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50 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 19, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian noted the celebration of a long-time fixture on the list of local community organizations.

On Oct. 7, 1961, the Westowne Community Association, Inc. celebrated its twentieth anniversary with the annual election dance. The Westowne Association is one of the oldest active civic improvement groups in the state.


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The twentieth anniversary celebration was highlighted by the attendance of 13 of the past presidents, one of whom traveled from New Jersey while another came from Ocean City to attend. Each recalled a bit of the past as it occurred during his administration.

Maryland Sister Maria Pastores, home for a brief leave of absence after ten years on the missions in Japan, will visit her family between October 16 and 30. Sister may be contacted through her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Sehlstedt, Melvin avenue.

The former Margaret Sehlstedt of St. Mark's parish, Sister Pastores was graduated by Mount de Sales Academy and High School in Catonsville. After her profession at Maryknoll, she was graduated from Maryknoll Teachers College and studied Japanese at Yale University, New Haven, Conn. She left for the missions in Japan in 1951.

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Commander John C. Allen of Catonsville, commanding officer of the destroyer escort, U.S.S. Darby, took aboard 113 Baltimore area reservists and sailed from Baltimore Monday, Oct. 9, for a year of active duty.

The ship, which was commissioned Oct. 1, will join the Atlantic Fleet. Newport, R.I. is the new home port for the reservists.

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Ms. Edith Reinhardt of Hammonds Ferry road attended the quarterly luncheon of the radio station WITH Community Club Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 17. She represented the Lansdowne Christian Church and received a check. A new contest will start in November.

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Material from archieves courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society