Wergeland Presidents


Nels Strand, president 1927

Born 3 Dec 1886 Norway
Died 4 Mar 1978 Bellingham
Spouse: Sophia Jacobsen
Children: Margaret, Elizabeth, Robert
Dry goods store merchant
Wergeland member in 1927



Kasper Nikolay Aagaard, president 1932,1933,
1936, 1937
Born 26 Sep 1885 Norway
Died 25 May 1977 Bellingham
Spouse: Julia
Children: Arnold, Elmer, Ralph, Kenneth
Carpenter
Wergeland member in 1927




Arthur Myrseth, president 1939 & 1940
Born 9 Sep 1887 Norway
Died 17 Aug 1956 Bellingham
Spouse: Thora Ougland
No children
Contractor
Wergeland member in 1936



Edward E Johnson, president 1943
Born 1 Dec 1903 New York
Deceased
Spouse: Charlotte
Children: Edward
Lawyer & Prosecuting Attorney
Wergeland member in 1938




Emil Sigvard Olsen, president in 1947 & 1971 &
1972
Born 23 Mar 1891 Tromsö, Norway
Died 5 Feb 1993 Bellingham
Spouse: Selma O Anderson
Children: Lilly, Margit, Maxine, Emil, Solveig,
Ronald
Contractor
Wergeland member in 1943




Kenneth Eros, president 1951
Born 7 Jan 1922 Washington
Died 6 Jun 1992 Riverside Co, CA
Spouse: Betsy
Children: Teri
Mortician & coroner of Thurston Co, WA
Wergeland Member in 1949



Phillip W Myhre, president 1955 & 1956
Born 21 Jul 1924 Seattle
Died 14 Dec 2012 Bellingham
Spouse Millie
Children Kristen, Lori, Susan
Optometrist
Wergeland member in 1951



George Clifford Nelson, president 1960 & 1961
Born 29 Jun 1897 Washington
Died 12 Nov 1982 Bellingham
Spouse: Klaris Hagen
Children: Emily, Evelyn, Eloise, Evonne,
Esther, Elaine
Machinist & commercial fisherman and
mail boat captain
Wergeland member in 1953


Bergit Lee Gundersen, president 1966 & 1967
Born 30 Jan 1899 Bergen, Norway
Died 13 Nov 1980 Bellingham
Spouse: Tomas
Superintendent of StLuke's General Hospital
Wergeland member in 1943





Alton C Aase, president 1973 & 1974
Born 27 Jun 1908 Nebraska
Died 22 Dec 1992 Bellingham
Spouse: Myrtle Brown
Children: Jean, Carol
Mount Baker Plywood
Wergeland member in 1967


Peter John Norman, president 1978
Born 15 Jan 1913 Ferndale
Died 1 Jan 1985 Bellingham
Spouses: Dorothy E Brown, Ida
Children: Ken, Karen, Donna
Custodian YMCA


Vesta E Blum, president 1987 & 1988
Living in Bellingham
Wergeland member in 1972


Elaine Grasdock, president 1997, 1998,
2000, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017
Living in Bellingham
Wergeland member in 1992





Vaughn S Hagen, president 2005, 2006,
2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Living in Bellingham
Wergeland member in 1991

Edgar Haugen, president 1930
Born 2 Feb 1892 Oslo, Norway
Died 4 Jan 1979 Los Angeles Co, CA
Spouse: Ruth M Anderson
Children: Edna,  Ruth Kathrine, Lucille Joy
Electrician & Refrigerator repair & sale of new
Refrigerators
Wergeland member in 1927



Magnus Asplund, president 1934 & 1935
Born 4 Oct 1888 Norway
Died 4 Jun 1962 Mt Vernon, Skagit, WA
Spouse: Borghild Brodahl
Children: Richard, Grace
House carpenter & building contractor
Wergeland member in 1927




Theodore John Rasmussen, president 1941
Born 14 Dec 1893 Tacoma, WA
Died 28 Feb 1973 Bellingham
Spouse: Florence Lillian
Children: Linnea Christine
Dentist
Wergeland member in 1928



Conrad Moller Pedersen, president 1944-45 &
1948
Born 9 Apr 1890 Torsken, Troms, Norway
Died 7 Dec 1976 Bellingham
Spouse: Eli Othelia Kell Hansen
Children: Rena, Ellen, Conrad Edward
Laundry worker
Wergeland member in 1936




