A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Lily Lake School, considered an 8-month school, closed its school year on April 30th with a basket dinner and program.
The school board announced that a former Augustan, Winifred Ketch, had been hired as commercial teacher at the high school.
Several promotions had been made among the high school students in Home Guard. Glenn Fillmore was promoted to sergeant and Clifford Metzger to corporal. In the girls’ platoon: Ruth Hannon to top sergeant, Betty Stoneshaker to line sergeant, and Arlene Nelson to corporal.
60 YEARS AGO
The big news was that television was becoming a close reality for people in the state. Groundbreaking in Hutchinson for the new KTVH tower base was held. KTVH, the area’s first TV station, would not receive delivery from RCA on its main transmitter before August.
The 45 year-old steel bridge over the Little Walnut near Leon collapsed and fell into the river after being struck by an oil field truck. Damage to the bridge was $45,000.
The annual AHS all-school picnic was held at Garvin Park. Students enjoyed a picnic lunch, races and games, a ditch fight between sophomore and freshman boys, and the tug-of-war between senior and junior boys.
50 YEARS AGO
Augusta High’s One Act Play, “The Wonder Hat” took top rating at the state speech contest. The play was directed by Wreathea Hicks and the cast included; Bob Lamb, Jennifer Peterman, Ivan Rich, Bill Skaer, and Judy Martin.
A total of 3,564 people passed through the lines at the Elks home to receive their Type II Sabin oral polio vaccine. It was the third such clinic since the first of the year.
Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital in El Dorado held a dedication ceremony for its new modern elevator. It was installed alongside the original elevator and was dedicated to James Dodwell, a pioneer El Dorado citizen.
40 YEARS AGO
Longtime local dentist Dr. Frank DeWitt had died at age 74.
Girls State delegates were Kay Bisagno and Deanna Duncan.
City Manager John Mercer informed the City Council that there was plenty of water in Augusta’s two reservoirs; the City Lake and Santa Fe Lake. He also mentioned that Augusta Mobil refinery used an average of a half million gallons each day.
30 YEARS AGO
Dr. David Crum of Augusta had been elected to the Board of Directors of the Kansas Optometric Association.
Stacy All, Dennis King and Brook Nesmith, all Augusta Junior High students, received 1 ratings for their piano performances at the Pioneer League Music Contest at Mulvane.
The AHS baseball team bombed Douglass 17-1 and blasted Burden Central 15-0.
Augusta Safety Department hosted a Bike Safety Rodeo at the Walmart parking lot.
20 YEARS AGO
The Augusta City Council recognized the top 10 percent of the year’s graduating class. Included were Heather Gish, Vanessa Jones, Christy Lawson, Megan Little, Don Maish, Jacob Mair, Jeff Prothro, Jacob Smith, Jeff Stowell, Lee Svanda, Dallas Usher, and Robert VanMeter.
Dr. William Nichols was planning to return to Augusta to be the guest minister of the Centennial Worship Service at the Augusta First Christian Church.
The first week of May saw lots of rain. The Whitewater River west of town had jumped its banks and flood waters were rolling into the community.
10 YEARS AGO
Sarah Pritchard of Augusta and freshman at Cowley County Community College was named Outstanding Student of Arkansas City.
Longtime Augusta banker and community leader, Newton Male had died at age 69.
A Mobil Oil Augusta Refinery 20-year reunion was being planned.
Ian Fitzwater, a junior at Augusta High School, was selected as one of three finalists for the International Trombone Association trombone solo competition.