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BuilderID 1170

Builder Identification

St. Louis, Missouri, 1939. (as Kilgen Associates, 1939-1943).

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

    One of the two rival "Kilgen" firms formed after the liquidation of the George Kilgen & Son firm of St. Louis, Missouri, 1939; renamed Kilgen Associates after a few months; bankrupt, 1943.

    Staff: Hilary Burke; Royal C. Coburn; Joseph Hoeddinghaus; Emil Holreiter; Edward Holz; Alfred G. Kilgen; George J. Kilgen; Ernest Kuhn; Michael Marion; Norman C. Murrie; Max Runge; Jack Schatzman; Valentin Schneider; C. Albert Scholin; Anthony Spevere; Otto Theurer; Will Theurer; Leo Thomure.
    (See also listing under Kilgen Associates)


    • The Diapason, October 1939, 8.
    • David L. Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 182.


  • See also: Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. (original company formed by George Kilgen, father of Charles and Eugene)
    and: E. R. Kilgen Organ Co. (Rival company formed by Eugene Kilgen, younger brother of Charles)

Database Entries

There is one entry in the database that describes an organ by Charles Kilgen & Son.

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