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Genealogy Index to Lannon Residents - Past & Present

 

The Harmon family in Lannon

Glenn D. Harmon, 1898-1963, served as the second Lannon Village President from 1932-36. He was the grandson of an 1842 pioneer to the Lannon area as he originally applied for a homestead 160 acres on the north side of Good Hope Road about one-eighth of a mile from Lannon Road. Today this area is the Halquist and Lemke stone quarries on the north side of Good Hope.

Earlier Heman Harmon and his family picked up 160 acres on the south side of Good Hope Road that today is the former Walter Heidtman farm, the Monocelli and the Lannon Stone Products quarries of the Dawson family.

Going back to the grandfather, Glenn Harmon, Heman Harmon was born May 4, 1820, in Rupert, Bennington County, VT. He was the second-born of nine children (four sons and five daughters) of a long-time New England dwelling family headed by Benjamin Harmon and his wife Sarah (nee Hastings).

When he was age 7 the family moved to western New York in Cattaraugus County where his father pursued farming. In Heman's area of Lannon, he acquired a good common school education. After school, he helped his father on the family farm.

At age 2, in early 1842 after the family decided to try their luck in the newly opened territory of Wisconsin, and Heman was chosen by his family to check it out. At Buffalo, Heman boarded a steam-driven side wheeler boat, James Madison, bound for Milwaukee. He arrived May 10 and initially went to Walworth County and then Racine. Then on May 25, 1842, he arrived in Menomonee (Falls) Township and went west to the future Lannon area. He claimed 160 acres at a $1.25 per acre. What he liked about the land was it was heavily wooded, had a source of water from the Fox River and was somewhat flat. His original claim is the Halquist Stone Co. and Lemke Stone Quarries on the north side of Good Hope Road.

In October of 1842, his parents and some of their children arrived on the claim. They took over the 16-by-20-foot log cabin with an oak-shingled roof, pine floors and a large fire place. It was still standing in 1911 when Heman died in it at age 91. It was one of the last pioneer log cabins left in the Lannon area when it disappeared.

Native Americans from the nearby Tamarack Swamp area were frequent visitors to the Harmon home.

After Heman's father, mother and family came, he bought land south of Good Hope and with a brother controlled 160 acres that today is the Monacelli and Dawson Lannon Stone Products Quarry lands. An 1873 plat map shows that the extended Harmon family now with purchases and sales controlled 200 acres. The Harmons were into the quarry and farming business.

Heman and Abigail had four children. One sone, Demerit, born Aug. 29, 1848, became a member of the H. Harmon & Sons quarry on Good Hope Road which opened in 1874. Another son, John, was the father of Glenn Harmon.

More on this family next week.


More on Lannon's Harmon family Photos from the collection of Sussex Village Historian Fred H. Keller

The Harmon family moved to the Lannon area on May 25, 1842. According to the records of the Sunnyside Cemetery, by 2011 no less than 17 Harmons were buried there.

Principal Harmons buried at Sunnyside include: Benjamin (1792-1856), his wife, Sarah, (1797-1875), Heman (1820-1911), and his wife, Abigal (1823-1873), John D. (1862-1909) and his wife, Grace, (1875-1930) and Glenn (1898-1963). Glenn Harmon would become the second Lannon Village President serving two terms from 1932-1936. He was only 36 years old when he was first elected.

Today, Lannon has a photo of him on the wall in Lannon Village Hall among all past and current village presidents.

Benjamin and Sarah were Glenn's great-grandparents and Heman and Abigal were his grandparents while John D. and Grace were his parents. All resided on Good Hope Road.

Heman came from New York in May of 1842 to claim 160 acres where Halquist Stone Co. and the Lemke Quarry are today. Soon after October of 1842, Benjamin and his wife Sarah were in Lannon taking over Heman's land claim while Heman bought 160 acres where today one finds Lannon Stone Products and Monacelli Quarry on the south side of Good Hope Road. In time, Heman and his brother would start a quarry, the forerunners of Lannon Products and Monacelli.

Other Harmon history

Glenn was also something of a sharp shooter. He was born at the time of the Spanish American War in 1898. From his grandfather, Heman, he is said to have acquired a muzzle loader that was brought into Lannon back in 1842. Then he also acquired various other pieces. A newspaper feature printed in 1953 mentions that he had 20 old guns including a Revolutionary musket. However, his strong suit was to collect mostly Springfield military guns.

In 1946, following World War II, Harmon, now approaching 46 years old, with Eugene Weisflog, Carl Stater, B.C. Kopeck and Herb Seibt formed the Lannon Smokey Hollow Gun Club. This gun club had a small shooting range facing a gravel impact hill off of Lannon Road where today you'd enter Lannon Estates mobile home court.

In 1951, I was shown this impact hill and was told that the gravel was full of musket balls. I went to the hill and dug out about five pounds slugs buried in the gravel that I have sorted out and bring out occasionally for show and tell.

The gun club attracted a many men of different ages and met the first Sunday of every month. It also had a reputation for a good pistol target practice range. In 1953, Harmon made an additional shooting youth group called the Lannon Junior Sharpshooters.

In 1959, Harmon, now age 61, founded the Olde Engine Club that has since evolved into the Sussex Olde Engine Club that meets annually in Sussex Village Park. The initial two years of show and tell of the club were at the Adolph Nettesheim farm on Spring Dale Road in Brookfield. However, in 1962, the club was looking for a bigger venue and chose the Sussex Village Park kettle area. The club had its 51st annual meeting and display at Village Park this last August.

Harmon died on Oct. 19, 1963 at age 65 and joined his clan at Sunnyside.

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