Runaways apprehended before boarding train for western Maryland in 1913

An article in the March 1, 1913, edition of The Argus reported on the dreams of young runaways.

James Rubin, 12 years old, Lakewood avenue; Louis Susosky, 11 years old, Hudson street, and John Noroacki, 15 years old, Hudson street, Baltimore, were locked up Saturday night at the Catonsville Police Station charged with being runaways.

The boys were picked up by Patrolman Dennis Cavey near Ellicott City, where they were to board a freight train for Western Maryland. They had been reading dime novels and said they were going to the mountains for adventure. A .38-calibre revolver fully loaded and 25 extra cartridges were found on Noroacki. Several large pocketknives and drinking cups were also found on the youths.

The parents of the boys were notified and took them home.


Fritz Maisel, player of the Baltimore Baseball Club, is confined to his home on Ingleside avenue, with an affection of his head brought on by an attack of grip which he suffered about a week ago.

Fritz went to office of Dr. A. D. McConachie in Baltimore, Sunday, where he underwent an examination to learn the cause of the trouble. It is not definitely decided whether the young Oriole will have to undergo an operation or not.


Mr. Frank T. Harrison, of Catonsville, is improving property at Relay by widening the road running through it connecting Rolling road and Viaduct avenue. This road is being graded for a gradual slope its entire length and will be 40 feet wide. Space is also being graded for a six foot walk on each side. The work is being done by Henry Reich and Sons. Mr. Harrison contemplates building several cottages in the near future.


The fifteenth annual masked ball and carnival of the patients of the Spring Grove State Hospital, Dr. J. Percy Wade, superintendent, was held Tuesday night at the institution and was largely attended.

The decorations of the ballroom were elaborate, while the costumes of many of the participants were of unique design, many of them appearing in original costumes. In most cases, the disguises had been so cleverly contrived that even intimate friends did not recognize each other. There were about 32 couples in the promenade and represented different nationalities, historical, classical and comic characters.

After the promenade, masks were removed and general dancing was indulged in by the patients, attendants and guests. About 10:30 o'clock, a specially prepared supper was served in the spacious dining room.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 25, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian announced a site has been chosen for the new post office.

Acting after consideration of a number of proposed sites for the new post office building to be erected in Catonsville, the joint Treasury-Post Office Committee at Washington on Thursday of this week recommended the purchase of a site on the southwest corner of Frederick Road and Sanford Avenue.

This property has been offered to the Government by its owner, George B. Jobson, for a price of $24,000.

Funds appropriated for the new post office building in Catonsville aggregate $100,000, which cost is to include the purchase of ground and the construction of a new building to house the post office primarily, but also to provide office space for other Federal agencies which may have occasion to use such facilities here.


For the third consecutive time, Catonsville High School won the Baltimore County high school basketball championship, defeating Sparks, 67-33, last Friday to clinch the title.

Reichert was the offensive star for Catonsville and collected 14 points of his team's total.


Miss Mae Schlosser of Eden Terrace gave a party at her home last Friday evening, February 18. Among the guests were Mrs. Lillian Chappell, Mr. Lawrence Chappell, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Craig and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stahl.

Five hundred was played and four attractive prizes were awarded those with the highest scores. The hostess served a midnight supper, which was followed by a vocal solo by Miss Ruth Schlosser, while Mrs. Henry Schlosser played the piano accompaniment.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 28, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian recognized the end of an era.

The old Halethrope police-fire building on Washington Boulevard at Halethorpe Farms road, the 40-year-old former home of all fire-fighting and police equipment and personnel in the Halethorpe-Lansdowne section, will fall under the wrecker's steel ball about March 1. The razing job will cost the county $1,900, lowest of five bids.

Ending an era, the wrecking salutes another which actually began some eight years ago when plans were formulated for the building of separate police & fire facilities to serve the rapidly expanding industrial and residential properties in the county's southwestern area.


Two boys aged 14 and 15 have been apprehended for breaking into homes in Arbutus and vicinity.

Clyde H. Miles of Linden avenue said entrance to his home had been made through a cellar door. He found a china closet and buffet rifled and $45.40 gone.

The home of Richard E. Van Ore of Drayton Green was entered but nothing reported stolen. An unsuccessful attempt was made to break into 4206 Wilkens avenue.

Mrs. Alice E. Cutler of St. Charles avenue came home to find lights on and boys running from the dwelling. One of the boys was caught and showed policemen where $43.50 in cash was hidden. He implicated his companion. One of the teenagers was released to the custody of his mother and the other was ordered to appear in Juvenile Court.


The most consistently cold winter in half a century in these parts must certainly be coming to a close. A ninety-year record for low mercury readings was broken in February. Everyone has been a victim of the long cold spell, especially on the financial side, with heavier fuel bills, automobile service charges, medical attention, prescriptions and similar extra expenses.

Material from the archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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