the vault

Here we crack open the Hinkey Archive Vault to display unique pieces of memorabilia and trinkets which personally belonged to Frank Hinkey.  While some exhibits will relate to his success at Yale others will allow a deeper understanding of his personality and interests. We'll continue to update this page throughout the year, so check back often.

August 12, 2017

College Football Hall of Fame 

On November 3, 1951 fifty-three college football players and coaches were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  This inaugural class represented the best players and coaches of the first 75 years of college football.  Frank Hinkey was part of this prestigious group.  Three certificates were created for every inductee - one for the inductee themselves, their alma mater and the Hall of Fame.  Below is Frank's copy.


August 5, 2017

Theodore Roosevelt Letter

In 1899 Frank had returned to Tonawanda to help with the family hardware store.  He was also on the Tonawanda Board of Trustees during this period.  Below is a return letter from Theodore Roosevelt, then Governor of New York.  It appears Theodore Roosevelt couldn't comply with Frank's request to interfere with a passage of an undisclosed bill.  If anyone has more information regarding this piece feel free to contact us as we continue to research it. 

June 25, 2017

Frank Hinkey's Library

Anna Hinkey indexed Frank's personal library of 236 books sometime around 1917.  Only a small portion of those books still exist within our archive (see below).  Frank's library revealed a wide range of interests and subjects, to include American/World History, Poetry, Greek Mythology, Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy/Smelting.  Some of the books reveal a more personal side of Frank, such as "Chats for Small Chatterers".  Only three of the 236 books relate to football - American Football (Camp), FootBall (Parke Davis) and Football - Facts & Figures (Camp).  Two Yale football programs from the 1894 season were also included (Harvard and Princeton).  For a detailed list of all 236 books from Frank's personal library, click here


June 17, 2017

White House Invitation

Below is an invitation to attend President Taft's 25th (silver) wedding anniversary at the White House on June 19, 1911.  Over 5000 individuals were invited to attend this evening garden celebration.  This party was the biggest social event of the summer and the social highlight of the Taft administration.  William Howard Taft graduated from Yale in 1878 and was a member of Skull & Bones.  His father, General Alphonso Taft, co-founded the secret society as a Yale student in 1832.  This invitation was tucked into Frank's Skull and Bones photo album (see below).  We don't know for certain if Frank attended this event.

June 10, 2017

Skull and Bones Album

Skull and Bones’ was founded at Yale in 1832 as a secret student society, which were common in Germany at the time.  Fifteen juniors were “tapped” each year by the seniors for initiation into next year’s group.  Numerous Bonesmen have gone on to positions of great power and influence.  Three of them – William Howard Taft, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush became U. S. Presidents.  Members were assigned nicknames drawn from literature, religion or myth.  Traditionally the Yale football captain (nickname was “Boaz” – Biblical reference to Ruth’s husband) were one of the fifteen tapped to join this exclusive society.

Below is Frank Hinkey’s personal 1895 Skull and Bones photo album.  The fifteen members tapped from his senior class are included, along with original ink signatures below their 6.5" x 4.25" Pach Bros cabinet photo.  Besides Frank Hinkey, two other football players were chosen – Frank Seiler Butterworth and Anson McCook Beard.  Frank’s college roommate (222 Durfee Hall) and star pitcher for the University Nine, Walter F. "Dutch" Carter, was also one of the fifteen selected.  Dutch Carter later helped establish the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.



June 4, 2017

Hinkey Wedding

Frank met Anna Elizabeth Thomas shortly after his arrival in Springfield, Illinois in 1911.  The details of their meeting are lost to time, however private letters between the two demonstrate a love that was genuine and pure throughout their marriage.  Their wedding at the Thomas farm on June 12, 1912 was a small intimate ceremony.  Roughly twenty guests were in attendance, many of them local neighbors and members of the Thomas family.  Interestingly, not a single Yale graduate or teammate attended the ceremony (or at least signed the wedding register).  Frank's best man was Edwin (Ned) Worthington Hale, a co-worker and close friend from the Springfield plant.  The officiant was Father Edward P. Rankin, a local Presbyterian minister.

Below is an invitation to the wedding, along with the ceremony certificate and a photo of Frank and Anna on their special day.  


May 27. 2017

1895 Yale Yearbook

Published by W.A. Moore, '95: This class album contains 74 leaves of plates and text with 314 photographs in black & white and color monochrome, printed by New York Photogravure Company. Includes 38 portrait photographs of faculty, 252 student portraits, 20 photographs of university buildings, and 4 group portraits of the Yale athletic teams (Crew, Football, Baseball, Athletics).

This was Frank Hinkey's personal 1895 Yale Class Album.  Frank 's personal library identification label is on the inside front cover.  His signature is on the following fly-leaf.