New York City, New York, 1827-c.1875; branch in Baltimore, Maryland, 1847-1864.
Born March 10, 1800; son of Peter Erben, father of Charles Erben; apprentice with Thomas Hall of New York City, New York, who married Maria Erben, Henry's sister, March 18, 1818; partner with Hall [Hall & Erben] in New York City, 1824-1827; established his own firm by 1827; alderman of New York City; partner with Henry Stiles in New York City, 1845-1848; branch shop in Baltimore, Maryland, 1847-1864; partner with William M. Wilson in Henry Erben & Co. of New York City, 1874-1879; briefly retired; partner with son in Henry Erben & Son, 1879-1884; died May 7, 1884; William M. Wilson continued Henry Erben & Co. while Lewis C. Harrison continued Erben's last business.
Staff: John E. Ayers; John Baker; William F. Berry; James Blake; Claus S. Brandrup; Elisha Brotherton; Thomas P. Browne; James Cottier; Joseph Cottier; John H. Einstein; (Alexander Elder?); John Fawcett; Richard M. Ferris; Julius Firmbach; George Gerard; (F. W. Goeller?); Samuel S. Hamill; Lewis C. Harrison; Jabez Horner; James Jackson; William King; Henry A. Leaman; Frederick Miller; Williams Mills; George Osler; (Henry Pilcher, Sr.?); (Arnolph Polster?); Thomas Redstone; Bernard Reilly; William J. Stuart, Jr.; James E. Treat; Louis H. Van Dinter, Sr.; (John Wale, Jr.?).
Excerpt from a paper by Robert C. Delvin.
"From 1827 until the beginning of the Civil War, the firm of "Henry Erben-Organ Manufacture" continued to expand, enlarge its work force and increase production. During the later 1820s, the firm produced an average of eight instruments annually. [material omitted] The census also indicated that Erben engaged 45 employees,..." Â "The country's most prestigious churches, as well as most cathedrals built in the United States during the 1840s and 1850s, boasted large Erben organs. Yet Erben also had a significant market among rural congregations, providing small, one manual (i.e., keyboard) instruments built to same, exacting standards as his large organs."
See the entire text at: "A Tale of Two Organs: Henry Erben and Apalachicola, Florida" by Robert Delvin.
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