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BuilderID 3498

Builder Identification

B. 1844, England, served 7-year apprenticeship in organbuilding in England, with Willis firm in England; partner in Marshall Brothers, Ripon, IL, 1864-67; successor Marshall & Odenbrett, 1867-

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 1844 near Manchester, England, son of Robert Lancashire*; served 7-year apprenticeship to organbuilding in England, 'and afterwards worked several years in the leading factories of Liverpool and London'*; with Willis firm in England; partner with Edward, George, Octavius, and Thomas Marshall in Marshall Brothers Organ Co. of Ripon, IL, 1864-1867; in successor Marshall & Odenbrett, 1867; firm relocated to Milwaukee, WI, 1870; partner with John Turner in Lancashire & Turner of Moline, IL, 1873-1879; in successor Moline Pipe Organ Co., 1879-1891; in successor Lancashire-Marshall firm with Octavius Marshall, 1891; died c. 1898.
  • Octavius Marshall continued business as Marshall-Bennett (1902-1908) in partnership with Robert J. Bennett. After Marshall's death, the firm became Bennett Organ Co, (1908-1927). The firm was acquired by by businessmen of Rock Island, IL, 1927, and eventually renamed 'The Rock Island Organ Co.' which closed in bankruptcy in Aug. 1930.

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