Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 7-15

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    Local barbers notified their clientele that shaves were going to be 35 cents.  Hair cuts remained at 50 cents.  It was the first raise in prices of shaves in many years.
    Twenty-six prisoners of war and four guards arrived from Camp Phillips, near Salina, to the Hazlett Ranch, where the bunkhouse was being used as headquarters.  More prisoners were on their way. The prisoners would work 8 hours a day and be paid 45 cents an hour. Farmers would call for the men in the morning and deliver them to the camp  each evening. The farmers would furnish the noon meal.
    Cpl. Charles E. Burress, Augusta, met and spoke with General Dwight Eisenhower in England.  The two men discussed their  home state.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    Augusta’s oldest resident, Martha Jan Brewer, 101, had died.
    Augusta Mayor Ben Hartman named J.W. Sjoberg as the Director of Civil Defense.
    The high temperature for the year, 105 degrees, had been hit.
    The total cost of the water line to Mulvane and pumping facilities was estimated at $1,250,000.  The cost would be shared by the five users:  City of Augusta, City of El Dorado, Socony-Vacuum, Skelly Refinery and El Dorado Refinery.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    Scott Brooks won the championship of the 14-year-old division in the Kansas Amateur Golf Association Tournament in Wellington.
    State Trooper Jerry Wohler was being transferred to Garnett.  Wohler had been stationed locally since 1956.
    The new four-lane, on US-77 and Walnut St. widening and re-location project, had been completed.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    Jack Taylor, owner of Lehr’s Restaurant, and Wilda Christopher, prep cook, received a merit award from the Kansas Wheat Commission for serving tasty breads.  According to Taylor, Lehr’s had been serving its own pastries for 22  years.
    Attorney General Vern Miller was going to be the keynote speaker at the general meeting of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
    Sonny Simon took the overall first place standing in the 240 Junior Class at the Happy Hills Motor Cross in Hillsboro.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    The Rountree family had expanded their Dairy Queen business with a brand new location in Andover.
    Heather Clark, Miss Butler County 1984, was named third runner up in the Miss Kansas Pageant and received the Debbie Bryant award for her unique talent routine.
    Doug Law of Emporia, was joining the local school system as a teacher, coach, assistant coach and administrator at the junior high.
    20 YEARS AGO
    Page 2 of 2 - 1994
    A severe storm hit the area and insurance adjusters were estimating around $1 million in damages for Augusta.  No part of town was left untouched.
    Jamie Hubbard of Augusta, was attending Girls State in Lawrence.
    The BOE hired Michael Cook to be the new Augusta High School principal.
    Eric Grooms of Augusta, was named to the Butler County Economic Development Board.

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