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  • Lana Krakovskiy
    Dear friends, Forwarding an info request from UK. Thanks. Lana Begin forwarded message: From: Vince Taylor Date: July 29, 2011
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      Dear friends,
      Forwarding an info request from UK.
      Thanks.
      Lana

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      From: "Vince Taylor" <vctgenealogy@...>
      Date: July 29, 2011 12:15:58 PM EDT
      To: <organaut@...>
      Subject: request from the UK about organ history

      Hello,

      I wonder if anyone in the pipe organ fraternity in Toronto could help
      me with research that I am carrying out for an exhibition at the
      Parsonage Heritage centre in Bedworth. Warwickshire, England.

      The exhibition will be about a Bedworth family called Topp who were
      very well known both locally and in other parts of the UK through much
      of the 19th and into the 20th Century for the quality of their church
      organs.

      Two brothers Walter and James Topp left Bedworth around 1890 to work
      for Lyons and Healy in Chicago building organs.

      Although we have quite a lot of information about those Topps working
      in Bedworth we knew virtually nothing about Walter and James and their
      work in North America. The only information was that we believed that
      Walter patented a process for the carving of the panels of
      pianofortes.

      Having been in touch with organ people in Chicago we now know that
      James did a lot of work around the Chicago area and had a patent for a
      new design of windchest in 1921.

      Recently discovered obituaries for their father dated 1915 indicate
      that one of the brothers was working in Toronto.

      I appreciate that 100 years is a long time but it may just be possible
      that someone in the Toronto area may still have records  or
      information which would help us with the history of the Topp family.

      Regards and thanks

      Vince Taylor

      www.Bedworth-society.co.uk

      www.visitnorthernwarwickshire.com




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