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BuilderID 3277

Builder Identification

St. Louis, Missouri, c.1910-1920; New York City, 1927; North Tonawanda, New York, 2 1/2 years; St. Louis, 1939

Additional Notes

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

    Born September, 1886 in St. Louis, Missouri; son of Charles C. Kilgen Sr., brother of Eugene R., George J., Henry C., Jean, Rudolph F., and Charles C. Kilgen Jr.; father of Alfred G., Jr..

    He attended Culver Military Academy, St. Louis University; then was with the Kilgen firm of St. Louis, Missouri, 10 years, becoming the New York office manager, 1927. He acquired the Pfeffer firm of St. Louis, Missouri, 1909 and operated it until 1919; then returned to St. Louis University, where he became a lawyer, 1913. He was with the Wurlitzer firm of North Tonawanda, New York, 2 1/2 years; returned to Kilgen firm, partner with father and brothers, 1924. When the two rival Kilgen firms came about after his father's death, he went with Kilgen Associates of St. Louis, Missouri, 1939, southeastern sales.

    He established Alfred G. Kilgen, Inc. of Los Angeles, California; he sold his business interests to Richard C. Simonton, January 1, 1956; and retired to Miami, Florida; died July, 5 1974.

    Staff: Richard L. Abbott

    Patent #1,247,844; November 27, 1917; organ valve


    • The Diapason April 1939, 29.
    • The Diapason January 1956, 3.
    • The Diapason September 1974, 13.
    • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 182.

  • See main entry: Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc.

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