Wangerin Organ Company
The Wangerin Organ Company (1912-1942) was a manufacturer of pipe organs based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a continuation of the company after the partnership of Adolph Wangerin and George J. Weickhardt, Wangerin-Weickhardt, ended with the death of Weickhardt in 1912. It had previously also been known as the Hann-Wangerin-Weickhardt company. Many of its organs are still played in churches today.
During the theater organ boom in the 1920s, when the Barton Organ Company of Oshkosh, Wisconsin could not keep up with the production demand, the Wangerin factory first loaned them factory space, and later was sub-contracted to build organs for them.
During World War II, when manufacture of musical instruments was banned in 1942 in order to focus on the war effort, the Wangerin-Weickhardt Company built wooden airplane parts and other war-related goods. The firm did not resume organ building after the war, so it effectively ceased operation as an organ builder in 1942.
Some Wangerin organ locations
- Holy Cross Church (Kaukauna, Wisconsin)
- Madison Masonic Center (Madison, Wisconsin) - 1925
- Freeport Masonic Temple (Freeport, Illinois) - 1928 two small organs (two manual 9 stop) and one large organ (3 manual, 32 stop)
- St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (Schuelke/Wangerin/Erickson)
- Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (Barckhoff/Wangerin)
- St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (Schuelke/Wangerin/Verlinden/Sipe)
- St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (Wangerin,1913 / Verlinden, 1949)
- St. Stephen Lutheran Church (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
- Saint John's United Church of Christ (Monroe, Wisconsin) - 1923
- Mosinee United Methodist Church (Mosinee, Wisconsin) - 1928
- Saint Martin's Catholic Church (Cascade, Iowa) Originally in Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Cascade, this organ was refurbished and installed at St. Martin's Church when St. Mary's was closed.
- Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Dubuque, Iowa)
- Saint Joseph's Catholic Church (Mason City, Iowa)
- Saint Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (St. Peter, Minnesota) - 1939 (Replaced in 1983 by J. Walker Organ from Essex, England) The Walker organ was subsequently damaged in the 1998 tornado and it was sent back to Walker to be rebuilt. As of 2014 it stands in the balcony of the new church built following the tornado. The pedal division, formerly at the floor behind the swell, is now elevated to provide a walkway behind the organ.
- St. Vibiana's Cathedral (Los Angeles) Parts of this instrument were incorporated into the new organ by Dobson in the present Cathedral.
- St. Louis Catholic Church (Caledonia, Wisconsin)
- Wesley United Methodist Church (Ottumwa, Iowa)
- St. John's Lutheran Church (Woodstock, Illinois)
- St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Indianapolis, Indiana)
- St Mary's Church (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin)
- St. Louis Catholic Church (Washburn, Wisconsin)
- Organ Historical Society. Organ Database: Wangerin Organ Company.
- David H. Fox,"Hann-Wangerin-Weickhardt", A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991), 147.
- David Junchen, Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. 2 (Pasadena: Showcase Publications, 1989), 662.
- "War Production Board: General Limitation Order No. L-37 To Restrict the Production of Musical Instruments", United States Archives.[clarification needed]
- The Tracker, 34:2 (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1990), 23.
- Organs Made in Milwaukee: Adolph Wangerin Combines Hobby and Business
- Organ Historical Society Pipe Organ Database - Wangerin Organ Co.
- Aerial Age Weekly (May 6, 1918)
- Wangerin Co. Turns Its Hand to War Goods
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