1876

Henry Voss’s Immigrant Background And Early Years, 1876-1938 1876 We begin tracing the story of Voss Electric’s historical background in Germany, where A.M. Voss, the father of Voss Electric’s founder, Henry Voss, was born in Prohn, a little village near Stralsund, on the Baltic Sea’s south shore, just east of Denmark.

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1882

1882

1882 The Voss family immigrates to America from Prohn, Germany, in August, 1882. Wilhelm Carl Joachim Voss, city postmaster and baker, along with his wife Johanna (Carolina) and four young children, Ewald (Adolph) Wilhelm Max (A.M.), Herman (H.E.), Emma, and Mattie, left Germany in the middle of the night to come to America. The ocean voyage on the freighter Wieland took almost two weeks. A.M. Voss, Henry Voss’s father and Mike Voss’s beloved “Grandpa Max, was 6 years old when he came to the U.S.A. A.M. Voss (1876-1971) who lived to the age of 95, is key to Voss Lighting’s history because 1) he ran Voss Electric…

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Introduction

Introduction

Introduction Welcome! It is a privilege for me to be able to review for you the historical milestones of Voss Lighting, an independent lighting distributor headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. We specialize in the sales and distribution of Philips light bulbs and Advance ballasts all around our beloved country, the United States of America. It is my hope that those who desire to know more about us will enjoy this factual and hopefully fun tour through our history, which began before the “Great Depression” – and is continuing into our new Millennium. Henry Voss (1915-1997), the man God selected to found Voss Electric in 1939, was an early pioneer in America’s “lighting specialty” industry. So we must begin our historical review by tracing the Voss family’s background to 1876. As your mind travels back in time, it is our hope you too will be thankful for our country and proud of its emblem of freedom, our grand old American flag; it represents the hard-earned freedom we’ve all been given, enabling extended Voss family generations the opportunity to help make America better and also to be used by our…

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Introduction

Introduction

It is a privilege for me to be able to review for you the historical milestones of Voss Lighting, an independent lighting distributor headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. We specialize in the sales and distribution of Philips light bulbs and Advance ballasts all around our beloved country, the United States of America. It is my hope that those who desire to know more about us will enjoy this factual and hopefully fun tour through our history, which began before the “Great Depression” – and is continuing into our new Millennium. Henry Voss (1915-1997), the man God selected to found Voss Electric in 1939, was an early pioneer in America’s “lighting specialty” industry. So we must begin our historical review by tracing the Voss family’s background to 1876. As…

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