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!
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