The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 505

Builder Identification

B.1864 in France; Canada as child; Kendal Green, Massachusetts, c. 1890-1900; Chicago, Illinois, c. 1895; Rock Island, Illinois, 1902–1930.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). —

    Born Jan. 28, 1864 in Calais, France; in Nova Scotia, Canada as child; apprentice with George S. Hutchings firm of Massachusetts; with Hook & Hastings of Kendal Green, Massachusetts, c. 1890-1900; with Lyon & Healy of Chicago, Illinois, c. 1895, head of pipe organ department; with Marshall-Bennett firm of Rock Island, Illinois, 1902; with successor Bennett Organ Co., 1908-1927; with successor Rock Island Organ Co., 1927-1930; died 23 Apr. 1938 in Arlington, Texas.

    Patents held:

    • Patent #549,344; 5 Nov. 1895; reed organ
    • Patent #599,439; 22 Feb. 1898; reed organ
    • Patent #616,221; 20 Dec. 1898; bellows
    • Patent #624,742; 9 May 1899; reed organ
    • Patent #678,329; 9 Jul. 1901; reed organ

    Sources:

    • Diapason Nov. 1930:21.
    • Diapason Jun. 1938:4.
    • Organ Handbook OHS 1986:17.
    • Richard Lahaise
    • American Organist Jan. 1968:22.
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Database Entries

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