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Ring Lardner's Boyhood Home
|Topic||Indiana History-Ring Lardner|
|Image Source||Photo by Wayne Harsh|
|Image Notes||The house as it exists today at 519 Bond St., Niles, Michigan where Ring Lardner grew up. The grounds around the house at one time included a baseball diamond and tennis court.|
|Time Period||20th Century|
|Image Date||September, 2004|
Additional Information & Sources
|Historical Background||Ring Lardner was born in 1885 in Niles, Michigan where he lived for the first twenty-two years of his life. His parents were among the wealthiest people in Niles, living in a large house along the St. Joseph River. After graduating from Niles High School, Lardner went to work as a society reporter and sports editor for the "South Bend News Times" newspaper. In 1907 he went to work for the "Chicago Examiner" as a sports writer and columnist. In 1916 his first book of short stories, "You Know Me, Al: A Busher's Letters" was published. Ring Lardner was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee, refused to name names of suspected Communists, and was sent to prison for his silence. Lardner died of alcoholism at the age of 48.
From the Lardner Mania website below.
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