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Kidron, Ohio, 1873 to c. 1880; Orrville, Ohio c. 1880-1913
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

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May 07, 2018:

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February 26, 2016:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

Abraham J. Schantz (originally "Tschantz)

Father of Victor, Edison F., and Oliver A. Schantz; established reed organ business in Kidron, Ohio, in 1873; relocated to Orrville, Ohio; dropped the initial T from the company name early on, but retained the spelling of surname until 1899; building pipe organs and reed organs. Succeeded by A. J. Schantz, Sons & Co. 1892; retired in 1913; died 1921.

Patent #1,117,605; 17 Nov. 1914; blower
Patent #1,248.,926; 4 Dec. 1917; bellows valve

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October 12, 2015:

The indentured list of Schantz family members who were involved with the firm was removed from this entry and placed in the Schantz Overview.

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

October 09, 2010:

For further information about the family, see the overview article: Schantz Overview.

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October 30, 2004:

Note from the Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, June 5, 2017. -

Abraham J. Schantz (originally "Tschantz), was the founder of the Schantz Organ firm. He was born March 7, 1849 near Dalton, Wayne Co., Ohio. He was the father of Victor, Edison F., and Oliver A. Schantz.

Schantz had a cabinet shop by 1869/ He established a reed organ business in Kidron, Ohio, in 1873; which he relocated to Orrville, Ohio a few years later. He dropped the initial T from the company name early on, but retained the spelling of his own surname until 1899. The firm began building pipe organs as well as reed organs. The firm was renamed A. J. Schantz Sons & Co. in 1892 when the two oldest sons joined their father.

Abraham Schantz retired from the firm he founded in 1913; leaving the operation to his three sons. He died in Orville, Ohio, on September 16, 1921.

Abraham Schantz held two patents:

  • Patent #1,117,605; November 17, 1914; blower
  • Patent #1,248.,926; December 4, 1917; bellows valve

Sources:

  • David Fox, "Abraham Schantz", A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Richmond Va.: Organ Historical Society, rev. ed., 1997) 258.
  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975),
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