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BALTIMORE - STJ : USA - MD 1??? C chime St.John's Episcopal Church--Huntingdon BROOKLYN - STMY : USA - NY 188? C chime St.Mary's Catholic Church CHATHAM : CANADA - ON 189? C chime First Presbyterian Church DELAWARE - STM : USA - OH 1??? C chime St.Mary's Church (RC) DETROIT - STS : USA - MI 19?? C chime St.Stephen's (Polish) Catholic School DETROIT - TE : USA - MI 1??? C chime Trinity Episcopal Church ELIZABETH : USA - NJ 1??? C chime St.Patrick's Roman Catholic Church GLEN MILLS : USA - PA 1??? C chime Glen Mills Schools Library (formerly Smith Memorial Chapel) HARRISON : USA - NJ 1??? C chime Holy Cross Catholic Church Hoboken : USA - NJ 18?? - great (unknown) KEARNY : USA - NJ 1??? C [chime] Holy Communion Episcopal Church KNOXVILLE - SP : USA - TN 1??? F chime Second Presbyterian Church Newark : USA - NJ 18?? - great (unknown) NORWALK : USA - OH 1??? C chime St.Paul's RC Church PITTSBURGH - STS : USA - PA 1??? C chime St.Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church ROANOKE - G : USA - VA 1??? C chime Greene Memorial Methodist Church SHENANDOAH : USA - PA 1??? C chime St.George's Catholic Church (Lith.) UTICA - STJ : USA - NY 1??? C chime St.John's RC Church VICKSBURG : USA - MS 188? C chime St.Paul Catholic Church WILMINGTON -- FA : USA - NC 1??? C chime Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church READING - STP : USA - PA 1875 C chime St.Paul's Catholic Church GARDEN CITY : USA - NY 1876 C chime Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation HALIFAX - STM : CANADA - NS 1879 C (chime) St.Mary's Cathedral Basilica (RC) ORANGE - STJ : USA - NJ 1881 C chime St.John the Evangelist Catholic Church RICHMOND - C : USA - VA 1882 C chime Talbott Chime Centenary United Methodist Church WARREN - P : USA - PA 1882*C chime Park * (made for St.Mary's Catholic Church, Buffalo, NY) BALTIMORE - STV : USA - MD 1883 C chime St.Vincent de Paul Catholic Church CHELTENHAM : USA - PA 1883 C [chime] St.Paul's Episcopal Church HYDE PARK : USA - MA 1883 C chime Church of the Most Precious Blood (RC) PORTSMOUTH : USA - NH 1883 C chime Christ Episcopal Church STILLWATER : USA - MN 1883 C chime St.Michael's RC Church SAINT JOHN - IC : CANADA - NB 1884*F chime Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception * installed here in 1885 BUFFALO - STM : USA - NY 1885 C chime St.Michael's Catholic Church CORNWALL : CANADA - ON 1885 C chime The Mountain Chime Trinity Anglican Church OMAHA - T : USA - NE 1885 C chime Trinity Cathedral (Episcopal) SAINT CATHARINES : CANADA - ON 1887 F non-trad# St.George's Anglican Church COVINGTON - T : USA - KY 1888 C chime Trinity Episcopal Church NEW BEDFORD - STL : USA - MA 1888 C chime St.Lawrence Martyr RC Church PROVIDENCE - STMAY : USA - RI 1888 C chime St.Mary's Catholic Church ANNISTON : USA - AL 1889 C chime Church of St.Michael & All Angels (Episcopal) DANBURY - STPE : USA - CT 1889 C chime St.Peter's Catholic Church BEAVER : USA - PA 1890 C chime Trinity Episcopal Church originally in Rochester, PA EXETER : CANADA - ON 1890 F chime Trivitt Memorial Church (Anglican) and Precious Blood Mission (RC) WEST CHESTER : USA - PA 1890 C [chime] Holy Trinity Episcopal Church GLOUCESTER CITY : USA - NJ 1891 C chime St.Mary's Catholic Church KEY WEST : USA - FL 1891 C chime St.Paul's Episcopal Church WAYNE : USA - PA 1891 C chime St.Mary's Episcopal Church TAMAQUA : USA - PA 1892 F chime Trinity United Church of Christ FREDERICK - E : USA - MD 1893 C chime Trinity Chimes Trinity Chapel Evangelical Reformed Church (UCC) OCEAN CITY - T : USA - NJ 1893*C chime Ocean City Tabernacle * made for a different site BLOOMINGTON : USA - IL 1895 C chime St.Patrick's Catholic Church CHICAGO - STJCH : USA - IL 1895 C chime St.James Catholic Church KANSAS CITY - IC : USA - MO 1895 C chime Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic) PORTLAND - STL : USA - ME 1896 C [chime] St.Lawrence Congregational Church (formerly Union Congregational?) DES MOINES - STP : USA - IA 1898 F trad* Cathedral Church of St.Paul (Episcopal) MCDONOGH : USA - MD 1898 C (chime) Tagart Memorial Chapel McDonogh School CHAMBERSBURG : USA - PA 1899 C chime First United Methodist Church (was First Ev.United Brethren Church) DETROIT - STAN : USA - MI 1901 C chime Ste.Anne de Detroit (Catholic Church) FARIBAULT - OMS : USA - MN 1902 C chime Bishop Whipple Memorial Chime Bishop Whipple Memorial Tower Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour (Episcopal) LOUISVILLE - WS : USA - KY 1902 C chime Parr Memorial Chimes (in memory of Maria Marmaduke Parr) Walnut Street Baptist Church (SBC) ROCHESTER - STMI : USA - NY 1903 C chime St.Michael's Catholic Church BLOOMINGTON - 3 : USA - IN 1905 C (chime) Student Building Indiana University JANESVILLE : USA - WI 1907 C chime First Congregational Church, UCC LOS ANGELES - STA : USA - CA 1907 C chime St.Agnes Catholic Church BALTIMORE - CC : USA - MD 1908 C chime New Refuge Deliverance Cathedral (formerly Christ Episcopal Church) FALL RIVER - CH : USA - MA 1908 C [chime] City Hall MONTPELIER : USA - VT 1908 C chime Trinity United Methodist Church BRIDGETON : USA - NJ 1909 C chime Central United Methodist Church CAMBRIDGE : CANADA - ON 1909 C chime Central Presbyterian Church GRAND RAPIDS - STA : USA - MI 1909 C chime Cathedral of St.Andrew (RC) PHILADELPHIA - STJL/1 : USA - PA 1909 C chime Wanamaker Mausoleum Church of the St.James-the-Less (Episcopal) DECATUR : USA - IL 1910 C chime The Conklin Memorial Chimes First United Methodist Church MIDDLETOWN -- : USA - NY 1910 F chime St.Joseph's Catholic Church SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS : USA - IN 1910 C chime Church of the Immaculate Conception St.Mary-of-the-Woods College CHATTANOOGA : USA - TN 1911 C chime St.Paul's Episcopal Church FORT WORTH - TS : USA - TX 1911 C chime Harrison Chimes First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) (including Taylor Street Presb. Church) SYDNEY : CANADA - NS 1911 C chime St.Andrew's United Church DENVER - ICC : USA - CO 1912 C chime Immaculate Conception Cathedral (RC) NIAGARA FALLS - CC : CANADA - ON 1912 C chime Christ Church (Anglican) NIAGARA FALLS - Z : USA - NY 1912 C chime Zion Lutheran Church (ELCA) PHILADELPHIA - CS : USA - PA 1912 C chime Cathedral Church of the Saviour WILMINGTON - W : USA - DE 1912 F chime Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) DUBUQUE : USA - IA 1913 C chime St.Luke's United Methodist Church FORT WASHINGTON : USA - PA 1913 C (chime) St.Thomas' Episcopal Church HAMILTON - STG : CANADA - ON 1913 C chime St.Giles United Church (was St.Giles' Presbyterian Church) ROSEMONT : USA - PA 1913 F chime Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal) VAN WERT : USA - OH 1913 C chime St.Mark's Lutheran Church (ELCA) HELENA : USA - MT 1914 C chime St.Helena's RC Cathedral MOUNDSVILLE : USA - WV 1914 C chime Simpson United Methodist Church (was First M.E. Church) COLUMBUS - OSU : USA - OH 1915 F chime Orton Hall Ohio State University DE LAND : USA - FL 1915 C chime The Eloise Chimes Hulley Tower John B Stetson University FORT DODGE : USA - IA 1915 C chime First United Methodist Church GLENDALE - CC : USA - OH 1915 C chime Christ Church - Glendale (Episcopal) MALDEN : USA - MA 1915 C chime First Baptist Church of Malden (ABC) SAN RAFAEL : USA - CA 1915 C chime First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) TALLAHASSEE : USA - FL 1915 F chime Lewis Chime St.John's Episcopal Church HASTINGS - FM : USA - NE 1916 C chime First United Methodist Church SAINT JOHNS : USA - MI 1916 C chime First Methodist Church SIOUX CITY - F : USA - IA 1916 C chime First United Methodist Church WALTHAM : USA - MA 1916 C chime Beth Eden Baptist Church (ABC) WEST NEWTON : USA - MA 1916 C chime First Unitarian Church WINCHESTER : USA - VA 1917 C chime Grace Evang. Lutheran Church (ELCA) BALA-CYNWYD - STM : USA - PA 1918 C chime St.Matthias Catholic Church ALLIANCE : USA - OH 1919 C chime Christ United Methodist Church (formerly First Methodist Church) KANSAS CITY - IB : USA - MO 1919 C chime Independence Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) KEY