ruling. The government was asking all landlords to cooperate with the President’s wartime program for controlling the cost of living.
The Red Cross was paying $2.50 an ounce for long blonde hair needed in the manufacture of delicate instruments of war.
The Dearborn Grocery at 1126 Dearborn was selling Post Toasties for 9 cents a box and bacon for 23 cents a pound.
60 YEARS AGO
The property at the southwest corner of 6th & State had been sold to H.E. Darter. It had belonged to the late Will Cady, who was the editor of the Augusta Journal for more than 50 years. The property included the vacant lot that before a fire contained the Phillips Pan-Tree Grocery and the business building on the corner.
As the drought conditions continued, residents were being asked to conserve water and to restrain from tossing cigarettes out of car windows.
50 YEARS AGO
The City Council continued discussions on Augusta’s need for new airport facilities. They were expecting to hear from an FAA representative to explain requirements.
A new sport had been added to Augusta High School. Cross-country, a running contest which was highly popular among many colleges and a number of large high schools, was added to Coach John Hutter’s responsibilities.
There were 18 sets of twins enrolled in Augusta schools. Five sets at Garfield; Kris and Kent Mauk, Aleda and Alan George, Gary and Larry Johnson, Ricky and Ronny Davis, and Jeffrey and Steven Pittman. Three sets at Lincoln; Ronald and Donald Carr, Donnie and Ronnie Dowell, and Kay and Fay Hutchinson. Five sets in eighth grade; Garry and Barry Cantu, Terry and Gary Rawlings, Carol and Carl Guest, Dana and Dona Fennell, and Keene and Kelly Barton. Ninth grade; John and Janet Schauf. Seventh grade; William and Joanna Olson. Three sets in high school; Judy and Jane Lemke, Janet and Jim Fitzwater, and Anna and Joe Frazier.
40 YEARS AGO
A remodeled school bus was being utilized as a classroom at Garfield for a remedial reading program, a guidance program and a special education classroom.
A modified dress code was adopted by the Circle Board of Education in response to an earlier controversy the month before over violations concerning boys’ hair.
City Clerk Fred Ortmann reported 3,311 Augustans had registered to vote in the November election.
30 YEARS AGO
Jeanine Horner reigned as the 1982 AHS Homecoming Queen. Her attendants were Cindy Adams, Carla Armstrong, and Karen Casper. The Orioles won the homecoming game against Buhler, 19-14.
The Oriole volleyball tea, coached by Eileen Dreiling, finished Chisholm Trail League play undefeated.
A tragic accident southeast of Augusta on the Smileyberg Rd., claimed the lives of two Winfield teachers when their small car was broadsided and crushed by a fertilizer truck.
20 YEARS AGO
Local convenience shop clerk Richard Johnston, 49, of Augusta, had been shot and killed at the KWIK Shop, 1306 State. Authorities were searching for a motive and a suspect.
The Augusta Middle School cross country team, coached by Craig Gantenbein, won the Pioneer League championship.
Father James Mainzer was the new priest at St. James. Catholic Church.
Dick Hammond was the new president of the Augusta Kiwanis Club.
10 YEARS AGO
Hans Nickel and Ruby Hancock were named AHS fall homecoming king and queen.
Fourth District Congressman Todd Tiahrt announced that $500,000 to construct new water transmission lines for the City of Augusta was included in an appropriation bill for the next fiscal year.
Kathleen Sebelius, the Democrat candidate for Governor of Kansas, spoke locally at Cottonwood Point retirement center.