1917 ELIAS DISNEY ARCHIVE Vintage Letter JOB OFFER in Chicago WW1 Walt Disney. "Treasures from the Elias Disney Family Archive" featuring a job offer for Walt Disney's father, Elias Disney.Very few personal Disney family items have been known to appear outside the collections of the Walt Disney Family Museum (San Francisco), the Walt Disney Archives (Burbank), or the Walt Disney Hometown Museum (Marceline). 2-Page Personal Letter from Ernest A. Scrogin; dated January 20, 1917; related to a job offer for Elias Disney. This one-of-a-kind correspondence was in response to news from Elias Disney that he had concluded his deal details not specified; but evidently allowing Elias to accept his position at O-Zell by Feb. 1, 1917; though his arrival would ultimately not take place until later that spring. As a stockholder who had been investing in O-Zell since 1912 and had seen very little in measurable productivity for the capital he and his family had provided including Flora, Roy and Walt...
Along with several other friends and family members, Elias Disney was anxious to accept the position at O-Zell and gain a first-hand perspective on the confident picture Scrogin had been describing. Ernest Scrogin continued to trumpet a bright future for the company (for at least as long as shareholders could continue providing new capital).
That you will be with us by February first. Sounding a bit like Walt Disney when he was recruiting animators and production staff members for his new studio!
Example of personal correspondence with Elias Disney... From the Disney family's personal archives. Includes signed Certificate of Authenticity from Saturday's Toys and Disneyana Auctions. Scrogin is notable in Chicago history as having served as attorney for the Anti-Saloon League during the prohibition movement. This would have been a cause for which Elias and Flora Disney would have easily embraced.As Walt Disney's father, Elias Disney, struggled to maintain his health (believed to impacted by typhoid fever; followed by complications from pneumonia) it was clear that he would no longer be able to manage the beloved family farm in Marceline, Missouri. It was there that the Disney children (Herbert, Raymond, Roy, Walter and Ruth) had spent their childhoods. The route was actually registered in the name of Roy O. While the boys were not allowed to keep their own earnings, Elias appears to have begun investing in a new beverage bottling company by the name of "The O-Zell Company" (Chicago, Illinois) as early as April 1912. Early marketing materials advertised their company slogan as The Pure Fruit Drink. Meanwhile, Walt Disney would initially continue to deliver newspapers for the route's new owner. Following the summer of 1917, Walt would rejoin his family in Chicago. Walt Disney would attend McKinley High School and would also take night classes at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
From July thru September of 1918, Walt Disney then found work at the Chicago post office. It was during this time that he signed up with the Red Cross and arrived in France on December 4, shortly after the first World War had ended. This 2-page letter was acquired through the estate of Ruth Disney Beecher (Walt's little sister and Elias & Flora Disney's youngest daughter). Upon the death of her parents, Ruth Beecher served as custodian for the documents until her death in 1995. The item "1917 ELIAS DISNEY ARCHIVE Vintage Letter JOB OFFER in Chicago WW1 Walt Disney" is in sale since Thursday, June 23, 2016.This item is in the category "Collectibles\Disneyana\Vintage (Pre-1968)\Other Vintage Disneyana". The seller is "saturdaystoys" and is located in Bakersfield, California. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, to China, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, TH, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, to Switzerland, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, CO, PA, JM.