114 Mulberry Street
Ripley, OH 45167 US
Organ ID: 6624
Updated by J. A. Hefner
The organ [and its clacking action] can be heard here:
The first video is an interesting listen as I hear certain pipe voices that are also audible in the 1942 Schantz at High Str. UMC...likely the pipes reused from the 1881 Felgemaker.
Updated through online information from Linda P. Fulton. -- An interesting fact about this organ: the church acquired it by chance. It was originally built for a church in Charleston, SC and was on a flatboat on the Ohio River, on its way to Charleston. The boat captain received word that the church in Charleston did not want the organ and happened to be in the vicinity of Ripley. He asked if any church in Ripley wanted the organ and the Presbyterians accepted it. The reason the church in Charleston did not want the organ was likely the earthquake of August 31, 1886, which did a considerable amount of damage in Charleston. Long-time church members related the story to me of how the church acquired the organ, but no one ever mentioned exactly why. I read an article in a geological journal, Earth (Jan. 2009), which mentioned the earthquake and am putting "two and two together." Also, there was an article about this church entitled "Small Town Choir" in the May 11, 1942 issue of Life magazine. There are several photos which show the organ.
Updated through online information from Linda P. Fulton. -- There are two mechanical combination pedals. The left hand one puts on the "soft" Great stops, while the right hand one adds the diapason chorus.