Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 5-6-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    The Augusta City Golf Association was planning a city golf league.
    First Lt. Rex Strode U.S. Army Air Forces bombardier, of Douglass, had been reported missing in action over Germany.
    Second Lt. Arthur E. Fillmore, 22 year-old flying fortress co-pilot of Augusta, was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Since the start of the Army’s accelerated war plane production before Pearl Harbor, 19,831  aircraft had been built in Wichita with the help of subcontractors in 24 states.  The three major contractors were Boeing, Cessna and Beech with 63,000 employees in the Wichita area.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    The Tumbleweed Motel, 1 1/2 miles east of Augusta, announced the opening of the new Tumbleweed Motel Restaurant.  Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Pickering were owners.
    “Arabian Nights” was the theme of the Junior-Senior Prom held at the Elks Lodge.
    Dixie Fenton had resigned as City Librarian and the library board announced the appointment of Erma Boyd, who  had been assistant librarian for a number of years.
    The Board of Education was considering the purchase of new uniforms for the AHS band.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    A new shelter house of brick and screen had been completed at Garvin Park.  It was located in the middle of the “upper” portion, east of the park entrance.
    Dick Dunsford was elected president of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association at the annual convention.
    The six nominees for the Augusta Mother of the Year were: Mrs. John R. Gilliand (4 children), Mrs. Dick Heironimus (7 children), Mrs. L.L. Hubbart (6 children), Mrs. Marguerite Jones (6 children),  Mrs. Glendale Norris (4 children), and Mrs. Ben Orlowski ( 2 children).
    40  YEARS AGO
    1974
    Kenneth Emley of Shawnee Mission was the new principal at Garfield, replacing Don Worley.
    Don W. Ridgway, a pharmacist at Drain’s Drug for 12 years, had purchased the store and it would be called Ridgway Drug Co.
    AHS sophomore Bill Maness captured a bid for a trip to the state golf tournament.
    The Mobil Oil refinery, in conjunction with the Augusta Community Improvement Committee, was working on a 850 ft. garden.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    Thirteen AHS students were looking forward to a summer trip to Europe. They were Robyn Rogers, Randy Randolph, Peter Bodyk, Mat Maynor, Sheri Maddy, Leslie Marr, Tracy Herron, Sherri Simmons, Didi Robb, Chuck Knapp, Derek Munson, Gary Podschun, and Matt Ridder.
    Fifth District Congressman Bob Whittaker of Augusta, officially announced plans to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Republican ticket.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Board of education had decided to hold the high school commencement inside the AHS gymnasium.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Chris Oliver, AHS junior, was a gold medalist javelin thrower at the Rose Hill Invitational.  He also earned a silver medal in the shot put.
    An open  house was held at the school district’s new central kitchen at 2010 Ohio St.
    Shirley Davis, a member of Augusta Chapter 211, Order of the Eastern Star was appointed as Chaplain of the Grand Chapter of Kansas.
    AHS seniors Ashlee and Amy Alley were named Academic All-State in basketball.

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