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Julius J. Arndt

1882 - 1941

 

J. J. Arndt, 50, Fireman Here, Dies at Home

 

Stricken at Fire Station Last Evening, Was Veteran Driver

 

Watertown Daily Times, 05 10 1941

 

A heart attack, which he suffered last night, caused the death a short time later of Julius J. Arndt, 109 Jones Street, a member of the city fire department. He would have been 50 years old August 27.

 

Mr. Arndt died at his home after being stricken at the city hall fire department station. His nephew, Edward Arndt, walked home with him after he had complained of being ill. He died a short time after reaching the house.

 

Yesterday Mr. Arndt had been on duty at the fire station. In the afternoon he complained of feeling ill and went to lie down in the sleeping quarters. A few hours later he arose and apparently felt better. After eating supper at the station he again complained of illness and again went to lie down. About 8:30 last night he again emerged from the sleeping quarters.

 

A short time later a telephone call came in reporting that a milk truck was on fire at the Garden Homes filling station. Mr. Arndt wanted to drive one of the trucks and had already put on his coat and was ready to climb to the driver's seat when he was prevailed upon by other men in the place not to make the run.

 

His condition became worse and a short time later his nephew who was at the city hall walked home with him, a distance of only a few blocks. At the house he collapsed and died at 9:45 o'clock.

 

Born in Watertown Mr. Arndt was born in Watertown and had lived here all his life. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arndt. He was married 24 years ago to Miss Anna Irene Boelter of this city.

 

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Miss Lucille Arndt, at home; a brother, Leonard Arndt, this city; five sisters, Mrs. Henry Priem, Milwaukee; Mrs. Paul Kolinsky, Watersmeet, Mich, Mrs. Joseph Fitzgerald, Ellison Bay, Wis., Mrs. Elsa Schmeichel, Milwaukee, and Mrs. Edward Samuelson, also of Milwaukee.

 

Mr. Arndt was a veteran member of the fire department having served on the regular department for almost 25 years. Prior to that he was for some years a member of the volunteer department.

 

Practically everyone who knew Mr. Arndt knew him as "Poolie." Congenial and friendly, he had many friends in the community. News of his sudden death came as a. shock to all of them.

 

The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 oclock from the residence in Jones Street.

 

Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery.

 

The Rev. William B. Petherick, pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal church, will officiate.

 

Friends may call at the home to pay their respects beginning Sunday evening and also Monday afternoon and evening and Tuesday up to the time of the funeral.

 

Mayor WaIter A. Nack announced this afternoon that city officials, including members of the city council, will meet at the city hall Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock to go in a delegation to the residence to pay their respects. The body is now at the Boyle funeral home but will be taken to the residence Sunday evening.

 

 

 

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