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Pages from the Past: Former minister found frozen to death in Catonsville in 1912

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An article in the Jan. 13, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the lonely death of an elderly resident.

Hezekiah Boyce, a former negro minister, about 80 years old, was found frozen to death in his shanty on Powers Lane, about two miles northwest of Catonsville, Monday afternoon by Patrolman Stevens, of the county force.

Boyce, who lived by himself, had been missing for several days and neighbors notified police. Patrolman Stevens went to the shanty, forced the door and found the aged negro laying on the floor between the bed and the old stove and covered with a few old blankets.

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Anxious to get their icehouses filled as soon as possible, many residents of Baltimore county are cutting ice from their ponds this week. The ice is from 4 to 6 inches thick, and from all reports, a good harvest will be made this season.

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Mr. Charles Griesacker, a student at St. Charles' College, fell from a sled Thursday and broke his leg.

Harry Smallwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Smallwood, slipped on the ice on Edmondson avenue last Sunday morning and broke his right arm at the wrist. Dr. J. Charles Macgill attended him.

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Quite the nicest entertainment that has been given in Catonsville for a long time was the one given Tuesday night at the High School by the Women's Civic League, for the benefit of the school planting fund, and Mrs. Howard Bland, Mrs. Samuel Pennington, Miss Annette Chase and Miss Nellie Warner deserve all the praise they got, and a great deal more.

The Folk Dances made a decided hit, and each one was so cleverly done that it would be hard to decide which was the best, but better than all was the earnestness with which the children themselves worked to make the entertainment a success, showing that civic pride is just as strong in them as in the grown people. The children take a great pride in their splendid school building, and are willing to work hard, as this entertainment plainly showed, to have the school grounds the finest in the State of Maryland.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 8, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian recognized a local champion on the feline kind.

Champion Maryland Queen, an orange-eyed white Persian, who is owned by Mrs. Herman Reich, 412 Ingleside Avenue, Catonsville, was rated the best white female cat in the Baltimore Cat Show held in December, winning more than enough finals to complete her championship in the C.F.A. She also won many ribbons, trophies and money. On December 5 and 6, she was in the Virginia Cat Show held at the Mason Hotel in Alexandria and was again rated as the best white female, winning first prize in the Champion Class.

Her latest prize was won at the show held in Philadelphia at the Lorraine Hotel on December 17 and 18, where she won first Champion class, trophy, and money. She loves a show and is greatly admired by all.

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Purchase of fifteen new buses for the Viaduct-Halethorpe line of the Baltimore Transit Company has been authorized by its board of directors, it was announced on Monday.

The new units are expected to end congestion on that line, particularly in the Halethorpe area, whence a series of complaints concerning overcrowding has been made to the Public Service Commission within recent weeks. The buses are expected to be placed in service as soon as they are delivered, within three or four weeks.

It was made known at the same time that the company may include in the order one unit powered with a Diesel engine to test the value of this type of bus, which uses a cheaper type of fuel than gasoline-motored buses.

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Dr. and Mrs. L.L. Howard gave a cocktail party last Sunday night at their home in Oak Forest Park. They have their home decorated in holiday decorations which includes a very unusual lighted star. Their son has an entire room on the second floor fixed with a Christmas tree. He entertained for his young friends on Tuesday during the school holidays.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 11, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian noted that it was not too early to begin thinking about the community's annual summer celebration.

First meeting of the new year for the Catonsville Celebrations Committee will be held next Monday, Jan. 15 at 8:30 P.M. in the Catonsville Health Center, Egges Lane and Melrose avenue.

Every club, organization and church in the community is asked to send representatives to the meeting. Also invited is anyone else in the area who is interested in helping with preparations for the 1962 community celebration of the Fourth of July.

Thomas G. Connor, general chairman for 1962, will preside. Other officers are: Edward Morton Hammond, co-chairman; Mrs. Shirley Weidenhan, treasurer; Mrs. Harold M. Vick, recording secretary and Mrs. L. May Carbaugh, corresponding secretary. Directors are G. Howard Medicus, Richard D. Payne, Franklin M. Padgett, Merrill S. Timmins and Charles T. Hopkins.

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It is said that the warmth of welcome to Hawaii is measured by the number of leis bestowed upon the person arriving on the island. Leah Bennett of No. 22 Hilltop Place, Catonsville, apparently received a super-welcome when she arrived in Honolulu in September to enter the University of Hawaii.

Miss Bennett, who was the U.S. 880 yards runner up in the Women's National Track and Field Championships in Gary, Ind., last July, and subsequently earned a berth on the U.S. Track and Field Team which toured Europe, is continuing her successful career in Honolulu.

Upon Leah's return from Europe, she was the recipient of a four-year-scholarship at the University of Hawaii. Miss Bennett is one of a group of seven girls who are being groomed as the nucleus of the U.S. Women's Olympic Track and Field Team to compete in Tokyo in the 1964 Olympiad.

Editor's note. Leah Bennett won the national championship in the 880-yard run in 1962 with a time of 2:17.5 and in 1963, when she was Leah Bennett Ferris, in a time of 2:13.6. The winning times in her event in 1961 was 2:21.6 and 2:19.7 in 1964. She also won the 880 outdoors in 1962 in time of 2:12.3. The winning time in the event the year before was 2:19.2

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Ernest Clyde Hafner, 40, of 5633 Ashbourne road, Halethorpe, who was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, died in Frederick, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 6, 1962, of injuries suffered the previous day when a crane being used to clear a freight train wreck toppled over and struck him. Fifty-three freight cars of a 92-car train had jumped the tracks at Reel's Mills near Frederick. Mr. Hafner was a special power inspector with an office in Baltimore.

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Orville Falkner, custodian of Hillcrest Park in Lansdowne, reports that the red lanterns hung close to the lake to warn that the lake surface is not safe for ice skating have been torn down by vandals and thrown into the lake.

With the warnings gone, skaters are apt to venture out on the thin ice with the possibility of breaking through and drowning. Mr. Faulkner has the responsibility of keeping the lanterns up as danger signals.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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