5th Grade

"North Dakota's Voigt Named Great Westerner"
Article 2--written in 1962
(author unknown--written for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame)


Andrew Voigt (1867-1939), pioneer North Dakota rancher, has been elected to the Hall of Fame of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center.

Voigt was one of 12 men honored at the annual meeting of the memorial to the Old West, 
January 22, in Oklahoma City.  He is North Dakota's sixth honoree.

He was born in Saxony, Germany, and came to the United States when he was 12. 
His parents lived at Kulm, Minnesota.

As a young man Voigt moved to Elbowoods, North Dakota, where he spent the rest of his life in 
the ranching business, raising good cattle and horses.   Andrew Voigt's ranching operations 
were looked upon as a model of self-sustaining private enterprise.

He was a religious man, and was ever-ready to help thosein need.  His ranching operations were in the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, and he was true friend of the Indians.  Indians in large numbers attended his funeral.

"It is indeed fitting that Andrew Voigt be enshrined in the Hall," said Glenn W. Faris, executive vice chairman of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.  "He led an exemplary life, and contributed greatly to the development of his area of the West."

The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center is a joint and equal venture of the 17 Western states.  It is currently under construction near Oklahoma City.

North Dakota Trustees of the organization are Governor William L. Guy, Brooks Keogh, Keene; and Ray Schnell, Dickinson.

Andrew Voigt--Main Page
Golden West--1966 magazine article--"True Stories of the Old West"
North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame--wonderful article
Article 1--from National Cowboy Hall of Fame
Inductees List from National Cowboy Hall of Fame
National Cowboy Hall of Fame web site