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

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    The Butler County Health Department was attempting to screen all adults for tuberculosis by using a special fluoroscopic machine.
    Observed downtown: Lehr’s wirehaired terrier dog and the Drain’s black cat met in a head-on collision in front of Drain’s drug store.  The dog retreated before the fur started to fly.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    A high school teacher was injured when he fell into a manhole on school grounds.  The cover had not been fastened down, causing the accident.
    The City’s second attempt in finding auxiliary water supplies from wells was a dry hole.  The second try was near the 7th St. pump station on city property.  Another exploration was started near the dike on the west side.
    The stores in Augusta had set new hours.  On Saturday nights, stories would remain open until 8:30 p.m. instead of 9, and the other five days they would close at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6.  The merchants were seeking shorter days.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    William L. Churchman was named principal at Augusta High School.  He had been principal at Lincoln Elementary since 1959.
    Three Augusta girls were participating in the Miss Kansas Pageant in Pratt.  Miss Augusta Linda Gould, Miss Winfield Judy Martin, and Miss KAKEland Vicki Lunger.
    Jim Hamersly, 15, of Augusta, received the Boy Scout Eagle Award.
    The Garden Club was planning to plant a hedge between Highway 77 and the city dump area.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    The Ohio St. Project was expected to be completed by July 1st. All that was left to finish was the 1/2 mile section from the drive-in theater to the city limits.
    Dave Williams announced his candidacy for Butler County Sheriff.
    The Exchange Bank in Douglass was marking its 75th anniversary.
    Prairie State Bank had filed an application for a branch facility on N. Ohio St.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    Stephanie Tillett became the first girl in AHS history to become a state champ in track.  The first place finish was the Orioles’ first state championship in track since 1979.
    AHS boys going to Boys State were James Gallagher, Jeff Todd, David DeWitt, John Brown, Michael Leiber, John McDougald, David Baxter, Tim Johnson, and Gene Kimble.
    Girls attending Girls State were: Stacey Slyter, Tracy Herron, Kim Clark, Kim Schak, Sandi Maness, Suzanne Papen, Rhonda Sullivan, Geraldine Meis, and Joyce Demel.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Augusta’s Josh Cook placed 11th at the State Golf Tournament in Hutchinson.
    Page 2 of 2 - Departing library director Maggie Tarelli-Falcon was honored at a going away reception.
    John Heise and Matt Tipton were selected to the All-League baseball team.  Rick Hess was voted as the leagues Coach of the Year by his peers

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