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Norristown, Pennsylvania, 1920s-1960s.
Classification: Undetermined

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March 19, 2016:

From the OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, Mar 19, 2016. -

Samuel H. Huntington started a theater organ service firm in Norristown, Pennsylvania sometime in the 1920s.1 He enlarged the organ at the Ardmore Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania using a five-manual console from Gottfried.2

He was still active in Norristown in the 1940s, rebuilding and enlarging church organs. He enlarged the organ at First Methodist of Pottstown Pennsylvania in 1941.3 He may have performed repairs to the organ at Alliance chapel in Pottstown in 1945. A special offering was taken for the organ fund and he played for a service there in November of that year.4 In 1959, he rebuilt an 1892 Frank Roosevelt organ originally located in Temple Keneseth Israel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Peace Tohickon Lutheran Church of Perkasie, Pennsylvania. 5 The church had purchased the organ from the synagogue some years before. Members of the church carried the organ out of the synagogue in pieces and stored them in their barns until the church was ready to have it installed. 6

Sources:

  1. David L. Junchen, "David L. Junchen" Encyclopedia of the American theatre organ, (Showcase Publications, 1985), 55-89.
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  3. Jeanne Schlichter, "175-Voice Choir to Sing at First Methodist Organ Dedication Two Artists To Present Recital" Pottstown Mercury, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, December 13, 1941, 7.
  4. Church Directory, "Alliance Chapel" Pottstown Mercury, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, November 25, 1944, p.7>
  5. OHS Database, Organ ID 9112
  6. Michelle Morgan, "Book Digs Deep into Church History" Allentown Morning Call February 18, 1993. (Allentown, Pennsylvania), reviewing the book Faith and Community: A History of Peace-Tohickon Evangelical Lutheran Church, Perkasie, Pennsylvania, 250th Anniversary, 1743-1993 by Susan W. Clemons, (Indian Valley Printing, 1992).
    1. We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

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

S. H. Barrington, organ builder, was active in Norristown, Pennsylvania, from the 1920s through the 1960s.

Sources:

  • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 1 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1985), 55.
  • Tracker (Organ Historical Society, Richmond, VA.) 8:4, 11.

 

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

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