The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Methodist Church
102 N. 2nd Street
Temple, Texas 76501


OHS Database ID 17771.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 4, 2020.

Technical Details

Two manuals. 12 stops.


  • Identified through information in Vol VI p. 89 of the Pilcher factory ledgers and a list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • ($1000?) (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Between 1930 and the 1960's, various improvements were made to the organ. Tremolo units were added, and a sheetrock wall was installed between the organ's two main divisions, including sets of swell shades. In 1967, a set of Mass-Rowe chimes were given to the church in memory of Mr. Ira Victor King, a long-time member of the Chancel Choir and active leader in the church. The chimes were playable from a separate keyboard attached to the organ. The instrument was extensively rebuilt in 1980 by a Schudi Pipe Organ Company (information supplied by the church's archives). (Chad Boorsma. November 2, 2019)

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Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1920)

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  • Original document from Larry Covington.. Source: Console
    Temple, TX
    First Methodist Church
    Organ by Henry Pilcher's Sons
    8'  Open Diapason
    8'  Melodia
    8'  Dulciana
    4'  Octave
    8'  Harmonic Tuba
        Cathedral Chimes
    16' Bourdon
    8'  English Diapason
    8'  Stopped Diapason
    8'  Salicional
    8'  Vox Celeste
    8'  Aeoline
    4'  Harmonic Flute
    2'  Flautino
    8'  Oboe Horn
    16' Subbass
    16' Bourdon
    8'  Flute
    8'  Dolce Flute
  • Click Here Original document from Larry Covington.. Source: Console Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.