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Mathias P. Moller (Möller) Sr. View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Warren, Pennsylvania 1875-1877; Greencastle, Pennsylvania 1877-1880; Hagerstown, Maryland, 1881-1937.
Classification: Builder

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October 09, 2019:

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 29 Sep. 1855 in Bornholm, Denmark; father of Mathias P. Möller, Jr.; in Warren PA, 1872; with Derrick & Felgemaker of Erie, PA, c. 1872; with Greenland Brothers furniture firm; established firm in Warren, PA, 1875; in Greencastle, PA, 1877-1880; relocated to Hagerstown, MD, 1881; established Crawford Automobile Co., 1925; other business interests included: Potomac-Edison Electric Co., Hagerstown & Frederick Railroad Co., Hagerstown, Trust Co., Hotel Princess Dagmar; died 13 Apr. 1937, in Hagerstown, MD.

Patent #343,049; June 1, 1886; organ.

Sources:

  • The Diapason, May 1921, 1.
  • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1990), 345.
  • The American Organist June 1989, 60.
  • The American Organist, March 1990, 56.
  • The American Organist, January 1993, 88.
  • The American Organist, April, 1994, 50.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 09, 2019.

October 09, 2010:

For further information about the Möller firm, see the primary entry: M.P. Möller.

See also Derrick, Felgemaker, & Co.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 05, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From Builders Editor, Stephen Hall, October 8, 2019. —

Mathias P. Moller (Möller) Sr. was born September 29, 1855 in Bornholm, Denmark. Moller emigrated to the United States while in his teens, he was in Warren, Pennsylvania by 1872. He was with Greenland Brothers furniture firm in Erie, Pennsylvania prior to joining Derrick & Felgemaker of Erie, Pennsylvania, circa 1872. He moved to Warren, Pennsylvania in 1875 and established his own organ building firm there in 1875; two years later, he relocated to Greencastle, Pennsylvania. He moved to Hagerstown, Maryland in 1881, the M.P. Moller organ company would remain there until its closing in 1992. In addition to the organ business, he established Crawford Automobile Co. in 1925; his other business interests included Potomac-Edison Electric Co., Hagerstown & Frederick Railroad Co., Hagerstown Trust Co., and the Hotel Princess Dagmar. Moller died April 13, 1937 in Hagerstown, Maryland. His son, Mathias P. Möller Jr. continued the company after the senor Moller's death.

Sources:

  • David Fox, A Guide to North American Organbuilders, (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information) 213.
  • David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1990), 345.

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

Database Specs:

  • 2 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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