An article in the June 15, 1912 edition of The Argus reported a community group's opposition to a planned increase in water rates by the county commission.
The Catonsville Neighborhood Improvement Association held a largely attended meeting Tuesday night in the Catonsville High School. Mr. John Hubner presided. The members of the association put themselves on record as opposed to the increase in water rates proposed by the Baltimore County Water Company, and a committee from the association composed of Messrs. Henry H. Head, Thomas F. Hickey, C. Willing Browne, Thomas F. McHugh and Harry D. William, appeared before the Public Service Commission at the hearing Wednesday on the proposed change in rates.
The Hollywood Children's Summer Home, Old Frederick and Rolling roads, was opened Wednesday for the season. Thirty little girls were brought out under the care of several ladies of the home. Outbursts of applause broke forth when the carriages rolled into the grounds surrounding the home. Shout after shout of glee went up and many children were singing at the top of their voices.
The home was established about 12 years ago to provide outings for poor children form the crowded sections of the city. Nearly 4,000 children have enjoyed the benefits of the home since its establishment.
Mr. Joseph Sergerer, station-house keeper at the Catonsville Police Station, suffered an attack of vertigo Monday evening in the cell room and fell on the cement floor, inflicting a deep gash on the back of his head. Dr. J. Charles Macgill was summoned and rendered medical aid and he was later taken to his home on Melrose avenue.
75 Years Ago
An article in the June 11, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the annual visit by a turtle with a distinctive mark on its shell that had been making its way to a Catonsville area farm for more than 50 years.
In 1885, the late Charles Sauter of Woodlawn, who had been married only a short time, found a turtle on his farm and carved the initials of his bride, "E.S." on the turtle's back.
Ever since 1885 the turtle has appeared once and sometimes twice a year at the Sauter farm. About ten days ago, the turtle paid its 1937 visit to the Sauter place, with the initials still visible on its back.
Since the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Sauter several years ago, the farm has been occupied by a son, Grover Sauter, to whom we are indebted for reporting this oddity.
Last Monday, John Kraus of Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville, and his son decided to go fishing. The fishing wasn't so good, for they landed only about eight rather small perch. But toward the end of the day, Mr. Kraus, Sr., hooked a large sea turtle weighing about thirty pounds. With the help of his son, he was able to get the terrapin into the boat.
The turtle was brought back to Catonsville and placed in the fish pond at the Kraus home, pending a decision as to what to do with it.
Much to the surprise of the family the next morning, it was discovered that the turtle had climbed the fish pond walls and had wandered off. A search of the vicinity failed to locate the terrapin, which is still at large somewhere in Baltimore County.
Catonsville High School will graduate a class of about 240 next Friday evening, June 18. The exercises will be held in the Lyric Theatre, Baltimore. Dr. Allen G. Wehrli, professor of Old Testament Literature, Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Illinois, will address the graduates.
50 Years Ago
An article in the June 14, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian hailed the opening of the long-awaited Wilkens police station.
Ready for occupancy next Monday, June 18, is a bright modern police station located at Wilkens and Walker avenues which will be known as the Wilkens station of Baltimore County Police Bureau. It will house both Catonsville and the Halethorpe police numbering 72 in all. Capt. Clarence L. Bradley, commander of the Southwestern district comprising Halethorpe and Catonsville, will continue in command of the district from the new station which will be within ten minutes travel time of the most distant point in the district. He said there will be a police footman on duty 24 hours a day in the business section of Catonsville.
The two-story facility, costing $219,000, is the first such modern building erected since 1955 when the Woodlawn station was constructed.
On Thursday, June 7, Judge Hall Hammond, specially assigned to the Circuit Court of Baltimore County, announced his decision in the Five Oaks case, which has been of considerable interest to Catonsville residents.
In November 1960, the Allen Company petitioned the Zoning Commissioner of Baltimore County to rezone the swimming pool tract of approximately three acres from R-6 (Residential) to Business Local Zoning. Commissioner John G. Rose denied the petition and the Allen Company appealed to the County Board of Appeals.
In August 1961, the Board of Appeals, by a 2 to 1 decision (with Charles Steinbock, Jr., dissenting), granted the reclassification to B-L. Residents of the neighborhood, who are opposed to the zoning change, carried the case to the Circuit Court before Judge Hall Hammond. Judge Hammond, in his decision, reversed the majority opinion of the Appeals Board and upheld the original order of Mr. Rose.
Mrs. Charlotte Randall, president of the Methodist Athletic League, announced last week end that the league is moving along on schedule with no rainouts and all teams playing very, very good ball for the first season of play.
Mt. Olivet Indians are still the No. 1 team in league, with two wins and no losses but their work is cut out for them this week. On Tuesday, they will take on the Sharp Street Giants, who have won one and lost one. That loss was to Indians last week, but the Giants have improved their pitching staff since playing the Indians. Union Memorial Dodgers and Metropolitan Mets have lost one game each so far.
This is the first year for the league and all churches in the league are proud of their record. They plan to have a year round program for their boys aged 13 and under.
Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.