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Vogel, Jan (1839-1907) | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Name: Vogel, Jan (1839-1907)

Historical Note:

Jan Vogel was born in the Giessen Nieuwkerk, in the province of South Holland, the Netherlands on September 8, 1839.  At the age of 12 he became a carpenter's apprentice under Hermanis Diepenhorst in Noordeloos.  After two and half years of apprenticeship, Diepenhorst wanted to immigrate with his family to the United States. He strongly encouraged Vogel to join them. After much thought and consideration from Vogel's father, it was determined that young Vogel would join the Diepenhorsts on their journey to America. They arrived in New York on September 20th and 8 days later made their way to West Michigan. After two years working with Diepenhorst, Vogel was able to pay him back for his transportation costs. However, Vogel and Diepenhorst disagreed on wages, so Vogel left for Zeeland, Michigan. After travelling around West Michigan, Vogel was able to make a living off of his carpentry work.

When the Civil War broke out, Vogel enlisted in the Union Army.  He was shot in the leg, but managed to not have it amputated. At the close of the war, Vogel was discharged as a sergeant. After the war, Vogel travelled back to the Netherlands to visit his family. Vogel was able to pay for this family to immigrate to the United States.  Once back in the States, Vogel bought 5 acres near Noordeloos, Michigan.  He married Barbara Herweyer.  Vogel went on purchasing land and entered the lumber business.  He travelled all over the United States, purchasing land and working with various lumber companies. He even opened a general store. On September 23, 1907, Jan Vogel passed away in Muskegon, Michigan.

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