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The Many Worlds of
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Homes of ERB Pt. II

Home is where the children are and love... companionship... security... ownership... and permanence.
From the personal notebook of Edgar Rice Burroughs ERBzine 0932

My father was born in a house in Massachusetts that was built in 1741. His father owned it. My father never owned a home of his own. He lived for forty years in the same rented house in Chicago, although he was a wealthy man and could easily have afforded to own a home.

I was born in that rented house. It was home to me in the real sense of the word, because my father and mother made it a home; but it lacked something - it could not impart pride in ownership nor a sense of permanency. One result was an ambition to own my own house.

I have lived in several houses in several cities. Two of them, in Illinois, I owned, and two in Southern California. But I have never lived long enough in one place to acquire a solid sense of permanency, which has always appeared to me to connote security. And home and security seem almost synonomous (sic), for home is sanctuary.

Yet my homes were real homes in every respect other than permanency. They had comfortable furniture, selected because it was what we wanted and not because it represented any period, nor because some interior decorator told us to get it. It represented us. Perhaps a lot of it didn't harmonize, but at least our home did not look like the show window of a furniture store.

Our home had children, and dogs, and white rats, and horses. It had books, and easy chairs in which to read them. Our friends and our children's friends were welcome there.

And so, to me, home is where the children are and love and companionship and dogs and security and horses and ownership and white rats and books and permanence.

Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzana, California

Edgar Rice Burroughs was born in Chicago on September 1, 1875. He spent most of his childhood years in a three-story brick house on Chicago's West Side, 650 (later 646) Washington Boulevard, between Lincoln and Robey Streets
Mr. & Mrs. George Tyler Burroughs and grandson Studley - 1896 - 646 Washington Blvd

1891: Ed's father sent him to work for the summer at  brother Harry Burroughs' ranch along the lower Raft River in Cassia County, SE Idaho.

1891 September:  Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts.

1892 Spring: Michigan Military Academy at Orchard Lake, 26 miles northwest of Detroit.

Michigan Military Academy Barracks

1896 May 24: ERB arrived as a new recruit at Fort Grant, Arizona Territory to join Troop B, 7th U.S. Cavalry

1897 Summer: After his discharge from the army and helping brother Harry in a cattle drive, Ed returned home to 646 Washington Boulevard

1898 Spring: ERB joined his brothers who lived in a houseboat on the Snake River, Idaho.
El Nido (The Nest) Houseboat
1898 June - 1899: Ed bought a stationery shop on West Center Street, Pocatello, Idaho

1899 Winter: Ed moved to his brothers' Mule Shoe Ranch on the Snake River.

1899: Returned home to Chicago to work for his father.

1900 - The newlyweds moved into a room at 194 Park Avenue (Park and Robey) - home of  Alvin & Emma Theresa Hulbert.

Hulbert Family Residence - 194 Park Avenue (Park and Robey)

1901 - 88 Park Avenue 

1902 April  to May 1903 - 35 South Robey Street

1903 Spring - Ed and Emma took a UP train & stage to Idaho's Stanley Basin where the Sweetser-Burroughs Mining Company gold dredging operation was located. They lived in a tent while building a cabin.

1903 Summer -  Ed & Emma took their possessions in a freight train to Harry's gold dredging operation at Parma, on the Snake River.

1904 April - October 14 April: Salt Lake City - 111 North Fifth West

Ed and Emma's House in Salt Lake City

[circa -1904 to 1909+    George Burroughs residence was at 493 (1418) Jackson Blvd]
1904 Fall to 1908 -  194 (2005) Park Avenue (Hulbert home again) 

1908 to October 1909 - 197 (2008) Park - They moved to a flat in building owned by the Hulberts.

1911 - Summer - Part of ERB's time spent in his borrowed pencil sharpener office at Market and Monroe is used to monitor ads in pulp magazines - he becomes fascinated with the writing of some of the pulp authors.

1911 - August 14: Ed submits his unfinished, 12-chapter,  43,000-word, 180-page manuscript to All-Story Magazine. He decides to use the title Dejah Thoris, Martian Princess by Normal Bean. The return address is that of the Champlin-Yardly Company, 222 West Kinzie St., Chicago and  typing appears to have been done by the company secretary. After November 11 his return address is the home address of 2008 Park Avenue.

1911-1913 - 2008 (once 197) Park Ave. (Now Maypole) Chicago (A flat in a building owned by the Hulbert family)

414 Augusta St. ~ Oak Park

This strange and intriguing tapestry was built into the wall above
the fireplace mantle of the ERB home at 414 Augusta St.
It is a colourful and dense jungle forest scene.
In the centre of the mural is an exotic walled city and tower
and to one side is a large building of a style reminiscent of a
Virginia, Civil War-type mansion.
One can only wonder how many times ERB's imagination wandered
through this scene as he sat before the living room fire plotting stories
which would soon become classics loved by millions.

6415 (later 414) Augusta St. Oak Park

550 A Avenue, Coronado, California

Camp Disaster
Automobile Camping Tour from Oak Park to California

Hollenbeck Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
Corner of Spring Street and Second Street

click                                                                                                                                  Hollenbeck Lobby
Observe in Photo 1:
The four-story Victorian brick building has a five-story octagonal tower over the main entrance on the corner.
There are unfurled awnings at street level.
Several automobiles are parked along the curb.
A horse-drawn wagon drives down one street at right.
A streetcar is visible at left.
There are ectrical lines running over streetcar rails.
Numerous pedestrians are on the sidewalks and in the street.
A street cleaner is sweeping the street directly

More Views of Old LA in the Hollenbeck Hotel Area
Ref: A Visit to Old Los Angeles

Photo 1: "We look back at the east face of the south 100s block of Spring. All those wires! The corner of the Bryson Block looms darkly at extreme left."
Photo 2: "We are momentarily granted the power to fly, and wing our way out the tower of the Hollenbeck across the street and south down the block a number of yards, alight, and turn again to the north, now focusing on the west face of the south 100s block. That's the Hollenbeck Hotel in the immediate foreground to the left, beyond which we can see the full majesty of the Bryson Block. The Bryson Block, built in 1889, is on the site of an early public school, and an early City Hall. In the distant background on the left, we can see some of the houses on Bunker Hill close by to downtown. Suburbia just a block or two away from stark downtown! The tall towered building in the distance is the Court House."

355 South Hoover St. ~ Los Angeles

700 Linden Ave. ~ Oak Park

"The Doring House" Rented Home
325 North Oak Park Ave. ~ Oak Park

Demolished in the 1970s

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