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Franz, Walter J. "W.J."

Senate 1955-62 (District 10); Senate 1963-70 (District 18)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 1/30/1907
Birth Place: Mountain Lake, Minnesota
Birth County: Cottonwood
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/17/1985
Gender: Male
Religion: Mennonite
Other Names: W.J.
City of Residence (when first elected): Mountain Lake
Occupation (when first elected): Merchant; Franz and Son Grocery Store, Mountain Lake

EDUCATION

Mountain Lake Schools; Elementary School;
Mountain Lake Public Schools; Secondary; Graduate
University of Minnesota, College of Business Administration; College Graduate; Business Administration

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Commission on the Problems of Mentally Retarded, Handicapped and Gifted Children; 19?? to 196?
Municipal Government: Mountain Lake, Minnesota (Village Clerk); 1937 to 1941 [Elected]
County Board/Commissioner: Cottonwood County, Minnesota (County Commissioner); 1941 to 1955 [Elected]
State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission; 195? to 195? [Appointed]
County Board/Commissioner: Cottonwood County, Minnesota (County Welfare Board Member); 195? to 19??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Maxine
Children: No children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

"...Franz was active in Republican Party politics, serving as chairman of the Cottonwood County Republican Committee and as treasurer of the Republican State Central Committee." (St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 22, 1985)

He ran unsuccessfully for the Minnesota Senate in the 1970 election.

He was a member of the Rotary Club.

He died from complications due to kidney failure and leukemia, at Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

He was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church in Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

Religion provided by his obituary.

Total Days Served: 5845

SESSIONS SERVED

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 18
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan
Occupation: Owner and Operator, General Store
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Committees
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Labor
  • Public Highways
  • Public Welfare (Chair)
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Temperance and Liquor Control
Leadership Position: President Pro Tempore

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 18
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan
Occupation: Owner and Operator, General Store
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Committees
  • Election and Reapportionment
  • Labor
  • Public Highways
  • Public Welfare (Chair)
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Temperance and Liquor Control

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 18
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan
Occupation: Owner and Operator, General Store
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Labor
  • Liquor Control
  • Public Welfare (Chair)
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Towns and Counties

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 18
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson, Watonwan
Occupation: General Store Owner and Operator
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Elections and Reapportionment
  • Labor
  • Liquor Control
  • Public Welfare (Chair)
  • Rules and Legislative Expense
  • Taxes and Tax Laws
  • Towns and Counties

62nd Legislative Session (1961-1962) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson
Occupation: Owner and Operator, General Store
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Finance
  • Labor
  • Local Government

61st Legislative Session (1959-1960)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/4/1958
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/6/1959 to 1/7/1963
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson
Occupation: Merchant
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Finance
  • Labor
  • Liquor Control
  • Local Government
  • Public Welfare

60th Legislative Session (1957-1958) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson
Occupation: Merchant
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Insurance
  • Labor
  • Public Welfare
  • Railroads and Communications
  • Towns and Counties
  • University
  • Workmens Compensation and Unemployment Insurance

59th Legislative Session (1955-1956)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 10
Elected: 11/2/1954
Residence: Mountain Lake
Term of Office: 1/4/1955 to 1/5/1959
Counties Represented: Cottonwood, Jackson
Occupation: Merchant; Franz and Son Grocery Store, Mountain Lake
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Insurance
  • Labor
  • Public Welfare
  • Railroads, Telephone and Telegraph
  • Towns and Counties
  • University
  • Workmens Compensation and Unemployment Insurance
Articles & Books About
"Walt Franz Dies at 77 (Obituary)." Mountain Lake-Butterfield Observer/Advocate, January 23, 1985.

Neufeld, Gordie. "As We Remember... (Obituary)." Mountain Lake-Butterfield Observer/Advocate, January 23, 1985.

"Franz Was a Friend (Obituary)." Mankato Free Press, January 22, 1985; Mountain Lake-Butterfield Observer/Advocate, January 30, 1985.

"Rites Set in Mountain Lake for Ex-Senator Walter Franz (Obituary)." St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 22, 1985.

"Franz May Be Pro Tem Leader in State Senate." Minneapolis Tribune, January 7, 1969.

W.J. Franz Profile, Source Unknown, 1957?