An article in the June 15, 1912 edition of The Argus reported a community group's opposition to a planned increase in water rates by the county commission.

The Catonsville Neighborhood Improvement Association held a largely attended meeting Tuesday night in the Catonsville High School. Mr. John Hubner presided. The members of the association put themselves on record as opposed to the increase in water rates proposed by the Baltimore County Water Company, and a committee from the association composed of Messrs. Henry H. Head, Thomas F. Hickey, C. Willing Browne, Thomas F. McHugh and Harry D. William, appeared before the Public Service Commission at the hearing Wednesday on the proposed change in rates.

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The Hollywood Children's Summer Home, Old Frederick and Rolling roads, was opened Wednesday for the season. Thirty little girls were brought out under the care of several ladies of the home. Outbursts of applause broke forth when the carriages rolled into the grounds surrounding the home. Shout after shout of glee went up and many children were singing at the top of their voices.


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The home was established about 12 years ago to provide outings for poor children form the crowded sections of the city. Nearly 4,000 children have enjoyed the benefits of the home since its establishment.

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Mr. Joseph Sergerer, station-house keeper at the Catonsville Police Station, suffered an attack of vertigo Monday evening in the cell room and fell on the cement floor, inflicting a deep gash on the back of his head. Dr. J. Charles Macgill was summoned and rendered medical aid and he was later taken to his home on Melrose avenue.

75 Years Ago

An article in the June 11, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the annual visit by a turtle with a distinctive mark on its shell that had been making its way to a Catonsville area farm for more than 50 years.

In 1885, the late Charles Sauter of Woodlawn, who had been married only a short time, found a turtle on his farm and carved the initials of his bride, "E.S." on the turtle's back.

Ever since 1885 the turtle has appeared once and sometimes twice a year at the Sauter farm. About ten days ago, the turtle paid its 1937 visit to the Sauter place, with the initials still visible on its back.

Since the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Sauter several years ago, the farm has been occupied by a son, Grover Sauter, to whom we are indebted for reporting this oddity.

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Last Monday, John Kraus of Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville, and his son decided to go fishing. The fishing wasn't so good, for they landed only about eight rather small perch. But toward the end of the day, Mr. Kraus, Sr., hooked a large sea turtle weighing about thirty pounds. With the help of his son, he was able to get the terrapin into the boat.

The turtle was brought back to Catonsville and placed in the fish pond at the Kraus home, pending a decision as to what to do with it.

Much to the surprise of the family the next morning, it was discovered that the turtle had climbed the fish pond walls and had wandered off. A search of the vicinity failed to locate the terrapin, which is still at large somewhere in Baltimore County.

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Catonsville High School will graduate a class of about 240 next Friday evening, June 18. The exercises will be held in the Lyric Theatre, Baltimore. Dr. Allen G. Wehrli, professor of Old Testament Literature, Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Illinois, will address the graduates.

50 Years Ago

An article in the June 14, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian hailed the opening of the long-awaited Wilkens police station.