Kensington, Kansas, c. 1980s.
In Kensington, Kansas; purchased organ supplies, c. 1980s.
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
There are no entries in the database that describe organs by George G. Chrestensen.
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