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BuilderID 4999

Builder Identification

B. 1818 in Prussia; U.S. 1852; Louisville, Kentucky, by 1856; Indiana, c. 1862-66; Louisville, by 1866; Ohio c. early 1880s.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed., by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1997). Edited for the 2017 online Database. -

    Joseph Charles Prante: Born 1818 in Prussia; he was the father of August F. Prante and Joseph E. Prante. He immigrated to the United States in 1852; he died November 7, 1897, in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Operated firm in Louisville, Kentucky, by 1856; in St. Meinrad, Indiana, c. 1862-1866; returned to Louisville, by 1866; in Ohio c. early 1880s; in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1887; in Circleville, Ohio, 1888; in Chillicothe, Ohio, by 1891.

    • Tracker 37:2, 8.

  • From OHS Database Builders editor, July 31, 2016. -

    Several members of the Joseph C. Prante family became organ builders:

    • August F. 18__?-1895 (son of Joseph C.) - with father's firm in Louisville, Kentucky, by 1866; established his own firm in Louisville, by 1867.
      • Anthony M. 1876-1931 and Nicholas A. 1870-1929 (sons of August F.) with their father's firm, and later as August Prante & Son(s) Louisville, Kentucky, 1901; succeeded by the Prante Co., 1904-05.
      • Anthony M. [Anton] 1876-1931 (son of August F.) worked with his father and brothers
      • August Peter 1886?-1958 (son of August F.) established Louisville Pipe Organ Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, 1924.
    • Joseph E. 1860-1913? (son of Joseph C.) - organbuilder by c. 1900 Ohio and Kentucky.
      • Charles E. 1884-19__?(son of Joseph E.; grandson of Joseph E.) worked with his father's firm
      • Joseph Frank Prante 1883-1941 (son of Joseph E.; grandson of Joseph E.) with father's firm in Covington, Kentucky

    Source: Compiled from OHS records. See individual's entries for sources.

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