A look at our past
70 YEARS AGO
A Gazette front page announcement read, “Corp. and Mrs. Stanley Dunham announce the birth of a daughter Sunday morning at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Corp. Dunham is expected this week to visit his family. Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Payne are the maternal grandparents and great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Armour, Wichita.” (The baby was their daughter, Stanley Ann Dunham, who would be the mother of President Barack Obama.)
Augusta, along with the rest of the country, was preparing for the big two-day nation-wide observance of the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
60 YEARS AGO
Almost 700 Augustans enjoyed the open house at the new Elks home. The four day event concluded with a grand ball.
The area was hit with 6 inches of snow and there was no way out or into Augusta. All roads were closed. An Augusta man was dead and another in critical condition when found in their stalled car west of the underpass on U.S. 54 west of Augusta. The two, who had been returning home after working at a Wichita aircraft plant, were part of more than 200 persons stranded in the immediate area and of the more than 500 stranded in the Towanda-Kechi Rd. area north of Augusta.
50 YEARS AGO
City librarian Erma Boyd reported that the Augusta Public Library had just installed a new book-charging machine, which was faster and simpler than the method of handwriting each checkout of books.
Sandy’s Drive-in Patio, 209 E. 7th, was selling 6 hamburgers for $1.
The Butler County Civil Defense Director announced that Augusta had 18 suitable facilities to be used as public fall-out shelters. El Dorado had 20.
Natholee Garrett won the singles championship in the Augusta Women’s Bowling Association Tournament held at the Holiday Bowl.
40 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Jaycees were sponsoring their first annual Christmas lighting contest for homes, apartments, stores and shops.
Augusta High School basketball coach Armand Hillier wasn’t discouraged by the Orioles’ 49-47 loss to El Dorado in the first game of the season. Hillier advised the team would be ready for Circle in the next game.
Dillons Stores announced plans to build a 24,840 square foot store in Augusta at Kelly and Ohio Streets. Approximately 8.5 acres were purchased, which would allow future development of additional shopping facilities.
30 YEARS AGO
Surplus materials and equipment from Augusta USD 402 brought an estimated $3,600 during an auction.
Rev. Frank Miller had assumed the pastorate at the Augusta First Church of the Nazarene, 1010 Osage.
Sgt. Joel Jones had succeeded Sgt. Paul Tuttle as the administrator of the Augusta Unit of the Kansas National Guard.
An ice storm knocked out power to several local neighborhoods.
20 YEARS AGO
Two AHS seniors were named to the 5A All-State football team; Jon Forred was on the First Team and Chris Grill received honorable mention.
Bob Gasaway had succeeded Phil Belcher as manager of Augusta Wal-Mart.
Bill Colgrove of Wichita, had purchased and was operating McVay’s Cleaners at 410 State from former owners Mike and Sandi Wolf.
10 YEARS AGO
A consensus of Augusta city councilmen indicated they would consider an ordinance to levy a guest tax for promotion of tourism and convention activities.
A new bell tower was dedicated at Christ Lutheran Church.
Armand Hillier, who had recently retired after 40 years as a public school administrator and coach, was being inducted into the Southwestern College Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from the college in 1962 and was a four-year letterman in basketball. He was elected an All-KCAC player and was a leader on the 1962 KCAC championship team.
Kyler Rowland was selected to the Kansas Soccer All-State team.