Police officer's dog found poisoned in Catonsville in 1913 [Pages of the Past]

An article in the Feb. 22, 1913, edition of The Argus the return of an unwanted visitor.

The dog poisoner who has been causing considerable alarm among the owners of valuable canines in Catonsville for some time is again at work.

The pretty collie dog of Patrolman August Peters, living on Mellor avenue, was found Thursday morning the victim of poison in her master's yard. The dog was considered the prettiest of its kind in this part of Baltimore county.


After keeping their wedding a secret for eight months, Miss Ethel Dykes, of Oella, daughter of James Dykes, and Benjamin Peters, eldest son of Patrolman August Peters, announced to their friends several days ago their wedding which took place in Wilmington, Del., on June 19 last.

On the day of the marriage, both the bride and groom stated to their parents that they were going on an outing down the bay. Instead, they went to Wilmington. They returned to their respective homes, where they have since resided, keeping their secret until a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. Peters are residing at Oella.


Joseph Kulback is proudly exhibiting to his friends about a peck of coffee grains that he grew on his place at Catonsville. Several years ago, Mr. Kulbach received some coffee seeds from a friend in Brazil which he planted in his garden. Believing the Maryland climate too cold for coffee-growing, he did not think the seed would amount to anything, and was surprised several months later to see tiny sprouts poke their way through the ground. The plants thrived, and in about two years, when three feet in height, began to bear. The grains grow in pods similar to peas, with from three to five grains to the pod. Mr. Kulbach has supplied his own table and that of several friends for several months with the coffee.


William Weihrauch, a letter-carrier at the Catonsville Postoffice, is the owner of a hen that has become familiar with the advantages of the parcel post system. One afternoon recently, while her owner was on his way to the postoffice in his buggy to make his last delivery for the day, she laid an egg in the vehicle.

Mr. Weihrauch, who delivers to the northwest section of Catonsville, makes two trips daily. After the morning one, he returned to his home on Mellor avenue and after placing the horse in the stable, went into the house for dinner. While her master was satisfying his appetite, Biddy flew into the buggy and finally crept beneath a heavy leather curtain under the seat. About 3 o'clock, Mr. Weihrauch harnessed up and went to the postoffice for his afternoon trip. He discovered that he had several large parcel post packages to deliver. So going to the rear of the buggy to deposit them, he discovered a large brown egg. Upon further investigation, he found the hen perched beneath the seat. He attempted to capture the fowl, but she flew out into the street, and it was only with the assistance of his fellow-letter-carriers that she was cornered.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Feb. 18, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the successful outcome of a community protest regarding a new liquor license.

Because of a strong protest from the community, the Dickey Athletic Club of Oella this week withdrew its application for a beer and wine club license. The withdrawal of the application was made at a meeting of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners at Towson.

When the club first made application for a license, the Board refused to grant it. An appeal was taken to the State Board, which upheld the Baltimore County Board's action in refusing the license.


The Herald was pleased and proud to have as its guests at the Alpha Theatre this week more than three hundred women of Catonsville and vicinity, who attended the showings of the motion picture cooking school, "The Bride Wakes Up".

Reports pouring into the office indicate that the picture was educational and helpful, as well as entertaining. We are glad to know this.

The picture was brought here by The Herald as part of this paper's service to the community. We shall continue our efforts to serve the community in every possible way within the proper function of a progressive newspaper.


Charles Young, 35, of Oregon Avenue, reported to Baltimore County police that two hitchhikers to whom he gave a ride robbed him of $6.50 at pistol point, and then disappeared into some woods off Leeds Avenue.


Terrance Rogers, aged six, was struck by an automobile in the 3700 block of Old Frederick Road. He was taken to St. Agnes' Hospital, where it was reported he is suffering from a possible fracture of the skull. The boy lives in the first block of South Augusta Avenue, Irvington.

Harry Slingluff of the 100 block Beaumont Avenue, Catonsville, alleged to be the driver of the machine that struck the boy, was charged by police with reckless driving.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian on Feb. 21, 1963, recognized a local teen honored by a community group.

A senior at Catonsville Senior High School, Miss Patricia Godwin, has been selected by Mary Carroll Caton Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, as Good Citizen for 1963. Miss Godwin has received a pin from Mrs. Vivian T. Douglas, Regent of the chapter and a certificate from the National Society.

On Feb. 22, Miss Godwin will join other recipients of the pin and award on a Good Citizen Pilgrimage of historic Annapolis with luncheon at Carvel Hall and tea at Government House. Each girl will be the guest of the chapter that sponsored her.


Mrs. Charles Bell, of Hammonds Ferry road, president of the Christian Women's Fellowship of the Lansdowne Christian Church (Hull Memorial), has had a relapse of influenza and is confined to her home.


Colts Corral No. 6 of Arbutus invited Frank Hennessy to present his program and slides on the "Land of Pleasant Living" at Firemen's Hall in Arbutus on Feb. 7. Members were permitted to bring guests and refreshments were served.


The Cardinal Gibbons High School, Wilkens and Caton avenues, is organizing a Mothers' Guild, the purpose of which is to bring into a closer relationship the mothers and the teaching staff of the high school for cooperation in promoting the welfare of the students.

The moderator of this organization is Brother Carroll Wentker, S.M. A preparatory committee of twelve mothers has been working with Brother Carroll for the past month discussing a proposed constitution and outlining the procedure to be followed in organizing the Guild.

Material courtesy of the archives of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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