St. Mary's R. C.
9108 Main Street
Saint Benedict (Seneca), KS 66538 US
Organ ID: 1263
Updated through online information from Charles Eberline.
An article by Elmer Ronnebaum, "Organ Recital: Anniversary Organ Recital to Be Held at St. Mary's Church," Sabetha (Kansas) Herald, May 25, 2016, 8A, announces a recital by Kevin Kissinger on June 5, 2016, to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the organ and includes a photograph of the keydesk and part of the facade.
Updated through on-line information from Elmer Ronnebaum. -- The organ is in regular use.
Updated through on-line information from Michael A. Way. -- I do not differ with any of the database's information. My notes however do include a Trumpet 8' in the Swell. Not sure if that still exists, however; the organ was unplayable at the time of my visit (fall of 1975). When we arrived we were shown to the gallery and found a crude assemblage of unfinished 2x4's screwed right into the closed key-covers fashioned into a sort of shelf that we were told had held an electronic organ speaker of some sort. I removed the 4" long wood screws that attached this "shelf", defacing the oak desk-jambs and folding cover and opened the keydesk for the first time since the 50's or 60's reportedly. The priest with us gasped and exclaimed that he "...had no idea what was under there!" Not long after that I was told that a drive to restore the instrument was underway. I later was invited to attend the re-dedication recital in 1984 after Quimby's excellent restoration. The sound was delightful and warm, characteristic of Hinners' top-notch work of that period. I do not know if I can take any of the credit for spurring that clergyman, who was graciously escorting us that day, into action to revive the organ but, I like to think I did. (Note: My pictures also show two large floor-standing "angel" light fixtures that flanked the keydesk which do not appear in the church's web-site slide show.)
Updated through on-line information from Mark Wunder. -- This organ is still played ever week at Mass. It has good action for an older tracker.
Status Note: There 1995