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

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    The Spencer Trailer Co. of Augusta was building trailers, brakes, hubs and drums for big rock crushers and rock screening outfits for the Army, fuel oil truck running gears, and trailers for the Santa Fe Trails Victory buses.
    One of Augusta’s well-known businessmen had died. A.R. “Roy” Peckham 60, had been in poor health for several months. He had been an insurance man and served on the local Board of Education.
    Mrs. Mary Stanley, 91, of Douglass, had never seen a basketball game until she attended the county league tournament games and said that she thoroughly enjoyed herself.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    The Christ Lutheran parsonage, located at Kelley and Cron, was dedicated with a ceremony and open house. The land was donated by John Moyle; Dolan Brandt did the brick work; Ray Mohr, the plumbing; Robinson Electric did the electric and furnace work.
    Dr. Forrest “Phog” Allen, head basketball coach at KU, was the speaker at the Butler County High School League of Athletics dinner.
    Augusta High School Citizenship A award winners were: Seniors - Keith Scholfield and Grace Davis; juniors - Tony Stell and Sylvia Thomas; sophs - Jack Fry and Janice Marshall; freshmen - Trini Alfaro and Sandra Criss.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    The Augusta Orioles clinched the Chisholm Trail League championship at Clearwater. The team players were: Dennis Morris, Rick Shoger, Jim Miller, David Murrey, Bob Evans, Tom Barnes, Mike Hastings, Tom Penney, and Tom Hutter.
    Dr. Leslie Timken, 70, well-known dentist in this area, had died.
    Eris Brixey was chosen as the Sweetheart Queen of the Sweetheart Swing, held at AHS.
    The Chamber of Commerce had decided to hire a full time manager.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    David Alfaro was elected Augusta Junior High “Principal for a Day.”
    The Augusta Orioles lost their bid for a trip to state with a 78-63 loss to Kapaun Mt. Carmel.
    The Augusta Junior High Penny Carnival raised almost $200 for the junior high yearbook. Laura Goldsmith and Gordon Harrison were Queen and King of the Penny Carnival.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    Dick Nesler won the all-events tourney in the Augusta Men’s Bowling Association Handicap Tournament.
    Augusta’s Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints held an open house at its new building on north Ohio St.
    The candidates running for the Augusta City Council in the 4th Ward were Dennis Bush, Marvin Latimer and Robert Griffith.
    Page 2 of 2 - Chris Jacoby placed third in the 4A State Wrestling Tournament in Russell. It was his second trip to State.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    AHS senior wrestler Drew Littell took second at the state tourney.
    Monte Wheeler, an AHS student, had a leading role in the Wichita Music Theatre for Young People production of “My Fair Lady.”
    The grand opening was held for the new Prairie State Bank Country Club Bank at 1700 N. Ohio St.
    The AMS wrestling team won the Pioneer League title.
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