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William Edward Pilcher [Sr.] View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Chicago, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky, 1874; d. 1946
Classification: Builder

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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). —

William Edward Pilcher [Sr.] was born January 27, 1859 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the son of Henry Pilcher [II], brother of Henry W., John V., Paul B. and Robert E. Pilcher, and father of William Edward Pilcher Jr. He was with his father's firm Pilcher Brothers in Chicago, Illinois; its successor firm H. Pilcher's & Sons of Louisville, Kentucky, 1874 and that firm's successor, Henry Pilcher's Sons. He died March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Patent #1,067,545; July 15, 1913; valve.

NOTE: It is difficult to keep the various Henrys and Williams in the Pilcher family straight. William had an uncle and a cousin by the same name, both of whom were also organ builders. There is a simplified family tree at the entry for the Pilcher Family to help in following the names of the Pilcher clan.

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

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