A Hike in the woods, and Dr Eula visits the Great Wall of China (Original Boomerang for April 15, 1923)


Original Boomerang, April 15 1923

Commentary on this fun issue coming soon!



Introducing the Monogram Stationery Company (Original Boomerang for April 1, 1923)


Original Boomerang for April 1, 1923

Despite its date (April 1), there don’t seem to be any jokes or hoaxes in this issue of the original Boomerang! I guess it could have to do with its also having been Easter. The folks at 1327 24th St. do seem to have been on the devout side though in an amiable way, of course.

One of the news items clarifies a reference that was made in the last issue, the one involving the Monogram Stationery Company. Here we learn that it’s Talbot and Eno’s “latest pet,” and that they have ads for it in several magazines. Those two were enterprising guys! While they’re waiting for a hopefully profitable response to their advertising, they’re getting a goodly number of customers from among Gladice’s “Wichita friends” (Wichita? why does she have friends there, we wonder!). The Boomerang Man promises to keep us apprised of how things go.

In other news, Ruth is home for the moment, Eula reports “bright days” in China, and Enola is leaving tomorrow to get back to her studies at the University of Chicago. Busy group!

Unreliable robins and Betty’s popularity (Original Boomerang for March 18, 1923)


Original Boomerang, March 18, 1923

The top story in this issue of the original Boomerang is all about the blizzard going on outside on this day in mid March, with its snow “blowing and tumbling through the air in glee.” And here just a few days ago the robins had arrived! “How reckless the old world is getting,” says the Boomerang Man, “you can’t even believe the robins anymore.”

But we can believe that vote that’s reported on at the foot of the left column: “Betty Voted Popular.” She was voted one of the tree most popular, to be exact — wow! That is fun.

The rest of the issue is full of other fun news … including a funny poem by the Boomerang man and an intriguing mention of the goings on with The Monogram Stationery Company! Is this a branch of Talbott and Eno, one wonders? We’ll stay tuned to find out!



Mama visits her sister and “Betty” injures a thumb (Original Boomerang for February 13, 1923)


Original Boomerang for February 13, 1923

The top story in this issue of the original Boomerang is that “Mama” (i.e. Mary, the Boomerang Man’s wife) is following the example of her “illustrious daughters” and “going on the road” — to visit her sister Helen Scott in Dexter. At a distance of around thirty-five miles from Des Moines, Dexter isn’t nearly as far as most of the Eno girls have journeyed; still, though, Mama will be gone for two nights! Sister Helen was referred to back in the original Boomerang of March 23, 1919 (in this post here) as “wealthy Aunt Helen.” The introduction of her married name “Scott” helps to identify a few more people in a more recently posted original Boomerang (here): specifically, Wesley Scott, Helen’s husband and Alma, their daughter! That issue notes that Wesley is in town to give his son-in-law some father-in-lawly advice, which note is followed by a mention of Alma, who is said to be “still working for Successful Farming.” Could the advice to in the first note have any relation to the “still working” of the second?

In other news, “Betty” (not Beth) is playing basketball! And has hurt her thumb in the process … it’s on the mend, though!

And the punch line to the inside joke about Ferne McLaughlin and her valentine remains obscured by the giggling …

“Flunk day” and “Lightnin”: or, February is hopping! (Original Boomerang for February 4, 1923)


Original Boomerang, February 4, 1923

The top stories in this issue of the Original Boomerang are about Ruth’s travels as a drama coach–so exciting!–and the weather–brrrr! A couple stories further in to the issue have some intriguing references: what’s “flunk day,” one wonders, and what’s “Lightnin”? The former is mentioned in the story about Des Moines beating the University of North Dakota in a basketball game; quoting the Boomerang Man, “the next day was flunk day for Beth and the bunch, with pickles, sandwiches, victrola records in our happy home.” Flunk day sounds like fun, in a homey roaring twenties kind of way! As it turns out, it wasn’t exactly an occasion brought about by the university’s basketball win; it just happened to coincide. Flunk day was an annual day for skipping classes at Coe College! And in fact the flyer for it for 1923 was at the Iowa Heritage site — wow! Flyers for other years didn’t have near this “pinko” frame — I guess it’s truly a sign of the times!


As for “Lightnin,” which the Boomerang Man and “Mama” are planning to to see on Valentine’s Day, it was a comedy written by Winchell Smith and Frank Bacon. It was on Broadway from 1918 to 1921, breaking the record for number of performances, and then went on tour around the country, including to Des Moines Iowa! Read all about it here.

There’s also a mention in this issue of Horace and Hellen taking charge of the Loper farm, which is an intriguing bit of family history, which I will look into when Horace and Hellen come up again.

Money-bags Ruth and another Im! (Original Boomerang for January 21, 1923)


Original Boomerang, January 21, 1923

There’s lots of interest in this issue of the Original Boomerang, but for this commentator, the most intriguing (and, at first glance, daunting) item is the reference to yet another Imle Eno (that would be in addition to the three identified in this post here of a few weeks ago!)! The Imles are getting so numerous that I made a little back-of-the-envelope chart of them all, below.


Four Imles, July 23, 2017

Our new Imle, mentioned in this issue’s second column as one a member of the California branch of the Eno clan, is Imle #3, counting down generation by generation from Imle #1, who relocated this branch of the family tree in the United States. Imle #2 was one of his sons, and this new Imle is one of his grandsons and a cousin to the Boomerang Man. Another way of looking at these four Imle’s would be to put Fred Eno in the center and note that he had a grandfather named Imle, and uncle named Imle, a cousin named Imle and a nephew named Imle. No wonder we have been having a hard time keeping track! Other Enos that are identified in this little chart are Rufus, mentioned in this issue as a California Eno, who is also a cousin of the Boomerang Man, and Ray Eno, mentioned in another issue of this international publication. is a brother of Imle #4 (the one who was killed in the war) and a nephew of Fred’s. Simple! 🙂

In other news in this issue, Ruth has made it big time! The purchasing power of $6.50 in 1923 is equivalent to $91.40 in 2016, according to this site here. Pretty good!

Another silky rose and … the plot thickens (another Imle)!


White rose, June 18, 2017

Well … this picture turned out quite well, if I do say so myself!

On the other hand, further poking around revealed that I had the wrong Imle in my post of yesterday — there are so many of them all of a sudden! For instance: there was the Imle Eno who was born in 1797 (we learned about him in this post here); then there was his son, who was born in 1830 and who was a brother of John Hollister Eno and Daniel Eno, who was the Boomerang Man’s father. You’ll recall that John Hollister had a son also named John Hollister Eno (aka “Hollie”), who was a cousin of the Boomerang Man’s (we learned that here too), and … wouldn’t you know, he had a son he named Imle!! So that’s three Imles, one for each of three generations. I won’t go into all the details (perhaps another time), but this younger Imle fought in the “Great War” and was killed in France — one source says on October 6, 1918. A notice in the Pocahontas Record of October 6, 1921 reports John Hollister Eno’s having just received news of his son’s body returning from abroad. As we know from the original Boomerang (from the issue featured in this post here), his memorial service was held a few weeks later, on October 22. An obituary for Imle’s mother Libbie (who died in 1947) called her a Gold Star mother and said that the local (Havelock) post of the American Legion was named after Imle. So! That gets closer to explaining the crowd at his memorial service. It wasn’t for the Civil War Imle; it was for the Great War Imle. This was quite a fruitful mystery, as it turns out! Libbie’s obituary mentions a few other characters (e.g. Ray Eno) who have been mentioned here and there in the original Boomerang; find it (in .pdf format) here. It appeared in the Rolfe Arrow on March 27, 1947.