Representative Arfst F. Frudden View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/8/1931
Birth Place: Holstein, Germany
Birth Country: Germany
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 32 (1907) - 33 (1909)
House: 29 (1902)
30 (1904) - 31 (1906)
Home County: Dubuque
Arfst F. Frudden
Dubuque County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee which was appointed to report resolutions commemorating the life, character and service of the late A. F. Frudden, begs leave to submit the following report, and move its adoption:

Arfst F. Frudden was born on the Island of Fohr, in the Province of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, September 10, 1854. He came to the United States in the spring of 1871, following the Franco-Prussian war, and settled in Clinton, Iowa. After working on a farm in Jackson county for two years he obtained employment in the factory of Curtis Brothers & Company at Clinton. On November 30, 1877, he married Miss Philine C. D. Johannsent at Clinton. In the fall of 1879 he came to Dubuque and went to work in the Carr, Austin & Company plant, now the Carr, Ryder & Adams Company. In the fall of 1888 he, his brother Dan and F. A. Rumpf organized the Frudden Lumber Company and operated a line of retail lumber yards. Shortly afterwards the Engler-Frudden Lumber Company organized a wholesale lumber yard in Dubuque and later this firm was known as the Rumpf-Frudden Lumber Company. Mr. Frudden served as president and director of both the Northeastern and Central Iowa Lumberman's Associations.

In 1903 Mr. Frudden was elected state representative from Dubuque county and served in the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth and Thirty-first General Assemblies.

In 1906 he was elected state senator from Dubuque county and served in the Thirty-second, Thirty-second extra, and Thirty-third General Assemblies in this body.

Senator Frudden was prominent in both Dubuque's business and civil life up to 1919, when he retired and with Mrs. Frudden went to California to reside.

Senator Frudden was a man of honor and stood high in the confidence and esteem of his associates. He was kind, considerate and generous and served well in every capacity in which he was engaged. In public or private life, Senator Frudden was a man of pronounced convictions, candid and outspoken, and there was never room for doubt as to his stand on any public question.

Therefore, Be It Resolved, That in the death of Hon. Arfst F. Frudden the state has lost a worthy and influential citizen, and that we extend to his relatives and friends our sincere sympathy, and

Be It Further Resolved, That this resolution of respect and appreciation be printed in the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary be directed to forward an engrossed copy to the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted by a rising vote.