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Keeping the Pipes Playing

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This list is not complete and some dates are missing; however, it recognizes those who helped keep the pipes playing from 1921 through 1984.

1921 - 1928 Chuck Hawley (first organist) was carrying a beat-up brief case on his first visit to The Oaks.
. . . He rode the trolley to audition. Upon his arrival, Edward Bollinger told him the organ had just been installed thus the glue holding the pipes was not dry.
. . . Edward asked him to come back the next day.
. . . Chuck explained the return trip would be a financial burden. It was agreed the audition could proceed if Chuck was careful.
. . . Chuck Hawley was hired.
1928 Dick Bauman - was still playing in 1939
1928 - 1939 Buck Nye
1932 Helen Heppner - was still playing in 1934
1939 Lucille Houston
1939 Len Hoyt - played Oaks and Robert's Kelso, WA rink
1939 Pete Kraushaar
1939 Lane Lewis
1940 (12 days)
1941 - 1946
1950 - 1960
Buss McClelland
1948 Pete Kraushaur - played the 10/22/1948 re-opening after flood damage was repaired
Don Simmons
Len Hoyt - also played WurliTzer at Rollerdome in NE Portland
1952; 1953 Len Hoyt
1952 - 1953 Joyce Cash
1955 Gale Enger
1955 Jerry Gilmore
1956 Glenn Shelley - played the 4 manual 33 rank WurliTzer opus 164 (installed in Liberty Theater for opening on June 9, 1918) several years during the mid-twenties and was seated at the console the last night the house was open in 1959. In addition, he played the WurliTzer 235 Special of 3 manuals and 13 ranks opus 1710 the first few years at the Oriental Theatre after its December 31, 1927 opening.* per the 1966 American Association of Organ Enthusiasts Convention program.
1957 Lorretta Muralt - played relief at Oaks 11/02/57 - 12/27/57;
, , , 2nd organist at Imperial Roller Rink for 5 1/2 years starting 05/20/1958
1964 Jean Bonne
1952 ;
1969 - 1985
Don Simmons - musician / repair person
, , , learned from Buss McClelland
, , , was the most popular with skaters & public
, , , last of organists who talked with skaters while playing
, , , well liked by fellow musicians
1970 - ?? Steve Bray (Tune & Repair) - was not old enough to run the rides so learned to tune the organ.
. . . His grandfather was a night watchman when The Oaks opened in 1905.
1981 - 1984 Jack Coxon - like to rock the bench while playing
Pre-1985 Marc Gerlack
Pre-1985 Brian Ingoldsby
Pre-1985
Dean Lemire
Pre-1985 Lucille Lyons
Pre-1985 Bob Mendenhall
Pre-1985 Jonas Nordwall - Member of the Musician's Hall of Fame
Pre-1985 Gladys Perky
Pre-1985 Cecil Teague - played the Majestic Theater
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