- Barbara Owen
American firm of organ builders. It was founded by Reuben Midmer (1824–95), originally from Sussex, England, who emigrated to New York at the age of 16 and was apprenticed to Thomas Hall. Later he was employed by Ferris & Stuart, but in 1860 he left to form his own company in Brooklyn. About 1875 he was joined by his son Reed Midmer (1857–1918) as Reuben Midmer & Son (two younger sons might briefly have been associated with the firm). Reuben retired in 1888. At his death Reed purchased the firm from his father’s estate, and in 1906 moved it to a larger, steam-powered factory in Merrick, Long Island, where he built housing for about 30 employees. By this time more than 100 organs had been built for Brooklyn alone; by 1917 the firm had completed about 300 instruments, including 12 of three manuals. About 1920 Charles Siebert Losh (...