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An April page from ERB's April 1943 Autograph Book
A few highlights from ERB's Bio Timeline
1888: April 9-May 11: A report card issued by Mrs. Cooley indicates that Ed is a better-than-average student (Geography 98, Reading 95, Composition 80).
1892: April 13: Ed, confined to barracks, attempts to escape the Academy after climbing through a window but is apprehended and taken before Commandant Charles King.
April 14: Ed makes a successful escape and uses a railway passbook to return to Chicago. Ed returns to MMA the day after his desertion to accept his punishment.
April 15: Upon his return home Ed complains of the harsh treatment he has received.
April 16: Major Burroughs receives a telegram from Captain Charles King, the Academy Commandant: "Your son deserted Thursday. Letter will follow." Ed later says: “I think it was the word ‘deserted’ in the telegram that got me, and the next day I was back at Orchard Lake walking punishment. But walking punishment has its compensations, one of which was that the old boys could not subject us to any of the refined and unrefined torture of hazing, which was carried on to an exaggerated extent at Orchard Lake at that time.”
April 18: King sends a letter detailing Ed's offenses.
1893: April 4-6: Columbian Saddle Horse Show at the Detroit Riding Club: Ed rides with the Orchard Lake Cadets' in exhibition drills with and without saddle and equipment. Ed and his horse, Captain, win second prize. The audience and newspapers are enthusiastic.
1894: April 12: Lt. Ed Burroughs is temporarily demoted to the rank of Cadet and is confined to reduced limits until the 10th of June, for a "gross neglect of duty while Officer of the Day."
1896: April: Resigns from his Michigan Military Academy position to enlist in the U.S. Army.
1897: Ed joins brother Harry and Lew Sweetser at Nogales, Arizona to help in the moving of a herd of starving Mexican Texas Longhorn cattle to Kansas City via overcrowded boxcars.
1898: Leaves by train to join his brothers for spring roundup in Pocatello, Idaho. The Burroughs brothers live in a houseboat. At a Denver stopover he meets old 7th Cavalry friend. They celebrate by hiring a band for a parade and by gambling away the rest of their money.
1899: Ed carries out his roundup activities while suffering mountain fever and later is hospitalized by an accidental heavy blow to the head from a policeman's billy club while watching a saloon fight. This is the start of many hallucinations and headaches.
1904: April: The gold Sweetser/Burroughs dredging company fails and Harry gets Ed a job as railroad policeman for the Oregon Short Line Railroad Company at Salt Lake City. He is armed with a Colt six-gun, serial number 70495. To help pay the bills they take in boarders: Ed has a card printed up with a photo of the two of them on one side with information on the other side: "Newly Furnished Rooms for Single Men. In New Brick House, Electric Lights, Porcelain Bath. Rates: $10.00 Per Month for One. $12.00 Per Month for Two. 111 North Fifth West Street. Cor. North Temple, One Block From O.S.L. Yards. Salt Lake City."
1907: April: Ed is promoted to Manager of the Stenographic Department at Sears where he excels.
1914: April: Ed seeks a position of war correspondent for the Evening World.
April 13 - April 18: The Eternal Lover runs in six parts in The Evening World. The first one has a story illustration while the others feature a picture of ERB.
1917: April 6: The Burroughs family move into their a three-story brick house they had purchased at 700 Linden Avenue in Oak Park.
1918: Takes a business office at 1020 North Boulevard, Oak Park under the banner of "First Battalion, Second Infantry, Illinois Reserve Militia" which he also uses to recruit men for the reserve militia. He keeps office hours from 9-5:30.
1919: Ed renews efforts to form his own production company. More years pass until he is successful in this.
1920: April 5: Ed's beloved mother, Mary Evaline (Zieger) Burroughs (born November 10, 1840) dies while visiting Ed and Emma at Tarzana Ranch, California.
1921: April 3: 6 PM: Ed's Packard is hit by a dangerous driver on Ventura Boulevard. He sends a letter to the Automobile Club asking them to prosecute the driver, the likes of whom should be kept off the roads. "Only my good driving prevented a serious accident."
April 20: Ed decides to eat some of his prize Berkenshire hogs. He writes to the Department of Agriculture for information on slaughtering and curing of hogs and the building of smoke houses for smoking bacon.
1924: April 12 ERB starts writing Marcia of the Doorstep (unpublished until 1999 - ERB’s longest novel at 125,000 words). Davis rejects it on October 30th. Despite numerous other submissions, it is never published during Ed's lifetime.
1927: Ed's play: "Mary Who?" aka "Why Razz the Kids" aka "Holy Bonds of Wedlock" is commenced. It was perhaps written for Joan but was never published.
April 16 - May 14: The War Chief appears in Argosy All-Story in 5 parts. LETTER
There are plans for a possible monkey farm to be located at Tarzana -- patterned after Gay's Lion Farm
1929: April 15: Ed is unsuccessful in his attempt to get the boys into West Point.
1930: Jack pursuing his interest in photogaphy enlarges many of Bert Weston's 35mm photos.
