For a brief time, the later-to-be presidential candidate was the most popular man in Coffeyville.
It was his first job out of school, and the young teacher challenged the minds of Coffeyville's high school students from September 1913 to November 1914.
He taught history; coached basketball, track and debate; and advised the school's literary society.
When he accepted a higher-paying position the next year, the mournful students observed "Willkie Day."
More than a quarter-century later, when he ran as the Republican candidate for president of the United States against Franklin D. Roosevelt, many of those students cast their votes for Wendell Willkie.
One former student wrote to Willkie after the election in 1940 to tell him she had voted "the Republican ticket for the only man who could ever cause me to do it, who has educated me to be a Democrat."
Willkie was just one more presidential candidate in the fall of 1940 who had Kansas ties.
Kansas, traditionally Republican, supported Willkie in 1940, as did 10 other states, mostly in the Midwest.
Willkie's rise to the nation's spotlight was fairly rapid.
After Coffeyville, Willkie went on to become a lawyer and then president of the Commonwealth and Southern Corp., the nation's largest utility holding company. He was a vocal critic of FDR's New Deal Tennessee Valley Authority, a government agency that brought flood control and electricity to the Tennessee Valley.
Willkie was concerned that the project had an unfair advantage over private utility corporations.
After the 1940 election, Willkie became a supporter of FDR and represented the United States during several trips overseas in the following three years. Through it all, he maintained contact with his former students in Kansas.
He wrote to one student that he "always lived with gusto and pleasure but I really think the happiest time I ever had was while I was teaching at Coffeyville."
Question: Name the men with Kansas ties who ran for president in 1940.
Answer to Saturday's question: In late April 1884, Henry Brown left Caldwell with his assistant marshal and two cowboys, telling townsfolk he was headed to Oklahoma.
He instead rode to Medicine Lodge. On April 30, 1884, he and his gang stormed into the Medicine Valley Bank and demanded cash.
Bank president E.W. Payne, at his desk, reached for his revolver. Brown shot him.
Cashier George Geppert also was shot. Before dying, he triggered the vault's combination lock, keeping the money safe from the robbers.
An alarm on the outside of the bank was triggered, and townspeople formed a posse to pursue Brown and his men.
They surrendered two hours later after being surrounded in a box canyon.
They were taken to the Medicine Lodge jail, where a vigilante group wanted to hang them.
Brown wrote a letter to his wife, telling her he loved her and to sell the property but keep the gun.
When the mob broke into the jail, Brown made a dash for freedom. He was shot and killed.
The rest of his gang was hung from a nearby elm tree.
Check Kansas.com on Monday for the answer to today's question.