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Dance and card party to celebrate hospital's 75th anniversary

An article in the Nov. 18, 1938 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian promoted a special anniversary event.

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of St. Agnes' Hospital. The Woman's Auxiliary Board, of which Mrs. Emil Novak is president, has planned a Diamond Jubilee dance and card party, to be held at the Alcazar, Baltimore, on Friday evening, December 9. Mrs. Norbert C. Nitsch is chairman of this affair. A large gathering is expected. Proceeds from this card party and dance will aid the Sisters of Charity in their future hospital work.

For the past seventy-five years, St. Agnes' Hospital has been noted for its charitable care of the sick, under the management of Sisters of Charity. It is at present supervised by Sister Louise.


Almost one hundred and fifty Rotarians, their wives and friends gathered at the Rolling Road Golf Club Saturday night, November 12, for the Catonsville Rotary Club's Ladies' Nite. A short speech of welcome was delivered by President David W. Zimmerman, principal of the Catonsville Historical Society.

The earlier part of the evening was devoted to dancing in the modern manner to the music of John City's orchestra, with entertainment numbers, consisting of tap and acrobatic dancing and vocal selections interspersed. At midnight the guests formed a promenade and each lady received as a souvenir a sterling spoon in floral design and inscribed "Rotary". The party then adjourned to the tables, where supper was served. Following the supper, dancing was resumed, closing with a Paul Jones at two o'clock.

Editor's note: A Paul Jones was a mixer dance popular in the early 1900s.


By winning two out of three games from the improved Woodlawn Club, Catonsville maintained its leadership of the Alpha Bowling League by two full games. Alpha climbed to a second place tie with Simons Shavers by winning three from the Fredericks while the Shaverites were dropping two out of three to the Federals.

Alpha rolled the highest set of the season this week with a 1775 set by rolling single games of 616, 579 and 580. Jackson, H.C. Meacham and R. Kitchen set the pace for the club with sets of 379, 368 and 363, respectively.


The Dramatic Club of Catonsville High School has selected "The Eyes of Tialoc", a mystery-drama by A.S. Peterson, for public presentation on Thursday and Friday evenings, December 1 and 2. The scene is laid in Arizona, near the Mexican border, and the plot centers around the statute of an ancient Aztec god.

Rehearsals are in progress, under the direction of Miss Edna Schwartz and Miss Helen Barnes. As has been customary in past years, most of the principal roles will be taken by a different set of actors at each of the two performances.


Judd C. Rimmer, of Weston, N.J., was fined $100 and costs Wednesday by Magistrate John W. Loeber, of Catonsville, on a charge of drunken driving.

An automobile crashed into a street car at Beechwood avenue and Frederick road Tuesday night. The crew reported that after the motor car was pushed into the side street, the driver could not be found. Catonsville police, called to a Frederick road address early Wednesday morning, said they found Rimmer knocking on the door.

Rimmer told Magistrate Loeber he took one glass of beer in Ellicott City and that he turned on the heater of his motor car. Proceeding east on Frederick road, he explained, he was overcome by fumes from the heater and the crash resulted.


50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 21, 1963 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced plans to mark the opening of the new library.

The Catonsville Area Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will be dedicated at ceremonies at 4 P.M. on Sunday, Dec. 8 during open house scheduled for 3 to 5 P.M.

Charles W. Robinson, County Librarian, has announced that the branch, which is located at Beaumont avenue and Frederick road, will be dedicated to the memory of Richard D. Minnich, the first County Librarian, who died on August 2, 1963. Spiro T. Agnew, County Executive, will deliver the principal address.

The public is invited to attend the dedication and inspect the library and its facilities.

The Catonsville Area Branch replaces the existing agency at 927 Frederick road. The new branch is the first branch library of its size to reach completion in Baltimore County for the establishment of six area branches in addition to several small community branches.


A zoning hearing to protest the erection of 54 apartment units on Edmondson avenue between Midvale avenue and Oakdale avenue, Catonsville Junction, was held Thursday, Nov. 14 at 10 A.M. in Towson before Deputy Zoning Commissioner, Frank Hardesty.

The protestants, 50 or more strong, were led by Gordon M. Holland of North Rolling road. He stated that periodically this group is called on to resist the encroachment of commercialization into residential sections and erosion of the Land Use Map for the benefit of a few promoters. Abuse of this map costs the taxpayers money and blights many neighborhoods not designated to be used in this manner.


Registration of a badminton program for boys and girls between 14 and 18 years of age will be held in the lobby of the Catonsville Junior High School on Monday, Nov. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. The program, sponsored by the Catonsville Recreation and Parks Council, will operate on Monday nights from 7 to 10 o'clock starting on Dec. 2 and ending on April 27, 1964. The registration fee for the entire program is one dollar.


Under the sponsorship of the Catonsville Recreation and Parks Council a men's physical fitness program is being held at the Catonsville Junior High School. All men who are interested in improving their physical condition should come to the school on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10 o'clock. A number of health building activities are available for the total registration fee of one dollar.


Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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