Magazine article The Tracker

Estey Organ Museum Acquires One of Its Own

Magazine article The Tracker

Estey Organ Museum Acquires One of Its Own

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More than ninety-one years ago, in March of 1913, the regional Estey Organ Company representative in Citronelle, Alabama wrote a brief note to his home office in Brattleboro, Vermont, with the news that a Baptist church was under construction in Brewton, Alabama and that he would "follow-up this project at the proper time." Brewton is located in southwestern Alabama, about 50 miles north of Pensacola, Florida.

Letters were exchanged with the church for five years, and on June 25, 1918, the Estey representative informed the home office that the church had a budget of $3,000 to $4,000 to spend on a pipe organ. In July, the Rev. W.M. Murray wrote: "We will soon be in a position to place an order for an organ." On September 5, 1919, the company submitted specifications and blueprints of an organ for the church with the price tag of $2,500. The contract for the new organ was signed on October 18, 1919. The organ was shipped to Brewton on September 8, 1920 and arrived in Brewton on September 29, 1920. The instrument was installed by Estey representative G. N. Bucklin.

Eventually, a young organist purchased the Estey, hoping to install it in his church. He went to Alabama and, with the help from a friend, dismantled and loaded it onto a rented truck, then drove it back and put it in storage in Barre, Vermont. …

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