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BuilderID 3081

Builder Identification

Division of the Roosevelt firm of New York City, NY, from 1870s.

Additional Notes

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

    A division of the Roosevelt firm of New York City, NY, from the 1870s.

  • The Roosevelt firm had three factories: New York City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. The New York City factory was the largest and was divided into sections to manufacture different products. The largest portion was for the primary business of making pipe organs but the firm also had three other divisions: Roosevelt Brothers Batteries, the LeClanche Battery Co., and the Champion Electric Burglar Alarm Co. Jaques Water Motors were also manufactured there.

    Water motors were a small self-contained version of the traditional mill. They used running water from a pipe rather than a stream to provide mechanical power. Smaller models powered sewing machines, jigsaws, fans, and other similarly mechanized items. The larger water motors were recommended for operating coffee grinders, lathes, and grindstones. They could also be used to operate blowers for pipe organs, an excellent alternative power source in an era when electricity was not yet reliable or even available at all times and days.

  • For more information, see Article: Water Motors

Database Entries

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