ERB disassociates himself from his foreign agent, Curtis Brown. Ed is dissatisfied with Methuen and the dwindling foreign sales.
1931: April 15: Ed signs a Tarzan contract and receives cheque from MGM.
ERB advises George Carlin of United Features against the use of children in the Sunday colour page. He wishes to impress upon people that his stories are primarily for adults. Secretary Rothmund later meets with Carlin in New York to emphasize these concerns.
1932: Jungle Girl is published by ERB, Inc. This is the first book to feature the famous ERB doodad symbol on the spine - this and all the book illustrations are by Studley Burroughs.
1933: The Burroughs family take a vacation trip to Death Valley. Ed gives a humorous account of the expedition in a nine-page article titled, "The Death Valley Expedition of the Intrepid Thirty-Threers." Letter: Ed, Emma and the boys book into the Apache Hotel from where they take a special tour of the Boulder Dam construction site. At the bottom of the canyon they enter a tunnel and later take a terrifying ridein a skip suspended on a wire 1200 feet above the abyss. Later they visit the Apache Hotel and Golden Camel bars. The boys are introduced to port wine and sherry which they dislike, and Ed and Emma drink Old Fashioneds. They then visit The Silver Club gambling house. Hulbert receives a phone call from Miss Carol Williams, a Pomona classmate and they spend the evening at a show. The Burroughs family drive from Vegas to Furnace Creek.
1934: April 10: Ed and Jack go to Gay's Lion Farm. Ed talks while Jack takes photos of lions. Ed and Hully go to the evening fights at Olympic Stadium.
April 17: Ed moves from The Garden of Allah to 2029 Pinehurst Road. He and Florence are in contact every day.
1935: April 11: Ed and Florence dock at Honolulu and receive leis sent by Florence's friend Janet Gaynor who has a cottage on the island.
ERB and his bride swim, surf and relax on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Ed takes surfing lessons.
1937: April 14: Letter to Joan: "Of course you may have your saddle and bridle. I would send them to you tomorrow if I were sure I could pick them out. Next time you are out you can either take them with you or mark them so that we will know which are yours."
1940: April 18: Florence, Lee and Caryl Lee, along with their maid and Packard sedan, sailed to Hawaii aboard the S.S. Matsonia. Ed was to follow on the 24th.
1941: April 8: Ed's diary entries indicate that he has fallen into deep depression and complete withdrawal. In letters to the family around this time he begs that they never doubt his love for his children nor believe that he ever doubted their devotion for him. He feels he may have been a lousy father. He never really liked kids until he had his own... he found them interesting from a scientific point of view. He jokingly notes that his hopes raised for the future of the children when he saw them chase each other around with heavy furniture and even start to steal nickels. He thought they just might have a future as gangsters.
April 17: LETTER home to Joan. Ed wishes he could get back to California to see the new Pierce house: "I am reminded of a scene of ruin painted on the curtain of the old Hooley's Theater in Chicago, beneath which appeared: 'So fleet the works of men, back to their earth again ancient and holy things fade like a dream'". Much of the world is at war: ". . .contemplate the horrors of war, but not fearfully, as I realize that some two hundred thousand armed men, the United States fleet, and a swell air corps are gathered all about to protect me."
1942: April 14: Ed is promoted to major in the BMTC and his friends throw party for him. Hulbert takes photos of both of them, in and out of uniform.
April 15: LETTER home to Joan. Ed reports he is now a major in the BMTC, which "is commencing to take splendid shape." Ed talks of food shortages and his weight is now down to 168 pounds. Ed laments that he hasn't seen Joan for eight years: "I think that if I ever see you and Jack again, I shall start bawling - that is how badly I long to see you."
1943: April 10: LETTER home to Jack and Jane: Ed describes souvenirs of his trip to the South that he has sent: shell beads gathered and strung by native Fijians ~ sea horse is cut from the shell of a tortoise ~ worthless French currency notes: five franc note of the Bank of Indo-China, fifty centimes note of the Fighting French ~ white metal George V Fijian penny and a George VI brassy one ~ paper penny notes because US soldiers had collected all the coins as souvenirs.
1944: April 24: Ed returns to Honolulu on a hospital plane after having completed a 7,000 mile mission and soon resumes his "Laugh It Off" columns for The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Honolulu Advertiser and Hawaii: A Magazine of News and Comment.
1945: April 9: Jack sends a letter to Hulbert suggesting that they find ways to keep Ed from returning to California as he believes his father is considering marriage.
April 13: LETTER to Dorothy Dahlberg. Obviously a romance is blooming.
April 14: "Laugh It Off" expresses strong praise for a Democrat, President Truman. He also criticizes the omissions and errors found in Encyclopaedia Britannica in its information on Indians and General Christmas.
1946: April 17: LETTERto Thelma Terry: Comments on the recent seismic wave that hit the Hawaiian islands that damaged the Niamalu Hotel where he had lived for five years and demolished the beach homes of some of his friends.
1948: April 9: The Los Angeles Times reports that ERB is at fault in a three-car accident on Ventura Boulevard outside the ERB offices.
1956 April 3: The first issue of D. Peter Ogden's Erbania is published in England
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