"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Voight, Gust L. a well established farmer in the town of Merrill, Lincoln County, who has served often in public office, and who is also closely connected with the telephone service, was born in Dodge County, Wisconsin, Aug. 30, 1882, son of Charles W. and Mary (ENGEL) VOIGHT. The parents, who were young people when they came to the United States from Germany, were married in Dodge County. The father first rented a farm on Horicon Marsh, that county, which was one of 200 acres and which he operated for a few years. He then moved with his family to Seymour, Outagamie County, here he bought 120 acres of wild land which he cleared and farmed. Selling it later, he came to Merrill in 1909 and after that living retired until his death in 1916. His wife is still living and makes her home in Merrill. They had six children, four of whom are living: Adolph of Seymour; Emma, wife of W. S. ABEL of Merrill; Gust, subject of this sketch, and Mary, wife of Herman WERNER of Seymour. Gust L. VOIGHT was reared in Seymour, Wis., where he attended school and worked on the home farm until reaching the age of 16 years. He continued agricultural pursuits in that locality until he came to Merrill in 1902. There he found employment in cutting cord wood, but soon bought 80 acres of timber, which he logged. In 1908 he brought an 80-acre tract of land in Sec. 30, Town 32, Range 6, town of Merrill, and began the development of a farm. The place was partly cleared and he now has 60 acres under cultivation and has made various improvements, having built a cement-block house of nine rooms, and in 1915, a barn 36 by 90 feet, into which he put the Drew equipment. He has also installed a Standard Light plant, which give a soft but full light, more nearly approaching daylight than any other artificial light at present known. Mr. VOIGHT is doing general farming and dairying, having at present time 14 head of Holstein and Guernsey grade cattle. Mr. VOIGHT also learned the telephone business and worked as an electrician, and now holds the positions of trouble man, treasurer and collector of the Wisconsin River Telephone Co. His public service includes four years as supervisor of the town of Merrill, seven years as school clerk, and service as chairman of the Land Claim Association and Chairman of the Liberty Loan Committee during the war. He has also served on the county fair committee in connection with the Agricultural Association. Mr. VOIGHT was married in Merrill in 1909 to Ida KRUSE, daughter of Henry and Anna (WINKEL) KRUSE. Her parents were natives of Hanover, Germany who settled in the town of Merrill when the present city of that name was called Jenny. The father, Henry KRUSE, is now deceased, but the mother is still living. They had five children, Herman, Ida, Ella, Ernest and Henry. Mr. and Mrs. VOIGHT have one daughter, Arvina, who was born Nov. 1, 1912.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 549, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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