A look at Augusta's past
70 YEARS AGO
In keeping with the county extension agent’s efforts to collect milk weed pods and their floss for the making of naval life belts, a free “Milk Weed Pod” matinee was held at the Augusta Theatre. Admission was free for youngsters and their bags of pods.
Superintendent and Mrs. H.H. Robinson, who had heard a month earlier that their son, Lt. Buel C. Robinson, was missing in action, received official word that he was a prisoner of war of the German government.
All four Catt brothers of Augusta were serving in the Armed Forces; Staff Sgt. Homer Catt was in France, F 2-C Charles Catt, Navy in Great Lakes, Ill., Staff Sgt. George Catt was also in France, and Pvt. William Catt was at Camp Butner, NC.
60 YEARS AGO
Kansas Governor-Elect George Docking was in town and upon arrival, immediately sought the services of a local barber.
The Hicks Service Station had a new wooly monkey, 6 months old, named Sammy. Sammy took the place of Susie, who had recently died of a heart attack. The Hicks were inviting local children to stop by and meet Sammy.
The Tumbleweed Motel, east of Augusta on US-54, burned to the ground in a blaze that was thought to be started by lightning.
50 YEARS AGO
A new “Y” pedestrian crossing was in place at State and Broadway in front of the junior high and high school. The “Y” pattern was designed to avoid confusion and bring the students across busy State St. safely.
Len Hudson, representing Augusta High School Student Council, attended a state council conference at Fort Hays State College.
Kansas’ population was more than 2 million and Augusta’s was at 6,306.
40 YEARS AGO
George Surface got a hole-in-one at the Augusta Country Club. Bill Stephenson and Dick Adams were witnesses.
Kenneth Emley was the new principal at Garfield Elementary, replacing Don Worley.
Paul S. Thompson was the new pastor at the First Baptist Church.
30 YEARS AGO
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Sharp Realty building at 5th and Walnut.
A ribbon cutting was held at the Keith Scholfield real estate/insurance office at a newly remodeled space at 6th and Walnut.
Harold Rickards and William DeVore, both of Andover, tied in the election for Butler County commissioner for North Bruno. A coin toss was held and Rickards won.
20 YEARS AGO
The Assembly of God church team won the local church league softball tournament. St. James took second.
New officers at the Augusta Department of Safety were: Michael Stueven, police; Andy Hall, fire; and Brett Robertson, police.
The fourth annual Jake Cauthron Tournament at the Augusta Country Club drew almost 50 golfers.