Help the Leif Erikson Lodge find photos of past lodge presidents

Historians from the Leif Erikson Lodge are on the hunt for photos of past presidents of the club.

The lodge just celebrated their 114th anniversary this year – it was formed on May 13, 1903 – and they’re asking locals to help locate photos of some of the missing past presidents.

Here is the list of the missing presidents’ photos:

  • William C. Berg, July 1905-December 1906
  • Sam P. Oien, 1908
  • Gerhard Relling, 1910 (found in Norway see attached photo) Mr and Mrs Relling were married here in 1906. In 1914 they went back to Norway and raised a family there.
  • Andrew Anderson, January-May 1930 (no relation to the current historian)
  • Ole Hoff, 1928 (photo from 1914)

“I am hoping someone in our broader Nordic community and local community may either be descended from these men or somehow related or even family friends,” Christine Anderson, lodge historian tells My Ballard. They’re also looking for a photo of Albert S. Ryland from 1937-38 to replace an old one from the 50s that currently hangs on the president’s wall.

“Thanks for any help you can provide in completing this long overdue project,” Anderson says.

To contact Anderson with any information, email her at


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