March 6, 2013
An article in the March 8, 1913, edition of The Argus noted that area woman's actions not to bother other patients worsened her own condition at an area hospital.
Miss Elizabeth West, sister of Thos. West, of Bloomingdale avenue, is confined to her bed with a badly swollen limb and blood poisoning may develop. Miss West, who has been an invalid since birth, with only one limb, managed to get about with the use of crutches. Several months ago, she was taken to Spring Grove State Hospital, where she abandoned her crutches to avoid disturbing the other patients, and it is said resorted to crawling about, and it was while so doing that the splinter from the floor entered her limb several days ago. The limb began to swell and show symptoms of blood poisoning and she was removed to the infirmary. She is being attended by Dr. Robert E. Garrett, assistant superintendent of the institution.
A remarkably fine production of the trial scene in "The Merchant of Venice" was given at the Catonsville High School on Friday afternoon and night of last week by the graduating class before a large audience. Emory Morseberger, as Shylock, stood out prominently in the cast. Miss Evelyn Gillespie appeared as Portia and Miss Florence Caines as Nerissa, Ellicott Hewes as the Duke, Herbert Adams as Antonio, Marion Zimmerman as Bassanio and Reese Wilson as the Clergy. Several musical numbers were given by Mrs. Louisa M. Rabbe, contralto, and Miss Irma Rabbe, violinist. The entertainment concluded with a pantomime entitled "A Fairy Gift." In the pantomime appeared Sarah Smith, Mary Wagner, Margaret Hoffman, Anna McAleer, Guy Stapleton, Gretchen Ebert, Helen Joyner and Minna Hartman.
Bernard Holzner, of this place, who was shot in the forehead several weeks ago near his home on Beaumont avenue, while playing with several companions, met with another accident Wednesday afternoon, resulting in dislocating his right arm at the wrist. Young Holzner was handling lumber with his brother, when one end slipped from his brother's hand and wrenched his arm. He was removed to his home where medical attention was rendered.
Fire Sunday afternoon about 2 o'clock at Mount Herbert, the country home of the late Robert Lawson, on Frederick avenue, caused a loss of about $1,000, covered by insurance.
The house has been unoccupied for some time, and the owners of the mansion are at loss to account for the origin of the fire. Persons who live nearby said that a number of boys were seen loitering around the estate during the morning hours.
The blaze was first discovered by Mrs. Eva Lumsden of Wade avenue. She was sitting in the dining-room of her home, shortly after noon, when she noticed smoke issuing from the windows on the second floor. Mrs. Lumsden telephoned William J. Weber, whose home adjoins Mount Herbert, and apprised him of the fire, who in turn notified the local fire department. The department, in a short while, were on the scene.
75 Years Ago
An article in the March 4, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on a trio resisting arrest.
Called to a Catonsville tavern to quell trouble that started there, Catonsville police arrested Jack R. Runkle, Samuel R. Davenport and Mrs. Valerie M. Runkle, all of Washington, D.C., and took them to the police station. At the time of the arrest, all three of the Washingtonians were outside of the tavern, and, according to the police, seemed a "bit under the weather." As Sergeant Moore and Patrolman Thomas H. Simons put the trio into the police car, Davenport is said to have struck Patrolman Simons in the mouth, while Mrs. Runkle is said to have clutched the policeman around the neck.
At the Catonsville police station, Mrs. Runkle continue "acting up", tried to get away, and when Sergeant Moore attempted to catch her, he wrenched his left knee and fell to the floor.
All three prisoners were arraigned before Magistrate Loeber and posted a total of $139.75 collateral, after which they were released for a hearing later.
Frederick Road, through Catonsville's business district, could stand a few more street lights. The street lighting situation here does not compare favorably with that in other towns of similar size. During the early evening hours, when some of the local places of business are open, it can probably be said that the lights from these business place, plus the street lights, do a pretty fair job. But when the business places close, the lack of sufficient street lights becomes readily apparent.
A party was held by Mr. and Mrs. William Kreuger at their home on Leeds Avenue, Arbutus, on February 28, in honor of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. A program of music and entertainment was furnished by McAllister's Orchestra.
The celebrants were presented a silver carving set, together with a linen table cloth and napkins.
The Catonsville Community Athletic Club, which has formerly sponsored only sports in which the club was represented by a team, now plan to inaugurate a system of competition between teams composed of its own members. The sports to be selected are those in which every member of the club may participate. This is a further extension of the club's plan to make some form of athletics available to its entire membership, thus enabling all members to obtain sufficient exercise to keep physically fit.
Teams will be formed in softball and bowling, with other sports to be added from time to time.
50 Years Ago
An article in the March 7, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced a new place for local teens.
In spite of the inclement weather, approximately 300 members and guests were on hand for the first "guest night" which was held at Westowne Teen Center on Friday, March 1. Music by a band was enjoyed by many. The main room at Westowne School was filled to capacity with the band fans while the smaller room, also used for the Teen Center, drew the attention of those interested in ping pong, chess, checkers and the newly purchased TV set. The first guest night was a complete success.
County Executive Spiro T. Agnew and County Librarian Richard D. Minnich inspected the Baltimore County Public Library's third bookmobile which will begin service on Monday, March 11. The new bookmobile, one of the largest in Maryland, will serve the western section of the county from the Patapasco river in the Lansdowne area to Randallstown.
With headquarters in Arbutus, operating five days and two nights for a total of 35 open hours per week, the bookmobile will make five stops Mondays in the Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands-Riverview area; six stops Tuesdays in the Woodlawn and Catonsville Manor area; six stops Wednesdays in the Catonsville and Granite area; four stops Thursdays in the Edmondson Heights and Westview are; six stops Fridays in the Liberty road area.
The bookmobile has a book-carrying capacity of 4,000 volumes and will draw on a branch collection of 50,000 volumes.
Fifteen-month-old Jans Flumerfelt of Craftswood road was rushed to St. Agnes hospital in the Catonsville Fire Department ambulance on Feb. 18 after he had eaten a cake of deodorizer which he had taken from a diaper pail lid. He was treated and released.
Officer Wilmer S. Ewing of the Wilkens police station on routine patrol last week came upon a suitcase abandoned in the 6400 block Frederick road. Upon investigation, he discovered that the suitcase contained a live cat and a man's clothing. The suitcase was brought to the police station and the cat was turned over to the Humane Society of Baltimore County. Two wine bottles were also found inside the suitcase, one full and one empty.
Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.
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