The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2760

Builder Identification

Chicago, Illinois, 1901; St. Louis, Missouri, c.1919 to at least 1939.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. —

    Born 3 May 1883 in Reinstetten, Germany; with Sauer & Co. of Frankfurt on the Oder, Germany; with W. W. Kimball firm of Chicago, Illinois, 1901; with Geo. Kilgen & Son of St. Louis, Missouri, c. 1919, chief engineer; with E. R. Kilgen Organ Co. of St. Louis, Missouri, 1939; died 14 Sep. 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Patents:

    • Patent #1,314,327; 26 Aug. 1919; pipe
    • Patent #1,764,682; 17 Jun. 1930; organ
    • Patent #2,261,999; 11 Nov. 1941; electric action
    • with Albert N. Boehm: Patent #1,770,752; 15 Jul. 1930; combination stop action

    Sources:

    • The Diapason, October 1951, 1.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt
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  • See main entry: Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc.

Database Entries

There are no entries in the database that describe organs by Max Hess.


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