Musician Sets Family Story To Music

By Erika Janik | December 7, 2015


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William Henry Gleiss was an engineer on the Milwaukee Road who died in a tragic train crash in 1918. In a story not unlike that of folk hero Casey Jones, Gleiss’ passenger train collided with a freight train at Sprague, Wisconsin. Gleiss slowed his train and saved the lives of his passengers and crew, before his own life was taken when the engine cab and the tender smashed together. Nearly a century later, his great-great-great grandson, Josh Gadbaw, set his story to music. 


Erika Janik

Erika Janik

Erika Janik is the co-creator and former executive director of Wisconsin Life. She is the author of six books, including Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction, Apple: A Global History, and  Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine. She’s currently the executive...
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