Charles A. Morgenthaler was born on 18 June 1893, in Hallsville, Missouri, to William and Ruth Morgenthaler. He graduated from Columbia High School, Columbia, Missouri, in 1913 and worked at various commercial art jobs in Milwaukee and Chicago before enrolling in evening classes at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1915.
He moved back to Missouri and enrolled as a special student at the University of Missouri for the 1916-1917 school year. The following year he enlisted in the Army Signal Corps and was trained as an aerial photographer. He finished his training just as World War I ended and was d
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