Rick in Ridgeway, Ontario, Canada tells us:
Hi, In 2006 I did a DVD on our church, St Lukes Lutheran in Ridgeway Ontario. At that time I took pictures of our church bell (installed 1913)and you helped identify it. On Feb 22 2009 our church burned down. Of course I wanted the bell out and 2 days later they pulled what was left of it out, broken in 2 pieces and cracked down the middle like the Liberty Bell. If you would like, I can share the pictures of it being pulled out if your membership would be interested. Regards Rick
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What a tragic loss! In the past century, groups have used the metal from the destroyed bell to cast a new bell, but at today’s prices, this could be prohibitive at a time when you will need money for reconstruction. In Rochester, MN, the Mayo Brothers had souvenir bells cast from the bronze of the destroyed Central High School bell and sold to raise money for purchase of a new bell. If your bell still looks like a bell, it could be preserved as a commemoration of the fire and used as a focal point for fundraising for construction of the new church, like Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Harry Long, MD
Rick: Sorry to hear about your church. Sure hope it wasn’t arson. A significant number of churches in the states have been destroyed that way in recent years. Please post your photos. Hope you will get another bell for your new structure.