Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 12-16-13

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1943
    Due to the fuel shortage and the coming of the first sub-zero weather of the year, parents of Augusta school children feared that the gas would be turned off at schools and the children sent home. Some parents were hesitant to send their children. School officials advised they would issue adequate warning if need be.
    Dave Bisagno had cut off the gas at the theatre and had changed over to burning other fuel.
    A man died suddenly in the rest room at Ballinger’s service station. Dick Dunsford crawled through a small window and took the body from the door so it could be opened and entrance gained.
    A fire broke out in the Latham fire station and the fire truck was destroyed.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1953
    A miniature steam passenger train had been set up in the city park as part of Santa’s first visit of the season with local children.
    Christmas toys at Western Auto: Radio Flyer wagon was selling for $8.95, a Speedy Fire Truck pedal car for $20.95.
    Cecil Turner had purchased half interest in Leben’s Jewelry and the formation of a partnership. The Augusta store had been opened 9 years earlier by Archie Leben.
    The City of El Dorado was preparing to tap Fox Lake, 15 miles northeast for badly needed water. With an 8 inch pipeline, a half million gallons per day could be provided.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1963
    The 16th Annual All School Christmas Program was to be presented in the junior high gym. Also, per annual tradition, the nativity scene and lighting were set up in front of the senior and junior high schools.
    The Scouter’s Key was presented to Warren Grist for his many years of work and training in Boy Scouts.
    Two black angus cows and five vehicles were involved in a traffic accident three miles north of Douglass on US-77. Both cows died at the scene, four vehicles were damaged, one demolished, and one man was slightly injured.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1973
    The City Council voted in favor of a compromise plan. They voted in favor of turning off eight street lights downtown, thus cutting the usage of electricity and making it possible to light the new Christmas decorations.
    In a move to assist the compliance with recommendations of President Nixon and Governor Docking, the Kansas High School Activities Association canceled eight days of activities from Dec. 22 to Dec. 30th.
    Construction of a 24 unit apartment complex, County Club Apartments on Stadium Dr., was announced.
    Page 2 of 2 - 30 YEARS AGO
    1983
    Frances Cyphers, a secretary in the Augusta school district for more than 28 years, was honored at a retirement reception.
    Esther Dunlop donated a painting she had created of the old pump house in Garvin Park to the Augusta Medical Complex.
    Plaza IGA donated a new Atari computer to the Augusta High School.
    Arctic cold gripped the city as the mercury plunged below zero and snow fell.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1993
    A commercial lawn mower assemble plant - Zipper Mowers - would soon open in the former Criss Optical building in the 400 block of School.
    Realtors Chuck Korte and Gary Dryden, both of Augusta, were recognized for their outstanding sales during 1993 at the annual Butler County Realtors Christmas party.
    Augusta’s freshmen boys basketball team continued its undefeated streak by an 80-41 win over Andover. Dan Nickel, Todd Kappelmann, and Breck Skidmore led the scoring for Augusta.
    10 YEARS AGO
    2003
    Rain, sleet and snow descended on Augusta and prompted cancellation of school and school activities.
    The First Assembly of God Church gave turkeys to the first 20 registered first-time visitors to a Sunday service.
    Kyle Earhart of Augusta took first place in the 140 pound division and Travis Camac won the 189 pound division in the 51 Annual Douglass Goodwill Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

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