Pages from Past: Lemon weighing more than a pound grown by Catonsville man in 1911
Feb 14, 2012 | 2:31 PM
An article in the Feb. 17, 1912, edition of The Argus recognized an enormous lemon grown by a local botanist.
What is believed to be the largest lemon ever grown in Maryland has been plucked from a tree in the conservatory of J H Kummer, at his home on North Bend road. The lemon is four inches in diameter and weighs a pound and a quarter. It is of the variety known as the Ponderosa and the developed fruit represents months of painstaking care on the part of Mr. Kummer, who is intensely interested in fruits and flowers. From the top of the lemon to the bottom, it is five inches, giving it a circumference of over 15 inches when measured that way and over 12 inches when measured around a point midway between the top and the bottom.
Miss Mary Evelyn Cromwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cromwell, who has been dangerously ill with typhoid fever, is reported to be in an improved condition. Mrs. Cromwell and Miss Charlotte Cromwell, who were also ill with typhoid, have recovered sufficiently to take a short drive daily.
A large delivery auto truck belonging to Bernheimer Bros., of Baltimore, went over a 15-foot embankment Tuesday night on the eight-mile hill on the Frederick road. The steering gear of the automobile went wrong and the driver lost control of the machine, which turned turtle and was wrecked. The driver and another occupant escaped injury by leaping from the machine.
His body burned to a crisp, Ephraim Brown, 71 years old, a cabinetmaker of Atholton, about 10 miles above Ellicott City, died a horrible death early Sunday morning when a fire of mysterious origin broke out and destroyed his home.
For a time, it was thought that Mr. Brown had been murdered and that his slayers had burned his home to cover their crime. This theory was advanced by relatives and friends, who were aware that the old man had in his possession about $300. However, Coroner Edward A. Rodey and Chief of Police Julius Wosch, of Ellicott City, after an investigation declared that there was no evidence of foul play and they decided not to hold an inquest.
75 Years Ago
An article in the Feb. 12, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian promoted upcoming visits from Orioles players.
General Manager Jack Ogeden and a troupe of roaming Orioles, composed of "Smoky Joe" Martin, Milt Gray and Al Judy, will entertain the Holy Name Society of the Ascension, Halethorpe, on next Wednesday, February 17, in the church hall at 8:30 P.M.
This is the first time this season that the "Roaming Orioles" will appear in the vicinity of Halethorpe and from all indications their successful entertainments in other localities will be repeated here. They have played to capacity crowds everywhere.
Editor's note: According to http://www.baseball-reference.com: William Joseph "Smokey Joe" Martin was a 24-year-old third baseman who had hit .297 with 23 home runs for the 1936 Orioles of the International League. Milt Gray was a 22-year-old catcher who hit .237 in 33 games for the 1936 Orioles. Lyle Judy is listed as a 23-year-old second baseman who joined the team after the 1936 season and would go 1-for-7 in his only two games for the 1937 Orioles.
Officers of Relay Lodge No. 169, I.O.O.F., report that some person is using the name of the Lodge to solicit advertisements for a program alleged to be under Lodge auspices.
The Lodge wishes to say that no such program is being sponsored by it, and warns persons not to subscribe to any proposition unless the person presenting the plan has signed authorization to solicit for the Lodge.
A deposit of silver ore was discovered by workmen near Dorsey last week while they were blasting rock for an underpass. The men, who were engaged in driving piles for the railroad, found the blasting necessary when they struck rock. As of now, the value of the vein of silver has not been determined.
Two automobiles, a taxicab and a private machine, collided head-on early Wednesday at Wilkens avenue and Arion road, injuring six persons, police of the Southwestern district reported.
All of the victims received cuts on the head and face and the cab driver, Morris T. Weller, thirty-two, 1600 block Darley avenue, also was cut severely on the legs.
The other machine, police said, was driven by Levi O. Rust, forty-six, of Rolling road, Relay.
50 Years Ago
An article in the Feb. 15, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported that twice area police had caught Catonsville High School students off campus during school hours.
A number of Catonsville Senior High School students, aged 16 to 19, were rounded up on two different occasions recently while they were in a dairy store opposite the school at 10:30 A.M. on school days. Police Sergeant Richard T. Davis and Patrolmen Toliver, Oden, Thomas Tucker and Jack Palmer escorted the truant students to the office of the school vice principal. Police found the students playing with the pin ball machine and also being served food after classes had begun.
Mrs. Connie Mogavero of 2927 Hammonds Ferry road won again on the What's in a Name contest on a TV network program on Wednesday, Feb. 7, defending her title as champion. She was scheduled to make her fourth appearance on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 P.M.
Newly appointed principal of the Baltimore Highlands Elementary School is Mrs. Margaret Corcoran Galager of 521 South Hilton avenue, Catonsville.
A native of Baltimore, Mrs. Gallager received her A.B. degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1948 and her M.Ed. degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1956. She has taught at Arbutus Elementary School and Baltimore Highlands Elementary School and until recently was vice principal of the latter.
Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.