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ERB Leaves Chicago for Tarzana
THE WHITE PAPER CLUB FAREWELL
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Early in 1919, ERB bid farewell to his hometown
of Chicago and moved to Tarzana ranch in San Fernando Valley, California.
By this time, he was world famous for his Tarzan books and his first Tarzan
movie. His friends at the White Paper Club of Chicago (a private club devoted
to artists and writers . . . anybody who put pen to white paper to create
art) gave him a farewell dinner and an early form of a "celebrity roast".
Ed told them he was moving to California to raise purebred
hots on his new farm, so they made this the central theme of their send-off
program. J. Allen St. John designed the front cover with a winged hog flying
to California with a monkey on his back at a typewriter, strewing new Tarzan
pages across the landscape (Burroughs held the rank of major in the Illinois
Militia). Dom M. Lavin (who illustrated ERB's "Oakdale Affair" for Blue
Book Magazine in March 1918) drew a full-page cartoon of ERB smoking his
Speeches were made, tributes (mostly tongue-in-cheek)
were declaimed, an original play was given as a Tarzan spoof, songs were
sung to familiar tunes such as "K-K-K-Katy" (with Tarzan lyrics), a humorous
pig poem was included with appropriate cartoon by William Donahey, the
impressive dinner menu was published with simian embroidery, and a monkey
tailpiece adorned the program. The members signing Ed's program included
J. Allen St. John and Joseph E. Bray (Ed's McClurg editor to whom he dedicated
The Outlaw of Torn in 1927). All of this showed how much his pals admired
him and his accomplishments.
Ref: Gridley Wave ~ Danton Burroughs
~ Porges ~ George McWhorter, et al
Edgar Rice Burroughs, was born under the sign
of the Chinese Astrology Pig or Boar in 1875.
For some reason, after ERB gained fame and income as a
writer in his thirties, he became fascinated with Berhshire hogs and one
of the major reasons for his purchasing the 540 acre General Otis country
estate in the San Fernando Valley in 1919 was to become a gentleman hog
farmer. This decision made Burroughs the butt of many jokes from friends
and fellow writers.
The program booklet for ERB's send-off banquet put on
by his Chicago author and journalist friends -- The White Paper Club --
had included a number of pig jokes. The cover art by St. John depicted
a monkey riding a winged pig flying west. Another illustration inside the
booklet showed a pig playing harp followed by an humorous poem with pig
Upon his arrival at the estate he would
later name Tarzana Ranch, he immediately made plans for building up a herd
of the finest Berkshire and Hampshire stock that he could secure. His preposterous
attempt to make a fortune as a hog farmer ended in disaster. Rather
than making money on his grade Duroc Berkshires he lost as much as thirty-nine
thousand dollars in a single year. He eventually had to sell off the prize
winning herd in 1921.
Hillman Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig
Tarzana Ranch Articles and Hog Sell-Off.
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