Update on “the mysterious Im”

In place of the publication of a new issue of the original Boomerang today, I’m writing an update on “the mysterious Im,” who was mentioned in the original Boomerang of  October 23, 1921 (published in this post here). Sometime after noting, in my on comments on the most recently featured original Boomerang (here), that Daniel and Hollie Eno were brothers and the sons of Mariah and Imle Eno, it occurred to me that “Im” might be a nickname for Imle! Aha!!! Retracing my steps a bit, I discovered that Daniel and Hollie had a brother named Imle, so we may now declare the formerly mysterious Im to be Fred Eno’s uncle. Hurray! Now the question is, why would 1500 people come out for his memorial service? A look through various newspaper databases turned up nary an Imle Eno, so he doesn’t seem to have acquired that kind of fame, but … he was born in 1830, so that would have made it possible for him to have fought in the Civil War … I don’t know if that’s what would have brought out so many people, but as it turns out, he did fight in it — and his brother Daniel did too! They’re both listed in the document photographed below, which I think is a draft register. It seems that Imle at least (I don’t know about Daniel) served in the 77th Infantry; find a short history of its accomplishments here.

77thInfantryImleDaniel.jpgWith the major mystery about “Im” solved, some questions remain … in addition to the matter of the memorial service crowd, what kind of name is Imle? Perhaps it was originally a surname? People with Imle as a last name seem to come from northern Germany … but the paternal side of our Im’s family goes cold after his father Imle. There are records of his mother Mariah’s family going back further but nothing on Imle’s … perhaps his parents came over from northern Germany though … ?

New members of the Eno clan!


Original Boomerang for December 31, 1922

In this issue of the original Boomerang, some previously unmentioned Eno’s come out of the woodwork: specifically, Hollie and Libbie, who are setting out for California, and Ray, their son, who is living in Des Moines! Who are these people and what is their relationship to our Eno family? Ancestry.com to the rescue. It would seem that Hollie is John Hollister Eno, who was born in 1858; his wife Libbie was born Elizabeth Ford. The Boomerang Man was born in the 1863, so perhaps he and Hollie are cousins? Why yes! The 1870 census lists John Hollister Eno, aged 12, as the son of John Hollister Eno senior and Silvie Eno, who live right next door to Daniel and Rikeline Eno (in Indianola): i.e. the parents of Fred Eno! (Curiously, Fred isn’t listed among their children … but then the census people didn’t always get everyone … ). So John Hollister Eno senior and Daniel Eno must have been brothers. And … presuming that they are, makes for a search that turns them up as the sons of Mariah Marcia Eno (née Winchell), who was born on July 16 in 1799, and Imle Eno, who was born on November 16, 1797. (I think that makes them great, great, great grandparents of the Rust kids?) Beyond that … the crystal ball dims — at least for now!

In other news in this issue: it’s New Year’s Eve and the home bodies are planning to see a play the next day: “The Bat,” which seems to have been just beginning a long theatrical and film “career”: read all about it here.



Old fashioned Christmas scene (Original Boomerang for December 17, 1922)


Original Boomerang, December 17, 1922

The picture created by the first story in this issue of the original Boomerang does look like a quaint old-fashioned Christmas, but as one reads on to the second, it starts to look more Dickensian: as in, like the household of poor Tiny Tim, what with that poor “collapsed” family pocketbook! Meanwhile, Beth and Ruth are working, so that may help … and Dr Eula is off in Honolulu!


“California Thanksgiving” and other expansive developments (Original Boomerang for December 3, 1922)


Original Boomerang, December 3, 1922

In this issue of the original Boomerang, it’s an unseasonably warm early December, so much so that, as the Boomerang Man says, the lilac bush in the yard appears “swelled up” over the “aristocratic weather.” In other garden news, this year’s yield of cannas bulbs is also swell. They’ve been dug up and cleaned and stored in a “cool dry place”; the Boomerang Man hopes they’ll “behave themselves till the robins come again”! (Read all about cannas here.)

Meanwhile, it seems like things are coming up roses for Ruth and for Talbott and Eno printers. The latter is working on a job for the Henry-Emery Department store (find a photo of that establishment here)–13,000 Happy New Year cards–and the former has had an audition with the Midland Chautauqua Circuit and has received quite an impressive gift from “a young man in Philadelphia”–one Frank Tybesky, perhaps? For more about Frank and Ruth and about Ruth’s potential for getting a contract on the chautauqua circuit, see this post here.


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


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.


Christene Rust (née Lubbers)



Stealth announcement of Gladice’s wedding? (Original Boomerang for April 9, 1922)


Original Boomerang, April 9, 1922

This issue of the original Boomerang includes a shining example of the Boomerang Man’s sly wit, in the form of a brazen act of burying the lead. Hidden (or “hidden”) in the item entitled “The Matrimonial Situation,” we discover that Gladice is getting married in June! Out of “five pretty girls,” the one third from the left (or right) would be Gladice, and if the “dressmaking department” is already “working overtime,” then it seems that the wedding is more of a certainty than the Boomerang Man’s “we rather think” would imply. Anyway: very exciting! Alas, after this issue, there are some issues missing in the archive of this “international publication”–the next one I have is for November 19, 1922–so we don’t have its report of the big day. Luckily, records of the state of Iowa do record it, so we can celebrate that and Gladice’s marriage to Fred Phumphrey now (the date was June 20).


Gladice and Fred wed, June 20, 1922

I believe the people listed in the third and sixth columns of this document are witnesses?


The Ideal Dress Club and Enola’s own personal train stop (Original Boomerang for March 26, 1922)


Original Boomerang, March 26, 1922

This issue of the original Boomerang is just chock-full of interesting local news: from an upcoming election, to a wedding, to planned comings and goings of all kinds. Sticking with the news items that pertain to the characters we know best, though, the top story in the issue is that Pattie the Hupmobile is still rolling along well–and that the Hastie family is all looking well too (their Studebaker, though: not so much!)!

At the top of the second column of the issue we learn that missionary Enola is spending Sunday in Tenant, which is a ways away from Des Moines (a hundred-some miles). How is she getting there and back? By train it seems, thanks to having friends in high places! Further down in the column we learn that the train doesn’t make regular stops in Tennant but for a missionary they do. As the Boomerang Man reports, “neighbor Bestor got orders from Chicago to make a special stop for Enola. Haint them missionaries grand!” Indeed!

And further down the second column, we learn that Beth has got a job at the Ideal Dress Club–making five dollars a week! It seems that in 1922 that probably allowed Beth to do a gratifying amount of discretionary spending? Yes, this site here suggests that $5.00 would be close to $70 in 2017 — nice!  She probably saved and spent … and contributed to the household too, I bet.