Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Our Yesterdays 7-22-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    It was approved by City Council that fishing with two poles would be permitted at the City Lake, to conform with state rules, allowing two poles.
    Eli Morris had purchased the old garage building at the southeast corner of 4th and State.  He planned to move his garage from E. 5th to the new location.
    Augusta had the second lowest electrical rates and the lowest water rates in the state of Kansas.
    A rope jumping contest was held at the summer playground.  Winners in the older group were Barbara Patton and Ethel Gifford.  Winners in the younger group were Carmen Alfaro and Lucy Cabrales.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    Several people were alarmed and made reports of seeing flying saucers between Augusta and Wichita.  It was learned that a test was being made of a new Super 18 Beech aircraft and the plane had dropped two brilliant emergency landing flares.
    Augusta Superintendent H.H. Robinson reported that 2,590 students had graduated from AHS in the past 76 years.
    Augusta was the third hottest spot in Kansas with a high of 112.  Pittsburg reported 115 and Ft. Scott, 113.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    After six hours, a “stray” buffalo belonging to a rural resident and chased by a dozen or so men - some policemen and some troopers - was felled by Dr. Glenn Hoskinson, local veterinarian, using two tranquilizer shots.  The one-ton buffalo had been roaming near U.S 54 and Santa Fe Lake Rd.
    Danny Skidmore of Augusta, in his first year of bowling, was competing in a state bowling tournament in Topeka.
    All work on Augusta’s new Education Center would be done by local contractors; L.A. Knebler Construction Co., Robinson Electric and A/C, Hollingsworth Plumbing, and Johnson Sheet Metal.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    Steve Shaffer, Department of Safety Director, announced three interdepartmental promotions.  George Small was promoted to rank of Lieutenant, Patrolman Jim Cummings was promoted to Sergeant in the Patrol Division, and Nina Geist was promoted to Chief Dispatcher.
    Augusta Mayor Oscar Applegate was urging citizens to use electricity sparingly in order to prevent further outages during the heat wave.
    Due to the penny shortage in the area, Prairie State Bank was offering a silver dollar to every 95 pennies brought to the bank.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    Twenty-one  year old Carman Meyer had purchased the Douglass Tribune newspaper from Olive Quiring Miller.  Meyer was a 1981 DHS graduate.
    Bob Stanford, Santa Fe Railroad supervisor for both Augusta and El Dorado, had retired after 41 years with the railroad.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Bisagno family had donated a historical roll-up curtain from the former Isis Theater, to the Augusta Historical Museum.
    20  YEARS AGO
    1994
    The First Christian Church burned the mortage papers on their building’s education wing.
    A helicopter was summoned to fly low in an attempt to dry out ball diamonds in order for the Augusta Girls Softball Tournament to take place.
    A summer storm left over 2 inches of rain on streets and yards.  Many motorists were stranded in high water.

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