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date: 26 February 2020

Clarke, William H(oratio)locked

  • William Osborne


(b Newton, MA, March 8, 1840; d Reading, MA, Dec 11, 1913). American organist, organ builder, and author. At age sixteen Clarke became a church organist in Dedham, Massachusetts, and three years later at the Berkeley Temple in Boston, concurrently teaching at the Perkins School for the Blind. There is some evidence that he traveled in Europe before moving to Dayton, Ohio in 1871 as music superintendent of that city’s public school system. By 1874 he had established an organ-building firm in Indianapolis in partnership with Stephen P. Kinsley, a voicer formerly with the firm of Hook and Hastings. During the next three years they installed substantial instruments in Indianapolis, Louisville, Dayton, and Kokomo. While in Indianapolis Clarke continued to work as a church organist, but by 1878 had returned to Boston as organist of the Tremont Temple, followed by similar positions in Toronto and Rochester. After ill health forced retirement in ...

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