A look at Augusta's past
Augusta was incorporated on Feb. 8, 1871 - Happy 142nd Birthday!
70 YEARS AGO
Frank Allen, 85, widely-known philanthropist and founder of Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in memorial to his mother, died from smoke inhalation when fire gutted some rooms of a business building in El Dorado where he had an office. By the terms of his will, Allen left $1,000,000 to the hospital making it one of the wealthiest in the world in point of beds it contained.
H.J. Markahm, formerly of Douglass, was thought to be Butler County’s oldest sailor on active duty at the time. He was 64 and entered the service when he was 23 years old, making it a stretch of 40 years. He became a naval reserve after WWI and in 1942 returned to active duty.
Dr. Fred Garvin and wife, Grace were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They came to Augusta in 1902.
60 YEARS AGO
Morris Moon of Augusta and Butler County attorney, was elected president of the Kansas County Attorney’s Association.
Bill Grady opened Bill’s Burger Bar at 312 W. 7th.
The Augusta Orioles established a new school scoring record as they shellacked the El Dorado Wildcats 89-54. The previous high total was set the previous year against Oxford.
The Augusta Methodist Church organized the first Women’s Worry Clinic and 235 women attended. It was sponsored by the Butler County Mental Health Association.
The Augusta Orioles took first place in the Chisholm Trail League by defeating Mulvane, while Clearwater upset the League leading Derby Panthers.
E.T. “Red” Nelson, Augusta City Councilman and long time employee of Mobil Oil refinery here, had died unexpectedly at age 55. Death was attributed to a heart attack. City offices were closed the day of his funeral.
40 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Knox were crowned King and Queen of Mardi Gras at the annual St. James affair.
Debbie Ferrell was crowned the 1973 AHS basketball and wrestling queen. Attendants were Connie Anglemyer, Connie Bowman, and Carol Kirkwood.
Coburn Industries, 3 miles west of Augusta on US 54, one of Augusta’s major industries, was destroyed by fire.
30 YEARS AGO
Dr. W. R. Gentzler received a special veteran award for 15 years of service to the local Boy Scout organization.
Seven AHS seniors had straight A’s: Susan Conner, Dana Denny, Connie Hoskinson, Jackie Pippin, Marjorie Simon, Kelly Wheatley, and Brenda Zwahl.
Augusta received over 5 inches of snow and 4 more inches were predicted. Schools were closed.
20 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Daily Gazette began its 100th year of service to the community.
Augusta Middle School spelling bee champs were Melissa Kittle and Nathan Rae.
Augusta’s oldest building, the C.N. James log cabin, was undergoing a structure restoration and would take 10-12 weeks.
City leaders were discussing the possibility of leasing the machine shop at the old Mobil Oil refinery. The council agreed not to lease three other buildings on the refinery grounds. The owner Williams Pipe Line was in process of demolishing most of the unused portions of the refinery.
10 YEARS AGO
Play Park Pointe, one of the community’s best symbols of volunteerism for a common goal, was saluted during the annual dinner meeting of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Kip Richardson was named the Volunteer of the Year.
Sean Doyle was top speller at the St. James spelling bee.
Shelby Johnson, fifth grader, was the top speller at Garfield.