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BuilderID 70

Builder Identification

St Louis, Missouri c.1902; Garwood, New Jersey, 1931; New York City, New York 1932-1937

Additional Notes

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

    With the Aeolian firm of Garland, New Jersey; treasurer, vice-president and then president of Aeolian; vice-president of Aeolian-Skinner after Aeolian merged with Skinner Organ Company 1932; retired at age 52 due to health issues, died 1937, suicide.

    Sources:

    • Nelson Barden.
    • Diapason Apr. 1937:35.
    • Dorothy Holden, The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner (Richmond, VA: The Organ Historical Society) 1985. 157.
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  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing Editor, November 14, 2015 —

    William H. Alfring (1885-1937) held a series of executive positions with the Aeolian company, manufactures of pianos and residence pipe organs. Born in New York City, New York, he had moved to St Louis, Missouri in his youth and started with the sales office for Aeolian there. He returned to New York City as an executive of the firm. He became treasurer, and then vice-president of the firm. He rose to president of Aeolian, and was also a Vice-president of Aeolian-Skinner after the organ division of Aeolian merged with the Skinner Organ Company in 1932. Alfring retired at age 52 due to health issues, becoming chairman of the board of directors of Aeolian. After suffering a nervous breakdown, he had gone to Hot Springs, Arkansas to recover, but was still in poor health when he returned to New York. Going for a walk after dinner, he was struck by a train at the Hartsdale Railroad station though it was not clear if he fell or jumped in front of the train.

    Source:

    • "Alfring Services Held on Sunday" Scarsdale Inquirer March 19, 1937. Available on-line at Hudson River Valley Heritage, http://news.hrvh.org/veridian/cgi-bin/senylrc?a=d&d=scarsdaleinquire19370319.2.140&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-------. Accessed January 10, 2016.

  • For further information, see Aeolian-Votey and Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co..

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