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Rollerfair (Skateland) Rink - 3/5 Wurlitzer
Everett, Washington
2201 California
Organ installation timeframe: 1943 - 1965
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According to the Judd Walton Opus List, the Rollerfair (Skateland) organ was originally shipped in August, 1921 to the San Francisco Wurlitzer store/warehouse. It was a Style 170, opus #451.
Click for a larger version of this image (24K) In 1922, the organ was sold to the Ellensburg Theatre in Ellensburg, Washington. In 1938, it was moved to Seattle's Playland Amusement Park Skating Rink. According to Ray Whelpley, Balcom & Vaughan moved the organ in 1956 to Everett's Rollerfair Rink and a three-manual console was added. This disagrees with the Balcom & Vaughan opus lists which shows a two-manual instrument moved in 1943.
In 1965, the instrument was purchased by Ray & Muriel Whelpley of Bellevue, Washington. It is currently playing in their home.
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