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Notes on Some Wurlitzer Band Organ People
By Matthew Caulfield

* Walter Johannes Wilhelm Wurl (May 13, 1881-Jan. 21, 1951) -- born
and died in Martinsville/North Tonawanda, New York; wife: Ella
(Eleanor Henriette Louise Schulz) Wurl (1881-1975).  Foreman in
Wurlitzer's Music Dept., known there simply as "Walter Wurl."

Noted on roll masters in Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (HCFM)
as responsible for punching the cardboard of Wurlitzer masters,
after they were marked by the arrangers.  Appears in most Tonawanda
directories from about 1923 until the 1952-53 directory, where his
name disappears; first called simply a Wurlitzer "emp." (employee),
then later "foreman," until the 1947 directory where he reverts to
"emp." and the 1948 directory "machine operator Wurlitzer."

Walter Wurl detailed his employment history on one of the roll
masters he punched, the master for roll 13251, still in the HCFM.
After the Wurlitzer Roll Dept. was sold in 1945, he finished his
career at Wurlitzer as watchman or timekeeper.

* Charles Nilson (1857-1924) -- (see AMICA Bulletin for Jan/Feb 2015)
Wurlitzer music arranger.  His circled initials "CN" are written on
many roll masters in HCFM.   In 1923 was visited by his brother,
Julius Nilson, and his family from London, being the first time
in thirty years they have seen each other.

* John William Tussing (Aug. 4, 1883-July 14, 1955) --  musician,
teacher, Wurlitzer arranger; wife: Serena Brooks Tussing; name
"John W. Tussing" stamped on roll masters in HCFM.

* Frederick H. Benz (d. January 13, 1958 in Lockport, age 81) -- born
in Germany; employed as music writer [i.e. arranger] by Wurlitzer.
His surname "Benz" inscribed on many roll masters in HCFM.  The 1929
Tonawandas directory lists: Benz, Fred H. (Mary M.), music writer R.W.
Mfg. Co., home: 1540 Kingston Ave.; identical listing in subsequent
directories until 1942 (no directories for 1943-1945); in the 1946-47
directory the Benz listing disappears.

* Ralph Tussing -- written up in the COAA's Carousel Organ #32
(Jul 2007).

* W(illiam) Meakin Jones (1874-Sept. 24, 1946) -- born in England,
came to North Tonawanda with Robert Hope Jones in 1911 and took
charge of the pipe organ department of Wurlitzer; wife: Daisy W.
Jones (1875-1960).

* Sylvia Schultz -- name and date April 2, 1925, scratched in
arranging table, along with another name and date Feb. 2, 1919.
Sylvia dated William Haeseler, Jr. (1901-1994) in the 1920's.
Haeseler later married (wife Mabel) and was inducted in the MBSI
Hall of Fame.  (Society note in North Tonawanda newspaper: July 24,
1924, Mr. & Mrs. William Haeseler, with son William, Jr., and Miss
Sylvia Schultz, of Tonawanda. visited [illegible]).

* Leon M(yron). Folmsbee (1888)-1950) --- arranger of Wurlitzer
rolls; played trumpet; wife Ida A. Luttmann Folmsbee (1896-1965),
children: sons Bert, Glenn, Jeffrey (d. aged 20); mother-in-law:
Frieda Luttmann; brother-in-law Frederick Luttmann.

* Emma M. Luttmann (1885-1941) -- sister of Mrs. Leon Folmsbee.

* Ida Luttmann (1896-1965) -- wife of Leon Folmsbee.

* Charles V. Jameson (may not have actually worked for Wurlitzer)
-- designed the Wurlitzer Jameson chest, which used individual unit
blocks (valve blocks).

* Walter H. Wendell -- Wurlitzer Vice President, General Mgr.,
1920's.  His approval notations appear in various entries in the
Wurlitzer Shipping Dock ledgers.

* Frank McCullough -- spinner of yarns and purveyor of misinformation
about Wurlitzer in 1960s and later.  See MMD Archives:

  http://www.mmdigest.com/Archives/KWIC/M/mccullough.html 

Matthew Caulfield
Irondequoit, New York


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