Updated by Chris Walczak, who maintains the organ.
The organ was recently tuned, repaired and has returned to weekly use as of October 2018 thanks to generous donations from multiple donors.
Updated by Chris Walczak
Updated through online information from Jack Umholtz.
Updated through online information from Jack Umholtz. -- Following is a transcript of a photocopy of a commentary on the instrument provided to me by a parishioner with some comments/corrections added in parentheses by me:
The church organ is over 100 years old. During the constuction of the current building, church members contacted the well-known Carnegie family of Pittsburgh requesting a contribution. A pipe organ made by the Himmer [Hinners] Organ Company of Pekin, Illinois, was originally powered by water to pump the bellows. Although the water engine was replace[d] by an electric motor more than 50 years ago, the original water organ has been retained. [I take this to mean the original organ was retained, unaltered, as the water motor is no longer in the church.] The organ has no bass foot pedals [there is a 27 note reverse radiating pedalboard on the instrument] as a cast-iron foot pedal controls the volume. The tractor-type [tracker] keyboard requires greater finger strength to play than do modern instruments. The organ is of considerable value, not only because of its age and years of service, without a breakdown, but also because it fits the decor of the sanctuary and is a perfect size for the church.
Identified through online information from Tom Bailey. -- Organ donated by Andrew Lewis, the Coal King.