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It’s springtime again in Essex, Maryland and that means baseball and opening day – time to throw out the first pitch! Take a look at Essex baseball players from seasons past as we explore the museum’s Baumgartner Collection Book #74: Baseball.

Baumgartner Collection Book #74: Baseball

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Baumgartner Collection Book #105: Serving Our Country

Baumgartner Collection Book #105: Serving Our Country

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Following is a list of veterans from the 1960s-1970s referenced in Baumgartner Collection Book #105: Serving Our Country

Page # Full Name Rank Address
11 Howard H. Adams Marine Private First Class Wildwood Beach
80 Frank J. Adams Air Force Sergeant Riverside Rd.
70 John L. Adams, Jr. Navy Constructionman Bayside Rd.
33 William C. Alexander Army Private Stemmers Run Rd.
27 Edward Z. Allen Army Specialist Four Kingston Rd.
47 David E. Alves Army Private First Class Elmont Ave.
41 John J. Anderson, Jr. Air Force S-Sgt Myrth Ave.
42 Stephen M. Andrews Air National Guard Airman Harewood Park Dr.
9-29 Duane D. Arnett Marine Private Helicopter Rd.
79 Rick A. Avaritt Marine Sergeant Cornell Rd.
75 Leland Bailey Marine Lance Corporal Runway Crt.
9 Robert P. Baker, Jr. Marine Corporal Maple Ave.
37 Morgan Harold Baker, Jr. Army Private Firethorn Rd.
44 Charles R. Balderson Air Force Sergeant Right Aileron
37-38 Thomas E. Bamby Navy Boatswains Mate Second Class Crofton Rd.
43 Otis Barker Marine First Sergeant Aileron St.
29 Clifford Barnard Airman Riverside Ave.
67 Ronald E. Barr Army  Specialist Four FuselageÂ
45 Thomas Baumgartner Army Private First Class Torner Rd.
9 Nicolas O. Beal, Jr. Navy Seaman Dogwood Rd.
11 Richard A. Bean Navy Seaman Apprentice Martin Rd.
49-71 James C. Beane Army Sergeant Homberg Ave.
52 Vernon A. Behlert, Jr. Army Pvt. N. Marlyn Ave.
28 Michael I. Bell Navy Seaman Recruit Dunwich Way
78 David Joseph Bellamy Air Force Orville Rd.
59 Ronald P. Benedict Navy Seaman Clipper Rd.
44 Timothy C. Bennett Airman S. Marlyn Ave.
36 Steven Benson Marine Private First Class Stevens Rd.
77 Roger Benton Army Specialist Four Cord St.
77 Emery James Bertrand Air Force S-Sgt Middle River Rd.
60 Joseph H. Biggerman Airman Price Rd.
36 Jerry Billings Army Private Cool Breeze Dr.
71 Terry L. Bittinger Army Specialist Four Orems Rd.
39 Raymond L. Blevins Army Specialist Four Redthorn Rd.
68-69 Charles K. Blum Army Lt. Rueckert Ave.
61 Steven Bonn Army Hydroplane Dr.
37 John J.  Bonner, Jr. Navy Hospitalman Apprentice N. Marlyn Ave.
71 James R. Bopp Airman Taylor Ave.
37 Michael E. Boretsky Navy Aviation Machinist Mate Townsend Rd.
43 Lee S. Borsos Airman Second Class Essex
39 John F. Bowlin Army Specialist Four Spring Lane
60 Jerry W. Boyce Airman Rumelia Circle
75-80 R. A. Brant Marine Second Lieutenant Orville Rd.
44 Robert Douglas Breneman Marine Corps Essex
3 Wallace E. Brengle, Jr. Navy Petty Officer Second Class Lucia Ave.
5 John I. Broadwater Basic training at Parris Island Westway North
52 Michael R. Brown Airman First Class Harewood Park Dr.
53 Stephen E. Brown Marine Private First Class Harewood Park Dr.
22 Wilbert H. Bryant, III Navy Airman Middleborough Rd.
14 James M. Burden Airman Cool Breeze Dr.
9 Robert W. Burns Airman Arncliffe Rd.
72 James E. Burton, Jr. Airman Lena Lane
29 Joseph B. Bury Airman Rt. 15
80 Paul M. Bury Air National Guard Second Lt. Bay Drive
22 Edwin Wiliiam Bushmiller, Jr. Army Specialist-Four Riverside Ave.
11 James P. Cadotte Army Private First Class Beech Dr.
84 Leroy W. Caple Coast Guard Aviation Electrician Mate 2nd N. Marlyn Ave.
4 Harry W. Carnes Airman Graythorn Rd.
18 Dennis E. Carroll Marine Staff Sergeant Chase
39 Joey Carter Army Private First Class Marlyn Ave.
67 Steve Allen Casey Marine Private First Class Propeller Dr.
4 William D. Cason Seaman Apprentice Honeycomb Rd.
6 Kevin B. Catlin Marine Private Middlesex Rd.
35 John D. Cherry Navy Arncliffe Rd.
77 William D. Cline Air Force Technical Sergeant Kingsville
62 Mark A. Cole Airman Margaret Ave.
60 John W. Compton, Jr. Airman Bayner Rd.
41 Edward L. Conklin Air Force Sergeant Middlesex Rd.
24 Milton E. Corkran Navy Fireman Wynbrook Rd.
24 Ronald G. Corkran Seaman Apprentice Wynbrook Rd.
29 Norman E. Corser Navy Machinist Mate Second Class Alloy Circle
24 John P.  Cottrell Navy Seaman Arncliffe Rd.
4-44 William E. Cox Marine Lance Corporal Nicholay Way
12 Billy Cox Marine Lance Corporal Nichlow Way
34 Vaughn J. Cronauer Army Specialist Four Myrth Ave.
20 Walter H. Cross, Jr. Marine Lance Corporal Mace Ave.
25 Steve R. Culler Army Private First Class Tace Dr.
60 Wayne A. Culver Army Private Seawall Rd.
11 Tilden S. Cushing Navy Airman Apprentice Mace Ave.
26 David W. Daignault Army Major Cypress Dr.
16 Melvin G. Daniels Marine Private Orems Rd.
77 Robert E. Dasch Marine Lance Corporal Nanticoke Rd.
9-44 James Davidson Army Right Elevator
83 William A. G. Davis Navy Seaman Recruit Beech Dr.
79 Edward A. DeRuggiero Airman Oberle Ave.
