A glimpse at our town's past

70 YEARS AGO
1947
The new, modern Safeway Supermarket had opened at 204 E. Fifth Street.  Paul Miller was the manager.
Art Fillmore, owner of the Fillmore Studio in Augusta, had just returned from Texas where he had received advanced training in color photography.
The Mar-Mac, formerly Gene’s Chicken House on Highway 54, west of Augusta, held a formal open house featuring an orchestra for dancing.
60 YEARS AGO
1957
Meredith Shryock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shryock, was promoted to rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Following a five-hour search by Augusta and El Dorado police and fire departments, the body of a  23 year-old woman was found floating in the Walnut River southeast of Augusta.
The Scholfield Brothers  car lot on W. Seventh Street, was advertising a 1949 Ford Club Coupe for $175 and a 1952 Dodge four-door for $595.
50 YEARS AGO
1967
Jim Hamersley of Augusta was selected by the Quivira Council to serve as a regional host at the first Boy Scout World Jamboree to be held in the U.S.
Lyndon L. Howard was the new pastor at the First  Church of God in Augusta.
Georgie Skaer won first place in a throw-out tournament held by the Augusta Women’s Golf Association.  Madeline Davis won second and Helen McVay, third.
40 YEARS AGO
1977
No one attended the kick off meeting of a series concerning drug abuse.  The future of the program was uncertain.
Alice Myers was the new owner of the Mode-O-Day Shop downtown.
A little more than a month after the death of longtime editor of the El Dorado Times Rolla Clymer, his daughter Catherine Clymer, had died at age 51.
 30 YEARS AGO
1987
Tom Mitchell, Augusta High School 1965 graduate and graduate of Friends University, was music director for the Theatre of Wichita’s production of “Brigadoon.”
A ground breaking ceremony was held for the construction of the Augusta Athletic Complex near the high school.
Steve Duncan was the new owner of Alan’s Auto Service on W. Seventh Street.
20 YEARS AGO
1997
The First Baptist Church held an open house for the new Christian Life Center adjacent to the church building.
Sabrina Day and Ashley Thornton earned All-Star status during the WSU Summer Camp for Cheerleading.
Jan Frazier, manager of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce, had resigned.
10 YEARS AGO
2007
Augusta lost longtime supporter and businessman Gary Dryden.  He was 65 years-old.
The city council began discussion on Augusta’s future westward expansion.
Adam Hunter, AHS,  BCCC, and Newman graduate, was the new head coach of the BCC Grizzlies women’s soccer program.