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A. B. Felgemaker Co. (1909)

Originally Salem Church Organ Co. (1897)

Location:

Union City Methodist Episcopal Church
Oak and Plum Streets
Union City, IN 47390 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 54368

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 14 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 14 stops.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 14
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 15, 2015:

Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers. -- In 1991, I did research on the pipe organ at this church. From old newspaper articles it was learned the pipe organ was built in 1897 by Alfred Hillgreen of Salem, Ohio. The Organ Historical Society confirmed that Mr. Hillgreen was with the Salem Church Organ Co., of Salem, Ohio, at that date. The organ was installed in the second building of the congregation (located on the same corner). In 1909, the present edifice was constructed and the instrument was supposedly moved into the new sanctuary without any changes being made. Photographs of the pipe facade and case in both buildings reveal that in appearance the instrument remained the same. My research in church archives, local newspapers and correspondence with Schantz Organ Company did not reveal what company moved the instrument. With this newly discovered memo from the Schantz Organ Company, I believe it was probably the A. B. Felgemaker Co., who moved the organ, since Schantz attributes the instrument to them. Also, until further research proves otherwise, I do not believe this was a new instrument. Union City was a very musically inclined community and has the oldest music club in the State of Indiana. Old newspapers reported in detail accounts from musical events and the building of the pipe organs in other churches in town. To date, I have not located a newspaper report on the move of the organ at the Methodist Church. Perhaps, simply an oversight but highly unusual for the community; which seems to indicate nothing of importance occured with the instrument at that time. Of special note: On Sunday, April 27, 1941, world-famous organist, Gatty Sellars performed a concert on the instrument.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 23, 2015:

Updated through online information from Eric J. Gastier.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 20, 2015:

This entry describes an relocated pre-existing organ. Identified by Eric J. Gastier, using information found in Schantz Organ Company memo from 1947. -- Nine ranks of this organ were incorporated into Schantz Organ Company #0039 from 1948 (two manuals, 12 ranks).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Schantz Organ Company site survey info. ca. 1946-47
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary & pipe facade: Photograph from an archival source: Church archives, submitted by Timothy E. Conyers. Taken approx. c. 1909

Pipe facade before Schantz rebuild, pipe stenciling on pipes had been removed at an earlier date: Photograph from an archival source: Church archives, submitted by Timothy E. Conyers. Taken approx. c. 1948

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