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BuilderID 1316

Builder Identification

Elmira, New York, 1908; Warsaw, New York, 1915–1932; St. Louis, Missouri, 1932–c.1933.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). —

    John J. Colton was with the Hope-Jones Organ Co. of Elmira, New York, 1908; he was a voicer. He was a partner with David Marr in Marr & Colton of Warsaw, New York, 1915–(1931?).

    Sources:

    • Diapason, Nov. 1922:14.
    • Diapason, Jan. 1925:6
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  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, December 10, 2016. —

    John J. Colton was with the Hope-Jones Organ Co. of Elmira, New York, 1908; he was a voicer.1 He continued with the Wurlitzer firm of North Tonawanda after it acquired the Hope-Jones Co. When David Marr left Wurlitzer in 1915 to form his own company, he persuaded Colton to come with him. Colton was named a partner in the new concern, Marr & Colton of Warsaw, New York, although he was not an investor. The new firm did well, producing over 500 organs in fifteen years, but declined rapidly with the advent of films with sound tracks. The Great Depression of the 1930s forced the closing of the weakened company. Colton left in 1932, moving to St. Louis and becoming a salesman for the Kilgen firm. He died not long after that.2

    Sources:

    1. David Fox, "John Colton" A Guide to North America Organ Builders, revised edition, (Organ Historical Society, 1997), 101.
    2. Loyd E. Klos, "Marr & Colton Theatre Organs" Theatre Organ Spring 1963 (American Theater Organ Society).

     

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