The work of washing clothes was changing very quickly with the introduction of a modern machine that would do much of the hard labor of getting dirt and grime out.
In the early part to mid-1900s, John Vogt was basically a jack-of-all trades -- he was an undertaker, furniture salesman, had a cold-food storage facility, and sold appliances. He was also the first president of the Commercial Club, a precursor to the Rotary Club in Fowlerville.
The following article was published in the local newspaper:
The washing machine demonstration given by John S. Vogt Saturday afternoon drew a large crowd who were very much interested in the demonstration. A machine was given away at the close and first was given to Miss Viola Munsell, but the rule required that it should go to the head of a home, and as Miss Munsell could not qualify, Mrs. Martin of Iosco, became the happy possessor.