A.J. Loudenbeck

Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Loudenbeck

Often known as Bert, A.J. Loudenbeck was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Loudenbeck. Born in Union, Illinois, he later moved to Iowa, where he operated his father’s farm.

When the area opened for homesteading, he moved to what was to become Emmet Township, in McLean County, North Dakota, in 1904, around the same time as his parents.

Having experience in farming, after coming to North Dakota, he attempted to solve some of these problems through politics. He became Secretary to the Equity Association, and a member of the Emmet Township board.

Later, he became a Deputy Sheriff at Washburn, then Sheriff of McLean County, and then a Deputy United States Marshall and, still later, Warden of the State Penitentiary.

He served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bert Loudenbeck passed away in 1943. His wife, Bell, was remarried, to Paul Ziegler, and living in Minot in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.