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Baltimore, Maryland, 1890; Detroit, dates unknown; New York City; no earlier than1902–1924.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

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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 1864 in New York; with Roosevelt firm branch shop in Baltimore, Maryland, 1890, manager; with successor Farrand & Votey of Detroit, Michigan, in New York City, New York, agent; resident of Cranford, New Jersey by 1902; with Aeolian Co. of Garwood, New Jersey, managing director; retired, 1924; director of Cranford Trust Co. and Cranford Mutual Building & Loan Association; died May 29, 1930 in Cranford, New Jersey, age 66.


  • The Diapason, July 1930, 16.
  • Local directories of the period.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
  • A biographical dictionary of organbuilders compiled by F. R. Webber ca. 1955; located in the OHS American Organ Archive, .

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

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