A glimpse at our town's past
70 YEARS AGO
The Augusta area boasted two flying farmers. Clee Ralston and Jim Chance both piloted their own planes.
The Tinkler Cafe at the Nine Mile Corner, (US 54 and the Andover/Rose Hill Road), was advertising “Home cooked foods, special Sunday dinners, homemade pies, good coffee, and hamburgers.”
Air conditioning was installed at Cooper Drug and the familiar ceiling fans were gone.
60 YEARS AGO
Augusta High School Citizenship A winners were: seniors, Barbara Ball, Don Metzger, and Kent Adams; juniors, Caroline Cox and Forrest Faulconer; sophomores, Lonnie Kay Perkins and Don Canfield.
Local police were investigating nine break-ins at local businesses in one night. Very little except cash had been taken.
The high temperature of 74 degrees was enjoyed on Feb. 23.
50 YEARS AGO
The Village Decorative Shop had moved to the corner of W. 7th and Walnut in newly remodeled and larger quarters.
Lois Swick was named 1968 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Augusta High School.
The local school board showed no interest in adding baseball to the high school sports program.
40 YEARS AGO
The AHS basketball Orioles squad and coaching staff received the Sportsmanship Trophy at the Wichita South Boys Invitational Tournament. AHS cheerleader Janet Breen was named as a member of the All-Tournament Cheerleading Squad.
Both Troy Palmer and Troy Rowland were named Augusta Daily Gazette Carriers of the Month for not receiving any complaints during the previous month.
Department of Safety Capt. Tom Carpenter and Capt. George Small received the Bronze Wreath of Valor for the apprehension of two armed robbery suspects after a high speed chase.
30 YEARS AGO
The Mr. and Mrs. Pride nominees were: Mike Boucher, Buck Leedom, Harold Ralston, Jim Wesbrooks, Margaret Hays, Sheri Luinstra, Barbara Peterson, and Ruth Ann Tipton.
Augusta’s number one ranked Class 4A wrestling team swept the Columbus Quadrangular.
Candidates for the 1988 winter homecoming queen were: Stephanie Healy, Kate Gosch, Christy Harper, and Jean Roberts.
20 YEARS AGO
Allen Bennington was the Top Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Luke Drake was the Top Junior Firefighter.
Bob Hanthorn, pastor at Central Baptist Church, was the new president of the Augusta Community Caring Center.
Stephanie Pearson took first place in the Garfield Elementary Geography Bee. Jessica Kosicki was the winner in Robinson Elementary’s Geography Bee.
10 YEARS AGO
Pat and Dian Herian of Augusta ACE Hardware was awarded the Retail Business of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Stevie Kennedy of Shelter Insurance accepted the Service Business of the Year Award.
Sheriff Craig Murphy had filed for re-election. Murphy had been with the Butler County Sheriff Department for 30 plus years.
Kevin Hayden retired as club professional at the Augusta Country Club. He had been the club pro at the course for more than 21 years.