A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Mrs. H.C. Orndoff reported she had a tomato plant that had 115 tomatoes on it.
An Air Corps training plane from Strother Field made a forced landing in a field northwest of Augusta. No one was injured.
Police blotter items: The Santa Fe tower reported four boys put off a freight. Police made them clean up and get out of town; people living in second story downtown apartments were throwing garbage out of windows.
L.W. Draheim was the new pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Augusta and Grace Lutheran in El Dorado.
60 YEARS AGO
The Cozy Lunch, a longtime cafe located near the Frisco tracks, was razed. Fanny Moyle owned the property.
State Trooper John Fee reported six people had called him concerning a flying saucer observation one evening. One caller was a prominent El Dorado physician.
The State Weather Bureau announced that the 21-month drought was ending after lots of rain and more predicted. The water situation, however, remained critical in many parts of the state, but farmers were optimistic.
50 YEARS AGO
The Augustones, a talented quartet comprised of Dennis Malott, Robert Drake, Tom Mitchell, and Rodney Lamb, were singing for local groups and variety shows in the community. They hoped to cut a record for RCA in the near future.
Four local young men were on their way to the State Jaycee golf tournament. David Murrey, Scott Brooks, Tom Barnes, and Chris Calvert, along with Coach Carl Calvert, went to Abilene to participate.
Mrs. Gertrude Mahannah had received two citations from President John F. Kennedy in recognition of her two sons who gave their lives for their country in World War II. Son, Lynn, in the Army Air Corps, was killed in a strafing mission in Formosa, and son Martin E., in the Marine Air Corps, was killed in the Battle of Midway.
40 YEARS AGO
The City Council approved increasing the cemetery rates by $30 for funerals on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. That made the weekend rate at $70.
Ed Williamson of the Plaza IGA was celebrating the first anniversary of the store under his management with a two-week sale.
The annual Sidewalk Bazaar was called an “unqualified success” by everyone involved in the event. Hundreds poured into the city for the weekend festivites.
30 YEARS AGO
Weather statistics released from the Mobil Oil refinery showed that June 1983 had been cooler and wetter than the average over the previous 60 years.
John Lichlyter was installed as grand knight at the St. James Knights of Columbus. Henry Leedom was named Knight of the Year.
A Christmas in July party was held at the Augusta Municipal Pool for the pool staff. Santa was there in his suit, a tree was decorated and Christmas music was played.
20 YEARS AGO
Jeff Bastin claimed the title to a Geo/Sphere vehicle in the Frye Chevrolet/Mix 10.5 Giveaway. He stayed the entire 30 days and outlasted two other participants. Joe and Lee Frye even offered the laid- off Beech worker a position with their business.
The yard of Faye and Raymond Teegarden was one of the lawns highlighted for the month by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee.
Civic leaders turned out for a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the new Tri-Star Aerospace facility in the Augusta Industrial Park.
10 YEARS AGO
The new logo for Downtown Augusta, Inc. was revealed. Graphic artist and Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Sudduth had the winning design.
Leonard Wakefield had joined the staff of Korte Real Estate and Auction.
Temperatures had been triple-digit for a week.
Safety Department Sgt. David Hudgens and Officer Brian Moreland were recognized for their response and assistance in saving the life of Harold White who had suffered a sudden heart attack while mowing his yard.