An article in the Aug. 12, 1911 edition of The Argus reported on damage from a severe storm.

Lightning struck the home of Mr. Emil Fisher, Smithwood avenue, last Friday night, causing damage of several hundred dollars. The bolt struck the roof near the chimney and entered the house, ripping the plaster off several rooms. No one was injured. The home of Mr. Fisher was struck by lightning about six weeks ago in the same place.

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Rabbits and partridges are said to be more plentiful than for a number of years. There also appears to be an increase in the number of birds, especially robins. It is thought that the drought is responsible for the increase of birds, as heavy rains during the breeding season drowns many young birds.


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Bryant & Co., auctioneers, advertise in another column of The Argus the sale by public auction of a house and lot on Selma Avenue, near Magnolia Avenue, Halethorpe, on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 P.M. The lot is 100-by-285 feet, and is improved by a two-story-and-attic dwelling with eight rooms and bath.

A letter received recently from Mr. Benjamin Whiteley, who, with Mr. Frederick R. Huber, of Baltimore, is touring the lakes of Northern New York in a 16-foot canoe, states that they struck some exceedingly rough water on one of the lakes, the boat threatening several times to capsize.

The young men left here July 27, taking a boat for New York city, and began their tour at Lake George.

When the trip is completed, they will have traveled more than 300 miles in their canoe.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 7, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian remarked on the need for a local ambulance.

Catonsville needs an ambulance. For this community, the largest in Baltimore County, to be entirely without public ambulance service is not only absurd, but little short of barbarous.

The people of Catonsville should insist that immediate steps be taken to make an ambulance a part of the public services of the community.

Catonsville is the largest suburban section around Baltimore and is looked upon as an ideal residential area.

The people here are not organized into vociferous groups always demanding something from public officials. On the contrary, the people of Catonsville seem to be the type who pay their taxes and accept without protest the lack of facilities ordinarily found in communities of much less importance.

The need for ambulance service, however, is so apparent and imperative that we hope the county government will take steps to provide such service.

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Harold W. Schmidt, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schmidt of Oakland Road, Halethorpe, was drowned last Monday in Stapleton's Pond, off the Rolling Road, near Relay.

The boy, who had just learned to swim, was paddling about the pond and apparently became exhausted, companions said, sinking before aid could reach him.

The body was recovered in twenty-five feet of water by Sergeant Frederick D. Brown and Patrolman Norman J. Rinehart of the Halethorpe police, assisted by the Violetville ambulance crew.