Butler County Times Gazette
  • Belinda Larsen: Augusta's Yesterdays 8-5-14

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    Members of the Armed Forces were going to be allowed a gallon of gasoline a day for the time of the furlough.
    A small fire broke out in the control room at the Augusta Theatre.  The fire was believed to have been the result of the electricity going off and on during a big thunderstorm. It was under control in no time as the control room was fire proof.
    Augustan Sgt. Bill Barber had been killed in action in France. In civilian life, he had worked at the refinery and when the war began he told friends that he felt that he could help more by joining the Army.
    60 YEARS AGO
    The mercury climbed to 114. The temps had been triple digit for almost a week. Church services were being held at Garvin Park because of the hot weather.
    A local woman reported that her aunt, 67 of Wichita, had died and that her uncle, 70 living in southeast Kansas and brother of the deceased, died the same day and only minutes after his sister.
    A 45 pound flathead was pulled from the City Lake by Claude Elliott.
    50 YEARS AGO
    A summer thunderstorm blew into town, dumping 3 inches of much needed rain.
    State and city officials met at the south end of Walnut St. and formerly dedicated the re-located section of US 77 through Augusta. The project cost $314,113.
    Officials of the local oil union No. 246 and officials of the Mobil Oil Co., Augusta refinery, were meeting in an effort to avert strike action.
    Wallace “Wally” Fowler had joined the staff of Lewis Simmons Realty.
    40 YEARS AGO
    The 41st Bloomington Picnic was held at the Kenneth King farm.
    The 8th Annual Scholfield Brothers Pontiac-Plaza IGA baseball picnic was held at Garvin Park. The event was held for Little League boys and softball girls.
    Simon Cohen, 76, former Augusta businessman, had died in Miami, Fla.
    30 YEARS AGO
    Bruce Relph of Wichita had joined the Augusta Department of Safety as a patrolman.
    In his third attempt for a seat on the Butler County Commission, E.W. Nath, rural Augusta, defeated incumbent J.W. Simmons in the primary election.
    An elderly Augusta man lost $20,000 in a “bait and switch” con scheme. Police were alerting other residents to be aware of more con artists in the area.
    20 YEARS AGO
    Jerry Carson had retired from the Post Office after 32 years of service.
    Winners of Augusta’s July Beautiful Yards were Dalton and Sonja Patterson at 1139 State and Fred and Wauna Fuller at #4 Flanigan Crt.
    Page 2 of 2 - The City Council approved the construction of new roads in the Northern Heights Addition, along with Augusta Avenue and Greyhound Dr. leading to the new elementary school.
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