A glimpse at our town's past.
70 YEARS AGO
Eight tons of watermelon were consumed at the Co-op watermelon feed held at Garvin Park.
A high temperature record for September had been set with seven days over 100 degrees.
The Augusta Chamber of Commerce held a special night-time meeting at City Hall to discuss:
* A Community/4H Building
* A swimming pool
* A lighted baseball park
* Housing for Augusta
* How the new National Guard unit would help Augusta.
60 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Business & Professional Women’s Club was sponsoring the establishment of a health center in Augusta.
Kenneth Joines was the new minister at the Augusta Church of Christ.
The City Council again tabled action on putting in sidewalks from 12th Street to Lincoln Elementary School on Dearborn Street.
50 YEARS AGO
A shortage of classroom space in the Augusta High School made it necessary to have classes through the usual noon hour.
L.A. Knebler and R.D. Criss spoke to City Council concerning plans for the old airport on Ohio Street. The plans included a nursing home, an apartment complex and a neighborhood shopping center.
A building committee was formed at a meeting of the Augusta Historical Society for the purpose of seeking a new structure for a historical museum.
40 YEARS AGO
Re-elected to the Augusta Medical Complex, Inc., board of directors were Keith Scholfield and Cletus Kappelmann.
Three local girls, Lisa, Michelle, and Renae Anderson, daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Dale Anderson, earned first place recognition for Butler County in team horsemanship competition at the Kansas State Fair.
A crowd estimated at more than 1,600 watched the Augusta High School Orioles’ stunning 31-0 victory over the Circle T-Birds.
30 YEARS AGO
The First Christian Church held a dedication and open house for their new education wing.
The Augusta Middle School cheerleaders were: Paula Malan, Holly Dennett, Emily Girard, Renea Scuderi, Cheyla Cabrales, Ginny Goen, Jennifer Stanyer, and Kim Divine.
Staff Sergeant Wally Swartz was saluted for his service as unit administrator of the Augusta National Guard Armory.
20 YEARS AGO
St. James Catholic School had a new principal, Kathleen Patterson; kindergarten teacher, Liz O’Crowley; and secretary, Bonnie Nold.
A community choir was formed to participate in the upcoming White Eagle Festival.
AHS band teacher Todd Hollis announced that Brandi Henline and Jocelyn Guenthner would be drum majors with the AHS Marching Band.
10 YEARS AGO
The First Baptist Pre-School was marking its 26th year of operation.
Citizens were reminded of the city’s curfew for individuals under 16 years of age. The sub-16s were to be off the streets between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. An extra hour permitted on Fridays and Saturdays. The curfew was in effect from September 1 to May 31.
A large rock placed near a street corner intersection, where a new sidewalk was created, had raised a liability flag for the City Council. The homeowner was planning to appear before the Council.