An article in the April 18, 1914 edition of The Argus reported the need for more help at the post office.
In spite of the increase in the volume of mail coming to the Catonsville postoffice, including the load of parcels post packages, the Postoffice Department has not increased its carrier force for several years. The force of seven men are accomplishing the almost impossible. To attempt a regular schedule of delivery on certain days is quite out of the question. It simply can't be done- hence the delay in the delivery of The Argus to many subscribers last Saturday on account of the heavy Easter mail. The Postoffice Department is letting one man do the work of two men, and paying one wage, and the public must suffer.
Intruders entered the garage of Jacob J. Bauman, Edmondson avenue, near Ten Hills, last Friday night and after ransacking the repair shop, tore a pay station telephone from the wall. The coin box was found on the floor intact.
An automobile in the shop indicated that the thieves had slept in it during the night, as several blankets were found spread out on the rear of the machine. The Catonsville police have been notified.
Capt. Ellisworth Cavey, of the Catonsville Engine Company, prides himself as being the owner of a pigeon that will hatch hen eggs as well as pigeon eggs, which he considers of rare occurrence.
Several days ago, Captain Cavey went to the hennery at his home on Magruder avenue, with the intention of setting a hen. To be sure old "Biddy" would obey, he placed one beneath her. Shortly afterward, he returned to the nest and, instead of finding the hen covering the egg, there was a pigeon, with the egg nestled securely beneath it. He allowed it to remain and since then both the male and female pigeons of the pair have been covering the egg.
Another improvement that will soon be enjoyed by Catonsvillians will be the new concrete sidewalk from the High School to Bishops lane. For years pedestrians have been forced to wade through mud and stumble over worn out bricks on the way to the Presbyterian Church, and at last this discomfiture is to be done away with.
75 Years Ago
An article in the April 14, 1939 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian recognized a celebration at a local club.
At a dinner enlivened by a birthday cake, candles, poetry and the eloquence of the Rev. Edgar C. Powers, D.D., guest speaker, the Sterling Club of Catonsville celebrated its eleventh anniversary on Tuesday evening. Dr. Powers was introduced by President Joseph Kirby in the absence of the program chairman, E. Willis Lamoreau.
Dr. Powers' address covered the early history of the Sterling Club and touched upon the changes that have taken place since its beginning. Each past president was called upon for a short address.
A display of 400 dolls of different nations will be exhibited by Miss Elizabeth Hopper at the Catonsville M.E. Church, Frederick and Melvin avenues, on Friday, April 28, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Children are invited to bring their own dolls. Awards will be given for the best dressed, handsomest, smallest, largest, oldest, most unique doll, etc. Children may enter as many dolls as desired.
Miss Hooper is a daughter of former Mayor Alcaeus Hooper and has traveled extensively abroad.
Members of the Holy Name Society of Ascension Catholic Church, Halethorpe, were regaled with many interesting anecdotes and reminiscences of baseball campaigns when Fritz Maisel, Chief Engineer of the Baltimore County Fire Department and former captain of the Baltimore Orioles, spoke at a smoker and social held by the Society on Tuesday night.
Descriptions of the greater thrills in his baseball experiences in both the major and minor leagues were given by "The Catonsville Flash", as Mr. Maisel was known in his playing days. Tales of the doings of Tyrus Raymond Cobb, Otis Lawry, Roger Peckinpaugh, Maurice Archdeacon and other diamond luminaries of former years kept Mr. Maisel's audience in a state of rapt attention.
50 Years Ago
An article in the April 16, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported a new document for the library.
On Saturday, April 11, a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence etched in brass with a handsome frame was presented the Baltimore County Public Library, Catonsville Branch, by Edward S. MacNabb, Jr. The presentation was a feature of National Library Week.
The Catonsville Lacrosse Club, fresh from two wins last weekend, over Georgetown University, 15 to 2, and Baltimore Junior College, 9 to 8, will entertain George Washington University this Sunday, April 19, at 2 P.M. at Catonsville Senior High.
Ten Explorers from Post 306 and one Scout from Troop 306, both units of the Catonsville Presbyterian Church, spent two days on the Appalachian Trail, March 31 and April 1, on a 20-mile hike between Turner's Gap, MD., and Harper's Ferry, W. Va.
The day and night prior to the hike, Easter Monday, was spent encamped in Devil's Hollow, a rugged terrain.
Those who participated are Explorers Ritchie Brown, Richard Broening, Robert and William Ellis, Russell Gelston, James Gilhooly, Ralph Hutton, Thomas Manger, Daniel Miller, David Wheeler and Scout Wayne Allen.
Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun