The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2405

Builder Identification

Alton, Illinois, 1895-at least 1922; Highland, Illinois, dates unknown; Alton, Illinois, by 1933.

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). -

    Born c. 1861 in Alton, Illinois; son of Joseph Gratian, father of Elwood Gratian and Warren Burke Gratian; studied building in England, for 3 years; with his father's firm in Alton, Illinois; incorporated a firm in Des Moines, Iowa, with William W. Witmer and William H. Lehman, 1892; returned to Alton in 1895 to be partner in his father's firm, formed Gratian Organ Co., Alton, Illinois; succeeded his father; with Wicks Pipe Organ Co. of Highland, Illinois; representative of Estey Organ Co. of Brattleboro, Vermont; died December 12, 1933 in Alton, Illinois, age 72.


    • The Diapason, January 1934, 19.
    • Michael Friesen.
    • Musical Courier, March 9, 1892, 22.
    • The American Organist, August 1965, 20.

  • See main entry: Gratian Organ Builders

Database Entries

There are no entries in the database that describe organs by John William [William J.] Gratian.

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