A look back at our town's history

70 YEARS AGO
1948
Spring in Augusta meant jacks and marble tournaments at school.  The building champions were Nathan Winters in marbles and Marilyn Selvage in jacks.
Oklahoma Tire & Supply was advertising car window awnings at $7.46 a pair and “installed while you wait.”
The Charm Beauty Sop opened at 533 State Street.  Owners and operators were Fern Kirch and Dwayne Whittemore.
60 YEARS AGO
1958
Chief of Police Frank Bennington advised complaints had been filed, dogs running at large would be impounded, and dogs’ owners arrested.
Boys State delegates were Kenneth Palmer, Lynn Simpson, Forrest Faulconer, Jr., and Charlie Davis.
The mobile chest x-ray unit was making rounds in the county in search of tuberculosis cases.
50 YEARS AGO
1968
Boys State delegates were Mike Kaufman, Bill Grist, Darrell Markley, Bob Colvin, and Bob Moon.  
Four Wichita youths died tragically in a car-train collision 1 mile east and 1 mile north of the Augusta Airport.
The new store at the Plaza Shopping Center was the McGuire & Clark Music Store.
40 YEARS AGO
1978
City Council approved a designated swimming area at Santa Fe Lake.
Augusta High School junior Troy Nordman established a school record in the 120-yard high hurdles at the State Track & Field Meet.
Allen Tiller, 27, head basketball coach at Kingsley High School, had accepted the duties of head basketball coach at Augusta High School.
30 YEARS AGO
1988
Augusta’s girls set a new school record in the 4 x 80 meter relay at Clearwater.  Relay team members were Deeann Ledgerwood, Julie Evenson Samantha Restivo, and Jennifer Hillier.
Helen McVay retired as Augusta Historical Society president and museum director after 16 years.
Oriole senior Jennifer Hillier signed a letter or intent to attend K-State University on a cross country and track scholarship.
20 YEARS AGO
1998
Prairie State Bank announced that the downtown bank would be given a new facade, a $100,000 renovation.
The Butler County Commission would soon decided on development for West 70th Street (formerly 21st Street).  Augustans were pushing for the project.
St. James fourth graders set a new record for letters written requesting items for their annual library auction.  The students sent out 293 letters.
10 YEARS AGO
2008
In honor of her career achievements, Kerry Buskirk of Augusta, was given keys to her own Mary Kay pink Cadillac XLR.
The Bluestem USD 205 Board of Education was determining the fate of Haverhill Elementary School.
Danny Williams shot the lowest score of any of the 35 golfers who competed in The Little Masters at the Augusta Country Club.