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Lena, Wisconsin
Location of Lena in Oconto County, Wisconsin.
Location of Lena in Oconto County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Oconto
Area
 • Total 1.07 sq mi (2.76 km2)
 • Land 1.06 sq mi (2.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
699 ft (213 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 564
 • Estimate 
(2019)
539
 • Density 507.06/sq mi (195.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
54139
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-43350
GNIS feature ID 1567968
Website http://villageoflena.net/

Lena is a village in Oconto County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 564 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is located within the Town of Lena.

History

Originally known as the Maple Valley settlement, Lena owes its location to the railroads. The first white settler at the site that became Lena was the French-Swiss immigrant Étienne Clement Roserens (also spelled Rosera, 1831–1911) together with his French-Canadian wife Vitaline née Tessier (1842–1919), who established a homestead in October 1872. Other early white settlers in this vicinity arrived in the late 1870s and consisted primarily of French Canadian immigrants. One French Canadian immigrant was Sam Roy, also known as Sam King. King homesteaded land in 1872 and donated land for the first schoolhouse. As was common in other areas populated by French-Canadians during this era, most of the Maple Valley residents engaged in small-scale logging, concentrating their work and their homes along Jones Creek, a tributary of the Little River. By 1879 the community had become large enough to support a post office and, since the name "Maple Valley" had already been assigned to another Wisconsin post office, the recommendation of a new name fell to Oconto Postmaster George R. Hall (1853–1935). Hall submitted the first name of his future wife (Helena "Lena" Louisa McCartney, 1858–1927) to the federal postmaster, and the choice was approved. Lena was incorporated as a village in 1921.

Geography

Lena is located at 44°57′1″N 88°3′3″W / 44.95028°N 88.05083°W / 44.95028; -88.05083 (44.950453, -88.051066).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 413
1940 469 13.6%
1950 526 12.2%
1960 506 −3.8%
1970 569 12.5%
1980 585 2.8%
1990 590 0.9%
2000 510 −13.6%
2010 564 10.6%
2019 (est.) 539 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 564 people, 251 households, and 143 families residing in the village. The population density was 547.6 inhabitants per square mile (211.4/km2). There were 275 housing units at an average density of 267.0 per square mile (103.1/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.6% White, 1.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 251 households, of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.0% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the village was 37.8 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.

Notable people

  • Lloyd R. Baumgart, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Wayland Becker, football player
  • Ron Klimko, music educator and composer
  • Carl Schoenebeck, Wisconsin State Representative

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