Pipe Organ Database

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William King (1868ca.)

Exhibited in the 1986 OHS convention

Location:

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church
20245 St. Joseph Drive
Rickardsville, IA 52039 US
Organ ID: 600

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 11, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 6 ranks. 279 pipes. 1 manuals. 6 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 6
  • 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.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 11, 2021:

According to 1986 OHS Handbook: "Restored by Vincent & Cheryl Gilbert, Grand Detour, Illinois, Op. 5, 1983.

"The parish did not have a pipe organ until after 1907 when the King organ was purchased second-hand from the Tellers-Sommerhof Organ Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania. The Pastor, Rev. George W. Clark, was fond of playing cards and joined a group of men from Dubuque with similar interests. It appears that he won a rather large bet during one of the games, and allowed as how he would like a pipe organ for his church. His friends obliged, and the King organ was the result. We have not been able to learn where it came from, despite considerable research. It is said that the organ came in 1904, but the Tellers-Sommerhof Organ Co. was not in existence until several years later. The King organ served until the 1960's, at which time it was abandoned and unprofessionally moved to one side of the choir loft. In 1983, a generous contribution from an anonymous donor made possible the very careful restoration by Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert. The organ is the oldest known existing King organ, and can still be hand-pumped. The elegant stop labels are all new, the originals having long since disappeared."

The parish is now joined with two other parishes as the St. John Baptist de La Salle Pastorate.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 11, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Unplayable, but to be restored.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1986 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published June 1986
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on October 11, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ in gallery: Photograph from an archival source: 1986 OHS Handbook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1986

Console: Photograph from an archival source: 1986 OHS Handbook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1986

Shipping tag from Tellers-Sommerhof: Photograph from an archival source: 1986 OHS Handbook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1986

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