The Schuelke organ for the new building arrived late in December 1 889 and was opened with a recital by Dr. John H. Gower of Denver, on 30 December. The cost of the organ ($2,000, $2,200, or $2,500, depending on which account is to be believed) was paid by the "Ladies' Business Society."
In the words of Jean Parry, "When the decision was made to build a new church, the congregation was sharply divided over the fate of the Schuelke organ. While some wanted to restore and move it to the new church, a sizable faction urged the purchase of a modern electronic substitute. The congregation finally voted to restore the historic Schuelke pipe organ. A $5,000 contract to dismantle, restore, and install it in the new church was awarded to Edward T. Bollinger (of Bollinger Pipe Organs, in Northglenn, Colorado) and former pastor of the Leadville Church from 1 947- 1949. -- 1998 OHS Handbook
Updated through online information from Lexie Palmore.
Updated through on-line information from Benn Gibson. -- I visited the church and played the organ in July 2007. This superb organ is in fine condition. The congregation appreciates its quality and significance. An air-conditioned atmosphere is provided for the instrument. The builder's name is spelled Scheulke on the framed OHS citation next to the console.
The builder did not use opus numbers to identify his work, but the catalog number S-67 was assigned to this instrument by Elizabeth Towne Schmitt and may be used for reference.
Status Note: There 1997
Moved into new building c. 1969 by Ed Bollinger. Also known for a time as 1st Federated. [Citation number must be wrong on this or Leadville's St. George's.] [Manager's Note: The citation number given above is correct. July 2007]