History of Lodges
Although no local records are available, the Home Office has the organization date for Trygvasson as January 24, 1922. During the depression there was a decline in membership, so on November 9, 1936 a reorganizational meeting was held, with E.B. Ager of Løven Lodge assisting. At that time Sim E. Lee was elected President.
Meetings were then held in the Sumner Town Hall in Osseo, Wisconsin on a fairly regular basis. Later attendance at the meetings only warranted gathering in the homes of members. Activities ofthe Lodge almost came to a standstill in the sixties, but interest in the seventies saw the Lodge again resume an active role in the community.
Through the years special efforts have been made to observe Norway's Constitution Day on May 17th by public participation in a Norwegian oriented program. We have entertained the Stoughton Dancers, and the Egil Storbakken family as they presented "Echoes from Norway" at the Lutheran Church in Strum. As a lodge we have participated in Community Holiday parades, and joined Fossen Lodge in the Fyreball. One of our members was "Princess" at a Fyreball. Trygvasson has given scholarships to young people to attend Skogfjorden, a Norwegian Camp, and also sends delegates to the Fifth District Lodge Meetings.
The Lodge has sponsored trips to the Norwegian Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Programs have included cake walks, shadow socials, basket socials, card parties, 4H club plays, slides of Norway, and hayrides. To be completed this spring is an Ola and Per video comic strip program.
In July 1982 we celebrated our 60th anniversary with a dance at the Strum Center, with Ove Pergerson and his Notes of Norway providing the music. Mandley Olson and Thomas Gunderson were honored and presented with 50 year certificates and pins. Then in 1987 our 65th anniversary was observed with a dinner and dance with neighboring lodges invited. For both celebrations we were remembered by the Sons of Norway Headquarters.
The Trygvasson Lodge at the present time is active, has a large membership, very good attendance, and well planned programs for the monthly meetings.