A look at Augusta's past



Augusta resident Corp. Earl Seiber was reported missing in action in the Tunisian theater of war in North Africa. He was a prisoner of war of the Germans and was expected to be moved to Berlin.

John Cooper, Augusta druggist and member of the school board, had entered the mayoral race against Dr. F.A. Garvin.

A call was answered by lots of local women to make bandages for the American Red Cross. Women were also working on sewing and knitting projects for the war effort, as well.



The Augusta Committee for Decent Literature was continuing to hold meetings. The group was part of a nation-wide movement to remove “objectionable” literature form the buying public. The Gazette in keeping with its belief and policy that “only well-informed people are free,” promised to present “every aspect of the situation wherein the welfare of the community was at stake.”

Construction of the new Thermofar Catalytic Reformer (TCR) at the Socony-Vacuum Refinery was getting underway with the erection of temporary construction facilities first.

With television on its way to Augusta, the Gazette published an article on TV watching etiquette rules.



Cherry Kay McOmber was the winner from Augusta High School in the 1963 Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow. She was eligible for a scholarship.

An organizational meeting of the Augusta Summer Theater was held at the First Christian Church.

A new infant and children’s wear store, Nu Duds, was opening at 521 State St.

Sandra Fowler and Connie Jo Bryan were named delegates and Kris Kuhn and Marilyn Ruggles were alternates to Sunflower Girls State.



The 20th Century Club observed its 50th anniversary. It was the second oldest federated club in Augusta.

The City Council decided to keep the two-hour restriction on downtown parking, but it wouldn’t be enforced. The additional costs of having a meter maid would be more than the revenue from tickets.

It was announced that Coburn Industries would not rebuild the mobile home manufacturing plant west of Augusta which had been destroyed by fire weeks earlier.



Vida O’Donnell, a teacher in Butler County for 35 years, was named BPW Woman of the Year.

Bill Burghart, senior vice president of Prairie State Bank, had been named president of Augusta Bank & Trust.

The Augusta Blue jays claimed their first ever league wrestling title by going unbeaten as a team through the league season and through the  Pioneer League tournament.

Bill and Janelle Ledgerwood of Augusta RV & Sports Center, received awards from Jayco, Inc. for their outstanding sales and service.



Dr. Gary Berube and his wife, Mary, had moved to Augusta from Saskatoon, Canada. He would be practicing at Augusta Medical Complex.

Steve Powers of Augusta took second place at the annual Epic Climb fundraiser in downtown Wichita. Powers competed in 20 road races a year.

Eliza Clark, a resident of AMCI Long Term Care Unit, celebrated her 105th birthday.

Gazette publisher Carter Zerbe was named regional manager for American Publishing Co.



Brett Kappelmann wold soon be joining his father Cletus Kappelmann at Cooper Drug. Cletus wasn’t planning to retire yet, but was looking forward to becoming “Relief Pharmacist.” Cletus had purchased the store from John Cooper in 1956.

The AHS boys basketball team had hopes of doing well at State, but instead, they were out in the first round after being defeated by Topeka West.

Shawn Silvas earned his national championship at the NCAA Division II wrestling tournament. He was a former two-time high school champ from Augusta and four-time state place winner and was attending Central Oklahoma University.