The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Congregational Church
4 North Street
Montague, Massachusetts 01351

OHS Database ID 6782.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 80.

OHS Convention Organ, 2015.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 18, 2015.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 2 divisions. 9 stops. 8 registers. 8 ranks. 358 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 12 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. There are hinged doors that enclose keyboards. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. No combination action. Flat straight pedalboard.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1986 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Oldest existing unaltered Johnson. Restored c. 1984 by Czelusniak et Dugal. Ded. 11 Nov 1984 by Mr. And Mrs. Grant Moss. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L October 6, by David King: "There's an 1857 Johnson in Montague, MA, a few miles from here with a centered 13-note board." (James Cook. October 6, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Scot Huntington. -- The 1850 William A. Johnson Op. 16 in the Union Church of Heath, Massachusetts is the oldest known extant Johnson. (Database Manager. February 19, 2015)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. July 18, 2015)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Elsworth, John Van Varick. The Johnson Organs. (Harrisville, New Hampshire: Boston Organ Club Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, 1984), ? [0]

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Photographs

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Keydesk. Photograph by Jim Cook 2015-06-30
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Jim Cook 2015-06-30

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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Stoplist

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  • Specification from OHS Convention Handbook, 2015

  • Montague, Massachusetts
    First Congregational Church
    
    Wm. A. Johnson   Opus 54   1856
    1 manual, 8 stops, 8 ranks
    _________________________________________
    
             MANUAL
          8' Open Diapason         44 *
          8' Viol Di Amour (TF)    39
          8' St. Dia. Base         17
          8' St. Dia. Treble (TF)  39
          4' Principal             56
          4' Flute (TF)            39
      2 2/3' Twelfth               56
          2' Fifteenth             56
    
             PEDAL
         16' Sub Base              12
    
          *  1-12 from Stopped Diapason Bass
    
      Note:  The pitch numbers are not on
             the draw knobs; the existing
             spellings are shown here.
    
             ACCESSORIES
             Pedal Coupling
             Swell Pedal (hitch-down)
    
             Wind pressure is 2-3/4"
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-06-05]
    
    
  • Specification from OHS Convention Handbook, 2015 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.