FACTS about the Pipe Organ at Farley

The Pipe Organ at St. Joseph, Farley

  • Was first played on January 1, 1915

  • Was made by Wagnerin & Weickhardt Co. of Milwaukee

  • Originally cost $3,000 (approximately $75,000 in 2018 dollars)

  • Half of the cost was covered by Andrew Carnegie’s company on the condition that Farley cover the other half

  • It has two keyboards, with approximately 500 pipes, ranging in size from six feet to about the size of a pencil

  • It could be pumped by hand before electric blower—and electricity—were installed

Sources:  “The Story of a Parish,” by the Farley Area Historical Society; the Organ Historical Society online database (pipeorgandatabase.org)