E.C. Segar was born on December 8, 1894, and raised at Chester, Illinois, a little city near the Mississippi River.
The son of a Attorney , his oldest work experiences included helping his father in house painting and paper hanging.
Proficient at playing drums, he also provided musical accompaniment to films and vaudeville behaves in the neighborhood theater, where he was eventually given the job of movie projectionist in the Chester Opera House, where he did live performances.
He took a correspondence route from cartooning from W. L. Evans of Cleveland, Ohio.  He explained that after work he”lit up the oil lamps about midnight and worked on the path until 3 a.m.