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Boston, Massachusetts, 1831–1881.
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

For further information see E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings.

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October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). -

Born 1805 in Salem, Massachusetts; brother of George G. Hook. He, along with his brother, was an apprentice with William Goodrich of Boston, Massachusetts. He built his first organ while operating a music store with his brother in Salem, Massachusetts, 1827. He established the organ firm of E. & G. G. Hook with his brother in Boston, Massachusetts, 1831, and was head of the business office. The firm became E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings in 1872 when Francis Hastings became a full partner. Elias Hook died June 15, 1881 in Boston, Massachusetts; he was succeeded as head of the firm by Francis Hastings.


  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 124.
  • Barbara Owen, The Organ in New England (Raleigh: Sunbury Press, 1979), 405.
  • Forrest Mack, "The Hook Family: New Light Through Two letters from Elias Hook to His Sister", The Tracker 36:3 (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1992), 19.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 08, 2019.

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