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

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    The annual Kiwanis Marble & Jacks tournament for elementary students was held. In the marble tourney, the building winners were Dickie Rippee and Paul Boone.  Building winners in the jacks were Betty Lewis and Joyce Williams.
    The Augusta High School seniors visited the downtown businesses dressed in their caps and gowns.
    Petitions were being circulated in Augusta and El Dorado and being signed by those opposed to prison labor.
    Augusta’s population was 4,300.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    Kiker’s Food Market at 1239 State was observing its 8th anniversary.
    Work would begin soon on two new buildings at the refinery - an office building and a clock house.  The office building would be of modern design with “year-round air conditioning.”
    The city’s first attempt to alleviate Augusta’s water shortage by water wells produced a dry hole.  The first test was done at the north end of the City Lake.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    Augusta residents were urged to write to the Kansas Water Resource Board stressing that they favored the construction of a reservoir near Towanda.
    Bruce Bourget placed second in the javelin event in the state Class AA track meet.
    NuDuds apparel shop at 521 State was celebrating its first anniversary.  The shop was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Pat Small.
    The AHS Class of 1914 was gathering for its 50th  year reunion.  All six members - Frances Hitchcock Kilgore, Josephine Mitchell Anderson, Edna Kirkpatrick Mayfield, Rachel Wright Peebler, Mattie Collins Paul, and Tom McCarty.  All were still living except for Mrs. Peebler.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    John Freeman took second in the 880 with a time of 1:59.6 and fourth in the mile with a 4:27.1 at the state 3A track meet.
    Dennis Roberts took first in the javelin throw at the 3A state track meet.
    Dr. Robert Whittaker, local optometrist, became licensed as a lay minister of the Christian Church.
    Kevin Miller and David Poage qualified to attend the A.A.U.  Junior Olympics meet in Wichita.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    The Oriole baseball team captured the regional title.
    Four Winds Girl Scout Council was seeking a caretaker for the Little House at Kelly and Custer Lane.
    Judy Feil captured Best of Show in two categories in the Augusta Garden Club 1984 Flower Show.
    Stephanie Tillett won the 800 meter race in the regional track meet.  She held the AHS record in the event.   
    Page 2 of 2 - 20  YEARS AGO
    1994
    Girls  headed to Girls State were:  Melinda Leritz, Johnna Danler, Rachel Lane, Heather McGuire, Rogena Church, and Jamie Hubbard.
    Three museums were dedicated: the newly rebuilt C.N. James Cabin, the Red Horse Museum with memorabilia from the former Mobil refinery at Second and Walnut, and the Augusta Air Museum, 135 S. Highway 77.
    AHS Athletes of the Year were Amber Markley, Josh McCleary and Drew Littell.
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