HON. JOHN VOGT.
There is no element which has entered into our composite national fabric which has been of more practical strength,
value and utility than that furnished by the sturdy, persevering and honorable sons of Germany, and in the progress
of our Union this element has played no unimportant part. Intensely practical, and ever having a clear comprehension
of the ethics of life, the German contingent has wielded a powerful influence, and this service cannot be held
in light estimation by those who appreciate true civilization and true advancement. Among the German-American citizens
of Henry county, none stand higher than Mr. Vogt, of Deshler.
Born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, May 1, 1853, our subject was a small child when brought by his parents, John
and Catherine Vogt, to this country, landing July 4, 1857. They located in Toledo, Ohio, where the lad was reared
and educated, receiving also a good practical business training. In that city he learned the trade of a file cutter,
but on coming to Deshler, in 1871, he embarked in the lumber business, in which he engaged for three and one half
years. In 1874 he opened a general store, which he conducted until 1894. when he sold out and has since given his
attention to the life insurance business.
Mr. Vogt has always taken quite an active and prominent part in local affairs, and has been a member of the school
board of Deshler for many years, president of the board for some time, and treasurer of Bartlow township some nine
years. So faithfully did he discharge the duties of these offices that his fellow citizens could not fail to recognize
his fitness for more responsible positions, and in the fall of 1895 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate, where
he served with distinction, and his efforts were duly appreciated by his constituents. He is a progressive man,
preeminently public spirited, and all that pertains to the public welfare receives his hearty endorsement. Socially
he is a Knight Templar, and also belongs to the Knights of Pythias. In March, 1898, Mr. Vogt was appointed, by
President McKinley, to the office of postmaster at Deshler, and assumed the duties thereof April 15, 1898. In addition
to this he conducts a life insurance business, representing the "New York Life."
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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