The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. John's United Church of Christ
217 N. Church St.
Boalsburg, Pennsylvania 16827

OHS Database ID 3357.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 299, 2003-06-25.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 15, 2013.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 14 stops. 13 ranks.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. There are hinged doors that enclose keyboards.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1990 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Moved to chamber in front of church by Charles E. Durner 1902. Detached, reversed console. Rebuilt by Hartman-Beaty 1971, replacing key action & wind system. Pedal board enlarged from 20 to 30 notes. Restored 1990 by R. J. Brunner. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from H. Ryan Ditmer. -- Organ is in regular use in all aspects of church life. Normal services, Weddings, Funerals, etc. Great historical instrument that still contributes to current services. We are lucky to have many of the records/history for this instrument in our archives. (Database Manager. March 15, 2013)

Online Documents

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  • Brunner, Raymond J.. That Ingenious Business. (Birdsboro, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania German Society, 1990), 195 [0]

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Console and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt
Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Manuals and Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Left Drawknobs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Right Drawknobs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Organ Facade and OHS Certificate. Photograph by H Ryan Ditmer 2018-09-11
Organ Facade and Console. Photograph by H Ryan Ditmer 2018-09-11
Console. Photograph by H Ryan Ditmer 2018-09-11

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    St. John's U. C. C., Boalsburg, PA
    1868 Charles F. Durner
    (Stoplist: Dieffenbuch 9:7)
    Left Jamb:
    STOP DIAPASON, 8 feet. (stopped wood)
    TRAVERSE FLUTE, 8 feet.  (Open wood, 12 stopped basses, non-inverted mouth)
    FIFTEENTH, 2 feet. (common metal)
    PRINCIPAL, 4 feet. (zinc and common metal)
    STOP DIAPASON BASS, 8 feet. (12 pipes, stopped wood)
    OPEN DIAPASON, 8 feet. (top 16 are common metal, rest zinc)
    SUB. BASS, 16 feet (pedal, stopped wood)
    Right Jamb:
    FLUTE, 4 feet. (common metal, chimney flute, 12 stopped wood basses)
    DULCIANA, 8 feet. (zinc and common metal, bottom 12 grooved to Traverse Flute)
    VOXHUMANE, 8 feet. (bottom 12 grooved to Stopped Diapson, 7 open metal treble flue pipes, altered
        resonator,  clarinet-like)
    VIOLIN BASS, 8 feet. (pedal, 20 open wood, modern extension is open metal)
    BOURDON, 16 feet. (great, from tenor g# up)
    STOP DIAPASON TREBLE, 8 feet. (42 stopped wood pipes)
    TWELFTH, 3 feet.
    All spellings, spacings, punctuation or lack of same above, are as they appear on the knobs. Great 
    is situated on two diatonic chests at the same level, side by side, with sufficient space to allow 
    the Swell vertical trackers to pass between them en route to the overhead Swell chest. The 38 Zinc 
    pipes of the Great Open Diapason all have varying length toes, indicating that all 38 were probably 
    in the original case fa├žade.
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.