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JOHN VOLLE, confectioner and proprietor of bakery, was born in Germany, August 2, 1837. At the age of fourteen years he was apprenticed to learn the bakers' trade at Cole Wurtemburg, Germany, where he served two years. He then (as was the custom) made the tour of all the principal cities, working at his trade but spent most of his time at Frankfort-on-the Main. At the age of twenty years he emigrated to America in the sailing vessel " Rockland " of Boston, arriving in New York in December 1857. Soon after he removed to Galena, Illinois, and upon residing there four months, moved to Jones County, Iowa, where for three seasons he was engaged in farming, spending the winters in Galena, Illinois. In August, 1861, he enlisted in the federal army, in Company B, Ninth Iowa Infantry and served for four years, receiving his discharge at Clinton, Iowa, in July, 1865. In August following he went to Leavenworth, Kansas, stayed there for six weeks and then with J. Meuneus as a partner was occupied in the baking business, until 1866. Subsequently he settled in Kansas City, worked at his trade for a short time, and from there went to Topeka, Kansas. One month later he came to Harrisonville, Missouri, working a short time for T. Hart. He soon purchased the interest of his employer and has since continued the business. In 1869 he erected the building now occupied by him. On his arrival here ne had very little money, and his success may be attributed to his industry and close attention to business. Mr. Voile was married June 18, 1871, to Miss Mary E. Burk, a native of Missouri. They have four children: Kate, Bessie, Maggie and Joseph. In 1880 Mr. Voile was elected a member of the town board and is now city treasurer.
History of Cass and Bates Counties, O.P. Williams & Co. 1883

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