Co-pastors E. Jerome Johanson and Laura Lane Johanson served Avon Congregational Church from 1949-1964.Theirs was the second longest pastorate at ACC. The longest being that of Rev. Theodore C. Schoonmaker from 1969-1985.The Johansons kept chronological notebooks during these 15 years with newspaper clippings and church publications such as the Sunday Bulletin. Their collection resides in the ACC archives, and is a rich source of church history. The page below has the Hartford Courant announcement of the 1954 wedding at ACC of Avon’s Gladys Holloway to Bridgewater’s Charles Larson. According to the announcement, the church “was decorated with white carnations and pink snapdragons. The bride’s gown was of Chantilly lace and she carried a white prayer book with a white orchid and stephanotis.”

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