Baltimore high school decides to drop football after player's death in 1911

An article in the Sept. 30, 1911, edition of The Argus reported that an area all-boys Catholic high school decided to drop its football program after the death of one of the players on the team.

One of the first of Maryland colleges to cut out American football from its list of athletic sports is Mount St. Joseph's.

In its place, soccer football has been substituted.

So long as Brother Norbert remains in charge, American football is not likely to be played with other colleges.

Several causes prompted the action against football. One was the unfortunate death last year of Buck Schaub, of Catonsville. This popular football and baseball player died from pneumonia, but it is believed he contracted a cold, dressing after a game of football. Brother Norbert feels keenly the responsibility of taking care of the boys under him and it is believed that soccer will arise as deep an interest among the students when it has been given a proper trial.

Editor's note: Mt. St. Joseph, which played football against the University of Maryland (then known as Maryland Agricultural College) as far back as 1902, had reinstituted its football program by 1924, according to research by Jessica Jankoviak, the Irvington school's director of communications and events.)


The day of the picturesque fire horse in Catonsville is drawing to a close. Catonsvillians are planning to receive next week a motor-driven apparatus to replace the present horse-drawn wagon. The automobile fire-engine is both quicker and more powerful than horse-driven vehicles, and therefore preferable; but an element of great attractiveness to the children will disappear when the local fire horses go.


Richard Hanna, gardener for Dr. J. Charles Macgill, was before Justice Edward McDonald, at the Catonsville Police Station, Monday, charged by his employer with disorderly conduct, and was fined $5 and costs. Hanna, in a fit of drunkenness Sunday morning, threatened to shoot Dr. Macgill, while the latter was seated at the breakfast table with his wife and three small children. Hanna carried a rifle and snapped the trigger at Dr. Macgill through the dining-room window but, fortunately for Dr. Macgill, the bullet got wedged in the rifle barrel.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 25, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported that closing arguments had been made in the case of an Arbutus man who sued the county so he daughter could attend school in Catonsville instead of having to go to Baltimore City.

Argument on the mandamus suit of Joshua B. Williams, Jr., Baltimore county Negro, to compel school authorities to accept his 14-year-old daughter, Margaret, in the Catonsville High School was completed last Friday in the Circuit Court at Towson.

Judge Frank I. Duncan gave counsel on each side a week to submit final briefs and said he would announce his decision in about ten days.

Examinations given the girl and failed by her were not in any way unfair, but were of the same caliber as those given white students, Dr. Albert F. Cook, State Superintendent of Education testified yesterday.

Attorneys for Williams had attempted to show the examinations were not based on studies which Margaret had in the seventh grade in an elementary school at Cowdensville, and therefore were unfair to her.


Following the meeting of Anthony P. Orban, Chief of the Baltimore County Fire Department, with Red Cross officials in Baltimore recently, plans have been made for continued First Aid instruction for the Baltimore County policemen and firemen.

The first group to meet will be that at Halethorpe on September 22 and 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Halethorpe fire house. The Advanced First Aid course will be given by Charles R. Clear, volunteer First Aid instructor of the Baltimore Chapter, American Red Cross, who gave preliminary First Aid instruction to this group. The course will last for approximately three weeks.


The Catonsville High School Library will be glad to have copies of good fiction, standard works of non-fiction and reference books of all kinds. If you are planning to give your book shelves a good house cleaning and wish to give them where they will be thoroughly enjoyed, drop a note to the school or let a pupil in your neighborhood know when you are ready to dispose of the books, so that we may send someone for them.


A few girls of Kensington and Ridgewood have organized a club in which they will assist the Ridgewood A.A. during the football season with cheering. The club is using the temporary name of the Ridgewood Cheering Club and is open for new members. The next meeting will be held this Friday, Sept. 5, at 4105 Wilkens Avenue at 8 p.m.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 28, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the special, and joyous, circumstances which kept a Catonsville postal worker from completing his appointed rounds.

It had to happen sometime and it did — right here in Catonsville. A shower prevented a mail man from making his appointed rounds – or rather, it delayed him. For it was a surprise shower for the mail man and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sapienza.

Mr. Sapienza has been delivering mail for years in the Garden road section. He knows everybody there and has taken such a personal interest in the young, the old and the sick that he is practically a member of each family on his route.

It was natural therefore that joy spread through the whole neighborhood when Sapienza's wife recently presented him a six-pound five-ounce daughter — the first child for the couple who had been married 14 years. Mr. and Mrs. Sapienza reside on Ridge Drive.

A conspiracy developed in the 100 block of Garden Ridge road. One day, about two weeks after the stork's visit, Mr. Sapienza arrived on the block to find it transformed. Mail boxes were decorated; decorations were strung from trees.

On the lawn at the home of Mrs. Thomas Schaeffer on Garden Ridge road a large sign was unfurled. It read "For Your Baby Girl" and there were gifts galore — strollers, dishes, tiny garments and many others. Packages were stuffed in the well-used mailbag.


A bus tour to the Social Security Building, Woodlawn, for members of the Senior Citizens Group of Catonsville some of whom are pictured above after a meeting, will be sponsored by the Catonsville Rotary Club next Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 1 P.M.

Rotarians will meet the group at the Woman's Club building on St. Timothy's Lane and accompany them on the trip. Refreshments will be served in the clubhouse after the tour with Miss Mathile Schnepfe and Mrs. Theodore Kloosterhuis serving as hostesses. Frederick Sanborn is president of the Senior Citizens Group.


Eleven-year-old Ellen Hamer, and ten-year-old Jean Lingeman, are captains of girls softball teams sponsored by the Lansdowne-Riverview Recreation Council. Ellen was captain of the Red Sox, who won the championship for girls aged 9 to 12. Jean was captain of the runner-up team, the Yankees. Both girls are pupils of St. Clement's parochial school, Lansdowne.

The recreation council will honor all champion softball and baseball teams at a banquet, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Riverview School.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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