Early American Tower Clocks (Section III)

Tower Clock Installation Records
Based on
Early American Tower Clocks©

By Frederick M. Shelley

Section III

Mathias Schwalbach Clocks
The format of this listing is slightly different, to permit listing the model number.
Model City State Date Clock? Building
#2 La Salle, IL -- -- St. Hyacinth's Church #1 Chicago, IL 1894 -- St. Michael's Church #3 Muscatine, IA 1904 -- St. Mary's Church #4 Mt. Vernon, IN 1890 -- St. Matthew's Church #2 Ellinwood, KS -- N St. Joseph's Church #4 Earlington, KY 1888 -- Church of the Immaculate Conception #4 Grand Haven, MI 1890 -- First Reformed Church #2 Westphalia, MI 1897 -- St. Mary's Church #? Muskegon, MI 8/26/1905Y St. Paul's Evang. Lutheran Church $390; bell clock & dials. #2 Chaska MN 1890 -- Guardian Angel Church #2 Chaska, MN 1903 -- Guardian Angel Church (Orig, church burned) #2 New Ulm, MN -- -- Holy Trinity Church #2 Jordan, MN 1890 -- St. John the Bap't Church #2 St. Joseph's MN -- -- St. Joseph's Church #3 New Munich, MN 1897 -- St. Mary's Church #2 Norwood, MN -- -- St. Mary's Church #2 Stillwater, MN 1905 -- St. Mary's Church #4 Glencoe, MN -- -- Sts. Peter & Paul Church #? David City, NE 1911 Y* St. Mary's Church **** #1 Buffalo, NY 1903 N St. Mary of the Rosary Church # Minster, OH 1903 -- St. Augustin Church # Mt. Angel, OR -- -- Mount Angel College #2 Windhorst, TX 1925** Y St. Mary's Catholic Church #2 Appleton, WI 1898 -- St. Joseph's Church #3 Brillion, WI -- -- St. Mary's Church #2 Burlington, WI 1889 -- St. Mary's Church #4 Chilton, Wi -- -- St. Mary's Church #3 Jefferson, WI 1905 St. John's Ev. Luth. Church -- Jefferson WI 1907 -- Puerner Block #5 Juneau, WI 1903 -- -- Church? #3 Kaukauna, WI -- -- Holy Cross Church -- Kewaskum, WI -- -- -- -- Lacrosse, WI -- -- La Crosse Cathedral -- Mauston, WI -- -- St. Patrick's Church #2 Milwaukee WI 1896 St. Michael's Church #3 Milwaukee, WI 1905 N Cross Lutheran Church #3 Milwaukee, WI -- N Holy Ghost Lutheran Church #1 Milwaukee, WI 1890 N Holy Trinity - Our Lady of Guadalupe #4 Milwaukee, WI 1889 N Notre Dame Convent (Building demolished) #2 Milwaukee, WI 1893 Y Sacred Hearts Church # Milwaukee, WI 1900 Elec'd St. Casimir Parish # Milwaukee, WI -- Elec'd Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church # Milwaukee, WI 1910 Elec'd. St. Francis of Assisi Church #2 Milwaukee, WI 1905 N St. Hyacinth's Church #2 Milwaukee, WI 1890 Y St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church #2 Milwaukee, WI 1901 Elec'd. St. Josephat's Congregation # Milwaukee, WI -- -- St. Joseph's Congregation (Church demolished) #3 Milwaukee, WI 1901 Elec'd. St. Lucas Ev. Lutheran Church #2 Milwaukee, WI 1890 N St. Matthew's Ev. Luth. Church (Church demolished) #2 Milwaukee, WI 1892 N St. Michael's Congregation # Milwaukee, WI -- Y St. Paul's Ev. Luth. Church # Milwaukee, WI 1875 Y St. Stanislaus Church #2 Milwaukee, WI -- N St. Vincent De Paul Cong. #4 Milwaukee, WI -- Y Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church #3 Newburgh, WI 1903 -- Holy Trinity Church # Pewaukee, WI 1923 Y St. Mary's Church*** #3 Newburg, WI 1903 -- Holy Trinity Church #3 Stevens Point, WI 1897 -- St. Peter's Cath. Church #4 Tomah, WI -- Elec'd. St. Mary's Church #4 Waterford, WI 1899 Elec'd. St. Thomas of Acquinas # Watertown, WI -- -- St. Henry's Cath. Church
* Now in a private collection.
** This clock likely came from a different place, as Schwalbach stopped making tower clocks in 1915.
(Or it may be a Star Clock Company clock. See the note below.)
*** This clock is now in the collections of the American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol,
Connecticut. It was made by Mathias' successor, his son, Robert, under the name of the
Star Clock Company.
**** Angelus strike.

