One hundred years ago in June 1917, our most famous native son, Ernest Hemingway, graduated from Oak Park High School (now Oak Park and River Forest High School). The Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park is celebrating this milestone by holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 17, at the Hemingway Museum, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. Wednesday Journal will feature a moment from this pivotal year in Hemingway’s life each Wednesday leading up to the event. 

“Ernest Hemingway was born at home in Oak Park on July 21, 1899. His birthplace home was built in the 1880s by his maternal grandfather and grandmother, Ernest and Caroline Hall. When Caroline Hall became ill with cancer, young Dr. Clarence Hemingway, who lived across the street, assisted the family physician, Dr. William Lewis, in providing medical treatment. In the course of his medical visits, Clarence met Ernest and Caroline’s’ daughter, Grace, whom he eventually courted and married.” 

(Nancy Sindelar, Influencing Hemingway, p. 11. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

Ken Trainor for the Hemingway Foundation

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