361 SW Madison Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97333 US
Organ ID: 63660
"Mrs. Byron Taylor" was actually Lillian McElroy-Hunt after having taken her name from her latest husband.
Updated by Eric Schmiedeberg, naming this as the source of information: Virginia Rankin, Whiteside Theater Organ Given to OSU, September 2, 1961--Corvallis Gazette-Times Newspaper.
According to this article, the organ was installed with the assistance of Herman (Tuffy) Belt in 1927. It was played by Lillian McElroy-Hunt, Mrs. Byron Taylor and Eddie Searing. At one time, Mr. Searing performed a live radio program at the organ on Saturday mornings.
Also according to the article, Dick Chase of Corvallis had played and maintained the organ for eight years.
I personally know that he would be the one responsible for the removal and re-installation of the organ at Gill Coliseum on the campus of Oregon State University.
This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by Eric Schmiedeberg, who gave this as the source of the information: I advocated for the renewed use of the instrument in its second home at Gill Coliseum on the campus of Oregon State University, played it and did some repair/maintenance work on it there..
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