Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 2-4-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    With the war and shortage of labor, more and more women were holding jobs in Augusta grocery stores. High school students were also helping a lot on weekends.
    In doing business with the Wichita IRS office, an Augusta woman accidentally included a dollar bill she had set aside for the TB seal drive. Back came the dollar bill from the revenue office by registered mail. “Guess they thought I was trying to test their honesty,” was the way the Augustan figured it out.
    If 100 tickets could be sold, Mr. and Mrs. David Bisagno agreed to run a movie matinee at 1 p.m. on a Saturday in order for the second shifters at the airplane plants could see the movie “Hostages.”
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    There were 1,400 callers at the open house held for Augusta’s newest eating place, Ballinger’s Cafe.
    The Leon city officials completed drilling a new water well to ease the water shortage problems. Hopes were that the new well would keep the water tower full.
    Incidents of worthless checks were on the rise and merchants were warned. Everyone was also alerted that the old Spanish prisoner letter had also made an appearance. It was one of the oldest mail frauds.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    Carol Frost had been selected as a member of the All Kansas Lions Toronto Band, which was headed to the Lions International Convention in Toronto, Canada.
    A building had been razed behind the Prairie State Bank Insurance office. It had been built about 1908 and had once housed the city’s first electric plant, started by George Smith.
    Lehr’s Restaurant featured a noon buffet lunch for only 97 cents.
    Mr. and Mrs. Velmo Johnson had purchased the Fifth Avenue Hotel from Mr. and Mrs. Gene Scholfield. The building was built in 1913.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    A motion to declare the City Council chambers off limits to smokers was voted down, 5-3, with some of those opposing the motion being non-smokers themselves.
    The City Council approved the annexation of Lakeside Estates and Lakeside II was expected to be next.
    Darrell Trebbe, postal worker for 16 years, had been promoted to Supervisor of Post Operations.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    The Board of Education approved and was moving ahead with plans to move sixth grade to the junior high building in 1985. The crowding of the elementary schools and the smaller classes at the high school influenced the 9th grade move.
    Page 2 of 2 - Walter and Sidney Ewalt established a scholarship fund at Augusta High School. The Ewalts had been long time supporters of Augusta education and the rural couple made property available for the cross country team for practice.
    Dorothy Munson succeeded Frances Cyphers as the secretary to the school superintendent.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Ryan Dickey, Garfield fifth grader, was the winner of the Geography Bee.
    Nathan Rea, Augusta Middle School seventh grader, won the Butler County Spelling Bee in El Dorado.
    Middle School vice principal Sharla Keller had resigned.
    After 40 years as Augusta’s premier catering family, Gene and Millie Ballinger were holding a liquidation auction. The Ballingers had served area and state events, as well as national affairs.
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