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Niles in Berrien County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ring Lardner

 
 
Ring Lardner Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
1. Ring Lardner Marker
Inscription.  Sportswriter, humorist, sardonic observer of the American scene, Ring Lardner was born in the house across the street on March 6, 1885. Possibly the best-known American author in the 1920s, he began his career writing sketches of sporting events for the Niles Sun and later worked for papers in Chicago and New York, where he wrote a popular syndicated column. Beginning in 1914 the Saturday Evening Post began publication of a series of articles that were to become his best known work. Later entitled You Know Me Al, the articles were letters from an ignorant bush league baseball player to his friend and were among the first literary uses of American common speech. His death occurred in New York on September 25, 1933. Lardner’s achievements were favorably compared to those of Mark Twain.
 
Erected 1971 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0339.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsSports. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1853.
 
Location. 41° 49.356′ N, 86° 15.31′ W. Marker is in Niles, Michigan, in Berrien County. Marker is on Bond Street north of Fort Street. Touch for map
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 Bond St, Niles MI 49120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); PA-WA-TING (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wesley United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old Fifth Street Viaduct (approx. half a mile away); Saint Mary’s (approx. half a mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Four Flags Hotel (approx. half a mile away); The Chapin House / Henry Austin Chapin (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niles.
 
More about this marker. Located across the street from the house, next to the St. Joseph River.
 
Additional commentary.
1. I used to live in the Ring Lardner Mansion....
I lived in the Ring Lardner mansion from 1991–1992 and I had an experience there which I would call phenomenal. I was sitting in the kitchen with a friend when we distinctly heard the sound of dumbbells dropping on the living room floor not once, but twice. It so happened that my weights DID happen to be laying on the living room floor and that we did consider ourselves alone in the apartment at the time. After hearing the dumb bells being dropped onto the floor, I bravely entered the living room to investigate and found nothing but the weights themselves. I know that this mansion is haunted because of what I experienced there that night. No doubt
Ring Lardner Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
2. Ring Lardner Marker
about it.
    — Submitted September 30, 2007, by joni Deeter-Callahan of South Bend, Indiana.
 
The house that Ring Lardner was born in. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By M. Bowyer, July 10, 2007
3. The house that Ring Lardner was born in.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,462 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2007, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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