My church, St. Paul Lutheran, Greenville, MI removed its bell from its bell tower yesterday, 3-17-09. The bell is a no. 26 made by the American Bell Foundry, Northville, MI. We are building a new worship and ministry facility this summer and our bell is going with us. Our congregation is 109 years old and started worshipping in our old building in 1891, with a remodel in the 1920’s. We have sold our old building, therefore the bell removal. The removal was covered on the front page of our daily newspaper today, The Daily News, Greenville, MI. Any info about the bell or the American Bell Foundry would be appreciated. Thanks
This is probably a cast steel alloy bell (it should hold a magnet). It was probably cast about the time your church was built. Steel alloy bells were cheap compaired to a bronze bell of similar size and had an excellent tone. A No. 20 is more commonly a school bell or would have been used by a small church. These are similar to CS Bell steel alloy bells and were manufactured in large numbers. There is information concerning the American Bell Foundry elsewhere in this forum. Enter American Bell Foundry in the Search box in the upper right hand corner and you should be referred to other sites in this forum.
Harry Long, MD