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BuilderID 3929

Builder Identification

Ripon, Wisconsin, 1867-1870; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1870.

Additional Notes

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

    Succeeded Marshall Brothers Organ Co.; partnership of the Marshall brothers with Phillip Odenbrett in Ripon, Wisconsin, 1867; relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1870; Marshall Brothers firm resumed thereafter.

    Staff: William H. Turner.


    • Organ Handbook 1986 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society), 17.
    • Richard Weber, "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders, 1847-1902", The Tracker 34:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1990), 18.

  • For further information, see:
    See Main Entry at Marshall Brothers Organ Co.
    See Phillip Odenbrett

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, October 7, 2019. —

    George Marshall (1828-1896) and Octavius Marshall (ca. 1842- 1918) were the first of four brothers to settle in the village of Ripon, Wisconsin around 1860. Marshall Brothers Organ Co. was established by brothers George, Thomas, Edward, and Octavius Marshall and John L. Lancashire in Ripon, 1864, although only George and Octavius took an active part in the business. In 1867-68, Philipp Odenbrett, who had a shop in Waupun, Wisconsin, joined the Marshalls and the firm was then styled Marshall and Odenbrett. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Watertown, Wisconsin, had what must have been one of the first products of that union.

    On 19 March 1870, the factory in Ripon was destroyed by fire, with losses of $12,000.00 and insurance of $5,500.00. Cities in the area were eager to gain new industries and in the ensuing days, there were reports that Janesville and Watertown, Wisconsin, as well as Chicago, were courting the Marshalls. Finally in May 1870, the move to Milwaukee was announced: they would operate in the old Matthew Bros. Furniture warehouse, at Fourth and Fowler. Both the Marshalls and Phillip Odenbrett moved to Milwaukee but went their separate ways: The firm was re-established as Marshall Brothers, while Odenbrett formed a new partnership with Frank Abler of Milwaukee.


    • Richard Weber, "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders, 1847-1902", The Tracker 34:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1990), 18.

    See the complete article by Richard Weber for a more complete history of the Marshall Brothers, John L. Lancashire, Phillip Odenbrett, and Clinton Brooks. Available online at the Organ Historical Society website ( under Publications/The Tracker.

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