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About      Louis Viohl (b.1844, d. ?) was a German woodworker who immigrated to New York in 1880 from Bremen, Germany [3]. According to the ...

Louis Viohl & Sons Musical Instruments

About

    Louis Viohl (b.1844, d. ?) was a German woodworker who immigrated to New York in 1880 from Bremen, Germany [3]. According to the 1880 census, he described his occupation as a 'piano maker' and was married to Sophia , another German immigrant [1]. By 1900, he had been widowed and described himself as a 'cabinet maker'. He had seven kids; Albrecht Louis Jr (b.1874), Sophie (b.1875), Louisa (b.1877), Dora (b.1880), Minnie (b.1884), Augustus (b.1888), Eliza (b.1892) [4]. 

According to the New York City Record Office's annual record of property value, Louis owned property in Flushing, Queens County, New York.

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Viohl's property highlighted
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Jamaica avenue has been renamed to Kissena boulevard
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Instruments

Empire State guitar label
Reverb - South Georgia Vintage


They built guitars and ukuleles and likely others. Their "Empire State" brand name is the most well known.


Sources

[2] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RXJ-SF9?i=14&cc=1488411&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AMVMQ-6J1
[3] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDWF-2HS
[4] https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6QC3-9WM?i=14&cc=1325221&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AMSLJ-J5G