Below is the obituary for Arthur Prehn: A.W. Prehn, 66, Local Attorney, Dies in Florida
Arthur W. Prehn, 66, 1208 Highland Park Boulevard, a prominet Wausau
attorney since 1909 and active in the Republican party for many
years, died suddenly of a heart attack Saturday night about 8 o’clock
at Largo, Fla., where he was spending the winter.
Prehn became ill while eating dinner and walked to a bedroom in the
house, where he died seconds later. A brother, Dr. Fred C. Prehn, 3115
Seventh Street, local physician and surgeon, was with him at the time
of his death, as were the widow and other relatives.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin law school Prehn came
here to practice law in 1909. He became associated with E.P. Gorman,
the partnership continuing until Prehn was named district attorney by
Gov. Blaine in 1923. He held that post until 1925.
In 1939 he became associated with R.W. Monk in the firm of Prehn and
Monk. Prehn continued the practice of law until the time of his death,
although he had been semi-retired due to failing health since 1944.
Besides his professional work he has been identified with various
business and financial interests in the city and had been active in
farming and politics. Always a Republican, he had been well-informed
on political questions and party policy for many years. He served as a
delegate to the Republican national conventions in 1912, 1936, 1940 and
1944. For 12 years he served as a member of the
state Republican central committee. When he retired, he was acting
chairman. He was also formerly the county GOP committee chairman. A
number of years ago he was an unsuccessful candidate for congress from
the district. He was a member of the state and
county bar associations, serving as president of the county group in
1927. He was also a member of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
association. During World War II, he was a member of the district bond
sales commitee. In his business interests he
served as president of the Rib Mountain Granite company and the Wausau
Granite company and as a director of the Wausau Home Farm and Mortgage
company and of the Merchant and Farmers bank at Marathon.
During his 11-year term as secretary of the Marathon County Agriculture
association, sponsor of the Wisconsin Valley fair, practically all of
the present buildings were erected on the Marathon park fairgrounds.
For 20 years Prehn filled the post of circuit court commissioner here
and was a member of the state board of agriculture from 1912 to 1915.
Other public positions included membership of the Wisconsin Panama
Pacific commission, the state board of control from 1939 until the
board was superseded by the state welfare department and the state
board of tax appeals in 1942. He formerly owned farms in the town of Maine and the town of Rib Mountain.
Prehn was a thirty-second degree Mason and a member of Tripoli shrine,
Milwaukee. His Masonic affiliations included Forest lodge 130, Wausau
chapter 51, Wausau council 22 and St. Omar’s commandery 19. He was also
a member of the Wisconsin Consistory. He was a charter member and past president of the Rotary club and a member of the Elks lodge and Wausau club.
A native of Marathon county, he was born at Marathon December 1, 1884,
the son of the late Fred and Bernadina Langenhahn Prehn, pioneer
natives of the area. His grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Theodore
Prehn, came to Wisconsin from Germany in 1848.
Prehn attended public schools at Marathon, the county normal school
here and Lawrence college at Appleton before attending the state
university law school. He was married at Shawano February 15, 1913 to
Miss Gertrude Magee, who survives. Also surviving
are two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Vint, 1106 Highland Park Boulevard, and
Mrs. William Nielsen, West Bend; a son, Charles Prehn, 1108 Hamilton
Street, who is general manager and secretary of the Rib Mountain
Granite company; three brothers, Dr. Delos C. Prehn, 816 Fulton Street,
Cmdr. Douglas Prehn, who is on permanent active duty with the navy, and
Dr. Fred C. Prehn; two sisters, Mrs. Ben Kuebler, 528 Franklin Street,
and Mrs. Robert Jordan, Galesburg, Ill., and five grandchildren.
The widow is expected to arrive in the city tomorrow evening from
Florida. The body will arriveat the Helke funeral home at that time and
will later be taken to the family residence. Funeral services are
tentatively set for Friday at the First Presbyterian Church. The time
of the rites will be announced later.