A look at Augusta's past



Glenn Pursselley from Douglass who was serving in the U.S. Army, had become a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines.

All the silk stockings collected for the war efforts were being made into power bags.

A Sunday morning fire hit four businesses in the 600 block of State St. The Pan-Tree grocery, the Nu-Way Cafe, The Augusta Journal, and the Quality Shoe Shop were a total loss except for the press equipment at The Journal.

New prices for school lunches: Garfield, 11 cents; Intermediate, 12 cents; Junior High, 13 cents; High School, 14 cents.



A flu epidemic had closed many schools through an eight-state midwest area.

Interest in television was growing with the news that Hutchinson would have a television station in operation about July 1st. The tower would be between Hutch and Wichita and beam well over 100 miles.

Augusta saw a warm temperature of 63 degrees and the next morning a low of 18 degrees.

While Kelso Deer, junior high principal, was serving in the Kansas House of Representatives, Vernon Hayes would serve as acting principal.



Despite cold and snow, 5,331 people received immunization against Type 1 polio at the clinic set up at the Elks Lodge downtown. A total of 12,855 took the oral vaccine at the Augusta and El Dorado clinics on a Sunday afternoon.

State Troopers Charles Hanna and Bill Persinger of Augusta, were in Topeka to participate in the ceremonies for Kansas Governor Anderson’s inauguration.

The Augusta Presbyterian Church celebrated it’s fifth anniversary with a special dinner and program.



David Crum was elected president of the Augusta United Fund.

A fire destroyed the Mecca Motel just west of Andover on the south side of U.S. 54 Highway.

The local Chamber of Commerce created a new club within its organization and the Augusta Ambassadors Club was officially launched.

A group of teen boys, members of the Junior Fire Brigade, were recognized at the annual Augusta Department of Safety dinner at Lehr’s. They were: Ray Marbut, Tom Carpenter, Jr., Adrian Adams, Roger Salmons, Kevin Call, Gary Bobbett, Gary Haigler, Emil Schreiber, Jay Harrison, and Matt Heit.



Mark Louis Bernhardt, son of Richard and Tricia Bernhardt, was Augusta’s First Baby of 1983.

Bob Munroe was appointed judge pro-tem following the Dec. 29th death of judge Cal Purdin.

Sue Starr had succeeded June Farias as the music teacher at Garfield and Robinson Schools.

W. R. Murfin, L.A. “Tubby” Knebler, Mike Murphy, and Dale Wheeler filed an application for acquisition and control of Augusta Bank & Trust with the Federal Deposit and Insurance Corp. in Kansas City.



Freezing temps and snow were closing schools and causing lots of problems for local residents. Many were reporting frozen water pipes.

A.W. and Helen McVay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a special open house reception.

Recipients of Volunteer Firemen of the Year were Bob Johnson, Greg Boggess and Art Call. Kirk Call was recognized for exceptional duty.



Everett Johnson of Augusta was headed to Topeka to begin serving in the Kansas House of Representatives for the 77th District.

Leonard Wakefield, retired mail carrier, had joined the Augusta branch office of J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. as a sales consultant.

Augusta School Superintendent Jim Markos received an extended contract for another year by the Board of Education. Markos had been superintendent since 1990.

It was standing room only at the USD 402 BOE January meeting. Patrons turned out to address the board concerning options being explored to save the district money.