In reporting the incident to the police, Mrs. Ritter told Sergeant Jesse Moore of the Catonsville police that she had been missing corn for some time and had been on the lookout for the thieves. At about nine o'clock Monday night, Mrs. Ritter said, she saw a man and a boy in the cornfield, took her gun and crept through the field, using the corn shocks as shields, until she saw them putting ears of corn into a bag.
She then pulled the triggers and the thieves made a fast get-away, so fast that Mrs. Ritter did not know whether she had hit the mark or not.
100 Years Ago
An article in the Dec. 2, 1911 edition of The Argus noted the painful consequences for an infant after coming upon a caustic chemical left unattended on the kitchen floor.
John, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Sollenberger, of Frederick road and Hilltop lane, west of Catonsville, is suffering from a badly burned mouth and throat as the result of his attempt to eat a chunk of concentrated lye on Wednesday. The servant was using the lye in the kitchen of the Sollenberger home at the time, and had left the can on the floor for a short time while she was attending to her duties about the house. The child was crawling about the floor and came upon the lye, which he began to eat. In a short while, its cries of pain attracted attention. Dr. J. Charles Macgill was sent for and applied some healing salves, and Thursday the child was doing nicely.
Rarely in the history of Baltimore county, or at least in the memory of those persons who pay close attention to farm produce passing through Catonsville, has such fine corn been seen going to market as was hauled down the Frederick road this week. The ears are large and well filled and the corn of a beautiful golden color.
Chicken thieves are still operating in the neighborhood of Catonsville, and the efforts of the police to find a clue to the offenders has so far proved unsuccessful. Sometime between midnight and four o'clock Wednesday morning, the Harlem Poultry Yards, owned by Mr. Anthony Krieger, on Harlem Lane, were entered, and nineteen fine fowls were taken, among them being five show birds that won prizes at the Laurel State Fair and which Mr. Krieger expected to exhibit at Lancaster, Pa., next week.
Catonsvillians Thursday bade farewell to their horse-drawn fire engine, which was transferred to the Towson engine house to take the place of Towson's new combination hose and truck, which was damaged Wednesday at a fire at Sherwood when the horses ran away. The engine will remain at Towson.
Material courtesy of archives from Catonsville Historical Society.