B. 1854 England; in U.S. before 1885; Massachusetts ca. 1885-1932.
James Cole was born 4 May 1854 in England; he was an organist. He trained as a voicer with Carlton Michell while still in England. After coming to the U.S. circa 1880, he started his American career with Hook & Hastings of Boston, Massachusetts. Leaving Hook & Hastings in 1886, he partnered with brothers Jesse and James Woodberry in Cole & Woodberry until 1899. He briefly was a partner with Ernest M. Skinner in Skinner & Cole of Boston, Massachusetts, in 1903, lasting six months. He established Cole Church Organ Co. by 1906; was briefly a partner with James E. Treat in Cole & Treat, in 1907. He then established James Cole & Co. of Melrose, Massachusetts; moving to Malden, MA by 1917, and then to Medford, Massachusetts, in 1925. He was a representative of Welte Organ Co. of NY, in 1928. The Cole firm was last listed c. 1932; he died 8 April 1934 in Melrose, Massachusetts.
NOTE: He used several different forms of his name or his corporate name on nameplates. They cannot reliably be used to date instruments.
Staff: Arthur W. Birkmaier; Joseph G. Cooper; Frederick J. Flaherty; John E. Linhares; Frederick I. White.
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