50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 22, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported that an exploding bomb caused significant damage to a school classroom and ended a teen dance early.

William C. Hull, principal of Westowne Elementary School, points to damaged tiles in the roof of a classroom which was wrecked by a homemade bomb last Saturday night.

Police were called to Westowne School shortly after 10 P.M. after the bomb exploded in a first-grade classroom on the east side of the building. Seven windows were broken, the ceiling was damaged and furnishing were blown about by the blast. Fragments of galvanized steel pipe was scattered about the room and recovered by members of the fire department.

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No injuries were reported among the 300 teen-agers at a dance in the school gymnasium but police and firemen who arrived minutes later ordered the building cleared as a precaution.


The sight committee of the Arbutus Lions Club will hold the annual Thanksgiving dance this Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 P.M. to 1 A.M. in Leeds Hall, Stevens avenue, Arbutus. An orchestra will provide music and refreshments will be served.

Net proceeds will be used to furnish eye examinations and eye glasses to the needy of this area.

Tickets may be obtained from any member of the club, at the door or by calling Carroll Watersdorf at Circle 2-0378.


Miss Margaret Pennington Chapman of Catonsville, a teacher at the Calvert School, accepted from Alan M. Dix, Executive Vice President of Capitol Car Distributors, Ltd., the keys to the 50,000th Volkswagen imported by Capitol Car through the port of Baltimore.

Attending the ceremony at the opening of Baltimore's newest VW dealer, Forty West Motors, Inc., of 6624 Baltimore National Pike, were Charles B. Gillet, Jr., president of Forty West Motors, Inc., and Jean Hofmeister, Harbor Master, City of Baltimore.

Miss Chapman, who bought the VW with no knowledge that it was the 50,000th, was presented a car radio by Forty West Motors, and white-wall tires and a year's supply of gasoline by Capitol Car Distributors, Ltd.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.