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.

World War I Draft Card

1920 Census

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Camden Daily Courier
September 18, 1920

Horace Cairns - William Miller
Harry Selby - Charles Gall
Spencer Smith - Howard C. Walker
Rocco Fanelli - Harry J. Zander
Mortica Clark - James McDermott
James Durkin - Frank Burt
George C. Wade - Samuel E. Patton
William Reynolds - Harry Hallowell
Howard Harrington - Henry Baumgartel
Walter Carter - George Henry Johnson
Louis D. Stevens - Roscoe Tribbett
Benjamin Walters - W. Scott Franklin
George Cattell - Joseph Daley 
Anthony Valentine - David Smith
Carlo Lombardo - George Pursglove
John Hunt - Robert Gick
Nelson Till - Herman Kreher

Engine Company 10 - Ladder Company 4 - Engine Company 1
Engine Company 2 - Engine Company 3 - Engine Company 2  - Engine Company 7
Engine Company 8  - Engine Company 9
Hose & Chemical Company 2 (Engine Company 11)

1930 Census

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Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933

Herbert Bott Is Unopposed for Presidency of Camden Association

The 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.

Herbert 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

Spencer Wins 3-Corner Fight for Vice-President of Association

Lauded by the members for his splendid work in behalf of the club, Herbert Bott, a  patrolman attached to the Third Police District, last night was re-elected president of the Camden Police and Firemen's Association.

The praise was heaped upon the patrolman following announcement that he had received 107 of 110 votes cast in yesterday's balloting. He was unopposed for reelection.

In a three-cornered fight, William P. Spencer, a fireman, was elected vice president of the association. He received 73 votes. His opponents were Charles Edwards, given 12 votes, and Albert Dukes, 18 votes. Both are firemen.

Others unopposed for office were: William Thorn, financial secretary; Walter Vecander, assistant financial secretary; Warren Rich, recording secretary, and Winfield Leviseur, assistant recording secretary. The last two are firemen while the first two are policemen.

Lieutenant George Ward, Patrolman William Marter, and Firemen William Taylor, William Getner, James Young and Lawrence Newton were elected to the board of trustees.

Sergeants-at-arms named were Stanley Wirtz and George Clayton, police, and William Judge and John Mulligan, firemen. All had opposition.

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..

Camden Courier-Post
November 10, 1939

Lester Anderson 
John Yates - Arthur Batten
William A. Hopkins - Leo Tomkins Sr.
Ralph Bingemann - Henry Baumgartel

Engine Company 2
Constitution Road

Marie Anderson
Lester Anderson Jr. - Marie Anderson
John S. Anderson - William Anderson
Charles Anderson - Madeline Anderson
Kathryn Anderson Venella
Mrs. Louis Letzgus