A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
American Legion Leonard Whitehill Post #189 announced the purchase of a home - the building at 422 State.
Farmers were allowed to purchase wire fence without formerly required county USDA war bond certificates.
The City Water Plant was offering free goldfish to kids for nice pets.
Prairie State Bank issued a warning that bogus $10 bills were being passed in the area. The bills were made by splitting a $10 bill and pasting half to a half of a $1 bill.
60 YEARS AGO
Corval Lile was the new minister at the First Christian Church.
Mrs. Barbara Mickle Brown would be the new sixth grade teacher at Garfield the next school year. She had been teaching in Attica.
Stella B. Haines, president of the Augusta Historical Society, announced the winners of the eighth grade essay contest "What I Find Most Interesting at the Augusta Historical Museum." First place, Sandra Criss; second place, Mary Jane Palmer; and third place, Trini Alfaro.
What was thought to be a flying saucer report outside Augusta, turned out to be a weather balloon.
50 YEARS AGO
A large number of Augusta High School students helped clean up at Garvin Park after vandals struck and caused a lot of damage.
May Gruver, AHS history teacher, was one of seven Kansas educators named to receive the 1963 Kansas Master Teacher Awards.
John Hutter of the AHS coaching staff was elected Basketball Coach of the Year by the area High School Coaches Association.
Dwight Markley, Eugene Brooks, and Junia Barber were the successful candidates in the Board of Education race.
40 YEARS AGO
Antrim Lumber was planning to construct a new business on W. 7th St., west and behind the Dairy Queen.
Mike Todd, AHS senior was named Athlete of the Year at the All-Sports Banquet.
Mrs. Robert Griffith was the official chaperone for Miss Kansas Cindy Sikes of Wichita, for a weekend trip to Manhattan.
A farewell dinner was held in honor of Lee and Vera Dennett as they prepared to leave Augusta and make their home in Colorado. Lee had been in business here for many ears and served as mayor for eight years.
30 YEARS AGO
Butler County Commissioners heard from a group of Augusta senior citizens who told them that members of the Augusta Senior Center wanted to run the center themselves. The Commission was considering the proposal.
Augusta doctors Dale Anderson and Jim Barber were converting the former Jehovah's Witness church building at 120 Josephine into a medical office for their practice. The project was valued close to $90,000 and McCollom Construction was the general contractor.
AHS junior Mike Cortner placed first in two golf meets on two consecutive days.
20 YEARS AGO
Longtime Augusta resident R.D. Criss had died at 84. He had been a school teacher, worked at the local refinery before starting the Criss Concrete business in 1951.
AHS singers, under the direction of David MacAdam, were preparing to leave by bus to go to Chicago for a music festival.
Asbestos removal at the local refinery site was complete and took up only half the space originally estimated at the Butler County landfill. As part of the demolition process at the refinery, asbestos was removed from the areas of the refinery and buried at the landfill.
10 YEARS AGO
Bike winners at the Bugs Bunny Club were Krissy Ross, Jacie George, Brendon White, and Jacob Riddle.
A parish mass of dedication was held in the the gym of the new St. James Catholic school on E. Belmont.
Carrie Lee won the At-Large seat on the local Board of Education, Denise Rockers won the District 1 seat, and Larry Erickson won the District 2 position.
Local and area firefighters fought a pasture blaze for five hours southeast of town. It blackened an area one mile long and 1/2 mile wide before it was brought under control.