A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
Augustan Sgt. James M. Fitzwater was killed in a plane crash in New Guinea. He was a sheet metal mechanic in a ground crew for the Air Force.
Pvt. Loren Malone, stationed in England, was planning to meet up in London with home town friend Sgt. Bob Bisagno.
The City of Douglass won a state-wide Class E safety honor. The award was based on the work, efforts and activities carried on through the year in the interest of safety by the police department.
60 YEARS AGO
The City of Augusta was showing an increased concern over the water supply. A restriction on the use of water coolers in homes was imposed. The city’s lake was 12 feet below normal and Santa Fe Lake levels were low, too. Residents were asked to conserve by connecting hoses to washing machines and allowing the water to drain onto lawns and vegetation instead of into sewers.
Four new members and one incumbent were sworn into the office on the City Council. New members were Hobart Auer, Charley Rawlings, Cal Purdin, and Harold Luding. The incumbent was Art Jones. They joined Lee Dennett, Emerson Clippinger, W.R. Gentzler, and Mayor Ben F. Hartman.
50 YEARS AGO
Everett Johnson had been awarded a NASA training grant to enable him to do work toward the Ph.D. in electrical engineering at K.U.
The Board of Education decided construction would soon begin on the administration building for the offices of the superintendent.
Meetings were being held all around the county to discuss Butler County school unification.
AHS golfer Tom Barnes made a hole in one while participating in a match at Kingman.
40 YEARS AGO
The ground breaking for the swimming pool at Douglass had taken place and hopes were that the pool would be open by Memorial Day.
Former Augustans Darrell and Jeanine Markley were returning to town after living in Lincoln, Kan. In the fall, Darrell would be the new high school math teacher and coach.
John Watkins, former Augusta Director of Safety, was filing for the Democrat nomination for the office of Sheriff.
30 YEARS AGO
City sewer plant employee and animal control officer Charlie Cabrales was honored for his years of service to the city.
The Gas Service Company was closing its Augusta office and headquarters were moving to El Dorado.
Melvin Burress of Augusta and Warren Corbin of El Dorado, represented local dairymen at the annual meeting of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI) at Minneapolis, Minn.
After setting on the Augusta City Council for 14 years, Edward “Ed” Freeman was stepping down to spend more time at home. His successor Gerald Snyder was elected in the April 3rd election.
20 YEARS AGO
Former Augustan, pharmacist, and owner-operator of Morgan Drugs in the Plaza Shopping Center, Robert “Bob” Morgan, 64, had died.
The library board was discussing with the city council expansion of the library.
Former City Council member Ed Freeman won his bid for election to represent Ward One on the council. Incumbent Fourth Ward Councilman Roger Chrislip won re-election to a new term.
Ground breaking for the new Augusta Middle School was planned, as well as the new Girls Softball Complex behind AHS.