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Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Myron "Grim" Natwick
August 16, 1890 — October 7, 1990
 
Myron "Grim" Natwick Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, August 11, 2010
1. Myron "Grim" Natwick Marker
 
Inscription. Wisconsin Rapids native Myron "Grim" Natwick, the "animator's animator" was the creative genius behind Fleischer Studios' cartoon character and cultural icon, Betty Boop. Natwick was also the lead animator of Snow White in Disney's Snow White (1937) and the Prince and the Princess in Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (1939). In the 1940s and 1950s, he worked with several studios drawing Mickey Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, Mr. Magoo, and many other cartoon characters.

A 1910 graduate of local Lincoln High School, Natwick created the first logo for the yearbook, Ahdawagam, and provided art work for Consolidated News, a paper company publication. For several early years, his major income came from illustrating sheet music covers, including "St. Louis Blues" and other works by W.C. Handy.

Lyon Park, on the west side of Wisconsin Rapids, is named for Natwick's maternal grandfather, Reuben Lyon, last mayor of Centralia, now Wisconsin Rapids. His paternal grandfather, Ole Natwick, arrived in 1852 and operated a sawmill in the area. Grim's parents, James and Henrietta (Lyon) Natwick owned a furniture store and raised eight children in a house that is nearly visible across the river from this marker. His brother, Frank, was invited to the 1908 Olympic games, and first cousin Mildred Natwick
 
Myron "Grim" Natwick Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, August 11, 2010
2. Myron "Grim" Natwick Marker
 
was a prominent movie and Broadway character actress.

Located at 540 Third Street South, behind this marker, the South Wood County Historical Museum is home to an extensive Grim Natwick exhibit.

Erected 2010
Wisconsin Historical Society

 
Erected 2010 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 533.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 23.284′ N, 89° 49.747′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in Wood County. Marker is on 2nd Street South, south of Locust Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is behind the South Wood County Historical Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 540 Third Street South, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winnebago Indians (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grand Rapids of the Wisconsin River (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wood County Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Elizabeth Daly House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Municipal Swimming Pool (approx. 0.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Dr. Byron Robinson (approx. 1.3 miles away); Assistant Chief Michael J. Kilpatrick (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Great Pine (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wisconsin Rapids.
 
South Wood County Historical Museum Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, August 11, 2010
3. South Wood County Historical Museum
 

 
Also see . . .
1. The Internet Movie Database. Grim Natwick. (Submitted on August 12, 2010.) 

2. Grim Natwick. Wikipedia entry. Born: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; Died: Los Angeles, California. (Submitted on August 12, 2010.) 

3. South Wood County Historical Museum. Betty Boop. (Submitted on August 12, 2010.) 
 
Myron H. Natwick Grave Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, August 11, 2010
4. Myron H. Natwick Grave
Forest Hill Cemetery
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 803 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
 
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