87 Audrie Detorie Navy SR Country RidgeÂ
8 Donald C. Dewald Army Private Longeron Dr.
7 Ronald D. Dicicco Airman Oliver Beach
38 Shirley Mae Diehl Seaman Apprentice Barron Ave.
67 David L. Dietz Army Private First Class Masthead Crt.
62 Phillip G. Dillingham Airman Riverside Rd.
45 Sharon Ann DiPeppe Maryland Air National Guard Middleborough Rd.
45 Diana DiPeppe Maryland Air National Guard Middleborough Rd.
28 Michael G. Dison Marine Sergeant West Twin River Beach
47 Robert P. Dixon Airman Pelczar Ave.
36 Charles J. Dobry Airman Woodward Dr.
64 Richard A. Donovan Army Essex
14 Robert J. Doolittle Air Force Master Sergeant Gliden Drive
35 Jerry W. Drasal Marine Rosedale Ave.
4 David E. Drayer Marine Lance Corporal Ebenezer Rd.
45 Charles W. Duckworth Army Specialist Four Becklow Ave.
21 James J. Durika Marine PFC Nicholson Rd.
61 Martin Duzor Army Private Middleborough Rd.
61 David Eberly Army Nicholson Rd.
78 Carroll J. Eckert Navy Airman Riverside Ave.
66 Lewis C. Eder Army Sergeant Maple Ave.
6 William F. Elliott Navy Fireman Apprentice Slater Ave.
76 Ellwood E. Emkey Army Specialist Four Eastern Ave.
59 David G. Enders Seaman Apprentice Goose Neck Rd.
61 Jeffrey L. Enge Army Tack Crt.
40 John B. Eurice Coast Guard Route 16
62 Robert William Ey Airman Elsing Rd.
7 William W. Faber Air Force Second Lieutenant Holly Neck Rd.
13-34-86 Richard F. Fabrizio Navy Petty Officer Williams Ave.
35 Roger B. Fawley Army Specialist Five Riverside Ave.
65 Norman D. Feuerstein Army Specialist Four Poles Rd.
41 Robert F. Finn Air Force Master Sergeant Beech Dr.
70 Michael P. Fitch Army Private Stillwater Rd.
17 Bruce J. Fleiner Army Specialist Five Nanticoke Rd.
5 Charles E. Fletcher Signalman Seaman Apprentice Platinum Ave.
25 Charles E. Fletcher Navy Seaman Apprentice Right Rudder Crt.
19 William E. Flynn Navy Seaman Longeron Dr.
25 James W. Foard Marine Private First Class Chesaco Ave.
86 Nicholas A. Foehrkolb Army Sergeant Holly Neck Rd.
25-73 Richard V. Fonzi Navy Airman Apprentice Ballard Ave.
21 Charles W. Ford, Jr. West Point Academy Dundalk
32 George Foy, Jr. Army Private Farwind Dr.
4 Vernone E. Francis Cadet Eastern Ave.
21 Terry L. Frank Marine Pvt. Route 14
6 Robert J. Freeman Navy Seaman Apprentice Riverton Rd.
8 Kenneth W. Freeman EN3 Butternut Dr.
8 Charles Wayne Freyer Army Specialist Four Pelczar Ave.
8 Bruce Nelson Freyer Private First Class Pelczar Ave.
28 Victor T. Fruhling Navy Seaman Recruit Southorn Rd.
13 John A. Frye, Jr. Navy Seaman Daybreak Terrace
26-35 Charles J. Fuka, Jr. Army Specialist-Four Cedar Ave.
5 Lynn E. Fuller Basic training at Parris Island Marlyn Ave.
39 Lynn E. Fuller Marine Private First Class Glen Curtis Rd.
21 Frank J. Gavanti Seaman Apprentice Avenal Rd.
71 Michael Gawrych Radarman Seaman Apprentice Chilworth Ave.
65 Ronald K. Gehrman Army Private Riverside Rd.
75 Kiki M. Geis Naval Academy Midshipman Essex
23 Paul Edward Gera, Jr. Merchant Marine Leanne Rd.
14 Gary W. Gibson Army Private First Class Middlesex
9 Robert J. Gilder Marine Private Langley Rd.
39 Allen Gingerich Marine Lance Corporal Bay Court
34 Anne Marie Gintling Navy N. Stuart St.
11-20 George V. Gladden, III Marine Private First Class New Section Rd.
8 John A. Goin, Jr. Army Private First Class Lutz Ave.
59 Howard Goldsberry Army Specialist Four Redthorn Rd.
3 Douglas A. Gordon Navy Fireman Apprentice Bowlely’s Quarters Rd.
4 John R. Gos Sgt. Stemmers Run
5 Kyle W. Greearm, Jr. Basic training at Parris Island Birdrive Rd.
27 Lawrence L. Greensfelder Navy Seaman Arncliffe Rd.
16 Deborah Greer Airman Southern Rd.
42 Charles R. Greer, Jr. Army Southorn Rd.
23 Thomas L. Griffiths Marine Corporal Eastdale Rd.
76 Vernon P. Gronau Navy Electrician Mate Fireman Apprentice Neighbors Ave.
65 David W. Grover Airman Norris Lane
46 Lise M. Guay Air Force Mace Ave.
15 Helen Raynora Guyton Army Townsend Rd.
78-79 Michael K. Hagg Airman Foxcroft Ln.
66 Jeffrey L. Hale Army Private First Class Woodlynn Rd.
7-43 Robert E. Hall Army Sergeant Hilldale Ave.
74 Ronald Hall Army Specialist Five Savannah Ave.
61 Steven Ham Army West Kingsway Rd.
4 Harold W. Hamby, Jr. Repairman 2nd Class USN Crafton Rd.
11 John W. Hamilton Navy Seaman Apprentice Middleborough Rd.
79 Rusty Hamilton Navy YN-3 Taxiway Crt.
9 Gregory C. Hammond Marine Sergeant Sussex Rd.
27 Gregory C. Hammond Marine Sergeant Sussex Rd.
61 Wendell L. Hardesty Army Mulberry Ln.
9 Shelton P. Harmon Marine Private Redthorn Rd.
17 Douglass W. Harrell Airman Gyro Dr.
3-10 Richard E. Haulsee Navy Petty Officer Third Class Aldeney Ave.
9 Larry E. Hayes Army Private Westway North
61 Eddie J. Hayes Airman Townsend Rd.
22 Mark D. Haynes Navy Fireman Apprentice Cove Rd.
21 Michael W. Heinrich Seaman Apprentice Southeastern Terrace
15 Louis W. Helby, Jr. Air Force First Lieutenant Rt. 15
61 Maurice R. Helmick Army Private Chalcot Sq.
42 Robert Hettinger Army Sergeant Greenbank Rd.
73 David Hewitt Army Private Compression Crt.
49 Ronnie Hiatt Air Force Sergeant Wampler Rd.
73 Kenneth M. Hiatt Air Force Wampler Rd.
