A glimpse at our county's past

July 1944
Augusta was saddened to learn that Lt. Buel Robinson, son of Superintendent and Mrs. H.H. Robinson, was missing in action over Germany. He was a navigator on a Fortress.
July 1954
Augusta was boiling at 112 degrees in a tiresome heat wave. Although readings for a week in Augusta had been unusually high, it was not the record. An all-time high for Augusta was set on July 18, 1936, when the mercury reached a scorching 121 degrees. That was the highest official reading ever recorded for the community.
July 1947
Winds measured at 80 miles per hour blew through town departing broken roofs and downed trees.   Heavy transom glass home windows available fronts were shattered.  A player near Leon reported that prior to the storm he’d 200 chickens and all sorts of missing following the storm.
Taylor Motor Court opened up at Highway 54 and Santa Fe Lake Road.
July 1958
The new channel for the Whitewater River created by Socony Mobil had been completed.
The Holiday Bowl was preparing for a grand opening.
L.A. Knebler began construction on the Plaza Shopping Center on West Seventh.

El Dorado
July 1936
The mercury hit 118 degrees, the highest official reading in El Dorado.
July 1938
Local kids were urged to bring live mice to the El Dorado Theater for free admittance to  “Three Blind Mice.”  A cage was set up in the lobby for the rodents.
A beautiful white concrete fountain was constructed in front of the Municipal Water Plant on E. Central Ave. and financed by the Rotary Club.
July 1944
Not as many men were being employed at the German prisoner of war camp on the Hazlett Ranch as had been expected. Because of wet fields, only a few were employed but expectations were more would be working soon.
Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and others, under the direction of the County, were out gathering milk weed pods. The floss from the milk weed was to be used in the making of Navy life belts. The floss would take the place of the dwindling supply of Kapok from the West Indies, which was normally used. The government was paying 20 cents per sack for dried pods and 15 cents per sack for green.
July 1957
Mrs. Mary A. Hembree, 88, passed away.  She’d been born on August. 1, 1870 in Rosalia and thought to be the very first which child born in Butler County.