The OHS Pipe Organ Database

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.; attended Culver Military Academy, St. Louis University; with Kilgen firm of St. Louis, Missouri, 10 years, New York office manager, 1927; acquired Pfeffer firm of St. Louis, Missouri, 1909 and operated Pfeffer firm until 1919; returned to St. Louis University, became lawyer, 1913; with Wurlitzer firm of North Tonawanda, New York, 2 1/2 years; returned to Kilgen firm, partner with father and brothers, 1924; with Kilgen Associates of St. Louis, Missouri, 1939, southeastern sales; established Alfred G. Kilgen, Inc. of Los Angeles, California; sold business interests to Richard C. Simonton, January 1, 1956; retired to Miami, Florida; died July, 5 1974.

    Staff: Richard L. Abbott

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

    Sources:

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

Database Entries

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