The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 1639

Builder Identification

Nebraska and Illinois, 1920s-1966; Florida 1966-1976.

Additional Notes

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

    With Bartola Musical Instrument Co. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; partner with Harold T. Depue in Pipe Organ Service Co. of Omaha, Nebraska, 1923-1927; with Bennett Organ Co. of Rock Island, Illinois, c. 1927; established Freeport Organ Co. of Freeport, Illinois, 1929; sales representative of Reuter Organ Co. of Lawrence, Kansas, 1933; closed business, moved to Florida, became Reuter representative, 1966; retired in 1975, opened Dirksen Health Food Center in Jacksonville, Florida; died June 15, 1976 in Ocala, Florida, age 79.


    • The Diapason: February 1925, 8.
    • The Diapason: August 1976, 17.
    • David L. Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 472.

Database Entries

There is one entry in the database that describes an organ by Richard W. Dirksen.

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