Myron "Grim" Natwick

Myron "Grim" Natwick (HMMXI)

Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 Wood County
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N 44° 23.284', W 89° 49.747'

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August 16, 1890 — October 7, 1990

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 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
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number533
Year Placed2010
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:10am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 274659 N 4918869
Decimal Degrees44.38806667, -89.82911667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 23.284', W 89° 49.747'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 23' 17.04" N, 89° 49' 44.82" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 541-699 2nd St S, Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494, US
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