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BuilderID 1475

Builder Identification

Hagerstown, Maryland, 1930–1978.

Additional Notes

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

    Husband of Martha Möller (daughter of Mathias Möller Sr.); with M.P. Moller Inc. firm of Hagerstown, Maryland, 1930, president, 1961; retired 1978, age 68.

    Sources:

    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 347.
    • American Organist: Mar. 1990:57.
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  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, November 6, 2016. —

    W. Riley Daniels II was born March 20, 1910. He married Martha Möller around 1930; she was the daughter of Mathias Möller Sr., founder of the M.P. Moller Inc. of Hagerstown Maryland. They had two sons, W. Riley Daniels III (1931-1999) and Peter Moller Daniels (1938-2011), he would later become head of the firm). Daniels worked for the Möller firm from 1931 until his retirement in 1978. He became president of the firm in 1961, succeeding his brother-in-law, Mathais P. Möller, Jr. who died that year. Daniels continued as president of the firm until his retirement in 1978. He died April 15, 1997.

    Sources:

    • David H. Fox, "Mathias P. Möller Jr." A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Organ Historical Society, revised ed. 1997)p213.
    • Birth and death dates from tombstones, located using Find a Grave website, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=106294395.
    • Archives of the newspaper Hagerstown Herald-Mail

  • For further information on the Moller firm, see main entry at M.P. Moller Inc.

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