A glimpse at our coummunity's past

70 YEARS AGO
1947
The Bartholomew Furniture Store at 433 State Street was sold to the House Co. of Wichita.  C.H. Bartholomew had opened the store in September 1917 in the 500 block of State Street.
The local VFW post was holding training for pall bearers, rifle squad and buglers, in order that families of war dead, that were being returned from overseas, could bury their loved ones with full military honors.
The FeminAirs, a women’s flying club from Wichita, visited the local airport, hosted by the Lions Club.
60 YEARS AGO
1957
A fifth anniversary party was held at the Augusta Roller Rink, owned and operated by Calvin Applegate.
The organization of a Girl Scout Development Committee drawn from Harvey, Cowley, Butler, Sedgwick, and Sumner counties was held at the Girl Scout Little House in Augusta.
Specials at Drain’s Drug Store:  Ice cream soda, 23 cents, shakes, 23 cents, and banana splits, only 29 cents.
50 YEARS AGO
1967
A grand opening was held for the new Augusta office of Eureka Federal Savings and the Simmons Realty offices at 520 State Street.
There was a total of 14 sets of twins in the Augusta schools.
Kent Keethler received the Boy Scout God and Country Award at a ceremony held at the Methodist Church.
40 YEARS AGO
1977
Approximately 125 Butler County residents said a resounding “no” to the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to construct a proposed Towanda Lake and Dam on the Whitewater River.
USD 402 Augusta voters had passed a $785,000 bond issue that would be used to upgrade and improve Lincoln and Garfield Elementary Schools.
270 new seats were being installed in the Augusta High School auditorium.
30 YEARS AGO
1987
AHS seniors Stephanie Myers and Greg Eastman were National Merit Scholarship semi finalists.
A ribbon cutting was held at the new Taco Tico drive-in restaurant in the re-developed Augusta Plaza Shopping Center.
Jennifer Hillier won her third straight Augusta Invitational Cross Country meet.
20 YEARS AGO
1997
Deemed a nuisance to the classroom, virtual pets, a popular toy, were banned from Augusta Middle School.
Garfield kindergarten teacher Joy Leatherman had a set of triplets in her class; Courtney, Quinton and Weston Catt.
A groundbreaking for the first Habitat for Humanity home in Augusta was held at 803 W. Clark.
10 YEARS AGO
2007
An arch proposal in downtown Augusta, which included a $30,000 donation from Lakepoint, was killed following an hour and a half discussion in a city council meeting.
Three men received lifetime memberships from the Augusta Arts Council at a volunteer recognition event; Dean Metsker, Ed Maness, and Bill Morris.
City Council approved Augusta’s downtown streetscape plans which would include a traffic roundabout at Third and State Streets.