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BuilderID 3939

Builder Identification

B. 1840, England; in United States, 1860; Ripon, Wisconsin, 1864 until 1911; d. 1918

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 1840 in Tottenham, England; brother of Edward, George, and Thomas Marshall, father of Douglas B., George D., Newton C., and O. Alison Marshall; his obituary cites association with Henry Willis & Sons in England, uncorroborated; immigrated to the United States, 1860; partner in Marshall Brothers Organ Co. of Ripon, Wisconsin, 1864-1867; with successor Marshall & Odenbrett, 1867-1870; with Marshall Brothers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1870-1872; with Marshall Brothers & Clarke of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1872-1874; with Marshall Brothers of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1876-1877; established his own firm, 1880, installed Hook & Hastings organ, c. 1883; partner with John L. Lancashire in Lancashire-Marshall Co. of Moline, Illinois, 1891-1902; in successor Marshall-Bennett firm, Rock Island, Illinois, with Robert J. Bennett, 1902-1908; established his own firm in Kansas City, Missouri, 1911, representative of Austin Organ Co. of Hartford, Connecticut; died May 10, 1918.


    • Letter of Robert Coleberd.
    • Nunc Dimittis "Octavius Marshall", The Diapason June 1918, 3.
    • One or more local directories of the places and period.
    • Musical and Sewing Machine Gazette February 28, 1880, 51.
    • Organ Handbook 1986 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society), 17.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • Richard Weber, "Sketches of Milwaukee Organbuilders, 1847-1902: The Mashall Brothers", The Tracker 34:1 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1990), 17.

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