The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 5736

Builder Identification

Los Angeles, California; Hoboken, New Jersey 1905-1906

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). -

    With Los Angeles Art Organ Co. of Los Angeles, California, president and treasurer; firm relocated to Hoboken, New Jersey, as Art Organ Co.; with successor Electrolian Organ Co. of Hoboken, New Jersey, November 13, 1905-1906, incorporator.

    Sources:

    • The Bicentennial Tracker (Richmond, Va., The Organ Historical Society, 1976), 119.
    • Co. Letterhead, Incorporation Papers.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
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  • Note from Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, February 25, 2018. -

    Eben Smith had moved to California from Colorado where he had made his fortune in silver mining. Looking for a new opportunity in California, he invested in the Los Angeles Art Organ Company (formerly the Murray Harris Organ Company). When the company reached the point it was struggling to survive and Harris had been forced out by the stockholders, Smith as the largest stockholder took control of the company. He relocated the business to Hoboken, New Jersey, and reincorporated as the Electrolian Organ Company of New Jersey. Smith died less than a year later and without his financial backing, Electrolian went bankrupt. Philip Wirsching of Ohio purchased the remaining assets, and completed at least one contract.

Database Entries

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