The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2405

Builder Identification

Son of John Gratian, brother of Elwood; with family firm, Alton, IL; with Austin, Hartford, CT; with Estey, Battleboro, VT; with Midmer-Losh, Merrick, NY; service firm in Bunker Hill, IL, c.19

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). -- Born c. 1861 in Alton, IL; son of Joseph Gratian, father of Elwood and Warren Gratian; studied building in England, 3 years; with father's firm in Alton, IL; incorporated firm in Des Moines, IA, with William W. Witmer and William H. Lehman, 1892; returned to Alton in 1895 to be partner in father's firm, formed Gratian Organ Co., Alton, IL; succeeded father; with Wicks firm of Highland, IL; representative of Estey firm of Brattleboro, VT; died 12 Dec. 1933 in Alton, IL, age 72.
  • See main entry: Gratian Organ Builders

Database Entries

There are no entries in the database that describe organs by John William [William J.] Gratian.


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