Farny Reginald Wurlitzer

Farny Reginald Wurlitzer

Birth
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 6 May 1972 (aged 88)
Kenmore, Erie County, New York, USA
Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 8709196 · View Source
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Farny Reginald Wurlitzer was the youngest son of Rudoplh Wurlitzer, founder of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Mfg. Company. In 1909, he was placed incharge of overseeing the companys manufactuing plant in North Tonawanda, NY. It was under Farny's leadership, in association with inventor/organbuilder Robert Hope-Jones, that the Wurlitzer Company became the leading producer of theatrical orchestral pipe organs from 1910-1943 with some 2,238 instruments produced.

Starting in the early 1930's,under Farny's careful eye, the company began production of "automatic phonographs", better known as juke boxes. The most recognisable model being the 1015 "Bubbler" introduced in 1946, and known the world over.

Pinaos, Violins, Harps, Trumpets, radios, and military band organs for carousels were also produced in the sprawling North Tonawanda plant, to name a few.

Farny Wurlitzer retired as president of the company in 1966, but remained on the board from 1904, until his death in 1972.

Of his estate valued at $3,483,532, much of it was left to charity, in death as in life, his generosity continued.



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  • Added: 1 May 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8709196
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Farny Reginald Wurlitzer (7 Dec 1883–6 May 1972), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8709196, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46610894) .