Biographical Sketches

Biographies from Cole County People

Lee Van Horne

Lee Van Horne was born in Knox County, Missouri in 1889. His father, Lewis Van Horne was born in Zanesville, Ohio; his bother was a native of Canada. The family left Edina when Lee was twelve years old and moved to a farm near Auxvasse in Callaway County. His mother died in 1930.

Van Horne attended college in Kirksville then began farming at Hallsville. He took a job doing grading for the Wabash Railroad which led to a full time occupation. He built many miles of highway for the state, working for four years as a subcontractor then becoming a contractor. His first highway job was in Pike County, from Bowling Green to Louisiana, Missouri. He built highways in Schuyler, Macon, Adair, Audrain, Miller, Camden, Cole, Callaway, Pike and Lincoln Counties. He constructed the reservoir for the waterworks at Bowling Green.

Mr. Van Horne was married to Miss Leona Conklin of Columbia in 1918. They had a daughter, Betty.

George Johnston Vaughan

 George J. Vaughan
George J. Vaughan was born on a farm near Lexington in Fayette County, KY on June 22, 1846. When ten years of age, he moved with his widowed mother to Lawrence County, IN; ten years later (1866) they came to Jefferson City. He was first a brakeman on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, becoming conductor on a freight train, and in 1875 he was made ticket agent and yardmaster for the Missouri Pacific at Chamois, MO.

Returning to Jefferson City in 1877, he opened a general store at the corner of Mulberry and McCarty, which he conducted for eight years. The following two years he was City Clerk. In 1881 he accepted a position with the Missouri Pacific as conductor of the passenger train on the Lebanon Branch and remained in this position for fourteen years. He was postmaster under President Cleveland (189401898), his successor being G. F. Robinson.

In 1897 he organized the Vaughan-Monnig Shoe Company in connection with R.S. Harvey, J.S. Fleming and Hugo Monnig, and was President of the company. In 1899 he engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, associating in partnership with Judge Joseph Stampfli, the firm being Stampfli & Vaughan.

 Vaughan Home
George J. Vaughan residence, 509 West McCarty St.

On November 5, 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Kolkmeyer of Jefferson City. He died June 20, 1927 and is buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Jefferson City.

Bernard G. Vieth

 Bernard G. Vieth
Bernard G. Vieth was born in Jefferson City September 21, 1857. His education was in St. Peter’s Parochial School. As a young man he learned the trade of brick making with B. H. Pohl, in which business he continued for ten years. He then worked at the cooper’s trade for the Dulle Milling Co. for six years, from there taking a position with William W. Wagner of the Monroe House with whom he continued five years. He then formed a partnership with C. J. Miller in ownership of the City Hotel for three years.

In 1896 he disposed of his interest and purchased the Madison Hotel, enlarging and making numerous improvements—adding new carpets, electric light, steam heat, bath and all the modern conveniences.

Mr. Vieth was married in 1892 to Miss Lizzie Tihen of Jefferson City. They had a daughter, Angeline.

Mrs. Mary Vineyard

Mrs. Mary Frances Haviland Vineyard was a native of Albany, New York. Her maternal grandparents, Matthew and Chloe Hammen, came to Missouri prior to the Civil War and drove from Jefferson City by ox team to a site on St. Louis Road where they established a home.

Mrs. Vineyard’s father was Frank A. Haviland of the family that manufactures Haviland china. His ancestors came to America in the colonial period. A relative, Dr. Ebenezer Haviland, was killed in the Revolutionary War. At his home in Rye, New York he entertained Washington, Lafayette and other famous guests. Her grandfather, Elisha B. Haviland, was a captain and owner of a line of sailing ships. The family name was originally De Haviland. Its genealogy is traced in England to the fourteenth century. From 1650 to 1700 many of its members were prominent in Rhode Island and Long Island.

Frank Haviland was influenced by Matthew Hammen to come west in search of opportunities in a new country. In Jefferson City he met Mary Hammen, daughter of Matthew and Chloe, whom he married and returned to New York where he died. Mrs. Haviland and her young daughter moved to Kansas City where Mary Frances Haviland married W. E. Vineyard, member of a well known Kansas City family. When he died she returned to Jefferson City.

