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Walter Sanford

Walter Sanford was born January 21, 1873, in Chicago, Illinois.  He attended the public schools there, and upon coming to Kansas City in 1888 entered the Central High School.  He fairly earned his education, for during his vacations and even through the school year he held positions, and ranked as a wage-earner early in life.

   He was with the Midland National Bank for a while, and then with the old Northeast line, but after completing his school course he went back to the bank.  After some time, however, he accepted a position with the Great Western Type Foundry, where he remained for three years.  Having accumulated a small printing office by this time, he started in the publishing business for himself.  A bright weekly, The Passing Show, was the first output, and then Poster Lore, but he decided to take a course in the Kansas University, and so quietly and sadly extinguished the two publications. 

   Entered in the University, he started the Lotus, which had a brilliant career, and it was this success that decided Mr. Sanford upon journalism as a profession.  Quitting Kansas University in 1893, he accepted a position with the Star, where he remained until offered the position of assistant  manager of the Orpheum in 1901.  In 1902 he was offered the management of the new Willis Wood, where he now is.

      Mr. Sanford was married to Miss Nellie Crandall October 30, 1901.
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