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Pages from the Past: Tugboat owner presents gift for construction of seminary

An article in the Jan. 11, 1913, edition of The Argus announced a generous gift to an area seminary that will be used for the construction of a chapel on the Maiden Choice Lane campus.

A gift of $40,000 promised to St. Charles' College near Catonsville has brought joy to the faculty and students and will assure a handsome chapel in the group of buildings being erected there.

The donor is Patrick Dougherty of Baltimore, a successful tugboat owner. Learning of the needs of the college some time ago, he said he would help, and Wednesday it was officially announced that the college could draw on him for the amount stated.

Standing in the centre and as part of the administration building, the chapel will add greatly to the picturesqueness of the group. The administration building has reached the second story in construction, but work will be halted until Architects Ellicott and Emmart complete plans for the chapel. Members of the faculty of the college have given some ideas they want in the new structure, and these are being arranged in the drawings.


While Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Plitt, of Old Orchard road, Ten Hills, were in the city attending church service Sunday, thieves broke into their home, searched every room and stole $130 in money and jewels.

On their return home at night, Mr. Plitt found everything in confusion and immediately telephoned for the police at Catonsville. Patrolmen Peters and Poehlman went to the house and helped investigate the extent of the damage.

Partly burned matches were found in every room, showing that the thieves made their call after dark. A window was found forced in the dining room and the kitchen door unlocked from the inside.


Thieves made another descent upon Catonsville early Sunday morning where they entered the home of William G. Hewitt, on Nunnery lane.

The thieves cut a slat in a shutter of the dining room, the cottage being unoccupied for the present, as Mr. and Mrs. Hewitt are spending the winter in the city. The house was ransacked from cellar to attic and articles in all the rooms strewn all about the floors. The amount of plunder taken could not be stated Sunday by Mr. Hewitt, who discovered the robbery when he made a visit to his country home.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 7, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian announced the capture of a car thief discovered in an area garage.

A man who identified himself as Thomas Gates Via, 50 years old, of Woodlawn, was ordered held under $1,000 bail for the Baltimore county grand jury on Monday by Magistrate John Loeber of Catonsville, on a charge of attempted theft of an automobile.

Albert F. Fisher, of Woodlawn, called the Catonsville police early Friday, saying he had caught a man in his garage trying to remove the automobiles there.

Patrolmen John Laumann and Thomas Simmons arrived to find Via lying on the ground in front of the garage.

"He fell down," explained Fisher.


Slumped over the steering wheel, William Hyman, 36, was found dead in his automobile, apparently from carbon monoxide gas, in a patch of woods off Belmont Avenue, near the Rolling Road, Woodlawn, on Wednesday.

Fire Captain Howard Bell, driving by, saw the machine and on investigating found its doors were locked. Bell called Patrolman Albert Eitmiller, who pried a door open with some tools taken from the back of Hyman's car.

According to Eitmiller and Police Lieut. Edward Poehlman, a length of garden hose had been led from the exhaust pipe of Hyman's machine, a convertible coupe, through a rear flap in the top and had been packed, where it passed through the flap, with rags.


A number of business men and land-owners along the Washington Boulevard held a meeting on January 4 at which time they elected temporary officers for the Baltimore-Washington Boulevard Association, a new organization, whose motto is, "More Safety and Beauty along our Boulevard". W.E. Simpson was named as president, and F.H. Bell, secretary. Permanent officers of the association will be elected at the next meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 11 at 2 P.M. at One Spot Town on the Boulevard.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 10, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian noted the importance of installing public telephone booths along the Beltway to help motorists in need.

This newspaper has received many inquiries concerning the reason for the absence of public telephone booths along the Beltway. Some of those who have contacted us about this situation reported indignantly that flat tires and stalled engines anywhere along the Beltway mean either long walks or long waits to get help. The great majority say that motorists using the high speed thoroughfare seem unwilling to stop when signaled by a stranded driver, especially at night.

Of course, the reason for the absence of public telephone booths along the Beltway is that no planning was done for such convenience when the Beltway was opened. We have referred all inquiries to the State Roads Commission, which has jurisdiction over the highway.


Parents of 9th grade pupils of Arbutus Junior High are invited to attend a special program at the school on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at 8 P.M. The purpose of the program is to acquaint parents with the curriculum of the senior high schools which the present 9th grade students will be attending next fall.

A general meeting will be held in the gymnasium during which Edward Brumbaugh, principal of Arbutus Junior High, will introduce the guest principals, Taylor F. Johnston, of Woodlawn Senior High, and Harvey W. Kreuzburg, Jr., of Catonsville Senior High.


All Baltimore countians residing along regular refuse collection routes may dispose of their 1962 Christmas trees next Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Charles E. Farley, chief of the Bureau of Sanitation, said that county vehicles, some of them loaned by the County Highways Bureau, will make a special collection of the discarded Yule trees.

Residents are asked to place trees at the regular point of collection on Monday night as trees will be picked up early Tuesday morning and may be missed if placed outside too late.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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