A glimpse at our community's past
70 YEARS AGO
The City of Augusta expanded again with taking the Matlock-Arnall Tract into the city. The city limits, formerly north to Charles Street, would now go north to Kelly Road. The new west city limits in the area would be Bobby Street.
The delayed building program of George Snyder in the Moyle Addition was underway with a total of 6 houses completed and a total of 23 to be constructed by ex-GIs.
Augusta’s post office built in 1938, had just undergone a refurbishing, including painted inside and out, re-painted flag pole, gold leaf lettering over the entrance, and a full basement under the building.
60 YEARS AGO
The temperatures were hovering between 104 and 106 for days. A high water usage was also hit - 1,060,000 gallons were used on one hot Saturday during the week.
A big farewell dinner for retiring Mobil plant manager J.W. Glass was held at the Hotel Lassen in Wichita.
The El Dorado Jaycees held a contest to find the person who had lived in Butler County the longest. Mrs. Harry Hammond of Augusta had been in the county for 86 years.
50 YEARS AGO
Six girls took it upon themselves to remove spray painted graffiti on the airplane located at the park near Moyle Field. The girls were: Vicki Maddox, Betty Elliott, Lisa Forrester, Jan Robinson, Paula Catt, and Cheryl Todd.
Eldon “Pop” Nordman began his third career. A recent retiree from the Gas Service Co. after 20 years and 20 years before that at the Mobil refinery, was now working at the Oklahoma Tire & Supply store.
The Paper Dolls, Laurie Schneider, Kathy Schneider, and Janet Sage, performed at the St. James Ice Cream Social.
40 YEARS AGO
Don Greever was elected president of the Augusta Rotary Club. Steve Allison was named vice president.
Boy Scout Camp TaWaKoNi at Santa Fe Lake was marking its 40th anniversary.
Peggy Palmer was the new USD 205 Board of Education clerk in Leon.
30 YEARS AGO
The ACT 1 Players debuted with the old fashioned melodrama “He Done Her Wrong or Wedded But No Wife,” starring Dennis Guy as villain Fleetwood Dashaway.
A new jogging course had been established on the east side of the Augusta City Lake near the new shelter house.
Augusta High School cheerleaders on the side lines of the Shrine Bowl in Manhattan were: Shannon McDermott, Tonya Epperson, Jessica Little, Mary Nesler, Paige Wilson, Janice Wampler, Debbie Watson, Kim Healy, and Tami Ring.
20 YEARS AGO
The Assembly of God team brought home the first place trophy from the church league tournament with a 15-6 victory over Haverhill Christian.
Todd Patterson of Patterson Racing, won his 9th NHRA National event at Mile High Nationals in Denver.
Augusta’s Board of Education welcomed two new school board members, Phil Douglas and Bob Chorn.
10 YEARS AGO
Father Michael J. Schemm was the new priest at St. James Catholic Church.
Dr. Robert Colt had joined Dr. Paul Mitsch at Augusta Family Dentistry, as a full partner and practicing dentist.
A welcome home celebration was held for Augusta City Council member Major Mike Wallace after his eighth deployment, where he was a public relations officer for the 635th Regional Support Group.