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Catonsville man with ties to Colonial Maryland dies in 1939

An article in the March 10, 1939 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the passing of a well-known resident.

Last Sunday, March 5, a memorial service was held in the Catonsville M.E. Church at eleven o'clock for Thomas Hammond Griffith, known as "the grand old man of Catonsville," who died at his home here on February 9.

The late Mr. Griffith was born in 1854 at "Black Castle", Frederick county, Md. He was a descendant of Major-General John Hammond of colonial Maryland and Col. Philemon Griffith of Revolutionary fame.

He is survived by three children, Mrs. Charles H. Bateman and Harry Harwood Griffith of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mrs. John S. Pritchard of Catonsville.


A luncheon for benefit of the Halethorpe school choir will be given next Wednesday, March 15, at the school. Children will be served at noon, others at one o'clock. Luncheon will consist of chicken and shrimp salad. Mrs. Richard Harvey is in charge.


The Arbutus Baseball Club is looking forward to a successful season this year, under the management of Judge William E. Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs, a former ball player of some repute, expects to put a winning team on the field.


Mrs. Graves, a teacher at the Halethorpe public school, who underwent an operation at the University Hospital last week, is reported as doing as well as can be expected. It became necessary to place a plate in her arm, and it is hoped that she will not lose the use of the arm.

50 Years Ago

An article in the March 12, 1964 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on growing excitement for lacrosse season.

Coach Charles Grim and his Catonsville Lacrossers are looking forward to a big season. From the 1963 outfit, the local club has lost only four stickmen.

Leading the returnees on the 30 man squad, working out for over a month under Grim and Assistant Coaches Ron Kasemeyer and Otts Sauers, are veteran defenseman Dick Norris, midfield Barry Russell, and attackman Harry Culbertson.

Grim thinks new midfielders George Brauer and Bill Fetteroff will be full-fledged All-Club players in their first season in club ball since graduating from the University of Maryland in '63. The other midfielder starter from the 1963 team, Ron Heck, is back but he is up to his ears in a battle with Freshman Larry Bruce a former Catonsville High sticker, who is returning to the game after a tour of duty with the Marines.


Before the invasion of 154 bus trips a day made it a thoroughway, quiet little Dutton avenue needed only minor repair work in the Spring.

Now road repairs are made every few days. There are patches on patches but still mud shows through. The street is breaking up, the edges are crumbling and the county taxpayers are footing a costly street repair bill.

Added to that cost is maintenance of the fire plug at Dutton avenue and Frederick road which started leaking on Feb. 25 after a bus is reported to have grazed it. If the plug is sheared off, the Dutton avenue area will be without fire protection until it is replaced.


The badminton program at the Catonsville Junior High School on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 o'clock is accepting entries for a double elimination badminton tournament to begin April 5. The age limits will be 9-12 and 13-18. Boys and girls may register for this tournament during the regular program hours on March 15 and March 22. The entry donation is one dollar unless one is already a registered member of the program.

100 Years Ago

An article in the March 14, 1914, edition of The Argus remarked on an unusual prisoner.

At the Catonsville Police Station there was some excitement Saturday afternoon when a large bull dog was lodged in a cell. The dog was captured by Patrolman Peters at Eden Terrace. The owner stated he was willing to part with him and Sunday the dog was sent to Canada.


Margaret Smith, daughter of Chas. Smith, of Bloomingdale avenue, is recovering from a ruptured blood vessel in one of her eyes caused by being struck by a piece of chalk while at school.


When Henry Reiblich, of Hebbville, was deeply interested in the services at Emmart's M.E. Chapel, Dogwood road, near Catonsville, Sunday night, someone drove off with his horse and carriage, standing in front of the church.

After the benediction Mr. Reiblich bid members of the congregation goodnight and left to drive home. He discovered his loss and called upon the county and city police to aid him with a search for the stolen horse and buggy.

The team was found at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning at Ingleside and Edmondson avenues. On the seat of the vehicle was found a note which advised finder to feed the horse and turn the team over to the police. The police restored the team to its owner.


John W. Freund, the well-known local shoe dealer, has just installed a mammoth shoe repairing machine at his place of business, corner Frederick and Bloomsbury avenues, and has employed an expert shoemaker to operate it. Mr. Freund has filled a long-felt want in Catonsville. The machine is capable of turning out the finest work at short notice.

Material from the archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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