An article in the Jan. 24, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported the heroics of a school custodian in rescuing a student.

Fourteen-year-old Norman G. Gaither, an eighth grade student at Our Lady of Victory Catholic school on Wilkins avenue, was rushed to St. Agnes hospital in the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department ambulance on Jan. 16 after a cinder block wall collapsed in the school room, knocking him into a chair, injuring his chest and fracturing ribs.

According to police, the custodian of the building, who heard the crash, rushed to the room and supported the falling wall with his body until the boy was out of the way. A portion of the west wall collapsed.


Each year, Colt Corral No. 4, Catonsville, selects one of the Baltimore Colts as an unsung hero. This year, George Preas will be the recipient of the award.

The presentation will be made at a banquet and dance at the Southern Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 P.M.


A thorough check of a large department store in the Westview shopping center was made by police after the switchboard operator notified police that a telephone call came in at 7:40 P.M. on Jan. 10 from an outside phone and a young male voice stated that a bomb on the lower level of the store would go off. The search proved fruitless.

Philip Anderson, maintenance man, told police that at 7:30 the same evening he chased two teenagers out of the store who told Mr. Anderson that he would be sorry he chased them. The F.B.I. was notified.


George William Fuller, 73, of Ashbourne road, Arbutus, collapsed on the sidewalk at Sulphur Spring and Ashbourne roads on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and was found by a passerby at 8:54 P.M. He was rushed in the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department ambulance to St. Agnes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead of a heart attack.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 21, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the honors earned by several members of two local Boy Scout Troops.

Members of Troops 306 and 307, Boy Scouts of America, Catonsville, were awarded honors and badges at a district court of awards meeting held last Thursday in the Catonsville Presbyterian Church.

Two boys, Wallace Dutton and Norman Schlee, passed First Class tests.

Four boys passed Second Class tests. They are: Robert Gardner, William Opitz, Gordon Leatherman and Reitzell Tabler.

Fifteen merit badges were authorized among the following Scouts: Robert Ruff, Robert Frey, Norman Schlee, Gilbert Wiseman, William Morrison, Donald Mules and Richard Spencer. The badges will be awarded at their respective Troop meetings.


Court Caton No. 440, Catholic Daughters of America, Catonsville, celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of the organization with a dinner and dance held at the Cadoa. The Rev. J. M. Nelligan, Director of the Catholic Recreational Center, was the principal speaker of the evening. In his remarks, Father Nelligan thanked Court Caton for its support of the Cadoa. Since Father Nelligan's appointment, Court Caton has contributed $550 towards maintenance of the Cadoa, or more than one-half of the total amount received from all the State Courts.