Pages from the Past: Catonsville High School closes early after classrooms flood

An article in the Oct. 26, 1912, edition of The Argus reported an unexpected early dismissal for students at the local high school after the school's classrooms were flooded.

An explosion of the heating apparatus in the Catonsville High School Friday afternoon of last week caused considerable excitement among the 500 children who were in the building at the time. The safety valve on one of the hot-water furnaces, it is said, bursted, causing a loud report and startling the children. Several of the classrooms were flooded with water, and the children were dismissed for the afternoon by their teachers.


Considerable excitement was caused Thursday at noon in the vicinity of Frederick and Winters avenues, when a large bull belonging to Henry Fischbach broke out of the pasture in the rear of his home. The animal dashed up Winters avenue and had pedestrians running and jumping fences to escape.

After some time, the bull was corralled and taken back to the pasture. No one was injured.


Returning from a visit to her husband's grave in Loudon Park Cemetery, Mrs. John F. Guthridge, of Washington, sister of Mrs. G. O. Wilson, of Embla Park, near Roland Park, was stricken Wednesday afternoon with heart failure and fell dead in the cemetery.

Mrs. Guthridge's husband died last June. A monument to him was completed Tuesday and Mrs. Guthridge came from Washington to inspect it.

Accompanied by Mrs. Wilson, she visited the cemetery and spent some time at the grave. Satisfied with the work, she started for the Frederick road car. Before reaching the cemetery boundary, while talking to her sister, she staggered and fell to the ground.


Fire destroyed Minniefield, the home of Mrs. John G. Hollyday, adjoining Hunting Ridge, the estate of Mr. and Mrs. E. Austin Jenkins, on Edmondson avenue, about 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. It was the second house to be burned on the site since it was purchased by the late Doctor and Mrs. Hollyday about 30 years ago. No one was injured.

By a strange coincidence, the first fire was started by the explosion of an oil stove, the second by the explosion of gas in the kitchen.


Coon hunters are thought to have started a fire Tuesday night in the rear of the home of Mr. Charles E. Lewis, Rolling road, near Catonsville.

According to Mr. Lewis, hunters were seen in that vicinity and it is believed that a coon was treed and, with no other means to bring him down, the tree was set on fire. The flames spread to the rest of the woods.

The fire was first discovered about 9:30 o'clock by Miss Katherine Lewis. She called her mother, who telephoned to the Catonsville Engine Company. The firemen had a line of hose stretched for a distance of over 1700 feet and, after much difficulty, it succeeded in extinguishing the flames.

75 Years Ago

An article from the Oct. 22, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian recognized a milestone anniversary for a local business.

E.R. Stagmer & Son, Catonsville pharmacists, will celebrate the firm's fourteenth anniversary of business in Catonsville during the week beginning this Saturday, October 23, and ending next Saturday, October 30.

The Stagmer firm has become a Catonsville institution through its long period of conscientious service here. Thousands of Catonsville residents are its regular customers, both for pharmaceutical services and general drug store needs. Stagmer's have consistently maintained a high standard of quality, accuracy and dependability, which the community recognizes and appreciates.

Members of the firm are Eugene R. Stagmer, PhG., and his son, Owen R. Stagmer, PhG.


At a special meeting of committee-men and officers of Catonsville Post No. 25, American Legion, Department of Maryland, held Tuesday night, October 19 at the house of Post Adjutant William G. Boylan, Edmondson Ridge Road, preliminary plans were made for the formation of a fife and drum corps among the members of the boys' organization, the Sons of The Legion. Post Vice-Commander Walter Carter of Wade Avenue, who was responsible for the creation of the Squadron of Catonsville Post and who has been its leader and advisor throughout its existence, expressed hearty approval of the new project and pointed out the honor which will accrue to those fortunate boys who are selected from the Squadron to be the charter members of the musical unit.


Credit for originating, organizing and managing an entire neighborhood dog show goes to Stanley Dickey, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry S. Dickey of Eden Terrace. Over a dozen pups owned by residents of Eden Terrace were grouped together last Saturday and judged on physical features with no regard for breed or show points.

Young Stanley's own pet, "Dover" was awarded the prize for the dog with the shortest tail in the show.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 25, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on plans to improve Baltimore's Beltway.

John B. Funk, chairman-director of the State Roads Commission has announced plans for increasing safety on older portions of the Baltimore Beltway by lengthening the acceleration and deceleration lanes on some inter-changes, adding a third lane in the Catonsville section for northbound trucks, better signing lighting and fencing.

The State Highway Chief made the announcement at a dinner meeting of the Maryland Post for the Society of Military Engineers, who presented Mr. Funk the "Notable Achievement Award" given an engineer who has increased the military effectiveness of the Maryland region. The society said this award was made because of the State's rapid completion of the Baltimore Beltway.


A gala Hallowe'en party and parade is scheduled for next Wednesday night, Oct. 31 in the Westview shopping center by St. Agnes Council No. 4449, Knights of Columbus.

Festivities will start at 7:30 P.M. with a costume parade led by Pete the Pirate of WBAL-TV and a marching band.

Everyone is invited to don a costume and march in the parade. There will be prizes for the best costumes.


Wilkens police are investigating the plight of a family without food or money.

A resident of Arbutus told police that, although he is employed, he had no money last week to buy food for his wife and two children, aged two and five. He owed $165 back income taxes to the government and, because he missed a couple of payments, his entire salary of Oct. 12 was attached by the government. This left him without food or money. A box of food was donated by a Maiden Choice supermarket to carry over his family to the week end.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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