The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3121

Builder Identification

Westfield, Massachusetts 1874-1898

Additional Notes

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

    Established c. 1844 by William A. Johnson in Westfield, Massachusetts; known after 1871 as Johnson Organ Co.; became Johnson & Son, 1874, with William H. Johnson; ceased organ production, 1898; made organ parts until 1907; succeeded by Emmons Howard.

    Staff: Henry H. Bartlett; Edward Chaffin; Nicholas Chatelain; Hiram Copley; Wilson Cushman; Tom Dyson; LLewelyn Gladwin; Charles T. Harris; Albert Hedges; Edwin Hedges, Sr.; Edwin Hedges, Jr.; Emmons Howard; Alvin Humaston; George Kendal; Henry T. Levi; Marvin Loomis; Morgan; (Murdock?); Thomas Phelps; William Rice; John Wesley Steere; Adam Stein; Symmes; Edward A. Tilton; James E. Treat; George William Turner; Charles B. Viner, O. D. Walker; Ammi P. Whiton; Charles Willet.


    • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press) 1975. 227, 240.
    • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: The Sunbury Press) 1979. 406;
    • Elsworth, John V. V.; The Johnson Organs (Harrisville, NH: The Boston Organ Club) 1984. 

Database Entries

There are 464 entries in the database that describe organs by Wm. Johnson & Son.

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Matthew Cavanaugh

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Christopher Greenleaf

Johnson and Son nameplate. Photograph by Kevin Bishop

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Chad Boorsma

Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Charlie Porter

Builder nameplate. Photograph by David M. Storey (2016)

Nameplate. Photograph by Chad Boorsma

Manuals and Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by David Chamberlin