In September of 2016, Gary Kleckowitz put me in touch with Dave Williams, son of the late Dale Williams who had recently passed. Dale had a 2/11 Wurlitzer installed in his home in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
Dale was born in Fort Madison, Iowa on August 12, 1925. He graduated from Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. On September 7, 1947, Dale married Lois M. Weintz in Chicago, Illinois. In 1973, the family moved to the Whitewater area. Dale and his business partner began the Verlo Mattress Company in 1967 in Chicago, IL, which was named in honor of their wives and was the combination of the partner's wives names Verna and Lois. Dale built and flew airplanes and loved carpentry including crafting violins and furniture making. He put together and played a pipe organ as a hobby.
On September 6th, 2016, Zach Frame and I took a trip to the estate to view the instrument. After a tour and playing, an offer to purchase was made and accepted. On October 28th, Zach and I constructed 14 pipe crates and on October 31st and November 1st, Zach & Neill Frame, Steve Southworth, Gary Kleckowitz along with Dave Williams assisted me in removal of the instrument from Whitewater to temporary storage in East Troy, Wisconsin.
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