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A well-pronounced link between Catonsville and Howard County [History Matters]

By Louise Vest

6:05 AM EST, November 7, 2013

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50 Years Ago

Wanted: Links to the past

In an article about a committee soliciting historical information and material, readers are reminded of the link between Catonsville and the Howard County area. Catonsville came to life because of Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence and owner of Doughreagan Manor, near Ellicott City. Carroll also owned land in Baltimore County, acreage which was presented to his favorite daughter, Mary, who married Richard Caton in 1787. The gifted land became Catonsville and lots were divided in 1810. The article goes on to explain what kind of material was needed:

 "The Committee wishes to collect, preserve and organize for easy use pertinent material relating to the history in somewhat the same manner as is used in the Maryland Room, at the central Enoch Pratt Library and in the Peal Museum's Baltimore collection.

"Acceptable will be materials which would include information about individuals, families, business and professional developments, social life and customs, physical features, streets, buildings, transportation, books written by or related to Catonsville residents. ... It is possible that some of Catonsville's former residents who now live in Howard County might have such material to give."

November 1927

The social scene

Social notes from the Times: "Mr. and Mrs. William B. Owings of Catonsville, spent the past week end with Mrs. Hattie Stewart and family near Glenwood.

Mr. and Mrs. William Malone, of Elkridge, are receiving congratulations on the birth of a fine baby boy this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Griffith, Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Linkenfelter, and Mr. and Mrs. John Ewing, Mr. H.D. Tharle, Mr. Bryan Williams, Miss Elizabeth Ewing, Miss Florence Griffith, Mr. C. Bishop were the recent guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Welling Iglehart, of Clarksville, Md.

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Hobbs celebrated the fifty-eight anniversary of their wedding at their home near Laurel, Howard County, last Wednesday night, which was attended by the members of their family. A number of their friends called during the evening to extend their congratulations."

So, this couple were married not long after the end of the Civil War and saw more than a few changes during their married life. The post-war era was marked by inventions that would transform America and the world that included telephones, radios, motor vehicles, airplanes, hand-held cameras, motion pictures, and something to drink at those silent movies — Coca-Cola.

November 1889

A soldier's widow dies

"Local Occurrences: News Gathered Around and About Ellicott City:

"Mrs. Louisa S. Strawbridge, the widow of the late Issac S. Strawbridge, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Chas. F. Bierly, of this city, Wednesday night. The deceased was 78 years of age, had been a resident of Ellicott City of nearly half a century and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 65 years.

"She was born near Powhatan, Baltimore County, and was a niece of Col. George Timanns, who served with distinction in the War of 1812.  ... The late Isaac S. Strawbridge, husband of the deceased, was a veteran in the Mexican War, having served as commissary sergeant in Col. John Eager Howard's Voltigers. The only children of Mrs. Strawbridge are Mrs. and Mrs. John M. Collier, both of this city."

The U.S.-Mexican War lasted from 1846 to 1848 and John Eager Howard's men became well known for being a part of a group that in September 1847 stormed the Chepultepac, a fortress gateway to Mexico City. 

"Mrs. Harry Frizzell is lying ill of typhoid fever at the home of her father, Mr. Robey Easton.

"Mr. Ben Miller, the well known coach builder of this city, has been suffering from a severe election cold."

I imagine this is any cold caught in November of an election year, election day being about the time of the first frosty nights and chilly days.