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William A. Sommerhoff View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Erie, Pennsylvania, 1924.
Classification: Builder

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October 17, 2015:

See main entry: Tellers-Sommerhoff

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

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). —

Apprentice with Tellers [? A. B. Felgemaker?, *see editorial note below] firm of Erie, Pennsylvania; partner with Heinrich (Henry) Tellers; and Ignatius Tellers in Tellers-Sommerhoff firm of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1906; operated W. A. Sommerhoff & Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1924; partner with John Liebel until 1939; died 22 May 1939 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

*Sommerhoff and the Tellers brothers, Henry and Ignatius, were all employeed at A.B. Felgemaker prior to forming Tellers-Sommerhoff, which was succeeded by Tellers-Kent in 1918. Tellers-Kent closed in 1933, members of the Tellers family continued doing service work, but the Tellers Organ Co. was not formed until 1945. —Ed.

Patents granted to William A. Sommerhoff:

  • Patent #862,029; July 30, 1907; action.
  • Patent #1,013,570; January 2, 1912; pipe foot.


  • The Diapason September 1924, 14.
  • The Diapason July 1939, 6.
  • [Information taken from the text of the United States patents listed above.]

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

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