1958 Capital campaign
At the end of Rev. Donald Anderson’s tenure as pastor of Woodland, there was a bustle of activity at the church. A capital campaign led by George Baxter, Gladys Scheer, Bob Prewitt, Jr., Scott Young, and William Atkinson had netted over $77,000.
The board approved $21,500 for the purchase of a new Reuter Organ to replace the old Wurlitzer, which had become so unreliable that Charles Higgs (who serviced it) had begun to call a “Worry-it-zer.” Aside from Higgs, only organist Betsy Steiner was allowed to touch it.
The new instrument would have 61 notes on the manuals, 32 notes on the pedals, and would incorporate the existing chimes from the old Wurlitzer organ. Its 745 pipes and 17 tube chimes were placed on two third floor rooms adjacent to the sanctuary. The blowers are located in the boiler room downstairs.
Renovation plans also called for a new hot water heating system improvements to the church rest rooms, kitchen, baptistery, fellowship hall and chancel.
Next time, I’ll take an extra minute, and walk the congregation through the bronze symbols that were placed on the screen at the rear of the chancel.