Frightful storm scared woman to death in 1911

An article in the July 29, 1911 edition of The Argus reported fear of an impending storm may have caused the death of a woman traveling with her son.

Hastening home with her little boy to escape the storm Friday evening of last week, Mrs. Uriah Guy, whose husband is the farm manager on the place of Mr. A. Leslie Lewis, near Towson, fell on the road near the Eudowood Hospital. Some of the patients saw her fall and notified Dr. Martin F. Sloan, who had her removed to the hospital. Treatment was administered, but Mrs. Guy died about 1 o'clock Saturday morning.

Dr. Sloan said that the woman had evidently suffered from heart trouble and the fear of the storm and haste to get home brought about her death.

Editor's note: Victor Bloede, perhaps Catonsville's most well-known philanthropist, donated the money to build the Eudowood Sanitorium in the Towson area for those suffering tuberculosis.

A black shaggy-haired dog, suffering from rabies, created excitement on Frederick avenue, about 9 o'clock Sunday morning, biting Freddie Peregoy, 12-year-old son of Mr. John W. Peregoy, on the right arm near the wrist, and at least three dogs and two cats on its mad run, between Ingleside avenue and Oak Forest Park, a distance of about a mile.

Young Peregoy was standing in front of his home when he was attacked by the dog, which sprang upon him. Fortunately, the boy had on his coat, which prevented the dog's teeth from lacerating the flesh. The bite, however, caused his arm to swell, and one of the dog's teeth punctured the skin. Dr. J.C. Macgill cauterized the wound.

Several changes will be made about the first of October in the equipment and apparatus of the different fire engine houses of Baltimore county. Catonsville will be provided with an automobile truck. The present hose wagon at Catonsville will be transferred to Mount Washington; also an additional horse. The Volunteer Fire Company of Pikesville are raising a fund of several thousand dollars for the purchase of a new fire truck. A large bell and acetylene lights will be secured for the new combination hose wagon at Arlington, and one of the horses of the Catonsville company will be added to the Arlington Fire Department.

75 Years Ago

An article in the July 24, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian noted the damage found in a neighbor's house following the escape of an unusual household pet.

Monkey bizzness – Monkey shines – what a glorious time "Jingo" had for several days with the residents of Halethorpe following his escape from the home of Theodore Seiler. Jingo, a pet of the Seiler family, slipped out of his neck-and-shoulder harness some time early last Thursday and left home. He was reported seen here and there about the neighborhood later in the day but it wasn't until Saturday that his activities gave the residents any concern.

To say, however, that Mrs. Helen Yeager was merely concerned when she was awakened about 5 A.M. by a crash in her pantry is putting it mildly. In her nightclothes she went to investigate, and saw what she first thought was a cat on the bannister of the stairs.

But it wasn't a cat – it was Jingo. And Jingo showed his teeth at her in a mischievous grin, cut a couple of capers and slipped down the bannister. Mrs. Yeager called her husband, George. In the pantry, they found the remains of a monkey feast – a screen in the window had been pushed aside, the door of the refrigerator was open, and bits of orange, tomatoes and bread were strewn about the floor.

Meantime, Jingo had leaped back out of the pantry window. A little later, Jingo was nibbling at a fresh loaf of bread, snitched from the doorstep of Mrs. Thomas Covington, on North End Avenue.

Jingo was fast becoming a community problem and about twenty citizens took up the pursuit.

Finally, Mr. Seiler went to the edge of the wood with a sack of bananas and called Jingo. Those bananas were too much for Jingo to resist. Mr. Seiler slipped on the harness, snapped on the chain and set out for home.

The thirty members of the Sterling Club of Catonsville and their guests are in for plenty of action next Tuesday afternoon, if the strenuous program outlined by the outing committee is carried through. Tuesday, July 28, was decided upon some time ago as the date for the Sterling Club's annual outing and a committee has been busy ever since producing ideas to enliven the occasion. Brendel's Manor Park in Howard County has been engaged exclusively for the Sterling Club's annual outing and everything appears to be in readiness for a day of activity, enough activity, in fact, to test the endurance of a college football player in the best of condition.

Mrs. Harry Klein and her elderly father, Charles Brink, were forced to flee the latter's home at Eden Terrace, Catonsville, after lightning set the upper part of the house on fire on Monday morning.

The bolt struck during a thunderstorm, which broke the heat wave which hung over the city and vicinity.

The mercury dropped to a low of 70 degrees when the rain started, and 1.06 inches of rainfall was recorded.

Weather Man John R. Weeks said no further storms are expected and that temperatures would probably rise to the upper eighties.

After being involved in two automobile accidents within a few minutes last night, according to Southwestern district police, Herman L. Doering, 52, of Baltimore Highlands, was lodged in Traffic Court charged with drunken driving and failure to stop after an accident.

The first accident occurred, according to Patrolman James J. Fogarty, on Hamburg street, near Bayard, when Doering backed his automobile into another machine. Then Doering tried to make a left turn into Scott street, the patrolman continued, and struck another car. The officer said Doering walked away after the second crash.

Patrolman Fogarty, in a radio car, found Doering near the scene of the second accident and placed him under arrest. The motorist was held at Traffic Court in default of $1,000 bail.

50 Years Ago

An article in the July 27, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian recognized a long-standing community medical center for its years of service.

Continuing its 35-year tradition of service to the community through professionally staffed clinics and trained personnel, the Catonsville Health Center at Egges Lane and Melrose avenue accommodated eight clinics per month during 1960 – all heavily attended. The clinics are conducted by physicians, nurses and volunteers.

Attendance statistics and many other facts about local public health work are contained in the 1960 annual report of Mrs. Robert H. Riley, immediate past president of the First District Public Health Association, the organization which provides and maintains the Health Center building, including insurance and repairs.

Two Catonsville policemen, William Schart and Earl Riedel, recovered a car abandoned on the Westview parking lot on the Baltimore National Pike at 12:15 A.M. on July 24. It was discovered that the car was wanted for investigation of an armed robbery and assault with intent to kill in Prince George's county. A .38 cal. revolver, bullets and other items were found in the truck of car.

The Catonsville Lacrosse Club has announced that the second annual "Lacrosse Ball" will be held on Friday night, Nov. 10, in the Catonsville National Guard armory to finance the club through the lacrosse season.

The first dance, given by the club last year, was a financial and social success. All those who attended the dance agreed that the Catonsville Lacrosse Club did a better job in presenting dances than they did in winning lacrosse games the first season.

The home of Paul Megna of Frederick road was discovered completely ransacked on Tuesday, July 18. His nephew, Louis Gambino of Orley road, found the contents of drawers scattered on the beds and floor. Although nothing was taken, articles were found stacked up ready to go. A mink coat was hidden in a pillow slip and the silverware had been moved. It is believed that Mr. Gambino's arrival surprised the thief who escaped.

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