Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Carl Gustave Adolph Voigt Collection

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Carl Gustave Adolph Voigt Collection,
Creator: Voigt, Carl Gustave Adolph, 1833-1908.
Inclusive dates: 1895-2000 (Scattered)
Extent: .5 cubic ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:
The collection includes biographical materials, minutes, correspondence, reports of shipments, sales, and prices for the Michigan State Millers Association, published freight rates for various railroads, and a train schedule.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Carl Gustave Adolph Voigt Collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Jonathan Searls Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized into Voigt’s papers and Michigan railroad publications, then alphabetically and chronologically..


History

Biography:

Carl Gustave Adolph Voigt was born on December 5, 1833 in Prussia, the eldest of five children born to Adolph A. and Johanna Voigt. His family immigrated to America in 1847, eventually settling in Michigan City, Indiana.

In 1865, Voigt entered the dry goods business with William G. Herpolsheimer (1841-1920). They operated a store called Voigt and Herpolsheimer. In 1870 they opened a branch store in Grand Rapids, Michigan, called Voigt, Herpolsheimer and Company, which eventually became Herpolsheimer’s Department Store. The partners purchased controlling interests in the Star flour Mill in 1875, which they later bought outright and merged with another mill, Crescent Mill, in 1882. The two mills were operated as Voigt Milling Company, 1881-1897. The partnership dissolved by mutual consent in 1902. (The records of Voigt, Herpolsheimer and Company, 1865-1970, and Voigt Milling Company, 1866-1969, are housed at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.)

Voigt was a member of the Michigan State Millers Association. He served as the Association’s Michigan representative to its national organizational meetings, 1895-1898. The Association influenced tariff rates on grain and grain products.

In 1856, Voigt married his first wife. She and a daughter died by 1859, while a son lived to be six-years-old. Voigt then married Elizabeth Wurster in 1860. Six of their nine children lived to adulthood. The Voigts moved to Grand Rapids in 1870. In 1895, Voigt built his retirement home, called Voigt House, in the Heritage Hills area of Grand Rapids. Carl G. A. Voigt died September 7, 1908. The Voigt House is now operated as a national historic site and is open to the public. (For further information see the Biographical Materials, which include copies of the Voigt House’s webpages.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of published railroad tariff rates, 1897-1916 (scattered, 10 folders). The tariffs, particularly those for grain and grain products, were probably collected by Voigt for the Association’s reference purposes. Also, there are records of the Association which document when Voigt served as the Association’s Michigan representative to its national organizational meetings, 1895-1898 (3 folders). Also included are biographical materials on Voigt and information on the Voigt House, 1906, 2000 (1 folder).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Voigt, Carl Gustave Adolph, 1833-1908.
    • Michigan State Millers Association.
    • Tariff on freight cars--Michigan.
    • Grain Trade--United States.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Genealogy.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Biography.
    • Grand Rapids (Mich.)--Industries.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Carl Gustave Adolph Voigt Collection are open for research. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Voigt, Carl G. A., Biographical Materials (copies), 1906, 1908, 2000
    Box   1 F   2
    Voigt, Carl G. A., Michigan State Millers Association, Meeting minutes and correspondence, 1895-1898
    Box   1 F   3
    Voigt, Carl G. A., Michigan State Millers Association, Reports of shipments, sales and prices, 1895-1896
    Box   1 F   4
    Voigt, Carl G. A., Michigan State Millers Association, Reports of shipments, sales and prices, 1897-1898
    Box   1 F   5
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company, Freight tariff grain and grain products, 1911, 1913
    Box   1 F   6
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Grand Truck Railway System, Commodity tariff grain and grain products, 1914
    Box   1 F   7
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Grand Truck Railway System, Supplement to tariff No. 514-A rate base, No. 1-12, 1913-1914
    Box   1 F   8
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Grand Truck Railway System, Tariff No. 514-A, 1913-1915
    Box   1 F   9
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Lake Shore-Lackawanna Line (Michigan Central-Lackawanna Line), Rate bases, 1914
    Box   1 F   10
    Michigan Railroad Publications, New York Central Railroad Company, Merchants Dispatch, 1911
    Box   1 F   11
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Ohio Central, Dispatch rate bases, 1909
    Box   1 F   12
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Pennsylvania Railroad, ...Train service (Schedule), 1897
    Box   1 F   13
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Rutland-Michigan Central, Rate bases, 1908
    Box   1 F   14
    Michigan Railroad Publications, Seaboard Air Line Railway Company, Virginia city tariff, 1916