WEST : USA - FL 1919 R chime St.Paul's Episcopal Church UPPER MONTCLAIR - STJ : USA - NJ 1919 C chime St.James Episcopal Church HIGH POINT : USA - NC 1920 C chime Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church KANSAS CITY - V : USA - MO 1920 C chime Visitation of the Blessed Virgin RC Church LANCASTER - G : USA - PA 1920 F chime Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) OIL CITY : USA - PA 1920 C chime Christ Church (Episcopal) PHILADELPHIA - CS : USA - PA 1920 R chime Cathedral Church of the Saviour PITTSBURGH - H : USA - PA 1920 C [chime] Highland Presbyterian Church URBANA - 1 : USA - IL 1920 C chime The Senior Memorial Chime Upper belfry Altgeld Hall University of Illinois BIRMINGHAM - HM : USA - AL 1921 C chime The McCoy Tower Bells Highlands United Methodist Church JOHNSTOWN : USA - PA 1921 C chime First Lutheran Church (ELCA) NEW ORLEANS - HN : USA - LA 1921 C chime Holy Name of Jesus Church (RC) SAINT LOUIS - HC : USA - MO 1921 C [chime] Holy Communion Episcopal Church SALISBURY - TM : USA - MD 1921 C chime Trinity United Methodist Church SHREVEPORT - FB : USA - LA 1921 C chime First Baptist Church (SBC) NORTH MANCHESTER : USA - IN 1922 C chime Manchester College OKLAHOMA CITY - FUMC : USA - OK 1922 C chime First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City BOSTON - AS : USA - MA 1923 C chime All Saints Church (Episcopal) LEHIGHTON - Z : USA - PA 1923 C chime Zion United Church of Christ (UCC) (was Zion Reformed Church) READING - W : USA - PA 1923 C chime Wesley United Methodist Church (was Windsor Street Methodist Church) RED BANK : USA - NJ 1923 C chime St.James' Catholic Church SAN ANSELMO - SFTS : USA - CA 1923 C chime San Francisco Theological Seminary WATERLOO : USA - IA 1923 F chime First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) MEDFORD - STJ : USA - MA 1924 C chime St.Joseph's RC Church NEWNAN : USA - GA 1924 C chime Newnan Presbyterian Church OXFORD - 1 : USA - OH 1924 F chime Molyneaux-Western Bell Tower Miami University BALTIMORE - ML : USA - MD 1925 C [chime] Martin Luther Ev.Luth. Church (ELCA) CATASAUQUA - F : USA - PA 1925 C chime Catasauqua Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) (was First Presbyterian Church) MONONGAHELA : USA - PA 1925 C chime First United Methodist Church MUNCIE - FP : USA - IN 1925 C [chime] First United Presbyterian Church FALKIRK : SCOTLAND-ST 1926 C chime "Auld Kirk" Presbyterian Church LONGVIEW : USA - WA 1926 C chime Longview Community Church PHILADELPHIA - W : USA - PA 1926 C chime Wynnefield Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) WARREN - FM : USA - PA 1926 C chime First United Methodist Church CHEYENNE : USA - WY 1927 C chime St.Mark's Episcopal Church EMMAUS : USA - PA 1927 C chime St.John's United Church of Christ (UCC) (was St.John's Reformed Church) PLATTSBURGH - STJ : USA - NY 1927 C chime St.John the Baptist RC Church WEST NEW YORK : USA - NJ 1927 C chime St.Joseph of the Palisades RC Church COLUMBIA : USA - PA 1928 C chime St.John's Evang. Lutheran Church (ELCA) BEAVER FALLS : USA - PA 1929 C chime McCartney Library Geneva College CARLISLE : USA - PA 1930 C chime First United Church of Christ (UCC) DELAWARE - OW : USA - OH 1930 C chime Stuyvesant Hall Ohio Wesleyan University WILKINSBURG - STJ : USA - PA 1930 C chime St.James Catholic Church ATLANTA - FP : USA - GA 1931 F non-trad* Devereaux McClatchey Carillon First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta BALTIMORE - OS : USA - MD 1934 C chime Our Saviour Lutheran Church (LCMS) EAU CLAIRE - G : USA - WI 1936 C chime Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) BALTIMORE - CL : USA - MD 1958 C chime Christ Lutheran Church (ELCA)
McShane Bell Foundry 400 Arundel Corporation Road Building C Glen Burnie, MD 21060-6364 Tel: 800-828-8397 410-636-4390 Fax: 410-636-8239 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.mcshanebell.comGlen Burnie is a suburb of the city of Baltimore, where the McShane bell foundry was begun. The company still owns the old foundry premises in the city, but uses them only rarely.
