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BuilderID 3292

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, before 1890–1920

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 in Maine; with Hook & Hastings of Boston, Massachusetts; with Hutchings, Plaisted & Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1890, and successor Hutchings and Hutchings-Votey firms for 28 years; partner with E. E. Smallman and Leslie H. Frazee in Kimball, Smallman & Frazee of Boston, Massachusetts, 1910; in successor Kimball-Frazee Organ Co., 1915; retired because of illness, 1920; died September 8. 1920 in Roxbury {Boston}, Massachusetts, c. age 69.


    • The Diapason, October, 1920, 1.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, April 9, 2019. —

    Clearly something is wrong with the dating for Kimball's period of employment as listed by Fox. If he started with Hutchings, Plaisted & Co. in 1890 and was employed there and with the two successor firm for a total of 28 years, that would have put his termination date in 1918, yet he is listed as a partner with Smallman and Frazee in 1910. Hutchings, Plaisted & Co. became George S. Hutchings & Co. in 1884, and Hutchings merged with Votey to become Hutchings-Votey in 1901. Votey left the partnership in 1908 to return to Aeolian Co., and Hutchings operated his own firm until 1917.

    The best we can work out from this is that Kimball started with Hutchings and Plaisted in 1882 and ended his employment with Hutchins in 1910 to join with Smallman and Frazee. That would place his employment with Hook and Hastings ending 1882. Since he was 69 in 1920, he would have been born in either 1850 or 1851, so he was approximately 31 when he left Hook & Hastings. Assuming he was between 14 and 21 when he started there, he would have been employed at Hook & Hastings starting sometime between 1864 and 1872.

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