Ethwell "Eddy" Hanson
Ethwell "Eddy" Hanson (Aug. 1, 1893 – Feb. 22, 1986) was born in Waupaca, Wis. but his family moved to Neenah in 1910, where Eddy lived until he joined the Navy in World War I. He toured as a musician with the Navy band and later joined John Philip Sousa as a saxaphonist.
After the war, Eddy settled in Chicago and enjoyed a long career as a studio organist for theaters and later, radio stations. He was also a composer, writing a hit song for Gene Autry, among others. In 1951 he composed The Wisconsin Waltz (which was adopted as the official state waltz in 2001).
Many of Eddy Hanson's performances have been captured for posterity on player-piano rolls. You can hear a few examples here: