An article in the March 11, 1938 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the possible end of the battle between two fire companies for control.

The long-debated question as to which of two volunteer fire companies at Violetville is entitled to control of the fire-fighting equipment and ambulance is to be settled at last, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Suit was filed by the "old" group, the Violetville Volunteer Fire Company, against the "new" organization, known as the Community Volunteer Fire Company of Violetville, to compel the latter to return to the former the equipment in question.

Judge C. Gus Grason signed an order giving the Community company until March 23 to show cause why the writ of mandamus should not be granted.

The equipment in question consists of three pieces of fire fighting equipment, one an American-La France 1,000 gallon pumper, the ambulance, a player piano used at carnivals, and other odds and ends.


A Black Giant hen, owned by Mrs. J. Isaac Holbrook of the Liberty Road, Randallstown, was killed this week by its owner for the purpose of providing a chicken dinner. The bird weighed 6 1/2 pounds.

However, when it was discovered that the hen had two livers, weighing three ounces each, the chicken dinner was called off.


The lower grades at the Ascension Parochial School have been attacked by an epidemic of mumps.


Joseph Stubblefield, 19, of Edmondson and Prospect Avenues, Catonsville, was run down by an automobile last Saturday on Edmondson Avenue between Hillside and Ridge Roads. The machine, according to police, was driven by Jerome R. Spedden, 35, of Catonsville. Spedden took Stubblefield to St. Agnes' Hospital, where the latter died of a fractured skull and neck shortly after being admitted.

50 Years Ago

An article in the March 14, 1963 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the progress of a new post office.

The United State Post Office Department has announced that construction will start soon on the new $135,000 Halethorpe Post Office building on Selma avenue near Southwestern Boulevard. It will be completed in about eight months. The new building will replace the present post office at Leeds avenue and East Drive.

The new building will have 7,710 square feet of interior floor space (as compared with only 2,044 square feet in the present post office). 1,005 square feet of exterior platform and 19,932 square feet of outside paved area.


Ordell Braase, a star of the Colts football team since 1957, was the star attraction also at the Salem Lutheran Church father and son dinner on Feb. 22. About 130 persons attended.


Mrs. Mildred Porter of 107 Ingleside avenue notified police that three teenagers snatched her purse on March 8 at 10:05 P.M. while she was walking east on the north side of Frederick road. The boys disappeared in the rear of a nearby supermarket.