the williams organ company epworth pump organ # 3676
THE WILLIAMS ORGAN COMPANY EPWORTH PUMP ORGAN # 3676
A note from Aunt Margaret Christenberry, to her niece,
Melissa (Williams) Rinehart.
I want to give you the history of the “Old Pump
Church Organ” that I am giving you. It came out of the
Good Hope Country Church that stood just east of the
original Good Hope Cemetery or Walnut Hill Cemetery
as it is now known just north of Odon, Ind.
First to give a little history of the church, the ground for
the cemetery was given by the Boyd family and the
ground for the church was given by the Shaffer family.
The Boyds and Shaffers came to Indiana from
Tuscarawas County Ohio.
The organ was played by your great grand mother up
until it was discontinued for services by the Methodist
Conference which was about 1926.
At that time Edna Boyd received the possession of it
and she took it to Brown County Ind. where she lived at
her death. Rose and Walden Boyd, her brother and
sister became the owners after her death.
Later they decided to move to Florida and Rose said if I
would come to Brown County., and get it I could have
it. Which I did. I have had it in my possession 40
years. But now it is time to pass it on.
Please take good care of it and keep it in the family and
don’t forget where it came from.
Your Great Aunt,
M . L. CHRISTENBERRY
302 S. Spring
Odon, In 47562
p.s. It has to be close to 100 years old
Additional notes & corrections:
Missie’s father had the organ was professionally
restored in 2010 by Hechler Piano and Organ Services,
It is registered in the Reed Organ Society data base.
Serial number dates it to about 1890.
Dovie (Shaffer) Christenberry was the great
grandmother of Melissa.