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BuilderID 1180

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, at least by 1843-1895.

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). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2018. -

    Joseph [H?] Chase was born May 3, 1817 in Boston, Massachusetts; he was a sailor until age 26; then a dentist before starting with E. & G. G. Hook of Boston and with the successor firm E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings, finally retiring as a superintendent. Chase was in retirement for 23 years; he died January 9, 1916 in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, at the age of 98 years and eight months.


    • The Diapason, February 1916, 15.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 14, 2018. -

    The brief Diapason article that was David Fox-s source states, "He became a sailor at an early age, and retired from the sea when he was 26 years old, a master mariner of vessels owned by Daniel Draper. After studying dentistry he practiced that profession for many years, and later entered the employ of E. & G. G. Hook, organ builders, now Hook & Hastings, being advanced to the office of superintendent. After being engaged independently in the organ business he retired twenty-three years ago.”


    • "Aged Organ Builder Dies,” The Diapason, February 1916, 15.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 14, 2018. -

    Notice in The Music Trade Review "Death of Old-Time Organ Builder":

    The death is announced of an old-time organ builder in the person of Dr. Joseph Chase, the oldest resident of Martha's Vineyard, who was nearly ninety-nine years old. In early life he practiced dentistry in Boston. Then he entered the employ of E. & G. G. Hook, organ builders, of this city, and he soon became superintendent. Later he began the building of organs on his own account, retiring from active business twenty-three years ago. Dr. Chase remembered Lafayette's visit to Boston. He was proficient as a bugler, and had been associated with several leading bands.


    • The Music Trade Review 62, no. 3 (January 15, 1916): 21,

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