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Murray M. Harris (Organ Co.) View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Los Angeles, 1894-1913.
Classification: Undetermined

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October 30, 2004:

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

Born 1866; with George S. Hutchings firm of Massachusetts; with Plaisted & Co. of California* partner with Henry C. Fletcher in Fletcher & Harris of Los Angeles, California, 1895; partner with George L. Maxfield in Maxfield & Harris of Los Angeles, California, 1897-1898; operated Murray M. Harris Organ Co. in Los Angeles, California, 1898-1903, succeeded by Los Angeles Art Organ Co.; investment broker, 1905-1906; resumed firm c. 1907-c. 1912; with Southern Music Co., 1913, salesman; broker, 1914; died 1922 during trip in Arizona.

Staff: Edward L. Crome; Frank A. Dewey; Dowdell; William B. Fleming; Frank Frame; William Hauer; George Head; Edward T. Howe; E. A. Johnson; D. H. Kruse; Charles W. McQuigg; O. W. Orcutt; Anton Rokus; Thomas Ross; G. M. Smith; Edwin A. Spencer; Robert F. Tilton; A. J. Waters; Stanley W. Williams.

*Mark Plaisted moved to California circa 1888, after leaving Hutchings, Plaisted & Co., but we have no record of his building organs in California. According to Elmer Wallace Holmes (A History of Riverside County, California (Riverside County, CA: Historic Record Company, 1912), he designed and built his own home there, and became a small real estate developer. -Ed.

Sources:

  • Bicentennial Tracker (The Organ Historical Society, 1976), 123.
  • Diapason, August 1922, 8.
  • Organ Handbook (OHS Press, 1988), 12.
  • Elizabeth Town Schmitt.1
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 80 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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