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Albert Voit

Newspaper Publisher




      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.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 167-168.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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