5-50 Richard G. Hill Army Staff Sergeant Stemmers  Run Rd.
9 Steve Hill Marines Right Aileron
20 Ralph Hill Marine Private Hillpine Rd.
30 Richard J. Hill Army Staff Sergeant Essex
37 Stephen H. Hill Marine Private First Class Right Aileron
47 Leo L. Himmel, Jr. Navy Redthorn Rd.
39 Gary G. Hitt Marine Private Kent Rd.
4 Calvin J. Hofstetter Boilerman 2nd class Riverside Dr.
6 Robert A. Hohman Staff Sergeant Kingston Rd.
72 James J. Holler Airman First Class Graythorn Rd.
23 James W. Hopkins Marine Private Armor Crt.
7 Jack S. Horner Marine Corporal Old Eastern Ave.
33 William W. Horner Marine Private First Class Clipper Rd.
35 Orville J. Horton Army Private First Class Propeller Dr.
8 Harold K. Hosteltler Air Force Technical Sergeant Gyro Dr.
40 Thomas R. Houck Army Sergeant Compass Rd.
8 Donald A. Huber Army Private First Class Stemmers Run Rd.
53 Walter F. Huffman Marine Lance Corporal New Section Rd.
43 Wilbert C. Hughes Army Sergeant Hilldale Ave.
71 Ernest J. Hughes Army Sergeant Margaret Ave.
9 Dondald A. Hurst Army Specialist Five Rickenbacker Rd.
4 George E. Huth PFC Redthorn Rd.
82 William Hyer Marine Private First Class Margaret Ave.
82 Willard P. Hyer Navy CT-2 Margaret Ave.
61 George Isaacs Army Essex
72 William A. Jacob Airman Shipfriend Rd.
79 Jerome M. Jacob Marine Private Middlesex Rd.
20 James J. Jacobs Army Private First Class Taylor Ave.
72 Michael L. James Navy Seaman Apprentice Gail Rd.
20 Joseph W. Jazwinski Marine Private Philadelphia Rd.
16 Glenn Johnson Army Ridgemoor Rd.
62 Steven Johnson Army Specialist Four Bird River Rd.
62 Colleen Mitchell Johnson Army Liberty Road
66 Elmer E. Johnson Army Celeste Ave.
74-80 Bryan C. Johnson Airman Air National Guard Middleborough Rd.
23 Louis Jones Marine Sergeant Middleborough Rd.
42 Preston W. Jones Air National Guard Airman Lorraine Ave.
72 Thomas D. Jones Air Force Lieutenant Seaford Ave.
59 Louis F. Jones, Jr. Marine Cpl. Middleborough Rd.
84 Louis F. Jones, Jr. Marine Private First Class Middleborough Rd.
84 George W. Jubb Navy CT-3 Stemmers Run Rd.
16 George W. Jubb Navy Petty Officer Third Class Stemmers Run Rd.
63 Matthew W. Kalb, Jr. Airman Galena Rd.
70 Walter R. Kalua Airman First Class Dorothy Ave.
33 William G. Kastner Air Force Sergeant Lance Ave.
12 Edward M. Keefer, Jr. Army Sergeant Kingston Rd.
70 Rev. Harold W. Keese Civil Air Patrol Major Fox Ridge
35 Wilson A. Keiper Air Force Chief Warrant Officer Sassafras Rd.
49 William M. Keller Air Force Sergeant Rt. 15
26 Henry L. Kershner Navy Communications Tech. 1st Class E. Midland Rd.
73 James L. Kinard Army Specialist Four Dihedral Dr.
74 Robert C. Kinser Navy Radioman Second Class Hartwait Rd.
29 David F. Klingenhofer Marine Private N. Marlyn Ave.
78 Ernest Donald Klinger Air Force Ebenezer Rd.
77 Larry Gene Knapp Army Specialist Four Carroll Island Rd.
63 Charles D. Kobal Airman Bladen Rd.
61 Martin Kolb Army Private Essex
19-37 Robert J. Kolbe Seaman Berkshire Rd.
31 Charles Kostos Army Sergeant Homberg Ave.
39 Salvatore V. Lamartina Marine Private Seneca Rd.
12-36-71 William F. Lambert Marine Sergeant Red Grove Rd.
61 Randel D. Lanham, Jr. Army Specialist Four Byway N.
9 Pressley E. Law Airman Iris Lane
27 Billy R. Lay Marine Lance Corporal Mace Ave.
22 Richard M. Leader Navy Fireman Apprentice Riverwood Rd.
38 Gerald L. Leahey Air Force Sergeant Earhart Rd.
70 Charles J. Leggore Navy Airman Delaward Ave.
27 Charlotte J. Lentz Army Second Lieutenant Philadelphia Rd.
9 Larry Lethcoe Army Gilder
6 Alan W. Lewis Marine Lance Corporal Poles Rd.
10 Alan W. Lewis Marine Lance Corporal Poles Rd.
10 Douglas N. Lewis Marine Private Poles Rd.
35 Clifton K. Lewis Marine Gunnery Sergeant S. Marlyn Ave.
41 Clifton K. Lewis Marine Gunnery Sergeant Marlyn Ave.
8 Robin D. Lippencott Airman First Class Turkey Point Rd.
76 Thomas H. Little Army Private First Class Alcock Rd.
10 Dennis L. Littlejohn Navy Seaman Apprentice Margaret Ave.
14 Paul M. Litzau Marine Private First Class Riverwood Rd.
37 Patricia A. Lloyd Airman Lutz Ave.
11 Ronnie John Loeffler Army Shore Rd.
19 James W. Long, Jr. Seaman Apprentice Turkey Point Rd.
48 Roert E. Long, Jr. Navy Airman Recruit Middleborough Rd.
84 Brian L. Lovejoy Navy Airman Apprentice Coralthorn Rd.
7 Walter Lee Lurz Army Specialist Fourth Class Middle River
4 Raymond T. Lurz, Jr. PFC Dunwich Way
11 Morris K. Lyons Marine Private Walkway Crt.
27 Thomas F. Maher, Jr. Army Sergeant First Class Firethorn Rd.
12 Raymond W. March Marine Corporal Riverside Dr.
77 William F. Markwordt, Jr. Navy Gunners Mate Second Class Galena Rd.
21 Jimmy J. Martin Navy Petty Officer First Class Riverside Rd.
66 William S. Mathis, Jr. Seaman Eastern Blvd.
6 Harvey P. McCain Marine Sgt. Maryland Ave.
49 Harney Ruben McCain Marine Maryland Ave.
34-48 Horace N. McCarter Air Force Sergeant Essex Ave.
82 William A. McGainey Airman Maryland Ave.
8 James L. McGuigan Marine Lance Corporal Glen Curtis Rd.
22 Walter D. McKissick Navy Fireman Apprentice Avenal Rd.
75 Ronald W. McNamara Naval Academy Midshipman Essex