The McShane Bell Foundry was started by Henry McShane (1833-89). He arrived in this country in 1847 as an immigrant from Dundalk, Ireland; his occupation prior to arrival was recorded as "currier". After being employed in the Baltimore brass foundry of Clampitt & Regester (later Regester & Webb) for several years, he set up his own bell and brass foundry in 1856.
Also arriving from Ireland just before or after Henry were five siblings, at least one of whom joined him in the foundry business for some years.
Names the firm has held:
McShane's Bell Foundry (1856-7)
McShane & Bailey (1857-63)
Henry McShane & Co. (1863-1891)
Henry McShane Manufacturing Co. of Baltimore City, Inc. (1891-?)
McShane Bell Foundry Co. (?-1904-1920-?)
At one time, the McShane foundries also produced piping, plumbing fixtures, etc. After part of the foundry burned in 1893, the non-bell work was moved to a newly-constructed facility in a previously undeveloped area on the shores of the nearby Patapsco River. When the railroad followed the foundry to the area in 1895, it needed a name for the railroad stop. William James McShane, vice-president of the foundry, gave it the name Dundalk, after his father's birthplace. Thus began the modern town of Dundalk. However, the McShanes did not stay there long, because in 1900, the pipe foundry was sold to the Central Foundry. That sale was part of a wholesale breakup of the McShane Manufacturing Company, caused by the financial recession of the late 1890s.
Although the bell foundry retained the McShane name, there were no members of the McShane family associated with it after the breakup. Ownership thereafter is obscure, but in 1942 the foundry was purchased by William (Bill) Parker, and it is Parker's son and grandson who now run the business.
A bit of history related to the McShane foundry in Dundalk (payment required for access).
In 1888, The McShane Bell Foundry (Henry McShane & Co., Proprietors) published a 120-page catalog of their work, and in 1890 they supplemented it with an additional 30 pages of testimonials. The catalog advertised the "finest grade of bells for churches, academies, factories, fire alarm, court houses, tower clocks, etc." as well as "chimes and peals and bells of all sizes mounted in the most approved manner and fully warranted." They cited medals won at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, 1876, and the Paris (France) Exposition of 1879. Also advertised in the catalog are light house and fog-alarm bells, locomotive bells, plantation and farm bells, steamboat and ship bells, altar gongs and chimes, and hand bells (wood-handled, for schoolteachers, etc.). Several pages are devoted to various attractive features of McShane bells, viz., materials used, methods of molding and casting bells, design of fittings, inscriptions, transportation, and so forth. There is the usual discussion on how far bells can be heard. There are recommendations for methods of hanging in towers, for design of belfries, for regular lubrication, and on how to ring. There are tables of sizes and weights of bells - from 6200 lbs down to 400 lbs for churches and similar uses, from 350 down to 100 lbs for factory and academy [school] bells, and from 100 lbs down to 25 lbs for plantation and farm bells. Numerous illustrations include McShane's rotary yoke, McShane's improved friction rollers (for "large Bells of 1,400 pounds and heavier"), tolling hammers, and various chimes in their frames. All bells of 100 pounds or more were shipped with a three year warranty "not to fracture by regular usage". There is a long illustrated article about The Centennial Chimes, McShane's first, produced in 1876; and there are reproductions of newspaper articles about several of the subsequent chimes produced by this foundry.
In 1928, McShane published a high-quality booklet about chimes. A brief introduction included illustrations of two types of bell frame, an electric keyboard, and a "hand console with electric attachment". The latter incorporated electric solenoids into a traditional chimestand, thus providing both types of action very efficiently. The introduction was followed by 73 pages, each describing one chime with the following details:
Although dates of installation are not explicitly stated, they can in most cases be deduced from the custom inscriptions or from the quoted letters. It then becomes evident that the chimes are listed in order from newest to oldest, and the remaining dates can be interpolated. Comparison of these dates with information from other sources shows that this booklet describes every chime which McShane had installed from late 1908 up to 1928. It's not clear why McShane did not list any of the 30 to 50 chimes which the foundry produced in the three decades prior to 1909. Perhaps they implemented a significant improvement in tone quality in 1908-9 (though the quality of their castings was always excellent). It might have been that their records of older chimes were less complete. Or it might simply have been that a span of 20 years produced a nicely sized booklet. Whatever the reason, it seems highly probable that those McShane chimes for which the year of installation is presently unknown were made either between 1890 and 1909 or after 1928.
The relationship between pattern weight and note (or "tone") for the 73 chimes
produced between 1909 and 1928 is as follows:
|4,200||C||2||10 or 11|
|3,500||D flat||5||12 to 15|
|3,000||D||26||10 to 16|
|2,500||E flat||13||10 to 14|
10 or 11
|Number of bells||Number of added semitones|
|10||1 or 2|
|11||1 or 2|
|13||2 or 3|
|15||4 or 5|
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