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August 12, 1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 15 Pipe o Former organist takes interest in parisi By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer The pipe organ at St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, holds many memories for Katherine Summers. At the age o 16, she was one of the first parishioners to play the instru- ment when it was dedicated in 1924. Now, 64 years later, Mrs. Summers and members of her family are involved with the restoration of what was once the largest organ in the Vincennes area. At the beginning of the year, 5{ . John parish accepted a $40,000 donation to the organ project from Katherine and Ber- nard Summers and their son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Vera Summers. In turn, parishioners have pledged $45,000 in matching funds. The history of the original pipe organ is not clear. Father Donald Ackerman, pastor, speculates the organ was pur- chased in the early 1920s; he thinks it came from an old movie theatre. Mrs. Summers remembers playing it for the first time dur- ing a funeral Mass July 6, 1924. On Sundays, she played the pipe organ during the children's Mass at 8:30 a.m., High Mass at 10 a.m. and at Vespers at 3 p.m. Mrs. Sum- mers also played during the Re- quiem Mass, "four or five mornings a week." She was paid $1 for each Re- quiem. Her yearly salarly was $300, which was "not bad for 1924," she laughed. On her wedding day in 1926, she remembers waiting for the organist to begin playing. He couldn't figure out how to turn the pipe organ on, so she started up the stairs to the choir loft to show him. Before she got there, the music began, and she and Bernard were able to pro- ceed with the marriage ceremony. The pipe organ was replaced with an electronic organ in the early 70s. After 16 years of use, it was in need of expensive repairs. In August of 1987, the parish council decided to restore the original pipe organ instead of investing in another electronic organ, Mrs. Summers is looking for- restoration project ward to hearing the pipe organ resound once more in St. John Church. The music "has more body" when it is played on a pipe organ instead of an elec- tronic instrument, she said. "There's just no com- parison," she said, matter-of- factly. The pipes and blower are just about the only things left from the original pipe organ. In addi- tion to purchasing a new keyboard, solid state circuitry will replace the leather bands which were used in the past, according to Father Ackerman. More ranks will also be added, he said. Also included in the project is a plan to establish an organ maintenance fund to prevent deterioration over the years. Wolford and Woods Pipe Organs, Inc., of Evansville has been contracted to work on the organ project. The parish has also signed a contract with Mark X. Haffield of Evansville, who will serve as an "organ engineer" through the duration of the project. For the past few weeks, many volunteers have been working to prepare the choir loft for the organ reconstruction. Duct work, woodwork, doors, frames and other items were removed so that the electronic organ could be moved to the sanctuary. The large blower from the original pipe organ was rt moved in two parts and taken t the Hamilton Glass Compan3 See ORGAN page 1 Plans are underway for the restoration of the pipe organ at St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes. Above, providing matching funds for the project are, from left, Joe Summers and his parents, Ber- nard and Katherine Summers. Seated to the right are Fathers Donald Ackerman and John Breiden- bach. At right, parishioner Jack Sievers and his son, Joe, stand in front of the pipe facade in the choir loft. They have removed several items from the loft in preparation for the refurbishing of the pipe organ. --Message Photos by Mary T. 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