A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
It was Freak Day at Augusta High School and a dozen boys disguised as can-can girls had dyed their hair green, yellow, pink and purple. Other students came dressed as pirates, royalty and cavemen.
In addition to AHS students providing practical help to the community, some students were performing plumbing repairs, fixing electrical appliances, sharpening knives and saws, working on engines, tractors and autos.
Plans were being made to start a Civil Air Patrol in Augusta.
Two Augusta brothers, Ernest Thomas and Delbert Thomas met each other in the South Pacific. Both had been serving overseas for a year.
60 YEARS AGO
Word was received that Army Cpl. James R. Montgomery of Augusta had died of malnutrition in a Korean prison. He had been captured in Korea in February of 1951. He was a 1945 AHS graduate.
A team of Augusta Junior High spellers, Marie Burns, Virginia Cabrales, Diana McKinzie, and Ruth Elaine Brandt were in the semi-finals at a spelling bee in Wichita.
50 YEARS AGO
Augusta High School’s undefeated basketball season ended when Wichita West defeated the Orioles 67-58, to take the regional championship and earn the right to go to State.
Augusta’s oldest business, Safford Lumber Co., was hosting a week-long celebration to observe its 85th anniversary. The lumber yard was established in 1878 by S.J.Safford, who was a pioneer lumber man in Butler County. .
The first community sponsored All Sports Banquet was held at the Augusta National Guard Armory. Athletes, parents, coaches and supporters attended what would become a long tradition.
The site of the proposed new Butler County Junior College had been selected. The site, an 80-acre tract, known as the Molk property, was just southwest of El Dorado on Haverhill Rd. and the Towanda St. extension, near the drive-in theater.
40 YEARS AGO
Virginia Mead, a sixth grader, was the top speller at Garfield School. Karen Bobbett finished as the runner-up.
Connie Zwahl had joined the sales staff at Simmons Realty.
Jerry Tate, fourth grader, was the winner of the Robinson School spelling bee and Staci Maness, third grader, was runner-up.
Dee Ann Griffith, won the spelling contest at Lincoln School and Michelle Benton was runner-up.
30 YEARS AGO
City Council members were discussing paint colors for the Kelly Ave. water tower. It was being reconditioned and repainted. Some residents were hoping for a black and orange color scheme.
Crysta Hudson was the champion speller at Robinson School and Heather Blake, alternate.
After three days of drenching showers, Augusta received a blow from Old Man Winter, with snow on the first day of spring.
20 YEARS AGO
Elliott Rodda beat 62 other climbers to the top of Wichita’s Epic Center in the 7th Annual Epic Climb.
AHS basketball players Ryan Miller and Lucas Sims were selected to the Chisholm Trail All League Team. Kennedy Nesler made honorable mention.
Paul and Laurie Andrews were new to Augusta and had become youth ministers at the Ministry of Jesus Outreach Church.
Amie Shelton and Tiffany Brooks were named to the All League Basketball Team.