A glimpse at our town's past

70 YEARS AGO
1948
The low temperature on Jan. 28th was 12 below zero.
Hicks Service Station at 700 State Street had re-opened following extensive remodeling and installation of an inside wash and grease racks.
The U.S. Army announced the return of the remains of 1,753 American servicemen, most of them causalities in the establishment of the Normandy beach-head.  The bodies, the third group to be returned from Europe since the Army’s efforts in returning the war dead, included 39 from Kansas, two from Augusta.
60 YEARS AGO
1958
The Walnut Valley Nursing Home celebrated its first anniversary.
A county woman was in the hospital after being thrown from a car by her husband.  The two had been drinking and rabbit hunting when there was a disagreement on the way home.
For sale at Scholfield Bros. Motor Company:  A 1957 Plymouth with a radio, heater, and auto transmission.  $1,895.
50 YEARS AGO
1968
Siblings nominated by the Augusta High School student body in the Citizenship A competition were Tom Knott, senior; Jim Knott, junior; and Nancy Knott, sophomore.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolman announced the sale of Bolman’s Market to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nordman.
The AHS Orioles, led by Dick Crist, took first place at the Campus Invitational Tournament.
40 YEARS AGO
1978
Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Perisho, Douglass, received the Outstanding Farmer Award at the 32nd annual meeting of Butler County Conservation District.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat McGee were named the St. James Mardi Gras King and Queen.
City Manager John Mercer reported that the number one complaint the Augusta Department of Safety received from citizens concerned dogs roaming the streets.  Citizens were reminded of the city ordinance and tickets were being written.
30 YEARS AGO
1988
Augusta Medical Complex, Inc. was planning a retirement community on the north side of the hospital.  The first phase of Cottonwood Point called for 24 units with a community building.
Famed miler Glenn Cunningham spoke to a history class at Augusta Middle School.
U.S. Representative Bob Whittaker of Augusta, announced his plans to seek a sixth term in Congress.
20 YEARS AGO
1998
AHS’s Reggie Smithson led the Orioles with 25 points in the 57-37 victory over Maize.
John Everett was appointed Butler County Sheriff following the resignation of Sheriff Dave Williams.
Paula Blake received the Ambassador of the Year Award at the annual Augusta Chamber of Commerce dinner.  Sue Hoefgen received an award for Outstanding Volunteer Spirit.
10 YEARS AGO
2008
Kathy Winzer, music teacher at Robinson Elementary School, was surprised to receive the Golden Apple Award from KAKE-TV and Papa John’s.
Democrat presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, visited Butler Community College and El Dorado.  Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius introduced him to a large crowd in the gym on the El Dorado campus.
The AHS winter homecoming candidates for queen and king were:  Carly Carman, Courtney Taylor, Kelsee Farmer, Courtney Hanzlick, Aaron Casner, Corbin Reichard, Clayton Hamilton, and Zeb Garrison.