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Merritt Webb Hemingway
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1882
Steele County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1941
Olmsted County
Minnesota, USA


Merritt Webb Hemingway, familiarly known as "Bing" throughout Southern Minnesota where he has traveled for the past 19 years, died at St. Mary's hospital in Rochester Tuesday morning, Nov. 25 at 12:50 o'clock. His trouble was a circulatory condition that first became apparent after an automobile accident. Early this spring he was taken ill and was confined to his home at 515 East Elm Avenue for several weeks and on March 3 was taken to Rochester. He was in the hospital there until in May.

Upon his return to Waseca he appeared in fairly good health and was about the city until early October when he was again confined to his home. He was taken back to Rochester on Nov. 8.

Merritt Hemingway was born July 13,1882 at Medford, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George L. Hemingway. When he was a boy his family moved to Owatonna and later came to Waseca where his parents took over the East Hotel, which they operated for many years. He was educated in the schools of this city and later took a business course at the Canfield school at Owatonna.

Having learned the hotel business at home when he left Waseca he naturally looked for work in that line. He was employed in hotels at Fort Dodge, Iowa, and later at Minot, N. D. where he met Miss Elizabeth Christ of Elgin, Iowa, who became his wife on Nov. 14, 1912. They were married at Minot and only this month observed their 29th anniversary.

The couple remained in Minot six months, moving from there to Waseca where they started a cafe in the rooms back of what is now known as the Crystal. They operated this for nine months when they bought the restaurant which is now known as The Eat Shop which they operated for over seven years as "Bing's Soda Shop." Mr. Hemingway's health failed him at this time and he was forced to sell his business and seek outdoor work. When he sold the business he invested the money in the buildng which housed the enterprise and he has continued this ownership since.

He then accepted a position as traveling salesman for Harry Stout of Owatonna who was engaged in the wholesale tobacco and confectionery business. In recent years the firm has specialized more in paper products. Mr. Hemingway has been with them for 19 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Hemingway had no children but when their niece, Frankie Mae Bell was a little over two years old they took her into their home and she has lived with them ever since. She is now 19 and is employed with the Harware Mutual Ins. Co. at Owatonna. Both she and Mrs. Hemingway were at Merritt's bedside when he passed away. He is also survived by a half brother, George Hemingway of Huron, S. D.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 from the home, conducted by Rev. H. I. French.. Services at the Congregational church will be conducted at two o'clock by Rev. M. Green. Masonic services will be conducted at Woodville cemetery, and lodge members will meet at the Temple at 1:30.

Pall bearers will be Gordon Didra, George Turtness, Clarence Smith, Wm. Hansen, E. P. Nelson and J. R. Bullard. Honorary pall bearers will be Geo. Webb, C. P. Sommerstad, A Stucky, O. Didra, I. Jensen, Otto Oestreich, W. R. Wolf, Paul and Joseph Wallschlaeger, and Dr. I. J. Thornby.

Notes from Shirley Hemingway:

The Harry Stout of Owatonna that Merritt worked for was probably his cousin. (Harry's mother, Sarah Jane Hemingway Stout was a sister to Merritt's father, George L. Hemingway.)

Merritt's nephew, James L. Hemingway commented that everyone called Merritt "Bing". He described him as "being short 5'8" or 5'9", a good family man, really pleasant to be around." James also said that his father George W. Hemingway was not very close with his half brother Merritt.

Frankie Mae Bell Stevenson commented that "Uncle Bing was the only father I ever knew and I adored him. My natural father died when I was 4 years old , and my Aunt and Uncle raised me from then on."

Cemetery ID 280 WE 16 Sect I 
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  George Lawrence Hemingway (1854 - 1938)
  Diana Webb Hemingway (1857 - 1886)
  Elizabeth Christ Hemingway (1876 - 1956)
  Merritt Webb Hemingway (1882 - 1941)
  George William Hemingway (1889 - 1969)**
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Woodville Cemetery
Waseca County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 2nd Addition Section I Lot 8
Created by: S Hemingway
Record added: Apr 06, 2007
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Even though "Bing" had no biological children of his own, the niece he raised "adored him" and he was thought of as "a good family man."
- S Hemingway
 Added: Apr. 6, 2007

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