A look back at our community's past

70 YEARS AGO
1947
Don and Betty Lietzke were the new operators of the Seventh Street Lunch.
A special meeting to discuss the government’s program for the return of WWII dead was being held and sponsored by the American Veterans Committee.
A new business at 404 State Street, the State Lounge, was open.
60 YEARS AGO
1957
All 17 employees of the Augusta Post Office were planning to take flu shots before the winter season.
A meeting of the Butler County Sheriff Ercell Reed, El Dorado Police Chief Al Pasquan, and Augusta Chief of Police Frank Bennington, was held to discuss cracking down on parents allowing their children to drive illegally.
The Chamber of Commerce was undertaking a drive to replace hundreds of shade trees that had died during the recent drought.
50 YEARS AGO
1967
Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee were pleased with the proposed plans for the new Augusta High School.
Popular insurance man J.W. ‘Bill’ Reed, had died at the age of 49.
Longtime businessman and community supporter John Moyle, was dead at 91.
40 YEARS AGO
1977
Brett Coonrod and Dave Haas had just opened a new law firm at 423 State St.
The sixth  annual Religious Arts Festival was held at the Christian Church.
Barbara McCalla, wife of Garfield principal Bob McCalla, was the new vocal music teacher at Lincoln and Robinson Elementary Schools.
30 YEARS AGO
1987
The AHS volleyball cheerleaders were Beverly Nelson, Debbie Watson, Angie Haller, and Janice Wampler.
Joyce Brown had joined the sales staff at Sharp Realty.
Pastor Jon Grissom stood on the roof of the new education wing at the First Christian Church, during a dedication program.
20 YEARS AGO
1997
Kathy Winzer, AHS 1988 graduate, was in her first year of teaching music at Lincoln and Robinson Elementary Schools.
Loren Rook, 85, “the man who lived near the bridge east of town”, suffered a stroke and died while riding his bicycle near Main and Dearborn Streets.
Nicole, Stacie, and Carol Corbin created a maze behind their parents’ rural home and were inviting the public to visit.
10 YEARS AGO
2007
Kent Bush of Chickasha, Okla., was the new publisher of the Augusta Daily Gazette.
Burl Allison, Jr., 96, longtime Augusta resident, businessman, minister, and historian, had died.
The Chamber’s brand new celebration, Augusta Community Homecoming, kicked off.