Friday, March 6, 2009

The Bells of St. Mary's (& St. Boniface)

Well, it's more about the clocks than the bells... I was recently asked to provide some information about the clocks and bells of St. Mary in West Point and St. Boniface in Monterey for a piece in the Fremont Tribune. The article covers the history and workings of the clocks pretty well. Read the full article here.
This quick research project has peaked my interest in the builder of these clocks: Hoffmann & Pollhans of St. Louis, MO. Information is scant on this clockmaker who produced clocks for churches and civic buildings throughout the Midwest. If things ever slow down, I'll have to delve into the history of this company a little more.

Being installed in 1929 and 1930, the clocks at Monterey and West Point may have been some of the last fully mechanical clock installations of the company, as electric clockworks were beginning to come in vogue at that time.

More will be posted as I find out more!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My name is Christopher Hoffmann. George J. Hoffmann was my great grandfather. When my father was a child he use to carry the parts up to the towers for George. Please give me a call at 314.518.8226. I can put you in contact with my father, Ronald E. Hoffmann.