A glimpse at our town's past

70 YEARS AGO
1948
The City of Augusta would no longer be providing food to the ducks at the City Lake.  
Twenty-seven students of the Keighley School, which was destroyed by fire a week earlier, were going to attend Harmony School, 6 miles northwest of Keighley.
The Augusta Volunteer Firemen held their annual dinner and elected officers.  Neil Jones was re-elected president, Charles Clippinger, vice president, and John Hime, secretary-treasurer.
60 YEARS AGO
1958
Iva Alexander of rural Augusta presented two canes to the Augusta Historical Museum.  One was of walnut and made by his father in the 1880s, and a 5-foot glass cane, which was made by the Victory Glass Factory of Augusta in 1915.
Lyman Logan Glaze, 74, highly respected resident of the Haverhill community, had died.
The old elevator at 617 State Street was razed.  It had stood there for 75 years and had several owners.  The lot would be utilized by Parks Motor Company.
50 YEARS AGO
1968
Cub Pack 212 held their annual Pinewood Derby.  First place in the “Fast Car” competition was David Bisagno, and Brent Heironimus won in “Best Design.”
Prairie State Bank celebrated 50 years.  The Board of Directors included Morris Moon, R. A. Haines, G.M. Smith, Fred Spencer, O.R. Fowler, and Newton Male.
Gilber Park, Lyle Johnson, and Clyde Ruple were honored for distinguished service by the Augusta Jaycees.
40 YEARS AGO
1978
Leon Berner, custodian at the Augusta Post Office and retired mail carrier, had retired from the post office after 30+ years.
T.M. Tuong, a doctor brought to Augusta by the United Methodist Church, was working at Augusta Medical Complex and the offices of Drs. Anderson and Barber.
The local Peter Pan stores, along with nine others in Kansas, was closing.
30 YEARS AGO
1998
The Augusta High School wrestlers won the first Augusta Invitational title in the tournament’s 21 year history.
Augusta firefighter Forest Reavis was named the Volunteer Fireman of the Year.
Winners in the St. James Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest were Mike Hansen, Shand Duncan, Matt Broadstock, Joel Rader, Christy Rader, Heather Rucker, and Erin Smith.
20 YEARS AGO
1998
Butler County Sheriff Dave Williams had announced his retirement after 23 years as sheriff and 30 years with the department.
Kevin Cornelius took first place in the St. James Geography Bee.  Mark Henry place second and Sarah Gerstenkorn took third.
Freezing rain forced the closing of local schools.
10 YEARS AGO
2008
Augusta School Superintendent Jim Lentz was named as Superintendent of the Year by the KASA.
Leroy Hall was named Volunteer Fireman of the Year.  He and his brother, Jim Hall, were both recognized for their many years of service.
George Roy Mabry, 86, retired Mobil employee and community leader, had died.