Biography of Joseph Vossen
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Joseph Vossen, one of the best known and most popular citizens of Houston County, died at his home in Caledonia, Wednesday evening, June 18, 1913. He was born in Cologne, Germany, June 23, 1840, and there attended school. In 1858 he came to America and at bnce to Houston County, locating in Caledonia Township. Two years later he moved to the village of Caledonia, where he ever afterwards lived, becoming a great factor in the building up of the village. At the time it was incorporated he was elected one of the village trustees and served either as president of the council or as a trustee almost continuously until a few years before his death, when he voluntarily retired. In 1865 he opened a grocery store which he conducted until 1873. He was town clerk in 1867 and 1868. In 1870 he was elected clerk of the district court, and being re-elected in 1874, served until 1878, and for many years after was deputy clerk of court. In 1880 he was elected village justice and in May the same year he took a trip to Europe to visit the scenes of his childhood, going by the way of Paris and other European cities. Being very familiar with probate law and practice, he had a great deal to do with the settlement of estates in court. He was a man among men, one who could be trusted. His kind and affable manners won for him the respect and esteem of the entire community. In his later years he devoted most of his time to his abstract office and his own private affairs. He was a man of means whose wealth had been faithfully and honorably gathered, and his name will live long in the annals of Houston county as that of a man of solid worth. No tribute is too costly to perpetuate the memory of his splendid career as a business man and citizen. Mr. Vossen was twice married. His first wife passed away many years ago, and on June 15, 1910, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Anna Hoffman, who survives him.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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