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Teen rivals pick up pistols to prove their love for local woman

An article in the Nov. 16, 1912, edition of The Argus reported a Sunday showdown in the streets over love was shut down by police.

Thistle, a milling village near Catonsville, had an exciting Sunday afternoon when Dorsey Harrison, 17 years old, and George Whalen, 18 years old, who hale from Ilchester, appeared on the roads flourishing pistols.

The trouble, it is said, started over the attentions paid by each to a young woman of that village and the pistols were brought into play to emphasize the rival lovers' remarks. Patrolman Cavey locked them up in the Catonsville Police Station before any bullets were fired.


A number of complaints have ben made to the Catonsville police about persons hunting close to the homes of residents and endangering their lives. On Monday, several hunters killed a rabbit at the front door of a resident.


Already, the Christmas shopping is in the air. People, as usual, will advocate early buying, and then proceed themselves to put it off until the last moment, as is the way with theorists who leave the practice for others to attend to.


Mrs. Mary Weber, one of the oldest residents of Catonsville, fell down a flight of stairs last Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, Mr. William J. Weber, on Frederick avenue, and injured herself so badly that she was taken to the Maryland University Hospital. It was at first thought that Mrs. Weber had fractured her left hip but an X-ray photo disclosed the fact that she was only badly bruised. Mrs. Weber was brought home Tuesday and is reported to be improved.


While walking across the Stonewall farm on the Eight-Mile Hill, near Catonsville, Monday afternoon John H. Thomey, brother of Edward Thomey, former road supervisor of the First district, was accidentally shot in the left foot, tearing away his heel.

A party of four or five were on their way home about 4 o'clock after a good day of rabbit hunting. Mr. Thomey was ahead, and it is thought that the gun of Harry Bloom, 17 years old, son of Henry Bloom, overseer on the farm, was discharged by something catching in the trigger. Mr. Thomey's companions carried him to the home of Mr. Bloom, and Dr. William B. Gambrill of Ellicott City, was summoned. After the wound was dressed, Mr. Thomey was taken to his home.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 12, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported a victory for a local soccer team over the Naval Academy thanks to header by a defender.

Catonsville High School's soccer team defeated the Naval Academy plebes at Annapolis on November 6. The score was 1-0. Catonsville scored early in the contest and a tight defense kept the plebes away from the Catonsville goal line throughout the game.

Six minutes after play began, Kemp McDaniels, Catonsville forward, booted a high kick that glanced off the head of Kinney, plebe fullback, and into the goal. This fluke score gave the Villagers the victory.


The Catonsville High School girls' fieldball team won the Baltimore County championship by defeating Sparks High School, 6-4, at Sparks. Catonsville scored all its goals in the first half and was held scoreless during the second period. The villagers turned in two goals in the first four minutes of play, showing superiority over Sparks in passing and catching. Evelyn Anderson registered the first tally and Capt. Celeste Hoddinott made the second goal on an assist by Nina Lee. In the second quarter, goals were made by Nina Lee and Miss Chilcoat.


Ball players who performed during the past season in the Southwestern County League will be given a party and dance at the Oella Community Hall on Saturday, November 27, by the League officials. The arrangements are being handled by a committee headed by John Zimmerman, Catonsville, and composed of the following men: Charles Smithson, Elkridge; Sydney Pickett, Savage; John H. Weetenkamp, Granite; and Stephen G. Sullivan, Ellicott City.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 15, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported that a tense standoff between police and a troubled man holding his family hostage ended with no serious injuries.

Scores of police officers were on hand to assist Capt. Clarence L. Bradley of the Wilkens police station in subduing a 44-year-old resident of the 4700 block Belwood Green early last Friday morning. The man, reported to be a former mental patient, terrorized his wife and three children, ages 18, 12 and 8, with a loaded pistol for more than three hours.

The family minister was contacted in an effort to reason with the disturbed man by telephone, but without success. The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department and ambulance crew were finally able to get the three children from an open window on the second floor, and Lieut. Walter Stanco and Officer Wilmer Ewing subdued him.


While Dr. Earle W. Koons, of 1100 block Northern Parkway, was treating a patient on Meridale road, two youths were observed removing two medical bags from his parked car. The bags contained over $180 worth of drugs and equipment. Later, Clem Sturm of Malbrook road found the bags on the east side of Mallow Hill road with everything intact.


Henry R. Miller of Oella avenue notified police that while examining a fender of his recently purchased car, he discovered four bottles of medicine and five eye droppers. It is believed that the bottles may contain drugs. The bottles have been turned over to the Narcotics squad for processing.


While on a routine patrol at Baltimore National Pike and St. Agnes Lane on Nov. 8, Corporal Raymond R. LeRendu stopped to check a car with two teenagers. It was learned that the boys had run away from their homes in Thompsonville, Conn. at 2:30 a.m. the same day. Alcoholic beverages were in the vehicle, according to police. Parents of the boys were notified.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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