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
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
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.