Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1943
    Augusta received 6 inches of snow the day after Christmas. The road to Wichita was closed.
    The Gazette had reported that Mrs. Mary Skiles brought a cat with her when she moved here. The cat returned to its old home in Garnett after being on the road for over a year. The story was printed by the Kansas City Star, picked up by the AP, and appeared in the Women's Digest magazine.
    New Year's Day was not one of the usual holidays, but because of the shortage of goods and inventory time, some local merchants decided to close their stores on Jan. 1st.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1953
    The winners in Augusta's first home decoration contest at Christmas time were announced by the Chamber of Commerce: first, Irving Lenz, 1219 Dearborn; second, John W. Sjober, 1220 Euclid; third, Mrs. E.M. Goodman, 1133 Ohio; fourth, Maurice Lester, 238 Columbia; fifth, Jim Guenthner, 111 Clark. Honorable mention: Dale McCauley, John Bourget, and Mrs. Effie Swegle.
    Fro the first time, Kansas had more than a million registered vehicles.
    Everyone was awaiting the first baby born in 1954 at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. The annual custom was to shower the baby with gifts.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1963
    The Methodist youth group hosted a "burning of the greens" at the high school football field.
    A study revealed that 262 Augustans and 668 in Butler County were employed by Boeing.
    The Augusta United Presbyterian Church was to host the Chancel Choir of Grace from Wichita's United Presbyterian Church in the Festival of Light concert, an Epiphany service marking the 12th day of Christmas.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1973
    Two major fires, less than four hours apart took place in El Dorado. The first at Haberlein's Mens Store, 101 S. Main, and the second at a storage building at Third & Vine.
    As part of his Eagle Scout status, Mike Martin constructed a bench for the Augusta Medical Complex as part of a community service project.
    Three local scouts became Eagle Scouts in a special ceremony; Jerry Primm, David Gentzler, and Marc Laubhan.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1983
    Lucille Chase, owner of LoVellette's China & Gifts, 418 State, began salvaging ice-covered glassware and china from her business following the big fire that destroyed other nearby businesses in the 400 block of State. Interior damage to the store and its valuable inventory was not nearly as bad as first feared.
    The Darrell Gleasons and the Jim Harkers won first places in the outdoor Christmas lighting contest in Leon. The Gleasons won in the traditional category and the Harkers in the religious category.
    Page 2 of 2 - 20 YEARS AGO
    1993
    The Augusta High School basketball team of 1943, the State Champs, were given special recognition at a golden anniversary reception held at Lehr's. Attending were: Marion Robison, J.R. Crowder, Homer Smotherman, Ed Sapp, Bob Walt, Lawrence Kennedy, Sherman Parry, M.E. Ewart, Jr., and Coach David L. Shirk. Team members David Ervin was unable to attend and Glenn Fillmore was deceased.
    Ken Dill was recognized by the Isabella Weldin Daughter of the Revolution for his many years of community service.
    10 YEARS AGO
    2003
    Along with the previous week's announcement that Craig Murphy would be the Butler County Sheriff, came the news that investigations captain Roy Raney would become undersheriff.
    A postal truck arrived late Christmas Eve, but Larry Schreiber of the local post office made sure all the times were delivered just in time for Christmas.
    Brenda and Rex Moore of Augusta traveled to Mankato, Mich. to visit Brenda's pen pal of 28 years. They had been corresponding since they were 17, but had never met.

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