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Ernest Hemingway At 800 am on July 21 1899 in an old house in Oak Park Illinois a literary legend was born Ernest Hemingway spent his childhood days outside fishing or canoeing Growing up with four sisters influenced his actions and attitude toward women throughout his life causing him to treat all of his wives playfully and competitively as though they were his sisters Clarence Ed Edmonds Hemingway Ernest Hemingways father was a medical practitioner in Oak Park Hemingways mother Grace Hall was a great musician and music teacher While his father wanted him to do something science-related and his mother wanted him to be a professional violin cellist Ernest Hemingway had an idea of his own He had already begun to develop his writing at his high school Oak Park and River Forest Township High School Many of his stories were published in the school literary magazine Tabula and the school paper the Trapeze He was somewhat of an anti-intellectual so he tried to play a lot of sports Despite his one bad eye inherited from his mother he was excellent at rifle marksmanship scoring 112 out of 150 points at a range of 20 yards Hitting a growth spurt his junior year Hemingway played football swam was the captain of the water basketball squad and boxed well Although he did not attend a university he did give a speech as class prophet at his high school graduation After high school Hemingway began to pursue his writing career He moved to Kansas City to begin work on the Kansas City Star However his job got rather monotonous so looking for something new Hemingway became a volunteer for the American Red Cross He did everything from recovering human remains to driving an ambulance One night while on canteen duty shots were fired at the men injuring one and killing another Attempting to save a man
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