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First United Methodist Church
Algona, Iowa

Wicks Organ Co., 1947
Rebuilt by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, 1997,
incorporating casework from 1898 Barckhoff organ

First Methodist’s first organ, built by Carl Barckhoff in 1898, was purchased through the efforts of the church’s Epworth League. The instrument was said to have had 1,157 pipes, weighed over 6,000 pounds, had a case made of “wild cherry”, and cost $2,200. It was dedicated by Chicago organist Harrison Wild. An electric blower was installed in 1916. In 1947, the organ was rebuilt and moved to an enchambered location to the left of its original home by the Wicks Organ Co. at a cost of $8,568, with some pipes from the old organ being retained. In 1996, the church engaged Dobson to restore the organ to its original location, and place it behind new façade woodwork that retained some of the original Barckhoff woodwork, which had be stored in the church since the time of the Wicks rebuild.

16' Violone
ext. Gr. Gamba
12 pipes
8' Principal
61 pipes
8' Melodia
61 pipes
8' Gamba
61 pipes
8' Dulciana
61 pipes
4' Octave
ext. Sw. Op. Diap.
61 pipes
4' Concert Flute
ext. Gr. Melodia
12 pipes
2' Fifteenth
ext. Gr. Octave
12 pipes
II Mixture 1-1/3' 122 pipes
8' Trumpet 61 pipes
Chimes 20 tubes
16' Great to Great
4' Great to Great
Great Unison Off
16' Swell to Great
8' Swell to Great
4' Swell to Great
SWELL (enclosed)
16' Lieblich Gedeckt
61 pipes
8' Violin Diapason
61 pipes
8' Stopped Flute
ext. Bourdon
12 pipes
8' Salicional
61 pipes
8' Voix Celeste
49 pipes
4' Fugara
ext. Violin Diap.
12 pipes
4' Flauto Traverso
61 pipes
2-2/3' Nazard
ext. Flauto Trav.
7 pipes
2' Flautino
ext. Flauto Trav.
5 pipes
8' Cornopean
61 pipes
8' Oboe
61 pipes
16' Swell to Swell
4' Swell to Swell
Swell Unison Off
16' Violone
16' Subbass
32 pipes
16' Lieblich Gedeckt
8' Principal
32 pipes
8' Bourdon
ext. Subbass
12 pipes
4' Choral Bass
32 pipes
16' Trombone
ext. Gr. Trumpet
12 pipes
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Preparations have been made for the future replacement of some extensions with independent ranks.

The original organ case of 1898.


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