The contract price was $2,500, and the organ was dedicated on January 28, 1899 (David Lennox Smith, citing California Independent 7 [February 11, 1899]: 2). The First Methodist Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands were destroyed in separate predawn fires, both possibly set by arsonists, on June 29, 1967. A Redlands newspaper article ("Burned Churches") on the conflagrations reported, "Lost in the Presbyterian church fire was a pipe organ first used February 22, 1899." (Smith gave the date of the fire less precisely: "The church and its contents burned to the ground in the 1960s.")
"Burned Churches among First to Be Built in Community," Redlands (CA) Daily Facts, June 29, 1967, 3, Newspapers.com, accessed January 22, 2022, https://www.newspapers.com/image/1311309.
Herb Pasik, "Methodist, Presbyterian Congregations Homeless," Redlands (CA) Daily Facts, June 29, 1967, 1, 3, Newspapers.com, accessed January 22, 2022, https://www.newspapers.com/image/1311284 and https://www.newspapers.com/image/1311309.
David Lennox Smith, Murray M. Harris and Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894–1913, rev. ed., ed. Orpha Ochse in cooperation with Jack Bethards, Kevin Gilchrist, Jim Lewis, and Manuel Rosales ([Richmond]: Organ Historical Society, 2005), 226.
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