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BuilderID 6677

Builder Identification

B. 1881 England; in U.S. by 1906; with various firms from 1898-1959; d. 1971

Additional Notes

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

    Stanley Wyatt Williams was born 29 Oct. 1881 in London, England; he was a graduate of Dulwich College. His early career was with Robert Hope-Jones at Norman & Beard of Norwich, England, in 1898. He was Hope-Jones again in Ingram & Hope-Jones of Hereford, England where he became head voicer. Around 1904, he immigrated to the United States and started with the Los Angeles Art Organ Co. of Los Angeles, California, as head voicer and superintendent. When the firm failed, he traveled east with other staff members to form the short-lived Electrolian firm of Hoboken, New Jersey, 1905-1906. The Wirsching Organ Co. of Salem, Ohio acquired Electrolian's assets in 1906, Williams moved to Salem and worked with the firm. Three years later (1909) he was again in Los Angeles with Murray M. Harris Organ Co. as a voicer; he remained with the successor companies Johnston Organ Co. and California Organ Co. both of Van Nuys, Californa. He was persuaded to remain with the firm when it became the Robert-Morton Organ Co. of Van Nuys, California although he preferred the traditional church organ to the new theater organs that would be the focus of the new firm. He became the superintendent replacing Edwin A. Spencer. He remained with Robert-Morton until 1923 when he became concerned about the company's financial practices. He tried a brief partnership with Carl B. Sartwell, another former Robert-Morton employee, then became a representative of the W. W. Kimball firm of Chicago, Illinois, in Los Angeles in 1926, and a representative of Ernest M. Skinner firm of Boston Massachusetts in California in 1927. He retired in 1959. Williams died 17 June 1971 in Santa Monica, California.

  • For further information, see:

    Robert Morton Organ Company

  • Bibliography:
    R. E. Coleberd, "Stanley Wyatt Williams, 1881-1971, The Odyssey of an Organbuilder" The Diapason June 2006

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