A glimpse at our town's past

70 YEARS AGO
1948
The Augusta Schools were able to purchase for $21, equipment valued at $1,000 from the war surplus at Boeing in Wichita.  There were lots of filing cabinets.
Grady Gruver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Gruver, was the first baby of the year.
There was lots of activity in the new Park Place Addition.  Ornamental trees and shrubs had been brought from the Weaver Nursery in Wichita, and planted according to landscaper’s plans.
60 YEARS AGO
1958
Butler County’s 26th 4-H Club was formed with the organization of Lily Lake 4-H Club.
Reported at the meeting of the Augusta- El Dorado Water Association was that steps had been taken to “mothball” the 32-mile water pipeline from Mulvane to El Dorado.
Retired city librarian and member of Augusta’s clubs and social life, Daisy Fenton had died.
50 YEARS AGO
1968
Increased absenteeism  reported at the senior high school and junior high was blamed on the flu.
A grand opening was held for the Augusta Youth Center at 507 State Street.
The First Baptist Church commemorated its 99th anniversary with the burning of two mortgages.
40 YEARS AGO
1978
Rev. Lynden Howard of the First Church of God in Augusta, had just resigned.  He came to town in 1967.
Greg Bobbett was named The Volunteer Fireman of the Year.
City Council officially designated an ice-covered area at the north end of the City Lake as a public ice skating area.
30 YEARS AGO
1988
Amber Clark, daughter of Scott and Connie Clark, was the first baby of the year.
Augusta was buried under 8 inches of snow.  Schools and businesses were closed.
Two independent certified public accountants, Michael Clifton and Wilma Howell, had merged and opened an office at 401 State Street.
20 YEARS AGO
1998
Eranne Lenz, daughter of Shannon and Clara Lenz, was Augusta’s first baby of the year.
Troy Nordman, dressed as an 1800’s hunter and trapper, made history come alive for Ewalt Elementary third graders.
Charles Hanna was the latest to throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for city council.  He was seeking the Third Ward position which had been held by Margaret Hays.
10 YEARS AGO
2008
Ayden Carothers, son of Gina Carothers, was the first baby of the year.
Crystal Noles was the new director of the Butler County Department on Aging.
The Augusta Board of Education approved the purchase of the land and house for $90, located at 903 State Street.