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BuilderID 6090

Builder Identification

B. 1875 in Germany; immigrated to U.S. 1881; in New Orleans, Louisiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1888-91, Erie Pennsylvania, 1892-1920.

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 February 17, 1875 in Langbroich, Rheinland, Germany; son of Hermann Tellers, brother of Ignatius Tellers, father of Herman J. Tellers; immigrated to the United States, 1881; with Felgemaker firm 1892-1906; established Tellers-Sommerhoff, 1907; and its successor Tellers-Kent, 1918. Died August 9, 1920, in Erie, Pennsylvania.

    Patent #911,918; February 9, 1909; pipe organ.


    • One or more local directories of the place and period.
    • The Diapason September 1920, 15.
    • Martin Kares, The German Element in American Organbuilding, 1700-1900 (dissertation, Marburg 1990).
    • Letter of Charles Meyer.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, October 2, 2019. —

    After his arrival in the United States, the young Heinrich, now known as Henry, began working in his father's shop in New Orleans, Louisiana. The family moved to Wisconsin and Henry and Herman both worked with William Schuelke of Milwaukee, WI, 1888-1891. Henry left Schulke and joined A.B. Felgemaker of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1892. He remained there until 1906 when he formed a partnership with his brother, Ignatius, and William A. Sommerhoff in Tellers-Sommerhoff Organ Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania, c. 1907; all three had previously worked with Felgemaker. Sommerhoff left in 1918, the Tellers brothers found a new partner in their old foreman at Felgemaker, Albert Kent. The new firm, Tellers-Kent acquired the Felgemaker firm the same year, Kent had operated the firm since the death of Augustus Felgemaker, he may have been the owner by that point, or they may have purchased the last assets of the firm from Felgemaker's daughters. The new firm continued building organs until 1933, but Henry Tellers passed on in 1920, at age 45. His son, Herman J. Tellers, would re-incorporate the family business as Tellers Organ Company after the second World War.

  • See also: Tellers-Sommerhof Organ Co. and Tellers-Kent Co.

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