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Town of Clayton in Winnebago County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Larson Brothers Airport

 
 
Larson Brothers Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 11, 2011
1. Larson Brothers Airport Marker
Inscription. On his father's farm in 1922, Roy Larson, his brothers, Clarence, Newell and Leonard cleared an 80 rod strip for a runway. Roy received flying instructions at Chicago in 1919, paying $50 per hour. Roy and Clarence attended the Sweeney Mechanics School in Kansas City, Mo. Purchasing their first airplane, a Canuck, in 1922, Roy taught his brothers to fly. The plane, with wings removed, was stored in the barn during the winter. In 1924, a 52 x 60 hangar was constructed. They now had a real airport, instructing students, and giving pleasure rides, $5 for 10 minutes, for an extra $5, you could have loops and rolls. The brothers left the plow to go roaring over the fields in their flying machines. They barnstormed at county fairs, picnics and for political campaigns throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. They had the agency for Waco Planes in Wis. and Upper Mich. during 1926-27. Roy was a well known pilot throughout the midwest, his aviator friends used this airport to refuel and as a place to rest. During Word War II, Leonard instructed glider pilots for the army at Antigo and in Missouri. Leonard, the sole surviving brother, and his wife, Viola, have continued to operate the oldest exiting airport in the state.

On April 5, 1984, The Larson Brothers Airport was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This marker
Larson Brothers Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 11, 2011
2. Larson Brothers Airport Marker
is dedicated to the memory of the Larson Brothers and other early pilots, who pioneered aviation in Wisconsin.
 
Erected 1985 by Leonard Wilbur Larson and Viola Larson.
 
Location. 44° 11.935′ N, 88° 38.292′ W. Marker is in Town of Clayton, Wisconsin, in Winnebago County. Marker is on County Route II half a mile east of County Route M, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in a small road side turn out on the north side of CTH II. Marker is in this post office area: Larsen WI 54947, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Samuel N. Rogers, Sr. (approx. 2.1 miles away); Fox – Irish Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); South Greenville Grange No. 225 (approx. 5.9 miles away); Little House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Butte des Morts (approx. 8.3 miles away); Fritse Park - Indian Mound Reconstruction (approx. 8.3 miles away); Historic Wisconsin Avenue Commercial District (approx. 8.7 miles away); Menasha Lock (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Larson Brothers Airport. National Park Service (Submitted on June 23, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 

2. Roy Larson. Wisconsin Aviation
Larson Brothers Airport Marker and Landing Strip image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 11, 2011
3. Larson Brothers Airport Marker and Landing Strip
Light green grass is the landing strip; wind sock can be seen just to the left of the hay bales.
Hall of Fame (Submitted on June 23, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 

3. Leonard Larson. Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame (Submitted on June 23, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.) 
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Larson Brothers Airport Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, June 11, 2011
4. Larson Brothers Airport Marker
Looking east along County II.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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