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February 22, 2020

Submitted photoThe Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the addition of the Connor Lumber and Land Company Store in Laona to the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the addition of the Connor Lumber and Land Company Store in Laona to the National Register of Historic Places.
1/2/2020 7:24:00 AM
Connor Lumber and Land Company Store listed in National Register of Historic Places

The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the Connor Lumber and Land Company Store in Laona, Forest County, in the National Register of Historic Places.

National Register designation provides access to certain benefits, including qualification for grants and for rehabilitation income tax credits, while it does not restrict private property owners in the use of their property, according to a press release announcing the Connor property designation.

Built by a founding family of Laona, the Connor Lumber and Land Company Store served many important functions for the citizens of Laona. The building is historically significant for its association with the history of commerce in the community, having served as the general store, hardware store, pharmacy, soda fountain, furniture store, and mortuary, the release states. The building also served governmental functions for this small community and included a post office and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs office inside. In the early 20th Century, the Laona library was also located on the second floor of the building. Located in the far northeast part of the state, this building, constructed in 1914, is an example of a vernacular commercial building serving numerous functions and providing a wide range of services to a small community. In this case, most were employed in the logging industry, and this store had deep connections to the owners of one of the largest logging companies in the region, the Connor family.

Commercial buildings such as this were often the heart of the downtown, providing goods and services and a vital link to the survival of the community, the release notes.

The register is the official national list of historic properties in America deemed worthy of preservation and is maintained by the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program within Wisconsin. It includes sites, buildings, structures, objects and districts that are significant in national, state or local history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

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