An article in the June 7, 1913, edition of The Argus reported on the slow recovery of a little girl severely burned several weeks earlier.
After lying in St. Agnes Hospital for three weeks, slowly recovering from burns which she sustained near her home, Cedar Hill, St. Denis, little Isabelle Smith, 8 years old, will probably have to face the ordeal of skin grafting before she can recover her health and the use of her limbs.
The child was playing along the railroad and beside the track workmen had piled cross-ties and set them ablaze. The flames attracted the little girl, who ventured to the edge of one of the burning piles. Finally, one of the lower ties burned through, gave way, and the others rolled down upon her. Her dress caught fire, and before she could make an effort to save herself, she was terribly burned on her limbs, across which a piece of burning wood had fallen.
She was carried to St. Agnes' Hospital where for days her condition was so critical that her life was almost despaired of. Careful nursing won, however, and within the last week Isabelle has been getting better. But she is far from recovered, and her parents have been told that she must remain in the hospital at least until September.
With a parade and other attractive features, the Halethorpe village celebration will be held on June 11 under the auspices of the Halethorpe Volunteer Fire Department. The committee in charge has arranged to have the parade start from the engine house at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. After the parade, refreshments will be served to every one.
The club dances at the Catonsville Country Club are arousing much interest among the younger set and the one held Saturday night at the club house was largely attended. The dance was preceded by dinner parties at a number of the country places after which the hosts and guests motored to the club.
Work was started Monday by the county on the concrete bridge on Bloomsbury avenue, which is to span the Catonsville Short Line Railroad. It will replace an old wooden structure and will cost about $800. It is being built under the supervision of the Baltimore County Highway Commission.
75 Years Ago
An article in the June 3, 1938 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian recognized a local group for remembering veterans.
On Sunday, May 29, members of Catonsville Post No. 25, American Legion, met at Post headquarters on Frederick Road and under the direction of Post Commander Walter L. Reich divided into squads and traveled to the various cemeteries of this area where they performed the ritual of grave decoration in honor of deceased veterans. The Legionnaires visited thirty-three graves in all, and each was decorated with flag, flowers and memorial card.
Hooded bathing beauties competing in a perfect figure contest, prominent politicians, labor leaders and American Legionnaires will be honored guests at the Arbutus Community Association's annual carnival from June 11 to June 18.
The carnival is being held on the association's new grounds on Stevens Avenue, Arbutus. There will be games, rides, bingo, a Ferris wheel, dancing in the association's Town Hall and many novelties.
Following up the previous Sunday's one-hitter, Scanken, ace hurler of the Lansdowne nine, allowed only five bingles in the opener against Dickey to hold them to one run, while his fellow players scored five. Tydings on the mound for Dickey allowed nine hits.
The nightcap was a shutout victory for Lansdowne as Wisenborn limited the Dickey club to six bingles. The winners had a hard time, however, with the slants of McDowell, collecting only seven safeties. The game was errorless, both clubs playing a bang-up game afield.
50 Years Ago
An article in the June 6, 1963 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced the plans for Catonsville's graduation.
Culmination of the student life of the class of 1963 of Catonsville Senior High will occur during the coming week with baccalaureate service this Sunday, June 9, at 7 P.M. and graduation of 429 seniors next Tuesday, June 11, at 8 P.M. Both events will take place in the school auditorium.
The baccalaureate sermon will be preached by the Rev. Frederick W. Forkel, pastor of Emanuel E.U.B. church, Catonsville. The invocation, prayer, reading of the Scripture and benediction will be by the Rev. Henry J. Hughes, assistant pastor of St. Mark's Catholic Church. The Catonsville Senior High School Band and Choir will provide music.
On Tuesday night, Dr. Ramsay B. Thomas, member of the county Board of Education, will award the diplomas and Harvey W. Kreuzburg, Jr., principal of the school will make announcements.
Theme of the commencement exercises is "America Sings Her Timeless Songs". The script was written and the program will be presented entirely by students.
The State of Maryland will take part in a nation-wide bell-ringing movement on July 4 to celebrate the birthday of the United States of America.
In Catonsville and vicinity, the project is being promoted by the Senior Citizens Club of Catonsville. Members of this group have volunteered to call upon their respective pastors and request that church bells be rung on that day.
The plan, endorsed by President Kennedy, calls for the simultaneous ringing of bells in churches, government buildings, schools and elsewhere throughout the country at 2 P.M. for two minutes on Independence Day.
William Hylton, a Kenyon College sophomore from Catonsville, has won two national honors and a team honor this season in lacrosse. Hylton, a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, set a national record for total points in one game scoring 13 against Mount Union, and now has the second most points, his record having been broken. He also is third nationally (unofficially) in total points, scoring 41 assists and 22 goals for 63 points. The total enabled him to lead the Kenyon scoring ranks.
With Dr. Oliver H. Laine, president of Catonsville Community College throwing out the first ball, the Catonsville Recreation Council's girls softball program opened on Monday evening, June 3, with an all-time record of 264 children participating.
Divided into 18 teams in two leagues, American and National, the girls, aged 10 to 14, are playing two games simultaneously at 6:15 P.M. daily Monday through Friday on the Catonsville elementary school grounds on Frederick road. The program will be in operation for ten weeks.
Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.