33 David Meilhammer Army Specialist Five Stemmers Run Rd.
7 David L. Messenger, Jr. Staff Sergeant S. Orn Rd.
64 William Earle Meyers, III Army Vailthorne Rd.
70 William D. Michael Airman Woodlynn Rd.
13 Richard S. Miciche Navy Seaman Middlesex Rd.
84 Robert P. Miles Navy Seaman Middlesex Rd.
9 Gary W. Miller Army Private Bowlely’s QuartersÂ
29 Raymond Miller Marine Lance Corporal Propeller Dr.
71 Marlin L. Miller Army Specialist Four Left Wing Dr.
3-18 Lonnie W. Mitchell Army Specialist Four Kinwat Ave.
35 Leo C. Mitchell Air Force Technical Sergeant Wampler Rd.
80 Michael S. Mitchell Airman Control Crt.
47-78 John E. Moody Navy Aviation Machinist Mate Second Class Gail Rd.
78 John E. Moody Navy Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Gail Rd.
40 Gordon E. Moore, Jr. Army Private First Class Avenal Rd.
45 Gordon E. Moore, Jr. Army Private First Class Doolittle Rd.
23 William M. Morley Army Pvt. Riverside Dr.
43 James C. Morrison Army Private Riverside Dr.
3 Raymond Murphy Army Specialist Four Grovethorn Rd.
38 Robert M. Murphy Army Sergeant Helicopter Dr.
12 William T. Murray Airman Langley Rd.
5 William Nails Basic training at Parris Island Mace Ave.
29 Gary L. Newton Navy Seaman Recruit Riverthorn Rd.
10 Allen D. Nickles Marines Arncliffe Rd.
21 James A. Nida West Point Academy Essex
40 William W. Nida Army Private First Class Orville Rd.
12 John J. Niemyer Marine Second Lieutenant Schotts Rd.
59 Jeffrey W. Niemyer Airman Schotts Rd.
21-27 Robert D. Nitz Seaman Apprentice Southeastern Terrace
39-46 Barry D. Noe Marine Lance Corporal Maple Ave.
10 Henry J. Nooft Marines Pvt. First Class Back River Neck Rd.
14 William M. Norton Navy Airman N. Marlyn Ave.
59 Pamela J. Novik Air Force Sergeant Dark Head Rd.
64 Charles R. Nunn, Jr. Navy Alconbury Rd.
14-28 Dale K. O’Day Navy Ensign Stuart Ave.
61 Michael O’Day Army Private Lambson Rd.
59 Leonard E. Olsen Navy Seaman Eastdale Rd.
4 Danny Organt PFC Stephen Dr.
4 Jerry Organt Sp. 4 Stephen Dr.
44-73 Stephen J. Osment Army Private First Class N. Stuart St.
6 Larry D. Overman Navy Seaman Middlesex Rd.
23 Larry D. Overman Navy Seaman Middlesex Rd.
29 Michael C. Owens Marine Essex
5 James R. Passauer Marine Corporal Stuart St.
22 Anthony R. Passauer Navy Seaman Apprentice Middleborough Rd.
41 James R. Passauer Marine Lance Corporal N. Stuart St.
37 Henry C. Peden, Jr. Air Force Staff Sergeant Larkspur Lane
28 Ralph R. Peterson Air Force A1C Bird River Rd.
28 Shelby D. Peterson Air Force A3C Bird River Rd.
12 James E. Pettaway Navy Airman Shipfriend Rd.
84 William A. C. Pfarr, Jr. Navy Airman Dark Head Rd.
26 Craig A. Phillips Navy Airman Rickenbacker Rd.
73 Giovanni Pierorazio Army Specialist Four Essex
5 John E. Pitts Marine Corporal New Jersey Ave.
20 John Prasch Army Private Wolbrook Rd.
79 George Scott Prince Army Private Cape May Rd.
77 John N. Pussler Army Specialist Four Leanne Rd.
40 Raymond E. Pusz Army Private First Class Wampler Rd.
65 Terry S. Ratliff Airman Lannerton Rd.
6 Henry Rayner, Jr. Army Private Homberg Ave.
29 David P. Renshaw Marine Lance Corporal Gail Rd.
82 David M. Rice Coast Guard Hosp. Corpsman 2nd Class Foxchase Rd.
47 Charles T. Richardson Army Private Turkey Point Rd.
65 Steven A. Richardson Army Private Turkey Point Rd.
32 John A. Riley Army Specialist 5 Essex
76 James W. Riley Army Private First Class Norris Lane
83 Charles B. Riley Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice Old Eastern Ave.
7 John W. Ritterman Army Private Arncliffe Rd.
59 John A. Ritz Navy Petty Officer Third Class Redthorn Rd.
21 John A. Ritz Seaman Redthorn Rd.
38 Michael Roark Navy Lance Corporal Southorn Rd.
36 Thomas L. Robertson, Jr. Marine Lance Corporal Race Rd.
21 Ralph L. Robinson Seaman Apprentice Harrison Pt. Rd.
59 James M. Roesner Navy Seaman Bird River Rd.
27 David T. Rowe Marine Sergeant Philadelphia Rd.
15 Benjamin B. Rudder Seaman Pelczar Ave.
37-41 Thomas L. Rudolph Army Specialist Four Yawmeter Dr.
13 Kevin G. Ruhl Marine Private Route 16
67 Ralph F. Rumpf Air Force Hawthorne Rd.
25 Robert E. Rupkey Navy SKSN Brunswick Rd.
70 Joseph Sabadish Navy Fireman Apprentice Wilson Point Rd.
20 Richard E. Sager Marine Private First Class Compass Rd.
66 Allen Salisbury Army Specialist Four Compass Rd.
70 Kenneth C. Sampson Army Private First Class Stemmers Run Rd.
6 Robert J. Sanders Army Private First Class Gyro Dr.
20 Jack D. Sandlass Airman Tace Dr.
12 Robert J. Schmidt Air Force Master Sergeant Kenwood High graduate
35-41 Thomas M. Schmidt Army Specialist Five Arncliffe Rd.
46 Frank A. Schmidt Marine Staff Sergeant Hawthorne Rd.
22-24 Francis M. Schmitz, III Seaman Apprentice N. Marlyn Ave.
40 Robert W. Schweitzer Army ROTC Turkey Point Rd.
28 Thurman C. Scott, Jr. Marine Private Howard Ave.
86 Richard L. Seipp Navy Petty Officer Second Class Dogwood Rd.
36 Van W. Sharp Marine Private Maple Ave.
43 Anthony Lee Shaw Army Specialist Middlesex Rd.
60 William R. Sheckelles, Jr. Airman Turkey Point Rd.
78 Talbert W. Shepke Navy Chief Boatwainsmate Essex
21 Jeffrey C. Shipley Navy Fireman Apprentice Hawthorne Rd.
