Original Pump Organ
Returns to Stavanger
December 1, 2008 marked the “Homecoming” of our beautiful pump organ. It was generously donated back to Stavanger by its owner, Mr. Tom Tolbert in South Carolina.
In 1909 the ladies decided they needed an organ for the Church. They sent for a Pump Organ from Sears Roebuck and Co. The cost was:
Organ $ 49.45
About 1958, this organ was replaced with a modern electric organ. Later, D.W. Olson obtained the organ from his brother Roy Olson (owner of the former Roy Olson Music store) and lovingly restored it in the late 1960’s. This organ was then passed on to his son, Chuck Olson. Chuck and Tom met while in graduate school in the early 1970’s. When Chuck took a job in New York City, he knew he’d not have room for the organ that had so much sentimental value. He contacted his friend Tom, who he knew was a church musician, and who would love and appreciate this beautiful organ. Tom used and cared for the organ for many years. When it came time to think about downsizing, he knew the organ rightfully belonged back at its original home- Stavanger.
Once it was known his intention to return the organ to us, there was so much excitement. After many phone calls by Audrey Stach, the connections fell in place. God opened the door through Keith Olson (no relation) of Olson Furniture to have the organ transported here with a delivery of furniture from that area. Tom went above and beyond in his loving care in crating the organ for delivery.
So at 4pm, on December 1, 2008…the organ was delivered by Keith. It was a cold 11* outside, but a lot of warmth and excitement inside as the uncrating began. The organ is every bit as beautiful, and functional, as it was 100 years ago!
Thank you Tom, for giving us this treasured gift that is part of Stavanger’s heritage.