A glimpse at our community's past
70 YEARS AGO
The oldest social club in town, the Outlook Club, was celebrating its 40th anniversary. Mrs. R. W. Stephenson was the first president, Mrs. Park Salter, vice president, and Mrs. A. Holladay, was the first secretary/treasurer.
Work had begun on improving Highway 77 from Augusta to the Cowley County line. Some of the workmen were living in Gordon and Augusta.
Parking on the south side of E. 7th Street would no longer be allowed.
60 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Clare Patterson was a state award winner in the 4-H Club Alumni Program.
City Manager R.J. Hayes was asking City Council to consider drop gates as safety measures at the railroad crossing on E. US 54 and US 77 at the south city limits.
Roger Douthett, 9 years-old, hosted a polio benefit show at his home and featured a talent show and refreshments. Roger took $4.33 to school to add to the March of Dimes fund.
50 YEARS AGO
Ramon D. Criss, president of Criss Optical, announced the appointment of Rupert F. Hays of Lubbock, Texas as the new general manager.
Burl Allison had been named to lead the drive in Augusta to raise $10,000 for scholarships at Butler County Junior College.
The First Christian Church hosted a Sweetheart Banquet, and Mr. and Mrs. Berna Riley, married 62 years, were honored as the couple with the longest marriage.
40 YEARS AGO
A rebound by Augusta’s Mike Fuller and a bounce pass to Rick McKinney, who made a last second lay up brought the house down in an overtime win 49-47 against Herrington at the Bluestem Classic in El Dorado.
Test pilot Mike Preston of Augusta, received only minor injuries when he parachuted to safety moments before the single-engine T-34 C Navy trainer he was piloting crashed northeast of Rose Hill.
The first people to be hired at the Augusta Medical Complex were awarded their five-year pins: Nellie Kiser, David Murrey, and Beverly Martin.
30 YEARS AGO
Veteran Augusta pharmacist Don Ridgway was selling his drug store at 503 State Street. He began with Jack Drain in 1962.
County Commissioner C.W. Nath had died at 74. Nath was an Augustan who championed responsible fiscal spending in Butler County.
Total depths of local snowfall over one weekend was 10 inches.
20 YEARS AGO
Robinson Elementary Geography Bee winner was Bryce Rea; Andrew Rizo, second place, and Casey Bybee took third.
Dr. Marie Hand, M.D., internal medicine, was on staff at Lakepoint Medical office.
Jerry Swift was chosen as the Volunteer Fireman of the Year.
10 YEARS AGO
Lakepoint Nursing Center held an open house spotlighting the facility’s new wing.
Elizabeth Keefer and Shea Smith, both Augusta High School seniors, were nominated to the National Honor Society Scholarship.
Linda Foltz had joined Emprise Bank as Senior Vice President and Retail Manager of the Augusta branches.