Baltimore County

Painter overcome by heat falls to his death in Catonsville in 1936

An article in the July 17, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian discouraged businesses from displaying their wares on the sidewalk.

Arthur Shipley of Monumental Avenue, Lansdowne, died last Saturday, July 11, at St. Agnes' Hospital, due to injuries sustained when he was overcome by the heat and fell from a twenty-foot ladder striking, his head against a sign on the pavement at Peter's Garage, Frederick Avenue, Catonsville, where he was painting. Mr. Shipley, who was thirty years of age, was employed by a sign concern.


First aid treatment was given by Dr. J. G. Howell and Shipley was removed to St. Agnes' Hospital by the Violetville ambulance, where he died several hours later. Coroner Loeber gave a verdict of accidental death.

Those merchants of Catonsville who are using part of the public sidewalks for displaying merchandise, or for piling boxes, baskets and barrels, are doing the community a disservice. This practice should be stopped for two very good reasons. It is dangerous and unsightly.


Fortunately, those who are now using the sidewalks as a sort of extension of their stores are so far in the minority, but this objectionable practice is very apt to become more prevalent unless it is discontinued by everybody.

At the request of the Arbutus Community Association, Captain Edward M. Johnson of the Maryland State Police, will station a man at the intersection of Sulphur Spring Road and Washington Boulevard on Sundays. The patrolman will be at the corner during the busy hours, directing traffic onto the Boulevard from Sulphur Spring Road.

Residents of the local community have voiced their appreciation for the cooperation shown by Captain Johnson. This decision of Captain Johnson was highly praised by all members of the Community Association.

50 Years Ago

An article in the July 20, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced the dedication of a new bridge.

Governor Tawes will officially dedicate the new Hammonds Ferry Bridge in Ceremonies next Wednesday, July 26, at 11 A.M. The bridge, opened to traffic early in July, cost about $200,000 and is approximately 300 feet long and 30 feet wide.

Spanning the Patapsco river, the bridge connects Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties. It is being named in memory of the late Thomas Harry Riley of Catonsville, a newspaperman whose career was especially devoted to traffic safety.

Mrs. Margaret Gaither celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, July 17, 1961. About 92 of those years were spent right here in Catonsville.


Open house was held at her home on Payson avenue on Sunday. Her pastor, the Rev. E. Leon Dage of Monroe Street Methodist Church, brought her Communion and the family gathered in her honor. There are now six generations.

Mrs. Gaither had seven children. Five of them are living. She also has 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren and one great great great grandchild.

One of the most unusual and interesting units in the Catonsville Fourth of July parade was the group of about 80 young music students of Nelson Knode.

Ranging in age from five up, they carried their violins, accordions, guitars, banjos, trumpets, cornets, clarinets, saxophones, drums, even a glockenspiel, in the parade. Piano pupils and those too small to carry their instruments the entire parade distance carried American flags and banners or rode bicycles.

100 Years Ago

An article in the July 22, 1911, edition of The Argus remarked on the recent weather changes.


When heat waves and cool breezes are hobnobbing, with intervals of only a day or two to separate them, as is the case just now, the staccato snort of the sneezer is heard.

For over 10 days, the temperature registered was up in the high nineties, but the torrid spell was broken and the weather lately has been delightfully cool. The indirect results have been sonorous sneezes. This is the season, also for hay fever, and colds in the head are prevalent.

Few towns in this State has better fire protection than Catonsville. Water pipes permeate the town and fire plugs are placed at convenient distances. The natural pressure is sufficient to throw water bountifully over any house in the town when the hose is attached and water turned on. A hose carriage with a large supply of hose is always ready in the engine house (which is centrally situated) and an active volunteer company ever on the alert for the fire signal from "Big Sam" in the tower. Verily, Catonsville has water to "burn," pure, uncontaminated water — water that none need fear; the purest of the pure, that makes the justly celebrated Chattalonee grow pale with envy and howl in despair.

A headquarters building for the Catonsville Boy Scouts was turned over to them last Saturday, and ceremonies marking the raising of a flag over their home was held in the afternoon. The home of the Scouts is a barn on the Frederick road, at Paradise, which has never been used for any purpose since its erection, and is in excellent condition. The barn is ideally located for the use of the boys. The local Scout troop organized several weeks ago is growing at a rapid rate.

Messrs. Benjamin Whiteley, Harold Phillips and Frederick R. Huber have abandoned their canoe trip through the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains, and instead will make a canoe trip through Maine.