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Bloomfield, New Jersey, 1904-1905; Boston, Massachusetts, 1905-1906; Elmira, New York, 1907-1910; Springfield, Massachusetts, until 1917; Van Nuys, California, 1917; Chicago, Illinois, 1
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) -

Henry J. Carruthers was the son of Joseph J. Carruthers; He went with father to the United States no later than 1904 and like his father, started with Hope-Jones & Harrison of Bloomfield, New Jersey, 1904-1905.

After the HopeJones & Harrison partnership ended, the father and son took different paths: The elder Carruthers followed Robert Hope-Jones to Elmira, New York, while Henry took a position with the Ernest M. Skinner Organ Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, 1905-1906. Less than two years later, he started with the J. W. Steere & Sons of Springfield, Massachusetts, remaining there until 1917. He then travelled across the country to begin with Robert-Morton Co. of Van Nuys, California, in 1917, where he was a voicer. After serving in World War I, he started anew with W.W. Kimball Co. of Chicago, Illinois, 1919. He moved from manufacturing to the service side with Greater Theater Circuit of Seattle, Washington, in 1920. He continued in theater organ maintenance with Jensen & Von Herber Theaters, working as a serviceman; before taking a similar position with the City of Portland, Oregon, being the in-house serviceman for the civic instrument. Fox lists him as still alive in 1969.

Find a Grave lists "Henry James Carruthers, born November 26, 1886, died June 7, 1982, buried in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon” (Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/3894654/henry-james-carruthers). His gravestone says that he was "CPL US ARMY.”-Ed.


  • The Diapason July 1918, 15.
  • The Diapason March 1920, 9.
  • David H. Fox.
  • 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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