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BuilderID 1212

Builder Identification

Kensington, Kansas, c. 1980s.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

    In Kensington, Kansas; purchased organ supplies, c. 1980s.

    Sources:

    • A mailing list of purchasers of organ supplies compiled by several prominent firms. The entries that appear in this list are of undetermined date and may not necessarily represent organbuilders.
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  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, July 17, 2018. —

    In the 1997 revised edition of David Fox’s Guide to North American Organbuilders, the entry on this person reads as follows:

    Chrestenson, George G.
    Representative of the Wicks firm of Highland, MI [sic; “MI” (Michigan) is an error for “IL” (Illinois)], in Oklahoma City, OK, by 1971; active in 1980s.
    [MU: Mar. 1971:43; Schmitt; SUPP] 1

    The cited page in Music: The A.G.O. and R.C.C.O. Magazine describes the Wicks Organ Company’s organ at Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, Texas (OHS Database ID 54512); the relevant sentence is the following: “Negotiations leading to the purchase involved Dr. W. Neil Record and Mr. Miller [Earl W. Miller, assistant professor of music and college organist] for the College, and George G. Chrestenson [sic] of Oklahoma City for Wicks.”2 However, the Find a Grave website has a photograph of the gravestone of George G. Chrestensen (born April 9, 1934; died October 27, 1989) in Resthaven Gardens Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; this is almost certainly the same person. 3

    Sources:

    1. David H. Fox, A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1997), 97. “MU” stands for Music: The A.G.O. and R.C.C.O. Magazine; “Schmitt” is Elizabeth Towne Schmitt; “SUPP” is the mailing list of purchasers of organ supplies that is cited as the only source in the 1991 edition of Fox’s Guide (the second P was added in the 1997 edition and appears to be a typo).
    2. “Wayland Baptist College, Plainview, Texas,” Music: The A.G.O. and R.C.C.O. Magazine 5, no. 3 (March 1971): 43. The same sentence, again with the spelling “Chrestenson,” appears in “Wayland College in Texas Opens New Wicks Organ,” The Diapason 61, no. 11 (October 1970): 1; this article differs from the one in Music only in the title and the layout of the stoplist.
    3. “George G Chrestensen,” Find a Grave, accessed July 12, 2018, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/175019047/george-g-chrestensen. “US ARMY” is inscribed on the gravestone.

Database Entries

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