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Hunting and Fishing

​​Ernest's special interests were hunting and fishing. Doctor Hemingway taught his children how to use guns safely and insisted they used them responsibly. Killing was reserved for game that could be eaten. This lesson was applied when young Ernest and a friend shot a porcupine that had injured the Bacon's dog. After proudly showing the family the dead animal they were reminded of the rule and the porcupine was prepared for them to eat!



Huck Finn Ernest with Four Fish

There were many streams and lakes close by for Ernest to explore and on these he  developed what would be his lifelong passion for fishing. Pic1 Pic2 Pic3 Pic4

In 1915 and 1916 Ernest decided to hike to Walloon Lake. In 1915 he and his Oak Park friend Louis Clarahan took the steamer Missouri to Onekama, Michigan, and from there walked, fished, and camped their way north. They repeated the trip the following year with Ernest completing the trip on his own after Louis took a train home midway through the hike. Pic1 Pic2 Pic3

In his notebook, Ernest noted possible story ideas and the locales around Kalkaska  and Mancelona eventually used in several short stories including The Battler.

Ernest Hemingway and his writing are usually associated with African safaris, marlin fishing off Cuba's coast, bullfighting, and exotic international sites like Paris, Spain, and Italy. All his life, Hemingway sought, enjoyed, and wrote about new places and experiences. The first of these places was much closer to his hometown of Oak Park, Illinois; it was northern Michigan.

This website explores those years Ernest Hemingway spent in Michigan and the literature he wrote about this state. It also tells the story of the Hemingway family's shared summers between 1898 and 1921.

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