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BuilderID 1788

Builder Identification

Pomeroy, Ohio, c.1908; Pekin, Illinois, dates unknown; Erie, Pennsylvania, c.1920-1944.

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). -

    Born 26 February 1888 in Pomeroy, Ohio; brother of Frederick R. Durst; father of Chester, Charles, Howard, Ralph N. and Roland Durst.

    Durst began with Barckhoff Organ Co. of Pomeroy, Ohio; followed with Hinners Organ Co. of Pekin, Illinois; and finally was with A. Gottfried Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania, where he was superintendent. He established the organ supply Durst & Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania in 1924; which became Durst, Boegle & Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania in 1926. Durst retired in 1944; he died 11 October 1965 in Erie, Pennsylvania.


    • Diapason, January 1945, 1.
    • Diapason, November 1965, 34.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1990), 798.  

Database Entries

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