Pages Past: Burglars target Catonsville residence for third time in year

An article in the Jan. 18, 1913, edition of The Argus reported that the third time was still unlucky for an area couple when it comes to crime.

For the third time within a year, the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. Gower Lawrence, on Paradise avenue, was entered by thieves early last Saturday morning, who made away with jewelry, including two gold-plated watches.

The thieves cut the slats in the shutter and forced a window with a jimmy. The contents of every room were scattered about.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence and their children had been at the home of the latter's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Sucro, at Eden Terrace, for the winter.

On the two previous visits by thieves, furniture, musical instruments, clothing and bedclothes were taken.


Michael Bewley, of Powers lane, near Catonsville, claims to have the oldest chicken in this part of the country, it having reached the age of 20 years. The hen, which is jet black with a top-knot, resembles a black Leghorn and was given to Mr. Bewley by his mother when he was a boy.

Mr. Bewley stated Sunday that it had no record for egg-laying at the present time, but that it laid occasionally and only last year hatched out a brood.


The annual pool tournament of the members of the Catonsville Volunteer Hose Company, which always causes intense interest among the firemen, began Tuesday evening at their headquarters on Bloomsbury avenue and will last about three weeks.

A prize will be awarded to the winner of the tournament and one also will be given to the member making the highest run. In order for a member to drop out of the contest, he will have to lose two 50-point games.


Charles Bujac, the oldest motorman in the employ of the United Railways in point of service, is again running a Towson-Catonsville car. For a number of years, Mr. Bujac was a conductor on the local express car, but the use of this has been discontinued. Mr. Bujac began his career with the railway as a driver on a Catonsville car in 1885.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 14, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian blamed poor weather conditions for several accidents.

Local and out-of-town motorists have had a bad case of "jitters" due to the condition of the highways, which have been covered with snow and ice which has hampered travel considerably. Among the more dangerous stretches of road were the Nine-mile Hill, just east of Ellicott City, and the Columbia Road, leading from Main Street toward Clarksville. Other places along the West Friendship-Sykesville road and the Washington Boulevard (which was the cause of a triple-truck crash on Wednesday afternoon) have been covered with ice, making travel hazardous.

Wednesday afternoon, a triple-truck accident on Washington Boulevard, near Elkridge, tied up travel for nearly an hour. A 10-wheel trailer-truck skidded and overturned and an 8-wheel truck upset when the driver applied the brakes to avoid striking the larger vehicle. A third truck crashed into an embankment close by a few moments later. A passenger car also figured in the accident.


The second meeting of the Catonsville branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was held on Monday, January 10, at 3:30 P.M. at the home of Miss Virginia Duval, Frederick Avenue. A paper on "War and Peace Anthology" was read by Mrs. H.W. Stone. There was a discussion by the members on present policies and ideas concerning peace and war.


The basketball team representing the Catonsville Community Athletic Club opened its season on Thursday, January 6, with a victory over the strong Dickey A.C. on the latter's court. The score was 38-29.

In the Catonsville lineup were Kes Smith, left forward; Hensby, right forward; Harry Faya, center; James Catner, Robert Barrett and Abe Scop, guards. Well rounded teamwork by the Catonsville players featured the game. Scoring was evenly distributed.


Members of Catonsville Rotary Club are indebted to Past President Charles E. Wilson for securing as guest lecturer for their regular meeting on Wednesday night at Cary Croft, Captain Richard H. Torovsky of the United States Army, who presented exceptionally beautiful nature-color motion pictures which he made during a two-year assignment in Honolulu, and which included scenes made upon his return of the Golden Gate, with a trip across the new bridge and many splendid views of the mountains backgrounding San Francisco.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 17, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported the capture of two teens believed to be responsible for a break-in at the local library.

Police nabbed two young teenagers with cuts on their hands after a report reached the Wilkens Police station that the Catonsville library in the 900 block Frederick road had been broken into last Friday night. Blood was found on a window sill and one of the desks in the office. The glass in the rear window was broken. Files and books were strewn on the library floor.

A hearing was set in Juvenile Court for one of the boys, and the other boy was turned over to the Maryland Children's Center.

Police also reported that the same two boys attempted to break into a hardware store in the 700 block of Frederick road early on Jan. 12.


A resident of the 900 block Courtney road notified police that while he was asleep in his bedroom on Jan. 9, a shot came through the storm and inside windows and struck a mirror. He summoned police.

At the same time, a Wilkens avenue neighbor came to report that the accidental shooting occurred while she was unloading a revolver in her kitchen. The bullet glanced off a tabletop, went through a wooden door and the glass of a storm door in her house and struck the upstairs window on Courtney road. No charges were placed.


An accidental fall down all twelve steps to the basement at his home in the 2200 block of Old Frederick road proved fatal to Eugene Springer, 77, on Friday, Jan. 11. Suffering profusely from a head lacerations, he was rushed in the Catonsville ambulance to St. Agnes hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour after the accident.


Armed Forces police in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 8 notified the Wilkens police to be on the lookout for two teenage escapees from the Marine Corps School at Quantico, Va., who were operating a stolen station wagon.

Police found one of the youths in a club basement of his home in the 2900 block Vermont avenue. He showed police officers C.W. Morsberger and R.R. Reeves where the car had been abandoned in Anne Arundel county. His companion is still reported at large.

Material courtesy of the archives of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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