Voss Family and A-B Motor Company

Voss Family and A-B Motor Company (HM1YKH)

Location: Natchez, MS 39120 Adams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 33.513', W 91° 23.771'

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Axel Voss spoke little english when he emigrated in 12925 from Copenhagen, Denmark. He worked as a mechanic for Chris Anderson and John T. Belt, who founded A-B Motor Company in a backyard garage at 114 St. Catherine.The first Voss business venture was a wrecked service, and A-B Motor Company also operated a taxi service. By 1928 Voss was sole owner of the company. In 1935 he built a modern building (above) at the corner of St. Catherine Street and Orange Avenue. That year he also secured the Studebaker franchise. He would later construct a showroom addition to the east (below left) and a Studebaker service department (below right) fronting Orange Avenue.With little room for expansion, the Voss family relocated A-B Motor Company to Shields Lane in 1970. Photo Captions
Axel Voss is pictured here as a young enterprising mechanic, a middle aged businessman and the aging patriarch of a family that has made significant civic contributions to the Natchez community.Axel Voss marketed his business even while walking the streets of downtown Natchez. When he spied an expired parking meter, he inserted coins and left his business card on the vehicle's windshield.Painted on the side of Axel Voss's wrecker was the slogan "WRECK 'EM-WE GET 'EM."Pictured above (left to right) are Axel Voss,
Bobby Voss, Freddie Voss, Carl Voss and Delphine Kicks Voss. Freddie and Carl Voss closed A-B Motor Company and retired in 2006.The company sold Studebakers for 30 years, Dodges from 1963, Jeeps from 1957 and Chryslers the last three years of operation. African American employees included Arthur Boxley, Berry Coulston and James Washington.
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Date Added Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 652219 N 3492621
Decimal Degrees31.55855000, -91.39618333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 33.513', W 91° 23.771'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 33' 30.78" N, 91° 23' 46.26" W
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Area Code(s)601, 769
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 30 St Catherine St, Natchez MS 39120, US
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