A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Seventy-two gardens, 50 ft. x 100 ft., would be available to Augusta residents for Victory gardens. The gardens were located on the Moyle plot just east of the north end of State St. The Elks Club was going to do the plowing.
Two sets of parents who lived in the far north end of town were frantic when their 4 and 3 year-olds took a walk without telling parents. Police finally found the two children at the city water plant southeast of town.
The Agriculture Department agreed to remove restrictions on bakers’ slicing of break for home use, so sliced bread was once again on the market shelves.
60 YEARS AGO
State horticulturists were warning residents that they would likely lose 50-75 percent of their elm trees within the next 5-10 years, as a result of phloem necrosis disease.
The Augusta Committee for Decent Literature had been formed and met in the high school library. The word “censorship” was used freely and one member was of the opinion that books on their “objectionable” list should be “taken out and burned.”
50 YEARS AGO
The winner of the Liberal pancake race was Mary Barrington, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Caudle of Augusta.
James Ashcraft was elected president of the Augusta City Teachers Association.
Mr. & Mrs. O.R. Fowler were marking their 33rd anniversary of taking over management of the C.R. Calvert Co. store in Augusta. They came to Augusta from Winfield in 1930.
Voters of Lily Lake school district voted against becoming a part of the Augusta school district 47 - 90. Both Tadlock district, 2 miles east and 3 miles south, and Floral district, 7 miles southwest, were going to meet to discuss annexation. Voters of six school districts were going to the polls to cast ballots to decide on unification.
40 YEARS AGO
Garfield third graders were challenging residents to place bricks in their toilet tanks to conserve water.
Dan Parks and Parks Motors had received the Chrysler Motor Corporation’s Distinguished Dealer Award for the 12th time in 29 years. There were only 9 awards presented in the country.
Law enforcement officers from five state, county and local agencies thwarted an arson plot to set fire to a local warehouse - Alan’s Auto Service, 3051/2 W. 7th.
30 YEARS AGO
Third grader J.J. Hamstead became the building spelling bee champ at Garfield Elementary.
Diedra Chapin and Dixie Bratton were the top two vote getters in the BOE primary election and would advance to the general election ballot.
Another car-train wreck, 1/2 mile north of U.S. 54 on Haverhill Rd., claimed the lives of two young men, a 20 year-old of Rose Hill and a 21 year-old Butler student from St. Louis, Mo. The engineer reported seeing the approaching car, blew the whistle but was unable to stop. The car was completely engulfed in flames.
20 YEARS AGO
Butler County Commissioners canvassed results of the primary election and after finding possible clerical errors, they ordered an official recount of votes in the Douglass mayoral race. The recount didn’t change the numbers and Vernon Mauk was the winner.
Local young man, Paul Ridder won $929,00 in the Kansas Cash Lotto.
Former Augustan, retired banker, rancher and realtor, Paul Mann had died at the age of 76.
A trip for the Augusta Oriole boys basketball team vanished as quickly as its 17-pt. halftime lead over El Dorado in the sub-state finals.
10 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Oriole boys won the 5A sub-state tourney at Arkansas City. They were headed to the State tournament in Topeka.
A candidate forum for those seeking four positions on the Augusta USD 402 BOE was to be held at City Hall and televised on Cable Channel 7. Priscilla All was to be the moderator for the program. Those candidates invited were Denise Rockers, Larry Winter, Larry Erickson, Ed Henning, Hattie Johnson, Carey Lee, and Terri Stevens.
The Kansas House of Representatives paid special tribute to the late Rep. Kenneth King of Leon.