Eagles Norwalk Aerie #588 was created on December 27, 1903, and the charter was signed on February 10, 1904. The Aerie had 61 charter members, with Bernard J. Reynolds serving as its first president. The Aerie rented club rooms on Wall St until it found it's first home.
By 1922 the Aerie was thriving, with its membership reaching 625 people. Sylvester W. Brotherton was elected Aerie president, and William J Powell was chosen as the State President. The budget for purchasing a location for the Aerie was set at $30,000.
The original building on Mott Ave was purchased from Harry A. Seymour in October of 1922. The former Bishop home was purchased for an amount said to be $25,000. The building is shown here in this 1929 photo from The Norwalk Hour.
In April 1932 the Aerie celebrated the burning of its last mortgage. Then President Joseph Gormley joined with many charter members to commemorate the burning of the $15,000 note.
On December 8, 1943, the building was heavily damaged when a fire broke out at 2:30 a.m. Every piece of fire-fighting equipment available was brought to battle the two-alarm blaze. The Aerie vowed to rebuild and began making plans for the future.
The construction of the current building was completed in 1957 by contractor Theodore Kocian, and architect Frank J. Brazel. The cornerstone laying ceremony was held in June of 1957.
The F.O.E. was founded in February, 1898 by six theater owners gathered in a Seattle shipyard to discuss a musician's strike. After addressing the matter, they agreed to "bury the hatchet" and form "The Order of Good Things." As numbers grew, members selected the Bald Eagle as the official emblem and changed the name to "The Fraternal Order of Eagles." The women's auxiliary traces its roots to 1927. The Fraternal Order of Eagles includes nearly 800,000 members and more than 1,500 locations across the United States and Canada. Stop by our club and see why we're known as People Helping People.
The F.O.E. donates more than $10 million a year to local communities, fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants. Fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children's fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.