Pope County Museum A-Z is a continuing feature of our blog. Periodically, I will highlight an item or items from our Museum collection.
The McLaury Building on South Franklin Street was built in 1909 by Glenwood Postmaster Eilert Koefod to house the Glenwood Post Office. The building burned on May 4, 1958 and was torn down in October 1959. No building was ever rebuilt on the site. It is currently the open seating area next to the Village Inn Bar.
Photographer A.S. Nelson (Albert S.) rented space upstairs and was storing some equipment there when his main studio burned down. He moved into the Post office building shortly thereafter and had his studio there until 1915 when he sold to C.L. Voss and Voss Studios. The post office moved into a new location in 1929.
The building to the left was originally known as the Conrad Building. It is now the meeting room of the Village Inn.
Tenants of the McLaury building through the years included:
Glenwood Post Office 1909-1929
A.S. Nelson photographer 1909-1915
O.B. Olson Clothing 1913-1916
Voss Photography 1915-
Setter Drug 1928-1947
Anderson Hardware 1930?-1933
Gundersen Hardware 1938-
Attorney E.R. Selnes
Attorney Herman A Senneka
Finden Cleaners and Taylors