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Pages from the Past: Physician's dog killed by shotgun blast in 1912

An article in the May 4, 1912 edition of The Argus reported on the latest incident in a frightening series of fatal shootings in the area.

The residents of Catonsville are alarmed over a number of valuable dogs which have been shot and killed within the last two weeks and efforts are being made to apprehend the guilty persons. Several days ago, a valuable setter dog belonging to Dr. Walter A. Low was killed with a shotgun.

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Gudgeon fishing along the Patapsco river at Relay has caused a flurry of excitement among the anglers, and every day this week the banks of the river were lined with fisherman. Numerous good catches were reported. Nothing, say veteran fishermen, surpasses a mess of large gudgeons for a breakfast. As the fish attain a length of about five or six inches and are full of fight, there is plenty of sport in catching them.

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Remember that May 20 to 25 is Clean Up Day for Catonsville. Make this subject a matter of conversation in your household and with your friends. Instead of merely talking about the "filthy streets," ask "do you have your waste properly collected?" Remember it is much better to keep things in order than to make disorder for some one else to clean up, and let us in every way strive to arouse a public sentiment which will demand that citizens do their duty.

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The Catonsville and Baltimore police are searching for the thieves who entered the country place of Mr. William A. Dickey, at Paradise, several days ago and took away several suits of clothes and pairs of shoes. The Dickey home is at present unoccupied and the thieves gained an entrance by forcing a window.

75 Years Ago

An article in the April 30, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported a Baltimore County judge's ruling against an attempt by a local girl and her family to force the school system to admit black students to county schools.

The Maryland Court of Appeals at Annapolis last Thursday heard arguments in the case of Margaret Williams, Baltimore County Negro girl, who was refused admission to the Catonsville High School.

Circuit Court Judge Frank I. Duncan, of Baltimore County, denied her petition for writ of mandamus to force the county to admit her to the school. An appeal was taken to the Court of Appeals.

Baltimore county does not now admit Negro pupils to its high schools. It does, however, pay tuition for them in Baltimore city schools after they have passed certain examinations.

Attorneys for the girl contended that the county is required to maintain a uniform system of public schools and that the system of providing a high school education for some Negroes outside Baltimore county under certain limitations while at the same time providing high school education within Baltimore county to white pupils without the same limitations was not a uniform system and was in violation of the Constitution and laws of the State.

They also contended that the refusal to admit the child to the Catonsville school was in violation of the Federal Constitution in that it deprived her father of his property without due process of the law. They contended that the father, Joshua B. Williams, Jr., had a "proprietary interest in the schools of Baltimore county" because he is a taxpayer. Their refusal to admit his daughter to those schools was a violation of the declaration of rights, attorneys for Williams contended.

Attorneys for the county contended that the child was denied admission properly because she failed to pass the examination. They also contended the denial was proper because she is a person of color and as such not entitled to attend a white school because of the principle of separation of the races enjoined by Section 200 of Article 77 of the Code of Public General Laws.

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In a like manner as 5-year-old Beverly Herion was killed by an automobile last Thursday, another 5-year-old girl was run down and killed by a motor truck late Thursday. She was Norma Shipley, who was struck while crossing Monumental Avenue near her home. She was pronounced dead at St. Agnes' Hospital.

Patrolman Norman Brooks, of Halethorpe police, said the truck was operated by Paul Meyer, of Lansdowne.

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The annual bird service was held in the Halethorpe M.E. Church last Sunday morning. The service was greatly enjoyed by the congregation. Besides about thirty birds, the church was beautifully decorated with flowers and ferns. Special music was arranged.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 3, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian recognized the community's show of appreciation for a loyal mail carrier upon his retirement.

Eugene Hooper, Catonsville letter carrier who has served the residents on his route for nearly a quarter of century, will make his final trip this Friday, May 4. On that day, the residents of Melvin, Beaumont and Osborne avenues will say farewell to the carrier who has served them so long and well.

Even in the worst winter of many years, in 1960-61, Mr. Hopper did not lose a day. In summer and winter, he was a familiar figure with his famous cigar. The residents in the area are prepared to make Mr. Hooper's last day a memorable one by recognizing his faithful service with appropriate remembrances.

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Five boys, aged 9 to 13, were reprimanded by police for throwing stones and rocks at Theresa D. Souder, twelve, of 826 Stafford Drive, while she and a girl companion were walking along the railroad tracks off the 200 block Maiden Choice Lane last Sunday. Five stitches, administered at St. Agnes hospital, were required to close a wound above the girl's right eye after one of the rocks struck here.

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Cub Pack No. 891 of Westowne School held the monthly Pack meeting on Friday, April 27. The evening was climaxed by the judging of pies, which were baked by each boy and his father. There were 18 entries. Ribbons were awarded for best in appearance and originality to Robert Frey, Joseph Seehusen and Douglas Ousborne. Prizes for the best flavored pies were won by Robert Hawes, Rex Bothell and Douglas France. Chris Warth's entry was a composite runner-up.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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