Buffalo, New York, 1865–c.1872; Erie, Pennsylvania, c.1873.
Quimby Pipe Organs is currently restoring E. & G. G. Hook Op. 488 of 1869, which has been obtained through the Organ Clearing House for Rainbow Mennonite Church, Kansas City. The organ is in original condition, retaining its original tracker action and with and its pipework in pristine condition at its original pitch and with cone tuning. It was originally built for Woodside Presbyterian Church in Troy, New York (the Hook Opus List erroneously listed it as Woodside Episcopal Church). Richard Hamar, who has been doing some of the work on the instrument for QPO in the firm's Warrensburg workshop, discovered the following pencil inscription on the casework: "Nov. 1, 1875 / S. L. Derrick / Cooperstown / New York."
November 1875 was a year or two after Derrick & Felgemaker had moved from Buffalo, New York to Erie, Pennsylvania and very shortly after the firm had reorganized as A. B. Felgemaker & Co., presumably because Silas L. Derrick had left. I had no idea before that he then seems to have been working as an organ builder in Cooperstown, New York.
Also from John Speller: "In the 1880 Census Silas L. Derrick was given as resident in Middlefield, Otsego, New York. According to Google Maps this is 6.2 miles east of Cooperstown, so Cooperstown would probably have been the postal address. He had been born in New York City and his age was stated to be 42 (implying he was born circa 1838). His occupation was organ builder. He was married to Hattie Moore Derrick, who was also 42 and had also been born in New York City."
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