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BuilderID 1898

Builder Identification

B. 1838 in Germany; immigrated to the United States, c.1866; Mishawaka, Illinois, 1886–1905.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited February 4, 2017, (Hall). —

    August Erb was born July 4, 1838 in Fulda, Germany; he immigrated to the United States, c.1866. He was a woodcarver, and a cabinetmaker. He lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Freeburg, Illinois; before settling in Mishawaka, Illinois, in 1871.

    He became a partner with organbuilder Louis H. Van Dinter in Erb & Van Dinter Organ & Altar Factory of Mishawaka, Illinois, in 1886. He established a separate church furniture firm in Mishawaka in 1874, but may have continued his work with Van Dinter for a few years after that. Erb retired in 1905; he died April 1, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan.


    • Tracker: 33:3 (Organ Historical Society, 1989), 19.


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