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[newspaper clipping]
  From Boston we learn of the death at the age
of 70 of Mr. George H. Chickering, last sur-
viving son of Jonas Chickering, founder of the
oldest American firm of pianoforte makers, and
the supposed inventor, or at any rate the adaptor,
of the complete iron frame for pianos.  Jonas
Chickering who was born in New Hampshire in
1798, was induced by James Stewart (who
afterwards was connected with the house at
Collard s) to start a pianoforte factory in Boston
in 1823.  It was not till 1837, however, that Jonas
Chickering made his first iron-framed piano,
and the idea, it is claimed, had been anticipated 
by Thom and Allen, and other British makers.
Jonas Chickering died in 1853, and his son 
George has been head of the firm.
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One: page seventy-seven
Description:Newspaper clipping regarding the death of George H. Chickering, including biographical information about his father, Jonas.
Subject:Chickering, George H.; Chickering, Jonas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Stewart, James
Coverage (City/State):Boston, [Massachusetts]
Scan Date:2010-11-16

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Twenty-One
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of his experiences as a war correspondent for ""The New York Tribune"" at New Orleans, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; boarding house living; a visit to the Rawlings family; a fight with Mr. Blankman at his boarding house; his journey on the North Star with the Banks expedition; the re-occupation of Baton Rouge by Union forces; a visit to a sugar plantation in Louisiana; and Fanny Fern's daughter Grace Thomson's death.
Subject:African Americans; Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Publishers and publishing; Transportation; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.