Pages from the Past: Axle, wheels stolen from damaged carriage left on side of road

An article in the Oct. 19, 1912 edition of The Argus reported on the continuing misfortune of a local resident whose horse-drawn carriage was damaged in an accident.

The Catonsville police are searching for the thieves who made away with a portion of a carriage belonging to Mrs. George W. Crawford, which was demolished last week in an accident on the Gun road, near Catonsville.

Mrs. Crawford was driving to meet some friends when, on the steep grade of the Gun road, part of the harness broke, causing her to lose control of the horses, and the carriage overturned. Mrs. Crawford was thrown out, escaping with slight injuries.

The vehicle, which was badly damaged, was left by the roadside for the night. Several days later, it was discovered that thieves had made way with the rear wheels and axle, together with a portion of the body of the carriage.


A 220-yard oval is the main feature of a big athletic ground which, after six months of quiet work by residents interested in the project, will be immediately built on the grounds of the Catonsville High School.

It is the outcome of the splendid all-round athletic showing made by the Catonsville boys in interschool meets and the events of the Public Athletic League.

Plans have been drawn, all the money but a few hundred dollars raised, and bids will be advertised within a few days, It will be a fully equipped athletic field.

The idea started with T.C. Buck, whose son is one of the winning athletes of a group devoted to the heroic side of life.


There is a trunk in Catonsville which is being much talked about and has aroused the curiosity of many residents. It arrived last week from Germany. It is constructed of iron.

The trunk is now in possession of Mrs. Pakendorf, wife of Justice Frederick L. Pakendorf. It requires two men to handle it, and is about two by three feet long. It was made more than 50 years ago by Mrs. Pakendorf's father, who lived near Bremen.

The box resembles a small safe and has been in Mrs. Pakendorf's family for many years. Mrs. Pakendorf expressed a desire to own it, and upon the death of her aged mother several months ago, it was left to her.

Mrs. Pakendorf's friends, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Linz, were visiting in Germany recently and they made a special trip from Berlin to Bremen to obtain the trunk. They brought it with them to this country. It contains letters and school books belonging to Mrs. Pakendorf when she was a child.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 15, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian remarked on the collections a young youth entered in Baltimore hobby contest.

One of the many local contestants who will compete in the annual Enoch Pratt Library Hobby Show is Mr. August Herlth, who lives at the German Orphan Home in Catonsville. Young Mr. Herlth has a large collection of butterflies and a model of an ancient Roman arena constructed of wood and cardboard. The horses and chariots have not yet been completed but Master Herlth expects to have them finished in time for the library's exhibit, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.


Nature is playing strange tricks this fall. Numerous pear trees are in bloom. Frequently are seen trees with pears hanging from the top limbs, while the lower part of the tree is covered with blossoms. Some cherry trees also are blooming, as are various kinds of shrubbery that ordinarily only bloom in Spring.


The Public Service Commission on Wednesday announced it was instituting an investigation to determine what changes or extensions in bus service now given Halethorpe by the Baltimore Transit Company are required by public welfare and convenience.

The commission is doing this, it explained, because of request for improved service from various individuals and community associations. A public hearing will be held at 10:30 A.M. next Thursday at the commission's office.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 18, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian commented on travel plans a Relay resident made to celebrate his 100th birthday

On Sunday, Oct. 21, John T. Guyer of Relay will travel to Elmhurst, Del., to celebrate his 100th birthday at the home of friends. Having been one of the founders of the Five Points Fire Company, he is eager to return to his old neighborhood so that all his friends might come to see him and share in the celebration.


Goblins and witches beware! Hallowe'en's coming to Westview. Window paintings, poster paintings, costumes, prizes and a band leading the big parade starting at 8 P.M. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

St. Agnes Council No. 4449, Knights of Columbus will sponsor this fifth annual Hallowe'en party and parade, starting at nightfall. Poster paintings will be displayed in Westview stores on Monday, Oct. 22. Window paintings will be done on Friday, Oct. 26.


Charles Bicht, a junior at Woodlawn Senior High School, was awarded a $100 prize this past June for his wooden model of a metallic blue sports sedan. Charles placed second in the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild Model Car Competition, which is held annually for boys interested in auto design.

Placing in the state finals is not new to sandy-haired Charles, for this is his second "second-in-the state" award, in addition to one honorable mention. When asked if he intended to compete again in future years, he smiled. "No, I have competed for three years and intend to stop — it's too much work. It took nearly one hundred man hours to construct this model."

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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