An article in the March 29, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian noted a county ruling against adding a new gasoline station to an already busy Catonsville intersection.

County Zoning Commissioner John G. Rose has denied the petition of the Catonsville Library Association, Inc., Harry E. and Pearl M. Thorn, for a special exception to erect a gasoline service station at the southeast corner of Frederick road and Sanford avenue.

In a ruling handed down on Thursday, March 22, Mr. Rose pointed out that five churches, a school and the post office in that area produce heavy pedestrian traffic at this "dog-leg" intersection; and that the service station traffic would increase the existing hazards. He emphasized the possible blocking of eastbound traffic by a car emerging from the service station into Frederick road and attempting to turn west.

Campbell V. Helfrich spoke for the Library Association, John G. Cribbs for the oil company and Walter Worthington Ewell as a consulting engineer, all of them in favor of the gas station.


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Opposed were Malcolm H. Dill, county director of planning and zoning, and John G. Mohler, who expressed preference for the present concentration of about seven gas stations in the east end of Catonsville, where his office also is located. Mr. Mohler is president of the Catonsville Business Association.

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Catonsville was the scene of a unique celebration on March 16. On that day, Thomas Jefferson Triplett was 100 years old, and his family and friends helped him observe the wonderful day at 625 Coleraine road where he resides with several of his daughters.

Born in 1862 at Soldiers Delight, which is three miles west of Owings Mills in the northwestern section of Baltimore county, Mr. Triplett operated a farm and retired 40 years ago. The place of his birth has historical interest in that it was the scene of early Indian and Civil War skirmishes and also the location of the world's first discovery of chrome ore.

The centenarian has resided in Catonsville 30 years. Mr. Triplett had nine children, six of whom are living. He also boasts of ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren.

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The Lurman Woodland Theatre Fund is still growing since general solicitation began on a door-to-door basis last November. Many interested solicitors from the community organizations which cooperated in the drive found it difficult to make their calls on residents during the holiday seasons and the inclement weather of mid-winter.

Now that Spring is here, the fund-raising through solicitation is finding new impetus. All planned solicitation is to be completed by May 1. Enthusiasm is soaring for the proposed outdoor amphitheatre, to be built on the Catonsville Senior High School grounds when enough funds from the area residents are available.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.