The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3283

Builder Identification

St. Louis, Missouri, early 1870s; intermittent information through 1905.

Additional Notes

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

    Born October 1851 in New Jersey; son of George Kilgen, brother of Charles C. Kilgen Sr.; established firm in St. Louis, Missouri; listed 1874-1879, 1882-1896; last listed 1905; died July 30, 1918.

    Sources:

    • United States Census [year not given, see Editor's note below*]
    • The Diapason, September, 1918, 2.
    • One or more local directories for the place and time.
    • Piano and Organ Purchaser’s Guide, Purchaser’s Guide to the Music Industries, (New York: Music Trades)
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • John Speller.
    •  

    *This could have been the Census of 1880, 1900, or 1910; almost all of the data from the 1890 Census was destroyed by fire in 1921. —Ed.

Database Entries

There are 5 entries in the database that describe organs by Henry C. Kilgen.


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