Pages from the Past: Minister and friend return from free-spirited vacation in mountains

An article in the Aug. 17, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the return of two local citizens from a vacation spent "tramping."

The Rev. John A. Nesbitt, of the Catonsville Presbyterian Church, and his brother-in-law, Leon J. de Bullet, returned from one of these health restorers last week and both say they thoroughly enjoyed their tramp. Although away only five days, they covered over 75 miles through the mountains of Western Maryland and Pennsylvania. Leaving Hancock, Md., they "footed it" to Connellsburg, Pa., using the mountain roads, which took them through a veritable fairyland.

The roads through that section are so hilly and poor, the walkers say, that they were not troubled with automobiles, save when they crossed a main pike. Their outfits consisted of khaki suits and each carried a small pack with cooking utensils. During their tramp, they cooked their food in the open, but put up at wayside inns at night.


Many residents of Halethorpe are waiting eagerly for the decision of Cardinal Gibbons in regard to a new parish in that village. Catholics there want a church built and a congregation organized, and, through Rev. J.L. Sullivan, pastor of St. Clements' Church, Lansdowne, a petition has been made to the Cardinal.


George Maisel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian F. Maisel, of Ingleside avenue, who was signed this spring by Jack Dunn, manager of the Baltimore Baseball Club, and who was farmed out to the Harrisburg Club of the Tri-State League, is making good, and there is not the slightest doubt that he will be seen in the regular line-up of the Baltimore Club next season. As a matter of fact, he leads the Harrisburg team in base-stealing and fielding and he has batted well enough during the whole season to be among the leaders, his average being near the 300 mark. Maisel has been playing center-field during the entire season. He spent last Sunday at his home here.


Former Judge Henry B. Whiteley has returned to his home on Newburg avenue after three weeks spent at Rockbridge Alum Springs, Va.

He said that he found among the guests at the hotel, many of whom were from the Western States, an overwhelming sentiment for (New Jersey) Governor (Woodrow) Wilson for President. Many of them were prominent Republicans in their States, and nearly all declared their intention of voting for the Democratic nominee at the coming election.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 13, 1967, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian noted that a recent loss suffered by an area family will be felt throughout the community.

Christian M. Stapf of St. Denis, who was struck by a B.& O. freight train last Friday and killed, will be very much missed as he entered into all civic affairs of his home town and was instrumental in carrying out a number of improvements. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Katherine Stapf, a former President of the Women's Club, and a son, Austin, a student at the University of Maryland.


The annual carnival of the Violetville Volunteer Fire Company is now in full swing and is reported to be drawing large crowds. Funds derived from this carnival are used to help defray the costs of the volunteer fire fighting and ambulance services maintained by the company. The carnival is being held this year on the Arbutus Community Assn. grounds, Linden Avenue, Arbutus. It will continue through Saturday, August 21st.

The Violetville Volunteer Fire Department was organized January 23, 1924.

Its purpose is for the protection of life and property.


Miss Jeanne Elmer, dance studio director, who for the last two years has conducted a branch of her studio in Catonsville, and Elaine Lee, her accompanist, left August 2 to spend the month of August in Hollywood. There they will visit Marilyn Miller, a Baltimore girl now appearing in the movies and in whose development as a stage and radio singer Miss Lee played an important part. While in Hollywood, Miss Elmer will study under Ernest Belcher, Shirley Temple's dance instructor, and at the studio of Franchon and Marco, noted teachers of film dancers.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 16, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the impact of the noise and traffic on the new Baltimore Beltway has had on local neighborhoods.

A special meeting of the board of governors of Westview Park Improvement and Civic Association was held on Wednesday, August 8, to consider the effect that Beltway traffic is having on property use and values in the Westview Park area.

Contrary to published reports that "most people have a positive feeling of advantage accruing from their particular location abutting the Beltway" and that privacy and resale values have not been affected, the board determined that the noise, dirt and confusion resulting particularly from heavy tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles, in constantly increasing numbers, are having a very serious effect on properties in the area.

The Beltway splits the development in half. A preliminary survey indicated that homeowners in Westview Park, especially those whose property lines join the right-of-way, are unable to use their lawn facilities with any degree of comfort, and children as well as adult members of the family frequently find it impossible to sleep without interruption. Every indication and trend points toward more and more traffic.


Oella Methodist Church will hold the first worship service of the future church edifice at Rockwell and Westchester Avenues this coming Sunday, August 19, at 3 P.M. In case of rain, the service will be held in the Oella church.

The tract of more than three acres was bought about two years ago and the purchase price of $20,000 has been paid off in the past 18 months. The mortgage paper will be burned at the service Sunday. At the same time, the Howard Park Methodist Church will present the Oella church a fight to be added to the building, fund which already totals about $4,000.


Fritz Maisel, the grand old man of Baltimore baseball, will be honored as Catonsville Citizen of the Year by the Catonsville Business Association. The first annual presentation will take place next Thursday, August 23, at the association's crab feast to be held in the Hollofield area of Patapsco State Park.

Lee MacPhail, Jack Dunn III and many other close friends will be in attendance to pay honor to this "young in heart" man of the sports world. It would be virtually impossible to go through even the highlights of his illustrious career. He has been an integral part of the Oriole organization for many, many years. During that time, many deserving honors have been bestowed upon the "little Dutchman" of Catonsville.


Two youths, one wearing a gold colored jacket and the other in dark clothing, with white handkerchiefs over the lower part of their faces, attempted to rob Arlene Beal of Dorchester road in the ticket booth of Edmondson Drive-In Theatre on Baltimore National Pike at 10:40 P.M. last Saturday. One of the men carried a small revolver. Miss Beal, who became alarmed, pressed the intercom button which scared the two boys away.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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