Walt Disney was born in Chicago on 5 December 1901, he was the fourth son of Elias and Flora Call Disney. He had the middle name from his father, and the first name was from that of a close friend of his father’s, Walter Parr, a pastor of the Congregationalist church of St. Paul. Walt was baptized on 8 June 1902 in the church of Reverend Parr. Born in December 1903 Walt had a sister Ruth Flora Disney. The family lived at the time on Tripp Avenue and made money from the business of building of Elias. Elias primarily job is that of carpenter since he worked in 1893 on the site of the World Columbian Exposition.
The name Disney was Anglicized from the original name Isigny, allegedly the family originated from two Norman soldiers Isigny Hughes and his son Robert who were part of the conquest of England alongside William the Conqueror, and remained in the country of England after the victory of 1066. A branch of the Disney family immigrated to Ireland in the seventeenth century. Later, Arundel Elias Disney, the great-grandfather of Walt and his brother Robert and their families embarked in 1834 to North America. They arrived in New York on 3 October 1834. Robert moved into a farm in the Midwest and decided to settle the Arundel Goderich Township in Huron County, Province of Ontario in Canada.
In 1906, due to a crisis in the building industry, Elias cannot conduct his construction business. Walt’s family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri, they were given 3,000 dollars and moved close to uncle Robert. Walt must wait eight years of age to go to elementary school in Marceline; he goes along with his sister, one year his junior. Elias becomes ill and can no longer assume the farm work. He decides to sell the property in 1909. The family must live in a rented house. In 1910, his family moved to Kansas City to find the older brothers Walt, Herbert and Raymond. The family then moved to Bellefontaine. Walt is then nine years old. He first discovers amusement parks across the garden at Fairmont just two blocks from him.
Walt and his brother Roy work during their free time in the company paternal distribution of newspapers to help out the family financially. According to the archives of the regional public school in Kansas City, Walt Disney follows the course of the Benton High School from 1911, and he graduated June 8 1917. He meets a young boy named Walt Pfeiffer with whom he will make a vaudeville duo. In September 1917, the family returned to Chicago. Walt Disney is included in the William McKinley High School and in parallel classes in the Chicago Art Institute where he learned the basics of drawing. Then he returned with his sister to college, Roy has, however, been working on the farm of Uncle Robert and then in a bank to support his family. Walt finds two small time jobs one of these jobs is replacing the previous uniformed doorman at the subway station at the 35th Street station.
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