Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

Gideon Levi Parsons View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Springfield, Massachusetts, no earlier than 1879 – c.1921; Boston, Massachusetts, c. 1921-1932.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

Update This Entry
October 21, 2019:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, October 20, 2019. —

Dates for when Parsons worked with the various Steere firms are conjectural: Parsons was born in 1865, he could have started an apprenticeship as early as age 14 which would have put him working in 1879 with Steer & Turner in that year when the firm relocated to Springfield. Steer & Turner became J. W. Steere* & Sons when Turner left in 1891, then J. W. Steere & Son in 1894 when Frank Steere left the firm, he firm was reorganized in 1917; and renamed Steere Organ Co. in 1919. Finally, the firm was acquired by Ernest M. Skinner in 1921 and merged into Skinner Organ Company. However, Skinner kept the factory in Springfield as a branch for a few years before closing it and consolidating operations in Boston.

*The original family name was Steer, the Steers added an e at the end of their name around 1890, but apparently did not change the spelling on the nameplates until sometime latter.
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 21, 2019.

October 07, 2015:

See also: Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
and: Ernest M. Skinner<.p>

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 20, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

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

Born 1865 in Broadbrook, Connecticut; father of Bryant Gideon Parsons, Sr.; apprenticed and continued working with Steere firm of Springfield, Massachusetts; remained with successor Ernest M. Skinner firm as a flue voicer; with successor Aeolian-Skinner firm [of Boston, Massachusetts]; died 1932.

Source:

  • Correspondence of David H. Fox.

 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 20, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 0 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

This builder has been viewed 86 times.