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FRANK L, and EDWARD C.
One of the outstanding firms engaged in the vulcanizing and auto tire
business in San Jose is the firm of Baumgartner Bros., Edward C. and
Frank L. Baumgartner composing the firm. Baumgartner Bros. are factory
distributors for Samson tires, and Amalie oils and greases for Santa
Clara County. 'They have a large vulcanizing establishment and are
doing a fine, lucrative business, having recognized the growing
possibilities of this territory, and the opportunities for expansion in
their line of business.
Edward C. Baumgartner was born in San Jose. Cal., October 2, 1889, and is the son of Frank and Mary Baumgartner.
His father migrated from Wisconsin, near Milwaukee during the year 1882
and for a number of years was engaged in business in San Jose. Edward-
C. completed the grammar and high school courses in the public schools
of San Jose. Upon graduation from high school, he entered Stanford
University, remaining there for two terms. Upon leaving the university,
he secured a position in the Stephens-Duryea garage, as a mechanic, his
advancement to the sales department coming within a short time.
Returning to San Jose, he entered the employ of Wallace Brothers, and
was later with W. J. Benson.
During the year 1912, filled with the spirit of adventure, he took a
trip to Alaska, spending one year there hunting and prospecting. The
lure of his native state proved too much for him, however, and
returning, he settled in San Jose. He immediately engaged in the
automobile business, being agent for the Paige and Columbus cars for
two years. At the end of this time, he went into partnership with Mr.
Rabau, in the tire and vulcanizing business.
Edward C. Baumgartner was married on June 24, 1915, to Miss Theodora
Popp in the city of San Francisco. Miss Popp was born in San Jose. the
daughter of Edward and Gertrude (Lenzen) Popp, both early pioneers of
Santa Clara County. Two children have blessed this union, Betty and
Thomas. Mr. Baumgartner is a member of the Observatory Parlor of the N.
S. G. W., also of the B. P. 0. E. of San Jose. He is a firm believer in
the principles of the Republican party.
Frank L. Baumgartner, the junior member of the firm, was also born in
San Jose, his birthday being November 14, 1894, also was a student and
graduate of the grammar and high schools of San Jose. Upon his
graduation from the high school in 1913 he entered Stanford University
as a law student and received his A. B. degree in 1917. On November 4,
1917, he entered the military service of his country, training at Camp
Lewis in Sanitary Squad No. 47, an unattached contingent. In June,
1918. he embarked for overseas service, landing at Southhampton,
England, thence to Cherbourg, France. His
From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California, published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1243 cdf
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