Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 3-4-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    Ninety-four young people of Augusta had signed up for an active Teen Town center. The location had not been chosen yet.
    A group of citizens met at the Butler County Farm Bureau office to discuss plans for establishing a German war prisoner camp in the area.
    A county-wide campaign to test all county students for tuberculosis had kicked off.
    Postal rates were increasing, with the price of mailing a letter going up to 3 cents.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    Augusta had a new retail outlet at 529 State. Joe and Marjorie Jabara had opened Jabara’s Department Store.
    The Orioles closed out their basketball season going down in defeat, 78-75 in a overtime for the third place trophy against Derby in the district tourney.
    The Augusta High School rifle team was practicing and preparing to attend an invitational. Team members were Lee Griffin, Gary Bagby, Roger Reetz, Don Jackson, Eugene Harms, Larry Jackson, and Larry Thirsk.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    Craig McClure, seventh grade student at St. James, was a winner in an essay writing contest sponsored by the Butler County Soil Conservation District.
    Active businessman and community leader for 48 years, Joe Dunsford, had died at 81. Prior to establishing a funeral home here in 1916, Dunsford had been a funeral director in Little River.
    Courtesy Week had ended at Augusta Junior High with certificates given to students voted the most courteous in their respective classes: 7th grade - Debbie White, Lynn Hastings, Darrell Markley, and Kenny Bohon; 8th grade - Elaine Copp, Connie Dill, Dick Crist, and Jim Moellinger; 9th grade - Stephanie Curtis, Loweta Dean, Bob Pippan, and Kenny Jones.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    Following closely on the heels of the community improvement project in augusta was a plan to develop an annual city-wide celebration. Residents were being asked to submit ideas for such an event.
    Reports of streakers in the city had been substantiated by the Department of Safety. A resident reported seeing two nude men dash past a local market.
    Dennis Roberts was a unanimous choice for the Chisholm Trail League Basketball Team and Sonny Simon was named to the Honorable Mention category.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    Patti Gish and Tearie Miller won the doubles competition in the 1984 Women’s Handicap Tourney at Holiday Bowl.
    Shirley Train and Marilyn Cheslic were named the co-chairs for the upcoming Miss Butler County Scholarship Pageant following the resignation of longtime director Larry Strong.
    Page 2 of 2 - Danny Lara and Jessica Dutton won top honors in the Augusta Optimist Club Oratorical Contest at the junior high.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    The area matched the 1910 record for March 3rd with a high of 80 degrees.
    C.R. Macchi was the new associate pastor at the Augusta First Baptist Church.
    Petitions were carried door-to-door in an effort to preserve the historical junior high and high school buildings on State St.
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