A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Every automobile driver in Kansas was allowed 90 miles a month of family or pleasure driving. Some thought to be violators were being asked to appear with their ration books before OPA investigators.
Dorothy Jean Hammond at 814 State, owned a red hen that was a good layer, but insisted upon coming into the house to lay the daily egg in a basket provided as a nest.
All gas stations were ordered to stay open only 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.
The school board was considering a plan that would require all senior students to have defects in their permanent teeth fixed before they were permitted to graduate from Augusta High School.
60 YEARS AGO
Augusta lost one of its best-known and best-liked residents when Otis “Ote” Robinson, 76, died. He was a painter, a paper-hanger, and part owner of the Hall-Robinson Decorative Shop. Most people enjoyed his practical jokes.
The Augusta Orioles coasted to their eighth win of the season by defeating St. John’s, 77-60.
El Dorado had named its new lake project Bluestem Lake. The name was selected from 254 suggestions. It would be located south and east of Lake El Dorado.
50 YEARS AGO
The Orioles defeated Wichita Heights in overtime, 77-74, with the scoring help of David Souder.
Three men had filed for vacancies on the local Board of Education; Jerry Pressley, Monroe Cox, and Ramon Criss.
Fire units rushed to the high school manual arts building when a fire broke out. Luckily, the fire was brought under control and damage was minor. A few saw were warped and some student projects were lost.
40 YEARS AGO
After a few days of temperatures near 60, winter returned with colder readings and a lot of snow.
The local Kiwanis Club received word that they were declared the winner of the Kansas Multiple Service Emerald Section.
Some industrious Lincoln sixth graders constructed a snowman over 7 feet tall.
Two former AHS athletes were members of the Butler County Community College basketball team. Greg Johnson was a forward and Mike Shryock, a guard for the Grizzley team.
30 YEARS AGO
Billy Maness, Wayne Mathias, Keck Bryan, Wayne Hooper, and David Wheat filed for City Council. Lowell Peterson and Walt Sharp filed for School Board.
Augusta’ High-Q team blew away the competition 210-105 in the first round of the televised Q & A series showcasing high school brain power. Members of the team; Dominic Alfaro, Kelly Wheatley, Joyce Demel, Rick Thompson, and Susan Coloney, were coached by Priscilla All.
Augusta received four inches of snow.
20 YEARS AGO
Richard Bishop of Andover, was officially named the postmaster of the Augusta post office. Bishop had been overseeing the local post office since the retirement of Darrel Trebbe in September.
Work on the new 5,000 square-foot Augusta Animal Clinic on Belmont, would begin as soon as there was a break in the winter weather. Dr. Glenn Hoskinson began the practice in the 3-car garage adjacent to his home. Additions were made to the clinic in 1965 and 1970.
The Haverhill Christian Church congregation purchased 26 acres of land near the Haverhill Rd. and U.S. 54 Haverhill exit. They hoped to build a new and larger building in 4 to 5 years.
The Augusta Knights of Columbus held their annual free throw shooting contest at St. James School. Winners were Abby Garrison, Julie Stephenson, Karli Winter, Joey Hirschfeld, Heath Train, Brek Train, and Landon Payne.
A Butler County District Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Bobby White, 50, who was charged with the first degree murder in the March 27, 2002 shooting death of Aaron Ruboyianes, his 24 year-old son-in-law, inside the Augusta Walmart store where the younger man worked.
Taylor Metcalf was the winner of the Ewalt Elementary Spelling Bee.