American soldiers in Italy worship while an organ similar to the one recently restored by Scott Stone is played. The A.L. White portable organs were made for the Army to issue to chaplains in a kit that consisted of a field desk, organ, and a chest filled with 300 books of religious and patriotic songs.
Scott Stone, a member of the Webb City Area Genealogical Society, recently acquired a portable organ that was made for the Army to issue for use by their chaplains from the 1920s through the Korean War.
His son-in-law purchased the organ at an auction for $8 with Scott in mind because of his passion for organs.
Scott has written a book about area church organs. The book is called “Pipe Dreams, A Collection of Pipe Organs in the Joplin, Missouri area” and is available for reading in our genealogy room.
The portable pump organ, made by A.L. White, was made available in an Army issue Chaplain Kit, along with a field desk and a chest filled with 300 books of religious and patriotic songs.
Scott cleaned up this unique instrument, got some of the keys unstuck and made sure the bellows were working properly. He demonstrated the organ at the genealogy society’s December meeting by playing a variety of Christmas songs.
Scott says he plans on donating the organ to the Veterans Memorial Museum in Branson.