This organ was installed in the fall of 1921 at a cost of $16,000. Early on 28 February 1922 the church caught fire and burned to the ground, with the new pipe organ being completely destroyed.
From the Cedar Rapids Gazette of 1 March 1922, page 3: "The fire which destroyed the handsome new Methodist church in the city early Tuesday was the third disastrous church fire which has occurred in Vinton in the last ten years ... The loss of the Methodist church is approximately $75,000, which includes a pipe organ installed last fall at a cost of about $14,000."
Within days, a contract with Estey was signed for a new pipe organ (OHS ID#29201).We received the most recent update for this note from Thurlow B. Weed on October 22, 2020.
Identified by James R. Stettner through information from the Estey Opus List, published in The Boston Organ Club newsletter, 1973-1979.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
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