A glimpse at our town's past
70 YEARS AGO
Augusta citizens would have the opportunity to vote on a bond issue to decide whether or not they wanted a swimming pool.
Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Quest had hired the services of Mr. Frank VanY of Wichita to manage their Ten Wa Ho Stables near Augusta to train their Tennessee Walking Horses.
John Moyle gave the city about a half block of the Moyle Addition to be the site of a municipal swimming pool.
60 YEARS AGO
The Augusta Orioles wrapped the 1958 Chisholm Trail League basketball crown as they rolled past Clearwater 66-50 on the opponents’ court.
The local post office announced that it would begin delivery to new areas of town: 200 block of Sunflower, 1900 block of Robbins, Cron, and Prairie Lane, 1800 and 1900 blocks of State, 1800 and 1900 blocks of Meadow Lake, and 100 block of Josephine.
There were so many people wanting to watch the movie “Old Yeller,” that multiple showings were shown several evenings at the Augusta Theatre.
50 YEARS AGO
Paul Wilkins was named director of the recently opened Youth Center.
Gloria McCullough was installed as Worthy Advisor of the Order of Rainbow Girls, Assembly No. 9.
A traffic problem had developed at the high school and junior high. Principal William Churchman had asked the Department of Safety for help. Cars were pulling into the bus zone in front of the school to let students out and to pick them up.
40 YEARS AGO
The Reidmiller family had built an impressive snow igloo in their front yard.
Martin’s Pantry, 2330 N. Ohio, was robbed by two armed men wearing ski masks. No one was injured.
The AHS girls basketball team upped their record to 5-9 with a win over Kingman, led by junior Kim Leatherman with a school record of 28 points.
30 YEARS AGO
After looking at plans for a new addition at Augusta Middle School and new classroom additions at the city’s three elementary schools, Augusta’s BOE approved a resolution calling for a vote-by-mail election on a $4 million bond to pay for the improvements.
The El Dorado Times, which had been owned by the Clymer family for 68 years, had been sold to American Publishing Co., David Clymer, president of Times Publishing Co., announced.
Leading the sideline cheers for the AHS varsity boys basketball team were: Janice Wampler, Mary Nesler, Shannon Duncan, Debbie Watson, Sonya Epperson, and Shannon McDermott.
20 YEARS AGO
Meri Jackson and Steven Lovette were crowned queen and king at the AHS Winter Homecoming.
Wesley Andrews was the new president of the Augusta Department of Safety Fire Division Volunteers.
Two individuals who contributed to the success of the 1997 White Eagle Festival in Garvin Park were saluted by the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. Special plaques were presented to Connie Self and Gene Johnson.
10 YEARS AGO
Augusta USD 402’s campaign for renovating three existing schools and buildings for two new schools kicked off with an organizational meeting at the district office.
Kelsee Farmer and Corbin Reichard were chosen Winter Homecomeing Queen and King.
Butler and Greenwood County Democrats crowded into the El Dorado Civic Center for the Democrat Caucus. In line with the trend across the state, five delegates were selected for Obama and three for Hilliary Clinton.