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

  • A look at Augusta's past
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  • 70 YEARS AGO
    1944
    The local post office reported sending out 497 air mail letters in one day. The average was around 250 per day.  All were being sent to soldiers.
    Thirteen Augusta boys had just completed Navy boot training: Meredith Shryock, Milo McNairy, James Quest, Sherman Parry, Homer Rippee, Wilfred Patterson, the Batt triplets, Ted, Lee and Joe, Richard Bartholomew, Charles Burns, Dick Wintermote, and Dick Dunsford.
    Robert Heckerman of Caldwell had purchased Kibbey’s Variety Store.  H.N. Kibbey had owned the store for 15 years.
    60 YEARS AGO
    1954
    One of the biggest landslides in any election ever held in Augusta was chalked up for history when citizens voted 1,466 to 2 to participate in a water line to Mulvane.
    For the first time in several weeks the mercury failed to exceed the 100 degree mark.
    Kansas Governor Edward F. Arn had set aside a special day for Kansans to pray for rain.
    50 YEARS AGO
    1964
    Leon was being served by natural gas for the first time with the Gas Service Company constructing a line from Augusta to Leon.
    Rev. Amos Williams was moving to Augusta to become the minister of the Church of the Nazarene.
    Nina Jones, Butler County Register of Deeds, polled more votes than any other candidate in the recent primary.  She was serving her 16th year.
    40 YEARS AGO
    1974
    The City of Augusta was conducting a second public auction to continue the clearing of land for the 7th St. overpass.
    The leading national news was the resignation of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford becoming U.S. president.
    State high school champion in javelin, AHS graduate, Dennis Roberts had signed with Eastern Kentucky University.
    30 YEARS AGO
    1984
    The Augusta High School class of 1944 held a 40th reunion and at the same time, the dream team and State Champion 1944 basketball team gathered to remember old times with Coach Dave Shirk.  Team members who made the reunion were Bill Sapp, Larry Kennedy, Sherman Parry, Glenn Fillmore, Bot Watt, Homer Smotherman, M.C. Ewart, Marion Robison, and Coach Shirk.  Members who did not attend were Junior Crowder and Dave Erwin.
    Gayle Beruke, rural Augusta, was the new principal and teacher at St. James Catholic School.
    20 YEARS AGO
    1994
    The local Board of Education hired Lori McAdam as counselor at Augusta Middle School.
    Former school superintendent and educator H.H. Robinson had died at age 98 in Colorado.  Robinson Elementary had been named for him.
    A new motel, The Augusta Inn, was being constructed on W. 7th St.

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