A collection of bicentennial biographies from Chautauqua County, N.Y. featuring Marcus & Charles Ahlstrom, Karl Peterson, Frederick Gurney, Charles Dahlstrom and Reg and Elizabeth Lenna (all from Jamestown). Originally broadcast on local radio stations May 9 – May 13, 2011.
No. 86 – Marcus & Charles Ahlstrom
Marcus and Charles Ahlstrom were brothers who immigrated from Sweden to America during the 19th century. Marcus was born in 1845 and Charles was born eight years later in 1853. In 1869 the two came with the rest of their family to the United States and settled in Jamestown.
Charles was musician and considered a “piano expert.” So in 1875, he and Marcus established the Ahlstrom Piano Company. Their factories were located at 112-114 East Second Street, Jamestown. The company built a full line of square grand pianos and uprights at first, but discontinued the square pianos before 1895. After the turn-of-the-century, the firm added grand pianos and player pianos to their product line. Continue reading