A glimpse at our community's past

70 YEARS AGO
1947
Local police were asking residents to refrain from leaving keys in their cars.
Kansas was experiencing the worst outbreak of typhus fever in more than 25 years.  There were two cases in Wichita and 3 in Douglass.
Featured in the paper’s Local Talk: “There are so many interesting things to do in this world.  I can not imagine anyone being bored.” - A.V. Small.
60 YEARS AGO
1957
The Family Shoe Store opened at 511 State Street.
Those viewing the movie at the drive-in were treated to a concert by The Summer Band, directed by Fred McGuire.
Local law enforcement was on the look out for a person setting fires in the Leon, Keighley, and Beaumont area.  A witness gave officers a description of a man seen setting a fire near Leon.
50 YEARS AGO
1967
Santa Fe Lake, west of Augusta, was listed as one of the top fishing spots in the state by the Kansas Fish & Game Commission.
Jerome Anglemyer of Augusta showed the champion Santa Gertudis steer at the Butler County Fair.
Winds and rain hit Augusta hard.  The wind was blamed for the collapse of a wall on the new First Christian Church building under construction.
40 YEARS AGO
1977
Ross Rountree had joined his father Robert Rountree in the management of the Augusta Dairy Queen.  Ross would be the assistant manager.
Les Shahon, 54, of Yates Center, was joining city staff as engineer inspector.
George R. Goudie was the new minister of the First Southern Baptist Church, succeeding Frank McKinley.
30 YEARS AGO
1987
Gardner Plumbing, the Augusta League USSA Champs, were headed to State.  It was one of 16 teams left undefeated in the tourney.  The team included: Greg Wilson, Bob Hirschfeld, Mike McKay, David Alfaro, Randy Hurst, Jay Harrison, Steve Wear, Brad Dudgeon, Craig Train, Ken Wagoner, Gary Butler, Jay Poore, Andy Baden, Mark Midkiff, and Alan Howerton.
Augusta had a new ordinance designed to reduce or eliminate conditions which were to be deemed unsightly or injurious to public health and safety.
20 YEARS AGO
1997
Ewalt, Garfield, and Robinson Elementary Schools would be receiving free Internet access and services from Southwestern Bell’s Operation SchoolNet Program.
An armed gunman entered and robbed the Douglass Exchange State Bank of an undisclosed amount of money.  A sheriff’s deputy captured the suspect near Rock.
The Augusta City Council approved the bond election for the library expansion.
10 YEARS AGO
2007
The Augusta Chamber of Commerce hosted Bark in the Park at Garvin Park.  The fundraiser would help create a community spay & neuter fund.
The AHS Jazz Band had been selected to perform at the 2008 Kansas Music Educators Association convention in Wichita.
Augusta safety officers were sporting new dark blue uniforms replacing the tan shirts and trousers worn by the safety officers in our community for more than 30 years.