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  • Augusta's Yesterdays

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1943
    The Augusta High School Student Council was pushing the idea of a yearbook, but all agreed there was no money for the publication and it was out of the question to solicit funds from local businessmen during war times. The last yearbook was published in 1930.
    Local music lovers enjoyed a concert in the high school auditorium by Bohumir Kryl and his women's orchestra.
    In a contest between the high school and grade school, the students raised over $500 for the USO.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1953
    Clarence Copeland of New York City, who donated the Copeland Library in Douglass, had plans to use the old Providence well in south Butler County for commercial purposes - bottled mineral water.
    TV parties were popular entertainment around town.
    The A.W. McVay family was celebrating their sixth anniversary of arriving in Augusta from El Reno, Okla. and purchasing a dry cleaning shop from Ella Haas, to become McVay City Cleaners at 410 State St.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1963
    The world's largest railroad tank car, a giant with a capacity of 50,000 gallons of liquid, was loaded for the first time at the Augusta Mobil Oil refinery with LP gas. The car arrived over the Santa Fe tracks from Chicago.
    Three Butler County townships, Rosalia, Milton, and Glencoe, consisting of two voting precincts each, would be single voting precincts beginning the next election.
    Eleven youths were arrested for Halloween pranks in the city. The youths were caught participating in malicious acts of destruction.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1973
    Elnora Tinker, R.N. retired as the nurse at the Mobil Oil refinery. She started work there in 1947.
    Butler County Treasurer Polly Higgins, 62, had died. She was serving her fourth term as county treasurer.
    Jack Taylor of Lehr's Restaurant, had been named to the board of directors of the Kansas Restaurant Association.
    The Benton United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary with a special service followed by a covered dish meal.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1983
    Alice and Elmer Simon were preparing to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a reception at the St. James Catholic Center.
    Iris Worthington was the new Executive Director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
    Lincoln Elementary faculty, students, and the Augusta Board of Education honored Lincoln custodians Buell Bobbett and Judy Fisher. Bobbett had worked with the local district since 1958, and Fisher since 1975.
    20 YEARS AGO
    Page 2 of 2 - 1993
    Jeff Prothro of Augusta, freshman at Southwestern College in Winfield, was part of the college's worship team for the 1993-94 school year.
    Proposed boundary lines for Augusta's elementary schools drew some verbal shots during a public meeting. The boundary line study put 250 students in each elementary school. Some parents were bothered by the fact that some children would live close enough to see one school yet attend another several blocks away.
    The Isabella Weldin Chapter of DAR had been designated as a Commemorative Community by the Department of Defense WWII Commemorative Committee. Members received their pins and were recognized at a City Council meeting.
    10 YEARS AGO
    2003
    U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard) announced that the Augusta Historic Theatre would be receiving $150,000 through the Save America's Treasures Program.
    More than $51,000 worth of alarm systems and other equipment for Augusta's two power plants was approved by the City Council.
    Longtime grocer Maxine Frost, 84, had died. She had co-owned grocery stores in Augusta, Pickrell Corner, and Gordon.
    Augusta High students Chelsey Newsom and Jason Collins starred in the Augusta High School's musical production "Tom Sawyer."
    Editor's note: This column will run each Tuesday and we will run El Dorado's history on Thursdays. Readers from other Butler County communities might consider researching and submitting history from their towns. Please contact me at: blarsen@butlercountytimesgazette.com

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