A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Coach Dave Shirk’s Augusta Orioles basketball team were the state champions by defeating the undefeated Anthony team at the tournament in Salina. Those who saw the game reported it was a “thriller all the way through.” The victorious team was treated to a steak dinner at the Elks Hall after arriving home to Augusta. Team members included Sapp, Watt, Smotherman, Kennedy, Crowder, Ewart, Erwin, and Robinson. (Editor’s note: A partial list was provided in the article and only last names.)
Leo Korte, rural Augusta, lost over 400 three-week-old chicks in a brooder fire.
John Cooper, druggist, was elected mayor of Augusta, defeating Dr. F.A. Garvin 479-243.
60 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Ministerial Alliance hosted Easter sunrise service at Moyle Field. Breakfast followed.
City Manager R.J. Hayes reported to the City Council on the condition of the levee on the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers protecting much of the south end of town. He advised that the inspection revealed only minor defects and the stone wall was also in good condition.
Augusta was one of 86 Kansas towns confronted with finding a new method of disposal of garbage and for years had been confronted with criticism of the unsightly dump at the south city limits.
Bertha B. Shore, editor of the Daily Gazette for over 35 years, had died in her sleep at the age of 65. She was found in her room at the Fifth Avenue Hotel by her landlords and two of her co-workers. Her death was attributed to a stroke. Bert was well known locally, state-wide and nation-wide for her work. She came to Augusta with her brother Chester K. Shore in November of 1928. During World War II she practically “put out the Gazette” single-handed.
In national news, three country music stars had been killed in a plane crash in the hills of Tennessee; Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Randy Hughes, Cline’s manager and the pilot of the plane.
40 YEARS AGO
James Weinman, principal at Augusta Junior High School, had resigned his position. He came to Augusta in 1968.
Faye Teegarden was presented with the Master Teacher Award at the annual Teacher-BOE Banquet. She taught P.E. for 11 years at the secondary level and in 1967, she took the job of arranging the elementary school libraries.
Four teachers were retiring; Mrs. Carl Michael, Mrs. Alma Sapp, Mrs. Carol Allison, and Miss Iva Mae Myers.
30 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Booster Club honored Dr. W.R. “Doc” Gentzler for his 30 years of caring and concern for the Augusta Orioles.
Danny Lara and Denise Sharp, both junior high students, had advanced to a zone oratorical contest.
The Park Board recommended to the City Council a $20,000 repair project to the city swimming pool.
Robinson Elementary students Fil Lopez and Eric Shaver started a fundraiser and asked students to donate a quarter to help the refurbishment of the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island facility in New York Harbor.
20 YEARS AGO
Patrick Laham of Augusta, was chosen as president of the Four Winds Girl Scout Council.
AHS art student Monte Wheeler took “Best of Show” during the General Federation of Women’s Clubs State Art Contest.
Stephanie Sharp of Augusta won the girls division of the Kansas Optimist Regional Oratorical Contest in Salina.
10 YEARS AGO
Augusta’s City Council endorsed a $5 across-the-board increase for swimming pool fees. Despite the increase, the local pool was not a profit-maker for the city.
Dr. Scott Harder had opened a family practice office, Harder Medical Clinic at 2820 N. Ohio.
Ellie Hilton had retired from Prairie State Bank after 22 years.
Butler County Title, the leading title insurance company in Butler County, had changed its name to Kansas Secured Title.