The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas
Tony's Baloney 30 Years Old Today Nickerson — Thirty years of bologna bologna will be observed in Nickerson Nickerson Saturday. T o n y 's market, the home of Nickerson's most famous food product, product, will observe three decades of bologna manufacturing with open open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wocknitz will preside. Coffee and sandwiches will be served. Tony's bologna, a father and son venture in the beginning, was founded here Feb. 4, 1920. It has become famous from coast to coast. The late Anton Wocknitz, who came to Nickerson in 1881 from Rippn, Wis. as a 14-year-old boy to work for his uncle, Joseph Ches ky, in the Chesky and Rechif meat market, developed the recipe for the bologna with his son, fresh out of the army after the first World War, as partner. For 15 years they slaughtered most of the fresh meat they sold. But Tony's bologna was the choice dish. Its reputation grew until there was scarcely a state to which some of it han't been shipped. shipped. Federal law prohibits the dealer dealer from .shipping out of state. But persona who once sampled the pro- duct while visiting here or traveling traveling through Kansas ordered i I through local residents and friends. The elder Wocknitz died in 1931. The son has carried on. The formula formula for the bologna is known to no one outside the family. The Wocknitzes have refused fancy'of- fers for it. The National Meat !Merchandising !Merchandising magazine has featured the shop and the owner in a story. Wocknitz this week told a story of a visitor who came to the market market recently. The visitor asked for a sample, tasted it and observed: "Why that's from the same ring of bologna that I tasted when I was last here in 1936." Biggest single order ever filled, Wocknitz said, consisted o f -<55 rings of the bologna. It was purchased purchased by an oil company at Great Bend for an employes party. Oil workers are the most ardent customers. customers. Wocknitz believes more of the product has been eaten in Tulsa Tulsa than in Nickerson. How many rings of bologna have been made here in 30 years? The answer to that one will be 'given Saturday night. Mr." and 'Mrs. Wocknitz will give a ham to the visitor who comes closest to guessing guessing the number.