5th Grade

"Andrew Voigt   1867-1939"
Article 1--written in 1962
(author unknown--written for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame)


Andrew Voigt  1867-1939.  A man who spent all his life attaining one great ambition, that of hospitality to all, was justly selected as a 1962 Honoree from North Dakota in the Hall of Fame of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, located in Oklahoma City.  That man was Andrew Voigt.

He was born in Saxony, Germany, on February 7, 1867.  he came to North Dakota as a young man, full of courage and with an abundance of faith in this western country.

Voigt was one of the most beloved pioneer ranchers in western North Dakota, numbering among his friends, both whites and Indians.  He was of deep religious convictions and because of this and his generous heart, Voigt fulfilled his life's ambition;  to help others.

This sturdy and hard-working cattleman was a great friend of the Indian and was highly respected by all the ranchers and those others who knew him.

His ranch was a "Headquarters of Hospitality" for hungry cowboys and Indians.  He also donated beef and mutton for the Indian Mission at Elbowoods for years and to many hungry Indians in financial distress all through the years.

Voigt was ever ready to help anyone in need of help.

The famous Sioux Indian, Crows Heart, who's monument is placed in the State historical Museum in Bismarck, named him:  "Andrew, Big Heart White Man Can't Say No."

His passing left a place in the community which never can be filled.

He married Anna Berger in 1889 and they had seven sons and two daughters who ranched with him, west of Elbowood for many years on a large spread raising Hereford cattle, Percheron horses and sheep.

Even though starting from a very meager beginning with borrowed money, Andrew Voigt, with his hard working family, built a large and profitable ranching unit which was looked up to as a model of private enterprise in that vast ranching area, demonstrating the accomplishments of a great American family, working together.

His seven sons were all highly respected, working cowboys in every sense of the word and since the Voigt ranches have been inundated by the Garrison Dam, a number of the boys are operating their own ranches in other parts of western North Dakota.

Mrs. Anna Voigt died in 1931 and he remarried Mrs. Monica Gress in 1935.  She is still living, although Andrew Voigt died July 17, 1939.

The senior Voigt was the only Honoree from North Dakota to be named to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame of 1962.  Named from South Dakota was Tom Berry and John Survant was named from Montana.

Andrew Voigt--Main Page
Golden West--1966 magazine article--True Stories of the Old West
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame--wonderful article
Article 2--from National Cowboy Hall of Fame
Inductees List from National Cowboy Hall of Fame
National Cowboy Hall of Fame web site