A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Second Lt. Arthur E. Fillmore, 22, of Augusta, was co-pilot in the 8th Air Force Flying Fortress that made the historic first large scale American bombing of war industries in Berlin.
The Lehr Cafe was moving to the Richmond Building on the northwest corner at State and Fifth.
A freak lightning strike occurred at Rose Hill. It struck the telephone line running into town and resulted in two fires at the switchboard, causing considerable damage.
Details were still being worked out concerning a German prisoner of war camp to be located near El Dorado. Many farmers were in favor of the camp because they would have prisoners working on the farms. The war had caused a shortage of labor.
60 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Junior Chamber of Commerce was being organized. Elected president was R.L. Maddox.
The water supply in Leon had become dangerously low so an Army truck loaded with a filtration unit was used to take water from the Little Walnut River. It was purified and passed through an emergency line to a well.
Augusta High School had a Band Booster Club, which was composed of residents interested in supporting and promoting the AHS Band.
Howard Motors, Inc., 311 State, had sold to George L. Finlay.
50 YEARS AGO
Ed Carter was the new golf pro at the Augusta Country Club.
Four girls were named to attend Girls State; Marilyn Moon, Carol Crooks, Cathy Bohon, and Kathryn Settergren.
Vicki Lee Lunger won the title of Miss Kakeland and was headed for the Miss Kansas Pageant in Pratt.
A reported airplane explosion turned out to be two sky divers making an unannounced jump with smoke bombs and flares.
40 YEARS AGO
Dennis Roberts was named AHS Athlete of the Year at the All Sports Banquet.
A Community Improvement Committee was formed and Burl Allison was selected to serve as chairman.
John Roberts, AHS math teacher and coach, had resigned.
Delegates selected to attend Boys State were: Jack Meis, Todd Zwahl, Mike Lytle, Frank Miller, Jack Baker, and Bob Criss.
30 YEARS AGO
Augusta Mayor Robert Shryrock and other area representatives were in Washington, DC, speaking at a budge hearing in support of funds for the Douglass Reservoir.
Augusta’s Doug Conner, Stephanie Tillett, and Zeke Rash were named to the KOYY Radio Dream Team in basketball.
Robbie Chandler was the winner of the 1984 Pinewood Derby. Dan Hawkins won the Pinewood Derby Design Contest.
20 YEARS AGO
Four young wrestlers placed at state, including Derek Hummel, who brought home the state title. Also placing were Alex McCoy, Shawn Silvas, and Nick Spaht.
The Augusta Board of Education approved a $6 million Middle School construction project. The action followed three special pubic meetings and pleas from district patrons who proposed locating the new Middle School in the northeast part of town and saving the existing buildings on State St.
The BOE elected to hire Bob McCalla as principal for Ewalt Elementary. Filling McCalla’s position as AMS principal, would be Doug Law, assistant principal at AHS.