Hanley Hemmingson

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Hanley Hemmingson was an radical activist, since the Great Depression[1].

Background

Born in Drayton, N.D., on April 22, 1914, Hanley Hemmingson lived most of his life farming in northern Minnesota.

Raised there in poverty, he referred to himself and his family as "Jackpine Savages." They survived by trapping, hunting and selling their moonshine - often under cover of Hanley's father, Hans,' piano tuning. Hans Hemmingson was a graduate of the University of Minnesota, a concert pianist. He and Hanley's mother, Alma Hemmingson, acquired the farm with the last mainland homestead act.

Hanley was a carpenter in Minneapolis for many years, but always returned to the northland. His last time will be for burial, March 27th. His ties to the land were part of the downfall of his first marriage, to Mabel, with whom he had two sons, Michael Hemmingson and Jerry Hemmingson.

But for his marriage to Tania Hemmingson, with whom he had two daughters, Brinn (Carla) and Rachel Hemmingson , the farm was a great draw. They lived there until 1987, when he and Tania moved to Oregon for the climate, company of family and more like-minded people. He immediately planted oodles of fruit trees entirely too close together, refusing to prune them.

He lived in Lebanon until 1999 when, having lost Tania in 1994, he moved to Portland to be near Rachel. Brinn and her children, Matthew and Paula, moved out from Minneapolis then, to be close.[2]

Communist Party reformer

In 1991 Hanley Hemmingson, Oregon was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[3]

Committees of Correspondence

At the time of his death age 94, in 2009, Hanley Hemmingson was still attending meetings of Oregon Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism[4].

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