A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Butler County had reported the twelfth case of polio with the recent deaths of two young men from Douglass.
With a fighting line and a fast backfield, the Augusta gridsters dominated a wet, muddy football field when they beat Eureka 12-0 in the first home game of the season.
Due to a lack of manpower, the giant scoreboard that had been used for the world series for over 15 years and maintained by the Elks on the north side of the Calvert’s building, would not be used for the upcoming World Series.
Admission to the high school football games was 40 cents for adults and 25 cents for students.
60 YEARS AGO
Augusta motorists were happy to see new “Yield Right-of-Way” signs replacing many of the stop signs around town. The “new” method of slowing down when approaching an intersection and yielding was becoming popular in other cities.
The Augusta Saddle Club was to participate in The Calvacade of Kansas, a Pony Express ride over a 175 mile route from Topeka to Wichita.
The State Highway Commission revealed design plans for improving Highway 54 west of ?Augusta. The plans called for the proposed highway to run north of the present road with the distance between the two ranging from 50 to 80 feet. A new 610 foot bridge would be built to span the Whitewater.
50 YEARS AGO
A scrappy Augusta High School football team turned the tide on a powerful Ark City team on Worl Field, in a “brilliant” game that ended 14-13 in Augusta’s favor.
Augusta High School senior class officers were: Bill Stueven, president; Dennis Morris, vice president; Janet Fitzwater, secretary; Connie Bryan, treasurer.
A Hootenanny was held at the high school in front of a packed crowed.
40 YEARS AGO
Richard E. Crowder, son of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Crowder of Augusta, graduated nine months early from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. He planned to establish a practice in Wichita.
A Bunker Hill climber and a six swing swing set was added to the playground at Garfield Elementary. The swing set was designed by Ben Carrillo and he also installed the climber.
H.H. Robinson, former superintendent of Augusta schools and sculptor, presented a bust of Abraham Lincoln to the Lincoln Elementary.
30 YEARS AGO
Augusta Junior High head football coach Gus Garcia announced his resignation as Bluejay football coach. He would remain a full-time teacher at the junior high and the AHS head wrestling coach.
A half dozen hot air balloons lifted off from the Augusta Airport and sailed north one weekend. Their was plans for more lift-offs from the local air strip.
Due to the closing of Mobil refinery and many residents transferring or leaving Augusta, there were more than 200 homes for sale in town.
20 YEARS AGO
King and Queen elected for the Centennial Silver Jubilee celebration were Burl Allison, Jr. and Dorothy Smitherman. Nearly 40 people were nominated.
The local Kiwanis Club hosted and narrated a bus tour of Augusta’s historical sites and a block party was held in the 300 block of State in honor of the town’s 125th birthday.
Approximately 200 people whose families once lived in the Butler County oil field lease communities met in El Dorado for a reunion.
10 YEARS AGO
Double D’s Restaurant of El Dorado was expanding their well-known business to the old Lehr’s site on W. 7th.
Augusta High School returned to Class 4A for sports after being in Class 5A. Everyone agreed it was better to be a big 4A than a small 5A.
AHS fall homecoming hopefuls were: Andrew Pritchard and Jessica Lewis; Adam Knebler and Lacey Shryock; Thomas Stephenson and Chancey Gerbitz; Travis Camac and Jennie Nold.