Pages from the Past: Catonsville community called upon to aid family devastated by fire

An article in the Oct. 2, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian notes that a local family of 15 needs help after a fire ruined their home.

A father, mother and their thirteen children, living near Catonsville, recently lost most of their meager household goods in a fire that damaged their home. They are now forced to sleep in two beds, with insufficient covering.

The First District Public Health Association is seeking donations of at least two mattresses and several blankets for the family .

Donations may be left at the Health Center on Ege's Lane, Catonsville.


The body of Harry H. Clarke of Lansdowne was found last Sunday night lying on the side of the road near his home.

It was at first believed that he had been struck by a hit-and-run driver, but an investigation made by Magistrate Fred Roth, acting as coroner, disclosed that death was due to a sudden heart attack.


Miss Marion Prior and Mr. Buddy Prior of Eden Terrace recently returned on the "Europa" after spending four months abroad in Austria, Germany, France and England. During their stay in Germany, they attended the Olympics.


The Rev. Ignatius Fealy, pastor of St. Agnes Church, Woodlawn, has been sent as delegate to the annual convention of the Military Order of the World War at West Point, New York. He left on Wednesday accompanied by Captain Valentine Doebler, formerly a resident of Eden Terrace.


The first meeting of the fall season to sew for the Children's Aid Society of Baltimore County will be held in St. Timothy's Parish Hall on Wednesday , October 7, from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. As usual there is need for clothing for school children demanding first attention.

These meetings will be held the first Wednesday of the month throughout the winter. All who care to help are invited to attend.


Your last chance, as a new voter to register for the current November election, comes next Tuesday, October 6. Go to your proper precinct and get your name on the polling books. It is not only your prerogative – but your solemn duty.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Oct. 5, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported the tragic end to the life of a patient at Spring Grove State Hospital.

A 52-year-old Spring Grove patient was found hanging in an abandoned pigeon coop located in the 5400 block of Valley road at 6:20 P.M. last Thursday. Dr. George S. M. Kieffer, Baltimore County Medical Examiner was summoned and pronounced him dead.


Three men complained of feeling ill after reportedly drinking coffee which they said they had purchased in a restaurant on the Baltimore National Pike. Treated for acute gastritis in St. Agnes hospital were Charles Hoerl, Sr., and Charles Hoerl, Jr., of Bishops Lane and William Cefers, of Delray Avenue.


All Boy Scout troops of Old Glory District will participate in a week end Camporee this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6, 7, and 8, on the Wilton Farm grounds at Wilkens avenue and Maiden Choice Lane.

The public is invited and urged to see Scouting in operation and view the many exhibits, demonstrations and gateways prepared by the boys. Visiting hours are 4 to 9:30 P.M. Saturday and noon to 4 P.M. Sunday. There is no charge for visitors.


A safe containing $328.70 disappeared from the Rolling Road Golf club on Sept. 29. The next day, a golfer found a combination to a safe about 500 feet from the club building, two small pieces of cast iron and a brass ring.


The public is invited by the League of Maryland Horsemen to a colorful horse pageant this Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 P.M. at the Rolling Road Saddle Club, 1301 North Rolling road, Catonsville.

The pageant is composed of the following classes: authentic American historical entries; original and or unusual entries; humorous entries.

Ribbons and trophies will be awarded in all classes. Everyone participating must be in costume and on a horse in order to be judged. There is no entry fee. The entry booth will be open on the day of the pageant.

Everyone, regardless of age or riding ability, is invited to join in the day's activities.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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