A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
The Salvation Army was expecting to open a playground at the Army grounds on School St.
Augusta school pupils had bought sufficient war stamps to buy a jeep - $900 worth, in a stamp drive.
Twenty-three members of the Augusta High School 72 member senior class, had attended all 13 years of school together.
The annual sanitation survey of schools in Butler County had been completed and all Augusta schools were found to be sanitary.
60 YEARS AGO
On the Society page: “Jan Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Robinson, observed her first birthday anniversary Sunday with all the birthday traditions. Guests included her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Jones and aunt, Mrs. Don Feller of El Dorado, also her sister, Sue Ann Robinson and her parents.
Police Chief Frank Bennington advised that effective immediately no double parking would be allowed any longer on State St. from 7th to 3rd.
Ben F. Hartman, technology director of Socony-Vacuum Refinery, was elected mayor of Augusta by a wide margin. He defeated incumbent George Snider.
50 YEARS AGO
A memorial fund was started in remembrance of Bertha Belle Shore, Gazette Editor, who died the previous week. The fund would be used to support one of the worthy charities to which she always contributed. According to her wishes, R.A. Clymer, Editor and Publisher of the El Dorado times and good friend, delivered the eulogy for Shore. All the local retail businesses closed for her funeral, which was attended by hundreds of local and out-of-town friends.
City Council was considering a local curfew law in response to the “juvenile problem,” and the employment of a full-time juvenile probation officer for the county.
40 YEARS AGO
Priscilla All became the second woman in the history of Augusta to serve on the City Council. Len Hudson became the youngest successful candidate to win a City Council election. Oscar Applegate was elected as mayor.
The new Pick-N-Choose Shoe store opened at 104 E. 6th.
The Merchants City League basketball team won first place. Members included: Trini Alfaro, Tom Palmer, Gary Foust, Bob Lytton, Jr., Paul Palmer, Bob Davis, Rick Stewart, and Terry Booker.
30 YEARS AGO
Winners in the Board of Education race were Diedra Chapin, Walt Sharp, Lowell Peterson, and Jess Daniels.
Augusta’s watchmaker Charles McCullough was semi-retiring. He was cutting back on hours at his shop, 529 State, and would no longer be in the retail business, but would continue repairing watches. He began his jewelry/watchmaking business in 1946 at the C.H. Dine store.
March had been a very wet month for Augusta with 3.30 inches of moisture. About 2.5 inches came in just one week. And April had begun with showers, as well.
20 YEARS AGO
AHS band director Carl Schminke submitted his resignation.
Pat Houchin and Shelly Garcia were elected to the BOE.
Augusta firefighters battled six grass fires in one week-end, the biggest burned approximately 125 acres.
10 YEARS AGO
Augusta Orioles basketball player Jake Sims was named to the All State first team for Class 5A. John Maier received honorable mention and for the girls’ team, Aubrie Schwemmer. The same athletes were also named to the Topeka Capital Journal’s Class 5A team. Sims made the first team, Maier the third team, and Schwemmer, honorable mention.
AHS graduate Brock Kappelmann was honored as the Kansas Athletic Directors Broadcaster of the Year at the AD convention in Topeka. Kappelmann worked for KSCB in Liberal.
AHS head basketball coach Terry Taylor was honored by the National Federation of High School Coaches by being selected to receive the 2002 Midwest Sectional Coach of the Year Award.