The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2787

Builder Identification

Alliance, Ohio 1898-1973.

Additional Notes

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

    Partnership of Alfred Hillgreen, Charles Alva Lane, and Silas S. Williams in Alliance, Ohio, 1898; firm ceased operation April 1, 1973.

    Staff: Gustav Adolphson; D. Byron Arneson; Theodore Baumann; James J. Blackman; John Chelberg; Harold T. Depue; Gustav F. Dhring; Norman A. Greenwood; Robert L. Hillgreen, Sr. & Jr.; Honolulu Music Co.; James E. Miller; Carl M. Oman; Hjalmar Peterson; Oscar Peterson; Pipe Organ Service Co.; Fred F. Pitts; Rudolf A. Ritter; Bruce Snyder; Clarence J. Sullivan; Will A. Watkin Co.; Fred W. A. Witt.

    Sources:

    • The Diapason, January, 1910, Feb. 1929, 6, and Feb. 1931, 2.
    • Junchen, David; Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 159.
    • Ochse, Orpha, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 327.

  • From Builders editor Stephen Hall, July 25, 2019. —

    The staff listing from A Guide to North American Organbuilders apparently omitted at least three names: Richard C. Kichline (died 2019), Kenneth Kimes (died 2016), and Clarence A. Moser (died 1978).

    Source:

    • Email from Cindy K. Moser of Canton, Ohio (daughter of Clarence Moser), received July 24, 2019.

Database Entries

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