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Davis Hotel

Davis Bros., of Lannon will soon begin the construction of a hotel in that place. The building will be 30x60 feet and two stories high. The exterior will be of paving block veneer, the material from their own quarry. Davis Bros. possess one of the best quarries of the many in the Lannon quarry region, and are daily making considerable shipments of stone.

source: Waukesha Freeman August 15, 1895, page 5 of 8


The hotel building of Davis Bros. at Lannon is nearing completion and will be leased shortly.

source: Waukesha Freeman December 19, 1895, page 5 of 8


The hotel of Davis Bros. at Lannon will be opened to the public March 18. Mr. Stencil of Milwaukee will assume the proprietorship. Mr. Stencil is a young man and a son-in-law of S. S. Muzzy, a former well known resident here [Menomonee Falls].

source: Waukesha Freeman February 13, 1896, page 5 of 8

LANNON - Charles Georke, proprietor of the Davis Hotel...

source: Waukesha Freeman March 9, 1899, page 5 of 8


Henry Hacker of Lannon Loses Certificates and Cash.

Lannon, November 27.—Henry Hacker, lessee of the Davis Hotel property at Lannon, was relieved of his pocket book and valuable, papers between Saturday last and Sunday evening. Among the papers taken were two certificates of deposit in the Citizens' State Bank of Menomonee Falls, amounting to $400, and a savings account of $600 in the 2nd Ward Bank, $140 in cash and several notes. Early Monday morning he went to the Falls and stopped payment on the certificates and had the cashier phone the 2nd Ward Bank to stop payment. The notes and cash however, are still missing and there is no clue to the thief.

source: Waukesha Freeman November 29, 1906, page 6 of 8

1950s "Meade's Tavern" Today this tavern is Mibb's and Viv's. The "Meade's" refers to Alfred Meade who was raised in Muskego, but was related to the namesake of Lannon, William N. Lannon. Even though William had five children, he had no grandchildren to carry on the family name. William Lannon's brother Thomas did have grandchildren including Alfred Meade, who was a grand-nephew to William N. Thus with Alfred Meade becoming the first Lannon village president in 1930 is fitting for the story of the Lannon family being part of the Lannon history for well over 150 years.

The Monacelli descendants of Alfred Meade now own and run the former Davis Bar and Hotel (Meade's Tavern), today the Monacelli-owned Mibb's and Viv's. Incidentally, the corner tavern was built about 1895, and the high center piece cupola was removed about 1990.

source: an excerpt from:

Lannon pictures by way of Florida Photos from the collection of Sussex Village Historian Fred H. Keller

Posted: Dec. 29, 2009 Living Sussex Sun

Lannon's small-town charm is carved out of native stone - History, and noise, of quarries is ingrained in homes and residents

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Sunday, March 21, 1999
Author: LUKE KLINK, Special to the Journal Sentinel

Quarry blasting and rumbling stone-filled trucks have been a fact of life for Ronald and Patsy Monacelli for the last 25 years, having lived, worked and raised two children in the village of Lannon.

The Monacellis live near Mibb's and Viv's, the tavern and restaurant they run in the heart of this small village in northern Waukesha County. 7300 N. Lannon Road, Lannon.

The village is best known as the source of vast quantities of the cream-colored dolomite limestone used for home-building and landscaping.

Appropriately, many of the homes in this community of 924 residents were built from the stone hauled out of the surrounding land. Today, gaping pits, hidden behind tall berms and fences, continue to churn out tons of Lannon stone each year.

The rock-splitting crack of explosives punctuate the atmosphere each spring through fall, shaking walls and stirring dust. Even longtime residents like the Monacellis are still startled sometimes.

"We have a lot of dust but they have to run their businesses, too," said Patsy Monacelli. "They blast and it really rumbles sometimes and it might scare you. But the worst part of it is the truck traffic rumbling through town."

Patsy said she and her husband purchased a home in the village after taking over the family business from Ronald's parents because they liked Lannon's small-town feel.

"This is a good place to live and we have nice neighbors," said Patsy Monacelli. "It's a friendly community."

