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BuilderID 1184

Builder Identification

Poughkeepsie, New York, 1920-1927; Garwood, New Jersey, 1927-1931; Boston,Massachusetts, 1931-32; Gloucester, Massachusetts, by 1957.

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) -

    Tolbert Cheek was with the Auto-Pneumatic Action Co., 1909-1920, and then with Welte & Sons of Poughkeepsie, New York, 1920-1927; with the Aeolian Co. of Garwood, New Jersey, 1927-1931, with the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, 1931-1932; with John H. Hammond, Jr. of Gloucester, Massachusetts, by 1957. He was an inventor of player mechanisms for organs and pianos; he also did electrical and cabinet work. Cheek died in 1969 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.


    • Nelson Barden.
    • Job application with New York Herald-Tribune Co., c. 1935

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

    The dates of birth and death on Tolbert Cheek-s gravestone in Oak Grove Cemetery, Gloucester, Massachusetts, are 1885 and 1968, respectively (the Find a Grave website states, "Death 1958 (aged 72-73),” but the photograph of the gravestone clearly shows "1968”).


    • "Tolbert F Cheek,” Find a Grave, accessed July 6, 2018,

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