A glimpse at our town's past
70 YEARS AGO
Winds measured at 80 mph blew through town leaving damaged roofs and downed trees. Heavy transom glass windows in store fronts were shattered. A farmer near Leon reported that before the storm he had 200 chickens and all missing after the storm.
Taylor Motor Court opened at Highway 54 and Santa Fe Lake Road.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Morris of Augusta were preparing to open the Morris Roller Rink on W. Central in El Dorado.
60 YEARS AGO
Kenneth Sanborn was hired to be the next City Manager of Augusta.
The railroad tracks on Santa Fe Lake Road, south of US 54 claimed two more lives, as the City of Augusta continued to negotiate with the State Highway Department and Santa Fe Railroad in getting drop gates installed at the crossing.
Mrs. Mary A. Hembree, 88, had died. She had been born on Aug. 1, 1870 in Rosalia and believed to be the first which child born in Butler County.
50 YEARS AGO
Elizabeth Ryan, owner of Augusta Floral, was named “Woman of the Year” by the Augusta Business and Professional Women.
The Kiwanis Club in cooperation with the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, had established a local Job Corps.
One of Helena Brandt’s window displays at Calvert’s took first place for the “Most Outstanding Display” Contest in Kansas.
40 YEARS AGO
Bill Burghart had joined the staff of Prairie State Bank.
W.R. “Doc” Gentzler, Boy Scout Master, was making his tenth consecutive trip Quivara Scout Ranch in south central Kansas.
A delegation of citizens living on Custer Lane appeared before the City Council to complain about dusty conditions along their roadway.
30 YEARS AGO
Shifts would take place in some of the local schools at the new season. Mark Cleveland, Lincoln Elementary principal, was to be the principal at Robinson Elementary; Terry Kidd, Robinson principal, was become the new principal at Garfield Elementary; Jim Markos, AMS principal, was going to be the next Lincoln Elementary principal; and Bob McCalla, Garfield principal, was going to be the AMS principal.
Longtime self-employed business and cattleman, Loren Keethler, had died at 84.
20 YEARS AGO
Shirley Stueven, teacher at Lincoln Elementary School, was cited for outstanding performance in Reading Education, according to the Institute for Academic Excellence.
Longtime resident and businessman Bob Weinshilboum, had died in Houston.
Lions member Bill Kincaid received a Melvin Jones Humanitarian plaque during a ceremony held at Spear’s Restaurant.
10 YEARS AGO
The Augusta High School Music Department announced there would be fundraisers for monies to replace the old and worn out drums in the AHS Band.
Azela Dill was recognized as one of the few women in Kansas who had been a member of Eastern Star for 75 years.
Craig McCoskey was spending his vacation working to replace the black vitrolite glass tiles on the exterior of the Augusta Historic Theatre.