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Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. / Chas. C. Kilgen (1915)

Location:

Elstad Lutheran Church
37784 Dogwood Road
Lanesboro, MN 55949 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 4754

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 7 ranks. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 7 stops. 9 registers.
Manual (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. / Chas. C. Kilgen
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. / Chas. C. Kilgen
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. / Chas. C. Kilgen
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 7
  • Registers: 9
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.
Jim Stettner on March 11, 2021:

Updated via email from organist Julie Dragvold. -- I'm the organist for Elstad Lutheran Church and I also looked into the history of our beautiful organ when we had our 150th anniversary in 2004. The organ was made by George Kilgen and Son (Charles) of St. Louis Missouri. It was installed in the church in 1915. The Anniversary Book states, "On April 19, 1915 men from the congregation went to town and hauled the organ to the church. It took five loads to get all the parts there, but by April 29th it was assembled and ready to use. On Sunday May 9, 1915 there was a dedication of the costly new pipe organ." It was refurbished in the 1980's and all the lead pipes were replaced with plastic tubing. The company that repairs our organ (Obermeyer Organ Company) suggested once that we should put the organ on the National Register of Historic Things?

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on March 11, 2021.

Jim Stettner on March 11, 2021:

According to the 'History' page of the parish website, "The pipe organ was also installed in the 1900's and is one of few remaining pipe organs of its kind or age. It was first installed in the balcony but later moved to its present location at the front of the church, opposite the pulpit. Many of the women in the congregation worked very hard to raise the money needed to purchase the organ. One woman even drove a pony cart loaded with jars of honey for sale to the various homes in the community to raise money. The organ bellows were hand pumped until electricity became available."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on March 11, 2021.

Jim Stettner on March 11, 2021:

Updated through online information from Thurlow Weed, -- Perusing the church's website (https://www.elstadlutheranchurch.org/) reveals - via their joint newsletter - that it is a parish comprising two separate churches: Elstad Lutheran, and Highland Prairie Lutheran (http://www.highlandprairielutheranchurch.org/).

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on March 11, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

In the country near highway 21.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Taken from OHS Database photos of the keydesk: Open In New Tab Originally published March 13, 2021
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on May 01, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ case; keydesk covered: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Organ case; keydesk open: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Keydesk with manual, stops, and pedalboard: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Keydesk: left stopjamb: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Keydesk: right stopjamb: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Pedalboard: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Piano & Forte composition trundles and expression shoe: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Builder's nameplate: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Stenciling detail: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Casework detail: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

Pedal 16' Bourdon behind the case: Photograph by Julie Dragvold. Taken on 2021-03-13

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