Antique Organ Seeks Historical Home | Arts & Culture
An antique organ that traveled west on a wagon trail is looking for a permanent place to call home. The organ has been passed down in one Spokane family, and now, with no space to house it, they are hoping a local museum or historical society can give it a proper home.
The story of how the instrument came west has been passed down along with the organ. Some of the details have been forgotten, like what year it made the journey, but the history is still rich and shares snippets of what life on a wagon was like.
The organ was traveling along the trail with another family, when the owners ran out of food, and so they made a trade with Linda Childs' grandparents. Scott Morris and Ada Johnson were moving out west from Iowa when they traded food for the organ.
The Johnson family settled in Buckeye, which at the time was just north of Spokane. Later, the organ would travel to Portland with Linda's Great Aunt, Edna Moody. When Edna passed away in the early 70s, the antique organ was passed to Linda's father, Wesley Morris.
Now, with the passing of her mother, Linda and her sister aren't sure what to do with the antique organ that has been in her family for as long as she can remember.
“We would like for it to be displayed some where as a historic piece with mention of it's interesting background,” explains Linda.
So far, Linda isn't having any luck finding the organ a home. Hopefully an appeal to the community will yield the answer. Do you know of a place that would want this antique instrument and it's rich history? Email Linda Childs, firstname.lastname@example.org.