Schuelke Organ Company
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William Schuelke was a Prussian immigrant who came to the United States in 1874. Schuelke's contributions to organ building included inventing the electric motor powered bellows crank, for which he received a patent. This was a major improvement over existing hand-cranked bellows.
The Schuelke Organ Company ceased operations in the early 20th century. Today, few of the organs his company produced exist intact.
A yearly free organ recital is held at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Milwaukee on the first Sunday of November to showcase its 1885 Schuelke pipe organ.
Locations with a Schuelke organ
- Bethany Lutheran Church, Ishpeming, Michigan
- Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Mecan, Wisconsin
- First Presbyterian Church, Leadville, Colorado
- Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Ashland, Wisconsin
- Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Saint Anthony of Padua Church, St. Louis, Missouri
- Saint Boniface Church, New Vienna, Iowa
- Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Milwaukee
- Saint Mary's Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio
- St. Mary's Catholic Church, Remsen, Iowa
- Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Milwaukee
- First Lutheran Church, Middleton, Wisconsin
- Schuelke organs in the Organ Historical Society Database
- Recording and program of an event on the New Vienna organ
- Schuelke Organ at St. Mary's, Remsen Iowa, rebuilt by Dobson Organ Co.
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