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England, before 1904; Bloomfield, New Jersey, c. 1904; Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1905–1914; Boston, Massachusetts, 1929.
Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor

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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). -

Born in England; apprentice with Henry Willis & Sons of London, England; with the J. J. Binns and Bramby firms of Leeds, England; with Hope-Jones & Harrison of Bloomfield, New Jersey, c. 1904; with The Ernest M. Skinner Organ Co. of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1905-1914, head reed voicer; partner with Walter R. Birkmaier in voicing firm; established Ilse & Brockbank of New York City, New York, 1914; established pipe supplies firm in Lakeview, New Jersey, adjoining American Master Organ Co., 1916; with William W. Laws firm of Beverly, Massachusetts, 1921; with Frazee Organ Co. of Everett, Massachusetts; resided in Revere, Massachusetts; died on April 3, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, age 46.


  • The Diapason, November, 1914, 1.
  • The Diapason, February, 1916, 15.
  • The Diapason, March, 1921, 16.
  • The Diapason, May 1929, 10.
  • Letter of Henry J. Carruthers.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

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