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Johann STRAUBE
Subject:  Johann STRAUBE
Birth:  1843
Death:  1906
Occupation:  violin maker, owner of harmonium factory, Berlin, Germany
Possible Brother:  Karl STRAUBE
Father:  J. C. F. STRAUBE


Sources kindly provided by Prof. John Koster of The Shrine to Music Museum, University of South Dakota, Vermillion SC.

1.  Herbert Heyde.  1994.  Musikinstrumentenbau in Preußen.  Verlegt Bei Hans Schneider.  On p. 221, J. C. F. Straube is listed as a violinmaker (geigenbau) and owner of a violin-making workshop (werkstatt) in Berlin in 1813.  He is mentioned again on p. 289:
STRAUBE, Johann (1843-1906), Sohn des Geigenbauers J. C. F. Straube. 1869 Gründung einer Reparaturwerkstatt, von 1873/74 an Harmoniumfabrikation. 1907 von Johann PAPPE übernommen. 1919 Übersiedlung der 5-6 Mitarbeiter umfassenden Firma nach Lich, wo sie sich 1923 mit Förster & Nicholaus vereinigte (ZfI 12. 1891/92, S. 207; 43, 1922/23, S. 1139, 1355).
As best I can make out, Johann Straube was the son of violin-maker J. C. F. Straube, and he established a repair works and harmonium factory in 1873/4 (the harmonium is a keyboard instrument, also known as a reed organ).  It appears that after Johann Straube died, the works were taken over by Johann Pappe in 1907, then in 1919 by the firm (or became the firm) of Lich, and in 1923, Forster and Nicholas but I don't read German, so I may be way off. 

2.  Christian Ahrens & Grego Klinke.  1996.  Das Harmonium in Deutschland: Bau, wirtschaftliche Bedeutung und musikalische Nutzung eines 'historischen' Musikinstrumentes.  Verland Erwin Bochinshy, Frankfurt.  I don't read German, but it appears that this excerpt is a capsule history of the Straube harmonium factory/business, more complete than the source above.  On p. 239:
Straube & Co. (Später: Straubes Harmoniumbauanstalt)

Berlin SW, Wilhelmstr. 29 (Mel 1879; PdW 1877, 1890); Schönebergerstr. 27 (PdW 1903); Friedrichstr. 34 (PdW 1912; RA 1918); Belle-Alliance-Str. 90 (PdW 1929/30); Lich [Hss] (PdW 1925/26, 1929/30), Garbenteicher Straße [Weg] 15 (PdW 1929/30; WeA)

--Inh.: Johannes und Karl Straube; Leiter; Hofinstr.- Macher J. Straube; Harmoniumbau-Anstalt und Handlung, gegr. 1869 (PdW 1903)

--Hof-Harmonium-Fabrik (PdW 1886)

--ab 1890er Jahre Harmoniumfertigung (Heyde 1994: ab 1873/74), insbesondere Harmoniums in Reinstimmung (Hf1/1929); Bau des ersten Viertelton-Harmoniums (Hf 5/1929)

--zum 1.5.1923 Übernahme durch die Firma Nicolaus & Pappe GmbH., Übersiedlung nach Lich, Oberhessen (Stadtarch); Nicholaus & Pappe im Juni 1927 aufgelöst, weitergeführt Gemeinsam mit Förster & Nicholaus (Stadtarch); ab 14.6.1927 Firma Straube wieder selbständig, weitergeführt von Otto Pappe; am 31.1.1972 Firmen Straube und Pappe, nach Tod der beiden Orgel- und Harmoniumbaumeister Reinhardt und Otto Pappe, aufgelöst (H-JF).

--Harmonium production um 1950 wieder aufgenommen (Pro in O1A); 1950er Jahre: Zusammenarbeit mit Firma Siegfried Mager & Co., Wuppertal; u.a. Entwicklung eines Harmoniums mit kombinierter mechanisch-elektronischer Tonerzeugung ('Mager-Straube-Kleinorgel'; MI 1956)

 --> Förster & Nicolaus, --> Nicholaus & Pappe, --> Mager, siegfried (Liste 3)

The letters and dates in parentheses are references to the book's bibliography, of which I do not have photocopies.  Note that this author cites our previous source (Heyde 1994...).

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