Elizabeth S. Voigt

July 6 1841 – May 11 1929
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Voigt was the wife of Charles (Carl) G.A. Voigt and the co-founder of the Voigt-Herpolsheimer Company and the Voigt Milling Company. Mrs. Voigt was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 6th, 1841. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Conrad Wurster. In 1855 she and her family moved to Michigan City, Indiana. In 1857, Mrs. Voigt came to the Grand River Valley for the first time, traveling by stagecoach over the old Kalamazoo plank road. While visiting friends here she was captivated by the natural beauty of the country; she was a lover of flowers and nature. She returned to Michigan City, however, and in 1860 married Mr. Voigt, who, at the time, was managing a dry good store there. In 1865 Mr. Voigt went into business for himself and founded the Voigt Dry Goods Company. The store prospered and soon afterward William G. Herpolsheimer, a fellow employee, joined Mr. Voigt.  The concern expanded soon after the partnership was established in Grand Rapids. It was known as the Voit-Herpolsheimer Company and was located at 42 Monroe Ave. In 1875, Mr. and Mrs. Voigt came to Grand Rapids. Mr. Voigt retained his interest in the dry goods business but soon acquired the Star Milling Company and started a business as C.G.A. Voigt & Co. In 1882, the Crescent Mill was purchased and in 1896 the two mills were merged to form the Voigt Milling Company. In 1902 Mr. Voigt and Mr. Herpolsheimer dissolved their partnership by verbal agreement. Mr. Voigt kept the mills and Mr. Herpolsheimer kept the dry goods store. Charles died in 1908 and the milling business was incorporated. Mrs. Voigt was named vice president and was active in the affairs of the company until death. Besides being active in the flour milling business, she was involved or had interests in music, church work, and her home. Her home was her club and she was always active in the care of her family. She was widely known for her kindness and philanthropies. On May 11, 1929, she died at her home, 115 College Ave. S.E., at the age of 87 years old.