|James Tibbs's Shoe Shine Chair (courtesy of Susie Kinney, Headquarters)|
|Extract from Tibbs's registration for the US draft, June 5, 1917|
The newlyweds moved into the bride's family home at 721 Center Street, Grinnell, and, according to the 1920 city directory, Tibbs began work in Grinnell as a "laborer on city streets." No later than 1923, Jim was shining shoes in Grinnell, but by 1925 the family had relocated, living at 1008 Sixth Avenue, Cedar Rapids, where Mamie (as Mary now called herself) cared for two young children born in Grinnell: Harold Daniel, born August 14, 1920, and Albert (Sylvester Alfred), born April 22, 1923. In 1926 (May 16) Mamie gave birth to her first daughter, Janet Winona (or Winona Janet or Jeanette as she was later known), so the Tibbs family was growing. Three more children later joined the household: two daughters, Shirley (1929) and Roberta (1932), and another son (Edward, b. 1933), these last two born back in Grinnell. The 1940 census (I could not find the family in the 1930 census) found James, Mamie and their six children (along with Mamie's brother, Robert) back in Grinnell at 608 Third Avenue, not far from the former Redrick home on Center Street. Sometime in the 1940s the family moved to 712 Elm in Grinnell.
|Interior of Cedar Rapids Interurban station in 1947 (http://www.crandic.com/CompanyHistory/SwingSway/index.htm)|
|Advertisement for Sanitary Barber Shop on 4th Avenue (Scarlet and Black Sep 19, 1931)|
|Scarlet & Black March 9, 1923|
Tibbs's advertisements continued to appear in the 1932 editions of the Scarlet and Black, but thereafter disappeared, whether because Tibbs no longer needed them, had quit shining shoes, or for some other, unknown reason.
|Grinnell Herald-Register January 9, 1941, p. 1|
|Gravestone for James Tibbs, Hazelwood Cemetery|
Despite these niceties, the newspaper could not refrain from acknowledging that "The boys used to make a lot of fun of Jim. He was the butt of innumerable practical jokes and he didn't like it very well. He used to get mad, and the madder he got, the faster came the jokes...." The editorial imagined that, deep down, Tibbs "would have missed the rough joking if it had stopped," but the words ring false seventy-five years later, and point awkwardly to the injustice cruelly visited upon the man.
|Grinnell Herald-Register May 16, 1996, p. 1|