A look back in Augusta's history
70 YEARS AGO
The State Highway Patrol was providing names and license numbers of drivers not observing the speed laws to the Butler County Rationing Board. The offenders would not receive consideration for tires and gasoline.
Mary Shively went to work at the Drain-Walburn Store and her lonesome dog “Boy” sat for hours each day outside the drug store waiting four her.
Lawrence G. Alley, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Alley, had enlisted as a naval aviation cadet in the U.S. Naval Reserve. When ordered to active duty, Alley would report to the U.S. Navy pre-flight school, St. Mary’s College in California for training.
60 YEARS AGO
October had been the driest October Kansas had experienced since the state-wide records were begun in 1887.
Augusta retained its voting Democrat majority in the general election, with one exception being the margin given Eisenhower for president.
The Augusta High School Band was practicing for upcoming concerts and had added two new instruments; a baritone saxophone and a bass clarinet.
50 YEARS AGO
Dedication of the new Robinson Elementary School was held and the special speaker was H.H. Robinson of Berthaud, Colo., for whom the new school was named. Robinson served the local school district for more than 40 years, including superintendent for a number of years before retiring.
Harry Helmer of Hillsboro had purchased the Augusta grain elevator owned by Sam P. Wallingford Grain, Inc.
Students in the AHS Constitution Class taught by Joe McAdoo were given writing assignments and the Gazette published an outstanding paper, “Why Individuals Should Not Abuse Their Right to Vote.” It was written by Peggy Hime, who is now Peggy Palmer, former Kansas State Representative, Kansas State Senator, and currently a Butler County Commissioner.
40 YEARS AGO
A.W. and Helen McVay were celebrating the 25th anniversary of McVay Cleaners.
The proposed E. 7th St. Overpass Project passed easily in the general election. In other election results, Newton Male of Augusta won a seat in the Kansas State Legislature and Richard Nixon defeated George McGovern for U.S. President.
Peter Pan Ice Cream Store was open at its new location in the North Star Center on N. Ohio.
30 YEARS AGO
For the third year in a row, the Oriole volleyball team battled their way to the state tournament.
New officers for Augusta Credit Women International were installed: Lois Bird, president; Connie Thurman, director; Beverly Williams, vice president; Susan Hill, secretary; Marie Corbin, treasurer, and Donna Ruple, director.
The Augusta City Council chose Wayne Mathias to fill the unexpired term of Don Cuda, Ward 4, who had resigned.
20 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Orioles football team was headed to the 5A Regional playoffs in Liberal.
Sterling House of Augusta was observing its one year anniversary.
Six AHS football players were named to the Chisholm Trail All-League Team: Chris Grill was named to the first team; Gary Newlon, Jason Goeken, and Jon Forred to the second team; Jon Nesler and Adam Jackson received Honorable Mention.
Bill Clinton was the big winner in the presidential election and President Bush’s fall from power made Kansas Senator Bob Dole the leading Republican in Washington.
10 YEARS AGO
Augusta’s First Baptist Church was preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Joshua Robertson, 21, was given 50 years in prison for his role in the death of Patricia Self, of Augusta, his girlfriend’s mother. After a fire on Tuesday, March 19, 2002, Self’s body was discovered at her residence at 4705 SW 101st Terrace, east of Augusta.
The Schuster Group announced that Augusta Medical Complex would not be reopening in 2003 as previously announced. The fight was over.