The big news in this week’s original Boomerang is about the flu quarantine; I’ll refer readers again to the newspaper article on the topic mentioned here a week ago (here). Find an image of the first part of the actual article below (it continues on an inner page that is chock full of news of the flu epidemic from all over the country, but the print is very faded!):
Des Moines Register, October 10, 1918
The Boomerang Man makes the most of the situation:
This was an awful nice day
Nobody had to go to church
Couldn’t if they would
Yep quarantined; flu.
All of our family are well, tnb
After much “googling” around, I think the “tnb” at the end there may be an abbreviation for “there’s nothing better” — indeed!
It sounds like Beth and Ruth and their friends were making the most of the general day off too, taking Pattie out for a spin and even fixing a flat tire all by themselves, or, as the Boomerang Man quotes them, on their “own accord”!
Original Boomerang, October 6, 1918
More news in this issue of the original Boomerang of Pattie the Hupmobile performing well! The article headed “We Drive” traces her route along the twenty-one-mile round-trip journey from “two-eight-one-three” Cottage Grove (readers will recognize the address of the Eno residence from this post here) to Camp Dodge; see below for a map showing points mentioned in the Boomerang Man’s account, and find a zoom-in-or-out-enabled version of the map here. As it turned out, when Pattie et al arrived at Camp Dodge, they found out it was quarantined! At this point, the year 1918 will bring to mind the great flu epidemic, and sure enough, according to this article here, it was “raging” at Camp Dodge in October, and in fact, as the article (of October 10, 1918) shows, a few days after the Enos’ drive, Des Moines was under quarantine too! Stay tuned for next week’s Boomerang to find out more about that. At least we already know that all the Boomerang characters survived the epidemic … so I guess the quarantine was a good thing!
Fred Eno adds an interesting note on (improving, I would say) race relations in the military in 1918 in an anecdote about their retreat from Camp Dodge appended to the very end of this issue: he mentions their picking up a soldier who was possibly trying to escape quarantine but being stopped by an officer who orders him to return. “The guard was a black man, and the soldier was white,” Fred observes.
The other report of Pattie’s service in this issue of the Boomerang is in the article called “Old Folks Ride”: all about Pattie serving as public transportation of sorts for getting people to church. Fred seems to be having fun with the names of the ladies they’d transported this morning: “Abigail Reese” seems like a real-enough name … but “Psyche Landsover” and “Melissa Everwell” I’m not so sure about! It. But a person has to give Fred credit for the affectionate way he makes up for their possibly fictionalized names: “Anyhow, they were like other roses and would be as sweet by other names.”
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.”
Fred Eno’s Boomerang, December 16, 1917
In this issue of The Eno Boomerang (December 16, 1917), following the disavowed matrimonial bureau announcements, we read of further adventures of Pattie the Hupmobile, a character of the internal combustion engine variety who was introduced in the inaugural issue of this “Little Newspaper” in a rather less than complimentary way, as weighing 600 pounds more than the newer, 1918 model. Here we find out that she’s a 1915 model and somewhat under the weather (though the weather itself is fine!). In regard to Pattie’s state, the phrase IN HIS OLD HAT (in all caps) is used as if it were a common expression, but I don’t know it! It also seems I was off with my speculation on the identity of “First Church” in my post of the other day; now it seems that “First Church” and “Grace Church” are one and the same, which makes much more sense. The history page for Grace Church suggests that it was first called “First Methodist,” and an article (see below) from the Winter Park Post of Florida also mentions a Dr. Robert Matthews as the pastor of “the M. E. Church” in Des Moines (the article is about Robert and his brother, a resident of Winter Park). I don’t know who John is, the John who did not enlist, but we do know who Ruth is: the fourth of the five Eno daughters (which is also to say the fourth of the five Eno children), according to Dick’s notes, his Aunt Ruth was “a card, a dramatist, and drama teacher and lots of fun to be with.” No wonder she was bored working at Oransky’s!? And of course it goes without saying that Beth, who is now both sitting and skating (in the last issue she wasn’t skating) is the youngest Eno, also known as Betty, the Rust kids’ paternal grandmother.
Winter Park Post, March 21, 1918
. . . last but not least: happy 1/3/13! . . .
Here begins the second post in the family history series, this one an annotation of the first issue of the original Boomerang, created by Fred Eno, Dick’s grandfather (Betty’s father). Click on the thumbnail image to the left, which will open a new tab with a full size image of the issue. (When you move your cursor over the image, it will probably turn into a magnifying glass; if it does, click on the image, and you’ll get a much bigger version!) Dick and I talked about this issue last summer (over the cleaning of many delicious mussels!), but of course now I’m not sure where those notes went. So I need some help identifying some things at the very beginning, including what and where “Camp Dodge” is and who or what Amelia is! Past that, I can affirm that Beth is the Rust kids’ grandmother Betty! The sisters who are being spared cutting remarks (can you imagine?) were all elder; in order they were Eula, Enola, Gladys, and Ruth, for a total of five Eno girls. Beth was born in 1902, so on November 24, 1917, she would have been a very wise and grown-up 15.
At the top of the second column, Fred mentions the “1918 Hup” coming out and points out that it’s 600 pounds lighter and a foot shorter than Pattie; they’re both cars! Here’s a photo of a 1918 Hupmobile.
West and East Highs were two high schools in Des Moines; see the 1905 Annual for West here! East High–the “other guys”–seems to be in the business still; here’s its site. Who was the Eno family’s representative at the game festivities, I wonder?
Waveland acres? Seems to me it was a kind of suburb of Des Moines waiting to happen (did the Enos own some land there)? The Waveland Cafe was featured in the National Geographic’s “Intelligent Traveler” blog recently!