The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2617

Builder Identification

Los Angeles, 1894-1913.

Additional Notes

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

    Born 1866; with George S. Hutchings firm of Massachusetts; with Plaisted & Co. of California* partner with Henry C. Fletcher in Fletcher & Harris of Los Angeles, California, 1895; partner with George L. Maxfield in Maxfield & Harris of Los Angeles, California, 1897-1898; operated Murray M. Harris Organ Co. in Los Angeles, California, 1898-1903, succeeded by Los Angeles Art Organ Co.; investment broker, 1905-1906; resumed firm c. 1907-c. 1912; with Southern Music Co., 1913, salesman; broker, 1914; died 1922 during trip in Arizona.

    Staff: Edward L. Crome; Frank A. Dewey; Dowdell; William B. Fleming; Frank Frame; William Hauer; George Head; Edward T. Howe; E. A. Johnson; D. H. Kruse; Charles W. McQuigg; O. W. Orcutt; Anton Rokus; Thomas Ross; G. M. Smith; Edwin A. Spencer; Robert F. Tilton; A. J. Waters; Stanley W. Williams.

    *Mark Plaisted moved to California circa 1888, after leaving Hutchings, Plaisted & Co., but we have no record of his building organs in California. According to Elmer Wallace Holmes (A History of Riverside County, California (Riverside County, CA: Historic Record Company, 1912), he designed and built his own home there, and became a small real estate developer. -Ed.


    • Bicentennial Tracker (The Organ Historical Society, 1976), 123.
    • Diapason, August 1922, 8.
    • Organ Handbook (OHS Press, 1988), 12.
    • Elizabeth Town Schmitt.1

Database Entries

There are 63 entries in the database that describe organs by Murray M. Harris (Organ Co.).

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