Jackson County

Biography - HENRY VOGEL

One of the foremost agriculturists of Jackson county, Henry Vogel, of Fountain Bluff township, holds a high position among the energetic, progressive and successful farmers who thoroughly understand the vocation which they follow and are enabled to carry it on with both profit and pleasure. He was born January 16, 1850, in Perry county, Missouri, and is of thrifty German ancestry.

His father, August Vogel, was born and reared in Germany, and as a young man served as a soldier in the German army. Immigrating to the United States soon after his discharge from the army, he soon made his way to Missouri, where he settled permanently. Buying land in Perry county, he improved a good farm, which he managed with excellent results until his death, about 1868. He was a member of the German Evangelical Lutheran church, and was not only a farmer of prominence, but was a citizen of influence. He married, in Scott county, Missouri, Catherine Doering, and of the seven children born into their home three are living, as follows: August and Samuel, of Missouri, and Henry.

The fourth child in succession of birth of the parental household, Henry Vogel grew to manhood on the home farm in Perry county, Missouri, in the meantime gleaning a good education in the public schools. In 1879 he made his way to Illinois, and having bought land in Fountain Bluff township has since been actively and prosperously engaged in agricultural pursuits, having one of the most highly cultivated and productive farming estates of Southern Illinois. Mr. Vogel is a man of solid worth, possessing in a marked degree those traits of character that command respect in business life and gain esteem among one's neighbors and associates. He has ever evinced an intelligent interest in projects calculated to benefit town or county, and as one of the organizers of "The Big Lake Drainage District" was largely influential in having the drainage canal pass through Fountain Bluff township into the Mississippi. A Republican in politics, Mr. Vogel has served as one of the first drainage commissioners for many years and as school trustee. Religiously he belongs to the German Evangelical Lutheran church of the Missouri Synod and contributes liberally towards its support.

Mr. Vogel married, in 1875, Amalia Palich, a daughter of Ernest Palich, of Frohna, Perry county, Missouri, and they have a fine family of eight children, namely: Anna, Ernest, Hulda, Adelia, Clara, Gustav, Arthur and Dorathea.

Extracted 11 Nov 2018 by Norma Hass from 1912 A History of Southern Illinois, by George W. Smith, volume 3, page 1410.

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