Pages from the Past: Navy delivers compensation 39 years later to local sailor in Spanish-American War

An article in the April 9. 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on delayed compensation finally awarded an area resident who served as a sailor in the Navy during the Spanish-American War.

Magistrate Fred C. Roth of Sulphur Springs road, Halethorpe, on Tuesday received a Navy Department check for $3.05 because thirty-eight years ago he was one of a heroic company.

It seems that on a day in June in 1898, when the United States was deep in the war with Spain, the U.S.S. Dixie came upon a British vessel, called the Ventura, off the coast of Cuba. The Ventura was alleged to be carrying contrabrand of war and was captured by the crew of the Dixie.

The check received by Magistrate Roth this week was his prorated share of the prize money. He appreciated it, he said, but he added, "What I want to know is: Where's the interest?"


The body of George L. Miller, 40, of the Waterloo Road was found on Washington Bouelvard on Sunday morning about 3 o'clock by Miss Hazel Posey, 18, of Arlington, Virginia, who said she stopped her automobile to investigate. Miss Posey and her three girl companions placed the body in their car and drove to St. Agnes Hospital, where physicians said death had occurred several hours before.

Following a questioning before Magistrate Henry W. Routenberg of Halethorpe, the girls were cleared of all connection with Miller's death. According to reports, particles of broken headlamp were found by police at the scene of the accident.


Dr. and Mrs. L.L. Howard of Oak Park, attended the Aviation Ball held by the Maryland Flying Club at the Belvedere Hotel last Saturday night. It was a colorful function, with the officers in dress uniform and the other men in evening dress. Mrs. Howard wore a white satin gown with train and a corsage of orchids and lilies of the valley. Mr. and Mrs. Karl Hartig went as Dr. and Mrs. Howard's guests. Mrs. Hartig wore a beige satin gown with a bouquet of blue forget-me-nots and blue slippers to match.

50 Years Ago

An article in the April 12, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian recognized the selection of three local young women to represent the area during the Girl Scouts' 50th anniversary celebration.

Girl Scouting is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a Roundup Encampment in July at Button Bay, Vt., on Lake Champlain. Three teenagers who have been chosen to represent this area at the encampment are Jeanne Chell and Alaine Ivey of Catonsville and Clair Schaefer of Arbutus. There will be 8,500 Senior Girl Scouts and 1,500 adult leaders from the U.S. and foreign countries at the Roundup which will be held July 18-31. The theme of the anniversary year and of the Roundup is "Honor the Past — Serve the Future."


The men and the pastor of Chapelgate Lane United Presbyterian Church have personally constructed a new chapel, volunteering their Saturdays for many weeks. Women of the church fortified the men with noon-time repasts of pies, cakes and refreshments.

That chapel, located at 1501 North Rolling road, will be dedicated and named Chapel Hill United Presbyterian Church this coming Sunday, April 15, at 3 P.M.


Vincent O'Malley of 1611 Rolling road, Relay, has been reappointed 1962 disaster services chairman for the Arbutus-Halethorpe area, according to Mrs. Albert B. Buzzell, chairman of the local Red Cross committee.

The appointment was made jointly by Mrs. Buzzell and Major General William C. Purnell, chairman of disaster services for the Baltimore Regional Chapter.

For many years, the American Red Cross has provided relief to disaster victims on the basis of need. Mr. O'Malley reported that last year alone, Red Cross conducted 339 disaster relief operatons throughout the country and spent approximately eight million dollars for food, clothing, repair and rebuilding of homes, medical care, occupational supplies and equipment. All Red Cross assistance is an outright gift, with no obligation to repay.

100 Years Ago

An article in the April 13, 1912, edition of The Argus reported the need for new equipment for the local fire house.

The County Commissioners are receiving bids for a hose tower to be erected at the Catonsville Engine House. It will be 50 feet high and adjoin the engine house. The Commissioners have placed an order for several thousand feet of 2 1/2-inch fire hose, which will be distributed throughout the county.


The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a warning against using foreign potatoes for seed. It is stated that such potatoes are not adapted to our soils and climate and will not return profitable yields and that several serious diseases not now prevalent in this country are almost certain to be introduced if such stock is used for seed.


It is the aim of The Argus to publish as many personal and social items as possible, but it frequently happens that those who have guests visiting them, and those who entertain, fail to send a list of their friends, or an account of these events, to this office. Readers who live at a distance are always interested in what is going on "at home," and for that reason, if for no other, the personal column should be filled every week. It is, of course, understood that anonymous contributions will be not be published. Names of persons furnishing items will be withheld.


Catonsville is slowly putting on its new spring suit. In two or three weeks, it will be able to sustain its claim of being "the prettiest town in Maryland."

Material courtesy of the archives of Catonsville Historical Society.

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