A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Because of the high number of women in men’s jobs, the Gazette felt it necessary to devote an article for women on how they were to wear slacks “appropriately.”
Rationing rules and dates were outlined. Everyone would be allowed three pairs of shoes a year. Strict rationing of coffee had brought out creativity and people were swapping recipes for alternatives, such as cereal coffee.
After careful consideration the Augusta Board of Education adopted a rule requiring that children have their permanent teeth required before certain graduation credits could be secured. The following rule was put into effect: “Juniors and seniors must have cavities in permanent teeth filled before they can receive credit in physical education. Since the P.E. credit is one of the requirements for graduation, this makes it necessary for all high school students to have the repairs made....it is felt that it will result in a great service to the young people of Augusta.”
60 YEARS AGO
A car chase that began in El Dorado ended at Haverhill Corner in a hail of bullets from both El Dorado police and Augusta police who had set up a road block.
Flying saucers were reported in the Newton area. They were spotted by several people two different evenings.
Kenny and Phyllis Ruggles had sold their 7th St. grocery to G.C. Lonberger and son, Keith.
50 YEARS AGO
Augusta firemen were forced to tackle a grass fire by the use of hand extinguishers due to a soft field which had thawed in warm spring-like weather. The soft ground prevented the trucks getting close.
An Asian flu epidemic had hit Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Fowler were named King and Queen of the annual St. James Mardi Gras.
Five local Augusta High School sophomores participated in a 50 mile hike sponsored by a Wichita auto dealership and radio station. The young men were Terry White, Jack Huddleston, Robert Drake, Joe Pippin, and Len Hudson.
40 YEARS AGO
Augusta’s 7th grade basketball team won first in league and first in the regional tournament.
Larry Gaylord and Jeff Elliott qualified for the high school state wrestling tournament in Russell.
A rupture in a high pressure gas line forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in the southwest part of Augusta.
30 YEARS AGO
City Council was discussing the idea of establishing a restaurant or a motel-restaurant combination at Augusta’s Municipal Airport.
Sidney and Walter Ewalt were honored for their 50 plus years of supporting local high school sports by the Booster Club.
Stacie Maness, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Maness, was crowned homecoming queen.
Oriole wrestlers took second at Regionals and qualified 11 wrestlers to the sub-state tourney.
Heather Blake, a fourth grader, was the Robinson School spelling bee champ.
20 YEARS AGO
Investigators had determined that arson was responsible for the fire that destroyed the former Lunger furniture building in December.
Brothers Joe and Lee Frye celebrated their one year anniversary of their Chevrolet dealership on W. 7th St.
Six AHS wrestlers were headed to State: Rocky Bourget, Jon Nesler, Stephen Luinstra, Chris McGlothlin, Gabe Garcia, and Drew Littell.
10 YEARS AGO
Augusta Middle School 8th grade girls basketball team finished the season 16-0 and 30-1 in their middle school career.
Becca Raber and Derek Randall were AHS homecoming king and queen.
Kansas veteran Charles Appleman of Augusta was presented with the Purple Heart medal for his service in the Korean War by U.S. Senator Sam Brownback.
A weekend winter storm dumped 10 inches of snow on Augusta. Churches canceled services and schools were closed, as well as a number of businesses. The wind chill was around 15 below zero.