The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 22

Builder Identification

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1870-1888.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

    Franz [Frank J.] Abler was born November 2, 1846 in Prussia; he was the brother of Sophie Abler Odenbrett and a partner with his brother-in-law Philipp Odenbrett in Odenbrett & Abler of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1870-1885; after the partnership ended, he was an independent organ tuner and maintenance technician, 1886-1888; he became a city agent afterward. Abler died October 7, 1933.


    • Local Directories of the period.
    • Organ Handbook, (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1986), 17.
    • The Tracker 34:1 (Winter, 1990), 27.
    • Cyprian Abler, Abler Genealogy (presumed to be privately published, dated not given in Fox).
    • A biographical dictionary of organbuilders compiled by F. R. Webber ca. 1955; located in the OHS American Organ Archives.

  • See Main Entry at Odenbrett & Abler

Database Entries

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