24 Carl Shipley, Jr. Army Private Kinwat Ave.
12 David L. Sibley Army Specialist Four Lannerton Rd.
15 Phillip Simmons Army Essex
21 Edward J. Sisselberger Marine Pvt. Poles Rd.
42 Andrew Slagenweit Air Force Margaret Ave.
39 Louis M. Slowik, Jr. Marine Private Oakland Ave.
67 Bernard J. Smink Army Private Dartford Rd.
13 Jerry L. Smith Marine Pvt. First Rd.
36 William P. Smith Army Private First Class Pulaski Hwy.
44 Thomas E. Smith Air Force Airman First Class Beacon Rd.
70 Melvin F. Smith Navy Airman Arncliffe Rd.
80 Patrick Smith Air National Guard Sergeant Edisto Way
61 Larry I. Snell Army Boilerman Cape May Rd.
63 Charles E. Snyder Airman Bladen Rd.
29 Keith W. Somers Marine Essex
40 Quentin L. Sparks Air Force Master Sergeant Tupelo Place
11 Allan L. Sprecher Navy Airman Apprentice Williams Ave.
64 Harry J. Sprole, Jr. Army Langley Rd.
15 Lester A. Squires Airman Third Class Yawmeter Dr.
26 Roland H. St. Germain, Jr. Navy Electrician Fireman Apprentice Third Rd.
63 Jerry R. Staeheli Airman Ridgemoor Rd.
79 Dennis C. Stapleton Marine Lance Corporal FuselageÂ
16-37 Robert F. Stevenson Navy Seaman Terrace Rd.
66 Perry J. Stewart Army Private Hopewell Ave
66 Danny W. Stinson Army Specialist Five Hydroplane Dr.
9 Jimmy Stone Army 1 Yawmeter
49 James L. Stoots Army Private Marlyn Ave.
76 James L. Stoots Army Private N. Marlyn Ave.
14-40-53 Lester E. Stuck, Jr. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Riverside Dr.
86 John R. Stull Airman Compass Rd.
22 Darryl M. Sullens Airman First Class Hopewell Ave
72 Carole Sullens Army Private First Class Hopewell Ave
74 Darryl M. Sullens Air Force Sergeant Hopewell Ave
63 Darryl M. Sullens, Jr. Air Force Sergeant Hopewell Ave
61 Keith Sullivan Army Old Eastern Ave.
47 Timothy G. Surguy Marine Private Route 16
26 Donald R. Suter Army Specialist-Five Compass Rd.
10 Robert G. Sutton Airman First Class Holgate Dr.
6 James F. Sweeney Army Staff Sergeant S. Marlyn Ave.
3 Ronald T. Sweet Navy Fireman Tred Avon Rd.
44 Marvin E. Switzer Army S-Sgt. Orville Rd.
13-19 Edward J. Szymanski Marine Private Right Wing Dr.
15 Niel G. Taylor Army Specialist Four Essex
17 Ronald L. Taylor Army Chief Warrant Officer Route 14
25 Thomas J. Taylor Army Sergeant Alder Dr.
43 Wayne D. Tepper Army Private First Class Westway North
29 Larry L. Testerman Marine Essex
22 Stephen Thacker Airman First Class Strut Crt.
3 Charles F. Thomas Marine Lance Corporal Southorn Rd.
15 Freddie S. Thomasson Army Mace Ave.
54 Leonard H. Tilden, Jr. Air Corps Staff Sergeant Hewitt Way
77 Richard E. Tobash Marine Corporal Gyro Dr.
4 John H. Townsend Marine Pvt. Middlesex Rd.
86 Leonard F. Treat Marine Private First Class Essex
50 Ford E. Tretton, Jr. Army Specialist Five Denton Rd.
17 Vincent J. Tucciarella Navy Airman Margaret Ave.
9 Jimmy Turnbull Army Right Aileron
6 Charles C. Twyford Marine Sgt. Maple Ave.
35 Frank R. Valenti Army Specialist Four Virginia Ave.
77 Lawrence J. Vazalis Marine Private First Class Coralthorn Rd.
29 Joseph J. Verch, Jr. Marine Private N. Hawthorn Rd.
9 Dicky Vinson Army Private Helicopter Rd.
47 Frederick J. Walker Air Force Staff Sergeant Beech Dr.
47 Darwin W. Walter Navy Personnelman 2nd Class Martin Rd.
39 James D. Warble Marine Private Old Eastern Ave.
10 Russell Warren Navy basic training Hyde Park Rd.
22 Charles R. Warren Navy Fireman Apprentice Hyde Park Rd.
37 Dennis A. Warren Army Private Redthorn Rd.
66 Dennis A. Warren Army Specialist Four Redthorn Rd.
11 Jerome P. Warrener Air Force Sergeant Arncliffe Rd.
35 C.F. Weatherstine, Jr. Army Private Helena Rd.
61 Harold Webb Army Private Baron Pl.
65 James A. Welsh Arny Specialist Four Silver Ave.
84 James A. Welzenbach Navy Seaman Thomas Ave.
50 William Werner Army Specialist 5th Class Patapsco Ave.
50 Glenn Werner Marine Private First Class Patapsco Ave.
9 Eugene Wheatley Army Mace Ave.
6 Albert L. Whetzel Marine Private Rosedale Ave.
41 Alan E. Whetzel Marine Lance Corporal Stemmers Run
76 John G. Whiteside Navy Engineman Third Class Nicholson Rd.
21 Philip P. Wieczynski Coast Guard Cadet Weyfield Crt.
6 John W. Wilkins Army Specialist Four George Ave.
9 Bruce H. Wilkins Marine Private First Class Route 16
10 James Williams Navy Galena Rd.
10-24 Robert L. Williams Navy Seaman Apprentice Galena Rd.
75 Donald T. Williams Army Staff Sergeant Riverthorn Rd.
37 Kurt T. Wilson Seaman Apprentice Arncliffe Rd.
48 Vernon James Wilson, Jr. Navy SN Gyro Dr.
33 Michael A. Winchester Airman Gough St.
44 Thomas G. Winner Army Specialist Four Woodrow Ave.
63 Elmer L. Wittman, III Airman Turkey Point Rd.
82 Robert W. Wolf, Jr. Marines Homberg Ave.
53 George Archer Wood Army Back River Rd.
40 Vernon L. Woodruff Navy Yeoman Seaman Arncliffe Rd.
82 Debra L. Wrightson Air Force Firethorn Rd.
49 Roger L. Wyckoff Navy Fireman Route 1
9 William Zajdel SN-S 3  Army S. Marlyn Ave.
26 Paul A. Zinchook Army Specialist-Four George Ave.
21 Charles E. Zulauf, III Merchant Marine Academy Montrose Ave.
8 Peter Zuromski, Jr. Army Specialist Four Arncliffe Rd.

