Alexander L. Baumgartner

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The Quincy Daily Whig
Saturday, Feb. 13 1904
Page 5

Alexander Baumgartner Stricken With Paralysis Yesterday.

     Alexander L. Baumgartner, one of the old and highly respected residents of Quincy, was stricken with paralysis early yesterday morning at his home, 1107 Hampshire street. His entire left side was affected and he was unable to use either his hands or his legs and was it was impossible for him to speak intelligibly.
     In the afternoon Mr. Baumgartner was removed to St. Mary's hospital where his condition was reported as extremely critical last night. He is 88 years of age and his age tells against him. Mr. Baumgartner came to the United States from Germany in 1825 and had been a resident of Quincy since 1855. He was for many years engaged in the grocery business here and has many friends throughout the city.
     At 1 o'clock this morning Mr. Baumgartner was reported at the point of death.

The Quincy Daily Journal
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1904
Page 5

Died at St. Mary's Hospital Last Evening, He Was Stricken With a Paralytic Stroke Last Friday
Was 88 Years of Age.
     Death last evening removed another one of Quincy's old and respected citizens in the person of Alexander L. Baumgartner. The dissolution came at 8 o'clock at St. Mary's hospital, where Mr. Baumgartner had been taken last Friday because of the stroke of paralysis that had left him very feeble and in a condition that left no hopes for recovery. Death was simply a matter of minutes since the fatal stroke.
     Mr. Baumgartner had lived to the very ripe old age of 88 years. He was the youngest of a family of four children and was born at Baden, Germany, September 23, 1815 – and was thus about three months of age when Napoleon's armies went down before Wellington at Waterloo. He came to America with his parents May 31, 1840, and the family settled in Clarion county, Pennsylvania, after stopping in New York City a little while. Mr. Baumgartner lived in Clarion county fifteen yeaers and conducted a mercantile business . He moved to Quincy in 1855 and opened a grocery store at 507 Hampshire street. In 1864 he moved to Shelby county, Mo., where he lived some five years. He returned to Quincy in 1869 and went into the grocery business again on Maine, between Sixth and Seventh streets. He went into the saloon business at 503 Hampshire street in 1872 and in 1880 retired from active work.
     In July, 1849, Mr. Baumgartner married Miss Elizabeth A. Walley. They were united but a few months when she died. In 1851 the subject of this sketch married Miss Fannie Walley, sister of his first wife and daughter of Nicholas Walley, of Pennsylvania. Samuel Otto, who is the proprietor of the Farmer's Home at Ninth and Hampshire streets, was a son by the first marriage. Two grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren also survive. Mr. Baumgartner was very widely known and respected for his sterling worth. His great age was earnest of a life well spent and the general expressions of sorrow at his passing that are to be heard on all sides denote that he was a man who kept his friends.

The Quincy Daily Whig
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1904
Page 1

Alexander L. Baumgartner Dies at St. Mary's Hospital
Came to Quincy From Pennsylvania in 1855 and Was in Business for Many Years.

     A. L. Baumgartner, of 1107 Hampshire street, one of the old and well known residents of Quincy, died last evening at 8 o'clock at St. Mary's hospital, where he had been since last Friday afternoon. Early Friday morning Mr. Baumgartner suffered a paralytic stroke, which at his advanced age left him in a condition from which it was stated by the physicians he could not recover. He was removed to the hospital in the afternoon and the end has been constantly expected since that time.
     Alexander L. Baumgartner was born in Baden, Germany, September 23, 1815. He was, therefore, 88 years of age his last birthday. In 1825 young Baumgartner came to America with his parents who settled in Clay county, Pa. There Mr. Baumgartner lived for 30 years. In 1855 he removed to Quincy, which had since been his home.
     On coming to Quincy Mr. Baumgartner engaged in the grocery business at 507 Hampshire street, just east of Fifth. He continued there until 1864 when with his family he removed to Shelby county, Missouri, where he farmed for about five years. In 1869 he returned to Quincy and once more established a grocery store on the north side of Maine street, between Sixth and Seventh. After conducting this store for three years he engaged in the saloon business at 503 Hampshire street, where he remained until 1880, when he retired from active business.
     Mr. Baumgartner was twice married, his second wife surviving him. There is one child, Otto Baumgartner, the proprietor of the Farmer's Home on Ninth and Hampshire streets, who is a son of Mr. Baumgartner's first wife. There are also four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     In the years he ha lived in Quincy Mr. Baumgartner had made for himself a name as an honest man and one who was ever ready to do the duty that lay nearest him. He was held in high esteem and regard by a large number of friends and to them, as well as to the bereaved widow and son, his death comes as a personal loss.


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