De Kleist & Wurlitzer
This set has photos, historical postcards, newspaper clippings, and other items pertaining to North Tonawanda's DeKleist Barrel Organ Factory, and the Wurlitzer complex which was built around it.

Eugene DeKleist was born in Germany. An employee of Limonaire Freres, he met with William Herschell in London. Trager: "Herschell convinced DeKeist to come to the United States to set up band organ production in North Tonawanda, New York. In 1893* Eugene DeKleist came over and founded the North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory."

This "North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory" was enlarged in 1902,* and renamed "deKleist Musical Instrument Works."

In 1909, Rudolph Wurlitzer bought deKleist out, and later built the sprawling complex still standing in 2008 (not sure how much later).

From History of Wheatfield, New York (1897) - "Eugene De Kleist began the manufacture of church and other .organs in Martinsville in 1892, and in 1893 erected a large factory, in which he employed about fifty hands. He has been eminently successful in this enterprise, and enjoys a trade which extends all over the country."

SOURCE: Bopp, Ron. The American Carousel Organ: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

* Bopp has it as 1893, while the placard on the building gives 1892. Contemporaneous news articles side with Bopp.
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