Like their neighbors, the Monacellis were hit hard with special assessments about two years ago when sewer was extended through much of the village. Each single-family home in the village was assessed about $5,000 to help pay for the sewers.

When village officials pushed to install public water at the same time, residents revolted, generating some fiery exchanges at village board meetings. Public water was defeated by referendum and several board members either resigned or were ousted in a recall election.

"We needed the sewers, but the village should have put in water at the same time they did the sewers," said Patsy Monacelli.

Long-running businesses like Betti Anne's Antiques and Garry Joeck's Service share space along Main St. with tracts of farm land and vacant store fronts. Most residents work outside Lannon, so downtown often is a quiet place to be on a weekday.

Many homes in Lannon were built near the intersection of Main St. and Lannon Road, close to village hall and the recreational facilities at Joeck's Memorial Park.

Some newer homes have been built on the far west side of the village, in a development called Lannon Village Hills.

Patsy said she is not looking forward to the day when the village's substantial amount of undeveloped farmland is turned into commercial or residential neighborhoods.

Village clerk Judy Hughes said there is currently not much real estate activity in the village.

There were 541 zoned parcels in the village in 1998 with an average assessed value of $98,753. The tax rate varies slightly depending upon which school district a home lies within -- $23.56 per $1,000 of equalized value in the Hamilton School District in Sussex , $23.36 for the Menomonee Falls schools.

Jean Badzio, a sales agent for Century 21 Property Specialists in Menomonee Falls, said homes do not go up for sale often in Lannon because there are not a lot of homes in the village. Only 13 Lannon homes sold in 1998 at an average of $131,592, according to the Metro Multiple Listing Service in Wauwatosa.

"Lannon is a good area. Highway 74 goes right through the area giving it major access to the east and west," said Badzio. "It's a nice little area."

Ward and Loretta Kunz built a home in the village 48 years ago on Main St.

Loretta Kunz said she believes the small-town charm of Lannon will be lost if residential development increases.

"I think the leaders are trying to make a city out of the town," said Loretta Kunz.

"This used to be a peaceful town and it was a small town, and now it seems like we are trying to live up to Sussex or Menomonee Falls and then we won't be a small town any more."

Former village president Shirley Ravnik said she anticipates only slight future growth in the village because much of the village's undeveloped land is either wetland or part of a quarry operation.

"A lot of people see all of our vacant land and think people will be building on it, but the fact is that much of it is not buildable," said Ravnik, who has lived 24 years in the village with her family.

Ravnik, who helped publish a book nearly 20 years ago on the 50th anniversary of the village, said large quarry firms in Lannon like Halquist Stone and Lannon Stone Products make up much of the village's history.

"Most of the people who have lived in the village were those who worked for these quarries," said Ravnik.
Caption: Map BOB VEIERSTAHLER Journal Sentinel Village of Lannon Photo JEFFREY PHELPS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Lannon Stone Products, at 19567 W. Good Hope Road, Lannon, has provided employment for generations of village residents. Photo color JEFFREY PHELPS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Ronald and Patsy Monacelli run Mibb's and Viv's, proclaimed "A Lannon Tradition" by the sign outside the tavern and restaurant.
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Monacelli, Ronald "Chubby" A.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) - Sunday, August 28, 2005
Author: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Monacelli, "Chubby" A.

Of Lannon . Passed away at home peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sat., Aug. 27, 2005. at the age of 59 years. Beloved husband of Patsy (nee Lauer). Loving father of Michele "Missy" (Paul) Paul and Michael (Gina) Monacelli. Fond grandpa of Andrea, Kala, Danielle and Jessica. Dear brother of Susie (Jim "Short") Klink. Dear uncle of Danny, Brian and Corey. Further survived by aunts, uncles, other relatives and many, many friends. Funeral Service Mon., Aug. 29 at 7PM AT THE FUNERAL HOME. Private burial at St. James Church Cemetery. Visitation Monday 3-8PM AT THE FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lannon Little League Park appreciated. Chubby was the owner of Mibb's and Viv's in Lannon . The Monacelli family would like to thank everyone who was involved in Chubby's health care over the past years. SCHMIDT& BARTELT A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Service N84 W17937 Menomonee Ave. Menomonee Falls 262-251-3630