Baumgartner Collection Book #39: Street Cars and Buses

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This binder contains 43 pages of photos, letters and documents pertaining to public transportation in the early years of Essex history.

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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.

Nickel Family Home Movies, Turkey Point

Nickel Family Home Movies, 1940s-1960s

These home movies screened as part of Baltimore Museum of Art’s “Baltimore Home Movie Day 2015” during their “Imagining Home” Opening, October 25th, 2015.

Clips include “Rockaway Beach Volunteer Fire Department Training, 1947,” “Rockaway Beach 4th of July Parade, 1952,” and “Ancient and The Honorable and Ancient Nobles of the Hardshell Crab Feast, 1948.”

Essex Fire Station #7 Lieut. Charles J. Horner’s Turncoat Donated to Museum

Lieutenant Charles J. Horner, May 1959

The granddaughter of Lieutenant Charles J. Horner, Blaze, recently donated the 70+ year old fire turncoat of her grandfather along with several historical photographs  to the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River.

Lieut. Horner outside of Essex Fire Station #7.

Lieutenant Horner served at Essex Fire Station #7 which was housed in the building that the Heritage Society currently occupies.

Horner also served as Captain at Station #7 for a short while before passing in 1966.

Charles J. Horner’s granddaughter Blaze donating her grandfather’s turncoat to the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River. Accepting the donation is museum president June Donovan.


Top Row: Charles Horner (second from left). Bottom Row: Joe Hoffmann, Carroll Huffines, John Cavallio.


Lieutenant Charles J. Horner

Donations like Blaze’s help preserve the rich legacy of Essex’s citizens and protectors.