A glimpse at our community's past
70 YEARS AGO
The Shafer Greenhouse at 237 Broadway was being remodeled and two new buildings were planned. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shafer and daughters Cor-Etta and Helen had been in the floral business for a number of years.
Back in the news were flying saucer sightings. A man and his wife were driving east of El Dorado when they reported seeing something “mysterious” skimming an early morning horizon.
The temperatures were still hovering around 106 and 107 degrees. Local businesses that had air conditioning were advertising “shop in air-conditioning comfort.”
60 YEARS AGO
Douglass was making plans for a rodeo and centennial of the first Butler County settlers.
Lynn Hurd was the new post commander at the local American Legion Post.
A rash of hub cap thefts had hit the area and local police had vowed to catch the thieves.
50 YEARS AGO
New teachers in Augusta were Jeannette McDaniel, high school English and debate, and Gary Travis, high school English and coaching.
Augusta was to receive $135,840 federal advance for the 34.36-acre Industrial Park Urban Renewal Project.
A new bus stop shelter was erected in front of the Augusta Junior High and Senior High School campus.
40 YEARS AGO
Former football and basketball coach John Hutter had retired from several years at Hosington, and moved back to Augusta.
As a result of the construction of the new U.S. 54 overpass, Main Street had become a muddy mess and residents were frustrated.
Police were investigating the theft of radios from 12 planes at the Augusta Municipal Airport.
30 YEARS AGO
In less than a year’s time, racer Todd Patterson had won five races and broke two speed records. He was in a position to make a run at the national title in his class.
A 14-year-old boy accused of killing his mother and stepfather in July at their rural home near Leon, pled guilty to two counts of murder in Butler County District Court. Cherie Barnes, 32, and Gary Barnes, 36, were each shot once in the head with a large-caliber rifle.
Physical education classes were using the Augusta Swimming Pool before the weather got cooler.
20 YEARS AGO
Local artist Sandi Gore-Evans had just signed with Suzanne Cruise Productions, Inc. to license her artwork for sales to manufacturers.
Kansas Army National Guardsmen performed road work and drainage culvert replacement work at the Augusta City Lake.
Debbie Lucas, former owner of Augusta Floral for 15 years, was the new garden designer at Flint Hills National Golf Course, southwest of Augusta.
10 YEARS AGO
Augusta Mayor Kristey Williams established an office for herself at City Hall.
Local musician Ken Plummer won the Wyoming State Flat Picking Contest held in Kemmer, Wyo.
Bill Eberhardt sold his property at 502 E. Seventh Street to Augusta USD 402 to be used for a bus storage and transportation facility.