Looking like Santa Claus in a cowboy suit with a guitar, Haywire Mac liked to walk through the wards of Children's Hospital in San Francisco singing "Big Rock Candy Mountain".
Wrote stories for railroad magazines.
Had been a railroad switchman in Rhodesia and America.
Worked as a newspaper reporter's assistant in China during the Boxer Rebellion.
Worked as a civilian mule train packer during the Spanish-American War supplying American troops with food and ammunition.
Performed with the KFRC Blue Monday Jamboree.
Began broadcasting on radio station KFRC in San Francisco in 1925.
His Haywire Orchestra was one of the first cowboy bands in America.
Pioneer country radio broadcaster, song writer and band leader.