An article in the Nov. 1, 1940, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced the arrival of a visitor from abroad seeking protection from the war.

Fifteen-year-old Raymond Lombard, the first British refugee child to be brought to Catonsville, arrived here several days ago. He now is living with his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley B. Trott of Mallow Hill road. He will remain with them for the duration of the war.

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Somewhat homesick, but happy nonetheless, young Lombard told a story typical of those of other small refugees who have been sent to this country to make their homes with Americans who sought to take them into their homes through various agencies. He is the only child of Daniel Lombard, who lives in England, near London, and who is serving his country as an air raid warden. The youth began his trip to America from the Grosvenor House, London, on September 16, and arrived in Montreal, Canada, aboard H.M.S. Antonia.

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Charlotte Bewley, four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bewley of Powers lane, Catonsville, is in a serious condition at St. Agnes' Hospital, where she was taken last Friday afternoon after her clothing caught fire at her home. The child is being treated for fourth degree burns of the abdomen, thighs and fingers.

Charlotte, who had just been dressed for the afternoon by her mother, went out play in the rear of the Bewley garage with her brother Bernard. Sometime later, her father heard her screams. Running from the house, he saw his daughter's dress in flames. He quickly placed her in a rain barrel nearby, extinguishing the blaze, then rushed her to the hospital.

The child was unable to explain how the flames started to her parents and Patrolman Benjamin Croft of Catonsville. Her brother, who was not near when the fire started, also had no explanation of its origin.

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Miss Lea Zimmerman, daughter of Mr. John Zimmerman of Edmondson avenue, Catonsville, was bitten on the arm by a dog which attacked her last Saturday afternoon at Edmondson avenue and North Bend road. She was given first aid in a nearby drug store.

Patrolman Benjamin Croft notified the owner of the dog to keep it tied up for ten days.

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Patrolmen Michael Scholer and Martin Ashman of the Halethorpe police arrested two men who, they said, led them a wild chase in a stolen car on the Washington boulevard in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

According to the officers, the pursuit began near Elkridge and proceeded toward Baltimore, sometimes reaching a speed of 70 miles per hour. Weaving in and out of a line of trucks, the operators of the stolen machine were able to elude the officers until they reached Caton avenue, where the patrol car caught up to them and forced them to the side of the road. The two fugitives then leaped out and started to run, but halted when the police threatened to shoot. They were then taken to the Halethorpe station and held for Washington police.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 3, 1965 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported concern about a new social club for men.

Interest or concern by many residents and businessmen of Catonsville is centered on a proposed venture by a social club of 50 male members who seek a liquor license for the "Varsity Suburbia Club, Inc." The club, reported by the officers to be non-profit key club, would be housed on the lower level at 725-729 Frederick road, in the area of the former bowling alleys of the old Alpha Theatre Building, newly renovated by the owner, Gus Basilico of Mars, Inc., of Silver Spring, Md., who is a friend of one of the club officers, Albert K. Wood.

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The officers of the newly formed club which seeks a liquor license, are Henry Garvey, president; Albert K. Wood, Charles William Duckwitz and Robert Wilkerson.

Mr. Wood reported that the club, chartered in June, 1965, will eventually be open to other men and women over 25 years of age. New members would be welcome and would be screened by a membership committee. He said that the 6500 square fee would eventually be partitioned with folding door-walls into a series of private rooms, including a game room.

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With the Sunday afternoon sun shedding warmth on those assembled for the first annual Convocation of the Catonsville Community College on October 31, the Autumn wind whistled playfully through the microphone placed in front of the new building.

The program included the Dedication of the Student and Science Building with the placing of the cornerstone as the climax of the ceremonies.

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Catonsville's Jim Wich, durable harrier for Brown University's varsity cross-country squad this year, has been among the most consistent of the Bruin performers thus far.

The little speedster (5-7, 115 lbs.) was the decisive force behind two Brown victories in the season's first three meets. A swamping of Yale in the opener saw Jim place third with an excellent time of 26 minutes, 32 seconds over a rain-soaked, 4.9 mile course. He made the going rough for Harvard when he was Brown's second man across the line, placing fifth for the meet which was barely won by the Crimson, 23-34.

Wich is a former track star at Catonsville High School where he was District III champion in the 440 as well as a third-place finisher in the state quarter-mile. He plans to major in Spanish while at Brown. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Wich of Whitfield road, Catonsville.

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On Tuesday, Oct. 19, a rally against obscene magazines and pornography was held in the Catonsville area. This rally was sponsored by Court of Mary Our Queen No. 1830 of the Catholic Daughters of America. Approximately two hundred outstanding citizens of the community, representing twenty different organizations, were in attendance. Eight religious denominations, representing fourteen churches, were present. The organizations included civic associations, mothers' clubs, men's clubs, community improvement associations and social groups.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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