An article in the Feb. 15, 1913, edition of The Argus reported on the culmination of a long-distance romance sparked by a meeting during a tour of Canadian gold mines.

Three thousand miles across the continent to Tacoma, Wash., Miss Ethel Patterson, of Ingleside avenue, will travel to wed Donald McCallun, of Keremeos, B.C., and the Patterson home is now in the throes of preparation for her westward trip. Miss Patterson will leave Baltimore next Thursday, and will be accompanied on her long trip by her brother, Frederick V. Patterson, who will act as best man at the wedding.

The wedding is the culmination of a romance which was begun last summer, while on a visit to her sister, Mrs. Melbourne Bailey, of Tacoma. During the visit, Miss Patterson and her sister made the journey into British Columbia to visit the gold mines in which her brother-in-law is interested. It was during this trip to Canada that she met Mr. McCallun.

Before Miss Patterson had concluded her visit, there existed a strong friendship between the couple, and although after her return they were separated by the breadth of a continent, the friendship developed into a stronger bond. A proposal by mail was accepted by Miss Patterson, and arrangements for the wedding made.


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As he boarded a Frederick road car at Arlington avenue and Lombard street, Baltimore, Thursday evening of last week, George F. Anderson, of Catonsville, was jostled by a couple of men. Three blocks distant, they left the car. Subsequently, Anderson discovered that a pocketbook containing $93 had been taken from his trouser's pants.

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Thieves entered the stable of Charles Birch, on the Frederick road, near Catonsville, Saturday night and got away with two sets of harness and a goose. Several men were seen early in the night loitering about the building and a good description of them has been furnished the Catonsville police. The stable has been entered twice before.

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Seven out of eight ill at one time is the ill luck that has befallen the household of Christian F. Maisel, on Ingleside avenue, father of Fritz and George Maisel, the local ball players.

The sick include Mr. and Mrs. Maisel, their sons, Messrs. Fritz, George and Simon Maisel, all of whom are suffering with an attack of the grip; Miss Laura Maisel, a daughter, who is threatened with pneumonia, and another daughter, Miss Sophia Maisel, who has tonsillitis. The only other member of the family residing with his parents, Heine Maisel, has so far escaped illness.

All the sick were reported doing nicely yesterday. They are being attended by Dr. Charles L. Mattfeldt.

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Miss Thekla Willyoung, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Willyoung, of Catonsville, left Monday on a 10,000-mile trip to the Philippine Islands to visit friends. She will remain about six months.

Miss Willyoung will be accompanied as far as Atlanta, Ga., by her brother, Eugene Willyoung, of Buenos Ayres, Argentina, who is visiting his parents. She will stop at Hawaii for several weeks to visit another brother.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 11, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian announced a split in loyalty at a local fire station.

"The battle of Violetville" is still raging with undiminished intensity. We refer, of course, to the struggle between the two rival factions for dominance of the Violetville Fire Department. Two separate groups claim precedence over each other in the ownership and operation of the fire fighting equipment and ambulance service.

Last Friday night, the "old" group, led by John A. Purkey, former undisputed chief of the entire outfit, met and elected officers.

At the same time, the opposition camp held a meeting of its own and elected officers.