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Pomeroy, Ohio, 1906; Highland, Illinois; Pekin, Illinois, 1912-1917; Erie, Pennsylvania, 1917-1954.
Classification: Organ Supplier

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May 07, 2018:

Note from the Organ Database Builders Listing editor Stephen Hall, May 5, 2017. -

Frederick R. Durst was born March 6, 1883 in Pomeroy, Ohio; he was the brother of Val Durst, (founder of Durst & Co.); and father of Carl F. Durst.

Durst start his career with the Barckhoff Organ Co. of Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1906; he also worked with the Wicks Pipe Organ Co. of Highland, Illinois; then the Hinners Organ Co. of Pekin, Illinois, 1912-1917. He was with A. Gottfried Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania, from 1917, as superintendent. In 1920, some of his co-workers left Gottfried, and established National Organ Supply. Four years later, he also left Gottfried to establish his own firm, Organ Supply Corp. of Erie in 1924.

Frederick R. Durst died December 26, 1954 in Erie, Pennsylvania, at age 71. His son, Carl, succeeded him as head of the Organ Supply Company. Carl would guide Organ Supply Company through a series of mergers and acquisitions by which it became part of the Organ Supply Industries (OSI) firm.

Sources:

  • David H. Fox, "Durst, Carl F., A Guide to North American Organbuilders, (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information), 117.
  • David H. Fox, "Durst, Frederick R., A Guide to North American Organbuilders, (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information), 118.
  • OSI website, "History", accessed May 4, 2017, http://www.organsupply.com/about-osi/history/.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

January 01, 2016:

For further information, see Organ Supply Corp.

 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

Born March 6, 1883 in Pomeroy, Ohio; he was the brother of Val Durst; and father of Carl F. Durst; with the Barckhoff Organ Co. of Pomeroy, Ohio, in 1906; with the Wicks firm of Highland, Illinois; with the Hinners Organ Co. of Pekin, Illinois, 1912-1917; with A. Gottfried Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania, from 1917, superintendent; established Organ Supply Corp. of Erie in 1924; died December 26, 1954 in Erie, Pennsylvania;. his son, Carl, succeeded him as head of the Organ Supply Company.

Sources:

  • The Diapason: February, 1955, 23.
  • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 798.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

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