It's not every day a bookstore turns 100 years old. Congratulations to Janke Book Store on this extraordinary achievement.
In October 1919, Carl Janke returned from World War I and purchased a bookstore in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin. Three generations later, siblings Jim Janke and Jane Janke Johnson are thriving as an independent bookstore and celebrated with a community party at the historic 1913 Rothschild Pavilion with about 1,000 guests attending. The celebration featured a 1919 Model T and other historic displays, costumed re-enactors, and period music on a piano--while old-school root beer floats and molasses cookies were served. Mayor Mielke honored Jim and Jane and Marion Zahrt, an employee of 66 years, received a standing ovation.
Wausau Daily Herald has provided generous coverage of the event. Thank you!
Watch Jane Janke Johson tell her bookstore's story
Enjoy an amazing array of contemporary and vintage photographs, courtesy of the Wausau Daily Herald, including Marion Zahrt, pictured here, the store's employee of 66 years