In the late 1800s Mrs. Vineyard’s mother bought fifteen acres of land southeast of Jefferson City. This tract was developed by Mrs. Vineyard as a residential district, Vineyard Square. Mrs. Vineyard planned and built 20 two-story modern homes, acting as her own contractor.

Frederick W. Vogel

Frederick William Vogel was born on a farm near Tipton January 8, 1886, the son of Frank Vogel, a native of Germany, and Sybilla Angenendt Vogel, sister of Judge Theodore Angenendt (see sketch). After the death of his father in 1903 Mr. Vogel left Tipton, coming to Jefferson City to work for Judge Henry Dulle on the farm which is now Washington Park. Miss Clara Sailer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sailer (see sketch), became Mrs. F. W. Vogel on November 17, 1908.

From his job on the farm Mr. Vogel worked successively for the J. B. Bruns and the Roberts, Johnson and Rand Shoe Manufacturing Companies. Following his marriage he went with his bride to Tipton where he went into the poultry business. This business he sold in 1910 to open a similar one at Wright, Kansas, to which he added a meat business. In 1912 he returned to Jefferson City where he conducted a meat market on Richmond Hill. He had been here but seven weeks when he was taken to the hospital because of inflammatory rheumatism.

While recuperating from a long and dangerous illness, Mr. Vogel found himself unable to do the manual labor incident to his former business. His father’s early death and solicitude for the future of his family gave him a vision of the great need for life insurance. He secured an agency contract and wrote his first policy in the fall of 1912. Continuing in this work with increasing success, in 1925 he accepted a contract with the Capital Mutual of Jefferson City in his first ten months with them sold fifteen hundred policies, which earned him a promotion to supervisor.

In the spring of 1928 he resigned from this position for the purpose of perfecting plans for the creation of a new company according to his own ideals. This included a rate within the reach of people of modest means; assessments levied only according to actual losses; a mutual company organized to benefit policy holders rather than officers. His plans perfected the ensuing fall, he secured charter members, deposited the necessary securities with the state department of insurance, and on October 16, 1928, was granted a charter for the United Mutual Insurance Association. From the inception of his company it was the hope of Mr. Vogel that some of his own children would join him in carrying on its work.

Fred, Jr., eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Vogel, was born September 10, 1909. He was married August 29, 1934 to Miss Blandina Lueckenhoff, a native of Jefferson City. Fred became secretary-treasurer of the United Mutual. Arthur H., a member of the company’s board, was born May 17, 1911. He married Margaret Lovett of St. Louis, June 9, 1936. Gerald S., also a board member was born June 3, 1914. He married Geneva Mertens of Morrison, May 19, 1938. Their other children were Mildred C., born August 23, 1916, a stenographer for the association; Ruth Elizabeth born December 21, 1921; Jerome W., October 6, 1923; and Velma Rose, July 26, 1925. Two children died in infancy when Mr. and Mrs. Vogel lived at Tipton.

Edwin A. Vogt

Edwin Arthur Vogt was born in Jefferson City January 20, 1890. His parents were Joe and Adelaide Osberghaus Voght. His mother died around 1900 at the age of forty-seven. His father died in 1913 at the age of fifty-six.

Joe Voght was born at Frankfort-on-Main, Germany and came to America when fourteen years old, locating in New Jersey. He was a skilled tailor. In 1884 he came to Jefferson City to become superintendent of the Charles L. Lewis Clothing Company, which position he held until their factory burned in 1890 and they did not rebuild. During World War I he worked for the Charles L. Lewis Company. Mr. Vogt established a shop in town in the old Monnig building, 225 Madison Street, where he employed as many as seven tailors. When their factory burned and the company ceased business here, Mr. Vogt gave his time to the management of his own tailoring business and for a good many years he ran a men’s clothing store at 112 East High Street.

E. A. Vogt learned tailoring from his father as a boy and from the time he was grown devoted his time to that and the management of Crystal Cleaners. In 1914 he was married to Miss Clara Gay Burkett, a native of Jefferson City, daughter of John T. and Sallie Burkett. Mr. and Mrs. Vogt had three children: Myrene born May 29, 1918, John born October 11, 1920 and Dolores Gay born January 14, 1931.

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