Persistent reports that the organ was delivered over Mosquito Pass by ox -cart, with the builder himself in attendance, have been solidly disproved by Michael Friesen. The instrument was undoubtedly delivered by rail, and according to The Leadville Daily Herald of Sunday, 13 August 188 2, the organ was "put in position by Mr. Worcester, of the firm of Worcester and Brown" of Leadville. Purchased for $2, 000, it was opened with a concert presented on Thursday, 10 August 1882.
A "surpliced choir of boys, about twenty in number," was introduced in 1888. The organ was originally installed in the rear of the church, and was moved to the chancel many years ago, at which time the casework was altered. Dewey Layton made extensive repairs to the instrument in 1971. -- from 1998 OHS Handbook
Updated through online information from Ingrid Mager.
Updated through on-line information from Amy Jo Martinson. -- This organ has a historical doctument framed and placed on the wall next to the console. Please contact Amy Jo Martinson for any further information or the church directly. Thank you very much!
Updated through on-line information from Benn Gibson. -- I visited the church and played the organ in July 2007.
Updated through on-line information from Paul Pinkosky. -- Was on vacation about a month ago and stopped by to explore the church; asked deacon if I could play the organ. It is an absolute delight -- a gem in a gem.
Identified through information in Descriptive Catalogue of Superior Church Organs Manufactured by Geo. H. Ryder & Co., published in Boston, January, 1896. Dates are not included in the publication; the one given here is conjectural.
Status Note: There 1997
Erected by Mr. Worcester of Worcester and Brown. Extensive repairs in 1971 by Dewey Layton. [Citation number must be wrong on this or Leadville's Presbyterian.][Manager's Note: The citation number given above is correct. -- July, 2007]