A glimpse at our town's past
70 YEARS AGO
Cooper Drug had a new member of the force - a black cat that lived in the basement who was supposed to catch match. The cat was named Carbo-Lignae, but called Carbo for short.
The Larson Shoe Store was a new business at 105 E. Fifth. Owners and managers were Mr. and Mrs. Russell Larson.
Showing at the Augusta Theatre was “Strange Woman” staring Hedy Lamar and George Sanders.
60 YEARS AGO
Parks Motors at 613 State Street was hosting an open house to show off the completely remodeled building. A new brick and glass front was installed on the showroom and offices.
Over 20 Augusta High School student were victims of the mumps the first week of February.
The Augusta Theatre was showing “Queen of Babylon” starring Rhonda Fleming and Ricardo Montalbon.
50 YEARS AGO
AHS wrestlers going to regionals were Mike Malone, Tom Knott, Chuck DeFore, and Robert Moon.
Due to the increase in power demands, Augusta City Council was considering the expansion of the municipal power plant.
Augusta Theatre was showing “Murder’s Row” starring Ann Margaret and Dean Martin.
40 YEARS AGO
A devastating fire swept through Lehr’s Restaurant early one morning. All available fire units from Augusta, El Dorado, Andover, and Sedgwick County fought the blaze in the sub-zero weather. Augusta Fire Chief Tom Carpenter reported it was one of the worst fires in the city’s history. Lehr’s owner Jack Taylor advised he would rebuild.
Marvin and Jane Schild were the King and Queen at St. James’ Annual Mardi Gras event.
The Augusta Theatre was showing “The Omen” starring Lee Remick and Gregory Peck.
30 YEARS AGO
Bryan Roby captured his second straight tournament title and seniors Terry Baxter and Mark Slyter claimed weight-class crowns as the Orioles finished second at the Kapaun -Mt. Carmel Invitational Tourney.
Volunteer fireman Art Call was named Fireman of the Year. Jeff Carroll, Ray Marbut, and Forest Reavis were also recognized for their service.
Eric Goen and his sister Ginny donated their series of “The Hardy Boys” and “Nancy Drew Mystery Stories”, over 100 books, to the Lincoln Elementary School library.
20 YEARS AGO
The city electric service to housing in north east Augusta, mainly east of Ohio Street, was being upgraded and installed underground.
Seven-year-old Will Wright placed fifth at the Tulsa Nationals Wrestling Tournament.
Art Call and Jeff Carroll were saluted for the longest terms of fire service to the city. Ray Marbut saluted former fire chief Tom Carpenter at the annual banquet.
10 YEARS AGO
Michelle Walthers, former Miss Augusta and the reigning Miss Kansas, was preparing for the Miss America Pageant.
The Augusta High School drama department was rehearsing for the spring production of “Up the Down Staircase”.
Brett Kappelmann of Cooper Drug won the Business Award of Excellence and Nita Allen with Bank of the West received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.