name = Elias Disney
image_size = 225px
caption = Elias' son, Walt, paid tribute to his father with a small sign on his Main Street USA attraction at Disneyland which is still in place today. It reads, “ELIAS DISNEY, CONTRACTOR, EST. 1895.”
February 6, 1859
birth_place = Bluevale, Ontario,
September 13, 1941
Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
spouse = Flora Call
Kepple Disney(1832-1891) and Mary Richardson (1838-1909)
Elias Disney (
February 6, 1859– September 13, 1941) was the father of Walt Disney.
Elias was born in the rural village of Bluevale, Ontario,
Canada, to Irish-born immigrants Kepple Disney and Mary Richardson. He became a farmer and a businessman with little success. Elias moved to Californiawith his father in 1878 in hopes of finding gold. Instead, Kepple was convinced by an agent of the Union Pacific Railroadto buy 200 acres (800,000 m²) of land near Ellis, Kansas. Elias was a ardent socialistand a supporter of Eugene Debs[Schlosser. Fast Food Nation. pg. 36]
Elias worked on his father's new farm until 1884, when he left to find another job. He was hired in a railroad machine shop (one of his co-workers was
Walter Chrysler), then he joined the railroad crew building the Union Pacific line through Colorado. After the railroad contract was over, he became a professional fiddleplayer in Denver. Again he was unsuccessful, and he returned to his father's farm.
He married Flora Call on
January 1, 1888, in Kismet, Florida, and lived for a short time in adjoining Acron, Florida. [ [http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307265968&view=excerpt Walt Disney by Neal Gabler - eBook - Random House ] at www.randomhouse.com] She was the daughter of his father's neighbors. Elias and Flora had five children:
*Herbert Arthur Disney, born on
December 8, 1888- January 29 1961.
*Raymond Arnold Disney, born on
December 30, 1890-1989.
*Roy Oliver Disney, born on
June 24, 1893- December 20 1971.
*Walter "Walt" Elias Disney, born on
December 5, 1901- December 15 1966.
Ruth Flora Disneyborn on December 6, 1903- April 7 1995.
Soon after the marriage, the couple moved to Chicago,
Illinois, where Elias met and befriended Walter Parr, St. Paul Congregational Church's preacher. Elias named his fourth son after both himself and his close friend.
According to some sources, Elias worried about the rising criminality of the city. In 1906 he moved with his family to a farm near Marceline,
Missouri. The family sold the farm in 1909 and lived in a rented house until 1911, when they moved to Kansas City, Missouri.
Elias Disney was a construction worker for the 1893
World's Columbian Expositionin Chicago, an event which author Erik Larson cites as a likely source of inspiration for his son Walt and the Disney kingdom he would eventually create. [ [http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/devilinthewhitecity/fair.html The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson ] at www.randomhouse.com]
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