Albert Voit occupies an important position in public life in
Earlville as he is a member of the firm of Voit & Rogers, publishers of The
Phoenix, one of the best rural newspapers of the state. He was the first child
born in Earlville after its incorporation on the 21st of August, 1882. His
father, Adam Voit, was born in Austria in 1844 and came to Earlville about
1872,, opening a meat market, which he conducted until 1887, in which year a
disastrous fire destroyed his place. He has accumulated considerable property by
hard work and good management and the loss of everything so affected his mind
that in a fit of despondency he disappeared and has never since been heard of.
In 1877, at Delaware, he was married to Carrie Werkmeister, who was born in New
York city, September 10, 1864, a daughter of Fintan and Juditha Werkmeister. Her
father was a cabinet maker in New York city and in 1872 came to Earlville,
entering into partnership with George Staehle, Sr., in the lumber business.
About 1874 Mr. Werkmeister opened a furniture store, which is now conducted by
his son, John Werkmeister. To Mr. and Mrs. Adam Voit were born three children:
John A., whose birth occurred at Earlville on the 15thof November, 1878, and who
passed away December 9, 1911; Juditha, born April 7, 1880, residing at home; and
Albert, of this review.
The last named attended the
common schools and then the high school, from which he was graduated in1899.
After completing his formal schooling he entered the Phoenix office as an
apprentice under J. B. Swinburne and there learned the trade of printing. For
several years he worked as a printer in various places and later under
Postmaster P. M. Cloud for some time and edited The Phoenix, Cloud & Rogers
being the proprietors of the paper.
In 1909 he purchased that journal and was its proprietor, editor and published
until January 1, 1914, when he sold a half interest to Arthur J. Rogers. The
firm name is now Voit & Rogers and they are proving successful in their efforts
to make The Phoenix a first class county newspaper, as its news columns are
interesting and reliable, its editorials timely and apt, and its advertisements
of a high character.