History of First Christian Church Pipe Organ
by E. Rodney Trueblood & Paul Miller
While vacationing on Outer Banks of NC, Arthur Lawrence, a friend of Joe Pool, stopped by his Pipe Organ Shop in Nags Head. During their conversation, Joe Pool learned that First United Methodist Church in Lexington, NC was planning to install a new, larger pipe organ for their sanctuary. Their old organ would be given to any church who could use the organ and would be responsible for the removal of same from church in Lexington.
The Felgemaker Organ Company
The Felgemaker Organ Company was a manufacturer of pipe organs based out of Erie, Pennsylvania in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was founded in Buffalo, New York but relocated to Erie, PA. In 1872, the company was known as the Derrick and Felgemaker Pipe Organ Company. During the 1870s, the company employed over 55 workers and had $75,000 worth of capital. The firm produced between 15 to 20 organs per week. Specialties of the company included church organs and portable pipe organs for small churches, schools and residential parlors.