A look at our past
70 YEARS AGO
Second Lt. Robert S. Clark, bombardier of Augusta, was the sole survivor of a midair collision of two Pueblo, Colo. air base bombers near Model, Colo., which killed 18 fliers.
Dr. O.V. Combs’ car was stolen and found several weeks later in St. Charles, Utah. An El Dorado man was being held in the Salt Lake City jail on charges of stealing the car.
Supt. H.H. Robinson announced that John Hutter, former star athlete at Augusta High School was returning to his alma mater as coach of football and basketball.
60 YEARS AGO
Central Kansas’ most powerful radio station, KFBI, was merging with the state’s first television station, KTVH.
The local board of education approved the purchase of the lot for a new elementary school and the name of the school was chosen. It would be called Lincoln Elementary.
Longtime Butler County probate judge Ralph R. Ralston, 71, had died while performing his duties. He was nearing the end of his seventh term. Ralston had also served as El Dorado city attorney and in the state senate, as well.
50 YEARS AGO
Three Augusta girls, Priscilla Applegate, Darnella Guy and Cindy Oblander, were members of the state championship twirling team, the Air Capitalettes of Wichita.
A new prefabricated mobile classroom was delivered to the high school campus.
New Augusta teachers included Lyle Johnson and Alice Butler at Lincoln and John Roberts at Augusta Jr. High.
Miller’s Five was celebrating its 10th anniversary with lots of special prices.
In order to prevent local students from being ill-prepared for the time when the U.S. would abandon its form of measurement in favor of the metric system, teachers were spending hours in workshops learning the system.
Eleven Augustans were golfing three days a week, 10 months out of the year. A.Z. Seaman, Ed Dunlop, Dick Adams, Dean Skaer, George Alberty, Don Davis, George Surface, Dick Black, Virgil Polk, Sam Miller, and Bill Stephenson were logging lots of time on the greens. The men reported that their wives enjoyed getting them out of the house.
30 YEARS AGO
City Attorney David All spoke in behalf of the mayor and city manager at an El Dorado city commission meeting to restate the desire to contract for future water supplies from the new El Dorado Lake. El Dorado officials had suggested 42 cents per thousand gallons, but Augusta officials offered to pay 26 cents per thousand gallons - a price above El Dorado’s own cost and charges made to its refineries.
Kathy Tharp was the executive director/manager of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.
Two weeks of nightly stakeouts by local police culminated in an arrest in several unsolved burglaries and break-ins around town.
20 YEARS AGO
Douglass was making preparations for its 125th Silver Centennial Frontiers Day, the annual town party.
A reception to honor Donna Putnam on her retirement from Augusta White Eagle Credit Union was announced. She had begun working at the credit union in 1950 while she was in high school.
Local attorney David All was serving as president of the Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys (KAHA). He was also the director of the City Attorneys Association of Kansas.