A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
J.E. Mahannah received the Navy Cross awarded posthumously to his son, Second Lt. Martin Mahannah, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, who was killed in action during a Japanese aerial attack on Midway Island, June 4, 1942. Lt. Mahannah was buried at sea with full military honors, June 11, 1942.
The store in Bodarc was closing after being in business more than 60 years.
Augusta's new air raid siren had been installed at the electric plant. The siren, along with the one a the Socony-Vacuum refinery would reach any place in town in case of a blackout.
60 YEARS AGO
Five escapees from the Army stockade at Camp Carson, Colo., were taken into custody by Augusta police and turned over to the military.
About 70 members of the community who came to Augusta prior to 1904 were guests of the Chamber of Commerce at a surprise dinner honoring Dr. F.A. Garvin for his community service.
Pauline Mong became the second female Deputy Sheriff to be given a badge in Butler County. Her actual duties were secretarial and clerical functions in the Sheriff's office.
50 YEARS AGO
The City Council met in their new quarters, formerly the library at City Hall. The Council was seated facing the mayor, the city manager, city clerk and city attorney. Plans were to seat the Gazette reporter and city engineer behind the mayor.
The school board was discussing the possibility of constructing a quonset-type building for the manual arts department at the high school so the manual arts building could be used for badly needed classrooms.
A new 4-H club, Town & Country Clovers, had been formed in town. It had 18 charter members.
The Augusta Orioles knocked the Goddard Lions from the ranks of the undefeated - stopping the team's victory streak at 14 games with an impressive 58-51 score.
40 YEARS AGO
The Boy Scout troops in Augusta were celebrating the 63rd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America with lots of special programs. Larry Gentzler of Augusta, had been asked to co-chair part of the upcoming National Jamboree in Pennsylvania.
Three long-time Mobil retirees were honored for their service; E.R. Gross, O.S. Isley, and O.C. Reed.
The Lehr's women bowling team had won the tournament. Members included Norma Millison, Norma Shryock, Donna Strange, Janet Gardner, and Betty Taylor.
30 YEARS AGO
Snow and more snow. Faced with getting his wife, Garfield teacher Barbara Brown to school, rural Augustan Philip Brown decided not to use the family car, but his tractor instead. Stores had sold out of shovels and crews were out cleaning the streets. Trash collectors were unable to get down snow filled alley ways - forcing route changes. Basketball games were postponed and schools were closing.
Winter Homecoming candidates were Pam Bratton, Stacie Maness, Rainey Kletchka, and Lori Matlick.
20 YEARS AGO
Augusta High School's drill team, under direction of Debbie Kelley, participated in a state competition and came home with a "Best of Festival" award.
Trustees of Butler County Community College held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new classroom building to be built at the north end of the college's front parking lot.
Douglass voters approved a $1.6 million middle school bond issue.
AHS Winter Homecoming King and Queen were Gabe Garcia and Heather Gish.
10 YEARS AGO
The City of Augusta had taken delivery of a new generator that was expected to take care of the community's growing power needs.
The First Christian Church hosted a Sanctuary Rededication Service following a remodeling project.
Marissa Wright was the winner of the spelling bee at Lincoln School.
Taylor Metcalf, a fourth grader at Ewalt Elementary, won the County Spelling Bee and was headed to the All-Kansas Spelling Bee in Topeka.