Social visionary N.O. Nelson founded the village of Leclaire in 1890, naming it after Edme Jean Leclaire, who inaugurated profit sharing in France. In contrast to unsanitary urban tenement districts, Leclaire was a model cooperative village offering affordable homes, a healthful environment, free education, many opportunities for recreation and self improvement, and pleasant working conditions at the N. O. Nelson Manufacturing Company. Leclaire was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Neighborhood News

International Interest in Leclaire
Friends of Leclaire was recently approached by a Korean professor for information about Leclaire’s history. Dr. Jae Won Sun, an economist and professor of Japanese Studies is comparing a company town in Japan with N. O. Nelson’s business model. He visited Leclaire and the Madison County Historical Society this summer while in the U. S. as a visiting professor at Harvard. At the end of his visit, Dr. Sun asked to be a member of Friends of Leclaire. We were happy to comply, but will send him his newsletter electronically. Does this qualify FOL as an international organization?

State Association Comes to Leclaire
In August the Illinois State Historical Society held their Centennial Awards Reception here in Leclaire, the first time the event has been held in Madison County. Cindy Reinhardt provided a program on the history of Leclaire and several attendees later took self-guided walks through the neighborhood using HPC’s Leclaire Walking Tour brochure.

Leclaire Gardening
Thank you to Mike Reinhardt and Will Krause who again this year spread 2 truckloads of mulch on the flower beds at the south end of Leclaire Lake. The cost of the mulch was donated by Barbara Krause, who also provided the truck. Thank you Barb!

Half Price Trees
A reminder that the Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission has a program that offers half price rebates on trees costing up to $150. There are twenty varieties to choose from and Fall is the ideal time for planting. For more information, go to and click on Tree Planting Program or pick up a form at City Hall, the Public Library or at the Public Works Department.


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