Hartford, Connecticut, 1902-1911.
L. R. Cheney was with the Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, 1903, treasurer.
Louis Raymond Cheney was born on April 27, 1859, in South Manchester, Connecticut. His father was George Wells Cheney, a member of Cheney Brothers, a silk-manufacturing firm, and Louis began his commercial activities with that firm in Manchester in 1879, later working in Hartford, Connecticut, and for four years as the firm-s sales representative in New York City.1 In July 1902 he was elected treasurer of the Austin Organ Company, succeeding John Spencer Camp, who had resigned in January of that year. On April 22, 1904, he was elected treasurer and secretary. In 1910 Cheney and A. C. Dunham, another member of the board of directors, became large stockholders, and by 1911 Basil Austin had become alarmed when he learned that Cheney and Dunham were buying out some of the original stockholders and apparently trying to get full control of the company. On July 13, 1911, John and Basil Austin and John Spencer Camp, who was now vice president, held a special directors- meeting in which they voted that the Austin Organ Company buy all of Cheney-s and Dunham-s stock. Cheney resigned on the same date.2 He soon found other outlets for his ambitions: he served as mayor of Hartford from 1912 to 1914 and as a Connecticut state senator from 1915 to 1917 and was a director of several business companies.3 Louis Cheney died on December 17, 1944, and was buried in the East Cemetery in Manchester, Connecticut.4
There are no entries in the database that describe organs by L. R. Cheney.
We are always interested in adding to our information about builders and correcting any errors that our Database may contain. If you can provide us with corrections or additions to the information presented here, please click the Update button and use the online form to send us details.
Your cooperation and support are greatly appreciated.
This page was opened in a secondary window or tab. To return to the list of builders, simply close this tab.
Some of our entries are names that might never appear on a nameplate or nameboard.
On the other hand, there are both individuals and firms who are responsible for conserving historic organs through location, or preserving the usefulness of pipe organs through rebuilding or making modifications to existing instruments. In these cases, we are proud to acknowledge their contributions to the ongoing artistic tradition of the pipe organ in America through individual entries in our online database.