Catonsville residents fired up to show support for firefighters in 1911

An article in the July 15, 1911 edition of The Argus lauded an event in honor of the local volunteer firefighters.

A lawn fete is being held on the Misses Carters' lot on Ingleside avenue, under the auspices of the Catonsville Volunteer Hose Company. The fete was opened Thursday night and will be continued until Saturday night. The firemen have provided a veritable Coney Island of amusement. There is something to give pleasure to people of every age. There was a big crowd present Thursday night, all on pleasure bent, and seemingly with one desire – to show its loyalty to the Volunteer Hose Company and its real appreciation of the splendid property protection guaranteed by that excellent organization. And well it might, as this volunteer company, as a glance at its history will show, has been noted for its activity in extinguishing innumerable fires, preventing many serious conflagrations and doing its part in every public movement.

Mr. Phillip Priester, proprietor of Priester's Garage, on Frederick avenue, had the forefinger on his right hand mashed Saturday evening while repairing an automobile. Mr. Priester had completed adjusting a speedometer and on turning the wheel, his hand slipped, catching his finger between the cog wheels.

It is stated that many horses died in Baltimore and vicinity during the week just past, and the assumption is that they died from the effects of the heat, though figures are wanting for comparison with the hot weather of previous years. Still, the assumption is doubtless well based in most cases, and it is well to find the authorities interested enough to interfere in all proper cases for the protection of the animals seen to be suffering from either the cruel indifference or the stupidity of those in charge of them.

The State Roads Commission did not award the contract for improving the Frederick road, from Irvington to Oak Forest Park, on Monday, as was expected, but referred the bids to Engineer Crosby for tabulation. It is now thought that the section of road between Bishops Lane and Oak Forest Park will be the only portion of the highway improved this year, since the $18,000 for doing the work advanced by Mr. John Hubner and fifteen other Catonsvillians is sufficient only to complete that much of the work. The County Commissioners had the road oiled Thursday through the village to keep down the dust.

75 Years Ago

An article in the July 10, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported an unsolved mystery.

The mystery of who was driving an automobile that crashed into a culvert on Seminole Avenue near Frederick Road in Catonsville on Monday night still remains a mystery. An unidentified person called the Catonsville police station and reported the accident, and Lieutenant Edward A. Poehlman and Patrolman Earl Smith went to the scene. When the officers arrived, they found Virgil K. Swain and Claude O. Carlisle in an allegedly tipsy condition. When the police asked who was driving the car, Swain said it was Carlisle and Carlisle insisted it was Swain. So, the police charged both with driving under the influence of liquor and brought them to the hoosegow.

At the hearing before Magistrate Thomas R. Bowers, Swain and Carlisle, who are residents of Montgomery County, continued their denials of driving the car, each saying the other was the driver. After a certain amount of this, Magistrate Bowers played both ends against the middle and fined both men $101.45 for drunken driving.

Harry Buck, 27, collapsed in the Halethorpe station on Wednesday night as he was arranging bail for his release on a charge of assault and battery.

According to testimony of Mrs. Thomas B. Barber, taken before Magistrate Henry W. Routenberg, Buck struck Mrs. Barber during an altercation at Lansdowne, where the defendant and the complainant are neighbors. Mrs. Barber said Buck parked his car in such a manner she was unable to drive past it. She asked him to move it and the argument ensued.

Magistrate Routenberg ordered the case sent to the Baltimore County grand jury. As Buck was arranging bail, he collapsed. After efforts to revive him had proved unsuccessful, he was sent to a hospital.

Relay continued its march toward the top of the Southwestern County League last Sunday at the expense of the Arbutus nine, defeating them in both ends of a double-header by scores of 7-1 and 4-3. At this time, the Relay nine is deadlocked with three other clubs for fourth position.

50 Years Ago

An article in the July 13, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the denial of a zoning change to allow proposed group housing.

Baltimore County Board of Appeals last week reversed the previous decision of Zoning Commissioner John G. Rose and denied petition for rezoning the Zaiser property for group housing.

The 35-acre tract at Wilkens avenue, Maiden Choice Lane and the Beltway will be retained under cottage R-6 classification as indicated on the Land Use Map for the 1st District and as approved by the County Council.

The appeal from Mr. Rose's decision of last November was filed the following month by the Maiden Choice Village Civic Association and by P.T. Lemmon, a real estate developer.

Despite the fact that the Catonsville Post Office has undergone considerable remodeling in the past two years, a look at last year's census and the prospect of more major population increasing in this area have prompted the local authorities to prepare the local post office for the anticipated onslaught. More remodeling is now planned.

A United States mail box at the intersection of South Rolling road and Gary Drive was found to have been tampered with and the mail collector found five pieces of mail damaged. Police believed the vandalism to have been done by someone throwing a firecracker in the box. The mail was returned to the senders.

A meeting to launch a campaign to provide a new health center in the Arbutus section will be staged by the 13th District Council of Community Associations at the new brewery in Lansdowne, at 8 p.m. next Monday, July 17.

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