HENRY BAUMGARTEL was born on September 11, 1891 in Waterford Township, New Jersey to William and Jennie Baumgartel. His father was in the oil business. He was still living with his parents, who had by this time moved to West Berlin, when the census was taken in 1910. He was 19 when he married Laura Boddis, who lived in the same neighborhood. Laura bore two children, daughters Lillian and Marion. Henry and Laura apparently lived with her parents in the early years of their marriage. Neither family had come to Camden prior to 1914, as they do not appear in that year's City Directory.
By 1917, however, Henry Baumgartel had come to Camden. When he registered for the draft in June of 1917 he was working for the Victor Talking Machine Company, making records. He was still employed in that capacity with Victor when the Census was taken in January of 1920. The Baumgartels were living with Laura's parents at 320 Elm Street in North Camden.
Henry Baumgartel was appointed to the Camden, Fire Department by the time the 1924 City Directory was compiled. At that time the Baumgartels were still living at 320 Elm Street, and remained at that address through at least 1927. When the 1929 Directory was compiled, the Baumgartel family had moved to 526 York Street. Sadly, Laura Baumgartel died at home on December 31, 1937 after a long illness. Henry Baumgartel and daughter Lillian were still at 526 York Street in 1947. Henry Baumgartel was still serving with the Fire Department.
By October of 1956, Henry Baumgartel had moved to 229 Nicholson Road in West Collingswood Heights. He had reached the mandatory age of retirement by this time. Henry Baumgartel made his home at the Nicholson Road address until his passing in August of 1970.
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933
AND FIREMEN WILL ELECT TODAY
Camden Police and Firemen's Association will hold election of officers
today at its headquarters, 1175 Whitman
Avenue, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Bott is unopposed for re-election as president. William
Thorn is unopposed to replace Richard Middleton for financial
secretary and Walter Vecander
is unopposed for the new post of assistant
financial secretary. All these are police officers.
The police trustees will be named from the following nine candidates: William Marter, George Ward, William Britner, Joseph Shreeve, William Schriber, Joseph Mardino, Joseph Dunnett, Leon Feltz and Russell Young. Two police sergeant-at-arms will be chosen from among Stanley Wirtz, Harry Cattell, Joseph Schultz and George Clayton.
Three candidates are seeking the post of vice president, which goes to a fireman. They are William Spencer, Charles Edwards and Albert Dukes. Warren Rich, a fireman, is slated to succeed himself as recording secretary and Winfield Leviseur is unopposed for the new post of assistant recording secretary, which goes to a fireman.
Four fireman trustees will be chosen from ten candidates. They are Charles Cook, Henry Baumgartel, Walter Eastlack, Arthur Batten, William Getner, William Toy, Lawrence Newton, James Young, Russell Anderson and William Taylor. Three firemen are seeking two posts as sergeants-at-arms. They are William Judge, John Mulligan and Furman Price.
Camden Courier-Post - February 10, 1933
CHOSEN HEAD OF POLICEMEN, FIREMEN
by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert
a patrolman attached to the
Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden
Police and Firemen's Association.
praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast
in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed
a three-cornered fight, William
a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73
His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and
Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.
unopposed for office were: William
financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary;
Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield
recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are
After the ballots had been counted William H. Iszard, former assemblyman, appeared on behalf of the Elks Crippled Kiddies Committee, and asked police to support the wrestling show to be staged by that group February 13..
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