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Votteler-Hettche Co. (1913)

Location:

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Plum Street
Union City, IN 47390 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 50837

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on September 22, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 8 ranks. 2 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on January 02, 2013:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Timothy E. Conyers, based on information from Church history booklet: "The Trinity Lutheran Church, 1857-1982, 125 Years of Grace" Union City, Ind./Ohio, June 6, 1982; Personal knowledge of Evelyn Key, church organist for over 70 years.. -- The Lutheran congregation began meeting regularly as early as 1854. The early German founders sang without any instrument until they purchased a reed organ in 1876. The records are incomplete and contradictory as to the cost, which is reported as $230 or $350 or $133. This was quite a sum in those days, especially for a new pioneering community.

When a new brick edifice was built on Plum Street, the reed organ was placed in the balcony. The first choir, organized by Rev. Boehme in 1868, also sat in the balcony. Around the turn of the century the building was remodeled. Both the organ and choir were moved to the main floor and placed to the right of the altar. The choir seating faced the rear of the building.

In 1913, the congregation purchased its first pipe organ for $2,000.00. This organ was built by Votteler-Hettche, contained seven ranks, operated by means of tubular pneumatic action, and has its pipes still working as part of the present instrument. The case with a facade of exposed pipes was placed to the right of the altar in the same location as the old reed organ. It was installed in February 1914 by Charles Boncha. The dedicatory recital was given March 22, 1914 by Miss Katharine Lehman. An interesting side note about the financing of this instrument is that members of the congregation were asked to donate a penny for each year of their age to the cause.

During the 1930's the choir rostrum was enlarged with theatre seats being added. The choir was turned slightly to face the center of the nave instead of the rear.

In 1959 the Vottler-Hettche organ was rebuilt by E. J. Beilharz of Lima Pipe Organ Company of Elida, Ohio.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Factory specifications in the Church archives
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Original stoplist (with additions in pencil), bill of sale, and check: Open In New Tab Documents from the church archives
Document created on 1914-03-14
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior (1887): Photograph from Church Archives; image courtesy of Timothy E. Conyers.

Chancel and Pipe Facade: Photograph in Church Archives (after 1914); image courtesy of Timothy E. Conyers.

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