A glimpse at our town's past

70 YEARS AGO
1947
Local gardener Tom Irwin had a tomato that measured 14 inches in circumference.
With temperatures over 100 degrees for a number of days, Garvin Park was a popular place in the evening for groups and families to picnic.
The Sheriff’s Department was answering a lot of calls concerning the theft of ears of corn from area fields.
60 YEARS AGO
1957
Burl Allison, Jr. was named president of the local school board.  Dr. Frank Cvetkovich was elected vice president.
You could buy a hamburger and a malt for only 39 cents at Tastee Freeze.
The City of Augusta had become the owner of Santa Fe Lake, a gift from Santa Fe Railroad.  A special dinner was held in honor of transfer of the title.
50 YEARS AGO
1967
Dennis Guy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Guy, was presented the Boy Scout God and Country Award at a special service at Christ Lutheran Church.
The “Moonlight Madness” sale day brought out the outlandish and crazy pajama wear by store keepers and clerks.
Mike Penney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Penney, had been selected to compete in the regional Junior Olympics in St. Joseph, Mo.
40 YEARS AGO
1977
The City was planning to install a “vandal-proof” stop sign at the intersection of Washington Lane and Westwood Drive.
City Council was studying the feasibility of a traffic signal at the Seventh and Lulu intersection.
Criss Optical of Augusta, founded 14 years earlier by Ramon D. Criss, was looking at possible markets in Nigeria and Australia.  It was a worldwide distributor of durable eye glass frames.
30 YEARS AGO
1987
Augusta’s Dodgers of American Legion Post 189 were moving on to the national tournament in Little Rock, Ark.
Larry and Rick Dennett returned to Augusta to continue a family business tradition of raising greyhound racing dogs.
A new business, Lehr’s Traditions, had just opened.  It offered china, silver, crystal, wedding invitations, and gift items.
20 YEARS AGO
1997
Scott Sharp was re-elected president of the Augusta USD 402 Board of Education.  Randy McDaniel was elected vice president.
Amy Stahl was the new director at the Augusta Public Library.
Jack Goss, Augusta High School science teacher and girls basketball coach, had resigned to move to Oklahoma.  
10 YEARS AGO
2007
The 2007 WFO Guys Car Show pulled in a huge crowd, despite the 104 degree temperature.
Harder Family Practice was expanding its facility at 2820 Ohio Street.  The work was expected to be completed by Christmas.
Over 20 new teachers would be working for the Augusta public schools.