Original Boomerang, March 31, 1918
Another week, another fascinating original Boomerang! First of all, it’s interesting to see that March 31st was not only a Sunday back in 1918 just as it is in 2013, but it was Easter then as now as well (which also means that March 31st was the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox that year just as it was this year)!
The headline story in this issue is that Patty (the Enos’ 1915 Hupmobile, first introduced here) is back in working order. Last we heard (here), Patty was having trouble every time Beth drove her, which meant she had to take her to the repair shop where a certain someone she might have enjoyed seeing happened to work!! As Fred Eno the limericist points out, Patty’s running but not passing any Fords, but that still beats walking!
Next up, one’s curiosity about the photographs mentioned in last week’s Boomerang is further piqued with this wonderful list of their titles!! A Sunday School paper bought them — hmmm!! Also in this item: readers will recall that “twenty-eight thirteen” was the house number of the Enos’ residence on Cottage Grove Avenue in Des Moines.
It seems that the Boomerang man has been mailing issues of this “Little Newspaper for Our Own Family” all the way to India! But of course he would be doing that since that’s where Enola, the oldest of the Eno girls is, and this is her debut in that “Little Newspaper”! What was Enola doing in India? Working as a Christian missionary! She’s mentioned in the Northwestern Christian Advocate of September 22, 1915 as being ready to go (see below).
Enola Eno bound for India, 1915
According to various notes I have from Dick, Enola eventually got a PhD from the University of Chicago along with her husband (unless the notes mean that along with the PhD she acquired a husband?), and the two of them published a Methodist newspaper (lots of newspapers in this family!) in India: Lucknow, to be precise. According to other notes I have, these dated June 30, 1977 and written on stationery from the Town House Motor Inn in Cedar Rapids, which means they must be from the lips of Beth, the one mentioned later in this issue of the Boomerang as having awakened early for the Easter service, Enola also had an Austin named Shesa!
Returning to th news item on Enola in this issue of the Boomerang, though: it’s exciting to hear that her letters have been arriving at 2813–in “dray loads”–and that the Boomerang is making it to India. It is a big world — and nigh-on a hundred years later, even as it’s smaller in some ways, it’s gigantically intriguing and wondrous, what with being able to find Miss Enola Eno in a 1915 periodical and publish it, along with her dad’s news of her letters, to the whole wide world! (Now to find those photographs!)
NB: Just as a reminder, a (growing!) archive of all the original Boomerangs that have been featured so far is available at this site at the tab labeled “Fred Eno’s Boomerang.”