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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Voss Family and A-B Motor Company

The Natchez Trails

 
 
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May 27, 2017
1. Voss Family and A-B Motor Company Marker
Inscription. Axel Voss spoke little English when he emigrated in 1925 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,
Voss Family and A-B Motor Company Marker image. Click for full size.
May 27, 2017
2. Voss Family and A-B Motor Company Marker
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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trails marker series.
 
Location. 31° 33.513′ N, 91° 23.771′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of Saint Catherine Street and Orange Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Saint Catherine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Holy Family Church and School (within shouting distance of this marker); Holy Family Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. John Banks House - 9 St. Catherine Street (within shouting distance of this marker); 20-30 St. Catherine Street and Eduation (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital Hill Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rhythm Night Club (about 500 feet away); Views of St. Catherine Street - Western End (about 500 feet away); 300 Block of Martin Luther King Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
 
More about this marker. Part of the "St. Catherine Street Trail" of Natchez Trails. All markers are on the LEFT when traveling west of St. Catherine Street, as it is one way.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 97 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2017.
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