Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 4-29-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    Hundreds of men worked frantically to get sandbags on the highway west of Augusta and at the dike opening at the south of town, as well.  The dikes held and Augusta was spared.  Because of the water, there had been no mail into Augusta, nor out, for a couple of days and people traveling to Wichita were forced to travel to Potwin and across.  A week later after more rain, the sandbagging crews were out again.
    Another Augusta soldier, Cpl. Ordelle Randle had been killed in New Guinea.  Details were lacking.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    Meetings were being held to plan the formation of a 4-H Club in Augusta.  There were clubs around the area, but not one specifically in Augusta.
    More than 400 El Dorado elementary children would be starting classes in the new Lincoln School on May 3.
    Due to dry conditions, the City of Augusta was placed on water restrictions.
    Christ Lutheran Church observed its 20th anniversary with a special reception and service.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    A group of Leon residents was meeting to organize a kindergarten class in the Leon school district.
    Mrs. Edith Hill turned 100 years-old.
    Butler County Sheriff officers were searching for the slayer of a man who had been working at the B&B Sporting Goods shop six miles west of Augusta. Robbery appeared to be the motive.
    Blue Hawaii was the theme of the Junior -Senior Prom in the junior high gymnasium.  The banquet was held at Lehr’s Western Room.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    The new “baby” pool construction at the Augusta municipal Pool was almost complete.
    Seasons in the Sun was the theme of the Junior-Senior Prom.
    The City Council approved an off-street motorcycle area at Santa Fe Lake.
    AHS seniors Kay Bisagno and Craig Critchfield were chosen to speak at the upcoming commencement.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    The Augusta Optimist Club honored Butler County District Court Judge Page Benson for his “devoted and unselfish” service as an administrator of justice.
    Jerry Cockrell was the new mayor of Douglass.  He succeeded Herman Ogg.
    A contract to buy more than 30 acres of land for  use as an industrial park had been signed and the Augusta City Council was expected to free up industrial funds for the purchase and to change zoning so the area could be developed.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Page 2 of 2 - Arabian Nights was the theme of the Junior-Senior Prom.
    Augusta wrestlers Drew Littell and Phillip Smith were named to the Kansas Class 5A All-Academic team.
    The installation of the new elevator at City Hall was complete.
    API saluted local businesses Patterson Racing and Zipper-TS Mowers as part of the statewide Business Appreciation Week.

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