|Title||Charles Baumgartner driving an Oshkosh Streetcar|
|Object Name||Print, Albumen|
|Description||Albumen print on cardstock of Charles Baumgartner driving an Oshkosh Streetcar.|
Baumgartner, Chales L.
Horse drawn vehicles
Street railroad employees
|Copyright||Oshkosh Public Museum|
|Cataloged by||Cross, Scott|
Albumen print of Charles Baumgartner driving a horse powered Oshkosh Streetcar. At the top of the car it reads, "Algoma and Washington" and at the bottom, "Oshkosh Street R. R. Co." The National Bank of Oshkosh is visible in the background at the north east corner of Main and Washington and some of the shops on Washington are also visible. The left third of the image either had a bad exposure or was developed wrong, and the photographer went in with a pencil to add the missing details.
Charles L. Baumgartner was bon in December 1868 in Jefferson, Wisconsin, the son of John and Wilhelmina Baumgartner. By 1891 he was living in Oshkosh and working as a laborer. He is listed as a driver for the street railway in the 1893 Oshkosh City Directory. He married Eva J. Simon in 1892 and the couple had six children that survived: Frank E.; Bertha; John Julius; Mildred; Laura; and Elmer. He continued as a driver when the city converted to electric rails until busses took over public transportation. He worked in other city departments then in Sewer and streets. He died in Oshkosh on August 21, 1940.