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BuilderID 3508

Builder Identification

Alliance, OH, 1898-1930.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

    Partner with Robert L. Hillgreen in Hillgreen, Lane & Co. of Alliance, OH, 1898; poet; died 26 July, 1933 in Alliance, OH.

  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing Editor, updated Mar. 3, 2016 with information from sources listed below —

    Charles Alva Lane (1879–1962) was born in Ohio.1 He was partner with Alfred Hillgreen in the firm Hillgreen, Lane, & Co. Better known as a poet and writer than organ builder, perhaps his part was simply to finance the enterprise. His large home on Union Street in Alliance, Ohio indicated considerable personal means, it later served as the residence of the president of Mount Union College as well as the Conservatory of Music.2 Further supporting this, he offered a prize of $100.00 for poetry in 1930, equivalent to $1,375 in 2016. He moved to Berkley, California sometime after 1930, and died there in 1962 at age 83.

    Sources:

    1. California Death Record, accessed through Ancestry.com [membership required]
    2. Craig Bara, and Lyle Crist, Alliance (Arcadia Publishing, Oct 8, 1998) pages unnumbered. The photograph of the home shows an imposing two-and-a-half-storey Italinate residence topped with a large cuppola, and at least five chimneys.
    3. Journal News Hamilton, Ohio, June 6, 1930, p. 8.
    4. California, ibid.

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