Baumgartner Collection Book #153: Hart, Miller, Pooles Islands

Baumgartner Collection Book #153: Hart, Miller, Pooles Islands

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Hart Miller Island is located at the mouths of Back River and Middle River, where they empty into the Chesapeake Bay east of the City of Baltimore in Maryland. It was formerly two separate islands, Hart Island and Miller Island, but it is now almost entirely artificial. In 1981, the area began being filled with dredged material by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for the purpose of habitat restoration, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2012.[1] It is now in use as Hart-Miller Island State Park, accessible only by boat. (Source:

Baumgartner Collection Book #13: Citizens of Essex

Baumgartner Collection Book #13: Citizens of Essex

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READ ARTICLE: Helen Baumgartner’s Beer Can Collecting Hobby (1976)

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Helen Baumgartner’s Beer Can Collecting Hobby (1976)

She Brews Up A Hobby: Collecting Beer Cans

By Richard Irwin (News American, 10/24/1976)

Some people collect stamps and others collect coins.

Some squirrel away balls of silver paper and others collect keys.

But Helen Baumgartner, 19, the librarian for the Heritage Society of Essex-Middle River, collects beer cans.

Not a beer drinker, Helen became interested in collecting rare and unusual beer cans after her father, a brewery employee, was given several in April.

Her first can was from the National Brewery and was a beer can bank.

It all began very accidentally,” she said, “but since April I have found collecting beer cans can be fun and a good way to learn about an industry that has played a major role in American history.”

To date, Helen has nearly 300 beer cans, all of them empty, and while some represent breweries still in business, others come from companies no longer producing the suds.

Steel and aluminum cans once containing such brews as Ivy League, Kodiak Cream Ale, Charge and Brown Derby are among her collection.

She also has a Lucky beer can featuring a picture of George Washington on the front, surrounded with flags and the American Eagle.

“The Lucky beer can is a Bicentennial item that cannot contain any reference to the federal government after this year ends.”

She said the brewing company will produce beer cans with the picture of each president every two months until the promotion ends.

One of her favorite beer cans is that of Olde Frothingslosh, Featuring Fatima Yechburgh, “Miss Frothingslosh of 1969,” the beer describes itself as “the pale stale ale with the foam on the bottom.”

She also has a Carling Black Label beer specially made to celebrate the 25th reunion of the Harvard Class of 1950.

Helen says there are more than 5,000 brands of beer made throughout the world.

“I have a beer can from Japan called Orion, one from Hawaii call Premo, several Penny beer cans from Ireland and a Corona from Mexico,” she said.

Ever since she became interested in collecting beer cans, hardly a week goes by that another beer can collector somewhere in the country doesn’t write or call her about swapping a can or two.

One collector called from Wisconsin and stayed on the line for nearly an hour, discussing his collection and comparing it with Helen’s.

“You meet a lot of interesting people this way,” she said as she dusted a can of Horlacher’s and Hop’n Gator, a grape flavored brew. (See footnote)

On Nov. 27, at the Eastern Vocational-Technical High School on Mace Avenue, Helen and other beer can collectors will display their exhibits in hopes of finding new beer cans and promoting their unusual hobby.

Proceeds from the event will help support the Heritage Society’s museum on Eastern Boulevard.

Included in her collection is a can of Amana beer.

She said the brewers were sued by the appliance manufacturing company and in time the company will own all the cans but those in the hands of collectors.

Even Jacob Ruppert, an owner of the old New York Yankees of Babe Ruth’s era and a brewer, had a beer named after him and Helen has a Ruppert can.

(Museum note: Hop’n Gator was actually grapefruit-flavored, a combination of beer and Gatorade created by Gatorade’s creator.)

The Essex Candle Company

The Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River would like to thank Mr. Roger Dahlin for sharing his family’s history of the Essex Candle Company with us.

Baumgartner Collection Book #291:
Essex Candle Company

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Frank “Bude” Spaeth Jr. and his wife Hazel. Hazel (Stivers) Spaeth, Roger Dahlin’s aunt, donated the candle company to the Essex Heritage Museum.
“Bude” Spaeth is second from left in this early baseball photo.

Early family photo. Frank Jr.”Bude is standing in rear. On the far left is Grace (Spaeth) Dahlin who was the mother of Roger Dahlin who archived this family history for the Heritage Museum.
Bude’s father Frank Spaeth Sr. working as a candle maker at the Will & Baumer Candle factory in Syracuse NY, about 1900 He is at the table looking at the camera wearing a dark shirt and apron. Bude also worked at Will & Baumer.

