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Victoria Falls, Texas, 1951-2010.
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November 21, 2015:

From OHS PC Database Builders Listing editor, updated Mar 7, 2016. -

Frels Pipe Organs of Victoria Falls, Texas was owned and operated by Reuben S. Frels Mr. Frels established the business in 1951.1 Employing only a few workers, he built mechanical action organs. often rebuilding. or using the pipes from older instruments. Frels was also engaged in restoring organs in Mexico, including the four-manual Austin now in the Puebla Cathedral.2 Frels died in 2014, and was ill prior to that, the firm closed around 2010.3

Sources:

  1. Melissa Crow, "Rubin Frels remembered for his love of movies, music" Victoria Advocate, published on-line June 19, 2014, updated June 20, 2014. Accessed Nov 21, 2015.
  2. Arthur Lawrence, "Frels, Reuben S." in The Organ: An Encyclopedia edited by Douglas Bush & Richard Kassel (Utah and New York: Psychology Press, 2006), p.211.
  3. Crow, ibid.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

April 15, 2010:

From the OHS PC Database Builders editor, March 7, 2016. Derived from "Reuben S. Frels" entry in A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991).-

Owned/operated by Reuben S. Frels of Victoria Falls, Texas from 1951. Active in 1991.

Staff: Daniel Angerstein, Russell D. Franklin, Rex McKenzie Range

Sources from Fox article:

  • Susan Caust Farrell, Directory of Contemporary American Musical Instrument Makers (Columbia, MO: The University of Missouri Press, 1981), 47.
  • Organ Handbook (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1989) 59.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

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

Database Specs:

  • 4 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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