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Henry Joseph "Guy" Voight


He was born on 30th September 1889 at Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of Henry Joseph Voight and Mari Johanna "Jennie" (nee Gullickson). He was known as Guy, probably to easily distinguish him from his rest of the family as his father and grandfather were both called Henry Joseph Voight. His grandfather was born in Rastatt, Baden-Wuerttenberg, Germany and emigrated to the United States with his parents between 1818 and 1849. His mothers side of the family originated in Norway.

Guy's older sister, Jessie, married Fred Lainson, who owned a large flower and vegetable growing business in Council Bluffs. Guy took on the job of taking the flowers & produce by train to Washington state (abt. 1908).  They also ran a concession on the train selling flowers westbound & Washington apples eastbound.

Above signed photo of Guy in 1909

Guy was very athletic and was a member of the semi-pro Sedro Wooley baseball team.  During that summer, he was scouted by a priest from Santa Clara University.  On a scholarship, he attended Santa Clara University from 1910-1915, majoring in civil engineering. 

Guy excelled in Rugby & Basketball at Santa Clara University.  In rugby, he earned the nickname "The Flying Dutchman" and was an All-American. Rumour in the family had it that he did not get his Civil Engineering degree there after 4 years, because "he wasn't Catholic"

Above the Santa Clara College rugby fifteen from the San Fransicso Call on 17th November 1910 (L-R) Sims, Kantelehner, Barry (Captain), Jarrett, Gallagher, Voight, Best, Guerierre, Patton, Ramage, Kelley, Detels, Tadich, Byrnes, Griffin, Fitzgerald, Tramutolo, Ybarrondo, Ganahl, Renwick (Coach).

Above the Santa Clara College side of 1911 from the San Francisco Call on 19th November 1911. Back Row (L-R): Gallagher, Voight, Best, Koerner, Jacobs, Fontag, Hatch, Barry, Coach Renwick. Middle Row: Bronson, Wildy, Sargent, Fitzpatrick, Hogan, Detela, Ramage, Patton, Momson. Front Row: Tramutolo, Curry, Ganahl, Captain Ybarando, Quill, Castrucio, Stewart.

Above the Santa Clara College Basketball team from the San Francisco Call on 11th February 1912

Above the 1912 Santa Clara College rugby squad. 1. Sargent, 2.Gallagher, 3.Momson, 4.Jacobs, 5.Renwick (Coach), 6.Kohner, 7.Hatch, 8.Barry, 9.Palmtag, 10.Wildy, 11.Ramage, 12.Patton, 13.Best, 14.Hogan, 15.Ganahl, 16.Quill, 17.Detels, 18.Bronson, 19.Voight, 20.Curyy, 21.Fitzpatrick, 22.Ybarrondo (Captain), 23.Castruccio, 24.Stewart, 25.Tramutolo.

Above the USA side that played New Zealand in 1913. Back Row (L-R): Daniel Brendon Carroll (Stanford University), Clark Lewis Boulware (not used) (Stanford University), Haley (not used) (Stanford University), William Pettigrew Darsie (Stanford University), Herbert Rowell Stolz (replacement) (Stanford University), Brant (?) or Flemming (not used) (?), Joseph C. Urban (Stanford University), A.Knowles (replacement) (?), Charles A. Austin (Olympic), G.Voight (Santa Clara University), Frank Jacob Gard (Captain) (Stanford University), Roland Roy Blase (Stanford University), William Norris King (University of California). Front Row: Forbes (not used) (?), Stirling Benjamin Peart (University of California), Joseph Louis McKim (University of California), G.Glasscock (Olympic), E.B.Hall (Stanford University), Benjamin Edward Erb (not used) (Stanford University), Louis Cass (Stanford University), Mowatt Merrill Mitchell (Los Angeles Athletic Club), Quill (not used) (Santa Clara), J.A.Ramage (Santa Clara University).

Above the 1913 Santa Clara University rugby side. 1.Yoell (Trainer), 2.Stewart, 3.Flood, 4.Fitzpatrick, 5.Momson, 6.Higgins (Coach), 7.Voight, 8.Hogan, 9.Sargent, 10.Gilman, 11.Brown (Asst. Trainer), 12.Noonan, 13.Kieley, 14.Best, 15.Melchoir, 16.Ferrario, 17.Harkins, 18.Ramage, 19.Yabarrando (Captain), 20.Quill, 21.Tramutolo, 22.Curry.

Above the University of Santa Clara XV 1914. 1 Yoell (Trainer), 2 Stewart, 3 Anderson, 4 Gilman, 5 Curtin, 6 Kiely, 7 Kavanaugh (Asst. Trainer), 8 Voight, (Captain), 9 Quill, 10 Coschino, 11 Concannon, 12 B.Fitzpatrick, 13 J.Fitzpatrick, 14 Milburn, 15 Ybarrando, 16 Jackson, 17 Scholz, 18 Hardy, 19 Meadows, 20 Harkins, 21 Ramage, 22 Higgins (Coach).


Above Guy in the 1914-15 Santa Clara University Basketball team. Back Row (L-R): Guy Voight, Edward Mulholland, James Curtain, Norbert Korte. Front Row: Rudolph Scholz, unknown, Demetrio Diaz. This season they won all bar one game, beating Stanford twice.

A plaque of him used to hang in the old Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University, but it disappeared after the stadium was demolished.

After college, Guy was drafted into WWI. His draft registration card said he was working as a sheep herder in Morgan, Utah.  He spent his whole enlistment with the Army Corps of Engineers at Ft. Douglas, Salt Lake City.  He helped design military portable bridges and taught Morse Code.

This is he met Flossie Elizabeth Smith who he married on 12th August 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. After he left the service, they moved back to Council Bluffs. 

In 1922, Guy, Flossie, and their children, along with his mother Jennie, (his father died in 1920), moved to Sapulpa, Ok.  His brother Vern owned a greenhouse there and a flower shop in Tulsa.  Sidney, his brother, was already there working with Vern.  Later, Flossie's brother, Thomas Smith, also moved to Sapulpa to work in the greenhouses. 

Still an avid sports fan, Guy had an heart attack at a football game and died at home on 26th November 1937 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA


with thanks to his grandson Jack Hunt


Patrick Casey, 2011
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