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THE HISTORY OF ERICKSON-HANSEN FUNERAL HOME OF BERLIN / PORTER'S FUNERAL HOME

SIX FAMILY GENERATIONS SINCE 1869

IIn 1839, Abijah Flagg relocared hisfuneral home and furniture store from Berlin to New Britain. In 1857, his son,William Flagg, sold the business to Joseph G. Thompson.  In 1869, the business was again sold to BryanChurchill Porter and it became B.C. Porter's, Inc.

B.C. Porter’s, Inc. rented athree-story building on Main Street in New Britain next to the railroad tracksnorth of the intersection of West Main Street. The first floor of the buildingwas the furniture store, the second floor was the B.C. Porter’s Funeral homeand the third floor was the Porter family residence.

In 1885, the company moved to itsnewly constructed location at 222 Main St. on the green in the center of town.The funeral home and the furniture both operated out of the same location atthe Main St. location.

B.C. Porter’s, Inc. was soon aftermoved again to the 19 Court St. location in New Britain.  Bryan Churchill Porter passed away in 1891and his sons, Frank and Eugene, took control of the company and it became B.C.Porter & Sons.

In 1859, t he furniture store andfuneral home became two separate corporations under the direction of Maxwell S.Porter who was the grandson of the founder. Eliot H. Porter II who was the great-grandsonof the founder presided over the funeral home until 1984 when his son,Christopher H. Porter became the president of the funeral home.

In 1980,   Porters Funeral Service, Inc. relocated thefuneral home to a new building they had constructed at 111 Chamberlain Highwayin Berlin..

In February of 2019, Christopher andPeggy Porter, owners of Porter’s Funeral Home, transferred the ownership of thefuneral home to Peter, Nancy, and Craig Hansen.   The new owners willcontinue to operate the funeral home at the current location at 111 ChamberlainHighway in Berlin.  The funeral home will continue to be known as Porter’sFuneral Home and will take on a new name of Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home ofBerlin. 

The Hansen Family, owners of Erickson-Hansen FuneralHome in New Britain have provided a high level of professional care to familiesover three generations.  They look forward to extending this high level ofcare and service at the 111 Chamberlain Highway for generations to

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