1880-1950
portrait

September 6, 1880, Bedford, Iowa.

April 3, 1950, Los Angeles, California.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.

Fred B. Holton.

Wilson’s sister taught him to play the violin and organ while still at home. Around 1902, Ira began studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. In 1905, he went to work for the Lorenz Publishing Company in Dayton, Ohio. His compositions appeared in The Choir Leader and The Choir Herald; he also served as editor in chief of The Volunteer Choir. His works include:

  1. Go Forward to Conquer
  2. Look Above
  3. Make Me a Blessing
  4. My Savior’s Voice
  5. This Wonderful Christ Is Mine
  6. Trustingly Follow
  1. Across the Templed Hills
  2. Angels’ Chorus, The
  3. Christ Is Born
  4. Christ the Lord Is Born
  5. Christmas Lullaby
  6. Conchita
  7. Exalt the King
  8. Give Praise
  9. God Is Goodness, God Is Love
  10. God Is So Good
  11. He Arose Today
  12. His Love Is Always True
  13. Jesus Wants Us to Help
  14. Joy to the World
  15. Loving Jesus Christ
  16. Marching Forward
  17. May God Depend on You?
  18. Night of Nights
  19. O Star of Matchless Splendor
  20. On Calvary’s Cross One Day
  21. Out in the Highways and Byways of Life
  22. Rejoice! Rejoice!
  23. Ring, Sweet Bells
  24. Song of the Morning, The
  25. Stars of December
  26. Walking with Jesus
  27. Was There Ever a Friend So True?
  28. We Come Today
  29. What Do the Flowers Say?
  30. Who Will Our Pilot Be?
  31. Win One