Pages from the Past: Man who left infant son 18 years ago returns to Catonsville for reunion in 1912

An article in the Aug. 10, 1912 edition of The Argus reported on a father's return after 18 years on a Wyoming cattle ranch.

Warren Crosby, of Buffalo, Wyo., who was formerly of Catonsville, has just returned home, after an absence of 18 years, to find that his bouncing baby boy, whose arrival was announced to him nearly two decades ago, had grown nearly to manhood's estate.

When the long-absent parent returned last week to his home on Bloomingdale avenue, he had to be introduced to his only son, Charles Warren Crosby, who was born a few months after the father left for the Far West.

Incidentally, Mr. Crosby had been absent from his wife all that time, and only his daughter had visited him several times on the ranch of Todd brothers, in Wyoming, one of the largest cattle ranges in the world, of which Mr. Crosby is the superintendent.

Last January, he was taken ill and recently underwent an operation for appendicitis. He finally determined to visit the old home and the scenes of his boyhood days.

Mr. Crosby is enthusiastic over the Far West and has practically converted his family to go back there with him.


A passenger on a Maryland Pennsylvania Railroad train on Friday of last week, Miss Norman Carr, daughter of Mr. John W. Carr, of Rolling road, was the victim of a thief, who stole a jewelry box from her hand satchel. It contained jewelry which she values at $800.

The discovery of the robbery was not made by Miss Carr until she reached Hyde Station. She had boarded the train at Towson and was on her way to visit friends.

The jewelry consisted of one solitaire diamond ring, claw setting; one large pearl ring, surrounded by turquoise and pearls, and a breastpin two inches long, with open scroll work, containing a two-karat diamond.


Mr. Bernard N. Baker, of Catonsville, who made an unsuccessful effort about a year ago to organize a $15,000 steamship company to operate between the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts through the canal, is still favorably impressed with the great possibilities of such an enterprise. He says he is willing to subscribe $500,000 to a $3,000,000 fund to make a bid for the Government mail contract between the ports of these coasts.


The beautiful new home of the Relay Volunteer Fire Company was dedicated and the corner stone inserted in the concrete foundation at 6 o'clock Saturday afternoon, with an address by Rev. Dr. Henry Branch, president of the Maryland Tract Society and formerly in charge of the Presbyterian Church at Relay. Mr. James A. Burton, chairman of the building committee, made a short address, turning the building over to the company, and a response was made and the building accepted by President Edward E. Herold.

The hopes of the members have been at last realized in their new home, one of the finest in the State used exclusively by a volunteer organization.


A tournament was held Wednesday afternoon at Stoddard's Palm Garden. There were a number of knights titling in the course during the afternoon and at night the coronation and dance was held. Mr. Caleb S. Hobbs was marshal, and Mr. Nicholas J. Maisel, Jr., assistant. The judges were Messrs. George Grim, Thos. J. Flanagan, Thos. F. Allman and Judge Robertson.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 6, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian advertised an upcoming carnival.

Elaborate entertainment will be offered at the annual carnival of the Violetville Volunteer Fire Company, which opens today, Friday, August 6, and continues through Saturday, August 21. This year's carnival will be held at the Arbutus Community Association grounds, Linden Avenue, Arbutus. There is shelter for thousands at this location in case of showers and plenty of parking space is available.

Funds raised at the annual carnival are used to support the company's volunteer fire and ambulance service. The ambulance service, which has done so much valuable work in this part of the county, is free of charge to the public and is supported by funds raised through activities of the company, and by public contribution.


Bosley Baugher, of Catonsville was eliminated in the third round of the national boys' singles tennis tourney at Cluber, Indiana, on August 3, but only after a three-set battle, in which he took the opening set.

Baugher lost to Billie Stranger, of Neenah, Wis., 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.


At about three o'clock last Friday afternoon, Elmer Kirk of Woodlawn, while working in his oat field, found a Friez telemeter that had been sent out by the U.S. Weather Bureau ofWashington, D.C., that morning. Mr. Kirk returned the telemeter to the Weather Bureau in compliance with instructions printed on the instrument.

The telemeters are sent out by the Weather Bureau for the purpose of compiling information concerning weather conditions at high altitudes.


On information given by certain residents of Catonsville who preferred that their names not be used, local police investigated a story concerning a man who was ringing local doorbells and presenting such a convincing "hard luck story" that he was obtaining considerable assistance in the way of money and other gifts. The information furnished the police was that the same man came to the community in an automobile with a driver who parked the machine in a secluded place and waited for his employer, or confederate, to solicit hand-outs.

Police learned that the story of the machine and chauffeur was true. They watched for the fake bagger and finally found him, with the result that the man was ordered to get out of Catonsville and stay out.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 9, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian encouraged area teens interested in child care to attend morning or afternoon classes in Arbutus sponsored by the Red Cross.

A series of free Red Cross home nursing and child care classes for teenagers has been scheduled for the Arbutus-Halethorpe area for the next few weeks by nursing services of the Baltimore Regional Chapter.

Beginning August 20, two classes will meet Monday through Thursday at the Ascension Catholic Church, Halethorpe. The morning class will meet from 9 o'clock until noon; the afternoon class from 1 to 4 o'clock.

Beginning August 27, a morning and afternoon class will be held at the Arbutus Methodist Church. Class hours and enrollment are the same as for the Halethorpe classes.


Four teenagers were apprehended by Officer Harry Hoffman of the Wilkens police station on August 1 after the officer observed the boys setting fire to a sewer drain at Frederick and Ingleside avenues. After they were taken to the police station and reprimanded, they were released to their parents.


The "Best Float" award was won by the Lions Club of Arbutus in the Woodlawn Community Celebration and Outing, sponsored by the Business Men and Democratic Club of Woodlawn, which was held on July 28 with a parade. On Tuesday, July 24, the float was awarded first place in the "Judges Award" division of the Arbutus Volunteer Firemen's parade.

The beauties riding on the float and residents of the Woodlawn area were the Misses Janet Boller, Carole Piel and Joan Sauter.


A swimming and diving meet, sponsored by the Catonsville Junior Chamber of Commerce, and in cooperation with the AAU, will be held on Wednesday, August 22, at 6 P.M. at Five Oaks Swimming Pool on Frederick road.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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