J. Holbrook Ware Builds Church Organs with His Cousin

GEORGE HANDEL HOLBROOK, son of George and Mary (Wood) Holbrook, was born July
21, 1798, in Brookfield, Mass., attended town school, moved to Medway in 1816,
became associated with his father in the manufacture of bells and church clocks,
succeeded in 1820 to the entire business which he carried on until 1871, having
at that time cast over ten thousand church and other bells. He married, Jan. 1,
1824, Louisa Harding, daughter of Thomas and Keziah (Bullen) Harding. In 1837 he
began building church organs, in company with his cousin, Mr. J. Holbrook Ware,
until 1850, when the partnership was dissolved. Colonel Holbrook, a musician and
a violinist of more than local reputation, was a member of the Handel and Haydn
Society of Boston. He was, when young, offered the leadership of an orchestra in
one of the theatres of Boston. He was very much interested in military service,
and held every commission from ensign to colonel, declining the position of
brigadier-general to which he was elected. He was postmaster at East Medway for
over thirty-five years, and represented the town in 1835 in the Legislature. He
was of a quiet, retiring disposition, though genial. His house was always open
to musical and literary people, and he will be remembered for his liberality in
providing musical entertainments of the highest order. The Handel and Haydn
Society and Boston's most celebrated musicians often performed under his
direction. Colonel Holbrook died March 20, 1875, aged seventy-six years. He was
succeeded in the organ business by his son, Mr. Edwin L. Holbrook, and in the
bell business by his grandson, Mr. Edwin Handel Holbrook.


THE BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT PERSONS,
AND
The Genealogical Records
OF
MANY EARLY AND OTHER FAMILIES
IN
MEDWAY, MASS. 1713-1886.
Illustrated
WITH NUMEROUS STEEL AND WOOD ENGRAVINGS.
BY
E. O. JAMESON,
THE AUTHOR OK "THE COGSWELLS IN AMERICA," "THE HISTORY OF MEDWAY, MASS." ETC.
MILLIS, MASS. 1886.

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