- Benjamin Vogel
(b Osiek, Poland, Dec 8, 1870; d ?Włocławek, Poland, Oct 26, 1928). Polish organ builder. At 14 years of age he took over the organ workshop of his father, Hugon Ernst (b c1829; d 17 June 1884), in Osiek; Hugon was reputedly a pioneer of organ mass production. After 1890 Dominik founded a new workshop in Dobrzyń on the Vistula River. In 1898/9 he purchased the workshop of Wacław Przybyłowicz (founded 1848) in Płock, and in 1902 moved it also to Dobrzyń. He employed about 80 workers at that time. In 1905 he opened a branch in Vilnius under the management of his brother Wacław (b 27 Sept 1878; d 4 Aug 1954), who bought it out about 1908. In 1914 Dominik Biernacki moved to Włocławek, where he employed about 30 workers and built up to 20 instruments per year. One of the largest organ factories in Poland, the firm built altogether about 250 instruments, including one in Shlisselburg near St Petersburg in ...