An article in the May 14, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on a mishap in an elevator in a Baltimore Hotel that resulted in severe injuries to two area women.

As a result of an elevator accident at the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore last week, Miss Mary Edith Meade of Ellicott City suffered the loss of a leg and Mrs. Ruth Clas of Catonsville the loss of a foot. The girls were leaving the hotel following a dance held by the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association at about 1:30 A.M. on May 8th. When the girls were finally released from the elevator, they were rushed to Union Memorial Hospital.


Miss Meade's leg was amputated midway between the hip and knee. She has had several blood transfusions and her condition is considered critical, although a Thursday morning report quoted the hospital authorities as hopeful of her recovery.

Mrs. Clas' leg was amputated just above the ankle. She is reported as rapidly improving. Mrs. Clas was making her home with her sister, Mrs. John Murphy of Osborne Avenue, Catonsville. Miss Meade is a daughter of William Meade of West Friendship and lives with her uncle and aunt, Dr. and Mrs. Norman M. Johnson of Ellicott City.

Reports of the accident were to the effect that as the elevator began its descent, the operator claimed he heard a peculiar noise and the car descended too fast, whereupon he threw the controls into reverse and stopped the car at the eleventh floor. A panic and surge for the door followed a warning yell and resulted in several of the occupants being knocked down as the elevator began to ascend. A reverse motion of the car, sending it downward, caught the two girls between the floor of the car and the side wall of the elevator shaft. They were pinned in this fashion for an hour and a half, during which time medical attention was given and members of the fire department had to tear away a portion of the floor and wall to extricate the girls. Miss Meade was released thirteen minutes after Mrs. Clas.


The fourteen volunteer fire companies that comprise the Baltimore County Volunteer Firemen's Association will hold their tenth annual banquet next Thursday, May 20, in the Arbutus Community Hall, Linden Avenue, Arbutus. The Violetville Volunteer Fire Company will be host organization.

More than 200 men have sent in reservations and the affair is expected to be the largest ever held by the Association.

Editor's note: Since that 1937affair, 17 more companies, including Arbutus and English Consul, have been added to the list of volunteer fire departments in Baltimore County.


Miss Ann West, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Marshall B. West of Ingleside Avenue, has been chosen as one of the eight duchesses who will form the court of the Preakness Queen. She will be in the Queen's retinue as she parades into the Fifth Regiment Armory for the coronation at the Preakness Ball following the Pimlico races on Saturday.

100 Years Ago

An article in the May 18, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the success of an annual May fair near the banks of the Patapsco River.

Several hundred people attended a May Fete Monday afternoon and evening at the Pot and Kettle Club, for the benefit of the Country Home for Children, at Orange Grove, on the Patapsco river. The entertainment was highly successful, and a considerable sum will be turned over to the treasurer of the home. More than 25 tables of bridge were in play, and much keen interest was displayed in the handsome prizes, which had been donated and were on view.

The beautiful lawn and grove surrounding the clubhouse was transformed into a bower of beauty. The decorations were pretty, as well as extensive. The booths were well supplied with useful and valuable articles. The refreshment tables were loaded down with good things of the season and were served by a bevy of attractive ladies.



The farmers of this section are much concerned over the continued rains which prevent them from planting corn. A rain every few days since the beginning of spring has greatly retarded plowing and planting, and most of this work still remains to be done. The only thing to do is to wait, as working the ground wet, in this section, will not do. From the present outlook, there will be corn planted as late as June 1. The planting of potatoes, and garden making, are also delayed.


Miss Lenore Eareckson's pedigreed collie won a second prize, in its class, at the dog show at the May Fair held at Mount Washington Tuesday.


Work has been started on the new hose tower, which is being erected in the rear of Catonsville Engine Company's quarters on Bloomsbury avenue. The tower will be 60 feet in height and will be constructed of frame with concrete foundation and floor. Schatz Bros. are doing the work.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 17, 1962, edition of the Herald-Argus reported on another successful fundraiser at Edmondson Heights Elementary School.

According to M. Joseph Manzer, who recently was elected president of the Edmondson Heights P.T.A., the May Fair balloon sales have exceeded all other previous years, passing the 4,400 mark.

On Thursday, May 10, the school children released the balloons, each one bearing the purchaser's name and address. On the day of the fete, Saturday, May 26, the name returned from the most distant point will win a prize. Several other prizes will be given. This is the first event of the May Fete, which will begin at 10:45 A.M.


An auto safety check, sponsored by the Catonsville Junior Chamber of Commerce, will be given free to all drivers this Saturday, May 19, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. on the south side of Route 40 at Ingleside avenues.

The safety check, made with the cooperation of the Baltimore County and State Police Departments, includes inspection of tires, brakes, lights, wheel alignment and balance, muffler and other vital parts.

The auto inspection is intended to make motorists aware of unsafe conditions found in their cars.

Seven skilled inspectors will give each car the nationally known 10-point safety check in three minutes.


A bomb scare sent customers hurriedly out of a large store located at 6501 Baltimore National Pike on Thursday, May 3, at 8:55 P.M.

The switchboard operator told police that she received a call from a male voice, possibly a teenager with a Southern accent, who stated, "This is a bomb scare. Your store will be bombed in 23 minutes." He then made the remark, "If you don't listen, you will be sorry" and hung up.

Police searched the premises, but found no trace of a bomb and business was resumed. The F.B.I. was notified of the threat.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.