The Essex Candle Company: A Proud Tradition

By Paul M. Blitz, The Avenue News, 12/3/1987

For nearly 40 years, Frank and Hazel Spaeth made candles in Essex. Located on Helena Avenue, the Essex Candle Company was in business from 1933 to 1969. Manufacturing handmade dinner candles and handmade drip-less candles which are called tapers, it was a family-owned wholesale business which sold candles in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Originally from New York, Mr. Spaeth worked for the Will and Balmer Candle Company in Syracuse, New York. It was here he met his future wife Hazel. Later, he went to Newark, New Jersey to start a candle factory. In 1926, Frank came to Baltimore to work for the A. Cross Candle Co. Hazel came to Baltimore that same year and the two of them were married. Mrs. Spaeth liked Baltimore very much. “I think the people here are real friendly; I don’t think either of us wanted to go back (to New York),” she commented.

Although very few candles were sold in Essex, the Essex Candle Company was a booming business. According to Mrs. Spaeth, “We could not make them fast enough.” This was true considering some of their clientele. The Essex Candle Company supplied candles to Hutzler’s Department Store; O’Neill’s Department Store; the May Company; and the Emerson Hotel in Baltimore and the Adams Company; Garrison’s; and the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The only church that bought candles from the Essex Candle Company was St. John’s Lutheran Church. Mrs. Speath said that there were a number of Catholic churches in Baltimore but none of them bought candles from their shop because at that time Catholic churches could only use candles that were made from 100 per cent bees wax. This ruling was later changed.

Fred Grupp started working for the Spaeths when he was 16 years old. He was a very hard worker, employed at the Essex Candle Company after school and on weekends and Mr. and Mrs. Spaeth treated Fred like a son. Later, Fred got married and started working at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Sparrows Point. However, the Spaeths never lost their good worker. Fred continued working at the Essex Candle Company on weekends, around the holidays, and whenever he was needed. Many times Fred made candles all night and went to work at Bethlehem Steel the next morning. For almost 40 years, he worked for the Spaeths. Mr. Grupp gave a detailed explanation of the whole process:

“Tapers were made from hard and soft paraffin wax. Steric was added as a hardening agent. These were placed into an aluminum container sitting over two gas burners – to melt the paraffin. The melted paraffin was dipped out with a pot and put into a tank stationed under the machine.”

He continued, “Wicks were made from special woven cotton fibers and were of different thickness. Wicks were cut to different lengths. They were cut to make tapers from 6 1/2 inches to 24 inches. After cutting the wicks, they were hand-knotted on one end. The wicks were then hung on boards that were used on the machine.”

Fred added, ‘The machine had four slides that revolved over the large tank of paraffin. The slides were stopped over the center of the tank and hand lowered to a certain point to dip the wicks into the paraffin. After dipping the tapers to a certain thickness, the boards from the machine were transferred to holders on the well so they could cool (off). When the thickness of the tapers were reached, about 15/16 of an inch, they were taken off the boards, one dozen at a time, dipped into water to help cool them and put on a marble table and with measured sticks cut to proper length. They were now ready to color. The knowledge of using different pigments to make a certain color is an art in itself,” says Mr. Grupp.

“Each taper was hand-dipped into hot colored paraffin, then dropped into water to harden the color and this also put a shine on the tapers. This taper was then taken out of the water and hand dried with rags made from paraffin bags. The knot was cut off and was ready to be packed. They were rolled individually into cellophane or tissue paper, both ends twisted and put into boxes that usually held one dozen tapers. These boxes were hand-stamped with size, color, and company name then packaged for shipment,” concludes Mr. Grupp.

The average taper sold for 5 cents apiece. Mrs. Spaeth noted that today it would be too costly to produce tapers the way they made them.

In 1969, Mr. Speath died and the Essex Candle Company closed its doors. The Speaths were career partners as well as husband and wife, having built a successful business together. When her husband-partner died, Mrs. Speath closed down the candle operation because “it would not be the same without him.” To this day, she remains a widow living in the same house that they bought 40 years ago.

In 1975, Mrs. Spaeth donated the entire candle making operation to the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River. A replica of the Essex Candle Company is on display at the Heritage Society Museum.

Essex Candle Co. Promotional Items

During the holidays bude would send Essex Candle Company calendars to customers and family members.



Baumgartner Collection Book #23: Guttenberger General Store

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This binder contains articles and photos of Guttenberger’s General Store. Guttenberger’s, the first grocery store built in Essex, Maryland in 1909 by the Taylor Land Co. was located on the corner of Eastern Avenue and Mace Avenue. It was purchased by Henry Guttenberger as both a home and a store.

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In 1921 Guttenberger’s Store was the hub of neighborhood activity. Anna Guttenberger, Mrs. Hofsteter (an employee) and John Guttenberger.

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Goodbye, Guttenberger’s Store

By Jackie Nickel
(The Avenue News 5/30/1991)

A chapter of Essex history concludes today as John Guttenberger closes for the last time the doors of the general store at the corner of Eastern and Mace that his family first opened in 1910. Poor economy rather than age or health is the reason John cites for his retirement. “I’m lucky if I sold one soda and a pack of cigarettes a week in the last few months,” says the white-haired proprietor who has been a fixture at the store since age eight. Now with his business licenses up for renewal June 1, the 88-year-old gentleman is ready to close shop rather than face another year of losses.

John, along with his nephew George Guttenberger and niece Joann Geiger gathered recently to reminisce about the significant role of their family in Essex history.

John’s memories go back to the early 1900s in Highlandtown where Henry and Barbara Guttenberger began raising their family with John the oldest, then Mike, and later Anna and George born in Essex. Henry was a grocer with a store on Lombard Street and a home on Foster Ave. He had aspirations to offer his family a better way of life – a life in the country.

Beckoning to the east down the shell road and across the sparkling waters of Back Rive, was a new way of life, an innovative development called Essex: “the rising suburb of the east,” so dubbed by the developer. Sixteen cents a day could buy a lot, priced at $150 and up – “about 2¢ a square foot.” Terms were $5 down and $5 a month.

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Henry Guttenberger, a wise businessman as well as a smart investor, knew as the settlement of Essex grew, so would the need for a general store. He approached the Schluderberg-Kurdle (Esskay) Company for backing and in 1910 moved into the custom-designed store with upstairs living quarters at the prime location in the center of Essex. The store was equipped with solid oak shelves, decorative moulding and built-in bins for spices and vegetables. Remarkably, it looks much the same today. A wide front porch allowed for lounging by customers who frequented the store not only for groceries, but for dry goods including clothes, and even for Henry’s services as justice of the peace.

