Motorman back on track ringing bell rail line from Catonsville to Towson

An article in the April 19, 1913, edition of The Argus announced the return of familiar face on the rail cars.

Not content with sitting on a slow-moving auto truck, Charles Bujac of Catonsville, one of the oldest motormen in the employ of the United Railways, is back again on the cars and will probably remain in that position for the rest of his active days. The lure of the old "Speeders" proved too strong for "Uncle Charlie," as he is known by all the men on the line, and so, to the great delight of his many co-laborers and friends, he may be seen traveling to and from Towson to Catonsville Junction on the back of a United States mail car. He is no longer guardian of the brakes which he so greatly loved, but rides on the back of the car in charge of the bell.


Some complaint has been made as to the condition of Frederick avenue between Ingleside and Newburg avenues, being littered with newspaper and other trash of like character. During a high wind, scrapes of paper are whirled away and blown to all portions of the town. It is a bad practice to throw waste paper into the street when it could be so much more easily disposed of, besides it litters up yards and lawns and causes the owners of other property to labor unnecessarily to remove and destroy such rubbish.


The country home of Herbert Linthicum, on Power's lane, near Catonsville, was entered by thieves within the past few days and the contents turned topsy-turvy. The robbery was discovered Wednesday afternoon by Mr. Linthicum when he went to his summer home. He found that a window had been forced open on the first floor, but was unable to state what articles had been taken.

The Catonsville police were notified and Patrolmen Peters and Stevens are working on the case. It was learned from neighbors that they had seen a light in the house on several occasions during the past week.


A horse belonging to John L. Baldwin, and in the charge of his sons, Earl and John, ran away Wednesday afternoon, demolishing the wagon. The animal was fastened to a tree at the country place of the late E.A. Blackshere, on the Johnnycake road, when it became frightened at a passing automobile and ran away, scattering plumbers' tools over the roads for a distance of three miles before it was finally captured.

75 Years Ago

An article in The Catonsville's Herald ad Baltimore Countian reported a rash of suspicious house fires.

The long series of fires in Baltimore County this spring has given rise to the theory that a fire-bug is operating here. There have been more than a score of serious house fires in the county this spring, centering around the Green Spring Valley, Pikesville and Ruxton sections. Some of these fires have been found to have had their origin in suspicious circumstances, such as that which destroyed the large home of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Burnett at Riderwood early Wednesday morning. In this case, the fire began in a wing of the house where there was no wiring to cause a short circuit, nor was there any reason to believe that the blaze could have been due to defective chimney or heating plant causes.


The store operated by Walter Owens at Rolling Road and Washington Boulevard, Relay, was broken into last Sunday night. The cash register was emptied and a pay station telephone was torn from the wall, but dropped near the door when the thieves were frightened by the arrival of police.


Petitions concerning work on the Edmondson Avenue Extension, which has been in a dormant state for several months following the completion of grading work both in Howard and Baltimore counties, were circulated through this vicinity during the early part of last week and reports state that they are being rapidly filled by names of registered voters. The petition is directed to Governor Harry W. Nice and urges that paving work on the graded sections of the road be started at once, in addition to work on those sections that have not as yet gotten underway.

50 Years Ago

An article in the April 18, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported the capture of a possible fire starter.

A twenty-year-old man residing in West Hills was apprehended and questioned by Battalion Chief Louis Irvin and an investigator from Fire Prevention Bureau and released after posting $1,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear later in the Catonsville police court for a hearing on charges of making numerous false fire calls, setting fires in this area and telephoning in a bomb threat at the Johnnycake Elementary School on Feb. 27.


The Catonsville Celebrations Committee is well under way with plans for this year's community Fourth of July celebration. The parade theme this year is "A Salute to the United Nations." All clubs, organizations, groups and business firms interested in having marching units, floats, decorated vehicles or other entries in the parade are asked to contact Elmer Herzing, parade chairman.

The committee is in great need of volunteers to help make the celebration a success.


In conjunction with National Library Week, April 21-27, Ellroy Snouffer, president of the Riverview-Baltimore Highlands-Lansdowne Library Association, Inc., has called for public library rally on Tuesday, April 23, at 8 P.M. in the Riverview Elementary School, Hollins Ferry and Kessler roads.

The purpose of this meeting is to show to the Baltimore county government the need for a library in the area. Intensive study and research has gone into the publication of a brochure to tell the story of the situation. This brochure is free to everyone.


The Arbutus Methodist Church, 1201 Maple avenue, Arbutus, extends an invitation to the public to attend a service of dedication of the new organ, followed by a recital by Robert Ziegler on Sunday, April 21, at 4 P.M. Kenneth Beyer is the regular organist and director of the junior choir and Mrs. Eileen Brorsen is director of the senior choir. All choirs will participate. The Rev. William E. Lewis is pastor.


Material from the archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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