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  • Benjamin Franklin Hammond [1883-1970] worked as a cartoonist for the Wichita Eagle from 1912 to 1965. In addition to editorial and historical drawings, he is best-known for his cartoon characters, “Hoots” and “Quacks” which appeared in the newspaper and in real life as puppets in performances for local groups. For 25 years, Hammond also broadcast a weekly radio program in which he read the Eagle’s Sunday funnies.


The Winthrop News Service was established in the Fall of 1946