Updated by Jim Lewis, naming this as the source of information: The Weekly Oregon Statesman January 4, 1864 - \"Old First Presbyterian Church\". Faber, Stephen L. Old First Presbyterian Church 1999. According to a church history, this Erben organ was purchased second-hand in 1852 by George Pettinos for First Presbyterian, San Francisco. It was sold to First Presbyterian, Portland, Oregon, in 1864 for $1000. The Erben was replaced by the former Boston Music Hall 1834 Appleton organ in 1864.
Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner.
Status Note: There 1996.
Origins obscure. Said to have come from Calvary Presbyterian, San Francisco, CA; via First Presbyterian, Portland, OR c. 1863, where it was until 1893; via Westminster Presbyterian, Portland, OR 1889 (1893?); via Vernon Presbyterian, Portland, OR 1897 (1907?); via Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR (housed at Dr. L. Thayer residence 1950's-1978). Restored by Coulter in 1979 and relocated back to First Presbyterian, Portland, OR by 1996. Note that the only 1851 1m. Erben for San Francisco was for Episcopal church.