Born: February 5, 1867, Richland, Iowa.
Died: September 2, 1932, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
John was the son of William George Fearis and Rebecca Jane Kopp.
His father was a successful singing school teacher, and a painter by trade. At a young age, John learned to read music in his father’s classes.
He was passionately fond of music, and, taking lessons on the reed organ, he was soon able to play in Sunday school and church.
Later, he took charge of the church choir, and taught singing classes in nearby towns. He wrote his first hymn tune at age 16.
He eventually joined the editorial staff of the Choir Leader, published by the Lorenz Publishing Company in Dayton, Ohio.