Pages from the Past: Determined soldier twice deterred from coming home

An article in the Feb. 7, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on a local soldier determined to come home, despite not having permission to do so..

Officers Herbert D. King and William Raubach of the Wilkens Avenue police station picked up a soldier in the 700 block Oella avenue on Jan. 31 and upon investigation found out that the man was A.W.O.L. from Fort Dix, N.J. Two weeks ago, the same man had been picked up for the same offense and was given a train ticket and told to return to the Fort. However, he left the train en route and returned to his home on Oella avenue. U.S. Military Police in Baltimore were notified.


Police were notified that a man with a woman's brown silk stocking pulled over his head and armed with a black pistol walked into the office of Martin White at Annapolis road at 10:42 A.M. on Feb. 1 and demanded that the secretary hand over the payroll. He threatened that if she made any noise or moved from her desk, he would kill her. When he found out that the payroll was not there, he left the scene hurriedly in a white station wagon and headed south on Annapolis road. The thug was described as being about five feet seven with dark brown hair and light skin.


Patapsco Valley Chorus, Catonsville's barbershoppers, will sponsor a Valentine "sweetheart ball" on Saturday night, Feb. 16 in Gwynn Oak Park. Jack Wells, well known television personality, will be master of ceremonies. A spokesman for the organization said this week that the dance is already a sell out.

Proceeds of the dance will help defray the expenses of the chapter on its trip to Toronto, Canada for the 1963 SPEBSQA international competition and convention. Catonsville chapter will represent the Mid-Atlantic District in the contest for the world title.


Application for a Baltimore county building permit has been filed by Westview Shopping, Inc., to erect 13 more retail stores in the shopping center at Baltimore National Pike and Ingleside avenue. The cost is about $135,000.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 4, 1938 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian remarked on unwanted creatures in local homes.

Yes, it's a fact, believe it or not! When Owen R. Stagmer, Catonsville pharmacist, heard a noise in the garage at his home at Newburg Avenue, he investigated and found an opossum occupying a corner of the building. Getting his trusty shotgun off the hook, Dr. Stagmer went gunning in the garage. "I shot to miss," said he, "but the charge blew that opossum's nose off anyway."

(Editor's Note: Your editor, who lives at Randallstown, also heard a noise in his garage one dark night. Upon investigation, your editor found himself within two feet of a perfect specimen of local polecat, otherwise known as a skunk. Your editor didn't shoot at the skunk, but did shoot out of that garage in nothing flat. Fortunately, the skunk didn't shoot, either).


When an automobile crashed into the rear of their car on the Rolling Road on Monday, and sent it crashing into the rear of another machine, Miss Anna Stedman, 20, of Owings Mills, and Frank Giles, Jr., 20 , of the 2200 block Chelsea Terrace, Baltimore, sustained serious injuries.

Physicians at the University Hospital said they both suffered possible skull fractures.


The Halethorpe Fire Department proved its worth again last week, when the firemen were successful in extinguishing three fires in the community before serious damage was done.


Mr.and Mrs. Karl S. Betts of S. Rolling Road entered their three purebred pet dogs, "Yalou", ChouChou" and "Coco", in the dog show which was held by the Maryland Kennel Club at the Fifth Regiment Armory on January 28 and 29. "Yalou" won first prize in her class. "ChouChou" won first prize in "dogs bred by exhibitor", and third prize in "novice dogs". "Coco" won first prize in "junior dogs", and second prize in "novice parti-color dogs".

100 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 8, 1913 edition of The Argus announced a reward for the capture of a dog killer that had eluded local law enforcement.

War on dogs has been declared at Catonsville. By whom? The answer is worth $100. Which has been offered by the owner of the latest victim. For weeks it has been no unusual occurrence for the owners of valuable canines to call their pets in the morning only to learn that "doggie" died during the night.

The person or persons who seem bent on killing every dog, irrespective of pedigree, are literally working in the dark. Poisoned food scattered after nightfall is the method employed.

Monday morning, Terror, an Ayrdale dog, valued at $500, was found dead. An examination showed that he had been poisoned. Mrs. Valentine S. Doebler, of Eden Terrace, owner of Terror, offers in the advertising columns of The Argus a reward of $100 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty.

Private detectives have been employed, but so far seem to be making little progress. Meantime, dogs that once enjoyed freedom are no longer permitted to roam about.


Edward Kimmelshue, a member of Salem Lutheran Sunday school, suffered an attack of heart trouble Sunday morning while accepting a banner from the superintendent of the school for the largest class attendance for the day.

Young Kimmelshue's class had the largest number present Sunday and was called by the superintendent to be presented with a banner. The excitement is thought to have worked on the boy's heart. While accepting the banner, he became pale and fell to the floor in a faint. Dr. Charles L. Mattfeldt, who lives opposite the school, was hurriedly summoned and soon revived the boy.

Shortly afterward, he again relapsed into unconsciousness. He was removed to the home of his mother, Mrs. George Kimmelshue, on Sanford avenue.


The home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ammenhauser, of Smith's lane, was visited early Sunday morning by thieves and their icebox on the rear porch relieved of their Sunday dinner. Mrs. Ammenhauser discovered their loss Sunday morning. The Catonsville police were notified.

Material from the archives courtesy of The Catonsville Historical Society.

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