New Albany, Indiana
Miss Elizabeth Hedden Residence
Builder: Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc. Year: 1942 Opus: 4003 No. manuals: 2 No. stops: 21 No. ranks: 4 No. pipes: 268 All enclosed in one box. GREAT ORGAN 8' Diapason 61 8' Viola 49 (common bass) 8' Gedeckt 61 4' Octave (top octave repeats) 4' Viola 12 2 2/3' Nazard (Viola) 2' Fifteenth (Viola; top octave repeats) 8' Oboe 61 SWELL ORGAN 8' Gedeckt 8' Viola 4' Flute 12 4' Viola 2 2/3' Nazard (Gedeckt) 2' Piccolo (Gedeckt; top octave repeats) 8' Oboe Tremolo PEDAL ORGAN 16' Bourdon 12 8' Diapason 8' Flute 4' Viola 4' Flute 8' Oboe
Notes: The 1993 issue of the OHS Tracker had some interesting information about Miss Hadden and the organ. Susan Elizabeth Hedden was a music teacher and member of a prominent family in New Albany, Indiana [across the Ohio River from Louisville, KY]. There was a tradition of Saturday evening musicales provided by Miss Hedden, her brothers, and other local musicians, for their own enjoyment and that of their neighbors and friends. "Miss Elsie," as she was affectionately known, was much loved by her students, and during the Depression years, she always saw to it that her students received their lessons whether or not they could pay for them. They also often received gifts of tickets to the opera and symphony.
Op. 4003 was installed in 1942 for $2,735 (included 10% Federal Musical Instrument Tax). The organ was shipped with Op. 1039, a 3/23 rebuild of two-manual Hook & Hastings Op. 1126 (1883) at her church - Hutchinson Memorial Presbyterian Church [now St. John's] in New Albany.
Miss Hedden died in 1976 at age 84. James E. Miller bought the organ from the Hedden Estate in 1982 and set it up in the conference room of the Miller Pipe Organ Co. shop.
Organ Historical Society Database: https://pipeorgandatabase.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=6465