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BuilderID 1296

Builder Identification

West Springfield, Massachusetts, 1954–1962.

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, 2017.—

    David W. Cogswell was born February 4, 1930 in Springfield, Massachusetts; he was a graduate of University of Vermont and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an electrical engineer with Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies of Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

    Developing an interest in the organ, he became a part-time helper in Burlington, Vermont, 1947-1952; then a trainee with Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, 1951-1952; trainee with Rostron Kershaw Co. of Reading, Massachusetts, 1952-1953. He established the Berkshire Organ Co., formerly Western New England Organ Service, with Richard W. Toelken in North Wilbraham, Massachusetts, in 1954; he became the sole owner and president in 1962, and relocated to West Springfield, Massachusetts. Cogswell committed suicide June 7, 1989 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The firm was liquidated upon Cogswell's death, although the name was later used by one of the employees, Richard Taylor.

    Patent #3,472,115; October 14, 1969; electropneumatic action.

    Sources:

    • Uwe Pape, The Tracker Organ Revival in America, (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1978) . 414.
    • Springfield, Massachusetts, Union-News: June 9, 1989, 35.

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