An article in the Jan. 11, 1913, edition of The Argus announced a generous gift to an area seminary that will be used for the construction of a chapel on the Maiden Choice Lane campus.

A gift of $40,000 promised to St. Charles' College near Catonsville has brought joy to the faculty and students and will assure a handsome chapel in the group of buildings being erected there.

The donor is Patrick Dougherty of Baltimore, a successful tugboat owner. Learning of the needs of the college some time ago, he said he would help, and Wednesday it was officially announced that the college could draw on him for the amount stated.

Standing in the centre and as part of the administration building, the chapel will add greatly to the picturesqueness of the group. The administration building has reached the second story in construction, but work will be halted until Architects Ellicott and Emmart complete plans for the chapel. Members of the faculty of the college have given some ideas they want in the new structure, and these are being arranged in the drawings.


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While Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Plitt, of Old Orchard road, Ten Hills, were in the city attending church service Sunday, thieves broke into their home, searched every room and stole $130 in money and jewels.

On their return home at night, Mr. Plitt found everything in confusion and immediately telephoned for the police at Catonsville. Patrolmen Peters and Poehlman went to the house and helped investigate the extent of the damage.

Partly burned matches were found in every room, showing that the thieves made their call after dark. A window was found forced in the dining room and the kitchen door unlocked from the inside.

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Thieves made another descent upon Catonsville early Sunday morning where they entered the home of William G. Hewitt, on Nunnery lane.

The thieves cut a slat in a shutter of the dining room, the cottage being unoccupied for the present, as Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt are spending the winter in the city. The house was ransacked from cellar to attic and articles in all the rooms strewn all about the floors. The amount of plunder taken could not be stated Sunday by Mr. Hewitt, who discovered the robbery when he made a visit to his country home.

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An article in the Jan. 7, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian announced the capture of a car thief discovered in an area garage.

A man who identified himself as Thomas Gates Via, 50 years old, of Woodlawn, was ordered held under $1,000 bail for the Baltimore county grand jury on Monday by Magistrate John Loeber of Catonsville, on a charge of attempted theft of an automobile.

Albert F. Fisher, of Woodlawn, called the Catonsville police early Friday, saying he had caught a man in his garage trying to remove the automobiles there.

Patrolmen John Laumann and Thomas Simmons arrived to find Via lying on the ground in front of the garage.

"He fell down," explained Fisher.

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Slumped over the steering wheel, William Hyman, 36, was found dead in his automobile, apparently from carbon monoxide gas, in a patch of woods off Belmont Avenue, near the Rolling Road, Woodlawn, on Wednesday.

Fire Captain Howard Bell, driving by, saw the machine and on investigating found its doors were locked. Bell called Patrolman Albert Eitmiller, who pried a door open with some tools taken from the back of Hyman's car.