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Pages from the Past: Unknown disease killing canines in Catonsville in 1912

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An article in the Oct. 12, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on a deadly epidemic that seems to be striking local canines.

There is a peculiar disease among dogs in Catonsville and a number of residents have reported the loss of valuable animals from the disease. Mr. William A. Lyon, who is occupying the country place of Mr. Norman James on the Rolling road, reported Sunday that he had lost a beagle hound from practically the same symptoms which had caused the death of a number of other dogs in the vicinity.

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A drove of cows belonging to Mr. Charles Wurtzer, of Orange Grove, was run into Sunday morning by a freight train of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near the Orange Grove station, killing one of the animals and badly cutting another about the legs.

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While attending Mass Sunday morning at St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery, on the Frederick road, a horse and runabout belonging to Mr. John H. Dumler, of Athol, was driven off by three boys. The boys went in the direction of Catonsville. The team was found Monday on a road near Lansdowne and returned to Mr. Dumler.

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A large cherry tree on the place of Mr. Louis Rossmann, on Ingleside avenue, is in blossom for the second time this year and is being greatly admired.

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A committee of the Catonsville Neighborhood Improvement Association appeared before the Good Roads Commission Wednesday and petitioned it to make temporary repairs to certain sections of the Frederick turnpike between the city limits and Catonsville, which has become almost impassable. The commission promised to make temporary repairs to the sections between Paradise and Nunnery lane and between the Catonsville High School and East Catonsville before the winter months.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 8, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the progress in the search for a suitable and affordable site on which to build a new post office.

Sixteen bids offering land in Catonsville for a post office building were sent to the Treasury Department in Washington on Monday by Baltimore post office authorities.

The lowest bid conforming to Government specifications was made by Louis W. Romoser, who offered an interior lot, 170 by 145 feet, for $11,500.

The Government asked for bids on a corner lot, 120 by 170 feet, or on an interior lot, 144 by 170 feet.

The bids range from $10,215 to $56,526.

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Mr. Louis L. De Ford of North Rolling Road will enter two of his thoroughbred cocker spaniels at the fashion show to be held at a downtown department store on Oct. 18. At the show, young ladies will model the latest fashions, each holding a dog on a leash, with the dogs decorated to correspond with the ladies' attire. The show is open to the public.

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Housewives of the Halethorpe community have been annoyed during the past week by a sneak thief who has been stealing milk from front porches. As many as fifteen quarts of milk have been reported stolen in a single morning.

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A verdict of accidental death was given in the case of Alfred McCarthy, of W. Cross Street, Baltimore, whose body was found on Wednesday, September 29, along the tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near Halethorpe.

The dead man's sister, Miss Lillian McCarthy, identified and claimed the body, He had been reported missing the night before.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 11, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the financial support a local women's group provided for school music programs.

Mrs. Kenneth Anderson, immediate past chairman of the music department of the Rolling Hills woman's club, presented a check to William Trostle, instrumental music teacher in Baltimore county. Samuel Colgain is principal of the Edmondson Heights Elementary School, which is one of the schools where Mr. Trostle teaches.

The money, $68.02, will go into the music fund to be used for instruments for the band and orchestra. About 125 students will be taught at the school and they will form an orchestra of about 45 pieces to play for school functions and give an annual spring concert.

Mr. Trostle has been in Baltimore county as an instrumental music teacher for three years.

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The fourth fall tour of the Baltimore County Historical Society, scheduled this Saturday, Oct. 13, will be conducted in the Catonsville area from Elkridge Landing to Ellicott's Mills. This region has witnessed some of the most important developments in transportation, which together with the early industrialization along the Patapsco, played an important part in the economic development of Baltimore and the state.

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The boys and girls committee of the Lions club of Arbutus distributed free 300 admission tickets to the Aerospace Exhibition, which is sponsored by the Maryland Crime Investigating committee. Exhibition is being held this week through Sunday, Oct. 14, in the 5th Regiment Armory. The tickets were donated by a local new-car dealer, and were given to members of local Little League teams, Scout troops, church organizations and schools.

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Mrs. Edith Reinhardt, of Hammonds Ferry road, has a forsythia bush partly in bloom and reports that last week a red weigela was also in bloom. Mother Nature seems to be as confused as most of us in these trying times.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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