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Albert S. Pilcher View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

New Orleans, Louisiana, 1887-1930s.
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

See also:

Pilcher Brothers (New Orleans)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

May 07, 2018:

For further reading:

Bynum Petty, Henry Pilcher's Sons: Opus List and Historical Sketch, (LULU Press 2014). Available through the OHS catalog.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

February 23, 2016:

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

 

Son of William Pilcher; New Orleans, Louisiana, with the Pilcher Brothers firm of New Orleans, 1887-1900; with Philip Werlein of New Orleans, 1902-1930s, working in piano department.

Sources:

  • United States Federal Census.
  • One or more local directories of the place and period.
  • Pilcher Family Records.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

NOTE: The Pilcher family had four generations of organbuilders in the U.S.; four individuals were named Henry and another four named William. This has lead to considerable confusion, as both the second and the third Henry were styled Jr at different times, and the second Henry is also Sr. in the context of Henry Pilcher & Sons. There is similar confusion with William (generation II) who is often confused with his son, organist/composer William Henry. we recommend viewing the Pilcher Family - Overview for help in finding the person or firm which interests you.
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 25, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From the OHS Database, Builders Listing editor. Updated and revised Feb. 22, 2016, using information from sources listed in the notes. —

 

Albert S. Pilcher was born in 1870 in Chicago, Illinois; the youngest son of William Pilcher, and grandson of the senior Henry Pilcher. He was therefore part of the third generation of Pilchers to build organs in the United States. (see Pilcher Family - Overview)

While he was still a small child, the family moved back to St. Louis, Missouri. After his father was unsuccessful in reviving the family firm there, the family moved repeatedly before settling in New Orleans, Louisanna. At seventeen, Albert started with his father's latest venture in organ building. William revived the name Pilcher Brothers in New Orleans, LA, in 1887, the name he and his brother Henry had used in Chicago, and that he had used in St. Louis after Henry left for Louisville, Kentucky. This venture lasted the longest of William's efforts, nearly thirteen years before closing in 1900. After the closing of the last incarnation of the Pilcher Brothers, Albert sought other employment; by 1902, he was with Philip Werlein of New Orleans, he remained there until the 1930s, working in the piano department. Albert Pilcher died in 1942.

Source:
Bynum Petty, Henry Pilcher's Sons: Opus List and Historical Sketch, (LULU Press 2014)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 25, 2019.

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