The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Martin's R.C.
Rhineland, Missouri 65069

OHS Database ID 1371.

Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 15, 2014.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 6 stops. 6 ranks.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

No enclosed divisions. No combination action. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Montgomery Co. 2 miles north of Rhineland on Highway P. Manuals CC to f, Pedals CC to G. Moved here 1885 (by Pfeffer?) from an unknown St. Louis Church. Not active as a parish church, but building recently restored (as of 1995). Also Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows on grounds. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • On-line update from Barry Bierwirth -- This is said to be the oldest extant J. G. Pfeffer organ, dated ca. 1860, a few years older than the one at Moselle, MO. It is in an 1873 rock Catholic church my great-great grandparents attended. The church has been refurbished, but it is only on the historical list now, no longer used. The organ was just completely rebuilt, except for the case, this summer by Alan Nagel of St. Louis Pipe Organ Company in St. Louis. No one knows from where the organ came, since it is older than the church building. I played it last month, and it sounds very fine in the old church, which has wonderful acoustics. The organ had been pitched about half a step low, and the priest and I told Alan it should be brought up on pitch. It is now perfectly on A440, and the awful clanking of all the unbushed connections has been remedied! (Database Manager. September 9, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Barry Bierwirth. (Database Manager. August 25, 2014)
  • Updated through online information from Barry Bierwirth. (Database Manager. August 25, 2014)
  • Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- Location listed as "Starkenburg, Missouri," according to Petering, 1979, and is known to have Pfeffer's signature inside it. It is also "the only known pedal action by Pfeffer that has a backfall instead of a tracker action. The pallets lift up, rather than down, against the wind of this instrument. It could be that Pfeffer completed this instrument for Wilhelm Metz. It is not certain that the two men ever worked together, but Pfeffer did move into Metz's organ shop in 1864." (Database Manager. September 15, 2014)

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  • Petering, Donald T.. John George Pfeffer, St. Louis Organ Builder. (River Forest, Illinois: Concordia College [Master of Music Thesis]), [0]

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Keydesk. Photograph by Fr. Jeremy Secrist 2019-09-23
Organ Case. Photograph by Fr. Jeremy Secrist 2019-09-03
Pipework. Photograph by Fr. Jeremy Secrist 2019-09-03
Organ in Loft. Photograph by Fr. Jeremy A. Secrist 2019-09-23
Church Interior. Photograph by Fr. Jeremy A. Secrist 2019-09-23

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  • Original document from Fr. Jeremy Secrist.. Source: Stoplist from keydesk
    St. Martin's Church
    Starkenburg, Missouri
    J.G. Pfeffer
    6 ranks, 1 manual, mechanical action
    Manual (54 notes)
    8' 	Principal (1-12 wood, in case; 13-23 metal, in façade)
    8'	Salicional (1-17 from Gedackt)
    8'	Gedackt
    4'	Octave
    2'	Principal
    Pedal (20 notes, flat pedal board)
    16' 	Subbass
    A440 @ 80° F
    Wind pressure: 2.8" 
  • Click Here Original document from Fr. Jeremy Secrist.. Source: Stoplist from keydesk Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.