- Barbara Owen
Alsatian family of organ builders. Jean-Michel Stiehr (b Kürnach/Würzburg, 1750; d Seltz, 1829) was apprenticed to Ferdinand Stieffel of Rastatt in 1780 and became his foreman. Shortly afterwards he married Elise Lang of Seltz and established his workshop there. His sons François Joseph (1792–67), Ferdinand (1803–72), and Xavier (1806–73) were also organ builders, as was his nephew Felix Mockers (1818–81). The last members of the Stiehr family to work in the business were Joseph’s son Léon (1840–91), Ferdinand’s son Théodore (1848–1925), Xavier’s son Auguste (1837–87), and Felix Mockers’s sons Joseph and Charles-Louis (1859–1926). Reportedly, from 1860 Ferdinand, Théodore, Xavier, and August Stiehrs and Louis Mockers operated as Stiehr Frères, while Joseph and Léon Stiehr and Felix Mockers worked as Stiehr-Mockers; however, the use of these company names appears inconsistent. The organs of the family were conservatively Romantic in style, with mechanical actions and a Germanic influence apparent in such aspects as free-reed stops. The Stiehr-Mockers organ for Romanswiller (...