Orrville, Ohio. Name of firm 1892-1946, succeeded by Schantz Organ Co.
Established [as A. J. Schantz] in Kidron, Ohio, 1873; became A. J. Schantz, Sons & Co. when Edison F. and Oliver A. Schantz joined the firm, 1892; relocated to Orrville, Ohio; made tool benches during World War II; succeeded by Schantz Organ Co. 1946.
Abraham J. Tschantz, a cabinet maker, established a business building reed organs in Kidron, Ohio, in 1873.1 The firm name became A. J. Schantz, Sons & Co. when Edison F. and Oliver A. Schantz joined the firm in 1892.2 (The initial 'T' was dropped from the firm's name at that time, but most family members retained it in their personal names until about 18993) The business was relocated to Orrville, Ohio. The firm began pipe organ production between 1885 and 1893.4 By 1913, the firm was headed by Edison, Oliver, and Victor Schantz.5
All production of pipe organs was halted during World War II, the firm made tool benches as part of the war effort. Organ building resumed after the war, and the firm was renamed Schantz Organ Co. in 1946.6
For more information on the Schantz family, see Schantz Overview
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