Pages from the Past: Gallstone surgery latest medical emergency in Catonsville household in 1912

An article in the May 11, 1912, edition of The Argus reported a local family had barely recovered from typhoid fever and appendicitis when a family member had to undergo surgery for gallstones.

Mr. Richard Cromwell, Jr., of Catonsville, connected with the Lafayette Mill and Lumber Company, was operated upon Thursday afternoon at the University Hospital for gallstones. Mr. Cromwell was reported to be resting easily yesterday.

Misfortune has visited Mr. Cromwell's family frequently within the last six months. In that time, two of his daughters have been ill with typhoid fever and two have been operated upon for appendicitis. All have recovered and are about again.


A swimming shoe, which, it is expected by the inventor, will be the means of saving many persons from drowning, has been invented by Rev. Paul Klaphecke, professor of languages at St. Charles' College, Catonsville. The invention has already been tested by a number of persons, including expert swimmers in this country, and pronounced a success.

Those who have seen them believe that eventually they will be widely adopted and that many of the ocean-going liners of the future will be equipped with them.

The advantages of the shoe are that it enables an ordinary swimmer to remain afloat in the water and help him to make progress much more rapidly than with the natural means of locomotion.

Editor's note: Rev. Klaphecke filed for a patent on his swimming shoe March 30, 1911, and it was patented Jan. 2, 1912.


In connection with the making of an athletic field and playground on the Catonsville High School grounds, there will be held, under the auspices of the Woman's Civic League and Catonsville High School Athletic Association and the supervision of the Public Athletic League, on Saturday afternoon, June 1, at 3 o'clock, the first annual athletic meet of the Catonsville High School, consisting of track and field games. In addition, there will be on the program "May Pole Dances," under the supervision of Miss Warner.

75 Years Ago

An article in the May 7, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported a local group's support for higher pay and fewer hours for local policemen and firemen.

At a recent meeting of the Arbutus Community Association, a resolution was adopted favoring increased pay and shorter working hours for members of the Baltimore County police and fire departments. The resolution is as follows:

"Whereas: Existing conditions in the Police and Fire Departments of Baltimore County regarding working hours and rate of pay of these men are at the present time very unreasonable. And regarding same, the Arbutus Community Association of the 13th District of Baltimore County at their regular meeting of Wednesday, April 28, 1937, have gone on record, and have so included in their minutes the following resolution:

"Resolved: That the Arbutus Community Association of Baltimore County favors an increase in pay for members of the Police and Fire Departments; also a reduction of working hours for the Police Department from 12 hours a day to 8 hours per day: and a reduction of working hours for members of the Baltimore County Fire Department from 24 hours per day to 12 hours per day."


The death of Norma Brooks Shipley, 5-year-old daughter of Marshall Shipley, of Monumental road, Lansdowne, who was killed almost instantly when she was run over by a truck driven by Paul O. Meyers, 17, of Lansdowne, on April 29, was unavoidable, according to a coroner's inquest held Wednesday night at Halethorpe Police Station.

It was testified the girl, unmindful of the approach of the truck, darted across the roadway directly in front of it, two wheels passing over the child's body.

Magistrate Henry W. Routenberg conducted the inquest.


When you invest money in the Catonsville Health Association, you may be sure it is well invested.

Do you know that if you, or any member of your family, need ambulance service at any time, day or night, you have only to call and the Ambulance Corp at Violetville will respond at once?

For more than five years, the Violetville Volunteer Fire Department has been rendering ambulance service to a population of over 36,000 people living in the First and Thirteenth Districts of Baltimore County, and has existed upon money derived from Carnivals, Entertainments, and Donations from the public. It does not allow politics, religion, race or creed to enter into the question.

Due to depression, the financial condition of this organization is in bad shape, and although they still keep up their work, they have received so little monetary help from the people in these districts that they have not been able to pay their bills. If they do not receive aid, they must necessarily, give up this voluntary service.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 10, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the fundraising plans of the Catonsville Celebrations Committee in preparation for the annual July 4th celebration.

The Catonsville Celebrations Committee will hold the regular monthly meeting at the Catonsville Health Center, Melrose avenue and Egges Lane, next Monday, May 14, at 8:30 P.M. As always, this meeting is open to everyone. Help and suggestions will be welcomed.

This year's can collection will be held in early June under the direction of G. Howard Medicus Jr., ways and means chairman. Representatives of organizations and individuals who wish to help with this campaign should attend the meeting Monday night.

In addition to the day-long festivities to be held on the 4th of July, there will be a dance on Saturday night, June 16, at the Catonsville Armory. The highlight of the dance will be the crowning of "Miss Independence".


A 15-year-old Catonsville boy was picked up by police after numerous residents complained of receiving anonymous and obscene telephone calls over a period of two months. He was released to the custody of his father.


Baltimore Co. Public Library, Arbutus branch, will hold open house and dedication ceremonies tonight, Thursday, May 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. at Sulphur Spring road and Benson avenue. The public is invited.

Material courtesy of the archives from Catonsville Historical Society.

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