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BuilderID 1868

Builder Identification

Detroit, Michigan; Hartford, Connecticut, 7 years; Elmira, New York, 1909-1910; Van Nuys, California, 1916-1918; Chicago, Illinois, 1929; d. 1941

Additional Notes

  • Note 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. —

    Robert Pier Elliot was born November 10, 1871 in Michigan; attended school in Saginaw, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio; with Granville Wood & Son Organ Co. of Northville, Michigan; followed that firm to Detroit, Michigan, when acquired by Farrand & Votey (reed and pipe organs), 1889; with Clough & Warren of Detroit, Michigan; one of the founders of the Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, vice president, seven years (1898–1905); with mining company in Mexico, 1905-1908, with Hope-Jones Organ Co. of Elmira, New York, 1909-1910, president; with Kinetic Engineering of New York City, New York, then Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, president; with California Organ Co. of Van Nuys, California, 1916-1918, vice president, general manager; with W. W. Kimball of Chicago, Illinois; with Wurlitzer firm of North Tonawanda, New York, 1928-1929; returned to Kimball, 1929, New York City, New York, representative; with Welte Organ Co. of New York, two years, vice president and general manager; associated with Aeolian-Votey firm of Garwood, New Jersey, 1927; associated with Ansley Radio Corporation of New York City, New York, (WQXR); died October 4, 1941 in Forest Hills {Queens, New York City}, New York.


    • Raymond Biswanger.
    • The Bicentennial Tracker (Richmond, Va., The Organ Historical Society, 1976), 121.
    • The Diapason, January, 1910, page number not given;
      December, 1916, 17;
      June, 1925, 3;
      October, 1927, 1;
      December, 1928, 4;
      June, 1929, 24;
      August 1929, 31;
      July, 1934, 6;
      April, 1938, 27;
      November, 1941, 3.
    • The American Organist March, 1926, 65.

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