American National Biography Online: Disney, Walt
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In 1906, when young Walt was four years old, the family made another movethis time to Marceline, Missouri, where they purchased a small farm. Life on the farm was tough and Elias struggled to raise his ter four years of back-breaking work, the family sold out their farm, barely breaking even on their initial investment. The more sensible and level-headed of the pair, Roy frequently got into blowout fights with his impetuous brother Walter, who had something of a volatile temper, but after these fights it would mostly be Walt who first attempted to go make amends. In 1919, the 17 year old Disney moved back to Kansas, where he began to develop his career as a cartoonist. After working for several advertising agencies, including A. V. Cauger and the Kansas City Film Ad Company, Disney decided to establish his own animation company with Fred Harman, a former co-worker at the Ad Company. It was at this point that another important event in Disneys life took place. In early 1925, he had hired Lillian Bounds as a celluloid painter. The pair soon fell in love and married in July of that year. Early life Walter Elias Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 5, 1901, the fourth of five children born to Elias and Flora Call Disney.
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Bibliography. Correspondence and company records are at the Walt Disney Archive in Burbank, Calif. A biography is Bob Thomas, Walt Disney: An American Original(1976).
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