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Born in Germany 1823; to US/Canada 1854; St. Louis, Missouri, 1882.
Classification: Builder

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October 11, 2015:

See also: Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc.

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 (Organ Historical Society, 1991) —

Johann Georg [John George] Pfeffer. Born April 23, 1823 in Stetten am Hohenzollern, Germany; father of Robert, Anthony, George, and Eugene Pfeffer.

He immigrated to the United States, 1854; in New York City, New York, 1854-c. 1856; in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada until May, 1857; briefly in New York City, New York; in Cleveland, Ohio; in St. Louis, Missouri, by October 1858; acquired Wilhelm Metz shop of St. Louis, Missouri, 1864; established J. G. Pfeffer & Son of St. Louis, Missouri, 1882; retired 1900; sold the business to Kilgen firm, 1909; died April 4, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri.


  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 306.
  • Organ Handbook 1986 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society), 19.
  • Donald T. Petering, John George Pfeffer, St. Louis Organbuilder, Master Thesis, Concordia College, River Forest, IL, 1979.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 23, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 15 Organs
  • 2 Divisions
  • 2 Consoles

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