The name “Essex” did not catch on right away, recalls John. Folks still referred to the growing community as Rossville, the postal designation.

Attached to the store was a packing house where local truck farmers would bring their tomatoes to be canned. John remembers looking across the shell road and seeing nothing but woods: a glance to the left would bring a glimpse of the one-room schoolhouse (now the comer of Taylor Ave.) An occasional horse and buggy would pass by: the streetcar line went only as far as Back River Bridge.

John began working at the new store almost immediately, putting in full-time hours after he left school at the end of third grade. “All us kids worked in the store,” he explains. Besides waiting on customers, weighing food and stocking shelves, they also delivered to customers’ homes, either by foot or horse and buggy. As the community grew, so grew the business. “Doing $1,000 business on a Saturday was nothing,” interjects Mr. Guttenberger.

Social life in those days revolved around the church and the Guttenbergers were loyal members of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, attending weekly if not daily Mass, chicken dinners, plays and other “socials.” There were lots or kids in the neighborhood to call on for a game of stick ball, tag or a romp in the woods.

Henry Guttenberger had milk, bread and meat delivered to the store but made a weekly buggy trip to Baltimore markets for products such as Gold Dust soap powder, Fels Naptha and Octagon soap (a few or which still sit on the shelves). By the 1920s, the store had added gasoline pumps for automobiles and was delivering goods as far away as Middle River.

Some of the early customers John recalls are Joe Banz, Ida Hawk, Melvin Brehm, Charles Fousek, Ronald Benedict, Thomas Seubert, John Reese, Laura Regulski, Howard Hundley, Joe Schamer and Marie Bradley.
In 1921, John’s brothers George and Mike left the store to open a car agency selling Model T’s and other automobiles on an Eastern Ave. lot where the Essex Medical Center now stands. Neither John nor his sister Annie ever married and continued running the store with their dad after their mother’s death in 1929.

In the 30s, the Depression was felt by the business as well as the family. Folks were just buying necessities, relates John. As for the Guttenberger family, Henry, who always enjoyed “gunning”, began bringing home more of his prey to help feed the clan.

In the 40s, as Middle River boomed with the opening of Glenn L. Martin Company, the general store boomed also. The store was open from 8 to 4 daily, and just a half day Wednesdays, informs John, and at night they’d stock the shelves. “Our father had us working all the time – you know bow the Germans are …”

Unfortunately, the 50s began a downward slide for the store which never quite recovered to its previous prosperity. A massive fire in the Essex business district put many merchants out on the street and although Guttenberger’s wasn’t affected physically, it drained shoppers from Essex to other areas such as Middlesex and Eastpoint.

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Goodbye, Guttenberger’s Store, Part 2

By Jackie Nickel
(The Avenue News 6/6/1991)

A lot of well-known people have 10 visited Guttenberger’s Store, recalls owner John Guttenberger who closed the business last week after 81 years of operation. Long a meeting place for locals, the store was also visited by former politicians Ted Venetoulis, Don Hutchinson. Dennis Rasmussen, and Norman Lauenstein and was the subject of several newspaper articles which John has saved. Just a few 11 weeks ago Guttenberger’s was featured on WJZ’s “Maryland by George” with George Baumann who discovered the store while In Essex on another assignment.

Some of the most frequent clients of bygone days were children. Coming In with a nickel, they spent many minutes choosing penny candy from the confection case. John’s niece Joann Geiger especially remembers the red hot dollars, lollipops and licorice sticks. A dime would buy you a whole bagful. Although Guttenberger’s never had a fountain, they served hand-dipped ice cream which kids would sit out on the front steps to eat.
When his sister Anna died in 1965, John took over the business singlehandedly, closing only in the event of severe illness. “He’s never had a vacation and never travelled past Towson,” interjects nephew George Guttenberger. John never considered modernizing the store, other than replacing the porch when it began to deteriorate. The same oak shelves, old- time meat scale and cash register that greeted customers years ago are there today.

John’s retirement was not a long-planned event. “I just made up my mind a couple weeks ago.” nods the owner. License fees were due and business down to almost nothing. John hasn’t handled meat at the store for over 10 years and a few staples, sodas, and cigarettes were the mainstay of his stock.


…next day. They regularly “charged” a week’s groceries with the tab tallied by John In a large ledger: he never used an adding machine. There were a few, however, who never paid up, and their names are still recorded in the back or John’s ledger. Most are dead now.

About the only hobby John kept up with over the years has been caring for the plants which decorate his storefront windows, some 50 years old.
John still drives a car, but only to church on Sunday. Although his roots are at Mt. Carmel where he served as an altar boy and attended dally Mass for years, he switched to St. Clare’s Parish since it was less distance to travel.

What does he look forward to in retirement? John’s not sure. “I’ll just take it easy for a while then decide what to do.” His family hopes he will travel a bit and see a little of the world. “A lot of businesses have come and gone In Essex,” says nephew George, “but John’s always been here. I hate to see it happen,” he adds of his uncle’s retirement, “but he’s paid his dues.”

One plan John announced last week is sure to please his old friends and customers – he says he and his 14-year-old dog Boomer will continue to lounge on the wide wooden porch or the store when weather permits. Old habits are hard to break.

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Seated: Mary Corey (Treasurer), Laura Hensler (Vice President), Alex Baumgartner (President), Helen Baumgartner (Secretary). Standing: Horace McCarter (Publicity), Emma Dunham (Trustee), Earle Scoggins (Sergeant at Arms), Virginia Borsos (Trustee), John Ruley (Historian), Kay Wolfe (Trustee).

We thank our founding members Mr. and Mrs. Alex and Helen Baumgartner, their family, and peers for establishing our premiere Baumgartner Collection. The collection captures a historical snapshot of life in Essex and Middle River, Maryland. The collection contains nearly 300 categorical binders documenting our community activities with articles, pamphlets, and photographs from 1969 through the 1980s. The Heritage Society has scanned the collection to our website to share with our extended community. As we continue to build new collections, we are seeking new materials such as photographs and ephemera that pertain to the community and business history of Essex and Middle River. Please contact essexmuseum@gmail.comif you have historical memories or items to donate or would like to become a member.