(NOTE: This letter was written to Reid, he was a plumber that had
worked for Baumbach, first as a plumber then later as a manager, then went in
business for himself.
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May 30, 1990
Mr. Reid Bennet:
I feel that there is a special reason in my case, a brain
trained over many years to perform a given task and work hard.
The boy in the attached letter, his
mother gave him advice that is as good today as it was 113 years
ago. The boy was my grandfather.
I was raised by my grandmother on my mothers side and she took
in many who had no place to go. I was on my own at 14 years of
age, my grand father came over at 16 to live with his cousin. He
started as a horseshoer. I remember his shop and two 3 story red
brick homes, his shop was about 100 ft. square 2 stories high,
their where 6 forges and 6 men.
All beer and bakery companies where ran by Germans with 6 big
gray horses and he gave all type of services for horse drawn
equipment and shipped them around the country. He had three sons,
two went to work for the federal government, my father stayed on
with his father at #11 N Street NE.
I firmly believe I inherited the drive and the ability to work
with many people. I was always sure of what I was doing. My
grandfather Baumbach must have felt the same. You must Always
stand firm and believe completely. You have the above. Confidence
should carry you to success
W. J. Baumbach
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