- Robert C. Harvey
Barks, Carl (27 March 1901–25 August 2000), cartoonist, was born on a wheat ranch near Merrill, Oregon, the son of William Barks, a homesteader, and Arminta Johnson Barks, a housewife. Carl attended a one-room school in the Lone Pine District and practiced drawing by copying newspaper comic-strip characters. In 1908 the family moved several times as William pursued other ventures but returned to the ranch in 1914, where Carl's mother died of cancer. At fifteen, Carl left school after finishing the eighth grade and worked for his father. In 1917 he completed some work of the Landon Correspondence School of Cartooning, and in December 1918 he moved to San Francisco, working in a print shop and trying unsuccessfully to sell cartoons to local newspapers. In 1920 he returned to the ranch and the next year married sixteen-year-old Pearl Turner; they had two daughters....