Washington Heritage Register – Plamondon House, Woodland, c. 1912

Plamondon House – c.1912

The Louis & Jessie Plamondon House is historically significant for its connection to L.N. Plamondon, a prominent banker and businessman in the city of Woodland who helped oversee the early growth and development of the community.

Louis Napoleon Plamondon, was born July 25, 1882 in Tumwater. His paternal grandfather, Simon Plamondon, was a carpenter/fur trapper with the Hudson Bay Company. Later he served as United States Indian agent for all the northwestern country, was a member of the first territorial convention, the territorial legislature and the state constitutional convention, and discovered Frazer pass in British Columbia.

Louis Plamondon began his working career as a teacher, and taught in the schools of Thurston County from 1897 to 1905. After serving as School Superintendent at Kelso, he resigned in 1907 to work as a clerk for the Kelso State Bank. He remained at the bank for five years, advanced to the position of assistant cashier, and then moved to Woodland where he bought the controlling interest in the Woodland State Bank.

The bank, was a fairly young bank, having been organized in 1907 by Philip and L. G. McConnell, with a capital stock of ten thousand dollars. It was entirely a local institution and at first transacted only as a commercial banking business.

Upon moving to Woodland, Plamondon and his family moved into the nominated house, believed to have been constructed in 1912. The home is a modest example of a Shingle Style dwelling. The 1.5 story home has a raised, full-width front porch enclosed by multi-light fixed sashes. The side elevations reveal a shingle clad second story highlighted by arched gable ornamentation.

While serving as president and part owner of the Woodland State Bank, Plamondon not only built up the interests of the bank, but also gained a high regard in the community. He took an active role in the community serving one term as mayor of Woodland (1916-17) and was a member of the Men’s Club of Woodland, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Kiwanis Club at Kelso and the Knights of Columbus in Portland. During WWI, Plamondon was active in the war effort serving to organize and manage Liberty Loans and the War Chest Fund for Cowlitz County, and also served as the county Food Administrator.

The Plamondon’s owned the nominated house until the early 1930s before moving to Portland. After passing through several hands (including serving as a boarding house) Francis and Alta Oleson purchased the house in 1944.

The Oleson’s were proprietors of the Woodland Variety Store, which during the 1950s was changed to Oleson’s Ladies Apparel and Variety.

In 1951, the Oleson’s daughter and son-in-law (Andrew and Leone Foglia) purchased the family home. Mrs. Foglia, who was the first woman mayor of Woodland, resided in the home until 2007. Andrew Foglia was also a long time public servant of the Woodland Fire Department.

The current owner purchased the home in December of 2009. The rehabilitation of the house required complete electrical, plumbing, and energy conservation upgrades all while maintaining the character of the house.

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