- Barbara Owen
(b Randolph, VT, Mar 28, 1815; d Bellows Falls, VT, Oct 21, 1869). American organ builder. The son of a lawyer, he was largely self-taught in instrument making. He built his first instrument, a small chamber organ, in 1838, and in 1840 he studied briefly at Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio. For several years he engaged in piano and organ tuning and worked in conjunction with his younger brother Rufus Nutting, a maker of reed organs, before establishing his own workshop in Randolph. In 1851 he built a two-manual organ for Grace Episcopal Church in Randolph, and in 1853 he moved to a larger, water-powered workshop in Bellows Falls, where by 1860 he had three employees, and by this time was considered the leading organ builder in northern New England. From 1853 until his death he was organist of Immanuel Episcopal Church in Bellows Falls, playing a two-manual organ of his own manufacture, completed in ...