Frederick Vogel emigrated from Wurtemberg, Germany to Milwaukee. In 1848, he founded a tannery on Milwaukee's Menominee River. Having also emigrated from Wurtemberg in 1845, Vogel's cousin Guido Pfister opened a shoe store on nearby West Water Street. They joined forces as the Pfister & Vogel Leather Company in 1853, and their company thrived, becoming one of the largest leather producers in the country. August H. Vogel was vice-president of the company until his death.
- Woods, Clif F. "How Two German Boys Started Milwaukee's Tanneries" Milwaukee Telegram, November 6, 1921
- City of Milwaukee Department of City Development "Interim Historic Designation Study Report: Herman Zohrlaut Leather Company/Pfister & Vogel Tanning Company, 1531 North Water Street" City of Milwaukee: November, 2001
- The Tannery
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