A glimpse at our town's past
70 YEARS AGO
A $5 cash prize was offered by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce for the person submitting the winning slogan for Augusta, to be used in connection with “Welcome” signs to be placed at all entrances to the city.
The Post Office had banned mailing cigarettes to Germany.
Girls headed to Girls State were Marilyn Jane Gillespey and Juanita Bottom.
60 YEARS AGO
The Augusta - El Dorado Watter Association was meeting to decide the future of the Mulvane water line. One of the difficult problems facing the board was the disposition of the six full-time employees engaged in the operation. Total cost of operation of the line was $300 per day.
Verl Dagel of rural Augusta, won the Kansas State High-Power Rifle Championship at Fort Riley.
The Kansas State Highway Commission had taken over the ownership and responsibility of maintenance of the Towanda - Kechi Road, including between El Dorado and the western Butler County line.
50 YEARS AGO
Christ Lutheran Church held a dedication for their pipe organ. Special guest organist was David Johns, assistant professor of music at St. John’s College in Winfield.
Water levels in both Santa Fe Lake and the City Lake were lower than normal and discussion on utilizing the Mulvane water line were beginning.
The Augusta Historical Society was making plans to build a new museum next to the C.N. James Cabin.
40 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Daily Gazette’s Father’s Day tribute included local business Father - Son teams, including: Nevelyn Rawlings with sons, Terry and Gary; Dick Dunsford with son Joe; Calvin Applegate, Sr. and son Calvin, Jr.; Don Chiaro and his son Ron; Jack Taylor and David; Lewis Simmons and his son Randy; L.A. Knebler and his son Bill; Gene Ballinger and son Michael; Robert Lytton, Sr. and his son Bob Lytton, Jr.; and Ed Williamson and sons, Stan and Larry.
Steve Moore of Augusta won the championship at the National Kids Wrestling Tournament at Minneapolis, Minn.
30 YEARS AGO
Mike Clifton and his wife Lucy just opened an accounting office at 401 State St.
Jaime Hudson and Eric Buggeln received trophies as overall champs in the One-Mile Youth Run of the Augusta Optimist Club Road Race.
Augusta Orioles on the CTL All-League Baseball Team were Troy Palmer and Terry Baxter, first team, and Ty Little and Chris Williams on the second team.
20 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Public Library hosted the seventh annual Teddy Bear Picnic on the front lawn of the library with Ron Tibbits, the Bubble Man, as special guest.
Bryan Clark’s entry for the 1997 White Eagle Festival logo was the winner.
The Augusta Historical Society was sponsoring a Garden Tour, featuring the gardens of Gary and Norma Agard, Rolly and Louise Boucher, and Tom and Mary Eckley.
10 YEARS AGO
Monty Rowland, AHS Girls Soccer Head Coach, was named AVCTL-Div. III Coach of the Year.
Four Orioles were named to the AVCTL-Div. III All-League Baseball Team; Corbin Reichard and Landon Payne, first team; Brek Train and Casey Burden, second team.
Augusta Department of Safety Chief Tyler Brewer was recognized by the Augusta City Council for his heroic service in the water rescue of a 15 year-old boy from the Walnut River the month before.