Decatur, Illinois, 1943; Denver, Colorado, 1950s and 1960s; Kansas City, Kansas, 1959–early 1960s..
According to Charles McManis, John Chrastina was originally from Moravia and came to America with his father at the age of seventeen. While he was walking down a street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he passed a window of the Wangerin Organ Company, recognized a worker there who knew him from Moravia, and was invited in to apply for work (McManis does not state whether he actually worked for Wangerin). In July 1959 Chrastina applied for work at the McManis plant in Kansas City, Kansas; McManis hired him on the spot after he saw Chrastina’s organbuilder tools. By 1964 Chrastina had moved to Denver, but he continued to work with McManis on various projects, notably the restoration of the David Tannenberg organ in the Single Brothers’ House at Old Salem, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. McManis related that he lost touch with Chrastina after the Moravian work but learned of his death sometime in the late 1970s.
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