Illinois 1842 - 1908

Chicago became a major player in piano manufacturing during the 19th century.

Year

Company Name

1842 Reed & Sons Piano Company, Chicago
1854 W. W. Kimball Company, Chicago
1857 Julius Bauer & Company, Chicago
1864 Lyon & Healy, Chicago
1865 Western Cottage Piano & Organ Company, Ottawa
1869 M. Schulz Company, Chicago
  Story & Clark Piano Company, Chicago
1870 George P Bengt & Company, Chicago
  Foley & Williams Piano Manfacturing Company, Chicago
1873 Adam Schaaf, Chicago
  Schaeffer Piano Company, Chicago
1878 Straube Piano Company, Chicago
1879 Steger & Sons Piano Manufacturing Company, Chicago
1880 Cable Company, Chicago
  Newmann Brothers Company, Chicago
1884 Barnes Smith & Strohber Piano Company, Chicago
1885 Henry Detmer Piano Company, Chicago
1886 Bush & Gerts Piano Company, Chicago
1889 Hamilton Piano Company, Chicago Heights
1890 Conover Piano Company, Chicago
1891 Adolph Kaiser Piano Company, Chicago
1892 Chickering Brothers, Chicago
1893 Franz Meyer, Chicago
  Schiller Piano Company, Oregon
1894 Singer Piano Company, Chicago
1900 Melville Clark Piano Company, Chicago
1902 Price & Teeple Piano Company, Chicago
  Werner Piano Company, Chicago
  Haddorff Piano Company, Rockford
1903 Cable-Nelson Piano Company, Chicago
  Fuehr & Stemmer Piano Company, Chicago
  King Piano Company, Chicago
1905 Marquette Piano Company, Chicago
  R. K. Maynard Piano Company, Chicago
1907 William A Johnson Piano Company, Champaign
  Concord Company, Chicago
  Decker Brothers Company, Chicago
  J. P. Seeburg Piano Company, Chicago
  S. N. Swan Company, Freeport
  E. P. Johnson Piano Company, Ottawa
1908 H. P. Nelson Company, Chicago
  Pizarro Piano Company, Joliet

Other piano manufacturing companies established in Illinois during this time period, but without a specific date include: Schumann Piano Company, Nysewander Piano Company, both in Rockford; National Player Piano Company and Standard Piano Player Company, both in Oregon, IL; Seybold Piano & Organ Company in Elgin; and in Chicago: Weber & Sons, P. A. Starek Piano Company, B. Scherpe & Company, Rothschild & Company and Reichardt Piano Company.

Sources

1972. Alfred Dolge, Pianos and their Makers: A Comprehensive History of the Development of the Piano. Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 459 - 460.