Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 2-18-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    The Oriole staff at Augusta High School was a charter member of the Institute of Student Opinion, sponsored by Scholastic Magazine.
    It was announced that 75 AHS seniors would be graduating in the spring.
    Listed in the Want Ads: “1937 Chevrolet, 5 good tires.  Will trade for milk cows.”
    Most U.S. states had agreed that car license plates would need to be at the rear of the vehicle and a front tag of any kind would be illegal for the duration of the war.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    Area residents were excited to see it rain almost 2 inches in a few hours’ time.
    Interior painting was finished at the new Haverhill Church. The next item on the agenda was the purchase of pews.
    Charles R. Calvert, 80, of Winfield, founder of the C.R. Calvert department store chain in Kansas, had died. He had stores in Winfield, Augusta, Pratt, Kingman, Neodesha, Chanute, and Independence.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    The Augusta Board of Education was looking for available quarters for a BOE and school office away from the school buildings.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lewis were crowned King and Queen of the St. James annual Mardi Gras celebration.
    Don Hall had been named principal of Robinson Elementary. He had been a fifth grade teacher at Lincoln.
    The Augusta Jr. High eighth grade boys basketball team was undefeated. The players were Tom Knott, Mike Stevens, Scott Brooks, Don McLaughlin, Bob Wilson, David Nichols, Dick Crist, Larry Hastings, Curt Riggs, and Bob Brown.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    Chet Crooks, operator and owner of Crooks’ Cleaners & Laundry, had announced plans to retire.
    The director of the Augusta Medical Complex had issued a request that people refrain from visiting patients until the flu epidemic was over.
    A city-wide meeting was held to discuss the formation of a Meals-on-Wheels program.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    Russell “Bud” Mauk of Augusta, was featured on KAKE-TV with Larry Hatteberg.
    Five Oriole wrestlers were going to state: Steve Roberts, winner of the regional title, Chris Jacoby, Rocky Hufman, John Price, and Jon Heinrich.
    Four men were vying for the First Ward seat on the Augusta City Council; Gerald Snyder, Jerry Harrison, Glenn Fillmore, and Ted Albright.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Prairie State Bank had acquired a branch bank site at 21st and Ridge Rd. on Wichita’s west side.
    Page 2 of 2 - Elizabeth Canon was crowned AHS homecoming queen and Kennedy Nesler was named king.
    AHS wrestlers headed to State were: Andy Zerhgast, Bobby Latimer, Drew Littell, Phillip Smith, and Byron Hankins.
    John “Jack” Cox, 74, former resident and owner-operator of the downtown store Jack’s Men’s Wear, had died.
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