Katy Lou spared from Galveston Hurricane Ike

Galveston Island Iconic Military Band Organ "Katy Lou" was spared damage from Hurricane Ike ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_Hurricane_Ike_in_Texas) the Galveston disaster that put 17-feet of water in Galveston's downtown area.  As fate would have it, Katy Lou, a 1917 World Famous Wurlitzer 153 Band Organ, was being restored to original condition at Ragtime Southwest of San Antonio during the storm.

Katy Lou is owned by the Emporium on the Strand in Galveston, Texas.  It is a delightful Wurlitzer Style #153 Duplex Organ made by Wurlitzer Company of North Tonawanda, New York in 1917. Music is controlled by perforated music rolls. Katie Lou has two roll mechanisms capable of playing 20 selections before repeating them hence the name duplex organ. Listening to this unique instrument is a treat. There is no sound like a Wurlitzer Band Organ to brighten your day.

Ragtime Southwest recently returned Katy Lou safely to its Galveston Island perch.  The Emporium invites you to come in and listen to the sound your grandparents enjoyed nearly a hundred years ago.