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

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    Typhoid had returned with several cases in Butler County.
    The Augusta Park Board named Cecil Powers in charge of operations at the golf course. It was planned to raise green fees to 50 cents.
    The local draft board responded to the largest call in one day for some time by sending 50 men for pre-induction examinations at Ft. Leavenworth.
    It was Easter, but a patriotic appeal had been made to homemakers to preserve and store eggs.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    A large wooden clock over 100 years old was attracting a lot of attention in the window of McCauley’s Jewelry.
    Law enforcement was looking for two inmates who had escaped from the Butler County jail. The men rifled the sheriff’s office, took an undetermined amount of cash, a pistol, and then stole an automobile described as having a loud exhaust.
    Mrs. Carol Allison of Augusta, who had been a third grade teacher in Douglass, would be a teacher in Augusta schools the next year.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    Vicki Lee Lunger, AHS senior, was a finalist in the Miss Kakeland contest, being held at the Miller Theatre in Wichita with special guest from Hollywood - Vera Miles.
    The Augusta Cadets, a twirling group under the direction of Dixie Wisner, took second place in a national contest in Manhattan. Jeanine Shryock took first place in the beginners solo division.
    Veteran Kansas newsman William Allen White, 83, had died in Topeka.
    Local banks had seen a rush for the new Kennedy half-dollars.
     
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    Two Augusta girls were chosen as delegates for the Outstanding Young Woman Award Pageant. Dana Douthett and Pamela Brown would both compete with others to be a delegate to the Miss USA program.
    Horton Flaming, guidance director of USD 402, was selected by the Augusta Education Association as their Master Teacher of the Year.
    Steve Shaffer, 31, of Wichita, had been hired as the new director of safety in Augusta.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    The Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle had been selected as the Kansas FCA Huddle of the Year for 1984. Augusta’s FCA began in 1966 with Dan Justice as the sponsor.
    The “adopted” grandparents of the Garfield fifth graders, Hazel and Russell Mauk, were honored on their 50th anniversary by the students.
    Sixth grader Cindy Howard was the top speller at Garfield and Vicki Trissal, second place.
    Page 2 of 2 - High School teacher-coach Dennis Cox criticized rock music and its bad influence on kids during a meeting of Augusta’s Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Mandy Bennett and Kevin Cornelius were the winners of new bikes at the Bugs Bunny Club.
    Brent Herold won best of division and a first place ribbon at the Pike’s Peak Whittler Spring Woodcarvers Show for his carving of an eagle soaring over a valley.
    Charles Hanna was retiring as detective with the Augusta Department of Safety. He had retired in 1988 from the Kansas Highway Patrol after more than 28 years. He had been with the local law enforcement department about five years.

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