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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.


Two boys, aged 15 and 16 set out from their Long Island, New York homes on March 8 but ran out of money and called police when they got to a diner at Baltimore National Pike and Rolling road. The teenagers said their destination was Kentucky. Police said the boys were held at the Wilkens station until their relatives picked them up.


A 38-year-old Baltimore man, who was stopped on the Baltimore National Pike and Rolling road on March 8 by Sgt. John Rapisarda of the Wilkens police station on a charge of speeding at 90 miles per hour was arrested after he is reported to have attempted to bribe the officer with a $20 bill. Bail was set at $1,000 and a hearing set for March 20 in the Catonsville police court.

100 Years Ago

An article in the March 15, 1963 edition of The Argus announced the discovery of an old well.

A cave-in Monday in the driveway of Chesmont, the country home of Alexander Harvey, at Paradise, brought to light an opening, which, it is said, was used as a well by the Paradise Hotel over half a century ago.

The well had been walled up with stone and covered with slabs of stone. After the property ceased to be a hotel, it was occupied as a military school in charge of Capt. Thomas Sheffel, of South Carolina.


The Catonsville police are on the lookout for raccoon hunters who have been violating the Maryland game law for the last week by hunting and pursuing game during the closed season, which extends from February 28 to October 1. A number of complaints have been made about gangs of men and boys who go out almost nightly.


Margaret, the 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kalb, while playing Wednesday at the home of her parents on Frederick avenue with buttons had one of them lodged in her nose for over an hour. Dr. J. Charles Macgill was summoned and after probing for it finally removed it.


Strollers along the Patapsco, near Avalon, Sunday were attracted by the unique way one of the fishermen had in capturing fish without holding the rod. The fisherman had about six lines attached to the rods and stationed at different points along the river. Where the lines were attached to the rod was a small bell, similar to a sleigh bell, and when a fish nibbled on the bait the bell would give the alarm and the fisherman would hurriedly pull up and land the fish.


Vernon, the 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hyatt, of Meadowbrook avenue, had a narrow escape from serious injury Saturday afternoon at the home of his parents. Mrs. Hyatt was engaged in cleaning the sink in the kitchen with concentrated lye, when the child secured the can and began drinking the contents. His screams alarmed his mother, who rushed into the room and found the boy in agony with a badly burned mouth and throat. She hastily summoned Dr. Marshall B. West, who soon had the child out of danger.


The dog poisoner who has caused considerable alarm among owners of valuable canines in Catonsville for several months added another victim to his list. Monday morning Mr. William J. Mackee discovered his valuable collie dog dead near his home on Hilton avenue, opposite Oak Forest Park.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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