Laona Airport

The Laona Airport was built in 1946 S/W of Laona on the Irish Farm in Stark's Settlement. Harold C. Irish, a former WWII Marine Corps fighter pilot, along with his wife Mary, actively operated the Laona  Airport from 1946 to 1950. 

Between 1950 and the late 1960's the Laona airport was used occasionally by local pilots.

The Laona airport has been closed since 1970.
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Laona Airport 1947.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Irish Family Photo
Laona Airport 1948.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Irish Family Photo
Laona Airport 1946.                                                                                                                                                                                                           Irish Family Photo
Laona Airport 1948 - (L-R) Chet Irish - Harold Irish - Unknown - John Volk.
                                                                                                           Irish Family Photo
Laona Airport 1947 - Harold C. Irish & Dorothy Zahringer.  
                                                                                     Irish Family Photo
Aerial view of the old Laona Airport  circa  2005.

  Forest Republican, September 19, 1946 – Laona News.

Among those at the Irish’s airport Sunday were the R. M. Connor’s, Les Ludeman’s, Ernest Meress’s, Louis
Bocher’s, Reno Fechtner, Russell Collins, Al Masse’s, Verlin Starks, Robert Bocher, Curly Amerman’s, William
Karl’s, Redlicks, Arleen Ammerman, Mrs. Joe Ashenbrenner, Marcy Ashenbrenner and June Matarsch.

     Forest Republican, November 13, 1947 – “Irish Flys Plane to Legion Roundup”

Harold Irish, Laona pilot, and Jack Murry of Newald, vice commander of the Newald Legion, flew to Milwaukee
Armistice Day to attend the American Legion Aerial Roundup.  They left from the Irish Airport at Laona with
membership cards from the Newald and Wabeno Legion Posts.

Murry, who was one of the originators of the annual roundup idea, flew to Milwaukee 19 years ago from Green
Bay with membership cards from Brown, Marinette and Oconto Counties.
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Laona Airport 1947.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Irish Family Photo
Laona Airport 1948.                                                                                                 Irish Family Photo