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BuilderID 2783

Builder Identification

Chesterton, Indiana, 1881-1886; Moline, Illinois, 1886 to unknown; Salem, Ohio, 1889; Alliance, Ohio, 1898-1923.

Additional Notes

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

    Father of August, Axel, Frank, Oscar, and Robert Hillgreen Sr.; immigrated to the United States, 1881; with Hillstrom Reed Organ Co. of Chesterton, Indiana, 5 years; with Lancashire-Marshall firm of Moline, Illinois; with Salem Church Organ Co. of Salem, Ohio, 1889; partner with Charles Alva Lane and Silas S. Williams in Hillgreen, Lane & Co. of Alliance, Ohio, 1898; succeeded by his son [Robert Sr.]


    • The Diapason, January 1910, page number not given in Fox's Guide.
    • The Diapason, November 1923, 1.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 159.
    • Stephen Pinel.

  • From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing Editor, updated Mar. 3, 2016 with information from sources listed below -

    Alfred Hillgreen (1859-1923) was an Swedish1 organ builder who immigrated to the United States in 1881. He worked with several established companies: Hillstrom Reed Organ Co. of Chesterton, Indiana for five years; Lancashire-Marshall firm of Moline, Illinois; and Salem Church Organ Co. of Salem, Ohio. While in Salem, he apparently traveled to do installations, the local paper reported "Alfred Hillgreen went to Port Huron, Michigan, this morning, to erect an organ at that place for the Barekhoff [sic] Organ Company."2 In 1898, he joined with Charles Alva Lane and Silas S. Williams to form Hillgreen, Lane & Co. of Alliance, Ohio. The firm remained in business for three quarters of a century, closing in 1973. Three generations of the Hillgreen family worked there: Alfred, Robert Sr., and Robert Jr.3


    1. Starke County Death Records
    2. Salem Daily News, Salem, Ohio, January 18, 1892, 4.
    3. David H. Fox, "Hillgreen, Lane & Co.," A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991)


  • See main entry: Hillgreen, Lane & Co.

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