A look back in our history



Augusta High School basketball coach Dave Shirk advised his team players that they may be forced to depend upon their own resources for providing gasoline for their travels to out of town games.

More and more women were appearing on the work scene in Augusta. Several women were working at gas stations, at meat counters, and a number of businesses were being managed by women.

Civilians nation-wide were being asked to stay home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. And businesses were asked to dispense with outdoor Christmas lights for the duration of the war.



Young Dalton Patterson, a member of the Haverhill Happy Hustlers 4-H Club, had the winning essay in a 4-H safety contest. His prize was a wrist watch.

Louis Weiss was appointed the general manager of Spencer-Safford Loadcraft, Inc. Weiss joined Loadcraft the year before as manager of the aircraft parts division.

The Christ Lutheran congregation was planning to sell their parsonage at 1200 Osage and build a new one across the street from the church building at Kelly and Cron.

Seven members of the AHS Class of 1895 met for a 57 year reunion. They enjoyed a tour of the city and met in the home of Stella Haines.



Although the Cuban Missile Crisis had eased somewhat, Augusta was continuing to maintain its Civil Defense emergency government agencies and several Civil Defense shelters had been set up inside the city limits.

The winners of the Lions Halloween events were named: Marilyn Miles, vocalist took first place in the talent contest; Linda Curry and Ron Bryan were the winners in the twist dance contest; and first place winners in the costume contest were “Egyptians” Jimmy Scholfield, Steve Buskirk and Rod Parry.

Rhonda Mahannah was crowned 1962 Homecoming Queen at the last football game of the season. Her attendants were Lana Dennett and Cheryl Ortmann.



The Army Corps of Engineers announced that the El Dorado Lake Project construction would begin in the spring. The lake would cover approximately 8,000 acres.

A Parks-Chrysler Scholarship was established and would be presented to a spring graduate of AHS.

The AHS Orioles completed a successful season and were League co-champs. Players named to the Chisholm Trail League football team were: Mike Todd, Calvin Applegate, Gary Gaylord, first team; Dennis Roberts and Larry Gaylord, second team; Larry Winter and Bruce Stanford, honorable mention.

Augusta received 1.47 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.



Former president of Safford Lumber Co., local businessman and developer, Lee Hoopes had died at age 57.

Coach Eileen Dreiling and her AHS volleyball players won the 4A State volleyball tourney at Salina. It was the third straight trip to state for the team.

A new circular slide was installed at the Garfield Elementary playground.

The team of Dominic Alfaro, Rick Thompson, Rhonda Sullivan, Susan Colony, and Joyce Demel, coached by Priscilla All, placed second at the Mulvane College Bowl.



Ana Maria Carrillo of Augusta, was selected to participate in the Girl Scouts USA Leadership Institute in New York.

Augusta City Hall had installed a new telecommunication device which would allow communication through the telephone to hearing impaired individuals with similar devices.

AHS thespians performed Guys and Dolls for their fall musical. The cast included Monte Wheeler.



Augusta soccer goalie Hans Nickel and forward Kyler Rowland were selected to the all league second team. Tyler Janzen, Casey Smith and Justin Hanzlick received honorable mention.

The Book Club celebrated its 75th anniversary and saluted members who had belonged 25 years or more: Linda Ralston, Priscilla All, Diedra Chapin, Norma Bisagno, and Jane Mathias.