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Straw and hay fuel fire that destroyed farm building in 1913

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5:52 PM EDT, May 22, 2013

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An article in the May 24, 1913, edition of The Argus reported the damage to an area farm due to an early morning fire.

A large barrack on the Wilton Farm, Wilkens avenue and Maiden Choice road, George J. Zaiser, owner, was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning, together with 13 head of sheep, 40 tons of hay, several tons of baled straw and a lot of farming implements. The loss will reach about $1,500, covered by insurance.

The barking of their collie dog aroused Mr. Zaiser and his family. When the Catonsville firemen arrived, the building was doomed. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed to have been started by tramps.

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Mr. William H. Schaeffer, 84 years old, is seriously ill at his home on Ingleside avenue with an affection of his neck. About a year ago, a small pimple formed on Mr. Schaeffer's neck behind the left ear, and he irritated it with his fingers. The affection grew and his condition is now considered serious. He is being attended by Dr. David M. Stultz.

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The residents of Rockwell avenue, near Catonsville, are endeavoring to learn who was joy riding in their midst Thursday night of last week, leaving only as evidence portions of an automobile strewn along the avenue. When the residents awoke Friday morning, broken parts of mud guards, fenders and lamps were found along the roadside. A further investigation showed that the automobile had collided with a large pole and partly went over an embankment. No traces of the machine could be found.

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The joint committee of the Halethorpe Village Festival, under the auspices of the Halethorpe Volunteer Fire Company, is planning a great celebration at Halethorpe on June 11, including a parade of the fire company, in which the various societies and public school of Halethorpe will participate. After the parade, a social session of the community, with interesting exercises, will be held at the engine house.

75 Years Ago

An article in the May 20, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian recognized a local club's anniversary.

Tenth Anniversary Night will be celebrated by the Sterling Club of Catonsville at the Rolling Road Golf Club next Tuesday evening, May 24. Features will include a dinner, entertainment, cards and dancing. Ladies' Night and Old-Timers Night will also be held. A number of former members of the Club, who have moved away from Catonsville during the past ten years, are expected to be present.

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On Friday, May 20, at 8 p.m., the Art Group of the Woman's Club of Relay will hold open house in Community Hall. Kenneth Smith of Baltimore will demonstrate the new potters' wheel and members of the group will show various types of pottery in the making. Mrs. Ernest Kemp, Art Chairman, is in charge of the affair and the president and past presidents of the Woman's Club will receive the guests.

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Next Thursday, May 26, the second clinic for examination of tuberculosis patients or any persons who have been exposed to the disease, will be conducted at the Catonsville Public Health Center, Egges Lane and Melrose Avenue.

This is the second clinic of this kind to be held in Catonsville and is open to all persons in the First and the Thirteenth Districts of Baltimore County.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 23, 1963 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced a new location for the area's beloved Fourth of July activities.

This year's community Fourth of July celebration will be moved in its entirety to Catonsville Senior High School, Bloomsbury avenue and Rolling road. The day-long program, including the fireworks, will take place on the lower athletic field.

Since its inception 17 years ago, the celebration has always been held on the Catonsville Junior High School grounds. Construction under way there forced the committee to seek a new site. The Baltimore County Board of Education, at a meeting on Thursday, May 17, approved relocation to the senior high school.

The junior high grounds, as well as the Catonsville Elementary School grounds, will be available for parking.

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A Catonsville man was treated in St. Agnes Hospital where he was taken in the Catonsville Fire Department ambulance after he received a violent electrical shock following a sudden thunderstorm which took place on Monday afternoon, May 20. The Catonsville Fire Department also made seven other calls during the past week.

John E Rouse, 44, of Gralan was in the basement of his home when lightning struck the chimney and he received the shock. He was treated at the hospital and released.

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Mrs. Salvatore Cascio, of Rockwell avenue, notified police that she and her husband were in their club basement about 1:50 A.M. on Sunday, May 19, when she heard the front door open and footsteps. She awakened her husband, who was asleep on the couch, and together they went upstairs where they came upon a man about 25 years old, wearing a sweater. The intruder and Mr. Cascio fought, but the man got away after knocking over a night stand and breaking glass ornaments.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.