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BuilderID 2252

Builder Identification

St. Louis, Missouri, 1873; "& Son" added in 1886; firm dissolved in 1939.

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). —

    Established by George Kilgen in St. Louis, Missouri, 1873; & Son' adopted when Charles C. Kilgen joined firm, 1886; firm continued by Charles C. and his four sons, Alfred G., Eugene R., George J., and Charles C. Kilgen, Jr.; Eugene sued his brothers for mismanagement and the family firm was liquidated, 1939;

    Eugene formed the (E. R.) Kilgen Organ Co. which closed 1960, while his three brothers formed Charles Kilgen & Son {Kilgen Associates} which went bankrupt, 1943; George Kilgen & Son name in use, 1945.

    Staff: A. J. Aebel; Horace Apel; B. H. Ballard; Carl A. Benson; Jack Biebel; Samuel W. Bihr; (Albert N. Boehm?); S. Bowker; Eugene Braun; Harry Burkhardt; Ray G. Burrington; Leland Butterfield; Nicholas Chatelain; John Cook, Sr.; Charles M. Courboin; Robert L. Eby; Stanley H. Fargher; (Eric A. Fiss?); August Greiling; Hugh T. Harrison; Frank Hawe; Heckman-Newcomer firm; Henry Hosszer; P. W. Hundell; Max Hess; Herbert Alvin Houze; Fred Huber; P. W. Hundeall; Louis Jacab; Charles Jack; Albert E. Jarvis; A. J. Katt; George B. Kemp, Jr.; Alfred G. Kilgen, Jr.; Noel Kilgen; Benno Killibay; August A. Klann; B. C. McDonald; Edward Markison; Henry W. Matlack; George E. Mayhew; Jack Messner; M. H. Millard; A. G. Morrison; Max Nagel; Nicholas J. Pipitone; Thomas J. Quinlan; J. B. Rockefeller; Oscar Schmidt; Edward B. Sieckmann; Clarence Smith; Benjamin F. Sperbeck; Anthony Spevere; Charles Stuchlik; William P. Tenney; Otto Theurer; Paul Wagner; O. D. Walker; Melvin Weber; C. J. Wendell; B. J. Williamson;Henry Vincent Willis; Robert Wilson; John Wright; Ludwig Zentmaier.


    • Diapason: Nov. 1924:36,
    • Diapason: Apr. 1926:12,
    • Diapason:Jul. 1939:6,
    • Diapason:Jun.1945:27;.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 182.

Database Entries

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Nameplate. Photograph by William Roslak

Builder's nameplate. Photograph by James R. Stettner

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Chad Boorsma

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt

Console Detail - Nameplate. Photograph by Ben Schultz

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by James R. Stettner

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Norbert Shacklette

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Ray Smithee

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by James R. Stettner

Builder's Nameplate with "FF" piston ("P" piston is further to the left.). Photograph by David Beatty