Chesterton, IN; Moline, IL; Salem, OH, 1889; Alliance, OH, 1898
Father of August, Axel, Frank, Oscar, and Robert Hillgreen, Sr.; immigrated to the U.S., 1881; with Hillstrom Reed Organ Co. of Chesterton, IN, 5 years; with Lancashire-Marshall firm of Moline, IL; with Salem Church Organ Co. of Salem, OH, 1889; partner with Charles Alva Lane and Silas S. Williams in Hillgreen, Lane & Co. of Alliance, OH, 1898; succeeded by son.
Alfred Hillgreen (1859-1923) was an Swedish1 organ builder who immigrated to the U.S. in 1881. He worked with several established companies: Hillstrom Reed Organ Co. of Chesterton, Indiana for five years; Lancashire-Marshall firm of Moline, Illinois; and Salem Church Organ Co. of Salem, Ohio. While in Salem, he apparently traveled to do installations, the local paper reported "Alfred Hillgreen went to Port Huron, Michigan, this morning, to erect an organ at that place for the Barekhoff [sic] Organ Company."2 In 1898, he joined with Charles Alva Lane and Silas S. Williams to form Hillgreen, Lane & Co. of Alliance, Ohio. The firm remained in business for three quarters of a century, closing in 1973. Three generations of the Hillgreen family worked there: Alfred, Robert Sr., and Robert Jr.3
Sources: 1. Starke County Death Records obtained through Ancestry.com [membership required] 2. Salem Daily News, Salem, Ohio, January 18, 1892, p.4 3. "Hillgreen, Lane & Co.," OHS PC Database Builders Listing.
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