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William Raynolds Farrand View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Detroit, Michigan, 1887-1897.
Classification: Builder

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September 18, 2015:

For further information, see Farrand & Votey.

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

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). -

Born September 9, 1853 in Detroit, Michigan; with father's wholesale drug firm of Farrand, Williams & Co. of Detroit, Michigan;

With Whitney Organ Co., reed organs, of Detroit, Michigan, 1883, secretary-treasurer; acquired firm with Edwin S. Votey as the Farrand & Votey Organ Co., 1887-1897, reed organs and beginning 1889, pipe organs;

Farrand & Votey separated in 1898; Farrand established the Farrand Organ Co., continuing the reed organ and piano business, 1898 while Votey continued the pipe organ business; Farrand closed his firm c. 1916; in real estate and insurance business; he died August 1930 in Detroit, Michigan.


  • Robert F. Gellerman, Gellerman-s International Reed Organ Atlas (Vestal, NY: The Vestal Press, 1985) , 45.
  • The Diapason: October 1930, 4.
  • The Tracker: 32:2, 18.

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

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