In Kansas, Walt and his older brother Roy helped their dad deliver newspapers at 3:30 every morning in addition to going to Benton Grammar School. Walt also attended the Kansas City Art Institute every Saturday morning. After graduating from the Benton Grammar School, he moved back to Chicago and began attending McKinley High School in 1917 and started drawing for the student paper. Within a year of attending McKinley High, Walt dropped out and enlisted in the military, but because of his young age, they declined him. Instead, he joined the Red Cross Ambulance Corps in Europe after World War One.
Here his father owned a newspaper route and he often helped deliver. During this time he sold candy and newspapers on the train between Kansas City and Chicago. At the same time he was taking cartooning lesson at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1917 the Disney’s moved back to Chicago where Walt attended McKinley High school. At McKinley Disney took photo’s, made drawings for the school paper, and studied cartooning at the Chicago Art Institute.
Walt Disney lived most of his life in Marcline, Missouri, where he began drawing and painting. While he lived there, Disney sold his art to family, friends, and neighbors. In 1911 his family moved to Kansas City. This is where Disney developed his love for trains. During the summer, Disney worked at the railroad, selling snacks and newspapers to travelers for his uncle Mike Martin, a train engineer.
At this time, Jacob was eleven years old and Wilhelm was about to be ten (Grimm Brothers’ Home Page 1). In 1910, the Disney family moved to Kansas City. Walt helped his father’s newspaper distribution business by delivering newspapers. “Walt attended Benton School, and occasionally surprised his teachers with his talent for drawing and acting. (Disney A to Z, 143)” The family moved back to Chicago where Disney would attend McKinley High School for one year.
This profile of Disney will touch on his life as a child/teenager, his young adulthood, his unsuccessful career plans and his ultimate success. Although Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois, his family moved to Marceline, Missouri in 1906. This is where four year old Disney found his love for drawing. His neighbor, a retired doctor, paid Disney to draw pictures of his horse, Rupert. It was also in Marceline that he found his admiration of trains.
In addition to Walt assisting on the newspaper routes he attended Benton Grammar school and on the weekend attend the Kansas Art Institute to cultivate his creative skills. Shortly after Walt graduated from Benton Grammar School, the family moved back to Chicago, where Walt attended high school and joined the school newspaper staff contributing by drawing cartoons for it. Walt attended McKinley High School for a brief time before deciding to join the Red Cross Ambulance Corps. In 1919 Walt moved back to Kansas City after a brief stay in Chicago after serving for the Red Cross Ambulance Corp. In Kansas City Walt began working for the Kansas City Slide Company developing advertisements, gaining animation experience, then eventually left to start his own company Laugh O-Graham Films.
Walt was one of five children, four boys and a girl. Raised on a farm near Marceline, Missouri, Walt became interested in drawing at an early age, selling his first sketches to neighbors when he was only seven years old. At McKinley High School in Chicago, Disney divided his attention between drawing and photography, contributing both to the school paper. At night he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military service.
Heidi Wagner Mrs. Cox American Studies 3-4 16 February 2015 The Father of Animation “Walt Disney established a business empire based upon fantasy and what he considered to be good, old-fashioned fun”(The State Historical 1). When Disney was young, his family moved around a lot. Though, most of his childhood was spent in Marceline, Missouri, where he first started to draw. He then moved to Kansas City, where he fell in love with trains. Later, he moved back to Chicago, where he was born, and started taking art classes.
In 1917, Walt worked on the railroad for the summer. He then attends McKinley High School back in Chicago. At this time he also took art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago (Louise). In 1918, Walt took a job at the Chicago Post office. He almost missed being injured by a bomb there.
In 1911, they moved to Kansas City. Due to his Uncle Mike Martin’s career as a train engineer, Disney developed his love of trains. In 1917, the Disney family moved to Chicago where Disney attended McKinley high School. He took drawing and photography classes as well as drew for the school newspaper. He also took classes at the Chicago Art institute.