Volz, Fred W.

Frederick William Volz was born in Germany, and came to the U.S. in 1876  (1910 Census of Coconino County, Arizona ED # 26).  He had at least two brothers who also came to the USA, Walter E. Volz of Chicago, IL, 1858-1953, and William A. Volz 1860-1918 of Anadarko/Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma. Fred W. Volz established and was known as the trader longest  at Canyon Diablo Trading Post in Arizona (1886-1910).  Trader Volz was appointed Canyon Diablo Postmaster in 1893 ( Coconino Weekly Sun July 1, 1893). He is also mentioned in The Indianapolis Star Sunday, October 6, 1912 in connection with Meteor Mountain, Arizona.  Arizona Sketches by Joseph A. Munk M.D. has several references (Ch. III, V, and XI) to Fred Volz, his study of the Navajo people, and his interest in the meteorite.  Trader Volz is also mentioned in Burton Homes Travelogues Volume Twelve 1920.  He managed two other trading posts.  One was called “The Lakes” due to standing water when it rained, the third was near Oraibi (a large  Moki  Indian village) Each year at  “The Lakes“,  Volz held a two day tournament with prizes for contests and races, as well as feeding all in attendance  (about 400 people) for two days.  It was considered the grandest social function of the year, and some  traveled 150 miles to attend..  He married Josephine Mary Lofland in Neosho, Missouri in 1898 when she was 24, and he 42.  During their stay at Canyon Diablo they played a role in documenting the Canyon Diablo Shootout.  See Canyon Diablo (Devil’s Canyon):A Brief History; A Shootout and Its Bizarre Aftermath by Harry McNeer (2001).

F. W. Volz, submitted by Katherine Maystadt http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~okottawa/volz.html

Katherine Maystadt and George F. Shaw, "Canyon Diablo tells Volz family story," Navajo-Hopi Observer, October 26,2005    https://www.nhonews.com/news/2005/oct/26/canyon-diablo-tells-volz-family-story/

 

Indian Trading Post
Community
Navajo
Category
Economy, Rug Weaving and Trading Posts
Summary
Stereograph of trading post at Canyon Diablo, Arizona.