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Eugene Ward (1966-67)

Originally Bennett Organ Co. (Opus 929, 1924)
Exhibited in the 1993 OHS convention

Location:

Immaculate Conception Convent
802 E. 10th Street
Ferdinand, IN 47532 US
Chapel
Organ ID: 70049

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Convents, Monasteries, and the like
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on January 18, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 33 ranks.
Paul R. Marchesano on January 18, 2022:

"The present magnificent church originally housed a three-manual 35-rank electro-pneumatic instrument built by the Bennett Organ Co., Op. 929, 1924. In 1966, it was giving serious problems. Sister Theresita, Director of Music for the Convent, stated at the time that "the instrument had not been repaired since it was bought. Almost from the beginning [she said], some of the organ stops were unusable, and in recent years the tone had become even poorer."

Basically, Fr. Ward built a new organ, using some of the Bennett pipework and other parts, assisted by novices at the Convent. Most of the principal chorus, upperwork, and reeds are new. The Sisters changed the name of the Convent to Monastery Immaculate Conception in 1991." -- 1993 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on January 18, 2022.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on January 18, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear gallery and nave: Photograph from an archival source: 1993 OHS Handbook, William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1993

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