A glimpse at our town's past

70 YEARS AGO
1948
Augusta’s National Guard Unit, Anti-Tank Company, 137th Infantry, 35th Division, moved into their new quarters adjoining the skating rink.  The new cement block building housed the first-sergeant’s office, company commander’s office, supply room and vault.  The rink would be used as drill space.
Augusta High School would begin offering a driver training course to students and a dual-control Chevrolet would be used in instruction.
60 YEARS AGO
1958
The Fred Rhines at 1307 State, had painted their lawn green.
The Walnut Valley Racing Pigeon Club was organized in Augusta.
Twenty-one farmers and relatives brought their tractors and plows to the farm of the late Earl F. Showalter, to plow 30 acres to help to get ready for spring planting.  
50 YEARS AGO
1968
The Augusta Department of Safety received a call from a local woman wishing to speak to an officer.  The officer reported that she was angry because her entire family had left her alone to go hunting.
Three local Legionaries were cited for their 50 years of continuous membership and service to the American Legion; R.L. Grady, J.W. “Bill” Glass, and Jack Ringo.
Eldon “Pop” Nordman was named the general chairman of the proposed Augusta Centennial celebration.
40 YEARS AGO
1978
Homeowners were encouraged to rake their leaves to the curbs of their properties where city workers would vaccum the leaves.
After 38 years, Frances and Alvin Manka closed the doors of the Manka Produce & Feed Store at 110 W. Fifth St.
Pastor Pete Ratzlaff of the Augusta Assembly of God, announced his resignation.
30 YEARS AGO
1988
The Prairie Hills Southern Baptist Church congregation broke ground on a new auditorium.  The new addition would be dedicated to the church youth director and five youths, who were killed in a tragic accident on I-35 the previous spring.
Former science teacher and owner/operator of Cascade Cottages in Estes Park, Colo., L.V. Davis, had died at 89.
20 YEARS AGO
1998
Troy Watts, local realtor, had just graduated from Missouri Auction School.
Carter Zerbe, publisher of the Augusta Daily Gazette, was named vice president of the Missouri and Kansas AP Publishers and Editors Association.
The design of the Augusta Middle School earned an award and publication in a national magazine for Petit Bullinger Associate Architects, P.A. of Wichita.
10 YEARS AGO
2008
Two local churches had new ministers: Penny Goldberg at the First Christian Church and Robert Nugen at Lakecrest Bible Baptist.
Chuck Knapp of Augusta had announced his resignation from the position of communications director for U.S. Congressman Todd Tiahrt.
Community leader and former WWII U.S. Navy nurse, Margaret Hays, had died at 88.