- 1880-1883: Struggles! Enthusiasm wanes, members leave Decorah, and the magnificent banner is pawned to cover Society debts. Recorded history is sketchy for several years.
- 1884: In May, 9 men give a concert at the Steyer Opera House, calling themselves “Luren.” Luren flourishes after this event. Archives suggest that the group becomes very busy in succeeding months. The Director is E. M. Sunnes, from 1879 to 1885. Bylaws are codified in 1884.
- 1885: A young Luther student, Carlo A. Sperati, is engaged to provide music instruction to the group (singing and reading music). He works with Luren for about a year.
- 1886: J. Hopperstad directs the group until 1892.
- 1887: Discussion regarding caps for the singers leads to contact with Ben Bear Department Store. Subsequent pages are torn from the secretary’s notebook, so the result of that discussion is unknown.