The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1260

Builder Identification

Indianapolis, Indiana, 1875-c.1881.

Additional Notes

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

    Born 8 March 1840 in Newton, Massachusettes; father of Edwin G., Ernest H., Herbert L., Lynn W., and William E. Clarke; organist, age 16; superintendent of music instruction in Dayton, Ohio, c. 1871; in Erie, Pennsylvania, 1873; established Clarke, Kinsley & Co. with Stephen P. Kinsley in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1874; renamed William H. Clarke & Co. (Kinsley returned to Boston) 1875-c.1881; in Boston, Massachusetts, by 1878, organist; professor of music in Toronto, Canada, 4 years;in Woburn, Massachusetts, by 1890; suffered debilitating stroke in 1892; died 10 December 1913 in Reading, Massachusetts.

    Staff: Stephen P. Kinsley, George R. Ellis

    Patent #122,879; 23 Jan. 1872; pitch pipe.
    Patent #128,591; 2 Jul. 1872; pitch pipe.
    Patent #199,795; 29 Jan. 1878; stop action.

Database Entries

There are 9 entries in the database that describe organs by William H. Clarke & Co.

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