Cottonwood County MN Biographies--Arthur Strunk
"History of Cottonwood and Watonwan Counties of Minnesota, 1916"



Lumbering has been one of the principal industries in Minnesota, but the great forests have been depleted to such an extent that other industries have superseded it. Among those who are still successfully engaged in this line of endeavor is Arthur F. Strunk, of Windom, Cottonwood county.

He was born at Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1862, and is the son of David and Eliza A. (Fish) Strunk, both natives of the state of New York,.where they spent their earlier years, but later came to Wisconsin, where they lived for some time. They are both now deceased, her death occuring in Windom, Minnesota, and his in California. The father was a highly skilled machinist, and was an inventor of note, in particular inventing devices used for improving farm machinery. Only two of their children grew to maturity, Arthur F. and a daughter, Nettie, now deceased.

Arthur F. Strunk received his education at Janesville, Wisconsin, spending one winter at the University of Wisconsin. He came to Windom in 1883 and soon thereafter launched out in the lumber business for himself, just across the street from his present location. He remained alone for many years, then took in a Mr. Sherwin as partner. The firm name is now Strunk-Sherwin & Company, which erected its present commodious and convenient quarters in 1895. Mr. Strunk has been very successful in this field of endeavor, and he is also interested in the F. Strunk Lumber Company at Lake Crystal, Minnesota, which was established by his uncle in 1882. He is also interested in the Thomas Halverson Lumber Company at St. James, Minnesota. He understands thoroughly every phase of the business and is energetic, prompt and honorable in his dealings.

Mr. Strunk was married in 1893 to Agatha Grimes of Windom, a daughter of Michael Grimes, and to this union one child has been born: Arthur Rudolph (known as Dolph).

Politically, Mr. Strunk is a Republican. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.