Among the public official of Washington county are found many men of force and capacity who have taken strong hold on the rugged conditions of life and molded them into successful and useful careers. Prominent in this class stands Henry F. Vogelpohl, who holds the responsible position of sheriff, in the discharge of the duties of which office he has gained the respect and confidence of the entire community. Mr. Vogelpohl was born in Covington township, Washington county, Illinois, March 12, 1868, and has here passed his somewhat varied career. His father was William Vogelpohl, a native of Germany, who came to the United States in the blush of young manhood, married soon afterward, and passed his life as a farmer. His wife was Miss Minnie Klosterman, a daughter of Henry Klosterman, a German farmer of Covington township, where Mr. Vogelpohl died in 1876, at thirty-six years of age. The qualities which William Vogelpohl most exhibited were those common to his race, —industry unrestrained, tireless energy and a wise economy. He was the only representative of his family in the New World, and when he died left Henry F.; Annie, who is the wife of Henry Evers, of Covington; and Fred, a resident of Minnesota. The mother of these children is now the wife of Henry Schneider, of Covington.

Henry F. Vogelpohi had merely the advantages of the country school as he passed through childhood, and he established himself on a farm in the Covington locality when he left his mother's roof. When he quit farming a few years since he became a stock dealer and shipper at Covington, and about this time was appointed deputy sheriff by Sheriff J. M. Winfree, in December, 1902. He received the nomination for sheriff in 1906 against two other candidates, J. B. and William Gorman, cousins, but was defeated by the Democratic candidate. When his deputyship ended Mr. Vogelpohl engaged in the livery business in Nashville and continued it until he was chosen sheriff of the county. He entered the contest as a Republican, won the nomination after a brisk fight and was elected by a majority of 779, when the normal Republican majority was some 450 votes. He was installed as the successor of A. H. Cohlmeyer for a term of four years. While this has been a remarkably law-abiding community, Sheriff Vogelpohl finds that his office places sufficient demands upon his time and attention, and he has given an administration that reflects marked credit upon him. He has rendered most efficient service in his important position, and is intrepid and fearless in the discharge of his duties, being feared by the criminal class and honored and esteemed by law-abiding citizens.


Sheriff Vogelpohl was married (first) in Clay county, Illinois, in 1900, to Miss Lola Gentry, who died March 2, 1901. His second marriage took place at New Minden, Illinois, in November, 1903, when Miss Helena Rheinhardt became his wife. Her father was Fred M. Rheinhardt, a German farmer and the issue of the union are Harold, Lewis, Esther and Henry.

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