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Norwich, England, before 1906; Boston, Massaachusetts, 1906; Elmira, New York, 1907-1910; North Towanda, NY 1910-1914, Richmond, VA 1914, Los Angeles, CA 1926.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

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May 07, 2018:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, March 9, 2018. -

James Nuttall and Henry J. Carruthers were the best known two of the small retinue of skilled workers that Robert Hope-Jones brought with him to the United States from England. They followed Hope-Jones as he went through various companies: Austin, Ernest Skinner, Hope-Jones own firm in Elmira, New York, and its successor, the Hope-Jones division of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Co.

After Hope-Jones suicide in 1914, the "team" split up, each man following his own calling to the next opportunity. As a reed voicer trained in England, Nuttall may have had more opportunities than most; English voicers were in demand in the United States during the period.

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 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). -

Commercial clerk in England; associate of Robert Hope-Jones; with Hope-Jones Electric Co. of Birkenhead, England; with successor Norman & Beard of Norwich, England; with Ernest M. Skinner firm of Boston, Massachusetts, 1906; with Hope-Jones Organ Co. of Elmira, New York, 1907-1910; with successor Rudolph Wurlitzer Manufacturing Co. firm of North Tonawanda, New York; with C.F. Winder firm of Richmond, Virginia, 1914; with A. Gottfried & Co.of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1917; with Welte Co. in Los Angeles, California, 1926, installer; in Glendale, California, c. 1940, reed voicer; inventor; died November, 1949 in California.


  • The Diapason November 1914, 7.
  • The Diapason October 1917, 8.
  • The Diapason March 1926, 8.
  • David H. Fox.
  • David L. Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 677.
  • Letter of Henry J. Carruthers.
  • Barbara Owen.

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

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