Gentlemen: I am the son of Earl H. Kieselhorst who was the son of
Edwin A. and Estelle Kieselhorst, who formerly resided at 12 Southmoor,
St. Louis, Mo. (Ref. Gary Stevenson in MMDigest number 2000.08.23)
It is my understanding, based on prior discussions with my now deceased
father, that it was Edwin's piano business which was conducted out of
their music department store in St. Louis in the early 1900's. My father
said that the pianos were inexpensive "player" pianos which were sold
throughout the south. I don't know of a "Henry" Kieselhorst in this
former Kieselhorst piano operation.
I would welcome input from anyone familiar with the history of this
Donald H. Kieselhorst
[ Julian Dyer wrote in 000822 MMDigest:
[ "I have a book, John McTammany's 'History of the player', which
[ was sent by its author to contacts in the piano trade. My copy
[ is inscribed with a name and has a date stamp for 1 Jun 1914.
[ "Up to now I've not managed to read the owner's signature, although
[ I knew it must be someone in the piano trade. With the prompt from
[ the MMD, I can see the book says 'Property of Henry A. Kieselhorst,
[ St. Louis, Mo.' Wonderful! Another bit fits into the jigsaw.
[ "Mr. Kieselhorst received copy number 190 of McTammany's limited
[ edition of 1000 books. Judging by the complete absence of this book
[ in any reference material or library, he must have been one of the
[ very few to have kept his copy!"
[ At http://www.ancestorstories.org/cassell/k1913cd.html is an extract
[ from the 1913 St. Louis city directory that mentions "Kieselhorst
[ Piano Co. 1007 Olive"
[ -- Robbie