Shrewsbury Photos of Olof C. Johnson


This collection contains a selection of photographs taken by Rev. Olof C. Johnson in and around Rutland County, Vermont, during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Johnson’s collection is particularly strong in images of activities in which he was involved – church life, country fairs, and 4-H activities – and life in Cuttingsville and Shrewsbury where he lived. The larger collection of approximately 800 photographs of which this is just a small selection. A description of the entire collection can be viewed here.

Olof C. Johnson grew up in Gloversville and Northville, New York. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Andover-Newton Theological School in 1942 while working in three Methodist churches in Shrewsbury and Cuttingsville, Vermont. He was active in the Rutland County 4-H where met his future wife, Elizabeth Hager. He also served Methodist parishes in Pittsfield, Stockbridge, and Gaysville, Vermont, for about five years, and then served in Castleton, Mendon, and Hubbardton 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 where he continued to preach until he was forced to retire under Methodist church policy in 1979.


  • Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Society

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Stunt Car up on Two Wheels
A stunt car drives on two side wheels at the Rutland Fairgrounds.

Stunt Car Accelerates
A stunt car accelerates as it prepares to perform a stunt at the Rutland Fairgrounds. The side of the car has lettering reading "Jimmie Lynch," a daredevil performer of the era.

Car Fails to Complete Jump
A jumping car fails to clear another car parked in front of it and crashes into it at the Rutland Fairgrounds. The car has lettering for "Jimmie Lynch" on the side. According to, "Daredevil Jimmie Lynch and his 'Death Dodgers' traveled…