Monument Firm Head Was Active In Civic And Club Circles
Joseph L. Arnet, senior member of the monument and stone building firm of Joseph L. Arnet & Son, died yesterday morning at his home at 1311 Granger Ave., after an illness of several months. He was 59 years old.
Mr. Arnet, in business since 1904 in Ann Arbor, had attained state and national prominence in his profession. He was a former Ann Arbor city official and had been active in civic projects and in club circles.
He was appointed to the Board of Public Works Feb. 14, 1916, to fill an unexpired term in May was reappointed for a term of five years. He received a second five-year appointment in 1921, and was president of the board in 1922. He was the youngest man to serve as board president.
On Police Commission
After completing his service on the board, he was appointed in 1926 to the city police commission for a three year term. He was a charter member of the Exchange club and a member of the Ann Arbor club.
Born Feb. 19, 1879, in Pelsien, Bohemia, Mr. Arnet attended the academies there and became engaged in the occupation of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Arnet, who were sculptors.
The family moved to this country and settled in Ypsilanti. Mr. Arnet traveled extensively, engaging in his profession as a sculptor. He established his business in Ann Arbor in 1904, its first location being on Ann St. where the former Ann Arbor News building was situated.
The business later was moved to W. Huron St., and in 1931, to the new building which he erected at 936 N. Main St. Frederick L. Arnet, who was associated with his father in the business, is the fourth generation of the family in this business.
Headed State Group
Mr. Arnet was former president of the Michigan Memorial Craftsmen's Association. He also was a member of the Forest Hill cemetery board. He was a member of the various Masonic lodges, a thirty-second degree Mason and a past master of Fraternity lodge, No. 262, F.&A. M.
He was married June 29, 1905, to Martha Maegle of Ypsilanti. They had resided in Ann Arbor for 34 years.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Frederick L., of this city; a grandson, Frederick L. Arnete, II; three brothers and three sisters; and several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Muehlig funeral chapel. Rev. Henry Lewis will officiate. Friends may call tonight and tomorrow morning at the chapel. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Fraternity Lodge No. 262 F&AM
Michigan Memorial Craftsmen's Association
Forest Hill Cemetery
Board of Public Works
Arnet's (Cemetery Memorials & Monuments)
Ann Arbor Police Commission
Ann Arbor Exchange Club
Ann Arbor News
Rev. Henry Lewis
Martha Maegle Arnet
Joseph L. Arnet
Frederick L. Arnet
Frederick L. 'Larry' Arnet II
936 N Main St
1311 Granger Ave