70 YEARS AGO
John Stanley was elected president of the Augusta chapter of War Dads.
In a Gazette article, it was revealed that Augusta High School pupil, Attie Wishard, was the first and only graduate of AHS in 1881. There were no grads the following year and in 1883, four students graduated.
Coach Dave Shirk, who had just led the Orioles to the state basketball crown, left for Ft. Leavenworth where he would enter the Army.
60 YEARS AGO
The arrival of 3-D color had arrived at the Augusta Theatre. Two movie projectors were run at the same time to give the proper effect. The movie was Bwana Devil, a family adventure film.
Bob Weinshilboum, owner-operator of W & W Car & Home Supply, was observing his eighth anniversary in business.
Kiker’s Food Market was marking it’s first anniversary in their new building at the corner of State and Summit St.
Rhapsody in Blue was the theme of the junior/senior prom. Music was provided by Cliff Sproul and his band from Wichita.
50 YEARS AGO
Representatives from the community’s churches, schools, clubs and the city met to discuss the possibilities of a youth center. The discussion grew into thinking of a community center for all groups.
W.W. “Bill” Fowler of Augusta, had died at age 81. He had served on the local Board of Education for 9 years and was in the Kansas House of Representatives for 8 years. He was the owner and operator of Shady Rest, which later became known as Wagon Wheel Ranch. He had also owned a Mobil service station.
The AHS track team won the Chisholm Trail league meet for the first time in five years.
40 YEARS AGO
Don Hall, principal at Robinson School, had resigned. He had been in that position since 1964.
Five AHS trackmen qualified for the state meet; Dennis Roberts, Sonny Simon, Rick Mobley, Pete Resa, Carl Dennett, and Larry Raber.
Appraisals had begun on properties in the area needed for the 7th St. overpass.
30 YEARS AGO
Cliff Tillet was hired to be the new AHS boys basketball coach. He had coached the girls’ team and was succeeding Kent Reed.
The AHS baseball team won the Walter Johnson League Baseball tournament in Burden.
20 YEARS AGO
Page 2 of 2 - Robinson Elementary first grade teacher Joy Leatherman was moving to the kindergarten position at Garfield, and Robinson first grade teacher Pam Olson was moving to Lincoln Elementary to teach first grade.
Jeanine Markley was going to be the swimming pool manager and Craig Gantenbein, the assistant manager for the 1993 summer swim season.
Members of the first place Simmons Realty team in the Ladies Bowling League were Terri Hedrick, Patsy Mitchell, Pattie Spires, Judy Dryden, and Sandy Nesler.
10 YEARS AGO
Specialist Robert “Robbie” Helmer of the Kansas Army National Guard 226th Engineering Co. and his brother, Matthew, also a National guardsman, were both serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq. They were the sons of Kathy and Jim Helmer of Augusta.
Post season honors continued for AHS junior Jake Sims as he was selected to the first team All-State list by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association in Class 5A.
An early morning fire destroyed one downtown business and caused smoke damage for nearby buildings. When firefighters arrived at 408 State, they found the Interior Trim Specialist Shop engulfed in flames. Cause of the fire was unknown.