Another favorite postcard is this color view of Ward's home train. Not content to have a toy train set, Ward was one of the first private owners of a steam powered locomotive. This train set can be visited at the Orange Empire Railway Museum located in Perris California.
Here is a broadside for an early train steam up. This may have been one which Walt would have been invited and learned to drive a train.
Ward was the founder of the Firehouse 5 Plus 2 Dixieland Jazz band. One of their important gigs was to march in the opening day parade on July 17, 1955.
The band also played the Dixieland at Disneyland events for many years. This is a copy of a poster that once was on display in Ward's train barn (from Chris.)
Happy centennial Ward and thanks for all that you did. I miss your wacky sense of humor at Disney events and your animation.