The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Baptist
551 North Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

OHS Database ID 10937.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 11, 2019.
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Technical Details

Wicks Direct Electric(©) chests.

Three manuals. 33 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 2003. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • "STLAGO lists 1967, possibly dedication year." (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • On-line update from Ray Smithee -- Extremely low windpressures were used in this instrument. I believe 2.5 inches. (Database Manager. September 5, 2005)
  • Updated by Ray Smithee, who has heard or played the organ.

    This organ was designed by Ray Ferguson, Professor of Organ at Wayne State University, and a well-known concert artist in the 60s. Ray grew up in Poplar Bluff and attended First Baptist Church. His piano teacher, Lillian Carnochan was the pianist at First Baptist. When it was time for the new organ to be designed for the new sanctuary, the organist, and giver of the instrument, Ora Fern Fitch, called on Ray to design the stop list. It's interesting in that for 33 ranks spread over four divisions there are so few extensions or borrowings. (Stephen Hall. February 11, 2019)

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Church Exterior. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Ray Smithee (2010's)
Sanctuary. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Ray Smithee (2010's)

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  • Stoplist from console. Organist 1980-1983
    Poplar Bluff, Missouri
    First Baptist Church
    Wicks Organ Company  1967   III/33
    8       Principal               61 pipes
    8       Rohrflote               61 pipes
    8       Salicional (Sw)
    4       Octave                  61 pipes
    4       Spitzflote              61 pipes
    2       Blockflote              61 pipes
    IV      Mixture                244 pipes
            Chimes                  21 tubes
    8       Gedeckt                 61 pipes
    8       Salicional              61 pipes
    8       Voix Celeste            49 pipes
    4       Gemshorn                61 pipes
    2       Waldflote               61 pipes
    1 1/3   Quinte                  61 pipes
    8       Trompette               61 pipes
    4       Rohrschalmei            61 pipes
    8       Copula                  61 pipes
    8       Dulciana                49 pipes
    4       Koppelflote             61 pipes
    2 2/3   Nazard                  61 pipes
    2       Principal               61 pipes
    1 3/5   Terz                    38 pipes
    II      Mixture                122 pipes
    8       Krummhorn               61 pipes
    16     Contrabass               32 pipes
    16     Subbass                  32 pipes
     8     Spitzprincipal           44 pipes
     8     Rohrgedeckt              32 pipes
     8     Salicional (Sw)
     4     Choralbass (ext.)
    II     Raushquinte              64 pipes
    16     Posaune                  32 pipes
     8     Trompette (Sw)
     4'    Krummhorn (Ch)
     [Received from Ray Smithee 2014-02-12.]
  • Click Here Stoplist from console. Organist 1980-1983 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.