The St. Joseph's Organ
The organ at St. Joseph's is an exceptional musical instrument. The
Church is unsure as to when the original organ built by Joseph
Buffinton was installed. However, the original organ was replaced with
an organ built by the Carl Barckhoff Company, from Salem, Ohio sometime
around the middle of 1891.St. Joseph Church has superb acoustics. These
acoustics promote a sound reverberation of more than five seconds. This
is probably one of the reasons Barckhoff selected St. Joseph's Church
to build such a magnificent instrument. The view from the front of the
church looking above the balcony is a veritable mountain of pipes
filling the choir loft.
Sometime in the late 1930's several pipes fell and sustained
considerable damage. By the mid 1960's the organ was unplayable. An
electronic substitute was brought and placed on a chest behind the
pipes. Unfortunately this did more damage to the Barckoff organ.
However, this was not to be the end of this magnificent instrument. Due
to the efforts of Dr. Karl Moyer, James R. McFarland and William Van
Pelt, Father L.C. Gross and the people of the St. Joseph Parish the
organ was restored.
700 crumbled pipes were painstakingly straightened by the McFarland
pipemaker, Paul A. Maye. Only two of the pipes needed to be replaced.
The work was completed in November 1985 and in 1987 the Organ
Historical Society cited the organ as "an instrument of exceptional
historical merit, worthy of preservation."
enter St. Joseph's Church you will be blessed by the beautiful
surroundings of the church and the wonderful music this magnificent
organ makes. People who experience these and other riches of this
church will surely realize that, "This Can Be Nothing Other Than The House Of God." Genesis 28:17