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Rev. Olof C. Johnson photograph collection, ca. 1935-ca. 1945.
Johnson, Olof C., 1909-2000.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  FB-67  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Johnson, Olof C., 1909-2000.
Title : Rev. Olof C. Johnson photograph collection, ca. 1935-ca. 1945.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft.
Summary :

This collection contains photographs taken by Rev. Olof C. Johnson in and around Rutland County, Vermont, during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The collection is particularly strong in photographs of churches, fairs, and 4-H activities. The collection includes pictures of the Rutland County 4-H Camp at Elfin Lake in Wallingford, Vermont; other camps; other 4-H activities; a family making and eating sugar on snow; activities in a farm kitchen; families at the dinner table; auto racing and stunts; and a Model A pickup crash in which the driver is taken away in an ambulance.

The collection also includes photographs of the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts; the 1939 New York World's Fair; and the Queen Mary setting sail, probably from New York City.

Biographical or historical data :

Rev. Olof C. Johnson was born February 28, 1909, in Gloversville, New York, and his family relocated to Northville, New York, when he was about 10 years of age. He went through business college, and his first job was as a bank clerk and stenographer in Cobleskill in 1929 at the First National Bank of Cobleskill.

He received his call to ministry about 1933, and received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Gordon College and Theological Seminary in Boston. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andover-Newton Theological School in 1942. During this time he obtained a license to preach and worked in 3 Methodist churches in Shrewsbury and Cuttingsville, Vermont. He was active in the Rutland County 4-H, and met Elizabeth Hager at the summer 4-H camp at Elfin Lake in Wallingford. He was ordained at the 1942 Methodist annual conference in Troy, New York, and the next day he married Elizabeth Hager. They had four children, Olof, Jr., Andrew, John, and Eric.

Rev. Johnson also served Methodist parishes in Pittsfield, Stockbridge, and Gaysville, Vermont, for about 5 years, and then served in Castleton, Mendon, and Hubbardton, Vermont, from 1946-1963. During this time he also served in the volunteer fire department and managed the hot lunch program at the Castleton schools. In 1963, he returned to New York State, serving at the Central Bridge (Schoharie County, New York) Methodist Church and, at the same time, Grosvenors Corners and Barnerville churches until he was forced to retire under Methodist policy in 1979.

In his retirement he served as pastor for the Braman Corners Baptist Church and Broome Center Chapel, United Church of Christ, Gilboa, New York. During his time in New York State he also served as a volunteer fireman and as the Chaplain to the New York State Police. Rev. Johnson passed away in February 2000 at his home in Central Bridge, New York.

Corporate Subject : Eastern States Exposition Photographs.
New York World's Fair 1939-1940 Photographs.
Queen Mary Steamship Photographs.
Subject Term : Agricultural exhibitions Vermont Photographs.
Camps Vermont Photographs.
Church buildings Vermont Photographs.
Cooking Maple sugar and syrup Photographs.
Cooking Vermont Photographs.
Maple syrup Vermont Photographs.
Dinners and dining Vermont Photographs.
4-H clubs Vermont Rutland Photographs.
Automobile racing Vermont Photographs.
Traffic accidents Vermont Photographs.
Geographic Term : Elfin Lake (Wallingford, Vt.)
Rutland County (Vt.) Description and travel Photographs.
Genre/Form : Photographs.
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