Pages from the Past: Typhoid fever cases increase and concern grows in 1912

An article in the Feb. 3, 1912 edition of The Argus reported health officials are investigating the source of a typhoid fever that has stricken more in the area.

With two more cases of typhoid reported, bringing the total up to 10, Health Officer West is redoubling his efforts to ascertain the cause of the outbreak at Catonsville. The new cases are those of Christian Lentz, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Lentz of Edmondson avenue, and Mrs. Alfred W. Gieske, a relative, living nearby.

Dr. West said Thursday that neither the water nor the milk could be held responsible for the start or spread of the disease "Both the Scarlett and Cromwell families have their private water and milk supply," he said, "and the Scarletts have an artesian well. But we now believe raw oysters to have been the cause and we are now investigating in that direction and believe we are on the right track."

The condition of those already down with the disease is said to be improved.


Residents of Catonsville in the vicinity of Old Frederick road and Hahn's land are alarmed because a mad collie dog passed through that section about a week ago, attacking a number of dogs, several of which have become affected with rabies since.


Catonsville will measure its strength against Roland Park, Mount Washington, Govans, Hampden and other localities in a half mile relay race to be run at the great Johns Hopkins-Fifth Regiment games to be held at the Fifth Regiment Armory, Baltimore, on February 14.

The Catonsville team will likely be composed of boys picked from the following: Keston Blake, Paul Griffin, Wilbur Girth, Teddy Buck, Denton Miller, George Rynick, Carl Michael and Reuben Hodshon.


Friends of Henry Gable, the popular road supervisor of the Thirteenth district, were much surprised to learn Wednesday that he had, on the fifth day of last December, deserted bachelorhood, and that on that day Miss Annie B. Davis, of West Baltimore Station, the daughter of Mr. Bradley T. Davis, had become his bride.

The ceremony was performed by Rev. Frederick Dolir, of the Lutheran church at Wilmington, Del.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Jan. 29, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian informed residents where they could deliver donations to aid flood victims.

Local officials of the American Red Cross, backed by Catonsville Post No. 25, The American Legion, and other organizations, are appealing for donations of cash or clothing to be sent immediately to the flood areas.

Mrs. Hardy C. Gieske, First District Red Cross Chairman, has announced that headquarters for Catonsville are located in the Union Trust Company building, Frederick and Ingleside Avenues. An attendant will be present there during banking hours to receive donations.

E. William Lamoreau, Commander of Catonsville Post No. 25, The American Legion, announces that the Post has set machinery in motion to receive donations for flood relief. Gifts of clothing, shoes, bedding or cash may be left at Spittel's Pharmacy, or at the home of Mr. Lamoreau, 4 Overbrook Road. The Legion committee is composed of Robert Spittel, Guy Peddicord and Mr. Lamoreau. Persons wishing to make donations may notify The Catsonville Herald office, telephone Catonsville 1, and members of the American Legion Post will be glad to call for any donation.


Richard W. Kiefer of Catonsville is assistant to the editor of Law and Contemporary Problems, quarterly journal published at the Duke University school of law. He is also a member of Phi Delta phi international legal fraternity, and is chairman of the committee on grievances and professional conduct of the Duke Bar association – all in addition to maintaining a very creditable scholastic record.

Young Kiefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert G. Kiefer, 18 Osborne Ave., was graduated from Catonsville high school in 1930 and received his bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) from Western Maryland college in 1934. He will complete his studies at the Duke law school in June.


The Hilton basketball cagers of Catonsville swamped the Scout Troop 307 five, also of Catonsville, in a rough battle at the latter's gym by the wide margin of 47 to 30.

Lapp and Brand were the big guns for the winners with eighteen and sixteen points, respectively, while D. Rising paced the losers with ten markers.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 1, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian hailed the anniversary of a shop established by local group to aid its fundraising efforts .

On Jan. 16 the shopkeepers of the Swan Shop of the Woman's Club of Catonsville held a luncheon at the clubhouse to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the shop. The two guests of honor, Mrs. A. Girvin Winchester and Mrs. Wetherbee Fort, cut the birthday cake.

Mrs. Winchester has worked faithfully since 1949 in the shop on Saturdays and also was on the committee for several years. She was presented a gift to commemorate the occasion by some of her many friends in the club. Mrs. Fort established the idea of a second hand clothing business for the purpose of augmenting the building fund and the shop was opened Dec. 6, 1941 at 706-708 Frederick road. Those members who assisted when the shop was at the address and are still working for the shop today are Mrs. Alfred Fort, Mrs. Charles P. Cowell and Mrs. Charles E. Wilson. In October 1942 the shop moved to the present location, No. 2 Mellor avenue.


An eleven-year-old Catonsville boy was released to his father last Saturday after being charged with sounding a false fire alarm at the corner of Montrose and Tredegar avenues. Traces of gentian violet dye which was on the alarm box were found on the boy's gloves. Captain Louis Irvin, Fire Prevention Bureau investigated.


Fashion sense and skill with a needle could make a member of the Woman's Club of Catonsville the winner this year of a three-week fashion tour of Europe, top prize in the fifth annual fashion sewing contest sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs in cooperation with a pattern service.

Plans for entering the nationwide competition to select the "Ideal All-Occasion Costume for the Clubwoman" have been announced by Mrs. H.J. McNamara, Jr., contest chairman of the club. Each entry must be made and modeled by the individual member who submits it, the winning entry being selected on the basis of appropriateness for club occasions, becomingness to wearer, over-all fashion effect and workmanship.

Material courtesy of the archives of the Catonsville Historical Society

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