Floria Geiring Clocks
Made major modifications to the Neisser (q.v.) clock in the Central Moravian
Church in Bethlehem, PA, to extend its running time from 30 hours to 8 days.
George W. Russell Clocks
New Holland PA Y Public School 1875
William A. Hendrie Clocks
Detroit MI Y (Mus) Detroit City Hall 1876
Nels Johnson Clocks
Model City State Date Clock? Building Los Angeles, CA 1912 -- Los Angeles Times Bldg. San Jose, CA 1909 -- Post Office, now Public Library Pottsville, IA -- -- -- Chicago, IL 1893 -- World's Fair-Michigan Bldg. Big Rapids, MI -- -- -- Detroit, MI 1891 -- Union Depot Detroit, MI -- -- Post Office Holland, MI -- -- Bank Lansing, MI -- -- City Hall 1 Muskegon, MI 1889 Y* Lyman Building St. Joseph, MI -- -- Court House 3 Manistee MI 1894 Y** St. Joseph's Polish Catholic Church Manistee, MI 1893 -- First Methodist Episcopal Church Manistee, MI 1889? -- Johnson's Machine Shop 2 Pelican Falls, MN 1905 Y Faith Church Rochester, NY 1892 -- -- Memphis, TN -- -- U. S. Customs House Milwaukee, WI -- -- City Hall Milwaukee, WI 1890 -- Emmanuel's Evangelical Lutheran Church Milwaukee, WI 1891 -- Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church 3 Milwaukee WI 1894 -- Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Foreign Installations: Chengtu, West China 1914 -- Unknown Lucknow, India 1910 -- Isabella Thoburn College
* Now in a private collection.
**Electrified 1989 by I.T. Verdin

There are three known models of Johnson clocks. The first is a simple timepiece, illustrated in NAWCC Bulletin #294, Pg. 91, a time and strike, illustrated in Bulletin #108, Pg. 88; #271, Pg. 194, and a three train to strike the quarters, illustrated in #108, Pg. 86. All three clocks are also illustrated in the catalog published by Johnson, currently held by the NAWCC Library.

This list includes only 23 of the 50 to 60 clocks Johnson is thought to have made. Any further information as to the installations of clocks, and of their current existence would be much appreciated.

The St. Joseph Polish Catholic Church also strikes the Angelus. Whether this is a Johnson-design or a Verdin modification is not known.

David Powers Clocks
Milwaukee WI N Unknown 1876
S. W. Robinson Clocks
Urbana IL Y University of Illinois 1878
Carl Ericson Clocks
Sioux Falls SD N Masonic Temple 1879
Ansonia Clock Company Clocks
We know of no installation locations post 1879 for either tower or street clocks. Two tower clocks are known to be in private collections.
Alfred Clifford Clocks
Phillipston MA Y Congregational Church 1880
Moody Haskell Clocks
Burlington VT N Unitarian Church 1888?
Joseph Barborka Clocks
Iowa City IA Y City Hall -- Iowa City IA Y St. Mary's Church 1885 New York City NY ** McAlpin Hotel 1899 Iowa City IA N Dostel Brewery -- Rock Island IL * Rock Island Lines Pass. Depot 1901 Louisville KY N Post Office -- Minneapolis MN * Federal Courts Building -- Omaha NE Y Post Office -- Carson City NV Y Post Office -- Some 30 clocks are said to have been made by Barborka between 1876 and 1921,
but the exact number is not known. * Now in a private collection. ** Street, or post, clock, location unknown.
Adam Edward Pollhans/George J. Hoffman Clocks
See Pollhans/Hoffman Clocks in Section 2.
David Brooke Johnson Clocks
Fort Washington PA Y Elmer Dungan Residence 192? Collegeville PA Y Ursinus College 192? Ambler PA Y Owned by D.B. Johnson's son. 192?
Balzer Clockworks Clocks
Freeport ME Y L.L.Bean Store 199? Waterville ME Y Colby College, Miller Library 199?
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