A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
The War Department had announced that radio and photographic amateurs were requested to sell their short wave communication and motion picture equipment to a special purchasing mission of the Army Signal Corps, services of supply. The equipment was needed both for training purposes and operational use.
The Nu-Way Cafe, just north of the Augusta Theatre, had opened and was owned by Chet Ramsey.
Due to a shortage of help, local cafes announced they’d close one day a week so that their employees could have some leisure time.
60 YEARS AGO
Two U.S. Marines reported seeing a flying saucer over El Dorado. The object was described as reddish in color and “seemed to fly in all directions.” It remained in sight 3-4 minutes before disappearing.
Ed Forpahl and Gene Forpahl of rural Augusta, were interviewed by Lester Weatherwax for his soil conservation program on KFDI radio station.
Hopes for the end of a drought brightened in Kansas with the arrival of rain and snow.
50 YEARS AGO
Longtime businessman Lee Dennett had filed for re-election for Augusta’s mayor.
Lynda Lietzke was crowned Queen of the Court at the last home basketball game. Her attendants were Sara Wilson and Judy Martin.
Remember those five Augusta boys - Terry White, Jack Huddleston, Robert Drake, Joe Pippin, and Len Hudson - who started on a 50-mile hike? They stopped at Derby, 9 hours and 40 miles, 10 miles from their goal.
40 YEARS AGO
Dean Skaer and Noah Morris were honored as lifetime members of the Kiwanis Foundation.
James Glaze, AHS 1971 graduate and student at Butler County Community College, was included in Who’s Who at America’s Junior Colleges.
An old pop bottle was found in the southeast part of the city by the railroad tracks. The bottle had been manufactured by J.L. Bigelow & Sons Bottling Works of Augusta from many years before. The bottle was donated to the local historical museum.
Both the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers were out of their banks and the City Lake was rushing over the spillway - the first time since 1969.
30 YEARS AGO
Augusta Oriole wrestlers won the 4A Sub-State title and seven were headed to State: Tim Todd, Chris Jacoby, John Price, Kerry Unrein, Jack Sears, Kevin Miller, and Kenneth Slyter.
Realtor Carolyn Mikish, contractor Mark McCollom, and dentist Dr. Paul Mitsch had formed the Triple M Co. and would be announcing their plans for a downtown site.
Chad McDaniel, sixth grader, was named the champion speller at Lincoln School.
20 YEARS AGO
Six Augusta wrestlers were headed to state: Rocky Bourget, Stephen Luinstra, Chris McGlothlin, Drew Littell, Gabe Garcia, and Jon Nesler.
AHS Principal Jerry Dougherty was planning to resign in May. He had been at the local school six years, succeeding James Ashcraft as principal.
Three local elementary students, Laura Randall, Mike Novak, and Jim Wallace, were headed to the state math contest in McPherson.
10 YEARS AGO
Four Board of Education candidates were advancing to the general election following the primary: Larry Winter, Denise Rockers, Ed Henning and Larry Erickson. Terri Stevens would be a write-in candidate in the general election.
Twelve AHS wrestlers were headed to state: J.J. Pittman, Ben Myers, Brian Boly, Kyle Earhart, Derek Highbarger, Thomas Henry, Elliott Horton, Nick Spaht, Jesse Smith, Travis Camac, David Henning, and Derek Alley.
Augusta’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) implementation was approved by the City Council.
A planning consultant suggested to the City Council that a civic center would enhance the image for downtown Augusta. He felt such a center should be at the south end of State St. and include a park area.