In an accident while three teen-agers were playing, one of them with his father's gun, a 14-year-old Catonsville boy was fatally shot last Friday evening, March 22 in a home in the 1100 block of Ingleside avenue.
Edward O. Piechowiak of 928 Bardswell road, Westview Park was removed in the Catonsville ambulance to the Lutheran Hospital where he died at about 1 o'clock Saturday morning.
According to police, Piechowiak and the other boys, both aged 16, were talking about guns and one of them got his father's gun, aimed at a spot on the wall and fired.
Piechowiak was half lying on the bed, his head against the wall. The shot missed the spot and entered the boy's head at the right temple.
100 Years Ago
An article in the March 29, 1913 edition of The Argus remarked on a well-known figure's misfortune.
Bernard McCann, for more than 25 years doorkeeper at the Spring Grove State Hospital, fell several days ago at the institution fracturing his left arm between the wrist and elbow. Mr. McCann is one of the oldest employees of Spring Grove and is well known among the visitors at the hospital during the past quarter of a century.
Complaints are being made to the Catonsville police by residents of suburban homes about boys gunning for blackbirds and firing guns on their lawns. Several residents of Oak Forest Park stated that the boys had fired directly under their windows, endangering their lives. Patrolmen Peters and Stevens are making an investigation.
The members of the baseball committee of the Catonsville Volunteer Hose Company are making preparations for the opening of the season at Diehlman's Park. The first game is scheduled for April 13, with the Belford Yanigans, one of the best amateur teams of the city, and the firemen will have to display some of their fine work, as exhibited last season, to carry off the honors of the opening contest.
Dorothy, the 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fischbach, was taken to the Presbyterian Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital Wednesday afternoon for an affection of her right eye.
The child was seated at the window in the kitchen of the home on Winters avenue Sunday afternoon watching a ball game in the yard between her sisters and several of their friends. The ball struck the window pane in front of the child, scattering glass in all directions. It is thought that a piece of the flying glass struck the child in the eye and it has become badly irritated. The child underwent an examination at the hospital.
Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.