Updated through on-line information from Firmon E Hardenbergh.
Updated through on-line information from Firmon E Hardenbergh. -- Sam Sponsellar, from whom we had purchased the organ, lived with us for a week or so while he re-installed it in our home. He was the A-S factory Superintendent when the Simmons family in Greenwich had indicated they wanted to replace the Round Hill Church organ, originally given by a deceased family member. Sam said he had advised that the family simply make additions, but they insisted on a replacement. Consequently he purchased the organ, opining it was better than the ones then being produced, and installed it in his home. When in 1964 he was departing from Skinner he placed an ad in The Diapason, to which we were the 32nd inquirer. The others were church committees and none had gotten around to responding when we told him we would like to purchase it! Norman Lane maintained the organ until 1989 when Jane gave it to the nuns, and it was he who relocated it to the Convent in Boulder, just in time for the ceremonies elevating the Convent to Abbey status. When the Abbey was moved to Virginia Dale, it was that translocation which was directed by Norman and accomplished by him and assistants. It is being used for seven (I think I remember the number correctly) services daily.
Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Relocated from Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, Connecticut; donated to Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga in Boulder, Colorado in 1989; extant with some alterations.
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