Fatal result feared from Catonsville woman's fall down steps in 1912

An article in the Aug. 24, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on slim hopes for an elderly woman's recovery after she fell down a flight of steps in the middle of the night.

Falling down a flight of steps while walking in her sleep early Friday morning of last week, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Henry, 87 years old and mother of Mrs. John H. Deuber, is in a critical condition at the home of her daughter on Oakdale avenue, and may die.

Her body is a mass of cuts and bruises. Her advanced age is against her recovery, and the physicians hold out little hope to the members of her family.

The accident happened before daylight. Other inmates of her home were awakened by a heavy fall and rushed from their rooms to find Mrs. Henry unconscious at the foot of a flight of stairs leading from the first to the second floor.


Miss Ethel H. Crosby, secretary of the Woman's Civic League, of Catonsville, claims to be the champion peach grower of this village, and has on exhibition at her home, on Beaumont avenue, peaches gathered from her orchard which measure 10 inches in circumference. Miss Crosby also has on exhibition a lot of large potatoes, of the "Irish Cobbler" variety, grown in her garden.


Residents of Rognel Heights, a little hamlet on Edmondson avenue, near Catonsville, have been considerably annoyed in the past few nights by chicken thieves. Although no heavy losses have been reported, several residents have had six or eight fowls stolen in one night.

Anyone prowling about the Heights after midnight say hennery owners, is liable to be greeted with a charge of buckshot. The Catonsville police are making an effort to run down the thieves.


Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hahn had a narrow escape from serious injury Saturday evening when their automobile went over an embankment on the Rolling road.

Mr. Hahn was driving and attempted to wipe some oil from the steering wheel when he lost control and the machine plunged to the side of the road. Mrs. Hahn was thrown against the wind shield and was badly cut over the upper lip and cheeks. The front axle of the automobile was broken and the front of the machine badly damaged.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 20, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the alert actions of a local policeman led to the arrest of two armed car thieves.

Officer J.J. Schwartz of the Halethorpe Police arrested two young men who were driving a stolen car with District of Columbia plates on the Washington Boulevard last week.

An automatic pistol was found in their possession.


Carl Ehrhardt, farmer, of Woodlawn, sustained a fracture of the right leg on Wednesday. Mr. Ehrhardt was at the Gwynnbrook Distillery when he slipped and fell as he was cranking his car.

He was taken by ambulance to the office of Dr. A. C. Smink of Baltimore.


Frank Dewling was injured fatally when he attempted to cross Wilkens Avenue, at Pine Height Avenue, in front of a standing bus. The police learned that he had been suffering from cataracts of both eyes.

He was taken toSt. Agnes' Hospital, which is not far from the scene of the accident, and was pronounced dead. Physicians said he had suffered a fractured skull and other injuries.


One of the earliest of the debutante parties of the September season will be given by the Reverend and Mrs. John Armistead Welbourne on September 3 at their home in Leesburg, Va., in honor of Miss Elizabeth Ann Giddings, daughter of Mrs. Julian M. Rogers of Arbutus Avenue, and the late Mr. Harry Lee Giddings of Leesburg, Va.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 23, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on a devastating accident involving two teenagers a local family.

Two members of the same family, a boy and a girl, were killed in an automobile accident last Friday, August 17, shortly after 3 P.M. on the Beltway north of Edmondson avenue.

Fourteen-year-old Robert Sawyer Beachem of Meadow Lark Drive, Wynnewood, was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Agnes hospital. His sister, Elizabeth, 16, died at the hospital at 10:40 P.M. the same night.

According to police, the car operated by Miss Beachem was traveling north on the wet Beltway just after Friday's shower and ran off the west side of the northbound lane, crossing the center grass plot into the southbound lane. The driver of a southbound tank truck which struck the Beachems' car was operated by William Sutherland, 43, of Wilkens avenue, police said. He was admitted to St. Agnes hospital in satisfactory condition. The Catonsville Fire Department and the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department ambulances were summoned to the scene. It was reported that an injured bird was found in the death car following the accident.


Catonsville Post Office had five diseased trees, which had stood in front of the building since it was erected, cut down on Monday and Tuesday of last week, exposing the Colonial style structure to full view for the first time.

During the tree-falling process, five baby squirrels were rescued by postal employees. Cornelius Stromberg placed them in a leaf-lined box and fed them pablum. They are reported to be thriving.


There are rats in scattered, isolated areas of Baltimore county, but the repulsive rodents do not seem to be numerous enough to justify any particular scare. There does not seem to be any necessity for "legislation" to control the rat problem. What does seem to be necessary is more care on the part of residents to keep waste food safely under cover and out of reach of the rats. Timothy W. Margerum, county public health engineer, hits the nail on the head when he says "all it takes is a crust of bread to feed a family of rats".


The Rollingwood synchronized swimming groups, the Aqua-Belles and the Aqua Juniors, will present 'Swim Along' this Sunday, August 26, at 8 P.M. in Rollingwood Pool. In the event of rain, it will be held next Monday, August 27.

It promises to be a gala affair with costumes designed especially to carry out the theme of each number.

Among the presentations will be: March of the Siamese Children with gold helmets and green spangled jackets; the Ritual Fire Dance executed by two boys and two girls in a dynamic, primitive display of talent; Alley Cat, two capricious cats cavorting in the water, and Naila, a rhythmic number requiring close coordination. The finale will feature the entire cast in skimmer hats, white shirt fronts and canes.


Cooperating with the Baltimore county government's efforts to have business houses urge employees to use safety belts, the new brewery in Lansdowne has worked out a plan for its employees to obtain belts and installation at reduced prices. Mrs. Mary Jane Lahn of Pikesville, executive secretary, had a new belt installed in her car. H.L. Drenner of Glen Burnie, the brewery's director of safety, oversaw the installation.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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