An article in the Sept. 21, 1912 edition of The Argus reported an uninvited guest to the local fire house.

The engine house of the Catonsville Fire Department was the scene one morning this week of a spirited attack upon an unwelcome visitor, a large weasel. How it got into the engine house is puzzling the firemen. About 8 o'clock in the morning, the men were at their daily tasks about the house when one of them espied what he thought was a large rat. He made a hasty retreat, calling on the others for help. Patrolman Stevens joined in the battle and the weasel escaped. It went into the yard of Mr. George MacDonald, adjoining the engine house.


During the severe electrical storm Sunday night, lightning struck the cottage on the estate of Columbus Davis on Paradise avenue, and occupied by John Radford and family. One of the gables was torn off and weatherboarding on the side of the house was ripped off. Mr. Radford and his family escaped without injury.

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Mount de Sales Academy, on Edmondson avenue, opened Monday for the scholastic year with a large attendance. The academy underwent a number of improvements during the summer.


Misses Regina and Irma Rabbe entertained about 20 of their young lady friends Monday afternoon at a card party, followed by luncheon. Tables were arranged on the porches and the house was decorated with goldenrod, dahlias and ferns. After luncheon, Mrs. Conrad C. Rabbe sang several solos.


John Gibbons, a tramp, who says he recently refused to return to Philadelphia and share in an estate worth about $52,000, was in Catonsville this week and visited his usual abode in the Catonsville Police Station.

Gibbons, who has traveled this country from ocean to ocean and from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, stated that hobo life appealed to him and that he would rather be tramping than living in a mansion. He has been locked up at Catonsville on several occasions on different charges. He stated that he was on his way to Western Maryland.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 17, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian advertised a poster contest for an upcoming event.

Plans have been completed for the annual Catonsville Community Flower Show, to be held at the Catonsville High School September 25. A cash prize is offered for the best poster advertising the show. Contestants are required to make their posters and place them in some prominent place in Catonsville before the show. On the morning of the show, posters must be brought to the high school for judging by eleven o'clock.

Members of the high school Poster Club plan to compete. Gordon Douglas has already placed two posters with special attention given the lettering.

Both flower show and poster contest are open to all amateurs.


The U.S. Post Office Department is asking bids for property on which Catonsville's new $100,000 post office building can be erected.

The Government announced that an appropriation of $100,000 for a new post office building has been approved. This is part of a $23,000,000 fund set up by Congress for new post offices in towns throughout the country where the volume of postal receipts justifies the expenditure.