William "W. J. & Willy" James Baumbach
A rags to riches story, a Family Man, Businessman, Inventor, Entrepreneur, and a Self-made Millionaire.
Memberships of W. J. Baumbach
Columbia Lodge No. 285 A.F. & A.M, Freemason, they have moved three times since then, the third time they merged with Cherrydale Lodge No. 42, currant name is Cherrydale-Columbia Lodge No. 42.
Acca Shriners Richmond Virginia.
Kena Shriners, Fairfax, now Manassas. 02-13-2004 added. Noble William J. Baumbach, had the membership number 60 and was one of the Charter Members. He was created by Acca on December 1, 1950 member # 1141754 and affiliated with Kena on July 13, 1951. I joined Kena in 1994 and am member # 7008
Loyal Order of Moose No. 1315 Arlington, now Falls Church. I am a Member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Montross, Va. Lodge # 2333 since 1995
32nd degree Scotch Rite Mason, Alexandria, Va. in the Fall class May 20th - June 3rd, 1950. 44 years later I joined in the fall of 1994, I am also a 32nd degree Freemasons, and in 2015 got my K.C.C.H.
State President of the Virginia plumbing, heating, and cooling contractor association 1942 / 1943. I was President of the Northern Virginia PHCC for two years 1996 & 1997.
Home addresses Known of W. J. Baumbach
Near 15th and Rode Island Ave Washington D.C. (was born here)
1009 23rd St N.W. Washington DC. (from Lillian's birth certificate)
Military Road and Lee Highway Arlington Virginia (as child)
4839 Lee Blvd Arlington Virginia, home address when he crushed his leg 1944
4439-1/2 N 15 St Arlington Virginia, home and plumbing shop 1929, very small house, later he build a large house in front of it.
4439 N 15 St Arlington Virginia, home, build in front of smaller house, sold in the early 1970's
11608 Fairfax Station Rd Fairfax Station Virginia
11612 Fairfax Station Rd Fairfax Station Virginia
Tractor Crushes Leg of W. J. Baumbach
He lied in a field with crunched bones and bleeding for four hours before a rural mail carrier found him!
It's good when you find an old newspaper story corroborating old stories your father used to tell you. This one even made the front page news.
Here is some background.
Instead of waiting until he got drafted into World War II, my father voluntarily enlisted. I understand by enlisting he could select which branch of the Service and position. Says the article it was to the ship repair unit of the Navy as a coppersmith first-class.
My father was sure that he was going to died overseas in WWII. He married Louise the mother of his daughter Lillian so they would get the survivor benefits.
He went to his farm in Fairfax Station to get his affairs in order. He was moving a farm tractor and he was wearing very baggy pants, his pants leg got caught up in the rear wheel of the tractor and it pulled him out of the seat, and the tractor ran over him, crushing his leg. Four hours later a rural mail carrier found him!
He had told me they used a hammer and nail to put his broken leg back together, I could see and feel the head of the nail under the skin of his leg.
He also told me, if it was not for him breaking his leg, my brother and I might not have ever been born, because he would have been killed in WWII.
Sun, Volume 9, Number 18, 31 March 1944 — Page 1This is in two locations, Louise and WJ
Smithy Visions, Dobbin's Return, Shoeing is a Lost Ast, W. J. Father
Andrew Gotleib Baumbach W. J. father newspaper August 29, 1938