The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3918

Builder Identification

Utica, New York ca. 1858-1891

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 12 Mar. 1827 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England; father of Clifford F. Marklove; operated firm in Cheltenham, England; with Gray & Davison of England; immigrated to U.S., 1851/1852; with Hall & Labagh of New York City, New York; with Alvinza Andrews of Utica,* New York, 1853-c. 1858; established firm in Utica, 1858; died 21 Aug. 1891 in Scarborough Beach, Maine; succeeded by son, Albert L. Barnes and Clarence E. Morey.

    *In the entry for Alvinza Andrews, Fox states Andrews moved from Waterville to Sangerfield, New York,in the entry for Andrews. Ochse states he moved from Waterville to Utica in 1854 (Ochse History, 168). –Ed.

    Sources:

    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1975), 169.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • Tracker 1:2, 3.
    • Tracker 32:1, 26.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing Editor, August 28, 2016. —

    John Gale Marklove was born on or about 2 April, 1827 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England. He was with Gray & Davison of England. He immigrated to the United States in 1851 or 1852.1 His first employment in America was with Hall & Labagh of New York City, New York.2 In 1853, he left the city and joined with Alvinza Andrews of Utica, New York. Around 1858, he left Andrews and established his own firm in Utica, New York,.3 his son Clifford F. Marklove was born that year. John G. died on 21 August, 1891 in Scarborough Beach, Maine. John's son, Clifford led the family business for the next two years until it was succeeded by Morey & Barnes (A. L. Barnes and Clarence Morey, both were employed by the Marklove firm).4

    Marklove brought a high standard to the profession. Robert Reich stated "His work was almost uniformly high quality until his death in 1892. His influence is thought to be the reason why Morey, his successor, continued to build tracker organs until about 1930 and why some Morey organs are far superior tonally to most instruments of that period."5

    Reich is particularly impressed by the voicing. The Diapason is not much louder than the Flute, but they blend very well. The Keraulaphon is slightly softer than the Flute while the Salicional is much softer in the organ at the Baptist Church, Madison, New York (OHS Database ID 1697). Marklove provides both tonal variety and variations in volume at unison pitch even in his smaller instruments, yet all of it blends and adds to the ensemble. The only fault Reich notes is that the full chorus is too mild when there is no Mixture or Trumpet to cap it off. 6

    Sources:

    1. Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1975), 169.
    2. David H. Fox, A Guide to North America Organ Builders (Organ Historical Society, 1997) 199.
    3. Ochse, History.
    4. Fox, Guide.
    5. Robert J. Reich "John G. Marklove" Tracker, 1:2, 3.
    6. Reich, Tracker, 1:2, 5.

Database Entries

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