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      Seney commemorates author Ernest Hemingway

      Jim Sanford (far left), David Graham (far right)
      In 1919, the famous author Ernest Hemingway made a trip to the Seney area where he went camping and fishing with friends. Michigan outdoorsmen have installed a historical marker commemorating the event.

      Ernest Hemingway's famous fishing trip has inspired outdoors lovers for generations. He camped along the Fox River, north of Seney. In the dedication ceremony, the author's nephew, 84-year-old Jim Sanford, shared stories of his uncle and his love of the outdoors and the U.P.

      "I think the Fox River is a great place to put this plaque, and it's a place that he would think is well-deserved," said Sanford.

      The plaque is located in the East Branch of the Fox River State Forest Campgrounds, not far from where Hemingway camped. The inscription describes Hemingway's visit to the U.P. in 1919 after his injury in World War I. His attraction to the area inspired him to write his famous short story "Big Two-Hearted River."

      Some say that the tranquil environment, far from his native Oak Park, Illinois near Chicago, helped him cope with a case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

      "There's an awful lot of people in this country that come to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to try to recreate that experience for themselves," said David Graham, President of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association.

      Sanford says he's pleased with the monument and thinks his Uncle Ernest would be, too.

      "Well, he might be a little embarrassed. He, at times, was a little reluctant to brag about himself, and other times I think he did a good job of PR," Sanford said.

      The plaque is one of a series of Michigan Heritage Memorials from MOWA, recognizing key events in outdoor recreation history.

      Ernest Hemingway lived from 1899 to 1961.