Albert C Gunderson, president in 1949
Born 25 Oct 1922 Washington
Died 3 Mar 2002 Spokane, WA
Spouse: Thelma
Children: Ann
Music Professor, High School teacher, Travel
Agent
Wergeland member in 1948





John L "Jack" Whitehill, president 1952 & 1953
Living in Spokane, WA
Wergeland member in 1940







Peter Lind, president 1957
Born 13 Dec 1902 Haugness, Norway
Died 22 Mar 2001 Bellingham
Spouse: Doris Chappell
Children: Edna, Victor, Don
Boat builder
Wergeland member in 1946



Philip F Melbo, president 1962
Living in Bellingham
Wergeland member in 1954








Helmer J Melland, president 1968, 1969, 1985,
1986
Born 29 Oct 1914 Fairdale, ND
Died 10 May 2004 Bellingham
Spouse: Dorothy Winslow
Children: Marilyn, Richard, Joseph, Cheryl,
Eric, Beverly
Driver for NW Fuel Company
Wergeland member in 1957


Jens K Olaussen, president 1975
Living in Everett, WA
Wergeland member in 1966






Hazel Barker Nelson, president 1979, 1980, 1981
Born 23 Aug 1921
Bellingham
Died 9 Dec 2004 Ferndale
Spouse: Kaare Nelson
Children: Larry, Skip, Korene
Homemaker


Linda L Nilsen, president 1989, 1990, 1991
Living in Svarstad, Norway
Wergeland member in 1968


Darl (Darrell) Wayne Kvasager, president 1999
Lives in Minneapolis, MN




Fridtjov "Fred" Brodahl, president 1931
Born 21 Jan 1890 Norway
Died 9 Dec 1963 Ferndale
Spouse: Augusta
Children: Howard, Kenneth, Kathleen
Farmer
Wergeland member in 1928




Samuel Olsen Hjelvig, president 1938
Born 16 Aug 1884 Norway
Died 7 Jan 1947 Bellingham
Spouse: Anna Carlsson
No children
Shoemaker & shoe repairman
Wergeland member in 1932





Orland Ivarson, president 1942
Born 14 Nov 1895 Birkenes, Aust-Agder, Norway
Died 31 Dec 1969 Bellingham
Spouse: Vera Mae
Children: Ardis
Deputy County Treasurer & Postmaster
Wergeland member in 1937





Daniel Webster Featherkile, president 1946
Born 21 Dec 1875 Kansas
Died 9 May 1953 Bellingham
Spouse: Clara Henrietta Hansen
Children: Melville, Ivan, Ernest
Attorney & judge
Wergeland member in 1943





Vernon Hagen, president 1950 & 1984 & 1992 &
1993
Living in Bellingham
Wergeland member in 1949








Arlene Hagen Anderson, president in 1954
Living in Olympia, WA







Clarence P Johnson, president 1958, 1959, 1965
Born 20 Dec 1917 Washington
Died 12 Jun 1999 Bellingham
Spouse: Johnnie Crosslin
Children: Carl
Port of Bellingham Cruise Terminal
Wergeland member in 1959



Manuell Allen Robinson, president 1963 & 1964
Born 25 Nov 1912 Charison, ND
Died 28 Mar 1999 Bellingham
Spouse: Rose Pancerzewski
Children: Barbara, Mary, Keith, Bruce, David
Bellingham Street Dept
Wergeland member in 1951




Oscar Grant Zuck, president 1970
Born 9 Jul 1927 Twin Falls, ID
Died 19 Aug 1991 Bellingham
Spouse: Phyllis Melbo
Children: Alan, George, John, Terri
Sheet metal worker
Wergeland member in 1960




Ronald Lee Martin, president 1976 & 1977
Born 25 Oct 1947 Bellingham
Died 14 Apr 1998 Bellingham
Spouse: Karla Brokaw
No children
Shipwright for Uniflite
Wergeland member in 1963


Marielyn Emily Arntzen Frazier,
president 1982 & 1983
Living in Bellingham
Wergeland member in 1974




Winfred L Wilson, president 1994, 1995, 1996
Living in Custer
Wergeland member in 1989


Gerald A "Jerry" Larson, president 2002,
2003, 2004, 2008
Born: 26 Jul 1934 Bellingham
Died: 27 Jan 2011 Blaine, WA
Children: Andrea, Dennis, Keith
Profession: Boeing aerospace engineer
Wergeland member in 1991













Note: Johan Alvin Andersen was president in
1928 & 1929. He became a Wergeland Lodge
member in 1927 and early in 1930 he moved to
Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We have been unable
to locate a photograph of him.