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Chevrolet ambulance seen superior to Cadillac in 1961

An article in the Aug. 24, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the arrival of a new, modern ambulance for the area.

The new $7,000 Catonsville ambulance, a one-ton Chevrolet panel body truck chassis converted into an ambulance, is far superior to the old Cadillac which cost nearly $10,000, according to Deputy Fire Chief Lee Cockey. It is more durable, the metal is heavier, repairs will be cheaper, it will require less time in the shop and in all respects will be less worrisome, Chief Cockey said.

The vehicle is equipped with a foam rubber mattress cot which will be more comfortable for the patient; a folding litter carrier; a portable oxygen Pneolator; a permanently installed Pneopure and complete first aid supplies.

Editor's note: A Pneolator was an artificial respiration unit manufactured by the Mine Safety Appliances Company until later in the 1960s.


The Baltimore Field Hockey Association will hold day camp at the Catonsville Senior High School daily Monday, Aug. 28, through Friday, Sept. 1. The hours are from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Instructors will be from the Hockey Association and the program will include stick-work, theory and application of theory, coached games and team games.

In the past several years, these day camps have been valuable in improving the caliber of field hockey played in the Baltimore area, thanks to the women who give freely of their time and knowledge toward this goal.


Thieves broke into two churches in Catonsville on Tuesday, August 15, and stole an estimated $396 worth of currency and equipment.

The entire church office and several other offices in the Salem Lutheran Church building located on Frederick road at Newburg avenue was found ransacked and $25 in currency, a transistor radio, typewriter, and a tape recorder valued at $369 was stolen.

St. John's Church at Wilkens avenue and South Rolling road was also entered the same day and $28 reported taken from an envelope in a desk in the pastor's office. A small wooden box used to hold telephone money was also missing.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 21, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian noted an unusual form of justice for a man for breaking a truck windshield.

Charged with throwing a stone through the windshield of a truck, George H. Blunt was arrested by the Halethorpe police station on Monday night.

According to pleas made in his behalf, Blunt was "broke" and asked for light punishment. The magistrate said: "Well, I'm going to let you set your own fine. The maximum under this offense is $100, but you set it at whatever you think you should pay."

Blunt hesitated a while and then replied: "Well, I think $5 ought to be about enough."

"All right, $5 it is," said the magistrate, but added that Blunt must pay for the windshield he smashed with the stone.

100 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 26, 1911 edition of The Argus reported on the expected development of a new community near Arbutus.

The beginning of a new suburban residential section in the vicinity of Halethorpe is to be the next big suburban development, according to the latest reports. It is understood that already options have been purchased on the expanse of fields to the east of the town of aviation fame.

The report gains strength, in view of the fact that a few weeks ago the Consolidated Gas and Electric Light Company brought to Baltimore and put to work on the Halethorpe division a 10-ton digging machine, or ditch trencher, and at the present time is laying a 10-inch gas main. Preparations are being rushed to supply the town and its possible neighbor with lighting equipment.


Messrs. Benjamin Whiteley and Frederick R. Hubner have returned from a canoe trip of three weeks through the lakes of Northern New York. They started at the Fulton chain of lakes and went to Racquette Lake to Forked Lake, to Long Lake, to Tupper Lake, to Racquette river, through Saranac Lake to the St. Regis chain of lakes, across the Saranca river to Plattsburg, through Lake Champlain to Ticonderoga, across the Ticonderoga portage to Lake George.


Mr. Thomas J. Jeanneret has leased from Architect Walter M. Gieske, his cottage on Edmondson avenue, Ten Hills, and will occupy it in a few weeks. The house presents a dignified yet very cheerful appearance, the exterior being covered with light gray shingles with dark slate roof and brick foundation. It contains twelve rooms and two bath rooms and the interior is trimmed out in white woodwork with mahogany doors, parquetry and tiled floors as well as all other modern conveniences, and is conceded by many to be the prettiest home in this attractive suburban development.

Material from archives courtesy Catonsville Historical Society.

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