Edmund Gieseke was
born in 1845.
A GERMAN ORGANBUILDER IN
He came to the United States from the university town of
Goettingen, Germany in the 1860s, accompanying his father, who
was carrying out an order of a St. Louis church to erect an
organ the Gieseckes had built in their Goettingen shops.
Young Edmund Giesecke decided to stay in America, and after a
short say in St. Louis he came to Evansville around 1868 and
engaged in organ building here. Many churches throughout
the Tri-state installed organs built by Mr. Giesecke, who
followed the trade that had been in the Giesecke family in
Germany for many generations. Two of the organs he built
remain in use in the area, those at St. Boniface Catholic Church
in Fulda Indiana near St. Meinrad, and at St. Francis Catholic
Church in Poseyville Indiana.
He stopped building organs in 1918 when failing eyesight caused
him to retire. Total blindness came to the
veteran organ builder around 1925. He died at his home at
320 Read St. in
Evansville in 1928 of influenza.
He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville.
-Information from the following Obiturary in the
December 26, 1928.
-Burial information found by Robert Nichols at: www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=130045079
Links to the three remaining Evansville area Gieseke organs:
St. Boniface in Fulda,
Francis Xavier in Poseyville, Indiana
Evansville AGO's Giesecke
Organ Restored in Memory of Hellen Skuggedal Reed
Other Giesecke organs:
- 1880. Austinville, IA, Austinville Christian Reformed.
2 manuals. 10 stops.
- ca. 1880. Cedar Grove, IN, Holy Guardian Angels R. C.. 2
manuals. 10 stops.
The Austinville and Cedar Grove citations from: Organ Historical
Society Pipe Organ Database (Accessed 10/27/2008), http://organsociety.bsc.edu/