Wrote the popular number "By the Waters of Minnetonka." He belonged to the "Indianist movement" group of American composers. He organized numerous musical events in his lifetime and toured all over the U.S. with his wife.
He studied with Herman Bellstedt who had played cornet with John Philip Sousa's group.
His "By the Waters of Minnetonka" was covered and re-interpreted by dozens of other musicians, including Madame Schumann-Heink and Glenn Miller.
He was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and grew up in Kansas. He was encouraged by his father to pursue medicine, but he instead chose music.
His song was popular enough to be performed on an episode of "I Love Lucy" by Lucille Ball.