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

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    There were no fireworks in Augusta on the Fourth, but lots of picnics, fishing and visiting with friends was enjoyed.
    The City Council approved annexing more area.  Additions added were:  Moyle Court, Govenius Addition, Ball’s Addition, Gregg Addition, Bowyer and part of the Kuster Addition.
    Sgt. Wayne Elliott, 22, of Augusta, was awarded the Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for the Air Medal.
    60  YEARS AGO
    1954
    At 85, John Mannion was the oldest native born resident of the Augusta community.  He had been honored years before during the 75th anniversary  celebration of the founding of Augusta by being named King of the community.
    Barbara Booker and Carolyn Cash of Augusta were attending Girls’ State in Lawrence.
    The second anniversary of the Augusta Soroptimist Club were observed with a dinner at the Elks Hall.  Mrs. D.A. Bisagno had served as president for the first year.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    The second Chamber of Commerce sponsored Hootenanny was held on State St. in front of the theatre.
    The Governor’s office announced support of the proposed El Dorado and Douglass reservoirs, but was against the proposed Towanda reservoir.
    The Frisco depot had been remodeled and the big news was the installation of air conditioning and a new telegraph system.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    A grand opening was held for the new Dillon’s Supermarket in Augusta.
    Augusta’s Craig Luper was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Nebraska Basketball Camp at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
    Numerous complaints had been received by the county concerning the closing of the county road west of the Dike Rd., which crossed the Whitewater River behind Lily Lake School.  Residents  wanted the road open to traffic. The County Commission explained that they had the authority to close or open roads and because the bridge was destined to be closed, they decided to close the road.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    A new air ambulance service was being offered through a company at the Augusta Municipal Airport.
    The Sheriff’s office blamed the heat wave for a higher than normal number of disturbances, which included several fights.
    Dorothy Perry, the first woman to work at Augusta’s post office,  had died.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    Josh Bannister completed an Eagle Project to receive a community service pin.  He led Boy Scout Troop 209 in painting the AHS football stadium.
    Page 2 of 2 - Century 21 Simmons Realty Associates was named the top office in the 21 Kansas Marketing Team during an awards banquet.  Mark Sudduth was named among the top 3 percent.
    Joe Wedan was the new pastor at the
    Augusta Southern Baptist Church.

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