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Waterfalls, a drive-in movie, three sets of trains, a baseball field with the players in motion, and an outboard motor will highlight the enormous Christmas garden painstakingly built by members of the Catonsville Fire Department at their firehouse located in the 700 block Frederick road.

Mounted on a platform 8 by 20 feet, the garden includes a regular community with a mountain background where trains rush through mountain tunnels down to the station. Moving objects and flickering lights attract a visitor's attention.

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A fifteen-year-old boy from Rome, Ohio, who told police that he ran away from hishomeon Dec. 6 because the boys in his neighborhood disliked him, was picked up while walking on the Baltimore National Pike on Dec. 10. He was released to his mother.

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William L. Nichols, 27, of N. Eutaw street was treated in St. Agnes hospital on Dec. 13 after he was accidentally shot in his right arm and leg while hunting rabbits on the property of Thomas J. Roberts, 31, of Augusta avenue. The police combed the woods but were unable to find the hunters who did the shooting.

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A very festive evening was spent by Cub Pack No. 891 on Dec. 14 at Westowne School. The boys arrived, full of Christmas spirit, with tree decorations made at their den meetings. After the tree for Spring Grove Hospital had been trimmed, everyone enjoyed a caroling session.

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While looking for some plywood on Dec. 14 on Hammonds Ferry road near the Patapsco river bridge William C. Fisher of Kessler road came upon an abandoned safe, he told police.

The safe had been forced open and the combination knocked off. Checks were found nearby and stationary bearing the name of a Baltimore firm were in the safe. The Baltimore City Crime Laboratory is investigating.

100 Years Ago

An article in the Dec. 21, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on a resident's successful participation in a poultry show in Illinois .

Dr. W. A. Low, the well-known local dentist, returned Thursday from Chicago, after having spent a week at the Chicago Poultry Show, where he exhibited his "Ideal" Dark Cornish Games. Dr. Low brought back with him ten prizes, his winnings being as follows: First on pen, second on hen, third on cockerel, fourth on pullet, fifth on cock, and five special prizes.

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Two motorcycle riders were in collision Sunday about 3 P.M. at Wilkens avenue and Rolling road. Both were thrown with great force, one through a wire fence near the country place of E. Stanley Gary, badly bruising him, while the other was thrown against a telephone pole, badly cutting his face and hands. Both of the motorcycles were demolished. The injured men were taken to their homes in the city by a passing automobile.

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The Woodbine Hotel, on the Johnnycake road, at Woodbine, five miles north of Catonsville, was destroyed by fire shortly after 9 o'clock last Saturday night. The building, a two-story frame structure, contained about 14 rooms.

When the auto apparatus arrived, the front of the hotel was a mass of flames. The nearest water supply was from a well 700 feet away. Chemicals were used to save an adjoining dancing pavilion and another small building. In this, firemen were successful.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.