Hemingway’s House

A Neighbor and Fan Recalls Encounters with the Man
By Art Jensen

In 1955, when I was fifteen, I had my first encounter with Ernest Hemingway. I never met the man and saw him only twice, but both times left me with an impression that has lasted all these years.

At the time, I lived in Hailey, twelve miles south of Ketchum and thirteen miles from Sun Valley. My dad, who had been superintendent of the Triumph Mine in the 1940s, died when I was thirteen and my mother, Marjorie Jensen, supported us by teaching English and Spanish at Hailey High. I didn’t have a car of my own but luckily was allowed to drive Mom’s 1955 Mercury. Like most teenagers, I spent a lot of time driving around. Our “Main Street” ran from Hailey to Sun Valley and back. One day, my girlfriend, Nancy, and I were driving the mile between Ketchum and Sun Valley and saw Hemingway walking toward us on the path near the road coming the other way.

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About Art Jensen

Art Jensen was born in Hailey and spent his earliest years in a mining camp at the Triumph Mine. After graduating from the University of Idaho, he worked for Idaho Power for forty years. He has lived in Hailey, Moscow, Jerome, Pocatello, Blackfoot, and Boise. He and his wife, Sue, now live in Eagle. Since retiring, he works on projects that include photography, painting landscapes, and writing a history of the mines in the Big Wood River country of central Idaho from the 1920s through the 1950s.

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