Frederick Roger Imhoff was born in Roca Island, Illinois, 15 April, 1875. Although very little biographical information on
Imhof exists in either the Sam Stark Index or the Imhof Scrapbook Collection, it seems Imhof must have had connections in
theater even in his childhood. Scrapbooks of vaudeville and burlesque show programs he collected date back to the late 1880s,
and by 1897 (if not before), Imhof was himself on stage, teamed with Charles Osborne in a comedy contortion and burlesque
acrobatics act. It was around this time that Imhof dropped the second f from his last name (he apparently always preferred
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