Pages from the Past: Catonsville families learn of wedding months later

An article in the Dec. 7, 1912, edition of The Argus reported a couple's wedding they had kept secret for nearly a year had finally been revealed.

After keeping their marriage a secret for months, Miss Lillian Platt, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Platt, of Catonsville, and Robert Hilton, also of this place, made the announcement Monday of the ceremony, which took place in Frederick on March 20 last.

The bride was a trained nurse at the Frederick Hospital, and their friends did not expect the ceremony to take until this fall. On the day of the wedding, Mr. Hilton went to Frederick and after a quiet wedding he returned to his home in the evening. The bride continued her services at the hospital until about a month ago, when she returned to the home of her parents on Frederick avenue, and Monday informed her mother. They will reside at the home of the bride's mother.


The Catonsville police are searching for Edward Mulcahy, a former resident of this place, who is wanted on the charge of forging a $10 check. Mulcahy, it is said, got the check cashed in one of the city banks last week. The Baltimore authorities were notified. The haunts of Mulcahy were visited, but no trace of him was found.


Seized with convulsions while seated at the breakfast table at the home of his son, Charles S. Potts, on the Eight-Mile Hill, Frederick road, Catonsville, Monday morning, Charles William Potts died a few minutes later.

Mr. Potts was at the table with several other members of the family when he was seen to reel to one side and fall from his chair. Dr. Marshall B. West was hastily summoned, but it was too late. Mr. Potts had been in ill health for some time, but his condition was never thought serious.


The basketball game scheduled to be played Wednesday afternoon between the young ladies of Mount de Sales Academy, and Mount St. Agnes College, Mount Washington, on the former's campus, was postponed on account of inclement weather until some time in the spring. The two teams clashed about three weeks ago at Mount Washington, the Mount de Sales Academy quintet winning, 7 to 5.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Dec. 3, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on a special party to recognize the accomplishments of local baseball teams.

Members of the Southwestern County Baseball League held their annual party at Oella Hall last Saturday. Members of the Schaeffer Motor team, winners of the League championship, and the Hoplite Club, winners of the State championship, were introduced to the guests by John A. Zimmerman, manager of the Catonsville A.C. and chairman of the reception committee.

After presentation of the various clubs, G. Andrew Miller, president of the State Umpires Assn., and Edward G. Lastner, secretary of the League, were introduced. They received a fine welcome.

Dancing was enjoyed to the music of Pete Olson's swing band. Pete is a member of the Catonsville baseball team. The "big apple" came in for its share of attention. Miss Minnie Lastner sang a solo.


Mrs. George J. Hobbs of S. Rolling Road and Newburg Avenue has closed her home for the winter due to ill health, and has gone to live with her daughter, Mrs. George F. Roeder, 101 Melvin Avenue, Catonsville.


An automobile crash which caused two deaths, resulted in two manslaughter indictments and a car-larceny indictment against Edward Ruff, 30, of Catonsville, at Frederick, Md., on November 25.

The accident occurred near Emmittsburg, Md., and Mrs. Evelyn A. Schroeder, 27, and James Cossage, 29, both of Baltimore, was killed. The larceny indictment, returned by the Frederick County grand jury, said the automobile Ruff was driving was stolen from William L. Spicer of Baltimore.


The combined Glee Clubs of Catonsville High School will present Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious musical comedy, "The Gondoliers," on Thursday and Friday evenings, December 9 and 10. This operetta, with its lovely Italian, Spanish, and Gilbert Ian melodies, is not as well known as it deserves to be.

Virginia Reinecke will accompany and Miss V. Jean Curtis, high school music instructor, will direct the chorus and principals through an involved plot.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Dec. 6, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian advertised a local service club's tree sale.

The annual Catonsville Optimist Club Christmas tree sale, for benefit of the club's boys' work program, will be held at the corner of Ingleside avenue and Route 40, from Dec. 10 through Dec. 23. Chairman Edward Middleton has announced that a large selection of balsam firs and scotch pines as well as other decorations, including holly, roping and wreaths, will be available.


Three men from this vicinity have been among the U.S. Air Force personnel serving on alert duty in the Gulf area in support of the President's actions in the Cuban crisis.

They are: Sergeant William T. Raney, medical records specialist, whose wife is the former Miss Emma Jean Denitto of S. Monastery avenue, Irvington; Airman Second Class John G. Siegrist of Hartmont road, Catonsville, base fuel supply specialist; Airman Third Class Henry Janney, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Janney of Delrey avenue, who is an aircraft accessory systems specialist. Airman Janney is married to the former Miss Kathleen L. Carroll of Courtney road, Arbutus.


Miss Amy Grace Wolfe, of Oakdale avenue Catonsville, has financially adopted Georgia Fakouni, a 15-year-old Greek girl, through Foster Parents' Plan, Inc. 352 Park avenue South, New York City.

Miss Wolfe is contributing $15 a month for one year toward the child's support. The girl receives $8 each month in cash; the remainder is used for periodic food and new clothing packages, translation of letters, medical services and education.

Georgia was born ten days after her father was killed by rebels near his village of Mavrolitharion. His wife and baby took refuge in another town but returned three years later. They struggled to cultivate their small plot of land but were unable to provide themselves sufficient food or adequate housing.


Word has been received that Mrs. David M. Dawson of East Haddam, Conn., the former Miss Kharis K. Komianos of Hilton avenue, and her husband were injured in a recent head-on auto collision.

Mr. Dawson suffered a nose fracture and Mrs. Dawson deep facial lacerations. She was hospitalized for a week but is now at home. Their three-year-old son, Mark, was not with them at the time of the accident.

A car driven by a 17-year-old boy crashed into them from the wrong lane and both cars were demolished. The Dawsons attribute their miraculous escape to the use of seat belts.

Material from archives courtesy of The Catonsville Historical Society.

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