Red-letter day (Original Boomerang for November 19, 1922)

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Original Boomerang November 19, 1922

November 19, 1922 wasn’t any particular red-letter day as far as the Boomerang Man was concerned, but all these years later, it’s a red-letter day for being the day of the first appearance in this international periodical of the person who would later be known as Coach Rust! Fittingly he appears in a wee story about football, in the very last story in this issue. The Boomerang Man notes, “Beth’s twin friends, Rust brothers, aided much” (in the win for Des Moines University against Dubuque). The twin Rust brothers are Arthur and Orville, the latter being the one who later goes by Coach. So … it’s time for some history of that branch of the family! I have a photo of Arthur and Orville and all their siblings, but for this post, I’ll just introduce Coach’s mother, Christena Lubbers. Ancestry.com has her born in Germany around 1861 (so she was a little older than GG and Nanny, who were both born in 1869). Ancestry.com also notes that although Christena was born in Germany her native tongue was English. I think I recall hearing that she might have come to the US as a child? She still must have known German … Find a photo of her of unknown date below.

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Christene Rust (née Lubbers)

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