A little bit of history was recreated recently when descendants of famed author Ernest Hemingway and his editor, Max Perkins, visited Arkansas for a duck hunt hosted by local businessman Kevin Smith. The story began in 1932 during the time when Hemingway was married to Pauline Pfeiffer of Piggott, Arkansas.

A little bit of history was recreated recently when descendants of famed author Ernest Hemingway and his editor, Max Perkins, visited Arkansas for a duck hunt hosted by local businessman Kevin Smith. The story began in 1932 during the time when Hemingway was married to Pauline Pfeiffer of Piggott, Arkansas.

During their marriage the couple made frequent trips to Piggott, as well as traveling in Europe and across the country. The barn studio located behind the house in Piggott provided Hemingway with a quiet place to write.

It was during one of those visits that Hemingway invited his editor, Max Perkins, to come to Arkansas for a duck hunt. Perkins was a well known and respected, editor and is credited with discovering and nurturing writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, in addition to Hemingway.

After a short, and very successful hunt, Hemingway dropped Perkins off at the Helena Depot for a return trip to Memphis on the Delta Eagle. From there Perkins  would travel back to his home in New Your City.  

Before leaving Helena, though, Perkins was handed  a short story from Hemingway entitled, "A Clean Well Lighted Place."  The short story was written in Arkansas,set in Madrid, Spain and was later published and heralded by many as one of the best short stories ever written in the English language.  

Kevin Smith of Helena became friends with the Hemingway grandchildren several years ago and thought it might be fun to recreate the hunt with grandchildren of the writer and his editor. Plans were made and the trip materialized.

Making the journey were John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest, and John's wife, Kristina; Michael Hemingway, Ernest's great-grandson; and Jenny Phillips, granddaughter of Max Perkins, and her husband, Frank.  

During their visit to Arkansas the group visited the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Home and Museum in Piggott and took part in a quail hunt in Clay County. They then traveled south to the area of the original duck hunt in southeast Arkansas. After the hunt the group returned to Helena and were given a tour of the Delta Cultural Center, including the depot where Perkins caught the Delta Eagle to Memphis. 

The group toured Cherry Street and visited downtown restaurants before spending a relaxing evening at Helena's Edwardian Inn.