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Poughkeepsie, New York, 1920-1927; Garwood, New Jersey, 1927-1931; Boston,Massachusetts, 1931-32; Gloucester, Massachusetts, by 1957.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

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December 18, 2018:

From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 14, 2018. -

The dates of birth and death on Tolbert Cheek-s gravestone in Oak Grove Cemetery, Gloucester, Massachusetts, are 1885 and 1968, respectively (the Find a Grave website states, "Death 1958 (aged 72-73),” but the photograph of the gravestone clearly shows "1968”).


  • "Tolbert F Cheek,” Find a Grave, accessed July 6, 2018, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/151113468/tolbert-f-cheek.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

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

Tolbert Cheek was with the Auto-Pneumatic Action Co., 1909-1920, and then with Welte & Sons of Poughkeepsie, New York, 1920-1927; with the Aeolian Co. of Garwood, New Jersey, 1927-1931, with the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, 1931-1932; with John H. Hammond, Jr. of Gloucester, Massachusetts, by 1957. He was an inventor of player mechanisms for organs and pianos; he also did electrical and cabinet work. Cheek died in 1969 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.


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  • Job application with New York Herald-Tribune Co., c. 1935

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

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