Police blow up reservoir in fruitless search for murder victim

An article in the July 25, 1914 edition of The Argus search for a rumored body

To clear up the fear of several persons that a murder had been committed on the banks of the reservoir of the Baltimore County Water Works, at Avalon, policemen Tuesday, under the direction of Marshal of Police J. Wesley Creamer, dynamited the pond in an effort to bring up any body that might have been thrown into the water.

Policemen also dragged the reservoir, but found no trace of a body. The police officials now feel that there was little reason to suspect that a murder had been committed at the reservoir and their investigation has ended, other than the search for three who were known to have been fishing on Thursday night at the fence where the murder was thought to have occurred.


The residents of Elsinore avenue near Ten Hills, have petitioned the County Commissioners for a garbage service. It is said that at present garbage is collected along Edmondson avenue, which is only one square from their homes. The petition also requests that a street light be placed at Elsinore and Edmondson avenues.


A youngster who has been making good in baseball this season is John Porter, who, until the opening of the season, was a member of the Catonsville Volunteer Hose Company. He has signed with the Clifton Forge Club, of the Virginia Mountain League, as short-stop, and has been leading the team both at the bat and in the field.


Plans for the establishment of a large country home for poor children of Baltimore are being formulated by the officers of the Catonsville Chapter of the Epworth League. It will be known as the Babies' Summer Aid Association house, with several acres of ground surrounding, and to care for poor children for several weeks each year during the heated term. F. Stanley Strobridge, president of the association; Harry Calvert, president of the Epworth League, and Raymond Deford, secretary of the association , are at work on the plans, and it is expected that the home will be in operation early next summer.

75 Years Ago

An article in the July 21, 1939 edition of the Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported a bid placed for a new hospital to be built in the area.

Catonsville's advantages as a location for the new hospital to be built by the Veterans' Administration in or near Baltimore have been presented to the Government in a letter sent to Senator Milliard E. Tydings by the Rotary Club of Catonsville.

Through the efforts of Senator Tydings, the Veterans' Administration has decided to locate the new $1,500,000 hospital with facilities for 300 patients, in the Baltimore territory. The Catonsville Rotary Club, believing that location of the institution in this section would be an asset to the community and surrounding sections, has called Senator Tydings' attention to the numerous desirable sites for the hospital in this vicinity.


While tarring the roof of a two-story house in Catonsville on Thursday, Christopher E. Schatz, 63, of Catonsville, was killed when he slipped and fell to the ground.

He was taken to St. Agnes' Hospital by his son, Gerard Schatz, and was pronounced dead from a fractured skull on arrival at the institution.


The Catonsville Tennis Club has entered five youngsters to compete in the municipal men's singles tennis championship of the Inter-park Tennis Association.

The two Baugher brothers, Griffith and Bosley, head the list which also includes Daniel Smith, Roy and Perry Simmons.

The entries close Saturday and the tournament will start next Monday at Clifton Park.

50 Years Ago

An article in the July 23, 1964 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced the crowning of a new local queen.

Royette Michele Tarry, 18, of Wedgewood, Catonsville, received the title of Queen of the "Star-Spangled Banner" Festival and Miss Maryland at a ceremony held in Baltimore on July 15.

Selected from among fourteen entrants from various parts of the State, the new Queen is a graduate of Edmondson High School and St. James Business School in Baltimore. The 5'8" fashion model, of Wedgewood road, is an amateur actress, enjoys swimming, horseback riding and tennis and cherishes the ambition of becoming a motion picture actress.


The Girls Athletic Association, with headquarters at 160 Winters Lane, has begun a campaign to raise funds for the girl's track, softball and basketball programs. Funds are needed for proper equipment and uniforms. Budgets are: Track team, $300; softball, $450; basketball, $300.

Donations may be sent to Miss Florgenia Pye, 160 Winters Lane or Mrs. Lillian Cornish, 120 Wesley avenue, both Catonsville.

A receipt will be sent in acknowledgment of each donation along with a progress report.


Catonsville Business Association will hold the annual crab feast on Tuesday, August 4 on the patio of the Turf Country Club, Route 40 West, from 4 to 7 P.M. Refreshments and a buffet dinner will be served.

There will be no charge for the use of the swimming pool, but for golf the usual greens fee will be charged.

Tickets are now available and reservations should be made no later than Monday, August 3. Frank A. Feild of Frederick avenue is president.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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